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Two multi-generation Hyde Park families joined in marriage of their children

Two multi-generation Hyde Park families joined in marriage of their children

By CHARLES and ROBERTA L. BERNSTEIN Two second generation native Hyde Parkers, who grew up and were educated in Hyde Park but had never met until they were out of school and out in the working world,  were married on June 26, 2016, at the South Shore Cultural Center. Rabbi Sharon Braus of IKAR, of(…)

Joan Lesser Koblick, 83

Joan Lesser Koblick, 83

Joan Lesser Koblick, a Hyde Park resident since 1964, died on Feb. 6 at Bernard Mitchell Hospital after being taken ill earlier that day. She was 83. Koblick was born in New York City and graduated from Pratt Institute there before moving to the West Coast. After a decade in Eugene, Ore., and the San(…)

Timothy Clarence Gray, 48

Timothy Clarence Gray, 48

On June 14, 2016, Timothy Clarence Gray, son of Billie Jean Miller Gray, died at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, GA after courageously battling a challenging illness for several years. After high school, Gray left his mother’s Hyde Park home and moved to Atlanta. He attended Morehouse College, once he graduated he immediately went to business(…)

University of Chicago appoints interim dean for humanities dept.

University of Chicago appoints interim dean for humanities dept.

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern The University of Chicago recently announced President Robert Zimmer’s appointment of Anne Walters Robertson as interim Dean of the Division of Humanities. Robertson’s appointment was effective July 1 and she will serve until the term ends next year. Prior to her appointment as Humanities Dean, Robertson chaired the Department of(…)

Jennie Mendelson, 94

Jennie Mendelson, 94

Jennie Mendelson (nee Rosenberg) died on June 28 at the age of 94. Mendelson grew up in New Jersey, attended Newark College of Engineering and moved to Hyde Park in Chicago with her late husband Saul Mendelson in the late 1940’s. Later they moved to South Shore. Mendelson was active in politics and a generous(…)

Abner Mikva 1926-2016

Abner Mikva 1926-2016

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Longtime Hyde Park resident and former local politician Abner Mikva passed away on Monday, July 4, at the age of 90. Mikva’s Hyde Park legacy began when he started as a student at the University of Chicago Law School in 1948. It was when he was living in Hyde Park(…)

Litehouse Grill hosts rap battle at biweekly tournament

Litehouse Grill hosts rap battle at biweekly tournament

By Sonia Schlesinger HERALD INTERN The Litehouse Whole Food Grill, 1373 E. 53rd St., will host its biweekly Open Mic Night on Friday, July 15, at 8 p.m. While the event, run by Ronald Edwards, usually includes pre-selected artists, this week’s Open Mic will feature the second round of a rap battle that began at(…)

“The Clock is the Enemy” podcast taping at the Promontory

“The Clock is the Enemy” podcast taping at the Promontory

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern “The Clock is the Enemy” podcast will have a live taping at the Promontory on Sunday, July 17. Recorded in front of a live studio audience, “The Clock is the Enemy” showcases people, live music and comedy in a format that is similar to classic Chicago radio and TV. Host(…)

U. of C. Service League shows “Spotlight”

U. of C. Service League shows “Spotlight”

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Thursday, July 14, the University of Chicago (U. of C.) Service League will host a showing of the Academy Award-winning movie “Spotlight.” July’s movie showing will take place in the community room at Vista Homes, 5844 S. Stony Island Ave. All community members are welcome to attend the screening, which(…)

Summer “Movies in the Park” return to the Midway

Summer “Movies in the Park” return to the Midway

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Midweek on the Midway Movie Series began Sunday, July 10, for a summer long outdoor movies series. A special showed of “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial” will show this Sunday, July 10, at the Midway Plaisance as part of the Chicago Park District’s Movies in the Parks summer series but(…)

Nonviolence workshop at Chicago Theological Seminary

Nonviolence workshop at Chicago Theological Seminary

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern The Chicago Theological Seminary is hosting an introductory workshop to Kingian Nonviolence Aug. 3-4. Registration to be involved ends July 27. Aimed at teachers and community activists, workshop participants will learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s philosophy regarding nonviolent methods of knowledge and skills to solve conflict peacefully. Led(…)

Robie house hosts family events during summer months

Robie house hosts family events during summer months

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern The Robie House is holding a number of family events this month, including a special event, “Nights at the Museum,” on July 21. “Nights at the Museum” is a program in partnership with Museum Campus South, which includes the Museum of Science and Industry, the DuSable Museum and the Oriental(…)

Nichols Park summer concert series

Nichols Park summer concert series

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The 2016 George Franklin Memorial Summer Sunday Concert Series began Sunday, July 10, at Nichols Park. Concerts run every Sunday in July and August, as well as two Sundays in September on Sept. 4 and Sept. 11. The free shows are from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Nichols Park,(…)

Jane Bergman Stone, 84

Jane Bergman Stone, 84

Jane Bergman Stone, 84, a lifelong resident of Hyde Park-Kenwood, died at home on June 18, 2016 after a 38-year on again off again battle with cancer. Bergman Stone was born in Chicago on November 14, 1931, to Hyde Parkers Lewis and Ruth Genzberger Bergman. An unrepentant Trotskyite, she was active in radical political causes(…)

Willie Pickens featured in courtyard jazz series

Willie Pickens featured in courtyard jazz series

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer This Friday, July 1, a special jazz in the courtyard performance will feature famous Chicago jazz musician, Willie Pickens. Pickens will play from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. in the courtyard of the Hyde Park Shopping Center at 55th Street and Lake Park Avenue. Pickens is known for his jazzy(…)

Legends host baseball game for “Its Your Park Day”

Legends host baseball game for “Its Your Park Day”

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer  The Hyde Park Kenwood Legends baseball team, in collaboration with Playstreet Chicago, hosted its first “Play Chicago” event promoting health, fitness, cleanup and safe activities for kids and parents throughout the community, Saturday, June 18. “Today, we had over 20 volunteers come out and help clean up the community,” said Greg(…)

The Chicago Bulls help promote fire safety at Murray

The Chicago Bulls help promote fire safety at Murray

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Students at Murray Language Academy, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., learned about fire safety last week with a little help from the Chicago Bulls. Murray students learned about the stop, drop and roll technique; making a fire safety plan at home and fire truck operations with the help of the Chicago(…)

Elizabeth “Betty” Butler, 97

Elizabeth “Betty” Butler, 97

Memorial services will be held on June 25 for Elizabeth “Betty” Butler, who died in her Hyde Park home in Chicago on May 27. She was 97. Mrs. Butler was born on November 10, 1918 in Beloit, Wisc. and was the sixth child of Rev. James and Mayme Mitcham. She received her undergraduate degree from(…)