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LaRabida tutoring gears up for new academic year

LaRabida tutoring gears up for new academic year

By EMMA HERMAN Staff Writer The tutoring program at La Rabida Children’s Hospital needs volunteers, and high school students are encouraged to apply. La Rabida, 6501 S. Promontory Dr., was founded in 1895 and treats children with chronic illnesses such as diabetes and Down syndrome and runs both in-patient and outpatient programs. The tutoring program,(…)

Hyde Park Art Center residencies immerse creators

Hyde Park Art Center residencies immerse creators

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The local art scene in Hyde Park is getting an international flare, thanks to the residency program at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. Since 2012, the Jackman Goldwasser Residency Program has allowed local, national and international artists to showcase their art and work collaboratively with the(…)

Local author Sara Paretsky launches new book

Local author Sara Paretsky launches new book

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Hyde Park author Sara Paretsky will celebrate the launch of her new book “Brush Back” Thursday at the Seminary Co-op. “Brush Back” will be the next in a book series revolving around V. I. Warshawski, a Chicago investigator. The author has produced 17 books in the series over 33 years.(…)

Hyde Park remembers Hiroshima

Hyde Park remembers Hiroshima

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the first atomic bomb dropped in Hiroshima, Japan, the community is welcomed to join a remembrance gathering at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, at the site of the Henry Moore sculpture on South Ellis Avenue. Activists and advocates will be in attendance at the(…)

New leadership at Music Teachers of Hyde Park

New leadership at Music Teachers of Hyde Park

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Pianists Donna Lee Fackenthal and Dhilanthi Fernando were recently appointed to leadership roles in the Music Teachers of Hyde Park program, an organization that provides music lessons and performances for the neighborhood. Fackenthal, who is the new president of Music Teachers of Hyde Park (MTHP), is an independent piano teacher(…)

Traveling bikes, art coming to Hyde Park

Traveling bikes, art coming to Hyde Park

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Imagine biking a whole theater set across the country to perform shows at various locations and venues. Agile Rascal “Traveling Bike Theatre” is doing just that. The theatre, composed of seven Bay Area artists, is traveling across the United States this summer to perform their play “Synopsis.” At 8 p.m.(…)

Local lawyer elected to board

Local lawyer elected to board

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park resident Christopher Niro has been elected to the established Board of Directors of the Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF). Niro, a senior associate at the Niro, Haller & Niro law firm in Chicago, will be taking on duties as a Young Lawyers Division Liaison. Niro said he is honored(…)

MSI showing kids science can be cool

MSI showing kids science can be cool

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) again partnered with the Chicago Public Library system this year to bring hands-on science experience to kids. Over the last half of July, teenagers interning at MSI lead science-related activities at various library locations across the city. Attending children follow high school interns(…)

Herb Kent to be honored at Hyde Park event

Herb Kent to be honored at Hyde Park event

By EMMA HERMAN Herald Intern Music abounds in Hyde Park this summer, with multiple free concerts happening throughout the neighborhood each week. Newly added to the roster of events is a free open-air music series at Harper Court, co-hosted by the University of Chicago and Eric Williams, owner of the recently-opened jewelry and apparel shop(…)

New curator picked at Logan Center

New curator picked at Logan Center

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Yesomi Umolu has been appointed as the new curator at the Logan Center for the Arts. Starting Aug. 3, Umolu will oversee exhibitions and work closely with the university and city to develop new art programs. “In Yesomi, we have found a curator who will advance the adventurous, collaborative and(…)

Tom Huyck, 77

Tom Huyck, 77

Long-time Hyde Park resident and lawyer, William Thomas “Tom” Huyck passed away peacefully in his sleep July 10 after a long illness. He was 77. Huyck was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and attended Dartmouth College before becoming a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School. He practiced law in Chicago for almost 50(…)

Don Willard, 73

Don Willard, 73

Hyde Park resident Don Willard passed away peacefully in his home on July 12, 2015, surrounded by family. The glioblastoma brain tumor that took his life was discovered on May 3. Willard was born in Cambridge, Mass., in 1942. He served with the US Air Force, graduated from Boston College in 1968 and came to(…)

Washington Park stand is growing

Washington Park stand is growing

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern The Washington Park Farm Stand, where neighborhood high school students grow all the plants and produce, has returned this summer. The Washington Park Farm Stand, which is sponsored by the Chicago Botanic Garden and Windy City Harvest Markets, is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday through Oct.(…)

Jackson Park restoration moving

Jackson Park restoration moving

By EMMA HERMAN Herald Intern The restoration of Jackson Park continues steadily, with the first phase of restoration complete and the second in progress. Managed by a partnership between the Chicago Park District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the ecological restoration aims to revitalize the park’s various habitats and populations of native species.(…)

A 40-year-old apology to David Axelrod

A 40-year-old apology to David Axelrod

By Cheryl Kravitz Sometimes things take awhile. Saying “you were right” is one of them. I peaked pretty young. I started working as a journalist at the age of 18 on the South Side of Chicago, best known for Bad Boy Leroy Brown, Barack Obama, and, in many circles, David Axelrod. By the age of(…)

Locals report on aging conference

Locals report on aging conference

Editor’s note: Members of the Hyde Park Older Women’s League (OWL) and Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV) wrote this letter sharing their thoughts on this year’s White House Conference on Aging. The White House Conference on Aging is held every 10 years. This year it was held in Washington, D.C., on July 13 and streamed(…)

Alpha Kappa Alpha coming to Hyde Park

Alpha Kappa Alpha coming to Hyde Park

By SARAH E. PAN Staff Writer This Wednesday to Sunday, the service organization Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is hosting a Leadership Seminar in Chicago, bringing thousands of international members to the city and Hyde Park. During the seminar, the organization intends to make a mark with playground renovation, backpack donation, food resources and a hosted(…)

U. of C. offers free online courses

U. of C. offers free online courses

By Sarah Pan Herald Intern This week, the University of Chicago (U. of C.) is releasing a free online law course. Anyone can go online and take Randal C. Picker’s seven-week course, self-paced and with no definite start and end date. Learn more about the important relationship between law and technology with the course: “Internet(…)

Jimmy Carter coming to Seminary Co-op

Jimmy Carter coming to Seminary Co-op

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern On July 24, former president Jimmy Carter is coming to the Seminary Co-op bookstore to sign his latest memoir “A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety.” Co-sponsored by the UChicago Institute of Politics, doors open at 8:30 a.m. and the signings are first come, first served. In “A Full Life,” the(…)

Eugenie R, Mirelowitz, 88

Eugenie R, Mirelowitz, 88

Hyde Park resident Eugenie Victoria Mirelowitz (née Rivkin) passed away on March 27, surrounded by family. She was 88 years old. Mirelowitz was an educator in New York and Chicago, who taught at the elementary school and university level. Rivkin was born in Brooklyn in 1926, the youngest of three children. She was named after(…)