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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(…)

Sandra McVicker Rosenfield, 78

Sandra McVicker Rosenfield, 78

Long-time Hyde Park resident Sandra McVicker Rosenfield passed away unexpectedly from fulminant pneumonia at 9:45 a.m., Tuesday, April 28, at her residence in Monticello, Ill. She was 78 years old. Rosenfield was born on Feb. 13, 1937 in Normal, Ill., to Lewis and Alberta McVicker. She was a graduate of Bement High School and Northwestern(…)

Leslie L. Fant, 76

Leslie L. Fant, 76

Leslie L. Fant succumbed to this life on June 30, 2015, at Montgomery Place Retirement Community and Home Care Services. Fant was an educator who is remembered for his dedication to mentoring hundreds of kids in Hyde Park and Englewood. Fant was born to Virginia Randolph and Robert Fant on March 18, 1939, in Bowling(…)

Local film maker previews work

Local film maker previews work

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer Hyde Parkers recently got a sneak preview of the director’s cut screening of the short film “B Love” at the University of Chicago Center for the Study of Race Politics and Culture. “B-Love,” co-directed – by Shahari Moore, who is the Historian Emeritus for the Cosby Screenwriting Program at The(…)

Kenwood student joins the Icebox Derby

Kenwood student joins the Icebox Derby

By Emma Herman Herald Intern Kenwood resident and high school student Mikayola Martinez will be one of 30 girls competing this summer in the second annual Icebox Derby, hosted by ComEd. The competition, aimed at encouraging girls to study Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM)-related fields, challenges the high schoolers to build race cars out(…)

Hyde Park farmers market roundup

Hyde Park farmers market roundup

By Sarah Pan Herald Intern Hyde Park hosts two local farmers markets, which are especially popular during the summer season. An oasis in the food desert just beyond Hyde Park’s southern border, the 61st Street Farmers Market continues into summer with fresh goods of July seasonality, such as corn, green beans, tomatoes, melons, peaches and(…)

La Rabida ranks as one of the most beautiful hospitals in U.S.

La Rabida ranks as one of the most beautiful hospitals in U.S.

By Sarah Pan Herald Intern La Rabida Children’s Hospital has been designated one of the “20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S.” by Soliant Health. La Rabida was nominated alongside more than 70 hospitals across the country, accumulating almost 4,000 votes in the month-long voting period out of almost 390,000 total. With those votes, La(…)

Daschell Phillips named Herald editor

Daschell Phillips named Herald editor

Gabriel Piemonte, editor of the Hyde Park Herald for the past 9 years, has resigned to pursue other personal interests. Daschell M. Phillips has been named the new editor. Phillips has worked at the Herald for almost a decade and created and covered the schools beat. The staff changes were announced by Publisher Bruce Sagan(…)

Even Hyde Parkers agree: Hurray for Blackhawks

Even Hyde Parkers agree: Hurray for Blackhawks

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer The Blackhawks championship reportedly brought together two million people from all over the state to celebrate the team’s third cup in six years. Sporting a red and black Stan Mikita jersey while at the parade, Hyde Park resident Anna Morris said she has been a Blackhawks fan for “forever.” She(…)

William Richmann Schick, 72

William Richmann Schick, 72

William “Bill” Schick, 72, died at home on June 6, 2015, while preparing to watch the second Stanley Cup game with his wife, Jacqueline Kirley. He had been in hospice care for cancer since February. Bill was born in Chicago on August 17, 1942, but was raised in La Porte, Indiana, by his mother, Lois(…)