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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(…)

“J” William Halfpenny, 85

“J” William Halfpenny, 85

“J” William Halfpenny of Villa Park died June 15 at age 85. A veteran of the Korean Conflict, he lived most of his life in Hyde Park, where as a locksmith, hardware specialist and foreign-car mechanic, he acquired many friends. Additionally, “J” was a passionate numismatist and sportscar racing fan. He was the fond father of Jay William Halfpenny and loving grandfather(…)

Hyde Park school groups work together to map assets

Hyde Park school groups work together to map assets

By Daschell M. Phillips Staff Writer The Hyde Park Kenwood Community Action Council is working in partnership with University of Chicago education policy student group Block 58 to create an asset map for parents with school-aged children. Shaz Razul, director of community programs at University of Chicago (U. of C.) and member of the HP-K(…)

Nothing will rain on Joan’s parade

Nothing will rain on Joan’s parade

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Joan’s Studio for The Performing Arts closed its doors on June 5, after serving the Hyde Park community for more than 20 years. Joan Steggemann, the owner and founder of Joan’s Studio, first opened up shop in January 1995. “I hoped that this institution would give kids an appreciation for(…)

Grants and kudos in Hyde Park school news

Grants and kudos in Hyde Park school news

Urban Education Institute professor receives prestigious teaching award at University of Chicago, 5801 S. Ellis Ave. Sara Ray Stoelinga, the Sara Liston Spurlark Director of the Urban Education Institute, has won the University of Chicago’s Quantrell Award. The award is given annually to faculty members for outstanding teaching at the college and is considered the(…)

End of an era at Dyett High School

End of an era at Dyett High School

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer As of Herald press time, the last graduating class of the phased-out Dyett High School was slated to graduate Tuesday morning at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl. All 13 seniors were accepted into college and three of the students received full or partial(…)

Lauranita Taylor Dugas, 88

Lauranita Taylor Dugas, 88

Lauranita Taylor Dugas, Hyde Park educator and social advocate, died on May 20, 2015. She was 88. Dugas worked for the Head Start Program, the State of Illinois’ Institute for Juvenile Research and for the Chicago Child Care Society as a supervising teacher for 25 years until her retirement. Dugas chaired the Jones-Swift Scholarship fund(…)