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Community members voice ongoing concerns about local post office

Community members voice ongoing concerns about local post office

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer For some time now, residents have had complaints regarding the United States Postal Service (USPS) finance station, 1510 E. 55th St. After a temporary Internet outage on Monday, July 25, complaints reemerged. According to Mark Reynolds, the Chicago district spokesperson for USPS, the outage was related to an issue with(…)

Mary Ella Smith, 80

Mary Ella Smith, 80

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Mary Ella Smith, who was former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington’s fiancé, passed away on Thursday, June 9. Smith died at her Washington Park home after succumbing to an illness. She was 80 years old. Smith grew up in Chicago and was an elementary school teacher for most of her life,(…)

U. of C. research center expansion breaks ground

U. of C. research center expansion breaks ground

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern The University of Chicago (U. of C.) broke ground on Monday for a new addition to its astrophysics research center, according to the real estate site CP Executive. The project is expected to be finished in 2017. The project includes a two-story expansion of the Laboratory for Astrophysics and Space(…)

Mehmet Polat Trio brings world music to University Church

Mehmet Polat Trio brings world music to University Church

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Chicago Academy of Music is bringing the Mehmet Polat Trio to University Church, 5655 S. University Ave., for a concert on Aug. 21. The Mehmet Polat Trio draws its roots from the Ottoman, ancient Anatolian, Balkan and West African music traditions. The Ney, Lora and Oud are the three(…)

Memorial Service for Ramon (Ray) Hoff

Memorial Service for Ramon (Ray) Hoff

A memorial service to celebrate the life of physicist and University of Chicago alumnus Ramon (Ray) Hoff, will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday Aug. 7. The service will take place at Disciples Divinity House Library (first floor), 1156 E. 57th St. The house is a white stone building between University Church and First(…)

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(…)