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Beloved principal honored with mural

Beloved principal honored with mural

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park native Desi Mundo, aerosol writer and muralist, created a mural of Hyde Park educator Sara Spurlark and donated it to Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kenwood Ave. Mundo is the founder and executive director of Community Rejuvenation Project in Oakland, Calif. He’s also painted several murals around(…)

Kenwood art revealed

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern There’s a new splash of art along Hyde Park Boulevard. A collaboration between Chicago Public Art Group artist Phil Schuster and Kenwood Academy’s art students, a new mural outside the school is part of an initiative to increase the presence of the high school’s art programming. Schuster, a cement(…)

Tomato trade for poetry at the HPAC

Tomato trade for poetry at the HPAC

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center hosted an exchange of free tomato seedlings for poems last week. The impromptu swap was organized by Cream Co., a Bridgeport-based artist collective that was in residence at the Hyde Park Art Center in 2011 and 2012. Since last year, the group has been swapping(…)

Hyde Park Community Art Fair to feature artist with bags made of upholstery fabric

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern One of around 85 participants at this year’s Hyde Park Community Art Fair (CAF), artist Jackie Gray will sell bags she creates with upholstery fabric. “My bags are one-of-a-kind,” Gray said. “I like to say unless there’s someone else, in Albuquerque or somewhere, with the exact same idea, and(…)

Hyde Park Community Art Fair returns this weekend

Hyde Park Community Art Fair returns this weekend

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Art Fair will once again set up shop just steps away from the 57th Street Art Fair. The unaffiliated fair will take place from 11 a.m. to dusk on Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8, at Bixler Playlot Park, 5641 S. Kenwood Ave., and will(…)

Sam Greenlee dead at 83

Sam Greenlee dead at 83

South Side author Sam Greenlee died May 19, 2014 at the age of 83. Born in Chicago in 1930, Greenlee grew up in Woodlawn. He attended Englewood High School, and then the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the University of Chicago. Following a stint at the U.S. Information Agency, he published his most famous novel,(…)

Bernstein all the rage at Mandel

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern This year’s annual Cathy Heifetz Memorial Concert, “Bernstein Bash!,” will pay homage to the American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, at 8 p.m. on May 31 at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. There will be an encore performance at 3 p.m. on June 1. Concluding the University of(…)

Hyde Park mystery novelist draws from neighborhood

Hyde Park mystery novelist draws from neighborhood

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Parker K.B. Jensen has published a new murder mystery novel, drawing inspiration from the neighborhood and her professional life. Entitled “Painting with Fire,” her book tells the story of an unemployed woman sharing an apartment with a man who has a shadowy past, on the heels of a murder(…)

Five years of the players

By Jessica Kim Cohen Herald Intern Celebrating their fifth anniversary, the Hyde Park Community Players will perform their first improvisation and sketch-comedy show at 7 p.m. on May 30 at the Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St. Repeat performances will be announced throughout June, beginning with two performances at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn(…)

Akiba-Schecter student wins science fair

Akiba-Schecter student wins science fair

Akiba-Schecter student wins science fair By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Akiba-Schechter student Zev Goldberg won first place in the essay portion of the Illinois Junior Academy of Science Competition for his paper on methane hydrates. Goldberg, an 8th grader at Akiba, 5235 S. Cornell Ave., competed against 7th to 12th grade students from all(…)

Kenwood students named Gates Millennium Scholars

Kenwood students named Gates Millennium Scholars

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School seniors Khensura LoveEl, Amber Cowan, Kyra Kemp, Ibtihal Elfaki and Quinasia Douglas are recipients of the Gates Millennium Scholarship. The Gates Millennium Scholars program was established through partnerships between the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the United Negro College Fund, Hispanic Scholarship Fund and The(…)

New murder mystery novel draws from Hyde Park

New murder mystery novel draws from Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Parker K.B. Jensen has published a new murder mystery novel, drawing inspiration from the neighborhood and her professional life. Entitled “Painting with Fire,” her book tells the story of an unemployed woman sharing an apartment with a man who has a shadowy past, on the heels of a murder(…)

U. of C. faculty to take on fossil fuel divestment

U. of C. faculty to take on fossil fuel divestment

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Four University of Chicago faculty members will tackle the issue of U. of C. divestment from fossil fuels at an upcoming panel discussion. The event, presented by the UChicago Climate Action Network (UCAN), will take place next Monday, May 19, from 6-8 p.m., at International House, 1414 E. 59th St.(…)

Hyde Park man charged in murder role

Hyde Park man charged in murder role

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A Hyde Park man was charged with illegally selling the gun that was used in the murder of a 14-year-old girl two weeks ago. Robert James, 34, of the 1300 block of East Hyde Park Avenue, was charged with one felony count of disorderly conduct — false report of offense(…)

Memorial planned for U. of C. law student killed in crash

Memorial planned for U. of C. law student killed in crash

Laura Anne LaPlante, 26, of Hancock, N.H., died May 2 from injuries sustained during a car crash on Lake Shore Drive, when a car traveling the wrong way collided with her vehicle. LaPlante distinguished herself among her classmates as a leader whose sharp intellect was matched by her kindness. She was a third year student(…)

Rodfei Zedek congregants recall terror under Nazi regime

Rodfei Zedek congregants recall terror under Nazi regime

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Three members of Congregation Rodfei Zedek, 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd., will share their childhood stories of Nazi-era Europe early next week. The panel discussion, which serves as this year’s final meeting of the Congregation Rodfei Zedek Sisterhood, will take place at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 19, at the(…)

Hyde Parker killed in Afghanistan

Hyde Parker killed in Afghanistan

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A Hyde Park pediatrician was killed while working with children in Afghanistan. Dr. Jerry Umanos was killed when a member of the Afghan security guard opened fire on foreign doctors on Tuesday, April 24. Three Americans, including Umanos, were killed. Umanos worked at the CURE International Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan,(…)

Kenwood Academy collecting shoes for those in need

Kenwood Academy collecting shoes for those in need

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Spanish II classes at Kenwood Academy High School are collecting gently used shoes for those in need all over the world. For the past two years, Spanish teacher Shenel Conde has been working with students at Kenwood to collect shoes for Share Your Soles, a Chicago-based non-profit that(…)

University of Chicago hires new deans for college and Graham School

University of Chicago hires new deans for college and Graham School

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago appointed two new deans last week. John “Jay” Ellison will replace Susan Art as dean of the College. Mark Nemec will succeed Dan Shannon as dean of the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. Ellison has previously worked as an administrator at Harvard. Art(…)

Study affirms value of CPS On-Track program

Study affirms value of CPS On-Track program

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Derrius Quarles known nationally as “The Million Dollar Scholar” and a multitude of seniors who received Millennium Gates Scholarships over the past five years always attribute a large part of their success to the counselors from Kenwood Academy High School’s Freshman On-Track Program. According to a new study released(…)