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Local artist brings diversity to greeting card scene

Local artist brings diversity to greeting card scene

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A quick walk through any pharmacy’s greeting card aisle will reveal that a few major companies — Hallmark and American Greetings, in particular — dominate the industry. But that hasn’t stopped Hyde Parker Otis Richardson from entering the market. Since 2004, Richardson, an openly gay artist who works at the(…)

Lab teacher gets award

Lab teacher gets award

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Paul Horton, a history teacher at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, was one of six recipients of the Upton Sinclair Award for service to the field of education this year. Each year, Education News and the Haberman Educational Foundation give the award to recognize leaders in education who(…)

DuSable’s plans for King

DuSable’s plans for King

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History will kick off its Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration Jan. 17 with a special performance of the musical “A Dream Deferred or a Dream Come True?” Saxophonist Ernest Dawkins, who will be accompanied by poet Khari B., will perform a “Dream(…)

Local Lutherans rethink King Day

Local Lutherans rethink King Day

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Lutheran School of Theology is changing they way they celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Pero Multicultural Center at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago will host a multicultural-themed worship service and follow it with a luncheon discussion. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan.(…)

Science live on TV, courtesy of students

Science live on TV, courtesy of students

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Teens working with the Museum of Science and Industry’s (MSI) Science Achievers youth development program just completed their first season of recording the live call-in TV show “Teens Exploring Science with a Live Audience” (TESLA). The Science Achiever’s youth development program at MSI, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., is(…)

Preckwinkle discusses state of Cook

Preckwinkle discusses state of Cook

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle presented a State of the County address to members of the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce at its Quarterly Breakfast Seminar, Wednesday, Dec. 11, at BankFinancial, 1354 E. 55th St. Joined by Cook County Bureau of Economic Development Chief Herman Brewer, Preckwinkle emphasized the(…)

Smart state of mind

Smart state of mind

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Smart Museum of Art is hosting an exhibit of mid-century Californian conceptual art through mid-January. The show, entitled “State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970,” features more than 150 works by 60 artists in media including photography, video and installation. The Hyde Park showing is “State of Mind’s”(…)

HP Village making strides

HP Village making strides

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Hyde Park Village hosted an invitation-only “High Tea” fundraiser last month to raise money to help expense its pending senior center. The fundraiser also served as the launch of its membership campaign. On Nov. 20, selected guests were invited to the home of Janice and Richardson Spofford.(…)

New restaurant to open for wings

New restaurant to open for wings

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A new fast-food restaurant will be opening soon in the space formerly occupied by Hyde Park Gyros, 1368 E 53rd St. Owner Mo Al-Matarneh is aiming to open his new restaurant, Wingers, by Dec. 28. The veteran entrepreneur also founded the Loop’s Oasis Cafe with owner Suleiman Ahmed in 1998.(…)

U-High dominates over Elgin Academy, 74-24

U-High dominates over Elgin Academy, 74-24

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer After finishing 9-2 in last year’s Independent School League conference, the 4-0 University High Maroons boys basketball team stormed into conference play on Friday night with clear intentions: to dominate conference foes Elgin Academy (0-1, 2-2) in their home opener on John Rogers Court. “We understood coming into this game the importance of not playing to(…)

Didjeridu meditation Saturday

Didjeridu meditation Saturday

Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., is hosting its quarterly Worldwide Didjeridu Mediation event, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. this Saturday. This free event is a period of sound healing mediation that features the Chicago Didjeridu Chorus. They will welcome in the new season with various instruments including the didjeridu, which is a 6,000(…)

A tiny castle is brought into the 21st Century at MSI

A tiny castle is brought into the 21st Century at MSI

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Normally tucked above the miniature stove in the Fairy Castle is a set of pewter mugs with little handles made of wood reclaimed from Westminster Abbey after it was damaged during World War II. That type of connection to global history is scattered all over the nine-foot square dollhouse at(…)

La Rabida drive continues

La Rabida drive continues

This holiday season, La Rabida Children’s Hospital and the Hyde Park Herald are teaming up to support some of the neediest families that make use of the hospital’s award-winning facilities. While the hospital is a unique place in large part because of the special children who visit there, the volunteers and staff of the hospital(…)

Nancy Hays to be honored

Nancy Hays to be honored

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer When she was asked to list her achievements and honors, Nancy Hays told her high school alumnae association that she was arrested in 1965 “during a pro-park, anti-highway protest.” Nancy Campbell Hays left an indelible mark on Hyde Park before she died in 2007. The Chicago Park District will likely(…)

A coach with a vision takes the lead at Kenwood Academy

A coach with a vision takes the lead at Kenwood Academy

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer Name: Bill Kluber Position: Athletic Director School: Kenwood Academy Mascot: Broncos Bill Kluber is entering his first season as the athletic director for Kenwood Academy. He teaches physical education to students enrolled in the 7th and 8th grade Academic Center on campus. Kluber originally attended the University of Iowa and(…)

Becker-Friedman workers go inside

Becker-Friedman workers go inside

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The exterior work on the future Becker-Friedman Institute for Research in Economics has been completed. Construction will now focus on the interior renovation. The former Chicago Theological Seminary, 5757 S. University Ave., has been renovated to add a slate roof, improve energy efficiency and clean the exterior bricks. The institute(…)

Crains features locals with a future

Crains features locals with a future

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Crain’s Chicago Business named several Hyde Parkers and those connected to the neighborhood among its 40 most notable Chicagoans under 40 years old. Dave Cocagne, CEO of Vermilion Development, was named to the list for the work his company did building Harper Court. Sameer Badlani, who oversees informatics at the(…)

Kiss – ’N – Go coming to Ray

Kiss – ’N – Go coming to Ray

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray Elementary School has created a new student drop-off and pick-up route called “Kiss – ’N – Go” to reduce traffic confusion before and after school. The new system, which was implemented Monday, requires parents with children in kindergardeners through 4th grade to drop their children off on 56th(…)

La Rabida seeks aid

La Rabida seeks aid

This holiday season, La Rabida Children’s Hospital and the Hyde Park Herald are teaming up to support some of the neediest families that make use of the hospital’s award-winning facilities. An estimated 94 percent of the hospital’s net patient revenue comes from Medicaid and does not begin to cover the costs expended to care for(…)

Open Produce features art

Open Produce features art

By JENNET POSEY Herald Intern A new art exhibit featuring paintings by local artists Sandra Morrissey and Emily Bennett is on display through the month at Open Produce, 1635 E. 55th St. Morrissey, a Hyde Park resident, focuses her work on landscape paintings inspired by the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Michigan. She uses a playful(…)