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Future of health care a budgetary concern for county board president

Future of health care a budgetary concern for county board president

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was the guest speaker at a Cook County Suburban Publishers luncheon, Friday, May 20, at the Renaissance Chicago Hotel, 1 W. Wacker Dr. During her speech Preckwinkle, who served as 4th Ward alderman for 19 years, spoke about how important newspapers are to communities. “You have a direct line(…)

Kenwood resident starts pizza franchise

Kenwood resident starts pizza franchise

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer An entrepreneur from Kenwood will be the first to introduce the Persona Pizzeria franchise to the Midwest region when a Loop location opens in mid-July. Greg Dunn said he had been looking to own a franchise when he found the new, fast casual pizza restaurant that serves both specialty pizzas(…)

St. Thomas the Apostle open house and lecture

St. Thomas the Apostle open house and lecture

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Every year, The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust hosts an Architectural Housewalk in Oak Park and River Forest. This year, the tour will expand its reach into Hyde Park with a special program at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 5472 S. Kimbark Ave. On May 22, the church will open its(…)

Amanda’s Garden workday

Amanda’s Garden workday

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Ray Elementary School needs volunteers for a workday on Amanda’s Garden on Saturday, May 21. The garden, located on the corner of 56th Street and Kenwood Avenue, is an outdoor space in honor of Amanda Carter. Carter was a second grader at Ray when a drunk driver killed her in(…)

Memorial service for Dr. Quentin Young

Memorial service for Dr. Quentin Young

A memorial service for Dr. Quenton Young will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 22 at KAM Isaiah Israel, 5039 S. Greenwood Ave. Young, a Hyde Park native who served the community through his health practice and activism, died Monday, March 7 at the age of 92. He was well known(…)

Volunteers needed for citywide park cleanup

Volunteers needed for citywide park cleanup

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Chicago Parks Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Chicago Park District, is searching for volunteers for “It’s Your Park Day,” a citywide clean up event on June 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Throughout the day, community residents will partner with park advisory council members to mulch trees,(…)

Dr. Robert L. Replogle, 84

Dr. Robert L. Replogle, 84

Robert L. Replogle, MD, 84, of Chicago, Ill. died Monday, May 9, at the University of Chicago Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. Born in 1931 in Ottumwa, Iowa, to Ralph and Edith (Swartz) Replogle, He moved to Clear Lake at the age of seven and grew up there, graduating with his high school(…)

Walk, play, bazaar in school news

Walk, play, bazaar in school news

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Walk for Ray School Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., is holding a Walk-a-Thon fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 20. Ray is hoping that the Walk-a-Thon will help the school reach its goal of $25,000 that will go toward supplies and programs at the school.(…)

Ruth Rose Block Michael, 103

Ruth Rose Block Michael, 103

Ruth Rose Block Michael passed away peacefully, Feb. 17, after a short illness. Block Michael, was born on Aug. 5, 1912 in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada to Violet Wendelboe and Louis Block. Her father owned a piano store and delivered pianos by horse drawn wagon. When the family moved to Hyde Park in the 1920s,(…)

“Strength and Struggle”

“Strength and Struggle”

Chabad center hosts “Strength and Struggle” courses The Rohr Chabad Jewish Center, 5700 S. Woodlawn Ave., is hosting a six-part course titled “Strength and Struggle.” The course features  Lessons in character from prophets. The courses begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 17. The first course is free.

William Grimshaw,77

William Grimshaw,77

William “Bill” J. Grimshaw, passed away on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, after a long illness. For many years the 77 year old was known as an expert on Chicago politics. Grimshaw was born on May 18, 1938, to Elmer J. Grimshaw, a factory worker, and Violet Teppo Grimshaw, who was born in America to Finnish immigrants.(…)

Jackson Park Five Classic Run gets groovy

Jackson Park Five Classic Run gets groovy

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th), Tri-Master-Youth Division and the SECC are partnering to host a 1960s and 1970s-themed running event on May 14. Costumes are encouraged. The event, titled the Jackson Park Five Classic Run, kicks-off at 7:30 a.m. and includes three different running courses. Participants will choose between a 5(…)

61st Farmers Market to hold first outdoor event of the season

61st Farmers Market to hold first outdoor event of the season

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer   The 61st Street Farmers Market returns outdoors Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., marking the beginning of warmer weather and weekly markets. The 61st Street Farmers Market is located between Drochester and Blackstone avenues and features dozens of local farms, bakeries and other organic and fresh vendors. The(…)

KOCO annual convention

KOCO annual convention

KOCO’s annual convention celebrates So. side trauma center and Dyett High School activists The Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) is hosting its annual convention Saturday, May 14, at King College Prep High School, 4445 S. Drexel Blvd.  State Sen. Mattie Hunter (D-3) and Veronica Morris-Moore, they youth organizer that helped lead the campaign that won a(…)

Mother’s Day events in HP

Mother’s Day events in HP

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Celebrate your mother in Hyde Park at various neighborhood events going on for Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8. On Thursday, May 5, at Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., there will be a Mother’s Day Stories and Crafts for children ages 5 and up beginning at 4(…)

Art Fair looking for volunteers

Art Fair looking for volunteers

The 57th Street Art Fair Committee is looking for volunteers to help the days of the Fair: Saturday and Sunday, June 4th and 5th. The committee needs people to help at four information booths (answering questions, giving directions, etc.), to be booth sitters for artists needing to take a break, to help with volunteer recruitment,(…)

Annual Spring Garden Fair

Annual Spring Garden Fair

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The 57th Annual Spring Garden Fair is set for May 13 through the 14 at the Hyde Park Shopping Center, 5500 S. Lake Park Ave. Thousands of plants will be available to purchase during the two-day event and all proceeds benefit the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference. Both annuals and perennials(…)

CSRPC anniversary lecture

CSRPC anniversary lecture

The University of Chicago’s Center for the Study of Race Politics, and Culture (CSRPC) is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its annual public lecture and the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party with guest lecturer Kathleen Neal Cleaver. From 1967 to 1971, Cleaver was the communications secretary of the Black Panther(…)

Adrienne Jane Archia, 53

Adrienne Jane Archia, 53

Adrienne Jane Archia suffered a sudden, tragic cardiac arrest and lapsed into a coma just prior to the holidays this past December.  After a two-week hospitalization she passed away peacefully from this life on Dec. 29, 2015.  Born in Milwaukee, WI in 1962, Archia was the beloved wife of Robert Braye, and loving mother of(…)

70-year-old missing

70-year-old missing

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer James Bell, a 70-year-old South Side resident, has been missing since April 5, 2016, according to Chicago police. He was last seen in the area of 6100 S. Kenwood Ave., on Monday, April 4, wearing a navy blue baseball cap, jeans, a hooded sweatshirt and a vest. Police described Bell(…)