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Margo Jefferson speaks at U. of C. Seminary Co-op

Margo Jefferson speaks at U. of C. Seminary Co-op

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Margo Jefferson, a book and theater critic for The New York Times and winner of a Pulitzer Prize for criticism, visited the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., on Thursday, Jan. 14, to speak on her most recent accomplishment, “Negroland: A Memoir.” “Negroland” takes a look at Jefferson’s upbringing(…)

Elizabeth Hollander Memorial Service

Elizabeth Hollander Memorial Service

Please join us to remember the life and legacy of Hyde Park resident Elizabeth Hollander, a former planning commissioner for the City of Chicago, mother, planner, civic leader, community activist and mentor. Her memorial service will take place at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4 at Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., in the Cindy(…)

Anne Hammond Roby 1940-2015

Anne Hammond Roby 1940-2015

Anne Hammond Roby passed away in Chicago on Dec. 13, 2015 of acute issues related to lung cancer. She was 75. Born and raised in Columbia, SC, Roby moved to Hyde Park in 1959 to attend the University of Chicago and never left. She lived in the same condominium apartment for 47 years and was(…)

John James Fenessy 1933-2016

John James Fenessy 1933-2016

Hyde Park resident John James Fennessy died on Sunday, Jan. 3. He was Professor of Radiology at the University of Chicago. Fennessy was born in Clonmel County Tipperary in Ireland in 1933. He was an alumnus of Glenstall Abbey Limerick and Christian Brothers Schools in Clonmel. Fennessy received his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of(…)

Herbet R. Barghusen 1933-2015

Herbet R. Barghusen 1933-2015

Herbert R. Barghusen, a longtime resident of Hyde Park in Chicago and more recently of Ogden Dunes, Ind., died on Dec. 25, 2015 in Chesterton, Ind. after an illness of several months.  Born July 9, 1933 in Englewood, New Jersey to Lydia Bertha (nee Weber) and John Joseph Barghusen, Barghusen spent his youth in the(…)

Security alert: 53rd St. robbery

Security alert: 53rd St. robbery

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A Christmas Eve robbery on 53rd St. and Blackstone Ave. caused the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) to issue a community alert to residents of Hyde Park. In a statement issued shortly after the incident, the university’s Associate Vice President for Safety, Security and Civic Affairs, Marlon Lynch, wrote,(…)

Lady Broncos upset Bengals’ winning streak

Lady Broncos upset Bengals’ winning streak

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer Kenwood Academy High School Lady Broncos hosted the Bogan High School Bengals, Jan. 6, in a Windy City Central girl’s basketball conference match. Both the 18th ranked Lady Broncos (5-0) and the 19th ranked Bengals (4-0) were undefeated in conference play before Wednesday night’s game. “Our goal was to overcome a mountain,”(…)

Broncos dominate Dunbar in conference match

Broncos dominate Dunbar in conference match

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer With four players finishing in double figures (Manny Patterson 13 points, Zion Morgan 13 points, David Hunt 11 points, and Nick Robinson 10 points), the Kenwood Academy High School Broncos dominated the Dunbar High School Mighty Men 51-28 on Thursday night in Red Central conference play. “In the beginning we(…)

Susanne Hoeber Rudolph, 85

Susanne Hoeber Rudolph, 85

Susanne Hoeber Rudolph, the William Benton Distinguished Service Professor Emerita of Political Science at the University of Chicago, died Dec. 23 in Oakland, Calif., after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. Rudolph, 85, was a past president of the American Political Science Association and the Association for Asian Studies, and a member of the American(…)

Lynn Marie Beard, 58

Lynn Marie Beard, 58

Lynn Marie Beard, 58, born in Chicago, Ill. on March 5, 1957, quietly released her body on Dec. 16, 2015 at St. Joseph’s hospital, 1725 W Harrison Street. Her younger sister, Susan (Gay) was with her as she made her transition. Lynn lived in Chicago all of her life. With her sisters, Jill and Susan, she had(…)

U. of C. focuses on diversity in higher ed

U. of C. focuses on diversity in higher ed

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The University of Chicago (U. of C.) announced on Dec. 15 that it will join the Creating Connections Consortium (C3), a select group of research institutions and liberal arts colleges working to promote diversity in higher education by finding better ways to hire and support graduate students from underrepresented groups(…)

MSI offers free museum entry in January, celebrates MLK Day

MSI offers free museum entry in January, celebrates MLK Day

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer For the entire month of January, the Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., will be offering free museum entry on weekdays to Illinois residents. Additionally, the museum will kick off its annual Black Creativity Program with a Family Day on Jan. 18, Martin Luther King, Jr.(…)

Jane Averill, 1957-2015

Jane Averill, 1957-2015

Jane Averill, teacher at Ray Elementary School, died peacefully in her Hyde Park home Monday, Dec. 7 after a battle with ovarian cancer. She was 58. Averill wasn’t born and raised in Hyde Park, but she embodied the neighborhood’s progressive, broad-minded, activist spirit. And it was here that she thrived, found the warm friendships and(…)

Richard Orlikoff, 1923 – 2015

Richard Orlikoff, 1923 – 2015

Richard Orlikoff, legal counsel for the Hyde Park Herald and Hyde Park resident for over 60 years, died Thursday, Dec. 10. He was 92. Orlikoff was born in New Jersey on July 23, 1923 to Samuel and Blanche Orlikoff. After high school he attended the University of Michigan where he graduated with a Bachelor of(…)

Kenwood Broncos prevail over neighborhood rivals

Kenwood Broncos prevail over neighborhood rivals

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer Suffering their first loss of the season (in Michigan) over the weekend, the 3rd ranked Kenwood Academy High School Broncos (3-1) returned home, looking to redeem themselves against neighborhood rivals (No. 25) Hyde Park Academy High School Thunderbirds (5-2) on Thursday night at Thunderbird gymnasium. “We knew it would be intense!” said Marlo Finner, head coach of Kenwood Academy, 5015(…)

A dancer’s dream comes true

A dancer’s dream comes true

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Over 170 dancers will make up this year’s Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) “Nutcracker” performance, but one performer in particular is especially excited to have the opportunity to be in the show. Ladonna Freidheim has a minor disability, but it comes with physical limitations. Freidheim trained to be a(…)