Week of June 13, 2024


  • Paper earns five trophies in five years

    Jun 13, 2024

    The Hinsdalean received 29 editorial awards and, for the fifth time in as many years, the Will Loomis Memorial Trophy for being the best large nondaily newspaper in the state in the Illinois Better Newspaper Contest. The paper also won the sweepstakes in the advertising contest, garnering 27 awards. The awards were presented June 6 at the Illinois Press Association annual convention in Bloomington. "Being named the best weekly newspaper of our size for the fifth year in a row...

  • Car wash demise not family's entire mission

    Ken Knutson | Jun 12, 2024

    Fuller’s Car Wash may be willing to close down to settle a lawsuit over the tragic death of 14-year-old Sean Richards of Hinsdale last summer. But Sean’s family said there’s more at stake for both loved ones and the village at large than simply shuttering the business. The latest developments in the matter emerged at Tuesday night’s village board meeting after Sean’s father Brian rose to speak during public comment. After thanking the village for placing jersey barriers outside the car wash exit to prevent...

  • Local golfers compete close to home

    Sandy Illian Bosch | Jun 12, 2024

    Elyssa Abdullah plays golf every day. But despite living just a couple of miles from Hinsdale Golf Club, the Hinsdale Central golfer never set foot on the links that serve as the home course for the Hinsdale Central boys team. "We've never had the opportunity to play on it," Abdullah said. That all changed this week as Abdullah prepared for the 97th Women's Western Junior Championship, taking place June 10-14 at Hinsdale Golf Club. Hinsdale last played host to the tournament...

  • Real estate sales

    Jun 12, 2024

    Deeds for the following properties in Hinsdale and Golfview Hills were recorded in DuPage County between April 29 and May 16. 1. 1145 Indian Trail Road, Chicago Title Land Trust Co. to Joseph and Michele Alberts, April 29, $625,000 2. 338 N. Quincy St., Robert and Sylvia Klinger to Nickolas Tweihs and Kristin Preihs, May 2, $899,000 3. 844 N. Washington St., Susan Mars to Gwen Bultema, May 2, $1,125,844 4. 730 S. Lincoln St., Joseph and Michele Alberts to Michael and Caroline Wilson, May 2, $1,500,000 5. 811 N. Elm St.,...

  • This week's cover - A house united

    Jun 12, 2024

    While the Hinsdale Middle School Spartans and the Clarendon Hills Middle School Eagles are rivals in sports, when it comes to graduation both held their ceremonies within three hours of each other in the HMS gym on Friday May 31. HMS graduates and their families filled the gym first at 2:30 p.m. Most will now go on to share a common alma mater as members of Hinsdale Central's Red Devil Nation. Please turn to Page 28 for more pictures. (Jim Slonoff...

  • Police enforcement to increase before July 4

    Jun 12, 2024

    The Hinsdale Police Department has announced stepped-up Fourth of July traffic enforcement with a focus on impaired and unbuckled drivers from June 21 through the early-morning hours of July 8. “It’s a straightforward message: If you’re behind the wheel, stay sober. Don’t drink, use marijuana, or consume any other impairing substances before or when driving,” said Deputy Chief Thomas Lillie. Follow these tips to help ensure a happy and safe holiday: • Designate a sober driver and give them your keys before you...

  • Once upon a time

    Jun 12, 2024

    Proprietors from the past - Hinsdale's building services supervisor, Jim Piontkowski, took this photo in 1979. Loaves and Fishes was located at 9 E. First St. at the time. Currently The Salon by David & William calls that location its home. Do you have a Hinsdale photo that is at least 25 years old? We'd love to share it with our readers. Stop by our office at 7 W. First St. or email it to jslonof...

  • Meeting roundup

    Jun 12, 2024

    Hinsdale Village Board Among other business Tuesday, trustees: • held first reads on applications for liquor licenses for Hinsdale Prime Steak restaurant that is expected to open at 40 E. Hinsdale Ave. later this summer and Hinsdale Pantry at 5827 S. Madison St. Hinsdale Prime Steak is requesting a license allowing them to sell alcohol as well as invite customers to bring their own, with a corkage fee. Trustees signaled they will approve both applications on the second read at the July 16 board meeting. • held a first...

  • Good news

    Jun 12, 2024

    Community Service awards presented Seven Hinsdale Central High School students have been recognized by the United Nations Association of the USA and InnerView in the seventh annual Community Service Impact Awards. This program has been designed to connect student community service activities, skill development and commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals to transform our world. The Sustainable Development Goals provide a framework for addressing the world’s most pressing challenges. They also present a unique...

  • Weekly agenda

    Jun 12, 2024

    Hinsdale High School District 86 Board 6 p.m. Thursday, June 13 Hinsdale South High School 7401 Clarendon Hills Road, Darien www.hinsdale86.org/board-of-education/board-meetings Hinsdale Zoning Board of Appeals 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 19 Memorial Building 19 E. Chicago Ave. On the draft agenda: public hearing on 5500 S. Grant St. (Hinsdale...

  • D181, D86 welcome new administrators

    Jun 12, 2024

    Community Consolidated Elementary District 181 and Hinsdale High School District 86 have hired new assistant superintendents who are scheduled to begin work July 1. Erica Ekstrom will be the new assistant superintendent of student services in District 181. Superintendent Hector Garcia said Ekstrom brings a wealth of experience and leadership to the crucial role, having served in various educational capacities throughout her distinguished career. “Ms. Ekstrom’s proven track record of leading and developing successful...

  • Police beat

    Jun 12, 2024

    Hinsdale police distributed the following reports June 11. DUI arrest Michael P. Hart, 55, 4310 N. Riverdale Drive, McHenry, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol at 4:35 a.m. June 5 at 55th Street and Garfield Avenue after police checked on a disabled vehicle on the side of the road. He refused testing to determine blood-alcohol content and was charged and released to appear in court. Vehicle burglarized An unknown suspect was observed on surveillance video entering a vehicle and rummaging through the...

  • Local woman looks back on century's harvest

    Ken Knutson | Jun 12, 2024

    Blowing out 100 candles is no small feat. That is unless one employs a hand fan, as Hinsdale's June Franc did when she celebrated becoming a centenarian on May 31. "I'm full of hot air," Franc quipped while sitting on her front walk surrounded by a lush garden. She and her late husband, Harold, started tending their plot on the village's north side in 1958 as Ohio transplants. Harold's engineering career had brought the young family west, and they were smitten by Hinsdale's...

  • Ask an expert - Dr. Francisco Aguilar, cardiac electrophysiologist

    Sandy Illian Bosch | Jun 12, 2024

    What's the latest way to treat AFib? Living in the town where he has worked for the last 14 years, Dr. Francisco Aguilar said he sometimes feels like the hometown country doctor. But there's nothing small-town about the major medical tools that Aguilar is able to offer as a cardiac electrophysiologist at UChicago Medicine AdventHealth Hinsdale. The hospital is the first in the western suburbs to provide patients with access to the Farapulse Pulsed Field Ablation (PFA) System...

  • Dad reflects on first Father's Day without his youngest son

    Jun 12, 2024

    Since our son, Conor, was born in 2002, I have always anticipated Father’s Day with joy and expectation. It was one of my favorite days of the year. A Sunday in June when everyone is kind to you and you get to do whatever you want. You receive gifts, some of them handmade (the best kind). Dinner with the entire family. U.S. Open golf on TV. What is not to love? This year, I am not anticipating Father’s Day with joy and expectation. This Sunday will be my first Father’s Day without my 14-year-old son, Sean, joining me...

  • Hinsdale falls behind competition on latest list

    Pamela Lannom | Jun 12, 2024

    I am sorry to report Hinsdale once again has fallen short of the North Shore. One of those fancy "W" towns - Winnetka - beat out Hinsdale for the No. 1 spot on the latest list published by HomeSnacks. What is HomeSnacks, you ask? We're not entirely sure, but it produces lots of lists - safest states, most dangerous states, even dumbest states. You can read all of these lists on its Facebook page (which contains no information about who is preparing them or why). And what does...

  • Nice takes leading role on D.C. trip

    Denise Joyce | Jun 12, 2024

    Unlike the fictional Southern belle Blanche DuBois, I have only rarely relied on the kindness of strangers, especially when it comes to travel plans. For help, I count on guidebooks and online travel sites such as Trip Advisor. Before a recent trip my husband, Joe, and I took to Washington, D.C., I found You Tube videos by Rob Pitingolo, who runs Trip Hacks DC Tours. I eventually adjusted to Pitingolo’s quirky speech pattern, which GOES something like THIS, paired with...

  • Whatever nation's mood, Stars and Stripes is never flagging

    Jun 12, 2024

    Hats off! Along the street there comes A blare of bugles, a ruffle of drums, A flash of color beneath the sky: Hats off! The flag is passing by! — from “The Flag Goes By” by Henry Holcomb Bennett Tomorrow, June 14, is Flag Day. On June 6 our nation marked the 80th anniversary of D-Day, when the members of the Greatest Generation carried the flag into the crucible of the Normandy beaches to turn the tide of World War II. The following year, on Feb. 25, 1945, the iconic photo “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima” was taken...

  • Pet pic of the week

    Jun 12, 2024

    Pauly and Mollie are both three-year-old dogs and a bonded pair who need to be adopted into the same home. Pauly is the leader and always looks out for his sister. Mollie is a little more shy and likes to feel safe. They are both wonderful on walks and are eager to please. They are neutered/spayed, fully vaccinated, microchipped, and ready to go home today! They have been approved for children ages 5 and up and have an adoption fee of $500 for the pair. Visit them at the...

  • A generation of making Thursdays fun

    Sandy Illian Bosch | Jun 12, 2024

    Over the last two decades, summer in Hinsdale has become synonymous with Uniquely Thursdays. Each Thursday night from June through August, families and visitors gather in Burlington Park for an evening of live music, food from local vendors, festive beverages, and plenty of fun. The fun continues tonight, June 13, with music by Kelly Daniels. Fans of Daniels know him from Rockstar Rodeo, which was a favorite last year, said Amanda Wagner marketing director for the Hinsdale...

  • Six health screenings every man should have

    Zoheb Osman | Jun 12, 2024

    As part of Men's Health Month, we want to help fathers, sons, grandfathers and grandsons make great decisions about their health and well-being. The best way to stay healthy well into your later years is to participate in regular screenings. Health screenings catch problems early, before they require large amounts of care. All men should stay up to date on these important screenings. • Blood pressure screening High blood pressure is the top risk factor for heart disease....

  • A house united, part two

    Jun 12, 2024

    Clarendon Hills Middle School graduates and their families filled the Hinsdale Middle School gym for their graduation ceremony three hours after HMS held its ceremony. The district saved on the balloons by adding a 'C' to change over the event from HMS to CHMS. The CHMS Choir and the Spartan Chorale were part of the festivities. (Jim Slonoff...

  • Stacking up the trophies

    Jun 12, 2024

    The Madison Stackers recently competed on the regional level and 17 members of the team, including Madison PE teacher Jessica Czerniuk, qualified for the AAU Junior Olympics in North Carolina, held this summer. Before regionals the team members held an early morning practice, where district superintendent Hector Garcia viewed the practicing in full swing watching team members Charlie Simpson and Chris Burrows demonstrate the doubles event. Emilie Cartwright, coach and teacher...