Week of July 18, 2024


  • Once upon a time

    Jul 17, 2024

    Pictures from the past - Hinsdale's building services supervisor, Jim Piontkowski, took this photo in 1979. Miss Lee Florists may have changed it's name to Phillip's Flowers and Gifts, but it is still located at 47 S. Washington St. and still is owned by the Phillips family, as it has been for more than 100 years. 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...

  • Summer school makes the grade in D86

    Ken Knutson | Jul 17, 2024

    "Why are you willing to spend time on something you're not getting credit for?" The question was posed to rising Hinsdale Central junior Asha Sarai, a student in last week's AP History Writing Workshop, by Alex Mayster, executive director of communications for Hinsdale High School District 86. Sarai had a ready response. "I obviously do care about my academic success," she said, citing the summer slide that can happen. "It's a great way to get back in the mindset of learning...

  • Two new paddle courts likely at KLM

    Pamela Lannom | Jul 17, 2024

    Hinsdale paddle tennis enthusiasts likely will have two new courts to use at Katherine Legge Memorial Park this fall or winter. "We feel like this proposal is a win-win-win situation," said Kevin Parks, a board member of the Hinsdale Platform Tennis Association, citing the village, HPTA and the public as beneficiaries. "Through our partnership with the village, we have been able to create a world-class facility now over at KLM park. "It competes with anything in public...

  • Weekly agenda

    Jul 17, 2024

    Hinsdale Parks and Recreation Commission special meeting 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 23 Memorial Building, 19 E. Chicago...

  • Meeting roundup

    Jul 17, 2024

    Hinsdale High School District 86 Among other business July 11, board members: • approved legal bills totaling $63,325 from Robbins Schwartz for the month of May. Board member Terri Walker pulled the item from the consent agenda, saying she has concerns about the dramatic increase in legal bills. “Perhaps there is a way we could be a little more prudent in our approach, because this money could be used directly toward improving student outcomes,” she said. • approved revisions to policy 2:140 regarding communications...

  • This week's cover - Popsicles and party on the patio

    Jul 17, 2024

    Children from The Community House summer day camp took a break in the shade - and enjoyed some cool treats and a magic show - while attending the Party on the Patio event last week. The next Party on the Patio is planned for 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 9, and the public is invited to listen to a DJ and take part in some yard games. Please turn to Page 24 for more pictures. (Jim Slonoff...

  • Mutts strut

    Jul 17, 2024

    The Regarding Rainey Dog Foundation held a red carpet dog fashion show June 29 at The Community House. Holly Wengerski of Suburban K9 walked Anakin and Bigsby down the red carpet. Len Szatkowski had his corgi, Leia, looking pretty in pink. Bender, whose owner goes by B, tried out a skate board. Shadow didn't have to walk, as Cathy Baker carried him down the aisle. (Jim Slonoff...

  • Party on the patio

    Jul 17, 2024

    Martin Arifi was on of the dozens of children who enjoyed the Magician Keith at The Community House Party on the Patio last week. With popcorn and popsicles and entertainment, the free event was a big hit with the kids and adults in the audience. Jay Ozienkowski didn't realize he had several coins in his ears and nose and Juliette Synowiecki was surprised to find a wooden egg in a bag that was empty before the magic happened. (Jim Slonoff...

  • Members go out for tacos after meeting

    Pamela Lannom | Jul 17, 2024

    All three Hinsdale High School District 86 members who met for dinner following their July 11 meeting say they did not violate the Illinois Open Meetings Act. Board President Cat Greenspon and board members Peggy James and Jeff Waters, who gathered at Taco Grill in Westmont, said no board business was discussed. “We all stayed after (the meeting) to help clean up as we typically do — there are any number of board members that stay after to clean up — and decided we were hungry and went to eat,” Greenspon said....

  • Police beat

    Jul 17, 2024

    Hinsdale police distributed the following reports July 16. DUI & drug arrest Qasem N. Bashir, 40, 7249 W. 84th St., Bridgeview, was arrested for felony methamphetamine possession, driving under the influence of drugs, improper lane use, operating an uninsured vehicle, failure to signal when changing lanes and failure to signal when required at 4:08 a.m. July 11 at Route 83 and Ogden Avenue. He was in possession of drug paraphernalia containing a white crystal substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine. He was...

  • Hinsdale woman finds multiple ways to give back

    Sandy Illian Bosch | Jul 17, 2024

    From the first time she visited Hinsdale, Tina Weller liked what she saw. She's spent the last two decades making it, and the world around it, even better. "It just seemed like a really amazing community where people were happy," Weller said of Hinsdale, the village she and husband Jeff chose as their home 20 years ago while expecting their first son. Since then, Weller has taken nearly every opportunity to give back to her adopted hometown. From volunteering at her two sons'...

  • Ask an expert - Business profile - Sullivan Funeral Home

    Ken Knutson | Jul 17, 2024

    The funeral business has changed in the century since Harry Sullivan made the transition from an accounting career. “The first location was really just a storefront, because they were still doing wakes and everything in homes,” funeral director Brian Sullivan said of the venture his great-grandfather launched in Chicago’s Marquette Manor neighborhood in 1924. For 100 years the Sullivan family has served grieving families, helping them navigate one of the most difficult...

  • Assassination attempt prompted history lesson

    Pamela Lannom | Jul 17, 2024

    When I heard of the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, I mentally ticked off the same list many others did - Lincoln, JFK, RFK Jr., Reagan. Then I heard a news report about an attempt on former President Teddy Roosevelt's life as he sought another term. I was surprised to hear about an assassination attempt that I didn't remember learning about in school. Then I did a little research online and discovered the list of assassination attempts on presidents...

  • 'Albert's First Day'

    Peter Celauro | Jul 17, 2024

    Shortly before daybreak on July 18th, Two sharp, tiny claws bored a hole in the ground. And crawling up from his dark birthplace beneath, A white nymph emerged without making a sound. Then, knowing not why - some deep instinct, I s'pose, He found a tall maple and started to climb. Soon, into bright sunlight young Albert arose, And found himself 30 feet high in no time. The instinct that told him to climb now said, "Stop!" So Albert latched onto the dry, ragged bark. And...

  • Still plenty of summer to enjoy in Hinsdale

    Jul 17, 2024

    Camps. Lessons. Team practices. Trips to the pool — or maybe summer school. Appointments at the DMV. All of the above can leave us wondering — just where are those lazy days of summer that they sing about? And with the Fourth of July well behind us and the first day at Hinsdale Central less than a month away, summer seems to be quickly slipping from our grasp. But there is plenty of summer left and plenty of activities to enjoy before it’s time to pull out the wool slacks and cashmere sweaters. Residents have six more...

  • We all scream for ice cream!

    Pamela Lannom | Jul 17, 2024

    July is National Ice Cream Month. What better way to celebrate than to enjoy some of the frozen treats available right here in Hinsdale? Twisted treats A creamy homemade vanilla soft serve swirled with a delicious fruit sorbet takes ice cream to the next level at Vistro Prime. "Right now we have blueberry from Ellis Farm," Angelyne Canicosa, pastry chef at the restaurant, said of the sorbet currently available. Of course, either flavor can be ordered individually. But the...

  • Pet pic of the week

    Jul 17, 2024

    This orange boy is from the streets and is ready to settle down into being a housecat. Martino loves to curl up in your lap and will sometimes even give you kisses on your nose! He seems to be indifferent to other cats, but he does not like dogs. His favorite pastime is looking out the window and reminiscing about his time living outdoors, so he would probably love a catio or leash training. Martino is 2 years old, microchipped, neutered and fully vaccinated. He is approved...

  • Hinsdale native gets Halas Hall call

    Ken Knutson | Jul 17, 2024

    Kiran Amegadjie didn't start playing football until age 13 when he joined the Hinsdale Falcons youth program. "I remember getting hit, and I remember my first headache after a long practice and all the soreness I felt," Amegadjie recounted. "I was like, 'What did I just get myself into?' " The Hinsdale native had no idea he'd gotten himself onto a path that less than 10 years later would lead to the National Football League as the 75th pick in the 2024 Draft by his hometown...