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 By Ken Knutson    News 

Nonprofits learn to adapt during 2020

As the new year begins, The Hinsdalean traditionally reaches out to the leaders of the village’s seven nonprofit agencies, inviting them to offer a recap of the previous year and to share one wish for the new year. This is the... — Updated 1/13/2021

 By Ken Knutson    Pulse 

Events salute civil rights leader

Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which marks the birthday of the man whose name is synonymous with the fight against systemic racism and championing for equal rights for all... — Updated 1/13/2021

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds 

Hinsdalean leads nonprofit in meeting surging need

As a longtime Hinsdalean, Bob Lassandrello knew little about the food pantry operating out of the village's Memorial Building, Then five years ago his neighbor, an HCS Family... — Updated 1/13/2021

 By Ken Knutson    News

New year uncorks more requests for liquor licenses

Several new or modified liquor license requests have been submitted by local businesses recently, and trustees discussed the applications at their Tuesday night meeting. Revealing that Baldinelli, 114 S. Washington St., is poised... — Updated 1/6/2021

 By Ken Knutson    Sports

Army's Johnson captures gridiron glory

Mike Johnson's final campaign as a member of the Army football program was cloaked in uncertainty when training camp began last June. How many games would the pandemic allow? Would... — Updated 1/6/2021

 By Ken Knutson    News

Trustees want more retail merchants

To make the most of Hinsdale’s prime and precious commercial property, village officials are keen to embrace businesses that contribute to the sales tax coffers. Firms like Lakeside Bank, which has applied for a special use... — Updated 12/29/2020

 By Ken Knutson    News

D86 tackles Transition Center crunch

To address surging demand for Transition Center services, Hinsdale High School District 86 is poised to spend $3.8 million to lease and remodel an additional 11,500 square feet of space to accommodate students next school year and... — Updated 12/22/2020

 By Ken Knutson    Pulse

Keeping the faith at Christmas

Staging its annual Christmas Eve indoor live nativity program has always been a significant undertaking for Hinsdale Covenant Church. But orchestrating it during a pandemic? Not... — Updated 12/16/2020

 By Ken Knutson    News

Hinsdale Hospital readies for vaccine

Amita Medical Center Hinsdale was expecting delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine this week, with hopes of administering inoculations to its frontline healthcare staff Wednesday or Thursday. The first injections vaccine approved by the... — Updated 12/16/2020

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Hinsdale woman uplifts lives one makeover at a time

Hinsdale's Jackelyn Kastanis spent a year helping care for childhood best friend Brooke Bolley in their native Detroit area until Bolley succumbed to cancer in 2011 at the age of... — Updated 12/16/2020

 By Ken Knutson    News

Village finances solid even with dip in revenues

Hinsdale officials say they will finish the 2020 fiscal year with a surplus despite tax revenues coming in nearly $1 million under budget. At a committee of the whole meeting Dec. 3, trustees and members of the village’s finance... — Updated 12/9/2020

 By Ken Knutson    News

Feds enter legal battle over sober house

The village of Hinsdale has been sued by the U.S. Department of Justice under the Fair Housing Act for its effort to prohibit Trinity Sober Living from operating a group home in town. In its complaint filed Nov. 24 with the U.S.... — Updated 12/9/2020


Ask an expert - Business profile - Phillip's Flowers & Gifts

Rich red poinsettias, stylish wintery tableaus, twinkling trees of varying sizes - both green and flocked - welcome December visitors to Phillip's Flowers & Gifts in downtown... — Updated 12/9/2020


Levies on local taxing bodies' agendas

The Community Consolidated District 181 Board is poised to pass a $67.1 million property tax levy on Monday, Dec. 7. The proposed levy, which totals $75.1 million when the debt service fund is included, was approved by the board... — Updated 12/2/2020

 By Ken Knutson    Pulse

Home for the holidays

Welcome to Holidays in Hinsdale: Pandemic Edition. Restrictions on gatherings have had a Grinch-like impact, stealing away the ability to hold numerous cherished seasonal programs... — Updated 12/2/2020

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Hinsdale gardener helps hang holiday cheer

The season of the wreath has come around again, that symbol of continuous life with no beginning or end woven of enduring evergreen boughs. Every year a sizable one adorns the... — Updated 12/2/2020

 By Ken Knutson    News

Scores turn out for Thanksgiving meals

Cars wrapped around the corner of Maple and Washington streets early Saturday morning, then further back on Hinsdale Avenue all the way to Garfield Avenue, queued up to receive a... — Updated 11/24/2020



How can young people champion social justice? Youth is no obstacle to activism, as demonstrated by Aminah Ahmed. The Hinsdale Central junior and first-generation Indian-American... — Updated 11/24/2020

 By Ken Knutson    Pulse

Get in the spirit to give

Dec. 1 is Giving Tuesday, and now is the time to start considering service organizations to which you want to extend extra support this year. Giving Tuesday is global generosity... — Updated 11/18/2020

 By Ken Knutson    News

Hinsdale navigates the COVID-19 crisis

Indoor dining at restaurants is prohibited. Learning for many is moving from in-person to remote. And people are being urged to avoid gathering for a high-profile holiday. That was... — Updated 11/18/2020

 By Ken Knutson    News

Village to pay for bridge upgrades

Customized retaining walls for the entrance to the proposed pedestrian bridge would cost Hinsdale about $25,000, or so village trustees thought. At Tuesday night’s village board meeting via Zoom, board members learned that... — Updated 11/18/2020

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Hinsdale returnee espouses cooperation over conflict

"The best beloved of all things in my sight is Justice." These are the words of Bahá'u'lláh, the 19th-century founder of the Bahá'í Faith, which emphasizes the value of all reli... — Updated 11/18/2020

 By Ken Knutson    News

D86 moves ahead on academic equity

Hinsdale High School District 86 officials are advancing their effort to furnish students at Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South high schools the same course opportunities. At the school board’s Oct. 29 meeting, Assistant... — Updated 11/11/2020

 By Ken Knutson    Sports

NHL teams pick local teens in draft

Becoming a first-round pick in last month's National League Hockey draft was gratifying for Hinsdale's Jacob Perreault. "It's hard to believe. You dream of it as a kid, and to... — Updated 11/11/2020



What's involved in home caregiving? To get their fledgling Independence-4-Seniors Home Care firm off the ground in 2002, Joan and Mike O'Brien looked well beyond home base Hinsdale... — Updated 11/11/2020


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