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 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds 

Hinsdale man volunteers time to lift up others

Nathan Obryon said his outreach work with those trying to start afresh after prison or life on the streets has revealed yearnings we all share. "At the end of the day, we all have t... — Updated 6/29/2022

 By Ken Knutson    News 

D86 meeting ends after members leave

Last week’s Hinsdale High School District 86 Board meeting ended abruptly after three board members walked out in protest, leaving the body without a quorum. Board members Peggy James, Debbie Levinthal and Jeff Waters left the... — Updated 6/29/2022

 By Ken Knutson    News

Arrest made in Verizon armed robbery

A Chicago man already on electronic monitoring for a previous robbery has been charged in connection with last week's armed robbery of Hinsdale's Verizon Wireless store and is... — Updated 6/23/2022

 By Ken Knutson    Pulse

Local rowers power to regional win

Hinsdale's Matt Notaro and his pairs rowing partner Peter Mikulski of Western Springs were near Cincinnati, Ohio, last month for the Midwest Junior Rowing Championships. The... — Updated 6/22/2022

 By Ken Knutson    Experts

Ask an expert - LIZ HEINECKE, AUTHOR

What should we know about Loie Fuller? Loie Fuller was born before Hinsdale was, on a chilly January night in 1862 at the Castle Inn near what is now the village intersection of... — Updated 6/22/2022

 By Ken Knutson    Pulse

Uniquely Thursdays turns 20

In 2002 the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce launched a weekly summer series of live concerts in the village's downtown business district in an effort to build community and energize th... — Updated 6/15/2022

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Resident has learned value of close community

Soon after returning to Hinsdale with his family from a six-year overseas work assignment, Bob Hooks went to pick up some groceries. "Paper or plastic?" the cashier inquired. "I'll... — Updated 6/15/2022

 By Ken Knutson    Sports

In epic battle, Devils take second

Hinsdale Central girls lacrosse's 2022 season concluded last week with double doses of drama, as the Red Devils finished runner-up at the IHSA state final at Central. It came down... — Updated 6/8/2022

 By Ken Knutson    News

Putting the social back in online media

Hinsdale native Evan Floersch enjoys making the digital landscape more accessible for the little guy. "As long as I'm doing something that is re-engineering backwards systems, I... — Updated 6/8/2022

 By Ken Knutson    Experts


What does the athletics administrative assistant do? The thrilling action of high school sports has nothing on the Hinsdale Central athletic department. Just ask the department's... — Updated 6/8/2022

 By Ken Knutson    Sports

Student athlete profile

Name: Blake Edmonds Year: senior Hometown: Oak Brook When did baseball first capture your heart? Really when I moved to Chicago in first grade. My Central teammate Harry Fandre's... — Updated 6/1/2022

 By Ken Knutson    Pulse

Get it while it's fresh

Find the best of homegrown and homemade treats right in hometown Hinsdale. The 46th annual Hinsdale Farmer's Market, sponsored by the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce, kicks off its... — Updated 6/1/2022

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Friendship at the heart of musical - and of its cast

For recent Hinsdale Central graduates and Stage Door Fine Arts veterans Sam Romberger and Hannah Turek, exhaustive research was not required for their upcoming roles - as high... — Updated 6/1/2022

 By Ken Knutson    News

Hinsdale splashes into summer 2022

The Memorial Day weekend heat wave arrived at just the right time for the opening of the Hinsdale Community Pool. Heather Bereckis, superintendent of parks and recreation for the... — Updated 6/1/2022

 By Ken Knutson    News

Free parking coming to downtown

The need to forage for loose change in order to park on downtown Hinsdale streets will soon be in the rearview mirror. On June 1, the village's new three-hour parking zone takes... — Updated 5/25/2022

 By Ken Knutson    Experts


How can people help the Ukrainian people? When COVID-19 forced Americans to embrace home entertainment like never before, U.S. soldiers serving overseas didn't have the luxury of... — Updated 5/25/2022



How can music help people feel better? "Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." - Berthold Auerbach As a medical student, Dr. Benjamin Levy had grown close to a... — Updated 5/19/2022

 By Ken Knutson    News

Outdoor dining plans get trustees' nod

Hinsdale trustees Tuesday approved several outdoor dining permits as local eateries look to capitalize on the al fresco enthusiasm that’s been a byproduct of the COVID-19 pandemic. The permit applications were submitted with... — Updated 5/18/2022

 By Ken Knutson    Pulse

Pitch your tent this season

The stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of ... the western suburbs! With apologies to Texans, there's a pretty good sky show on clear nights around here for those... — Updated 5/18/2022

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Graduation speaker eager to be part of finale

Hinsdale Central senior Maurice Tobiano's transition to high school was complicated by transition to a new home in a new community. "I only knew like a couple people from... — Updated 5/18/2022

 By Ken Knutson    News

Dist. 86 board OKs early release plan

Hinsdale High School District 86 Board members last week signed off on 2022-23 school calendar that includes 15 early release days. The 5-2 vote in favor of the schedule, as part of its approval of the district’s three-year... — Updated 5/18/2022

 By Ken Knutson    News

All aboard! Ride back in time at depot

Hinsdale may straddle the county line, but it was the train line that truly put the village on the map. The mid-19th-century decision by Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad... — Updated 5/18/2022

 By Ken Knutson    Sports

Draft lives up to Kramer's dreams

Doug Kramer knew that if he was going to hear his name called during the 2022 NFL draft April 28-30, it would be in the later rounds on day three. "I knew it was a possibility, but... — Updated 5/11/2022

 By Ken Knutson    News

Village raises pay levels in 'tough market'

Feeling the impact of the tight labor market, Hinsdale officials have boosted village pay rates in a bid to stay competitive with other municipalities. At the May 3 village board meeting, trustees approved increases to the pay... — Updated 5/11/2022

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Garden Study Club member helps sale grow its impact

Keen to acclimatize to her new Golfview Hills surroundings after moving from Chicago, Eleanor Nadbielny signed up for a local garden tour. "It seemed like almost all the ladies on... — Updated 5/4/2022


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