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 By Ken Knutson    News    February 20, 2020 

GOP Senate candidates spar at Central

The Hinsdale Central cafeteria was transformed last week into a political stage for a Republican U.S. Senatorial debate. But the event wasn't the product of DuPage County GOP coordination. It was arra...

 

Ask an expert - Dr. Noura Dabbouseh, cardiologist

How can people care for their hearts? February is National Heart Month, a nudge for people to show some love to their cardiovascular system. Cardiologist and Hinsdale Central graduate Noura Dabbouseh...

 
 By Ken Knutson    Sports    February 20, 2020 

Local hoops scene catching fire

The Hinsdale Central High School field house is hotbed of activity on winter Sundays. Hinsdale Inferno Basketball is setting the courts ablaze - competitively speaking - from morning to late...

 
 By Ken Knutson    News    February 13, 2020

Hinsdale openings bring fresh offerings

Hinsdale continues to welcome new businesses to town, providing even more destinations for village shoppers. The latest arrivals to the town's merchant community - along with signs of growth from...

 

'Coach D' spurs girls to shoot for new heights

ave to guess how they're performing. This coach doesn't sugarcoat it. "I'm definitely not a passive coach. Everybody's going to work hard," Pacioni said of her Jodie Harrison youth basketball teams....

 
 By Ken Knutson    Pulse    February 13, 2020

Hinsdale has own presidential pedigree

Monday is Presidents Day, an occasion to celebrate locally, perhaps, with a stroll along Washington or Lincoln Streets - or any of the dozen other Hinsdale roadways named after past U.S. commanders in...

 
 By Ken Knutson    News    February 13, 2020

D86 Board, Pollak hit with lawsuit

The Hinsdale High School District 86 Board and board President Nancy Pollak are the targets of a lawsuit brought by district residents last week alleging both their First Amendment rights and the Illinois Open Meetings Act were violated when they...

 
 By Ken Knutson    News    February 6, 2020

Janowick takes helm of Community House

Longtime Community House staffer Dan Janowick has been named executive director of the organization. Mary Blue Henneman, chair of The Community House’s board of trustees, announced last week in an email that the board’s executive committee had un...

 

Ask an expert - Lisa Hikes, guidance counselor

What's it like being a school counselor? Lisa Hikes works in the "heart" of Hinsdale Central High School. That's how her former boss described the counseling department, anyway, where Hikes and her...

 
 By Ken Knutson    Sports    February 6, 2020

Seeking Central sports? Think rink

The action was heating up at the Willowbrook Ice Arena Tuesday night, boards rattled by the slam of the puck, followed by the much larger crash with the impacts of players furiously chasing it. The...

 
 By Ken Knutson    News    January 30, 2020

Science teachers voice PCB support

The plan to alter the science sequence at Hinsdale Central High School is backed by science teachers at the school, who say it creates a more effective progression of courses and a better synergy with students’ simultaneous math instruction....

 

Landscape showcases architect's legacy

From his Oak Brook office at FGM Architects, John Ochoa can gaze into the past. Specifically, Ochoa can see Mid America Plaza at the corner of Route 83 and 22nd Street, which he helped design early...

 
 By Ken Knutson    Pulse    January 30, 2020

Helping in the healing

Hinsdale pharmacist Steve Hiemenz said his professional paradigm has less to do with pill dispensing and more to do with patient management. And that's just fine with him. "My ultimate goal as a...

 
 By Ken Knutson    Sports    January 30, 2020

Student athlete profile

Name: Kendall Butler Year: senior Hometown: Hinsdale What do you like about playing basketball? I enjoy the team because you see where everybody's strengths are and develop relationships with each oth...

 
 By Ken Knutson    News    January 23, 2020

Red Devils march through City of Love

All due respect to Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, the Hinsdale Central marching band made its own version of a Roman holiday to welcome 2020. The band traveled to Italy last month to perform at the...

 

Restaurant profile - Wild Ginger

Saturday may be the Chinese New Year, but at Hinsdale's Wild Ginger Asian restaurant, owner Lisa Fang is celebrating her establishment's sixth year of serving dishes from China, Thailand, Japan and...

 
 By Ken Knutson    Sports    January 23, 2020

It's all downhill for these families

Forget sun-drenched, sandy oceanside winter escapes. Head for the higher elevations, where a little windburn is harmless and precipitation is the desired forecast. That's the perfect travel plan for...

 
 By Ken Knutson    News    January 16, 2020

Central pool group nearly hits funding level

0-lane pool at Hinsdale Central into funding for the project has nearly reached its goal, according to leaders of the campaign. A group of Central alums and district residents have been working over...

 
 By Ken Knutson    News    January 16, 2020

Village resident admits to embezzling millions

A Hinsdale resident has admitted to misappropriating more than $65 million from individuals and financial institutions, according to a plea agreement filed Jan. 10 with District Judge Andrea Wood and provided by the United States Attorney’s Office...

 

Aspiring filmmaker hopes to flourish in China's scene

Living in southern California the last several years for college, and now for work, has left Hinsdale's Gabrielle Roberts ill-equipped for winter visits to her hometown. "Definitely my blood has...

 
 By Ken Knutson    Pulse    January 16, 2020

A show fit for an ogre

Stage Door Fine Arts' production of "Shrek the Musical" opens at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at The Community House, with additional shows Saturday and Sunday as well as next week, Thursday through Sunday (see...

 
 By Ken Knutson    Sports    January 16, 2020

Student athlete profile

Name: Karen Guerra Year: senior Hometown: Willowbrook What do you enjoy about the sport of bowling? It's fun. It's a relaxed game, and I'm not a naturally competitive person. I joined the team as a...

 
 By Ken Knutson    News    January 9, 2020

Senior living may replace IBLP building

A nearly 17-acre parcel in Hinsdale’s northwest corner would become home to a 330,000-square-foot, 262-unit senior living complex under a developer’s proposal. At Tuesday’s Hinsdale Village Board meeting, trustees heard the conceptual plan for...

 

Ask an expert - Michael Gershbein, organization guru

How can apps help people start 2020 off right? It's that special time in a year's infancy when people realize the new is lot like the old, and those best-laid resolutions are getting waylaid. Tools ex...

 
 By Ken Knutson    Sports    January 9, 2020

Bringing growth from the grind

"The first period is won by the best technician. The second period is won by the kid in the best shape. The third period is won by the kid with the biggest heart." - Dan Gable, Olympic wrestling gold...

 

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