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 By Pamela Lannom    News    January 16, 2020 

Winter might not halt construction on parking deck

A mild winter has allowed crews to continue to work this month on the village-owned parking deck near Hinsdale Middle School. “The parking deck is going very well,” said Brad Bloom, assistant village manager. “I’m really pleased with how...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    News    January 16, 2020 

Baker will not return to D86 next year

Carol Baker, who has served as assistant superintendent for academics/chief academic officer in District 86 since Aug. 1, 2018, will be out of a job on June 30. The Hinsdale High School District 86 Board voted unanimously last week not to renew her...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion    January 16, 2020 

Former associate editor pens new parenting book

Readers of Scary Mommy and the Today Show parenting blogs know Christie Cuthbert as a contributor. Texans know her as a writer for San Antonio Woman Magazine and Alamo City Moms. Hinsdaleans remember...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Sports    January 16, 2020 

Trainers help athletes stay in the game

The athletic trainers office is quiet from 2 to 3 every afternoon - a great time for staff to check in with parents, prep water coolers for games and practices, and make sure supplies are...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    News    January 9, 2020

More than 250 new laws, fees in Illinois

Jan. 1 marks the start of a new year — and the enactment of a number of new laws and fees for Illinois residents. Most are aware of the law making recreational marijuana legal, but it’s just one of more than 250 that went into effect last week....

 

'Acceptance' will be my guiding word for 2020

Every January for the past few years, Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich has chosen an annual "guiding word" and encouraged readers to do the same. I heard about this for the first time over the...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Pulse    January 9, 2020

Hinsdale cooks share recipes from 2019

Less than two weeks into the new year, cooks already can find enough recipes online to take them through 2020 - and beyond! Before plunging into the "741 best dinner recipes" or the list of "Southern...

 

Student athlete profile

Name: Caroline Kloblach Year: senior Hometown: Hinsdale When was your first gymnastics class? I started doing gymnastics when I was 2 years old, but I only started high school last year. Third grade...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    News    January 2, 2020

Holidays in Hinsdale were good for many

A growing economy and a shortened holiday season, with six days fewer between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year than in 2018, contributed to healthy retail sales in December. Hinsdale merchants...

 

Preserving holiday spirit all through the new year

I love Christmas, but I'm not sure I could survive 12 months of shopping, wrapping, baking, mailing cards and hosting gatherings at a holiday pace. And while I'm ready to embark on a new year, I'm...

 

Cella bids farewell to her life's work

August 2020 will mark the 30th anniversary of Jeannie Cella's first day at Wellness House. But she won't be there to celebrate it. Cella announced in January that she would retire at the end of this...

 

Family celebrates first holiday season in Hinsdale

The Korza family started 2019 living 4,700 miles away. Then in June, Kasia and Andrzej packed up baby Adam and his two older siblings (Alexandra has just finished eighth grade and Ignacy had just...

 

To Ainsley on her 11th birthday

I love traditions — especially at this time of year — and one of my favorites has been penning my annual birthday letter to Ainsley. I wrote my first in December 2011, just before she turned 3,...

 

D86 audience members' comments cut short

A group of Hinsdale High School District 86 residents said their Constitutional rights were violated when they were not allowed to speak during the district’s board meeting Dec. 12. The controversy arose during audience communication when Meeta Pat...

 

Six more shopping days until Christmas

Mike Murrill feels connected to Hinsdale - and to Amita Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale - in a unique way. Murrill, who became president and CEO of the hospital in May, was born in its labor and...

 

Coaches aren't just married to the job

Evening and weekend games. Calls with recruiters. Early morning and after school practices. Emails to and from parents. Coaching a team at Hinsdale Central High School requires a lot of hours - and a...

 

Cafetorium does double duty at new HMS

The 6,650-square-foot space was home to 50 actors, 22 crew members and 300 audience members for the final performance of this year's musical, "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" at Hinsdale Middle...

 

Shopping small town yields big results

Carrie Thangamani, owner of CHT Orthodontics, has lived and worked in Hinsdale since 2011. (That spring she bought the practice in March, moved here in April and had her first child in May.) She's...

 

Work is play for businessman, philanthropist

Dick Burridge Sr. lives life as an adventure. The former Hinsdalean, who will turn 91 in March, has a zest for life lacking in many half his age. He still enjoys going into the office several days a...

 

Nutcrackers cue memories of Christmases past

I should have taken more nutcrackers. My mother-in-law wanted me to take more. She wanted us to take lots of things as she and my father-in-law were clearing out the Western Springs house they had...

 

School boards, village ready 2019 levies

The Hinsdale High School District 86 Board is poised to pass a $85.3 million property tax levy at its Dec. 12 board meeting. Josh Stephenson, the district’s chief financial officer, presented the proposed 2019 levy at the Nov. 14 meeting, and...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    News    December 5, 2019

Best gifts to be found here in Hinsdale

Vishnu Srinivasan has lived in Hinsdale for only two years, but he's no stranger to the area. He grew up in Oak Brook and graduated from Hinsdale Central before going on to earn his degree in finance...

 

Hallmark movie could be new holiday tradition

Hallmark movies are big business. Just take a quick peek at the merchandise available and the list of stars appearing on the channel this month. They're also a source of entertainment - especially at...

 

Red Devils looking to heat up the court

The season is under way for the boys and girls basketball teams at Hinsdale Central High School, with each team amassing a 2-2 record in its first four games. Boys head coach Nick Latorre is looking...

 

HCS feeds 200 families on Thanksgiving

Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green been casserole, pumpkin pie. These are the dishes that will grace tables throughout Hinsdale and around the country on Thanksgiving Day. Thanks to the efforts...

 

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