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 By Pamela Lannom    News    April 2, 2020 

Educators adjust to e-learning context

Even before Gov. JB Pritzker announced Tuesday that Illinois schools will remain closed through April 30, leaders in Hinsdale High School District 86 were preparing for an extended period of online instruction. One of their decisions was to cancel...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    News    April 2, 2020 

Family ties grow stronger for Sullivans

Mike Sullivan hasn’t been traveling to his office in the Loop for a few weeks now, but he’s been busier than ever. “I have been crazed all day and am going to be even crazier after 3 p.m. when...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion    April 2, 2020 

Mood swings a symptom of lockdown for me

Despite my attempts to keep a positive attitude as we shelter in place, I'm not doing as well as I'd like. My husband's cousin was hospitalized Monday with COVID-19. She is on an antibiotic, her...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Pulse    April 2, 2020 

Murrill: Hospital will weather the storm

For people who wonder whether staying home, practicing social distancing and washing hands makes a difference, the head of Hinsdale Hospital says it does. "That is critical to us at the hospital. I...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    News    March 26, 2020

Volunteers deliver food as HCS is closed

HCS Family Services has been closed for almost a week, but that doesn’t mean families aren’t receiving the groceries they need. An employee who had worked closely with a number of volunteers and other staff went home with flu symptoms March 19, S...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    News    March 26, 2020

Liquor rules relaxed during lockdown

Interested in ordering a bottle of wine or six-pack of beer with your carryout order from a Hinsdale restaurant? You can, thanks to action Village President Tom Cauley took last week. The sale of beer and wine in original sealed containers will be...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    News    March 26, 2020

Judge clarifies nine can live at Trinity

Trinity Sober Living can have nine residents at a time living in its sober house at 111 N. Grant St. while legal battles with the village continue, a DuPage County Circuit Court judge ruled March 17. “(A)s one resident moves out, a replacement...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    News    March 26, 2020

Stay-at-home order won't stop the news

Hinsdale's Chuck Goudie, an investigative reporter at ABC 7 Eyewitness News, is used to broadcasting from wherever the news takes him. He covered the days following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist...

 

New experiences help us live one day at a time

This past week has been a week of firsts - for me and so many others. Ainsley had her first experience with e-learning and Dan had his first experience as her teacher/dean/principal. The three of us...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    News    March 19, 2020

Hinsdaleans coping with COVID-19

What a difference a week makes. Last week, Gov. J.B. Prtizker banned events with more than 1,000 attendees, canceled Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day parade and urged businesses to allow employees to...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    News    March 19, 2020

Screen time has new meaning for students

Hinsdale High School District 86 was scheduled to conduct a second pilot day of e-learning this spring. Now students at Hinsdale Central and those in Community Consolidated District 181 are relying...

 

Nobody told me there'd be days like these

My dog is exhausted. It's one of the unexpected side effects of the "social distancing" we're all doing. Dogs are experiencing, as one Facebook post called it, unprecedented levels of People Being...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Pulse    March 19, 2020

Eateries, entertainment venues hit hard

Disappointment and heartbreak. Those two words describe how many are feeling as entertainment venues are closed, restaurants are limited to carryout and performances and fundraisers are canceled due...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    News    March 12, 2020

Three historic homes set for demolition

In the midst of a possible moratorium on teardowns and changes to the zoning code, the Hinsdale Historic Preservation Commission conducted a regular slate of business at its March 4 meeting. The...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    News    March 12, 2020

Grief support can take different forms

Sometimes the pain of loss is too difficult to express in words. So Laura Cottrell, bereavement director at Amita St. Thomas Hospice, might ask participants in a grief support group to use a hammer...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Sports    March 12, 2020

Central spring athletes ready to compete

Spring is just around the corner, much to the delight of athletes on 13 teams at Hinsdale Central High School. Swimmers on the boys and girls water polo teams face their first competition this week,...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    News    March 5, 2020

New HMS gym offers more than good looks

Walk into the Hinsdale Middle School gym and it's hard to know where to look. The striking blue Spartan logo painted on the west wall. Abundant natural light filtering in from the windows. Fitness equ...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion    March 5, 2020

Music the universal language - just turn on TV

We all have those songs that transport us back to a particular moment in time. Play Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel" and I'm on the dance floor at the Hippodrome in London on one of the...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Pulse    March 5, 2020

Theater students learn from master

Bob Mason spent 15 years performing in musical theater before he became casting director of Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. He still remembers what it's like to audition - trying to perform while...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Sports    March 5, 2020

Student athlete profile

Name: Helene Friedman Year: senior Hometown: Hinsdale When did you start playing softball? I started playing when I was in kindergarten for Burr Ridge-Willowbrook. My sisters actually played. What do...

 

Teachers train in self-defense program

A group of four teachers covered in pads and wearing helmets prepared for a take-down drill during Friday afternoon's training session at Hinsdale South High School. The teachers, whose black gear...

 

Lent: adding in just as meaningful as giving up

Chocolate. Alcohol. Social media. Did you give up any of these for Lent? I've always found Lent to be an interesting time of deprivation bookended by indulgences (paczki on Fat Tuesday, baskets...

 

Wrestlers, gymnast compete at state

The Hinsdale Central wrestling program sent two competitors to the state meet this weekend, and both returned with All State honors. Freshman Cody Tavoso came in sixth and senior Ron Kruse earned a...

 

D181 board president resigns abruptly

Bill Merchantz, president of the Community Consolidated Elementary District 181 Board, resigned last week. He submitted a resignation letter Feb. 11 to Margie Kleber, board secretary. It contained a single line. “I submit my resignation from the...

 

Heroin deaths continue in DuPage County

The 23-year-old Hinsdale woman who died from an overdose of heroin and fentanyl on Jan. 15, 2019, was one of 96 people in DuPage County who died from an opioid overdose last year. Two other Hinsdale...

 

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