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Post 250 helps keeps vets visible in community

Jack Orbell's service with Hinsdale American Legion Post 250 began six years ago when he said yes - grudgingly - to one simple request. "They needed some walkers for a Memorial Day parade one year...

 

Student athlete profile - Nick Franko

Name: Nick Franko Year: senior Hometown: Clarendon Hills Why do you prefer football to individual sports? I think it's the camaraderie on the team. With football, you can't win a game without...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    News    September 19, 2019 

D181 budget shows slight increase in spending

Community Consolidated Elementary District 181 plans to spend just a little more than $1 million more on operating expenses in fiscal year 2019-20 than it did last year. The school board voted 6-0...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Pulse    September 19, 2019 

'There is hope. There is help.'

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is asking people to do one thing in recognition of Suicide Prevention Month in September - #BeThe1To. Be the one to ... ask. Keep them safe. Be there. Help...

 

Village: Sober house violates zoning

A home for recovering alcoholics and addicts at 111 N. Grant St. violates Hinsdale’s zoning code, contends Village President Tom Cauley, and is the subject of a complaint in DuPage County Circuit Court. The R-4 residential district in which...

 

Casten offers update on work at Capitol

Sean Casten and his wife, Kara, have spent the past couple of weeks helping their daughters - Gwen, a high school sophomore, and Audrey, a sixth-grader - acclimate to the new school year. Gwen has a...

 

Unexpected visitor was an unexpected delight

We had a special guest take up residence outside our back door for several weeks this summer. We didn’t notice her at first. We simply woke one July morning to find a large, intricate spider web extending from the side of the house to a post...

 

'Wiggy' scores memorable summer gig

For years, Hinsdale Central soccer coach Mike Wiggins had organized the donation of hundreds of soccer balls for kids at the O’Brien School for the Maasai in Tanzania, Africa. Then Kellie...

 

Trustees mull disbanding village's EDC

With only two members currently serving on the village’s economic development commission, Hinsdale trustees wonder whether the group has outlived its purpose. “There have been challenges with both recruiting members to the commission and getting...

 

Mother knows best when it comes to design

Modern. Inviting. Bright. Fresh. None of those adjectives would have been used to describe the old Hinsdale Middle School. But they are quite fitting for its successor, thanks in part to a three moms...

 

Patron Party celebrates Community Revue

The Community Revue is the kind of benefit performance that could make the executive director of any nonprofit nervous. It's edgy, irreverent and sure to raise an eyebrow or two. But the last revue...

 

Jessica Joy

Name: Jessica Joy Year: senior Hometown: Hinsdale When did you start golfing? I picked up golf a few weeks before freshman year tryouts. What do you enjoy most about the sport? I like the fact that...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    News    August 29, 2019

Central students learn dangers of vaping

Three days after students at Hinsdale Central High School heard a presentation on the dangers of vaping, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported the death of an individual who had recently v...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    News    August 29, 2019

Food allergies focus of D181 initiative

The Community Consolidated Elementary District 181 Board has continued to bolster its food allergy management plan to keep students safe and staff trained in the event of allergy-related medical emergency. At Monday’s board meeting, Dana Bergthold,...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    News    August 29, 2019

Board debates eight lane pool at Central

After determining that the new pools at Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South high schools should be 40 yards long rather than 25, Hinsdale High School District 86 Board members now must decide whether...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    News    August 29, 2019

Board finalizing building project prices, timing

Some $23 million worth of construction projects will begin at Hinsdale Central High School at the end of this school year as Phase 1 of $139 million worth of improvements in Hinsdale High School District 86 begins. Initial projects at Central...

 

Red Devils work for stamina, speed

This is the second set of previews taking a look at the teams competing this fall at Hinsdale Central High School. The football and boys and girls golf teams were previewed in the Aug. 22 issue,...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    News    August 22, 2019

Hinsdalean launches new website this week

Visitors to the newspaper's website at thehinsdalean.com will see it has undergone quite a makeover. Unlike the previous site, which linked only to a single story, the cover photo and obituaries, this...

 

Lost and not found items haunt my house

Has anyone seen my white go-go boots? Yes, I actually own white go-go boots. I acquired them a few years back when I had to dress up like a University of Illinois cheerleader for a scene in the Community Revue. I might need to wear them again in this...

 

Griffin ready to tackle job of head coach

Brian Griffin knows Dickinson Field. He played there as a member of a 2002 Red Devil football team that was undefeated until the state semifinals. He's paced the sidelines during games in a variety...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    News    August 8, 2019

Parking deck construction set to begin

Construction could begin on the new parking deck near Hinsdale Middle School as early as Monday. “Right now we think that’s going to be the starting date,” said Brad Bloom, assistant village manager. The first step will be to remove an earth...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Pulse    August 8, 2019

Experience history firsthand

History is all Cicero says it is. It also can be dry, boring and seemingly irrelevant to all but its most avid students. That's where living history comes in. Programs that allow folks to witness a...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    News    August 1, 2019

D86 sells first bonds for construction

The money is in the bank. Hinsdale High School District 86 has $70 million ready to pay for upcoming construction projects at Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South high schools following a July 15 bond issue. The bonds were sold to J.P. Morgan Securiti...

 

Missed Cheesecake Day? Still time to celebrate!

I baked my first cheesecake under duress. Dan and I were newly married, living in an apartment in Wrigleyville, and we had invited his parents over for a Saturday night dinner. Being young and foolish, we had indulged in some merriment the night befo...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    News    August 1, 2019

Judge's ruling delays Sterigenics' reopening

Municipal and state officials are working to make sure the Sterigenics plant in Willowbrook will not emit ethylene oxide again. Hinsdale, Burr Ridge, Darien and Willowbrook have a month to try to stop the plant from re-opening. DuPage County 18th...

 

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