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Software CEO loves to learn, help others

Employers aren't only concerned with what they can get from their employees. Good employers also want to ensure their employees are getting all they can from their workplace.... — Updated 9/15/2021


It takes a village - JOHN GIANNELLI, FIRE CHIEF

The best thing about John Giannelli's job as Hinsdale fire chief is the opportunity to help someone in need. The worst part, Giannelli said, is witnessing that need for help.... — Updated 9/8/2021


Wett brings decades of experience to The Community House

Alana Wett's 32-year career is driven by one simple fact. "I just really like to help people," said Wett, the new director of philanthropy at The Community House. Wett, who joined... — Updated 9/1/2021


Initiative invites new visitors to area

Hinsdale is a friendly, welcoming place, and not just for people. Through the efforts of the Hinsdale Rotary Club and its many community partners, the village is becoming an... — Updated 9/1/2021


Meet a tribute to standout swimmer

In the days following news of the car accident that took Kendall Pickering's life in December 2020, swimmers and coaches from throughout the Chicago area and even beyond reached... — Updated 8/25/2021



If there's a new pergola, patio or pool being built anywhere in Hinsdale, Lourdes Garcia knows all about it. As the village's building inspector and code enforcement officer, it's... — Updated 8/25/2021


Teachers did more than relax over break

"What I did over summer vacation" is a quintessential essay topic when kids return to school in the fall. If these teachers were to receive the same assignment, they certainly... — Updated 8/25/2021


Miller makes Uniquely Thursdays debut

After decades spent living and working in Hinsdale, Matt Miller has explored just about every corner of the village. Except for one. A musician since his teen years, Miller said he... — Updated 8/18/2021



Anyone who has attended Hinsdale's Fourth of July celebration, sifted through the parks brochure or clicked on the village's website has witnessed firsthand the work of Sammy... — Updated 8/18/2021


Vocalists don't let COVID stop the music

Grace Richards and Vyktoria Saulis have always found ways to share their love of song with the world around them. A pandemic wasn’t going to change that. Richards and Saulis are... — Updated 8/18/2021


Hinsdale offers more customer choices

Meredith Jaye is new to Hinsdale, but only to those who haven't made the trip to the flagship store in Glen Ellyn. "Hinsdale just seemed like a logical location for the next spot,"... — Updated 8/18/2021



As Hinsdale's village planner, Bethany Salmon is helping the village prepare for the future while keeping one eye solidly focused on the past. Salmon's job is to protect the... — Updated 8/11/2021


Company taps into adults' unique skills

For many parents, a child's impending high school graduation is filled with anticipation of what is to come. But as Matt Friedman approached the end of his years at Hinsdale Central... — Updated 8/11/2021


Barber's retirement is 'end of an era'

One day before retiring from his 62-year career in Hinsdale, barber Nick Rossi was still gaining new customers. As Steve Zilk of Willowbrook sat in Rossi's chair for the first time... — Updated 8/4/2021


Choirs emerge from pandemic pause

Members of the Hinsdale Chorale had long anticipated the group's 20th anniversary celebration, which would poetically occur in the spring of 2020. But like so many things in that... — Updated 8/4/2021


Stories keep family close through pandemic

Living across the ocean from your family is hard enough. Add a global pandemic, and keeping in touch becomes a real challenge, especially for those who aren't yet old enough to... — Updated 8/4/2021



When Mark Pelkowski began his career with the Hinsdale water and sewer department, he knew nothing about the village and not much more about water and sewer. But 20 years later,... — Updated 7/28/2021


Birders enjoy hobby with eye to the sky

The sparks that flew during Christian Goers' honeymoon to South Africa weren't all for his new wife. As the couple celebrated their new marriage in 2008, Goers discovered a... — Updated 7/28/2021


Desire to help draws Renehan to public service

Running for office wasn't always part of Julie Renehan's plan, but doing what she could to help her community was. In 2017, she determined the best way to do that was to pursue a... — Updated 7/21/2021


Power of Jesus drives lessons at VBS

It's called vacation Bible school, but there's nothing restful about the fast-paced schedule kept by the 120 children attending this summer's weeklong event at Hinsdale United Metho... — Updated 7/21/2021


Low and slow key to smoking tasty meats

Married to a professional chef, David Schwalb wasn't about to compete with his wife's kitchen skills, so he took his cooking game outdoors. "If it's something to be barbecued, it's... — Updated 7/21/2021


Pair paddles to second-place finish

Hinsdale has no river running through it - or even a large body of water within its village limits. Yet the suburb is home not only to its own rowing club, but to the 2021 Midwest R... — Updated 7/14/2021


Time on the course good for body, soul

Golf is to Ron Christoph as the mail is to the U.S. Postal Service. No matter the weather or the time of year, Christoph likely can be found on a golf course. A member at Cog Hill... — Updated 7/14/2021


Sailing offers escape from everyday life

No matter how much time John and Karen Ochoa find to spend on their sailboat, it never seems like enough, John Ochoa said. He purchased his first boat with his brother-in-law in... — Updated 7/7/2021


Hinsdale woman's book helps travelers capture memories

Looking back on her adventures is one of the many things that Barbara Riegger loves about travel. But sometimes, photos and videos just don't tell the story. "I wanted a journal... — Updated 7/7/2021


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