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Book break - Scarlett Garber, along with her mom and brothers Michael and Grant, spent some time Friday visiting the Hinsdale Public Library. Each kid found a perfect place to read before embarking...

 
 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...

 

Once upon a time

The home Zook built ... and lived in. Built in 1924 at 327 S. Oak St., this home was designed by Hinsdale architect R. Harold Zook for his own family. When it was slated to be demolished, the...

 
 By Ken Knutson    News    January 2, 2020

Nonprofits reach out to close decade

In the first of two sets of year-in-review reports from Hinsdale’s nonprofit organizations, leaders of HCS Family Services, Robert Crown Center for Health Education and Wellness House share 2019 highlights for their agencies. The second...

 

Weekly agenda

Hinsdale High School District 86 Board 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9 Hinsdale Central High School 55th and Grant streets Hinsdale Plan Commission 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8 Memorial Building 19 E. Chicago Ave. Hinsdale Village Board 7:30 p.m. Tuesday,...

 
 By Tom Cauley    News    January 2, 2020

Village continues on right path in 2019

Next summer, the 319-space parking deck, adjacent to the new Hinsdale Middle School, will open. The parking deck should help solve parking problems that have plagued downtown Hinsdale for ages. The...

 
 By Julie Liesse    News    January 2, 2020

Library focused on opening doors for all

Opening doors. That's the mission of the Hinsdale Public Library - a mantra expressed in our logo and on our business cards. And in 2019, nowhere was the idea of opening doors better expressed than in...

 

Police beat

Hinsdale police distributed the following reports Dec. 23. Domestic battery arrest A 49-year-old Hinsdale woman was arrested Dec. 19 for domestic battery for making contact of an insulting or provoking nature with a family member. She was charged...

 

Kolavennu ready to take reins at Wellness House

It was about 14 years ago when Lisa Kolavennu's father was diagnosed with cancer. In walking that journey with him, she discovered Wellness House and, along with it, her vocational calling. "His...

 

Here's to ringing in more than just a new year

The last days of one year and the first days of the next are traditionally a time to analyze events of the past 12 months and set goals and expectations for those to come in the next 12 months. Today we offer a fusion of both, with a look at what we...

 

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...

 

Longtime friends actually strangers

I’ve never actually met two of my best friends, though our friendship has lasted over 40 years. John Irving and Stephen King have been dear companions of mine since 1979. I met each when I was 13,...

 

Jacquelyn Jefferson

Jacquelyn Eleanor Jefferson, nee Fishbaugh, a 62-year Hinsdale resident, passed away peacefully Dec. 1, 2019. She was 88. Jackie was born in 1930 and raised on a farm in Iowa, where she graduated from high school in 1948. She spent two years at the...

 

Karen Marie Kindt

Karen Marie Kindt, 59, of Clarendon Hills, formerly of Hinsdale, passed away Dec. 18, 2019. She was born in 1960 in South Bend, Ind. She strove to make everyone feel welcomed and admired through her...

 

Donald J. Kula

Donald J. Kula, 83, of Hinsdale died Dec. 24, 2019. Donald was devoted husband, proud father and grandfather and devout Catholic. He was a graduate of St. Philip Neri Grammar School, Mt. Carmel High...

 

John Gately Ryan

John “Jack” Gately Ryan, 77, died peacefully in Hinsdale Dec. 25, 2019. Jack lived his life with an unfaltering devotion to his family and his faith. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, brother, friend and colleague. Jack was a proud...

 

Good news

CHRISTMAS CAME EARLY FOR BEDS Page’s Restaurant in Hinsdale and several other organizations worked to provide an early Christmas for some BEDS Plus clients. The Chicago Teamsters Local 705 and Sierra Investment Partners Inc. sponsored the...

 

Ask an expert

What is the best way to start the new year off right? “My personal recommendation on how to improve your health is start small. If your goal is to lose weight, build muscle or just be healthier, start with small goals. Find a starting point — it...

 
 By Peter Hancock    News    January 2, 2020

Springfield events focus of Capitol News recap

SPRINGFIELD – Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office announced Dec. 23 that the state will receive $40.2 million in federal grants over the next three years to improve early childhood programs. The competitive grants are administered by the U.S....

 
 By Ken Knutson    Pulse    January 2, 2020

Curtain rises on 2020 shows

With the debut of 2020 comes the opening - or continuation - of a number of entertaining and thought-provoking productions at the area's theater venues. From plays to musicals, Shakespeare to Shrek,...

 

Marijuana edibles pose real danger to kids and teens

Yum! Gummy bears, brownies and cookies are children's favorite treats, but when they are infused with marijuana, wrapped in appealing packaging and increasingly accessible, we are setting up a...

 

Pet pic of the week

Dollop is a beautiful black and white kitty who was found on the streets in Hinsdale. She was severely underweight, so our team worked to get her in with a wonderful and loving foster family who...

 

Results

Basketball, boys Dec. 23-27 Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic vs. Willowbrook V loses 47-49 Isaacson, 20 points, 3 rebounds, 2 blocks Cain, 5 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals Northey, 5 points, rebound, assist Nelson, 4 points, 7 rebounds, 2...

 

Red Devils, 15 other teams compete in Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic

Hinsdale Central's Phillip Borhani lays in a basket and teammate Connor Nelson drives and puts up a shot in a game against Richards during the Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic Dec. 26. Zach Northey...

 

William Brooks Keenan

William Brooks Keenan, Jr., 81, of Oak Brook died Jan. 2, 2020. He was a proud graduate of Fenwick High School in 1956 and Xavier University in 1960. Bill was President of Keenan Transit Co. for 59 years, a company founded by his father in 1946. He...

 

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