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Articles from the February 20, 2020 edition

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Science can be a laughing matter - Monroe School students were in for a treat as Bill Cook, the Wacky Science guy, proved you can learn and laugh and scream at the same time. Cook swung a cup of...

 

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...

 

Different strokes for different folks

Members of Hinsdale Central's swim team took on some new colors before the WSC Silver conference championships earlier this month. The boys took turns Feb. 1 getting their hair dyed a rainbow of...

 

Once upon a time

At your service - Henry Meding poses just outside the Hinsdale Post Office when it was located at the northeast corner of First and Washington street. The photo was taken between 1900-10. Do you have...

 

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...

 

Son's fatal opioid overdose prompts dad to write novel

Louis Lamoureux knows statistics can be difficult to put into context - especially when it comes to the loss of human life. But he's shared one that makes people take notice. "Four people within a...

 

Weekly agenda

Hinsdale High School District 86 Board 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 Hinsdale South High School 7401 Clarendon Hills Road, Darien...

 

Meeting roundup

Hinsdale Village Board Among other business Tuesday, trustees: • voted 6-0 to increase the price of vehicle stickers from $40 to $48 as part of a comprehensive parking plan that will go into effect after the new parking deck at Hinsdale Middle...

 
 By Ken Knutson    News    February 20, 2020

GOP Senate candidates spar at Central

The Hinsdale Central cafeteria was transformed last week into a political stage for a Republican U.S. Senatorial debate. But the event wasn't the product of DuPage County GOP coordination. It was arra...

 

Police beat

Hinsdale police distributed the following reports Feb. 18. Arrest for purse theft Patricia H. Paulin, 60, 714 W. 63rd St. No. 203, Westmont, was arrested for retail theft and retail theft with a previous conviction, both felonies, after being...

 

Police efforts around Super Bowl net results

The Hinsdale Police Department announced it made one driving under the influence of alcohol arrest and issued 10 speeding citations and one other traffic violation during the recent Super Bowl enforcement campaign. “Because of these efforts to...

 

Central seniors add directing to their repertoire

Hinsdale Central seniors Sarah Lotsoff of Hinsdale and Brody Melia of Westmont are no strangers to the stage, having acted in plays since middle school. The two will make their directorial debut tonig...

 

Police chief's warning keeps falling on deaf ears

Don’t state the obvious. We’ve all heard that advice before — and it’s especially relevant for those of us who work in journalism. And yet we’ve violated this rule countless times as we try — repeatedly — to convince Hinsdale residents...

 

Words of wisdom for a chilly February day

I've discovered words of wisdom in unexpectedly places recently and thought I'd share. In response to my favorite closing question in an interview - "Anything else?" - Penn Jillette told Tim Ferris ("...

 

Revue offers more than just a laugh

Back in the olden days, when I taught literature, I often began with a broad discussion of what "comedy" and "tragedy" mean. Broadly speaking, classical comedy is a structure; the stories may begin...

 

D86 wrong to stop residents from making public comment

As former area school board members, we understand that the First Amendment’s freedom of speech is the cornerstone of American democracy, and the Open Meetings Act extends that non-negotiable right to hold public officials accountable and...

 

Resident not impressed with Casten at town hall meeting

Last Saturday I attended Hinsdale’s town hall meeting with U.S Rep. Sean Casten. After speaking for approximately 10 minutes, Rep. Casten opened the floor to questions. The first question was about Rep. Casten voting not to continue the federal...

 

Pay attention to the European response to 5G rollout

“... Switzerland melds the best of all worlds — and adds a healthy dose of chocolate, cowbells and cable cars.” — Rick Steves Not mentioned by Steves is the more than 2,000 antennas the alpine country has built to roll out 5G technology,...

 

Nadine Simko

Nadine Simko, 72, of Lake Forest, formerly of Hinsdale, passed away at her home on Feb. 6, 2020. She was born in Chicago in 1947 and was a retired banking executive. She is survived by her daughters, Elise Simko Schroeder and Meghan Simko (Octavian)...

 

Thomas Bernard Sullivan

Thomas Bernard Sullivan, 83, a longtime Hinsdale resident, passed away peacefully Feb. 11, 2020. Tom was a long-time fixture at St. Isaac Jogues Parish for the last 30 years, where he served on the Parish Council and as the director of...

 

Illinois Appellate Court is latest to rule for D86, against Manleys

Another court has ruled in favor of Hinsdale High School District 86 and former Superintendent Bruce Law in a lawsuit filed by former board member Claudia Manley and her husband, Noel. District 86 Board President Nancy Pollak announced Feb. 3 that...

 

Good news

COLLEGE STUDENTS MAKE DEAN’S LIST Several Hinsdale students have earned a place on the dean’s list or equivalent at their respective colleges and universities for the fall 2019 semester. Claire Callahan, Tufts University Jared Callaway, Columbia...

 

Ask an expert - Dr. Noura Dabbouseh, cardiologist

How can people care for their hearts? February is National Heart Month, a nudge for people to show some love to their cardiovascular system. Cardiologist and Hinsdale Central graduate Noura Dabbouseh...

 

Community Revue back with 'Hinsdopoly'

Even if you're not in the cast, you might see yourself on stage at this year's Community Revue. Hinsdale's spoof on itself returns Feb. 28-29 and March 6-7 to once again poke fun at Hinsdale...

 

Pet pick of the week

Tanner is a very handsome, fluffy boy, who is part of our Match Me Up Cat Adoption Campaign, so his adoption fee has already been paid. He is FIV positive, but will lead a normal, healthy and happy...

 

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