Articles from the September 7, 2023 edition

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  • James E. DeBickero

    Updated Sep 7, 2023

    James E. DeBickero, 90, of Mokena, formerly of Hinsdale and Willowbrook, passed peacefully on Aug. 30, 2023, at MacNeal Hospital after a brief illness. James was a passionate jitterbug dancer, a lifelong classic car enthusiast and an avid gardener. James was preceded in death by his wife, Betty DeBickero. His brother, Carl DeBickero, passed shortly after James. He is survived by his son, Michael (Margaret Bailey) DeBickero; his daughter, Kathe (Scott) Rogers; his son, Thomas...

  • This week's cover - Slip slidin' away

    Updated Sep 7, 2023

    Hinsdale's Trinity Church held a block party Aug. 27 to celebrate the close of summer. The free party included plenty of award-winning barbecue and side dishes from Tommy R's and desserts. With a DJ and a large bouncy house, the event was a perfect way to salute the end of the season. Lane Platts and Charlotte Gragnolati loved running up and sliding down the slide. Please turn to Page 5 for more pictures. (Jim Slonoff photos)...

  • Talks for new teachers deal continue in District 181

    Pamela Lannom|Updated Sep 6, 2023

    The board and teachers union in Community Consolidated Elementary District 181 continue to negotiate the next teachers contract. “As you may know, negotiations take a great deal of time to ensure that both parties come to a consensus on a variety of topics. The board of education/district and the teachers’ association have been in conversations since January,” according to a joint statement released late Tuesday afternoon by the board and the Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Teachers Association leadership. “We have made tremend...

  • Fuller House hopes to reopen soon after fire

    Pamela Lannom|Updated Sep 6, 2023

    Fuller House Bar and Grill remains closed after a kitchen fire Sunday afternoon that caused an estimated $300,000 in damages. “Unfortunately Fuller House did suffer some damage from a fire that started what seemed to be behind a wall,” owner Sam Vlahos told The Hinsdalean. “Thankfully all staff and guests remained safe, and the Hinsdale Fire Department was amazing through it all.” The DuPage Public Safety Communications Center received notice at about 1 p.m. Sept. 3 that the fire alarm at the restaurant, 35 E. First St., ha...

  • John Sokol Novak

    Updated Sep 6, 2023

    John "Jack" Sokol Novak, 91, of Willowbrook, formerly a longtime Hinsdale resident, died Sept. 2, 2023. Jack was born to John F. and Teresa Sokol Novak and grew up in Riverside. He graduated from Morgan Park Military Academy prior to attending Northwestern University, where he earned his degree in business administration. He was a proud member of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity and received a commission as a 2nd lieutenant in the Air Force at graduation. After serving in the...

  • Ask an expert - Business profile - SPARK FITNESS

    Sandy Illian Bosch|Updated Sep 6, 2023

    There are nearly as many reasons to work out as there are ways to work out. As owner of Spark Fitness in Hinsdale, Ted Dres makes it his job to match up the two for everyone who walks through his doors. After a decade or more offering personal training at clients' homes, Dres purchased Spark Fitness 10 years ago and celebrated the business' 10th anniversary in August. His experience in helping people get fit and stay that way measures more than 20 years. Even before earning hi...

  • Pearl Jacqualene Links Goliath

    Updated Sep 6, 2023

    Pearl Jacqualene Links Goliath passed away Sept. 2, 2023, in Hinsdale. Pearl was born in 1946 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. She married Frederick Goliath on March 15, 2020, in Hinsdale. She is survived by her three children, Garfield (Jamie), Carlyle (Asmitha) and Vondell; her grandchildren, Gabriella, Jesse, Thomas, Aaron and Mackenzie; and her sister, Estelle Isaacs. Visitation is at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at Adolf and Powell Funeral Home, 7000 S Madison St.,...

  • Donald B. Moritz

    Updated Sep 6, 2023

    Donald B. Mortiz, 96, of Hinsdale, passed away from heart failure Aug. 19, 2023. Don was born in Minneapolis, Minn., in 1927 to Donald and Frances Moritz. Don served in the U.S. Navy in 1945-46 after graduation from St. Thomas Military Academy and later graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in mechanical engineering. Don began his business career in 1950 in Minneapolis, eventually moving to Cleveland then to Arlington Heights, where he raised his family. He...

  • Douglas Jude Dussman

    Updated Sep 6, 2023

    Douglas Jude Dussman, 45, of Hinsdale died Aug. 9, 2023, at Edward-Elmhurst Hospital after he was stung by multiple bees and suffered anaphylactic shock and cardiac arrest. The 1995 graduate of Hinsdale Central High School was the father of four and grandfather of three. A funeral Mass will take place at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11, at St. Isaac Jogues Church, 306 W. Fourth St., Hinsdale. A celebration of life will follow at Katherine Legge Memorial Lodge, 5901 S. County Line...

  • Letter - No excuse for lack of new teachers contract in District 181

    Updated Sep 6, 2023

    Many in the community began the school year with attending curriculum night in District 181. We were welcomed by enthusiastic, caring, smart professionals who excel in the craft of teaching. We entrust these teachers each day with laying a solid foundation of academic excellence. We relied on these same teachers to guide us all through a global pandemic and expected our tradition of excellence to continue. It did. Yet, as we begin the 2023-24 school year, teachers in 181 are working without a contract and federal mediators...

  • Places you'll go will stay with you

    Katie Hughes|Updated Sep 6, 2023

    The last time I wrote an article for the paper, I was headed off to study travel writing in Prague, Czech Republic. Two months later, I can confidently say that my time abroad was life changing. While I was in Prague, I experienced gratitude and excitement for life like never before. I formed connections with the other students on the program, and we all went from strangers to friends in no time at all. I made memories that will live in my mind forever- swimming in a pond at...

  • New perspective on living to triple digits

    Pamela Lannom|Updated Sep 6, 2023

    At my last book club gathering, one member said she wants to live to be 120. “I’ll be dead,” I replied, knowing she’s about 20 years older than I am. I couldn’t understand why she would want to live that long. But then I went to a presentation at the Hinsdale Public Library last week and learned all about the secrets to living to 100. Adult service librarian Doug Nye told us about five Blue Zones, or places with a high concentration of centenarians. They are Sardinia,...

  • Teen breaks barriers to crack up audiences

    Ken Knutson|Updated Sep 6, 2023

    Hinsdale teen Ronin Joshi's stand-up comedy chops are no joke. The 14-year-old has been earning laughs at open mic nights since he was 12. Last month he tested his routine against other amateur comics in a competition at a Chicago club. "We went there for an open mic," Joshi said of visiting My Buddy's on the city's north side in July with his dad. "But they were like, 'Sorry, open mic is not on today because there's a competition.' " Intrigued, Joshi decided to enter the...

  • Sept. 11 still has lessons to teach

    Updated Sep 6, 2023

    Monday marks 22 years since the terrorist attacks that shook the nation and launched a global battle against Islamic extremism that continues today. Hinsdale residents Bob Rasmussen and Jeff Mladenik were among the 2,996 lives lost in those shocking acts of mass murder committed the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, searing images of both unspeakable horror and awe-inspiring heroism into our collective memory. More than 6,000 were injured. For those of us who can remember the horror of that day, the memory of the experience likely...

  • Police announce Labor Day campaign results

    Updated Sep 6, 2023

    The Hinsdale Police Department issued 32 speeding citations, two license violation arrests and four other violations to the Illinois Vehicle Code during the recent Labor Day impaired driving campaign. “Through the Labor Day enforcement effort, we helped to make our roads safer and remind motorists that impaired driving is not a game,” Deputy Chief Thomas Lillie said. Hinsdale police joined forces with other law enforcement agencies and highway safety partners throughout the state for the Illinois Labor Day “Drive Sober or Ge...

  • Police beat

    Updated Sep 6, 2023

    Hinsdale police distributed the following reports Sept. 6. DUI arrests • Christopher C. Munday, 52, 2039 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and improper lighting at 12:13 a.m. Sept. 4 at Route 83 and 31st Street. He was charged and released to appear in court. • Vinnie M. Gibson Jr., 29, 1545 S. Ardmore Ave., Villa Park, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, illegal transportation of alcohol by a driver and illegal standing or parking where prohibited at 7 p.m...

  • Clarke left mark in village and beyond

    Ken Knutson|Updated Sep 6, 2023

    Philip R. Clarke, a.k.a. "Mr. Hinsdale," was community service personified for most of his 77 years, both in the village he called home his entire life and in Chicago, where he was a prominent businessman, civic leader and philanthropist. Clarke's life was chronicled in a tribute story, excerpted here, that appeared in The Doings upon his death in 1966. "Born in Hinsdale (in 1889), he was the son of Robert W. Clarke, a founder of the Presbyterian Church in the village which la...

  • Eastbound Ogden exit ramp closed on I-294

    Updated Sep 6, 2023

    The ramp connecting northbound Interstate 294 to eastbound Ogden Avenue closed Tuesday night and will remain closed through October due to construction work. The Illinois Tollway is investing $8.9 million to reconfigure the Ogden Avenue interchange to improve mobility and traffic flow for local drivers and tollway customers. To accommodate the reconstruction and widening of the Central Tri-State Tollway, the interchange will be reconfigured from a cloverleaf design to a partial cloverleaf design. Ramps will be combined on...

  • Correction

    Updated Sep 6, 2023

    Correction Incorrect photos ran with stats for Joseph Morrissey and Ardit Abdullai on last week’s End Zone page. The photos have been corrected in the online version at

  • Weekly agenda

    Updated Sep 6, 2023

    Hinsdale High School District 86 Board 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14 Hinsdale Central High School 55th and Grant streets

  • Meeting roundup

    Updated Sep 6, 2023

    Hinsdale Village Board Among other business Tuesday, trustees: • heard a recommendation to award Burke LLC $250,000 for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the police department’s gun range HVAC system. The system is more than 20 years old and currently inoperable, according to a village memo, rendering the range unusable. Officials said having a gun range on site allows the department to schedule officer qualifying and training as well as weapons certifications during regularly scheduled work hours rather than try...

  • Block party gets into the swing of things

    Updated Sep 6, 2023

    Trinity Church hosted an end-of-summer block party Aug. 27 on the grounds of the Seventh Day-adventist Church. The free event served up some prize-winning barbecue and a DJ keeping everyone entertained. Annie McNeily and Charlotte Anderson dance to the beat, while Rosalie Snape checks out her face painting. Banner Voogt takes his turn on the "dance floor." (Jim Slonoff photos)...

  • Once upon a time

    Updated Sep 6, 2023

    Snow day - Hinsdale's Sean Chaudhry came across a box of old photos tucked in a corner of his store's basement. These photos, which date back to 1939, show the public works department removing snow from the central business district at Washington and First streets. Do you have a Hinsdale photo that is at least 25 years old? We'd love to share it with our readers. Stop by our office at 7 W. First St. or email it to [email protected]....

  • To serve, protect and cross

    Updated Sep 6, 2023

    Hinsdale police officer Andy Gallik lends a hand to a woman setting out to visit the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation Junior Board's Ice Cream Social last week in Burlington Park. The police department will hold its annual Hinsdale Citizen Police Academy beginning Sept. 13. The 11-week free course is designed to give residents and people working in Hinsdale a better understanding of law enforcement and the Hinsdale Police Department. To register, send an email to...

  • Village trustees approve HCS move

    Ken Knutson|Updated Sep 6, 2023

    The HCS Family Services food pantry will move to a new home after Hinsdale trustees Tuesday approved the agency’s plan to take over the old Hinsdale Humane Society facility. The village board voted unanimously in favor of HCS’s relocation from the Memorial Building to the village-owned 22 N. Elm St. under a 10-year, rent-free lease. The one-story, 5,550-square-foot building has sat empty since the Hinsdale Humane Society vacated five years ago. The site was identified a couple of years ago as a solution to space needs for...

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