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Seniors say class transcends COVID-19 setbacks

At the close of tonight's Hinsdale Central virtual graduation ceremony, members of the class of 2020 will move their tassels across their caps to symbolize their transition.... — Updated 5/21/2020


Program strengthens Hinsdale student's commitment to service

Volunteer work has always been part of Dot McCarthy's life. From preparing breakfast for guests at the PADS homeless shelter to raking leaves for senior neighbors, McCarthy said... — Updated 5/13/2020

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New mom embraces the joys and struggles of parenting

Before returning to her native Hinsdale last October, Sarah London became a Manhattan mom with the July birth of son James Wyatt. Determined to be parents on the move, she and... — Updated 5/6/2020

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Woman helps newlyweds in tough time

When the mid-March wedding of a Trinity Presbyterian Church couple had to be postponed due to COVID-19, fellow congregant and Hinsdale resident Tyra Bone felt the planned bridal... — Updated 4/29/2020

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Hinsdale man embraces Ramadan to feed his soul

Today, Hinsdale’s Aris Musabji and his family will join with Muslims around the world in observance of Ramadan, a month-long celebration marked by fasting, prayer and community.... — Updated 4/22/2020


Desire to help others blossoms in Hinsdale gardener

For Carol Burck, spring cleaning doesn't just mean washing windows and cleaning out closets. As a master gardener, the promise of warmer weather takes her outdoors. Burck has spent... — Updated 4/15/2020

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Mom makes family time, others' needs her top priorities

This week the Rombergers were expecting to be sharing stories about their spring trip to Rome with friends, coworkers and Hinsdale neighbors. The trip, of course, didn't happen, tha... — Updated 4/8/2020


Author, consultant is grateful for her hometown

A single sentence changed Colleen Bordeaux's view of the world and her own future. The lifelong Hinsdalean was a student at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign when she... — Updated 4/1/2020

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Central senior makes best of odd high school home stretch

Talk about an ending with a twist. E-learning without classmates is certainly not the way Hinsdale Central senior Lillian Niemeyer saw her final semester in high school unfolding.... — Updated 3/25/2020


Central junior plays role in education across the state

Faith Drescher had only been in school a couple of years when she decided that's where she wanted to be for the rest of her life. Since second grade, Drescher has known that her... — Updated 3/18/2020

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Resident dedicated to serving families in need

Six years ago Hinsdale's Laura Alter was invited to Hinsdale Infant Welfare Society's Tablescapes, an annual benefit for the Angel Harvey Family Health Center in Chicago's Logan... — Updated 3/11/2020


Staffer devotes four decades to village

When Jim Piontowski started his new job with the village of Hinsdale, Jimmy Carter was president. Sports fans were discovering a new source of sports information called ESPN, and... — Updated 3/4/2020


Teen pirouttes to face new opportunities

When Elliana Teuscher auditioned for a summer intensive with the Joffrey Ballet two years ago, she knew the experience could change her life. She had no idea to what extent. In... — Updated 2/26/2020


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 dire... — Updated 2/19/2020

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'Coach D' spurs girls to shoot for new heights

ave to guess how they're performing. This coach doesn't sugarcoat it. "I'm definitely not a passive coach. Everybody's going to work hard," Pacioni said of her Jodie Harrison youth... — Updated 2/12/2020


Teen's lifelong curiosity leads to earth-friendly discovery

Herbert Wang said his love of science is something his father began fostering when he was just a child. Rather than quiz his son on the periodic table or test his knowledge of mathe... — Updated 2/5/2020

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Landscape showcases architect's legacy

From his Oak Brook office at FGM Architects, John Ochoa can gaze into the past. Specifically, Ochoa can see Mid America Plaza at the corner of Route 83 and 22nd Street, which he... — Updated 1/29/2020


Laughman is no stranger to being new in town

Newcomer is a title that Heather Laughman has held more than once. And no matter how many times she finds herself as a resident of an unfamiliar new town, it's always a challenge... — Updated 1/22/2020

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Aspiring filmmaker hopes to flourish in China's scene

Living in southern California the last several years for college, and now for work, has left Hinsdale's Gabrielle Roberts ill-equipped for winter visits to her hometown.... — Updated 1/15/2020


Eagle project continues teen's fight against local hunger

Becoming an Eagle Scout was never really part of Jack Otten's plan. "I never gave it much thought," Otten said. "I was just enjoying being a Scout." But as he approached his final... — Updated 1/8/2020

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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... — Updated 12/30/2019


Family celebrates first holiday season in Hinsdale

The Korza family started 2019 living 4,700 miles away. Then in June, Kasia and Andrzej packed up baby Adam and his two older siblings (Alexandra has just finished eighth grade and... — Updated 12/23/2019

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Nourishing the hungry feeds Hinsdale woman's soul

Breaking bread with loved ones is perhaps the most cherished ingredient of the holiday season - for adults anyway - as millions will take to the roadways or skies this coming week t... — Updated 12/18/2019


Work is play for businessman, philanthropist

Dick Burridge Sr. lives life as an adventure. The former Hinsdalean, who will turn 91 in March, has a zest for life lacking in many half his age. He still enjoys going into the... — Updated 12/11/2019

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Student spreads wings through D86 TC

Hinsdale's Maddie Maturino held up the birthday card she had just printed out at the Hinsdale High School District 86 Transition Center. The balloon-emblazoned card will be among nu... — Updated 12/4/2019


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