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Hinsdale native shares love of dance at StageDoor

There was a time when dance was nowhere near Tricia Fishbein's list of favorite activities. As a child, she said, she hated dance class. "Sometimes you find your passions later in... — Updated 6/7/2023

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Central senior earns recognition for short story

An early awakening. Out the window the sun has yet to make its rise. But a single light from the nextdoor neighbor's home suggests someone else is already stirring. Those prosaic... — Updated 5/31/2023


Hinsdale author pens guide to relationships

Every relationship begins with a first impression, and without a good one, the chances of developing a successful friendship, business partnership or romance are greatly decreased,... — Updated 5/24/2023

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Teen emerges stronger after time at Central

Hinsdale Central's Ben Monahan was fired up about his junior year in the fall of 2021. As the Red Devils' starting quarterback, he was attracting considerable interest from college... — Updated 5/17/2023


Motherhood comes naturally for first-time mom

Carolyn and Chris Hart bought a house in Hinsdale in 2021, not knowing at the time that it would soon be home to a family of three. After a lengthy renovation project during which... — Updated 5/10/2023

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Central alum attaches strings to local symphony

Last summer, Hinsdale's Chase Ackerson was enjoying an evening of music at Ravinia with family when he bumped into a woman he knew through his former violin teacher. Having just... — Updated 5/3/2023


Moms lead PTO to serve more than students

The role of Monroe School Parent-Teacher Organization president is a big one. Co-presidents Lara Massouras and Dana Reko work together to get the job done. "I knew how thoughtful... — Updated 4/26/2023

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Cancer survivor turns struggle into strength

It was Valentine's Day six years ago, and Hinsdale's Bob Klinger had just recovered from prostate cancer surgery. He eagerly anticipated his first post-op outing: Wellness House's... — Updated 4/19/2023


Food drive just one way volunteer supports SIJ

On Saturday, April 15, 100 or more volunteers will descend on homes throughout Hinsdale as they distribute thousands of grocery bags for the 10th annual Seeds of Service food... — Updated 4/12/2023

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Siblings launch podcast to reduce stigma

In the second half of Gargi Girotra's freshman year at Hinsdale Central, the COVID-19 pandemic changed everything. Amidst the tumult and tragedy, Gargi found herself drawn to issues... — Updated 4/5/2023


HC senior brings voice of fellow students to board

Hinsdale Central High School senior Meghna Mitra will serve as liaison to the Hinsdale District 86 school board for just a few more months, but it's a job that she said will follow... — Updated 3/29/2023

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Familiar face to lead Community House programs

Kelci Bednar relishes the scenes around The Community House that accompany summer's arrival. "It's great to see the building so full," she said, noting the many activities also are... — Updated 3/22/2023

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Hoops star helps Roadrunners race to state title

Hinsdale's Grace Carstensen and the Nazareth Academy girls basketball team had an IHSA 3A state title in their sights, and winning their first five games by an average margin of... — Updated 3/15/2023

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Hinsdale teen earns spot on prestigious team

Hinsdale Central senior Shannon Stover is in no rush to leave the scholastic world. "I wouldn't know what to do without school. It gives me structure," she said. Her studiousness... — Updated 3/8/2023


Attorney shares skills to better her community

Long before she ever set foot in the village, Shilpa Upadhye knew she would one day live in Hinsdale. While studying at the University of Michigan, she became friends with a fellow... — Updated 3/1/2023

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Young journalist renders stories for next generation

TIME for Kids reporter Celsey O'Hare was about to conduct her first big interview, a Q&A by Zoom with Ugandan climate activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Vanessa Nakate. The... — Updated 2/22/2023


Mom, volunteer finds new ways to keep her art alive

If you ever gazed into the window displays at the State Street Marshall Field's store back in the early 2000s, chances are good you were admiring the work of Hinsdale resident Molly... — Updated 2/15/2023

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Former teacher still helping kids, community grow

Grace Shin said her ethnic heritage was a subject of curiosity among her elementary classmates in suburban Detroit. "I was asked often, 'Are you Chinese or Japanese?' And I would... — Updated 2/8/2023


New HCC chair hopes businesses will get involved

As someone who spent her childhood in Hinsdale and returned after college to live and work in the area, Laura Liss has watched her hometown grow and change. Now, she's helping to ke... — Updated 2/1/2023

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Central drama veteran takes turn in director's chair

Hinsdale Central junior Teagan Dunn has long been a devotee of the Chicago theater scene, taking in numerous productions over the years with her mom. During her time with the Centra... — Updated 1/25/2023


Church job calls Hinsdale native back home

Whether as a student in its classrooms, a worshiper in its pews or an employee in its offices, St. Isaac Jogues Church has always been part of Lara Krupicka's life. Now a resident... — Updated 1/18/2023

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

PTO co-presidents prize link between families and staff

Mary Osanloo and her family moved to Hinsdale from Chicago right before the new school year, and their fifth-grade daughter knew no one. A touching "Welcome to Oak School" sign... — Updated 1/11/2023


Promoting student learning still goal for assistant principal

As assistant principal for curriculum and instruction at Hinsdale Central High School, Jessica Hurt knows every day will include a few surprises. A particularly happy surprise came... — Updated 1/4/2023

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Hinsdale roots solid ground for next generation

It took Alyssa Harris a few months to come to terms with settling down in the town of her upbringing, now with offspring of her own. "I felt a bit of impostor syndrome," she... — Updated 12/28/2022


Minister's calling is working with young people

Like many teenagers, Grant Glowiak didn't consider himself the smartest, most athletic or most talented of his peers at Lyons Township High School. But at his church's youth group,... — Updated 12/21/2022


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