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  • Hinsdale a key thread in tapestry of woman's life

    Updated Jul 19, 2023

    Sharon Taylor knew little about Hinsdale before she and her late husband, Ira, settled into the village 36 years ago. But on Princeton Road, the Taylors found the place they would all call home. "It's been fun ever since," Taylor said of her time in Hinsdale, a place she said she will continue to consider home even after her impending move to be closer to her son and three of her five grandchildren. The move to Naperville takes her just 15 miles away, which means Taylor can...

  • Teen explores today's tech to protect the future

    Ken Knutson|Updated Jul 12, 2023

    Hinsdale's Dylan Singla wanted to produce a podcast to explore the intersection of sustainable practices and artificial intelligence. He set up a website and had a couple contacts. But would any highly placed experts in the educational, conservationist and business realms really sit down with him for a 30-minute discussion? Absolutely. "I thought I'd be lucky to get five of them to reply," Singla said of his outreach efforts. "If they're passionate about their job and you're p...

  • Teen's business makes summer a little tastier

    Sandy Illian Bosch|Updated Jul 5, 2023

    Tyler Hamman has learned a lot as owner and founder of Ty's Treats, including the fact that his young customers prefer their SpongeBob ice cream treats with gumball eyes rather than chocolate ones. "When they replaced the gumballs with chocolate, kids started buying them less," said Hamman, who opened Ty's Treats at the Hinsdale Community Pool this summer. Hamman got his first job working behind the front desk of the pool when he was 15. The next year, he worked for Sauced...

  • Little League leader helps kids shine on diamond

    Ken Knutson|Updated Jun 28, 2023

    "I go to Peirce Park everyday," remarked Garett Skiba. The local dad's not on a mission get his steps in, but rather ensuring the integrity of the town's baseball program in his capacity as Hinsdale Little League president. "If I'm not there for games, it's to work on the fields," Skiba said. "What we have at Peirce is probably one of the best complexes in the area because of the hard work of volunteers keeping it going." Last Saturday he delighted in watching players and families fill the grounds for World Series Day, when...

  • Technology helps Central teen merge passions

    Sandy Illian Bosch|Updated Jun 21, 2023

    Both of Samiksha Gupta's parents work in computer science. But it wasn't until she took a class in the subject that Gupta discovered her own fascination with the field and its application to what she considers two of her greatest passions - exercise and giving to her community. "You could create an entirely different world using this language," Gupta said of the computer coding she learned and used to create an app that allows users to link a commitment to fitness to...

  • Golfer driven to succeed at sport and beyond

    Ken Knutson|Updated Jun 14, 2023

    Josh Lundmark has learned to be resilient in the face of adversity. The recent Cornell University graduate and standout golfer said his last four years has stretched both his outward-looking perspective and personal perseverance. "I feel like I'm more comfortable in uncomfortable situations now," said the Hinsdale native, who received his bachelor's degree in computer science last month. He parlayed his course exploits at Hinsdale Central into a key role on Cornell's golf...

  • Hinsdale native shares love of dance at StageDoor

    Sandy Illian Bosch|Updated Jun 7, 2023

    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 life," said Fishbein, who in high school performed in several musicals as part of the Hinsdale Central drama club and became captain of the school's poms team. By then, pom captain was just another line on her dance resume. Fishbein started dancing on stage as part of StageDoor Fine Arts at age 11...

  • Central senior earns recognition for short story

    Ken Knutson|Updated May 31, 2023

    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 morning observances helped illumine the imagination of Hinsdale Central senior Analise Budziak, whose subsequent short story, "A Trick of the Light," took first place in the inaugural Randall Albers Young Writers Award contest, sponsored by the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame. "It's very exciting,"...

  • Hinsdale author pens guide to relationships

    Sandy Illian Bosch|Updated May 24, 2023

    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, said Joe Brocato, Hinsdale resident and author of "Hit It Off: 21 Rules for Mastering the Art and Science of Relationships in Life and Business." "The essence of the book is really teaching readers how to develop what I refer to as unique relationships - those that are difficult, if not impossible,...

  • Teen emerges stronger after time at Central

    Ken Knutson|Updated May 17, 2023

    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 football programs, fueling his dream of one day playing in the National Football League. But the season took a nightmarish turn when he broke his leg in the opening game. "That obviously crushed me," related Monahan, now a senior. His will to overcome, however, remained intact. "Through all...

  • Motherhood comes naturally for first-time mom

    Sandy Illian Bosch|Updated May 10, 2023

    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 the Harts lived in Carolyn's brother's basement just next door, they moved in in February 2022, leaving them several months to settle in and prepare for the next big event in their lives - the birth of baby Ashley. Hart became a mother on June 29, 2022, and will celebrate her first Mother's Day as a...

  • Central alum attaches strings to local symphony

    Ken Knutson|Updated May 3, 2023

    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 graduated college with a degree in music but working in banking, Ackerson was keen to keep his instrumental skills in tune. "She was a member of the DuPage Symphony Orchestra and said, 'We're always looking for more people,' " he related. After sitting in on a rehearsal, Ackerson quickly became the...

  • Moms lead PTO to serve more than students

    Sandy Illian Bosch|Updated Apr 26, 2023

    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 and resourceful she was from our interactions there," Massouras said of her PTO partner. Already a PTO board member, Massouras recruited Reko to be the board's vice president of communications. "She was, of course, a great fit and I am so grateful she stepped up to be co-president with me this year,"...

  • Cancer survivor turns struggle into strength

    Ken Knutson|Updated Apr 19, 2023

    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 annual Valentine's couples dinner. Mother Nature had another agenda. "It was a blizzard, so they called all the couples and said, 'We might cancel the event,' " Klinger recounted. "I told them, 'I will crawl there in the blizzard because I need this.' They said, 'OK, well, I guess we'll have it.'...

  • Food drive just one way volunteer supports SIJ

    Sandy Illian Bosch|Updated Apr 12, 2023

    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 drive. Ensuring that each of those bags gets to its intended recipient is Hinsdale resident and St. Isaac Jogues church member Edward Pound. "I've been involved from the get-go," said Pound, who uses his extensive background in operations to divide the village into 31 routes for volunteers to follow on...

  • Siblings launch podcast to reduce stigma

    Ken Knutson|Updated Apr 5, 2023

    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 concerning mental health, joining the Operation Snowball and Strong Minds Bring Change clubs, which later merged to become Evolve. "Being a leader and going on the clubs' yearly retreats and seeing the impact we were able to have amongst our peers and community is what really sparked my interest,"...

  • HC senior brings voice of fellow students to board

    Sandy Illian Bosch|Updated Mar 29, 2023

    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 her into college and beyond. "I'm interested in studying public policy and politics on the pre-law track," she said. One day, she hopes to use all that she's learned to affect health and environmental policy. As the liaison between the Hinsdale Central Student Council and the school board, Mitra...

  • Familiar face to lead Community House programs

    Ken Knutson|Updated Mar 22, 2023

    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 held outside in adjacent Robbins Park. "Parents come and go, 'My kid's here for camp.' And we'll answer, 'Which one?' because we'll have, at any given day, like 15 camps going on." Bednar was recently hired as program director, returning to the organization she served as recreation supervisor from...

  • Hoops star helps Roadrunners race to state title

    Ken Knutson|Updated Mar 15, 2023

    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 nearly 38 points projected the unstoppable will of a champion. Then the Roadrunners met an actual champion in the form of Notre Dame Academy, two-time defending rulers of Wisconsin's hard courts. It didn't go so well. "After we had that one loss to Notre Dame, I think we all started to realize that we...

  • Hinsdale teen earns spot on prestigious team

    Ken Knutson|Updated Mar 8, 2023

    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 also recently gave her membership to Illinois High School Association's 2022-23 All-State Academic Team, the top academic honor for student-athletes. It took a classmate to let her know. "My friend saw the (school) tweet that said, like, 'Congrats to Shannon Stover for winning,' " Stover said. "I...

  • Attorney shares skills to better her community

    Sandy Illian Bosch|Updated Mar 1, 2023

    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 student who raved about her hometown in the western suburbs of Chicago. "I just heard her talk about Hinsdale all the time," Upadhye said. But she would move many times and live in many states and two countries before realizing her dream of residing in the town that her college friend described as...

  • Young journalist renders stories for next generation

    Ken Knutson|Updated Feb 22, 2023

    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 Hinsdale Middle School sixth-grader had permission to interview from school and was ready to go. As the time approached, she suddenly realized her school computer didn't permit recording. "I was like, 'What do I do?!' " Celsey recounted. Smartphone to the rescue. "I just had to record off of my...

  • Mom, volunteer finds new ways to keep her art alive

    Sandy Illian Bosch|Updated Feb 15, 2023

    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 Haworth. While working for the Chicago department store, Haworth also decorated several homes in Hinsdale. "The town stayed in my memory," Haworth said, and when she and her family decided to become suburbanites, the village became her home. Haworth designed window displays for Macy's and Saks Fift...

  • Former teacher still helping kids, community grow

    Ken Knutson|Updated Feb 8, 2023

    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 say, 'No, I'm Korean,' " Shin recounted. "And the other kids would be like, 'I don't know what that is.' " But they quickly learned what mandu was, as Shin's mom would serve the popular Korean dumplings at the school's cultural exchange event. "People loved it, and I remember feeling so much pride,"...

  • New HCC chair hopes businesses will get involved

    Sandy Illian Bosch|Updated Feb 1, 2023

    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 keep that growth and change going, both as a business attorney and as chair of the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. "It's both a personal and a professional sense of pride to be involved," said Liss, who joined the chamber as a member in 2019 and served as a board member and vice chair...

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