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 By Pamela Lannom    60 Seconds 

Central English teacher publishes her first novel

Like many who grew up surrounded by books, Angelique Burrell dreamed of writing her own one day. "I wanted to, but it seemed so far out of reach of anything," she said. "It took a... — Updated 9/27/2023

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Theater plays special role for Hinsdale dad

Amateur actor Art Andersen's first foray onto the stage was a bit, well, multi-faceted. "I was a servant. I was a dogcatcher. I was a cabinet member," the Hinsdale resident related... — Updated 9/20/2023


Helping kids a lifelong mission for Hinsdalean

Jay Alfirevic was still a child himself when he began helping his parents in their support of an orphanage in Mexico. At nearly 66 years old, he's still helping children as a... — Updated 9/13/2023

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Teen breaks barriers to crack up audiences

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... — Updated 9/6/2023


Central social worker receives volunteer award

Jennifer Cave could barely hear the voice on the other end of the line when she got the call that she had been named the 2023 Volunteer of the Year at The Community House. "When... — Updated 8/30/2023


Central PTO board's only dad enters final year

When Sujit Menon and his wife decided to move their family out of Chicago in 2014, it was Hinsdale's schools that helped the couple to finally choose the village as their new home.... — Updated 8/16/2023


Young duo put talents on display to boost research

Hinsdale friends Abby Sun and Maya Ural first bonded through painting. "Our first play date was about art," Abby recounted. Now they are inviting others on a date to invest in their... — Updated 8/9/2023


Internship offers teen a look behind the scenes

Like most kids growing up in Hinsdale, Ella Horstman spent part of each summer at the village's parks, the community pool, and of course, attending the Fourth of July parade. It... — Updated 8/2/2023

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Teen helps keep TWS 'Mean Girls' cast in step

There wasn't enough room for Reagan Scott and the stacks of unpacked boxes as her family transitioned to their Hinsdale home in the summer of 2021. The Theatre of Western Springs's... — Updated 7/26/2023


Hinsdale a key thread in tapestry of woman's life

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... — Updated 7/19/2023

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Teen explores today's tech to protect the future

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.... — Updated 7/12/2023


Teen's business makes summer a little tastier

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... — Updated 7/5/2023

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Little League leader helps kids shine on diamond

"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... — Updated 6/28/2023


Technology helps Central teen merge passions

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... — Updated 6/21/2023

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Golfer driven to succeed at sport and beyond

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... — Updated 6/14/2023


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


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