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Ask an expert - SUZY MARCUS, JAMESON SOTHEBY'S INTERNATIONAL REALTY

While her mother was building a career helping people buy and sell houses in and around Hinsdale, Suzy Marcus was helping owners turn those houses into homes. Five years ago, the... — Updated 9/23/2021

 

Ask an expert - TOM LYNCH, 11TH DISTRICT COMMANDER

What does the American Legion do for vets? Last weekend's 20th anniversary 9/11 commemorations reminded Americans both of the tremendous loss suffered and the stirring acts of... — Updated 9/15/2021

 

It takes a village - JOHN GIANNELLI, FIRE CHIEF

The best thing about John Giannelli's job as Hinsdale fire chief is the opportunity to help someone in need. The worst part, Giannelli said, is witnessing that need for help.... — Updated 9/8/2021

 

Ask an expert - PAUL SIRVATKA, METEOROLOGY PROFESSOR

Why is weather fascinating? With New Orleans and the Louisiana coast picking up the pieces after Hurricane Ida's devastating blow, severe weather events are top of mind for many.... — Updated 9/1/2021

 

It takes a village - LOURDES GARCIA, BUILDING INSPECTOR

If there's a new pergola, patio or pool being built anywhere in Hinsdale, Lourdes Garcia knows all about it. As the village's building inspector and code enforcement officer, it's... — Updated 8/25/2021

 

It takes a village - SAMMY HANZEL, RECREATION SUPERVISOR

Anyone who has attended Hinsdale's Fourth of July celebration, sifted through the parks brochure or clicked on the village's website has witnessed firsthand the work of Sammy... — Updated 8/18/2021

 

It takes a village - BETHANY SALMON, VILLAGE PLANNER

As Hinsdale's village planner, Bethany Salmon is helping the village prepare for the future while keeping one eye solidly focused on the past. Salmon's job is to protect the... — Updated 8/11/2021

 

It takes a village - BRIAN KING, POLICE CHIEF

At the time of the infamous Brown's Chicken Massacre in Palatine in early 1993, Hinsdale Police Chief Brian King was a detective with the Wilmette Police Department. The horrific in... — Updated 8/4/2021

 

It takes a village - MARK PELKOWSKI, WATER & SEWER SUPERINTENDENT

When Mark Pelkowski began his career with the Hinsdale water and sewer department, he knew nothing about the village and not much more about water and sewer. But 20 years later,... — Updated 7/28/2021

 

It takes a village - DAN DEETER, VILLAGE ENGINEER

Dan Deeter was working as an engineering consultant on private construction projects in 2008 when the Great Recession took a wrecking ball to the market. "I was designing and... — Updated 7/21/2021

 

It takes a village - JOHN FINNELL, SUPERINTENDENT OF PARKS AND FORESTRY

Hinsdale has been a Tree City USA community for nearly 30 years, due in no small part to John Finnell. As superintendent of parks and forestry for the village of Hinsdale, Finnell... — Updated 7/14/2021

 

It takes a village - Robb McGinnis, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR & BUILDING COMMISSIONER

Directing a municipality's development requires keen negotiating skills, according to Robb McGinnis. "You're trying to thread the needle between helping to protect the status quo... — Updated 7/7/2021

 

It takes a village - BRAD BLOOM, ASSISTANT VILLAGE MANAGER

The year a teenage Brad Bloom reported to his first day of work at the village of Hinsdale, the country was celebrating its bicentennial, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak formed the... — Updated 6/30/2021

 

It takes a village - ANDREA LAMBERG, FINANCE DIRECTOR

Andrea Lamberg remembers the exact moment that set her on the path toward her new job as Hinsdale's finance director. Lamberg said she was about 10 years old when she became... — Updated 6/24/2021

 

It takes a village - GEORGE PELUSO, DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC SERVICES & ENGINEERING

When you're working for nearly 18,000 people, it's difficult to know what any given day might bring. Whether it's filling a pothole, trimming a parkway tree or clearing an icy... — Updated 6/23/2021

 

It takes a village - HEATHER BERECKIS, SUPERINTENDENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION

In fearful times, look for the helpers. Growing up, Heather Bereckis heard that Mister Rogers-issued maxim often from her mom. And internalized it. "Knowing that I've helped... — Updated 6/9/2021

 

It takes a village - Kathleen Gargano, village manager

When village manager Kathleen Gargano shows up for work at village hall each morning, she's never quite sure what her day will hold. And that's her favorite part of the job. "No... — Updated 6/2/2021

 

Ask an expert - SOPHIE LEKAS, MIDSHIPMAN

How did your Naval career intersect with Hinsdale Rotary? A year ago in March, Sophie Lekas needed money. $32,000 to be precise. She was finishing her fourth and final year as a... — Updated 5/26/2021

 

Business profile - DR. KRISTIN TVRDIK, VETERINARIAN

Years before she would earn the title of doctor, Kristin Tvrdik found the career she was looking for at the Hinsdale Humane Society. While working at the shelter as a summer... — Updated 5/19/2021

 

Ask an expert - GIANNA DUGAN, GRADUATING SENIOR

What are your thoughts as graduation nears? Hinsdale Central student Gianna Dugan will soon shed that identifier. The senior is graduating on Monday. And as student body president,... — Updated 5/18/2021

 

Ask an expert - CARRIE FRENCH, FINANCIAL ADVISOR

What does it mean to be recognized by Forbes? When Carrie French entered the world of wealth management, she was in a field dominated by men. "When I started, I didn't even know... — Updated 5/5/2021

 

Ask an expert - DAN KOSTA, HORTICULTURIST

What are some gardening tips for the season? Amidst the social barrenness wrought by the pandemic, a bumper crop of new at-home gardeners has sprung forth. "They're thinking, 'I'm n... — Updated 4/28/2021

 

Ask an expert - NICHOLAS EPLEY, BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE EXPERT

How can we better understand each other? Think you know another person's mind? Be careful about making assumptions, cautions University of Chicago psychologist Nicholas Epley. "We... — Updated 4/21/2021

 

Ask an expert - ISABEL PENA, POET

What about poetry inspires you? Ellie Pena's lifelong love of poetry began with a gift from her grandmother. "My mom would read it to me before bed," Pena said of Caroline... — Updated 4/21/2021

 

Ask an expert - BETH GREIFENKAMP, ART ENTHUSIAST

Why is that dinosaur in your front lawn? Whether it's referred to as the big purple dinosaur, Madame Butterfly or the beastie, the whimsical sculpture that adorns the front lawn of... — Updated 4/7/2021

 

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