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  • History of crashes at Fuller's reviewed

    Pamela Lannom|Updated May 22, 2024

    Following residents’ comments at recent Hinsdale Village Board meetings regarding serious accidents at Fuller’s Car Wash, Village President Tom Cauley decided to do some research of his own. “There were a couple of residents who stood up and talked about previous accidents at the site, and it just didn’t ring a bell with me at all,” Cauley told The Hinsdalean Wednesday morning. “After that, I went back and had the police pull the reports and go through it. “It just didn’t jibe with what residents were saying had happened as...

  • Owners utilize preservation incentives

    Pamela Lannom|Updated May 22, 2024

    Andrew O'Connor and Katie Lambert were thrilled to move from Chicago into an 1883 Gothic Revival home at 136 N. Washington St. in November 2021. They were not as thrilled with the staircase leading to the second floor. "When we moved in, we couldn't bring furniture upstairs. We slept on the first floor, on the mattress on the floor, for a few days. Then we decided we need to renovate," Katie said. Eventually they were able to get a bed upstairs, but they knew a construction...

  • Mission accomplished

    Updated May 22, 2024

    James Bruckner was focused on his role in dousing walkers in the 18th annual Walk the Walk for Mental Health Sunday morning on the corner of Sixth and Thurlow streets. With more than 700 participating in the walk to benefit The Community House Counseling Center, Bruckner didn't miss an opportunity to splash them with colorful powder. Please turn to Page 32 for more pictures. (Jim Slonoff photo)...

  • Hinsdale pool season passes available now

    Updated May 22, 2024

    Hinsdale pool passes are on sale now, with the pool scheduled to open this weekend. Rates for 224 memberships are $325 for a family, $195 for an individual, $90 for a senior and $70 for a nanny pass, which can be purchased only with a family membership. Daily admission rates are $11, $8 for seniors 60 and old and $9 after 5 p.m. The village also sells 10-visit passes for $90. Neighborly rates are available for residents of Golfview Hills, Brookfield, Burr Ridge, Countryside, Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove, Indian...

  • Meeting roundup

    Updated May 22, 2024

    Hinsdale Village Board Among other business at their May 21 meeting, trustees: • voted unanimously to prohibit electric bikes with more than 750 watts in the village and made other changes to the ordinance relative to the use of bicycles, electric bicycles and personal mobility devices. For more details, read the May 30 issue of The Hinsdalean. • discussed increasing water rates by 3.525 percent to match the increase the city of Chicago is charging the DuPage Water Commission, from which the village buys its water. If app...

  • Weekly agenda

    Updated May 22, 2024

    Hinsdale High School District 86 Board 6 p.m. Thursday, May 30 Hinsdale Central High School 55th and Grant streets www.hinsdale86.org/board-of-education/board-meetings Hinsdale Public Library Board 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 28 Hinsdale Public Library 20 E. Maple St. www.hinsdalelibrary.info On the draft agenda: intergovernmental agreement with village for plaza project, space plan Phase 1 update...

  • Holiday enforcement campaign

    Updated May 22, 2024

    The Hinsdale Police Depart-ment’s Memorial Day “Click It or Ticket” campaign runs through May 30 and reminds motorists to buckle up for safety. “Seat belts have proven to be life-saving in the event of a crash,” said Deputy Chief Thomas Lillie. “Unfortunately, many still don’t buckle up. Worse yet, not wearing a seat belt is a habit that can be passed on to younger generations who follow the example set by their elders.” Wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45 percent. While Illinois currently has a...

  • Community leans on governmental branch

    Ken Knutson|Updated May 22, 2024

    Hinsdale Seventh-Day Adventist Church wants to improve access for the disabled and the elderly to its building at 201. N. Oak St. by creating a new drive area. But a mature tree occupies the parkway where the driveway would go, a healthy and structurally sound tree that village staff has determined does not meet the criteria to grant the church’s application for removal. Enter the Tree Board. Consisting of Hinsdale Trustees Alexis Braden, Michelle Fisher, Matt Posthuma and Scott Banke, who serves as board chair, the body a...

  • Once upon a time

    Updated May 22, 2024

    Places from the past - Hinsdale's building services supervisor, Jim Piontkowski, took this photo in 1979. This photo is of Hinsdale Rexall, Dr. Gorden Taylor and Heir and Heiress clothing store, which were located at 18 and 16 E. Hinsdale Ave. Several years ago the buildings were combined to create the Zazu Spa & Day Salon. Do you have a Hinsdale photo that is at least 25 years old? We'd love to share it with our readers. Stop by our office at 7 W. First St. or email it to...

  • Bicycles built for 71

    Updated May 22, 2024

    The Hinsdale Rotary along with the USO sponsored their annual Bikes for Military Kids program on Saturday morning at The Community House. Funds raised from the Hinsdale Rotary Run Charity Classic helped purchase 71 bikes and helmets for service members' children. (Jim Slonoff photos)...

  • Incentive program finds willing market

    Ken Knutson|Updated May 15, 2024

    Historic homes in Hinsdale that in the past might have fallen victim to the wrecking ball are being saved thanks to village measures to promote preservation. The historic overlay district established in 2022 and the voluntary incentives like zoning relief and matching grant funds that go with district eligibility have persuaded a number of homeowners to remodel rather than raze, officials attest. "It seems like the zoning relief in and of itself was enough, in some cases, to...

  • Swastikas found at Hinsdale Middle School

    Pamela Lannom|Updated May 15, 2024

    Swastikas drawn in pencil were discovered in two separate incidents in the span 15 days at Hinsdale Middle School. The first was discovered April 25 on a bathroom wall, and the second, drawn on a music stand, was reported by students Friday. “This symbol of hate and intolerance has no place in our community, and I am disappointed by its presence at our school,” HMS Principal Cory Burke wrote in an email to parents Friday. “I want to assure you that I am taking this incident very seriously and am working diligently to inves...

  • Once upon a time

    Updated May 15, 2024

    Places from the past - Hinsdale's building services supervisor, Jim Piontkowski, took this photo in 1979. This photo is of First United Realtors located at 30 E. Hinsdale Ave. Today Yankee Peddler is in its place. Do you have a Hinsdale photo that is at least 25 years old? We'd love to share it with our readers. Stop by our office at 7 W. First St. or email it to [email protected]....

  • This week's cover - Elm's got talent

    Updated May 15, 2024

    First-grade classes at Elm School took to the stage to perform for their parents and fellow classmates Monday afternoon. One class performed "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," and the other class performed "Three Billy Goats Gruff." Students sang, read lines and performed during the concert. (Jim Slonoff photo)...

  • Good news

    Updated May 15, 2024

    GALA SUPPORTS RMH CHARITIES The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana’s annual gala, Light the Way Together, raise more than $1.7 million to help connect thousands of families a year with high-quality medical care and resources. More than 800 guests were in attendance at the April 27 event, held at The Geraghty in Chicago. Photos appear online at www.facebook.com/thehinsdalean. TEEN EARNS SCHOLARSHIP Joy Shen of Hinsdale is one of 2,500 to earn a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship. National M...

  • Parents want to keep varsity coach

    Pamela Lannom|Updated May 15, 2024

    Supporters of the Hinsdale Central boys gymnastics program were out in force at the Hinsdale High School District 86 Board meeting last week, upset about plans to cut the gymnastics coaching positions at Central. Speakers at the May 9 meeting objected to the proposal as part of a move to combine the Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South boys gymnastics programs for the next three years. A large crowd of parents and students joined Lena Theotikos, mom of senior gymnast Nikolas,...

  • Meeting roundup

    Updated May 15, 2024

    Hinsdale High School District 86 Board Among other business May 9, board members: • approved the final school year calendar for 2023-24, removing the five emergency days and setting the last day of student attendance day as May 31 • acknowledged district retirees, including Myles Laffey and siblings Anna and Marvin Breig • encouraged administrators to finish the proposal for an off-campus lunch pilot at Hinsdale South for seniors for the 2024-25 school year. Hinsdale Central Principal Bill Walsh said Central is inter...

  • Weekly agenda

    Updated May 15, 2024

    Hinsdale Village Board 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 Memorial Building 19 E. Chicago Ave. www.villageofhinsdale.org...

  • D181 board OK's tentative spending plan

    Ken Knutson|Updated May 15, 2024

    The Community Consolidated Elementary District 181 Board approved a tentative 2025 operating budget of $77.8 million Monday night, just about $4 million more than the current year’s total forecast expenses. Mindy Bradford, assistant superintendent of business and operations, presented the proposed spending plan, reporting that revenues are predicted come in at $86.7 million. Salaries and benefits constitute the single biggest expense at $61.8 million. Bradford said the budget accounts for the raises in the new teachers c...

  • On the cover - A wall for wellness

    Updated May 9, 2024

    More than 3,000 people attended this year's Walk for Wellness House on Sunday morning to help support cancer survivors, families and friends. The funds raised - more than $750,000 - support free programming for individual cancer patients and their family members. Prior to the walk the dedication wall was open for walkers and runners to honor, remember or encourage friends affected by cancer by sharing a "Why I Walk" message. Please turn to page 36 for more pictures. (Jim...

  • Weekly agenda

    Updated May 8, 2024

    Community Consolidated Elementary Dist. 181 Board 7 p.m. Monday, May 13 Hinsdale Middle School 100 S. Garfield Ave. www.d181.org On the draft agenda: approve issuance of $18 million in general obligation debt certificates, budget presentation, approve tentative budget for public display, social studies pilot update, high school data Hinsdale High School District 86 Board 6 p.m. Thursday, May 9 Hinsdale Central High School 55th and Grant streets www.hinsdale86.org/board-of-education/board-meetings On the agenda: approve 2023-2...

  • Something old, something new in Robbins

    Updated May 8, 2024

    Village officials estimate about 31 homes have been torn down in the Robbins Park subdivision since it became a National Register Historic District in 2009. Among those are the homes we're highlighting today with photos of the original structure and what was built in its place. All have been demolished since 2017. n The home at 120 E. Fifth St. was an Italianate built in 1863 for William Robbins. Robbins was the second president of Hinsdale and was one of the individuals who...

  • Once upon a time

    Updated May 8, 2024

    Places from the past - Hinsdale's building services supervisor, Jim Piontkowski, took this photo in 1979. This photo is of The Lock Shop and Nick's Barber Shop at 32 and 34 E. Hinsdale Ave. Today Brasi's Pizzeria and Dying Breed Barber Shop occupy those store fronts. Do you have a Hinsdale photo that is at least 25 years old? We'd love to share it with our readers. Stop by our office at 7 W. First St. or email it to [email protected]....

  • Daring to be different

    Updated May 8, 2024

    The Hinsdale Police Department hosted a D.A.R.E lock-in recently at Hinsdale Middle School. With kids attending from Hinsdale, Oak Brook and Burr Ridge, along with officers from each police department, the evening event offered plenty to keep everyone busy. Some of the events were school-against-school tug of war, a Jell-O eating contest, games, a mechanical bull, a magician and a face painter. And there was plenty of pizza and snacks, too. (Jim Slonoff pho...

  • Fuller's to get higher-grade bollards

    Ken Knutson|Updated May 8, 2024

    Commercial-grade, crash-tested bollards will be installed at Fuller’s Car Wash, according to Hinsdale officials, replacing previously erected protective fixtures that critics argued were insufficient to prevent another collision like the one that claimed the life of 14-year-old Sean Richards last summer. At Tuesday’s village board meeting, Village President Tom Cauley reported that the manufactured bollards are the kind used at schools, hospitals and other institutions and designed to stop a 5,000-pound vehicle going 40 mil...

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