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Richard Munson of Hinsdale has written a new book, “Tech to Table: 25 Innovators Reimagining Food,” which introduces readers to more than two dozen innovators driving solutions to the biggest problems created by industrialized food.

With short, deftly crafted profiles, Munson presents a preview of the future of food and highlights the stories of the entrepreneurs at the forefront of this revolution. While they come from diverse identities, backgrounds, places and professions, they all share an outsider’s perspective and an ambition to rethink the food system.

Munson is the author of several books, most recently “Tesla: Inventor of the Modern.” He also has written a biography of undersea explorer and filmmaker Jacques Cousteau, a history of electricity and a behind-the-scenes look at how congressional appropriators spend taxpayer money.

A member of the Hinsdale Public Library Board, Munson has worked on environmental and clean-energy issues at nonprofits, within universities, in the private sector and on Capitol Hill.


Robert Barr of Hinsdale received the Commander’s Award for Public Service from the U.S. Army for his support to the soldiers of the 98th Civil Affairs Battalion with number care packages.

“Your passion for helping our soldiers made a drastic positive impact on the Ocho Team,” the award reads.

Barr is found of Operation Deployed, a tax-exempt care package operation sending care packages to Armed Forces worldwide.

Items sent range from Roberto’s Movie Night kits (portable wireless projectors, sound bar, movie screen, DVD player and DVDS) to the brat and fellowship package (brats, portable Grills, premium condiments) to food, coffee, outdoor games, toiletries, appliances, electronic equipment, clothing and games.


Coldwell Banker Realty in Greater Chicagoland is unveiled its newly remodeled Hinsdale office Sept. 22. The office, located at 8 E. Hinsdale Ave., was under construction for several months in 2020 and is rebranded as a Global Luxury office.

“Hinsdale has long been a destination for luxury buyers,” said Coldwell Banker Realty President Ayoub Rabah. “Buyers are charmed by the area’s natural beauty, friendly community and opulent yet contemporary housing options. We felt the Coldwell Banker real estate office needed to reflect the clientele we serve.”

Coldwell Banker has had this Hinsdale location for more than 35 years. In 2020, the office closed more than 527 units with a sales volume of $390 million.


• Selin Turkyilmaz of Hinsdale graduated magna cum laude from Colgate University with a bachelor’s degree in English May 9.

• Connor Dunne of Hinsdale qualified for the dean’s list for the spring 2021 semester at Seton Hall University.

• William Bush of Hinsdale was named to the spring 2021 dean’s list at The Citadel.

• Dorothy McCarthy was named an AP Scholar of Distinction (average score of 3.5 or higher on all AP exams and scores of 3 or higher on five or more exams) and Isabelle Cameron was named an AP Scholar with honors (average score of 3.25 or higher on all AP exams and scores of 3 or higher on four or more exams. Both Hinsdale teens are students at Nazareth Academy in LaGrange Park and took their AP exams in May.


Hinsdale Central’s Habitat for Humanity club held a donation drive at the school on Sept 25. Students filled an entire truck with donated used furniture, appliances and other home goods collected at the event. The donated items were then brought to the DuPage Habitat for Humanity ReStore to be sold to the public at affordable prices. Proceeds from the store benefit Habitat for Humanity housing projects in DuPage county.

In addition to donation drives, students in the club volunteer at the DuPage ReStore to assist with inventory and assembling donated goods. Teachers Dan Otahal and Kelly Griffin are the club sponsors.

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