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n this November issue, we salute and give thanks to the men and women who serve and protect our community— firefighters and law enforcement officers. Last month, firefighters from throughout the Chicagoland area saluted their fallen brethren in the 19th annual Silent Parade. This parade began in Hinsdale, where a flag was elevated several stories above the intersection of Washington & Chicago. Three years ago, Hinsdale tragically lost one of its own firefighters, Deputy Chief Mark Johnson; and each year, this parade recognizes Johnson’s service, as well as others who die in fire-related incidents each year. As we embark on another holiday season, we are reminded that the finer aspects of our community are not the material things we possess, but the people around us that make our lives better. It is easy to get swept away with the media avalanche of the things we want this holiday season at a time when we remember those before us. We have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, and our newest columnist Dan Meyer frames this special holiday on page 31 in an eloquent article about giving thanks. A Hinsdale resident, Dan is Senior Pastor at Christ Church of Oak Brook. I hope that you enjoy his columns in the months ahead. The landscape of Clarendon Hills may have a different look, as resident Mike Van Zandt has proposed an eight-unit condominium on the corner of Prospect and Park in Clarendon Hills. Van Zandt has gone through a lengthy process

and met with some criticism from residents, but recently received the zoning amendment and special use permit necessary for him to build a residential-only structure on the property. He still needs to get final approval before beginning construction. Drop us an email at news@ hinsdale60521.com, and let us know your thoughts after reading the article on page 8. Local women and small business owners are putting on the inaugural Holiday House Walk on Dec. 7, benefiting the Ray Graham Association. You can tour seven Hinsdale homes, as well as the Hanson Center in Burr Ridge. In Sports, the Hinsdale Central Boys’ Golf team is state champions again. They defended the title, winning the state tournament by 13 strokes. Sophomore Kenneth Li starred, placing second in the individual competition. Not to be outdone, the Hinsdale Central Girls’ Golf team finished a strong season by placing third at state on the same weekend. The Hinsdale area is known for developing long-lasting circles of friends. One remarkable such group is the “Class of ‘59” luncheon group, a group of local women that has been gathering on a monthly basis for over four decades. Many of these local ladies are 1959 graduates of Hinsdale Township High School (now Hinsdale Central), and have remained in touch ever since. I would like to thank our newest advertisers, Beautiful Beginnings, Gretchen Matzelle, Thomas Joseph Interior Design, Three Circles Chicago and Union Church of Hinsdale. Call or visit them soon, and please let them know you saw them in Hinsdale Magazine.

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November

2013

CONTENTS

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Clarendon Hills Village Board grants preliminary approval to resident’s proposed condominium

12 Hinsdale Woman

Keeping up with dear friends

16 Holiday House Walk

Group of local women organize walk to benefit Ray Graham Association

20 Somber salute

Area fire departments pay tribute to those who lost their lives in fire-related incidents

31 Columns

Spiritual Insight techKNOW

34 Community Scene

Hinsdale Central Homecoming Parade Prospect School Breakfast with Dads Rotary Run Charity Classic HJWC Eat Well, Be Well

42 Spotlight

Inspirational duo Jay Cramer and Katy Sullivan speak to CHMS students

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46 Restaurant Review

Parkers’ Restaurant & Bar Neapolitan pizza delights

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48 Sports

Hinsdale Central Boys’ Golf repeats at state, Hinsdale Central Girls’ Golf places third

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A rendering showing what the proposed condominium could look like at the southeast corner of Prospect and Park in Clarendon Hills

An ambitious undertaking by mike ellis

Clarendon Hills resident Mike Van Zandt is proposing an eight-unit condominium development at Prospect and Park that would quite literally change the landscape of downtown Clarendon Hills. In a classic example of “new meets old” and “innovation meets establishment,” would this development provide the vitality boost the village is seeking, or would the structure be too massive to complement an otherwise quaint downtown?

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he southeast corner of the intersection of Prospect Ave. and Park Ave. has been barren since 2008, but that could soon change, as the Clarendon Hills resident who owns the property has proposed the construction of a condominium complex on it, starting as early as next year. Mike Van Zandt acquired the property, 103 S. Prospect Ave., this past February after negotiating the purchase about six months earlier. Van Zandt, a senior vice president at commercial real estate firm NAI Hiffman by trade, brainstormed several concepts for the property, and ultimately decided to pursue a multi-

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story condominium development. A 35-year resident of Clarendon Hills, Van Zandt said he no longer has a need for a house as spacious as his current home, and that the development would offer empty nesters like him with a viable option not currently available to residents. “Our children are grown and gone,” he said, “and we have a house that’s too big for us. We’ve looked around casually, and couldn’t really find anything that we liked with the combination of quality and location.” Van Zandt contracted Chicago-based Eckenhoff Saunders Architects—a firm with which he has done business for over three decades—to develop the construction plan. This firm also designed the Northern Trust office building at Ill. Rte. 56 and 22nd Street in Oakbrook

Terrace, as well as other multi-family residential properties. As presented to the Clarendon Hills Village Board on Oct. 7, the condominium complex would consist of eight units of varying sizes and features. The units would range from 1,790 to 2,630 square feet, and be spread out across two levels. The proposal also calls for the creation of 18 underground parking spaces and two off-street spaces. The underground spaces would be accessible from Park Ave. “We did look at a townhouse development, but trying to do townhouses with parking is not feasible, because of the steep grade change that you have to allow for.” The grade change that Van Zandt referenced is considerable, increasing 11 feet from Eastern Ave. to the east to the intersection of Prospect and Park to the


“I looked at retail a bit, [and] talked to some people I thought would be interested in owning a condominium. I couldn’t get any traction from credible retailers, [and I received] some concerns from potential condominium owners not wanting to be in a building with retailers.” -Mike Van Zandt

west. In order to build on the property, Van Zandt must comply with several requirements, including installing wider sidewalks, a pergola and a water main loop extension along Park Ave. connecting existing water mains on Prospect to Eastern. Van Zandt said the project would cost at least $5 million, requiring more than $1 million in equity or pre-sales. He said several banks have expressed interest in providing him with the requisite loans.

Presenting the proposal Van Zandt first had to acquire the recommendations of the Downtown Design Review Commission (DDRC) and Zoning Board of Appeals/Plan Commission (ZBA/PC). He appeared in front of the DDRC several times before obtaining their recommendation. When Van Zandt presented a four-story, 11unit complex to the ZBA/PC in May and June, some members of the commission

objected to the height of the proposed structure. “There were quite a few objections and questions from the zoning board members and residents,” he said, “because the two variances that I had asked for were for height and for the setback from the building to the residences to the south, [which] was less than what the code required. I listened to the testimony, rethought it, and revised the proposal.” On Aug. 22, he presented revisions that complied with village zoning ordinances, reducing the number of units to eight and the height to less than 40 feet. After securing the recommendations of both commissions, Van Zandt presented his plan to the Clarendon Hills Village Board on Oct. 7—this time to receive first consideration on amending the status

of 103 S. Prospect Ave. to allow for the construction of an exclusively residential development on the property. Since 2006, that address has been zoned for “mixed-use” development, requiring the first story to be retail. Stated another way, residential use is not currently permitted on the first floor, so Van Zandt needed to seek a special use permit and an amendment to the current status of the property to construct his proposed eight-unit condominium. If the process would be easier to complete by renting space to retailers, one might ask why Van Zandt would choose to pursue the lengthier course of getting an exclusively residential property approved. He told the village board that the rental rates would not be affordable for the types of businesses that would look to settle in a downtown area, indicating that prospective renters would be required to pay roughly twice as much per square foot as business owners currently pay in - Continued on the next page

On Oct. 21, the Clarendon Hills Village Board (above) passed two measures that will allow Clarendon Hills resident Mike Van Zandt to construct a residential-only condominium building at 103 S. Prospect Ave. Van Zandt still needs to secure final approval from the board before beginning construction. www.hinsdale60521.com |Hinsdale Magazine 9 Photos by Marcello Rodarte


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downtown Clarendon Hills. “I looked at retail a bit, [and] talked to some people I thought would be interested in owning a condominium,” Van Zandt said. “I couldn’t get any traction from credible retailers, [and I received] some concerns from potential condominium owners not wanting to be in a building with retailers. “If that building had to have retail, you’d have to get $30 [per square foot], and that’s just not feasible.” The board unanimously granted the plan first consideration on Oct. 7, and proceeded to pass the requisite amendment and grant the special use permit on Oct. 21 by a pair of 5-1 votes. A number of residents, several of whom live nearby the proposed development site, spoke at the Oct. 7 and 21 meetings, raising concerns about the size of the complex, how it would quadrate with the downtown area, and traffic safety issues that may arise at the corner of Prospect and Park. “This [corner] is the gateway to our downtown, and surely we can do better than this,” Clarendon Hills resident Phil Altvater said to the board.

when a larger structure was proposed on the same site several years ago. Village President Tom Karaba said he likes the design of the building, and that he believes the village will benefit from the project in the long run. “That’s what we need in my opinion— we need a change,” Karaba said at the Oct. 21 meeting. “If we do not change, we will die; and I personally think that this is a great start to that change.” Trustee Paul Pedersen, who voted in favor of both measures, said he carefully weighed the pros and cons of the issue, and decided that the structure would be positive for the village on the whole. “The reason I’m sitting here and have for the last 11 or so years is because I was a resident that woke up one day, and the village was going to widen the road that I live on,” Pedersen said to the audience. “That fear of you waking up one day and finding that the property you live on is going to be altered by something completely out of your control—that informs every decision that I make. “We have an applicant here who is proposing a residential building. He’s willing to put parking spots underground,

Resident Pat Simpson said she feels the structure would be too “massive” for the property, and that “it doesn’t have a small-town feel.” Jen Rischitelli shared a similar sentiment at the Oct. 21 board meeting. “The vast majority of the people that I’ve spoken to in this town love its smalltown quaintness and charm,” Rischitelli said. “I have heard very little support [for this project] from people in this community.” Van Zandt and Village Manager Randy Recklaus said the height of the building would be comparable to that of newer homes going up in Clarendon Hills, addressing the concern of massiveness posed by some residents. “I think some people are concerned about the bulk of it,” he said. “It certainly covers more of the site than a single-family home would, but I think it does provide a logical transition from downtown retail to single-family homes.” As for traffic safety concerns, Community Development Director Dan Ungerleider said it was concluded that no traffic study was required, because no such measure was deemed necessary

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which will have no effect on downtown, and will not have the retail that would also present parking issues. He’s been through a number of meetings [at which] a lot of very smart and civic-minded residents have weighed in on the design and zoning. “I’m a supporter of this project in a big way. I think it’ll do a lot of good for downtown.”

Revitalizing the business district Like many downtowns in the current economic climate, downtown Clarendon Hills has experienced its fair share of commercial turnover in recent years. In 2013 alone, three downtown businesses have closed or will close their doors. On the northwest corner of Prospect and Park, the Hills Café opened and closed this year (this space has since been occupied by Mario’s Pizza); the Modern Dog Boutique, which opened in 2009, closed this past July; and after four years in business, All Wined Up will shut its doors by the end of the year (Ungerleider said these latter two vacancies will be filled by Vintage Confections, which is currently located behind Starbucks). But the question of the moment is, Will the construction of an eight-unit residential condominium complex lift the downtown retail sector? Van Zandt said he is confident it will. “I think the project should be viewed as supporting existing downtown retailers, and the first step in a downtown revitalization,” he said at the Oct. 7 board meeting. Despite the fact that the proposed edifice would not include any retail stores, Van Zandt said he thinks the new construction alone will draw more people to the downtown business district, including the prospective tenants. “If you’re building, that means people want to be down there,” he said. “You’re also going to bring however many people that occupy the units in closer proximity to the restaurants and other [businesses]. “Sixteen people aren’t going to make or break retail—I recognize that.” Ungerleider agreed. “I think it represents a significant investment in the community,” he said. “It represents a local investment in the community. It will bring in eight families to the community, and these families will hopefully visit the downtown and our businesses.”

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Hinsdale Woman

Keeping up with

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Members of the “Class of ‘59” luncheon group gather at Diane Cochran’s home in Clarendon Hills last month. The group has been meeting once each month for the past 42 years.

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ake new friends, but keep the old; one is silver, and the other gold.— So goes the old proverbial adage. Close circles of friends can be spotted throughout the Greater Hinsdale area. From kids’ schools to private clubs to charitable organizations, there are numerous opportunities for local women to develop strong bonds with each other.—But not every local circle of friends can say it has been gathering on a monthly basis for upwards of four decades. The “Class of ‘59” luncheon group is comprised of 19 ladies, eight of which graduated from Hinsdale Township High School (now Hinsdale Central) in 1959. “We were fortunate to have had so many of us grow up in Hinsdale in the ’50s,” member Diane Cochran said. “It was a great time and place to be a teenager.” For the past 42 years, the group has met monthly, and although some of its members have since moved elsewhere, it remains a tight-knit circle after more than four decades. Members said it all began in 1971,

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when Sally Weaver, one of the 1959 Hinsdale alumni, invited a group of her close friends to her home. “My sister had had a similar group, so when we moved back to Hinsdale, she said that would be a fun thing to do,” Weaver said, recalling hosting the first luncheon. “It was fun when we first gathered. Most of us had been married at that point; there were so many things to talk about. “People were moving in and moving out, but there was this bond of friendship.” Photos by Marcello Rodarte

“[Sally] invited a group of classmates and wives of classmates over for a luncheon, and we had such a good time that we decided to do it on a monthly basis,” Cochran said. “That’s how it started, and we’ve been meeting every month ever since.” Since that time, the various members of the group have rotated hosting responsibilities on a monthly basis. Cochran said the “Class of ‘59” - Continued on page 14


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luncheons are usually “very gourmet,” as the hostesses work hard to prepare sumptuous meals for their friends. “Each and every person goes through a lot of work putting together a luncheon when it’s their turn,” she said. “It’s amazing that we haven’t run out of things to make.” When Hinsdale Magazine visited the group, Cochran hosted a “high tea” luncheon at her home in Clarendon Hills, preparing 120 tea sandwiches in seven varieties. Cochran said she has always found high tea appealing, having enjoyed it in London, Paris, Chicago, Hong Kong and Hawaii. She said when Queen Elizabeth II serves high tea at Buckingham Palace, she serves three different groups of 8,000 people apiece. Before the meal, the ladies conversed in the living room about a variety of topical subjects. “It’s been a lifelong, monthly event with cherished friends,” member Sue Swan said. “We have probably solved every conceivable problem within our families, the village and certainly the U.S.” For this club of 19 ladies, it’s more about the camaraderie than gourmet

meals. As eight members are 1959 Hinsdale Central alumni, some of them have known each other for roughly six decades. Each member has been involved in the community, serving on village zoning boards and chambers of commerce, while volunteering for the Community House, Infant Welfare Society and Hinsdale Garden Club. They have worked as teachers, nurses, brokers and artists, and possess a diversity of interests, but the bond of friendship has kept them close all this time. “We all belong to different diverse groups,” Swan said, “but this group is unique, and I think we always wanted to keep the friendships going.” Over the years, Cochran said she and her friends have celebrated weddings and the births of grandchildren, while coping with the losses of parents, spouses and children. “It’s been a lifetime of sharing—not only sharing experiences, but sharing our lives,” she said. “We all knew each other’s parents, and we all know each other’s children and grandchildren, so it’s kind of special. “Most of all, we really care for each other.”

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Committee members for the inaugural Holiday House Walk gather outside the home of Hinsdale resident Diane Dean. The Dec. 7 house walk will benefit the Ray Graham Association.

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Walking with a purpose Group of local women organize holiday house walk to benefit Ray Graham Association

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ocal volunteers and businesses are teaming up to host the inaugural Holiday House Walk, Shopping and Evening Reception on Dec. 7. Proceeds from the walk will benefit the Ray Graham Association. Founded in 1950, the Ray Graham Association provides a wide range of services to nearly 2,000 individuals with disabilities. Ray Graham operates 35 facilities in DuPage County and surrounding communities, including the Hanson Center in Burr Ridge. Although

no one resides at these facilities, Ray Graham is devoted to enriching the living experiences of those it serves by promoting employment opportunities for adults and providing educational programming for children. Clarendon Hills resident Theresa McClear, whose 14-year-old daughter Courtney currently receives services from Ray Graham, modeled the concept after the Hinsdale Center for the Arts annual holiday home tour, which has since been discontinued. “All my friends missed [the holiday home tour],” McClear said. “Everyone

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talked about how much fun it was. Because of our [family’s] connection with Ray Graham and our daughter receiving services there, I thought this would be a great opportunity for people to learn more about Ray Graham and the Hanson Center. “I contacted all my friends that have beautiful homes, and the word spread from there.” After securing the first couple of homes for the walk, McClear reached


out to local business owners to serve as vendors for the shopping portion of the event. McClear also conversed with Tracy Zoberis, President of the Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club, who pledged her organization’s assistance in promoting the walk. The walk is comprised of seven beautiful local homes, all of which may be toured between noon and 5 p.m. that Saturday. At each home, docents will be present to help guide the tours. One of the stops along the walk will be the home of Diane Dean of Hinsdale, 716 S. Oak Street. Constructed in 1929, Dean’s Georgian home sits on roughly one acre of land. The architects of the home, Meyer & Cook of Chicago, designed several notable structures in Chicago, including the Queen of All Saints Basilica on the northwest side and the Laramie State Bank in the Austin neighborhood. A rod-iron gate visible from Oak and Seventh Streets surrounds the home, which is also guarded by an impressive row of trees, foliage and custom statues. Other homes to be featured on the walk include the homes of Chris & Mary Catalano and Jay & Natalya Arnold.

McClear said three of the homes on the tour were renovated by local builder Kenna Builders, Inc., the main sponsor for the event. Tours of the Hanson Center will be available to guests interested in seeing the diversity of features this local facility has to offer. Guests will also have the opportunity for boutique shopping on the Holiday House Walk, as ten local vendors will set up shop at the Hanson Center, while Dean and Betty Scanlon will be selling interior decorations from their Chicagobased décor business, The Right Stuff, at her home. “It’s such a wonderful organization that they’re raising money for, the Ray Graham Association,” Dean said when asked why she decided to participate. After the home tour is concluded, guests are invited to return for an evening reception at the Hanson Center. A raffle will be held, which will include four tickets to a Jan. 14 Blackhawks game and eight tickets to a White Sox game to be mutually agreed upon by the donor and winner. Other items include a collection of wines with 90-plus ratings to be enjoyed during the holiday season.

Gail Crannell of Clarendon Hills, who is responsible for the raffle, said she was happy to volunteer for the cause her friend Theresa introduced her to. “The more we’ve talked, I’ve heard that these facilities are not available in a lot of areas,” Crannell said. “We’re just so blessed to have [Ray Graham] right here in DuPage [County], and what better way [is there] to try and help out?” McClear said her goal is to have 400500 people participate in the walk. House walk tickets are available for $45; evening reception tickets are available for $25. You can e-mail lifesinspirations@ mac.com to receive an invitation and register in advance of the event. On the day of the event, you may register at the Hanson Center, the Dean home, or the Edmonds home. All proceeds will benefit the Ray Graham Association. To obtain raffle ticket order forms, you can e-mail Gail Crannell at gcrannell@sbcglobal.net. If you purchase your tickets by Dec. 1, you are eligible to register for a $25 limo ride for ten touring all seven homes.

The home of Diane Dean, 716 S. Oak Street, pictured below is one of seven homes included on the walk.

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Cover Story

Firefighters gather in Hinsdale for the 19th annual Silent Parade.

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Area fire departments, local residents pay tribute to those who lost their lives in fire-related incidents

BY MIKE ELLIS

ire departments from throughout the Chicagoland area gathered at the Hinsdale fire station for the 19th annual Silent Parade early in the evening on Oct. 11. Firefighters greeted one another and their family members while enjoying a variety of food, before getting in gear and boarding their fire engines for the parade, which started at about 7:15 p.m. Commencing in Hinsdale, 54 vehicles rode west on Chicago Ave., which turns into Naperville Road in Westmont and Maple Ave. in Downers Grove. While parade-goers paid their respects, dozens of luminous lights flashed as

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the engines rolled through downtown Hinsdale in silence. At Washington Street, an American flag was hoisted several stories above the engines which passed underneath it. Those in attendance said they found the silence of the parade created a “somber” mood. “It was very somber in salute to our men and women in uniform,” said Dan Edmonds of Oak Park, whose brother-inlaw is a Hinsdale firefighter. “It was really a nice tribute.” “We try to make it out every year, because we think it’s important to support our firemen who risk their lives for us,” Nancy Daisley of Hinsdale said after watching the trucks roll by. The parade continued through Clarendon Hills, Westmont and Downers Grove, before turning south on Ill. Rte.

53 to Trinity Lutheran Church in Lisle. A tribute service incorporating firefighters, their family members and West Suburban residents then ensued, led by Bartlett Chief Michael Falese, President of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association. After Falese provided opening remarks, Downers Grove Deputy Chief Jeff Pindelski delivered the keynote speech, reminding all firefighters to make safer and smarter decisions while on duty.

Paying tribute The Silent Parade is a solemn tribute to all those who perish or are severely injured in fires each year, whether firefighters or civilians. This year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, 81 firefighters have died in the line of duty, including 19 who were killed in the horrific wildfire


that blazed in Prescott, Ariz., on June 30. Illinois has suffered two fatalities in 2013: Christopher Brown of Hudson (near Bloomington) and Lawrence Stone of West Union (downstate). “When it started, it was the Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, Downers Grove, Lisle [and] Westmont Fire Departments that developed the event, specifically to recognize people who had died in fires— not only firefighters, but [also] civilians,” said former Hinsdale Fire Chief Mike Kelly, who is now assistant chief in Bartlett. “The idea was, there are always parades where we have our lights and sirens going;—this is a silent parade so that it’s a more somber event to remember those people who have passed.” Hinsdale is no stranger to fire fatalities. On Sept. 20, 2010, Deputy Chief Mark Johnson responded to an emergency around noon. After returning to the station, he told his colleagues he was going to work out in the basement. About an hour later, firefighters found Johnson collapsed after suffering a heart attack. He was later pronounced dead at Hinsdale Hospital. “It was a very sad day for our department, and the worst day of my career,” said Steven Tullis, Public Information Officer for the Hinsdale Fire Department. “Mark’s spirit will always live forever in all of us. He was a great man, and will never be forgotten.”

Kelly, who was chief of the HFD at the time of the incident, said the Johnson tragedy has magnified the event for the Hinsdale department. “It always has been a special event for us, but that [tragedy] makes it more important, because we were affected by a death,” he said. Hinsdale Fire Chief Richard Ronovsky, who has been with the department for over 27 years, said he believes an event like the Silent Parade makes you reflect on the dangers involved in firefighting. “I think it’s just a constant reminder that it is a dangerous job,” Ronovsky said. “We do have to make sure that we’re adapting to the changes [in the field], and that we’re preparing ourselves to meet

those challenges, and do that safely.” Bartlett Chief Mike Falese, President of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, said that while the job is dangerous, all firefighters are aware of those dangers when they make the decision to enter the field. “I think it does help to send a message that it’s a profession of public service,” Falese said. “It’s dangerous, but it’s one that we take an oath to do.”

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Innovations in Fire Safety Dr. Benjamin Franklin, a renowned inventor and Founding Father, helps organize the volunteerbased Union Fire Company in Philadelphia—the first fire department in U.S. history.

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Jan van der Heiden, Superintendent of the Holland Fire Brigade, and his son Nicholaas make use of the first fire hose.

Firefighter Greg Chavez invents the “guardian angel,” a device designed to prevent Christmas tree fires. Unlike ordinary angels atop a Christmas tree, this one is programmed to emit water in the event that the tree catches fire.

Garrett Morgan invents the Morgan safety hood and smoke protector—more commonly known as the gas mask. After employing the mask to rescue 32 men trapped deep below Lake Erie two years later, many fire departments inquired about buying them.

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Major Harrison of the United Kingdom invents the manual fire sprinkler. Nearly three decades later, Henry Parmelee improved on Harrison’s invention by designing an automatic sprinkler, which he called the “automatic fire extinguisher.”

1965

Duane Pearsall invents the home smoke detector, which he introduced to the general public in 1970.

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Department Open House, held the following afternoon in back of the police and fire stations. The HFD performed multiple demonstrations to visually emphasize fire safety to residents. These included a kitchen-fire discussion, a vehicle extrication in which firefighters pried

all four doors, the front windshield and the roof off of an antiquated Ford sedan, and engulfing a staged room in flames for several minutes before firefighters unleashed gallons of water to extinguish the blaze. “I talk to my kids about fire safety all the time, but you just can’t show them

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this,” a man said to Chief Ronovsky after watching the room demonstration. Ronovsky said installing fire sprinklers in homes is a primary message fire departments are now encouraging. After lighting a match, it took only two minutes for the staged room to be consumed with flames. Conversely, for an adjacent room


that had overhead sprinklers, although the furniture sustained water damage from the sprinklers, the fire was almost completely contained within 34 seconds. Because the fire department’s ordinary response time is between seven and ten minutes, Ronovsky said installing residential sprinklers can potentially save lives. “You look at the water damage versus the fire damage, but it’s a life safety issue for occupants of the house,” he said. “When you do the math, those fires are burning, and we’re showing up somewhere in the neighborhood of seven to ten minutes afterwards. That fire is going at two minutes and 30 seconds, so the products are burning hotter and faster; and we have to adapt our tactics to that. “Smoke detectors are life-saving, but the sprinklers are really containing it down, and not letting temperatures [rise] and products burn.” Ronovsky said installing sprinklers to cover an entire house requires an investment of about $3,000. ...

a large number of Hinsdale Fire Department retirees visit the station on Friday night,” Tullis said. “In the future, we are hoping to hold a special pancake breakfast to make it more inviting to even more retirees.” The HFD is one of five host departments for the Silent Parade, alongside Clarendon Hills, Westmont, Downers Grove and the Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District. About 30 Chicagoland area fire departments participated in the parade, including the Western Springs Fire Department, Pleasantview Fire Protection District, Broadview Fire Department, La Grange Park Fire Department, Berwyn Fire Department, Bartlett Fire Department, and the five aforementioned host departments.

Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of the Silent Parade. Tullis said the department is hoping to do “something special” in honor of the anniversary. “This year, we were especially pleased to see

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An Evening with Jacqueline Kennedy Date: Monday, Nov. 4 Location: Clarendon Hills Public Library Time: 7-8 p.m. Graue Mill & Museum Executive Director Leslie Goddard will portray former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy as she was in 1964. Jackie will recall her time in the White House, her struggles to retain her family’s privacy in the face of media onslaughts, and dramatically recount her husband’s death and how she chose to move forward.

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Illumination Date: Friday, Nov. 22 - Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 Location: Morton Arboretum, Lisle Time: 4:30-8:30 p.m. Held at Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illumination will engage your senses with dazzling projections and trees that respond to your touch. Illumination is an outdoor event following a one-mile, paved path that takes about a half hour to complete. General admission tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children (ages 2-17). Tickets may be ordered by dialing (630)-725-2066, or in person at the arboretum’s visitor center during regular hours. The event will be closed on Thanksgiving (Nov. 28), Dec. 2, 9, 16, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Jingle Mingle Date: Saturday, Nov. 23 Location: Downtown Burr Ridge Time: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Santa Claus is coming to town to kick off the holiday season at the sixth annual Jingle Mingle on Saturday, Nov. 23. The Jingle Mingle parade will start at the east end of Village Center Drive at 6 p.m., traveling the length of the Village Center before arriving for the tree lighting ceremony on the Village Green at approximately 6:15. Santa, joined by his very special guests, will lead the crowd in a countdown to light the holiday tree. Santa will be available for photos after the tree-lighting ceremony. Admission and parking are free; the event is weather-permitting.

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hroughout his career, the best-selling author Alex Haley kept an unusual photograph of a turtle in his office, sitting mysteriously atop a fence post. “I keep this around as a reminder to myself,” he said. “If you see a turtle sitting on a fence post, of one thing you can be certain: he had help getting where he is.” That’s true of all of us, isn’t it? No matter what heights we have attained in life, we have all Dan Meyer had some help along the way. Contributing Writer Sometimes we forget that. We can slip into thinking a bit like Bart Simpson when he was asked by his father to offer grace before dinner: “Dear God, We earned the money to buy this food, so thank you for nothing.” You and I may not descend to quite that level of smug ingratitude, but it is easy to get focused on all that we have done, or are doing, or still need to do to elevate our station in life. We can lose sight of all the unmerited favor and all the unearned help that has undergirded our lives. The people who began our nation’s life could have developed an illusion of self-sufficiency like that. The Pilgrims were a proud and hard-working people. They had beaten immense odds in even getting to this land. For the better part of a year, they managed to scrape out an existence and build a new home for themselves. But then came the unthinkably brutal winter of 1620. Had it not been for the grace of faith that held up their courage, or the gracious provision from the local natives, it is unlikely the Pilgrims would have risen above their conditions, and lived to build the nation we now enjoy. More impressive still is that they understood this. When the crops Native Americans had taught them to plant finally came to harvest the next fall, they didn’t pat themselves on the back. The Pilgrims declared a Feast of Thanksgiving. Gathering with loved ones and neighbors, they gave thanks for the hands—both heavenly and human—that had carried them beyond that terrible winter. More than two centuries later, President Abraham Lincoln cautioned the American people against losing sight of that first Thanksgiving. In a time of national calamity, he declared, “We have forgotten the gracious Hand which has preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and have vainly imagined in the deceitfulness of our hearts that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.” It was that same president who first introduced the national holiday we now call “Thanksgiving” in 1863. One hundred fifty years later, one wonders if Lincoln’s call is not needed again. Amidst America’s present winter of conflict and discontent, how might life get better if we could all live with a deeper measure of humility and gratitude? So think about it. Whose hands helped lift you up to where you sit today? Many years ago, an aspiring actress was handed a bit part in a Baltimore theatre production. Hoping to secure the nicest clothes to show off her talent, the girl rushed to the theatre

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But Trustee Eric Stach, who voted against both the amendment and the special use permit, does not share Van Zandt’s belief, citing that out of 25 percent of downtown business owners who responded to a recent survey asking what use of vacant property would best complement their businesses in the future, residential development placed third behind retail and restaurants. Stach also expressed concern that one condominium could beget more. “This change to the plan is an explicit acknowledgment that downtown condominium buildings with no retail are now acceptable, and could potentially become the norm,” Stach said at the Oct. 21 meeting. “It is within our power to change our local zoning code and amend the comprehensive plan, but the potential repercussions of today’s decision could snowball into a future scenario where our successors are addressing multiple fronts against a new norm of 40-foot-tall condominium buildings without retail.”

The months ahead Van Zandt said the units would likely sell for between $500,000 and $700,000, leaving some room for flexibility, as he is willing to customize units to accommodate interested buyers. He said he envisions empty nesters looking to downsize as the most probable tenants, but would not adopt any restrictions. “I have talked to a lot of people who seem to be in a situation that I am, but I’ve also talked to some single people that aren’t my age, that either don’t plan to have kids or have none,” Van Zandt said, “and I think it could be a good option for them.” Having received an amendment to the code and a special use permit, Van Zandt will now revisit with Eckenhoff Saunders Architects, and hopes to be back in front of the village board for final approval by January or February. Ungerleider said there are still a number of details to be worked out before final approval is granted. If he receives final approval consistent with the preliminary approval, Van Zandt said he would like to begin breaking ground around March 1. Van Zandt intends to live in one of the units, and said he would like to attract at least five interested buyers before beginning construction.

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2013 Hinsdale Central Homecoming Parade

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ordes of community members turned out for the annual Hinsdale Central Homecoming Parade through downtown Hinsdale on Oct. 5. The Red Devil Marching Band led the parade down First Street, followed by Principal Dr. Tom Paulsen and Assistant Principals John Bruesch and William Walsh. In celebration of their 50th reunion, members of the Class of 1963 stole the show, showcasing their state swimming championship—the first of 17 boys’ swimming titles. Beloved former Activities Director Pam Kalafut, who retired at the end of last year, led this year’s class of Hall of Fame inductees, who were followed by school cheerleaders, the hockey team, and members of the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) club. Then, parade-goers were treated to the annual procession of class floats, commencing with the Freshman Class of 2017. The freshman float was awarded first prize. As the parade drew to a close, the 24 nominees to the Class of 2014 Homecoming Court rode on the backs of an assortment of convertibles. Breaking with tradition, this year’s king and queen, Matt Driscoll and Erin Kelly, were crowned at the dance later that evening.

Members of the 2013 Homecoming Court wave to the crowd during the parade down First Street.

The Class of 1963 makes its presence known during the parade. The “HTHS” signifies Hinsdale Township High School—the name of the high school before Hinsdale South was founded in 1965.

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undreds of Prospect Elementary School dads accompanied their kids to school for the seventh annual Breakfast with Dad inside the school gymnasium on Sept. 27. As moms generally contribute more to their children’s school activities, Breakfast with Dad afforded fathers an opportunity to spend some time with their children at school. “One of the teachers came up to me and said, ‘I parked this morning, and I saw this influx of dads all hording the school, which you never see,’” event coorganizer Karen Bots said. With 45 dozens of donuts, nine gallons of juice and over 1,300 ounces of Starbucks coffee, PTO moms came well equipped for the crowd. For children whose fathers could not attend, grandfathers and other male figures like uncles or neighbors were welcomed. After sharing a snack in the gym, many dads went outside and watched their kids on the playground before ushering them off to school. “Moms are the room-parents, moms take the kids on field trips—anytime moms can volunteer, we do,” event co-organizer Michele Kresicher said. “So, to have the children see that their dads come to this special event with them is very meaningful.”

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ver 1,000 participants turned out for the annual Rotary Run Charity Classic at the Community House in Hinsdale on Oct. 20. A variety of competitions were held to accommodate runners and walkers of disparate ages and skill-levels, including 10K, 5K and 3K runs, as well as a 5K walk. There was even a “Mutt Strut” for dog-owning participants, and a “Walk & Roll” around the vendor tent for senior citizens. Conducted each year in October, the Rotary Run is designed to benefit local charities and organizations. This year’s beneficiaries were the Community House, the District 181 Foundation, the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation, the Rotary Club of Hinsdale Foundation and the Hinsdale Humane Society.

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Students from The Lane School celebrate winning the “Mrs. B. Cup,” the award given to the top-performing elementary school.

“We’ve been doing this race for 19 years, and it’s grown from probably a couple hundred runners to over a thousand runners,” said Greg Donnelly, Past President of the Hinsdale Rotary Club. “We raise over $100,000 for the charities that stay right here in our community.” Once again, students from District 181 schools participated in full force. With about 24 percent of its student population in attendance, The Lane School captured the “Mrs. B. Cup,” the award given to the top-performing elementary school. At the junior high level, Hinsdale Middle School beat out Clarendon

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Spotlight

Katy Sullivan

Jay Cramer lacks the ability to use his legs, while his wife Katy Sullivan was born divested of them below the knees. Yet both told students and parents at Clarendon Hills Middle School that they are happier today in spite of their disabilities. Jay Cramer

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nspirational duo Jay Cramer and Katy Sullivan spoke to students and parents about the importance of perseverance at Clarendon Hills Middle School on Oct. 9 in the school gymnasium.

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Jay told his story first, recounting growing up in the Elgin area and becoming a captain on his high-school football team. In college, he turned his attention to theatre, ultimately graduating with a degree in drama. A self-described “adrenaline junkie,” Jay became a fan of the television show Survivor, and soon became a semifinalist to appear on the program. To prepare for the show, he went “bouldering”—a high-risk type of rock climbing involving no harnesses—with some friends. While climbing, Jay fell and struck his head on a rock in the middle of the water below. He was quickly airlifted out of the area 42 Hinsdale Magazine | www.hinsdale60521.com

to UCLA Medical Center, and spent the next 41 days in the ICU. “We breathe 12 times every minute,” he said. “We breathe 700 times in an hour—17,000 times in a day, and just over 6 million times in a year. “Do me a favor: don’t take it for granted.” In lieu of his accident, Jay lost the ability to use his legs, and had his hand use significantly compromised as well. But instead of wallowing in the fact that his life would never be the same, Jay decided to pursue a career in comedy after getting out of his hospital bed. His decision paid off, as he was later selected as Los Angeles’s “Funniest Comic” in 2009. “I’ve been lucky enough to open for amazing greats like Drew Carey, Martin Lawrence, John Lovitz, Fred Willard, Kevin Nealon and Adam Sandler,” Jay said. “It wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t have the positive outlook that I did.” That same year, he married Katy Sullivan, “the love of his life,” whom he

met at a therapy session. Jay told the audience that if he could travel back in time before the accident, he wouldn’t change anything, because he is happier the way his life has turned out. “If I could go back to that day, and a genie shows up and says, ‘You can keep going the way you’re going, and you’re going to be fine—or you can fall right here.’ 100 times out of 100, I would have it happen the way it happened.”

Katy Sullivan Born without the lower halves of her legs, Katy and her family knew her life would not be ordinary from the outset.— What they did not know was that she would translate her impairment into Olympic success years later. While in school, Katy faced hurdles ranging from body image to simply getting around. Early on, she said sports were “frustrating” for her, but like her future husband, she was drawn to the - Continued on page 44


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drama scene after viewing a performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Moving to Los Angeles after living in Chicago for four years following college, Katy appeared to be tracking for a bright future in acting. But an opportunity was about to present itself that would allow her to perform on a completely different stage.

A prosthetist—that is, a person who makes prosthetic legs—asked Katy whether she would try running if she designed a pair of “running legs” for her. Agreeing to the offer, Katy said she found running difficult at first. “I was really bad at it at first, because I had no muscle memory of running,” she said. “Just putting one foot in front of the

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more seriously. “He presented an opportunity,” she said, “and I was like, ‘Let’s see where this goes.’” After training for a year and a half, Katy qualified for the U.S. Paralympic team, competing in the 100 meters at the Parapan American Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2007. Because other runners were missing only one leg or bilateral amputees below the knee, Katy knew she could not keep up with them; but she set a personal goal to break 18 seconds. “I had a great race, and I totally came in last,” she said. “Everybody’s names start coming up on this jumbo-tron—except mine. It finally came up, and it said: K. Sullivan, U.S.A., 17.68 seconds. I leaped into the air and started celebrating; it was like I won the lottery.” Five years later, Katy represented her country at the Paralympic Games in London. While other runners anxiously awaited the starting gun, Katy said she savored the moment on an international stage, never thinking she would receive such a unique opportunity. “I trained for six years to stand

there with that jersey on that said ‘United States of America,’” she said. “It didn’t matter what happened when the gun went off.”

Where they are today

Today, Jay and Katy have returned to their acting roots. Jay has appeared on Desperate Housewives, and will make an appearance on an upcoming episode of Grey’s Anatomy alongside Patrick Dempsey; Katy has appeared on My Name Is Earl, and recently guest-starred on the sitcom Last Man Standing. They are also sharing their respective stories with audiences across the nation, inspiring listeners with the successes they have attained in spite of the odds. Both emphasized the significance humor has had in helping them persevere through “circumstances you can’t change.” “Getting to that place of, ‘I’m okay with me,’—it took a long time,” Katy said. “But it’s amazing when you start accepting yourself and loving yourself, it just opens the door for everyone else to accept you and start loving you back.”

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arkers’ Restaurant & Bar is widely perceived as being an informally elegant, clubby seafood house. This may indeed be true, but its newest claim to fame are its pizzas, made in the Neapolitan fashion,—and are they magnifico! Patrick McLaughlin is the executive chef and master pizza artist here, and he is proud that his dining establishment received the 306th VPN certification in the world. This is impressive to say the least; after all, the restaurant is located in Downers Grove, and not some quaint eatery on the Italian peninsula. The chef’s mastery of the dough, the pizza peel, as well as the Photo courtesy of Parkers’ Restaurant & Bar oven, was something I had never witnessed before. He was fastidious, bit runny. The fresh organic basil was precise (he is a French chef, after all), and sweet and aromatic, imparting a freshness informative, as he schooled me in the to the dish. Neapolitan way to craft a pizza, from the The next offering was the Pistachio e shaping to the stretching to the topping Fontina, which was a uniquely delectable

pie topped with pistachio mortadella, slightly caramelized cauliflower florets and roasted organic kale dressed in truffle oil. The base was a mellow mascarpone cheese combined with a smidgen of cream and just the right amount of red pepper flakes to impart a little heat. A light yet mouthwatering fontina was the cheesy topper, and a sprinkling of roasted pistachios enhanced this incredible creation. It was otherworldly. Lastly, I was fortunate enough to be introduced to the Pizza di Parma, which I found to be simple and rustic, with just enough silky Prosciutto di Parma on top and fresh arugula, pecorino gran cru and a drizzle of Italy’s finest extra virgin olive oil to finish it. I was a happier, more complete person when I reluctantly departed from Parkers’—mainly because of the food, but also because of the congeniality of the chef and his supporting staff. Go there right away and try some of their wonderful pizzas.

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Sports

The Hinsdale Central Boys’ Golf team shows off its championship trophy and scorecard alongside Athletic Director Dan Jones (bottom right).

Photos courtesy of Charles Banke, Jess Krueger

Sophomore Kenneth Li strikes an iron shot at state. Li finished second in the individual competition.

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Hinsdale Central Boys’ Golf repeats at state

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insdale Central Boys’ Golf successfully defended its state title, winning the 2013 IHSA 3A state tournament by 13 strokes on Oct. 18 and 19 at The Den at Fox Creek Golf Course in Bloomington. The Red Devils raced out to a seven-stroke lead over Glenbrook North after day one behind strong performances by freshman Brendan O’Reilly and sophomore Kenneth Li. This talented underclassmen duo, instrumental in contributing to Hinsdale’s dominance all season, combined to shoot one-under par on Friday. “Brendan and Kenneth are both very talented and fierce competitors,” Red Devils head coach Jess Krueger said. “They lead by example with their golf game and their competitive positive attitude.” Junior Brian Dolehide and sophomore Drew Shepherd also played well, shooting 76 (+4) apiece on the first day. On day two, the team score tightened up momentarily, as New Trier and Glenbrook North attempted to mount late rallies. But ultimately the Red Devils pulled away, outperforming their competition on a difficult back nine. “As a team, we knew that we were a very talented group of golfers, and we were capable of winning another state championship,” senior Jeff Yoo said. “I’m glad that we were able to grind all the way to the finish, and capture another state title.” No Hinsdale player rose to the occasion more than Li, who shot a two-under par 70 on Saturday—the best score posted in the entire field for that day. Li finished a runner-up to Brian Ohr of Glenbrook North in the individual competition.

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“[Kenneth’s] grit, tenacity and talent showed on Saturday,” Krueger said. “It was a valiant effort.” In the process of winning state, the Red Devils also completed an undefeated season, placing first in every competition they entered, including invites, dual meets, conference, regionals and sectionals. “I am very proud of this team’s accomplishments this season,” Krueger said. “They understand the team concept. They help and support each other in practice and in competition. The results all season long come from hard work and talented athletes.” Last season, the Red Devils won the only rain-shortened state tournament in IHSA history. Yoo said not winning last year’s title in conventional fashion fueled the team throughout the season. “We knew that a lot people thought our state championship last year was a fluke, because of the rain shortened tournament,” Yoo said. “The team used that as motivation to prove to people that last year’s state championship wasn’t merely a stroke of good luck.” With Li, O’Reilly, Dolehide and Shepherd eligible to return next year, the Red Devils will be viable contenders to three-peat in 2014. As an outgoing senior, though, Yoo said the last four seasons have been quite memorable for the boys’ golf program. “It feels great to end my high school golf career with a state championship,” he said. “I have been very blessed to have gone down to state four times, and winning the championship one more time feels amazing. “My time as a Hinsdale Central Red Devil has been a great experience, and I will cherish all the wonderful memories I’ve had with a great group of guys.”


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Hinsdale Central running back carries an astounding 42 times in loss to Oak Park-River Forest

s a unit, October was a rather mundane month for Hinsdale Central Football, but at least one evening was hardly ordinary for senior running back Ben Stefani. In most football games, the primary running back may carry the ball between 20 and 25 times; it’s unusual for a back to exceed 30 carries. On a chilly evening in Oak Park on Oct. 18, Stefani did that and much more, receiving 42 handoffs from quarterback Thomas Ives, en route to over 170 yards and one touchdown. To convey an idea of how rare it is that any running back rushes 40 times in a game at any level, this feat has only been accomplished 20 times in NFL history. Chicago Bears legend Walter Payton’s career-high was 40 carries (vs. Minnesota, 1977)—two fewer than Stefani against Oak Park-River Forest. With sophomore counterpart Juwan Edmond playing at less than 100 percent, Stefani said he expected to get more touches than usual against the Huskies. “I knew after [the previous] week, Juwan was a little bit banged up,” he said. “I knew our whole team’s game plan was, we had to keep [Oak Park’s] offense off the field. They’re a quick-strike team, hard to defend, so the best way to keep them off the field was to grind the ball out.” And grind the ball Stefani did, taking blow after blow from Oak Park defenders. As the deficit mounted to 28-3 in the fourth quarter, it appeared that his effort might have been for naught; but his 42nd and final carry went for a touchdown—Hinsdale’s only one that evening. “I was glad that we had some points to show for our performance,” Stefani said, “because as a unit, the offense played well, and was unable to score a touchdown until the end.”

Hinsdale Central senior running back Ben Stefani carries the ball against Oak Park-River Forest on Oct. 18. Stefani’s 42 carries were more than Chicago Bears’ legend Walter Payton ever had in a single game. Photo courtesy of HC Football Club

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Sports Hinsdale Central Girls’ Golf caps off strong season

H by mike ellis

The Hinsdale Central Girls’ Golf team poses for a photo with the third-place trophy at the state tournament.

insdale Central Girls’ Golf punctuated an impressive season with a third-place finish at the IHSA AA state tournament on Oct. 18 and 19 at Hickory Point Golf Club in Decatur. The Red Devils entered state competition having placed first at conference, regionals and sectionals. At regionals, Hinsdale freshman Selina Zeng led the way with a 77, as the Red Devils placed first by ten strokes over rival Lyons Township. Shooting an aggregate total of 301, the Red Devils won sectionals by 17 strokes over Lyons, behind a 72 by freshman Jessica Lee and 74 by senior Zoe Wong. Those types of scores were not as easy to come by in Decatur, where no Hinsdale golfer broke 75 in two days of competition.

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