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Moving on can be scary, until it's not

Sometimes in life you just have to move on. For me, this time, it happened suddenly. In fact, if you had asked me just a month ago if I was excited to go to college, I'd have said something like,...

 

Railroad safety work is impressive, unfinished

When we see tragedies taking place in other communities or other parts of the country, it’s not unusual to think “That wouldn’t happen here.” Of course as wonderful a community as Hinsdale is, it offers no real protection from loss. No one...

 

To-do list often overshadows the ta-dah list

I was going through my inbox the other day, trying to clear out some old emails. This is some of what I found. • Recipes from Epicurious for 63 work lunches that don’t need refrigeration. • A link to download photos from Ainsley’s summer...

 

Old or young or in between?

My teenage son, who runs cross country, shrugs and cringes slightly when I invite him to run with me these days. Once a junior Olympian and collegiate runner myself, I'm no slouch, but there's no deny...

 

Wanted: EDC members so body survives, thrives

Trustees are throwing the Hinsdale Economic Development Commission a lifeline. The village board Tuesday is expected to approve changes designed to boost the commission’s membership, making it easier to find members and setting a more convenient...

 

Unexpected visitor was an unexpected delight

We had a special guest take up residence outside our back door for several weeks this summer. We didn’t notice her at first. We simply woke one July morning to find a large, intricate spider web extending from the side of the house to a post...

 

Honor victims, support survivors to mark Sept. 11

Eighteen typically isn’t a big anniversary. But for family and friends of the 2,977 men, women and children who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 — including some fellow Hinsdaleans — next Wednesday will not pass...

 

Now up: Contributing columnists for 2019-20

Every September I have the bittersweet task of bidding a group of contributing columnists farewell and welcoming a new group of writers to our paper. This year three writers have finished their terms — Rob Johnson, Laura LaPlaca and student...

 

Appreciating life's silver linings

The classic film "Gaslight" (1944), starring Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman, has been a favorite of mine for years. (Spoiler alert: Set in Victorian London, the dashing, dastardly Boyer manipulates...

 

Letter - D86 board should be flexible spending referendum funds

Two important concepts should determine how to get the most benefit from the proceeds of the April referendum for our two high schools. First, I imagine very few people could enumerate the dollar amount originally designated for each area of...

 

Letter - Eight-lane pool a better choice to meet Central's needs

After reading in last week’s Hinsdalean the D86 BOE decided to lengthen Hinsdale South and Central’s new pools to 40 yards, I was very pleased. After reviewing new information that six-lane by 25 yard pools were going to require cost-prohibitive...

 

Letter - Board should rise above politics and build larger pool

I would like to encourage the D86 Board to continue to do the right thing for the student body and not succumb to political theatrics. The school referendum did not solely pass because the originally proposed 10-lane pool for Hinsdale Central was sca...

 

Much to learn on 100-mile hike

I have long dreamed about backpacking the Appalachian Trail and in July, that dream became reality. I've gone on organized hiking trips in the past, but this adventure would be different. No guide or...

 

Larger Central pool might sink relationships

After two failed referendums to pay for large-scale upgrades at Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South high schools, it didn’t take a deep dive by officials to identify a major obstacle to success. The plan to construct a brand new 10-lane pool...

 

Wanted: Parents who agree to 'Wait Until Eighth'

Just a few days into fifth grade and the daily petitions have begun. Ainsley NEEDS a cellphone, she tells me. EVERYONE else in her grade has one. Ainsley clearly wants a cellphone, and I know for a fact several kids in her grade have one. But that...

 

Back-to-school signals refresher course for drivers

Before long, everyone will be completely acclimated to the back-to-school routine. Students at Hinsdale Central High School, who began classes eight days ago, already may be settling in to the new schedule. Kids in Community Consolidated Elementary D...

 

Summer - and childhood - over all too quickly

And in the blink of an eye, it’s over. Summer 2019 is in the books. I know, I know. Summer will continue until the autumnal equinox marks its official end Sept. 23. But summer — for the purposes I discuss here — ended this week with the start...

 

Random acts of chit chat

I recently read about a study that investigated the relationship of human happiness to random social contact. Scientists found that even momentary social interaction with a stranger increases our...

 

Plan ahead to go back to school with (some) peace

A new school year is beginning (yikes!), marking the annual abrupt end to summer vacation and the frenzied first day approach. This week’s expert, District 181 teacher Jessica Schultz, offers useful advice on starting the year strong (see Page...

 

Lost and not found items haunt my house

Has anyone seen my white go-go boots? Yes, I actually own white go-go boots. I acquired them a few years back when I had to dress up like a University of Illinois cheerleader for a scene in the Community Revue. I might need to wear them again in this...

 

Seeking clarity amidst the clamor

On Thursday morning, the alarms went off. All of them. Every cell phone. Every egg timer. Every theft alert in every Walgreens, Walmart, Best Buy and bank. In an instant, every man, woman and child...

 

Help Hinsdale Humane Society Clear the Shelter

More than a quarter of a million pets have found homes during the NBC and Telemundo Clear the Shelters pet adoption drives over the last four years. Folks at the Hinsdale Humane Society — along with 1,000-plus participating shelters and rescues...

 

Morrison gave me, others the gift of connection

When I heard the news, I was drawn to the bookshelf in the basement. There it sat, in pristine condition. My autographed copy of “Beloved.” The book was a gift years ago from a friend who managed to get me autographed copies of two of my three...

 
 By Mike Neiman    Opinion    August 8, 2019

Time has come to bid Hinsdale farewell

I knew this column would be written one day - I just wasn't sure when. After 12 years in Hinsdale, the Neiman family is packing up and heading back to the West Coast. When I dragged my family here...

 

The heat can be sweet, but know your limits

Summer is the time to soak up outdoor pleasures. But it’s also the season for high temperatures and humidity, which can foil the fun if one is overexposed to them. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke can escalate rapidly, leading to delirium, organ...

 

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