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Time has come to hang up my superhero cape

I wrote a column for The Hinsdalean in 2018 called "Superhero Moms and Dads" that was about all of the many cool things we do for our kids as they grow up and how we parents should... — Updated 8/16/2023


Lots of summer left for residents to enjoy

Those back-to-school emails and football season previews are coming fast and furious right about now. But that doesn’t mean we have to rush summer off the stage. Check out these seasonal attractions and activities — both in... — Updated 8/9/2023


I'm finally seeing my name in lights

Lately, no matter where you look, it’s Barbie, Barbie, Barbie. The hugely popular new “Barbie” movie has scores of people writing and speaking a name that is so deeply rooted... — Updated 8/9/2023

 By Peter Celauro    Opinion

Summer observations lead to change in loyalty

Dear Colleagues, It is with great excitement that I write to tender my resignation from our organization, effective immediately. While I've enjoyed my tenure among you, I've... — Updated 8/2/2023


Five golden moments at D86 board meeting

We’ve written a number of editorials about areas of improvement for the Hinsdale High School District 86 Board. So we thought it only fair to highlight a handful of shining moments from the last regular board meeting July 27. 1.... — Updated 8/2/2023


Life can be pleasant on the other side of the street

I've often said that in another life, I'd be a sociologist. I'm fascinated by how people live behind their front doors. Years ago, a young me would jog in the city and look into... — Updated 7/26/2023


National Night Out to promote local solidarity

Tuesday, Aug. 1, is National Night Out, an annual event designed to build bonds between neighbors and law enforcement, according to the National Association of Town Watch, which sponsors the event. “National Night Out is an... — Updated 7/26/2023


Parks and rec helps keep this community strong

You might enjoy watching Falcon Football games at Brook Park in the fall, ice skating at Burns Field in the winter or taking a run through KLM in the spring. But summer is when the Hinsdale Parks and Recreation Department shines,... — Updated 7/24/2023

 By Jen Dean    Opinion

My summer houseguest aka my college student

When your child leaves for college, there is plenty of advice on how to handle the transition, ranging from gentle comedy to true grief counseling. It is an adjustment period for... — Updated 7/19/2023


Letter - Watch out for kids on scooters, electric bikes

The swarms of kids on Go Trax scooters and Suron electric bikes are out in full force. The speed of these electric vehicles can go anywhere from 8 to 15 mph and can create the strong possibility of a parent’s/child’s worst... — Updated 7/12/2023


Letter - Woman thanks Good Samaritans for giving aid

On May 9 I was visiting my daughter and her family from Wyoming. I was enjoying the beautiful spring morning when I encountered a uneven sidewalk and went flying through the air, hit my skull on the cement and broke my hand. When... — Updated 7/12/2023


Letter - Historical society grateful for Davidson's help

The board of trustees and the members of the Hinsdale Historical Society mourn the loss of Jim Davidson, a long-time Hinsdalean and a wonderful, wise and generous man. Jim served many years as a board member at the historical... — Updated 7/12/2023


Letter - Measures needed to enhance online safety

In May, the U.S. Surgeon General warned about the dangers of social media for kids and teens, particularly regarding body image issues and among teenage girls. This comes as American teenagers are facing significant mental health... — Updated 7/12/2023


Letter - Agreement with Prentiss not good for taxpayers

Am I the only District 86 taxpayer who is thoroughly disgusted with the endless and costly discussions of Tammy Prentiss’ departure from the district? Information has been sketchy at best, but it is clear the soon to be... — Updated 7/12/2023


Safety first will help make it a summer to savor

Summer is the season so many of us in the Midwest look forward to, with sun-drenched warm days lasting well into the evening, and an array of outdoor activities to keep us going from morning to sundown — and beyond. To ensure eve... — Updated 7/12/2023


Keep self-care on your summer to-do list

According to news reports, this past July 4 was the hottest the Earth has ever been. Here at home, it was indeed hot, but that still did not stop the wonderful Fourth of July... — Updated 7/12/2023

 By Laura LaPlaca    Opinion

Songs of summer best when belted out in a crowd

Summertime is concert time! Do you remember your first concert? Mine was Sly and the Family Stone. Can't say I was a big fan, but as a college freshman the invitation was hard to... — Updated 7/5/2023


More answers in D86, but we don't like them

The good news: the Hinsdale High School District 86 Board has finally announced the fate of Superintendent Tammy Prentiss, who has been on paid administrative leave since mid-May. The bad news: district taxpayers will foot the... — Updated 7/5/2023

 By Bret Conway    Opinion

Here's to Hinsdale becoming a hockey town

A NHL player once said about hockey that half the game is mental and the other half is being mental. That latter part often applies to hockey fans as well. On a cold Feb. 16, 1966,... — Updated 6/28/2023


Independence Day an invitation to come together

Just months after local residents were able to officially call their growing settlement the village of Hinsdale in April of 1873, they celebrated their first Independence Day as an incorporated community. Accounts of the initial... — Updated 6/28/2023


A dozen years pass in the blink of an eye

Recently I was having a conversation with a mom of two school-age kids. "Only 10 more weeks until school starts!" she said, already feeling drained with near constant summer... — Updated 6/21/2023


Clock is ticking on finding acting superintendent

Eight days from today will be Chris Covino’s last day in Hinsdale High School District 86. The assistant superintendent for academics is leaving to become superintendent of a La Grange elementary school district. His replacement... — Updated 6/21/2023


Defining 'Dad' up to beholder as fathers get day of tribute

“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much he had learned in 7 years.” — Mark Twain Fatherhood is ... That... — Updated 6/14/2023

 By Bill Lewis    Opinion

Teenage kids help keep parents' egos in check

"Soy un perdedor, I'm a loser baby, so why don't you kill me?!" If these lyrics from Beck resonate with you, you might be the father of a teenage boy or the mother of a teenage... — Updated 6/14/2023


Summertime certainly a busy time in Hinsdale

Whether you celebrate meteorological summer, which began June 1, or wait for the June 21 solstice for the official kick-off, the fun that marks the season in Hinsdale has begun. The Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce held its first... — Updated 6/7/2023


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