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Public comment scenarios asked and answered

No matter how many ways the question was asked, the answer was the same. Let the public speak. Maryam Judar, executive director and community lawyer for the Citizen Advocacy Center in Elmhurst, attended the Hinsdale High School... — Updated 11/11/2020


Show military veterans appreciation they deserve

On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, we pause to give thanks to those who have served both to defend our nation’s liberty and to aid in protecting the flame of freedom around the world. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are more... — Updated 11/4/2020


Scary scenarios to get your fright on this Oct. 31

It’s hard to imagine 2020 could get any scarier than it already is. But the never-ending pandemic will not deter us from our annual Halloween tradition of imagining a Hinsdale that is significantly more frightening than the one... — Updated 10/28/2020


Awareness just first step in fighting breast cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We probably don’t need to tell you that. With one in eight women in the U.S. battling breast cancer at some point in her life, you most likely have a friend or loved one who has faced... — Updated 10/14/2020


Make sure safety is an ingredient when cooking

Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States, mostly from the ignition of food or other cooking materials, according to the National Fire Protection Association. The majority of those... — Updated 10/7/2020


Audience comment has no place at end of agenda

We get it, Kevin. We agree it’s inconsiderate — bordering on rude — for citizens to come to Hinsdale High School District 86 Board meetings, complain about something during public comment and leave. And we know, board... — Updated 9/30/2020


This month the time to get or use a library card

Perhaps you’ve seen the photo of Ridgway Burns on his bike, pulling a small book trailer, on the cover of the Hinsdale Public Library’s fall 2020 newsletter, “Beyond Books.” Burns is wearing his helmet and — thanks to... — Updated 9/16/2020


Know what day it is? It's special for some reason!

Wow, is it really true that September bursts on the scene next week? No doubt many of us are still trying to keep up with day, let alone the month. And with every new month means a fresh set of obscure holiday observances in our... — Updated 8/26/2020


Health department can't keep changing the rules

Was that a cough? A sniffle? Did it take place in a classroom? Or a school hallway? Then that student — and her siblings — must be sent home to quarantine until a COVID-19 test comes back negative or a doctor makes an... — Updated 8/19/2020


Reworking high school seasons the safe approach

Less than 24 hours after the Illinois High School Association had released its plans for high school sports during the 2020-21 school year, people already were complaining. The plan certainly is not ideal. Instead of a school year... — Updated 8/5/2020


Back-to-school vision tricky amid blurry landscape

Parents of school-age children have been riding the “What will fall look like?” bus for months now. Most likely boarded hopeful they’d be let off at the “Back in class with safety measures” stop. Crossing from spring... — Updated 7/29/2020


Odd - yet fitting - time to honor parks and rec

Summer Brew & Q — canceled. Taco Tuesday — postponed. Independence Day celebration — canceled. The messages stamped in red in the online summer brochure indicate which programs are not taking place this summer. No pool member... — Updated 7/22/2020


Vigilance in battle against COVID-19 still critical

If you’ve ever wanted to be a masked superhero, the time has come! Most of us, of course, have been donning our facial coverings faithfully since April. It was a strange and somewhat annoying measure to adopt initially. But we... — Updated 7/15/2020


Preservation friends, foes have input to offer

“Bueller? Bueller?” The Zoom public hearing about a potential moratorium on the demolition of historic homes reminded us a little of the film classic “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” as Hinsdale Plan Commission Chairman Steve... — Updated 7/8/2020


Let July Fourth be a catalyst for us to unite anew

The parades won’t be marching past nor fireworks bursting overhead for most of us Saturday. The Fourth of July is next in the unyielding procession of “This is not our normal (fill in the blank)” occasions. Backyard... — Updated 7/1/2020


Summer reading program has new look for 2020

Like everything else since mid-March, the summer reading program at the Hinsdale Public Library looks a little different than it did last year. The program, which began earlier this month and continues through July 31, offers a... — Updated 6/24/2020


So much to tell Dad on his day, but let him nap

Happy 110th Dads! That’s the ripe old age Father’s Day turns this year if the occasion’s birth is traced to June 19, 1910, when the state of Washington was the first to mark it. Partying for Pop lagged behind its maternal... — Updated 6/17/2020


Lawsuit reminds us all speech must be protected

We’ve heard residents say all manner of things at board meetings. So when a district resident was precluded from making public comment at a Dec. 12 meeting in Hinsdale High School District 86, we were surprised. When two more... — Updated 6/10/2020


King offers us hope, inspiration, call to do better

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We are all hurting. And we often are unable to comfort one another, as we focus on... — Updated 6/3/2020


Hearing will take pulse on historic preservation

Historic Preservation Month typically comes and goes without controversy. Past commemorations have included coloring contests for kids and the presentation of awards from the Hinsdale Historic Preservation Commission. We’ve... — Updated 5/27/2020


America survives because of those who gave all

In Flanders Fields In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place, and in the sky, The larks, still bravely singing, fly, Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the dead; short days ago... — Updated 5/20/2020


On-street dining is just an idea - but a good one

Beep, beep, beep. Let’s back up a bit. Despite the media hype that might suggest otherwise, Hinsdale will not offer outdoor dining on its downtown streets in the near future. Village officials are not planning to violate Gov. JB... — Updated 5/13/2020


Tech plants seeds for Earth Day celebrations

Perhaps you had planned to participate in the villagewide clean-up of parks on April 24 to commemorate Earth Day. Or you might have had other activities scheduled to mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22. Now, with... — Updated 4/15/2020


Autism Month stresses unity despite differences

Most of us have never appreciated the rich diversity of our society as much as we do now, eager for more scenery options after weeks holed up at home. The Autism Society of America this April also wants to Celebrate Differences,... — Updated 4/8/2020


Volunteering looks a bit different this April

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” — John Wesley Is this ever a time to do good. Normally we would ext... — Updated 4/1/2020


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