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Hold the sweat, tears, just give blood this month

There’s a reason why January is designated National Blood Donor Month. During the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s, about 500 fewer blood drives were hosted by volunteer sponsor groups than required to meet patient needs, according to the...

 

New year, new opportunity for D86 to listen

Tonight, for the first time in almost a month, the Hinsdale High School District 86 Board will meet. A lot has happened since Dec. 12. Students and staff enjoyed winter break. A new year, and a decade, started at midnight Dec. 31. And Superintendent...

 

Here's to ringing in more than just a new year

The last days of one year and the first days of the next are traditionally a time to analyze events of the past 12 months and set goals and expectations for those to come in the next 12 months. Today we offer a fusion of both, with a look at what we...

 

'Twas the night after Christmas in Hinsdale

’Twas the night after Christmas, when all through the town The streets were all quiet, the stores all shut down. The stockings were flung on the floor without care The spot where presents were piled now was bare. The merchants were nestled all...

 

'Twas the night before Christmas in Hinsdale

’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the townThe Hinsdaleans were scurrying, they rushed all around.For last-minute gifts and cards they did sprint,Armed with lists and ideas and maybe some hints. Gateway and Grant squares and...

 

As many reasons to shop local as there are gifts

The Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce Christmas Walk, the paper’s gift ideas series (see Page 7 for this week’s installment), Holidays in Hinsdale (see Page 30), and 12 Days of Holiday Cheer (Page 32) all are designed to encourage residents to shop...

 

Burned out red bulbs shine bright for fire safety

The Hinsdale Fire Department is once again participating in the annual statewide Keep the Wreath Red fire safety program. A wreath will be hung outside the station at 121 Symonds Drive. For each fire caused by holiday decorations, a red bulb will be...

 

Our 'thankful' editorial - served up with a twist

If you’re a fan of Food Network, you know about the importance of balance. For every sweet ingredient, you need a salty one. At Thanksgiving, we often find ourselves writing a sugary editorial about all the things we have to be thankful for here...

 

Hinsdale's spirit of giving is worth gobbling about

With one week until Thanksgiving, Hinsdaleans are stocking up for a holiday feast while also taking stock of the many reasons to be grateful over the course this year. We are thankful to have a front row seat to multitude of ways Hinsdaleans share...

 

Tales of two student papers has much to teach us

Student journalists at Northwestern and Harvard universities have been taking a lot of heat lately for doing their jobs. At The Daily Northwestern, reporters were harshly criticized for the way they covered fellow students who protested U.S. Attorney...

 

Post 250 receives our salute at series' close

With the approach of Veterans Day on Monday, our collective spirit of gratitude is directed to those who put on the uniform and, in many cases, put themselves in harm’s way to defend this nation from threats to freedom. Over the past year we’ve...

 

The land of Red Devils easy prey for dark side

It’s Halloween in Hinsdale. A time of revelry for both young and old as children finally get to don those carefully chosen costumes, while parents make them put a jacket over because it’s 37 degrees. But lurking in the shadows, just beyond the...

 

We salute principals, role models for future leaders

October is National Principals Month, a month-long recognition of school leaders to honor their endless commitment to the success and well-being of the students under their care. We asked the community’s principals — those serving in Districts...

 

Parents, kids can pledge to remain drug-free

Two out of 10 high school seniors have used marijuana in the past month. Six percent reported daily use. About 36 percent have used it in the past year and 43 percent have used it during their lifetime, according to the National Institute on Drug Abu...

 

Newspaper Week honors America's story

Test your knowledge of the U.S. Constitution with this quiz question: What are the five freedoms enshrined in the First Amendment? If you need a hint ... “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free...

 

Keep it one toke over the (boundary) line

Hinsdale Tuesday joined a list of Chicago-area suburbs that have decided to prevent recreational marijuana dispensaries from operating within village boundaries. LaGrange Park, Naperville, Libertyville and Bloomingdale already have prohibited these...

 

Ditch the car for Walk or Bike to School Day

Oct. 2 is National Walk or Bike to School Day, the 22nd annual observance of the campaign promoting healthier student lifestyles and safer streets and neighborhoods. Hinsdale schools are encouraging their families to make car-free commutes on...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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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