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New outdoor dining standards earn five stars

Before long, the streets of downtown Hinsdale will be dotted with brightly colored umbrellas as restaurants resume al fresco dining. OK, the umbrellas won’t be brightly colored (the village prefers neutral tones). But the... — Updated 5/18/2022


Keeping FOIA portal open a positive step for D86

Public bodies can approach Freedom of Information Act requests one of two ways. They can release only what the law requires them to release. Or they can release everything except what the law prohibits them from releasing. This... — Updated 5/11/2022


No plans for Arbor Day? We've got some ideas

Tomorrow, April 29, marks the 150th anniversary of an often overlooked but important holiday. The first Arbor Day was held April 10, 1872, in Nebraska. Newspaperman J. Sterling Morton (Morton Arboretum founder Joy Morton’s... — Updated 4/27/2022


Share stories to celebrate National Library Week

On behalf of the whole town, we wish our friends at the Hinsdale Public Library a Happy National Library Week! The celebration is underway and runs through Saturday. Recognized since 1958, it’s a time to highlight the changing ro... — Updated 4/6/2022


'Fake news' the perfect stunt as April 1 approaches

Newspapers have been a great vehicle over the decades for those looking to have some fun April 1. In 1977, The Guardian published a seven-page special section devoted to San Serriffe, a small group of semicolon shaped islands in... — Updated 3/30/2022


Save gas with spring break ideas close to home

You don’t need to venture far for spring break fun. Attractions are plentiful in Hinsdale and neighboring towns for amusement and enrichment. Here are a few to check out. Stop by the library The library is offer a spring break sc... — Updated 3/23/2022


Sunshine Week shines light on truth in dark times

It was widely reported last week that the Russian government had enacted new laws to repress internal opposition to its military invasion of Ukraine. Among them was a decree criminalizing independent war reporting, with penalties... — Updated 3/9/2022


March time to lift up Hinsdale's leading ladies

“From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their... — Updated 3/2/2022


This is the season to explore matters of the heart

February is American Heart Month, an annual reminder not to neglect the life-sustaining organ. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., underscoring the vital importance of heart-healthy living. Prioritizing your... — Updated 2/23/2022


D86 gathering Feb. 10 is a tale of two meetings

The Hinsdale High School District 86 Board meeting Feb. 10 prompted two responses: hope and disgust. We saw many things to appreciate — audience members who were brave enough to say they believe equity work is important work for... — Updated 2/16/2022


Call them Valen-teers? These folks love to serve

Giving is central to the Valentine’s Day spirit, and so at this time each year The Hinsdalean recognizes those who give their time and energy through community organizations committed to making this corner of the world a better... — Updated 2/9/2022


D86 equity initiative needs public deliberation

Racism isn’t always blatant. Sometimes it’s very subtle. The perpetuation of stereotypes about physical traits associated with certain ethnicities. A repeatedly mispronounced name. Slight differences in treatment. An... — Updated 2/2/2022


Winter driving takes special level of mindfulness

Whether it’s snow, sleet or ice, winter weather can cause extremely dangerous road conditions. After a fairly mild start to the season, Hinsdaleans have had to navigate those elements in recent weeks. According to the National... — Updated 1/26/2022


Board shouldn't need a scolding to behave properly

Men behaving badly. That admonishment is essentially the conclusion of investigation into an October parking lot incident between board members Erik Held and Jeff Waters. The attorney hired to conduct it, Dana Crumley of Franczek... — Updated 1/19/2022


Blood donors needed now to meet critical shortage

If donating blood is something you’ve thought of doing, the time is now. This week the American Red Cross issued a plea to help with its worst blood shortage in more than a decade. “Dangerously low blood supply levels are... — Updated 1/12/2022


New year feels a lot like some old ones

“Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.” — Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr Less recognizable in its original language than the Spanish “Que será será” — “Whatever will be, will be” — this French phrase might... — Updated 1/5/2022


The new year prompts new (and old) yearnings

As the finishing touches are being put on 2021, we look ahead to 2022 with hope and, of course, resolutions. Here are resolutions we submit to enhance an already wonderful community. • Stick to the agenda Hinsdale High School... — Updated 12/29/2021


'Twas the night before Christmas in Hinsdale

’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the town The 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... — Updated 12/22/2021


A few safety measures can keep holiday fire-free

Residents of Kentucky, southern Illinois and three other states hit by twisters this past weekend are coping with death and destruction as many of us are preparing for Christmas festivities. These powerful storms resulted in... — Updated 12/15/2021


Do your part to thwart thieves this holiday season

Christmas certainly has its cast of villains, from Ebenezer Scrooge tormenting Bob Cratchit to Scut Farkas beating Ralphie up on his way home from school. Many of them are thieves. There’s the Grinch, clearing out presents from... — Updated 12/8/2021


Hinsdale has everything shoppers could want

If there’s ever been a time to look locally for your holiday shopping purchases, this year seems to be it. With the volatility of COVID-19 encouraging a stay-close-to-home vibe again and supply chain challenges playing havoc... — Updated 12/1/2021


An abundance of reasons for which to give thanks

If we could come up with one reason to be thankful for each day of November — up to and including Thanksgiving — in 2020, we certainly can do so in 2021. Complaints seem to be in abundant supply this year. But if we stop, take... — Updated 11/23/2021


Giving Tuesday helps us get in the holiday spirit

Winston Churchill is credited with saying, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Anyone who’s looking to lean into that life should circle Nov. 30 on the calendar. Giving Tuesday is the “wor... — Updated 11/17/2021


Paying tribute to nation's heroes on Veterans Day

Having Veterans Day fall on a Thursday is a special treat for us. Every November for several years now we have recognized veterans who live in town — or whose family lives in town — with a write-up and photo. This year we are r... — Updated 11/10/2021


Family, friends crucial in addressing Alzheimer's

Currently, more than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and one in three seniors dies from it. Two-thirds of Americans ages 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s are women. By 2050, the number of people... — Updated 11/3/2021


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