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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


New twist on 'Stuck in Hinsdale' for spring break

Maybe you were planning to spend spring break soaking in the rays on a Florida beach, touring the historical sites of a favorite European city or relaxing in a remote mountain cabin. Instead, you’re here, stuck in Hinsdale. For... — Updated 3/25/2020


Dark days offer chance for light to shine through

Last Wednesday a writer from Crain’s Chicago Business compared the coronavirus to Sept. 11. “Just as 9/11 changed us and how we live, this was the day it truly became clear that coronavirus will do the same here,” Greg Hinz... — Updated 3/18/2020


How to save a home? It takes a village

A teardown wave is once again causing consternation in the village of Hinsdale. A generation ago, it was the scourge of new McMansions dwarfing neighboring older homes and altering the community’s landscape. Today, in an era... — Updated 3/11/2020


Celebrate Women's History Month, Hinsdale-style

“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 3/4/2020


Four more years! Leap Day's moment has arrived

Leap Day! That quadrennial quirk of our time-marking system — rendering the shortest month a little less short and making winter seem a LOT longer — is upon us. But we shouldn’t complain about more days on the calendar.... — Updated 2/26/2020


Police chief's warning keeps falling on deaf ears

Don’t state the obvious. We’ve all heard that advice before — and it’s especially relevant for those of us who work in journalism. And yet we’ve violated this rule countless times as we try — repeatedly — to convince... — Updated 2/19/2020


Volunteers make Hinsdale that much sweeter

Happy Valentines Day! Tomorrow is the designated day for showing love, but we find plenty of examples in our town of how to lead with one’s heart every day. To these people, we bestow our 2020 “valentines.” • Liz Joseph... — Updated 2/12/2020


Life with a healthy heart is so much sweeter

Hearts are everywhere this month — but not all of them are for Valentine’s Day. For the past 56 years, February has been American Heart Month. President Lydon B. Johnson issued the first proclamation in February 1964, nine... — Updated 2/5/2020


The Big Groundhog Game prompts reflection

So the Super Bowl and Groundhog Day fall on the same day this year. How crazy is that? Well, OK, not so crazy since it also happened in 2014 — although this is only the second such occurrence since the game was moved to a... — Updated 1/29/2020


Happy 25th, Community Memorial Foundation

In 1995 La Grange Memorial Hospital was sold and part of the proceeds were used to create Community Memorial Foundation. Who could have imagined the work the foundation would do? The foundation, which has issued more than $77... — Updated 1/22/2020


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,... — Updated 1/15/2020


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.... — Updated 1/10/2020


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,... — Updated 12/30/2019


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