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Full-day kindergarten overdue in District 181

The time has come to stop kicking the full-day kindergarten can down the road. As evidenced at Monday night’s Community Consolidated Elemenatary District 181 Board meeting, both residents and district officials signaled a strong... — Updated 1/25/2023


Brighten gloomy days by getting out of the house

The new year opened with almost three weeks of warmer than normal temperatures, with highs in the 50s last week and this week. But 2023 also has brought us more than our fair share of cloudy days as well. You can probably count on... — Updated 1/18/2023


Full year of coverage marks 150th anniversary

Happy 150th anniversary, Hinsdale! Of course, it’s a little early to extend a happy anniversary wish, seeing as the village’s incorporation date is April 1, 1873. But this is the start of the sesquicentennial (a fancy word for... — Updated 1/12/2023


Another year opens, new opportunities await

As we reflect on the highs and lows of 2022, we are also compelled to turn our collective gaze to 2023 and consider the possibilities for beneficial and constructive development as a community. Here are our resolutions for the... — Updated 12/28/2022


'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... — Updated 12/21/2022


SAFE-T Act revisions put public over politics

Sometimes the voice of common sense can be heard amidst the din of polarizing politics and extremism. We were encouraged when last week Gov. JB Pritzker signed off on amendments to the SAFE-T Act criminal justice reform measure... — Updated 12/14/2022


Help the fire department 'Keep the Wreath Red'

Some like to decorate with multicolored bulbs for holidays. Others enjoy the simplicity of all white lights. At the Hinsdale Fire Department, the preferred color is red. Every year the department teams up with the Illinois Fire... — Updated 12/7/2022


Be neighborly and shop in your neighborhood

Happy December! For many of us, turning the calendar page from November drives home the reality that our Christmas shopping weeks are now fewer than the number of branches on Charlie Brown’s sparse yet plucky tree. We are thankfu... — Updated 11/30/2022


Two dozen reasons to give thanks this month

“Tradition” is a word we find ourselves using a lot during the holiday season. One of our favorite traditions at this time of year is our taking time to reflect on one thing we are thankful for each day of November. Nov. 1 ... — Updated 11/22/2022


Giving back is true spirit of this season

Snow’s arrival this week is making it feel a lot like holiday season around here. Soon loved ones will gather for the cherished traditions that mark this wonderful time of year. We also have the opportunity to make this a more... — Updated 11/16/2022


Special pages way to honor vets on Veterans Day

They served in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. Their ranks range from private and seaman first class to lieutenant colonel and commander. They fought in the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam, Iraq... — Updated 11/9/2022


Alzheimer's Awareness Month a chance to learn

More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and that number is expected to surpass 14 million by 2060. More than 16 million American caregivers provide over 17 billion hours of unpaid care every year.... — Updated 11/2/2022


Citizens called to show faith in democracy

The Nov. 8 election is less than three weeks away. Some of you may have already cast ballots through early voting. Well done, and today, as in election years past, we take the opportunity to use this space to encourage the rest of... — Updated 10/19/2022


Caucuses need help now for spring election

Community is important to Hinsdaleans. We see it in the way they volunteer at schools and other organizations, the financial contributions they make to philanthropic agencies and the support they offer to friends and neighbors in... — Updated 10/5/2022


Talking about suicide is key to prevention

Students at Hinsdale Central High School might have noticed some interesting things this week. Footprints placed in the hallway led to the school’s new student services area, where teens can learn more about depression and how... — Updated 9/28/2022


Welcome fall, your charisma draws us in, and out

“It’s the first day of autumn! A time of hot chocolatey mornings, and toasty marshmallow evenings, and, best of all, leaping into leaves!” — Winnie the Pooh Happy Fall! Today is the autumnal equinox, ushering in a season... — Updated 9/21/2022


'Future agenda items' affecting future in D86

The Hinsdale High School District 86 Board needs a special meeting with a single agenda item — to address future agenda items. At last count, the board had more than a dozen items on a list of potential future meeting topics.... — Updated 9/14/2022


The horror, hope of Sept. 11 continues to endure

Every year in this issue, we dedicate this space to remembering the events of Sept. 11, 2001, paying respects to those lost and the heroism of those who, in many cases, knew it would be their final act. As the years pile up... — Updated 9/7/2022


Working conditions altered since first Labor Day

Labor Day traditionally marks the unofficial end of summer. Vacations have been taken, the kids have gone back to school (unless there’s an extended summer construction schedule) and life gets back to normal. This year, some... — Updated 8/31/2022


Start the new school year off on the right foot

Hinsdale Central students may be going back to class a little later this fall, but it’s never too early to bone up on healthy habits for scholarship. Here are some tips from The Princeton Review: 1. Have more than one study... — Updated 8/24/2022


Let's give kids a brake as they go back to class

Students head back to school this Monday in Community Consolidated School District 181 and Sept. 6 in Hinsdale High School District 86. That means more youth and families crossing streets on their way to and from school to begin an... — Updated 8/17/2022


Tips, tricks to keep parents sane this school year

We all know what we should be doing before we send the kids back to school in a few weeks. If students heading off to college haven’t learned to do their own laundry, now is the time. They also could use some tips on getting alon... — Updated 8/10/2022


Like pricey cars? Pickleball? Hinsdale's for you!

Periodically we get emails identifying the best and worst cities and states pertaining to a variety of categories — biking, hiking, driving, taxes, etc. One recent missive identified the best states for pioneer women, as if... — Updated 8/3/2022


Join police in the National Night Out celebration

Police sometimes have to break up a party. But this week, they’re inviting you to one. Hinsdale and Oak Brook police are hosting a National Night Out celebration at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at Oak Brook’s Central Park West,... — Updated 7/27/2022


Police working to keep crime low in Hinsdale

“Hinsdale is a low-crime community. It’s not a no-crime community.” Hinsdale Police Chief Brian King says it so often, we think he should get the phrase trademarked. But we understand the need for repetition. We’ve written... — Updated 7/20/2022


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