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Cook grateful as he passes baton to new HCS leader

Dear neighbors — This week, I retire as executive director of HCS Family Services. It wouldn’t, however, be right to leave without sharing my deep thanks with our good-hearted community. Even in these days of social... — Updated 7/1/2020


Board should reject moratorium as commission did

On Tuesday night, the Hinsdale Plan Commission wisely voted 4-2 against imposing any type of moratorium on home demolitions. Even the two members in favor expressed doubts that the proposed six-month duration was actually... — Updated 7/1/2020


Restaurants, patrons need to be much more cautious

I’m glad we’re starting to come out of Phase 2 into Phase 3 and soon Phase 4. But if what I saw at Fuller House on Thursday, June 11, is any indication — 10 people drinking at one table, no seating 6 feet apart (it was... — Updated 6/17/2020


Redeemer members march with hope to end racism

We represent Redeemer Lutheran Church of Hinsdale and its ministry group called Church and Community. The mission of this small group is “to inspire (our) members to work in areas of important social concern.” The Black Lives... — Updated 6/10/2020


Verizon still on track to roll out 5G in Hinsdale

My family recently moved to this beautiful town filled with wonderful people and great businesses to raise our young family and plant roots. I am very disheartened to hear that the Verizon 5G rollout is still on track to install... — Updated 6/3/2020


Writer ponders solution to stop speeders in town

I had a nice, safer-for-all pipe dream about a small Illinois suburban village whose citizens unanimously approved an overhead satellite that controlled and limited all non-emergency vehicles to the posted speed limit. And they... — Updated 6/3/2020


Read village survey for insight on preservation

The detailed official notice on the Hinsdale Plan Commission’s June 10 public hearing (7:30 p.m. via Zoom) to receive residents’ input on a proposed moratorium on demolitions of certain historic homes and other buildings is on... — Updated 6/3/2020


Letter critical of Pritzker, Lightfoot hits a nerve

This is the worst letter to the editor I ever saw (John Salidas letter of May 21). This guy sure is a sweetheart. Maybe we should have masks that look like him and ring his bell on Halloween. I feel that Gov. Pritzker and Mayor... — Updated 5/27/2020


Kindness is the best response in these trying times

Two recent experiences in the last 10 days seem worth sharing. Last week on one of the warm days I was leaving the hardware store in Clarendon Hills. A small group of young children with several moms was at the ice cream store... — Updated 5/27/2020


Family hopes husband, father's legacy will carry on

Dr. J. Richard Spatafora passed away suddenly on May 24. We are going forward with love, strength, tenderness and togetherness. He loved his family enough to last a lifetime and then some. We will miss our Rick desperately; a... — Updated 5/27/2020


Halloween shops: Stock up on Lightfoot, Pritzker masks

If this interminable COVID lockdown nightmare extends into October the children of the Prairie State should take a stand against the scary monsters who rule over Illinois. On Halloween children can choose the appropriate mask and... — Updated 5/20/2020


Shakespearean sonnet examines life in quarantine

I’ve always loved writing Shakespearean sonnets as an English major so I decided to write one about our current time in quarantine. The Ides of March befalls our precious world, As children say goodbye to days at school, They... — Updated 5/13/2020


Village president elaborates on idea for on-street dining

I wanted to make you aware of an idea that the village board of trustees discussed at last Tuesday’s meeting that has received some media coverage. Now that Gov. JB Pritzker has put into effect a phased plan for re-opening... — Updated 5/13/2020


A very big thank you to two good-hearted kids

On Friday afternoon, May 1, it was a beautiful spring day and I was riding my bicycle near the West Hinsdale Train Station. While trying to stay out of the path of an oncoming car and practice social distancing, I found myself on t... — Updated 5/6/2020


Owners of historic home support moratorium

My husband and I own the Orland Bassett house on Sixth Street. We are restoring this incredible home after a terrible fire because we consider ourselves custodians of history and beauty as well as titleholders of a personal... — Updated 4/29/2020


Verizon 5G plans on hold for now, not forever

While we have been dealing with a worldwide pandemic, Verizon has been busy moving forward with their plans to install 4G/5G towers throughout Hinsdale. In a March letter to the village of Hinsdale, Verizon announced that they... — Updated 4/29/2020


HCS thanks volunteers during appreciation month

Dear friends, Like no other time in HCS Family Services’ 83-year history, this past month has reminded us just how valuable our volunteers are. As we’ve had to limit the number of volunteers at our food pantries due to the... — Updated 4/22/2020


Resident has list of suggestions for Fullersburg

Although I really enjoy my daily walk at the Fullersburg Forest Preserve, it would benefit from the following improvements. Instead of prohibiting cars from other counties to park there, charge all drivers a fee, with a higher... — Updated 4/22/2020


Sidewalk chalk art, messages are making a difference

I would like to thank the children of Hinsdale for their artistic expressions. As I walk or run (at a socially responsible distance) through town, I see your efforts: the chalk drawings and mosaics on the driveway or sidewalk, the... — Updated 4/15/2020


Preservation: actions truly speak louder than words

The village’s website proudly declares that it is “strongly committed to the preservation of its community character and historic past.” The historic Dean house begs to differ. It is slated to be torn down with little more... — Updated 4/15/2020


Fellow Hinsdaleans encouraged to fly stars and stripes

As we all deal with the many changes to our lives, it occurred to me that we could show our support for everyone by flying our American flags. Our family is ex-military and know our flag to be the most visible symbol of the USA... — Updated 4/1/2020


Thank and support first responders and medical staff

This has been a very stressful time for our front line first responders and medical staff. The Hinsdale Police and Fire departments are in need of N-95 masks and Chlorox wipes. They can be dropped off at the police or fire... — Updated 4/1/2020


Variety of ways to keep this quarantine in perspective

These are times that try men’s souls. Someone said that before me, I’m sure. But we are all facing a monstrous challenge. We take different routes in making it through the day. One friend is turning to the grape, happy to... — Updated 3/25/2020


One college student's plea: Practice social distancing

It’s day two of my quarantine back from school, and I, like many other college students, am already feeling the burden of social distancing. Still, from reading various news articles and keeping up with CDC regulations, I... — Updated 3/18/2020


Hinsdale is in no rush to have 5G rolled out here

We are being inundated with 5G commercials and how great it will be for all of us. Lucky Hinsdale, we were even selected to be one of the first for the 5G rollout. So, why are there “Stop 5G” signs popping up all over town?... — Updated 3/11/2020


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