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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

 By Denise Joyce    Opinion 

Minus parade, hope marches on

I think the refugees currently living with my husband and me would have enjoyed Hinsdale's Fourth of July parade. By "refugees" I mean my daughter, Amanda, son-in-law Drew and my 5-... — 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

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion 

This is a Fourth of July we'll never forget

Holidays always trigger a lot of memories, and Independence Day is no exception. One of my favorite Fourth of July holidays is quite possibly one of yours as well. In 2013 the... — Updated 7/1/2020


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

 By Sally Hartmann    Opinion

Three dozen columns sum it up

My tenure as a contributing columnist officially ends today with my 31st column for the Hinsdalean. Adding five written earlier for The Doings brings the total to 36 over 10 years.... — Updated 6/24/2020

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Critics can prevent us from seeing our true selves

o her teen years, I fear she will increasingly fall victim to the opinions of others. Younger kids do a pretty good job of allowing each other to express their own individuality. Bu... — Updated 6/24/2020


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

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Paper hearts send messages of love and solidarity

The construction paper hearts on the barricades outside First Street restaurants flutter in the breeze. They carry messages of activism - "No justice, no peace" - and list the... — Updated 6/17/2020


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


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


Old or young or in between?

My teenage son, who runs cross country, shrugs and cringes slightly when I invite him to run with me these days. Once a junior Olympian and collegiate runner myself, I'm no slouch,... — Updated 6/17/2020

 By Beth Smits    Opinion

Mindfulness minus action lacks meaning

After volunteering these past few weeks at HCS Family Services with the food pantry and more recently experiencing the justified outrage about police brutality and systemic... — Updated 6/10/2020


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

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Consummate TV newsman was also our friend

He was a fixture in Chicago journalism. His death was the second story on the 10 o’clock NBC news Tuesday night. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot tweeted about his loss. But to many... — Updated 6/10/2020


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

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Want to write a column? Now's your chance!

Writing is a strange profession - especially when what you write is likely to be tossed in the recycling bin within 24-72 hours of its publication. And yet, writing is something... — Updated 6/3/2020


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

 By Amy McCauley    Opinion

'Groundhog's Day' has new resonance

These days, I find myself waking up to what sometimes feels like one long day on repeat. As our routines have changed, the days have a way of blending together. Occasionally, I... — 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


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

 By Susan OByrne    Opinion

Unexpected savior during COVID-19

I'm going to be honest: the bloom is off the rose. I'm done with family time. What little attraction shelter-in-place once had for me is now gone. We can say how nice it is to slow... — Updated 5/27/2020

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

'Just say no' good for war on drugs - and me

I’m not very skilled at saying no. I have such a hard time, in fact, that one of my friends/co-workers suggested a simple remedy if I find myself unable to respond in the... — Updated 5/27/2020


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


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