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Posted: Thursday, July 13, 2017
Community forum entry by: Sheril King

Reader Feels Pastor’s Remark Was Inaccurate. Editor: On the first page of June 29 Round Table, the article “Library Board Meeting” quotes the Reverend Debra Bullock of St. Mark’s Church: “The Evanston Public Library and St. Mark’s share a history rooted in racism.”
My family and I have been members of St. Mark’s since the early 1960’s when I was in high school. I was appalled at Reverend Bullock’s assertion. How can this rector make such an inaccurate comment about St. Mark’s, where all have been accepted, welcomed, and included in parish life.

Posted: Thursday, July 13, 2017
Community forum entry by: Sabrina L. Reilly

Dismayed at Minister’s Comments. Editor: As a RoundTable subscriber, I was blown away by the ongoing debate encircling the Evanston Public Library and issues of cultural and racial sensitivity.
I am writing to express my dismay that Reverend Debra Bullock, Rector of
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, would publicly malign her congregation by stating that it has a racist past. This has never been my experience.
St. Mark’s integrated in 1960, which makes it a pioneer among most faith communities, regardless of denomination.
In my many years at St. Mark’s, I worshiped with fellow churchgoers and there was never any feeling or sense that St. Mark’s was not welcoming, accepting, nurturing or empowering to all and of all. Reverend Bullock’s negative words can have a negative impact on the growth of St. Mark’s.
As a born and bred Episcopalian who was raised at St. Mark’s and baptized, confirmed, and married there, I take offense to the fact that she would speak of St. Mark’s in this manner. While I no longer live in the Evanston area, I do keep up with the happenings there. Her comment is an affront to me personally and I would assume to many others who know St. Mark’s.
Reverend Bullock has been at Saint Mark’s six years which hardly gives her the perspective or knowledge to offer such blatant comments about the church which employs her.
I hope Reverend Bullock considers retracting her statement and commits to raising up the good name and deeds of St. Mark’s as a beacon of inclusion, acceptance, and Christian values.

Posted: Monday, July 3, 2017
Community forum entry by: Amy Ravi

Lemonade at the Parade to Raise $ for Y.O.U.
Please stop by our stand during the parade for a glass of fresh-squeezed lemonade and homemade cake. All proceeds will be donated to Evanston's Y.O.U., which provides services and leadership to meet the emerging needs of young people and their families in our community. We squeeze more than 100 lemons each year for a local cause! $3 per glass of lemonade or 2 for $5. Homemade desserts $2. Mix and match! Help us get to our goal of raising $400 for Y.O.U.

Where: Central/just east of Elm, south side of street
When: July 4, 1:30 - 4 pm

We would love to have your support!
Torin and Ethan Ravi (12 and 10), Keira and Patrick Tu (12 and 10)

Posted: Friday, June 30, 2017
Community forum entry by: Craig McClure

Thank you District 65 in Evanston for the 32% tax increase this year.

Our 2016 property taxes in a 1,784 square foot rancher that the Cook County Assessor says is worth about $446,000 are now $11,200. Last year, our 2015 taxes were $9,101. Out of that increase, half of it is our District 65 alone.

In Evanston, we voted on a referendum to increase funding for District 65. In its messaging, the district told us that an average home in Evanston would see its taxes go up about $400 per year. Figuring ours is maybe a little more than average price-wise, I expected maybe a $500 or $600 increase. To have a $1,059 increase or 32% in one year is outrageous!

Now that the tax bills are out, it would be interesting if the community got to vote again on the referendum. Not sure it would get 80% support now that the facts are out in the open.

We can’t afford increases like this year after year. While District 65 is the largest percentage increase on our 2nd installment tax bill, they’re certainly not alone in a double digit increase.

Cook County itself has a 49% increase in its tax. However, since they’re only going from $249 to $373, it doesn’t jump out as much.

Where does the spiral in property taxes in Cook County, and in Illinois end? How do we get this under control?

Posted: Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Community forum entry by: Michael Pettersen

Thank You, Emergency Responders
At 5:30 p.m., June 14, a violent storm felled trees in the 2700 block of Garrison Avenue/Ridge Avenue. One large oak tree downed power lines, telephone lines, and cable TV lines. A power transformer caught fire.
It took almost 24 hours to restore electricity to the neighborhood because of the severe damage. Evanston Forestry personnel cleared the tree, and Commonwealth Edison personnel worked many hours to restore the power lines.
On behalf of the residents in this area, we send our sincere thanks and gratitude to the skilled technicians who repaired the local power lines.

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