“End of a flying rat.” From another resident, about this peregrine falcon and its prey.

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… that last week’s snowstorm was a “split” for Evanston: The north end received about five inches of snow, but only about a half inch fell on the south. The City did not kick in its snow-parking regulations, so in case folks have forgotten, TG offers the following nutshell version of what to expect after a two-inch snowfall (but check the City’s website, www.cityofevanston.org for sure):

• Don’t park where the signs say not to park.

• Don’t park when the signs say not to park.

• When deciding whether to park on a certain street (even in front of home), pay attention to the signs, not to the condition of the streets.

• Expect that, after an alley front or street-fronting driveway has been cleared, snowplows will come along the street and pile up a mini-moraine there.

• Alleys will not be plowed. The City depends on garbage and recycling trucks to mash down the snow in an alley.

… that many new street lights have been upgraded and reinstalled.

… that the Preservation Commission has scheduled a special meeting for 7 p.m. on Jan. 10 to discuss with NU their proposed parking lot and other potential projects on campus.

… that, in response to concerns about the safety of school children crossing at the Central/Broadway/Poplar intersection, the City has implemented some crossing guard changes for Haven, Kingsley and St. Athanasius schools.

Readers will recall mention in this column several weeks ago that the City is considering a few options about that intersection. It is unprotected by crossing guard or traffic signal, with only stop signs at Poplar and Broadway. It also gets bollixed when cars double park waiting to pick up passengers from the Metra.

The City found “that the number of school-aged children crossing at the intersection of Central Street and Broadway Avenue exceeded the standard set by the City” and the “number of students crossing at the current designated school crossing, located at Central Street and Green Bay Road, decreased below this set standard.” In other words, too many kids were crossing Central at Poplar/Broadway instead of Green Bay. Following the flow of school children, the City will now have a crossing guard at Broadway and Central rather than Green Bay and Central. To get kids and parents accustomed to this, on the first week of school, Jan. 7-11, there will be crossing guards at both intersections, and the sole Central/Broadway guard will be in place Jan. 14.

 … that the City has instituted a penalty for the defacement or unauthorized removal of a public art mural. This comes in response to the “accidental” and unauthorized removal of the mural “The Loose History of Evanston” by artist Theodore Boggs. Mr. Boggs had created the mural as part of his senior studies at ETHS. TG hears that Mr. Boggs may be allowed to create another mural. The penalty will be requiring “a person who removes or defaces a public art mural to pay for the replacement cost of such mural.” TG loved that history mural and eagerly awaits the new creation.

… that, in light of the new place on Howard, TG became curious about the Ward Eight cocktail. Here is a version of the drink, which Esquire Magazine said it dubbed the best drink in 1934: Shake these things together with ice: 2 ounces rye whisky, 3/4 ounce lemon juice, 3/4 ounce orange juice, 1 teaspoon grenadine. Strain them into a chilled cocktail glass.

 … that a few predators have been seen around town: Readers have sent these photos of a hawk (maybe a red-tail) stalking a squirrel and peregrine falcon finishing off a pigeon.

The Traffic Guy thinks …

… that the “World of Beer” signs on the Fountain Square building that face Veterans Plaza seem to diminish the solemnity of the memorial pillars there.

… that the free-parking-in-garages-after-5 program over the holidays was quite nice. TG hopes folks will continue to patronize Evanston’s businesses even if they have to pay for parking. Happy new year, everyone, and welcome back to work. Let the sesquicentennial planning and festivities begin.