Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, left, presented keys to the City to Charles Lewis and Penny Sebring (couple on left) and Paul and Mary Finnegan (couple on right), for their commitment to youth and to the community. Noting that the couples were volunteers and well as philanthropists, Mayor Tisdahl said receiving a donation from the Lewis-Sebring Foundation or the Finnegan Family Foundation “is like winning a Pulitzer Prize.” RoundTable photo

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Celebrations are coming to Evanston town. The stockings are up and some snow has come down.

The Christmas tree shines now in old Fountain Square, and soon a menorah and kinara will be there. Farther up north in the Morton Civic Center a festive mood ’s there, with holiday banter – but just with employees and not the elected, for a mix-up in filing dates has now been detected.

City lawyers and clerk are not Santa but Grinch. Politicians now are still seeking a way to let all the prospective candidates stay.

At Council’s last meeting, on December twelve: a weighty agenda, with nothing to shelve.

Keys to the City made the holidays ring: for Paul and Mary Finnegan, Charles Lewis, Penny Sebring. Philanthropists, quietly supporting our City, Helping out down to the real nitty-gritty.

The Finnegans generously gave of their wealth to support Erie’s mission of everyone’s health.

Mr. Lewis and Ms. Sebring gave a gift to young teens: MetaMedia at McGaw Y, with both STEM and STEAM.

Things dealing with beer wine and liquor  passed                                                                                           by consent – an avenue quicker than those needing talk-backs for a vote up or down.

Beer and wine can be offered at Quad Indoor Sports, but only adults – and not on the courts.

Welcoming Kabul House to the Evanston scene, Council granted a liquor license – and then onto clean laundry as offered by  Dreamland Clean Wash: a new grant for plumbing, which no one did quash.

CFO Lyons spoke on the Robert Crown rink and community center and library link:  $2.3 million pledged and that same amount matched – even before a full plan has been hatched. The City has chosen an architectural firm to design ice rinks, library and community rooms. Woodhouse Tinucci Architects will do it on budget, said Lyons – there should be no reason to nudge it.

That meeting ended with lots of good cheer and aldermen praised what they’d accomplished this year. And then, having no other matters on site, they quickly adjourned to a beautiful sight: the snow and the moon with their reflected light offered stillness and peace – and to all a good night.