… that people of all ages marked Earth Day by contributing to efforts to clean up public spaces in Evanston. Young activist Corinne Stroud, 5, started the day by drafting a letter to her elected representative and then participated in the cleanup at Grey Park.
… that members of the Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club and the Great Lakes Alliance picked up bits of plastic and other trash at Lighthouse Beach as part of Earth Day activities around town.
… that despite valiant efforts by many volunteers, there is still work to be done.
The Lighthouse Keeper hears …
… that the Evanston Fire Department answers more than 10,000 calls for service every year. In March, the EFD responded to 763 incidents: 526 calls for emergency medical service and 237 fire calls.
… that the Evanston Public Library is partnering with the EFD on a series of seasonal “hazards seminars” designed to improve community resilience by providing residents with the tools they need to minimize risks and stay safe during climate-related weather events. Click here to register for the Summer Emergency Preparedness event on May 12, from 6:30 – 8 p.m.
… that speaking of the library, the Lighthouse Keeper encourages readers to check out “The Bias Inside Us,” from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. Located on the third floor of the library, the installation consists of six interactive sections that ask viewers to recognize, explore, reflect on, and challenge bias.
The Lighthouse Keeper hears from readers …
… that some Pace bus drivers treat bike lanes as break rooms. RoundTable reader and cyclist Peter Kirkpatrick submitted this picture and noted it “is not an unusual sight. The driver of one of these buses left the vehicle and walked away.”
… that the City’s Public Works Agency distributed flyers about the 2022 CIPP Sewer Rehab Contract, which involves rehabbing City sewers using the “cured-in-place pipe” lining process. According to the tentative schedule, the “sewer-lining work will take place between May 5, 2022, and April 3, 2022.” (sic).
During the lining process, neighbors are asked to “reduce water usage by limiting use of bathroom facilities and refraining from laundry and dishes.”
The Lighthouse Keeper wants to know what you think. Should there be penalties for parking in bike lanes? Can sewer rehab contractors time travel? Send your comments, questions and photos to LK@evanstonroundtable.com.