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… that spring has sprung, reminding LK of the adage, “if you don’t like the weather in Chicago, wait a minute.”
… that these baby ducklings were dismayed, not to mention vulnerable, when the City drained the lagoon for cleaning on May 11 but were swimming happily with Mama Duck when it was refilled on May 13.
… that outdoor dining season has begun, with café seating popping up in front of many of Evanstonians’ favorite eating and drinking establishments. The Lighthouse Keeper believes that the Custer Oasis is one pandemic innovation that should be emulated throughout the city: closing sections of side streets to vehicle traffic, allowing people to eat, drink and be merry outdoors.
… that the Evanston Police Department is reminding the public that the headquarters at 1454 Elmwood Ave. is a safe place to complete transactions initiated online.
To be clear, the police will not facilitate the transaction.
But the LK remembers finding a “too good to be true” deal on Hamilton tickets on Craigslist and asking the seller to meet in the lobby of Chase Bank. LK determined that the tickets were probably fake and a banker who observed the almost-transaction provided the same advice: Ask the seller to meet you at the police station because that will scare most scammers away.
… that the Evanston Fire Department has a “public safety drone team” that conducted a joint training exercise with the regional technical rescue team for a simulated high-angle rescue of workers in distress at the top of the south water tower. According to the EFD, “While extremely dangerous and technical in nature, the assistance of rescue drones can significantly enhance a rescue mission. Drones provide rapid communication with victims long before rescuers can reach them, allowing for a faster, safer operation.”
… that construction season is in full swing. As of May 9, the City began patching nearly 37,500 square yards of pavement at approximately 230 locations across the city.
… that speaking of construction, a RoundTable reader submitted this photo and wondered why the sign doesn’t read, “People working.”
… that the City is also undertaking critical maintenance repairs in the Sherman Avenue, Church Street and Maple Avenue garages. The garages will remain open during construction with temporary “No Parking” signs posted 48 hours prior to work starting in any section.
Finally, LK notes that the best part of writing this column is engaging with readers, sharing readers’ photos and seeking answers to readers’ questions. Add your comments below and send questions or tips to LK@evanstonroundtable.com.