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May 23, 2019

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Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Guestbook entry by: Jean SmilingCoyote

Re "Coyotes, Close and Unafraid".
Coyotes and humans have been living in proximity in North America for thousands of years. Aside from the real dangers posed by coyotes with rabies and mange, what is the problem? Coyotes don't have to fear humans for us to be safe with them in the vicinity. They know we're too big to be prey. Small pets are potential prey experts have given the public guidance on how to protect them.
I don't know the reasons for the coyotes' behavior described by Sarah Lundin. Maybe the experts can explain it. If a human - or dog - doesn't want a coyote to be so close, he should tell the coyote in language the coyote can understand. Coyotes are canines and share many communication elements with dogs. Humans can growl and make themselves look bigger. So can dogs. I wouldn't think it a threat to encounter a coyote 15' from me, unless I thought the animal might have rabies or mange. I would begin by talking to the coyote in language he understood.



Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2019
Guestbook entry by: Mary Alice Off

Letter to the editor. Closing the achievement gap usually focuses on examining the "data" derived from testing. If 33% of the Black students are deemed 'college ready" why not look at those students and see what they bring to the educational setting that makes them successful? The same is true for the percentage of Latina students. What are they doing,practicing,using that is making them successful? That would be interesting data.


Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Guestbook entry by: Kristen Hren and Zephyr Horton

Evanston’s Youngest Zephyr. I just read the article in the April 4 edition of the RoundTable titled “A Plethora of Zephyrs” by Jeff Balch.
I wanted to let everyone know that my son, the smallest Zephyr in Evanston, was born on Jan. 10 of this year.
We were delighted to read Mr. Balch’s article. With such a unique name, we did not anticipate we would meet many other Zephyrs anywhere and certainly did not expect to learn that there are three other Zephyrs in the neighborhood.
We live on Dewey Avenue near Crain Street , so we are just about a block from the RoundTable offices.
Please tell Mr. Balch that the smallest Zephyr is always ready for the follow up article :).



Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Guestbook entry by: Sarah Lundin

Coyotes, Close and Unafraid

There have been several sightings of coyotes in the North Shore area alone. There was one 15 feet from my porch, unafraid. In the schoolyard by my house on a recent Sunday evening, three of them approached the playground unfearful of several children and adults.
On another occasion, four coyotes circled around a man and his huskie walking by Canal Shores Golf Course. Another two stalled a woman and her 55-pound dog approximately eight blocks from me. The point is, they are getting dangerously close and less fearful of humans. To me this poses a serious threat to be recorded, looked into, monitored. It's like an accident waiting to happen. This problem needs to be taken seriously, please.



Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Guestbook entry by: Maureen Glasoe Ted Glasoe

As small-business owners and members of ReadyNation, which advocates for investing in children as an important means to a stronger workforce, we were interested in the March 20 article on School District 65’s kindergarten-readiness figures. This data largely reflects the results of Illinois’ new Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS), recently released by the State Board of Education.

Much like our local numbers, the state figures illustrate the work Illinois faces to ensure that young children enter school on solid footing for success. Only 42 percent of incoming kindergarteners throughout Illinois were rated as ready for school, as observed by their teachers two years ago. Among low-income children, that figure was just 16 percent.

The learning areas that KIDS covers—social-emotional development, math, and language and literacy—are important to more than school achievement. They’re also vital to joining and participating fully in our workforce, particularly in an age of increasing competition for skilled employees. Without help, today’s kindergarteners who struggle (with the alphabet or taking turns, for example) can too easily become tomorrow’s workers who struggle (to find and retain jobs and pay the rent).

Turning around these bleak school-readiness numbers seems daunting. But there are research-proven ways to make a dent in them, and a difference in our collective future:

• Reach more at-risk children with preschool and birth-to-3 opportunities by increasing Early Childhood Block Grant resources, as proposed by Governor Pritzker.

• Expand child care assistance to more low-income children of working parents, also as proposed in Springfield.

• Strengthen home-visiting programs such as Healthy Families and Parents Too Soon, which provide “coaching” assistance to the parents of at-risk infants and toddlers.

• And finally, improve pre-K and other early childhood facilities throughout Illinois by dedicating at least $250 million to their construction-and-renovation needs in the state’s next capital plan—a bipartisan goal reflected in House Resolution 87 and Senate Resolution 85.

We and other members of the ReadyNation network of business leaders see these as essential components of economic development efforts—investing wisely in a better-skilled workforce by investing wisely in Illinois children and families.

Maureen Glasoe
Owner, Virgo Words

Ted Glasoe
Owner, Ted Glasoe Interior Photography



Posted: Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Guestbook entry by: Tracy Ahr

Did you know the City of Evanston bans the use of gasoline-powered leaf blowers from May 15 to Sept. 30? Judging by the number of lawn care workers using them in my neighborhood last summer it’s a safe assumption that in 2018 not many people knew (or cared?) to conform to this ban. As the wording states, it doesn’t matter if they are used commercially or privately:
“Any person who uses a leaf blower (backpack mounted or handheld gasoline powered) or any person who permits the private or commercial use of a leaf blower on their property during restricted days or times, is subject to a fine.”
Let’s make the summer of 2019 cleaner and quieter in Evanston. Help inform your neighbors and the professionals who stop by every week about this ban. Encourage them to make the change to electric equipment, not just leaf blowers but lawn mowers as well. Gas-powered equipment is dirtier than electric, producing cancer-causing fumes to inhale and, especially the leaf blowers, are very noisy! Plus, switching to electric landscape equipment is cheaper to fuel and maintain.



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