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Good Thursday morning, Evanston.
One young man was killed and two boys were wounded Wednesday night at Clark Street Beach, police said. Evanston Police Commander Ryan Glew said officers were called to respond to a report of gunshots around 8:09 p.m. Northwestern University, north of the beach, told students to shelter in place for over an hour, issuing a 9:57 p.m. all-clear message that stated “Police are confident the suspects are no longer in the area.” EPD tweeted that two suspects had run away, eventually fleeing in a vehicle. “The incident does not appear to be a random act,” EPD said.
The RoundTable will keep you updated today as more details become available and the police investigation continues.
More than 40 people who had crowded into a room at the Morton Civic Center on Wednesday night walked out of a meeting with Northwestern University and city officials after about an hour of public comments at which Northwestern representatives refused to answer questions on a plan to overhaul Ryan Field. Northwestern Executive Director of Neighborhood and Community Relations Dave Davis said it was “not the appropriate forum” to discuss the stadium.
For more than a year, Evanston environmental advocates have pushed for a Fifth Ward school building that incorporates modern standards for sustainability and green energy. District 65 Superintendent Devon Horton and representatives of architect Cordogan Clark have said they hope for some level of LEED certification, but cite limited funding. “I would hate for us to allow great to be the enemy of good,” Horton said Feb. 4. District 65 officials and architects are set to give design updates tonight at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center.
COVID-19 by the numbers: Two new cases and no new deaths were reported Monday, April 10, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is six cases per day.
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Members of the Springfield Missionary Baptist Church, 1801 Emerson St., call to passersby Wednesday to stop for food. Spreading the word (above) is Butch Riddle with young Frederick Harris and Geneva Phanord. Drivers and walkers picked up sandwiches. (Photo by Richard Cahan)
A bakery/marijuana dispensary proposal for 100 Chicago Ave. is one step closer to reality after the Land Use Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to back the project, which requires City Council approval. West Town Bakery and OKAY Cannabis, separate businesses with the same owner, would share an entrance.
Restaurateur Jack DeMar will assess Evanston’s appetite for Jewish deli food with a pop-up featuring open-face bagel sandwiches. Mensch’s opens Saturday inside Picnic restaurant, with weekend-only hours. A permanent location is likely next.
Evanston Cradle to Career wants to bus 50 parents, local residents and community group members to Springfield on Tuesday for Early Childhood Advocacy Day in support of Gov. JB Pritzker’s Smart Start Illinois plan. Want a seat on the bus? Those interested can register in English or Spanish.
Responding to farmers market supporters concerned by a proposal in the Evanston Thrives draft action plan, the city on Wednesday said “There are no immediate plans to move the Downtown Evanston Farmers’ Market.”
The City of Evanston’s Aging Well Conference is back and free. It starts with a screening of Team Dream on Wednesday, May 3, with the film’s stars in attendance and answering questions, and continues with a conference on Friday, May 5, and the Hoops for the Ages Basketball Tournament on May 6.
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Evanston Boy Scout Troop 916 recently installed benches along the trails at Canal Shores Golf Course. Thanks for the photo, Alan Sanders! Send your photos of people, places and events around town to email@example.com for a chance to be included in this newsletter.
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Horton faces grilling at DeKalb County school job meeting. As the potential eighth DeKalb County school superintendent since 2010, many questions focused on whether District 65 Superintendent Devon Horton had the experience to lead a district of 92,000 K-12 students, many times larger than District 65.
Fake active shooter threats reported at more than 20 schools across Illinois. The “swatting” incidents targeting schools have been a growing problem since last fall.
Thomas & Dutch opens in Evanston, bringing modern Midwestern dining to the North Shore. The restaurant will be open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday, with lunch and brunch menus launching this summer.
Northwestern researchers hope to end extensive wait lists for autism diagnosis. Associate professor Meg Roberts and her team are conducting virtual evaluations, which they believe improve access for all.
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