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Evanston RoundTable

Good Monday morning, Evanston.

Gregory Rash uses a fob to direct his electric push cart Sunday at Canal Shores Golf Course. “When you golf as many times as I do, it kind of makes sense,” said Rash, who played with three friends yesterday in snow, rain and hail. (Photo by Rich Cahan)

Credit: "Evanston Thrives" draft

Evanston officials have released a draft of consultants’ findings in a much-anticipated report, Evanston Thrives, that lays out an action plan for improving the city’s retail districts. Among the recommendations: Boost collaboration with Northwestern, try relocating the Evanston Farmers’ Market to Fountain Square and “double down on Fountain Square and the Lakefront at Church Street as premier event locations.”

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The construction behind owner Eric Young may not look like much now, but if all goes well, later this spring it will be a new whiskey bar, Oskar. The cozy 24-seat bar, built in a space formerly used for small parties at La Principal, will be the latest addition to the “Custer Oasis,” writes business columnist Isabelle Reiniger. The summertime outdoor seating area on Custer Avenue serves several local establishments.

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Luna Delgado Botanicals (that’s Delgado holding the giant ribbon-cutting scissors) held a grand opening Friday afternoon at its newly configured Dempster Street store. Delgado has been making skin care botanicals wholesale since 2020, and now all products will be produced on site at her new location.

RoundTable roundup

Monday: Evanston City Council meets tonight at 7 p.m., with 1811-15 Church St. affordable housing and cash payment reparations on the agenda.

Tuesday: Booked celebrates Dog Man Day from 2:30 to 5 p.m. in honor of the release of the 11th book in the popular graphic novel series

Tuesday: The Redistricting Committee meets at 7 p.m., with discussion of a proposed new ward map on the agenda.

Thursday: Eighth Ward and Fifth Ward community meetings are both online, at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. respectively.

COVID-19 by the numbers: 14 new cases and no new deaths were reported Thursday, March 23, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 8.1 cases per day.

More RoundTable reads

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Quilt codes: Lecturer Connie Martin recently spoke at the Evanston History Center about how an enslaved ancestor “became an abolitionist assisting freedom seekers.” Quilt patterns and colors relayed vital information to those fleeing enslavement.

Dear Gabby: Some thoughtful advice for a relocated big-city student and a parent “gobsmacked” by how junior high trauma can fade away. Plus our anonymous advice columnist reveals a little more about her identity.

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Independence Park, at Central Street and Stewart Avenue, is headed for a makeover, and residents weighed in last week on three possible new designs for the 1.4-acre site. Playground safety and accessibility improvements are part of the plans.

The City of Evanston will resume weekly food and yard waste collections on Monday, April 3. Collections will occur on residents’ regular refuse and recycling collection days through Thursday, Dec. 7.  

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Picturing Evanston: Blue on blue at the corner of Greenleaf Street and Dodge Avenue. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

Photos from our readers

Reader Emily Erickson captured the softball action March 23 as Evanston girls JV pounded Carmel Catholic High School 20-1. Send your photos of people, places and events around town to news@evanstonroundtable.com for a chance to be included in this newsletter.

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Around the web

Evanston man charged in I-94 shooting that left 1 dead. Illinois State Police said Terry Reid, 27, was charged with one count of first-degree murder and four counts of attempted murder in connection with a Sept. 17 shooting on Interstate 94.

Preventing racism and ableism from impacting people’s daily lives. Jamelia Morgan, a professor at Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law, recently launched the Center for Racial and Disability Justice.

Why some suburban communities are holding off on mowing until Mother’s Day. Westmont, Glenview and Northbrook are hosting a “No Mow” effort to aid pollinators like native butterflies and bees.

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Gina Castro is a Racial Justice fellow for the RoundTable. She recently earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism where she studied investigative reporting....