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Good Thursday morning, Evanston.

RoundTable photographer Richard Cahan caught the cast of the Woman’s Club of Evanston at its final rehearsal yesterday. The club’s 70th annual revue opens tonight and runs through Saturday and is a fundraiser for Evanston non-profits. “There are still tickets left,” said the club’s Angela Valavanis.

If you are planning on going to the show Friday, leave ample time for travel, as the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch Friday for the area with a forecast of 5 to 8 inches of snow. Now, on to more news.

This morning, the Golden Apple Foundation announced 30 finalists for this year’s Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. It included five teachers from District 65. Congratulations to Tawana Stiff from Nicholas Middle School; Anthony Laera and Michael Likhite from Orrington Elementary School; and Aubrey Chang and Sherri Kushner from Chute Middle School. The award winners will be announced in the spring.

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The decomposed body of a 62-year-old man, who apparently died of natural causes, was found Feb. 15 at the Claridge Hotel Apartments. The RoundTable just learned of this yesterday. We also learned it took two weeks of complaints by those living in the affordable housing building as well as First Ward Council Member Clare Kelly’s intervention before management took action to find what was causing the “unusual odor” coming from the man’s apartment.

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We give you a sneak peek at the March 10 report that the city’s Economic Development Committee will be getting of an analysis of Evanston’s eight business districts. These are a result of a $245,000 contract extended to Interface Studio last May to develop a blueprint for Evanston’s businesses as it emerges from COVID-19.

COVID-19 by the numbers: Seven new cases and no new deaths were reported Tuesday, Feb. 28, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 8.29 cases per day.

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More than 30 Evanstonians came out on an unseasonably mild Wednesday afternoon for a Native History Walk at Perkins Woods. “My goal is to help the public know that Native people were here, and that we still exist,” said Kim Vigue, executive director at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian. Perkins Woods steward Libby Hill (right) makes a point during the tour.

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Judy Korshak-Samuels, 76, a primary and middle school teacher as well as an advocate, died Feb. 15. She lived in Evanston and New Glarus, Wisconsin.

Today the RoundTable kicks off part one of a five-part series from the Evanston History Center looking at Evanston’s Gilded Age and the Patten family, who dominated politics and society for years. James A. Patten, was director of the Chicago Board of Trade, Evanston City Council member and mayor as well as a self-described “capitalist.” 

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Tours are back at the Frances Willard House Museum this month with Women’s History Month on the horizon! Tickets are $15 for all visitors but free for students. Learn more here.

If you enjoy and appreciate art, Evanston Made is hosting an all-day event on Saturday, March 4 with exhibitions and activities across the city. Learn more here.

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The nonprofit interfaith organization Hands of Peace is looking for volunteer hosts families this summer for its staff and Israeli, Palestinian and American teenagers. The organization works to resolve conflict and build peace by creating one-on-one understanding and friendships between teens.

Join our team: Do you like to write? Are you curious about the varied and dynamic life of Evanston? The RoundTable seeks feature writers to cover human interest stories and produce profiles about our fair city. If you’d like to write, we’d love to hear from you! Email us at news@evanstonroundtable.com.

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Around the web

Chicago area scores No. 1 ranking for business relocations, expansion. Chicago retained its spot as the hottest destination for businesses in 2022 for the 10th year running in Site Selection magazine’s rankings.

NU Chemistry Professor wins Marsha I. Lester Award for Exemplary Impact in Physical Chemistry. George Schatz, a Chemistry professor at Northwestern University received the inaugural award for his contribution to physical chemistry, the university said Monday. He will honored for the award in August in San Francisco.

Long-lost ship found in Lake Huron, confirming tragic story. The Ironton, a 191-foot long ship that sank nearly 128 years ago was unearthed in Lake Huron, off the Michigan coast. The ship remains “remarkably preserved” due to the frigid and fresh water, said Superintendent Jeff Gray at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

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Susy Schultz

Susy Schultz is the editor of the Evanston Roundtable. She has been a journalist for more than 20 years, and is the former president of Public Narrative, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching journalists and...

Manan Bhavnani

Prior to joining the RoundTable, Manan Bhavnani covered business and technology for the International Business Times, with a focus on mergers, earnings and governance. He is a double Medill graduate, with...