Good Thursday morning, Evanston.

Be careful out there campers! The National Weather Service says there should be an unusual amount of fog this morning. But after it breaks, expect a sunny day with a high of 73 degrees. Now, on to the news:

Within the next couple weeks, Evanstonians can anticipate demolitions for two different long-term projects; the building of the new Northlight Theatre as well as an apartment complex going up in place of the former Vogue Fabrics store. 

Fourth Ward Council member Jonathan Nieuwsma shared these updates with the community at a Tuesday, June 7, ward meeting, along with the representatives from each project who were there to answer the community’s questions. 

“Once we do start demolition, we’re expecting it to take about two weeks to take all of the walls down,” said Northlight Managing Director Janet Mullet. “At this point, we’re hoping to keep that work contained to Monday through Friday.”

School’s out! Students in kindergarten through seventh grade in Evanston/Skokie School District 65 finished the academic year, departing their school buildings for the final time the afternoon of Wednesday, June 8. 

Parents, teachers and students were also deluged with rain as magnet schools and middle schools were dismissed, which dampened some of the usual celebrations of kids joyously running outside as the bell rings on the last day of school. Still, there was excitement as they finished the year and looked forward to summer fun. 

COVID-19 by the numbers: 35 cases were reported on Tuesday, June 7, the last day the city updated case totals. The seven-day average is 38 cases per day.

Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

At This Time: Wednesday at 3:54 p.m. The joy of summer begins here. First-grader Nolan Malone rides the zip line at Lincoln Elementary School moments after school ended for the year. He was given a push by his first-grade friend Yul Sohn at the school playground, on Judson Avenue near Main Street. What does summer mean to Nolan’s mother, Pam Malone? “Sun and beach and no school lunches.” And what does Pam think summer means to Nolan? “Running around. Playing with his friends. It’s a continuation of his fun life.” (Photo by Richard Cahan)

North Shore Choral Society offers concert of mourning, light and beauty. The choir highlighted the music of composer John Rutter at First Presbyterian Church, 1427 Chicago Ave., on Sunday, and sang four pieces by the modern English composer, including Toccata in 7, A Ukrainian Prayer, The Lord Bless and Keep You and the seven-movement Requiem.

Peggy Tarr: Life, Grief and Coping. This is National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness month and RoundTable columnist Peggy Tarr reflects on loss and the victims of violence.

Picturing Evanston. One last message from St John’s United Church of Christ. The church, on the corner of Crain Street and Wesley Avenue, is for sale. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

Registration open for 2022 Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate on June 19. Each year the Race Against Hate brings together thousands of people from all over the area to run and walk in unity against racial hatred and violence. Registration closes at midnight on Monday, June 13.

Apply to join the Evanston Fire Department through July 29. The application process to become a firefighter/paramedic with the Evanston Fire Department is now open. Click the link to apply for the City of Evanston Fire Department.

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Around the web

2022 Voter Guide To The Primary Election. WTTW is out with its comprehensive voter guide for the June 28 Illinois primaries, which features information on all the candidates for positions representing Cook County and the state. The headlining race in this month’s primaries is the republican gubernatorial primary, which includes Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin and Illinois Senator Darren Bailey.

Abortion access could soon be decided by the states. Here’s what the next governors say. With Roe v. Wade expected to be overturned this month and Illinois set to become an island in the Midwest for abortion access, here’s a guide to where different governors and state representatives stand on abortion and where people seeking one can go.

Chicago’s legal weed biz is creating a boon for private security firms. Because cannabis is still federally illegal, dispensaries have to keep all of their money on site in cash, which means most weed businesses are investing in a robust fleet of private security guards.

After the leak, the Supreme Court seethes with resentment and fear behind the scenes. Following the leak of Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, NPR’s Nina Totenberg writes that “the court is riven with distrust among the law clerks, staff and, most of all, the justices themselves.”

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Duncan Agnew

Duncan Agnew covers Evanston public schools, affordable housing, City Hall and more for the RoundTable. He also writes long-form investigations, features and the morning email newsletter three times a...