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Good Monday morning, Evanston.

A RoundTable exclusive: The 103-year-old Canal Shores Golf Course in north Evanston is preparing for a long-awaited revamp that will involve improvements to the greens, new holes and a putting lawn. The $5.9 million project also will mean the course at 1030 Central St. will have to close for more than 10 months, preventing thousands of rounds of golf as well as canceling Northwestern football tailgating and fall bird walks.

Now, step up to the tee, keep your head down and feet apart, and let’s take a swing at more news.

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Around 150 people gathered Saturday to celebrate the appointment of state Rep. Robyn Gabel, whose 18th District includes most of Evanston, as Illinois House majority leader. “Robyn Gabel is in the room where it actually happens, working as the No. 2 person in the House with Speaker [Chris] Welch to really determine the flow of what issues get prioritized,” said Evanston Mayor Daniel Biss.

Evanston residents Heidi Kettenring and Lucy Godinez are featured in Big Fish at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, and RoundTable critic Wendi Kromash praises their performances in the “well done and family friendly production.” But she warns: “The subject matter is a bit heavy at times so bring tissues.”

COVID-19 by the numbers: 11 new cases and no new deaths were reported Thursday, Feb. 2, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 8.86 cases per day.

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The Evanston Symphony’s Sunday, Feb. 12 concert has a special resonance for the orchestra: It’s dedicated to general manager David Ellis, who died in July. The program includes Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 – Ellis was a devoted Mahler fan.

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In case you missed it: The RoundTable celebrates a year of presenting Joerg Metzner’s Picturing Evanston images by compiling all 167 photographs posted so far. Click though the slideshow and see the city’s beauty through Metzner’s lens.

Jean Conway Jorjorian Stephens, 1925-2023. A resident of Evanston for 50 years, she was 97 when she died Jan. 2. A graduate of Marquette and Loyola University, she enjoyed gathering with friends and family and connecting with people.

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The ETHS boys basketball team defeated Glenbard West, 66-64 in overtime on Saturday, Feb. 4. Malachi Barrett was the Wildkit player of the game – as he poses for his photo (above), his teammates celebrate behind him at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

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Earlier at the E-Town Showdown, the ETHS girls basketball team lost to Hersey, 60-51. The Wildkits rallied to within 3 points of the Huskies in the fourth quarter but Hersey responded by scoring 5 points in 20 seconds and pulled away.

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ETHS wrestlers Thomas Jackson (above, at a Dec. 10 match), Marco Terrizzi, Eren Atac and Jason McDermott kept their seasons alive at the Class 3A regional tournament competition Saturday at Niles West and will advance to sectionals.

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Letter to the editor: “Most agree that Ryan Field needs an upgrade,” writes the Seventh Ward’s Ken Proskie, “but the magnitude and extravagance of the proposed project is inconsistent with the scale of other stadium projects across the country.”

The Actors Gymnasium will present Circus Quixotic, an original circus theater production adapted from Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote. The show runs Feb. 18 to March 26 at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St.

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Around the web

‘A time just of love’: Family Dance at Fleetwood-Jourdain brings joy amid uncertainty. About 80 guests enjoyed food, coloring and crafts as well as dancing at the Family Dance, formerly named the Daddy-Daughter Dance.

Leadership for Racial Equity program connects Evanston with NU students. The eight-week program, which launched in January, links undergrads with community-based organizations to contribute to grassroots racial equity efforts.

The CTA wants to add drivers amid staffing shortages and delays, but faces tough competition. The transit agency is offering $28.99 as starting pay for bus drivers, but it’s competing for workers with Amazon and other delivery services.

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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...