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Good Tuesday morning, Evanston.

Marlene Abrego (from left), Rocio Herrera and Marcela Lopez arrived at 7 a.m. Monday to clean up at Canal Shores after four nights of concerts with about 14,000 people at Out of Space. RoundTable photographer Richard Cahan photographed them with some of the tools of their trade. “We clean up all over the city,” said Herrera, operations supervisor for United Services. “This is about average.” Now on to our well-above-average news coverage.

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The City of Evanston and Evanston/Skokie School District 65 are considering a “clean slate” approach for building the new Fifth Ward school, which would include razing the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center to clear space for the school and an upgraded community center. City Council approved a memorandum of understanding between the city and District 65 Monday night, clearing the way for the district’s architectural firm to begin the design process in earnest.

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The inaugural season of Evanston Township High School’s rowing team will kick off on Aug. 15 with two weeks of introduction and training. Head coach Lucinda Ruiz said the team is partnering with Northwestern University to borrow equipment, and the team will practice on the North Shore Channel with watercraft housed in the Skokie Park District’s Dammrich Rowing Center.


COVID-19 by the numbers: 10 new cases and no new deaths were reported Sunday, Aug. 7, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 20.4 cases per day.


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Fire relocates resident of Dempster apartment building. A first-floor kitchen fire at the Claridge apartment building caused no injuries but displaced one resident Monday afternoon. Photographer Richard Cahan captured the scene (above) as residents waited for firefighters to finish clearing the building of smoke and debris.

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Eye on Evanston: Thoughts on Design | Design Concepts for the Lincoln Street Bridge. With the Central Street bridge’s completion on the horizon, design columnist Jack Weiss takes a look at eight concepts for replacing Lincoln Street’s bridge that were cooked up by Design Evanston members and invited guests at a July 14 meeting.

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Week in photos: Aug. 1 – Aug. 8. We have a bevy of beautiful and interesting pictures. From this beautiful Somewhere-Over-the-Rainbow themed baby shower held last week to honor Tiffany Rice (ETHS ’99) and Rashid Barrett, who are awaiting the birth of their son, Ziggy, to some lovely nature shots. This was the week (and a few days in July) in pictures.

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Picturing Evanston: A Sunday morning swim in Lake Michigan. (Photograph by Joerg Metzner.)


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With soaring inflation, Chicago parents are searching for back-to-school deals. The start of the new school year comes as inflation reached a four-decade high in June as prices over the past 12 months increased by 9.1%. In an attempt to combat surging inflation, state leaders last week offered a 10-day sales tax reduction on classroom needs, but city and county taxes still have shoppers feeling the pain in their wallet.

Chicago School Bus Driver Shortage Leaves District And Parents Scrambling As First Day Draws Near. Last fall, about 2,100 CPS students were left without a ride on their first day due to the driver shortage, with many struggling to get bus rides for months. The district still has 400 vacant bus driver positions, leaving officials rolling out new plans that could leave many students without a bus when classes begin Aug. 22.

Facebook group Black Women of Evanston connects and provides resources for local Black women. Since its founding in 2017, the group has created a sisterhood among more than 400 Black women, and founder Jeter Jean-Jacques said it has positively impacted the community. She organizes monthly events like dining out, volunteering, photo shoots, business pop-up shops, and workshops to bring the women together and create opportunities for networking and learning.


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Alex Harrison

Alex Harrison joins the RoundTable for the summer in between his undergraduate and graduate studies at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.