Evanston RoundTable

Good Monday morning, Evanston.

It might be coming down this morning, Evanston, but sprinkles over the weekend were not quite enough for the new sod planted at the Evanston Church of God. That’s how RoundTable photographer Richard Cahan caught congregants Marquita Batson (from left, above), Yvonne Gammell and Claudette Lewis watering this weekend in our At This Time feature.

Looking ahead this week, The RoundTable is expecting several announcements from City Hall. After three failed outside searches for a city manager, Evanston City Council members appear to be looking internally to fill the position. Evanston City Council members are expected to interview Luke Stowe, the interim city manager and chief information officer, in a special meeting set for 2 p.m., Tuesday, the RoundTable has learned.

Credit: Heidi Randhava

The Out of Space concert series at Canal Shores Golf Course finished in a blaze of blues with guitar legend Buddy Guy playing Sunday. The four-day event, which also featured headliners Jenny Lewis, Lucinda Williams and Elvis Costello, attracted a total of 14,000 people, the organizers estimated.

COVID-19 by the numbers: 23 new cases and no new deaths were reported Thursday, Aug. 4, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 22.9 cases per day.

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Credit: Duncan Agnew

Reporter Duncan Agnew spoke with George Davis, director of the Baha’i Temple in neighboring Wilmette, which was the second Baha’i Temple ever built and the only one in North America. Davis shared the story of the Baha’i faith, which dates back to the mid-19th century, as well as the temple itself, which attracts an estimated quarter million visitors annually.

Dear Gabby: Clueless, insensitive, narcissistic conversational bloodsucking. Gabby gives advice on dealing with wealth-flaunting friends, always being the one to make plans and whether to keep vibrant paint colors when selling your house.

Bookends & Beginnings’ Top 10 July bestsellers. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller was the top-seller on the bookstore’s July bestseller list.

African American Heritage sites to be unveiled on Saturday, Aug. 13. Local organization Shorefront Legacy Center will unveil two new markers at Evanston sites historically important to the African American community. One will be at the home of Evanston’s first documented African American resident and the other will be at the site of the Evanston Sanitarium.

Evanston Symphony Orchestra will help celebrate Wilmette’s 150th anniversary. Led by ESO Music Director Lawrence Eckerling, the orchestra will perform its second annual Pops Concert at Gillson Park’s Wallace Bowl in Wilmette. The event will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. and run for an hour, and is free to the public.

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Alex Harrison reports on local government, public safety, developments, town-gown relations and more for the RoundTable. He graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in June...