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Students are shown building a home in the Geometry in Construction course, part of an ETHS career-education and workforce development program. (RoundTable file photo)

Good Friday morning, Evanston.

Workforce development for students was in the spotlight at Wednesday night’s virtual meeting of Evanston’s City-School Liaison Committee.

Representatives from the Mayor’s Employer Advisory Council updated City Council members, District 65 Superintendent Devon Horton and District 202 Superintendent Eric Witherspoon on continued efforts to expand programs for young people.

Eighth Ward Council member Devon Reid’s proposal for employees at larger grocery stores to receive hazard pay moved forward in a 4-3 vote Jan. 24. But some Council members want to hear from the businesses that would be most affected by the legislation.

“I think all businesses right now, we realize … are suffering from the pandemic,” said Council member Peter Braithwaite, in whose Second Ward are located two large grocery stores. “I think it’s unfair to make assumptions about any industry without having that conversation.”

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Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Imbrie Werrenrath. (Photo by Sam Stroozas)

‘I seemed to speak out early’: Evanston resident Elizabeth Werrenrath reflects on her first 107 years. Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Werrenrath, who has lived in Evanston and other Chicago suburbs since 1940, turns 108 today, and RoundTable reporter Sam Stroozas caught up with her at the Highlands Assisted Living at Westminster Place on Simpson Street

COVID-19 update as of Jan. 27: 47 new cases in Evanston on Jan. 26; 14,222 in the State on Jan. 27. In the last week, there was a significant drop in new COVID-19 cases and in hospitalizations in Evanston, Chicago, suburban Cook County and the state, suggesting that the latest surge due to the omicron variant may have peaked.

At this time: 12:36 p.m. Thursday. Teammates: 88-year-old Edwina Dennis (left) and 80-year-old Melinda Kwedar take the court at the Robert Crown Community Center. Dennis, 5’10”, picked up a basketball for the first time at age 70. “I’m a facilitator. I can pass and I can cut – if it’s necessary.” Kwedar, 5’3”, played basketball in high school. “It’s the highlight of my life these days.” They come out once or twice a week. Women older than 50 can join them by calling the Levy Center to ask about the senior basketball program. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

Shop local at Downtown Evanston’s sale this weekend. This Friday through Sunday, 11 businesses in downtown Evanston are offering discounts and special deals as part of an “InSidewalk” Sale.

Space 900 Gallery presents Photographs by Todd Anderson. Occupied/Vacant: Photographs by Todd Anderson focuses on places which may be empty but show the evidence of human activity, and places that bring people together for a brief time.

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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...