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Doreen Price stands outside her home. (Bob Seidenberg photo)

Good Monday morning, Evanston.

On Jan. 28, the City of Evanston officially withdrew as plaintiff in a longstanding property enforcement complaint case against Doreen Price, a north Evanston homeowner and retired research scientist at Searle-Pfizer. The case had been receiving increasing attention lately from local activists as a misuse of government power.

A conversation about reparations between Robin Rue Simmons, Chuck Lewis and Rev. Michael Nabors.
A conversation about reparations with Robin Rue Simmons (right) and Chuck Lewis.

Reparations and its allies. In the latest installment of our People You Should Know video series, Pastor Michael Nabors interviews Robin Rue Simmons and Chuck Lewis. As a former Evanston City Council member, Rue Simmons introduced the first government-funded reparations program in the United States. Lewis is a philanthropist in Evanston and he and his family foundation have partnered with Rue Simmons to support her efforts.

Non-alcoholic drinks from the Barn in Evanston. Photo provided.

Launched in 2012 in the United Kingdom, dry January has found its way to the United States to encourage people to be “sober curious” for all 31 days of the month.

Community members are in luck as many Evanston bars and restaurants are offering non-alcoholic drinks for dry January. The RoundTable spoke with two Evanston establishments – the Wine Goddess and the Barn Steakhouse – about their non-alcoholic options.

(Photo by Richard Cahan) Credit: Richard Cahan

At this time: 5:09 p.m. Friday. Cate Cahan (OK, she’s my wife) teaches the joyful art of creating snow angels to our granddaughter Evergreen at Raymond Park near Chicago Avenue and Grove Street.

Week in Photos: In tomorrow’s newsletter we’ll share a roundup of photos taken throughout the week. What were you up to over the last seven days? Please send us your photos at news@evanstonroundtable.com!

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Sueko Kawamura

Evanston Art Center receives bequest from tiny donor with a big heart. Sueko Kawamura, a former student who inspired many with her artwork and work ethic, bequeathed $100,000 to the Evanston Art Center. The Center announced the gift at a memorial service on Jan. 15, with an accompanying exhibition of Kawamura’s work.

Cabbage, cod and cauliflower. Dear Gabby, A few weeks ago I woke up to my roommates talking negatively about me. I woke to hear them talking about my financial situation and basically how I have “no problems and should help,” which isn’t true.

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Adina Keeling

Adina Keeling is a photojournalist and reporter, covering city news, sustainability, schools, and art. She also investigates mental health systems and environmental injustices in Evanston, and puts together...