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Good Wednesday morning, Evanston!

We can breathe a little easier today and perhaps cool down, according to the National Weather Service forecast: it will NOT be 100 degrees today! Instead, we can expect a high of 83 with clear, sunny skies and a nice 10 miles-per-hour breeze. Yes, you can breathe again. Now, on to more local news.

Evanston’s Housing and Community Development Committee recommended the city use $3 million in federal relief funds to renovate Family Focus headquarters and another $1 million to develop a “one-stop shop” program for upgrading affordable housing in low-income areas of the city. The money comes from the federal American Rescue Plan Act. Both proposals now head for discussion and final approval to the City Council, which is next scheduled to meet this coming Monday.

The first day of summer brought some serious heat, driving many Evanstonians to stay home. On Tuesday, the city was under a National Weather Service Hazardous Weather Outlook as temperatures climbed to 100°F across Cook County. Those who couldn’t avoid the heat, such as construction crews on Sherman Avenue (above), said it affected their work. “On an average cooler day, we’ll be working harder, stronger. But days like today, when it’s 105, you don’t,” construction worker Colton Rankins said.

Meet the editor: Susy Schultz. The RoundTable’s newest editor, Susy Schultz, introduces herself to the Evanston community and lays out our commitments to the community.


COVID-19 by the numbers: 27 new cases were reported Monday, June 20, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 29.0 cases per day.


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UPDATE: Greenwood Street Beach closed ‘until further notice.’ Due to limited staffing, this lovely beach will be closed “until further notice,” city officals said. The lifeguard shortage, the RoundTable was told, is not just a local but a national issue. The city currently employs 74 lifeguards, a noticeable decrease from last year, when more than 90 lifeguards supervised the beaches.

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Goodbye. Columnist Les Jacobson eulogizes his brother Billy, who passed away last week. He writes of their tumultuous childhood, their bond later in life and the stories his family and colleagues shared about him.

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The week in photos: June 13-20. Evanston is looking greener than ever! Last week’s Glorious Garden Walk, hosted by the Garden Club of Evanston, put six local gardens on display, but no fear if you missed it. The Evanston Environmental Association is also hosting a garden walk this Sunday. Don’t forget to purchase your tickets.

At This Time. Jiwoo Ro teaches yoga outside the Charles Gates Dawes Mansion on International Day of Yoga and the first day of summer. “I love outdoor yoga,” said student Julia Marchenko (background, right). “You look up at the sky and the trees and feel part of a larger, wonderful world.” The class, on Greenwood Street and the lake, was run by Heaven Meets Earth Yoga. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

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Melba Ruth Graffius Swoyer 1945-2022. Melba Ruth Graffius Swoyer, née Tenney, age 77, passed away at Evanston Hospital on Tuesday morning, June 14. Her husband, son and two stepdaughters were by her side.

The week in photos: June 13-20. Photos from the past week show the Lake Michigan beachfront, local gardens, new restaurant openings and this year’s Birdsong Race Against Hate.

Picturing Evanston. The Skokie Swift near Asbury Avenue in south Evanston on its approach to the Howard Street elevated station through a tunnel of green. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

Charity basketball game will support youth programs and honor life of ETHS student. Join the community on Saturday, July 2, for the “24 Hours” Charity Basketball Game in memory of Ryan Bost, an ETHS alumnus who lost his life to gun violence in November 2020.

JRC will celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community with lakefront Shabbat Service on June 24. In honor of Pride month, the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation and Rabbi Rachel Weiss welcome the public to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community with two Lakefront Shabbat Services on Friday, June 24 at Elliot Park (Lakeshore Boulevard at Hamilton Street) in Evanston.


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Around the web

The Texas Tribune published a minute-by-minute account of the police response to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Reporters reviewed law enforcement transcripts and video, some of which hadn’t previously been shared with the public, to piece together the story.

Chicago police have a new foot pursuit policy. Effective “by the end of the summer,” it will prohibit CPD officers from chasing a suspect on foot unless they have committed or are about to commit an offense which “endangers the physical safety of others.” The policy comes in response to protests following the police shootings of Adam Toledo and Anthony Alvarez in March 2021.

The Bulletin of Applied Transgender Studies published its first double issue. The journal will publish articles and research concerning trans life and the material issues facing trans people around the world. The issue is a collaboration between Northwestern Libraries and the Center for Applied Transgender Studies, and Northwestern Prof. T.J. Billard serves as editor.


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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...