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Good Tuesday morning, Evanston.

Surfing? In Evanston? In February? Yup. About 10 zealous wave riders made their way to Dempster Street Beach Monday after the rainstorm. “The lake didn’t freeze over this year, so we’ve been going the whole winter,” said Adam Akins (above left).

Now, dudes, let’s ride the RoundTable’s news roundup and surf the headlines.

Three years to the day after the Evanston Animal Shelter Association won a $2 million grant from Cook County to replace the dilapidated shelter at 2318 Oakton St., City Council last night approved a $6.85 million construction contract to build a new facility. “We need a groundbreaking now. Let’s go!” said Vicky Pasenko, Evanston’s Animal Shelter Association’s executive director.

When the pandemic hit and local restaurants and businesses shut down temporarily or closed for good, Evanston resident Matt Wechsler went a different route. He opened Village Farmstand, an old-fashioned grocery store selling food grown by local independent farmers. While business has dropped after an early honeymoon phase, Wechsler still hopes that sustainability and environmentally friendly food habits will bring more customers to his store.

In case you missed it

A little more than a year after Russia invaded Ukraine, take a look back at the RoundTable’s coverage of Ukrainians living in Evanston or studying at Northwestern who have been personally impacted by the war.

COVID-19 by the numbers: Five new cases and no new deaths were reported on Sunday, Feb. 26, the last day the city updated case totals. The seven-day average is 8.3 cases per day.

More RoundTable reads

“It fosters hope.” The RoundTable’s Wendi Kromash spoke to Sylvia Corcoran, a local social worker pictured above, about representation for people of color in products like dolls.

In her latest column, Peggy Tarr recounts a disturbing incident that occurred outside the Main Street Post Office in November, when a white man threw a lit cigarette into a mailbox, then punched a Black woman postal worker who confronted him.

Join the Woman’s Club of Evanston at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday for the organization’s 70th annual variety show, with the latest edition benefitting the WCE Community Grants Fund.

Picturing Evanston: The old fire engine at Firefighter’s Park on Simpson Street and Maple Avenue “has inspired at least one firefighter – my son Tristan – that I know for sure,” says photographer Joerg Metzner.

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Around the web

Report highlights mental toll on Chicago residents who applied for guaranteed income program. A University of Chicago study found that applicants to the program were five times more likely to struggle with their mental health. Evanston is also in the midst of rolling out its own guaranteed income pilot.

Illinois DCFS blocks undocumented survivors of child abuse from applying for legal status, records show. An Injustice Watch investigation discovered that the state’s child welfare agency has illegally refused special visas requested by undocumented residents who experienced childhood abuse.

‘This is everything for me’: Cousins bring family-owned Teabar Boba to Evanston. The 19- and 21-year-old relatives opened the shop at 809 Church St. on Valentine’s Day. One dropped out of college and the other is taking online classes to pursue their entrepreneurial dream.

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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...