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The Evanston City Council unanimously approved a plan last night for three free beach days each week. All Evanston beaches will be free to residents on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays this summer. Eighth Ward Alderperson Devon Reid had originally proposed that Evanston beaches be free on all days. The substitute motion, proposed by 4th Ward Alderperson Jonathan Nieuwsma, initially included Sundays and Mondays but was later amended to include Saturdays, as well. The Council intends to examine widening free access in 2022.

Harley Clarke mansion (Photo by Adina Keeling)

The Harley Clarke Mansion has been booked for the next 40 years. Artists Book House, led by Evanston Township High School alum and award-winning author Audrey Niffenegger, received City Council approval earlier this month to lease the Harley Clarke mansion, 2603 Sheridan Road, for 40 years.

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Speakers at the festival (Photo by Akari Yamada)

Blue Skies, Red Lanterns and Fluttering Koi Mark ASAPIA Heritage Month Arts Festival The Evanston Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander American (ASAPIA) Heritage Month Arts Festival was held under blue skies and festive red lanterns on May 22 at Fountain Square in downtown Evanston. This festival, sponsored by the Kitchen Table Stories Project, Asian American Caucus, and the City of Evanston, showcased multiple expressions of Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander American cultures.

“The fight for the seat: RBG’s passing and legacy” by Sabrina Barnes (Image from Evanston Township High School)

ETHS Student Newspaper Wins 32 Awards in State Journalism Contest The Evanstonian won 32 awards, including best overall publication for schools with more than 2,600 students, in the annual contest held by the Illinois Journalism Education Association.

The Evanston Police Department issues Axon body-worn cameras to its officers. (image from RT files)

Citizens Network of Protection Holds Session on Body-Worn Cameras. Videos from police officers’ body-worn cameras are used as evidence not only in court cases but also in complaints against a police officer. Some even have value as training videos, said Evanston Police Commander Ryan Glew in a May 18 remote presentation to the local group Citizens Network of Protection. Since 2019, nearly all Evanston Police Officers have had a body-worn camera, which, with limited exceptions, State law requires to be kept on during police-civilian interactions that involve law-enforcement.

Sunday’s Virtual Commencement ceremony rounded out ETHS’ Class of 2021 celebration with musical selections, speeches, and recognition of academic accomplishments.

ETHS Celebrates Historic Class of 2021 at Virtual and In-Person Commencement Ceremonies Choices and options for the Evanston Township High School Class of 2021 were limited by a global pandemic that upended their senior year and required them to adapt and adjust to an unprecedented time in education. Amid the vaccine roll-out in early spring, the options for graduating seniors were expanded by a dedicated ETHS staff to include in-person and virtual ceremonies for a senior class that demonstrated remarkable resilience and fortitude throughout the academic year.

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COVID-19 by the Numbers:

COVID-19 Update on May 24: ­­­­­­­­­­­­One New Case in Evanston, 933 in the State. Data posted by the City of Evanston today reflects that 53,747 residents of Evanston who are 12 and older have received at least one dose of a vaccine to protect against COVID-19, and 43,564 residents have been fully vaccinated.

  • One new case was reported yesterday in Evanston. The seven-day average is three.
  • Northwestern University reported just one new case during the seven days ending May 23. Northwestern students, staff, and professors living in Evanston are included in City test and case counts
  • The number of cases per 100,000 population over the past seven days is 24 in Evanston and 65 in Illinois.
  • Our City’s seven-day positive test rate is 0.3%; in Illinois it is 2.0%.
  • Some 5.1 million or 40% of all Illinois residents are fully vaccinated.

Evanston Vax Facts: 

According to City figures, 83% of Evanston residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 67% of residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated. More details are available on the City’s Vaccine Dashboard.

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Evan is the RoundTable's operations manager. When not at the RoundTable office, she is often spotted around town riding her tandem bicycle with her husband Michael.