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Good Tuesday morning, Evanston.

Photographer Joerg Metzner spotted a COVID-19 memorial in the form of a folding chair that appeared in Fountain Square on Monday. The memorial honors the many lives lost during the pandemic and recognizes the many who have survived the coronavirus but suffer from long COVID.

Since March 14, 2020, 163 Evanston residents have died from COVID-19, according to city statistics.

Now, on to more news.

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 has seen a precipitous decline in its student enrollment, down more than 1,300 students over the past five years. But while the district has cut teaching staff, it has increased its administrative staff from 46 to 60 positions, and spending for administrator salaries and benefits has risen. RoundTable reporter Duncan Agnew takes a close look at the data.

The fourth installment of the Evanston History Center’s series on Evanston’s Gilded Age recounts how EPD officer Vera Everett cracked a case in 1933. She dressed like millionaire widow Amanda Patten, who was being extorted for $50,000, and walked down Ridge Avenue to a drop-off location, but equipped with a revolver in her purse.

COVID-19 by the numbers: Seven new cases and no new deaths were reported Sunday, March 5, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 11.6 cases per day.

More RoundTable reads

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Guest essay: “I think Northwestern needs to go back to the drawing board – and come back when they’re serious,” writes Sixth Ward City Council Member Thomas M. Suffredin about the university’s proposed Ryan Field project.

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The Rev. Michael Nabors of the Second Baptist Church went to Palm Springs, California, last month to share Evanston’s experience with reparations and found out about Palm Springs’ history of racism “I think Evanston needs to hear about it,” he writes.

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The application window for District 65’s no-cost Summer Learning programming has been extended through March 10. Full-day and half-day options are available for students in preschool through eighth grade and focus on experiences, academics and social-emotional learning.

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Around the web

As emergency SNAP benefits end, community food organizations prepare to meet increased demand. Households in Illinois receiving SNAP food benefits will see them decrease this month as a pandemic-era policy comes to an end.

Man told teen girls ‘I’m going to take you’ in Rogers Park attempted kidnapping, police warn. Chicago police are asking residents to be on the lookout for a man they say solicited and threatened to kidnap two girls.

EPA says Cook County ‘worst neighbor’ in US for air pollution. Chicago and suburbs contribute more smog violations than any other county in the nation, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Gina Castro

Gina Castro is a Racial Justice fellow for the RoundTable. She recently earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism where she studied investigative reporting....