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For avid bookworms like Sarah and Rawson Hobart, discovering books is as much fun as reading them. That’s exactly what they find at Little Free Libraries, miniature sharing boxes around town. RoundTable photographer Rich Cahan found them at this box the other day. “We like to walk. We like to browse. It’s fun,” said Sarah.

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Credit: Gina Castro

Two Evanston elders are facing a looming deadline to use funds they received from the city’s reparations program. But the pair, siblings Kenneth Wideman, 77, (above) and his sister Sheila, 75, who were chosen by the city, don’t fit the city’s criteria. “I do not have any property; my sister doesn’t have any property, and we were on the list,” Wideman said at a Feb. 2 reparations committee meeting.

Vicky Pasenko, executive director of the Evanston Animal Shelter Association : “We’ve been holding our breath, just waiting for this to happen.”
Credit: Bob Seidenberg

Evanston will be getting a new animal shelter after the City Council voted 8-1 in favor of a $6.85 million construction contract Monday night. Vicky Pasenko, executive director of the Evanston Animal Shelter Association, celebrated the multi-year fight for approval (above). However, the cost remains a concern. “Financial accountability, responsibility and a new animal shelter – are not mutually exclusive,” said First Ward Council Member Clare Kelly, who voted against it.

Credit: Susy Schultz

Yun Park, the owner of Soapie’s Dry Cleaning, 1231 Chicago Ave., is out of the hospital and walking after a hit and run accident nearly a month ago left her in intensive care at Evanston Hospital. Questions remain about why the hospital and police did not talk about the circumstances earlier.

CORRECTION: In Monday’s newsletter, the RoundTable incorrectly characterized Linda Schneider’s letter to the editor on Northwestern University’s proposed reconstruction of Ryan Field. She is for the new stadium, but against the proposed zoning ordinance changes. The RoundTable regrets the error. 

COVID-19 by the numbers: Nine new cases and no new deaths were reported as of Feb. 27, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is nine cases per day.

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Evanston Early Childhood Council Community Liaisons Claudia Garcia and Sanniyah Subha, Family Engagement Coordinator Rebecca Mendoza, Director Tina Vanderwarker, Community Liaison Rocio Mancera, and Family Engagement Coordinator Theresa Mills. hosts inaugural resource and fun fair. Feb. 25
Credit: Heidi Randhava

Evanston families with young children got a respite from the rain and cold weather Saturday, Feb. 25, thanks to the Evanston Early Childhood Council’s inaugural fun fair. “It’s exciting to see all of these activities,” said Wendy Furlow, who was accompanied by her children and mother. (EECC staff pictured above.)

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Our education columnist Simone Larson looks at the pervasive overuse of technology in a middle school classroom. She outlines her gentle front line strategies for getting her students to look up from their iPads to immerse themselves in the here and now. 

Andrea Riseborough, star of the film "To Leslie," who has been nominated for an Oscar for her performance.
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RoundTable movie reviewer Doris Popovich looks at To Leslie, the small budget film that surprised Hollywood with an Oscar nod for its star, Andrea Riseborough (above). Popovich says it’s not an easy film to watch, but worth the discomfort for its overall look at addiction and hope. 

If you hurry, you can still register for today’s noon to 1:30 p.m. native history walk through Perkins Wood. It is hosted by the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian and Cook County Commissioner Josina Morita.

Registration is open for the annual Justin Wynn Leadership Academy 3-on-3 basketball tournament held March 12 in Beardsley Gym at ETHS. Space is limited so register early with a team of three or four players.

The City of Evanston will begin a $47.2 million construction project this month to replace the oldest water intake at the Evanston Water Utility. It will mean high-quality, safe and reliable drinking water for nearly 500,000 people in Evanston and surrounding communities, the city says.

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Around the web

Paul Vallas and Brandon Johnson head to Chicago mayoral runoff. And then there were two. Yesterday’s nine-way race for mayor left no one candidate with more than 50% of the vote, so Paul Vallas and Brandon Johnson will face each other in the April runoff. It was a stunning loss for Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the first time in 40 years an elected incumbent mayor has lost. 

Here’s how Evanston has allocated $38 million of its ARPA funding over the last two years. The city received nearly $43 million in federal funding between 2021 and 2022, with most of that money being used up. Here’s where the funds went, with the city having about $5.2 million to spare.

Politics And Pastrami Collide At Manny’s Deli On Election Day In Chicago. Election Day in Chicago Tuesday saw a longstanding tradition continue as both voters and candidates gathered at the South Loop eatery.

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Manan Bhavnani

Prior to joining the RoundTable, Manan Bhavnani covered business and technology for the International Business Times, with a focus on mergers, earnings and governance. He is a double Medill graduate, with...

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Susy Schultz

Susy Schultz is the editor of the Evanston Roundtable. She has been a journalist for more than 20 years, and is the former president of Public Narrative, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching journalists and...