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Above, Ed Hanlon and Patti Capouch on Monday show off the new basement of an Evanston two-flat that houses people with serious mental illnesses. The upstairs is being set up for two families. “This is now such a dignified space,” said Capouch, executive Ddirector of Impact Behavioral Health Partners, which owns the building. Hanlon, project manager of designs for Dignity, upgraded lighting and flooring, painted and provided new furniture to create a community room, waiting room and therapy room. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

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Anya Tanyavutti (left) a member of the Evanston/Skokie District 65 school board since 2016 and former president of the board, announced her immediate resignation at the board meeting Monday night. Tanyavutti, who unsuccessfully sought appointment to the Second Ward City Council seat, said she will be transitioning to a new job in youth development and focusing on her writing projects. Also Monday, Tracy Olasimbo was appointed to the board. Olasimbo (above right) will fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Marquise Weatherspoon.

And at the same meeting, the District 65 board approved a final budget for the 2023 fiscal year, which will continue the trend of increasing staff despite declining enrollment. The budget shows an operating surplus of $574,886 – Business Manager Kathy Zalewski said at an earlier meeting that the district was able to balance the budget primarily due to a reduction of 25 teaching positions.

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At its Sept. 12 meeting, Evanston’s City Council unanimously agreed to object to a Wilmette landowner’s latest attempt for an easement over a part of the Canal Shores Golf Course to allow access to his landlocked space. The resolution said the request filed for a possible roadway would have a detrimental effect on the design of the golf course and be inconsistent with preservation missions of the city and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, which owns the Canal Shores land.

COVID-19 by the numbers: No new cases and no new deaths were reported Sunday, Sept. 18, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is six cases per day.

Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

Edwin B. Jourdain Jr.: Laying the foundations for Black political power and a citizen-equal future in Evanston, part 2. In the second half of a two-part series, historian Spencer Jourdain finishes sharing the story and legacy of his father Edwin B. Jourdain Jr., Evanston’s first Black alderman.

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Participatory Budgeting 101: The public makes spending decisions. The City of Evanston has set aside $3 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds for a pilot participatory budgeting program. RoundTable reporter Alex Harrison explains how the pilot program came about, how it will work and how the process will allow Evanstonians to take a direct role in the city’s budgeting process.

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Taste of Evanston raises $21,309 for two nonprofits. More than 35 food and beverage vendors from throughout Evanston gathered on the lawn of the Charles Gates Dawes House on Sunday to raise money for Connections for the Homeless and Reba Place Development Corp. About 450 guests and 100 Rotary volunteers were in attendance, as well as chefs and culinary assistants cooking, plating and explaining their prepared dishes to hungry attendees. Maudlyne Ihejirika, Taste of Evanston celebrity emcee, is above left with Mayor Daniel Biss.

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Un cuento de dos Mendoza: poderosas líderes latinas de Evanston. As Hispanic Heritage Month gets underway, the RoundTable offers a Spanish-language translation of the profile of Stephanie Mendoza and Rebeca Mendoza that was posted earlier this month.

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Picturing Evanston. One of the many rocks painted by Northwestern students along the lakeshore on the Northwestern campus. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

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Alex Harrison reports on local government, public safety, developments, town-gown relations and more for the RoundTable. He graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in June...