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Good Wednesday morning, Evanston.

Love was in bloom yesterday at Saville Flowers. Brady Nahlik (right) was among those buying a floral treat for his valentine Tuesday, with manager Sarah McIntyre assisting. McIntyre told the RoundTable’s Richard Cahan that Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day are the busiest holidays. “Not everyone has a lover,” she said. “But everyone has a mother.”

The flowers of spring are still a ways off, so enjoy today’s warmth while it lasts. Now, on to more news.

The City of Evanston is investigating a Monday physical altercation, captured by security cameras, between the recently hired Streetplus Clean Team and an individual near Fountain Square. The city released the camera footage in a Tuesday news release and said the cleaning crew has been suspended pending investigation. “The actions captured in the footage of this incident are disturbing and entirely unacceptable, and are not in line with the City’s values,” the release said.

Starting June 1, Evanston’s Canal Shores Golf Course is slated to close for a 10-month, $5.9 million renovation to improve the greens and fix drainage issues, and the Evanston Wilmette Golf Association, the nonprofit that oversees the course, is also expanding youth programming. Partnerships with First Tee, a Chicago area nonprofit, and the Western Golf Association aim to teach life skills by getting more young people onto the greens.

More RoundTable reads

RoundTable columnist Les Jacobson chats with Megan Twohey, the Evanston native who, with fellow New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor, broke the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal. Twohey talks about her years at ETHS, her journalism career and her life after the story won awards and Hollywood fame.

In the latest Eye on Evanston column, Tom Hofmaier takes us on a tour of the works of Jim Gamble, a founding member of Design Evanston, whose many contributions include a lakefront park design initiative that featured the rehabilitation of the Dawes Park lagoon.

Do you have the midweek blahs? Or is it just February? Either way, the RoundTable has you covered. Check out our list of fun things to do in Evanston Mondays through Thursdays this winter and all year round: live music, standup comedy, trivia, bingo and more. Beat those blahs!

COVID-19 by the numbers: Six new cases and no new deaths were reported on Monday, Feb. 13, the last day the city updated case totals. The seven-day average is 9.3 cases per day.

After two years online, the African American Youth Achievement Awards returned to the stage Feb. 9 at Evanston Township High School. Thirty-seven students from District 65 and 202 were honored, as was former Council Member Robin Rue Simmons, founder of FirstRepair and leader of the city’s reparations initiative.

Evanston firefighters put out a fire Monday afternoon on the top floor of a four-story apartment building at 725 Washington St. The fire was doused in less than 20 minutes, the Fire Department said. One resident received medical treatment from first responders, but no other injuries were reported.

Join the Frances Willard House Museum at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 on Zoom for a virtual conversation about the contributions of Black women to the Women’s Christian Temperance Union.

ETHS girls basketball kept its hot streak going Tuesday night with a 63-38 win over Niles West in the Class 4A Loyola Academy Regional tournament. Next up: the regional finals against host Loyola at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Give it the old college try: Want to see what that Northwestern education is all about? Thanks to The Alumnae of Northwestern University, Evanston residents can sign up for noncredit classes hosted at Norris Center on the university campus.

Picturing Evanston: Earthy colors all around. An insect house at the Ladd Arboretum illuminated by rare winter sunshine on an unseasonably warm February afternoon. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

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Around the web

Local activists call for transparency, action in wake of gun violence study. Evanston reported 11 gunshot victims in 2022, up from five in 2017, and outspoken residents seek stricter local gun control and more police transparency on the issue.

Viet Nom Nom to close all locations after Feb. 24. Restaurants in downtown Evanston and on Northwestern’s campus will be shutting down.

Pritzker’s budget to provide preschool for 5,000 children. During a video briefing with reporters on Tuesday, Pritzker said the early education program would see a boost due to the state’s “improved fiscal standing” and “prudent fiscal management.”

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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...