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Good morning, Evanston.

Happy Monday. It’s another surprisingly warm day this fall. Like many of us, Helen Tsaggaris (above) has been enjoying the sunshine while we still have it. RoundTable photographer Richard Cahan captured Tsaggaris enjoying a book Sunday at the Dempster Street sailing beach. She frequently drives to the lake from her Morton Grove home. She prefers swimming to sitting on shore, but the unpredictable currents deterred her. “I’m very hesitant because I’m 85,” she said. “I want to be sure I can get out. Getting in is not hard. Getting out is the problem.”

Now let’s get into the Evanston news report:

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The Reparations Town Hall meeting this weekend inspired many questions from the public. The Reparations Committee plans to answer those questions at its next meeting on Nov. 3, which can be viewed via Zoom. At the Saturday meeting, panelists addressed questions only from the Rev. Dr. Michael C.R. Nabors. And all panelists agreed, to some degree, that there needs to be more time spent educating people about reparations.

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The Sauna Club, a new Evanston business, will bring the heat to you with a sauna on wheels. Owner Ryan Cohler aims to bring the pleasures and health benefits of the ancient Nordic tradition to Chicago’s North Shore. Inside his wood-fired, cedar-lined mobile sauna temperatures fluctuated between 160 and 180 degrees.

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Kathleen Anne Hewitt Kastilahn, a journalist who covered the human spirit internationally, died Oct. 11, less than a month after her 76th birthday. She lived and raised her family in Evanston and for years wrote for local publications. In 1992, she joined The Lutheran magazine, traveling globally, writing about the challenges and the celebrations of developing countries. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1004 Greenwood St.

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Please join the Evanston RoundTable and a leading champion – and critic – of the American news media for an online conversation about the threats facing journalism and democracy. At 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, Margaret Sullivan, former media critic of The Washington Post and public editor of The New York Times, will join the RoundTable for a webinar about her latest book, Newsroom Confidential: Lessons (and Worries) from an Ink-Stained Life.

This event kicks off our fall NewsMatch fundraising campaign – a chance for the Evanston community to support our work as Evanston’s nonprofit news source.


COVID-19 by the numbers: 21 new cases and no new deaths were reported Thursday, Oct. 20, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 13.6 cases per day.


Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

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Evanston art treasures hang in plain sight at Levy Senior Center. When you think of an art gallery, the Levy Senior Center may not come to mind. But the RoundTable’s Gay Riseborough may change your thinking as she delves into a trove of paintings from beloved local artist Walter Burt Adams.

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Emergency Preparedness Fair at Robert Crown Center. The Evanston Fire Department event on Saturday and Sunday at the Robert Crown Community Center was meant to help residents prepare for all types of emergencies. The fair included everything from a discussion of active shooter safety training to CPR classes.

Evanston Rules: The Aux and its power of connection. The Aux is a powerhouse that’s led by four women. In the newest Evanston Rules podcast episode, they tell us what sparked the desire to build a community space owned by the people.

Gabby: Go without him! Dear Gabby, My husband is not a social animal. He is a great guy, but he thinks getting together with other couples is a waste of his precious time. I have a good social life with my friends, but I like the idea of getting together as couples sometimes. 

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Betty Meckstroth: 1940-2022. A multifaceted woman, Betty Meckstroth was a leading national expert on gifted children and she raised a family and traveled widely. Her granddaughters recall her wise “Amma-isms” such as: “Chocolate cake! It’s not just for breakfast anymore!”

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Wildkit girls cross country team set for sectionals on Saturday. The Wildkit girls, who placed fourth in the team standings Saturday at the Class 3A Wheeling Regional at Heritage Park, automatically qualified the full team to the Hoffman Estates sectional.

ETHS boys cross country team also advances to sectionals. When the ETHS boys cross country coach introduced the “pack attack” theory to his students, they didn’t really take to it. But something changed course with the runners. The pack attack may have done the trick. ETHS placed third in the boys team standings.

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ETHS boys soccer loses to Lane Tech, ending the season. ETHS’ 10 year Illinois High School Association Class 3A regional tournament championships winning streak has come to an end. Players say the loss didn’t taint the W’s from this season.

Picturing Evanston. Rowing teams on a beautiful autumn day at the boat landing of the Dammrich Rowing Center north of Oakton Street on the North Shore Channel. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)


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Around the web

Cardinal Blase Cupich is still keeping secrets on child sex abuse by order priests. The Archdiocese of Chicago for the first time has posted the names of credibly accused priests from multiple Catholic religious orders – with many unexplained omissions.

Migrants arriving in Chicago are more than just a number. Here are some of their stories: ‘I prayed every step of the way.’ Nearly 4,000 migrants from Texas have arrived in Chicago. The journey to the Midwest and starting over in an entirely new city hasn’t been easy.

Illinois woman gets probation for confrontation with Black bicyclists. A white woman who in 2020 aggressively confronted a group of Black men in Winnetka was charged with felony hate crime; she pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery in a plea agreement. She was sentenced to a year of probation and is required to take an anti-racism class.

A year after going public, library workers reflect on union organizing, bargaining process. The Northwestern University Library Workers Union is making some headway with the university. Its leaders are now in the bargaining process.


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Gina Castro

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