Good Friday morning, Evanston.
Earlier this month, the Evanston Township High School District 202 board named current Principal and Assistant Superintendent Marcus Campbell as the top candidate to succeed Eric Witherspoon as the school’s superintendent.
On Thursday, one panel of students and another panel of parents and community members got the first chance to interview Campbell in a public setting and hear more about his vision for the future of ETHS.
Campbell meets Friday with administrators, teachers and staff, but Thursday’s Q&A sessions were his only recorded and livestreamed interviews.
Evanston’s Equity and Empowerment Commission met virtually Thursday evening to discuss the upcoming YWCA Stand Against Racism event and the citywide racial equity survey.
Karla Thomas, Chair of the commission, said the survey will be the first of its kind to be conducted by the City of Evanston.
Officials are close to sending out the survey, and commission members brainstormed ways for Evanstonians to get access to it, suggesting community engagement opportunities such as parks and recreation events, summer concerts and via connection with local organizations.
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COVID-19 update: Seven-day average of new cases in Evanston dropped slightly in last week. New COVID-19 cases in the state, suburban Cook County and Chicago increased a bit in the last week, while new cases in Evanston showed a slight decline. Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 continue to decline, although Evanston reported two coronavirus deaths in the last week.
Networking event brings women together, celebrates website’s launch. “Empowered Women Empower Women,” held at the woman-owned Koi Fine Asian Cuisine and Lounge restaurant in Evanston, brought together women of all ages to eat, drink and mingle while celebrating the launch of a website created to uplift women in the Evanston community.
At This Time: Thursday at 3:08 p.m. Chiaravalle Montessori students are working to raise at least $50,000 for pediatric cancer research. They will hold a fundraiser April 23 at Curry Park, 1315 Hinman Ave., in honor of Sophia Zematis (in red), who was diagnosed at age two in 2015 with a brain tumor. The student-run campaign is led by Rylah Zises (from left), Stella Kittikamron-Mora, Ainsley Marshall, Bennett Reed and Mahin Goel. The drive has raised close to $500,000 over the past six years. (Photo by Richard Cahan)
Asparagus is springing up all over. Check out Julie Chernoff’s recommendations for using fresh asparagus this spring season.
ETHS girls soccer: Seniors set the tone for unbeaten squad. With a roster that includes 14 seniors, Evanston Township High School girls soccer coach Stacy Salgado never worries about team leadership.
Teens learn the ins and outs of firefighting through the Fire Explorer Program. The Evanston Fire Department will host an informational meeting for community members to learn more about its Fire Explorer Program at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April, 6 at the Evanston Fire Department’s headquarters at 909 Lake St.
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For some people, Evanston’s reparations program remains incomplete. WBEZ Chicago talked to one former Evanston resident whose family was denied a loan for a new house due to discriminatory lending practices in the 1950s. They later moved to Gary. Now she is ineligible for reparations because she’s not a current Evanston resident.
ETHS graduation to return to Welsh-Ryan Arena. The Dailly Northwestern reports that Evanston Township High School will host its first indoor in-person graduation ceremony since 2019 on May 22 at NU’s Welsh-Ryan Arena.
Illinois closing its state-run COVID testing sites Thursday as testing hits record lows. The state has officially shut down its 10 community testing centers due to low participation numbers, says Block Club Chicago. Recently, the sites were testing a record low of less than 50 people per day, compared with more than 1,000 each day during their peak operation.
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