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Evanston RoundTable

Good Wednesday morning, Evanston.

Girl with a cat, one of four New Deal-era statues of children with animals by artist Mary Anderson Clark, greets visitors to Haven Middle School.

And there’s plenty more to visit in today’s newsletter:

Evanston Township High School’s special education director will be dismissed from her post at the end of the school year, according to documents obtained this week by the RoundTable. An ETHS investigation found that Diona Lewis, a former District 65 assistant principal who started at ETHS in 2020, violated ethics policy in her interviews with and hiring of new employees and secretly recorded an investigative meeting with a human resources official.

How about a Riesling while you read or a Sauvignon with your spare ribs? Evanston’s Liquor Control Review Board on Tuesday voted to award licenses for alcohol sales to local bookseller Bookends & Beginnings and barbecue joint Soul & Smoke. If City Council gives final approval next week, the relocated bookstore will be able to sell beer and wine under a retail license. Soul & Smoke would shift from a catering license to one for a restaurant.

Credit: Les Jacobson

Sweet success: Evanstonian Jean Kroll started her cookie business out of a tiny spot under the Foster Street el station in 1999. Columnist Les Jacobson writes that I Love Sweets now has a 22,000-square-foot Dempster Street facility and ships “millions and millions” of treats nationwide.

COVID-19 by the numbers: 24 new cases and no new deaths were reported on Monday, March 6, the last day the city updated case totals. The seven-day average is 13.7 cases per day.

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The city’s Human Services Committee voted Monday to hike the price of dog beach passes from $60 to $75. The beach opened for the season on March 1.

Speaking of our four-legged friends, residents at a Fourth Ward meeting Tuesday night unleashed their enthusiasm for establishing a new dog park at Grey Park, at Main Street and Ridge Avenue, an idea brought forward by Council Member Jonathan Nieuwsma.

In her latest column, Peggy Tarr salutes Women’s History Month and legendary Black opera sopranos Jessye Norman (left) and Kathleen Battle.

The Golden Apple Foundation has named Christopher Latting, principal at Evanston’s Haven Middle School, one of six statewide finalists for its excellence in leadership award.

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Around the web

Rising housing prices threaten to push out low- and middle-income Evanston residents. With rents and mortgages in Evanston rising significantly, the city’s racial diversity could be further reduced, reports the Daily Northwestern.

Taste of Chicago not listed in Grant Park summer plans as NASCAR, Lolla take over. Chicago officials had said the street race would require a two-week Grant Park shutdown, but now documents show a 41-day period.

A Winnetka man spent decades trying to prove he owned a Renaissance masterpiece. Can AI solve the case? Tony Ayers died in 2022, but friends say artificial intelligence shows a painting he owned was by Italian art giant Raphael.

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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...