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Good Friday morning, Evanston.

Congratulations, ETHS seniors! Trinity Shields (above, from left), Tahisiry Rodriguez-Torres, Diamond Armour, Unique Green, Sarah Adebiyi, Mallanah Jones and Mariah Gordon gather for a final photo at the Lazier Field senior sendoff. Prom is Saturday (send us your photos!); commencement is May 21. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

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COVID-19 has killed 168 Evanstonians, but the black flags are long gone at the Morton Civic Center. The federal Public Health Emergency declaration ended Thursday, May 11, a little more than three years after shutdowns began in March 2020. Hospitalizations and deaths have declined significantly, though the virus still kills about 1,000 Americans a week. The RoundTable’s Larry Gavin files his last weekly report on COVID-19 statistics.

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Evanston Township High School’s nutrition services team found a way to eliminate unnecessary waste and save money, and it’s right on the lunch tray. ETHS is replacing milk cartons, which aren’t recyclable, with cafeteria milk dispensers. It’s part of a larger sustainability effort seeking to reduce the school’s massive energy consumption levels and the paper and plastic waste it produces.

Credit: Matt Simonette.

The Evanston Land Use Commission refused to support a proposal to demolish Unity on the North Shore, 3434 Central St., and replace the church with a day care center. Senior Minister Kurt Condra (above) said lawyers for a neighboring co-op are no longer participating in talks for a needed easement, and several neighbors raised traffic concerns at Wednesday’s meeting.

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RoundTable weekend roundup

Native Plant Sale: District 65’s PTA is throwing a plant sale on Saturday, with proceeds going to the PTA Equity Project’s One Fund Initiative.

Art exhibit: Catch the Evanston Art Center’s new art exhibit Découverte: Her Diasporan Chronicles of Self Discovery this weekend.

Mother’s Day: Evanston History Center’s in-person Mother’s Day House Walk returns on Sunday.

For more events this weekend, check out our Events Calendar.

More RoundTable reads

The Rev. Michael Woolf (left) of Lake Street Church, and the Rev. Michael Nabors of Second Baptist Church are receiving a national Baptist peace and justice award. Their two congregations have weighed their joint history and acknowledged that Second Baptist is a partner in the ownership of the Lake Street property.

Credit: Evanston Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander American

Three years ago, amid the COVID-19 pandemic and a national increase in anti-Asian violence, a celebration of the Asian community rose up in Evanston. The Umbrella Arts Festival is this Saturday. The Lantern Festival is set for Tuesday, May 30.

Credit: Jim Brown

Oliva Jones makes a Mother’s Day Earth Box – soaps and body scrubs with rejuvenating eucalyptus and relaxing lavender. She might want some herself, as the busy owner, manager and in-store staff of skin care store Shower Blooms.

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ETHS scored three first-place finishes – one by Kai Strickland (above) and a pair of wins by Abrielle Artley – at Wednesday’s sectional qualifying meet in girls track and field. The Widlikts claimed five individual state qualifying spots, plus a relay.

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The Wildkits bullpen surrendered a 4-0 lead as the Maine South Hawks surged to a 5-4 victory on Thursday, taking sole possession of first place in the CSL South with just one week remaining on the schedule.

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In Evanston, numerous examples of New Deal art were installed during the Depression, and many still exist. In the latest Eye on Evanston column, Heidrun Hoppe of Design Evanston looks at the public art that remains from that time.

Evanston’s QuesTek Innovations, based at 1820 Ridge Ave., is among the Chicago-area firms honored on the 2023 list of “The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For”  compiled by the National Association for Business Resources.

Photos from our readers

Becky Kremin captured Joshua Eddy, Charlie Kremin and Ephraim Chase’s last day as seniors at ETHS. Send photos of prom and other Evanston events to news@evanstonroundtable.com for a chance to be included in this newsletter.

Around the web

Suburban Chicago man charged after police discover more than 600 stolen catalytic converters. The owner of a tow company in Worth Township was charged with a Class I felony.

‘Relationships are old school’: Marriage 101 hits 23 years of teaching students about healthy relationships. Northwestern professor Alexandra Solomon witnessed many damaged relationships as a couples therapist.

An upscale Thai restaurant in Evanston born out of a decades-long friendship. WTTW looks at the origins of NaKorn, on Orrington Avenue.

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Gina Castro

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