Happy Friday morning, Evanston!

Senior Night for the Evanston Township High School boys varsity soccer team was Thursday, and families joined sons on the field before their last home game. Team captain Spencer James (above, second from left) accompanies parents Kristin and Larry to greet head coach Franz Calixte. “It’s a sad happy moment,” said Kristin. Said the coach, “This is a way to appreciate the players and their families.” But, he reminded: “We’ve got playoffs. We’re not done yet.” (Photo by Richard Cahan)

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Credit: Audrey Thompson

Evanston Parks and Recreation Director Audrey Thompson announced Thursday that the city’s summer lifeguard program will move to the supervision of the Evanston Fire Department in 2023. The change comes after allegations of sexual harassment and abuse among city lakefront workers made headlines last year. Thompson said the shift would open new opportunities for veteran lifeguards.

The Big Payback, a film about former Fifth Ward Council member Robin Rue Simmons and her work leading Evanston to establish the nation’s first reparations program, will hit the Chicago Film Festival this month. The documentary debuted at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival, and had a showing on Juneteenth at Harlem’s Apollo Theater in front of about 500 people. But the film has yet to appear in front of a broader audience.


Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

District 65 presents middle school college and career plan. At a school board meeting this week, Kirby Callam, District 65’s director of EvanSTEM, discussed new programming for middle schoolers aimed at college and career readiness. “Every middle school student thinks, in some way, about what they want to be when they grow up,” says a district program guide.

Books: Michelle Obama biographer ‘enjoyed putting the puzzle of her life together.’ Peter Slevin, a professor at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, wrote the 2015 biography Michelle Obama: A Life. He says he spent about four years writing it, but his previous reporting on Barack Obama’s run for the presidency helped out in the process.

Craig Jobson’s books will never be bestsellers. That’s how he likes it. The owner and printer of Lark Sparrow Press on Ashland Avenue uses his hand-operated printing press to produce books in editions of no more than 100 copies. “I’ve got what’s called a private press,” he said. “And when you have a private press, you print only the things you want to print. I am beholden to no one.”

COVID update: Evanston and Cook County remain ‘low’ risk as of Oct. 13. The total number of new COVID cases reported by the City of Evanston dropped to 74 for the week ending Oct. 12, down from 124 in the prior week, a 40% decrease.

New Frances Willard biography to debut Oct. 20. Join the Frances Willard House Museum at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, at Bookends & Beginnings, as author Christopher Evans meets with archivist Janet Olson for an event to introduce his latest book, Do Everything: The Biography of Frances Willard

North Shore Harmonizers to celebrate 70 years of harmony. The women’s chorus invites the community to join them for their final performance under the direction of Alice Lane, who has led the group for more than 30 years. The concert will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at Lake Street Church, 607 Lake St.

Picturing Evanston. The tree-lined street looking west from Ward Eight, a cocktail lounge at 629 Howard St. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)


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Around the web

Dollars to doubters? Megadonor Uihlein kicks in millions to help elect Republicans who question election results. Lake Forest’s Dick and Liz Uihlein, who founded shipping company Uline, have given $6.4 million to nearly 60 GOP candidates who have given a platform to debunked lies and conspiracy theories about the 2020 election.

‘It’s just one step, but it’s a good step’: Northwestern study shows gender-affirming surgery benefits in youth. New research from Northwestern Medicine and two other Chicago institutions shows the surgery for transgender and nonbinary adolescents and young adults improves quality of life and mental health.

Skokie Police warn of increase in catalytic converter thefts. Police in Skokie are providing residents with some extra protection: On Sunday the department is giving out more than 200 alarms that attach to car mufflers.

University President Schill, NU administrators discuss Ryan Field redesign at Faculty Senate. On the same day Northwestern leaders met with residents of Evanston’s Seventh Ward to present stadium plans, the school’s new President Michael Schill and other administrators also visited a Faculty Senate gathering. Several faculty asked why using Soldier Field has not been more seriously considered as an option.


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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...