Good Sunday morning, Evanston!

The Evanston Public Library no longer has a social worker. “It’s very important. They help me get resources,” said Vincent Harris (above), who has been homeless for more than two years. A spokesperson told the RoundTable’s Richard Cahan that the library is “completely committed” to hiring another social worker but needs to figure out funding and find the right person.

Now, in case you missed any of the most important Evanston news last week, here’s a roundup of the RoundTable’s most-viewed stories, with a few new ones mixed in.

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Union Pizzeria and Evanston SPACE are looking to expand, the latest good news for the food and entertainment scene in Evanston, coming after Amy Morton’s opening of LeTour, her French-Moroccan restaurant, and word of Michael Lachowicz’s upcoming Mexican restaurant Fonda.

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It hasn’t all been rosy downtown: At the turn of the year, a number of closures surprised Evanstonians: Clarke’s Off Campus shut its doors for good, along with beauty salon Deka Lash, Smylie Brothers and Flat Top Grill.

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RoundTable reviewer Doris Popovich gave a big thumbs up to Naomi Ackie and Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody, showing that Evanston loves its movies as much as its movie theaters.

Adam Langer talks about his latest novel, Cyclorama, set in 1982 Evanston, a familiar place for the Evanston Township High School grad. Some might find his tale of an abusive drama teacher too close for comfort, given parallels to allegations at ETHS.

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When longtime volunteer coach Clarence Fulce (above, second from right) went to the annual FAAM All-Star Game on Thursday at Beardsley Gym, he didn’t know he was going to be celebrated as an all-star too.


In Case You Missed It

The Big Payback, a documentary about former Council Member Robin Rue Simmons and her fight to launch Evanston’s reparations program, will be nationally televised on PBS at 10 p.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 16. It will also be screened for free that day at AMC Evanston 12.


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Steve Brunton celebrated turning 58 in 2022 by hiking the Appalachian Trail – an eight-month trek from Georgia to Maine across 14 states and 2,194 miles.

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Powered in part by its bench reserves, the ETHS boys basketball team held onto a narrow lead and scored a 45-43 victory Friday over Maine South.

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Lots of people are still reading Mike Kelly’s letter to the editor on Northwestern’s plan to redevelop Ryan Field, asking for “property tax justice” for Evanston.

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Julia Freeman and Blaise Filippini met as juniors at ETHS in 2013. Nine years later they exchanged vows in front of 105 guests at the Winnetka Community House.

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Lake Ivanhoe in Wisconsin was a resort from the 1920s through the 1960s for Black vacationers. RoundTable co-founder Mary Helt Gavin talks with Janet Alexander Davis about her summer memories and her return to help place a historical marker.

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District 65’s Rice Children’s Center, a residential treatment center and school, is hoping to find more mentors for its students – kids 8 to 15 with severe emotional, behavioral or mental health needs.

The RoundTable’s Richard Cahan took a long walk in Tuesday night’s fog and shared some great photos – along with a haiku from Evanston poet Susan Cherry.


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Susy Schultz

Susy Schultz is the editor of the Evanston Roundtable. She has been a journalist for more than 20 years, and is the former president of Public Narrative, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching journalists and...