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Snow on Dewey Avenue and Greenleaf Street (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

Good Thursday morning, Evanston.

Evanston Public Works crews are out plowing streets after the city received 4 to 5 inches of snow Wednesday. Another 1 to 3 inches of snow is forecast for today, mainly between 10 and 11 a.m., and the city remains under a Winter Weather Advisory through 6 p.m. The city has announced snow parking restrictions through Friday.

Kids who normally ride or walk to school have extra time to help shovel out front or clear a neighbor’s sidewalk before or after online classes. Evanston/Skokie School District 65 and Evanston Township High School District 202 have decided to keep their campuses closed and conduct a second day of e-learning.

In the email notifying ETHS families of the decision, Superintendent Eric Witherspoon apologized for the late notice given when the administration decided to shift to e-learning Wednesday.

Previous firm in City Manager search didn’t meet expectations, Council member Nieuwsma says. California-based CPS HR Consulting led the search that brought forward Daniel Ramos, who was the city’s leading candidate until he accepted a job in Houston and withdrew from consideration. 

Now the city will hire a new firm, Nieuwsma said at a Fourth Ward meeting this month. “We want a better partner in this process for round two.”

COVID by the numbers: 37 cases were reported in Evanston on Tuesday, Feb. 1, the last day the city updated case totals. The seven-day average is 32 cases per day.

Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

A rendering of the elephant + vine location on Church Street, set to open in March.

Vegan restaurant to open in Evanston. C.D. Young, the owner of Spirit Elephant in Winnetka, has decided to expand her love of vegan food to Evanston with new fast-casual sister restaurant elephant + vine at 719 Church St.

At this time: 8:26 a.m. Wednesday. Pedestrians battle the morning snow as they head down Chicago Avenue near Grove Street. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

Vinic Wine Shop. (Photo by Martha Williams)

Vinic Wine closes its doors. After 13 years of serving downtown Evanston, Vinic Wine will be closing this spring. Owner Sandeep Ghaey said the decision wasn’t an easy one, but given COVID-19, competition and the supply chain, things were too uncertain to continue in business.

“The House at 1404 Christie Street,” shown at CoCo Design & Build Company.

‘Art is how we have always moved people.’ Jevoid Simmons’ painting “The House at 1404 Christie Street” – which tells his family’s story moving North from Alabama during the Jim Crow era – was installed Tuesday in the window of the CoCo Design & Build Company at the corner of Dempster Street and Chicago Avenue. Simmons says his paintings are often based on what he calls the “soft” technique of folk artist Grandma Moses. “Her style tells a story and lends itself very well to what I do. Telling stories through art.”

Letter to the editor: Why we need to protect Roe now more than ever. “I stand with Planned Parenthood of Illinois, especially as we approach the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, because everyone has the right to make decisions that are best for their bodies and their lives,” writes Anne B.

ETHS boys basketball: Historic win against Maine South. After losing at Maine South by 17 points on Jan. 7, the Wildkits turned the tables on the Hawks Tuesday with a 40-point romp to punctuate a historic Senior Night.

Rank and File | ETHS chess team advances to IHSA State Tournament. The Kits defeated Whitney Young, the current state champion, for the second time this season on the way to a second-place finish at the Niles West Sectional.

Fleetwood-Jourdain presents four-part broadcast series, “Black Women in American History.” Each week in February, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre will broadcast a narrated profile of an influential Black Woman who made an incredible contribution to the building of America.

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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...