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Good Monday morning, Evanston.

Happy Halloween! Photographer Richard Cahan snapped the costumed craziness for Nightmare on Foster Street at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center on Friday night. Evanston’s official trick-or-treat hours today are 4 to 7 p.m.

Another option for the brave tonight is a visit to the Artists Book House display at the Harley Clarke mansion, 2603 Sheridan Road, which features 10 Halloween-themed rooms or films that are “more spooky than scary,” according to Jamie Lou Thome, programming chair.

However you choose to celebrate this haunting holiday, please send us your Halloween photos. Email us your pictures, or tag us on Instagram @EvanstonRoundTable or Twitter @EvRoundTable for a chance to be featured in our photo roundup.

Now, on to more local news.

The Evanston Police Department’s new Chief of Police Schenita Stewart made history her first day on the job as the first woman to be permanent police chief of EPD. The Evanston native sat down with the RoundTable to discuss her top priorities.

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The Evanston Township High School girls swim team scored a surprise and took home second place at the Central Suburban League South division championship meet.

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Betsy Uzzell was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at a year old, and developed a stutter by second grade. To advocate for her son who is deaf, she realized she needed to embrace “what I thought were my greatest weaknesses to change hearts.” She was honored by the Boy Scouts for making Scouting more inclusive.


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Please join the Evanston RoundTable and a leading champion – and critic – of the American news media for an online conversation about the threats facing journalism and democracy. Margaret Sullivan, former media critic of The Washington Post and public editor of The New York Times, will join the RoundTable for a webinar at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10. This event kicks off our fall NewsMatch fundraising campaign – a chance for the community to support our work as Evanston’s nonprofit news source.


COVID-19 by the numbers: 19 new cases and no new deaths were reported Thursday, Oct. 27, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 15.7 cases per day.


Events this week

Nov. 1: City of Evanston Youth Town Hall. Calling all youth! The city wants to hear from YOU!

Nov. 2: First Ward Coffee with the Chief. Share your questions and concerns directly with the city’s new police chief. Other ward meetings featuring Coffees with the Chief are scheduled for later in the month.

Nov. 5: Downtown Evanston Farmers’ Market. Don’t miss this year’s last farmers’ market.


Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

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Two Access Evanston bus tours took participants across the city, pointing out resources, success stories and pain points for the 18,000 Evanstonians with disabilities. Advocates see signs of progress, and more work to be done.

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What’s better than pie? Pie for a good cause. But the deadline to place an order with Meals on Wheels Northeastern Illinois is Tuesday.

Ben and Melissa Blount moved to Evanston with their young child less than a decade ago. The Evanston Rules podcast talks with them about family, art, activism, taking chances and what it looks like to show up and make a difference.

A wedding ring can unite two people, or sometimes it can divide a family. Our advice columnist Gabby weighs in on a case where relatives are divided over an heirloom’s fate.

Picturing Evanston. There’s beauty in the ordinary. Joerg Metzner took this photo of beach chairs at Oak Avenue and Greenleaf Street.


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Around the web

Northwestern professors teach class about Ukraine’s fight for independence. Political Science Professor Jordan Gans-Morse, Ambassador in Residence Ian Kelly and Jewish studies and history professor Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern look at the domestic, political and economic aspects of post-Soviet Ukraine.

Survivors recount chaotic scene in Seoul during tragic Halloween stampede. An estimated 150 people were killed during a stampede in Seoul’s Itaewon neighborhood in Korea Saturday night. Survivors say it was difficult to breathe and suddenly people began to fall due to the pressure.

The Supreme Court could end affirmative action in higher ed. Here’s how it might affect local schools. The court will hear two cases Monday challenging affirmative action in college admissions. A June decision could impact admissions next fall.


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Gina Castro

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