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Good Tuesday morning, Evanston.

Today is Election Day, the last day to vote. Yesterday, the last day of early voting, saw a long line outside the Civic Center that included first-time voter Douglas Wood, left. And photographer Richard Cahan notes that in the Wood family, it’s a tradition for parents Dereck and Donna Wood to accompany each of their six children to the polls as they cast their first ballot.

Speaking of voting, don’t forget to do it yourself. To help, here’s the RoundTable’s voting rundown: Evanston’s ballot guide for the 2022 general election – no endorsements, just information. We also link to the Injustice Watch’s Judicial Guide – en español y inglés. Again, no endorsements, just information.

And now on to the news.

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Student suspensions at District 65 are down as crisis prevention training increases. This school year the district has handed out only one suspension through Oct. 31, compared with 17 in the same period last year. But racial disparities persist.

Some Evanstonians are seeing a promising post in their Facebook feed announcing that AMC has reopened the local movie theater. Don’t believe everything you see online. But we did take a peek in the lobby, and can report: it’s coming soon!

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The City Council’s Human Services Committee on Monday delayed action on licensing a Margarita Inn homeless shelter. Richard Eddington, above, who until last month served as the city’s police chief, was among speakers with concerns.

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COVID-19 by the numbers: 11 new cases and no new deaths were reported Sunday, Nov. 6, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 16 cases per day.

Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

Marisol La Brava sings and dances while balancing a candle on her head, a tradition passed from generation to generation.
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Latin fusion band A Flor De Piel entertained and engaged Evanston residents and guests of all ages at a Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos celebration Sunday at the Levy Senior Center. Click through and listen!

The Masonic Temple, 1453 Maple Ave. in the Fourth Ward may be developed into 30 condos.
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The proposed renovation of the 1926 Masonic Temple into 30 apartments at 1453 Maple Ave. would require three major zoning variances, for density, parking and trash. Neighbors weighed in Thursday at a Fourth Ward meeting.

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At the city’s first Youth Town Hall, Evanston teens and young adults were determined to convince the city to take action against gun violence and racism. “Listening to youth voices is not something politicians should do,” said Olivia Ohlson, mayor of the Youth Advisory Committee. “It is something they must do.”

The Evanston Arts Council announced the recipients of this year’s Mayor’s Awards for the Arts, to be honored at “A Bright Night for the Arts” at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Studio5, 1938 Dempster St.

The McGaw YMCA is addressing child hunder with a year-round food program. One in four U.S. children currently faces hunger – nearly double what it was prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The YMCA is working to fill that gap in Evanston.

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Picturing Evanston photographer Joerg Metzner caught this crew on the dog beach under the first full moon of November. Look for it to stay full tonight. And if you were up early, did you see the lunar eclipse, 2 a.m. to 6:49 a.m. today? Nature’s own dramatic light show before the midterm elections.

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Around the web

NU students and Evanston residents gear up as volunteer election judges. High school juniors and seniors, as well as college students, who are U.S. citizens and have at least a 3.0 GPA can qualify as election judges.

Northwestern alum takes on accessibility for the 2022 campaign trail. NU alumnus Ethan Reiss is Sen. Tammy Duckworth’s scheduling and accessibility assistant and has spent the last 20 weeks crisscrossing the nation with her.

Wilmette rededicated to its Indigenous peoples — the Ouilmette family and Potawatomi — in special ceremony. Sharon Hoogstraten was a guest of honor at a plaque dedication honoring her ancestor, Archange Chevalier Ouilmette, and the native people on whose land the village was founded.

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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...