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Students outside Haven Middle School in fall 2021. (Submitted photo)

Happy Friday morning, Evanston.

A fight among students at Haven Middle School on Thursday morning caused a soft lockdown at the building and sent a female teacher to the hospital for injuries sustained while attempting to break up the altercation, multiple sources told the Evanston RoundTable.

According to an email to Haven families from Principal Chris Latting, the injured teacher was treated and taken to a hospital by Evanston paramedics. Evanston Police Department officers arrived to assess the situation and escorted “another individual” from the building, Latting wrote. The Police and Fire departments were dispatched to Haven again later that morning and a male student was transported from Haven to EPD, according to EPD Commander Ryan Glew.

The Thursday incident occurred just over a week after a hallway monitor at Haven needed an ambulance to the hospital after being hit in the face trying to de-escalate another fight.

Evanston officials said there could be legal implications if the city changed the terms of its initial reparations housing grants to allow for rental assistance. (Photo by Towfiqu barbhuiya on Unsplash)

Wary of legal complications, Evanston’s Reparations Committee will not adjust the first housing reparations program to accommodate renters unable or unwilling to get a mortgage.

Interim Parks and Recreation Director Audrey Thompson has been tasked with following up with the 16 restorative housing grant recipients. As of April 7, she told the committee, there is still one recipient who is a renter and cannot obtain a mortgage and had asked to use the $25,000 for rental assistance instead.

Committee members said residents who do not qualify for the housing program may still qualify for programs to come, as the housing initiative represents only 4% of the city’s $10 million commitment to reparations.

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At This Time: Thursday at 6:49 p.m. Northwestern University students from Ukraine join a candle-lighting ceremony for the Eastern European country. “Everybody I know in Ukraine, my colleagues, my students, my dear friends, are either refugees or helping refugees,” said history professor Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern at the Alice Millar Chapel observance. “They are either in the trenches or in the territorial defense … defending the cities and towns in Ukraine against the horrible, devastating onslaught of Russia against a sovereign democratic country.” (Photo by Richard Cahan)

COVID-19 update: Seven-day average of new cases in Evanston increased from 10.1 on March 31 to 13.6 on April 6. New COVID-19 cases in Evanston, Chicago and the state increased again in the last week. New cases in the state increased by almost 20%, although hospitalizations due to COVID-19 remain at relatively low levels.

The Woman’s Club of Evanston building, which became a city landmark in 2006, has been renovated during the pandemic and work is nearly complete. (Photo provided)

Woman’s Club remodels and makes room for men. Since the current building, pictured above, was constructed in 1913, it has gone through various overhauls – repurposing rooms, remodeling and redecorating. The club’s closure during the pandemic brought an unexpected opportunity: to do some necessary work and make overdue changes.

ETHS baseball: Liss keeps focus with 3 more hits in Wildkit win. With a little help from his friends – and the Evanston coaching staff – junior standout Hank Liss regained his offensive focus and pounded out his first career home run as part of a 3-hit, 3 RBI performance Thursday in a 7-4 victory at Lake Forest.

books in black wooden book shelf
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Bookends & Beginnings’ Top 10 March Bestsellers. Last month, the local bookstore in the alley off Sherman Avenue sold more copies of Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro than anything else.

(Photo by @WillByington © 2021)

Out of Space music festival returns in August. Out of Space, presented by the City of Evanston, will return for its fifth season, turning the Canal Shores golf course into a concert experience from Aug. 4 through Aug. 7.

Volunteers needed for Fourth of July centennial celebration. To help celebrate the 100th anniversary of Evanston Independence Day celebrations, the Evanston Fourth of July Association is looking to fill various volunteer positions including parade marshals, celebration coordinators, judges, game supervisors, celebration, engagement team members and more.

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Around the web

Senate confirms Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. The U.S. Senate voted 53-47 to confirm Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court on Thursday, making her the first Black woman to serve on the nation’s highest court.

$1.8B state tax-break deal reached, with fund-diversion help. Gov. J.B. Pritzker and leaders of the Illinois House and Senate on Thursday announced agreement on a state spending plan that aims to fight near-record inflation by giving $1.8 billion back to taxpayers.

Billionaire Jennifer Pritzker sells Tudor-style Evanston mansion for $3.6M. Pritzker has sold a furnished six-bedroom, nine-bathroom mansion at 1622 Forest Place that she operated as a bed and breakfast. The buyers will use it as a private residence.

Chicago might have avoided huge BA.2 wave of COVID cases, top doc says. With hospitalizations and deaths remaining low, Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said Thursday that she is “confident” the Chicago area has avoided a major spike in COVID-19 cases from the BA.2 omicron subvariant.

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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...