Good Sunday morning, Evanston!

Welcome to our new Sunday roundup of the week. It will be shorter and quicker to read but still packed with the highlights of RoundTable news and features. Please let us know what you think of the more concise format: Email with your reactions.

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Oversight of the city’s lifeguard program will move to the Evanston Fire Department, the RoundTable learned last week. When the City Council receives the 2023 budget proposal tomorrow, the seasonal lifeguard budget will be switched from the Parks and Recreation Department. The positions will come with an EFD certification and $20/ per hour pay in hopes of enticing more young people into the job.

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Evanston native Schenita Stewart was sworn in as the city’s new police chief on Oct. 10, what Mayor Daniel Biss called a “special historic night.” Stewart, the first Black woman to serve as permanent chief of the department, vowed she would serve “to the very best of my ability with distinction and honor.”

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In our ongoing series “They Do,” RoundTable readers meet Peter Leinenweber and Kate Sefton, who met in high school but didn’t start dating until years later. The two reconnected in Evanston during the 2018 Thanksgiving holiday.

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Two stories out of District 65 this week caught readers’ attention: A lengthy memo presented to the district’s Oct. 10 policy committee showed there are 280 fewer students in grades K-8 (excluding Rice and Park schools) than last year. And at the same meeting, the director of EvanSTEM presented a middle school college and career progression plan for students.

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During the first public meeting since Northwestern University announced its plans to build a new stadium, school officials put a positive spin on what Evanstonians can expect. Residents asked for but did not get details about plans to host full-capacity concerts at the 35,000-capacity stadium and the possibility of selling alcohol.

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The Evanston Preservation Commission on Oct. 10 gave its blessing to plans that would convert Evanston’s Masonic Temple into 30 apartments. The vacant and somewhat mysterious Masonic Temple, at 1453 Maple Ave., was designed by Chicago architect John Holabird and built in 1926.

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The 2022 Evanston Project for the Local Assessment of Needs found the city’s legacy of redlining created health inequities still affecting the Fifth Ward. Evanston Cradle to Career, teaming with city and ward leaders, is walking the public through data showing the toll of structural racism. Life expectancy in the Fifth Ward is 5 to 13 years less than in north Evanston.

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Good news for four-legged friends: Evanston’s dog beach has reopened at least until early December, as City Council agreed at its Oct. 10 meeting to “turn a blind eye” to a county ordinance requiring proof of vaccinations for dogs on the beach. Look for a lakefront update to post on the RoundTable’s website later today.

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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...