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Good Friday morning, Evanston!

There was a dramatic – but successful – rescue of eight people from the choppy, stormy waters of Lake Michigan at about 5 p.m. yesterday. After a sudden change in weather, four sailboats capsized. But Evanston Fire Department water rescue crews and rescuers from the Northwestern Sailing Center picked up everyone, landing them all on dry land at Clark Street Beach. Early this morning, the RoundTable’s Richard Cahan talked to four of the firefighters on the front line of the lake rescue. Pictured above, from left, are Battalion Chief Dan Lynch, Johan Haglund, Sean Malloy and James Trippi at Fire Station 1.

Now, on to more news.

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The city’s Reparations Committee decided Thursday it must urgently focus on compensating older Black recipients, called ancestors. It discussed tapping the city’s real estate transfer tax and a variety of other methods for possible funding of reparations other than the cannabis tax, so that more elders do not die before receiving their grants.

Annie Coakley, executive director of the Downtown Evanston organization, is someone you should know. The energetic Ms. C talked with the RoundTable about sustaining businesses in the city’s central commercial district, the challenges posed by the pandemic and online retailing, as well as the downtown’s future, which will likely get brighter when …

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… Northlight Theatre stages its return soon! Yes, there was great excitement at Thursday night’s Northlight gala about the construction that has begun for the new theater building at 1012-1016 Church St. But still, the event put the emphasis on the educational programs. Hundreds of Evanstonians were at Theater on the Lake in Chicago, including the city’s education heavy hitters and the loyal devotees. Check out the RoundTable’s gallery of the gala.

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At This Time. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is pulling out all the stops to mark the 100th birthday of its treasured pipe organ. The church at 939 Hinman Ave. will hold three events the weekend of Oct. 14-16. The church’s E.M. Skinner organ is one of few Skinner organs in nearly original condition. Said church organist Peter Morey, “It’s like a Stradivarius.” Here is the weekend schedule. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

COVID-19 update as of Oct. 6: Both Evanston and Cook County remain in the ‘low’ community risk level. Despite being ranked “low” in community risk, the Illinois Department of Public Health continues to ask people to remain vigilant. “This is not the time for anyone to let their guard down,” said Dr. Sameer Vohra, Director of IDPH. “ As we head into fall and face a potential surge in new cases, I urge everyone who is eligible to contact their healthcare provider or local pharmacy to get the updated booster and their flu shot.”

Community fridge co-founders launched project but must step back. Susanna Kemp continues to tell the story of how the community fridges came to Evanston. She profiles co-founders Maggie Quinn, 37, and Maia Robinson, 22, in part two of this three-part series.  

Evanston Public Library’s Noche de Juegos is a winner. Noche de Juegos/game night inspired friendly competition on Sunday, Oct. 2 at the Robert Crown Community Center. It was also an opportunity to connect with friends and family members, meet new people, build skills and have screen-free fun. Evanston Public Library hosted the event to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Letter to the editor: Stop the Keefe-Cullerton driveway easement. Leslie Shad of Citizens’ Greener Evanston is asking a simple question: What’s the price of public land? But the answer is complex and steeped in politics.

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Sara fought to get an education in Afghanistan. Now she is finding hope at DePaul University. Borderless magazine explains the story of one of the 147 female students evacuated from Kabul University after the Taliban took over. Sara is one of 10 Afghan refugees continuing their education at DePaul University in Chicago as they await the results of their asylum applications.

Rogers Park is the 5th best place to live in the United States. Block Club Chicago reports Rogers Park was ranked fifth in the list of top 50 places to live in the U.S. The financial advice publication cited Rogers Park’s diversity and welcoming nature.

Evanston History Center hosts virtual tour of Evanston’s eight African American Heritage sites. The Daily Northwestern writes about the Evanston History Center’s virtual walk through eight different Evanston sites that symbolized the role Black residents played in the city’s history. Local historian Dino Robinson and the History Center’s Director of Facilities Kris Hartzell led the tour.

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Susy Schultz

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...