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The six candidates interested in the Ninth Ward council seat (clockwise from top left): Kathy Hayes, Shawn Jones, Daniel Coyne, Juan Geracaris, Ric Goodwill and Sebastian Nalls.

Good Tuesday morning, Evanston.

Cicely Fleming hosted her last Ninth Ward meeting as a member of the Evanston City Council Saturday, Jan. 22, over Zoom to a crowd of ward residents. Fifty people attended her virtual send-off, and the council member of five years laid out the details of her transition out of the role.

In addition to Fleming’s send-off, six candidates interested in the Ninth Ward council seat introduced themselves to the Zoom attendees.


West End Area Block Club in 2021 (Submitted photo)

“We’ve had our lows and highs over the years and sometimes didn’t meet, but anything that came up in the neighborhood, we could always pull people together,” said former City Council member Delores Holmes about the Fifth Ward’s West End Area Block Club. 

Through shifts in the neighborhood, many challenges and even the pandemic, West End Area Block Club’s members have joined forces to support one another and improve the community.


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(Photo by Richard Cahan)

At this time: 6:50 a.m. Monday. Part of Maria Frasco’s job is to empty trash at the Food 4 Less gas station on Main Street near Pitner Avenue. At night, she cleans the station and runs a floor polisher inside the Food 4 Less grocery store. During the day, she has a second job at the store: Mondays in receiving, Tuesdays in produce, Wednesdays in the deli, Thursdays in the bakery and Fridays in the dairy. “I like to work,” she says. She has three children in college.

(Photo credit: Ellen Galland)

The week in photos: Jan. 17-Jan. 24. Check out the photos that residents and our reporters shared this week, including this photo of the lakefront lagoon.

Northwestern students beef up the snack industry. After two-and-a-half years of brainstorming, experimenting and beef, Minimal Snacks launched its first product: air-dried beef. Founder and product manager Ryan Teo said the idea for the company came to him in a Northwestern entrepreneurship class.

ETHS hosts successful Empty Bowl event. For more than 20 years, Evanston Township High School has hosted its annual Empty Bowl event to support local soup kitchens and food pantries.

Christopher Woodin

Dyslexia Connection of Evanston kicks off monthly speaker series on Jan. 26. Christopher Woodin, a Harvard grad specializing in mathematics and learning disabilities, will address the complexities of instructing math to students with dyslexia.

ETHS boys bowling: Team advances to state finals for first time in school history. Coach Harold Bailey’s squad leapfrogged two other challengers in game six and punched a ticket for the Illinois High School Association state finals for the first time in school history at the Glenbard East Sectional tournament Saturday.


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Raising kings: Camp Kuumba invests in the future of Evanston’s young Black men. The camp seeks to enhance the futures of young Black men in the city through lessons on financial responsibility, educational activities and mentor relationships.

Local acupuncturists work to build community, improve accessibility. Amy Landolt, the founder of Northshore Acupuncture Center, offers community acupuncture, which is generally cheaper, at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center.

I’m a Chicago principal. Our schools are not OK. The omicron surge is ending. The crisis will still be here. Children are not OK. Teachers are not OK. We knew this year would be hard, but we didn’t know it would be this tough.


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Adina Keeling

Adina Keeling is a photojournalist and reporter, covering city news, sustainability, schools, and art. She also investigates mental health systems and environmental injustices in Evanston, and puts together...