Evanston RoundTable

Good morning, Evanston.

An Evanston City Council Member’s proposal to open the City’s beaches and lakefront to more food trucks is rolling forward, but not without criticism that it clashes with the vision for the lakefront as a place for passive enjoyment.

Council Members on June 28 held off acting on an ordinance that would lift restrictions on food trucks. They are expected to further discuss and vote on the issue at their July 12 meeting.

A fond farewell: As many of you know, after 23 years, Mary and Larry Gavin retired yesterday as founders, editors, writers, and mentors at the RoundTable. Their dedication to our community and passionate advocacy for social and racial justice has left an indelible mark on Evanston. As we search for words to express our admiration for all they have accomplished, we can only say that we are committed to keeping their vision for the RoundTable alive every day as we seek to cover what matters in Evanston.

And, as we work to fill the enormous hole left by their vast knowledge of the City and clear-eyed analysis of its challenges, we have much work to do. So, for the summer months, we will scale back our now daily newsletter to twice a week – every Wednesday and Sunday.

Thankfully, the Gavins’ bylines will not disappear from the RoundTable. But in their well-earned free time, we hope they continue to find joy in the simple pleasures, including their love of nature and the company of family and dear friends. And in the words of another good neighbor who sought to build community through small acts of kindness, Mr. Rogers, “Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.”

-The RoundTable editors and writers

Elsewhere on the RoundTable Website

July means berries at the Evanston Farmers’ Market (Photo by Julie Chernoff)

The Berry, Berry Month of July. Every summer month brings a bumper crop of something delectable to the Evanston Farmer’s Market, and early July means BERRIES. I’ve never met a berry I didn’t like, be they blue, black, huckle, straw or rasp! They are just so darn versatile, able to veer quickly from sweet to savory with equal aplomb.

Dear Gabby: Should I Give Him Another Chance? I matched with a guy on a dating app and we had a great ongoing convo via text. Then he disappeared. Fast forward six months and we matched again! When we connected, I was like, you’re the guy who ghosted me. Then he apologized and said that he was having some mental health problems and deleted all his dating apps. Should I give him another chance?

Left to right: Ald. Cicely Fleming, 9th Ward; State Senator Laura Fine; Richard Monocchio, Executive Director, HACC; Tim Kollar, Executive Director, Top Box Foods; Ald. Clare Kelly, 1st Ward; Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. (Photo by Sarah Parisien)

Walchirk Apartments Residents Receive Food Boxes from Cook County. The Housing Authority of Cook County and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle delivered boxes of fresh produce door-to-door to vulnerable seniors residing at Victor L. Walchirk Apartments in Evanston on June 25.

COVID-19 Update on July 1: No New Cases in Evanston, 457 in the State. There has been one new Covid-19 case of an Evanstonian in the last seven days. There has been a total of 1,719 tests administered to Evanston residents in the last seven days.

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