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The City of Evanston announced that the Fountain Square fountain will remain off for the 2021 season as the City contracts repairs to address a significant source of water loss associated with the fountain’s operation.

Upon turning on the fountain this spring, City staff observed low water pressure and shut the fountain off out of an abundance of caution while investigating the issue. The City worked with a forensic engineering firm, which concluded that the fountain contractor installed incorrectly sized waterstops inside the fountain and did not follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for installation, causing the water loss.

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City Economic Panel Recommends Continued Funding for Visitors Bureau. A request to fund a group that markets Evanston as a destination place moved forward June 23, though some members of the City’s Economic Development Committee said they would want more metrics if they are to support such moves in the future.

Dear Gabby: My Boyfriend’s Mother Doesn’t Like Me. Good news, bad news….my boyfriend introduced me to his parents recently, which I appreciate. But he subsequently told me that his mother didn’t like me, which I didn’t appreciate. Thoughts? Signed, Confused.

Meals on Wheels Partners with American Red Cross to Feed Tornado-Stricken Communities. Residents of Woodridge, Naperville, and Darien have a lot on their minds in the wake of this week’s tornadoes, but accessing food is one thing Meals on Wheels Northeastern Illinois has taken off their shoulders.

COVID-19 Update on June 24: No New Cases in Evanston, 248 in the State. Evanston reported no new COVID-19 cases of Evanston residents yesterday. The average number of new cases per day in the last seven days is 0.4. There has been a total of 1,682 tests administered to Evanston residents in the last seven days.

ETHS Assistant Athletic Director Mike Burzawa (left) and ETHS Athletic Director Chris Livatino. (Submitted photo)

ETHS Athletics Department Gets State Recognition. Evanston Township High School Athletic Director Chris Livatino and Assistant Athletic Director Mike Burzawa were celebrated for their continued leadership by the Illinois Athletic Directors Association.

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E-bike usage surged in Chicago – and elsewhere – during the pandemic. In Chicago, the number of bike-share rides in May increased from 338,000 in 2019 to 531,000 in 2021, with a third of those extra rides on e-bikes.

When an Eel Climbs a Ramp to Eat Squid From a Clamp, That’s a Moray. Moray eels can hunt on land, and footage from a recent study highlights how they accomplish this feat with a sneaky second set of jaws.

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