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Good Monday morning, Evanston.

The RoundTable is your source for Evanston news, views and reviews, but today it’s also your source for an Evanston fairy tale, as Cissy Lacks (seated above, with her dog Casper, and, behind her, Neo Marin) tells the story of The Elderly Lady and the Shoemaker’s Son. Take some time to read this lovely story about their road to Happily Ever After.

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Election season in Evanston is underway: Early voting begins today at the Morton Civic Center and runs through April 3; Election Day is April 4. The RoundTable has sent a questionnaire to all candidates running for seats on local school boards. Today, we feature the profiles and responses of those on the ballot in District 65, where five candidates are vying for three board seats.

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The Rev. Michael Nabors writes about two recent field trips for residents led by clergy centered around social justice as it relates to Black and brown communities in Evanston and Chicago. “At a time when so many in faith communities are spewing divisiveness, it is good to see an interfaith community sewing seeds of unity,” Nabors writes. “Perhaps Evanston really is the incubator toward a national rebirth that includes reparations, repair, renewal and improvement in race relations.”

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Wednesday: The Land Use Commission is set to meet at 7 p.m. and discuss allowing cannabis lounges, where pot smoking would be permitted.

Thursday: The city is gathering input on renovations to Independence Park, with a public meeting at 6 p.m. at the Chandler-Newberger Community Center.

Thursday: See the 2022 Blueberry Award winners at 7 p.m. at the Evanston Ecology Center and enjoy hot chocolate, a bonfire and a live animal encounter.

COVID-19 by the numbers: 11 new cases and no new deaths were reported Thursday, March 16, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 10.86 cases per day.

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The City Council chambers at the Morton Civic Center was packed Saturday to hear four of the five candidates for District 65 school board debate their priorities and approaches to such challenging issues as declining enrollment and teacher departures.

The Evanston Township High School baseball team starts its season today, facing Hersey at Northwestern University’s ballpark. “This is probably the deepest team I’ve ever coached and there’s a lot to like about this team,” coach Frank Consiglio said.

The ETHS girls track team enjoyed a triumphant display over the weekend, with senior Abrielle Artley (above) shining at the Antioch Last Chance Invitational on March 18. “I thought I made a really good statement today in the hurdles,” she said.

The ETHS boys track team, meanwhile, had a historic day at the Central Suburban League South indoor championship meet Friday, March 17, as senior Miles Granjean won a record four individual golds.

Letter to the editor: “The city’s lack of a coherent, unified housing policy results in the perpetuation of economic and racial segregation in Evanston,” writes Sebastian Nalls of the Community Alliance for Better Government.

Dear Gabby: How do you grapple with an overly competitive relative? The answer, our advice columnist writes, is to “let it go, move on and invest in relationships that lift you up.”

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Evanston residents and their pets can now access the Evanston Dog Beach for free. The Parks and Recreation Board approved a staff proposal to eliminate resident fees for the 2023 season. Residents who have paid for a pass will receive a refund.

Picture perfect: Send your photos of people, places and events around town to news@evanstonroundtable.com for a chance to be included in this newsletter.

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Around the web

Men’s Basketball: What next season entails for Buie, Audige, Beran and the program. The NU senior trio could return to Evanston for one more year. All three have one more year of eligibility to play.

Sheridan platform could be relocated, Granville and Loyola widened in next RPM phases. The CTA’s Red and Purple Modernization program will include all 3.3 miles of Purple Line track in Evanston.

For theatre students, painting a purple road from Evanston to Broadway. Today, fourth-year and graduate students from the School of Communication’s Department of Theatre take the stage in New York.

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Manan Bhavnani

Prior to joining the RoundTable, Manan Bhavnani covered business and technology for the International Business Times, with a focus on mergers, earnings and governance. He is a double Medill graduate, with...