Good Monday morning, Evanston.

Dozens of children and their parents watch Sunday as a manikin is lowered in a rescue basket from the top of Evanston Fire Department headquarters. Firefighters used ropes and specialized equipment to demonstrate a high-angle rope rescue. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

From the First Responder Open House to high school homecoming, RoundTable photographers and reporters have been covering events and profiling people with compelling stories. Here’s more news from around Evanston:

Credit: Saul Lieberman

On homecoming weekend, Evanston Township High School lit up the scoreboard Friday with a 31-0 victory over Niles West and turned down the field house lights Saturday at its first indoor homecoming dance in three years. The “Glow in the Dark” theme produced some colorful memories – and photos. Check out the RoundTable’s photos from the homecoming game and dance, courtesy photographers Cahan and Saul Lieberman.

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Bringing the Latinx community and the Police Department together is a priority for Officer Cesar Galindo. He wears many hats in Evanston. One day, Galindo is a volunteer middle school basketball coach; another day he’s a Spanish translator. Now, he’s the subject of the RoundTable’s latest Hispanic Heritage Month profile.

Credit: Lakou photographer Buchman Laguerre

Two ETHS alumni are working to build a more resilient Haiti at the nonprofit Lakou, a Haitian Creole word meaning a tight-knit community. “It’s really the essence of the Haitian culture,” said Executive Director Jude Laude. “Everyone has a voice and everyone respects one another.” Lakou teaches Haitians how to build hurricane- and earthquake-resistant buildings.


COVID-19 by the numbers: 12 new cases and no new deaths were reported Sept. 29, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 11 cases per day.


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Saved by a quick-thinking coach and an AED. Sharp Edge CrossFit gym owner Tani Mintz jumped into action when Mike Fowler (both above) suffered a heart attack during her class. It was a harrowing experience, but doctors said Fowler was incredibly lucky.

Ron Whitmore: The skin I’m in, Part 2. Co-host Ron Whitmore speaks his truth and doesn’t hold back on the second episode of this season’s Evanston Rules podcast, delving into a range of topics, including family, home, loyalty, racism, education, opportunities and living in Evanston as a father, teacher and unapologetic Black man.

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Nancy E. Anderson: Can a cat person be a dog person? Some say there are two types of people: cat people and dog people. But are pet owners really that different? RoundTable columnist Nancy Anderson shares an insider perspective.

Letter to the Editor: Support Connections for the Homeless in its Margarita Inn work. A property owner across the alley from the Margarita Inn shares her support for the homeless shelter. “The panhandlers I encounter daily are never aggressive nor insistent nor are they residents of the Margarita Inn,” writes Sharon Pines.


Picturing Evanston. Jesse Hora’s mural adds vibrancy to Howard Street and Callan Avenue. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

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Evanston teen born with his intestines outside of his stomach now a star high school football player. In utero, Enijel Shelton had gastroschisis, a condition that results from a tear in the abdominal wall, pushing a baby’s intestines to the outside of its body. Today he’s on the ETHS sophomore football team.

Here’s how you can vote in Illinois in the Nov. 8 elections. Early voting in-person for suburban Cook County residents begins Oct. 12. Same-day registration is available at all early voting sites.

Best Halloween Events for Kids in Chicago and Suburbs. Here’s a roundup of festivals, special zoo events and more to get the family into the Halloween spirit, from Chicago Parent.


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Gina Castro

Gina Castro is a Racial Justice fellow for the Evanston RoundTable. She recently earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism where she studied investigative...