J-Town was one of 12 men’s teams in the 40-and-older tournament. (Photo by Heidi Randhava)

Good Monday morning, Evanston.

Jim Mayer sat courtside after a game at the Robert Crown Community Center while his peers continued to compete.

“That was a little hectic for me, fast-paced,” he said of the action on the court Saturday. But this wasn’t just any basketball tournament, it was Hoops for the Ages, for men and women 40 and older.

“I’m 72,” Mayer said. “And I know I’m younger than some of these guys, older than a lot of them. I’m not in great shape. So I’m tired.”

More than 90 male and female players participated in the all-day tournament at Robert Crown and the Levy Senior Center. Organizer Rob Bady said that unlike many senior basketball tournaments restricted to players over 50, Hoops for the Ages was open to those 40 and older “because we want to introduce them to playing basketball for life.”

Bernie Foster

The fourth episode from the first season of the Evanston Rules podcast features Bernie Foster. Bernie is a native son. An Evanstonian. The youngest of nine siblings. A family man. We welcomed his cool, calm, collected, and thoughtful spirit as we sat down together.

Bernie is always solid. He shows up and has known that to make something happen, you don’t wait for it to come to you. You go after it. We discuss life, joys, change, fear, belief, the changes in our city, some of the things that we hope for, and not sitting on the sidelines.

Students leaving King Arts School. (Photo by Bessie Mbadugha)

In a guest essay, a former District 65 teacher writes: I am distressed to hear the continuing news coming from the district. In talking with Evanston residents, I am hearing that there are a number of teachers, principals, and department heads that have left the district because of the lack of respect for their professionalism.

I have also heard that parents feel the board is unresponsive to their concerns, and the board is making impactful decisions without public discourse. Parents have spoken of trying to engage in dialogue with administrators and are called racists because they are questioning protocols. They are reluctant to speak.


Week in Photos: We know you took some great photos of the fog that rolled through Evanston last week! Send those, or any other recent photos to news@evanstonroundtable.com, and we’ll share then in our weekly photo roundup tomorrow.


Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

At This Time: Sunday at 9:22 a.m. Iris the donkey leads a Palm Sunday procession around Raymond Park. More than 100 people from several Evanston churches marked the day Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem. “This is how Palm Sunday should be celebrated, with congregations coming together,” said Rev. Kat Banakis of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, one of the hosts. “Maybe this can form the foundation of us working together on more complex issues than just the Palm Sunday procession,” said co-host Rev. Michael Woolf of Lake Street Church. First United Methodist Church also hired a donkey for a separate procession. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

Noise rules are last on the list at an athletic field. (Photo by Bob Seidenberg)

Turn down the volume. Members of an Evanston City Council committee are recommending changes to the city’s noise ordinance, such as extending the distance music and amplified sound must be from private properties and setting a decibel limit on the noise.

Guillermo Herrera plays on a miniature drum set that he built. (Photo by Adina Keeling)

Art-makers and Earth-lovers unite at Art Maker’s Outpost Earth Month event. Earth Month inspired Art Maker’s Outpost’s most recent community event. From noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, children and families stopped by to make art out of recycled materials, paint a large outdoor mural, join a drum circle and snack on some cookies.

What’s with people who ask no questions? Dear Gabby, What’s up with people who, in a social setting or otherwise, ask no questions of you when you are asking multiple questions of them? Cat got your tongue?

ETHS girls water polo: Kits settle for split in back-to-back tests. Even with a four-goal lead early in the fourth quarter against archrival New Trier, Avery Cummins never stopped hustling on defense Saturday.

Book Bird: Watching from afar. “Recently I had the pleasure of attending the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Italy. The last time I’d attended the fair was about 11 years ago, which meant that a decade had passed in the interim,” writes the Evanston Public Library’s Betsy Bird.

ETHS baseball: Wildkits building trust as win streak reaches four. Hank Liss didn’t have to worry too much about building trust when he joined Evanston’s varsity baseball squad as a sophomore last spring. It’s a process, of course, but the junior right-hander and the rest of the Wildkits were certainly on the same page Saturday at Wintrust Field in Schaumburg.


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Chicago schools mistakenly received $87 million in aid because of state’s miscalculation. The Illinois State Board of Education says it will try to recoup the money from Chicago and distribute a like amount to 762 districts who have been shortchanged over the last four years.

Evanston homeschool students engage in community through arts enrichment. For the less than 1% of Evanston’s student population that is homeschooled, creative education takes place outside the typical classroom.

This US airport has reclaimed its title as the world’s busiest. It’s not Chicago O’Hare, which came in at No. 4 in the rankings based on passenger traffic. Turns out, once again it’s Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackkson.


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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...