Good morning, Evanston.
Several hundred Evanstonians descended on the building at the intersection of Pitner Avenue and Washington Street for the “Raise and Reveal” of The Aux, the site for a planned business incubator for African American-owned businesses, some already established and others getting ready to launch.
The name “Aux,” derived from a the auxiliary jack on a sound system, refers to “plugging in and inspiring change,” using a business model in which tenants work together, share resources and support each other. Most of the businesses have a focus on wellness.
Acknowledging the City was at a crossroads on the issue, Evanston officials turned to Council members at their Sept. 20 meeting for direction on where the City’s second dog park should be located.
The City is down to one dog park, aptly named Pooch Park, on a 2.5 acre tract that runs along the North Shore Channel south of Main Street and north of Oakton Street, in a space shared with the Skokie Park District.
Kensington School proposes new site on Central Street. An attempt to bring Kensington School, a private day care and preschool, to Evanston failed earlier this year, but Kensington owner and CEO Charles Marlas is back again. Marlas is proposing a new location for the day care and preschool, in place of Unity Church on the North Shore at 3434 Central St.
In case you missed any of the most important news last week, here’s a roundup of the top stories from the RoundTable this past week.
Mask up and MashUp: Welcome back, Evanston. The City, the Evanston Chamber of Commerce and Northwestern University threw a party on Howard Street Wednesday evening, Sept. 29, and a good time was had by all. The MashUp gives people involved with Evanston businesses, nonprofits, City government and the University an opportunity to mix, mingle and share ideas while partaking of food and drink from local establishments.
- COVID-19 update on Sept. 30: nineteen new cases in Evanston, 3,344 in the State
- RoundTable, Northwestern partner to cover race and social justice
- City of Evanston to provide Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 booster shots to eligible individuals
- Council delays Fifth Ward TIF vote until Oct. 25 amid District 65 concerns
- Open Communities to host housing workshops
- Northwestern student says she was drugged, criticizes her hospital care
- City officials and McGaw YMCA CEO brief Council on housing proposals
- Students protest after reports of druggings at Northwestern frats
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How Fifth Ward school issues are affecting proposed TIF agreement. Discussion about the proposed tax-increment financing district in the City’s Fifth Ward continued Sept. 29 at the City-Schools Liaison Committee meeting. Two days earlier, at the request of two School District 65 Board members, City Council voted to delay a vote on the TIF until Oct. 25 so the parties could work out an intergovernmental agreement.
- ETHS class lesson: The process is messy. And that’s OK.
- District 65 approves e-learning plan that could end snow days
- Special Education Parent Council hopes to widen sense of ‘belonging’ at District 65
- District 65 Board approves $151 million operating budget for FY’22; enrollment continues to decline
- District 65 educators protest outside Board meeting: ‘Listen to our teacher voice’
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Art & Life
We Walk: A celebration of Black community. The Haitian American Museum of Chicago and Crossing Borders Music teamed up in Dawes Park Sept. 26 for a mobile display of Black history, music and heritage. The event featured three small exhibits on Haitian western classical composers, aspects of Black internationalism and the Black underground railroad on the Illinois Trail of Tears.
- At ribbon-cutting ceremony, YWCA unveils campus expansion
- Northwestern’s Block Museum reopens with new exhibition
- Enjoy an art-filled weekend with Evanston Made
- Ridiculous, tone deaf and completely narcissistic
- Evanston Fire Department to host open house for Fire Prevention Week
- Fall is skunk season: Coping with close encounters of the smelly kind
- Artists Book House to transform Harley Clarke into ‘Haunted’ installation
- Jazzma Pryor shines in ‘Twilight: Los Angeles 1992’
- The art of making art: Chuck Larson
- Oktoberfest at the Levy Center
- See My Story: Portrait series of Evanston’s homeless citizens
- Guy Whitney art opening at Heartwood Center
- Paws & Claws Chicago Rescue: Young Evanston animal lover starts nonprofit
We are Water | ‘When you are homeless … water becomes gold’. This second in a seven-part series by We are Water Evanston, a community-based participatory research project, continues to explore our relationship with and concerns about water. As Evanstonians discuss beachfront accessibility, housing reparations and racial justice, it is important to consider the challenges encountered by Evanston’s housing-insecure population.
- Les Jacobson: Chasing the dream
- Letter to the editor: Let’s spotlight Evanston talent and focus on climate, water issues
- Peggy Tarr: Equality and equity, please
Kits have all of the answers in 49-0 blowout victory. Evanston’s football team had two issues to deal with after toppling rival New Trier for the first time in a decade last week. The first was the danger of a letdown, since the next opponent on the schedule – Niles West – didn’t figure as a contender in the Central Suburban League South division race this fall.
- ETHS girls golf: Koecher, Schrantz advance to IHSA sectional
- Evanston boys qualify full team for golf sectional
- ETHS boys soccer: Upset loss costs Wildkits CSL South division title
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