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Good Thursday morning, Evanston.

High school students (and house supervisor Jasmin White, second from left) pose Wednesday atop The Mather. The Boys Hope Girls Hope participants live in family-like homes in Evanston for the school year, with tutoring at The Mather. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

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The owner of an apartment building next to the Margarita Inn, 1566 Oak Ave., is suing the inn’s owner to stop its use as a shelter run by Connections for the Homeless. Lawrence Starkman, owner of the Oak Ridge Apartment Building, 1570 Oak Ave., alleges the shelter has resulted in a “loss of tenants, loss of income, and overall loss of value” and asks the court to issue an injunction and award damages.

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Myra Gorman won’t be sleeping in this Saturday. The Downtown Evanston Farmers’ Market is set to open for the season, and Gorman, the market’s manager, typically gets up at 2:45 a.m. on market days. She arrives at the 1800 Maple Ave. parking lot by 3 a.m., wearing a headlamp. Gorman (at left, with assistant Debora Clark) has plenty to do before shoppers arrive. Reporter Wendi Kromash offers a look at Gorman’s work behind the scenes.

News & Brews: Treat yourself to an evening of live music and drinks at Sketchbook Brewing this Sunday, May 7. Join us from 6 to 8 p.m. as the RoundTable celebrates 25 years serving the Evanston community. Your ticket includes two drinks and unlimited selfies with the folks who make local journalism happen!

COVID-19 by the numbers: Three new cases and no new deaths were reported Tuesday, May 2, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 2.6 cases per day. The RoundTable will discontinue daily reporting of this data when the national COVID-19 emergency ends May 11.

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Native gardens like the Morton Civic Center Habitat Garden help Evanston meet its climate goals. Volunteer steward Doug Macdonald discusses tending native plants to support insect life. “Gardening isn’t just caring for plants,” he says. “It’s learning about the complex interrelationships. The plants are teaching us.”

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Local nonprofit STEM School Evanston will host a dinner meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center to present results from its survey of 400 Black Evanstonians on local public education. Registration is required.

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The ETHS girls soccer team accomplished something this season that hasn’t been done in 20 years: It won back-to-back conference championships. The Wildkits blanked Niles West 5-0 on Tuesday, capping a perfect run in conference play.

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The ETHS baseball team bounced back from its first conference loss by trouncing Niles West 14-0 in a slaughter-rule win Tuesday. Hank Liss (above) went 3-for-3 with four runs batted in and pitched four scoreless innings.

The third annual Umbrella Arts Festival is set to celebrate the history, art and culture of Asian Americans from more than 40 countries on May 13 at Fountain Square.

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Jan Klingberg captured a pair of geese contemplating the lake on a spring morning. Send your photos to news@evanstonroundtable.com for a chance to be included in this newsletter.

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Around the web

Community, Northwestern groups form alliance against Rebuild Ryan Field. The new Northwestern Accountability Alliance calls on the university to negotiate a community benefits agreement before launching the stadium project.

Rogers Park’s Howard Street could get 104-unit ‘workforce housing’ complex across from CTA station. The affordable housing development on the Chicago side of the street would start with a six-story apartment building.

Skokie switches to once-weekly trash pickup. The move will help the village cut its greenhouse gas emissions and save money.

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Gina Castro

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