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Where you live in Evanston determines how long you live. And if you live in the city’s historically Black Fifth Ward, you are likely to live 6.5 fewer years, on average, health officials say.

“What we increasingly understand is that the health choices that we make are very much shaped by the environment that we live in,” said Kristin Meyer, Community Health Specialist at the City of Evanston, who presented the U.S. Census data at a Fifth Ward meeting on Thursday, May 26. “That’s really the focus of this community health assessment.”

Based on the data pulled from the recent health assessment, the city’s Health Department has named several key priorities, including racial equity and climate resilience, which would involve addressing climate injustices, Meyer said.

The total number of new cases of COVID-19 in Evanston was 335 for the week ending May 25, 20% lower than the week ending May 19. The number of new cases in the state dropped by 18%. Hospitalizations in the state have doubled in the last six weeks.

Evanston, Chicago, Cook County and Illinois are all in the “medium” risk community level. At medium risk, “persons who are elderly or immunocompromised (at risk of severe outcomes) are advised to wear a mask in indoor public places. In addition, they should make sure to get up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines or get their second booster, if eligible,” according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

At This Time. Heavy equipment operator Rajko Strinic dredges the Church Street Power Boat Ramp. He’s been working all week and will be finished tomorrow. Sand that accumulates at the bottom of the boat harbor is trucked about a block south to the Greenwood Street Beach. Dredging occurs most every year. The city pays $35,000 for the digging.

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Advocates discuss ranked-choice voting proposal. Larry Garfield, a board member for the nonprofit organization FairVote, explained at an Eighth Ward meeting how ranked-choice voting worked in elections with several candidates.

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The Weekender: The RoundTable Roundup. Happy Memorial Day! The city’s beaches are officially open this Saturday and they are FREE to all Evanston residents this year! So, grab your tokens and a beach towel, leave your phone at home and get some sand between your toes.

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Hopes for ‘Peacemaker’ at listening session for next police chief. The Rev. Monté L. G. Dillard, pastor at the First Church of God Christian Life Center Evanston, responded to the first question at a community listening session seeking input on the kinds of characteristics they would most like to see in the next police chief. “I’d love to see someone who has a deep conviction about the appropriate way that policing should be done,” Dillard said.

City announces Memorial Day holiday weekend schedule. The city announced facility closures and service schedules for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, Saturday, May 28, through Monday, May 30.

Picturing Evanston. Birdhouse in the warm evening glow on the corner of Seward Street and Florence Avenue.

Bookends & Beginnings battles pandemic effects and Amazon’s giant shadow. Evanston’s hidden independent bookstore is pushing through – and challenging the online giant in court.

Notice of Records Destruction: ETHS will destroy Spec. Ed. records of students who graduated in 2016-17. On June 3, in accordance with the Illinois State Board of Education’s rules and regulations, Evanston Township High School will destroy the Special Education Records of students who graduated in 2016 and 2017.

ETHS baseball: Vega celebrates 16th birthday with shutout win. Pitcher Eron Vega combined with Owen Brooks for a one-hit shutout as the Wildkits blanked Leyden 7-0 in a High School Association Class 4A regional tournament game.

Chicago Ballet Arts to celebrate with anniversary concert. Chicago Ballet Arts is celebrating 35 years of excellence and inclusion in dance education with its Anniversary Concert on Sunday, May 29.

Mudlark Theater presents I’m Smiling Beneath This Mask on May 27-29 and June 1 and 2. The show, at Ridgeville Park, 908 Seward St., is an original collection of scenes, poetry, movement and music created by 11 young actors under the direction of Khari Bowden.

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As Northwestern aids community members affected by Ukraine crisis, some students say support for other countries is lacking. A Weinberg freshman from Syria, who asked to remain anonymous for safety reasons, said they did not receive any communication about summer aid programs or violence-related support from the University.

$200 Utility Payments Headed to Over 250K Illinois Families, Pritzker Announces. All recipients of the Low-Income House Energy Assistance Program, as well as families who apply, should receive the payments for rising costs this summer, according to Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Group seeking Cook County to be separated from Illinois. Members of “New Illinois” gathered over the weekend in Springfield to come up with a constitution on how a new state would run if Cook County was split off from the rest of Illinois.

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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...