Good Thursday morning, Evanston.

This seemingly cheerful image from Lunt Park shows a memorial to Simon R. O’Donnell, a 23-year-old drummer who died of an accidental fentanyl poisoning in May. “It’s important that the public understands just how dangerous any recreational drug can be right now,” said his mother, Carol.

Sometimes what we see at first glance is not the full story. Now, on to more news.

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Clarke’s Off Campus has closed after more than three decades in business. The shuttering of the diner is the latest blow for downtown, where Smyllie Brothers, Flat Top Grill and beauty salon Deka Lash also recently shut down.

Credit: Bob Seidenberg

The city’s Reparations Committee is seeking more participation. Starting next month, its meetings will give three residents time to discuss the racial discrimination they have endured while living in Evanston, illustrating the case for reparations.

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District 65’s Rice Children’s Center, a residential treatment center and school, is hoping to find more mentors for its students – kids 8 to 15 with severe emotional, behavioral or mental health needs.

COVID-19 by the numbers: Ten new cases and no new deaths were reported Tuesday, Jan. 3, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 19 cases per day.

Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

RoundTable photographer Richard Cahan took a long walk in Tuesday night’s fog and has some great photos to share – along with a haiku from Evanston poet Susan Cherry.

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RoundTable columnist Peggy Tarr welcomes us to January, a month with many celebratory days. Find out why she embraces “Peculiar People Day.”

Test your chess IQ: Can you find the winning moves players on the Evanston Township High School chess team made this season?

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Around the web

Creative Mexican restaurant will arrive in Evanston soon. Fonda, at 1735 Benson Ave., is from the acclaimed team behind Winnetka French restaurant Aboyer.

Q&A: The Garage Executive Director Mike Raab discusses past experiences, goals for the entrepreneurial space. Raab was named executive director in October, after the resignation of founder Melissa Kaufman.

Northwestern baseball player sued for intentional infliction of emotional distress, violation of Gender Violence Act. A lawsuit against pitcher Chad Readey alleges inappropriate and non-consensual sexual touching.

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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...