Evanston RoundTable

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Last night, the District 202 Board of Education selected Mirah Anti to fill a board vacancy during a special meeting. After interviewing eight applicants for the open position, the Board selected Ms. Anti, who is the parent of two ETHS students and Director of Equity & Inclusion at Highland Park High School and Deerfield High School District 113.

Seven years ago, an explosion in the Evanston’s southwest Ninth Ward rocked the homes of some nearby residents. Highly flammable and combustible materials were densely packed behind the Home Depot plaza, particularly along Pitner and Hartrey avenues. Residents in this area, subject to heavy air pollution, truck traffic, litter, and toxic fumes, have long worried about environmental justice issues: ‘This Area Has Really Been Abused and Neglected’.

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Senator Fine announces $3 Million Investment in Local Pedestrian Path, Street Improvements. Evanston, Glenview, and Wilmette will receive a combined $3.3 million investment in walking and biking paths and street improvements, State Senator Laura Fine (D-Glenview) announced Monday. “Investments in local transportation and infrastructure are investments in our community,” Senator Fine said. “Illinoisans should have countless safe options to travel recreationally and professionally.” Residents of the North Shore will see a number of improvements, including to Main Street in Evanston; the Milwaukee Avenue pedestrian signal in Glenview; and U.S. Route 41, Skokie Boulevard, and pedestrian and bicycle lanes in Wilmette.

Julian Aske earned All State honors with his fifth place finish. (Submitted photo)

Beacon Academy Budding Track Star Finishes Fifth at State Championship. Beacon Academy sophomore Julian Aske earned All State honors with his 5th place finish on the Eastern Illinois University outdoor track, host of the Illinois High School Association State championship. Aske competed in the 400M dash.

Don’t Toss It. Fix It at The Repair Café. Evanston Public Library will host a Repair Café on Saturday, June 26, in the Reading Garden outside the Robert Crown Branch Library. During this Climate Action Program, all are welcome to come take advantage of volunteer repair experts and get broken items – bikes, toasters, appliances, jewelry, and more – diagnosed and fixed for free. Too often dysfunctional appliances are sent to the landfill without a second thought, and this culture of disposability has a substantial impact on the environment. The Repair Café works to overturn the mentality that everything can be easily replaced without a second thought.

COVID-19 Update on June 21: No New Cases in Evanston in the Last 11 Days, 185 in the State Today.

Evanston author Mark Larson, left, and actor Ed Asner (Submitted photos)

Mark Larson Discusses Ed Asner, Actor and Activist at Levy Lecture. Local author Mark Larson, author of “Ensemble: An Oral History of Chicago Theater,” spent the pandemic mostly working from home, interviewing friends, family, and colleagues of Ed Asner. At the Levy Lecture on June 15, Mr. Larson presented some of his research – photos and audio clips – and also shared memories of special guests on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Northwestern Helps Support Evanston’s Summer Fest. Registration is now open for Evanston’s Summer Fest at Butler Park, a seven-week STEAM program beginning June 21 that lets middle school-aged children explore everything from roller skating and drone racing to woodworking, creating beats, and podcasting. Summer Fest will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays though Aug. 6 at Butler Park.

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Evan is the RoundTable's operations manager. When not at the RoundTable office, she is often spotted around town riding her tandem bicycle with her husband Michael.