Good Thursday morning, Evanston.
Albert Ferguson and his 2-year-old son Logan reflect the lights and the wonder of the CTA Holiday Train as they ride through Evanston on Wednesday. Logan was a bit overwhelmed by it all, his dad said. The holidays can be overwhelming, whether you’re 2, 22 or 72. So, for music to soothe those jingle-jangled nerves, check out the RoundTable’s list of holiday concerts. Now, on to more news.
More than 300 students in District 65 schools are homeless or housing insecure, a figure that has ballooned this year. Some are longtime Evanstonians driven out by a lack of affordability or a pandemic-related hardship, while others are newly arrived immigrants or refugees. “There’s not enough affordable housing in Evanston. That’s the bottom line,” said Allie Harned, District 65 mental health practitioner.
A new holiday event will light up the Fifth Ward. The Central Evanston Business Association hosts its first holiday festival and tree lighting ceremony from 5 to 8 p.m. tomorrow at Church Street and Dodge Avenue. Festivalgoers can help decorate the tree, there will be free food and drinks and the Evanston Township High School choir will perform.
COVID-19 by the numbers: 22 new cases and no new deaths were reported Tuesday, Dec. 6, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 24.14 cases per day.
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Council Members Bobby Burns, 5th Ward, and Devon Reid, 8th Ward, have argued that the Referrals Committee, which assigns items for public discussion, should be expanded. “Having more diverse or just more members allows more perspectives,” Reid said. But a proposal to expand the three-person panel was rejected Dec. 5.
Columnist Peggy Tarr reflects on some of the observances this month. She shares a childhood memory from World War II in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day and notes that December is Universal Human Rights Month.
Letter to the editor: NU stadium will ‘negatively impact’ neighborhood. Debbie Thiersch writes that Northwestern’s Ryan Field plans will harm neighbors’ quality of life. (If you have a stance on the stadium, send the RoundTable a letter at email@example.com.)
Celebrate Hanukkah with children’s author Sarah Aronson at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Booked on Main Street. Aronson will read her picture book Brand-New Bubbe. The event also features a free craft project and a giant dreidel.
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A list of every known Illinois resident charged in the U.S. Capitol breach. Nearly 900 people have been charged in the Jan. 6 insurrection of the Capitol, with at least 34 of those being Illinois residents.
50 years ago, a 737 fell from the sky and flattened homes on the Southwest Side. On Dec. 8, 1972, a United Airlines 737 jet approaching Midway Airport on Chicago’s Southwest Side crashed, killing 40 passengers and leveling homes.
Evanston History Center’s holiday party returns after three years. The student journalists at The Evanstonian report on the festive open house at the Dawes House.
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