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Good Wednesday morning, Evanston.

The RoundTable’s Joerg Metzner snapped the beautiful scene above near Dawes Park as a full moon began to rise at sunset.

Olympic gold medal swimmer Cullen Jones surprised 17 young swimmers Tuesday at Goldfish Swim School on Dempster Street. Jones is a Goldfish partner and promotes water safety, especially for Black and Brown kids, who are statistically more likely to drown than white children. “I empathize so much with the people that have had negative experiences in the water, but we can’t allow that to stop us from being safer in the water, especially when it comes to people of color,” Jones said.

Credit: District 65

District 65 has postponed community meetings originally scheduled for this week about the Student Assignment Plan that shifts school attendance areas as part of the opening of a Fifth Ward school. In the image above, the colors show the current attendance boundaries for each school, while solid black lines indicate proposed new boundaries that would go into effect in 2025.

In case you missed it: Evanston native Alexander Rocca moved to Italy fresh out of college, then met and wed a local girl. Now he’s putting down roots, literally. He was working at an architectural lighting firm when the pandemic hit and furlough days let him pursue a dream: running a vineyard. Neither he nor his wife had any professional winemaking experience, notes the RoundTable’s Nancy McLaughlin.

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Get ready to pay more for those Bosco Sticks. On Monday, a District 65 committee approved a 50-cent hike to school lunch prices. Officials said the 16% price hike was necessary because inflation has increased food costs.

Credit: Evanston Wildkits Girls Soccer Instagram

The ETHS girls soccer team whipped Maine East 9-0 Tuesday in the opening round of the Class 3A Regional tournament, powered in part by freshman Bridget Durkin’s hat trick. The slaughter rule victory propelled the Wildkits into the regional finals; they face Whitney Young at 5 p.m. Friday.

Longtime RoundTable columnist Peggy Tarr pays tribute to Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and recalls the story behind her painting (above) of an older Asian man she used to encounter on neighborhood walks.

Credit: Joerg Metzner

Swing by Emmanuel Lutheran Church on Lake Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow for It’s Elemental!, a show featuring the work of local floral designers, nature photographers and horticulturists.

Empowering girls: Join Rotary International and Armor Down Girls for a special event from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, May 20, at the Rotary building on Sherman Avenue. Reservations are online.

Photos from our readers

Mary Jon Girard snapped Bhavini Patel of Soulwich at work Friday at the reopened sandwich shop at 1634 Orrington Ave. “My favorite is the Paneer Fig,” Girard said. “When you order, don’t forget the chips. Yum!” Send your photos to news@evanstonroundtable.com for a chance to be included in this newsletter.

Around the web

No ‘slam-dunk’ in potential precedent-setting case against Highland Park shooting suspect’s father, experts say. The father was charged with reckless conduct for signing his son’s firearm ownership application.

Offset and TiaCorine announced as Dillo Day 2023 headliners. The musical artists are set to take the mainstage on Northwestern’s lakefill on Saturday, May 20.

‘We are not backing down’: Striking film, TV writers get ready to picket in Chicago. Local members of the Writers Guild of America are planning to picket today outside the NBC Tower downtown as part of a nationwide writers’ strike.

Meet ‘Chonkosaurus,’ the thick snapping turtle stealing hearts. The gargantuan animal on the Chicago River has enthralled thousands online.

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Duncan Agnew

Duncan Agnew covers Evanston public schools, affordable housing, City Hall and more for the RoundTable. He also writes long-form investigations, features and the morning email newsletter three times a...