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Evanston RoundTable

Good Thursday morning, Evanston.

New life rings – this one is at the Dempster Street Sailing Beach – have sprouted along the lakefront ahead of beach season, which begins May 27. Evanston residents can get free beach passes at select city locations. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

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The city’s Housing and Community Development Committee is backing a number of major changes to the landlord-tenant ordinance that are high on tenant wish lists, including using screening tools other than credit reports and banning hidden fees. The panel is reviewing the ordinance in response to studies indicating rents in Evanston are up 17% from 2022 and evictions are reaching pre-pandemic levels.

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Evanstonians and freelance writers Abby Dan (left) and Betsy Haberl each shopped with their kids at Booked, at 506 Main St. They met last summer when they both began working at the independent bookstore. Now they’re the store’s new owners. “I know they will run the store with all the same joy it has always held and add their own twist as well,” previous owner Rachel Round said in a statement.

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In case you missed it: Yay! The YEA! Festival – for Young Evanston Artists – is back after a pandemic hiatus. Student artwork from all schools in the District 65 area – public, private, parochial – will be displayed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Raymond Park at Chicago Avenue and Davis Street.

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“Curiosity never retires” at Northwestern University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a unique continuing education program for older adults. All of the “study groups” (they’re never called “classes”) are peer-run by participants.

Leaf blowers
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Guest essay: Nina Kraus, director of Northwestern’s Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory, writes that the ban on gas-powered leaf blowers is “a step forward, not only for the environment, but for the brain health of everyone in hearing range.”

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Letter to the editor: Tom Sheridan writes to ask about the library’s convenient underground parking garage. “I understand why it was closed during the pandemic. But I do not understand why it has not reopened to the general public.”

Juneteenth 2022
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Evanston will celebrate Juneteenth on Saturday, June 17: The parade will begin at the Robert Crown Community Center and end at Ingraham Park, where a festival will include a performance of 1619: The Journey of a People, The Musical.

Photos from our readers

Credit: Diane Thodos

Diane Thodos captured memorial flowers for Servando Hamros among the trees in the Rotary International Friendship Garden. Hamros was fatally shot in the area last July. Send your photos to news@evanstonroundtable.com for a chance to be included in this newsletter.

Around the web

Gown vs. Town: Northwestern’s plan to replace Ryan Field with a sports and entertainment complex is causing a hometown hassle. Chicago Magazine reports on our city’s stadium debate.

African American Studies department to change name to Black Studies. The Northwestern academic unit’s new title aims to better reflect “the breadth of its scholarship and teaching,” according to the formal name change proposal.

Noticing hazy Chicago skies? Here’s why and what you should watch for next. Smoke from 103 wildfires in Western Canada is being blown southward.

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Gina Castro

Gina Castro is a Racial Justice fellow for the RoundTable. She recently earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism where she studied investigative reporting....