Evanston RoundTable

Good Memorial Day Monday morning, Evanston.

Evanston’s six public beaches open this weekend and Audrey Thompson, newly appointed Director of Evanston’s Parks & Recreation Department, wants the public to know changes have been made.

“We’ve worked really hard to hire the right people and fix what was broken. We want this to be a safe, but fun, summer for everyone,” Thompson told the RoundTable.

This year’s opening comes just three months after a 379-page report was issued following an independent investigation by the law firm of Salvator, Prescott, Porter & Porter. The report showed city officials ignored information about a culture of abuse and harassment that endangered the young women in the lifeguard program.

Credit: Heidi Randhava

As the community stops to remember the men and women who have served our country and made the ultimate sacrifice, the Roundtable stopped in to visit American Legion Post 42 and ask the veterans about how to support these groups and their work in the community on other days of the year.

The flier for the group’s last event reads: “American Legion Post 42 Evanston wants to know: Are you a veteran? Are you a family of veterans? Are you part of a community in which you have veterans?”

Staff Sergeant Michael Wojciechowski, who retired from the U.S. Army, can say ‘yes’ to all three questions. Wojciechowski served four years in the U.S. Army and 17 years in the Army National Guard.

At This Time. To the waves. Katie Pearce holds the hand of her daughter, Josie, with friend Emi Barrio as they test out the lake on the first day of the beach season. “It reminds me of home,” said Katie. “I’m from Long Island, New York. And I love being at the beach and the water. I love that Lake Michigan looks like an ocean.”

Week in Photos: Are you planning to attend any Memorial Day events? Or did you frolic at the just-opened beaches this weekend? Send photos of events and activities around Evanston to news@evanstonroundtable.com, and we’ll share then in our weekly photo roundup Tuesday.

Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

Credit: Joerg Metzner

Picturing Evanston. An abundance of asparagus was to be found at the Evanston Farmers’ Market this weekend.

An abundance of spring alliums.  Credit: Julie Chernoff

Give me all the alliums. They’re the essential building blocks of any dish, and spring markets are awash with them. The beauty of spring alliums – we’re talking green garlic, garlic chives, chives, baby leeks, spring onions, and (swoon!) ramps – is their versatility

Wildkits baseball team win to move on in postseason quest. Sam Sheikh’s opposite field double in the bottom of the 11th inning knocked in the winning run in walk-off fashion as the Wildkits claimed the championship of their own Class 4A regional tournament.

Wildkits tennis scores four victories before being ousted from state tournament. Evanston’s singles and doubles players combined for four victories in two days before being eliminated from the Illinois High School Association Class 2A state tournament on Friday, May 27.

Cless soars and wins state high jump championship. No one flew higher than Evanston senior Matt Cless on Saturday at the Illinois High School Association Class 3A state track and field finals hosted by Eastern Illinois University.

ETHS girls soccer wins sectional tournament. Senior Brealyn Viamille scored three goals and led the Wildkits to just the third sectional championship in ETHS girls soccer history. The last time it happened? In 2002, before these girls were even born, when Evanston went all the way and claimed the state championship trophy.

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Last day of the Membership Drive!

Today is the last day of the RoundTable’s Spring Membership Drive – and we’re so close to our goal!

During this campaign, we’re trying to sign up 300 new members –Evanstonians who are willing to help support local journalism. And the community has really stepped up. We’re 86% of the way to our goal! Today, we need only 70 more supporters of local journalism to get there. Will you be one of them?

Around the web

Northwestern to rename 560 Lincoln after University President Morton Schapiro and wife Mimi Schapiro. Members of the Board of Trustees and other University supporters donated to the Morton and Mimi Schapiro Endowed Fund, which will support resident programming and maintenance in soon-to-be Schapiro Hall. 

Black health care providers look to end treatment inequality. Black patients around the country have reported having symptoms and pain dismissed or misdiagnosed. For pregnant Black women, such mistreatment drastically increases the possibility of death.

Almost 1,000 U.S. Flights Canceled Over Memorial Day Weekend. A total of 959 U.S. flights have been canceled in the U.S. over the Memorial Day weekend so far, as bad weather conditions and Covid-19-related staffing shortages interfere with airline operations.

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Adina Keeling is a photojournalist and reporter, covering city news, sustainability, schools, and art. She also investigates mental health systems and environmental injustices in Evanston, and puts together...