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Evanston residents have strong opinions about leaf blowers. This was evident at a community meeting Aug. 27, at which residents urged City officials to move forward on a ban on gas-powered leaf blowers.

City Council members had called last June for the sessions to solicit public input on changes to the City’s ordinance regulating the use of leaf blowers.

The use of the machines produces “staggering levels of pollution,” maintained Clark Elliott, the first speaker at the meeting.

Construction crane in downtown Evanston (RoundTable photo)

The collapse in late June of a 12-story oceanfront high-rise in Surfside, Florida, was more than a thousand miles away from Evanston’s lakefront. But the horror of the event – one of the deadliest building collapses in U.S. history – prompted some Evanston residents to wonder “could this happen here?” 

Despite the extreme rarity of such an event, it did put a spotlight on building and zoning regulations in Evanston.

In case you missed any of the most important news last week, here’s a roundup of the top stories from the RoundTable this past week.

City News

Beth’s Little Bake Shop installed a to-go window. “I think people are sort of accepting that maybe we’re going to have to live in this flex world for a while,” said according to Laura Brown, who manages the Central Street business district. (Photo by Jason Merel)

Evanston small businesses navigate pandemic with adaptation, community support. Despite some initial business closures, the Evanston small business community worked its way through a challenging year and a half using fast adaptations and creative pivots.

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Arts & Life

Jessica the Parrot at Alley Gallery in Evanston. (Photo courtesy of Darren Oberto)

The Evanston Gallery Scene reveals exciting new artists – learn the places and faces. The art gallery business can be risky in normal times. COVID has caused unusually stressful conditions for some gallery owners. Nevertheless, Evanston is still home to a number of art galleries that you should know about and visit if you enjoy looking at original art.

Evanston Symphony Orchestra performs at Gilson Park (Photo by Laura Bennett)

Evanston Symphony strikes a festive note. After more than a year of COVID-enforced silence, the Evanston Symphony Orchestra finally got to perform live on Aug. 30. The audience and musicians loved it.

(Photo by Julie Chernoff)

I say tomato. The tomato: fruit or vegetable? Does it matter? Any way you slice it, tomatoes are delectable. And here in Illinois, late summer is the absolute peak season for these beauties, be they beefsteak, cherry, or Roma.

Funkadesi world music group is set to perform Sept. 17 outside the Levy Senior Center in Evanston. (Submitted photo)

Levy Senior Center to host outdoor concert by world music group Funkadesi. Chicago-based world music group Funkadesi will play a free all-ages concert from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 17 outside the Levy Senior Center in Evanston.


The ETHS Wildkits scored a 26-6 victory over Indian Trail of Kenosha, Wis., on Aug. 27. (Photo by Becky Kremin)

Evanston finds finishing touch in season opener. The inability to finish off potential victories was all that stood in the way of a perfect season for Evanston’s football team during the pandemic-shortened campaign last spring. Maybe the Wildkits have learned that lesson already in the fall of 2021.

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Adina Keeling

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...