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Evanston RoundTable

Good Wednesday morning, Evanston.

Residents at 1730 Hinman Ave. on Tuesday serenade a towering oak tree that some believe dates back to the Revolutionary War era. The tree didn’t fully bloom last year and is set to be cut down any day now. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

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Northwestern University’s proposal to build a new Ryan Field has become a contentious topic throughout Evanston. So the RoundTable asked Mayor Daniel Biss, council members and ward candidates about any connections or affiliations to Northwestern, as well as their stances on concerts at the rebuilt venue and negotiating a community benefits agreement. Here’s what they said.

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Early voting for the city’s consolidated election began Monday, March 20, and is open through April 3; Election Day is April 4. With election season in full swing, the RoundTable shares the rules we follow as a a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization concerning political coverage and endorsement of candidates.

COVID-19 by the numbers: Three new cases and no new deaths were reported Monday, March 20, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 11 cases per day.

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District 65 is seeking more than $11 million in federal grant money to fund climate efforts and make improvements at seven school buildings. “We’re now working full steam ahead on a full application,” said Karen Bireta (above), the district’s sustainability coordinator.

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The Evanston Township High School softball team lost in Tuesday’s season opener to Palatine, 11-5. The good news? “All of the things that happened to us today are fixable,” head coach Amy Gonzales said.

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The ETHS baseball team, which opened its 2023 season Tuesday, lost 6-4 to Hersey at Northwestern’s Rocky Miller Park. “We struck out too many times and didn’t put the ball in play enough,” head coach Frank Consiglio said. But he offered a note of hope: “We have to get better, and we’ll get there.”

March is Women’s History Month, and longtime RoundTable columnist Peggy Tarr writes to honor some memorable women (including gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, above).

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Letter to the editor: “Ever since moving to Evanston 20 years ago, I have wondered why the residential streets are so dark. … The Tallmadge light poles and fixtures are woefully inadequate,” writes Barry Goldberg.

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First Ward Council Member Clare Kelly has been named to the National League of Cities University Communities Council. “I look forward to collaborating with municipal officials from across the nation to find creative solutions to the unique challenges that our university communities face,” Kelly said in a news release.

More than 100 representatives of Evanston’s business community attended a special event hosted by Northlight Theatre on March 13. “The crowd was enthusiastic about Northlight’s return and the excitement in the room was palpable,” said Kim Hoopingarner, the theater’s director of development.

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Picturing Evanston: Spotted at Greenwood Beach, this tire lodged in the rocks as winter comes to an end. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

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Around the web

Perception Cannabis pot dispensary looks to open in a former Rogers Park currency exchange. The minority-owned marijuana company is one of three operations vying to open near the Chicago and Evanston border.

All Ball – Princeton G Blake Peters on Arizona upset, Mizzou takedown, Sweet 16, viral postgame interview. Podcaster Doug Gottleib is joined by Princeton Guard (and ETHS grad) Blake Peters.

Skokie to replace lead service lines using federal funds. There are about 11,000 lead service lines in Skokie, which has received $2 million in aid.

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Manan Bhavnani

Prior to joining the RoundTable, Manan Bhavnani covered business and technology for the International Business Times, with a focus on mergers, earnings and governance. He is a double Medill graduate, with...