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Good Monday morning, Evanston.

The Starbucks near ETHS is cutting its hours on Monday and Tuesday afternoons over “safety and security” concerns. The Evanston Police Department confirmed officers have responded to “disturbances” but no recent major incidents at the Starbucks and the McDonald’s on the corner of Dempster Street and Dodge Avenue.

About 60 people gathered downtown in Fountain Square on Sunday to protest an Israeli proposal to grant that country’s elected officials more power over its judiciary. This was the third Evanston demonstration on the issue this year.

The Evanston History Center at the Charles Gates Dawes House is well known among location scouts in the Chicago area.
Credit: James Brannigan

Columnist Nancy E. Anderson takes you from the big screen to the Evanston scene with a look at movies filmed in Evanston (at least in part). “A lot of location scouts have the Dawes House [pictured above] on their radar. It’s a period piece, it’s right on the lake and it’s film friendly,” said Peter Hawley, director of the Illinois Film Office. Anderson also explains how you can suggest your property be used as a set for TV shows, films or commercials.

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Monday-Friday: The McGaw YMCA is celebrating the grand opening of its new Skydeck Yoga Studio with free classes for community members. Sign up here.

Wednesday: The Land Use Commission is set to meet at 7 p.m. with the proposed 1621-31 Chicago Ave. development on the agenda.

Friday: South Boulevard Band is back for an indoor Jamming Jean concert at 5 p.m. in the Maple Room at the Levy Senior Center.

COVID-19 by the numbers: 15 new cases and no new deaths were reported Thursday, March 2, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 9.43 cases per day.

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Fifth Ward Council Member Bobby Burns speaks to a community member during the meeting.
Credit: Manan Bhavnani

About 14 Evanstonians gathered Saturday, March 4, to discuss expanding and improving Beck Park at 2525 Church St. MKSK, the firm managing the expansion, presented three potential park designs; two would add a restroom and one would also include a loop path for roller skating.

Dear Gabby: What can we do with those snobby, entitled and arrogant colleagues at work that no one likes? Our advice columnist gives us all a good lesson on dealing with difficult colleagues and the complexities that involves.

Still from A Corner in Wheat, 1909. The plot: “A greedy tycoon decides, on a whim, to corner the world market in wheat, This doubles the price of bread, forcing the grain’s producers into charity lines and further into poverty. Shows the differences between the lives of those who work to grow the wheat and the life of the man who dabbles in its sale for profit.” In 1994, the Library of Congress marked the film for preservation since it was “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
Credit: Evanston History Center

The Evanston History Center looks at Evanston’s Gilded Age, with part three of its Evanston Dimensions series on the Patten family, who played a key role in our city in the early 20th century. (If you’re just beginning this story of charitable gifts funded by allegedly unethical business practices, start with part one.)

Credit: Northwestern University

There is a lot to discuss as the city and Northwestern University deliberate over the proposed new Ryan Field. The RoundTable continues to get letters on both sides. Resident Lisa Taylor says purported tax benefits don’t add up. But resident and real estate broker Sally Mabadi predicts the project would boost property values.

Credit: Joerg Metzner

Picturing Evanston: Premiere Eglise Evangelique Baptiste Haitienne on Elmwood Avenue, north of Dempster Street, is one of the many houses of worship you’ll find squeezed into small lots throughout Evanston. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

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Around the web

Evanston-based adoption agency The Cradle celebrates 100 years. “The Cradle’s story really starts with a story of family and love,” said President and CEO Jason Friedman.

Local vendors celebrate Chicago’s 186th birthday through food. Chicago celebrated its 186th birthday on Saturday, March 4, marking the occasion with food and fun.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival brings the great outdoors to downtown Evanston. Friday night’s film fest was a fundraiser for the Evanston Environmental Association, which has held the event annually since 2011.

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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...