Credit: Asher Miller

Good Wednesday morning, Evanston.

We are in that interregnum when 2022 isn’t quite finished and 2023 isn’t quite here, between holidays and regular work days when everything feels a little suspended. Asher Miller’s photo of dawn along Central Street seems to capture some of that evanescent feeling.

He writes, “Evanston these days, with its high-rises and massive lakefront Northwestern buildings, doesn’t often feel much like small-town America. But watching the sun rise over Central Street with a hot cup of coffee and the twinkling lights of local businesses sure gives that effect.”

Settle in with your own choice of beverage to get the day started. During this holiday week, the RoundTable will be sending out shorter-than-usual newsletters. The regular newsletter returns Jan. 3. For now, don’t miss these stories:

Credit: Mike Roche

Training is reducing the number of accidents reported by the Evanston Fire Department. The department has set a goal to reduce the number of vehicle accidents in 2023 to fewer than 10. There were 20 in 2019, 19 in 2020, 15 in 2021 and through Nov. 5 of this year there have been 11 accidents. Wendi Kromash has an in-depth look at the safety problems and successes.

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Isabelle Reiniger reports that Al’s Deli on Noyes Street is struggling to stay open in the wake of the pandemic. The 73-year-old business has been suffering, its owners say, because they have opted not to have dine-in meals because “we’re a couple of old guys,” who are still worried about the Covid-19 virus. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help them pay their rent, which is two months in arrears.

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Pat Sullivan

Patricia Sullivan worked at the Washington Post for about 20 years, covering everything from news obituaries to politics to hurricanes. She spent a year as a liaison between IT staff and the newsroom,...