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Ukrainian Northwestern graduate students Anastasia Simferovska (left) and Neonila Glukhodid. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

Good Wednesday morning, Evanston.

This week, the RoundTable talked to Ukrainians living in Evanston about their families back home facing a bloody Russian invasion and what they want local residents to know about their native country.

Anastasia Simferovska, a doctoral student at Northwestern, said she would have returned home to Lviv, Ukraine, to be with her family amid the invasion if she didn’t have a 22-month-old daughter.

“To look at everything going on from a distance is horrible beyond imagination,” she said.


Longtime Second Ward City Council member Peter Braithwaite has taken a job as Director of Procurement, Diversity and Community Engagement at Northwestern University, marking the first time in recent city history two members of the council are employed by the university.

Braithwaite, previously in a sales job with Grainger Industrial Supply, disclosed his new status Feb. 28 during council consideration of Mayor Daniel Biss’s appointment of Juan Geracaris, another Northwestern employee, to fill the vacated Ninth Ward Council seat.


COVID-19 by the numbers: Three new cases were reported on Monday, Feb. 28, the last day the city updated case totals. The seven-day average is 10 cases per day.


Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

Valeriia Rohoza (left) said her family lives in Chernihiv, Ukraine. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

Supporting Ukraine. Four Northwestern students from Ukraine and their friends raised more than $7,000 over two days by selling Ukrainian pastry and candy under the Arch. Sophomore Valeriia Rohoza said her parents and siblings live in Chernihiv, which is being shelled daily by the Russians.

ETHS boys basketball: Kits can’t cope with Glenbrook South in season-ending defeat. The Titans beat the Wildkits for the third time this season Tuesday night in the semifinals of the Class 4A GBS Sectional tournament.

At This Time: Tuesday at 7:02 a.m. A crowd watches a beaver swim under the bridge to the Northwestern lakefill. The lagoon, known as Fake Michigan, is a real habitat, said Jeff Kashycke (second from left). “Fish love it. Ducks love it. Geese basically live here all year long.” (Photo by Richard Cahan)

Two Evanstonians of Cherokee descent appointed to Mitchell Museum board. The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, at 3001 Central St., boasts an extensive array of exhibits on Indigenous arts, histories and cultures throughout the U.S. – one of only a few museums across the country to do so.

Rev. Grace Imathiu, Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church (left), stands with Robin Rue Simmons, architect of Evanston’s reparations effort. (Photo by Wendi Kromash)

First United Methodist sets example for reparations with major gift. A representative of First United Methodist Church of Evanston presented a check for $50,000 to Sol Anderson, CEO of the Evanston Community Foundation, for the Reparations Stakeholders Authority of Evanston group on Sunday, Feb. 27.

Evanston celebrates Women’s History Month. With Women’s History Month kicking off March 1, Evanstonians are in luck, as many events across the city are celebrating women of the past and present, signifying hope for a better, more equitable future. 

The Lake Effect. (Photo by Agnes Voltz)

Depicting Lake Michigan, day by day. On Jan. 4, local artist Agnes Voltz decided to set aside her professional camera and take at least one photo of Lake Michigan from Evanston beaches every day of 2022 with her iPhone.

Sidewalk cafe permit applications available now. Sidewalk Cafe Permit season begins April 1. While no fees will be assessed this year, businesses will still need a permit to operate a sidewalk cafe.


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Around the web

Chicagoan trapped in war-torn Ukraine makes it to Poland. Olga Tsoi lives in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, just south of Evanston, but she was visiting family in Ukraine last week when the Russian military invaded.

Ngozi Ezike, Illinois’ health leader during COVID-19 crisis, stepping down. Dr. Ezike quickly became the face of the state’s COVID-19 response when the pandemic first hit two years ago, appearing alongside Gov. J.B. Pritzker during regular press briefings.

ETHS alum Sebastian Nalls on bid for alderman, running for mayor, and life as a longtime Evanstonian. Nalls, 20, spoke with the ETHS student newspaper about his experience in politics, his future plans and the importance of civic engagement.


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Duncan Agnew

Duncan Agnew covers Evanston public schools, affordable housing, City Hall and more for the RoundTable. He also writes long-form investigations, features and the morning email newsletter three times a...