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Happy Friday morning, Evanston.

Maybe the purple evening sky in Joerg Metzner’s photo is a good omen for Northwestern men’s basketball, facing Penn State in tonight’s Big Ten tournament quarterfinal. Tip-off is 5:30 p.m. at the United Center.

The City of Evanston intends to award $25,000 reparations grants to between 35 and 80 ancestors in its second round of funding. Sixteen grant recipients were selected in the first round, with the Reparations Committee ultimately voting last week to issue cash payments to brother and sister Kenneth and Sheila Wideman, who otherwise would not have been able to use their grants. But cash payments for others are not authorized for round two.

The five candidates for the Evanston Township High School board discussed their priorities and ideas at a Thursday forum hosted by the League of Women Voters. They focused on more investments in mental health, social-emotional learning, safety and the racial opportunity gap. Two incumbents and two challengers are vying for three four-year board spots; incumbent Mirah Anti is the only recognized candidate for a two-year seat, so a single write-in vote will give her victory.

Former Evanston Township High School Special Education Director Diona Lewis (above) says she was targeted for termination only after she had filed a discrimination charge against District 202 with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The RoundTable reported Wednesday, March 8, on the ETHS action against Lewis. In a letter sent to the RoundTable the next day, Lewis said after she filed her EEOC charge, she received a Feb. 16 letter notifying her of the results of an ETHS investigation and a recommendation that she be dismissed.

RoundTable weekend roundup

Jamming Jean: Listen to the South Boulevard Band at 5 p.m. today at the Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave. Hecky’s Barbecue, beer, wine and soft drinks available for purchase.

ETHS spring sports parent meeting: Join the athletic department from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the ETHS Auditorium, 1600 Dodge Ave., for info on the upcoming season.

Beck Park expansion: Offer feedback to city staff and the project’s designers at an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the ETHS Transition House, 1742 Lemar Ave.

Cardboard Carnival Showcase: Play games created by Evanston fifth to eighth graders from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St.

McGaw Y triathlon: Anyone 11 and older can register for the YMCA’s indoor triathlon set for 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday at 1000 Grove St.

3-on-3 basketball tournament: Third to eighth graders can play in this tourney, hosted by the Justin Wynn Leadership Academy, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at ETHS Beardsley Gym, 1600 Dodge Ave.

More RoundTable reads

Third time is not the charm: The city’s Land Use Commission on Wednesday voted down the latest proposal for the long-in-the-works Legacy apartment building planned for 1621-31 Chicago Ave. But City Council will get the final say.

At a Thursday evening virtual meeting, the city’s Environment Board talked about a need to reach more people, especially when it comes to implementing Evanston’s Climate Action and Resilience Plan.

In the final installment of a five-part Evanston Dimensions series on the Patten family, the Evanston History Center’s Kris Hartzell and Jenny Thompson look inside the Patten house on Ridge Avenue. Only the original wrought iron fence remains today.

Weekly COVID-19 update: Evanston stayed in the CDC’s low risk category, though cases and hospitalizations ticked up over the last three days.

Through March 27, be on the look out for donation bins at downtown Evanston stores and restaurants, where you can help restock local food pantries.

Girls Play Sports cofounder Liz Maday is receiving a $10,000 grant for the Evanston-based organization as one of 20 national winners of the M&M’s (yes, the candy company) Flipping the Status Quo Program.

Picture perfect: Send your photos of people, places and events around town to news@evanstonroundtable.com for a chance to be included in this newsletter.

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Around the web

Evanston ban on gasoline-powered leaf blowers goes into effect in coming weeks. The ban, passed in 2021, will officially go into effect on Saturday, April 1.

Few hospitals are willing to bear the cost of providing psychiatric care for kids. Just 30 hospitals in Illinois have beds for kids needing inpatient mental health care. Lurie Children’s Hospital psychiatrists say they “need other places to step up.”

Alpha Epsilon Pi to close Northwestern chapter effective immediately. The national organization shut down the NU fraternity, citing health and safety violations. Multiple students have alleged being drugged or sexually assaulted at the house.

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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...