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An array of sweet treats for Valentine’s Day at Bennison’s Bakery. (Bennison’s Bakery photo)

Good Monday morning – and happy Valentine’s Day!

Evanston bakeries, confectioners, breweries and restaurants, among others, are offering some sweet treats and dining deals.

Here’s a roundup of Valentine-themed treats around town, along with RoundTable staff member picks for a delicious and affordable Valentine’s dinner.

Ann Rainey interviews Charles Evanson of Neon Design.

What goes into the craft of making a neon sign? 

In the latest video episode of “People You Should Know,” Charles Evanson talks about his business, Neon Design. His business was hit hard by COVID-19, but he’s looking forward to getting it moving again as the pandemic eases.

Charlie is interviewed by former City Council member Ann Rainey of the 8th ward, where Neon Design is located.

Kenan and Carol Heise. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

At this time: 2:22 p.m. Sunday. “Our marriage gets better and better as time goes by,” says Carol Heise on the eve of Valentine’s Day. Adds husband Kenan: “She gets cuter and cuter.” Carol and Kenan have been married 55 years. Kenan, a journalist, is finishing a special gift – a biography focusing on Carol’s work as a dedicated attorney representing prisoners on death row.


Week in Photos: In Tuesday’s newsletter we’ll share a roundup of photos taken throughout the past week. What were you up to in the last seven days? Send your photos to news@evanstonroundtable.com!


Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

Black History Month: Video series honors Black women who helped build America. Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre’s “Black Women in American History,” a four-part video series broadcast during February, highlights the contributions and influence of Black women.

Allison Lavey reads to son Zach. (Photo by Sam Stroozas)

Valentines for pooches and their young companions at Crown library. Evanston families and their pets attended the K-9 Valentine’s Day event Feb. 12 at the Robert Crown Community Center’s branch library, with free books for kids – and milk bone treats for dogs.

(Photo by Joerg Metzner)

Picturing Evanston. The light on the lakefront’s Church Street Power Boat Ramp is all caked in ice and battered by waves.

ETHS wrestling: Flores, Ramirez write first chapter in girls mat history. On Saturday, junior Ariana Flores and senior Alize Ramirez earned the right to represent the Orange and Blue at the first ever Illinois High School Association girls wrestling state finals.

She knows she’s busted. Dear Gabby, Last summer, my camp counselor told us that she couldn’t find her sweatshirt – an iconic, very cool sweatshirt that everyone sort of coveted. Last week I saw one of my cabin mates wear it to high school!

ETHS girls bowling: Summers qualifies for state tourney. Raivyn Summers became the first female bowler in program history to qualify for the Illinois High School Association state tournament Saturday.


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Around the web

ETHS takes third at IHSA State Chess Finals. The ETHS Chess Team took third among 126 teams at last weekend’s state finals in Peoria. ETHS won six of seven matches, losing only to eventual champ Stevenson by the narrowest possible margin of 34.5 to 33.5. Elie Platnick won all seven of his games on board 1 to lead the team to its best finish since 2006. Get a full report in Rank and File later this week.

With the community split on SROs in Niles Township high schools, the district fails to act. The purpose of the school resource officer is to serve as a law-related enforcer, counselor and presenter.

‘It’s an act of violence on our communities’: Advocates push for more equitable construction of EV charging stations. Electric vehicle charging infrastructure companies in the Chicago area favor wealthy neighborhoods, according to some experts.

With Black history being censored in schools, here are some suggested books for kids. Books are a great way to introduce kids to the fascinating and sometimes difficult experiences of Black Americans.

Evanston adoption agency to highlight importance of affirming Black girls, other children of color. The Cradle is hosting a conversation called “Representation Matters: Affirming Girls of Color.”


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Adina Keeling

Adina Keeling is a photojournalist and reporter, covering city news, sustainability, schools, and art. She also investigates mental health systems and environmental injustices in Evanston, and puts together...