Haven Middle School parents have organized a show of gratitude for teachers every day this week. (Photo by Adina Keeling)

Good Tuesday morning, Evanston.

To show support and appreciation for Haven Middle School teachers, parents organized a show of gratitude for every day this week, kicking off with a small demonstration before school Monday in which parents cheered for teachers and gave out small bouquets of flowers as they entered the building.

This demonstration follows an incident at Haven last week in which a teacher was taken to the hospital after trying to break up a fight between two students. A few days before that, a hall monitor required medical attention after getting punched in the face by a student.

“We want teachers to feel safe coming to work every day,” said parent Kate Robinson. “We want them to know that the parents do support them.”

Dreams Delivered has hundreds of prom dresses, in sizes 0-30. (Photo by Sam Stroozas.)

As Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” played through a speaker on the second floor of the Woman’s Club of Evanston, dozens of teenagers got ready for prom, one of the biggest nights for high schoolers.

Dreams Delivered kicked off its 15th year April 10 with hundreds of dresses, shoes and accessories for senior prom, all free for participants. In conjunction with the Delta Chi Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha and volunteers from the Woman’s Club, participants got help from a personal shopper in finding their dresses, shoes and jewelry. 

“It is so wonderful to work with all of these young women, it is empowering and it makes them light up and feel special,” said volunteer Rachel Hershinow. “It is so gratifying to see.”

(Photo by Richard Cahan)

At This Time: Monday at 5:10 p.m. Evanston resident Barbara Belcore uses the community fridge and food pantry at 1335 Dodge Ave. She brought cans of fruit and vegetables to donate and took gluten-free pasta and a corn tortilla. Evanston has four free pantries, all with refrigerators for perishable goods and shelves for nonperishables. “You can bring food here and know that somebody else is going to make good use of it,” Belcore said. And you can supplement your kitchen. “There is no judgment, which is great. Nobody is going to judge you for popping by.” (Photo by Richard Cahan)


COVID-19 by the numbers: 24 new cases were reported Sunday, April 10, the last day the city updated case totals. The seven-day average is 20.1 cases per day.


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Student fighting at Haven Middle School has drawn attention recently. (Photo by Adina Keeling) Credit: Adina Keeling

From District 65 superintendent: Important update regarding Haven’s culture and climate. Writes Superintendent Devon Horton: “District and school leaders are very aware of the challenges that Haven students and staff members are currently facing and that these issues have been long-standing.”

Sara Shaaban (left) serves a customer at Witchy Woman World Apothecary. (Photo provided)

Woman-owned spring market manifests on Elmwood. Elmwood Avenue turned into a modern witch’s dream Saturday afternoon when Witchy Woman World Apothecary owner Sara Shaaban hosted a women-owned business spring market.

“Our Star,” designed by ETHS Junior Sophia Hogue

ETHS student is one of six finalists in Cook County flag redesign competition. The Cook County Board of Commissioners is considering the top six student-finalist flag designs for the next Cook County flag to replace the current flag, introduced in 1961. “Our Star” was designed by Sofia Hogue of Evanston Township High School and Ryan Bradley of Disney II Magnet High School. 

(Photo by Jean Cunningham)

The week in photos: April 4-11. Spring in Evanston makes herself known – with sprouting crocuses, bunny nests and blooming squill, pictured above.

ETHS baseball: Vasquez saves Wildkit win in pitching debut. The Wildkits won their much-delayed home opener and Alex Vasquez earned his first varsity save while striking out six of the 10 batters he faced in a 7-5 conquest of Lincoln Park. Evanston chalked up its fifth win in a row and improved to 8-2 on the season.

Picturing Evanston. One of the many garage door murals that can be discovered in Evanston’s alleys. This one is south of Isabella Street and west of Ewing Avenue. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

Tom Grey (Submitted photo)

KemperSports hires Tom Grey as General Manager of Canal Shores Golf Course. Grey, who served as the personal caddie for the legendary Jack Nicklaus in 1993, has held numerous roles across public and private golf facilities over the course of his career.


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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...