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Good morning, Evanston.

As the weather warms and July 4th is around the corner, the number of complaints about illegal fireworks use rises.

Evanston police are actively patrolling and citing individuals found in violation of a City code banning private fireworks, a Police Department representative told residents at a Seventh Ward community meeting on June 24.

At the same time, police face challenges from their side, too, acknowledged Sgt. Scott Sophier, who heads the department’s Community Strategies unit.

“It is difficult on the enforcement end of the fireworks calls, because, quite often, just like any other either quasi-criminal event or criminal event, we do need to have evidence in order to cite someone or arrest someone for an offense,” said Sgt. Sophier, speaking at the meeting, held both virtually and in person at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Boulevard.

“If we don’t see something occurring and someone’s not in possession of fireworks,” police can’t bring a complaint, he said.

Elsewhere on the RoundTable Website

Steven Rogers

Juneteenth: A bittersweet holiday, says Steven Rogers. Every Independence Day, I have 30 to 40 family and friends at my house in Evanston for a cookout. I always brag that my menu of chicken rice pilaf with vegetables, grilled fish, turkey burgers, chicken hot links, grilled Brussels sprouts, asparagus, cabbage, and baked sweet potatoes is much healthier than the traditional cookout foods of pork ribs, potato salad, baked beans, and beef hamburgers. In addition to the fact that my food offerings do not fit traditional cookout menus, my guests and I also engage in other unique traditions on this day of celebration.

Proposal to Charge Non-Residents for Parking Along City’s Lakefront. Evanston City Council members moved forward June 28 on a pilot program that would charge non-residents to park along the City’s lakefront, which until now has been free. 

“The Dance” by Dorothy Graden at the Evanston Art Center. (RoundTable photo)

‘Liminal Spaces’ Exhibit Continues at Evanston Art Center. Dorothy Graden, an artist living in Valparaiso, Ind., tours the Midwest and other parts of the world showcasing her art and her love for history and nature. She is inspired by petroglyphs and pictographs that she finds on hikes and camping trips through the American south and west.

Motown: The Music that Moved the World. Music aficionado Gary Wenstrup presented the Levy Lecture on June 22. He is a retired ad sales executive with a passion for music of all types. His presentation, “Motown: The Music that Moved the World,” had the virtual crowd of several hundred seniors reminiscing about and singing along to the music of their youth.  

The Library Goes Outdoors. The Evanston Public Library heads to the great outdoors for more than 100 great events and activities this summer for kids, teens, and families.  

COVID-19 Update on June 29: No New Cases in Evanston, 301 in the State. The weekly number of new cases per 100,000 people in Evanston, suburban Cook County, Chicago, and the State are each at or below 15. For Evanston, suburban Cook County, and the State, there was a slight increase in the number of new cases in the week ending June 29, compared to the prior week.

City Hosts First Friday Event on July 2 as Part of the ‘My City, Your City, Our City’ Initiative. Evanston community members continue to enjoy a variety of free events and activities at parks and community centers throughout the summer as part of the City’s new My City, Your City, Our City initiative. The next event will be a Family Night at Mason Park, located at Church Street and Florence Avenue, on Friday, July 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. as a part of the First Friday series. Community members will enjoy an obstacle course, free food, outdoor games, and more.

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