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  • The Evanston senior point guard became only the second female player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau in her career Friday night, adding a dash of drama to an otherwise easy 74-31 victory over Glenbrook North for the Wildkit girls.
  • City Files Lien Against The Margarita Inn to Recover Back Payment of Taxes Close to $500k
    Evanston has filed a tax lien against The Margarita Inn at 1566 Oak Ave. after an internal City audit revealed the hotel was in arrears of nearly $500,000 in back taxes, officials confirmed this week. The City has had several situations recently where payments of taxes or fees, normally a given, have become a question.
  • Let It Snow – But Clear Those Walks
    Evanston officials are considering dumping their four-inch sidewalk- snow-removal rule and replacing it with one that makes allowances for different weather events.
  • Adults who live, work, or worship in Evanston are invited to take part in racial healing circles led by YWCA Evanston/North Shore at various sites throughout Evanston, Jan. 21-24.
  • The Check Out Podcast Checks Out Evanston People
    Evanston Public Library has launched The Check Out, a podcast that introduces listeners to Evanston residents or people working in Evanston who are actively engaged in making the community better, and other noteworthy pursuits. The podcast, hosted by EPL Community Engagement Coordinator Jill Schacter, features interviews with Evanstonians involved in fields such as the arts, history, nonprofits and community development.
  • Those who are thinking of going may wish to consider fixing their own computers rather than throwing away or paying someone else to fix a broken laptop.
  • The City of Evanston has launched a year of hosting a new popup exhibition from the National Archives, "Rightfully Hers," commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. “Rightfully Hers” contains simple messages exploring the history of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, women’s voting rights before and after the 19th, and its impact today. 
  • Public Services Bureau Chief Edgar Cano has issued the following weather update for Friday and Saturday:
  • The Traffic Guy hears
    … that, while the streets of Evanston offer only the humdrum potpourri of dead leaves, crumpled plastic bottles and other jetsam, there is real beauty at the lakefront. Ellen Galland took this photo at sunrise on Jan. 9. Just two days later, wave after wave pounded Lee Street Beach, throwing sand onto the sidewalk there. On Jan. 12, some of the sand layer was three or four inches deep.
  • Guest Essay #4: Affordable Housing, Equity, and Reparations
    On January 21, a key topic at the Evanston City Council meeting will be progress on creating more affordable housing in our community. Joining Forces for Affordable Housing is guest-authoring five editorials to inform and engage our community around this issue, which affects wellbeing and future opportunities for all of us.
  • The Evanston Electoral Board on Jan. 15 voted not to allow a resident-led referendum question on the March 17 primary election ballot.
  • Evanston City Council members backed away from authorizing a temporary moratorium on the deconversion of condominiums to rental apartment buildings, after aldermen sparred on the length of time of the moratorium and then failed to move forward altogether.
  • Shear Comfort’s Owner Hangs Up Clippers After 30+ Years
    Dec. 21, 2019 was a busy day at Shear Comfort, known by some as “Evanston’s finest grooming salon.” Owner Cynthia Suszycki and Tammie Caswell, long-time friend and employee, greeted each furry client and human owner with their ready smiles and genuine warmth. It seemed like a typical day, except all the humans were trying not to cry.
  • Some of my friends are expecting 2020 to be a difficult year. One of them told me she believes it will be “apocalyptic.” Gosh, I hope not. We have enough problems without the apocalypse to worry about.
  • Residents Raise a Chorus of Concerns to Church’s Rent Figures
    Leaders at Mount Pisgah Ministry Church ran into strong resident reaction at a Fifth Ward meeting Jan. 8 where they presented plans to redevelop the church’s property, as well as a long vacant lot at Church Street and Darrow Avenue, long viewed as an important piece in the area’s development.
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