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Evanston aldermen commit property for new Trader Joe’s parking lot

Susan Du

May 7, 2012


Filed under City

The Evanston City Council committed Monday to acquiring properties and pursuing parking license agreements with developers for the site of a proposed Trader Joe's and its adjacent parking lot. Aldermen voted to devote more than $2 million from the city's parking fund to purchasing the approximately 18,000 sq...

Annual Children’s Day brings tumbling team to Evanston

Jia You

May 7, 2012


Filed under Local

More than 200 children and parents watched the Jesse White Tumbling Team perform at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center on Sunday as part of the Children's Day celebration. The celebration, held annually on the first Sunday of May at 1655 Foster St., aims to celebrate Evanston children and give them...

Council approves loan to bring Chicago’s Home of Chickens and Waffles to west Evanston

Jia You

April 29, 2012


Filed under Business, City

Chicken and waffles may soon be on the menu for west Evanston residents. It also recommended that the city make a $200,000 loan to the restaurant to help fund the cost of property purchase and construction. "It's going to create much-needed jobs in the area," said Ald. Peter Braithwaite (2nd), whose war...

SESP Prof. Dan Lewis represents Northwestern on city’s homelessness task force

Susan Du

April 25, 2012


Filed under Alumni, City

For SESP Prof. Dan Lewis, working on the city's Task Force on Homelessness fits naturally with a career's worth of social work, as well as his own experiences growing up in Chicago. Lewis, director of the Center for Civic Engagement, is a 27-year Evanston resident and father of two Evanston Townshi...

PAC supporting failed D65 school referendum ends first quarter in debt

Jessica Floum

April 24, 2012


Filed under Local

The political action committee that supported the failed 5th ward school referendum is currently more than $2,600 in debt, according to a financial report filed last week with the Illinois State Board of Elections, and group organizers say they don't have a plan to pay their outstanding bills. C4BE ...

Nonfiction author Nic Bishop visits Evanston schools, talks nature at EPL

Susan Du

April 24, 2012


Filed under Local

Globe-trotting writer and photographer Nic Bishop lived alternately in Bangladesh, Sudan, Papua New Guinea and the United Kingdom, growing up with tigers in his garden and falling asleep to jackals howling outside his window. As a professional author of nonfiction picture books based on the marsupials, a...

Blotter: April 25

Tanner Maxwell

April 24, 2012


Filed under Crime

Burglar takes three mountain bikes Someone broke into an Evanston couple's garage in the 1800 block of Asbury Avenue on Friday night, said Perry Polinski, a spokesman for the Evanston Police Department. The burglar entered the garage through a broken window and took three mountain bikes, Polinski said. T...

Diversity of classes, dancers keeps Foster Dance Studios fresh after 7 months in business

Cat Zakrzewski

April 24, 2012


Filed under Business

As the toddlers in creative movement and pre-ballerina class leave Foster Dance Studios on most Saturday mornings, the teenagers, college students and middle-aged women walk in for Zumba and Gyrokinesis. Offering an open environment and a variety of dance classes for all ages, Foster Dance Studios, 915 Foster St., op...

Testing for West Nile Virus starts early

Daniel Schlessinger

April 23, 2012


Filed under Local

After an unusually warm winter that may have promoted the growth of adult mosquitoes, Evanston health officials are testing earlier than usual this spring for West Nile virus. Testing typically begins around May 1, but this year the city started accepting possibly infected dead birds from resident...

Sherman Place to close during construction

Jia You

April 23, 2012


Filed under Local

A segment of Sherman Place will close from Monday until the end of June to facilitate the replacement of viaducts - arches that support a bridge - on the Purple Line. Construction crews will close Sherman Place between Dempster and Greenwood streets to build a new bridge on site, said Matt Swentkofsk...

Evanston police and firemen square off in charity dodgeball tournament

Rachel Janik

April 23, 2012


Filed under Local

The Evanston Police Department and the Evanston Fire Department faced off Sunday in a charity dodgeball tournament. About 20 people participated in the annual "Guns vs. Hoses Dodgeball Event" at the Chandler-Newberger Center, 1028 Central St. Participants raised money to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. "Wh...

Annual Faces of Evanston photo contest seeks ‘simplicity’ for 2012

Joseph Diebold

April 23, 2012


Filed under Local

The winning photographs of the eighth annual Faces of Evanston contest might be more understated than usual. Dr. Stamata Blanas, an Evanston dentist and founder of the contest, selects the theme each year. This time around, the theme is "simplicity." Previous themes have included "the wards of Evanston"...