A man was robbed at gun point and then struck with the weapon Wednesday night in the 600 block of Forest Avenue. This among the stories in today's daily crime bulletin from Evanston police.

Post date: November 3, 2014 - 6:36pm

Evanston police say they've received an increase in reports of counterfeit money being passed to local businesses.

Post date: November 3, 2014 - 4:22pm

The Rotary Club of Evanston presents a "Lunch and Learn" Lecture on Thursday, Nov. 20, from noon to 1:15 p.m.

Titled "Social Media Ethics 101," the lecture by Mana Ionescu, president and founder of Lightspan Digital, a Chicago social media marketing agency, will provide hands-on advice on how to keep your company and employees on the social media high road.

The session, at Rotary International, 1560 Sherman Ave., costs $15.

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Northwestern University’s Chris Abani, a poet, novelist and humanist, has been named a United States Artists 2014 Ford Fellow. The fellowship honors America’s top 50 most accomplished and innovative artists and each includes a $50,000 award.

Born to a Nigerian (Igbo) father and a white English mother, Abani was raised in Nigeria and London. The bi-cultural, bi-racial, bi-lingual nature of his upbringing is a constant theme of his poems and novels.

Post date: November 3, 2014 - 3:02pm

Winter must be approaching, because the City of Evanston has launched the ninth annual edition of its "Paint Evanston Plows" contest in which kids paint the blades of snow plows and residents vote for the one they like best.

This year's contest theme is tied to the current city project to redesign Fountain Square downtown, so students at the eight participating schools were asked to come up with their own ideas to imagine what the square might become.

Post date: November 3, 2014 - 2:16pm

Lighthouse Park District Director Donald Terras says he was sitting in his office during the windstorm that swept through Evanston Halloween afternoon when a tree limb came crashing through the ceiling.

A giant, and as it turned out, thoroughly rotted silver maple tree broke off in the wind, fell against the main roof of the lighthouse keeper's house at 2601 Sheridan Road and then came to rest on top of the one-story addition where his office is located.

Post date: November 3, 2014 - 1:50pm

Update 10:45 a.m.: Evanston police say a 22 year old Evanston man was shot this morning near the intersection of Elmwood Avenue and Dobson Street in south Evanston.

Post date: November 3, 2014 - 10:13am

The Evanston Community Foundation's Leadership Evanston program presents the Public Service Challenge, a non-partisan one day workshop created to provide practical information on campaigning and holding office in Evanston.

The workshop takes place Saturday, Dec. 6 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Joseph E. Hill Education Center at 1500 McDaniel Ave. The workshop fee is $30 and includes lunch. Some scholarships are available.

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"Endless Days, Sleepless Nights" is the inaugural exhibition at Sidetracked Studio, opening on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 6 to 9 p.m.

The exhibit features work by David Allen, tattoo artist and painter from Chicago, and Mat Hurtado, tattoo artist and painter from Los Angeles, and drawings by Daniel Maidman, painter and writer from Brooklyn, N.Y. 

The exhibit continues through Feb. 28, 2015. All artists will be present opening night. 

Post date: November 2, 2014 - 11:38am

The sting of a season-ending defeat is never easy for any high school team to absorb.

But Saturday’s 1-0 loss to long-time rival New Trier at the Class 3A soccer sectional tournament championship game at Niles North hurt more than most, because it ended a successful two-year run by a special class of Evanston seniors.

Or, as a disappointed ETHS head coach Franz Calixte so aptly put it, “They deserve some more trophies.”

Post date: November 1, 2014 - 5:16pm