• Jan 3 2010 - 12:40pm | | | 9 comments

    Like the NU Wildcats coming back against the Auburn Tigers, Evanston's branch libraries have  survived numerous budgets. But ultimately, the Wildcats lost and the branches most likely will fall to the current budget crisis. Emails are flying back and forth with requests for volunteers and arguments about the valuable services the branches give to our community.

  • Dec 9 2009 - 11:29am | | | 38 comments

    As Evanston once again finds ourselves at budget time considering the closing of the branch libraries, I feel like I've somehow wandered on to the set of Saturday Night Live's REALLY?! skit with Seth Rogen and Amy Poehler.

  • Nov 24 2009 - 10:00pm | | | 0 comments

    From Evanston Downtown site....
    "Annual Evanston Holiday Tree Lighting!'---Public Event---Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 At 05:30 PM---Location: Fountain Square
    All are welcome to celebrate the upcoming holiday season with the annual Evanston Holiday Tree Lighting in Fountain Square."

  • Oct 29 2009 - 12:07pm | | | 0 comments

    Plans are well underway to make sure Brummel Park in Southeast Evanston and Northeast Rogers Park have a safe Halloween.

  • Oct 8 2009 - 3:46pm | | | 15 comments

    If you’re parent of a District 65 student, there’s no need to panic. School will not be ending early every Wednesday, but yesterday was the first of seven Wednesdays this school year when students will be released by noon so that their teachers can participate in professional development training.

    The good news is that there will no longer be the confusing hodgepodge of hour-early dismissals and half days for us to keep track of. But, the jury is still out on whether these now called “school improvement days” will mean a better education for our children.

    Let’s start with the question of what District 65 students are doing when school gets out early. Those already enrolled in an after-school program will likely attend as usual assuming mom and dad can afford the extra fee.

  • Sep 30 2009 - 7:54am | | | 9 comments

    Evanston's City Council voted 7-2 Tuesday night to ban licensed peddlers from the area around Northwestern's athletic complex on game days.

    The process leading up to the vote was prime example of how public issues should not be decided in Evanston.

    The police chief had private meetings with university security officials to develop the plan. The city manager slipped the item onto the City Council agenda and asked the council to suspend the rules and give the ordinance immediate effect.

    The rationale for the ban is that on some game days large crowds trying to get past peddlers on the sidewalk surge into the street, creating a traffic hazard.

    At no time, it appears, did anyone on the city staff reach out to the small business people -- the licensed peddlers -- whose livelihood will be disrupted by this ordinance.

    Each of these peddlers is required each year to submit his or her name and address to the city collector's office and pay a license fee.

  • Sep 28 2009 - 5:05pm | | | 0 comments
    When the conversation turns to education, do you need someone to decipher the code? GPA, SOS, CCC, SUI, AP, PPN. The ETHS/PTSA’s Oct 6 program meeting: “Alphabet Soup: Resources at ETHS”, will help you understand these and more abbreviations and the programs behind them. ETHS is one of the best high schools in the country because they pay close attention to each student and provide a lot of services through programs that tend to be called by their initials, the alphabet soup. PTSA has invited the heads of more than a dozen programs to describe what they offer students. The Oct. 6 meeting will be held at ETHS in Room S-214 at 7:30pm.
  • Sep 4 2009 - 12:13pm | | | 0 comments

    Several excellent candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination for (and, hence, likely election as ) the next state representative for most of Evanston (18th District).

  • Sep 1 2009 - 7:59am | | | 0 comments

    There’s nothing like the first day of school to get this mom’s mind racing with ways we could create a more “family-friendly” District 65.

  • Aug 21 2009 - 7:49am | | | 8 comments
    I ran across a Brookings Institution study today that seems relevant to debates about Evanston's future.
  • Aug 21 2009 - 2:39pm | | | 1 comment

    I know lately I've been coming on here and complaining in blog posts. And this one is no different.

  • Aug 10 2009 - 12:51pm | | | 6 comments

    Now, I'm not incredibly happy paying 90.00 for my family swim in the lake. Especially since my son is not even two years old. And even more especially since South Street Beach is gross.

  • Jul 26 2009 - 10:14am | | | 4 comments

    A relatively small but vocal audience attended the CTA's hearing Thursday night, July 23, at the Levy Center on proposed changes to routes 200 (Main Shuttle) and N201 (Central/Ridge Night Owl servi

  • Jul 20 2009 - 8:10am | | | 2 comments

    Evanston Inventure issued a report last week detailing the role non-profit organizations play in the city's economy.

  • Jul 7 2009 - 9:49am | | | 22 comments

    The yard signs are long gone; the new Council has been seated. Detailed voting data is now available from the Cook County Clerk's office.