Opinion: School Holidaze

While at the grocery last week I ran into a fellow D65 parent who, knowing of my years of advocacy around calendar issues, expressed her frustration with the dizzying number of days our children are off or released early from school. She went on to tick off the latest round: Nov. 3 (half day), Nov. 11 (Veteran’s holiday), Nov. 24-26 (Thanksgiving break), Dec. 1 (half day), and lest we forget, the two-week winter break that is fast approaching.

Viewpoint: ETHS should take it slow, do it right

To the D202 School Board:
We have read the articles and the books. We know about Jeannie Oakes and Pedro Noguera. We understand the arguments for equity. We know that by saying anything in opposition to the current proposal means that we are immediately branding ourselves as "trying to protect our privileges."

Witherspoon asks board to cut honors-only classes

In the September School Improvement Team committee minutes, Evanston Township High School Superintendent Eric Witherspoon recommends  the board eliminate straight honors humanities for freshman next year and straight honors biology the year after.
The notes read as follows:

Jan Schakowsky for reelection?

A recent rip to the Tom Thumb hobby shop on Davis Street brought it to my attention that the store is catching some flack for placing signs for Joel Pollak in their windows. Upon noticing the signs some weeks ago I thought this was a bit risky for their cash register, but figured that the owner didn’t care since he's operated a successful business here for close to hal

Kids can learn Native crafts at Mitchell Museum workshops

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston is presenting Kids Craft Morning workshops on Saturdays in October, November, and December, touching on traditions of Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Northwest Coast, and far northern Native peoples.

Mitchell Museum to host Native Arts Holiday Bazaar

Native American exhibitors from throughout the Chicago area and beyond will be offering authentic, handmade, traditional and contemporary art and craft items at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian's annual Native Arts Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, December 4, 2010, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, December 5, from noon to 4 p.m..

Mitchell Museum plans annual lecture honoring Native American hero

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston has announced plans to present an annual lecture honoring Dr. Carlos Montezuma, an early 20th-century Native American physician and civil rights crusader who lived and worked in Chicago.

Bluto, Boon, Flounder and Dean Wormer to help save the Skokie Theater

Animal House at the Skokie Theatre October 30
SKOKIE, IL -- From the people who brought the Rocky Horror Picture Show to the financially-challenged Skokie Theatre in August comes another classic movie with a popular soundtrack: Animal House (

Mitchell Museum founder to discuss her adventures in Native American art collecting

Betty Seabury Mitchell, co-founder of the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, will reflect on her years of collecting Native American art and will field questions from the audience during a talk titled “Betty Mitchell: Her Story” at 1 p.m. Sunday, September 26, at the museum, 3001 Central Street, Evanston.

Marcus Roberts Trio to Salute Jazz Piano Giants

The Marcus Roberts Trio, led by renowned jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and educator Marcus Roberts, will herald the launch of the Music Institute of Chicago’s new jazz studies program with a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 25, at the Music Institute’s Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston.

Guest singers to brighten ‘Bachtoberfest’ benefit concert

Two acclaimed young classical singers from the East Coast will join veteran musicians from the venerable Bach Week Festival, held each spring in Evanston since 1974, for a concert featuring music of J.S. Bach at the organization’s second annual “Bachtoberfest” fundraiser, to be held 6–8:30 p.m.

Views: Proposed limit on taxi licenses unwise

There are 147 Taxi Medallions in Evanston (147 taxi cabs in Evanston). During the next city council meeting on Monday, Sept. 13, a vote will be called to restrict all cabs to this amount. Under this new proposed ordinance, at peak levels of rider demand, Only 147 cabs will be available to service the City of evanston that can have, at times upwards of 110,000 people here - students and residents.

Thank you, President Obama

Tonight, President Obama announced the end of combat operations in Iraq. I was moved, not by his oratory, but by my memory of standing along Ridge Avenue, candle in hand, observing the 1,000th US casualty, then the 2,000th, then the 3,000th casualty. I support the troops and I hope they come home.


To all Evanstonians who worked to make this day possible, thank you.