Smoke alarms for hearing-impaired seniors

Evanston Fire and Life Safety Services will give away 30 special smoke alarms to seniors with hearing disabilities.

Evanstonians ages 60 and older who are hearing impaired are encouraged to apply for these special safety devices. Seniors must also meet Community Development Block Grant income qualifications.

Applications and information are available online or by calling Bob Nelson of the Fire Prevention Bureau at 847-866-5936. The applications deadline is Monday, Nov. 27.

Tech center marks 20 years of startups

Evanston's Technology Innovation Center -- now financially independent of Northwestern and the City -- is marking its 20th year of providing advice and a home for new businesses. The Chicago Sun-Times reports the center now has nearly 50 companies with over 200 employees at its two Evanston locations.

Health department offers flu shots

The city's Department of Health and Human Services will provide flu and pneumonia shots for Evanston residents from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, at the Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave.

The charge for flu shots is $25; pneumonia shots will cost $30. Appointments are not necessary and Medicare Part B will be accepted.

For further information, contact the Evanston Health and Human Services Department at 847-866-2948.

New assistant city manager named

Evanston City Manager Julia A. Carroll announces the appointment of Rolanda B. Russell to the position of assistant city manager.

Russell, an Illinois native, is returning to her home state after serving five years as Assistant City Manager for Community Development for the City of Roanoke, Va. Russell will begin her career in the Evanston on November 6.

Russell is one of two Assistant City Managers that report directly to Carroll.

'Silver Wings' lands at Green Bay and McCormick

Evanston's Public Art Committee dedicated a 15-foot-tall stainless-steel sculpture called "Silver Wings" at the intersection of Green Bay Road and McCormick Boulevard Sunday to mark the close of the city's Arts Week. Details from the Daily Northwestern.

Brits buy Church Street Plaza stake

The London-based Grosvenor Group, a real estate investment firm led by the Duke of Westminster, reportedly is acquiring just under half ownership of the Church Street Plaza development, which includes the Century Theatres complex and the Borders Books and Music store.
Crain's Chicago Business estimates the value of the deal at around $30 million. The developer of the complex, Arthur Hill, retains the remainder of the ownership interest.