Got right ancestors? Go to NU free!

A select few young people, whose ancestors had the foresight to buy perpetual tuition scholarships to Northwestern University in the early years after its founding, now get to go the Chicago-area's most expensive college for free. The story from the Chicago Sun-Times.

New sewer work sites this fall

Sewer rehabilitation projects will start in several areas of Evanston this month.

On Elmwood Avenue from Lake Street to Main Street, and Custer Avenue from Washington to Howard, with areas of Main Street, Sherman Avenue and Washington Street in between work will begin Sept. 25 and continue throughout October.
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago contracted with Insituform Technologies USA, Inc., to rehabilitate the sewers on these streets.

The tentative schedule includes:

City cancels Supplier Diversity Conference

The city's Division of Purchasing has canceled its annual Supplier Diversity Conference, originally advertised in the City's Highlights newsletter for Thursday, Oct. 12, at the Hilton Garden Inn.

The event's cancellation is due to a number of scheduling conflicts city staff members have encountered.

The City plans to hold the next Supplier Diversity Conference sometime next year.

The City has sponsored a Supplier Diversity Conference annually for the last seven years.

Church/Dodge plan schedule detailed

The City of Evanston invites community members to help plan the revitalization of West Evanston neighborhoods.

A review of plan alternatives for the Church/Dodge area, from McDaniel to Darrow and south to Greenwood Street, will be held on Thursday, Sept. 21, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster.

City names new finance director

City Manager Julia Carroll has announced the appointment of Matthew A. Grady III as Director of Finance for the City of Evanston.

Grady starts work Sept. 18, filling a position vacant since March.

Grady is from Michigan where he served as Deputy Finance Director for the City of Detroit for four years and dealt with a $3.4 billion budget and 400 staff members.

Evanston's newest department director will be responsible for the central financial functions of the City of Evanston including participating in the formulation and execution of the City's financial policies.

Death Penalty reform or abolishment?

I was astonished that the Evanston Review would weigh in on the death penalty. Even more that the League of Womans Voters would take a stance on the matter. Writing about crime in Evanston is one thing but to actually open a debate on anything regarding the criminal justice system is extraordinary.

Shocking Electric Poles

Has anyone else noticed the awful looking electric poles that have been errected on Ridge Avenue in the last week? Could they be related to the installation of the new traffic signals? If there was any character or charm remaining on Ridge Avenue, it has surely vanished.

Arts Week Evanston 2006 starts Oct. 6

We may call it Arts Week, but it's really 10 days packed with exciting ways to celebrate the arts in Evanston.

From Oct. 6-15, the city will come alive with the vibrancy of the arts in all their many and diverse forms. From theater performances to barbershop singing, shadow puppet shows to poetry readings, open rehearsals to Plein Air painting, there will be activities and events for all ages. Many are free.

Evanston Children's Theatre holds auditions

The Evanston Children's Theatre will hold auditions Sept. 5-7 for its
upcoming show "Fairy Tale Courtroom."

Open to Evanston youth ages 10-14 living in zip codes 60201 and 60202,
the auditions are 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept 5, and Thursday, Sept. 7,
at the Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave. In addition, auditions will be
held 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Center,
1655 Foster St.

No appointments are required for the auditions; just arrive no later
than 6:30 p.m. The cast fee is $100.

Home-grown artists sought

The city is seeking additional artists to participate in a special event this fall at the Evanston Farmers' Market.

Called Home-Grown Artists, the program invites artists who live or work in the city to display their works in any medium at the market, which runs from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on three Saturdays, Sept. 23 and 30 and Oct. 7.

There's a $50 per week fee and a limit of 18 artists per week.

An application form is attached. For more information, contact Emily Guthrie at 847-867-4826 or [email protected].

West Evanston planning meetings this week

The city invites west Evanston community members to three meetings at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St., to help with the planning of their neighborhoods.

The area bounded by Simpson Street, Jackson Avenue, Church Street and Darrow Avenue the focus of two meetings -- from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday and from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday Sept. 13.

A meeting to discuss Church Street McDaniel Avenue to Darrow Avenue and and Dodge Avenue from Church south to Greenwood Street will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday.