The second house fire this year on Harrison Street, a new TV series set in Evanston and the closing of a popular pizza joint were among the stories readers read most on Evanston Now last month. Here’s a recap of the top 10.

  1. Reached our limit on pizza? — March 9 — The flock of new pizza joints opening in Evanston will have one less competitor to deal with. The Giordano’s Pizzeria at Chicago Avenue and Davis Street downtown closed over the weekend.
  2. New transgender TV series set in Evanston — March 27 — A new unscripted television series about a teenager whose father is transitioning to become a woman is set here in Evanston.
  3. Fire strikes home on Harrison — March 20 — It took more than two hours, but Evanston firefighters extinguished a fire in a house at 2814 Harrison Street.
  4. Dortch fumbles at forum — March 6 — During a lightly-attended forum that featured similar answers to most questions from all four Evanston/Skokie District 65 school board candidates, Adrian Dortch managed to stand out Thursday evening by fumbling two of the baker’s dozen of questions asked.
  5. D65 could lose $7 million due to PARCC testing — March 26 — Preliminary estimates indicate that the Evanston/Skokie School District 65 is in danger of losing up to $7 million in state funds due to the refusal of a small number of students to take state-mandated tests.
  6. ‘Over my dead body,’ alderman says of sale — March 17 — Trash hauler Groot Industries last week offered to buy the Evanston Recycling Center on Oakton Street, but an alderman says a sale to Groot would only happen “over my dead body.”
  7. House-moving diverts traffic on Central Street — March 5 — The planned house moving we told you about earlier this week is happening this morning on Central Street and traffic is being diverted off Central so the house can get through.
  8. Alderman leaves NU for Princeton — March 17 — Alderman Coleen Burrus, 9th Ward, is leaving Evanston and her fundraising job at Northwestern University to become Princeton University’s director of corporate and foundation relations.
  9. Pizza shop to open with social-media freebie — March 2 — Blaze Pizza’s new outlet in Evanston is opening this week and will offer a free pizza Friday anyone who follows the chain on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.
  10. Traffic stop leads to weapons arrest — March 29 — A 19-year-old Evanston man is facing unlawful use of a weapon by a felon charges after a traffic stop on Chicago Avenue near Juneway Terrace.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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