Northwestern University’s decision to lay off about 80 administrative staff members became the most read story on Evanston Now in last month, beating out news of accidents, new restaurants and intemperate language by an alderman.

Here’s a rundown of the top 10:

  1. Northwestern announces staff layoffs — July 19 — Northwestern University officials today announced reductions in administrative staffing as a way to help close a projected budget deficit.
  2. Alderman shows potty mouth in late-night debate — July 24 — A dispute over alley paving turned ugly early this morning when Alderman Tom Suffredin, 6th Ward, resorted to vulgarities in criticizing Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward.
  3. Police motorcycle officer hurt in traffic accident — July 25 — An Evanston police motorcycle was involved in a traffic accident on Ridge Avenue just south of Oakton Street around 8:30 this morning.
  4. Evanston Outside: From food trucks to art fest — July 14 — This week starts with a food truck festival on Tuesday, includes outdoor movies, concerts and picnics and ends with the World Arts + Music festival on Saturday and Sunday and most of the events are free.
  5. Protestor arrested for blocking parade — July 5 — A woman protestor that police said sat down in the middle of Central Street, blocking the Evanston Independence Day parade Wednesday, was arrested and charged with disobeying police. This among the stories in today’s daily crime bulletin.
  6. Tree trimmer injured on Princeton — July 21 — Evanston and Skokie fire crews were called to the 2700 block of Princeton Avenue in Evanston around 3 p.m. this afternoon to help extricate a person who’d been injured while trimming a large tree.
  7. Food beat: Coffee competition — July 17 — The boards went up covering the facade of old Radio Shack store in downtown Evanston this week as Milwaukee-based Colectivo Coffee got its remodeling work underway.
  8. Aldermen accept mansion demolition deal — July 24 — Evanston aldermen voted 5-3 Monday to accept a community group’s offer of funding to demolish the Harley Clarke mansion.
  9. Lincoln Street beach reopens — July 3 — The Lincoln Street Beach in Evanston has reopened after being closed for several years while construction was underway in the area. (After diving into the history of the beach, aldermen this week postponed a decision about a beach operating agreement with Northwestern University in hopes further research would clarify ownership of the property.)
  10. Brew pub planned for Ashland — July 26 — Plans for what would be Evanston’s fourth brewpub were reviewed Wednesday by the city’s Design and Project Review Committee.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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