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Sarah Hansen wins PTA volunteer award

Sarah Hanson is the 2008 Phyllis Ganser Outstanding PTA Volunteer of the Year Award winner. Each year this honor is presented to acknowledge one of the many PTA volunteers who make things happen for the students in Evanston schools. “Sarah has made it her business to improve the school environment for all children. She has […]

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Roycemore School has moving plans

The private Roycemore School in Evanston is expected to announce moving plans within the next few weeks. The school, located since 1915 near the lakefront at 640 Lincoln St., needs to move because Northwestern University has refused to renew the school’s original 99-year lease on the site. Roycemore Headmaster Joseph Becker said the school, which […]

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Pension issue gets national media attention

Evanston’s public safety pension problems draw a brief mention in a long New York Times report today about overly-optimistic assumptions made across the nation by actuaries hired to monitor public pension funds. The story suggests a need for more regulatory oversight of actuaries to make sure taxpayers aren’t left holding the bag for overly generous, […]

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SWANCC offers computer recycling

The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County offers an at-home pickup program for recycling old computers and electronics gear. Evanston residents can call SWANCC at 847-724-9205 to arrange for a pickup. Residents will pay $25 via credit card to offset program costs and can recycle six items per pick up. No individual item can […]

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Kingsley wins ‘Battle of the Books’

Kingsley Elementary School students are the 2008 District 65 Battle of the Books champions. Dawes School hosted the May 15th event. This year’s book selections were varied by topic and genre, ranging from Blue Balliett’s “Chasing Vermeer,” to Frederick Douglass’ “Escape from Slavery: The Boyhood of Frederick Douglass in His Own Words,” and Jerry Spinelli’s […]

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District 65 sets registration schedule

Returning District 65 families will receive registration materials in the mail in June. The materials will indicate whether you can register your child by mail. Students who last registered with an affidavit, moved during the past year, or receive McKinney-Vento services cannot register by mail and must register during the following walk-in dates: Chute, Dawes, […]

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Guerilla theater with military man

Some fans of the Evanston History Center plan to stage a guerilla theater event Thursday morning at 9:45 a.m. at which they promise to bring Gen. Charles Gates Dawes back from the dead to reclaim his home from Northwestern University. The history center backers are upset that the university has decided it’s uneconomical to maintain […]

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Safety Town registration

Evanston Safety Town is registering 4 – 7 year olds for this summer’s sessions at Lincolnwood School. Sessions begin June 17, June 30 and July 14 and run from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or from 1 – 3 p.m. Cost is $110/child. Topics covered are bike safety, water safety rules, pet safety, “Stranger? Danger!”, poison […]

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Aldermen eye Plan Commission

The City Council has scheduled a special meeting Monday to discuss the Plan Commission. No details about the meeting were announced, but its known that some aldermen are concerned about dissension on the commission over the draft downtown plan. The split between commissioners who are generally satisfied with building height limits proposed in the plan […]

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Dog shot in west side drug raid

Evanston police reportedly found drugs and guns when they raided a home in the 1900 block of Brown Avenue Thursday evening. Alderman Delores Holmes, 5th Ward, told residents at a ward meeting that the raid had taken place while the meeting was underway. She said police arrested a convicted felon at the scene along with […]

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Suspect held in bank robbery

The FBI has a suspect in custody tonight following an armed robbery Wednesday afternoon at the First Bank & Trust branch at 741 Main St. in Evanston. Evanston police say two armed men ran into the bank at 4:52 p.m. Wednesday, announced a holdup and forced bank employees into a back room. Once there, they […]

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Attempted murder charge in box cutter attack

Police say one resident attacked another with a box cutter at the Greenwood Care nursing home in Evanston Wednesday morning. The state’s attorney’s office has charged the alleged assailant, 44-year-old John Franklin Pittman, with attempted first degree murder and two counts of aggravated battery. Evanston police say they were called to Greenwood Care at 1406 […]