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Restaurant flight, and fight, top month’s news

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Evanston Now's most-read stories last month included the closing of a restaurant that received city aid, a fight at a popular coffee shop and a new program at NU to train local residents for skilled trades jobs. Here's a recap of the top 10.

  1. Chicken & Waffles restaurant closes — April 24 — The Chicago's Home of Chicken & Waffles restaurant on Evanston's west side — which received a $200,000 loan from the city — closed this week.
  2. Police investigate incident at Starbucks — April 23 — Two customers got into a dispute at the Starbucks on Dempster Street at Chicago Avenue about 7:35 this morning that left one of them hospitalized and the other at least temporarily in police custody.
  3. Rollover accident on Emerson — April 19 — A rollover accident on Emerson Street at Darrow Avenue about 6:30 this morning knocked down a street light pole and severely damaged the car involved.
  4. Principal Daniels resigns at Oakton Elementary — April 1 — Churchill Daniels, principal of Oakton Elementary School in Evanston since 2007, announced his resignation, effective at the end of the school year, an administration spokesman confirmed Wednesday.
  5. NU hires six Evanstonians to learn skilled trades — April 28 — Northwestern University has hired six young adults from Evanston for a new training program in partnership with the city to teach skilled trades to local young people and prepare them for full-time jobs.
  6. Parsons, Phillips join incumbents on school boards — April 7 — Complete but unofficial returns show that Parsons, Baum and Metz have won in the five-way race for three seats on the Evanston Township High School board. Brown, Phillips and Rykhus have cruised to victory in the four-way race for three seats on the Evanston/Skokie School District 65 board.
  7. Mansion site could hold nine homes — April 16 — City staff told members of the Harley Clark Committee Wednesday night that if the mansion building were torn down, the Evanston lakefront property potentially could be redeveloped for as many as nine single family homes while still maintaining public ownership of the beach and parking area.
  8. Viewpoint: In love with wretched excess — April 22 — The hard-working taxpayers of Evanston need to stop subsidizing a shrine to conspicuous consumption.
  9. Two wounded in pre-dawn shooting on Howard — April 4 — A drive-by shooting on Howard Street in Evanston about 3:50 this morning left two men being treated for gunshot wounds at St. Francis Hospital.
  10. Rauner scraps Quinn's gigabit grant to Evanston — April 23 — One amenity that the 835 Chicago Ave. development in Evanston won't be able to boast of at its groundbreaking later this morning is gigabit speed internet service.

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