Wildlife thrives on campus, pets in peril downtown

An American beaver. (Photo by Steve from Washington, DC, [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons)

December's top news on Evanston Now featured some furry new residents on campus and an arrest in attacks on pets downtown, along with a new police chief and the city manager's job hunt.

Here's a rundown of the top 10.

  1. Suspect in four knife attacks charged -- Dec. 23 -- Police have charged a 63-year-old Evanston man with four different attacks involving a knife including one in which a dog was stabbed.
  2. Beavers make home on NU campus -- Dec. 5 -- Northwestern University's executive director for Neighborhood and Community Relations says a pair of beavers have made their home on the school's Evanston campus.
  3. It lives: Council rejects Harley Clarke appeal -- Dec. 11 -- Evanston aldermen retreated again Monday night from a plan for the future of the Harley Clarke mansion.
  4. Bobkiewicz seeks job in Oregon -- Dec. 29 -- Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz has been named as one of five finalists for the position of county administrator in Clackamas County, Oregon.
  5. San Francisco coffee chain to open on Davis -- Dec. 15 -- Philz Coffee, a San Francisco-based coffee shop chain, plans to open its second Chicago-area location at 1030 Davis St. in Evanston next year.
  6. Demitrous Cook named Evanston police chief -- Dec. 11 -- A former Evanston deputy police chief has been named the city's new police chief.
  7. Review set for Custer townhouse project -- Dec. 16 -- Plans to build 40 townhomes on the former Dard Products property at 912 Custer Ave. are scheduled for review by Evanston's Design and Project Review Committee on Wednesday.
  8. Action postponed on downtown office building -- Dec. 13 -- Evanston's Plan Commission Wednesday night postponed action on a planned office building in the 1700 block of Chicago Avenue until January after receiving a request for delay from the head of the condo association for another building on the block.
  9. Senior housing planned for former Dairy Queen site -- Dec. 18 -- The former Dairy Queen at 999 Howard St. in Evanston would be replaced with affordable housing for seniors under plans being developed by Evergreen Real Estate Group and CJE SeniorLife.
  10. Fleming, Luecke take jobs with Suffredin -- Dec. 4 -- Alderman Cicely Fleming, 9th Ward, and former District 65 School Board President Mary Rita Luecke have joined the staff of County Commissioner Larry Suffredin of Evanston.

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