Dramatic fire topped the news in June

(EPD photo)

A dramatic fire in a laundromat, the resignation of a school superintendent and a ban on cookies and cupcakes in the schools were among the subjects of the most read stories on Evanston Now this month.

Here's a rundown of the top 10.

  1. Fire strikes laundromat on Dodge -- June 20 -- Evanston firefighters fought a major fire in a multi-tenant retail building on the sourthwest corner of Dodge Avenue and Main Street this evening.
  2. Goren out as D65 superintendent -- June 14 -- Evanston School District 65 Superintendent Paul Goren this afternoon announced that he's resigning effective July 1.
  3. D65 bans cookies and cupcakes -- June 11 -- The Evanston District 65 School Board Monday night approved a policy that bans serving homemade treats at school events, including birthday parties, and forbids teachers from using food as incentives or punishments.
  4. Two arrested in melee on Orrington -- June 3 -- A mob action in front of La Machinna Restaurant on Orrington Avenue early Saturday involved about 50-100 spectators and police officers from Evanston, Skokie, and Northwestern University, resulting in two arrests. This among stories in today‚Äôs daily crime bulletin from Evanston police.
  5. New single-family homes here only for the well-to-do -- June 17 -- You'd need to be well into the top five percent of wage earners nationwide to afford the median-priced new detached single-family home built in Evanston in the past decade.
  6. Fleming: City to blame for black community's collapse -- June 9 -- Alderman Cicely Fleming, 9th Ward, will call on aldermen Monday to adopt a resolution that blames city policies for "the collapse of a once economically thriving black community."
  7. Evanston man shot in hip on Emerson -- June 4 -- Police say a 28-year-old Evanston man was shot in the hip after he got into an argument with two other men in a parking lot in the 1600 block of Emerson Street about 3:30 this afternoon.
  8. Fiske suggests closing Elgin Road downtown -- June 23 -- Evanston aldermen Monday are scheduled to discuss a proposal from Alderman Judy Fiske, 1st Ward, to close Elgin Road from Emerson Street to Orrington Avenue downtown.
  9. Goren severance terms revealed -- June 22 -- Outgoing Evanston School District 65 Superintendent Paul Goren will receive nearly $81,000 in severance payment from the board.
  10. Chase: No drive-thru, no office tower -- June 17 -- Chase Bank, which owns much of the land proposed for a new office tower in downtown Evanston, won't allow the project to move forward if it doesn't include a new drive-thru for the bank.