Great Reads of 2021 – Evanston RoundTable


Barbara Tomaradze, member of the ETHS student council. (Screenshot)

Documents detail how ETHS staff cleared coach of wrongdoing after student complaints. The roundtable acquired emails and public documents that revealed the specific allegations of the students at Evanston Township High School regarding the touching and inappropriate comments by Color Guard coach Lorenzo Medrano last March, as well as the process. in which school officials cleared him of the charges.

The original Foster School, circa 1905. (Shorefront Legacy Center)

Fifth Ward’s STEM school plan promises fairness. Evanston Fifth Ward, the historic heart of the black community in the west-central part of town dating back to the redlining era, has not had a District 65 block school since Foster School was converted to a magnet in 1967 as part of the district’s new desegregation plan at the time.

School District 65 is considering new assignment system, new school boundaries, new school in Fifth Ward

Since the 2017 school referendum, new constructions have enabled District 65 to significantly increase its property tax levies

District 65 Implements New Math Curriculum, Eliminates Geometry, Separates Accelerated Classes

Art & Life

Evanston Bathing Beach. (Photo from the Archives of the Evanston History Center)

A Shifting Coastline: The History of Evanston Beaches. Today, beaches are widely regarded as places of recreation, places of relaxation where the land meets the sea. But the history of these sites is nothing if not natural. A three-part series from the Evanston History Center has revealed physical and symbolic changes over the years. The series also explored beach security and policies designed to control access.

Doug Haight (left) and Chris. (Photo Round Table) Credit: Debbie-Marie Brown

See my story: series of portraits of homeless citizens of Evanston. In September, local photographer Doug Haight built an exhibition of 21 intimate life-size portraits of homeless citizens in Evanston.

Gigi Giles (panel photo) Credit: Debbie-Marie Brown

Marshall Giles’ Legacy: Ebony Barbershop and iKandi Hair Studio. Ebony Barbershop, located on the corner of Dodge Avenue and Church Street, is both the oldest and the youngest black-owned barbershop in Evanston.

Catholic archdiocese could consolidate Evanston parishes

Lincolnwood School ’62 graduates gather to celebrate teacher Dr John Hillebrand

Photo by Sam Stroozas.

“Ice Cream Cats” rescued from house fire await new homes, but 5 euthanized in Chicago shelter

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