News Posted in: September 2011

Library Board Takes a New Approach to Educate, Engage and Empower Evanston Residents

The Evanston Public Library Board of Trustees approved a three-year Strategic Plan that will reflect residents’ interests, while expanding services to support the Library’s central mission. Over the next three years, the Library’s main goals are to better educate, engage, and empower Evanston residents through resources, services, and programs throughout Evanston. During a recent survey commissioned by the Library, nearly 1,000 residents voiced their opinions on how to better serve the community. As a result of these findings, the library…more »

City Invites Public Comment on 2012 One Year Action Plan

The City of Evanston’s Housing & Community Development Act Committee will conduct a public hearing to receive citizen comments on the proposed 2012 One Year Action Plan and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Budget for FY 2012, which begins January 1, 2012 and ends December 31, 2012. The public hearing is part of the 30-day comment period, which opens October 7, 2011 and closes at 12 noon CST on November 7, 2011. The public hearing will be held on Tuesday,…more »

A Town/Gown Event for Evanston Residents and Northwestern University Students

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and PeaceAble Cities: Evanston invite all Evanston households to host 2-3 Northwestern University students for dinner on Thursday evening, October 6. Wonderful young people come to Evanston every year to learn and grow at Northwestern. Many Evanstonians never know any of them, nor do most students know many of our diverse, thoughtful residents. This year we can begin to change that, becoming for one night, on October 6, a city that opens its arms and dinner tables…more »

New Roller Skating Program at Community Centers

Evanston children, youth, teens and adults of all ages now can participate in a new, fun activity: roller skating! Starting October 7, roller skating will be offered at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, Chandler-Newberger Community Center and Levy Senior Center. Admission fees for Evanston residents are $1.00 for youth and $3.00 for adults (age 18+). Participants are allowed to bring their own roller skates, if compatible with the floor surface, helmets and pads. The youth admission fee includes skate rental, if necessary. Skate rental for an adult…more »

10,000 Neighbors of Evanston Promotes Community Sustainability

10,000 Neighbors of Evanston Promotes Community Sustainability The City of Evanston and Citizen's Greener Evanston invite you to join 10,000 neighbors who are emphasizing the ‘us’ in sustainable. We hope you will actively participate, connect and share with others as we strive to have a healthy environmental and social impact on our local community. OhSoWe is about the personal and neighborhood level things we can do to safely build bonds with our neighbors, save money, and increase our quality of…more »

Evanston Residents Invited to Choose 30 Top Ideas for Evanston's Future

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Evanston Residents Invited to Choose 30 Top Ideas for Evanston’s Future October 15 & 16 Evanston150 Hosts Interactive Voting Sessions at Century Cinema, Evanston Township High School and Saint Francis Hospital Evanston residents will have an opportunity to choose the 30 best ideas for the city's future on Oct. 15 & 16. A series of voting sessions will be hosted by Evanston150, allowing community members to vote on the 100 ideas that were selected by a 21-person selection jury of…more »

Downtown Evanston Welcomes Adeline's Room

Downtown Evanston is pleased to welcome Adeline’s Room, a boutique and learning community for the modern mom and child. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 5:15PM. Adeline’s Room is located at 602 Davis Street. Prior to the ceremony, guests are invited to a mini-party, an all ages Meet-Up for infants and toddlers to interact and play as well as a Flash Sale featuring incredible discounts on store merchandise. Owner of Adeline’s Room Christine Kim relocated…more »

Evanston Campaign to Raise Awareness for Domestic Violence Month

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The month of October is recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness month all over the United States. Events of remembrance and advocacy are held on various dates throughout October. Domestic Violence Awareness month was first observed in 1987. This year, the Evanston Police Department’s Victim Services Unit is partnering with the Evanston/Northshore YWCA and the Zonta Club of Evanston to bring awareness to Domestic Violence with The Domestic Violence Tears Project. The Tears Project represents the requests for service made to…more »

Free eBooks for Evanston Residents

Evanston Public Library patrons can now download free eBooks for their Kindle devices through My Media Mall. Thousands of titles are available to choose from in genres ranging from fiction, to non-fiction to classics. As of September 21, 2011, global digital distributor OverDrive made this change possible. Anyone interested in downloading an eBook to their Kindle needs a valid Evanston Public Library card, an Amazon.com account, any generation Kindle as well as brief access to the internet to download or…more »

Public Service Message on Theft from the Evanston Police Department

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The Evanston Police Department is asking residents to assist in reducing the opportunities for thefts and burglaries. Residents are encouraged to take extra steps in preventing these types of crimes by locking your doors and windows when not home or asleep. Trim shrubs & bushes back which will allow for a clear view of window entrances. Use motion detection lights near doorways and overhead garage doors at night. Alert neighbors when you’re out of town and have someone collect…more »

Eco Corner: Evanston Green Living Festival this Saturday - Get there Early & Get a Free Bike Map!

Evanston’s Green Living Festival is this Saturday, September 24 from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Evanston Ecology Center at 2024 McCormick Blvd! The festival’s theme is “Alternative Energy - You’ve Got the Power” and will have a many different attractions for all interest groups, ranging from alternative transportation technologies to energy efficiency promotion. There will also be a silent auction for items provided by green vendors and organizations. For a full description of the event, visit www.evanstongreenfest.org. The…more »

Health Department's "Let's Move!" Video is now Live

The City of Evanston's Health Department debuted its Let's Move! dance video at the September 19 City Council meeting. The public can watch the video here>>> Let's Move! is a campaign to combat the problem of childhood obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up leading healthier lives. Over the past 20 years, obesity rates have tripled for children in suburban Cook County. As an official Let's Move! city, Evanston is doing its part to combat these obesity…more »

First LiveEvanston NSP2 Homes Now Available

The City of Evanston is pleased to announce that its first for-sale homes through the LiveEvanston program will be available September 22, 2011. Through this initiative, 50 single-family homes and condominiums in south and west Evanston neighborhoods will be rehabilitated and sold to income-qualified buyers through mid-2013. Potential buyers who live or work in Evanston may also qualify for the “First Look Advantage,” an exclusive opportunity to make an offer on a LiveEvanston home for the first two weeks the…more »

Commission on Aging to present "Understand Today's Hospital Experience"

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The Evanston Commission on Aging is sponsoring “Understand Today’s Hospital Experience,” a free presentation explaining how a stay in the hospital has changed. It will be held from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 6, at the Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave., Evanston. Because Commission on Aging members want residents to be informed, prepared and proactive about a future hospital stay for themselves or a loved one, they have scheduled three expert speakers. The speakers and their…more »

City Asks for Residents' Input on Budget at Public Meetings & Via Online Survey

The City of Evanston’s Engage Evanston budget initiative is asking residents to participate in the city budget process by attending the two upcoming Citizen Budget Input Sessions along with taking a budget survey online or via the paper survey that was in this week’s Evanston RoundTable newspaper. The first Citizen Budget Input Session is scheduled for this Saturday, September 17th at 9 a.m. at the Robert Crown Community Center located at 1701 Main St. The second Citizen Budget Input Session…more »

CTA Yellow Line Resident Survey Now Live

The City of Evanston is conducting an engineering feasibility study to identify a preferred alternative for an intermediate station along the CTA Yellow Line (Skokie Swift) service in south Evanston at Dodge, Asbury and/or Ridge Avenue. The city is encouraging residents to take the second online survey to state your preference. This survey will be available from September 16, 2011 through November 4, 2011. Over the past several months, the three sites were analyzed to determine major opportunities and constraints…more »

Mayors Presents CGE with $15,000 Climate Protection Award from U.S. Conference of Mayors

On September 15, 2011 Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl was awarded the 2011 Climate Protection Award. The Climate Protection Award is an initiative sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Walmart which recognizes mayors for innovative practices in their cities that increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The City of Evanston was able to stand out and be selected from the pool of 130 applicants for this award partly by reducing municipal greenhouse gas emissions by 22% since the 2005…more »

Police Clear Homicide, Charge One with First Degree Murder and Aggravated Robbery

On 9-12-11, Evanston Police Detectives working with the North Regional Major Crime’s Task Force Investigators obtained an anonymous tip identifying a person of interest in the John Costulas homicide investigation. Investigators followed up this anonymous tip, continued to follow all leads, conducted specific area street canvases and interviews. These efforts resulted in a single suspect being identified and detained. This suspect is now identified as Brandon Lee Allen Hinton. The second person of interest did not develop as a suspect…more »

Evanston Police Detain and Question Two Persons of Interest in Homicide Investigation

On 9-2-11, at 5:20 a.m. the victim in this case, now identified as John Costulas of Chicago, Illinois, was walking east bound in the 500 Blk. of Howard st. Evanston, on his way to work. Evanston Police have now determined that as the victim approached the Marathon Gas station located at 555 Howard St., two assailants approached Mr. Costulas, and without provocation, physically attacked him. This physical assault involved one of the assailants violently striking Mr. Costulas in the head,…more »

Public Invited to US Conference of Mayors' Climate Protection Award Presentation of $10,000

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl will be presented with the 2011 U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Climate Protection Award on Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 10 a.m. at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd. in Evanston. A check for $10,000 from Walmart will be donated by the Mayor to an Evanston environmental not-for-profit organization to be announced at the event. Who: US Conference of Mayors Executive Directors Kevin McCarty and Debra DeHaney-Howard, Mayor Tisdahl and Walmart What: 2011 US Conference of…more »

Evanston Encourages Residents to Support their RTA Grant Application

The City of Evanston has submitted an application for a Regional Transportation Authority's (RTA) 2012 Community Planning Program grant and is seeking comments from residents on the application. The city’s application aims to provide a transit-oriented development blueprint for the city’s Main Street Metra and CTA stations, and evaluate ways to introduce high-quality office and technology space into the station area and improve connections between the two stations. The program received 20 applications of which seven were chosen for inclusion…more »

Evanston to Mark National Public Lands Day with Volunteer Event at James Park

National Public Lands Day (NPLD), September 24, is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy. Each year over 170,000 volunteers will help plant trees, remove trash, and build trails at public lands across the nation. This event is in support of the Let’s Move Outside initiative and the National Environment Education Foundation. This year the City of Evanston is holding a volunteer day in support of NPLD at the Community Gardens located…more »

Evanston Police Seek Public's Assistance in Identifying Suspects

Evanston Police are investigating an apparent robbery that took place in the early morning of Friday, September 2nd at approximately 5:20 a.m. Police responded to a subject found on the ground bleeding near the Marathon Gas Station located at 555 Howard St. The victim, who is hearing impaired, was walking on the sidewalk when two subjects approached and one subject struck the victim in the head. The victim had items removed from his pants pockets and was transported to St.…more »

Second Annual BackStage Evanston Provides "Taste of Culture"

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BackStage Evanston, the festival that showcases Evanston's performing arts groups, has become an annual event. At the inaugural showcase in 2010, 14 local music, theatre and dance groups performed to standing-room-only crowds. This year, 17 groups will perform from 3:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 18. The event is returning to the Northwestern University campus, but in a much larger venue: the Ethel M. Barber Theater. Presented by the Arts & Business Committee of the Evanston Arts Council and…more »

Reception for CGE's Green Arts Show

Citizens' Greener Evanston will hold an artists reception for their Third Annual Green Arts Show from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 18 in the Upstairs Gallery of the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. The juried exhibit features over 20 talented visual and performing artists whose work reflects or promotes more sustainable ways of living. Green Arts Show promises to be a lively, unique event with artwork judged…more »

Seniors Circuit Ride Free & Reduced Fare Program Updates

Seniors who are currently enrolled in the Seniors Ride Free program can continue to ride fixed-routes without interruption. However, there are changes that will take place in the program based on a new law that amended the RTA Act. The Seniors Ride Free program will now be known as the Seniors Circuit Ride Free program and the Seniors Reduced Fare program. Only seniors enrolled in the Illinois Department on Aging's Circuit Breaker Program will qualify for free rides on the…more »

Eco Corner: Take the Car Free Day Pledge Today!

Car-Free Day is coming Thursday, September 22nd and now is a great time to plan how you can get involved! In recognition of Car-Free Day, the City of Evanston, CTA, Metra, Pace, and the RTA are partnering with the Active Transportation Alliance (ATA) to help promote all the various ways to get around without using a car. The whole Evanston community is invited to take the Car-Free Pledge found at www.activetrans.org/carfree. Even if you cannot make the event or already commute…more »

Evanston Green Living Festival Focuses on Renewable Energy

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From wind turbines to geo-thermal systems to photovoltaics on our rooftops -- alternative, renewable forms of energy are becoming more prevalent in our daily lives. However, most of us have little idea how to take the next step and adopt renewable energy as the way to heat and light our dwellings. The Evanston Green Living Festival aims to help us get there – the theme of this year’s Festival is “Alternative Energy – You’ve Got the Power.” Between 9:00 a.m.…more »

September - National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Risk of death from ovarian cancer – 1 in 95 women Ovarian cancer is the eighth most common cancer among women in the United States and the fifth leading cause of cancer death. A woman’s risk of getting ovarian cancer is 1 in 67, and her risk of dying from it is 1 in 95. During September, National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, the Evanston Health Department encourages everyone to educate the women in their lives about the symptoms, risk factors,…more »