News Posted in: April 2012

Evanston Police Remind Bicyclists Not to Ride on Sidewalks Downtown

The Evanston Police Department is starting a Spring campaign to make bicyclists aware that riding on sidewalks in the Downtown Evanston Business District is prohibited and against the city ordinance.   This ordinance exists to protect pedestrians walking in the business district while shopping and exiting shops. Evanston Police conduct enforcement initiatives as a last resort to make bicyclists aware of the dangers while operating a bicycle on a downtown sidewalk.    The Evanston Police Department encourages residents, visitors to Evanston…more »

"Musicals in Motion" Ice Show, May 18-20

Hundreds of Robert Crown Center's skating school students and professionals will perform in the 36th annual spring ice show, "Musicals in Motion." Skaters will perform to music from modern stage, film and television musicals. Music from Glee, High School Musical, Moulin Rouge and Wicked will be featured, just to name a few! Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19, as well as at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 20. Tickets are $10 for reserved seats and $8 for general admission. Group…more »

Water Main Replacement Work at 1700 Block of Lyons St. until May 25

The City of Evanston Utilities Department will be replacing the water main on Lyons Street. This improvement is being completed to improve the reliability of the water distribution system in your area. This project will be funded by the existing City water operating budget at no direct charge to the property owners. Work is expected to last until May 25, 2012, weather permitting.   Initially, the road will be excavated and a new 6" water main pipe will be installed.…more »

Children's Day on May 6

Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center is hosting their annual afternoon dedicated to youth. Children's Day festivities will take place from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sun., May 6, 2012, at the Center, 1655 Foster St., Evanston. There will be face painting, games and food. The Jesse White Tumblers  are scheduled to appear at 3:30 p.m.! Admission is free for children age 2-13 years accompanied by a parent. For more information, please call 847-448-8254.    …more »

RX Take-back Day Set for April 28

The City of Evanston, in association with PEER Services of Evanston, will be participating in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Prescription Drug Take-back Day on April 28, 2012. The Evanston event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the west parking lot of James Park (at Oakton St. and Dodge Ave.). This is a great opportunity for those who have accumulated unwanted, unused prescription and over the counter drugs to safely dispose of those medications. The…more »

Support the Community Animal Rescue Effort's "Strut for Strays" May 12

Come join the Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.) on their three mile walk, with or without your dog. There will be fun activities for all. Enjoy meeting other pups, attend our Doggie Carnival, and enjoy other fun activities.  On May 12th, dogs and their guardians will make their way to the Ladd Arboretum for C.A.R.E.'s Strut for Strays. Hundreds of paws and feet will hit the ground walking (or running) for the 3-mile event. Help C.A.R.E. raise money to care for the hundreds of…more »

Sign Up for CUB Energy Saver for a 1 in 10 Chance to Win a FREE Month of Electricity

In honor of Earth Month, 1 in 10 households who join CUBenergysaver.com before June 1st will be will be randomly selected to win a month of free electricity, up to $150. CUBenergysaver.com is a free, online energy efficiency tool. As a CUB Energy Saver member, you can get personalized energy saving tips, track how much your household has saved each month, and earn points redeemable for coupons and discounts your favorite local and national retailers. Let CUB Energy Saver pay…more »

Downtown Evanston Farmers' Market Marks 37th Year May 5

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The Downtown Evanston Farmers’ Market will celebrate its 37th year when it opens on Sat., May 5. The market will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Saturday through early November. Fifty-one vendors will sell a wide variety of goods, including fruits, vegetables, meat, flowers, cheese, milk, eggs and bakery items. The Downtown Market is located at University Pl. and Oak Ave., behind the Hilton Garden Inn. Parking is free at the adjacent 1800 Maple garage. Other Evanston…more »

"Project Sticker Shock" Set for May 11 to Curb Underage Drinking

Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (ESAPC) will be visiting local stores that sell alcohol on May 11, 2012 to place stickers on doors and alcoholic beverages warning of the dangers of adults buying alcohol for minors as part of their annual participation in the Sticker Shock campaign. “The Evanston Liquor Control Board is proud to support ESAPC in their efforts to help reduce underage drinking in our community,” said Evanston Mayor and Liquor Control Commissioner Elizabeth Tisdahl. “According to the CDC, alcohol use…more »

Pace Route 250 to Convert to "Posted Stops Only" Service May 13

To improve on-time performance and identify more clearly the locations where buses will stop, Pace is in the process of converting some selected fixed routes to Posted Stop Only service. Beginning May 13, 2012, Pace Route 250, starting at Evanston’s Davis Street CTA station and ending at O’Hare Airport, will be converted to Posted Stops Only service along the entire route. This means that buses will stop to pick up and drop off passengers only at locations with Pace bus…more »

City Council Actions - April 23, 2012

  CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING CITY OF EVANSTON, ILLINOIS LORRAINE H. MORTON CIVIC CENTER COUNCIL CHAMBERS Monday, April 23, 2012 Administration & Public Works (A&PW) Committee meets at 5:45 p.m. Planning & Development (P&D) Committee meets at 7:15 p.m. City Council meeting convenes immediately after the conclusion of the P&D Committee meeting ORDER OF BUSINESS (I) Roll Call – Begin with Alderman Rainey (II) Mayor Public Announcements and Proclamations • “Drinking Water Week – May 6-12” and Presentation of…more »

Ridgeville Park District's Farmers' Market Offers "Buy Local" Pre-ordering

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The Ridgeville Park District's Famers' Market in south Evanston is Evanston's only weeknight market, open Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and is located at 908 Seward St. Evanston residents can take advantage of their "Buy Local" Pre-ordering program and even have the option of either picking up their orders or having them delivered. Residents can avoid the $3 delivery charge by registering for the program before May 1. What is it? An opportunity for residents to “buy local”…more »

City to Replace Drainage Structures on Church St. between Fowler & Pitner

The City of Evanston's Utilities Department will be replacing several drainage structures on Church Street between Fowler and Pitner Avenues. This work will began April 23 and continues through May 18, 2012. The work will be performed in the parking lane (next to the curb) but traffic control will be set up to establish a safe work area for the crews completing the work. Two way traffic will be maintained at all times.  …more »

Evanston Police Investigate Double Shooting

Evanstron Police are investigating a double shooting that occurred at approximately 7:15PM on Sunday night, April 22nd, when police responded to a call of shots fired in the area of Lyons St. and Dodge Ave. One victim was located in the 1800 block of Lyons St. and a second was located in the 1600 block of Dodge Ave. It was learned that the second victim fled on foot to this location. The victims are a 21 year old male resident…more »

"Girl Whirl" Weekend Getaway in Downtown Evanston April 20-22

Girl Whirl, a weekend getaway in downtown Evanston is this weekend, April 20-22. A weekend full of exciting events and exclusive offers! Take advantage of exclusive dining and retail offers, attend fashion and fitness events, wine tastings and much more! View the exclusive offers here and and then get your girlfriends together for a weekend in downtown Evanston! Print the official Girl Whirl Weekend Brochure here! Sponsored by Downtown Evanston, Makeitbetter.net, Chicago's North Shore Convention and Vistors Bureau and the…more »

Newsy Items on Monday City Council Agenda

1. Approval of purchase of twenty vehicles for Police and Parking Enforcement. This is the first big purchase to replace the Crown Victorias at Police with mostly Ford Interceptors. The Crown Victorias are no longer made by Ford. This is a big change for us. Check out Ford website for more details on Interceptors. Another big change is going to Ford Focus from Jeeps for parking enforcement officers. Website for details on Focus 2. Implementation of changes to one day…more »

Sherman Pl. to be Closed April 23 for CTA Construction

Creation of a staging area will begin for the replacement of the Dempster St. CTA Purple Line viaduct on Monday, April 23, 2012. In order to facilitate the viaduct replacement, construction crews will need to close Sherman Pl. between Dempster St. and Greenwood St. Local bank and residential traffic will be allowed. The closure will last approximately until the roll-in of the actual bridge on the weekend of June 22-24. More on the CTA construction at www.cityofevanston.org/purpleline.…more »

Rain Barrel Sales Help Support Ecology Center & Evanston Environmental Association

Posted in Ecology Center, Evanston Environmental Association, Rain Barrels, Sustainability

Residents can now go green, save money on their water bills and support the City of Evanston's Ecology Center and the Evanston Environmental Association by purchasing a rain barrel. Rain barrels can be purchased at the Ecology Center and are $70 a piece or two for $130. The 55-gallon barrels come in terra-cotta, black and grey. Rain barrels collect rain water from your roof. Lawn and garden watering compose 40% of household water use during the summer. The stored water…more »

Water Conservation & Efficiency Plan Public Hearing April 26

Evanston, let's talk about water! The Evanston Water Conservation & Efficiency Plan The City of Evanston has partnered with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) to create a Water Efficiency Program. The program serves as a step towards implementing Evanston's Climate Action Plan and will focus on water use and water supply issues in the city with the goal of increasing water efficiency and promoting water conservation. The public meeting hopes to address the following questions: What are the current…more »

Mild Winter Resulted in Large City Cost Savings for Snow Removal

The City of Evanston’s Public Works Department recently announced a huge cost savings in its annual snow removal budget of more than $300,000 due to the relatively mild winter. This year, city crews responded to many fewer snow and ice related incidents in comparison to previous years. Over the past five years, Evanston experienced an average of more than 38 inches of snow. During the 2010/11 snow season, city crews responded to 53 incidents. So far this year, Evanston only experienced…more »

Chicago Botanic Garden's Lenhardt Library Hosts Evanston Residents for a Day of Exploring

The Lenhardt Library of the Chicago Botanic Garden welcomes Evanston residents on Sunday, May 6, from noon to 4 p.m. to learn more about the library and the garden. “We are proud of our partnership with the Lenhardt Library which provides Evanston residents with a unique opportunity to explore rare books, art and special collections dedicated to the world of plants and flowers," said Evanston Public Library Director Karen Danczak Lyons. "In addition, families can visit the Lenhardt Library and participate in…more »

Stand Against Racism on April 27

The City of Evanston is proud to be participating with the Evanston/North Shore YWCA in a nationwide Stand Against Racism. From 12:45 pm – 12:55 pm on Friday, April 27, representatives of the city and the Human Relations Commission will stand outside the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center at 2100 Ridge Ave. to help reach the goal of forming a line on the west sidewalk of Ridge Ave. stretching from Howard Street all the way to Wilmette. "I am honored to be a part…more »

Water Work Continues on Ridge Ave. at Green Bay Rd.

The City of Evanston's Sewer Division will be closing one northbound lane of Ridge Ave. just past Green Bay Rd. (under Metra viaduct) again today, April 19, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. weather permitting. City crews are replacing storm water drainage structures. The other northbound lane will be maintained throughout the project.…more »

NorthShore HealthSystem & ETHS Take Top Honors in "Big 7 Savers Challenge"

NorthShore University HealthSystem and Evanston Township High School (ETHS) have won the “Big 7 Savers Challenge,” a yearlong energy-efficiency competition that used a free online service, CUBenergysaver.com, to save enough electricity and money to equal 30 years of power bills, officials from Evanston and the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) announced Wednesday. As an added bonus, a member from each of the winning teams was randomly selected to win a year of free power, up to $1,800. Amber Knopp, of NorthShore’s…more »

West Nile Virus Testing Begins Early this Year

A mild winter and warm spring has pushed up West Nile Virus surveillance. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) will be accepting birds submitted for West Nile virus testing two weeks earlier than normal this year. The Department started accepting dead birds for testing on Monday, April 16, 2012, as opposed to May 1, the date when West Nile virus surveillance began in years past. "West Nile Virus has typically started May 1 of each year; this year’s season begins earlier…more »

Citizens Utility Board to Reveal Winners of "Big 7 Savers Challenge" Today

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) will hold a news conference Wednesday, April 18 to reveal the winners of “The Big 7 Savers Challenge," a yearlong contest pitting Evanston’s top seven employers in a race to see which could recruit the most participants and achieve the biggest energy savings. Plus, two lucky families—one from each winning team—will be rewarded with a year of free electricity. The news conference is: 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 18 Evanston Ecology Center…more »

Find a Gem at the Spring Book Sale April 20-22

The Evanston Public Library will host its Spring Book Sale on Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 22, 2012 in the third floor Book Sale Room of the Main Library located at 1703 Orrington Avenue in Evanston. The sale features hundreds of items in great condition that make great gifts. There is something for everyone, including books on travel, cooking, art, music, self help, history, social issues, biographies, and much more. There are also a tremendous number of children’s books designed…more »

Evanston Farmers' Market Season Opens May 5

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Buying farm-fresh produce and goods will be easy for the next six months, as shoppers can enjoy the bounty of Midwest farmers at four different Evanston markets! The Downtown Evanston Farmers’ Market will open for its 37th season on Saturday, May 5, 2012. It will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Saturday through November 3, 2012. This crowd-pleaser has expanded to over 50 vendors, so you can purchase fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese, milk, eggs, flavored oils,…more »

TEDxEvanston 2012: Adventures in Learning April 18

coLab Evanston, based at 900 Chicago Avenue in the emerging Chicago and Main technology hub, is hosting TEDx Evanston. The event is scheduled for April 18, 2012 at the Nichols Concert Hall at the Music Institute of Chicago in downtown Evanston (1490 Chicago Ave.) from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. TEDxEvanston 2012 is billed as an exploration of learning in all its forms. The event will feature a musical act, two recorded talks, and five speakers. Scheduled presenters include Evanston…more »

E.P.D. Executes Search Warrant on Convicted Felon's Residence

On Monday evening, April 16th, Evanston Police investigators accompanied by officers from the Cook County Sheriff’s Police North Gang Unit, executed a search warrant for narcotics in the 1400 block of W. Juneway Terr. which is located in the East Rogers Park Neighborhood of Chicago. Police recovered a 9mm handgun and a .38 caliber revolver along with a small quantity of heroin and marijuana during the search of the residence on Juneway Terrance. Evanston Police were initially lead to the…more »

Evanston Environmental Association to Benefit from Spring Community Day

Posted in Evanston Ecology Center, Evanston Environmental Association

Spring Community Day on Central Street will take place on Saturday, April 21, 2012. A portion of the proceeds from purchases made at participating businesses will be given to the Evanston Environmental Association, which supports the City of Evanston’s Ecology Center. It’s easy to participate. Just print this flyer, circle Evanston Environmental Association, then bring it with you when you shop on Central Street on April 21. Hand it to the cashier when you make your purchase. The money that this specific Central Street…more »

Reception at EPL for New Library Director

The Evanston Public Library Board of Trustees cordially invites Evanston residents to attend a welcoming reception for the new library director, Karen Danczak Lyons, on Friday, April 20, 2012 from 3 - 5 p.m. The reception will be held in the Community Meeting Room of the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Avenue, in downtown Evanston. Refreshments will be served. Lyons began as the director on April 16, 2012 and comes to the Evanston Public Library after serving as the First…more »

Easy Earth Day Tips!

It may be hard to imagine that before 1970, a factory could spew black clouds of toxic into the air or dump tons of toxic waste into a nearby stream, and that was perfectly legal. They could not be taken to court to stop it. How was that possible? Because there was no EPA, no Clean Air Act, no Clean Water Act. There were no legal or regulatory mechanisms to protect our environment. In Spring 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson created…more »

Evanston Police Investigate Robbery/Home Invasion

On today’s date at approximately 8:55AM, Evanston Police responded to the 2200 block of Central St. for a robbery/home invasion. A 67 year old male and his 68 year old wife were pushed to the floor and duct taped in their home after being approached by three males who initially stated they had a delivery for the husband. After the offenders pushed their way into the residence, four pieces of artwork were taken. One was described as an oil painting…more »

Evanston Chamber to Host 2012 Annual Legislative Business Leaders Breakfast

The Evanston Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its annual Legislative Business Leaders Breakfast on April 20, 2012 at the Hilton Garden Inn Evanston. Local legislators participating in the event will be Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, State Senator Jeff Schoenberg, State Representative Robyn Gabel, State Representative Daniel Biss and Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin. Please join the Chamber for a breakfast where area elected representatives will speak to the issues that are most important to area businesses. Topics addressed in this forum will come…more »

Water Shut Down:1100 block of Elmwood and 813 & 819 Greenleaf

Water will be shut down today at 9:00 am for 5 hours to install a new fire hydrant at: 1100 block of Elmwood Ave. and 813 & 819 Greenleaf St.  …more »

Evanston Police & Parole Agents Conduct Compliance Checks

Evanston Police today worked in partnership with parole agents from the Illinois Department of Corrections and conducted a parole compliance check of parolees residing in Evanston. This operation has been previously conducted with success between the partnering agencies to ensure that convicted felons released from the penitentiary are complying with the law and the rules set forth upon a parolee after being released from prison. This operation is performed to enhance community safety within Evanston. Today, thirty-two parolees were contacted…more »

CTA Purple Line Viaduct Work Under Way Again

The spring construction season is here, and so is the continuation of the $10.3 million CTA project to replace the Purple Line viaducts at Grove, Dempster and Greenleaf Streets in Evanston. In March, contractors began returning to Evanston, and the bridge  in the Jewel - Osco Parking Lot at Greenleaf and Chicago Ave. is starting to be erected. The City of Evanston and the CTA are very appreciative that Jewel - Osco is allowing CTA to use their parking lot for this critical project.…more »

Learn the Ins and Outs of Investing Money Wisely at EPL

The Evanston Public Library will offer programs designed to help people more effectively manage their money. Whether you are starting a small business or looking to buy a new home, there are several tips that you will gain by attending Money Smart Week at the Library from April 21-28, 2012. As part of the 10th anniversary of Money Smart Week, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago has teamed up with more than 250 partner organizations, including the Evanston Public Library. The…more »

Evanston Leading the Way in Green Solutions to Smog with Installation of Car Charging Stations

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After several months of planning, the City of Evanston announced that it will begin installing electric car charging stations in three of its public parking lots starting April 16, 2012. Planning for I-Go’s solar canopy and charging stations began in October 2011 after City Council approved the location for three stations. The solar canopies and charging stations will allow I-Go to add low emission electric vehicles to their fleet of cars available for rental. The solar canopies will occupy a…more »

Earth Month Activities and Events

On April 22, more than one billion people around the globe will participate in Earth Day 2012 and help Mobilize the Earth™. People of all nationalities and backgrounds will voice their appreciation for the planet and demand its protection. Together we will stand united for a sustainable future and call upon individuals, organizations, and governments to do their part. The City of Evanston and various community organizations will be holding events all month in celebration of Earth Day 2012.  …more »

CTA Yellow Line Station Study to be Presented to City Council April 16

Staff from the City of Evanston's Public Works Department will present to the City Council the study findings for the input of a new intermediate station on the CTA Yellow Line between Ridge and Dodge Avenues in Evanston. The presentation will take place during the regularly scheduled City Council meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 16, 2012 in Council Chambers at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave. Final Report here>>> Conceptual Design Planbook here>>> The city held…more »

Arbor Day Foundation Honors Evanston with Two Awards

Posted in Tree City USA honor Arbor Day

Friday, April 27 is Arbor Day in Illinois. In conjunction with Arbor Day, the City of Evanston is proud to announce that for the 28th consecutive year, the Arbor Day Foundation has designated Evanston as a Tree City USA community. Only 10 other communities within Illinois have a longer consecutive streak than Evanston. The Arbor Day Foundation also has recognized Evanston’s commitment to urban forestry with the Growth Award. This award is given for demonstrating progress in its community forestry…more »

City Council Actions - April 10, 2012

CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING CITY OF EVANSTON, ILLINOIS LORRAINE H. MORTON CIVIC CENTER COUNCIL CHAMBERS Tuesday, April 10, 2012 Administration & Public Works (A&PW) Committee meets at 5:45 p.m. Town meeting and City Council meeting will convene at 7:15 p.m. ORDER OF BUSINESS (I) Annual Town Meeting (II) Roll Call – Begin with Alderman Tendam (III) Mayor Proclamations and Public Announcements National Library Week, April 8-14 Youth Employment Month – April 2012 (IV) City Manager Public Announcements • City Manager…more »

Evanston Public Library and Mayor Tisdahl Celebrate Children, Culture and Literacy

The Evanston Public Library (EPL) is hosting free educational programs to celebrate El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) on Monday, April 30, 2012, in the morning and after school hours at both the Main Library (1703 Orrington Avenue) and the North Branch Library (2026 Central Street). This daylong celebration supports the library’s family literacy initiative and culminates the daily commitment to link children and books. The celebration will kick-off at the Main Library at…more »

UPDATE: Edgemark Development at 2635 Crawford Ave.

Edgemark Development has submitted a revised application for a Map amendment for the property at 2635 Crawford Avenue to be rezoned from R2 Single Family Residential to B1a Business District Zone. This application also includes a text amendment requesting the removal of restrictions of drive-through facilities in Sub-Area 6 of the Central Street Overlay District (oCSC). The Plan Commission packet for the April 11, 2012 meeting regarding the Chase Bank proposal is now available. The bank is proposed to be…more »

Evanston Public Library Hosts Children's Author & Nature Photographer Nic Bishop

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Award-winning children's author and nature photographer Nic Bishop will showcase his work at the Evanston Public Library on Tuesday, April 24th at 7 p.m. (Community Meeting Room, first floor). Bishop will share how he captured his intimate photographs of frogs, lizards, butterflies, kangaroos and many other animals. Bishop said, "It sounds like you are doing a lot to encourage wildlife at the library. The falcons must be happy to have a home there. Looking forward to my visit!" Children's Library…more »

Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Job Fair on April 21

Posted in Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program Job Fair

A job fair for the Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 at the Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave., Evanston. The program is for Evanston youth age 14-18 years. In order to be eligible to attend the job fair, youth must be enrolled in school and be at least 14 years of age when the Youth Employment Program begins on June 4. There will be a total of…more »

Aging Well Film Festival Focuses on LGBT Seniors

Posted in Aging Well Film Festival 2012

The14th Annual Aging Well Film Festival will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. It features director Sut Maddux’s award-winning and critically acclaimed documentary, Gen Silent, which follows the day-to-day lives and struggles of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) seniors. The documentary asks six LGBT seniors if they will hide their friends, their spouses – their entire lives –  in order to survive in the care system. Their surprising decisions…more »

Parks & Recreation Classes and Updates

It’s summer camp registration season, and the City of Evanston might win a prize for some of the most unusual camps in the region. Where else can you find a camp that immerses you in the Victorian Era and lets you invent Steampunk creations? Or channel your inner Apollo Anton Ohno and Shani Davis at Speedskating Camp? Don’t want your kids to have all the fun? Then check out Parent/Child AquaAction and find out who screams more while tubing. If you…more »

Aging Well Conference Focuses on Strategies for Healthy Aging

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The 14th annual Aging Well Conference for older adults, their families, professionals and other caregivers will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2012. The conference will be held at the North Shore Retirement Hotel, 1611 Chicago Ave., Evanston. All costs are underwritten by the collaborating and supporting agencies, so admission is free, but space is limited. The conference will open with a welcome by Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, followed by the keynote speech by Lucia…more »

Library Week 2012: Connect@ Your Library, Virtually

National Library Week runs April 8th-14th, and the Evanston Public Library will have dozens of programs to celebrate “You Belong @ Your Library.” On Tuesday, April 10th, Mayor Tisdahl will be honoring Library Week with a proclamation at the City Council Meeting. EPL Library Director Karen Danczak Lyons said, “Evanston Public Library strives to serve Evanston residents at any hour of the day or night, even from the comfort of your home. Your local library is just a click away.”…more »

Community Choice Electricity Aggregation Presentation Video Now Available

On April 3, 2012 the City of Evanston hosted the first of three public hearings on their draft Plan of Operation and Governance in support of Community Choice Electricity Aggregation. On March 20, 73% of Evanstonians voted in favor of have the City negotiate electricity supply on their behalf under Community Choice Electricity Aggregation. The Plan of Operation and Governance is a document that outlines the city’s purpose and requirements for the Aggregation Program and is required by the enabling law,…more »

IEMA Launches Pet Preparedness Radio Spots

A new radio public awareness campaign set to hit the airwaves in Illinois will bring a humorous approach to the serious topic of pet emergency preparedness. Legendary radio personality Larry Lujack and his long-time radio associate Tommy Edwards, long known for their “Animal Stories” vignettes when working together on Chicago radio, have revived their roles as “Uncle Lar and Lil’ Tommy” in seven radio spots for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency’s (IEMA) statewide preparedness campaign. “These radio spots are really…more »

Residents Can Now Receive Street Sweeping Notifications Via Text or E-mail

The City of Evanston announced today the launch of a new tool that will allow residents to sign-up for text message or e-mail alerts to remind them of street sweeping operations on their street. The launch of this new tool coincides with the beginning of the 2012 street sweeping season, which runs from April 2 to November 30. “This simple alert system will allow residents to be better informed of street sweeping in their area and help give them ample…more »

Turn Lane From Ridge Ave. to Clark St. to be Closed

Starting Wednesday, April 4, 2012, the 1717 Ridge Project will require closure of the right turn lane on Ridge Avenue south of Clark Street. Concrete barricades will be placed in the project side of the lane. All other travel lanes  will remain open. This right lane closure is expected to be in place at least through the end of 2012. The contractor for this project is Focus Construction, Inc. will be managing the activities at the site and can be contacted…more »

National Public Health Week: April 2 - 8

A Healthier America Begins Today: Join the Movement The Evanston Health Department joins with communities all across the United States to recognize National Public Health Week in an effort to raise awareness of issues important to improving the public's health. The theme for 2012 is “A Healthier America Begins Today.” “This year’s theme encourages us and our community to take preventive measures to help improve all of our lives," said Evonda Thomas, Evanston Health. "Little steps can lead to big changes." The Evanston…more »