Tag: Evanston

Selling a Great Home at a Bad Time

Selling a Great Home at a Bad Time
When we bought a condo and then put our beloved home on the market, we had no idea what lay ahead. Perhaps we should have paid better attention to the pending signs that COVID-19 was coming to our neck of the woods. All we could think of was how sad we were to let go... Read more »

Evanston Neighbors, Please Shovel Your Walks

Evanston Neighbors, Please Shovel Your Walks
Last winter, I wrote a post Winter Hazards: Clear Sidewalks Make Good Neighbors to complain about a house next to a preschool and on the way to an elementary school whose owners don’t shovel their walk. I guess the owners never received a citation from the City of Evanston, and this winter is a rerun... Read more »

New Parking Rules for Evanston

New Parking Rules for Evanston
Trick or Treat. Judging from the number of ticketed cars I saw driving all over Evanston recently, entire streets on which every parked car had received a citation, most people were tricked and the city treated itself to tons of extra revenue at the expense of residents who were unaware of another new parking rule.... Read more »
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Parking in Evanston is a Nightmare

Parking in Evanston is a Nightmare
I just paid $75 to have coffee with my friends. Because there were no street spots on Dempster near Curt’s Café South, where I usually park, I turned onto a side street. What luck. There was one spot left on the block so I took it. Because I was running late, I didn’t walk up... Read more »

A Caring Community Creates a Playground for Children with Disabilities

A Caring Community Creates a Playground for Children with Disabilities
The Happy Ending to the Evanston Park School Playground Story “The future which we hold in trust for our own children will be shaped by our fairness to other people’s children.” — Marian Wright Edelman The school playground was usually empty. The swing frame held no swings. The wooden climbing structure was decaying, faded and... Read more »

Evanston Technology Decision Leaves Some Kids Behind

This is an educational tale of two tweens. My granddaughters are six months apart in age and separated by one grade level. The one who lives in Indiana uses a tablet at school, has been taught word processing, keyboarding, how to edit her writing, a bit of excel, and how to organize her homework on... Read more »
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Park School Needs a Playground its Students with Disabilities Can Use

They are so close to their goal…make a donation today The school playground is usually empty. The swing frame holds no swings. The wooden climbing structure is decaying, faded and cracked with age. The wood chip surface is thin and unusable for children whose wheelchairs can’t be pushed across it. When the Penny Park, a... Read more »

Special Education for Evanston High School Students: If You Build it, Should They Come?

Many Evanstonians were outraged by a highly insensitive comment by Alderman Ann Rainey about creating a new special education program for high school students. At a zoning committee meeting, Evanston Township High School (ETHS) officials requested a special permit to build a therapeutic day school in an area zoned for commercial use only. After an... Read more »

The Evanston Referendum: A Community That Cares About Children

No one wants to pay higher taxes, but yesterday 80 percent of those who voted in our local election said YES to a $14.5 million property tax referendum to support Evanston/Skokie District 65 public schools. At a time when our country seems to be motivated by greed and self-interest, in my community folks gave their... Read more »
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My Community Still Struggles to Close the Achievement Gap and Educate All of its Children

I adore Evanston. I’ve lived here for over 40 years. My kids received great educations in the public schools. Back in the day, I was an active school volunteer and even served on a couple of school district committees. And I was founding director of Cherry Preschool, located in the heart of Evanston. So I was... Read more »