Evanston aldermen Monday night are scheduled to discuss proposed renovations to Fountain Square -- the traditional center of downtown.

Public Works Director Suzette Robinson is scheduled to present a report on the "deteriorated infrastructure" in the square.

The current fountain and the plaza around it was constructed in 1976 to celebrate the nation's bicentennial -- one hundred years after the first fountain was installed at the site.

Post date: September 14, 2014 - 7:23pm

Evanston real estate broker, developer and property manager Roger N. Parris has died at the age of 68.

Parris, who was born in Christiana, Manchester, Jamaica, on Feb. 4, 1946, died Wednesday at the Illinois Veterans Home in LaSalle.

The son of a Jamaican mother and a Barbadian father, Parris emigrated from Jamaica to Chicago in 1961. He attended Phillips High School and Wilson College and was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served in Vietnam as a medic.

Post date: September 13, 2014 - 6:56am

Maybe the letdown was inevitable following an inspired performance by the Evanston football team in Week 2.

Or maybe Friday’s 24-7 spanking at the hands of unbeaten Highland Park at soggy Lazier Field was just an indication that the young Wildkits are still experiencing some growing pains.

Unable to muster much offense for the third week in a row, the Wildkits dropped the Central Suburban League crossover contest with a flat performance that included three turnovers against the 3-0 Giants.

Post date: September 13, 2014 - 6:38am

Evanston police are asking for the public's help in locating a missing Evanston man whose car was found at O'Hare Airport.

Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott says Keith Tomaszewsky, 55, of the 3200 block of Hartzell Street, was last seen leaving his home about 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 7, to run errands,

Parrott says there's no indication of foul play in the disappearance, but that Tomaszewsky suffers from a medical condition that raises concern he may wish to harm himself.

Post date: September 12, 2014 - 5:27pm

A laptop computer left unattended at Evanston's main public library at Church Street and Orrington Avenue was stolen yesterday afternoon. This among the stories in today's daily crime bulletin from Evanston police.

Post date: September 12, 2014 - 3:28pm

Parents of students at Evanston Township High School are invited to come to the school next week to learn of the many resources available to them.

The event, Navigating ETHS: Resources for Parents, will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17, in the school’s new Welcome Center.

Among the items on the agenda:

Post date: September 12, 2014 - 3:00pm

Mayor Tisdahl was on hand Thursday evening to cut the ribbon marking the opening of the new YoFresh Yogurt Cafe at 635 Chicago Ave. in Evanston.

The special use permit for the franchise store that lets customers build their own dessert creations was approved by the City Council in May.

Post date: September 12, 2014 - 2:35pm

Two tours of the Evanston Water Treatment Facility have been scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 11, but you need to register soon before they fill up.

The facility is located adjacent to the north end of the Northwestern University campus, at 555 Lincoln St.

The first tour, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., is designed for adults and children age 15 or older. The second tour, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., is a “child friendly tour” and is designed for children age 6 or older who are accompanied by an adult. 

Post date: September 12, 2014 - 2:19pm

Former Evanston 6th Ward alderman Craig J. Cain has died at the age of 91.

Cain, who served on the Evanston City Council from 1965 to 1973, was born in Mankato, Minn., and raised on Chicago's north side.

He went to Hanover, N.H., to attend Dartmouth College in 1941 and graduated from the school's Thayer School of Engineering.

After 43 years in Evanston, he and his wife, the former Jocelyn Enid Mason. moved back to Hanover in 1993 to live at Kendal at Hanover, a continuing care retirement community, where he died on Aug, 29.

Post date: September 12, 2014 - 12:42pm

A memorial service is planned Saturday for Northwestern University Professor Emeritus Thomas William Heyck, an internationally respected scholar of British and Irish history.

Heyck died last Sunday after a struggle with leukemia. He was 75.  

The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 1140 Wilmette Ave. in Wilmette.

Heyck was the Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence in the department of history.

Post date: September 12, 2014 - 12:11pm