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Recognition: Richard Cahan

UPDATE: Greenwood Street Beach is closed “until further notice.” Due to limited staffing, this beautiful beach will remain closed “until further notice”, the city administration announced. The lack of lifeguards, the round table was told, is not only a local but a national problem. The city currently employs 74 lifeguards, a significant decrease from last year when more than 90 lifeguards patrolled the beaches.

Recognition: delivered

Goodbye. Columnist Les Jacobson praises his brother Billy, who passed away last week. He writes about their turbulent childhood, their bond later in life, and the stories his family and colleagues told about him.

Recognition: Jean Cunningham

The week in photos: 13.-20. June. Evanston looks greener than ever! Last weeks Gorgeous garden walk, hosted by the Garden Club of Evanston, showcased six local gardens, but fear not if you missed it. So is the Evanston Environmental Association take a walk in the garden this Sunday. Don’t forget to buy your tickets.

At this time. Jiwoo Ro teaches yoga in front of the Charles Gates Dawes Mansion on the International Day of Yoga and the first day of summer. “I love outdoor yoga,” says student Julia Marchenko (background right). “You look up at the sky and the trees and feel part of a bigger, more wonderful world.” The Greenwood Street and Lakeside class was led by Heaven Meets Earth Yoga. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

Recognition: submitted

Melba Ruth Graffius Swoyer 1945-2022. Melba Ruth Graffius Swoyer, née Tenney, aged 77, died at Evanston Hospital on Tuesday morning, June 14. Her husband, son and two stepdaughters were by her side.

The week in photos: 13.-20. June. Photos from the past week show the Lake Michigan beach, local gardens, new restaurant openings and this year’s Birdsong Race Against Hate.

Imagine Evanston. The Skokie Swift near Asbury Avenue in south Evanston on its approach to the Howard Street elevated station through a green tunnel. (Photo by Jörg Metzner)

Charity basketball game will support youth programs and honor the life of an ETH student. On Saturday, July 2nd, join the community for the charity basketball game “24 Hours” in memory of Ryan Bost, an ETHS alumnus who lost his life to gun violence in November 2020.

JRC celebrates the LGBTQIA+ community with a lakeside Shabbat service on June 24. In honor of Pride Month, the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation and Rabbi Rachel Weiss welcome the public to embrace the LGBTQIA+ community with two Lakefront Shabbat services on Friday, June 24 at Elliot Park (Lakeshore Boulevard at Hamilton Street) in Evanston to celebrate.

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The Texas Tribune published an up-to-the-minute report the police response to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Reporters reviewed transcripts and law enforcement videos, some of which had not previously been shared with the public, to piece together the story.

The Chicago Police Department has a new foot tracking policy. Effective “by the end of the summer,” CPD officers will be barred from chasing a suspect on foot unless they have committed or are about to commit a crime that “endangers the physical safety of others.” The policy comes in response to protests following the police shootings of Adam Toledo and Anthony Alvarez in March 2021.

The Bulletin of Applied Transgender Studies has published its first double issue. The magazine will publish articles and research on the lives of trans people and the material problems faced by trans people around the world. The edition is a collaboration between Northwestern Libraries and the Center for Applied Transgender Studies, and Northwestern Prof. TJ Billard serves as editor.

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