Employee Hall of Fame

Employees of the Week: John Diaz and Norh Robinson

Congratulations to Administrative Services employees Norh Robinson and John Diaz for excellent work at the Evanston Police Department.  Detective Bartz asked for assistance to enable Police motorcycle officers to upload data from their Dash Camera system to the Police network in a more efficient and reliable manner. Detective Bartz met with facilities and explained what was needed. Norh and John did exactly the job required “and then some,” according to Det. Bartz. It’s a very clean, professional and functional setup with no oversight needed. The motorcycles now can upload without using the WIFI and each bike has its own electrical hookup to charge the batteries inside the building.  The ability of John and Norh to listen to the design just once and do a great job “makes our life easier,” says Det. Bartz.  Previously, motorcycle data had to  be uploaded by officers sitting outside the building over a wireless...
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HR & Payroll

Welcome Hillary Beata, New Digital Services Specialist

Please join me in welcoming Hillary Beata who recently joined our staff as Digital Services Specialist. Hillary’s background in digital services includes working as a Senior Communications Specialist for Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) for over five years. Hillary also served as Web Writer/Editor for the Veterans Health Administration. Hillary led CMAP’s website upgrade and content migration in 2013 and will be instrumental in our new city website launching in late December. She will also be working on our open data portal, OpenEvanston.org as well other web and digital initiatives. Hillary holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and also has a MPA from University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a wife and mother to Gus who is four months old.   In her free time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, and, as a native Kansan, watching University of Kansas Jayhawks basketball team. Welcome Hillary!    ...
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Please join me in congratulating our newest full time Public Services Librarian!

Please join me in congratulating Russell Johnson as he takes on more responsibilities by becoming a full time Public Services Librarian at the Evanston Public Library’s Main Library. Russ has been part of the EPL family for a while. He began as a volunteer at the former South Branch and did such a great job that he was hired as a Library Clerk in Periodicals at the Main Library. As Russ expanded his skills and added degrees, he was promoted to Library Assistant in Reader’s Services, and then to a part-time Adult Services Librarian at the Main Library. As a full-time Public Services Librarian, Russ will continue to manage our annual Mission Impossible series, our Off the Shelf blog, curate our Local Art @ EPL series, and produce most adult author events at the Main Library. During our discussions, Russ shared: “I’m very proud of my years and growth...
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Special Events

George Altonaga Retirement Gathering

After over 29 years, George Altonaga of the Facilities Management Division will be retiring from the City of Evanston. On Wednesday, September 28, 2016 please join the FM Division and celebrate this milestone with George. We will serve cake and coffee in the Civic Center Ground Floor Breakroom. See attached for details. Thank you for your years of service George!...
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See you at the corner of Ridge and Wellness!

The Wellness Program is open to all employees who are currently covered under the City’s health insurance plan (or receiving a medical waiver), their insured spouses, insured retirees and their insured spouses.    Wellness is a journey and we are in the 5th year of this journey.  As City employees you are an asset and you make a difference.  Your participation has made this journey successful so far. Wellness Days and Time: Days Time Location   Wednesday, October 12, 2016 6:30 am to 11:30 am Civic Center 2100 Ridge Avenue Evanston, IL Parasol Room     Flu Vaccine is available Thursday, October 13, 2016 6:30 am to 11:30 am 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm Friday, October 14, 2016 6:30 am to 11:30 am Fast 8 hours before your blood draw (mandatory) Drink 2 glasses of water 1-2 hours prior to your appointment (recommended)  Registration begins on September 26, 2016.  This...
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Lunch and Learn registration – Wellness Event

Nearly half of American adults have one or more preventable, diet-related chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity. This Lunch and Learn will provide evidence-based research about sugar and its impact on our health and chronic diseases. Attend the presentation to learn about the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for sugar consumption, how to identify added sugars hidden in your food, tips to reduce intake and whether or not artificial sweeteners can be a healthy alternative. Wednesday, September 28, 2016 Noon to 1:00 pm Morton Civic Center – Room 2404 This seminar will be presented by Ashley Mcilwee of the Health and Human Services Department. Lunch will be provided. Please note that attending non-mandatory lunchtime sessions are considered to be a lunch break. Space is limited, so please register via the link below as soon as possible. Once capacity is reached, a waitlist will be started. You will...
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Welcome Tiffany Caston

Please welcome Tiffany Caston who has joined our staff as the Program Coordinator for the Preschool Program at the Robert Crown Community Center. Tiffany’s background in the field of education includes working as a Teacher at the Oak Park and River Forest Day Nursery, a Type 04 certified Teacher at Marillac St. Vincent Family Services, and most recently, with Presence Resurrection Medical Center Child Care Center as a Site Manager. Tiffany holds a bachelor’s degrees in Early Childhood Education and Psychology from National Louis University, where she returned to complete her graduate degree in Administration in Education, which she expects to complete this November. She is a wife and mother to two young children. When she does stumble upon extra time, she enjoys scrapbooking photos of her family and playing tennis. She is excited to join the City of Evanston and looks forward to getting to know the staff, children,...
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Mark Your Calendars for October 2016 Wellness Event!

We are in the 5th year of the Wellness Program at the City of Evanston!  Your participation has made this possible every year.  I would like to encourage all eligible (covered under the City’s health insurance) employees and their insured spouses to participate in the 2016 Wellness Event.  This event is free, voluntary, and a huge benefit to eligible City staff. If you have never participated in the Wellness Program, it is never too late to start.  Remember all results are confidential.  The City receives only an aggregate report with no details or identifying information. Some of the benefits to you include: A better understanding and prioritization of the health risks that you may face Access to tools and resources you may need to help reach your health-improvement goals Better health and quality of life Studies also show that workplace wellness programs reduce health-care costs, reduce absenteeism and turnover, and...
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Go ‘Cats! Government Employee Discounts Available for Northwestern Football Games

For the 2016 season, Northwestern Football would like to invite government employees to attend football games at a discounted rate as part of its Government Employee Appreciation Days. To purchase tickets, use the promotion code NUGOV at nusports.com/groups. In addition to discounted tickets, NU is offering to select groups a Northwestern hat at the game to government employees, as well as families and friends. Please see the flyer for details of the events at Northwestern football this season. Go ‘Cats!...
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HR & Payroll

New Temporary Inspector for Property Maintenance

Due to us being very short on staff, the Department has hired Property Maintenance Inspector, Robert Sutton, on a temporary, part-time basis to help cover some gaps in services. He has worked over the years as a Code and Property Maintenance Inspector in Bensenville and Oak Park, IL. He has also worked as a Deputy Fire & Building Code Inspector for the State of Indiana Fire Marshal’s Office and Indiana Dept. of Health, Indianapolis, IN. Currently he works as a Fire Prevention Inspector for the State of IL Fire Marshal’s Office, Chicago, IL. Robert starts this Friday and his responsibilities will include performing inspections for programs and activities of the Department.Due to us being very short on staff, the Department has hired Property Maintenance Inspector, Robert Sutton, on a temporary, part-time basis to help cover some gaps in services. He has worked over the years as a Code and...
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Special Events

First Slice Pie Café Now Open

  First Slice Pie Café is now open at Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center at 1823 Church Street! Not only does First Slice offer stellar pies (their apple pie was on Food & Wine’s list of America’s Best Apple Pies), they have a full range of delicious soups, salads, quiches & sandwiches if you want a real meal before indulging in dessert. For more information on how First Slice gives back to the community, to find out how to sign up for their subscriber program, or to check out their menu click here. First Slice is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.    ...
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HR & Payroll

Welcome Theresa Tevsh

Please welcome Theresa Tevsh as the new Recreation Manager for the Levy/Ecology Centers. Theresa has over 20 years of experience along with a Bachelor of Science degree in Parks and Recreation Administration from the University of Wisconsin- Lacrosse. Yes, she is a cheese head and Packer Fan. Theresa’s past positions include Assistant Director for Palos Park Recreation Department, Director of Parks and Recreation for the Village of Richton Park, Superintendent for Oakbrook Terrace Park District and Executive Director at Butterfield Park District. Theresa has been with small agencies in the past and looks forward to the challenges of managing the Levy and Ecology Centers with the City of Evanston. She has been a speaker for the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association and the National Coalition for Team Building, Chicago Chapter. Her most recent position at Palos Park gave her the inspiration to work with seniors, being inspired by her...
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Evanston and Naperville First Illinois Partners to Join Waze Connected Citizens Program

The City of Evanston and City of Naperville announced a data-sharing partnership with Waze (http://www.waze.com), the free, real-time crowdsourced navigation app powered by the world’s largest community of drivers. Designed as a free data share of publicly available traffic information, the Connected Citizens Program promotes greater efficiency, deeper insights and safer roads for citizens of greater Chicago, along with 80 other partners around the world. The Waze Connected Citizens Program gives municipal leaders an unprecedented look at real-time road activity, empowering partners to harness real-time driver insights to improve congestion and make better informed planning decisions. Waze provides partners with real-time, anonymous, Waze-generated incident and slow-down information directly from the source: drivers themselves. “The City of Evanston is proud to be one of the first local governments in Illinois to partner with Waze on the Connected Citizens Program,” said Public Works Agency Director Dave Stoneback. “Sharing advance traffic notifications...
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