WEMU News http://wemu.org en Townie Street Party Set To Kick Off Ann Arbor Art Fairs Week http://wemu.org/post/townie-street-party-set-kick-ann-arbor-art-fairs-week <div>About a thousand artists and a half million visitors are expected in Ann Arbor for the city's four art fairs. &nbsp;Before art takes over the city the 10th annual <strong><a href="http://www.towniestreetparty.com/main/main.jsp?id=64" target="_blank">Townie Street Party</a></strong> is Monday night. &nbsp;</div><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:34:48 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48660 at http://wemu.org Townie Street Party Set To Kick Off Ann Arbor Art Fairs Week Michigan Elvisfest Returns To Ypsilanti http://wemu.org/post/michigan-elvisfest-returns-ypsilanti <div>It may be 35 years since his death, but Elvis fans still flock to a wide variety of events celebrating the "King." Outside of Graceland the place to be this weekend is the 15th annual <strong><a href="http://www.mielvisfest.org/" target="_blank">Michigan Elvisfest</a></strong> in Ypsilanti's Riverside Park. &nbsp;</div><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:57:09 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48605 at http://wemu.org Michigan Elvisfest Returns To Ypsilanti Ann Arbor Mayor Believes Big Projects During His Tenure Making Positive Impact http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-mayor-believes-big-projects-during-his-tenure-making-positive-impact <div>Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje thinks investments made during his tenure are already paying results and will continue to do so. &nbsp;The issue of spending priorities however is one voters will be looking at as the city chooses a new mayor for the first time in 14 years. &nbsp;</div><div>Hieftje points to the underground parking structure as helping grow the local economy. &nbsp;That's because he doesn't think the city's growing tech sector would have been possible without additional parking downtown. &nbsp;He says these jobs have helped keep the area more active, boosting restuarants and other businesses.</div><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:56:44 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48606 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Mayor Believes Big Projects During His Tenure Making Positive Impact Environmental Groups Warn Of Potential Pipeline Problems http://wemu.org/post/environmental-groups-warn-potential-pipeline-problems <p>Environmentalists are calling for additional safety measures to protect the Great Lakes from a 61 year-old oil pipeline located under the Straits of Mackinac.</p><p></p><p></p><p>A new model created by the National Wildlife Federation and the University of Michigan Water Center predicts Lakes Huron and Michigan would suffer significant damage if the Enbridge-owned pipeline were to rupture.</p><p>National Wildlife Federation Regional Executive Director Andy Buchsbaum says a spill there would be a deathblow both ecological and economical to the Great Lakes region.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:20:37 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 48619 at http://wemu.org Environmental Groups Warn Of Potential Pipeline Problems Disabilities Advocacy Group Seeking Volunteers http://wemu.org/post/disabilities-advocacy-group-seeking-volunteers <p>A group that advocates for Washtenaw County's disabled residents is looking for some new volunteers to help advance its mission.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The Washtenaw Regional Inclusive Community Coalition is one of more than 50 similar organizations across the state helping to increase awareness of issues important to those with developmental or other disabilities.&nbsp;</p><p>The coalition holds regular meetings, and has a leadership training session scheduled for July 25th.<br />Find out more about the RICC on Facebook:</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:18:23 +0000 Bob Eccles 48617 at http://wemu.org Disabilities Advocacy Group Seeking Volunteers Rolling Sculpture Car Show Friday http://wemu.org/post/rolling-sculpture-car-show-friday <p>The 20th annual Rolling Sculpture Car Show comes to downtown Ann Arbor Friday.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>More than 300 vehicles will be shown, including some historic electric vehicles.&nbsp;</p><p>DJ Surfer Joe will be spinning hot rod tunes and the Ann Arbor District Library will have activities for families on Liberty between Fourth and Fifth.&nbsp;</p><p>The Rolling Sculpture Car Show takes place Friday from two to 10 p.m. along Main, Liberty and Washington Streets.</p><p>Find more information on the event online:</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:18:04 +0000 Bob Eccles 48618 at http://wemu.org Rolling Sculpture Car Show Friday July 20-26 Gun Safety Week In Washtenaw County http://wemu.org/post/july-20-26-gun-safety-week-washtenaw-county <p>Law enforcment agencies across Washtenaw County hope to help prevent gun deaths by offering free gun lock kits during Gun Safety Week, July 20th through the 26th.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:49:56 +0000 Bob Eccles 48591 at http://wemu.org July 20-26 Gun Safety Week In Washtenaw County Mr. B's Joybox Express On The Road This Weekend http://wemu.org/post/mr-bs-joybox-express-road-weekend <p>Mr. B's Joybox Express piano bike will be making the trip from Chelsea to Ann Arbor this weekend, in part to raise funds for his bigger Mississippi River road trip planned for the fall.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The Chelsea-Ann Arbor Ride departs the Chelsea District Library at 3:30 Sunday afternoon, and concludes at Wolverine State Brewing Company in Ann Arbor.&nbsp;</p><p>Donations will be split between the Joybox Express and a charity of the donor's choosing.</p><p>Find out more about Sunday's ride and the Joybox Express online:</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:14:35 +0000 Bob Eccles 48542 at http://wemu.org Mr. B's Joybox Express On The Road This Weekend Pittsfield Township Eyes Banning Grills From Apartment Porches And Decks http://wemu.org/post/pittsfield-township-eyes-banning-grills-apartment-porches-and-decks <p>Pittsfield Township was thinking about banning charcoal grills from apartment porches and decks before a July 4th fire that damaged several units of an apartment building, but now propane-fired grills may also be a no-no.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Public Safety Director Matt Harshberger says that pending township approval, language will be added to the open burn ordinance prohibiting charcoal grills or grills fired by an open flame from use in multi-family housing.&nbsp;</p><p>The issue may come up for a vote at the township board's meeting in August.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:13:51 +0000 Bob Eccles 48541 at http://wemu.org Pittsfield Township Eyes Banning Grills From Apartment Porches And Decks Nominations Sought For Breastfeeding-Friendly Businesses http://wemu.org/post/nominations-sought-breastfeeding-friendly-businesses <p>Washtenaw County Public Health is seeking nominations of area businesses that go above and beyond to accommodate breastfeeding moms and their babies.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Nominations are being sought for the 2014 Breastfeeding Friendly Business Awards.&nbsp;</p><p>Winners will fall into one of three recognition levels: Gold, Silver or Bronze.&nbsp;</p><p>Nominees and winners will receive stickers to place on their front doors to identify them as a breastfeeding friendly business.&nbsp;</p><p>Nominations are due by July 18th and can be made online:</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:13:33 +0000 Bob Eccles 48543 at http://wemu.org Nominations Sought For Breastfeeding-Friendly Businesses Ypsilanti Meals On Wheels Executive Director Marks One Year On Job http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-meals-wheels-executive-director-marks-one-year-job <p>Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels Executive Director Alison Foreman's first year on the job was anything but ordinary.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Just four weeks into the job, she faced a government shutdown that threatened to put her program out of business.&nbsp;</p><p>Since then, things have gone much more smoothly.&nbsp;</p><p>Foreman says they've been able to eliminate a long waiting list, and plan to bring back Friday delivery of a frozen meal for customers to enjoy on Saturday.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:13:09 +0000 Bob Eccles 48544 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Meals On Wheels Executive Director Marks One Year On Job Washtenaw County's Representatives In Lansing Do Well On Environmental Scorecard http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-countys-representatives-lansing-do-well-environmental-scorecard <p>Washtenaw County's legislative representatives continue to score highly in the Michigan League of Conservation Voters annual Environmental Scorecard.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>State Senator Rebekah Warren and Representatives David Rutledge, Jeff Irwin and Adam Zemke all scored 100 percent, while Representative Gretchen Driskell received an 85 percent rating.&nbsp;</p><p>Senator Warren was singled out for her support of legislation to update and increase fees for hunting and fishing licenses.</p><p>Find the complete scorecard online:</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:12:22 +0000 Bob Eccles 48547 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County's Representatives In Lansing Do Well On Environmental Scorecard Strong Ann Arbor Real Estate Market May Get Influx Of Homes On North Side Of City http://wemu.org/post/strong-ann-arbor-real-estate-market-may-get-influx-homes-north-side-city <div>Proposals to build homes on Ann Arbor's north side are another indication that the area's real estate market is heating up. &nbsp;Toll Brothers is holding a community meeting Thursday night on plans to build 500 residences at Dhu Varren and Nixon. &nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:41:23 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48520 at http://wemu.org Strong Ann Arbor Real Estate Market May Get Influx Of Homes On North Side Of City Eastern Washtenaw Safety Alliance Introduced http://wemu.org/post/eastern-washtenaw-safety-alliance-introduced <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Representative David Rutledge has formally introduced a collaborative effort to address public safety, an effort</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;a</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">t least partially in response to a rash of crimes on </span>Washtenaw<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County's east side, including the killing of Eastern Michigan University student athlete </span>Demarius<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Reed,&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:25:11 +0000 Bob Eccles 48457 at http://wemu.org Eastern Washtenaw Safety Alliance Introduced Washtenaw International High School Tops In County On ACT http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-international-high-school-tops-county-act <p>Washtenaw International High School students accomplished something really special in the latest round of Michigan Merit Exam and ACT testing: they were tops in the county and number two in the state with their composite ACT score of 27-point-three.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Not bad, considering the program is barely three years old.&nbsp;</p><p>Principal Nhu Do says the results are impressive.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:28:49 +0000 Bob Eccles 48488 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw International High School Tops In County On ACT Ann Arbor City Council Member Proposing Charter Amendment To Return Eligibility Guidelines http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-city-council-member-proposing-charter-amendment-return-eligibility-guidelines <div>A court ruling in May put Bob Dascola on the ballot in Ann Arbor's third ward primary. &nbsp;It's also left the city without any eligibility requirements. &nbsp;To address this concern City Council member Jane Lumm is proposing a charter amendment to go before voters in November. &nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:45:11 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48477 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor City Council Member Proposing Charter Amendment To Return Eligibility Guidelines Ann Arbor City Council Helps Fund Washtenaw County Animal Control Services http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-city-council-helps-fund-washtenaw-county-animal-control-services <div><h1 style="margin-bottom:15.0pt;line-height:33.75pt">The City of Ann Arbor will spend 135-thousand dollars to support animal control services in Washtenaw County.&nbsp;</h1></div><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:53:12 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48416 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor City Council Helps Fund Washtenaw County Animal Control Services Washtenaw County Merit Exam Scores Continue To Improve http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-merit-exam-scores-continue-improve <p>Washtenaw County students continue to show improvement in the Michigan Merit Exam.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 08:31:47 +0000 Bob Eccles 48426 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Merit Exam Scores Continue To Improve Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Celebrates Blake Transit Center Grand Opening http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-area-transportation-authority-celebrates-blake-transit-center-grand-opening <div>The <strong><a href="http://www.theride.org/" target="_blank">Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority</a></strong> held the official grand opening of the new <strong><a href="http://www.blaketransitcenter.com/" target="_blank">Blake Transit Center</a></strong> in downtown Ann Arbor today. &nbsp;It's been open since March but it will still be another week or so before buses will use the facility's covered driveway for loading and unloading passengers. &nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:50:05 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48415 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Celebrates Blake Transit Center Grand Opening University of Michigan Solar Car Team Prepares To Defend National Title http://wemu.org/post/university-michigan-solar-car-team-prepares-defend-national-title <div>The <strong><a href="http://solarcar.engin.umich.edu/">University of Michigan's solar car</a></strong> team is making final plans as they look to defend their five consecutive national titles. &nbsp;The competition starts Saturday with a week of qualifying before the Austin to Minneapolis race gets under way. &nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:40:37 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48281 at http://wemu.org University of Michigan Solar Car Team Prepares To Defend National Title Ypsilanti City Council To Consider Purchase Agreement For East Side Rec Center http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-city-council-consider-purchase-agreement-east-side-rec-center <p>Ypsilanti City Council recently closed on a deal to sell a parcel of Water Street property for a Family Dollar Store, and there's no time to relax before the next proposal lands on council's plate.</p><p></p><p></p><p>A purchase agreement for Washtenaw County's proposed east side rec center is on council's Tuesday night agenda.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:30:38 +0000 Bob Eccles 48323 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti City Council To Consider Purchase Agreement For East Side Rec Center Ann Arbor Hires Firm To Help Market Library Lot http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-hires-firm-help-market-library-lot <p>The city of Ann Arbor is getting some help in selling the Library Lot property above the Library Lane underground parking garage.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>City Administrator Steve Powers says CBRE is a real estate firm with experience in this sort of transaction.<br /><br />"CBRE will be helping develop with city staff the engagement plan, that engagement with stakeholders, that will be a key part of the process," says Powers.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 19:29:24 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 48258 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Hires Firm To Help Market Library Lot Irwin Blasts Road Funding 'Earmarks' http://wemu.org/post/irwin-blasts-road-funding-earmarks <p>A local state representative is among Democrats crying "foul" in Lansing over the latest round of road funding.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The state chose projects that'll receive $115 million in funding based on request from lawmakers, and Democrats complain that most of the work is being done in districts represented by majority Republicans.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 19:29:00 +0000 Bob Eccles 48262 at http://wemu.org Irwin Blasts Road Funding 'Earmarks' A Capitol Fourth (8p - 10p) http://wemu.org/post/capitol-fourth-8p-10p <div>This July 4, America's national Independence Day celebration broadcasts live from the West Lawn of the United States Capitol. Hosted by Emmy Award-winning TV personality Tom Bergeron and NPR's Korva Coleman, the event features performances from some of America's best known celebrities and musical artists.</div><div> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 19:09:04 +0000 Patrik Holubik 48267 at http://wemu.org Capitol Steps: 'Politics Takes A Holiday!' (7p - 8p) http://wemu.org/post/capitol-steps-politics-takes-holiday-7p-8p <p><span style="font-family: Arial; line-height: normal;">This Independence Day, enjoy the Capitol Steps one-hour long special, “Politics Takes a Holiday!”&nbsp;</span><br style="font-family: Arial; line-height: normal;" /><span style="font-family: Arial; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</span><br style="font-family: Arial; line-height: normal;" /><span style="font-family: Arial; line-height: normal;">The Capitol Steps will address timely issues set to show tunes!&nbsp; There’s John Kerry singing “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Crimea?” and Hillary Clinton admonishing Joe Biden to “Let it Go” whe Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:57:19 +0000 Patrik Holubik 48265 at http://wemu.org