Ann Arbor http://wemu.org en University Of Michigan Class Led By Ann Arbor Mayor Hosting Forum Of Candidates To Be Next Mayor http://wemu.org/post/university-michigan-class-led-ann-arbor-mayor-hosting-forum-candidates-be-next-mayor <div>The 4 Ann Arbor City Council members seeking Mayor John Hieftje's job will participate in a forum in his <strong><a href="http://www.fordschool.umich.edu/" target="_blank">Ford School of Public Policy</a></strong> class Wednesday. &nbsp;The forum set to begin at 1 in the afternoon in Weill Hall will be open to the public. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Hieftje says he doesn't know exactly what the students will be asking <strong><a href="http://www.sabrabriere.org/Sabra%20Briere%20for%20Mayor.php" target="_blank">Sabra Briere</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/SallyHartPetersen" target="_blank">Sally Hart Petersen</a></strong>, <strong><a href="http://www.kunselmanforcouncil.com/" target="_blank">Stephen Kunselman</a></strong>, and <strong><a href="http://www.taylorforannarbor.com/" target="_blank">Christopher Taylor</a></strong>.</div><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:14:07 +0000 Andrew Cluley 44430 at http://wemu.org University Of Michigan Class Led By Ann Arbor Mayor Hosting Forum Of Candidates To Be Next Mayor Construction Of Ann Arbor Skatepark Ramping Up Again After Winter Melts Away http://wemu.org/post/construction-ann-arbor-skatepark-ramping-again-after-winter-melts-away <p>Ann Arbor officials expect to have the construction schedule for the rest of the new skatepark set within the next week.&nbsp; Park Planner Amy Kuras thinks the facility will be completed by the scheduled June 21<sup>st</sup> grand opening unless there are a lot of weather issues.&nbsp;</p><p>Kuras says most of the remaining work is in two areas.</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:58:44 +0000 Andrew Cluley 44417 at http://wemu.org Construction Of Ann Arbor Skatepark Ramping Up Again After Winter Melts Away Interest in Ann Arbor Skatepark Growing http://wemu.org/post/interest-ann-arbor-skatepark-growing <div>It's still a little over two months before the opening day for the new skatepark in Ann Arbor, but interest in skating already seems to be growing. &nbsp;The skatepark's grand opening is set for June 21st, which is International Go Skating Day.</div><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:58:19 +0000 Andrew Cluley 44381 at http://wemu.org Interest in Ann Arbor Skatepark Growing Last Minute Tax Rush http://wemu.org/post/last-minute-tax-rush <div>Tuesday's the deadline to file your taxes and plenty of people are still finishing, or just starting their paperwork. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:52:20 +0000 Andrew Cluley 44380 at http://wemu.org Last Minute Tax Rush Sheriff Clayton Wants Discussion On How To Fund Policing Across Washtenaw County http://wemu.org/post/sheriff-clayton-wants-discussion-how-fund-policing-across-washtenaw-county <p>Washtenaw County communities that contract with the <strong><a href="http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/sheriff" target="_blank">Sheriff’s department</a></strong> for policing will likely see one percent increases in their bills in 2016 and 2017.&nbsp; The <strong><a href="http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/boc" target="_blank">County Commissioners</a></strong> vote on that proposal this week, but Sheriff Jerry Clayton is calling for a larger conversation on how law enforcement is funded.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Clayton doesn’t believe the current model is sustainable.&nbsp; He thinks a county-wide model could be designed to work for communities that contract with his department and those that have their own police departments.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 03:59:01 +0000 Andrew Cluley 44334 at http://wemu.org Sheriff Clayton Wants Discussion On How To Fund Policing Across Washtenaw County Ann Arbor's Main Street BIZ Could Expand, Result In More Sidewalks Cleared Of Snow http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbors-main-street-biz-could-expand-result-more-sidewalks-cleared-snow <p>Despite all of the snow this winter, the sidewalks along Main Street in downtown Ann Arbor remained easily passable for pedestrians.&nbsp; That’s thanks in large part to the <strong><a href="http://www.annarbormainstreetbiz.com/" target="_blank">Main Street Business Improvement Zone</a></strong>, an effort where property owners have voluntarily agreed to pay more taxes for a variety of services.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Ed Shaffran is President of <strong><a href="http://shaffran.com/" target="_blank">The Shaffran Companies</a></strong> and chairman of the Main Street BIZ.&nbsp; He says next month property owners on some neighboring streets will vote to see if the BIZ will expand.</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:10:30 +0000 Andrew Cluley 44228 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor's Main Street BIZ Could Expand, Result In More Sidewalks Cleared Of Snow International Soccer Game at Michigan Stadium Sold Out http://wemu.org/post/international-soccer-game-michigan-stadium-sold-out <p>Fans interested in attending the <strong><a href="http://www.manutd.com/" target="_blank">Manchester United</a></strong>-<strong><a href="http://www.realmadrid.com/" target="_blank">Real Madrid</a></strong> game at Michigan Stadium will likely need to turn to the secondary market if they don't have tickets yet. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:22:01 +0000 Andrew Cluley 44215 at http://wemu.org International Soccer Game at Michigan Stadium Sold Out Ann Arbor Public Schools To Send Schools Of Choice Notifications By Early Next Week http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-public-schools-send-schools-choice-notifications-early-next-week <p><strong><a href="http://www.aaps.k12.mi.us/aaps/home" target="_blank">Ann Arbor Public Schools</a></strong> officials say they are pleased with the number of schools of choice and young fives applications the district received.&nbsp; The exact number of applicants won’t be released until next week after all of the applications have been processed and seats are filled. &nbsp;</p><p>Director of Communications Liz Margolis says they have to let parents know by Tuesday or Wednesday the status of applications.</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 23:25:07 +0000 Andrew Cluley 44166 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Public Schools To Send Schools Of Choice Notifications By Early Next Week Ann Arbor Public Schools Credit Rating Lowered http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-public-schools-credit-rating-lowered <p><strong><a href="http://www.standardandpoors.com/" target="_blank">Standard and Poor’s</a></strong> has lowered the <strong><a href="http://www.aaps.k12.mi.us/aaps/home" target="_blank">Ann Arbor Public Schools</a></strong> credit rating from AA-Plus to A-Plus.&nbsp; The downgrade came after the district used more reserves than originally anticipated this fiscal year.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Communications Director Liz </span>Margolis<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says it’s the second downgrade in the last couple of years, but they shouldn’t continue.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a statement Superintendent Jeanice Swift says they have in place a solid financial plan to improve fiscal stability.&nbsp; Swift highlights efforts to increase revenue through attracting more students while also taking steps to decrease expenditures without reducing services for students.&nbsp; She believes these moves will help the district begin to rebuild fund balance within a reasonable time.</span></p><p>According to Margolis efforts to increase enrollment appear to be working and the district should be able to increase fund equity next year.&nbsp; She believes this combined with contract concessions the district is working on should lead to higher credit ratings. &nbsp;Margolis adds since the district has no plans to sell bonds now she doesn't anticipate an immediate financial impact from the credit downgrade.</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:30:45 +0000 Andrew Cluley 44154 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Public Schools Credit Rating Lowered Ann Arbor Accepting Plate Scraps In Compost Carts http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-accepting-plate-scraps-compost-carts <p>Plate scrapings are now being accepted in <em><strong><a href="http://www.a2gov.org/government/publicservices/fieldoperations/solidwasteunit/Compost/Pages/Compost.aspx" target="_blank">Ann Arbor composting carts</a></strong></em>.&nbsp; The city added the food scraps this year after a study of residential trash found about half of it was food that could be composted.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 02:59:32 +0000 Andrew Cluley 44104 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Accepting Plate Scraps In Compost Carts Library Green Supporters Hope For Progress On Park After City Council Sets Size http://wemu.org/post/library-green-supporters-hope-progress-park-after-city-council-sets-size <p>Members of the <em><strong><a href="http://a2centralpark.org/" target="_blank">Library Green Conservancy</a></strong></em> are hopeful Ann Arbor City Council actions will help people work together to develop a park above the city’s underground parking structure.&nbsp; Last month council approved 65-hundred to 12-thousand square feet to be used as a park, but that’s now been revised to approximately 12-thousand square feet.</p><p>Library Green Conservancy member Will Hathaway thinks everyone wants the same goal, a quality park above the underground parking structure.</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 02:47:41 +0000 Andrew Cluley 44103 at http://wemu.org Library Green Supporters Hope For Progress On Park After City Council Sets Size 89.1 WEMU Presents: Mr. B Live In-Studio http://wemu.org/post/891-wemu-presents-mr-b-live-studio <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143751672&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Mr. B (Mark Braun) visits the 89.1 WEMU&nbsp;studios to perform with special guests, Lila Ammons &amp; Axel Zwingenberger ahead of their&nbsp;<a href="http://theark.org/3766.html"><strong>Blues and Boogie Celebration&nbsp;</strong></a>at the Ark in Ann Arbor, Michigan this weekend.</p><p></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:25:30 +0000 Patrik Holubik & Michael Jewett & Marilyn Gouin 44074 at http://wemu.org 89.1 WEMU Presents: Mr. B Live In-Studio Company Considers Drilling West of Ann Arbor http://wemu.org/post/company-considers-drilling-west-ann-arbor <p>A Traverse City-based company is moving forward with plans to possibly drill for oil or natural gas in an area just west of Ann Arbor. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:11:23 +0000 Associated Press 44053 at http://wemu.org Company Considers Drilling West of Ann Arbor Pros And Cons Of Transit Millage Discussed At League Of Women Voters Forum http://wemu.org/post/pros-and-cons-transit-millage-discussed-league-women-voters-forum <p>About 150 people packed the downtown Ann Arbor Library’s multi-purpose room to find out more about the proposed point-seven mill transit tax last night.&nbsp; Supporters of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority millage appeared to outnumber critics at the League of Women Voters forum.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 03:56:40 +0000 Andrew Cluley 44043 at http://wemu.org Pros And Cons Of Transit Millage Discussed At League Of Women Voters Forum Ann Arbor Summer Festival Announces 2014 Mainstage Lineup http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-summer-festival-announces-2014-mainstage-lineup <p>The Ann Arbor Summer Festival has announced its 2014 Mainstage lineup.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Executive Director Amy </span>Nesbitt<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> sat down with </span>WEMU's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Michael Jewett Monday afternoon to talk about the schedule and hear some music from some of the acts scheduled to appear.</span></p><p>See the complete schedule here: <a href="http://a2sf.org/desktop/">http://a2sf.org/desktop/</a></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 19:15:57 +0000 Bob Eccles 44018 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Summer Festival Announces 2014 Mainstage Lineup Ann Arbor-Saline Road Project To begin April 21st http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-saline-road-project-begin-april-21st <p>Stage 1 of the Ann Arbor-Saline Road improvement project will get underway two weeks from today. The Washtenaw County Road Commission will complete the project in three phases. In the first phase, the southbound lanes of Ann Arbor-Saline Road will be closed between Eisenhower Parkway and the I-94 exit ramp. &nbsp;The detours for this phase of the project will be as such:&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:43:12 +0000 David Fair 44007 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor-Saline Road Project To begin April 21st Senior Groups Supporting Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Millage http://wemu.org/post/senior-groups-supporting-ann-arbor-area-transportation-authority-millage <p>With the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Millage vote now less than a month away a wide variety of groups have endorsed the effort, including several agencies that work with seniors. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">As Ann Arbor, </span>Ypsilanti<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and </span>Ypsilanti<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Township consider a point-seven mill tax to pay for expanded Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority service, senior groups have consistently come out in support.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 04:28:03 +0000 Andrew Cluley 43990 at http://wemu.org Senior Groups Supporting Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Millage Ann Arbor City Council To Consider Resolution Urging State Drop Appeals To Same-Sex Marriage Ruling http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-city-council-consider-resolution-urging-state-drop-appeals-same-sex-marriage-ruling <p>Ann Arbor City Council is set to ask state officials to drop appeals to the court ruling that briefly allowed same-sex marriages to take place.&nbsp; Council tonight will consider a resolution urging Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette to suspend efforts to contest Judge Bernard Friedman’s ruling. &nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 04:07:05 +0000 Andrew Cluley 43989 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor City Council To Consider Resolution Urging State Drop Appeals To Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Soccer Powers Manchester United And Real Madrid To Play At Michigan Stadium http://wemu.org/post/soccer-powers-manchester-united-and-real-madrid-play-michigan-stadium <p>Two of the biggest teams in soccer will meet this summer at Michigan Stadium. &nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.manutd.com/" target="_blank">Manchester United</a></strong> will take on <strong><a href="http://www.realmadrid.com/en" target="_blank">Real Madrid</a></strong> in Ann Arbor on August 2nd, as part of the <strong><a href="http://internationalchampionscup.com/" target="_blank">Guinness International Champions Cup</a></strong>. &nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:53:53 +0000 Andrew Cluley 43909 at http://wemu.org Soccer Powers Manchester United And Real Madrid To Play At Michigan Stadium Cinema Chat: Cinetopia Expansion, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Captain America and More http://wemu.org/post/cinema-chat-cinetopia-expansion-grand-budapest-hotel-captain-america-and-more <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143004383&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cinetopia International Film Festival scheduled for June 4-8 in Detroit, Ann Arbor - More days, venues, screenings, and programs on tap for 2014</span></p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 08:26:05 +0000 Patrick Campion 43893 at http://wemu.org Cinema Chat: Cinetopia Expansion, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Captain America and More Making A Foolish Weekend For Ann Arbor, FoolMoon And Festifools http://wemu.org/post/making-foolish-weekend-ann-arbor-foolmoon-and-festifools <p>University of Michigan students have been hard at work the last six weeks in a studio at the back of the university’s public safety building preparing for Ann Arbor’s foolish weekend.&nbsp; Most of the large puppets that are the heart of Sunday’s <em><strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/575177205901858/" target="_blank">Festifools </a></strong></em>come from students most of who aren’t art students.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 04:57:39 +0000 Andrew Cluley 43890 at http://wemu.org Making A Foolish Weekend For Ann Arbor, FoolMoon And Festifools Cinetopia Film Festival Growing In Its Third Year http://wemu.org/post/cinetopia-film-festival-growing-its-third-year <div>The third annual <em><strong><a href="http://www.cinetopiafestival.org/" target="_blank">Cinetopia International Film Festival</a></strong></em> will include a greater presence in Detroit. About 100 screenings will be split equally between Ann Arbor and Detroit for this year's festival which runs from June 4th through the 8th. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:32:06 +0000 Andrew Cluley 43876 at http://wemu.org Foolish Weekend On Tap For Ann Arbor http://wemu.org/post/foolish-weekend-tap-ann-arbor <div>Expect plenty of foolishness in Ann Arbor this weekend, with <em><strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/409571442510867/" target="_blank">FoolMoon</a></strong></em> Friday night, and <em><strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/575177205901858/" target="_blank">Festifools</a></strong></em> taking over Main Street Sunday afternoon. &nbsp;Several hundred illuminated decorations are expected to be part of the FoolMoon processionals Friday evening around eight. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:14:45 +0000 Andrew Cluley 43875 at http://wemu.org Foolish Weekend On Tap For Ann Arbor Clague Middle School Students Learn About Online Safety http://wemu.org/post/clague-middle-school-students-learn-about-online-safety <div>The internet provides a powerful tool for students tying to learn, but can also pose big security risks. Officials with Google brought their "<em><strong><a href="https://www.google.com/goodtoknow/web/roadshow/">Good to Know School&nbsp;</a></strong></em><em><strong><a href="https://www.google.com/goodtoknow/web/roadshow/">R</a></strong></em><em><strong><a href="https://www.google.com/goodtoknow/web/roadshow/">oadshow</a></strong></em>" to Clague Middle School Thursday to help students avoid dangerous online behavior.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:58:05 +0000 Andrew Cluley & Rose Carver 43874 at http://wemu.org Clague Middle School Students Learn About Online Safety Ann Arbor Y Lot Sale Closes http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-y-lot-sale-closes <p>While most attention was being paid to President Barack Obama visiting Ann Arbor Wednesday, an important sale was completed.&nbsp; Dennis Dahlmann the owner of the Campus Inn and the Bell Tower Hotel completed the purchase of the former Y-M-C-A lot on South Fifth Avenue.&nbsp;</p><p>City Administrator Steve Powers thinks the sale is a positive in two ways.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 04:46:21 +0000 Andrew Cluley 43830 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Y Lot Sale Closes