Ann Arbor

Islam
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Islamophobia continues to affect many communities around the country, including right here in Washtenaw County.  Earlier this year, anti-Islam messages were written at the University of Michigan's Diag.  As the New Year approaches, local Muslims hope for a better future in 2017.


Michigan Theater
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2016 is coming to a close, so let's look back at the best that the world of cinema presented this past year.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all the films that have made an positive impact in 2016.


Jeff Irwin
Michigan House of Representatives / housedems.com

The legislative session in Lansing came to an end this year with a flurry.  Numerous bills were passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature and sent to Governor Rick Snyder to be signed into law.  For some, it marks an end to time in office, but it also doesn't necessarily mean goodbye.


Christopher Taylor
City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

As 2016 draws to a close, it's a chance to reflect on the past year and look forward to what's coming in the year ahead.  Here's what that means for Ann Arbor's mayor.


Deer
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The City of Ann Arbor will roll out a deer cull once again early next year to help control their population.  


Jerry Clayton
Washtenaw County / ewashtenaw.org

2016 has brought its share of challenges, not the least of which has been racial and ethnic tensions from the police shooting deaths of unarmed black men around the country, to the campaign rhetoric of the President-elect, to the white supremacist messages spray-painted on campus buildings at Eastern Michigan University.  The Washtenaw County Sheriff is hoping, by taking it head-on, this area will be a model for how to address these issues.


Recycling
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It's been an adventurous year in Ann Arbor when it comes to recycling.  Perhaps it's better characterized as a year of misadventures, as the city continues efforts to revamp the recycling program.


Ann Arbor Restaurants
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Many of us take time off this week between Christmas and New Year's to spend time with family.  But those who work in the restaurant industry are getting ready for a busy week.


Ann Arbor
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After years of discussion and action, affordable housing remains a pressing issue in our area.  Washtenaw County officials have been working on a long-term plan, and part of that includes creation of more affordable units in Pittsfield Township and the City of Ann Arbor.


Menorah
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While the majority of families will gather for Christmas Eve on Saturday evening, a significant Jewish community will light the first of eight candles to mark the beginning of Hanukkah.  Most folks have some idea of the story of Christ, but less know the origins of the annual Jewish tradition.


Meals on Wheels
University of Michigan / umich.edu

Meals on Wheels will provide a hot meal this Christmas to people in need in Washtenaw County.  Here's what to expect from the Ann Arbor chapter this holiday.


Michigan Theater
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The long holiday break is upon us, so let's celebrate with a trip to the movies.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business all of the flicks coming to the big screen this holiday weekend.


Christopher Taylor
City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor about environmental accomplishments in 2016 and the goals and objectives for 2017.


Ann Arbor Public Schools
Courtesy Photo / a2schools.org

There's been a major setback in the search for a new Ann Arbor school board member. 


1,4 Dioxane
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Washtenaw County, along with the city of Ann Arbor and the Huron River Watershed Council, will legally be able to intervene in discussions about the 1,4 Dioxane situation in our area.  


Michigan Theater
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The Golden Globes nominations have been announced, and it's time to return to a certain "galaxy far, far away!"  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all of the films coming to your local movie house this weekend.


Ann Arbor Public Schools
Courtesy Photo / a2schools.org

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education is expected to appoint a new member tonight to replace Donna Lasinski.  Her seat became available after the November general election in which she won a seat in the state House of Representatives.   


Income Tax
Ken Teegardin / flickr.com

The idea of a city-imposed income tax in Ann Arbor is once again under consideration.


89.1 WEMU

I am joined by Omari Rush, the director of Community Engagement at the Ann Arbor Art Center, and Cara Rosaen, lead organizer of the newly created Winter Art Tour happening this weekend in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.

Rosaen explains why the art tour was created and how it incorporates a number of different art shows and sales happening locally this weekend into one big event.


Michigan Theater
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WEMU's top movie experts are back!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all the films heading to the big screen this weekend.


Shoveling snow
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With the possibility of snow hitting our area this coming weekend, the city of Ann Arbor is reminding residents about local snow removal rules.


Ann Arbor Public Schools
Ann Arbor Public Schools / a2schools.org

Ann Arbor Public Schools is again considering changing the start time for its high schools.  


Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor Wiki / localwiki.org

Ann Arbor's city council is expected to appoint a new 1st ward council member tonight.


Susan Pearlman

An Ann Arbor woman expressing her support for the LGBT community is getting support from neighbors after receiving an anonymous letter concerning her public display of support.

 


89.1 WEMU

On this week's Art & Soul: The Culinary Arts, I talk with Jessica Webster, life and culture reporter for MLive.com and host of The In Crowd on 89.1 WEMU, about 50 things you need to eat and drink in Ann Arbor.

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