Ann Arbor Huron High School senior Andy Hsiao is a Distinguished Finalist for Michigan in the 2014 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Hsiao was presented with an engraved bronze medallion for the honor this morning.
Hsiao raised nearly $6,000 through T-shirt sales and a benefit concert for victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Since then, he founded Youth Impact, a club that helps to raise money and awareness for charitable organizations with events and projects that are created and implemented by young people.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), represent the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. All middle and high schools in the U.S., along with all Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and affiliates of HandsOn Network, were eligible to select a student or member for a local Prudential Spirit of Community Award last November. Two State Honorees—one middle and one high school student—plus a select number of Distinguished Finalists from each state and the District of Columbia were selected based on criteria such as personal initiative, effort, impact and personal growth.
Long time Ann Arbor restaurant Jerusalem Garden is moving later this year to a new larger location. The restaurant announced Sunday through their Facebook page they will take over the former Seva Restaurant site at 314 East Liberty.
The potential number of contested Ann Arbor City Council primaries continues to grow. While only incumbent first ward city council member Sumi Kailasapathy is officially set to appear on the August Democratic Primary ballot now, eight other people have pulled petitions.
Runners will hit the streets of Ann Arbor Sunday morning for the 3rd annual Ann Arbor Marathon, half-marathon, 5-K and 1.2 mile run. The first two Ann Arbor Marathons took place in June, but this year it has been moved to March based on feedback from runners.
Plans to close Ann Arbor Public Schools estimated $10.7 million budget shortfall for next year without cutting in the classroom is getting positive responses from the community. Superintendent Jeanice Swift was at Scarlett Middle School last night talking about the budget and getting community feedback.
This year's Homegrown Local Food Summit will focus on many cultures one movement. The summit is Monday at Washtenaw Community College with a potluck and a screening of a film about Grace Lee Boggs one of the headliners for the event on Sunday.
The road construction project on Ann Arbor-Saline between Eisenhower and Oak Valley Drive that was expected to start next week won’t get going for another couple of weeks or so because the ground remains frozen.
Nearly 200 people in the area are seeing where they stack up against the rest of the world in the Crossfit Open, which claims to be seeking the fittest on Earth. The vast majority have no thoughts about advancing to the regional or world games, so why does the number of participants continue to grow?
The popularity of the Argo Cascades and other activities on the Huron River has also posed parking and traffic problems around the Argo Canoe Livery. Ann Arbor officials Wednesday will share proposed solutions to these issues.
A proposed point-seven mill tax to increase Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority service is the only issue on the May 6th ballot in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township. To save the A-A-A-T-A some money Ypsilanti Township officials will be combining several precincts to limit the number of poll workers needed.
Ann Arbor officials are warning motorists to avoid Covington Drive on Ann Arbor's west-side. A water main break is disrupting traffic on Covington between Scio Church and Agincourt. Crews are on the scene making repairs.