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Arts and Culture
11:36 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Cinema Chat: Art Fairs, Low Winter Sun, Only God Forgives, Girl Most Likely, Comic-con and More

Credit The Michigan Theater

In this week's installment of Cinema Chat, Michigan Theater Program Director Amanda Bynum sat in for her boss, Russ Collins.  She came to the studio with an abundance of information, and joined WEMU's David Fair in enthusiastically good spirits! 

Cinema Chat for 7/18/13

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Education
10:30 am
Thu July 18, 2013

New Ann Arbor Schools Superintendent to Be Named Friday

Members of the Ann Arbor Board of Education have just over 24-hours to consider whom they prefer to serve as the districts next Superintendent of Schools. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the second and last finalist last night met with the community at a public forum.

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Aviation
8:35 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Yankee Air Museum Takes to Skies to Raise Awareness of Bomber Plant Campaign [Photo Gallery]

Bob Eccles mans the .50 caliber machinegun.

The Yankee Air Museum has until August 1st to raise just under $5 million to buy a section of the Willow Run bomber plant for its new home.  As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, the museum on Wednesday gave donors and members of the media flights on its B-17 bomber to raise awareness of the campaign.

Hear Bob's report here.

Learn how you can take a once in a lifetime ride on the B-17 Yankee Lady here : 

http://www.yankeeairmuseum.org/yam/fly/

Community Service
6:50 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Local Volunteers Finalists For 2013 Governor's Service Awards

A couple of local volunteers are finalists for the 2013 Governor's Service Awards.  Both volunteer at Arbor Hospice, and WEMU's Bob Eccles had the chance to speak with them.


 

  

Volunteer of the Year
When it comes to solving community problems, individuals really make things happen. These everyday citizens are very special people who go the extra mile for their community. This award is reserved for an individual who strives to improve the lives of neighbors, friends, community, or congregation.  Individuals nominated for this award could be adults, national service members, educators, and more. 

Hear Bob's interview with Fritz Schafer here.

From the Michigan Community Service Commission

  • Fritz Schafer of Ann Arbor has a unique skill that he voluntarily provides to hospice patients and their families: photography. As an award-winning photographer, Fritz decided to volunteer his gift to the community and approached the Hospice of Michigan Volunteer Coordinator in 2004 about taking photos of hospice patients and their families free of charge. Together they implemented a program where patients could request a photographer to come to their home or facility to take photos and then receive a free framed and edited copy of the pictures. In 2007, Fritz relocated to the Ann Arbor community and began volunteering with the Arbor Hospice program, helping them to create a similar program called Treasured Memories. This program produces more than 20 photos for hospice families each year, and until just recently receiving a grant, Fritz covered the complete costs of the photograph printing and framing himself. In his five years with Arbor Hospice, Fritz has accumulated more than 335 volunteer hours and nearly 1,700 volunteer miles.  

Hear Bob's interview with Helen Buccella-Costa here.

From the Michigan Community Service Commission

  • Helen Buccella-Costa of Ann Arbor has been volunteering with Arbor Hospice since 2009. Originally providing comfort to patients as a member of the Threshold Choir and later as a By Your Side volunteer, Helen found a new volunteering passion in 2011 when Arbor Hospice acquired a therapy dog, Alpine. With a seven-county service area, Alpine has many visit requests across the region and Helen quickly stepped up to become Alpine's scheduler and manager. She coordinates Alpine's visits to different facilities and patient homes and trains staff and volunteers on how to properly handle the dog. In addition, Helen frequently takes Alpine on her visits and has amassed nearly 900 volunteer hours and 9,500 miles in her service with Alpine. Aside from her direct service in relation to Alpine, Helen has also helped to secure donations of veterinary attention, food, and toys for Alpine and even created a Facebook page for the canine so patients can stay connected with the beloved dog between visits.

2:18 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

2013 Detroit Jazz Festival Lineup

Lead in text: 
World-renowned musicians will come together to give Festival attendees performances they’ve never experienced before. This year’s artistic vision focuses on the language of jazz and the generations of musicians who have dedicated their lives to propagating its many dialects. Celebrate history and revel in the creative spirit of artists who expand boundaries to create truly unique, engaging and meaningful music.
Education
7:54 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Ann Arbor Superintendent Search Is Winding Down

The search is almost over.  Tonight, the Ann Arbor Schools community will meet with the 2nd finalist for the district's Superintendent position.

Brian Osborne currently heads up the South Orange and Maplewood School District in New Jersey. He'll  be at a forum at Skyline High School at seven tonight to answer any questions the public may have for him. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the other finalist, Jeanice Swift, went through the same process on Monday night.

The finalists to become the next Superintendent of Ann Arbor Public Schools meet with the public

Government
7:27 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Ypsilanti Moves Forward With Plan to Limit Medical Marijuana Facilities

Credit “Caveman Chuck” Coker / Foter.com / CC BY-ND

In the City of Ypsilanti, there are currently six medical marijuana dispensaries and one grow-operation. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, City Council is moving forward with a plan to officially limit the number of these kinds of facilities.

Ypsilanti City Council takes the next step in putting a cap on medical marijuana facilities in town.

Environment
3:46 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Laura Rubin Honored As 2013 River Hero [With Video]

Laura Rubin among the five 2013 River Heroes honorees

Huron River Watershed Council Executive Director Laura Rubin has been named a 2013 River Hero by the River Network. 

Rubin says she's thrilled by the honor, and proud of the work the Huron River Watershed Council has done over her 15-year tenure as Executive Director. 

She points to programs like Adopt-A-Stream, the Bioreserve Project and the council's stormwater and pollution management work as highlights. 

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Community
9:48 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Ann Arbor Townie Street Party was Hot, Wet and Fun!

Hundreds of people Monday night flocked to the annual Ann Arbor Townie Street Party. As WEMU’s David Fair reports, the event serves one part kick-off to the upcoming Ann Arbor Art fairs, and one part “thanks” to local residents for enduring the influx of some half-a million people over the next several days.

Townie Street Party kicks off Art Fairs week in Ann Arbor.

Education
7:48 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Ann Arbor Schools Superintendent Finalists In Town This Week

Brian Osborne and Jeanice Kerr Swift are finalists for the AAPS Superintendent position.
Credit A2schools.org

The two finalists to become the next Superintendent of Ann Arbor Public Schools are visiting town this week.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, One of the finalists is here today, the other tomorrow.

Finalists for Ann Arbor Schools Superintendent to go through final interviews today and tomorrow, and the Board of Education may make its selection on Friday.

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Parks & Rec.
7:02 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Ann Arbor Skatepark About One Year Away From Reality

The proposed layout for the Ann Arbor Skatepark at Vets Park.
Credit City of Ann Arbor

By this time next year, a new skate-park should be open in Ann Arbor's Veterans Memorial Park. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, City Council last night approved a construction contract in excess of one-million dollars.

After years of effort and fundraising, the proposed skate park in Ann Arbor's Veterans Memorial Park will soon become a reality.

Weather
6:15 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Heat Advisory In Effect For All Of Southeast Michigan

The  National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory, in effect for all of Southeast Michigan beginning at noon today and running through midnight Wednesday. A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. In this case, forecasters say highs in the 90s will feel over 100 degrees in throughout the region.


The National Weather Service says the hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are more common. Heat stroke, heat exhaustion, muscle cramps and sun burns are possible in cases where no protective action is taken.

Officials suggest you drink plenty of fluids, stay out of the sun, and stay in air-conditioned buildings whenever possible. Children and pets should never be left in vehicles under any circumstances. Doctors say symptoms like an inability to perspire, confusion and dizziness should be warning signs that you need to go somewhere cool to rest and rehydrate. This advice is especially important for senior citizens and others at high risk for heat illness - including those with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory disorders.

Education
9:54 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

YCS Board Approves Requesting Extended Debt Repayment

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education in session Monday night.
Credit Bob Eccles

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education Monday night approved sending a letter to state Treasurer Andy Dillon asking for an extended period of time to re-pay its debt. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story. 

Hear Bob's story here.

Arts and Culture
6:10 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Last Shadow Art Fair This Weekend

"The next & last Shadow Art Fair is on July 20, 2013, noon to midnight, at the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti, MI"

The last  Shadow Art Fair will be held this weekend. WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with Mark Maynard, one of five founders of the Shadow Art Fair, about the fair and why they're calling it quits.

Hear the interview here.

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Community
8:19 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Art Fairs Kick Off with Tonight's Townie Street Party

The Townie Street Party will feature an evening of live outdoor performances featuring The Macpodz, Dragon Wagon, and Seth & May, kids activities, and more.

The Art Fairs begin this week in Ann Arbor. Tonight, locals get a pat on the back for being good sports about hosting the large crowds the  fairs bring to the downtown area. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports,  there will be plenty to do at tonight's kick-off to Art fairs week.

Ann Arbor gears up for Art Fairs week with the annual "Townie Street Party."

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Education
8:12 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Ypsilanti Community Schools to Seek Debt Payment Extension

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education will meet tonight in what, technically, is it's first-ever regular session. WEMU's Bob Eccles has more on the agenda before the board tonight.

WEMU's Bob Eccles previews the Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education meeting for Monday, July 15th.

Arts
7:58 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Public Input Sought For Public Art Project At New Ann Arbor Rain Garden

Credit Oberazzi / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

Some very large, small mouth bass may be coming to a new Ann Arbor rain garden. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission and artist Joshua Wiener are looking for feedback some feedback on his proposal for steel sculptures.

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Transportation
7:25 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Stretch Of I-94 Will Be Closed This Weekend

A stretch of Eastbound I-94 on the southern edge of Ann Arbor is going to be closed this weekend. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, it is the first of several planned closures of the highway in coming months.

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Arts and Culture
9:52 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Cinema Chat: Pacific Rim, Grown Ups 2, Federico Fellini and More

Credit The Michigan Theater

  Every Thursday at 7:40am, WEMU's David Fair visits with the Executive Director of the Michigan Theater to cover Hollywood news, and provide a heads up on all of the movies available in the area over the coming weekend. Today, was certainly no exception, as David welcomed Russ Collins back to the studio!

Cinema Chat for 7/11/2013

Government
9:43 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Washtenaw County Commissioners Gather Public Comment on Shelved Bond Proposal Plan

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners last week decided to shelve a proposal to sell hundreds of millions of dollars in bonds. the money generated for the bond sale would have been used to cover the county's long-term pension costs and retiree health care. Commissioners decided to wait until such time the state of Michigan spells out its rules for a bond sale of this kind. Still, the issue is far from dead. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the Board of Commissioners last night went forward with a public hearing on the issue, gathering more input from the community.

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Government
9:33 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council Incumbents Meet Challengers in Candidates Forum

Third ward candidates Julie Grand (l) and incumbent Stephen Kunselman.
Credit Bob Eccles

Two Democratic Ann Arbor City Council members face primary election challenges on August 6th. In the 3rd Ward, Incumbent Stephen Kunselman is being challenged by Julie Grand. In the 4th Ward, John Eaton seeks to unseat Marcia Higgins, and advance to the November General Election. The candidates met Wednesday night  in a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area. WEMU's Bob Eccles was there and has this report.

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Photo Gallery
5:18 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Summer Fun with WEMU!

Joe Tiboni and loyal volunteer, Mark Medos at the Summer Festival

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Education
6:03 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Two Finalists Identified For Ann Arbor Schools Superintendent Position

Brian Osborne and Jeanice Kerr Swift are finalists for the AAPS Superintendent position.
Credit a2schools.org

New Jersey's South Orange and Maplewood Schools Superintendent Brian Osborne and Colorado Springs District 11 Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Jeanice Swift are the finalists to be Ann Arbor's next superintendent.

The Ann Arbor School Board narrowed the field of candidates Tuesday afternoon after wrapping up interviews with the six semi-finalists.

The board plans on checking references and visiting the districts later this week.

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Education
7:15 am
Mon July 8, 2013

EMU Educates Students on Keeping Student Loan Debt to a Minimum

Credit : Nastassia Davis [www.nastassiadavis.com] / Foter / CC BY-NC

EMU offering advice to students potentially impacted by higher loan rates, and increased debt.

  Due to inaction on the part of the US Congress, student loan interest rates have doubled. Unless congress takes action upon returning from summer recess, those rates will stick for any student taking out a loan after July 1st of this year. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, eastern Michigan University officials hope congress will return loan rates to lower levels but, either way, will be there to provide counsel to students.

Transportation
6:45 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Ann Arbor DDA Enacts Pilot Program for Parking Permits at Forest Avenue Structure

The manner in which monthly permits are granted for Ann Arbor Parking structures may soon change. The As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority is using the Forest Avenue Parking structure for a new, pilot program.

In the future, monthly parking permits in Ann Arbor may be granted based on the size of the building in town where a motorist lives or works.

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