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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

Arts and Culture
6:16 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

54th Annual Ann Arbor Art Fair Preview

Credit artfair.org

The Ann Arbor Art Fair runs Wednesday through Saturday. WEMU's Bob Eccles has a preview.

Hear Bob's report here.

More info at: Artfair.org

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.

Parks & Rec.
6:53 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council Approves Trial Waiver Of Liberty Plaza Rental Fees

Rental fees will be waived at an Ann Arbor park in an effort to assist a program that provides food for the homeless, and help increase community activity. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, Ann Arbor City Council last night unanimously approved a one-year, trial waiver of rental fees at Liberty Plaza.

The "Pizza in the Park" program in Ann Arbor gets a boost from City Council, and will not have to pay fees for at least one year, as it serves food to the homeless in Liberty Plaza.

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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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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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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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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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.

Business
6:27 am
Fri July 5, 2013

South University Area Association in Ann Arbor Look to Main Street for Improvements

South University Area Association looking to implement the Business Improvement Zone plan that worked well in the Main Street are of Ann Arbor.

  Officials with Ann Arbor's South University Area Association hope a successful program in the Main Street area can be replicated in their part of town. WEMU's Andrew Cluley provides the details.

Washtenaw County Commissioners
7:18 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Washtenaw County Bond Proposal Put On Hold

Unanswered questions force the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners to shelve a plan to sell 300-million dollars in bonds to cover future retiree health care and pension costs.

  Washtenaw County officials are, for now, shelving a plan to sell hundreds of millions of dollars in bonds. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the money generated from the sale would have covered future retiree health care and pension costs.

Politics
7:12 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Ann Arbor DDA Commits to Streetlights but wavers on Funding Beat Cops

A2 DDA approves expenditure for streetlight replacement project along main street, but expresses concerns over the city's request to fund three beat patrol police officers.

  The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority has formally responded to one the funding requests that comes from the City of Ann Arbor.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, it also put off a decision on another request for money.

podcast
10:29 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

The Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday!

Fourth of July 2013 Edition: Politics Takes A Holiday! Recorded live in Washington.

  Statistics show that many people who have not listened to past specials have been audited by the IRS. Coincidence? Probably! So relax and celebrate your country by helping the Capitol Steps make fun of it. It's not like there isn't a lot of material to work with...

Not for the faint of heart or for those considering running for office. 

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A2 Council
7:44 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council Delays Decision on Shortening Meetings

Ann Arbor City Council tables rule changes that would further limit public comment time in regular meetings, but add public comment to council work sessions.

  Ann Arbor City Council has put off a decision on proposed rule changes aimed at shortening the length of its meetings.

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, a couple of vacationing council members forced the delay.

Ann Arbor
7:31 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council and DDA Form a New Look Committee

Ann Arbor City Council re-establieshes the "Mutually Beneficial Committee" with the DDA under the new name, "Joint DDA-Council Committee".

Ann Arbor city Council and the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority will have reformed an old committee, with a new name and different method of operation. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the move last night comes as changes are considered to the ordinance that created the DDA.

Government
6:45 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council To Consider Measures To Shorten Meetings

  Ann Arbor City Council meetings famously run long. Sometimes, meetings don't end until well after midnight. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, council tonight will consider some measures that may help shorten up the sessions.

Preview of the July 1st Ann Arbor City Council meeting.

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