Ann Arbor schools to go hybrid; push for teacher vaccines; venomous spiders close U-M library
The Ann Arbor Board of Education approved this week a plan to return to a hybrid learning model starting March 25. (A4)📊 You can now track weekly COVID-19 vaccine data on the Washtenaw County Health Department’s website. (MLive)❤️️ Meanwhile, in a heartwarming move, City Council voted to gift $25,000 to the family of longtime Ann Arbor firefighter Craig Sidelinger who recently passed away from cancer. Know someone who loves Ann Arbor? AdAll About Ann Arbor is powered by ClickOnDetroit/WDIV.
Ann Arbor City Council members, mayor send letter to School Board urging a return to in-person learning
ANN ARBOR – In a rare move, Mayor Christopher Taylor and several members of City Council have sent a letter to the Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education urging them to stick to their plan of returning to a hybrid learning model. “Ann Arbor students and families are stretched to the breaking point,” reads the letter. If the science shifts, or a virus variant changes everything, Ann Arbor will understand. If the science shifts, or a virus variant changes everything, Ann Arbor will understand. AdThe City of Ann Arbor and Ann Arbor Public Schools have a long and successful history of working together to promote our children’s education, community, and health.
Annual high school talent show in Ann Arbor goes virtual
ANN ARBOR – Pioneer Theatre Guild’s 19th annual FutureStars talent show will still take place this year, but with a twist. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, all performances from the citywide talent search featuring students from Ann Arbor’s public high schools will be going virtual. But to keep the show true to form, all 19 solo performances will be pre-recorded onstage in Pioneer High School’s Schreiber Auditorium -- the event’s venue in years past. Skyline High School senior and second year FutureStars participant Nate Frison said that the transition to virtual practice sessions was very smooth. Skyline High School Senior, Nate Frison, sings “It’s My Life” (Bon Jovi) at FutureStars 2020.
U-M’s Mcity releases ’80s themed music video to mark fifth anniversary
ANN ARBOR – How come no one is talking about Mcity’s new music video? “We Built Mcity” was released on Dec. 31 and is a spinoff of Starship’s hit song “We Built This City.”The private-public autonomous vehicle technology testing facility on University of Michigan’s North Campus is closed to the public. Behind its walls lies a driverless vehicle testing track which features a mock city, intersections and highways. In the video, Mcity’s staff -- including director Huei Peng -- are seen dancing and lip-syncing along to the custom song whose lyrics center around the facility’s research and mission. For more information, visit www.mcity.umich.edu.
PETA: Ann Arbor is eighth-most vegan-friendly small city in US
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Another day, another Top 10 list for Tree Town. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has named Ann Arbor as the eighth friendliest small town in the U.S. for vegans. The organization pointed to the Michigan city’s many vegan-friendly eateries, festivals and products as a deciding factor for its position on its Top 10 Vegan-Friendly Small Cities list. Among the vegan-friendly businesses mentioned by PETA are Seva, Detroit Street Filling Station, Fresh Forage, Blue Tractor BBQ & Brewery, Ann Arbor Vegan Kitchen and Simple Pleasures. To celebrate the city’s ranking, an award certificate has been sent to Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor, said the release.
Downtown Ann Arbor area associations launch ‘Show Your Love A2’ campaign to support businesses
In order to bolster support for local eateries and merchants, the Kerrytown District, Main Street Ann Arbor, the State Street District, and the South University Area Association launched on Wednesday the “Show Your Love A2” campaign. “We want to keep the nostalgic charm of Ann Arbor thriving. Help us preserve the personality and spirit of Ann Arbor by showing your love to the community. Please shop, eat, and drink (in) downtown Ann Arbor.”ShowYourLoveA2 is also holding a photo contest. To enter, follow the campaign on Instagram at @ShowYourLoveA2 and share a photo of what you love downtown with the hashtag #ShowYourLoveA2.
Washtenaw County public invited to community forum to discuss racial disparaties
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – On Saturday, Oct. 17, a forum will take place at South Lillie Park addressing disparities among the Black community in Washtenaw County. At the “Getting Real About Race” community forum, activists and public officials will discuss issues in five different areas including education, housing, healthcare, employment and the criminal justice system. The forum is scheduled to take place from 2-6 p.m. Anticipated speakers include U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor, Ypsilanti Mayor Lori Richardson, Washtenaw County Prosecutor-Elect Eli Savit and Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, among many others according to the event page. South Lillie Park is at 4365 Platt Rd, Ann Arbor.
A look inside the Ann Arbor City Clerk’s U-M Museum of Art satellite office
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – University of Michigan students, faculty and staff and Ann Arbor residents can now register to vote or cast early in-person absentee ballots at an Ann Arbor City Clerk satellite office right in the heart of the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson visited Ann Arbor City Clerk's satellite office in the University of Michigan Museum of Art on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020 (Sarah M. Parlette / WDIV)The UMMA space is the state’s first-ever satellite city clerk’s office on a university campus. (Sarah M. Parlette / WDIV)A look at the new Ann Arbor City Council satellite office in the UMMA. (Sarah M. Parlette / WDIV)A look at the new Ann Arbor City Council satellite office in the UMMA. The satellite office is located in UMMA’s first floor Stenn Gallery at 525 S. State St.Related: Ann Arbor City Clerk to open satellite office at U-M Museum of Art
Ann Arbor City Council elects new city administrator in unanimous vote
ANN ARBOR – In a unanimous vote on Monday night, Ann Arbor City Council elected Tom Crawford as the new city administrator. A longtime Ann Arbor resident, Crawford has served as the Chief Financial Officer for the city since 2004 and recently filled the role of interim city administrator following the firing of Howard Lazarus in February. Before working for the city of Ann Arbor, Crawford worked at Ford Motor Co. in the company’s product planning, lending and development units. Councilmember Jane Lumm, I-Ward 2, said Crawford is a vetted candidate for the job, having served three times as interim city administrator over the course of nearly two years. After a nationwide search, council voted between finalists Crawford and Cara Pavlicek, the current village manager of Oak Park, Illinois.
City of Ann Arbor issues emergency ordinance limiting gatherings, requires face masks
ANN ARBOR, Mich. With more students headed back to Ann Arbor, an emergency ordinance has been put in place to minimize the spread of the coronavirus. On Monday night, the Ann Arbor City Council unanimously passed the temporary emergency ordinance, which limits social gatherings and requires face coverings. Wash your hands frequently and do your part to keep our community safe.Supporting both state and Washtenaw County orders, the ordinance states indoor gatherings cannot exceed 10 individuals from different households. Outdoor gatherings can not exceed 25. Related:Washtenaw County restricts outdoor gatherings in Ann Arbor, Ypsi to 25 peopleUniversity of Michigan students begin moving into dorms amid COVID-19 pandemicAnn Arbor Police Department announces University of Michigan partnership for fall term
Detroit police want help finding missing 26-year-old man who uses wheelchair
DETROIT Police are asking for help locating a missing 26-year-old man. He left his residence in the 21000 block of Hessel to go to an appointment and never returned home. Police said he was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, gray sweatpants and red/black Nike Air Max shoes. Taylor uses a wheelchair. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detroit Police Departments 8th Precinct at 596-5840, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-Speak Up.
Ann Arbor Mayor to join sister cities in carbon neutrality webinar Wednesday
ANN ARBOR At 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor will join international counterparts from two Ann Arbor sister cities to discuss carbon neutrality and efforts to advance climate action. Hosted by the National League of Cities, Mayor Taylor will be joined by Simon Henig, Leader of the Council of County Durham in England, and Mayor Erasmus Palmer of Tbingen, Germany. The free webinar will include a short presentation from each community leader as well as question and answer sessions. On June 1, the Ann Arbor City Council unanimously adopted the A2Zero Carbon Neutrality Plan that is intended to help Ann Arbor achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. Related: Ann Arbor City Council unanimously adopts carbon neutrality plan Like what youre reading?
Here are the winning designs of Ann Arbors I Voted sticker contest
ANN ARBOR The City Clerks Office has announced the winners of the citys 2020 I Voted sticker contest, launched earlier this year. Local artists, students and more were invited to submit their best designs ahead of the 2020 presidential election. The City Clerks Office hopes the local designed custom stickers will encourage voter turnout in the upcoming election season. Here are the winning designs, from the city of Ann Arbors website:Ann Arbor's 2020 "I Voted" sticker contest winners. (City of Ann Arbor)Judges included:Christopher Taylor, MayorJan Davies McDermott, Ann Arbor Citizens AcademyJonah Copi, Ann Arbor Public Art CommissionDirk Mayhew, Ann Arbor Citizens AcademyJennifer Sheppard, Ann Arbor Public SchoolsKelly Speth, Ann Arbor Citizens AcademyStephanie Rowden, UM School of Art & DesignLeah Cordero, Ann Arbor Citizens AcademyHannah Smotrich, UM School of Art & DesignJennifer Alexa, Deputy City ClerkSteve Gerhart, Deputy City ClerkCongratulations to the winners!
Police chief, Harbaugh march in local protest; Ann Arbor District Library to reopen; Afternoon Delight owner retires
- Meredith (@meredith_A4)Whats been happening: The Ann Arbor District Library will open in phases starting June 15. (A4) Although its been open since May, the Ann Arbor Farmers Market now allows on-site shopping with restrictions. (A4) Ann Arbor City Council voted to put off a water rate hike until 2021 due to the health crisis. (A4) The first Fisher House in Michigan opened in Ann Arbor this week to serve families and caregivers of veterans hospitalized at VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. Either way, youll want to look at this epic fort an Ann Arbor family of artists built in their basement.
Ann Arbor City Council unanimously adopts carbon neutrality plan
ANN ARBOR During its June 1 meeting, Ann Arbor City Council unanimously adopted the A2Zero Carbon Neutrality Plan aimed at helping the entire community achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. The plan stems from a climate emergency declaration by City Council on Nov. 4, 2019 that asked staff to craft a comprehensive carbon neutrality plan to be achieved in partnership with the community. It necessitates bold, ambitious and immediate action," Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor said in a statement. Over the last several months, our amazing staff came together with community members, organizations and experts to craft the A2Zero Carbon Neutrality Plan. With todays vote, Ann Arbor has committed to do its part, to do the hard, transformative work to meet our carbon neutrality goals."
GoFundMe started for Ann Arbor family who lost teen to rare genetic disease
Hiatham Breadiy before and after Lafora body disease (Courtesy: Azeza Khazam)ANN ARBOR - Hiatham Breadiy, a former student at Pioneer High School, died Wednesday. After he was diagnosed in 2017 with a rare genetic brain disorder called Lafora body disease, Breadiy's mother, Azeza Kasham, fought tirelessly to fly him across the country to see specialists and enter clinical trials. In 2018, Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor proclaimed Aug. 23 to be Lafora Body Disease Awareness Day. "This disease has taken everything away from us," Kasham, who left her job at St. Joe's to care for her son, told A4 in an earlier interview. All About Ann Arbor is powered by ClickOnDetroit/WDIV.
Meet Hikonyan, Ann Arbor's Japanese sister city's mascot Saturday
ANN ARBOR - Hikone, Japan's adorable mascot, is coming to the Ann Arbor District Library's downtown branch on Saturday. Created in 2007 to commemorate the founding of Hikone Castle, Hikonyan has become a Japanese phenomenon and has boosted tourism to the area, including tens of millions of dollars spent on Hikonyan merchandise. Mayor Christopher Taylor was in Japan this summer and visited the central Japanese city, whose officials reportedly have encouraged Taylor to develop an Ann Arbor mascot. The event is a partnership between Ann Arbor and Hikone. All About Ann Arbor is powered by ClickOnDetroit/WDIV.
Safety Town celebrates 40 years; Ann Arbor Pride weekend; Lillian Rd. homicide solved
Police and fire department officers, elected officials and Ann Arbor Public Schools staff pose in front of Dicken Elementary to celebrate Safety Town's 40th anniversary in Ann Arbor on July 30, 2019. One of the highlights of summer in Ann Arbor is the longstanding tradition of Safety Town. To mark the anniversary, participants were greeted at Tuesday's session by police and fire officials; Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Swift; Mayor Christopher Taylor; Ann Arbor's new police chief, Michael Cox and more. - Meredith (@meredith_A4)What's been happening: Ann Arbor Pride kicks off celebrations Saturday. (A4) A man has been charged in the February murder of 71-year-old Ann Arbor man Richard Fortune at his home on Lillian Road.
Ann Arbor's Safety Town celebrates 40 years with meet-and-greet with officers, public officials
Police and fire department officers, elected officials and Ann Arbor Public Schools staff pose in front of Dicken Elementary to celebrate Safety Town's 40th anniversary in Ann Arbor on July 30, 2019. "Safety Town is part of Ann Arbor. How it beganFounded in 1979, the Ann Arbor Safety Town program began to educate entering kindergartners on how to be safe inside their homes and in the community. It began as a partnership between Ann Arbor Public Schools and the Ann Arbor police and fire departments. Ann Arbor's new police chief, Michael Cox, attends a meet-and-greet celebrating 40 years of Safety Town in Ann Arbor on July 30, 2019.