Veteran resource center in Ann Arbor hopes to reach as many vets as possible
ANN ARBOR – The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 423 in south Ann Arbor recently began operating as a veteran resource center in order to connect with vets in Washtenaw County. AdVeterans sit and talk at VFW Post 423 in south Ann Arbor on March 20, 2021. A veteran takes a pamphlet from a booth during the veteran resource center's open house on March 20, 2021. AdHe said the resource center provides a safe space to share stories and receive guidance and support. Vietnam veteran St. Larry Antoine attends an open house at VFW Post 423 in Ann Arbor.
Ann Arbor has second best public schools in America, says Niche
Ann Arbor was ranked as the second-best city public school in the United States. (Photo: Meredith Bruckner)ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Not only is Ann Arbor the sixth-best city to live in, but it can also now boast of having some of the best public schools in the country. Recently, Niche released its list of cities with the best public schools in America. Right at the top is Ann Arbor, coming in second to Naperville, Illinois. AdWant more news about Ann Arbor schools?
One year on, Real Irish in Ann Arbor stands its ground despite pandemic
ANN ARBOR – For many small businesses, the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic was a recipe for disaster. After three months, Real Irish opened its doors again in June to customers. Woolen sweaters, caps and jackets are just some of the specialty items sold at Real Irish. (Meredith Bruckner)“Because of everything that happened, we were able to really grow our online business,” said Marley. The last two months of the year were a major success for Real Irish, with customers seeking out authentic Irish gifts for family members and friends for the holidays.
Ann Arbor students, parents rally at Skyline High School to demand return to hybrid learning
A high school student holds up a sign at a protest outside Skyline High School in Ann Arbor on Feb. 20, 2021. ANN ARBOR – Dozens of students and parents stood outside Skyline High School holding signs and giving speeches on Saturday, calling for the Ann Arbor Board of Education to continue with their original plans to return to school buildings beginning in March. AdAnn Arbor Public Schools students hold up signs at a rally to reopen schools at Skyline High School on Feb. 20, 2021. Skyline High School senior Eli Hendricks addresses a crowd of students and parents outside his school in Ann Arbor on Feb. 20, 2021. Signs posted outside Skyline High School's student entrance in Ann Arbor call for the return to hybrid learning.
How an Ann Arbor company became a leading COVID testing lab in Michigan
A QuantStudio 12K Flex Real-Time PCR System at LynxDx's headquarters in Ann Arbor. “We did -- and continue to do -- all of their screening and asymptomatic testing.”LynxDx also does testing for St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital. As of Jan. 20, the company is the second leading lab for COVID testing in Michigan, following Curative DC, according to MDHHS. Drive-thru testing in Ann ArborIn mid-November, LynxDx opened a drive-thru testing site in Ann Arbor in the parking lot of 2|42 Community Church at 648 S. Wagner Rd. in Ann Arbor.
U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Nichols Arboretum accepting applications for 2021 internships
(Meredith Bruckner)ANN ARBOR – Are you a college student with a strong interest in farming, gardening and environmental education? Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum are now accepting applications for the 2021 internship season, which include various paid positions. Required qualifications include a university or college student with enthusiasm for teamwork, willingness to learn and a good work ethic. In-person internship work will take place in accordance with strict COVID safety protocols. As part of the University of Michigan we adhere to university policy and guidelines for all public and employment programs.
Longtime owners of Four Directions on Ann Arbor’s Main Street to retire
Alan and Karen Freedman in their shop Four Directions at 211 S. Main St. on Jan. 20, 2021. A giant amethyst at Four Directions on 211 S. Main Street in Ann Arbor. Colorful stone necklaces hang from a rack at Four Directions on 211 S. Main Street. Splashed copper pieces from Northern Michigan on display at Four Directions on 211 S. Main Street. Therapy stones at Four Directions on 211 S. Main Street.
U-M begins COVID-19 vaccinations at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR – Michigan Stadium reopened its doors on Thursday morning after months of closure as a new site for Michigan Medicine’s sweeping COVID-19 vaccination program. Michigan Medicine aims to eventually vaccinate 2,000 people per day at The Big House, said David Miller, urologist and Chief Clinical Officer at U-M’s Cardiovascular Hospital. Signs guide individuals to Michigan Medicine's COVID Vaccine Clinic at the Jack Roth Stadium Club at Michigan Stadium on Dec. 31, 2020. Individuals are seen being monitored for 15 minutes after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine at Michigan Stadium on Dec. 31, 2020. A nurse holds vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine above a deep freeze cooler at Michigan Stadium on Dec. 31, 2020.
Michigan Medicine layoffs; Ypsilanti Mayor resigns; Gyms will remain closed
It has been a very busy week in Ann Arbor. (A4) Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation has been giving local projects $1,000 no-string-attached micro-grants, which is pretty awesome. (A4) Baby Zane, a baby chimpanzee at the Detroit Zoo, finally has an adoptive mother. The Ann Arbor Art Center will have various workshops for kids, teens and adults throughout July. All About Ann Arbor is powered by ClickOnDetroit/WDIV.
City of Ann Arbor celebrates opening of first two-way protected bike lane
The William Street Bikeway is the first in a network of planned two-way protected bike lanes across the city. Mayor Christopher Taylor speaks before the ribbon cutting ceremony for the city's first two-way protected bike lane on Oct. 27, 2019. Credit: Meredith BrucknerA police officer shows cyclists a map of the two-way protected bike lane on William Street. The two-way protected bike lane was introduced as a way to help the city achieve Vision Zero -- an international movement to prevent injuries and fatalities on the road. Boober Tours testing out the two-way protected bike lane on William Street.
Eberwhite playground build 2.0; city names two new nature areas; Ann Arbor deer cull 2020
- Meredith (@meredith_A4)What's been happening: The city of Ann Arbor named two new nature areas last week: Buttonbush and Hickory. (A4) City Administrator Howard Lazarus presented City Council this week with an initial plan for the 2020 deer cull. There's been a "murder" at the Ann Arbor District Library and you're invited to help solve it on Saturday. Try out these eateries that are a short drive from Ann Arbor. " - Dave Corcoran, CEO of Censys in downtown Ann Arbor Have something to share?
19th annual Treat Parade returns to downtown Ann Arbor on Oct. 31
ANN ARBOR - The downtown Treat Parade will be back for its 19th run on Oct. 31 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.Goblins, ghouls and critters of all ages will fill the downtown area for trick-or-treating at participating downtown businesses. More than 50 retail shops, restaurants, banks and offices will be handing out treats to the hundreds of trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Photo: Meredith BrucknerThe fun will continue at the Ann Arbor District Library at 343 S. Fifth Ave., which will hold its annual Halloween Party. "The treat parade brings joy to the neighborhood," Sandra Andrade, executive director of the Main Street Area Association, said in a statement. All About Ann Arbor is powered by ClickOnDetroit/WDIV.
Community hands build Ann Arbor's Eberwhite playground for second time in 30 years
Families gather at the grand opening of the Eberwhite playground on Oct. 20, 2019. (Credit: Meredith Bruckner)ANN ARBOR - Members of the Eberwhite community gathered Sunday to celebrate the grand opening of Eberwhite Elementary's new playground, built completely by local volunteers. Former Ann Arbor News reporter Jeff Mortimer volunteers at the Eberwhite playground build on Oct. 17, 2019. (Credit: Meredith Bruckner)A girl plays a xylophone installed at the new Eberwhite playground on Oct. 20, 2019. (Credit: Meredith Bruckner)With Phase I complete, the Eberwhite Playground Rebuild now looks ahead to Phase II -- the build of its third-to-fifth grade playground.
Community hands build Ann Arbor's Eberwhite playground for second time in 30 years
ANN ARBOR – Members of the Eberwhite community gathered Sunday to celebrate the grand opening of Eberwhite Elementary's new playground, built completely by local volunteers. Former Ann Arbor News reporter Jeff Mortimer volunteers at the Eberwhite playground build on Oct. 17, 2019. (Credit: Meredith Bruckner)"Part of it is, 'Oh my goodness, that was 30 years ago,'" he said. (Credit: Meredith Bruckner)A girl plays a xylophone installed at the new Eberwhite playground on Oct. 20, 2019. (Credit: Meredith Bruckner)With Phase I complete, the Eberwhite Playground Rebuild now looks ahead to Phase II -- the build of its third-to-fifth grade playground.
There's a Home & Garden Paradise in Ann Arbor
This article is sponsored by Wallside Windows and Concordia University. Host Tati Amare talked to Meredith Bruckner, the Community Producer for All About Ann Arbor, and Kelly Vore, the owner, and president of Downtown Home & Garden in Ann Arbor about the unique items you can find at Downtown Home & Garden. Downtown Home & Garden has everything like a general store, but their focus is gardening. Downtown Home & Garden will also be open during Ann Arbor's Midnight Madness. You can find more information about current events, entertainment and more happening in Ann Arbor at allaboutannarbor.com.
University of Michigan: Student voter turnout tripled in 2018
U-M student Josiah Walker and a fellow student volunteer at the Party at the Polls event outside Rackham Auditorium on Nov. 6, 2018 (Photo: Meredith Bruckner)ANN ARBOR - Voter turnout is on the rise at the University of Michigan. The school announced that student voters tripled in the 2018 midterm elections, compared with 2014. More than 15,800 students voted in 2018, compared with 5,282 in 2014, spiking U-M's student voting rate to 41%. The number tripled the school's previous 14% voting rate, according to data released by the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement at Tufts University's Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. Colleges nationwide have seen a jump in student voter turnout, from 19% to 40% overall.
TheRide seeks public input for its long-range transit plan in Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area
(Credit: Meredith Bruckner)ANN ARBOR - The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority, or TheRide, is seeking community input to help shape the future of its long-range public transportation plan, which is now in development. According to TheRide, the long-range public transportation plan in the greater Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area will use public input to:Create a vision for public transit in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti areaGuide and prioritize investments for the public transit network in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti areaCreate a disciplined approach to achieve the goals outlined by TheRide's board of directorsCoordinate efforts with other transportation projects and plans throughout the regionTheRide is hosting a series of public meetings through Nov. 11. "This input, along with feedback from key stakeholders, will be used to shape future public transit services." What role do you see innovation and technology having in changing your interaction with public transit? All About Ann Arbor is powered by ClickOnDetroit/WDIV.
Final food truck rally of season rolls into Ann Arbor Farmers Market
Food truck rallies will return to the Ann Arbor Farmer's Market from May to October. Photo | Meredith BrucknerANN ARBOR - With the fall weather comes the end of Food Truck Rally season at Ann Arbor Farmers Market. Enjoy the last Food Truck Rally Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and enjoy your last chance to "get outside for dinner" with family, friends and neighbors. Brother TruckersNosh Pit DetroitDelectabowl Food Truck & CateringFood Truck & Catering Shimmy ShackMI DrinksBearclaw Coffee CompanyRain is in the forecast during the event, so be sure to dress appropriately with a raincoat and/or umbrella. All About Ann Arbor is powered by ClickOnDetroit/WDIV.