Are you the publisher? Claim or contact us about this channel


Embed this content in your HTML

Search

Report adult content:

click to rate:

Account: (login)

More Channels


Showcase


Channel Catalog


Channel Description:

AnnArbor.com's News section covers government, crime, education, health and the environment across Washtenaw County.

older | 1 | .... | 71 | 72 | (Page 73) | 74 | 75 | .... | 183 | newer

    0 0

    A local extension of national political group Organizing for Action is hosting an immigration reform event Tuesday, April 30 at Washtenaw Community College.

    Organizing for Action Washtenaw is a grass-roots extension of the national nonprofit organization advocating for President Barack Obama’s agenda.

    042413_ORGANIZING-FOR-ACTION.jpg
    "Immigration Reform: Local Stories" will be in the Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College at 4800 East Huron River Drive in Ann Arbor Township.

    The free event from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 30 will feature a seven-member panel speaking on why immigration reform is needed.

    Two members of the panel will be Washtenaw County residents that recently immigrated to the United States: Ibrahem Jariri and Vinoliah Mtshiyaa.

    Jariri came to the U.S. in 2011 from Amman, Jordan. He’s now a preschool teacher in Ann Arbor. Mtshiyaa immigrated to the U.S. from Zimbabwe in 2000 seeking political asylum.

    Other panelists include:

    President Obama and many Democrats in the U.S. Senate have pushed for immigration reform legislation to move forward. The bill would create a path for immigrants without legal permission to be the U.S. to become citizens.

    Andrew Brownstein, chairman of the steering committee for Organizing for Action Washtenaw, said the panel will give people in Washtenaw County the opportunity for people to advocate their own interests on national issues.

    “We will encourage participants to contact their legislators and advocate for immigration reform,” Brownstein said. “It’s a great way to get involved with community organizing work in Washtenaw County.”

    Organizing for Action Washtenaw has hosted two events this year. The first event was March 23 and was a community discussion on the impacts of federal budget sequestration. The second event was a protest April 6 outside the Federal Building downtown Ann Arbor calling for "common-sense gun legislation."

    Amy Biolchini covers Washtenaw County, health and environmental issues for AnnArbor.com. Reach her at (734) 623-2552, amybiolchini@annarbor.com or on Twitter.


    0 0

    Firefighters evacuated a family and saved the family's cat Sunday morning after fire engulfed a home on the city's west side.

    BendingStreetfire.jpg

    Firefighters battle a blaze at a house on Bending Street in Ann Arbor.

    Photo courtesy Ann Arbor Fire Department

    Firefighters found the home, on the 1200 block of Bending Street, fully involved after being called at 9:45 a.m., according to a news release from Matt Schroeder, acting battalion chief for the Ann Arbor Fire Department.

    No injuries were reported.

    Fire crews experienced heavy fire and smoke and called Pittsfield Township firefighters for support.

    The cause was not known, and officials did not estimate damage.


    View Larger Map


    0 0

    A 1995 Eastern Michigan University graduate who rode out a series of menial jobs to become an award-winning screenwriter for the Showtime series "Dexter" offered his story as an example for 2013 graduates during a keynote speech Sunday at the Convocation Center in Ypsilanti.

    “It was a long hard road, but (screenwriting) was and is what I’ve always wanted to do,” Scott Reynolds said during the morning commencement ceremony. “And that’s what you want to say about your life, right? Achieving your dream? Not just living for the weekend. Getting the desires of your heart.”

    04282013_EDU_EMU_Commencement_DJB_0064.jpg

    Scott Reynolds, story editor for the Showtime thriller "Dexter," speaking at Eastern Michigan's commencement address Sunday.

    Daniel Brenner | AnnArbor.com

    The ceremony was one of two commencements to take place Sunday, with a record number of nearly 2,400 students graduating from the university.

    Reynolds’ path to success was a story of perseverance. After graduating from Eastern with a degree in English literature and theater and a minor in film studies, Reynolds moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream to become a screenwriter. Seven years later, Reynolds said he still hadn’t sold a screenplay or been staffed on a show and began to watch his friends start to give up on their dreams and move back home.

    But Reynolds said he couldn't give up because he didn't have a backup plan. It was then when he got his first break working for “Touched by an Angel,” a show he joked he’d never seen before but his grandmother enjoyed. That project was short-lived but was the start of a series of assistant jobs for different shows.

    “I was one of the first ones in (to work) and one of the last to go,” he said. “I made sure the coffee was hot, that the water was always full. I did all these things, these menial jobs that had nothing to do with my degree, in the hope that I would become a screenwriter.”

    That effort eventually paid off. After working as a staff writer on the short-lived military drama “E-Ring,” Reynolds was hired as a writer’s assistant for “Dexter,” a move he described as a step backwards. But Reynolds continued working hard at his “menial” tasks while continuing his screenwriting work, eventually writing his own script in season two and becoming part of the writing staff.

    Reynolds advised graduates to make time every day to do what they love and to take chances on their path to fulfilling their dreams.

    “Don’t make safe decisions,” he said. “I’ve never heard of anyone I know who has had big success that didn’t decide to forge a new path, rather than the safe, well-trod one.”

    Reynolds also told graduates to remember to serve others and not be a “pooper.”

    “Never, if possible, be the one who just trashes ideas,” he said. “If you must trash an idea, then always come with a solution. People want to work with people who bring solutions to the table. Not with the person who tells people why you can’t do something.”

    Graduates said they enjoyed the speech and found it inspiring.

    “I don’t really know who he is, but he definitely won me over,” said Michelle Paul, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. “It was really interesting and it was a lot more fun than I expected.”

    Kimani Jeffrey, who graduated with a master’s degree in public administration, said he liked the speech because it was about hope.

    “He started out of college and it’s perseverance that he actually made it,” he said. “It’s what he loves to do and he’s fulfilled his dreams.”


    0 0

    Motorists in Washtenaw County are advised to use caution Monday morning as a blanket of dense fog covers much of the region.

    The National Weather Service issued a dense fog advisory until 10 a.m. today for all of Southeastern Michigan.

    Visibility will be reduced to a quarter mile or less. Drivers are warned to slow speeds, use headlights and leave extra space ahead of them.

    Monday's high is expected to climb to 72, then Tuesday will be 73. The normal high for this time of year is around 64.

    Sunday's high was 55, and 0.18 inches of precipitation was recorded during the rainy day.


    0 0

    Pittsfield Township fire fighters battled an early morning house fire that they said started in the garage.

    Fire fighters arrived at the home in the 3000 block of Maple near Packard on the township's east side at about 1:28 a.m. Monday to find heavy smoke visible in the home.

    Crews quickly attacked the fire and contained it, according to a news release.

    The fire started in an attached garage, according to fire fighters. They said it's believed to have been started by careless smoking.

    No one was injured in the fire. All residents of the home had evacuated when fire fighters arrived.


    View Larger Map


    0 0

    A couple of crashes were affecting the morning commute in the Ann Arbor area Monday.

    One crash was reported near North Territorial Road and southbound U.S. 23 north of Ann Arbor, a dispatcher with the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office said about 8:15 a.m. It was not clear if the crash was blocking traffic, but a Google map showed traffic on the freeway slowed for several miles north of the intersection.

    Another crash was reported on eastbound Interstate 94 near Rawsonville Road near the Washtenaw-Wayne County line. It was not blocking traffic, the dispatcher said.


    View Crashes 042913 in a larger map


    0 0

    A judge has refused to throw out evidence against an 88-year-old Indiana man who was stopped in southeastern Michigan with more than 200 pounds of cocaine.

    Joe_Sharp_cocaine.jpg

    Leo Sharp

    AP photo

    Leo Sharp of Michigan City was pulled over near Chelsea in Washtenaw County in 2011, based on a tip to state police by federal drug agents. Sharp's attorney said the drug seizure was illegal because authorities had no probable cause to stop him. But Detroit federal Judge Nancy Edmunds recently ruled in favor of the government.

    A trooper says Sharp was upset when the drugs were discovered and declared, "Just kill me and let me leave this planet." Sharp later said he was forced at gunpoint to transport the cocaine. But agents say he was not a reluctant drug mule. Trial is set for October.

    When Sharp was stopped on Oct. 21, 2011, police said they found four black bags containing 25 brick-shaped objects each and a small gray and blue bag containing four brick-shaped objects.


    0 0

    Join local musicians when they come together at The Ark to celebrate Pete Seeger's 94th birthday on Thursday. For Pete's Sake will feature stories and, of course, lots of sing-alongs led by some of your favorite local talents.

    PeteSeegerAnnArborFolkFestival2008.JPG

    Leisa Thompson | Ann Arbor News file photo

    Slated to perform this year are Chris Buhalis; Wanda Degen; Michael Hough; Dick Siegel; Laz, San and Emily Slomovits; and Paul Tinkerhess.

    As a musician, songwriter and activist, Seeger's songs were an integral part of the protest movement in the 1960s. "If I Had a Hammer," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "Turn, Turn, Turn" are but a few of the songs made famous by him and other artists.

    Thursday, May 2, 2013. 8 p.m. $10. The Ark is located at 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. 734-761-1800.


    0 0

    Everett-Walter.jpg

    Walter Everett

    Walter Everett is a music scholar, with a PhD in music theory. And as a professor of music at the University of Michigan, he teaches the intricacies and complexities of music theory to students who are mostly destined to become classical-music performers and composers—or scholars and educators, like Everett himself.

    But for many years now, he has also recognized and appreciated the complexities in the music of certain rock 'n' roll bands—most notably and prolifically, the Beatles. In fact, Everett is an expert on the Beatles' music. He wrote his master’s thesis on “The Beatles as Composers,” has written two books on the Beatles, is now at work on a third, and every few years, he teaches a class at U-M called "Analysis of the Beatles"—including the just-ended semester.

    He also frequently gives lectures about the Fabs' music at other universities, libraries and music conferences. And those lecture bookings are heating up this year, and into next year, now that we're into "50th Anniversary" season: Several Beatles 50th-anniversary marks were / are this year and next year.

    For example, March 22 was the 50th anniversary of the UK release of their debut album, "Please Please Me"; April 11 was the 50th anniversary of "From Me to You," their first No 1 single in the UK; and July 3 is the 50-year-marker of the recording of "She Loves You."

    Looking ahead to next year, February 8, 2014 will be the 50-year celebration of the Beatles' historic first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show. That weekend, Everett will speak at two music conferences devoted to the music of the Beatles and to that anniversary—one at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and another at the Altoona campus of Penn State University.

    And on July 3, Everett will be delivering the keynote address at a music-scholar conference in Liverpool. So, since the date is the anniversary of the recording of "She Loves You," Everett will again be discussing the Beatles—and that song in particular—in his address, and will also be part of a panel discussion that will include Mark Lewisohn, author of several Beatles books, and Ken Scott, who was the recording engineer on many of the Beatles' famous tracks.

    "I'll probably also spice that one up by playing some piano and guitar," says Everett, who has been teaching at U-M since 1989. "I'm really excited to be going to Liverpool. The National Trust has opened up the boyhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, so it will be great to visit those."

    Everett's first two Beatles books—"The Beatles as Musicians: Revolver through the Anthology" (1999) and "The Beatles as Musicians: The Quarry Men through Rubber Soul" (2001)—were mostly written for musicians. But they also appeal to Beatles freaks who've never even picked up a Gretsch, Hoffner or Rickenbacker. In '08, he published another book about rock 'n' roll—"The Foundations of Rock: From 'Blue Suede Shoes' to 'Suite Judy Blue Eyes'."

    There are several aspects of the Beatles' music that makes it worthy of academic study, says Everett. For starters, they were ambitious from a compositional standpoint.

    "Even in many of their early songs, they used unconventional chords and complex dissonant sonorities," says Everett. "There were certainly other 1960s groups making complex, dissonant music, like Soft Machine and The Mothers of Invention, but there was no other '60s group that made complex music so popular.

    "It's fascinating to look at the combination of McCartney's sense of conventional craft, such as in the way he controlled the outer voices—his vocals and his bass parts—with Lennon's wild imagination, his sense of the unconventional. That combination was a key to what made them unique as composers," he says.

    Everett was 9 years old when the Beatles first played Sullivan's show, and was already studying piano by then, "so I knew music. And those performances really hit me hard."

    So, Everett's continued studies as a musician, theorist and scholar led him to appreciate the complexity of the Beatles' music more and more. "Initially, there was some resistance in academia to my wanting to write a dissertation on the Beatles, or teach a class about their music, but as the years have passed, it's become a thriving field of study. There are many music theorists who now bring examples of rock to their traditional theory classes."

    Everett has also taught classes on the music of Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Wilco, and other pop / rock bands / artists who have "created music worthy of study and that is interesting to talk about."

    In his "Analysis of the Beatles" class, "we talk about their music from a musical standpoint," says Everett. "We discus the melodic construction, how the melodies relate to each other, the formal construction, the way rhythm patterns are repeated, the relationship between verses, choruses and solos....Plus, we get into the recording technology they used, and the advancements that occured in studio recording, due to their use of electronics, and the way they composed in the studio."

    The class is open to music majors and non-majors alike. "There are a lot of students here who aren't music majors but are very involved in music—they may be in bands, or write their own music, or just listen to a lot of music," remarks Everett. "So, even though they might not have consciously thought through how the music was put together, my idea is to help them learn more about why they like the music they like—which in turn, I think, gives them more appreciation for that music, and for music generally."

    Everett's next Beatles book will be aimed at non-musicians. (Although, he points out that many non-musician Beatles fans have read his first two books, and have "written to me and said they got a lot out of them, and just skipped over the parts they didn't understand," he says with a laugh.)

    For this next Beatles tome, "I want to write a series of essays on various Beatles topics. I have one idea for a chapter that will discuss the Beatles' other influences, besides pop/rock artists. I could probably write 15 pages on how Bach influenced them. For example, Paul has talked about hearing a performance of the Brandenberg Concertos on TV, and that he wanted a trumpet player to do something like that on 'Penny Lane.'"

    Everett also wants to devote an essay to the Beatles' use of the drone element. "It's easy to talk about the drone on (the very trippy) 'Tomorrow Never Knows,' but there were subtler uses of the drone, like John's guitar part on 'Ticket to Ride'—or on 'Now Your Bird Can Sing', where John just played a single chord, over and over."

    Everett's Beatles scholarship is such that the members of the Fab Faux—the stellar Beatles tribute band that has performed in Ann Arbor three times in the last three years, most recently in mid-April—have cited his Beatles books as being very helpful to them, in terms of knowing what guitars, basses and amps the Beatles used on specific songs.

    Everett visited with the Faux when they came to town in 2011, and again a couple of weeks ago. "They really are a great bunch of people," Everett says. "We had animated conversations about the Beatles' harmonies, guitar playing, drumming and recording techniques. They love talking Beatles and can do so with more knowledge than anyone I know. I always enjoy talking with excellent musicians, and they really love being in Ann Arbor. They thought the audience was fantastic."

    Kevin Ransom is a freelance writer who covers music for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached at KevinRansom10@aol.com.


    0 0

    ZINGERMAN'S EXTERIOR LT.JPG

    Paul Saginaw and Ari Weinzweig originally planned to name their Ann Arbor deli Greenberg's Delicatessen.

    File photo

    How did Paul Saginaw and Ari Weinzweig brainstorm the name Zingerman’s for their now-iconic Ann Arbor deli?

    Turns out, it’s the result of a last minute switch from the restaurant’s original name: Greenberg’s Delicatessen.

    The pair — who opened Zingerman’s Deli on Detroit Street in 1982 — wanted to name their business Greenberg’s after Hannah Greenberg, a regular customer at the fish market Saginaw owned, an MLive report says.

    But Saginaw and Weinzweig had to change the deli’s name a few days before opening after a Farmington Hills business owner named Greenberg said they couldn’t use his name.

    dominos_headquarters.jpg

    Domino's was founded in Ypsilanti in 1960.

    Melanie Maxwell | AnnArbor.com

    “We came up with Zingerman’s; it sounded zingy and fun,” Saginaw told MLive.

    Ann Arbor Township-based Domino’s Pizza was founded in 1960 when Tom Monaghan and his brother, James, bought Domi-Nick’s pizzeria in Ypsilanti for $500. When Dominick wanted the name back, an employee came up with Domino’s.

    The company’s three-dot domino logo represents the company’s first three stores.

    Lizzy Alfs is a business reporter for AnnArbor.com. Reach her at 734-623-2584 or email her at lizzyalfs@annarbor.com. Follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lizzyalfs.


    0 0

    This story has been corrected to say one of the suspects is 16 years old.

    Police believe they have caught two teenagers responsible for painting SAES and Mole graffiti tags on dozens of buildings, overpasses, light poles and other locations around Ann Arbor.

    SAES.jpg

    An example of SAES graffiti left on a light pole on Fifth Avenue in downtown Ann Arbor.

    John Counts | AnnArbor.com

    Petitions for a combined 27 counts of destruction of property have been authorized for a 15-year-old boy and 16-year-old boy, both of Ann Arbor, said Detective Robin Larson. They made their first court appearances Friday at a preliminary inquiry, which is more or less the equivalent of an arraignment. Both were given future court dates for a hearing that will examine the incidents in more detail, Larson said.

    The 15-year-old boy thought to be responsible for the SAES tags faces 16 counts of varying degrees of malicious destruction of property. Whether the charge is a misdemeanor or felony depends on the amount of estimated monetary damage caused. Larson said the case is still building and more charges could be forthcoming as the damage is tallied up. She did not immediately want to put a dollar amount on it.

    The tagger's handiwork has been seen around Ann Arbor for months, especially downtown and on the west side.

    The 15-year-old SAES suspect will return to court on May 6. In the meantime, Larson said she suspects the boy is continuing to vandalize buildings.

    “I think he's tagging under a different moniker,” she added.

    Police are investigating and more charges against the boy could be forthcoming.

    The 16-year-old boy thought to be behind the "Mole" tags is a good friend of the SAES tagger, police said. Besides painting graffiti on property around town, they skateboard together, Larson said. The "Mole" tagging suspect has been charged with 11 varying counts of destruction of property and will return to court May 13.

    Other boys from the same group of friends could also be charged in the coming weeks. Larson said she has a couple of other cases pending.

    "It's a thrill (for them)," Larson said. "They find it exciting."

    The detective also continues to investigate the graffiti painted at the Artrain site on North Main Street earlier this month. She said she has a few suspects, but added that the department is still seeking any tips from the public.

    SAESMole.JPG

    A SAES and Mole tag from William Street looking south down the Ann Arbor Railroad tracks.

    Ryan Stanton | AnnArbor.com

    “I’m hoping I can get some more information to find out who is responsible,” she said.

    Six rail cars at the Artrain site along North Main Street were vandalized between 1:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. on April 13 causing approximately $60,000 in damage. The vandals tagged the cars with "Clams," "Raw" and "Hash," Larson said.

    Crime Stoppers is still offering a $1,000 reward for information regarding graffiti and vandalism at the Artrain site. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK UP (773-2587).

    John Counts covers cops and courts for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached at johncounts@annarbor.com or you can follow him on Twitter.


    0 0

    Howell Township officials claim damages incurred to water and sewer lines breached during a replacement of Enbridge Energy LP's Line 6B in Livingston County could reach $1 million, according to media reports.

    While Enbridge workers were boring under the roadway at the intersection of Burkhart Road and Grand River Avenue to install new pipeline, water and sewer lines were breached, township officials and the Livingston County Road Commission stated.

    Enbridge is reviewing the incident to determine what caused the line breaks and who is responsible for fixing them, the Daily Press & Argus reported.

    Enbridge Pipelines Toledo Inc. also is in the midst of constructing a new pipeline through the northwest corner of Washtenaw County -- Line 79 -- that's adjacent and parallel to an existing pipeline it owns and operates in the area. Both lines would get their crude oil from Line 6B.

    The company initially said the project would be completed by early April, but weather complications have pushed the completion date in to early May.

    Amy Biolchini covers Washtenaw County, health and environmental issues for AnnArbor.com. Reach her at (734) 623-2552, amybiolchini@annarbor.com or on Twitter.


    0 0

    Ann Arbor-based startup Covaron Advanced Materials received its first outside funding when it won the Student Business Startup competition at Accelerate Michigan in November.

    The company, which changed its name recently from Kymeira Advanced Materials, now has even more cash on hand after closing a $300,000 seed round, according to a report in Crain’s Detroit Business.

    Kymeira-Advanced-Materials1.jpg

    Covaron co-founders Vince Alessi (left) and Cameron Smith with their $25,000 prize at the Accelerate Michigan competition.

    Courtesy Edward Wallace Photography

    In addition to funding, Crain’s reports that two former Dow Chemical executives who were asked to perform due diligence on the company ended up signing on both as investors and company officials.

    Investors in the company include Mercury Fund from Houston, Detroit-based First Step Fund and Ann Arbor-based Huron River Ventures. Many of the funds invested in the technology believe the markets it plans to enter could be worth billions of dollars, and according to Crain’s a second, larger, round of funding is already in the works.

    Ben Freed covers business for AnnArbor.com. You can sign up here to receive Business Review updates every week. Reach out to Ben at 734-623-2528 or email him at benfreed@annarbor.com. Follow him on twitter @BFreedinA2


    0 0

    State Rep. Gretchen Driskell, D-Saline, will host a town hall meeting Monday night in Dexter on a number of transportation issues, including local road projects and state funding proposals.

    The meeting will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Dexter Library at 3255 Alpine St.

    Saline_Mayor_Gretchen_Driskell_3-7-11.JPG

    Gretchen Driskell

    AnnArbor.com file photo

    Officials from the Michigan Department of Transportation, the Washtenaw County Road Commission and the Washtenaw Area Transportation Study will be at the meeting to give updates on road funding plans, upcoming construction projects and the long-range transportation plan for the county.

    Following the presentations, officials will answer questions from the public during an informal discussion session.

    Amy Biolchini covers Washtenaw County, health and environmental issues for AnnArbor.com. Reach her at (734) 623-2552, amybiolchini@annarbor.com or on Twitter.


    0 0

    Ann Arbor police are searching for two people who attempted to rob residents at an Ann Arbor home late Friday night. They released a composit sketch of one of the suspects.

    AAPDcomposite0429.jpg

    Courtesy of Ann Arbor police

    Police said a woman knocked on the door of a home in the 3400 block of Richard Street on the southeast side of Ann Arbor at 10:03 p.m. Friday. The woman said she wanted to use the phone because she had car trouble.

    The resident opened the door to allow her inside and a masked man with a handgun entered the residence, police said. However, the man was surprised that other people were in the home and both suspects fled the area. Nothing was reported stolen and no one was injured.

    The woman is described as white, about 20 years old and about 5 feet 2 inches tall with blond, wavy, shoulder-length hair. She was wearing heavy makeup and black pants.

    The man is described as black, between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall with a medium build. He was wearing a mask and a gray hooded sweatshirt with black pants.

    Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to call Detective William Stanford at 734-323-2628, the Ann Arbor police anonymous tip line at 734-794-6939 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK UP (773-2587).


    View Larger Map

    Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached at kylefeldscher@annarbor.com or you can follow him on Twitter.


    0 0

    piratesproposal.jpeg

    Cast members Jonathan Roselle and Ali Kahn got engaged during a curtain call for UMGASS' "Pirates of Penzance."

    Photo by Dane Hillard

    Audience members of UMGASS’ April 13 performance of “The Pirates of Penzance” got to experience two happy endings, thanks to a surprise proposal involving two cast members during the show’s standing ovation curtain call.

    Jonathan Roselle, a pirate in the chorus, had the actor who played the Doctor of Divinity bring Alexandra Kahn, who played Mabel, to the front of the stage, and then Roselle proposed.

    Here’s a video that captured the moment; Roselle stops the show at just before the two minute mark.

    UMGASS veteran and videographer Karl Zinn described the moment in an email: “Just before the end of the curtain calls, Jon Roselle in pirate attire, with his father a pirate behind him on the stage and his mother in the fourth row, made a quite proper and effective proposal of marriage to Ali Kahn, with her parents and sister and grandmother in the second row.”

    Roselle and Kahn met during the 2008 UMGASS production of “Yeoman of the Guard.” Roselle graduated from Pioneer High (’05) and U-M (’09) and works in Ann Arbor as a consultant. Kahn hails from Briarcliff Manor, New York and came to Ann Arbor in 2007 to attend U-M (’11). She’ll earn her masters degree in accounting from U-M this year.

    Jenn McKee is an entertainment reporter for AnnArbor.com. Reach her at jennmckee@annarbor.com or 734-623-2546, and follow her on Twitter @jennmckee.


    0 0

    If the thought of watching a Michael Bay movie fills you with dread, then take a break with An Evening Of Fresh Takes On Animated Films And Live Music, a film and concert event at the Ann Arbor District Library.

    Alois Nebel
    The program will bring together an 80-minute animated feature and an Oscar-winning short with live music by Cash Harrison & The Terrible Decisions in between films.

    The opening short will be "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore," (naturally) by award-winning author/illustrator William Joyce and co-director Brandon Oldenburg. It combines a variety of techniques to present a hybrid style of animation reminiscent of silent films and M-G-M Technicolor musicals.

    The 80-minute feature is 2011’s critically acclaimed Czech film "Alois Nebel," in which a train dispatcher finds himself mysteriously involved with a murder in Poland after he encounters a mute stranger who appears out of nowhere. Based off the graphic novel series of the same name, the animation style resembles that of Archer but in black and white.

    Fresh popcorn will be served.

    Friday, May 3, 2013. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. the AADL is located at 343 S. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor. 734-327-4200.


    0 0

    jobs_chart_2013.jpg

    Washtenaw County's unemployment rate fell in March as the area continues replacing jobs lost since the area's previous jobs peak in 2002.

    Washtenaw County economic outlook

    The Ann Arbor area continued to show labor force and employment growth in March, bringing the local unemployment rate down to 5.1 percent. The rate is a modest decrease from February’s 5.3 percent, but continues the trend of significant year-over-year drops from 6.0 percent in March 2012.

    The unemployment rate only takes into account those who have or are looking for jobs. Lansing and other metro areas in the state saw improved unemployment rates thanks to lower labor force numbers, but Ann Arbor’s increase in both the number of jobs and people looking for them are indicators of continued economic recovery.

    An economic forecast by University of Michigan economists George Fulton and Donald Grimes predicted that Washtenaw County is quickly approaching peak job numbers from 2002 and that soon more people will be employed in the county than ever before.

    March’s job gains were spread out among a number of sectors, and were primarily seasonal in nature. Even though temperatures refused to rise, spring hiring in the construction and leisure and hospitality sectors helped boost the area’s numbers. Construction jobs are expected to make major gains over the summer as the residential housing market continues to bounce back.

    Despite a slight dip in March, the professional and business services sector has remained a major driver for the local economy, growing 8.9 percent over the past year and adding 2,200 jobs.

    Washtenaw County retained its position once again as Michigan’s “least unemployed” county by a solid margin, with Barry and Kent Counties coming in second with 5.9 percent unemployment. Michigan’s unemployment rate dropped to 8.8 percent in March from 9.2 percent in February as the state added 22,000 jobs.

    The country also posted strong job growth and the national non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell half a percent to 7.6 percent.

    Ben Freed covers business for AnnArbor.com. You can sign up here to receive Business Review updates every week. Reach out to Ben at 734-623-2528 or email him at benfreed@annarbor.com. Follow him on twitter @BFreedinA2


    0 0

    We have five new AnnArbor.com/MLive.com Team of the Week candidates, and they’ve got a tough act to follow.

    ypsilanti-boys-track-051812.JPG

    The Ypsilanti boys track team is one of our five Team of the Week choices.

    AnnArbor.com file photo

    Last week’s Team of the Week poll, which closed Friday, drew more than 3,200 votes to mark our largest prep sports poll of the year. Twelve hundred of those votes went to the Saline High School girls track and field team, which will be the focus of our coverage this week.

    Our poll for the week of May 6-11 opens today and we’re hoping for another big turnout as fans choose between five teams: Dexter softball, Father Gabriel Richard girls soccer, Lincoln softball, Pioneer boys golf and Ypsilanti boys track.

    The poll will remain open until noon on Friday.

    Believe it or not, we’re only two weeks away from postseason play in lacrosse, tennis and track and field. So if you haven’t cast a vote yet for Team of the week, now is your chance.


    0 0

    world_of_beer_bar.jpg

    World of Beer plans to open this summer in the Landmark student high-rise on South University. A World of Beer location in Florida is pictured above.

    Courtesy photo

    University of Michigan alumni Steve Rossi and Chad Wilson plan to bring hundreds of different craft beer varieties to Ann Arbor’s South University bar scene this summer.

    The duo are preparing to open World of Beer, a Florida-based bar franchise and live music venue, on the first-floor of the Landmark student high-rise in June.

    The 3,200-square-foot space on the southeast corner of South Univeristy and South Forest is under construction, and it will have a long bar, patio seating with garage doors, a stage for live music, and flat-screen televisions visible from every seat in the bar.

    There will be 40 rotating drafts, more than 500 bottled beer varieties, and a small selection of wine and craft liquors. Eventually, World of Beer plans to offer a limited food menu.

    worldofbeercooler.jpg

    A cooler inside a World of Beer location in Florida.

    Courtesy photo

    “Ann Arbor is an ideal location because we’re both Michigan guys,” said franchise co-owner Chad Wilson. “We both went to U-M, we both love the university and love the town, so it was an easy choice for us.”

    Wilson’s business partner, Steve Rossi, started his restaurant career at The Brown Jug when he was a junior at U-M. After joining World of Beer, he and Wilson purchased the franchise rights for World of Beer in the state of Michigan. They plan to open six locations in the next three years, with Ann Arbor leading the way.

    “I think back to my time as a student here in the late 1980s, and craft beer was already something of a novelty in Ann Arbor, a little bit ahead of its time,” Rossi said. “I remember going to Full Moon (which served craft beer) when I turned 21 years old — from an interest standpoint, this community is very much into craft beer.”

    Wilson said the bar will carry beer from local brewers who are willing to partner with them, including Jolly Pumpkin and Arbor Brewing Company. It will also have beer from popular Michigan breweries like Bell’s and Founders. Average beer prices are between $5 and $8.

    “We educate people on beer,” Wilson said. “We want to take someone who drinks Bud Light and give them something similar to it that’s still a craft beer.”

    landmark.jpg

    The 14-story Landmark building was completed in fall 2012.

    Melanie Maxwell | AnnArbor.com

    Nationally, craft beer sales continue to accelerate. The industry has shown steady growth for years, accounting for 6.5 percent of total U.S. beer market volume in 2012, up from 5.7 percent in 2011 and 4.9 percent in 2010, according to statistics from the Brewers Association.

    Downtown Ann Arbor has a number of craft breweries and several bars that offer extensive craft beer varieties.

    Rossi said one thing that makes World of Beer unique is its tech savvy loyalty program. Customers can download the free World of Beer application and earn points for different beers they order. It also sorts the menu into different categories, making it easy to find a new beer to try.

    “We’re trying to create our unique place,” Wilson said.

    World of Beer is still hiring, and all servers go through a 2.5 week “beer school” program. (Find the application online.)

    World of Beer’s tentative hours are noon to 2 a.m. seven days a week. There will be live music Thursday through Saturday. Discounts will be offered on certain days of the week for service industry employees, loyalty members and university students and faculty.

    World of Beer is the final retail tenant on the first-floor of Landmark, which was listed for lease with Ann Arbor’s Colliers International for an annual $45 per square foot. The tenant lineup in the 14-story apartment building: 7-Eleven, Tim Hortons, No Thai! and World of Beer.

    Lizzy Alfs is a business reporter for AnnArbor.com. Reach her at 734-623-2584 or email her at lizzyalfs@annarbor.com. Follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lizzyalfs.


older | 1 | .... | 71 | 72 | (Page 73) | 74 | 75 | .... | 183 | newer