Jeffrey Smith | AnnArbor.comScio Township is considering taking advantage of state legislation passed this summer that allows local municipalities to more strictly limit use of consumer fireworks.
The township’s board of trustees will discuss a proposed ordinance at its work session Tuesday night that would prohibit the use of consumer fireworks in the township except on specific days surrounding national holidays.
The concept is similar to the Ann Arbor Art Center's annual Artini Martini crawl. Ticket holders will meet up at the Art Center before dispersing to six different downtown beer purveyors to sample brews, food and art specifically created for the event.
It is fall in Ann Arbor. The streets are crowded with students in sweat pants texting and crossing streets at the same. The road barriers for game days have taken their rightful place in the median outside of Busch's. The school buses are running their loops. For many parents, it's a time of new teachers and new school supplies, sports teams, dance classes, and music lessons. It's a time for getting the oldest to work on their algebra and the youngest to remember to bring home their lunchbox. Parents must be the chauffeur and the checkbook, the math tutor and the chef, the grocery shopper, the uniform cleaner, the bleacher sitting supporter, and of, course, the committed career person. Parenthood is hard. Being a single parent is even harder.
That's why The First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor is launching a new ministry this Fall to focus on the needs of single moms in the Ann Arbor area. We will offer dinner and programs for single moms and their kids on the third Thursdays of each month. Who are single moms? Divorced. Widowed. By choice. Getting child support. Never receives child support. Dad walked out. Partner walked out. Husband is disabled. The list could go on. But if you're at the helm of parenting and you're on your own the cause doesn't matter as much as getting nourished on your journey.
Thursday night programs will focus on practical parenting advice- from eating healthy on a budget to how to help your child be safe online and with a mobile phone. Dinner and programming are provided for children as well. We will offer nursery care to tutors of Calculus, depending on the age and needs of the children attending.
Program dates are September 19, October 17, November 21, and December 19. RSVPs are required (email@example.com). Let’s make the week a little easier for single moms in Ann Arbor. Lord knows they need it.
Darcy is the Associate Minister at the First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor
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Pete Schoch will not return as Father Gabriel Richard’s boys basketball coach in 2013-14, the school announced this week.
A home invasion suspect returned a set of speakers after a woman at the Ann Arbor home being broken into informed the person they could not have them, police said.
Pittsfield Township Board of Trustees will consider plans this week for two housing developments that would result in 262 new apartment or condo units.
A mainstay of the Ypsi/Ann Arbor indie folk scene, Misty Lyn and The Big Beautiful has been drawing crowds at festivals and venues across Michigan for the past several years.
The attorney defending Leonard Ware against a murder charge argued Tuesday his client was acting in self-defense when he shot and killed a coworker because he believed the man was armed.
At their Sept. 9 meeting, the Ypsilanti Board of Trustees approved a resolution requesting membership in the AAATA.
U-M came in as the No. 4 public university, behind the University of California's Berkley and Los Angeles campuses and the University of Virginia. The U.S. News rankings were released Tuesday, Sept. 10.
Mary Bilyeu, ContributorThis Apple Coffee Cake is an ideal sweet treat to enjoy while breaking the Yom Kippur fast on Saturday night. Prepared ahead of time, ready to slice and serve, this uses several variations on the apples traditionally offered at the holiday to usher in a sweet new year: apples themselves, applesauce, and apple juice.
After the night and day of fasting, introspection, study, and resolution during the Jewish Day of Atonement, gathering with family and friends to share a nosh is a lovely tradition. An array of dishes - nothing too heavy, of course - is offered, from salads to sweets. And this cake - which was described by one person as "amazing" - is ideal to serve.
It would also be great for a Sunday brunch, or to welcome friends and family who gather together before heading off to the football game. A perfect baked good for fall!
I brought the cake to work, to share it with my friends. I explained that I'd cobbled together several trusted recipes along with a few new ideas, but that I'd never made a coffee cake this particular way before. The response from the first taste tester?
"Do it again."
Mary Bilyeu, Contributor
Photo by Autumn de WildeLike many of us, 5-time Tony Award winning actress/singer (and "Private Practice" star) Audra McDonald – who will perform an Ann Arbor concert on Sunday, September 15, courtesy of UMS – spent much of Labor Day weekend getting the kids in her family (McDonald's daughter, Zoe, plus husband Will Swenson's two sons) ready for the start of a new school year.
The difference, of course, is that unlike the rest of us, she flew across the country on that Sunday to rehearse for the San Francisco Symphony's opening night gala.
With 22 days left in its fundraising campaign, the Yankee Air Museum is about $3.2 million short of its $8 million goal to save a portion of the former Willow Run bomber plant in Ypsilanti Township from demolition.
Brianne Bowen | AnnArbor.comIt's standing room only in some Ann Arbor Public Schools classrooms after 36 teachers were cut for this school year.
Classes pushing 40 students have resulted in shared desks and standing room only for some subjects at Pioneer High School, said James Svensson, parent of a freshmen at the school.
“I’m afraid my daughter won’t get the quality education that she needs,” Svensson said.
Ryan J. Stanton | AnnArbor.comA year after adding 700-plus parking spaces with the opening of a new underground garage, Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority leaders say parking demand is strong.
In fact, there's a wait list of more than 100 people seeking monthly permits for the subterranean garage off Fifth Avenue, said DDA Executive Director Susan Pollay.
Saline, Skyline and Gabriel Richard ranked in first Associated Press poll and more prep football notes
Courtney Sacco | AnnArbor.com
Of the three Wasthtenaw teams that appear in the first Michigan Associated Press prep football poll, one won a regional title last year, one nearly did, and the third went 2-7.
NBCU-M grad and Saline resident Sean Panikkar, a member of the male opera trio Forte, will perform again on "America's Got Talent" on Tuesday, September 10 at 9 p.m. on NBC.
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Grove Road access to the Gault Village Shopping Center in Ypsilanti Township will be temporarily closed for one week during the street's paving project, beginning Tuesday.
Technicians from My Handyman of Ann Arbor, Saline and Chelsea will partner with My Handyman President Alex Roberts and 16 volunteers from the corporate office in Ann Arbor to donate free repair and maintenance services to the Scio Township Fire Department Tuesday.