Meal-Kit Freezer Packs Are Rapidly Accumulating at a Landfill Near You

Meal-Kit Freezer Packs Are Rapidly Accumulating at a Landfill Near You

by Kiera Butler People love to complain about the wastefulness of meal-kit delivery companies like Blue Apron and Hello Fresh. The baggies that hold a single scallion! The thousands of miles of shipping! The endless cardboard boxes! Those problems are annoying, but ultimately they’re not environmental catastrophes: The baggies don’t take up all that much […]

Ann Arbor and Environs Summer Road and Lane Closure List

Ann Arbor and Environs Summer Road and Lane Closure List

by Dave Alexander The City of Ann Arbor partners with WAZE to provide residents, visitors and commuters a way to learn about road construction and traffic controls within the city. By using WAZE.com or the WAZE app (available free in your smartphones app store), drivers can view real time traffic information and get directions. There are 16 road control and road closures in Ann Arbor […]

Washtenaw County Conservation District is Hiring

Washtenaw County Conservation District is Hiring

by The Ann Arbor Independent Editorial Team Long-time Washtenaw County Conservation District Manager Dennis Rice is retiring and as a result the District is looking for a new District Manager. In addition, The Washtenaw County Conservation District is hiring a MAEAP Technician (Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program) to implement MAEAP in Washtenaw County. The Washtenaw County Conservation District is a […]

Huron River Day Celebration Slated for Sunday, July 9

Huron River Day Celebration Slated for Sunday, July 9

More than 30 years ago, the Huron River Day celebration began as a way to encourage partnerships among government, private and non-profit organizations and to educate citizens about the importance of water quality and Huron River preservation. Each year, this event draws approximately 2,500 people from the Ann Arbor community to celebrate the Huron River. […]

“Solar Faithful” to Bring Solar Power to Three Local Houses of Worship

“Solar Faithful” to Bring Solar Power to Three Local Houses of Worship

by Emily Drennen The City of Ann Arbor Energy Office, partnering with Michigan Interfaith Power and Light (MIPL), has been awarded $10,000 in technical assistance from the U.S. Department of Energy to participate in the SunShot Initiative‘s Solar in Your Community Challenge, a nationwide solar contest. The goal of the partnership, over the next 18 […]

U-M’s Heirloom Peony Garden Poised to Bloom at Nichols Arboretum

U-M’s Heirloom Peony Garden Poised to Bloom at Nichols Arboretum

by Joe Mooney The University of Michigan’s Nichols Arboretum peony garden is about to undergo its annual transformation into a wave of white, pink and red as it bursts into nearly 10,000 blooms. Well-known on campus and to Ann Arborites alike, the arboretum is home to the largest collection of heirloom herbaceous peonies in North […]

AAATA Service Hours Up 25 Percent, Overall Ridership Up Only Slightly

AAATA Service Hours Up 25 Percent, Overall Ridership Up Only Slightly

by Dave Alexander In 2014, local voters approved a new five-year transit tax, pumping an additional $21 million into the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority’s budget through 2019. The promise to voters was more buses, more places, more often. Voters were told that more buses running longer hours, making more frequent trips and reaching new destinations would mean […]

May 15 Last Day to Give AAATA Feedback on Proposed Bus Service Cuts & Adjustments

May 15 Last Day to Give AAATA Feedback on Proposed Bus Service Cuts & Adjustments

by Dave Alexander In 2014, local voters approved a new five-year transit tax, pumping an additional $21 million into the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority’s budget through 2019. The promise to voters was more buses, more places, more often. Voters were told that more buses running longer hours, making more frequent trips and reaching new destinations would mean […]

Parks Dept. Announces New Bandemer Park Boat Locker Rental Program for Residents

Parks Dept. Announces New Bandemer Park Boat Locker Rental Program for Residents

by The Ann Arbor Independent Editorial Team The City of Ann Arbor has accepted a donation from the Huron River Watershed Council (HRWC) of six boat lockers that will be available for rent for the 2017 season at Bandemer Park (1352 Lakeshore Drive, Ann Arbor). Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation is working in collaboration with the […]

Sierra Club Issues Surprise “Early” Endorsement of Ward 4 Candidate for Council

Sierra Club Issues Surprise “Early” Endorsement of Ward 4 Candidate for Council

by Patricia Lesko The Sierra Club, Huron Valley Group, and Sierra Club, Michigan Chapter today formally announced an early endorsement of Ann Arbor Council member Jack Eaton (D-Ward 4) for re-election. In past, such endorsements have typically been made public sometime in late June or early July. “Jack is one of our consistent and strongest champions […]

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