Argo Dam: The Report

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City staff prepared a 32-page Report briefing City Council on the options to consider in responding to the order by the Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality regarding Argo Dam. City Council reviewed the report at a Sept. 8 public work session. The session will be replayed tonight Friday, Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. on CTN Channel 16.

An Income Tax for Ann Arbor?

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The City of Ann Arbor has released the Income Tax Feasibility Study and FAQ prepared July, 2009 by Plante, Moran. Print copies for citizen review are available in the Downtown Branch reference collection as well as two previous studies, the Income Tax Feasibility Summary prepared in 2004 by Plante, Moran and the Revenue Impacts of a City Income Tax for Ann Arbor prepared by the University of Michigan School of Public Policy in 1997.

Live from CTN: City Council Primary Election Candidates Forum

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Tune in to CitiTV 19 on Wednesday, July 22, 7:45 p.m., for the Ann Arbor City Council Candidate Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area. Candidates for the 3rd and 5th ward council seats will answer questions from the League. You can submit forum questions online to the League. The primary will be held on Tuesday, August 4th. Please call the City Clerk at 734-794-6140 for more information or to check the status of your voter registration in the City.

Five women cook up some local history in 1899

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While testing the recipes in Ann Arbor Cooks you can savor an extra slice of Ann Arbor history: Several recipes, particularly within the 1899 Ann Arbor Cookbook, bear the names of prominent Ann Arbor citizens. On your next visit to Allmendinger Park you can take along Miss E. C. Allmendinger's Quince Tents; or you can enjoy Mrs. W. B. Hinsdale's Cream Puffs at the Broadway Park near the former intersection of 19th century Indian trails mentioned in her husband's book, The Indians of Washtenaw County. Mrs. Junius Beal probably whipped up her Marguerites at her home on the corner of 5th Avenue and William St., now the site of the Downtown library. Mrs. Samuel W. Beakes, whose husband wrote The Past and Present of Washtenaw County, baked Excellent Cocoanut Cookies, and Mrs. Frank Kelsey actually makes Prune Pudding sound...ok.

The names Allmendinger, Hinsdale, Beal, Beakes and Kelsey are frequently cited within the text and image collections of The Ann Arbor Observer: Then & Now, Ann Arbor Founders, The Downtown Ann Arbor Historical Street Exhibit and The Making of Ann Arbor.

Wall Street Journal’s Best Free Online Tools for Personal Finance

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Mint.com automatically aggregates all your online financial data and then keeps track of credit cards, home loans and bank and brokerage accounts all in one place. It also keeps track of how your investments are performing, and what you are spending and saving. It helps you to budget better by automatically displaying how much you spend in any given category.

Wolfram Alpha: The Reference Librarian’s New Best Friend?

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A new search engine designed by British Mathematician, physics and computer science genius Stephen Wolfram, plus a team of 250 other brainiacs is set to launch sometime in May.

Harvard Law School had a sneak preview last week and was AWED.

Wolfram Alpha is an extremely powerful calculator stuffed with facts about the world. Instead of trying to find a site where you might find the answer to a question such as “How do Iraqi oil exports compare to that of Kuwait?” or “What was the weather in Rancho Mirage when Gerald Ford died?” you just type in the question and Wolfram instantly computes the answer. Many of these questions can be answered using Google, but only by visiting several different Web sites, assessing the validity of sources, and making your own calculations. Wolfram Alpha simply gives you the answer. WOW.

Swine Flu Information & Updates

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The Washtenaw County Public Health Department has developed a web page on the Swine Flu outbreak. You'll find breaking news, info on symptoms, recommendations for treatment and much more. The CDC Swine Flu page provides a state-by-state tally of reported cases and the World Health Organization (WHO) is coordinating global information and response.

The world at your fingertips

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Yesterday, April 21, the World Digital Library was officially launched. A joint project of the Library of Congress and UNESCO, the project is a massive effort to provide many primary source documents like historical maps, photographs, music, etc. from many regions of the world. Looking for a sketch of one of the captives on the slave ship, the Amistad? You'll find it here. Do you need an ancient map of Sweden? A fascinating, well documented journey, the World Digital Library is an invaluable resource both for the student and the constantly curious.

Cross the Border with Michigan's New Enhanced Driver's License

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Planning a trip to the Stratford Festival or the Shaw Festival? There's an alternative to the U.S. passport now required for border crossings, the Enhanced Driver's License. The EDL eliminates the need to carry multiple ID documents when returning to the U.S. by land or sea from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or the Caribbean. The cost is $45, far less than a passport and it arrives in 2 - 3 weeks. Be sure to bring proof of a valid Social Security number and U.S. citizenship in addition to your driver's license to any of the designated Secretary of State offices.

City of Ann Arbor Town Hall Meeting

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Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The City of Ann Arbor's annual Town Hall Meeting will be held Tuesday, April 14, 7-9 p.m. at the Community Television Network's new facilities on S. Industrial. Mayor Hieftje and City Administrator Roger Fraser will be on hand to answer questions after the State of the City presentation. Want to do some homework before the meeting? Check out the latest 2010 and 2011 budget info online. The Town Hall Meeting will be rebroadcast on CTN Channel 16.

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