And the Survey Says

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That 90% of Tree Town residents surveyed in 2007 rated Ann Arbor's quality of life excellent or good. Results on safety, city services, priorities and more are available online. You can watch replays of the presentation of the survey on CTN Channel 16 throughout April and May.

Neal Shine Dies

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One of the greats in Michigan journalism died today. Neal Shine started at the Detroit Free Press "as a copyboy in 1950 and by 1995 had carried the titles of reporter, city editor, managing editor, senior managing editor, columnist and publisher." In his 45 years, Mr. Shine stood up for the common man and stood up to those who would take advantage of the common man. His leadership in covering the Detroit riots of 1967 earned the Freep a Pulitzer. Hail to the Irish poet-scribe.

Tulips & Tune-ups

The flowers are sprouting! Spring is here! And now that the ice has melted, Michigan's potholes are also once again in full bloom…and along with the potholes come the sounds of spring: thumping, squeaking, and knocking from someplace inside my (and probably your) car.

If you're more competent than I am and you're looking for a repair guide to help you dis-thump, un-squeak, or de-knock, try using the Chilton Library Auto Repair database on the AADL's Research Databases Page. You'll find repair guides for cars and even lists of manufacturer bulletins to see if you can get that leaky sunroof fixed for free.

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Town Hall Meetings

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The City of Ann Arbor invites the public to review and discuss Ann Arbor’s proposed 2007-2008 municipal budget at two upcoming Town Hall Meetings. The meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4th, at Clague Middle School and Thursday, April 5th, at Slauson Middle School.

Orange Cone Season Returns

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And Paving the Way 2007, MDOT's road repair map, will help you locate major road and bridge projects on state roads. The map covers state trunkline (I, M, and US) routes. Separate Detroit and Grand Rapids maps detail construction projects on state roads in these cities. There is also a regularly updated list of lane closures.

One Hour to Better Job Interviews

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Considering a career or a career change? The experts at Manpower will discuss the do's, the don'ts, the strategies for successful job interviews. Learn how to prepare, how to interact, and how to follow-up with savvy and style. Join us Thursday, April 5th, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. in the Downtown Branch Freespace. Please call 327-4525 to register.

Public Open House on Downtown Parking

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Stand up (or sit down) and be heard on the future of public parking in downtown Ann Arbor. The public open house will be held Thursday, March 29, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., 2nd floor, City Hall. City officials are working to develop a long-term parking and access strategy and your ideas and recommendations will greatly enhance the process.

Bring on the Bags

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Trowels ready, rakes set, gardeners go. City of Ann Arbor weekly curbside collection of residential yardwaste resumes, Monday April 2nd. Need some compost and mulch for your spring planting? The City's Municipal Compost Center is expanding hours to include Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon during gardening season.

Parent Bits - Dads 101

WARNING! Don't go here if you are not, or do not intend to be, an involved Dad. The graphics are not intended for adults with no children.

If you are an expecting or new Dad, Daddy Brad and Daddy Clay will lead you through the pride and pitfalls of "Building a Good Dad" on their blog. Go to DadLabs.Com. If you are in range of a new birth, diaper pails, breast-feeding, or food faces, to name a few .... these real-life Dads have "Dadvice" for you. They are PROS. The evidence is lab coats WITH company logo on the chest, AND they wear goggles when necessary.
NOTE: Moms, this site can be a lift for you too. Enjoy!

Parent Bits - Web Sites for Parents

Parents need all the help they can get! looking for credibility? For blogging parents, the following recommendations were noted in the March 2007 issue of School Library Journal. Parenthacks provides "Sound practical advice served up in straightforward entries that still manage to be smart". Sample articles are "Email for the Underage", "Sleep (ours and theirs)", "Recording your kids promises with a digital camera". Parentography is a recently launched "online forum for families on the go, with excursion ideas, ratings, and family-friendly places".

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