Go Michigan! Beat Ohio!

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We're dead even with Ohio in return rate for Census 2010 forms: 75% each. We can't let the Buckeyes beat us. Get those questionnaires returned ASAP so we can win the bet and collect the white pine promised by Ohio's Governor Strickland.

City Hall Closed Thursday, April 15th

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Ann Arbor City Hall is closed today, Thursday, April 15, 2010, due to high levels of carbon monoxide, which may be a result of construction activities. City Hall is expected to reopen tomorrow, Friday, April 16. Today, City Hall is closed to all staff and customers.

Please note that while the Ann Arbor City Hall is closed today, Thursday, April 15, the City of Ann Arbor Customer Service Center located diagonally across the street from City Hall in the City Center Building at 220 E. Huron remains open and is not affected by this closure. You can contact the customer service office at 734.994.2700.

AA Lecture: Political author and journalist

Author and journalist Melinda Henneberger will speak about women and the church at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 18, at St. Mary Student Parish, 331 Thompson St. Henneberger edits PoliticsDaily.com, wrote If They Only Listened to Us: What Women Voters Want Politicians to Hear, and writes a column for Commonweal. She lives outside Washington, D.C., with her husband, Washington Post reporter Bill Turque, and their 13-year-old twins.

Public Hearing Notice: Tonight

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The Ann Arbor City Council will devote some of their meeting time tonight soliciting non-profit providers and community participation for input on the 2010-11 Annual Action Plan for the General Fund budgets for Housing and Human Services. In other words: If you have an interest in hearing about Federal Funding for affordable housing in our community or have something to say, come early and sign up to share your comment tonight.

City of A2 conducting interviews for 'library lot' proposals

The public is invited to attend and participate in development proposal presentations and interviews for the 5th Avenue parking lot immediately north of the Downtown Library. All interviews are open to the public and will be held on the fourth floor of the Ann Arbor District Library Downtown Branch, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Community Television Network will televise the presentations.

A public open house featuring all six proposers will also be held on Wednesday, Jan. 20 from 6-8pm at the library. The public will have the opportunity to review each proposal at the open house. Questions from the public may be submitted in advance by e-mailing librarylotrfp@a2gov.org. More information about the project, including links to the proposals, is available here.

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Here's a new way to get involved with our government. The White House announced today that Mon-Fri a White House senior advisor will post a blog updating progress made by the administration in a particular area. In the afternoon that same advisor will host a live video chat where you can ask anything or just see what people are talking about. This week on Tuesday, Ben Rhodes from the National Security Council weighs in on national security, on Wednesday Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will tackle the coming changes with health care reform and Friday Christina Romer who is Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers will address restoring the economy and job creation.
The entire schedule can be found here: White House Blog. It is also possible to follow the live chat on FaceBook.

City of Ann Arbor Offices Closed Tuesday Jan. 12, 2010 9:30 a.m. ~ 12:30 p.m.

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City of Ann Arbor services will be closed temporarily on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, 9:30 a.m. ~ 12:30 p.m. for an employee-only meeting at the Michigan Theater. An AnnArbor.com article provides background on the meeting and the fiscal challenges the City is facing in 2010.

Video of Helen Thomas at the Michigan Theater Now Available

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If you weren't one of the 1,100 people who joined us at the Michigan Theater last month for Helen Thomas' talk and book signing, you can now view our video of the program here. Our podcast featuring her reflections on presidents past and present, thoughts on the state of journalism, and feelings about how America has changed in her nearly 75 years of reporting is available here.

Meeting on the Future of Mack Pool

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What does the future hold for Mack Pool? Attend the public meeting of the Mack Pool Task Force on Thursday, Nov. 12, 6:30 ~ 8:30 p.m. in the Media Center at Ann Arbor Open School at Mack and evaluate the options. Mack Pool currently offers public swimming, Red Cross swim lessons, master's programs and synchronized swimming programs in a six-lane, 25 yard main pool and attached children's pool. For more info on the meeting contact Dan McGuire, Mack Pool supervisor at 734.794.6237 or dmcguire@a2gov.org.

2nd Public Meeting on the Future of the Ann Arbor Senior Center

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The Ann Arbor Senior Center Task Force will hold a second public meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 6:30 ~ 8:30 p.m. at the Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Avenue, adjacent to Burns Park, to discuss options for the future of the Ann Arbor Senior Center. As outlined in the Ann Arbor Chronicle article, City budget constraints will require a re-evaluation of the services offered at the Senior Center. Public input and comments will be greatly appreciated at the meeting. If you have further questions, please call Facility Manager Pam Simmons at 734.794.6250.

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