Calm Traffic = Cool City

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There are a lot of factors that make a city cool and pedestrian-friendly streets and neighborhoods is one of them. The public is invited to the City of Ann Arbor's annual Traffic Calming Informational Session on Wednesday, January 30, 2008, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. Engineers, police and traffic consultants will be on hand to discuss the city's 10-step process to initiate traffic-calming procedures on streets in Tree Town. You can review the Traffic Calming Guidebook online or at the Downtown Branch Library.

The More Things Change ...

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"The question of street repairs and improvements will always be with you and cannot be too thoroughly studied." So said the Mayor of Ann Arbor. No, not Mayor Hieftje in 2008, but Mayor Francis M. Hamilton in 1905. The collection of Council Minutes and Proceedings of the City of Ann Arbor in the Local History Room at the Downtown Branch of the Ann Arbor District Library provides ample proof that elected officials may come and go (and come again) but the issues, concerns and downright quirkiness of Tree Town remain constant.

Come to Think of It: Notes on the Turn of the Millennium

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Daniel Schorr, an institution at CBS for decades and a twenty-year mainstay of NPR joined Diane Rehm 12-13-07 on her radio show to talk about his life in journalism and the state of politics in America today and his recently released book "Come to Think of It: Notes on the Turn of the Millennium"

Comcast To Change CTN Service

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On Jan. 15, 2008, Comcast will move the four Ann Arbor CTN Community Access channels to digital service only stations. This will require all viewers accessing CTN to watch city council meetings as well as school and community programming to have a digital convertor box. CTN's press release gives full details on the changes and their response to the decision by Comcast.

City of Ann Arbor Golf Report

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Golf Convergence, Inc. has been conducting a comprehensive analysis of the status and future of golf in the city of Ann Arbor and their Golf Report is now available online, at City Hall, and the 2nd floor of the Downtown Branch of the Ann Arbor District Library. Golf Convergence will make a formal presentation on the report at a special Park Advisory Commission (PAC) meeting at 5:30 p.m. tonight, Nov. 27th, in Council Chambers in the Guy C. Larcom Municipal Building. This presentation will be televised on CTN.

Longer Leeway for Lingering Leaves

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Another excuse not to rake leaves is no more. The City of Ann Arbor has extended leaf collection through Friday, December 14th. Seems the warmer than usual autumn weather has fooled the trees and we'll now have plenty of time to get those beauties in the bags and to the curb.

Trash Day is Trash Day in Tree Town

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Trash collection in Ann Arbor will not be affected by Veteran's Day, Monday, November 12. So put your cans and recycle bins out on your regular pickup day. There are still a few more leaf collection weeks left to finish up with yard clean up too.

It's Debatable ~ Tonight

Tune in to CTN Channel 19 tonight, July 23rd, for the live broadcast of the City Council candidate debates sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area. Candidates for Ward One begin debating at 7:00 p.m., Ward Three at 8:00 p.m. and Ward Five at 9:00 p.m. The debates will be rebroadcast up until the August 7th election.

Frida Kahlo et al

Friday, July 6 is the 100th birthday of Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo who was born Magdelena Carmen Frida Kahlo in Coyoacan, Mexico in 1907. After a bus accident in which she was severely injured, Kahlo turned to art, encouraged by the great muralist, Diego Rivera. Kahlo married Rivera twice, once in 1929 and then in 1941. Kahlo painted lush, surrealistic scenes, many of them self-portraits. She was also known for her leftist politics. She and Rivera gave Soviet revolutionary Leon Trotsky political asylum in their home. Near the end of her life, she was carried on a stretcher to the first exhibit solely of her work.

Also, on this day, are the birthdays of the the Dalai Lama who turns 72 and President George W. Bush who will be 61.

Register & Vote

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City of Ann Arbor residents have until 5 p.m. Monday, July 9th to register to vote in the August 7th City Primary. You can register to vote at City Hall or any Secretary of State office. Save even more time by printing off a Voter Registration Form beforehand. Not sure if you're registered? Check your status at Michigan Votes. If you need to vote via Absentee Ballot, call the City Clerk's office at (734) 994-2725.

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