A bittersweet goodbye for Mr. Blair

Tomorrow, an event will occur that hasn't happened in fourteen years: the United Kindgdom will have a new Prime Minister. Tony Blair will relinquish his post to Chancellor Gordon Brown.

As noted in NPR's Morning Edition, Blair's ascension was greeted with the hope of a new era for Britain. But despite his accomplishments, Blair's legacy may be forever marked by his decision to join President Bush in waging the Iraq War.

For a rundown of Blair's premiership, check out the BBC's ongoing coverage of Blair's time in office and Gordon Brown's succession.
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Timely Tax Tip: Pay Online

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Want to save time, gas and stamps? Then use the City of Ann Arbor's Online Tax Payment site to pay your 2007 Summer property tax. Beginning July 1 through July 31, taxpayers with a savings or checking account (sorry no credit or debit cards) can pay via a secure e-check system. On-line Assessment and Property Tax Data is also available on the City's web site.

What’s the Plan for Huron River Drive?

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Surveys have been conducted, forums held, walks walked and now its time for sharing the results. Join the City of Ann Arbor Design Advisory Committee for a
Public Meeting on Thursday, June 7th, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Forsythe Middle School to learn survey results and what the next steps are for addressing the deterioration of the roadway that best balances the needs of different users.

Round Two of the Roundabout

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There’s still time to weigh in on proposed improvements to the Huron Parkway – Nixon Road intersection. A Public Workshop will be held on Wednesday, June 6th, 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the community room at Parkway Meadows. The City wants your input and ideas for a safe and user-friendly intersection.

Election Results In A Click

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The May 8, 2007 election results are now available from the Washtenaw County Clerk's office. Into political trivia? Our own County Clerk, Lawrence Kestenbaum, runs one of the coolest sites out there, Political Graveyard, the Internet's most comprehensive source for American political biography, listing 138,000+ politicians, living and dead.

To Park or Not to Park

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Is not the question. It’s how, when, and where. Join City of Ann Arbor officials for a Public Parking Strategy meeting on Thursday, May 10, 6 p.m. at Community High School. Bring your ideas for parking possibilities in Treetown for City Council consideration and action in June.

Walking and Talking about Huron River Drive

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The weather's going to be perfect Saturday, April 21st, so get out the bike or get on your walking shoes and enjoy a vehicle-free portion of Huron River Drive from Bird Road to North Main between 9:00 a.m. and noon. The City is developing a Plan to improve that section of the roadway and they want your input on balancing the needs of different users of this beautiful stretch of Huron River roadway.

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.

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.

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.

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