Can Ann Arbor hike water rates now to pay for future upgrades? Royal Oak attorney Greg Hanley says that violates “principles of intergenerational equity.” The City should borrow money for infrastructure projects through municipal bonds, Hanley argues. He is seeking class action status for his plaintiffs' lawsuit, which mayor Christopher Taylor says "could gut vital infrastructure and cost Ann Arbor millions of dollars." The Observer’s Jim Leonard has our story.
Ann Arbor Public Schools grades 4-12 begin hybrid instruction on Monday. AAPS is encouraging students sixteen and older to get vaccinated and is holding a vaccine clinic at Huron High School for students and their families today April 29 from 4-7 p.m.
One in ten U-M freshmen in 2019 came from just ten high schools, a Michigan Daily study found. Oakland County’s International Baccalaureate magnet topped the list, enrolling 118 grads. Pioneer (seventy-eight) and Huron (sixty-seven) also made the list, but Detroit Country Day, Cranbrook, and the Bronx High School of Science edged Skyline out of the top ten—with forty-three grads enrolled, it came in twelfth.
U-M women’s field hockey cruises to the NCAA championships this weekend for the sixth straight year. The No. 2 seed Wolverines (13-2) shut down Ohio State 4-0 on Sunday, winning its tenth game in a row. They head to Pennsylvania to play the winner of the VCU (9-0) and Bucknell (5-3) game in the quarterfinals at noon on Sunday at the PSU Field Hockey Complex. Go Blue
EMU hires one of its own as men’s basketball coach. Stan Heath was a star player for EMU from 1985-87 and has coached college basketball for thirteen years, taking his teams to the NCAA Tournament four times. Click on Detroit
U-M Nursing will install “Recharge Rooms” for healthcare workers and students. Two couples’ $100K gift will fund “immersive experience” rooms in the Frankel Cardiovascular Center, Med Inn, and C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital with abundant greenery, low light, wall projections, and soothing sounds. If researchers find evidence they’re “increasing resiliency, reducing stress and improving emotional and mental health,” the rooms may become permanent after the pandemic regresses. Michigan Medicine
City of Ann Arbor tree giveaway. In honor of Arbor day tomorrow, April 30, and through the weekend, the city will be giving away free trees for residents to plant on private property. The giveaway is part of a larger initiative to plant 10,000 trees by 2030 as part of the city’s A2Zero carbon neutrality plan. This year, only conifers will be offered because they are more resilient against Brood X cicadas which will begin to emerge in May. A2gov
Ann Arbor Community High School student Josh Moss was burnt out. He had always found solace in playing piano, but the pressures of performing for school had made music a chore. When the pandemic forced the first district-wide school closures, Moss was overjoyed. He was able to slow down and listen more deeply, both to his music and to his friends. The Communicator’s Tai Tworek has the story.