July 22, 2021

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This week

City administrator Tom Crawford steps down, another powerful man who has come under fire for insensitive remarks. Meanwhile U-M tries to prevent further damage to its own reputation by overhauling its sexual misconduct policies.

Webster Township lands its biggest conservation deal yet with an easement for Base Lake Farm, a 250 acre property belonging to the owners of Argus Farm Stop. 

Balmy temperatures have made outdoor play a pleasure in what is usually the hottest month of the year.  My daughter takes chalk art to new heights in our driveway. 

Trilby MacDonald, editor 

a2view editor Trilby MacDonald's six-year-old daughter enjoys making chalk art in her driveway. Photo courtesy of Trilby MacDonald, July, 2021. 

The News...Briefly

According to the Washtenaw County Health Department, there were fourteen confirmed new cases, two hospitalizations, and no deaths from Covid-19 in Washtenaw County in the past twenty four hours. Seventy-seven percent of U-M students are now vaccinated, which could lead to the lifting of indoor mask mandates on campus. 

City administrator to step down after “insensitive” remarks. City council voted along factional lines Monday to relieve Tom Crawford of his position and make public a report by an outside investigator into allegations that Crawford “made comments to other City employees that reflect insensitivity to issues of diversity.” Attorney Jennifer Salvatore concluded that while Crawford had not violated the city’s non-discrimination policy, his comments were “detrimental to the image or reputation of the City or the operations of the workplace.” Crawford worked for the city for seventeen years, most recently as CFO and acting administrator after a previous council majority fired his predecessor.  

U-M overhauls sexual misconduct policies, works towards “cultural change.” The Equity, Civil Rights, and Title IX office replaces the Office for Institutional Equity with broader representation from across the university. New policies include changes to how outside hires are vetted and prohibiting supervisors from initiating romantic relationships with supervisees. Also, “equity specialists” replace investigators as the point of contact and support for claimants and respondents. University Record

Moped driver killed by hit and run. Thirty-five year old Ann Arbor resident Kenneth Hohenthaner was struck by an SUV at the intersection of Platt and Packard. The driver sped away, but was apprehended by police. Results of an investigation of the crash will be sent to the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office. A GoFundMe has been created by family members to raise money for Hohenthaner’s funeral expenses. Michigan Daily

String of assaults in downtown Ann Arbor may be connected. Police are investigating the assaults of three women in downtown Ann Arbor in separate incidents on July 16, 17, and 18. Based on his behavior and description, police believe the assailant is the same person: a six foot tall, clean shaven man in his early twenties. Anyone with information should contact Det. Sgt. Dawn Murphy at (734) 794-6930 ext. 49302,, or call the anonymous tip line (734) 794-6939. MLive 

Child Tax Credit will cut the percentage of children living under the poverty line in Washtenaw County by one third, from 9,356 to 5,950, according to U-M Poverty Solutions. Parents of children ages six through seventeen receive a $3,000 credit, and children under six receive $3,600. Low-income parents qualify for the full benefit even if they do not work. MLive

County water resources staff assist residents and business owners with drainage and flooding issues. Responses are prioritized by safety, public health, imminent damage, and impassable road conditions. Local, state, and federal resources are available for flood victims.

Marathon returns in October. Ann Arbor approved the return of the annual marathon, scheduled for October 24, 2021. Several shorter runs will take place the same day, with limited street closures to promote runner and spectator safety. MLive (subscriber exclusive)

Two hundred-fifty acre farm permanently protected from development. Base Lake Farm LLC, on Strawberry Lake Rd, was purchased by Argus Farm Stop owners Kathy Sample and Bill Brinkerhoff in 2015. The farm and its gently rolling fields, mature woods, and wetlands are currently rented to a farmer who raises grass-fed cattle. According to a press release, the couple sold an easement in 2019 to protect the woodlands from development, and have now sold an easement for 204 acres of farmland. The purchase was funded with money from Webster Township, Washtenaw County, and state and federal grants. Sample and Brinkerhoff plan for the farm to serve as a model of sustainable agricultural practices. 

Birra Ramen, a collaboration between Lucha Puerco and Basil Babe. Photo credit: John Moors, owner of Lucha Puerco.  

Marketplace Changes

Food trucks and pop-up restaurants have been a pandemic staple, helping to keep the county's vibrant food scene alive and exciting when restaurants were shuttered. Artisan food market YORK has hosted oodles of these, and has no plans to stop. "I don’t know if I’ve ever been to a town that has too many cool shops or restaurants," says YORK owner Tom York. "We’ve come to a place where we’ve realized that there’s room for everyone."  The Observer's Kathryn Pentiuk has our story. 

From Bookbound to Booksweet. Bookbound bookstore in the Courtyard Shops on Plymouth has moved out of its space and sold its assets to Shaun Manning, a writer for U-M School of Education, who is opening a new bookstore Booksweet in the same location in August. The Observer’s Micheline Maynard has our story. 

Quality 16 is dark, again. GQT bought Michigan-based Goodrich Quality Theaters last year when the company filed for bankruptcy. The mainstream movie theater on Jackson reopened in the fall but had to close again when the pandemic’s second wave forced another round of shutdowns. GQT has a year left on the lease, but it’s unclear if the theater will reopen. The Observer’s Micheline Maynard has our story. 

Big Blue Swim School to open in Cranbrook Village. Former U-M competitive swimmer Chris DeJong started the franchise after moving to Chicago twelve years ago. “After a frustrating end to my competitive swimming career, teaching kids how to swim helped me rediscover my love for swimming,” explains DeJong. He now has ten locations, “but this Ann Arbor location is one that I'm particularly excited about,” he says. The school will open later this year. 

Things to Do

By Ella Bourland

22 Thursday: Watch an evening performance (July 22–24) of standards associated with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, Nat King Cole, and others, by local professionals in the Encore Musical Theatre Company. Dance along, if you'd like. Cabaret-style seating; capacity limited. 7:30–9 p.m., Encore, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $35 ($3.70 online processing fees) in advance at (recommended) and at the door.

23 Friday: Join “Joe’s Breakfast Club,” the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society’s weekly moderate-paced ride, twenty-five miles or more to Dexter and beyond, with breakfast at Dexter’s Riverview Cafe if you wish. Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves; carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks. 9 a.m., meet at Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 276-2096

24 Saturday: Take an “Underground Railroad Bus Tour” of Ypsilanti, Pittsfield Township, and Ann Arbor sites that were part of the Underground Railroad. Led by Deborah Meadows, an African-American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County board member. 11 a.m.–2 p.m., meet at WCC Technical & Industrial Bldg. parking lot, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. (entrance at the traffic light across from the Health & Fitness Center and St Joseph Mercy Hospital). $25 (seniors age 65 & over and students, $10; kids 3 & under, free) in advance only at, 819–8182

See the Observer’s online calendar for many more local events. 

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