2009 August

New Sheriff in Town

Since taking office in January, Washtenaw County sheriff Jerry Clayton has lost fifteen pounds and his trademark goatee.A big man with the broad-shouldered build of a former EMU football player, Clayton lost the weight working...

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Car Crash

Marcie Greenfield worked for Chrysler for more than twenty years, most recently commuting from Ann Arbor to Auburn Hills, where she managed product development research. But two years ago, at age fifty, she was laid...

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WEB Dubois at the Fifth Forum

Last month’s Fake Ad referred to the Fifth Forum theater, a real place that was once a downtown home for art movies; its former building is now the Fifth Quarter nightclub. “The fake ad for August is at the top of...

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Treating addiction and pain

Pain. A typical dictionary definition is “an unpleasant sensation.” But “Samantha,” who lived with chronic pain for eighteen years, has her own definition.”It was like a sumo wrestler was sitting on...

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Lee Pickett calls it a day

“They say old watchmakers never die, they just get run down,” says Campus Jewelers owner Lee Pickett. A trim and tireless sixty-two, Pickett is anything but run down. But after repairing watches for more than four...

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The German Park Picnic

As our minivan makes its way north on Pontiac Trail for our annual trip to the German Park Picnic, we spot a man waving a red flag in the distance, and we know we’ve reached our destination. He’s one of more than a...

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The Workantile Exchange

Whether he’s climbing Mt. Rainer, renovating a historic building, or developing problem-solving software using what he calls “swarm think,” Ann Arbor native Mike Kessler brings passion and creativity to the...

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Go WWOOFing!

Clonlara high school grad Stef Weyand says the day her partner Aaron Jones got laid off “was a wonderful day for all of us!” Weyand, Jones, and their toddler, Quinn Xavier Zappa Jones, will soon leave their...

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A bigger Bagel Fragel

Michael Rockette was just twenty when he bought Bagel Fragel two years ago. In early July he took another big step, moving two doors down in Plymouth View Center, doubling his space and boosting seating capacity from seven to...

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History: Calvin Fillmore

In July 1873, a family reunion in Scio Township merited coverage in the New York Times. That’s because former president Millard Fillmore attended the gathering at the farmhouse on Dexter-Ann Arbor Road where his brother...

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Andy Gulvezan is Back

Andy Gulvezan’s long-running game of musical bar stools continued in July when he reopened the former Monkey Bar and Grill on Main Street as the Full Moon Restaurant and Saloon. It’s been the Full Moon at least twice...

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Pole de Leon

Lisa Welch stares herself down in the mirror. Hips out, head back, her knee-high leather platforms clicking on the hardwood floor to a musical beat, she sensually exaggerates her walk toward the floor-to-ceiling steel pole....

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Mr. Largebeat

James “Largebeat” Gertz plays the Theremin, the instrument heard in the soundtrack to various science-fiction movies of the 1950s (most famously The Day the Earth Stood Still) and imitated by a vocalist in the theme...

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Architects’ Blues

Carl Luckenbach is one of the best known and busiest local architects. In recent years, his firm designed three new Ann Arbor District Library branches, the South Forest parking structure, and the planned underground parking...

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Disabled Commuters

No one is unhappier with Arborland’s decision to eliminate its AATA bus stop last month than commuters with disabilities. The stop at the shopping center was replaced by two stops on either side of Washtenaw. While there...

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Spec Houses & Roundabouts

Q: What is the story behind the houses being built on the northeast corner of Nixon and Bluett? Why would anyone build a bunch of new houses in this economic climate?A: The developer, Mohammad Sarwar, moved to Ann Arbor to be...

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The New Frugality

“The truly high-end people are cutting back,” says jeweler David Lewis. At Two Wheel Tango, customers are forgoing expensive bikes–and buying new inner tubes and getting repairs, which are up markedly.So it...

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Stick to the Beer

The Corner Brewery, the three-year-old Ypsilanti offspring of Arbor Brewing Company, is a place I wanted to like. Arbor Brewing’s owners, Matt and Rene Greff, were among the pioneers of the local food movement when they...

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Abandoned House

Vacant so long that part of the roof has collapsed, the faded white house at 1315 North Main is surrounded by a jungle of overgrowth. Neighbors can’t recall who last lived there, and for years the county unsuccessfully...

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What’s a Borimex?

Gladys Ponce opened Burrito Borimex on South State in early July. No one needs to have “burrito” translated, and “mex” is obvious–but what’s a “Bori”?Ponce, who was born in...

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