2016 December

Working from Home (or Workantile)

Nearly a quarter of the workforce did some or all of their work from home in 2015, up from 19 percent in 2003, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Via interviews and emails, we asked four Ann Arborites to share...

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The Strange Tale of Mr. Shiji

The elderly Asian man who walked into the Delonis Center homeless shelter in the spring of 2011 had no identification, but spoke English well. He gave his name as Yashukiko Shiji. At his intake interview, he said that he had a...

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What’s Next for UMS?

The 2016-2017 season is the end of an era for the University Musical Society. Its president, Ken Fischer, is retiring after thirty years, and the season’s schedule was curated with his departure in mind. There are the...

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The Sale of Maynard House

Maynard House Management, LLCSeptember 20, 2016RE: change in ownership of Maynard HouseDear Resident:My parents Helen and Norris Post built the Maynard House and opened it as a residential, office and retail property in...

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Rip-roaring Return

A 105-year-old native has returned to Chelsea for a major facelift and a new home, thanks to motorcycle enthusiast and historian Elliott Andrews.While vacationing in California last year, Andrews walked through the door of an...

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Senior Business

Claudia Tracy, seventy-one, sits at a table in the middle of a spacious lobby with an oxygen tank and her dog, a Yorkie named Rusty, who jumps at her feet. Light is streaming through the windows. The walls are freshly painted in...

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Artisans in the Country

Alpacas in the MistSaline’s Two Branch RanchWeekend visitors to the Saline Farmers Market can’t miss Mark and Sue Schalk of Two Branch Ranch. As Mark operates a sock-knitting machine, Sue knits, crochets, and sells...

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Tragedy on Fuller Rd.

Qi-Xuan “Justin” Tang was crossing Fuller Rd. by Huron High School in the predawn darkness October 25 when he was struck by a car and killed. The Community High junior was going to catch a shuttle bus to his school...

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Dill’s Moment

In February 2016, the county board of commissioners appointed county infrastructure boss Greg Dill as interim administrator. Last month, it gave him the job permanently.The appointment ended a messy, drawn-out search process...

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Paying for the Visiting Team?

Q: As we walked near the corner of Huron and Fifth one Saturday, we heard screaming sirens coming down Huron. Around the corner came two blue U-M buses full of very large young men, escorted by a pair of police...

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Liberty St. Murals

How many downtown murals can you see in their entirety without leaving Liberty St.? Head east from Ashley, and right off the bat you’ll find Peacework Through Art, head-and-shoulder portraits of twelve local veterans on...

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Blanket Couture

Twenty-six years ago, Dufek was working as a registered nurse at the U-M Health System. Her job managing University Hospital’s operating and recovery rooms often sent her on icy walks between buildings. To keep warm, she...

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In the Works on Ashley

After standing empty more than a year, the ramshackle building a block down from Ashley Mews that had housed Carter’s Auto Service is showing signs of life. In October the outside walls had been painted, and most of the...

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No more eve or Back2Roots

Two restaurant tragedies hit Ann Arbor this fall.The restaurant eve opened in the Bell Tower last year after several years’ hiatus, but in September, before Eve Aronoff Fernandez could celebrate the first anniversary of...

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Miss Kim Opens

As of early November, the new Korean-themed Zingerman’s venture, Miss Kim, was finishing up several months of remodeling in the Kerrytown space that was previously home to Zingerman’s Events on Fourth, eve, and the...

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Gestamp Chooses Chelsea

Chelsea has scored a $68 million coup, and landed 195 new jobs. In July, the shuttered Jaytec factory at 5800 Sibley Rd. was quietly purchased for $4 million by the Spanish automotive supplier Corporacion Gestamp. In late...

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Election Aftermath

President Obama’s appearance at a get-out-the-vote rally the day before the election was a thrill for his many Ann Arbor supporters. It was also shocking: the Hillary Clinton campaign wouldn’t have sent its most...

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Ken Warner

When U-M public health prof Ken Warner was in college, he smoked so much that a Dartmouth classmate called him “Nicotine.” As he approaches retirement, Warner, sixty-nine, is world-renowned as an anti-smoking...

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Tim Thompson’s Life in Mattresses

“If you can see, feel, sniff, and stretch out on our mattresses, you’ll understand the difference between them and any conventional mattress,” promises Tim Thompson, owner of Mattress4U. “They’re...

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A Second Blaze Pizza

Northland Investments, which owns a portfolio of different restaurants around the Midwest–“13 fast casual, 49 quick serve and 4 casual dining,” says its press release–opened its second Blaze Pizza in...

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