The Communicator

Battle over Smart Meters Rages Through Washtenaw County

A smart meter on the home of an Ann Arbor resident. Image courtesy of the blog Magnetic Neighborhood.
Susan LaMoreaux, Writer June 9, 2013

In January of 2012, Ann Arbor-area homeowners serviced by Detroit Edison Energy received letters announcing a new piece of technology to be installed on their homes: the smart meter. John Hieftje, the...

Dance Body’s 2013 Spring Concert

Dance Body's 2013 Spring Concert
Sophia Camp and Nick Hagopian-Zirkel June 2, 2013

Photos by Sophia Camp See the photo gallery on Flickr here “You have three minutes—three minutes to breathe,” reflected Sofia Kromis, a Dance Body student in relief at an afterglow...

Let’s talk about RACE

Let's talk about RACE
Ella Bourland and Kanako Fujioka May 28, 2013

“The Ann Arbor area is defined by diversity,” stated Ann Arbor USA, and many Ann Arborites pride themselves for this fact. It’s almost as if Ann Arbor exists in a bubble that distinguishes itself...

A Musical Celebration

A Musical Celebration
Annabel Weiner May 11, 2013

Photos by Sophia Camp and Ada Banks See the photo gallery on Flickr here [vimeo][/vimeo] Video by Sophia Camp It was a gorgeous afternoon with dozens of people...

AAPS Hosts Public Forum to Discuss 2013 Budget Reductions

AAPS Superintendent Patricia Green Opens the Forum
May 9, 2013

On Thursday May 2, Ann Arbor Public Schools leadership, staff and concerned Ann Arborites filed into Huron High School. The purpose of the forum was to inform community members about the current state...

What Crepe? A New Restaurant in Town

What crepe? sign outside the Ann Arbor location
Natalie Potter April 18, 2013

Taking a twist on this classic dessert, the new restaurant What Crepe?, which opened this past February, is bringing savory crepes to Ann Arbor. Replacing the Squares Restaurant on East Liberty across...

High School Thespians Brave Rain and Cold to Paint The Rock

The Rock proudly displays the message
Molly Kraus-Steinmetz, Copy Editor April 14, 2013

The weather on Sunday, April 14 was overcast and gloomy, but even a light sprinkling of snow didn't keep a crowd of determined thespians from Ann Arbor Public Schools from their mission. Armed with paint...

Four Thousand Locals Line Up for Free Ice Cream

People wait cheerily in line even as a light drizzle falls.
Thomas Repasky and Ella Bourland April 10, 2013

Ben and Jerry’s has given out one scoop of free ice cream, one day a year, since 1979. In Ann Arbor the tradition has been running since 2000. On April 9, Ben and Jerry’s opened its doors to a line...

Right To Work Meets Resistance In Washtenaw County

Protesters filled Liberty Plaza in a rally opposing the Right To Work Laws
Susan LaMoreaux and Molly Kraus-Steinmetz April 1, 2013

Last fall, Liberty Plaza was home to the waterproof tents, canvas banners and brightly painted signs of the Occupy Ann Arbor movement. But on Thursday, March 28, the day Governor Rick Snyder’s Right...

Budget Cuts in Ann Arbor to Hurt Sports, Alternative Education

Roberto Clemente student speaks of its positive effect on her life.
Fernando Rojo, Multimedia Editor March 28, 2013

On Wednesday, March 27, 2013, students, teachers, athletes, theater guild participants, coaches, supporters of public education and many other concerned citizens attended the school board meeting held...

Obama Organizing for Action

Obama Organizing for Action
Eva Rosenfeld March 26, 2013

In 2012, the stakes in the presidential election seemed higher than ever. The two candidates’ platforms were deeply divided, and both parties went to every length to secure victory. Now, with Barack...

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