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Monday, June 18, 2012
T AROUND ANN ARBOR
Mayor tells students not
to donate to panhandlers
Runners begin first round of the Ann Arbor marathon at Michigan Stadium at 6:45 a..
1st A2 m- -athon avoids rain
.ftje encourages campaign.
Hieftje said the task force found
dents to give to that most panhandlers are using
. nsead the money people hand them to buy
arities instead drugs and alcohol rather than basic
necessities like food.
By JOSH QIAN "The panhandlers see it as a job,
Daily StaffReporter and many of them are not home-
less," Hieftje said. "They are using
Mayor's Downtown Mar- it to buy drugs and alcohol. We
Task Force has begun need to ensure that they are receiv-
ienting a campaign aimed ing three meals and the needed
ourage Ann Arbor residents medications instead."
iversity students from put- Hieftje also said Ann Arbor
ney directly into the hands offers some of the top services that
andlers. aid people who are in need of help
campaign intends to make that maybe panhandling.
wntown area safer and more "We have a system in place, and
ring by encouraging people we need people to sustain this sys-
ate money to local service tem (through donations)," Hieftje
s instead. said.
ers and information cards He added that the prevalence
:ing welfare agencies includ- of panhandling has significantly
e Salvation Army Staples decreased since two summers ago,
Center, Ozone House and when he said it was a much more
ouse Center will be distrib- prominent issue.
D downtown businesses as "We are a low-crime com-
the campaign. munity," Hieftje said. "But if you
itional information about experience touching, yelling or are
agencies can be found at followed by a panhandler, take a
'orrealhelp.org, a website picture and call the police because
i by the task force as part of that's a crime."
npaign. City Council member Sabra
Arbor Mayor John Hieftje Briere (D-Ward 1), a member of
e task force has consulted the task force, said the initiative is
rofessionals who work with intended to help make downtown a
ndlers while developing the See PANHANDLERS, Page 2
inners join from This Father's Day morning
oss U.S., various marked the first time runners
could participate in a 26.2-mile
ks of life to raise marathon through campus and
city streets - many of which were
oney for schools closed as a result of the first-ever
Ann Arbor Marathon and its con-
By STEVE ZOSKI joined half marathon and 5K races.
Daily News Editor The marathon course began
outside Michigan Stadium and
tve it to Ann Arbor to bring ended on the 50-yeard line of Elbel
her a student who overcame Field after traveling through parts
ysis, a nun, military veterans of campus such as the Big House,
man in a Chinese food cos- the Law Quadrangle, Yost Ice
to participate in the same Arena, the Michigan Union and
ic event. Nichols Arboretum. A Huron Val-
ley Ambulance was on standby at
the finish at Elbel.
Champions for Charity, which
also hosts the annual Big House
Big Heart 5K, 10K and 1-mile
races, organized the event. Six
dollars from every race fee bene-
fited the Ann Arbor Public Schools
Additional charities were
allowed to register and use the
marathon as an independent fund-
raising opportunity. The race was
sponsored by local businesses, like
Ann Arbor State Bank, along with
See MARATHON, Page 3
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