Category Archives: Pfizer Ann Arbor

Lemon Raspberry Flan (Moosewood) for Cinco de Mayo, 2007

Here’s the flan I made for the Cinco de Mayo party we walked to today near Burns Park.

Lemon Raspberry Flan

from the Moosewood Restaurant Book of Desserts

1 cup milk

1 cup half and half

1/3 cup sugar (we used Michigan sugar beet sugar)

zest of one organic lemon

2 eggs

2 egg yolks (separate and freeze the whites)

1c raspberries (we used frozen store bought; preserve farmland, pick more raspberries)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Boil a kettle of water. Put a deep round baking dish into a lasagna pan; alternatively, put a bunch of ramekins into that lasagna pan.

Mix milk, half and half, sugar, and lemon zest in a saucepan. Scald but do not boil (heat til steaming), stirring all the while. Remove from heat and let sit 10-15 minutes for the lemon flavor to mix with the milk.

Crack the eggs into a bowl, and transfer to a blender. Using a strainer, slowly pour the lemony milk mixture into the blender while mixing on low. (Don’t put the zest in, it’s delicious but the wrong texture). It doesn’t take much mixing, stop when frothy.

Pour the mixture into the baking dish. Add dollops of berries until it’s beautiful.

Fill the lasagna pan with boiling water part way up the sides of the dish. Bake 40-50 minutes (until the custard has set). Remove from oven, remove the baking dish from the lasagna pan, and cool on a wire rack. Transfer to fridge to chill 20-30 minutes.

“Moosewood Restaurant Book of Desserts (Moosewood Collection)” (Moosewood Collective)

The party was a lot of fun. There were a bunch of soon to be ex Pfizer people there, talking about what was going to happen next – some folks leaving town, quite a few staying. Unlike the prototypical cafe-based Internet startup, a pharma startup needs wet labs and something approximating real money and resources to get going. Saul played on the swings, and Jonathan drank one too many juice boxes. We walked home and all fell asleep.

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Robert Allen, Ann Arbor Public Schools CFO, on AAPS budget crisis at Burns Park School April 17 2007 7-8:30pm

From Helen Starman:

Dear Burns Park parents –

A short note to remind you that Robert Allen, AAPS Deputy Superintendent for Operations (CFO), will be at Burns Park on Tuesday, April 17 (2007) from 7:00 – 8:30 PM, to speak about the district’s current budget crisis, its origins and what the future holds. This is a topic relevant to any parent with a child in the Ann Arbor public schools so feel free to invite your friends and neighbors. If you have any questions please reply to this email or give me a call (994-8553).

I hope to see you on Tuesday,

Helen Starman

Ann Arbor has been hit by a double whammy of Michigan-wide budget woes and the local exodus of Pfizer jobs, so no surprise that some of this will hit the schools too.

UPDATE with more details:

Worried about our schools’ funding crisis? Get an insider’s perspective!

For those of you in the Ann Arbor area, I wanted to alert you to a talk

tomorrow evening (Tuesday, 17 April) by Robert Allen, effectively the chief

financial officer of the Ann Arbor Public Schools. He will be talking with

parents about the financial problems facing the district, their origins, and

what can be done. We encourage everyone who has children in the AAPS to join

the discussion.

Even if you don’t have children in the Ann Arbor schools, the problems faced

by the district mirror those faced by districts across the state, so this

might be a good chance to talk with an official in the front lines.

Please join us:

Tuesday, 17 April 2007

7 – 8:30pm

Burns Park Elementary School auditorium

1414 Wells St., Ann Arbor

Presented by the Burns Park PTO

Robert Allen is Deputy Superintendent for Operations for the Ann Arbor

Public Schools. Mr. Allen came to Ann Arbor from the Flint Community

Schools, where he had been Chief Financial Officer. As CFO, his

responsibilities cover most aspects of the district’s financial operations

and budget matters. Before joining the Flint schools, Mr. Allen held

positions at Norfolk State University, Eastern Michigan University, and KPMG

Peat Marwick. Trained as an accountant, he holds BBA and MBA degrees from

Eastern Michigan Univ.

Steve Norton

Michigan Parents for Schools

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Recently asked questions (with answers) from march 2, 2007

Jim Benson reminded me about the questions feed from 103bees. Here’s some recent search query traffic and some hint at the answers that might go with them. I have edited and punctuated a little bit. My list does not include anything about peanut butter (salmonella, allergies, or Yahoo) or Ubik (but it might include Rubik at some point).

How late can you vacuum?

I usually don’t vacuum when Jonathan is asleep, because I don’t want to wake him up and sometimes the vacuum makes him cry. He’s supposed to be in bed by 8, though that seems to be the exception, not the rule.

How to differentiate spider bite from insect bite?

Consult a physician. The Hardin Library at the U of Iowa has a thorough directory of resources on spider bites.

How to make greek lemon potatoes

I posted a greek lemon roasted potatoes recipe three years ago. We made it just the other night, and it was delicious. It’s a winter dish to be sure, to take advantage of winter citrus.

What happened to michigan?

The MiLE inter-library loan system was damaged by hackers in 2005. The Ann Arbor District Library switched its automated interlibrary loan to MeLCaT, and I couldn’t be happier about it – the system is easier to use, has a wider range of libraries covered, and runs on a modern catalog.

how to fold paper for peerflix

Peerflix is a DVD swapping service; think “peer to peer netflix”. Techcrunch is skeptical. If you want to mail CDs or DVDs and don’t want to buy mailers, you can do origami mailers using the MESH paper cd case design based on work by Tom Hull.

how many miles from from michigan to new orleans

Michigan is a big state; the answer and the route will differ a lot if you pick Houghton vs. Ann Arbor as your starting point. The Ann Arbor route is 1055 miles via Cincinnati and Birmingham Alabama; the Houghton route is 1353 miles via Madison, Memphis and St. Louis.

What to say to incoming kindergarten parents

Welcome! We’re glad to see you! The bathroom is down the hall.

what do pelicans eat?

Pelicans eat fish. Pelicans eat oystercatchers, oystercatchers eat blue crabs, blue crabs eat spartina. White pelicans eat 212.4 to 265.5 lbs of fish. each year. American White Pelicans eat mainly small ‘rough’ fish with little commercial value. Throughout their range pelicans eat mainly “rough” fish of low economic value that occur in shallow wetlands but they may also take deep-water fish such as the tui chub (Gila bicolor) when they are spawning in shallow water or sunning themselves near the surface.

What businesses closed in ann arbor from july to d…

The best ongoing source for business closings and openings in Ann Arbor is the Ann Arbor Observer, available free to residents but only on paper.

Customer who need clean his office in ann arbor mi…

I don’t have a good answer to the question of a good reference for downtown Ann Arbor office cleaning.

How to charge block heater from portable source?

We don’t have an engine block heater in our car, so I don’t know the answer from experience. A first guess at the ability to do a block heater from a portable battery looks bad – too much juice needed. Most people run extension cords. Use a timer to avoid consuming too much power, you only need 3-4 hours to warm up an engine.

i was pfired

T-shirts at Elmo’s on Main St. in Ann Arbor, or via Cafepress.

what is in the bag of useful things

43 Folders wiki has an in your bag list with many suggestions. Elizabeth Fry, an English Quaker, gave a bag of useful things to women being transported on convict ships to Botany Bay, Australia to give them tools to make a patchwork quilt. I carry a laptop, charger, mini earphone, A to mini B USB cable, and a couple of quadrille notebooks in my bag.

michigan power outage on thursday march 1st, 2007?

High winds took out power briefly to a part of Huntington Woods today (March 2 2007) – I know this only because the person I had a scheduled phone call with this afternoon was in the dark at 3pm. The CMS Energy Palisades reactor in South Haven, MI went down Feb 26 for maintenance to prepare it for the peak summer season.

how to unfilter things

I have no idea.

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Pfizer psummit: PSWAT teams; Pfired T-shirts at Elmo’s, Main St, Ann Arbor

Seen on the street: Pfired t-shirt’s at Elmo’s on Main St. in Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor News reporting on the Pfizer psummit Tug-of-war on horizon over Pfizer employees?

More than 100 business, university and political leaders attended the event at the Michigan Information Technology Center to discuss the community’s future without Pfizer’s 2,100 jobs and its position as Ann Arbor’s biggest taxpayer.

Attending the summit were elected officials such as state Sen. Liz Brater, nonprofit leaders such as Detroit Renaissance President Doug Rothwell, and education leaders including Washtenaw Community College President Larry Whitworth.

Numerous business executives also were in attendance, including Pfizer Senior Vice President David Canter, Rob Aldrich of office space developer MAV Development Co., Jan Garfinkle of life sciences venture capital firm Arboretum Ventures, and Richard Socha of software developer netXert Inc.

At a news conference, organizers of the summit, including Gov. Jennifer Granholm and University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman, sounded an optimistic tone about the future and said they were bullish about the community’s response.

They formed eight action teams to encourage job growth and economic development at the Pfizer site, among other things. They said interest in the Pfizer employees and the site is high. They said they have been contacted by businesses seeking to employ Pfizer workers and companies interested in the Pfizer property, which includes 177 acres and research laboratories off Plymouth Road.

Heard over an afternoon tea: hairdressers with a lot of Pfizer clients are uncertain about their future incomes.

Pfizer employees will get a booth from the state for retraining and other efforts to get them to stick around Ann Arbor rather than relocate:

State works to cure Pfizer loss / Sofia Kosmetatos / The Detroit News

ANN ARBOR — The state of Michigan on Monday pledged $1 million to help Pfizer workers who will lose their jobs as the drug company closes its research and development facility here.

The money will come from a fund established with federal money to help dislocated workers in regions experiencing plant closings and mass layoffs.

The Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth will allocate the money to the Washtenaw County Michigan Works! It will be used to provide outreach services including entrepreneurial training and resources to help people launch new companies.

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Pfizer Ann Arbor summit, closed doors session

From the Ann Arbor News, Pfizer summit set up:

More than 60 local leaders are being invited to a private summit Monday to begin a coordinated effort to respond to the decision by Pfizer Inc. to close its Ann Arbor facilities.

Invitations signed by University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman, Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje, and Ann Arbor Spark CEO Michael Finney were sent Wednesday to leaders of local businesses, government entities and universities. Organizers expect representatives of Pfizer to also attend.

Key topics on the agenda are how to encourage the 2,160 affected Pfizer employees to stay in the area and what should become of the company’s property, which includes 177 acres and significant laboratory spaces off Plymouth Road in northeast Ann Arbor.

Organizers are calling the meeting a brainstorming session, and expect to hold more in the coming weeks. It’s not open to the public, though organizers will hold a news conference afterward.

U-M spokeswoman Kelly Cunningham said the closed doors are necessary “to encourage frank discussion.”

The News didn’t name the local leaders, but I’ll print a list if anyone comes up with one.

I saw the Mayor at Sweetwaters Kerrytown, which is the Pure Visibility coffee shop of record. He didn’t recognize me, and I didn’t initially recognize him – he didn’t have his usual smile.

“Summit” is in context an odd word to use. “Pfizer summit” on Google returns this news from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, about another shuttered Pfizer facility (from the Kansas City Business Journal)

Pfizer Inc. said Friday that it has officially ended a two-year global effort to sell its Lee’s Summit manufacturing plant and that it now plans to demolish the building.

The 271,000-square-foot building is east of Missouri Highway 291 and south of U.S. Highway 50.

Production at the plant will cease in December, the New York City-based company (NYSE: PFE) said in a release. The company said it then plans to remove the building’s equipment and other assets early next year and demolish it by the end of 2007.

That site required some special treatment because of production of penicillin which, while not creating a classic brownfield situation, did make the place unusable for production of some drugs; they switched to all animal medicine manufacture at the end.

One of the topics at today’s a2b3 lunch (weekly noonish at Eastern Accents on Fourth Ave) was an open question at the table on how the Pfizer closing was going to affect people personally. One person was job hunting because their contracting company did a lot of Pfizer work. Another was happy that they had gotten out of the real estate business. A few folks considered whether this might be something that would create some contract or consulting work for them in the short run as people who were pfired started up their own businesses and needed services.

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a2b3 for Jan 25, 2007: Pfizer, Google’s new tubes, interview season

A reminder that this morning is the a2b3 meeting for the week at Eastern Accents. I’ll put notes here after the meeting. Possible topics include the Pfizer Ann Arbor closing and the installation of a series of tubes at the new Google Ann Arbor office. (As viscous platypus notes, “All that traffic requires large tubes”). It’s also starting to be Google interview season as spring graduation gets closer. See you there!

Pfizer Ann Arbor closing to be felt by the Flim Flam diner and the rest of town

The Ann Arbor News reports on the indirect job losses from the closing of the Pfizer facility in Ann Arbor:

The trickle-down effect could be another 2,000 to 4,000 jobs eliminated in the state, said Don Grimes, senior research specialist with the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations at U-M. […]

“There is a huge effect that permeates the economy when you have something like this,” Grimes said. “It’s a much greater impact than just the 2,100.” […]

On any given day, Pfizer has as many as 1,000 temporary workers on site, according to Rick Chambers, Pfizer spokesman for Midwest operations.

The Detroit Free Press: Pfizer job losses are a blow to Ann Arbor

Local businesses around Pfizer’s sprawling Plymouth Road campus expect business to slow.

At the Flim Flam Restaurant and Deli on Plymouth Road, owner Chris Klademenos said the closing of Pfizer across the street will hurt. “Sure it will,” he said. “When I heard they were shutting down, I didn’t want to believe it.”

The restaurant gets 10 to 15 Pfizer customers a day at lunch besides a handful for breakfast and on weekends.

WJR has an interview with Rick Chambers, Pfizer PR: – download the MP3 here.

Pfizer’s page about the Ann Arbor facility talks about the work that is done at the site:

R&D functions located at Ann Arbor are Discovery, Drug Metabolism, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Drug Safety Evaluation, and Development.

Therapeutic areas currently being researched at Ann Arbor are Antibacterials, Arthritis, Atherosclerosis, Cancer, Cardiovascular/Metabolic Diseases, Dermatological Conditions, and Psychotherapeutics.

In the short run, the Pfizer cuts are good for Ann Arbor drinking establishments. From the Michigan Daily:

At about 1 p.m. yesterday, nine Pfizer employees gathered at Ashley’s Pub on State Street to discuss the news over lunch and a drink.

Pfizer instructed employees not to speak with reporters, and none of the group gathered at Ashley’s would comment.

“We are going to have a whole stick-around-Ann-Arbor campaign for those employees, because we want them to stay,” Granholm said.

The loss of Pfizer was particularly painful for Granholm because biomedical research was one of the fields that she was hoping to foster as a way to diversify the state’s economy as the once-dominant automotive industry continues to struggle.

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