Ypsilanti http://wemu.org en Presidents of UM, EMU And WCC Support Transit Millage http://wemu.org/post/presidents-um-emu-and-wcc-support-transit-millage <p>The Presidents of the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College have thrown their support behind a transit millage that'll be decided by voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township next month.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:32:05 +0000 Bob Eccles 44474 at http://wemu.org Presidents of UM, EMU And WCC Support Transit Millage Sheriff Clayton Wants Discussion On How To Fund Policing Across Washtenaw County http://wemu.org/post/sheriff-clayton-wants-discussion-how-fund-policing-across-washtenaw-county <p>Washtenaw County communities that contract with the <strong><a href="http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/sheriff" target="_blank">Sheriff’s department</a></strong> for policing will likely see one percent increases in their bills in 2016 and 2017.&nbsp; The <strong><a href="http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/boc" target="_blank">County Commissioners</a></strong> vote on that proposal this week, but Sheriff Jerry Clayton is calling for a larger conversation on how law enforcement is funded.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Clayton doesn’t believe the current model is sustainable.&nbsp; He thinks a county-wide model could be designed to work for communities that contract with his department and those that have their own police departments.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 03:59:01 +0000 Andrew Cluley 44334 at http://wemu.org Sheriff Clayton Wants Discussion On How To Fund Policing Across Washtenaw County Garden Ridge Ready To Move Into Kmart Building http://wemu.org/post/garden-ridge-ready-move-kmart-building <p>The Kmart store on Washtenaw Avenue in Ypsilanti Township may be closing, but the building won't be empty for long.&nbsp;</p><p>Township Supervisor Brenda Stumbo says Plano, Texas-based home decor chain Garden Ridge is ready to move in.</p><p></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:12:36 +0000 Bob Eccles 44135 at http://wemu.org Garden Ridge Ready To Move Into Kmart Building Ypsilanti Township Residents Looking For Housing After Apartment Fire http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-township-residents-looking-housing-after-apartment-fire <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">One-third of the units in an Ypsilanti Township apartment building are considered a total loss after an early morning fire. Six of the 18-units at Towsley Apartments in the 400-block of North Harris Road were destroyed. &nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">A building inspector will have to determine whether the rest of the units are still habitable, but for the time being those residents have also been required to leave.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Resident Mark Whitaker says the future for the complex is uncertain but all residents are looking for housing in the short term. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:47:27 +0000 Andrew Cluley & David Fair 44134 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Township Residents Looking For Housing After Apartment Fire Fire in Ypsilanti Township Displaces Residents and Destroys Several Units http://wemu.org/post/fire-ypsilanti-township-displaces-residents-and-destroys-several-units <p>One-third of the units in an Ypsilanti Township apartment building are considered a total loss after an early morning fire. Six of the 18-units at Towsley Apartments in the 400-block of North Harris Road were destroyed. &nbsp;A building inspector will have to determine whether the rest of the units are still habitable.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:14:49 +0000 David Fair 44120 at http://wemu.org Fire in Ypsilanti Township Displaces Residents and Destroys Several Units Ypsilanti Community Schools Tackling Charter Schools, Schools of Choice Challenges http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-community-schools-tackling-charter-schools-schools-choice-challenges <p>The Superintendent of Ypsilanti Community Schools says his district is working in the face of challenges such as charter schools and Schools of Choice to become a top option for cradle to career education.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Scott Menzel says Ann Arbor Public Schools' Schools of Choice push poses a challenge, as does the legislature's removing the cap on the number of charter schools in Michigan.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:20:52 +0000 Bob Eccles 44100 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Community Schools Tackling Charter Schools, Schools of Choice Challenges Pros And Cons Of Transit Millage Discussed At League Of Women Voters Forum http://wemu.org/post/pros-and-cons-transit-millage-discussed-league-women-voters-forum <p>About 150 people packed the downtown Ann Arbor Library’s multi-purpose room to find out more about the proposed point-seven mill transit tax last night.&nbsp; Supporters of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority millage appeared to outnumber critics at the League of Women Voters forum.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 03:56:40 +0000 Andrew Cluley 44043 at http://wemu.org Pros And Cons Of Transit Millage Discussed At League Of Women Voters Forum Town Hall Tonight On Elementary School Configuration http://wemu.org/post/town-hall-tonight-elementary-school-configuration <p>Ypsilanti Community Schools tonight holds a town hall-style meeting to discuss plans for reconfiguring the district's elementary schools.</p><p></p><p>The district is considering three options for next school year, and public input will be taken into consideration in making a recommendation to the Board of Education later this month.</p><p>The town hall meeting is scheduled from 6-7 p.m. at Perry Early Learning Center, 550 Perry, in Ypsilanti.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 17:58:17 +0000 Bob Eccles 43853 at http://wemu.org Town Hall Tonight On Elementary School Configuration Ypsilanti Elementary Students Learn Real-Life Economics Lessons http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-elementary-students-learn-real-life-economics-lessons <p>Thursday morning presented third and fourth graders from Ypsilanti's Holmes Elementary School with a chance to compare what they learned in a project-based unit on economics to what happens in real-world businesses.&nbsp;</p><p>89-1 WEMU's Bob Eccles tagged along with the kids and their teachers on a visit to Depot Town.</p><p></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/6mn8MZ_BfXI" width="420"></iframe></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:50:29 +0000 Bob Eccles 43851 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Elementary Students Learn Real-Life Economics Lessons Ypsilanti New Tech Students Winners In Writing Contest http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-new-tech-students-winners-writing-contest <p>Three students from Ypsilanti New Tech High School have been chosen as winners in a writing contest that focused on African American History Month.</p><p></p><p>The contest sponsored by Kroger asked students in 4th through 12th grades to write about how they can make a difference in their communities, or how they were inspired by an African American.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 00:17:17 +0000 Bob Eccles 43767 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti New Tech Students Winners In Writing Contest Ypsilanti Township Attack Believed To Be Tied To Same-Sex Marriage http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-township-attack-believed-be-tied-same-sex-marriage <p>The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department is looking for information related to an assault at Ypsilanti Township's Roundtree&nbsp;Apartments linked to recent same-sex marriages. &nbsp;The attack took place Monday at around 6 PM.</p><p>The vicitim&nbsp;is in her late 20's and says she was punched in the face, knocked unconscious, then woke to being kicked in the torso. &nbsp;She believes three males were involved in the attack. &nbsp;The woman says the incident began with one of the men questioning if she was on the news because of her recent marriage.</p><p><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal; white-space: nowrap;">One of the suspects is described as a white male, mid 20’s, 5’10 to 5'11 tall, heavy set, with a low or husky voice. The other suspects couldn't be identified.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="350" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&amp;source=s_q&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=3000+Roundtree+Boulevard,+Ypsilanti,+MI&amp;aq=0&amp;oq=3000+Roundtr&amp;sll=42.247099,-83.59225&amp;sspn=0.011389,0.016544&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=3000+Roundtree+Blvd,+Ypsilanti,+Michigan+48197&amp;t=m&amp;z=14&amp;ll=42.230094,-83.655369&amp;output=embed" width="425"></iframe><br /><small><a href="https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&amp;source=embed&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=3000+Roundtree+Boulevard,+Ypsilanti,+MI&amp;aq=0&amp;oq=3000+Roundtr&amp;sll=42.247099,-83.59225&amp;sspn=0.011389,0.016544&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=3000+Roundtree+Blvd,+Ypsilanti,+Michigan+48197&amp;t=m&amp;z=14&amp;ll=42.230094,-83.655369" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">View Larger Map</a></small></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 22:18:35 +0000 Andrew Cluley 43757 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Community Schools Considering Balanced Calendar, Elementary Reconfiguration http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-community-schools-considering-balanced-calendar-elementary-reconfiguration <div>The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education is considering three options for re-configuring district elementary schools, a move tied to plans to offer a balanced calendar at one school building next school year.<p></p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The board Monday night was briefed on the options, which include three options.</div><div> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:58:13 +0000 Bob Eccles 43733 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Community Schools Considering Balanced Calendar, Elementary Reconfiguration Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber Backs Transit Millage http://wemu.org/post/ann-arborypsilanti-regional-chamber-backs-transit-millage <p>The Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber is throwing its support behind the Ann Arobr Transportation Authority transit millage.</p><p>AAATA is asking voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti&nbsp;and Ypsilanti&nbsp;Township to approve a .7 mil issue in May to expand service.</p><p>In a statement supporting the millage, the A2Y Chamber said it has been its policy for many years to support increased regional mass transit.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:35:07 +0000 Bob Eccles 43660 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber Backs Transit Millage Ypsilanti Community Schools Board To Consider Balanced Calendar And Elementary Re-Alignment http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-community-schools-board-consider-balanced-calendar-and-elementary-re-alignment <p>The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education holds a special meeting Monday evening to consider a preliminary balanced calendar recommendation and three proposals for re-configuring district elementary schools.</p><p></p><p>The district wants to institute a balanced calendar - basically year-round school - in select buildings next school year.&nbsp; The Balanced Calendar Study Team will present its preliminary recommendation to the board Monday evening.</p> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 00:57:10 +0000 Bob Eccles 43578 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Community Schools Board To Consider Balanced Calendar And Elementary Re-Alignment Grant to help Ypsilanti Community Schools with STEM Education http://wemu.org/post/grant-help-ypsilanti-community-schools-stem-education <div>Ypsilanti Community Schools is getting a $1,000,000 grant to help prepare students for careers in science, technology, enginnering and math.</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Superintendent Scott Menzel said the money from the U.S. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:17:40 +0000 Bob Eccles 43434 at http://wemu.org Grant to help Ypsilanti Community Schools with STEM Education Ypsilanti Township to Consolidate Several Precincts for May 6th Election http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-township-consolidate-several-precincts-may-6th-election <div>A proposed point-seven mill tax to increase Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority service is the only issue on the May 6th ballot in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township. &nbsp;To save the A-A-A-T-A some money Ypsilanti Township officials will be combining several precincts to limit the number of poll workers needed.</div><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:37:22 +0000 Andrew Cluley 43133 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Township to Consolidate Several Precincts for May 6th Election Ypsilanti Community Schools Considers Future of Vacant Buildings http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-community-schools-considers-future-vacant-buildings <p>Ypsilanti Community Schools has several buildings it isn't using, and the district is considering its options on what to do with them.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Superintendent Scott Menzel says a lot depends on enrollment.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:08:05 +0000 Bob Eccles 42963 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Community Schools Considers Future of Vacant Buildings Ypsilanti Community Schools to go after School Improvement Funding http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-community-schools-go-after-school-improvement-funding <p>The state of Michigan is getting $16.7 million in U.S. Education Department School Improvement Grant funds, and Ypsilanti Community Schools hopes to be able to put some of that money to good use.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Superintendent Scott Menzel said a grant would be used for teacher professional development to improve achievement and outcomes for students at Holmes Elementary School.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:41:36 +0000 Bob Eccles 42787 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Community Schools to go after School Improvement Funding Ypsilanti Community Schools Students to Show Off good Sleep Habits http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-community-schools-students-show-good-sleep-habits <p>Students at the Ypsilanti Community Schools' Ford Early Learning Center this week will put what they've learned about the importance of developing good sleep habits to work.</p><p><a href="http://sweetdreamzzz.org">Sweet Dreamzzz, Inc</a>. will be at Ford Early Learning Center Wednesday morning in a visit that coincides with <strong><a href="http://www.sleepfoundation.org/events-activities/national-sleep-awareness-week">National Sleep Awareness Week</a></strong>&nbsp;<b style="font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.200000762939453px;">®.</b></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 01:10:43 +0000 Bob Eccles 42293 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Community Schools Students to Show Off good Sleep Habits Ypsilanti Community Schools Look to Pilot Year-Round Calendar for Two Buildings http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-community-schools-look-pilot-year-round-calendar-two-buildings <div>Ypsilanti Community Schools officials continue to develop plans for year round schools. &nbsp;The District plans on piloting a balanced calendar in one or two buildings starting in the fall. &nbsp;</div><p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 03:16:25 +0000 Andrew Cluley & Laura Heffner 42066 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Community Schools Look to Pilot Year-Round Calendar for Two Buildings Ypsilanti Community Middle School students to receive Free Books for World Book Night http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-community-middle-school-students-receive-free-books-world-book-night <p>Students enrolled in the ACTech small learning community at Ypsilanti Community Middle School will be receiving free books in conjunction with World Book Night next month.</p><p></p><p>The 7<sup>th</sup> and 8<sup>th</sup> grad students will get copies of “Zora and Me” by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:27:22 +0000 Bob Eccles 42060 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Community Middle School students to receive Free Books for World Book Night Competing Groups Form Around May Vote On Ann Arbor Area Transit http://wemu.org/post/competing-groups-form-around-may-vote-ann-arbor-area-transit <p>ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township are expected to decide in May on a proposed public transit tax to raise nearly $4.4 million in annual funding.&nbsp; The Ann Arbor News reports campaigns with competing messages are taking place after the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority voted last week to place a 0.7-mill transit tax on the May 6 ballot in the three Washtenaw County communities</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:58:44 +0000 Associated Press 41971 at http://wemu.org Competing Groups Form Around May Vote On Ann Arbor Area Transit Public Invited to Forum on Year-Round School for Ypsilanti Community Schools http://wemu.org/post/public-invited-forum-year-round-school-ypsilanti-community-schools <p>The public is invited to an open forum Saturday on Ypsilanti Community Schools' plan to move to a balanced calendar for the 2014-15 school year.</p><p>The district had planned to go to year-round school this year, but didn't have enough time to make the necessary adjustments.</p><p>Saturday's&nbsp;forum is being held in the Ypsilanti Community High School auditorium, at 2095 Packard Road, starting at 9 a.m.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:03:58 +0000 Bob Eccles 41868 at http://wemu.org Public Invited to Forum on Year-Round School for Ypsilanti Community Schools Voters To Decide in May if They will Pay For Expanded Transit Service http://wemu.org/post/voters-decide-may-if-they-will-pay-expanded-transit-service <p>Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority officials hope to begin making service upgrades in August.&nbsp; That’s if voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township pass a .7 mill tax that will be on the May ballot.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 06:53:44 +0000 Andrew Cluley 41845 at http://wemu.org WISD Superintendent Menzel Talks About Making Up Snow Days http://wemu.org/post/wisd-superintendent-menzel-talks-about-making-snow-days <div>As the state debates how best to have school district make up snow days, there's no question how the superintendent of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District would prefer to address the issue. &nbsp;</div><p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:07:31 +0000 Bob Eccles 41577 at http://wemu.org WISD Superintendent Menzel Talks About Making Up Snow Days