Bob Eccles http://wemu.org en U-of-M Health Expert Warns Of Dangers Of E-Cigarettes http://wemu.org/post/u-m-health-expert-warns-dangers-e-cigarettes <p>State legislators and the federal government are moving toward regulation of electronic cigarettes, and a local health expert says it's important to know the potential dangers of "vaping".</p><p></p><p>E-cigarettes heat up liquid nicotine to create the vapor that's inhaled.&nbsp;</p><p>University of Michigan dietician Sue Ryskamp says liquid nicotine can be harmful.<br /><br />"If it comes out too quickly it can result in acute nicotine toxicity, from either the direct skin contact, eye exposure, ingestion or inhalation," Ryskamp says.</p><p></p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 00:21:47 +0000 Bob Eccles & Laura Heffner 44915 at http://wemu.org U-of-M Health Expert Warns Of Dangers Of E-Cigarettes Menzel To Step Down As Ypsilanti Community Schools Superintendent At End Of June http://wemu.org/post/menzel-step-down-ypsilanti-community-schools-superintendent-end-june <p>Ypsilanti Community Schools will be in the market for a new Superintendent at the end of June.</p><p></p><p></p><p>That's when Scott Menzel steps down from that position - a transition that was part of the plan when the Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts merged.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 00:14:08 +0000 Bob Eccles 44914 at http://wemu.org Menzel To Step Down As Ypsilanti Community Schools Superintendent At End Of June All Lanes Of Eastbound Washtenaw Avenue In Ypsilanti To Be Restored Friday Morning http://wemu.org/post/all-lanes-eastbound-washtenaw-avenue-ypsilanti-be-restored-friday-morning <p>Eastbound Washtenaw Avenue at College Place in Ypsilanti should be back to three lanes of traffic sometime Friday morning.</p><p></p><p></p><p>That's according to the Michigan Department of Transportation, which worked with the city to repair damage to the roadway caused by broken storm water lines.&nbsp;</p><p>The right and center lanes had to be closed in order to make the repairs.&nbsp;</p><p>MDOT says it will have to come back at some point in the future and apply lining to the storm water pipes, which will require a lane closure.</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:28:55 +0000 Bob Eccles 44886 at http://wemu.org All Lanes Of Eastbound Washtenaw Avenue In Ypsilanti To Be Restored Friday Morning Ann Arbor Eyeing Backlog Of Tree Maintenance http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-eyeing-backlog-tree-maintenance <p>Ann Arbor City Administrator Steve Powers is suggesting city council approve $1 million to attack a backlog of tree pruning and maintenance in his 2014-15 fiscal year budget.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Powers says high-priority tree pruning would be done with the funding, along with dead tree and stump removal.</p><p></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:15:27 +0000 Bob Eccles 44879 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Eyeing Backlog Of Tree Maintenance 2014 Ypsilanti Heritage Festival Loses, Adds Attractions http://wemu.org/post/2014-ypsilanti-heritage-festival-loses-adds-attractions <p>This year's Ypsilanti Heritage Festival will look as bit different than in past years, as new attractions are added and others decide to strike out on their own.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Among the elements that won't be part of the festival this year is Chautauqua at the Riverside, which is moving to October this year.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:22:57 +0000 Bob Eccles 44853 at http://wemu.org 2014 Ypsilanti Heritage Festival Loses, Adds Attractions Washtenaw County Places Three Schools In Top 20 List http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-places-three-schools-top-20-list <p>Washtenaw County has some of the best high schools in Michigan, according to U.S. News &amp; World Report.</p><p></p><p>Ann Arbor Public Schools' Pioneer and Huron High Schools, along with Saline High School, made it into the organization's list of top 20 schools for 2014.</p><p></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:25:19 +0000 Taylor Pinson & Bob Eccles 44842 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Places Three Schools In Top 20 List State Of The Huron Conference Thursday http://wemu.org/post/state-huron-conference-thursday <p>As the Huron River Watershed Council prepares to open its State of the Huron Conference Thursday, the watershed is enjoying generally healthy conditions.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:42:28 +0000 Bob Eccles 44841 at http://wemu.org State Of The Huron Conference Thursday Uber Now Operating In Ann Arbor http://wemu.org/post/uber-now-operating-ann-arbor <p>The Uber on-demand motor transportation company is now operating in Ann Arbor.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Michael White is General Manager for Uber in Michigan.&nbsp; He says Uber is partnering with licensed limousine companies in Ann Arbor.<br /><br />"And they're going to provide kind of a luxurious service," White says. "So imagine a luxury sedan or black car, something like a Lincoln Town Car or Cadillac DTS, with professional chauffeur."<br /><br />White says the lower-cost Uber-X service pairs passengers with drivers of standard sedans in a ride-share model.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:27:28 +0000 Bob Eccles 44829 at http://wemu.org Uber Now Operating In Ann Arbor Ann Arbor Council Member Surveying Community On Park Options http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-council-member-surveying-community-park-options <p>The city of Ann Arbor is moving ahead with plans for a 12-thousand square foot park on the Library Lot, and one city council member wants to know what the community's envisions there.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:14:57 +0000 Bob Eccles 44828 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Council Member Surveying Community On Park Options Washtenaw Avenue At College Place To Re-Open Friday http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-avenue-college-place-re-open-friday <p>The right and center lanes of eastbound Washtenaw Avenue should re-open sometime Friday, as repairs are made to a sinkhole caused by failure of a storm water line.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The city of Ypsilanti assisted M-DOT with the repairs Tuesday.&nbsp; M-DOT says concrete will be poured Wednesday, and the road should be back to three lanes of traffic on Friday.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:53:57 +0000 Bob Eccles 44785 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw Avenue At College Place To Re-Open Friday Washtenaw County Commission District Five Race Shaping Up As Among The Most Interesting http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-commission-district-five-race-shaping-among-most-interesting <p>In Washtenaw County, the race to replace Roland Sizemore in the County Commission's fifth district now features five candidates - four Democrats and a Republican.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Among the Democrats who submitted nominating petitions before Tuesday's deadline: Ruth Ann Jamnick, a former Ypsilanti Township Supervisor and former State Representative; Wilma Gold-Jones, who serves on the board of the non-profit Mentor2Youth; Keith P. Jason, an Ypsilanti Township Park Commission member and Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority Commissioner; and Victor Dobrin.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:45:05 +0000 Bob Eccles 44784 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Commission District Five Race Shaping Up As Among The Most Interesting Three Candidates Seeking To Be Ypsilanti's Next Mayor http://wemu.org/post/three-candidates-seeking-be-ypsilantis-next-mayor <p>The Ypsilanti Mayoral race has become a little more crowded. &nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:46:54 +0000 Bob Eccles 44780 at http://wemu.org Three Candidates Seeking To Be Ypsilanti's Next Mayor Ypsilanti Community Schools Adopts Elementary Reconfiguration Plan http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-community-schools-adopts-elementary-reconfiguration-plan <p>The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education Monday night approved a plan for reconfiguring the district's elementary schools that has Holmes Elementary moving to a balanced calendar next year.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Estabrook Elementary is tentatively scheduled to go to year-round school the following school year.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:47:47 +0000 Bob Eccles 44763 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Community Schools Adopts Elementary Reconfiguration Plan Mullins Submits Petitions For 12th Congressional District Bid http://wemu.org/post/mullins-submits-petitions-12th-congressional-district-bid <p>Ypsilanti attorney Ray Mullins has submitted nominating petitions to run for the 12th Congressional district seat being vacated by the retirement of Congressman John Dingell.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Mullins says he submitted 1,289 signatures at the state Bureau of Elections in Lansing.&nbsp; At total of at least 1,000 valid signatures are required to appear on the ballot in the August primary election.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:40:30 +0000 Bob Eccles 44762 at http://wemu.org Mullins Submits Petitions For 12th Congressional District Bid ACLU, U-M React To U.S. Supreme Court Affirmative Action Ruling http://wemu.org/post/aclu-u-m-react-us-supreme-court-affirmative-action-ruling <p>The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is not happy with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that Michigan's voter-approved ban on the use of race as a factor in college admissions is constitutional.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:33:43 +0000 Bob Eccles 44759 at http://wemu.org ACLU, U-M React To U.S. Supreme Court Affirmative Action Ruling Earth Day Rally At U-M Focuses On Climate Change And Carbon Pollution http://wemu.org/post/earth-day-rally-u-m-focuses-climate-change-and-carbon-pollution <p>It's Earth Day, and there's a Climate Action Rally happening this afternoon on the University of Michigan campus.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Michigan Clean Water Action, Ann Arbor 350 and organizing for Action-Michigan are hosting the rally.&nbsp;</p><p>Clean Water Action Campaigns Director Eric Keller says it's one of many events taking place across the state today.<br /><br />"People are coming together as individuals and communities to act on climate," Keller says, "and to protect everything that the earth has to offer, and to protect the Great Lakes today."</p><p></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:54:46 +0000 Bob Eccles & Laura Heffner 44755 at http://wemu.org Earth Day Rally At U-M Focuses On Climate Change And Carbon Pollution Sinkhole Closes Two Lanes Of Washtenaw Avenue In Ypsilanti http://wemu.org/post/sinkhole-closes-two-lanes-washtenaw-avenue-ypsilanti <p>A sinkhole has caused the closure of all but one lane of eastbound Washtenaw Avenue at College Place in Ypsilanti.</p><p>Orange barrels, barricades and yellow caution tape surround the hole, which measures about 20 feet long by 12 feet wide by six feet deep.</p><p>The right and center lanes of eastbound Washtenaw Avenue are closed at College Place, just past the water tower.&nbsp; Traffic is using the left lane to get through.</p><p>No word on what caused the road to fail, or how long it will take to make repairs.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:41:24 +0000 Bob Eccles 44729 at http://wemu.org Sinkhole Closes Two Lanes Of Washtenaw Avenue In Ypsilanti EMU Holding Transfer Student Open House http://wemu.org/post/emu-holding-transfer-student-open-house <p>Eastern Michigan University is holding an open house for potential transfer students Tuesday at its Livonia Center.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Participants will be able to apply to EMU for free and tour the Livonia Center.&nbsp; Financial aid advisors, transfer admission advisors and faculty members will also be on hand to answer questions.</p><p></p><p>The transfer student open house takes place from 4-6:30 p.m. at the EMU Livonia Center, 38777 West Six Mile Road (near I-275) in Livonia.&nbsp; Click the link below to register, or call 877-8181-4368.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:31:11 +0000 Bob Eccles 44728 at http://wemu.org EMU Holding Transfer Student Open House Ypsilanti Community Schools Board To Vote On Elementary Reconfiguration http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-community-schools-board-vote-elementary-reconfiguration <p>The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education Monday will consider an elementary school reconfiguration plan that would have Holmes Elementary move to a balanced calendar next school year.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The proposal suggests Estabrook Elementary also go to a balanced calendar, but not until the following school year.&nbsp;</p><p>The grade configurations in each building are also going to gradually change to help reduce the number of transitions between buildings that students are subjected to.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:40:14 +0000 Bob Eccles 44725 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Community Schools Board To Vote On Elementary Reconfiguration Ypsilanti Council Members Robb, Vogt Turn In Nominating Petitions http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-council-members-robb-vogt-turn-nominating-petitions <p>The last two Ypsilanti City Council members whose terms expire in November have submitted petition signatures to run for re-election.</p><p></p><p>City Clerk Frances McMullen says Brian Robb and Daniel Vogt submitted signatures.&nbsp; Robb represents Ypsilanti's 2nd ward, while Vogt represents Ward 3.&nbsp;</p><p>McMullen says a couple of people have also taken out petitions to try and get on the ballot to run for Ricky Jefferson's seat on council.&nbsp; The Ward One representative announced last week he won't seek re-election when his term expires in November.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:24:30 +0000 Bob Eccles 44721 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Council Members Robb, Vogt Turn In Nominating Petitions 'Rosie The Riveter' World Record Confirmed http://wemu.org/post/rosie-riveter-world-record-confirmed <p>It's official - the 778 people who gathered at the former Willow Run bomber plant set a new world record for the number of people gathered in one place dressed as Rosie the Riveter.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The Yankee Air Museum received a letter from publishers of the Guinness Book of World Records indicating that "you have successfully achieved a new Guinness World Records title for 'largest gathering of people dressed as Rosie the Riveter'".&nbsp;</p><p>The museum still needs to raise about $1.25 million by May 1st to save a portion of the plant to use as its new home.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:12:18 +0000 Bob Eccles 44720 at http://wemu.org 'Rosie The Riveter' World Record Confirmed Paint Ypsi Expands After Successful Pilot Season http://wemu.org/post/paint-ypsi-expands-after-successful-pilot-season <p>After a successful pilot program last year, the Depot Town Community Development Corporation is launching its Paint Ypsi program with the goal of painting 20 homes this year.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:57:56 +0000 Bob Eccles 44717 at http://wemu.org Paint Ypsi Expands After Successful Pilot Season Ypsilanti Students Marching In Protest Of Unjust Suspensions http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-students-marching-protest-unjust-suspensions <p>Members of the Youth Voice chapter at Ypsilanti Community High School are marching in a protest of unjust suspensions and expulsions.</p><p></p><p></p><p>A three-day march from Detroit to Lansing will end with a rally Wednesday morning at the state Capitol.&nbsp;</p><p>Peri Stone-Palmquist is Executive Director of the Ypsilanti-based Student Advocacy Center of Michigan, which has been working on the issue of unnecessary suspensions and expulsions for a number of years.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:44:15 +0000 Bob Eccles 44716 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Students Marching In Protest Of Unjust Suspensions Zingerman's, Espresso Royale May Be Coming To Depot Town http://wemu.org/post/zingermans-espresso-royale-may-be-coming-depot-town <p>Zingerman's could be coming to Ypsilanti.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Thompson Block partner Tyler Weston says Zingerman's has signed a letter of intent to occupy retail space in the renovated building, as has Espresso Royale.<br /><br />"We're really excited to have both of these amazing local entrepreneurs in our building," Weston says, noting that a letter of intent is just the first step.</p><p>"It's non-binding, but we're hoping to work together with them to make them a great space in our building and bring them lots of business."</p><p></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:25:37 +0000 Bob Eccles 44715 at http://wemu.org Zingerman's, Espresso Royale May Be Coming To Depot Town Ricky Jefferson Will Not Seek Re-Election To Ypsilanti City Council http://wemu.org/post/ricky-jefferson-will-not-seek-re-election-ypsilanti-city-council <p>Ypsilanti City Council member Ricky Jefferson says he will not seek re-election.</p><p></p><p>Jefferson has represented Ward One since winning election in 2010, and told WEMU news earlier this month that he was interested in another term.</p><p>In a statement to supporters, neighbors and business owners, Jefferson said he has pondered the decision for months with his wife, his Pastor and his advisors, and came to the conclusion that "this is the best decision for my family, my supporters and me."</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:08:42 +0000 Bob Eccles 44602 at http://wemu.org Ricky Jefferson Will Not Seek Re-Election To Ypsilanti City Council