Ypsilanti http://wemu.org en Michigan Elvisfest Returns To Ypsilanti http://wemu.org/post/michigan-elvisfest-returns-ypsilanti <div>It may be 35 years since his death, but Elvis fans still flock to a wide variety of events celebrating the "King." Outside of Graceland the place to be this weekend is the 15th annual <strong><a href="http://www.mielvisfest.org/" target="_blank">Michigan Elvisfest</a></strong> in Ypsilanti's Riverside Park. &nbsp;</div><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:57:09 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48605 at http://wemu.org Michigan Elvisfest Returns To Ypsilanti Ypsilanti Meals On Wheels Executive Director Marks One Year On Job http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-meals-wheels-executive-director-marks-one-year-job <p>Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels Executive Director Alison Foreman's first year on the job was anything but ordinary.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Just four weeks into the job, she faced a government shutdown that threatened to put her program out of business.&nbsp;</p><p>Since then, things have gone much more smoothly.&nbsp;</p><p>Foreman says they've been able to eliminate a long waiting list, and plan to bring back Friday delivery of a frozen meal for customers to enjoy on Saturday.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:13:09 +0000 Bob Eccles 48544 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Meals On Wheels Executive Director Marks One Year On Job Shooting Victim's Family Struggling With Funeral Costs http://wemu.org/post/shooting-victims-family-struggling-funeral-costs <p>The family of a teenager fatally shot in Ypsilanti early Saturday morning needs help paying for his funeral arrangements.&nbsp;</p><p>17 year-old Keon Washington died after being shot while in the 500 block of Madison Street.&nbsp;</p><p>It wasn't long after a reward of $2,500 was announced that police arrested a suspect.&nbsp;</p><p>19 year-old Keandre Duff is being held in the Washtenaw County jail on $70,000 bond.&nbsp; He faces charges that include assault with intent to murder and carrying a concealed weapon.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:30:14 +0000 Bob Eccles 48254 at http://wemu.org IBEW Endorses Debbie Dingell http://wemu.org/post/ibew-endorses-debbie-dingell <p>Congressional hopeful Debbie Dingell has been endorsed by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Dingell is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 12th Congressional District, a seat currently held by her husband, John Dingell, who is retiring at the end of this term.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 09:52:47 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 48230 at http://wemu.org IBEW Endorses Debbie Dingell AAATA Rolling Out Transit Improvements Soon http://wemu.org/post/aaata-rolling-out-transit-improvements-soon <p>Next month we'll start to see some of the improvements promised by the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority with approval of its .7 mil transit levy.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>AAATA says it will begin offering extended hours on many routes starting August 24th.&nbsp;</p><p>It will also start a new route with hourly service between the Ypsilanti District Library and the Ypsilanti Transit Center.</p><p>Find a complete listing of transit improvements coming in August online:</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 08:39:00 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 47766 at http://wemu.org AAATA Rolling Out Transit Improvements Soon Prepare For Color Run Road Closures Saturday In Ypsilanti http://wemu.org/post/prepare-color-run-road-closures-saturday-ypsilanti <p>If you'll be driving in the Ypsilanti area Saturday morning, plan on dodging street closures necessary to hold the annual Color Run.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Streets will be closed at 7 a.m. with the 5-K race and walk scheduled to start at 8.&nbsp; Among the affected streets:</p><ul><li>Cross Avenue from N River Street to College Place</li></ul><p></p><ul><li>N River Street from Michigan Avenue to Forest Avenue</li></ul><p></p><ul><li>Forest Avenue from N River Street to College Place</li></ul><p></p><ul><li>Lowell Street from N Huron River Drive to Forest Avenue</li></ul><p></p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:42:08 +0000 Bob Eccles 47639 at http://wemu.org Prepare For Color Run Road Closures Saturday In Ypsilanti Eastern Michigan University Tuition Increasing 3.2 Percent, Budget Approved http://wemu.org/post/eastern-michigan-university-tuition-increasing-32-percent-budget-approved <div>Eastern Michigan University is increasing funding for public safety and financial aid next school year. &nbsp;The board of regents today approved a $301.9 million general fund budget. &nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:08:40 +0000 Andrew Cluley 47113 at http://wemu.org Eastern Michigan University Tuition Increasing 3.2 Percent, Budget Approved Eastern Michigan University And Saint Joseph Mercy Health System Training Physician Assistants http://wemu.org/post/eastern-michigan-university-and-saint-joseph-mercy-health-system-training-physician-assistants <div>The combination of an aging population and retiring doctors is creating a shortage of primary care physicians. &nbsp;Eastern Michigan University and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System are teaming up on a new Physician Assistant program that will help address the problem. &nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 03:43:47 +0000 Andrew Cluley 47069 at http://wemu.org Eastern Michigan University And Saint Joseph Mercy Health System Training Physician Assistants Hearings Scheduled In EMU Football Player's Slaying http://wemu.org/post/hearings-scheduled-emu-football-players-slaying <p></p><p> <meta content="http://wemu.org/post/hearings-scheduled-emu-football-players-slaying" name="standout" /> </p><p></p><p> <meta content="Murder, Eastern Michigan University, Football" name="news_keywords" /> </p><div>Two Detroit men face pre-trial hearings in the robbery and fatal shooting of Eastern Michigan University football player Demarius Reed. &nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The hearings are scheduled this afternoon for </span>Kristopher<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Pratt and Ed Thomas in </span>Washtenaw<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County Trial Court in Ann Arbor.</span></div><div> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 14:51:31 +0000 Associated Press 46778 at http://wemu.org Hearings Scheduled In EMU Football Player's Slaying Medical Marijuana Advocates Applaud U.S. House Vote http://wemu.org/post/medical-marijuana-advocates-applaud-us-house-vote <p>Local medical marijuana advocates are cheering the U.S. House for approving a measure that would prevent the DEA from using federal funds to conduct raids on licensed medical marijuana operations.</p><p></p><p></p><p>3rd Coast Compassion Center co-founder Jamie Lowell says it's a historic vote, but he'll also be watching the state legislature as it considers legislation that would affect the industry.&nbsp;</p><p>Charmie Gholson founded Michigan Moms United, and says she was elated to see the bi-partisan effort to reign in the DEA.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 17:51:34 +0000 Bob Eccles 46633 at http://wemu.org Medical Marijuana Advocates Applaud U.S. House Vote Forum To Focus On Federal Pardons, Expunging Criminal Records http://wemu.org/post/forum-focus-federal-pardons-expunging-criminal-records <p>Public Action Committee for Justice Thursday evening is holding a public forum on how to expunge criminal records and seek pardons for federal convictions.</p><p></p><p>Facilitator Judge Deborah A. Thomas will lead the discussion. The subject of pardons will be handled by attorney Christopher Blount. Attorney Robyn McCoy will talk about expunging criminal records.</p><p>The forum takes place from 6-8 p.m. at Brown Chapel AME CHurch, 1043 E. Michigan Avenue, in Ypsilanti.</p><p>The event is free to the public, and is not limited to Washtenaw County residents.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 15:50:10 +0000 Bob Eccles 46570 at http://wemu.org Forum To Focus On Federal Pardons, Expunging Criminal Records Tech Firm Expands In Ypsilanti http://wemu.org/post/tech-firm-expands-ypsilanti <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A Saginaw-based tech firm with an office in Ypsilanti has moved to a more visible location downtown.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Samsa had been offering website development and software and hardware support from a North Washington Street location, but has moved to 7 South Washington.&nbsp;</p><p>Company President Mike Stackhouse says Ypsilanti's location between Detroit and Ann Arbor is a good spot from which to serve residential and small to medium-sized business customers in southeast Michigan.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 23:58:31 +0000 Bob Eccles 46490 at http://wemu.org Tech Firm Expands In Ypsilanti As Summer Vacation Approaches Low-Income Food Programs Grow Important http://wemu.org/post/summer-vacation-approaches-low-income-food-programs-grow-important <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>With about one in six Washtenaw County children going hungry, free and reduced lunch programs are vital. As summer approaches <strong><a href="http://www.foodgatherers.org/" target="_blank">Food Gatherers</a></strong> and <strong><a href="http://www.ycschools.us/" target="_blank">Ypsilanti Community Schools</a></strong> are sponsoring <strong><a href="http://www.foodgatherers.org/?module=Page&amp;sID=summer-food" target="_blank">Summer Food Service Programs.</a></strong></div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></div><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 21:52:32 +0000 Andrew Cluley 46483 at http://wemu.org As Summer Vacation Approaches Low-Income Food Programs Grow Important Eastern Michigan University Hosting Discussion On Human Trafficking http://wemu.org/post/eastern-michigan-university-hosting-discussion-human-trafficking <div>Michigan lawmakers are considering efforts to fight human trafficking. &nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.emich.edu/wcen/" target="_blank">Eastern Michigan Unviersity's Women's Resource Center</a></strong> Thursday hosts Senators Rebekah Warren and Judy Emmons to share their proposals. &nbsp;</div><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 20:31:19 +0000 Andrew Cluley 46268 at http://wemu.org Eastern Michigan University Hosting Discussion On Human Trafficking Yankee Air Museum Close To Purchase Agreement http://wemu.org/post/yankee-air-museum-close-purchase-agreement <p>A leader of an effort to save a slice of Rosie the Riveter's old Michigan plant says his group soon will sign a purchase agreement for the property.</p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 17:35:21 +0000 Associated Press 45776 at http://wemu.org Yankee Air Museum Close To Purchase Agreement Awesome Grants Promoting Bike Program, Restoration Agriculture http://wemu.org/post/awesome-grants-promoting-bike-program-restoration-agriculture <div>The <strong><a href="http://www.awesomefoundation.org/en/chapters/ann-arbor" target="_blank">Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation</a></strong> is helping fund free bike valet service at some Ann Arbor events and efforts to plant edible landscapes and perennials .</div><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 12:14:58 +0000 Andrew Cluley 45733 at http://wemu.org Awesome Grants Promoting Bike Program, Restoration Agriculture Final ReImagine Washtenaw Report Released http://wemu.org/post/final-reimagine-washtenaw-report-released <p>The final <strong><a href="http://www.washtenawavenue.org/">ReImagine Washtenaw </a></strong>Report outlines changes designed to make the five-mile stretch of Washtenaw Avenue between Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti more transit-centered and bike and pedestrian friendly.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The plan calls for improvements such as large center medians and buffered bike lanes.&nbsp;</p><p>Communities along the corridor are expected to soon begin making some of the smaller changes outlined in the plan, like connecting sections of sidewalk that currently have gaps between them.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 06:01:26 +0000 Bob Eccles 45531 at http://wemu.org Final ReImagine Washtenaw Report Released Local Communities Earn 'Tree City USA' Status http://wemu.org/post/local-communities-earn-tree-city-usa-status <p>The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Arbor Day Foundation have given 125 communities in the state the "Tree City USA" certification for their efforts in 2013.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The program promotes proper tree management in urban areas and awareness for the economic, health and aesthetic benefits of trees.</p><p>Among the local communities receiving "Tree City USA" designation: Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Saline and the Village of Dexter.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 06:59:06 +0000 Bob Eccles & Associated Press 45457 at http://wemu.org Local Communities Earn 'Tree City USA' Status New Potential Tenant Announced For Thompson Block http://wemu.org/post/new-potential-tenant-announced-thompson-block <p>A nationally-recognized local brewer of organic tea and beer has signed a letter of intent to move into the Thompson Block in Ypsilanti's Depot Town.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Unity Vibration currently operates out of a facility on Ecorse Road in Ypsilanti Township.&nbsp;</p><p>Early plans call for a kitchen and tasting room in the Thompson Block.&nbsp;</p><p>Draft Magazine named one of Unity Vibration's beers as one of the 25 best of 2013.&nbsp;</p><p>Zingerman's and Espresso Royale have also signed letters of intent to move into the Thompson Block.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 06:56:41 +0000 Bob Eccles 45476 at http://wemu.org New Potential Tenant Announced For Thompson Block Transit Millage Approved By Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Township Voters http://wemu.org/post/transit-millage-approved-ann-arbor-ypsilanti-ypsilanti-township-voters <p><strong><a href="http://www.theride.org/" target="_blank">Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority</a></strong> riders can expect later service hours coming in August after voters in three communities approved a new transit tax. &nbsp;The <strong><a href="http://morebuses.org/" target="_blank">More Buses campaign</a></strong> is declaring victory with about 70 percent of the votes supporting the measure.</p><p> Wed, 07 May 2014 03:03:12 +0000 Andrew Cluley 45480 at http://wemu.org Transit Millage Approved By Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Township Voters ABC Microbrewery Now Open For Lunch http://wemu.org/post/abc-microbrewery-now-open-lunch <p>You have a new dining option for lunch in Ypsilanti. The Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery has responded to demand and changed its business hours to include lunch.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 06 May 2014 06:14:29 +0000 Bob Eccles 45384 at http://wemu.org ABC Microbrewery Now Open For Lunch 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 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 Senior Groups Supporting Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Millage http://wemu.org/post/senior-groups-supporting-ann-arbor-area-transportation-authority-millage <p>With the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Millage vote now less than a month away a wide variety of groups have endorsed the effort, including several agencies that work with seniors. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">As Ann Arbor, </span>Ypsilanti<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and </span>Ypsilanti<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Township consider a point-seven mill tax to pay for expanded Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority service, senior groups have consistently come out in support.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 04:28:03 +0000 Andrew Cluley 43990 at http://wemu.org Senior Groups Supporting Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Millage