Ypsilanti http://wemu.org en Family Dollar Construction Begins On Water Street http://wemu.org/post/family-dollar-construction-begins-water-street <p>Construction has begun on the site of a Family Dollar store on the Water Street re-development area.</p><p></p><p></p><p>An official groundbreaking will he held after the August 5th primary election, but construction machinery was busy at work on the site Tuesday, maneuvering around wooden stakes topped with pieces of fluttering fluorescent tape.&nbsp;</p><p>The sidewalk along Michigan Avenue is also marked with fluorescent spray paint.&nbsp;</p><p>The Family Dollar project is the first on Water Street to see construction begin since 1999.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:50:23 +0000 Bob Eccles 49504 at http://wemu.org Family Dollar Construction Begins On Water Street Washtenaw County Commission District 5 Candidates Discuss Public Safety http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-commission-district-5-candidates-discuss-public-safety <p>Roland Sizemore's announcement that he would not seek re-election to the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners in District 5 prompted four Democrats to file to replace him.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Keith Jason, Wilma Gold-Jones, Ruth Ann Jamnick and Victor Dobrin each would like to represent Ypsilanti and Augusta Townships on the board. Listen to thee candidates' thoughts on crime and public safety in the audio above.</p><p></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Bob Eccles 49327 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Commission District 5 Candidates Discuss Public Safety Got Burger! Receives Warm Welcome In Ypsilanti http://wemu.org/post/got-burger-receives-warm-welcome-ypsilanti <p>The owner of the new Got Burger! restaurant on Cross Street in Ypsilanti says the community has really welcomed him, and he looks forward to being an even bigger part of the community.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Haroun Mohammed says he'll be looking for ways to reach out.<br /><br />"Getting involved in the community, getting involved at EMU and other schools, and just trying to do what we can to give back," Mohammed says.</p><p>He says he chose the Cross Street location mainly because there weren't any other burger places around.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:16:20 +0000 Bob Eccles 49020 at http://wemu.org Got Burger! Receives Warm Welcome In Ypsilanti Eastern Michigan University Social Work Professor Honored For Lifetime Fighting For Social Justice http://wemu.org/post/eastern-michigan-university-social-work-professor-honored-lifetime-fighting-social-justice <div>An Eastern Michigan University professor has been honored for her efforts in social work. &nbsp;The Michigan chapter of the National Association of Social Workers gave Marjorie Ziefert a Lifetime Achievement award.</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:40:44 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48779 at http://wemu.org Eastern Michigan University Social Work Professor Honored For Lifetime Fighting For Social Justice 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