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Fair Housing Center
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The Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan, which is located in Washtenaw County, has relaunched a 1994 campaign to foster welcoming communities. 


Every Monday morning, the executive director of the CivCity Initiative joins WEMU's David Fair for a conversation on topics pertinent to Washtenaw County and the city of Ann Arbor.  Mary Morgan will provide news, analysis, commentary and explain the various ways residents can become more engaged.


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This week, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution condemning hate and violence. The measure follows the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia and the racists and antisemitic vandalism that took place at the Ann Arbor skatepark. The measure passed with all eight commissioners who were present, voting in favor.  One commissioner was absent. Here is the resolution, in it's entirety: 

Washtenaw County Public Health
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The Washtenaw County Health Department has a new suicide prevention support group for parents.

Lisa Barry

There are many ways to try and uplift a community, and several Washtenaw County artists are trying to do that by creating and installing wings around town.

I spoke with some of the wing creators and shares their purpose and passion about what started as a global effort:


Every Monday morning, the executive director of the CivCity Initiative joins WEMU's David Fair for a conversation on topics pertinent to Washtenaw County and the city of Ann Arbor.  Mary Morgan will provide news, analysis, commentary and explain the various ways residents can become more engaged.

Ypsilanti
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Like many states, Michigan began observing the Labor Day holiday in 1894.  Washtenaw County played a role in developing the movement before it became a holiday.  


12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) is co-sponsor of a measure aimed at creating greater support for the creative industries, including artists. The legislation is known as the CREATE Act. In this week's edition of  creative:impact, WEMU's David Fair and President and CEO of  The Arts Alliance, Deb Polich, learn kmore about what passage of the bill would mean, locally.


Several elected officials will update the public and listen to concerns this week on the ongoing 1.4 dioxane contamination plume int he Ann Arbor area. Changes in parking enforcement are under discussion. How can you participate? Find out in this week's "Civic Matters" with WEMU's David Fair and Mary Morgan of the CivCity Initiative. 


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The City of Ann Arbor’s Climate Action Plan says walking reduces overall greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion, while improving our health.  But, walking can be risky.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, a pedestrian dies after being hit by a car every 1.6 hours in the United States.  Understandably, many people feel safer behind the wheel, than in front of it.  How can people get across the street safely?  There is considerable debate over best strategies.  In this installment of WEMU’s “Green Room” series, Barbara Lucas explores a tip that could be a complement to all. 


Creative industries in Washtenaw County add hundreds of millions of dollars to the local economy.  In the weeks and months to come, 89.1. WEMU's David Fair and co-host Deb Polich, the President and CEO of The Arts Alliance, explore the myriad of contributors that make up the creative sector in Washtenaw County.   


On the heels of Monday night's community forum on opioid epidemic and related mental health and public safety issues at Saline High School, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell joined WEMU's David Fair to add to the conversation. The 12th district Democrat from Dearborn shared her family's addiction issues and discussed the need for a change in the social and legislative approach to garner more positive outcomes.  


Opioid
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To address the opioid crisis in Washtenaw County, the Sheriff's Office, along with U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and U.S. Congressman Tim Walberg, hosted a forum on the issue.  It attracted over 200 people to Saline High School where it was held. 


Opioid
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The opioid epidemic is nationwide and increasing in severity.  That includes Washtenaw County and the state of Michigan.  Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton, Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, and Republican Representative Tim Walberg will host a community awareness forum on the issue in Saline tonight. 

Every Monday morning, the executive director of the CivCity Initiative joins WEMU's David Fair  for a conversation on topics pertinent to Washtenaw County and the city of Ann Arbor. Mary Morgan will provide news, analysis, commentary and explain the various ways residents can become more engaged. 


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Nearly 70 community leaders, many of them Washtenaw County elected officials, gathered today for a policy forum to address the growing need for affordable housing for senior citizens. 


Creative industries in Washtenaw County add hundreds of millions of dollars to the local economy.  In the weeks and months to come, 89.1. WEMU's David Fair explores how funding works to support the arts and humanities with the President and CEO of The Arts Alliance, Deb Polich. 


The August primaries are over and the focus shifts to November. That is only a part of the conversation between David Fair and Mary Morgan of the CivCity Initiative in the weekly WEMU feature, "Civic Matters." 


Ballot Box
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It was a relatively light day at the ballot box Tuesday in Washtenaw County.  In the end, all ballot issues passed, and one incumbent lost in the four, contested primary races for Ann Arbor City Council. 

Courtesy photo / Deb Polich

Creative industries in Washtenaw County add hundreds of millions of dollars to the local economy. In the weeks and months to come, 89.1 WEMU will explore the people, places and things that serve as the driving force behind one of Michigan's strongest cultural hubs.


Primary elections day is Tuesday and there are five communities in Washtenaw County headed to the polls. However, turnout is only expected to be in the 12-13 percent range. In this week's edition of "Civic Matters" WEMU's David Fair and Mary Morgan of the CivCity Initiative discuss a variety of issues, including what appears to be a decline in civic engagement. 


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A forward-thinking housing project in Ann Arbor is closer to reality.  The Board of Commissioners this week agreed, in principle, to sell a county-owned parcel of land on Platt Rd. for a development to be known as, "Verdian at County Farm."   WEMU's David Fair delves inside the project with the the driving force behind the project, Matt Grocoff, principal at Thrive Collaborative. 

Air Quality
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It has been a rather warm 2017 summer.  So far, there have been four Air Quality Alert, or Ozone Action Days, recorded.  These are days that pose heightened environmental and public health risks.  In this week’s “Issues of the Environment,” WEMU’s David Fair learns more about the region's air quality in a conversation with the Senior Meteorologist for the Michigan Departmentt of Environmental Quality - Air Quality Division, Jim Haywood


Lisa Barry

On the road to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, Melvin Parson inherited a small garden patch in Ann Arbor from a friend who had recently passed away.  That sparked his interest in agriculture.  As he looked into it, he noticed a lack of diversity in those selling and buying fresh produce inspiring him to one day create a world-class urban farm.

89-1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry met Melvin at his current garden location in Ypsilanti Township and shares his story…

Landfill
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More local events organizers are choosing to utilize the services of "Zero Waste Washtenaw" and move towards a day when absolutely none of the waste generated ends up in a landfill.  In this week’s edition of  "Issues of the Environment," WEMU’S David Fair gets an update on progress in a conversation with Noelle Bowman, a Washtenaw County Solid Waste Program Specialist. 


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