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Lisa Barry

As the clock ticks towards the expiration of a development proposal for the Water Street property in Ypsilanti, 89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke to Ypsilanti Community and Economic Director Beth Ernat.


Meals on Wheels
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For years, the Meals on Wheels organizations in Washtenaw County have provided hot meals to those in need on Thanksgiving Day.  And this year will not be an exception.  


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

As part of the Thanksgiving celebration, churches in Washtenaw County are opening their doors to help feed the public.  With this story, we continue with our series on how different people celebrate the holiday in our county.
 


Lisa Barry

Thanksgiving is typically a time when family and friends get together, but not everyone is fortunate enough to have that experience.

An Ypsilanti restaurant is offering free Thanksgiving dinners Thursday as a way of giving back to the community.

City of Ypsilanti

Time has run out for completing an agreement to move forward on a proposed development for Ypsilanti's Water Street property.

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry reports a top Ypsilanti city official is saying the proposed International Village development will not take place.


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

A Washtenaw County church is taking steps to improve its security measures after a gunman killed 26 people at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
 


Winter Art Tour

On this week’s "Art & Soul," 89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks to Omari Rush, the executive director of CultureSource, and Cara Rosaen, the lead organizer of the Winter Art Tour, which is happening the weekend of December 8-10 in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.

Lisa Barry

The mayors of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti shared updates on their cities during an Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Regional Chamber gathering Wednesday.

Greogory A. Fournier / https://fornology.blogspot.com/

Mary Terese Fleszar was last seen alive the evening of July 9, 1967.  Her body was found on an abandoned farm in Superior Township just about one month later.  Investigators didn’t know it then, but this was the beginning of a series of murders attributed to John Norman Collins.  These horrific acts of violence held our community in terror until Collins’ arrest in July 1969.  On this week’s "Hidden in Plain Sight," WEMU’s Patrick Campion meets up with “Terror in Ypsilanti” author Gregory Fournier to take us on a tour of some of the sites and sounds associated with the “Michigan Murderer” who preyed on Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti co-eds for two years.


Lisa Barry

In the midst of some political controversies involving the future of Ypsilanti, a special arts event is planned for Friday to bring light to the city and help visitors and residents re-imagine what they see around them every day.


Lisa Barry

Being a mom is hard, regardless of who you are or what your background may be.  It’s even harder for those who may not have the support they need.

In our ongoing series “Hidden in Plain Sight,” 89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry takes you to the Corner Health Center in Ypsilanti--a comprehensive teen health center, also providing special care and programs for young mothers.


Courtesy Photo / elishagoldstein.com

Can you train your brain to be more positive? Psychologist Elisha Goldstein, co-founder of the Center for Mindful Living in Los Angeles, is coming to Ann Arbor in early November, and he thinks you can with a bit of practice. In this week’s "Art and Soul," 89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry speaks with him to learn more.


Doug Coombe / Concentrate Ann Arbor

Washington Street in Ypsilanti is becoming home to a number of new businesses.  In this week's 'On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion learns more about new business development from Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly and the owners of 17 North, Melinda Ann O'Neill and Brad Angle.


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

There is no doubt that Washtenaw County has many historic and beautiful buildings.  But have you ever wondered who helps keep those structures looking the way they do?  As part of our "Hidden in Plain Sight" series, 89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan interviewed workers who do just that.


The City of Ypsilanti

Metro Times reporter Tom Perkins has been closely following the proposed international development for Ypsilanti's Water Street property.  He talks about a recent Ypsilanti City Council hearing on the controversy surrounding who paid for a trip by four city officials who recently went to China.

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talked with Perkins about where things stand and what comes next.


Courtesy Photo / Concentrate Media

Each week, WEMU is sitting down with Brianna Kelly from Concentrate Media to discuss their latest work on the "On The Ground Ypsilanti" project.  Today, they talk about Ypsilanti's progress in improving and expanding its public housing system.


Lisa Barry

Several special ceremonies are planned for later this week in Ypsilanti, as two student-created art murals are unveiled.  They were created, curated, and funded by Ypsilanti High School art students.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry was there as they were recently installed.


Mark Maynard

One local community is taking an unconventional approach to documenting its history.


Courtesy Photo / Concentrate Media

Each week, WEMU is sitting down with Brianna Kelly from Concentrate Media to discuss their latest work on the "On The Ground Ypsilanti" project.  Today, we meet local sculptor and Eastern Michigan University graduate Elize Jekabsen. 


Andrew Sacks

Barbers across Ypsilanti are taking an unconventional approach to combating illiteracy in the community.  89.1’s Lisa Barry spoke with filmmaker Andy Sacks, Ryan Griffin of Griff’s Unlimited Cutz, and Riley Peterson, also known as Riley the Barber, about a local program aimed at encouraging young children to read.  And now, a local filmmaker has created a documentary about the program that will be shown locally and on public TV.


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

In our daily drives this time of year, we frequently encounter cyclists on the paths and roadways around town.  More often than not, we continue on our journey without another thought about the person we see riding to points unknown.  Sometimes, there is a more going on than meets the eye. In this installment of WEMU’s “Hidden in Plain Sight" series, Jorge Avellan takes you inside a program that is helping those with disabilities pedal to greater independence. 


Lisa Barry

A special "comic-con" type event is being planned in Ypsilanti called "Hero Nation-Ypsilanti."

Organizer Jermaine Dickerson says it's an event designed to give a voice to those who might not feel heard.  It celebrates superheroes and diversity with the mission that everyone has a hero inside of themselves that deserves to be celebrated.

Dickerson joined 89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry for a conversation about the free, family-friendly event taking place on September 9th at the Parkridge Community Center from 1-6 p.m.


Water Street
Courtesy Photo / City of Ypsilanti

After narrowly defeating a similar proposal one year ago, Ypsilanti voters have approved a millage increase to pay off debt from the failed Water Street redevelopment project. 


Ypsilanti District Library

August 21st is the day there will be a total eclipse of the sun in North America.  Locally, it will be seen as a partial eclipse with 85 to 90 percent of the sun covered by the moon in the early afternoon.  There are several local watching events, including at the Ypsilanti District Library.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke with Molly Beedon, youth services librarian for the Ypsilanti District Library, who talks about the NASA expert coming to speak on the day of the eclipse and that they have special eclipse watching glasses they are giving away.


Lisa Barry

This week’s Art and Soul is about the culinary arts in our area.  89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry is joined by local food expert and blogger Jessica Webster as they speak to the founder and owner of Go! Ice Cream in Ypsilanti, now celebrating its first anniversary at their downtown location.


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