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Anne Brown

Another candidate has entered the race to become the next Mayor of Ypsilanti.  Former Ypsilanti City Councilwoman Anne Brown becomes the second to announce a bid to succeed current and outgoing Mayor Amanda Edmonds.  Democratic 2nd Ward city councilwoman Beth Bashert announced her candidacy prior to Edmonds announcing her decision not to seek a second term in office. 


Threads All Arts Festival

This week, Art and Soul is about the vibrant visual arts scene in our area.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry is joined by Omari Rush, executive director of Culturesource and chair of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.  They are also joined by an organizer of the upcoming Threads All Arts Festival in Ypsilanti, Nicole Patrick.

The State of Michigan is in the process of revising its Lead and Copper rule.  The decisions made could impact whether we see another situation like the Flint Water Crisis occur in Michigan.  What should, and could, happen as the public comment period winds down, is the topic of conversation on this month's edition of WEMU's 1st Friday Focus on the Environment. 

Amanda Edmonds
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Amanda Edmonds says it is with "mixed heart and spirit" that she will not seek a second term as the Mayor of Ypsilanti.  In an exclusive announcement on 89-1 WEMU, Edmonds expressed gratitude for the opportunity serve and is looking forward to a new chapter in life.  Hear the full interview and read Edmonds' formal announcement below. 

Debbie Dingell

12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell is hosting a special town hall meeting Thursday, February 22nd to discuss Ypsilanti's ongoing mail service issues.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry discussed the upcoming community meeting with the congresswoman.

Lisa Barry

Five year-old Ziare Gunn, a student at the Ford Early Learning Center in Ypsilanti, is gaining a lot of recognition for memorizing and reciting a special poem for Black History Month.  He joined 89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry in studio along with his grandmother and teacher and shares the poem with WEMU listeners, saying it "makes his heart feel good."

Lisa Barry

Dozens of Ypsilanti High School and Middle School students will be treated to a special film opening next month thanks to a local fundraising campaign that exceeded expectations.

Mark Maynard

Citizens and business owners concerned about the future of Ypsilanti are getting together this coming weekend for an Unconference to share ideas about the future of the community.

The Unconference is the idea of local businessman and blogger Mark Maynard who says it’s a get-together with no set agenda and no guaranteed outcome.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke to Maynard about the upcoming event.

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.

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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.