The line began forming early today, and the rally is still hours away. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is bringing his presidential campaign to Ypsilanti today. His "Future To Believe In Rally at Eastern Michigan University" gets underway at 2:30 this afternoon. Doors to the EMU Convocation Center will open at 12:30. The event is free and open to the public, on a first come, first serve basis. Sanders is making the Michigan appearance in advance of the March 8th presidential primary election. The Independent is running for the Democratic nomination against former U.S. Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton.
Best wishes one and all for a Happy New Year! Make sure you are setting aside the time needed to see all the award nominated films from 2015 as well as all the top films chosen by national movie critics. WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director and CEO Russ Collins cover it for you as part of "Cinema Chat."
Should you walk or drive through Ypsilanti, you may come across some new artwork. The murals were created by some of the area's young people to send messages about immigration and African-American History. We spent time with the artists and has their story in this special feature.
Jorge Avellan reports on Ypsilanti youth mural projects that have both mission and message
Ypsilanti City Manager Ralph Lange says a report by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority showing a potential health threat to future residents of the Water Street redevelopment project isn't accurate.
There will be a little bit of everything in the new community center opening soon in downtown Ypsilanti on Main Street. Ricky Herbert, the creator of "Lampshade" says they plan to hold entertainment events as well as house a coffee shop, book store and a revolving art display featuring the works of local artists. It's a performance space -music venue with classes,events, talks, and panels expected to be held there.
Every year, thousands of residents in Washtenaw county (and nearby Wayne county) go to Hope Medical Clinic on the south side of Ypsilanti for free food and medical care. The executive director, Matt Hudson says they err on the side of compassion and will assist anyone who comes to them for help.
Just recently they re-purposed an old building on Harriett Street as a farm stand to hand out free produce to those in need several times a week. They are partners with Food Gatherers which grows and donates some of the free produce.
Football fans around the country been cheering on and celebrating the student athletes, each cheering on their own team.
But, the thing that we all have in common is a heavy heart from yet another deadly school shooting, the latest of which took place in Oregon. Today we'd like to introduce you to two Eastern Michigan University students who have brought positive national attention to the school by sending out an impassioned, important, and highly emotional message.
The conversation on funding for the Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority will soon come to conclusion. Ypsilanti City Council next week, is expected to make a decision on how to spend an expected surplus in property taxes from businesses in Depot Town.
The Ypsilanti Housing Commission has received $90,000 from the Kresge Foundation and other groups like the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, KeyBank and Goldman Sachs. The funds will allow help provide a social worker to work one-on-one with low income families in need.
Groups in Washtenaw County received a total of $891,055, the third highest amount in the state of Michigan. This was approximately a 19% increase from previous year's total of $749,984 to fund arts and cultural programs in the area.
City Manager Ralph Lange says to maintain Ypsilanti’s roads, not including reconstructing or building new, it would cost the city roughly $2.5 million per year. He says that amount of money is simply not available.
"We just don’t have enough money to put two and a half million dollars in the roads every year.”