Ypsilanti

Bob Eccles

Ypsilanti Community Schools Superintendent Laura Lisiscki says the district's first year included plenty of challenges and achievements.

She says the district focused on its core values in making advances in cultural proficiencies, project-based learning and partnerships with institutions like Washtenaw Community College. 

Family Dollar Construction Begins On Water Street

Jul 29, 2014
Bob Eccles

Construction has begun on the site of a Family Dollar store on the Water Street re-development area.

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. 

The sidewalk along Michigan Avenue is also marked with fluorescent spray paint. 

The Family Dollar project is the first on Water Street to see construction begin since 1999. 

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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.

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.

Got Burger! Receives Warm Welcome In Ypsilanti

Jul 21, 2014
Bob Eccles

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.

Haroun Mohammed says he'll be looking for ways to reach out.

"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.

He says he chose the Cross Street location mainly because there weren't any other burger places around.  

Marjorie Ziefert
Eastern Michigan University

An Eastern Michigan University professor has been honored for her efforts in social work.  The Michigan chapter of the National Association of Social Workers gave Marjorie Ziefert a Lifetime Achievement award.    

Michigan Elvisfest
Michigan Elvisfest

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 Michigan Elvisfest in Ypsilanti's Riverside Park.  


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Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels Executive Director Alison Foreman's first year on the job was anything but ordinary.

Just four weeks into the job, she faced a government shutdown that threatened to put her program out of business. 

Since then, things have gone much more smoothly. 

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. 

The family of a teenager fatally shot in Ypsilanti early Saturday morning needs help paying for his funeral arrangements. 

17 year-old Keon Washington died after being shot while in the 500 block of Madison Street. 

It wasn't long after a reward of $2,500 was announced that police arrested a suspect. 

19 year-old Keandre Duff is being held in the Washtenaw County jail on $70,000 bond.  He faces charges that include assault with intent to murder and carrying a concealed weapon. 

IBEW Endorses Debbie Dingell

Jul 3, 2014
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Congressional hopeful Debbie Dingell has been endorsed by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

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.

Debbie Dingell says she's honored the IBEW has chosen to endorse her.

"They're the backbone of the American economy," Dingell says.  "They represent so much about what's right for our community, and I will be a fighter for them and it means a lot to me that they know I will be."

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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.

AAATA says it will begin offering extended hours on many routes starting August 24th. 

It will also start a new route with hourly service between the Ypsilanti District Library and the Ypsilanti Transit Center.

Find a complete listing of transit improvements coming in August online:

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If you'll be driving in the Ypsilanti area Saturday morning, plan on dodging street closures necessary to hold the annual Color Run.

Streets will be closed at 7 a.m. with the 5-K race and walk scheduled to start at 8.  Among the affected streets:

emich.edu

Eastern Michigan University is increasing funding for public safety and financial aid next school year.  The board of regents today approved a $301.9 million general fund budget.  


Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

The combination of an aging population and retiring doctors is creating a shortage of primary care physicians.  Eastern Michigan University and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System are teaming up on a new Physician Assistant program that will help address the problem.  


Eastern Michigan University

Two Detroit men face pre-trial hearings in the robbery and fatal shooting of Eastern Michigan University football player Demarius Reed.    The hearings are scheduled this afternoon for Kristopher Pratt and Ed Thomas in Washtenaw County Trial Court in Ann Arbor.

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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.

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. 

Charmie Gholson founded Michigan Moms United, and says she was elated to see the bi-partisan effort to reign in the DEA.

PACJ

Public Action Committee for Justice Thursday evening is holding a public forum on how to expunge criminal records and seek pardons for federal convictions.

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.

The forum takes place from 6-8 p.m. at Brown Chapel AME CHurch, 1043 E. Michigan Avenue, in Ypsilanti.

The event is free to the public, and is not limited to Washtenaw County residents.

Tech Firm Expands In Ypsilanti

May 27, 2014

  A Saginaw-based tech firm with an office in Ypsilanti has moved to a more visible location downtown.

Samsa had been offering website development and software and hardware support from a North Washington Street location, but has moved to 7 South Washington. 

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.

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  With about one in six Washtenaw County children going hungry, free and reduced lunch programs are vital. As summer approaches Food Gatherers and Ypsilanti Community Schools are sponsoring Summer Food Service Programs.

 
Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University

Michigan lawmakers are considering efforts to fight human trafficking.  Eastern Michigan Unviersity's Women's Resource Center Thursday hosts Senators Rebekah Warren and Judy Emmons to share their proposals.  


Willow Run Bomber Plant
Bob Eccles / 89.1 WEMU

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.

Abundant Michigan Permaculture Ypsilanti
Abundant Michigan Permaculture Ypsilanti

The Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation is helping fund free bike valet service at some Ann Arbor events and efforts to plant edible landscapes and perennials .


Final ReImagine Washtenaw Report Released

May 8, 2014
ReImagine Washtenaw
washtenawavenue.org

The final ReImagine Washtenaw 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.

The plan calls for improvements such as large center medians and buffered bike lanes. 

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.

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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.

The program promotes proper tree management in urban areas and awareness for the economic, health and aesthetic benefits of trees.

Among the local communities receiving "Tree City USA" designation: Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Saline and the Village of Dexter.

Bob Eccles

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.

Unity Vibration currently operates out of a facility on Ecorse Road in Ypsilanti Township. 

Early plans call for a kitchen and tasting room in the Thompson Block. 

Draft Magazine named one of Unity Vibration's beers as one of the 25 best of 2013. 

Zingerman's and Espresso Royale have also signed letters of intent to move into the Thompson Block.

Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Bus
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority riders can expect later service hours coming in August after voters in three communities approved a new transit tax.  The More Buses campaign is declaring victory with about 70 percent of the votes supporting the measure.


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