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The Corner Health Center

After a long career with Washtenaw County Public Health and spending the last five years leading The Corner Health Center in Ypsilanti, Ellen Clement is retiring.  Clement has helped guide The Corner through changes brought on by health care reform.

New Dock For Ypsilanti's Peninsular Park

Oct 28, 2014
Bob Eccles

With a new 'friends' group, the future of Ypsilanti's Peninsular Park is looking up.  And there's more good stuff happening in the park.

If you've ever canoed or kayaked the Huron River in Ypsilanti you know that getting your boat out of the water to portage around Peninsular dam can be a challenge.  The dock was falling apart.  But on Wednesday the Huron River Watershed Council celebrates the installation of a brand new dock in Peninsular Park. 

New Peninsular Park 'Friends' Group To Meet

Oct 28, 2014
Bob Eccles

You may not know much about Peninsular Park in Ypsilanti, but a newly formed "friends" group hopes to change that.  


Friends of Ypsilanti's Peninsular Park meets for the first time Wednesday evening. 

Bob Krzewinski is a member of Ypsilanti's Parks and Recreation Commission, which established the group.  He says the group's goals will include organizing volunteer clean-ups at the park off Leforge Road.


The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority thinks an express bus route between Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor would be a great idea.  The DDA is working to have the route included in the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's five-year plan.

DDA Executive Director Susan Pollay says the highest bus ridership for downtown workers currently is on the number four route along Washtenaw Avenue, and the number five route along Packard Road.


Two years ago, an Ypsilanti woman created the DiverseNote career management social networking site.  She's now been recognized by Crain's Detroit Business as one of the area's up-and-coming young business people.



The annual Chautauqua at the Riverside event has always been part of the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival - until now.  This year's event happens Saturday at the Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti.


Program Coordinator Val Kabat says they're packing a lot of good stuff into one day.  In fact, she sort of wishes they'd planned for two days.

"Because there were so many good programs to choose from," Kabat says.  "But it will give us a lot to work from next year."

Bob Eccles

A popular downtown Ypsilanti eatery is expanding its hours.  The owners have several reasons for deciding to stretch out a bit.

When you walk into Beezy's Cafe at lunchtime, you're usually hard pressed to find a seat.  That's one of the reasons owner Bee Roll is planning to keep Beezy's open evenings in the near future.

Creator Of Community Website Passing The Torch

Oct 7, 2014

A retired Ypsilanti school teacher created a website to help bring everything happening in the Ypsilanti community together in one place.  Now, she's looking for someone to take over the website.

Linda Jones exchanged her chalk for a website developer's hat when she retired a couple of years ago and created the AllThingsYpsi.com website. 

She says maintaining the site isn't hard.


The media landscape is changing.   Tomorrow's journalists will need to know how to write and how to prepare dynamic content like audio, video and graphics.  A new major at Eastern Michigan University will prepare students for this new reality.

Media Studies and Journalism combines aspects of Journalism and Electronic Media with Film Studies. Carol Schlagheck is coordinator of the journalism program.  She says this combination is already proving successful.  "Like Vinnie Goodwill who is covering the Detroit Pistons for the Detroit News is often on television granting interviews and he was a double major in electronic media and in journalism, which has worked for him, but this would make it so you don't have to double major, you can do this for your main track," Schlagheck says.

Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority
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The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's plans for increased bus service continue to move forward.  The authority expanded service this summer on 19 routes, and additional enhancements are planned next summer.  The budget for the authority's fiscal year that started this week includes a focus on vital equipment purchases.

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The city of Ypsilanti will have a new Mayor in a little over a month, and it looks as though it'll be Amanda Edmonds.


The Executive Director of Growing Hope faces a write-in challenge next month, but she's been gearing up for the new job by studying up on city board and commissions and their vacancies. 

She would be appointing members as Mayor.

Bob Eccles

A long-time downtown Ypsilanti eyesore appears to be getting a new lease on life.  The former Smith Furniture Store at 15 S. Washington Street has sat empty, collecting rainwater and mold, for about 20 years.

The building was sold at auction in August, and the people who bought the property have hired Stewart Beal to be their real estate broker. 

Beal is President of Beal Properties. 

His vision for the building is to create Washington Market + Shops - sort of a mini Kerrytown, with a grocery store or market surrounded by shops. 

Bob Eccles

Over 30 teams of filmmakers competed in the 2014 Ypsi 24 Hour Film Shootout Friday night through Saturday night.  I tagged along with one of the film crews whose night began at Cafe Ollie in Depot Town.

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A big crowd turned out Friday for a grand re-opening at Bona Sera Cafe in downtown Ypsilanti.  The restaurant now has a development liquor license, a tool the state created to help boost economic development.


It costs less than a normal liquor license, but it comes with the requirement that the business owner make at least $75,000 worth of improvements over a five-year period. 

ReImagine Washtenaw

Connecting Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, Washtenaw Avenue is the busiest street in the county.  An effort to give this corridor a more pedestrian friendly make-over is now five years old.  Most of the progress made so far is only on paper, but is expected to produce long term results.


Making a movie is challenging enough, but shooting and editing a film in just 24 hours?  That's the challenge facing about 30 film teams entered in the 2014 Ypsi 24 Hour Film Shootout, which begins Friday night.

Event founder and director Mark Ducker says films will have to include three elements revealed at the start of the competition, and the finished product must run between four and seven minutes. 

The film chosen as best of the best by a panel of judges will win a $1,000 cash prize.

Huron Valley Ambulance

Bobby Grams of Ypsilanti learned the value of dialing 9-1-1 in a health emergency first-hand last month.  Grams found his wife, Karen, lying on the flood of their home, not breathing and without a pulse, and dialed 9-1-1.

The call went to Huron Valley Ambulance dispatcher Tim Wilson, who guided Grams through chest compressions.

Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Route 46
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Taypayer funded improvements to the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority started rolling out a month ago.  

John Doe sat down with Jeremy Baldwin for a live performance and interview on the Roots Music Project ahead of his performance at the Ypsilanti Song Festival.

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Ann Arbor area residents will celebrate the local food movement tomorrow evening at the Seventh Annual Homegrown Festival.  A lot goes into taking produce from area farms to a finished dish to eat.

Festival Comes At Tough Time For Bees

Sep 1, 2014
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Ypsilanti is gearing up for a celebration of the honey bee, but it comes at a time when the very existence of bees is being threatened by pesticides and other problems.

Estimates are that honey bees are responsible for pollinating one-third of our food supply, so local bee keeper Jamie Berlin doesn't even want to think of a world without bees. 


If you have the day off Monday there's no shortage of events you can participate in to help celebrate working Americans.

The Detroit Jazz Festival wraps up Monday, as does the Saline Community Fair, being held at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds. 

Today's also your last chance to visit the traveling Vietnam Moving Wall at East Bennett Park in Whitmore Lake. 

Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Route 46
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The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority has rolled out its first service upgrades funded by the new transit millage.  On most routes service hours are extended, but Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township have an entirely new route. 


As colleges prepare for a new school year one of the first lessons taught will focus on sexual assualt education. Eastern Michigan University officials want the entire campus community to work together to prevent sexual violence.


The principal at Ypsilanti's Holmes Elementary School says they're making progress toward climbing out of the bottom 5 percent in the state's top-to-bottom rankings of schools.


The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education got an update from Charles Raski and other school staffers at Monday night's meeting.