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Local News
6:43 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

ReImagine Washtenaw Holds Public Workshops

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ReImagine Washtenaw is holding a series of public workshops.  WEMU's Bob Eccles interviewed project manager Nathan Voght.

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Education
8:12 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Ypsilanti Community Schools Schedule and Transportation Plan Near Completion

The unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board last night talked about proposed bell times, transportation details and a district calendar for Ypsilanti Community Schools.  WEMU's Bob Eccles was there, and filed this report. 

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Business
5:54 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Locally Sourced, Bike Delivery Ice Cream to come to Ypsilanti

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Soon Ypsilanti residents will be able to have ice cream delivered at  home, with future plans to expand to Ann Arbor in the near future. WEMU's Bob Eccles sits down with Rob Hess,  of Go! Ice Cream to talk about his passion for ice cream and cycling.

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Public Safety
5:01 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Ypsi Firefighters to Present Hybrid Police/Fire Concerns to City Council

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It looks as though Ypsilanti City Council will go ahead and allow the city's firefighters union to make a presentation on why it believes a hybrid police and fire model is wrong for Ypsilanti. 

City Manager Ralph Lange has recommended cross-training police to also respond to fires as a way to make the best use of city employees. 

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Transportation
6:27 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Ypsilanti Makes Request To Join AATA

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The City of Ypsilanti has made a formal request to join the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the details in his report. 

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Business
7:22 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Proposed Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Moratorium in Ypsilanti Delayed

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As of today, there are six medical marijuana dispensaries in Ypsilanti and one grow facility. Some on city council believe that's enough. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, a proposed moratorium on new dispensaries went before city council last night, but no decision was reached. 

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Marijuana In Ypsilanti
9:19 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Question Before Ypsilanti City Council

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There are several items on the Ypsilanti City Council agenda tonight. AS WEMU's Bob Eccles explains, among the more interesting is consideration of a moratorium on licenses for new medical marijuana dispensaries.

Make sure to catch "Morning Edition"  with WEMU's David Fair on Wednesday for a full wrap-up of this evenings Ypsilanti City Council meeting.

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Community
9:47 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Ypsilanti Pride Day Marks 18th Anniversary on Saturday

Credit courtesy: ypsi pride facebook

Spring clean-up and community beautification projects will be found throughout Ypsilanti on Saturday.

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Community
8:26 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Local cyclists organize 'Ride of Silence' in Ann Arbor, Ypsilani

The "Ride of Silence" takes place tonight, locally and around the country. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, cyclists from Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor will take part in the event honoring riders who have been hurt and killed.

For more info: RideofSilence.org

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Government
7:48 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Ypsilanti City Council Continues Budget Discussion

Ypsilanti City Council held a budget session Tuesday night. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, the talk centered on Water Street and the Police and Fire budgets.

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Transportation
5:46 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Next Week Is 'Bike-Bus-Walk Week' In Ypsilanti

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May 12th through the 18th is "Bike-Bus-Walk Week" in Ypsilanti.  WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with Bob Krzewinski, a member of the Ypsilanti Non-Motorized Committee and Bike Ypsi, about the week's events.

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Unfied School Board
6:56 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Unified School Board Discusses Naming Rights for District Facilities

The Unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board last night talked about setting guidelines for naming Ypsilanti Community Schools facilities.  WEMU's Bob Eccles reports on the details

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Local News
6:26 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Unification Of Ypsilanti And Willow Run School Districts Fast Approaching

WISD Superintendent Scott Menzel
Credit Bob Eccles

The process of  unifying the Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts into Ypsilanti Community Schools is rolling along.  The new district is officially "born" on July 1.  WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with Washtenaw Intermediate School District Superintendent Scott Menzel about the unification process, and what's left to do before the end of June.

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Government
8:56 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Ypsilanti approves a Water Street Development Project

Ypsilanti City Council has approved a purchase agreement for a portion of the Water Street Property. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, the action will result in a new, Family Dollar Store.

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Local News
5:13 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

YCS Chooses Former NFL Player As Athletic Director

Lamanzer Williams
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Ypsilanti Community Schools will have a former National Football League player as its first Athletic Director. 

Lamanzer Williams has approved an offer to assume the position when the district is officially created on July 1st. 

Williams played football with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins, along with the Berlin Thunder in NFL Europe. 

He's a Willow Run High School Hall-of-Fame inductee who has earned degrees from Eastern Michigan University, Concordia Chicago University and Grand Valley State University. 

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Local News
7:27 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Pay Scale Approved For Ypsilanti Community Schools Teachers, Principals

(left to right) Unified school board members Tony VanDerworp and Celeste Hawkins and board Vice-President Don Garrett, Jr.
Credit Bob Eccles

The unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board has approved a performance-based compensation system for Ypsilanti Community Schools teachers and principals. 

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Education
10:50 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Ypsi-Willow Run Unified School Board Approves Mascot, Colors

It’s official – the mascot for Ypsilanti Community Schools is the Grizzlies, and the school colors are black and “Vegas” gold.  

The unified school board Thursday night accepted the recommendation of its Name and Identity Advisory Group. 

A new mascot and colors means buying things like new uniforms and signs.  Washtenaw Intermediate School District Superintendent Scott Menzel says that’ll be covered by a six million dollar grant from the state.

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Local News
1:25 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Students Choose 'Grizzlies' For YCS Mascot

Students in the Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts have voted, and it looks like the mascot for the new Ypsilanti Community Schools will be the Grizzlies. 

Students in grades seven through 12 voted, and more than 45 percent chose Grizzlies.  A little over 30 percent liked Trailblazers, and Flyers got less than 20 percent of the vote. 

The unified Willow Run-Ypsilanti school board Thursday night will consider a recommendation from its Name and Identity Advisory Group that it approve Grizzlies as the mascot, along with a black and "Vegas" gold color combination.

Local News
10:07 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Late-Night Re-Consideration Saves Ypsilanti Police Contract

Ypsilanti city council Tuesday night approved a contract with the city's police officers union.  The approval followed a tie vote earlier in the meeting that rejected the contract.

Council members Brian Robb, Susan Moeller and Pete Murdock had voted "no" on the contract.  Moeller wasn't happy that the contract didn't include raises.  Robb wanted pension costs for Police Officers Association members capped, similar to the city's contract with the Command Officers Association.  Council member Daniel Vogt was not present at the meeting.

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Ypsilanti City Council
9:39 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Ypsi Council Update: Dollar Store, Water Street, & AATA

The 2010 aerial below shows the redevelopment area; however, there are no structures remaining on the site.
Credit The City of Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti's city council got an update on the Family Dollar store proposal for the Water Street development area Tuesday night.   Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

In other action Tuesday night, Ypsilanti's city council voted to become of member of the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority.  

Also, with only six councilmembers present, approval of a new contract with the Ypsilanti Police Officers Associaton failed on a 3-3 vote.

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Local News
3:44 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

YCS Internal Teacher Interviews Wrapping Up, Process Has Had Glitches

The interview process for internal Ypsilanti and Willow Run teacher candidates who want to continue their work with Ypsilanti Community Schools next year is just about over. 

Ypsilanti Education Association President Krista Boyer says Ypsilanti teachers have been notified that all but three of their internal candidates have been interviewed, with the last interviews taking place next week. 

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Ypsilanti
9:49 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Studio Helps 'Shape Ypsi' Effort

Ypsilanti residents have been taking advantage of the opportunity to let the design team handling the city's master plan update know what's on their minds.  WEMU's Bob Eccles stopped by a downtown studio where the team has been talking with residents about the process.

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Ypsi City Council
10:24 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Ypsi City Council Member Proposes Having Charter Amendments At The Ready

Ypsilanti City Council member Pete Murdock
Credit Bob Eccles

One Ypsilanti city council member thinks it would be wise for the city to be ready to add some charter amendment issues to the ballot in the event the state puts a road construction funding issue up for a vote. 

Council member Pete Murdock has four charter amendments in mind, most of which have been previously recommended by the city’s Charter Commission. 

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Ypsilanti
3:39 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

You Can Help 'Shape Ypsi' This Week

Ypsilanti residents have a chance to help design the city's future at a series of meetings this week.  It's part of the process for updating the city's master plan. Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

  Shape Ypsi

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Local News
4:48 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Principals Hired For Ypsilanti Community Schools

The new unified Ypsilanti and Willow Run school district is expected to hire nine principals, and six of those jobs have now been filled by internal candidates from both districts. 

Nearly two dozen internal candidates applied for the jobs, and some may find other positions with Ypsilanti Community Schools. 

Washtenaw Intermediate School District Superintendent Scott Menzel says there are three principal positions yet to fill, and those will likely go to external candidates.

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