12:03 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Public Invited to Forum on Year-Round School for Ypsilanti Community Schools

Credit Bob Eccles

The public is invited to an open forum Saturday on Ypsilanti Community Schools' plan to move to a balanced calendar for the 2014-15 school year.

The district had planned to go to year-round school this year, but didn't have enough time to make the necessary adjustments.

Saturday's forum is being held in the Ypsilanti Community High School auditorium, at 2095 Packard Road, starting at 9 a.m.

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1:53 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Voters To Decide in May if They will Pay For Expanded Transit Service

Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority officials hope to begin making service upgrades in August.  That’s if voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township pass a .7 mill tax that will be on the May ballot. 

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3:07 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

WISD Superintendent Menzel Talks About Making Up Snow Days

As the state debates how best to have school district make up snow days, there's no question how the superintendent of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District would prefer to address the issue.  

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3:19 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Count Day appears to have been Kind to Ypsilanti Community Schools

Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education President David Bates (l) and Superintendent Scott Menzel (r).
Credit Bob Eccles

Student count day appears to have shown a substantial rise in the number of students in Ypsilanti Community Schools.  

Superintendent Scott Menzel says unaudited numbers from Wednesday's count showed 4547 students in class - 55 more than in the fall.  

It's possible some students who may have been out sick or not in school for another legitimate reason could be added to the total.  

Similarly, not all the students counted Wednesday may be the "full-time equivalent" students the state uses to determine funding for school districts.  

It'll be several weeks before the official numbers are known.  

Wednesday's count represents 10 percent of the funding equation, while the fall count represents 90 percent.

10:33 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Under-performing Schools Report to Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education last night received quarterly reports from two under-performing schools that have caught the state's eye. 

The Principals of Holmes and Estabrook Elementary schools outlined steps they're taking to improve student achievement.

At Holmes Elementary, things like having breakfast in classrooms and staggering dismissal times have helped cut fighting and expulsions by half. 

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10:30 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Listen to the Ypsilanti Community High School Chamber Singers Serenade School Board

Credit YCS Courtesy photo

The Ypsilanti Community High School Chamber Singers sang for the Board of Education Monday night.

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Public Safety
10:26 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Hydrant Alert

Snow is wet, and made of nothing more than frozen water. So, it may seem strange to consider it a fire hazard. But, it is. Because there has been so much snow, many of the road plows have been creating huge snow mounds that cover up fire hydrants. 

Some property owners also pile up around the hydrants in an effort to clear a path for their vehicles. Ypsilanti Township Fire Chief Eric Copeland tells 89.1 WEMU News, that could delay the time in which the fire department can respond to a fire. If they can’t find the hydrant, they can’t fight the fire on your property. Chief Copeland asks,  if you have a fire hydrant near your property, take a few minutes and shovel it out so it is both visible and accessible.

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8:51 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

ReImagine Washtenaw Right-of-Way Plan Presented

Meeting attendees check out the plan and ask questions.
Credit Bob Eccles

ReImagine Washtenaw presented its right-of-way plan to the public at a meeting Tuesday night. 

The plan covers the corridor from the water tower in Ypsilanti to the Washtenaw-Stadium split in Ann Arbor.

Ypsilanti city council member Pete Murdock says the city is dealing with a lot of traffic issues as part of its master plan revision, and those will have to be coordinated with ReImagine Washtenaw.

The ReImagine Washtenaw right-of-way plan includes improvements such as refuge islands to help pedestrians safely cross the street, buffered bike lanes, and eight "super stops" for Ann Arbor Area Transportation busses along the corridor. 

The next step in the implementation process is to have municipalities along the corridor adopt the plan.

Click here for a report from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

Local News
5:45 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

ReImagine Washtenaw Right-of-Way Study up for Review Wednesday Night

Wednesday night is your chance to take a look at improvements being recommended as part of the ReImagine Washtenaw project and have some input on the issue. 

Nathan Voght is project manager for ReImagine Washtenaw.  He says they've been working with a consultant on the right-of-way study being presented at a public meeting Wednesday night.

The study addresses issues such as bike lanes, sidewalks and safer ways to cross Washtenaw Avenue from the Ypsilanti water tower to the Stadium Boulevard split. 

Find out more about the plan from 6:30 to 8 Wednesday night  in conference room "A" in the County Service Center Learning Resources Center off Washtenaw Avenue.

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6:16 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

EMU Police, Area Law Enforcement Agencies to Collaborate on Patrols

Credit Eastern Michigan University Police

Eastern Michigan University and area police agencies will immediately begin collaborating on patrols of the LaForge Road area north of the EMU campus. 

The university says the EMU Department of Public Safety will work with Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township police and the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office, with each dedicating officers specifically to patrol the area. 

EMU Police Chief Bob Heighes says each evening, assigned officers will meet at the university's Public Safety headquarters to coordinate their efforts. 

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12:02 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council Delays Vote on Accepting Ypsilanti Township into the AAATA

Credit Facebook/TheRide

Ann Arbor City Council on Monday night postponed a vote on amending the articles of incorporation of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority to include Ypsilanti Township.

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, council voted eight to three last night to delay a decision until the second meeting in November.

Ypsilanti Township seeks to join the AAATA. Ann Arbor City Council says....not so fast.

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Government, Transportation
8:12 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Ypsilanti Township Moves Closer To Joining the AAATA

Credit TheRide / Ann Arbor Transportation Authority

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority is a step closer to adding another member community.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the AAATA Board last night voted unanimously to approve Ypsilanti Township's request to join the authority.

AAATA accepts Ypsilanti Township's request to join "The Ride."

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Public Health
4:54 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

HSHV Removes 88 Cats from Ypsilanti Township Home

A vet examines one of the 88 cats taken from a home in Ypsilanti Township
Humane Society of Huron Valley

Cruelty investigators with the Humane Society of Huron Valley found horrendous conditions in a home in Ypsilanti Township from which 88 malnourished, flea-bitten cats have been removed. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

Click here for Bob's report.

Local News
9:56 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Ypsilanti Township Votes to Join AAATA

The Ride CEO Michael Ford addresses the Ypsilanti Township board.
Credit Bob Eccles

The Ypsilanti Township Board of Trustees Monday night voted to seek membership in the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

Hear Bob's report here.

3:32 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

EMU to commemorate 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King's 'I Have a Dream' speech

Lead in text: 
The events at Eastern echo those in Washington D.C. where there will be a morning re-dedication program at the King Memorial, and ringing of bells at the Lincoln Memorial at 3 p.m., the time King began his " I Have a Dream" address 50 years ago. Stay tuned to WEMU for special coverage of the 50th anniversary from noon to 4 p.m., including live coverage of President Obama's speech starting at 3 p.m.
  • Source: Emich
  • | Via: Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University to commemorate 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech Event scheduled for 3 p.m. August 28 at MLK Gardens on Eastern campus by Geoff Larcom, Published August 27, 2013 YPSILANTI - At 3 p.m.
Local News
10:03 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Ypsi Twp Voters Approve Millage Requests

Voters in Ypsilanti Township said "yes" to all four millage requests on their ballot Tuesday.

Millage increases to support police, fire and refuse collection services each passed with roughly 70% of the vote.  A recreation millage renewal also passed, but by a narrower margin.

Township Supervisor Brenda Stumbo says voters realized the importance of their township being able to continue to provide important services in tough economic times. 

Join David Fair for the complete wrap-up of un-official election results Wednesday during Morning Edition.

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7:27 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Ypsilanti Township Voters to Decide Four Ballot Issues Tuesday

Ypsilanti Township voters will find four millage issues on the ballot Tuesday - one renewal and three increases.  

As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, township officials say approval of the issues is critical to maintaining important services.

Preview of Tuesday's ballot issues to be decided on Tuesday

9:38 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Schreiber Delivers State-of-the-City Address

Ypsilanti Mayor Paul Schreiber gives his State-of-the-City speech
Credit Bob Eccles

Ypsilanti Mayor Paul Schreiber gave his state-of-the-city address Tuesday night.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles. 

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Ypsilanti Schools
10:14 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

What's In A Name?

Unified school board Vice-President Don Garrett, Jr. listens to a presentation at Thursday night's meeting.
Credit Bob Eccles

The unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board has decided on a process to name the new district.  As WEMU’s Bob Eccles reports, if all goes according to plan, that name will be in place in just over one month’s time.

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8:48 am
Thu December 20, 2012

State Poised to Help New Ypsilanti-Willow Run School District

Washtenaw Intermediate School District Superintendent Scott Mensel met with state Treasurer Andy Dillon earlier this week, seeking assistance in wiping out an operational deficit in the newly combined Ypsilanti-Willow Run school district.   Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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Ypsilanti City Council
9:33 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Ypsilanti Stays with Chamber of Commerce

Council members Susan Moeller and Brian Robb joined Pete Murdock in voting to leave chamber.
Credit Bob Eccles

The city of Ypsilanti will maintain its membership in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce.  A resolution to withdraw form the organization was defeated Tuesday night.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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4:16 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Medical Examiner Getting Help In Niswender Death Probe

The Washtenaw County Medical Examiner's office is bringing in some additional experts to help them with the process of determining Julia Niswender's cause of death.  That's the word from Ypsilanti police, who also say they're following up on leads they've received, but can't offer any additional details.  Niswender's death is being investigated as a possible homicide.

12:58 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Perry CDC and Other Schools May Stay Open Next Year

The Superintendent of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District is recommending that the unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board keep Perry Child Development Center and the elementary schools in the consolidated district open next school year.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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12:50 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Unified School Board Considers Keeping Perry, Elementary Schools Open

Unified School Board President David Bates and Willow Run Superintendent Laura Lisiscki listen to a presentation at last night's board meeting.
Credit Bob Eccles

The Superintendent of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District is recommending that the unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run School Board keep Perry Child Development Center and the elementary schools in the Ypsilanti and Willow Run districts open next school year. 

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6:01 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Funeral and Burial held for Julia Niswender

The investigation into how 23 yerar-old Julia Niswender died continues, as the Eastern Michigan University student is laid to rest.  A funeral service was held today for Niswender, who was found dead in her off-campus apartment last Tuesday night.  Ypsilanti police spent the weekend talking to people in the area surrounding the Peninsular Place apartments, trying to find out if anyone saw or heard anything that might be helpful to the investigation.  Niswender's death is being investigated as a possible homicide, although the cause of her death has not yet been determined.

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