Ypsilanti

Stuart Collins / Pet City Pets

A male Yorkie-Poo puppy, valued at $700, was stolen from an Ypsilanti Township pet store, and the story is gaining national attention.

Passport
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The Ypsilanti Township clerk's office will not process passport requests from now through March 11th.  


Tires
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Ypsilanti Township is encouraging residents to properly dispose of their old tires to not harm the environment. 


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Ypsilanti Community Schools is in the early planning stages to open an international elementary school in the district.


Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

'Rosie the Riveter' would be proud. The new location for the Yankee Air Museum is a step closer to opening to the public. The site? Rosie's stomping grounds at the historic, former, Willow Run Bomber plant. Jorge Avellan has the details. 


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The Secretary of State’s mobile office will be issuing children’s ID cards to Ypsilanti parents at no cost tomorrow.

 

 


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Varsity football at Ypsilanti Community Schools will now be lead by former University of Michigan running back coach Fred Jackson.

The announcement was made Wednesday by YCS  superintendent Ben Edmondson.

Jackson spent 24 years as an assistant coach at the U of M. He says he wants to raise Ypsilanti’s football program to the level of recognition the district’s basketball program has.

Jackson says,

 

WHite Crosses
Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

660 white crosses have been put on display in front of the Ypsilanti Township Civic Center by the Veteran's Refuge Network. 

 

Each cross represents the number of military veterans who will commit suicide in September.  That's nearly 22 suicides each day, according to the organization.

Nick Azzaro, Ypsilanti Community Schools

More than 800 Ypsilanti Community Schools students will receive brand new tablets to use this school year, for free. 

Every student at Washtenaw International Middle School and 600 at Ypsi Community Middle School will have a new Samsung tablet and 24/7 internet access through the academic year.

Yen Azzaro is with the district:

“They’re really going to be on the cutting edge of using classroom software that hasn’t been used in a widespread fashion in the past. So we will be models for other schools that are looking to do similar programs.” 

Patrik Holubik / 89.1 WEMU

Around 100 volunteers showed up this morning at eight Ypsilanti Community Schools to cheer students on as the new school year began. 


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Staff and community leaders will help show off the work and achievements of students at Ypsilanti Community Schools Middle School . An inter-disciplinary educational program focused on sustainability culminates on Thursday, June 11 with a Sustainability Summit. Science and Humanities teacher Cheryl Plouffe guests on this week's 'Issues of the Environment.'


Beezy’s Cafe looks like a thriving business. The six-year-old restaurant and coffeehouse draws crowds for breakfast and lunch, employs 16 people, has a trail of glowing reviews for its “hippy vibe” and “super friendly” staff, and recently extended its hours to serve dinner on Fridays and Saturdays. But to banks, it’s a risky venture with little appeal.

Of course there's more than 8 reasons, but here's a fun list of some great things you can find in and around Ypsilanti, from our friends at Visit Ypsi.

Mishigama Craft Brewing is looking to locate at 124 Pearl St. in suite 100 of the Centennial Center at the corner of North Washington Street, one block north of Michigan Avenue. This space was formerly occupied by Korey's Krispy Krunchy Chicken, a restaurant that closed in May 2014.

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The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education will have a much different look following Tuesday's election, and there are a couple of reasons for that.

For one, the board will be comprised exclusively of women.  The five men serving on the original board were not elected. 

And only two incumbents will be returning - Maria Sheler-Edwards and Dr. Celeste Hawkins. 

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Voters Tuesday chose to return just two of the incumbent Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education to the panel.

 

One of them was Maria Sheler-Edwards, who says the district needs to "stay the course."

“We put some great programs in place,” Sheler-Edwards says, “we have a balanced budget this year, and we need to make sure that we continue being financially responsible, bring up our achievement and stabilize our enrollment.”

Bob Eccles

The union representing teachers and support staff in Ypsilanti Community Schools is out with its list of school board candidate endorsements.  Only one of them is an incumbent.

Ypsilanti Community Schools Education Association President Kelly Powers says the endorsed candidates have a "great vision for the future of our district."  She says they "also see some of the concerns that are there and will address them in an appropriate manner."

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Enrollment in Ypsilanti Community Schools is down from a year ago, but that does not come as a surprise to district administrators.

 

Superintendent Laura Lisiscki  says count day enrollment came in at about 4,300 students, right around what the district budgeted for. 

That's compared to 4,542 students last year. 

Lisiscki expects this year's numbers to go up once adult education and preschool numbers are added.

Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

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.


ReImagine Washtenaw
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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.


Bob Eccles

Some help is on the way for Ypsilanti Community Schools students who want to go to college but can't afford the tuition.  The Ypsilanti Promise scholarship program is similar to the Kalamazoo Promise.

 

It would pay for college at Washtenaw Community College or Eastern Michigan University for students who graduate from Ypsilanti Community High School. 

Karen Gabrys chairs the committee setting up the scholarship program. 

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.  


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