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Lisa Barry

After 3 years as the Superintendent of Ypsilanti Community Schools, Dr. Benjamin Edmondson has decided to step down from the position.  He talks to 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry about his tenure and what lead to his decision to leave the Washtenaw County school district.


Margaret Wyzlic / Ypsi Real/Destination Ann Arbor

The National Association of African Americans in Human Resources will host its national conference in Ypsilanti this fall, but the group announced a community service commitment that will last past the convention.
 


Nicole Haley / Concentrate Media

Each week, 89.1 WEMU partners with an embedded reporting program called "On the Ground-Ypsi" highlighting some of the positive things happening in the community.  This week, 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with Concentrate Media reporter Brianna Kelly about a book written by a sixth grade class at Ypsilanti's Estabrook School.  They are joined by Estabrook teacher Jennifer Gray and Megan Gilson of 826michigan, which oversaw the project.  The book features local superheroes and is called "In The Clouds Over Ypsilanti."


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Like many municipalities in Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti Township is looking for ways to improve traffic safety.  Residents and community leaders in the township are concerned over the increases in neighborhood traffic caused by changes made to accommodate the American Center for Mobility at Willow Run.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan takes a closer look. 


Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

The road to recovery from drug abuse is never easy.  Recently, Ypsilanti Township introduced a new program designed to make the road a little easier and a lot prettier.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly talk to Chelsea Brodfuehrer and Kristen Shea, who are involved in the new sobriety program appropriately named "A Fresh Start."


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Traffic safety was the focus of a communtiy meeting held last night by the New West Willow Neighborhood Association in Ypsilanti Township.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan attended the meeting and has the story. 

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Governor Rick Snyder signed the 2019 K-12 education budget Thursday afternoon at Ypsilanti Community High School.

Rick Snyder
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Governor Rick Snyder will tour Ypsilanti Community High School today.


Brianna Kelly / Concentrate Media

Many children across the country have incarcerated friends or relatives, especially in the juvenile detention system.  Now, an Ypsilanti elementary school has launched a program to keep its students from entering that system themselves.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly sit down with Erickson Elementary Principal Kelly Mickel and social worker Jody O'Bryan to discuss the school's new "Village Project."


Ypsilanti Community Schools

A local high school team is getting national attention, but it's not for sports.  The Ypsilanti Community School district Grizzly Robotics team is being featured on HBO'S "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel."

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with the team's mentor Scott Heister and school superintendent Dr. Benjamin Edmondson about the award-winning program, its national exposure, and an upcoming team trip to China.


Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

The Ypsilanti Township corridors of Michigan Avenue and Ecorse Road has been struggling to keep local businesses up and running.  Now, the township has pledged to revitalize the areas.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly talk to Clyde and Brandan Montgomery, co-owners of C&B Mortgage Solutions, and Khadija Wallace, who runs Joyful Treats Catering, about the revitalization effort.


Tennis
Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

After the Ypsilanti and Willow Run schools merged in 2013, there has no women's tennis team for the newly-created district.  Now, the program has been revitalized and looking to compete again.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly sit down with YCS varsity girls' tennis head coach Taryn Reid about the revived program.


Lisa Barry

As the school year wraps up for most seniors today in Washtenaw County, one student at Ypsilanti Community High School is going home with more than just a diploma!

Jorge Avellan / WEMU

When you hear the term “Student-Athlete,” we think about the full-out effort it takes to succeed in the classroom and on the field.  Those endeavors are easily recognized.  At Eastern Michigan University, the football team continues to improve on both fronts.  But, there are efforts the players are putting forth that aren’t quite as public. Many are making indelible marks on the wider community.  As 89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan reports, that component in the life of a student-athlete is “Hidden in Plain Sight.” 


Michigan State Senate
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Victims of certain crimes in Michigan could become harder to track down – and advocates say that’s for their own safety.  Legislation that passed the state Senate would let victims keep their addresses confidential.


Voters in Ypsilanti Township will be among those hitting the ballot boxes next Tuesday, May 8th.  As WEMU's Taylor Pinson reports, the township is asking voters to approve a new millage on to help pay for the community's fire department.


School Walkout
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Thousands of students across the country will walk out of school today, which marks the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting.  Students in Washtenaw County will participate. 


YMCA
Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

The Ann Arbor YMCA, Ypsilanti Community Schools, the Ypsilanti Housing Commission, and Eastern Michigan University have all joined forces to create a new child care center called "The Collaborative."  It is expected to open at the former Chappelle Elementary School site this summer.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsilanti," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly talk to Toni Kayumi, President and CEO of the Ann Arbor YMCA, about the new facility.


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Have you ever played with a toy, remote-controlled car?  Would you want to do it if the vehicle was the size and weight of the vehicle you drive? And, you were riding in it?  People are doing that right now, right around the corner from you. What they learn may determine our transportation future. By now, you’ve likely heard of the American Center for Mobility. The testing site in Ypsilanti Township once housed the historic Willow Run bomber plant in the World WAR II era.  It later served as home to The General Motors Power Train plant from the 1950’s until it was closed in 2010.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan has taken a peak behind the curtain to get a look at what may, one day, be considered history-making technology. 


Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

The Ann Arbor YMCA has joined forces with Eastern Michigan University, the Ypsilanti Housing Commission, and Ypsilanti Community Schools to offer a new childcare program.


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

The American Center for Mobility is officially open for business in Ypsilanti Township.

 


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Washtenaw County students took part in a school walkout this morning that was held across the country.  Students are demanding better gun control laws after 17 people were killed in Florida last month during a school shooting.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there when students walked out and has the story.


Lisa Barry

Five year-old Ziare Gunn, a student at the Ford Early Learning Center in Ypsilanti, is gaining a lot of recognition for memorizing and reciting a special poem for Black History Month.  He joined 89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry in studio along with his grandmother and teacher and shares the poem with WEMU listeners, saying it "makes his heart feel good."


Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

WEMU is happy to announce that On the Ground Ypsi will continue through 2018.  We start this week's edition with WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly meeting with a team of aspiring young engineers from Ypsilanti Community High School, who want to show off their skills on the national stage.


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

The 2018 North American International Auto Show is hosting its media days in Detroit, and this is the role Washtenaw County is playing at the show.


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