89.1 WEMU

On the Ground Ypsi

  • Hosted by Patrick Campion, Sarah Rigg

89.1 WEMU has forged a partnership with Concentrate Ann Arbor to highlight some of the positive things taking place in Ypsilanti. The sponsored-project from SecondWave Media is called, "On the Ground Ypsi." WEMU Program Director Patrick Campion will visit with project reporter Sarah Rigg discuss her observations and interactions while, "On the Ground" in Ypsilanti. 

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When parents try to talk to their kids about subjects like drugs, sex, or suicide, the kids may not want to listen.  So, the Corner Health Center in Ypsilanti developed the "Health Ambassadors" program, which uses younger counselors to work with teens on these tough subjects.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Lisa Barry and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg learn all about this program with Corner Health Center behaviorial health coordinator Jen MacLeod and health ambassador Cecilia Aguilar.


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Many people work outside of a traditional office space, whether it's at home or at a coffee shop.  Such working situations can have a lot of distractions, which is why the new "Back Office Studio" in Ypsilanti was created.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg talk about the new co-working establishment with its co-owner Sun Chao and its community manager John Newman.


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There are many people in this community who are less fortunate than others, especially when it comes to having warm clothes for the winter.  But there are organizations, such as the Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Ypsilanti, that regularly hold clothing drives to provide needed aid.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg talk about the church's ongoing drive to help homeless people with its coordinator, Linda King.


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For the last two decades, Ypsilanti's Michigan Firehouse Museum has displayed over a century's worth of firefighting memorabilia.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg take a tour of the museum with its recently-appointed director, Al Dyer, Jr.


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When Concentrate Media reporter Sarah Rigg was writing about Ypsilanti Township's master plan for 2040, she learned that there are nearly 30 neighborhood watch associations currently operating in the area.  So, she dug a little deeper into this fact for this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi."  Sarah and WEMU's Patrick Campion talk about the association with local neighborhood watch leaders Jo Ann McCollum and Maurice Stovall.


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Once a member of the Ypsilanti Community High School Choir, Crystal Harding has returned as choir director.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg talk to Harding and two high school students as part of this week's "On The Ground-Ypsi."


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The year is 2040, and what would Ypsilanti Township look like in that time?  A four-day, master plan workshop was held in order to make that future year seem much brighter.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg talk about this workshop with Ypsilanti Township planning and development coordinator Charlotte Wilson.


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One year ago, EMU students formed the Black Media Association, whose mission is to assist students of color who want to pursue media careers.  One member named Honore Washington wanted to make Eastern Michigan University more welcoming by creating a resource guide called "The BlackBook."  She talks about this project with WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg in this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi."


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Several empty buildings, such as the old Smith Furniture building, could be found throughout Ypsilanti.  Thanks to the Michigan Advocacy Program, small business owners and nonprofit organizations are ready to breathe new life into these structures.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg talk about these business developments with Ann Routt, co-director of the Michigan Advocacy Program.


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The TEDxYDL event came to Ypsilanti's Riverside Arts Center recently.  It featured numerous speakers who offered their perspectives on mobility, from vehicles to animals to ideas.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg spoke to two of those speakers, EMU assistant professor of biology Jamie Cornelius and Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels executive director Alison Foreman.


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Last year, Ypsilanti City Council met to discuss the International Village development project, and residents were looking to have a say in the situation.  In time, the council passed a community benefits ordinance, or CBO, that would allow public input on such developments.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg talk to Desirae Simmons, who represents REDY, the group that helped make this ordinance possible.


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In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly talk to Nat Alston, chairman of the National Association of African-Americans in Human Resources, which will host its national conference in Ypsilanti later this month.  Also, Brianna announces her departure from the On the Ground-Ypsi project.


Emmanuel Jones
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Eastern Michigan University alumnus Emmanuel Jones had trouble finding a direction in life.  After many personal trials, he found his calling in helping young people find their own direction in life.  From there, he created the nonprofit organization, Mentor2Youth.  Jones talks all about his journey with WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly in this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi."


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The Ypsilanti skies were filled with action and excitement this past weekend.  Folks from all across Michigan flocked to the Willow Run airport to catch the 2018 Thunder Over Michigan event.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion talks about what unfolded at this year's aerial display with Concentrate Media reporter Brianna Kelly and Concentrate Media photographer Doug Coombe.


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On the south side of Ypsilanti, last-minute preparations are being made for the upcoming Parkridge Summer Festival.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Lisa Barry and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly learn about what to expect from this festival from Bryan Foley and Cherisa Allen, who are both members of the Parkridge Summer Festival Steering Committee.


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The religious community always tries to reach out to those in need.  However, in Ypsilanti, more and more churches are offering their services beyond the typical Sunday activities.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly talk to Pastor Jason Robinson of Ypsilanti's Reach Church, who is among several, faith-based establishments going above and beyond for the public.


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For those who have served time in prison, landing a job is an incredibly difficult task.  Fortunately, the organization Michigan Works! Southeast has provided opportunities to clean up criminal records and get people back in the workplace.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly talk about a recent expungement fair with Michigan Works! Southeast career advisor Herb Fluker and Walter Griffin, who has benefitted from this event.


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Not far from downtown Ypsilanti and Depot Town is the West Cross Street business district.  It has attracted small business owners for years, but a few of these entrepeneurs still believe their establishments are being overlooked.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly talk to two West Cross Street business owners--Jesse Kranyak, who co-operates the Wurst Bar, and Jon Eslinger, who co-owns the branding studio, Do:Better.


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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."


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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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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."


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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
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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.


734 Brewing Company
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Craft beer has become a major industry in Michigan, but it's been mostly run by white males.  A new brewery opening in Ypsilanti's Depot Town seeks to change that.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly sit down with Alex Merz, Brian Jones-Chance, and Patrick Echlin, co-founders of 734 Brewing Company, which opens for business on June 2.


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Each year, the Ypsilanti area holds "Ypsilanti P.R.I.D.E. Day," which encourages residents to promote local businesses and beautify their neighborhoods.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly chat with Barbara Davenport, vice president of foundation and leadership for the Ann Arbor-Ypsi Regional Chamber, and Ypsi Baseball Project founder Conan Malmer about this year's cleanup event, which is now called "Ypsilanti Proud."


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The First Congregational United Church of Christ in downtown Ypsilanti has been a part of our community's history since the 19th century.  It was put up for sale about a decade ago, and its potential recently caught the eye of local entrepreneurs.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly talk to Steve Pierce and Yen Azzaro, who plan to make the old church into Ypsilanti's next community center.


Basketball
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Some kids dream of becoming basketball's next superstar, and the East Washtenaw Basketball League may provide a first step.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly talk to Steve Petty, Vice President of Healthy Living and Social Responsibility at the Ann Arbor YMCA, about what the league can offer Washtenaw County's youth.


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Ypsilanti's historic Bell Kramer neighborhood is going through rezoning problems, which has made some houses in the area practically worthless.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Lisa Barry and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly talk to Erin Snyder and Michael Simmons, two Ypsilanti homeowners who have experienced these issues firsthand.


YMCA
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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.


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Ypsilanti's historic Thompson Block is undergoing a major makeover, which will add new restaurants, apartments, and much more.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly talks to Ypsilanti real estate agent Tyler Weston about where the redevelopment project currently stands.

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