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With Halloween happening and a big football game rivalry being played that same day, as well as Election Day approaching, the desire to socialize and get together is going to be strong.

A number of Washtenaw County health and government leaders signed an open letter to the community reminding them of ways to avoid spreading the coronavirus during these busy times.  Lisa Barry spoke to Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia about the letter and its intent.

 

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As local businesses continue to be affected by the pandemic, the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber says shopping local will help keep them open.  

TheRide

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority, also known as TheRide, plans to restore bus service in Western Ann Arbor.  

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For those planning to vote in person next week for the November 3rd general election, there are safety steps health experts recommend.  

Levi Taylor
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An inspiring teacher ignites their students’ interest in learning, and Emmy-nominated composer and keyboardist Levi Taylor is such a piano instructor.  He joins Deb Polich and David Fair to talk about his love for teaching and how he has adapted distance learning methods to enhance his thriving piano instruction business in this time of COVID-19.  Be prepared to be inspired as you listen here to this edition of "creative:impact."


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To make it easier for parents to help their kids celebrate Halloween this year during the pandemic, Eastern Michigan University’s Police Department will hold a drive-thru candy event on Friday, October 30th.  

Jen Spitler
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County / bbbswashtenaw.org

The year 2020 has brought many challenges, from political rancor, to COVID-19, and renewed efforts to end systemic racism.  Such challenges can be especially difficult for Washtenaw County's young people.  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County has pushed on in helping youngsters find their way.  On this week's "Washtenaw United," the organization's executive director, Jen Spitler, discusses the program and its operations in a most unusual year with WEMU's David Fair.  


Gretchen Driskell
Gretchen Driskell

The 7th Congressional District in Michigan includes seven counties, including western Washtenaw County.  Republican Tim Walberg, who is currently in his sixth term in Congress, is being challenged for the third time by Democrat Gretchen Driskell, who served two terms in the state House and as the city of Saline's first female mayor for 14 years.  WEMU's Lisa Barry reached out to both candidates to talk about the election.  Only Driskell responded and talks about why she decided to run again and what issues she believes need addressing in Congress.


EMU

Ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted Eastern Michigan University to delay the start of its winter semester by a week.


Gretchen Whitmer
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed bills into law Thursday that show Democrats and Republicans can find room to cooperate on the state’s response to COVID-19.


Washtenaw County

Individuals who violate COVID-19 orders issued by the Washtenaw County Health Department may face fines of up to $1,000.  

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The sign reads "Humankind Be Both" and is popping up around Ann Arbor, the state, and even across the country.  Ann Arbor resident Keith Kurz came up with the idea and asked a work colleague's 12 year-old daughter to design it.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Keith to find out more about the idea and how the sentiment is spreading throughout the community.


MDHHS
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is once again allowing in-person visits at nursing homes across much of the state.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


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Both the City of Ann Arbor and the City of Ypsilanti have extended permits to continue allowing businesses to operate outdoors during the pandemic.  

University of Michigan
Michigan Medicine / uofmhealth.org

As the seasons change and we all try to work our way through a pandemic, there can be a lot of challenges to our mental health.  Every year, many people suffer from "SAD" (Seasonal Affective Disorder).  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Dr. Melvin McInnis, associate director of the University of Michigan Depression Center and a university professor of psychiatry, about ways for dealing with SAD which may be compounded for some this year by our current global health crisis.


Michigan Capitol
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Republican state lawmakers have presented their version of a COVID-19 response plan.  This state House GOP proposal follows a court ruling that struck down many of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s unilateral emergency orders.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


Tom Crawford
City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

With contract details finalized by Ann Arbor city council members and approved, Tom Crawford is now officially the city administrator for Ann Arbor...a position he has held on an interim basis for the past several months. 

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks to the city administrator about his perspective and plans moving forward in the position.


City of Ypsilanti

The City of Ypsilanti is considering extending its Sidewalk Cafés permits to allow businesses to continue offering outdoor dining during the pandemic.  

Coronavirus
CDC / cdc.gov

The state’s Chief Medical Executive was among those who testified Monday before a joint House and Senate committee examining the state’s COVID-19 response.  We have more from Rick Pluta. 


Towana Parker
Destiny and Purpose Community Outreach / dapco.org

The coronavirus pandemic has been a stressful time for everyone, even moreso for new and expectant mothers.  In the meantime, a Washtenaw County nonprofit group called "Destiny and Purpose Community Outreach," or DAPCO, has providing special services for families in need, and the organization has a special event planned for those welcoming new babies into their lives.  DAPCO executive director Towana Parker talks about a community "baby shower" the organization is planning with WEMU's David Fair on this week's "Washtenaw United."


Michigan House of Representatives
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The legislative committee looking into the state’s COVID-19 response meets again today.  Top health officials in Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s administration will face questions from the committee.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


Barbara Niess-May
SafeHouse Center / safehousecenter.org

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and this year, there are more challenges than usual.  Barbara Niess-May, executive director of SafeHouse Center in Washtenaw County, discusses the ongoing epidemic of domestic violence during a time of pandemic with WEMU's David Fair.  


Michigan Capitol
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer is expected to sign a series of bills adopted by the Legislature as part of a deal on the state’s response to COVID-19.  It includes extending unemployment benefits for people who lost their jobs during the health crisis.  Rick Pluta reports.


Washtenaw County
Washtenaw County Health Department / washtenaw.org

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases has risen across the country, and more are being seen in Washtenaw County.  Locally, most of the news cases can be traced to the University of Michigan.  There are also newly confirmed COVID-19 cases stemming from two restaurants in downtown Ann Arbor.  WEMU's David Fair and Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia provide the latest. 


ArtsVote
Americans for the Arts / artsactionfund.org

Seven months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of the arts and creative industries in Washtenaw County and throughout the country is as uncertain as when it began.  Deb Polich updates David Fair on what that means for creative workers, businesses, and audiences, even as the green light has been given to reopen cultural venues.  Hear their conversation on "creative:impact" here.


Michigan Medicine
Michigan Medicine / uofmhealth.org

Michigan Medicine is in Phase 3 of two different vaccines it is researching to combat COVID-19.  WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks with University of Michigan professor of infectious diseases Dr. Dan Kaul about their vaccine research so far and the call for volunteers to do further testing.  


Dan Kelly
Shelter Association of Washtenaw County / annarborshelter.org

Fall weather is here, and winter is right around the corner.  The services required to aid and assist the area's homeless increase every year during the cold weather seasons.  Now add in the potentially lethal combination of COVID-19 and flu, and things change even more.  On this week's "Washtenaw United," WEMU's David Fair gets together with Dan Kelly, executive director of the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County, to discuss how services have and will continue to evolve during these challenging times. 


University of Michigan

The University of Michigan is shifting from a nasal swab COVID-19 surveillance test it gives to students, faculty, and staff to a saliva-based test.  

Sandra Andrade / Main Street Area Association

With the continuing pandemic due to the COVID-19 virus, the upcoming holiday season is likely to look different this year.  Halloween is about three weeks away, and the CDC has already said that in-person trick-or-treating is considered a "high-risk" activity, due to the presence of the virus in the community.

And now, Main Street Ann Arbor has announced the cancellation of the traditional, downtown business trick-or-treating event this year.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with the organization's executive director, Sandra Andrade, about that and other community activities that will still be taking place, mostly online.


Gretchen Whitmer
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

The investigation is “ongoing” into an alleged plot by extremists that included plans to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer.  That’s according to Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and the FBI.  They announced Thursday that 13 men were charged with a variety of state and federal crimes.  Authorities say the men wanted to overthrow the state government and incite a civil war.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


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