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Several special ceremonies are planned for later this week in Ypsilanti, as two student-created art murals are unveiled.  They were created, curated, and funded by Ypsilanti High School art students.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry was there as they were recently installed.


Mark Maynard

One local community is taking an unconventional approach to documenting its history.


Courtesy Photo / Concentrate Media

Each week, WEMU is sitting down with Brianna Kelly from Concentrate Media to discuss their latest work on the "On The Ground Ypsilanti" project.  Today, we meet local sculptor and Eastern Michigan University graduate Elize Jekabsen. 


Andrew Sacks

Barbers across Ypsilanti are taking an unconventional approach to combating illiteracy in the community.  89.1’s Lisa Barry spoke with filmmaker Andy Sacks, Ryan Griffin of Griff’s Unlimited Cutz, and Riley Peterson, also known as Riley the Barber, about a local program aimed at encouraging young children to read.  And now, a local filmmaker has created a documentary about the program that will be shown locally and on public TV.


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

In our daily drives this time of year, we frequently encounter cyclists on the paths and roadways around town.  More often than not, we continue on our journey without another thought about the person we see riding to points unknown.  Sometimes, there is a more going on than meets the eye. In this installment of WEMU’s “Hidden in Plain Sight" series, Jorge Avellan takes you inside a program that is helping those with disabilities pedal to greater independence. 


Lisa Barry

A special "comic-con" type event is being planned in Ypsilanti called "Hero Nation-Ypsilanti."

Organizer Jermaine Dickerson says it's an event designed to give a voice to those who might not feel heard.  It celebrates superheroes and diversity with the mission that everyone has a hero inside of themselves that deserves to be celebrated.

Dickerson joined 89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry for a conversation about the free, family-friendly event taking place on September 9th at the Parkridge Community Center from 1-6 p.m.


Water Street
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After narrowly defeating a similar proposal one year ago, Ypsilanti voters have approved a millage increase to pay off debt from the failed Water Street redevelopment project. 


Ypsilanti District Library

August 21st is the day there will be a total eclipse of the sun in North America.  Locally, it will be seen as a partial eclipse with 85 to 90 percent of the sun covered by the moon in the early afternoon.  There are several local watching events, including at the Ypsilanti District Library.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke with Molly Beedon, youth services librarian for the Ypsilanti District Library, who talks about the NASA expert coming to speak on the day of the eclipse and that they have special eclipse watching glasses they are giving away.


Lisa Barry

This week’s Art and Soul is about the culinary arts in our area.  89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry is joined by local food expert and blogger Jessica Webster as they speak to the founder and owner of Go! Ice Cream in Ypsilanti, now celebrating its first anniversary at their downtown location.


The Michigan Shakespeare Festival

This week, Art and Soul is about the performing arts in our area.  89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry is joined by local journalist and arts blogger Jenn McKee to talk about many of the events taking place right now in our area.  They are joined by a special guest, Janice Blixt, the producing artistic director of the Michigan Shakespeare Festival, who speaks about their current and upcoming performances.


Cross Street Village
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A community protest is planned for this afternoon to show support for senior citizens living at Cross Street Village in Ypsilanti.  This is an emotional situation impacting affordable housing for local seniors. 


City of Ann Arbor

The Gallup Park pathway portion of the Border-to-Border trail in Ann Arbor from the Geddes Dam to the parking lot, east of Huron Parkway, temporarily closed today. 
 


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Senior citizens who live at the Cross Street Village apartments in Ypsilanti, the former site of Ypsilanti High School, are concerned they may have to leave their homes.  A regulatory rent control agreement that has provided affordable housing for them is expected to expire on August 31st.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan has been following this story and brings us this special feature.  


Ann Arbor Art Center

This week’s Art and Soul is about the Visual Arts. 89.1 FM WEMU’s Lisa Barry is joined once again by Omari Rush, director of external relations, at the Ann Arbor Arts Center.  Omari joins Lisa to talk about how the Ann Arbor Arts Center has a variety of activities taking place right now, including launching a special new arts App.


Lisa Barry

As schools and the education system continue to evolve, what’s being taught in the classroom has come a long way from just reading, writing and arithmetic.

We visited a local high school where students can make use of “The Learning Studio,” where an Ypsilanti photographer is combining community experience with public education, creating new opportunities for students.


Ann Arbor Brewing
courtesy photo / Arborbrewing.com

The company known as Farm + Ferment is taking over the Arbor Brewing Company, a business group that includes the Michigan Hops Alliance, Bigalora, and several other restaurants.  The 10-year agreement will put Farm + Ferment in charge of U.S. operations, including its Ann Arbor brewpub and its brewery in Ypsilanti. 

Benjamin Edmondson
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The Ypsilanti Community Schools will keep its superintendent.  The district chief says he has changed his mind about potentially leaving the district and has "no regrets" about the decision to stay put.  


Lisa Barry

Zingerman’s just reopened their refurbished creamery on Plaza Drive.  Now called "Cream Top Shop," it features an expanded retail space that includes seating.  In addition to eating lunch or a snack, you can sit and watch the employees make fine cheeses and creamy gelato.


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If you want to find out more about upcoming construction on Michigan Avenue in Washtenaw County, there is going to be an open house with information later this afternoon.


Lisa Barry

One of the issues on the ballot early next month in Washtenaw County will be a proposal to renew and restore the Non-Homestead Operating Millage for Ypsilanti Community Schools.

Lisa Barry reports, with the future of the city hinging on the success of its schools, opposition to the ballot proposal is difficult to find.

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Whether you realize it or not, science plays a big part in our everyday lives.  To help raise awareness and ensure scientific research continues to be publicly-funded, communities across the country, including several in Washtenaw County, are holding “Marches for Science” on April 22nd.

Lisa Barry spoke with two Eastern Michigan University professors, Dr. Amy Flanagan-Johnson who teaches chemistry, and Dr. Katherine Ryker who teaches Earth Science, about the need to march.

Allen Elementary School
Courtesy Photo / a2schools.org

It was like the first day of school for 400 Ann Arbor Public Schools students Wednesday morning.  


Petition
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The “Citizens for Ypsi” committee is trying to get the Water Street Debt Retirement Millage back on the ballot after voters turned away a similar tax issue last summer.  


Allen Elementary School
Courtesy Photo / a2schools.org

With just two months before the end of the school year, Allen Elementary in Ann Arbor will finally open its doors on April 12th.


Wikipedia

The troubled Ypsilanti Heritage Festival is going to take place later this summer, thanks to the help of two volunteers.  


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