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Ypsilanti Meals On Wheels

Ypsilanti’s Meals on Wheels plans to play a role in informing local residents about the COVID-19 vaccine.  


Krista Girty
Ozone House / ozonehouse.org

The coronavirus pandemic has pushed more young people into the streets.  Ozone House's new facility in Ypsilanti is full up with a waiting list that is the longest in the organization's history.  In this week's "Washtenaw United," WEMU's David Fair talks with Ozone House executive director Krista Girty about helping those in need despite the changes the COVID crisis has created. 

  

YCS Opens New Center To Help Families During COVID-19

Dec 17, 2020
YCS

Ypsilanti Community Schools has opened a new Resiliency Center that is providing basic necessities to families in need during the pandemic.  


SOS

SOS Community Services in Ypsilanti has seen a drastic increase in food requests since the pandemic started.  


Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

What impact has the coronavirus pandemic had on Ypsilanti's creative business operators?  That's the focus of this week's "On The Ground-Ypsi."  Lisa Barry and Sarah Rigg talk with Ypsilanti crafters Bill Pemberton and Amy Balzer-Pemberton about that, learning they decided they had to get creative if they wanted to keep their craft businesses alive.


City of Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti’s city council will hold a work session Tuesday night, December 8th, to discuss housing affordability strategies.  


Washtenaw County Awarded $250,000 For Youth Programs

Dec 7, 2020
Washtenaw County

The State of Michigan’s Bureau of Community Action and Economic Opportunity has awarded $250,000 to Washtenaw County for youth development programs. 


City of Ypsilanti

The Ypsilanti Police Department is taking steps to improve community policing.  


Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

An Ypsilanti-based podcast called "Homebound" is a conversation between older and younger residents sharing their experiences during our current global health crisis.  Lisa Barry and Sarah Rigg talk with Jessica "Decky" Alexander about all that goes in to putting it together and all they hope people can get out of it from listening.


Rebecca Esselman
Huron River Watershed Council / hrwc.org

After study and gathering community feedback, Ypsilanti City Council voted in 2019 in favor of removing the Peninsular Paper Dam from the Huron River.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," Huron River Watershed Council executive director Rebecca Esselman joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss progress toward that end.  Phase II of the removal project is just getting underway. 


Ypsilanti District Library

The Ypsilanti District Library will install new air purification systems at their Whittaker Road and Michigan Avenue branches that will eventually allow for in-person visits during the pandemic.  


WEMU

During Tuesday night's December 1st Ypsilanti city council meeting, council will discuss a proposed development project for the vacant, city-owned property known as Water Street.  


Parking Enforcement Resumes In Ypsilanti

Dec 1, 2020
Patrik Holubik / 89.1 WEMU

As of this week, the City of Ypsilanti has resumed its parking enforcement program.  


Wiki Commons

As Cyber Monday gets underway, the Ann Arbor Main Street Area Association is encouraging consumers to shop local. 


Due to COVID-19, the Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor has changed how it will serve Thanksgiving dinner this year to those in need.  


Kallista Walker
Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

Inspired by the thought "A community that reads together grows together," Kallista Walker created "Our Community Reads."  She has recorded a number of community leaders reading stories with the goal of replacing all the negative and traumatic stories that Black and Brown children see growing up.  Lisa Barry talks with Kallista and Sarah Rigg of "On The Ground-Ypsi" about the community initiative. 


City of Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti’s City Council will receive an update Tuesday night from the Huron River Watershed Council on plans to remove the Peninsular Paper Dam.  

Ann Arbor District Library Closes Due To COVID-19

Nov 16, 2020
Wikipedia

The Ann Arbor District Library will be closed during the next two weeks after library staff and family members of library employees tested positive for COVID-19.  

Desirae Simmons
Desiraé Simmons

With the COVID-19 pandemic, racial injustice, and a highly volatile election season, 2020 has been a year of discontent.  Desiraé Simmons is co-director of the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice.  She says the good news is more people have become engaged and are working to take action, but it has to continue to grow.  Simmons joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the growing importance of civic engagement in this week's "Washtenaw United."


YCS

Artwork produced by Ypsilanti Community Schools students is on display at six local businesses after their original show in Washington D.C. was cancelled, due to COVID-19.  

City of Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti’s City Council is now accepting applications to fill a Ward One vacancy on council.  

Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

Many local businesses have felt the harsh effects of the pandemic, especially restaurants.  The owners of these restaurants have been able to adapt, thanks to outdoor dining and delivery services, but the situation may become more difficult when winter comes along.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Lisa Barry and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg speak to Andrea "Cuppy" White, owner of Cuppy's Best Soulful Cafe in Ypsilanti, about how she, like several other local restaurateurs, plans to maintain her business through the rest of this trying year.


Wiki Commons

Community groups in Washtenaw County expect to see an increase in food assistance demand during the holiday season because of the pandemic. 

734 Brewing Company

WEMU's Lisa Barry and "On the Ground-Ypsi" project manager Sarah Rigg talk with Ypsilanti Rotary Club president Taryn Willis about their efforts to diversify their membership and the many contributions they are making to the community.


Jorge Avellan

While over 161,000 people voted absentee in the November 3rd general election in Washtenaw County, others decided to vote in person.  WEMU’s Jorge Avellan spoke with several of them.


City of Ypsilanti

Starting Monday, November 2nd, the City of Ypsilanti will start enforcing new parking time limits in Depot Town.  

Wiki Commons

City and township clerk offices across Washtenaw County will have extended weekend hours this week.  

University of MIchigan
Wally TrueLove Jr. / Pinterest

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.

 

#OTGYpsi: Out Of Pain Comes Purpose

Oct 28, 2020
Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

Ypsilanti residents Yoland and Keith Ragland were in shock after losing their 19-year-old son to gun violence in 2017, but they channeled their energy into a vision for an arts education nonprofit called Elevation Youth Corp., one they hope can benefit Ypsilanti-area children much like their son.

WEMU's Lisa Barry and Sarah Rigg from "On the Ground-Ypsi" talk to Yolanda about their efforts and how they hope it benefits the Ypsilanti area community.


EMU Police To Host COVID-19 Friendly Event This Friday

Oct 27, 2020
Wiki Commons

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.  

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