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Susan Smith / United Way of Washtenaw County

Get a personalized look at the work of the Student Advocacy Center of Michigan.  It’s been around since 1975 and now has offices in Ypsilanti, Jackson, and Detroit, and there can be no question it is a community resource that is changing lives.  Anell Eccleston is programs manager for the Student Advocacy Center and Jakobie Pillar is one of his mentees who just graduated from ACCE High School in Ypsilanti.  Their story comes to you through WEMU’s partnership with the United Way of Washtenaw County in this week’s edition of "Washtenaw United."


United Way of Washtenaw County
David Fair / 89.1 WEMU

The New West Willow Neighborhood Association was formed in 2015 and, ever since, the future of the Ypsilanti Township neighborhood has become brighter.  Long-time resident, association member, and neighbohood watch activist Janice Williams provides a look at living in West Willow and building to something greater. 


#OTGYpsi: Frog Island Track Club Gets Kids Running For The Summer

Jun 26, 2019
David Lewinski / Concentrate Media

Getting outdoors for some good exercise is essential for a child's development, especially when there's not much to do during summer vacation.  Ypsilanti Running Company owner Mike Nix wanted to give local kids such an activity by co-creating the Frog Island Track Club.  Nix talks all about this exciting youth organization with WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg on this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi."


Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

Over the last few years, the craft beer business has booming in Michigan.  Among the many breweries that have popped up across the state is Unity Vibration in Ypsilanti Township.  This particular brewery specializes in a fermented tea called kombucha.  Unity Vibration co-founder and owner Rachel Kanaan talks about her amazing work with WEMU's Lisa Barry and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg in this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi."


Melissa Cooper Sargent
The Ecology Center / ecocenter.org

For those living near a trash incinerator in Detroit, the smell was awful, and the air quality just as bad.  Asthma rates far exceed state averages, and many living in the area felt powerless. Melissa Cooper-Sargent is Green Living Resource Director for the Ann Arbor-based Ecology Center and lives with her children in the vicinity of the incinerator.  From the Ecology Center, the 'Breathe Free Detroit' campaign was launched, and, as of the end of May, the incinerator shut down.  Sargent joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the details on this week's "Issues of the Environment."


Antonio's Coney Island
Antonio's Coney Island

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the culinary arts, focusing on the many food options in our community.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry and Jessica Webster talk to the owner of Antonio's Coney Island in Ypsilanti, where diners might be surprised to find a non-typical, coney island menu focusing more on Central American specialties.


#OTGYpsi: Beautifying Ypsilanti Through Community Gardening

May 22, 2019
Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

Gardening is a popular activity in the spring and summertime, and many folks get together at this time for community gardening.  Among the community gardening programs in the Ypsilanti area are Willow Run Acres and the Cooperative Orchard of Ypsilanti (CORY).  The programs' respective founders, Lisa Bashert and T.C. Collins, join WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg to talk about their efforts in this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi."


After filling the position for several months on an interim basis, Alena Zachery-Ross was recently named the permanent superintendent for Ypsilanti Community Schools, and Dr. Carlos Lopez was recently hired as the assistant superintendent of curriculum.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with both of them about their goals and efforts to work for the betterment of the Ypsilanti Community School District.


Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

There was a house in Ann Arbor was a place where people could celebrate life with music, poetry, and delicious pancakes.  Patrick Elkins and his friends, who once occupied the so-called "Totally Awesome House," decided to take such a celebration to a wider audience and created the "Totally Awesome Fest" in Ypsilanti.  Elkins joins WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg to talk about this year's festival on this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi."


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

The City of Ypsilanti held is first city council meeting Tuesday night since Council Member Pete Murdock from the third ward passed away.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there and has the story.


League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area
Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

This week on “In The Public Interest,” our bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, 89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks with league member Margaret Leary about the upcoming 2020 census.

       

Beth Bashert
Beth Bashert

Ypsilanti City Council this week is expected to decide the future of the Peninsular Park Dam.  Will it be removed from the Huron River?  Will it be preserved?  WEMU’s David Fair talks through the economic, environmental, and community character issues that have been at the center of the ongoing debate with Mayor Beth Bashert.


Donald Harrison

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the performing arts.  89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry is joined by Wendy Wright and a special guest, local filmmaker Donald Harrison, who is getting ready to preview his documentary about Ann Arbor's Community High School.


#OTGYpsi: Debating The Future Of The Peninsular Dam

Apr 24, 2019
Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

The Peninsular Dam has been a point of controversy in Ypsilanti for years.  Some, like climate change activist Beth Gibbons, believe it should be demolished.  Others, like Margery Dosey of the Friends of Peninsular Park, want the dam repaired and preserved.  Both Gibbons and Dosey present their arguments in this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi" with WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg.


#OTGYpsi: Special Day In Ypsilanti Honors Legacy Of Booker T. Washington

Apr 10, 2019
Patrick Campion / 89.1 WEMU

Booker T. Washington was an integral part of African-American history, especially in the realm of education.  Washington's work inspired local photographer Noah Rucker to create an holiday designed to spread education, business, and art in the black community, which he calls "BookDay."  Rucker talks all about the most recent BookDay with WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg in this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi."


Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

Many people look at their lives and might say that they wish they had more time and energy time to pursue some activities other what their careers involve.  That is why the DO (something) Conference was recently held at Ypsilanti's Riverside Arts Center.  It allowed people to make interpersonal connections when it comes to pursuing new careers or special projects.  WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg hear all about the event from conference organizer John Eslinger and guest speaker Khalid Ibrahim in this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi."


Theatre Nova
Theatre Nova / theatrenova.org

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the local performing arts scene.  89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry and Wendy Wright talk to playwright David Wells about his latest local theatre production, “Mazel Tov, John Lennon,” along with the man playing John Lennon, actor Forrest Hejkal. 

  

Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

During the Obama administration, a new program called "My Brother's Keeper" was established to assist young people of color in their education and potential career paths.  Washtenaw County was the first county in the U.S. to jump on this new mission.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg hear all about the Washtenaw County chapter of My Brother's Keeper from Shamar Herron, who sits on its planning committee.


Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

In the years following the Great Recession, Ypsilanti neighborhoods have rebounded from economic and housing problems.  However, Ypsilanti's Sugarbrook neighborhood has seen a slower upswing.  So, the Huron Valley chapter of Habitat for Humanity decided to step in.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg learn all about this redevelopment project from Sugarbrook neighborhood watch coordinator Glenn Fitzhugh and Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley representative Ceara Murtagh.


League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area
Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

This week on "In The Public Interest," our bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, 89,1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks to league member Mary Seelhorst about a bill now being considered by Congress that provides a number of protections for voters.


Ypsilanti City Council unanimously accepted the resignation of city manager Darren McClary Thursday.  It has raised issues of implicit bias and governmental transparency.  It may also be a red flag as to the working relationships between the Mayor Beth Bashert and members of city council.  The Mayor addresses these issues in a morning-after perspective conversation with WEMU's David Fair.

#OTGYpsi: Assisting Expectant Mothers In Michigan's Penal System

Mar 6, 2019
Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

Pregnancy is a very stressful time in a woman's life.  For women who are incarcerated, that time is consideredly more stressful, due to lack of support or proper medical care.  This is why the Michigan Prison Doula Initiative, or MPDI, was created.  MPDI co-founder Jacqueline Williams talks about her project with WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg in this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi."


United Way of Washtenaw County

As Black History Month comes to a close, 89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry spoke to two Washtenaw County nonprofit executive directors honored for their contributions to making a difference in the local community.


Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the art of well being.  89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks with Ypsilanti author and transformational coach Cherisa Allen, who shares her story of abuse and how she uses what happened to her to empower other people.


Danielle Milner / twitter.com

A key to the success of any business, organization, or institution is knowing your audience.  Marketing and advertising will help seal your product, but it is branding that will create emotional connection and loyalty.  As such, branding has become an art form unto itself.  In this week's "creative:impact," WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich connect with Danielle Milner, a partner at the Ypsilanti branding studio DO:BETTER. 


Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

What do you think about hip-hop music?  Do you know it has deep roots in African-American culture and many of its messages can be inspiring and uplifting?  As part of Black History Month, 89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry explores the roots and reputation of hip-hop music in Washtenaw County and efforts to incorporate it into education and its impact on the community.


Music
Pedro Esteva

Eastern Michigan University students, under the direction of Dr. Sadaf Ali and Patrick Campion, were given the opportunity to create a reporting project as a final project in their CTAT 334 class.  This is the work of Pedro Esteva, reporting on the Washtenaw County venues known for showcasing folk music artists.


EMU Student Project: Report On FTM A2 Ypsi

Jan 1, 2019
Noel Saval

Eastern Michigan University students, under the direction of Dr. Sadaf Ali and Patrick Campion, were given the opportunity to create a reporting project as a final project in their CTAT 334 class.  This is the work of Noel Saval, reporting on FTM A2 Ypsi, which is a support group for transgender-identifying men and nonbinary people in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. 


A new year brings a new path for Ypsilanti's outgoing mayor Amanda Edmonds.  Deciding not to run for another term, Edmonds was replaced by Beth Bashert as the city's new mayor after winning the recent November election.

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with Edmonds about her four-year term as mayor of Ypsilanti and what she plans to do next.


Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

Ypsilanti’s Meals on Wheels is known for keeping people in need from going hungry, especially senior citizens.  But thanks to a grant supported by the Glacier Hills Legacy Fund, the Washtenaw County organization will expand its services.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan has the story.


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