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Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

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.


Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

An Ypsilanti man has taken his love for vintage discarded materials and has turned it into art.  But not just any type of art, he’s making robot-like creations out of them.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan paid a visit to his workshop to watch the process of unique creation.  


Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

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.


Yen Azzaro

Ypsilanti artist Yen Azzaro has participated in a number of different local art projects and has done graphic artistry for the Ford Motor Company, The Kresge Foundation, and Eastern Michigan University among others.  She used her skills to create special signs for several area homeless people to provide them with a human connection and hope for a better future.

She shares more about the project she refers to as "homeless and hopeful" with 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry.


#OTGYpsi: Providing Warm Clothes For Residents In Need This Holiday Season

Nov 28, 2018
Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

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.


Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

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.


Beth Bashert
Beth Bashert

Ypsilanti City Council member Beth Bashert will be the city's next mayor.  She joined WEMU's David Fair to talk about her plans for the city.


Ypsilanti District Library
Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

The local library has evolved into something much more than just a place to check out a book or peruse the Dewey Decimal System.  89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry reports on an upcoming library millage issue that will be before Ypsilanti voters on November 6th.


ypsiGLOW
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In its third year, a night of lights, music, and energy is planned for downtown Ypsilanti.  “ypsiGLOW" takes place Friday evening, October 26th.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry speaks with organizer Jeri Rosenberg and Kristen Klochko from Eastern Michigan University's Engage@EMU to talk about the lively community event said to be bigger and better than ever!

November Election 2018: Ypsilanti's Mayoral Race

Oct 18, 2018
Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

Voters in Ypsilanti are used to seeing their candidates run as Democrats.  That’s not the case this time around.  When the November 6th general election rolls around, voters in the city will find that four of the five candidate options for mayor are running as independents.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan wanted to find out why that is.  And, along the way, the candidates helped define some of the issues that drove them to run.  


Harvest Festival of Thanks
We the People Growers Association / wethepeoplegrowersassociation.com

The fall season is all about harvesting crops for the coming winter, and one local farmer wants to make this time of year something special.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks to Ypsilanti farmer Melvin Parson about his "Harvest Festival of Thanks," which takes place on October 27th.


#OTGYpsi: Vacant Buildings In Ypsilanti Find New Life

Oct 10, 2018
Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

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.


Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

There are five candidates seeking to become Ypsilanti's next mayor.  Sitting Mayor Amanda Edmonds decided against seeking re-election.  2nd Ward City councilwoman Beth Bashert was unopposed in the August primary but now faces a run-off with four others.  Anne Brown has previously served on Ypsilanti City Council.  Adrienne Hirschfelder is a lecturer at Eastern Michigan University.  Mickiela Tate is an Ypsilanti resident dipping into local politics for the first time, and Shiela McSpadden is a write-in candidate seeking her first elective office.  Four of the five candidates gathered at Riverside Arts Center for a public forum Tuesday night.  McSpadden did not participate.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there. 


#OTGYpsi: TED Event Comes To Ypsilanti To Discuss Mobility

Oct 3, 2018
Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

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.


#OTGYpsi: New Community Benefits Ordinance To Take Effect

Sep 26, 2018
Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

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.


#OTGYpsi: NAAAHR Invests In Ypsilanti

Sep 19, 2018
Brianna Kelly / Concentrate Media

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.


Margaret Hitch

A historic church in Ypsilanti will soon have a new mission and serve a different calling in the community.  The First Congregational Church on Adams Street in Ypsilanti has been for sale for over ten years with no prayer, really, of being sold due to the extensive work and repair it required.  That’s until Ypsilanti computer entrepreneur Steve Pierce and his surgeon wife Maggie Brandt decided to put their passion for restoring historic buildings into the facility.

89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry takes you inside the local church that is attracting musicians and performers much before its official opening...still hidden in plain sight.


Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

This week, "Art and Soul" focuses on the performing arts in our area.  89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry is joined by local writer and reviewer Jenn Mckee and local actor Dominic Seipenko, talking about his part in the musical now being put on by the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre…and even sings a bit!


Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

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.


#OTGYpsi: Ypsilanti Churches Becoming More Open To The Whole Community

Aug 8, 2018
Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

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.


Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

It's that time of the year when Washtenaw County employees are asking you to help them with their "Stuff the Bus" campaign to benefit students from Washtenaw County public school districts.  


Lisa Barry

After 3 years as the Superintendent of Ypsilanti Community Schools, Dr. Benjamin Edmondson has decided to step down from the position.  He talks to 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry about his tenure and what lead to his decision to leave the Washtenaw County school district.


Nashbash

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the local performing arts scene.  89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry is joined by local writer and reviewer Jenn McKee and an organizer and performing from the upcoming Nashbash Music Festival in Ann Arbor, Judy Banker.


#OTGYpsi: Bringing Attention To Ypsilanti's West Cross Street Businesses

Jul 25, 2018
Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

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.


Pixabay

Numerous roads in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti are closing for the two cities’ 4th of July Parades.

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The Ypsilanti community group "A Seat at the Table" will host two candidate forums that will be moderated by youth.


Lisa Barry

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 Donna Crudder of the local league about their ongoing candidate public forums.


Lisa Barry

In this edition of Art and Soul, 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry is joined by Omari Rush, executive director of CultureSource and chair of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.  Local artist John Gutoskey joins the conversation to talk about his upcoming show, "Pulse Nightclub 49 Elegies."


#OTGYpsi: A Look Inside The New Ypsilanti Performance Space

May 9, 2018
Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

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.


Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

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.


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