Ypsilanti District Library To Offer Curbside Pickup

Jun 26, 2020
Ypsilanti District Library

To help maintain social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic, the Ypsilanti District Library will start offering curbside pickup service at its Whittaker branch on Monday. 

YCS Offering New Online Summer Learning Program

Jun 25, 2020
Ypsilanti Community Schools

In addition to its virtual summer school, Ypsilanti Community Schools is now offering a new online summer learning program. 

Ypsilanti Mayor Says She Will Not Resign

Jun 19, 2020
City of Ypsilanti

Some residents want Ypsilanti Mayor Beth Bashert to resign after making controversial comments during a city council meeting earlier this week.  

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Plans to build an Amtrak platform in Ypsilanti’s Depot Town remain uncertain.  

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The Washtenaw Health Department is launching three additional COVID-19 testing sites in Ypsilanti this month.

Ypsilanti District Library

As the coronavirus keeps local libraries closed and forces them to move their operations online, the Ypsilanti District Library is taking steps to ensure those without internet access can still receive important information.

City of Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti's city council is moving forward with its Tuesday, March 17 meeting, but it's taking extra safety precautions due to the coronavirus.

Washtenaw County Government

More local government offices are temporarily closing to try to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Eastern Michigan University
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Eastern Michigan University's Board of Regents approved a gift of $8 million on Friday to build a new golf facility on campus.  The project will be entirely funded by the EMU alumni group "GameAbove."  University President James Smith reiterates what the group told Eastern when they made their financial commitment.

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The Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber hosted a luncheon in Ypsilanti on Monday to discuss ways it can help improve workforce and economic development in Washtenaw County.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there and has the story.

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Eastern Michigan University hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday afternoon to celebrate the opening of the new "IHA Health Center @ EMU."  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there and has the story.

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The SafeHouse Center shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Ann Arbor is constantly at, or near, capacity.  The number of helpline calls to the center is at an all-time high.  These are insidious and pervasive issues right here in our home community.  89.1 WEMU's David Fair sat down with SafeHouse Center executive director Barbara Niess-May, to discuss where we've come, where we are, and where we need to go.

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Eastern Michigan University President James Smith delivered his second State of the University address on Tuesday.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan attended and has the story.

Eastern Michigan University
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Budget and student enrollment are among the topics that are expected to be discussed during Eastern Michigan University's State of the University Address on Tuesday.  EMU spokesperson Geoff Larcom says members of the public are encouraged to attend President James Smith's address that will start at 4pm at the Student Center Auditorium. 

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During a time when self-identity is becoming more important, a new trend of having personalized art on your shoes is growing.  An Ypsilanti artist is using his skills to meet that demand by repurposing old shoes and making them into a work of art.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan visited the local artist.

EMU To Host 9/11 Memorial

Sep 10, 2019
Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University will host its annual 9/11 Ceremony of Remembrance Wednesday morning on campus at Pease Park.  A 7,000 pound beam from the World Trade Center is part of a permanent memorial at the park.  Geoff Larcom is a spokesperson for Eastern.

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A new, Ann Arbor-based initiative aims to help victims and survivors of domestic violence through advocacy, education, and change.  As if the harm of the crime weren’t enough, many survivors are victimized again in going through the judicial process and with no adequate assurance of future safety.  As a survivor, that’s why Ashton Steele decided to start “Her World.”  Ashton, and fellow survivor Nicole Beverly, joined WEMU’s David Fair for a conversation on the issues, the work that lay ahead and on the 1st Annual Her World Gala and Fundraiser in Ann Arbor on September 14th.

Looking for fun this 4th of July week? WEMU has you covered for special programming and local events nearby!

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For over a century, a club in Ypsilanti has served as an outlet for local women to discuss literature.  Their history is as rich and interesting as the clubhouse they use for meetings.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan visited the Hidden in Plain Sight club and has the story.

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Ypsilanti's first same sex married couple recalls their wedding process on the 15th Anniversary of the first legal same-sex marriage in the United States.  Lisa and Beth Bashert have been together for over 30 years, first having the legal right to get married in Ypsilanti, Michigan in 2014.  That right has changed a few times since then, and the Ypsilanti mayor and her legal partner say it's been an emotional and legal roller coaster as they struggle to marry the person they love. 

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Ypsilanti's city council voted late Tuesday night to remove the Peninsular Paper Dam.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there and has the story.

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A student-run tech shop at Eastern Michigan University does more than help the general public repair computer problems.  It also provides an opportunity for low-income residents to own a computer.  As 89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan reports, by-and-large, the work takes place while Hidden in Plain Sight. 

Best Of Ottawa Animation Festival Coming To Ypsilanti

Apr 17, 2019

The Ottawa International Film Festival is world renowned for being a showcase of the best works in the field of animation.  Two local filmmakers, Martin Thoburn and Donald Harrison, worked to organize a local stop on their annual road show that showcases award winning pieces from that festival.  It is their hope that Friday's showcase at the Riverside Arts Center (the event also serves as a fundraiser for the Center) in Ypsilanti will inspire young artists in our community and open up the possibility of showcasing more independent filmmakers.  WEMU's Patrick Campion sat down with Martin to chat about why they felt this was important and what you'll experience when you attend the event this Friday. 

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WEMU has partnered with the United Way of Washtenaw County to explore the people, organizations, and institutions creating opportunity and equity in our area.  And, as part of this ongoing series, you’ll also hear from the people benefiting and growing from the investments being made in the areas of our community where there are gaps in available services.  It is a community voice.  It is 'Washtenaw United.'

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89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan found a business in Ypsilanti that produces something that's been around for thousands of years.  Now, with more flavor offerings and product lines, its popularity is only growing, thanks in part to a local compamy that has, for the most part, remained  "Hidden In Plain Sight." 

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Did you know that Ypsilanti’s New Jerusalem Baptist Church was originally built as a school for African-American students?  The First Ward School closed in 1919 after more than 50 years of operating in the era of “separate but equal.”  WEMU’s Jorge Avellan explores the history of the school, its connection to a landmark segregation case in Michigan, and where we stand on that issue 100 years later. 

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A small rally was held Tuesday afternoon after a black doll was found hanging from the shower rod of a dormitory bathroom at Eastern Michigan University.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan attended the rally.

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The student body president at Eastern Michigan University is asking a professor to resign after posting a racist acronym on social media last year.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan has the story.

Science Complex Construction Completed At EMU

Feb 7, 2019
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The third and final construction phase of Eastern Michigan University's science complex has been completed, and a dedication ceremony was held Thursday afternoon.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan attended and has the story.