Ypsilanti

Tajalli Hodge
Tajalli Hodge

Nestled on the eastern side of Ypsilanti Township is a neighborhood park that is largely grass-covered and is an underutilized resource. That is changing. Tajalli Hodge is an elected member of the Ypsilanti Township Parks Commission and has taken initial steps to make the park a community gathering place that also enhances the area’s environmental health. WEMU’s David Fair spoke with Hodge about the present and future of Sugarbrook Park. 


Derrick Jackson
Washtenaw County / washtenaw.org

Childhood trauma, if not addressed properly, can have terrible, long-term effects. In many situations, law enforcement is involved, and that can intensify trauma. Derrick Jackson from the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the "Handle with Care" program that identifies those at risk of trauma and then provides needed resources to overcome its affects. 


Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

For this week's "On The Ground Ypsi," WEMU's Lisa Barry and Sarah Rigg from Concentrate Media talk with Peter Sanderson from the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation division about recently completed improvements to Ypsilanti area parks and trails and what else is in the works.


Washtenaw County / washtenaw.org

As life continues to move towards pre-pandemic activity levels, we’re seeing more and more opportunities for in-person engagement. 

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with the Washtenaw County director of elections, Ed Golembiewski, about some new information about what is happening now there.

 


Della DiPietro
Ann Arbor Township / aatwp.org

Curbside recycling is common practice, yet many residents are still placing unrecyclable materials in their bins. That's why the Washtenaw Regional Resource Management Authority (WRRMA) has started an audit and educational program to help property owners make better recycling decisions. Della DiPietro, who serves as both Ann Arbor Township treasurer and WRRMA representative, discusses the program in detail with WEMU's David Fair.

Gary Horton
Gary Horton / Horton Paint Co.

Gary Horton, originally from Ann Arbor, moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1996 to study fine art and design at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. This is where he developed his unique style and range. 

He talks with Lisa Barry and Omari Rush about his work from murals to beverage cans that can be seen both inside and outside around Washtenaw County and around the state.


#OTGYpsi: New Police Reform Pilot Program

Jun 9, 2021
Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

This week for "On the Ground Ypsi," Lisa Barry and Sarah Rigg talk with JoAnn McCollum, president of the New West Willow Neighborhood Association in Ypsilanti Township, about a new police reform pilot program she helped create. It's a way to address quality-of-life issues and responding to nonviolent issues happening in the community.

Sarah Rigg / Concentrate Media

In this week's "On The Ground Ypsi," Lisa Barry and project manager Sarah Rigg talk to Scott Heister, Southeast Regional Director for Mi STEM and a co-founder of the American Center for Innovation.  He talks about the proposed program to work with kids and encourage them to pursue real jobs in STEM fields and providing "cradle-to-career opportunities."


Alena Zachery-Ross
Ypsilanti Community Schools / ycschools.us

Soon after the pandemic hit, unemployment went up significantly on the east side of Washtenaw County.  Student homelessness and food insecurity went up, while any sense of security and stability plummeted. The Ypsilanti Community Schools and its partners responded in short order by creating "The Resiliency Center."  YCS superintendent Alena Zachery-Ross joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the center's impact so far and why the center will likely be with us even after the pandemic is over. 


Ypsilanti Community Schools

With the help of Eastern Michigan University, the United Way, and other local groups, Ypsilanti Community Schools will open an in-person Learning Lab on Monday January 11th.  


Wiki Commons

Ypsilanti Township provides curbside Christmas tree disposal service to its residents but arrangements must be made ahead of time.  


WISD

Out of the 10 school districts that are part of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District, only two currently offer in-person instruction options.  


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.  


Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

Working out of a commercial kitchen in Ypsilanti Township, several new ventures have been able to survive and thrive, even in a pandemic.  Lisa Barry and Sarah Rigg talk with Forrest Maddox, co-creator of "The White Pine Kitchen," who is one of them creating a unique dining experience for people in their own homes.

  

Crystal Harding
Crystal Harding

Ypsilanti High School choir teacher Crystal Harding said she was determined to make the most of this time for students, even though they can't be together due to the pandemic.  So she wrote and had students record a virtual choir video called "New Way."

Lisa Barry talked to the music teacher and high school junior Jamira Daniels, who sang in the video, about the song and the inspiration they hope others find from it.


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.  

Ford Fund

The Ford Fund will give away 50,000 masks during a two-day period in Ypsilanti Township.  

Ypsilanti Township

The Civic Center building in Ypsilanti Township will be open only for voter registration and voting Monday, November 2nd and Tuesday, November 3rd.

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.

 

TheRide To Restore Bus Service In Western Ann Arbor

Oct 29, 2020
TheRide

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority, also known as TheRide, plans to restore bus service in Western Ann Arbor.  

Wiki Commons

At least two flu shot pop-up clinics will be held this weekend in Washtenaw County.  

Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

It doesn't take much to create a space for roller skating, an activity one Ypsilanti area man hopes to see more of in the community.  In this week's "On The Ground-Ypsi," Lisa Barry and Sarah Rigg talk to Daniel Wall about bringing together a "roller culture," or network of skating enthusiasts, in the Ypsilanti area and future plans to have an outdoor skating rink in Ypsilanti Township.


City of Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti’s City Council will begin discussing Tuesday night how the city wants to plan for trick or treating this year during COVID-19. 


YCS

Ypsilanti Community Schools has a new food distribution program it’s offering for families during the pandemic.  

City of Ann Arbor

The Washtenaw County Elections Department says voters will soon start to see an increase in the number of absentee ballot drop-off boxes being installed around the county.  

Bryan Mitchell Photography

Many different community components came together to get a new skatepark built in Ypsilanti Township.  That is the focus of this week's "On The Ground-Ypsi" with WEMU's Lisa Barry, project manager for On the Ground Ypsi Sarah Rigg, and Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission deputy director Meghan Bonfiglio.


City of Ypsilanti

The City of Ypsilanti is one step closer to protecting residents who have been convicted of misdemeanor crimes.  

Wiki Commons

After the State of Michigan’s eviction moratorium was lifted earlier this summer, more and more people have received eviction notices in Washtenaw County during COVID-19.  

Jerry Clayton
Washtenaw County / washtenaw.org

A Washtenaw County deputy sheriff should not face charges in a “use of force incident” in Ypsilanti Township from last May.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton about the decision handed down Tuesday afternoon.


WISD

The Washtenaw Intermediate School District says four of its districts experienced temporary issues with their internet connection on Tuesday as students began their virtual learning from home.  

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