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Volunteers prepare for Ypsi PRIDE Day
By Mark Tower
May. 13, 2010   ·   7:09 a.m.

Volunteers and W.H. Canon employees plant flowers in Depot Town while Ypsilanti resident Mike Labadie repairs the planter's brick work on Ypsi PRIDE Day last year.

Each year, residents in and around the city of Ypsilanti carry on a tradition started by a group of community members enrolled in a city leadership program, a sort...read more

Bicycles zoom as flowers bloom
By Citizen staff
Apr. 30, 2010   ·   2:11 p.m.

Riders from last year's spring ride come in after a long trip. Bike Ypsi’s 2010 Spring Ride and Festival is from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday at Recreation Park (1015 Congress Street).

The weather has turned, the trees are budding and the flowers are popping out of the ground; time for a cruise through town. But don’t be so quick to hop in the...read more

Sheriff Clayton visits Ypsilanti Township
By Mark Tower
Apr. 29, 2010   ·   12:59 p.m.

Ypsilanti Township resident Kathleen Hanadel takes notes as her and other residents attempt to asses WCSO services Tuesday evening at a community forum held at the township's community center.

About 50 Ypsilanti Township residents gave the Washtenaw County Sheriff Office their input about law enforcement in the community Tuesday evening.

The information...read more

Local photographer raising funds for Ypsi Project exhibit
By Adrienne Ziegler
Apr. 20, 2010   ·   2:20 a.m.

Ypsilanti resident Nicholas Beltsos his grandson Demetrios were photographed by Project Ypsi photographer Erica Hampton during a bike ride she took Monday. A former EMU economics professor, Beltsos and his family moved to Ypsi from Dearborn in 1967.

Ypsilanti has many faces, and Erica Hampton wants to share a few of them with you.

Over the past year, Hampton created the The Ypsi Project, a series of portraits...read more

Savoy taking shape as live music venue
By Dan DuChene
Apr. 17, 2010   ·   2:38 p.m.

Local funk band Third Coast Kings play in Ypsilanti's newest live music venue, Savoy, Friday night.

Ypsilanti's newest concert venue is preparing for its grand opening weekend April 23, more than a month after its soft opening March 13.

Formerly Club Divine,...read more

Christmas Dinner feeds hungry

For the past eight years the Christmas Dinner has provided meals for local individuals, families as well as members of local fire and police departments. Photo by DeVinci Fundraising

For the past eight years the Christmas Dinner has provided meals for local individuals, families as well as members of local fire and police departments.
Krispy Krunchy Chicken

DeVinci Fundraising provides free meals to community

By Christine Laughren
Dec. 16, 2008    ·    11:56 a.m.

Last year more than 700 hungry and homeless in the community were fed with the help of DeVinci Fundraising’s annual Christmas Dinner. This year, with the economic downturn, organizers say they see more need than ever to help the needy during the cold winter months.

This year's Christmas Dinner will be held from 1 p.m. - 5p.m. next Tuesday at the Tap Room Annex.

Leonardo Christian, founder and trustee of DeVinci Fundraising, said over the past years the Christmas Dinner has become an event with a concentrated local impact to individuals, businesses and other organizations coming together to help community members in need. He said the organization needs support this year more than ever because of Michigan's current economic crisis and its repercussions on the community.

Christian said he started the Christmas Dinner because he use to be the one waiting in line at food banks and homeless shelters.

"I know what its like to be out there hungry," he said.

DeVinci Fundraising has raised approximately $2,000 for the event this year. Christian said the event has been successful in the past thanks to the support of Cady's, Aubree's, Haab's, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Sidetrack Bar and Grill, Stadium/Budget Towing Von's Supermarket the Tap Room and Bob Evans.

Along with distributing food to the homeless, dinners are also given to local police and fire departments and senior centers. Christian also said people will be picked up from neighboring homeless shelters with the help of Metropolitan Baptast Church, which is donating a van.

Support for the Christmas Dinner is still needed. Christian said he is still looking for people to help serve the food and donations of coats and toys are greatly appreciated. For more information contact Christian at (734) 485-8803

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