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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

Give Local in Ypsilanti

Give Local brochures can be found at local cafes, shops and other various locations throughout the community. Photo by Give Local

Give Local brochures can be found at local cafes, shops and other various locations throughout the community.

Initiative encourages giving back to community

By Christine Laughren
Nov. 21, 2008    ·    5:00 p.m.

Everybody has his or her own personal project on Ypsilanti’s 2020 Task Force and Give Local is Gary Clark’s baby.

Give Local is an Ypsilanti initiative that encourages the community to give back to local non-profits. Clark said in these not so great economic times it occurred to him that the community is going to be turning to local non-profits more than ever. He said he wanted to keep money in the community.

“In difficult financial times people will increasingly turn toward our local non-profit organizations for help,” Clark said. I think (giving local) is a more direct gift - from ourselves to ourselves.”

The initiative also encourages the community to give more than just money. Clark said you can help in other ways such as donating your time, supplying equipment needs, mentoring a young person or organizing a local food drive.

Dozens of non-profits are already on this year’s Give Local brochure, which can be found throughout the Ypsilanti community. Clark said criteria for non-profits are that they primarily serve Ypsilanti residents and are housed or have offices in the City. Non-profits that wish to be listed can visit www.givelocalypsilanti.org. Organizations that are not on the Web site will be added and in the flyer for the next printing.

Other personal projects the 2020 task force has been working on is Shop Ypsi, now in its third year, and a Young Persons Film Festival, which is expected to launch next year.

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