Ypsilanti Citizen Community Sidetrack

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

Halloween Hits Hipsilanti

Nolan Wheeler, the 15-month old lion who won the costume contest in his age group, waves from above the shoulders of his father, Ken Photo by Jenny Williams

Nolan Wheeler, the 15-month old lion who won the costume contest in his age group, waves from above the shoulders of his father, Ken
Dr. Kimberly A. Rice DDS

By Dan DuChene
Oct. 31, 2008    ·    5:00 p.m.


Downtown Ypsilanti was over-run by hundreds of tiny terrors last evening.

Despite some changes to the event, this year's Halloween Fall Fest packed the streets with children dressed in their costumes in hopes of filling their bags with candy.

Unlike past years, when Michigan Avenue is closed and children trick or treat local businesses, children collected candy from station on Washington Street and the Ypsilanti District Library. Along with the costume contest and candy staples, this year the Dreamland Theater put on a puppet show. Another returning favorite was the haunted house that takes over Club Divine

The changes were made this year because the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti, the group that puts on the event, would have had to pay a fee to close Michigan Avenue. Because it could not take on the cost, Washington Street from Pearl Street to Michigan Avenue and from Ferris Street to Michigan Avenue, was closed.

Events, activities and candy were available at all sections of the event.

"Actually, it has way more of a carnival feel," said DAY member Denise Cutlip, who was running the costume contest. "This is a lot of fun.

Another DAY member, Kevin Hill, said he is happy with the event as well.

"It's going well," he said. "Extremely well."

Hill said about 50 volunteers from around the community helped put the event on, not to mention the efforts of those that planned the event.

"I think the committee did an excellent job sustaining an event, that due to the changing economic times, was in danger of not being here."



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