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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

More filming in Ypsilanti

Cast and crew from Photo by Christine Laughren

Cast and crew from "Whip It" film a street scene in Ypsilanti during the summer of 2008. Another film, "Betty Anne Waters" will start shooting in Ypsilanti next month.
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Hilary Swank, Minnie Driver, Sam Rockwell to star in ‘Betty Anne Waters’ shooting next month downtown

By Dan DuChene
Feb. 23, 2009    ·    11:08 a.m.


Ypsilanti will play home to another movie shoot next month.

On March 16, filming for the movie “Betty Anne Waters,” will carry over to Downtown Ypsilanti. Starring Hilary Swank, Minnie Driver and Sam Rockwell, the movie has already been filmed in Ann Arbor and Chelsea.

Much of the filming is scheduled to take place in and around the Freeman Bunting Insurance building on Michigan Avenue. Parking spaces on both sides of Michigan Avenue will be utilized for the movie, as well as much of the parking lot behind the building.

Throughout the first half of the day filming will take place on Michigan Avenue itself, which will lead to short, two to five minute, street closures from Washington to Huron streets.

The movie’s filming was discussed at the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti’s meeting last week. Several business owners discussed this movie in comparison to the filming from last summer.

“There is a buzz within these people that we’re here,” said DAY member Kevin Hill. “They liked being here, they felt welcome.”

This will be the second time Ypsilanti has been home to major motion picture shoot, with the filming of “Whip It,” starring Drew Barrymore and Ellen Page, this summer. “Whip It,” about a girl who discovers the sport of roller derby in her small Texas community, is set for release this fall.

Though some complained of the inconvenience from last summer’s filming, most seemed excited of the prospects the filming industry can bring to the city. Some business owners suggested the idea of creating banners and offering discounts based on the film’s title or theme. They also touted the idea of going in on gift baskets of samples of what Ypsilanti’s local businesses have to offer.

“It will be a lot more cost effective for us to go into this together,” a representative from Vivid Imaging Studios said at the meeting.

“Betty Anne Waters” is the true story of a working mother in Massachusetts, who puts herself through law school to represent her brother after his murder conviction.

Filming for the movie is also scheduled for Depot Town at a later date. Stay tuned the Citizen for more on this story as it develops.



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