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

SPARK East welcomes community

Photo by Christine Laughren

Ann Arbor SPARK, in collaboration with the Eastern Leaders Group and all Eastern Innovation Campus partners celebrated debut of SPARK East at an open house today.

Open house celebrates business incubator's debut

By Christine Laughren
May. 8, 2009    ·    6:07 p.m.

Ann Arbor SPARK, in collaboration with the Eastern Leaders Group and all Eastern Innovation Campus partners celebrated the debut of SPARK East at an open house today.

“I don’t think any of us could have envisioned what’s here today and the number of individuals that came to downtown Ypsilanti to be a part of this,” Washtenaw County Administrator Bob Guenzel said before the ribbon cutting this afternoon. “It has really been a huge success for Washtenaw County.”

SPARK East is a non-profit business incubator established to "advance the economic development of innovation-based businesses in the Ann Arbor region,” according to the organization’s Web site.

The organization offers entrepreneurs programs and resources with feedback in the fields of banking, finance, startups, marketing, sales, Human Resources and logistics in addition to some office space. Currently eight businesses are located in the office at 215 W. Michigan Ave. This is the third business incubator in SPARK’s Regional Incubator Network.

County Commissioner Ronnie Peterson (D) said politicians of every stripe came together to make SPARK East a reality.

“It wasn’t a Republican agenda, it wasn’t a Democrat agenda, it was a people agenda about making a healthy economy on the eastern part of Washtenaw County and throughout Washtenaw County,” Peterson said.

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