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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

U.S. Census kicks off in Ypsilanti

Lt. Gov. John Cherry spoke to the importance of participation in the 2010 Census Tuesday evening at Ypsilanti's Michigan Works! office. Photo by Christine Laughren

Lt. Gov. John Cherry spoke to the importance of participation in the 2010 Census Tuesday evening at Ypsilanti's Michigan Works! office.

Nation-wide count brings 1,000 jobs to area

By Dan DuChene
Jan. 22, 2010    ·    3:08 p.m.

The 2010 U.S. Census kicked off Tuesday in Ypsilanti and it comes with 1,000 jobs in the area for those who could use the work.

Toine Murphy, a partnership specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau, said the jobs are temporary but could serve as an economic infusion to the county, state and country.

Murphy said the bureau is already hiring so work can begin after questionnaires are mailed to U.S. residents in March. The work in the area, which will occur all around the country, begins when the bureau needs to follow up with households that have not mailed out their responses to the 10 questions in the mailer.

The mailed questionnaire, which Murphy said is very noninvasive and basic, will be expected to be returned to the bureau by April. Murphy said those hired in the area will visit residents who did not return the mailer.

The bureau must have the census completed and on President Barack Obama’s desk by Dec. 31.

Those who apply with the bureau will take a 28-question competency test that will determine their place among the pool of candidates. Murphy said candidates can take the test as many times as they want until a desired score is achieved.

Murphy estimated the work could last into June. The positions are hourly and vary in pay from $10.75 to $18.00, depending on the title and area of work.

Aside from the work, Murphy also said the bureau is trying to educate residents about the census itself, and its importance to Michigan in particular. He said Michigan could risk losing two representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives if the census finds the population has dropped too much in the state. He said this is why it’s important for residents to return their questionnaire to the bureau.

The importance of the census may be what attracted Lieutenant Governor John Cherry to the kick-off event held at the Michigan Works! office on Harriet Street Tuesday night.

“The kick-off was fantastic,” Murphy said. “We have a lot of momentum moving forward.”

He said more than 200 people turned out Tuesday.

For those interested in applying for a position at the U.S. Census Bureau, call 1-866-861-2010, or visit www.census.gov/detroit.

A practice exam is also available to potential applicants.

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