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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

Video contest to showcase Ypsi

Photo by Christine Laughren

The Ypsilanti Citizen shows its love for Ypsi at MoFo Karaoke at The Elbow Room.
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Area amateur filmmakers invited to compete

By Jim Cavanaugh
Sep. 25, 2009    ·    3:12 p.m.


Lovers of Ypsilanti rejoice—now you can express your feelings for your favorite city, encourage people to move here, and maybe make a little extra money.

The ‘I Love Ypsi’ video contest, hosted by Concentrate Media, emYOU! The Magazine and the Ypsilanti Citizen, challenges amateur filmmakers to produce videos explaining why they love Ypsilanti. First prize is $150, with the second place receiving $100 and third awarded $50.

The video contest is part of a larger movement to get people to come to the city.

Tim Adkins, of emYOU!, said he hopes the videos will showcase why Ypsilanti and the people that live in the city are great.

“We really want to encourage people to move into the area,” Adkins said.

Teresa Gillotti, community and economic development educator for Ypsilanti, said she is excited to see what people come up with.

“People have really strong feelings about Ypsilanti,” Gillotti said. “Sometimes Ypsi gets a bad rap, but this lets people tell their tale.”

She added that there are three possible categories for videos to be placed into. The first category, ‘Love at First Sight,’ is for the people that have loved Ypsilanti the first time they laid eyes on it.

The second category, ‘Opposites Attract,’ is for those who never expected to like Ypsilanti, but have gradually come around.

The third category, ‘Love to Hate You: Hate to Love You,’ is all about Ypsilanti’s challenges, but also its potential.

The contest runs until Oct. 19 and online voting for the videos is scheduled to begin the following day and end on Oct. 27. The winner will be announced Oct. 28 and the video will be shown at emyouthemagazine.com, concentratemedia.com and at YpsiCiti.com.

The videos will be hosted online at YouTube. To enter the contest, go to the Web site and click “Video Response.” From there you can upload your own ‘I Love Ypsi’ video.

Gillotti noted that by putting up all the video submissions, she hoped it would generate good buzz about the city.

“I think the idea is that if you start Googling Ypsi, you’ll see some nice things pop up,” she said.

In addition to the video contest, Ypsilanti is hosting an open house event, scheduled for Oct. 31, to be held at SPARK East, located at 215 W. Michigan Ave.

People are invited to drop by and see some of the houses listed on the market in the city. Representatives from Ypsilanti public schools, the police department, and from assorted neighborhood organizations will be on hand to answer questions.

For more information about the Ypsilanti open house, please see http://openhouse.ypsi.com/.

On the Web:
YouTube Contest Channel
emYOU! The Magazine
Concentrate Media
Ypsilanti open house



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