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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

Arts Alliance hosts Web site launch party
By Mark Tower
Apr. 15, 2010   ·   2:02 p.m.

The Arts Alliance, a local organization supporting arts and cultural activity in Washtenaw County, is launching a Web site that offers local artists of all kinds a place to post detailed profiles and notify visitors of events in the art community.

The Arts Alliance, a local organization supporting arts and cultural activity in Washtenaw County, will host a Web site launch party at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the...read more

Volunteers prepare for Ypsi PRIDE Day

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. Photo by Citizen file

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.
Dr. Kimberly A. Rice DDS

Annual community clean-up, volunteer lunch Saturday

By Mark Tower
May. 13, 2010    ·    7:09 a.m.

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 of spring cleaning for the city and surrounding townships.

Sixteen years later, Ypsilanti PRIDE (People Restoring Image and Developing the Environment) Day organizer Jane Carr said inspiring people to clean up the neighborhoods is more important than ever, with dwindling city and township budgets to fund park maintenance.

“The idea is to get a lot of people out to participate in making Ypsilanti look nice,” Carr said. “It helps people take ownership of their community.”

Forty cleanup sites have already been set up in Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township for the event, which runs from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Each site is listed on the group's website at www.ypsipride.org, and a site captain is named for each area so volunteers know who to talk to Saturday morning when they arrive.

Carr said anyone wishing to donate their time to clean up the communities is welcomed to stop by a site ready to help pick up garbage, plant flowers, landscape and do various other tasks needed at each location. Volunteers are also encouraged to help clean up elsewhere in the community, and many residents choose to work on their own lawns and gardens after Saturday's thank-you lunch.

Potential volunteers can register to volunteer or donate on the group's website or can email ypsipride@ypsilantijaycees.com with any questions.

Volunteers will meet up at noon for lunch, which is provided by local businesses and restaurants, in Parkridge Park, near the intersections of Harriet and Hawkins streets in Ypsilanti. The lunch is expected to last until about 2 p.m. This year's Ypsilanti PRIDE Day Award winner, determined by nominations from citizens, will be announced during the celebration.

During last year's PRIDE Day, the award winner was the Heritage Park Men's Group, who Carr said work diligently to maintain Parkridge Park. The lunch is being held there to honor their effort, she said, and to highlight a park many in the community may not be familiar with.

There has also been some discussion about alternately holding the thank-you lunch in the city and in the township, but Carr said no decisions have been made.

The site captains will be unmistakable in their YpsiPRIDE 2010 “Captain” shirts, Carr said, which were donated by VG Kids in Ypsilanti. Other shirts commemorating this year's PRIDE Day will also be available for people to purchase during the lunch for $10 each.

After paying for the cost of the logo design, all proceeds from the sale of shirts will go toward helping to fund future Ypsi PRIDE days, Carr said.

Though the event is somewhat weather-dependent, organizers expect about 350 volunteers to participate this year, since more than 300 have already registered on the website and more people usually show up than register.

Saturday will also see the 22nd annual Downtown Blooms Day in Ann Arbor, where volunteers plant flowers and landscape areas in downtown Ann Arbor. Carr said Ypsi PRIDE and its sponsors are looking into the possibility of combining the two events, which often occur on the same day anyway.

Ypsilanti PRIDE Day is sponsored by the Ypsilanti Area Jaycees and the Ypsilanti-Ann Arbor Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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