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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

Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels closer to fundraising goal

Subaru employees Pete vanBuren and Dan Taylor met at the Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels office today to help deliver food. Photo by Christine Laughren

Subaru employees Pete vanBuren and Dan Taylor met at the Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels office today to help deliver food.

Non-profit collects funds from Holiday Home Tours, Subaru's 'Share the Love'

By Christine Laughren
Dec. 8, 2009    ·    6:41 p.m.

Although they still have quite a bit of fundraising to go, Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels has managed to raise approximately $17,000 in one month.

Today alone, Ann Arbor’s Dunning Subaru donated $2,000 to YMOW as part of its Share the Love sales event. Employees of the dealership also donated their time to deliver food today and will continue to help with deliveries Wednesday and Friday.

Bill Kurkjian, a volunteer for Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels, explained Subaru’s Share the Love campaign donates $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased through Jan. 4, 2010.

According to its Web site Subaru will make the contribution to each charity by March 1, 2010. Last year Subaru donated $4.7 million during the Share the Love Event. This year Subaru hopes to donate up to $5 million.

“The businesses are so generous,” Ann Harris, executive director of YMOW said.

An even bigger fundraising event – Ypsilanti’s Holiday Homes Tour – brought in approximately $15,000 over the course of Saturday and Sunday.

Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels serves 215 meals to area residents every day and another 60 residents are on a waiting list to be a part of the program. However, like many charitable organizations, YMOW is struggling to stay afloat with sharply declining revenue in recent years.

This is the first year in the organization’s 35-year history it has had to create a waiting list, and those on the list typically have to wait about three months to start receiving food.

A few years ago YMOW’s first line of defense in balancing its budget was to eliminate dinner. Now, Harris said the organization needs $30,000 by the end of the year to stay solvent. That money would not impact the wait list, but it would keep the list from getting longer and keep the organization’s board of directors from reducing its services even more.

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