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Thank you Ypsilanti
By Dan DuChene & Christine Laughren
Jun. 23, 2010   ·   5:07 p.m.

Christine Laughren and Dan DuChene, co-owners of the Ypsilanti Citizen, pose in front of their company's banner at Frenchie's during the Citizen's one-year anniversary party.

The Ypsilanti Citizen was launched in November 2008 to inform the Ypsilanti community about the news and events that were happening in their area.

Since our launch,...read more

Crossroads Summer Festival; rockin’ ladies night
By Dave Heikkinen and Frank Wright
Jun. 23, 2010   ·   4:37 p.m.

Barbara Payton and the Big Boss Trio rock Washington Street.

A special Ladies Night was held Friday at the 2010 Ypsilanti Crossroads Summer Festival in conjunction with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Just...read more

Crossroads to hold Ladies Night for Relay for Life
By Dave Heikkinen and Frank Wright
Jun. 16, 2010   ·   9:13 a.m.

On June 11, the 2010 Ypsilanti Crossroads Summer Festival featured a rousing opening set from roots and blue grass band Dragon Wagon.

Dragon Wagon was joined on...read more

Electric rail pollution leads to dirty laundry
By Laura Bien
Jun. 15, 2010   ·   11:42 a.m.

From the approximate vantage point of the present-day Materials Unlimited, the interurban car barn and powerhouse on Michigan Avenue loomed large.

Maggie Smith was not looking forward to a forenoon of sewing pleats.

She put down her newest customer’s summer dress. Downstairs, she offered to get potatoes...read more

EMU students in wartime
By Laura Bien
Jun. 1, 2010   ·   10:32 a.m.

The 1942 Aurora yearbook, the 50th
anniversary edition, included images that contrasted modern and
old-time students.

Leroy Grindle was an Ypsilantian soldier who lost his life in WWII. He was a member of the Michigan Normal (EMU) class of ’41, and is memorialized with a black...read more

Beal responds to hearing's results

Dr. Kimberly A. Rice DDS

Letter to the Editor

By Stewart Beal
Apr. 28, 2010    ·    8:52 p.m.


We at the Beal Group will not rest until the Thompson Block has been fully restored.

We are completely committed to redeveloping this extremely precious and historic resource so that it may become a shining example of historic restoration for all of Ypsilanti’s citizens to enjoy.  This building will not under any circumstances be demolished.  We must work together as a community to see this project through.

The city of Ypsilanti’s choice of legal action has been proven to be what everyone knew it would be: a delay in the completion of the project.  If City Council had supported their city manager by allowing him to move forward with our agreement we would be mostly done by now.  The only thing in our way at this point is the city itself.

I hope that City Attorney Mr. Barr will be discouraged by his loss today and ask the City Manager to allow us to complete our plan under a reasonable time table.  I am extremely confident that when the facts are presented in front of a reasonable party, by that I mean any judge in Washtenaw County, the Beal Group will be allowed to complete their plan.

It saddens me that the City of Ypsilanti spent more than $5,000 dollars today of hard earned tax payer money for nothing.  This entire process could have and should have been avoided.

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