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Archive for April, 2009

Capture the Trash Update

Posted by ppna on April 20, 2009

Saturday was a great day at Riverside Park. Amongst the dozens of people playing games and taking in the sunshine were about 40 volunteers who came to pick up the trash. The event started at 11:30am with a brief orientation and chit-chat. The group broke away into their self-designated teams and hit the hills from noon until 2pm. The hills of Riverside Park and Frog Island were full of eager trash-pickers and if you go down there you will certainly notice the difference. I don’t have the numbers from this years pick up but there was an awful lot of trash and recyclables removed from the park.

The interesting thing about the trash collection is that you can tell exactly what goes on in each area of the park. The surprising thing is that the ‘healthy’ people and the drug addicts are equally guilty when it comes to throwing trash.

Sadly, my team did not win this year although we had quite a few neighbors from the PPNA show up to lend support. We did collect the most bags of trash but they gave the win to another team that had the most weight of trash. We did win for our trash art which was entitled ‘Graduation Day.’

As a final point I’d like to thank all of the folks that put this event together including Aubrees which worked with the DTCDC and provided free pizza. I also want to thank all of the folks that showed up to pick up trash. Finally I want to ask, where were you? In a town our size with a large student population 40 folks is a pretty crappy turn out. Lets get some of that community spirit and help make the community a better place.

FYI- If we use drug paraphernalia and condoms as a guide, the drug addicts and prostitutes seem to hang out in the Frog Island parking lot especially behind the Recycle center, the dumpster coral, and behind the utility shed in Frog Island. The drinkers aren’t particular, all areas of the park are littered with liquor, wine, and beer bottles. It does seem, by the number of tiny liquor bottles, that many of the people that park on the gravel portion of the Frog Island lot are drinking at their lunch hours since they don’t have time for a 1/2 pint. Along the soccer field there were a lot of plastic water and sport drink bottles (need receptacle for recyclables since the trash can was full of plastic bottles).


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Learning is a Family Thing

Posted by ppna on April 20, 2009


Fun for the whole family!

Sponsored by the Washtenaw County Literacy Coalition, the “Learning is a Family Thing” (LIFT) Program is a series of four interactive sessions designed to enhance family, health, financial, and workplace literacy skills for everyone in the family!

The four sessions will address:

Reading Together: Reading as a family; using effective communication skills and study techniques.

Healthy Families: Keeping your family healthy through nutrition, exercise, and education.

Dollars and Sense: Credit management, budgeting, and financial smarts for all ages.

Workplace Skills: Using computers, protecting your employment, and finding the right career for you.

Activities for all ages! Prizes, raffles, giveaways! Snacks and drinks provided!

Cost: Absolutely nothing! It is free!

Ann Arbor District Library

343 S. Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI

Reading Together: 4/19/09, 2-4pm

Healthy Families: 5/17/09, 2-4pm

Dollars and Sense: 6/7/09, 2-4pm

Workplace Skills: 7/19/09, 2-4pm

Community Church of God

565 Jefferson St., Ypsilanti, MI

Healthy Families: 4/28/09, 6-8pm

Reading Together: 5/26/09, 6-8pm

Dollars and Sense: 6/23/09, 6–8pm

Workplace Skills: 7/28/09, 6-8pm

Faith in Action

603 S. Main St., Chelsea, MI

Workplace Skills: 4/15/09, 7-9pm

Dollars and Sense: 5/20/09, 7-9pm

Healthy Families: 6/17/09, 7-9pm

Reading Together: 7/15/09, 7-9pm

Jewish Family Services

2245 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI

Dollars and Sense: 4/8/09, 10am-12pm

Reading Together: 5/6/09, 10am-12pm

Workplace Skills: 6/3/09, 10am-12pm

Healthy Families: 7/1/09, 10am-12pm

Ypsilanti District Library

5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti, MI

Workplace Skills: 5/4/09, 6:30-8:30pm

Healthy Families: 6/8/09, 6:30-8:30pm

Reading Together: 6/29/09, 6:30-8:30pm

Dollars and Sense: 7/13/09, 6:30-8:30pm

See attached for more information. Please distribute widely.

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Capture the Trash Tomorrow at 11:30am

Posted by ppna on April 17, 2009

The Details:
Capture the Trash
Riverside Park — Orientation and refreshments at 11:30am
Trash pick-up — Noon till 3pm
Date — Saturday, 4-18-09

Trash Bags provided
Gloves and old clothes are recommended

Join neighbors and students at Riverside Park to pick up trash. Once
Riverside and Frog Island parks are cleared of trash, groups will be
dispersed to clean up other parts of the city. Last year’s event was a
great success, with a lot of trash being cleared from the parks, the Maple
street parking lot, and the Frog Island parking lot.

It would be great to see a bigger community involvement this year,
however, as volunteers last year consisted mainly of EMU students. We
hope many more residents will come out for a few hours this Saturday to
show their support of the parks! For fun, the event is organized as a
team competition, but you don’t have to be on a team to participate. The
winning team last year,’Team Smoot,’ only had two full-time participants,
who managed to gather no fewer than 23 bags of trash. Awards will be
presented for the trashiest team, the muddiest group, the most unique
piece found, and the most trash collected. The awards are very nice, but
clean parks are the big trophy, and one we can all share.

Hope to see you there,
Kurt Anschuetz
Prospect Park Neighborhood Association

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Things to Watch for at Dreamland

Posted by ppna on April 16, 2009

There are a couple of events coming up this week at the Dreamland Theater that you really should attend. On Tuesday April 21st there is a showing of the “HOBO FILM FESTIVAL” this appears to be a documentary about a Hobo. I’ve known a few Hobos in my day and they are really interesting people. The Dreamland website has no time for the show so I guess you’ll have to stop by or guess.

Dreamland is also hosting day two of the ‘Totally Awesome Fest’ on April 26th. There is no schedule of artists posted for this event but Lord of the Yum Yum will be performing. If you haven’t seen the Lord, YOU MUST.

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Growing Hope providing FREE gardens for Low income Residents

Posted by ppna on April 16, 2009

That Growing Hope keeps doing good things


Been meaning to start that vegetable garden? Ready to take the plunge?

Happy spring!! I’m excited to let you all know that Growing Hope just received a grant that will allow us to install raised bed gardens (three four-by-four foot beds) in the yard of forty low or no-income households this spring!!! We’ll help build (though we like the families to participate as they’re physically able), provide the compost, seeds/plants, and offer to connect them to a garden mentor. In exchange, the families agree to do some surveying (about nutrition & other impacts of participating), and track and turn in data (poundage, etc) about what’s come out! That way, we build our knowledge of what really is possible to grow in small urban spaces, and they benefit from gardening for fresh food. Every time they turn in their tracking data, they’ll also get $10 market dollars– tokens to be redeemed to buy fresh food at our Downtown Ypsi Farmers’ Market. A win-win for the market and the families.

We’re open to families who both rent and own (renters just have to get sign-off from their landlords)– we’re basing the model off an organization in Washington state who’s been doing this for years– so we’re borrowing tools and surveys they’ve made, and learned from their best practices. We can also accommodate building the raised beds on existing ground or atop a patio or concrete.

I’m attaching the flyer, which includes the application (we print it two-sided). Please pass on to your friends and neighbors! We’re hoping some of them will think it’s a great opportunity to get growing.


Amanda Maria Edmonds
Executive Director, Growing Hope

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Loud Stereo Complaint Form

Posted by ppna on April 11, 2009

Here is the PDF of the Loud Stereo Complaint Form

OK neighbors you now have a chance to do something to stop those loud car stereos in our neighborhoods. The YPD has worked up this form which allows you to in-effect issue tickets to violators of the Noise Ordinance. The PDF has the instructions and the forms

This form is to be used by citizens to report violations of the City of Ypsilanti’s Loud Car Stereo Ordinance. This form must be filled out completely and submitted to the Ypsilanti Police Department for processing. Citizens have the option of hand-delivering, mailing, or faxing the completed form to the Police Department. The mailing address is listed below. The fax number is
(734) 483-7060.
Mailing address:
Ypsilanti Police Department
505 W. Michigan Ave.
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

All complaints will be recorded and processed by Police Department staff. Citizens requesting the issuance of a ticket will be contacted by a police officer, as the citizen will need to sign the ticket as the complaining witness. Only incidents that result in the identification of the registered owner and/or driver of the violating vehicle will be issued a ticket. Citizens that sign tickets as a complainant may be required to appear in court to testify against the violator.

Citizens requesting that only a warning be given to the driver/registered owner must indicate so on the form by circling “No” to the question of “Do you want a ticket to be issued”. A warning letter
will be sent to the registered owner and/or driver, if said violator can be identified.

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YMCA Day Camps at Rec and Prospect Parks

Posted by ppna on April 11, 2009

Here is the PDF of the brochure for the YMCA day camps to be held at Rec Park and Prospect Park. Registration begins Monday.


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Bike Ypsi Spring Ride & Festival

Posted by ppna on April 11, 2009

Bike Ypsi Spring Ride & Festival 2009
When: May 3rd, 2009 – rides start at 10:00, festival starts at 12:00.
What: The big spring ride and festival! (it’s free and open to the

# Group rides at 10:00:Long Ride (33 miles)
# Medium Ride (13 miles with optional 6 mile add-on loop)
# Neighborhood Ramble/Scavenger Hunt (family friendly ride)
# Festival at 12:00:Activities for every age, BBQ, bike polo, bike
related games, info booths, and more.

Where: Recreation Park Pavilion
1015 Congress St.
(corner of Congress and Elm)

Where To: Three rides: regular, neighborhood, and long. The regular
ride is a 13-mile loop, with a 6-mile bonus add-on (optional). The
neighborhood ride/ramble is suitable for families with youngsters –
it’s got a scavenger-hunt format, at-your-own-pace, and stays away
from busy streets as much as possible. The long route is for the
harder-core folks. 30+ miles, and more oomph-per-mile than the other

Who: Anyone. Seriously. Our Spring Ride is sort of about being
everything to everyone… as long as it involves a bike. Want to just
get out for a leisurely mosey? OK. Want to pound the pedals, roll up
the road, and make a break for the finish line? That’s fine too. Just
looking to meet other bike people? Heck, that’s the whole point of the
shindig. It’s why it’s free, it’s why we all get together… hope to
see you there.

We encourage helmet use, so we hope you’ll bring yours if you’re
planning to ride. However, if you’re younger than 16, helmets are

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Materials Unlimited Spring Sale

Posted by ppna on April 11, 2009

Today starts our annual Spring Sale!

25% off our entire inventory, now through May 9th

Our shipment of cast stone garden ornaments arrived this week and we’ve been busy setting up an incredible indoor garden with lots of new items. We even have a pretty amazing fountain in the main showroom now! As always, if you have any questions about the sale, please feel free to email me back or call us at 800-299-9462

So make like a bunny and hop on in to
Materials Unlimited
2 West Michigan Ave.
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197


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Cafe’ Luwak Breakfast Buffet Saturday 11th

Posted by ppna on April 10, 2009

From Cafe’ Luwak

It is hard to believe how quickly spring has come. Our breakfast has been taking off, and we are working hard to expand it as soon as possible. This weekend the cafe will be closed on Sunday, so we can work on some repairs and get things ready for our new walk-in. We did decide however to offer our buffet on Saturday April 11th to celebrate the holiday weekend, and as a special treat we are bringing in a the Jamaican High Mountain coffee as our specialty coffee to go with the buffet.

Our buffet includes items like scrambled eggs, mini omelets, corned beef hash made with our famous home cooked corned beef, home fries, bacon, sausage, pancakes, French toast, muffins, fruit, and choice of coffee or fountain drink. All this for $8.50 for adults, and $5.50 for children 12 & under.

Cafe Luwak is located in historic Depot Town at 42 E. Cross St in Ypsilanti, MI. We serve high end deli sandwiches, which were voted #1 in southeast Michigan in the WDIV 4 the Best competition. We also have specialty coffee and espresso drinks, and we have hard packed Stroh’s Ice Cream and Catering Services available. For more information visit us on the web at: http://www.cafeluwak.com

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