Sunday, October 15, 2017

Appropriately, Michigan reclaims Rosie the Riveter world record at Convocation Center in Ypsilanti

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and thousands of other women and girls reclaimed the Guinness World Record for the largest assemblage of Rosie the Riveters since the end of the 2nd World War. The event was held at the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center in Ypsilanti on Saturday October 14. Approximately 3,755 girls and women reclaimed the record that had previously been held by California.

According to Dingell, “Today a diverse group of women, from six weeks to 110 years old, traveled from Michigan and all over the world to help preserve our state's history and bring the Rosie record home,” said Dingell. “This was an incredible afternoon with all generations – including 58 Original Rosies – sharing stories, passing on our history and celebrating the iconic women who stepped up during World War II and forever transformed the role of women in the workplace. We were united as Americans and celebrating how everyone came together in this country at that historical time. These trailblazing women continue to inspire and empower us all, and reclaiming the world record is a perfect tribute to their enduring legacy and ‘We Can Do It’ spirit. Today we are all prouder than ever of the amazing story we represent.”

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Neighborhood Theatre Presents Black Cat Cabaret at Bona Sera Underground in Ypsilanti

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Ypsilanti based Neighborhood Theatre Group will usher in the Halloween season with a performance of  Black Cat Cabaret October 20 & 21 at Bona Sera Underground in downtown Ypsilanti. The show begins at 8 pm with the doors opening at 7 pm. There will also be a full bar, a raffle contest and a costume contest. Sounds pretty awesome! From what I hear, spooky, sexy, and sassy best describe this production. Rumor has it there will be some new songs as well.

Black Cat Cabaret stars Audrey Becker, Alice Duhon, Lynne Frederickson, Kylista Geiger, Mi mi Keebler, Brittney Nobles, Maegan Murphy, Greg Pizzino, Angela VanKempen, and Craig VanKempen. The production is directed Kristin Anne Danko. Featured is the band The "Haunted" House Band.

Neighborhood Theatre Group is focused on creating a welcoming and collaborative environment in Ypsilanti, Michigan for theatre artists. NTG features original works, sketch shows, cabarets and self-produced videos.

Tickets are $10 online, $12 at the door and $5 for students with valid ID. Tickets are available at 

Friday, October 13, 2017

It is almost time for...Trick or Treating in Ypsilanti!!

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Aah, autumn in Ypsilanti... The leaves starting to turn, EMU football, a nip in the air, scary movies, hot cider, Creepy Clowns..what?? Ok, skip the Creepy Clowns! But, of course, the best thing about Ypsilanti in Autumn is Halloween, and good old Trick or treating! You know you love it! So do I! But more importantly, the kids love it!

So, October 31, in just a couple of weeks, this town will be running amuck with little (and not so little) adorable costume wearing, sugar high actin' kids! Don't miss out! You, the kids, and the neighbors are going to love it!

This event will occur in all Ypsilanti neighborhoods from 6-8pm on Halloween night, rain or shine. So put the porch light on and have the candy ready! Personally, I'm partial to starbursts. Just sayin'.

P.S. If you get any pics of fantastically decorated houses prior to Halloween send them to


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Bill Hammond on Flint Community Schools.

Bill Hammond. Purple Walrus Press.

It's becoming increasingly clear that the Flint Community Schools are not able to maintain their bldgs. currently in use. And they obviously cannot maintain any of their closed bldgs. in any degree of security.
The question I have is; Is it an administrative failure? Do we need a new Superintendent? Do we have an ineffective Board of Education?
Or is purely an issue of too little funding and too few students? Is it time to disband FCS? Or merge with several of the smaller adjoining Districts?
How it do we solve this problem?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Ypsilanti City Council Special Meeting: Investigative Hearings relating to financing of city officials trip to China.

Photo Purple Walrus Press.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Tuesday evening, October 10, 2017, one of the most important Ypsilanti City Council meetings in recent memory took place at Ypsilanti City Hall.  The purpose of the City Council Special meeting was to hold an investigative hearing relating to the financing of city officials trip to China which was tied to the proposed International Village development at Water Street in Ypsilanti.

I attended to the Special Meeting Tuesday night in order try to get a better understanding of the trip to China / International Village issue, and to, hopefully, write an informative article about the meeting. Let me tell you that in my opinion, this is one complicated and messy topic. What is clear to me is that this International Village/trip to China issue has become a very polarizing matter for the city. I for one, feel that the fact that the issue has become so divisive and polarizing is frustrating, disappointing and frankly sad.

The matter of the proposed International development which would be built on the Water Street property in Ypsilanti, and four city officials recent trip to China that was related to International Village, has divided the community in Ypsilanti. The four city officials questioned at the hearing about the recent trip to China included Mayor Edmonds, Mayor Pro-tem Nicole Brown, Police Chief Tony Degiusti and Economic Development Director Beth Ernat. City Manager Darwin McClary was also questioned at the hearing by City Council members.

In this article I am going to try to share, as best I can, my take on what occurred at the Tuesday night Ypsilanti City Council Special Meeting. I am certainly no expert on the ins and out of city politics and or the procedures at hand pertaining to investigative hearing, but I'll try provide, from my perspective, a small window into Tuesday's meeting. Here is my perspective on the meeting.

The Special Meeting / Investigative Hearing began with an audience participation segment. It was my impression that many people, in fact, quite possibly, the majority of people present in the room at the meeting were very unhappy and skeptical about International Village and the trip to China taken by the four city officials. During the audience participation segment I counted that 25 members of the audience came to the microphone and addressed City Council. Of those 25 individuals only 4 people had positive opinions or spoke in support of International Village matter and/or the trip to China issue. In my estimation, of the 25 people who spoke from the audience, 21 individuals were critical of the China trip and very much concerned about or plain old unhappy and frustrated about the general direction of the proposed International Village situation. Many in the audience were skeptical about the China trip.

City Manager Darwin McClary was questioned first by City Council members.  According to my notes, (paraphrased) when asked about his involvement with arrangements for the trip, McClary replied that he had no involvement with the trip arrangements. When Council member Lois Richardson ask McClary if he should take care and over see the city, McClary replied that he should have known what was going on. This represents just a fraction of the statements made by McClary.

Next, Beth Ernat was questioned. The basic message I perceived from Ernat's statements under questioning (paraphrased) was that if she could do things differently, she would have taken funds for the trip from LDFA. (Local Development Financing Authority).

Under questioning, Mayor Pro tem Nicole Brown also said that looking back she would have done things differently as far the trip to China, stating that she would have more checking about funding, but has always had trust in the administration. Also paraphrased.

When approximately four hours into the hearing, Mayor Edmonds was questioned, Edmonds sounded clear and confident. When asked by a council member about what she could have done to avoid suspicion, Edmonds replied, and this is paraphrased as well, that the trip to China was confirmed shortly before it was scheduled and that she attempted to find out more about funding in the short time she had. Mayor Edmonds added that she wished she'd had more time to check into funding.

Obviously, I have only included brief little statements from city officials who were questioned Monday night. There were many more statements made and back and forth between City Council those officials being questioned.

I do wonder how and why these four city officials were chosen to go on this trip to China. Why didn't the entire city council go on the trip? Possibly, there is a good answer for this question. I don't know. But it seems worth asking.

I'm also wondering how well Ypsilanti City Council and administrators get along and work together as a team. I detect a discord. This only reflects my opinion.

The bottom line is that it was apparent to me that many people in the audience at City Hall Tuesday night are skeptical about the administration and want to see more transparency on the part of the Mayor and City Council. On display Monday night was, from many in attendance, a general lack of trust. Whether or not this lack of trust exhibited by many in the room is deserved is something that the City needs to get to the bottom of. I'm sure they will.