Friday, July 21, 2017

Hot Fun In the Summertime: Masses of Humanity converge on Ann Arbor for Street Art Fair.

South University. 2017 Ann Arbor Art Fair.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

The Ann Arbor Art Fair is kicking in and to borrow a song title from an appropriate Sly and the Family Stone song, this means one thing, 'Hot Fun In the Summertime'! Four separate Fairs actually make up one big gigantic and enormous Ann Arbor Art Fair. Yep, four! There is the Original Street Art Fair, the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair, the State Street State Art Fair and the South University Art Fair. As the Ann Arbor Area Convention & Visitors Bureau puts it, "Four Fairs. One Event."

As we speak, thousands and thousands of people are converging on Ann Arbor, and with temperatures in 90's, oh boy, it is hot and sticky out there. But who cares! The town is brimming with beautiful art, beautiful people, great food, fantastic deals on clothing, and tons and tons of, well, stuff. But its totally cool stuff, so let it reign! Reign, not rain!

How many vendors take part in the Art Fair? Rumor has it about a thousandish. Holy Mackerel! If the art work is a bit too pricey for you, because, listen, the art can be pricey, then go check out the tent in front of the M-Den on State Street. They are selling authentic Michigan jerseys for $20.00! I bought on myself!

But here is my special advice for hanging out at the Ann Arbor Art Fair...BRING PLENTY OF WATER AND STAY HYDRATED! Oh, and go check out the M-Den on State Street for those awesome Michigan jerseys!

Ann Arbor artist/Jewelry maker Nancy Melet.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Concerns raised over potentially dangerous chemical PCE at site of former Forbes Cleaners Ypsilanti Township.

Building that formerly housed Forbes Cleaners on Ecorse in Ypsilanti Twp. Purple Walrus Press photo.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

According to an update posted by Ypsilanti Township Trustee Monica Ross-Williams, concerns were raised at a July 18 Ypsilanti Township Trustee meeting over the possibility of  the presence of a potentially dangerous chemical at the site of the former Forbes Cleaners in Ypsilanti Township. The commercial property is located at 923 Ecorse Road in Ypsilanti Township.

According to the Ypsilanti Township Board of Trustees meeting update, during the Ypsilanti Township Trustee meeting, the Township's Attorney provided updated information regarding the property.

According to the Township Trustee meeting update post, "On April 11, 2017, an affidavit was filed with the Washtenaw County Register of Deeds on behalf of Ypsilanti Township noting, potential purchasers of the property at 923 Ecorse Road, a foreclosed property in Ypsilanti Township under the authority of the Washtenaw County Treasurers Office, of pending violations existing at the property."

According to the Ypsilanti Township Trustee meeting update, an environmental Consulting Company called AKT Peerless was requested by Washtenaw County Treasurers Office to inspect the property at 923 Ecorse to determine if any environmental concerns existed at the property due to the fact that the building had housed a Dry Cleaners for a long period of time.

Of concern is the possibility of the existence at the site, of a potentially dangerous chemical called Perchloroethlene also known as PCE or PERC. This is a chemical that is used quite regularly in Dry Cleaners. There are guidelines that have been published by the Environmental Protection Agency in order to reduce PCE/PERC levels if the "National Perchloroethylenev Air Emission Standards", which is under the organization, rule study.

According to the July 18 Ypsilanti Township Trustee meeting update posted by Township Trustee Monica Ross-Williams, "The rule study notes, (2), "These maximum achievable control technology (MACT) standards will reduce emissions of Perchloroethylene (PCE) from new and existing dry cleaning facilities in the industrial and commercial sectors of the dry cleaning industry."

According to the American Cancer Society, Perchloroethylene is a commonly used solvent ( a substance, usually a liquid, capable of dissolving another substance)." The American Cancer Society states that the chemical is commonly used to dry clean fabrics.

When PERC is air born it can condense and effect soils and water. This is because it evaporates into the air, according to the American Cancer Society. The chemical is present in very small amounts in the air that we breath and water hat we consume. According American Cancer Society, people who live close to dry cleaning operations and or live in a building where dry cleaning businesses are located are exposed to higher amounts of tetrachlorethylen (also known as perchloroethylene) that are in the air.

According the American Cancer Society, "The highest exposures to tetrachlorethylene tend to occur in the workplace, especially among dry cleaning and degreasing workers."

According to the Ypsilanti Township Trustee meeting update, based on phase 1 study findings of property at 923 Ecorse Road, "The Washtenaw County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority was scheduled to approve a $15,000 grant submitted on behalf of the Washtenaw County Treasurers Office for a phase 11 Study Environmental study to examine the amount of PCE/PERC existing at the property in the soil and air."

According to the Ypsilanti Township Trustee meeting update that was posted on July 19 by Monica Ross-Williams, the phase 11 request for a study and the allotted funding was, "pulled on behalf of the Washtenaw County Treasurers Office citing, as noted during the General Legal Update of the Ypsilanti Township Board of Trustees Meeting by the Township's Attorney due to the County Treasurer Office belief the office "Did not have any legal obligation to have Phase 11 ESA performed", and the County Treasurers Office scheduled the property for auction for August 25, 2017."

According to Ypsilanti Twp Trustee Monica-Ross Williams, it was noted during July 18 Township Board meeting that, "At an impasse with the County Treasurer Office, the Township Attorney contacted an official from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to immediately address the possible environmental hazards existing at 923 Ecorse in effort to halt the pending auction as noted above and complete further studies to address PCE and or PERC chemical presence on the site."

It is important to note that according to the Ypsilanti Township Board meeting update posted by Trustee Monica Ross-Williams on July 18, 2017, that an MDEQ (Michigan Department of Environmental Quality) official, "Agreed to take swift action address continuing Environmental Studies, up to and including Brownfeilding the property and pausing future auctioning of 923 Ecorse until the ongoing environmental concerns are addressed."

Purple Walrus Press attempted to contact Washtenaw County Treasurer Catherine McClary on Wednesday, July 18, for comment. As of late Thursday afternoon, McClary has not responded.

According to a July 19, 2017 statement sent to Purple Walrus Press from Ypsilanti Township Trustee Monica Ross-Williams, "As a Trustee and resident living near the former Forbes Cleaners at 923 Ecorse Road, I'm elated it appears that the MDEQ will seek to address and environmental concerns which could exist on the property. Equally, I am pleased our Township Officials pushed to have concerns addressed after the findings in the phase 1 study for our residents living near the former Forbes Cleaners as well as Business Owners on the Ecorse Road corridor."

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Senator John McCain diagnosed with brain tumor according to Mayo Clinic.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

In a press release sent from the office of Senator John McCain it was stated that John McCain has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. The tissue containing the tumor has been removed.

On July 14, 2017, Senator McCain underwent surgery to remove a blood clot from just above his left eye. The surgery took place at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix Arizona. Today the Mayo Clinic stated that tissue pathology showed that a brain tumor is associative to the blood clot.

According the press release from the office of Senator McCain, "The Senator and his family are reviewing further treatment options with his Mayo Clinic care team. Treatment options may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation."

As stated in the press release, Senator McCain is greatly appreciative of all of the support he has received over the past several days.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Stop the Deportation of Lourdes Salazar Vigil/Rally downtown Ann Arbor Tuesday, July 18.

Rally at Federal Building after march from St Mary's Church vigil in Ann Arbor, MI Tuesday.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Approximately 500 people took part in a vigil and rally in downtown Ann Arbor Tuesday evening July 18, protesting the deportation of Ann Arbor resident Lourdes Salazar. The event began with a vigil at St Mary's Church located on E.William Street in Ann Arbor and was followed by a march to the Federal building a few blocks away on E. Liberty Street.

The purpose of the vigil & rally was to stand in solidarity with Lourdes the night before she is supposed to report to ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) with a plane ticket to Mexico. This according to a statement from the organizers of the vigil/rally.

Vigil and rally participants were encouraged to bring signs saying "Keep Families Together", and "Stop Unjust Deportations."

According to event organizers, Lourdes has lived in the city of Ann Arbor for over 20 years and has three children who are U.S. citizens. Lourdes Salazar faces being deported in August.

According to an event post by organizers, "Lourdes first came into contact with ICE in 2011, and after being detained for almost a month, ICE "traded" Lourdes for her husband. Lourdes' husband was deported and Lourdes was allowed to stay in the United States in order to care for for her children. " Purple Walrus Press has not confirmed this statement with ICE.

According to organizers, Lourdes has been checking in with Immigration and previously has been granted a stay of removal . According to a Vigil/Rally post by organizers, Lourdes stay of removal was denied. She has been ordered to purchase a plane ticket and leave the United States by August 2.

According to rally organizers, "Lourdes could lose her home, her community and her children could be separated from each other if she is deported."

Photos Purple Walrus Press.

Monday, July 17, 2017

A heck of a lot of construction this summer on Eastern Michigan University campus.

Purple Walrus Press photo.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

If you are strolling around the beautiful campus of Eastern Michigan University be sure to wear sunglasses because you are going to see a whole lot of construction and a whole lot of bright orange. Everywhere you look  you will see orange fences, mounds of dirt, bulldozers and just all kinds of heavy construction equipment type stuff! This according to a recent press release from my Alma Mater EMU. Well, they phrased it a bit differently, but still, lots of neat construction stuff abounds on the ole campus.

Here is a sample of but a few places on campus where some heavy construction is happening according to a July 15, 2017 EMU press release.

Loop 1 Replacement, which basically entails the replacement and conversion of electrical service to many buildings on campus. I would provide more detail but this kind of thing is way over my head!

Swing Space: This project involves modifications to classrooms in Strong Hall that are upcoming.

Quirk Hall Upgrade: This project involves upgrades to Quirk Hall, including the theater.

Eastern Eateries: This project entails the addition of a fantastic salad bar. Awesome healthiness!

These are only but a few of the many construction projects happening all over the EMU campus! Looking forward to the final result!

In the meantime, don't forget those sunglasses to block all the bright orange glare!