Sunday, September 24, 2017

Ypsilanti Fall River Day 2017 Brings fun in the sun...and heat Sunday.

Photo Purple Walrus Press.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Temperatures were in the 90's but that didn't keep people from enjoying Ypsilanti Fall River Day 2017 on Sunday, September 24. The event, hosted by Ypsilanti Parks and Recreation, was held at Riverside Park.

The family friendly event included Kayak trips hosted by City of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation. Kayak trips were launched from Frog Island Park. There was also a "Walk to Frog Island Park" with Elizabeth Riggs of the Huron River Watershed Council. During the walk Riggs shared information about improvements made to the canoe launch located at Frog Island. Elizabeth also discussed efforts by the community to restore the river in Ypsilanti through River Up! Local Historian James Mann was on hand to talk about "History on the Huron."

Another interesting participant was Ann Arbor's Leslie Science Center and it's "River Raptors" birds of prey set up. Also scheduled for the event was a "Nature Walk Along the B2B" with Parks Naturalist Shawn Severance. Shawn is with Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation.

Other organizations on hand with booths and activities included, Ypsilanti Township Parks and Recreation, Ypsilanti Senior Center, Ann Arbor YMCA (awesome hoola hoop exhibition by YMCA representative Chris Abolio, by the way), Fly Children's Art Center, Huron Clinton Metro parks Mobile Learning Center, Huron Valley Watershed Council/National Water Trail, Friends of the Border to Border Trail, and Ypsi Real (Ypsilanti Convention and Visitors Bureau)

Fall River
Day was sponsored by Huron Valley Watershed Council, Northern United Brewing Company, Phoenix Contractors, Governmental Consultant Services INC and Washtenaw County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Ann Arbor YMCA representative Chris Abolio.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Eastern Michigan loses to Ohio in gridiron scorcher Saturday at "The Factory" in Ypsilanti.

EMU QB Brogan Roback. Photo Purple Walrus Press.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Amid temperatures in the 90's Eastern Michigan University lost to Ohio University in a double overtime scorcher Saturday at Rynearson Stadium. EMU was favored to win by 2 points but the Eagles faltered in second overtime losing by a score of 27-20.

On September 9, the 2-1 Eagles knocked off Rutgers in a huge win against a Big 10 team and brought plenty of momentum into Rynearson Saturday. Unfortunately, the Eagles fell short in a closely fought game.

EMU's defense played strong holding Ohio's offense to 373 total yards. Ohio brought a powerful high-octane offense into Ypsilanti and once again, EMU's defense proved to be solid.

On offense, EMU quarterback Brogan Roback threw for 271 yards, including a clutch touchdown pass in the end zone during the first over time.

September 30, Eastern will take on Kentucky in Lexington. Kick off is set for 4 PM. Watch the game on SEC Network and Watch ESPN.

Photos Purple Walrus Press.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Eastern Michigan to take on Ohio University on gridiron Saturday at Rynearson Stadium "The Factory" in Ypsi.

Photo Purple Walrus Press.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Our Eagles of Eastern Michigan University will take on 2-1 Ohio University at Rynearson Stadium "The Factory" Saturday, September 23 at 2:00, in the MAC home opener.

With a record of 2-0, Eastern is off to a fantastic after beating Rutgers from the Big 10 conference September 9 by a score of 16-13. EMU was picked to lose to Rutgers by 5 points, but surprised many in the college football world by knocking off the Scarlet Knights with stellar defensive play and consistent offense led by quarterback Brogan Roback.

Against Rutgers EMU quarterback Brogan Roback completed 19 of 36 passes for a respectable 260 yards, and one touchdown. EMU running back Shaq Vann carried the ball 16 times for 67 yards against the Scarlett Knights.

Starting at quarterback for Ohio will be Nathan Rourke. Rourke has connected on 33 of 49 passes this season and will test Eastern's defensive backfield. At running back Ohio features A.J. Ouellette who rushed for 100 yards last week against Kansas.

Eastern's defense has been extremely solid this year as the unit has allowed only 20 points two games into the 2017 season.

Notable is that Saturday will be Band / Hall of Fame Day at "The Factory in Ypsilanti. EMU will be honoring eight former student athletes at the stadium.

You can catch the game on ESPN 3 at 2 pm or, better yet, head on over to "The Factory" and cheer on the Eagles of Eastern Michigan University!

Two car accident corner of Hewitt and Washtenaw in Ypsilanti Friday morning.

Photo Purple Walrus Press.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

There was a two car accident Friday morning September 22, at approximately 9:35 AM, near the corner of Washtenaw Ave and Hewitt in Ypsilanti. According to Ypsilanti Police, there were no injuries. The accident occurred in front Walgreens which is situated at the intersection. Traffic on West bound Washtenaw was briefly backed up, but by approximately 10:00 am traffic was moving at a normal speed.

One white colored vehicle sustained severe front-end damage while the second burgundy colored car appeared to have heavy back-end damage.

Photos Purple Walrus Press.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Parola Perspective: Thoughts On Vietnam War.

By Brooks Parola Purple Walrus Press.
So, all of these years, I've been obsessed by Vietnam. For many years, I taught it, and throughout all that time, I've never been able to come up with a single term to describe or define it.
I reject "failure" or "loss", or any term that puts the war in terms of victory or defeat, since we should never have been there in the first place!
I reject "tragedy", because tragedy is almost quaint when one might argue that it was leaning closer and closer to a genocide the longer we stayed, and the more bombs we dropped. And genocide is exactly what it helped create in neighboring Cambodia...and yet "genocide" is not accurate either.
"Mistake"? Ha! Can we make it sound more trivial?
How about: Abomination? or Atrocity?
I'm up for suggestions of a more succinct definition.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Partnership between Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw County Convention & Visitors Bureau announced

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Eastern Michigan University is partnering with The Washtenaw County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The partnership welcomes people to Ypsilanti, according to the EMU press release. In a new video created in Ypsilanti, these two organizations have brought attention to a national campaign called #YouAreWelcomeHere. The video highlights diversity in Washtenaw County. See the video here.

According to President and CEO of WCCVD, Mary Kerr, "International students and faculty, and their families, are an important part of our communities here in Washtenaw County. We want Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and the rest of the county to be known for the inclusive way in which we celebrate them, and other visitors from all over the globe. By showing all our visitors, international and otherwise, an authentic and heartfelt welcome, we have the opportunity to create ambassadors for our great community throughout the country and the world. We’re delighted to partner with EMU for the production and promotion of this video."

According to EMU President, James Smith, ""Eastern Michigan University is proud to participate in this effort that highlights the rich diversity and the warm, welcoming community of Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County and Eastern Michigan University."  "This video effectively captures the spirit of our entire community. Our hope is that it will continue to elevate the perception and awareness that together Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County and Eastern Michigan University create a wonderful locality and a great place to live, work, study and to visit."

Photographs of over 100 EMU international students representing 40 nations have appeared on banners on Eastern Michigan's campus and throughout the city of Ypsilanti. According to EMU, the university approximately 1000 international sudents representing over 80 nations.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Ypsilanti City Council holds special meeting for purpose of International Village & affordability discussion Monday evening September 18.

Photo Purple Walrus Press.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

 Ypsilanti City Council held a special meeting Monday evening September 18 to discuss The International Village Development and affordable housing in Ypsilanti. The meeting was held at the Ypsilanti Freight house in Ypsilanti's Depot Town.

Ypsilanti City Council members listened to different perspectives relating to The International Village development on Water Street property. However, it was the HRC (Human Relations Commission) that drew the most attention at the beginning of Monday night's meeting, as several HRC members spoke out strongly against the new International Village development that would be built on the Water Street property. The HRC feels that The International Village will contribute to lack of affordability and gentrification in the city of Ypsilanti.

HRC member Amber Fellows came to the podium stating that she was not interested in catering to "international elites" who, in her opinion, would inhabit The International Village.

During the audience participation segment of the meeting several community members stated that The International Village would be extremely positive for the city sighting that there are opportunities for affordable in Ypsilanti currently. One resident who spoke made the point that International Village is not creating gentrification because there is nobody currently living on the vacant Water Street property, therefore, no one is being pushed out.

Approximately 150 to 200 people attended the City Council meeting at the Ypsi Freight house Monday night and it was obvious that residents on both sides of the fence are passionate about the issue of what is best for the city of Ypsilanti.

There will be another City Council meeting Tuesday night at the Ypsilanti Freight house. The agenda for Tuesday's 7 pm regular meeting will include a  review of the status of the 120 day Due Diligence Feasibility study, according to City Council member Beth Bashert. Further, the developer of the International Village will be in attendance.

Photos Purple Walrus Press.

Members of audience hold signs that read, Whose City? Our City!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Ken Burns, Lynn Novick documentary The Vietnam War Premiers Sunday evening Sept 17 on PBS . Please watch.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

The 10- part 18 hour Ken Burns and Lynn Novick documentary television series titled The Vietnam War premiers on PBS Sunday night and everyone needs to see it. As stated by Burns, he and Novick "tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film."

8o people, including American Vietnam War veterans, North Vietnamese, American anti war protesters and civilians on both sides, share their views, feelings and opinions about the war that planted divisions in American society that still exist today.

The documentary that was ten years in the making features rarely seen footage and interviews, including recordings made within the administrations of Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon.

I for one have been looking forward to the Ken Burns, Lynn Novick documentary The Vietnam War for months. Just like many others in my age group, the Vietnam War shadowed my childhood (the war officially ended when I was in 7th grade) and had a great impact on my own political views. 

This series will prove to be a  powerful and important viewing experience. Everyone should watch this documentary.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Ypsilanti Police Department Open House fun & interactive annual event Saturday.

Photo Purple Walrus Press.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Sunny skies and temperatures in the low eighties provided the perfect backdrop for Saturday's annual Ypsilanti Police Department Open House at police headquarters in downtown Ypsi. The well attended family friendly event was both fun and interactive, particularly for the kids. Police cars, an enormous SWAT vehicle, and SWAT Team equipment, were on full display Saturday for an up close and personal experience. Plenty of police swag was available for the kids to take home. Nice.

Attendees were encouraged to hop in one of the several police cars on hand, but folks were also allowed to climb in the back of the giant SWAT vehicle and check out the interior. You certainly don't want to see that vehicle pull up in front of your home!

Those participating in the open house were also encouraged to go inside the Michigan Avenue police station and have a little look see. This was interesting as one could view officers fielding calls into the station.

Last but not least, hot dogs and beverages were provided. It must be noted the Ypsilanti Police Chief Tony DeGiusti grills one hell of a hot dog!

The Ypsilanti Police Open House was a fantastic event and a great way to spend the afternoon in Ypsilanti.

Thank you to the Ypsilanti Police Department for holding such a fun and interesting event.

Photos Purple Walrus Press.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Parola Perspective: Progressives should look favorably at Dems attempts to cut deals with Trump.

By Brooks Parola. Purple Walrus Press.

Of course the Dems should not accept any deal that involves Trump's Wall. At the same time, progressives should look favorably at the Dems attempts to cut deals with Trump for the following reasons:
1) As spineless as his DACA policy is, his signal to Dems is ultimately a good thing. What he's essentially saying is: "I don't want to deal with this, and congress needs to." The only reason he's taking the hard line, is to appeal to his base, but he clearly doesn't want to go there, or he'd have never put it in congress' hands.
And, he's RIGHT...congress needs to deal with it. And considering there seems to be bi-partisan support against his deportation plan, then I see nothing wrong in him pressuring congressional leaders to do something about it.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Alabama resident who reported to Purple Walrus Press while trapped in U.S. Virgin Islands during Hurricane Irma tells her story / shares video footage.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Last Wednesday, Sept 6, 2017, I was in contact with Alabama resident Klaudia Harris while she was trapped with her family and boyfriend on the U.S. Virgin Islands as Hurricane Irma pummeled the island. On Wednesday morning, Sept 6 Klaudia reported to me what she and her family were experiencing on that frightening day. At approximately 2:00 pm September 6, as the hurricane approached the island, I lost contact with Klaudia due to power outages and lack of service.

I am glad to report that on Saturday, September 9, Klaudia contacted me and said she and her family were shaken but doing ok. Klaudia, her mom, stepdad and boyfriend had just been evacuated to Puerto Rico in the wake of the devastating hurricane. Klaudia also filled me in on what she, her boyfriend, and her family experienced on that fateful day, Wednesday, September 6, after I lost contact with her as the hurricane descended on their location on at the Westin St John Resort & Villas on the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Here is how Klaudia described the horrific events she and her family and boyfriend experienced on September 6, in her own words. "Okay well about 12:51 the eye wall came over us and I actually have a video that my boyfriend took of a roof flying out our window and knocking our door. not even 2 minutes later our door came flying off and nearly hit my mom and we ran back to the back room and my boyfriend and stepdad had to hold the bedroom door from flying open. The barometric pressure dropped and I felt like eardrums were going to pop out. It seemed like it was going to last forever, I had a major panic attack because I thought my mom was dead and I thought we were going to die. The walls were shaking horribly and I had a mattress on top of me. It finally ended and I walked out side and it was absolutely devastating. Everything was gone. We didn't have power or water the first night and our room was flooded from the back and the front. the back was muddy water from a hill & the front was from the door. The hotel staff took very good care of us and fed us and kept us updated. We just arrived in Puerto Rico and we are flying our Wednesday."

Check out Klaudia's video of the hurricane damage as it passed over their location.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Ypsilanti: Water Street Development / International Village 120 Day Update.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

As stated in a September 12, 2017 press release from the City of Ypsilanti, City Council accepted a letter of Intent on May 23, 2017 from International Village LLC, "For due diligence of a development of a mixed use community on the 36 undeveloped acres of Water Street."

According to the press release from the City of Ypsilanti, since May of this year Amy Xue Foster has been working to prepare a development proposal that will be brought before Ypsilanti City Council on September 19, 2017. Foster leads the development team and is a principal and managing partner of International Village.

According to a September 12 press release from the City of Ypsilanti,"The development team will present a purchase agreement to City Council on September 19th.  Should the City Council accept the Purchase Agreement, the development team will be able to establish the Regional Center and start escrow accounts for the EB-5 program.  The acceptance of the purchase agreement would also open up the negotiation period for the creation of a development agreement."

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Princeton Review rates Eastern Michigan University one of the best colleges in Midwest according to EMU press release.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

According to a recent press release from Eastern Michigan University, The Princeton Review has named Eastern Michigan as one of the "Best In The Midwest." This marks the 15th consecutive year that Eastern Michigan has been rated as one of the best universities in the Midwest by The Princeton Review, according to EMU.

Eastern Michigan was one of only 16 Michigan colleges or universities in the Midwest to make the list that included 60 four-year institutions in Michigan. The Princeton Review mentioned Eastern's relatively low tuition, its financial aid level and student opportunities for involvement in the schools diverse campus life.

According to a website called The 25 Best Student Unions, the EMU Student Center has been rated the number one student center in the entire nation. The website is dedicated to ranking university initiatives and experiences for potential students.

Over the past several years EMU has invested in improvements to classrooms, residence halls and academic buildings on campus. Walking around the EMU campus this fall it is easy to see all of the great improvements that have occurred throughout the campus.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Eastern Michigan University holds 911 Remembrance Ceremony Monday morning in Ypsilanti September 11.

Photo Purple Walrus Press.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Eastern Michigan University held a 911 Remembrance Ceremony Monday morning, September 11 on campus. The ceremony began at 8:40 am at the location of the EMU 9/11 Memorial which is located at the corner of Cross Street and Perrine on the EMU main campus. The ceremony commemorated the over 3000 people, including first responders, who lost their lives in the terror attack on the United States on September 11, 2001.

During the ceremony there were prayers, a moment of silence, and taps. The National Anthem was also sung. A 14 foot steel beam that was a part of the World Trade Center South Tower is featured at the 911 Memorial at EMU.

Approximately  one-hundred people, including law enforcement officers, participated in the ceremony Monday morning.

Photos Purple Walrus Press.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Eastern Michigan quarterback Brogan Roback post game comments to EMU media after Eastern upset Rutgers Saturday.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

In a post game interview with Eastern Michigan Football media after the Eagles stunning 16-13 defeat over Rutgers Saturday,  EMU quarterback Brogan Roback was more than happy to comment.

During a three minute interview with EMU Football media Roback emphasized that everyone loves to show their talents in front of a national audience. The game was televised nationally on the Big Ten Network Saturday, September 9.

Because Rutgers is a Power 5 team the victory was all the more sweet. According to Roback, it was hard not to be aware of the fact that Rutgers is a Power 5 team. Roback added that this fact gave the team a little extra juice, "Because we have a chip on our shoulder." This according to statements made to EMU Football media relations. Roback stated that EMU has grown to love being an underdog.

Roback had a productive game passing as he completed 19 of 36 passes for 260 yards, including one touchdown. but Roback also punted the ball effectively. Roback's punting role was part of a strategy to battle a strong headwind and to keep the ball away from dangerous Rutgers punt returners.

Roback told EMU Football media that during the game there were a lot of emotions going on, and that it was important not to get too high or two low. According to Roback, "We're a good football team and a lot of special things can happen. This team fights and competes."

During the interview with EMU media, in reference to last years EMU bowl game appearance Roback said that, "Last year was awesome but we put that aside."

Roback told media that they were finally turning things around. "We have a chip on our shoulder and that's the way we like it."