Liberty grad follows family legacy to USC film school

June 30, 2009

Alex Bell, a Liberty High School graduate, works on a home movie project from his laptop, a skill that helped get him accepted to the University of Southern California film school. Contributed

Alex Bell, a Liberty High School graduate, works on a home movie project from his laptop, a skill that helped get him accepted to the University of Southern California film school. Contributed

Maybe it’s in the genes.

Alex Bell, 18, of Newcastle, a 2009 Liberty High School graduate, is one of only 20 incoming freshman accepted into the film school at the University of Southern California.

About 1,200 high school students applied to study at the same school that produced George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Gene Fowler Jr.

Though not as well known as Lucas and Spielberg, Fowler Jr. was a prolific editor and director of film and television. His efforts won him a Golden Globe, four Emmys and an Oscar. He studied film editing at 20th Century Fox as a student at USC. Read more

Arts Calendar

June 30, 2009

JULY

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Village Theatre presents the final week of “Showboat,” through July 3 at the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N. Tickets are $22-$58 and are available by calling 392-2202 or 866-688-8049 toll-free. Go to www.villagetheatre.org. Read more

Rachel M. Darst

June 30, 2009

Rachel Darst

Rachel Darst

Rachel M. Darst, a longtime resident of Issaquah, died at Providence Marianwood on Wednesday, June 24, 2009. She was 94. Read more

Watoto Children’s Choir to perform free concert

June 30, 2009

The Watoto Children’s Choir performs a free concert at Eastridge Christian Assembly, 5025 Issaquah-Pine Lake Road S.E., at 7 p.m.     July 1.
Watoto, which means “The Children,” is spreading a message of hope for Africa’s children through inspirational songs and compelling stories.
In response to the critical orphan crisis in Uganda, Watoto Child Care Ministries was established as an outreach of Kampala Pentecostal Church. Today, Watoto is caring for more than 1,500 parentless children by providing physical, emotional, educational and spiritual care.
The goal of Watoto is to raise the next generation of Ugandan leaders by pursuing excellence in academic and practical skills, integrity in conduct and moral values, so that each child becomes a responsible and productive citizen.
Since 1994, the Watoto Children’s Choirs have toured internationally as ambassadors for orphan children in Uganda. “Concerts of Hope” inform people of Watoto’s vital work and afford audiences the opportunity to participate in restoring hope and dignity to some of Africa’s most needy children.
Each child in the choir has experienced tremendous personal tragedy, having lost one or both parents in the African AIDS crisis or other calamities.
The choir’s music and multimedia presentation is a soulful fusion of gospel and contemporary African style. Dressed in colorful costume, the children’s enthusiastic song and energetic dance has moved audiences worldwide.
Learn more by calling 392-3253.
The Watoto Children’s Choir at a recent performance.Contributed

The Watoto Children’s Choir at a recent performance.Contributed

The Watoto Children’s Choir performs a free concert at Eastridge Christian Assembly, 5025 Issaquah-Pine Lake Road S.E., at 7 p.m. July 1.

Watoto, which means “The Children,” is spreading a message of hope for Africa’s children through inspirational songs and compelling stories.

In response to the critical orphan crisis in Uganda, Watoto Child Care Ministries was established as an outreach of Kampala Pentecostal Church. Today, Watoto is caring for more than 1,500 parentless children by providing physical, emotional, educational and spiritual care. Read more

High school math adoption is put on hold

June 30, 2009

After community concern and lack of clarity from the state, Issaquah School District Superintendent Steve Rasmussen told school board members June 24 that he decided to delay a high school math curriculum adoption for a year. Read more

Ith, Feder

June 30, 2009

Ith, Feder
Madeline Ith and Alan Feder were married Oct. 25, 2008, on the beach in Maui.
Madeline, the daughter of Sophal and Narin Ith, of Vancouver, Wash., is a 2000 graduate of Evergreen High School.
Her bridal attendants were Marlana Ith, Amelia Chheang, Carisa McCathern, Serena Creagan, Ashley Lund and Brooke Velazquez.
Madeline earned her degree from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communications at Washington State University in 2004 and is employed at Optimedia as a communications planner.
Alan, the son of Barry and Kristi Feder, of Issaquah, is a 1999 graduate of Issaquah High School.
His groomsmen were Devin Bacon, John Winters, Brian Shannon, Justin Dadural, Rob Managan and Zack Smith.
Alan earned his degree from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communications at Washington State University in 2003 and is employed at Expedia as an advertising operations specialist.
The couple honeymooned in Hawaii. They are making their first home together in Kirkland.
Madeline Ith and Alan Feder

Madeline Ith and Alan Feder

Madeline Ith and Alan Feder were married Oct. 25, 2008, on the beach in Maui.

Madeline, the daughter of Sophal and Narin Ith, of Vancouver, Wash., is a 2000 graduate of Evergreen High School.

Her bridal attendants were Marlana Ith, Amelia Chheang, Carisa McCathern, Serena Creagan, Ashley Lund and Brooke Velazquez. Read more

Swedish groundbreaking set for September

June 30, 2009

Swedish Medical Center executives will break ground on a hospital campus in the Issaquah Highlands in late September.

Executives set Sept. 29 as a tentative date for a groundbreaking ceremony, hospital spokeswoman Natalie Kozimor said. Crews will begin working on the 18-acre hospital campus at about the same time, she added.

During the first phase of construction, crews will build a medical office building and an ambulatory care center. Phase 1 is planned to open in mid-2011. The hospital beds are part of the second phase. Executives plan to open Phase 2 in early 2012.

The planned hospital will be at the southwestern corner of Highlands Drive Northeast and Ninth Avenue Northeast, across the street from Proliance Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine center.

The completed hospital will provide inpatient and outpatient services, including oncology, cardiac care, obstetrics, pediatrics and neurosciences. The hospital will also provide emergency services and intensive care.

Press Editorial

June 30, 2009

Have we seen the end of the big wave of business closures in Issaquah? We can only hope so. Read more

Patriots’ track coach leads by example

June 30, 2009

Michael Smith (right) starts his watch and heads out with other runners June 13 on the 7.6-mile Cougar Mountain Trail series race. By Greg Farrar

Michael Smith (right) starts his watch and heads out with other runners June 13 on the 7.6-mile Cougar Mountain Trail series race. By Greg Farrar

A little more than 30 years ago, Michael Smith loaded his running shoes and his other earthly belongings into a pint-sized Honda 600 car and moved to Seattle from his San Francisco Bay-area home.

He never moved back to the city by the bay and the two-cylinder, 36-horsepower micro car bit the dust decades ago.

In the past three decades, Smith has made quite a name for himself in the local running community after winning several Cougar Mountain Trail series and other races. Smith, who coaches the Liberty High School track and cross country teams, can hold his own with runners half his age.

Fresh out of high school, a friend suggested Smith enroll at Highline Community College.

“He said, ‘It’s really green up here and you really have to come here,” Smith said. Read more

Oregon legislators urge Congress to act following attack on Issaquah man

June 30, 2009

Oregon legislators have condemned violence against an Issaquah man who was assaulted during an anti-gay attack while on a spring break trip to Seaside, Ore. Read more

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