United Way of King County raises $103 million

August 7, 2012

United Way of King County raised more during a recent fundraiser than any other United Way organization in the United States — $103 million — leaders announced July 24.

The nonprofit organization received $34.1 million in direct donations on behalf of donors for efforts to end homelessness, meet people’s basic needs and give children better opportunities to succeed.

“The people and businesses of King County have long established a culture of giving back to the community, and it’s that sustained giving in our region that has enabled United Way and its partners to build the capacity of our community to take care of those in need, despite the challenging economy,” fundraising leader Roy Whitehead, Washington Federal president and CEO, said in a statement.

The organization benefited from particularly strong fundraising support from Virginia Mason Hospital & Medical Center, The Seattle Times and Russell Investments.

“Thanks to our efficiency and an operating endowment started by the Gates family, 98 cents of every dollar donated goes direct to community needs,” Jon Fine, United Way of King County president and CEO, said in a statement.

Evergreen Academy Montessori Preschool opens in Issaquah

August 7, 2012

The new Evergreen Academy Montessori Preschool hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 1 at its Issaquah location, 3601 228th Ave. S.E.

Evergreen Academy Montessori Preschool is part of Nobel Learning Communities Inc., a national network of more than 180 nonsectarian private schools. The new Issaquah location is designed for preschool children ages 6 weeks to 5 years.

Learn more at http://issaquah.evergreenacademy.com.

Hop Jack’s offers fresh take on regional cuisine

August 7, 2012

A friend who’s originally from Tennessee laments missing one of her favorite staples of Southern cuisine — biscuits and gravy.

Imagine, then, her surprise to discover the answer to her Jonesing for homemade Southern cuisine could be found in a Klahanie neighborhood pub — Hop Jack’s.

With five locations in the Puget Sound region, Hop Jack’s is on the cusp of being a chain, but it still retains that neighborhood feel, catering to the middle-class looking for a place to meet after a hard day’s work.

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King County considers cell tower proposal

August 7, 2012

King County is considering a proposal from AT&T to add antennae and equipment to the existing cell tower at 14327 228th Ave. S.E., on Squak Mountain near the Trinity Tree Farm.

AT&T applied to the King County Department of Development and Environmental Services to add three antennae, six remote radio heads and a surge protector to the tower.

The tower is about a mile west uphill from the Tiger Mountain Country Store at Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast and Cedar Grove Road Southeast.

Residents can send comments about the proposal to DDES — Building and Fire Services Division, 900 Oakesdale Ave. S.W., Renton, WA 98057-5212. The public comment period ends Aug. 16.

Citizens can also review the application at the Renton office.

Let’s Go! for Aug. 9-15

August 7, 2012

DON’T MISS

Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association Local 14 second annual Poker Rally and Motorcycle Run

The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association Local 14 second annual Poker Rally and Motorcycle Run is at 11 a.m. Aug. 11, starting at Eastside Baby Corner, 1510 N.W. Maple St. The event benefits Eastside Baby Corner. The brigade of more than 50 motorcyclists makes four more stops, ending in Enumclaw. Call 865-0234.

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Rapid Response

August 7, 2012

City Council members recently banned plastic bags at Issaquah retailers starting in March 2013. How do you feel about the ordinance’s effort to reduce plastic waste?

It is appropriate given Issaquah’s initiatives and goals to be as green and eco-minded as possible to protect the environment now and for future.

Bernadette E. Anne

Issaquah

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Seniors urged to watch out for health care fraud

August 7, 2012

Seniors should remain vigilant against a health scam, state and federal officials warned July 13.

The state Office of the Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission said scammers exploiting the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent health care ruling could use the decision to scam consumers.

State law enforcement officials received a tip after a scammer called the tipster’s mother and asked her for health care information to “update” her about the Affordable Care Act. The caller asked for the woman’s checking account number.

Earlier, Better Business Bureau leaders warned consumers to remain on the lookout for scams related to the health care ruling. Scams related to the federal health insurance law started immediately after Congress passed the legislation in 2010.

King County promotes human trafficking awareness

August 7, 2012

King County plans to embark on a campaign to call awareness to human trafficking, after a July 9 decision to use ads on public buses.

The campaign is meant to inform the public about human trafficking crimes and let victims learn about available resources. Issaquah-area King County Councilman Reagan Dunn introduced the measure in May, and a council committee endorsed the proposal June 27.

“As a former federal prosecutor and member of the County Council I have seen this crisis continue to grow,” Dunn said in a statement. “Educating the public on what human trafficking is and providing information to trafficking victims on where to turn for assistance will help to combat these crimes. This motion is an important step in protecting our children and using Metro resources in a positive way.”

Under federal law, human trafficking includes children involved in the commercial sex trade, adults 18 and older coerced or deceived into commercial sex acts, and anyone forced into different forms of “labor or services” — such as domestic workers held in a home or farmworkers forced into work.

Consumers targeted in US Fidelis scam can receive restitution

August 7, 2012

State Attorney General Rob McKenna and other law enforcement officials said consumers caught in a scam can benefit from a recent settlement.

The scam originated after consumers received bogus letters disguised as offers from vehicle manufacturers. Officials said the company behind the letters routinely misled consumers.

McKenna and 11 other state attorneys general announced the agreement among the states and a defunct vehicle service contract dealer, Missouri-based US Fidelis. The company closed and filed for bankruptcy in 2010.

The settlement provides $13 million in consumer restitution. More than 4,000 Washington residents bought auto warranties from the company and might be eligible for restitution.

The deal, plus a prior agreement with the service contract provider Warrantech, creates a $14.1 million Consumer Restitution Fund. State attorneys general said Warrantech financially benefitted from US Fedelis’ misleading practices.

Find information about filing a proof of claim at the US Fidelis bankruptcy website, www.usfbankruptcy.com. Consumers can also call a toll-free hotline at 1-877-691-8477.

Wedding: Fredrickson, Moore

August 7, 2012

Mitchell Moore
and Noelle Fredrickson

Noelle Fredrickson, originally from Issaquah, and Mitchell Moore, of Denver, were married Aug. 4, 2012, at Lake Wilderness Lodge in Maple Valley. The Rev. Chuck Palluck officiated.

The newlyweds honeymooned at Waikiki, Hawaii.

The bride is the daughter of Mark and Mary Fredrickson, of Issaquah. Her bridal attendants were Michelle Fredrickson, Monica Fredrickson, Andrea Fredrickson, Christine Buffalow, Jamie Miller, Alicia Thomas, Kate Kuhn and Victoria Moore.

Noelle is a 2004 graduate of Liberty High School. She earned a Bachelor of Commerce in statistics and operations management in 2008 at McGill University, in Montreal, Quebec, and a Master’s of Science in statistics and operations research Oregon State University in 2011. She works at Frontier Airlines as a revenue management analyst.

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