Summer Lunch Program helps families in need

June 25, 2013

While many kids are eager for school to end, for some families, summer means having to stretch every dollar to keep food on the table.

For parents of children receiving free or reduced-priced lunches through the Issaquah School District, having their kids out of school can increase the family’s financial burden. The number of families in need has been on a steady rise for the past five years, according to Sara Niegowski, executive director of communication with the ISD, who said 10.3 percent of students are currently in the program, up from 6.9 percent in 2007.

Created by the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank with help from Eastridge Church three years ago, the Summer Lunch Program provides families of children in the Issaquah School District with a week’s worth of breakfasts and lunches. This year, the program will run every Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Aug. 20.

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Unpaid fines, fees impact Issaquah schools

June 25, 2013

Issaquah School District officials aren’t overly concerned with the number of items students failed to return when the school year ended, but the financial cost to the district — reaching into six figures — is a burden of sorts.

The district reports students owe more than $143,000 in unpaid fines and fees as of June 14. Thousands of students haven’t returned things like textbooks and uniforms, and others owe money for things like using classroom materials, damaging school property and collecting parking tickets.

The largest amount racked up among the district’s 24 schools is at Issaquah High School. The June 14 report from IHS claimed $38,275 in unpaid fines and fees, although the school’s bookkeeper said the number swelled to more than $42,000 because the due date for textbooks was June 20.

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Theater opening to benefit food bank

June 25, 2013

As a part of its grand opening, the Regal Issaquah Highlands 12 theater will hold a preview event to benefit local charities.

On June 29, all movies, popcorn and soft drinks will be $2 each with all proceeds going to benefit the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank. The theater will show “Eat, Pray, Love,” “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” and “Julie & Julia” under the theme “Regal’s Recipe for Hope.”

On June 30, proceeds will benefit the charity Newspapers in Education and the theme will be “Read It and See It at Regal,” and the theater will show “The Hunger Games” and “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.”

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Off The Press

June 25, 2013

And The Beat will go on, with your help

The Beat team and I had to make some hard decisions a few weeks ago when we had an end-of-the-school-year meeting. Do we go forward? How do we rebuild the team? How do we get the funding to continue our teen journalism project?

The Beat is our monthly (during the school year) page by teens, about teens, for teens. The team — students from Issaquah, Liberty, Skyline and Eastside Catholic high schools — meets once a month to plan what to write about, and the students learn about journalism and newspapers long before they get to college. Some even then decide to study journalism, which always makes me proud.

Kathleen R. Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen R. Merrill
Press managing editor

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Give blood June 29

June 25, 2013

It’s easy to make a difference this summer by donating blood. It only takes about an hour of your time, and you get juice and cookies when you’re done.

Faith United Methodist Church is hosting a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 29. The blood drive will be in the upper building of Faith United Methodist Church, 3924 Issaquah-Pine Lake Road S.E., Issaquah.

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Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club decoys are stolen

June 25, 2013

Life-sized animal decoys essential to the Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club’s hunter education program were stolen between June 7 and 13 from the gated, fenced-in area surrounding the club lodge.

The decoys included three deer, a bear, an antelope and a coyote used in a field exercise for animal identification and shoot/don’t shoot exercises critical to the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife Hunter Safety Program. All hunters born after Jan. 1, 1972, are required to take the course to obtain a hunting license.

The decoys are used for about 14 classes a year. They are set up in the forest around the club’s lodge, and as students walk the course and spot the decoy, they must determine whether it is an animal they can legally shoot in a place they can legally shoot it. If so, they raise their dummy weapon for a shot.

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Issaquah Swedish to expand infant facilities

June 25, 2013

On July 8, Swedish/Issaquah will open its new Level II Nursery, which will provide specialized treatment to babies born up to 34 weeks early. Previously, doctors transferred premature newborns born at Swedish/Issaquah to hospitals with more facilities, such as Swedish/First Hill in Seattle.

Construction will continue on the nursery after the opening, expanding the facility from the initial eight rooms to 15 rooms by 2014.

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Issaquah moving ahead with athletic field projects

June 25, 2013

The Issaquah School Board gave approval June 14 for contracts that will renovate athletic fields at Maywood and Pine Lake middle schools.

The board met publicly for five minutes for the sole purpose of awarding the contracts. The board’s next scheduled meeting is June 26.

 

Skyline hires new assistant principal

June 25, 2013

Sena Camarata, the dean of students at Hazen High School, will join the staff at Skyline High School as an assistant principal July 1.

Camarata recently earned her principal certification and a graduate degree in educational leadership from the University of Washington. Skyline Principal Lisa Hechtman said in a press release that Camarata has been “instrumental in coordinating and leading professional development, helping teachers make their lessons more accessible and rigorous for all students.”

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Transcending serenity

June 25, 2013

St. Joseph Catholic Church unveils new prayer garden

The St. Joseph Catholic Church and School sits in a majestic location, perched on a hill above the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, with an unobstructed view of Tiger Mountain.

The church grounds are no less impressive, complete with a peaceful waterfall decorated with copper salmon art pieces that pay homage to the fish at the heart of the city.

By Ernest Linnemann Issaquah’s St. Joseph Catholic Church unveils its prayer garden for the unborn with a dedication ceremony June 8.

By Ernest Linnemann
Issaquah’s St. Joseph Catholic Church unveils its prayer garden for the unborn with a dedication ceremony June 8.

“I’m of firm belief that beauty in all the ways that it comes through in architecture, art and creation, has a transcendent capacity,” Father Todd Strange said. “We experience God through beauty.”

A new element was added to the expansive campus when the church dedicated its prayer garden for the unborn June 8.

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