Mental health services offered at schools

November 26, 2014

The Oct. 24 school shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School has raised awareness of the importance of mental health services offered at schools.

Noela Lu Skyline         High School

Noela Lu
Skyline
High School

“While school shootings are rare, we do have to prepare for the possibility,” Issaquah School District Superintendent Ron Thiele wrote in an email to parents.

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Girls fight bullies, Find Kind in club

November 26, 2014

Four years ago, Eastside Catholic High School welcomed guest speakers Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson to talk about their campaign and film — “Finding Kind” — that discussed the cause and effects of girl-on-girl bullying.

Marissa Secreto Eastside Catholic         High School

Marissa Secreto
Eastside Catholic
High School

The idea caught fire: Shortly after Parsekian and Thompson’s visit, EC created its own club under the same name, where middle-school and high-school girls could meet up once a week and discuss bullying prevention.

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Hot List

November 26, 2014

Movie: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’

Beat HotListMovie 20141100In the first installation of the final ‘Hunger Games’ chapter directed by Francis Lawrence, heroine Katniss Everdeen continues to fight against the totalitarian Capitol. After destroying the arena of the previous games, Katniss finds herself in the elusive District 13 — without Peeta, who is being held prisoner and tortured in the Capitol. With the help of President Coin and other rebels, Katniss becomes the symbol of a nationwide rebellion.

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Photo of the Month

November 26, 2014

By Pratik Vaidya Light from a streetlight diffracts as it passes through icicles  surrounding the  branches of a tree outside an Issaquah home.

By Pratik Vaidya
Light from a streetlight diffracts as it passes through icicles
surrounding the
branches of a tree outside an Issaquah home.

Top Doc — Issaquah doctor is one of parents’ favorite pediatricians

November 26, 2014

More than 2,100 nominations poured in and judges were moved — sometimes to tears — by stories of physicians who give out their cell phone number, attend school meetings to advocate for children and personally pay for medications for families who can’t afford them.

By Greg Farrar Dr. Rebecca Partridge (center), of Issaquah, and her son Joshua, 12, visit Squak Valley Park for some recent afternoon recreation.

By Greg Farrar
Dr. Rebecca Partridge (center), of Issaquah, and her son Joshua, 12, visit Squak Valley Park for some recent afternoon recreation.

Choosing seven contest winners was difficult. (Those on the board of advisers were not eligible.) Each received $1,000 to donate to a child-focused charity, and the parent who nominated each winner got a $500 gift card to Walmart, courtesy of Desitin. (Some doctors were nominated by more than one parent; the nominator awarded the gift card submitted the most convincing nomination.) Among the seven doctors whose kindness and commitment blew the judges away was Rebecca L. Partridge, M.D., of Issaquah, who was nominated by Chelle Johnson.

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Let eggnog provide relief from pumpkins

November 26, 2014

Without fail, every year after Thanksgiving, our family has reached its pumpkin saturation point.

By Maria Nelson

By Maria Nelson

While growing up, it was fairly routine for my family to continue to serve pumpkin pie for the remainder of our holiday celebrations, and seeing how there were very few other pumpkin-flavored options available to us at the time, we were all thrilled to partake. It’s hard to believe it sometimes, but there was life before pumpkin-flavored lattes, pumpkin brittle and pumpkin-flavored mochi. Shocking, I know.

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Master Chorus Eastside presents ‘Christmas in the Northwest’

November 26, 2014

Master Chorus Eastside, a community vocal ensemble, invites the public to attend its annual holiday concert, “Christmas in the Northwest,” in December.

The chorus will perform two shows, at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and at 3 p.m. Dec. 14, at Pine Lake Covenant Church, 1715 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish.

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Issaquah author will be featured author at book store Nov. 29

November 26, 2014

Issaquah author G. Elizabeth Kretchmer will be a featured author Nov. 29 at the Bellevue University Book Store’s Small Business Saturday and Indies First Program.

This fall, the store is celebrating with visits from more than a dozen Northwest authors and illustrators

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Firefighters hold annual food, clothing drive

November 26, 2014

Starting the morning of Nov. 28, Eastside Firefighters Benevolent Fund members will set up its fourth annual Food and Clothing Drive.

The Issaquah Fred Meyer and First Due Movers sponsor the three-day event. A 24-foot moving truck donated by First Due Movers will be located in the Fred Meyer parking lot. Firefighters and their families will collect food and clothes in an attempt to fill the truck.

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Are there good slugs?

November 26, 2014

Did you ever think the ickiest, slimiest creature in your yard might be beneficial? I have to admit I thought the slug’s negative points far outweighed anything positive. But I found out that the brown, slimy critter that eats your best plants, hides on the handles of your recycle bin and even climbs up your windows just might deserve some latitude.

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