Experiences needed for auction to support autism programs

March 25, 2014

April is Autism Awareness Month. Experiences are being collected for fundraising portion of the Perspectives on Autism Day events April 26 at Eastside Catholic High School.

The evening program on the plateau was coordinated to compliment the third annual Autism Acceptance Video Game Tournament at Bellevue College from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 26.

Shadowing professionals in the workplace or outdoor adventures are the type of experiences sought for the auction. Also wanted are pieces of original artwork and educational experiences, such as admission to local museums.

Get additional information at www.autismdaywa.org.

Honorary residency

March 4, 2014

Issaquah residents try their hand at heart surgery

By Greg Farrar Sarah Paulson (far right), of Issaquah, watches as Swedish Hospital echocardiographer David Diedrick displays the ultrasound of a student volunteer’s pumping heart for Paulson and two other participants at the Heart Surgeon for a Day event.

By Greg Farrar
Sarah Paulson (far right), of Issaquah, watches as Swedish Hospital echocardiographer David Diedrick displays the ultrasound of a student volunteer’s pumping heart for Paulson and two other participants at the Heart Surgeon for a Day event.

Some wear their hearts on their sleeves and some want a closer look.

Two Issaquah residents joined 20 people chosen for Swedish Hospital’s Heart Surgeon for a Day event Feb. 26. Swedish invited Olivia Frangos and Sarah Paulson, who completed online applications, to the Seattle Science Foundation for a day of hands-on heart surgeon education.

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Mayor states goals in first State of the City speech

February 25, 2014

Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler vowed to maintain momentum in his first State of the City speech.

By Greg Farrar Fred Butler is a member of the Issaquah City Council.

Fred Butler

 

Given during the Feb. 18 regular City Council meeting, the speech laid out what Butler hopes to achieve in the first year of his inaugural term.

“A community is made up of many elements,” he said. “We are blessed with an outstanding school district, an active and professional chamber of commerce, students who are involved, first-class medical facilities and a City Council dedication to regional involvement.”

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Students can save time, money in Issaquah tech prep program

February 4, 2014

The Issaquah School District is pushing awareness of a program that allows students to earn dual high school and college credits, saving time and money.

Tech Prep allows students to earn credits through Bellevue College, Cascadia Community College, the Lake Washington Institute of Technology and Shoreline Community College.

Students enroll in classes through the colleges, but take them through their high schools. They are required to register on the Tech Prep website, pay a $46 consortium fee and if they complete the course with a “B” grade or higher, they can register for credit online.

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City wants a college to replace Microsoft campus

December 10, 2013

An educational institution might replace the vision of an Issaquah Highlands Microsoft campus.

The city will begin the process of establishing a development agreement with the new landowner, Polygon Northwest, in the coming weeks. Microsoft sold the 63-acre parcel in October for an undisclosed amount. In the meantime, Issaquah Economic Development Director Keith Niven gave a view of what the city hopes to see in the final document.

“That land would allow for a lot of different things to happen, including residential,” Niven said, explaining what the aim is for the final deal. “We’re just trying to work towards where they can build what they want and the city can work to find an employment hub up in the highlands.”

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Bellevue College Issaquah campus gets a master plan

November 26, 2013

Seven buildings and an amphitheater are included in a Bellevue College Issaquah campus master plan.

Bellevue College submitted an aspirational plan to the city in August and the Development Services Department is in the process of a land-use review. It makes use of the 20 acres purchased by the college in 2010 and envisions what the area could look like when fully built.

Contributed This mock-up in the master plan details how the area would look if Bellevue College can find sufficient demand and funding. According to the plan, a full build-out would not happen for 20 to 30 years.

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This mock-up in the master plan details how the area would look if Bellevue College can find sufficient demand and funding. According to the plan, a full build-out would not happen for 20 to 30 years.

“It’s a nice looking plan,” city Development Services Department Project Oversight Manager Christopher Wright said. “We’re in the middle of reviewing it, and it should go straight through the Urban Village Development Commission early next year.”

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Registration for Bellevue College’s retiree programs is now open

September 23, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 23, 2013

Bellevue College is now enrolling retirees for its fall quarter TELOS program.

Course topics range from art to technology, and courses are offered during the day, in the evenings and on weekends.

The TELOS program, operating since 1976, is designed to fit the lifestyle and interests of retirees, with a focus on learning and growth, not performance.

Classes begin Sept. 30. Learn more here.

 

Bellevue College campus plan is moving forward

July 2, 2013

Bellevue College is slowly but surely still coming to the Issaquah Highlands.

Though the project was prolonged due to the economic recession and the replacement of college President Jean Floten with David Rule, Bellevue College has continually expressed its intention to move forward and develop an Issaquah campus.

Public Relations Manager David Sandler said the campus, now referred to as the East Campus, has begun to pick up speed in its realization. In a couple of weeks, Bellevue College is expected to seek a site development permit from the Development Service Department.

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Brielle Bray named pitcher of the year

June 4, 2013

Bellevue College freshman softball pitcher Brielle Bray has been selected as the 2013 NWAACC North Region Pitcher of the year.

The Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges consists of 27 colleges and community colleges with two-year athletic programs from Washington, Oregon and Canada.

Bray, a 2012 graduate of Issaquah High School, was one of only two pitchers in the league to have a 20-win season (20 wins, five losses). She lead NWAACC with four saves, was fourth in strikeouts with 155 and was sixth in ERA at 2.62. Bray also batted .394 for the season.

Bellevue College finished the season in fourth-place at 39-7.

Liberty boys, girls basketball squads fall to Bellevue

February 5, 2013

Cherelle Demps, Liberty High School sophomore guard, drives between Elisa Park (left) and Kate Holmes, of Bellevue, during the second quarter of their Jan. 31 basketball game. By Greg Farrar

Cherelle Demps, Liberty High School sophomore guard, drives between Elisa Park (left) and Kate Holmes, of Bellevue, during the second quarter of their Jan. 31 basketball game. By Greg Farrar

The Liberty High School gymnasium was awash in a sea of red on Jan. 31, when the Patriots boys and girls basketball teams hosted Bellevue in the final regular games of the season.

Parents, students, staff members and basketball coaches donned red in honor of heart health awareness, after the school spent the week rallying and raising funds for cardiovascular disease.

During the games, students collected donations for the American Heart Association and educated attendees about heart disease prevention and warning signs. The effort raised about $7,000, and the school will continue to raise funds through Feb. 14.

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