Forum opens community conversation about drug use and children

April 24, 2012

Ever wonder what makes someone an addict and how to prevent your child from becoming one? The Issaquah Drug Free Community Coalition has and it is hosting a community forum to discuss the answers.

“Drug Use and Our Kids,” will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. May 2 at Clark Elementary School where a presentation about the neurological and developmental aspects of drug use and abuse will be followed by a community discussion about the perceptions and realities of local youths’ alcohol and drug use.

“We want to really raise awareness. A lot of the time parents are unaware of the extent of youth drug use,” said Jerry Blackburn, a chemical dependency professional and faculty member in the Chemical Dependency Counseling program at Bellevue College, who will give the presentation.

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Bellevue College seeks input about Issaquah campus

April 24, 2012

Bellevue College plans to gather public input as proposals coalesce for a planned satellite campus in the Issaquah Highlands — a long-term goal for city and college leaders.

Citizens can offer comments and ideas at a public forum at 6 p.m. May 1 at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive.

The college scheduled the forum to learn what citizens want for potential course offerings, campus planning, building design and more.

The forum is the latest phase in a plan to engage stakeholders — nearby residents, current and potential students, elected representatives and government officials — in the planning process.

Officials plan to construct a single building in the highlands for the initial phase and then add space in the years ahead, as resources and demand increase.

Bellevue College to host forum about proposed Issaquah campus

April 17, 2012

Bellevue College plans to gather public input as proposals coalesce for a planned satellite campus in the Issaquah Highlands — a long-term goal for city and college leaders.

The college scheduled a May 1 forum to learn what citizens want for potential course offerings, campus planning, building design and more.

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City Council, Issaquah School Board gather for joint meeting

April 17, 2012

City Council and Issaquah School Board members face a substantial docket soon, as the elected groups meet for dinner and a discussion about shared issues.

Officials expect to release discussion topics for the meeting in the days ahead, but the casual get-together between the groups at a Chinese restaurant is meant to build ties and discover common issues among the members.

The council and board plan to meet at 5 p.m. April 24 at Mandarin Garden, 90 E. Sunset Way. The meeting is open to the public; no action is expected to be taken.

The groups last met in May 2011. They discussed a proposed Issaquah School District bond, a planned Bellevue College campus in Issaquah and traffic along Second Avenue Southeast — a corridor bordered by Issaquah High School and other campuses.

Wedding: Elmquist, Ruiz

April 17, 2012

Freddy Ruiz and Katie Elmquist

Katie Elmquist and Freddy Ruiz, both of Issaquah, were married April 7, 2012, at Pickering Barn, in Issaquah. The Rev. Ed Pohlreich officiated.

A reception followed, also in Pickering Barn.

The couple honeymooned at Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

The bride is the daughter of Don and Joan Elmquist, of Issaquah. Her bridal attendants were Liz Elmquist, Brenna McGinnis, Janelle Gallagher, Amy Doerschel and Joslynn Ruiz.

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Bellevue College to host forum about proposed Issaquah campus

April 11, 2012

NEW — 11:50 a.m. April 11, 2012

Bellevue College plans to gather public input as proposals coalesce for a planned satellite campus in the Issaquah Highlands — a long-term goal for city and college leaders.

The college scheduled a forum for 6 p.m. May 1 at the highlands’ Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive, to learn what citizens want for potential course offerings, campus planning, building design and more.

College officials invited residents from Issaquah, Newcastle, North Bend, Sammamish, Snoqualmie and elsewhere to the forum.

“Our goal is to hear from as many people as possible, because there are so many great ideas out there as to how we should develop this campus,” interim college President Laura Saunders said. “It’s important for the end result to reflect the needs and desires of the community this campus will serve.”

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College News

April 3, 2012

Issaquah student receives academic honors at BC

Casey Pinckney, a second-year student from Issaquah attending Bellevue College, has been named a 2012 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar by Phi Theta Kappa, a national honor society for community college students.

Additionally, she has been named to the All-Washington Academic Team for academic performance and community service.

As a Bronze Scholar, Pinckney will receive a $1,000 scholarship and recognition in the April 23 issue of USA Today. As a member of the All-Washington Academic Team, Pinckney will receive a $750 scholarship and is in the running for selection to the All-USA Academic Team, which will be announced in April.

Pinckney also received an additional $1,000 scholarship for being the fourth-ranked member of the team.

Bellevue College’s Dad and Me classes start April 7

March 20, 2012

The next set of Dad and Me classes is set for 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays from April 7 to June 16 at Bellevue College.

Taught by Issaquah resident Tim Ryan, the class allows fathers to play and learn together with their child or children. Additionally, fathers will be able to attend Parent Education classes with some of their counterparts and deal with a variety of topics relating to raising children.

The class also will feature guest speakers, storytellers and field trips.

The course is aimed at fathers with children from 2 1/2 to 7 years old. Classes are held on the Bellevue College Campus, Building 1, the Early Learning Center, Room 116. Cost is $214 per quarter or $228 with two or more children from the same family.

Register by calling the Bellevue College Parent Education office, 564-2365, or go to www.bellevuecollege.edu/parented. Call Tim Ryan at 206-280-3458 or email him at tim.ryan@bellevuecollege.edu.

Impact Studio Pro rolls innovation into video production

March 6, 2012

 Impact Studio Pro staff includes (from left) software developer and CASTUS Vice President Jon Campbell, ISP Director and Editor Nathan Bosseler, Project Manager Elaine Bosseler, Bellevue College Web developer intern Alex Elsayed and 3-D artist Jahn Flaatrud. By Greg Farrar

Inside the video marketing agency Impact Studio Pro, a Mountain Dew-fueled operation creates TV commercials, promotional spots, public service announcements and music videos for more than 100 clients.

The tiny company operates from a converted Issaquah Highlands apartment, a space referred to as the “think tank” by founder Nathan Bosseler. The office overlooks rooftops and the Issaquah Alps. Bosseler uses a space designed for a bedroom as the executive suite.

Major clients include the Issaquah Schools Foundation, Gene Juarez Academy, Hyundai of Kirkland, and municipal governments in Sammamish and SeaTac.

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce leaders spotlighted Impact Studio Pro as a business innovator in the Innovation in Issaquah contest late last month.

The chamber also honored Marketing Masters and Lakeside Center for Autism as innovators. The carbon-neutral community zHome also received a nod as the most innovative public-private partnership.

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City, Issaquah Chamber of Commerce honor innovators

February 28, 2012

The most innovative businesses in Issaquah manufacture fasteners for airliners, use technology to treat autism, and rely on a tiny-but-talented staff to create slick productions.

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce announced the Innovation in Issaquah honorees — Marketing Masters, Lakeside Center for Autism and Impact Studio Pro — at a Feb. 22 ceremony and luncheon.

The carbon-neutral community zHome also received a nod as the most innovative public-private partnership. The city spearheaded the 10-unit townhouse development from concept to completion.

Leaders from the chamber and City Hall recognized the entrepreneurs’ accomplishments through the Innovation in Issaquah contest, a showcase for local businesses offering unique services. Honorees demonstrate innovation in product development, services, systems or strategies.

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