Issaquah Rotary is part of district given First Citizen Award

July 3, 2012

Rotary International District 5030 — which runs from Mill Creek to Enumclaw — has recently found itself in distinguished company.

The district, which includes the Rotary Club of Issaquah, joins the Gates family, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and former Seattle Mariner Jamie Moyer as recipients of the Seattle-King County First Citizen Award for their commitment to community and public service.

Don Oellrich, president of the Rotary Club of Issaquah, said being part of the district that received the award is an honor.

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Engagement: Cote, Goldfarb

June 12, 2012

Lucia Cote and Daniel Goldfarb

Lucia Marie Cote and Daniel Mark Goldfarb, both of West Seattle, recently announced their engagement to be married Sept. 22 at the Sahalee Club, in Sammamish.

The bride-to-be, the daughter of Mark and Claudia Cote, of Issaquah, is a 2003 graduate of Skyline High School. She graduated from Western Washington University in 2007 and works as a program coordinator at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The future groom, the son of Dave and Judy Goldfarb, of Issaquah, also graduate from Skyline in 2003. He earned a degree at the University of Washington in 2006. He is the chief executive officer of WaSOUND.

Tour Passage Point residences at opening ceremony Thursday

July 6, 2011

NEW — 5 p.m. July 6, 2011

Before the first residents make Passage Point their new home this summer, the YWCA invites the public to view the facility during its grand opening Thursday.

YWCA Passage Point is a residential community near Issaquah for single parents emerging from the corrections system. With its 46 housing units and comprehensive services, Passage Point will empower residents, mostly mothers, to reunite with their children in a stable environment, helping them along a path toward self sufficiency.

“I honestly do not know where my daughter and I would be if not for YWCA Passage Point,” Cynthia Liggett, a Passage Point reunification program participant, said in a news release. “Through this program, I have learned how to become more confident in my parenting skills and know I can use my past experience as a stepping stone to success.”

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Off the Press

March 22, 2011

Bill Gates and I finally have something in common. Neither one of us is at the top of Forbes magazine’s  list of the world’s richest people.

The fact that I’m not on the top of the list probably isn’t a huge surprise to most readers. But becoming a millionaire, or a billionaire, has never been one of my goals. Thus far, I’m doing a good job of avoiding it. However, there are Power Ball and Mega Millions lotteries coming up this week, so who knows? If I won a jackpot, after getting resuscitated, I would donate millions to charities.

Gates has a net worth of $56 billion. Yes, that ranked the chairman of Microsoft second on the list. Why? Gates has a generous spirit. His charitable contributions prevented him from being No. 1.

Bob Taylor        Press sports editor

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the world. In 2007, the couple contributed $28 billion to charities. The foundation contributes money to combat hunger, poverty, disease and illiteracy around the world. Gates has made huge donations to improve education in the United States, too.

I admire a person like Gates who is willing to give and give and give to make our world better.

Giving is something else that I have in common with Gates. Over the years, I have made contributions to many charities although not on the same scale. In recent times, however, my contributions haven’t been as frequent because of medical expenditures. My pockets are not quite as deep as they once were because of my battle with cancer.

Fortunately, my son David has taken over the role of being the family philanthropist. He has a very generous spirit, making donations to a variety of charities each month.

David is quite a success story. He has overcome a physical disability. He graduated from the University of Washington cum laude and later earned a master’s degree. He has a steady job with a good company. No father could be more proud. I’m especially proud of his giving spirit. David, like his dad, has no ambitions to become wealthy, either.

For many people, this is the giving time of the year. There is, after all, “the infernal revenue service” where some of us will again make a donation to Uncle Sam.

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Teachers take the initiative in learning program

August 31, 2010

Dr. Duane Baker presents to about 900 Issaquah School District teachers at Skyline High School, telling the teachers about improving instruction through observing other teachers’ classrooms. By Laura Geggel

Teachers are a valuable resource, especially for one another. Read more

Redesigning college, one course at a time

June 22, 2010

A new project aims to make college textbooks more affordable — and ultimately, prevent more students from dropping out.

The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges has initiated a 15-month project to improve student success and reduce the price of textbooks by redesigning 80 high-enrollment first- and second-year college courses.

The project, the Washington State Student Completion Initiative, will be supported by grants of $5.3 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and $800,000 from the Ford Foundation.

Community and technical college instructors and librarians will assemble a set of course materials from free or inexpensive resources. Ten Bellevue College instructors and staff members — including one from Issaquah and one from Newcastle — have been selected to work on the initiative.

A goal of the initiative is to reduce the cost of textbooks and other course materials to no more than $30 per course.

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College Success Foundation reports results

June 15, 2010

NEW — 4 p.m. June 15, 2010

Issaquah-based College Success Foundation is making a real impact in students’ lives.

The program — funded largely by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — provides programs, scholarships, advocacy and mentorship programs to help underserved, low-income students finish high school and pursue post secondary schooling at college and universities across the nation. The program serves students in Washington and Washington, D.C.

In 10 years, the organization has awarded more than 6,500 scholarships worth $110 million to College Success Foundation Scholars.

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Highlands YWCA facility groundbreaking set for Dec. 7

November 24, 2009

Planners will incorporate community spaces into the design of the YWCA Family Village at Issaquah. Courtesy Lynn Shimamoto

Planners will incorporate community spaces into the design of the YWCA Family Village at Issaquah. Courtesy Lynn Shimamoto

Officials will break ground early next month on a long-planned YWCA apartment complex in the Issaquah Highlands, a project hailed by city planners as a key piece of the highlands’ urban village concept.

The project will add 146 rental units to the highlands, as well as a childcare facility, a community center and offices for YWCA employees. Officials at the nonprofit hope to open the $52 million complex — known as YWCA Family Village at Issaquah — by late 2011.

Family Village will be built on about two acres at the northeast corner of Highlands Drive Northeast and Northeast High Street.

City and YWCA leaders will gather at the construction site Dec. 7 for a groundbreaking ceremony. Hours later, YWCA officials will answer questions about the project at Blakely Hall, during a public open house related to the project. Officials held several community meetings during the years the project was planned.

Plans outline a mixture of studio apartments and one-, two-, and three-bedroom units divided among three buildings. The pedestrian-friendly complex would be connected to the adjacent Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride by a footbridge built by the YWCA. Read more

Library’s use grows with recession

November 10, 2009

If the Issaquah Library feels a bit more crowded than it used to, that’s because it is. Read more