Stream of Dreams

November 5, 2014

Permanent fish mural guides the way for drivers, students

What first appeared to be a colorful display for Salmon Days attendees is actually an education project that will last for hopefully a decade or more.

All Issaquah Valley Elementary School students, from preschoolers to fifth-graders, have a fish on the Stream of Dreams.

It was a “massive volunteer effort,” according to Tiffany Aske, who co-chaired the project with Leah Gibson. They were inspired by a similar mural project at Laurelhurst Elementary School in Seattle, and coached through it by the Canadian-based Stream of Dreams Murals Society.

by Greg Farrar Fish swim in swirls (above) on the fence in part of the long Stream of Dreams mural at Issaquah Valley Elementary School on Newport Way Northwest.

By Greg Farrar
Fish swim in swirls on the fence in part of the long Stream of Dreams mural at Issaquah Valley Elementary School on Newport Way Northwest.

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Drug Free Community Coalition cuts ties with program coordinator

February 25, 2014

The Drug Free Community Coalition Executive Board and Project Coordinator Liz Wilhelm have mutually and amicably agreed to dissolve their contractual relationship, effective immediately.

The board is collaborating with Wilhelm to ensure a smooth transition for the coalition’s future work, according to a news release from the coalition.

In the interim, Dianne Bugge and Barbara de Michele will share the position to keep the coalition moving forward on several fronts.

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Students find joy and meaning in volunteering

February 21, 2014

For Taylor Woo, a particular memory stands out from her time working at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Woo, a Liberty High School junior, serves as a volunteer patient care liaison at the hospital, one of the largest in the Northwest. One day, she was asked to speak with an 8-year-old boy who’d been in a car accident with his parents and younger sister.

The boy was responsive, but his sister lay in coma in an adjacent bed.

Above, left, Taylor Woo, a junior at Liberty High School, helps a visitor at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Top right, Issaquah High School senior Robin Lustig volunteers with organizations like Friends of Youth, the Issaquah Community Network and the Drug Free Community Coalition. Above, right, Skyline High School senior Jonathan Yee helps fellow students through the school’s Key Club and Link Crew, and also works with Treehouse, an organization that supports foster children.

Taylor Woo, a junior at Liberty High School, helps a visitor at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

“You can hear the heart monitor just beeping to her heart, and it was so hard to see,” Woo said. “It was sad how he couldn’t really comprehend what was happening with his parents.

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Liberty teens get candid about marijuana use

February 11, 2014

By Christina Corrales-Toy Liberty High School students (from left) Jenna Purkis, Neil Chakravarty and Ashton Herrild talk about the effects the legalization of marijuana has on teens at a Drug Free Community Coalition forum held at Liberty on Feb. 6.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Liberty High School students (from left) Jenna Purkis, Neil Chakravarty and Ashton Herrild talk about the effects the legalization of marijuana has on teens at a Drug Free Community Coalition forum held at Liberty on Feb. 6.

Not much has changed about the perception of marijuana among teens since voters elected to legalize the drug with the passage of Initiative 502 in 2012.

If anything, legalization has made the drug seem more acceptable, according to a group of Liberty High School students at the third and final forum hosted by the Drug Free Community Coalition Feb. 6.

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Editorial

December 31, 2013

2014 goals for a better Issaquah

The Issaquah Press presents its annual list of goals for the Issaquah area. A few are repeats from last year, still waiting to be accomplished but worthy of repeating.

February elections — The trio of school district levies, the Klahanie annexation decision and the repeal of the plastic bag ban are all up for a vote. The only good thing about the dismal turnout of voters in the November election is the easy assurance of getting enough voters to validate the school levy election. Let’s hope Issaquah voters get back on track and return their ballots in higher numbers in 2014.

Central Issaquah Plan — The redevelopment plan is in place and developers now know how to maximize the use of their property. One project has already been proposed. It will be interesting to see what other plans come forward and whether the CIP is achieving its goals.

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Sammamish hosts teens and marijuana forum

November 26, 2013

The Drug Free Community Coalition, in partnership with seven community organizations, presents the Legal Marijuana and Our Teens forum at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at Sammamish City Hall Council Chambers, 801 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish.

The program begins with an open house and presentation of the video “Marijuana and Teens,” produced by Mercer Island Communities That Care. At 7 p.m., a panel of Sammamish-area teens will start the forum with comments about the video and about marijuana legalization.

A Q&A follows at about 7:30 p.m.

Artist, youth advocate Vicki Hoffman dies

October 15, 2013

A celebration of life for beloved Issaquah art and youth advocate Vicki Hoffman is scheduled for 1 p.m. Oct. 19 at Redmond’s Timberlake Church, 4505 236th Ave. N.E.

The family will receive friends at Flintoft’s Funeral Home from 4 -7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at 540 E. Sunset Way, Issaquah.

Hoffman, a tireless advocate for art in schools, as well as a board member on the Issaquah Community Network and the Issaquah School District PTSA Council, passed away Oct. 12, after suffering a brain aneurysm Oct. 10, according to a slew of emails from Hoffman’s friends and colleagues.

Vicki Hoffman

Vicki Hoffman

An active parent in the Issaquah School District, Hoffman once served as the Clark Elementary School PTSA president, and is largely responsible for reviving the district’s volunteer art docent program.

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‘Influence the Choice’ video winner named

April 9, 2013

A winner was announced April 2 for the “Influence the Choice” video contest, led by the Issaquah Community Network and Drug Free Community Coalition.

Issaquah High School student Hannah Balducci won the grand prize of $800 for her submission of a two-minute video that tried to influence friends and other teenagers to resist using alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs.

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