August 16, 2011
Good education starts with school supplies
When there’s a community need, Issaquah takes care of its own. And Issaquah residents always put education on a pedestal. School will soon be starting and parents have already begun the major shopping spree to outfit returning students. Not every parent has the means.
The need for back-to-school supplies is critical. Have you thought to buy an extra box of crayons?
The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank expects about 500 children of their clients will need backpacks filled with notebooks, paper, crayons and marker pens, red and blue pens, erasers and glue. And those are just among the minimum needs.
August 9, 2011
Measure funds Issaquah programs for teenagers, parents
King County voters decide the future of a county veterans-and-human-services levy soon, and as Election Day nears, recipients of levy dollars demonstrated how the measure impacts Issaquah and other communities.
The electorate approved the initial veterans-and-human-services levy — 5 cents per $1,000 of assessed value — to fund programs for veterans and social service efforts in 2005. The measure, Proposition 1, is up for renewal on the Aug. 16 ballot.
If passed, the levy renewal is projected to generate $100 million through 2017. The funding is split 50-50 among programs for veterans and the neediest residents in King County.
Proposition 1 matches the existing levy and does not include additional taxes. The owner of a home assessed at $340,000 is expected to pay $17 in 2012 if the levy is renewed. (The existing levy is due to expire Dec. 31.)
Proposition 1 receives broad support from human services organizations and advocates for veterans. The measure received unanimous support on the often-contentious council. The county Voters’ Guide does not include any statements against Proposition 1.
July 19, 2011
Months before the Joshua P. Williams Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament each year, a posse of his old buddies from Skyline High School scheme about what to wear on tournament day.
This year, four of the guys each played while decked out from head to toe in one color. They found the vibrant attire at a thrift store, intent on standing out everywhere they went at The Plateau Club.
“They look like popsicles out there,” said Debra Williams, Josh’s mother and event organizer. “They make it fun.”
More than 200 people participated in the 2011 celebrity golf tournament in Sammamish July 12. Centered around the casual golf tournament, the charity event raised money for the Williams family’s foundation at the dinner-auction that evening.
A total wasn’t immediately available.
“It’s a fun way for everybody to come out and celebrate Josh’s life,” said Mark Hanan, one of Josh’s high school friends, who wore a baby blue polo shirt and pants. “It’s the best day of the year. It’s a good way to give back to the community.”
This year’s tournament brought 36 local celebrities, including Chance Fry (Seattle Sounders), Tracie Ruiz-Conforto (Olympic gold medalist), Tyler Malsam (auto racer from Sammamish), Alonzo Mitz (retired NFL player), Golden Tate (Seattle Seahawks), Dave Valle (former Seattle Mariners catcher) and Gino Torretta (NFL retired player, NCAA Hall of Fame).
July 12, 2011
Friends of Youth names new CEO
The board of directors of Friends of Youth recently promoted its chief operating officer, Terry Pottmeyer, to chief executive officer, replacing retiring CEO Joan Campbell.
The move will be effective Aug. 1.
Pottmeyer joined Friends of Youth, which has an office in Issaquah, in 2010.
She has held a number of high-profile roles at Friends of Youth, including chief program officer and chief operating officer.
Dentist’s office supports local charities
For the 11th consecutive year, Dr. Theresa Cheng has given a percentage of her March revenue to organizations that support women in honor and support of International Women’s Day, March 8.
This year, she donated more than $3,000 to the Eastside Domestic Violence Program, Eastside Baby Corner and Women’s Veteran Group.
Learn more about International Women’s Day at www.internationalwomensday.com.
July 5, 2011
As the entire region will soon enjoy the expanded medical care offered by Swedish/Issaquah, our city has much more to celebrate: a great fit with this community.
Some benefits are obvious. We now have a state-of-the-art hospital and medical campus that offers emergency services, a highly advanced cancer center and an impressive list of specialty-care services — all here in our backyard.
Swedish, however, provides plenty of additional perks for Issaquah. The healthcare provider consistently advocates for healthier lifestyles, which fits well with our active, outdoor-oriented community.
The nonprofit organization is also very much in sync with Public Health – Seattle & King County. Both organizations aim to educate the public that “health” is not merely the absence of illness, but is rather a longer, more enjoyable life. Look soon for Swedish’s great variety of free or low-cost classes regarding vital health topics here in Issaquah.
June 28, 2011
Physics club egg launch makes top 50 nationwide
The Skyline High School Physics Club placed 47th out of 100 teams nationwide competing at the Team America Rocketry Challenge on May 14 in The Plains, Va.
The students designed a rocket that would safely harbor an unbroken egg during its ascent and descent.
“I’m very proud of their accomplishments and their respectful behavior while we were in Virginia,” Becky Fowler, Skyline physics teacher and club advisor, said.
June 21, 2011
Marlena Norwood accepted to UC Berkeley summer program
Eastside Catholic High School junior Marlena Norwood was accepted into the National Student Leadership Conference on Medicine and Health Care at University of California, Berkeley.
In the 10-day conference, students will witness how to suture and perform a craniotomy demonstration, practice drilling into model skulls, participate in simulated clinical rounds and determine the identity of mystery “outbreak” diseases. They’ll also visit with physicians and researchers.
May 17, 2011
As the debate about medical marijuana progresses, it could be sending mixed messages to youths, shaping their thoughts about the still-illegal substance.
“Across the board, our counselors are reporting a change in attitude toward marijuana,” Youth Eastside Services Executive Director Patti Skelton-McGougan said. “Teens are seeing pot as less dangerous because of its potential medicinal properties.”
YES counselors are working to educate youths about marijuana, including information showing it is addictive, is often a gateway drug, and can lead to lower school performance and illness.
Nationally, the number of middle and high school students experimenting with the drug is at its highest since the 1980s, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
In the Issaquah School District, data only goes back to 2004, when the district began administering the state’s Healthy Youth Survey.
In 2004, more students, on average, reported “that adults in their neighborhoods think youth marijuana use is ‘very wrong,’” compared to reports from 2010.
In 2004, 70 percent of sophomores and 58 percent of seniors said they thought their neighbors looked down on youths using marijuana.
March 29, 2011
Friends of Youth receives $20,000 grant
Friends of Youth recently received a $20,000 grant from The Seattle Foundation to provide general operating support.
Friends of Youth, which has an Issaquah branch and is celebrating its 60th year, provides a broad, comprehensive spectrum of shelter, housing, counseling and prevention services for young people and their families in King and Snohomish counties.
Bellevue College student wins award for interior design
Bellevue College student Anne Aristya, of Issaquah, won an award for excellence in Interior Design from the Seattle Design Center as part of its 12th annual Northwest Design Awards Competition, which celebrates the best of regional interior design.
Aristya took first place for her work in INDES 265 Design Illustration under the guidance of instructor Sandra Wilson.
Designers, architects and students competed with projects in 10 competition categories. A panel of local subject experts evaluated submissions through an anonymous process, measuring each project on the basis of proportion, composition, use of space, materials and appropriateness of the design solution.
This year’s categories were: bathroom, bedroom, commercial, hospitality, kitchen, outdoor living, student design, whole house (less than $400,000), whole house (more than $400,000) and yacht/jet.
More than 250 members of the design community attended the awards presentation at the Northwest Design Awards Gala.
March 15, 2011
For many, suicide is a difficult topic to broach.
“There are a lot of myths out there,” Friends of Youth Director of Community Treatment Services Paula Frederick said. “People, in general, think that if we do talk about it, that will increase the risk of other people committing suicide.
“That just doesn’t happen,” she said. “That’s not what the research bears out.”
Suicide can be a taboo subject. It can make people uncomfortable, but once it’s part of a discussion, it can help someone talk about their sadness and pain.
The best way to address it is to ask in a straightforward conversation, “Are you thinking of suicide?” Skyline High School Counselor Beth Contreras said.
At Skyline, Contreras’ door is always open to students who are either seeking help for their friends or for themselves. Sometimes, students report classmates they see in passing.
“We’ll get anonymous notes: ‘I don’t know this person, but they look really down,’” Contreras said. Read more