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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Issaquah Community Network hosts assistive technology workshop Oct. 16

September 24, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 24, 2013

New technology is opening a world of possibilities for job seekers with disabilities, and the public can learn all about it at a free workshop.

The Issaquah Community Network, Eastside Community Network and the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network will host three speakers at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Issaquah High School Performing Arts Center.

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Petition leads to action on skate park relocation

July 9, 2013

A groundswell of support for relocating the skate park moved the City Council to action July 1 after the issue was removed from the park bond discussion.

When the council met for its regular meeting, Mayor Ava Frisinger alerted the crowd of more than 50 people that there was a change to the official agenda. A bill was added and later approved that calls for the Services & Safety Committee to investigate possible action with regard to the skate park.

By Greg Farrar Issaquah’s Skate Park, built in 1997 behind the community center and placed between the Rainier Trail (left) and Second Avenue Southeast, stands unused July 8 in the middle of the day, with abandoned litter and clothing lying in the grass by a damaged bench.

By Greg Farrar
Issaquah’s Skate Park, built in 1997 behind the community center and placed between the Rainier Trail (left) and Second Avenue Southeast, stands unused July 8 in the middle of the day, with abandoned litter and clothing lying in the grass by a damaged bench.

Long seen as a location for illegal activity, the skate park has come under increasing scrutiny by parents and community groups. The secluded placement of the park and its proximity to schools has made it somewhat of a haven for drug use and fights, according to many educators, parents and citizens who spoke during the meeting’s public comment. The city agreed that negative presence keeps families from using the skate park and turns pedestrians away from the adjacent Rainier Trail.

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Issaquah Community Network seeks signatures by Monday for skate park relocation

June 28, 2013

NEW — 5 p.m. June 28, 2013

Projects to include in an upcoming voter-decided park bond will be discussed in the July 1 City Council meeting and one group is trying to ensure that relocating the skate park is considered.

The Issaquah Community Network has begun a petition to call for the council to cease use of the existing skate park near the community center and move it to a safer area.

“We, the undersigned, call on the Issaquah City Council to close the current skate park, and to fund and construct a replacement skate park in a more visible, kid- and family-friendly location,” it reads.

View the Issaquah Community Network’s petition here.

The organization cites continued illicit activities in the area that keeps citizens from making use of it.

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Issaquah Community Network supports Take Back Initiative

April 23, 2013

The Issaquah Community Network and Drug Free Community Coalition are supporting the National Take Back Initiative from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27.

About 18,000 people a year overdose on prescription drugs, which includes young people in the Issaquah School District area, said Judy Brewer, chairwoman of the Issaquah Community Network.

The initiative, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration, urges adults to clear unused or leftover prescription drugs from homes and drop them safely and securely at local police stations. Learn more at www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal, which also provides a list of local drop-off centers.

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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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“Influence the Choice” video contest winner announced

April 5, 2013

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

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

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Video contest aims to combat alcohol, drugs

January 15, 2013

The Issaquah Community Network and Drug Free Community Coalition want sixth- to 12th-grade students to create short commercials telling their friends how to resist alcohol, marijuana and prescription drug temptations.

Commercials should be two minutes or less in length and submitted by Feb. 28. A grand prize of $800 will be awarded to the best video. Other prizes include first, second and third place prizes of $100, $75 and $50 in the categories of Most Influential Alcohol Video, Most Influential Marijuana Video and Most Influential Prescription Drug Video.

Find complete details, entry requirements and an entry form at www.issaquahcommunitynetwork.com. Click on the link labeled “video contest.” Email questions to Dianne Bugge or Caryn Cissna at icnvideocontest@gmail.com.

City Council committee backs drug take-back program

December 4, 2012

City Council members signaled support Nov. 26 for a burgeoning effort to create a King County prescription drug take-back program.

Council Safety & Services Committee members unanimously recommended the council approve a resolution supporting the program.

In a separate decision Nov. 19, council members sent the proposed resolution to the committee. The council is expected to consider the resolution again Dec. 17.

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City Council committee supports countywide drug take-back program

November 28, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. Nov. 28, 2012

City Council members signaled support Monday for a burgeoning effort to create a King County prescription drug take-back program.

Council Safety & Services Committee members unanimously recommended for the council to approve a resolution supporting the program to committee for further discussion.

In a unanimous decision Nov. 19, council members sent the proposed resolution to committee. The council is expected to consider the resolution again next month.

The council sent the legislation to committee less than a week after Mayor Ava Frisinger, a King County Board of Health member, joined a local forum to discuss the proposed county drug take-back program.

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