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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Issaquah Community Network, FISH net statewide award

November 20, 2012

Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and the Issaquah Community Network garnered a top honor for offering employment opportunities for young people with disabilities, officials announced Nov. 1.

The organizations received the Youth Employer Award from the Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment. The honor recognizes the organization’s partnership to accommodate workers with disabilities, and for efforts to create a productive and inclusive workforce.

The state-level committee behind the award advises the governor, legislators and state agencies on policy affecting people with disabilities.

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Discuss drug take-back program at Issaquah forum

November 6, 2012

Residents can offer opinions about a proposal to create a King County prescription drug take-back program at a community forum.

Issaquah Drug Free Community Coalition members organized the event to discuss a countywide network of drop-off centers for leftover medications. The proposal is under consideration by the King County Board of Health.

The forum starts at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Eagle Room at Issaquah City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way.

Panelists include Margaret Shield, a leader in the statewide Take Back Your Meds Coalition and Board of Health members David Baker, mayor of Kenmore, and Ava Frisinger, mayor of Issaquah.

Some pharmacies and law enforcement agencies, including the Issaquah Police Department, offer drug take-back programs, but advocates said the available programs do not meet the need.

FISH, Issaquah Community Network earn state award

November 5, 2012

NEW — 8 p.m. Nov. 5, 2012

Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and the Issaquah Community Network garnered a top honor for offering employment opportunities for young people with disabilities, officials announced Nov. 1.

The organizations received the Youth Employer Award from the Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment. The honor recognizes the organization’s partnership to accommodate workers with disabilities, and for efforts to create a productive and inclusive workforce.

The state-level committee behind the award advises the governor, legislators and state agencies on policy affecting people with disabilities.

In recent years, students with disabilities from local school districts received paid internships at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, and helped hatchery staffers and volunteers complete important tasks.

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