Editorial: 1,200 backpacks needed for students

July 22, 2014

Let the back-to-school shopping begin!

Wow, everything from erasers to three colors of ink pens, from scissors to notebooks are on the list. Don’t forget a box of Kleenex for the classroom and an apple for the teacher.

If you’ve purchased a new backpack for your student and added in the supplies, your receipts probably add up to well more than $100. And you still have to get new shoes and pay for a yearbook and a PTA membership.

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Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank feeds kids through summer

July 15, 2014

For the third year in a row, the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank is running a program to help feed children during summer vacation.

Program Director Rebecca Rayner said the local organization wanted to give kids the meals often provided by the school system during most of the year.

“We just have to have school-aged kids to enter the program,” she said.

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Issaquah Women’s Club gives $5,000 to local organizations

July 15, 2014

The Issaquah Women’s Club gathered June 5 to distribute over $5,000 in donations to local organizations.

The recipients were the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, Echo Glen to support its canine program, Life Enrichment Options, Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department, Issaquah Community Services and Eastside Baby Corner.

Contributed An Echo Glen student works with Oreo, a dog in its canine program. The organization recently received funds from the Issaquah Women’s Club.

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An Echo Glen student works with Oreo, a dog in its canine program. The organization recently received funds from the Issaquah Women’s Club.

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Issaquah Valley Elementary School’s ‘guardian angel’ wins state award

July 1, 2014

Suzie Kuflik receives $500 check from WEA

Suzie Kuflik received statewide recognition May 30 from the Washington Education Association Minority Affairs and Human Rights Committee, for bringing the Angel Program to Issaquah Valley Elementary School.

The award came with a $500 check, which Kuflik donated to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, where she frequently volunteers.

Among her efforts to better the Issaquah community, Kuflik created the Angel Program to pair students in need with “adopted families.”

Those families are given the age, size and gender of their child to provide basic necessities, though many donate additional gifts. The Angel Program’s work has inspired other schools in the Issaquah School District to adapt the program to help more students.

By Rachel Osgood Suzie Kuflik (left) is presented with a $500 check by Stephen Miller, vice president of the Washington Education Association, as part of a state award. She then donated the check to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.

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Suzie Kuflik (left) is presented with a $500 check by Stephen Miller, vice president of the Washington Education Association, as part of a state award. She then donated the check to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.

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City weighs needs as 200 bus comes to end of the line

June 24, 2014

As Issaquah’s 200 “freebee” bus faces Metro Transit’s chopping block, city officials are evaluating alternatives.

After the failure of April’s Proposition 1, which would have given King County Metro Transit the necessary funds to avoid service cuts, the regional authority plans to begin phasing out 17 percent of its routes in September. The 200 is among those routes.

“Though it still serves riders, Route 200 is identified as among the lowest performing routes in Metro’s current system,” Metro Transit spokesman Jeff Switzer said.

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Recycle electronics, donate computers and food at PC Fix event

June 10, 2014

The PC Fix, in conjunction with One Green Planet, is hosting a recycling event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 13 at its Issaquah location, 1320 N.W. Mall St.

The company will accept and dispose of nearly all used electronic gear, and will also coordinate with local businesses to pick up used gear for disposal.

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PC Fix hosts recycling, food donation event

June 2, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 2, 2014

Box up your old computers and buy a few extra grocery items.

The PC Fix, in conjunction with One Green Planet, is hosting a recycling event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 13 at its Issaquah location, 1320 N.W. Mall St.

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Food bank adds hours, services as needs grow

April 22, 2014

As need grows, so does the effort to help.

The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank announced an extension of its food and clothing bank service hours in April. It will now remain open from 5-7 p.m. every Monday evening in an attempt to serve the growing community who relies on the bank’s services.

“Our numbers have grown substantially from 2012 to 2013,” Executive Director Cori Walters said. “We’ve seen a 23 percent increase from our food customers, and that doesn’t include our clothing banks.”

The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank provides free food, clothing and related services to individuals and families in need.

The growth affected how well the bank could provide its services.

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Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank increases service hours, now open Monday nights

April 7, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. April 7, 2014

The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank is extending its food and clothing bank service hours to being open from 5-7 p.m. every Monday evening.

The goal is to be more accommodating to shoppers who work in the afternoons.

With the addition of six to 10 more service hours per week, the food and clothing bank will need more volunteer support. Volunteer by emailing Kim at Kim@issaquahfoodbank.org.

The food and clothing bank is at 179 First Ave. S.E. Learn more here.

City leaders investigate future of Route 200 bus

April 1, 2014

As King County residents vote whether to fund Metro Transit on April 22, city leaders are considering what to do with Route 200.

Issaquah pays a yearly subsidy to the county in order to keep the bus free of charge. But the city-centric route has been offered for the chopping block for years as Metro has faced increased expenditures. In response, the city has begun to survey residents who would most likely use the bus to try and get a clearer sense of its community impact.

City Economic Development Manager Andrea Lehner said the information would prove valuable for the city as well as the county.

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