Congratulations, local Eastside Catholic High School graduates

June 3, 2015

By Brian DalBalcon Seventeen students who are residents of Issaquah will graduate as part of Eastside Catholic High School’s class of 2015.  The residents are top row, from left to right, are Samuel Brakken, Clayton Dungey, Matthew Williams, Mathew Maximo and Cameron Cronk; middle row, from left to right, are Colton Mahovlich, Kathryn Reiff, Kyra Didier, Nicole Musser and Morgan Clark; bottom row, from left to right, are Kiera Schild, Mckenna George, Hannah Johnson, Ashley Blanton and Kaitlyn Carmody. Not pictured are Nicole Costello and Cody Baker. The graduation ceremony will be at 7:30 p.m. June 8 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. A Baccalaureate Mass will be held June 5 at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Sammamish. This will be the 33rd graduating class for Eastside Catholic with 171 students participating in the ceremony. Ninety-eight percent of graduates will attend 72 different colleges in the fall. One hundred and forty two seniors will graduate with honors and two students, Tinuola Dada and Amali Fernando, were named National Merit Scholars.

By Brian DalBalcon
Seventeen students who are residents of Issaquah will graduate as part of Eastside Catholic High School’s class of 2015.
The residents are top row, from left to right, are Samuel Brakken, Clayton Dungey, Matthew Williams, Mathew Maximo and Cameron Cronk; middle row, from left to right, are Colton Mahovlich, Kathryn Reiff, Kyra Didier, Nicole Musser and Morgan Clark; bottom row, from left to right, are Kiera Schild, Mckenna George, Hannah Johnson, Ashley Blanton and Kaitlyn Carmody. Not pictured are Nicole Costello and Cody Baker.
The graduation ceremony will be at 7:30 p.m. June 8 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. A Baccalaureate Mass will be held June 5 at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Sammamish. This will be the 33rd graduating class for Eastside Catholic with 171 students participating in the ceremony. Ninety-eight percent of graduates will attend 72 different colleges in the fall. One hundred and forty two seniors will graduate with honors and two students, Tinuola Dada and Amali Fernando, were named National Merit Scholars.

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Help students from five churches feed the hungry

March 5, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 5, 2015

On March 6-7, students in sixth through 12th grades will fast for 30 hours and raise funds to support organizations fighting poverty and hunger.

For the first time, five churches on the plateau will participate in this communitywide event, with more than 175 student participants projected. Participating church youth groups are:

  • Faith Church
  • Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church
  • Pine Lake Covenant Church
  • Sammamish Hills Lutheran Church
  • Sammamish Presbyterian Church

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Teens in Issaquah, Sammamish will wear T-shirts Sept. 10 to support suicide prevention

September 9, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 9, 2014

Teenagers in Issaquah and Sammamish will wear special T-shirts to school Sept. 10 as part of National Suicide Prevention Day efforts.

Nick Pringle, a youth pastor at Pine Lake Covenant Church, is spearheading local awareness efforts. He said the last two years have been the hardest of his eight-year ministry career, with many area teens committing suicide.

Five teens in Issaquah, Sammamish and Snoqualmie took their own lives during the past school year. And 2013 was considered the most violent year for teen suicides in King County in the past five years, with the number rising from three to 11.

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Celebrate an egg-cellent Easter at community events

April 15, 2014

Communities across the world will celebrate Easter on April 20, but Issaquah residents don’t have to go far to enjoy the holiday festivities.

Get a head start on the Easter holiday weekend with the city’s annual Underwater Egg Hunt and Carnival on April 18 at the Julius Boehm Pool, 50 S.E. Clark St.

Attendees should bring a swimsuit, towel and plastic basket to join in on the fun. Prizes are awarded for eggs gathered. While swimmers bob for eggs below, others can enjoy carnival games on the observation deck.

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New Eastside Friends of Seniors director sees vision come true

March 25, 2014

Retired transportation economist and Redmond City Councilman Hank Myers is the new director of the volunteer organization Eastside Friends of Seniors.

He was doing volunteer work in his community when he proposed the idea of creating a nonprofit organization to help seniors maintain their independence by providing essential services that allow them to remain in their own homes.

“My friend said that agency already exists,” Myers recalled. “That’s when she told me about Eastside Friends of Seniors.”

The organization operates out of offices in the basement of Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church on the Sammamish Plateau.

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Protests, acceptance fill meeting on whether to host Tent City 4

February 18, 2014

Tempers flared Feb. 11 at Faith United Methodist Church’s community meeting to discuss hosting Tent City 4.

Almost 200 residents — with concerns for children, jobs and safety — crowded into the church on Issaquah-Pine Lake Road in unincorporated King County. The meeting, according to the Rev. Dr. John Brewer, was to share information about the possibility of housing the traveling homeless shelter on church grounds.

“We were approached two and a half weeks ago with a serious request,” Brewer said. “While we had only briefly considered hosting in the summer time, this request came urgently.”

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Mary, Queen of Peace hosts interfaith holiday concert

December 17, 2013

Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church and Temple B’nai Torah present a holiday interfaith concert from 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at Mary, Queen of Peace, 1121 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish.

The guests of honor are Tent City 4 residents.

The concert features:

  • The Interfaith ensemble from Temple B’nai Torah, led by Cantor David Serkin Poole and music director Glenn Lestz, performing popular Christmas songs.
  • Musical ensembles from Mary, Queen of Peace, led by liturgical music director David Yackley, performing sacred and secular Christmas songs.

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Sammamish church eyes welcoming Tent City 4

October 8, 2013

Public meeting is set for Oct. 11

Tent City 4 might move to Sammamish.

Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church will hold a public meeting Oct. 11 to provide information and gather input from the community about possibly hosting the homeless encampment, which provides meals and overnight shelter.

After the meeting, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the church social hall at 1121 228th Ave. S.E. in Sammamish, the pastoral council will meet and likely develop a recommendation for the Rev. Kevin Duggan.

Rich Shively, pastoral administrator, said Duggan will have the final decision and will likely make his announcement the weekend of Oct. 12-13.

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Sammamish church eyes welcoming Tent City 4

October 2, 2013

NEW — 10:45 a.m. Oct. 2, 2013

Tent City 4 might move to Sammamish.

Members of the Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church Council are meeting tonight to decide if they want to extend an invitation to the group. If they do, the encampment could be in Sammamish a little more than two weeks later.

Organizers from the Tent City community received a shock late this summer when Bellevue, whose turn had arrived to host the traveling tented encampment, denied Tent City 4’s return.

“There are now two campsites on the Eastside,” Elisabeth Maupin, coordinator of the Issaquah Sammamish Interfaith Coalition, said, explaining the current Bellevue situation. “The other campsite had already filed for a permit to stay in Bellevue. And because Bellevue has a codicil that only allows for one campsite, the other camp was rejected.”

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