Help Habitat for Humanity build homes

March 15, 2011

Habitat for Humanity of East King County is in the midst of construction on homes in the Issaquah Highlands and the Renton Highlands.

The nonprofit organization seeks volunteers to help build homes at the Renton Highlands construction site, especially on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Volunteers can register at the Habitat website, www.habitatekc.org, or e-mail questions to volunteer@habitatekc.org.

Habitat coordinators broke ground for the Renton Highlands project last June. Plans call for the community, La Fortuna, to include 41 homes.

The organization is also nearing completion on the Issaquah Highlands homes.

Help Habitat for Humanity build homes at Renton, Issaquah sites

March 1, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. March 1, 2011

Habitat for Humanity of East King County is in the midst of construction on homes in the Issaquah Highlands and the Renton Highlands.

The nonprofit organization seeks volunteers to help build homes at the construction sites in March and April.

Volunteers can register at the Habitat website, or send questions to volunteer@habitatekc.org.

Habitat coordinators broke ground for the Renton Highlands project last June. Plans call for the community, called La Fortuna, to include 41 homes. The organization is also nearing completion on Issaquah Highlands homes.

The highlands site is a popular destination. Habitat received a hand from Seattle Storm players and the interfaith group Together We Build in order to complete the residences.

Missing Maywood Middle School student found

October 26, 2010

UPDATED — 4:20 p.m. Oct. 27, 2010

Missing Maywood Middle School School student Riley Bunch returned home Tuesday night.

The parents and friends of the missing girl posted fliers and took to Facebook to ask community members to help bring her home.

“Thanks to the thousands of you for making her pic your profile pic, for posting flyers, for forwarding emails and so on,” family members wrote in a Facebook posting.

Her parents believe Riley, 12, ran away from her Renton Highlands home Monday. The family said Riley did not get on her school bus or attend school. The school notified them Riley did not attend.

Plan for lane closure Saturday during Renton Highlands curb work

August 13, 2010

NEW — 11 a.m. Aug. 13, 2010

Expect a lane closure in the Renton Highlands on Saturday as King County Road Services Division crews install sidewalk ramps.

In order to install the ramps at the intersection of Southeast 128th Street and 156th Avenue Southeast, crews must close the eastbound curb lane on Southeast 128th Street from 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday.

Installation of the handicap-accessible ramps started July 28 — the same week as the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Plan for lane closure during Renton Highlands curb work

July 28, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. July 28, 2010

Expect a weeklong lane closure in the Renton Highlands as King County Road Services Division crews install sidewalk ramps.

In order to install the ramps at the intersection of Southeast 128th Street and 156th Avenue Southeast, crews must close the westbound curb lane on Southeast 128th Street from 7 a.m. Wednesday through 4 p.m. Aug. 4.

Crews start installation the handicap-accessible ramps during the same week as the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

New Habitat project to break ground in Renton Highlands

June 1, 2010

Renton Highlands will be the new home of a Habitat for Humanity community called La Fortuna.

Habitat coordinators break ground on the project, at 172 127th Ave. S.E., June 11.

The first phase of the $12 million project will include two buildings totaling 11 townhomes.

When completed, the project will have eight buildings and up to 41 units available for families making 60 percent or below the area’s median income, said Tom Granger, executive director for Habitat For Humanity of East King County. Median income for a family of four living in King County in 2009 was about $84,000, according to the nonprofit housing organization A Regional Coalition for Housing. Sixty percent of that would be about $50,000.

The project is made possible through Habitat for Humanity partnerships with Bank of America, Habitat for Humanity of Seattle/South King County Impact Capital, JP Morgan Chase Bank, King County Housing Finance Program and the state Housing Trust Fund.

Find the perfect prom dress that won’t empty the pocketbook

April 6, 2010

Searching high and low, high school senior girls are scouring the malls for dresses decked in lace, beads, satin or chiffon this spring. But finding the perfect dress can wreak havoc on parents’ pocketbooks.

With prom dresses priced at more than $250 at many major department or specialty stores, the perfect dress can feel out of reach, especially when you add shoes, hair, makeup, dance tickets, pictures and accessories.

So, why not achieve your daughter’s prom dreams and save a bit of cash by shopping at Stella Vintage April 12, 15 and 19?

Liberty High School seniors Alli McDonald and Kate Borgnes teamed up with their mothers and Stella’s to help girls at Hazen, Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools get the dresses of their dreams for a fraction of the price.

“It is my way of being able to reach out to our community and feel like I made a difference in our local area,” Kate said. “I know there are a lot of people that are struggling right now.” Read more

Program connects families in need with cribs

August 25, 2009

Those wanting to help battle Sudden Infant Death Syndrome can make monetary donations to the Northwest Infant Survival Alliance. Contributed

Those wanting to help battle Sudden Infant Death Syndrome can make monetary donations to the Northwest Infant Survival Alliance. Contributed

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome can devastate a family, but those working in the King County Sheriff’s Office said they realize many SIDS crises can be averted with a few simple steps.

The office has partnered with the Northwest Infant Survival Alliance to provide cribs for families in need in areas around Issaquah that they patrol. Deputies patrol areas like Klahanie, the Renton Highlands, Southeast Issaquah-Hobart Road and west of the city limits along Newport Way.

If deputies notice an infant in a sleeping environment that could lead to a SIDS death or an accidental suffocation, they will connect that family with the alliance and a free crib.

“Normally, we go out on infant death,” said Scott Dungan, a community service officer in the Special Assault Unit. “We wanted to be able to catch it at the other end and help prevent infant death.”

Seven cribs have been donated since the partnership between the sheriff’s office and the alliance began in April. Read more

City celebrates 4th of July

June 30, 2009

The Fourth of July is right around the corner and so are the festivities.

From the Heritage Day Parade to Providence Point’s annual barbecue, you can stay busy in Issaquah all day long.

But remember, when it comes to private events, you need a city permit to use or possess fireworks, since they are banned within city limits. Issaquah’s fireworks ban includes things like sparklers, cones, fountains and roman candles. Anyone caught in possession of or caught using fireworks will be cited. The city passed the ban in 1993.

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Voters pick Glenn Anderson by narrow margin

November 11, 2008

Other incumbents win easily, ballot issues also decided

Apart from momentous results in the race for U.S. president, the Nov. 4 election also delivered important decisions for regional races and issues. Read more