Attorneys fire volleys as funding application deadline looms for Issaquah Senior Center

August 23, 2015

NEW — 1:15 p.m. Aug. 23, 2015

An attorney representing people barred from the Issaquah Valley Senior Center has demanded a public apology for a letter sent out by the center board of directors.

If that is not done, attorney Inez Petersen said, she will file a libel suit against the board.

But an attorney representing the board says his clients were doing their duty in reporting alleged mistreatment or harassment of “vulnerable adults,” and that his clients are protected from libel laws while doing so.

In the meantime, the center board has until Aug. 25 to apply for its annual grant from the city for 2016 or possibly face losing $99,000 in funding, which represents a significant portion of its yearly budget.

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Not a young man’s game

July 29, 2014

Senior baseball league provides an outlet for veteran athletes

 Dick Fitzgerald, 79, throws during warmups as his Everest Silver Foxes prepare to play the Everest Lumber Kings, in a baseball game July 13 at Marymoor Park.  By GREG FARRAR

Dick Fitzgerald, 79, throws during warmups as his Everest Silver Foxes prepare to play the Everest Lumber Kings, in a baseball game July 13 at Marymoor Park. By Greg Farrar

Dick Fitzgerald came awfully close to playing big-league baseball, and more than 50 years after he stopped playing professionally, he’s still finding ways to connect with the game he loves.

Fitzgerald, a seven-year resident of Issaquah, grew up in Philadelphia. He signed a pro contract with the Baltimore Orioles and — sandwiched in between a stint with the U.S. Army — managed to work his way to the upper levels of the minor leagues. In 1960, he played at the Triple-A level with the Vancouver (B.C.) Mounties and Seattle Rainiers.

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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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Join seniors and UW nursing faculty for ‘The Walking Revolution’

March 4, 2014

University of Washington School of Nursing Professors Dr. Basia Belza and Dr. Hilaire Thompson present a collaborative talk that encourages Issaquah seniors to join “The Walking Revolution.”

The talk, hosted by University House Issaquah at 10:30 a.m. March 6, is free and open to the public.

Belza leads the presentation with the latest research about the dangers associated with over-sitting and tips for incorporating walking in daily routines.

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Meteorologist hosts annual Eastside Friends of Seniors luncheon

October 1, 2013

Jeff Renner, of KING 5 news, hosts the second annual Gathering for Seniors at noon Oct. 11 at the Bellevue Hilton to benefit the activities of Eastside Friends of Seniors.

Eastside Friends of Seniors is a nonprofit organization that began serving seniors in Issaquah and the Sammamish Plateau in 1997 as Faith in Action. The group changed its name in 2011 to reflect its mission and has expanded its free services into Bellevue and the Snoqualmie Valley.

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Volunteer drivers needed to support local seniors

September 24, 2013

Senior Services’ Volunteer Transportation program is seeking drivers to shuttle local seniors to medical appointments.

Volunteers pick up seniors at their home, drive them to the doctor and take them back immediately afterward. Many older adults are currently unable to get rides though, because there are not enough volunteers to serve their needs.

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