2012-13 Business Directory

August 6, 2012

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Many faiths, one community

February 15, 2011

Issaquah is a melting pot of major religions from across the globe

Twelve families celebrate Hanukkah at the Donna and Stuart Rosove home in Lakemont, as they light menorahs, share food and conduct other traditions of the Jewish holiday. By Greg Farrar

The loud rock music echoes from the concert-worthy stage as worshipers lift their hands and sing in the main auditorium. Greeters smile wide and shake hands as families filter in through the main entrance. While the adults find their seats for the service, their children shoot down colorful slides into the KidZone, a place of fun and adventure that takes up the whole downstairs.

This is a typical Sunday morning at Eastridge Church.

Like Eastridge, dozens of churches and places of worship contribute their own cultural and religious style and flavor to make up the fabric of faiths in Issaquah.

In addition to the evangelical Christian faith Eastridge attendees practice, Issaquah residents attend Christian churches of a variety of denominations, including St. Joseph Catholic Church and School. Many others keep their Jewish faith alive at the Chabad of the Central Cascades near the Issaquah Highlands.

Issaquah is also home to growing Hindu, Muslim and Baha’i contingents, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints plays a major role in numerous community service events and activities.

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St. Joseph is accepting applicants

January 25, 2011

The St. Joseph School invites families to enroll their children for the 2011-12 school year.

St. Joseph, founded in 1994, has three campuses: a preschool in Sammamish; a preschool through third-grade campus in Issaquah; and a fourth-grade through eighth-grade campus in Snoqualmie.

Get information meeting times at www.sjsissaquah.org, or contact the school office at office@sjsissaquah.org or 313-9129 to schedule a one-and-a-half-hour tour. Registrations for the Catholic schools are due Feb. 18.

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Sick youth organizes walk-a-thon

September 14, 2010

The Hope, Strength, Joy team, organized by Cullen Rogers to raise money during the Make-A-Wish 5K, starts out on its walk (above). Rogers and his team of family and friends were the top individual, team and state fundraiser for the event. By Mitch Reinitz

When Cullen Rogers fell ill, the Issaquah community reached forward to embrace him with support. Now, Rogers wants to help other children living with life-threatening conditions by fundraising for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

At age 12, Rogers, a Bothell resident, found his fingers hurt him. His parents thought he had sprained them and told him to be more careful during gym class. But a later X-ray showed no sprain, and anti-inflammatory medication didn’t help his fingers recover. Read more

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Pack 679 Cub Scouts’ project restocks hospital bookshelves

June 15, 2010

Being a big sister or big brother is great, but it can be hard when a new sibling requires care at the University of Washington Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Cub Scouts, with their den mother Jenny Schaffer (left) give several of their nearly 300 books to Brett Ristine, of Olympia (right), on May 26, to give his 4-year-old son Brody, whose new sister Delaney was born prematurely to mother Apryl Delaney. By Greg Farrar

“They need to wear masks, hats and gloves while they are here in the rooms,” said Carri Gest, a nurse in the unit. “When their mom is spending quality time with the new baby, often for more than two hours, it can be hard for the siblings. Especially when they’re young and have short attention spans.”

To help ease the long, quiet hours spent visiting, the neonatal unit has a bookshelf of reading material for every age. But in the past year, the collection had really dwindled.

So, when her son’s Cub Scout Pack, Den 2 of Pack No. 679, needed to do a community service project, Gest suggested the boys help other children by collecting books for the unit.

During their book drive, the boys, first-graders from Cascade Ridge Elementary and St. Joseph’s Catholic schools, managed to collect nearly 300 books to restock the bookshelves. They donated them to families at the unit May 26.

“We collected the books for children, because they didn’t have any books,” said Tiger Cub Zach Schaffer. “So, now they can read.” Read more

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Catholic schools week celebrates pride, tradition of service

February 9, 2010

Rachael Goodwin, Celeste Veitch and Gabby Recchi (from left), St. Joseph third-graders, sell cookies for 50 cents to classmates, including first-grader Megan Olson (right). The funds raised will go to relief for Haiti's earthquake victims. Below, a student shows off her sugar cookie, with one bite already eaten, for a good cause. Photos by Greg Farrar

Throngs of students filled the doorway to St. Joseph School’s cafeteria.

It’s the lunch rush and the third-grade girls manning the table hollered out the names of delectable treats for purchase like the best of auctioneers.

“What do you want?” third-grader Celeste Veitch shouted over a sea of younger students. “We have cookies, brownies, cupcakes. Let me know when you’re ready.”

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