Issaquah schools get creative to bolster ‘culture of kindness’ ideals

August 26, 2014

Kym Clayton has a child who struggles with social skills and speech delays, and in her quest to find help, she stumbled across an idea from a suburban school in Pennsylvania.

By Neil Pierson In June, Sunny Hills Elementary School received its new Buddy Bench, a place for students to confront their emotions and make new friends. Pictured in the front row are Sunny Hills student Evan Baker, and Beaver Lake students Alejandro Calderon and Jade Griffiths. In the back row are Beaver Lake teacher Patrick Ford, Sunny Hills Principal Leslie Lederman and Sunny Hills PTSA President Kym Clayton.

By Neil Pierson
In June, Sunny Hills Elementary School received its new Buddy Bench, a place for students to confront their emotions and make new friends. Pictured in the front row are Sunny Hills student Evan Baker, and Beaver Lake students Alejandro Calderon and Jade Griffiths. In the back row are Beaver Lake teacher Patrick Ford, Sunny Hills Principal Leslie Lederman and Sunny Hills PTSA President Kym Clayton.

Christian Bucks, a student at Roundtown Elementary School in York, Pa., invented a simple but effective way of helping children who were feeling sad or lonely. His Buddy Bench concept — a bench where kids can sit when they’re in need of a friend — has spread like wildfire in less than a year, reaching schools around the world.

Clayton believed the Buddy Bench might be a useful tool at Sunny Hills Elementary School, where she was PTSA president during the 2013-14 school year.

But simply going to a local hardware store and building a bench wasn’t what she had in mind.

“I think it would be really neat to be full circle, that kids are building this bench for other kids,” she explained. Read more

King County honors 14 green businesses in Issaquah

August 11, 2014

NEW — 10:25 a.m. Aug. 11, 2014

King County honored 14 local, environmentally minded businesses in an official presentation at the Aug. 4 Issaquah City Council meeting.

King County created the EnviroStars program in 1995 to provide assistance and incentives to smaller businesses aimed at reducing hazardous waste and protecting public health.

City Department of Sustainability Director Micah Bonkowski said businesses in Issaquah had made a concerted effort to address minimizing harmful material.

“We’re here to recognize and thank business and business leaders that have made an effort to reduce their impact on the environment and their employees through reducing hazardous waste,” Bonkowski said.

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March 5, 2014

Mayor states goals in first State of the City speech

February 25, 2014

Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler vowed to maintain momentum in his first State of the City speech.

By Greg Farrar Fred Butler is a member of the Issaquah City Council.

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Given during the Feb. 18 regular City Council meeting, the speech laid out what Butler hopes to achieve in the first year of his inaugural term.

“A community is made up of many elements,” he said. “We are blessed with an outstanding school district, an active and professional chamber of commerce, students who are involved, first-class medical facilities and a City Council dedication to regional involvement.”

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City invites public to comment on Swedish Hospital expansion Aug. 20

August 9, 2013

NEW — 1:25 p.m. Aug. 9, 2013

The city’s Urban Village Development Commission will hold a public hearing at its regular meeting on Aug. 20 regarding the Swedish development agreement.

The purpose of the public hearing is to take public testimony on the proposed Swedish Development Agreement.  The approximate 28-acre property is partially developed with a hospital and is envisioned to allow more medical office space.

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Swedish wants to extend facilities, development agreement

May 7, 2013

Swedish executives met with the City Council Land & Shore Committee on April 9 to discuss potential future expansion of their current Issaquah Highlands site.

Specifically, they asked to directly manage their own titled site from the city instead of going through developer Port Blakely, and for an extension on their development agreement, from 2013 to 2017. The extension would give hospital leaders time to decide how to expand and when.

A year after opening, the hospital has met with a greater amount of success than anticipated and the group that met with city leaders wanted to discuss possible avenues to capitalize on that performance.

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Swedish/Issaquah offers postnatal massage service

March 12, 2013

Swedish/Issaquah now offers the postnatal massage service Postnatal Body Therapy by Bavia.

The goal of Bavia isn’t luxury, but rather about helping create a healing environment for new mothers.

Services include soft candlelight, soothing music and aromatherapy combined with gentle massage, eucalyptus-steamed foot wraps and heated temple treatment.

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Who’s News

December 18, 2012

Local personal trainer honored in top 10

Annelise DiGiacomo, owner and founder of Infitness in Issaquah, was a top 10 finalist in Life Fitness’ Personal Trainers to Watch contest. DiGiacomo was selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 nominees from around the world in the contest’s second year.

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Swedish/Issaquah expands popular Holidays at the Hospital event

November 27, 2012

Last year, Swedish/Issaquah hosted a small holiday event for the public that featured a chance for children to decorate a huge gingerbread house.

It proved so popular that organizers decided to return this year Dec. 1 with a bigger blowout, Holidays at the Hospital, featuring more activities sure to appeal to all ages and become an annual tradition.

Returning is the giant gingerbread house children can still decorate, constructed by the chefs of Café 1910 and carpenters of their facilities department.

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Issaquah fire station, hospital earn honors for energy efficiency

November 16, 2012

NEW — 3:15 p.m. Nov. 16, 2012

Issaquah is a hub for energy efficiency, after a fire station and a hospital in the city earned top honors in the same national competition for engineering and technology.

Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 72 and Swedish/Issaquah garnered first-place ASHRAE Technology Awards — a top recognition for innovative building design.

EFR Station 72 opened last year as the most energy-efficient fire station on the planet. Swedish/Issaquah opened in July 2011, after planners spent years developing a “practical ‘green'” facility to dramatically reduce energy consumption.

ASHRAE — or the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers — plans to bestow the awards on honorees in January at a conference in Dallas.

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