Safety, security details changing in Issaquah schools, administration

March 25, 2014

Shortly before Ron Thiele took the reins as the Issaquah School District’s superintendent last July, district officials began looking at ways to heighten security for its 18,000-plus students.

They chose to conduct a safety and security assessment of Issaquah’s 24 schools, as well as its administrative, service and transportation centers.

Michelle Trifunovic, the district’s executive director of middle schools, took charge of the initiative, and the district spent $30,000 to hire a professional school safety expert who could find chinks in the armor.

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Faith United church welcomes Tent City 4

March 4, 2014

Tent City 4 found a new temporary home.

Faith United Methodist Church’s congregation voted to welcome the traveling homeless shelter to its Klahanie-area property Feb. 25. Pastor John Brewer said the question was directly posed to those members of the church that attended a congregation meeting.

“The decision was referred to the congregation as a whole,” he said. “Those who could be there could cast a vote.”

The congregation approved to host the shelter and the move took place March 1.

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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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Attend community meeting about Tent City 4 on Feb. 11

February 8, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 8, 2014

Faith United Methodist Church will hold a community meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 11 to consider the possibility of welcoming Tent City 4 onto its grounds

The traveling homeless shelter applied for a permit to stay at the church, at 3924 Issaquah-Pine Lake Road, asking to move there March 1. Pastor John Brewer said the meeting will aim to answer questions about hosting Tent City 4 and hear residents’ opinions.

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Providence Marianwood opens laundry service to Tent City

December 17, 2013

By Greg Farrar Kevin Beasley (left) begins to fold blankets as Alan Evans empties one of the three industrial clothes dryers Dec. 13 at Providence Marianwood.

By Greg Farrar
Kevin Beasley (left) begins to fold blankets as Alan Evans empties one of the three industrial clothes dryers Dec. 13 at Providence Marianwood.

As a resident of Tent City 4, Alan Evans knows the importance of keeping a clean, warm blanket to make it through the wet and cold winter months.

“I used to do my blankets myself in downtown Issaquah,” said Evans, who’s been living in Tent City for the past four months.

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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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Skyline targets pediatric cancer research

December 17, 2013

Teenagers are generally a competitive bunch, and Skyline High School tried to take advantage of that during its Winter Wonder Week fundraising campaign.

From Dec. 9-13, the school’s Associated Student Body leaders organized a series of fundraising activities to benefit the Ben Towne Foundation, a local organization that supports pediatric cancer research at Seattle Children’s Research Institute.

The ASB brought in donations through: an acoustic music night; a “Buff Puff” volleyball tournament that featured a match between the Skyline varsity squad and staff members; and a “Pack the Rack” basketball doubleheader against rival Issaquah, where students were encouraged to wear blue shirts in support of cancer research.

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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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Church to hold community meeting on Tent City 4

October 3, 2013

NEW — 10:19 a.m., Oct. 3, 2013

Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church will hold a meeting to provide information and gather input from the community about possibly hosting Tent City 4.

The church’s pastoral council met Oct. 2 as part of the church community’s “process of discernment,” said Rich Shively, pastoral administrator. The council did not offer any formal recommendation that evening, Shively said, but discussions were generally positive.

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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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