After three years as the founder and director of Shape Up Vashon, I have turned the reins over to my successor, Laura Wishik.
Joe Fitzgibbon, the incumbent who is being challenged for his seat in the House, is the clear best choice for Vashon and for the 34th District.
Halloween is nearly upon us along with that scary yearly ritual: the family gathering. Recently, my father and I traveled back to our ancestral home to visit his one surviving brother and to haunt the inhabitants of the places we used to live.
October is Domestic Violence Action Month. Domestic violence is a universal problem, and Vashon Island is not immune.
The community council, while well-intentioned in its hope to update the Vashon Town Plan, should think carefully before taking on the task. The council should nail down how much help King County will provide and consider what it realistically will be able to accomplish by 2016. An out-of-date town plan that was done well 20 years ago would be better than one updated with changes that were not carefully considered and fully vetted by Vashon residents.
The Friends of the Vashon Pool have some ambitious ideas and little evidence or plans yet to prove their ideas are financially viable. But the idea of a friends group for the pool seems obvious as a way to take this underutilized community resource to the next level.
I am Captain Joe, and many of you know me as the head of the Keepers of Point Robinson, or as a member of the small — and getting smaller — public at the meetings of the Vashon Park District. This is not about parks, nor Point Robinson, but about Vashon Community Care (VCC) and its foundation, for I sit as treasurer of both of those organizations.
I’m sitting on a wobbly green plastic resin chair, on the front lawn, in the dark. Across the harbor, pale-yellow lights of a distant cabin echo on black water, undulating pillars of light, a dozen stilled comets.
In small communities, death is felt greatly. The untimely death of one of our own sends ripples of shock and grief that are felt not only by the deceased’s loved ones, but by wider circles on Vashon and sometimes by people who didn’t even know the them.
When it comes to disaster preparedness, Vashon is doing pretty well. Should a major storm, earthquake or other catastrophe strike the island, volunteers are ready to staff our local Emergency Operations Center and direct emergency efforts.
Vashon Island School District’s board is leading our community to a brighter and healthier future as we are forging a “culture of ecology” in our schools.