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Arts around town

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 1:30AM

Seattle band plays free outdoor concert

Film society celebrates 10 years with free outdoor movies

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 1:30AM

The Vashon Film Society will present its 10th annual Outdoor Movie Night at the Vashon Theatre on Saturday.

COMMENTARY: Village Green is not to be built on, needs to be preserved for all island activities

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 1:30AM

I've lived on Vashon for 44 years. I've seen a lot of changes — some of them not so pleasant. The traffic has become awful — the influx of people on the weekends is mind-blowing. Thank goodness the ferry dock is nearly finished.

One with the bicycle: Riding the Passport to Pain without gears

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 1:30AM

*Editor's Note: This story is the second in a series that will profile unique people and groups participating in the Passport to Pain ride this September.

Something needs to be done about the ferries, and soon

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 1:30AM

A dock that is too small, boats that are too old, a schedule that asks too much. Washington State Ferries (WSF) officials say there are plenty of reasons for the wait times and ensuing mess that is the Fauntleroy ferry dock, but potential solutions always seem to be too far out of reach, or too complicated.

VYFS funding is great, but doesn’t answer question of why organization can’t retain funds

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 1:30AM

The report of new emergency funding received by Vashon Youth & Family Services (VYFS) is wonderful news; however it cannot possibly reverse the agency's funding problems ("Amid staff cutbacks, VYFS receives 'emergency funding' from county," Aug. 17).

Selling tickets to cars in line at Fauntleroy should not be a stretch for technology, WSF staffing

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 1:30AM

Regarding the possibility of ferry workers at the Fauntleroy dock selling ferry tickets to cars in line to speed up traffic flow: The Beachcomber's Aug. 10 story quotes Washington State Ferries spokesman Brian Mannion as saying, "We can't speculate if it is viable from staffing, technology or funding standpoints …" ("Ferry officials: Long lines, delayed sailings expected to continue through summer," Aug. 10).

Many scientific studies prove no health, safety concerns associated with synthetic turf and crumb rubber infill

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 1:30AM

Given current discussion regarding installation of a new natural grass or synthetic turf field at Vashon High school, I wanted to lend some scientific perspective to the conversation to clear up any misconceptions ("Natural or synthetic: School board talks high school field turf," Aug. 3).

Sing-along event aims for fun

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 8:08AM

The Vashon Senior Center on Friday afternoon will be filled with the iconic voices of musical legends Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Tony Bennett, Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole as islanders sing along to classic musical tunes.

Group works to provide weekend meals to island students in need

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 8:09AM

Nearly 25 percent of Vashon Island School District students qualify for free or reduced meals, and now a group of islanders is stepping in to make sure these students are fed on the weekends.

Outdoor burn ban in effect amid August’s hot, dry weather

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 8:09AM

The King County Fire Marshal on Friday announced a fire safety burn ban is in effect for all unincorporated areas of the county, meaning only small outdoor fires are allowed until the ban is lifted.

With no financial reserves and growing ridership, future of water taxi hinges on council approval of county budget

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 8:10AM

King County's water taxi system is running on the last of its financial reserves and is awaiting the approval of a budget that could bring in the funds necessary to preserve service.

VHS alumna volunteers in Louisiana as extreme flooding continues

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 8:15AM

As rain continues to fall in southeastern Louisiana and the national media's interest in this country's worst natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy remains fleeting, one former islander offers a first-hand account of the devastation and her involvement in the area's relief efforts.

Ferry Advisory Committee tells WSF: Improve service at Fauntleroy

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 8:26AM

After a difficult summer of ferry travel, people in and outside of the ferry system are seeking improvements to the triangle route, including state Sen. Sharon Nelson and members of the Vashon Ferry Advisory Committee.

Vashon bio-pic lights up silver screen

  • Aug 31, 2016 at 1:31AM

A new biopic will light up Vashon Theatre's silver screen about a subject dear to islanders' hearts: the rock on which we live. Show time is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, followed by a Q-and-A session with the director and editor.

Island wrestlers host camp, travel in preparation for season

  • Aug 31, 2016 at 1:31AM

If you've been going through sports withdrawal since the Olympics ended, don't despair: Vashon wrestlers have had a busy summer — from hosting an Olympian camp on the island to Duals invites, Nationals and even a wedding, the team's plate has been full.

Arts around town

  • Aug 31, 2016 at 1:31AM


September: Time to step into the arts

  • Aug 31, 2016 at 1:31AM

Most galleries and art spots are open from 6 to 9 p.m.

Even low levels of chemicals in crumb rubber are toxic

  • Aug 31, 2016 at 1:31AM

"I'll throw my body in front of the trucks if you choose crumb rubber!" I told my (former) colleagues on the school board last year. I wasn't kidding, and my view was based on science.

Structure needs to strike balance between community wants, farmer needs

  • Aug 31, 2016 at 1:31AM

I admit I hadn't given much thought to the issue of a building on the Village Green until the op-ed piece in The Beachcomber by Nina Murano ("Village Green is not to be built on, needs to be preserved for all island activities," Aug. 24).

Village Green should indeed be preserved for grazing

  • Aug 31, 2016 at 1:31AM

I have lived on Vashon Island for my entire life as did my parents and their parents as well. I want to congratulate Nina for writing last weeks guest editorial and bringing up the point about grazing in the commons ("Village Green is not to be built on, needs to be preserved for all island activities," Aug. 24).

Intent of new building is not to take away Village Green space, but to maximize it

  • Aug 31, 2016 at 1:31AM

I want to respond to Nina Murano's editorial in the Beachcomber last week ("Village Green is not to be built on, needs to be preserved for all island activities," Aug. 24).

In support of a new market structure: There is nothing wrong with evolution and growth

  • Aug 31, 2016 at 1:31AM

Answering Nina Murano's recent opinion on the proposed potential structures for an all-year farmers market, there are a few things I'd like to point out ("Village Green is not to be built on, needs to be preserved for all island activities," Aug. 24).

COMMENTARY: To have your voice heard by politicians during hectic election season, get creative

  • Aug 31, 2016 at 1:31AM

If you've been living under a rock, you might have missed the fact that an election is coming. The candidates tell us this election is YUGEly important. This election will decide the fate of mankind. And yet, we have only two choices: a middle-right party from the 1990s and an alt-right party from the 1950s. If these people are supposed to be our leaders, I keep asking myself, why is it I feel like I am ahead of them?

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