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The weekend brings shows for everyone | Arts & Entertainment Briefs

  • Apr 3, 2013 at 7:00AM

The Academy Award-nominated film “The Master” will play at 9:30 p.m. Friday at Vashon Theatre. The screening is a presentation of the Vashon Film Society — part of its First Friday series of art films at the theater.

Latino group comes together to support its youngest

  • Apr 3, 2013 at 7:00AM

A group of islanders working to support Vashon’s Latino population is gaining traction, and their latest effort — to ensure that more Spanish-speaking toddlers get a chance to attend preschool on Vashon — will bring a mouth-watering spread of Latin cuisine to this Friday’s Gallery Cruise.

School district is thoughtful as it looks to the future | Editorial

  • Apr 3, 2013 at 7:00AM

In the past week, the Vashon School District announced two changes that will profoundly affect the schools and will particularly impact Vashon High School. On Thursday, Superintendent Michael Soltman announced that the high school will change to a new class schedule next year, dropping the trimester system, which has been in place for a dozen years, to implement semesters. A few days later, Soltman made public the district’s choice for the next principal of VHS: a young administrator who currently heads up an alternative school in Edmonds.

State finalizes plan to bring order to Quartermaster Harbor

  • Apr 3, 2013 at 11:00AM

After more than two years of planning and outreach, the state has completed its plan to more closely manage boat moorage in Quartermaster Harbor, with hopes of protecting the important aquatic habitat and making the harbor safer for boaters.

High school will end trimesters, begin new class schedule

  • Apr 3, 2013 at 11:00AM

Vashon High School will overhaul its class schedule next school year, changing from its current three-term schedule to a semester system.

Farmers Market set to open this weekend

  • Apr 4, 2013 at 7:00AM

In Vashon’s own rite of spring, the Farmers Market will open for the season this Saturday at the Village Green.

Art blossoms for the Gallery Cruise | First Friday Listings

  • Apr 4, 2013 at 7:00AM

Blooms & Things will show the work of Jake Lucas, a Western Washington chainsaw artist that shop owner Carol Ahlfors said “has taken the medium into the art realm.” Lucas was recently featured in a segment on KING 5 news. All his recent works on display at the shop are made with Western Red Cedar and include an obelisk, a salmon, a heron and deer.

Thanks to editor for her years of service | Letter to the Editor

  • Apr 4, 2013 at 7:00AM

The departure of “our” editor, Leslie Brown, is a loss to Vashon-Maury Islands. In her, we had been gifted with a star journalist for seven years. Leslie raised the bar for anyone who is to follow. She has been not only a chronicler of life on this island in all its dimensions, she has been the island’s conscience, holding a mirror for us to see all our glory, our wrinkles and our zits, our quirkiness and our independence as a community.

Now’s the time to chip in at the fields project | Editorial

  • Apr 30, 2013 at 12:32PM

The Vashon Fields Project is at a crossroads, and now, more than ever, is the time for islanders to pick up their shovels and help out. If the district works hard to recruit volunteers, and those volunteers act now, they may just be able to put the problem-plagued project back on track in the next couple months.

Metro shortfall puts island buses at risk

  • Apr 10, 2013 at 9:43AM

Cuts to the county’s bus system, should it fail to secure new funding by next year, could hit Vashon hard, according to a scenario released by the county last week.

County officials to hold open house on Vashon

  • Apr 10, 2013 at 9:44AM

A slate of King County officials, including Councilmember Joe McDermott, will visit Vashon this evening for an annual open house for the county’s Community Service Area program. The event will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at McMurray Middle School.

Two wins are twice as nice for the Pirates

  • Apr 10, 2013 at 10:58AM

The Vashon High School baseball team faced Bellevue Christian twice last week and pulled off two big wins, beating the Vikings 9-0 and 9-3.

The Little House put on the market

  • Apr 10, 2013 at 11:07AM

Bettie Edwards, owner of The Little House, has put her building up for sale.

Simple, sane eating plan brings good results

  • Apr 10, 2013 at 11:02AM

Over the last 30 years, I have had a variety of careers: dentist for 10 years, software entrepreneur, computer geek for a museum — that was a cool job — and most recently a salesman for a defense contractor. The only constant through all my career changes was my gradual weight gain.

Funding for buses has reached the end of the line | Editorial

  • Apr 10, 2013 at 11:05AM

This month Vashon’s bus riders got bad news. Unless the state finds new funding for King Country Metro or gives the county the authority to impose new taxes, bus service on the island could radically change.

Beachcomber reporter selected to be editor

  • Apr 10, 2013 at 12:28PM

A Beachcomber reporter who has won awards for both her news reporting and feature writing has been tapped to become the newspaper’s next editor.

Former Glacier site will likely benefit from county’s new parks foundation

  • Apr 12, 2013 at 6:00PM updated Apr 15, 2013 at 2:15PM

The Maury Island open space formerly owned by Glacier Northwest will likely see funds for restoration and improvement from a new county parks foundation, King County announced last week.

Homeowners in MRAs to have access to septic loans

  • Apr 16, 2013 at 12:22PM

Low-interest loans will be available as soon as next month for homeowners in Vashon’s marine recovery areas (MRAs) to repair or replace their failing septic systems.

Vashon native finds purpose in sharing music

  • Apr 16, 2013 at 10:28AM

Jacob Bain remembers the nights when he had to stand outside in the cold between sets because he was 17 — too young to be admitted to the bars where his band got its first gigs.

A spring morning holds promise — and cake

  • Apr 16, 2013 at 12:29PM

It was a splendid Saturday morning in early spring, bursting with limitless optimism, perfect for learning a foreign language, training school-aged children to pick up after themselves or beginning large yard projects involving truckloads of poured concrete.

Take care of debris responsibly | Letter to the Editor

  • Apr 16, 2013 at 12:00PM updated Apr 17, 2013 at 9:02AM

The next time you dump your yard waste into the sound, please think about where it will end up. Each year, we spend countless hours cleaning our beach at the end of Quartermaster Harbor — where Dockton Road and Quartermaster Harbor connect.

Island kids find the rhythms in a play by Shakespeare

  • Apr 16, 2013 at 12:41PM

A group of 7- to 13-year-old island kids has teamed up to tackle the high drama of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” and they’ll show off what they’ve learned about sword-fighting, family feuds and doomed romance at a free performance this weekend.

Talented local teens will open up for hip-hop artists

  • Apr 17, 2013 at 7:00AM

It’s time for the latest in a series of innovative concerts that pair top Seattle music acts with young island performers. The series, called Sharing the Stage, will bring Seattle hip-hop sensations The Physics and Kublakai to the Open Space for Arts & Community on Saturday night.

POI charts a new path in an effort to help Puget Sound

  • Apr 17, 2013 at 7:00AM

An island nonprofit that made headlines during the battle against Glacier has reinvented itself, and with a new name and a renewed vision, it’s once again making waves in the shoreline development world.

Is health care choice at risk? Islanders want to know

  • Apr 17, 2013 at 7:00AM

Repeatedly, those involved with the Franciscan Health System and Highline Medical Center say nothing will change as a result of the merger between the two entities. We want to believe them.

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