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- posted Jun 25, 2013 at 2:27 PM
Our youngest boy got a Mohawk. To say that he “got” a Mohawk, like it fell from the sky and landed neatly on his head, or that it arrived one morning in the mail, is not completely correct. I gave him the Mohawk.
- posted Jun 25, 2013 at 2:24 PM
We moved to this island in the hope of providing our children better educational opportunities. We moved here with eyes wide open, knowing there is not much racial diversity, believing we would find a place for our multi-racial family to fit in. For the most part, this has been true. However, when I read about an African American postal worker reportedly being harassed by police simply because he was parked in a public parking lot and people responded saying “I just can’t believe this could happen here,” I wanted to scream “Wake up people!
- posted Jun 25, 2013 at 6:43 PM— updated Jun 28, 2013 at 4:26 PM
A group is exploring whether the 500-acre Misty Isle Farm could be purchased for farmland preservation and transformed into a multi-use site.
- posted Jun 25, 2013 at 3:06 PM
Several island merchants are displaying quilts this week in a colorful prelude to the Vashon Quilt Guild’s show, set to begin Friday.
- posted Jun 25, 2013 at 3:02 PM
A slew of talented island singer/songwriters will have a showcase of their work at 8 p.m. Friday at the Red Bicycle Bistro
- posted Jun 25, 2013 at 2:29 PM
Community activism on Vashon and Maury Islands was the first social interaction my husband and I encountered when we moved here in 2000. We bought the neighborhood’s “haunted house,” a 1908 Craftsman that had fallen into disrepair from neglect and deterioration. Dockton residents came to welcome us and to help. They were delighted to find that we had restored a historic home in Snohomish and that we planned to do the same here.
- posted Jun 25, 2013 at 2:42 PM— updated Jun 26, 2013 at 6:16 PM
One day this spring, when Linda Bianchi went to put away a pearl earring she’d recently had repaired, she found that some of her jewelry was missing. She also found, in the coming weeks, that many island women have surprisingly similar stories.
- posted Jun 25, 2013 at 6:40 PM
An islander who is a consulting psychiatrist and an author will give a talk next week on the importance of forgiving one’s parents.
- posted Jun 25, 2013 at 3:08 PM
Tarana, a world fusion group that includes islander Jason Everett, will release its first CD, “Waves of Sound,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at the Vashon Havurat. The group plays original music influenced by Indian, Arabic, Eastern European, Latin and flamenco styles
- posted Jun 25, 2013 at 2:32 PM
Tom Stewart, the wealthy businessman and staunch Republican who died in 2010, is arguably a legend on Vashon. While living on the island, Stewart both wowed islanders with his massive estate and generous giving and rubbed some wrong with his opulent lifestyle and run-ins with the law. Just as Stewart and his 500-acre estate — which includes landscaped gardens, a putting green, riding arena, airstrip and helipad — seemed too grand for Vashon, thoughts of a nonprofit now purchasing it at first glance seem too far-fetched to be realistic.
- posted Jun 26, 2013 at 6:21 PM— updated Jun 27, 2013 at 9:45 AM
A treasure trove of old photos has been making its way out of dusty photo albums and onto the internet, filling a Facebook page aimed at celebrating Vashon’s past.
Classes will start a half-hour later on professional development days at the Vashon School District next year
- posted Jun 26, 2013 at 6:14 PM
Classes will start a half-hour later on professional development days at the Vashon School District next year.
- posted Jul 2, 2013 at 1:19 PM
The Vashon Park District is nearing a significant milestone with its athletic fields project north of town, as work that a state funding agency required is expected to be completed soon and will close a chapter in the long-running project.
- posted Jul 2, 2013 at 12:33 PM
The other night, as I was sitting on the water taxi on my way home to Vashon, I struck up a conversation with a couple from Cambridge, England, who appeared to be headed to the island for a visit. As it turned out, they didn’t plan to set foot on Vashon. They were simply taking a sunset cruise on the water taxi. A ride on the King County-owned catamaran, they noted, was as lovely as a cruise on one of those big, tourist-filled commercial boats and a lot less expensive.
- posted Jul 2, 2013 at 12:37 PM
Vashon enjoyed two years of incident-free fireworks usage until last year. Thankfully, there were no reported fireworks injuries on-island last year, but there were two significant fires on hillsides.
- posted Jul 2, 2013 at 12:41 PM
When we learned that Camp Goodtimes was back in session on Vashon and that campers were fishing at the pond at the Sportsmen’s Club, we expected to find a lovely scene there. Kids of all ages and backgrounds tossed lines in the pond, some intent on the task at hand, others chatting away with friends they met at the camp. A couple times everyone joined in on a camp song. Besides some visible medical needs, you’d hardly guess these young people all had lives dramatically altered by cancer. On Vashon, they left hospitals, appointments and stresses behind and joined others who are facing the same challenges them to just be kids.
- posted Jul 2, 2013 at 12:43 PM
A county commission ruled last week that Island Landmarks can keep a fence up at the Mukai farmhouse for at least six more months.
- posted Jul 2, 2013 at 1:49 PM
This letter is a response to alarmists and conspiracy theorists who claim NSA surveillance programs violate our privacy. Even if that were true, I’d gladly trade my media privacy to foil a Boston Marathon plot, but the NSA does not individually scrutinize communications. They aren’t monitoring our e-mailed jokes, baby pictures or Facebook postings of the last meal we ate.
- posted Jul 2, 2013 at 12:47 PM
The Hardware Store Restaurant’s gallery will be filled with two exhibits organized by island photographer Ray Pfortner. Viewers will be able to cast People’s Choice Award ballots for both shows
- posted Jul 2, 2013 at 12:58 PM
Thanks to the generosity of an islander retiring from a career in high-end cabinetry work, Vashon may soon have its own woodworking cooperative and is seeking community input to make it happen.
- posted Jul 2, 2013 at 1:02 PM
Last Friday morning a quiet pond tucked in the woods behind Vashon Sportsmen’s Club came to life with chattering kids. A mix of children and teens from Camp Goodtimes, some of them were currently battling cancer, others recovering from the disease and others were siblings of those affected by it. But at the pond that day, their main focus was reeling in a rainbow trout.
- posted Jul 2, 2013 at 1:52 PM
Last month you printed a letter I wrote in which I said that Obama ought to be impeached. I also said that what we need is to have a public airing of what is happening to our Constitution. Since then, we have the revelations of Edward Snowden and Russ Tice, whistleblowers who tell us that the government has recorded, for some time now, the contents of every email and phone call we’ve made
- posted Jul 2, 2013 at 1:47 PM
The DoVE Project does not wish there to be any misinformation about services relating to domestic violence on Vashon. Below are a few key points that we feel need clarification.
- posted Jul 2, 2013 at 1:16 PM
Despite a flood of complaints about the Fourth of July hydroplane race last year and a threat from the sheriff’s office to stop the annual event unless it’s permitted, the race will apparently go on uninterrupted tomorrow.
- posted Jul 10, 2013 at 11:33 AM
One of the weirdest chapters in island history will soon light up the big screen.