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Girls’ basketball team kicks off season, looks ahead for a win

  • Dec 9, 2014 at 5:00PM updated Dec 19, 2014 at 10:51AM

The Vashon girls’ basketball team began its season on Monday, Dec. 1, under the direction of new head coach Rob Kearns and assistant coach Brian Van Buren.

Five games in, basketball team looks to win

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 1:00PM updated Dec 19, 2014 at 10:50AM

The Vashon High School girls’ basketball team played its first home game of the season on Tuesday, Dec. 9, against the Port Angeles Roughriders.

A Star sighting for Seahawks fans

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 3:21PM

Hundreds of people descended on the Vashon Thriftway last week for a chance to meet Seattle Seahawks linebacker and Superbowl MVP Malcolm Smith.

Preschool provides more than learning

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 3:15PM

The sounds of English and Spanish filled the air last week at the island’s newest preschool as children gathered for a snack before heading out for a romp on the playground.

Schools begin wide effort to prevent suicide

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 2:57PM

Vashon, the school district is beginning a three-year project to increase suicide prevention efforts in island schools.

Two programs help heat Vashon homes

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 2:42PM

As colder weather settles in, low-income households that need help paying for heat and electricity can apply for assistance through programs that are supported by several island fuel vendors as well as Puget Sound Energy.

Fire department passes a ‘lean’ budget for 2015

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 2:38PM

The board of Vashon’s fire department has approved what officials there call a lean budget for next year.

Program covers cost of emergency contraception for teens

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 2:35PM

In a continued expansion of the Granny’s Attic-funded medical voucher program, teens can now use the vouchers to purchase emergency oral contraception (EOC) at the Vashon Pharmacy.

Park district may lengthen pool season, votes down fee proposal

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 2:27PM

A proposal to adjust user fees at island athletic facilities and public schools was defeated last week in a sometimes contentious park board meeting, which included allegations that a park board member had acted inappropriately.

Schools effort is a welcome response to recent tragedies | Editorial

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 2:25PM

Our community has been shaken by some tragic and untimely deaths in the past couple of years, many of them suicides. While there’s nothing to indicate that this is a trend or the deaths are somehow linked, it doesn’t make them any easier to bear. In a small town like Vashon, many of us now know multiple people who have died recently. Even those who haven’t lost anyone are impacted by being around others who are shocked and grieving.

Funding schools presents a challenge in 2015

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 2:23PM

The new year is upon us. That means holiday celebrations, new beginnings and “the greatest gift of all” — the start of another legislative session in Olympia.

Pool should be open year-round

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 2:19PM

As Friends of Vashon Pool, we thank the Vashon Park District for agreeing last Tuesday to consider budgeting for a four-week extension of the summer swimming season. We believe the most important impact is that the extra weeks overlap the school year. School district officials tell us they are eager to develop academic, physical education and after-school sports programs around the pool.

Weathering catastrophes teaches valuable life lessons

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 2:14PM

When I heard The Beachcomber would be publishing a special section on disaster preparedness, I felt obligated to offer my expertise.

Dramatic farce brings humor to the holidays

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 1:57PM

Drama Dock is remounting the seasonal farce “Inspecting Carol,” which played to sold out shows five years ago. The new production, directed by Chaim Rosemarin, will open Friday night — with a preview show on Thursday — at the Blue Heron.

Local musicians sing to help others

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 1:55PM

Vashon Events will help set the holiday mood of giving with “Will Sing For Food,” the second annual benefit for the Vashon-Maury Community Food Bank at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Red Bike.

Seattle jazz trio perks up holiday classic

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 1:53PM

The Seattle-based Jose Gonzales Trio will add pizazz to a holiday classic with its signature jazz rendition of “A Charlie Brown Christmas Jazz Concert” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Blue Heron.

What's Happening: Entertainment Briefs

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 1:51PM

Jason Everett plays a variety of stringed and percussive instruments, including his custom Conklin seven-string fretless bass guitar, electric upright bass and an electric sitar of his own desig

Pirate wrestlers post successful week with four victories

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 1:27PM

The Vashon Pirate wrestlers took on six opponents in dual meet action last week, winning four and dropping two.

Holiday art tour will run for two weekends

  • Dec 3, 2014 at 1:00PM updated Dec 12, 2014 at 3:15PM

A beloved tradition continues this weekend and next when Vashon artists open their studios to visitors during the Holiday Vashon Island Art Studio Tour. With over 100 artists showing and selling work in 32 studios and shops, the tour will be held on Dec. 6 and 7 and Dec. 13 and 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Park board to vote on proposed user fee changes tonight

  • Dec 2, 2014 at 12:00PM updated Dec 9, 2014 at 1:09PM

Vashon Park District’s board of commissioners will vote on a proposal to adjust user fees, raising some fees and lowering others.

Land trust to preserve former strawberry farm

  • Dec 10, 2014 at 6:00AM

Vashon’s land trust is poised to buy a swath of land that for decades held a strawberry farm, a purchase that would be the nonprofit’s first-ever farmland preservation project.

Legal pot grow begins business

  • Dec 10, 2014 at 6:00AM

Vashon’s first retail marijuana is nearly ready for harvest.

Pirate grapplers start strong this season

  • Dec 9, 2014 at 7:00PM

The Vashon Pirate wrestlers opened their season at home last Friday in a dual meet against the Elma Eagles.

Park board to consider proposal to keep pool open extra month next summer

  • Dec 9, 2014 at 12:34PM

The Vashon Pool will be open an extra month next year if the park board votes to allocate funds in its 2015 budget to do so.

Boys b-ball team undefeated so far

  • Dec 9, 2014 at 12:29PM

With three games behind it, the boys’ basketball team is on an early-season winning streak.

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