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Community needs to stop bullying families filing suit

  • Jun 22, 2016 at 1:30AM

Like many people, I was saddened by the death of Harambe, the gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo. I was further disheartened by the attacks on the mother of the toddler. She was especially vilified on social media — before the facts emerged, of course.

Increased gratitude for VISD officials after reading investigation results

  • Jun 22, 2016 at 1:30AM

I read the contents of the independent reports regarding the alleged harassment at our schools and came away with nothing but gratitude for our school administrators, counselors and teachers who work every day to address parent concerns and support individual students. The report includes multiple instances of school officials reaching out to students to connect, provide support or appropriate discipline. After one parent voiced concerns to the McMurray principal, he followed through with at least 18 interventions such as talking to teachers and students and proposing new anti-harassment curricula.

Popular band buzzes back to the Red Bike

  • Jun 22, 2016 at 1:30AM

The perennially popular island band Bill Brown and the Kingbees will play a free show at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Red Bike.

Advice for those of us not graduating and leaving

  • Jun 22, 2016 at 1:30AM

A huge congratulations to all of the island seniors who graduated on Saturday and are taking the next step in their lives, whatever it happens to be: work, school or a gap year. From those sticking close to home at the University of Washington, Tacoma Community College or other nearby schools, to those venturing across the state or into Canada, The Beachcomber wishes you all much success, happiness and good times. You graduates get the spiel.

Political rhetoric around shooting calls for personal vigilance against judgement

  • Jun 22, 2016 at 1:30AM

I've been thinking for the last few days on the latest tragedy and really trying to see things as holistically as I possibly can. I have had a few thoughts that I have revisited from a number of different angles and feel that they are not reactive, nor are they partisan. They are humanistic and patriotic. If they put me in box in your mind, so be it, but I would also counter that might be a reactive thought in itself.

Dancers perform delicious show

  • Jun 22, 2016 at 1:30AM

Roald Dahl's celebrated story of Willie Wonka and the five lucky children who win a golden ticket to his chocolate factory will be performed this weekend by Vashon Dance Academy when Dance! Vashon, the nonprofit that produces the academy's shows, presents "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" at the Vashon High School theater.

Nature center’s fifth BioBlitz event will be last one for a while

  • Jun 22, 2016 at 1:30AM

For the fifth and, this year, final time for a while, Vashon Nature Center staff, scientists and volunteers will spend the better part of 24 hours this weekend cataloging as many of the island's wildlife and plant species as possible within a specific island ecosystem during BioBlitz 2016.

Open house set for new affordable home site

  • Jun 22, 2016 at 1:30AM

Vashon Household will host an open house celebration for its new affordable home ownership project this weekend.

Community groups plan for clinic closure

  • Jun 22, 2016 at 1:30AM

With the August closure of the longtime clinic at Sunrise Ridge growing closer, several island agencies that are part of the island's extended health care community are taking concrete steps to prepare for the change, while the group working to stabilize island medical care says it is continuing its efforts to develop sustainable health care on the island.

Island teachers see 2 percent salary increase

  • Jun 22, 2016 at 1:30AM

Vashon school district teachers will see a 2 percent increase in their pay in 2017.

Summer Art Studio Tour continues this weekend

  • Jun 22, 2016 at 1:30AM

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Fire commissioners appoint interim leader

  • Jun 22, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 8:42AM

With the fire department facing a leadership transition, district commissioners have appointed Bob Larsen to the interim assistant chief of operations position.

Garden tour will honor island gardener’s wish, support VCC

  • Jun 22, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 8:47AM

A garden 42 years in the making will finally be open for public viewing this weekend, fulfilling the longtime dream of its creator.

School district budget calls for increased special education funding

  • Jun 22, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 8:49AM

Board members overseeing the Vashon school district are expected to pass a $26.2 million budget, a roughly $873,000 increase over its current spending plan.

Author offers hands-on pathway for change

  • Jun 22, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Jun 23, 2016 at 2:10PM

Author, leadership consultant and former Vashon resident Suzanne Anderson will return to the island next week to sign and read from her new book, "The Way of the Mysterial Woman," at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at Vashon Bookshop.

VHS principal is being wrongfully slandered

  • Jun 29, 2016 at 1:30AM

I have worked and lived in this community since March 2011, and my wife and I love the island. We appreciate Vashon's progressive values.

Safety around fireworks is crucial

  • Jun 29, 2016 at 1:30AM

Last year's fireworks season was during a record-breaking heat wave, the fire danger was extreme, but people used the most important piece of safety equipment – good judgement. Fireworks sales were down more than 50 percent and that was a good thing, people were showing a lot of restraint and it paid off with Vashon having an extremely low incident rate – no injuries and one small fire that was possibly caused by fireworks.

County’s suggestions to clean up Maury Open Space are not acceptable, need public input

  • Jun 29, 2016 at 1:30AM

Is the King County parks department making the right decision at the Maury Island Open Space cleanup site? Because this site was purchased, in part, with funds from the Washington State Department of Ecology, the county parks department is required to perform the cleanup of contaminated soil on the site. Ecology has made some suggestions, such as closing the area and paving the trails, but the county rejected such proposals as unsuitable. The county still needs to come up with an interim plan and complete such plan by the end of 2016 to be eligible for reimbursement from Cal Portland.

VCC ends adult day-health program

  • Jun 29, 2016 at 1:30AM

Vashon Community Care will close its adult day health program, Break Time, at the end of the month with the hope of bringing it back in the future.

Meeting tonight to discuss Maury Island Marine Park campground

  • Jun 29, 2016 at 1:30AM

Islanders are invited to attend a public open house tonight, Wednesday, to hear about plans to create a primitive camping area at Maury Island Marine Park.

Once captured, orcas near Vashon are now revered

  • Jun 29, 2016 at 1:30AM

My mobile phone buzzes and a cryptic message appears, thanks to Sound Action's podblast service: "orcas at dolphin pt headed south." I know to bundle up, grab my camera and head to Point Robinson, where I will be joined by dozens of other islanders anticipating a glimpse of Southern Resident Killer Whales or transients passing the point as they head south in their search for salmon or seals. If we are lucky, perhaps we will all be privileged to watch a spectacular display of them breeching and spy hopping.

Seattle musician returns to the Red Bike

  • Jun 29, 2016 at 1:30AM

Garth Reeves, a Seattle singer and guitarist with strong ties to Vashon, will return to the island for a free show at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Red Bike.

Island schools a very different place from perspective of special needs students

  • Jun 29, 2016 at 1:30AM

Social media was abuzz recently about the lawsuit against Vashon Island School District: Some were angered, certain that the suit will harm island schools, while many came forward to share their own stories of bullying or other negative experiences with the district. Whatever you believe, the discussion has shined a harsh light on aspects of our public school district.

Food bank’s Picnics in the Park program keeps life pure and simple

  • Jun 29, 2016 at 1:30AM

While I was sitting in a coffee shop going intently about my business, a toddler with pink polka dot tights, clear blue eyes and a red plastic sippy cup appeared at my side and leaned her body against my crossed legs. It was one of those moments when life, pure and simple, pulls you out of yourself to be present for something important.

Take a peek at summer art shows on Friday

  • Jun 29, 2016 at 1:30AM

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

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