Stephanie Quiroz

125 sack lunches were to the Safe Parking Program at the Lake Washington Methodist Church, Sophia Way, The Together Center, and to the residents of Camp Unity and Safe Parking at St. Jude’s. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo

St. Jude’s Service Day Program helps combat poverty

The annual service day helps organizations that help Eastside communities experiencing poverty and abuse.

 

Alice Wang, a sophomore at Bellevue High School received an award on April 5 for winning the worldwide Illustrators of the Future contest. Photo courtesy of Alice Wang

Bellevue High School student honored as winner of worldwide illustrating contest

Alice Wang is the youngest winner in the contest’s history.

 

King County residents receive Martin Luther King medal of distinguished service

Recipients include Eastside King County residents

 

Community members gathered at Bellevue Square on March 2 to celebrate the eighth annual Lunar New Year Celebration. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo

Annual Chinese Lunar New Year at Bellevue Square

Lunar New Year Spectacular included martial arts and the Chinese Lion and Dragon parade

Community members gathered at Bellevue Square on March 2 to celebrate the eighth annual Lunar New Year Celebration. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo
Davis Wright Tremaine is passionate about embracing diversity and inclusion in their offices. Their partnership with AtWork! is a testament that there is a place for people with disabilities, no matter the industry. Stephanie Quiroz/ staff photo.

People with disabilities find purpose through new employment opportunities

Paige Bisbee of Bellevue finds employment at Davis Wright Tremaine

Davis Wright Tremaine is passionate about embracing diversity and inclusion in their offices. Their partnership with AtWork! is a testament that there is a place for people with disabilities, no matter the industry. Stephanie Quiroz/ staff photo.
Executive Constantine’s proposal will expand King County’s 200 parks, 175 miles of regional trails, and 28,000 acres of open space. Photo Courtesy of King County.

Executive Dow Constantine announces plan to renew King County Parks Levy

The proposal for the August ballot would generate an estimated $738 million over the next six years.

Executive Constantine’s proposal will expand King County’s 200 parks, 175 miles of regional trails, and 28,000 acres of open space. Photo Courtesy of King County.
From left: Washington DECA executive leader Lori Hairston, Bellevue deputy mayor Lynne Robinson, Interlake High School student Olivia Sun, and Bellevue School District superintendent Ivan Duran.

City partners with local organizations to target teen distracted driving

Tune In/Not Out (TINO) campaign is an outreach effort to reduce distracted driving

From left: Washington DECA executive leader Lori Hairston, Bellevue deputy mayor Lynne Robinson, Interlake High School student Olivia Sun, and Bellevue School District superintendent Ivan Duran.

New agreements approved to provide better services to unincorporated King County

Local Services now has four service partnership agreements with other county departments.

Bellevue resident Reily Finnelly is a pilot in the Air Force Reserve. Finnelly gets to do what she loves: fly planes and travel the world. Photo courtesy of the Department of Defense.

Destined to fly, Bellevue resident becomes Air Force pilot

Pilot Reily Finnelly travels all over the world with Air Force

Bellevue resident Reily Finnelly is a pilot in the Air Force Reserve. Finnelly gets to do what she loves: fly planes and travel the world. Photo courtesy of the Department of Defense.
The city of Bellevue and EarthCorps remembered the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by planting conifer trees on Jan. 21 at Eastgate park in Bellevue. Grace Brueles and Jillian Olson plant a conifer tree. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo

Bellevue honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The City of Bellevue marks MLK day with trio of events

The city of Bellevue and EarthCorps remembered the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by planting conifer trees on Jan. 21 at Eastgate park in Bellevue. Grace Brueles and Jillian Olson plant a conifer tree. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo
Overlake Medical Center president and CEO Mark Mike Marsh, along with Amber Weiseth and Dr. Bill Berry from Ariadne Labs in Boston speak of the importance of the Team Birth Project on Jan 22. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo

National C-section program launches at Overlake Medical Center and EvergreenHealth Hospital

Program aims to reduce C-sections and increase rate of vaginal deliveries.

Overlake Medical Center president and CEO Mark Mike Marsh, along with Amber Weiseth and Dr. Bill Berry from Ariadne Labs in Boston speak of the importance of the Team Birth Project on Jan 22. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo

King County Council proclaims January as Martin Luther King Jr. Month

This year’s theme: affirmative action = justice

Zumba instructor Cristina Herrera led the Zumbathon event on Jan. 5 at the YMCA in Bellevue. The Zumbathon was hosted to collect blankets for the homeless. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo

Zumba for blankets

Zumba class collects blankets for the homeless

Zumba instructor Cristina Herrera led the Zumbathon event on Jan. 5 at the YMCA in Bellevue. The Zumbathon was hosted to collect blankets for the homeless. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue also received a van from King County. BGCB President/CDO Ryan Scott, BGCB President/CEO Kathy Haggart, and members of the club receive van from Councilmember Claudia Balducci. Courtesy of King County.

Three Eastside Organizations receive “retired” King County vans

Councilmember Claudia Balducci donates three vans to help each organization in its mission.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue also received a van from King County. BGCB President/CDO Ryan Scott, BGCB President/CEO Kathy Haggart, and members of the club receive van from Councilmember Claudia Balducci. Courtesy of King County.
From left, Frannie Ronan, 9, and St. Madeleine Sophie Catholic School principal Martine Romero pose with Mariner Moose on Dec. 13. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo

St. Madeleine Sophie Catholic School nationally recognized as a Special Olympics Unified Champion School

The Catholic school is the first and only elementary school in Washington state to be recognized.

From left, Frannie Ronan, 9, and St. Madeleine Sophie Catholic School principal Martine Romero pose with Mariner Moose on Dec. 13. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo
On Nov. 18, Neha Krishna of Bellevue won the Washington State Ms. Asia pageant held at the Hyatt Regency in Lake Washington. Courtesy of Neha Krishna

Resident takes home the Washington State Ms. Asia crown

Neha Krishna wins the Ms. Asia pageant on Nov. 18.

On Nov. 18, Neha Krishna of Bellevue won the Washington State Ms. Asia pageant held at the Hyatt Regency in Lake Washington. Courtesy of Neha Krishna
King County Council Vice Chair Claudia Balducci presented Music Works Northwest, a $45,200 check on Dec. 2. Photo courtesy of King County

Music Works Northwest receives financial boost from King County Council

Community Music School receives $45,200 check.

King County Council Vice Chair Claudia Balducci presented Music Works Northwest, a $45,200 check on Dec. 2. Photo courtesy of King County
King County Metro paused bus services at 3:20 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23, to honor the memory of Mark McLaughlin. McLaughlin was killed in the line of duty on Nov. 27, 1998. Courtesy of King County Metro.

King County Metro buses paused all bus services to honor memory of transit operator Mark McLaughlin

Buses pulled over to honor Mark McLaughlin on Friday, Nov. 23.

King County Metro paused bus services at 3:20 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23, to honor the memory of Mark McLaughlin. McLaughlin was killed in the line of duty on Nov. 27, 1998. Courtesy of King County Metro.
The 2019-20 county budget of $11.7 billion dollars passed by the King County Council. The King County budget priorities are affordable housing and homelessness, public safety, local services, expanding transit access and options, environment, parks and recreation, and equity an health. Graphic courtesy of King County

County council passes 2019-20 budget

Budget priorities include affordable housing and homelessness, public safety and expanding transit access and options.

The 2019-20 county budget of $11.7 billion dollars passed by the King County Council. The King County budget priorities are affordable housing and homelessness, public safety, local services, expanding transit access and options, environment, parks and recreation, and equity an health. Graphic courtesy of King County
During the week of Nov. 12-19, community members filled shoeboxes with school supplies, toys and hygiene items to send to children in need around the world. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo.

Eastside churches and schools participate in global Christmas project

National Collection Week for operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts were collected Nov. 12-19.

During the week of Nov. 12-19, community members filled shoeboxes with school supplies, toys and hygiene items to send to children in need around the world. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo.