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Local trophy shop wins award for ‘exemplary work’ employing people with disabilities

  • Written by Kirsten Abel

“If a company has never thought about it, they should really, truly  think  about  hiring somebody with a disability,” said Robb Anderson, co-owner of Northwest Trophy & Awards in Woodinville.

Last month the company won one of six Governor’s Employer Awards at this year’s  annual  ceremony  put  on by Washington’s Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues & Employment and the Washington State Business Leadership Network.

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Fostering change: the life-saving work of Friends of Youth

  • Written by Kirsten Abel

“There are too few foster parents and foster homes,” said Friends of Youth President and CEO Terry Pottmeyer. 

It’s true. The number of licensed foster homes in the state has slowly but steadily decreased, from about 6,000 homes in 2010 to less than 5,000 in 2015, according to data from the Washington Department of Social and Health Services. Only 40 percent of foster homes remain licensed for more than three years.

Friends of Youth was originally founded in 1951 by Iva Matsen and others from the University Congregational Church to address concerns about foster care shortages. Since then, the nonprofit’s reach and scope has expanded to include homeless youth services, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, and other youth and family services.

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Editor's Explorer - Bizzarro

  • Written by Kristen Hamilton

During a recently aired episode of the popular Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, longtime host Guy Fieri visited Seattle and presented an interesting segment on the Bizzarro Italian Café.  Our neighbors, big fans of the show, suggested that we give the establishment a try.

In the show, Fieri regularly features “funky joints” and in this episode highlights the eclectic and whimsical atmosphere that is Bizzarro---housed in a former auto workshop.  Fieri samples a few specialties including the Elk Bolognese and described it as being “monster tender” and not gamy at all.  Since it’s only a short drive to the Wallingford neighborhood, we thought it was time to check it out with our friends Brad and Pam.

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3 Rivers Marine fulfills a child's dream!

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

The Pirates Charity Foundation recruited a local business, 3 Rivers Marine to assist with a good deed and introduce an amazing young boy to the joys of fishing.

Known as Pirate Santas throughout the Northwest these philanthropic Pirates make regular monthly visits to children’s hospitals. This led them to a grassroots organization that provides a comfort/teaching tool to children with a variety of ailments with different types of medical apparatus needed to survive. The tool is Tubie Friends, a stuffed animal with the same medical apparatus as the child. Tubie Friends has provided over 3,000 stuffed animals to children in need all over the country and these numbers continue to grow.

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Celebrating a Woodinville Vet

  • Written by Kirsten Abel, Features Writer

From a young age, Retired Lieutenant Colonel John Hosey was devoted to serving. When he was only 16, he illegally enlisted in the military.

“I guess I’ve always been very patriotic,” Hosey said. “I think I just wanted to do something new or get away from going from school to school, state to state, with my parents.” Hosey’s father was a contract welder, which meant the family moved often.

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