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Alyssa Burnett Center and Autism Awareness Month

  • Written by David B. Clark

April is national autism awareness month. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability. Oftentimes, signs of ASD appear early in childhood when some young children have difficulties communicating and socially interacting with others. ASD is a spectrum condition meaning ASD affects individuals differently. For some, this could mean difficulty making eye-contact with the people in their lives but for others with ASD, verbal communication might be nearly impossible without proper care and professional analysis. In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that autism had risen to 1 in every 59 births in the United States. While advances in science and care have aided a societal understanding of this complex condition, the processes and systems in place rarely account for what happens to someone with ASD when they grow up. For many people and their families “aging out of the system” is a very stressful and real existence. In Washington, special education is available for individuals from three to 21-years-old which seems to poignantly pose the question: what happens next?

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Local NSD Students on UltraViolets

  • Written by David B. Clark

Donning a pair of roller skates, some protective gear, and a whole lot of grit, Marley Quinn, Peaches n’ Scream, and Wreck-It Rebecca roll into place, head down, and concentrate. What can seem to some like a scene pulled form a sci-fi novel is real life for three Northshore School District high schoolers. The trifecta are all skaters for the Seattle Derby Brats: the junior league affiliated with Rat City Roller Derby. They skate for a team called the UltraViolets who are ranked 21st in the nation. “Unlike most sports where the men’s version is considered “the best” and the women’s is secondary, in derby, the women are preeminent. That’s extremely rare and empowering and valuable,” said Gail Goldman who is a derby mother and an incredible advocate for what derby instills in young women.

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Spring Cleaning for your Body

  • Written by Dr. Allison Apfelbaum

It is that time of year when spring cleaning is happening all around us. It is that feeling when you look through your winter closet of clothes and exchange them out for warmer ones.  The feeling of washing your car and pruning the weeds out of the garden. The plants and trees do it as well, you can see the old leaves just falling to the ground as the new buds and green healthy leaves are sprouting to the surface.  It is so natural to want to clear out the stagnant and bring in new energy.  That is the essence of spring and a detox can kickstart that process for your body.

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Where is Sara? - Mukilteo

  • Written by Sara Graham

After biking the South end of Whidbey Island (see maps at https://whidbeycamanoislands.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/x-Whidbey-Camano-Bicycle-Map-South.pdf), Sara’s favorite post-workout treat (where you can find amazing coffee and blueberry pancakes) is served at the Mulkiteo Coffee Company.  No adventure on Whidbey is complete without a visit there.

But, finding the Mulkiteo Coffee Company is not as easy as the name implies. Unless you know someone who knows about it you won’t know about it because they aren’t in Mulkiteo!  They don’t advertise and they are far off the highway, in the woods of Langley, on a private road that is only partially paved and seemingly in the middle of nowhere.

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Woodinville Emergency Communications Team (WECT)

  • Written by David B. Clark
What happens when all of your lights flicker into darkness, the ground shakes, and your phonelines go silent?
 
A group of volunteers that are licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as “Ham Radio” operators are on the job. The technical term for a “Ham Radio” operator is an amateur radio operator, but this group is far from in the starting stages of doing their diligence of serving the community together.
 
“An example that is often in the news would be a rupture of the Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake where all cell phone towers, internet service, and first responder (police/fire/EMT) radio services have failed,” said WECT Leadership Member Jim Walker.
 
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