Northwest NEWS

September 18, 2000

Events

POLICE BEAT

WOODINVILLE
   September 8- Police observed a man in a local parking lot next to a vehicle and stumbling around. An open container of beer was on the roof of the vehicle and empty containers found inside of the vehicle. The beer was dumped out and a 21-year-old male was arrested for furnishing liquor to his brother who was arrested for underage liquor consumption.
   September 9- Unknown suspects in a green Dodge Intrepid stole a 2-year-old female yellow Labrador from a vehicle parked in a local eatery parking lot. A friend who observed the dog in the suspect's vehicle as it drove away told the owner. The owner said he bought the dog for $500 and has the papers to prove it.
   September 9-An SUV was vandalized in the parking lot of a Woodinville fast food establishment. An amplifier and two speakers were reported missing.
   September 10- A juvenile was cited in court for possession of marijuana after the green substance found in his possession came back from the lab showing positive for marijuana substance.
   September 10- A local business securities guard noticed a cylinder of nitrogen had been knocked over on a truck by an unknown suspect. The valve was broken off and white vapor was emerging. Police and fire responded to the scene. The nitrogen was not flammable and the public was not in danger.
   September12-Woodinville police noticed a vehicle parked facing the wrong way on 140th Avenue. The vehicle had been reported stolen. When the owners came to pick up the vehicle, a stereo and two speakers had been removed.
  
   United Way of King County's Day of Caring kicks off campaign
   United Way of King County kicked off its 79th annual fund-raising campaign last Friday with the mobilization of more than 7,000 volunteers working throughout the community.
   The 9th annual Day of Caring on Friday, September 15 had volunteers working on community projects and was the largest single-day mobilization of volunteers throughout King County. The value of work performed on Friday was valued at $500,000.
   Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center in Woodinville had 15 volunteers from Frontier Bank and the King County Bar Association doing a variety of tasks getting the center ready for winter.
   Children's Country home in Woodinville had 22 volunteers from Guidant Corporation doing yard work and painting.
   The goal for this year's fund-raising efforts is $100 million.
   Herb and Jon Bridge are co-chairs of this year's fundraising campaign. Herb is co-chair of Ben Bridge Jeweler, and his son, Jon, is co-chief executive officer and general counsel of the company. They are the first father-son team to chair a local United Way campaign.
   United Way of king County supports the activities of 165 agencies in King County who provide critical health and human services to hundreds of thousands of people each year.
  
   Big Brother/Big Sister of King County opens office in Woodinville
   On Wednesday September 13, Woodinville Mayor Randy Ransom cut the ribbon in the opening ceremony for the new Eastside office of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of King and Pierce Counties in Woodinville.
   "Woodinville welcomes Big Brothers/Big Sisters to the city and the community. We are looking forward to a lasting relationship and partnership", said Mayor Ransom.
   "The staff is energized and anxious to get out into the community", said Crisann Brooks, Program Supervisor of the new Eastside Office.
   Woodinville Jack in the Box gave a donation check to the new facility, as did Redwood Hills Church of Woodinville. BBBSKPC is a non-profit organization, and funding is provided by donation and yearly fund-raising events.
   As single parenthood soars, BBBSKPC's mentoring program fills a void in children's lives. In Washington State, one out of every four children resides in a single parent home. The emotional support provided by a second parent contributes to self-esteem, security, and aspiration in children. Young people who do not have examples, education or opportunities to succeed in the world today, are not prepared to provide, protect and mentor their own children.
   The need for a mentoring program such as BBBSKC has been documented in a study by Public/Private ventures, a national research firm. Examining the impact of mentoring with youth found that Little Bothers and Little sisters who met regularly with their Big were:
   ( 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs
   ( 70% less likely for minority children to start using illegal drugs
   ( 27% less likely to start drinking
   ( 52% less likely to skip a day of school
   ( 37% more trusting of their parent of guardian; earned higher grades in
   school; and felt better about school
   ( 30% less likely to hit someone
   ( getting along better with their peers
   Big Brothers and Big Sisters of King/Pierce County have over 70 years experience providing support to youth in the community. BBBSKC is currently serving over 850 active matches, along with 300 children waiting to be matched. With so many little Bothers and Sisters on the waiting list, volunteers are needed. The Volunteer Hotline is 1-877-700-BIGS (2447).
   The community is welcome to visit the new facility located at 12603 NE 173rd Pl., Woodinville, WA 98072-7986. Contact the center at (425) 415-0494.