Victims of Boston Bombing to be honored during Mother’s Day Dash

m-day dashThe Issaquah Schools Foundation had already planned on hosting a Mother’s Day Dash to benefit the foundation before the Boston bombings occurred. The foundation decided that the Mother’s Day Dash would be the perfect opportunity to raise money in honor of the victims of the Boston bombings by donating $1 for every participant that enters the race and donate it to the One Fund.

Christine Kipp of Ewing and Clark is a supporter of the foundation and was so impressed by what they are doing that she decided to match each donation dollar for dollar. She will donate $1 for every runner and walker that participates to the One Fund and foundation.

They are expecting there to be between 1,000 and 1,500 participants. The run starts at 9:00am on Saturday, May 11th on 12th Ave by the Issaquah Sports Authority. Entry fee is $25 for adults and children over 11 years old and $8 for children 10 years old and younger. For more information on the event please visit http://issaquahmothersdaydash.eventbrite.com/#.

Possibility of Streetcars returning to Seattle

It has been over 70 years since Seattle has had streetcars. Once people began moving out of the city and into suburbs and cars became more popular and convenient, there wasn’t as much of a need for them. The railTrolleys were removed and paved streets took their place. But now, as more and more people begin moving back into the city the idea of bringing back functioning streetcars has emerged.

One idea is to have the streetcar run down 4th and 5th which would serve mostly commuters and may not have as much use on the weekends as the more favored idea of having the streetcar run down 1st Avenue would. Although having it run on 4th and 5th would be almost $50 million cheaper, being on 1st, the streetcar would run past bars, new restaurants, shops and places that are more popular to tourists all days of the week including weekends. Tom Graff of Ewing and Clark, Inc. agrees that running down 1st is the better option. It would help boost business and attract more to the area.

Some business owners are concerned that if the project does move forward, construction may cause problems by limiting parking spaces and obstructing accessibility to their businesses. They realize that they will benefit from it being on 1st and accept the idea if construction can be controlled. The City of Seattle held an open house Wednesday evening for those who wanted to learn more and discuss the topic as well as to kick off the                                         Center City Connector Project which will explore transit options for downtown.

Homeowners Might be Sued Over Teen Killing

Outside City Hall in Orlando, FL this weekend, many citizens mourned the death of Trayvon Martin, the 17 year old shot and killed near the Twin Lake’s Retreat. This tragedy has caused a nationwide discussion over race and the laws of self defense. Martin, a young black teenager was shot to death by George Zimmerman, the community’s crime watch program captain, on February 26th while Martin was walking back from a convenience store unarmed.

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Zimmerman is claiming self defense, saying he shot Martin after he was punched in the face, knocking him on the ground, and claiming he was attacked while on the ground afterwards.

Those who might be charged with the final price of the murder are the homeowners of the retreat at Twin Lakes, as it is highly likely that Martin’s family will sue the community’s Homeowner’s Association and property management company, after the way the watch program has handled and operated the case. This case has been a tragedy for people in the community close to Martin, as well as people all over the nation following the case closely, and has also been an eye opener for those seeking or currently working with a property management company. The importance of finding a well established company, such as Ewing and Clark in Seattle, with an honorary track record for your homeowner’s association has been brought the attention of many, and is now more important than ever. For more information on the case, please visit the Seattle Times.