NEWS BRIEFS: Marina design passes muster

Marina design passes muster

The Port of South Whidbey received a “peer review” checklist from consultant Reid Middleton of Edmonds that found no major flaws in the Langley marina’s design and survivability.

“The one suggestion they offered was to make the middle of three breakwater piers longer,” said port manager Ed Field. “The idea is to cover any gaps that would allow storm-water waves to enter the harbor itself.”

Field said the report lets commissioners move forward with construction if the $8.2 million project is approved by voters on Nov. 4.

Author to talk about disrespect

Educator Kim John Payne is headed to Langley Middle School from his home in Australia to speak about the challenges of raising respectful children in today’s culture of disrespect.

Payne, an internationally lauded author and psychologist, has helped children in Third World countries survive traumatic events, helped violent juvenile offenders in halfway houses and even assisted children conquer emotional and attention disorders.

Hosted by the Whidbey Island Waldorf School, Payne will discuss the foundations of respectful family life from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26 in the Langley Middle School auditorium. The cost is $5.

For details, call Adam Fawcett at 341-5686.

Ice cream social coming next week

An ice cream social and orientation for new students entering first through fifth grades at South Whidbey Primary and Intermediate Schools will be 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28 at the schools’ campus on Maxwelton Road.

It will start in the gym and include a tour of the schools and a chance to meet the principal, assistant principal, members of the SWEPTA board and some of the staff.

Pool supporters will hold meeting

Supporters of the proposed $15.2 million aquatic and recreation center will hold a kick-off meeting on Sunday.

Organizer Andy McRea is forming a group of community volunteers to plan and organize a voter-education campaign on the November bond measure.

“Everyone is welcome and many action items will be handed out. Come and make sure that everyone in our community knows just how affordable, and valuable this neighborhood asset will be,” McRea said.

The design plan includes an outdoor, heated six-lane lap pool, indoor leisure pool with water slide, changing rooms, hot tub, two multi-purpose rooms for parties, offices, a small kitchen, climbing wall, outdoor basketball court and fitness center.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freeland.

Meeting coming for KidsDream

KidsDream-Island County is a newly established organization dedicated to supporting the well-being of youth who are in foster care.

Kids Dream-Island County will have its first meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19 at Miriamís Espresso in Coupeville.

The mission of KidsDream is to help fulfill the dreams of abused and neglected children by providing opportunities to develop skills, talents and self-esteem with the community’s help.

Healthcare forum comes to Langley

Healthcare For All — Washington is hosting a forum in Langley.

“Health Care Reform: What’s in it for me?” is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28 at Mukilteo Coffee Roasters on 5331 Crawford Road in Langley.

The group will address how citizens can achieve a healthcare program that puts an end to financial barriers to care.

Organizers said that the current system is deeply flawed and even people who have the financial means to pay for premiums may not be able to get coverage.

Contact Larry Kalb at or 360-927-2729.

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