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Scott Hewitt

social issues & neighborhoods reporter


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Community Foundation cuts grant boundaries

By Scott Hewitt December 22, 2014 6 a.m.

The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington has changed the way it does business in order to get more money to more nonprofit agencies across Southwest Washington.

Share, Council for Homeless confront challenges in New Year

By Scott Hewitt December 19, 2014 8:14 p.m.

With fewer people coming to the Clark County Public Service Center to get property deeds and other legal documents recorded, fewer fees are landing in the bank account of Share Vancouver.

Courtyard Village's crisis and beyond

By Scott Hewitt December 19, 2014 7:50 p.m.

Andy Silver, the executive director of the Council for the Homeless, said Thursday that his agency will join forces with Clark County, the city of Vancouver, the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington and the Vancouver Housing Authority to "start a really broad community conversation about affordable housing" in the wake of the Courtyard Village Apartments crisis that erupted this month.

Bits 'n' Pieces: New Year's to be rockin' at Hilton in Vancouver

By Scott Hewitt December 19, 2014 6 a.m.

Blake Sakamoto doesn't live in Vancouver. But sometimes it seems like he does.

Hanukkah lighting the way

By Scott Hewitt December 16, 2014 8:52 p.m.

Nothing is more important than teaching our children to be charitable and spiritual. So Rabbi Shmulik Greenberg of Chabad Jewish Center of Clark County told a crowd of about 100 gathered Tuesday at Esther Short Park for a Hanukkah celebration that he went online recently to find out more about the custom of giving chocolate coins to the kids. Why chocolate coins — or, as they're called, Hanukkah gelt?

Courtyard Village tenants may get extension

By Scott Hewitt December 15, 2014 8:29 p.m.

The deadline for the first wave of families to start vacating Courtyard Village Apartments has been extended for a potential two weeks, according to residents and the family-community resource coordinator at nearby Washington Elementary School.

Courtyard Village displacement: Scrambling for solutions

By Scott Hewitt December 10, 2014 6:02 p.m.

Washington Elementary School and other nearby neighborhood schools will serve as information and resource hubs for people who must leave the Courtyard Village Apartments in Rose Village. But that doesn't mean there will be any easy answers for those being displaced.

Waste Connections, Wal-Mart, DSHS give bikes to children in need

By Scott Hewitt December 10, 2014 4:55 p.m.

The whirling police lights heading west on Evergreen Boulevard on Wednesday morning were lit up for a happy reason for a change.

What's Up With That? Green donation boxes should raise a red flag

By Scott Hewitt December 10, 2014 6 a.m.

Around the county, green donation boxes are appearing with the name "Gaia Project." I believe this organization is dubious and is not a reputable charity. The problem is, these boxes are multiplying in our county, and many highly rated charities are missing out on donations put into Gaia boxes. Plus the kindhearted people who donate might not have any idea to whom they donate.

State Supreme Court justice urges straight talk on racism

By Scott Hewitt December 9, 2014 5:54 p.m.

One day when he was driving away from a meeting with some legal clients, Steven Gonzalez was stopped by a police officer who asked him if he needed directions out of town.

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