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Scott Hewitt

social issues & neighborhoods reporter


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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.

Courtyard Village tenants told to leave by year-end

By Scott Hewitt December 8, 2014 8:21 p.m.

Plans to remodel the Courtyard Village Apartments in Rose Village are a great holiday gift for the city of Vancouver's property values and tax rolls.

Salvation Army bell-ringing volunteers decrease

By Scott Hewitt December 5, 2014 5:36 p.m.

The Salvation Army of Clark County is reporting that volunteerism, large donations and even applications for minimum-wage employment are down this holiday season.

'Small-c' charity thrives in east Vancouver

By Scott Hewitt December 4, 2014 8:58 p.m.

Not every charitable effort aimed at bringing holiday cheer to needy people is a capital-P Program of a capital-A Agency. Sometimes, just-plain folks are moved to do just-plain good stuff — only because it makes them feel good or they can relate to hard times.

Fruit Valley eyesore demolished after decades of conflict, delays

By Scott Hewitt December 3, 2014 3:58 p.m.

The longest-running nuisance case in Vancouver's history is winding down at last. The Fruit Valley house that used to belong to Ted Pyle, and was the subject of decades of conflict that repeatedly landed in front of city hearings examiners and county judges — and landed Pyle himself in jail at least once — was demolished on Tuesday.

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