Former Kirkland Mayor Joan McBride was instrumental in establishing affordable housing in her community before she was elected to the state house last November. She described the lack of affordable housing for seniors as “the most outrageous embarrassment to our society” that she could imagine.
108-year-old Evelyn Jones of Woodinville threw the first pitch at a recent Mariners game. (Photo courtesy of Ben VanHouten)Woodinville resident Evelyn Jones was a huge hit at a recent Mariners game. For her 108th birthday she had a wish come true! Jones threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Felix Hernandez for the game against the Los Angeles Angels. Jones’ family, including four great-great-grandchildren, cheered her on, while several members of her family accompanied her to the mound. Hernandez caught the ball and promptly autographed it for Jones. She then asked him for a hug and a win. Both of those wishes also came true that day!
Before the event, she celebrated with a large party at Fairwinds-Brittany Park Retirement Community. She was then whisked off for the game at Safeco Field.
Jones is now the oldest person to throw out a ceremonial first pitch at a baseball game in the MLB. The previous record holder was 105 years old.
Just after 5 a.m., the sun is just starting to peek up from the horizon, but out in the warehouse district, Proven Bread is bustling with activity. In the corner, the behemoth bread oven is cranking away. A fan whirs on the floor next to the open bay door, so the oven doesn’t make the entire warehouse unbearably hot. Every few minutes, a timer goes off. In the back, Alexis Carson is working on the white bread. With practiced hands, she cuts pieces off a big batch of dough, forming round loaves. She works quickly; this has to go into the oven now for it to be ready in time. Carson has been making bread for 12 years. She started in Northern California, where she got a job at a bakery to pay her way through school while she attended Humboldt State University. She graduated, but kept working at the bakery. “I did anthropology,” she said, “then I realized three years later I was still doing bread.” She moved to Washington, and worked at Le Rêve Bakery and Cafe Besalu in Seattle.
The One Night Count conducted last January that surveyed the homeless population in King County revealed that more than one quarter of the 6,400 homeless people huddled in shelters for protection from the cold were senior citizens. The elderly population among the homeless on the Eastside has continued to grow in the past decade primarily due to a lack of affordable housing, said State Representative Tana Senn (D-41). Senn said she will continue her fight to provide affordable housing to what she describes as “the most vulnerable members of our society.”