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Elliot Newman Receives 2019 Flash Family Inspirational Award

Elliot (left) receives his award from Mayor Wong
Jan 7, 2020 - Each year, the Citys Youth and Family Services Department (MIYFS) awards the Flash Family Inspirational Award (FFIA) to honor a Mercer Island adult, aged 55 or older, who exemplifies the spirit of good sportsmanship and/or community leadership, and who possesses an optimistic attitude and friendly demeanor while acting as a role model to others.
The 2019 FFIA honors Island resident and former Mayor Elliot Newman, whose volunteer and professional work over many years perfectly aligns with the philosophy of the award. His accomplishments and contributions to both Mercer Island, and the greater King County community, are extraordinarily numerous.
Elliott graduated from Penn State in 1963 with a degree in meteorology and later from MIT with a Master of Science in atmospheric physics, focused on air pollution. Upon moving to Washington in the 1980s, his initial work locally involved educating Mercer Island residents about the air pollution that would be generated by the expansion of I-90 and ultimately informed improved roadway design.
Elliot first served on the City's Planning Commission in 1986/87, then on the City Council from 1988-1995, including two terms as Mayor. During that time, he helped lead efforts to raise eco-awareness in order to reduce the Island's carbon footprint, and later served on the City's Sustainability Task Force.
He has helped reestablish senior representation on the MIYFS advisory board to evaluate YFS and Park and Recreation services to ensure they reflected the needs of seniors, and to help identify services that had been overlooked.  He also served on the Open Space Conservancy Trust Board for ten years, six years as Chair. 
In addition to his Island activities, Elliot has served with many off-Island organizations, such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the UWs Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
The City expresses its deep gratitude and congratulations to Elliot on behalf of the countless MI residents who have benefited from his tireless and gracious efforts to make Mercer Island a better place to live. Bravo!  
Please contact MIYFS Director Cindy Goodwin for more information.


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