Ben Sclair (center) is presented the traveling Red Wagon as March 2008’s “Caught in the Act of Keeping Lakewood’s Promise” Award recipient. Mary Lou Sclair (mom), Claudia Thomas, Dave Sclair (dad) and Andie Gernon, from left.
The March 2008 recipient of the “Caught in the Act of Keeping Lakewood’s Promise” award is Ben Sclair for publishing The Suburban Times.
Ben Sclair is a busy man. Married to Deb for almost 14 years, he is the father of five: that is two newspapers and three kids. He is also a member of Lakewood Rotary Club (where he’s secretary of the 120-member club that’s been a leader in community projects) and St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. He also is active with Charles Wright Academy where his daughters are in school.
Ben keeps busy each day publishing the twice-monthly General Aviation News, a nationally distributed newspaper (45,000 circulation) for general aviation pilots and businesses.
At night he publishes The Suburban Times, the online newspaper for Lakewood, Steilacoom, DuPont, University Place and Fircrest.
Starting up this online publication in July, 2005, Ben followed his parents’ footsteps of 30 years ago when they published a print edition of The Suburban Times from 1975-1980. People were always coming up to Ben’s dad, Dave and saying “we need a local newspaper to know what is happening in our community.”
When Ben brought it back it just made sense to publish it online. “Turning on a press costs a lot of money and online papers are the wave of the future,” he stated. Ben figures everyone will be online within 10 years.
Ben was nominated by Scott Campbell, the Associate Managing Artistic Director for the Lakewood Playhouse for his deep commitment to the Lakewood community. The Lakewood Collaboration honors Ben with the Caught in the Act Award for his work publishing The Suburban News with a focus on community activities and not for profit organizations such as Caring for Kids, Communities in Schools, Lakewood Area Shelter Association, Clover Park School District and the city’s annual visit by Santa. Including these articles in The Suburban Times is an invaluable service because it helps those of us with an interest in youth focused activities and issues keep informed as these notifications often do not always enjoy coverage by other media.
That is why Ben is being recognized by Lakewood’s Human Services Collaboration and receiving the traveling Red Wagon, a symbol of Lakewood’s Promise of people pulling their weight to help the youth in Lakewood.
Lakewood’s Promise mission is to mobilize people from every sector of life in Lakewood to build the character and competence of our youth by fulfilling these Promises:
- Caring Adults-Provide ongoing relationships with caring adults-parents, mentors, tutors and coaches
- Safe Places -Provide safe places with structured activities during non-school hours
- Healthy Start-Provide all the elements leading to good physical/mental health for a health future
- Marketable Skills-Provide marketable skills through effective education
- Opportunities to Serve-Provide youth with opportunities to serve in their community.
Lakewood’s Community Collaboration, made up of over 100 human service organizations, service clubs, businesses, individuals and public entities presents each month a ‚ÄúCaught in the Act-of Keeping Lakewood’s Promise‚Äù Award to an individual or organization that has quietly performed an outstanding deed for a family/child in the City of Lakewood.