New tree regulations are adopted

December 22, 2008

The City Council approved new tree-preservation regulations at its Dec. 15 meeting, and it is hoped that they will take the guesswork out of tree removal while also protecting the city’s green canopy.

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Council OKs next year’s city budget

December 22, 2008

Issaquah’s city budget is set for 2009.

Formally adopted by the City Council on Dec. 15, the budget details spending of $109.5 million for the year. Read more

Final bypass document is delayed again

December 22, 2008

The long-disputed Southeast Bypass may be dead, but it is not yet buried.

A final document, called a record of decision, issued by the Federal Highway Administration, will officially acknowledge the City Council’s selection of the no-build option for the proposed road. Read more

To The Editor

December 22, 2008

Gilman Village

Demise of historic shopping center has been greatly exaggerated

Any shopping area would be grateful to have customers as emotionally involved and concerned as Sibella Giorello. We really do appreciate that concern and her letter in The Press Dec. 10. But to paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of Gilman Village’s (slow) death are greatly exaggerated.

Yes, we do have vacancies. And times are tough for our merchants, just as they are for most independent retailers in Issaquah. But you’ll see vacancies everywhere. It may be more apparent in Gilman Village because of the intimacy of our scale and we have only independent specialty retailers here, but it is no different and no worse than elsewhere.

It’s important to note that we also have several new businesses that have just opened or are opening soon. X Marks The Tot, with a unique line of children’s clothing, and Grimaldi’s, a coffee house in the European tradition, have just opened. The Village Family Clinic & Wellness Center and Belli Cosmetics are opening shortly. A new restaurant with building plans being reviewed by the city is scheduled to open this spring.

It would be great if people shopped close to home this holiday season and throughout the year. Issaquah has a lot of good independent retailers who deserve support. Besides Gilman Village, there’s Front Street and even elsewhere on Gilman Boulevard. I shop at the big guys like everyone else. But it’s the small, independent businesses, not big chains, that define a community and set it apart.

Let me assure you also that we don’t need to be saved by city officials. It would help if those officials got over this notion that the only independent businesses in Issaquah are all on Front Street, or that the city’s entire history is there. The fact is, there’s probably as much, or more, of historic Issaquah standing in Gilman Village as is on Front Street, and as many independent stores and restaurants.

Gilman Village has been a part of Issaquah for more than 35 years. With the loyalty of people like Giorello, we plan on being a part of the community far into the future.

Aaron Barouh

General manager, Gillman Village Read more

Off The Press

December 22, 2008

Kathleen R. Merrill Press EditorKathleen R. Merrill Press Editor

“Peace on earth, good will toward men.” That’s what this season is supposed to be about. Some people think it’s about keeping up with the Joneses or looking or cooking better than their neighbors/family members/friends. Ugh.

I prefer people who, at any time of the year, try to keep in mind that other people need help. And sometimes, it can be something as small as a smile.

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Press Editorial

December 22, 2008

Christmas fund is an Issaquah tradition

The Merry Christmas Issaquah emergency aid fund is now halfway to its 2008 goal. Each year, the committed volunteers at Issaquah Church and Community Services wonder what they will do, how many people they might have to turn away, if donations to the Christmas fund don’t arrive as expected. About 90 percent of the year’s emergency aid budget comes from people and businesses in the community who choose to help their Issaquah neighbors when times are tough.

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Water district loses bid for city records

December 22, 2008

A long-running legal dispute between Issaquah and the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District took another twist Dec. 1 when a King County Superior Court judge dismissed the district’s request for city records.

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It’s a small Galaxie

December 22, 2008

A car reunites two families  in Issaquah after 28 years

  

Tracy Jilek, left, give Virginia Lipke, the former owner of the Galaxie, a quick peck on the cheek. The two reunited after 28 years at the Jilek home to remember the car that brought them together. By Mary Jilek

Tracy Jilek, left, give Virginia Lipke, the former owner of the Galaxie, a quick peck on the cheek. The two reunited after 28 years at the Jilek home to remember the car that brought them together. By Mary Jilek

In an unlikely turn of fate, two Issaquah families have been brought together again after 28 years. 
But what brought them together wasn’t a person, an event or even close friends. It was a car that reunited Virginia Lipke, her son John Drinkard and Tracy Jilek and his family — more precisely, it was a beloved burgundy 1963 1/2 Ford Galaxie 500 XL.
“It is absolutely phenomenal that he found me through the paper,” Lipke said. “I can’t believe we lived so close all this time.”
Jilek had always wanted to show how well he’d cared for the car he purchased from Allen and Virginia Lipke in 1984. Read more

Family spends vacation helping Nicaraguan poor

December 22, 2008

Matt Carmody, of Issaquah, with a young boy in El Jobo who received a pair of shoes from Corner of Love as part of the Carmody family’s See Greater Things Mission to Nicaragua. ContributedMatt Carmody, of Issaquah, with a young boy in El Jobo who received a pair of shoes from Corner of Love as part of the Carmody family’s See Greater Things Mission to Nicaragua. Contributed

Earlier this year, Tom and Lori Carmody left their busy, comfortable lives in Issaquah to be part of the See Greater Things Mission in Nicaragua. The trip was sponsored by the nonprofit organization Corner of Love.

The Carmodys, along with their son Matt and daughter Katie, stayed in basic concrete dorms that were surrounded by lush green mountains in San Ramon, in northern Nicaragua. They were part of a team of 35 others who hailed from all over the Puget Sound area. Every day, they would catch a rickety old school bus to rural villages, where they delivered medical supplies and gave shoes to more than 200 children. Read more

Scout serves up a meal full of thanks for Eagle project

December 22, 2008

Before lunch begins, Connor Callahan leads the volunteer group who prepared and would be serving food in a prayer of Thanksgiving. By Robin CallahanBefore lunch begins, Connor Callahan leads the volunteer group who prepared and would be serving food in a prayer of Thanksgiving. By Robin Callahan

Thanksgiving dinner is hard enough to prepare for your own family — but preparing it for 250 people is another story. 

But it was a challenge that the Liberty High School community was willing to help 17-year-old Connor Callahan tackle to earn his Eagle Scout rank.  

“It was a life changing experience,” he said. 

There are plenty of projects Scouts can tackle to earn their Eagle Scout rank. Some recent projects by local Scouts have included creating trails and wetlands areas at schools, and holding food drives for Issaquah Valley Community Services. 

Callahan’s project, to help feed people through Community Lunch, quickly turned into a full-scale community endeavor. Read more

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