Drunken-driving accidents increase over New Year’s holiday

December 29, 2008

The Christmas and New Year’s holiday period is the deadliest time of year for drunken-driving accidents, according to recent federal safety data.

In its nationwide study of drunken-driving deaths between 2001 and 2005, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found a daily average of 36. But that jumps to 45 around Christmas, and to 54 during the New Year’s holiday. Read more

To The Editor

December 29, 2008

Operation Support Our Troops

Thank you to community members who helped boost military morale overseas

Thanks to our local community for making a brighter, happier Christmas for our soldiers and their families. It makes me proud to be part of this great community. Read more

Press Editorial

December 29, 2008

Special thanks to our many letter writers

We’d like to take a moment to salute those people who took the time to write a letter to the editor in 2008. Their written voice provokes, challenges, encourages and thereby builds a stronger community for us all. We’re aren’t able to publish every letter we receive, but here’s a list of the 166 authors who did get ink. Read more

Community Calendar

December 29, 2008


Sponge and Cookalicious Club, two groups with a mission to bring fun and learning into children’s lives, present New Year Nibbles, an afternoon of cooking, classes and crafts, from 10 a.m. – noon Jan. 18, at Sponge’s Eastside location, 375 N.W. Gilman Blvd. Mini language classes in Spanish, Mandarin, French and Japanese are from 10:30-11:30 a.m. The event is free and geared toward children up to age 7 and their families. RSVP by calling 274-5188 or e-mailing events@spongeschool.com. Be sure and specify which language you are interested in for the class. Learn more at www.spongeschool.com. Read more

Jeffrey William Cope

December 29, 2008

(1953 – 2008)

Jeff Cope, of Duvall, died Dec. 23, 2008, from cancer. He was 55. Read more

Rowley Properties employees dig deep to help others

December 29, 2008

Every holiday season, the employees of Rowley Properties pool their funds to support one needy family. This year was no different, with the group raising more than $1,000 to help a family of five that sought shelter through the Eastside Domestic Violence Program.

“They wanted to support this organization, as it helps demonstrate that people care, the family is worthy and despite what they’ve been through, life will get getter,” said Rowley community development representative Kristi Tripple. 

Rowley Properties develops and manages commercial real estate in central Issaquah, with owners Skip Rowley and his daughter, Kari Magill, having a long history of civic involvement. 

This is the second year Rowley employees have worked with the Eastside Domestic Violence Program, but in previous years, they have chosen Seattle Children’s (formerly Children’s Hospital), the Issaquah Food Bank and the YWCA. The selection is by a vote of the employees in October. Read more

Arts Calendar

December 29, 2008



Village Theatre production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” runs through Jan. 4 at the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N. Tickets are $22-$58 and are available by calling 392-2202 or going to www.villagetheatre.org. Read more

Teens shine in ‘Into the Woods’

December 29, 2008

Keaton Whittaker (left) stars as Little Red Riding Hood and Ryan Hotes is Jack in Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE production of ‘Into the Woods.’ Photo by Jean Johnson Keaton Whittaker (left) stars as Little Red Riding Hood and Ryan Hotes is Jack in Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE production of ‘Into the Woods.’ Photo by Jean Johnson

Village Theatre KIDSTAGE TeenSelect presents “Into The Woods,” running Jan. 9–18 at First Stage Theatre, 120 Front St. N.

“Into The Woods,” based on the book by James Lapine, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, tells a story that brings to life several favorite fairy tale characters in a brand new way.

Featuring the talents of local youths from seventh to 12th grades, KIDSTAGE reinvents the story of the baker and his wife as they learn they’ve been cursed by the witch next door and are sent on an adventure to gather the special objects to break the spell that will allow them to have a child.

Although many wishes are granted, these characters begin to understand that the consequences of their actions and desires may return to haunt them later, with disastrous results. What begins as a lively fantasy becomes a moving lesson about community responsibility and the stories we tell our children.

Originally conceived for 17 actors, the KIDSTAGE TeenSelect production boasts a cast of 29. Read more

Two local sopranos star in opera ‘Figaro’

December 29, 2008

Two local musicians play starring roles in Lyric Opera Northwest’s first production of the new year, one of the most beloved operas of all time — “Le nozze di Figaro, Ossia la Folle Giornata” (“The Marriage of Figaro,” or “The Day of Madness”). Read more

2008: What a year in sports it was

December 29, 2008

By Brian Hamilton/HamiltonPix.comBy Brian Hamilton/HamiltonPix.com    

The year 2008 was a memorable 12 months for the city’s sports scene. Many of the top events revolved around state titles (three team and one individual). And the journey to the top often earned some recognition, even if the ultimate goal fell short. 

The highs of the year in sports contained astounding tales of achievement (participation in Olympic swim trials and even a Cy Young winner). Unfortunately, even the sports pages were not immune to tragic lows, as the community lost a beloved former coach.

So, here are the Top 10 sports stories of 2008, in no particular order: Read more

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