Area gastroenterology practice provides free colonoscopies

April 4, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. April 4, 2009

Puget Sound Gastroenterology in Seattle and Eastside Gastroenterology in Kirkland will provide 50 free colonoscopies to eligible patients ages 50 and over who have been impacted by the economic downturn in support of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. 

The screens, beginning April 15, are for those who have not yet been screened for colon cancer and to help prevent the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. 

Sign up by going to www.pugetsoundgastro.com and downloading a sign-up form, or calling 206-315-9885.

Get your sweet tooth on at ‘Willy Wonka, Jr.’

April 3, 2009

NEW — 10 a.m. April 3, 2009

Come one, come all. Satisfy your sweet tooth with “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, Jr. at the First Stage Theatre.

This musical features fourth- through eighth-grade students who were selected through a competitive audition process. The show is directed, choreographed and musically directed by skilled professionals and features professionally-designed costumes, sets, lights and sound.

Sarah Dennis (as Augustus Gloop) and the KIDSTAGE ensemble perform 'I Eat More,' in 'Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, Jr.' — By Jean Johnson/Village Theatre

Sarah Dennis (as Augustus Gloop) and the KIDSTAGE ensemble perform the number 'I Eat More,' in 'Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, Jr.' — By Jean Johnson/Village Theatre

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Burglar hits downtown’s Fischer Meats

April 2, 2009

NEW — 6:30 p.m. April 2, 2009

A burglar broke a lock and stole about $100 from a Front Street butcher shop overnight April 2. A nearby bicycle store also appeared to have been targeted, but a thief’s attempt to break into that shop was unsuccessful.

Fischer Meats, 85 Front St. N., was targeted between 6:30 p.m. April 1 – when employees left and locked the store – and 7 a.m. today. Owner Chris Chiechi said a thief used locking pliers to pop a lock at the store’s front entrance. The burglar stole about $70 worth of coins from a change drawer behind the display cases.

The thief did not steal the pennies kept in the drawer.

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AtWork! honors City Council

April 2, 2009

NEW — Noon April 2, 2009

An organization that helps disabled people learn skills and find jobs has honored the City Council as its Supporter of the Year. AtWork! recognized the council at a fundraising breakfast today.

The organization runs its operations center in the city. AtWork! helps disabled people learn skills, find and retain jobs, and earn wages and benefits.

“Thanks to its hardworking staff and innovative services, AtWork! has enriched the lives of countless people here in Issaquah,” Mayor Ava Frisinger said in a news release. “Since the beginning, local leaders have recognized how important the mission of AtWork! is to our community.”

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Scottish Country Dance / March 26, 2009

April 2, 2009

Second student death shakes Issaquah High School

April 1, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. April 1, 2009

School counselors reported to Issaquah High School Tuesday after school officials were notified that Kevin Conroy Tork, a 15-year-old sophomore, had died in Seattle.

Bellevue Police responded to the call, but the case is still under investigation, said Greg Grannis, the department’s public information officer.

The cause and manner of death is pending, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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Issaquah Youth Lacrosse — Week 4 / March 31, 2009

March 31, 2009

New 911 system shows a caller’s location instantly

March 30, 2009

Carma Mathieson, a veteran 911 dispatcher with the Issaquah Police Department, works with technology, flat-screen monitors and cameras in public places, undreamed of when she began 23 years ago. Next Generation equipment has just been installed which lays the groundwork for text, digital images and streaming video calls in the future. — By Greg Farrar

Carma Mathieson, a veteran 911 dispatcher with the Issaquah Police Department, works with technology, flat-screen monitors and cameras in public places, undreamed of when she began 23 years ago. Next Generation equipment has been installed which lays the groundwork for text, digital images and streaming video calls in the future. — By Greg Farrar

 

When Carma Mathieson first answered 911 calls for the Issaquah Police Department 23 years ago, just about every caller dialed the emergency number from a landline phone. As technology advanced, however, calls placed from mobile phones and voice-over-Internet-Protocol services, like Vonage, strained a system based on technology developed in the 1960s.

The system took a quantum leap March 11 when workers installed Next Generation 911 equipment. Officials said the new, faster system laid the foundation for future advances that could one day enable callers to reach dispatchers via text messages, and send digital images and streaming video and audio. But those capabilities are at least a few years distant. Read more

Police encourage prevention to stop vehicle break-ins

March 30, 2009

Greg Farrar

Global Positioning System computers, including units like this that attach to windshields with suction cup mounts, are the most frequently stolen items in Issaquah’s recent vehicle prowls.

Thieves snatch GPS units, MP3 players and even mail almost every day from locked vehicles parked around Issaquah. 

Items left on a dashboard or car seat are easy targets for thieves, police said. Many of the incidents, described by officers as vehicle prowls, are preventable.

Patrol Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum said a vehicle prowl is “a crime of opportunity.” The most frequently stolen items are GPS units. During the first 12 weeks of 2009, 15 GPS units were stolen from vehicles during prowls, according to police statistics. Read more

Issaquah man beaten in ‘hate crime’

March 30, 2009

An Issaquah man and his boyfriend were beaten unconscious March 22 during an incident Oregon authorities described as a hate crime. The men were on a spring break trip when they were attacked on a beach in Seaside, Ore.

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