Give teachers a helping hand before school starts

August 21, 2009

NEW — 4 p.m. Aug. 21, 2009

Bringing an apple for the teacher may be an excellent idea the first day, but how about helping them get their classrooms ready?

Some teachers, especially those recently hired, spend long hours putting their classrooms together, which is why Pine Lake Covenant Church is asking for your help.

This year, church pastors and volunteers are sponsoring Help A Teacher Day 2009 for the next two Saturdays. Volunteers are assigned to teachers in the Issaquah School District who need help prepping their classrooms.

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Free back-to-school supplies for teachers Saturday at Staples

August 20, 2009

NEW — 2:55 p.m. Aug. 20, 2009

Staples wants to make it easy — or at least easier — for teachers heading back to school.

The office supply retailer will host a Teacher Appreciation Day for Issaquah-area educators from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday at its Issaquah store, 628 Front St. N.

Free bags of supplies with notepads and writing tools will be given to the first 100 teachers. Teachers will also have the opportunity to preview new products and services.

The retailer is also offering teachers a copy and print promotion during back-to-school season of 5-cent black-and-white copies of classroom materials.

City Council approves key I-90 Undercrossing agreement

August 19, 2009

NEW — 5:45 p.m. Aug. 19, 2009

After business leaders and residents voiced support for the Interstate 90 Undercrossing, City Council set aside environmental concerns and voted Monday to approve a pact crucial to the development of the roadway.

Residents raised concerns in July about wetlands on U.S. Postal Service property near the undercrossing site, prompting officials to review the development agreement. City and postal service officials negotiated a development agreement to allow the city use of a right of way on the land.

Councilman David Kappler supported the agreement, but said before the vote that he had concerns with “the sausage making of this process.”

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Beaver Lake Triathlon / Aug. 19, 2009

August 19, 2009

County could close four parks as cost-cutting measure

August 18, 2009

Klahanie Park and more than three dozen other King County parks could be closed by Jan. 1 as county officials seek to trim $4.6 million amid a $56.4 million budget shortfall. Read more

Community calendar

August 18, 2009

File Cars for school supplies Help children in need in the Issaquah School District by bringing school supplies (no backpacks) or cash or checks to XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, 98 N.E. Gilman Blvd., from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Aug. 23 and 30. Money raised goes to the school district’s Nurses Fund to help children in need. The drive is sponsored by Camaro Firebird Club Northwest. You can also donate online at www.cfcnw.com.

Cars for school supplies Help children in need in the Issaquah School District by bringing school supplies (no backpacks) or cash or checks to XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, 98 N.E. Gilman Blvd., from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Aug. 23 and 30. Money raised goes to the school district’s Nurses Fund to help children in need. The drive is sponsored by Camaro Firebird Club Northwest. You can also donate online at www.cfcnw.com. File photo

Events

Two recently born Bengal tiger cubs will be on display from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. through Aug. 31 at the Cougar Mountain Zoo, 19525 S.E. 54th St. Admission is $8-$10.50. Call 391-5508.

The Julius Boehm Pool is closed for annual maintenance through Aug. 23. For registrations, the pool’s phone 837-3350 will be answered from 8-11 a.m. each day during the closure.

Community Campfire, sponsored by Our Savior Lutheran Church, is from 6-8 p.m. every Wednesday through Aug. 19 at Sunset Beach at Lake Sammamish State Park. There will be guitars and singing, s’mores and hot dogs. Call 392-4169 or go to www.oslcissaquah.org.

All The Best Pet Care hosts an all day Ice Cream Social for pets and their owners from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Aug. 20, 1590 N.W. Gilman Blvd. The ice cream featured is actually yogurt and is all natural, in individual servings for dogs and cats. Call 369-8383 or go to www.allthebestpetcare.com. Read more

Play poker, help get sister city artists here

August 18, 2009

Play poker for a good cause at the Texas Hold ‘em Poker fundraiser Aug. 26 at the Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge, 765 Rainier Blvd. N. Read more

Hospital excavation could begin this week

August 18, 2009

Crews will begin excavation work at the Swedish Medical Center hospital campus this week, hospital executives said. Plans call for a medical office building, outpatient care center and — eventually — hospital beds on 18 acres in the Issaquah Highlands. Read more

Come help create new memories at Aegis luau

August 18, 2009

The community is invited to a luau Aug. 19 at Aegis of Issaquah. Read more

Work stalls on Front Street properties

August 18, 2009

The ARCO gas station at the corner of Gilman Boulevard and Front Street remains undeveloped. By Adam Eschbach

The ARCO gas station at the corner of Gilman Boulevard and Front Street remains undeveloped. By Adam Eschbach

City officials issued a building permit for a 10,500-square-foot commercial building at a prime Front Street North location in early February. Since then, however, the site at 670 Front St. N. has gone undeveloped — a result of the cool economy and a tough retail market.

City officials have raised questions about the site — where Skippers restaurant once stood — and a nearby ARCO station in the midst of a delayed renovation project. Council President Maureen McCarry and Councilman Fred Butler raised questions about the ARCO site during a July 8 meeting with City Administrator Leon Kos. Read more

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