McCarry, Butler elected to council leadership posts

January 12, 2009

Maureen McCurryMaureen McCurry

Fred Butler

Fred Butler

City Councilwoman Maureen McCarry was elected council president by her peers at the council’s Jan. 5 meeting. Following her election, the council then selected City Councilman Fred Butler as deputy president.

“The president sets the policy, and reviews and approves the council agenda,” McCarry said.

She is also a member of the Council Land Use Committee, the Committee of the Whole Council and the board of directors of Eastside Fire & Rescue. Read more

Committee approves exemption to transportation impact fee

January 12, 2009

Change would make tenants easier to find for large storefronts

Vacant storefronts in the city could soon see some tenants after the City Council Land Use Committee approved an agenda bill Jan. 8 that would exempt up to 10,000 square feet of commercial development proposals from the city’s transportation impact fees.

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Rowley: Picketers are protesting wrong site

January 12, 2009

Picketers who have off and on picketed near the Hilton Garden Inn are misinformed, according to Rowley Property officials.

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Public Meeting

January 12, 2009

Jan. 15

Council Services and Operations Committee Read more

Issaquah High School one step closer to construction starting

January 12, 2009

Issaquah School District officials are one step closer to breaking real ground at Issaquah High School.

The city’s Development Commission recently voted Jan. 7 to recommend the City Council approve the district’s master site plan and site development permits. Read more

Christmas fund closes 12 percent over goal

January 12, 2009

The Merry Christmas Issaquah emergency aid fund has closed its annual fund drive 12 percent over its goal at $56,353, topping the prior year’s high of $49,595. Read more

Rapid Response

January 12, 2009

If you had two minutes with our new  president on Jan. 21, what one question would you like to ask him? What one thing would you like to tell him?

I would first congratulate the President and then ask that he not govern to the desires of his constituents on the hard left. I would ask him to support our military service members and their families with thoughtful foreign policy and attention to their needs upon return. Read more

Off the Press

January 12, 2009

Some pretty amazing people live in the ‘Quah

Kathleen Merrill Press Editor

Each year in our last issue of the year, we write about our top 10 news stories of the prior 52 weeks. We also go back and make a top-10 list of sports stories, and we run some great photos that were never published before.

As I flipped through the pages of every Press we printed in 2008, I became more aware of the number of awesome people we have living and working in this community. Maybe it’s in the water. Then again, maybe something about Issaquah just draws great people to the city.

Here’s a sampling of the amazing people who were on our pages last year:

Dennis Comfort has summitted Mount Kilimanjaro, not once, but twice, while Tom Varga climbed Mount Rainier.

Karen Angell and Susan Sidman Nieswander are two of the world’s best ballroom dancers.

Astronaut Bonnie Dunbar lives here.

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Press Editorial

January 12, 2009

City volunteers wanted to make a difference

There is no doubt about it — Issaquah is a city of volunteers. Collectively speaking, volunteers run the city and schools and human services. As evidenced by the many opportunities listed in The Press each week under Volunteer Call on Page B2, there is a wide assortment of needs. Read more

A transition center of opportunity

January 12, 2009

Tavon Center offers a cozy learning space for young adults with disabilities

Matt Moeller, Tara Thorsvik, Sabah Vafaeezadeh, Sarah Lowe, Leah Parker and Tavon Center Activities and Programs Director Megan Wegner (from left) enjoy a fall outing at Cougar Mountain Zoo.Contributed

Matt Moeller, Tara Thorsvik, Sabah Vafaeezadeh, Sarah Lowe, Leah Parker and Tavon Center Activities and Programs Director Megan Wegner (from left) enjoy a fall outing at Cougar Mountain Zoo. Contributed

Three days a week, Leah Parker cooks, gardens and cares for animals at the Tavon Center in Issaquah. She also gets to hang out with her friends. Parker, 25, joined the center earlier this fall to take part in its new program. Located in Issaquah, the center is for young adults with mental and/or physical disabilities.

So far, Leah, who has a physical disability, has found the program both enjoyable and beneficial. It’s a place where she feels comfortable and can further her general life skills.

The Tavon Center, 24017 S.E. Black Nugget Road, opened in September and has spent the last few months getting its feet on the ground. But, it is now ready and looking for more young adults between the ages of 18 to 45 to join them.

The program is designed to help people with disabilities make the transition from school to work. The Tavon Center offers training in transferable skills with the ultimate goal of readying those who are able for jobs in the community.

Sue Parker, mother of Leah, feels that the program has been a great success. Read more

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