Front Street closes to traffic Sunday

June 19, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. June 19, 2010

Front Street will close to traffic from 6 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Father’s Day, Sunday, as the DownTown Issaquah Association hosts the annual Fenders on Front Street Car Show and Cruise, a part of Mountains to Sound Greenway’s annual Greenway Days celebration.

Northwest Alder Place adjacent to Vino Bella will close from 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. to host a band and beer garden as part of the festivities.

A bike ride for the LIVESTRONG Challenge will travel near and through Issaquah from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., but no roads will be closed for the ride.

Drivers should watch for riders along Southeast May Valley Road, Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast, Southeast Tiger Mountain Road, Second Avenue Southeast, East Sunset Way, Highlands Drive Northeast, Southeast Black Nugget Road, East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast, Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Village Park Drive.

Cyclists will be required to adhere to the rules of the road, but drivers should expect possible delays.

Issaquah History Museums offers weekend hikes

June 18, 2010

NEW — 5:30 p.m. June 18, 2010

Hike through history this weekend on Issaquah History Museums hikes.

Museums Director Erica Maniez will lead a Saturday walk, and museums volunteer Steve Grate will lead Saturday and Sunday hikes.

Grate will lead a Saturday hike to the Grand Ridge mine site, and another hike Sunday to the former Issaquah & Superior Mine. Both events start at 10 a.m with a slide presentation at the Issaquah Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N.

Maniez will lead a walking tour of the historic downtown at 1 p.m. Sunday. The tour starts at the depot.

Hikes require advance registration, and hikers must complete a release form. Find more details here.

Bring questions about social media to forum for business

June 18, 2010

NEW — 11:30 a.m. June 18, 2010

Issaquah small-business owners wondering, “Why should I care about Twitter?” or “Isn’t Facebook just a fad?” should bring their questions to a social-media forum set up to answer those questions.

The free forum — organized by Swedish Medical Center, local entrepreneur Chris Pirillo and The Issaquah Press — will address the possibilities created by the social-media revolution, and help entrepreneurs harness the power of Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter and YouTube to improve their businesses.

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King County raises sewer rates for next year

June 18, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. June 18, 2010

The sewer rate for customers served by King County will pay $36.10 per month next year — a $4.20 monthly increase from the existing rate.

King County Council members adopted the two-year rate hike Monday. The council increased the rate in order to pay the long-term bonds used to finance Brightwater, a $1.8 billion treatment plant under construction near Woodinville.

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Ride mass transit Thursday on Dump the Pump Day

June 17, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. June 17, 2010

Board King County Metro Transit and Sound Transit buses Thursday to dump the pump.

The transit agencies encourage Issaquah residents to participate in Dump the Pump Day by riding public transit. The national event aims to beat gas prices and protect the environment by encouraging commuters to leave behind cars for buses, trains and ferries.

Metro Transit will host customer appreciation activities with refreshments provided by Issaquah-based Costco and Seattle-based Starbucks. The events will run from 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. at the Bellevue Transit Center, Northgate Park & Ride and the Federal Way Transit Center.

Since 2006, the American Public Transportation Association has sponsored Dump the Pump Day. The average household spends 18 cents of each dollar on transportation, with 94 percent for buying, maintaining and operating cars — the largest expenditure after housing, American Public Transportation Association data shows.

Riders can calculate their household savings here.

Issaquah students lead charge, pass state requirements to graduate

June 16, 2010

NEW — 5:35 p.m. June 16, 2010

The Issaquah School District’s most recent graduates are ahead of their peers statewide.

District officials handed 1,240 seniors their diplomas June 11. Districtwide, only three students didn’t receive their diplomas because of High School Proficiency Exam requirements, district spokeswoman Sara Niegowski said. Those three students — one each from Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools — didn’t pass some combination of the three exams, or a math requirement.

State Superintendent Randy Dorn announced preliminary graduation rates and state High School Proficiency Exam scores at a press conference Wednesday in Olympia.

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City phone lines shut down Wednesday evening

June 16, 2010

NEW — 4 p.m. June 16, 2010

City phone lines — except for 911 — will be unavailable from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday for maintenance.

The city will replace hardware during the shutdown. Though the 24-hour business line to the Issaquah Police Department will be unavailable, calls to 911 will be received.

Enjoy free slices at Zeeks Pizza from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

June 16, 2010

NEW — 10:30 a.m. June 16, 2010

Grab a free slice at Zeeks Pizza as the pizzeria celebrates a year in Issaquah.

Stop at the Issaquah Highlands eatery, at 2525 N.E. Park Drive, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday to say happy anniversary — and receive a free slice.

Proprietor Mark Mullet — a city councilman by night — came up with the deal as a way to thank the community for the support the restaurant has received during the last 12 months.

Just before the restaurant opened last June, Mullet said he dined at the Belltown restaurant with his family on a trip to the Pacific Science Center and left inspired to open a Zeeks in the highlands.

The area chain includes five Seattle restaurants, as well as Bellevue and Kirkland pizzerias.

Eco-friendlier detergents start to appear in stores before ban

June 16, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. June 16, 2010

Low-phosphate dishwasher detergents started to appear in stores statewide in early June, as the state readies for a new requirement.

Starting July 1, the state will require all dishwasher detergents to have low-phosphate formulas. The requirement applies only to residential uses, not commercial and industrial dishwasher products.

Phosphorus creates water pollution problems and acts as a fertilizer to algae and plants. The plants and organisms die, and decay uses oxygen, suffocating fish and other aquatic life.

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Village Theatre musical actor wins a Tony

June 15, 2010

Levi Kreis

“Million Dollar Quartet” actor Levi Kreis — who originated the high-energy, piano-thumping portrayal of rock ‘n’ roller Jerry Lee Lewis at Issaquah’s Village Theatre — has won a Tony Award for playing the role on Broadway.

Kreis picked up the statuette for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his role in the Broadway account of a famous jam session. The based-on-a-true-story musical recounts Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Lewis collaborating at the Sun Records studio in Memphis in 1956.

“Million Dollar Quartet” debuted at the downtown Issaquah theater in September 2007. The production remains the most successful original musical in Village Theatre history. “Million Dollar Quartet” opened on Broadway in April, and also continues a successful run in Chicago.

“I don’t think an outstanding performance can exist authentically without a team that is working as a whole and as a unit, in harmony, and I owe this to the best, most talented, supportive cast and crew that I’ve ever had the privilege of working with,” Kreis said from the Radio City Music Hall stage after he accepted the award during the June 13 ceremony.

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