Obama mentions Issaquah pizzeria at White House ceremony

September 29, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 29, 2010

President Obama offered another shout-out to Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria during a White House ceremony Monday, a little more than a month after he highlighted the Issaquah restaurant in a Seattle speech about small businesses.

Flanked by lawmakers and seated before a camera-toting audience of small business owners, Obama signed a small business assistance package. In remarks during the ceremony, the president referred to “Tutta Bella pizzeria in Seattle” as founder Joe Fugere sat in the East Room audience.

“I still haven’t tasted the pizza, but he promises I’m going to get some at some point,” Obama said.

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Celebrate Pints for Prostates at brewhouse Thursday

September 29, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 29, 2010

Enjoy a pint and benefit prostate cancer research at the Issaquah Brewhouse.

The brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way, hosts the third annual Pints for Prostates from noon – 6 p.m. Thursday.

Employees dressed in doctors’ attire will host a full day of events: hourly bathroom tours and latex glove contests, a toast to Pints for Prostates and bleu ball specials.

Members will be on site with prostate cancer prevention information and apparel. Participants can show their support by wearing prostate cancer awareness wristbands provided by the brewhouse.

One in six men is at risk for developing prostate cancer, the second most common type of cancer among men in the United States. Every year, more than 200,000 American men are diagnosed with the cancer.

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Salmon Days Ohfishal Festival Program 2010

September 29, 2010

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City makes history in effort to turn restaurants ‘green’

September 28, 2010

A plastic fork and spork get picked out of the compost waste pile by Cedar Grove Composting General Manager Nick Harbert. By Greg Farrar

Groundbreaking packaging ordinance takes effect Oct. 1

Inside the neon-illuminated Rollin’ Log Tavern, the full effect of the city-mandated change from foam and plastic to eco-friendly cups, containers and utensils is apparent after a quick glance at the timeworn bar.

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Volunteers share the story of migrating coho, chinook

September 28, 2010

Jeanette Ludwig-Hughes, of Issaquah (left), a first-time volunteer docent for Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, teaches a Cougar Ridge Elementary third-grade class about salmon next to the coho salmon sculptures Finley and Gillda Sept. 23 at the hatchery. By Greg Farrar

A record number of docents registered in September to volunteer at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

These locals are now prepared to instruct the masses and answer countless questions about chinook salmon, coho salmon and their Pacific Northwest underwater brethren.

Usually, about a dozen new volunteers sign up annually, Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery Executive Director Gestin Suttle said. This year, about 40 first-time volunteers signed up to volunteer at the hatchery.

Beverly Lee, volunteer coordinator for FISH, said many of the volunteers began shadowing tours after their Sept. 11 training day.

“We probably have about eight of them that are actually leading tours now,” Lee said.

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Grande Parade opens Salmon Days Festival

September 28, 2010

The Issaquah Salmon Days Grande Parade will again kick off the annual two-day festival at 10 a.m. Oct. 2.

Issaquah will begin its 41st anniversary celebration with more than 100 entries, including stunning floats from the Northwest. Follow the procession from Front Street at Northwest Dogwood Street, down Gilman Boulevard to 12th Avenue and along 12th Avenue until the parade’s end past the Sports Authority parking lot. The Grande Parade is ohfishally spawnsored by Lakeside Industries.

Festival VIPs in the parade include Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger, Issaquah Police Chief Paul Ayers, Eastside Fire & Rescue Chief Lee Soptich and Issaquah Chamber of Commerce President Chris Hysom.

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Salmon Days Festival spawns road closures

September 28, 2010

Prepare for road closures as the Salmon Days Festival turns downtown Issaquah into a celebration of spawning salmon Oct. 2-3.

Plan ahead for closures of the following streets from 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. Oct. 2-3:

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Churches unite for monthlong food drive

September 28, 2010

Parishioners from several Issaquah churches mobilized Sept. 25 to collect donations for the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank before the onset of the busy holiday season.

The push is part of the Eastside’s Month of Concern for the Hungry, a regional drive to encourage businesses, community leaders, faith-based organizations, hospitals, neighborhood associations and schools to host food drives and fundraisers.

“Staying warm and well-fed when the weather outside starts to turn is important,” the Rev. Mark Miller, pastor at Mountain Creek Christian Fellowship, said last week.

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City Council OKs Comcast price hike

September 28, 2010

The updated agreement between the city and Comcast allows the cable provider to raise prices and removes many of the provisions the city had in place to maintain some of the best cable prices in the state for decades.

Comcast announced plans in early September to raise prices for Issaquah customers Oct. 1. The decision prompted grumbling from the City Council, but, in the end, members said the city had little choice but to sign off on the agreement.

The agreement reached the council Sept. 20, after almost three years of negotiations between Comcast and the city Cable TV Commission, the adviser to the council on telecommunications issues.

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DUI crash snarls traffic, injures commuters

September 28, 2010

State troopers said a suspected drunken driver caused a crash — and a mileslong traffic backup during the Sept. 24 morning commute — on Interstate 90 near Issaquah.

The crash injured the seven occupants of a King County Metro Transit Rideshare van traveling from Redmond to Snoqualmie.

Washington State Patrol investigators said the suspect, 26-year-old Issaquah resident Douglas Henderson, rear-ended the van, a Chevrolet Uplander, in the high-occupancy vehicle lane at 5:35 a.m.

The impact pushed the Uplander from the right side of the interstate near West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast. The vehicle then rolled into a ditch.

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