Off The Press

January 5, 2010

The new year is beginning with a warm glow, left over from a generous season of giving.

Debbie Berto Press publisher

Debbie Berto Press publisher

Issaquah’s city motto, “a special place where people care,” has been around for a couple of decades, since when then-Mayor Rowan Hinds coined the phrase, but it is just as true today.

If you were looking for the Christmas spirit beyond the sales, you only had to take time to see it.

I found it in the smiles of people who willingly donated to the red Salvation Army bucket as a volunteer played his trumpet at Safeway. Or just look at the growing list of the donors to the Merry Christmas Issaquah fund. For me, it was the gift of a phone call from a mere acquaintance who wanted nothing more than to say Merry Christmas.

In early December, my daughter shared her own story of spirit. One member of her Issaquah Mom’s Group had posted an ad to give away a set of cookware. She had to tell the second caller that it was gone, but then she took time to listen. She learned that the caller had just moved herself and her children to a YWCA shelter and had little to set up house. A little prodding and she learned more — and then put out an e-mail to the other members of the club. Read more

Arts calendar

January 5, 2010

JANUARY

8th

Greta Matassa & Josh Nelson, 7:45-10 p.m., Bake’s Place, 4135 Providence Point Drive S.E. $15

3’s A Crowd, 7:10-11:30 p.m., Vino Bella, 99 Front St.

9th

Half-Pack Live, 8-11 p.m. Pogacha, 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd., 392-5550

Eric Maddis Jazz Quartet, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Vino Bella

13th

Ehli Remmers, 6:30-10:30 p.m., Vino Bella

15th

Fridays in the Living Room with Greta, with special guest Marilyn Keller, 7:45-10 p.m., Bake’s Place, $15

Astro Cats, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Vino Bella

16th

Darren Motamedy, 8-11 p.m. Pogacha

Visiting Songbird Series presents Marilyn Keller, 7:45-10 p.m., Bake’s Place, $20

Chris Stevens and the Surf Monkeys, 7:30-11:30 p.m. Vino Bella

17th

Evergreen Philharmonic Orchestra’s Swingin’ in Vienna, 7:30 p.m. community center; $50 per couple or $35 per single adult; $40 per couple and $25 per single for students and seniors

20th

Comedy Night, 8 p.m., Vino Bella

Two coaches pass passion for lacrosse to next generation

January 5, 2010

Scott Wiley’s passion for lacrosse stemmed from his experience playing the sport as a youth in New England. By Charles Mauzy

Scott Wiley’s passion for lacrosse stemmed from his experience playing the sport as a youth in New England. By Charles Mauzy

When Matthew Balkman and Scott Wiley founded the Issaquah Youth Lacrosse league on the plateau in spring 2004, they were expecting to have two teams.

To their surprise, about 80 athletes signed up — enough to form four teams. The league’s popularity has continued skyrocketing from there.

As lacrosse has grown in various pockets around the state, Balkman and Wiley noticed a growing hunger for the mostly unknown sport among athletes and their parents around Issaquah and Sammamish.

Having played lacrosse in high school in New England, Wiley knew the sport better than most in the area. Balkman got into it when his kids became interested after watching a tournament on vacation in Florida.

Five years later, as they finish registration for the 2010 spring season, the league has 40 boys and girls teams. That’s about 600 athletes from first grade to high school. And that doesn’t count the leagues spun off from IYL in the past few years — Eastlake Lacrosse and Eastside Crusaders Youth Lacrosse. Read more

Skyline boys, Issaquah girls notch wins

January 5, 2010

Basketball Roundup

The Skyline High School boys basketball team cruised past Benson Tech, of Portland, Ore., 71-39 Dec. 30 in the championship game of the Barlow Trail Classic in Gresham, Ore. Read more

Cucina! Cucina! is delicious-ina!

January 5, 2010

No matter where you are in this country, there is sure to be an Italian restaurant nearby. In Issaquah, Cucina! Cucina! Italian Café should be on your radar.

The restaurant — near Issaquah’s Regal Cinemas in Pickering Place — has been serving up tasty Italian food for years.

When you first walk through the door, you’re greeted with bright, high-energy colors and decorations. This gives diners a fun environment in which to eat their meals.

Most tables are near coat hangers as well, which come in tremendously handy on cold and often wet winter days.

Read more

Greg Hoover runs for state House

January 5, 2010

Greg Hoover

Greg Hoover

Sammamish resident Greg Hoover announced Dec. 22 that he would seek a position in the state House of Representatives.

Hoover, a Realtor and real estate attorney, will run in 2010 against Republican Jay Rodne for one of two 5th Legislative District seats.

Hoover is casting himself as a tough business professional with an optimistic streak. Read more

Sports calendar

January 5, 2010

Adult Sports

Issaquah Alps Trail Club

Jan. 10, 9:30 a.m., Cougar Mountain loop from Sky Country to Longview Peak, 5.5 miles, 850 gain. Call 882-3435 … Jan. 14, 9 a.m., Tiger Mountain, West Tiger to High Point Trail, 7 miles, 2,280 gain. Call 785-8469 … Jan. 17, 10 a.m., Taylor Mountain, 4 miles, 600 gain. Call 432-3249.

Cascade Bicycle Club

Jan. 9, Country Ride, 40 miles from Sammamish Valley Cycle in Redmond. Ride goes from Redmond to Beaver Lake to Carnation and back to Redmond. Call 206-783-6450 … Jan. 13, 10 a.m., Westside Eastside ride, 45-50 miles from Bellevue’s Robinswood Park. Ride goes to Southwest Seattle to Issaquah and back to Robinswood. Call 746-5321.

Basketball

4Issaquah Parks has a variety of basketball programs for adults including the noontime hoops from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Issaquah Community Center. The 40-and-over noon hoops are noon-2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at Issaquah Community Center. There is an open gym Tuesday, 8-9 p.m.

Volleyball

Issaquah Parks has open gym for volleyball on Mondays from 6-9 p.m. at the community center.

Running

Jan. 16, 9:45, Magnuson Run at Seattle Magnuson Park. Event has 15K, 10K, 5K and 2.5K races, plus races for children. Call 206-335-9305.

Tennis

Tennis and friends – Issaquah Parks program for people 50 years and up at Tibbetts Valley Tennis Courts. Daily sessions from 9 a.m.-noon. Call 369-8332. Read more

Press Editorial

January 5, 2010

Correction: The following editorial was published Jan. 6 in The Issaquah Press. Parks & Recreation Director Anne McGill explains that the city is putting out a Request for Qualifications to seek to hire an architectural designer for the new park. Two or three design firms will be chosen to develop conceptual site plans based on specific criteria, and a final firm will be selected by city parks staff to begin gathering community comments.

Let the community help design new park

When the city of Issaquah asked voters to approve a parks bond in 2006, one of the most enticing items to be funded was land that would expand city-owned property for the future Cybil-Madeline Park along Issaquah Creek. Read more

Web site launches science fairs into the 21st century

January 5, 2010

Anjali Goel, 7, holds a life-sized paper-mâché replica of a tyrannosaurus rex femur bone at Cascade Ridge Elementary School’s science fair last year. Contributed

Anjali Goel, 7, holds a life-sized paper-mâché replica of a tyrannosaurus rex femur bone at Cascade Ridge Elementary School’s science fair last year. Contributed

Necessity is the mother of all invention. Those words couldn’t ring truer as Rajeev Goel, a parent and volunteer, took on the task of coordinating the Cascade Ridge Elementary School science fair last year.

Faced with mountains of paperwork — the result of hundreds of student entries, project synopses and classroom data — Goel said he quickly realized that while students may be presenting futuristic science projects, the science fair, and its coordination, was an archaic system.

“When I got into the science fair, I realized the organization of it was a challenge,” he said.

As coordinator, he said he wanted to see more students participate in the school’s optional science fair than ever before and thought the paperwork might be an obstacle.

A former Microsoft software developer, Goel said he knew exactly how to correct the problem.

“As a parent, the amount of time you take to fill out forms with the same information on them, year after year, adds up quickly. You get tired of it,” he said. “Like me, I figured there were a lot of parents that would rather fill it out online, since we’re on the computer so much anyway.

“So, I used my software expertise,” he added. “I thought, why not move the school forward and have a electronic-based Web site for it.” Read more

When it comes to school spirit, the Eagles lead the pack

January 5, 2010

By Sonja Benton
If there is one thing that is certain, Issaquah High School has spirit.
We dress up on spirit days, whether it is in all white, in footie pajamas or in hideously ugly sweaters. We watch I-Vision, our school’s TV channel, with full attention and often quite a bit of mirth. We have schoolwide inside jokes, we make fools of ourselves — we, frankly, enjoy ourselves to the absolute fullest.
There is no doubt in my mind that of the Issaquah district schools, IHS has the most exuberantly spirited students, even if our campus is far from pretty. After all, at what other high school would there be three Santas walking around campus, carrying their books in their toy bags? At what other high school would Advanced Placement literature students organize a dance party including a strobe light and still get all their reading and analyzing done?
These are Issy things and each and every student is a part of it. We may be founded on pride and tradition, but what really keeps us together is the spirit. This spirit exudes even from the bricks of the school walls that are soon to be torn down. This spirit will not wane when they finally are.
We are Issaquah High School, we are united, we are outgoing and we have spirit! Anyone who says otherwise has not seen the school hallways, recently decorated by students for the holidays on their own time.
Hall Monitor Sonja Benton Issaquah High School

Hall Monitor Sonja Benton Issaquah High School

If there is one thing that is certain, Issaquah High School has spirit.

We dress up on spirit days, whether it is in all white, in footie pajamas or in hideously ugly sweaters. We watch I-Vision, our school’s TV channel, with full attention and often quite a bit of mirth. We have schoolwide inside jokes, we make fools of ourselves — we, frankly, enjoy ourselves to the absolute fullest. Read more

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