Public meetings

July 20, 2010

July 21

Council Services & Safety Committee

5 p.m.

Eagle Room, City Hall,

130 E. Sunset Way

July 22

Council Transportation Committee

5 p.m.

Pickering Room, City Hall Northwest

1775 12th Ave. N.W. Read more

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Creating art with an attitude for learning

July 20, 2010

Issaquah business brings art to life in struggling schools

Creating art on company time doesn’t get you into trouble at Issaquah-based Artitudes Design Inc. — in fact, it’s just the opposite.

Employees at Artitudes spend a lot of their time creating luxe graphics campaigns, but they also spend it making sparkly CD fish, clothespin-animal picture holders and bean mosaics in schools.

Carrie Meredith (left), executive assistant with Artitudes Design Inc., of Issaquah, looks over the progress of a student’s art project during an art docent campaign classroom visit. Contributed

Why, you may ask? In a time of severe budget constraints for local and state governments, Andrea Heuston, Artitudes Design owner and creative principal, said it’s important to shell out to save art in public schools.

“Today, a lot of teachers are so fixated on tests and scores, and they are so fixated on trying to meet benchmarks, that art gets taken out to meet those other needs,” Heuston said. “Our job is to put it back in.”

For three years, her employees have been leaving their desks to bring art projects into struggling elementary and secondary school classrooms as part of the Artitudes in Action: Art Docent Campaign.

Since 2007, the company has donated $22,500 in supplies and paid employee volunteer hours to four schools in the Northshore, Sultan, Highline and Snoqualmie school districts.

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New boudoir studio opens

July 20, 2010

Joey Nicole Boudoir photography recently celebrated its grand opening at 10 Newport Way N.W., Suite C.

Joey Nicole Boudoir features photographer Joey Nicole, a University of Washington graduate from the Bellevue area. Nicole studied under internationally recognized photographer Bob Davis.

She attended the Boudoir Divas Conference in San Diego, Calif., where she worked with leaders in the industry to master the art of working with women in all aspects of shooting boudoir photography.

While many initially book a shoot with the intention of giving Joey’s famed Little Black Book as a gift, many clients say, “I booked this for him, but after doing the shoot I now realize this was so much more for me.”

Nicole’s boudoir photography studio offers clients a comfortable environment, as well as on-site professional makeup application by, a unique-to-you playlist of music to help put you in the mood, nearly instant photo viewing after the shoot, free parking directly outside the studio and more.

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Off The Press

July 20, 2010

David Hayes Press Reporter

Don’t let ghosts get in the way of an opportunityHave you got a business idea but have yet to find the right location to set up shop?

Issaquah is rife with new business parks and other sparkling constructs. But let me tell you about an opportunity to lease a piece of Issaquah’s past.

Situated in downtown, right across from the police department, sits a 4,000 square-foot structure that remains little changed from its original 1946 design. What started out as an auto shop has morphed over the years into businesses including a candy store, an antique gallery and a consignment store.

Oh, and did I mention, it’s haunted?

With so many television shows about ghost investigators visiting some of the world’s hottest spots for the afterlife, this would be the perfect opportunity to capitalize on the craze.

Real estate agent Lauree Naval said she doesn’t have to tell potential clients, but it’s more than likely to come up in conversation.

“You absolutely have to be truthful,” she said. Read more

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Aegis Living receives honor in magazine poll

July 20, 2010

Readers named Aegis Living as the Best Retirement Facility in a 425 magazine poll.

The magazine lauded Aegis, saying the Redmond-based company places emphasis “on seniors living with dignity, and special programs and facilities at each location ensure that assisted living, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s patients are afforded the opportunity to remain active members of each community.”

The company operates 12 senior communities in Washington, including Aegis of Issaquah, 780 N.W. Juniper St.

“We are proud to be recognized by our community, it means so much to all of us here at Aegis Living,” Dwayne Clark, company chairman and CEO, said in a news release. “It is just another example of the hard work and compassion our employees bring to our communities and the way ‘We Make Life Better’ every day for our residents and their families.”

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Press Editorial

July 20, 2010

It’s painful to think that people out to enjoy our beautiful Lake Sammamish State Park turned it into a shooting gallery last Saturday night. Our sympathies go out to the families of the dead and wounded men, those who witnessed the bloodshed and the park rangers who responded to the terror of the moment.

Already, there are comments from some who say they will not go back to the park, fearing it to be unsafe. We understand the initial knee-jerk reaction to stay away — but a few days from now, that might look different.

The people of Washington state may own the park, but to residents of Issaquah and Sammamish, it is “our” park, at least in mind and heart. Don’t stay away from the beaches, the walkways along the water, the picnic tables inviting you to bring a sack lunch, the volleyball and Frisbee games yet to be played, the nearby heron rookery, children with sand buckets, the breeze in the trees, the boat launch or fishing from the sand bar — that is the Lake Sammamish State Park we know and love. Read more

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City planners mull Best Buy permit

July 20, 2010

The planned Best Buy at East Lake Center inched closer to reality earlier this month, as city planners started reviewing a permit application from the electronics chain.

Best Buy seeks to remodel the former La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries in the shopping center along East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast.

Plans call for Best Buy to occupy the former furniture store and the long-empty Pacific Fabrics space. The store should open by early 2011.

Best Buy has proposed to modify the front of the building, as well as the truck-loading dock in the back. In order to accommodate the updated delivery area, the chain has proposed added landscaping to the north, east and west sides of the building.

In February, Best Buy — headquartered in Richfield, Minn. — announced plans to open a store in Issaquah. La-Z-Boy closed last month.

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To The Editor

July 20, 2010

Mountain biking

Include the highlands when making the city a destination for the sport

As a longtime Issaquah resident, I applaud the Issaquah City Council for its foresight in making Issaquah a mountain biking destination.

Issaquah has plenty of hiking trails thanks to the hard work of the Issaquah Alps Trails Club. I can hike a different trail every day for three weeks and not hit a repeat.

However, mountain biking is limited to a few areas, and there is an opportunity for much more. The highlands seems like a perfect location for mountain biking trails, as kids could ride to the trails. At Duthie, there is a large queue of kids waiting to be picked up by their parents; in the highlands, kids could get themselves to the trails. (And hopefully to a new skate park, too.)

I hope the city continues to explore these exciting opportunities. And as part of promoting mountain biking in the area, Issaquah would be well advised to improve road bicycling infrastructure in the city. I have biked thousands of miles through major urban areas and never feared for my life the way I do while cycling in Issaquah.

Kathy Hardy

Issaquah Read more

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Confetti Cupcakes — and craze — reach Issaquah

July 20, 2010

The national cupcake craze — driven by love for the wee cakes and frosted by no small amount of hype — has reached downtown Issaquah.

Confetti Cupcakes & Confections opened at 94 Front St. N. in late June. The shop offers frosting-slathered cupcakes and drinks in a bright, airy space. Linger in the summer sunshine at the bistro table perched outside. During the early weeks after the shop opened, patrons lined up for moist cupcakes capped by a variety of homemade frostings.

The lineup includes classics — think carrot and red velvet cupcakes — and updates on standbys. Chocolate cupcakes, for instance, come bedazzled by crushed Oreos or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

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Leaping for the record books

July 20, 2010

Jim Crittenden, of May Valley, stretches at Fitness Together of Issaquah, on Northwest Gilman Boulevard, where he has done his conditioning in preparation for the 2010 Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships July 22 in Sacramento, Calif. By Greg Farrar

60-year-old man attempts to break world long-jump record

After a lifetime of competition, local long-jumper Jim Crittenden, 60, is ready to bring home more than a gold medal — he wants the world record.

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