Rowley’s 15th annual POPs! Goes Issaquah free concert is Aug. 27

August 24, 2010

If music brings people together, then free music must draw crowds. For the past 15 years, the Issaquah property management and development firm Rowley Properties has sponsored POPs! Goes Issaquah.

This year’s concert features the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra and conductor Joseph Scott. Trumpet player Natalie Dungey, 11, and young tenor singer Gregory Carroll are expected to perform.

Scott has participated in the free concert for the past 14 years. He said Skip Rowley contacted him to do a free concert for the community. What was supposed to be a one-time event has turned into an annual tradition. Read more

Expect calls for bail in annual muscular dystrophy fundraiser

August 24, 2010

Don’t be surprised Aug. 25 if you receive an unexpected phone call from someone you know asking for bail money.

It’s likely your acquaintance is one of more than 75 of the area’s “most wanted” business executives and community leaders swept up in the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s annual fundraiser.

For example, one of the first time “jailbirds” calling just may be Jim Oswalt, owner of Gemini Fish Market in Issaquah.

“This sounded like a good cause,” he said. “We have a pretty good clientele list we can get in front of to donate.”

By donate, Oswalt means his bail, set for all jailbird participants at a minimum of $2,000. Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Aug. 25, “law enforcement officers” from local fire stations will arrive at places of work to apprehend the jailbirds. Firefighters have been one of the biggest contributors to MDA fundraisers for more than 50 years, according to Shelli Kind, executive director of the Bellevue MDA office. Read more

Food bank needs more than canned pumpkin

August 24, 2010

Every holiday season, the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank gets slammed with canned pumpkin. Donors from the community this past year gave more than 20 cases, in fact, according to Cherie Meier, director of the food bank.

That’s a lot of pumpkin — 480 cans, to be exact. People donate pumpkin “because they love their pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving and Christmas and so they want to share that,” food bank volunteer Cyndy Heffron said.

In the past, canned pumpkin would stay at the food bank for as long as two years. The food bank offered recipe suggestions to clients with little success.

“Folks didn’t have any idea on how to use it other than the typical holiday fare,” Heffron said. Read more

Sponge hosts cultural event

August 24, 2010

Sponge, the language learning center for children, invites families to a cultural event Aug. 28 to celebrate food from around the world. The event is free to attend and geared toward children 7 and younger and their families.

The event will feature an assortment of arts and crafts projects and a chance for kids to make their own sushi. Guests from Dr. Susanna’s World Baby Foods will be on hand to tempt the smallest of attendees with organic and nutritionally-balanced baby food, based on cuisines from around the globe. The baby foods are preservative free, designed by physicians and favor local farmers. Read more

Byron DuPont

August 24, 2010

Byron DuPont, of Issaquah, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010. He was 60.

A memorial gathering was Aug. 20 at the family home in Issaquah. Read more

Shirley Ellen Ladd

August 24, 2010

Shirley Ellen Ladd, of Issaquah, died Aug. 21, 2010, from complications from breast cancer. She was 80.

Funeral services will be at noon Aug. 26 at Flintoft’s Issaquah Funeral Home, 540 E. Sunset Way. Read more

Parents invited to take survey

August 24, 2010

The Issaquah School District invites middle and high school parents to take an annual survey about their child’s 2009-10 experience in Issaquah’s schools.

The survey includes questions about the high school language arts curriculum adoption. Take the survey here. The survey closes at 4 p.m. Sept. 3.

County executive appoints technology guru

August 24, 2010

County Executive Dow Constantine has appointed a state Department of Licensing official as the chief information officer for King County.

William “Bill” Kehoe served as the first CIO for the Department of Licensing since the agency created the post in 2002.

“I am looking forward to working with the executive and his IT staff to develop ways of using technology in a more efficient and cost-effective manner,” he said in a statement.

The county Office of Information Resource Management has a $42.9 million budget and 181 staffers. The office provides services — including cable communications, printing and graphics services, radio communication and telecommunications services — to residents, regional partners and local government agencies.

The appointment faces King County Council approval.

Kehoe oversaw 155 employees, a $50 million operating budget and a $10 million project budget at the Department of Licensing.

“Bill’s experience running a large, forward-looking organization will help as he begins his work leading King County’s IT office and staff,” Constantine said in a statement.

Gloria Christine Sadlier

August 24, 2010

Gloria Sadlier

Gloria Christine Sadlier, formerly of Issaquah, died Aug. 14, 2010, in Bellevue. She was 79.

A celebration of her life will be from 1-4 p.m. Aug. 28 in the main worship center at Crossroads Bible Church,15815 S.E. 37th St., Bellevue. Read more

County aims to keep former offenders out of jail

August 24, 2010

King County Council members have called for County Executive Dow Constantine to develop a plan to help people transition from jail to society, and to prevent them from re-offending.

Issaquah-area County Councilman Reagan Dunn serves as chairman of the council Law, Safety, Health and Human Services Committee. He touted the proposal after council members’ unanimous decision July 19.

“It’s important that we as policy makers consider how best to move people from jail back to living constructive lives,” Dunn said in a statement. “Sometimes, a very small adjustment will keep someone from re-offending. That’s something we should think about and plan for.”

King County has missed out on opportunities to compete for more than $100 million in federal money through the Second Chance Act. The program requires local governments to create re-entry plans to keep former offenders out of jail.

“King County is already very successful with the re-entry programs that we have,” Dunn said. “It would be a mistake for us not to take advantage of every opportunity to build on that success.”

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