Police protect and serve — burgers — for fundraiser Saturday

March 23, 2011

Issaquah Police Chief Paul Ayers (left) participates in the 2009 Tip-a-Cop fundraiser to benefit the Special Olympics. File

NEW — 4 p.m. March 23, 2011

Issaquah police officers protect and serve — and on Saturday, the men and women in blue serve meals, too.

For the annual Tip-a-Cop fundraiser, officers from the Issaquah and Snoqualmie police departments plan to serve burgers, fries and more to diners at Red Robin. Tips collected by law enforcement officers benefit Special Olympics Washington.

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Officials to host meeting about May Valley sex offender

March 23, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. March 23, 2011

Randall Eugene Berry

King County Sheriff’s Office and Issaquah School District officials reached out to parents Wednesday, because a registered sex offender is moving to May Valley.

The sheriff’s office is holding a sexual-offender notification meeting from 6:30-8 p.m. April 20 at Apollo Elementary School, 15025 S.E. 117th St., Renton.

The offender, Randall Eugene Berry, is moving to the 18800 block of Southeast May Valley Road. People living near Berry’s residence received mailers about the move.

Berry was charged with first-degree rape in 1984. Posing as an off-duty police officer with a fake badge, he used his vehicle’s headlights or emergency flashers to stop women who were driving alone, according to the sheriff’s office. He then told victims they had committed a traffic violation, or that they had defective vehicle equipment.

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Issaquah High School baseball team drops opener

March 23, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. March 23, 2011

The Issaquah and Newport high school baseball teams have had some classic battles of the years and their Tuesday 4A KingCo Conference opener was no exception. Newport, the host team, prevailed 1-0.

Newport scored its run in the bottom of the seventh to end a pitchers’ duel.

Ethan Kalin started for Issaquah and threw hitless innings before being relieved by Scott Boydston, who blanked Newport until the seventh.

Cole Wiper, Newport’s starting pitcher, worked the first five innings and allowed just two hits. He struck out eight. Jared Fisher, the winning pitcher, worked the final two innings for Newport.

Daniel Altchech singled in pinch runner Ioannis Kritsonis with the winning run.

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Missing Issaquah High School student is found safe

March 23, 2011

NEW — 12:15 p.m. March 23, 2011

The friends and family of 14-year-old Jamie Gilbert said she has been found safe.

The freshman at Issaquah High School had been missing since between 10 p.m. and midnight March 18. On a Facebook page created to alert people to Jamie’s disappearance, friends said she is safe and staying with a friend.

Jamie attended the Getting Lucky 5 rave in Seattle and had not communicated with family members or friends since then.

Investigators also closed the missing-person case related to the disappearance.

Starbucks CEO to sign books at Issaquah Costco

March 23, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. March 23, 2011

Starbucks chief Howard Schultz is due at Costco early next month to sign copies of a book about navigating the coffee titan through a successful turnaround.

Shultz, Starbucks’ president and CEO, is scheduled to appear at the Issaquah warehouse at 1 p.m. April 8. The book is “Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul” — a frank account of how the Seattle-based company reached out to customers and battened down to weather the recession.

Schultz joined Starbucks as director of marketing in 1982. In 2000, Schultz stepped down from daily oversight of the company, but returned as CEO eight years later as the company foundered.

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City offers another honor to former councilwoman

March 23, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. March 23, 2011

Former Councilwoman Maureen McCarry received double honors Monday, as she accepted a major honor and the city proclaimed the day as Maureen McCarry Day.

Mayor Ava Frisinger and Swedish Medical Center issued the proclamation for McCarry’s efforts to bring a hospital campus to the Issaquah Highlands. The hospital is scheduled to open in July.

The proclamation called on residents to thank McCarry for service to the community.

The mayor announced the proclamation Monday after McCarry received the top environmental honor in Issaquah, the Ruth Kees Environmental Award for a Sustainable Community.

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Family turns to Facebook to help find missing Issaquah girl

March 22, 2011

NEW — 7 p.m. March 22, 2011

Jamie Gilbert

The friends and family of 14-year-old Jamie Gilbert turned to social media tools Tuesday to help find the missing teenager.

The freshman at Issaquah High School has been missing since between 10 p.m. and midnight March 18. On a Facebook page created to alert people to Jamie’s disappearance, posters said she attended the Getting Lucky 5 rave in Seattle and has not communicated with family members or friends since then.

Jamie is 5 feet, 3 inches tall, has blue eyes and blonde hair dyed red, and could be wearing plastic beads on her arm. Jamie also uses the name Kate Harmata.

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Issaquah School District summer school registration opens

March 22, 2011

NEW — 7 p.m. March 22, 2011

Students can get a jump-start on their studies this summer at Elementary Summer School, an Issaquah School District program for first- through fifth-graders.

Classes, which cost $375, are held on weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon July 5-29 at Clark Elementary School, 500 Second Ave. S.E.

Summer school teachers will use GLAD training — Guided Language Acquisition Design — a strategy of teaching that appeals to all students, especially English language learners.

Summer school subjects include language arts, content area reading and math. Classrooms are limited to 22 students, and students on free and reduced lunch may be eligible for partial scholarships if money is available.

Download scholarship and registration forms from the school district website.

Maureen McCarry receives city’s top environmental award

March 22, 2011

Maureen McCarry smiles March 21 as her husband Tom Knollmann and the City Hall audience applaud her for receiving the Ruth Kees Environmental Award. By Greg Farrar

The latest recipient of the top environmental honor in Issaquah acted as a guiding force — in public and behind the scenes — in the long-running effort to shape neighborhoods and preserve undeveloped land.

Leaders elevated Maureen McCarry into the pantheon alongside other important conservation activists, and bestowed the Ruth Kees Environmental Award for a Sustainable Community on the former councilwoman at a City Hall ceremony March 21.

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Change is coming soon to many schools

March 22, 2011

Carpenter Alfredo Arreola vacuums dust as he grinds and finishes concrete steps in the seating area of Issaquah High School’s new Performing Arts Center. By Greg Farrar

The voter-approved $241.8 million construction bond from 2006 is in full swing, sending two-story buildings high into the sky and installing sewer systems deep into the ground.

Several schools across the Issaquah School District are receiving money for construction updates or remodels. Four projects are slated to begin construction June 20, after school gets out:

• Briarwood Elementary School will get a new building, slated for completion in fall 2012.

• Liberty High School will undergo a partial modernization and expansion, with most areas complete by August 2012, and final completion by spring 2013.

• Maywood Middle School will be modernized and expanded with new classrooms and science labs with completion in August 2012.

• Challenger Elementary School will be modernized with a relocated central office, improved heating and air controls and separate bus and car traffic areas.

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