State ban on BPA affects children’s products

July 19, 2011

The initial step in a state law banning the chemical Bisphenol A, more commonly known as BPA, started July 1, as the state banned BPA-containing bottles, cups and other containers for children younger than 3.

State legislators passed a law last year to ban the sale of certain products containing BPA. The chemical is used to keep plastic containers airtight, but has been linked to health problems, including miscarriages.

Starting July 1, 2012, the ban also applies to sports bottles containing BPA. However, cans designed to hold or pack food can still contain BPA.

Many food and drink cans include a lining of epoxy resin containing BPA.

Numerous national and international scientific organizations have expressed concerns about how BPA can interfere with the body’s hormonal system.

The state Department of Health created a website, bpa.htm, dedicated to answering questions about BPA and the state ban.

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Issaquah Highlands Self Storage opens

July 19, 2011

Issaquah Highlands Self Storage has officially opened its doors.

The storage facility is located on High Street between Ninth Avenue Northeast and Northeast Highlands Drive, adjacent to the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride.

In early May, customers began moving items into storage units just in time to rotate storage of seasonal items.

The storage facility is six stories high and 68,000 square feet, containing 503 heated storage units that protect possessions from the damp Northwest weather. Sizes range from 25 square feet to more than 200 square feet. The transit center next door contains reserved parking for customers in addition to the main loading area in front.

West Coast Self-Storage is the management company.

Office hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Customers have access 365 days a year via a keypad from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Learn more at or call 295-2959.

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Issaquah, Skyline students blast into aerospace program

July 19, 2011

Four students from the Issaquah School District will soon be studying a manned mission to Mars.

In November, 290 students applied for the Washington Aerospace Scholars Summer Residency program at The Museum of Flight. After months of homework from the program, the top 160 students — Neha Saraf and Keith Luu, from Issaquah High School, and Andrea Liu and Andrew Pedroni, from Skyline High School — earned places in the camp’s summer residency programs.

The students will team up with other high school juniors from across the state, participating in hands-on engineering challenges, such as the design, construction and deployment of robotic rovers, model rockets, lander devices and payload lofting systems.

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City Council rezones creekside land for downtown park

July 19, 2011

The effort to create a downtown park along Issaquah Creek inched ahead July 5, as the City Council rezoned the open space for a 15.5-acre park.

The city needed to rezone the park parcels from open space to community parks before the development process could proceed.

The site encompasses Tollë Anderson, Cybil-Madeline and Issaquah Creek parks. The city Parks & Recreation Department intends to develop the parcels as a single park.

The city cannot develop a community park on open space due to zoning restrictions.

Though such a rezoning is a routine step, the city Planning Policy Commission raised questions about possible uses for the site in April.

The city pitched the park as a location for trails and other passive recreation options. Restrictions attached to the land limit the uses on the land.

The rules supersede the zoning and prohibit certain features, such as ball fields, allowed in a typical recreation area from the creekside park.

Ultimately, the Planning Policy Commission endorsed the rezoning and council members rezoned the land in a unanimous decision.

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Issaquah Gliders hold final meet of summer season

July 19, 2011

Young athletes from Auburn, Renton, Snoqualmie and Issaquah who are in the Gliders program, pound Skyline High School's track as they dash towards the finish line of a girls race. By Quinn Eddy

The Issaquah Gliders program held its final track meet of the 2011 summer season July 14. The event at Skyline High School hosted teams from Renton, Auburn and Snoqualmie. Whether the young athlete comes in first or last, every youngster is a winner.

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Health Classes

July 19, 2011

Overlake’s Issaquah clinic offers health classes

Overlake Hospital Medical Center offers the following classes at its Issaquah clinic, 5708 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., Suite 103. (Register at Call 688-5259 for class information.)

“You and Your New Baby,” 10 a.m. to noon, Thursdays July 28 through Aug. 25, $55

“Happiest Baby on the Block,” 10 a.m. to noon July 30, $60 per family

“Condensed Series Preparation for Childbirth & Newborn Care,” 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays, Aug. 12-19, $95 per couple

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Engagement: Lambert, Speight

July 19, 2011

Daryl Lambert and Amy Speight

Daryl Lambert and King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert, of Redmond, announce the engagement of their son, Craig Lambert, to Amy Speight, of Mukilteo.

Speight, the daughter of Shannon and Rachel Speight, of Freeland, is a graduate of the Intercollegiate College of Nursing and works as a pediatric oncology nurse at Seattle Children’s.

Craig Lambert is a graduate of Redmond High School and a 2004 graduate of Washington State University. He is a Kappa Sigma alumnus with a degree in construction management. He works for The Boeing Co. in Everett.

The couple plans to wed in March 2012 and make their home in Mukilteo.

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For Devin Bennett, the final piece of a family legacy

July 19, 2011

In the quiet farmland of Pasco, where the scorching summer sun routinely drives temperatures into the triple digits, Devin Bennett wakes up before 5 a.m. to get to work.

Devin Bennett, Liberty High School senior, jumps out at the start of the 400-meter race May 20 during the 3A Sea-King District Championships, qualifying for state with a time of 51.01 seconds. By Greg Farrar

From mid-June to mid-July, he spends between 10 and 12 hours per day on his family’s cherry orchard, loading bins of fruit onto a tractor.

Although Bennett — a 2011 Liberty High School graduate — has come to the farm each summer for the past six years, this is the first year he has taken to grueling manual labor.

The hard work fits perfectly in line with his tremendous work ethic.

It’s a work ethic that led him to success as an athlete. It’s a work ethic that led him to success as a student. And it’s a work ethic he will build upon when he joins the track-and-field team at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Calif., as a walk-on next year.

Driven by his will to put in the effort, Bennett hopes to become a college decathlete, competing in 10 different events.

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Takata, Bean

July 19, 2011

Kaylin Takata and Mac Bean

Kaylin Takata, of Newcastle, and Mac Bean, of Issaquah, were married April 22, 2011, at the Seattle Latter-day Saints temple. A reception followed at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

The bride, the daughter of Tami and Andy Takata, of Banning, Calif., was attended by Kimberlee Takata, Cortney Teeples, Carley Tall, Maggie Bean and Gen Lynch.

Kaylin is a 2007 graduate of Liberty High School, and earned a degree in bioengineering in 2011 from the University of Washington.

The groom, the son of Greg and Jean Bean, of Issaquah, was joined by groomsmen Kenny Takata, Jason Teeples, James Tall, Keith Gaffin, Erik Nilson and Aaron Thompson.

Mac, a 2007 graduate of Liberty High School, is attending Brigham Young University — Idaho.

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Innovative strategy readies local author’s book for film debut

July 19, 2011

‘Chambers’ fans can score a walk-on role in films

The time-traveling teenagers in “Chambers” — a nascent e-book series from local author Sarah Gerdes — use a combination of textbook smarts and street savvy to navigate different epochs in history.

Sarah Gerdes

The team behind the novel is using a similar approach to promote “Chambers” as a multimedia experience. Before the e-book was released in May, plans for a film already materialized — due to a relentless pursuit by Gerdes and a chance to create a big-screen adaptation alongside “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” producer Lucas Foster.

The latest phase in the innovative book release is due to roll out July 22, as Gerdes and Foster host a series of events at area technology sellers. The top prize for attendees is a chance for a walk-on role in a film under development by Foster’s company, Warp Entertainment.

“I like the idea that you can have a cross-media experience,” he said in a telephone interview from Los Angeles. “You can read the book, see the movie, play the game, maybe even go to the live destination, and they’re all different experiences, and they add to each other in some manner.”

The effort to launch “Chambers” and offer walk-on film roles represents a marriage of content, retail and technology — a departure from traditional book and film releases.

“We’re now getting to do something that’s never been done before,” Gerdes said.

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