The Hot List

December 27, 2011

Movie: ‘New Year’s Eve’

By Kim Bussing Issaquah High School

To say the cast of the recently released “New Year’s Eve” is star-studded would be an understatement: Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, and many others, all make an appearance in this film, which is in the spirit of 2010’s “Valentine’s Day.” For those unfamiliar with the previous film, which also name-dropped several stars, including Patrick Dempsey, Taylor Lautner and Anne Hathaway, the duration of the movie occurs on the specific holiday as the plots of individual characters intertwine. The primary storylines revolve around relationships — new and old — work and family. It has all the promise of a good romantic comedy, and should offer the perfect happy ending for the holiday season.

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Local library readers’ appetite for ‘The Hunger Games’ dominates top titles

December 27, 2011

“The Hunger Games” — Suzanne Collins’ young adult novel set in a dystopian future — ranked as the top title requested throughout the King County Library System in 2011.

The top titles requested throughout local libraries mirror bestseller lists and offer a glimpse at readers’ tastes. “The Hunger Games” — No. 1 in a popular series about a post-apocalyptic world — and other books in Collins’ lineup jousted against titles from authors Rick Riordan and Laura Hillenbrand, and comedienne Tina Fey, for the top spot.

King County Library System librarians tracked the most-requested titles by determining the number of holds on a particular book. The number indicates readers’ most likely checked out the book, although the figure is not a precise count.

The system does not release the information for individual libraries due to confidentiality policies.

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Teen Talk

December 27, 2011

What is your favorite holiday tradition?

Eastside Catholic High School

“I love waking up early before my parents with my siblings, and waiting for my parents to wake up so we can open presents.”

Sebastian Van Coevorden, senior

“Making cookies for Santa and setting up the Christmas tree!”

Cassie Harvey, junior

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Press Editorial

December 27, 2011

Special thanks to our many letter writers

We’d like to take a moment to salute those people who took the time to write a letter to the editor in 2011. Their written voice provokes, challenges, encourages and thereby builds a stronger community for us all. We aren’t able to publish every letter we receive, but here’s a list of the 123 authors, in alphabetical order, who did get ink this year.

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Japan Ginger delivers a quick, appetizing bite

December 27, 2011

Upon walking into Japan Ginger Teriyaki and Sushi Bar, one can get confused. Do you sit at a table and wait for a server or do you go up to the counter and order off the large menu board?

We ended up ordering at the counter and then helping ourselves to a seat — not a great beginning to a lunch, but it was all uphill from there.

As the restaurant is named for its teriyaki, I felt obliged to try some. My friend the vegetarian opted for yakisoba noodles with tofu.

The meals arrived in a very reasonable amount of time, our plates carried by a friendly waiter/host. The first thing we both noticed was how good the food looked, that the presentation was done very nicely.

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Tickets for Village Theatre’s ‘Godspell’ go on sale

December 27, 2011

Village Theatre’s teenage performers plan to stage the musical “Godspell” at First Stage Theatre soon — and theatergoers can purchase tickets now.

“Godspell” — a stage adaptation of the Gospel of Matthew — runs Jan. 7-22 at the theater, 120 Front St. N. Tickets cost $14 to $16. Call 392-2202 or go to

Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak created” Godspell” in 1971. (Schwartz later wrote “Wicked” — a mega-musical about the Wicked Witch of the West.)

In “Godspell” — cast members range in age from 13 to 18 — performers examine parables of a community in a time of uncertainty. The characters test the values of brotherhood and friendship.

Who’s News

December 27, 2011

Realtors earn SOS designation for Cascade Team

Issaquah area real estate brokers Matt Jensen, Bridget Franklin, Tonya Eliason, Jonathan Leslie and Shannon Woodcock earned the S.O.S. (Simply Outrageous Service) designation for Cascade Team Real Estate.

The S.O.S. designation is awarded to agents and brokers who ranked in the top 10 percent for sales companywide and who also demonstrated exceptional commitment to community.

They continually give back through community programs like Project Crayon Drive to benefit Seattle Children’s, during the free holiday sleigh ride events and within their local schools, charities and local youth team sports.

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Police Blotter

December 27, 2011


Wire was stolen from a residence in the 900 block of Third Court Northeast before 11:13 a.m. Dec. 14.

Home sweet home

Police responded to a disturbance in the 6100 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast at 4:07 p.m. and discovered a drunken man on a public bus. The officer managed to wake the man. He said he planned to go to The Home Depot and later got off of the bus.


Police responded to suspicious activity at Fred Meyer, 6100 East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast, and discovered a drunken man sleeping on a palette outside of the store. Eastside Fire & Rescue transported the man to Swedish/ Issaquah for detoxification.

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To the Editor

December 27, 2011

Thank you

Community spirit appreciated when lost money bag was returned

Kudos to the thoroughly honest and kind gentleman who found and turned in my small Ziploc bag full of Christmas money for my grandchildren. Additional thanks to Panera Bread employees for keeping it intact for me until I could return and retrieve it.

Just another example of Issaquah being such a nice community filled with good people — I’m so glad to be an Issaquah resident.

Martha Franklin


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Dec. 28 Student Crossword Puzzle

December 27, 2011

Print out and complete this free puzzle and check back next Tuesday for the solution and see the new puzzle for the week.

‘Nouns’ — Dec 28, 2011

Courtesy of  Pat Janenko

Order age-appropriate crossword puzzle books by the author at

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