Local artist’s ‘Road Trip’ exhibit is extended to July 21

July 13, 2013

NEW — 3 p.m. June 13, 2013

In response to enthusiastic opening weekend attendance of its recent June 29 fine arts program kick-off, the LeMay Family Collection Foundation has announced that it will extend its new Ricco diStefano exhibition for at least an additional two weeks — through Sunday, July 21 — as a continuing center stage installation at its popular Marymount Event Center venue.

Comprised of more than 20 original works — including several striking new landscapes that take the Issaquah artist into visibly new (and unexpected) territory — the LeMay selection nearly offers the functional equivalent of a retrospective for one of the Northwest’s most rapidly emerging — an innovative — artists. (Only diStefano’s predominantly film-focused portrait series is absent in the current selection.)

Contributed Artist Ricco DiStefano, of Issaquah, finishes some of the paintings for his ‘Road Trip’ art on display through July 4.

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Artist Ricco DiStefano, of Issaquah, finishes some of the paintings for his ‘Road Trip’ art on display through July 21.

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Issaquah History Museums presents the story of ‘Bad Ben Legg’ on July 13

July 12, 2013

NEW — 6 p.m. July 12, 2013

The past of every community is enriched by fascinating individuals who actively participated in events that had a lasting impact.

Issaquah is no exception. Join Issaquah History Museums’ director Erica Maniez for a colorful tale of such a person from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 13 in the historic Train Depot Museum, 78 First Ave. N.E.

On March 28, 1920, Ben Legg had reportedly been drinking moonshine when he grabbed his gun and set out after his neighbor, Tom Hall. By the end of the day, shots had been fired, Legg was in jail and a Seattle Times headline blared, “Bad Ben Legg Has An Aim That Matches His Heart!”

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Simultaneous closure of state Route 520 and northbound I-405 is this weekend

July 12, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. July 12, 2013

A packed weekend is planned on the Eastside for crews working on critical maintenance and preservation projects on state Route 520 and Interstate 405.

From 10 p.m. July 12 to 5 a.m. July 14, crews will close all northbound lanes of I-405 through downtown Bellevue for concrete panel replacement. Crews will also close the 520 floating bridge for its annual inspection, and culvert installation.

The state Department of Transportation is asking drivers to plan ahead and help reduce congestion by taking transit, carpooling, using alternate routes or delaying trips.

Drivers should plan for congestion, particularly on Interstate 90 near the detour routes, westbound state Route 520 approaching I-405, and northbound I-405 where all drivers must exit at Southeast Eighth Street.

‘Henry V’ comes to Issaquah Community Center green

July 11, 2013

NEW — Noon July 11, 2013

The Seattle Shakespeare Co. will make the bard’s ‘Henry V’ come to life July 11 at the Issaquah Community Center.

The performance, which starts at 7 p.m., is free of charge and is part of the company’s annual summer productions of classical plays performed in parks throughout the Puget Sound region with Wooden O.

Check out the Seattle Shakespeare Co. website for more information about their summer performances.

Let’s Go! July 11-17

July 10, 2013

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City Council delays Klahanie annexation vote to 2014

July 9, 2013

Should the City Council decide to put the issue of annexation to the Klahanie potential annexation area citizens, it will not happen until 2014.

During the July 1 meeting, the council passed a bill in the consent agenda that sent an official intent to annex the Klahanie PAA to the Council Land & Shore Committee for review.

Contained within the agenda bill is the administration’s recommendation for adopting the resolution and mentions a later-than-expected date for a prospective vote.

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Petition leads to action on skate park relocation

July 9, 2013

A groundswell of support for relocating the skate park moved the City Council to action July 1 after the issue was removed from the park bond discussion.

When the council met for its regular meeting, Mayor Ava Frisinger alerted the crowd of more than 50 people that there was a change to the official agenda. A bill was added and later approved that calls for the Services & Safety Committee to investigate possible action with regard to the skate park.

By Greg Farrar Issaquah’s Skate Park, built in 1997 behind the community center and placed between the Rainier Trail (left) and Second Avenue Southeast, stands unused July 8 in the middle of the day, with abandoned litter and clothing lying in the grass by a damaged bench.

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Issaquah’s Skate Park, built in 1997 behind the community center and placed between the Rainier Trail (left) and Second Avenue Southeast, stands unused July 8 in the middle of the day, with abandoned litter and clothing lying in the grass by a damaged bench.

Long seen as a location for illegal activity, the skate park has come under increasing scrutiny by parents and community groups. The secluded placement of the park and its proximity to schools has made it somewhat of a haven for drug use and fights, according to many educators, parents and citizens who spoke during the meeting’s public comment. The city agreed that negative presence keeps families from using the skate park and turns pedestrians away from the adjacent Rainier Trail.

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Park bond goes to November ballot

July 9, 2013

Almost 50 people turned up at the Issaquah City Council’s regular July 1 meeting to witness the consideration of a long-deliberated park bond, which passed with a 6-1 vote.

“You can see we’ve gone through quite a process getting to tonight’s hopeful vote,” Councilwoman Eileen Barber said. As chairwoman of the Services & Safety Committee, she fostered the bill through a long fact-finding process. “The idea to delay this any longer is not something I would like to see happen.”

The decision follows Park Board recommendations to the City Council regarding how a $10 million park bond, including $5 million for “life support” for the Julius Boehm Pool, should be spent.

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Marcie Maxwell takes position with state office

July 9, 2013

NEW — 5:15 p.m. July 9, 2013

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State Rep. Marcie Maxwell announced her resignation from elected office today to accept a position with the state’s Legislative Affairs and Policy Office.

Maxwell will join the state office as the senior education policy adviser in July.

“I’ve been honored to serve the people of the 41st District in South and East King County, and believe that my new position in the governor’s office will continue my work on their priorities for our state,” Maxwell said in a statement. Read more

Plastic bag ban repeal effort will not appear on August ballot

July 9, 2013

An attempt to repeal Issaquah’s bag ban did not receive enough signatures to make its way onto the August ballot.

Though members from the Save Our Choice effort gathered signatures outside local retailers since the ban went into effect March 1, it appears the organization was not able to muster enough support. The repeal is not listed with the other King County ballot measures to be voted on Aug. 6.

According to the Save Our Choice website, the organization had hoped to have enough people sign its petition to be included in the primary election. Wording on the petition indicates that signatures be returned by the end of June.

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