Lombardi’s closes to make room for Gilman Square redevelopment

June 11, 2013

After 22 years in Gilman Square, Lombardi’s Italian Restaurant is closing July 28.

Owner Diane Symms learned two years ago that there would definitely not be a renewal on the lease for the land. After searching for options to stay in the city and not finding any viable opportunities, she said they had to leave.

“It’s hard to believe it’s flown by this fast,” Symms said. “We had known it would be a possibility that the lease wouldn’t be renewed. It’s still sad. We tried.”

After the initial Lombardi’s location opened in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle 25 years ago, Symms said that opening the second location in Issaquah was a good move for the company. She said it was the flagship location and brought in the most money for the company during the mid-2000s. The restaurant has since opened new locations in Everett and Mill Creek.

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Issaquah school levy proposal could raise taxes $160

June 11, 2013

Three separate levies under consideration by the Issaquah School Board could mean a $160 per year tax hike if approved by voters in February.

The board pored over information June 5 that would provide about $247 million between 2015 and 2018 for ongoing maintenance and operations, new buses and improved technology in the Issaquah School District.

The board is likely to approve a levy proposal June 26 so the Issaquah Education Association and other levy supporters can begin campaigning in August.

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East Lake Sammamish Trail segment reopens

June 11, 2013

The Issaquah segment of the East Lake Sammamish Trail was set to reopen to bicyclists, runners and other trail users June 12.

King County and local leaders planned to cut the ribbon at that time and reopen the newly developed trail segment, a 2.2-mile section from Southeast 43rd Way to Northwest Gilman Boulevard, according to a press release from the city. A celebration was scheduled at the trail’s terminus along Northwest Gilman Boulevard.

The city is asking that people not use the Issaquah segment — between Southeast 43rd Way to Northwest Gilman Boulevard — until it officially opens.

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Few discipline problems at Issaquah schools

June 11, 2013

Last year, 1.1 percent of the Issaquah School District’s 17,000-plus students received suspensions or expulsions. There were two expulsions for weapons-related violations — one at the middle-school level and one at the high-school level.

The school board heard the discipline report during its June 5 meeting.

Bullying, fighting, and alcohol and drug use are the most common issues administrators deal with.

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Issaquah Relay for Life has a record weekend

June 11, 2013

In raising money for the American Cancer Society, the annual Relay for Life had a record-setting weekend.

Returning to its original location at the newly remodeled Issaquah High School, Event Chairwoman Gwen Schweitzer said that more teams than ever registered, pulling in the highest sum the 15 years of the event has seen.

“It was fantastic,” she said. “We had a great turnout.”

She said that the 20 -hour relay, which began at 6 p.m. June 7, raised more than $258,000. With a $300,000 goal for the year, she was very pleased with how close the event brought them. Eighty-nine teams took part, besting the previous record of 84 teams, set last year.

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Homework study nears completion

June 11, 2013

There’s no consensus about whether homework policies at individual schools in the Issaquah School District are too strict or too lenient, said Sara Niegowski, executive director of communications for the district.

Niegowski, along with Associate Superintendent Ron Thiele, updated the school board June 5 about a homework study the district has worked on for the past year with various parent-teacher-student groups.

The issue came about after some parents complained to the district that their children had too much homework, and it was causing them too much stress for limited benefit.

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Park bond goes to voters

June 11, 2013

Area voters will weigh in on a proposal in August whether to raise property taxes to fund county parks.

By a 7-2 vote, the King County Council decided April 29 to send the measure to voters. Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, who represents Issaquah and Sammamish on the council, voted against the measure along with Councilman Reagan Dunn.

The proposed six-year levy would replace a pair of expiring levies that support parks countywide. The existing levies have a combined tax rate of 13.31 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. The proposed levy would have a value of 18.77 cents per $1,000.

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Teen Fest is June 14

June 11, 2013

Teenagers from around the region will descend on the Sammamish Commons June 14 for the annual Teenfest.

The day will kick off with a competition for skaters ages 13-20. Registration for the competition begins at 2 p.m., and the competition runs from 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Helmets are required to compete.

As the skate contest winds down, the bands will start up.

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Tests show no signs of ISA virus in Washington’s salmon

June 11, 2013

Recent tests of salmon from Washington’s waters show no signs of a fish virus that can be deadly to farm-raised Atlantic salmon.

Infectious Salmon Anemia Virus was not detected in tissue samples taken from more than 900 wild and hatchery-produced Pacific chinook, coho, sockeye, chum and steelhead, as well as farm-raised Atlantic salmon, according to a press release from state, tribal and federal resource managers.

The virus is not harmful to people.

Specific strains of the virus have caused a deadly disease in farm-raised Atlantic salmon. Outbreaks with significant losses have occurred in farmed Atlantic salmon in Maine, Eastern Canada, Chile and several European countries.

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Editorial

June 11, 2013

Don’t mix alcohol with graduation parties

Graduation Day at our local high schools brings a whole range of emotions — pride, relief, amazement. And trepidation.

Certainly, the anxiety comes from the unknown future as students prepare to move away from families and begin new life, job and educational challenges.

But the first wave of fear is about the well-deserved partying in celebration of commencement and warm weather that often goes hand-in-hand with drunken driving and the loss of life of a local graduate or student while summer is just getting started.

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