Gift program brings holiday cheer to families in need

November 12, 2013

The holiday season can be a stressful time for families struggling through a difficult financial situation.

The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, though, is doing its part to bring holiday cheer to all through its gift giving program.

Caring Through Sharing ensures that families in need experience the joy of the holiday season and that each child has a present to open.

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Nothing ‘Misérable’ about Village Theatre’s latest spectacle

November 12, 2013

“Les Misérables” shines in Village Theatre, though the production’s eager whimsy whisks away some wonder.

The opening baritone notes of the French chain gang song “Look Down” sets an unshakable tone of dejection and resilience, the two largest themes of the prestigious production. Following protagonist Jean Valjean’s release from an unjust imprisonment, “Les Misérables” tells a story of love, sin, passion and redemption through decades of French industrialization and revolution.

By Tracy Martin/Village Theatre Kate Jaeger, as Madame Thénardier, and Nick DeSantis, as Monsieur, perform with the ensemble cast in the song ‘Master of the House’ in Village Theatre’s production of ‘Les Misérables.’

By Tracy Martin/Village Theatre
Kate Jaeger, as Madame Thénardier, and Nick DeSantis, as Monsieur, perform with the ensemble cast in the song ‘Master of the House’ in Village Theatre’s production of ‘Les Misérables.’

With such a large male cast, the show’s strength rests on the sheer skill of the singers. What makes it great is the level of emotion that the players, particularly Greg Stone, as Jean Valjean, and Eric Polani Jensen, as the pursuing policeman Javert, are able to give to the audience. They deliver the age’s restlessness and confusion in the face of social and personal change.

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Proposed budget causes council consternation

November 12, 2013

A decreasing ending fund balance dominated the third and longest of the City Council study sessions on the budget Oct. 29.

The sustainability of the revenues balancing expenditures was just one of a few larger changes the council discussed during the public meeting, as the deliberations continued over the suggested $98 million in budget expenditures.

Previously raised as the council began considering Mayor Ava Frisinger’s proposed budget, multiple council members expressed concern over an established administrative pattern of siphoning funds from the ending fund balance into departments to cover expenditure. Cities maintain an ending fund balance to protect against unexpected expenses.

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Transportation-heavy 2014 legislative agenda OK’d

November 12, 2013

Transportation funding from the state remains a top priority for the City Council.

During its Oct. 21 regular meeting, the council approved its legislative agenda for Lobbyist Doug Levy to spearhead in Olympia. Deputy Administrator Charlie Bush said the approved agenda helps direct the lobbyist during the fast pass of legislation.

“This really guides our efforts when working with Doug, so we can make sure we are on the same page as all of you,” Bush said to the council. “Things break very quickly and we need to take positions fast. There’s typically not enough time for us to talk to all of you individually when we need to take a position.”

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Man dies in crash on Issaquah-Hobart Road

November 12, 2013

A car collision took the life of a 90-year-old Issaquah resident Nov. 6.

John Bradley died in the crash on Issaquah-Hobart Road, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.

Public Information Officer Cindi West said Bradley’s car collided with a large dump truck at about 2:48 p.m. and he died at the scene. She said it appeared one of the vehicles might have crossed the center line.

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School board talks policies with state lawmakers

November 12, 2013

Prior to the Issaquah School Board’s Oct. 30 meeting, the five-member board and Superintendent Ron Thiele met with four state lawmakers to discuss how public schools were impacted by this year’s legislative session.

The board had about 90 minutes to speak with Rep. Ross Hunter (D-48th District), Rep. Tana Senn (D-41st), Sen. Mark Mullet (D-5th) and Rep. Chad Magendanz (R-5th), a former Issaquah School Board president.

Board member Anne Moore said the group “had a great conversation” surrounding several issues, including school finances resulting from the state budget; the new Common Core State Standards and Smarter Balanced assessment tests that students will deal with next year; and the end in 2018 of a levy lid lift allowing districts to request more voter-approved dollars.

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To the Editor

November 12, 2013

Klahanie

Just allow the residents to vote on what they want

Now that the Boundary Review Board has unanimously voted in favor of allowing us, the citizens of the Klahanie Potential Annexation Area, to vote on annexation to Issaquah, it appears and the rumor mill confirms that there may be an appeal of its ruling, possibly dragging out the decision well into 2014 — an appeal by anti-annexation followers who have challenged the facts with nontruths and rumors.

Why waste the taxpayers’ money, time and efforts to continue this battle of cities? The right to annex legally belongs to Issaquah, and it has already completed a thorough study, this time and in 2004-05, of the positives/negatives, costs/revenue considerations and decided with a 5-1 positive vote by the City Council to move forward. Now, the anti-annexation groups want to sidetrack and/or derail the wishes of Issaquah and the majority of the Klahanie PAA to become part of the great city of Issaquah.

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A fourth-quarter philosophy is adopted

November 12, 2013

I first encountered Dylan Thomas’ poem “Do not go gentle into that good night” while working on an MFA in creative writing at the University of Alaska Anchorage. It became my fourth-quarter (end-of-life) philosophy:

“Do not go gentle into that good night/Old age should burn and rave at close of day/Rage, rage, against the dying of the light.”

Joe Grove Press reporter

Joe Grove
Press reporter

The Bible allots us “three score years and 10.” Even by my poor math abilities, that amounts to 70 years. So, at 71, I am in my bonus years. When I now hear if I follow a particular diet, take a particular pill or break a particular habit, I will live longer, I keep doing what I please, as an extended life now just means a few additional months in an assisted living facility, watching TV reruns and wishing someone would change my Depends.

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Get your Orca card

November 12, 2013

King County Metro representatives will return to assist seniors, the disabled and others who need help acquiring an Orca regional To-Go card.

The event, which drew more than 60 community residents last year, is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Eagle Room at Issaquah City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way.

Editorial

November 12, 2013

One election down, next one right behind

It was a seemingly painless election that climaxed Tuesday, Nov. 5, when the first ballot returns were announced.

There had been no name-calling or innuendos, few election yard signs — and very few candidates and issues. One of the most boring general elections in years captured the attention of only about 40 percent of Issaquah’s 19,250 registered voters. (The election will be certified Nov. 26.)

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