Merry Christmas fund sets goal at $75,000

November 19, 2013

In 2008, former Issaquah resident Ellen Loney had arguably the worst month of her life.

In the span of just 30 days, Loney lost her job and her mother. She would have lost the roof over her head, too, if it weren’t for the generosity of a local nonprofit organization.

“It was a very bad month, a very bad time, and Issaquah Community Services saved the day,” Loney said in a phone interview from her new home in Lynnwood.

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Turkey Trot returns bigger than ever

November 19, 2013

Heather Matthews always felt there should be more activities available on Thanksgiving Day than the annual family-generated Turkey Bowl of tackle football.

So, she ran, not walked, to participate in a Turkey Trot event in Seattle. After two years of that, the online marketer decided her hometown of Issaquah needed something similar.

By Greg Farrar Tom (left) and Heather Matthews, with the help of their sons (from left) Mason, Wesley and Preston, present the $27,000 Issaquah Turkey Trot donation check to Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank Executive Director Cori Walters and board president Stan Morgan, after last year’s 5K fundraising run.

By Greg Farrar
Tom (left) and Heather Matthews, with the help of their sons (from left) Mason, Wesley and Preston, present the $27,000 Issaquah Turkey Trot donation check to Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank Executive Director Cori Walters and board president Stan Morgan, after last year’s 5K fundraising run.

“I believe after seeing the Seattle Turkey Trot grow and grow, people really were looking for more than football and eating on Thanksgiving,” Matthews said.

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Gilman Square redevelopment plan raises retail worries

November 19, 2013

Requiring retail development might be discussed in the Central Issaquah Plan’s first progress report.

Still in the beginning phases, the redevelopment of Gilman Square into three five-story residential buildings has raised questions on the City Council due to the plan’s lack of retail space.

Though the city asked several times for developer Lennar Multifamily Investors to allow for bottom-floor retail space, Lennar declined, opting to proceed with its vision to build 340 new residences on the site.

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City Council cuts $300,000 in projects from mayor’s budget

November 19, 2013

Highlighted pieces of the mayor’s proposed budget faced a City Council chopping block before they reached a final public hearing.

A plan to remodel the Tibbett’s Creek Manor kitchen, funding for a city business marketing plan and a feasibility study for a city campus were all voted down in the Nov. 7 council work session.

After extended conversations, in which the phrase “financial sustainability” was repeatedly used, the council asked the city’s Finance Department to lop $300,000 off the draft budget. Finance Director Diane Marcotte said the council created the figure with the end of 2014 in mind.

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Issaquah woman involved in police chase, fiery crash

November 19, 2013

A 36-year-old Issaquah resident, Kristine L. Espindola, rode shotgun in a high-speed police chase that ended in a fiery crash Nov. 8.

A 47-year-old Bellevue man allegedly led troopers on a chase on Interstate 90 before wrecking his 2013 Porsche Panamera into a building on Mercer Island.

Reports from the Washington State Patrol say Peter E. Kern fled from troopers while speeding in the eastbound express lanes of I-90 at about 11:30 p.m.

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Bartell Drugs hosts Toy ‘N’ Joy drive

November 19, 2013

Bartell Drugs presents its 10th annual Salvation Army Toy ‘N’ Joy drive through Dec. 14 to provide holiday gifts for children in need by collecting new, unwrapped toys.

Toy donations will be accepted at Bartell Drugs locations in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. The Issaquah Bartell is at 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E. Toys will be distributed to low-income children and youths the week before Christmas through the Salvation Army’s “toy warehouses.”

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Editorial

November 19, 2013

City budget tight but new policies in place

The Issaquah City Council has zeroed in on a 2014 sustainable budget, but it took a lot of sweat to get there.

The mayor’s budget, presented last month, called on carry-over funds from this year to offset expenses for next year.

Thankfully, council members and city Finance Director Diane Marcotte are not accepting the notion. Along with close examination of proposed expenses came the task of adopting financial policies that will ensure the city never gets to the edge of a precipice.

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Philharmonic debuts new conductor at holiday concert

November 19, 2013

The Issaquah Philharmonic and its new conductor Chase Chang hope to make sweet music together.

After serving as the interim conductor for a trial period in the summer performance, Chang will have the first official chance to bring his leadership to the community during a Nov. 25 concert. Both he and Philharmonic President Kathy Landreth are excited to offer the free program and to introduce the new permanent conductor to the public.

Contributed The Issaquah Philharmonic has been practicing for weeks in order to deliver a holiday program to the public.

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The Issaquah Philharmonic has been practicing for weeks in order to deliver a holiday program to the public.

“We’re all really excited,” Landreth said. “This is a real community orchestra.”

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To the Editor

November 19, 2013

Plastic bag ban

I don’t think it’s a good idea, but I can’t vote on it

Once upon a time, I would go shopping and get one plastic bag with handles that I reused in my garden and other messy places. Now, I wind up with five tiny, thin, useless produce bags that are hardly large enough for a celery stick. I need one for the sushi, one for the meat, one for the ice cream, and probably two or three for the eight pack of chicken. Plus, of course, those for the produce.

And since they are small, thin and useless, I throw them out. One reusable bag with handles that I keep versus five or more that I toss. And this is saving the environment, how?

Also, I won’t be able to voice my opinion in the upcoming special election because I live 4 miles south of town. I do all of my shopping in Issaquah.

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Extreme Pizza’s risky combos pay off with big flavor

November 19, 2013

We don’t usually review restaurant chains, but instead try to stick with local cuisine. Technically, Extreme Pizza is a chain, with franchises in 11 states.

However, good luck finding the next nearest one outside Issaquah, as our fair city has the only one in Washington.

Also, just about the only thing extreme is the sports the founder is renowned for doing, from skydiving to snowboarding.

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