Paid reserved parking will come to Issaquah Transit Center next year

August 13, 2013

Sound Transit’s new pilot program will bring reserved parking to the Issaquah Transit Center.

During its July 25 meeting, the Sound Transit Board of Directors decided unanimously to further a pilot program, meant to gather information about and possibly alleviate the continued problem of overcrowded parking facilities. The plan allows for 10 to 20 percent of parking spots at four locations, Issaquah included, to be set aside for those who buy parking permits. Priced at $33 per quarter for single occupancy vehicles and $5 per quarter for carpools with at least two people, the permits will guarantee a spot.

“As of May 2013, 13 of 23 Sound Transit-operated customer parking facilities were at or above 90 percent capacity,” state board documents. “Demand for park and ride spaces will continue to increase as transit service expands and regional population and employment grow.”

The board’s hope is that this program will provide information on how to manage existing and future parking facilities, as well as to promote ride sharing.

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Washington ranked 16th most hones

August 13, 2013

According to data gathered from experiments conducted in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., the National Honesty Index found Washington state to be the 16th most honest.

Beverage company HONEST Tea developed the experiment to determine how honest people are when it seems no one is looking. The company set up unmanned kiosks stocked with its beverages and offered them for $1 on the honor system.

From July 8-18, 61 locations throughout the country were tested, with data collected on how many people paid for the beverages.

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Do not leave children in vehicles alone, especially in sun

August 13, 2013

During the warmest month of the year, the Washington State Patrol is urging adults to never leave a young child alone in a car — especially in the sun.

In 2013, at least 19 children nationwide have lost their lives after being left unattended in a motor vehicle during sunny weather. To date, none of these deaths have occurred in Washington. The Washington State Patrol would like to offer parents information and suggestions to help avoid this tragedy.

Even with the windows cracked 2 inches, the internal temperature of a motor vehicle can exceed 125 degrees Fahrenheit in a matter of minutes. On sunny days when the outside temperature may be in the 60s, the internal temperature of a motor vehicle can still exceed 110 degrees within one hour.

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Village Theatre Originals is working on ‘Watt?!?’

August 13, 2013

‘Daily Show’ scribe pens new musical of political satire

Matt Shimkus (in cowboy hat), as Joseph Coors, and ensemble members, as his company employees, perform the song ‘Envision’ from the Village Theatre original musical, ‘Watt?!?’ at First Stage. By Sam Freeman/Village Theatre

Matt Shimkus (in cowboy hat), as Joseph Coors, and ensemble members, as his company employees, perform the song ‘Envision’ from the Village Theatre original musical, ‘Watt?!?’ at First Stage. By Sam Freeman/Village Theatre

Irreverence is bliss.

That is apparent in “Watt?!?”, Village Theatre’s newest original musical from the brain of an established comedy mastermind. Based on the life of James Watt, President Ronald Reagan’s infamous Secretary of the Interior who took an extreme line against conservation and environmentalism, the referential production flies through his life like a rock n’ roll whirlwind. Satire and absurdity are on the agenda as Village Theatre’s talented actors display Watt’s most notable quotes and actions in song.

David Javerbaum, the Emmy award-winning former head writer of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” and co-author of “America (The Book),” said using Watt as a protagonist just came to him out of the blue one day.

“I can’t say for any reason why,” Javerbaum said in a private, in-person interview. “I just started thinking very quickly that he would make a very good hero for a show.”

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The Egg & Us has an egg-citing menu

August 13, 2013

Restaurant reviews are a regular feature of The Issaquah Press. Reviewers visit restaurants unannounced and pay in full for their meals.

If you are looking for anything particularly egg-ceptional from The Egg & Us on Gilman Boulevard, you will probably be content. With selections like an “ultimate” egg frittata and a California burrito, there are many options to satisfy your palate. That being said, the brunch-oriented restaurant — no worries, it isn’t all eggs, all the time — is not far from other breakfast joints when it comes to quality and taste.

The Swedish pancakes, scrambled eggs and bacon were satisfactory. The cake was light and sweet with cream and lingonberries, a great complement to my crisp bacon. The other dishes that came out of the kitchen were appealing with tasteful piles of whipped cream or fruit. It’s not all breakfast fare; the menu has sandwiches, burgers and salads for those who want lunch.

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Back in the game

August 13, 2013

Bellevue Bulldogs JC football team gives local players a second chance

Dalton Darlington (right), Liberty High School graduate and defensive lineman/linebacker, blocks an offensive lineman Aug. 6 during a team drill. Photo by Greg Farrar

Dalton Darlington (right), Liberty High School graduate and defensive lineman/linebacker, blocks an offensive lineman Aug. 6 during a team drill. Photo by Greg Farrar

For most high school football athletes, their career on the gridiron ends when the last of the Friday night lights flicker to darkness.

Some go on to play the sport at the collegiate level and beyond, but that isn’t an option for the majority. The itch to get on the field, tackle an opponent and be a part of a unique brotherhood is not easily tossed aside, though.

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Athlete ready to take bite out of 20th BLT

August 13, 2013

Sammamish resident Jon Carlson, 58, has competed in the Beaver Lake Triathlon every year since its rebirth in 1994. By Neil Pierson

Sammamish resident Jon Carlson, 58, has competed in the Beaver Lake Triathlon every year since its rebirth in 1994. By Neil Pierson

The Beaver Lake Triathlon — which will kick off its 20th go-round Aug. 17 — has a lot of repeat participants, but it seems only one man has done it every year.

Jon Carlson moved to his home on Beaver Lake in 1993, a year before a neighbor, Mark Stendal, resuscitated the triathlon following its disappearance in the 1980s. Carlson was one of about 200 people who did the quarter-mile swim, 13.8-mile bike ride and 4.3-mile run in 1994, and he hasn’t stopped since.

Stendal founded the popular event, but Carlson said he missed a year of competitive action.

“He claims I’m the only known guy that’s done them all,” Carlson said.

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Audition for Master Chorus Eastside

August 13, 2013

Master Chorus Eastside is holding auditions in preparation for its upcoming 2013-14 season.

Tenors and basses are particularly needed, with limited openings in the soprano section. All interested singers must have choral experience and basic music reading ability.

Make an audition appointment by calling 392-8446. Learn more at www.masterchoruseastside.org.

“Now beginning its 23nd season, Master Chorus Eastside enriches and unites our community through the joy of choral music while it seeks to grow into a nationally prominent chorus,” the group said in a release.

 

Angel Program helps struggling students adjust to high school

August 13, 2013

During the awkward adolescent phase that is high school, many teens just want to feel normal. That can be even more challenging for students whose families struggle to make ends meet.

That is why the Issaquah High School PTSA created the Angel Program a year ago, helping such students with donations of gift cards, school supplies and clothes to students in need, said Laurie Foreman, an Issaquah High School parent and co-chairwoman of the program.

“Maybe they just don’t feel like every other kid because they might not have a new pair of shoes or a backpack,” she said. “That’s where we step in.”

What began as a relatively simple effort to provide students with gift cards to Target and Safeway expanded to a more holistic approach, giving students anything that was identified as a need.

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Skyline hosts girls soccer camp

August 13, 2013

The Skyline High School girls varsity soccer team’s sixth annual summer camp takes place Aug. 30 at the Skyline community fields, 1122 228th Ave. S.E. in Sammamish.

The camp, from 1-4 p.m., is open to all female soccer players ages 6-13. The cost is $35 per player, which includes a future Spartans T-shirt. Campers should bring a soccer ball, shin guards, soccer cleats, sunscreen and water. Camp participants also get first chance to sign up to become ball girls for this year’s Spartans’ home soccer matches.

The camp serves as a fundraiser for the Skyline program. Last year, the camp had 35 participants and raised more than $1,000, which was used to purchase equipment and uniforms, and cover travel expenses.

Register for the camp by emailing skylinesoccer@comcast.net.

 

 

 

 

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