Life Enrichment Options hosts Ask a Cop! event on Thursday

April 23, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. April 23, 2014

Join Life Enrichment Options for Ask a Cop! from 7-8:30 p.m. April 24 at Tibbetts Manor, 750 17th Ave. N.W.

The event is a fun and informative evening with Issaquah police officers as they discuss the expectations of police in various encounters and help prepare individuals with developmental disabilities to interact safely.

The officers will present multiple scenarios to explain what a law enforcement officer expects of disabled community members and ways to communicate their disability.

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April showers, market flowers

April 22, 2014

First farmers market of the season finds a hardy crowd despite wet conditions

Photos by Greg Farrar Siddharth Bhatia, of Issaquah, holds daughter Saisha, 3, on his back as they wait for a food order from the Simply Mediterranean vendor April 19 during the Issaquah Farmers Market season premiere at Pickering Farm.

Photos by Greg Farrar
Siddharth Bhatia, of Issaquah, holds daughter Saisha, 3, on his back as they wait for a food order from the Simply Mediterranean vendor April 19 during the Issaquah Farmers Market season premiere at Pickering Farm.

 

The 2014 Issaquah Farmers Market season got off to a wet start April 18.

The rain, which fell just before noon, did little to keep the usual Pickering Farm crowds from the host of vendors, exhibitors, farmers and demonstrations. It was the first day of this season’s market, which will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 11, rain or shine.

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City Council divided as marijuana moratorium deadline draws near

April 22, 2014

Marijuana was the sole agenda item at the April 14 Issaquah City Council work session as the administration gave an updated presentation to the council.

Through the state’s definition of business rules and an ultimate lack of response from this year’s legislative session, the council has maintained a reflective stance on the future of recreational marijuana.

The council established a six-month moratorium in September and extended it again in February, as it explored how the city should extend the state’s base regulations or consider banning marijuana business practices all together.

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Food bank adds hours, services as needs grow

April 22, 2014

As need grows, so does the effort to help.

The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank announced an extension of its food and clothing bank service hours in April. It will now remain open from 5-7 p.m. every Monday evening in an attempt to serve the growing community who relies on the bank’s services.

“Our numbers have grown substantially from 2012 to 2013,” Executive Director Cori Walters said. “We’ve seen a 23 percent increase from our food customers, and that doesn’t include our clothing banks.”

The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank provides free food, clothing and related services to individuals and families in need.

The growth affected how well the bank could provide its services.

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New Police Chief Scott Behrbaum plans to follow same strategies

April 22, 2014

Newly confirmed Police Chief Scott Behrbaum does not expect to make a lot of changes to the department anytime soon.

After serving 17 years with the Issaquah Police Department, and the past seven of those as patrol commander under retired Chief Paul Ayers, Behrbaum said he believes in the ongoing direction of the department.

By Greg Farrar Issaquah Police Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum shakes the hands of City Council members April 7. The council voted unanimously to confirm his appointment by Mayor Fred Butler as the department’s new chief, taking effect April 16 after retiring Chief Paul Ayers’ last day.

By Greg Farrar
Issaquah Police Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum shakes the hands of City Council members April 7. The council voted unanimously to confirm his appointment by Mayor Fred Butler as the department’s new chief, taking effect April 16 after retiring Chief Paul Ayers’ last day.

“I’m excited for the appointment,” he said. “I’m really proud of our department and the positive impact it has established in our community.”

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Schools’ committee looks for public input on student nutrition

April 22, 2014

The Issaquah School District’s nutrition advisory committee will host a public meeting regarding new U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines for student nutrition and activities.

The meeting will be from 3-5 p.m. April 30 at the district’s administration building, 565 N.W. Holly St. The committee will listen to public comments for 10-20 minutes at the beginning. The public is invited to stay and listen to the remainder of the meeting.

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Editorial – Join spring cleanup Saturday morning

April 22, 2014

Issaquah is a naturally beautiful place, but it could be cleaner. Litter — beer cans, gum wrappers — are often found along streets and sidewalks amid the landscaping.

It takes a community to care about keeping Issaquah beautiful, which is why volunteers begin litter patrol in the second annual Spring Clean-up this Saturday morning.

The event is hosted by the Downtown Issaquah Association and Kiwanis Club of Issaquah, but more than 200 volunteers from clubs, organizations and businesses, as well as individuals, have signed up to tackle a segment of town and give it a clean sweep. Girl Scouts will plant flowers to add some spring color to key locations.

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Sign up for executive function workshop

April 22, 2014

Join Encompass at a free Executive Function Workshop from 5:30-7 p.m. May 1 at the Virginia Mason Medical Center, 100 N.E. Gilman Blvd.

Kerry Beymer, manager of the Parenting Education Program at Encompass, has taught families for 15 years and is a certified Parenting Counts educator.

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To the Editor

April 22, 2014

Post office

Poor service, long lines really need improvement

On April 14, I entered the Issaquah Post Office at 9:26 a.m. and placed myself at the end of a long line of people. I noticed there was only one clerk working. I finally reached that clerk at 10:05 a.m., the same time the second clerk showed up, finally.

I wonder why the second clerk was not placed into service earlier. There are many cameras in the place that show the numerous people desiring U.S.P.S. service.

The U.S.P.S. has a monopoly on the letter business and just recently raised the cost of mailing a letter, so Issaquah Postmaster, why the poor service at the Issaquah Post Office?

If the Issaquah Postmaster does not intend to improve the service, how about providing some benches to accommodate the people who are waiting in line?

Ken Sessler

Issaquah

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It’s high time to start riding the bus

April 22, 2014

My 14-year-old granddaughter Kait and I caught a Metro bus for a trip from the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride to downtown Seattle to board the Seattle Great Wheel. It was my first time on a Ferris wheel and her first time on Metro.

The Ferris wheel was fun, but being introduced to Metro will be more useful for her as she grows up. This was my second time since moving here to ride Metro to downtown Seattle. The first time was to take in a motorcycle show at the Washington Convention Center.

Many years ago, I used Metro when visiting Seattle from Alaska. I could catch it at the airport and make my way around Seattle without the hassle of renting a car. I have also found mass transit the efficient way around London, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, D.C.

Joe Grove Press proofreader

Joe Grove
Press proofreader

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