Tougher dig safety law goes into effect

January 29, 2013

Changes to the state call-before-you-dig law went into effect Jan. 1, and the updated rules include stiffer penalties, mandatory damage reporting and clearer procedures — even for deep digging in a garden or yard.

The law affects all excavators, including contractors, homeowners and utilities. State lawmakers passed the law in 2011 at the request of the state Utilities and Transportation Commission. Officials said the switch is intended to decrease damage to underground pipelines and utilities.

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Bartell Drugs, public health agency offer flu vaccine

January 22, 2013

Bartell Drugs, 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., offers in-store flu vaccinations during pharmacy hours for $29.99. Pharmacists can vaccinate anybody 5 and older. Patients ages 5-17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

In addition to regular flu vaccines, Bartell’s provides customers with other options, including the Flu Mist nasal spray and, for seniors 65 and old, Fluzone High-Dose vaccines and Fluzone Intradermal — the latest flu vaccination technology with a 90 percent reduction in needle length.

Public Health – Seattle & King County is offering free flu vaccination clinics at the Eastgate Public Health Center, 14350 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue, on Wednesdays through January from 3-7 p.m.

The vaccination is available to people without insurance or who cannot afford to pay for vaccination otherwise.

Top Pot to open Issaquah drive-thru location

January 22, 2013

Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts plans to open a drive-thru Issaquah location as early as next month — a first for the Seattle-based pastry purveyor.

Cofounder Mark Klebeck said Top Pot intends to upgrade Rowley Properties’ existing building at 1235 N.W. Maple St. — a round structure most recently occupied by Mondo’s Espresso — near the Issaquah Transit Center.

The iconic structure’s Mid-Century Modern design and proximity to the transit hub appealed to the Klebecks.

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IHOP offers complimentary stack for National Pancake Day

January 22, 2013

IHOP is offering free stacks Feb. 5 to celebrate National Pancake Day.

The restaurant chain intends to use the annual event to raise $3 million to kick off 2013 fundraising for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

During IHOP’s largest philanthropic event, guests are invited to enjoy a stack of complimentary buttermilk pancakes.

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Issaquah man develops sudoku-inspired game to teach math skills

January 22, 2013

Victor Zou (right), the creator of Sukugo, poses with his wife and business partner Lucy Lu and a Sukugo game board, in their Issaquah home. Sukugo is a family-friendly board game that can help develop a child’s math skills, Zou said. By Christina Corrales-Toy

Issaquah resident Victor Zou first tried sudoku on a long bus ride while headed for a company retreat. He was intrigued by the numbered logic puzzle, but put off by the solitary and bland nature of the game. Sudoku, he said, could be so much more.

So, Zou set out to create a product that could be the centerpiece of family game night and challenge kids and adults alike to use both sides of their brains. The result is Sukugo, a versatile and colorful sudoku board game that develops users’ logic and reasoning.

“Our left brain is really good at math, numbers and logical reasoning, but our right brain is more about color and creative thinking, so I wanted to combine these two together to really make an enjoyable game,” he said.

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Issaquah health fair offers wellness screenings

January 15, 2013

The annual Issaquah/Sammamish Health & Safety Fair returns to Pickering Barn from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 9 with plenty of free health screenings to make it fun and worthwhile for area families.

The fair will feature 50 or more health care professionals. Free health screening will include blood pressure, glucose, eye pressure, injury screening, posture and spinal analysis, oral cancer, sleep apnea and orthotic evaluations. There will be free gifts and information to take home.

The King County Police Union will host its MY ID Club, offering parents free fingerprints of their children, an important tool should children be abducted. The Issaquah Citizen Corps Council, the city of Issaquah and Eastside Fire & Rescue will offer safety and emergency preparedness information.

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Issaquah Trophy & Awards helps homeless

January 15, 2013

Issaquah Trophy & Awards has selected Heroes for the Homeless as its latest Awards for a Cause recipient.

If a customer purchases select awards on the Issaquah Trophy & Awards website, www.issaquahtrophy.com, a portion of proceeds goes to Heroes for the Homeless.

Heroes for the Homeless serves up to 700 people every month by providing food and water, hygiene supplies, clothing, tents and sleeping bags, and information about how to access social services.

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Sleep Country USA collects pajamas for foster children

January 15, 2013

Sleep Country USA is hosting a Pajama Drive for foster children through March 3 to collect pajamas, socks and underwear to distribute among local foster care organizations.

People can donate new pajamas, socks and underwear in all sizes — from infant to adult — at the Issaquah store, 730 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite C-110, or Sleep Country USA locations elsewhere.

The local store is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Sammamish pet store moves to Issaquah Highlands

January 15, 2013

Sammamish pet store Civilized Nature plans to move to the Issaquah Highlands retail center, Grand Ridge Plaza, by August.

Civilized Nature owner D’Arcy Dent has been looking for a new space after learning that Petco would be moving close to its existing location in the Sammamish Highlands retail center.

The developer of Grand Ridge Plaza, Florida-based Regency Centers, is also the owner of Sammamish Highlands.

Expect Grand Ridge Plaza’s initial offerings — Regal Cinemas and some restaurants — to open at about the same time in the spring.

Issaquah apartment complex sells for $28.2 million

January 8, 2013

Issaquah’s Langara Apartment Homes sold to a California real estate company for almost $28.2 million last month, according to King County property records.

Langara Apartment Homes consists of 100 units in 11 buildings on a 5.56-acre site. The complex opened to residents in 2001.

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