Highlands Halloween festival has new name and night

October 14, 2014

The Issaquah Highlands’ traditional Halloween celebration has a new name and night.

By Greg Farrar Nathan Webb (left) and John Bernado, of Preston, check out a photographer for human brains before moving along, disappointed, during the 2013 Zombie Walk.

By Greg Farrar
Nathan Webb (left) and John Bernado, of Preston, check out a photographer for human brains before moving along, disappointed, during the 2013 Zombie Walk.

Now in its fourth year, the celebration is no longer associated with Green Halloween, according to Christy Garrard, Issaquah Highlands Council executive director.

“Now, it’s just Halloween in the Highlands,” she said.

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Iran-born local competes for Miss Washington USA

October 14, 2014

Elena Tavakoli, 26, Miss Issaquah Plateau USA 2014, is competing for 2015 Miss Washington USA, the state pageant qualifier to Miss USA.

Elena Tavakoli

Elena Tavakoli

This is Tavakoli’s first pageant. She said she hopes to inspire others to get outside their comfort zone.

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Eastside Writes sponsors Salmon Days tweets

October 14, 2014

Made popular by Twitter, six-word memoirs summarize their writers’ lives in just six words.

Eastside Writes, an Issaquah-based literary arts organization, gave the trend a Salmon Days twist by inviting visitors to write six-word salmon memoirs.

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Birth — Eleanor Cacilia Bridenbaugh

October 14, 2014

Eleanor Cacilia Bridenbaugh was born to Marina and Michael Bridenbaugh, of Issaquah, on May 2, 2014, at Swedish/Issaquah.

Eleanor Bridenbaugh

Eleanor Bridenbaugh

Eleanor was delivered weighing 7 pounds, 15 ounces, and measured 20.25 inches in length.

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Wedding — Bray, Copodonna

October 14, 2014

George and Bonnie Bray, of Issaquah, announce the wedding of their daughter Brielle Bray to U.S. Army Specialist Robert James Copodonna, also of Issaquah.

The wedding was July 11, 2014, at Tibbetts Creek manor in Issaquah. The wedding was officiated by Minister Roy Porter.

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Faith Fowler receives fellowship at Hofstra

October 14, 2014

Faith Fowler, of Issaquah, is one of three students given the opportunity to work on campus this summer through the new Lister Summer Fellowship program at Hofstra University in N.Y.

By Zack Lane, Hofstra University Photographer Faith Fowler works with chemistry professor Ling Huang.

By Zack Lane, Hofstra University Photographer
Faith Fowler works with chemistry professor Ling Huang.

Fowler is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in forensic science and working under the mentorship of a Chemistry Professor Ling Huang on research geared toward law enforcement and its ability to quickly analyze emerging synthetic designer drugs. For this, Faith has access to state of the art nuclear magnetic resonance.

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Sammamish Symphony concerts feature renowned pianist

October 14, 2014

Mark Salman, a world-renowned pianist, will perform with the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra at two upcoming concerts.

“Wild, Wild West” is 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, and 2 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Eastlake High School Performing Arts Center.

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Picking up the pieces — Ruth Lopez helps Philippines rebuild after destructive typhoon

September 30, 2014

When Typhoon Haiyan swept through the Philippines in early November 2013, it left in its path thousands of people dead or missing; countless homes, businesses and infrastructure destroyed; and a nation on its knees.

Contributed Arlyn Villas, with her sixth-grade class at St. Therese Educational Foundation of Tacloban Inc., has lived in a tent on her property with her brother and two nephews since Typhoon Haiyan. Window frames salvaged from her destroyed home are used to hold decorations at the back of the class.

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Arlyn Villas, with her sixth-grade class at St. Therese Educational Foundation of Tacloban Inc., has lived in a tent on her property with her brother and two nephews since Typhoon Haiyan. Window frames salvaged from her destroyed home are used to hold decorations at the back of the class.

Considered one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, and the deadliest on Philippine record, 6,300 were confirmed dead with some reports up to 10,000, 16 million people were affected and 4.1 million were displaced.

Nearly a year later, major cities across the country are only just starting to rebuild with the help of aid workers and charitable organizations.

Issaquah resident Ruth Lopez, 49, whose parents were born in the Philippines, recently returned from a two-week stay in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines.

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ArtEAST brings visual arts to Salmon Days

September 30, 2014

ArtEAST Art Center wants to get Eastside residents hooked on art through a variety of free activities at this year’s Salmon Days Festival.

Hands-on activities will happen and innovative displays have been set up at the artEAST gallery, 95 Front St. N.

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Issaquah Women’s Club hosts scholarship fundraiser

September 23, 2014

When Issaquah resident Lorena Kott moved to the city two years ago, she sought an outlet that would both help her meet people and give back to her new community.

She found it in the Issaquah Women’s Club, a social and philanthropic organization that has been bringing Issaquah women together since 1983.

“I loved the duality of the social aspect and the helping aspect,” Kott, the club’s marketing chairwoman, said. “You can have fun, help others and make friends. What more could you want from a club?”

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