Off The Press — A list of thankful things cures a crazy world

December 9, 2014

Since this week’s column is in that sweet spot halfway between Thanksgiving and Christmas, here is something your friendly photographer has never written before — a quick list of the things in life that I am thankful for.

Greg Farrar Press photographer

Greg Farrar
Press photographer

Sure, it could be a list of problems and gripes, but maybe in this cattywampus world we need to exercise our thankful muscles a bit!

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EFR reminds people that wearing helmets saves lives

December 9, 2014

Whether on a motorcycle, ATV or bicycle, Eastside Fire & Rescue urges all to make it a habit to wear a helmet.

“It’s really a no-brainer,” EFR Fire Chief Lee Soptich said in a news release. “Wearing a helmet is something so simple, that makes so much difference when things go wrong.”

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Author to read ‘The Giving Tree’ at Issaquah Barnes & Noble on Saturday

December 5, 2014

NEW — 6 p.m. Dec. 5, 2014

Tim Castner, a firefighter and author from the Eastside, will read his Christmas Book “The Giving Tree” at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Issaquah Barnes & Noble, 1530 11th Ave. N.W.

Castner is a bestselling author of a series of children’s books sharing emergency calls with kids through the characters Nozzlehead, Halfcap, Scout and their fire dog Spotnot.

During the event, the Eastside Fire & Rescue Reindeer Engine will appear and Castner will accept donations for the Adopt-a-Family program he has run for the past five years to provide food, clothing and gifts to families in the 200 square miles of area that Eastside firefighters cover.

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Police & Fire

November 18, 2014

Legal troubles

At 1:41 p.m. Nov. 7, an officer responded to a citizen in the 100 block of East Sunset Way who had called 911 regarding issues he was having with his attorney. The officer advised he could request a new attorney and had to go through the court to handle the issue.

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Recruit firefighters join EFR

November 11, 2014

Five firefighters have been hired by Eastside Fire & Rescue to fill vacancies that exist or will happen by year’s end.

“This bunch is quite diverse, very talented and certainly motivated, so we could not be happier,” Fire Chief Lee Soptich said in a news release.

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Police & Fire

October 21, 2014

Car break-ins

A checkbook was taken Oct. 3 from a 2000 Honda Civic in the 700 block of Front Street South. A $377 check from the stolen checkbook was later cashed.

A gym bag with swimming gear was stolen Oct. 6 from a 2006 Toyota Corolla in the 300 block of Northwest Pebble Lane.

A vehicle was broken into Oct. 7 in the 500 block of Mountain Park Boulevard Southwest. The loss was valued at $125 from a stolen power cord and damaged window.

A 2015 Chrysler 200LTD was broken into Oct. 7 in the 900 block of Sunrise Place Southwest. The loss was valued at $1,059 from a stolen gun, backpack, headphones and books.

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Police and fire

October 14, 2014

Car break-ins

  • A checkbook was taken Oct. 3 from a 2000 Honda Civic in the 700 block of Front Street South. A $377 check from the stolen checkbook was later cashed.
  • A gym bag with swimming gear was stolen Oct. 6 from a 2006 Toyota Corolla in the 300 block of Northwest Pebble Lane.
  • A vehicle was broken into Oct. 7 in the 500 block of Mountain Park Boulevard Southwest. The loss was valued at $125 from a stolen power cord and damaged window.
  • A 2015 Chrysler 200LTD was broken into Oct. 7 in the 900 block of Sunrise Place Southwest. The loss was valued at $1,059 from a stolen gun, backpack, headphones and books.

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All in pink, Eastside Fire & Rescue supports breast cancer awareness this week

October 12, 2014

NEW — 6 p.m. Oct. 12, 2014

Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighters and staff will be decked out in pink T-shirts Oct. 13-18 to help raise awareness of breast cancer.

Most people are aware of breast cancer, but many forget to take steps to detect the disease in the earliest stage, when it is most often curable, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Through the awareness effort, EFR and many other entities hope people will learn about early detection, diagnosis, treatment, stages, myths, etc.

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Local Eastside Fire & Rescue stations host open houses Oct. 11

October 10, 2014

NEW — Noon Oct. 10, 2014

As part of Fire Prevention Week, Eastside Fire & Rescue is hosting open houses at 10 of its 16 facilities from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 11.

The stations participating in the open houses are as follows:

Issaquah: Station 71, 190 E. Sunset Way; Station 72, 1575 N.W. Maple St.; and Station 73, 1280 N.E. Park Drive.

Sammamish: Station 81, 2030 212th Ave. S.E.; Station 82, 1851 228th Ave. N.E.; and Station 83, 3425 Issaquah-Pine Lake Road S.E.

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Police & Fire

September 2, 2014

Domestic dispute

A married couple had an argument on the way home from a restaurant at about 7 p.m. Aug. 5. They pulled over in the parking lot of Sunny Hills Elementary School during the fight. The woman got out of the vehicle. She said the man had threatened her with a gun. The man acknowledged he had threatened her, and that he owns guns, but he said no gun was involved. Police later searched the car and found no gun. The man was arrested on felony harassment charges.

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