Drug Free Community Coalition changes name

September 22, 2015

NEW — 4:12 p.m. Sept. 22, 2015

“It’s been a long time coming. It was a year in the works,” said Pat Castillo, project coordinator for the freshly rebranded Influence the Choice – Drug Prevention Alliance for Youth.

Working within the Issaquah Schools Foundation, Influence the Choice carried the name Drug Free Community Coalition. The name change becomes official Oct. 1.

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FISH kicks off membership drive

September 16, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 16, 2015

The Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is asking members and the public for support to maintain its education and community programs throughout Issaquah and surrounding areas.

A FISH membership helps support the mission statement: “To advocate retaining and improving the historic Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and to promote watershed stewardship through education.”

As a FISH member, you receive a great benefits package, according to a news release from the group. Those benefits include:

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Editorial — Too much testing in high schools should end

September 3, 2015

What is happening in Washington’s public high schools gives testing a bad name.

Schools are pushing too many tests because of a mismatch between state and federal laws. The result is a backlash from students, parents and teachers with high numbers of students opting out of tests.

Test scores provide a valuable snapshot of what individuals have learned and how well schools are teaching them. But too much unnecessary or redundant testing detracts from learning and wastes time.

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To the Editor — Sept. 3, 2015

September 3, 2015


Stand up for your city and get involved in decisions

Like many citizens of Sammamish, I feel a great sadness driving through our town and watching the demolition of so many trees. Seeing the destruction as I drive down 228th Avenue Southeast to East Lake Sammamish Parkway (which is actually Issaquah) is heartbreaking. When did we as citizens have any say in the decisions about these developments?

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Issaquah nonprofit receives Bank of America grant

August 27, 2015

NEW — 5:37 p.m. Aug. 27, 2015

Issaquah-based Mentoring Works Washington was one of 13 nonprofit organizations that recently received a total of $311,000 in grants from Bank of America.

The $40,000 will help advance workforce development and education opportunities here in the Puget Sound region — giving low-income individuals and families increased access to financial education, mentorship and job training.

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To the Editor — Aug. 27, 2015

August 26, 2015


Police can grow their budget and save lives

Police Chief Scott Behrbaum, I know how you can fund your entire budget. I can personally guarantee it’ll work.

Position an officer two blocks west of Zeeks on Northeast Park Drive, the main road feeding homes in the Issaquah Highlands.

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Issaquah safety traffic study moves forward

August 24, 2015

NEW — Noon Aug. 24, 2015

Already underway and involving more than 20 crosswalks and intersections around Issaquah, the city’s promised and highly publicized traffic safety study will look at any number of factors, from average car speeds to the crosswalk “treatments” already in place.

At the same time, city staffers will look at numerous additional crossings around the city, said Autumn Monahan, assistant to the city administrator.

“Each of the corridors we’ll be looking at has a different character,” said David Markley, founding principal of consultant Transportation Solutions Inc.

Mayor Fred Butler authorized the safety study following a fatal June accident involving 4-year-old Haochen Xu at the intersection of Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive.

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Issaquah students accepted into Teach for America

August 14, 2015

NEW — 4 p.m. Aug. 14, 2015

Three recent graduates from Issaquah have been accepted into Teach for America’s 2015 teaching corps.

The students are Brandon Boyd, a 2011 graduate of Skyline High School and a 2015 graduate of University of Washington; Max Sugarman, a 2010 graduate of Issaquah High School and a 2014 graduate of University of Washington; and Kelsey Smith a 2011 graduate of Eastlake High School and a 2015 graduate of Seattle University.

Teach For America is a national nonprofit working to expand educational opportunity for students in low-income communities. Corps members commit to teach in high-need urban or rural public schools and become lifelong advocates for educational equity.

The trio joins a network of 50,000 corps members and alumni working alongside parents, principals and communities for positive change.

To learn more about Teach for America, go to www.teachforamerica.org.

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Editorial — Help children succeed with Tools 4 School

July 29, 2015

NEW — 11:13 a.m. July 29, 2015

Before you know it, summer will be over and children will head back to school.

And although it’s an exciting time for the many children who get new clothes and school supplies, it’s a tense time for families who don’t have the money for such things.

That’s where Tools 4 School comes in.

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Indian classical music is pianist’s gift, passion

July 29, 2015

NEW — 10:45 a.m. July 29, 2015

Seated at the piano in the living room of her Sammamish home, Ananya Goparaju’s fingers fly across the keys, creating chords and melodies that evoke feelings of a walk through the Himalayan countryside or the busy streets of Bombay.

Contributed Ananya Goparaju, a Pine Lake Middle School student, spends time in the studio last year recording her first album, ‘Indian Classical Ragas on Piano.’

Ananya Goparaju, a Pine Lake Middle School student, spends time in the studio last year recording her first album, ‘Indian Classical Ragas on Piano.’

Goparaju, 12, has taken piano lessons for nearly seven years. She’s not only proficient but is also an emerging prodigy in the world of Indian classical music. She recorded her first album last year and next week, she’ll be the opening act for one of the genre’s most recognized artists at his concert in Bellevue.

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