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September 30, 2015

NEW — 4:34 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

City looks to jump-start Central Issaquah Plan

Carrie Schneider — Hey Issaquah, please widen the roads through Issaquah for the current residents before you go planning for more business and residential traffic in our city! If traffic gets any worse, no one is going to want to live here.

Kayleen Corrigan — Exactly. Don’t go attracting a bunch of new residents with fancy condos and swanky new stores without first addressing our serious traffic concerns! I love this town so much, but will move to North Bend or further out if push comes to shove. Read more

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Eastlake senior hopes to engage community in ‘social polling platform’

September 28, 2015

NEW — 3:11 p.m. Sept. 28, 2015

For Anthony Humay, more than three years of hard work is finally coming to fruition as he prepares to start the next phase of his company, Midzy, a website that bills itself as a “YouTube for polls.”

Humay, an Eastlake High School senior, founded Midzy when he was 13 and has designed most of the site himself. The website, which he calls a “social polling platform,” is now generating more than 10,000 hits per month, figures Humay hopes will push the business to new heights.

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Kaleidoscope School of Music celebrates 10th anniversary with open house

September 9, 2015

NEW — 4:52 p.m. Sept. 9, 2015

In 1996, Charles McCrone had a vision of filling a niche within the music community in Issaquah by expanding options for one-on-one guitar lessons.

That kernel of an idea has blossomed into the successful Kaleidoscope School of Music. And to celebrate its 10th anniversary, McCrone is combining the milestone with the school’s second open house since its grand opening.

“I wondered how do you have a 10th anniversary open house?” McCrone said. “Why, have it right here at the school instead of trying to throw a party somewhere else.”

McCrone said everyone is welcome to come to the open house for a chance to meet the teachers directly. There will be a mini recital upstairs, where McCrone will leave windows cracked so visitors can listen in if they can’t actually sneak in during performances. There will also be music in the foyer by the teachers and a promo video in the band room. Read more

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Vote for Issaquah girl in Babybel art contest

September 8, 2015

NEW — 2:57 p.m. Sept. 8, 2015

Gabriella Campanario, of Issaquah, was chosen as one of three finalists in Babybel’s Big Dreamers Contest.

Kicked off in March, Babybel is celebrating the epic aspirations in all of us by showcasing the big things kids want to be when they grow up and what their parents wanted to be when they were little.

Campanario, 8, and her parents were flown to Chicago July 22-23 to receive hands-on art training and tips on becoming a professional artist from renowned illustrator Dallas Shaw. Campanario’s artwork was then put on display at the Mars Gallery during the Big Dreamers Event. She is now eligible to win a $50,000 grand-prize scholarship to help achieve future aspirations. Read more

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Teens send national ‘you matter’ suicide prevention message

September 3, 2015

NEW — 10:42 a.m. Sept. 3, 2015

According to the Washington State Department of Health, between two and three youths ages 15-24 commit suicide every week in Washington state.

“The last three years have been some of the hardest years of my ministry when we saw several young people take their lives,” Nick Pringle, pastor of student ministries at Pine Lake Covenant Church for nearly 10 years, says in a Facebook video. “Each year in America, there are over 1 million attempts of suicide, and that’s too many.”

For the second year, teens from Issaquah and Sammamish will join the national movement for National Suicide Prevention Day on Sept. 10 and wear “You Matter” T-shirts to school that day.

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Volunteers needed to raise funds for new park

August 11, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 11, 2015

With “the best playground in the state” coming to Lake Sammamish State Park, volunteers are needed immediately to work on raising the remaining needed funds.

Meetings with a Washington State Parks development team have already begun with a targeted playground installation in late spring 2016. At that time, there will be a volunteer call to the community so people can work together to install the playground over five days.

However, organizers need to raise $250,000 to match the $750,000 the state has allocated to the effort.

Organizers are setting up a website for information and donations. Watch for it at They will publicize the website on Twitter and on the Friends’ Facebook site, and ask that you share it with your friends when you see it. Read more

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Off The Press — When did social media become so unsocial?

August 5, 2015

NEW — 12:01 p.m. Aug. 5, 2015

Especially at the national level, politics has been kind of an ugly business for a while now. But is it just me, or has what used to be a fairly harmless thing like Facebook suddenly become a particularly nasty battleground?

One case in point: A meme labeling President Barack Obama a “fascist, racist, bigoted, socialist, un-American, crook and liar.

Tom Corrigan Press reporter

Tom Corrigan
Press reporter

“Strike ‘share’ if you are a true American and you agree.” Read more

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Joshua Schaer’s open council seat attracts plenty of attention

July 16, 2015

For whatever reason, the Issaquah City Council Position 4 seat to be vacated at year’s end by Joshua Schaer has attracted its fair share of attention.

In the Aug. 4 primary, voters will choose from among four candidates hoping to replace Schaer. Ballots for the primary were mailed July 15.

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Editorial — Be a safe driver, not a dangerous one

July 9, 2015

School is out and that means one thing — children are everywhere you look during the hours they used to be in school.

What does that mean?

It’s up to every one of us to keep them safe.

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Get Granny on Fallon — Movement starts to get Newcastle resident on ‘The Tonight Show’

May 5, 2015

Newcastle resident Italene Gaddis had a dream.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Italene Gaddis, an 87-year-old poet, songwriter and musician, plays her autoharp in her Newcastle home Feb. 19.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Italene Gaddis, an 87-year-old poet, songwriter and musician, plays her autoharp in her Newcastle home Feb. 19.

The 90-year-old musician, author extraordinaire wanted to join Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show” and sing her mother a song.

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