Change smoke detector batteries for daylight saving time

November 1, 2011

Local firefighters encourage residents to change smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries before 2 a.m. Nov. 6, as daylight saving time ends.

Eastside Fire & Rescue is part of the national Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery campaign. The effort encourages people to change smoke detector batteries at the end of daylight saving time.

EFR firefighters plan to remind people to check the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors from 4-5:30 p.m. Nov. 5.

Meet firefighters and receive complimentary 9-volt batteries at Bartell Drugs, 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E.; QFC, 4570 Klahanie Drive S.E., and The Home Depot, 6200 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E.

Fred Meyer, QFC join Taylor Farms salad recall

October 25, 2011

Fred Meyer Stores and QFC are participating in a voluntary recall initiated by salad maker Taylor Farms.

Taylor Farms announced the recall of several Fresh Selection bagged salads after a sample tested positive for salmonella.

Customers should check for specific Fresh Selection items with a sell-by date of Oct. 18.

The affected items all have the Fresh Selection label and include: Field Greens Salads, 8-ounce package; Leaf Romaine, 10 ounce; Romaine Salad Blend, 10 ounce; and Hearts of Romaine, 10 ounce.

Fred Meyer and QFC have removed affected items from store shelves. Customers who may have purchased the affected products will receive register receipt messages and/or automated phone calls. Any open or unopened items included in the recall should not be consumed and should be returned to a local Fred Meyer or QFC location for a full refund or replacement.

Consumers who have questions about the recall may call Fred Meyer and QFC toll free at 800-576-4377 or may contact Taylor Farms consumer relations at 877-323-7374 toll free.

Fred Meyer, QFC join Taylor Farms salad recall

October 20, 2011

NEW — 12:45 p.m. Oct. 20, 2011

Fred Meyer Stores and QFC are participating in a voluntary recall initiated by salad maker Taylor Farms.

Taylor Farms announced the recall of several Fresh Selection bagged salads after a sample tested positive for salmonella.

Customers should check for specific Fresh Selection items with a sell-by date of Oct. 18.

The affected items all have the Fresh Selection label and include: Field Greens Salads, 8 ounce package; Leaf Romaine, 10 ounce; Romaine Salad Blend, 10 ounce; and, Hearts of Romaine, 10 ounce.

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Port Blakely announces plan to build highlands shopping center

July 12, 2011

A view east toward Ninth Avenue Northeast shows the 14 acres being considered by Florida-based Regency Centers for a 175,000-square-foot shopping center in the Issaquah Highlands. By Greg Farrar

The plan to add more stores to the Issaquah Highlands, a subject responsible for much grumbling among neighborhood residents and city leaders, lurched ahead July 5, as highlands developer Port Blakely Communities announced a deal to sell 14 acres for a proposed shopping center.

If the deal is completed, as executives hope, construction could start as early as next year. The announcement also prompted some residents to point to similar — albeit unsuccessful — attempts in the past.

The agreement calls for Regency Centers, a real estate investment trust based in Florida, to purchase about 14 acres of highlands land and build a 175,000-square-foot shopping center along Northeast High Street and Northeast Park Drive — a site once set aside for a stylish retail destination called The High Streets.

Regency Centers also plans to acquire a retail-and-office building along Northeast Park Drive. Caffe Ladro and other businesses occupy the building’s 39,000 square feet.

The companies did not disclose terms of the transaction. The deal is expected to close by the end of the year.

Jacksonville-based Regency Centers owns almost 400 shopping centers from coast to coast, including Pine Lake Village and Sammamish Highlands on the Sammamish Plateau.

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Starbucks to offer beer and wine at Issaquah location

June 7, 2011

Starbucks plans to offer a different kind of jolt to Issaquah customers soon.

The bustling Starbucks at the Meadows complex along Northwest Gilman Boulevard is in line to become the only store other than Seattle and Portland, Ore., so far to offer beer and wine.

The coffee colossus filed for a liquor license last month as Starbucks prepares to renovate the Issaquah location in late summer. The project is due to start in early August and should be completed in late September.

Plans call for the location to remain open during construction, although some seating might be unavailable for stretches during the remodel.

The overhaul marks Starbucks’ inaugural attempt to offer alcohol options and additional menu offerings in a suburban setting. Imagine charcuterie and a cheese plate — savory snacks to accompany the craft beers and regional wines Starbucks plans to offer.

The customer base and buzzing traffic at the Issaquah store offer the Seattle-based company a chance to test a concept honed at Emerald City locations.

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Starbucks to offer beer and wine at Issaquah location

June 3, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. June 3, 2011

Starbucks plans to offer a different kind of jolt to Issaquah customers soon.

The bustling Starbucks at the Meadows complex along Northwest Gilman Boulevard is in line to become the only store beyond Seattle and Portland, Ore., so far to offer beer and wine.

The coffee colossus filed for a liquor license last month as Starbucks prepares to renovate the Issaquah location in late summer. The project is due to start in early August and should be completed in late September.

Plans call for the location to remain open during construction, although some seating might be unavailable for stretches during the remodel.

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QFC offers ORCA regional transit cards

May 10, 2011

Transit commuters can now pick up ORCA passes when they get their milk and eggs.

QFC, including the Issaquah-area stores, recently joined the retail locations offering ORCA, or One Regional Card for All.

ORCA is a collaboration among the transit systems in King, Kitsap, Snohomish and Pierce counties.

Commuters use ORCA cards on more than 250,000 trips each weekday and 49 percent of all transit trips in the region. The smart card has replaced about 300 transportation passes, tickets and transfers.

Customers can also order ORCA cards online at www.orcacard.com, by calling 1-888-988-6722 toll free, by visiting a transit agency customer service office or get them at a fare vending machine.

TalkingRain beverage reaches national audience

May 10, 2011

Preston-based TalkingRain Beverage Co., a water and flavored-beverage provider, announces the expansion of the Sparkling ICE brand to Kroger and affiliate stores nationwide.

The expansion highlights TalkingRain’s drive to be a leader in calorie-light, healthy drink options in light of the United States’ obesity epidemic. The beverage appeared on shelves in almost 2,000 Kroger and affiliated stores nationwide starting April 25. Kroger affiliates in the Issaquah area include Fred Meyer and QFC.

“This new distribution in Kroger and affiliate stores is a huge step not for just TalkingRain, but for Sparkling ICE as a brand,” Kevin Klock, general manager and senior vice president at TalkingRain, said in a release. “We are so excited about the rapid growth of Sparkling ICE, as it will enable us to reach a broader, health-conscious demographic.”

Sparkling ICE is available in six flavors, including orange-mango, black raspberry and lemon lime.

State Rep. Glenn Anderson is always on duty

April 26, 2011

Glenn Anderson is a Republican representative serving his constituents in the Washington State Legislature.

Oh, you already knew that?

How about this: Anderson wakes up at 4:30 a.m. every day, takes care of his two German shepherds, Frisco and Ramses — “I like my dogs, they’re very understanding,” he said — conducts business on his phone and via the Internet with the East Coast and then, finally, makes the commute from his home in Fall City to Olympia.

Rep. Glenn Anderson listens to testimony at a committee hearing, Jan. 25. Photo courtesy of the House Republican Caucus

On the hour-and-20-minute drive he gets in the mood for his legislative work by listening to Bonnie Tyler and ZZ Top.

At 8 a.m., Anderson arrives at his office in the Capitol and almost immediately heads out again, grabbing a few chocolate Easter eggs.

“People think it’s about bipartisan politics,” he said. “It’s not. It’s about sugar.”

He smiles.

His first morning duties usually lure him to a meeting at any of the three committees on which he serves: Education; Education Appropriations and Oversight; and Technology, Energy and Communications. During each two-hour committee meeting, Anderson is actively engaged.

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Off the Press

April 5, 2011

Recycling in Issaquah is a not-so-dirty job

My grandma spoils my sweet tooth. For holidays, birthdays or just for a lark, she’ll whip up a chocolate cherry cake or a marble pound cake, box it and mail it across the whole county, straight to me.

Laura Geggel Press reporter

Her famous kiffles — thin dough wrapped around a bounty of nuts and jelly — always disappear quickly, but the packaging peanuts stick around, and not just static-electricity wise.

For years, I am ashamed to admit, I would throw them away. In my defense, I didn’t know what to do with them. I would reuse them if I could, but it wasn’t often I needed packaging peanuts to send presents.

Now. as an avid recycler, I know just what to do with packaging peanuts. The UPS Store on Northwest Gilman Boulevard will take and reuse them. The store also recycles bubble wrap, another helpful packaging tool that often gets tossed into the trash once its work is done.

Now that I have a venue to recycle packaging material, I started thinking of places I could recycle other things, like plastic bags, cellphones or alkaline batteries.

It turns out that Issaquah is a haven for recycling just about everything.

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