Issaquah mayor says Newport Way Northwest speed limit may drop in September

July 28, 2015

NEW — 4:17 p.m. July 28, 2015

Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler said when the City Council ends its summer recess in September, he will recommend the speed limit on Newport Way Northwest be lowered.

Although people at the meeting suggested the limit be 25, Butler didn’t mention a specific speed limit for the change. He said the move would come prior to completion of a crosswalk safety study being launched by the city.

The announcement drew applause from some of the 60 or so residents jammed into Tibbetts Creek Manor on July 27 for a public meeting on pedestrian safety.

The session was organized by the city following the death of 4-year-old Haochen Xu after the boy was struck by a car while crossing the intersection of Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive on June 26. He died the next day.

By Tom Corrigan During a public meeting July 27, Mary Hammerly and husband Joe Verner (second and third from left), neighbors of the young boy killed in a recent traffic accident on Newport Way Northwest, talk about traffic issues on their street with consultant David Markley, of Transportation Solutions Inc.

By Tom Corrigan
During a public meeting July 27, Mary Hammerly and husband Joe Verner (second and third from left), neighbors of the young boy killed in a recent traffic accident on Newport Way Northwest, talk about traffic issues on their street with consultant David Markley, of Transportation Solutions Inc.

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Parks and recreation hosts 360-degree virtual tour

April 28, 2015

Explore the Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department’s event venues, and the amenities offered, with the new 360-degree virtual tours of Pickering Barn and Tibbetts Creek Manor.

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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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Think green with Eastside gardening program

August 12, 2014

NEW — 9 a.m. Aug. 12, 2014

Dust off the gardening gloves and keep those dinner scraps as you learn how to transform food and yard waste into compost and get tips to safely eliminate garden pests in the Master Recycler Composter-Eastside program.

Applications, available here, are due by 5 p.m. Aug. 15.

Email your completed application to Maren Neldam at marenneldam@seattletilth.org with the subject line MRC Eastside Application.

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City Council cuts $300,000 in projects from mayor’s budget

November 19, 2013

Highlighted pieces of the mayor’s proposed budget faced a City Council chopping block before they reached a final public hearing.

A plan to remodel the Tibbett’s Creek Manor kitchen, funding for a city business marketing plan and a feasibility study for a city campus were all voted down in the Nov. 7 council work session.

After extended conversations, in which the phrase “financial sustainability” was repeatedly used, the council asked the city’s Finance Department to lop $300,000 off the draft budget. Finance Director Diane Marcotte said the council created the figure with the end of 2014 in mind.

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‘Influence the Choice’ video winner named

April 9, 2013

A winner was announced April 2 for the “Influence the Choice” video contest, led by the Issaquah Community Network and Drug Free Community Coalition.

Issaquah High School student Hannah Balducci won the grand prize of $800 for her submission of a two-minute video that tried to influence friends and other teenagers to resist using alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs.

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Community offers support for Lake Sammamish State Park booster group

December 18, 2012

State officials laid the groundwork Dec. 10 for a community organization to support Lake Sammamish State Park as residents met to consider lifelines for the cash-strapped park.

Issaquah and the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission listened to ideas for the facility from about 50 attendees at a Tibbetts Creek Manor open house, and received information from about 25 attendees interested in participating in a community organization to support the park.

The event, hosted by the city and state parks agency, launched a discussion about future ventures at Lake Sammamish State Park and what residents hope to see on the park’s 512 acres.

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Community offers ideas, support for Lake Sammamish State Park

December 11, 2012

NEW — 5 p.m. Dec. 11, 2012

State officials laid the groundwork Monday for a community organization to support Lake Sammamish State Park as residents met to consider lifelines for the cash-strapped park.

Issaquah and the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission officials collected information from attendees for a possible community organization to support the park, and listened to ideas about the facility at a Tibbetts Creek Manor open house.

The event, hosted by the city and state parks agency, launched a discussion about future ventures at Lake Sammamish State Park and what residents hope to see on the park’s 512 acres.

In 2007, state parks commissioners approved a bold plan to remake and restore the park, but the economic downturn and state budget crises curtailed dollars to implement the plan.

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Offer ideas for future of Lake Sammamish State Park

December 4, 2012

Lake Sammamish State Park, a 512-acre urban oasis surrounded by Issaquah and a destination long overdue for a makeover, is in the spotlight again as city and state officials seek residents’ ideas for the park’s future.

Issaquah and the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission leaders scheduled a Dec. 10 open house about the state park. The event is meant to restart the conversation about options for the park, including a stalled plan approved in 2007 and meant to guide upgrades to aging facilities and the expansion of recreation opportunities.

Options to revive the plan could include a partnership between the state parks agency, city and a nonprofit organization to help the park. The state parks agency is also open to commercial ventures on parkland as a potential way to generate funds for the facility.

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‘I Do!’ Casino Night goes all in with wedding prep

October 2, 2012

Normal bridal shows are large, impersonal events where brides-to-be shuffle around a large convention center and attempt to gain valuable information for their big day, said Vicky Markussen, owner of Victoria Graceson Floral Design.

“It’s sort of like a cattle feed — they put you in the chute, you walk around all of the booths, and then they shove you through and shove you out,” she said.

So, Markussen and Gina Mary Bahhage, owner of Gina Mary Hair Design, worked to create an event where brides and grooms could come together in an intimate atmosphere to get all of their questions answered.

The result is “I Do!” Casino Night, a fun-filled evening with cocktails, food, gambling and a handful of vendors available to answer wedding questions.

“We want it to be a fun, casual, enjoyable but intimate experience for the bride, because wedding shows are so crazy,” Markussen said. “I mean you have thousands of people and you don’t get a chance to have a nice conversation with a vendor.”

The event takes place Oct. 11 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Issaquah. Markussen asked that attendees RSVP beforehand at www.idocasinonight.info, but there is no registration deadline.

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