Supporters meet fundraising goal for science curriculum

June 14, 2011

Kasten Donahoe and Abigail Serna participate in the effort to raise money for updated science curriculum. By Lynn Juniel

NEW — 3:45 p.m. June 14, 2011

After 47 days of fundraising at McDonald’s, Zeek’s Pizza and in school parking lots, the Issaquah Schools Foundation and the Issaquah PTSA Council have raised enough money for a new elementary science curriculum this fall.

The current elementary science curriculum, last updated in 2003, does not meet state standards.

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Order slices for science at Issaquah pizzeria

June 6, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. June 6, 2011

Issaquah’s Zeeks Pizza invites the community to order a pizza and simultaneously donate to elementary school science materials.

Customers can contribute to the cause from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday at the Issaquah Highlands pizzeria, 2525 N.E. Park Drive. Issaquah councilman and restaurant franchise owner Mark Mullet will donate 20 percent of sales, including dine-in, delivery and pick-up, to the Issaquah Elementary Science Initiative.

The initiative, a partnership between the Issaquah Schools Foundation, the Issaquah PTSA Council and the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, has raised $318,000 of the $500,000 needed for the Issaquah School District to purchase an updated elementary science curriculum. The current curriculum is 10 years old and does not meet state standards.

After school hours, Grand Ridge Elementary School teachers will help serve orders at Zeeks.

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City confronts slippery situation: grease-clogged pipes

May 17, 2011

Council creates regulations to limit damage to sewer system

In a maneuver more common to cardiologists than City Council members, the city enacted a step May 2 to unclog the pipes looping beneath streets, like arteries inside the human body.

The council approved a measure to create regulations for grease and other oily discharges from businesses. Supporters said cutting out the fat could lead to reduced maintenance costs from clogged and damaged pipes in the long term.

“It definitely is going to benefit the city,” Councilwoman Eileen Barber said before the unanimous decision. “As we all know, a lot of these fats and greases that go into our sewer actually create some kind of bacteria that eat our pipes. So, it is definitely beneficial for all of us, as citizens, to begin to save that.”

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Highlands Brownie troop organizes pajama drive

May 3, 2011

Issaquah Highlands Brownie Troop 41151, a group of third-grade girls from Grand Ridge Elementary School, is organizing a pajama drive to collect new and gently used pajamas.

The girls from Brownie Troop 41151 hold up pajamas they’re donating to the pajama drive they are holding in Issaquah in May. By Shanna Petersen

All collections will be donated to Eastside Baby Corner, an Issaquah-based nonprofit organization that distributes supplies for children, from birth to age 12, through a network of community partners throughout the area.

The Brownies thought of the idea for the drive last fall, when they were filling gift bags for homeless and low-income children at Eastside Baby Corner. The girls noticed there was a shortage of pajamas for at-risk children, and they decided they would address the problem with a community drive.

“I think they could relate to it because they were girls their own age,” troop leader Kim Foster said. “Everybody wants warm pajamas and cute pajamas.”

The troop asked that people donate pajamas sizes newborn to 14. The following businesses will have donation boxes during the month of May: Agave Cocina; Alice’s Beauty Salon; Allstate Insurance; Ben and Jerry’s; Blakely Hall; Caffe Ladro; Highlands Dentistry; Issaquah Highlands Chiropractic; Kumon; Le Chic Pet; Occhio! Vision Care – Issaquah and Sammamish locations; Ricenroll; Sorella Salon & Spa; Zeeks Pizza; Lakeside Montessori and Highlands Cleaners.

Diners can sample bargains during restaurant month

March 8, 2011

Eateries encourage diners to sample special offers and menu items during Issaquah Restaurant Month.

The inaugural dine-out event kicked off March 1, as more than 20 restaurants rolled out discounts and other treats for diners. Organizers said the monthlong celebration is meant to attract attention to local restaurants, and encourage residents to try fresh flavors.

The participating restaurants include longtime establishments and newcomers. Diners interested in checking out Issaquah restaurants during the event can nosh on barbecue and pizza one day, and nachos and lo mein the next.

“Each restaurant will offer a lunch and/or dinner prix fixe menu that represents the best of what that restaurant has to offer,” Diane Symms, Lombardi’s Italian Restaurants president and CEO, said in a release. “This is not a discount but rather an offer of quality and value for the community.”

Issaquah Restaurant Month is similar to events staged in Seattle and other major cities nationwide. The year-old Issaquah Restaurant Coalition, a trade group, coordinated and promoted the celebration.

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Raise the Dough for Seattle Children’s

March 8, 2011

Diners looking for a savory or sweet treat can get both and help sick children at the Hope on the Hill guild’s second annual fundraiser in the Issaquah Highlands on March 22.

Mark Mullet’s two franchises — Zeeks Pizza and Ben & Jerry’s — will donate 20 percent of the day’s sales, including take out and delivery, to uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s.

Last year, before Mullet opened Ben & Jerry’s, the fundraiser raised $1,200 for the hospital at Zeeks. This year, the guild has a goal of raising at least $1,500, Hope on the Hill event chair Amy Trenary said.

In 2010, the hospital provided more than $100 million in uncompensated care to families in need.

“We want all kids to be able to have access to the best health care possible, regardless of their family’s ability to pay,” Trenary said.

The guild started in 2009 and has collected money and toys for Seattle Children’s through a variety of ways, including the Tea for Hope auction.

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Green Halloween turns holiday eek-o-friendly

October 19, 2010

As jack-o-lanterns haunt doorsteps, hay mazes, carnival rides and pumpkin painting are returning for the 10th annual Green Halloween Festival in the Issaquah Highlands.

“For our kids, it’s a good way to extend the Halloween season,” Laura Yellig said. “They always wear their costumes.”

This young trio of energized explorers finds its way through the hay maze during the 2009 Green Halloween Block Party in the Issaquah Highlands. By Greg Farrar

Adults and children alike get dressed up, but it’s hardly a prerequisite to have fun at the mad science booths, pony rides, carnival games or glow-in-the-dark miniature golf — although costumes are required for the kid and dog costume contest.

“I love seeing the kids and families come in costumes,” Highlands Council Event Coordinator Christy Garrard said.

Prizes for the costume contest will be provided by Issaquah businesses Le Chic Pet, Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop and Zeeks Pizza.

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Bring election questions to Zeeks Pizza forum

October 19, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 19, 2010

Learn about the initiatives on the November ballot and score some free nachos at a question-and-answer session sponsored by Zeeks Pizza in the Issaquah Highlands.

Jeff Wood, a local professor of civic and U.S. government affairs, is scheduled to answer questions at the restaurant, 2525 N.E. Park Drive, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25.

The nonpartisan event has been set up to better explain the information in the voters’ pamphlet to help Issaquah residents make informed decisions about the state initiatives on the ballot. TV spots, as many voters know, can be misleading.

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Highlands residents protest plan to preserve Tiger Mountain

August 24, 2010

Despite opposition from Issaquah Highlands residents, City Council members decided last week to take steps to add more residences to the community and breathe life into the moribund effort to bring businesses to the hillside neighborhood.

City leaders intend to allow up to 550 more residences in the highlands in order to preserve 102 forested acres on Tiger Mountain near Issaquah High School. The deal, part of a complicated transfer of development rights, aims to set aside about 140 acres — the Park Pointe land and another 43 acres adjacent to the highlands.

The council OK’d the measures in a unanimous decision after members offered a forceful defense of the plan to preserve Park Pointe.

Port Blakely Communities, the developer responsible for the highlands, owns 78 acres in unincorporated King County near Central Park. The proposed transfer calls for Port Blakely to preserve 43 acres and open the remaining 35 acres to construction. The city then intends to annex the 35-acre parcel.

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Preservation plan inches ahead, despite outcry from highlands residents

August 17, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Aug. 17, 2010

Despite opposition from Issaquah Highlands residents, City Council members decided Monday night to take steps to add more residences to the community and breathe life into the moribund effort to bring businesses to the hillside neighborhood.

City leaders intend to allow up to 550 more residences in the highlands in order to preserve 102 forested acres on Tiger Mountain near Issaquah High School. The deal, a complicated transfer of development rights, aims to preserve about 140 forested acres — the Park Pointe land and another 43 acres adjacent to the highlands.

The council OK’d the measures in a unanimous decision after members offered a forceful defense of the plan to preserve Park Pointe.

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