Volunteers needed Saturday to improve Sammamish Landing habitat

November 20, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 20, 2014

Volunteers are needed to plant trees and shrubs at the Sammamish Landing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 22.

The landing, at 4607 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., is an 8.23-acre on the eastern shore of Lake Sammamish and is the only stretch of publicly owned shoreline within city limits.

The park contains invasive plants that threaten to spread and degrade habitat. Volunteers will work to restore the shoreline to a more natural and sustainable state by planting and mulching native trees and shrubs in an area that was cleared of invasive blackberry and ivy this summer.

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Sammamish Arts Commission presents ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ on Dec. 20-21

November 19, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 19, 2014

The Sammamish Arts Commission will present a repertory collective project rendition of the classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” in December.

The performances will be from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 20-21 at Eastlake High School’s performing arts center, 400 228th Ave. N.E.

Inspired by Frank Capra’s cinematic classic, the performances are built around a 1940’s radio broadcast, with the actors filling various character roles and creating all the sound effects.

There will be pre-show entertainment. The performance runs about 1 hour, 45 minutes with an intermission included. Tickets are required for admission, and are available for free online.

Courage, strength define Fight the Fear event

November 18, 2014

Issaquah High School junior Aanya Nigam is done being silent.

By Greg Farrar One of 20 students from the audience who went onstage takes her turn in a demonstration about gouging an assailant’s eyes, using a foam block held by Issaquah High School teacher Karin Walen.

By Greg Farrar
One of 20 students from the audience who went onstage takes her turn in a demonstration about gouging an assailant’s eyes, using a foam block held by Issaquah High School teacher Karin Walen.

She’s done feeling fear, embarrassment and shame for a past incident that doesn’t deserve it, and she’s intent on speaking up, so others know they don’t have to experience those emotions.

That’s why, on Nov. 13, the brave teen stood in front of a packed Issaquah High School theater and recounted the night she was raped.

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Girl Scouts learn some lessons about local government

November 18, 2014

Sammamish Planning Commission member Cynthia Krass thought it highly appropriate that her audience of about 50 Girl Scouts could potentially earn a badge dubbed “Finding Common Ground.”

By Tom Corrigan Sammamish Planning Commissioner Cynthia Krass talks with Girl Scouts and their parents about some of the issues facing the city. Krass was one of the organizers of a Local Government Night held to help outline the workings of city government for Scouts.

By Tom Corrigan
Sammamish Planning Commissioner Cynthia Krass talks with Girl Scouts and their parents about some of the issues facing the city. Krass was one of the organizers of a Local Government Night held to help outline the workings of city government for Scouts.

They would earn that badge partially by attending a Local Government Night put on Nov. 13 at Sammamish City Hall by Krass and City Councilman Ramiro Valderrama-Aramayo.

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Months of work led police to theft suspects

November 18, 2014

Sammamish Police determination, video and an alert resident helped lead to the arrests of three suspects in connection with what might be 30 or more car break-ins in Seattle, Redmond, Mercer Island and other areas in King County.

Some of the cases go as back as far as July.

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Police blotter — week of Nov. 19

November 18, 2014

Taking a nap

Police were dispatched to a condominium complex in the 400 block of 241st Lane Southeast to deal with a trespassing case Nov. 3. A man was found sleeping in the hot tub area. The man, who is homeless, has been warned several times about trespassing. Police found him sleeping on chairs, covered by a blanket and surrounded by several bottles of alcohol. All had been opened and partially consumed. Police told the man he is not welcome at the facility, whether or not a resident invited him. He signed a trespass warning letter and left the property.

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Vote for Skyline grad in national baking contest

November 18, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 18, 2014

Megan Gilkey Beimer, a 2001 graduate of Skyline High School, is a finalist in the 47th annual Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest.

Beimer, who now lives in Alexandria, Va., won the Weekend Breakfast Wows category at a Nashville competition for her Chocolate Doughnut Poppers recipe. The contest was based on taste, appearance, creativity and crowd appeal.

Vote here for the $1 million grand-prize winner until Dec. 2. The Pillsbury website has Beimer’s biography and a YouTube demonstration of how to create Chocolate Doughnut Poppers, a baked treat with a gooey chocolate center and a nut-dipped glaze.

Beimer and the three other finalists will appear Dec. 2 on the ABC show, “The Chew,” and the winner will be announced on the show the following day.

Church to give away 1,500 free holiday turkeys

November 17, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 17, 2014

Eastridge Church will provide 1,500 free Thanksgiving turkeys and bags of groceries to families in need Nov. 22, beginning at 9 a.m. (while supplies last) at its Issaquah and Seattle locations.

The church will also give away Bibles and, in Issaquah, free haircuts from licensed stylists, and coats and gloves.

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Learn about toxic chemicals in products from state database

November 16, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 16, 2014

Lab results revealing levels of toxic chemicals in consumer products sold in Washington are now available through an online database here.

The database includes test results for children’s and baby’s items, clothing, personal care items, toys, children’s upholstered furniture, and electrical and electronic items. Information about more product types such as office and art supplies will be added.

Tests show most manufacturers are following laws regulating the use of toxic chemicals.

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SAMMI Awards Foundation welcomes new board members

November 15, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 15, 2014

The SAMMI Awards Foundation, which has celebrated and promoted community involvement in Sammamish for the past 14 years, has elected a new board of directors for the coming year.

The foundation’s new chairman is Larry Crandall, a 2013 SAMMI Award winner who is involved with the Sammamish Farmer’s Market, Sammamish Parks Commission, Alzheimer’s Association and the IDEA Project, which combats underage drinking.

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