Nominations sought for 2015 National Small Business Week Awards

October 24, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 24, 2014

The U.S. Small Business Administration Seattle District Office is accepting nominations for its 2015 National Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year award.

The website provides all the guidelines and has made it easier to submit and track nominee submissions. It also has a complete list of award categories.

Nominations can also be sent or brought to SBA’s Seattle District Office, 2401 Fourth Ave., Suite 450, Seattle.

Nominations must be submitted online, postmarked or hand-delivered no later than noon Jan. 5.

Lake Washington School District to add classrooms to some schools

October 23, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 23, 2014

The Lake Washington School Board voted unanimously Oct. 20 to repurpose leftover money from a 2006 bond measure to add classrooms to several school buildings.

District officials estimated having about $12 million left from a $436 million bond sale voters authorized eight years ago. That money will be combined with another $30 million in state construction assistance funds, giving the district $42 million to build additional classroom space.

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Tiger Mountain closure pushed back a year

October 22, 2014

The Issaquah School Board will deviate slightly from the district superintendent’s plan to close Tiger Mountain Community High School after the 2014-15 school year.

In a 5-0 vote Oct. 22, the board chose to approve the closure a year later, at the end of the 2015-16 school year. Board members said delaying the closure for a year, and then opening a new alternative school at the start of the 2016-17 year, will remove any gaps in alternative education for Issaquah School District students.

Several parents and Tiger Mountain students spoke to the board, similar to a series of meetings and public hearings that began taking place in February. That’s when Superintendent Ron Thiele first announced a plan to close Tiger Mountain at the end of the 2014-15 year.

More information on the board meeting and the future of Tiger Mountain will be published Oct. 29.

Cold and flu season is here

October 22, 2014

NEW — 10 a.m. Oct. 22, 2014

Thorough hand washing is your best defense. Now is the time to review good hand washing practices with children, and if your diligence has slipped, it is time to recommit.

The common cold and the flu are different illnesses caused by different viruses, but they share similar symptoms. Both can cause cough, sore throat, sneezing, fever, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, chills, tiredness, diarrhea and vomiting. In fact, it can be difficult even for doctors to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone.

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October 21, 2014

By Greg Farrar Elena Uritsky, left, of Sammamish, gets a look at her daughter, Noa, 11, whose transformation into a werewolf was completed during makeup and costume work for the Oct. 18 performance of Nightmare at Beaver Lake.

By Greg Farrar
Elena Uritsky, left, of Sammamish, gets a look at her daughter, Noa, 11, whose transformation into a werewolf was completed during makeup and costume work for the Oct. 18 performance of Nightmare at Beaver Lake.

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Temporary law makes it more difficult to cut down trees

October 21, 2014

Residential developers could have a more difficult time building homes in Sammamish — at least for the next few months — after the City Council took action last week.

In a unanimous vote Oct. 14, the council passed an interim ordinance regarding tree retention standards. The laws could change again after the council holds a public hearing in December — about the same time the city’s planning commission finishes studying the issue — but for now, developers will have more restrictions to deal with.

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County gets $6 million grant to improve Hepatitis C treatment

October 21, 2014

King County health care providers will be better able to identify and successfully treat people with chronic Hepatitis C virus thanks to a $6 million grant awarded to Public Health – Seattle & King County.

The four-year grant from the federal Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will improve testing, treatment and cure of people with chronic HCV infection.

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Eastside Baby Corner names new board members

October 21, 2014

Eastside Baby Corner recently appointed the following new members to its board of directors:

• Rick Lessley, of Sammamish, vice president of the Supply Chain Group at Nintendo of America Inc. He has served as an executive at Nintendo since 2001, and brings extensive specialized leadership training and education.

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Police blotter — week of Oct. 22

October 21, 2014

Moving to the Beats

Police were dispatched to Eastside Catholic School at 1 p.m. Oct. 1 after a reported theft. Three juvenile males were seen entering the campus from the woods to the north of the athletic fields. They took a backpack containing a set of Beats headphones valued at $299. The backpack was found shortly thereafter, and an officer made contact with the boys, one of whom was wearing the headphones. Two of the boys were taken into custody, and the third was released because there was no evidence he handled the stolen party. The owner of the items declined to press charges.

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Nominate someone for the SAMMI Awards

October 20, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 20, 2014

The SAMMI Awards Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is celebrating and promoting involvement in the Sammamish community, announces that nominations are now being accepted for recognition in 2015.

Nominate individuals who have had a positive impact on the Sammamish community in the following categories:

Circle of Service — Recognizing years of service and a longstanding commitment to volunteerism, inspiring others to give back, completing the Circle of Service.

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