Santa is coming to Grand Ridge Plaza in the Issaquah Highlands on Black Friday

November 27, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 27, 2014

Santa makes his grand arrival at Grand Ridge Plaza at 4:30 p.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 28, at the plaza next to Regal Cinemas in a free event open to the public.

The Grand Ridge Elementary School Chorus will greet Santa with music and holiday songs.

Santa will light the Grand Ridge Plaza holiday tree and ring in the season with complimentary treats, including hot cider and cocoa from Caffe Ladro and fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies from Subway.

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Keep pets happy and healthy on Thanksgiving

November 26, 2014

NEW — 6 p.m. Nov. 26, 2014

Rich, tempting foods at Thanksgiving can pose health hazards to your four-legged friend, making the day a busy time for emergency veterinary clinics.

Seattle Humane Society leaders urge pet owners to follow five common-sense tips to keep pets healthy and happy during holiday festivities:

  • Keep the feast out of reach. Agile and creative dogs or cats can capture a special treat from the kitchen counter, trash or even the dining room table.
  • Resist offering pets leftovers. Rich and fatty foods like dressing, pie and gravy can lead to serious and painful pancreatitis.
  • No turkey bones — they can cause very serious and sometimes fatal consequences for your pet.
  • Plan ahead for pets. Stop by a pet food store and purchase some new dog biscuits or cat treats and then reduce the amount of a regular meal to accommodate the treats your pet will get throughout the day.
  • Make a special treat. Some people enjoy cooking for their dog and cat while cooking for the rest of the family. Type “homemade pet treat recipes” into your favorite web search engine for choices.

Firefighters hold annual food, clothing drive

November 26, 2014

Starting the morning of Nov. 28, Eastside Firefighters Benevolent Fund members will set up its fourth annual Food and Clothing Drive.

The Issaquah Fred Meyer and First Due Movers sponsor the three-day event. A 24-foot moving truck donated by First Due Movers will be located in the Fred Meyer parking lot. Firefighters and their families will collect food and clothes in an attempt to fill the truck.

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Police blotter — week of Nov. 26

November 26, 2014

Mom got left out in the cold

At 3:08 p.m. Nov. 17, an employee at the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank wanted the police to know that one of their customers left their 102-year-old mother in a vehicle, unattended, for several hours in the cold. Read more

Stage 2 Burn Ban lifted for King County

November 26, 2014

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has lifted the Stage 2 burn ban in King County.

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Council lowers B&O tax increase, raises property taxes, as expected

November 25, 2014

Business leaders spoke up and the Issaquah City Council listened.

In a 5-2 vote, council members approved a 50 percent hike in the city’s business and occupation taxes. The increase was a major part of the overall $168.6 million 2015 budget adopted by the council at its regular meeting Nov. 17.

Initially, Mayor Fred Butler proposed a 150 percent increase in the B&O taxes over a two-year period. At a public hearing Nov. 3, representatives from the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and some of Issaquah’s biggest businesses, such as Darigold and Costco, said that was just too much.

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Downtown association’s Shop Small program connects the community

November 25, 2014

“You get out and support your community, the dollars stay local and you find unique items you won’t find elsewhere,” said Karen Donovan, chairwoman of the Downtown Issaquah Association.

Inside her White Horse Toys in Gilman Village, owner Debra Lewis said there are mass-market products and there are specialty markets.

“We try to stick with the specialty items,” she said, adding that bigger chain stores or online retailers can’t match her in terms of customer service and overall shopping experience.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah fund is off to good start

November 25, 2014

The only source of heat in Marty Wright’s Issaquah-area home is a wood-pellet stove.

Without the wood pellets, though, the stove is nothing more than decoration, and a reminder of the cold nights ahead.

Last year, Issaquah Community Services kept Wright’s fire on with a donation of wood pellets, as the disabled veteran without an income waited approval for disability benefits, while receiving services for injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Issaquah’s Boehm Pool to close for renovations Nov. 26

November 25, 2014

The Julius Boehm Pool will close for renovations beginning Nov. 26. Estimated re-opening is mid-2015.

“It will be much more inviting,” said Ric Patterson, division manager for the Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department.

Patterson was referring to $5 million in planned improvements.

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Lake Sammamish boat docks receives $1 million funding

November 25, 2014

For the Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park, the proposed floating docks are part of an overall plan that predates even the founding of the group and that has been in the works for between five and 10 years.

In early November, the group received word that the plan for new boat docks off the shores of Sunset Beach has received approval from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office.

“We want to see the currently developed areas of the park improved,” said Chris Kovac, president of the Friends group.

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