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City will complete repaving Tree Farm neighborhood Some councilmembers say it’s a big waste of money By Caleb Heeringa

Sammamish will “fix its mistake” by repaving a Sammamish neighborhood for a second time, despite the protestations of council members who believe the city should save that pavement for more well-used roads. The Tree Farm neighborhood – home to 93 households off Northeast 8th Street – will get approximately $140,000 worth of new pavement to replace the chip seal road surface that the city installed in 2009. Faced with complaints from residents of the neighborhood about the state of their 30-year-old roads but lacking the money to give the neighborhood completely new pavement, the council at the time elected to install the cheaper chip seal – essentially a mix of asphalt and gravel that is used most often

“What (Tree Farm residents) are really yanked about is that their kids can’t rollerblade in the street.” – Mark Cross, Councilman –

in rural areas. The experiment backfired, prompting complaints that the rough surface was hard on bikers and strollers and led to loose rocks that chipped the paint on residents’ vehicles. One resident who is confined to a wheelchair told the city that she could not navigate herself over the new road, essentially leaving her homebound. The council voted

unanimously in October to spend $76,000 repaving the “main loop” in the neighborhood and (depending on who you ask) promised residents they would fix the rest of the side streets and cul-de-sacs this year. None of this sat well with Councilman Mark Cross, who was adamant that there were many other roads in the city that carried more cars and were in much worse shape than the culde-sacs in Tree Farm. He noted that between the original chip seal, last year’s repaving of the main loop and now this money, the city will have spent up to $400,000 on pavement in the neighborhood in the last two years. “My position is that we have a whole city full of 45,000 people See PAVE, Page 2

City prepares for electric cars By Caleb Heeringa

With electric vehicles poised to go from theory to reality, Sammamish has passed some regulations that will allow charging stations to be installed around the city. At their March 21 meeting the City Council approved regulations that largely take a hands-off approach to the matter, essentially leaving most of the decisions on charging stations to property owners. The new code does not require commercial developments to install the chargers and property owners are allowed to decide where a charger will go, when it will be open to the public and whether to charge for the

electricity it uses. Councilwoman Nancy Whitten was the lone dissenting vote on the ordinance, saying the it

should provide more “carrots” to encourage property owners – shopping centers in particular – to install the chargers. A lack of charging stations around the city could make people think twice about buying an electric car, she said. “If people didn’t have access to gas stations, they wouldn’t travel,” Whitten said. “We’re trying to make the city sustainable. I don’t think we’ve done enough to promote (electric vehicle chargers.)” Before handing the ordinance to the council for adoption, the Planning Commission had discussed whether to require commercial developments – both See ELECTRIC, Page 3

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Susan Morita (left), Susan Muranishi and Phyllis Campbell took time to tour Kyoto during thier trip to Japan.

Plateau woman tells of Japan earthquake By Ari Cetron

Phyllis Campbell was on a bus heading to a meeting in Tokyo March 11 when the huge earthquake struck. Although it was hundreds of miles away and out to sea, the earth, and the bus, shook as terrified people ran out of the hotel where the meeting was set to happen. “They said it was a four-

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minute earthquake. It felt like it was 20,” Campbell said. The plateau resident, who works for J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, was there as part of a group exchanging information about Japanese and American business cultures. While it was obviously a big quake, people weren’t yet

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and we’ve picked a project that doesn’t seem to rank in our system of (potential pavement projects),” Cross said. “That’s not how I want to do public policy … Let’s say there are six houses on a cul-de-sac generating 60 (car) trips a day. What (Tree Farm residents) are really yanked about is that their kids can’t rollerblade in the street. That’s not how I want to use our precious resources.” Cross tossed out Louis Thompson Hill Road as an example of a road used by many more residents that would be better suited for the money. Public Works Director Laura Philpot said repaving the length of a major road like that would likely cost closer to $750,000 or $1 million rather than $140,000. The city

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aware of the full extent of the damage. Campbell and the others filed into the hotel and the meeting began as scheduled. The group was rattled, and when a large aftershock hit, Campbell had enough. She got up and walked outside. “I just decided I was leaving,” she said. Others joined her for a tense couple of minutes before heading back in to finish the meeting. It ran until the scheduled end time, she said, but wasn’t too produc-

budgets about $3 million a year for replacing pavement, with about $1.9 million earmarked for major arterials, about $900,000 going to neighborhoods and $200,000 kept for minor projects around the city. Other council members and City Manager Ben Yazici said that the city owed it to residents of the neighborhood to pave the road the right way, since the chip seal was the city’s idea in the first place. “We thought that it would work, it didn’t work and now we need to do it right,” Yazici said. Though the council could not recall explicitly promising the residents that the work would be done, Mayor Don Gerend said the council had at least made an “implied promise.” Though chip seal roads tend to even out and stop kicking up loose gravel after repeated car trips wear the roadway down,

Philpot said the Tree Farm cul-desacs remain rough since they don’t see very much traffic. Pascale Fish, president of the Tree Farm Home Owners Association, said the chip seal continues to irritate residents. She said the rough roadway prevents children from doing things like using their scooters and playing with chalk. She said neighborhood children have hurt themselves from falling on the chip seal. “All you have to do is walk around and you can see how much gravel the road keeps spitting out,” Fish said. “It’s a good solution on a rural road but not in a cul-de-sac where there is so little traffic.” And though last year’s partial repaving allows the disabled resident to get to Northeast 8th Street, Fish said the chip seal still prevents the resident from visiting friends around the neighbor-

tive. “I can tell you, nobody was focused on what everybody else was saying,” she said. Campbell, who is of Japanese descent, said that attitude that lead them to finish the meeting is indicative of the two-edged sword of Japanese culture. While the discipline has meant that society holds together, politely, in the face of the unfolding tragedy, it can also lead to inflexibility. In America, she pointed out, people would have cancelled the meeting and gone to do something. Up until the earthquake, Campbell said the trip had been very productive. Her group had

met with Japanese and American officials and discussed things like the differences in educational system, and what Chase looks for in its employees. They discussed ways that leaders in Japan can get students to think more globally and be more flexible. She described Japan as being at a cultural and economic change point, where there have been years of stagnation, but there may be opportunity for new growth. “There was a series of really terrific meetings,” she said. Then, of course the earthquake. After the meeting, her group made their way back to the hotel as they began to hear stories of

hood. The council approved keeping Tree Farm in the city’s list of 2011 pavement projects by a 4-2 vote, with Cross and Deputy Mayor Tom Odell dissenting. Cross and Odell both expressed their displeasure that Philpot and Yazici had brought the council a list of projects to rubber stamp without any options the council could choose from. Philpot said city staff uses a computer program that weighs the condition and age of current pavement, the amount of car trips a road sees and a road’s proximity to other repavement projects. Tree Farm aside, the list of projects the council got was the most worthy according that program’s projections. Though most on the council were adamant that chip seal was a failed experiment that would never be tried in Sammamish again, Odell said the city should at least consider it in the future as a way to stretch their pavement dollars. “Nope, not going there,” Councilwoman Michele Petitti interjected. Odell, who said he lived in a town in the Midwest where every single road was chip seal, said it was foolish to not even leave the option on the table with the city needing to maintain such a huge road grid. The method is at least half as costly as traditional pavement. “I know chip seal has a bad name in this town after Tree Farm, but it’s more cost effective,” Odell said. “There are a large number of streets that are not on our list that should be. We’ve got to make our dollar go as far as it can.” Yazici and others on the council urged against the use of chip seal, pointing out that no neighboring cities use it. “We’re trying to become an urban environment and that is a rural solution,” Petitti said. Reporter Caleb Heeringa can be reached at 392-6434, ext. 247 or cheeringa@isspress.com.

the devastation surrounding the quake and its accompanying tsunami. Campbell said she found herself less worried about herself, and more concerned about friends and family in Hawaii and on the west coast of the U.S. as everyone waited to see what would happen with the tsunami racing across the Pacific. Elevators were out at the hotel, but the group went back to their rooms. They had been set to meet with the Prime Minister, and Campbell was chosen to give the presentation. That meeting was cancelled. Campbell and the group had been scheduled to leave, but all flights were cancelled, she said.

Sammamish is certified as a community wildlife habitat Sammamish has become one of a handful of communities nationally recognized as being ideal habitat for wildlife. The Community Wildlife Habitat certification came after a two-year effort by Sammamish residents Hank Klein, Pauline Cantor, Dawn Sanders, Jan Bird, Stan Wood, Katja May and Elaine McEnery. The certification, given by the National Wildlife Federation, recognizes efforts by the city and private residents to preserve the area’s natural habitat. McEnery said in an email that 160 Sammamish homeowners, four farms, one church, eight schools, eight parks and Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District land were certified as wildlife-friendly. Sammamish is the 12th city in the state to receive the certification and the 51st community in the country. Mayor Don Gerend will receive the official certificate from the federation at the city’s Earth Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 30 at Beaver Lake Park. For more information on the program and instructions on how to certify your property, visit: http://www.sammamishwildlifehabitatproject.bl ogspot.com.

Leaky pipe costs city almost $25,000 Unexpected settling underneath underground storm drainage pipes will cost the city up to $25,000 to fix. The storm pipes, which runs under a road in the See PIPE, Page 6

People lined the floors in sleeping bags waiting for air traffic to resume as aftershocks continued to rumble. Worries about the nuclear reactor were just beginning to surface as she left a day later than planned. Now that she’s back, Campbell has spent the past few days hearing from colleagues in Japan who suffer from rolling blackouts and worries about family members in effected areas. “I’m getting daily updates,” she said. Editor Ari Cetron can be reached at 392-6434, ext. 233 or samrev@isspress.com. To comment on this story, visit www.SammamishReview.com.


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City Council discusses sustainability By Caleb Heeringa

Sammamish’s sustainability strategy throws everything at the wall in hopes of reducing the city’s footprint on the earth. In the coming months, it will be up to city leaders to see what sticks. At a March 21 joint meeting, the City Council and Planning Commission got their first look at a 40-page document that takes stock of the city’s current sustainability efforts, reflects citizen’s priorities for the city, introduces goals for the future and proposes policies to reach those goals. The document, funded by $25,000 in federal grant money for sustainability efforts, set off a wide-ranging discussion by the council and commission, including fears that it could lead to staff prioritizing bike lanes and sidewalks over cars and an off-hand suggestion that the city ban plastic bags. The strategy includes ways the city can improve: such as the purchase of certified “green energy” credits from Puget Sound Energy, as well as ways the city can motivate citizens to conserve. “It sounds like we have a great plan,” Commissioner Mahbubul Islam said. “I don’t think it’s going to go anywhere until we have the rest of the 40,000 people in Sammamish practicing (a sustainable) lifestyle. I’d like to see the city take the next step and start involving as many people as we can.” Community Development Director Kamuron Gurol said staff would be updating the document with the council and commission’s input before bringing it back to the council for adoption. Among the ideas floated in the proposal are: ◆ Increasing recycling bins in city parks and other city land. ◆ Keeping reusable shopping bags on hand for city staff to use

Sammamish’s sustainability vision statement: “Sammamish’s vision is to become an environmentally and economically sustainable community by crafting and implementing an achievable, multi-faceted and measurable strategy that maximizes opportunity and efficiency while minimizing cost. Undertaking this work will help Sammamish contribute toward larger regional and global goals such as mitigating the effects of climate change and will make our community an even better place to live, work and play.” when purchasing food and supplies for meetings. ◆ Partnering with local waste companies, schools and community groups to educate the public on conservation issues. ◆ Pushing for more transit service in the area and encouraging participation in rideshare and vanpool programs. ◆ Measuring the greenhouse gas emissions of city functions, to “position the city for future climate change regulations and funding opportunities.” ◆ Looking into ways to reuse water and capture rainwater in city buildings and install appliances that use as little water as possible. ◆ Partnering with the Chamber of Commerce to promote local businesses, particularly those that use environmentally sensitive business practices. The report also highlighted steps the city is currently taking to save the environment, including reducing paper waste, using hybrid vehicles in the city’s fleet and using low-energy light bulbs in City Hall. Councilwoman Nancy Whitten expressed her fear that the plan’s encouragement of “smart growth”

and “complete streets” could lead the city to prioritize bike lanes and sidewalks over cars. Whitten said she didn’t want to see Sammamish follow the lead of Seattle, which has recently replaced lanes of traffic with bike lanes in some places. “Things can be interpreted in so many different ways,” Whitten said. “(Smart growth) is wonderful in some ways, but it can be applied in some ways … that favor bikes to the exclusion of cars.” Gurol and City Manager Ben Yazici attempted to assure Whitten that the sustainability strategy was a flexible document that wouldn’t dictate road decisions. While the city spends millions on bike lanes and sidewalks every year, staff realize that not every road is a good candidate. “Sammamish is overwhelmingly a city of neighborhoods; I don’t think anything in this plan does anything to change that,” Gurol said. “It’s about giving people choices. If they can’t (walk or bike) today and would like to, let’s figure out a way for them to do that.” Cutting down on vehicle trips is one of the major goals of the

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existing and newly built – to install electric vehicle chargers in their parking lots. The commission elected to leave the decisions up to individual property owners, given that the technology is new and it’s unclear how much demand there will be for public charging stations since most electric car owners will have their own chargers at home. The city has received federal grants that will go towards installing battery recharging stations near City Hall and the Library. Staff expects to install those sometime this year. Mayor Don Gerend agreed with Whitten that the city should look at ways to encourage the installation of chargers, but said getting the basic code in place was the first step. With gas prices rising following Middle East instability, car-centric communities like Sammamish may be the first to feel the pain of a $5 gallon of gas, he said. “Especially here in Sammamish it’s important that we get off the oil spigot,” Gerend said. “We’re very vulnerable here to (a rise in oil prices). We don’t have the transit here that you would need to take the place of that … As much as we can do to encourage electric vehicles, the better.” Reporter Caleb Heeringa can be reached at 392-6434. ext. 247, or cheeringa@isspress.com. To comment on this story, visit www.SammamishReview.com.

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document – a lofty goal in a sprawling city of single-family homes with little public transportation and few commercial centers. Mayor Don Gerend mentioned that the city’s Town Center plan calls for up to 600,000 square feet of commercial development, which the council hopes will serve as a centralized “downtown” Sammamish that will include denser residential development. The Sammamish Highlands shopping center, which includes Safeway, Bartell Drugs and Ace Hardware, is about 155,000 square feet, meaning the equivalent of four of those developments would fit in Town Center. During public comment at least one person took issue with the idea of Town Center being a solution to the huge amounts of car trips in the city. John Galvin, who owns property in Town Center, has long argued that the Town Center Plan passed in 2008 doesn’t provide for enough density and commercial development to keep people from leaving the Plateau for their shopping needs. Galvin pointed to numbers in the sustainability strategy that show that 125,000 single-occupant vehicle trips enter and leave the city in a given day, saying that this translates to the entire 45,000-person population of Sammamish coming and going every day. “Let’s take our Town Center plan seriously,” Galvin said. “Ten years from now, what type of society are we going to have?” Councilman Mark Cross said

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Review editorial Sustainability will be challenging Sammamish has its work cut out for it if it hopes to be a more sustainable community. The good news is that city leaders are trying. It’s time for citizens to step up. The sustainability report, which came back to city leaders last week, aims high. It includes some difficult, but achievable goals for increasing sustainability. Most focus on things city employees can do to help. The city has a goal of reducing its water usage, for example, or keeping reusable bags around for use by city employees. Promoting local business is another valuable idea that can both help the local economy, and reduce carbon emissions from people driving to other cities to shop. The harder sell will be finding ways for John Q. Public to help. Sure, people have been recycling bottles and paper for ages now, but what about food scraps? A backyard compost pile can reduce the amount of trash produced by households. The city plans to push for more transit service, or at least keep what it has, but it will be up to residents to use it. Too often, people support transit because they think it means that others will ride the bus, and there will be fewer cars on the road when they drive. City Hall staffers can remember the reusable tote bags, but it will be up to residents to grab some from home before they head to the grocery store. These changes will not all be easy. They often take some sacrifice, in either time or money, on the part of the citizenry. Businesses, too, need to help. The city has established guidelines for electric car charging stations. It will now be up to commercial property owners to install some. This could end up being a net positive for a shopping center. Electric cars will likely soon appear on the plateau. Those drivers will be more likely to choose to shop at places where they can “gas up” the electric car. City leaders are trying. They’ve got some ideas and they are making some progress. But for sustainability to succeed, the people will need to take action.

Poll of the week Will you buy an electric car? A) I already have one. B) I’d like to, if the price comes down. C) I might buy an electric SUV. D) No. I just don’t trust them. To vote, visit www.SammamishReview.com.

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Sammamish Forum Protect water quality Before the Sammamish Plateau was put into the urban growth boundary, King County spent millions of dollars studying the environmental conditions and created the Sammamish Basin Plan. This was to guide growth and development to limit the impacts to our streams, wetlands and lakes, especially Lake Sammamish. The 1998 storm water manual was adopted at the same time, having been developed through scientific monitoring and extensive research on the impacts of storm water in urbanizing environments; research that was conducted in some of our area streams and wetlands. At the time, the storm water controls in the manual were believed to be sufficient to not degrade the water quality of the plateau. When the city received its National Pollution Discharge Elimination Standard permit in 2007, they were to update the 1998 storm water manual based on Best Available Science. They are now two years late in adopting the King County 2009 manual that the state Department of Ecology considers equivalent to their manual. The 1acre threshold allowed by the department in this permitting cycle is purely administrative in order to give jurisdictions that had no storm water regulations time to comply. The cumulative impacts of storm water are the largest source of pollution in our local waters. The city, by law, has to consider the cumulative impacts of each permit. If there are problems in the future, the city will have to provide the necessary infrastructure to correct the problem; paid by all taxpayers. We know storm water continues to degrade our waters and cause downstream problems. The city’s delay of the update has given everybody a pass for over four years, now its time to adopt the stricter standard for all development and protect our water quality. Erica Tiliacos The writer is former chairwoman of the Sammamish Planning Commission

Keep the next barricade Based on my understanding, the costs to mitigate some of the serious safety risks or issues, associated with vehicle volume, speed, or pedestrian risks before the 32nd Street barricade can be removed, are in the $250,000 to $350,000 range. This should clear up any misinformation related to those arguing that this matter is nothing more than simply taking the barricades down. There are several barricades within the city where wise safety mitigations will get really expensive. The Northeast 42nd Street Opticom emergency barricade is apparently the next barricade to undergo “the process.” This is a whole new ball game for one of the very unique barricades within the city. Ignoring the fact that proper mitigation costs may far exceed available funds, simple mitigation approaches applied for the 32nd Street barricade aren’t necessarily a viable option for the neighborhoods of Timberline, Timberline Park, Waterbrook, and Hidden Ridge. The risks and possible mitigation efforts associated with these very unusual neighborhoods, such as very steep grade and banked the wrong way turns, are impossible to retrofit cost effectively. To be fair, because King County could not adequately plan, design, address, or communicate certain barricade issues to the public, the city of Sammamish and its taxpayers now have to deal with this inherited mess. It will be interesting to see how the city’s process handles the many deceptions from those few arguing to remove this barricade. Assumptions that all neighborhood streets are alike, dismissal of key important leveraging safety issues unique to these neighborhoods, bogus mileage saving claims, or ineffective mitigation proposals won’t pass closer muster by the neighborhoods or the city’s taxpayers.

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Quite frankly, simple and cheap mitigation attempts won’t work here. Leaving the Northeast 42nd Street Opticom emergency barricade alone is a very reasonable option. And don’t we all have better things to spend our time and money on? Richard B. Kuprewicz Sammamish

Graffiti was more serious In the Police Blotter the Review recently reported that two teens, aged 15 and 17 admitted to the defacing of a storage locker behind Eastlake High School with graffiti including a swastika and the word “Jew.” It also reported that the two would “likely be charged with malicious mischief” rather than a hate crime, because “officers don’t have any evidence that the teens were acting with racial malice.” How can this be? I would think they would have been charged with malicious mischief had they simply spray painted “school sucks” or something similar. In 2011 America, there is no question that the swastika symbolizes the horrific mass extermination of a defined group of See FORUM, Page 6

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Mathnasium helps Issaquah, Snoqualmie Valley Golf Academy ready for new season Sammamish students ‘get it’ It’s no wonder that the popularity of golf is on the rise with today’s youth. Fresh air, a little competition and new friendships make this sport one that players as young as 5 years old can enjoy for a lifetime. Brandon Proudfoot, golf instructor and head golf coach at Mount Si High School, can’t get enough of teaching kids and shar- Brandon Proudfoot ing his own passion for the game. After teaching golf for six years and running youth programs at multiple golf courses while overseeing the instruction of thousands of students, Proudfoot opened Snoqualmie Valley Golf Academy last year, creating an environment where students can get the most out of golf and improve to become lifelong players. Snoqualmie Valley Golf Academy offers golf instruction, league play and tournaments for players ages 5 to 17. Players are now being accepted for spring teams for middle school golfers. Spring Break Camp will be held April 4-7. This camp is for players who have a basis in golf and would like to refresh their game with lessons and on-course time. Golf skills development will be covered as well as rules and competition. Classes are offered once a week or in weeklong camps. Spring classes are April 4 to June 10. Summer session is June 22

to Aug. 31. Sno-qualmie Valley Golf Academy is currently working with Si View Parks Department (www.si-viewpark.org) in North Bend to bring classes to new golfers and is teaching a golf class for Encompass (www.encompassnw.org) during the summer to bring golf to a broader range of students with a wider range of socioeconomic backgrounds. Proudfoot relies on the skills of five other golf instructors to assist him with the many teams and classes available through the Academy. The Academy also works with local golf courses to offer more affordable access to its young members. Snoqualmie Valley Golf Academy focuses on four pillars of success in its golf program. • ACCESS - make the game of golf within everyone’s reach • EDUCATION - camps, classes and other learning opportunities throughout the year, taught by qualified instructors • COMPETITION - leagues, tournaments & more • FRIENDSHIP - activities for students and families For more information about classes, camps and golf teams, call 425-802-5482 go to www.snovalleygolfacademy.com.

There were no bars on the windows or guards at the door, yet students were quietly doing math exercises in a Klahanie storefront on a beautiful day. “Kids don’t hate math. They hate embarrassment,” says Sumitha Reddy, the owner of Mathnasium, 4546 Klahanie Dr SE Issaquah, a math tutoring franchise in the Klahanie QFC shopping center. Reddy, a biomedical engineer, has never felt the gutwrenching math phobia so familiar to many. She just Tutor Bryce Goodwin, owner/director Sumitha has a “feel for the numbers,” Reddy, tutor Thao Nguyen and tutor Ashley Williams. but credits “some really good teachers in high school” with instilling her love of math. cut a pizza, it still adds up to only one Reddy and Mathnasium Assistant pizza. Director Priyanka Pant help students K-12 Ten-year-old Alex hit the math wall in overcome the embarrassment of falling fifth grade. behind in math and “not getting it.” Along “Math has always been my best subthe way, some even develop Reddy’s love ject,” he says while taking a break from for those numbers. working with instructor Alan Wang, a She says parents are often the motivatgraduate in biomedical engineering. “But ing force that gets students into since we moved here, I have not been Mathnasium for help. doing as well. I just get confused when we “A lot of parents don’t want the fight,” do the tests.” says Pant, “the battle to get homework Across the room, instructor Bryce done.” Goodwin is working with Brian, a Skyline Reddy believes there is a math person High School junior who hit the wall in in all of us, despite what your child’s algebra II. report card might say. “I was passing all my classes first Parents typically sign up for six- or 12semester,” says Brian. “Then second month packages that cost $225 to semester, I got lost.” $300/month. The Mathnasium staff first Brian knows he’ll need math in college does an assessment of the students’ skills and is getting back on track. to design a learning plan. “On my last test, I got a 84, so it must “One of the best ways to teach fractions be working,” says Brian. is using slices of pizzas,” says pizza-math For more information, call 425-270advocate Reddy. She says students can 1054 or visit see that, no matter how many slices you www.mathnasium.com/issaquah.

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Council sets paving priorities Three roads, often used by Sammamish drivers, will get new pavement this year. The Sammamish City Council approved a slate of pavement overlay projects at its March 21 meeting. The new pavement is slated to go on several major arterials, including: ◆ Issaquah-Pine Lake Road from Southeast 48th Street North to 234th Avenue Southeast. During the repavement, road lines will be adjusted to provide for designated shoulders on both sides of the road. ◆ Southeast 24th Street from 228th Avenue East to 244th Avenue. ◆ Southeast 8th Street from 228th Avenue East to Southeast Windsor Boulevard. Portions of several neighborhoods will also receive new pavement, including: ◆ Sammamish 95 ◆ Sahara Hills ◆ Green Acres ◆ Sahalee Woods ◆ Park Glen ◆ Swedish Glen ◆ Sammamish Crest

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he wanted the document to include more specific goals for water quality, basin plans and storm water mitigation. The council is scheduled to review its storm drainage regulations in April. “In many cases we have a very

SAMMAMISH REVIEW approved the changes, with Councilman John James absent.

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Lawyers, accountants, real estate agents and other professionals running a business out of their home can continue their work in select areas without running afoul of city code. At their March 21 meeting, the Sammamish City Council approved a series of changes to their zoning regulations governing professional office use in residential areas. The changes permit a person living in an R-12 or R-18 area near Inglewood and Pine Lake commercial areas to run a business out of their home under certain conditions, including: ◆ They are not acting as a retail outlet. ◆ Their office space does not exceed 3,000 square feet. ◆ They are not open to the public before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m. ◆ The office is located on the ground floor of their building. The council unanimously

Sammamish residents can apply to represent King County Council District 3 on county advisory boards. County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, the District 3 representative, urged people to apply for open seats on the Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Administrative Board, Mental Health Advisory Board and Women’s Advisory Board. The alcohol and substance abuse panel recommends policies and programs related to prevention, intervention and rehabilitation. The mental health board focuses on the access and quality of mental health services in the county. The women’s group makes recommendations to the county executive and council to ensure the county meets the needs and rights of women. Interested people should contact Grace Reamer at 206-296-

Motorists can keep studded tires on vehicles until April 7, because the state Department of Transportation has extended the deadline to remove the winterweather gear. The agency extended the studded tire deadline because forecasts call for possible winter driving conditions across the mountain passes and higher-elevation areas. However, if motorists fail to meet the April deadline, law enforcement officers could cite them. State law allows motorists to use studded tires from Nov. 1 until March 31, unless the state changes the deadline. Despite the extended deadline, officials remain concerned about possible roadway damage related to studded tires. In addition, research shows studded tire-equipped vehicles require longer stopping distance.

outmoded storm drainage system here in the city,” Cross said. “I don’t want to see the city develop and start facing a gradually worsening habitat and start losing its trees. I don’t think I want to see that as the price we pay for the development of the city.” Several commissioners and council members spoke of the need to engage the community in order for any of the plan’s goals to be met. Opinion was split on

whether this meant incentivizing conservation through tax credits, using peer pressure, or the more overt strategy – government regulation. Councilwoman Michele Petitti used the example of a tax on plastic bags at local businesses. “How do you raise the consciousness in the community?” Petitti asked. “I will sometimes walk into a grocery store before realizing that I have a trunk full

of reuseable bags. Maybe the city of Sammamish needs to start charging for plastic bags ... I don’t know how you get to that turning point in peoples’ consciousness.” Gurol said the final sustainability strategy should be back in front of the council within the next two months.

Public Works Director Laura Philpot said the construction is expected to happen between June and October.

Reporter Caleb Heeringa can be reached at 392-6434. ext. 247, or cheeringa@isspress.com.

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Crossings at Pine Lake neighborhood recently failed, causing the nearby earth to erode, leaving a void underneath asphalt in the neighborhood, City Manager Ben Yazici said.

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people. If there were any doubt about the target of their hate, the vandals placed the word “Jew” on their work to make it clear. Our community’s response should not be to pat these kids on the head and tell them they were naughty and that graffiti is a bad thing. Yes, make them clean off the graffiti, but don’t let them think the spray paint and property defacement was the worst part of this. Our responsibility is to recognize what this was — a hate crime, and to take it seriously enough to let them know that their actions have important consequences. Make sure they understand the danger to individuals and society when they feed the flames of bigotry and hatred. Not only do actions like this cause pain to members of the targeted group, but also they also encourage escalation of hatred among others. Sammamish’s response defines what kind of community we have. My suggestion would be to arrange for these two teens to meet a survivor of the holocaust or their relatives, sit with them, listen to their life stories. Then maybe this event ends with positive change for the teenagers, our community and the greater society. Carol Radlo Sammamish

Yazici briefed the City Council on the incident at their March 21 meeting, explaining that he had authorized the work to be done without council approval because it was potentially dangerous for residents who were driving over the failed pipes. Public Works Director Laura Philpot said the lack of support for the roadway above could have led to a passing car falling into a sinkhole. The pipes have been replaced and crews will soon repave the area, Yazici said.

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A Redmond woman had her purse stolen from her car as she dropped her child off for preschool March 15. The victim parked in the Good Samaritan Episcopal Church parking lot at around 9 a.m. and walked her child into school. When she returned five minutes later her passenger door was open and her purse was gone. Several credit and debit cards, an Amazon Kindle and $60 were taken in the theft. Police have no suspects.

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Sammamish Police were called to stand by as a man recovered his belongings from his ex-girlfriend’s home March 12. The items were exchanged without incident.

A Sammamish Police officeron patrol found an open garage door late at night March 15 on the 2400 block of 246th Place Northeast. The resident agreed to close the garage door.

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Domestic violence A 29-year-old Ephrata man was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence after allegedly throwing his cell phone at his wife while the couple was parked at a business on East Lake Sammamish Parkway March 18. The wife sustained a cut and black eye during the alleged attack and was transported to Overlake Hospital. The wife originally told police that the injury was self-inflicted,

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A Sammamish mother called police after getting into a shouting match with her son over his use of marijuana in her home March 19. The woman reported that the son had become verbally abusive after she threatened to have his Internet access shut off when she found him smoking pot in his room. According to the police report, the son admitted to smoking and apologized for blowing up on his mother, but said he was frustrated that

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Police again visited a vacant home on the 4000 block of 212th Way Southeast that had recently been broken into by teenagers and used as a party location after a realtor found a detached shed unlocked. The agent visited the shed, which contained power tools, the afternoon of March 14. Nothing was taken from the shed, but police wanted to document the open door due to the history of break-ins at the home.

Court order violation A Sammamish resident in the process of divorcing his wife called police March 12 to report that his wife had allegedly sold a truck that had been awarded to him by a judge. The husband reported that the wife had also refused to provide him with his clothes and that he was homeless and sleeping outside because he did not have his truck. Police documented the allegations and will be forwarding the case to city prosecutors. Items in the Police Blotter come from Sammamish police reports.

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she would take away his ability to play online games – his only social outlet. Police found two “crude, homemade pipes” in the son’s room but no drugs. They warned him that smoking pot was illegal and advised the mother not to hesitate to call police again if her son’s anger turned to violence.

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Three Eastlake High School students picked the wrong place to smoke marijuana. Police spotted the trio in a vehicle parked at Margaret Mead Elementary School at around 12:30 a.m. March 13. The officer contacted the teens and could immediately smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

A Sammamish resident got a call from her bank asking her to confirm a charge of more than $1,000 at a Barnes and Noble in Redlands, Calif. March 12. The victim said they had been in the area in January but had no idea how someone would have gotten their bank account information. Police have no suspects.

but then said the husband had done it when police said that they would have to have her committed for a mental health evaluation if she had harmed herself. A third person was in the vehicle at the time but claimed he was asleep during the attack. The witness also told police that one or more of those in the car were coming down off a methamphetamine high.

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Black belt demonstrates focus and drive can conquer autism By Christopher Huber

During his Tae Kwon Do black belt ceremony in January, Matthew Ahn broke every board with one kick or one punch, he said. A fourth-grader at Margaret Mead Elementary, Matthew had spent the previous three years setting frequent smaller goals and reaching them. This was a big one. Most Tae Kwon Do students never achieve black belt rank. Matthew, who lives with autism, passed his test, which included sparing and term memorization, and earned the rank of black belt at Hwang’s Tae Kwon Do in Redmond. The achievement was a testament to the years of hard work and perseverance that seemed to affirm a transformation from a boy struggling to develop with his peers to

a confident young leader, focused on his future. “You could tell, he had a lot of pride,” said Matthew’s father, Alex Ahn. “We’re very proud of him.” His grandparents even drove down from Canada to watch the ceremony, and the occasion was quite momentous for his parents, who had finally found the right fit for their son. For many youth who earn their black belt, it’s a great thing, but to the Ahn family it represents a significant victory against the potential effects of autism. “We don’t want autism to define him,” said Alex Ahn. Although Matthew lives with “high-functioning” autism — he can do most things well but tends to disengage from conversation or lose focus — understanding spatial concepts and being social are difficult.

“Being in Tae Kwon Do helps me focus,” said Matthew. And “it helps me focus a lot in school.” His parents and teachers have seen dramatic improvements in his overall abilities and engagement. “I truly think doing Tae Kwon Do he’s been able to control some of his impulses,” Alex Ahn said. The Ahn family tried to get Matthew into lessons as a kindergartner, despite at the time having somewhat delayed speech and other coordination issues, Alex Ahn said. He’s always done well academically, but needed serious work with balance and special understanding. “I wanted to be more confident,” Matthew said after class March 24. The Ahns signed him up “because we wanted him to be See BLACK BELT, Page 9

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Matthew Ahn, a fourth-grader at Mead Elementary School, demonstrates a kick on the mats at Hwang’s Tae Kwon Do.

Sammamish man brings business lessons to Vietnam By Christopher Huber

For his sophomore year in college, Del Goehner dropped out of school and went to Guatemala for eight months. Like many young adults, he wanted to see the world and also see how he could help through the mission organization he went with, he said. He quickly learned how good Americans have it. He met Guatemalans who earned about $1 a day and, for some things, paid the same price as in America. “That was my first introduction to another part of the world,” Goehner said. “My first impression was, ‘we don’t know what poor is.’” That experience stayed with him throughout his life and ultimately led him to seek ways to exercise his passion for finance and business to help others. Goehner, an accountant and five-year Sammamish resident, recently made his seventh annual trip to Vietnam to teach college students there how to build and manage a business. It was a part of “Business Week 2011,” organized by Resource Exchange International. Goehner was part of a team of six professionals from Chicago, St Louis, Singapore and Florida, who worked with students at a hand-

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Sammamish resident Del Goehner poses with friends and students while on a volunteer teaching trip in Vietnam. ful of universities in and around Hanoi. “Del’s been an incredible help,” said Brian Teel, director of

Resource Exchange International, Vietnam. The organization Goehner teaches with partners with

Vietnamese leaders and universities to develop a new generation of business leaders through various one- to two-week training

programs. “What Del is doing is introducing international students to a country that is right now emerging as an internationally significant economic power,” Teel said. REI, Vietnam is an educational training organization that takes professionals and links them between developed countries and Vietnam, Teel said. It has sent volunteers from eight other countries. Goehner happens to teach finance and accounting courses, but the organization sends handfuls of volunteers to teach and train in various areas of expertise, like medicine, English, agronomy, social work and business. During this year’s trip, Goehner taught courses at four universities, including Foreign Trade University and Hanoi University, Teel said. He taught “Creating and Guiding a Business,” “Tracking Costs and Job Profitability,” “Analyzing Financial Reports,” and “Building a Budget.” Additionally, Goehner worked with small groups of students to partner with local businesses. “He is having the opportunity to lay the foundation of financial accountability and accuracy in business,” Teel said. “He is laying See GOEHNER, Page 9


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able to defend himself. But he learned more social interactions,” Alex Ahn said. “I remember when I did it, it was good discipline. We wanted to try it out at first and see how he would do.” He worked with an instructor one-on-one at first, and eventually joined a full class. The Ahns found Matthew’s classmates to be non-judgmental and friendly. “The kids here are very accepting,” Alex Ahn said. He attributes much of Matthew’s success to the work ethic of Matthew’s instructors, Hiro Furukawa and Anne Dziok. The teachers not only impart martial arts training, but also instill life values like goal setting and hard work, said Furukawa an assistant master and 17-year veteran at Hwang’s. “He tries very hard. And if I try hard, he reflects that,” Furukawa said. “I see more smiles (from him).” At the beginning, even lining up with his classmates was difficult. “When he first started, he had a tough time doing Tae Kwon Do,” Alex Ahn said. “He’s not the quickest to learn or to kick the highest, but he puts a lot of effort into it.” One of the keys for Matthew

has been consistent practice at home, too. At first Matthew struggled with some of the instructions in class — when told to do a jump kick, he wouldn’t leave the ground, but thought he did, Alex Ahn said. “There were times where I was thinking that it was too tough for him,” Alex Ahn said. But since joining martial arts classes, you wouldn’t even know Matthew lives with autism. He sits in front, yells the loudest during a punch or kick motion and keeps up with the pace of exercises and instruction. Living with highfunctioning autism, Matthew has always done well academically, but now his teachers give him more responsibilities in class. In addition to achieving his first-degree black belt, Matthew is making waves as a swimmer, he and Alex Ahn said. “I think what he learned through tae kwon do he’s been able to take to swimming and other physical things,” Alex Ahn said. As he looks down the road to attaining his second-degree belt, his resilience and focus help him not to worry about some of the little things that used to keep him from doing well. Plus, Alex Ahn said, now that he’s got his black belt, his instructors expect a little more out of him. “I’m just happy he reached his goal,” Furukawa said. “Now, the next goal.”

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the foundation of integrity in business.” Goehner brings an approach to teaching that is sensitive to cultural differences and learning styles. He teaches not that Western practices are always the right way, but that it’s how most international businesses run. Although he thoroughly enjoys teaching in his area of expertise, Goehner said he most appreciates the relationship building. Returning each year, he said he sees students from previous years, who have become leaders in their respective field. During one small-group session, Goehner asks the students, “If you could change anything about Vietnam, what would you change?” They respond somewhat apathetically, but with a few ideas, and turn the question on him. He responds with an “I don’t know, but I know you’re going to change Vietnam,” he said. “To see the kids change is what drives me,” Goehner said. “You hope you’re making a difference in someone’s life.” Comparing the Vietnam experience to his Guatemala experience, Goehner stressed that they help one understand how vastly different life in Sammamish is from the rest of the world. “Until you get people to step

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Del Goehner was nominated for a 2011 SAMMI Award, partly due to his annual work teaching accounting and finance classes to Vietnamese college students. out from where they live and experience something else, they’ll always think this is how everyone lives,” he said. “(The experience) makes me conscious of how I live my life. When it’s all about us, we’re just missing out on life.” Once he finished college, Goehner built a successful accounting business in Pasadena, Calif., he said. Through the years, he helped various nonprofit organizations develop better accounting practices and such. He sold the business in 2001, and he and his wife eventually made their way to

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Sammamish in 2005. He had been part of the Pasadena Rotary Club, but needed to plug in here in Sammamish. Since becoming a member of Rotary Club of Sammamish, Goehner has volunteered as its treasurer and has essentially rebuilt its accounting system, said Jerry Vice, the club’s president. “Del’s background in the accounting industry has provided the club with an awful lot of support,” Vice said. “He has played a huge role in making sure we have … an efficient accounting system. He’s a sharp business guy.” Goehner also does committee work with Rotary and is a main organizer in the Nightmare at Beaver Lake production each year, Vice said. And, to recognize Goehner for his giving spirit, someone nominated him for a 2011 SAMMI Award. “There are a lot of really cool people that have reached a point in their thinking and life experience that they realize there’s a lot more to living, and Del and many (Rotary) members are like that too,” Vice said. “It really is up to us to be the solution and not hope that somebody else will take care of business. Del steps up to the plate and wants to be the solution.” Reporter Christopher Huber can be reached at 392-6434, ext. 242, or chuber@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.SammamishReview.com.


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Inglewood actors and writers pay tribute to Dr. Seuss By Christopher Huber

Dozens of parents and their young children filled the Sammamish Library meeting room waiting to sneak a peak of some ‘sneetches,’ March 24. The children crowded the front of the room as a team of Inglewood Junior High drama students performed skits about popular Dr. Seuss stories along with a few others, like “Where the Wild Things Are” and “Go Dog, Go.” This was the 13th year the school’s drama class put on the performance to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday, which was March 2. The five skits were arranged and directed by the theater students themselves, said Andrew Rabiroff, Inglewood’s drama teacher. “This is a community service for them,” he said after the event. The group had been adapting and rehearsing the skits since late January, students said. For a couple of the skits, the respective directors had to pare down the stories from the book version, said seventh-graders Torrey Nielsen and Hena Matthias. The two co-directed “Go, Dog. Go!”

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Inglewood Junior High students Mikaela Wallinger, from left, Becca Hough, Jessica Simpson, Alex Jones, Nick Biro, (hidden – Matthew Morrison and Gracie Kent) perform in “The Sneetches.” and said it was more work than they anticipated. “It’s fun because we got to

come up with our own plays,” Matthias said. Each play consisted of a narra-

tor reading the story line from the original book while student actors acted out various highlight-

ed scenes. In “The Sneetches,” an entrepreneur offers the non-starbellied sneetches an opportunity to get stars on their bellies, to fit in with the discriminatory sneetches who already have them. They go through Sylvester McMonkey McBean’s Star-On machine and the star-bellied sneetches don’t like it. They go through the machine to take their stars off, starting a frenzy of taking off and putting on of stars. All the sneetches get mixed up in the machine and ultimately learn the senselessness of their original prejudice. “Go, Dog. Go!” the finale, got the biggest rise out of the audience members, young and old. In the skit, people, playing various breeds of dogs, buzzed around the set, barking and howling on command. Some drove cars chaotically, slammed into trees or high-fived with the front-row children. “It’s fun to partner with the school,” said Pat Richardson, the children’s services librarian. Torrey said her favorite part of the theater project is “the end See SEUSS, Page 11

Eastlake’s budding scientists take home big prizes By Christopher Huber

Eastlake placed 23rd out of 26 schools, but that’s partly because Eastlake senior Alicia other schools had more represenMcMurchie decided to join her tatives and could score points in school’s science honor society each of the 24 categories. after spending much of her high “Overall we did OK,” said school career in math clubs and Eastlake science teacher Brian competitions, she said. As the Wikrent. “But you can do well on opportunities are increasing for individual (events) and as a students to explore science-relatwhole.” ed fields, she figured it would be He said Eastlake sent about 10 a good way to see if it was someparticipants to the competition thing she liked and two pairs, “We need to motivate enough to purin particular, sue in college. kids to be more excited did well for “I just really the Wolves. about science.” like science, so Elizabeth and it just seemed Alicia – Brian Wikrent, natural to join McMurchie Teacher – science honor won the society,” said ornithology McMurchie, a category after second-year honor society memscoring highest on their test and ber and Science Olympiad particbeating out 22 other participants. ipant. “I thought it would be In the Disease Detectives categointeresting to see how I comry, Spencer Patzman and Bryce pared to other people.” Barlow placed second of 23 parMcMurchie and a handful of ticipants. Eastlake science enthusiasts are “It’s interesting to compete part of the school’s Science against people from all different National Honor Society club, schools,” McMurchie said. which is one of only two regisThe club does more than just tered in the state, according to compete. Its members hold inthe society’s website. school projects and competitions, At its recent competition, host guest speakers from engi-

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Eastlake students Henry Wang, left, and Tang Song work on a tower during a recent Science Olympiad competition. neering and other science-related fields and even go to Sammamish elementary schools to do demonstrations and science club outreach, Wikrent said. The members also have to conduct about 10 hours of science-focused community service throughout the school year. And some tutor their classmates after school on

Wednesdays, he said. One project the club runs for Eastlake students is the bridge project, where teams engineer and build bridges and test them to see which can bear the most weight. “It’s really cool and the kids are great,” Wikrent said. “The kids work hard and they like being here.”

As the Lake Washington School District, and others in the area, focuses on developing curricula in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, Wikrent highlighted the importance of schools having Science National Honor Society and of competing in Science Olympiad. Of the 525 Science National Honor Society chapters registered in the United States as of last September, Washington has only two — Eastlake and Mount Si high schools — according to the society’s website. However, more than 100 middle and high schools and more than 2,000 students participate in Washington’s Science Olympiad competitions, according to the organization. “We need to motivate kids to be more excited about science,” Wikrent said. “Anything to keep them excited is a big deal. There’s a shortage of engineers in this world, and it’s going to get worse.” Reporter Christopher Huber can be reached at 392-6434, ext. 242, or chuber@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.SammamishReview.com.


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70 plateau student qualify for international DECA competition Sammamish schools are sending 70 DECA students to the International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Fla., at the end of April, according to Eastlake, Skyline and Eastside Catholic. At the recent regional DECA conference the Skyline DECA program — a growing powerhouse in the area — qualified a whopping 63 students for the international business competition. Eastlake and Eastside Catholic also will send some business students. The Wolves will send junior Midori Ng, senior Rebecce Burney and sophomores Ally Britain, Alaina Hartley and Nicole McKernan. And Eastside Catholic will see Nick Orsillo and Alex Smith head to Orlando. Of Skyline’s 63 finalists, nine of them double-qualified (advanced in two events) for the international event: Makenzie Malsom, Kelly Freeman, Jordan Beeks, Ashwin Rao, Brian Pak, Mary Alice Peng, Kiana McCormick, Chirsty Paton and Anna Rizkalla. Seven won their respective state championship: Makenzie Malsom, Kelly Freeman, Jordan Beeks, Erin Vanderwall, Andrew Hankey, Alex Marber, Jessie Dart, Jackie Woods, Kiana McCormick and Chirsty Paton.

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For Eastlake, Ng placed second in Ad Campaign and third in Buying and Merchandising at the regional competition. She doublequalified for the event in Orlando. Hartley took second in Principals of Marketing and Burney, Britain and McKernan each placed in the top 32 of their categories. At Eastside Catholic, Orsillo and Smith together placed sixth overall in Hospitality Services Team Decision Making. Students who double-qualified can only compete in one event at the international competition, according to Eastside Catholic School. The Sammamish students will be among 13,000 high school students participating in the international DECA competition in April.

Eastside Catholic students are best debaters in state The debate team from Eastside Catholic is state champs, according to the school’s administration. The championship capped a season that stretched from October to March with debate competitions nearly every weekend. In the Congressional Debate category, the Crusader team of Kyle Hendrix, John Holt and Tim O’Melia won the state title. Hendrix also earned the Top Presiding Officer award and Holt won second place overall.

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Hendrix and O’Melia both reached the finals. Eastside Catholic sent five students to the competition, the most allowed in District 2 and more than any other team at the state competition, the school said. In the Lincoln-Douglas Debate format, Derek Holliday finished fifth overall and was the firstplace speaker. Tessie LaMourea was the third place speaker. About 60 schools participate in speech and debate competitions in Washington.

EC students’ Los Angeles trip not a vacation over mid-winter break Photo by Christopher Huber

For 24 Eastside Catholic students, the mid-winter break may have been time away from school, but it was anything but a time of easygoing rest and relaxation. The students spent their week off meeting and helping homeless people in Los Angeles, the school said. As part of Eastside Catholic’s Urban Plunge mission trip, the youth filled more than 800 bags of food at the LA Food Bank and servedmore than a thousand meals at the Midnight Mission. They took to the streets to meet the homeless and hear their stories, too. One of the students’ challenges included using $5 to provide a non-food item for a person in need, the school said.

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result, and to see them laugh at the jokes.” Both Torrey and Hena enjoyed directing the skits because of the challenges of figuring out how to portray certain scenes to better capture people’s imagination.

Up next, the Inglewood drama class will work with Carson Elementary fourthgraders on the “1,000 Words” project. The elementary students send them pictures of different subject matter, from which the theater students have to create a script. “It gets me excited with how you can portray (for example) people going in a roller coaster,” Torrey said.

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Sammamish track teams look to rebuilding year Skyline opens season with win By Bob Taylor and Christopher Huber

Skyline senior Kyle Branch didn’t even look like he was trying as he rounded the final curve on his way to a win in the 1,600meter race against Woodinville. The standout distance runner finished way ahead of the competition, but afterward said he was actually trying to conserve energy for his next events, the 3,200 and the 4x400-meter relay. “It was a nice, relaxed pace,” Branch said. He finished in 4 minutes, 47.2 seconds. His wins in the 1,600 and 3,200 (10:04.1) helped the Skyline boys to an 82-55 season-opener win against the Falcons. The girls of Skyline also beat Woodinville, 88-62, despite lacking points from key returners like high jumper Sydne Tingey, who was out with an injury. Boys: Perennial star Kasen Williams was a leader on the boys’ team, winning the high jump with a leap of 6-feet-9 inches and the long jump with a mark of 21 feet. Teammate Blake Young pulled his weight in the sprints events.

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Skyline’s Chase Premone, right, hands the baton off to Christian John during the boys 4x100 relay race March 24 at Skyline High School. He won the 100 in a time of 11.4 seconds, as well as the 200, with a time of 24.2 seconds. Trevon Clark rounded out Skyline’s sprints sweep with a win in the 400-meter race. He crossed the finish line in 54.4 sec-

onds. In the 800-meter race, Skyline’s Drew Matthews won with a time of 2:05.4. Other than Garrett Corlis’ 1537 mark in the javelin, the Spartans struggled in the throwing competition. Woodinville’s

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Jacob Hollister won the shot put with a toss of 41-7.5. He also won the discus event heaving it 132-8. The Skyline relays looked to establish their winning ways again early in the season. The

boys (Young, Charles Premone, Christian John, Dominic Sblendorio) won the 4x100 relay in 45.3 seconds. Clark, Branch, Williams and Jay Bowlby won the 4x400 relay in 3:39.7. For the girls, thrower Haley Ziegler took both the shot put and discus. She won the shot put event with a throw of 28-9 and the discus with a toss of 87-11. Skyline’s Lindsey Coutts also won two events. She cleared 5-0 in the high jump and leapt 14-9 in the long jump. Marissa Fortier took first in the triple jump, measuring 303.5. Woodinville’s Christina Gonzalez-Gandolfi took both the 110 and 300 hurdles events, but Skyline’s Michelle Bretl won the 100 (13.2 seconds) and Dorie Dalzell won the 200 (27.8 seconds). As the girls will try to compete again in the relays, Skyline got off to a good start, winning the 4x100 relay in 53.6 seconds, the 4x200 relay in 1:49.80 and the 4x400 relay in 4:18.3. Teams look to stay competitive at state The Skyline and Eastlake high school track and field programs See TRACK, Page 13

Sammamish rowers contribute to strong performance on Greenlake Seven Sammamish rowers helped the Sammamish Rowing Association win big in their season-opening regatta March 19. The association’s strong performance among the dozen or so races led to it winning the total points tally for juniors and masters races. It won 19 gold medals, too. Sammamish residents took part in nine different races March 19: Women’s Jr Novice 8+, time: 3:47:60 — Abi Manoni, Skyline High; Women’s Masters 4x, time 3:56:52 — Debbie Crisler, Sammamish; Women’s Jr. Novice B +, time: 4:12:90 — Nicole Imbriaco, Skyline High; Men’s Jr. Novice 4+, time 3:12:50 — Dominic Evezich, Skyline High; Women’s Jr. 4x, time 3:55:00 — Maggie McCarthy, Skyline High; Women’s Jr. JV 8+, time 3:47:70 — Gina Day and Maggie McCarthy, Skyline High; Women’s Open Novice 8+, time: 4:06:0 — Abi Manoni, Skyline High; Men’s Open Novice 8+, time: 3:30:12 — Domini Evezich, Skyline High and Mixed Masters 8+, time: 3:39:73 — Yvonne Cote, Sammamish.

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Brandon Kaufman, left, and Ryan Wasserman, of Inglewood Junior High, hold plaques showing their respective weight brackets after winning their divisions at the Lake Washington junior high wrestling tournament March 19. Wasserman won the 155-pound division and Kaufman won his 175-pound bout

Skyline 13, O’Dea 7 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E O’Dea 0 0 0 0 4 3 0 7 8 1 Skyline 0 4 2 5 0 2 x 13 12 0 Skyline batting: Clayton Huber, 3-for-3; Zack Liddle, 2-for-2, 4 RBI, 2B; Nate Litka, 1-for-4, 2 RBI, 3B; Conner Reinertsen, 2-for-3, RBI. Skyline pitching: Ryan Parks (W, 1-0), 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 K, 0 BB.

Thursday, March 24 Issaquah 3, Eastlake 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Eastlake 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 3 2 Issaquah 0 0 0 1 2 0 x 3 5 1 Eastlake batting: John Armour, 1-for-2, 2B, 2 RBI. Redmond 5, Skyline 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Skyline 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 7 4 Redmond2 0 2 0 1 0 x 5 6 0 Skyline batting: Nate Litka, 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI; Matt Sinatro, 1-for-3, 2B, 1 R. Tuesday, March 22 Mount Si 11, Skyline 5 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Mount Si 2 0 1 2 4 2 0 11 12 0 Skyline 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 8 2

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Skyline batting: Zack Liddle, 2-for-4, 2B; Nate Litka, 2-for-3, RBI, 2B. Skyline pitching: Brandon Lundeberg (L).

Softball Thursday, March 24 Issaquah 9, Skyline 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H Issaquah 3 2 0 3 0 0 1 9 3 Skyline 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 3 5 Skyline batting: Anya Kamber, 1-for-4, SB; Lindsey Nicholson, 2-for-3, 2B, 2 SB. Skyline pitching: Megan Burris (L). Wednesday, March 23 Eastlake 5, Kamiak 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Kamiak 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 3 6 Eastlake 0 1 1 0 2 1 x 5 9 Eastlake batting: Kelley Cote, 1-for-1, RBI. Eastlake pitching: Sophie Palenscar (W).

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had strong showings a year ago and both have high hopes for the 2011 season. Skyline, which has become one of the elite track and field programs in the state, had a strong boys team last spring. The Spartans captured 4A KingCo Conference and district titles, and finished the year by taking second at state. It was the most successful season ever for the Skyline boys. Spartan’s coach Marc Hillestad said he is excited about the prospects for this season’s squad as many key athletes return. Kasen Williams leads Skyline boys By far, the most famous name on the team is senior Kasen Williams, one of the best allaround athletes in the state. Williams, best known for his exploits in football where he earned Parade Magazine National Player of the Year honors, also excels in basketball and track. In track, Williams is a point machine in the jumps and relays. In 2010, he won the long jump, triple jump and high jump at the KingCo meet. At state, he won the triple jump and took second

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Boys soccer Saturday, March 26 Issaquah 1, Skyline 1 Scoring summary: Travis Strawn, S, (unassisted) 23:00; Zach Lawless, I, (Michael Roberts assist) 38:00. Friday, March 25 Eastlake 4, Redmond 2 Scoring summary: Sean Klauer, E, (Evan Yamada assist) 16:00; Sawyer Preston, E,penalty kick; Derek Horner, R, (J.T. Newton assist) 45:00; Chris Discolo, E, (unassisted) 50:00; Julian White, R, (Preston Horner assist) 60:00; James Gee, E, (Sean Klauer assist) 65:00. Tuesday, March 22 Eastlake 5, Ballard 1 Scoring summary: Gerard Galvin, E, (Evan Yamada assist) 4:00; Brent Campbell, B, (unassisted) 14:00; James Gee, E, (Evan Yamada assist) 24:00; Sean Klauer, E, (Gerard Galvin assist) 32:00; Sean Klauer, E, (Evan Yamada assist) 38:00; Sean Klauer, E, (Austin Aumell assist) 76:00.

in both the long jump and high jump. Kyle Branch, who finished third at KingCo in the 1,600 meters and fourth in the 3,200, will anchor the distance runners. Sprinter Drew Matthews and distance runner Keegan Symmes also return. When thinking about the distance competitors he’ll need to worry about — from Mead (Spokane) and Redmond — Branch said he’ll need to just keep running fast. “I just gotta be tougher than the rest,” he said. Drew Matthews got his season off to a good start March 17 by winning the 100 and 400 at the Skyline Jamboree. He won the 400 in 49.8 with Williams second in 51.7. Branch won the 1,600 with Symmes placing fourth in the event. Skyline has shown depth in the throwing events with strong performances from Jake Monroe (shot put), Bryan Lee (discus) and Garret Corlis (javelin). The Skyline girls team had its string of eight KingCo titles snapped last year when the Spartans finished second to Inglemoor. Coach Dawn Geiser, in her 15th year, is ready for the Spartans to reclaim the top spot. However, she notes that this is going to be a rebuilding year with

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Monday, March 21 Skyline 5, Auburn Mountainview 1 Scoring summary: Pedro Miola, S, (unassisted); James Molyneux-Elliott, S, (Pedro Miola assist); Kyle Olmstead, S; Travis Strawn, S; James Molyneux-Elliott, S .

Girls tennis Thursday, March 24 Newport 7, Skyline 0 Singles: Ami Vo, N, beat Kirsten Park, 6-0, 6-0; Rixing Xu, N, beat Laura Parsons, 6-0, 6-1; Renata Lemanau, N, beat Jinny Choi, 6-1, 6-1; Stephanie Lim, N, beat Kianna Bertolino, 6-3, 6-2. Doubles: Angela Chen-Jen Choi, N, beat Alison Opitz-Molly Knutson, 6-1, 6-2; Allison Lee-Emily Chen, N, beat Sonja Ye-Kasumi Maeda, 6-3, 6-3; Crystal Shen-Amy Yuan, N, beat Sanjana Galgalikar-Rachel Kim, 6-0, 7-5. Issaquah 7, Eastlake 0

only a few returning seniors on the squad. The top returning athletes are Haley Ziegler (javelin, discus, and shot put), Elena Frerker (javelin and discus), Michelle Bretl (400 and relays), Sydne Tingey (high jump), Kathryn Steele (distance events), Lindsey Coutts (high jump, long jump), Marissa Fortier (triple jump) and Kaylie Greninger (400 and relays). Newcomers include Alex Daugherty (200, 400, relays), Maria Volodkevich (200, 400, relays), Dorie Dalzell (200, 400, relays), Jordan Branch (distance events) and Aleeya Neal (100, 200, relays). The Eastlake Wolves rode to a 12th-place overall finish at state in 2010 thanks to key points from the 4x400 relay team, which

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Singles: Dayna Bennett, I, beat Hannah Thornburg, 6-1, 6-1; Alyssa Wilson, I, beat Kelly Song, 6-1, 6-3; Kelsey Wilson, I, beat Beth Rheinberger, 6-1, 6-1; Jenny Thomson, I, beat Nina Konolza, 6-1, 6-3. Doubles: Sam Garrard-Sabrina Norton, I, beat Lilia Rodriguez-Sara Marien, 6-2, 6-0; Serena Lustig-Rachel Gonchar, I, beat Teresa Wu-Wendie Yeung, 6-1, 6-0; Molly Shade-Amber Lee, I, beat Shannon Keogh-Nicole McKernan, 6-2, 6-2. Tuesday, March 22 Eastlake 5, Bothell 2 Singles: Hannah Thornsburg, E, beat Rebekah You 6-2, 6-0; Kelly Song, E, beat Aria Samora 6-1, 7-5; Beth Rheinberger, E, beat Linda Vinitnantharat 6-1, 6-1; Nina Kondza, E, beat Erica Takano 5-7, 61, 6-4. Doubles: Morgan Milner-Colleen Byrne, B, beat Sara Marien-Lilia Rodriguez 6-2, 7-5; Neha SinghMakenzie Schmid, E, beat Alina Espinoza-Raven Anderson 6-4, 6-3; Gracen Rubo-Sadie Rath, B, beat Shannon Keogh-Nicole McKeran 6-4, 6-7, 104.

Skyline 6, Roosevelt 1 Singles: Kirsten Park, S, beat Amy Shearer 6-2, 6-2; Jinny Choi, S, beat Amilie Fischer 6-1, 2-6, 6-4; Laura Parsons, S, beat Rochelle Wong 4-6, 6-2, 62; Julia Haussmann, R, beat Kianna Bertolino 4-6, 6-4, 1-6. Doubles: Alison Opitz and Emily Murphey, S, beat Molly Knutson and Izzy Mason 6-3, 6-0; Sonja Ye and Jasmin Garavello, S, beat Kasumi Maeda and Suji Strain-Kokich 6-1, 6-1; Sanjana Galgalikar and Frances Woods, S, beat Rachel Kim and Abby Haslam 6-1, 4-6, 7-5. Monday, March 21 Mercer Island 6, Eastlake 1 Singles: Nora Tan, M, beat Hannah Thornsburg, 6-1, 6-0; Karissa Walker, M, beat Kelly Song, 6-1, 6-1; Sophia Gage, M, beat Beth Rheimberger, 6-0, 6-1; Nina Kondra, E, beat Sarah Kahan, 6-2, 6-4. Doubles: Erica Baska-Kelly Crandall, M, beat Sarah Marian-Lilia Rodriguez, 6-4, 6-1; Kajal Tiwary-Kristina Chang, M, beat Makenzie SchmidNeha Singh, 6-1, 6-2; Erin Crandall-Michaela Lee, M, beat Wendy Yeung-Teresa Wu, 7-7, 7-3, 6-3.

team placed second in state and set a new Eastlake school record (3:19.86). Despite the strong finish last year, the Wolves return a different team that will look to new leadership to pull off a season of equal or better success. The entire 400 relay team, as well as standouts Jeff Sloat and Brandon Cole, graduated. “Sloat and Cole were big losses for us,” said head coach Steve Jones. For the boys, Ian Gelfer should be a force in the sprints and relay events, Jones said. It seems the rest of the boys roster will devel-

op as the season goes on. Jones remains confident that several individuals will make it to state this season, and that the girls team returns some important runners that will help Eastlake pick up where it left off. “We are a younger team and have some good young talent coming up.” On the girls side, the Wolves return Haley O’Connor (400 and 4x400) and Morgan O’Connor (800 and relays), Lauren Files (hurdles and relays), Katelyn Steen (distance) Megan Batty (800 and relays) and Avalon Dunbar (sprints and relays).


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Events Caspar Babypants, featuring Chris Ballew of the Presidents of the United States of America, will play a concert featuring simple, family-friendly songs at 11 .am. March 30 at the Sammamish Library. Norman Rockwell’s illustrations will be the topic of a talk by art historian Susan Olds. Rockwell’s work will be on display in Tacoma through the end of May. Olds will give her presentation at 7 p.m. March 30 at the Sammamish Library. Call for art. The artEAST center presents the 5th Annual Sammamish Invitational juried exhibition. The exhibit, “Mysteries of the Soul,” is open only to Sammamish residents and will jun June 3-26. The submission deadline is April 6. For more information and an application, visit www.arteast.org/calls.htm. A community reading of the Arthur Miller play “All My

Sons” followed by a moderated discussion is set for 7 p.m. April 7 at the Sammamish Library. The program is sponsored by the Intiman Theater and the Sammamish Arts Commission. Erik Korhel will be reading from his new book “The Kid with the Red Juice Mustache” at 3 p.m. April 9 at the Sammamish Library. Want to start a business? A program sponsored by the Washington Business Center and Community Capital Development, the Sammamish Chamber of Commerce and the library will teach the basics at 2 p.m. April 12 at the Sammamish Library. Show, don’t tell, a writing workshop for teens, is scheduled for 2 p.m. April 16 at the Sammamish Library. The Lake Washington Schools Foundation’s annual Legacy for Learning luncheon will feature astronaut and former

Museum of Flight president, Bonnie Dunbar. The program starts at 11 a.m. April 20. The lunch is free, but with a $150 suggested donation. Proceeds benefit the foundation, which gives the money to Lake Washington district schools. For more information or to register, visit www.lwsf.org. Carey Thornton of Seattle Tilth will teach about how to grow veggies in containers at 7 p.m. April 27 at the Sammamish Library. Bikes for Africa. The Aras foundation is holding their annual drive to collect 500 bikes by May 7 to ship to Ghana. Volunteers are needed on May 7 to prepare the bikes for shipping, and donations are needed until then. Contact Mary Trask at mary@arasfoundation.org. Want to help create a trail system at Evans Creek park? The city is looking for corporate or other organizations, in addi-

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peaceful setting, attend the Missio Lux Healing Prayer Service the fourth Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at PineLake Covenant Church, 1715 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish. Become a healing prayer minister by joining either weekly sessions from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Fridays. Email tamara@missiolux.org or call 890-3913. The Social Justice Book Group meets at 1 p.m. the third Monday of each month in Sammamish. E-mail shlcministries@yahoo.com for information on the current book being discussed and location. Celebrate Recovery, a Christcentered program offering support and a path to freedom, meets every Monday, 7-9 p.m. at Pine Lake Covenant Church, 1715 228th Ave. S.E. For more info, go to www.missiolux.org, or call 392-8636. A men’s study group using participant guides from Celebrate Recovery will strive to work on hurts, hang-ups or habits people have been denying or surrendering to from 7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at Pine Lake Covenant Church. Email crontheplateau@gmail.com. Griefshare, a support group for those who have lost a loved one is from 7-9 p.m. Thursday nights at Sammamish Presbyterian Church. Moms In Touch is an inter-

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denominational, prayer support group for moms to get together and pray for children and schools. For more information, call Jan Domek, Issaquah School District representative, at 681-6770, or Kelly Wotherspoon, Lake Washington School District representative, at 392-2291, or visit www.MomsInTouch.org. Pine Lake Covenant Church offers a ministry for children with special needs at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. Call 392-8636. “Caffeine for the Soul,” a free Judaic and Torah class for women, is from 1-1:45 p.m. every Tuesday at Caffé Ladro in Issaquah Highlands Shopping Center. Contact Chabad of the Central Cascades at 427-1654. Free Hebrew classes are offered through Chabad of the Central Cascades. Call 427-1654. Kabalat Shabbat is offered in the Chabad house at the Issaquah Highlands at 7 p.m. Fridays. New members and guests are welcome. Call 427-1654. Learn to read and speak Samskritam at the Vedic Cultural Center. To register, visit www.vedicculturalcenter.org. Bhajan Bliss. Join musicians and singers to learn traditional devotional bhajan, and how to make vegetarian pizzas and samosas from 7:30-9 p.m. Fridays at the Vedic Cultural Center.

Library events Talk Time, for adults who want to improve their English skills, is scheduled for 6 p.m. April 5, 12, 19 and 26.

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Swaddler Story Time, for children aged birth-9 months with an adult, is scheduled for 11 a.m. April 14, 21 and 28. Waddler Story Time, for children aged 9-24 months with an adult, is scheduled for 10 and 11 a.m. April 15, 22 and 29. Hindi Story Time, for children 3 and older with an adult at 4 p.m. April 14, 21 and 28. Toddler Story Time, for children 2-3 with an adult, is scheduled for 10 and 11 a.m. April 13, 20 and 27. Musik Nest, for toddlers, is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 13 Spanish Story Time, for children 3 and older with an adult, is scheduled for 11 a.m. April 16, 23

and 30. Preschool Story Time, for ages 3-6 with an adult, are scheduled for 1 p.m. April 15, 22 and 29 and 10 a.m. April 14, 21 and 28. Pajama Story Time, for ages 2-6 with an adult, is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 11, 18 and 25. The Mother Daughter Book Club, for girls ages 10-13 and their mothers, will discuss “Becoming Naomi Leon” by Pam Munoz Ryan at 3 p.m. April 23. Hello English! Learn English in a structured environment. For beginners at 7 p.m. April 7, 14, 21 and 28. For intermediate students at 10 a.m. April 12, 19 and 26. Lounge and Listen to the

librarian read teen-oriented book samples and short stories while lounging and munching snacks amidst flickering lanterns at 4 p.m. April 6. The teen writers’ group is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. April 19. The Sammamish Book Group will read “The Best American Short Sotries 2009” and discuss the book at 7 p.m. April 20. To submit items for the Community Calendar, contact the editor at 392-6434, ext. 233. Information may be e-mailed to samrev@isspress.com. Items must be received by the Wednesday before publication.


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