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Council takes first step to allow initiatives and referenda By Tom Corrigan tcorrigan@isspress.com In the April special election, city voters said they wanted the powers of initiatives and referenda by a vote of 55.4 percent to 44.5 percent. In early October, residents will gain those rights thanks to their votes and legislative action set in motion by the

Sammamish City Council at its regular meeting July 7. By a 5-2 margin, the council adopted a resolution stating its intention to approve an ordinance allowing voter-powered initiatives and referenda in Sammamish. That resolution of intention is required under state laws outlining initiatives and referenda. The council will act on a

first reading of an enabling ordinance at a special meeting July 14, with a second and final reading set for July 21. The timing will allow the council to vote on the issue prior to taking its summer break in August, said Tim Larson, city communications manager. Assuming council votes in favor of the ordinance, the effective date would then

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be 90 days after the second reading, or roughly Oct. 10. “I’m very excited,” Councilwoman Nancy Whitten said. “This is an opportunity to provide more democratic rights to our citizens.” “It took a while, but there is it,” resident Harry Shedd said. “It’s all good.” Shedd and the community group Citizens for Sammamish

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The only thing not covered by mud is her grin, as Taylor Whitt, 11, of Stanwood, gives a thumbs up at the finish line of the Mud Factor 5K fun run July 18 at Lake Sammamish State Park. Taylor plunged in face-first, crawled under six 2-by-4s in a 20-foot-long pit 18 inches deep in mud, and went into the lake to wash off after receiving her participation medal. A total of 5,000 adults and children signed up for the family friendly, noncompetitive, daylong event.

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At right, participants emerge from the limbo pit in various states of muddiness, depending on their attitude for adventure, halfway through their Mud Factor 5K fun run July 18 at Lake Sammamish State Park.

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Incumbent hit with records requests as opponent drops out of council race By Tom Corrigan tcorrigan@isspress.com


lobbied the council extensively about putting the issue on the ballot. The council then agreed to a nonbinding advisory vote and Shedd personally ran a campaign promoting the issue with voters. Councilman Tom Odell and Vice Mayor Kathy Huckabay voted against the resolution

With the informal withdrawal of his opponent for Sammamish City Council Position 4, incumbent Councilman Ramiro Valderrama-Aramayo will run virtually unopposed for his second term on council. But Valderrama-Aramayo said someone is playing political games against him, sending the city what he considers unreasonable public requests for emails he sent or received in the course of city business. “All the requests were dubious at best,” ValderramaAramayo said. While he filed to oppose Valderrama-Aramayo, resident Hank Klein has stated he will not run for council, though the King County Elections deadline for removing his name from the ballot came and went May 18. “I have withdrawn from the race for Sammamish City Council Position No. 4 for personal reasons,” Klein wrote in a one-line, emailed response to a request for comment on the council race. Valderrama-Aramayo said he received an identical statement from Klein. Klein’s unofficial withdrawal from the November election leaves Sammamish with two

council contests. Incumbent Councilwoman Nancy Whitten announced she is not running for re-election for council Position 2. Vying to take her place are residents Christie Malchow and Mark Cross. For Position 6, resident Tom Hornish is challenging Mayor Tom Vance. A third candidate withdrew his name prior to the county’s May deadline. As none of the Sammamish council races consist of more than two candidates, there is no need for any primary elections in the city. As for the public records requests aimed mostly at Valderrama-Aramayo, they were emailed to the city April 20 by Stephanie Megan Pipes. In an email sent to the city April 20, Pipes requested all incoming or outgoing emails to or from Valderrama-Aramayo. She further asked for any emails between not only ValderramaAramayo but also Whitten and See ELECTION, Page 2 Prsrt Std U.S. Postage PAID Kent, WA Permit No. 71 POSTAL CUSTOMER




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Council From Page 1 of intent. Neither commented on their votes, but both previously expressed reservations about granting initiative and referendum rights. Odell’s was the lone vote against placing the issue on the April ballot. Huckabay has expressed concerns about abuse of initiative and referendum rights, possibly by outside agitators. In general, with some limitations, initiatives allow voters to bypass the council and put issues up for a public vote. Again within limits, referenda allow voters to repeal ordinances passed by the council. In both cases, residents would need to gather signatures from 15 percent of the city’s registered voters to get a question on the ballot. Including residents in the Klahanie annexation area who likely will join the city in January, roughly 5,255 signa-

“I’m very excited. This is an opportunity to provide more democratic rights to our citizens.” — Nancy Whitten Sammamish City Councilwoman tures would be needed to place an initiative or referendum on the ballot, according to Deputy City Manager Lyman Howard. The ordinance creating initiative and referendum rights will not become valid for 90 days after passage exactly because of those rights, City Attorney Michael Kenyon said. Presently, city ordinances become law five days after adoption by legislators. However, state rules require any ordinance subject to referendum not become effective for 90 days after passage, giving residents time, should they desire to do so, to gather needed signatures and put the question on a public ballot.

Skyline’s Gretel von Bargen earns national teaching award Gretel von Bargen, a science teacher at Skyline High School, was one of two educators from Washington state to earn the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teachers, according to a news release from the organization. This year’s award winners represented all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, several U.S. territories and the U.S. Department of Defense education activity schools. The awards alternate each year between ele-

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SAMMAMISH REVIEW mentary-school teachers and secondary-school teachers. The winners are chosen by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians and educators following an initial selection process at the state level. The Presidential Award winners each receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion, and are invited to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony. “These teachers are shaping America’s success through their passion for math and science,” President Barack Obama said in the news release. “Their leadership and commitment empower our children to think critically and creatively about science, technolserving Sammamish. Pipes did not respond to an emailed request for comment. While the city supplied a copy of the records request, they had no information on Pipes beyond an email address. (Pipes is a Redmond resident, according to Valderrama-Aramayo.) Valderrama-Aramayo said he spent about 40 hours trying to fulfill the records request. The requested emails were

You’d have to drive to Everett, but you could be a contestant on “Wheel of Fortune” if you apply from 2-6 p.m. July 26 at XFINITY Arena. The Wheelmobile seeks good game players who are energetic, enthusiastic and fun. Fans will fill out an application, have their name drawn at random to play a simulated version of the game

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turned over to the city attorney for review to ensure they did not contain sensitive or privileged information. Valderrama-Aramayo said he did not know why Pipes might have requested emails pertaining to Republic Services. Valderrama-Aramayo did talk about an earlier public records request for emails related to an organization dubbed the Freedom Foundation.

Valderrama-Aramayo said the emails dealt with questions he received regarding the city’s dealings with labor unions. ValderramaAramayo said he noted Sammamish is a contract city and has no direct dealing with any labor organizations. But he said he also feels those emails were held up as evidence of supposed anti-union sentiment on his part.

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Klahanie annexation formally set for January By Tom Corrigan tcorrigan@isspress.com

need to be annexed this summer for the lower taxes to take effect in 2016. Yazici said that turned out not to be the case. Regarding improved services, Yazici said the county would undertake several steps in the Klahanie area, including roadwork valued at about $249,000 to include filling potholes on various streets along with crack sealing and other work on Klahanie Drive. The county also promised increased park maintenance and vacuum cleaning of storm drains. The latter apparently already has been done. All in all, Yazici said the county work was valued at about $340,000. “This is a good deal for Klahanie residents,” he added. In the past, Yazici has maintained Sammamish simply would not be able to ramp up services and hire new staff, most notably six new police officers, to complete the Klahanie annexation by August as originally planned. At present, the city and King County expect to have four new police officers in place by the January

annexation date. The transition committee will consist of representatives from 10 HOAs, said Tim Larson, communications director for the city. Larson was in charge of putting together the transition committee. For the most part, each HOA will have one representative on the committee. The largest HOA, the Klahanie Association, represents some 80 percent of the annexation-area population and will have four representatives on the committee. No date was set for a first meeting of the transition committee. The group will meet at least until the annexation is complete. Meetings will be open to the public.

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Governor declares statewide drought emergency Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a statewide drought emergency due to a widespread lack of snowfall last winter. Water flow in the Snoqualmie River has dropped drastically, down more than 60 percent of usual flow. At the same time, water use by customers is nearly 10 percent more than this time last year. To reduce potential hardships from water shortages this summer and beyond, conservation is critical. Local jurisdictions encourage residents to practice the following water conservation tips: Ways to save indoors: q Fix leaks promptly! Little drips can waste lots of water. q Install water-displacement devices in your toilet tank if you have an older toilet. q Replace older toilets. Newer toilets use only 1 1/2 gallons of water to flush. q Replace your showerhead with a low-flow model. q Capture shower warm-up water. Use it to water plants, wash the floor or car. q Turn off the faucet while brushing teeth or shaving. q Keep a bottle of drinking water in



your refrigerator. Running tap water until it is cold enough to drink wastes water! q Wash only full loads in the dishwasher and washing machines. q In restaurants, accept water only if you want it. Not only will you save the water you don’t drink, you will also save the water to wash the glass. Ways to save outdoors: q Reduce lawn size. Lawns use 40 percent to 50 percent of our summer water. q Reduce outdoor usage as much as possible. q Enrich soils with 3-4 inches of compost worked into the top foot of soil prior to planting. q Dethatch and aerate lawns for better water absorption. Clip lawns no shorter than 2 inches. q Leave the grass clippings on the lawn. They’re 90 percent water and provide nitrogen. q Water only after 7 p.m. or before 10 a.m. to avoid excessive loss to evaporation. q Use soaker hoses or drip systems. q Adjust sprinklers so you’re watering only what grows, not the street or the sidewalk. q Check hoses and sprinkler systems for leaks and fix them promptly. Learn more on the Partnership for Water Conservation’s website, www.partners4water.org.

The good news is that Klahanie residents can look forward to some road and park maintenance they normally wouldn’t receive. Depending on your point of view, the bad news might be that work will be done by King County not the city of Sammamish. Though voters approved becoming part of Sammamish at a special election in April, that annexation will not become official until next year. At its regular meeting July 7, the Sammamish City Council passed an ordinance declaring its intention to annex Klahanie and several surrounding neighborhoods and formally setting the annexation date as Jan. 1. The city also created a 14-member transition committee consisting of representatives from Klahanie-area homeowner associations. The annexation ordinance passed 6-1, with 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd • Issaquah, WA 98027 • 425-392-6802 • gilmanvillage.com the lone dissenter being Councilman Ramiro Valderrama-Aramayo. Social Security Disability Benefits While he has said he defix Applying for SSDI/SSI benefits? 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Editorial State should pass vaccine requirement for children A Clallam County woman in her 20s died last spring after contracting measles. The last measles death in the United States was in 2003. What a tragedy — and surely a preventable one. Parents preparing to send their children back to school in the fall should know they have a role to play in protecting their children and preventing others from suffering. Immunizations save lives. States requiring vaccinations as a condition for school entry is one of the most effective ways to protect communities. California lawmakers just embraced this reality and mandated vaccines for most children. A similar bill went nowhere during Washington’s regular legislative session and three consecutive special sessions. Our elected officials should revisit the issue. The California measure removes religious and personal belief exemptions. Vaccines are only waived if a child has a medical condition. So most parents can either vaccinate their children or home-school them. Such a policy is needed here in Washington, which continues to have one of the highest exemption rates in the country, mostly for personal and religious reasons. The state Department of Health reports the number of kindergarten-age kids receiving required immunizations dropped two years in a row. Last year, the overall rate for measles-mumpsrubella, polio, hepatitis B, chickenpox, and whooping cough vaccination was 82.7 percent — a 0.5 percent drop from the previous year. When vaccine coverage falls below 95 percent, populations lose what is called “herd immunity” and are considered at higher risk of an outbreak. Californians learned this the hard way after more than 100 cases of measles in the United States and Mexico were traced back to one unvaccinated visitor to Disneyland. The best way to prevent another outbreak or death is by respecting science. Even if Washington legislators haven’t yet mandated vaccines, parents should get their children immunized and protect the communities they live in. Source: The Seattle Times editorial board

From the Web Re: School safety Security should start with securing the perimeter with fencing the school grounds to control access to the grounds and reduce the possibility of students leaving school grounds or being removed from the grounds. Then, improve door glass and door-locking mechanisms as outlined in the final report of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission. Then, mandate the National Fire Protection Codes to ensure school buildings are safe to occupy. This will cover building windows, usage, entity-owned phone systems and more. Then, review other areas in school safety and culture. Robert Shear

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O’Connell is correct in that even bicycle riders pay tax. All adult bicycle riders I know also own cars. Fred Caponigro feels that since he does not ride a bicycle that bicycle lanes should not be built. Why should his tax dollars go to something he does not use? The point I want to bring up is the community value that bicycle lanes bring. There have been many studies that show that adding bicycling lanes benefits cities economically. Bicycle lanes promote bicycle use that keeps residents close to their cities. If it is easy to get around a neighborhood by bicycle, people do it. And then they stay and spend their money. If you have to get in a car, might as well drive into Redmond or Bellevue. So, economically speaking, people who live in a city will spend money within those city limits, which equals a dollarsand-cents investment in bicycle lanes. Also similar to parks

— parks cost money but make people happy. This means higher property value. People will stay within their community to go to the nice park and spend their money within that city limit. If a city wants higher tax revenue, build and maintain parks, build and maintain bicycle lanes and sidewalks. This equates to higher property values and city businesses making more money. Side benefits are a happy and healthy community. Keep Sammamish special. Don Koslowsky

Re: Residents say proposed development would add traffic, harm salmon on plateau I built a home recently in Sammamish. It’s in a sensitive area with a stream running through it. The only reason I was able to build on the property was because there was already a

house there, and therefore, it was grandfathered in. As an individual homebuilder, I was shocked to learn during the process that I would have to replant and revitalize the entire property except for 5 feet around my home. This cost a pretty penny and was stressful at the time, but now I’ve come to appreciate my natural surroundings. I know my newer home is more efficient, better at draining and safer then the old beat up/asbestos-ridden home. I take great care in keeping my property clean, clear and protecting the stream. As a homebuilder, I felt put through the ringer to protect the slope and stream on my property. I feel like my efforts are saving a small piece of paradise and natural world without relocating, tearing out a bunch of growth to plant new stuff, etc. Good luck to all involved with this debate. The safety of preserving old growth and natural habitat should definitely be considered. Carly Hilios

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Electrical engineer aims to enhance atmosphere at Seahawks’ games By Neil Pierson npierson@ sammamishreview.com The Seattle Seahawks are well-known for having some of the rowdiest fans in the National Football League — they twice set the Guinness World Record in 2013 for the noisiest outdoor stadium — but Sammamish resident Jason Rubadue thinks he can take an already overwhelming atmosphere to another level. Rubadue, an electrical engineer with Texas Instruments for the past 15 years, began working two years ago on a small lightemitting diode display that responds to crowd noise. He calls it FanFlare, and the product is now selling online at www.fanflare.com for $29.99. Rubadue, a diehard Seahawks fan, was watching a game on TV and observing people decked out in their blue-and-green jerseys, wigs, facepaint and foam fingers. “I was like, ‘Man, I could do better than that,’ because it just seemed kind of 20th century,” he said. FanFlare hasn’t earned

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The FanFlare flashing light is a rechargeable product that’s small and lightweight — about the same size as a 3.5-by-2-inch business card. a patent yet — Rubadue expects that will happen in early 2016 — but he’s not waiting to capitalize on what he thinks will be an enthusiastic market. He’s already assembled about 1,000 items, and has enough materials to build 5,000 more. He’s partnered with a few Northwestbased companies to get plastic cases, screens and circuit boards. The FanFlare includes a micro USB cable for recharging, although Rubadue hopes future versions of the

product can run on AAA batteries. On a sunny summer morning from his Sammamish home — where he and his family have lived for four years — Rubadue spoke while several of the FanFlare devices blinked in rhythm with his voice. The product has a couple of different settings, but the “stadium mode” will likely be the most popular, as the light blinks faster as the noise increases. “You can imagine the

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Sammamish resident Jason Rubadue, an electrical engineer for Texas Instruments, has branched out recently by founding FanFlare, targeting football fans with a wearable flashing light that responds to crowd noise. entire stadium just going berserk, so it’s going to look more and more like going to a concert in a way,” Rubadue said. “But it only gets loud when you want it to get loud, so it kind of enhances the 12th Man.” The FanFlare case is about 7 square inches in size, big enough to hold a standard-sized business card. It includes a magnet pin so fans don’t damage their expensive jerseys, or it can be worn around the

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City places conditions on permit for East Lake Sammamish Trail By Tom Corrigan tcorrigan@isspress.com After months of sometimes acrimonious back and forth with King County officials, Sammamish has formally issued a permit for the southern segment of the East Lake Sammamish Trail. However, that permit contains what city officials called in a press release some “significant conditions.” The trail section waiting to be paved is officially South Sammamish, Segment A. In two sections of the trail totaling about 550 feet, the city is

requiring the county narrow the width of the trail so 63 significant trees and other vegetation could be saved. In the targeted sections, the permit requires the county to narrow the trail “a minimum of 3 feet, or as necessary” to save the trees and vegetation mentioned. The standard width of the trail is 18 feet with 12 feet of pavement and three feet of unpaved buffer zone on either side. This is not the first time Sammamish officials have talked about narrowing the trail, but so far their county counterparts have not been very

responsive. The city issued its permit — officially a “shoreline substantial development permit” — July 6. County officials declined comment on the permit until they had gotten a chance to review it in depth, Logan Harris, a public affairs manager for King County, said in an email. “The emphasis on preserving trees reflects a growing sentiment in our community,” City Manager Ben Yazici said in a press release. “Just last October, we passed an emergency ordinance establishing interim tree regulations that require the preservation of more

Skyline students earn scholarships from True Martial Arts studio True Martial Arts in Sammamish recently announced four recipients of its 2015 Senior Scholarship awards. Each student received $700 for college expenses by showing outstanding leadership and attaining high achievements at the studio. They were

Damian Banki

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required to teach other students for at least two years, earn their Black Belt and train consistently. The award winners are all 2015 Skyline

Michelle Szeto

High School graduates: Lauren Wolfe, Michelle Szeto, Shruti Karanth and Damian Banki. Wolfe is a first-degree black belt and an instruc-

trees.” Yazici noted the trail technically is exempt from those regulations. “We feel it’s important to set a good example and show residents that their values are being taken seriously,” he added. Another permit condition requires the county either redesign or move a storm water retention vault to reduce impact on nearby citizens. Earlier this year, the county released what it called a 90 percent plan for the trail, a plan showing a 90 percent complete design. The plan came under almost immediate

fire from residents and city officials, many of whom complained King County engineers had ignored Sammamish suggestions regarding the project. Including King County Executive Dow Constantine, county officials admitted Sammamish suggestions had been inadvertently left out of the 90 percent plan and in May released a 95 percent plan that was supposed to include those local suggestions. “Given the many good-faith conversations we’ve had,” Yazici said, “I certainly hope the county will find the permit con-

ditions reasonable and won’t appeal the permit.” The county also must obtain a grading permit from the city before proceeding. South Segment A runs from the southern city limits at Southeast 43rd Way up to Southeast 33rd Street. The third and final section of the trailpaving project — South Segment B — will run from Southeast 33rd to Northeast Inglewood Hill Road. King County has not yet submitted a permit application for South Segment B. See the complete shoreline permit at www. sammamish.us.

tor who has trained at True Martial Arts for eight years. She is attendLauren Wolfe ing Bellevue College next year to complete her associate degree, and plans to move to Colorado after that to earn a certificate in muscle activation technique. Szeto and Karanth are both first-degree black belts and instructors who plan to attend the University of Washington this fall. Szeto has trained for more than 10 years;

Karanth has trained for eight. Banki, who began training 16 years ago, is the co-founder of the studio’s special-needs program, alongside his mother Lynne, a fellow black belt. He will be attending the UW-Bothell this fall.

Environmental Heroes Banquet on Sept. 10 at the Lairmont Manor, in Edgemoor. Heroes will be selected by a panel of community members who will evaluate the nominees for extraordinary commitment to environmental stewardship, education, innovation, activism or advocacy in the Northwest. Individuals, businesses or groups can be nominated by 5 p.m. July 29 online at www.re-sources.org. RE Sources for Sustainable Communities is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the health of Northwestern Washington’s people and ecosystems through application of science, education, advocacy and action.

Police blotter Shoplifting Police responded to the report of a woman leaving the QFC store, 2902 228th Ave. S.E., with a stolen cloth grocery bag filled with stolen food items. According to store security, the suspect had been seen previously stealing batteries from the store.

Graffiti Someone tagged Sunny Hills Elementary School, 3200 Issaquah-Pine Lake Road S.E., with several words, such as “ice” and “slayer,” as well as at least two vulgar sayings. The vandalism was discovered June 26.

Vandalism q Someone unknown

Nominations sought for 2015 Environmental Hero Awards RE Sources for Sustainable Communities is accepting nominations through July 29 for its Environmental Heroes Awards. Winners will be honored at the 12th Annual broke into a garage at the Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. S.E. They apparently sprayed the space using fire extinguishers. The problem was reported June 27. q Someone broke out the windows in the front door of a home under construction on 233rd Place Southeast. The incident was reported at about 7 a.m. June 29. q Someone spraypainted a sexually explicit drawing on the hood of a car parked in a residential driveway on Southeast 18th Court. The incident was reported June 30.

Stolen from car Someone busted out a window in a car parked June 27 at Pine Lake Park, 2601 228th Ave. S.E. The perpetrators swiped a purse and computer tablet left on the floor of the car.

Stolen vehicle found A car reported stolen from Snohomish County was found July 2 in the parking lot of the Knolls Apartment complex on Northeast Inglewood Road.

Assault A man was arrested after police said he assaulted his mother with a baseball bat at a home on 226th Place Northeast. The suspect also damaged a door and a vehicle parked at the home. Police reports did not contain further information. The incident took place at about 7:30 a.m. July 2. Sammamish Review publishes names of those charged with felony crimes. Information comes directly from local police reports.


Sammamish youth wins video game challenge Matthew Bellavia, of Sammamish, was one of several winners in the fourth annual National STEM Video Game Challenge. The winners were recognized at a family gaming celebration on June 27 at the Fred Rogers Studio at WQED in Pittsburgh. The top original video games and game design concepts were selected in 13 categories from nearly 4,000 entries. The STEM Challenge, presented by the Smithsonian in partnership with E-Line Media and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, aims to motivate interest in science, technology, engineering and math among students in grades 5-12 by tapping into their enthusiasm for playing and making video games. Bellavia won in the Gamemaker category for middle school students (grades five through eight) for his design of his game “Gravity Galaxy.” Each winner received a cash prize of $1,000 as well as game design and educational software. The National STEM Video Game Challenge was inspired by President

Obama’s “Educate to Innovate Campaign.” Previous winners have showcased their games at the White House Science Fair, the Smithsonian Institution and Games4Change Festival. Go to www.stemchallenge. org for more information and game design resources.

Website features Sammamish business Rent the ToyChest Sammamish online business www.rentthetoychest.com was recently featured and reviewed by the website http://redtri. com/seattle/rent-the-toychest. The business Rent the ToyChest was created by Karen Whittier, co-founder of RedGate Preschool, in Sammamish. Through the website, customers can: q Browse through the available toys q Select the ones they’d like q Decide how long they’d like them (two weeks to four weeks) q Then select their delivery date and pay online. The “ToyChest” will be delivered to their home and picked up when they’re finished. Rent the ToyChest rents toys for preschool-aged children

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The Issaquah School Board has approved the following three online courses: q High School FLASH 3rd Edition (Family Life and Sexual Health). The new, fully updated edition is available in a new online lesson platform at www.etr.org/flash for instant accessibility and ease of use. All lessons are based on the most current research to prevent pregnancy, STDs and sexual violence. There are now fewer lessons, so that the entire curriculum can be completed in 15 lessons. q The new music curriculum MusicFirst (www. musicfirst.com), a complete online classroom for secondary music education, has engaging content and integrated software that provides teachers with everything needed to teach music in a connected world. q The new music curriculum Quaver’s Wonderful World of Music for elementary school students. Quaver (www.quavermusic.com) takes kids through an imaginative music shop, inspiring them to discover and love music. With the help of a music laboratory, live recording studio, time-traveling phone box and a cast of hilarious characters, Quaver is an energetic teaching-assistant, helping teachers engage young people in the world of music.

School board accepts gifts to district The Issaquah School Board at its June 24 meeting accepting the following gifts to the school district of $5,000 or more: q $11,530 — From Pacific Cascade Middle School PTSA to fund the school’s 2015 spring grants q $27,331 — from the Issaquah Schools Foundation to fund: q $3,658 for middle and high school after school homework programs. q $700 for each high school’s environmental sustainability education programs. q $2,000 for high school robotics programs. q $119.44 for middle school robotics programs. q $3,709 for Issaquah High School’s Shakespeare Alive program. q $2,708 for the Special Services program. q $512.61 for the STEM program. q $6,978.29 for academic intervention programs — $270.94 for Pacific Cascade’s Seventh Period and $6,707.35 for Briarwood Elementary School’s After School Assistance Program. q $6,945 for the VOICE program.

Firefighter association awards scholarships The International Association of Fire Fighters Local 2878 recently awarded scholar-



ships in its 16th annual program for high school seniors based on their community service/volunteer activities. Local 2878 represents the firefighters and other staff of Eastside Fire & Rescue, Duvall Fire District 45, Fall City Fire District 27 and the city of Snoqualmie fire departments. These agencies provide fire protection, emergency medical and rescue services to East King County areas including Issaquah, Sammamish, North Bend, Carnation, Fall City, Duvall, Snoqualmie and surrounding areas. Local winners were: Eastside Catholic High School — Kaitlyn Carmody, Eastlake High School — Justin McOmber, Issaquah High School — Andrew Co, Liberty High School
 — Marie Blue. The scholarship program is funded by the employees of IAFF Local 2878 and is awarded to a high school senior from one of the seven high schools in its service area.

LEO hosts Challenge Series race Life Enrichment Options, with the aid of the Rotary Clubs of Issaquah and Sammamish, present the 2015 Challenge Series Races. The Sammamish race is Aug. 22. The gravity car race allows youths with developmental disabilities the experience of a thrilling soapbox derby-style race while riding in a car piloted by a typically developing driver 10 years old or older. The co-driver is a racer with mental and/or physical disabilities. Two cars, propelled by gravity, race down the street to the finish line. Each car has brakes so the driver can safely stop it. Each racer with special needs has the opportunity to race more than once during each event. Lunch and an awards ceremony complete the day of fun. The free event is designed for the whole family and every child is a winner. Learn more or register by emailing info@lifeenrichmentoptions.org. Learn more about LEO at www.lifeenrichmentoptions.org.



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Saturday, July 18

Calendar of Events Upcoming events Shakespeare in the Park, free performance ‘As You Like It,’ 7 p.m. July 25, Pine Lake Park, 2401 228th Ave. S.E., www.seattleshakespeare.org The Great Inflatable Race, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 25, 5K fun run with eight to 10 inflatable obstacles, Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road, $40, www.thegreatinflatablerace.com Volunteering at Lower Commons Park, 9 a.m. to noon, 550 222nd Place S.E., sign up at www.sammamish.us/events Volunteers are needed for LINKS, a community support group to fill the growing number of volunteer needs throughout Lake Washington School District; learn more at www.lwsd.org/links; register for an upcoming volunteer orientation by emailing Nanci Wehr at

nwehr@lwsd.org or call 936-1410 First Mondays – Citizens for Sammamish meeting, 7 p.m., Fire Station 82, 185 228th Ave. N.E., citizensforsammamish.com

Friday, July 17 Trail Work at Soaring Eagle Park, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday, details and signup at www.sammamish.us/events ‘The Trees in the Wood,’ artist exhibit by Joy Hagen open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 2, City Hall at Sammamish Commons, 801 228th Ave. S.E., 295-0597 Young Toddler Story Time, 10:30 a.m., Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. S.E., 392-3130 Social Hour with music by The Roundabouts, 3 p.m., Spiritwood at Pine Lake, 3607 228th Ave. S.E., 3139100

Sammamish Walks, East Lake Sammamish History Walk, 10 a.m. to noon July 18, 1400 W. Beaver Lake Drive S.E., 295-0500 Russian Story Time: Privet! 11 a.m., Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. S.E., 392-3130 Family Film Festival ‘The Incredibles,’ 1 p.m., Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. S.E., 3923130 Shakespeare in the Park, free performance of ‘Henry IV part I’ 7 p.m., Pine Lake Park, 2401 228th Ave. S.E., www.seattleshakespeare.org

Sunday, July 19 Pine Lake Covenant Church ministry for children with special needs, 10:45 a.m., 1715 228th Ave. S.E., call 3928636 Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church youth groups, for children in sixth through eighth grade, and ninth through 12th grades, Mass at 5 p.m., dinner and then meetings

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Wednesday, July 22 Sammamish Plateau Community Bible Study, open to all women and their children, 9:30 a.m., Faith United Methodist Church, 3924 Issaquah-Pine Lake Road S.E., email juliegusecbs@ gmail.com Toddler and Infant Lapsit Story Times, ages 2 and older at 10 a.m. and ages 0-1 at 11 a.m., Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. S.E., 392-3130 Sammamish Farmers Market, 4-8 p.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 30, Sammamish Commons, 801 228th Ave. S.E., www.sammamishfarmersmarket.org ‘Creating the Life You Desire: How to Manifest Your Dreams,’ 7 p.m., Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. S.E., 392-3130 Wednesday night youth group; games, worship and fun for students in grades six through 12; 7-9 p.m., Sammamish Presbyterian Church, 22522 N.E. Inglewood Hill Road

Thursday, July 23 Family volunteering: Native Plant Garden, 10 a.m. to noon, Lower Commons Native Plant Garden, 550 222nd Place S.E., sign up at www.sammamish.us ‘Picasso Cubism Superheroes Art Workshop,’ for teens, 1 p.m., Sammamish Library,

Mothers of Preschoolers; make friends, share stories and grow spiritually while your children are in childcare; multiple groups in Sammamish — usually twice a month at 9:30 a.m. Thursdays at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 1121 228th Ave. S.E; 9:15 a.m. Wednesdays at Pine Lake Covenant Church, 1715 228th Ave. S.E.; 9:15 a.m. Fridays beginning Sept. 26 at Sammamish Presbyterian Church, 22522 N.E. Inglewood Hill Road; www.mops.org Moms in Prayer International, replace your anxiety with peace and hope, pray with other moms for your children and their schools, www. momsinprayer.org, Linda Yee at lindaryee@comcast. net Learn to read and speak Samskritam, Vedic Cultural Center, 1420 228th Ave. S.E., www.vedicculturalcenter.org Email items for the calendar to newsclerk@isspress.com by noon Friday.

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Volunteers lend helping hands to plateau resident with two broken arms By Dan Aznoff Former Air Force officer Roger Chapanis noticed the young girl in the backyard of his Sammamish home stooped over and apparently playing with something in the dirt. When he walked outside, the girl showed him the salamander she had discovered in the overgrown garden. The girl was one of dozens of volunteers who had shown up at his house on a Saturday morning in May to clean up the yard that had become neglected since Chapanis had broken both of his arms in March. While the adults on his property worked to cut back vegetation and dispose of debris from “where the deck used to be,” the young girl had wandered off to find the squirmy creature. The homeowner called over two young boys from across the yard

Local students win Holocaust Center writing, art and film contest “How can lessons of the Holocaust inspire you to make the world a better place?” That was the question posed to hundreds of students in the Pacific Northwest for the Holocaust Center for Humanity’s 2015 Writing, Art and Film Contest. More than 700 students, in grades five through 12, from more than 60 schools throughout the Northwest, answered in the form of poetry, fiction, painting, sculpture, drawing and film. The center honored the winners at an awards ceremony June 7. This year, these four students from Eastside Catholic High School in Sammamish were among the winners: q Andres O’Beirne, 10th grade, first place, Film 9th12th, teacher Kathleen Gambee q Sally Carroll, 12th grade, honorable mention, Art 9th-12th, teacher Matt Knott q Marina Labossier, 11th grade, honorable mention, Film 9th-12th, teacher Aimee O’Donnell


Sammamish resident Roger Champanis got help from volunteers after breaking both of his arms this spring. who looked bored with their chore to share the little girl’s discovery. Together, the new friends surveyed the yard to find a new home for the lizard-like creature. “It was such a small gesture. I was so grateful for to all of the volunteers who showed up at my house that day,” Chapanis said. “All three kids were fascinated with the salamander and took great q Sarah Bosworth, 10th grade, first place, Writing 9th-12th, teacher Aimee O’Donnell. For more than 25 years, the Holocaust Center for Humanity (formerly the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center) has been teaching tolerance through lessons of the Holocaust and providing educational resources to teachers and community groups throughout the region. The center offers

care to find it a proper new home.” In a single day, volunteers from the Sammamish Hills Lutheran Church, the Eastside Presbyterian Church and Eastside Friends of Seniors were able to gather dead branches, cut away overgrown vines, pressure wash the hard surfaces in the yard, rake out weeds and haul everything away the debris. teacher trainings, a Speakers Bureau of local Holocaust survivors, “travelling trunks” and the Writing, Art and Film Contest. The contest gives students the opportunity to engage with lessons of the Holocaust, while empowering them to explore themes of tolerance, bigotry and compassion in their daily lives. “The contest is a great way for students to connect the lessons of the Holocaust

“There were probably a lot more animals living in my yard with that salamander,” Chapanis said. “The yard has not looked this good for 10 years.” Chapanis was diagnosed with cancer in 2001, but was able to maintain his income as a freelance writer until six years ago when his health began to deteriorate. The 67-year-old lives on a cul de sac near East Sammamish Park. He was forced to find a new home for his cat Bonnie when he became too sick to take care of her. The longtime resident served as a personnel officer for the Air Force and has been relying on Eastside Friends of Seniors for rides to medical appointments at the Veterans Medical Center in Seattle. The truckloads of people and equipment that showed up at his house that Saturday morning came as a complete to their own lives,” Director of Education Ilana Cone Kennedy said in a news release. “Through their writing and creativity, they find that their actions, even small ones, make a difference. Their work inspires all of us.”

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Gunners FC drops Lakeside Recovery heads to Babe Ruth state tourney in strong shape season finale to Sounders U23s By Neil Pierson npierson@sammamishreview.com The first time Puget Sound Gunners FC and the Seattle Sounders U23s met this season, the result was a humbling 5-0 defeat for a Gunners squad that didn’t perform up to its capabilities. “The first time we played the Sounders, it was a disaster,” coach Alex Silva said. The July 11 rematch at Issaquah High School was different. Puget Sound had an early lead and seemed to be headed for its sixth tie in 12 matches, but the Sounders grabbed a second-half stoppage time goal from Jonathan Campbell to swipe all three points, 2-1. Gunners FC (0-7-5, 5 points) finished at the bottom of the seven-team Premier Development League Northwest Division, but Silva had no doubts his players performed better than their record indicated. In particular, their last three matches showed marked improvement. After a second-half collapse against the Portland Timbers U23s, the Gunners earned a 1-1 tie in the June 28 rematch. They followed that up with a scoreless tie against Calgary Foothills FC in which they controlled the pace of play and had several quality scoring chances. The season finale against Seattle was no different as the Gunners took 13 shots, forced three saves from goalkeeper Paul Christensen, and went on top in the first half as forward Daniel Gavin notched his second goal of the season. “He missed most of the first part of the season,” Silva said of Gavin, who plays collegiately at the University of Washington. “He was fired up again coming up against the Sounders, and he’s a big body up front, helps out a lot.” Second-place Seattle (7-3-1, 22 points), which will face Portland in a play-in game to the PDL playoffs, See GUNNERS, Page 11

By Neil Pierson npierson@ sammamishreview.com Good baseball teams know successful seasons don’t happen simply by beating lesser teams — they challenge themselves against opponents who are older, wiser and more talented. That’s the philosophy the Lakeside Recovery Senior Babe Ruth squad follows, and they hope their difficult schedule will put them in prime position to win the most important games of the 2015 season. Lakeside Recovery is 32-17 heading into the state tournament, held July 14-15 in Ephrata, results that came after press time. The team hopes to be one of two Washington qualifiers to reach the Senior Babe Ruth regionals, July 20-26 in Calgary, Alberta. While Lakeside Recovery has won nearly two-thirds of its games this summer, head coach Vince Maughan believes his players can learn valuable lessons in games they lose against higher-caliber teams.

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Lakeside Recovery’s Alec Cordova hits during the fourth inning of a July 9 Senior Babe Ruth baseball game against the Kirkland Merchants at Issaquah High School. Kirkland won, 6-0. Lakeside’s 6-0 loss to the Kirkland Merchants 18Us July 9 at Issaquah High School could be one of those teaching moments. Lakeside didn’t string together much offense against Kirkland pitcher Colton Foshee, who tossed a complete-game shutout. He allowed five hits and no walks while striking out eight. “That’s a pretty solid team,” Maughan said of the Merchants. “We’ve played a lot of games this summer, and our focus is just getting bet-

ter one day at a time. “We schedule these games against teams that are a little older than us in order to get better for our state tournament and playoffs.” Kirkland grabbed control of the game in the third inning, scoring four times off Lakeside starter Chris Soth, an Issaquah High School senior. Paul Falco and Austin Lively had back-to-back doubles to open the scoring, and Soth plunked Jared Menssen with the bases loaded to force in a

second run. Kirkland’s Jake Steele followed with a sacrifice fly, and Tor Jensen’s RBI single made it 4-0. Facing a sizable deficit created a tough task for Lakeside, a team that relies heavily on smallball tactics. Maughan said the players don’t hit much for power — they’ve hit one home run in 2015 — but on speed and strategy. They had about 200 stolen bases in their first 46 games. “We steal a lot of bases, and we do things like we can, but when you get down four or five to zero, it’s tough to do that,” Maughan said. “Our pitchers normally keep us in the game, and we’re able to get one run here, two runs there, and have a big inning every once in a while.” Lakeside’s scoring chances were few and far between as Foshee struck out the side in the third, and then got a break in the fourth after Luke Eiken blooped a two-out single into shallow right field. Foshee threw a wild See LAKESIDE, Page 11

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Sammamish Little League’s 13-year-old intermediate division all-stars won the District 9 championship June 30, beating Falls Little League, 11-3. Sammamish advanced to the state tournament, held July 11-16 in Port Orchard, where it was eliminated with two consecutive losses. Sammamish’s other victories at the district tournament were against Falls (17-9) and Issaquah/Eastlake (16-4). The team is Abhijeet Singh, Ben Knox, Berkely Berrett, Casey Steele, Daniel Jager, Gabe Christiansen, Gabe Bowman, Ollie Bowman, Jack Randall, Jake Stuber, Jonny Breining and Matteo Schulz. The coaches are Mike Stuber, Karl Bowman and Peter Breining.

By Neil Pierson npierson@ sammamishreview.com Before the game, the chatter in the Eastlake dugout centered around two choices — did the players want to keep playing baseball, or did they want to spend the rest of their summer playing video games? The choice seemed clear after Eastlake put up six runs in the top of the first inning and cruised to a 9-2 victory over Bellevue East in a loser-out game July 7 at the District 9 Little League majors tournament at Hidden Valley Sports Park in Bellevue.

Eastlake dropped its opening game of the district tournament July 4, forcing the team of 11- and 12-year-olds to win eight straight elimination games in order to advance to the state tourney starting July 25 in Woodinville. The team didn’t pull off that astounding feat, but it won five straight loser-out games and finished third at the tourney, finally succumbing July 12 to host team Bellevue West. Five days earlier, against Bellevue East, third baseman Jack See EASTLAKE, Page 11

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Eastlake’s Isaac Scheidler (right) gets a high-five from teammate Luke Bredeweg after hitting a first-inning home run in a 9-2 victory over Bellevue East at the District 9 majors Little League tournament July 7.


Eastlake From Page 10 Lathwell led the way to victory, clobbering two home runs and driving in three runs. The big left-hander said he enjoys hitting for power, and he was looking to rebound from what he considered a poor performance at the plate in Eastlake’s 11-0 win over Kirkland American July 5. “You’ve just got to have a good swing,” he said of his keys at the plate. “You’ve got to have good hands, fire the hips and you’ve got to laser lock on the ball.” Eastlake was very focused early in the game against Bellevue East starter Sean Bolton. In the first inning, Trent Paulson drew a oneout walk, moved to third on a pair of wild pitches and scored on an error to put his team ahead 1-0. The lead grew when Ben Wiljanen slammed a tworun double, and Lathwell followed with a two-run dinger, a soaring drive to right field to make it 5-0. Isaac Schneidler capped Eastlake’s six-run first with a solo homer to left field. “We just told them during practice that you’ve got to have a sense of purpose from the very first pitch, and don’t let up,” Eastlake manager Tom Paulson said. Paulson believes hitting is contagious, and the players seemed to follow each other’s lead. However, the intensity they brought at the start didn’t last as long as he would’ve liked. “They had a good first three innings, and then we kind of let up a little bit,” he said. “We could’ve finished the game early. … They just get too nice after a while.” Lathwell agreed with his manager’s assessment. “We need to improve on our focus and the intensity,” he said. “We need to pick it up.” Eastlake added to its lead in the second inning as leadoff batter Jackson Proctor tripled down the right-field line and scored on a wild pitch. Lathwell opened the third inning with a linedrive homer over the centerfield fence to make it 8-0, and Paulson singled to score Jack Rhea later in the frame. Bellevue East didn’t put together any consistent threats against Eastlake’s four pitchers. Schneidler, Wiljanen and Jared Johnson pitched shutout ball for 5 2/3 innings. Bellevue East finally got on the

board in the sixth on Cade Didrickson’s two-run, inside-the-park homer, but Proctor struck out Aydan Teters to end the game. “We have probably seven or eight good pitchers on this team, and we didn’t burn up anybody,” Paulson said. “We stayed within our pitch counts.” In other Little League tournaments involving local teams: q Eastlake junior softball (ages 13-14) qualified for the western regional tournament after winning the state tourney July 12 with a 13-3 victory. Regional play starts July 22 in Tucson, Arizona. q The Eastlake 9/10 softball all-stars won the District 9 tournament and advanced to state in Vancouver. They won their first two games by scores of 4-0 and 2-0, and played again July 14 after press time. The tournament title games are July 16 and 17. q The Eastlake/ Sammamish junior baseball squad advanced to the district title game July 13, results that came after press time. The group of 14-yearolds defeated Redmond/ Falls, 20-10, and Sno-Valley North, 14-2, to get there. q Sammamish was eliminated after two losses at the intermediate division (age 13) state tournament in Port Orchard. They lost 13-3 to North Kitsap and 15-7 to Salmon Creek.

Gunners From Page 10 leveled the score before halftime on Guillermo Delgado’s team-leading fifth goal of the season. “They had a great shot from outside the box to the low corner, no chance (for goalkeeper Ryan Herman),” Silva said of the play. Herman, another UW player, made six saves against the Sounders, and helped galvanize a leaky Gunners back line that surrendered 23 goals in its first nine PDL matches. They allowed only three goals in their last three outings, with Herman starting the final two games, and Issaquah High School’s Ian Lambert playing well in the tie against Portland. “He makes everybody confident,” Silva said of Herman, a 6-foot-7 behemoth who went 3-0 at UW last season. While Gunners FC finished with a winless record, it wasn’t a true reflection of how the season went, Silva said. The team didn’t have its full complement of players for much of the season, hampering its


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Lakeside From Page 10 pitch, but the ball took a fortunate hop off the backstop and allowed Menssen, the catcher, to throw out Eiken at second base, derailing Sam Jones’ RBI opportunity. Jones drilled an opposite-field double to right to open the fifth, but didn’t get past third base as Foshee struck out Weston Miller and Thomas Day. The Merchants cemented the victory with two runs in the seventh off reliever Alejandro Graterol, getting doubles from GJ

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