December 12, 2012 Locally owned 50 cents
Dozens speak out for city’s hardware store
Sammamish redder than King County By Caleb Heeringa
By Caleb Heeringa
With more than 80 Sammamish residents in the audience chomping at the bit to sing the praises of their local hardware store, Mayor Tom Odell attempted to begin the Dec. 4 City Council meeting but could not get his microphone to work. “Ace Hardware can fix it,” someone shouted from the crowd. The supporters were called there at the behest of Ace owner Tim Koch, who is trying to rally support for a proposed development of a new building on 228th Avenue in between the Starbucks and Washington Federal bank development and Mars Hill Church. Koch’s business will be forced to relocate in August 2013, after failing to reach a deal for a new lease for its space in Sammamish Highlands shopping center, where it’s been for 20 years. For more than two hours, Sammamish residents spoke about how much they valued having a community-run hardware store on the plateau rather than having to drive to Issaquah or Redmond. Koch is a longtime Sammamish resident, as are most of the 25 employees that work at Ace. “We can’t live without Ace,” Sammamish resident Donna Luepnitz said. “The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and they help us a great deal.” Koch has been working with developers and city staff since talks with Regency fell apart more than See ACE, Page 3
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While often supporting Democrats, Sammamish once again leaned more Republican than the rest of King County during the November election, in many cases proving redder than the rest of King County and Washington State. Despite a thorough drubbing in King County and a loss statewide, Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna garnered solid support in Sammamish, taking 55 percent of the votes. That’s a marked difference from the rest of the county, which went for Jay Inslee by a 62.2 to 37.6 margin. Inslee won statewide, taking 51.5 percent of the vote. But Sammamish voters were not quite so supportive of the Republican presidential candidate. President Barack Obama garnered 55.6 percent of the Sammamish vote to Mitt Romney’s 42.4 percent – only slightly less than the vote split statewide, where Obama
There was a roughly east-west split in support for the proposed community center.
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Lake Washington School District battles computer virus By Ari Cetron
Sometime around Halloween, a goblin snuck into the Lake Washington School District and began wreaking havoc with the district’s networked computers. It was in mid- to late-October that district officials first noticed the presence of the computer virus called goblin, said Kathryn Reith, district spokeswoman. The program gets in through downloading an executable file,
Reith said. “It can be something as simple as a screensaver that has cats dancing,” she said. The virus thrives in computer networks, so it found a welcoming host once it got into the district’s system and was able to spread between computers easily. She said that district officials do not believe that any information was compromised. This year, the district started
giving notebook computers to all of its middle and high school students, opening many more points of entry for the malicious software. But Reith stressed that the district does not yet know how the virus got into the system, saying it could just as easily have come from a staff member. The district, and their anti-virus company, Sofos, have not yet
determined a pattern in the infections, Reith said, though she noted that some schools, such as Eastlake, were hit harder than others. District tech employees, including five temporary workers, have been working with Sofos and a team from Microsoft to contain the virus. She said they believe that the virus has been contained, but they want to wait a while longer before they formally tell students and faculty
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that everything is clear. They have not yet determined how much the outbreak will end up costing the district. Overall, Reith said that about 10 percent of the district’s 25,000 computers were impacted; meaning about 2,500 machines had some sort of problem. The computers the district gives to students are set to update their virus protection software
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City to dedicate Stan Chapin Way A section of 233rd Avenue will be renamed Stan Chapin Way to honor the longtime school resource officer who served at Inglewood Middle and Eastlake High schools. The dedication is set for 3:15 p.m. Dec. 18. City officials note that the time has been changed from the one printed in the city’s newsletter. Chapin, a 40-year veteran of the King County Sheriff’s Office was the on-campus police officer for both schools for 11 years. The beloved officer died in his sleep of natural causes Jan. 30, 2012. In his memory, the section of 233rd Avenue between Northeast Eighth Street and the entrance to Eastlake will be renamed Stan Chapin Way. The naming ceremony will be held just south of the new traffic circle on Northeast Eighth Street. It will feature brief remarks, a ribbon cutting, and the unveiling of a new street sign. Light refreshments will be served. The public is welcome to attend.
Environmental regulations extended The Sammamish City Council will be extending its current See CAO Page 2
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got 56.2 percent of the vote to Romney’s 41.3 percent. Sammamish voters were also slightly less likely than the rest of the state to vote for third parties. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson got 1.1 percent of the Sammamish vote compared to 1.3 percent statewide, while Green Party candidate Jill Stein got 70 votes in Sammamish - .3 percent of the city’s electorate compared to .7 percent statewide. Sen. Maria Cantwell did well in Sammamish, getting 58.8 percent of the vote over Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner, compared to 60.4 percent statewide. Sammamish’s rightward lean is shown clearly in the races for state legislature. Though 41st District Democratic Rep. Marcie Maxwell was easily reelected with 58.5 percent of the vote district-wide, she barely eked out a victory among Sammamish voters – only 17 votes separated Maxwell and her Republican challenger Tim Eaves. Maxwell is a Renton resident, while Eaves resides in Issaquah. In the 41st District Senate race, Republican Sen. Steve Litzow got heavy support, getting 58 percent of the vote compared to 54 percent district-
Who wants a pool? There seemed to be a bit of an east/west split in Sammamish as far as support for the YMCA-run community and aquatic center goes, according to an analysis of precinct-level election results. The proposed $30 million, 60,000 square foot facility behind the library passed by a 53.65 percent to 46.35 percent margin citywide. City staff is currently hammering out the details of the facility’s operating agreement, which is scheduled to come to the City Council for approval early next year. Construction could begin sometime in 2014. Breaking the results down by precinct shows that 14 of the 47 precincts in Sammamish voted against the proposal. All but two of those precincts in opposition were west of 228th Avenue and Sahalee Way. Much of the northwest corner of the city, near Redmond, voted against the proposal, as did many of the neighborhoods on the hillsides above Lake Sammamish. The precinct that contains the proposed facility – between Southeast Eighth Street and Southeast 20th Street and 212th Avenue and 228th Avenue – also voted “no.” Proximity to a lake seemed to have little to do with whether or not voters were interested in the facility, which will include a family-friendly leisure pool with a waterslide and lazy river as well as a six-lane lap pool. The neighborhoods around Pine and Beaver lakes both voted for the measure, while all but two of the precincts along the shores of Lake Sammamish voted against it. wide. Though Sammamish voters supported both incumbent Democrats in the 45th District House races, the margins were not quite as commanding as in the rest of the district. Rep. Roger Goodman garnered 54.5 percent of the Sammamish vote, compared to 56.4 districtwide. Rep. Larry Springer got the support of 55.2 percent of
Sammamish voters, compared to 57.7 percent district-wide. King County Sheriff John Urquhart’s support in Sammamish outpaced that of voters around the county – 59.8 percent of Sammamish voters compared to 56.1 in the rest of the county. Initiative 1240, which will allow charter schools in the state, got solid support from the
suburban voters in Sammamish – 54.8 percent voted in favor. The measure actually failed among King County voters as a whole, with only 48.4 percent voting in favor, though the measure won a narrow victory statewide – 50.7 to 49.3. Sammamish voters gave a resounding “yes” to the twothirds majority vote for raising taxes. Initiative 1185 got 64.8 percent of the vote in Sammamish, compared to 54.3 in King County and 63.9 percent statewide. And despite the rightward lean in political candidates, Sammamish voters proved to be “live and let live” on social issues, supporting both gay marriage and legalized marijuana by solid margins. Referendum 74, allowing gay marriage, was approved by 62.6 percent of voters compared to 67 percent in the county and 53.7 percent statewide. Initiative 502, which legalized marijuana for adults, passed in Sammamish but not by the same margins as the rest of the state. The measure got the support of 54.9 percent of Sammamish voters, compared to 63.5 percent of King County voters and 55.7 percent statewide. Reporter Caleb Heeringa can be reached at 392-6434. ext. 247, or firstname.lastname@example.org. To comment on this story, visit www. SammamishReview.com.
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a year ago. A plan earlier this year to locate Ace on a parcel of land in the proposed Town Center zone just south of Eastside Catholic fell apart. The new proposed location is outside the Town Center boundaries, but comes with an entirely different set of problems – some of which would require action by the City Council. The land is currently zoned for office use. Community Development Director Kamuron Gurol said the city’s code allows some retail uses in office zones, such as a florist or drive-through coffee stand, but nothing that draws the level of traffic or semi-truck deliveries as a hardware store. The council could elect to change its code to allow such uses in office zones, something Councilmember Don Gerend said he supported. “When we did the original zoning, there was little land in the city where you could build an office,” Gerend said. “Since then we’ve done the Town Center plan, which added up to 600,000 square feet of space that could be office – (the proposed site) is of lesser importance (as office space) now.” The proposal also calls for the city to swap a piece of land containing two storm water ponds with a piece of land owned by Elliott Severson, a Bellevue resident who developed the Starbucks property to the north. Severson’s property is almost totally covered by buffers preventing development. because of the proximity of George Davis Creek, which has begun seeing returns of Lake Sammamish Kokanee salmon in recent years. The city’s property has some buildable area, but is still highly constrained by environmental buffers from the creek and wetlands on the Mars Hill Church property. Community
automatically, Reith said. However, that only happens when the computer restarts. So if someone has left theirs on for an extended period — or didn’t use it too often — the software update would not be triggered. The sorts of files that would carry the virus are fairly common. Students are not supposed to download such files and sign an agreement saying they will not do so. However, there is nothing beyond that honor system to stop them. Reith noted that, like any large organization, the district has its periodic bouts with computer viruses. This time, however, with the number of computers coming back and forth from home, people are more aware of it, she said. Once the district finishes containing the virus, they expect their anti-virus provider to begin an analysis to find how the software came into the system. Once that’s complete, she said the company will give them advice on how to avoid this sort of problem in the future. “We certainly want to use this to beef up our security,” Reith said.
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Local residents packed city council chambers Dec. 4 to support Ace Hardware, which is looking for council approval of a development project on 228th Avenue near Mars Hill Church. Development Director Kamuron Gurol said a swap is possible, but would require legal review to make sure the city is receiving a comparable value in the new property – a requirement of state law. But the environmental issues could pose a bigger problem. Based on the city’s records, Gurol estimated that as much as 80 percent of the cityowned property is covered by environmental buffers, though a more thorough survey of the property will have to be done if development were to move forward. Based on that calculation, the 48,000 square foot piece of land would not even be able to fit the proposed 10,800-squarefoot hardware store, much less the pavement of the surrounding parking lot and loading area. Michael Reed, a Sammamish resident who helped put together the proposal, said he is confident that Gurol and the city have enough leeway in the critical areas regulations to make the project work. He
said they had no plans to include structured parking in the design. “It’s a tight squeeze but we can make it fit,” Reed said in an interview. Charles Klinge, a land use attorney working on the project, argued to the council that despite the critical areas concerns, the proposal would actually be a net benefit to the creek and surrounding wetlands. He said the privately owned property the city would be taking over would eventually be developed anyway despite being entirely covered by a critical areas buffer, since state law entitles a landowner to “reasonable use” of his property. Gurol said the courts have yet to rule on what constitutes a “reasonable use” on commercially zoned property. “(Severson) is going to put something there, whether through a reasonable use process or through a lawsuit,” Klinge told the council. “That site is closer to the stream and would eat up even more of the buffer.”
Gurol said cutting too many corners could leave the city open to legal challenges and accusations of “spot zoning” – a dreaded word in land use circles. “I’ve heard a lot of concerns and criticism about the city being too ‘processoriented’ tonight,” he said. “I’m afraid that being a city we have to take those steps under the law.” John Galvin, a longtime critic of the city’s Town Center Plan who was involved in the earlier failed Ace development proposal, echoed those concerns. Gurol said Galvin and his neigbors are asking the City Council to approve more density on their properties and contribute more city funds to storm water ponds and parking structures in Town Center. “There’s something called equal rights under the law,” Galvin said. “You need to apply your legal decisions equally – they cannot apply for some and not for others.” Gurol also combatted accusations that the city had been standing in the
way of Ace’s attempts to relocate, estimating that city staff had spent “hundreds and hundreds” of hours working with Ace over the past year. The city has not charged Koch or his associates for that time, though a typical development proposal would be billed. Gurol said he’s hopeful that the project can work, though the tight deadline for action will be a challenge. Koch and his associates are asking for the proposal to be fast-tracked so that construction can begin in February and March and completed in July so that Ace can move before its lease expires at the end of August. “A lot of things have to happen right,” Gurol said. “I joke that if this project had a Facebook status it would be ‘It’s complicated.’ It has significant challenges and a very constrained time frame in which to work.” The City Council is scheduled to decide whether to fast-track the Ace proposal at its Dec. 11 meeting.
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Review editorial State park needs passionate ‘friends’ Lake Sammamish State Park needs a group of passionate people to come together as Friends of Our State Park. Both leaders and roll-up-your-sleeves volunteers are wanted. The state park has had a plan in place for five years. That plan would add an esplanade between the picnic and beach areas for walkers to access a new bathhouse, a boathouse for kayaks and rowing shells, a lakefront café, improved group sites, environmental educational components throughout, an RV and tent park, a lodge to host youth or adult groups for overnights or meetings, and much cleaner beach and grassy areas. A citizen group met for three years to come up with the plan, and design work was completed for the esplanade and bathhouse. It was to have been done by 2013, in time for the 100th anniversary of Washington State Parks. Funds dried up and plans came to a screeching halt. Since then, the park has deteriorated further and attendance at this local treasure is low. Thanks to the Issaquah City Council, the rally to make progress at the park is again underway. It may be a state park, but it will take Sammamish and Issaquah leaders to embrace it. It’s time to rise to the occasion and create a friends group, primarily to help increase attendance. Events and festivals are needed — like music festivals, maybe July 4 fireworks, day camp youth programs, sporting events. Events like last year’s paddle board competition at the park need to be promoted so the public knows something special is going on. People bring admission fees, and those fees bring better maintenance and more interest in long-term development of the plan. Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery was founded in 1994 and literally saved the hatchery from becoming mothballed. The group lobbied the legislature, changed the mission to include education, and found corporate donors for exhibits. Today it is a success model that should be duplicated for Lake Sammamish State Park. Friends of Our State Park has no one to call to join, but email your name and phone number to email@example.com and we’ll let you know what transpires.
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Sammamish Forum Let’s remember to be good neighbors Having read about the Eastside Fire & Rescue negotiations, I want to ensure that the Sammamish City Council and officials keep in mind one important concept, that those who have been given much have a responsibility to others. I will not claim to have a deep knowledge of the issues related to the EFR negotiations, though I understand that they center around cost sharing and bringing each community’s cost in line with the service it receives. On the surface, this seems like a reasonable goal. Sammamish has paid a higher percentage of the EFR budget over the years than would otherwise be levied based upon the services we actually receive. We have are also in this situation with King County Metro and with K-12 public school funding. But what may seem financially reasonable and fair to Sammamish will place a heavier cost burden on surrounding communities with a lesser tax base. Being good neighbors means that we consider our ability to pay in addition to our service utilization. We certainly have a large enough tax surplus as we are reminded regularly. So, please do keep in mind the opinion of at least this one taxpayer, and be more generous with our EFR contribution than the formulas would otherwise specify. That is simply what good neighbors do. Michael J. O’Connell Sammamish
Help local business Our small business owners are held hostage by Regency (owner of the two major Shopping centers in Sammamish). They have no options. They have no place to go. When Regency decides to end their lease or raise their rent, there is no recourse – our local business people lose. Our community loses. Regency is a monopoly – this is not free enterprise – it is bad economics. If you are interested in contacting
Regency to express your concerns, here’s how to reach the person at the top: Martin E. “Hap” Stein, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer; phone 904-598-7000, email: HapStein@RegencyCenters.com I shop in Sammamish. My family won the Sammamish Chamber of Commerce drawing at the end of the Sammamish Farmers Market. Deb Sogge laughed at me every week when I showed up at the market with all my Sammamish receipts. Her standard question, “Do you ever leave town?” My standard response, “Why would I leave – I like it here!” However, I do not like how our local business owners are treated. It is one thing if a business comes in and does not provide customer service or is not offering something a community needs – then the marketplace decides the fate of that business. It is a very different thing when thriving wonderful local businesses are losing because of an out-of-state monopoly that prefers big box store tenants and a city bureaucracy that is inflexible and unable to find creative solutions to problems. Contacting “Hap” will probably have little impact for our community other than perhaps he will wonder where Sammamish is and why are all these people from there bothering him. However, contacting the City Council and letting them know you are unhappy about losing wonderful thriving local businesses might be just the push needed for our community to have some leadership from our leaders. Right now, our city leaders have an amazingly wonderful opportunity to let the city bureaucrats know it is time to find solutions. They have a chance to lead! Let’s help them. Give them lots of permission to lead – contact the council. Sue Bryon Sammamish
Curley serves well Mayor Tom Odell is either clue-
less, out of touch or just plain ignorant – especially when it comes to John Curley’s commitment to serving his constituents! Twice in the last eight months the city of Sammamish has created situations through its planning department that were patently unsafe! Both times, I, along with my neighbors, contacted John Curley to see about getting the issues resolved and both times Curley has responded within one hour! Yes – one hour! Never have I had an elected official at any level respond so quickly. In both cases the situation was resolved to everyone’s satisfaction! The first issue was the row of trees left standing along the new development just east of Inglewood Junior High. They were a hazard to anyone near them. I contacted Curley; he got back to me in less than an hour. Within 48 hours, the city had reinspected the site and determined that the trees did pose a significant risk. It took the city six weeks to remove them. The second issue was the new curb and sidewalk along 244th Street Northeast. The city engineer had the curb and sidewalk extend halfway into Northeast 14th Street, making it impossible for two vehicles to pass See FORUM, Page 5
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environmental regulations while it prepares to dive into a wholesale review early next year. The current set of regulations — sometimes called the Critical Areas Ordinance or Environmentally Critical Areas regulations — took effect in 2005. They contain several provisions with a “sunset clause,” reverting them
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while entering and exiting. This problem was just not mine but all of the 20 families that live on Northeast 14th Street. Once again I contacted Curley and again he responded within 60 minutes! Problem solved! Curley is not only extremely conscientious about his responsibilities to his constituents but also generous with his time. He participated in the KIRO-on-Tour charity benefit for The Fisher House – a fundraiser for wounded Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families. Curley is famous for acting as auctioneer for countless charity events. Bottom line – Curley gives an enormous effort not only to his constituents but to the whole community as well! I will vote again for John
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back to pre-2005 laws after a certain date. The council has extended that date on several occasions and sent the regulations to the Planning Commission for a full review. The commission is nearing the end of that review and is scheduled to deliver the regulations to the City Council early next year. The council was scheduled to extend the sunset clause from Jan. 3, 2013 to July 31, 2013, buying time for the council to set new regulations. see that he replaces clueless Mayor Tom Odell. James C. Keffer Sammamish
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Council to decide on possible review of density increases By Caleb Heeringa
The Sammamish City Council will decide Dec. 11 whether to move quickly on several proposed changes to the city’s zoning and land use policies or wait until a broader review scheduled for 2015. Community Development Director Kamuron Gurol told the council that most of the proposals should wait until 2015, when a state-mandated update of the city’s comprehensive plan will allow the city to take a big-picture look at shaping the city’s growth. But with Ace Hardware’s recent struggles (see story, Page 1) and continuing complaints about the lack of commercial options in the city, several citizens and a few councilmembers supported moving forward sooner rather than later. “There’s obviously a problem with a lack of commercial space in the city,” former Planning Commissioner Scott Hamilton said during public comment Dec. 4. “There’s a need for an immediate solution.”
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Hamilton termed the issue an “economic emergency” and proposed that the council consider rezoning several properties along 228th Avenue and around the current Sammamish Highlands and Pine Lake shopping centers to commercial. He also suggested several changes to the Town Center Plan that he had advocated for during its creation, including shifting some of the density in Town Center from the so-called “A zone,” which is currently the densest proposed area off Southeast Fourth Street, to properties closer to 228th Avenue. Other proposed plan amendments include: u An increase in residential and commercial densities and more help from the city in the area just south of Eastside Catholic High School. The proposal, suggested by a longtime critic of the current Town Center plan and former City Council candidate John Galvin and his neighbors, is a renewal of a similar proposal that failed on a 5-2 vote in 2010 with Don Gerend and John
Curley the only councilmembers in support. In addition to potentially trippling the amount of commercial space in the area — from the current 90,000 square feet to up to 300,000 square feet — the proposal calls for a review of the Town Center Plan’s requirements as far as affordable housing and additional city involvement in building storm water and structured parking. Due to the large scope of the suggested changes, Gurol said the petitioners are okay with waiting until 2014 for the review. Gurol also noted that the economic development plan the city is scheduled to undertake next year will likely encompass many of the same issues. “Many of these things are in
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the wheelhouse of the economic development plan,” Gurol said. u A proposal by Sammamish resident Greg Kipp to use “gross density” rather than “net density” in determining how many homes can be allowed on a piece of land. The city currently uses a net density calculation, which does not count acreage covered by critical areas and their surrounding buffers when calculating allowed density; a gross density would count that acreage, allowing a developer to place more homes on buildable land. In an example where a developer had four acres of land zoned to allow one home per acre, but two of those acres were covered by critical areas. The current system would allow only two homes, but a developer could place four homes on the remaining two acres under a gross density system. Kipp’s proposal specifically calls for a pilot project on R-1 zones to see how it works before the 2015 comp plan review. Gurol said such a change could potentially add traffic, affect the pace of growth and impact the city’s criti-
cal streams and wetlands and suggested doing a broader analysis of the impacts as part of the 2015 process. Gerend said he was supportive of doing it as a pilot program, saying it could make more properties feasible for cottage housing developments. The council recently voted to allow up to 50 of the clustered, pedestrian-based units over the next five years. u A review of the city’s transportation policies and future road projects. The review stems from recent efforts by Councilman Ramiro Valderrama to get future phases of the East Lake Sammamish Parkway expansion project taken off the city’s long-term roads projects plans. A review will require new projections of future growth and its impact on traffic flow in the city. Gurol suggested moving forward with this review in 2013. The council will decide Dec. 11 which items to take up next year. Any changes would be routed through the city’s Planning Commission before going back to the council for final action.
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Obituaries Mary Bodett Mary Bodett, of Issaquah, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at Tiburon Estates AFH in Sammamish. She was 90. Mary was born Maria Badalamenti on July 23, 1922, in Chicago, to Vito and Giuseppina Marcianti Badalamenti. She was raised in Chicago, where she graduated from John Marshall High School. Afterward, she worked for Western Union. On April 30, 1949, in Chicago, Mary wed William A. Bodett. They lived in Chicago until 1960, when they and their children moved into their new house in Elk Grove Village, Ill. In 1988, Mary and Bill moved across the country to Redmond to be near their children and grandchildren. In 2000, they moved to Providence Point in Issaquah. As a young couple, Mary and Bill liked to go on fishing vacations in Wisconsin and Minnesota. During her life as a homemaker and mother, Mary enjoyed gardening and baking. Her family will remember her as being the sweetest, most loving mother and grandmother. They will miss her beautiful smile, trusting nature and, of course, her wonderful
Christmas cookies. Mary is survived by her daughter Carol (Bryan) Gadeken, of Sammamish, and son William (Sharolyn) Bodett, of Boise, Idaho; sister Santina Bonacci, of Bartlett, Ill., and brother Vito Badalamenti, of Lakeview, Ark.; grandchildren Aleesa, Matthew, Christopher, Lauren and Michelle; and great-grandchildren Ryan, Stephanie and Brandon. She was preceded in death by her loving husband William; sister Frances; and brothers Salvatore, Paul, Charles and Peter. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Sammamish. A committal service will be held at Tahoma National Cemetery. The family suggests remembrances to Catholic Community Services, www.ccsww.org
Flintoft’s Issaquah Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family’s online guest book at www.flintofts.com.
Kent Alfred Vosmer Kent Alfred Vosmer, of Sammamish, loving husband to Carole and abiding father to Corinne, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at home. He was 62. A celebration of Kent’s life will be at noon Dec. 12, 2012, at Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory, 540 E. Sunset Way, Issaquah, 392-6444. Friends are invited to view photos, get directions and share memories in the family’s online guest book at www.flintofts.com.
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The holiday season is a time for celebration, but fire hazards from Christmas trees and other decorations can dampen the festive spirit. Experts at the State Fire Marshal’s Office remind residents to properly care for and decorate Christmas trees, and to practice fire safety. If a household holiday display includes a natural tree, keep the tree adequately watered. Improper care and decoration of live or artificial Christmas trees can lead to catastrophic fires. Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets, and excessive kinking or wear before putting them up. Use only lighting listed by UL or another approved testing laboratory. All decorations should be nonflammable or flameretardant, and artificial or metallic trees should also be flame-retardant.
The holiday season is notorious for causing a slippery situation in local sewer systems — grease from holiday feasts. Grease can cause the same problems in municipal sewer systems as in human arteries. The goop sticks to the inside of sewer pipes, leads to blockages and, maybe, expensive cleanups. So, the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks joined Seattle-based General Biodiesel to offer residents with a safe way to toss cooking oil and grease. The material is then recycled. General Biodiesel offers locations countywide to dump leftover cooking fats and grease. The closest 24/7 drop-off location is Safeway, 630 228th Ave. N.E., Sammamish.
Consumers stockpiled spirits in May, leading to a June sales slump, but in the months since private liquor sales started, spirit sales rebounded, state revenue officials reported Dec. 4. The state Department of Revenue said spirit sales by volume increased 2.9 percent between June and September from the same period a year earlier. Retailers sold almost 13.6 million liters of spirits from June through September, compared to the 13.2 million liters sold at state-run liquor stores during the same period a year earlier. The average retail price for a liter of spirits, including taxes, came to $24.09 in September, compared to $21.58 at state liquor stores a year earlier — 11.6 percent more.
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Local church stages ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ By Lillian O’Rorke
In 1947, The Lux Radio Theatre delivered “It’s a Wonderful Life” from the silver screen to living rooms across the country via the radio. Now 65 years later, Eastridge Church is recreating the radio play for the
Eastside community. With performances Dec. 14 and 15 at the church’s 72,000 square-foot Issaquah facility, the performance is not short on theatrics. “It’s got layers to it,” said See LIFE, Page 9
For many, this time of year means traveling over the mountains and through the woods to see old friends and family, but for Sammamish natives Chris Moran and Aaron Kirby it means gathering the funny pilgrims for two nights of comedy. “Seattle is a great comedy scene and it has produced a lot of great comedians,” said Kirby, who graduated from Skyline in 2006. “They still have family here. So every holiday a lot of great comedians come back.” Moran, a 2010 graduate of Eastlake High School and a comedian, seized on the idea and produced a “Home for the Holidays Comedy Show” last December, which drew more than 100 people. Building on last year’s success, he is doing it again, but this time for two nights with bigger headliners. Both shows will take place at Laughs Comedy Spot in Kirkland with Kirby hosting Dec. 19 and Moran doing a 20-minute set. That night they will share the stage with Andrew Sleighter, who has been featured on MTV’s prank show “Money from Strangers”, Brett Hamil and the 2012 winner of CMT’s “Next Big Comic,” Adam Norwest. Norwest is also the youngest comedian to ever compete in the Seattle International Comedy Competition. The Dec. 26 show will include a 10-minute set by both
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director Steve Wright, of Sammamish. “It’s a radio show performing a movie, so we have a few things going on.” He explained that because he and the church first staged the show last year, this Christmas they wanted to change it around by doing things like restaging, adding three times as much lighting effects and providing little surprises for the audience. On stage, the radio’s transition chords of the past have been replaced with live musical numbers that relate to the scenes. Adding to the experience is an 18-piece orchestra. And, just as Lux advertised its soap to radio audiences, the performance includes bubbly commercial breaks. “It’s kind of cool because the bubbles fall on you and I don’t know how, but they use this bubble machine,” said Ellexa Gerdes. The second-grade student at Samantha Smith Elementary School plays Zuzu Bailey, who famously
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cleanest. And it’s that way on purpose as that’s the night Moran will have his grandparents in the audience. “Those are just guys who know how to work clean because you can’t work for 20 years in comedy if you can’t work clean,” Moran said. “It’s really exciting because these guys are all heroes of mine… I’m work-
The full cast gathers for the final scene of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” says to her father “every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.” Also, just like the original Lux radio studio production, the audience is a part of the show with its real-time reactions. Just in case people forget, an “applause” sign hung above the stage lights up. A show within a show, the stage is the radio station studio, meaning that all two dozen of the local actors taking part have to remain on stage even when it’s not their turn to be broadcast across the radio waves.
“You kind of have those two roles that you have to play: the person that’s relaxing and waiting for her next part and then the person that’s up at the microphone,” said Marianne Giberson of Issaquah who plays several roles, including Violet Bick. “It’s taken a while to get that balance of what to do when you’re not at a microphone and kind of figure out how to interact with all the other actors on stage.” But figuring out how to stay in the character of a 1940’s radio actor isn’t the only challenge.
Regional actor Justin Beal of Kirkland plays the lead role of George Bailey. He said the odd part is getting used to speaking fast for the radio and avoiding “dead air.” “That’s something that I’m not used to as an actor. As an actor you want to take your time, make sure the audience hears what you are saying,” Beal said. “But apparently radio plays aren’t like that and I just learned that…you have to go fast and bull right over the audience.” While the show mirrors the movie, it is also
ing with guys I’ve looked up to since I’ve been doing this. And they don’t exactly look at me as their peer, but they have respect for me now, which is cool.” Moran has been working in comedy since he was a junior at Eastlake, and the only club he could perform at was Giggles in Seattle. He describes his comedy as “cheerful with a hint of cynicism.” “I don’t get to see a whole lot of my friends from high school,” he said. “That’s another one of the
reasons I do this is because I want my friends to know that I don’t just do open mics — that I do shows that are real good.” Kirby agrees and said he is looking forward to having friends from his Skyline days in the audience. “I’m really excited for the show. It’s going to be a very entertaining evening,” he said. “I don’t think you can really duplicate the feeling of getting a whole room to laugh.” Kirby calls himself an informative and goofy
comic. “I can’t pull off the angry, cussing comic; I’m not that guy,” he said. “I’m from Sammamish, so how angry can I be?” Both shows, Dec. 19 and 26, start at 8:30 p.m. at Laughs Comedy Spot in Kirkland. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased on brownpapertickets.com. Those who buy tickets online for Dec. 19 will receive a code to get free tickets for Dec. 26. Proof of age, 18 and up, is required at the door.
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a church production and includes a Christian message. “It’s not over the top; it doesn’t point a finger at anybody,” said Wright. “It just points out something that the movie does. Here’s a man that has done wonderful things and what happens when he is at the end of his rope? He prays to God. That’s in the show, that’s in the movie.”
The director said he hopes that everyone in the community will enjoy it as an entertaining event, however they celebrate the holiday season. “People who are nonChristians, or people who chose not to go in that direction, will still have a great time coming to see this. They will see a nice theatrical event,” he said. “I want people to enjoy this performance as much as they enjoy the movie, because I sure do.” “It’s a Wonderful Life” is at 7 p.m. Dec. 14-15, with a 2 p.m. show Dec. 15. All shows will be staged at Eastridge Church on Issaquah-Fall City Road, except for a Dec. 19 show at the church’s West Seattle campus. That play starts at 7 p.m. at 4500 39th Ave. SW. Admission for all performances is free, but a ticket is required to enter. To reserve tickets call 425270-6300 or visit www.eastridgetoday.com/wonderful.
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Sammamish residents Chris Moran and Aaron Kirby are hosting the annual “Home for the Holidays Comedy Show” at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 19 and 26 Laughs Comedy Spot in Kirkland. tickets are $10. The city is sponsoring a blood drive from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at City Hall. For questions about donating and eligibility, call 800-398-7888.
The Evergreen Philharmonic will host Jennifer Thomas, pianist, Matt Drumm, principal timpanist for the Tacoma Symphony and Jen Mahaffey, local flautist, at a performance at 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at Skyline High School. Advance discount tickets for the concert can be purchased at www.ihs.issaquah.wednet.edu. Adults are $12 and students/seniors are $7.
The Sammamish Book Group will meet and discuss books, this month is a free read, at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Sammamish Library.
Volunteer opportunities Visit residents in nursing homes. Friend to Friend matches volunteers with residents in Sammamish nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Volunteers are asked to visit residents a couple times a month for a year. Orientation will be provided. Background check required. Call 1-888-383-7818.
A children’s jewelry making gift workshop, for children 6 and up (6-8 year olds need an adult present) is at 1 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Sammamish Library.
Evergreen Healthcare is seeking volunteers to help serve patients throughout King County. Volunteers, who will be assigned to help people in their own neighborhoods, provide companionship, run errands, do
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light household work, or give a break to primary caregivers. Volunteers will be supported by hospital staff. Call 899-1040 or visit www.evergreenhealthcare. org/hospice. The King County LongTerm Care Ombudsman Program needs certified long-term care ombudsman volunteers. After completing a four-day training program, visit with residents, take and resolve complaints and advocate for residents. Volunteers are asked to donate four hours a week and attend selected monthly meet-
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ings. Contact Cheryl Kakalia at 206-694-6827. Eastside Bluebills is a Boeing retiree volunteer organization that strives to provide opportunities for retirees to help others in need and to assist charitable and nonprofit organizations. 10 a.m.-noon, the third Wednesday of the month at the Bellevue Regional Library. Call 235-3847. LINKS, Looking Into the Needs of Kids in Schools, placSee VOLUNTEER, Page 11
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Join the club A headache support group meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month at Swedish Issaquah in the second floor conference center leadership room. Call 313-5406. The Sammamish Heritage Society meets from 7:30-9 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Pine Lake Community Club, 21333 S.E. 20th St. in Sammamish. Sammamish Plateau Amateur Radio Club meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at Fire Station 83. The club is open to amateur radio operators and those interested in the hobby. Rotaract, a community service for young adults ages 18-30 sponsored by the Sammamish Rotary, meets twice a month. Email email@example.com. The La Leche League is committed to helping mothers breastfeed. They plan to meet on the second Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m.-noon at the Sammamish EX3 Teen Center, 825 228th Ave. N.E.
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es community volunteers in the schools of the Lake Washington School District. Opportunities include tutoring, classroom assistance and lunch buddy. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.linksvolunteer. org. Eastside Baby Corner needs volunteers to sort incoming donations of clothing and toys and prepare items for distribution. Visit www.babycorner.org.
Visit www.lllusa.org/web/ SammamishWA. Block Party Quilters meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at Mary, Queen of Peace Church. Visit www.bpquilters.org. The Sammamish Citizen Corps, a volunteer group affiliated with the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, meets the first Wednesday of each month at Fire Station 82. Visit www.sammamishcitizencorps.org. The Social Justice Book Group meets at 10 a.m. the third Monday of each month in Sammamish. Email email@example.com. A support group for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s is where caregivers gain emotional support, learn and share their experiences 6:30-8 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at Faith United Methodist Church. The Rotary Club of Sammamish meets every Thursday at 7:15 a.m. at the Bellewood, 3710 Providence Point Drive S.E. Volunteers are needed to visit homebound patrons with the King County Library System’s Traveling Library Center program. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and have reliable transportation. Call Susan LaFantasie at 3693235.
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Visit www.sammamishrotary.org. The Sammamish Fit Club, a club looking to improve the health of the community, meets from 7:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays. Call Trish at 206-605-0679 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Cascade Republican Women’s Club meets at 11:30 a.m. the third Wednesday of the month at the Plateau Club. Call 8617910. Redmond Toddler Group, a parent-child program with art, music, play and parent education has openings in pre-toddler, toddler and family classes. Call 869-5605 or visit www. redmondtoddler.org. Moms Club of the Sammamish Plateau has activities including weekly, age specific playgroups and monthly meetings, coffee mornings, mom’s nights out, craft club and local area outings. Visit www. momsclubsammamish.org. Foster Parent Support Group meets the last Thursday of each month from 6-8 p.m. at Mary, Queen of Peace. Earn your training/foster parent hours. Refreshments and child care are provided. Call 206-719-8764.
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December 12, 2012 The Eastside Welcome Club, for people new to the area, meets at 10 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month and at other times for activities and outings. Call Pat at 572-0474. Sammamish Kiwanis meets at 7 a.m. every Wednesday at Sammamish Hills Lutheran Church. Visit www.sammamishkiwanis.org. Toastmasters of Sammamish meet from 7:15–8:45 p.m. every Tuesday at Mary, Queen of Peace. Call 427-9682 or email davidlloydhall@live. com. The Cascade Woman’s Club, meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month in members’ homes. Membership in the volunteer service organization is open to all women. Call 898-8603 or visit www.gfwccascadewomansclub.org. Sammamish Garden Club meets at 9:30 a.m. the second Tuesday of the month in the homes of members. Call Cathy at 836-0421 or email CathyWebst@aol.com. The Pine Lake Garden Club meets the second Wednesday of the month, plus occasional meetings for workshops and local field trips. Call 836-7810.
focus on faith Mars Hill Students is made up of sixth-12th grade students in Sammamish, Redmond, Issaquah and surrounding areas. It meets every Wednesday from 7-8:30 p.m. for a time of life music, teaching, food and connection. Visit https:// www.facebook.com/ MarsHillStudentsSAM. Club Mosaic, a community discussion group, would like to hear thoughts about earth’s origin, the meaning of life, the Apocalypse and more. It meets from 7-8:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the Holiday Inn in Issaquah. visit www. clubmosaic.org. Wednesday night youth group will have games, worship and fun for students in grades six-12 from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Sammamish Presbyterian Church. Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) allows mothers of young children time to make friends share stories and grow spiritually. The group generally meets twice a month on
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Thursday mornings at Mary, Queen of Peace Church. Visit www.mops. org. A Toast to the Lord, a faith-based Toastmasters club, meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Friday at the Fire Station 83 on Issaquah–Pine Lake Road. They offer job interviewing skill development for those seeking employment or a career change; motivational and inspirational speaking training. Call 427-9682 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Healing Prayer Service is for those who desire to experience God’s love through worship, prayer and healing. The fourth Tuesday of every month except November and December, 7 p.m., at Pine Lake Covenant Church. Email email@example.com. Moms in Prayer International invites moms to replace their anxiety with peace and hope. Pray with other moms for your children and their schools. Visit www.momsinprayer.org. Contact Linda Yee at firstname.lastname@example.org. blind. Email sjbonsib@aol. com. Volunteer Chore Services links volunteers with seniors or individuals who are disabled and are living on a limited income. Call 425-284-2240.
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Eastlake outswims Skyline in early season meet By Lillian O’Rorke
Plateau swimmers went headto-head Dec. 4 with the Eastlake Wolves eventually claiming a 101-84.5 victory over the Skyline Spartans. Eastlake The boys 200 yard medley relay team kicked off the lead for the Wolves with a first place finish that was six seconds faster than any of the other teams. Eastlake already had a four-second lead after junior Edward Kim finished the first leg. Swimming backstroke, Kim was the last one to bring his face to the surface for air, and when he did, he had already crossed into the second half of the Redmond Pool. Building on Kim’s lead was Kuroshe Mahak, swimming the breaststroke; Markus Zimmerman with the butterfly and Jackson Berman anchoring with freestyle. The boys finish of one minute and 44.34 seconds was four onehundredths of a second off from qualifying for the state meet. Last year the Eastlake boys 200
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Edward Kim, Eastlake High School junior, bolts through the water on the butterfly leg of his winning 200-yard individual medley race Dec. 3 at Redmond Pool. medley relay team took third in the event. Just like last year, Kim heads the team swimming backstroke which, along with the butterfly, is one of his strongest strokes he said. “Walls and turns and underwa-
ters are a big part,” he explained. “If you do more dolphin kicks you carry more momentum from the start, which is the fastest you will be in any race, so I am just trying to carry that momentum forward.”
Kim used his underwater power to charge ahead of the competition in the 200 individual medley, finishing more than 21 seconds faster than anyone else for a state qualifying time of 1:55.90. Kim is no stranger to the
state championships. In 2011 he won the state title for the 50 and 100 free and went back in 2012 to claim the championship in the 200 free and 100 backstroke. While winning eight state titles by the end of his high school career has been his goal for quite some time, this year Kim is eyeing something else. “I’d like to break the team record for the 100 fly; I’ve been eye that for awhile now.” He said. The record of 51.49 was set by Nathan O’Brien in the event in 2000. “It’s a 13-year-old record now, so it would be pretty cool if I broke that record.” Berman, a sophomore at Eastlake, captured two individual wins Dec. 4: the 200 free, with a time of 1:53.46 and the 100 backstroke at 1:01.86. Both were district-qualifying swims. Berman also swam the first leg of the 400 free relay team, which beat Skyline by more than nine seconds for a time of 3:35.04. After the race Berman said he hopes to make it to state in the 200 free, as well as help the 400 free relay team secure the state See SWIM, Page 13
Skyline wrestlers top Eastlake in plateau face-off By Lillian O’Rorke
Under the glow of the spotlight lowered from the ceiling of Skyline’s gym Dec. 6, plateau grapplers went head to head. In a match where there were just as many pins as decision wins and even more forfeits, the Skyline Spartans eventually beat the Eastlake Wolves 40-30. “We brought some intensity; Eastlake stepped up. Dexter has done a phenomenal job over there; it’s only his second year,” said Skyline coach Gus Kiss about his neighboring team to the north. “He’s got some young kids - but again they wrestled well, really great, technically sound kids. Our kids still had to step up and we did.” The Spartans gave up 24 points in forfeits at 170, 180 and the top two heavyweights but received one forfeit at 106. And, Kiss expects that will pretty much be the norm for the rest of the season. “We just can’t find kids right now so we will be giving up 18 points every time we wrestle somebody, but that’s okay,” he said. “We have to pin. It’s all about pinning; that’s what this sport is all about, is pinning people, and we are doing a pretty
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Jonnie Estrada, of Eastlake, and Cyrus Sarkosh, of Skyline, work themselves into a pretzel during the 195 pound match. good job of it.” Skyline racked up three pins, all within the first period of the match. In the 113 weight class, Nathan Swanson (Skyline) fell Kush Jobanputra in one minute and 32 seconds. At 120, Kody
Nguyen (Skyline) pinned Konrad Peterson in 0:31. As the night’s event started at the 132-pound weight class, Justin Manipis and John Monahan at 126, were the final two. Skyline was leading 34-30,
but a major decision, technical fall or pin by Eastlake could change that. “I knew I needed to go out there and secure a win,” said Manipis. “So, I just went out there and wrestled. I didn’t really think
In a dual meet Dec. 6 Skyline beat Garfield 54-24. 120: Justin Manipis, S, pinned Jake Green, G, 2:24. 126: Jacob Gehrett, S, pinned Henry Dahlgren, G, 2:35. 132: Fasil Alexander, G, pinned Joseph DeMatteo, S, 5:04. 138: Tristan Steciw, S, pinned Shehzeb Nasim, G, 1:10. 145: Joseph Gurke, S, pinned Shane Eckert, G, 3:50. 152: Tyler Aguirre, S, pinned Ryan Miller, G, 1:11. 160: Michael Mecham, S, pinned Jacob Rosenthal, G, 5:12. 170: Aaron Goff, G, forf. 182: Cyrus Sarkosh, S, pinned Kevin Strong, G, 0:34. 195: Cole Teller, G, forf. 220: Brain Lam, G, forf. 285: double forfeit. 106: Nathan Swanson, S, forf. 113: Kody Nguyen, S, forf. about it; everything flowed and everything fell into place.” Manipis pinned his opponent in 1:02. Manipis returns this year, after winning the KingCo See WRESTLE, Page 13
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title. Last year the team took second in the event after finishing 0.17 seconds behind Kamiak. “We had a great year last year. I don’t know where, at the end of the season, we are going to be this year,” said Eastlake coach Kate McCary. Relatively new to the team this year is freshman Zimmerman and Mahawk, a senior who swam for Eastlake in ninth grade and took a two-year break before returning for one final go around. Those two, along with Berman and Kim bring good things to the team’s table, said McCary “I think we are going to put together some solid relays,” she said. “And all those boys have potential in swimming individual races as we go through the post season.” Mahak won the 50 free with a time of 23.89. Ryan Caraway beat Skyline in the 100 fly in 1:03.21 and Caleb Alleva also out-swam the Spartans in the 100 breast with a time of 1:05.9. Skyline For Skyline, Dec. 4 was not just a meet against its fellow plateau swimmers, but a dual meet against Redmond as well. With more than a dozen of its 63 competitors missing, the Spartans came within nine points of Redmond, losing 96-87. “The boys still did really, really well. We are really pleased with them,” said Skyline coach Susan Simpkins. Athletes must have at least 10 practices
before they can compete. “I think we, when get all our kids qualified to swim, after the 10 practice thing, we will have a well-rounded team.” The Spartans grabbed several victories including one from Max Levy, who blew the competition away in diving. His final score of 220.05 was more than 32 points higher than any other diver. After starting out headto-head with Redmond and Eastlake in 100 free, Paul Jett, a junior at Skyline, pulled ahead for the win. His time of 52.45 also bought him a ticket for districts. By the time freshman Nick Nava dove in the water for the second leg of the 200 free relay, his Skyline team, also made up of Nick D’Alo, Tucker Russell and Sam deMers, was already ahead of the pack. The boys held on to that lead all the way to the end, winning the race in 1:41.17, three seconds ahead of Redmond and four seconds ahead of Eastlake. Dec. 4 marked Nava’s first high school swim meet ever and before the night was over, he had already qualified for districts in two individual events: the 200 IM with a second place swim of 2:17.20 and the 100 fly with a third place swim of 1:03.35. “He was very excited about that. We were very excited about that,” said Simpkins, adding that the freshman earned the team’s “swimmer of the meet” award. Also putting in a solid effort for the Spartans was Matt Haynie. When the junior started out, pulling through the water in the first lap of the 500 free, he was right in line
with Eastlake’s Kuroshe Mahak and Redmond’s Ryan Haper. After seven lengths he was ahead by two or three feet; doubling that after 11 trips across the pool. By the final stroke Haynie had beat Harper by a secondand-a-half and Mahak by 6.3 seconds; qualifying for districts with a time of 5:35.54. “You just have to pace yourself, really. I’ve had quite a bit of time with the 500 to figure out what speed I need to go to be able to make it the entire way,” Haynie said. He has been swimming the 500 in pretty much every high school meet for the past two years. “There has been a lot of times where I either went too fast or too slow and had energy left over.” Haynie also qualified for districts in the 200 free, where he took third with a time of 2:05.46. But freestyle aside, he is actually eyeing the 100 fly. Hoping to swim the event at the state championships, Haynie said he is working a lot this year on his butterfly stroke. New to the team this year are 15 athletes who are also new to the sport. Those 15 helped Skyline pack the 50 freestyle with 32 Spartans in 12 heats. “We let them experience what the 100 free is,” said Simpkins. “They’ve never done it and this was a good meet to do it in because we have a lot of time.”
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Eastlake’s 138, Mark Smith, tries to get a takedown on Tristan Steciw of Skyline.
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Championship last season. His victory was short-lived as a foot injury squashed his hopes of a trip to the Mat Classic. “I am using what happened last year as motivation to keep me going,” he said. “I really wanted to go to state. I worked really hard last year, but unfortunately, it didn’t really happen…This is my last chance.” Skyline secured several other wins that night, including a major decision against Eastlake when Joseph Gurke beat Ryan Martinez 11-2 in the 145 match. At 132 Joseph DeMatteo (Skyline) won 7-2 over William Galarpe and Cyrus Sarkosh (Skyline) beat Jonnie Estrada 7-4 in the 195 match. In the 138 contest, a three-point near fall
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secured the 10-8 win for Tristan Steciw (Skyline) over Mark Smith. During the 160 match, both Skyline’s Michael Mecham and Eastlake’s Ryan Wasserman fought to keep the other guy from scoring even one point. With a takedown each, the score was tied 2-2 at the end of the three periods. Ten seconds into overtime, Mecham won with a takedown. After the ref raised Mecham’s arm in victory, the two wrestlers hugged. “He’s one of my close friends,” said Mecham. The two have known each other since middle school, and Mecham explained that he dropped down from 170 to 160 that week just to spar against his friend. “I just wanted to do that for us as a friendship, and I thought it was a lot of fun. It would have been fun either way if I lost or won.
I just enjoyed the whole thing.” Eastlake’s solo win came from an unlikely source. Teddy Hung, a junior, usually wrestles at 145 but a mixture of the flu hitting the team and a few successful challenges in the wrestling room put him in the 152 slot Dec. 6. Out of the gate, Hung went for it and had Skyline’s Tyler Aguirre pinned in 1:37. “He did a good job out there,” said Eastlake coach Dexter Beckstead. “He hit the guy with an under-arm spin, which we have been working on. The guy, I think didn’t see it, and was surprised by it…That was nice.” The two teams both take to the mat again Dec. 13 for KingCo matchups. Eastlake will host Bothell at 7:30 and Skyline will face Roosevelt and Woodinville at 6 p.m. at Redmond High School.
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Girls Basketball Monday, Dec. 3 Non-league Skyline 46, Mount Si 21 Mount Si 3 2 6 10 21 Skyline 15 8 10 13 46 Skyline’s scoring – Bryn DeVita, 15 points; Haley Smith, 10; Taylor McKerlich, 6; Lacey Nicholson, 5; Ali Mendezona, 3; Alex Daugherty, 2; Shelby Kassuba, 2, Stella Mazzaferro, 2. Eastside Catholic 42, Sequim 40 E. Catholic7 16 12 7 42 Sequim 11 8 9 12 40 EC’s scoring – A. Blanton, 12 points; S. Hill, 10; A. Menz, 7; L. Johnson, 6; A. Anderson, 5; M. Callans, 2. Tuesday, Dec. 4 KingCo 4A Inglemoor 51, Eastlake 40 Inglemoor 5 14 16 16 51 Eastlake 6 8 17 9 40 Eastlake’s scoring – Marijka Vanderschaaf, 12 points; Ellie Mortenson, 8; Maggie Douglas, 7; Lauren Mittenthal, 5; Rachel Ainslie, 3; Elizabeth Tracey, 2; Ellie Warner, 2; Elise Morrison, 1. Wednesday, Dec. 5 KingCo 4A Skyline 53, Ballard 43 Ballard 7 14 4 18 43 Skyline 11 15 9 18 53 Skyline’s scoring – Haley Smith, 18 points; Lacey Nicholson, 11; Bryn DeVita, 9; Shelby Kassuba, 8; Ali Mendenzona, 5; Cassidy Daugherty, 2. Nonleague Chief Sealth, 46; Eastside Catholic 38 E. Catholic 6 15 6 11 38 Chief Sealth 11 7 20 8 46 EC’s scoring – Lauren Johnson, 15 points; Sarah Hill, 7; Emma Burnham, 5; Audrey Menz, 5; Ashley Blanton, 2; Katie, 2; Ana Wu, 2. Friday, Dec. 7 KingCo 4A Eastlake 63, Bothell 36 Eastlake 15 17 21 15 68 Bothell 9 9 5 13 36 Eastlake’s scoring – Ellie Woerner, 13; Marijka Vanderschaaf, 12; Maggie Douglas, 10; Lauren Mittenthal, 7; Rachel Ainslie, 6; Elise Morrison, 6; Lauren Greenheck, 5; Courtney Davis, 4; Ellie Mortenson 2. Skyline 73, Roosevelt 46 Roosevelt13 12 5 16 46 Skyline 18 25 17 13 73 Skyline’s scoring – Haley Smith, 20 points; Lacey Nicholson, 12; Rachel Shim, 11; Alex Daugherty, 7; Ali Mendezona, 7; Shelby Kassuba, 6; Taylor McKerlich, 4; Stella Mazzaferro, 3; Alyssa Hawkinson, 2; Lusi Bainvialu, 1. Metro 3A Holy Names 57, Eastside Catholic 42 Holy Names14 13 21 9 57 E. Catholic 7 16 12 7 42 EC’s scoring – Lauren Johnson, 10 points; Katie Spires, 8; Sara Hill, 7; Audrey Menz, 6; Ashley Blanton, 3; Molly Callans, 2. Saturday, Dec. 8 Non-league Interlake 41, Eastside Catholic 38 Interlake 10 9 13 9 41 E. Catholic 13 10 5 10 38 EC’s scoring – Sarah Hill, 11 points; Ashely Blanton, 7; Emma Burnham, 5; Molly Callans, 5; Lauren Johnson, 5; Audrey Menz, 3; Katie Spires 2.
Boys basketball Tuesday, Dec. 4 KingCo 4A Eastlake 52, Inglemoor 43 Eastlake’s scoring – Jake Davidson, 19 points; Brandon Lester, 10; Mike Hwang, 7; Caleb Perkins, 5; Mason Pierzchalski, 4; Alex Vilarino, 3; Mike Staudinger, 2; Davis Woerner, 2, Metro 3A Chief Sealth 56, Eastside Catholic 54 E. Catholic 15 12 18 9 54 Chief Sealth 15 11 11 19 56 EC’s scoring – Mandrell Worthy, 17 points; Austin Soukup, 11; Max Hudgins, 9; Ian Christie, 4; Blake Maimone, 4; Zach Wallin, 4; Nathan Christie, 3. Friday, Dec. 7 KingCo 4A Roosevelt 40, Skyline 39 Roosevelt 9 9 7 15 40 Skyline 9 10 15 5 39 Skyline’s scoring – Blake O’Brien, 10 points; Jonah Eastern 10; Addison McGirvin, 7; Matisse Thybulle, 3; Hunter Cikatz, 2. Bothell 78, Eastlake 51 Eastlake 9 9 15 18 51 Bothell 16 18 19 25 78 Eastlake’s scoring – Brandon Lester, 13 points; Caleb Perkins, 9; Alex Vilarino,
7; Jake Davidson, 6; Hike Hwang, 6; Mason Pierzchalski, 4; Kyle Laubscher, 3; Mike Staudinger, 3; Davis Woerner, 1. Metro 3A Eastside Catholic 66, O’Dea 51 O’Dea 7 9 21 14 51 E. Catholic 15 12 19 20 66 EC’s scoring – Mandrell Worthy, 26 points; Max Hudgins, 12; Blake Maimone, 6; Austin Soukup, 6; Ian Christie, 5; Zach Wallin, 5; Nathan Christie, 4; Austin Moss, 2.
Swimming Thursday, Dec. 6 Eastlake 106, Juanita 79 200 medley relay — Eastlake (Jackson Berman, Kuroshe Mahak, Markus Zimmerman, Chris Koehler) 1:48.73. 200 free — Ryan Caraway, E, 2:08.13. 200 IM — Kuroshe Mahak, E, 2:17.86. 50 free — Jackson Berman, E, 24.50. Diving — Gabe Wattenbarger, E, 130.80. 100 fly — Max Peterson, J, 57.58. 100 free — Markus Zimmerman, E, 53.30. 500 free — Jackson Berman, E, 5:03.14. 200 free relay — Eastlake (Kuroshe Mahak, Josh Wang, Caleb Alleva, Chris Koehler) 1:43.31. 100 back — Kyle Grichel, J, 1:01.69. 100 breast — Kuroshe Mahak, E, 1:06.38. 400 free relay — Eastlake (Markus Zimmerman, Caleb Alleva, Ryan Caraway, Jackson Berman) 3:39.53. Friday, Dec. 7 Roosevelt 119, Skyline 66 * State qualifying time 200 medley relay — Skyline (Matt Haynie, Tucker Russell, Ian Camal Sado, Nick D’Alo) 1:52.78. 200 free — Nathan Ives, R, 1:58.43. 200 IM — Wyatt Sintay, R, 2:03.94*. 50 free — Keith Schendel, R, 24.20. Diving — Max Levy, S, 225.85. 100 fly — Wyatt Sintay, R, 57.49. 100 free — Paul Jett, S, 52.51. 500 free — Wilson Ives, R, 5:42.04. 200 free relay — Roosevelt (Conrad Gordon, Nathan Ives, Keith Schendel, Wyatt Sintay) 1:35.21. 100 back — Aalton Lande, R, 1:02.89. 100 breast — Keith Schendel, R, 1:02.00*. 400 free relay — Roosevelt (Nathan Ives, Aalton Lande, Keith Schendel, Wyatt Sintay) 3:30.95. Nathan Hale 191, Eastside Catholic 115 GIRLS Nathan Hale 120, Eastside Catholic 33 200 medley relay — Nathan Hale (Megan Stine, Rita Thorsen, Alexa Landis, Adelyn Westerholm) 2:20.40. 200 free — Grace McCollough, NH, 2:17.27. 200 IM — Hanna Schwinn, EC, 2:30.32. 50 free — Megan Stine, NH, 27.38. 100 fly — Grace McCollough, NH, 1:09.43. 100 free — Mie Vance, NH, 1:07.96. 500 free — Hanna Schwinn, EC, 5:41.41. 200 free relay — Nathan Hale (Jamie Johnson, Sara Albertson, Rita Thorsen, Mirei Yasuda0 2:03.67. 100 back — Elizabeth Chubb, NH, 1:18.33. 100 breast — Meredith Carlson, NH, 1:38.66. 400 free relay — Nathan Hale (Tawny Joy Tyau, Grace McCollough, Mirei Yasuda, Jamie Johnson) 4:22.21. BOYS Eastside Catholic 82, Nathan Hale 71 200 medley relay — Eastside Catholic (Connor Schwinn, Brennan Ober, Elliot Schwinn, Griffin Crow) 2:01.02 . 200 free — Toby Plaskon, EC, 2:05.83. 200 IM — Connor Schwinn, EC, 2:20.11.50 free — Griffin Crow, EC, 25.64. 100 fly — Elliot Schwinn, EC, 1:00.76. 100 free — Jake McCollough, NH, 53.02. 500 free — Elliot Schwinn, EC, 5:09.26. 200 free relay — Nathan Hale (Errick Ramirez, Joe Singer, Nathan Lowe, Bryce Johnson) 1:45.85. 100 back — Jake McCollough, NH, 1:01.01. 100 breast — Tay Holliday, EC, 1:08.11. 400 free relay — Eastside Catholic (Elliot Schwinn, Tay Holiday, Connor Schwinn, Griffin Crow) 3:57.66. Saturday, Dec. 8
Gymnastics Saturday, Dec. 8 Woodinville 169.35, Skyline 137.65, Redmond 128.7 Vault — 1, Ricki Ulrich, Skyline, 9.1; 2, Madison Engle, Woodinville, 8.4; 3 (tie), Emma Anson, Redmond, Sam Jensen, Woodinville, and Lauren Stoval, Redmond, 8.3. Bars — 1, Emily Paratore, Woodinville, 8.6; 2, Sam Jensen, Woodinville, 7.8; 3, Maddy Thomas, Woodinville, 7.6. Beam — 1, Madison Engle, Woodinville, 9.25; 2, Rikki Ulrich, Skyline, 9.1; 3, Emily Paratore, Woodinville, 8.8.Floor — 1, Madison Engle, Woodinville, 9.5; 2, Emily Paratore, Woodinville, 9.35; 3, Sam Jenseon, Woodinvill,e 9.2. All-around — 1, Emily Paratore, Woodinville, 34.55; 2, Madison Engle, Woodinville, 34.45; 3, Rikki Ulrich, Skyline, 34.40.
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POlice Blotter Lost passport A Sammamish resident reported Nov. 27 that he had lost his Taiwanese passport. The resident told police that he had last seen it 10 years ago and has moved four or five times since then. The resident was filing a police report so that he could be issued a new passport.
Vandalism Someone broke windows on two model homes in the Tremont neighborhood between Nov. 21 and Nov. 23. The double-paned glass front doors were damaged, apparently by thrown rocks. There were no signs that anyone tried to access the homes. Police have no suspects.
Found bike A custodian at Samantha Smith Elementary School reported that he had found a bicycle in the school’s garbage can Nov. 27. The bike, a blue and white Mongoose brand, was missing pedals and had a broken derailleur, but was in good condition otherwise. Police could find no records of a similar bike
being stolen but brought the bike to the police station for safe keeping.
Suspicious phone call A Sammamish resident reported that they had received a harassing phone call Nov. 26. The resident told police that he received a voicemail from a male caller accusing his new girlfriend of sleeping around. The caller ID identified the call as coming from the new girlfriend’s phone, though the girlfriend told police she had not made the call. The two believe that a spiteful ex-boyfriend may have used a caller ID spoofing technology to make the call. The case remains under investigation.
Stolen packages A resident on the 3000
block of 198th Avenue Southeast reported that someone had stolen two packages from her front porch between 3 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. Nov. 28. The resident heard the UPS driver drop the packages off, but the packages were missing when she went to retrieve them shortly afterwards. The woman reported seeing a suspicious man on a skateboard getting into a black pickup truck nearby. The packages contained makeup and a dress valued at around $200.
The case remains under investigation.
Vehicle vs pedestrian Police were called to a report of a vehicle hitting a pedestrian near the corner of Trossachs Boulevard and Southeast Ninth Way at around 8:15 a.m. Nov. 27. The pedestrian told police that a vehicle had struck her as she was crossing the street. The vehicle was travelling slowly at the time and
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the woman did not sustain any injuries. The woman told police that the man had gotten back into his car and drove off when she said that she wanted to file police report about the incident. The woman provided police with the license plate number and police contacted the driver. The man told police that the woman had been verbally aggressive and using expletives, so he drove away after ensuring that she was not injured. Police explained that the incident did not qualify as a hit and run under state law because the woman did not suffer any injuries, but that it would have been appropriate for the man to stay in the area until police arrived. The man will be cited for failure to stop.
a blue and gray woman’s Specialized-brand bike. Police have no suspects.
Vehicle prowl A resident on the 600 block of 237th Place Southeast reported that someone had taken her purse and a jacket from her vehicle overnight Nov. 25. The vehicle was left unlocked overnight. The purse contained several debit and credit cards, one of which had been used to purchase gas. The woman cancelled all of the cards. The case remains under investigation. Items in the Police Blotter come from Sammamish Police reports.
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