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December 26, 2012 Locally owned 50 cents

City’s attorney gets raise, no-bid contract By Caleb Heeringa

For the second year in a row, the city’s contract for legal services went from being a rubber stamp to an issue of contention among city councilmembers. At their Dec. 11 meeting, the council ended up approving a new contract for legal represen-

Members of Stan Chapin’s family came to the dedication of Stan Chapin Way.

Stan Chapin had an impact on an entire generation of Eastlake High School students. And with the re-naming of a section of road, he’ll leave a mark on Eastlake’s actual campus. The second entrance to the school, 233rd Avenue south of Northeast Eighth Street, was christened as Stan Chapin Way Dec. 18. Chapin’s family, city leaders, teachers and more than 100 students were on hand to see the unveiling of a permanent memorial to the longtime school resource officer, who died unexpectedly from

natural causes Jan. 30. “Stan devoted his life to helping our students choose a correct path in life,” Mayor Tom Odell read from prepared remarks. “He was a friend and advisor to many of our young people at a time they perhaps needed one most. Therefore, it is only fitting that this long-sought pathway between Northeast 8th Street and Eastlake High be forever more known as Stan Chapin Way.” Chapin, who was nearing 40 years of service with the King County Sheriff’s Office at the time of his death, served as Eastlake’s resident cop for

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tation with municipal law firm Kenyon Disend that will mean a 13.5 percent increase in payments over the next two years. The contract was approved on a 5-1 vote, with Councilman Ramiro Valderrama once again the lone dissenter.

11 years. But Chapin’s goofy charm and knack for relating to students made him much more than just the long arm of the law to Eastlake students. Students past and present mourned Chapin, recalling his famous velociraptor impression and dance routines at school assemblies. Chapin was also a presence at Inglewood Junior High. Inglewood Principal Tim Patterson related a story of a student who was in big trouble with police. As officers came to the school, Patterson said the See CHAPIN, Page 2

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Yes, Sammamish, it was actually sunny a few days this year. Sunny enough for people to come to the newlyopened Sammamish Landing Park along the shores of Lake Sammamish.

The Review’s Review A look back at 2012 By Caleb Heeringa

In 2012, Sammamish saw one of its biggest winter storms in recent memory, a new home for a formerly homeless farmhouse and the death of a beloved school police officer. Snowmageddon

ly, with wind, snow and a deep freeze knocking out power and immobilizing much of the city in mid-January. At one point, approximately three-fourths of the city was without power. Area schools closed for several days as inches of snow turned to sheets of ice. Dozens of Sammamish residents who were without power at home used

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Sammamish City Hall to charge their electronics. City loses a legend Stan Chapin, who had served as the school resource officer for Eastlake High School and Inglewood Junior High School for 11 years, died suddenly of natural causes Jan. 30. Chapin’s death brought an outpouring of support from current and former students who remembered Chapin’s quirky humor and knack for connecting with students. Last week, the city dedicated the second entrance to Eastlake as “Stan Chapin Way” in honor of the 40-year King County Sheriff’s Office standard. Sammamish gains a park, and more After years of talk, Sammamish opened its first public park on the shores of Lake Sammamish. Sammamish Landing Park opened in the spring, offering a spot to stop and admire the lake from alongside East Lake Sammamish Trail. The park is bare bones now, with a picnic shelter and grass field. But next year two docks will be repaired and opened to the public, allowing fishing and boating. The park is a half-mile from the nearest public parking,


though city plans call for a parking lot on the other side of East Lake Sammamish Parkway sometime in the coming years. The city also partnered with the Lake Washington School District to add turf and overhead lights to an athletic field, extending the hours it can be used by youth and adult sports teams. The city also approved a plan to open up a second access point to Evans Creek Preserve from Sahalee Way, eliminating the need for a car trip out of city limits. Community garden hits snag, gets moved A permitting snafu for a proposed community garden in Beaver Lake Park led organizers to reconsider the location and suggest a new spot for the garden. The council approved moving the garden to Lower Commons Park in November. Up to 60 planter boxes will be available to Sammamish residents who don’t have their own garden plots. History on display The city-owned Reard House, a 115-year-old farm house that had been sitting in limbo for many years, finally found a new location – on a parcel of land slated to become part of a public park in the coming years. The city elected to lease the home to the Sammamish Heritage Society for $1 a year, allowing the group to collect

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Workers direct a truck bearing the Reard/Freed house around a corner in the early morning hours June 3. grant money for the home’s repair and remodel. The home now sits on land that local resident Mary Pigott pledged to donate for use as a public park; the City Council is scheduled to approve a long-term plan for the park early next year. Marijuana and marriage Sammamish joined voters across the state in legalizing adult use of marijuana and upholding gay marriage on November’s ballot.

Sammamish once again leaned to the right of King County in most partisan races, but still voted for many Democrats, reelecting President Barack Obama and Reps. Larry Springer, Roger Goodman and Marcie Maxwell. The election marked the first under the new electoral map approved late last year, which took the north half of the city into the 45th Legislative District, which includes Redmond and Kirkland, and moved the southern half into the city into the

41st District along with Issaquah, parts of Renton and Mercer Island. A year-round place to swim By a 53.6 to 46.4 margin, Sammamish voters gave their blessing to a plan to build a $30 million, 60,000 square foot aquatic and fitness facility on the socalled Kellman property behind the library. The proposal calls for $25 milSee REVIEW, Page 6


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teen “did what any 15-yearold in his position would do” and escaped out a back door. Moments later, Chapin received a call on his cell phone. It was the student calling to turn himself in — but only to Chapin. “The student needed a friend and didn’t have any at that point in time, but he knew he could trust Stan,” Patterson said. Chapin’s son Chris thanked Sammamish and the school district for the recognition. “Having a street named after him is far more than my dad could have ever expected, but Sammamish was like a second home to him,” Chris Chapin said. “It’s remarkable what kind of impact a person can have … just by doing what he feels is right.” Reach Reporter Calen Heeringa at cheeringa@



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Valderrama objected to approving such a large increase when the city ties all the rest of its annual wage increases to cost of living indicators and played a hard line with wage increases for another contractor – Eastside Fire & Rescue. That agency’s board, which includes two Sammamish councilmembers, negotiated a three year contract that provides for a 2 percent wage increase per year. In recent months city councilmembers have threatened to pull out of EFR over rising personnel costs and other inequities in how the agency is funded. Valderrama added that the city should consider putting the legal services contract out to bid to see if they could get a better deal from another firm and objected to city staff’s decision to leave the contract on the meeting’s consent agenda, where routine and noncontroversial bills are typically approved all at once. “I don’t believe any sole source, non-competitive bid should be put on the consent agenda,” he said. Deputy City Manager Lyman Howard and several councilmembers defended the action and said that the city’s relationship with its attorney was different than your typical government contract.

Bruce Disend, one of the firm’s partners, has served as Sammamish’s legal counsel since before the city incorporated. Howard said Kenyon Disend still charges the city well below the market rate for legal counsel. The contract calls for the city to pay $174,024 for the year in 2013 and $186,600 in 2014 in exchange for Disend’s attendance at council meetings, review of city ordinances, contracts and resolutions and on-call advice for councilmembers and city staff. Disend bills at an hourly rate of $270 for any extra time spent representing the city in lawsuits. Disend serves as the city attorney for Duvall and Medina as well and charges the same hourly rate, though his contracts with those cities vary based on workload. “Over the last 13 years, we’ve enjoyed a special

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relationship with Kenyon for legal services. Several Disend at below-market councilmembers noted costs,” Howard said. “It’s a that those comparisons are great value for the services apples and oranges, since provided – they’re a leader many of those cities have in municipal law and welldouble or triple the amount qualified and informed.” of crime that Sammamish Howard also pointed out has. that the city’s total legal Councilwoman Nancy budget, Whitten, which “I don’t believe any sole an attorney by also source, non-competitive trade, encompasses its bid should be put on the vouched for bill for consent agenda.” Disend’s prosecuhourly tor Lynn – Ramiro Valderrama, rates Moberly, City Councilman – being is still reasonwell able, saybelow ing that she charged more that of comparable citfor her time professionally, ies. Sammamish’s 2014 and she rejected the idea of legal budget is slated to be opening up a bidding war $348,600, while Issaquah for a professional service currently pays $430,000 and Redmond spends more that’s so vital to a city. “You wouldn’t want to than $1.74 million a year. go out to bid for a dentist Cities like Auburn and to fix your teeth,” she said. Kirkland have city attor“I don’t want to be penny neys on staff and pay well wise and pound foolish.” over $1 million a year

Valderrama questioned the contract increase, which is much higher than the 3.2 percent cost of living increase Disend’s firm received last year. Howard said this year’s increase – 7.9 percent in 2013 and 5.5 percent in 2014 – was negotiated down from the firm’s first request. “They looked at what other firms were getting and realized they were undercompensated,” Howard said in a later interview. Disend, who was present for the discussion, had no comment. When the issue came up last year, he told the council he was “disgusted” by the public questioning of the contract and said about half of the firm’s 15 employees were Sammamish residents. Deputy Mayor John James said in a later interview he was “disappointed” by the large contract increase, particularly after



city staff compared Disend to a city employee last year in justifying the contract’s cost of living increase. “Now it comes back with an 8 percent increase followed by a 5 percent increase,” he said. “It’s a little disingenuous.” But James said he voted for it anyway because he didn’t want to send a message that Disend did not have the council’s confidence as he negotiates on behalf of the city with developers working on the Ace Hardware proposal. “There’s no question that Bruce Disend is a good attorney, I just think it’s also (the City Council’s) job to make sure we’re getting the best service for the best price,” James said. Reach reporter Caleb Heeringa at cheeringa@ or 392-6434, ext. 247. To comment on this story, visit www.

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Thank you, letter writers Sammamish Review thanks everyone who wrote us letter in the past year. We enjoy having a vibrant and diverse opinion page. Your written voice provokes, challenges, encourages and thereby builds a stronger community for us all. We also thank those of you who commented on our Web site, Facebook page or Twitter. While the letter is still likely to be more widely read, digital ways of engaging are an increasingly important way to engage with your friends and neighbors. While we weren’t always able to publish every letter we received, but here’s a list of the writers whose letters were printed. Thank you all, and keep them coming. Brian Gavin Tom Saxton Michael J. O’Connell Cynthia Dwyer Jenna Yuan John Galvin Catherine Rollosson Halbhuber Mary Caditz Christine Huff Kathleen Saul Judy Klep Melanie Kennedy Michael Rees Jon and Jackie Stilwell John Burg Donna Martin Michael Sullivan Claudia Haunreiter Rob Gunther Melissa Heye Marilyn Wilke Jack Barry Connie Fletcher Larry D. Davison Patricia Martin Michael T. Barr Sara Philbin Katja May Harry Saiyan Cynthia Lorrain Dawn McCutcheon Michele Pryor Yasmin Luqman Kate Poaster Tina Cooper Ken Smith Amber Cuozzo Mari Short

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Here’s a big Thank You to the people of our community from the Sammamish Kiwanis Club for supporting our “Bell Ringing for Baby Corner.” You came through again this year with $928 and a big car load of baby supplies for the Eastside Baby Corner on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15 and 16. Thanks also the venue for the Kiwanis Christmas Band, and the venue for our carolers. Kiwanis sponsors this event each year to support Eastside Baby Corner which is located in Issaquah. Frederick Jessett Sammamish Kiwanis Club

Where are the priorities We can spend $20 million on a pool, but we cannot staff our city police offices (also the county offices) with an officer 24 hours a day seven days a week? The heck with optimization of dollars, efficiency and productivity mumbo jumbo already. We find out a teenager committed suicide. It may have been preventable, had there been an officer to respond immediately to right across the street. Is the life of a teenager worth approximately $150,000 a year to have an officer onsite at the Police Department all the time? I think so. More so than a joint partnership with the YMCA to have a community pool.

 I am sick of our government leaders focusing on cost savings when it comes to public safety. This must change. We deserve better. It is also time we stop being a good neighbor to surrounding unincorporated areas that do not pay for police services from Sammamish. Keep our resources at home to serve our community first. Michael T. Barr Sammamish

Hooray for us Having just read the recent article in Forbes magazine today regarding Sammamish being one of the most friendly communities in the country, like No. 1, it made

me feel a sense of pride that I can honestly say I have never really felt before. Originally from Chicago I raised four children in schools in seven different states, before we settled here in the Seattle area. I feel I can comment on the value of your schools, community growth, and neighborhoods with some credibility. I have said over and over and over, I wish we had found Sammamish 50 years ago. There is no question our schools, shopping, medical facilities and restaurants are several of the reasons, Sammamish has the quality of life it can offer. It is safe, convenient, and what those of us who come from areas like Chicago, would call - a bedroom community. Not one that is going to fill its hillsides with mini shopping malls, with empty store fronts. Each and every park area that this City Council has promoted and supported has strengthened and improved the quality of life for families who are interested in raising a family, or investing in the purchase of senior living quarters. This only brings to mind, one more time, the value of the aqua center to this community, not only families, but people of all ages. Someone recently made the comment that our council members just threw $25 million dollars of our tax money to the Y for the aqua center for political — I do not believe that for a minute. If anything, it will enhance, and maintain the value of the city of Sammamish property values. One thing that should be shared more is the number of amazing swimmers we have in our high schools. Remember - community is the secret word ... that’s what it’s about...and so far, after reading the article — its looking pretty darn good. Donna Martin Sammamish

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Police were called to a Sammamish apartment complex Oct. 17 after a tenant reportedly threatened to “(Expletive) up” the apartment manager during a dispute. Police contacted the tenant, who was upset that she was being kicked out of her apartment. She told police that her threat to “(Expletive) up” the manager was a reference to her desire to thoroughly trounce the management company in an upcoming court battle and not a threat of physical violence. The case was documented for future reference.

Rager Police were called to break up a teenage party at a home on the 2700 block of 232nd Place Southeast at around 10 p.m. July 31. Police arrived to find an estimated 200 juveniles in the home. As police were approaching the home a teenager came out of the garage amidst a cloud of marijuana smoke with a bloody lip and told police he had just been in a fight. Several teens pointed out the instigator, but the teen fled out the back of the residence when police attempted to contact him. Police located the teenage host of the party and called

Police cited a 31-year-old Auburn woman for driving with a suspended license April 22 and discovered that she was a professional escort who was visiting a client in Sammamish. Police pulled the woman over on the 4400 block of Issaquah-Pine Lake Road for driving without headlights at around 4 a.m. April 22. The woman’s license had been suspended for failing to pay traffic tick-

ets. Police grew suspicious about inconsistencies in the woman’s reasons for being in Sammamish, particularly after she mentioned that she could not find a job because she was a convicted felon and sex offender. Asked if the woman knew anyone that could pick up the car, she identified a Sammamish resident. Police drove to the man’s nearby house to contact him, but the man was too intoxicated to drive, according to the police report. The man did not know the woman’s real name and, after further questioning, admitted that he had found her on an online web site frequently used for prostitution and had paid her $100 for an hour of her time. The man declined to elaborate on how the two spent their time together. The woman corroborated the man’s story regarding how they met but was also reticent

December 26, 2012 to recap how their evening went. Police had the woman’s vehicle impounded and stood by as a cab came to pick her up. Police were later able to find the woman’s online profile on the website. She will be charged with driving with a suspended license.

Half-baked A 22-year-old Sammamish man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana at around 11 p.m. March 18. An officer pulled the man over near the corner of Southeast 24th Street and 244th Avenue Southeast for driving 53 mph in a 35 zone. The man smelled of marijuana and produced documentation showing that he was a medical marijuana patient. Police took him into custody because he had dilated pupils and showed signs of

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lion of the city’s reserves to be spent on the facility, with the YMCA agreeing to chip in an additional $5 million and furnish and run the facility. City leaders are currently negotiating the details of an operating agreement for the facility,

Sammamish won’t buy what they’re selling In April, Sammamish passed an ordinance requiring most door-to-door solicitors to pass a background check and obtain a city license. The law is meant to crack down on a rash of criminals pos-

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Sammamish was not without its share of high-profile crimes in 2012. In May, 16-year-old Troy Alexander Lewis was arrested after groping a 10-year-old girl and 26-yearold woman in Photo by Llillian Tucker two seemingly random attacks Skyline High School was closed and its gates were locked after an online threat of violence. The threat turned out to be a hoax. just hours apart. Lewis pleaded guilty to several charges 10, which serves Klahanie. emergency changes to zoning in connection with the attacks Councilmembers have tempered code and flexibility in the city’s and received four years of probatheir rhetoric in recent months environmental regulations. tion and required therapy. as EFR partners meet regularly to The council is scheduled to In September, 16-year-old fordiscuss potential changes to the take up the matter in January. way it charges partners. mer Skyline High School student Parker N. Mace was arrested Town Center to get another look after allegedly threatening on an Ace Hardware has hard time After several years of waitonline message board to shoot Sammamish residents ing for the commercial real people at the school. packed City Council chambers estate market to recover from School officials elected to canin December to demand that the Great Recession while no cel classes that day due to the the city do more to help Ace projects broke ground, the city threat. Mace was charged with council heeded calls for another felony harassment and his case is Hardware, which could not agree to the terms of a new lease look at its Town Center Plan in pending. with its commercial landlord December. for its longtime home in the The council approved reCity considers Sammamish Highlands Shopping examining the plan in conjuncfire service change Center last year. tion with an updated economic City councilmembers ponA plan to build a new facildevelopment plan to be produced dered a split from Eastside Fire & ity in Town Center fell apart next year. Rescue, the consortium of neighbecause of the costs of storm The location and levels of boring cities and fire districts that water ponds and structured density and requirements for has provide fire service to the parking and a lack of collaborastructured parking will all be on city since incorporation. tion with neighboring properthe table. City leaders say the agency’s ties. assessed value-based funding Owner Tim Koch and a develReach reporter Caleb Heeringa model leads to the city paying for opment team have targeted at 392-6434, ext. 247 or cheea disproportionate share of fire another parcel, just north of Mars To comstations it shares with Issaquah Hill Church on 228th Avenue, ment on this story, visit www. and King County Fire District though the plan will require

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pulled over, which was near his home. Police noted that he stopped to retrieve a pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream that the officer had left on the side of the road when the man’s vehicle was impounded.

War on cars A Sammamish resident reported that a jogger had struck his vehicle with his hand as the driver was northbound on 212th Avenue from East Lake Sammamish Parkway at around 11:15 a.m. April 22. The driver told police that the jogger came around a curve in the roadway “with a wild look in his eyes,” according to the police report. The driver reported that he swerved out of the way to avoid the jogger and that the jogger struck the passenger side mirror with his hand. The driver stopped and got out to yell at the jogger. The jogger responded by flipping the driver off and challenging him to a fight before running off to the East Lake

Sammamish Trail. The car escaped without permanent damage.

The case of the missing iPhone At about 2:40 p.m. Sept. 7, an Eastlake student was in Safeway and set her phone down when making some purchases. She forgot the phone and left the store. She went back, but the phone was gone. She contacted the store manager to find that no phone had been turned in. The girl and her friend used the phone’s tracking function to locate it and followed the tracker. They arrived at an area where there was a landscaper doing some work and talked to a man asking if he had picked up a phone. The man said he had not, but the girls said that landscaper had seemed nervous and returned to his truck. As the truck began moving, the tracker also began moving. The girls wrote down the vehicle’s license plate number and reported the information to police. Sammamish police contacted the man at the Fall City-based landscaping business address. He

denied having any knowledge of the phone. The officer noted that the phone’s owner simply wanted the phone returned. He then asked the landscaper to double check the truck to see if the phone was in there. The officer also informed the landscaper that he would be reviewing the security tapes from the store and if he found the man had taken the phone, he would be charged with theft. The officer checked with Safeway and found video of the girl leaving the phone, and the landscaper taking it. About 15 minutes later, the landscaper called police saying the phone

December 26, 2012 had mysteriously appeared in his truck, he knew not how, and that he would return it to Sammamish Police so the phone could be reunited with its owner.

backyard of the home during the party, but that the front door was open for most of the afternoon. The case remains under investigation.

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A resident on the 300 block of 219th Avenue Northeast reported that more than $5,000 of jewelry was stolen from their home while they were hosting a party Aug. 19. The resident told police that nearly everyone was an invited guest and that they were mostly in the


A Sammamish resident reported that someone had stolen a three-and-a-half foot glass bong from her house July 1. The resident, who told police that she has a medical marijuana license, said that she was hosting a small gathering at her home when 15 to 20 uninvited guests showed up. Shortly after, a fight broke out. Someone, apparently,



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POlice Blotter Car prowl A Sammamish resident had a stereo stolen from their vehicle as it was parked on the 22600 block of Northeast Inglewood Hill Road overnight Dec. 9. Police are unsure how the suspect accessed the vehicle. Police have no suspects.

Christmas shopping Employees at Safeway reported that someone walked out of the store with a gift basket full of chocolate at around 10:20 p.m. Dec. 9. The case remains under investigation.

Vandalism A resident on the 25800 block of Southeast 28th Place reported that someone had damaged their mailbox, stolen a 4-foot tall mechanical Christmas dinosaur lawn ornament and dumped garbage in her yard between Nov. 25 and Dec. 9. Police have no suspects.

Smashed window A resident on the 21800 block of Northeast 20th Way reported that someone had smashed out the back window of his vehicle overnight Dec. 8. No items were taken and police have no suspects.

Liquor theft Police were called to QFC at around 10 a.m. Dec. 9 after

employees reported two men that appeared to be stealing liquor. The employee reported that one of the pair was distracting an employee while the other loitered around the liquor aisle. When police arrived the suspects were gone, but they were located nearby in Bartell’s acting in a similar fashion. Police contacted a third member of the group who was sitting in a car in the parking lot. The officer noted that there were two bottles of liquor in plain view in the car and that one still had the store security cap on it. Police confiscated the two bottles but will not be advancing charges because they could not prove they had been taken from one of the local stores.

Reckless driving A 37-year-old Sammamish man will face a reckless driving charge after allegedly driving in a lane of oncoming traffic prior to an accident near the corner of East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast and Southeast 22nd Street. The man appeared to be under the influence but did not have any alcohol on his breath. The man told police he had taken two prescription medications that he had prescriptions for. Several witnesses told police that the man had been driving in the wrong lane before colliding with the front of a vehicle that had stopped to avoid the on-coming driver.

Burglary A Sammamish resident reported that her ex-boyfriend had taken an Xbox console, wireless router and baby monitors from

her home Dec. 3. The resident told police she had confronted the ex about the missing items and the ex had admitted to being at the house, though he did not have a key and was not allowed. The resident told police that the ex-boyfriend is homeless and struggles with drug and alcohol addiction. The case remains under investigation.

Found radio A Jacobs Creek resident reported that they had found a walkie-talkie near the mailbox in their condominium complex Dec. 12. Police were able to determine that the radio belonged to the Issaquah School District, but are unsure how it was lost. The radio was given back to the school district.

Broken window An employee at Pediatrics and Associates on 225th Avenue reported that someone had broken their window with a rock overnight Dec. 12. Police have no suspects.

Theft A Sammamish resident reported that someone had stolen $100 cash and credit cards from his wallet as he was showering at a local gym at around 1:30 p.m. The resident told police that he


had only left his locker unlocked for about five minutes. Later in the day he received a call from his bank about fraudulent charges and realized the cards and cash were missing. Charges were made at stores in Seattle. The case remains under investigation.

Bank fraud A Sammamish resident reported that someone had made $800 worth of fraudulent charges on her bank account Dec. 2. The charges all occurred in Vancouver, Canada and the resident is unsure how her information was compromised.

DUI A 21-year-old Sammamish resident could face physical control of a vehicle while under the influence charges after being pulled over near the corner of Northeast 25th Street and 228th Avenue Northeast just after midnight Dec. 10. An officer reported seeing the man’s vehicle driving 64 mph in

a 45 zone on Sahalee Way and turned on his lights. The officer reported that the vehicle quickly turned onto Northeast 25th Way in an attempt to evade the officer. The officer later found the same vehicle parked at the end of a cul-de-sac with its lights off. The driver smelled of intoxicants and performed poorly on field sobriety tests. The officer found a half-empty Stone IPA on the floor of the car. The driver blew a .10 on a breath test, over the .08 legal limit for driving. The officer dropped the man off at his home.

Booze theft Police responded to a report of someone stealing 10 bottles of top-shelf vodka from Safeway at around 5 p.m. Dec. 11. An employee reported seeing the man place the bottles in a reusable shopping bag and walk out the front doors. The employee told the man to stop, but the man fled in an See BLOTTER, Page 9

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Tastin’ n Racin’ says goodbye After 16 years of thunderous hydroplane racing and familyfriendly fun, Tastin’ n Racin’ will come to an end. Citing rising expenses and unreasonable insurance requirements, organizers made the decision to end the summer event, held at Lake Sammamish State Park, effective immediately. Over the years, Tastin’ n Racin’ gave Eastside communities the opportunity to experience the excitement of hydroplane racing, up close and personal. The event also hosted classic car shows, motorcycle charity rides and carnival rides through the years. Tastin’ n Racin’ became a model event for boat races across the country, where they adopted the formula of combining a family festival on the land with the thrill of racing on the water. In a press release, the organizers thanked past attendees, volunteers and Lake Sammamish State Park for their support.

State observes moment of silence Gov. Chris Gregoire asked Washingtonians to observe a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 21 to remember the people killed in the massacre at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school. Connecticut Gov. Dannel

Malloy issued a proclamation declaring a day of mourning. In solidarity with the people of Connecticut, and recognizing the deaths of 20 children and six educators as a national tragedy, Gregoire responded to the request and asked residents to spend a moment in quiet reflection. The observance came a week after a gunman stormed into Sandy Hook Elementary School, and later died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. In a letter to Gregoire, Malloy wrote, “In the last few days, the outpouring of love and compassion from your state and from around the world has been overwhelming, and the people of Connecticut will be forever grateful.”

Troopers target aggressive motorists State troopers plan to crack down on aggressive motorists through May in a regional effort to change drivers’ behavior around commercial vehicles. Officials said collision data shows cars cause the majority of crashes involving cars and commercial vehicles. Washington State Patrol troopers received a grant to conduct a Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks, or TACT, emphasis. In King County, most collisions involving commercial vehicles happen on interstates and state highways. Troopers plan to patrol Interstate 90 from Seattle to North Bend and other roads. The program launched in September, included a recent

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patrol emphasis, and is scheduled for additional enforcement in March and May. The goal is to change motorists’ behavior around commercial motor vehicles, to reduce the number of crashes, injuries and fatalities, and to increase public awareness about unsafe driving behaviors around commercial vehicles, such as cutting off trucks and tailgating.

State recycling rate surpasses 50 percent The statewide recycling rate reached the highest level ever recorded and surpassed 50 percent last year, according to data released Dec. 18 by the state Department of Ecology. The announcement marked the first time the statewide recycling rate topped the 50 percent goal set in a 1989 state law. The national average recycling rate reached 34 percent in 2010, according to the latest available data. State officials said Washington residents continue to recycle more and throw away less. The statewide recycling rate for 2011 reached 50.7 percent. The amount of municipal waste recycled by state residents increased by more than 186,000 tons in 2011 — up 4 percent from 2010 — or 3.64 pounds per person per day collected for recycling. The figure is the highest ever measured in Washington since the Department of Ecology started measuring recycling in 1986.

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older, white Dodge or Chrysler minivan and sped away. Police watched surveillance footage that corroborated the story. The same suspect was involved in earlier liquor thefts at the store. The case remains under investigation.

Domestic violence Police responded to a report of a fight between a separated couple at a Sammamish home Dec. 10. The man and woman reported that they had fought over the correct way to raise their infant son and had begun pushing, shoving and pulling hair. Police could not find any significant injuries on either party and are unsure who the primary aggressor was. The couple was advised to stay in different locations that night until things cooled off.

Broken window A Woodinville resident reported that someone had smashed out the window of her vehicle as it was parked on the 1500 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway Northeast Dec. 14. The passenger side window had been smashed. The owner of the vehicle was unsure whether anything was taken.

Stolen dishware A Sammamish resident reported that a set of dishes, knives and goblets had gone missing from her home sometime between October and December. The resident told police that

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there had been no signs of her home being burglarized and that she suspected a neighbor. The resident had left the neighbor a house key in case of an emergency while she was being hospitalized. Police talked to the neighbor, who said she knew nothing about the missing dishware.

Flat tires A resident on the 24100 block of Northeast Sixth Place reported that someone had let all the air out of his tires overnight Dec. 13. The resident is unsure who could have targeted the vehicles.

Identity theft A Sammamish couple reported Dec. 14 that they had been the victim of identity theft. The couple told police that over the last several months, they had had several suspicious withdrawals from their bank accounts and had received several new credit cards in the mail even though they hadn’t signed up for them. The case remains under investigation.

Domestic dispute Police responded to a Sammamish home after a man and his girlfriend got into a fight Dec. 14. During the dispute, the woman grabbed a knife, prompting the man to tell her to go ahead and stab him. No one was injured in the altercation and police did not believe the man was actually suicidal. The couple was advised to separate for the night until one of them could move out of the home. Items in the Police Blotter come from Sammamish Police reports.


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Blackwell hosts gingerbread house competition Elizabeth Blackwell Elementary School held its first Gingerbread contest Dec. 14. Students and their parents had two weeks to craft the candy-coated structures. In total, 44 gingerbread houses were displayed in the school’s library where students got the chance to pick their favorites. The Space Needle, with its candy-cane top was the grand prizewinner.

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Young playwrights honored by Seattle theaters By Lillian O’Rorke

William Shakespeare was around the age of 25 when he wrote his first play; Tennessee Williams was a teenager when he penned his first script but had to wait several more years to have one produced. But for three lucky Sammamish students the chance to see their words come to life on stage will come much sooner. Zach Tlachac, Emmie Head and Grace Jendrezak are all in seventh grade at Eastside Catholic Middle School, and all will have their plays produced in Seattle later this spring. As part of their humanities class, all seventh graders at the school this year took part in Young Playwrights Program, an educational offshoot of Seattle’s ACT Theatre. For 10 weeks, playwright teachers worked with students to help them create their own plays. “I have watched them grow as writers and thinkers,” said teacher Lisa Abraham in a statement released by Eastside Catholic Dec. 14. “The creativity they possess was fostered and encouraged. Their one-act plays were witty, insightful, and superbly written.” Around 400 students from around the Puget Sound region took part in the program, which culminated Dec. 10 when ACT Theatre hosted an


Johann Fernando (from left), Zach Tlachac, Jackson Reed and Joey Matte present staged readings of some of the student plays. awards celebration. Eleven of Eastside Catholic’s students were recognized for their work, including several who call Sammamish home. Tlachac’s play, “George and Wilson—Secret Agents,” was selected as one of eight plays to be produced by ACT for the Young Playwrights Festival in March. In preparation for the production, Zach will be partnered with a professional director, dramaturge, stage manager,

and actors. “It’s going to be really fun and awesome because I get to help shape my play from being in my mind to actually being on stage,” said Tlachac. Pulling inspiration from Mel Brooks’ comedy “Get Smart,” the 12-yearold wrote a 13-page script about two secret agents, George and Wilson, who work for WONKF or Worldwide Organization of National Krime Fighters, and are on a quest to defeat

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the criminal mastermind Doctor Peppre. Tlachac, who wants to eventually become an actor, said he first got the idea for the two characters during a game the students were playing in class and built the rest of the script from there. “It was fun,” he said about class. “We played a bunch of acting games and did a lot of writing. It was fun being really creative.” Seattle’s Twelfth Night Productions chose

the works of two other Sammamish students. Head’s “What Happened to Alex?” and Jendrezak’s “Joseph the Janitor” will be performed in Seattle this spring for the public. “I was really shocked because I didn’t think it was that good,” said Head about learning that “What Happened to Alex,” was chosen by Twelfth Night. “I was really excited and I couldn’t stop talking about it afterwards.” The 12-year-old’s one-act

play is about a guy named Alex, whose bad sense of direction causes him to get lost on the way to the bathroom. Head said she got the original idea for the premise from people who look at a big house and exclaim, “this house is so big, I am going to get lost going to the bathroom.” “I don’t really like writing that much so I didn’t think it would be that fun,” said Head. “But I found it to be very, very fun…I thought of this idea, and I really wanted to keep expanding on it because I had so many other ideas to add to it.” Sammamish’s Nicole Cowan, for “Is He Worth It?” and Blake Rogalski, for “Rapper Trouble,” received honorable mentions. “I had a great experience,” said Cowan, whose play is about the power of friendship. “I’m happy that I got to do it at such a young age, because my teacher said she has never written one, so I feel really blessed to have gotten to do it.” Now that she has seen all that goes into writing a script, Cowan and her dad plan to spend a lot more time at the theater. “I thought that it seems like a lot of fun,” she said. “And to see it all come to real life; to see all the hard work actually become something is really inspiring.”



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Ballard locks down Eastlake By Lillian O’Rorke

The Eastlake girls basketball team’s three-game winning streak ended at Ballard High School Dec. 19 when the home team outscored the visitors 66-57. The Eastlake Wolves came into the KingCo 4A matchup with a 3-1 conference record; the Ballard Beavers were sporting the inverse record of 1-3. “We definitely need to be more focused coming into the game,” said co-captain of the Wolves Maggie Douglas. “We can’t overlook teams like Ballard. We underestimated them, I think. Even though they played a good game against Woodinville, we thought we could take care of them, but that wasn’t the case.” The Beavers took the lead from the beginning, netting 20 Photo by Lillian O’Rorke

Marijke Vanderschaaf, a junior for Eastlake, goes for a layup against Ballard.

points to Eastlake’s 13 in the first quarter. Despite the Wolves winning several offensive rebounds and forcing Ballard to run out the clock toward the end of the second quarter, the deficit between the two teams widened to 12 points at the half. “Ballard played an amazing game; they deserve all the credit for that win. They played aggressive, they made us uncomfortable,” said Eastlake coach Sara Goldie. “It was just a great effort by them and we didn’t hit a lot of shots, so it was a tough loss, but we’ll bounce back.” The Wolves made some defensive adjustments, opening the third quarter with a more aggressive attitude that lead to two defensive steals early on. Ballard was not able to score for the first two minutes but neither was Eastlake. That changed when Elizabeth Tracy, a junior guard for the Wolves fired a 3-pointer. Soon after, sophomore Ellie Woerner

got a steal, which opened it up for Eastlake to put five more points on the board, including another shot from behind the three-point line by junior, 6-foot-3-inch post Marijke Vanderschaaf. The Wolves had edged closer with a score of 34-29. “We just switched up our zones, played a little aggressive half court game,” said Goldie. “We tried to match some of the chaos they were causing because they played a great defensive game. In the end we got close but couldn’t finish.” Eastlake’s seven-point run ended when Ballard scored a 3-pointer of its own. Vanderschaaf scored another two, shortening the gap to 37-31. After a goalless two minutes, the Beavers netted another 3-pointer. Eastlake’s Rachel Ainslie answered with her own 3-pointer, bringing it back to a six-point deficit. See BASKETBALL, Page 13

Skyline’s Max Browne named national player of the year By Larry Stone Seattle Times staff reporter

At midmorning Tuesday, Skyline High School quarterback Max Browne was called out of class by his football coach, Mat Taylor, on the pretense that he was needed at an emergency captain’s meeting. Browne fell for it hook, line and sinker. What awaited him in the upstairs classroom stunned him — his parents, a gaggle of cameras, a crowd of friends and, emerging from a hidden spot, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. Wilson had been summoned to present Browne with the Gatorade National Football Player of the Year Award, one of the most prestigious honors in high school athletics. They had managed to keep it secret from Browne, who later was formally presented the Gatorade trophy during a ceremony in the school’s theater packed with classmates. “I had no idea,” Browne said afterward of the ruse. “Totally surprised. It was awesome.” Wilson first met Browne last summer at a Nike camp in Beaverton, Ore., and the two bonded. Wilson eagerly accepted the opportunity to come to the Sammamish school’s campus on the Seahawks’ day off before their showdown with the 49ers on Sunday. “He’s a tremendous person, first of all,” Wilson said. “He has

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Skyline football quarterback Max Browne, surrounded by his teammates, was named Gatorade National Football Player of the Year on Tuesday. a great attitude, great personality, and he’s worked so hard. Gatorade found the best person in the country.” The statistics certainly bear

that out. Browne finished his career as the state leader in passing yards (12,951) and was third all-time in touchdowns (146) while leading Skyline to two

straight Class 4A state titles. As a senior, he threw for 4,526 yards and 49 touchdowns with just five interceptions in 377 attempts (277 completions).

But the Gatorade honor also recognizes academics and community service. Browne maintains a 3.5 GPA at Skyline, and volunteers locally on behalf of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and Generation Joy. Said Taylor: “His stats are unbelievable. But if you had a statistic for leadership, he would win this award, too. I’ve never been around a greater leader on our football team, but more importantly, in the classroom, too.” Tuesday marked Browne’s final day in a Skyline classroom. He is graduating early so he can enroll at USC for winter semester. He begins classes on Jan. 14 and will participate in spring football for the Trojans in March as he competes to succeed Matt Barkley at quarterback. “It’s crazy,” Browne said. “It hasn’t really hit me. I always thought I’d stay in high school. I’ve loved it. It’s been a fun 3 ½ years, on and off the field. It will probably hit me when I’m down at USC and see all my friends posting stuff about high school.” Browne, regarded as the nation’s top quarterback recruit, said the opportunity to get a jump-start on his college career swayed him to accelerate his enrollment at USC. “You notice a lot of quarterbacks doing that now,” he said. “It just helps getting to know the See BROWNE, Page 13


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The year in Sammamish sports By Lillian O’Rorke

From winning state championships on the field to winning them in the classroom, plateau athletes had a lot to be proud of in 2012. Plateau grapplers bring home conference medals After battling each other in the wrestling room each day, Skyline High School’s Justin Manipis and Joseph DeMatteo went head-tohead Feb. 4 in the final round of the KingCo Conference 4A Tournament. Manipis eventually defeated DeMatteo 2-0 to win the district title in the 113-pound weight class. Eastlake’s Eric Harper won the 170-pound division with a 4-2 decision against Inglemoor’s Sam Gastineau. Sammamish wrestler Matt Iwicki, freshman at Eastside Catholic, capped off his undefeated season with a 113-pound third-place finish at the 3A state tournament. Also a 4.0 student, Iwicki went on to win the Northwest Regional Championships March 23. He won Cadet 120-pound division after finishing ahead of 22 other wrestlers from Washington, Oregon, California and Idaho. Continuing his domination, Iwicki went 8-0 in the 120 Freestyle division at the Cadet National Duals tournament June 16 in Daytona Beach, Fla. Cheerleaders earn state and national honors

ray” for the Eastlake Cheer squad, who also won a 2012 Washington State Cheer Champions. Eastlake competed in the Small Varsity Division.

Josh Grace took ninth with 151. Earlier in October, Wang, a senior at Eastlake, was named to the HP Scholastic Junior All-American Boys Team.

Edward Kim wins fourth state swimming title

Skyline volleyball wins KingCo 4A title and places sixth at state

Eastlake’s Edward Kim won two state titles Feb. 18 at the Washington state swimming championship. Kim finished the men’s 200 freestyle in 1:38.72 for gold and won the 100 backstroke with a Edward Kim time of 00:48.84. Combined with several top-eight finishes, Kim’s wins helped Eastlake secure a fifth place team finish. Kim won two titles in 2011.

Skyline played what its coach called its best volleyball of the year Nov. 1 when it beat Newport 3-1 to claim the KingCo 4A title. The Skyline Spartans then cruised through regional action but ran into trouble at the state tournament. They lost Nov. 9 to Union. Later that night, Skyline faced off against the Wenatchee Panthers in the consolation bracket. After losing the first set, the Spartans bounced back to win the next three, 25-18, 25-20 and 25-16. Skyline lost the next day to Auburn Riverside and finished ninth out of 16 teams. “We couldn’t play our game or string any rhythm together,” Skyline head coach Callie Wesson said. “This game is all about momentum, and we never quite got it rolling this time around.” In 20 encounters in its 2012 campaign, Skyline finished with a mark of 16-4.

Eastlake dancers bring home top prize from State The Eastlake dance team became the 2012 pom state champs March 23. With a score of 461.3 the 4A state dance/drill tournament, Eastlake earned a Superior Rating and bested Moses Lake, a team that many expected to win. “It’s the best feeling,” said one of the team’s captains, 17-year-old Monica Ruddell. “You worked so hard and you won. You are the best in the state and all the practice is worth it.”

Undefeated Eastlake boys The Skyline Cheerleaders fingolf team crowned Seaished another successful season King 4A champ Feb. 12 with a seventh-place finish at the National High School The Eastlake boys golf Cheerleading Championship. team finished off a perfect The Spartans’ Silver squad 10-0 season Oct. 17 with competed in the “Medium a blowout performance at Varsity Non Tumbling” group the Sea-King 4A District where they finished sevPhoto by Lillian O’Rorke Championships at Willows enth. Winner of the Run golf course. Li Wang Before journeying across 2012 Sea-King won the individual title the country for nationals, championship, with a two-day score of Skyline took first place in Li Wang will play 138. Spencer Weiss took the medium 4A division. golf for Yale next third with 146, Will Sharp It was also “hip, hip, hur- fall. finished sixth with 148 and


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offense, getting to know the college atmosphere. That extra six months is just critical.” Browne became just the second player from Washington to win the Gatorade national award for football, following Brock Huard of Puyallup High School in 1994-95. The honor includes a trip to Hollywood for Browne

and his parents, Cheryl and Mike, in July, with Gatorade winners in other sports for a banquet to announce one overall athlete of the year. He’ll also get to walk the red carpet at the ESPY awards, said Gatorade marketing executive Nancy Laroche. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Browne towered above Wilson as they stood on the stage. The Seahawks quarterback promised to follow Browne’s career, and Browne said he hoped to be able to pick Wilson’s brain

Spartans relay swimming prowess into state title When the Skyline girls 200-yard medley relay team marched out the pool at the 2012 4A Girls State Swim and Dive Championships, it was ready for battle. First off the block in lane four was Spartan Kristaley Umezawa; next to her in lane five was Stacy Maier, swimming backstroke for the Issaquah Eagles. The two emerged for their first breath at the same time, throwing their arms back in synchronized windmills. Maier edged ahead and Issaquah’s Kayla Flaten maintained the slight lead over Andi Scarcello in the second leg. Then, Stephanie Munoz, of Skyline, dove in for the third leg and passed Eagle Kellie-Marie Langan. Keeping the momentum going, Maria

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Eastlake junior Elizabeth Tracy takes a shot from the foul line.

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By the quarter’s end, the Wolves had outscored Ballard 17-12 but were still down 46-39. “There were a couple points where we were so close, everyone out there



was just giving everything they got to try and close the gap, tie it up or take the lead,” said Woerner. “It was kind of frustrating. We were getting as close as we could, and we couldn’t seem to get it over that gap.” The fourth quarter kicked off with a hotly contested three minutes. Eastlake came out with two field goals. Ballard scored one of its own. Eastlake landed another. The scoreboard inched up on both sides until the game was nearly tied at 52-51 at the three-minute mark. “In the second half our team did really good not giving up, and really staying in the game and pressuring,” said Vanderschaaf. “We got a lot of steals, and we kept our energy up till the end.” All the Wolves needed to take the lead was one basket. But that wasn’t going to happen. The Beavers took off for a run of six. Eastlake tried one final time with Woerner and senior co-captain Ellie Mortenson putting four more points on the board, but in the end, Ballard’s persistence paid off. “We know that the shots are not going to fall every game...we’ve played some really great basketball. We are getting better, every game, every practice,” said Goldie. We’ve got to put this one behind us -- we’ve got a great season ahead of us.”

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Skyline girls hold on to perfect league record After ending the first half 12 points behind, the Skyline girls basketball team returned for a comeback and beat Woodinville 56-53 Dec. 19. “The first half we just weren’t playing with the same intensity that we have defensively,” said head coach for the Skyline Spartans, Greg Bruns. “Every time we answered they would knock down a three.” When the Spartans

entered the locker room down 29-17, the coach told them to step it up and take more pride in who they are. So they did. Haley Smith came out in the third quarter to score 10 of her 14 game points and Alex Daugherty put five on the board, including a 3-pointer. In total, Skyline blew away visiting Woodinville in the third quarter 23-11. “Those are big shots when the game is on the line,” said Bruns. The win over Woodinville gave the Spartans a 5-0 league record.

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Coach Mat Taylor hoists the 4A state football champoiship tophy above his head for all to see Dec. 1. “I was just really happy for the seniors on this team, who have shown me Continued from Page 13 that when you work hard, believe in yourselves and Volodkevich dove in the play confidently… you can pool for the final leg and achieve great things,” said pulled ahead of everyone Marshall. to take the title for the Spartans with a time of 1 Skyline football legacy minute, 49.12 seconds. continues with state Skyline, which won the title; Max Browne earns overall state title in 2009, national recognition 2010 and 2011, finished fifth overall with 132 team The Skyline Spartans points. dominated high school football this year. The team culminated its perfect 14-0 Skyline soccer wins season Dec. 1 with its fifth another state state title in eight years by championship beating Bellarmine Prep For the fourth time in 49-24. five years, the Skyline girls “I feel awesome. This is soccer team claimed the 4A the very best,” said Coach state title Nov. 17. When Mat Taylor. “It continues to the dust cleared that eveget better every year.” ning at Puyallup’s Sparks Within Skyline’s first Stadium, the Spartans had drive of the night, Max blanked their KingCo 4A Browne became the state nemesis, Issaquah, 1-0 to record holder in career claim the state crown. passing with 12,951 yards. At the 15-minute mark That same week Browne of a hard fought donnywas named one of six finalbrook, Skyline sophomore ists for the 2013 U.S. Army striker Isabella Marshall Player of the Year Award, registered the encounter’s given to the nation’s most solitary goal when she outstanding senior in high took a picturesque assist school football participatfrom fellow sophomore ing in the U.S. Army Allforward Amanda Johnston American Bowl. and, amidst heavy traffic Then on Dec. 18, in front of Issaquah’s goal, Browne received the legged in a left-footed rock- Gatorade National Football et from about five yards Player of the Year Award out. (see story Page 12).






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A book release party for “Caregiving for Your Elderly Parents” is set for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Sammamish Library.


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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. The Sammamish Book Group will discuss “Moon Over Manifest” by Clare Vanderpool at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Sammamish Library.

Focus on faith

Potential Eagle Scouts looking for help on potential Eagle Scout projects for 2013 can meet with city staff to discuss options from 4-6 p.m. Jan. 29 at City Hall.

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 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.

Art Historian Susan Olds presents a visual introduction to steampunk — a modern take on Victorian era science fiction — from 7-8:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Sammamish Library.

To submit items for the Community Calendar, email to Items will be edited and must be received by the Wednesday before publication.

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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.

Build-it Sammamish, a daylong event where participants will use Lego blocks to build their own expressions of Sammamish, is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 26 at City Hall. To register, visit events/Default.aspx?ID=2716.

Volunteers are needed to help clean up Pine Lake Park from 2:30-4:40 p.m. Jan. 28 at the park. To sign up, visit events/Default.aspx?ID=2754.




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Celebrate winter with an adaptation of “The Snow Queen” at 11 a.m. Jan. 26 at the Sammamish Library.


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Grief Share Support Group meeting from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday nights at Sammamish Presbyterian Church.

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 Thursday mornings at Mary, Queen of Peace Church. Visit 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

Rotaract, a community service for young adults ages 18-30 sponsored by the Sammamish Rotary, meets twice a month. Email 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. to noon at the Sammamish EX3 Teen Center, 825 228th Ave. N.E. Visit SammamishWA. Block Party Quilters meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at Mary, Queen of Peace Church. Visit 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 The Social Justice Book Group meets at 10 a.m. the third Monday of each month in Sammamish. Email hineswa@ The Rotary Club of Sammamish meets every Thursday at 7:15 a.m. at the Bellewood, 3710 Providence Point Drive S.E. Visit

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 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 Cascade Republican Women’s Club meets at 11:30 a.m. the third Wednesday of the month at the Plateau Club. Call 861-7910. 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 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. 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. 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. Mothers and More – Sammamish/Redmond Chapter offers “Moms Need a Playgroup Too,” scrapbooking, book club, movies out, clutter club, kids play groups and more. At 7 p.m. the first Thursday of See CLUBS, Page 16



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the month. Visit Sammamish Kiwanis meets at 7 a.m. every Wednesday at Sammamish Hills Lutheran Church. Visit 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 The Pine Lake Garden Club meets the second Wednesday of the month, plus occasional meetings for workshops and local field trips. Call 836-7810. The Sammamish Symphony is seeking musicians. Visit www. Sammamish Saddle Club — Visit The Issaquah Women’s Club meets at 9:30 a.m. the first Thursday of each month at Tibbetts Creek Manor in Issaquah. Call 392-1890. Eastside New Neighbors meets at 10 a.m. the first Tuesday of the month in member’s homes. Call 836-3963.

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