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	                            Monthly Newspaper of the Issaquah Highlands Community                                          December 2010

       LEO to Build in                                                              Habitat Breaks Ground
    Issaquah Highlands                                                               on Four New Homes
                                                                                                                                        Construction in underway
                                                                                                                                        on four new Habitat for
                                                                                                                                        Humanity homes in Issaquah
                                                                                                                                        Highlands. Volunteer crews
                                                                                                                                        are moving at a fast pace. In
                                                                                                                                        December, volunteers will
                                                                                                                                        work on framing the homes,
                                                                                                                                        roofing and some siding.
                                                                                                                                        Habitat anticipates that
LEO House                                                                                                                               the homes will be move-in
Life Enrichment Options (LEO), a local non-profit organization, has purchased                                                            ready by the end of summer
land to build an adult family home in Issaquah Highlands. LEO supports indi-                                                            2011. Habitat plans to break
viduals with developmental disabilities through housing, recreation, employ-                                                            ground on the final two
ment opportunities and community education.                                                                                             homes in spring 2011.

                                                                                                                                           The first four Habitat hom-
Also known as LEO House, the charity hopes to break ground in March 2011 on
                                                                                                                                           eowners have already
a home for individuals with developmental disabilities at the corner of Logan
                                                                                                                                           closed on their homes in
and 25th Avenue NE (current location of the Habitat for Humanity trailer). The
                                                                                                                                           Issaquah Highlands. In
seven-bedroom Issaquah Highlands LEO house will be home to five residents
                                                                                                                                           early November, all fam-
and two caregivers.
                                                                                     A team from the Redmond branch of Columbia Bank, ilies moved in – just in
                                                                                     led by Vice President and Branch Manager Greg time to celebrate their first
Milbrandt Architects, Inc, P.S., donated their services to design the Issaquah       Todd, volunteers at the Habitat work site in Issaquah Thanksgiving in their own
Highlands LEO house, which will blend in beautifully with the surrounding            Highlands
neighborhood. LEO is also partnering with local homebuilder Polygon Northwest
Company for the Issaquah Highlands build. Based in Bellevue, Polygon will           “The first night we were able to move in, we all arrived at around the same
support LEO throughout the building and sub-contracting process.                    time and it was a surreal experience looking at all of our porch lights on and
                                                                                    watching as we all, as if in sync, were unloading boxes from our cars,” said
Fundraising efforts, including LEO’s “100K in 100 Days” campaign, are in            new homeowner Lola Reyes. “I have moved a lot in my life, more times than
full swing. At the time this article when to press in mid-November, LEO had         I wish I had, and I have NEVER seen so many people happy about the task of
reached more than 80 percent of their financial goal.                                moving than I saw that first night, and in the days to come.”

                                                    see LEO HOUSE page 2                                                 see NEWS FROM PORT BLAKELY page 9

                                                                                                         Inside this issue...

                                                                                   Holiday Events - Chanukah Celebration and Ladies Night Out Shopping
                                                                                   Event. see page 3

                                                                                   Snow & Sidewalks, know your responsibility - Community Landscape
                                                                                   Update. see page 6

                                                                                   NEW TRASH CAN STORAGE RULES - Important new policies adopted by
                                                                                   the Issaquah Highlands Board of Directors. see page 18

                                                                                   Voting Members Needed - Help represent your neighborhood!
                                                              Issaquah, WA 98029
                                                                                   see page 22
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     ISSAQUAH, WA                                             2550 NE Park Drive
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                                                                                       LEO HOUSE from page 1

                                                                                       An all-volunteer organization, LEO has served Eastside communities for more
                                                                                       than 20 years. In February 2003, LEO opened their first adult family home, Rose
                                                                                       House Issaquah. Three years later in December 2006, they purchased a house
                                                                                       from King County and opened the Ann Dennis Adult Family Home.

                                                                                       “Since the opening of these homes, it has been heartwarming to see the smiles
                                                                                       of the ten adult residents,” said Rose Finnegan, LEO volunteer and member of
                                                                                       the housing committee. “They are living away from their families for the first time,
                                                                                       and building self-reliance and gaining confidence. This is the driving force for the
                                                                                       LEO organization to break ground on the next home – so others on the waiting
                                                                                       list have the same opportunity towards independence.”

                                                                                       While the name LEO may be unfamiliar to some, many Issaquah and Sammamish
                                                                                       residents will be familiar with their annual Challenge Gravity Car Race. Each year,
                                                                                       LEO works with Issaquah, Sammamish, Oak Harbor and Spokane Rotary clubs to
                                                                                       present gravity car races that pair children with different abilities together in driv-
                                                                                       ing teams. Propelled by gravity, the cars race down the street to the finish line.

                                                                                       In the New Year, LEO will continue fundraising to secure donated building sup-
                                                                                       plies for the Issaquah Highlands home. One generous contractor has already
                                                                                       committed to donating roof trusses.

                                                                                       Congratulations to all LEO volunteers! Welcome to the neighborhood!

                                                                                       For more information on how to support LEO and get involved in Issaquah
                                                                                       Highlands, please visit

                                          Wishing You and Your Loved
                                        Ones a Happy Holiday Season!
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              ING                             LE !
          LIST                            ILAB                              ILAB
    NEW                                AVA                               AVA                                  1880 25th Avenue NE                           $185,000
                                                                                                              1901 18th Avenue NE                           $240,000
                                                                                                              2883 NE Logan Street                          $500,000
                                                                                                              1528 24th Avenue NE                           $605,000
                                                                                                              1677 30th Avenue NE                           $1,000,000
                                                                                                              3049 NE Harrison Street                       $1,695,000
    1911 Juneberry Lane NE $350,000   2136 NE Noble Street   $510,000   2560 22nd Court NE      $625,000
                                                                                                                            RECENTLY SOLD HOMES

     Extensive                                                      Experience                                1696 25th Avenue NE #102
                                                                                                              2587 NE Julep Street
                                                                                                              1966 14th Court NE                            $420,000
                                      MATT JENSEN, CRS, ABR                                                   2412 30th Avenue NE
                                                                                                              2117 NE Natalie Way
                                              Broker/Branch Manager
                                                                                                              2516 Larchmount Drive NE                      $525,000
                                                                             3196 NE Norton Lane                           $575,000
                                             206-909-8200                                                     1494 24th Avenue NE
                                                                                                              2711 20th Avenue NE
                           Outstanding Service. Outstanding Results.                                          1669 28th Avenue NE                           $630,000

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                                Wednesday, December 1st - First Night of Chanukah at 6:00pm

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                               For more information, call Chabad at 425-427-1654 or visit

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                                                                            & tweens menu
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                                                                                       brioche bread with
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                                                                                       The Holidays Are
                                                                                       No need to stress! Use
                                                                                       your HFN Internet and
                                                                                       HFNVoice to reach out
                                                                                       and touch your family
                                                                                       and friends this year!

                                                                                       Be especially creative
                                                                                       with your annual holiday
                                                                                       letter, and then send it via email. You are much more likely to get a response from
                                                                                       those distant relatives and friends if all they have to do is hit reply and answer
                                                                                       on the fly! Instead of running around looking for holiday paper, buying stamps,
HFN Advisory Group Does Good Work                                                      printing, folding, stuffing and mailing those letters, you can be spending time
                                                                                       with family and friends that are close to home. You don’t even have to try to fit
The Highlands Fiber Network is fortunate to have an organized group of resi-           all your news into one 8.5”x11” piece of paper – leaving room for the decora-
dents providing ideas and guidance regarding network operation and product             tive border, of course. You can decorate your letter with a few family photos,
development. Monthly recurring agenda items for the HFN Advisory Group, which          share some of your favorite recipes, or tell all about that fun trip you took this
meets at Blakely Hall, include:                                                        summer. Let the kids each write a section. How much easier can it be? You can
                                                                                       fit it all in and just hit send!
•   Growth of the customer base and bandwidth usage
•   Revenue and cost trends                                                            You can also plan those big holiday get-togethers online, assigning duties and
                                                                                       sending e-vites. Discuss menus, timelines, location, guest lists and decorations
•   Internet service quality compared to objective metrics
                                                                                       via email or instant messaging. Search for recipes, caterers, decorating ideas
•   Performance of the network and the customer service center                         and party games. You can also set up a holiday chat room for all your friends
•   Planning new services to be offered on the network                                 and family to use during the holidays. If you’re not sure how to get to a party or
                                                                                       where a store is, you can use online maps and directions. If you need to know
Steve Milton provides graphics on network performance and service center               what the weather will be like for that family ski trip, just get on the Internet and
results as a representative of Isomedia, HFN’s internet Service Provider. Robert       you can get current weather and forecasts wherever you want to go. You can
Black, representing Port Blakely Communities, provides the financial updates.           book your travel online and get special discounts!
Recent side topics for the group include development of home networks, new
hardware, emerging technologies, and trends in video content delivery.                 Trying to find that perfect gift for that special someone can be very stressful.
                                                                                       Shopping online can help relieve holiday stress by helping you find the store
When the HFN telephone service was being developed in 2008, members of the             that has the right gift for the right price, while saving you time and money. You
HFN Advisory Group tested the Voice over IP offering extensively and noted any         can shop all over the world, 24/7. Whether you want to order gifts online or
problems with call quality, feature availability and compatibility issues. Results     pick them up yourself, the Internet can help you what you need. With a simple
were discussed at the monthly meetings, Isomedia’s engineers made improve-             search by product, manufacturer or retail store, you can view your options and
ments and additional testing was completed. With that assistance, HFN was              make a plan. Just put that Internet to work to compare prices and features from
able to deliver a quality telephone service that is now used by more than 350          your home. If you need to supplement the information from the Internet with
Highlands households.                                                                  a personal contact, your HFNVoice gives you clear and inexpensive voice com-
                                                                                       munication for business or personal use.
In 2009, the HFN Advisory Group participated in designing the speed upgrade
program, which introduced four new Internet access speeds, including the new           With your HFNVoice you can call family and friends, both near and far, and talk
“55/20” which offers download speed up to 55 megabits per second, the fast-            as much as you like without breaking the bank. With the $24.95 plan you have
est rate available in the region. Members were given free, temporary upgrades          unlimited calling to most of the United States and Canada and the international
to the “55/20” so they could perform speed tests under various conditions              rates are just pennies a minute. With the $9.95 local plan, long distance calls
and record the results. Thus empirical data was generated to support the 55            are also extremely inexpensive. If you haven’t signed up for HFNVoice, call us
megabit performance, which is achieved without any short term “turbo boost.”           at (425)427-0999 right away!
Members found that the benefit of the faster speed was most notable when
downloading very large files.

Although there is some turnover in membership, there is a core group of resi-           
dents that have been members for a long time. For example, Tim Underwood
and Charlie Herb have been members for over six years and Bob Lovestedt has
                                                                                                             Issaquah Highlands
been a member for three years.                                                                               Community Website
Join the HFN Advisory Group!
The group would like to add two or three more members for 2011 when we will                                          Event Calendar
have additional services to try out. If you want to participate in the future of
HFN, please attend one of our monthly meetings, which are held at Blakely Hall
on the second Wednesday of each month at 7PM. The schedule is published                                            Articles & Updates
in Connections.
                                                                                                                Association Documents
                                                                                                                    and much more...

                                                                                                                 Register Today!
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Crews Complete                                                             Native Plant Re-Vegetation
 Upper Reid Pond                                                                 Project Begins
Crews recently completed the Upper Reid Pond                 The steep slope adjacent to the Discovery             Shrubs such as serviceberry will brighten the
project, which included construction of the pond and         Heights Apartments construction site will soon        slope with white flowers in the springtime and
landscaping. Located near West Highlands Park,               get a makeover when native plants transform           yellow, red or orange foliage in the fall. During
Upper Reid Pond serves as a stormwater detention             it into a colorful backdrop.                          the summer months, we can look to Oregon
and treatment pond. As part of the project, crews                                                                  grape for beautiful yellow flowers and the
also completed a maintenance access road for the             The 4.5-acre graded slope is located to the east      Nootka rose for pink flowers. Many of these
City of Issaquah.                                            of 10th Avenue NE. Today, plans are underway          plants also have thick, dense leaves that exhibit
                                                             for a native plant re-vegetation project to create    rich green colors year-round.
Typically, stormwater ponds such as Upper Reid               a scenic environment for Discovery Heights
Pond and the WSDOT pond (newly named “Sunset                 Apartments.                                           The native plants selected for the project all
Pond”) hold rainwater and sediments that run off                                                                   grow well together, require minimal to no water-
nearby landscaping, roads and buildings. Ponds               Currently in the final permitting process with         ing (except during establishment), and adapt
release water slowly, which helps to reduce erosion          City of Issaquah, the project will soon be            very well to our local weather conditions and
and flooding.                                                 available for bidding by local companies. Port        bugs. Native trees and plants are generally low-
                                                             Blakely Communities anticipates that the four-        maintenance because their leaves are a natural
At Upper Reid Pond, crews planted a mixed variety
                                                             month project will employ a landscaping crew          soil-builder and fertilizer (no raking required).
of evergreen and deciduous trees, as well as native,
                                                             of about 12 people. Weather permitting, the
low-growing shrubs and plants. Crews also built a
                                                             project will begin before the New Year.               By reducing the need for mowers and leaf
walking trail to an overlook at the South side of
                                                                                                                   blowers, the project will reduce noise and air
the pond, where they installed a bench and small             Landscaping plans for the slope include hun-
rest area.
                                                                                                                   pollution. In addition, native plants minimize or
                                                             dreds of native plants, deciduous and ever-           eliminate environmental impacts from the use
Come springtime, visitors to the pond will enjoy foli-       greens trees, and shrubs. Tree varieties include      of fertilizers and treatments. Native plants also
age and scenery, plus panoramic views of Issaquah            Shore pine, Douglas fir and vine maple. Shrubs         help to reduce invasive species, such as English
and Sammamish.                                               include serviceberry, red currant, Oregon             ivy, blackberry and holly.
                                                             grape, huckleberry, Nootka rose, and many
                                                             other varieties of shrubs and ground covers.


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DID YOU KNOW THAT WE HAVE                                                       COMMUNIT Y LANDSCAPE UPDATES

       “DOG BUTLERS”                                                          Community Landscape updates are provided by Russ Ayers, Landscape
                                                                                  Manager. Russ can be reached at

  AT ISSAQUAH HIGHLANDS?                                                    Snow and Sidewalks in Issaquah Highlands
                                                                            By now everyone should have heard that the winter of 2010-11 is expected
Butlers aren’t only for the Hollywood “rich and famous”. At Issaquah
                                                                            to be one of the worst in years. By “worst” the meteorologists and climatolo-
Highlands, they are for your pets too. That’s right. Here at Issaquah
                                                                            gists refer to a much higher likelihood of colder temperatures, more rain and
Highlands, we have “dog butlers” for our pets. They aren’t real people,
                                                                            more snow than usual. The winters of 2008-9 or 1990-91 are mentioned as
but strategically located metal stands containing plastic bag dispens-      reminders of how our winter weather can disrupt travel and daily life.
ers and waste receptacles for proper disposal of pet waste. This is an
amenity provided by the Association for dog lovers that have forgotten      The city of Issaquah does heroic work with de-icing chemicals, plowing and
to bring a bag with them on their daily walks with their dogs.              sanding our public streets and alleys. Their work is necessarily prioritized to
                                                                            keep the maximum number of vehicles – especially emergency responders –
The stations benefit all residents by eliminating a reason for pet own-      moving. Some of their plow trucks are too big for our neighborhood streets and
ers not to clean-up after their dogs, and by reducing possible conflicts     alleys, too so we are usually visited by several different snow plows as needed.
between pet owners and non-pet owners.                                      This work is expensive and coordinated by the Public Works department.

                                                                            Your community association also has a number of programs and precautions in
Our community rules mirror the standard rules of our local cities and
                                                                            place to help mitigate the effects of adverse weather. Since the timing, intensity
parks. You must have your dog on a leash and under owner control            and duration of snow events have a huge impact on the efforts of mere humans
when outside your home, AND properly dispose of the pet waste.              they are not guaranteed to be 100% effective 100% of the time.
Unfortunately, we have few pet owners that are not complying with
rules. The few are creating ill-will in some neighborhoods.                 With our in-house crew and vehicles we are usually well-placed to provide snow
                                                                            plow service for certain private drives and sidewalks. As time and weather
If you own a dog, please do not let your dog outside on its own to do       allows we plan to push our way out to ever more parks and sidewalks. To
its duty. Be a good neighbor, a responsible pet owner, and keep our         ensure we’ve covered all foreseeable circumstances we have also contracted
neighborhoods clean. Thank you!                                             with Earthworks to back us up in event our plows or drivers should be unable
                                                                            to keep up – or even make it in to work.

                                                                            Sidewalks – Know Your Responsibility
                                                                            With the approach of winter the subject of sidewalk safety arrives soon after.
                                                                            Issaquah municipal code places responsibility for safe sidewalk use squarely
                                                                            on the adjacent property owner. An excerpt from the ordinance reads:

                                                                            “…12.08.030 Maintenance – Responsibility. It shall be the responsibility of the
                                                                            owner of property abutting upon a public sidewalk to maintain the sidewalk at
                                                                            all times in a safe condition free of any and all obstructions or defects includ-
                                                                            ing but not limited to ice and snow. (Ord. 823 § 2, 1964).”

                                                                            In most cases at Issaquah Highlands the adjacent owner is you. Please be
                                                                            prepared to do your part to ensure the safety of your family and your
                                                                            neighbors by keeping your sidewalk clear.
                                                                            Your community association, through its landscape contractors and in-house
                                                                            staff maintains sidewalks abutting community parks and facilities (such as
                              Interior                                      Blakely Hall). The IHCA does not maintain other sidewalks or crosswalks
                                                                            though efforts are made as time and weather allow to address “problematic”
                     Any 5 ROOMS FOR $899                                   walkways for the benefit of the community.

    Hallways ,stairwells, bedrooms, kitchen, bathrooms, bonus
                rooms ,Foyers, NO JOB TO SMALL                              Keep Off Frozen Detention Ponds
                                                                            Winter weather will periodically cause our community’s stormwater detention
    Local contractor with many references for work done in the              ponds to ice over. This ice cannot be trusted because pond water levels fluc-
                          Issaquah area                                     tuate considerably. In other words, the ice may be quite thin and not even in
                                                                            contact with water. Typical freezing weather in the Northwest is not adequate
       Over 20 year’s experience, professional and reliable                 to create safe natural ice skating conditions.

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     425-444-3554 |
                                                                        December 2010                                                                      7

IHCA Board of Directors Update
This is where you’ll find news about the IHCA Board of Directors’ business - topics relating to finances,
              rules and regulations, and operations. These are prepared by your directors.

                                                      agreed to serve on the IHCA Finance Committee.
Finance Committee                                     A resident of Issaquah Highlands since 2005, he

Appointments                                          has a great depth of understanding of the commu-
                                                      nity operations and was a tremendous leader with
                                                      the difficult budget downscaling for Highlands
The IHCA Board of Directors is very pleased to        Council two years ago. Vince is employed in the
announce the appointment of talented and skilled      insurance industry.
new members to the Finance Committee. The vol-
unteers comprise of skilled CPAs for non-profits,      Karen Lund: 2010 Nomination Committee,
members of last year’s Task Force and the IHCA        IHCA Board of Directors Member in 2005-2007,
Board Treasurer, who has the responsibility of        Highlands Council events volunteer. As part of the
leading this team to achieve the requirements set     2005-06 Finance Committee, Karen participated in
forth in our governing documents                      developing a long-term financial plan with recom-
                                                      mendations for a sustainable operating budget.
The Finance Committee’s role has been reviewed        Karen has been a Issaquah Highlands resident for
and the charter was refined moving into the fis-        7 years, taking 2 years away to join her husband
cal year, 2011-12 budget preparation. The com-        in Germany, where he relocated for Microsoft. We
mittee has already established goals for the year     are very pleased to have her so quickly re-engage
and started work on several of them including a
review of the previous year’s financial results,
                                                      in community volunteerism.                            Revitalash                Lash Perming
revamping the reporting procedures to the BOD         Anne Taylor: 2009-2010 Financial Task Force
and laying out the ground work for the 2011-12
budget. This will be a very busy year for the com-
                                                      Member - lead the group to review the IHCA                 Stephanie Gombrelli
                                                      accounting issues to ensure a realistic remediation
mittee and we are very fortunate to have a strong     plan. While the process was actively managed by
                                                                                                                 Licensed Esthetician
group of volunteers working together.                 staff, Anne met with the staff weekly to provide
                                                      input from her extensive experience as a non-profit
Brian Daniels: VP/Treasurer, IHCA Board of            accountant. Anne and her family have resided in
Directors has resided in Issaquah Highlands for       Issaquah Highlands for 4 years, previously living
2 years serving as a community volunteer, IHCA        in Talus. Anne is a self-employed CPA.
Board member and Community Development
Committee member. Brian has previously served         Jim Young: Served on the Finance Committee
as a BOD Member for other non-profits including        for Suncadia Residential Owners Association. Jim
Neighborhood volunteer Committee Co-Chair. His        has lived in our community for four years and is
professional background is in financial operations                                                               Sunday Worship 8:30 AM & 11:00 AM
                                                      a retired CPA. He is anxious to give back to the      Sunday School Education For All Ages 9:45 AM
management and security underwriting.                 community and bring his financial knowledge and
                                                      extensive non-profit experience to assist in sound
Stuart Johnson: Member, IHCA Board                    decision making. He believes in strict financial
of Directors, previous IHCA BOD Treasurer,                                                                    For All Ages
                                                      accountability and the continued focus on trans-
2009-2010 Financial Task Force Member, and            parency of our community decision-making.               Outreach
Community event volunteer. Has lived here for
4.5 years. Stuart’s professional contributions        We look forward to the strong leadership.                    Living God’s Love
are welcomed with his background as a Senior                                                                      745 Front Street South, Issaquah
Manager of Information Systems and his econom-                                                                          Phone: 425-392-4169
ics and accounting background.

Alaks Sevugan: 2009-2010 Financial Task
Force Member and a 6 year resident. Alaks has
lead a very active group of residents appointed           All Day Preschool & Child Care
by the Board to provide advise, counsel and pro-
duce work streams to the BOD and the Finance
                                                         Mary’s Little Lambs of
Committee for specific needs to strengthen the              Klahanie, Issaquah
financial stability and sustainability for Issaquah
Highlands. Alaks is a Software Engineer for                                      Licensed Family
Microsoft.                                                                       Home Child Care
                                                                                 Accepting ages from
Vince Ippolito: 2007-2010 Community
                                                                                 3 months to 12 years
Development Chairperson, 2008-2010 Vice
Chair for Highlands Council Board of Trustees,                                   Loving quality care in
Highlands Council Finance Committee and                                          a safe environment
Volunteer lead for community events. He has

                                                          Call Mary at (425) 281-1507
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                                                                City of Issaquah News
         RETIRE? LET'S TALK.                                  Volunteer for the City:                                    The Mayor carefully selects her appointments to
     Jill D Poppe                                                                                                        ensure each board and commission is a diversified
                                                              Board & Commission Openings                                and balanced group. The City encourages anyone
     Financial Advisor
     .                                                                                                                   who is interested to apply for a position. Alternate
     4554 Klahanie Dr SE                                      Issaquah needs you! Looking for a fun and interesting      members serve in the absence of regular members.
                                                              way to make a difference in your community? Join a
     Issaquah, WA 98029                                                                                                  For more information, please contact the City Clerk’s
                                                              city board or commission! Several boards and com-          Office at 425.837.3000.
     425-427-2783                                             missions, which work on everything from the arts to                 Member SIPC
                                             Member SIPC
                                                              planning policies, have openings for new members:

                                                                • Arts Commission                                        Free Event: Films @ the
                                                                • Cable TV Commission                                    Train Depot
                                                                • Cemetery Board                                         The City of Issaquah Arts Commission and 4Culture
                                                                • Civil Service Commission                               are continuing the popular program “Films @ the
                                                                                                                         Train Depot!”
          LOWEST COST                                           • Development Commission
                                                                • Human Services Commission                              The free films are shown at 7 p.m. the second

         MORTGAGE LOANS                                         • Library Board
                                                                • Park Board
                                                                                                                         Saturday of each month at the Historic Train Depot,
                                                                                                                         50 Rainier Blvd. N. in Issaquah.

    * I represent the lowest cost wholesale lenders, bar        • Planning Policy Commission                             The films for the Fall Film Series line-up “All is Welles:
      none                                                                                                               Three Orson Welles Classics” include:
                                                                • River and Streams Board
    * My overhead is very low & you benefit
                                                                • Sister Cities Commission
    *I am well versed in the mortgage market & the many                                                                  Saturday, December 11
                                                                • Urban Village Development Commission                   The Lady from Shanghai (1948)
      new and evolving procedures
                                                                                                                           • Batten down the hatches – it’s going to be one
    * I regularly out-quote the major lenders, credit         Application packets will be available at City Hall, City        bumpy ride when Mike O’Hara (Orson Welles,
      unions, etc                                             Clerk’s Office, 130 E. Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA and              who also wrote and directed) becomes a crew
    * I have a finance background and offer make-sense         on the City’s Web site,, start-           member on Arthur Bannister’s (Everett Sloane)
      solutions to my clients                                 ing Jan. 4, 2011.                                               yacht. In nothing flat, sparks fly between O’Hara
    * I provide personal service as your neighbor                                                                             and Bannister’s wife, Rosalie (Rita Hay-worth),
                                                              A signed and completed application and Volunteer                with murder not far off. The hall of mirrors
                                                              Service Agreement form must be submitted by 5                   sequence at the end of the film is classic
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                                     News From Port Blakely
          Questions? Comments? Ideas? Please send them to Port Blakely Communities at We look forward to hearing from you.
                                                  Check for regular news updates at

Continued from page 1                                                              edge construction of zHome
                                                                                   up-close. Following the public
                                                                                                                      zHome Fast Facts
“We all couldn’t stop smiling as we greeted one another with every unloading       tour phase, the townhomes will
trip,” continued Lola. “Knowing who my neighbors are and knowing that they         be listed for sale.                       design and construction of 10
share the same experience as I do gives me a strong sense of community. The                                                  attached residential homes, built
first couple of days, as we were getting unpacked and settled, we were calling      Issaquah Highlands residents              to an ultra green standard, includ-
each other for help. Borrowing cordless drills or a can opener. Helping one        who moved-in during the early             ing using no more energy than
another establish utilities and services and just offering emotional support as    days of the community may                 they generate over the course of a
we transitioned together into this wonderful opportunity.”                         remember a project compa-                 year (resulting in a carbon neutral
                                                                                   rable to zHome: the Puget                 community).
There are always volunteer opportunities at the Habitat site. For more informa-
                                                                                   Sound Energy Built Green Idea
tion or to register, visit or call the office at 425-869-6007.
                                                                                   Home at Issaquah Highlands.               homes are designed and constructed
Habitat would love to see you out there swinging a hammer!
                                                                                   Built in 2004, the Idea Home              using the highest environmental
How You Can Support Habitat for Humanity East King County:                         was conceived by Port Blakely             design principles, technologies and
                                                                                   Communities as a way to dem-              products.
1.   Donate! Please help Habitat to continue to provide affordable housing         onstrate feasible approaches
     on the eastside. Money and materials are needed. To contribute, visit         to green building and raise or call 425-869-6007.                                      consumer awareness. It was                compared to the average home,
                                                                                   a collaboration between many              achieved in part through an inte-
2.   Volunteer! Opportunities are always available as a construction volunteer     organizations, including build-           grated rainwater recycling system
     onsite or in the Redmond office. You can even organize a group of your         ers, architects, local govern-            and water efficient fixtures.
     friends or colleagues to come out together! Check the Volunteer Calendar      ment, Port Blakely and the title                                           -
     at for available dates.                                    sponsor, Puget Sound Energy.              centage of salvaged, reclaimed and
                                                                                                                             locally manufactured materials.
                                                                                   The Idea Home was a pivotal
                                                                                   success in gaining regional
zHome Construction Update                                                          awareness for a practical
                                                                                                                             construction related debris through
                                                                                                                             waste prevention, reuse and
                                                                                   approach to Built Green, with             recycling.
As you pass by the zHome site in December, you will see more framing as
                                                                                   more than 8,000 visitors touring
zHome continues to go vertical. zHome construction crews will focus on
                                                                                   the home over ten weekends.
completing of the walls and roof. Windows will be installed, plumbing and                                                    and proper ventilation. Building
                                                                                   The award-winning project
electrical “roughed in,” and the building shell will be carefully sealed to                                                  materials will be highly durable and
                                                                                   also firmly established Issaquah
minimize leak points. Siding will also be installed.                                                                         low maintenance.
                                                                                   Highlands’ reputation as a for-
                                                                                   ward-thinking sustainably-built
The $5 million construction of this groundbreaking 10-unit, zero-energy town-
                                                                                   development, paving the way               through low impact development
home development continues at a fast pace throughout the winter. Scheduled
                                                                                   for projects such as zHome.               strategies such as rain gardens and
for completion in May 2011, the project employs up to 25 construction work-
                                                                                                                             rainwater reuse.
ers at the site.
                                                                                   zHome Site Walkthrough:
                                                                                   Learn more about zHome at           certification requirements.
zHome’s primary goal is to serve as an educational demonstration project for
                                                                                   the next monthly walkthrough
sustainable building practices that go far beyond the average “green home,”        on Thursday, December 2 from
yet are replicable and affordable. Over the course of summer 2011, five guides
                                                                                   3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Check the zHome site,, for more
will conduct public tours so we can all experience the smart design and cutting-

                                                                                   Working in a Winter Wonderland
                                                                                   Work continues at a fast pace at Swedish/Issaquah. Specifically, the crew
                                                                                   is enclosing the building with exterior finishes to protect interior work from
                                                                                   the cold, windy and wet weather coming our way. Mechanical, plumbing,
                                                                                   electrical and drywall work continues within the interior spaces of the hospital
                                                                                   wings, while painting and installing ceiling assemblies and floor finishes will
                                                                                   finish up on level 1 of the medical office building. Between January 2010
                                                                                   (when major work started) through end of August 2010, construction has
                                                                                   generated 709 tons of mixed-waste material, with 643 tons of it diverted to
                                                                                   recycling. Happy Holidays from everyone at the Swedish/Issaquah project!
                                                                                   For more information, visit

Swedish Construction site                                                                                             see NEWS FROM PORT BLAKELY page 10
10                                                                 Issaquah Highlands Connections

NEWS FROM PORT BLAKELY from page 9                                                 YWCA Develops Programs and Services
                                                                                   The YWCA is currently developing a range of programs to be offered at the
Discovery Heights Construction Update                                              YWCA Family Village. Pending funding, potential programs include children’s
                                                                                   activities, a nature/environmental education program, parenting support,
Work on the retaining wall at the Discovery Heights Apartment site continues
                                                                                   employment services, computer classes, Career Circle, Hope and Power
this month. When completed, Discovery Heights will feature 253 apartment
                                                                                   Financial Literacy, mental health programming and senior services. For more
homes, in a variety of floor plans, including one-, two-, and three-bedroom
                                                                                   information on current YWCA programs in other locations, please visit www.

The first apartment homes are scheduled to become available in the late spring
or early summer of 2011. The amenity package available to residents includes
an indoor pool and spa, indoor basketball court/gymnasium, theater, fitness         Bright Horizons Family Solutions® To
room, game room, dog park and community garden. The property is located            Open Child Care Center
directly across Highlands Drive from the new hospital.
                                                                                   Bright Horizons Family Solutions® was selected to manage the child care
The complex includes 51 affordable housing units for low- to moderate-income       center located in the new YWCA Family Village. When complete, the center
households. To qualify for reduced-cost housing, residents must earn 50 per-       will offer child care options for approximately 160 children.
cent or less than the King County median income for their household size.
Details about rental opportunities will be available in January 2011.              Bright Horizons® ( is the world’s leading provider
                                                                                   of employer-sponsored child care, early education and work/life solutions.
                                                                                   The company operates more than 700 child care and early education centers
Construction Continues on YWCA Family                                              across the U.S., Europe, and Canada. Bright Horizons® serves more than 800
                                                                                   clients and 100,000 children worldwide.
Village at Issaquah
                                                                                   The Bright Horizons team will begin taking inquiries regarding enrollment
Construction at the YWCA Family Village continues to move at a fast pace.
                                                                                   for the new Issaquah Highlands center in March 2011. In the meantime, if
Late November saw the departure of the large crane, as work will now begin
                                                                                   you would like to visit an already open Bright Horizons Center, please visit
to focus on the inside of each building.
                                                                                   the current Issaquah location at 35 NE Gilman Boulevard off of Front Street.

Building E (furthest east): In December, most of the work will be inside—
installing interior finishes such as flooring and trim.
                                                                                   Issaquah Highlands Self-Storage
You will also see the installation of exterior site finishes, including concrete
stairs, patios, site walls, and pavers on the upper courtyard near Building E.     The Issaquah Highlands Self-Storage construction project is on schedule after
                                                                                   completing a major milestone in November with the erection of the site cast
Buildings L and L3 (northwest corner of the site): Hanging and taping drywall      concrete panels. The project has switched gears and now enters the steel
will be going on inside the buildings. At Building L, crews will finish the brick   erection phase. During the month of December, the building frame work
and begin to install the Hardi and metal siding on the building.                   from floors one to four will be constructed utilizing a 50-ton mobile crane
                                                                                   from NE High Street.

                                                                                   General Contractor Foushee and Associates, Inc. is using “just in time” pro-
                                                                                   ductions practices. The steel framing materials will arrive on the jobsite and
                                                                                   be hoisted into position right off the delivery trailer.

                                                                                   “This is the safest, most expeditious way to erect this building,” said Bill
                                                                                   Hoylman, site superintendent for Foushee.

                                                                                   The erection of floors five and six will commence at the end of the month.
                                                                                   Steel erection is scheduled to be completed by mid-January.

                                                                                   During the steel erection phase, covered walkways will be installed to pro-
                                                                                   tect pedestrians traveling adjacent to the site north of NE High Street on 9th
                                                                                   Avenue NE and Highlands Drive NE.

                                                                                   Daily lane closures will also be in effect on NE High Street – limiting traffic
Inside one of the YWCA units                                                       to west bound only from 7 a.m. to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Drivers
A mild winter with lots of sunny days would be ideal for working on the            should plan to use NE Federal Drive as an alternative eastbound travel route
building exteriors. That’s optimistic, isn’t it? With any weather luck, crews      during this activity.
will begin painting the siding on Building L by the end of December.
                                                                                   Scheduled to open in spring 2011, the $4.6 million Issaquah Highlands Self-
Building F (southwest corner of the site): Along with Building L, Building F       Storage construction project currently employs up to 40 workers at the site.
will begin to come together and look more like a finished building. Roofing          Issaquah Highlands Self-Storage is one of six major construction projects cur-
will be installed to get the building “dried in.” Windows will be going in         rently underway in the community. Combined, these projects are generating
and crews will begin to install the brick along Highlands Drive. You’ll find        more than $275 million in new construction investment and 1,000 construc-
more information on the YWCA construction blog, “Construction Watch,” at           tion jobs; sparking significant economic impacts for the City of Issaquah and
                `                                                                 the region.
                                                      December 2010                                                                         11

                                                                      The Stars and Stripes fly
                                                                          over Vista Park
                                                                                                                     Vista Park recently gained
                                                                                                                     a new addition - the
                                                                                                                     American Flag. The IHCA
                                                                                                                     team raised the flag that
                                                                                                                     now flies over the west
                                                                                                                     side of the park.

                                                                                                                      The raising of the flag
                                                                                                                      holds an extra specail
                                                                                                                      meaning for two IHCA
                                                                                                                      team members. Cody
                                                                                                                      Duchene, the IHCA
                                                                                                                      Maintenance Supervisor,
                                                                                                                      served with the United
                                                                                                                      States Marines in
                                                                                                                      the Alpha Battery 1st
                                                                                                                      Battalion, 12th Marines,
                                                              IHCA team members Cody Duchene and Lyle Dickey raising 3rd Marine Division and
                                                              the American Flag at Vista Park.                        Lyle Dickey, the IHCA
                                                                                                                      Landscape Supervisor,
                                                                                                                      currently has a son sta-
                                                              tioned in Afghanistan. Lyle's son Josh is serving with the Marine Wing Support
                                                              Squadron 373 which was deployed to Afghanistan in September.

                                                              The Park at Vista Park boasts one of the best sunset views in all of Issaquah
                                                              Highlands and is now more beautiful than ever with the addition of our American

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                                                                                             Five Tips for
                                                                                            Healthy Eating
                                                                                                 Swedish Medical Center Health Tip

                                                                                       One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to eat better and lose
                                                                                       weight, but that’s hard if you spend the holidays eating many high-calorie
                                                                                       meals. While it’s tough to eat healthy during these winter months, the
                                                                                       clinical dieticians at Swedish have complied “Five Top Tips” for better

                                                                                              The fiber they contain helps fill us up so we tend to consume less
                                                                                              of other higher-calorie foods. Also, they are loaded with vitamins
                                                                                              and minerals and they can help lower cholesterol and the risk of

                                                                                              physical satisfaction from sugared beverages (it’s different for some-
                                                                                              thing like milk that has protein). Therefore, it can be very easy to
                                                                                              take in more calories than one really needs. A good approach is to
                                                                                              limit sugared beverages to 8-12 oz per day maximum. Also, limit
                                                                                              alcohol intake.

                                                                                              and activates our body’s metabolism. Several studies show that
                                                                                              people who eat breakfast regularly control their weight more than
                                                                                              people who do not eat it. Always eat something within the first 2
                                                                                              hours of getting up.

                                                                                              have those ingredients available. Stock up on produce (frozen is
                                                                                              OK) to help make it a more complete meal. Prepare a little extra
                                                                                              and have it another day.

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                                                                                              getting home at the end of the day. This can help avoid overeating
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Highlands 10th Annual
G r e e n H a l l owe e n
 Festival - A Big Hit!
The weather didn’t slow this party down! Over 3,000 attended the
October 23, festival at the High Street shops in Issaquah Highlands.
In addition, over 50 resident and student volunteers donated their
time to help make this community event a success.

This years festival featured horse-drawn hay rides, a huge Twisted
Twister slide, pony rides, a hay maze, Weird Science demonstrations,
and even a ferris wheel!

The annual event raised 425 pounds of food for the Issaquah Food
Bank. Thank you to all who attended, donated, and volunteered this

                                                                       "Green Halloween was such a success this year! We had a ferris wheel and more inflatables
                                                                       for the kids. Everything turned out better than we expected. In addition, the suprising turn up
                                                                       of volunteers and the overall support from the community truly contributed to the outstand-
                                                                       ing outcome of this event. I enjoyed being a part of this year's festival and we hope you did
                                                                       too." – Keith Luu, Highlands Council Student Intern

                                                                       “I love to be involved in volunteering for Issaquah Highlands community events! I’ve always
                                                                       enjoyed working with children, and love entertaining them - kids of all ages laughing and
                                                                       dancing is what makes the world go round. Being the wicked witch of Issy Highlands at
                                                                       Green Halloween, and the dancing bear at Highlands Day, allows me to do what I love the
                                                                       most.” – Lynne P. Trowern - Volunteer

                                                                       “Green Halloween® is thrilled to partner with the Issaquah Highlands on this incredible
                                                                       annual tradition. We’re so proud that the Issaquah Highlands stands as a model for how
                                                                       to create healthy, sustainable Halloween fun. Can’t wait for 2011!” - Corey Colwell-Lipson,
                                                                       Founder Green Halloween movement
14                                                                    Issaquah Highlands Connections

                                       Putting the “U” back in Comm nity!
     Thank you to our Volunteer of the Month, Dianne Brisbine & Rich Follette
  Dianne Brisbine                                                                                                          out of the country this year, I did not attempt
  My daughter and I moved to the Highlands in                                                                              to organize the same level of festivities on my
  1999, but I have lived in Issaquah since 1988.                                                                           own. But thanks to the many members that
  I was drawn by the planned community and                                                                                 helped with decorations and various other
  beautiful setting. We love everything about                                                                              duties, we had a wonderful holiday event! We
  living in Issaquah. It has a small town feel-                                                                            contributed $390 and 181 pounds of food
  ing and a wonderful school system. I began                                                                               this year!
  volunteering at events in the Highlands many                                                                             I have meet many wonderful friends here in
  years ago, and that led to one of my favorite                                                                            the Highlands, and it is for that reason that
  volunteer opportunities, our Salmon Days                                                                                 I continue to love living here and to run the
  Festival. My daughter now volunteers with                                                                                wine club!
  me every year.
  About four years ago, I took over the respon-                                                                               Rich Follette
  sibilities for our community Wine Club. It is a                                                                             I have had the good pleasure of heading up the
  blend of an opportunity to socialize and meet                                                                               Issaquah Highlands Cooking Club for over two
  your neighbors, and an opportunity to learn a                                                                               years. I co-lead the club with Jen Jedda.
  little about wine. I’m occasionally able to bring Rich and Dianne at the 2010 Corks & Forks event that benefits the Issaquah
  in a speaker, a winery, or arrange for the club Food Bank.                                                                  I have lived in the Highlands for over seven
  to meet at a local wine shop. Most commonly                                                                                 years. I moved to Issaquah in 1985 when I
  we will have blind tastings so members can decide what wines they like with-            came to work for Boeing. My wife Grace and I have three daughters (that all
  out being influenced by the label. This is a no pressure way to find what wine            graduated for Issaquah High) and four grandchildren.
  characteristics appeal to each of us and encourages discussion and interaction          I've enjoyed living in the Highlands because of an abundance of parks and a true
  between members as well.                                                                sense of community. I volunteered to take over the Cooking Club for two basic
  Three years ago, my friend and co-leader of the cooking club, Jen Jedda, and I          reasons: food, and fun. Cooking Club has been a great place to meet neighbors
  came up with the idea for a fund raiser to benefit the local food bank. We just          and find new friends. While it does take some effort to get the chef, create a
  had our third annual Corks & Forks event on November 5. With Jen traveling              menu, set up Blakely Hall, and clean-up afterwords it always has be worth it
                                                                                          when a good time was had by all.

           It’s not what you do. It’s not what you get. It’s what you get from what you do.

                                                                                         munity, there is a lifting of that anxiety, and they tend to be happier.” In his
                    commUnity                                                            research Dr. Post found multiple studies that concluded individuals who became
                                                                                         active volunteers in their teens continued to reap the health benefits of over-
                                                                                         all well-being from a giving lifestyle fifty years later! Another study showed a
        Resolve to Get Involved in 2011                                                  reduction of adolescent depression and suicide risk in teens that were involved
          Volunteering is Good for U                                                     in generous behavior.

Is “better health” on your list of New Year’s resolutions for 2011? Consider             Studies also show that volunteers live longer! At the University of California at
community involvement! Did you know scientific research shows psychologi-                 Berkeley 2,000 people over the age 55 were followed for 5 years. Those who
cal and health benefits from volunteering? Your reason for volunteering may               were active in two or more volunteer organizations had an “impressive 44%
be different from your neighbors. Your motivation may be about civic duty or             lower likelihood of dying.” The only activity with a slightly better result was to
religious beliefs while another’s activism has more to do with needing to feel           stop smoking. University of Texas at Austin sociologist Marc Musick, found similar
needed or to simply keep busy. It is O.K. to volunteer for personal benefit.              results in his study of folks over 65 years old; “volunteers were less likely to die
                                                                                         over the next eight years than those who did no volunteer work.”
Of course the best reason to volunteer comes from the “There are clear psychological and
desire to serve others but this does not prevent other                                                Neal Krause of the University of Michigan discovered
motivations as well; an exchange, if you will. Students
                                                           health benefits to volunteering” through his research that generous behavior is a “potent
are not the only ones who benefit from new experiences through volunteering    trigger for forgiveness.” His study of over 1,000 adults showed providing emo-
in the community. Volunteerism is a great way to build your personal resume,  tional support to others enhanced the ability to forgive themselves of their own
learn or maintain important skills, network and become an “insider.” Often    mistakes.
times our commitment to the community earns us recognition and status for a
job well done and making a difference.                                        Regardless of your reason for getting involved in the community; desire to serve,
                                                                              personal professional gain, or improved health benefits, you will continue to
In this difficult economy employers appreciate the well-rounded candidate who  serve as long as you feel appreciated, have a sense of accomplishment, and feel
brings more to the organization than one narrow skill set. Many corporations  you are making a difference. If you are not actively involved in the community
offer volunteer programs as part of their benefits programs or employment      now you have several good reasons to get started! Resolve to get involved in
expectations. Corporate volunteerism can boost an organizations brand image   2011!
while giving back to the community and building pride among staff.
                                                                              There are many terrific ways to get involved globally & locally. For more infor-
“There are clear psychological and health benefits to volunteering,” according mation about volunteering right here in Issaquah Highlands contact Christy
to doctor and author Stephen Post. In his book Why Good Things Happen to      Garrard at 425-507-1107 or
Good People he explains, “When people are self-preoccupied, they are also
preoccupied with the problems of the self. When people volunteer in the com-
                                                                    December 2010                                                                                                                       15

  Sunday             Monday                 Tuesday                Wednesday                         Thursday                                      Friday                        Saturday
                                                                    Toastmasters                                                              Cooking Club
                                                                      7:00am                                                                    7:00pm

December 2010                                                    Chanukah Celebration
                                                                     (see page 2)

Please see complete descriptions on pages 16 and 17              Happy
                                                                 Chanukah!          1                                         2                                   3                                    4
                                                                   Toastmasters 7am             Brighton on High East                            Wine Club
                                                                                                       6:00pm                                     7:00pm
                                                                  Crofton Springs 5pm

                                                                   HFN Advisory 7pm

                                                                  Ladies Night Holiday
                                                                  Shopping Event 7pm
                                                                     (see page 2)
             5                      6                       7                       8                                         9                               10                                    11
                                          Finance Committee       Toastmasters 7 am            Highlands Council BOT                            Crafty Club
                                               6:00pm                                                 2:30pm                                     7:00pm
                                                                  IHCA Board 5:30pm
                                          Architectural Review                                           Book Club
                                                6:30pm           KenZen Wellness 7 pm                     7:00pm
                                                                    Zumba 7:00pm

           12                     13                      14                       15                                      16                                 17                                   18
                                           Effective You Club      Toastmasters Club
                                                7:00pm                  7:00am

                                                                                                                                       IHCA Office and Blakely
                                                                                                                                            Hall CLOSED                   Merry
           19                     20                      21                       22                                      23                                 24          Christmas!               25
                                           Communications          Toastmasters Club                    Photo Club
                                              2:45pm                    7:00am                           7:00pm

                 IHCA Office and Blakely                                                                                                IHCA Office and Blakely
Happy Kwanzaa!        Hall CLOSED                                                                                                           Hall CLOSED
           26                     27                      28                       29                                      30                                 31

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                                                                Adult Groups & Activities
                                                                Adult Groups & Activities
                                  Cooking Club                                                                                     Poker Night
                            Friday, December 3, 6:00pm                                                 For meeting information, email Kyle at
                                    Blakely Hall                                                 Love watching the World Series of Poker on TV? Want to win a chance to go to Vegas
Join us for a monthly cooking demonstration where you will learn how to create (and eat)          and play on TV against the world’s best players? Join us the last Thursday of each
new and exciting dishes. Each month brings a new chef and menu so feel free to join us             month for a $20 buy-in, No-limit Texas Hold ‘em tournament! If you are a novice
 the first Friday of each month. Questions? Contact: or rich.            wanting to network or a salty vet looking for some steep competition you’ll love our
                                                                                      monthly club! More info

                          Highlands Wine Club                                                                                 The Style Sleuths
                            Friday, December 10, 7:00PM                                                      For meeting information call Aimee at 314-600-7561
                                    Blakely Hall                                                 Want to look hip, chic and stylishly simple but don’t have the time or the-know how? Join
  Come out and meet your fellow wine lovers in the Highlands! Are you a wine enthu-             us on a different style adventure each month to locally owned, clothing boutiques, restau-
  siast, connoisseur, or just a fan? We usually get together the second Friday of each            rants, salons and more. Septembers’ adventure will be a private event at the ultra cool,
   month to discuss and enjoy wine. If interested please send an email to Dianne at             new addition to Issaquah style scene – Suburban Soul. Be treated to wine and appetizers,
      to receive detailed information.                           while Suburban Souls expert stylists share their knowledge on how to update your look for
                                                                                                fall with a few key pieces. Call Aimee Holy for the details and to RSVP 314-600-7561. *We
                                                                                                         must have at least 20 participants – be the first to call and bring a friend!
               KenZen Wellness Club for Women
                         Wednesday, December 15, 7:00PM
                                  Blakely Hall                                                                         Mom’s Networking Group
Join us for a fun evening of exercise outside or inside (weather permitting) and wellness                    For meeting information call Aimee at 314-600-7561
 education. You will learn how to stay fit and healthy thru exercise, nutrition tips, stress          Would you like to talk about your business, discuss challenges that you have,
management techniques and much more! We meet every third Wednesday of the month                  exchange leads, build relationships while letting your kids play? Meet the last Friday
 at 7:00 pm. For more information email: Michi at or call                of the month at the Highlands Fire Station at 9:30 am. Be prepared to do a short
                                     425-369-8581.                                                  presentation (approximately one minute) about you and your business. We will
                                                                                                  also have a focus discussion and each month a member and her business will be
                                                                                                  highlighted. If you don’t have a home based business but are curious about what
                                     Book Club                                                   other moms are doing to make money, please join us! Please contact Aimee Holy at
                       Thursday, December 16, 7:00–9:00PM                                        314-600-7561 for more details. This group is for sharing information and supporting
                                  Blakely Hall                                                    each other in business and not for hard-selling or recruiting. Members who violate
                                                                                                      these principles or spam other members will be asked to leave the group,
Do you enjoy reading AND sharing with friends? The book club is a great place to meet
  neighbors and explore a variety of books. We take turns hosting—all opinions are
         welcome! Please bring a snack to share. Dates sometimes change,                                                          Zumba Class
        so be sure to email to get on the distribution list.
                                                                                                                         Wednesdays, 7:00PM, Blakely Hall
                                                                                                 Get Ready - Get Fit - Go! Its time for the fitness party at Blakely Hall! - You may have
                          Highlands Crafty Club                                                   seen it on T.V. or in magazines, you may have heard about it , but now its time for
                        Friday, December 17, 7:00-10:00pm                                         YOU to find out what everyone is talking about! Zumba Fitness - Its the Latin and
                                   Blakely Hall                                                 world rhythm and dance based fitness party that will change the way you think about
                                                                                                working out! Grab your workout clothes, your water bottle, and c’mon! its time to ditch
 Do you need a dedicated night to catch up on your favorite crafty hobby? Join us for a         the workout, and join the party! Mondays 6:30 at the Issaquah Highlands fire station
 fun night out while we chat and work on our projects. Whether you knit, stamp, scrap-          and starting Wednesday 7:00 pm, October 6th 2010 - at Blakely Hall! ~ Donation only
  book or have another craft, please join us the third Friday of every month at Blakely               ~ for additional information, email (Cindy) at
       Hall from 7pm - 10pm. Please contact Amy at

                                                                                                                  Community Contribution Club
                             Effective You Club                                                         For meeting information call Tony & Kristen at 425-313-1880
                        Tuesday, December 21, 7:00-8:00PM
                                   Blakely Hall                                                 To bring together interested members in IH community for the purpose of contributing to
                                                                                                the greater needs beyond our community. This club will be made of committed individu-
  Welcome to the ‘Effective You’ Club of Issaquah Highlands! This will be the next step in       als, couples and families that want to and/or are making a difference at a community,
  the evolution of the IH Meditation Club. The IH Meditation Club has been operating for           city, state and world level. The club will initially take on one project per quarter that
   several years now; a core group of people have met to learn and practice meditation          affects our community, city, state or world. The club will meet once a month for no more
 techniques. We meet at Blakely Hall 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7 PM sharp.           than 2 hours to discuss projects and align on roles in the projects. For households with
                    Please contact Manu Puri at                             families, this will be an opportunity to include children in the act of giving and contribu-
                                                                                                       tion back one’s community. Contact Tony & Kristen Bristol at 425-313-1880.

                              Photography Club                                                                           Yoga Conditioning Club
                                                                                                         For meeting information email
                       Thursday, December 30, 7:00-8:30PM
                                  Blakely Hall                                                   Are there things in your mind that spool up and rob you of motivation to take better
                                                                                                 care of yourself? There is a reason. Are there areas of your body that you absolutely
Come join avid Issaquah photographers for a fun, informative evening of photography. Digital     do not like? There is a plan for you. Do you find yourself saying, “too busy, too tired,
SLR camera is highly recommended but not required. All skills levels welcome. We’ll meet the     and don’t have time” all too often? There is a hope. Starting with a decision, the an-
 last Thursday evening of every month, 7-8:30pm at Blakely Hall. At our meetings we discuss     swers for these questions are within you. For More information, contact Pamela Beck
   new topics (i.e. lighting, composition, exposure, etc.) share experiences, information and                         425-270-1377,
                ideas. Contact Steve with any questions:
                                                                                         December 2010                                                                   17

        Adult Groups & Activities cont.
       Adult Groups& Activities cont.
                                                                                                   COMMUNITY MEETINGS
           Issaquah Highlands Toastmasters Club
                               Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00AM                                                               Meetings are subject to change
                                    Blakely Hall                                                             Visit for calendar updates
Do you get nervous before a speech? Does your heart pound? Does your stomach turn
  to knots? Do you wonder how other speakers deliver speeches so effortlessly? Well
                                                                                                               Crofton Springs Neighborhood Committee
 help is along the way! To find out more visit the club website at http://ihtm.freetoast- and please contact Collene Cordova, VP of Membership at collenecordova@                           Wednesday, December 8, 5:00-6:30pm, IHCA Office or at 425.894.0979. You can also contact Renee Zimmerman, President,
                       at 425.369.2919 or
                                                                                                                       HFN Advisory Committee
                                                                                                               Wednesday, December 8, 7:00 - 9:00pm, TBD
                 Neighborhood Wildlife Stewards
                            Contact for Date and Location                                                              Brighton on High East Board
Nestled at the edge of the Cascades Mountains we enjoy the sounds of songbirds, the                           Thursday, December 9, 6:00-7:00pm, IHCA Office
sight of deer grazing and the opportunity to see various kinds of wildlife. This group is
about learning to live with the wildlife in our backyards, whether you like bird watching,
                                                                                                                           Finance Committee
      mammal tracking, or just observing animals in their natural environment.
                                                                                                                Tuesday, December 14, 6:00pm, IHCA Office
 Our objective is to provide information to our neighbors about living safely with bears,
   cougars, coyotes, raccoons and enjoying our abundant species of wildlife. If you
  care about the welfare of wildlife in our backyards, want to learn more about living                         Residential Architectural Review Committee
 safely with wildlife and would enjoy meeting your neighbors, please contact Cathy at                        Tuesday, December 14, 6:30–8:00pm, IHCA Office Check our website

                                                                                                                        IHCA Board of Directors
                              Firehouse Fiddlers                                                         Wednesday, December 15, 5:30-7:30pm, Port Blakely Office
            For meeting information email
   Our musical group is made up of primarily fiddle players of varying backgrounds and
abilities, all working toward the goal of learning Irish and other Celtic tunes, along with oc-                     Highlands Council Board of Trustees
casional Old Timer and Quebecois tunes. Our format is quite informal - we share and learn                 Thursday, December 16, 2:30-3:30pm, Port Blakely Office
 a new tune every other week and then practice our old material in a jam session. Other
  welcome instruments for accompaniment are guitar (chords available for most tunes),
 drum, flute or whistle. We attempt to learn the new tunes by ear in a traditional manner,                             Communications Committee
   however, sheet music is usually also provided. for questions.                      Tuesday, December 28, 2:45 - 3:45pm, Blakely Hall

                          The Green Energy Club
             For meeting information email                                     For City of Issaquah governance meetings, see
Come join me in an exciting and growing field of renewable and responsible energy. This
group is all about networking, educating, and group discussions concerning the future of
renewable energy. We will meet the third Thursday of every month at the Highlands Fire
Station between 7 pm and 9pm, starting in June! You can email me at matttighe@gmail.
                       com for any further questions or comments.

    Now forming: Issaquah Highlands Dinner Club
   Interested in meeting with your neighbors, making new friends and sharing a nice
  meal? The idea is to have groups of about 4 couples who meet once a month, shar-
 ing responsibility for cooking. The groups would change every 5 – 6 months. If you’re
        interested or for more information, contact Karen at

           Family Groups & Activities

                           Highlands Playgroup!
      For meeting information, email Alicia at
 Moms, dads, caregivers and their children (newborn-3yrs. old) are invited to come to
 the Issaquah Highlands playgroup for some fun, friendship, support and socializing
every Tuesday and Thursday. We talk, laugh, sing, play, read stories and blow bubbles!
     We hope to see you there! For more information or if you would like to help,
    please contact Natalia, or Alicia,

               Issaquah Highlands Babysitter List
The current list of neighborhood babysitters in now available at Af-
ter registering and logging in, the list can be accessed under the Resource Center tab.
 If you have any trouble or have any questions, please feel free to contact Lisa Purdon
18                                                                     Issaquah Highlands Connections
  Neighborhood Wildlife Stewards: Teaching our Highlands neighbors how to live safely with wildlife and keep the wildlife wild.

                                                            Bears and Trash
     What you need to know and how to prevent dangerous run-ins with our hungry neighbors
                                                                           By: Catherine Macchio

Q: With all the natural food sources they have, why do bears risk coming to              Q: My neighbors wheel their trash out the night before pickup. Does that cause
Issaquah Highlands for garbage?                                                          bear problems?
A: The initial reason an individual bear starts feeding on human garbage is usually      A: Very much so. Work in Arizona showed that the single most effective technique
because of a shortage of natural foods. However, once a bear has successfully            to reduce bear-people conflicts is to place trash out the morning of garbage
fed on human food, they remember the source of that food. When natural foods             pickup (bear incursions reduced from 68% to 3%). The 3 keys to prevent bear
are abundant in later years, some bears will still go the easy route to obtain their     and human garbage problems are: place your trash out the morning of garbage
nutrition by returning to the neighborhood that supplied garbage in the past. This       pickup only, store garbage all week in a secure building or a bear resistant con-
unwanted bear behavior will continue throughout the life of the bear, about 25           tainer and regularly clean trash containers with a solution of bleach and water
years. In addition, mother bears that are trash addicted will teach their cubs to        or ammonia.
seek out garbage from our community and Issaquah Highlands will become part
of the bear’s normal habitat for food. The problem you allow to develop this year
will continue for decades or until the bear is either moved or killed.                   Q: I bungee cord my garbage can that surely will keep a bear out, right?
                                                                                         A: NO. This is the biggest misconception. Black bears can easily tear open a
                                                                                         garbage can that is bungee corded. Just because it has not happened probably
Q: Why does storing garbage outside cause safety concerns for the residents of
                                                                                         just means the bear did not find something that smelled good enough to bother
Issaquah Highlands and bears?
                                                                                         with it. The only type of garbage can that a bear cannot get into is a bear resis-
A: Bears live to eat and can sniff out a meal of garbage or bird seed from a mile        tant can tested by bears and approved by the Living with Wildlife Foundation
away. Garbage stored outside provides an easy high calorie food source that              Testing Program.
lures the bears and other wildlife into Issaquah Highlands.
Two important behavior changes occur to garbage fed bears that can endanger
                                                                                         Q: Is it true that storing my garbage cans behind my fence will prevent a bear
people’s safety and the bears’ lives. Black bears are normally wary of people. By
                                                                                         from getting into my garbage?
coming into Wisteria Park, Dahlia Park and other neighborhoods repeatedly and
being exposed to people the bears learn to tolerate humans (human habituated).           A: DEFINITELY NOT. Black bears have sharp hooked claws that allow them to
The second behavior change is when bears learn to associate humans with a meal           easily climb 20-50 feet up a tree. In fact, mother bears often tree their cubs while
(food-conditioned). A habituated food conditioned bear may become aggressive             they are off searching for food. Fences will not deter a bear. It is only a matter
in their pursuit of food/garbage causing property damage or occasionally human           of time before the bear jumps over your fence for that smelly garbage. In 2008,
injury. The Bellevue city councilman that was attacked by a black bear at his            we had a bear climb over our fence in North Park and dump over our yard waste
summer home at Lake Wenatchee in August is a sad example of this problem.                bin that had kitchen scraps.
The city councilman was severely injured and lost his eye, and the bear was
killed because people left garbage and bird seed outside. We don’t want this to
happen in Issaquah Highlands.

  At the IHCA Board of Directors meeting held November 17, 2010 the Board                The rule will take effect on January 1, 2011.
  adopted the following rules pertaining to the storage of trash cans:
                                                                                         If applying for a variance, a “Variance Request” form will be avail-
  Section 2(j) of the IH Use Restrictions and Rules:                                     able on the website after December 15, under the ARC (Architectural
  (j) Trash                                                                              Review Committee) tab and should be completed and emailed to
       1. Any trash (grey), recycling (blue), or yard waste (green) containers
          or trash bags must be stored indoors during non-pick-up hours.
                                                                                         While this rule provides for a more generous time frame for placement of
       2. Trash Cans may only be placed at the curb/street for pickup 12                 trash containers than the initial proposed amendment, we strongly encour-
          hours prior to and 12 hours after pickup time.                                 age residents to use their best judgment in the timing of putting out trash
       3. The ARC will consider variance requests in accordance with the                 containers. During a wind storm, snow storm or during period of higher
          variance policy in section 4.5 of the CCR’s under the following                bear activity, residents should consider placing the trash containers out the
          circumstances:                                                                 morning of pick up rather than the night before.
          a.   Topography
                                                                                         Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
          b. Natural Obstructions
          c.   Hardship

  This rule change was initiated by the increased bear activity throughout
  the community and concerns for the safety of residents.
                                                                         December 2010                                                                              19

City Insider                                           How can I prepare for disasters?
                                                       We urge our citizens to be ready to survive on your
                                                                                                               I’ve heard this is a La Niña winter. What does that
                                                       own for a minimum of three days following a disaster.   Forecasters say La Niña patterns typically result
                                                       For large disasters, government assistance may not      in cooler and wetter-than-average weather
                                                       be available for several weeks or more.                 conditions.
                                                       You can prepare in three ways:                          No matter the long-range forecasts, every fall we
                                                       •       Make a plan                                     encourage our citizens to get prepared for both
                                                                                                               winter weather and potential flooding.
                              Bret Heath               •       Build a kit
                                                                                                               Check out for
                                                       •       Get involved
                                                                                                               more information on preparing for snow, including
                              Director – Public
                                                       We have great links on our Web site,                    our priority routes for plowing. For flooding, go to
                              Works Operations/
                                             , that can help you plan
                              E m e r g e n c y
                                                       for a variety of emergencies and disasters, including
                                                       earthquakes, floods, landslides and pandemic flu.
                                                                                                               How long have you worked for the City of
What does the Public Works Operations                  How can I get involved in emergency
                                                                                                               Thirty-two years.
Department do?                                         preparedness?

Our department provides a wide variety of services     The Issaquah Citizen Corps (ICC) – a dedicated
                                                       group of volunteers in our community – are looking      What’s one of the best kept secrets in Issaquah?
to Issaquah’s residents and businesses.
                                                       for more participants!                                  If I were to spill the beans it would no longer be a
Public Works Operations (PWO) crews can be seen
                                                       ICC offers several programs to help you prepare,        secret! For history buffs, coal mining activity; and the
throughout the city working on special projects or
                                                       including its Community Emergency Response              old water system, parts of which are still visible along
routine maintenance. Structured to address the
                                                       Team (CERT) training, which covers basic disaster       the old road east of the Sunset interchange.
needs of the Issaquah community, PWO has specific
divisions assigned to managing and maintaining         response skills, such as fire safety and light search
the city’s street and traffic systems, water systems,   and rescue.
                                                                                                               How do you spend your free time?
sewer systems and storm water systems.                 There’s also a program for neighborhoods to get
                                                                                                               Hiking with my wonderful wife; spending time with
In addition, PWO provides fleet maintenance for all     prepared. Simply organize a party in your neighbor-
                                                                                                               family and friends; and rock climbing and backpack-
city vehicles and equipment, and houses the city’s     hood, and ICC will provide a trainer to facilitate a
                                                                                                               ing with my son.
Emergency Management Center.                           90-minute training. For a limited time, we are also
                                                       providing free pizza for these parties!
PWO crews are also trained to respond in times
of major events and disasters, working in 12-hour      For more information on these programs – as well
shifts. During weather emergencies, the different      as others for the medical field or HAM radio opera-
divisions work together to provide assistance to       tors – go to
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           NEW IHCA COMMITTEE                                                                                 LIVING GREEN
            NEEDS VOLUNTEERS                                                                         Making your dreams for a
     Residential Business Application Review Committee
                                                                                                      White Christmas “Green”
The IHCA Board of Directors realizes the need to evaluate current rules and                                  Tips for an eco-friendly holiday season
restrictions and application criteria regarding home businesses and applications
and has established a new committee to take on the challenges of this issue.                                                     By Lily Aguilar

The new committee, Residential Business Application Review Committee                                 Say the word “holidays”, and many people conjure up images of
(RBARC), will consist of 5 to 7 people and will be tasked to review all current IHCA                 decorating with trees and lights, filling the house with the aromas of
businesses and applications prior to Board approvals/denials. The committee                          traditional holiday fare, giving to those in need, and wrapping presents
will be chaired by current IHCA Board member, Kathi Williams.                                        for family and friends. Not often does the word trigger thoughts of the
                                                                                                     environment, landfills and energy bills – but all can be impacted by how
Here is your chance to contribute to the Community by volunteering to serve on                       we choose to celebrate the holidays. You can make your celebrations
the RBARC. Individuals who want to help maintain the ambiance and integrity                          eco-friendly by keeping the planet in mind and making some simple
of Issaquah Highlands by insuring that home businesses meet the standards                            changes to your holiday routine.
are encouraged to apply.
                                                                                                     As you pull your holiday décor out of storage, consider updating your
To apply, please go to the IH Website ( under Resources,                           holiday lights. LED lights conserve energy by using only 10 percent of
Committee, Board & Voting Member Application for an application and bring                            the energy required for conventional holiday lights, which will translate
or send it to the IHCA Office located below 1011 NE High Street, Suite 210,                           into some nice savings on your energy bill.
or email to If you have any questions, please call
Jennifer Fink, 425-507-1113.                                                                         If you are buying a Christmas tree, opt for one that is pesticide-free.
                                                                                                     Some tree growers use as many as 40 different pesticides and some
                                                                                                     chemical colorants. You can avoid bringing unwanted chemicals into
                                                                                                     your home by asking your local Christmas tree seller for a pesticide-
                                                                                                     free tree or seeking out an organic tree farm. After the tree has served
  DO YOU WANT TO HELP PROTECT                                                                        its purpose, recycle your Christmas tree. Nearly 10 million trees a year
                                                                                                     end up in landfills, taking up space when they could be used to create
      YOUR PROPERTY VALUES?                                                                          mulch or wood chips. Be on the lookout for local groups, such as the
                                                                                                     Boy Scouts, who collect trees for a small donation, or contact (800)
  The Architectural Review Committee currently has two Alternate openings for                        CLEANUP to find a tree-recycling program in the area.
  individuals who want to help maintain the ambiance and integrity of Issaquah
  Highlands by insuring that homeowners adhere to the Governing Documents and                        Holiday meals are often at the heart of family celebrations. By support-
  Guidelines when undertaking additions and improvements to their properties.                        ing local farmers who grow sustainable meat and produce, you‘ll add a
                                                                                                     touch of green to your traditions. Check out local farms or the organic
  This dynamic group meets once per month to review current ARC Applications.                        section of your favorite grocery store as you plan your holiday feast.
  Projects can be as small as planting a tree or painting a house to large scale projects
  that might include home additions or entire landscape restructuring.                               At this time of year, many people include giving to those in need.
                                                                                                     Make a clean sweep of your home and donate goods you no longer use
  To apply, please go to the IH Website ( for an application                       or need to a local charity, including old eyeglasses and cell phones –
  and bring or send it to the IHCA Office located below 1011 NE High Street,                         this will ensure your items are reused and not in the trash heap. You
  Suite 210.                                                                                         may also think about donating time or money to an environmental
  If you have questions please email Erika North, IHCA Community Manager and
  Liaison to the ARC, at                                                    Gift-giving can also have an eco-friendly touch. Most wrapping paper
                                                                                                     is not recyclable and finds its way into landfills. This year, buy wrap-
                                                                                                     ping paper that can be recycled or paper that is made from recycled
                                                                                                     material. If you want to be creative, you can also make your own using
                                                                                                     newspapers, artwork you or your children have created, or old maps.
                                                                                                     You can also make your wrapping part of your gift – securing a present
                                                                                                     in a pretty scarf, a reusable shopping bag or a decorative towel are just
                                                                                                     some of the possibilities. According to the Sierra Club, if each family
                                                                                                     wrapped just three presents this way, the paper saved would cover
                                                                                                     45,000 football fields!
               Services include -
                                                                                                     The holidays are a special time of year, and giving back to the environ-
                                                                                                     ment can be part of any family’s holiday festivities.

                                    Call to schedule your appointment 425.651.4338

                                                                  December 2010                                                                                               21
                                                                 Beauty and Fitness
                                                                Beauty and Fitness                                                        Real Estate
                                                                                                                                          Real Estate

                                           1. Alice’s Beauty Salon 425.996.8846                                    13. Cascade Real Estate Team 206.909.8200
                                  We welcome the entire family for     Simply outrageous service,
                                           the very best in hair care products and services.                       not outrageous comissions! Full Service for 1% from a local
                                                                                                                   Issaquah Highlands resident, Matt Jensen, CRS, ABR.
                                           2. Highlands Nail & Spa 425.677.7636
                                           Pamper yourself with the best manicurist in town. We offer a            14. Donita Dickinson Real Estate 206.979.7370
                                           variety of nail care and waxing services, including relaxing hi- Today’s Tools, Yesterday’s Eth-
                      7 26                 tech pedicure spa.                                                      ics
                   4 1 22                  3. Issaquah Skin Care 425.996.0419                                      15. Plateau Real Estate 425.890.7140
25th Ave NE                                Issaquah Skin Care invites you to experience a reprieve from your Highlands real estate specialists since
                                           busy day with a well deserved facial in a private oasis.                2003. Family-friendly approach and a commitment to give
                            15                                                                                     back to the community.
                            13             4. Luna’s Nail Salon 425.667.8250
                            11    Natural nail care, manicures, and pedi-
                                           cures using odorless, all natural, eco-friendly products.                               Restaurants/Eateries

                       NE PARK DRIVE       5. Shanti’s Studio of Esthetics 206.778.8485                            16. Agave Cocina & Tequilas 425.369.8900
                                  Offering premium services in a friendly An excellent, modern,
                                           and relaxing environment. Compliment your inner and outer beauty        family friendly place to enjoy great food and a wide selection
                                           with a new radiant you!                                                 of tequilas. Great Happy Hour!

                                           6. Sorella Salon & Spa 425.392.9299                                     17. Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop 425.391.6455
                                  Bringing wellness to our clients by deliv- Family friendly scoop shop serving the
                                           ering state-of-the-art aesthetic and relaxation services, quality       chunkiest, funkiest ice cream on the planet.
                                           products, and unparalleled customer service.
                                                                                                                   18. Caffe Ladro 425.391.9300
                                                                            Children                      Serving 100% Fair Trade, Organic,
                                                                                                                   Shade Grown Coffee. Open at 5:30am every day.
                                           7. Highlands Kids Dentistry 425.996.0457
                                  Offering the latest technology          19. ricenroll 425.369.8445
                                           in pediatric dentistry, in a relaxed, familiar environment. No drills Fresh rolled sushi everyday.
                       5                   or needles for most procedures!
                                                                                                                   20. Sip Wine Bar & Restaurant 425.369.1181
                                           8. Lakeside Montessori 425.394.1000                            Sip offers an extensive collection of
                                  A diverse and peaceful commu-               fine wines, and a menu of progressive American cuisine.
                                           nity of individuals, aged 2.5 to 6 years, including kindergarten.
                                                                                                                   21. Subway 425.391.3222
                                           9. KUMON Learning Center 424.369.1072                          Freshly made sandwiches with your
                                  Helping students master the basics of reading            choice of gourmet breads and sauces. Serving 8 delicious
                                         Ridge math while imporving study habits and self-confidence.
                                           and                                                                     footlong sandwiches at $5!
                                                         Insurance/Financial Planning                              22. Zeeks Pizza 425.893.TOGO (8646)
                                                         Insurance & Financial Planning                   Delicious pizza and a fun, welcoming
                                           10. Accent Insurance Agency 425.996.0770                                atmosphere. Full bar, take-out and delivery available. Open
                                  Your independent neighborhood insurance               everyday, 11am-10pm. Pizza by the slice until 4pm.
                                           agency, serving the residents of the Issaquah Highlands since 1999.

                                           11. Prudent Financing, LLC. 425.829.4541                                                   Retail & Services
                                                                                                                                      Retail & Services
                                           Providing low cost mortgage loans.
                                           Over 20 years experience.                                               23. Be You Portraits 206.683.5981
                                                                                                                   Outdoor and studio photography for families, graduating
                                           12. Shanna L. Tomko, CPA 425.681.6416                                   seniors, businesses, children and weddings. www.bey-
                                  Your local tax consultant provid- 
         8                                 ing tax preparation and consultation services for individuals and
                                           small businesses.                                                       24. Highlands Cleaners 425.996.0999
                                                                                                          Quality service for your fabric-
              25              15th AVENUE NE
                                                                       NE PARK DRIVE

                                                                                                                   care needs—from finely pressed suits to wedding gowns
               10                                                                                                  and alterations.

                                                                                                                   25. Julie Croff Images 425.880.2545
                                                                 23                                       Whether it’s your baby’s first
                                                                                                                   steps, a High School Senior stepping out into the world or
                                                                                                                   your own wonderful love story at your wedding, we focus on
                                                                  3                                                capturing the emotion and beauty of the moment.

                                                                                                                   26. LeChic Pet 425.392.1147
                                                                                                          Intimate, boutique-style pet supply store
                                                                                                                   featuring self-service dog wash rooms. Ultra-premium food
                                                                                                                   and accessories for today’s modern pet.
                                                                      Station                                      27. Jazzercise 425.890.2800
                                                                                       12                 Spotlight your strength. Located inside
                                                                                         3                         MK Ballet on NE Park Drive.
                                                                                                  20               27. MK Ballet 425.442.6520
                                                                                                    19             Classes for all ages and abilities, from the curious to in-
                                                                                                     16            ternational competitors. Michiko teaches the beauty and
                                                                                                       9           elegance of this art.
                                                                                                   17 6 28         28. Occhio! Vision Care 425.391.3222
                                                  10th AVENUE NE                                          18 Committed to your family’s eye
                                                                                                                   and vision needs. Offering a fantastic collection of eyeglass
                                                                                                                   frames for adults and children.
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            Accepting Neighborhood Voting
                Member Applications
This is an opportunity to volunteer for the position   filing period for applications from December 15th
of an Issaquah Highlands Voting Member (VM) for        through December 31st, 2010. An election will be
a two-year term. Positions are open in the following   held on the during the month
neighborhoods:                                         of January. Residents of each neighborhood will be
                                                       mailed a postcard reminding them to vote.
     1B   Voting Member & Alternate
     3A   Voting Member & Alternate                    What do our Voting Members do?
     3B   Voting Member & Alternate                        1. Vote for Issaquah Highlands Board of
     3C   Voting Member                                       Directors.
     6B   Voting Member & Alternate                        2. Ratify the IHCA annual operating budget.
     6C   Voting Member                                    3. Approve changes to the IHCA Rules &
     7B   Voting Member & Alternate                           Regulations.
                                                           4. Approve all amendments to the CCRs.
The purpose of a Voting Member (VM) is to main-            5. Voting Members serve as chairperson of
tain the vision and preserve the overall quality and          a Neighborhood Committee, shall preside
values at Issaquah Highlands. Your role will be to            at its meetings and will be responsible for
inform your neighborhood group and vote on CCR                transmitting communications to the Board of
sanctioned items (as listed below) on their behalf.           Directors.
The Voting Members are provided orientation. This
is a great way to meet your neighbors and develop      You may obtain an application on line at
community leadership.                         Center or email
                                                       the IHCA Office Manager, Whitney Wengren at
The newly elected Voting Members and Alternate or General Manager,
Voting Members will start their two-year terms         Vicki Stier at More questions?
January 1, 2011. There is an application process       Please give Vicki a call at 425-507-1120.
and the IHCA Board of Directors has approved the                                                                
                                                                                                            Issaquah: (425) 392-2202 | November 10-January 2
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                                                                                D I R E C T O R Y
                                                                      ISSAQUAH HIGHLANDS                                          HIGHLANDS COUNCIL
  Connections is published by the Highlands Council.
                                                                    COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
                                                                                                                           Responsible for:
      Our mission is to foster the development of
           a vibrant and caring community                          Responsible for:
    committed to service, diversity, and well-being.

                Connections Newsletter
Connections is printed and mailed every month to every                                                                          Funded by:
Issaquah Highlands residence as well as local Issaquah                 Funded by:      Annual IHCA Assessments
   residents and businesses. For article submissions                                                                                            (¼ of 1% on sale of home)
    and advertising sales, contact Chanel Merritt at
                                                                              GOVERNING BODY
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Mini: 3” x 3”                             $40
                                                                                 Board of Directors                                     GOVERNING BODY
                                                                                 Judd Kirk, President
                                                                                                                                  Highlands Council Board of Trustees
Rectangle Vert: 3” x 4.625”               $66       $126                     Brian Daniels, VP/Treasurer
                                                                                                                                         Rene Ancinas, President
                                                                              Kathi Williams, Secretary
Rectangle Horz: 4.625” x 3”               $66       $126                                                                              Vince Ippolito, Vice President
                                                                              Robert Milligan, Member
                                                                                                                                           Tad Pease, Treasurer
Square: 4.625” x 4.625”                   $92       $186                      Stuart Johnson, Member
                                                                                                                                         Chris Hysom, Secretary
                                                                                 Jim Berger, Member
Quarter Page: 4.625” x 6.25”              $105      $246                                                                                  Kevin Brown, Member
                                                                              Ruby Alexander, Member
Half Page Vert: 4.625” x 13”              $210      $445                                                                                John Thompson, Member

Half Page Horz: 9.625” x 6.25”            $210      $445
Full Page: 9.625” x 13”                   $495      $874
                                                                         MAIN PHONE: 425-427-9257
            Ads are due by the 7th of the month                              1011 NE High Street Suite 210
           for the following month’s publication.                           Monday–Friday 8:30AM to 5:00PM                         MAIN PHONE: 425-507-1107
                                                                      Rachel Garrett, Assistant General Manager                     Blakely Hall 2550 NE Park Drive
Print ads must be submitted electronically in .eps, .tif or .pdf, 425-507-1115                       Tuesday–Friday 11:00AM to 4:00PM
format with all fonts embedded. For best results with news-
paper printing, please avoid small text in color or reversed               Erika North, Community Manager                      Chanel Merritt, Communications Manager
out of color. Do not use a built black of CMYK combined.      , 425-507-1121          , 425-507-1111
Instead, please setup all black as “K” only. All files must                                                                  Christy Garrard, Highlands Council Coordinator
                                                                         Jennifer Fink, Community Manager
be in CMYK (not RGB). Resolution should be a minimum of                                                                 , 425-507-1107
                                                             , 425-507-1113
200 dpi. Please allow for 15-20% gain. Graphic design
services are available.                                                     Russ Ayers, Landscape Manager                  Michele McFarland, Highlands Council Accountant
                                                               , 425-507-1130         , 425-507-1108
                                                                          Whitney Wengren, Office Manager                         Keith Luu, Youth Volunteer Coordinator
                                                             , 425-507-1135

 Content and advertising in Connections does not necessarily
                                                                              Beth Driscoll, A/R Specialist
 reflect the opinions/views of the Highlands Council or staff.  , 425-507-1119

                                                                                                                            Community Services at Blakely Hall
              Rental Facilities
                                                                                                                                    Fax sending, local $.50 per page
 Blakely Hall                                                                                                                       Fax sending, long distance $1.00 per page
 Award-winning Blakely Hall has a feeling and comfort
                                                                                                                                    Fax receiving, $.50 per page
 of a lodge. It is a wonderful place for parties with 70 or
 more guests, fund raisers, galas, and any type of recep-
 tion. Blakely Hall can accommodate up to 260 guests.                                 Emergency: 9-1-1
 In addition to the atmosphere Blakely Hall will give you,
                                                                    Issaquah Police (non-emergency): 425-837-3200
 there is a patio with patio furniture and with two BBQ
 grills that are available for rent.                                   WA Dept of Fish & Wildlife: 425-775-1311
 Blakely Hall Meeting Room                                                     Eagle Security: 425-531-4058
 The Conference room is perfect for your meeting or semi-           Patrols neighborhoods Thursdays, 10:00PM to 2:00AM
 nar. It is private. It can accommodate up to 46 guests.                    Fridays & Saturdays, 7:00PM to 3:00AM
 A screen is provided as well as comfortable conference
                                                                              Emergency Contact Number
 chairs and tables that can be configured to your liking.               For after-hours emergencies not involving
 A projector is available for rent. There is a wash station,          police and fire response or gas or water main
 and a countertop to place your refreshments.                             breaks, contact IHCA at 425-313-2209
 To inquire about booking facilities at Blakely Hall, please
 contact Blakely Hall at 425.507.1107 or email blakelyhal-                                         PORT BLAKELY COMMUNITIES
                                                                             Port Blakely Communities, the developer of Issaquah Highlands, continues to be involved
 Fire Station Meeting Room                                                   as they have a vested interest in the community and in seeing their vision become reality.
 The Fire Station 73 meeting room is great for community
 or group meetings. It comes with tables and chairs. It                  Vicki Stier, Vice President, Community
 can accommodate up to 85 guests in a meeting setting                        Organization and Management
 or comfortably 30 guests. There are two whiteboards              , 206-225-2311
 for writing down your ideas and agenda. There is also
 a television with a DVD player for your instructional                       Jennifer Hagge, Office Manager
 videos. Because this is a city building they do not allow       , 206-225-2316
 religious, partisan, or for-profit meetings to take place
 in this facility. To inquire about booking the Fire Sta-
 tion Meeting Room, please contact Fire Station #73 at
 425.313.3373.                                                        w w w. i h we b s i t e. c o m
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