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Bothell students dish up food for Tent City IV residents at St. John Vianney

Emotions ran high as food was plated recently at Tent City IV, located at St. John Vianney Church in Kirkland.

  • Dec 22, 2008
Northwest University students form a line from Butterfield Chapel to the trailers with the boxes they had packed to send to Iraq.

Northwest University students host Operation Iraq in the spirit of Christmas

This marks the third year Northwest University has hosted Operation Iraq: The Spirit of Christmas, started by Ruth Ann Young in 2003.

  • Dec 22, 2008
Northwest University students form a line from Butterfield Chapel to the trailers with the boxes they had packed to send to Iraq.

Local high school still top-rated, says U.S. News and World Report

U.S. News and World Report magazine named International Community School (ICS) in Kirkland number 24 out of the top 100 high schools in the nation and gave the school a gold ranking in their annual America’s Best High Schools rating.

  • Dec 22, 2008
(From left) 48th District legislators Sen. Rodney Tom

48th District legislators discuss education, 520 Bridge funding

Studying at Seattle University, Katey Enslein would love to become a teacher someday. But the unending confusion over state education funding has given the sophomore second thoughts about pursuing the career in her home state, second thoughts that she brought directly to state representatived at a unique meeting with constituents Dec. 17 at Kirkland City Hall.

  • Dec 22, 2008
(From left) 48th District legislators Sen. Rodney Tom
Dick Beazell

‘King of Kirkland’ and long-time civic booster says farewell

With a winter storm fast approaching, it seemed even the elements were determined to keep Dick Beazell in town for at least another day or two.

  • Dec 17, 2008
Dick Beazell

In the Dec. 2 article, “Young artist doesn’t let p

In the Dec. 2 article, “Young artist doesn’t let physical challenges get in his way,” the writer stated that most children diagnosed with muscular dystrophy don’t live past their early teens. The average life span for the type of disease in the article is the late teens to early 20s.

  • Dec 17, 2008
Jessica Pfundt guides her caucus of residents through a series of concerns about the proposed jail. The findings were presented to NEC officials.

Kingsgate ‘poor choice’ for regional jail, residents say during meeting

Living on a hill directly above the facilities of one of the state’s largest garbage service providers, Kingsgate couple Bill and Janet Collins say they like their Waste Management neighbors just fine.

  • Dec 17, 2008
Jessica Pfundt guides her caucus of residents through a series of concerns about the proposed jail. The findings were presented to NEC officials.
Cellist Ashraf Hakim plays his cello at the Movado Boutique in Bellevue Square on Friday

Egyptian cellist seeks American Dream, freedom to play

To many, the American Dream is to live a wealthy life. But Ashraf Hakim came to America to pursue something more – the freedom to play his cello. The Egyptian native began his musical career when he was just five years old and by the time he was an adult, he played first chair for the Cairo Opera House, Arabic Symphony Orchestra and Egyptian National Cultural Theater.

Cellist Ashraf Hakim plays his cello at the Movado Boutique in Bellevue Square on Friday
Peter Kirk Community Center site coordinator Joann Stark and Sen. Rodney Tom.

Local senator delivers Meals on Wheels

Sen. Rodney Tom of the 48th District went to every door at the Peter Kirk Community Center and delivered meals to homebound seniors recently, as part of the Legislators Deliver Meals on Wheels Campaign.

  • Dec 15, 2008
Peter Kirk Community Center site coordinator Joann Stark and Sen. Rodney Tom.

Cotton Hill Park adopted by UW students

It’s been quite an eventful year for Cotton Hill Park -- Earth Day with Goats in April, a trail construction project in June, and in September the park was adopted by six students from the University of Washington Restoration Ecology Network (UW-REN) program! The students will spend the school year designing and helping to implement a restoration plan for a 4000 square foot section of the park.

  • Dec 15, 2008
Santa reaches out to hug Rebecca Willow during a holiday celebration to benefit KITH at Parkplace Books.
Santa reaches out to hug Rebecca Willow during a holiday celebration to benefit KITH at Parkplace Books.
Some Old Timers chuckle as Santa Claus reads them a story during a meeting last Thursday

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  • Dec 15, 2008
Some Old Timers chuckle as Santa Claus reads them a story during a meeting last Thursday

Help others stay warm this holiday season by donating

Help others stay warm this holiday season by donating coats and outwear to The Kids Care Coat Drive. The annual coat drive is a community service project supported by the City of Bellevue Youth Link and area schools with the purpose of collecting and distributing much-needed coats during the cold winter months.

  • Dec 15, 2008
Kirkland City Manager Dave Ramsay talks during an Oldtimer’s forum Dec. 11.

City Manager warns of challenges in 2009

Speaking to an informal local boosters club Dec. 11, City Manager Dave Ramsay warned of the many challenges Kirkland faces as the city is buffeted by a national recession.

  • Dec 15, 2008
Kirkland City Manager Dave Ramsay talks during an Oldtimer’s forum Dec. 11.
A photo of the Bank Bag suspect

Sheriffs ask for help in SeaTac Bank Bag theft

The King County Sheriffs office is seeking the public's help in finding a thief who grabbed a bank bag out of the hands of a customer headed into a Bank of America.

  • Dec 15, 2008
A photo of the Bank Bag suspect

“The Bachelor” star makes big announcement

Kirkland's Jason Mesnick will star on ABC television's "The Bachelor" program, set to debut Jan. 5, but an announcement from the show's leading man has already unfolded the drama before the pre-taped show airs.

  • Dec 11, 2008
Effigy of Jack Ferry. Circa 1907 (2005.2.216)

A not-so-dry Kirkland: The Prohibition years

In April 1933, Kirkland’s City Council passed a beer ordinance by a three-to-one vote. Although our town had been dry since its incorporation in 1905, it was now legal to sell 3.2 percent beer on draft and in bottles in restaurants and cafes, and bottled beer in grocery and drug stores.

Effigy of Jack Ferry. Circa 1907 (2005.2.216)
Snow falls last January along Lake Washington Boulevard

Wintery weekend weather ahead, say forecasters

Weather forecasters with the NOAA/National Weather Service (NWS) are predicting a mix of rain and snow, freezing temperatures and icy roads this weekend.

  • Dec 10, 2008
Snow falls last January along Lake Washington Boulevard
Top left: Volunteer Karen Tabler (wearing Santa hat) and brothers Mike (red coat) and Justin Chong (not pictured) try to find a pair of shoes. Top right: Totem Lake Fred Meyer Store Manager Kevin Elicker opens the doors to the first of 300 kids and their families. Bottom left: Cristian Morelos

Shoes From Santa

Wearing a beige winter coat, Mai Chung Vang, 12, and her mother waited in the pre-dawn darkness for the doors of the Totem Lake Fred Meyer to open.

  • Dec 10, 2008
Top left: Volunteer Karen Tabler (wearing Santa hat) and brothers Mike (red coat) and Justin Chong (not pictured) try to find a pair of shoes. Top right: Totem Lake Fred Meyer Store Manager Kevin Elicker opens the doors to the first of 300 kids and their families. Bottom left: Cristian Morelos
Jeff Cole

Making the case for Parkplace

Billed as the heart of Kirkland's downtown retail core when it was built in 1982, all agree that Parkplace Shopping Center needs to be redeveloped.

  • Dec 8, 2008
Jeff Cole