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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS WEDNESDAY 9 JULY 29, 2009 " A5 Undercr0ssing FROM PAGE A1 ready." Before construction can begin, however, city officials must approve a development agreement with the postal service. Officials hope to open the road- way by late 2010. City and postal service represen- tatives said a development agree- ment took years to negotiate. The agreement calls for the city to buildthe undercrossing and install a traffic signal at the post office entrance. City crews would also be responsible for street improvements at the site. Janet Wall, a member of the city River & Streams Board, raised ques- tions during a public hearing about the agreement and how the under- crossing construction would impact wetlands. She emphasized she was not there in her official role. "I am generally in favor of the 1- 90 Undercrossing project, because I feel it may help deal with some of the traffic congestion on Gilman," she said. City planners identified several small wetlands on the land. "It still looked like there was plenty of ample space, that they could build a number of buildings on the property without impacting those wetlands," Wall said. Donald Marcy, a Seattle attor- ney representing the postal serv- ice, said agency and city officials negotiated for years to reach the agreement. Marcy described the pact as beneficial to both parties. He said the undercrossing would allow the city to address traffic congestion and the development agreement would aid the postal service in dealing with its surplus property. "The wetland issues have been dealt with in the agreement," he said. The pact calls for the postal serv- ice to give the city an easement along the east side of the under- crossing for future street expan- sion. The agreement also waives requirements for environmental or development studies if the site were developed. Under the agree- ment, no transportation improve- ments would be required if the postal service develops the proper- ty. Wall also asked officials how the agreement would relax develop- ment rules for the postal service. "I would hope that the agree- ment doesn't completely cut the post office out of some responsibil- ity in the environmental review process," Wall said. "They should have to go through the same type of procedures that anyone trying to develop their property would do.' Reach Reporter Warren Kagarise at 392- 6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress, com. Night 0ut FROM PAGE A1 on the public to be aware, and report crimes and.suspicious activ- ity !o us when they observe it going on. Issaquah's Community Emergency Response Team mem- bers will hand out information about disaster preparedness and emergency action plans, Weihe said. "So often, police and fire won't be the first responders in a disas- ter," she said. "It is up to the neigh- borhood and themselves to be pre- pared." Volunteers from Swedish and Overlake hospitals will be available to answer questions, as will offi- cials from the state's Department of Fish and Wildlife. Residents can bring personal files, statements and old medical information for free shredding onsite by the Shred It Service to promote responsible shredding of personal information to reduce the possibility of identity theft. Police will also collect and dis- pose of any old prescription med- ications residents may have, Weihe said, so they don't accidentally get in the wrong hands. This year, police are also incor- porating pet safety. Riverdog and a canine unit from Normandy Park will provide demonstrations and information about how best to keep your pets safe in summer and winter. "This time of year, we get a lot of hot dog calls," Weihe said about people leaving their dogs in hot cars. To make it fun, police officers cook food for the community including free hot dogs, beverages and chips, sponsored by DLY Construction and Costco. There is also a face-painting sta- tion for children, free stickers, tours of an Eastside Fire & Rescue fire truck and police vehicles, and games in the park. Parents can have their children fingerprinted for identification kits, coordinated by Target. Police really hope the event acts as a service to the community, Weihe said. "We're trying to establish that police/community partnership by getting out there, so they can get to know us and the services we pro- vide and we can get to know them," she said. "It takes everyone to keep everyone safe." Reach Reporter Chantelle Lusebrink at 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@iss- press.com. Comment on this story at www. issaquahpr ess. com. Snyder FROM PAGE A4 She needed a wheelchair for herself, and another to wheel a virtual pharmacy and hospital along with her. Finally getting through security on their way to places like the Mexican Riviera, Acapulco, Hawaii, Colorado and California, gave the boys immense pleasure. Aside from travel, Linda wanted to see her sons settle and become successful. In the past few years they found their path, which made her really proud, Davison said. "Even in the darkest times, she'd sit and look for the positive and help us work through them," Richard Thompson said. "That is how I continue to live for her, by keeping her philosophy." The community came together to celebrate that passion at her celebration of life service at Faith United Methodist Church July 21, followed by a picnic on Lake WaShington. Linda taught for 18 years in Kent, Texas, Montana, Utah and Germany. She came to Issaquah as a special-education teacher at Beaver Lake Middle School in 2000 and retired as a fourth-grade teacher at Cascade Ridge Elemen- tary School in June 2008. "She was a special person with an amazing passion," Davison said. "She worked incredibly well with them. It takes a special per- son to work with special kids for 20 years." Her legacy continues there. Col- leagues still use her Hopes and Dreams program, which inter- views parents and students about their goals for the academic year. She also tutored students through last month. Linda's family has asked that do- nations be made to the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer at Swedish Hospital in her memory. Her sister-in-law, Andrea Sny- der, ran in honor of Linda at the center's 10-kilometer race July 26. "It was tough," she said, adding she wore a T-shirt from one of Linda's events and a bracelet her students had made for her. "I would think of how strong she was and that was the kind of strong I wanted. She did so much in the time she was here and touched so many people." Checks can for the center can be sent to Andrea Snyder at 9625 S.E. 71st St., Mercer Island, WA 98040. Make them out to the Mar- sha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Can- cer Research. Reach Reporter Chantelle Lusebrink at 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@iss- press.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress, com. PUBLIC MEETINGS July 30 Planning Policy Commission Agenda: Shoreline Master Program public hearing 6:30-8 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall South 135 E. Sunset Way Aug.4 River & Streams Board 7-9 p.m. Pickering Room, City Hall Northwest 1775 12th Ave. N.W. Aug. 5 Agenda: Costco parking structure public hearing 7-9 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall South 135 E. Sunset Way Letters FROM PAGE A4 I hope the City Council has the in- testinal fortitude to hold the Is- saquah Highlands developers to their original promises and reject this gas station idea. It is the responsible thing to do. C.A. Chdstensen Issaquah Kids Fail? ....... ...... Your child may need help with reading, math or study skills. 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Sip. puts Issaquah on the map Lane Scelzi didn't move to Is- saquah with the intention of opening a wildly popular restau- rant. Once the restaurateur had settled in, though, he realized he was at a loss. Nowhere nearby could he find the kind of locally owned, comfortable-yet-classy locale -- with great food and wine -- he likes to patronize reg- ularly. For those establishments, he'd have to leave the plateau [aBe Scel/J, owner and head to Bellevue or Seattle. And so, thought Scelzi, it was time for the moun- tain to come to Mohammed. Or, in this case, the restaurant to come to Issaquah. In July 2006, Scelzi opened Sip. at the wine bar and restaurant in Issaquah. As it turned out, Scelzi wasn't the only one longing for a classy, inviting place for adults to dine and mingle. With its signa- ture central bar, cozy fireplace, impressive wine list and tasty dishes -- along with genuine service and reasonable prices -- Sip. quickly became an Is- saquah hit. In fact, the urban-restaurant-in-your- neighborhood concept has been so embraced that Sceizi has since gone on to open a second Sip. in Gig Harbor and is set to open a third next to the library in downtown Seattle this fall. But restaurant success isn't new to Scelzi. He also has four successful Melting Pot restaurants under his belt in Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue and San Diego. And to help manage this $13 million restaurant empire, Scelzi formed Washington Restaurant Group in July 2004. Headquartered in Issaquah, WRG oversees 450 employees between the six restaurants. "With Sip., I was looking for another unique con- cept like the Melting Pot. I envisioned a place where grownups could mingle," Scelzi said. The unique Sip. concept also features distinct dishes, like its signature Black Truffle Popcorn ($5), Sweet Roll Sliders ($9) and erosciutto Wrapped Chicken ($25). Their VIP Program offers Sip. regu- lars a chance to earn points for every dollar they spend at the wine bar and restaurant. Points can be redeemed for things like gift cards, a food and wine , SIP. ISSAQUAH 1084 NE Park Dr. Issaquah, WA 98029 Phone: 369-1181 Join the mailing list or learn more about Sip. at www.siprestaurant.com. pairing party, or a private five-course chef's dinner. "We're always catering to our customers and making sure, they have an enjoyable experience," Scelzi said. The vie program is a fantastic way to give back to our regulars." That's not the only way Sip. is giving back. In the past Sip. has donated to St. Jude Children's Re- search Hospital through its wine auction, Un- corked!, and this year profits from the Seattle Sip. grand opening will go to St. Jude's. Construction has already begun on the latest Sip. slated to open in early October. The Seattle location will feature the large central bar, signature menu items and wine selection that regulars have come to love, all set in the heart of downtown. With the Seattle Sip. opening soon, Scelzi is look- ing at how he can next expand Sip. to other loca- tions in Washington and possibly San Diego. Growth is happening fast at WRG. "The Sip. motto is 'Life's fast. Sip slow,'" Scelzi said. "But WRG is not slowing down anytime soon." SiP. HAPPENINGS Every day: Happy Hour - half off all small plates. Daily 4:30-6:30 p.m. and late night from 9- 11 p.m. Reserved for bar and patio patrons. Tuesday: Double Your Points - Earn two points on your viP rewards card for every dollar you spend on Tuesdays. Wednesday: 3 for $30 - Indulge in 3-course menu specials including an appetizer, entr6e and dessert for just $30! Thursday: Live Jazz Music on Thursdays