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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2009 A3 Compassion House seeking donations ahead of duplex project BY WARREN KAGARISE Volunteers at the nonprofit Compassion House could soon break ground on a transitional housing facility. City planners have approved a plan to build a two-story duplex along Southeast Andrews Street. John Williams, executive direc- tor, volunteer and board member for the Issaquah faith-based organization, said the demand for transitional housing is high. Transitional housing is used to help people move from home- lessness into permanent resi- dences. "The phone,, is busy all the time," he said. There s a big need in our area." The coming addition to Compassion House options will consist of two units, each about 1,300 square feet. The duplex will include a shared laundry area and a common meeting room. The first-floor unit will be accessible for handicapped residents. A parking area with four stalls will be available in the alley behind the duplex. Crews will also improve landscaping throughout the site. The duplex will be built on vacant land at 260 S.E. Andrews St., next to another Compassion House transitional housing unit. CONTRIBUTED This rendedng shows a proposed two-story duplex, transitional housing facil- ity along Southeast Andrews Street. The duplex will be the first proj- ect constructed by Compassion House volunteers from the ground up. People who own property with- in 300 feet of the site were noti- fied about the construction, per standard city procedure. City Senior Planner Christopher Wright said the city did not receive any comments related to the project. Wright said Compassion House leaders would likely receive build- ing permits within a few weeks. Williams said volunteers for the nonprofit hoped to break ground by the end of August. Before volunteers pick up ham- mers and begin work on the new house, Compassion House leaders are seeking donations to pay for the project. In addition to providing transi- tional housing, Compassion House volunteers offer life coaching and other services to help former tran- siti9nal housing residents sustain themselves. Volunteers help for- mer homeless people with finances, transportation and other social services. ON1HEWEB Learn how to donate to Compassion House at www.com- passion-house.org. The Rev. Mark Miller, pastor of Mountain Creek Christian Fellowship, founded Compassion House in 1998 after seeing local families struggling. Compassion House operates an efficiency apartment and the Monti House. The historic Monti House -- built in 1900 -- was moved to its Southeast Andrews Street lot in December 2004. The building had fallen into disrepair and city officials considered raz- ing it. But Compassion House instead paid to have the house moved and renovated. Williams said Compassion House would advertise the new units after construction is com- plete. "When we're built, we'll spread the word and start taking applica- tions," he said. Reach Reporter Warren Kagarise at 392- 6434, ext. 234, or wkayarise@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress, com. Man arrested in Snohomish County likely connected to heists in Issaquah BY WARREN KAGARISE A man believed to be connected to July robberies at Emerald City Sun Tanning Center and Lovers' was arrested last week in Snohomish County. Issaquah Deputy Police Chief Steve Cozart said the man was likely involved in the Issaquah heists. "We believe he is responsible for both the Lovers' and Emerald City Tanning Center robberies," Cozart said. Everett Police arrested the 24- year-old Lake Stevens man Aug. 2. Cozart said Issaquah investigators would wrap up their cases and file charges with the King County Prosecutor's Office. Authorities believe the man who robbed Emerald City Sun July 28 and Lovers' adult novelty store July 24 could be connected to other tanning salon heists across King and Snohomish counties. Everett Police arrested the man in connection with two armed robberies. The arrest occurred after a person watched a news broadcast about the robberies and provided information to law enforcement off~cials. A woman went to the Marysville Police Department and identified Pool will close Aug. 17 for maintenance Julius Boehm Pool will close for annual maintenance from Aug. 17-23. For registrations, the pool phone -- 837-3350 -- will be answered from 8-11 a.m. each day during the closure. Online registrations will be unaffected. From Aug. 24-Sept. 5, the pool will operate with a modified schedule. View the schedule on the city's Web site, www.cLissaquah.wa.us. Click the link labeled "Pool to Be Closed for Annual Maintenance." Fall swimming lessons will begin Sept. 8, along with regular public and lap swim schedules. him by name, according to a release from Everett Police. A Marysville Police detective then contacted the Everett Police detective handling the case; they began to follow-up on the lead. A photomontage was developed and shown to the victims of the Everett robberies. Both victims identified the suspect, according to the release. As the investigation continued Aug. 1, detectives obtained infor- marion about the suspect's vehicle and where he was living in Everett. The next morning, Everett Police officers began searching for the suspect's vehicle, according to the release. Around 6 a.m., an officer spot- ted the vehicle parked in the 2600 block of Grand Avenue. The suspect was arrested around 11:40 a.m. after he left an apartment and approached the vehicle. In addition to the Snohomish County robberies, Issaquah Police said the man was respon- sible for two heists. At about 9:40 p.m. July 28, Issaquah Police responded to a call from the tanning salon, 1175 N.W. Gilman Blvd., where an employee said a man entered the business and pretended to be a customer. He then brandished a handgun and demanded cash. He ordered the employee to the back of the business, and then fled from the store. A man robbed two employees at gunpoint at Lovers', 5614-C E. Lake Sammamish Parkway, at about 2:30 p.m. July 24. The employees gave him an undis- closed amount of cash from their till. Snohomish County detectives had said the man could be respon- sible for as many as 17 tanning salon robberies across King and Snohomish counties. Snohomish authorities believe the crime spree started July 18, when a man robbed a Mill Creek tanning salon. A tanning salon in the 17400 block of Highway 9 in unincorporated Snohomish County was robbed July 22. During the July 22 heist, a man walked into the salon, robbed the employee at gunpoint and left with an undisclosed amount of cash. Reach Reporter Warren Kagarise at 392- 6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com. Experience sinus relief with a breakthrough technology- the Balloon SinuplastyTM system by Acclarent. . Minimally Invasive - Safe and Effective Clinically Proven Call us today for more information IMD ..... 425-391-3933 Issaquah www.lisamulliganmd.com 1 S H www.balloonsinuplasty.com Mary Ann W. Go Painlessly" , GO Ounce for Ounce - Compare and Save! The top-quality & top-value pain creme Tom W, Premier Food, Wine, Jazz on the Plateau! August 29, 640 pm Sammamish City Commons Tickets ~sold in advance: www'sammarnishchamber'rg For your comfort be sure to bring a blanket and a beach chair. No outside beverages allowed. Wine sales to benefit ChrisEtliottFund spazz6 +SWEDISH t t~ wk~ tu a~ TTALI&N ~RII,L - New car club launches school supplies drive BY DAVID HAYES There was a time when Brian Turney didn't have the spiffiest car on the block. So, in looking at today's economy, he empathizes with families who are finding it hard to make ends meet. That's the driving factor behind the school supplies drive his car club, Camaro Firebird Club Northwest, is sponsoring. "When I was a kid, I didn't have much," he said. "One parent or the other didn't have a job in the '80s' economic times. So, I know what it was like trying to go to schooland having to provide for yourself. Getting together with other club members for cruises, talking about projects and having a "brain swap, as Turney calls it, was not enough. I wanted to do a little more than get, together and say, 'Cool car.' So we re doing shows, camping trips and volunteering," the Preston res- ident said. The school supplies drive was a logical next evolutionary step for the club. And who better to get on board with the idea than the father/son team at the XXX Rootbeer Drive-in. The Encisos have become renowned for hosting car shows in the United States. Jose Jr. said he was excited to add the school supplies drive to the roster of events. "We already do the Jingle Bell Cruise in December, collecting toys for kids, so I thought this was a great idea," he said. "There are a lot of kids in the area who need help." Three car clubs with scheduled shows in August were contacted to see if they wouldn't mind another car club piggybacking onto their shows for a good cause. An excit- ing buzz began building into some- thing big. Bud Worely, "ambassador" for the Northwest Classic Chevy Club, was an easy sell. The NWCCC Tri 5 -- featuring Chevys from 1955, '56 and '57 -- is expected to draw 150 or more cars Aug. 16. He said he expects a great return of supplies from members. "We're putting an e-mail out to all our members and those who have pre-registered," he said. "This is such a great idea that of course we wanted to help wherev- er we can." CFCNW members will also be taking donations at the Corvette show Au . 23 and the Rat Bastards Rat Ro~ on Show Aug. 30. Donations will be taken at the old school bus at each show all day. ONTHEWEB Camam FireMrd Club Northwest www.cfcnw.com Donate Mail your check, made out to the ISD Nurses Fund, to The Issaquah Press, 45 Front St. S., Issaquah, WA 98027. Bring school supplies, cash, checks or small-denomina~n gift cards to stores to XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, 98 N.E. Gilman Blvd., from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Aug. 16, 23 or 30. In addition to collecting school supplies, and possibly more impor- " tantly, CFCNW is asking for dona- tions to the Issaquah School District's Nurses Fund. The fund is another way district officials iden- tify and help families in need. "We use the fund for those situa- t-ions when we know students and their families are in emergency sit- uations and need the most basic of necessities," said Karen Herring, nurse in charge of the fund. "Most of the time, that means food and clothing or even medical necessi- ties or hygiene items. Because we work closely with those students, we can see how the fund has made a difference when we check back within the next several days." For example, the fund helped a family living at a campground with no phones or gas. The Nurses Fund paid for pre-paid phone cards and gas cards. Another time, the fund helped a single mother with three children provide back- to-school clothes. In the Issaquah district, there are more than 1,200 children who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. One need that has already been met is backpacks, which Costco donated. Turney said he is happy the drive has ballooned into something bigger than his car club, involving a much larger segment of the com- munity. "This raises the awareness and funding for a problem that we don't always see. We know we can make a difference, he said. "It doesn't take much to make a dif- ference in a life." Reach Reporter David Hayes at 392-6434, ext. 237, or dhayes@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquah- press, com. Bring questions about Mall Street decision to City Council meeting City planning officials want 900. The section of roadway is comments from residents about a used as a local access road. proposal to vacate a portion of HighMark developers are dedi- No~th~e~.MMl:::S~eet;~:Ei~ ; ~a~g 20ifeet of property along the Co~iVmembers~llhOs[a:hear: Southern prope~ boundary aS ing about the measure during part of land use development their Aug: 17 regular meeting: The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall South, 135 E, Sunset Way. Developers of the HighMark Office Building requested for the city to vacate a 10-foot-by-231-foot portion of Northwest Mall Street along the northern edge of their property and west of state Route requirements, according to city documents. Developers will add a sidewalk, curb, gutter and land- scaping along Northwest Maple Street and Northwest Mall Street. The 10-foot right of way vaca- tion would leave 70 feet of right of way. City documents state the space would be adequate for a local access road. IN THE ISSAQUAH PRESS CLASSIFIEDS *25 package ~ ~ , Al~ dd Sammamish Review ~ classifieds only $12 extra THE GREAT AMERICAN G2k]I JkGE S The Issaquah Press makes it easy and fun with our GARAGE SALE PACKAGE which includes all the basics for success: A 25 word ad in The Issaquah Press Placement on issaquahpress.com Location listing on our garage sale map :lassified Advertising 425-392-6434 ext. 222 classifieds@isspress.com