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&apos;Chasing Nicolette' is hiladotm, full of hijinks , See Page Pc/ LOCALLY Skyline comeback against Oaks Christian falls short, 28-25 Sports, Page C1 -.,.. ::" his lifelong fancy for flight  Communi" Page BI Community center hosts night of the tweens , e Page ocg N o= .............  ........... " Z OWNED SINCE 1900 75 CENTS F WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 23, V > < mm Weekend community food drive kicks off Month of Cq rfl Donate to the less fortunate dur- ing the Eastside Month of Concern for the Hungry from Sept. 26 to Oct. 24. Issaquah and several other Eastside cities will partici- pate in the Share What You Can campaign. Mayors of several Eastside cities askedresidents to share what they can and donate to local food banks and feeding programs. Organizers hope to fill food bank shelves with nonperishable items as the school season kicks into gear and fall begins. Issaquah drop-off sites include the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank, as well as several church- es. Businesses, neighborhood asso- ciations, community leaders, faith- based organizations, hospitals and schools are encouraged to host food drives and fundraising events to fill pantry shelves. Bellevue, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Redmond and Sammamish will also participate in the cam- paign. Requests at local food banks are up 50 percent from 18 months ago. Among the people turningto food banks, 44 percent said they had to choose between buying food or paying mortgage or rent. Among those households, 38 per- cent have at least one member under 18, according to data pro- aided by the Share What You Can campaign. Contact Kirkland Parks & Community Services Department Deputy Director Carrie Hite at 587- 3320 or chite@ci.kirkland.wa.us to learn more. HOWTO HELP Donate nonperishable food items during the Eastside Month of Caring at these drop-off sites: Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank, 179 First Ave. S.E. Foothills Baptist Church, 10120 Issaquah-Hobart Road, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sundays Issaquah Christian Church, 10328 Issaquah-Hobart Road Mountain Creek Christian Fellowship, 165 Front St. N., 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays Our Savior Lutheran Church, 745 Front St. S., 9:30 a.m.- noon Mondays-Fridays; 9 s Shepherd of the Hills Luthera Issaquah-Fall City Road, 9 a.m. Thursdays, Saturdays and Sunda St. Michael and All-Angels Ep S.E. Darst St. Summit Community Church ana glamla t,'ommdnity Church, 158 First Place , .  St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 250 Maudlin Pad( Blvd. S.W., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 4 J'7 p.m. Saturdays; 7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. uJidays "i ,{ , Find more donation sites at  " " www.eastsideforum.org/fooddrive. CELEBRITY FEVER Actor Will Smith (left) meets up with his son, Trey Smith, after Oaks Christian beat Skyline 28-25 on Sept. 18. For more about the matchup of the two nation- ally ranked teams, see story Page C1. For a slideshow of the game's action, go to www.issaquahpress, corn. PHOTO BY WES PAZ, FOTEI.,ICA.COM. Police activity raises concerns near schools While en route to his bus stop, a 12-year-old Maywood Middle School student was approached by a stranger at 6:45 a.m. Sept. 18 in the 100 block of 206th Avenue Southeast in the Maple Hills com- munity. A middle-aged black woman wearing a green hat pulled her newer, grayish-bhe pickup beside the boy and asked if he wanted a ride. The student said no and the woman drove away. The woman did not try to force the student into her vehicle, but the student did not know her either. District officials sent out the bul- letin to let families know of the incident and make sure students are aware of what they should do when a stranger approaches them. When the bus came to pick him up he reported the incident to the driver who sent the information to the district's Transportation Department. Officials there alerted King County Sheriff's Deputy Dave Montalvo, a school resource officer for the district's south end schools. If you have any information or would like more information about this case, e-mail Montalvo at mon- talvod@issaquah.wednet.edu or call 837-4835. District officials recommend using these tips to staysafe: Walk to and from school or other locations ingroups. Use paved walkways, not short- cuts through wooded areas. Don't interact with unknown people or animals. See POLICE, Page A5 amllles get called to political action By Warren Kagarise and Chantelle Lusebrink Issaquah Press reporters When voters pick up a glossy flier from a local candidate or browse a campaign Web site, they learn about would-be officehold- ers. But voters also learn about a key piece of the candidates' cam- paigns: families. Candidates turn to family mem- bers in the closing weeks of the campaign to wave signs about busy intersections and chat up the campaigns at community meet- ings. Candidates said spouses and children are never far from the action -- and drudgery -- of the campaign. Hopefuls for Issaquah City Council and school board said spouses greet voters at fundrais- ers, edit campaign speeches and, if the candidate has young chil- dren, to step in as caregiver while BY CHANTELLE LUSEBIINK The Maraldo family works together on placing campaign signs for Marnie Maraldo (left), Issaquah School Board Position 2 candidate. Helping are Madeline, 6, Andrew, 10, and husband Tony. the candidate cam- paigns. Family members are also drafted to plant campaign signs and ring doorbells dur- ing voter canvass- ing. Candidates said other benefits are less tangible. Families provide a bedrock of support and words of encouragement after a long day. "I don't think you can do this without a family, City Council candidate Joan erobala said. erobala, vying against incum- bent Maureen McCarry for the Position 5 seat, said her husband and adult daughter have been cru- cial to the campaign. Even her 18- month-old granddaughter wore a "Support My Grandma" T-shirt to a campaign event. "The question is always, "Mom, what can I do to help? Probala said. McCarry said her husband and l 1-year-old daughter pitch in between business trips and Issaquah Middle School home- work. McCarry said her family provides crucial encouragement during the campaign. "Our family kind of revolves around public service, and this is another kind of public service," McCarry said. She said her family stepped in to critique her rehearsals as she readied to record her pitch for the city Video Voter Guide. Her hus- band and daughter told her to "practice once a week, at least.  She said her family also stepped in to edit her responses to candidate questionnaires. All in the family For Issaquah School Board candidate Wright A. Noel, support from his family comes in handy, literally, when an extra set of hands or six -- is needed. Before the city's Fourth of Jul[y celebration, the Noel team wife Carole, sons Wright, 18, Hamilton, 16, Romney, 13, and daughters McKaye, 8, and Talmage, 6 filled balloons with flour and water to make stress balls to pass out to voters. As the campaign progressed, the Noel children have continued to make the stress balls. They also display "Vote for Wright Noel" but- tons on their backpacks. "My family is extremely impor- tant to me and I didn't decide to run without talking to them," he said. Marnie Maraldo, also vying for the Director District 2 spot, discov- ered her family took to campaign life. During a sign-posting session, her children Andrew, 10, and Madeline, 6, took to waving signs like campaign professionals, g ath- ering smiles and honks from motorists. "I want them to get a big sense See FAMILIES, Page A3 BY G-]REG ]AIRAR The Noel family gathers around the family dining table to make homemade stress balls from printed campaign balloons, flour and water. They are (from left) Hamilton, 16, McKaye, 8,Talmage, 6, Romney, 13, Issaquah School Board Position 2 candidate Wright Noel, wife Carole and son Wright, 18. Crime stats'. Violence up, property crime down By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter The number of violent crimes reported in lssaquah reached a four-year high in 2008, but the number of property crimes record- ed last year fell to the lowest level during the same period. FBI crime figures released last week show 17 violent crimes and 814 property crimes reported in Issaquah last year. The number of violent crimes spiked from nine reported in 2007, while property crimes dipped from 864 during the previous year. The local figures were compiled from crimes reported last year to the Issaquah Police Department. Patrol Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum said the data could be affected because not all crimes are reported to police. He said trends showed Issaquah has a small amount of crime. Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non- negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault. Property crime includes burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft and arson. See CRIME STATS, Page A6 IN:;IDE THE PRESS GAS GAIIGE YOU SHOULD KNOW A&E ........ B4 Classifieds ... C4-5 Community ... B1 Obituaries .... B3 Opinion ...... A4 Police ....... C5 Schools ...... C6 Sports ..... E1-3 rill' il i i Iql I i' i i ii I r ...... King County Sheriff's Otce authorities want to know how you feel about safety in your neigl, orhood. Participate in a Countywide Community Forum coming in late September and October to give feedback. Register online at www.com- munityforums.org or call 800-369-2584 toll-free. Select or host a forum at a date, time and place convenient to you. At the forum, participants watch a short video and then participate in a discussion and complete a questionnaire. Last Week's Rainfall: j iJ jJ (through Monday) .67 inches Tetalfer2009: jj, : ... __ 34.57 inches Total last year: l Jr f (through sept. 21) ". 36.87 inches BEST LOCAL PRICES * $2.89 - Costco , $2.95 - Shell 4598 Klahanie Dr. S.E. HIGHEST  PRIf:E * k $2.99 - Chevron 25 Front St. N. To port as pces in )our area, o o mw. seaibaspdce cn.