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Connections News is a monthly community newspaper written mostly by volunteer-resident writers; edited and published by Issaquah Highlands Council.

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Connections News is a monthly community newspaper written mostly by volunteer-resident writers; edited and published by Issaquah Highlands Council. Connections helps Highlands Council fulfill its mission to develop a vibrant and caring community committed to service, diversity, stewardship and well-being. Highlands Council is always looking for volunteer contributing writers, photographers and graphic design support.

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Current Issues

About the Cover:

This month’s cover photo of the community Christmas tree was taken in 2015 by Shubha Tirumale, our most prolific volunteer photographer. Well known for her professional photography, Shubha is generous in sharing the beauty she finds in the community. Her cover shot is the tree in Village Green Park with lights sponsored by Highlands Council.

About the Cover:

Our cover was designed by Vyvian Luu, Highlands Council’s staff Graphic Designer who just went off to college this fall. This design is also the poster for Highlands Council’s Veterans Day ceremony at Village Green / Blakely Hall, a short, family-friendly ceremony. Enjoy the feature stories in this issue of Connections honoring our Veterans.

About the Cover:

Thank you, Shubha Tirumale, for the fabulous, spooky, autumn moon in the Highlands! We fell in love with this photo on first sight, adopted it as our cover right away, and held onto it tenaciously, even as our feature story changed over the month.

We had prepared to feature Halloween and Emergency Preparedness in the October issue. Shubha’s photo was ideal. But as we began laying out this issue, our attention was distracted by an uproar over development news. We felt the need to clarify how that news impacts Issaquah Highlands. When we drafted our new headlines on the cover, Shubha’s moon made “development” look scary, which was not our intention at all. It was Christy Garrard’s creativity that came up with “Change is in the Air”, eluding not only to development topics, but preparing for winter and emergencies, even the upcoming elections.

Thanks again, Shubha!

About the Cover: This cover and feature story design was provided by volunteer, Vicki Grunewald. Vicki and her husband have lived in Issaquah Highlands for over four years. Planning to live here a long time, Vicki got to thinking, “How can I ‘tune in’ to my community better?” She decided to volunteer her graphic design talents to Highlands Council. We gave her a task right away: Help us design a Connections feature story that honors our club leaders. She came up with the Brady Bunch theme as it exemplifies, in that 70s way, a large, mixed family. Racy as it was then, and not any more, this is a cute way of thinking about the community that our club leaders create. Brianna Eigner, Blakely Hall Manager and Special Event Coordinator, rallied the club leaders for a photo shoot. Our Creative Coordinator, Julie Clegg set up a studio of sorts in Blakely Hall to capture the spirit of many of our club leaders for this story. Great work, ladies!

About the Cover: Every summer Issaquah Highlands gathers at Village Green Park to celebrate community at their festival “Highlands Day”, now in its 15th year! This year’s cover was once again designed by Highlands Council Graphic Designer, Vyvian Luu. The cover matches the festival posters, inspired by the super hero theme the festival takes on this year.

About the Cover: Our cover this month honors the goats (of course!), and the late artist, Dorothy Bonneau. Dorothy’s art has shown in Blakely Hall numerous times. We even featured Dorothy on the cover of July 2014 Connections. Dorothy’s oil painting on the cover of this month’s Connections of “Emily, Nan & Hortence” is just as engaging as the goats on our hills. Thank you Peter Bonneau, for permission to use Dorothy’s beautiful painting for our cover this month.

About the Cover: Our parks overflow with photographic beauty, attracting photographers from near and  far. But for this cover we were looking for a photo that exuded the joy we experience as park users. This cover photo came by accident from resident Tony Cowan. Knowing his love of mountain biking, I asked him for a shot of him riding in Grand Ridge Park, for another story. Tony sent me several, including this one of his kids and their friends. Our team knew on first glance; this was the cover!

About the Cover: Our staff photographer, Julie Clegg, set up this shot to show how our front porches work, especially those in Manchester Court. This neighborhood is very attractive as it also encircles Village Green Park. Dan Cobb and his dog, Toby, happened by our shot where we had Ami Desai-Mehta and her daughter Anika visiting Lynne Trowern on her porch. He graciously agreed to be part of our photo, exemplifying the neighborliness of Issaquah Highlands.

About the cover: For this year’s Living Green issue, we tasked our in-house graphic designer (and IH resident), Vyvian Luu  with showing you that we value living green and that we were focusing on just one aspect of it: reuse and recycling to avoid sending stuff to the land fill. We think she nailed it! We hope you will enjoy learning about the many and new ways to dispense with unwanted stuff without sending it to the landfill, as well as our other comprehensive community news.

About the cover:  Every year we honor our volunteers with a big party. We eat, drink and make merry while we honor the volunteers of the previous year, this time 2015. We also announce the 2015 Volunteer of the Year award. This prestigious award is bestowed upon that year’s Volunteer of the Month who stood out as the best among the bunch. The community votes to choose the recipient. All of our monthly honorees were great, and received votes, but Gary Ashby received the most votes. This portrait of him, with his date that night, daughter Caitlin, was taken by our Creative Coordinator, the award-winning photographer, Julie Clegg.

About the cover:  This photo was taken by our Creative Coordinator, the award-winning photographer, Julie Clegg. While the editorial team worked on this year’s Development Update, we realized that much hinged on the future of the Bellevue College Property. Though the feature story comprehensively covers all development news in Issaquah Highlands, the most complicated story is that of Bellevue College. Stay tuned to IssaquahHighlands.com for updates to BC’s plans as they pursue a permanent home in Issaquah, not in the highlands.

About the cover:  This photo is another from the collection of our Creative Coordinator, the award-winning photographer, Julie Clegg. This shot was taken in the Highlands during one of our magical snow storms. The snow dog jumped out at us with excitement and joy. These are our hopes for the community in the new year. Thank you Julie for sharing this photo with us!

About the cover:  Highlands Council graphic designer, Vyvian Luu, designed another beautiful cover highlighting the holidays celebrated in our community.  Take a peek into the windows and see that at no time is the diversity of our community more apparent than the winter holiday season.  Happy Holidays to you and yours from Highlands Council.

About the November 2015 cover:

As we prepared for the 2nd Annual Thank a Neighbor issue of Connections, a heart-warming example of neighborhood gratitude was hitting social media. Heather Moffat was sharing her joy in performing 40 acts of kindness to celebrate her birthday. Her daughter Fiona was a key player in this effort. Heather’s husband Scott captured several cute moments along the way, but this one on our cover best captures Heather and Fiona’s joy in bringing acts of kindness to their neighbors and to perfect strangers. See other AOK photos and Heather’s story alongside quotes of neighbors thanking neighbors.

About the October 2015 cover:   This month we found ourselves awkwardly wanting to combine a little Halloween with our Emergency Preparedness theme. Those two don’t necessary go together, unless you have a sense of humor. Thankfully our staff does! Staff graphic designer, Vyvian Luu started with a haunted house fallen on a wicked witch, a big moon and bats. That witch exemplified not being prepared for an emergency. Somehow the zombies got in the act, and that’s where this cover turned a corner and became the scary and funny cover it is today. Zombies will not be denied, you know.

About the September 2015 cover:  This month’s cover shot by resident Michelle Enebo was staged to illustrate life as a middle-schooler. On the left is Annie Fernstrom and on the right is Kate Enebo.  They are best buds and show how precious friendship is, especially during your teenaged years.

About the cover:  Highlands Council graphic designer, Vyvian Luu, designed all the brand collateral for this year’s Hawaiian-themed Highlands Day, held on Saturday evening, August 29th at Village Green. The images throughout the promotional material and in Connections News hint at the fun to be had at this year’s 18th annual festival. We will see you there!

About the July 2015 cover: Our own graphic designer and photographer, resident Julie Clegg, is a local real estate broker and an internationally acclaimed dog photographer. Her portraits have graced many publications, including covers of the Seattle publication, City Dog. See on our cover this month her portrait of the sweet Westie in the plaza. Not a “City Dog” but an “Urban Village Dog”?

About the June 2015 cover:  About the cover: On the cover this month are the graduating seniors from the HY (Highlands Youth Advisory Board). They are from left to right: Kaila Fung, Larissa Kolasinski, Robyn Davidson and Sahar Kazemi. Our own Julie Clegg produced this shot in Village Green, outside Blakely Hall.

About the May 2015 cover:  We are proud to feature resident mom Lisa Callan, her husband Bryan and son Riley on the cover of our May issue celebrating motherhood.  We all perform life-balancing-acts; add in a kid or two and it becomes a juggling exercise.  Lisa Callan is an extraordinary example; she makes her juggling act look easy though it includes a profuse amount of civic involvement.  Or maybe Lisa looks so relaxed in this beautiful cover shot because of the talented Issaquah Highlands photographer, and fellow-mom, Michelle Enebo, puts her at ease.

About the cover:  Isssaquah Highlands defies assumptions and first impressions. It’s a master-planned community, but unlike any you’ve lived in before. It is an Urban Village, but distinct from the rest. It’s a model for other communities, yet hard to reproduce. Many gears and cogs work together to make Issaquah Highlands uniquely valuable to its residents and businesses. This cover was designed by our own award-winning designer/photographer Julie Clegg, as was the feature story design. Browse these pages to see why Issaquah Highlands is a finely tuned machine.

About the cover: Port Blakely Communities, the founding developer of Issaquah Highlands, built Blakely Hall as gift to the community 10 years ago. The hall is integral to the quality of life this community enjoys. To celebrate the hall’s 10th birthday, Highlands Council staff gave the hall a facelift remodel: new paint, finishes and furnishings. Then our own Julie Clegg performed a premier photo shoot to capture the hall’s best qualities. This issue of Connections showcases a few of those photos. More can be seen HERE.

About the cover:  This month’s cover combines a rendering of The Brownstones by Polygon Homes with the artistic talents of our Creative Coordinator Julie Clegg and our Graphic Designer Vyvian Luu. The team chose this setting because it exemplifies Issaquah Highlands design. Densely built townhomes feature live-work layouts with separate business entrances on the mall. The pedestrian mall provides two equally important elements to the Urban Village design: a public pathway that connects important neighborhoods as well as a place to hang out and be social.

At the last minute, after the Seahawks claimed the NFC Championship, Vyvian drew in a few 12’s in preparation for that very big day in February: Super Bowl Sunday!

About the cover: One way to reflect on the year past is to scan the covers of Connections. We are extremely fortunate to employ the award-winning photographer Julie Clegg for our special photo assignments, from Connections covers to Blakely Hall’s new, remodeled interior. As an IH resident, Julie combines her professional skills with a passion for the community. We all get to enjoy the outcome!

About the cover: Holiday lights in GRP exemplify the season. Given the lead-time required for our publication, we had to ‘stage’ winter on a beautiful, mild fall evening. All models are IH residents. Sue Frank and husband Larry Norton bundled up for center stage. Enessa Olivas with baby Charlize in the stroller follow behind. Jayden Eigner visits with Averil Olivas on the garden bulkhead. Other neighbors duck into Chinoise and wait for Pink-a-bella Cupcakes. A perfect holiday scene!

About the Cover: This month’s “Thank a Neighbor” feature got us all a little hungry at Blakely Hall, not the least our photographer’s son, Jameson. Highlands Council Executive Director, Christy Garrard, roasted a turkey in the Hall’s gourmet kitchen, the lovely holiday scent wafting into every office and meeting room. Though it may be hard to get kids to do anything these days, Jameson was ready and willing to pose for a cover shot, if it meant he could claim, and eat, the drumstick. Mother, and our award-winning photographer, Julie Clegg (Dahlia Park) had the unique challenge of keeping her subject clean for the shot, a successful effort, for the most part. Daylight from the big dining room windows supported a bit of flash to brighten up this already bright-with-joy face. Happy Thanksgiving!

Issy the Witch of Issaquah Highlands first surfaced in Village Green and then found her way into our Halloween festival and into our hearts. She epitomizes the volunteer spirit in Issaquah Highlands, in a ghoulish kind of way.  Get to know Issy better through this month’s Resident Profile on the next to the last page (as always) and enjoy it with your children. This cover shot is another fantastic creation of our own Julie Clegg (Highlands Council, Dahlia Park), but we must also credit Highlands Council’s Brianna Eigner and Vyvian Luu for helping Issy with her costume and make up. Many poses were tried but we settled on this oblique reference to “Wicked” as our favorite.

Clockwise from top, all Issaquah Highlands residents: Tyler Milligan, Mohamed Osman, Emily Yoon, Larissa Kolasinski and Jadyn Eigner.

The cover was shot again by our own, Julie Clegg. Resident Issaquah High School students brought their school “colors” to Central Park for a “spirit photo” on a perfect day in August. The challenge was to convey action and emotion in a still shot. Julie combined props, colors and facial expressions to craft an image that definitely says, “GO ISSAQUAH!” Doesn’t it make you want to go to an IHS football game?

About the cover: This issue honors our pets while addressing less pleasant realities… Our humorous cover shot turns that situation on its ear. The dog is putting the pressure on its owner, in an irresistible way, to be a good neighbor. This Rhodesian Ridgeback, Henry, was visiting Issaquah Highlands for a special photo shoot with our International award-winning staff photographer, Julie Clegg.  Julie inspired this expression using simple noises. She was delighted to capture Henry giving a look that can mean so many things, such as, “Are you gonna pick that up?” Visit JulieClegg.com for more loveable pet portraits.

The July cover celebrates Highlands Day as it does the arts in Issaquah Highlands. Dorothy Bonneau posed for this shot on the trail that circles Swedish Hospital. She is on the east side, facing south. This provided an alluring perspective of the trail and its direction, as well as a stunning view of Tiger Mountain in the distance. Julie’s treatment of the photo blends Dorothy’s painting into the main image. This image is used throughout Highlands Day promotional material.

The cover photo celebrates Father’s Day by showing one Issaquah Highlands Family, Jeffrey Chang and his children Justin and Jasmine. Julie Clegg was once again staged this great shot, taken of the family posing at their business, TCBY/Mrs. Fields. The challenge with this shoot was the colorfully lit interior at TCBY. But Julie managed it well, bringing the faces of this family to the front with the use of well-placed lighting. Please enjoy a short story about the Changs as well as one about the Mullets who also own an IH family business, Zeek’s Pizza, right across the street!

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About the cover: Our own Julie Clegg produced this shot of Issaquah Highlands moms in front of Blakely Hall. The early spring day provided a blue, cloud puffed sky above the distant trees of Grand Ridge. All the mothers invited for the shoot enthusiastically participated. All are familiar faces at Highlands happenings and volunteering. Read their stories about building community – mom style – in the feature story on page 6.

The Cover: Designed by our own Julie Clegg, the photo was taken by Marc Steingrebe. Marc is a long-time resident who volunteers in many capacities from trails building and maintenance to starting up the IH Mountain Bike Club. The logo was designed, and the slogan trademarked, by Port Blakely Communities, the founding master developer of Issaquah Highlands.

About the cover and feature layout: Creative Coordinator, Julie Clegg felt the image of our firefighters was the single most emblematic for emergency. All agreed! Though we are focusing on content about Emergency Preparedness, these champions of Emergency Response inspire us on many levels.

About the Cover: Here is another great cover by our Creative Coordinator, Julie Clegg. With the unseasonably warm weather this January, Julie was able to snap this picture in a way to depict an optimistic outlook for the Issaquah Highlands property featured in the article titled “Field of Dreams”. Read about the old Microsoft property and other upcoming developments in Issaquah Highlands on pages 6-7.

January 2014

About the Cover: The cover and the New Year spread are original work from our Creative Coordinator, Julie Clegg. She took dozens of our photos in 2013, reproduced them in strings, then rendered them semi-transparent to create the background. She took the same pool of images, reproduced in strings, changed the angle and allowed them to show through the numbers and letters. It’s a magical process that she also employed in the spread. The order of significance of the 2013 events was decided by our editorial team (a very interesting exercise). Julie took that information and interpreted it visually. I think you will “get the picture”.

About the Cover:  Though the cinema opened in June, it took through November for Grand Ridge Plaza to have enough of its merchants open to celebrate the Grand Opening. This cover was our grand opening. Our photog Julie Clegg searched the plaza for the view that epitomized the entire experience.  Staging Brianna and Shanna with food and beverage on the Big Fish patio framed our community’s collective happiness that our business district was finally here.

Stories from Connections

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UVDC Approves Central Park Upgrades

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After more than a year of public meetings where Issaquah Highlands residents and park users differed over the future of the park, upgrading Pad 1 Central Park to lighted artificial turf (as passed in the 2013 park bond) has received final approval. Approval came through a Site Development Permit (SDP)…

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2016 Holiday Lighting

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Dear Homeowners: I have recently received some negative feedback regarding the early holiday lighting in Grand Ridge Plaza, Park Drive and Village Green Park. We started the lighting project earlier than normal this year for several reasons. Last year we experienced multiple problems with the electrical outlets in the tree…

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Issaquah Highlands Advertising Information & 2017 Editorial Calendar

January – The Year in Review; February – Highlands Development Update; March – Volunteer of the Year; April – Living Green; May – TBD; June – Parks and Trails; July – Annual IHCA Report; August – Highlands Day; September – Clubs and Groups; October – Emergency Preparedness; November – Thank a Neighbor/Veterans Day; December – Holidays in the Highlands

Issaquah Highlands Ad Packet-2017
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IH Sponsor/Ads Program-2017

Advertising Policies and Standards 2016

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