Flag Day thieves took 10 flags on display at Bellevue homes late Monday or early Tuesday.

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Flag Day thieves took 10 flags on display at Bellevue homes late Monday or early Tuesday.

Most of the victims’ flagpoles also were broken or damaged. A similar spree happened last year about the same time.

Police speculate that it could be a teenage stunt related to the end of school, but they know of no apparent motive.


Aquatic center sets summer schedule

Renton’s Henry Moses Aquatic Center will open this weekend and reopen daily for the summer June 22 through Sept. 5.

The center features a six-lane lap pool and a leisure pool with a wave machine, water-spray area, lazy river, island lagoon, toddler play area and more. At noon Saturday, the Renton Municipal Arts Commission will unveil a plaque to honor the center’s namesake, Henry Moses, the last hereditary chief of the Duwamish Tribe.

Weekday lap swim and water walking begin June 22. Weekend lap swim starts June 25. The center also offers two swimming lessons daily.

Henry Moses Aquatic Center is at 1719 Maple Valley Highway.

More information is available at www.ci.renton.wa.us. or 425-430-6780.


Sports-demo day for those with disabilities

A free adaptive-sports demonstration day will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lake Sammamish State Park on Saturday. The SKIFORALL Foundation is hosting the demo day for children and adults with disabilities, and their families and friends. Activities include adaptive cycling, in-line skating, canoeing and water skiing.

Although the event is free, participants must preregister so SKIFORALL can bring sufficient equipment.

Contact SKIFORALL at 425-462-0978, Ext. 200, or www.skiforall.org.


$3 million land buy to help ease traffic

A city plan to purchase land at 131st Avenue Northeast and Northeast 175th Street will help alleviate traffic and parking pressures at Wilmot Gateway Park and Woodinville Community Center.

The purchase will allow the city to create a second left-turn lane from southbound Highway 202 to Northeast 175th Street and a right-turn lane from northbound 131st Avenue to Northeast 175th Street.

Eventually, the changes will allow the city to add more parking for sports fields. The improvements will be made in conjunction with a larger congestion-relief plan for the area.

The City Council agreed to buy the property for $3 million; it hopes to keep current commercial users on the site.