Kudos to the Sammamish City Council for its recent political stand on signs. Political and community-event signs will be no-no's in roundabouts...

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Kudos to the Sammamish City Council for its recent political stand on signs.

Political and community-event signs will be no-no’s in roundabouts, medians and traffic circles. There’s still plenty of space for signs on the sides of streets. The new rules also limit the size of signs that can be placed on public property, and owners must give approval before signs can be placed on private property.

The rules also require prompt removal of the signs — seven days after the event or election.

Thank effective complaining for this change. Sammamish City Hall officials say they receive more than a dozen calls a day each election season, complaining about the proliferation of signs.

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Ditto. Each election season I receive complaints about the vast numbers of the same signs along roadways.

Going to the dogs

Chuck Bartlett, also known as the Top Dog at Dooley’s Dog House, came up with a great name for tonight’s open house in Kirkland — Yappy Hour.

Bartlett and the almost-top-dog, Dooley, are inviting dogs and their best friends in for refreshments. Or as Dooley, the 6 ½-year-old resident beagle, barks — they’re offering free yappetizers and appetizers.

Yappy Hour, which runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., coincides with the monthly Kirkland Downtown ArtWalk.

Dooley’s Dog House is at 120 Central Way.

Tee time

This was one remodeling job that stayed within budget, said Jenifer Willman. She’s a member of the Tam O’Shanter community that sits on the Bellevue/Redmond border, between Northup Way and 24th Street Northeast, not far from Lake Sammamish.

Tam O’Shanter had a nice nine-hole golf course, a definitely above-par swimming pool and tennis-court area, but the clubhouse had not aged gracefully. With careful oversight and a $12-a-month dues increase, the 498-home association just completed a $1 million-plus renovation of the clubhouse.

The trick to staying within budget?

“We had subcontractors who bartered a few rounds of golf for their services,” Willman said.

Paper trail

The blue crepe paper billowed out of the Metro VanPool vehicle Monday for a good reason. The riders threw a baby shower for one member.

The riders, who all work in the Bothell/North Creek industrial area, surprised Eva Strenger of Seattle on the ride home. The two women and five men have become good friends during their commute.

Before the afternoon drive, the interior of the van was decorated with crepe paper and an “It’s a boy!” sign.

Patricia Krause, who organized the event, passed out blue leis and served blue punch in spill-proof cups along with commuter-friendly finger food.

Strenger, whose baby is due next week, received a gift certificate to Babies R Us.


If you want to walk all over your favorite relatives or former spouse, consider this your last call. The Issaquah Historical Society will quit taking orders for memorial bricks after July 31.

The personalized bricks, 1,450 so far, pave an area by the Issaquah Depot.

Proceeds go toward depot maintenance and preservation. Cost is $40 for a one-line message or $50 for two lines. For information, call the Historical Society at 425-392-3500 or e-mail the organization at info@issaquahhistory.org.

Sherry Grindeland: 206-515-5633 or sgrindeland@seattletimes.com