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Stan Chapin Way to be Dedicated Tuesday, Dec. 18

The city of Sammamish rescheduled the renaming of 233rd Avenue by Eastlake High School to Stan Chapin Way in honor of the beloved school resource officer, to allow more residents to attend.

In an effort to include as many people as possible, the city and other organizers have rescheduled the ribbon cutting for Stan Chapin Way. The ceremony, honoring the long-time school resource officer at Eastlake High School and Inglewood Junior High School, is now set for 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18, near the intersection of Northeast Eighth Street and 233rd Ave. Northeast.

who passed away unexpectedly in January, was a beloved figure at both schools. To honor his memory, the section of 233rd Avenue that runs from Northeast Eighth Street to Eastlake High School will be given a new name – Stan Chapin Way.

“I think naming a street after him is going to be very meaningful to the people who knew him, cared about him, and benefited from his work,” City Manager Ben Yazici said. “He is sorely missed.”

Students remembered Chapin as a fun-loving and trusted school resource officer who enjoyed helping students with video projects--often playing the part of a Velociraptor or participating in humorous school assemblies--and a local group spearheaded by Kathie Beutel has been collecting funds to erect a memorial to Chapin.

In addition to a ribbon cutting, the event will also feature brief remarks, an unveiling of the new street sign, and some light refreshments. The ceremony will take place just south of the new roundabout on Northeast Eighth Street. 

The city’s December newsletter, which went to print before the schedule change, contains an erroneous time for the event. The correct time is 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18. The public is welcome to attend.   

--Information provided by the City of Sammamish and from Patch staff reports

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