ARTS | Bellevue Christian student has lead role at Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE – and his eye on Broadway [ 15 ]
Community | Missing toddler Sky Metalwala may not have been seen since last April, father FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2012 now says. [ 3 ]
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Sports | Swimmer Edward Kim of Bellevue hopes to earn a trip to nationals in April. [ 12 ]
Walmart to open 2 stores in Bellevue Grocery store at Kelsey Creek, merchandise at Factoria Mall BY NAT LEVY Bellevue Reporter
After months of speculation, Walmart confirmed that it is opening a store in Bellevue. Two, actually. A Walmart spokesman confirmed Jan. 5 that Walmart will be the grocery tenant to take over the vacated Kmart site, along with L.A. Fitness. “We think Walmart can be part of the solution in Bellevue for residents who need a job or want more affordable
options close to home,” said Walmart spokesman Steven Restivo. “Plus, we see an opportunity to revive a long-dormant retail property and deliver an added economic boost to the area.” Less than a week later, the company acknowledged that it would renovate and reopen the space left empty by Mervyn’s. The 76,000-square-foot Factoria Walmart will offer a full range of general merchandise. When completed, the store will employ approximately 125 associates. The Factoria Walmart will be placed only a few doors from the Factoria Target, a Safeway, a QFC and a host of specialized small businesses. The store will occupy 64,000 square feet of the old Kmart
site. It will be in the form of the store’s “Neighborhood Markets,” similar to a 45,000-square foot model announced in Lynnwood earlier this year. Restivo said the store is expected to open in late 2012 and employ 95 people. Previously, no stores existed between Renton and Lynnwood. Both Walmart stores will feature energy-efficient technology and environmentally-sound features designed to reduce energy and water consumption and minimize waste, including skylights and LED lighting. The move to bring in a Walmart has created some buzz, with some already coming out against it. Approximately 50 people turned out Jan. 5 to protest the company’s labor practices and the uncertainty surrounding [ more WALMART page 6 ]
A modern-day Cinderella story comes to Bravern China-born jewelry designer beat the odds, came to the U.S., and made her dreams come true BY GABRIELLE NOMURA Bellevue Reporter
As a girl in rural China, Holly Zhang had to tie pieces of cotton to her feet in the winter because she had no shoes. She foraged in the mountains to have food to eat, and had to pay $5 a semester for her school tuition – nearly free by U.S. standards, but a month’s worth of earnings for the rural town she grew up in. It’s a long journey from a small farm in Manchuria to the upscale shops of downtown Bellevue, but this fall, Zhang realized a lifetime dream by opening the Holly Zhang Pearl Gallery at the Shops at The Bravern. “I feel like I’m still in a dream,” said Zhang, 38, now of Bellevue.
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Former council candidate named to planning commission Bellevue City Council squabbles over Laing’s appointment BY NAT LEVY Bellevue Reporter
Aaron Laing, fresh off the closest Bellevue City Council race in recent history, has been appointed to the city’s Planning Commission. The 5-2 decision proved to be a frustrating one for several councilmembers. Claudia Balducci, John Chelminiak and John Stokes all questioned the process by which Laing was selected for the position last week, leading to a short delay. Those members said Laing was a great candidate, but they still had issues with the way he was chosen Monday night. “I think this process has been badly flawed,” Balducci said. “I think the fact that the application process closed early excluded some really interesting candidates.” Newly elected Deputy Mayor Jennifer Robertson was assigned to look into the process. She said the application advertisement opened on Nov. 23, with a deadline of Jan. 6. It
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Conrad Lee, and former Mayor Don Davidson were both upset with the introduction of partisan politics into the discussion. Wallace hoped the last few years of squabbling over light-rail was a thing of the past. “I really hoped 2012 would be a new year for the council,” he said. “We’ve got all the light-rail stuff behind us, and I’m hoping we’d be turning over a new leaf. Stokes, who defeated Laing by fewer than 100 votes, voted in favor of appointing Laing. The Planning Commission’s chief task at the moment lies in ratifying the Shoreline Master Program, which governs future development of the city’s shoreline areas. Several current planning commissioners came to speak for or against the appointment of Laing. Nat Levy: 425-453-4290; firstname.lastname@example.org
Former Medina Police Chief files federal lawsuit against city Former Medina police Jeffrey Chen has filed a federal lawsuit against the city, claiming his dismissal last year had more to do with race and personal prejudice than job performance. Chen previously filed claims against the city and a public records complaint with the King County Superior Court. Chen claims that he was terminated by City Manager Donna Hanson in April 2011, following a four-month administrative leave, because he attempted to blow the whistle for secret raises tucked into the budget. He also claims his firing is racially motivated. The city responded to the federal lawsuit, claiming Chen’s accusations to be “overly verbose and repetitive” without making substantial evidentiary claims. Medina asked that the claims be dismissed because they did not follow federal guidelines. To see Chen’s claim, and a response from the city of Medina, visit Bellevuereporter.com
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Missing boy may not have been seen since last April Kirkland Reporter
The father of a missing Redmond boy is now investigating the possibility that the child could be with a friend or relative of his reclusive mother. Solomon Metalwala, father of the missing 2-year-old, Sky, said he and his attorney are having a hard time putting together the boy’s whereabouts going as far back as May. “We need answers,” said Clay Terry, Solomon Metalwala’s attorney. “We are not saying Sky was definitely not here after April, but we want to know when Sky was no longer here.” The boy allegedly went missing just over two months ago while in the custody of his mother, Redmond resident Julia Biryukova. She, and Sky’s father Solomon, had been in the midst of a bitter divorce and custody battle for their two children. Other than one neighbor, who told police he saw the boy two weeks before he went missing Nov. 6, they have found no evidence Sky was in his mother’s care since April when her father visited from the Ukraine. When Solomon was granted custody of his 5-year-old daughter Maile in December he attempted to obtain her medical records from the year that he did not see his daughter. The doctor had not seen the two children in a year. “Armed with this alarming information, just before Christmas, we contacted the children’s health insurance carrier, who told us that there
had been no medical claims for payments made for either child in 2011,” said Terry. “Now that was the shocker.” Solomon Metalwala was back in court last Friday to ask the judge to withhold visitation for Biryukova due to the nature of the missing person’s case. No decision was made on the matter and another hearing is scheduled for Jan. 20. Biryukova told police her car ran out of gas the morning of the disappearance, as she attempted to take the boy to the hospital. She left Sky in the unlocked car at the 2400 block of 112th Avenue Northeast while she walked with Maile to get help. When she returned to the car, approximately an hour later, he was gone. Police later tested the car and found that it had gas and there were no mechanical issues. Biryukova has resisted cooperating with police throughout the investigation. Bellevue Police spokeswoman Officer Carla Iafrate said officers continue to reach out to Biryukova and her attorney, but she has not responded. Iafrate said the investigation has slowed, but police are still putting significant resources into the case, which they said is still classified as a missing child. Terry said that other than the one neighbor’s statement to police, no one has seen Sky since last May. Terry’s investigations have yielded evidence that last April was the last provable time Sky Metalwala was under his mother’s care.
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ast Saturday, I had a pivotal moment sitting at a table with total strangers at Crossroads Mall. I had received an email earlier in the week, telling me about an “international gathering” that would be held at the mall on Saturday, Jan. 7. The theme of the event was “How is New Year celebrated in your culture? “Being that I’m the go-to diversity reporter, I figured I would swing by to check it out. I’m not sure what I was expecting – a huge crowd watching a dragon puppet in honor of the Chinese New year tradition? Perhaps. When I arrived at the mall, I actually walked right past the small group at the table with the “International Gathering” sign. It was only four individuals who hailed from places including Hong Kong/Panama, Russia, China and India. I felt almost bashful when “Seattle” was all I had to bring to this roster of hometowns. Quickly, I realized that this was inspiration for a column, rather than event coverage; because as I sat there for several hours, I couldn’t stop myself from joining in the conversation, as opposed to observing like a reporter. I heard about the Hindu Ugadi celebration in a region of India, and 14 days of New Year, which includes Orthodox Christmas, in Russia. While there were many ways in which we differed, (I don’t think anything can compare to the traffic jams and multitudes of people who flood the streets for Chinese New Year) our traditions
drew parallels and had similarities, too. Oranges and satsumas were an auspicious, “lucky” holiday food for many of us from the U.S. and Asia. We also compared notes on other holidays. One woman and I discovered that we both honor females in March. In Russia, where she’s from. International Women’s Day is celebrated on the eighth, and in my Japanese American community, we celebrate Girl’s Day on the third. Despite that all our native languages were different, and that we sometimes struggled to understand one another, all of us listened, asked questions and tried our best to learn when someone was talking. It wasn’t tolerance – none of us simply “tolerated” our heavy accents, our Mandarin instead of Cantonese, or our monolingual limitations. To me, it felt a lot more like deep understanding, like acceptance. Just a week before Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 16, I was inspired. I’m proud to report, from the trenches of the diversity beat, that the dream is alive in Bellevue. What we sometimes lack in socioeconomic diversity, we make up for in the 85 languages our children speak in schools, our 30 percent foreign-born population and the commitment that many of us share, of seeing each other for who we are, before a skin color or stereotype.
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he Washington State Supreme Court ruled last week that the state is not complying with its constitutional duty to “make ample provision for the basic education of all children in Washington.” Is anyone surprised? It’s not just that the state is nickel-and-diming our kids; it’s more like it’s doing it by $5s and $10s. We know the state has a financial problem. The Legislature convened Monday and lawmakers will have to deal with a $1 billion shortfall to the state’s budget. That makes finding adequate money for education all the more difficult. But the court didn’t say, “Oh, in that case, never mind.” In fact, it has retained jurisdiction over the case to, as it says, “facilitate progress in the state’s plan to fully implement the reforms by 2018.” That means it could take another six years before the state finally fixes our broken educational system and gives our kids the education they deserve and the state constitution says the state is legally bound to provide. That timeframe is bad, but it’s actually worse. The case prompting the Supreme Court ruling was filed in 2007. A coalition of teachers, school districts, community groups and parents argued that the state had not fulfilled its constitutional obligation to fully fund basic education and relied too heavily on local levies to do the job. In other words, the state passed the buck to local taxpayers to do what it is required to do. Of course, the state also limits how much money we can raise locally to provide teachers in our classrooms. The answer doesn’t mean the state should local school districts raise whatever they can from local taxpayers. That would leave poor school districts even further behind wealthier areas – such as ours – in providing an education for their kids. The answer is for the state to do its job. And it should find a way to do this sooner than 2018. Our kids need a decent education now.
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It was with great dismay that I read that Walmart will be occupying the space on Main and 148th. I live within a mile of that site and can only see the negative effect that will have on my neighborhood and the community as a whole. Walmart sells products made all over the world by poorly paid workers who have no protection from environmental hazards and do not have basic human rights. It is difficult to imagine that the Bellevue City Council has been unaware of their reputation.
Regarding Bellevue and other cities in the new 9th Congressional District, let’s see what we have in common. Bellevue: the Bellevue Collection. Tukwila: Southcenter. Bellevue: waterfront. Des Moines: waterfront. Bellevue: diversity. Southeast Seattle: diversity. Bellevue vs. North Tacoma ... hoo boy, you got me there. We’ll miss you, Dave.
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A new bill that will rehash a tense debate from last year’s legislative session could threaten the future of the East Bellevue Community Council. The bill, likely to be presented in the next few days, could open up the approval of community councils to the entire city, rather than voters who lie within the community council boundaries. Currently, voters within the community council boundary lines vote every four years on whether to keep the body around. “Our guys are absolutely and totally unrepresented if not for us,” said East Bellevue Community Council Chair Steve Kasner. The last time East Bellevue residents were asked to continue the council in 2009, more than 82 percent voted in favor, according to city records. Kasner said just this year the council has worked extensively on the development of the Kelsey Creek and Lake Hills shopping centers, and the body lobbied to make sure
extension of 140th Avenue Southeast wasn’t left off the City Council’s list of priorities during budget cutting sessions. Should the new bill, sponsored by Reps. Steve Kirby (Tacoma), Ruth Kagi (Lake Forest Park) and Jim Moeller (Vancouver), pass it could hurt not only Bellevue, but Kirkland’s Houghton Community Council, the only other such body in the state. Last year’s House Bill 1812 failed after Houghton and East Bellevue residents passionately testified against it in the Senate. This time around, a bill will come out much earlier in the session, according to Kirkland Rep. Larry Springer, who is not a sponsor, but a proponent of the move. “I thought it would be best to drop a clean bill, brand new, everyone will be notified and there will be no behind-closed doors allegations this time,” Springer said. Despite this emphasis on input, Kasner said he has not been able to speak with Springer about the bill. East Bellevue and Houghton created a task force with two members a piece to fight the bill. Springer said the new bill will smooth out some of the flaws in the old bill, including if voters in the entire city should be allowed to vote on whether or not to continue the existence of the community councils.
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The Washington State Supreme Court has ruled that the state is not meeting its duty in funding basic education, which has resulted in an undue burden on districts and students. â€œTodayâ€™s ruling is an important step in the stateâ€™s responsibility to fund a basic education for all children,â€? said Eva Collins, Bellevueâ€™s interim schools superintendent. â€œBellevue was among those districts supporting this lawsuit, and I see this ruling as a crucial statement by the court.â€? According to the 7-2 decision issued Jan. 5, the state has failed in its constitutional obligation to â€œmake ample provision for the basic education of all children in Washington.â€? The court recognized the Legislature had enacted â€œa promising reform packageâ€? in 2009 and indicated that legislation, if funded, â€œwill remedy deficiencies in the K-12 funding system.â€?
find if the store was indeed going to be a Walmart. Protestors said they had heard rumors about the store being the choice, but could not get confirmation from the property owners. Steve Kasner, chair of the East Bellevue Community Council, has been working with the developers for years on the project. He could be seen observing the protest. Kasner was upset, not over the decision to place a Walmart in the spot, but because of the lack of transparency on the issue. Granted, private developers donâ€™t have to tell neighbors the tenants, but he hoped to see more communication between all
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The Developmental Education department at Bellevue College recently awarded Literacy Partners Awards of Excellence to two local employers for going out of their way to help working students succeed. The Safeway store at Evergreen Village in Bellevue (1645 140th Ave. NE) is covering the cost of tuition for Bellevue College student Eldin Juzvin. After completing a certificate in Retail Management, Juzvin hopes to earn a degree in Business Administration. Managers at the Marshalls store at Overlake Fashion Plaza in Redmond (2150 148th Ave. NE), the second winner, encouraged student Elena Semaykina to take English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and created a work schedule that allows for regular attendance. â€œIn these difficult economic times, many students face challenges in juggling work, school and family obligations,â€? said Program Chair Tom Graham. â€œThe instructors here at Bellevue College have found that some of the most successful working students have supportive and understanding employers, like Safeway and Marshalls.â€? Bellevue Collegeâ€™s Developmental Education department offers classes in English as a Second Language, Adult Basic Education (reading, writing and math), GED preparation, and workplace readiness.
Pay or delay App shows choices between tolls, time BY NAT LEVY Bellevue Reporter
When choosing whether or not to pay the tolls on State Route 520 bridge, drivers now face a choice between their wallets and their watches. A new mobile phone application is now available to show drivers how much time or money can be saved by crossing different bridges over Lake Washington. The application, born from the website 520or90.com, asks drivers to input their point of origin and intended destination and returns a snappy recommendation for the cheapest route and the fastest route based on real-time traffic data and tolls. â€œWe wanted to do something to
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Retail sales up in Bellevue, statewide Retail sales in Bellevue increased by more than 2 percent in the last year, according to the state Department of Revenue. Marketâ€™s across the state gained 3.2 percent overall in retail sales over this time last year. Bellevue ranked as the second highest market for retail sales with $1.2 billion. Bellevue was behind Seattle and Vancouver in terms of growth over the last year. Bellevue notched a 2.2 percent gain, while
Seattle had an increase in 7.4 percent, and Vancouver sold an additional 6.6 percent. Both Tacoma and Spokane, two of the stateâ€™s other major markets posted losses in retail sales over this time last year. Statewide, construction rose 1.4 percent to $4.4 billion, the first gain for this sector since the first quarter of 2008. Accommodations and food services rose 5.3 percent to $3.5 billion; motor vehicles and parts rose 4.5 percent to $2.6 billion; general merchandise stores dropped 1.2 percent to $1.8 billion, and miscellaneous retailers were up 1 percent to $1.3 billion.
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Zhang carries a variety of pearls from Japan, China, Tahiti and Australia. Except for the sterling silver pieces, Zhang designs the jewelry herself. Most items range from about $50 to $120. She says creating a brand that will be attractive to middle-class women is important, especially because the Bravern can be seen by some as upscale and inaccessible. She returns to China annually to stay involved with the pearl industry, to design her pieces and purchase jewelry. With a tailored black suit and heels, the same color as her long hair, it brings tears to the jewelry designer’s eyes to talk about what she went through to get to this point. Her childhood spanned the last years of Mao’s Cultural Revolution. She remembers waving a little red flag and learning anti-imperialist slogans in school. When she moved from the countryside to Beijing, she faced discrimination for her rural background and had no choice but to live in slums. Her then-husband, an American whom she met in Beijing, was a buyer for a jewelry business that concentrated on pearls. She worked hands-on with the girls assembling the jewelry and gradually introduced her own designs. In 2002, the two of them moved to the U.S. to the Everett area. Zhang held jewelry show fundraisers at hospitals in western and eastern Washington. She moved to Bellevue two years ago to open her shop with her current husband, James Rivera, a former Microsoft employee. It’s not luck that’s helped this woman go from living in a house made of mud to inhabiting the corner shop beside Neiman Marcus. “It’s hard work, and a lot of determination,” Rivera said. Gabrielle Nomura: 425-453-4270;
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Bellevue College joins $1 billion â€˜Green Challengeâ€™ Bellevue College has joined 32 other leading institutions of higher learning to launch the Billion Dollar Green Challenge. The goal is to invest a cumulative total of $1 billion in energy efficiency upgrades on participating campuses. Bellevue College is the only institution in Washington state to be involved in the program. BC students made this possible through an initiative that created the Student Environmental Sustainability Fund (SESF). Using a designated student fee, the fund provides resources for environmentally beneficial activities and upgrades on campus.
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WSDOT chooses team to build 405 HOT lanes BY NAT LEVY Bellevue Reporter
The Legislature directed the Washington State Transportation Commission to conduct an independent traffic and revenue study of I-405 express toll lanes and will make a decision later this year. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2015.
Work to construct new lanes that will reduce congestion as they travel between Bellevue and Lynnwood got on the fast track this week as the Washington State Department of Transportation picked a company to build the I-405, Northeast Sixth to I-5 Widening and Express Toll Lanes project. Flatiron Constructors of Seattle submitted the apparent best value proposal of $155.5 million to complete design and construction on the last I-405 Nickel and Transportation Partnership Act-funded project. â€œFlatiron has assembled an excellent design-build team that brings innovative design at an aggressive price to build 17 miles of complex roadway improvements,â€? said Kim Henry, I-405/SR 167 director. â€œThis project is about congestion relief.â€? The project will complete a new lane in each direction adjacent to the general purpose lanes from Northeast Sixth Street in Bellevue to SR 522 in Bothell. Crews st also will build new northbound ramps from Northfrom 11 AM to 4 PM east 160th Street to SR 522 and nine noise walls. The first 50 people to sign up for 12-months service WSDOT and Flatiron exwill receive: pect to sign a contract giving t One (1) FREE month of service to be added to notice to proceed later this the end of their contract. month on a first phase of t In addition, they will receive two (2) design and construction acRegal Entertainment Group Premiere tivities. Motorists can expect Super Saver Movie Tickets for movies the team to break ground by this summer. shown at Regal Cinemas, United Artists Given final legislative Theaters and Edwards Theaters. approval, the new lane will be paired with the existing HOV lane from Northeast Sixth Street in Bellevue to SR 522 in Bothell to create express toll lanes. The HOV lane from SR 522 in Bothell to I-5 in Lynnwood would be converted into a highoccupancy toll lane.
â€œItâ€™s about what we can do for the college, the community, and the nation as a responsible global citizen,â€? said Megan Phan, associated student government environmental and social responsibility representative. The college is in the midst of a major audit of all lighting, HVAC and water systems to identify opportunities to save resources and money. The audit is being conducted through the State Energy Savings Performance Contracting program. More information is available at www. bellevuecollege.edu/sustainability or www.GreenBillion.org to find out more about the Billion Dollar Challenge.
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Edward Kim won a pair of state titles in 2011. He hopes to earn a trip to nationals with the BCST in April. CHAD COLEMAN, Bellevue Reporter
Andy Pym knows how to motivate. After working with Eastlake sophomore Edward Kim on the Bellevue Club Swim Team since Kim was in elementary school, the longtime coach is aware of exactly what to say to make sure Kim is pushing himself to his limits. “At times when I’m not working hard he asks me, ‘Do you think that will get you to Omaha?,” Kim said. “It drives me to work harder than I normally would.” The reference to Omaha points towards Kim’s goal of making the Olympic Trials later this year in Omaha,
Neb. Kim won the 100 and 50 free for Eastlake at the 4A state championships last season and knows there is more on the horizon in the pool as both a prep and accomplished club competitor, including a chance at the maximum eight individual titles at the state meet. He travelled to Stanford for the Junior Nationals and has swam at several other national club meets, learning some difficult lessons during the process after finishing 24th in one event and failing to make the finals in another. “I’m just thinking, ‘Wow, I’m not even close to the top right now, and I need to work harder,” Kim said of his mindset after junior nationals. “They have probably worked twice as hard as I have.” Pym said initially, Kim was somewhat reserved in his passion for swimming. But as the time dropped and the records piled up, a light bulb went on and Kim’s potential in the pool became obvious to both himself and Pym. “He’s dominated 15 and under locally and at the sectional level he’s pretty good, one of the top four or five,” Pym said. His swimming abilities are really natural.”
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Trull makes it four straight at Shoreline Invitational Bellevue 162.5, Roosevelt 158, Bishop Blanchet 142, Shorecrest 128, Shorewood 118, Lake Stevens 111, Nathan Hale 56, Edmonds-Woodway 29.
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Ballard 47 Newport 60 Jake Fink put in a game-high 18 points as the Knights built a 13 point lead at the half in a 60-47 win. Seth Berger led the Beavers with 17 while Isaac Dotson finished with 12 and Miles Fowler added 11 more for Newport in the win.
Northwest 36 Bellevue Christian 68 Bryce Oldham led the way for the Vikings with 16 points and Jake Vandenbrink added 12 more as BCS cruised to a 18 point halftime lead that ended with a 68-36 win. Thor Coyle and Nick Schubert both scored eight for the Vikings while Jack Buckner and Jordan Spencer led Northwest with nine each.
The Rebels outscored the Saints 8-3 in the overtime to escape with a 59-54 win behind 13 points from Avery Britton and 12 from Ryan Reid. Sam Shank and Nate Wehner both had 15 for Interlake.
Girls basketball Northwest 28 Bellevue Christian 55 Bree Oldham scored 24 points to pace the Vikings, which turned a halftime tie into an insurmountable lead with a 24-7 advantage in the third quarter
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Bellevue won the Shoreline Invitational for the second year in a row on Saturday, Jan. 7, coming out ahead of Shorewood, Shorecrest, Blanchet, Nathan Hale, Roosevelt, Lake Stevens and EdmondsWoodway. Jimmy Trull (220), Peter Ovens (152), Ben Matteucci (138), and Christian Villani (113) each won their respective weight class. â€œHe (Villani) had to learn to transition from wrestling middle aged kids to high school aged kids,â€? Bellevue coach Tom Ovens said of his freshman sensation. â€œHeâ€™s made adjustments and wrestled very well. He was an unknown and now everyone knows who he is.â€? Jamey Mange (185) and Colin Small (145) were second place finishers, Andy Ewing (126) and Garrett Williams (120) took third and Kevin Rodgers (195) placed fourth.
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Climie Hill (c. 1875 â€“ 1956) Climie Hill was born in California and moved to Seattle with his family when he was a small boy. He and BELLEVUEâ€™S PAST his three This weekâ€™sâ€Ś brothers all attended the University of Washington and received degrees in engineering. After graduating, In August of 1916, the US Army Corps of Engineers completed the Lake Washington Ship Canal, and the water level of Lake Washington dropped nine feet. Many of the wells in Bellevue dried up, and it was obvious that the town needed a better water system. Climie Hill and four other men formed the Bellevue Water Company to solve the problem. Hill knew how to build the water system and the pumphouse that would operate it. He could also use his Chlorine Sterilizer to make
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Bellevue Police promote three Three members of the Bellevue Police Department have received promotions. Captain Jerry Litzau is being to Major of the Operations Division Detective Joe Nault is being promoted to a Patrol Lieutenant Officer Leo Ramos is being promoted to Patrol Corporal The three were honored at a ceremony at 3 p.m. Monday at Bellevue City Hall.
SR 520 bridge to close this weekend Major construction will kick into high gear this weekend on State Route 520 . All lanes of the highway will close so crews can move in more than two million pounds of massive concrete girders for new lidded overpasses above the highway. SR 520 lanes and ramps will close at 11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, between Montlake Boulevard in Seattle and Interstate 405 in Bellevue. All lanes and ramps will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16. Crews must close SR 520 to install girders as part of new lidded overpasses under construction at Evergreen Point Road and 92nd Avenue Northeast. Large cranes will be stationed on the highway to install two girders at Evergreen Point Road and 10 girders at 92nd Avenue Northeast.
Camp Korey seeking therapy animals Camp Korey is looking for therapy animals to visit the camp and help lift the spirits of ailing children. All species that love the attention of children â€“ from dogs and cats to birds and mini horses â€“ are welcome. Handlers and their pets will be screened. Camp Korey provides an overnight camping experience for children ages 7-17 who have serious and life-altering medical conditions. More information is available by contacting program coordinator Diane Rich at 425-576-1146 or by email at askdiane@aol. com.
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Bellevue Christian student seeks route to Broadway through Village Theatre
Gala to benefit youth theater The Bellevue Youth Theatre Foundation will hold its annual fundraiser, â€œSinginâ€™ in the Rainâ€? from 6-9 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Westin Hotel in Bellevue. The evening will include entertainment, food, Emmy Award-winning Pat Cashman as master of ceremonies and special performances by Mayor Conrad Lee and former Mayor Don Davidson. Proceeds will support BYT programs and new theater. Tickets are $100. For more information, go to www.bytf. org or call or call 425-440-3777. The Westin is located at 601 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue.
Cavalia extends performances
BY GABRIELLE NOMURA Bellevue Reporter
Although the confident high-school senior doesnâ€™t show it â€“ Jake Nicholson is nervous. Itâ€™s Jan. 7, opening night of â€œGodspellâ€? at First Stage Theatre in Issaquah, and he plays a leading role â€“ Judas. He hopes heâ€™ll be able to say his lines with finesse, and whip out that darn double pirouette in one of the dance numbers. But when Nicholson takes the stage at 7:30 p.m., that fear gives way to an adrenaline rush. This is why he loves to perform. The naturally-talented singer has been involved with Village Theatreâ€™s KIDSTAGE program for the past three years, in addition to acting in community theater in his hometown, Renton. But recently, heâ€™s been working hard to improve the dance element of musical theater performance. Thanks to Village Theatreâ€™s Institute, a program started a year ago for youth in grades 6 to 20 years, Nicholson is becoming the triple threat heâ€™ll need to become to make it in show biz. From 3:45-10 p.m. each Monday night, Nicholson and his friends can be found at First Stage Theatre for their institute classes. Nicholson is able to connect with these likeminded young people better than many of his classmates at Bellevue Christian School. â€œI pick them up and we get dinner together,â€? he said. In addition to performing in many of the KIDSTAGE [ more KIDSTAGE page 16 ]
A strong demand for tickets to â€œCavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Human and Horse,â€? has prompted organizers to add an additional week of performances. Cavalia, which premieres on Jan. 18 under the White Big Top at Marymoor Park, will now extend its run to Feb. 12. Tickets, from $34.50 to $99.50 and performance dates and times are available at 866-999-8111 or at www.cavalia. net. Marymoor Park is located at 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., between Bellevue and Redmond.
Discuss art with artists An artist panel discussion with artEAST artists and others from the current exhibition of â€œUnfinished Businessâ€? will be held at University House Issaquah. The discussion will be at 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at 22975 SE Black Nuggett Road, Issaquah. More information is available at 206-713-7819 or firstname.lastname@example.org. [ more ARTS page 16 ]
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Josh Baez, a junior at Interlake High School, will perform Jan. 13 at Bellevue Ground Zero Teen Center.
Josh Baez, a junior at Newport High School, will be performing at 7 p.m., Jan. 13 at the Bellevue Ground Zero Teen Center, at 257 100th Ave. NE, Bellevue. His musical style includes the acoustic guitar, folk, alternative and indie rock. To download his music, go to http://joshbaezmusic.bandcamp.com/. The show is $6. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
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Bellevue resident Jim Addcox passed away at the age of 86 on January 8, 2012, after a year-long illness. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and a friend and mentor to many. Born James Hugh Addcox Jr. in Louisville, KY on September 8, 1925, Mr. Addcox was a World War II veteran, having served in the South Pacific in the US Marine Corps from 1943 to 1946. He worked and traveled throughout the world as a construction superintendent for Bechtel International, and later operated his own business, Addcox Heating, in Roseburg, Oregon. He was a member of Woodinville Community Church, and his survivors include wife Evelyn Addcox and daughter Cheryl Kuhn of Bellevue, son Rob Addcox of Eugene OR, grandson Daniel Kuhn and great grandson Carson Kuhn of Bellevue. His life will be celebrated at a funeral service Wednesday, January 18, at 3:00 at Woodinville Community Church. 572809
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Louis A. â€œGeneâ€? Ray died on November 17, 2011 after a brief illness. He is survived by his six daughters, Kathi, Karen, Karla, Kay, Kim and Krysti. He was predeceased by his wife of more than 62 years, Bettye, in December of 2010. Gene was born in Detroit, Michigan on June 23, 1927 and grew up in Evansville, Indiana. Immediately following World War II he served in the U.S. Armyâ€™s 14th Constabulary Regiment in Kitzingen, Germany. Gene and Bettye married in 1948 after his military discharge. When he was hired by the Boeing Company in 1957 they moved with their young family to Bellevue, Washington and later (1964) to Issaquah. Gene worked for Boeing for 33 years as a tool engineer and eventually as a specialist facilities engineer, responsible for evaluation and specification of computerized manufacturing equipment. In addition to his involvement with engineering and electronics, Gene had a life-long passion for the arts, especially music and theater. He was active in amateur theatrical productions and musical performances during college years at the University of Evansville and later at the Samena Club in Bellevue. Gene served for many years as choir director of Lake Hills Congregational Church in Bellevue. He died peacefully at his home in Providence Point. 569884
Loving husband, father, Papa, son, brother, uncle, mentor, friend, dog whisperer, gentle soul, John died unexpectedly and suddenly on December 30, 2011 but with time for family to gather and be with him in his final hours. John, a resident of Seattle, was born October 11, 1934, in Nampa, Idaho to John M. Price, Jr., and Naomi A. Price. He was raised on a small farm and lived in Idaho for many years. He attended Kenwood and Lakeview Grade Schools and graduated from Nampa Senior High School in 1952 as class VicePresident. He was active in Boy Scouts and Masonic youth Program, DeMolay, becoming a Master Councilor. He attended Boise State College, did a tour in the US Army in Germany as part of the US Army of Occupation and upon discharge was recruited to swim at the University of Idaho where he graduated with a degree in Education in 1958. John taught high school social studies in Boise then earned his Masters in Counseling from Washington State University and became a counselor. He left education briefly to market textbooks for Harcourt Brace World, returning to education as a counselor when Interlake High School opened in Bellevue, WA. He earned his Principals credential and served as an Assistant Principal at Interlake for several years before becoming Principal of Bellevue High School. His long, successful and rewarding career in education was culminated as Director of Human Resources for the Bellevue School District. No matter what the position, he cherished most his relationship with people. John was an active member of Bellevue Kiwanis as well as local and state professional associations such as the Washington School Personnel Association where he served on the Board. His first marriage in 1957 was to Dixie Gross. They had 4 children: Michael, Steven, Susan Lynn (deceased), and David. John married Sarah Phillips on January 2, 1980. Their 32 year marriage focused first on their shared careers in education with summer months spent boating with family and friends and Queen City Yacht Club in the San Juans and Gulf Islands, first as sailors and then as power boaters. They enjoyed traveling especially to sunny climes with friends during vacations and more extensively after retirement.With a home in Palm Springs they became dedicated bikers. They loved to support the activities of their three boys and grandchildren and nieces and nephews often traveling across the state and even across the country to cheer for endeavors in sports, the arts, vocational and educational events. While his career was in education he gained many
practical skills through part time jobs. He was a lifeguard and YMCA swim instructor; wheat ranch combine driver; horsebackmounted forest service worker, owner and manager of a mineral hot springs, tractor-roto tiller operator, landscape designer, and ambidextrous carpenter. John began swimming as a youth and competed through to the Masters level. In his later years he much preferred easing into tropical waters. John was also an accomplished skier, paddler, sailor, teacher and outdoorsman. While quiet, kind and humble by nature he had a fierce competitive streak and loved to win with that ever-present twinkle in his eyeâ€Ś Johnâ€™s dedication to his family and education was paralleled by his love for dogs, a passion for cars and to DIY projects. John cherished canine companions. He always had an immaculately maintained special car as a project, most recently an â€˜85 Cadillac Biarritz Convertible. His eye for design and talent for craftsmanship put his touch on every property he owned â€“ from small remodel projects to major renovations. As with people, he saw the best in things and brought it out. John is survived by his wife, Sarah Phillips, sons Michael (Wendy), Steven (Annee) and David (Holly); grandchildren Olivia, Amelia and Harrison; nieces and nephews J.B., Beth, Brett, Kevin, John, Donna, Daniel, Martha, Kris, Mark, Russell,Warren, Carolyn and a large extended family of cousins, great nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Dixie, his sister, Mary Jean Price Troxel and his daughter, Susan. He is also survived by his brother, Don Price, MD (Rosie) and sister Ann Price (Doug) Anawalt, his in-laws Margery Phillips, Larry Phillips (Gail), and Anne Williams (Don). John requested that there not be a memorial service. The family will host a celebration of his life on Saturday, July 21st at the Blue Ridge Community Beach & Clubhouse from 2-7PM. If people wish to make a charitable contribution in Johnâ€™s memory please send donations to the Seattle Humane Society, Real Change News, Palm Springs Animal Shelter or Guide Dogs of the Desert. Please view the full obituary and share your memories at: www.acaciafuneralhome.com 572661
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Way NE Bellevue. www. sleepcountry.com â€œOn the Streets of Merry Olde Englandâ€?: 10 a.m. Final temporary exhibit will re-exhibit the works of Montana doll artist Judith Klawitter. $5-$10 Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art, 1116 108th Ave. NE, Bellevue
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org Talk Time: 10 a.m.-Noon. Improve your speaking and listening skills in this English conversation group. Join us to learn more about American culture and meet people from around the world. Everyone is welcome. Come by yourself, or bring a friend. Free. Meeting held in the Upper Campus of First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, 1717 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, www.kcls.org/bellevue Winter Rookies Basketball All League Registration: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Teams are coed & grouped by ages (4Pre K). Practices and games are once a week on rotating schedule for one hour be-
tween 9-1pm with practice during the first 30 minutes followed by a game. Parents will receive an email with details one week before season starts. $40 for facility members, $70 for program members plus $50 annual fee. Lake Heights YMCA, 12635 SE 56th St., Bellevue, firstname.lastname@example.org Flowering Shrubs and Trees: 10:30 a.m.-noon. If you are looking for flowers in your yard without lots of work, consider small flowering trees and shrubs. With careful selection, you can have something flowering all year. They are much easier to care for than annuals and perennials. [ more CALENDAR page 19 ]
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Bellevue Way NE, www. kcls.org/bellevue Tree Potting: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The Greenway Native Plant Nursery is home to nearly 15,000 native trees and shrubs. The trees and shrubs at the nursery are potted by volunteers and will grow for 1-2 years before being planted in parks and forests along I-90. Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 NW Sammamish Road, Issaquah, issaquah. volunteer@mtsgreenway. org Eats and Beats â€“ Recess Monkey: 5:30-8 p.m. Kick those dreary winter blues with a concert by one of our favorite bands. Their one-of-a-kind groovy tunes will be sure to rock and knock your socks off. Advance Tickets $8 members, $10 non-members. Kidsquest Childrenâ€™s Museum, 4091 Factoria Mall Blvd. SE, Bellevue. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Published on Jan 13, 2012