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Lindquist draws a crowd
Signs of spring The Mercer Island Parks and Recreation department is offering two ways to get outside this month. Coed softball will begin Feb. 25 for a minimum of three games at the South Mercer Playfields. Teams will use a 16-inch ball. Registration is $100, with $75 due at the first game. Proceeds benefit MIHS girls fast pitch softball. Contact Ryan.Daly@mercergov.org. For those inspired by Super Bowl Sunday, there is also an adult flag football tournament with both men’s and COED divisions set for Feb. 25-26 at the South Mercer Playfields. The fee is $309 per team. To register, visit www.tenacitysports.com.
Total Experience Gospel Choir at MIPC The Total Experience Gospel Choir will perform at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24, at Mercer Island Presbyterian Church. Come hear the Seattle-based gospel singing group that is internationally renowned. Free will offerings are accepted.
How to help out those in need Volunteer bus drivers and helpers are needed to provide transportation for Island seniors to and from their homes and program sites. Call Jeannette at 275-7841. The Youth & Family Services food bank needs donations for families in need. Bring nonperishable items to the Community and Event Center, Albertsons or the Thrift Shop.
MISD Board meeting Thursday, Feb. 9 The Mercer Island School Board will hold a meeting on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. in the board room. The board will continue its discussion on new facilities.
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Islanders senior quarterback Jeff Lindquist, right foreground, speaks as his mother, Juli Lindquist, left, listens during a national letter of intent signing ceremony at the Mercer Island High School library on Wednesday. Lindquist will attend the University of Washington. See page 22 for the story.
Designer chosen for NBC reality show Fashion designer, Islander Lisa Vian Hunter is one of 14 vying for chance to mass market their designs By Breanna Lai
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Fashion designer, Lisa Vian Hunter, an Island resident and owner of Vian Hunter House of Fashion, is one of 14 contestants on NBC’s new series “Fashion Star,” which will premier in March. Designers of all levels will compete for a grand prize of $6 million in orders for collections in H&M, Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue. The winning designs for each
attend a good public school, and they found that Mercer Island fit the bill perfectly. She got to know Seattle by researching the different shopping neighborhoods. In November 2009, Vian Hunter House of episode will be available online Fashion opened its doors on East immediately after the show and Madison Street. Last spring, the designer was in stores the next day. intrigued by an email from the Vian Hunter’s fashion career casting agents of took a nontradiNBC’s “Fashion tional path. At age Star. ” After a series 39, with two chilof interviews, Vian dren, she graduated Hunter was chosen from San Francisco’s as a contestant. The Fashion Institute show was filmed of Design and over the summer in Merchandising. LA. She was excited Lisa Vian Hunter “Some things take Mercer Island by its unique contime in life,” said cept. Vian Hunter, who “The clothes that we create on grew up in Northern California. the show are accessible, wearable With her husband’s support and they’re sold in Saks, Macy’s she opened a store in Palo Alto, but once the recession hit things and H&M,” she said. “Whatever designs are purchased for that became difficult. Vian Hunter and her family episode are available to buy online moved to Seattle on a whim. It and the next day in the store. It
At least one Islander has received a letter informing her that she owes $32.90 for five videos that she rented and returned to Mercer Island’s Hollywood Video store more than two years ago. Hollywood Video stores filed for bankruptcy and closed their doors here in late 2009. The chain filed for bankruptcy in 2010. The Better Business Bureau of Alaska, Oregon and Washington issued a statement last week describing that many former customers had received letters from the collection agency that is working to collect on any outstanding debt from the company. “Complainants say that the fees and excessive and debts are unfounded,” the BBB said. “Some fear that false information may be submitted to credit reporting
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The Mercer Island High School boys swim team won the KingCo title on Saturday. See Sports on page 16 for details.
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VIDEO | FROM 1 bureaus.â€? In a 2011 settlement, similar allegations were brought against National Credit Solutions (NCS) and Credit Control Services, collection agencies which were initially contracted by Hollywood Video and Movie Gallery after the companies filed bankruptcy in 2010. While collection companies are within their legal rights to collect legitimate debts, the Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington urges consumers to pause before paying: The BBB urges consumers to get proof of balances due to unreturned movies or unpaid late fees. By law, collection agencies must provide validation notices within five days of contacting con-
sumers about debts. Consumers with complaints on Hollywood Video and Movie Gallery can email email@example.com. In addition, the BBB tells consumers to write letters to collection agencies; dispute charges, state your case and include supporting documentation. Send letters via certified mail with return receipts. Check credit reports: Visit annualcreditreport. com to review credit reports on a yearly basis. Dispute false debts with the three major credit bureaus. If issues are not resolved, file complaints with the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov, Better Business Bureau at bbb.org, and the state attorney generalâ€™s office.
is just an enormous opportunity that us little folks donâ€™t (often) come across.â€? â€œI just love the late â€™50s and early â€™60s for design inspiration. It was such a feminine time,â€? she said. â€œI find that the designs from that era translate really well to modern times with a few adjustments here and there.â€? She said her designs are timeless and appeal to everyone. â€œI have sold to teenagers and my mom, who was in her late 70s,â€? she said. â€œIt really doesnâ€™t have an age because the clothes arenâ€™t trendy. The clothes are going to be in your closet for a long time. Theyâ€™re not going to go out of style.â€? Vian Hunter said â€œFashion Starâ€? is not your typical reality TV Show. â€œThis show really emphasizes fashion. They are not emphasizing the drama between designers. If there are tears on this show, itâ€™s because a designer is having a meltdown over a design; there were no catfights (or) pushing.â€?
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Same-sex marriage vote Due to the Reporterâ€™s Monday evening deadline, news reports concerning the same-sex marriage vote in the Legislature will be posted online as they become available. On Monday, the House Judiciary committee advanced the measure on
Watch Vian Hunter compete on the new NBC series â€œFashion Starâ€? beginning Tuesday, March 13, at 9:30 p.m.
a 7-5 vote after a public hearing. The bill could be up for a vote on the House floor as early as today. The Senate already passed the measure 28-21. If passed and signed by the governor, opponents are expected to file a referendum to allow Washingtonâ€™s voters to decide whether to adopt, ratify or reject the legislation.
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Business news College Nannies and Tutors launches on Mercer Island By Linda Ball
College Nannies and Tutors was named so because the CEO, Joseph Keely, was a â€œmannyâ€? himself, taking care of children while he was in college. The 11-year-old company has grown since then, with about 80 franchise territories in the United States, and now, one on Mercer Island. Mackenzie Krause said all of the tutoring is oneon-one. Krause, a graduate of UW who lives in Seattle, is the learning center manager at the Mercer Island location, while Samantha Deitch is the nanny placement manager. Deitch grew up in Woodinville, where she still lives. According to the College Nannies and Tutors website, Keeley realized that
he was being much more than a babysitter, but rather an active role model for the children. He recognized a need for a unique and specialized service that connected parents with safe and reliable nannies and tutors or role models. Keeley found these role models in current college students, college graduates and certified teachers looking to make a positive difference working with children and adolescents. Krause said her tutors have a wide range of experience, with some having served with AmeriCorps or the Peace Corps. She said there is no off-theshelf curriculum; the tutoring is based on classroom content and current homework. The tutors also help students with test preparation for tests like SATs. Test-prep tutors scored in the 95 percent or higher group. Krause said when a student comes for tutoring, he or she will have the same tutor each time. They are starting with five tutors on the Island and continually recruiting. Tutoring is available for K-12 kids, but Krause said
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From left, Leslie Benjamin, MacKenzie Krause, franchise owner Laura Davis and Samantha Deitz celebrate their grand opening of College Nannies and Tutors, Feb. 3. their expertise is middle school to college prep. On the nanny side, Deitch is like a matchmaker, charged with finding the perfect match between child and nanny. She has a network of nannies all over Seattle and the Eastside. Nannies can be hired 40 hours a week, or just for â€œdate night.â€? College Nannies and Tutors are the legal employers of the nannies, so they do extensive background and reference checks. â€œAn ideal candidate
comes with family child care experience,â€? Krause said. They also have nannies who can help with children who have special needs, and tutors who are equipped with the skills to best serve children with learning disabilities. Tutoring students will be welcome to come to the center to study or use the WiFi even if they are not scheduled for tutoring. Krause and Deitch were both nannies for College Nannies and Tutors before this Mercer Island loca-
tion was even a blip on the radar screen, Krause said. Oddly, they'd never met before. Krause also has a background in teaching and tutoring.
Find out more College Nannies and Tutors is located at 7605 S.E. 27th Street, Suite 101. For more information, visit collegetutors.com or collegenannies.com or call (206) 659-4156.
Pilates is nothing new; in fact its founder, Joseph Pilates, migrated from Germany to the United States in 1925, bringing his method of exercise first to New York City. His method, which he and his wife, Clara, originally called Contrology, relates to the use of the mind to control muscles. â€œUsing your mind to control muscles extends back to the ancient Greeks,â€? said Leslie Allahyari, the owner of the newly opened Mercer Island Pilates. Pilates focuses on core postural muscles that help keep the human body balanced and provide support for the spine. In authentic Pilates, which is Pilates taught as Joseph himself would have taught it, the abdomen, buttocks and inner thighs are all part of the core, which is referred to as the powerhouse. Pilates exercises also teach the student awareness of breathing, alignment of the spine, and it strengthens the deep torso and abdominal muscles. â€œJoe would train boxers
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