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Bellevue-based Seattle Humane society has offered to take over animal sheltering duties for Bellevue and four other Eastside cities – and says it can do it for less than half the cost King County charges to do the job. The offer comes as Bellevue, and other cities, are renegotiating animal control contracts with the county, which are up at the end of 2012. The county and cities have until May 1 to negotiate a new contract. “It would be a good idea for the cities from a purely financial consideration as well as a level of service, where they can increase their response to citizens,” said Seattle Humane Society CEO David Loewe. The Humane Society operates a shelter in Bellevue near Factoria. Under terms of the county contract, Bellevue, along with more than 20 other cities, pays for animal shelter, field operations and licensing. Cities are grouped into four districts that share six animal control officers. Bellevue is grouped with Issaquah, Mercer Island, Snoqualmie and North Bend. One officer is dedicated to each district, while two “floater” officers jump between districts as needed. The cities paid the county a total of $2.5 million for this service in mid-2010. Bellevue officials have been discussing the possibility that it would provide animal control officers to the other cities, while each city would control its own shelter contracts and licensing. Pet licenses cost $30 under the King County system, and revenue from these sales is returned to the cities to help offset cost of service. The total costs of taking on some of the current county duties while continuing others is unknown. Sheida Sahandy, assistant to Bellevue’s city manager, said taking over part of the service would require approximately $150,000 in startup costs. It could be risky, she said, with residents potentially demanding a higher level of service than the county provides. Additionally, the city would have to deal with costs related to enforcement of animal cruelty issues. As part its new proposal, King County is willing to cap costs at what cities pay in 2012. Bellevue’s estimate is $70,676. The Bellevue council is expected to make a decision on this policy at its April 16 meeting.


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This year’s budget process may not be as painful as the 2010 season, but the Bellevue City Council still has some tough decisions ahead. City officials said at a budget workshop Monday that funds within the general budget are in good shape, with revenue and expense close to matching up, but the seven-year capital fund for construction-type projects is facing an extensive shortfall. According to city figures, through 2019, the capital fund is approximately $31 million short of projections. Though it is early on in the budget process, city officials suggested the council stretch the capital plan out an extra two years, from 2017 to 2019, and use a $22.3 million contingency to cover the rest of the shortfall. This would leave an extra $19 million for discretionary projects that come up over the years. This figure is roughly in line with the approximately $73 million available for discretionary spending from 2011 through 2017. “There will be a lot of tough competition for those dollars among all the city’s departments,” said Planning Director Dan Stroh. While this short-term issue appears fixable, the question of extensive road projects in the Bel-Red corridor, and the city’s potential $160 million portion of a downtown tunnel for East Link light-rail

remains. While much of tunnel expense may come at little cost to the city, the council still may have to come up with $40 million-$60 million to pay for Bellevue’s share of the work. The council has discussed increasing property tax to pay for all these expenses, and a hypothetical scenario presented Monday involved two 3 percent sales tax increases over the next seven years, with another three increases taking place from 2020 to 2030. The budget process will continue throughout the year, and it will follow the 2010 Budget One model. This process breaks the budget into categories, rather than departments. Officials characterized the process as a tree, with resources as the roots, internal services as the trunk, benefits to the public as leaves, and the resulting economic development within city borders as the fruit. Continuing the analogy, council members say they will work throughout the year to make sure the tree yields as much fruit as possible. And, if a branch is sagging, it’s better to just make a clean cut rather than allowing it to drag down the rest of the tree. “I believe it’s better to eliminate a program when it can’t or shouldn’t be done rather than just funding some of it to keep it going,” said Bellevue Mayor Conrad Lee. Nat Levy: 425-453-4290;

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Federal judge rules in favor of Bellevue in permit suit A federal judge last week ruled in favor of Bellevue in a dispute with a homeowner who built a salmon pond and other landscaping features on his property at the mouth of Coal Creek. U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman rejected claims by William Weinstein and the Newport Yacht Club that his salmon pond enhanced salmon habitat. Weinstein, an attorney, owns parcels that straddle Coal Creek where it empties into Lake Washington in the Newport Shores neighborhood. The lot upon which he built his house consists almost entirely of wetlands. City building permits allowed Weinstein to disturb only 4,000 square feet of the property. His development ended up spanning more than 10,000 square feet, including the plastic-lined pond, a well and water purification plant, house and large deck, sidewalks and landscaped yard. Pechman’s ruling means Bellevue will be able to recover $434,000 in attorney’s fees and other costs previously spent in defending the lawsuit. The total amount the city will recoup is expected to top $700,000 once additional costs and attorney’s fees for the latest trial are included. “The salmon project Weinstein built violates the Bellevue City Code, because it grossly exceeds the disturbance limits and ignores the mitigation conditions imposed” to limit the negative effect on wetlands, Pechman concluded. In 2009, after the city found that

Weinstein had violated city codes, he sued the city, claiming that it had failed to sufficiently control sedimentation in Coal Creek, and it should allow his salmon pond because it was a “salmon habitat enhancement project.” U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik ruled against Weinstein and the Newport Yacht Club in 2010, and in 2011 the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the decision. However, it ruled that the question of whether Weinstein’s salmon project constituted habitat enhancement would have to go back to district court. Pechman’s ruling last week reaffirmed the city’s position. Over the years, the city has spent more than $3 million to improve the shoreline in the area and minimize erosion along Coal Creek. Bellevue Assistant City Attorney Cheryl Zakrzewski and fishery experts for the city said in court that Weinstein’s project amounted to a hatchery and that the project and surrounding landscaping harmed, rather than enhanced, salmon habitat on Coal Creek. “From the beginning, this case has been about protecting the public interest regarding the treatment of wetlands, and about applying rules in a fair, consistent way for all Bellevue residents,” Zakrzewski said. “We’re pleased the judge ruled in favor of the city and that we’ll be able to recoup legal expenses on behalf of taxpayers.”

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s the cartoon on this page shows, it’s do or die time for legislators of both political parties to come up with a budget. Let’s hope they do. We haven’t given up on the Dems and GOP finding a way to fill the hole in the budget. However, the special session ends next week and no one wants to see lawmakers called back into session for another 30 days. Remember, the Legislature unsuccessfully tried to balance the budget in another special session last December before the regular session even started. House Democrats presented a new budget Wednesday, offering some compromise on some key points. It’s a welcome move. They’ve wisely agreed to eliminate some early retirement benefits for state workers who will be hired after July 1. Union leaders hate this, but it’s not as if it’s a partisan plank. After all, not only Republicans, but also Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire are in favor of this. We suspect Democrats have been antsy because this is an election year and they don’t want to irritate one of the key supporters – unions. Democrats also have dropped a ploy to balance the budget by delaying a payment to public schools from this budget cycle to the next. That doesn’t solve the problem, but only pushes the issue to the next Legislature to fix. Who knows, maybe the economy will be humming by then. But we doubt it. Democrats also would repeal voter-approved I-728, which reduces class size. Reducing class size may be good, but there’s no money to pay for it. Besides, the Legislature has put this off before due to the tanking economy. Earlier this week, key legislators from both parties, Democrat Speaker of the House Frank Chopp and Republican Sen. Joe Zarelli, met with Gov. Gregoire and even were seen shaking hands after the meeting so maybe there is hope. We know the budget problem is difficult. After all, the state has a $500 million hole in the budget cycle that ends in 2013. Democrats and Republicans, the House and Senate, will reach agreement on a budget – sooner or later. Let’s hope for sooner. – Craig Groshart, Bellevue Reporter

Pinewood Derby ties families, generations I was recently in the lobby of the nearby preschool REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK where my fiance is a teacher when I heard a snippet of a fascinating conversation between a pair of exitgravity as the only propellant. The scouts held the ing mothers. first Pinewood Derby 1953 and in the half-century “We love letting him use the iPad with the educasince, not much has changed. tion apps, it is great for developing fine motor skills” Just ask the Johnson family. one said of her young son. “The Eight-year-old Nicholas was one of a few dozen only problem is, now he thinks that flocked to the Marketplace at Factoria last everything works that way. He was Saturday, his car painted smartly with a bright yellow trying to touch the TV screen to finish. And he brought plenty of support. turn it on.” Along with the youngest of the Johnson boys was After sharing a laugh, the other father David, an avid scout during his youth. Grandreplied with the same thought I father Dennis was also on-hand and after taking care had been silently musing, “By the of the saw cuts needed to shape the car to Nicholas’ time he is a little older, he will be satisfaction, left the rest of the work to the rookie. able to.” Josh Suman “It brought back a lot of memories,” Dennis said. Technology began its encroachThe clan was led by 85-year-old Ferrel Fox and his ing dominion with my generation; wife, Lea, who have lived in Bellevue for nearly three rudimentary yet addicting classics such as Mario decades and were the fourth generation of the family Kart and Zelda have been swiping hours from us there to watch a whittled block of wood give the future for years. But as touch-screens have become the of their family the ride of his young life as he raced norm and voice-commands through each of his heats, ending dictate the every move of our with the fastest car of the night. smart phones and television By the time the boy grows sets, the Millennials will be to look the elder Johnson men charged with an even less in the eye, he very well may be Pinewood Derby brings families, forgiving struggle against the able to turn on the TV with fun to Factoria Mall. Story, photos constant barrage of flickering nothing more than a touch of page 25. screen images. the screen. Luckily for them, Cub But after a childhood spent Scouts are still holding their in his grandfather’s garage with Pinewood Derby. three previous generations of On Saturday, for the first time since 2007, the Casexperience guiding him, he may find those flickering cade District that serves packs in Bellevue, Medina, images that appear unavoidably dull. Clyde Hill and Mercer Island gathered kids from At least compared to a five-ounce block of wood each area for a districtwide Pinewood Derby. and the memories that come with it. For those unfamiliar with the event, it involves nothing more than carved blocks of wood weighing Josh Suman: 425-453-5045; five ounces or less racing down a sloped track with



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Column on driving hits nail on the head I read with interest Kevin Endejan’s column, “Let’s Learn to Merge” (Bellevue Reporter, March 30). You have hit the nail right on the head. We also need to learn how a stop sign works. It rotates to the left: the driver to the right having the right of way, regardless of who got there first. This lack of knowledge manifests itself greatly when there is a power outage and the traffic signals stop working. Iwas born in Los Angeles and have lived

Link downtown tunnel won’t be paid for until well over a decade from now, when most of the city council members probably will have moved on. Nonetheless, they are having the tough discussions now to make sure future representatives aren’t hosed the day they set foot in office. This is something I’ve always enjoyed about Bellevue. Whether it’s government, the private sector or just people you meet day to day, the future is always coming right up. I’ve lived and worked in plenty of places where the prevailing attitude is “let future government deal with it.” In one instance, a city had mismanaged its finances so badly that council members couldn’t do anything but look six months ahead. Even then, they were forced to hamstring their future to feed the appetites of bad decisions in the past. Other places have become eyesores due to unchecked growth. Cities push themselves outward in all directions,

and driven in various places around the country, including Houston, Phoenix, Reno (Lake Tahoe), Sacramento and Seattle. When we left California, stopping on a freeway on-ramp when you simply “chickened out” could result in a very stiff fine and possible suspension of your license. But that was in the ‘70s. The most aggressive drivers I have found are in Phoenix. When we left Phoenix in 2003, it had the highest accident rate in the nation. This translates into the highest, or second highest, insurance rates in the nation. In contrast, the drivers here seem to drive stupidly. Arizona doesn’t take driving seriously. When my daughter received her license at

taking up land, while downtown becomes an empty wasteland. Long-departed anchor stores leave nothing but streets full of trash and old beer bottles. Bellevue doesn’t have that problem. It’s surrounded on all sides by water, or neighboring municipalities, so growth is contained. Sure, the city has its share of strip malls and the budget process isn’t perfect. For example, council member Claudia Balducci mentioned that the city hasn’t undertaken an extensive public outreach program to figure out how to prioritize programs and projects. The city is in another crucial time. Extensive developments are coming to the Bel-Red Corridor, Wilburton, and a new train will run through the heart of all of it. These times will be tough, and take strong leadership to make sure projects get done, and done right. The hope is the council will continue to work with an to eye to the future, without losing track of the needs of the present. Nat Levy: 425-453-4290;

age 18, the card said it expired when she turns 65. When we moved to Phoenix in 1996 I was 49, and my new license expired, you guessed it, when I turned 65. Do you honestly think that I will not pick up any bad habits in that time? The best driving tests I encountered were in California. A very comprehensive written and a reasonable practical (driving) test. In Arizona and Washington, these are jokes. My proposal would be to make driver’s license renewal much more comprehensive. Renew every four years, with a comprehensive weighted written and a serious driving test. The cost? I would suggest $50. If you can afford to own and drive a car, you can afford to pay $50 every four years to get your license renewed. I would also propose stricter enforcement. When that person doesn’t want to wait in line for the off-ramp and blocks traffic when trying to get in at the last moment, a traffic citation would be in order.

And if he misjudged and didn’t realize that a line was forming, there is another offramp farther down the freeway. More unmarked patrol cars would be a nice thing too. One evening I was on I-405 in moderately heavy traffic when a car zoomed around me, cut me off, zoomed up and cut off another driver. He (or she) did this a couple of more times before he cut off a Chevy Suburban. As soon as he did, the Suburban lit up like a Christmas tree. It was an unmarked patrol car. With that said, we need to keep in mind that really good drivers sometimes make mistakes. It is all part of being human. I would much rather be stopped and given a recorded warning the first time I made an honest mistake than to let it slide and be cited when I make the same mistake again and do some real damage. All of this would translate into better commutes and lower insurance rates. And cooler tempers.

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Construction complete on Wallace apartment complex Real estate company Wallace Properties has completed construction of the Citizen, Seattle’s newest apartment complex, located at 1222 E. Madison, in the heart of the Pike Pine Triangle. Banner Bank is the first retail tenant on the ground floor of the apartment complex occupying 2,500 square feet. Approximately 3,539 additional square-feet of retail space remains for lease — one 917-square foot unit and two, 1,311-square foot spaces. The complex offers accommodations for those seeking studios, open one-bedrooms, one-bedrooms and loft apartments. Each unit includes large windows, low-VOC sealants, stainless kitchen appliances, and a full-sized washer and dryer. Bike racks and EV car charging stations are installed in the parking garage to encourage eco-friendly transportation.


ferentiate her in an industry becoming increasingly more competitive, where each company claims to be the best in the business. “She is a business owner who has exhibited staying power,” said Calvin Goings, assistant associate administrator for the Small Business Association. “She has demonstrated an outstanding ability to respond to adversity and the struggling economy while, at the same time, continues to contribute to her local community.” It started small for Beck and Andelcare – which is derived from the Czech Andel (Italics) translated as angel or guardian. In 2003, the company supplied basic services that focused more on companionship and small tasks rather than live-in care, which has

THE AWARD Small Business Person of the Year winners from 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam will converge on Washington, D.C., when one of them will be selected as National Small Business Person of the Year during the U.S. Small Business Administration’s celebration of National Small Business Week, May 20-22. become the trend over recent years. As the industry evolved, Andelcare began adding more services. Beck learned lessons in small business ownership as she went. Her original partner wanted to sell the business, and a lengthy court battle ensued. Beck said she made some rough hires in the office that set the company back. She worked all the time, seven days a week, includ-

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It’s no secret that Bellevue is replete with business, but most of the time and ink is spent on the biggest employers. The Bellevue Chamber of Commerce on March30 honored a mix of companies, local and national, at its annual Top Corporate Citizens event for their commitment to growing their local presence. The companies ranged from a garbage business to local mainstays the Bellevue Collection, and national companies such as Wells Fargo. The thing that bonds the 14 winning companies is their innovation to make sure the business continued to grow as tough an economic climate the owners had seen. “Our strategy has been to hire the right people and provide them with what they need and get out of their way,” said John Pope, principal at Vega Consulting, a downtown Bellevue-based firm that was honored. Each of the companies’ CEOs were given an award and some time to speak. The afternoon emcee Bill Pollard, of Talon Private Capital, peppered the company representatives with questions ranging from the keys to a productive work

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In 2011, Perry Nunes capped his prep soccer career at Newport by being named to the 4A All-KingCo second team as a defender. This year, his impact on the field will be even greater. Now a freshman at USC, Nunes is one of 10 students who will travel to Uganda for two weeks in May with FUNDaFIELD, a non-profit founded by bothers Kyle and Garrett Weiss, who attend Claremont McKenna and USC respectively. Once in Africa, the group of college-students-turnedbuilders will construct soccer fields, donate sports equipment including cleats, jerseys and soccer balls, as well as organize and host a youth soccer tournament for kids in neighboring

Perry Nunes, seen above on a trip to Costa Rica, will be going to Uganda with FUNDaFIELD in May to build soccer fields. COURTESY PHOTO villages. Nunes was introduced to the group during an involvement fair held on the USC campus and was drawn to the group because of its passionate members and tie to a game he had a personal history with. “I have seen firsthand the deep cultural effect the

game of soccer can have on a community,” Nunes said. “It unites people under a common cause, restores trust between different factions and has actually been proven to help improve education retention rates in foreign countries. I believe our work can make some profound changes- literally

from the ground up.” Nunes is familiar with humanitarian efforts, having previously traveled to Costa Rica to work and stay with a host-family for a month. The FUNDaFIELD group will be abroad from May 14 - May 28 and in addition to the work on the soccer field and tournament will be touring the country and staying with a host family. There are also plans to study Uganda’s violent history and present from first-hand sources such as former child soldiers. “Whether with our host family or other villagers, I am excited to meet the native Ugandans and put a face to this cause,” Nunes said. “The people I have talked to have said the natives’ energy and appreciation is infectious.”


Unlike other schools in the district, Highland also deals with a large number of students struggling to maintain grade-level scores in reading and math. It also has one of the most diverse ethnic populations, with just under 60 percent non-white students. Anissa Bereano, principal at Highland for four years and employee in the district for 18, said her school is routinely tasked with doing more with less. One of the philosophies that has grown from that hardship is the importance of giving students varying avenues to success. “We have to make sure kids have the long-term desire to want to do well, because it’s not always easy,” she said. “When you’re struggling, some-

times its easier to give up than put in that extra effort.” Jubilee Reach, a community outreach group, started providing help to the district in 2006 with six core programs. Since then it has grown to to serve physical, educational, social and emotional needs across 39 programs from community gardening to ESL bible study. With a former California gang member leading the charge, those services extended into sports in 2010.

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When he was only 16, Carlos Willcuts knew he needed to change his life or risk losing what was left of it. The youngster had lived with his father in Sacramento for his entire life and became involved in the gang scene at age 13. In three years, with the help of some unfortunate words

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Serevi youth rugby camps partnering with City of Bellevue For nearly three decades, Waisale Serevi has been one of the most dedicated ambassadors of rugby as well as one of the top players in the game worldwide. Now, he’s bringing that experience to the Eastside with a series of youth camps designed to teach youngsters the fundamentals of the game and the benefits it offers beyond it. Serevi Rugby currently has four youth Waisale Serevi camps available in Bellevue with two flag rugby camps, a spring break camp and summer camp. The flag rugby camps are each Monday for six weeks from 4:30 - 5:45 p.m. at Robinswood Park with a registration fee of $66. The spring break camp, which will include contact and non-contact rugby activities, runs from April 9-13 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Newport Hills Field and the summer camp follows the same format at Robinswood Park from July 2327. The fee for the week-long camps is $200 and registration is available online at

FirstSwing hosting annual youth baseball camp Longtime Bellevue resident and baseball instructor Phil Rognier and his FirstSwing Foundation will be back in Bellevue from August 6 - 10 for a five-day baseball and softball clinic at Clyde Hill School. The camps, while covering basic baseball and softball fundamentals, will also serve as an outlet for Rognier’s mission of teaching youngsters about proper dietary and exercise habits and other important life-lessons that can be explored through baseball. Rognier also takes groups of local youths overseas to Vietnam, Singapore and more as baseball ambassadors. Cost of the camp is $125 for the five-day camp with an additional $45 for a special skills session that will take place on the second day. Email or call 425-451-8276 for more information or to register.

Two local lacrosse games available On Demand Issaquah’s trip to Bellevue last Friday and Bellarmine Prep’s visit to Eastside Catholic on Wednesday, April 18, at 8 p.m. will both be available for Comcast cable customers within 48 hours of the game’s completion. The games will be offered free of charge after the Washington chapter U.S. Lacrosse reached a one-year agreement with Gametapes LLC, a Seattle-based sports production company.

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“I got beat up to leave,” Willcuts said, affirming the notion that simply walking away from an underground organization is not a practical option. “I came up here (Washington), got baptized and started changing.” Even while still finishing his own diploma, Willcuts immediately began working with youth and has now been in the field for around four years, including the past two with Jubilee Reach. In many ways his growth and that of Jubilee Reach’s sports program have relied on one another. “It wasn’t this huge plan to do sports,” Jubilee Reach director Tim Kuykendall said. “It just worked out so well, we continued.” Adding sports became the obvious choice when dozens of Highland students began showing up after school for impromptu soccer matches. Even during his days in gangs, Willcuts said he never succumbed to

smoking or using drugs, mostly because he wanted to remain in good enough physical condition to play sports. “Kids want to be part of something,” Willcuts said. “It can be a gang, or it can be a team.”

Measurable growth

With his own experiences in mind and an increasingly difficult group causing trouble for teachers and peers in the Jubilee Reach after-school program at Highland, Willcuts grabbed a soccer ball and corralled the kids onto the field, unknowingly laying the foundation for the revival of middle school athletics in the Bellevue School District. After beginning as an informal group of around 10 kids kicking a soccer ball, the sports program has grown to serve more than 600 kids in six Bellevue

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Robert Montgomery, a Jubilee coach, talks with Highland students Ramu Ayyaluru (left) and Jun Kim, both 12. JOSH SUMAN, Bellevue Reporter middle schools (over 15 percent of total student population) in basketball, soccer and flag football. Teams have jerseys emblazoned with school names, referees and coaches for all sports and compete in a playoff system and city championship awarded in each sport. Kuykendall said it is entirely possible that the programs could reach up to 25 percent of the student population in grades 6-8 by the end of this school year. “It doesn’t happen if it isn’t for Carlos,” Kuykendall said. “You also have to give credit to that first group of kids. We had 11 soccer teams last fall, but that doesn’t happen if those first 10 kids don’t stick it out.” When the district re-

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aligned to put ninth graders in the high schools in the late 1980s, the old junior high athletic model of mirroring the high school scene went by the wayside. As Jubilee Reach began closing the gap for the district’s athletic programs (which currently offer volleyball, ultimate frisbee, badminton and co-ed track independently), Kuykendall, Willcuts and others decided to approach sports through an entirely different model than competitive interscholastic athletics. Jubilee Reach calls it “coaching upside down” an approach where showing respect and selflessness trump all else, even the final score. Players are judged not on their ability to score goals or defend the paint, but instead by how they respect their opponents, officials and perhaps most importantly, anyone who may not meet the classic standard athletes are measured

against. Each team greets the opposition and officials as they arrive at the game and meet together after the contest for “attaways,” a chance for players and coaches to praise the effort of their peers. Willcuts also uses the time to offer life lessons and give kids a chance to express themselves in a safe environment. “Those talks can get really emotional,” Willcuts said. “They start talking about how their parents aren’t home and how that makes them feel. They’re pouring their hearts out and because of that we become more than just a team.” Bereano recalled the first game day, when Willcuts required players wear a shirt and tie to school as an example of the pride they should feel in themselves and the team. “We had all these boys looking super sharp but kind of awkward,” she said. “They were all flooding to the office saying they didn’t know how to tie a tie.” Willcuts’ dress code on game days reflected the changing mindset of those involved in the Jubilee Reach sports program at Highland. Bereano said now she most often hears of slipping grades and behavioral issues when the season ends and students no longer have a positive outlet. She tracked reading scores during the past season and found that those in the program in many cases saw increased growth compared



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single area such as tennis, horseback riding, gymnastics, sailing or wilderness. Naturally, these camps have other facilities and activities that provide campers with additional experiences. A more traditional camp program tends to be broader in terms of what it offers. Most general camps will provide programs in some team sports such as baseball and soccer, individual sports like tennis, and waterfront activities such as swimming and sailing, as well as some outdoor life options in hiking and canoeing. Many of these camps also provide campers with the opportunity to get extra instruction in any of the areas that are offered. In making a decision about camp, it is vital that you and your child look into the total camp program and that you examine the quality of the staff and facilities available to support that program. Consider these questions: 1. Will the program encourage the child to try new things or things he or she is not skilled in? 2. What is the philosophy regarding competition and the level of competitiveness? 3. Which activities are required? 4. Is instruction given in each activity? 5. How structured is the program? Are there electives (choices the child can make)? 6. Is your child willing

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to make a commitment to spending a major portion of the day in one activity or sport? Once you have reached the point where you have begun to compare camp programs, you may want to return to some of these questions. For now, it is appropriate to try to pin down some of the program preferences you and your child have.

Identify the camps

At this stage of the decision process, your central task is to identify those camps which appear promising in terms of meeting your specifications. This is the information gathering part of making a decision. A good source for developing a list of possible camps is National Camp Association’s CampQuest - For Camp Recommendations. You can add to your list in other ways. Perhaps you know other parents who send their children to camp. Get some camp names from them. Also, your child probably has friends who go to camp; you can pursue this source as well. Be aware – the camp that’s right for another child may not be the right one for yours. Also, avoid overwhelming yourself and your child with too many camps, about six or so is a good number to begin with. Once you have developed a list of possibilities the most difficult task remains. That is, how do you compare camps so that you can narrow the possibilities to the one which makes the most sense for you and your child?

Choosing the best camp

The best way to proceed with your comparison and to narrow your choices is to take a careful look at some of the promising camps you have identified. Review the brochures and videos with your child. Then you can choose the ones you’re most interested in and arrange to speak or meet with the camp directors or representatives. They’ll give you more detail and you can ask specific questions like: 1. What is the director’s age and background? How long has the director run this camp? 2. What are the camp’s

goals and philosophy? 3. What kind of camper is most likely to have a good experience at this camp? 4. What facilities does the camp have and how convenient are they for campers to get to? 5. What is the schedule like? Is it a structured program or one that emphasizes a lot of free choice? 6. What is the campercounselor ratio and what are the characteristics of most of the staff ? 7. What kind of staff training is provided? 8. What percentage of campers return each year? 9. What is the total cost of the camp including extras? 10. What are the sleeping arrangements and what toilet and shower facilities exist? 11. What is the swimming instruction program like? 12. How does the camp insure the safety and security of its campers? 13. What is the food like and who prepares it? 14. What is the policy about food packages, letters home, TV, trips to town, and to forth? 15. What medical facilities are available and what medical staff is on campus? 16. Is there a refund policy if the camper leaves early? As you go over these questions you might want to add a few additional ones from the previous sections guide. Don’t feel self conscious about asking a lot of questions. A good camp will have paid a lot of attention to these parental concerns and should be eager to respond to them. Finally, ask for references of families who have had their child attend the camp. Speaking with these families can give you valuable insight about the camp and the families that send their children there. To contact the National Camp Association, Inc., where an advisor will be assigned to you to provide any additional information or answer any questions you may have: Toll Free: 1-800-966CAMP (2267) Fax: 845-354-5501 Email: Web: www.summercamp. org

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Rare and popular plants part of Audubon sale Rare plants, popular plants, knowledgeable plant advice, habitat improvement for birds and butterflies: All of that will be available at the Eastside Audubon Pacific Northwest Native Plant Sale. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at Kirkland Children’s School, 5311 108th Ave, NE, in Kirkland. It is open to the public. On the sale grounds, more than 115 plant species will be arranged in nine zones representing typical local growing conditions. Knowledgeable sales staff will help shoppers choose plants that will thrive in every area of

the garden as well as attract birds and butterflies. “So much of Pacific Northwest native habitat has been replaced with pavement and non-native flora that wildlife needs us to restore some of the native plants,” says volunteer sale manager Geary Britton-Simmons, who has bought, grown, and dug up 3,500 plants for the sale. “Locally found birds and butterflies thrive best when they can feed upon the fruits, seeds, flowers and bugs that are found on plants and trees native to the Pacific Northwest.” Popular plants for sale will include Western Trillium,

Woods Strawberry, and Red Huckleberry. Among the most hard-to-find that Britton-Simmons has procured are Common Quamash, Tiger Lily, and unusual Black Swamp and Wild Gooseberry varieties. Plants like that just don’t turn up at commercial garden centers. In addition to encouraging the restoration of native habitat for wildlife, the sale will raise funds for Eastside Audubon’s programs in conservation and education. Plants, shrubs and trees will be sold in containers from 4 inches to 5 gallons, and wheelbarrows and assistance will be available to help purchasers with larger items. Checks, cash, Visa and MasterCard will be accepted. Native plant enthusiasts may bring bona fide Pacific Northwest native plants, shrubs, and trees to donate to Eastside Audubon at the sale.

Celebrate EASTER with us St. Madeleine Sophie pariSh & School Easter Vigil Saturday, April 7, 2012 8:30pm

3030 Bellevue Way NE 425-822-7907


Easter Sunday April 8, 2012 Masses at: 7:00am, 8:30am, 11:00am

4400 130th Place S.E. Bellevue, WA 98006 425-747-6770

The Resurrection Through 1st Century Eyes

Holy Week H a n d e l ’s M e s s i a h G o o d Fr i d ay Ap r i l 6 7 : 0 0 PM Sanctuary

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Bellevue First Congregational Church Celebrating Christ in The Heart of Bellevue

ALL are welcome at Christ’s table.

Come rejoice with us!

eAster sundAy April 8, 2012

9:00am & 11:00am

752 108th Avenue ne Bellevue, WA 98004 Child Care available on Sunday united Church of Christ

Bellevue First Congregational Church

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Celebrate EASTER with us County offering sports grants The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks is accepting applications from qualified groups that partner with

a public agency, such as a school district or city parks department, to develop or renovate sports facilities. The program provides

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matching grant funds of up to $75,000. Applications will be accepted until June 15, with letters of intent due May 4. Visit www.kingcounty. gov/parks and click on the YSFG link for an application packet. For more information contact Butch Lovelace, program manager, at 206-263-6267 or email at butch.lovelace@

Builders, NFL working to help homeless youth Straley House, a home for young people who previously were living on the streets or were victims of abuse, is getting a new courtyard thanks to the efforts of the Belleue-based Master Builders Care Foundation. The organization, a philanthropic arm of the Master Builders Association

of King and Snohomish Counties, is teaming up with the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) Seattle former players chapter to build the courtyard at YouthCare’s Straley House. YouthCare has been serving Seattle’s homeless youth since 1974. The project is part of a program called

Touchdown for Homes, a nationwide charitable outreach program of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the NFLPA. The program works to strengthen communities by building or renovating homes for families in need and for veterans.

Easter @ St. Thomas

Saturday • April 7 Great Vigil

9:00 pm

Sunday • April 8

Holy Communion with Hymns 7:30 am Festival Holy Communion with Choir & Brass 9:00 & 11:00 am

Worship and Holy Communion

10:30 a.m. Children’s Pinata Extravaganza

1934 108th Ave NE, Bellevue WA


St. Thomas Episcopal Church 8398 NE 12th St Medina, WA 425.454.9541


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Celebrate EASTER with us

CHRIST THE KING Please Join Us for Holy Week Worship u Friday, April 6th • 7:00pm Good Friday Tenebrae Vespers u Sunday, April 8th Easter Praise Prelude • 8:00am Easter Festival Worship • 9:30am 3730 148th Ave SE • Bellevue (Eastgate Neighborhood) • 425-746-1711 • Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod

Now Open in Bellevue

Good Friday, April 6 7:00pm Good Friday Service

“Near the Crossroads, where North meets South and East meets West.”

17222 NE 8th St • Bellevue, WA • 425-7473210 •

Bellevue Worship Directory CATHOLIC

SACRED HEART CHURCH 9460 N.E. 14th, Bellevue 425-454-9536

Weekend Mass Schedule Saturday.....................5:00 p.m. Sunday..........9:00 & 11:00 a.m. Sacred Heart School 451-1773



• Hair Services • Manicures/Pedicures • Hair Extensions • Facials • Massage Therapy • Men’s Hair, Skin & • Body Wrap - Scrubs - Waxing Massage Services

wednesday worship 7:00pm


Weekday Masses:

Sunday Masses:

7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Misa En Espanol Domingo..................1:00 p.m.

Taize/Iona/Holden Contemplative Evening Vespers

9625 NE 8th Street, Bellevue 425.454.4344




Informal Praise Service 8:45am Adult Education 10:00am Traditional Service 11:00am Church School 8:45am & 11am Nursery & Child Care provided on Sundays

HOURS: M-F 9:30 to 4:30, SAT 10:00 to 1:00 Child Care at Services


CHURCH OF CHRIST (2nd & Main, Belle Arts Bldg. Parking)

425-455-0965 Tues-Sat: 10am - 6pm

EVERY SUNDAY: Bible Study Classes All ages........9:00am Worship........10:15am Youth, Young Adult, and Women's Ministries Small groups throughout the week Personal Bible Study by Appointment

1212 104th Ave SE • 425.454.3863


A Reconciling Congregation All Are Welcome!

Reading Room: 1112 110th Ave N.E. • 425.454.1224

111 108th Ave. Ste. 101 Bellevue



Sunday Service & Sunday School...10:00 a.m. Wednesday Evening Meeting.............7:30 p.m.

New Clients Receive

Call or walk in today for appointment

1836 156th AVE NE, Bellevue, WA 98007 425-746-8080 • Pastor Roger Nicholson

Sunday worship 10:00am

Weekend Mass Schedule Saturday Vigil Mass: 5:30 p.m. Sunday Masses: 8:30 & 11:00 a.m.

Mon. thru Fri...........................................9:00 a.m. First Saturday ...........................................9:00 a.m. Saturday Vigil ..........................................5:00 p.m. Misa En Espanol Sabado ......................7:00 p.m.

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141 - 156th SE, Bellevue 425-747-4450

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Grace Lutheran

4400 130th Place SE, Bellevue,WA 98006 425-747-6770 ext. 100 St. Madeleine Sophie School ext. 201






Easter Sunday, April 8 8:30am Prayer in Anna’s Garden 9:00am Easter Breakfast 9:45am Easter Egg Hunt 10:30am Worship Service 4:00pm Service at Sunrise Asst’d Living


Lutheran Church of



workshop will create a dialog about what kind of information is needed – such as signs, kiosks and markers – to help people navigate the area with greater convenience. The workshop will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Room at Crossroads Mall, 15600 NE Eighth Street. For more information on the meeting and the project, visit: 598363

A University of Washington student and Bellevue resident is near the end of a project to help people navigate alternative transportation options in Crossroads, and community input is needed. A community design workshop will be held April 10 to discuss a Crossroads Neighborhood Wayfinding Plan, a capstone for Sherwin Lee at UW’s Community, Environment and Planning program. The


Community help sought on project about transportation options in Crossroads area

1934 108th Ave. NE Bellevue 1/2 mile north of Library 425.454.2059

"Exalt the LORD our God and worship at His footstool; He is holy." - Psalm 99:5 NIV

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HOV lane opened from MI to Bellevue Commuters have a better option for passing heavy traffic on I-90 from Mercer Island to Bellevue with the opening of a new, 24-hour HOV lane. The opening marks completion of the second stage of a project to maintaining traffic flow across Lake Washington. The final phase of the project will culminate in full-time HOV lanes in both directions of I-90 between Bellevue and Seattle. When WSDOT opened the I-90 reversible express lanes more than 20 years ago, they served traffic well because rush hour was 50 percent heavier westbound to Seattle in the morning and back to the Eastside in the evening. Today, traffic is heavy in both directions and peak periods last about an hour longer, so dedicated lanes for carpools and transit are necessary in both directions at all times to operate I-90 efficiently, highway officials say. Not only will the project help ease traffic by making ridesharing and other modes better options, but also make way for construction of light-rail from Seattle to Bellevue and Redmond.

Pets for adoption

The first phase of the I-90 Two-Way Transit and HOV Operations project, completed in 2008, added a 24-hour HOV lane on westbound I-90 between Bellevue and Mercer Island. The third and final phase will extend full-time HOV lanes in both directions between Mercer Island and Seattle. Once the full project is complete, Sound Transit will expand its East Link light-rail construction onto the center lanes of I-90 and the floating bridge. The new lanes that WSDOT and Sound Transit are building on I-90 will enable preservation of the existing number of general purpose and HOV lanes when the center lanes close to traffic. The second phase of the I-90 Two-Way Transit and HOV Operations Project was completed on time and within its $17.1 million construction budget. The total estimated cost of the threephase project is approximately $256 million. Sound Transit is contributing approximately $216 million.

‘Rescue’ your next best friend

Ziggy, a 7-year-old English Cocker Spaniel mix, is a calm and gentle guy whose presence is entirely soothing. Ziggy walks nicely by your side on the leash, and when you’re lounging, he’ll curl up into a tiny ball to fall asleep by your side. Alex, a 4-year-old white kitty, enjoys lounging, chasing toys, and just being a friendly companion. Both are at the Seattle Humane Society in Bellevue, located at the intersection of I-405 and I-90. 425-641-0080. Beaker is a 1-year-old long-haired tuxedo who is a sweet, playful young cat who gets along great with other kitties. Beaker is up for adoption at Purrfect Pals Cat Shelter’s offsite adoption center inside Bellevue Petsmart (100 108th Ave N.E, near Toys ‘R Us). PJ is a 6-year-old old female domestic short hair, brown Tabby that has a sweet and laid back temperament, but at the same time loves to play with toys and chase laser lights. You can meet PJ at the King County Pet Adoption Center in Kent, at 21615 64th Ave.; Ph 206-296-PETS, email




PUBLIC NOTICES The Honorable Douglass A. North Trial Date: 05/13/2013 In the Superior Court of the State of Washington in and for the County of King RANDAL K. GRAY AND DEETTA M. GRAY, a married couple, Plaintiffs, vs. D.C. GRANGER, INC., a Washington Corporation, Defendant. D.C. GRANGER, INC., a Washington Corporation vs. Third-Party Plaintiff, ABC CONCRETE, INC., a Washington Corporation; ANDREY’S PLASTERING SYSTEMS, INC., a Washington Corporation; COLBOND, INC., a Delaware Corporation; MASTER ROOF, LLC, a Washington Limited Liability Company; NORTHWESTPLUMBING CONTRACTORS, INC., a Washington Corporation; TAYLOR MADE CONTRACTING & RESTORATION, LLC, a Washington Limited Liability Company; WINDSTAR CONSTRUCTION, INC., a Washington Corporation; and WASHINGTON INSULATION, INC., a Washington Corporation, Third-Party Defendants No. 11-2-40732-2 SEA AMENDED SUMMONS TO WINDSTAR CONSTRUCTION, INC. The State of Washington to: Third party defendant WINDSTAR CONSTRUCTION, INC. TO THE THIRD PARTY DEFENDANT WINDSTAR CONSTRUCTION, INC.: A lawsuit has been started against you in the above-entitled court by thirdparty plaintiff D.C. Granger, Inc. Third-party plaintiff’s claim is stated in the written complaint, a copy of which is served upon you with this summons. In order to defend against this lawsuit, you must respond to the complaint by stating your defense in writing, and by serving a copy upon the person signing this summons within 20 days after the service of this summons, excluding the day of service, or a default judgment may be entered against you without notice. A

default judgment is one where plaintiff is entitled to what has been asked for because you have not responded. If you serve a notice of appearance on the undersigned person, you are entitled to notice before a default judgment may be entered. You may demand that the plaintiff file this lawsuit with the court. If you do so, the demand must be in writing and must be served upon the person signing this summons. Within 14 days after you serve the demand, the plaintiff must file this lawsuit with the court, or the service on you of this summons and complaint will be void. If you wish to seek the advice of an attorney in this matter, you should do so promptly so that your written response, if any, may be served on time. THIS SUMMONS is issued pursuant to Rule 4 of the Superior Court Civil Rules of the State of Washington. Dated this 12th day of January, 2012. s/ Shilpa Bhatia Shilpa Bhatia, WSBA no. 28012 WILSON SMITH COCHRAN DICKERSON 901 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1700 Seattle, WA 98164 Telephone: (206) 623-4100 Fax: (206) 623-9273 E-mail: Attorneys for Defendant and Third-Party Plaintiff D.C. Granger, Inc. Published in Bellevue Reporter on March 9, 16, 23, 30 and April 6, 13, 2012. #594531. The Honorable Douglass A. North Trial Date: 05/13/2013 In the Superior Court of the State of Washington in and for the County of King RANDAL K. GRAY AND DEETTA M. GRAY, a married couple, Plaintiffs, vs. D.C. GRANGER, INC., a Washington Corporation, Defendant. D.C. GRANGER, INC., a Washington Corporation vs. Third-Party Plaintiff, ABC CONCRETE, INC., a Washington Corporation; ANDREY’S PLASTERING

SYSTEMS, INC., a Washington Corporation; COLBOND, INC., a Delaware Corporation; MASTER ROOF, LLC, a Washington Limited Liability Company; NORTHWESTPLUMBING CONTRACTORS, INC., a Washington Corporation; TAYLOR MADE CONTRACTING & RESTORATION, LLC, a Washington Limited Liability Company; WINDSTAR CONSTRUCTION, INC., a Washington Corporation; and WASHINGTON INSULATION, INC., a Washington Corporation, Third-Party Defendants No. 11-2-40732-2 SEA AMENDED SUMMONS TO ANDREY’S PLASTERING SYSTEMS, INC. The State of Washington to: Third party defendant ANDREY’S PLASTERING SYSTEMS, INC.. TO THE THIRD PARTY DEFENDANT ANDREY’S PLASTERING SYSTEMS, INC..: A lawsuit has been started against you in the above-entitled court by third-party plaintiff D.C. Granger, Inc. Third-party plaintiff’s claim is stated in the written complaint, a copy of which is served upon you with this summons. In order to defend against this lawsuit, you must respond to the complaint by stating your defense in writing, and by serving a copy upon the person signing this summons within 20 days after the service of this summons, excluding the day of service, or a default judgment may be entered against you without notice. A default judgment is one where plaintiff is entitled to what has been asked for because you have not responded. If you serve a notice of appearance on the undersigned person, you are entitled to notice before a default judgment may be entered. You may demand that the plaintiff file this lawsuit with the court. If you do so, the demand must be in writing and must be served upon the person signing this summons. Within 14 days after you serve the demand, the plaintiff must file this lawsuit with the court, or the service on you of this summons and complaint will be void.

If you wish to seek the advice of an attorney in this matter, you should do so promptly so that your written response, if any, may be served on time. THIS SUMMONS is issued pursuant to Rule 4 of the Superior Court Civil Rules of the State of Washington. Dated this 12th day of January, 2012. s/ Shilpa Bhatia Shilpa Bhatia, WSBA no. 28012 WILSON SMITH COCHRAN DICKERSON 901 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1700 Seattle, WA 98164 Telephone: (206) 623-4100 Fax: (206) 623-9273 E-mail: Attorneys for Defendant and Third-Party Plaintiff D.C. Granger, Inc. Published in Bellevue Reporter on March 9, 16, 23, 30 and April 6, 13, 2012. #594535. NOTICE OF ISSUANCE DETERMINATION OF NONSIGNIFICANCE South Kirkland Park-and-Ride Expansion Project On April 2, 2012, King County’s Metro Transit Division issued a Determination of Nonsignificance for the South Kirkland Park-and-Ride Expansion Project. The project includes the construction of a three story parking garage, reconfigured surface lot, and a new passenger loading area. The park-and-ride expansion project will increase park-and-ride parking from the current 603 stalls to approximately 853 stalls.A south portion of the lot will be sold to a private developer for a future, private, functionally independent mixed use Transit Oriented Development project. The park-and-ride expansion project will include a new traffic signal at the NE 38th Pl./108th Ave. NE intersection, pedestrian improvements, an upgraded stormwater system, and energy efficient design elements. The project meets the intent of an Urban Partnership Agreement between Washington State Department of Transportation, Puget Sound Regional Council, and King County to provide additional park-and-ride spaces at the South Kirkland Park-andRide to enhance public transit and ease congestion in the SR

520 corridor. The project was initiated through a competitive Request for Proposals process for Transit Oriented Development through which King County selected Polygon Northwest Home Builders North LLC. Future development of the southern portion of the lot by Polygon Northwest will be subject to a separate, independent SEPA review through the City of Kirkland. The project is located at 10610 NE 38th Place in Bellevue and Kirkland, Washington, immediately north of the intersection of NE 38th Place and 108th Avenue NE, King County Assessor’s Parcel Number 2025059081 (Bellevue side) and Parcel Number 2025059230 (Kirkland side), in Section 20, Township 25 N, Range 5 E. DATE OF ISSUANCE: April 2, 2012 END OF COMMENT PERIOD: April 23, 2012 FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Gary Kriedt, Senior Environmental Planner, (206) 684-1166 ADDRESS COMMENTS TO: Gary Kriedt, Senior Environmental Planner King County Transit Division Environmental Planning and Real Estate 201 South Jackson Street, MS KSC-TR-0431 Seattle, Washington 98104-3856 NOTICE OF ACTION South Kirkland Park-and-Ride Expansion Project Notice is given under SEPA, RCW 43.21C.080, that King County Metro Transit will take the action described in (2) below on April 2, 2012. 1. Any action to set aside, enjoin, review, or otherwise challenge such action on the grounds of noncompliance with the provisions of chapter 43.21C RCW (State Environmental Policy Act) shall be commenced on or before April 23, 2012, which is 21 days after the last publication of this notice of action. 2. Description of agency action: Expansion of the South Kirkland Park-and-Ride Lot from the current 603 stalls to approximately 853 stalls, and the sale of a portion of the lot a private developer

for a future, private, functionally independent mixed use Transit Oriented Development project, which is subject to separate environmental review through the City of Kirkland. The parkand-ride expansion project will include a new traffic signal at the NE 38th Pl./108th Ave. NE intersection, reconfigured passenger load/unload area, and an upgraded stormwater system. 3. Location of proposal: The project is located at 10610 NE 38th Place in Bellevue and Kirkland, Washington, at the intersection of NE 38th Place and 108th Avenue NE, King County Assessor’s Parcel Number 2025059081 (Bellevue side) and Parcel Number 2025059230 (Kirkland side), in Section 20, Township 25 N, Range 5 E. 4. Type of environmental review under SEPA: King County Metro Transit issued a SEPA DNS on April 2, 2012, supported by a SEPA Checklist and other background documentation. 5. Documents may be examined during regular business hours at the fourth floor of King Street Center, 201 South Jackson St., in Seattle, Washington, and via e-mail. Contact Gary Kriedt, Senior Environmental Planner, at (206) 684-1166 or 6. Name of agency, proponent, or applicant giving notice: King County Metro Transit. 7. This notice is filed by Gary Kriedt, Sr. Environmental Planner, King County Metro Transit, 201 South Jackson St., Seattle, WA 98104-3856,(206)684-1166, Published in the Bellevue and Kirkland Reporter on April 6, 2012. #607943.

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Who’s making news Nikki Adami of Bellevue has been named to the dean’s list for fall semester 2011 at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich. Adami, a graduate of The International School, is majoring in physics. She is the daughter of John and Sandi Adami.

Kentucky Derby theme of fundraiser

Christopher Lider of Bellevue has been named to the dean’s list for autumn 2011 at the University of Montana. Shanna Hauser, an eighth grade student at Chinook Middle School, served as a 2012 legislative page. She is the daughter of Terri Hauser. She was selected by Rep. Glenn Anderson, R-Fall City. Four students from Bellevue have been named to the dean’s list for fall semester 2011 at the University of Idaho. They are Brian James Bentler, Alyssa Kristine Creason, Elliott Benjamin Kalin and Paul Clifton Barrois.

Nancy Hambacher (Event Chair), Susanne Avery and Sandy Lucas. COURTESY PHOTO presentation about the Assistance League’s programs. Tickets are required and can be purchased online at cfm?ID=2923, by contacting an Assistance League

member, or by calling 425556-5106. Assistance League of the Eastside is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that works to help children and adults in need. More information about

Assistance League of the Eastside is available by contacting Ginger Clough, president, at 425-556-5106 or by email at eastsideinfo@ or at

Medina students to attend national chess championships

Kindering, Pediatric Associates set five parenting workshops

Medina Elementary Chess Club awarded two $1,000 scholarships to attend the United States National Elementary Chess Championships, May 12. Medina’s “Chessplayer of Character Award” recognizes students who excel in chess and academics, with a heavy emphasis on outstanding character. The winners, Aditya Kannon, 10, and Kevin Song. 9, are Medina Elementary students and members of the chess club, which meets every Wednesday after school. They will be joining six others from the Medina Chess Club team at Nationals this year, as they compete for individual and team titles of National Chess Champion. Medina’s chess team is aiming to regain

From left: Medina Chess Club chair Jill Keto; Kevin Song, 9; Aditya Kannan,10; head chess coach Leo Stefurak. COURTESY PHOTO their National Championship title that they earned in 2006.

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Bellevue resident Anh Nguyen has been named to the All-Washington Academic Team at Bellevue College for her academic performance and community service. Nguyen, originally from Vietnam, will graduate in June with an associate’s degree in business, with plans to complete a bachelor’s degree. She is currently president of the International Student Association, serves as a peer-to-peer mentor, and is the recipient of two academic scholarships and the International Student Leadership Scholarship, all awarded by BC.

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Charles, age 81, passed away on February 29, 2012 in Mount Vernon, WA. He was born, July 29, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan; and had three siblings (Bob, Shirley, Carol). He was a beloved doctor at the Issaquah Medical Clinic and Overlake Hospital for many years. He is survived by his first wife Jeanne and their children (Jon, Hugh, Leslie, Bonnie, Scott); and by his second wife Clarice and her children (Susan, Peggy, Linda, Patricia). A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 1pm at the High Alpine Chapel at Boehms Candies in Issaquah, WA. 604884

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Maelo was born September 24, 1917 in Okaton, South Dakota, and passed away on March 8, 2012 in Shoreline, Washington. Interment was in Sunset Hills Memorial Park. Maelo did a lot of volunteering at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, receiving a certificate for 5268 hours, and 25 years of volunteer service to veterans. She owned her own beauty shop when living in South Dakota. She is survived by her son Vernon (Diane) Kruse, 5 stepchildren, 17 step grandchildren, and 31 step great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Vernon O. Kruse, son Bryan Kruse, and her late husband Robert Amick. At her request there will be no service. Please make remembrances to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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The derby came to Factoria Mall on Saturday. Pinewood Derby, that is, as dozens of Cub Scouts and their families flocked to the shopping center for the first Cascade District Pinewood Derby since 2007. The patented scout activity of crafting a five-ounce or less vehicle from a block of wood has been around for generations. Nicholas Johnson of Bellevue brought together four generations of his family and years of scouting experience on the creation of his car and his grandfather Dennis said it was a good way to take a break from the increasingly invasive world of technology. Dennis joined his son David and father Ferrel Fox, who both live in Bel-

levue, and Nicholas in a project that he knows he will cherish even more in the years to come when his grandson begins to find more autonomy, rendering opportunities like these fewer and more infrequent. “Once they start smelling perfume and gasoline, they’re gone,” Dennis said. “Unless they really find a love of scouting.” The Cascade District Pinewood Derby consisted of races for Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelo Scouts as well as a race for siblings who recently became Boy Scouts and parents who also wanted to construct cars. All cars are constructed from an official Boy Scout Pinewood Derby kit, which includes a block of wood with two axles

Scouts watch as cars streak to the finish at the Pinewood Derby. JOSH SUMAN, Bellevue Reporter and four wheels. In addition, there was a vintage competition for cars built over one year ago, including some going back as far as the 1970s.

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The city is seeking volunteers to watch for peamouths, a native fish that travels from Lake Washington to Kelsey Creek each spring to spawn. A peamouth patrol training workshop will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at City Hall, Room 1E-109. Attendees need to register at streamteam@bellevuewa. gov or call 425-452-5200. Volunteers are asked to attend the training, check streams at least twice a week for 15 minutes, through mid-June, fill out a data sheet of their observations and call if they see fish. Each spring thousands of peamouth, a large minnow, suddenly show up in Kelsey Creek to spawn. For 24-48 hours, masses of peamouth deposit millions of sticky little eggs near rocks in the stream where they are fertilized by male peamouth. Then, as quickly as they come, the peamouth return to Lake Washington. In about a week, the eggs hatch in Kelsey Creek, and the juvenile peamouth become an excellent food source for other fish and wildlife, such as salmon, blue heron, wood ducks, river otter and bald eagle. One of the best places to see peamouth is in Kelsey Creek near the Wilburton Trestle. Last summer, the city restored this site to improve fish passage. Too much water was going through the smaller section during low flows instead of concentrating in the main channel. To find out the best places to see peamouth or sign up for peamouth alerts, visit the city’s website at

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Around Town What’s happening in Bellevue and elsewhere

Bellevue wins Green City Award The city of Bellevue has received a 2012 Green City Award from Waste & Recycling News. Bellevue won in the medium-sized category of 100,000 - 500,000 residents after being selected as one of nearly 100 nominees throughout the country. A big part of Bellevue’s campaign recycling has been the “Carbon Yeti,” a large, hairy and wasteful creature who is shown learning ways to reduce its carbon footprint in a pledge book. The Carbon Yeti’s message has been credited with helping Bellevue residents recycle 68 percent of their waste. To obtain a copy of the Smaller Footprint Pledge book, call Bellevue utilities at 425452-6932.

Democrats to hold caucuses on Apil 15 Democrats statewide will have an opportunity to help nominate a candidate for president of the United States at the state Democratic precinct caucuses, to be held Sunday, April 15, at locations across the state. Voters can find the location of their caucus by entering their address at the state Democratic Party Caucus Finder at http:// At the precinct caucuses, Democratic voters will technically vote for delegates and alternates to the party’s county and legislative district caucuses, which in turn will elect delegates and alternates to congressional district conventions. It is those congressional conventions that actually elect the 121 delegates and nine alternates who go to the national convention. The precinct caucuses also vote for issues to be included in the party platform, which is finalized at the Democratic State Convention on June 1-3 in Seattle before moving on to the national convention.

Degginger named Public Employee of Year Grant Degginger, a former member of the Bellevue City Council, has been named Public Employee of the Year by the Municipal League Foundation. Degginger, who also served as Bellevue’s mayor and deputy mayor, was honored for his thoughtGrant Degginger ful, moderate voice, the foundation said. Degginger was one of eight honored at the foundation’s celebration dinner April 5. The Municipal League is a volunteer-

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Band sets spring concert The Bellevue Community Band will present its 50th Birthday Spring Concert at 2 p.m. April 14 at Bellevue Christian High School. The concert is free, but donations are accepted. The band draws its membership from many cities across the Eastside. Bellevue Christian is located at 1601 98th Ave. NE, Clyde Hill.

YES responds to comments Officials with Youth Eastside Services have responded to a comment by David Okimoto, a senior vice president at United Way of King County, regarding the use of volunteers in the March 30 issue of the Bellevue Reporter. YES officials noted that the scope of its services has changed and evolved since its founding in 1968 as an all-volunteer organization. “Today we are considered a community mental health center and our counseling is provided by licensed and credentialed staff,” a spokesperson said. “That said, volunteers are still a key part of our organization and in 2011 we had 174 volunteers give 15,910 hours of service, valued at more than $339,000. And like, most nonprofits in King County, we have tightened our belts considerably over the years and continue to provide more service with fewer dollars through improved efficiencies.”

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Zen for all seasons. A rare find. Mid-century modern vibe. Beamed ceilings, walls of glass for bold architectural statement. More than a view, its an experience. Idyllic meandering creek with bridge to your own park. Open floorplan. Dramatic high ceilings anchored by 2 massive frpl. Stylish remodeled kitchen, 3 baths-cherry, granite, stainless. Bamboo floors. Flagstone entry, paths to 1/2 acre low maintenance natural plant-scape. 3 car garage. New circular drive. Character, privacy, community.


$285,000 Csaba Kiss, Associate Broker with 22 years of experience has a passion for Real Estate, focused on meeting and exceeding the needs and expectations of his clients. Csaba knows having a keen sense of the market place is invaluable in helping advise you on maximizing your real estate objectives. As a listing agent, he will create a plan proven to get homes sold successfully. As an Accredited Buyer’s Representative, Csaba is trained to help you find and negotiate the best property and value for your needs.

Immaculate 2 beds / 2.5 baths townhome in desirable One Central Park community. Open kitchen w/ maple cabinets and hardwood floors, two master suites, skylights, vaulted ceilings, living room w/ gas fireplace, patio to private gardens, rarely available 2 car attached garage with extra storage. Excellent Bellevue School District. Just minutes to I-90, I-405 and downtown Bellevue, walking distance to Factoria mall, cinemas, restaurants, shopping, park & ride.


Bellevue Reporter, April 06, 2012  

April 06, 2012 edition of the Bellevue Reporter

Bellevue Reporter, April 06, 2012  

April 06, 2012 edition of the Bellevue Reporter