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Group sues to stop light-rail project By Nat Levy Bellevue Reporter
A community organization has filed suit in federal court to stop construction of East Link light-rail on 112th Avenue and Bellevue Way. Citing neighborhood impacts, Building a Better Bellevue argues that the rail route will harm the historic Winters House, cause
damage to the Mercer Slough and create temporary and permanent traffic problems. The group also argues that Sound Transit did not consider alternatives to the chosen route, such as running the light-rail line along Interstate 405, or using a deep-bore tunnel underneath the chosen streets. The suit was filed under the National Environmental Protection Act, which created the Environmental Impact State-
ment program. The program governs how Sound Transit considers alternatives for the project. Sound Transit declined to comment on the details of the suit, but Geoff Patrick, spokesman for Sound Transit, said the organization’s expansive public involvement process over more than five years analyzed countless alternatives to find the best route. “We are confident our process was com-
pliant with the federal process and went above and beyond,” Patrick said. Sound Transit plans to continue design of the project, with construction slated to begin in 2015. Several Bellevue councilmembers did not return phone calls requesting comment on the suit. See lawsuit, 6
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Hydroplane drivers bask in sibling competition
Gloria Leonidas killed by gunman in Seattle
By Nat Levy Bellevue Reporter
Talk about sibling rivalry. Most brothers and sisters battle over toys and chores. Nick and Bianca Bononcini’s biggest competition comes on the water, at more than 100 mph. These two Issaquah natives grew up around hydroplanes. They’ve traveled around the country with their boats, sitting next to each other on the starting line and celebrating at the finish. Last weekend, they were on the home turf at Lake Sammamish State Park for Tastin’ and Racin’, one of the Eastside’s favorite festivals, and for many, the kickoff to the boat racing season. The festivities were a part of the brother and sister’s fifth year as racers. They See hydroplanes, 6
By Keegan Prosser Bellevue Reporter
Friends, family and community members packed inside St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle on June 7 to honor Bellevue resident Gloria Leonidas — one of five killed as the result of a one-man shooting spree in Seattle on May 30. Following a series of prayers and songs led by the clergy, Father Photios Dumont spoke to Leonidas’ giving nature, explaining that she and her husband were among the first people he met upon his arrival in Seattle eight years ago. “[Leonidas] was full of life and had no pretensions,” Dumont noted. “She was who she was, and she wasn’t afraid to let you know.” Known as a vivacious and caring mother and friend, Leonidas was also known for giving back to the community – both professionally and
Nick and Bianca Bononcini, both hydroplane drivers from Issaquah, at Tastin’ and Racin’ June 9. The two often race against one another. While they compete on the water, they cheer for each other on the beach. NAt levy, Bellevue Reporter
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Five employees, including a senior vice president, of a state contractor on the 520 bridge reconstruction were suspended without pay after being found drinking on the job. Following a report from KOMO TV, Kiewit, one of three companies involved in the joint contract, along with the Washington State Department of Transportation, began an investigation of the report. According to a statement from Kiewit, the investigation yielded evidence that drinking occurred in the workplace, but it only occurred at the end of the day, often on Fridays. “We take full responsibility for our
actions,” the statement said. “We are taking immediate and appropriate steps to make it right. And we are committed to ensuring the public has faith in us as a leading contractor that delivers on its commitments and expectations at the workplace.” Among those suspended were two senior project managers, the vice president with management responsibility for the project, and a job site manager and vice president from a partner company Manson Construction Co. The company will hold special training for employees about alcohol as well, the statement said.
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e’re just two weeks into the private sale of liquor in this state and already there are people complaining. The prices, they say, are not lower, and in some cases higher, than what the state charged in its liquor stores. They’re right, of course, but what did they expect – liquor at Dollar Store prices? What they forget, but was clearly obvious before the vote to turn state stores into private enterprise, is that any change had to maintain the level or revenue to the state from liquor sales. That’s translated into a hefty 20.5 percent tax on liquor at checkout. Other non-food items are taxed at about half that rate. There’s also a $3.77 liter tax. What’s more important is that the shift from state stores to the private sector means liquor is more widely available both in terms of location and hours of operation. That is a huge plus. In fact, there’s now more than four times the number of private retailers selling liquor than the number of state-owned and state-contracted liquor stores. It’s not that we think people faced a calamity when they wanted a bottle of hooch at 11 p.m. when no state liquor store was open. But there is nothing wrong with being able to get a bottle of liquor at that time. It’s also a plus that you can put that bottle of vodka in your shopping cart along with fresh eggs, vegetables and pet food. And, while prices are pretty much the same as before, competition is beginning to take hold. People who have reward cards with grocery stores are finding that special prices are popping up on liquor, just as they are on other goods. For those still upset at the change, there’s one other benefit: they can drown their sorrows in a stiff drink pretty much any time they want. – Craig Groshart, BellevueReporter
will be the ﬁrst person to admit that I’m not extremely sports savvy. Sure, I grew up with two older brothers who’ve played sports since before I can remember - and I’m pretty sure I attended my ﬁrst basketball game at about three weeks old. Having said this, I was raised, the only daughter in a family of sports nuts, to be loyal to my Seattle teams. The Huskies? Check. The SeaKeegan Prosser hawks? Duh. The Seattle SuperSonics? OF COURSE. So when Howard Schultz up and sold our Sonics to Clay Bennett four years ago - and allowed him to take the team to Oklahoma (for a hefty pay out, no less), I was among the brokenhearted. I get it. Seattle fans are mad. Heck, I’m mad. But I’m still not convinced
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REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK that, during the NBA Finals this week, I shouldn’t be cheering for the Sonics - err - Oklahoma City Thunder. I’ve heard the arguments: Oklahoma City doesn’t deserve the title. They’ve faced no adversity, they’ve had players (like the team) handed to them, and among other things, the fans are spiteful. The “Thanks Seattle,” shirt that came out of OKC was tasteless - and while I don’t support the death threats that led to its demise, I was more than thrilled to see said shirt be pulled from the web. I’ve also seen the ﬂip side: The it’snot-Oklahoma’s-fault-blame-HowardSchultz point of view. I agree. But it doesn’t make it hurt any less. Fans in the Greater Seattle Area were loyal to the Sonics, if not a bit lax when it came to ticket sales. And simply put, the players that took OKC to the ﬁnals this year, are, more or less, the
Column makes good point Josh Suman’s June 8 column, “Dancing across culture, generations,” makes interesting read. True, as you have noted, “societal bonds link otherwise disconnected people.” and “youngsters on separation from their elders miss handed-down traditions and tales and folklore told by their grandparents, unfortunately leading to what you aptly call “chasms of misunderstanding.” It is therefore heartening and encouraging to note the
same players that could have taken Seattle to the same ends. Yes, Kevin Durant, a three-time NBA scoring champion and a three-time member of the All NBA First Team, was drafted a Sonic. Again, I get it. People don’t root for a single player - they root for a team, a franchise. And in rooting for the love-to-hate-em Miami Heat, we’re rooting against the team that left us in the dirt. But is that really the lesser of two evils? I don’t think it is. In a pairing that can be summed up as the “worst possible match-up for fans in the Paciﬁc Northwest,” it’s clear that there isn’t really a “right” team to root for: If Oklahoma wins, Seattle loses. If Oklahoma loses, the “evil empire” that is the Miami Heat wins. So what’s a girl to do? I guess I’ll root for the Seattle Supersonics. Keegan Prosser: 425-453-4602; email@example.com
dancing performance of Vineeta Parupadi & Nikhila Sridhar of Nrityalaya Dance School is being appreciated by all irrespective of their diverse cultural roots. You have appropriately noted that dance does more than just bridge the generational and cultural gaps, it promotes harmony between apparently different cultures through collective consciousness. As a freelance journalist, I have observed newspapers rarely highlighting such a cultural event on their Opinion page (since it is not one of the burning issues). My compliments to Suman and to the Bellevue Reporter for doing a commendable job.
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have always loved the great outdoors. It’s one of my favorite things to watch on TV. The Discovery Channel is good for that. Somehow, when I was born, I did not receive the camping gene – or as it is known to geneticists, “Tormentus Unnecessarius.” After all, when “the call of nature” comes beckoning in the middle of the night, isn’t it nicer to arise and confidently walk barefoot over hardwood floors, linoleum or shag carpet into a room with modern plumbing than hip-hopping through pine needles, jagged pebbles and ant hills toward a two-foot latrine? For schlubs like me, the outdoor store – Cabela’s – has about as much appeal as the Space Needle does to an acrophobiac; an eggplant to a cannibal; Pat Cashman a porcupine to a balloon. It probably goes back to childhood. Many summers ago, I recall “camping out” with my younger brothers. We’d spend most of the afternoon pitching our tent. By nightfall, we were so exhausted that we immediately climbed into our sleeping bags and drifted off. But then, around 10 o’clock or so, we would be awakened by a sound. A wolf? A cougar? A bear? Or perhaps, an escaped killer? With a hook for a hand? Or two of them? We weren’t sure what the exact threat was, but we instinctively knew what we needed to do to survive. We raced out the front flap of the tent as fast as we could and ran.
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through charitable work. She worked for 10 years as a board member with the Evergreen Health Foundation, where she helped build a very successful fundraising gala, and served as President of the Puget Sound Chapter of the Illuminating Engineering Society. “She could do anything,” Dumont continued. “And we can never replace her.” As part of his sermon, Dumont read a letter sent to him by the presiding Bishop of the Greek Orthodox Church, Metro-
politan Gerasimos, of San Francisco. Speaking to the senseless and tragic nature of her passing, Gerasimos’ letter highlighted a number of Leonidas’ unforgettable traits: her dedication to her family, her love of life and her compassion for others. Dumont closed the service by addressing the uniting factor a tragedy of this caliber brings to a community. He said he cannot count the number of emails and phone calls he has received offering condolences to the community and the Leonidas’ family. Leonidas’ life was cut short when a man attacked and shot her while trying to steal her car. She is survived
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by her husband of 19 years, Tom; daughters Christina and Sophia; father, Carl Parsons; stepmother, Marge Parsons; sister, Elisabeth Corrigan; brother, Ron Parsons; many nieces and nephews, as well as godson, Lukas Sollars. The Leonidas Family is providing several ways donations can go toward helping Gloria’s family and the charitable causes she was passionate about; contributions to the Gloria Leonidas Children’s Fund will provide assistance for the education of Gloria’s daughters; contributions in her honor can also be made to the Evergreen Health Foundation, Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club Foundation and the International Orthodox Christian Charities.
Chandrayee Bhattacharyya is one of the accomplished South Asian classical Kathak dancers from the “Lucknow Gharana”. She is teaching in Seattle and Eastside for last 10 years now. Nrityangan is celebrating its 10th annual Recital at Bellevue Youth Theatre – 16661 Northup Way Bellevue, WA 98008 on Saturday, June 16th at 5:30 PM.
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love to compete against each other, almost as much as they like to cheer each other on. “There’s no one I want to beat more, and no one I want to win more when I can’t than him,” Bianca said. Nick and Bianca agreed that Bianca usually wins most of the races. She’s even
competed professionally at Seafair and other events. For Nick, it’s still an amateur passion. But he still enjoys the occasion he gets to take down his sister. The Bononcinis were one of many families whose lives revolve around races at the festivities. In its 16th year, Tastin’ and Racin’ has done a lot to bring hydroplanes back into prominence in the area. Decades ago, the races at Seafair were among the two or three biggest
sporting events of the year. Jon Cortright, one of the founders of the event, grew up around the sport. When he was racing in the park in the past, in front of only a couple spectators planted in lawn chairs he knew something had to be done. So along with his teammates, and Craig Cooke, the head of the Taste of Edmonds, he worked to get the sport noticed. Nat Levy: 425-453-4290; email@example.com
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Scott Hansen (left) and John Robertson at the future site of Bellevue Brewing Co. The site remains unfinished, but later this summer will be the home of Bellevue’s first local brewery. The brewery will also serve food. NAT LEVY, Bellevue Reporter
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ing a signature gathering place, suitable for Bellevue’s diverse populace. “We wanted to build a social hub, too,” said Scott Hansen, cofounder of the brewery. “We wanted to change the nature of how the city was perceived.” The idea was hatched nearly three years ago as Hansen and Robertson, longtime friends, sat together at a fa-
vorite meeting spot, the Bellevue Club. They spoke about the lack of breweries in Bellevue, and the idea came to them. Robertson, a real estate agent, and Hansen, a brewery founder and owner, had the perfect combination of skills and experience. All they needed was the money. The pair thought they had an investor all locked up, but like many he became a casualty of the economic downturn. They had to scramble to get the money
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AAA Washington has hired two new specialists. Lori Reed will be an IT project specialist at the company’s corporate headquarters located in Bellevue, and long-time insurance leader Patrick McCormick as its vice president of insurance. Prior to joining AAA Washington, McCormick was responsible for partner development at PlanMember Financial Corporation, and he was with Safeco Life Insurance Company for 20 years and stayed through the transition to Symetra Financial. Reed brings with her more than 25 years of experience in the financial services and insurance industry. Reed has a diverse background in project leadership ranging in focus from business analyst, systems manager and lead project facilitator of corporate divestiture, mergers and acquisitions, and a large scale IPO. Reed is a long-time member of the Bellevue community and is active in supporting local organizations including Bellevue College, where she has volunteered time and resources for many years. She has two daughters and enjoys spending time in Walla Walla when her schedule allows.
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together, about $1 million in total startup costs, and it was no easy task. However, along the way they built a diverse group of investors: Amazon and Microsoft employees, the company’s insurance agent, and friends and family. In the last few months the money finally came together, and the developers were able to target an opening date for the oft-delayed brewery. When the doors open, There’s got to Bellevue be a way to use Brewing feature the power of beer will four signature beers: to go out and do an ESB, something bigger IPA, oatmeal stout – John Robertson and Scotch ale. Robertson said seasonal ales and specialty beers will become part of the rotation as well. The brewery won’t leave patrons hungry, either. A menu focused primarily on soups, salads, sandwiches and pizza will be available at an affordable price. Two-person pizzas are expected to cost between $9 and $11. Bellevue Brewing will open at 3 p.m. daily, with all beers costing $3. At 4 p.m., the price goes up to $4, and then prices stabilize at $5 from 5 p.m. to close. Robertson and Hansen set out on this
mission with a desire to be different. One thing that stands out, they say, is an emphasis on charitable giving. They plan to donate part of the proceeds - from a pint of beer to earnings at events - to organizations benefitting children. “If you’re going to go out and drink a beer and have some fun, you should try to do a little bit more with it,” Robertson said. “There’s got to be a way to use the power of beer to go out and do something bigger.” Bigger is the key word. Whether it’s in terms of giving, or the long-term vision of the brewery. Robertson said plans to expand locations throughout the Eastside could be in the works, and he and Hansen have plans to approach companies to put on and run special events. The beer’s influence will likely expand in the coming months, as well. Upon opening, customers will be able to get pints of their favorite brews, as well as growlers to take home. Within three to four months they may begin bottling the brews. And in a year, distribution will likely begin. Once they hit the market in what Robertson calls a 35-mile “freshness ring,” distribution of the products will likely expand as well. For Robertson and Hansen, the approach is all about the future. They never moved too fast during startup time, and they plan to make expansion and changes a measured decision. “We wanted to make sure we had enough money to do things right the first time rather than scramble six months or a year down the road,” Hansen said. Nat Levy: 425-453-4290; email@example.com
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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is part of an investment group looking to build a new sports arena and bring a National Basketball Association franchise back to Seattle. Ballmer, a Hunts Point resident, was listed along with Peter and Erik Nordstrom as members of the group headed by San Francisco hedge fund manager Chris Hansen that wants to build a $490 million arena that would house an NBA franchise and possibly an NHL team. Hansen listed the local participants in a June 13 letter to Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and King County Executive Dow Constantine. Ballmer’s involvement in Hansen’s investment group is not a surprise as he was part of a group that made a last-ditch effort to keep the Sonics in Seattle before they moved to Oklahoma City in 2008. Before the Sonics left town, Ballmer teamed with a few other prominent regional businessmen to offer $150 million for a renovation of KeyArena. The Nordstroms are members of the prominent Seattle family that formerly owned the Seattle Seahawks. “These three gentlemen, like me, are committed to operating the arena and NBA franchise in a way that represents and upholds the values of our community,” Hansen wrote in the letter. Hansen said that because of the “intense community interest” in the matter, the three agreed to come forward at this time. Hansen
added that his investment group is not fully assembled but said he would be the majority stakeholder if an NBA team came to town. Hansen is proposing to build a new stadium in the SoDo area of downtown Seattle with about $290 million in private investment from his group and up to $200 million from Seattle and King County that would be repaid by taxes and revenues collected through the new facility. Both Constantine and McGinn support the idea of bringing a team back to Seattle and both have reached a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Hansen. Both the Seattle and King County councils must approve the agreement before the project can move forward. Votes are expected to come later this summer. Constantine released a statement expressing his pleasure upon learning the names of Chris Hansen’s partners in the arena proposal. “The names of Steve Ballmer and Peter and Erik Nordstrom add additional strength and credibility to this proposal, and even greater assurance of the financial stability of the investment team that is working to bring the Sonics back to Seattle,” Constantine said in his statement. “Mr. Ballmer stepped up with unprecedented generosity in the effort to keep the Sonics in town. He’s stepping up again to bring them back.” Bill Christianson: 425-867-0353, ext. 5050; firstname.lastname@example.org
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Man electrocuted, dies A man died June 9 after he was electrocuted at a construction site in Bellevue. The state’s Department of Labor and Industries is investigating the incident, which occurred June 7 at a construction site at the 10600 block of Southeast 20th Street. The man was working for TPC Construction.
Free recycling event June 16 The Bellevue Game Time Elite AAU Basketball program will host a free recycling event June 16 at Lewis Creek Park. Between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., individuals can donate any electronic item, appliance or scrap metal material – working or not. Trucks for donations will be provided by 1 Green Planetƒ, a recycling company stationed in Renton. While the event is free, donations for AAU Basketball program will be accepted. The park is located at 5808 Lakemont Blvd. S.E. For more information on the event, email Gwende Weiher at email@example.com.
Sewer rates may rise King County officials briefed the Bellevue City Council on June 4 about proposed rate hikes for wastewater services. If implemented, the move would result in higher monthly bills for customers, including those in Bellevue. Bellevue has a long-term contract with King County for treatment and disposal of all sewage. Bellevue’s policy calls for passing through wholesale rate changes directly to customers. The county proposal is for a 2013-2014 increase of 10.4 percent in the wholesale rate charged to cities that are part of the regional wastewater system. In Bellevue, that
would translate to a roughly 6.3 percent boost for residential customers, or about $3.79 per month, bringing the average monthly wastewater bill to $64.18 starting in 2013. There would be no additional increase in 2014 under the plan. The exact rate increase won’t be known until the King County Council makes a final decision on wholesale rates by June 30, and the Bellevue City Council completes its 2013-2014 budget process later this year. County officials also have proposed a 3 percent increase in the “capacity charge” for new connections to the regional wastewater system as a result of new construction. Under the plan, beginning in 2013 the charge would rise to $6,618 if paid in one lump sum, or $53.50 per month if payments are made over 15 years.
City to help plan block parties Bellevue will offer assistance to neighborhoods to organize block parties summer as a way to help people get to know each other. City staff also can design and print flyers and an outdoor party banner. Residents who combine a food drive or other community service project with their block party also will receive four Seattle Mariners tickets to give away at their event. Block parties must take place BY Sept. 15 to qualify.
Bellevue’s Relay For Life set July 21 The annual walk and camping party for cancer awareness is back. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, Bellevue’s Relay For Life event and celebration is scheduled for July 21 at Bellevue College. The money raised during the event will go to cancer patients and research for cures. The event is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at BC’s soccer field at 3000 Landerholm Circle S.E. The event will run until July 22 at 8 a.m. Businesses, organizations, families and friends can create groups of 12-18 people to raise money during the event. Participants that raise $100 receive Relay t-shirts. To register a team, set up online donations or for more
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Classic car show set The Eastside Heritage Center again will offer its annual classic auto show at Crossroads International Park and it is accepting applications for car submissions. The show will be held on Sunday, June 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the second day of the Strawberry Festival.
Bellevue police promotes 2 The Bellevue Police Department has promoted two of its officers. Traffic Lieutenant John McCracken has been promoted to Patrol Captain, and Detective Travess Forbush was promoted to Patrol Lieutenant. A ceremony was held in their honor at City Hall, June 13.
Komen run raises $1.1 million Approximately 8,500 people participated in the Susan G. Komen Puget Sound Race for the Cure on June 3. A total of $1.1 million was raised to support treatment and research for breast cancer.
Event to honor teachers An event at Somerset Elementary School at 3:30 p.m. June 20 will honor Jean Lorch and Ruth Richlen who are retiring after more than 26 years of teaching. Lorch’s career had her working with children at Ardmore, Bellevue High, Cherry Crest, Clyde Hill and Three Points before coming to Somerset for the last 23 years. Richlen’s journey took her to many schools throughout the district, but has most recently been working at Bennett, Newport Heights, Phantom Lake, Spiritridge and Somerset. The event will be in the Somerset library.
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Eton School founder retires after 34 years Bellevue resident Dr. Patricia Feltin bid farewell to students, families and colleagues at Eton School on BellevueRedmond Road on June 6. Feltin, the school’s founder, is retiring after 34 years of service. Feltin founded Eton School in 1978 with the hopes to educate the “whole child” and honor the diversity of each
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individual. Eton School, serving pre-K to 8th grade students, started with 75 enrolled students. Today, more than 300 students are enrolled at the institution. The school, located near Microsoft’s Redmond campus, is known for being a multi-culturally rich institution for students to grow. A surprise farewell event was held for Feltin on June 6. During the party, each student presented Feltin with a flower of appreciation. In November 2011, Dr. Russel Smith from Las Vegas was selected to replace Feltin as head of the school for the 201213 year. For more information on Eton School or the new head of the school, visit www.etonschool.org.
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Coffee shop provides training for students with disabilities BY JEN HOFER Special to Bellevue Reporter
The scene doesn’t look unusual. Two young women, Joy, 19, and Megan, 20 (not their real names), greet customers at Bellevue’s new “Truly Sensational Coffee Shop” with heartfelt enthusiasm and contagious smiles. They quickly take orders for coffee and treats, answer questions and serve their customers with the confidence, professionalism and energy of the most experienced baristas. But not only is it their first day on the job, but the two also are special education students, part of the Bellevue School District’s Transition Services Center (TSC) program, which provides training in vocational and life skills to students (up to age 21) with disabilities. The coffee shop, sponsored by funding from the Bellevue Schools Foundation and located in the district headquarters, celebrated its grand opening in May. “We borrowed the concept from a school district in California,” said Joe Weber, Special Education and TSC Supervisor. “It was the same idea – opening a small nonprofit business to give the young adults in our program valuable on-the-job training. It’s all about empowering them to face the challenges of independence and self-sufficiency.” One of Megan’s tasks is to pour milk into the pitchers before the orders come. “I just really want to help out so people can enjoy our coffee,” Megan said. “And they’ve trained us how to make lattes, hot chocolate and other stuff.”
Megan and Paraeducator Debi Hitchcock replenish the supply of biscotti. COURTESY PHOTO Megan has held and enjoyed other jobs, but notes that the coffee shop “is my favorite so far.” While Joy’s goal is to work with animals, she really enjoys this job, and might consider working in a coffee shop. She remains a people-person despite the challenges she occasionally faces from a neurological disability. She enjoys a wide range of activities, from Seattle Humane Society volunteer work to playing soccer and hanging out with friends. A self-proclaimed “Latte Lady,” she ends a conversation by saying, “Oh! I’ve got to get back – a customer needs a
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students to get them fully trained, but will phase out as they take on more of the responsibilities. “Not only is this an invaluable experience for the students, but also I’ve always wanted to work in a coffee shop myself,” laughs Hitchcock. “So it’s been a bit of a dream come true for me, too.” Transition Specialist Peggy Lynch also has been instrumental in launching the non-profit and has learned a lot along the way. “I’ve never opened a small business before, and was shocked at how much work goes into it,” she said. The team also has benefited from support by other coffee businesses such as Starbucks and Caffé D’arte. “This has definitely been a team effort,” said Lynch. It may be Megan’s and Joy’s hard work and great attitudes, or the delicious Caffé D’arte coffee, or the value this program brings to the community, but the tip jar, which goes back into the TSC program, is filling up by the second. The Truly Sensational Coffee shop is located on the main level of the school district’s ESC building located at 12111 NE First St., and serves building occupants and visitors every weekday from 9-11 a.m. (Wednesday 9-10:30 a.m.)
Jen Hofer is a volunteer for the Bellevue Schools Foundation and a parent in the school district.
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Bennett Elementary event channels Olympic spirit Former Olympians, world champions help students understand event coming this summer to London BY KEEGAN PROSSER Bellevue Reporter
As the world gears up for this summer’s London 2012 Olympics, elementary students in Bellevue are getting their own dose of Olympic spirit. On June 13, students at Bennett Elementary School kicked off the Olympic season with the opening ceremony of the “Bennett Olympics.” Emceed by Principal Nicole Hemworth, the end of the year assembly, which took place of the school’s track, comes in advance of the school’s annual field day next week. In true Olym– Brad Barquist pic fashion, the ceremony opened with the introduction of nations, featuring the entrance of 22 classes representing 22 different countries around the globe.
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Fourth and fifth graders from Bennett Elementary pose with former Olympian Brad Barquist and Principal Nicole Hemworth as part of the Bennett Olympics opening ceremony. KEEGAN PROSSER, Bellevue Reporter The festivities also included a performance of the “Star-Spangled Banner” by Bennett Elementary’s choir, the passing of the Olympic torch and words of inspiration from a handful of former Olympians. Former Bennett Bulldog, Brad Barquist,
read aloud the official Olympic athlete’s oath before speaking to an attentive crowd of students about what it takes to be an Olympic champion. “My dreams literally started on this playground,” Barquist said.
City to offer tours of sculpture exhibit Bellevue’s popular biennial sculpture exhibition, featuring sculptures and installations at City Hall and Downtown Park and points in between, will open on July 13. The exhibition, “Bellwether 2012: reGeneration,” will feature works that reflect Bellevue’s emergence as a multicultural community with a dynamic, high-rise downtown. Tours led by city arts specialist Mary Pat
A graduate of Interlake High School and a former University of Michigan track star, Barquist went on to become a member of the 1996 US Olympic Track Team. Other special guests included World Champion coxswain Anna Fowler, and championship soccer player Kelly Weadock. Fowler was a coxswain for the University of Washington Men’s Rowing Team which won the Pac 10 Championship during her sophomore year in college; she also competed internationally in the 1992 Master’s World Championship in Cologne, Germany, winning five gold medals, and has coxed boats from the UK, Australia and Norway. Among other accolades, Weadock was a member of the gold-medal winning 1987 U.S. Men’s Soccer Team. Bennett Elementary School teacher Wendy Schol, who organized the event, hopes that “when the Olympics start, [the students] will be more personally connected, and have more of a historical background [of the Games].” Next week’s field day will include 32 Olympic-inspired events including a 50-meter dash, baseball games, and NERF archery. “We’re trying to bring it down to [the elementary] level and make it fun,” Schol said. Keegan Prosser: 425-453-4602; firstname.lastname@example.org
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Before last year’s MLB Draft, Adrian Sampson had no expectations. Even after finishing a solid season and helping his Bellevue College team to a conference championship, the 2010 Skyline graduate knew questions about his health, durability and long-term future remained in the minds of MLB scouts and front office management. “I didn’t have any idea what would happen in the draft because I was kind of off the radar,” said Sampson, who was ultimately chosen in the 16th round by the Florida Marlins in 2011. The decision to return to BC this year was an easy one given where he was selected and the opportunity to work with head coach Mark Yoshino for another season. That choice was rewarded last week, when the Pittsburgh Pirates took SampMark Yoshino son in the fifth round of the 2012 MLB Draft after he posted an 11-0 season on the mound, setting the unofficial NWAACC strikeout record in the process. “Adrian has always had a strong work ethic and is always looking to get better,” Yoshino said. “This year, he pitched with confidence.” Sampson finished his undefeated season with four complete games, and a 1.36 ERA after appearing in 13 contests for the Bulldogs. He struck out 107 batters (against only 27 walks), which Yoshino said is the highest total anyone around the program could find going back as far as 1987. The breakout year was a long time coming for Sampson, who starred at Skyline before Tommy John surgery forced him to the dugout for his entire senior season in 2010. His first year of college also included an arthroscopic procedure on his knee to correct a non-baseball injury that he had dealt with since his prep days. While Yoshino credited Sampson with his determination to rehab from the injuries, the player himself gave a nod to Yoshino and the coaching staff for much of his development during his time in a BC program that has become known in baseball circles for outstanding player development. “He did everything for me,” Sampson said of Yoshino. “He and his staff bring the whole package to BC.” While he has already signed a letter of intent with the University of Oregon and head coach George Horton,
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Sampson said he will likely opt instead to begin his professional career in the Pirates organization. “It’s a really tough decision, especially with the season Oregon just had and with coach Horton there,” Sampson said. “I just feel mentally and physically ready to start my career and the next step is pro baseball.” Sampson and all other players selected in the draft have until 5 p.m. (ET) on July 13 to finalize and sign a contract. Adrian’s older brother Julian was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 12th round in 2007 out of high school and has spent the past six seasons in the minor leagues. He is currently 3-0 thus far in 2012, pitching for the Rockland Boulders of the CanAm League. “I’m sure Adrian will use his brother’s experiences as a learning tool,” Yoshino said. Sophomore catcher Alex Ross was taken by the hometown Mariners in the 36th round of the draft and 2013 signee Theo Alexander of Lake Washington High School was chosen in the seventh round by the Los Angeles Dodgers to round out the players with Bellevue College ties.
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t would be easy for Steve Ferreira to just sit in his chair. The 23-year-old Renton native and Bellevue College student has lived in a wheelchair for his entire life after being diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy as an infant. But for Ferreira, the chair is for more than just sitting. Josh Suman He took up basketball and other sports during his youth and won the Physical Education Medallion Award at his alma mater Liberty during his senior year. In the five years since finishing high school, Ferreira’s trophy case has steadily become more crowded as he has captured medals in discus, club and shot put throw as well as weightlifting. The impact he has away from athletics is even greater, as Ferreira has traveled around the region giving his presentation to high school students about what a life with cerebral palsy looks like. Thornton Perry, an Steve Ferreira tosses a discus instructor who has spent the past 41 years at BC in from a specially designed chair one capacity or another Perry calls, “The Rolls Royce of and coached Ferreira for wheelchairs.” Courtesy Photo, BC the past three years, said he has never met anyone who combines purpose and positivity like Steve. “I’ve never been around someone so positive in my entire life,” Perry said. He first met Ferreira at a freshman orientation and the two immediately connected, talking about adaptations for wheelchair athletes and the minimal coaching he had received up to that point. Other than helping a former student prepare for the Special Olympics, Perry had virtually no experience working with developmentally disabled adults. A few years around Ferreira has taught him all he needs to know. “I’ve learned a lot about the human spirit,” Perry said. He and Ferreira have continued their throwing sessions, SEE STEVE, 17
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Bellevue youth to compete at Safeco Field in baseball event Ariana Arnone, a student at St. Madeleine Sophie Catholic School and Bellevue resident, will be one of a handful of students competing to win a trip to MLB All-Star weekend in Kansas City, Mo. on June 17 when she takes the field for the Mariners Team Championship Competition. Arnone, who plays softball, soccer and basketball, qualified by virtue of her finish at a local compeition that measured throwing accuracy, speed and hitting ability in an event hosted by the Bellevue Blast softball club. The competition at Safeco Field is the semi-final phase of the Aquafina MLB Pitch, Hit and Run program and only the top three will have a shot at winning the national competition.
Tickets on sale for Bellevue season-opening football game Bellevue’s much-anticipated interstate showdown with Euless-Trinity (Texas) may be more than two months away, but eager spectators can get their tickets online now. Showclix.com has adult general admission seats available for $15 and student tickets for $10. All major credit cards are being accepted. The game is schedule for Aug. 30 at Seattle Memorial Stadium with a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Team members: Charlie Bass, Mark Brasel, Lucas Hsu, Carlos Golan, Colin Wall, Grant Gardner, Nate Thomas, Nolan Balocco, Logan Blank, Owen Weber, Aldon Lobo, Nathan Shilley. Coaches Chris Thomas, Mark Gardner, Thomas Lobo.
Kloppenburg inducted into high school Hall of Fame Former NBA coach Bob Kloppenburg, a Bellevue resident and former coach with the Seattle Supersonics will be inducted into the charter class of the John Marshall High School (Los Angeles) Hall of Fame on June 15.
Bellevue Golf Course offering youth camps during summer Three youth golf camps will be hosted by Bellevue Golf Course in the coming months and all three will be taught by PGA professionals. The junior camp will take place June 30 and July 1-2 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. each day with a cost of $40 per golfer. The course will cover full swing, short game, putting, rules and etiquette and will have a day of supervised play at Crossroads Par 3 course as well. A premier junior camp and intermediate/advanced camp are also available and will run for three days. Cost is $150 per golfer. Call 425-452-7250 for more information.
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with Perry even getting his young pupil involved with Club Northwest, the track and field group he is part of. All the work has led Ferreira to the cusp of a goal he has been chasing since he began competing: a spot on the United States Paralympic Team. Later this month he will travel to Chicago to compete in discus, shot put and club throw. Results pending, the final round of trials in Indianapolis is the last step before earning a trip to London for the biggest stage wheelchair athletics has to offer. After years of providing and finding inspiration in field events, Ferreira knows just what it would mean to become a member of the U.S. Paralympics team. “It would be awesome,” he said. If Ferreira does make the standard, those cheering him on won’t be able to stay in their chairs either.
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Eastsiders looking to take a trip down memory lane may have the opportunity to do just that as part of the Radio Enthusiasts of Puget Sound’s Showcase 2012, taking place June 22-24 at the Bellevue Coast Hotel in downtown Bellevue. In it’s 20th year, the old-time radio showcase aims to celebrate the classic storytelling of the “Golden Age of Radio,” by way of first person accounts from the people who lived, breathed and starred in classic radio programs. In addition to panels, interviews and discussions with some of the top radio talents of yesteryear, the convention will feature reenactments by a number of noteworthy radio performers: Bob Hastings (“McHales Navy”), Don Hastings (“As The World Turns”), Frank Ferrante (as Groucho), Larry Albert (“Imagination Theatre”), Bob Hudson (“Little Orphan Annie”), Terry Moore (Come Back Little Sheba) and Beverly Washburn (Star Trek) - to name a few. Also attending this year’s conference is radio and television star Gloria McMillan. Known for her portrayal of Harriet Conklin in the television version of “Our Miss Brooks,” McMillan got her start on KGW radio in Portland, Ore. Her radio credits include appearances on The Lux Radio Theatre, The Great Gildersleeve, The Jack Benny
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Charlize Theron rules in “Snow White and the Huntsman” In the wake of several recent Snow White Huntsman. revivals, “Snow White and the Huntsman” Unfortunately Kristen Stewart wasn’t impreschooses a distinct and dark take on the classic sive as Snow White, but did adapt the characMOVIE fairytale. ter into a stronger, less traditional princess to Soon after the death of fit the nature of the film. the mother of young Snow The film took a very different spin on the White, played by Kristen typical Snow White, although it did incorporate Stewart of the “Twilight” saga, the Seven Dwarves, which provided the primary a beautiful and deranged sorcersource of the film’s minimal humor. ess named Ravenna takes over Snow One major strength of the movie was its mesmerWhite’s kingdom. Snow White is locked izing visual effects, my favorites being those from up in a prison for the remainder of her the fairy-inhabited part of the magical forest. The shortcoming of the film was its plot, which was rather Aran Kirschenmann childhood while Ravenna strangles the goodness out of the kingdom. disjointed. The storyline lacked enough explanation, Later Ravenna learns that Snow especially of the magic, and at times didn’t seem fully White, replacing her as “the fairest of them all,” is both developed. her only weakness and only source of the everlasting Overall, “Snow White and the Huntsman” was an enbeauty and youth she craves. Soon Snow White is on the grossing approach to the age-old Snow White story. The run from Ravenna’s minions and ends up lost in an evil film had its weaknesses and dead moments, but it also magic forest. had many strong points. People looking for an actionA huntsman is tricked into pursuing Snow White, but packed, dark version of the tale will enjoy “Snow White quickly becomes her unlikely ally as she embarks on a and the Huntsman.” mission to reclaim her deceased father’s kingdom. Theron truly captivated and stole the show in her Aran Kirschenmann, 15, is a contributing writer for the powerful and intriguing, although somewhat disturbing, Bellevue Reporter and a sophomore at The International role. Chris Hemsworth, who recently starred in “Thor” School in Bellevue. You may reach and connect with her and “The Avengers,” did an excellent job portraying the on her Facebook page “The Young Critic.”
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Megan Walter, of Bellevue, graduated in May with the the highest GPA from the School of Hospitality Business Management at Washington State University. She is a graduate of Sammamish High School and
■■■ Laurel Savannah Dix, of Bellevue, has graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a Bachelor of Science degree. ■■■ David Bills, of Bellevue, will participate in the twoday, 192-mile Pan-Massachusetts Challenge on Aug. 4-5 to raise money for the Jared Branfman Sunflowers For Life Fund For Pediatric Brain and Spinal Cancer Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. ■■■ Roberta Woronowicz, a Bellevue resident studying at the United States Military Academy, is among 14 cadets and midshipmen from the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy chosen by the Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation (AJCF) to participate in the Center’s American Service Academies Program.
The program is designed to help the cadets and midshipmen examine history, become an ambassador of ethical behavior, and take responsibility for upholding these values as a future military leader. Woronowicz is majoring in defense and strategic studies and human geography. ■■■ Alice Lai, a 2008 graduate of Bellevue High School, has graduated from University of Pittsburgh with degrees in Japanese language and computer science (summa cum laude). She has received a National Science Foundation fellowship to pursue a Ph.D. in computer science at University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
received an honorable mention on the Metro League All-Division Teams Mountain Division. She will attend Santa Clara University in California. Mandy Mahan, Bellevue, valedictorian. This past spring Mandy was the female lead in the school’s musical rendition of “Footloose.” She will attend Villanova University in Philadelphia. Max Mueller, Newcastle, salutatorian. Max is senior class treasurer and captain of the swim team. He will attend Santa Clara University in California. Tennley Noble, Newcastle, valedictorian. Tennley is a member of the school’s Mock Trial. She will attend
■■■ Five students from Bellevue and Newcastle have been named either valedictorian or salutatorian at Eastside Catholic School. They are: Cailtlin Courshon, Bellevue, salutatorian. Cailtlin played first base for fastpitch softball this past spring and
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■■■ Salome M. Loera, of Bellevue, has been named to the dean’s list for winter 2012 at Northern Michigan University. She achieved a 4.0 grade
Brian Smith, a 2003 graduate of Bellevue Senior High School and 2007 graduate of Washington State University, graduated from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif., with his doctorate in Physical Therapy. He is finishing an internship in Boston, Mass. He is the son of Robin Smith of Bellevue and Kenneth Smith of Bellevue.
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Olivia Marie Richmond (Lola), a student at St. Thomas School in Medina, will participate in the 2012 Miss Jr. Pre-Teen Seattle pageant competition June 17. She was selected followLola Richmond ing an interview session that was conducted by the pageant’s coordinator. Winners of the pageant will represent Seattle at the National Competition in Orlando, Fla. More than $30,000 in prizes and awards will be presented at the national competition. Lola is a fourthyear student at Pacific Northwest Ballet and the daughter of of Charlie and Kathryn Richmond of Kirkland.
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