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HOMELESS SHELTER | Organization provides homeless shelters, services [17]

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OPINION | Mayor’s Memo: New PACC panel is ‘dream team’ [8] Roegner: Mayor’s agenda vs. community’s priorities [8] SEAHAWKS | More on the historic Super Bowl champs, victory parade [20] BLOTTER | Man invokes ‘God’s will’ in attempted theft [27]

SPORTS | Five Federal Way High School FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2014 | 75¢ students ink letters of intent [11]

CALENDAR | Rummage sale to benefit Lions Club dictionary project [28]

Celski blogs about son, Olympic speedskater New Mirror blog to chronicle Council member’s trip to Sochi, Russia With the Opening Ceremonies scheduled for the next night (Friday, Feb. 12, 2010), and his first event, the 1,500 meter scheduled for the following Saturday evening, the coaches were pressing the skaters hard to remain in their rooms to rest instead of participating. Well, J.R. would have none of that, and eventually after several negotiations (and calling dad for advice on how to deal with the coaches), reason prevailed. The athletes were allowed to walk and then would leave early. We found out the night before the Opening Ceremonies that he would participate, answering our concern about whether he would be allowed to walk in the Opening Ceremonies. There was no way he would come this far and miss a lifetime milestone like this. First concern taken care of – check. J.R. went on to win the Bob Celski



his blog is written to keep the proud people of Federal Way informed about one of the city’s sons, short track speedskater J.R. Celski and the experience of his parents, Bob and Sue, during the Olympics. When Sue and I were driving on Interstate 5 somewhere north of Seattle on our way to the Vancouver Olympics on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010, we were really only concerned about two things. First, was J.R. going to be allowed to walk in the Opening Ceremonies, and second, how would he perform against the best in the world after recovering from one of the most serious injuries his sport has ever seen. He hadn’t competed in more than five months since the Olympic Trials in mid-September 2009, and only started training back on the ice after Thanksgiving 2009, just more than two months before the opening ceremonies.

[ more CELSKI, page 16 ]

Legion of Boom Above, Federal Way residents (pictured) joined more than 700,000 people during a Seahawks victory parade that ended at CenturyLink Field in Seattle on Wednesday. casey olson, The Mirror

Right, hundreds attended a rally at City Hall on Jan. 31, before the Seahawks’ won the Super Bowl on Sunday. Greg allmain, The Mirror

Mayor reveals Blue Ribbon Panel members to analyze PACC by Greg Allmain

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Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell revealed the nine members of the Blue Ribbon Panel that will help provide objective expertise on the proposed Performing Arts and Conference Center (PACC) during the Federal Way City Council meeting on Feb. 4.

Ferrell characterized the members of the panel as “the best and the brightest” in the local community, so they can bring “the full weight of that intellectual capability to an issue that has been debated and bandied around” in Federal Way for a number of years. The nine members include Dave Berger, a retired city, government and eco-

nomic development manager; Steve Lewis, a former president of Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company; Scott Brown, the director of operations for Piramco, Inc; Rob Harpster, owner of Olympic Aerospace; Susan Streifel, CEO, Woodstone Credit Union; Kathi Ferrari, vice president/principal business banker for Wells Fargo N.A.; Pam Smith,

director of the Auburn Performing Arts Center; Brian Bullard, branch manager for Columbia Bank; and Mildred Olle’e, a college administrator. “These nine individuals are a dream team of local expertise in finance operations and management,” Ferrell said in a press release from the city. “I am confident they will give RIGHT AUTO SALES Quality Cars 33333 Pacific Hwy S • 253-839-4701

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the community a fresh and objective review of the Performing Arts and Conference Center.” Ferrell noted during the meeting that the Blue Ribbon Panel’s review of the PACC’s pro forma will happen concurrently with a review by Nida Tautvydas, the executive director of [ more PANEL, page 4 ]

Federal Way Mirror, February 07, 2014  

February 07, 2014 edition of the Federal Way Mirror

Federal Way Mirror, February 07, 2014  

February 07, 2014 edition of the Federal Way Mirror