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Kent Reporter readers select their favorites

Once again it’s time to announce the annual Best of Kent for 2014. All the winners and finalists are listed within the special section in today’s paper. The increase in votes received year over year both online and in-print is wonderful and I would like to thank those who took the time to vote. It is very evident to me this community takes pride in their retailers, people and service providers and that is what makes Kent the great city it is. Once again we had multiple categories this year where there were ties in the both the winner and finalist rankings. I would like to congratulate everyone who received votes and also thank the loyal readers of the Kent Reporter for their support again this year. After many long hours of counting votes and then bestowing the honor of drawing the winners for the great prizes donated by QFC to my Renton Reporter publisher, Ellen Morrison, I am pleased to present to you the 2014 Best of Kent as picked by the readers of the Kent Reporter. A special thank you goes out to QFC for generously donating the prizes to the lucky winners of our readership contest. -Publisher Polly Shepherd

for Voting Me the Best Mortgage Services in 2013 and the nomination in 2014!

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to the winners of the drawing!

$100 Gift Card:

Gordon B. - Renton

$75 Gift Card:

Alayne M. - Kent

$50 Gift Card:

Carolyn H. - Kent

Thank you to QFC for sponsoring this drawing!

25 APRIL 2014


COMMUNITY Volunteer

Police Officer/ Firefighter

WINNER: Bill Westcott

WINNER: Ken Thomas - Chief of Police

FINALIST: George Adams FINALIST: Jim Berrios FINALIST: Suzanne Berrios FINALIST: Wade Schwartz

FINALIST: Captain Kyle Ohashi - Kent Fire Department FINALIST: Rory Anderson - Kent Fire Department FINALIST: Tami Kapule - Incident Prevention Coordinator

Favorite Family Destination WINNER: Kent Station FINALIST: Kent Valley Ice Centre FINALIST: Lake Meridian Park FINALIST: ShoWare Center

Teacher/School WINNER: Theresa Turner - Kentlake High School FINALIST: Amy Abrams - Northwood Middle School FINALIST: Sara Palmer - Mattson Middle School FINALIST: Sandra Roberts - Sunrise FINALIST: Sarah Hall - Kentridge High School

Arbor Village would like to thank the readers of the Kent Reporter for their votes in the 2014 Best of Kent Reader’s Poll!

Public Official WINNER: Senator Joe Fain FINALIST: Dana Ralph FINALIST: Jim Berrios FINALIST: Mayor Suzette Cooke

Sweet Success

We are honored to have the support of this community and we continue to be dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to our residents.

24121 116th Avenue SE Kent, WA 98030 www.arborvillage.us 253-856-1600

1031950

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to all our wonderful customers! We appreciate your business!

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Araceli & Roberto Gonzalez, Owners, 39 years in Kent Locally Owned & Operated

Phone: 253.854.5320 Orders-to-Go Fax: 253.854.0739 203 South 4th Avenue, Kent, WA 98030

1031322

Across from City Hall & 2 blocks south of Justice Center

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PEOPLE Attorney/Law Firm

Insurance Agent

Travel Agent

WINNER: Curran Law Firm

WINNER: Craig Romney - State Farm Insurance

WINNER: Sally Goodgion - Catalyst Travel

FINALIST: Deborah Nelons - State Farm Insurance FINALIST: Doug Jones - State Farm Insurance FINALIST: Duane Weber Insurance

FINALIST: The Savvy Traveler FINALIST: Travel Leaders / Travel Network

FINALIST: Greg Haffner - Curran Law Firm FINALIST: Hanis Irvine Prothero, PLLC FINALIST: Jennifer C. Rydberg, Attorney at Law FINALIST: Law Offices of Dan Kellogg

Bartender

Pet Groomer

WINNER: Chris - Mama Stortini’s Restaurant & Bar

WINNER: Adorable Dogs

FINALIST: Dan - The AC Tavern FINALIST: Dave - Shindig Martini Bar FINALIST: J & S Sports Pub & Grill

Veterinarian WINNER: Dr. Rob McMonigle, DVM - McMonigle Veterinary Hospital

FINALIST: Green Dog Gooming FINALIST: Pet Country FINALIST: Reber Ranch FINALIST: Soggy Doggy

FINALIST: Afford-A-Vet Animal Clinic FINALIST: Dr. Sandy Larson, DVM - McMonigle Veterinary Hospital FINALIST: Reber Ranch FINALIST: Value Pet Clinic Kent

Realtor

Waiter - Waitress

FINALIST: Patty - Golden Steer Steak ‘N Rib House

Financial Advisor FINALIST: John J. Schneider - Edward Jones FINALIST: Doug Myers - Edward Jones FINALIST: Kevin P. Hasslinger - Edward Jones

WINNER: Marti Reeder - John L. Scott Real Estate

WINNER: Michelle Lowery - Maggie’s On Meeker

FINALIST: Cathy Wahlin - Windermere Real Estate FINALIST: Lance Goodwin - Coldwell Banker Bain FINALIST: Tamara Paul - RE/MAX Choice Executives FINALIST: Tray Svendson - John L. Scott Real Estate

FINALIST: Connie - Golden Steer Steak N’ Rib House FINALIST: Lilah - Mama Stortini’s Restaurant & Bar FINALIST: Rich - Maggie’s on Meeker

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and for NOMINATING us in 2014!

to our valued customers who nominated us for "Best Hamburger" in Kent! Thank you for your

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“Best of Kent Dentist!”

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Geography of Kent, WA Kent is divided into three major regions: East Hill, the Valley, and West Hill. Downtown Kent is located on the east side of the valley; the rest of the valley is almost entirely covered by warehouses. There is a good view of Mt. Rainier to the southeast. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 29.19 square miles (75.60 km2), of which, 28.63 square miles (74.15 km2) is land and 0.56 square miles (1.45 km2) is water. Major waterways include the Green River, which flows north through Kent on its way to Puget Sound. The largest lake is Lake Meridian on the city's East Hill.

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Best of Kent

Mexican Restaurant

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Thank you for voting for us for Best Eye Doctors in Kent!

Restaurant, Cafe & Ice Cream, Take-out Italian, European & Asian Pasta Bowl, International Specialties Appetizers & Tapas, Salads, Sandwiches, BBQ, Pizza, Fried Chicken Espresso, Gelato, Ice Cream, Smoothies, Shakes, Sundaes, Desserts

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Thank you for nominating us “Best Italian Restaurant”! Come to Paolo’s this Mother’s Day May 11 for Brunch or Dinner. Call for reservations ~ Mom will thank you.

PAOLO’S Italian Restaurant

1031089

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8009 S. 180th St., Suite 104 (Across from IKEA)

1030863

253-639-STAR(7827)

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13121 SE Kent Kangley RD, Kent, WA, 98030

23810 104th Avenue SE • Kent WA 98031

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SERVICES Automotive Care

Hair Salon/Barber Shop WINNER: Blanc ‘n Schwartz Salon

Nails By Design - Terri Lancaster

FINALIST: East Hill Auto Service FINALIST: Les Schwab - Kent FINALIST: Torklift Central FINALIST: Warren Secord Tire Factory

FINALIST: Blue Island Beauty FINALIST: Esquire Hair Salon FINALIST: New Visions Hair Design

FINALIST: Gina’s Nail Spa FINALIST: Peridot Nail Salon FINALIST: Tips & Toes Salon and Spa - Leana Leavy

Bank/Credit Union

Mortgage Services

WINNER: East Hill Tire Factory

WINNER: Heritage Bank FINALIST: BECU FINALIST: Chase Bank FINALIST: HomeStreet Bank

Catering

WINNER: Down Home Catering

Nail Salon

Painter/Contractor

WINNER: Cindi Cameron - First Rate Mortgage

WINNER: Jeff Heiss Painting

FINALIST: HomeStreet Bank - Laura Unruh FINALIST: Tom Woods - Windermere Mortgage Services FINALIST: Wells Fargo Bank

FINALIST: 3D Drywall Inc. FINALIST: AAA Heating & Air Conditioning FINALIST: Big Sky Construction FINALIST: Cold Fire Paint

FINALIST: Cave Man Kitchen FINALIST: Golden Steer Steak N’ Rib House FINALIST: Mama Stortini’s Restaurant & Bar

Thank You! For all your votes for Best Thrift Store in Kent. Our store employees and everyone at St.Vincent de Paul are honored with this designation.Your support enables us to serve thousands of needy neighbors all over Kent and other communities in our area.

Thank you for nominating us for Best Spa Services in Kent! Help us celebrate 7 years of nominations in this category! We love pampering you, again and again!

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SHOPPING Bookstore

Consignment/Thrift Store

Grocery/Convenient Store

WINNER: Kent Teaching & Toys

WINNER: Children’s Hospital Thrift Store

WINNER: QFC

FINALIST: Alleluia! Catholic Store FINALIST: Christian Supply FINALIST: Fred Meyer

FINALIST: Goodwill Industries International, Inc. FINALIST: Melissa’s Antiques & Fancy Goods FINALIST: St. Vincent de Paul FINALIST: Value Village

FINALIST: Fred Meyer FINALIST: Kent Grocery Outlet FINALIST: Safeway FINALIST: Sunshine Corners Nutrition

Furniture/Home Decor

Jewelry Store

Clothing/Shoe Store WINNER: Chico’s FINALIST: Ann Taylor Loft FINALIST: Coldwater Creek FINALIST: Linda’s Apparel FINALIST: Road Runner Sports

WINNER: Fig & Feather Gifts and Home Decor FINALIST: Big Lots FINALIST: Don Willis Furniture FINALIST: Pugerude’s

Flower Shop

Gift Store

WINNER: Bonaci Fine Jewelers FINALIST: Earthworks Gem Design Studio FINALIST: Fred Meyer Jewelers FINALIST: Kimberley’s Exquisite Jewelry

Pet Store

WINNER: Bella Home & Garden

WINNER: Kelly’s Gift Boutique

WINNER: Reber Ranch

FINALIST: Blossom Boutique FINALIST: Buds & Blooms FINALIST: East Hill Floral

FINALIST: Fig & Feather Gifts and Home Decor FINALIST: Fred Meyer FINALIST: Hallmark

FINALIST: Mud Bay FINALIST: Pet Country FINALIST: PetCo

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SHOPPING Plant Nursery

Small-Large Appliance Store

Winery/Wine Shop

WINNER: Carpinito Brothers

WINNER: Super Sew & Vac

WINNER: Red’s Wine Bar

FINALIST: East Hill Nursery FINALIST: Furney’s Nursery FINALIST: McLendon Hardware

FINALIST: Albert Lee Appliance FINALIST: Home Depot FINALIST: Sears Appliance Store

FINALIST: Airways Brewing FINALIST: Fred Meyer FINALIST: Kent Grocery Outlet FINALIST: Safeway

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10210 SE 260TH ST, KENT, WA 98030

THANK YOU FOR NOMINATING US!

253-520-2440 • www.currykababkent.com 24023 104th Ave SE Kent WA 98031

Caring Enough to Listen

Gentle Effective Care for 24 Years.

Thank you for voting Bob Smithing, ARNP • Maddy Wiley, ARNP • Kathy Kleiver, ARNP • Afton Williamson, ARNP 1030401

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Sizzling Tandoori Specialties, Seafood, Chicken, Lamb and Goat, dishes with many gluten free options.

253-630-1575

BEST PHYSICIANS/NURSE PRACTITIONER IN 2011, 2012 & 2013 Best Healthcare Facility in 2013

10024 SE 240th Street #201 • Kent 253.859.CARE (2273) www.familycareofkent.com

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Thank you for the nomination for Best Indian Restaurant!

1031091

Thank you for all the votes for Best Asian Cuisine!

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A place like no other where we know you like family.


Demographics - 2010 census As of the census of 2010, there were 92,411 people, 34,044 households, and 21,816 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,227.8 inhabitants per square mile (1,246.3 /km2). There were 36,424 housing units at an average density of 1,272.2 per square mile (491.2 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 55.5% White, 11.3% African American, 1.0% Native American, 15.2% Asian, 1.9% Pacific Islander, 8.5% from other races, and 6.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 16.6% of the population. There were 34,044 households out of which 37.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.6% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.9% were non-families. 28.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and

Kent Morrill’s

the average family size was 3.31. The median age in the city was 33 years. 26.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 30.6% were from 25 to 44; 24.3% were from 45 to 64; and 8.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.9% male and 50.1% female. Historical populations

+ LGBT +

Census 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 Est. 2012

Pop. 9,017 16,275 23,152 37,960 79,524 92,411 122,999

%± 175.1% 80.5% 42.3% 64.0% 109.5% 16.2% 33.1%

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to all of our valued customers that voted us the Best in Kent!

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253-852-3280 • www.easthilltire.com All Major Brands • Tires & Custom Wheels Complete Automotive Service • Napa Auto Center

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“What mom always told us to say… Peas and Thank You” Thank you for nominiating us for Best Grocery Store in Kent! • Nutritional Books • Organic Deli & Produce • Allergy Free Foods • Gluten Free Foods

15220 SE 272nd, Suite F

MERIDIAN TOWN SQUARE

Family Owned Since 1987

• Bulk Herbs • Pet Products • Cosmetics & Skin Care

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HEALTH & FITNESS Chiropractor

WINNER: Dr. Gary Blackburn D.C. - Rebound Chiropractic FINALIST: Baldwin Chiropractic FINALIST: Dr. Linda DeGroot, D.C. FINALIST: Lake Meridian Chiropractic FINALIST: Pearson Chiropractic & Rehabilitation Center

Massage Therapist

Senior Living Facility

WINNER: Tina Russeff - Easthill Massage Clinic

WINNER: Arbor Village Continuing Care Retirement Community

FINALIST: Brian Foreman, L.M.P. FINALIST: Lemon Drop Skin Care and Massage FINALIST: Melissa Rankin, L.M.P. - Sunrise Studios Wellness Center FINALIST: Morgan Reber - Cascara Body Works

WINNER: The Weatherly Inn

Dentist/Denturist WINNER: Dr. Sue Hollinsworth, DDS FINALIST: Dr. David B. Larcher, DDS - Kent Oral Surgery FINALIST: Dr. Richard Hayashi, DDS - Hayashi Family Dental FINALIST: Life Like Dentures FINALIST: Meridian Dental Clinic FINALIST: The James Gang

Physician WINNER: Dr. Hilton A. Chen, MD - MultiCare Kent Clinic WINNER: Maddy Wiley, MSN, ARNP, FAANP - Family Care of Kent

WINNER: Clearvue Vision Center WINNER: Kosnoski Eye Care

FINALIST: Dr. Kingman Ho, MD - Southlake Clinic FINALIST: Dr. Maricar DeGuzman - Abajero, MD - MultiCare Covington FINALIST: Dr. Philip Chan, MD - UW Medicine/Valley Medical Center - Kent Clinic FINALIST: Robert Smithing, MSN, ARNP, FAANP - Family Care of Kent

FINALIST: Benson Vision Source FINALIST: Meridian Family Eye Care FINALIST: East Hill Vision Clinic

Skin Care/Cosmetics

Eye Doctor

Thank You!

Mary's Fine Food Restaurant Serving the Community since 1992

Breakfast (Served All Day) Dinner (Mon-Fri) Lunch Daily

Mon-Fri 7:00am-7:00pm Saturday 7:00am-3:00pm Sunday 7:00am-1:00pm

Orders To Go! 23641-104th Avenue SE Mary's Restaurant

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Our sincere thanks to the Kent community who nominated us “Best Insurance Agent”!

Hours!

Kent East Hill

Auto • Fire • Life • Health

Craig Romney, Agent

1030028

Our Produce is Cut Fresh Daily!

253-854-2650

FINALIST: Hand & Stone - Kent Station FINALIST: Lemon Drop Skin Care & Massage FINALIST: Nails By Design Salon & Spa FINALIST: Pure Escapes Day Spa

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FINALIST: Family Care of Kent FINALIST: Franciscan Health System - Highline Medical Center FINALIST: HealthPoint FINALIST: Kent MultiCare

Best Breakfast in 2014! Come in & See Why!

WINNER: Tips & Toes Salon and Spa - Leana Leavy

FINALIST: Blanc & Schwartz Salon FINALIST: Jill Maurice - NW Electrology, Esthetics & Permanent Makeup FINALIST: Pure Escape Spa

WINNER: UW Medicine/ Valley Medical Center - Kent

Nominated for:

Spa Services

WINNER: Lemon Drop Skin Care and Massage

HealthCare Facility

THANK YOU!

FINALIST: Farrington Court Retirement Community FINALIST: Judson Park FINALIST: Normandy Park Senior Living FINALIST: SHAG FINALIST: Stafford Suites in Kent FINALIST: Wesley Homes Des Moines

253-859-0910 craig.romney.b810@statefarm.com 24255 104th Ave. SE • Kent

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History of Kent, WA Kent is home to a large steel industry dating back to the early 20th century. Steel and metal manufacturers include: Salmon Bay Steel Company: Operated in Kent for 50 years before closing down. Birmingham Steel purchased Salmon bay in 1991. Salmon bay went on the buy Bethlehem Steel (Seattle Steel) in West Seattle. Years after the purchase, complaints were made of pollution in the Green River valley about pollution from the Salmon Bay melting facility and the facility was shut down. Puget Sound Steel: Puget Sound Steel is an independently owned and operated-unique specialty fabricator of reinforcing steel and a supplier of related reinforcement products, since 1961. Puget Sound Steel has been the Northwest’s select supplier of fabricated rebar, and steel reinforcement to commercial, highway, industrial and residential building contractors. Works include large scale projects including bridges skyscrapers. Pacific Metal Company: In 1947, started in Seattle and opened a 19,000 square foot plant. The business and facilities continued to grow for 30 years to meet local needs as well as the emerging markets of Alaska. The “expanded” 40,000 square foot warehouse and sales office was bursting its seams. . In 1979, a 80,000 square foot facility was built south of the city of Seattle in the Kent Valley at Tukwila. In September 2010 PMC moved to a new location just 3 miles SE in the city of Kent, Washington. Pacific Metal Company is a stocking distributor of non-ferrous metals specializing in stainless steel, copper, aluminum, and brass products as well as ferrous products specializing in Cold Rolled, Coated (Zinc and Aluminum) and pre-painted coils and sheets. TMX Aerospace: TMX Aerospace, a division of ThyssenKrupp Steel North America; provides materials including steel, brass, and copper as well as exclusive supply chain management support for the Boeing Commercial Airplanes group.

THANK YOU for NOMINATING US for BEST FAMILY DESTINATION…

COME SEE WHY!

THANK YOU FOR NOMINATING US FOR BEST LAW FIRM IN KENT

curran law firm 555 West Smith Street | Kent, WA 98032 253-852-2345 www.curranfirm.com

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6015 S. 240th St • Kent WA

On James Street 2 blocks west of the new ShoWare Center – Home of the Seattle Thunderbirds

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RESTAURANTS Asian Cuisine

Bakery

WINNER: Banyan Tree Thai Restaurant

WINNER: Hayley’s Corner Bakery

FINALIST: Boonmar Thai FINALIST: China Star Restaurant and Lounge FINALIST: Magic Flavors FINALIST: Super Buffet Chinese Restaurant FINALIST: Trapper’s Sushi at Kent Statio

FINALIST: M Bakery & Deli FINALIST: Sweet Themes Bakery FINALIST: Wild Wheat Bakery Cafe

WINNER: Kelly Latte’s FINALIST: Bri’s Beans FINALIST: Kona Kai Coffee FINALIST: Maggie’s on Meeker FINALIST: Sara’s Coffee Shop FINALIST: Starbucks on Meeker & 4th

BBQ WINNER: Cave Man Kitchen

Family Restaurant WINNER: Golden Steer Steak N’ Rib House

FINALIST: BBQ Pete’s FINALIST: Dickey’s BBQ FINALIST: Golden Steer Steak N’ Rib House

Bar / Happy Hour

WINNER: Mama Stortini’s Restaurant & Bar FINALIST: Golden Steer Steak N’ Rib House FINALIST: Nashvilles Sports Bar FINALIST: Red’s Wine Bar FINALIST: The AC Tavern

Coffee Shop

FINALIST: Applebee’s FINALIST: Maggie’s on Meeker FINALIST: Mama Stortini’s Restaurant & Bar FINALIST: Red Robin

Breakfast WINNER: Maggie’s on Meeker FINALIST: Golden Steer Steak N’ Rib House FINALIST: Magic Flavors FINALIST: Mary’s Fine Foods FINALIST: Wild Wheat Bakery Cafe

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FINALIST: Banyan Tree Thai Restaurant FINALIST: Duke’s Chowder House FINALIST: Golden SteerSteak N’ Rib House FINALIST: Mama Stortini’s Restaurant & Bar

FINALIST: Amante Pizza & Pasta FINALIST: Magic Flavors FINALIST: Mama Stortini’s Restaurant & Bar

Hamburgers

WINNER: Herfy’s Burgers FINALIST: Country Burger FINALIST: Family Drive-In FINALIST: Red Robin FINALIST: The Ram

Pizza

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Lunch

WINNER: Duke’s Chowder House FINALIST: Airways Brewing & Bistro FINALIST: Golden Steer Steak N’ Rib House FINALIST: Magic Flavors FINALIST: Paolo’s Italian Restaurant FINALIST: Red Robin

FINALIST: Airways Brewery FINALIST: Can Am Pizza FINALIST: Papa John’s Pizza FINALIST: Papa Murphy’s Take N’ Bake Pizza FINALIST: Rich’s 5 Star Pizza

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WINNER: Curry & Kabab Indian Restaurant FINALIST: Golden Indian Curry House FINALIST: Manraj Palace FINALIST: Punjab Sweets

WINNER: Azteca Mexican Restaurant FINALIST: Chipotle FINALIST: El No Que No FINALIST: Los Cabos - Pac Hwy FINALIST: Mexico Lindo

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can contribute to the community, so they can be successful in school, so their kids can grow up and contribute to the community,” BY MARK KLAAS Heinisch said. “Ultimately, that’s what we want for all of mklaas@kentreporter.com our kids.” he challenges are great, the opFor more than 41 years, portunity to help others even more KYFS has provided professignificant today. sional counseling, educaMike Heinisch knows as much. tion and support services As the leader of the Kent Youth and to children, youth and their Family Services (KYFS), Heinisch underfamilies by developing innostands the call and responsibility to help vative programs in culturally the disadvantaged. The nonprofit orgasensitive ways. Heinisch, nization, a vital cog in the community’s embracing his leadership human and social services wheel, has role, continues to make it reached out and touched so many people. happen in his own humble “What’s particularly rewarding is we yet effective way. change people’s lives,” said Heinisch, 60, Michael Heinisch has worked wonders at Kent Youth and Family Services He oversees a staff of 100 KYFS’ executive director since 1999 and for 14 years, improving the quality and availability of programs. strong – from recreational the Kent Reporter’s 2013 Person of the MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter assistants in after-school Year. “We change for the better children programs to certified teachand families’ lives on a daily basis here in ers and aides, from licensed administration to support staff. Kent. mental health counselors to therapists, All of whom make it possible for an “Kids and families … have had their from chemical dependency professionagency to help an estimated 10,000 people lives changed in a positive way so they als to homeless housing specialists, from a year, primarily children and youth, in the Kent area. “Running a nonprofit agency is a powFAMILY RESTAURANT erful experience,” Heinisch said. “It’s also a very challenging experience because & LOUNGE the nature of the sector is always in flux Take out • Dine-in • Full Service Bar FREE DELIVERY based on what we are blessed with. … In Happy Hour 4-7pm with orders over $25. Limited delivery area an economic downturn, we’re the first one to see a peak in need, and coming Thank you to our valued Buy One Entree at regular price out of an economic downturn, we’re the customers for nominating us and get the Second Entree at last ones to see the need maybe taper off a little bit as people get back to work and their lives get back together.” with purchase of two drinks. On Heinisch’s watch, the agency has Not valid on Family Dinners or Combinations stood on firm ground. The nonprofit runs or with any other offer. Dine in only with coupon. 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013 Limit one coupon per table. Expires 5/31/14. on a fiscally clean and efficient engine. Thank you for voting in 2014. “Mike truly cares about our commu24437 Russell Road, Kent 253.850.7070 nity and gives of his time tirelessly to help Overlooking the Riverbend Golf Course

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those less fortunate,” said Ken Thomas, Kent Police chief and KYFS board president. “ I am proud of Mike’s work, and it is an honor to work with him.” Heinisch arrives for work each morning at 7, but he seldom can be found at his office throughout the day. He prefers to be seen, heard in the community, spreading the agency’s voice and making his presence felt on any number of governing boards and commissions, task forces, oversight committees, technical assistance panels and alliances. He is a casual dresser, a thoughtful, careful listener, a patient man. “If I’m sitting here, I’m not doing my job for you,” Heinisch said from the confines of his downtown office. “But wherever I go, whatever I do, I do on the behalf of the organization, not this person, and I bring it back to Kent. What I want is to bring it back to Kent, whether it comes to (KYFS) or the children’s therapy center, or the food bank … to provide human or social services in Kent.” To be successful, Heinisch urges community efforts to be done collectively and collaboratively without duplicating and proliferating services. All in the pursuit of helping each other, helping Kent. “If I can get something for the food bank, I’m just as delighted,” he said. “If I can get something for Valley Cities, great.” Those around Heinisch appreciate his approach and work ethic. “Mike is a tireless worker, a man of integrity and compassion, a friend to those in need and a champion for the public good,” said J. David Huhs, a KYFS board member since 2006, its first vice president, and an attorney for the Curran Law Firm in Kent. “He is a well-respected leader in the area of social and human services for King County, and particularly South King County. I know this because I have attended numerous events with Mike, and am always amazed by how many friends and colleagues he has developed over his 30-plus years of service.

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[ Continued from page 14 ] “Mike is true to himself, his goals, and the things that he feels are important in life,” Huhs said. ”I am sure that he has foregone other, more lucrative career opportunities to stay at Kent Youth and Family Services as the executive director. … Kent is fortunate to have him leading its largest nonprofit social service agency.” Looking back, Heinisch says he never envisioned running this particular agency. It came by progression, a succession of steps during a long career of direct service work that gradually brought him into management. He understands how things work from many perspectives. He is a licensed mental health counselor and designated children’s mental health specialist. He has a master’s degree in counseling from Seattle University. Prior to his position at KYFS, Heinisch was at the Highline West Seattle (now Navos) Mental Health Center as director of the Children and Family Division. He also held management positions at Catholic Community Services as the children’s mental health programs and foster care director and family counseling program manager. Heinisch is well represented. He serves on the board of the South King Council of Human Services (three terms as president) and the United Way’s Public Policy and Council Community Building Committee. He also is a board member of the Communities In Schools, Kent, the Building Better Futures president, and founder and board member of Executive Alliance (now Alliance of Non Profits). He also is the co-chair of the King County Alliance For Human Services, a member of the King County Mental Illness and Drug Dependency Oversight Committee and a member of the Governing Council of the Pacific Hospital Preserva-

tion and Development Authority. He works on the King County Committee to End Homeless Interagency Council and other city affairs committees. Heinisch’s willingness to help the greater good of the community stems from his upbringing. He was raised by a blue-collar family in Wisconsin who believed that “if you have something, give it away or share it because it’s what we should do,” Heinisch said. His parents were always involved in civic or church efforts and engaged in school activities and sports. “To be in the helping profession seems like a natural (fit) for me,” Heinisch said. But working with the plight of others is never easy, Heinisch said. Working with a homeless teenage mom, a disrupted family or a teacher with economic disadvantaged immigrant students is a sample of what KYFS routinely handles on a given day. Heinisch supports his staff, steps in for guidance. He is a source of encouragement. “It is necessary to avoid being emotionally invested in a personal problem,” he insisted, “… don’t get caught up in the crisis. … You have to have emotional separation from it, because if you don’t, you won’t be able to do this.” Outside of work, Heinisch enjoys family, friends, golf, reading and yard work. An avid sports fan, he supports the Huskies, Mariners and Thunderbirds. He especially follows baseball. He and his wife Gail, a retired schoolteacher, have a daughter, Katie. Heinisch intends to continue working for as a long as he enjoys the job. As the human struggle continues for many in the Kent community, so too is the chance to help. It can be greatly rewarding. “I’ve always been a person who has enjoyed challenges,” Heinisch said, “and if there is another challenge on the horizon … I’m willing to give it a try.”

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