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New construction may be put on hold Council vote will determine if city will issue new permits By Katie Metzger
City officials held an open house on Jan. 29 to discuss the comprehensive plan update, Town Center visioning and preparation for Sound Transit’s light rail – all of which have potential to significantly change the North-end of Mercer Island. While the city explores and explains these processes with the public, some citizens asked the
City Council to consider a moratorium on development in the Town Center. The issue was discussed at the Council’s planning session on Jan. 23 and placed on the agenda for their Feb. 2 meeting, after the Reporter deadline. If adopted, a moratorium would be imposed “on the submission or acceptance of applications for any building permits or any other land development permits or approvals for major new construction ... in the Mercer Island Town Center zone.” The ordinance wouldn’t affect any existing and valid vested rights and would only apply to permits
for major new construction. ‘Save our Suburbs’ group leader Tom Acker said that “the goal of the moratorium is only to slow the process down long enough to make sure there is proper definition in the codes to protect the community’s interests.” Some Islanders worry that adding residents in the Town Center, many who will live in mixed-use developments like the proposed five-story Hines project, will overload city infrastructure, roads and schools. Acker said that residents are receiving emails from a Hines developer stating that “a moratorium would stop our project, causing the city to lose a civic plaza, public parking and potentially an upscale grocery store.” “If the tradeoff is a specialty grocer versus increased density,
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The annual Youth and Family Services fundraiser, the Giving from the Heart Breakfast, is at 7 a.m. next Wednesday at the Mercer Island Community and Events Center. Proceeds go to support YFS programs. For more visit www.mercergov.org.
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GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Sports Illustrated cover-boy star almost did it again. Almost. With 1:14 remaining in Super Bowl XLIX and Seattle down 28-24, quarterback Russell Wilson looked for the wide receiver with whom he’s shared a bond since their rookie minicamp of 2012 — when Jermaine Kearse was an undrafted backup just trying to make the Seahawks’ kicking teams and Wilson was a third-stringer drafted in the third round.
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Osprey nest to be relocated By Reporter Staff
For about a decade, two ospreys have nested in Mercer Island on a light pole at Islander Stadium. Like clockwork, the urban raptors return near the beginning of April to lay eggs. This year, with the help of licensed arborist Tom Otto of Canopy Conservation, the ospreys will have a new, permanent nest in a tall tree close to the nest they had on the light pole over the stands and concession area at Islander Stadium. “With the help of Tom Otto, we are relocating the nest to a neighboring tree. We will remove the tip of the tree and put their nest on top to create the right environment for the birds in a place they will find it,” said Mercer Island School District Director of Maintenance and Operations Tony Kuhn.
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The Island’s resident Osprey pair, aka Seahawks (like this one) that have made their nest in a light standard over the Mercer Island High School stadium will be moved to a tree nearby. Osprey often choose light standards or poles to make their large, messy nests. Otto has worked closely with the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife relocating other nests. The move is scheduled for mid-February. Ospreys like tall, isolated areas for their nests. The new location will eliminate the risk of debris falling on Islander fans.“Ospreys are large and messy birds. They typically don’t defecate in their nest and their nests can weigh a couple hundred pounds, meaning there is a great amount of debris associated with
their presence,” said Kuhn. “The new permanent location will minimize the hazards from falling debris and damage to the surrounding surfaces from feces.” Ospreys can have a wingspan of up to six feet. These particular ospreys spend their winters in South America and their summers in Mercer Island. Ospreys are often referred to as “sea hawks” in the Puget Sound.
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The Open Space Conservancy Trust was established in 1992 for the express purpose of receiving and holding such real property (as transferred for open space purposes), protecting, maintaining and preserving Open Space Properties and insuring that the development and use of Open Space Properties are both consistent and compatible with the intent and purpose of the Trust and the guidelines and polices enacted. The Board is staffed by the Parks and Recreation Department and seven appointed members, who meet on the
third Thursday of alternating months at 6 p.m. The term for the open position expires May 31, 2018. The Mercer Island Library Board was established in 2014 to provide the residents of Mercer Island with a means to provide input and recommendations to the King County Library System on how to change the operations, services, and facilities of the Mercer Island library so that it better meets the changing needs of the residents of Mercer Island. The Board meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 6 p.m. The term for the open position expires Dec. 31, 2016. The Arts Council was established in 1985 with a mission to nurture, promote and support high-quality cultural arts activities for the community. The goals
of the Council are to: Advocate for the arts, artists and arts organizations of Mercer Island. Stimulate community awareness and enjoyment of the fine arts. Promote community education, awareness and enjoyment of the arts. Support performing, visual and literary arts programs, projects and events. The Board is staffed by the Parks and Recreation Department and the 11 appointed members meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. One term expires on May 31, 2015, one term expires on May 31, 2016, and one term expires on May 31, 2018. Contact Karin Roberts, deputy city clerk, at 206275-7795 or email karin. email@example.com.
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HAWKS | FROM 1 Wilson threw what essentially was a 50-50 jump ball down the right side to the well-covered Kearse. New England’s Malcolm Butler was right there to knock Kearse down as the ball arrived. But Kearse nimbly tapped the ball higher as he fell onto his back, then allowed it to rattle between his legs as if inside a pinball chute until he reached up and pulled it to his chest while prone. Suddenly, miraculously, the hero of Seattle’s NFC title game with his winning catch in overtime had put the Seahawks at the Patriots’ 5-yard line with 1:06 left. “Just trying to make a play for the team,” said Kearse, whose streak of four consecutive playoff games with a touchdown catch ended. “Russ gave me an opportunity. We always talk about maximizing our opportunities. That’s just what it came down to. “I saw it the whole time.” Marshawn Lynch ran to the 1 on the next play. But then Wilson’s final pass, to No. 3 wide receiver Ricardo Lockette, was intercepted by Malcolm Butler with 20 seconds left. “I mean, you got to finish the game. There was a lot of time left. Even with that play we had a chance. We just didn’t finish ...,” said Kearse, who wound up
with three catches for 45 yards. “Obviously, we had a chance. But we didn’t execute. We called the play. What it comes down to is executing the play, and that’s not what we did. I am extremely proud of this team. We had a lot of ups and down during the season, just to get back here wasn’t easy.” “It’s going to be disappointing ... the whole offseason, to know how close we were. But you’ve got to learn from the experience Jermaine Kearse and keep getting better.” Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn deflected a question as to whether this was his final game with Seattle before the architect of the league’s topranked defense the past two seasons takes the head-coaching job with the Atlanta Falcons. That announcement is expected this week, now that the Seahawks’ season is over. “I’d like to make everything tonight about our guys,” Quinn said. “You see the guys in the locker room and you know they gave everything they had. You can’t ask for more than that as a coach.” Quinn moved defensive end Michael Bennett inside to a tackle position for much of the game, and Bennett sped past New England’s rookie center Bryan
“It is going to be disappointing the whole offseason, to know how close we were.”
Stork all night. Bennett had four quarterback hits. And the speed of defensive end Cliff Avril coming off the other edge kept New England from totally focusing on Bennett. At times, Bennett controlled the line of scrimmage almost by himself, forcing New England quarterback Tom Brady into his first interception — in the first quarter he threw directly to Jeremy Lane — and drive-ending, rushed incompletions. Bennett’s effectiveness waned late in the game after Avril suffered a concussion during an interception return by Bobby Wagner in the middle of the third quarter that set up Doug Baldwin’s touchdown catch for Seattle’s 24-14 lead. The Patriots then doubled Bennett more, and Brady rallied New England with two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter. “That was a real factor,” Quinn said of losing Avril. “It’s such a factor when you put him and Mike together.” Asked how he felt about the loss, Bennett barely contained himself. “I don’t know what kind of question that is,” he said. “Obviously, it’s (hard) because you just saw your dreams go down the drain.” Gregg Bell is a reporter for the Everett Herald; a sister paper of the Mercer Island Reporter. Both are owned by Sound Publishing, Inc.
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Jermaine Kearse made one of the most unbelievable catches in Super Bowl history, using almost every part of his body and juggling the ball before bringing it down inside the 10 yard line. But it wasn’t enough to secure a Seahawks victory over the Patriots on Sunday. Kearse was born in Lakewood and went to the University of Washington.
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HOLD | FROM 1 then I would submit the Island may want to forego a Whole Foods,” Acker said. Islanders were encouraged by both sides to write letters to City Councilmembers, who want to know what Islanders think. The open house was a first step in a new public outreach process that aims for greater transparency and communication with citizens. “There’s been a lot of public interest in this, which is a good thing,” said Mayor Bruce Bassett. “Public outreach and involvement will happen regardless of whether there’s a moratorium.” A public hearing would be scheduled for 7 p.m. on March 2 if a moratorium is imposed. The open house also focused on the issue of providing commuter parking, with the impending closure of the South Bellevue Park and Ride and arrival of light rail. Hines developers said they could provide more than 200 commuter parking spaces in exchange for an extra story. The current maximum number of stories allowed is five, which some Islanders feel is already too high. The Council may adopt a moratorium with modifications, like decreasing the time period to less than six months, or exempting certain projects. Check mi-reporter.com for an updated story.
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The Mercer Island Police Department (MIPD) is creating a new opportunity for dog lovers, walkers and involved community members on Mercer Island: Paws on Patrol. The program aims to use these Islanders as extra “eyes and ears” to help prevent crimes in neighborhoods and parks. The Mukilteo and Des Moines Police Departments have seen early results from their Paws on Patrol programs, which train dog walkers to watch for and report property crimes and suspicious activity. Island police support officer Anna Ormsby said that the program, once it is established, could serve as a deterrent for criminals, as well as build a sense of
community among neighbors and dog walkers. MIPD has seen a lot of residential burglaries and car prowls reported in the past few years, especially in park parking lots. Having more feet - and paws - on the ground and on the lookout will help police keep Islanders safe. Ormsby said that Islanders can be involved in this effort, even if they don’t have pets. “It doesn’t matter if you have a dog or not,” she said. “The more people we have that want to be involved and be extra eyes on the Island, the better.” Paws on Patrol will give members the training they need to be accurate observers. Interested residents can sign up online or in person at the police station for training sessions, which will start in a few weeks
City news SOS group launches website The community group ‘Save our Suburbs’ (SOS) launched its website, saveoursuburbs.org, on Jan. 26. Group leader Tom Acker said there were about 40 supporters who signed on to support the objectives, which include eliminating ‘Kite Hill’ from consideration as a Park and Ride, stopping the development of a Sound Transit ‘bus barn,’ building a sustainable business core and managing density. “(SOS) formed naturally
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‘Give from the Heart’ on Feb. 11 A “true local tradition,” the Giving from the Heart breakfast, which supports Mercer Island Youth and Family Services (MIYFS), will be held at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at the
and be held outside City Hall. Participants are welcome to bring their own, leashed dog with them. Having people who are willing to call the police when they see something that is just not quite right is a valuable tool, since 95 percent of police arrests nationwide are the direct result of a citizen’s phone call, according to the National Association of Town Watch. Participants have reported underage drinking in parks, turned in found property that contained personal information and noted numerous other types of suspicious activity. Keep an eye out for an open enrollment announcement or call Ormsby at 206-275-7932 for more information.
Mercer Island Community and Event Center. The event will be cochaired by Terry Pottmeyer and Dean Quigley, who expect 500 community members to attend. The breakfast is free, but attendees will be asked to make a donation to MIYFS at the event. In addition, a number of Island businesses will be donating 20 percent of their Wednesday sales to MIYFS. All proceeds from the event directly support MIYFS, the human services Department of the City of Mercer Island. MIYFS touches every member of the Mercer Island community through counselors in the schools, senior outreach and advocacy, affordable family counseling, drug and alcohol prevention
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Farmers transaction is windfall for city A sale referred to as a ‘legal transfer’ of the Farmers Insurance building on 78th Avenue S.E. resulted in $250,500 in real estate excise tax for the city. “The market value of the transaction was $50,100,000,” said finance director Chip Corder. “The $250K got split 50/50 between the Street Fund and the Capital Improvement Fund.” It’s one-time money, but will help address the projected deficit in the Capital Improvement Fund in 2017, Corder said. The Capital Improvement Fund is where the city accounts for parks, open space and facilities capital projects.
MICA joins Chamber, plans donor event The Mercer Island Center for the Arts (MICA) recently joined the Chamber of Commerce. MICA directors say the project will be a cultural focal point where Islanders and people from throughout the Puget Sound area can gather to converse and create, to celebrate excellence in the lively arts and to inspire generations of artists, audiences, students through exceptional live performances, special events, exhibitions and educational experiences. Youth Theatre Northwest and MICA will thank donors and sponsors at a cocktail hour at 6 p.m. on Feb. 6 at the Stroum Jewish Community Center. In addition to wine and appetizers, there will be performances by YTN kids and alumni and the opportunity to meet YTN and MICA staff and board of directors. RSVP at 206-232-4145.
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ur hearts are heavy these days. It will take more than a few days to recover from the last few minutes of Sunday’s game. While sometimes bordering on the irrational, our collective mania about all things Seahawks has brought us together when there seems to be so much to tear us apart. Such sentiment comes more easily when it appears that the Seahawks are a classy squad — disciplined, hard-working role models who care about each other. Ah, they are not perfect by any stretch — still human, but certainly a collective group worth cheering about. They have represented our region well. Yet, much about football leaves us conflicted. There is the violence - the extreme risk for players’ health - the insane amount of money involved - the ticket and inflated prices for all things Seahawk. We should think harder about these issues, but for now, the of success has swept us Many of us love tide beyond those worries. the numbers as What is also striking is how the game has become so much as the high much more technical. In the arc of a wellpast, it appeared the game was more about chance and thrown pass’ the sheer will to win. The game has always been about power and talent and gamesmanship. Yet the application of those resources can now be laser-focused. Every move, every play, every heartbeat is measured and modeled. On the sideline, it wasn’t just coaches gripping iPads — players were too, consulting screens between downs, recalibrating their next move. And many of us love the numbers as much as the high arc of a perfectly thrown pass or a one-handed reception. The statistics give weight to the level of performance and to the depth of the preparation. A good lesson for us all. We also like hearing how Marshawn measures up with past heroes like Curt Warner or the Bears’ Walter Payton. Many of us remember those games and those thrills. We look forward to many more from our team. All is not lost.
Thank you Mercer Island Schools Foundation Island Park Elementary third grade students and teachers would like to thank the Mercer Island Schools Foundation for sponsoring our field trip to the Hibulb Cultural Center. What an amazing opportunity to view and to learn about Native American cultures and artifacts here in Washington state. Tiffany Nelson Cheryl Sandstrom Meredith Carlson Stephanie John-Lewis Island Park Elementary School
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New director, new day for Mercer Island library remodel On his first day of work as the new Director of the King County Library System, Gary Wasdin was at the Mercer Island library for a meeting of the Mercer Island Library Board. There he heard a KCLS staff member say, “My take on it [the KCLS plans for Mercer Island library] is that the plans that we were all operating off of before, are dead. I really think we are going to start fresh from scratch—at zero point zero. I like what the [Library] Board is saying about developing goals that are written around the purpose you are trying to achieve or what outcome you
want to see. The ‘how we get there’ is where we get into the true collaboration where Gary [Wasdin]’s involved, the Board’s involved, and the community’s involved through multiple outreach events.” Now, Mercer Send your letters to: Island email@example.com. Librar y Keep it brief, courteous, Board and sign your name. members will work t hroug h the month of February to solicit input and goals from community groups and individuals pertaining to the three objectives citizens voted for in the 2004 KCLS bond issue: (1) necessary updates, (2) access to more books and materials, and (3) an automatic book and materials handling system [or receipts for returned materials]. The Concerned Citizens will meet Thursday, February 5, at 7 p.m. at the Mercer Island Community Center to continue planning and coordinating outreach to community groups in order to support the work of the Library Board by gathering community input. Please join us. The budget KCLS allotted for the Mercer Island library is $3.4 million. Islanders now have the opportunity to maintain what we love and value about our library, while updating it for the future. Concerned Citizens will be working to assure that the collaborative process described by the KCLS staff member includes all the stakeholders—KCLS, Mercer Islanders, and architects. Your opinions and ideas are vitally
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President Obama’s college proposal President Obama’s new America’s College proposal is an intriguing idea that might be in the right direction for a more affordable education to Americans who want to further their learning. I think the intent behind the proposal is a welcoming thought to the expensive college route for students, but it makes me question how the proposal would play out. If the proposal is successful, I wonder how the funding would be gathered to pay these students. How would current education programs work
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Lawsuit brought against Mercer Island School District Family of Island student sues School District for civil rights violations By Mary L. Grady
An Island family has brought a lawsuit against the Mercer Island School District and up to ten other defendants, in Federal Court contending that the civil rights of their son, then a student at Islander Middle School, were violated. The plaintiffs, Islanders Nicholas and Robin Wilts, on behalf of their minor child, referred to as B.W., have brought the suit for monetary damages and injunctive relief. In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle in October, the plaintiffs said that it was the “deliberate indifference to the deprivation of their [son’s] rights” as the motivation for their action.
The Wilt’s complaint is that the district did not adequately address their concerns that their son endured racial slurs and related harassment, in a timely fashion as required by state law and was “deliberately indifferent” to the “known racially hostile educational environment.” Of the lawsuit, Mercer Island School District Superintendent Gary Plano said: “What I know is that I feel confident that the family and the student, were treated fairly and appropriately and without discrimination. There is no basis for concluding otherwise.” Among other charges, the plaintiffs say that the district failed to provide policies and procedures that would have ensured the proper training and supervision for its employees, in regards to non-discrimination matters. This conduct, the plaintiff said, “caused them to hire and become obligated to pay an attorney to defend their rights.”
This is not the first complaint brought by the plaintiffs against the school district in this matter. The first judge who looked at the case, ruled that the investigation done by the school district regarding the incidents was flawed, and those flaws were sufficiently serious enough to create a hostile environment. The school district appealed and a higher court later dismissed the case. B.W. came to Islander Middle School shortly after his family moved to the Island in the fall of 2011. He was a new student in the seventh grade at Islander Middle School. He is of mixed race. He came with an individualized learning plan from his prior school district. He spent his first week at the school in IMS’s special education program, but was later moved into a regular classroom. Just a few weeks later, B.W. reported two incidents of racial and ethnic harassment he endured from other students.
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All are invited to join the conversation at the next TEDx event between 7 and 8:30 p.m., Monday Feb. 9, at the Mercer Island library. The theme is “Finding the Possible in the Impossible.” Local author Lori A. May will speak about building sustainable literary communities. May has written for publications such as The Atlantic, Writer’s Digest, The Writer, and Passages North. The evening will also feature two short video talks. Kitra Cahana shares how she documented her father’s experience after suffering a severe stroke that left him with locked-in syndrome — completely paralyzed except for his eyes. Yet, he found peace and helped guide others who also were in a state of seeming helplessness. And artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn will explain how they create community art by painting entire neighborhoods — from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro to the streets of North Philadelphia.
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They included racial slurs. The plaintiffs’ argue that the teachers and administrators did not respond quickly or appropriately to the incidents. They say that those failings lead to significant emotional and physical damages to their son that also “negatively affected his access to education opportunities and impacted his academic performance.” On behalf of their son and themselves, the Wilts accuse the School District violating civil rights laws in five areas. They include laws that define racial discrimination in educational opportunity including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Denial of Equal Protection under the law. They also state that the school district knowingly violated laws defining First Amendment rights; and laws that forbid discrimination of persons with disabilities. The Wilts’ son is now a studentat Mercer Island High School.
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LETTER | FROM 5 with this new proposal? How would this affect current college students who already are paying for their education? Would a 2.5 GPA be sufficient to offer students two years of community college? What about students who are finishing up their education in universities? Could the proposal benefit these students as well? Would this be more effective than attempting to lower the cost of tuition
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ease and wildfire; • Removing more than 1,250 toxic-laden creosotetreated wood pilings, tons of debris and 40 derelict vessels from Washington’s waterways; and • Adding new off-road vehicle challenge trails in Reiter Foothills State Forest, new mountain bike trails in Tiger Mountain State Forest and an improved hiking trail to the top of Mailbox Peak. The report comes this year in a slimmed-down format which reduces production costs while fulfilling statutory requirements. DNR manages more than 5.6 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, agricultural, conservation and aquatic lands. Of these, more than half are held in trust to produce income to support public schools, universities, prisons and other state institutions. A PDF of the report can be downloaded from: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/ Publications/em_annualreport14.pdf
for all schools? Paying for higher education is costly and this could have a significant impact on changing the future. I think this proposal has a strong potential to turn out well for bringing more students to be motivated for their education, but clearly a lot of work and careful thinking should be done to accomplish the focus of improving the nation’s education. Riku Furuya Bellevue
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WARRANT ARREST: SCORE Jail called the police department to say they had a Mercer Island warrant subject - a 55-year-old Tacoma woman with a local misdemeanor. She was booked into Issaquah Jail.
JANUARY 24 BURGLARY: A 35-year-old
Island male who lives at the 3600 block of 81st Avenue S.E. said his home was burglarized after an unknown suspect gained entry through the unsecured front door. Several electronic devices were stolen, including a camera, MacBook Pro, camcorder, iPad and iMac computer, as well as a diamondsapphire bracelet. WARRANT ARREST: A 37-yearold Issaquah woman was arrested at the 7800 block of S.E. 28th Street. She had an outstanding warrant from the King County Sheriff's Office for DUI. Amount of bail was set at $1,000.
A 54-year-old Bellevue woman reported that a 56-year-old Island male, who lives at the 8500 block of S.E. 80th Street, has possibly intentionally exposed himself on more than one occasion.
JANUARY 26 INFORMATIONAL REPORT: An 18-year-old Island male who had been trespassed from all QFC properties in July 2014 was arrested at the 7800 block of S.E. 28th Street. Due to a problem with a current employee telling the suspect he was allowed back on the property, he was released with no charges. WARRANT ARREST: A 48-yearold DUI warrant subject from Renton turned himself in at the 2300 block of 80th Avenue S.E. He was booked into SCORE Jail. RUNAWAY: A 15-year-old
Island male who lives at the 3200 block of East Lexington Way ran away and is believed to be staying with friends in Kirkland. The incident was reported by a 68-year-old Island woman.
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) published its 2014 Annual Report on Jan. 26, revealing that leasing and natural resource sales on state trust lands produced nearly $265 million in non-tax revenue for public school construction, county services, state universities, and other beneficiaries. The amount included more than $120 million for common school construction, $75 million for services in Washington counties, $14 million for Washington State University, and $3 million for the University of Washington. Highlights from the report, which lists the fiscal results of DNR’s management of 5.6 million acres of state trust lands during fiscal year 2014, include: • Responding to 900 wildfires during an intense fire season that included the Carlton Complex — the largest wildfire in state history; • Helping hundreds of landowners reduce the vulnerability of their homes and forests to insects, dis-
Edwin Lewin passed away peacefully in his home in Seattle on January 15, 2015, at the age of 92. He was surrounded by the love of his family and died as he wished, holding the hand of Stephanie, his wife of 53 years. Ed was born in Los Angeles in 1922. After high school, he served in the Merchant Marine, spending a year in India. On returning he enlisted in the Army and was trained as a translator. After serving, in New York City, he met and married Flyn and accepted a job working for an American company in Mexico. They lived there for ten years, having three children. He later moved to San Francisco where he met and married Stephanie. They had one child and in 1967 relocated to Washington, living on Mercer Island for many years before settling in Seattle. Ed had a long and varied career in sales and a life-long love of cars and driving. He enjoyed meeting new people and always had a joke to share. He was an accomplished cook and loved the kitchen. He volunteered with Red Cross for over 25 years, using his fluency in Spanish to do interpreting. He also served on the Madison Park community council. In addition to Stephanie, Ed is survived by his children Lynn (Paul), Anne (Steve), and Mark, grandchildren Aaron, Adam, and Erica, niece and nephews Josh, Lisa, Jed, and Jared and their families, and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother Charles, his son Dale, and his step-daughter Marcie. At Ed’s request, there will be no funeral or memorial service. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Seattle chapter of the Red Cross. 1234063
JANUARY 27 FOUND PROPERTY: A 79-yearold Island male turned in three rifles and ammunition for destruction. FOUND PROPERTY: A 54-yearold Island woman found a black diaper bag in the bushes in Luther Burbank Park, on the west side of the meadow and down the trail from the caretaker's house. She found documents inside indicating the probable owner, and called and left a message.
JANUARY 28 INFORMATIONAL REPORT: An Island resident turned in a pistol for destruction at the 8000 block of S.E. 36th Street.
BURGLARY: A 63-year-old Island woman who lives at the 6000 block of S.E. 32nd Street reported that someone forced entry into her home by breaking a glass door, and stole several items. FRAUD: A 31-year-old Island man at the 8400 block of S.E. 53rd Place said that his identity was used to open a Verizon Wireless account.
JANUARY 29 FRAUD: A 73-year-old female at the 8700 block of S.E. 45th Street reported that her personal information was used by someone else to try and open a PayPal account. The attempt was unsuccessful.
PUBLIC NOTICES The Honorable Sean O’Donnell Dept. 29 Superior Court of Washington for King County WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., Plaintiff, vs. ESTATE OF GLENDA THURMAN, UNKNOWN HEIRS AND DEVISEES OF GLENDA THURMAN, ESTATE OF FLOYD T. THURMAN, UNKNOWN HEIRS AND DEVISEES OF FLOYD T. THURMAN, JOSHUA THURMAN, BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., OCCUPANTS OF THE REAL ESTATE, and ALL OTHER PERSONS OR PARTIES UNKNOWN CLAIMING ANY RIGHT, TITLE, ESTATE, LIEN, OR INTEREST IN THE REAL ESTATE COMMONLY KNOWN AS 4501 EAST MERCER WAY, MERCER ISLAND, WA 98040-3829 Defendants. Case No. 14-2-34785-5 SEA Summons By Publication TO: Estate of Glenda Thurman, Unknown Heirs of Glenda Thurman, Estate of Floyd T. Thurman, Unknown Heirs of Floyd T. Thurman, Occupants of the Real Estate, and All Other Persons or Parties Unknown Claiming Any Right, Title, Estate, Lien, Or Interest in The Real Estate Commonly Known as 4501 East Mercer Way, Mercer Island, WA 98040-3829. You are hereby summoned to appear within sixty (60) days after the date of the first publication of this summons, to wit, within sixty (60) days after February 4, 2015, and defend the real property foreclosure action in King County Superior Court, and answer the amended complaint of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (“Plaintiff”). You are asked to serve a copy of your answer or responsive pleading upon the undersigned attorneys for Plaintiff at its office stated below. In case of your failure to do so, judgment will be
rendered against you according to the demand of the amended complaint, which has been filed with the Clerk of said Court. The purpose of this lawsuit is to obtain a judgment, and if not immediately paid, to be satisfied through the foreclosure of real property located in King County, Washington, and legally described as follows: LOT 3 OF BOUNDARY LINE ADJUSTMENT SUB02-003, AS PER PLAT RECORDED AUGUST 13, 2002 UNDER RECORDING NO. 20020813900013, RECORDS OF KING COUNTY AUDITOR. SITUATE IN THE CITY OF MERCER ISLAND, COUNTY OF KING, STATE OF WASHINGTON. Tax Parcel No. 9845500030 Commonly known as: 4501 East Mercer Way, Mercer Island, WA 98040-3829. DATED this 28th day of January, 2015. KEESAL, YOUNG & LOGAN s/ Valerie I. Holder Robert J. Bocko, WSBA No. 15724 Valerie I. Holder, WSBA No. 42968 Attorneys for Plaintiff WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. Published in Mercer Island Reporter on February 4, 11, 18, 25; March 4, 11, 2015 #1234580
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Bellevue College to merge with WSU? College may add student housing to campus By Josh Stilts
Students at Bellevue College could soon be Washington State University students as well if talks of a potential merger between the two schools advance. The Eastside could see a lot more cougars in its future as Bellevue College and Washington State University officials are exploring the possibility of a partnership between the two schools. In an effort to meet the increasing financial needs of the college’s rapidly growing enrollment, Bellevue College’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted to authorize the school’s president, David L. Rule, to explore potential financial partnerships, including Washington State University. Rule told the Reporter he and his staff were approached by WSU president Elson S. Floyd in November, when he pitched the idea of a potential union of the two colleges. “It’s a very logical conversation,” Rule said. “We’re still the community’s college. But we need
to find out if the grass is actually greener on the other side.” Floyd said there’s been ongoing conversations within in the higher education sector in the state to find affordable four-year degree programs. With the increasing student population and enrollment in Bellevue College, its infrastructure and growth potential, the school was an ideal target. “We’re trying to figure out how the two and four year programs can work for students,” Floyd said of his initial conversations with Rule. “We’re just beginning to explore ways in which the two institutions can work in a very collaborate way.” If any joint venture is to be developed, whether it be to emerge as a combination twoyear and four-year university or some kind of hybrid college, Rule said the campus will still have open enrollment as well as lowcost tuition and continue to offer adult basic education, English as a second language and other lowcost classes focused on helping people better their education. “My role is to maintain those in these conversations while enhancing our student’s opportunities,” Rule said. “We want to offer as many pathways as possible for
up with state funding. Over the course of the next several months, both president’s people to achieve their academic teams will identify ways in which they think will provide the optigoals.” Floyd echoed Rule’s sentiment mal partnership opportunities, stating new opportunities for stu- Floyd said. As the conversations continue, dents are paramount as these conRule’s team will simultaneously versations continue. For years Bellevue College has investigate the potential of building on-campus housing for stuserved as a “feeddents and a poser” school to the sible overhaul of its state’s four-year sports facilities. universities. In the During last last year 392 stuweek’s meetdents were accepting Spectrum ed to University Solutions unveiled of Washington’s its preliminary stumain campus, 200 dent housing feasiwere accepted to bility study. its Bothell campus If school offiand 309 graduates cials decide to purwere accepted to sue the proposed attend Washington David L. Rule square President Bellevue Colllege 145,000 State University in foot, $44.2 milPullman. lion project, would While the coninclude 350 beds versation has just divided up into an “apartment started, Rule was optimistic about the potential partnership and the style” housing development of single rooms as well as two- and college’s future, he said. Other potential solutions Rule four-bedroom units. Each would come fully furand his staff are exploring is nished with rental rates of about whether the school could become a standalone university or con- $900 a month, which would tinue as is within the commu- include all of the tenants utilities, nity college structure. The lat- according to the proposal. Of the three sites examined ter option seems unlikely as the for the proposed housing facility, school’s need to grow has not kept
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School Board votes to retain Superintendent Plano to sign three year contract By Joseph Livarchik
At the close of its annual retreat Tuesday, Jan. 27, the Mercer Island School Board extended the contract of Superintendent Dr. Gary Plano through June 30, 2018. Before taking action on what was the agenda’s final item, Board President Janet Frohnmayer said the board was full of gratitude and appreciation for the superintendent and his accomplishments over the previous six months, particularly noting the district’s swift response to an E. coli scare on top of ongoing projects taking place throughout the district. “We couldn’t be happier with the work that’s going on and all the progress that’s
been made,” Frohnmayer said. Plano was quick to acknowledge his leadership team, which includes MISD Chief Finance/ Operations Officer Dean Mack, Executive Director of Learning Services Jennifer Wright, Director of Human Resources Mark Roschy and Director of Learning Services Fred Rundle. “I couldn’t perform at this level without tremendously qualified, talented and dedicated staff,” Plano said, addressing his team.
Survey results indicate need for more languages Plano presented survey results from Mercer Island staff and community members regarding world language instruction in the elementary program.
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Spectrum Solutions’ Hal Ferris told the board the land near the school’s baseball field was by far the best because it already had the infrastructure for water, sewer and electricity. Currently a parking lot, the loss of spaces would be “minimal” compared to other sites owned by the college, Rule said. Ferris said the school could make roughly $400,000 annually from the rents beyond its operating services and debt. The board was also presented with several options for a new 158,000 square-foot soccer and softball field along with a 14,019 square-foot field house. Projected at roughly $12 million, the new facility, which would be built below the school’s baseball field, could feature indoor batting cages, golf simulators, meeting rooms, classrooms, concessions, box office and the ability for rooftop seating. Board members said they needed time to speak with students, the school’s foundation and Bellevue officials to determine the level of interest and whether the costs could be met for both projects. If WSU and Bellevue College do form a partnership, it could serve as a large financial source to help pay for both.
Collecting responses from 77 MISD staff members and 187 community members, 90 percent of community respondents said second language instruction should be included in the elementary program, and over 70 percent agreed the target language should be Spanish. Nearly half of staff respondents said second languages should begin at the elementary level. The Foreign Language in Elementary Schools (FLES) program, which the district looked into in September and requires 75 minutes of instruction per week, received the most support from both community and staff respondents as the program that should be adopted, with immersion being the second choice
from the community and enrichment ranking second among the staff. At the School Board’s special meeting with the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club Jan. 20, Plano said he was targeting the fall of 2016 for introducing world language instruction at the elementary level. The target language would be Spanish, and instruction could begin as early as Kindergarten. “Know that we are thinking about this, because depending on what kind of program we implement will determine what happens in middle school and in high school,” Plano said. “Presently, second language instruction begins in seventh grade, and so if we begin second language instruction in kind, obvi-
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Late start times could begin in 2016 Also targeted for the fall of 2016, should the district
follow through, would be a later high school start time. Mercer Island is partnered with the Bellevue School District, and the two districts have put together a joint committee studying the impact to the high school program. Plano said the feasibility of later start times happening revolves around after-school sports and activities, and if their athletic conference will allow later start times for games and competitions.
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Mercer Island High School senior David Emanuels has been selected as a U.S. Presidential Scholars Program semifinalist. “This is a tremendous honor and we are all extremely proud of David for his accomplishments a c a d e m i - David cally, in Emanuels leadership, and in the community,” said Mercer Island School District Superintendent Dr. Gary Plano. “David has achieved the highest standards throughout his years in the Mercer Island School District and will surely continue to do so as he pursues his passions in college and beyond.” “My teachers have done a great job incorporating new technology, current events, and global issues into their curriculum and have helped me develop my critical thinking, collaboration and communication skills, which I feel has prepared me very well for college and my future career,” Emanuels said. The Department of Education selects students to apply for the honor based on exceptional scores on the ACT or SAT exam or by nomination of a chief state school officer. Approximately 560 high school seniors are named semifinalists and up to 141 U.S. Presidential Scholars are chosen from that group. “This is an incredibly competitive award and speaks volumes about the dedication David has shown to his academics and his community,” said Mercer Island High School Principal Vicki Puckett.
French American School begins 20th anniversary celebrations The French American School of Puget Sound kicked off its 20th anniversary last week with a day-
long retrospective Open House. Festivities included a 30-foot long wall timeline, a display of class photos, drama and musical performances, photos and videos from the past 20 years. The school began in 1995 in the basement of a church in Bellevue with just 13 students. It moved to its current location next to the Stroum Jewish Community Center in 1999, into what was the old Mercer Island Fire Station. In 2004, the school conducted a capital campaign to design and build the first floor of the current school, and in 2008 a second story was added. FASPS is now at almost full capacity with 423 students. The school recently purchased a 2.1 acre lot behind the SJCC, but no development plans have been announced yet. The school plans to continue the celebration at their annual Gala on March 28th and again at a special Winter Ball for parents and students in December. For more, visit www.FASPS.org
Shroff wins Geography Bee at West Mercer Sam Shroff, a fifth grader at West Mercer Elementary School, won the school’s competition of the National Geographic Bee on Jan. 22, 2015, and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. The school bee, at which 41 fourth and fifth grade students answered questions on geography, was the first round in the 27th annual National Geographic Bee. Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2015 Bee. The school champions, including Shroff, will take a written test; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state Bee on March 27, 2015. The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state winners to participate in the Bee national championship rounds in May. The first- place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, and a trip to the Galápagos Islands. Everyone can test their
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Above, students, staff, parents and friends celebrate the FrenchAmerican School of Puget Sound’s 20th anniversary. Events are planned throughout the year. At right, this artwork for the annual PTA Reflections contest — by Chloe Yang, a second-grader at Lakeridge Elementary School — is entitled, “Friends Can Be In All Shapes and Sizes and Colors.” Contributed Images
geography knowledge with the GeoBee Challenge, an online geography quiz at www.nationalgeographic. com/geobee, which poses 10 new questions a day.
Reflection contest winners announced The Reflections Program is a National PTA and Washington State PTA cultural arts competition. The purpose of this program is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works. Each year, Reflections
challenges students to create art that supports a specific theme. Themes are selected from thousands of ideas submitted by students to National PTA’s Reflections Theme Search. The 2014-15 Reflections theme is: “The world would be a better place if…” Students could submit an entry in any of six arts areas: visual arts, photography, literature, music composition, dance choreography and film production. The MIHS PTA Council Reflections Awards and art show is between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 11 at the Performing Arts Center at Mercer Island High School.
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Mercer Island girls split weekend games Islanders rebound from Friday loss with win over Holy Names By Joseph Livarchik
A night after falling in the final seconds to Sammamish, Mercer Island girls basketball bounced back with a 56-46 win over Holy Names Saturday, Jan. 31 at Holy Names Academy. Jess Blakeslee returned to action for the Islanders (126, 7-3) after missing the previous game with a fatigue
injury, and led Mercer Island in scoring with 20 points, while Anna Luce had 12. Camariah King led the way for the Cougars (11-6, 3-1) with 17 points. Mercer Island was close to making it two wins over the weekend, but suffered two crucial turnovers in the closing seconds of a 42-41 loss to Sammamish Friday night at MIHS. With the Islanders inbounding at midcourt and leading Sammamish 41-40 with about 15 seconds to go, the Totems forced a steal and got a bas-
ket from Morgan Mincy to claim a 42-41 lead with nine seconds remaining. Sammamish forced another turnover on Mercer Island’s next possession with six seconds left, taking precious time off the clock before giving the ball back to the Islanders. Mercer Island got one final look, but didn’t appear to get a shot off before time expired. After the game, Mercer Island coach Kaela Yuen shouldered the blame for the loss. She said with her team up a point, she was preparing her players to go
to the line. “The timeout we took before that turnover, we expected them to foul, and I didn’t give [my team] the alternative version, so I’m putting that on me,” Yuen said. “As a coach, I need to make sure they’re prepared for all scenarios, and I think [the situation became] ‘Oh, they’re not fouling, so now what do we do?’ and I didn’t provide that for them. That’s a coaching mistake I need fix to for next time.”
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Mercer Island’s Anna Luce (20) works her way to the hoop past Sammamish’s Promise Taylor Friday, Jan. 30 at MIHS. The Totems edged the Islanders, 42-41.
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Stepping to the free throw line with Mercer Island and Sammamish tied 41-41 and less than a second remaining in regulation, Josh Stenberg said he only had one thing on his mind before shooting his first of two free throws. “I was thinking, ‘money,’” Stenberg said. “I was thinking I was going to make it. I was just staying positive.” After drawing a crucial
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MI’s Josh Stenberg (3) drives against Sammamish’s Vlad Yadevich Friday, Jan. 30 at MIHS. Stenberg sank two free throws with 0.8 seconds left to seal a 43-41 Islander win.
Mercer Island boys swim and dive wrapped its regular season with a win over Redmond Thursday, Jan. 29 at Redmond Pool. The Islanders topped the Mustangs in six of the meet’s 12 events. Mercer Island won the 200 medley relay, with the team of Teddy Larkin, Andrew Fukuda, Ian Caldwell and Oliver Hoff finishing in 1:46.56. The team of Caldwell, Connor Vacca, Jimmy Markwith and Ford Witman won the 200 freestyle relay at 1:36.51. Caldwell won the 50 free with an all-state time of
22.66 and was fifth in the 100 backstroke (1:03.04). Hoff won the 200 free (1:53.11), and Fukuda won the 100 butterfly (1:00.89). Other top finishers for the Islanders included Jack Larkin finishing third in the 200 IM (2:16.46). Ricardo Pelle finished fourth in the diving event (171.3), Vacca finished fourth in the 100 free (53.23) and Nathaniel Nichol was fifth in the 500 free (5:41.29). Mercer Island will begin KingCo tournament preliminaries at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5 at Mary Wayte Pool. Tournament finals will be at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7 at the UW Swimming Pool.
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BOYS | FROM 14 foul in the game’s closing moments, Stenberg sank both free throws with 0.8 seconds left in regulation to help send the Islanders past the Totems 43-41 Friday night at MIHS. Mercer Island improved to 14-5 on the season and 9-1 in the KingCo standings. Stenberg scored the Islanders’ final five points, though his free throws were Mercer Island’s only points in the game’s final two minutes. Sammamish (14-4, 6-4) was amidst a 9-1 run down the stretch, with the Totems’ Michael Shinaul sinking two clutch free throws of his own, tying the game 41-41 with 19 seconds left. Coming out of a timeout with the shot clock turned off, Mercer Island coach Gavin Cree said the Islanders were primarily looking to advance the ball beyond halfcourt. “We were going to call another timeout, but we ended up breaking their pressure and we had an opportunity to kind of go,” Cree said. “I just decided to let Josh go for it and he made a really gutsy play
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Gabriel Boucaud elevates past the Totems’ Kyle Tracy (3) and Michael Shinaul (20) Friday at MIHS. going to the hoop.” After finding daylight, Stenberg said his objective was to stay aggressive and attack the lane. “We were looking for a pick-and-roll with me up top and [Andrew] Pickles setting the screen, which works best for us,” Stenberg said. Sammamish had one final opportunity, but suffered a turnover inbounding the ball on its final play. Stenberg led the Islanders in scoring with eight points, while Andrew Pickles and Sam Nordale each had six. Sammamish’s Vlad Yadevich led all scorers with 13 points, and Shinaul had
10 for the Totems. On an evening where none of the Islanders reached double figures in scoring but still escaped with a win, Cree was happy his team was able to overcome a resilient Sammamish effort in a hard-fought contest. “That’s a really good team over there,” Cree said. “Our two games could’ve gone either way [with] a couple plays at the end. Over at their place, we made some big shots at the end that separated us. Here, we were up, they made a couple shots at the end to get close and Josh made the two free throws. I definitely expected it to be a close game.”
Mercer Island wrestling finished its season with a 42-39 win over Liberty Thursday, Jan. 26 at Liberty High School. The Islanders finished 5-1 in KingCo dual meets, good for second place behind undefeated Bellevue and ending Mercer Island’s five-year run as league champs. The Islanders scored wins in seven of the 14 matches against the Patriots, with Scott Lee (138) and Taylan Yuasa (120) both recording pins. Nic Meinzinger-Richards (160), Evan Condon (220), Dylan Majewski (285), Jamling Sherpa (106) and Jonah Andrews (113) all won by forfeit. Mercer Island will begin postseason competition at the sub-regional tournament at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7. Check mi-reporter.com for tournament details.
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Islanders Jordan Snyder, left, and Ashley Rudd were selected to the Elite Player Development (EPD) team.
US Soccer tourney Islander Middle School eighth graders Ashley Rudd and Jordan Snyder were among 18 players from across the state selected by Washington Youth Soccer to the Elite Player Development (EPD) team for their GU14 age group. The team represented Washington at the annual US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Region IV Championships Jan. 8-10 in Phoenix, Ariz. The Olympic Development Program (OPD) identifies a pool of players from which a National Team is selected for international competitions.
After earning wins against Hawaii (4-0), Idaho (8-0) and tying New Mexico (1-1) in the preliminary rounds, Washington advanced to the semifinal match, where they faced reigning champions, California South. defeated Washington 2-0, scoring both goals in the second half of the match. Snyder scored two goals during the tournament, and Rudd was part of a defensive unit that allowed only three goals throughout the weekend. Snyder plays club soccer for Eastside FC, and Rudd plays for Crossfire ECNL.
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With Fexy Media, MI couple hopes to create next big digital media company Acquistion fund has raised $10 million By Joseph Livarchik
When Cliff Sharples and his wife, Lisa, first hatched the plan to start their next company, they were on a family ski trip at Crystal Mountain. They had already co-founded and sold Garden.com, and they wanted to get back to working together. Now with their latest business venture, an acquisition fund called Fexy Media, the Mercer Island couple is hoping to create the next big digital media company, and they hope do so from home. Initially billed as Teneology, Sharples says that with Fexy Media, he hopes to own and grow the best digital brands in various consumer categories like food, health, fitness and lifestyle. Much of Fexy Media’s investment strategy centers
around digital video, which Sharples believes is the format that the next generation of consumers rely on for information. “Our goal is for the properties we own, we want to build them into the number one brands in their category,” Sharples told the Reporter. “When we look at companies for our portfolio, we’re looking at the opportunity for us to add value by providing resources or capabilities they haven’t built in-house themselves or can’t afford to do as an individual company,” he said. “Here at the corporate office on Mercer Island, the team can provide additional resources and strategy capabilities that [the individual company] couldn’t do on their own.” Prior to starting Fexy Media, the Sharples’ founded Garden.com in 1995, took it public in 1999 and sold it in 2001. Most recently, Sharples was COO of Cheezburger while his
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wife was an executive at Allrecipes. But in 2013, shortly after the sale of Allrecipes to Meredith Corporation, the Sharples’ left their jobs to travel around the world with their five children, touring Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. While traveling, Sharples began forming Fexy Media, engaging in Skype conference calls from different parts of the globe. Sharples said the fund has raised roughly $10 million and has between 35-40 employees, but couldn’t yet reveal what businesses Fexy Media has acquired. “We have several more deals in the pipeline, and we’re waiting until the first series of investments is done and then we can talk about having a total portfolio,” he said. The Sharples family has lived on Mercer Island for 10 years, and Cliff has kept active in education. He is a Mercer Island Schools Foundation board member, has served as Lakeridge PTA president and was also on the school bond com-
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able to return after halftime. “The injury bug has bitten us this season for sure, but we have a team that is capable of getting it done,” Yuen said. “As a coach, you have to try and infuse the younger players with confidence that they can come in and do the job.” Mercer Island wraps its regular season this week, hosting Lake Washington at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at MIHS, followed by the league finale against Bellevue at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6 at Bellevue High School.
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But when digging beneath the basic facts, you will find much more than expected. First of all, virtually every trail is treelined, making this a terrific option for skiing and riding during times of limited visibility. And these runs are really long; you can ski from top to bottom with I am writing this from just one lift ride. The runs Durango. No, no, not from have varying pitch and a Durango SUV, but from direction, so you swoop the charming Southwest left and right, and up and Colorado town with a ski over many rises, so nothing resort just up the road. is boring. Everyone I skied With the paucity of with had snow all over huge smiles the Northwest, I Snow sports on their decided a snowfaces; it is a seeking road trip fun, playful was in order, mountain. and having just Lift lines? spent most of Never a week here, saw one. I am thrilled Apparently with what I’ve this is one experienced. John Naye of Durango’s Durango itself calling cards, is an authentic as crowded conditions are western style town, with scarce. And then there is great scenery, restaurants, the grooming. How do you a famous railroad, and not spell excellent? The groomfar from the Mesa Verde ing isn’t just done down historical Anasazi dwellthe middle of the trail, but ings. right up to the trees, and But it was Durango Mountain Resort that drew even through tree islands. In a year like this one, me here. I needed to make with limited snow in the some linked turns in the mountains, good grooming alpine, and I was totally will make the difference inspired by what this between a marginal experimountain has to offer. ence and a good one. Here are some basics. The whole Durango The mountain, which used Mountain Resort prides to be called Purgatory in itself on being family prior years, sports a 2000 friendly, so there are lots of foot vertical rise, has nine chairlifts, on slope lodging, kids programs. Compared five terrain parks, and over to its Colorado cousins like Vail, Aspen and Telluride, 1300 skiable acres. I would Durango is reasonably be remiss in not mentionpriced. I’m not saying skiing that the mountain ing is cheap, but you can scenery is marvelous, with achieve some savings over the San Juan Mountains other resorts. I noticed that completely encircling the st resort. on Thursdays you can buy Reporter 4
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a $49 lift ticket, a nice discount from the normal $79 rate. By the way, did you know a daily lift ticket at Vail now can cost $145? One of the reasons that Durango is family friendly is due to having slopeside lodging options. The Purgatory Lodge and Village Center properties have size options to fit even large groups, with up to 4 bedrooms if desired. However, there are only three places to dine at the base of the resort, not counting the two onmountain daytime lodges. So many visitors either cook dinner in the lodging kitchens, or plan on driving 30 minutes down the mountain into Durango itself. If the dining options are limited at the mountain itself, the exact opposite is true for the city of Durango. This town lives way larger than it should based on its population, and the restaurant options are unexpectedly excellent, numerous and tasty. The local population is very excited to see what the new resort owner, James Coleman, will be able to accomplish once the sale is completed later this season. The mountain could really use at least one more high-speed lift to access the steeper terrain on the far backside, and Coleman says he has that improvement on his wish list. Stay tuned along with me; I’m going back. John Naye is a Mercer Island resident and the past president of the North American Snowsports Journalists Association. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Building community since 1959, it’s time for SJCC Summer camp Camp registration is now open By Reporter Staff
Mercer Island’s Stroum Jewish Community Center is already preparing for the season that many Islanders are looking forward to, now that football season is over. Registration for the J’s summer camp, the largest Jewish camp in the Pacific Northwest, opened on Feb. 2. The camp, for kids ages 5-16, has been operating since 1959 and is open to everyone regardless of religious affiliation. The J welcomed nearly 1,000 individual campers in Summer 2014, said communications and marketing director Sarah Tobis. Sessions range from one to three weeks, and themes include sports, science, arts and crafts and specialty camps like photography, survival/wilderness, Lego and film production. This year, Youth Theatre Northwest will help run the performing arts camp. The largest and most popular summer camp is Camp Kef. “Kef ” means fun in Hebrew. Camp director Mark Rosenburg said he encourages families to sign up for the three-week sessions to “really foster a sense of community.” “On Mercer Island, we have access to incredible facilities and parks,” Rosenburg said. “We’re outside for almost the whole day.” Last year, camp adventures included “ice blocking” at Gas Works park, kayaking, hiking with rescue dogs at Rattlesnake Ridge, paint balling and having all-camp activities: a luau, color war and Israel Day. “One of the key differentiators for us is our low counselor-camper ratio (1:4) to ensure camper safety, comfort and friendship-building,” Tobis said. Camp content and activities are designed to inspire and teach universal values such as respect, helping others and welcoming everyone. Every Friday afternoon, campers and counselors gather for Shabbat and a song session, which families are welcome to attend. Thirty percent of summer camp families are from Mercer Island, Tobis said. The J also provides opportunities for
high school and college students to gain job and leadership experience as staff members for the Welcome Desk, camp counselors or before and after school caretakers. The heart of summer camp is the dedicated and caring staff, Rosenburg said. Many staff members spent their summers as campers at the J before becoming counselors. Senior counselors have completed at least one year of college. Junior counselors are 11th or 12th graders who have successfully completed pre-camp training programs. The J is currently hiring for these seasonal positions. There are 10 percent discounts for first time campers and early registers before April 8. Camp scholarships and financial assistance are available. The J will host a summer camp open house on March 28. Online registration is also opening for Fall 2015 at the J’s Early Childhood School. “There’s something for everybody,” Rosenburg said. “There’s Jewish content, but the values are universal.” For more information, visit www.sjcc.org.
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PROBUS CLUB MEETING: 1:30
SJCC EARLY CHILDHOOD SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: 10-11 a.m.,
p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 4, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. Jim Zorn, the first quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks, coached by Jack Patera, will talk about his football career and his experiences since then. For more, contact the Probus Club at 206-232-4019. BOUNDARY COMMITTEE PUBLIC HEARING: 6-7 p.m.,
Wednesday, Feb. 4, Islander Middle School library, 8225 S.E. 72nd St. The Mercer Island School District Boundary Committee will hold a public hearing of their final recommendation for elementary boundaries. Community members are invited to share ideas and comments directly with members. Comments may also be sent to MISD Chief Finance/Operations Officer Dean Mack at dean.mack@ mercerislandschools.org. PAINT AND SIP - TU B’SHEVATSTYLE: 6:30-9 p.m.,
Wednesday, Feb. 4, SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. Spend the evening sipping wine, painting a Tu B’Shevat-themed painting, and socializing with other young adults. An artist will guide you through replicating the session’s featured painting step by step. All materials will be provided, including aprons, but you may want to wear something you won’t mind getting dirty. Price includes appetizers wine, and paint supplies. Must be 21 years of age or older to participate. $30-36 per person. For more, contact Daliah Silver at DaliahS@sjcc.org or call 206-388-0839.
Thursday, Feb. 5, SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. With campuses on Mercer Island and in North Seattle, the Early Childhood School at the Stroum Jewish Community Center welcomes all families – Jewish and non-Jewish – with children ages 3 months to five years. Part-time and full-day options are offered on a school-year, summer and year-round basis, as are a variety of enrichment classes for kids, ages 2-5. Please RSVP to save your spot. For more, contact Christy Nason at ChristyN@ sjcc.org or 206-388-0825. FEBRUARY CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP LUNCHEON:
12-1:15 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 5, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Mercer Island City Manager, Noel Treat, will be the speaker at the Feb. 5th luncheon meeting of the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce. Cost is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. For reservations and more information, contact the Chamber office at 206-232-3404. MERCER ISLAND VISUAL ART LEAGUE GALLERY - ANITA MILLER: Feb. 5-28, MIVAL,
2836 78th Ave. S.E. View Miller’s work and learn more about Clarinets for Conservation. Miller will donate her portion of any proceeds from the sale of her art to Clarinets for Conservation. For more information about this nonprofit, visit www.clarinetsforconservation.org. MERCER ISLAND VISUAL ART LEAGUE GALLERY - SEE THE LIGHT EXHIBITS: Feb. 5-28,
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11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Feb. 5, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 4400 86th Ave. Monthly general meetings are the first Thursday of every month and open to the public. Discover what MIVAL does and meet many artists of all mediums. Become a member and make new friendships through visual arts. For more, visit www.mival.org. CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP:
3-4:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 5, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th St. This group provides support, education and resources for those persons caring for a loved one in the home, a facility or by long distance. Group meets first Thursday of the month and is facilitated by Betsy Zuber, MS, LMHC. Please contact Betsy prior to attending your first meeting at 206275-7752 or betsy.zuber@ mercergov.org. MERCER ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL WINTER PLAY - “THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH”: 7-9 p.m., Feb.
5-7. MIHS Performing Arts Center, 9100 S.E. 42nd St. The MIHS drama program’s winter production of Thornton Wilder’s “The Skin of Our Teeth” is a mixture of satire, farce, and drama, reminding its audience of the human ability to survive and rebuild, through even the worst circumstances. Advance tickets are $10, $15 W ! NE IP R SH DE ER UN WN O
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EVENTS | UPCOMING 13TH ANNUAL GIVING FROM THE HEART BREAKFAST: 7-8:30
a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 11, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th St. This annual fundraiser is a show of support and celebration for Mercer Island Youth and Family Services. MIYFS is here to help all Islanders - kids, teens, individuals, families and seniors alike. Register at www.miyfs.org or by calling (206) 275-7756.
MERCER ISLAND GUILD MEETING: 10-11:30 am,
Friday, Feb. 20, Mercer Island Boys and Girls Club, 4120 86th Ave. S.E. The agenda includes plans, instruction and training in preparation for mailing day in March. The nominating committee will present the 2015-16 slate of officers. All members are urged to attend this important meeting. For more, contact JoAnne Jones at jojones@ earthlink.net or call 206232-3903.
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SIGN LANGUAGE CLASS: 7 p.m., Feb. 5, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th St. Visually Speaking caters American Sign Language education to all. Increase signing skills while working with an instructor fluent in American Sign Language. Classes will take place Feb. 5 - March 12. Cost is $99. For more, contact Kellie at Info@ visuallyspeaking.info.
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p.m., Friday, Feb. 6, SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way. Youth Theatre Northwest is hosting a special VIP event for current and future sponsors. There will be wine and appetizers with a little mix and mingling with YTN staff and board members beginning at 6 p.m., followed by a performance of “Annie Jr.” at 7 p.m. A backstage tour will take place after the show. Free event. For more, contact Jessi Wasson at jessi@ youththeatre.org. WINTER CLASSICS ON FILM:
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“The Princess Bride” (Rob Reiner, 1987). 7:30-9:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 30, Aljoya Theatre 2430 76th Ave S.E. Presented by the Mercer Island Arts Council and hosted by Aljoya. All films are introduced and have a Q&A led by film historian Lance Rhoades. Free and open to the public. Refreshments provided courtesy of Aljoya. For more, contact Amber Britton at amber.britton@
SATURDAY | 7 Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th St. The Mercer Island Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide variety of summer camps, including art, cooking, Legos, kayaking, music, sailing, sports and day camps for ages 3 and up. Register by calling 206-275-7609 starting Feb. 7. View the camp brochure online at www.playonmercer.com.
TUESDAY | 10 LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY MEETING: 1-2 p.m., Tuesday,
Feb. 10, City Hall Caucus Room, 9611 S.E. 36th St. A quarterly meeting for Adult Family Homes and Long-Term Care Facilities on Mercer Island to discuss how to respond and recover from a disaster. For more, contact Officer Jennifer Franklin at jennifer.franklin@mercergov. org or call 206-275-7905. MERCER ISLAND UTILITY BOARD MEETING: 7 p.m., Tuesday,
Feb. 10, City Hall Council Chambers, 9611 S.E. 36th St. The Mercer Island Utility Board is an advisory board to the City Council on matters regarding all utilities on the Island. The Utility Board meets, as needed, on the second Tuesday of the month. For more, contact Asea Sandine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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MERCER ISLAND WOMEN’S CLUB NEW MEMBER COFFEE:
10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Monday, Feb. 23, Starbucks (Southend), 8415 S.E. 68th St. The Mercer Island Women’s Club is a social and philanthropic organization that welcomes all women who are current residents of Mercer Island. Whether new to Mercer Island or a longtime resident, all potential new members are invited to participate. For more, contact Janice Bengston at email@example.com.
Wednesday, Feb. 11, Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 S.E. 24th St. The Arts Council and Parks and Recreation staff provide community activities such as art galleries, concerts and plays and literary events as well as support local artists with grants and acquire public art for the city. For more about the Arts Council, contact Amber Britton at amber.britton@ mercergov.org. INFANT/CHILD/ADULT CPR WITH AED: 7-9 p.m., Wednesday,
Feb. 11, Main Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. Sign up online at myparksandrecreation.com or via telephone at 206-275-7847. Cost is $25. For more, contact Jolene Judd at 206-275-7607.
EVENTS | ONGOING THE ART OF PARENTING: 7:30-9 p.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 20 - Feb. 24, Friendship Circle, 2737 77th Ave. S.E. Suite 101. Drawing on three millennia of Jewish wisdom and skillfully crafted into an enthralling exposé addressing the unique situations parents face, The Art of Parenting will ensure that you have the know-how to navigate challenges, the tools to be effective, and the confidence to know you’re doing your best to secure your child’s future. You can enroll in one class or all six. RSVP: Call 206-FRIENDS (374-3637) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. ANNIE JR.: Jan. 23 - Feb. 8. SJCC Auditorium, 3801 East Mercer Way. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s
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19. Join Nancy Stewart, children’s musician extraordinaire, and Linda Ernst, Mercer Island Children’s Librarian, for a special time for families to enjoy songs, stories and fun together.
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SING WITH OUR KIDS – PAJAMA TIME: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday,
Jan. 28, 2:30 p.m. Come to the large meeting room and find out what’s going on this month. Create your own computer keyboard with MaKey MaKey kits, play around with circuits, mess with mixing oil and water, or make gifts out of duct tape.
Feb. 24. Nancy Stewart and Linda Ernst will perform a special evening program for families filled with songs, stories and fun. TEENS STUDY ZONE: Wednesday, Feb.
4 and 11, 3 p.m. Grades K-12. Drop in for free homework help from trained volunteer tutors. Proofreading help is available. Ask at the Reference Desk for location. TEEN ADVISORY BOARD:
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m. Voice your opinions on the programs and services the library offers. Come with feedback and bring your ideas to discuss. Eat pizza, too.
LIGHTEN UP AND LEARN AT THE LIBRARY: Wednesday,
EXPLORING RACE & SOCIAL JUSTICE - A CONVERSATION:
Saturday, Feb. 28, 1 p.m. In the charged atmosphere following the events in Ferguson, Mo., and elsewhere, communities can benefit from open conversations about issues that can divide us, but also inspire us to come together. Come for a conversation that explores these issues in the context of our past, present and future as a nation. Food provided by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.
| www.mi-reporter.com a.m., Monday, Feb. 9. Findings from research in Positive Psychology and Neuroscience demonstrate that positivity, gratitude and kindness are good for health and well-being. Rebecca Crichton, Executive Director, Northwest Center for Creative Aging will discuss tips and tools that can make people feel hopeful, happy and satisfied. www.kcls.org/ mindmatters. TED TALK “FINDING THE POSSIBLE IN IMPOSSIBLE”:
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7-8:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 9. Featuring a presentation from local Author Lori A. May. Listen, discuss and snack. Free event. RSVP to Ben Elliott at www.facebook.com or email email@example.com OPERA PREVIEW - SEMELE BY GEORGE FREDERIC HANDEL (1685-1759): Wednesday, Feb.
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5:30-7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7. The ECS and SJCC communities are invited to come together to celebrate Havdalah with cupcakes and cocoa. Snacks and dessert will be provided, and gluten-free options will be available. Appropriate for kids of all ages. Free event. Please RSVP at 206-3881990 or email Zach Duitch at ZachD@sjcc.org. JEWISH ART | CONTEMPORARY WOMEN: 2-5 p.m. Sunday,
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ART DIRECTOR Seattle Weekly, one of Seattleâ€™s most respected publications and a division of Sound Publishing, Inc. has an immediate opening for an experienced editorial art director. The art director is responsible for the overall design quality and integrity of the publication. He/she must be able to conceptualize and produce moder n, sophisticated, and vibrant design for covers, features, and editorial pages. This individual must be an exceptionally creative designer who has experience commissioning high-quality photography and illustration, negotiating fees, clearing rights and managing a budget. The art director will work with and manage other designers in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment so will need the ability to balance strong leadership with strong collaboration in order to thrive in a team environment. Applicants must have a superior understanding of typography and expertlevel skills in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Acrobat. Editorial design exper ience is a plus. The successful candidate will possess excellent communication and organizational skills and the ability to juggle several projects at once. Knowledge of PDF and postscript technology is beneficial. Other talents such as illustration or p h o t o g r a p hy a r e d e sirable, but not required. Sound Publishing offers competitive salaries and benefits including healthcare, 401K, paid holidays, vacation and sick t i m e. Q u a l i f i e d a p p l i cants should send a resume, cover letter, and a few s a m p l e s o f yo u r work to: hreast@sound publishing.com Be sure to note ATTN: HR/ADSEA in your subject line.
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Do you have a proven track record of success in sales and enjoy managing your own territory? Are you competitive and thrive in an energetic environment? Do you desire to work for a company that offers uncapped earning oppor tunities? Are you interested in a fast paced, creative atm o s p h e r e w h e r e yo u can use your sales expertise to provide consultative print and digital solutions? I f yo u a n swe r e d Y E S then you need to join the largest community news organization in Washington. The Issaquah Rep o r t e r, o n e o f t h e Eastsideâ€™s most respected publications and a division of Sound Publishing, Inc. is looking for self-motivated, resultsdriven people interested in a multi-media sales career. This position will be responsible for print and digital adver tising sales to an eclectic and exciting group of clients. The successful candidate will be engaging and goal oriented, with good organizational skills and will have the ability to grow and maintain strong business relationships through consultative sales and excellent customer service. Every day will be a new adventure! You can be an integral part of the Issaquah/Sammamish communities while helping local business partners succeed in their in print or online branding, marketing and advertising strategies. Whether their marketing footprints are in Issaquah/Sammamish, all around the Eastside, King County or Western Washington you have the opportunity to help them with their success. Professional sales experience necessary; media experience is a definite asset but not mandatory. If you have these skills, and enjoy playing a pro-active part in helping your clients achieve business success, please email your resume and cover letter to: hreast@sound publishing.com ATTN: ISS. Sound Publishing is an Equal Opportunity Employee (EOE) and strongly supports diversity in the wor kplace. Visit our website to learn more about us! www.soundpublishing.com
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REPORTER The Issaquah/Sammamish Reporter, a division of Sound Publishing Inc. is seeking a general assignment reporter with writing experience and photography skills. This position is based out of the Bellevue office. Primary coverage will be city government, business, and general assignment stor ies; and could include sports coverage. Schedule may include some evening and/or weekend work.
Seattle Weekly, one of Seattleâ€™s most respected publications and a division of Sound Publishing, Inc. has an immediate opening for a calendar assistant. This is a Part-Time position, working approximately 16 hours over 3 days per week. The calendar assistant will assist both the arts and music editors in the creation and upkeep of Seattle Weeklyâ€™s extensive events listings. He/she must be detail oriented, able to comb press releases and online calendars and manually transcribe mind-numbing information with great accuracy a n d g u s t o. A p r o ve n ability to write succinct, lively copy is a must, as is a working knowledge of most art forms and familiarity with Seattleâ€™s arts and music scenes, from the high-art institutions to the thriving underground. Obsessive knowledge about one or two particular disciplines (Appalachian folk songs and Kabuki, say) is not required, but is definitely a plus. If you have trouble meeting deadlines, donâ€™t apply. Applicants mu s t h ave a wo r k i n g knowledge of Microsoft Office. The successful candidate will possess excellent communication and organizational skills and the ability to juggle several projects at once. Qualified applicants should send a resume, cover letter, and a few samples of your writing to: hreast@sound publishing.com Be sure to note ATTN: HR/CASEA in your subject line. Sound Publishing, Inc. is an Equal Oppor tunity E m p l oye r ( E O E ) a n d strongly supports diversity in the workplace. Visit our website at: www.soundpublishing.com to find out more about us! Sound Publishing, Inc. is an Equal Oppor tunity REPORTER E m p l oye r ( E O E ) a n d strongly supports diver- T h e a w a r d - w i n n i n g w e e k l y n ew s p a p e r, sity in the workplace. North Kitsap Herald, in Visit our website at: www.soundpublishing.com beautiful Poulsbo, WA, on the Kitsap Peninusla, to find out more has an opening for a about us! general assignment re1.25 million readers porter. We want a skilled make us a member of and passionate writer who isnâ€™t afraid to tackle the largest suburban news stories. Exnewspapers in Western meaty perience with photograWashington. Call us phy and Adobe InDesign p r e fe r r e d . A p p l i c a n t s today to advertise. must be able to work in 800-388-2527 a team-oriented, deadline-driven environment, possess excellent writing CARRIER skills, have a knowledge ROUTES of community news and be able to write about AVAILABLE multiple topics. Must relocate to Kitsap County. IN YOUR This is a full-time position that includes excelAREA lent benefits: medical, dental, life insurance, 401k, paid vacation, sick Call Today and holidays. EOE. No 1-253-872-6610 calls please. Send resume with cover letter, Reach thousands of three or more non-rereaders by advertising turnable clips in PDF or Text format and referyour service in the ences to Service Directory of email@example.com or mail to: the ClassiďŹ eds. Get 4 HR/GARNKH weeks of advertising in Sound Publishing, Inc. your local community 11323 Commando Rd W, Main Unit newspapers and on the Everett, WA 98204 web for one low price. firstname.lastname@example.org
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COLDWELL BANKER BAIN MERCER ISLAND OFFICE | 7808 SE 28th Street #128, Mercer Island |
To see every home that is for sale in Western Washington go to cbbain.com
Whidbey Island $2,250,000
Coveted location, flat sandy beach w/90 tax ft wft + add’l footage as property meanders around the point. 4BR/2.25BA, chefs kit, separate apt + huge boathouse #552862 Carol Hinderstein 206-595-5722
Sunlight reflects off of the waters that front this special island home. Rare 210 ft. steel dock for your boat and pier fishing which is shared by only one neighbor #455424 Doug Shih 206-230-5364
Serene location with North End ease. This one of a kind gem is waiting for you for! Beautifully crafted carpentry & mill work throughout. #605214 Barbara Bro 206-459-8411
Amazing property overlooking Puget Sound w/sweeping views to the N & E of Camano & Mt. Baker. Almost 3ac w/170’ of beautiful waterfront. 3BR home w/soaring ceilings. #722479 Scott MacRae 206-230-5451 Becky Nadesan 206-972-1113
This home has been remodeled to the point of GORGEOUS! 3 Bedrooms, 2 full baths, 1650 +/- SF. All new double pane windows. All new kitchen appliances. #703503 Amanda Reynolds 206-230-5395
Good use of space w/plenty of room. Don’t let the SF fool you. The yard is flat and usable on all levels. Perfect first home or investment purchase. Short Sale #480182 Keith McKinney 206-230-5380
EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY
Soon to be completed! Luxurious contemporary in sought-after Redmond area; close to MSFT. Exquisitely finished designer touches throughout this 5BR/3.5BA home. #715995 Hedy Joyce 206-406-7275
Natural setting, w’side 4BR/3.5BA home fea spacious living & dining, gourmet kit/family rm, butler’s pantry, master suite w/spa BA, amazing den/office + rec room. #727541 Molly Penny 206-200-4411 Katie Shea 206-755-5051
Your Own Manor House, 3350SF, 5BR, 2.75BA, Elegant Home. Leaded Glass, French Doors, Mstr Suite w/Spa BA, Deck, Gardens, By School, Bus, Park & Shopping. #631724 Galen Hubert 206-778-9787
3 bdrms|3.5 baths|3 car garage|2.4+acres. Stunning landscaping! Large master bedroom with sauna. Beautiful wainscoting thru-out. View. #689298 Nancy Stanbery 206-619-4866 Kim Stanbery 206-419-4347
New Construction! 5BR/3.5BA. Sleek custom contemporary. Dream gourmet kitchen w/Miele SS applcs & waterfall counter edge. Generous master suite. Move right in! #715813 Hedy Joyce 206-406-7275
Snoqualmie Ridge $535,000
Gorgeous Murray Franklyn resale. 4BR home features an open floor plan with gourmet kitchen, S/S appliances, granite slab counter, hdwds. Close to trails & TPC. #72719 Eric Huang 425-922-4368
Lovely Seabeck rambler in excellent condition. Kitchen features granite counters and stainless appliances. Tiered media room for movies or the big game! 3BR/2BA #725432 James R. Shute 206-230-5421
Private drive ends at this cozy 3BD/2.5BA home, master on main. Spacious living areas, open kitchen and large rear deck and patio with a fully fenced backyard. #494945 James R. Shute 206-230-5421
For Rent – MI
Builder’s Own Hm $3,300/MO
This cute Bremerton home sits in a quiet, charming cul-de-sac. Gas heat & gas fireplace in living room. Dining room w/ slider to deck out back. #616673 James R. Shute 206-230-5421
Northwest Contemporary, 4BR, 5BA home located on a quiet cul-de-sac of 13 homes. Oversized window in front of house brings lots of light & makes house very bright. #733287 Debbie Barbara 206-300-6077
Harbour Pointe $1,430,000
Mukilteo’s finest penthouse! The Fairview largest unit with the best views! 3 bedroom + office & loft. 2-story floor plan. 20’ vaulted ceiling. 3 parking spaces. #710872
Great lighting and top floor plan with vaulted ceilings. Updated kitchen with tons of cabinets & counter top. Hardwood floors in kitchen and guest bedroom/den. #697490 Amanda Reynolds 206-230-5395
Situated in heart of downtown Bellevue, the Towers provide convenience and excitement of city life in a most desirable location! Enjoy mtn & city views. 1BR/1.5BA #731036 Shelly Zhou 425-802-5667
2015 completed Classic Federal-Styled residence defined with contemporary flair. 4BRs + den/guest suite and extra 3/4 bath, hardwoods on main and stairs. #729786 Debbie Barbara 206-300-6077
Shelly Zhou 425-802-5667
Wake up to the light dancing off of the lake & the Olympic mtns framing the Seattle skyline. Designed to take advantage of the views w/3 remodeled levels. #699431 Greg Rosenwald 206-230-5445
Distinctive Live+Work, 1BR+Bonus+Work Space, 2 1/4BA Townhome. Built Green. Rooftop deck. Multiple townhomes available, call for details! #671103 Keith McKinney 206-230-5380
Great Federal Way location, close to shopping, restaurants, I-5, Pacific Highway, SR-18. Pellet stove in basement. Large covered deck, patio. 4BR/1.5BA. #657061 James R. Shute 206-230-5421
4+BR/2.5BA Park Like Setting By High School, Ellis Pond & Library. Formal LR, DR, Bright Kitchen w/Stainless Applcs & Granite Counters. 2 Decks, 4 Fplcs. 2660SF #731974 Galen Hubert 206-778-9787
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February 04, 2015 edition of the Mercer Island Reporter