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From left, HIllary Baker, Elaine Posey and Lorrie Tucker observe

third-grader Kun Tilfas reading out of his new children’s dictionary.

Third-grade students in the Kent School District received free

dictionaries on Tuesday. Local Rotary Clubs distributed around

2,000 dictionaries to elementary schools in the district.

This is the sixth year Rotary has donated dictionaries to KSD.


[email protected]

Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke and challenger Tim Clark didn’t give voters much hope as far as the city’s chances to stop 18 additional coal trains from running through

town in the future if a new ship-ping terminal is eventually built near Bellingham.

Cooke and Clark were asked at a Panther Lake neighborhood sponsored candidates forum Oct. 10 at Sunrise Elementary School

what the city could do about coal trains coming through town.

“Th ose of you who know your history know the railroads built this country,” Cooke said. “In my years of working with govern-ment and sometimes against

government I have learned about the power of the railroads and in working with the Green River levees and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers I have now determined:

“On the right hand of God sits the railroads and on the left hand

of God sits the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.”

Cooke’s response received nu-merous chuckles from the crowd. She said she opposes the addition-al trains because they would

Mayoral candidates Cooke, Clark discuss coal trains

[ more DEBATE page 4 ]

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[email protected]

Debbie Raplee is running as a write-in candidate for the Kent City Council to give voters a “rea-sonable alternative” over Ken Sharp and Bailey Stober.

Raplee served eight years on the council before losing in the 2011 general election to Bill Boyce.

“I’m the only reasonable alternative for that position,” Raplee said during a Monday phone interview. “Th ere are legal issues with one (Sharp) and eligibility issues for the of-fi ce with the other (Stober). I have the experience and knowledge and am familiar

with city government.”Raplee said she decided

last week to run as a write-in candidate. She will fi le Tuesday with King County Elections, a few days ahead

of the Friday dead-line for write-in candidates. Raplee won’t be in the Voters’ Pamphlet or have her name on the ballot. But vot-ers have the option to write in a name rather than fi ll out

the oval next to a name.King County Elections

mails out ballots Wednes-day. Voters must postmark their ballots by election day Nov. 5 to have their ballot counted.

Raplee to seek City Council seat as write-in candidate



[ more RAPLEE page 5 ]

ROSS COYLE, Kent Reporter

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‘American Idol’ star to perform at KentwoodBY STEVE HUNTER

[email protected]

Singer Stefano Langone is back in town to give a benefi t concert for the Kentwood High School choir as part of

the Kentwood Idol program.Langone, 24, who fi nished seventh

on “American Idol” in the spring of 2011, took a week away from his Los Angeles home to help out the school that prepared him for a music career.

“First and foremost I’m coming for Kentwood,” Langone said during a phone interview as he prepares for a

Langone [ more LANGONE page 9 ]


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When Patti Billet had to write a detailed and technical student improvement plan for her pupils at Kent Mountain View Academy, she

had her fi rst breakdown aft er six weeks as a brand new teacher.

“Th is is part of this profession that I have no idea about, I’m expected to know and I have no idea,” she says.

Teaching the teachers

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Fortunately, Billet was able to fi nd help in a colleague and fi nish the plans, but new teachers don’t always have a veteran to help them learn the ropes of their jobs. Th at’s where Kent School Dis-trict’s Teacher Mentor Program steps in.

New teachers are expected to have the answers even before they’ve started their fi rst day of school, and settling into a teach-ing career can be a daunting task.

Th e mentor program provides fi rst- and second-year teachers with an experienced counter-part to help them through their fi rst year. Whether it’s providing technical feedback on lessons and classroom management or giving emotional support to their pupils, mentors exist to ease a teacher’s integration into the district.

“Teaching is a unique profes-sion where you’re expected to be a veteran on your fi rst day,” says mentor Lynn Lofstrom.

Lofstrom, along with Kjell Rowe and Cynthia Huber make up the team. Lofstrom works with kindergarten through eighth grade teachers and Rowe works with high school teachers. Huber plays all-time defense for the three-woman team, fi lling in where necessary.

Aft er student teachers fi nish their programs and go out into the world to start a career, the task can seem daunting.

Teaching can be an extremely isolating job, Lofstrom says, in

that unlike other professions that incorporate teams of individuals, teachers are thrown into their classrooms alone and have to learn as they go.

“From the get go, you have to be a professional, and it’s hard! It’s a huge learning curve,” says Billet, who teaches sixth grade core cur-riculum and third grade math.

Th e 28-year-old graduated from Cal Lutheran University in 2007 with a degree in liberal studies but had to wait until she and her hus-band had the fi nances for gradu-ate school. While Billet spent most of her time between schools working with children, she says that she was unprepared for the sheer amount of management that comes with heading a classroom. Classroom management is oft en the most diffi cult thing to estab-lish for new teachers.

“Your students are angels and want to please you, but once they fi gure out who you are, they start to test you,” Billet says.

Beyond meeting one on one with teachers, the mentors also host classes for teachers to im-prove their skills, which Billets says have helped her settle in. Aft er a particular class regarding getting students to participate even if they don’t know the an-swer, she felt her own classroom management skills had improved.

Billet says that having an experienced voice to share her concerns with has been cathartic to her experience in her fi rst six weeks of teaching. While she’s only met with Lofstrom once,

she’s had the oppor-tunity to talk to her occasionally.

“Each time, whether I’m fl us-tered or excited or I tell her things are going really great, she always says is there anything you want to talk about, how are things going with parents. She knows the right questions to ask,” Billet says. “I can tell her exactly how I’m feeling.”

Another teacher, Jesse Session, now in his second year teaching biology at Kentwood, says that the mentors help teachers with small things like gift s or care packages.

“Outside of all the technical stuff they were there to be supportive and show you that teaching was the right career to be in, that people actually cared about you,” he says.

Th is is how Leslie Shilleto felt when she fi rst came to the district from Michigan. Being new to the school system, she was very iso-lated when it came to her failures and successes at Sunrise Elemen-tary School.

“I feel like when things go wrong you’re mad at yourself, and when things go right you don’t have anybody to celebrate with,”

Shilleto says.Lofstrom, her mentor, provided

her with a way to celebrate her successes and commiserate in her failures.

“I would have Lynn to share good things with, and she would be just as excited as I was. And if I was upset about something she’d kind of talk me through it,” Shilleto says.

Having a trusted friend in the district, someone who isn’t evalu-ating the their performance pro-fessionally as a principal would, has been invaluable for many

teachers. With only three mentors available, their time is consumed with helping their fellow teachers. But as Lofstrom says, it’s a very rewarding line of work.

“Th is is a fabulous job and what’s so exciting about it is we get to work with folks that are right out of a college program, they’re really excited about teach-ing and learning,” she says.

It’s up to the team of three to make sure that these teachers are prepared to succeed in the future, so that in time, they might become mentors themselves.

[ MENTORS from page 1 ]

Lynn Lofstrom pauses to talk to Kentridge science teacher Matthew Czajka during a bi-monthly classroom workshop for new teachers in the district. While many districts off er similar mentorship programs, few provide a dedicated mentor to new teachers, instead using the time of another teacher in the school. ROSS COYLE, Kent Reporter

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Th e city of Kent will start operating its fi rst school traffi c cameras to catch speeders on Nov. 18. Offi cials had hoped to start up the cameras when Kent schools opened Aug. 29 but equipment installation delayed the project.

Council members unanimously approved plans in May to install cameras on streets in front of Sunrise Elementary, 22300 132nd Ave. S.E., on the East Hill, and at Neely-O’Brien Elementary, 6300 S. 236th St., in the Valley.

“We anticipate to activate them on Nov. 18 and begin the warning period until Christmas break,” said Acting City Attorney Pat Fitzpat-rick. “Th en we will go live on the

fi rst day back in school on Jan. 6.”Drivers will receive warning

tickets with no payment required from Nov. 18 to Dec. 20. Starting Jan. 6, tickets will cost $124 for drivers going 1 to 9 mph over the 20 mph speed limit and $248 for drivers 10 mph or more over the limit starting in January.

Cameras will only operate when the school zone lights are fl ashing, which are the morning drop off and aft ernoon pick up times for the schools, Fitzpatrick said.

“It’s not intended to generate revenue,” Fitzpatrick said. “Th e goal is to slow people down.”

Th e program initially is pro-jected to bring in an estimated $421,000 in the fi rst year to the city, according to city documents, although that fi gure is expected to be adjusted with the installation delay.

Th e cities of Auburn, Federal

Way, Des Moines, Renton and Seattle are among the cities that operate school-zone cameras to catch speeders.

Arizona-based American Traf-fi c Solutions (ATS), Inc., con-tracted with the city to provide the camera services that include the equipment as well as mailing out tickets. ATS contracts with Des Moines, Seattle, Federal Way, Issaquah and more than 300 other communities in 21 states to pro-vide traffi c camera services.

A major reason for the delay turned out to be fi nding a power source for the cameras by Sunrise Elementary. Th ere also was a mechanical glitch with the traffi c lights and cameras at Neely-O’Brien Elementary.

Th e program is projected to bring in an estimated $421,000 (aft er costs) in the fi rst year to the city, according to city documents,

although that fi gure is expected to be adjusted with the installation delay.

Th e program will cost the city about $150,000 per year, includ-ing $97,000 to ATS for the four cameras; $20,000 for pay to police offi cers to review the video; $26,000 for Municipal Court staff ; and $7,000 for city legal staff .

Funds left over aft er costs will go to public safety and traffi c enforcement related issues, Fitz-patrick said.

Cameras will take a video and still images of a speeding vehicle from behind. Speed is measured by sensors in the road. Aft er review by a police offi cer, ATS staff will send a ticket to the vehicle’s registered owner. Th e cameras only take im-ages of the vehicle and license plate, not the driver or passengers.

Police offi cers who review video will receive overtime pay so that

offi cers are not taken off the street and current service levels are maintained.

Sunrise and Neely-O-Brien were chosen for the cameras because speeding traffi c studies showed the most violations at the two schools, according to city offi cials. Th e program might be expanded to more schools in the next couple of years.

School traffi c cameras• Warnings issued Nov. 18 to Dec. 20

• Citations issued starting Jan. 6

• 20 mph school zone speed limit

• Operate when school zone lights fl ashing

• Sunrise and Neely-O’Brien elemen-tary school zones only

Kent school traffic cameras to light up Nov. 18

Murder trial starts for man accused of stabbing city employeeBY STEVE HUNTER

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Th e murder trial of the man accused of the 2010 stabbing death of Seth Frankel, a city of Kent employee and Auburn resident, started Tuesday in King County Superior Court in Kent.

Nearly three years aft er his arrest in De-cember 2010, William L. Phillip, 33, will go on trial for the fi rst-degree murder charge. Judge Andrea Darvas will oversee the jury trial.

“Pre-trial motions and jury selection will take several days, so I wouldn’t expect opening statements until early next week,” said Dan Donohoe, spokesman for the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Offi ce.

Phillip, of Portland, remains in custody at the county jail at the Maleng Regional Justice

Center in Kent with bail set at $1 million. He pleaded not guilty in March 2011 to a fi rst-degree murder charge aft er being extradited

from Portland.Th e jury trial could last

six weeks, according to court documents.

Frankel, 41, a city video-program coordinator, was killed May 21, 2010 inside his Auburn home. Pros-ecutors allege that Phillip, a former boyfriend of the

woman Frankel dated and lived with, drove to Auburn to kill Frankel because he was angry that someone else was dating the woman. Detectives connected Phillip to the murder through a blood-stained towel found at Frankel’s house as well as cellphone records that put Phillip near the home the night of Frankel’s death.

Frankel’s girlfriend told detectives that Phillip wanted a romantic relationship with her and spoke badly about Frankel even though he had never met him.


TOP Food and Drug stores in Kent, Auburn and Yakima will shut down within the next three months.

Bellingham-based Haggen Inc., an-nounced the three store closures Tuesday in a media release as part of its long-term transformation plan to improve its overall business performance and strengthen its competitive position.

“We continue to drive against our plan to transform all of our stores to deliver the best in quality and service to our val-ued customers. Unfortunately, this trans-formation necessitates the closings we are announcing today,” said Clement Stevens, co-president and senior vice president of merchandising. “We are confi dent these changes will better position Haggen to deliver on its commitment to its custom-

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snarl downtown traffi c, in-cluding emergency vehicles responding to calls.

Clark also said the city lacks much power beyond being part of the state De-partment of Ecology’s study for its Environment Impact Statement (EIS) expected to be issued in 2014 or later.

“I don’t know if the city per se really will have an impact,” Clark said. “Region-ally as a partner we could do something because clearly it impacts the most heavily populated part of the state.

I would not pretend Kent could singularly act but in concert with our neighbors.”

While stopping coal trains might be above the mayor’s reach, the position has power over the city’s budget, another burning topic at the forum in advance of the Nov. 5 general election.

Clark, in his fourth and fi nal year on the Kent School Board, served 16 years on the City Council before leaving to run for the school board four years ago. Now he wants prove he would be a better leader than Cooke as he works in

cooperation with the seven-member council.

“Th e one thing I’d like to off er is a diff erent vision of how government should work,” Clark said. “Th at’s the understanding that the process is a partnership it is not a one-way street. It is the council coming up with solid policies and some-body in the mayor’s offi ce to take the time to see what they are trying to accom-plish and how to distribute those funds to accomplish those goals. Th at means you need to have a working re-lationship with the council and that’s something that needs to be improved.”

Cooke wants to win a third, four-year term as mayor of the sixth larg-est city in the state with a population of nearly 120,000. She said oversee-ing the budget is one of her key duties.

“I don’t get to vote on the budget but I present a bud-get and I do manage that budget,” Cooke said. “Th e council has passed budgets at a higher level of spend-ing than I have been able to spend because the revenues weren’t there so I had to eliminate 100 positions from the city for example.”

Th e adoption of the city’s business and occupation (B&O) tax last year by the council to pay for street repairs helped improve the city’s fi nancial defi cits, Cooke said. She added the establish-ment of a reserve fund is

going to help the city.“We are working our way

out of this,” Cooke said. “We do have a plan. But it will take a lot of – how do I say - perhaps reservation by the city council to make certain they also are dedicated to paying down the debt over and above some of the other things we heard (earlier Th ursday at the forum) that we want. We can’t sustain 30 new police offi cers no matter how you add the budget up. You have to have a stable budget.

“Th e council has adopted some policies to get us there. It will now be up to the council to live up to those policies.”

Clark said Cooke needed to do a better job with the city’s funds.

“Th e fact is the manage-ment of the money does rest in the mayor’s offi ce,” he said. “So we get our facts straight, keep the following in mind. No. 1, the past fi ve

years the city’s been run-ning off the reserve by the end of the year and No. 2, last year the reserves were down to 2.6 percent that’s near bankruptcy.

“I credit the council for basically taking manners into their hands and putting in a fi nancial policy that has brought stability. I’d be happy to work with them in the near future.”

City Council race notes

Th e forum also included the City Council races of Jim Berrios against Wade Schwartz and Bailey Stober against Ken Sharp. Sharp did not attend the forum because he was traveling to Virginia to attend the Ms. Veteran American competi-tion that included his wife, Sara Sharp, as a fi nalist.

Berrios emphasized his business experience as owner of the Golden Steer restau-rant in Kent and his past job as senior director of opera-

tions for Denny’s as reasons why he could help solve city budget problems. He said he also helped the Kent School Board through its budget struggles when he served as a board member.

Schwartz, owner of Blanc-n-Schwartz Salon in downtown Kent who lives in Panther Lake, said the coun-cil needs to promote Kent better. He would like to see the Seattle International Film Festival brought to town. He also wants people to be able to ride horses along the Green River.

Stober said he would try to add 30 more police of-fi cers over the next several years because the force us undersized for Kent’s large population. He promised he would vote against any city budget that didn’t include more offi cers. He also said he has endorsements from 43 elected offi cials, including Democrats and Republicans, from around the region.

Kent mayoral candidates Suzette Cooke and Tim Clark answer questions Thursday, Oct. 10 at a forum in Panther Lake at Sunrise Elementary School. STEVE HUNTER, Kent Reporter

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Raplee, a Boeing staff analyst for nearly 35 years, said people asked her to run because they didn’t like the options of Sharp and Stober with so many questions about each candidate.

Sharp faces fi rst-degree theft charges fi led by King County prosecutors against him for allegedly stealing $297,500 from his 93-year-old mother’s bank account. Sharp pleaded not guilty to the charges on Aug. 29 in King County Superior Court. He is scheduled to return to court Nov. 20.

Rumors about whether Stober lived in Kent for a year prior to fi ling for offi ce also helped Raplee decide to enter the race. She said she understands that Stober lived in Renton at some point during the past year. State law requires city council candidates to live in a city for a full year before they can run for a city offi ce.

“People need someone dependable and that they can trust,” Raplee said.

Stober has denied any residency violations.

“I’ve been a resident of Kent for years,” Stober said during an earlier interview. “Haven’t gone anywhere

and don’t plan on it soon.”Stober didn’t expect Ra-

plee to enter the race.“I am surprised to hear

that Debbie Raplee is interested in running for the Kent City Council,” Stober said in a Monday email. “When I spoke with her earlier this year she said she had no interest in local politics or returning to the Council. Since she lost her last election she hasn’t par-ticipated in any community organizations or activities that I am aware of.”

Boyce, a former Kent School Board member, received 60.4 percent of the vote two years ago against Raplee.

“Over 60 percent of Kent’s population voted for her opponent in the

last election and I respect their choice and am willing to bet given the chance they will make the same decision,” Stober said. “I welcome Debbie to the race and wish her the best of luck.”

Raplee said she has cam-paign supporters who will help her put up signs and send out mailers to spread the word that she’s running for the council.

“I have name familiarity,” she said. “But I don’t have the exposure of the other two. Th ere is not a lot of time for door belling.”

Despite the late entry to the race, Raplee likes her odds of winning.

“I think my chances are pretty good,” she said.

Raplee said she would

see if she could get on the agenda for the fi nal scheduled candidate forum in Kent.

Th e Kent Black Action Commission hosts a debate for mayoral, City Council and school board candi-dates from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 in the Kent Commons’ Green River Room, 525 Fourth Ave N.

Sharp received 41 per-cent of the vote to win the August primary election. Stober had 29.6 percent to edge out Barbara Phillips (28.7 percent) for second. Only the top two vote get-ters in the primary advance to the general election.

Sharp did not respond to inquiries for his reaction to Raplee entering the race.

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Closing in on the home stretch of his three de-manding terms as Auburn mayor, Pete Lewis had been looking forward to retire-ment.

More time with his grandchildren, more fi sh-ing, and at last, time to take that long-postponed trip to Europe with his wife, Kathy.

Th en an opportunity arose to serve as a Port of Seattle commissioner.

Lewis couldn’t ignore the call to become a “voice” for regional cities, to represent the many people who live and work near the ports of Seattle and Tacoma.

Lewis says he’s more than qualifi ed to handle a tough job like that. As mayor, Lewis says, he understands how state and local govern-ment work and how freight mobility and transportation are vital to the economy.

“I’m used to working with tough situations. I’m used to going into full rooms of Type A person-alities who all know that if everybody listened to them, everything would be OK,”

said the 67-year-old Lewis, who opposes incumbent John Creighton for Port of Seattle commis-sioner, Position No. 1, in the Nov. 5 general election. “I know how to get things done.”

It is a critical time, Lewis noted, to make an impact, to set a course for the region’s ports and boost maritime trade, manufac-turing and tourism.

“It’s time for somebody to stand up and say, ‘Th is needs to be done, and here’s why,’” he said.

Th e Lewis-Creighton battle is one of four races for seats on the fi ve-mem-ber Port board.

Lewis, who announced his candidacy in May, has picked up major endorse-ments, including the support of mayors of sev-eral regional cities – Kent, Renton, Federal Way and Tacoma. Th e Seattle Times recently endorsed Lewis, praising his “decorum and ethical leadership … and calm (demeanor).”

As Lewis sees it, with so much at stake, the Port

needs to step up now.

Th e Puget Sound Region is under the threat of losing shipping business from competitors in British Colum-bia, Mexico and Southeast U.S.

coastal cities because of the widening of the Panama Canal in 2015.

Furthermore, the Port of Seattle must negotiate and settle the possibility of a newly constructed sports arena in Sodo, and deter-mine how a likely venue would aff ect area traffi c, trucking routes and ship-ping costs.

Th e Port also must resolve how to fi nancially complete and improve connecting infrastructure, namely fi nish State Routes 509 and 167 – critical freight links between the ports of Seattle and Ta-coma and key distribution centers, warehouses and industrial areas in King and Pierce counties

And the Port also must contend with a push to move coal by rail to export terminals proposed in

Longview and Bellingham.Regarding global trade,

the deep-water regional ports of Seattle and Tacoma stands to lose big if it doesn’t improve its own conditions, Lewis said. Other locations, including Canada, are invest-ing billions of dollars into their ports to lure shipping contracts.

“And we’ve done noth-ing,” Lewis said. “If we don’t fi x it … and we’re running out of time … then we’re out of business.

“Either we show that we are going to fi x the infra-structure or they start going to Prince Rupert or the Gulf (of Mexico) ports,” Lewis said. “We’ll end up with a bunch of 18-wheelers com-ing down I-5 and I-90 bring-ing goods here that cost 10 to 15 percent more than what we are paying today.”

Urgency calls for federal, state and local leaders to come up with a plan to step in to extend those vital cor-ridors, Lewis said.

Regarding a new sports arena, Lewis says a compro-mise must be reached, one that requires an enhanced corridor for the Port that swift ly and eff ectively se-

cures freight traffi c during business hours outside of commute and game traffi c.

Lewis says coal trains off er no economic benefi t to the area and the ports. He suggests solving the infrastructure problem “so that the railroads don’t need

to use coal as a replacement for containers.” Th e ports, with this approach, would profi t, he said.

As commissioner, Lewis said, he would bridge gaps between the competitive ports, promote the commis-sioners board’s transparency, improve its reputation, and encourage public engage-ment while saving and add-ing jobs to the industry.

Auburn Mayor Lewis pursues key Port position


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Q U O T E O F N O T E : “I’m the only reasonable alternative for that position. There are legal issues with one (Ken Sharp) and eligibility issues for the offi ce with the other (Bailey Stober). I have the experience and knowledge and am familiar with city government.”– Debbie Raplee, on running as a write-in candidate for Kent City Council.

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“With liberty and justice for all.” Th e fi nal words of the Pledge of Allegiance. We say them but do they really register.

Equal rights and justice – concepts fought over in the Civil War … made a pillar of the American justice sys-tem with the passage of the post-Civil War 13th and 14th Amendments to

the Constitution, abolish-ing slavery and guarantee-ing due process and equal protection of the laws to all.

While we have move toward that concept, we’re still not there. Th ere remains a racial disparity within the system, from

arrests and convictions to incarcera-tion and parole violations. People of

color are disproportionally over-represented in every phase of the system.

Th e USA has the highest rate of incarceration in the world and 33 percent of our prison population is African-American, compared to 15 percent of our general population. Th ere’s something terribly wrong with that. We must address the issue and we must make it better.

All of us – police, lawyers, judges, and jurors included - bring their own subconscious biases into the system. Subtle and subconscious racial bias exists, even in the most well inten-tioned. We need to recognize it our-selves, not ignore it. We must educate others, not excuse it. And we must fi ght it, not be resigned to it.

End the war on drugsWashington voters found a crack

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Homeowners should vote in their best interests

Th e upcoming November election is going to aff ect Kent homeowners in signifi cant ways, depending on who sits on the City Council.

Jim Berrios and Ken Sharp are both opponents of the business and occupation (B&O) tax recently enacted to address the deterioration of our roads, which is primarily caused by the heavy 16- and 18-wheelers used by the busi-ness owners in the Kent Valley. Th e valley houses the fourth largest small-industrial com-plex in the United States.

You cannot venture out on any major street in Kent with-out seeing these heavy trucks lumbering across our fragile roads. Th e valley fl oor is not well suited for the transport of tons of products because the valley fl oor is like all valley landscape – consisting mainly of sand and loam. Our roads

are not adequately reinforced so they are susceptible to damage which needs constant patching and resurfacing.

Th e Kent City Council consistently depended on homeowner taxation (before the enactment of the B&O tax) to fund the repairs of the roads, instead of laying the bill at the door of the businesses in

Kent that cause the problem. Most recently, the City

Council tried to wrap the road-improvement levy into a package with park improve-ments to try to get the voters to again swallow the bill for road repairs. Th e voters were too smart for this dodge, and voted it down as they should have. Kent residents are not averse to park improvement, but not when tacked on to a tax for road repairs.

We have candidates for both the council and the mayor’s offi ce. Th e clear choices, especially for homeowners who intend to vote in their self-interest, is Wade Schwartz (not Jim Berrios) for one City Council seat and Bailey Stober (not Ken Sharp) for the other City Council seat. Schwartz supports the B&O tax (Ber-rios, a Kent Chamber power broker, wants to eliminate the B&O tax and put it back on homeowners’ shoulders). Sto-ber supports the B&O tax

Replace the ‘bums’? Not hardly in 2014

Hours into the partial unplugging of fed-eral government, HappyClam was anything but joyous about the feat of the nation’s elected leaders.

“Our government has become an embar-rassment,” the creatively named one wrote in an online comment on HeraldNet.com. “Just remember all the morons causing the problems so they can be removed from offi ce swift ly.”

Such disgust has since become measurable throughout the country. In an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll conducted last week, six out of 10 people said they would vote to

replace every member of Congress, including their own, if they could do so.

Th ey can’t, and if his-tory is any indication, they won’t when the opportunity arises in the 2014 elections.

Right now, 375 of the 435 House of Representative seats up for election next year are rated as “safe” for one party or the other by political science professor Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia’s Center for the Study of Politics.

And only eight are tabbed as “toss up” by Sabato in his well-respected “Crystal Ball,” which tracks competition in federal contests.

While Americans dislike Congress and have a tradition of saying they want to “kick the bums out” it never happens, said Kyle Kondik, managing editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball.

Most of the “bums” will get re-elected without much of a fi ght.

Washington is no exception. All 10 House seats are deemed safe for the incumbent and, as of today, none of the offi ce-holders even faces an opponent.

Leaders of the state’s Republican and Dem-ocratic parties insist there’s plenty of time to recruit candidates who can mount viable challenges. Th ey refl exively reject the sugges-tion their party is already conceding

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seats to the other’s incumbents.“As soon as the election is finished Nov. 5, that’s

when we survey the landscape,” said Susan Hutchi-son, the state GOP’s newly minted chairwoman. “Voters have a short attention span. They are not thinking about 2014 yet. Even the Democrats want to wait until the 2013 cycle is over.”

If there is to be a battleground, it would most likely be in Washington’s 1st Congressional District, which stretches south from the Canadian border to Kirkland. It encompasses communities and farms in Snohomish, Whatcom, Skagit and King counties.

The state’s Redistricting Commission designed it to include as equal a number of Republican and Democratic voters as possible. Commissioners envisioned this district, more than any other, to

be where the two parties could send their best gladiators to duel every two years.

But rookie Democratic Congresswoman Suzan DelBene of Medina looks as comfortable an in-cumbent in that seat today as Democrat Rep. Jim McDermott in Seattle and Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in Spokane.

Hutchison said she’s talking with a “couple very strong candidates” who won’t decide until after the November election.

Meanwhile, DelBene is solidifying her position.She’s raised several hundred thousand dollars

and is presumed able to self-finance in a pinch, if needed; she did en route to winning the seat in 2012.

Her voting record may not be much of a target. In the shutdown, she’s voted with the Republican majority in the House to reopen federal agencies,

sealing off one potential line of attack. Her high-level involvement in writing a new federal farm bill is a resume booster, too.

And one other sign of her strength — the Na-tional Republican Congressional Committee isn’t devoting much attention to her.

“National Republicans last cycle never felt like it was a good district for them,” Kondik said. “If that’s the way they felt about it last time, why would they feel any differently (now).”

If there isn’t a good tussle in this district in 2014, there’s unlikely to be any worth noting elsewhere in the state.

That probably won’t put HappyClam, and a whole lot of others, in a mood to smile.

Political reporter Jerry Cornfield’s blog, The Petri Dish, is at www.heraldnet.com. Contact him at 360-352-8623 or [email protected].

“War on Drugs” when we legalized marijuana. The federal government also recently announced a policy change that will result in fewer federal prosecutions for low-level possession cases. Federal “manda-tory minimum” sentencing laws have severely limited judicial discretion in sentencing for the non-violent of-fenders. These low-level, non-violent drug possession and marijuana cases have been largely responsible for the disproportionately high number of young men of color incarcerated in state and federal prisons.

Current sentencing laws need reform. Now, the length of a sentence for a drug offense rises geometrically with the number of prior offenses. The

addicted person is not treated, simply locked up longer and longer and lon-ger, removed from his community and family. Community-based treatment is a better solution for the problem and saves prison space for the truly violent and dangerous.

The legislature can change the sentencing laws with regards to drug offenses to emphasize the treatment alternative as opposed to more prison space used to warehouse the addicted.

Discrimination in jury selection

The Washington Supreme Court recently decided State v. Saintcalle, bringing renewed attention to the issue of racial discrimination in the jury selection process. Since the U.S.

Supreme Court’s decision in Batson v. Kentucky 26 years ago, prosecu-tors need only come up with a “race-neutral” explanation for excusing black jurors from the jury. Our Su-preme Court could not find a Batson violation in the Saintcalle case, but all nine had clear misgivings as to whether the Batson standard went far enough to eliminate racial dis-crimination in jury selection:

Twenty-six years after Batson, a growing body of evidence shows that racial discrimination remains ram-pant in jury selection. In part, this is because Batson recognizes only “pur-poseful discrimination,” whereas rac-ism is often unintentional, institutional or unconscious. We conclude that our Batson procedures must change and that we must strengthen Batson to

recognize these more prevalent forms of discrimination.

And justice for allRacial bias won’t go away. But we

must strive to eliminate it entirely from the best (though not perfect) criminal justice system in the world. To do so, we must see it and understand it in its most invisible forms. We must discuss it and educate ourselves and others about it, not be afraid or embarrassed to talk about it. And we must battle and overcome it to make “and justice for all” a reality we can take pride in as Americans.

Mark Prothero, attorney with Hanis Irvine Prothero, PLLC (hiplawfirm.com), is a Kent resident. Reach him at 253-520-5000 or [email protected]

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Police seek donations to equip K9’s with protective vests

Kent Police are asking for dona-tions to help pro-tect their K9’s with protective vests.

Kent police K9 Kato was stabbed by a suspect on Sept. 24 while he was doing his job. He was not wearing a protective vest at the time of the incident. Kato underwent surgery and is expected to return to duty after he completely heals.

Donations for the Kent Police K9 vests may be made directly at www.crowdrise.com/K9HerosofKentPD. Donations may also be mailed to Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718, please note: KENT, WA on checks.

For more infor-mation visit www.vik9s.org or call 508-824-6978.

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PUBLIC HEARING2013 – 2014 Biennial

Budget Review 2013 - 2018

Capital Improvement Plan NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Kent City Council will hold public hearings on the 2013 – 2014 Biennial Budget and the 2013 - 2018 Capital Improve- ment Plan on Tuesday, Novem- ber 5, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Cham- bers at Kent City Hall, 220 Fourth Avenue South, Kent, WA 98032. All interested persons are invited to attend and will be given an opportunity to speak. Any person requiring a disability accommodation should contact

advance at (253) 856-5725. For TTD relay service, call the Washington Telecommunications Relay Service at (800) 833-6388.

Ronald F. Moore, MMCCity Clerk

Published in Kent Reporter on October 18, 2013, October 25, 2013 and November 1, 2013. #903265.

Superior Court Of WashingtonCounty Of King

Estate of: Stuart A Smith, Deceased.NO. 13-4-00329-5

NOTICE TO CREDITORS The personal representative named below has been appointed

resentative of this estate. Any person having a claim against the decedent must, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner as provided in RCW 11.40.070 by serving on or mail- ing to the personal representative or the personal representative’s attorney at the address stated below a copy of the claim and

with the court. The claim must be presented within the later of: (1) Thirty days after the personal representative served or mailed the notice to the creditor as pro- vided under RCW 11.40.020 (1)(c); or (2) Four months after

notice. If the claim is not pre- sented within this time frame, the claim is forever barred, except as otherwise provided in RCW 11.40.051 and 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the decedent’s probate and nonprobate assets.Date Of First Publication: October 11, 2013.Personal Representative:Carolee R. DunnAttorney for Personal Representative :Alan E. Millet, WSBA #11706Address for Mailing or Service:P.O. Box 1029Sequim, WA 98382 Published in the Kent Reporter on October 11, 2013, October 18, 2013, October 25, 2013. #900143.


(Sharp opposes the B&O tax and also has a pending legal battle involving al-leged impropriety regarding a relative’s funds).

The mayoral race pits incumbent mayor Suzette Cooke against former City Councilman Tim Clark. It seems like it time for a change in City Hall. The mayor has shown herself to be uncooperative with City Council members and ex-udes a somewhat dictatorial manner that grates. While Cooke is eager to show up at social functions, she’s much more vested in political one-upsmanship than in the personal interactions that inspire wholesome coop-eration with a city staff. She seems somehow detached – going through the motions of empathy rather than the express indications of the real thing. She doesn’t mingle, she’s there more to officiate than appreciate.

Tim Clark, on the other hand, has spent many years working cooperatively in the school district – a com-mitment which requires good personal one-on-one relationships with staff in order to effectively address their diverse problems as well as those of parents and children. Clark has devoted his life to the enrichment and well-being of the citi-zens of Kent. His involve-ment both with city govern-ment and the school district makes him the superior

choice this November for mayor of our growing city.– Sandra Gill

Why I’m runningMy name is Bailey Stober

and I am running to serve you on the Kent City Coun-cil. I know folks are tired of the political rhetoric and stump speeches so I thought I’d just tell you, directly, why I am running.

I was in kindergarten when my mom moved us to Kent, and I’ve lived most of my life here. I played baseball and soccer on our fields, went to school here and got my first job push-ing carts at Fred Meyer. I remember a Kent where it was safe to leave your front door open and Meeker Street had flourishing busi-nesses. I remember having to go to a City Council meeting for civics credits and everyone on the dais got along, they appeared to work like a team and always had the residents in mind during decision making. I miss the old Kent and what we used to be.

The folks at City Hall can’t get along, our police department is underfunded and businesses are closing all over town. I am running for City Council because I love Kent and I want to get us back on track.

I know we can unite folks at City Hall and start uniting residents block by block, neighborhood by neighborhood until we all

have a common vision for Kent. Maybe that sounds lofty but I’ve seen the progress we can make by coming together around common issues. Over the next four years I am confident we can add 30 police officers to the force, create good paying local jobs and restore your faith in local government. Most importantly, I want to make sure our government is in-clusive and you feel heard, respected and appreciated when you have thoughts or ideas.

My campaign and vision for Kent has been endorsed by over 40 elected officials – both democrats and repub-licans. We’ve been endorsed by the Kent Firefighters, former Kent Police Chief Strachan and several com-munity organizations.

I ask you to consider me when you receive your ballot – let’s see how much we can get done over the next four years. If you have any questions, comments or concerns you can reach me directly at 206-651-6187 or by email at [email protected].– Bailey Stober

Candidate remains questionable

Bailey Stober is still unqualified to hold the po-sition of Kent City Council member.

Stober is still a 22-year-old high school dropout who would have you think

he has a body of work and experience a 40-year-old would have.

Ms. Carol Barbers’ letter (“Examining 2 candidates for City Council,” Sept. 27, Kent Reporter) was quite amusing. She had me pegged as either Ken Sharp or Ken’s wife or another letter writer. I will not labor the absurdity of her ramblings.

But the icing on this cake is the letter from Melissa Musser, Des Moines City Council (“Stober is the right choice for City Coun-cil,” Kent Reporter, Oct. 4). She said that 42 other elected officials along with herself endorsed Bailey. I would have to question the merit upon which that endorsement was made. Who in their right minds would endorse a 22-year-old high school dropout for a position of City Council member? You would have me believe these 42 other people knew fully what they were doing? I am taking that long list and writing letters to each one to find out how that is possible?

But the real conspiracy theory here would deal with, “Why is a Des Moines City Councilmember wading into this Kent non-partisan race with an apparent partisan bend? I would consider very carefully the words used by Ms. Musser, stakeholder, you will find that word jumping out of Stober’s empty resume often.– Craig Dougherty

My vote goes to Clark for mayor

For almost 14 years, I had the pleasure to work for the city of Kent, serv-ing as the Human Services Commission secretary for 10 years.

Mr. Clark served as the City Council representa-tive to the commission for a year. His interest and dedication were impres-sive. He was focused on the outcome of the services being provided to the city’s less fortunate.

Mr. Clark has worked with area nonprofits, such as Kent Youth and Family Services and the Kent Food Bank. These are a few of the agencies receiving 1 percent of Kent’s general fund.

I also know Tim and his wife helped provide assistance for a family, including two children, whose mother and father were not able to work because of the mothers high-risk pregnancy.

Mr. Clark served on City Council for 16 years and knows what it takes to have a balanced budget, and to provide the best resources for economic growth.

I endorse Tim Clark for mayor of the city of Kent.– Kathleen Allard

Vengadasalam is good for schools

The upcoming election has some important races to pay attention to, and the Kent School Board is one of them. I urge people to take the time to get to know the two candidates, and I think you will come to the same conclusion I have.

It is important to note that this position is not paid, yet this board sets policy and makes critical decisions regarding our children. It is imperative that we elect people who are qualified and dedicated to supporting our schools, teachers and most impor-tantly our children.

I have done my home-work and I am voting for Maya Vengadasalam. I met Maya last spring when she decided to run for office. I was impressed by her. Not only was I impressed by her resume, but I was impressed by her. Maya has been playing an active role in our schools and our community for years. Her resume includes the follow-ing: classroom volunteer, reading tutor, delegate for Community Center for Edu-cation Results, Mayor’s Ad-visory Team (City of Kent), Human Services Commis-sioner (City of Kent)

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Ronald Reese PelusoFebruary 10, 1941 to September 28, 2013

Ron was born and spent most of his early years in Chicago. Boeing led his family to SeaTac, Washington. Ron graduated from Highline High School in 1959.

Ron is survived by the love of his life, wife Kathy Peluso. Ron and Kathy celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary the day before he died unexpectedly at their home in Olympia, Washington.

Ron is survived by his big brother Joe (Gaylene) Peluso; grandson Danny Jr. and great granddaughter, Danielle of Michigan; daughter, Julie (Peewee) Piemonte, grandchildren Vincent and Victoria of California.

Ron is survived by Bret (Kim) MacRae of Gig Harbor, grandchildren Chase and Megan (Paul) Maksumchuk, great grandson, Isaac; and Tish (Jamie) Newcomer of Chicago, grandchildren Ava and Hank.

Ron was the loving Uncle to John (Penny) Peluso, Sally (Rob) Mendel, and Lisa (Todd) Woomer. He was the Great-Uncle to Joe and Steven Peluso, Sarah and Laci Mendel, Dylan and Emilio Paull.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents Joe and Ramona Peluso and his son Dan Peluso.

Ron owned and operated the Union 76 Station located in Kent at James & Benson for over 20 years. He was famous for his reader board that displayed all sorts of quips, jabs and thought provoking statements. Most importantly, Ron was famous for his huge heart and great business practices. He knew how to treat his customers as family and welcomed everyone with that smile and always a joke or two.

Ron was a member of the Elks Club; American Legion; Jeep Club and a lifetime member of the NRA.

Ron and Kathy spent 5 years traveling around the United States and made so many more friends along the way. In 2010 they traveled to England; France; Switzerland and Italy with family and close friends.

Ron absolutely loved sports especially baseball. He was a fantastic player, coach and an umpire. He was the assistant girls fast pitch coach at Kent Meridian High School in the eighties.

Hunting was such a big part of Ron’s life even after Parkinson’s disease made it much more difficult for him.

Ron served our country in the U.S. Air Force as a K9 police officer. In honor of his service to this country, Ron will be laid to rest at Tahoma National Cemetery on October 28, 2013 at 1 PM. A gathering will begin at 2 PM at the Kent American Legion

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and trainer of Kent School District employees.

But like I said, my support for her is based on things beyond her resume. In our few conversations she was asking a lot of questions and listening to what I had to say. Maya has a story that is similar to many families in Kent. She came to our country at age 11 and has embraced the American Dream through education. She and her husband have raised their son in this community.

Through her work and volunteer experiences Maya understands the needs of our kids and will be able to use her extensive professional and personal experiences and connections to serve our kids as a School Board member.

For me, the most important thing is that Maya is a parent who reaches out into the community and she listens. She has a genuine desire to work to make our schools great institutions for all students. She has experience work-

ing with students and staff and has modeled collaboration in her work.

But above all, I have found Maya to very accessible.

If you do your homework, you will vote for Maya too.– Dee Klem

Elliott will watch, correct our school district blob

Your reporter, Ross Coyle, did a balanced job of laying out what can be known factually about Maya Vengada-saiam and Bruce Elliott, candidates for the Kent School Board.

I am a former elementary and secondary school teacher, counselor and principal who has known Bruce for many years.

First, may I say something about the Kent School District. It is a huge business. Bigger than most local corporations, it defies being rated by either profit or quality of product (which is education, the quality of which is socially controversial). Its

boss makes more than Joe Biden. It has way more than a hundred employ-ees who make more than $100,000 a year who mainly attend meetings, send memos to each other and con-stantly revise policies and curricula they have revised dozens of times before, but see few students directly.

The school district should be called the blob. It is like a pricey sci-fi amoeba that just wants to grow and grow, as long as it has taxes to feed it. I see Maya as a kind person who thinks the task of the blob is basically social – maybe not exactly to be a big, safe babysitting service that infects students with proper modern values – but close to it.

Bruce is a farmer, which is to say a small businessperson with a keen eye for discerning what is fluff and what is essential in any operation. Bruce will study the blob, watch it and firmly correct its most insatiable appetites, neglected purposes, and whims that are not well-thought out. – Michael Cook

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Friday night concert at his former school. “I graduated from there and the support I had from the school and community were pivotal in my development.”

Langone participated in the school choir and drama programs. He attended numerous competitions through the school. But most of that funding for trips and competition entry fees has been cut by the Kent School District.

“Funding for the music programs in Kent have been reduced drastically,” said Kentwood choral direc-tor Daisy Li Emans, who invited Langone to return for the benefit show.

Emans said 10 years ago the choir program would receive about $3,000 per year. This year the pro-gram’s budget is $300. Proceeds from Kentwood Idol will help pay for judged competitions, bus rental fees, sound equip-ment, sheet music and create scholarships to help students attend music field trips.

“I am so proud of Stefano for agreeing to do this,” Emans said. “He is giving back so generously with his time and energy to make this a great fundraising event that showcases the talent we have at Kentwood. These are his roots and he’s showing all of us the impor-tance of giving back to the community that has shaped and evolved him as a musi-cian. Stefano was a fresh-man when I student taught at Kentwood many moons ago, and I’ve witnessed his growth and passion as a performer ever since.”

After Emans told Lan-gone about the budget cuts to the music programs, Langone said he had to help out.

“To hear they are not funding trips to competi-tions - things I was able to do - hurts me,” Langone said. “I want to do anything I can to help out the com-munity. It’s bigger than me. It’s the full picture.”

Langone participated in choirs at Emerald Park Elementary School and Me-ridian Junior High before attending Kentwood.

“Teachers were a huge influence on my life and they were all in the arts,” Langone said. “If I did not have the guidance and help, who knows where I would be.”

Ten student finalists will compete in the second Kentwood Idol, narrowed from a field of 30. Langone, who also will serve as a judge, plans to perform eight or so songs after the competition. He has round-

ed up Seattle-area musi-cians for a full band behind him as well as a couple of background dancers.

“I’m putting on a con-cert,” said Langone, who returned to “American Idol” in April to perform his single “Yes to Love.” “It’s going to be a great produc-tion.”

Hollywood Records signed Langone to a contract after “American Idol.” He’s working on his first album and performed across the country over the summer. After the Kent-wood show, he will leave for a week and a half in Romania to attend a music writers and producers camp. Langone writes many of his songs.

“The sky’s the limit,” Lan-gone said about his goals as a professional singer.

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KASKC works to change image of outdoor catsFOR THE REPORTER

Kent-based Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) is join-ing with animal orga-nizations nationwide to change the image of out-door cats. National Feral Cat Day was Oct. 16, an annual event started by Alley Cat Allies in 2001 to raise awareness of the plight of these animals, and build support for humane solutions to dealing with them.

“While the best place for a cat is indoors with a loving family, that’s not always possible for cats that aren’t used to living with people,” said Dr. Gene Mueller, manager of RASKC, in a county media release. “Fortu-nately, Regional Animal Services works with vol-unteers and community organizations to trap, spay or neuter, and place

these cats where they can live out their lives as working cats.”

One way that RASKC is working to turn feral cats into working cats is through the Barn Cats R Us program. This volunteer-led effort re-homes outdoor cats to barns and garages, as well as local businesses, where they work as rodent hunters.

“Outdoor cats provide totally natural, organic mouse and rat control,” Mueller said. “Barn cats tend to hide from hu-mans, and except for the occasional dead rodent they leave behind, you’ll rarely see any evidence of them.”

Along with rural barns and garages, Barn Cats R Us has re-homed feral cats to a local golf course, a winery, plant nurseries, and a King County water treatment plant.

For more information, email [email protected] or call RASKC at 206-296-7387.

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Circumstances and a pas-sion for perfecting home-spun recipes have changed the immediate career course for Anna Kasabyan.

A recent graduate of Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts, Kasabyan studied playwriting and direct-

ing and worked as a radio cohost and producer while in school.

“But I always knew that I wanted to do my art, as well as something else,” Kas-abyan said.

Th at something else was managing a unique, eclec-tic, small bakery in Kent.

For Kasabyan, language arts became culinary arts.

Open just a few weeks, M Bakery & Deli is capturing the curious tastebuds of a gradually growing clientele.

Kasabyan and her family are starting slow, gauging their customers’ preferences while experimenting with a wide variety of baked items – from pastries to cakes, piroshkis to cookies. In time, the menu likely will

change, favoring seasonal tastes and off ering new twists.

Dad helps out in back, mom oversees recipes and sister lends a hand.

“I didn’t think that this was going to be,” Kasabyan said of running the bakery off 84th Avenue South. “It was a pipe dream for years … it happened quickly when this place became available.”

All recipes are cherished choices, European in origin, passed down and diff erenti-ated through generations. Kasabyan’s family tries to incorporate a little Ameri-cana infusion into selected items.

“For example, we took our favorite piroshki that we do with a puff pastry as opposed to a dough that is more of a traditional way of having a Russian piroshki,” Kasabyan said. “Instead of putting in potatoes and ground meat, we put in ham and cheese.”

Th e menu is fi lled with unique European-baked items. Th ere also are im-ported jams and chocolates.

“It’s taking two cultures that we’ve become familiar with and putting them into

our baking,” Kasabyan said. “… Some recipes are more traditional than others. So many go through the same mix but in a diff erent part of the world and become sort of eclectic based on who’s baking them. And that’s what makes them so special because there’s no two of a kind.”

Each menu item has been tried and tasted. Every-thing, Kasabyan insisted, is made from scratch, nothing is premixed.

“We wouldn’t put any-thing in our store that we wouldn’t eat in our kitchen,” she said.

M Bakery & Deli also makes specialty cakes and off ers catering, from big parties to corporate events.

Th e short-term goal is to establish a quick, grab-and-go breakfast and lunch shop with the long-range plan of perhaps opening another bakery elsewhere, Kasabyan said.

“My whole family bakes. We bake together,” she said. “We’re back there laughing, talking about the past and realizing, ‘Oh, my god, we started a business.’ ”

Anna Kasabyan off ers up a dish of Skylars, a no-bake oatmeal, chocolate, peanut butter cookie, named after one of her best friends.

MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter

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Folklore Mexicano Tonantzin dancers perform in the sunshine during the grand opening Monday of Centro Rendu, a new service designed to help Hispanic adults and their children.MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter


St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) of Seattle|King County has launched Cen-tro Rendu, a new service designed to help Hispanic adults and their children break the cycle of poverty through education, com-puter literacy, counseling and navigation of the laby-rinth of services from other social service agencies.

Th e core component says SVdP is an “educational resource center for the La-tino community” in South King County. Th e service, which is just getting under way, celebrated its offi cial grand opening Monday at the center, the St. Vincent de Paul Th rift Store, 310 Central Ave., Kent.

Th e grand opening in-cluded presentations from city leaders and supporters; a formal blessing of Centro Rendu facility by Bishop Eusebio Elizondo; tours of

the facility; food; festive music and dancers.

“Our Centro Rendu program is an integral part of our strategy for a new service model for delivering services in King County,” said Ned Delmore, execu-tive director of St. Vincent de Paul. “Our plan is to build upon the trusting relationships we establish in our home visits, and extend that help into more inte-grated case management services off ered in our fi ve neighborhood-based store front locations. We call them Community Social Service Centers.”

“We have started with education because we know it is the key way to help the Hispanic community over-come barriers associated with poverty,” said Mirya Muñoz Roach, director of Hispanic Outreach, Seattle/King County Council of St. Vincent de Paul.

“Since we opened our

doors in mid-July ... we have served close to 250 people with Spanish litera-cy, primary and secondary education, GED prepara-tion, conversational Eng-lish, computer literacy, case management, immigration counseling (twice a month) and a detail assessment pro-cess for relevant referrals to other service agencies.”

Centro Rendu also has

referred needy individuals to other social service agencies that help Hispanic neighbors fi nd housing, job connec-tions, support for domestic violence victims and more.

“Th e needs are wide-spread for education support, especially for adults and school parents,” Muñoz Roach said. “Th e community leaders I have engaged with and agencies

we are communicating with believe education is the key for people to get out of poverty, and the research supports it.”

Centro Rendu is engaged in outreach and partner-ship building in South King County. Th e organization participates in the South King County Human Services Committee and recently signed a Memoran-

dum of Understanding with the Kent School District. Centro Rendu is also in conversations with Green River Community College, Highline Community Col-lege and Seattle Univer-sity regarding internship student programs.

To fi nd out more, go to www.svdpseattle.org or call Centro Rendu at 253-499-4245.

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If you haven’t yet given your lawn the all-important fall feeding than it is time to get growing.

In Western Washington it is more impor-tant to fertilize the lawn with a “slow-release” fall and winter lawn food than it is to fertilize in the spring. Do not use a “weed and feed” product.

Our lawns do best when fertilized in both the fall and spring but if you only feed once a year, make it during the months of Sep-tember or October. A fall feeding not only nourishes the lawn but it will also help the early spring grass growth to crowd out the new weeds. Our plentiful winter rains will wash a fall application of lawn food down to the grass roots.

Th is is also the perfect week to add lime or “soil sweet” to your lawn area. Our soils are naturally acid in Western Washington and this encour-ages moss and slows down the growth of lawn grasses. Add-ing lime will also help clay soils to break down and improve drainage. Just be patient – it may take several years and multiple applications to notice results.

Another outdoor project this week is to plant spring-blooming bulbs. In our mild winter climate you can plant tulip, daff odil and hyacinth bulbs up until November for glorious spring blooms. Here are the most asked questions about planting bulbs:

Q. We just moved into a new home and have not been able to add topsoil or improve the soil. Would I be wasting my time by

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A. Dig in and you’ll enjoy the fl owers of your labor this spring. Rocky, sandy soil is actually a great home for most bulbs as the most basic requirement is good drainage. If your soil is too hard to dig you can still enjoy spring-blooming bulbs the lazy way. Loosen the soil just a few inches deep, set the bulbs on top then cover them with potting soil or topsoil that you can purchase in bags at a garden center now. It is most practical to consider tulips as annual fl owers – this means they live only one year and are not likely to re-bloom as well the second year. Daff odils are another story. Even in rocky soil or in a shaded area daf-fodils have a good chance of returning year aft er year – especially if you plant the small or dwarf daff odils such as “Tete a Tete” or the early blooming daff odil “February Gold.”

Q. Do I have to buy and add fertilizer when I plant spring bulbs? What about bone meal? Is bone meal considered a fertilizer? I

am a thrift y gardener. R.T., Tacoma

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For book requests or answers to gardening questions, write to Marianne Binetti at: P.O. Box 872, Enumclaw, 98022. Send a self-addressed, stamped en-velope for a personal reply. For more gardening information, visit www.binettigarden.com.

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EventsCandidates Forum: 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 18, Kent Commons, Green River Room, 525 Fourth Ave N. Kent Black Action Commission hosts a debate for mayoral, City Council and school board candidates. Open to the public. Child care will be provided. For more information, visit www.kentblackaction-commission.com or www.facebook.com/KentBlackActionCommission.

Fall Recycling Collection Event: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 19, Russell Road Park, 24400 Russell Road, Kent, Residents invited to bring those items that are not easily recycled at the curb including appliances, toilets, propane tanks, and up to three file-sized boxes per vehicle of documents to shred. Residents may also bring batter-ies and electronics other than computers or TVs, as these can be recycled free of charge, year-round at E-Cycle Washington designated collection sites. Concrete, rocks, asphalt and brick will be accepted. For a complete list of accepted items, visit Ken-tRecycles.com.

Public hearing on clean air mainte-nance plan: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30, Kent Com-mons, Mill Creek Room, at 525 Fourth Ave. N.. The Washington Department of Ecology seeks public comment on the proposal. Kent and parts of Seattle and Tacoma, formerly listed as air-quality problem areas, would continue to meet a clean-air standard for airborne particles at least through 2020, under a proposed plan drawn by state and local agencies. Comments by Nov. 4 also may be sent to: email: [email protected]; or letter: Department of Ecology; P.O. Box 47600; Olympia, WA 98504-7600; ATTN: Laurie Hulse-Moyer. The proposed plan is available at www.ecy.wa.gov/pro-grams/air/sips/plans/maintenancesip.htm.

Fall Antique Bottle, Insulator & Collectible Show: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 16, Kent Commons, Green River Room, 525 Fourth Ave. N. Old bottles, glassware, insulators, advertising collectibles, breweri-ana, photos, pottery and more. Early buyer admission $5 from 1-5 p.m. Nov. 15. Free admission Nov. 16. For more information, email [email protected]

BenefitsKent Eagle Bazaar: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 19, 2505 S. 252nd St., Kent. Home-made items. for more information, email [email protected]

Shopping Spooktacular: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Oct. 19, Kent Valley Ice Rink, 6015 S. 240th St. Free. Start your holiday gift giving. Support your local small business owners and crafters. Enter to win a $100 Visa gift card. Drawing for free house cleaning. Family friendly with bonus activates for the kids. Proceeds benefit the Halo Foundation, supporting local at-risk youth.

Holiday Shopping Fair: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 26, Kentlake High School, 21401 SE Falcon Way, Kent. Vendors include: Arbonne; doTerra; Grace Adele Purses; Healing NRG

Massage; Jamberry Nails; Longaberger Baskets; Made With Love; Origami Owl; Partylite; Pink Zebra; Scentsy; Stella and Dot; Tastefully Simple; Tomboy Tools; Tupperware; Vault Denim; Velata Fondues; and others. For more information, contact Barry Smith at 253-373-4962 or [email protected].

Dancing with the Stars Kent: 5:30-10 p.m. Oct. 26, Lindbloom Center, Green River Community College, 12401 SE 320th St. Auburn. The Kent Parks Founda-tion and Arthur Murray Dance Studios presentation. Proceeds benefit the return of pianist Alpin Hong for a Spotlight Series concert and educational assemblies at the Kent School District. Additional funds will supply new tools for the Green Kent program. General admission is $30, din-ner tickets are $100. For tickets and more information, visit www.kentparksfounda-tion.org.

Fall Festival/Trunk or Treat: 4:30-7 p.m. Oct. 27, Riverview Community Church, 4135 S .216th St., Kent. Carnival with games, popcorn, cotton candy, and face painting. Come dressed in your favorite costume and visit the Trunk or Treat. Free. Pizza and hot dogs on sale. Visit www.rcckent.org or call the church office (253-872-8881) for more information.

Holiday Craft Market: Nov. 1-2, Kent Senior Center, 600 E. Smith St. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Large creative gift boutique hosted by the city of Kent. Juried show features 70 booths of handcrafted gifts. Event includes free onsite parking, Figgy Pudding Café and Bake Sale, hourly door prizes, live Christmas entertainment. Major event co-sponsors are Stafford Suites, SHAG Housing and Regence BlueShield. Proceeds benefit senior center programs and services. For more informa-tion, call 253-856-5150.

Julefest Christmas Bazaar: 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Nov. 2, Zion Lutheran Church, 25105 132nd Ave. SE, Kent. Norwegian needle-work, ornaments, quilts, wall hangings, children’s items, garden decor, bake sale, lunch. Demonstrations of traditional Scan-dinavian foods and crafts. Proceeds benefit local food banks and mission quilts and health kits. For more information, contact the church office at 253-631-0100.

26th annual Holiday Affair Craft Bazaar: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 2, Martin Sortun Elementary School, 12711 SE 248th St. Featuring more than 65 table spaces of handcrafted items. More information: 253-639-8852 or [email protected].

HealthSecond Annual Optimal Health 4 You Talk Series: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 9, Kent Commons, 525 Fourth Avenue N. Kent4Health presents a free presenta-tions by local health practitioners on chlo-sterol, staying active in the winter, fighting winter doldrums and nutrition. www.kent4health.com

Clubs, programsLifetree Café: 7 p.m. Mondays, Com-munity Room, First Christian Church, 11717 240th St. SE, Kent. Program is free. Snacks and beverages are available. For questions about Lifetree may be directed to Bob Brooks at 206-653-6532 or [email protected]. More information is avail-able at Lifetreecafe.com.

Kent Black Action Commission Ac-tion Up Meeting: 3-6 p.m., every fourth Saturday from September through June. November and December meetings are on the third Saturday, Kent Commons, 525 Fourth Ave. N. Welcome all who live, work, or attend school in Kent or the South King County region to join us. For more informa-tion, call 253-852-0614 or visit www.kentblackactioncommission.com.

Kent Evening Toastmasters: 7 p.m., Wednesdays, The Lodge, Arbor Village Retirement Center, 24004 114th Place SE, Kent. Are you interested in practicing and improving your public speaking skills? Boosting your self-confidence? Making yourself heard in that weekly meeting at work? Come practice your oratory skills with a friendly and informative group of people. With members ranging from begin-ners to experts, Kent Evening Toastmasters welcomes people of all skill levels. For more information, visit www.kenteveningtoast-masters.net.

VolunteersGreen Kent Day projects: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 26. All are welcome and no experience is necessary for participation in restoration and tree-planting projects. Volunteers are needed at the Green River Natural Resources Area, 21250 Russell Road S., and Morrill Meadows Park at 10600 S.E. 248th St. Registration is required at KentWA.gov/ComeVolunteer.

FaithChancel Arts at Kent Lutheran Concert: 3-5 p.m. Oct. 27, Kent Lutheran Church, 336 2nd Ave S., Kent. Musician Nathan Jensen performs. Advance tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets or at the door. For more information: call 206-954-7602.

Renton-Kent Christian Women’s Connection Luncheon: 11:15 a.m.- 1 p.m. Nov. 20, Golden Steer Restaurant, 23826 104th Ave. SE. Lloyd Gillis speaks on the topic, Out from Under the Law. Special feature: Norm Hummel from Union Gospel Mission and Jerry Good-man, Special Music. Monthly luncheons are on the third Wednesday of the month. Come and bring a friend. Nursery avail-able with reservation. Cost: $16.50. For more information, contact Mary Barlow at 425-227-8312 or [email protected].

NetworkThe Kent Chapter of Business Net-work, Int’l (BNI): Meets every Wednes-day morning at 7 at the Old Country Buffet, 25630 104th SE, Kent. Chapter is growing. Currently have 38 members. Do you want excellent, personal, word of mouth referrals for your business? Then come join us. For more information, contact Dr. Allan McCord at 253-854-3040.

Health Insurance Enrollment Event: 1-5 p.m. Nov. 9, Kent Memorial Park Build-ing, 850 N. Central Ave., Kent. Learn more about new affordable health insurance options. Assistance available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Somali. Legal immigrants need to supply a passport or green card. For more information or to find additional enrollment events in your community, visit www.kingcounty.gov/coverage or call 1-800-756-5437.

SeniorsKnot Quite Write Players: 10-11 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. Nov. 4, Kent Senior Activity Center, Room 6, 600 E. Smith St. Senior center Reader’s Theater troupe performs such skits as Santa Flunks Retirement”, by Drena Heizer; “The Pie Ladies Make Bail”, by Sherry Piros; and “A word from our sponsor Commercials”. One-dollar tickets on are sale in person or by phone at 253-856-5150.


625 W. James St., Kent. 253-856-6777. Order at www.tickets.showarecenter.com. Events include:

Cage Warrior Combat 9: Nov. 2. Mike “300” Hayes will battle Jeff “The Snowman” Monson in the main event; at least 12 other bouts. Tickets $102, $77, $67, $47 and $37

(military section and a no-alcohol family section).

Lamb of God with Killswitch Engage: 7 p.m. Nov. 11. Heavy metal concert. Lamb of God and Killswitch Engage join forces for a fall tour. Tickets $28.50 for reserved seats, $33 general admission floor seats.

Disney On Ice, Rockin’ Ever After: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13, 14, 15, 17, 17; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18; 11:30 a.m. Nov. 16, 17; 3:30 p.m. Nov. 16, 17. Musical showcase, a rockin’ remix of royalty. Tickets go on sale Oct. 15.

Pretty Lights, Analog Future Tour: 7 p.m. Nov. 22. American electronic music artist performs. Tickets: $32.75-$32.75

Country duo Florida Georgia Line: Dec. 14. Sold out.


Tickets for the Kent Arts Commis-sion’s 2013-2014 Spotlight Series are on sale now. The performing arts series brings exceptional entertain-ment to Kent.

“Malama Ko Aloha”: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24, Kentwood PAC. An evening of contemporary World music featuring master slack key guitarist Keola Beamer, Grammy Award-winning Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai, hula dancer and instrumentalist Moanalani Beamer, and jazz pianist Geof-frey Keezer. The performance brings to the live stage the key elements of the 2012 PBS TV special, Keola Beamer: Mālama Ko Aloha. Partial Funding from WESTAF, National Endowment for the Arts and Washington State Arts Commission. Tickets: $25 general, $22 senior, $15 youth.

Magical Strings 27th Annual Celtic Yuletide Concert: 3 p.m. Dec. 8, Kent-Meridian PAC, 10020 SE 256th St., Kent. The Boulding Family’s musical celebration of the holiday season features Celtic music, Irish dancing and storytelling. Tickets: $22 general, $20 senior, $15 youth


Breeders Theater presents ‘Blood Pudding’: 7 p.m. Oct. 25, 26, Nov. 1, 2; 2 p.m., Oct. 27, Nov. 3, Des Moines Beach Park Auditorium, 22030 Cliff Ave. Written by local playwright and author T.M. Sell. The play is a satire on vampire and current affairs. A failing company brings in a new CEO, a turnaround specialist who happens to be from Romania. Tickets $20, and available at www.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets also are available from the City of Des Moines at the Des Moines Field House Recreation Office, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., either in person at 1000 S. 220th St., Des Moines, or by credit card at 206-870-6527.

“Scrooge the Musical”: 7 p.m. Dec. 13, 14, 20, 21; 3 p.m. Dec. 14, 15, 21, Perform-ing Arts Building, Green River Community College, 12401 SE 320th St., Auburn. Heavi-er Than Air Family Theatre performs classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformation into a new man through his night of ghostly visits, only with a melodic, musical twist. Tickets: $10 advance, $12 at the door. To order tickets or obtain more information, visit www.heavierthanair.com.

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Kent-Meridian’s Quincy Carter dives for a touchdown against Auburn Riverside during a SPSL North game last Friday at Auburn Memorial Stadium. RACHEL CIAMPI, Reporter


Auburn Riverside im-proved to 6-0 and clinched a playoff berth with a 50-27 South Puget Sound League North 4A win over Kent-Meridian last Friday night.

Th e Ravens (6-0 league, 6-0 overall) led 21-12 at the half before exploding for 22 points in the third quarter and touchdown in the fourth to put away the Royals (1-4, 1-5).

Kent-Meridian had 442 rushing yards, with quarter-back Quincy Carter earning 223 of them and adding three rushing TDs. Danny Nguyen chipped in with 91 yards on 11 carries with a touchdown.

Senior Kevin Th omson again led the way for the Ravens, completing 18 of 28 passes for a career-high 401 yards and fi ve TDs. Th omson added two rush-ing touchdowns.

Th omson’s favorite target was senior Drew Wallen, who had seven catches for 175 yards and two TDs. Joey Lucchesi had four receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown and Michael Lucchesi added three catches for 87 yards and a TD. Bradley Means also added a TD reception.

Cole Huckaby led in rushing with 71 yards on 15

carries.Th e Ravens fi nished the

game perfect in the red zone, converting fi ve trips into fi ve touchdowns.

Tahoma 41, Kentridge 7

Kentridge struggled to move the ball downfi eld and went three and out on the fi rst drive of the night. Tahoma took over on its 30-yard line and quarterback Shane Nelson connected with DeShon Williams, who ran the ball in for the Bears fi rst touchdown of the night.

On the next series Ken-tridge got its only break of the contest with a success-ful drive which ended in a

touchdown and the extra point to tie things up at 7.

Rogers 34, Kentwood 33

Kentwood gave up 162 yards on special teams and turned the ball over four times inside its 30.

At the end of the fi rst quarter of the back and forth aff air, Kentwood and Rogers were tied at 7-7, but then the Rams scored 14 in the second quarter to the Conquerors nine in the second. Th e scoring slowed down in the third as Kentwood picked up a fi eld goal then there was a fl urry of off ensive action in the fi nal period.

One of the special teams

frustrations for Kentwood was a 96-yard punt return for a touchdown by Rogers.

Aft er Isaiah Williams put Kentwood on top late in the fourth quarter with a 12-yard scoring run, Rogers answered with 43 seconds left in the fourth quarter to take the lead and the victory. Kyler Ooley hauled in a 21 yard pass from Grayson Madland to take the slim lead.

Brandon Sytsma led the Conks running game with 105 yards on 26 carries with one touchdown. Tim Angevine contributed touchdowns for Kentwood — Williams had a 26-yard pick six followed by a two-

point conversion by Sytsma in addition to his rushing score.

Meanwhile, quarterback Brian Campbell was 10 of 18 with 149 yards and a pair of interceptions. Terrence Grady pulled in fi ve catches for 62 yards. Brandyn Bangsund kicked two fi eld goals for Kentwood.

Kentlake 26, Mount Rainier 20

Kentlake scored fi rst on a 44-yard touchdown run by junior quarterback Tino Wells but had to hold off Mount Rainier in its fi rst victory of the 2013 campaign.

Mount Rainier answered with a touchdown of its own in the ensuing drive. Both teams missed the point aft er kick and it was 6-6 with 7 minutes, 23 sec-onds left in the fi rst quarter.

Th e Falcons defense held the Rams on the next series then put together a 76-yard scoring drive capped by a short rushing touchdown by senior running back Taylor Rodney to put Kent-lake up 12-6 early in the second quarter.

With 6:30 left on the clock in the third, Daun-ston Kaunda stretched the

Kent-Meridian falls to Auburn Riverside

[ more FOOTBALL page 15 ]


Ryan Gropp, Seattle’s fi rst-round selection,

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announced Tuesday.Gropp had started this season

with the Penticton Vees of the BCHL.

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selected him in the Bantam Draft he was one of the top

forwards in Western Canada in his age group. Because of

his ability to make plays at top speed he is going to be a

great addition to our team.” The T-Birds are off to an 8-2 start in

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Aub. Riverside 6 0 6 0

Kentwood 5 0 5 1

Auburn 4 2 4 2

Tahoma 3 2 4 2

Jefferson 3 2 3 3

Kent-Meridian 1 4 2 4

Kentridge 1 4 1 5

Kentlake 1 4 1 5

Mount Rainier 0 6 0 6

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THIS WEEK: Thursday – Tahoma at Kentwood; Friday – Mount Rainier at Jefferson; Kentridge at Kentlake; Auburn Riverside at Curtis (nonleague); Saturday – Auburn at Kent Meridian, 6 p.m.

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lead for Kentlake with a touchdown, pushing it to 18-6.

The Rams cut the lead to 18-13 early in the fourth quarter but the Falcons answered with a 29-yard touchdown run by Tyler Harris.

D’Marye Dedrick, who was in at quarter-back after Wells suffered an injury playing on defense in the first half, punched in the two point conversion to give Kentlake the 26-13 lead with 3:34 left in the game.

Kentlake improved to 1-5 on the season while Mount Rainier remains winless.

Kentridge will play Kentlake at 7 p.m. Friday at French Field.

[ FOOTBALL from page 14 ]

Kentlake’s Derek Welch returns serve against Tahoma’s in a match Oct. 4 at Tahoma High School. Welch is one of the top boys tennis singles player in the South Puget Sound League North. KRIS HILL, Reporter


For the Reporter

Tennis is in the Welch family’s DNA.

Kentlake High junior Derek Welch continues a legacy started by his older brothers Landon, a 2007 graduate, and Taylor who graduated in 2010, on the courts during their time as Falcons. He is dominating league play in the South Puget Sound League North as he warms up for another run at state in May.

Welch began his tennis career young, becoming more committed as he real-ized his natural aptitude.

Playing with his brothers and practicing with their varsity teammates before entering high school himself, he was pleasantly surprised to be chosen as an alternate for state as a freshman. As a sophomore, he was frus-trated with a tough draw that ended his postseason in the quarterfinals of the state tournament. This year he intends to place.

Alex Chan, a sophomore at Thomas Jefferson High School, beat Welch in the state tournament last year on his way to a fifth-place finish. He will be back to challenge Welch in league play and maybe again at state. Otherwise, three of

the four top finishers at state last year graduated, and the fourth, champion Mitch Stewart, is no longer playing high school tennis.

Bolstered by these pros-pects, Kentlake’s head ten-nis coach Barry Fredericks is confident that Welch has

the ability to do well come spring. Both Fredericks and Welch’s father, Rob Welch, who played tennis at Utah State University, think Welch’s serve is one of his greatest strengths. Being left-handed gives him another advantage.

A consistent player, Welch knows he has good ground strokes, but he has been working on his attack.

“I’ve got to come to the net more and put pressure on the guy,” Welch said.

Fredericks said that Welch also lacks a real weapon, the shot that wins points. While this may not be as apparent in league play, where Welch has only lost one match the last two seasons, the competition will intensify at the state level.

Facing the possibil-ity of knee surgery in November, Welch is trying to make it through the season without further injury. Welch described the dead bone on his knee cap that forces him to play

through pain and with the knowledge that his next pivot could tear his ACL. Showing what Fredericks sees as a new level of maturity, Welch takes his injury as an opportunity to more often use practice as a time to help his team-mates.

Kentlake has a young team this year with only two seniors. Six of the 16 boys that make up the varsity and JV have never played tennis before. Welch sees himself as another coach, working with his teammates on technique and strategy.

Kentlake’s Welch follows footsteps of brothers

Kentridge water polo event on Saturday at Lindbergh PoolREPORTER STAFF

Water polo is growing increasingly popular in the Kent School District.

In an effort to bring more attention to the sport, teams will compete in the inaugural Kentridge Invitational from 2-6 p.m. Saturday at the Lindbergh Pool in Renton.

“There’s going to be four teams,” said Kentridge coach Mike McKee. “We’re trying to bring a little bit more publicity to our sport. It’s a long term goal of mine to make this a varsity sport in the Kent School District.”

Kentwood’s boys team, which a year ago struck out on its own after combining with Kentridge for a time, along with squads from Wilson and Auburn will par-ticipate in the invitational.

The sport has been played for more than a decade at Kentridge. It was important for Kentwood to split off again to form its own boys team because coaches from other schools in the South Puget Sound League which field teams — the sport is not officially sanctioned by the WIAA but is still popular in South King County — were concerned that if a multi-school Kent team continued to play it would end up as an all-star type of team of players from throughout the district.

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Think outside the

Candy BoxHelp protect our

children’s teeth from decay and give non-candy goodies.

Any candy they do get…we’ll Buy Back for $1/lb.

on Monday, November 4from 4:00-6:00pm.

New patients welcome!

253-631-828613210 SE 240th St., Ste B-3,Kent, WA 98042


Dentistry Dedicated to Excell ence

855-598-9606422 East Smith Street • Kent www.meridiandentalclinic.com

Dedicated to Exceptional ServiceSaturday and Evening Hours by Appointment

Same Day Emergencies






SpotlighttttFamily Restaurant and Lounge

FREE DELIVERYwith orders over $25.

Limited delivery area88



Take out • Dine-in • Full Service BarHappy Hour 4-7pm

Thank you to our valued customers for voting us


2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013!

Buy One Entree at regular price and get the Second Entree at

1/2 OFF

Not valid on Family Dinners or Combinations or with any other offer. Dine in only with coupon.

Limit one coupon per table. Expires 11/14/13.

24437 Russell Road, KentOverlooking the Riverbend Golf Course


25239 104th Ave SEKent, WA 98030

Services Since 1960

Call on us for ALL yourautomotive needs!

253-852-3280 • www.easthilltire.com

All Major BrandsTires & Custom Wheels

Complete Automotive ServiceNapa Auto Center 886999

Bring this Ad in for a Special Discount

• Bags• Belts• Parts• In-Store Demos• In-Store Repairs

25441 104th Ave SE Kent, WA 98030-6826 253-854-2892 • www.kentsupersewandvac.com


• New SewingMachines & Repair

• New Vacuums & Repair





Super Sew & VacSALES • SERVICE • PARTS25441 104th Ave SE • Kent 253-854-2892

Largest Independent Vacuum and Sewing Retailer in Kent.Super Sew & Vac has been family owned and operated since 1969. We off er a large selection of vacuums for your home. With so many models to choose from – there is one for you. We have a wide range of sewing machines and sewing furniture. We also off er service and parts to keep your existing vacuum and sewing machine in tip top shape. Come on in today and say hi to the owner Bob, who can help you with all your sewing and vacuuming needs. Thank you Kent for your support throughout the years. We love our customers.

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Phone: 253.854.5320

Orders-to-Go Fax: 253.854.0739

203 South 4th Avenue, Kent, WA 98030

Across from City Hall & 2 blocks

south of Justice Center

Araceli & Roberto Gonzalez, Owners, 38 years in Kent

Locally Owned & Operated







CAR TROUBLE?Need a second opinion?

Come in for a FREE INSPECTION!

25955 104th Ave SE • Kent, WA 98030253-850-1100 • www.easthillautosrvce.com




$2999• Oil Change and courtesy

inspection• Check Brakes• Check Belts & Hoses

Cost may vary depending on the fi lter price.Most cars & light trucks. With coupon. Expires 11-15-13.

• FREE Charging System TestBattery/ Alternator ($44.95 value)

• Up to 5 qts: Synthetic blend, Diesel Oil and Full Synthetic extra






555 West Smith Street | Kent, WA 98032253-852-2345 www.curranfirm.com

Providing the Greater Kent Community with quality legal service for more than

65 years, including real estate, wills, family law, medical malpractice and business.

To spotlight your business

in theBest of Kent,

call 253.872.6600



located in kent station(across from parking garage)


kent’s premier

wine barfeaturing

live music• tuesday jazz jam 6-9pm

• thursday bluegrass jam 6-10pm

• saturday rotating local musicians 8-11pm

• sunday open mic 4-7pm

• new management

• newly remodeled

“where you arealways welcome”




23810 104th Avenue SE • Kent WA 98031253-850-2233 • www.paolositalian.com

PAOLO’SItalian Restaurant

Thank you for nominating us“Best Italian Restaurant”

5 years in a row!

Come in forour Seasonal

Corn ChowderTonight!


23826 104th Ave SE • Kent • 253-852-1144www.goldensteerrestaurant.com



Voted Best Family Restaurant in Kent!


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Maintaining the best health possible should be a priority. Give yourself a wellness advantage by keeping informed on health issues that matter most to you and your family.

Valley Medical Center is dedicated to improving the health of the community by offering seminars and events led by our expert physicians and healthcare specialists.

Presentations cover a wide range of topics, so keep checking our line-up for the events of most interest and importance to you.

Unless otherwise noted,

events are FREE.

Sign up online at

valleymed.org/events or call

425.656.INFO (4636)

Knowledge is the fi rst step to a healthier you!FREE



Thursday, October 24, 6 – 7:30 PM

Medical Arts Center Auditorium

William Barrett, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon


Join us on Saturday,

October 19, Noon – 3 PM

Southcenter Babies R’Us /Toys R’Us

17501 Southcenter Parkway, Tukwila WA 98188

Health & Safety Fair for New & Expecting Parents

Great giveaways and drawings

Learn about valuable resources and health

information from Valley’s Birth Center, Level

III NICU, Midwives, OB/GYNs, Urgent Care,

Children’s Therapy, and Pediatrics

Free health screening for gestational diabetes

Fun activities for the entire family