March 29, 2017

Bill Gates, Kemper Freeman Jr and Steve Ballmer to Buy SeattleSeahawks, Move Team to Bellevue

Bellevue SeahawksSuperbowl Champion Bellevue Seahawks?  Kind of has a nice ring, don’t you think?

According to reports here in Bellevue, huge sports fan Bill Gates has teamed with Kemper Freeman Jr., owner of The Bellevue Collection and former right hand man at Microsoft, Steve Ballmer to form an ownership group buying the Seattle Seahawks from fellow billionaire Paul Allen.  Allen was quoted as saying he is totally frustrated with the Hawks because they failed to win their second consecutive Superbowl in 2015. [Read more…]

U.S. Bancorp Investments Honors Mike Alaghemand as a Top Financial Advisor

Woodinville local Mike Alaghemand  is among a select number of financial advisors for U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc. who have earned the 2015 President’s Club recognition award. Alaghemand earned the distinction by ranking as one of the region’s top achievers and for displaying outstanding leadership qualities and superior dedication to his clients.

“Mike represents the best of U.S. Bancorp Investments. The leadership and careful attention to detail in helping our clients achieve their financial goals is inspiring and makes us all proud to be part of the U.S. Bancorp Investments team,” said Bill Benjamin, chief executive officer for U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc.

Alaghemand is an 11-time President’s Club member

with more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry and is a trusted financial advisor to clients in the Woodinville, Bothell and Bellevue area. Alaghemand is based at 13216 NE 175th in Woodinville and can be reached at (425) 485-2899. U.S. Bancorp Investments serves clients in more than 3,100 branches across 25 states. 

About U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc.

U.S. Bancorp Investments, an affiliate of U.S. Bank, provides financial and retirement planning, investment management, full-service brokerage, self-directed brokerage, and risk management / insurance services to affluent individuals and families. Financial advisors serve clients at more than 3,100 U.S. Bank branches in 25 states. For more information, visit

About U.S. Bancorp

Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp (“USB”), with $422 billion in assets as of Dec. 31, 2015, is the parent company of U.S. Bank National Association, the fifth largest commercial bank in the United States. The Company operates 3,133 banking offices in 25 states and 4,936 ATMs and provides a comprehensive line of banking, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at

Spring enrollment is ON at Bellevue College

Affordable, convenient classes provide education to help launch careers
BELLEVUE, Wash. — Bellevue College (BC), the third largest educational institution in Washington State, is currently enrolling students for spring quarter classes that begin April 4, 2016. As a leader in workforce development, BC offers an affordable path to degrees that help residents of the Eastside and the Puget Sound region launch careers in health sciences, information technology, business, criminal justice and many other high-demand fields.

Bellevue College recently received approval from the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) to offer two new bachelor’s degree programs – in Health Promotion Management and Healthcare Management and Leadership– that will provide area residents with affordable paths to family-wage jobs in these growing fields.  The two programs raise the total number of four-year degrees offered at BC to 10.
In July 2015, the Washington state Legislature approved a budget proviso providing Bellevue College a state appropriation to develop a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.  The College is currently in phase II of the development process and is scheduled to begin accepting students fall quarter 2016, pending State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and NWCCU approval.  This will establish BC’s first four-year Bachelor of Science program open to freshman, sophomore, juniors, and seniors.  To date, BC’s bachelor programs have been two-year, applied baccalaureate degrees, designed for the professional/technical student with an AA degree.  
In addition to 76 online degrees and certificates and 23 associate degree programs, BC offers a well-respectedtransfer program that sends more students to the University of Washington than any other community college in the state. By attending BC for the first two years of college and then transferring to four-year colleges or universities, students can save thousands of dollars on the cost of their education.
Flexible scheduling options, including day, evening, weekend, and online courses (several programs are now offered entirely online), make pursuing a degree or certificate more convenient than ever. To browse classes offered this spring, visit; for Continuing Education courses, visit   For more enrollment information, visit

Samsung Galaxy S7 Launch Event in Bellevue

Who: AT&T Lincoln Square Retail Store Personnel along with Samsung Product Experts

What: Samsung will host a Galaxy S7 smartphone Launch Event at the AT&T Retail Store in Lincoln Square. Attendees who participate in a live virtual reality demonstration will be entered to win a pair of Samsung Gear VR (MSRP $99). No purchase necessary. This free, open to the public event, will also include Frost Doughnuts and Coffee for attendees.

Where: AT&T Retail Store at Lincoln Square – Corner of NE 8th Street & Bellevue Way. 700 Bellevue Way NE – Suite 105, Bellevue WA 98004. (425) 453-1160
When: Friday March 11th 9:30am-2:30pm
Primary Point of Contact: Sophia Williams, Store Manager Lincoln Square. (404) 345-3665.

Bellevue College DECA triumphs at NW regional competition 49 BC students will advance to the national competition, represent school

49 BC students will advance to the national competition, represent school

BELLEVUE, Wash.  – Forty nine out of 52 Bellevue College students are advancing from the Collegiate DECA Pacific Northwest Career Development Conference held Feb. 19 – 21 in Spokane, Washington and will participate in the national competition in Washington, DC April 16-19

Bellevue College fielded the largest team at the tournament, competing against students from University of Washington, Washington State University, Western Washington University, Gonzaga University and other prominent schools in the region.

The Bellevue College team, which is only in its second year, produced 19 state champions.  In total, Bellevue College boasts 37 top three finalists:

State Champion – Bellevue College
2nd place – WWU
3rd place – Gonzaga
State Champion – Bellevue College
2nd place – WSU
3rd place – Gonzaga
State Champion – Gonzaga
2nd place – Bellevue College
3rd place – Gonzaga
State Champion – Bellevue College
2nd place – Camosun
3rd place – Gonzaga
State Champion – Shoreline Community College
2nd place – Bellevue College
3rd place – Gonzaga
State Champion – Tana Rulkova & Dan Palanchuk, Bellevue College
2nd place – Seioriana Aulava & Sally Park, Bellevue College
State Champion – Andrew Tabit, Bellevue College
State Champion – Kendra Meeker & Mitchell Morris, Bellevue College
3rd place – Ezra Asfaw & Gabrielle Larsen, Bellevue College
State Champion – Joshua Lee & Meina Jin, Bellevue College
2nd place – Danny Yu, Bellevue College
2nd place – Yu-wen Weng, Bellevue College
3rd place – Dorel Roata & Karolina Shirokova, Bellevue College
State Champion – Andrew Norris, Bellevue College
3rd place – Andrew Tabit, Bellevue College
2nd place – Andrew Norris, Bellevue College
3rd place – Jason Sandhu, Bellevue College
State Champion – Margarita Zavalishina & Eduard Avanesyan, Bellevue College
3rd place – Erika Lamothe, Bellevue College
State Champion – Conner Watts, Bellevue College
State Champion – Erin Mills, Bellevue College
2nd place – Tina Estes, Bellevue College
State Champion – Alex Ortner, Bellevue College
3rd place – Dorel Roata, Bellevue College
State Champion – Larry Harris, Bellevue College
State Champion – Keith Monaghan & Olivia Wright, Bellevue College
State Champion – Seioriana Aulava & Sally Park, Bellevue College
3rd place – Karolina Shirokova & Margarita Zavalishina, Bellevue College
State Champion – Kami Terry, Bellevue College
2nd place – Nasa Sugizaki, Bellevue College
3rd place – Khrystine Raymond, Bellevue College

“The DECA program allows me to see tremendous growth in my students that I might otherwise only have a glimpse of from classroom teaching,” said Professor Kyle Barber, the program’s executive director and head coach. “Regardless of the outcome in competition, every one of these students is growing and becoming more adept at landing employment in a managerial or executive capacity.”
Collegiate DECA is an international association of college students and teachers of marketing, business, finance, hospitality, and entrepreneurship. The organization prepares leaders and entrepreneurs for careers and education in marketing, finance, hospitality, management, and other business areas. It is one of ten organizations listed as Career and Technical Student Organizations by the United States Department of Education. The DECA Collegiate Division includes over 215,000 members in 275 colleges and universities.
To learn more about the Bellevue College Institute for Business and Information Technology, please visit For more information about BC DECA, please visit

Classic Pianos in Bellevue to Host $750,000 Piano

Classic Pianos is hosting a Bösendorfer Factory Selection Tour event, which features a special collection of uniquely beautiful pianos from the world’s oldest premium piano manufacturer, March 10-13. This event, taking place at Classic Piano’s showroom (10635 NE 8th St., Bellevue, Wash.), represents one of the largest groups of Bösendorfer pianos ever to be displayed in a single location in the United States.
            “The Bösendorfer Factory Selection Tour is an incredibly rare opportunity for our customers to play such a large and varied collection of stunning instruments

from this famed company,” said Ben Klinger, sales manager of Classic Pianos. “Bösendorfer represents the epitome of fine piano making, an instrument of extraordinary beauty allowing the player to achieve the highest level of musical interpretation. We encourage people to come out and see this spectacular display that will inspire the ears and eyes of musicians and music lovers alike.” 

Among the instruments featured are several limited edition Bösendorfer models, including the 200 “Klimt,” Opus No. 50.000 Semi-Concert Grand and the 280 Vienna Concert Grand Piano. The Klimt model was made in cooperation with the Belvedere Museum, Vienna, which has the most extensive collection of Klimt paintings in the world, including the world famous “Kiss.” Bösendorfer used a very high resolution image of the painting and, through advanced reprographic techniques, reproduced it on the inside of the lid of the company’s best selling 200 model.
In addition to this image, craftsmen applied elements of real gold leaf to dazzling effect. The model on display at Classic Pianos Denver is one of only 25 manufactured by Bösendorfer and there are no more available.
With a remarkable $750,000 price tag, the Opus No. 50.000 is inspired by two instruments created for the 1867 World Exhibition in Paris, and incorporates two bronze cast 24-carat gold-plated caryatids and an extensive use of gold into its exquisite design. This opulent 225 Semi-Concert Grand model for the 21st century is distinguished by four singular veneers–burr French walnut, French walnut, pear wood and maple–and hand laid gold leaf covering the entire piano frame. Its distinctive marquetry inlay features a traditional harp motif and the keyblock bears a 24-carat gold plated commemorative Opus No. 50.000 plate. This golden wonder produces an orchestral sound spectrum with a wealth of tonal colors, from sensitive pianissimo to powerful fortissimo, with four additional keys in the bass to subcontra F enhancing its dynamic range. 
The handcrafted 280VC Grand Piano possesses the distinctive Viennese sound, responsive action and sophisticated dynamic response that have made Bösendorfer a beloved piano for generations of pianists, yet the instrument benefits from many new technical developments instituted during a multi-year refinement process. This exceptionally versatile concert stage instrument holds its own against the power of a large orchestra, but also has the sensitivity to offer nuanced accompaniment to chamber music.
The eminent pianist and composer, Sir András Schiff, recently completed his most recent two-year concert tour cycle this month with performances on a 280VC Grand Piano. 
“The exclusivity of owning a Bösendorfer brings with it a pride, satisfaction and enjoyment known only to collectors of fine art and fine musical instruments,” said Simon Oss, premium piano marketing manager, Bösendorfer. “These pianos are steeped in a rich European musical legacy – straight from the home of Franz Schubert, Gustav Mahler, W.A. Mozart, Johann Strauss, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Joseph Haydn and many more.”

Freshii Opens First Puget Sound Location This Spring at The Bellevue Collection

This spring, Freshii, a health-casual restaurant franchise chain with many locations inside Target stores across the country, will open its doors at The Bellevue Collection in Bellevue Square.  Freshii will be offering shoppers fresh and nutritious meal choices that energize people on the go. (and hopefully get them buying more stuff). Located on the second level, the new restaurant brings to the community a diverse and completely customizable menu of breakfast, soups, salads, wraps, bowls, burritos, frozen yogurt, juices and smoothies.

Freshii caters to every dietary and taste preference and is on a global mission to help individuals live longer and healthier lives by making fresh food convenient and affordable to all.

“Freshii caters to the millennial generation and all people who pay attention to the fuel they put into their bodies. We know the community will welcome our brand and menu with open arms,” shares Freshii Bellevue Owner Melissa Barnes. Many people in the Puget Sound region embraced vegan-friendly eateries before the dietary preference went mainstream. The region is accustomed to catering to a health-conscious community, and Freshii’s mission is on target with the growing focus on health and wellness.
About Freshii
Eat. Energize. That’s the Freshii mantra. Freshii is a health-casual restaurant brand that serves fresh food designed to energize people on the go. With a diverse and completely customizable menu of breakfast, soups, salads, wraps, bowls, burritos, frozen yogurt, juices and smoothies served in an eco-friendly environment, Freshii caters to every taste and dietary preference.
Today there are over 200 Freshii restaurants globally in Toronto, Vancouver, Miami, Chicago, Houston, Dubai, Vienna, Saudi Arabia, Guatemala and 80+ cities and 15 countries around the world, with three new restaurants opening every week. Freshii restaurants can be found in all locations from cosmopolitan cities, college campuses, suburban neighborhoods and malls to fitness clubs, airports and small towns.

Bellevue College to host Central Sound Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Fair encourages k-12 students to explore careers in STEM fields
More than 200 students from King and Snohomish counties will compete Saturday, March 12 in the seventh annual Bellevue College Central Sound Regional Science and Engineering Fair (CSRSEF) in the Bellevue College gymnasium. 
Fair organizers are encouraging public participation in this free event between 1 – 3:30 p.m. and will present a “People’s Choice Award” to the project receiving the greatest number of public votes. Those in attendance

will see science and engineering investigations in topics ranging from computer science, chemistry and physics to entomology and more.

Participants spend the months leading up to the fair conducting independent research, either individually or in teams, in one of 12 science, math and engineering categories. Projects will be evaluated for creativity, depth of content, thoroughness, clarity, and other criteria set by local science and engineering professionals.
The grand prize and category winners, will be announced at the awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m., with the top two projects receiving an all-expense paid, week-long trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), held this May in Phoenix. 
Gokul Gowri from Inglemoor High School was awarded the 2015 Grand Champion prize for his project, “Designing a Novel Influenza Vaccine using in silico Analysis.”  Ethan Perrin, Sonia Murthy and Sophia Tevosyan from Tesla STEM High School were awarded 2015 First Runner-Up for their project, “Implementation of a Carbon Dioxide Refrigeration System as a Cogeneration Appliance and Alternative to Halocarbon-based Refrigeration systems.” The trio also earned third place at ISEF, receiving prize monies of $1000 from a special award given out by NASA, and a third place prize in their category of Environmental Engineering.
The Science and Math Institute (SAMI) at Bellevue College, which runs the fair as its flagship program, is now in its eighth year. The program’s main mission is to encourage local K-12 students in their studies of science, technology, engineering, and math, and to explore career opportunities in technical fields.
For more information about the fair, visit or contact Dr. Jennifer Pang at or (425) 564-3055. The Bellevue College main campus is located at 3000 Landerholm Circle SE and parking is available.

Bellevue-Based Home Care Assistance of Seattle Hires Paul Hatherley Director of Client Services

 Home Care Assistance of Seattle, a  provider of in-home care for seniors, has hired Paul Hatherley as their new Director of Client Services. Paul brings over ten years of professional experience in home care to his new role after having managed successful home care operations in Nevada, California and now Washington.
He has a background in health care and has fulfilled a variety of roles within home care organizations which has given him a strong appreciation for his caregivers and the clients they serve. His strong communication skills and dedication to helping others also make him a perfect proponent of the company’s mission to change the way the world ages.

“At Home Care Assistance, our mission is to change the way the world ages,” said Hatherley. “I am thrilled to be a part of a home care team that is supporting our mission through unique offerings such as the Balanced Care Method™, a holistic approach to care, and the Cognitive Therapeutics Method™, an in-home activities-based program to promote brain health.”
Based on the scientific studies of the world’s healthiest seniors, the Balanced Care Method promotes five key lifestyle behaviors correlated with healthy longevity: healthy diet, physical exercise, active social ties, mental stimulation and a sense of purpose and calm. Caregivers are professionally trained to incorporate the Method into daily care to encourage healthy mind, body and spirit. In addition, the Cognitive Therapeutics Method is a research-based program designed to promote long-term brain health and prevent cognitive decline by stimulating the five main cognitive domains with fun and engaging activities.  
As the leading provider of live-in care, Home Care Assistance staff is available 24/7 to provide experienced, trustworthy caregivers to help with all home care needs for seniors including transportation, healthy meal preparation, companionship, socialization, activities, personal care, medication reminders and dementia care services. Home Care Assistance caregivers are bonded, insured, covered by Workers’ Compensation and screened for criminal backgrounds and driving histories to ensure that clients receive the best care from the most qualified, trustworthy caregivers. Professional, compassionate caregivers encourage independence and engage clients in physical, mental and social activities, providing safety and comfort to seniors and respite and peace of mind to their family members.
The office is located at 219 Bellevue Way NE in Bellevue, Washington.
Home Care Assistance is the leading provider of home care for seniors across the United States and Canada. Our mission is to change the way the world ages. We provide older adults with quality care that enables them to live happier, healthier lives at home. Our services are distinguished by the caliber of our caregivers, the responsiveness of our staff, and our expertise in Live-In care. We embrace a positive, balanced approach to aging centered on the evolving needs of older adults.  Home Care Assistance is honored to have received numerous awards for its strong focus on delivering responsive services to its clients, and educational outreach to the public. 

Cheryl Carson named KING 5 News Director

KING 5 News moved to its brand new, state of the art studio this week, with a new leader at the helm.  Cheryl Carson, former KING 5 Assistant News Director and Interim News Director since September, was officially presented to the newsroom as news director on Thursday, February 11.  

“We know it has been a long wait, but it was our responsibility as of one of America’s very best news organizations and Seattle’s most successful media company to find the right person for the job.  We interviewed inspiring news talent from around the country and are pleased to announce that Cheryl Carson has accepted the challenge to lead KING 5 News into the future,” said Ray Heacox, KING 5 President and General Manager.
Cheryl Carson first joined The Home Team as Assistant News Director in 2012.

  During her time at KING 5, Carson’s steady, insightful leadership shone through some of the biggest news cycles in our history.  She led the KING 5 newsroom’s transition to several new operating systems and now to an entirely new building.  Carson was also instrumental in courting a relationship with Microsoft to secure and implement a first-of-its-kind large screen Surface Hub for the KING 5 set.  Her vision, work ethic and patience have proven her a great leader, the leader who is now poised to issue in a new chapter of journalistic excellence for Western Washington.

“It has been an amazing journey to work alongside KING’s best to understand the station’s foundation and to now have the opportunity to lead the way in our new facility while protecting our station’s journalistic and community service legacy. I am honored to serve and lead this outstanding organization as News Director,” said Carson.  
Cheryl Carson came to KING 5 by way of KTTV, the Fox O and O in Los Angeles, where she was Senior Executive Producer.  She also served as News Director for WGHP in Greensboro-Winston Salem-High Point and held EP roles in Las Vegas and Greenville, NC.
KING 5, The Home Team is a multi-platform media company and NBC affiliate based in Seattle, WA.  KING was the first television station in the Pacific Northwest, founded in 1948 by Dorothy Bullitt, now owned byTEGNA Inc.