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Mini City Hall connects with Bellevue’s foreign-born

In 10 minutes time, Irina Chermeshnyuk has addressed six different visitors in both English and Russian. One wants help securing vouchers. He walks away satisfied,with a packet of food. Another asks for directions. Two more study the pamphlets for senior citizens. Chermeshnyuk helps them patiently in her dual tongues.


Response mixed to Spring District

Bellevue's Spring District, said to be modeled after Portland’s Pearl neighborhood, has promised to remake the 16 city blocks into a bustling new corridor. A public meeting Feb. 7 produced a mixed response to the Wright Runstad project.


Chamber coalition gets update on jobs, transportation from Eastside legislators

On Tuesday, Jul. 16 Eastside politicians and business leaders met at Microsoft in downtown Bellevue to share takeaways from this year's marathon three session legislature.


Hunter: Legislature faces tough task on budget

Health-care expansion, education funding, state revenue shortfall, I-1185 all will make balancing budget difficult

Immigrant voices

Below meet some of the faces behind the city’s changing social fabric.

Newcastle Historical Society awarded grant to preserve mining cemetery

The Newcastle Historical Society, which next week will celebrate its annual Newcastle Days, was recently awarded a grant to preserve the small cemetery plot, buried with the coal miners and pioneer families that years ago called the Eastside home.

Residents want Sound Transit held to strict standards

Holding a red streamer of crepe paper high above the Bellevue City Council chamber room Monday night, Renay Bennett, joined by two neighbors, showcased the 30 foot buffer proposed by Sound Transit for the space between the East Link line and private residences.

Black Friday brings the crowds to stores

While everyone else settled in for their long, post-Thanksgiving weekend, Jennifer Leavitt, Vice President of Marketing for The Bellevue Collection, found herself brandishing wreathes and unpacking holiday décor until 4 a.m. Wednesday night.

Escape from the street

Noel Gomez tried to escape the streets many times. But something always drew her back. Her pimp would find her, or Gomez would convince herself that the prospects weren’t much better outside the life – a dependency she likened to domestic abuse.

Big development planned along East Link, Bel-Red corridor

A new project proposed for the Bel-Red neighborhood would capitalize on its future location as a light rail corridor to contain office space, neighborhood retail space, residential units, underground parking, parks and open space.

Safety major part of Bellevue range

With 33,000 members and classes booked through the next few months, West Coast Armory is a hidden but beloved facet of Bellevue. Members come for sport, for practice and simply out of curiosity.

New Grocery Outlet keeps it in the family

Greg Powell, co-owner of the newly opened Grocery Outlet in Crossroads, has been in the business since he was 16, when he got his first job bagging groceries at an Albertsons.

Inquest ordered into fatal Bellevue SWAT shooting

An inquest has been ordered into the shooting death of Columbia City resident, Russell Smith, by Bellevue SWAT. Smith was fatally shot in his vehicle near 43rd Avenue South and South Hudson Street when Bellevue Police attempted to serve a warrant for a series of robberies he was suspected of in both cities.

Bellevue police officer files federal suit over harassment, retaliation

Bellevue police officer Jan M. Auclair Trizuto filed has a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the city of Bellevue and the Bellevue Police Department, claiming retaliation for reporting offensive and inappropriate stories by her training supervisor.

Video game tournament aids autism program

Students sparred in a video game tournament March 13 at Bellevue College to raise funds and awareness for the school’s Autism Spectrum Navigators (ASN) program. Now in its second year, the tournament raised roughly $8,000, enough says program manager Sara Gardner, to expand in the fall.

Sound Transit to start digging, probing along light rail line

East Link light rail’s finish date of 2023 might seem a ways off for commuters, but Bellevue residents can expect to see the project shift from the planning to more nuanced design phase of operations early this year.

Local filmmaker spotlights global mental health agenda

When Patricia first met Jeff on the streets of Bellevue, he'd been homeless and living undiagnosed with severe mental illness for nearly 10 years. Though he had family in the area, they wanted nothing to do with him, Jeff somberly recounts for the camera.

Police, residents get acquainted at National Night Out block party

National Night Out (NNO) is an annual event to organize neighborhoods to fight crime, raise awareness and foster relationships between the community and police department.

City partners with Boys and Girls Club on Hidden Valley project

The Boys and Girls Club of Bellevue (BGCB) and the city of Bellevue will partner on the construction of new facilities planned for Hidden Valley Park.

Invasive mud snails tiny, but pose risk for local streams

Kit Paulsen plunges her hand into a stream of cold water. She pulls up a yellow leaf and draws it closer to the camera, pointing to several brownish-black specks.