Celina Kareiva

Celina posted 122 stories to Bellevue Reporter.
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Uniqlo’s expansion to Washington starts at Bellevue Square

After months of speculation about what will fill the vacant J.C. Penney building at Bellevue Square, Uniqlo on Monday announced 13,000 square feet of it will be a new retail outlet for the Japanese casual apparel company.

  • Apr 10th, 2015 7:06pm

The art and business of burlesque | The Eastside Scene

Commonly mistaken for little more than strip tease, burlesque has deep roots in vaudevillian parody. Performers Queenie O’Hart and Tootsie Spangles dish on the true trials and tropes of the art form.

  • Sep 30th, 2014 8:00pm

Neighborhoods get attention at Bellevue candidates’ forum

The six city council candidates on this fall's ballot met again Tuesday night at a forum in Newport Hills, this time focusing primarily on neighborhood issues, like the revival of the local shopping center and traffic congestion.

  • Oct 11th, 2013 11:55pm

School board candidates talk bullying, building

School board candidates—at least half of them—spoke at a candidate forum in Newport Hills on Tuesday night.

  • Oct 10th, 2013 6:09pm

Bellevue Galleria sells for $88 million

Bellevue Galleria, a 204,000-square-foot shopping and office complex, just west of the downtown transit center, sold on Friday for $87.6 million, or $429 per square foot

  • Oct 9th, 2013 5:42pm

Bellevue City Council candidates talk budget, neighborhoods, transportation

Bellevue’s budget, neighborhoods and transportation were on the minds of candidates for City Council as the Bellevue Downtown Association hosted a candidate forum Tuesday night at the Bellevue Westin. The event was held in partnership with Sound Publishing.

  • Oct 4th, 2013 8:52pm

Trammell Crow buys downtown Bellevue site for $24.1 million

19-story office tower planned for site acquired for $24.1 million

  • Oct 2nd, 2013 7:23pm

CleanScapes asks city to reconsider proposed solid waste contract

Earlier this month garbage collection company, CleanScapes lost a proposed contract to Republic Services, Bellevue's current garbage hauler. Now the company, which was the lower of the two bidders, is asking the city to reconsider.

  • Oct 2nd, 2013 5:47pm

Two named to arts commission

Appointments mark changing social fabric of Bellevue

  • Sep 29th, 2013 8:35pm

Bellevue-based DreamBox working to make math fun

It’s hard to imagine many students getting excited about math, but CEO Jessie Woolley-Wilson of DreamBox Learning, a Bellevue-based digital education company, swears it’s not only possible, but in some school districts, teachers actually reward their students with the subject.

  • Sep 28th, 2013 2:35am

Bellevue City Council revisits appointments to light-rail group

The Bellevue City Council has approved a new Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) after acknowledging earlier this month that the original slate of nine members could be more thoroughly vetted for conflicts of interest. All but one were reaffirmed in the Monday night vote.

  • Sep 26th, 2013 6:03pm

Victory for Spiritwood neighbors in the form of emergency ordinance

On Monday, City Council passed a new emergency interim ordinance to address a housing model that has taken off in Bellevue.

  • Sep 28th, 2013 2:55am

Large crowd pleads for transportation fix

Bellevue forum first stop of nine set by state Senate and local legislators

  • Sep 19th, 2013 7:24pm

Bellevue to rein in houses used as dorms

On Monday, Council discussed an emergency interim ordinance to address multi-room rentals in single-family homes.

  • Sep 12th, 2013 11:22pm

$2.3 billion Spring District project to break ground Monday

On Monday, Sept. 16, Wright Runstad & Co. of Seattle and Shorenstein Properties of San Francisco will break ground on its long-anticipated $2.3 billion Spring District project.

  • Sep 13th, 2013 5:27pm

Building subs and the science-minded

Local teens launch program to supplement STEM training in classroom

  • Sep 14th, 2013 2:33am

Council to take another look at light rail appointments

Sloppy process, possible conflicts of interest cited

  • Sep 5th, 2013 11:16pm

Reporter Q&A with Don Davidson

Below he talks about his future plans and the “shake up” that is this election cycle.

  • Aug 30th, 2013 8:39pm

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.

  • Aug 31st, 2013 4:18pm

Making nice with the neighbors | Lake Bellevue community forms alliance with developer to monitor environment as Bel-Red grows

The Lake Bellevue Water Quality Association and the Lake Bellevue Village Homeowners Association will work with Wright Runstad and Shorenstein Properties to monitor the environment of the lake and surrounding area as major developments begin construction nearby.

  • Sep 19th, 2013 7:23pm

Fireworks display catches some off guard

A late night fireworks display off Meydenbauer Bay on Saturday night, caught neighbors attention and drew several complaints.

  • Aug 22nd, 2013 11:12pm

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.

  • Aug 19th, 2013 5:04pm

Crafting greeting cards brings second career

When Gail Round was laid off from her job in 2009, she went back to school. She began taking classes at then Bellevue College in the evenings, both to retool herself and in the hope of keeping busy.

  • Aug 16th, 2013 9:16pm

Immigrant voices

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

  • Aug 16th, 2013 7:54pm

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.

  • Aug 7th, 2013 10:07pm

UPDATE: Early primary results indicate Wallace will face Kasner in November

Lynne Robinson secures a comfortable lead against incumbent Don Davidson and competitor Vandana Slatter

  • Aug 9th, 2013 6:50pm

Living legacy | Locally launched social media site honors those who’ve passed

A new social media site launched in part by founder and CEO Michael Rowell of Efinancial in Bellevue, will offer a platform to honor the deceased. LifeStory.com, though still in a pilot stage of design, features profiles of family members, loved ones and celebrities who have passed away.

  • Aug 5th, 2013 9:39pm

Statistics don’t tell all in trafficking story | Celina Kareiva | Reporter’s Notebook

The FBI recently announced the rescue of 105 children forced into prostitution and the arrest of 150 pimps in a decades long investigation that involved 76 American cities and girls as young as 13.The story hits closer to home than we may realize.

  • Aug 2nd, 2013 8:00pm

Haggen to close Crossroads store

The Haggen Northwest Fresh grocery store in Crossroads will close within the next six to eight weeks. A store manager confirmed plans to liquidate the Bellevue branch of the Northwest chain.

  • Aug 1st, 2013 5:17pm

Too many neighbors

Spiritwood residents fear growth will turn homes into boarding houses

  • Jul 31st, 2013 10:49pm

Chamber coalition gets update on jobs, transportation from Eastside legislators

Eastside politicians and business leaders met at Microsoft headquarters in downtown Bellevue on Tuesday to share takeaways from this year's marathon three-session Legislature. The event, hosted by the Eastside Chambers Legislative Coalition, addressed a disappointing transportation package, budget and bolstered funds for state education to comply with the McCleary ruling.

  • Jul 19th, 2013 10:31pm

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.

  • Jul 18th, 2013 8:42pm

Camp Unity could call local church home in the fall

“We’re an empowerment camp, not a homeless camp,” says Tari Wiggins, Executive Director of Camp Unity Eastside, a nonprofit started in November of last year after breaking with Tent City 4.

  • Jul 18th, 2013 8:20pm

Chinese investors flock to Bellevue

Money spearheads projects downtown; light rail eyed

  • Jul 14th, 2013 4:30am

PNB Bellevue school in Sound Transit path

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s (PNB) Francia Russell Center in the Bel-Red area faces potential relocation due to Sound Transit’s East Link alignment along 136th Place Northeast and Northeast 16th Street.

  • Jul 14th, 2013 4:29am

Victoria’s Secret supermodel strikes a pose in Bellevue

Victoria's Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel visited the Bellevue Square store Wednesday to visit with fans and promote the popular chains new swimsuit line.

  • Jul 10th, 2013 9:49pm

Apple-A-Day plants roots on Eastside

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, the saying goes, and proves an innovative business model Lexi Schmidt and Danielle LaRiviere have found.

  • Jul 8th, 2013 7:55pm

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.

  • Jul 7th, 2013 4:04am

Sound Transit gets ready for second round of buyouts

East Link continues the property acquisition process with its second batch of residences along 112th Avenue, to include 18 lots.

  • Jun 27th, 2013 8:14pm

Strawberry festival announces summer in Bellevue

Kids, fingers sticky with strawberry juice and parents as giddy as the younger crowd about a few sunny hours, turned out this weekend for Bellevue’s prelude to summer, the annual Strawberry Festival.

  • Jun 27th, 2013 6:41pm

Bellevue resident charged with rape of 12-year-old girl

A University of Washington neurobiology student and long-time Bellevue resident, Omar Abdelbadie, 22, was charged with child rape, just days before his anticipated graduation.

  • Jun 26th, 2013 10:20pm

Ex-husband charged in Bellevue murder | Update

Bellevue police have arrested a 46-year-old Edmonds man in connection with the murder of 35-year-old Nataliya Vabishchevich, who was stabbed 72 times in her Bellevue home

  • Mar 24th, 2015 3:15am

Used items take on a second life in Bellevue business Upcycle Goods

Darron Losse turns over a green iPad case, pointing out the faint imprint of old ads. In another life it was a print blanket, rolling out sheets of publication for the Seattle Times.

  • Jun 24th, 2013 5:55am

Bellevue neighborhoods finding connections in ‘third places’

When Crossroads Community P-Patch opened in 2009 in a space the shopping center couldn't develop, it quickly became a draw for the neighborhood. Residents planted the space with tomatoes, green beans and lettuce.

  • Jun 14th, 2013 10:00pm

Proposed reservoir expansion raises concerns in Bridle Trails

Tucked in the southeast section of Bridle Trails State Park, the Pike’s Peak reservoir, a 24-foot tower, is barely visible from most walking paths. But a growing demand for water storage in the city of Bellevue threatens to disrupt some of that tree-line.

  • Jun 13th, 2013 8:02pm

Property acquisitions to begin along East Link alignment

Scott Rodgers' unit is one of 41 in Carriage Hills and Carriage Place condos that faces full acquisition by Sound Transit, now that an East Link alignment has been approved.

  • Jun 13th, 2013 6:21pm

Midlakes post office moving to Factoria in June

Bellevue’s Midlakes post office will move to Factoria in the coming months. The move to 12402 SE 38th Street, at Factoria North Plaza, is expected to be complete by June 15.

  • May 30th, 2013 9:25pm

German deli serves heart, community

It’s lunch rush at the Liebchen Delicatessen, a German deli in the Overlake neighborhood. Liebchen only recently reopened after a move from the Lake Hills Shopping Center, but a procession of customers, files in, picking through the shelves and ordering without once needing to glance at the menu.

  • May 31st, 2013 6:58pm

Let’s cut the Millennials a little slack | Reporter’s Notebook | Celina Kareiva

With the onslaught of new social media platforms – Twitter, Instagram and Facebook – it’s really no surprise my generation has been targeted for its narcissistic ways. But how much truth is there behind this statement?

  • May 24th, 2013 4:58pm

100 years of hidden history

Steve Williams stands near the head of the Cougar Mountain trailhead. To the untrained eye, many of the artifacts he points out, look like part of the landscape: A chunk of concrete foundation overgrown with moss, the inky black of discarded coal and the crumbled entrance to a mine.

  • May 30th, 2013 7:08pm