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.
The Bellevue City Council passed its next biennium’s budget Monday night, voting 5-2 in favor. Capital and operating budgets will total $1.29 billion for 2013 and 2014, after small adjustments were made at the Nov. 26 meeting.
John Whitten is barely visible behind his wall of Jalapeno jelly. But though he seems out of place among the braided rugs and handmade jewelry of this year’s Hilltop Holiday crafts show, Whitten estimates that he’ll do eight or nine similar events before the end of the year.
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.
A fire broke out Tuesday night at the Newporter Apartment buildings, driving dozens of residents into the streets as firefighters fought the flames. Two units were directly damaged and at least four more suffered water and smoke damage. Initial estimates predict $300,000 worth of repairs, said Lt. Troy Donlin, a spokesperson for the Bellevue Fire Department.
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.
Crates of wine and local brews were stacked in columns of threes and fours outside the still vacant Beverages and More (BevMo) store last week. Inside drills hummed and the final stages of setup were underway in the 10,600 square foot facility, set to open Friday, Nov. 9.