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Neighborhood of the Week!

Neighborhood of the Week! Whispering Heights!

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Great meeting at the Crossroads community center

The city of Bellevue hosted a great event at the crossroads community center.


 Second forum focuses on neighborhood connections

Whispering Heights President and City Council Member


 Building connections among neighbors – with a special emphasis on youth, senior citizens and multicultural neighbors – is the topic of the second Bellevue Neighborhoods Forum, scheduled for Thursday, May 12, at the Crossroads Community Center.


Everyone is invited to attend the forum, which continues the community-building theme established at the first Neighborhoods Forum with author Peter Lovenheim. (See related article for results of April 6 forum.) The May 12 discussion will get underway with a panel of experts exploring ways to build strong personal and community connections that embrace the city’s diversity in an era of demographic change.


The panelists are:


Helena Stephens, Bellevue Family, Youth & Teen Services Manager;


Ralph Ibarra, Diversity Consultant; and


Joanne Donohue, Vice President of Senior Services of King County. 


Following the panel, forum participants will choose their primary area of interest – youth, aging, or multicultural relationships – and continue discussion with the panelist in that focus area.


Scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m., the forum will include dinner courtesy of sponsor Chipotle Mexican Grill. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required and space is limited. For reservations, contact Neighborhood Outreach at 425-452-6836 or


Seven neighborhood sponsors also helped make the Neighborhoods Forums possible:


Surrey Downs Community Club ~ Sunset Community Association ~ Somerset Community Association Newport Hills Community Club ~ Whispering Heights & Collingwood Community Association Horizon Heights Community Association ~ Horizon Crest Community Association


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why you need an emergency kit

April 10, 2011 Leave a comment

Why you need an emergency kit

By jasoncook • April 1st, 2011


If the daily news of natural disasters around the globe is causing you to think about a possible crisis hitting close to home, then take the next step and act. Most of us believe that disasters are not likely to occur until they happen, leaving no time for preparation or forethought.

The site recommends that a household should plan to stock supplies that will sustain the family for at least 3 days. While ready-made kits are available for purchase, Wisebread contributor Andrea Dickson recommends making your own, especially since most households already have a number of the essentials:

  • Water–one gallon per person per day for 3 days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food–3-day supply of non-perishables and can opener
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle
  • Dust mask
  • Wrench or pliers for utility shut-off
  • Towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

The site also lists additional items you may want to include like cash, prescription meds, and copies of important documents (insurance papers and family records). When your kit is ready, identify a meeting place for separated family members and how key information will be communicated to outside persons (like extended family). Being prepared for an emergency will give you peace of mind now and a secure plan in the unlikely event of a disaster.

Hello world!

February 21, 2011 Leave a comment

 Welcome to! This is all about my great city Bellevue Washington. This will be a video based blog for you to enjoy… is the brainchild of Jason E. Cook.  He came up with the idea for BellevueBuzz in May 2011 after starting his own Youtube channel as a  professional residential real estate specialist in Bellevue, Mercer Island, and the Seattle area.  Knowing that VIDEO is a driving factor for our everyday lives he noticed the lack of  professional quality video content online about Bellevue, Washington.  As an active member of the community and his outgoing personality, Jason decided he would interview  friends and clients from his real estate practice to talk on camera about why they loved their neighborhoods.  Initially the idea was based soley on a Bellevue Neighborhood of the week….by why limit it there?!

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