Saturday, April 30, 2016

Chava Mirel Featured At Temple B'Nai Torah

Friday night's Sabbath service at Temple B'Nai Torah  was really special because Chava Mirel performed with her band.  Chava is the daughter of  our former rabbi Jim Mirel and his wife, Julie, both who were in attendence.  She often leads the musical portions of our services, but in this service she was featured. In addition to having an angelic voice she has released an album.
She did a combination of Jewish and popular music such as Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth" and the Ben E King classic "Stand By Me".  She wound up the evening with a tribute to departed musical superstar Prince, singing "Adon Olom" to the tune of "Purple Rain".

Deep Divisions Trouble Black Diamond City Council

Maple Valley, Black Diamond, and Covington are close enough to where they share the same weekly papers. For weeks letters to the editor in both the Voice Of The Valley and the Maple Valley Reporter have reflected the deep divisions on the city council of Black Diamond. 
Apparently one side supports the mayor and the other side does not. 
The Maple Valley Reporter states one council member said the last meeting had the appearance of an SNL skit.  At the last meeting, a council member was censured and in the last few weeks, a city attorney was fired.  A city grant for $50,000 turned into $25,000.  You read more about this serious feud by clicking here.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Mercer Isand UPS Store Saves Senior From Scam

You've heard about phone scammers who call senior citizens and convince them of troubled grandchildren, bilking them of life savings. It's shameful and very real. KIRO 7 TV reports a smart associate at the Mercer Island UPS Store who acted and saved a senior from falling victim. Stories like this make me proud to be associated with a company that goes above and beyond!  The UPS Store in Mercer Island is located at 7683 SE 27th St.   I'm at the store in Crossroads, of course.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mariner CEO Howard Lincoln Steps Down

Mariner CEO Howard Lincoln has announced his retirement after serving in that position since 1999.  John Stanton, who has been involved in the ownership group since the 1990s will replace him. It was also announced that Nintendo, whom Lincoln represented in the ownership consortium, would sell a majority of it's interest in the team. 
Lincoln, along with former club president Chuck Armstrong, have taken most of the heat for the team's dismal record.  It's last post season appearance was in 2001.  The team has never been to the World Series.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Libe Barer at the Premiere Screening of truTV's "Those Who Can't" #truTV...

Actress Libe Barer, who had a guest spot in Grey's Anatomy a while back.  Interviewed for a different project.

Felix Is Now Mariner Strike Out King

Congratulations to Seattle ace Felix Hernandez, who notched his 2163rd career strike out last weekend to become the all time leading Mariner in that category.  The King struck out Rafael Ortega of th Angels to get the record.  It allowed him to pass previous strike out leader, Mariner legend Randy Johnson, the "Big Unit".  Felix is now 59th on the MLB all time strike out list.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Ventrella Seeks Reichert's House Seat

Tony Ventrella, long time Seattle area TV sportscaster, has announced his candidacy for the U.S. House Of Representatives.  The 8th Congressional District, which covers Maple Valley and Issaquah, now extends east into Chelan and Kittitas Counties.  It is the only district in the state that has never elected a Democrat.
Ventrella, who describes himself as a moderate Democrat, has long been considered a potential candidate for Congress.  He has vowed not to take contributions from political action committees or big checks from wealthy donors.  His strengths are name familiarity from decades on the evening news and his likability.   He most likely would be thought of as a consensus builder who would reach across the aisle. 
Dave Reichert, the former King County sheriff, has held the seat since 2004.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Veep Season 5: Trailer (HBO)

The long wait for season 5 of the Veep begins tonight.  President Meyer is in an Electoral College deadlock with with his opponent when last season was completed.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Ron And Don Interview Barefoot Bandit

I debated whether or not to post this.  Society has a penchant for glamorizing crooks.  Characters who harm others for their own benefit are made to be heroes, while the victims and law enforcement who work hard to protect us are ignored.  D,B. Cooper who hijacked a plane has been described as a folk hero, while Hollywood makes movies that want you to root for Bonnie And Clyde, Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, and Thelma And Louise.
That said, Colton Harris Moore, known as the "Barefoot Bandit" has carved a narrative.  He is also is the subject of an upcoming movie.  Harris-Moore was sought in an intense manhunt after stealing of seaplanes in the San Juan Islands and beyond.  He was finally arrested in the Bahamas after risking not only his own life but of innocent people on the ground by flying airplanes that he was not trained to fly. 
Last week, he was featured in an interview on the Ron And Don show on KIRO-FM.

Have A Happy Passover