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July 22, 1981     Mercer Island Reporter
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MERCEq ISL.'*ND REP,~qT~ q :,e,'", : ,:, -- In sear( The story of Carolee Kemp- ton tpage AI~ illustrates one of thousands of searches by an adoptee for his or her natural parents, Kempton's success may be attributed to personal perser- verance and some close friends One such friend was The Washington Adoptive Rights Movement LWARM+ WARM consists of 25 volun teers who se~'e as confidential intermediaries between the adoptee and the natural par- ents The organization has han- dled more than 700 successful cases -- for a roughly 97 per- cent success rate -- since it was established in 1976. says WARM Executive Director Donna Ac- cimus The movement was started when Mary Kirk of Seattle placed an ad in a Seattle news- paper seeking people who wanted to find their roots Twelve people responded Ftse years later, more than 1.3t~+ people ha~e been a part of the organization WARM helps both natural parents and adoptees m their searches The orgamzation meets on the first and thlrd Wednesdays 0f each month at the Port ofSeatth, t'ons~derable time is sl~'nt at those meetings gt~in~ moral support to adoptees adoDtee parents and natural parents Those invol~ed in a search re port their progress, stlct.es.~es and failures The meetings also include discussions about legislation af fecting access to records and advice on searchtn~ prot'e dures As executive director -~t't.I mus processes applications for searching parents anti adoptees and petitions the court to ot~en the records o+ both slth, s t~ a confidential ~t~tcrmt'd:ar ~ After [ocatm~ 'he ,mkno'~ :- party the confhtt',qt::d !utt'r,q~e diary, tYttl';t obtain ~ rtthm om sent fronl both p:lrt~e- bcfl~ puttmg them In touch V,'~,RM assist< ad~ptet'~ ,~ cr ?t It ~lll also aid :~,L,pt c. :, and older tf the~ ar~' ,~,~t h~ ~' at honle If the conf~dent+al mtcrm diary finds tnft~rm',HioT! ~vhtch might hurt either party a WARM advisor) hoard ma~ :ell the ludge ~hat ha~ heen fo,mt| The judge will then make the decision whether the tx~o par ties should be urdted Accinlus says ~,~,a,~hmgtor~ courts traditionally have beet: ct~perattve with WAR M ~,t;ashington State t,~ lU.+t plan lucky 'the courts :ire +cry gtw~d about opening the ret't~r(ts here In some of the ~outhern states, the judges iu'~t ,vortt open them at all ' A partial eclipse of the moon was visible over Mercer Island last Thursday evening. The maximum eclipse -- about 55 percent -- was at 9:47 p.m. (Photo by Dave Ekren) continue contract State officials are taking a pes- simistic view of possibilities for !-90 funding. Secretary of Trans- portation Duane Beremson last week told a group of 1-90 sup+ porters. At a meeting of the Committee for Balanced Regional Transpor- tation. July 17. Berentson said he doubted that the level of funding needed for the project's phases would be made available from fed- eral discretionary funds. Berentson sent a letter to Feder- al Highways Administrator Ray Barnhardt on June 12 asking for a commitment of discretionary Two Mercer Island youths. 14 and 15. were arrested July 18 after they admitted to police that they burglarized an Island residence twice, once on July 17 and again on July 18. The two were originally stopped by police July 18 when an officer spotted the 15-year-old driving a car in a reckless manner, and ar- rested him for driving without an operator's license. The I4-year-old was a passenger. They were in a stolen vehicle and in possession of the stolen property, which included clothing and money, from the burglary. Both were taken to the King Coun- ty Youth Center Another 16-year-old Island youth was booked July 16 into King Coun- t.v Youth Center, on suspicion ot mvolvement in two Mercer Island burglaries Ten bottles of rare vintage wine. with estimated value of $536. were stolen from a East Mercer Way residence. Time and date are un- known. More than $2.000 in jewelry, money and coin collections was taken from a home in the 8000 block of Southeast 33rd Place July 14 Police suspect the garage door was forced open. An apartment in the 2000 block of 76th Avenue Southeast was bur- ~tarized July 15. The front-door chain lock was cut and approxi- mately $1,700 in jewelry was miss- m~. A home on Landsdowne Lane was burglarized July 17. although the residents have not reported tems stolen. An unknown amount o[ property was taken in a burgla- r.~ July 15 from a residence in the 5000 block of 82nd Avenue South- vast. The bathroom window was broken and the entire house ran- .~acked. Two Seattle men were arrested July 17 on charges of third-degree t.~eft. One was also charged with a 0rug violation and driving without ,m operator's license: he was also found to have an outstanding felo- ny warrant from Tukwila The men are suspected of taking meat from the Mercer Island Safeway and Albertson's stores and from several other Safeway stores in the Seattle area. Two Mercer Island men. 19 and 2I. were arrested for reckless driving July 16. The two. both on motorcycles, made a U-turn on ls- [and Crest Way and were followed by police who had to drive at peeds in excess of 60 miles per hour to catch up with them. The Mercer Island District Court was cleared at 2:33 p.m. on July 14 after a man called and said "There's a bomb in the court : it's going to go off at 2:35." The court was searched but no bomb was found. The following persons were ar- rested for driving while intoxicat- ed' Douglas Dale Brado. 38. of funds, approval of the state's cash flow obligation schedule, and change in the time line which re- quires that interstate systems be completed by 1990. After meeting recently in Ha- waii with national highway offi- cials. Berentson said. "The an- swer we thought we heard was not very optimistic." Federal legislation currently before Congress would leave Washington State short by as much as $1 billion to complete its interstate system. Berentson said And many states, including 26 which have already completed their interstate system, want more funds diverted towards maintenance at existin highways rather than the building o| ne~ ones "The interstate we have left to complete will not be finished by 1990." Berentson predicted Berentson stud officials from areas throughout the state need to meet and decide what to do with monies that are available And. he said. the state must look at "differ- eat funding mechanisms or it's ,lust not going to happen" Burglaries, reckless driving, DWI's, bomb threat reported Mercer Island July' a vehicle with him in it left the West Mercer Way roadway and struck a tree Brado told police he was not driv- ing. although no one else was pre - ent at the scene Nancy Brack. 21, of Bellevue. alter police spotted her car weav- ing in the westbound lanes ot 1-90 July 16 Contract negotiations are con- tinuing between the Mercer Island Education Association tMIEA~ and the Mercer Island School Dis- trict. However. the amount of progress made so far is viewed differently by both sides. "'No major items have been touched." said Bob Maier, MIEA president, adding that "modest progress has been made in several areas," Negotiators on both sides will take a break at the end of this week. until Aug 10, leaving about four weeks to settle contract dif- ferences before school reopens Sept, 8. "It's going to be a long. hot Au- gust." Mater predicted. Bill Bleakney, the school dis- trict's chief negotiator and per- sonnel director, said he was satis- fied with the progress made so far. "l think we're moving in a satis- factory direction," Bleakney said. "The process is alive and weU." Both Maier and Bleakney did agree that both sides will make every effort to settle before school opens. 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