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A6 MercerJsland Reporter Wednesday, December 15, 2004 Home heating, telephone and cable services affected; two companies fined By Reporter staff costs. Periodic adjustments, up or crease for electricity customers Rates paid by consumers for down, are allowed for the utility in a general rate case pen~ling home heating, telephone and ca- to pass through changes in whole- before the state regulatory com- ble service are headed upward sale gas supply costs to its cus- mission. A decision is expected again. Comers. on the rates next March. Rates increased 16.7 percent PSE is also requesting a per- Comcast will also be chang- on Oct. l for natural gas cus- manent increase of 6.9 percent ing its rates for cable customers Comers of Puget Sound Energy on average for residential gas in 2005. The company, with over (PSE) due to higher gas supply customers and a 7.3 percent in- 1 million customers, is set to in- crease rates for basic cable serv- ice at an average of $2.81 a month beginning in January. That means customers now paying $39.48 a month for basic cable will pay $42.29. Comcast's last rate in- crease occurred in January, 2004. Communications provider, Verizon Northwest has also asked the state commission to increase rates for basic residential and business service by $9.80 per month. Verizon claims that it is not earning a reasonable profit on its telephone business in Washington state. The state com- mission will make a decision on that request in May. Utilities are also facing record level fines for safety issues and business practices. Qwest Corporation, former- ly US West, is the largest tele- phone provider in Washington state, serving more than 2.3 mil- lion customers. The Denver-based corporation has agreed to pay a $7.8 million fine to the state for a proposed settlement on com- plaints regarding interconnec- tion agreements and unfair pric- ing. PSE is also facing a $1.3 mil- lion fine from the state for natural gas safety issues. Energy price changes have been the largest contributor to recent changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). During the first l0 months of 2004, the CPI for urban areas in the Western United States rose at a 3.9 percent seasonally ad- justed annual rate; nearly twice the rate of increase in prices for all of 2003. The index for ener- gy, which increased 6.9 percent in 2003, jumped 22.5 percent for the first 10 months of 2004. Please recycle this newspaper Continued from A5 What you should know about Jill Redd 206-713-0980 jredd@windermere.com After graduating from Northwestern University, Jill started a 5 year career in speech pathology in Southern California. In 1987, her family moved to Mercer Island where her children attended school. After being a stay at home morn for 18 years, Jill re-joined the work force by starting a career in Real Estate which she has enjoyed doing for the past 10+ years. Jill is involved in the Mercer Island Women's Club and her local church. She enjoys boating, gardening, reading, traveling and rock hunting on Lummi Island. What you should know about What you should know about Pam Boeck 206-979-1583 pamboeck@windermere com Pam has been an island resident for the past 25 years. In 2000, she retired from Delta Airlines after 32 years as a Flight Attendant. Pam joined Windermere 12 years ago after finding her passion--homes! In fact her own was featured in the Mercer Island Reporter as one of the Island's most treasured homes. She has now remodeled 7 homes and built 1 to date. Pare represents MI Windermere at the Standards of Practice Committee. She considers herself a bit of a workaholic as she has also owned her own card company, worked at the Roanoke and wrote stories for a local Eastside paper. What you should know about Sandra Agnew 206-300-9599 sandya@windermere.com As a native of the Pacific NW, Sandra has been an active participant in her community, serving as a Volunteer Probation Officer for the City of Bellevue for over 25 years. Prior to joining Windermere, she was with John L. Scott on Mercer Island. Sandra's varied background includes Personnel Management, Sales Director for a modeling school, Sales Rep for office products and Sales Rep for multiple clothing lines. Throughout the years, she also wrote for Market Profile a fashion newspaper targeted to all NW buyers. Sandra enjoys traveling, skiing, golf, family and friends. What you should know about Marvin Anthony 206-396-1061 marvin@windermere corn Marvin is probably best known for his involvement in Mercer Island schools, especially the MIHS athletic program. With one child still attending and two children recent graduates of MIHS, Marvin has always believed that our children are our future. A former business owner, Marvin has spent nearly his entire life in sales and management, allowing him the opportunity to develop an especially customer service oriented approach. In his spare time, Marvin indulges in his love of cooking and sports. What you should know about with the support of our advertisers, Mercer Island households receive a copy of the directory every March. The directories are delivered at no cost to the homeowner and the only re- questis a ~to~'s ~ and Regional Medical Center, for Uncompensated Care Program. This program means the hospital can pro- vide medical ueaunent and care to all children regardless of their families ability to pay. The Mercer Island Directory has been a pa~ of our Island for 63 years. We thank you for your support. Mercar Island Guild Children's Hospital & Regional Medical Center Thanks for the mention Many thanks to Breck Longstreth for the nice mention of "Wrapped Up In Crosswords" in On Books (Dec. 1, 2004). Have a wonderful holiday! Nero Blanc (AKA Cordelia and Steve Iris Rave'n-Stark 206-953-6785 ravenstark@windermere.com Iris is known by her peers as being funny, creative and a thoughtful person. She is a wonderful cook and enjoys creating her own recipes. Iris has a degree in Fine Arts and as an Accredited Staging Professional she stages all her listings and those of other agents as well. She has relocated to many cities throughout the U.S. and understands first-hand all that it involves to move from place to place. In her spare time Iris enjoys cross-word puzzles, jig-saw puzzles and other brain teasers. What you should know about Michael Lee 206-954-6956 michaellee@windermere.com Michael values .good public schools, that is why he and his daughter moved to Mercer Island 10 years ago. Before joining Windermere, Michael was an elementary school teacher and high school tennis coach for 8 years. Today, he still enjoys being in the classroom and from time to time he fills in as a substitute teacher on the island. Whenever his real estate schedule allows, you might spot Michael at you son's or daughter's school. For fun, he enjoys playing golf and spending time with family and friends. Billie Rose 206-595-4677 br0se@windermere corn Billie has been an Assoc. Broker for 25 years, with the Cert. Residential Specialist designation, given to less than 4% of realtors nationwide. She is a past rep. of Windermere Standards & Practices. Her career began in Tiburon & Newport Beach, CA, and in WA when her husband became MI City Manager in 1975. A past chair of MI Arts Council, she has been active in business, civic and charitable groups. She enjoys traveling and. a good game of bridge. Her partner is Schoonmaker. Mercer Island Homes Curtis Gelotte Masterpiece $29,000,000 Opulent waterfront mansion featuring superior con- struction w/astute attention to detail offering 17,000 sq fi including 8 bdrms, 10 bths, media rm, his/her office, frml dining for 18, bowling alley & 8 car gar. #24157792. Peni Schwartz 206-718-7364 Waterfront Estate On Acreage $12,500,000 Prvt 3+ acre estate offering 5 individual tax parcels, 175 ft low-bank wfl, 4.5 car garage, water's edge :!guest quarters & dock. Only the 3rd opportunity to purchase this historic mansion in the past 100 years. i #24139642. Peni Schwartz 206-718-7364 Contemporary With Views $1,199,000 Enjoy a timeless floor plan w/lake views, 5 bdrms, 3.5 bths, grand 2-story entry & the perfect blend of formal & casual living areas to suit all your needs. #24122370. Cherrie Lee 206-353-8899 Holiday Cheer $849,500 Perfect for entertaining this 4 bdrm, 1.75 bth home offers an updated gourmet kit, banquette eating nook, inviting living/dining rm, extra parking & lrg play lawn. #24123587. Jill Redd 206-713-0980, Maggie Rnbertson 206-954-5768 Custom Designed $825,000 Sophisticated 2 bdrrn, plus den, 1.5 bth contemporary w/cathedral ceilings, open concept w/central living rm frpl & lower level storage on prvt dead-end street. #24143972. Sally Looff206-949-3049 Off-Island Homes A Fabulous Find $869,000 Sammamish Buchan w/5 bdrms, 4.5 bths recently remodeled kitchen, main fir mstr & incredible out- door covered pavilion w/stone frpl, sinkl cooler & BBQ. #24108681. Peni Schwartz 206-718-7364 New Listing $469,000 You'll love this 4 bdrm, 2.75 bth Redmond home w/ multiple levels w/plenty of living space, large yard & 3-car garage. #24161513. Stuart Anderson 425-351- 5100 Condo Alternative $425,000 Perfect Kirkland craftsman w/easy yard maintenance & tons of charm. 2 bdrms up: mstr w/prvt deck & hot tub, the other w/cozy loft & vaulted ceilings. #24142231. Laurie-Marie Hynes 206-714-6652 A Home For The Avant-Garde $2,750,000 This 5 bdrm, 5 bth seductive, livable sculpture w/ uncompromising views & sophisticated open spaces on prvt half acre will suit the most discriminating Affordable Comfort $499,000 buyer. #24096990. Peni Schwartz 206-718-7364, Clean & well maintained 2 bdrms + den daylight Seattle View Lot $359,000 Pam Boeck 206-979-1583 rambler w/2.5 bths, updated kitchen, lower level rec Perfect for your ideal home, this partial lake view .25 rm, utility room, & backyard w/hugedeck. acre lot in desirable Inverness nbrhd offers all utili- Extraordinary Presale $1,795,000 #24067420. Tom Peele 206-349-7659 ties in street & is located in quiet residential area. Built by luxury home builder Lakeville, this unique #24130453. Sandy Yin 206-669-2546 custom estate is situated in a peaceful & convenient Great Downtown Condo $169,950 location & offers luxury interior finishes including a Move-in ready 1 bdrm/l bth 1st fir condo w/one level Kirkland Rambler $304,950 gourmet kit w/stainleSs professional applncs, slab living, good-size living/dining areas, frplc, built-in Sited on shy .25 acre lot this nice 3 bdrm/l.75 bth hm granite & custom maple cabinetry. #24155757. wet bar & prvt deck overlooking western territorial w/huge new deck, cozy frpl & 2 car garage is located Cherrie Lee 206-353-8899 views. #24150117. Peni Schwartz 206-718-7364 in desirable Totem Lake w/convenient freeway access. #24154953. Cindy Galante 206-954-5121 Julie Nugent-Owner Allen Hovsepian Batool MazharBillie RoseBrad CoatsBruce Stevenson Cherne Lee. 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