Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Port of Pasco Approves Letter of Intent for Development of Osprey Pointe

For Immediate Release:  August 2, 2018  


Port of Pasco Approves Letter of Intent for 

Development of Osprey Pointe   

Pasco, WA – At their June 29, 2018 regular meeting, the Port of Pasco Commission approved an exclusive Letter of Intent (LOI) with Eaty Gourmet LLC (EGC) for development of Osprey Pointe, an approximately 52-acre site along the south side of East Ainsworth Ave, Pasco Washington.

EGC Chief Visionary Officer and Tri-City resident Mitch Gilbert, commented, “It’s a multifaceted agreement that took a lot of effort by both parties to shape.  Together we are committed to expanding the community’s economy and adding to its vitality.”  With the LOI approved, EGC will focus on the master development plan, strategic partnerships, and securing financing for the project that will include a market hall, boutique hotel, indoor-outdoor event space, and a mix of commercial and residential.

“The Port Commission has always believed that Osprey Pointe is a special place to create investment and opportunity in Pasco, the Eaty Gourmet group gets that.  The vision they presented will accelerate revitalization and create national interest and prestige. This project can be transformational for Pasco and the Tri-Cities.” commented Jean Ryckman, Port Commission President. 

The LOI gives the Port and EGC six months to create a master development agreement, which will lay out the amenities, schedule and financing for developing Osprey Pointe to its full potential. 

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For Information: Gary Ballew         
Director of Economic Development         

BMW Northwest Sends MGI Winners and Club Pro to BMW Golf Cup in Pinehurst

BMW Northwest Sends  TCGC MGI Winners and Club Pro 
to BMW Golf Cup in Pinehurst

Early October Tacoma Country and Golf Club Member Guest Invitational winners, Chip Montague and Andy Karnath represented BMW Northwest at the BMW Golf Cup International US Final, held at the stunning Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina. Joining the winning pair on the all expenses paid competition were TCGC’s own First Assistant Professional, Mitch Runge, and BMW Northwest’s General Sales Manager, Allen Deen.

A Golf Lover’s Dream 

The experience dazzled both on and off the course. Runge was immediately charmed by the Southern hospitality at the resort’s Carolina Hotel and Holly Inn, while Montague, a construction field coordinator hailing from Sumner was impressed by the all around five-star treatment: “At almost every turn it seemed like I heard, ‘BMW has got that for you.’” As for the golf itself? Playing Pinehurst’s celebrated No. 2 course twice was a highlight for Montague, while Runge enjoyed returning to the famed course calling it “the best of what we have to offer in the US for championship golf.”      

The Final Takeaway

The grand finale turned into a real nail biter, which saw Runge up against Broadmoor Golf Club’s Head Pro, Tim Feenstra, who was ahead for the entire round until Runge’s two birdies on the last four holes, followed by a five-foot par putt on 18, positioned him to tie for first place. A scorecard playoff ultimately crowned Feenstra the winner, but Runge remains grateful for the opportunity that BMW Northwest made possible for him, noting: “This trip is the highlight of my year.” Now that’s good sportsmanship!

50 Years of MGI and BMW Northwest 50th Anniversary

This year is BMW Northwest’s 50th Anniversary and it’s also 50 years of the TCGC MGI Tournament.  “It’s a great event and we like being a part of it.” commented BMW Northwest owner Manfred Scharmach.   “Thanks to this year’s players and to Greg Hanson for the great work he did on the tournament and a big congratulations to Montague, Karnath and Runge on their games.”

Monday, June 18, 2012

BMW Northwest & Puget Sound MINI Driving Clinic Saturday July 14th 2012


ProFormance Racing School Invites You to the first BMW Northwest & Puget Sound MINI Driving Clinic to be held on a Saturday! Scheduled from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday July 14th 2012. As our client a complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided for you.

In the spirit of increasing your appreciation for your vehicle, we have arranged an exclusive day at ProFormance Racing School for our customers. The curriculum for the One-Day High Performance Driving Program includes an extensive mix of street survival skills and high performance driving techniques.

This curriculum has proven to be a highly successful program for increasing driver skills in one day. The teaching guidelines ensure a minimum of anxiety with a maximum of FUN.

This program is tailored to entry-level sport driving enthusiasts. Students will participate in exercises such as; threshold braking, ABS experience, high aim vision slalom, and collision avoidance. These drills are in preparation for the afternoon’s total driving experience of lapping on the 2.25 mile nine turn road-racing course. These sessions are conducted with one on one, in car coaching.

In addition to the skills that you will gain, the class will certify you for future lapping days with ProFormance Racing Schoolat Pacific Raceways.
The campus is located in Kent at Pacific Raceways and a future letter to attendees will provide all needed information for your participation.
Not sure you want to drive your own car? You can also join us for a ride in the BMW Northwest Track Taxi. With a Professional Driver at the wheel, you can join your friends and family on the track in a 2008 BMW M3. Experience first-hand the fun of high speed performance driving without the stress. Friends and Family are also welcome to watch drivers from the Bleachers and Paddock.

All BMW Northwest, Northwest MINI and Seattle MINI clients are welcome, and a BMW or MINI is NOT a requirement.
Don’t miss this great opportunity! Enrollment is limited, so sign up now:
For details, pricing, and questions contact:

Aaron J Schrenk
Sales Administrator


Don Kitch Jr.
253.630.5130 track office
President, Chief Instructor


BMW Northwest
4011 20th St E
Tacoma, WA 98424
(253) 922-8700
Sales Hours:
8:00 AM-7:00 PM
Sat 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
Sun 11:00 AM-5:00 PM

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tutta Bella Serves ‘Il Presidente’ Pizza Beginning President’s Day

Special “Il Presidente” Neapolitan Pizza Created by America’s Only VPN Gold Certified Pizzaiolo Chef Brian Gojdics

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Tutta Bella “Mini-cade” delivers pizza to Air Force One & Tutta Bella’s Il Presidente pizza
Photo credit to Tom Schabarum Photo credit to Tom Schabarum

Seattle, Wash.—(February 21, 2012)— To coincide with President’s Day, Tutta Bella will offer the ‘Il Presidente’ pizza as a special for $13.50 for one week only at all Tutta Bella locations starting  Monday, February 20 through Sunday, February 26. Tutta Bella’s four locations are Columbia City, Wallingford (Stone Way), Issaquah or South Lake Union (Westlake),

Photos of Friday’s delivery of the Il Presidente pizza and the delivery to Air Force One are available at http://goo.gl/eY68d.

“A visit from the White House inspired us to create this special pizza we named ‘Il Presidente’ to satisfy The President’s love of spicy food. The pizza is topped with hot Calabrian chiles along with Seattle’s own Mama Lil’s pickled peppers and locally made Isernio’s Italian sausage, extra virgin olive oil, fresh mozzarella, roasted peppers, basil and grana padano,” says Tutta Bella Executive Chef Brian Gojdics.

A few years back, Joe Fugere was recognized by President Obama during a speech where he made a remark directed at Fugere’s Tutta Bella stating,“ I still haven’t tasted the pizza, but he [Joe Fugere] promises I’m going to get some at some point.”

While President Obama’s schedule last Friday did not allow for a personal visit to one of Tutta Bella’s four Neapolitan Pizzeria locations in Columbia City, Wallingford (Stone Way), Issaquah or South Lake Union (Westlake), special arrangements were made to forgo lunch and have the pizzas specially delivered to Air Force One.

Though it was no small feat, Fugere made special arrangements to have the coveted VPN (Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana) certified DOC designated pizza ready for pick-up at Paine Field in order to fulfill the President’s desire to have a taste of Tutta Bella’s renowned Neapolitan pizza.

Fugere had met with the President in Seattle to discuss the issues facing small businesses in a challenging economic climate, and was subsequently invited to the White House for the signing of the Small Business Jobs Act (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKUycnkGXTs) on September 27, 2010.

Since opening its doors in Columbia City in 2004, Tutta Bella has been a trailblazer not only in providing the best Italian wood-fired pizza in Seattle, but it has been recognized locally and nationally, time and again, for being an exemplary leader in the small business community.

Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria:
Founded in 2004, Tutta Bella has four locations; Columbia City, Stone Way, Westlake and Issaquah. For more information on specific locations, visit www.tuttabella.com.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Fox’s Gem Shop Kicks Off 100-Year Anniversary with Leap Year Tradition

Fox’s Leap Year Sale, February 28 through March 3








SEATTLE, Wash.—(February 16, 2012) —For more than a century, Fox’s Gem Shop has been assisting men in selecting the perfect engagement ring for that much-anticipated proposal of marriage, and on February 29, Fox’s invites the ladies to do the same. In honor of their 25th Leap Year in business, Fox’s eagerly awaited, once-every-four-years sale will extend from February 28 through March 3.

The tradition of women proposing to men on Leap Year began in fifth-century Ireland, when St. Bridget declared that each woman should be able to romantically pursue the man of her choice. This tradition crossed over to the United States, and to this day remains an amusing Leap Year ritual.

“We have a sale on wedding rings, designer jewelry and watches only once every four years. So we make it a good one!” said third-generation Director of Operations Zoey Mann.

While Fox’s isn’t suggesting that all women should propose to their significant others this Leap Year, they do encourage everyone to create their own Leap Year traditions to celebrate this rare day because only once in a Leap Year comes a perfect moment.

WHO: Fox’s Gem Shop

WHAT: Leap Year Century Sale
           · 20-60% off all cased jewelry
           · 20-60% off designer jewelry including: Alex Sepkus,  
, Mikimoto, Mason-Kay, Gurhan, Mark Patterson, Todd
, Norman Silverman
· 20-60% off watches and timepieces including: Panerai,
             International Watch Company, Ulysse Nardin, Bedat & Co.,
             Mühle Glashütte, Bell & Ross, Hermes of Paris, Nomos
· Exclusions: Repairs, loose diamonds and ‘Hearts on Fire’

WHERE: Fox’s Gem Shop
             1341 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
             Validated parking at Rainier Square Garage, 5th & Union

WHEN: February 28 through March 3, 2012
            10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

About Fox’s Gem Shop
Fox’s Gem Shop is the only independent, family-owned business in Seattle that has been providing its customers with the industry-leading expertise and highest quality and value of gems, jewelry, watches, select designers’ creations and custom designs for over 100 years. Fox’s is known for custom designs, fine Swiss and German watches, and exceptionally rare gemstones and Ideal cut diamonds. Owners Chai, Joy and Zoey Mann are proud to be serving long-standing loyal customers and a new generation of clientele alike, providing the personalized service, quality and integrity that has always characterized this family business. Fox’s is located at the corner of 5th and Union, 1341 5th Avenue, in Seattle, Washington. For more information, call (206) 623-2528 or visit http://www.foxsgemshop.com.

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Karen Mullen Breast Cancer Research Foundation Donates $50,000 to UW Medicine


imageLeft to Right: Connie Lehman M.D., Ph.D. (UW professor and vice chair of the Department of Radiology and director of radiology at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance), Julie Gralow, M.D. (UW professor and director of breast medical oncology at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance,) Garrett Mullen (founder of the Karen Mullen Breast Cancer Foundation), and David Byrd, M.D. (UW professor and section chief of surgical oncology)

SEATTLE, Wash.—(February 6, 2012)— On December 22, 2011, the Karen Mullen Breast Cancer Foundation presented UW Medicine with $50,000 to support their breast cancer research efforts. 

The Karen Mullen Breast Cancer Foundation identifies the most promising breast cancer studies taking place in the most successful research labs and helps fund them.

The Seattle-based foundation was established in honor of Karen Mullen, who was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer in October 2006. Even though her disease was detected early, triple-negative disease is stubborn and persistent, and, ultimately, she did not survive.

UW Medicine healthcare organization was selected as the recipient of $50,000 raised during “Slice of Hope,” which took place last year. UW Medicine, which comprises Harborview Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, Valley Medical Center, UW Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, the UW School of Medicine and Airlift Northwest, is among the nation’s leading breast cancer care and research facilities.

“The breast cancer research being conducted at UW Medicine is critical to improving cancer outcomes,” said Julie Gralow, M.D., director of breast medical oncology at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, a consortium of UW Medicine, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Children’s. “We are grateful for the efforts that Garrett Mullen and his board members and friends have made on behalf of UW Medicine breast cancer research.”

“Slice of Hope,” spearheaded by Pizza Today magazine editor Jeremy White, brought together national and local pizzerias, including Seattle’s own Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria, to raise money for the Karen Mullen Breast Cancer Foundation. Participating pizzerias donated 15 percent of pizza sales on October 7 and raised a total of $50,000. More than $20,000 of the total was given by Tutta Bella.

In the continued effort to help end this disease, “Slice of Hope” will take place again in October 2012. For more information about “Slice of Hope,” visit: www.pizzatoday.com/sliceOhope.

About Karen Mullen Breast Cancer Foundation

Founded in 2011, Karen Mullen Breast Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Seattle that funds promising breast cancer research studies being conducted at the most successful research labs across the United States. The foundation was established in honor of Karen Mullen, who lost her life to breast cancer, and in tribute to all women who have or will someday have breast cancer. For more information, visit www.endthisdisease.org.

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Australia Vacation Travel and Australia Tour Packages with Accommodations from Australia Travel Experts

Air-Inclusive Vacations with Tours & Hotel Accommodations Offer Travelers Best Deals

BELLEVUE, Wash.—(January 30, 2011)—For Australia vacations from Tasmania walking tours to wine tasting, head to the southern tip of an Australia map to find out there’s more to Australia than kangaroos & koalas.

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