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How much do you get after 35 years in public service?

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

By Rachel Pritchett

After 35 years in public service, how much will retiring Port of Bremerton CEO Cary Bozeman earn in pension?

Somewhere close $2,954.52 a month, according to the Washington Department of Retirement Systems, or about $35,454.24 a year.

Bozeman is a member of the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) Plan 2.

He was the top staffer at the Port of Bremerton for two and a half years, his visions sometimes frustrated by a recession-frozen budget. But he brought Kitsap leaders together to go after the Boeing 737 MAX supplier business, perhaps his biggest parting accomplishment.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Bozeman continue in some sort of economic development work locally. He hasn’t said what he’ll do yet, though.

Bozeman grew up in Seattle as a foster child. He graduated from the University of Washington and served on the Bellevue City County from 1976 to 1993. He became mayor of Bellevue for six years.

Bozeman came to Bremerton in 1996 and served as mayor of Bremerton for eight years before moving on to the port.


Kitsap leaders closing in on plan to pursue 737 MAX work

Friday, December 16th, 2011

By Rachel Pritchett

BREMERTON NATIONAL AIRPORT — Kitsap County very much was included in Washington Aerospace Partnership’s study that landed the Boeing 737 MAX in Renton and formed the basis for Gov. Christine Gregoire’s recommendations to boost engineering in education.

That came to light Thursday when WAP Co-chair Tayloe Washburn made his third visit to Kitsap County, where he revealed further detail of the study not yet made public to 20 top local leaders.

Now that the 737 MAX is secured in Washington, there’s a great tendency to “crawl back to our silos,” he said. “For you guys, that would be a mistake.”

Kitsap’s best bet in going after the 737 MAX supplier business would be to advertise the local workforce and land availability, he and one of the study’s authors, Craig Gottlieb said.

Target suppliers that are going to have to expand and let them know that Kitsap County’s workforce has a parallel industry in shipbuilding that is transferrable to aerospace, Gottlieb said.

Washington has about 650 aerospace companies, and 550 of them are Boeing suppliers. Of those, 100 are Boeing 737 suppliers.

The Port of Bremerton should let Boeing know it’s willing to lease space to subcontractors in the South Kitsap Industrial Area. Leasing would be cheaper than building new space, Gottlieb said.

Kitsap County competitors Moses Lake, with its dirt-cheap energy, and Spokane with its tight aerospace cluster also were in the study. And also prominently discussed was Texas, probably Renton’s toughest competitor. Texas might have been less costly for Boeing, but also might not have had the workforce productivity that Renton had. Because of the high anticipated demand for the MAX, Boeing has to deliver on time.

Washburn urged the group to pressure Gov. Christine Gregoire not to cut education further. The system needs to churn out a lot more engineers very quickly if Washington is to stay competitive, he said.

The mood among the local leaders that have met for half a year now was much more serious than in the past. Nearly all local cities mayors, economic-development chiefs, county Commissioner Josh Brown and representatives of Safe Boats International and U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Belfair, seemed eager to do everything they could to grab a piece of the 737 MAX action for Kitsap. The re-engined 737 MAX project is the biggest manufacturing opportunity to come to Washington in perhaps decades.

The group, calling itself the KitsapAerospace and Defense Alliance, on Thursday had in hand a consultant’s analysis about local attributes on which new promotional materials will be based next year.

Port Orchard Mayor Lary Coppolacq said, “I think we really need to brand ourselves.” The Kitsap Peninsula Visitor and Convention Bureau’s brand of “the natural side of Puget Sound” doesn’t work for business, Coppola said.

Leaders agreed they’d try to have as big a presence as possible at the Aerospace & Defense Supplier Summit coming to Seattle in mid-March. It is the first time ever the global convention has been held in the United States.

Port CEO Cary Bozeman predicted “hard work” and “boots on the street” is next in the MAX chase.

The public version of the WAP study can be read on its website at washington-aerospace.com.

Kitsap County governments and businesses pledged $45,000 to help fund the study and be a part of it, but has not yet paid that amount.


How to avoid being an etiquette clod at those holiday parties …

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

… Readers, helpful hints on how to make a statement at holiday parties in this piece below written by etiquette entrepreneur Josephine Nicholas. Just in time. Rachel Pritchett

Troy, MI – With the holidays around the corner, we could all use a brush up on our etiquette skills; implement these four simple things and get through the holidays without embarrassing yourself or others,” says Josephine Nicholas, only one of a handful of certified Protocol and Etiquette experts in the state of MI, and Executive Liaison with LJPR, LLC.

* Make an Entrance and Work the Room

“Who are the ones in a room we are most drawn to speak with? Qualities others want to be around are humility, confidence and authority; be that person during this holiday season,” says Josephine. “When you make your entrance, it is best to find and go directly to the host and thank them for hosting. Make eye contact, and smile, as you walk through the room, so you do not look lost; and, remember, starting with gratitude is always effective.”

* Introduce Yourself and Others with Ease

“Doing a little research prior to any event you attend is a great way to make sure you are well-informed on the crowd. This knowledge equips you with the ability to introduce yourself to the right people in the room with ease, and have a little something about them to discuss. Everyone likes to talk about their latest accomplishment, award, or effort,” says Josephine. “Never fail to introduce one person who may need an introduction to another in the room – even if this introduction provides zero value to you. You will then be known as the classy person who is looking out for others, making them feel at ease.”

* Implement Effective Meal Tactics and Improve Your Mingling Proficiency

“One of the largest holiday faux paux we see is to have both your hands full when at a party – make sure you always have one hand free to give a proper greeting,” says Josephine. “Additionally, brief yourself on current events and make sure you are skilled with small talk. Be an interesting person to speak with and others – especially your host – will be grateful. Small talk breaks the ice, establishing an immediate connection that you can’t otherwise gain.”

* Effective Meal Tactics

“Have you ever faced confusion over which piece of silverware to use during different parts of the meal? Make sure you learn the best way to dine with style and grace so that others walk away feeling as if they were dining with royalty,” says Josephine. “Another hint: always place your napkin on your lap, folded in the middle, with the open side facing the table. Wipe your mouth with the inside of that napkin, not the outside – which only creates a messy napkin. Follow your host with regard to the speed of eating and completing the meal.”

“Etiquette is a lost art and there isn’t much that can make up for a lack of tact and consideration. Balance needs to be implemented in a world that is so caught up in itself; committing to bringing proper protocol back into your world will not only attribute to your personal standing, but to the landscape of the world as a whole,” says Josephine. “Keep in mind that when you have proper etiquette and protocol intelligence – the ability to think, learn, and apply etiquette and protocol skills, especially when this ability is highly developed – you will not just make a better impression, but you will feel better about yourself.”

About Josephine Nicholas: Josephine is the Executive Liaison at LJPR, LLC. She has been certified by the Protocol School of Washington as a Protocol and Etiquette Instructor and speaks to a wide range of audiences on this and other topics. Josephine supports the LJPR Executive Staff through a variety of ways in client relations and in presentations. Josephine has extensive experience with business and office administration, having founded and grown some of her own companies. Josephine is a professional speaker, writer, and entrepreneur; her contagious laughter, dynamic personality and energetic presentation style make for an interactive, relevant, and enjoyable experience. You can contact Josephine at Josephine.Nicholas@LJPR.com.


Washington’s jobless rate at 8.7 percent, lowest since 2009

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Private-sector job growth has pushed Washington’s unemployment rate to the lowest point since February 2009, officials said Wednesday.
The November jobless rate of 8.7 percent was down from 9.1 percent in October, according to the Employment Security Department. The state added some 12,100 jobs — more than any month since the official start of the recession at the end of 2007.
“We are upbeat. This is good news, but we are being cautious at the same time,” said Greg Morgan, a labor market economist at the Employment Security Department. “Just one month isn’t enough to feel comfortable saying we’re out of the woods just yet.”
The state has been adding jobs regularly over the past year, but it has usually come in smaller chunks.
Morgan said it was too early to say whether the growth was the start of a trend, and noted that the November numbers are preliminary and may be revised. The October jobless number was revised upward from 9 percent to 9.1 percent.
Wednesday’s report showed growth across much of the private sector. The professional and business services sector added 4,200 jobs. Leisure and hospitality grew by 3,800. Construction was up 2,000 jobs.
Government posted a slight decline in jobs.
Washington’s numbers followed the national trend for November. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped from 9 percent to 8.6 percent.


Half a mil goes to the Bremerton Salvation Army

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

for Sally’s Place, the remodel and new addition to the Bremerton Salvation Army headequarters. They’re not saying who gave it. Read my story soon. Rachel


Pizza Hut CEO gives explanation of sales-tax mistake

Friday, December 9th, 2011

By Amy Phan, reporter

Terry Hopkins, CEO of Emerald City Pizza LLC, which runs the Pizza Hut location in East Bremerton that overcharged customers sales tax last week, submitted a letter yesterday explaining the situation.

The issue stemmed from an incorrect sales tax being downloaded into the store’s computers, wrote Hopkins.

The problem occurred from Nov. 15 to Nov. 21 and roughly 200 customers were affected, according to Hopkins.

“As a locally owned Pizza Hut Franchisee, we are part of communities all over Washington State …We operate 105 Pizza Hut locations across the state and have dozens of different tax rates. We simply missed on this one and for that we apologize,” he said.

The problem has since been fixed and the franchise is working to send each customer who visited the store during that time a $5 certificate.

For customers who ordered carryout from the store and do not have an address in the company computer, they can receive a certificate by asking the store’s manager. Or contact Emerald City Pizza LLC directly as 425-493-8077 ext. 100.

Hopkins expects all customers with addresses in the store’s directory to receive a certificate by Dec. 22.
Hopkins’ full letter is below.

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Dear East Bremerton Pizza Customer,

Unfortunately, when we moved to our new location at 5060 SR 303 NE Suite 130, an incorrect sales tax amount was downloaded to our computers. This mistake resulted in an overcharge in sales tax of approximately 16 cents on a $10.00 purchase. The problem has since been corrected but some of our valued customers who visited us during our opening week of
November 15 may have been overcharged on the sales tax. We sincerely apologize for this mistake. As a locally owned Pizza Hut Franchisee, we are part of communities all over Washington state. We provide jobs for more than 2,500 people living in these communities.

We operate 105 Pizza Hut locations across the state and have dozens of different tax rates. We simply missed on this one and for that we apologize.

We are in the process of collecting addresses on all of the customers who visited us between November 15 and November 21, 2011 and will be sending each address a $5 certificate that may be redeemed at any of our 61 restaurants in the Greater Seattle Area. Any delivered pizza during that time will have an address associated with it. If you visited us for carryout and do not receive a certificate please ask our Restaurant Manager. You may also contact our office in
Mukilteo directly at 425-493-8077 ext 100. We take the confidence of our customers very seriously and we realize that it is earned with each and every interaction we have.

Sincerely,
Terry Hopkins
CEO
Emerald City Pizza LLC, Columbia Basin Pizza Hut,
Spokane Valley Pizza, Las Vegas Pizza LLC


Southwest to order 100 Boeing 737 MAX planes

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/


Christmas-dinner proceeds to benefit scholarships for future pilots

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

BREMERTON NATIONAL AIRPORT — The public is invited to the Bremerton Pilots Association’s annual Christmas Party to benefit scholarships for young future aviators.

The dinner is at 6 p.m. Dec. 10 inside the Avian Flight Center hangar at Bremerton National Airport. The cost is $30 per person.

At the event, Port of Bremerton Commissioner Roger Zabinski will present a $2,500 check from the port for the association’s Youth Aviation Scholarship fund. The port has given similar amounts in past years.

The evening also will include music by the Billy Farmer Band and a dessert auction.

To make reservations, contact Doug Haughton at doug@haughtonfamily.net or at (360) 710-3481.


Kitsap’s biggest charities …

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Readers,

I’m preparing a story for Sunday about charitable giving, and in the process came up with this list of the biggest Kitsap charities in terms of total assets. I won’t be able to use all of them with the package, so I’ll list them here for you. The source is the National Center for Charitable Statistics. — Rachel Pritchett

Harrison Medical Center; $265,694,851; 2009
IslandWood; $54,409,370; 2009
John Bremer & Ed Bremer Consolidated Trust; $20,036,404; 2009
Kitsap Mental Health Services; $19,011,615; 2009
Skookum Educational Programs; $16,595,131; 2009
Peninsula Community Health Services; $13,748,144; 2009
Martha & Mary Health Services: $13,707,992; 2009
Kitsap Community Resources; $11,064,695; 2009
Olympic College Foundation; $6,830,650; 2009
Paratransit Services; $6,607,170; 2009
Harrison Medical Center Foundation; $6,575,281; 2009
The Housing Resource Board: $6,416,663; 2009
Eqiscopal Retirement Communities; $5,575,954, 2009
Great Peninsula Conservancy; $5,998,289; 2009
West Sound Academy; $5,765,720; 2009
Bainbridge Community Foundation; $4,820,092; 2009
Admiral Theatre Foundation; $4,386,658; 2009
Habitat for Humanity International Inc. Kitsap County; $4,147,475; 2009
Island School Morgan Loretta, $3,731,059; 2010
Helpline House, $3,698,058; 2009
Hospice of Kitsap County; $3,689,358; 2009
Bainbridge Public Library Inc.; $3,592,662; 2009
United Way of Kitsap County; $3,513,352; 2009
Peninsula Services; $3,402,159; 2009
Martha & Mary Childrens Services; $3,263,867; 2009
Seabeck Christian Conference Center; $2,934,229; 2009
Bainbridge Island Land Trust; $2,933,799; 2009
Hyla Middle School Carroll Paul; $2,924,974; 2010
Kids Discovery Museum; $2,367,689; 2009
Center for Courage & Renewal; $2,305,019; 2009
Kitsap Community Foundation; $2,264,376; 2009
Martha & Mary Lutheran Services; $2,155,112; 2009
Communitas Group; $2,128,715; 2008


Moses Lake councilman mad about 737 MAX study contribution

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Here’s the story. If our locals have similar feelings, they’re hiding them from me. Local leaders are telling me they feel the $45,000 contributed to the study make Kitsap part of the conversation. — Rachel Pritchett

http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2011/dec/06/moses-lake-councilman-says-study-money-wasted/