Bellevue has hired Laurel Nelson as its emergency-preparedness manager.

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Bellevue has hired Laurel Nelson as its emergency-preparedness manager. Nelson will start her new job Dec. 2. She replaces Barb Graff, who left the Bellevue Fire Department to take another job.

Nelson will be responsible for coordinating disaster-preparedness plans for the city.

She most recently was with the King County Office of Emergency Preparedness, where she had been program manager since 1999.

Before that, she served as emergency-planning coordinator with the city of Kirkland and King County Fire District 41 from 1996 to 1999.

Boeing, foundation start math initiative

Thanks to a $110,000 grant from Boeing, the Bellevue Schools Foundation has launched a new education initiative with the goal of establishing an internationally competitive math curriculum model.

The initiative is known as the Boeing-Bellevue International Math Standards Partnership, which will align the district’s K-12 math curriculum to international standards.

The partnership means Bellevue students immediately will begin receiving a rigorous, accelerated math-instruction program. The goal of the partnership is to elevate the math ability of every Bellevue student to that achieved by students in the highest-performing countries in the world.

For more information about the Bellevue Schools Foundation or to make a donation, call 425-456-4199, e-mail or go to


Cello students can try for master class

The Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra is offering a free cello master class Nov. 17 with guest artist Jeffrey Solow. Students with at least five years of private instruction may apply to participate. Four students will be selected to perform.

Registration forms, available through the Bellevue Philharmonic, must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a private teacher. Students who want to perform may, if they wish, also submit a recording of less than 10 minutes. Deadline for submission is Thursday.

Solow has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia, and has been a guest artist at numerous festivals. He will appear with the Bellevue Philharmonic on Nov. 19 and 20 at the Theatre at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.

For information on the master class or tickets to the performances, call 425-455-4171. Tickets also can be ordered online at


Overlake offering free mammograms

Overlake Hospital Medical Center is offering a day of free mammograms for low-income women Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Overlake Breast Health Center, 1135 116th Avenue N.E., Suite 250, in the Overlake Medical Tower.

“Too many women do not have regular screenings because of economic considerations,” said Rose Guerrero, director of Women’s and Cancer Services at Overlake. “Our hope is that numerous women will take advantage of this free service. Lives can be saved by catching cancer at an early, treatable stage, and so this is an important outreach initiative.”

Candidates will be screened in advance to make sure they qualify under low-income guidelines. Preregistration is required. For more information, call Shannon Avila at 425-688-5248.