Express Personal Services changed its name to Express Employment Professionals. The company made the decision to refocus its branding efforts in order to better reflect its service lines and direction for the future.

Express Personnel Services changes name

Express Personal Services changed its name to Express Employment Professionals. The company made the decision to refocus its branding efforts in order to better reflect its service lines and direction for the future.

The new name allows all Express staffing services, along with its human resources and payroll services, to fit under the Express Employment Professionals umbrella.

Along with the name change, Express also has a new logo and Web site, For more information or to access the new company logo, visit

The Bremerton Express office opened in 1987 and the Poulsbo office opened in 2005 to serve the county with temporary and full-time employees in a variety of fields including office services, industrial, data processing, technical and marketing.

Silverdale Farmer’s employee named agent of month

Silverdale agent Maggie Brewton Hight was recently named the Farmer’s Insurance agent of the month. She is recognized for her outstanding service, professionalism, dedication and unwavering attention to detail. She contributes time and funds to various community efforts and headed a recent fund-raiser for the March of Dimes.

Old Town Custom Framing and Gallery hosts

photography show

Old Town Custom Framing and Gallery in Silverdale is hosting a photography show May 1 to May 24. Eight local photographers will display their work at 3255 NW Lowell Street in Old Town Silverdale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. On May 9, the gallery will remain open from 6-8 p.m. for customers to meet the artists. For more information, call Old Town Custom Framing and Gallery at (360) 698-1507.

KPS Health Plans honored by Seattle magazine

KPS Health Plans, a Bremerton-based health insurance company, was honored as one of the “14 Hottest Companies” in “Seattle Metropolitan” magazine’s April issue.

The magazine profiled 14 innovative businesses that are reinventing the working world with valuable perks, inspired workspaces, inclusive management styles and family friendly policies. KPS was the only company from the Kitsap Peninsula and only health plan provided named to the list.

Local nutritionist adds detoxifying foot bath

Health Rise Natural Therapies, a nutritional therapy firm located in Silverdale, now offers herbal detoxification foot bath therapy to help cleanse the body by drawing out harmful heavy metals and toxins through the pores on the soles of the feet.

The foot bath detoxification technique provides a “full body purge of all vital organs,” according to Health Rise Natural Therapies, which results in faster disease healing and injury recovery.

The 30-minute process is non-invasive and is appropriate for ages 15 and up.

Nutritionist Denise Gunterman, owner of Health Rise Natural Therapies, will donate 30 percent of proceeds from each $30 foot bath detoxification therapy session to Meals on Wheels from now until the end of May. For more information, contact Health Rise Natural Therapies at (360) 692-3704.


approves changes to license law

Kitsap County Association of REALTORS Executive Mike Eliason joined officials from the Department of Licensing at a bill signing ceremony in which Governor Chris Gregoire signed SHB 2778 into law.

The legislation, which will take effect June 2010, modifies Washington’s real estate licensing law by establishing new definitions for real estate salespersons and brokers, increasing licensing and educational requirements for real estate licensees and improving supervision and oversight on new licensees by more experiences licensees.

Silverdale agent authorized to offer long-term care insurance

Bill Cole, who specializes in long term care insurance, is now authorized to offer AARP endorsed long term care insurance policies in Old Town Silverdale. He has been providing information and analysis on long-term care planning through Genworth Life Insurance Company for 13 years.

For more information, call Cole at (360) 337-2700 or e-mail

Martial arts instructor receives promotions

Bremerton martial arts instructor Steven Berkowitz was awarded his eighth-degree black belt in Goshin Jutsu, or Japanese self defense, March 24 by United Sokeship Alliance International (USAI) as approved by the USAI Yudanshakai (Black Belt Board). He also was inducted into the membership of the USAI at Kyoshi (High Master) level.

He also was promoted April 2 to fourth-degree black belt in Daito Ryu Aiki Jujutsu by the Seishinryoku Jujutsu Martial Arts Organization, in Seishinryoku Jujutsu by the Seishinryoku Jujutsu International. He also was promoted to the second-degree black belt in American Seishinryoku Karate by the American Seishinryoku Karate Association.

Berkowitz has been the chief instructor of Bremerton-based Old Paths Martial Arts with programs at the City of Bremerton Parks and Recreation Department’s Sheridan Recreation Center for three years. He previously taught the Tai Chi and Qigong class at the Bremerton YMCA.

Berkowitz holds other black belt ranks in Goju Ryu karate, Shito Ryu Karate, American Kenpo karate, Kosho Ryu Kempo Karate and Ryukyu Kempo. He holds instructor certifications in Krav Combatives (Israeli commando fighting), taekwondo, Lee Kwon Hapkido and Tang Soo Do.

Avada Hearing Care Center offers free screenings

Avada Hearing Care Center in Bremerton, located at 5971 State Highway 303 NW, Suite C2 is offering free hearing screenings throughout the month of May to honor Mother’s Day and Better Hearing and Speech Month. For more information about Avada of Bremerton and its services, call 800-313-6765 or visit