Looking at it with Firebug
shows me that WP thinks you selected the smallest image size when you chose the featured image for that post.
The filename it's using is http://test.suitebellevue.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/FireballEventBanner-714x260-150x54.jpg
which is not the full sized image. The image will be whatever size you set it to, so if you make sure you have the right size selected in the media chooser, it'll be that size.
And also on the home page on the image fader... it will show a black bar as it switching out photos, is there anyway to make it some doing that?
Thanks so much!!
I don't see the loading bar you're referring to, so it's most likely the one that shows when the images haven't finished downloading yet. It should only show the first time the images load, but if you really want to get rid of it, I believe it's located in the images folder of the plugin.