Highline College master plan approved by Des Moines City Council
By Jack Mayne The Des Moines City Council approved a new master plan for Highline College’s proposed redevelopment, without objection from the public, at the Thursday night (Jan. 12) meeting. The project includes a “phased redevelopment of the campus” that includes redevelopment and renovation of buildings and replacement of others. The Council vote was 6 – 0 with Councilmember Victor Pennington absent. The Council also congratulated, with a proclamation, the North Hill Elementary School for being recognized with the “2016 School of Distinction Award after five consecutive years of outstanding improvement in student achievement, the second consecutive year that North Hill has been given ...
Past the Popcorn: Affleck’s Live by Night Suffers from Too Many Crooks in Kitchen
by Jeff Walls Live by Night is a new gangster drama from writer/director Ben Affleck. The movie is based on a book by Dennis Lehane, who also wrote the book that Affleck turned into his first directorial effort, 2007’s Gone Baby Gone. The novel Live by Night is not especially long, only 432 pages, but judging from the movie version it packs a lot into those pages. Unfortunately, that becomes the problem as the movie that feels like it tries too hard to fit every bit of the story into a 128-minute movie. This results in a movie that feels bloated and ...
Highline Film Festival to show work of five students on Wednesday, Jan. 25
UPDATE: This post has been revised to reflect a new date – Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 – for the film festival screening: A tender film focused on family and backed by a simple soundtrack took top honors in Highline College’s film contest, a prelude to the 2017 Highline Film Festival, which will screen the films on Wednesday, Jan. 25. The contest was open to current students and alumni. [caption id="attachment_60573" align="alignright" width="239"] Kelsey Par[/caption] “The Home Within” earned Kelsey Par first place and a $250 cash prize. Par’s film, along with three films by the four other finalists, will be screened during the Highline ...
Past the Popcorn: Hidden Figures is the Real Deal for Oscar Consideration
by Jeff Walls As I pound away at this review, Academy members have already begun filling out their ballots for the Oscar nominations which are to be announced on January 24th. As usual, the list of expected Best Picture nominees is chock full of heavy-hitting dramas. It is a good batch of films, to be sure, as it has been a fine year, but what the Academy really needs is a crowd-pleaser, a movie your average moviegoer will want to tune in to the awards show and root for on the night of the ceremony. There is La La Land, a movie ...
HELP: Des Moines Area Food Bank needs a new commercial freezer
The Des Moines Area Food Bank – which hands out over 110,000 pounds of food for the cities of Des Moines, most of Seatac, and the south hill of Kent, every year – is in need of a commercial freezer. "One of our commercial freezers died yesterday," they said on Facebook. "Glad it happened after our Christmas distribution, but as you can imagine, there is never a convenient time for this to happen!" If you can donate a freezer, please let them know by calling (206) 878-2660. If you would like to help them purchase a new freezer, you can donate online here: https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/105865137050618816/charity/20324 In ...
FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Rocket Ships.
by Dave Markwell 2016 sucked. Hard. It was without question the most challenging year of my life and maybe just simply the worst one I’ve ever had. I hope it dies in the dust of my history and not become a challenge to “God” to sharpen his pencil and invent new and even more painful ways to bring me misery. 2016 was enough for a while. Reflecting upon my year, I see loss and I see gain. It’s difficult in the firestorm of loss to see upsides. Having survived hard things before, I know that invariably we learn valuable things through ...
VIDEO: Police chase, search for burglary suspect; surveillance video released
UPDATE FRIDAY, DEC. 30, 2016, 3 p.m.: At 11:30 a.m. Friday morning (Dec. 30, 2016), Des Moines Police Officers responded to a burglary in progress at a residence in the 25800 block of Marine View Drive South (map below). The resident – who was not at home at the time – was watching video of a burglary suspect in her house on her cell phone. She called 911, and also dialed a neighbor who went next door and confronted the suspect. A fight took place and the suspect suffered minor injuries before fleeing in a dark colored Honda. Sgt. Doug Jenkins told The ...
With mail & package theft on rise, Des Moines Police Department has some tips
The Des Moines Police Department is reporting that they've seen a huge increase – 54 percent – in reported mail thefts in 2016 over 2015, and they've got some tips to help residents. "We believe at least part of the increase can be attributed to increased reporting," Sgt. Doug Jenkins told The Waterland Blog. "Mail is an easy target for criminals who are looking for gift cards, cash or checks, especially around the holidays." Police add that with all the credit card companies continually sending out offers to sign up for their cards, it is easy for identity thieves to make money using these ...
The Elephant in the Locker Room: Of Color Rush, Concussion Protocol, and Interceptions
By Greg Wright I'm certainly glad that the Seahawks played two games in the last seven days, and that they won the second of those in pretty flamboyant fashion. Saves me from having to write a total downer of a column this week! Regarding those interceptions against Green Bay, however... On Monday evening, several Waterland Blog contributors (including The Marine View Driver, photographers Michael Brunk and Jennifer Leone, yours truly, and publisher Scott Schaefer) participated in the Christmas Match Game at Huntington Park. In The Match Game, the host reads a statement with a blank in it, and panelists fill in the blank. Jennifer ...
Past the Popcorn: La La Land is What Hollywood Should Give Us More Of
by Jeff Walls Writer/director Damien Chazelle was an unknown before he burst onto the scene two years ago with Whiplash, a tough, but thrilling drama about the challenges a young drummer must face to fulfill his dream of being the best. The movie was nominated for five Oscars including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. The movie also made quite a profit, earning 50 million dollars with a budget of only 3.3 million. The success of that movie afforded Chazelle the opportunity to bring his dream project to the screen with La La Land, a charming musical that pays homage to the ...
Teachers, administrators, and the school board are sending an unequivocal message of support and reassurance to all students and families within Highline Public Schools this week. With a letter from the... [Read more]
The Port of Seattle will be holding their third Open House for Sea-Tac Airport’s Flight Corridor Safety Program on Wednesday, Feb. 1, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the SeaTac Community Center. The Port... [Read more]Sponsored Post
You may have heard that there’s a new spot to satisfy cravings and whet your whistle just at the end of SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien. But you may not know that Classic Eats is destined to become Burien’s... [Read more]
Bloodworks Northwest (formerly Puget Sound Blood Center) issued an urgent appeal for healthy donors on Tuesday, Jan. 17, as blood supplies remain at critical levels (less than one day supply) with the... [Read more]
Phiona Musei – the Ugandan Chess Champion featured in the Disney film “Queen of Katwe” – will be making an appearance at the SeaTac Community Center this Thursday, Jan. 19. Doors will... [Read more]
By Jack Mayne The Des Moines City Council approved a new master plan for Highline College’s proposed redevelopment, without objection from the public, at the Thursday night (Jan. 12) meeting. The project... [Read more]
REMINDER: ‘Saltwater Music Series’ – a fundraiser concert for the Des Moines Area Food Bank – will be at the Des Moines United Methodist Church this Saturday, Jan. 14, starting at 7 p.m. The... [Read more]Sponsored Post
WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate’s Open House – set for both this SATURDAY and SUNDAY – is new, modern style, 5-bedroom home in the desirable North... [Read more]
by Jeff Walls Live by Night is a new gangster drama from writer/director Ben Affleck. The movie is based on a book by Dennis Lehane, who also wrote the book that Affleck turned into his first directorial... [Read more]
The deadline for a small grant application for minor capital improvements or programs to encourage bicycling, walking, or transit use in South King County has been extended to Jan. 31, 2017. Eligible... [Read more]
Community members can get their taxes done for free, thanks to a partnership between United Way of King County and Highline College. Households that make less than $64,000 are eligible, as long as tax... [Read more]
Highline Public Schools will be holding an Internet Safety Workshop on Tuesday, Jan. 24, from at 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Pacific Middle School. Here’s more info: Pause Before You Post. Think Before You... [Read more]
Highline voters approved the sale of $299 million in school construction bonds last November, and on Wednesday, Jan. 11, the first set of bonds was sold. The bond was passed with a 67% majority Nov. 8... [Read more]
Mount Rainier High School Head Cheer Coach Cathy Banks will be hosting a winter mini Cheer Camp for grades K-8 on Jan. 25 and 26 from 6–7:30 p.m. each day at Mount Rainier High School Cafeteria. There... [Read more]Sponsored Post
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Des Moines United Methodist Church will be holding a concert this Saturday, Jan. 14, starting at 7 p.m. – an Evening of Folk-inspired chamber music, stretching from North America, to the British Isles,... [Read more]Sponsored Post
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The public is invited to free events and workshops Jan. 17–20, 2017, as Highline College hosts its 22nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week celebration. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Fear,... [Read more]Read More Headlines