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United Way of King County is organizing a Field Day from Noon – 2 p.m. on July 29 at 14 Summer Meal sites, including Midway Park in Des Moines.


These are sites where any kids 18 and under can come and great a free meal and partake in fun activities.

“This Field Day is going to be an incredible day of fun and have a variety of enhanced activities,” reads an announcement.

Midway Park is located at 22447 24th Ave S, Des Moines.

The King County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that a body was found in a suitcase near an apartment complex located at S. 204th Street and 30th Ave S. in SeaTac Monday morning (July 27) – the second body found in a suitcase since May.

Police say this most recent body was originally discovered around 8:30 a.m. at the apartment complex by a worker.

Read the full story here.

Here’s episode #12 of our SoKing News Podcast, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation:

Burien City Council problems; Sea-Tac’s new airport runway; Burien Arts Gallery burglarized; fireworks over Fireworks in Normandy Park; Jack Mayne Commentary on the Burien council + more…:

Please subscribe to our Podcast, hear previous episodes and rate us on iTunes here!

Charles C. Ralls VFW Post #2886 – Federal Way/Des Moines – now holds its monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at:

Steel Lake Presbyterian Church
1829 So. 308 St.
Federal Way, WA

For more information, please contact Craig Cummins, Junior Vice Commander, at 206 824 6656.

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Sunday, July 26 – is a fabulous Normandy Park 4 (or 5) bedroom, 5-bath home on 1/2 an acre!

Walk to Marvista Elementary from this house, which has a versatile open floor plan that rotates around an updated kitchen.

Formal living and dining or casual eating bar off the kitchen and family room makes this home comfortable for casual or formal entertaining.

Large master suite with 5-piece bath.

Huge Mother in law/Nanny suite with separate entrance.

3-car garage with additional RV parking…AND a private back yard with all year round hot tub cabana!

Here are some pics (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

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Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Sunday, July 26, from 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 19660 Marine View Dr SW, Normandy Park 98166 (MAP)

INFO:

  • List Price: $700,000
  • MLS Number: 820921
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 4.75
  • Year Built: 1985
  • Square Footage: 4,000
  • Lot Square Footage: 21,500

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dbl Pane/Storm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • French Doors
  • Hot Tub/Spa
  • Loft
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk In Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

Marketing remarks:

Walk to Marvista Elementary!

Fabulous Normandy Park 4 or 5 bedroom, 5 bath home on 1/2 acre property!

Versatile open floor plan that rotates around an update kitchen.

Formal living and dining or casual eating bar off the kitchen and family room makes this home comfortable for casual or formal entertaining.

Large master suite with 5 piece bath.

Huge Mother in law/Nanny suite with separate entrance. 3 car garage with additional RV parking.

Private back yard with all year round hot tub cabana.

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses, and click here to “Like” them on Facebook.

Last weekend was a whirlwind of Waterland Festival activities. Congrats to all the volunteers who worked so hard to make it a fun three days for everyone!

The Des Moines Police Foundation raffle sponsored by Delta Airlines and Disneyland, was won by a lucky market volunteer. Proceeds from the raffle and bake sale went to the Police Foundation’s Benevolent Fund.

Community Group: WIC is a nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, and young children eat well, learn about nutrition and stay healthy. WIC is the “Federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.” Eligible families can sign up this Saturday at their booth.

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Music: PK Dwyer

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Vendor Profile: Looking for something to cool off with during these temperatures breaking summer days, slurp something cooling at Hawaiian Shave Ice.

Sunset Markets happen every Wednesday from 3-7pm in July and August. There is over 30 vendors and plenty of Food Trucks. Enjoy special guest speakers on different gardening tips at the Tent Talks series. After shopping and eating people can walk into the beach park and enjoy the Des Moines Art Commission’s free summer concerts at 7pm, check their web site for performers appearing.

Qualifying seniors can sign up and receive a $10 voucher every week for fruits and vegetables courtesy of the Farmers Market’s and King Conservation District’s healthy eating initiative. To see if you are eligible, check in at the information booth. Last Saturday saw 30 seniors start to enjoy this wonderful program that will go on all season. You can also sign up at our Wednesday Sunset Markets.

The next Clutter to Cash Sale will be held August 15, 2015. You can sign up at the Information Booth or on our web site. Remember to sign up early as space is limited. You must provide your own table, chairs, canopy, etc.

The Des Moines Area Food Bank kids free summer meals program is every Saturday at the market. Snacks are served from 10-11am and lunch from 11:30 to 1pm. There are also free meals at the Sunset Market. Snacks are from 3-4pm and dinner is 4:30 to 6:30pm.

Use caution when coming to or leaving the market. We ask that everyone please slow down and watch out for people in the parking lots and on Dock Ave S.

Upcoming Events:

Remember to PITCH IT IN.

To keep up with all the special events, featuring what’s fresh and entertainment at the market, please log onto the website and sign up for our e-newsletter that comes out once a week. You can also keep up on all the activities by visiting the markets Facebook page.

Alaska Airlines has announced a $25,000 gift to Highline Public Schools to support school athletic programs, including the much-needed replacement of athletic equipment.

“We are deeply grateful for Alaska Airlines’ generosity to our schools,” said Superintendent Susan Enfield. “School athletic programs give our students opportunities to build teamwork and leadership skills and excel outside the classroom. Many students will benefit from this gift.”

The contribution was announced at an event celebrating Alaska Airlines’ community partnerships. Among the guests was Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

“This donation is a way to continue supporting both athletics and academic excellence, which is a way to say thank you to Russell for his passion and commitment to the community,” said Joe Sprague, senior vice president of communications and external relations.

In addition to the gift announced this week to Highline Public Schools, Alaska Airlines has been a major contributor to the Highline Schools Foundation, funding a $5,000 college scholarship and a program to expose female students to careers in technology fields.

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Robbins and Company Has TWO IMMEDIATE Positions Available!

About Our Company:
Robbins and Company is the LEADER in foundation repair and drainage for Washington State, and you will be trained on our state-of-the-art specialized foundation and drainage products. Our website can be found atwww.robbinsfoundationsystems.com and you can search for us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. We have been awarded the #1 Foundation Repair Dealer for our region since 2007. We have also been once awarded the #1 National Dealer in total sales.

We have achieved this goal by consistently providing strong customer service, honesty, and quality to our customers. After 63 years in business in the Seattle Area, we pride ourselves in honesty and integrity and the quality of our products. We also have the best staff in the industry behind the products we offer and install.

TOP PRODUCER NEEDED IN SALES
If you have the character or experience of a Top producing sales professional – we may want to talk with you. We are looking for someone with the drive and desire to be the BEST at what they do, and love doing it with passion.

Whether you’re young or old, we’ll train you on our system for success with our company.

Criteria Needed from You:

  • Highly motivated, self-disciplined and driven
  • Some prior sales experience or training in sales
  • Some prior construction experience or basic construction knowledge
  • Good grammar, spelling and legible handwriting in order to compose written estimates in the field and computer estimate in the office
  • Must have knowledge of computers and programs such as Microsoft Excel, Word, etc. Our proposals are generated with Microsoft Excel and imported to customer database software called ACT.
  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License, must be insurable and must be able to provide driving record for past 3 years
  • Able to work varying hours from 8 am – 7 pm. If you can’t be flexible in hours to meet our customers’ needs please do not apply.
  • Able to work varying days from Sun – Sat. If you can’t work weekends to meet our customers’ needs please do not apply.

Min Hours: 40
Max Hours: 60

Our Salespeople Receive:

  1. Qualified Customer Leads (no prospecting)
  2. Vehicle transportation and equipment to and from appointments
  3. Company issued laptop
  4. Company issued cell phone
  5. Training on our foundation repair and drainage products and their best use
  6. Knowledgeable office staff to collaborate with you
  7. A fun but fast-paced work environment

Compensation:

  • Hourly: Hourly positions start at $17.00/hr with option to go straight commission at any time
  • Commission: Commissioned positions can exceed $100K annually depending on your strengths and abilities

Benefits and Perks
We provide a car for transportation from our facility in Burien to your customer appointments. After 90 days, you’re eligible for Medical, Dental and Vision. Hourly employees are eligible for vacation and Simple IRA after one (1) full year of employment.

Please email with your resume attached to be considered for an interview. We will reach out to you if it’s likely you’re a good match for our needs. Otherwise, you may drop off your resume M – F between 1:00 and 3:00 pm to apply in person. Our address is 818 SW 142nd Street, Burien, WA 98166.

QUALITY LABORERS NEEDED
We’re needing to hire TWO dependable and responsible laborers. Most work is in the area of foundation stabilization, foundation piering, digging and slab jacking. (Experience is not required.)

Qualifications:

  • English as a 1st or 2nd language
  • Able to lift 100 lbs on a regular basis
  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License
  • Able and available to work weekends
  • Able and available to work out of town and possibly stay overnight if needed on occasional projects

Compensation depends on experience, and benefits include Medical, Dental and Vision after 90 days.

NOTE: Applicant will need to provide a current (within the last month) 3 year driving abstract from the Department of Licensing when submitting application. If this is not received with the application – it will not be accepted.

Please email resume to info@robbinsandco.com with headline “Labor Position” to be considered for an interview.

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The MaST Center in Redondo will be holding its third annual “Carnival on the Dock” this Saturday, July 25, from Noon to 5 p.m.

“Think 1 part elementary school carnival combined with two parts of marine biology,” reads an announcement.

MaST will have a variety of activities, including “starFISHING” where a visitor lowers a line over the edge and divers hook up a prize and “Ring the Diver,” where visitors drop foam rings off the dock and try to catch the diver.

Other events will include Face Painting, Feed the Whale, Crab Races, and a couple others.

The event is donation based and all money raised will help support the MaST Center and its programming.

Volunteers are still needed – including SCUBA DIVERS – please contact Rus Higley at 206.715.0576.

On Saturday, the Waterland Parade wound its way through Des Moines, filling the streets with colorful sights, kids of all ages, marching bands, politicians, bikers, drill teams, and of course everybody’s favorite – the Seafair Pirates!

Founder/Publisher Scott Schaefer was on hand, and he took these photos (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

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“Misters” following the Kennedy Catholic High School marching band kept the band cool.

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Here’s episode #11 of our SoKing News Podcast, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation:

White Center good samaritan shooting victim identified; SeaTac zoning issues; Ambaum gunfight likely gang related; Burien thief escapes on four new tires; Comment of the Week & more:

Please subscribe to our Podcast, hear previous episodes and rate us on iTunes here!

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Saturday, July 18 – is a great Des Moines waterfront view condo!

Enjoy a waterfront community with restaurants, Marina and fun events, as well as amazing sunsets, sound, mountain & territorial views from a modern, updated condo!

This spacious home has a great open floor plan, an updated kitchen, newer dishwasher and warm beautiful wood cabinets.

It opens to large living and dining rooms with additional space for an office – all facing a wall of view windows!

The master suite has a view of Mt Rainier, large closet, double sinks and shower.

Newer washer/dryer, private garage & storage.

Here are some pics (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

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WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Saturday, July 18, from 2 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 22215 6th Ave S. Unit #306, Des Moines, WA 98198 (MAP)

INFO:

  • List Price: $230,000
  • MLS Number: 774918
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1.75
  • Year Built: 1979
  • Square Footage: 1,215

Site Features:

  • Insulated Windows
  • Master Bath
  • Top Floor

Appliances that Stay:

  • Dishwasher
  • Dryer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Microwave
  • Range/Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Washer

Marketing remarks:

Des Moines waterfront community w/restaurants, Marina & fun events!

Amazing sunsets, Sound, mountain & territorial views from modern, updated condo!

This spacious home has a great open floor plan, an updated kitchen, newer dishwasher & warm beautiful wood cabinets.

It opens to a lg living & dining rooms w/additional space for an office…all facing a wall of view windows!

The master suite has a Mt Rainier view, lg closet, double sinks & shower.

Newer W/D, private garage & storage.

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses, and click here to “Like” them on Facebook.

If you see a UFO hovering over this Sunday’s ‘Wheels and Keels’ Car and Boat Show at the Des Moines Marina, don’t worry, you’re not having a flashback to The Maury Island Incident – it’s just a drone that will be photographing events.

Destination Des Moines has received permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to use a drone this Sunday, July 19.

They have been authorized to fly it between 7 – 9:30 a.m.

The Waterland Wheels & Keels runs during the Waterland Festival this weekend (July 18-19th), from around 10am-4pm:

  • Wooden Boat Show: Saturday, July 18th – 10am-4pm
  • Classic & Modified Car, Motorcycle, & Wooden Boat Show:
  • Sunday, July 19th – 10am-4pm (awards at 4:30pm)
  • Live Music 11am – 2:30pm The Ryders, 3 – 6pm Uncle Ernie

At the Des Moines Marina, 22307 Dock Ave, Des Moines, WA

For additional information contact Destination Des Moines at www.destinationdesmoines.org.

After blistering heat the first few markets, last Saturday was a nice and cool for a change!

Even the quick touch of raindrops felt good. People kept looking for strawberries but, there was none as the season was early and quick this year because of the heat. The good news is that other berries will be coming in through the month of August.

DisneylandThe Des Moines Police Foundation is raffling off a Trip for Four to Disneyland Resort. Look for their booth this Saturday at the market. The trip for four includes airfare from sponsor Delta Airlines and 4 one day hopper passes from sponsor Disneyland, good at both Disneyland Resort and California Adventure Theme park.delta_c_r

A maximum of 500 tickets will be sold at $10 apiece, and the drawing will take place at the Foundation’s booth in the Farmer’s Market on July 18th at 2 p.m. The package is valued at $2,600. You do not need to be present at the drawing to win. Proceeds from the raffle go towards the DMPF Benevolent Fund.

This is weekend is the big three-day Waterland Festival, click to find all the neat stuff to take in for the whole family!

Community Group: Also back is the kid’s all-time favorite Highline MaST center with their touchy-feely tanks filled with wild creatures from Puget Sound waters.

Music: Pure Sparks, Mojo Kings

Food Trucks: Charlie’s Buns N Stuff, Jemil’s, Mini the Dough-Nut

Market sponsor: BECU is the sponsor this week. They are a not-for-profit credit union committed to making your financial well-being a priority. Check out their information booth whether you are looking for a savings plan, financing, or business services, they offer a complete range of accounts with better rates and fewer fees than you’ll find at traditional big banks.

Sunset Markets happening every Wednesday from 3-7pm in July and August. There will be over 30 vendors, some that will be new to us and plenty of Food Trucks. Everyone enjoyed Ciscoe Morris last Wed and there will be more Tent Talks thru the series. After shopping and eating people can walk into the beach park and enjoy the Des Moines Art Commission’s free summer concerts at 7pm. Check their web site for performers appearing.

Seniors don’t forget that the market and the King Conservation District, along with partner Senior Services, are offering the HYDE Shuttle providing local door to door transportation to the market to seniors 55 and older and people with disabilities of all ages living in Des Moines, Normandy Park, Burien and this year Sea-Tac. For qualifying seniors you can sign up and receive a $10 voucher every week for fruits and vegetables.

The next Clutter to Cash Sale will be held August 15, 2015. You can sign up at the Information Booth or on our web site. Remember to sign up early as space is limited. You must provide your own table, chairs, canopy, etc.

The Des Moines Area Food Bank kids free summer meals program is every Saturday at the market. Snacks are served from 10-11am and lunch from 11:30 to 1pm. There will also be free meals at the Sunset Markets starting Wednesday July 1st. Snacks are from 3-4pm and dinner is 4:30 to 6:30pm.

Watch out for your fellow shoppers when coming or leaving the market. We ask that everyone please slow down and look out for people in the parking lots and on Dock Ave S.

Upcoming Events:

Remember to PITCH IT IN.

To keep up with all the special events, featuring what’s fresh and entertainment at the market, please log onto the website and sign up for our e-newsletter that comes out once a week. You can also keep up on all the activities by visiting the markets Facebook page.

Des Moines United Methodist Church’s Huge Community Swap Meet will be this Saturday, July 18, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Indoor and outdoor tables.

Something for everyone!

Stop by on your way to the Waterland parade!

Crafts, toys, tools, electronics, collectibles, home made goods, clothing and rummage sale stuff.

Des Moines United Methodist Church is located at 22225 9th Ave. S., Des Moines 98198.

Contact the church at 206-878-8301 for more information.

www.desmoinesumc.org

Here’s episode #10 of our SoKing News Podcast, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation:

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in unincorporated King County ordered closed by Prosecutor Dan Satterberg; 3-car collision in Des Moines sends 6 to hospital; Burien Police seeking help finding mail thieves; Commentary from Jack Mayne; Comment of the Week & more…

Please subscribe to our Podcast, hear previous episodes and rate us on iTunes here!

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The Waterland Festival is coming up the weekend of July 17-19, with a bunch of great activities for all:

  • Kid’s Fair & Pony Rides: July 17-19 at Field House Park
  • 5K Fund Run, Walk or Roll: Saturday, July 18 at Beach Park starting at 9 a.m.
  • Grand Parade: Saturday, July 18 with Kid’s Parade at 5:45 p.m. and the Grand Parade at 6 p.m.
  • Wheels & Keels: Sunday, July 19 at Marina North Lot from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Great Food: Sunday, July 19 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Also, here’s a letter sent out to residents from Destination Des Moines:

Dear Des Moines Residents and Businesses:

Destination Des Moines is preparing for this year’s Waterland Festival! We are inviting you and the community to enjoy the festivities beginning Friday, July 17th and continuing through Sunday July 19th.

We want to make you aware of the street closures in the area that will be necessary the day of the Parade – Saturday July 18th from 4:45 PM to approximately 7:30 PM

Marine View Drive S: From S 242nd to 216th (the parade route is S 240th to 216th on Marine View Dr S)

Kent-Des Moines Road: From 16th Ave S to Marine View Dr S

S 240th and S 242nd: Between 16th Ave S and Marine View Dr will be limited access only and closed from 12th Ave S to Marine View Dr, from 5:00PM to 7:30PM. Please be particularly careful as this is the staging area for the parade.

Traffic Management will be supervised by our Des Moines Police Department. Please comply with the officers’ instructions, as they are concerned for our safety and the overall success of the Parade.

We hope you, your friends, and family will enjoy the wide variety of events that will be part of this year’s Waterland Festival!


Friday, July 17

  • Kid’s Carnival and Pony Rides (Des Moines Field House) Noon – 9:00 pm (Pony Rides 3:00-7:00PM)

    Saturday, July 18
  • Kids’s Carnival (Des Moines Field House) Noon to 9:00 PM (Pony Rides Noon-6:00PM)
  • Waterland 5k Fun’d Run Walk & Roll (Des Moines Marina & Beach Park Trail) 9:00AM – 10:30AM
  • Waterland Wheels & Keels – Wooden Boat Viewing Day 1 (Des Moines Marina) 10:00AM – 4:00PM
    Junior Parade and Waterland Grand Parade – Starts at 5:45PM

    **Please bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the Des Moines Area Food Bank’s PARADE FOR HUNGER – they will come through the paradefirst, collecting donations – Thank You!**

Sunday, July 19:

  • Kid’s Carnival and Pony Rides (Des Moines Field House) 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM (Pony Rides 1:00PM – 5:00PM)
  • Waterland Wheels & Keels: Car, Motorcycle, & Wooden Boat Show (Des Moines Marina) 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

with Live Music, Food Trucks, and Beer/Wine Garden until 6:00PM

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Four new employees were approved by the Des Moines City Council because virtually all of the Des Moines Building division staff would be retiring in the next five years.

New people must be brought in not only to bolster the department but also to get the experience needed to take over the department in the future, Councilmembers said

Councilmember Bob Sheckler moved to authorize an additional four full-time staff be added, a motion that passed unanimously.

‘Very cyclical’
Sheckler told the Waterland Blog on Friday that the department is “very cyclical” because during some periods staff in that department is laid off, only to be needed a year or so later to carry on the duties of the complex department.

“Succession planning is a very good idea,” said Councilmember Vic Pennington at the Council meeting Thursday (July 9).

Councilmember Jeremy Nutting told the Council he believes the addition is “the right move … we want builders here in Des Moines.”

The money for the four positions will be partly paid for by Surface Management Fund money, which legally cannot be used for general city expenses, and partly from city development and building fee revenue, City Manager Tony Piasecki told the Waterland Blog on Friday.

No money for police
The Waterland Blog received an unsigned email prior to the Thursday night session that criticized the addition in public works and surface water management rather than add a previously authorized four additional city police officers.

The email said the person had been told by “a couple of Des Moines officers” that “the police department has not ever been authorized to hire the four officers to bolster the strength of the department that we were told would happen last year and as I understand were also budgeted for. The officers told me they believe the reason the police department hasn’t been allowed to hire is due to lack of funding.

“It certainly seems like to me if the Council passes this item tonight they have their priorities very messed up and truly have no understanding for the needs of our community.”

Piasecki said Friday the officer had been authorized in the budget but that he had informed the Council that projected city income for 2016 might very well be insufficient to continue paying additional police officer next year. The city income problems may begin to get better in 2017 and beyond as Des Moines Business Park and Sheraton Hotel projects get completed and begin producing revenue for the city.

The city manager again emphasized that the money for the public works and surface water management workers could not legally be used to pay for police officers.