[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Waterline Blog nor its staff:]

Why I’m voting yes for schools Nov. 8:

As a member of Highline’s Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC), I have spent the past year on a mission: To address overcrowding in the Highline School District and ensure good, safe schools for all students. That’s why I am urging you to vote yes on Proposition 1, which will appear on the Nov. 8 general election ballot

Enrollment in Highline schools has increased by 1,500 students in the past five years alone, with no slowdown in sight. After a thorough study, our committee created Proposition 1. It’s a smart, efficient, long-term approach that prioritizes our most urgent needs and tackles the problem in three phases, to help keep costs down for taxpayers.

Proposition 1 was created by CFAC, a group of 40 parents, community members, business owners and neighbors, not by politicians. It is supported by the Highline School Board because it reflects what individual schools need at the neighborhood level, designed by people who know best.

This bond measure provides additional classroom space so our children have the best opportunities to learn, and make room for lower class sizes. We will build a new Highline High School, a new middle school, and a new elementary school for Des Moines. Proposition 1 includes money to design new schools at Evergreen, Tyee and Pacific, so we can build them more quickly and efficiently in the next phase.

All students across the district will benefit from safety improvements, including centralized locks and improved surveillance cameras. Aging schools do not meet modern fire or earthquake codes and lack technology to monitor people coming and going. This measure will address those safety and security concerns.

Proposition 1 saves money in the long run by dealing with problems now when they are cheaper to fix. If we pass it, the state will provide matching funds. The timing of this bond proposition is a win-win for taxpayers.

It’s clear that voter-approved bonds are the only way to build schools. Bonds are financed over 20 years and must overlap to keep up with instructional needs, growth and security.

This bond will reduce overcrowding and address safety issues, while keeping costs down for taxpayers. Delaying hurts kids and costs taxpayers more in the long run.

Good schools benefit the whole community. Join me in voting yes on Proposition 1 Nov. 8.

– Rose Clark
Capital Facilities Advisory Committee member
Yes for Highline campaign volunteer, Highline Public Schools
Former Burien City Councilmember

[Have an opinion or concern you’d like to share with our engaged, active Readers? Please send us your Letter to the Editor via email. Include your full name, please cite your sources, remain civil and – pending our careful review – we’ll consider publishing it.]

Here’s episode #69 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, 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:

SoKing News Weekly Recap for Sept. 23-26, 2016: Stabbing at local restaurant; Burien City Council wants to meet with FAA about increase in airplane noise; Susan Enfield opens up about school policy; Puget Sound Weather Geek forecast; Jack Mayne commentary on fighting the FAA; ‘The Final Take’ & more…;

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WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for both this SATURDAY and SUNDAY – is a brand new, beautiful West Seattle townhome!

Junction 5 is a collection of townhomes with two different plans for you to choose from. This home has one bed and a full bath on the lower level, an open and bright kitchen with living room on the main, and 2 bedrooms up top with an oversized ‘Jack and Jill’ bathroom.

Enjoy skyline and mountain views from the rooftop deck.

Hardwood floors, quartz countertops, tank less water heater, high quality fixtures, and stainless steel appliances all for an affordable price.

Prices range from $470k – $515K.

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

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Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Realty Open House.

WHEN: Both SATURDAY, Sept. 24: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. & SUNDAY, Sept. 25: from 1 – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 6525 34th Ave SW, Seattle 98126 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $499,900
  • MLS Number: 1030336
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Year Built: 2016
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,502 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 1,557 s.f.

Site Features:

  • 2nd Master BR
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dbl Pane/Storm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • High Tech Cabling
  • Walk-in Closet

Marketing Remarks:

Junction 5 is a collection of townhomes with two different plans for you to choose from.

This home has one bed and a full bath on the lower level, an open and bright kitchen with living room on the main, and 2 bedrooms up top with an oversized jack and jill bathroom.

Enjoy skyline and mountain views from the rooftop deck.

Hardwood floors, quartz countertops, tank less water heater, high quality fixtures, and stainless steel appliances all for an affordable price.

Prices range from $470k – $515K.

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.

Our sunshine luck ran out last Saturday at the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market when fall showed up with rain and wind.

Still, a few hardy souls braved the weather and shopped and ate.

Even with the bad weather the wine sales were great as people were taking advantage of our year-end sale. Our wines normally $15, are on sale for $12 with purchase of 4 or $11 with purchase of 6 or more.

the-endRemember there is No October market this year. This coming Saturday is the last day of this season. Be sure to stock up on all your needs for the winter and our vendors have lots of ideas for your holiday gift shopping.

Food Trucks – A Fire Inside, Kiss My Grits, Nibbles, NOSH, & Sweet Bumpas

Market Sponsors – Renewal by Anderson

Music – 5 Buck Band

Community Groups – MaST, Blue Thunder soccer team’s (volunteer group ) bake sale

Seniors, is your last chance to use the free shuttle service this coming Saturday.  The King Conservation District, with partner Sound Generations, are offering the HYDE Shuttle providing local door to door transportation to and from the market for seniors 55 and older and people with disabilities of all ages living in Des Moines, Normandy Park, Burien and Sea-Tac. Call 206-727-6262 to schedule a ride.

Upcoming Events

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

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Click the ‘Play’ button to hear the unedited, raw audio of Monday night’s ‘Conversation with the Superintendent’:

By Jack Mayne
Photos by Scott Schaefer

With an eye towards being open with parents and staff, Highline Public Schools Superintendent Susan Enfield held a public meeting at Highline High School Monday night (Sept. 19), that resulted in detailed conversations over the controversial in-school suspensions that some say lack adequate punishments for repeat and often dangerous student offenders.

Enfield said the district has refined, and will continue to shape the in-school suspensions, so that those in need of more serious help will get it from hired professionals and internal assistance from the school administration.

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Too many teachers quitting?
Persistent critic Laura Castronover of Des Moines (pictured above) – who was also on the district’s 40-person Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) that created the latest bond – said she pulled her child out of Highline schools because of the number of teachers leaving the district.

“How do you say that losing 200 teachers since June is normal,” asked Castronover.

Enfield said that number is about normal for a district this size.

“We actually keep very careful track of the rate at which teachers leave, so my first year it was a little over 10 percent, my second year it was 12.9 … after that it was 11.6, and last year it was 11.1 (percent),” Enfield said, adding that the number “sounds very scary” but looking at other districts it isn’t “off the charts” and the rate is going down.

She added that the district does exit surveys and “they leave for lots of different reasons.”

But the district is getting better at hiring teachers “so they will know what they are signing on for because we are a very special place” adding that as they hire better then can improve retention.

“We monitor it really, really closely,” Enfield said.

Castronover said she had heard that many left the district because they could not teach because of the disruption of some students as a result of the zero suspension policy.

‘No zero suspension policy’
“How much (money) has been budgeted for the zero suspension policy?” Castronover asked.

“We don’t have a zero suspension policy as that stands alone,” Enfield said. “Unfortunately, I think the confusion people make is we have a zero out of school suspension except when critical for staff or student safety policy,” Enfield said. “That is very, very different.

“As I said last year, we out-of-school suspended almost 475 times – that is very, very different from zero. I met with a principal today who was talking about an out-of-school suspension.”

Enfield said the district supports school staff in doing “what we need to do” if the student should not be on campus or if a student is a danger to the teacher, staff, or to students, “the issue is taken incredibly seriously.”

The district has spent money on specialists in re-engaging with students and pays for de-escalation training and specialists with the in school and out-of-school suspension programs.

Also, training is sought to help staff and teachers with calming down a student who is getting out of control.

“Rest assured that when a student needs to be taken off the campus, they will be,” the superintendent said.

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No support for quality
A parent said she did not see what the district has done to support quality teachers.

“I understand from my son at Sylvester (Middle School) that fights break out regularly and they are not taken care of and the staff doesn’t want to take care of them but because I feel that they feel … they don’t think that they can,” she said. “Our kids have become guinea pigs for your zero suspension policy. I don’t think that is fair to our students.

“Proactive is better than being reactive and I think currently, this district is being reactive,” the parent added. “There are other things you need to do to make our schools safe.”

The parent said some parents are sending their children to Vashon Island and some also would send their children to private school if they could afford it. She added that there are good teachers in some schools.

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“But I am not impressed at all with you, actually,” the woman told Enfield. “I don’t think you have done a good job for our district. I am surprised that they extended your contract.”

Enfield said the comments were fair, noting that when a person is in a public position “there is the price of that.”

The superintendent said language does matter, and there is a difference between zero suspensions and zero out-of-school except for safety of staff and students.

“I am not trying to minimize your concerns, they are real,” said Enfield, “but you do have to be clear in the language that we use.”

The parent said she feels the staff feels they get information “from the top and they think their hands are tied.”

When asked what was meant by “hands tied,” the parent spoke of an incident at Evergreen High School when there were no suspensions “because the administrators did not believe they could actually suspend kids.”

She noted that one principal did keep suspending students but “she is not a principal now – interesting, isn’t it?”

Enfield said there were concerns over safety, which spurred the beginning of reflective meeting to “monitor what is going on here.”

When a parent said there needs to be more than just sending a student out of a class for a while, there must be more serious consequences for the student, Enfield referred the parent to the school principal for a discussion because “this is a new year.”

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Feeling unsafe
A Mount Rainier High School teacher says does not feel safe, noting that last year a student threatened her life, was given a one day suspension in school, then followed her around and continued to walk the halls when given a three day in-school suspension.

“I think a lot of staff has been afraid and fearful of what is going on and that this was put out in the media,” the teacher said.

Enfield said she would meet with the teacher because if she did not feel safe, it “is a concern for me because I take those concerns incredibly seriously.” She noted that no one has lost their job because they expressed concerns about problems, or criticized her or her job performance.

A former district teacher said she left Highline because she did not feel supported by her principal. Enfield said that that was a concern because all teachers and principals need to have support and feel support is coming from the administration.

“We are really working hard to get the right messaging out,” the superintendent said.

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Have you registered for the Oct. 2 Burien Brat Trot yet? Online registration closes next Thursday, Sept. 29 at midnight:

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE!

The Burien Brat Trot is a flat and fast 5k and one mile race throughout the streets of Burien followed by the best street party around…

Bavarian Fest – complete with beer gardens, live bands, pretzels, sausage, beer fraus, bouncy toys, food trucks, cavorting, and carousing!

Check out this Brat Trot SWAG for 2016:

Presidential Race T!

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Brat Trot Beanie!
$10 on race day or included with your V.I.P. Pub crawl registration:

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Strideline Socks!
Limited supply! Available on Race Day:

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Pub Crawl is Friday, Sept. 30!
Do the Brat Trot Pub Crawl on Friday, September 30, with the Yodeling Dominatrix and local celeb, Manuela Horn! (purchase tickets online in advance or pay at the Tin Room, between 6 and 7 p.m.) Crawl starts promptly at 7 p.m.!

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It’s not too late to enter the Wandering Brat Instagram Contest!
Pick up your Bret the Brat at the Tin Room, take photos of him out and about in interesting places, post them to Instagram @thewanderingbrat and you’re entered to win some cool prizes!

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Beat Bret Contest!
Bret the Brat has been doing his training and is ready to run faster than YOU–ok, maybe not all of you!

It’s Burien’s version of Beat the Bridge – just finish the 5k race before Bret the Brat (he’ll be clearly marked and hard to miss) and you’re automatically entered to win two free tickets anywhere Alaska Airlines flies!  Pretty cool! There’s no telling how fast Bret will go!

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Here’s episode #68 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, 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:

SoKing News Weekly Recap for Sept. 16-19, 2016: Brazen burglar caught on tape; car thieves busted; former Burien councilmember passes away; new transit station opening; Puget Sound Weather Geek forecast; Jack Mayne commentary on paid parking; ‘The Final Take’ & more…

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kimberleysjewelrylogoKimberly Beasley, proprietor of Kimberley’s Exquisite Jewelry in Des Moines and friend of the Blog, would like to remind our readers of her September Sale, going on NOW through Sept. 30.

My sale has started!” Kim told us today. “40% off wedding rings. 40% off colored stone rings and 40% off diamond rings, now through the month of September!”

Kimberley’s is a great place to stop in and design a “just because” or anniversary gift. And, well, it never hurts to start your holiday shopping early.

Kimberley’s Exquisite Jewelry has been selling and creating beautiful jewelry for 17 years and counting.

“I love what I do, and I am grateful you let me add a little sparkle into your life,” Kim says. “We are a luxury, custom designer jewelry store. We promise you will not look like everyone else.

“Just because we are small, doesn’t mean you have to pay more to get what you want. I promise!”

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Hours are:

  • Tuesday – Friday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Kimberley’s Exquisite Jewelry is located here:

22221 7th Avenue South, Unit C.

Des Moines, Washington 98198

Phone: 206-824-4946

Email: [email protected]

www.kejewelrystore.com

by Dave Markwell

About 1 pm on a Tuesday afternoon, I walked by my son’s bedroom and instead of being annoyed by the fact that he was still asleep, (which did not surprise me since when I woke up at 5:30 am he was still milling about the house) I was moved nearly to tears. I was awe-struck by his goodness, intelligence-both emotional and intellectual, his humor and his heart. As I stood and looked at my sleeping boy, I truly and deeply felt the special love that only a father can have for a son. It was nice to be reminded of this feeling.

Through the chaos of life, things get overlooked. For a time, since my son is pretty low-maintenance (certainly compared to my daughter), I have neglected to do the little special things that let him know how valuable he is to me. Simple gestures of my love and recognition of him as a great kid didn’t happen. Well, after seeing my sleeping boy and feeling the feels, I committed to acknowledging him in my standard, humble way: food.

Later that night, I asked him if he would like some waffles and bacon for breakfast the next day. He said sure. So, the next morning, I made him waffles and bacon. As I fried the bacon, I thought about my own dad and the legacy he left me. I also thought about the legacy I have left for my son and I embarked on a complicated conversation with myself.

My dad had two primary forms of expression: silence and anger. He also had great humor and an elephantine loyalty to his family. I examined my own default behaviors and found much of my dad. I was proud of some and not proud of others. The “sins of the father” truly do pass down generationally. There is no shame or blame in this, only the clear understanding that we do the best we can with what we have and we can only know what we know. And though the cost of these sins can be expensive, they don’t define a heart.

Gratefully, I am not too late to mitigate some of the impacts of my haste and sharpness and silence. My son is not built yet. He’s getting close, but I trust I still have some influence and I also trust that plenty of my good bits have made it through the sieve. Watching him walk the world with grace and kindness and strength, I am proud in the knowledge that I contributed to this as well. Sins be damned.

In an uncertain world, a few precious people live as anchors keeping us safely moored as the tempest swirls around us. Our kids and parents are these anchors. They remind us that we can love and are loved and that we have generosity and a selfless devotion to ensuring their peace and happiness. And though the tornados swirl and the thunder claps, making us afraid of both the dark and the light, we can sometimes find our own peace and happiness by delivering a plate of waffles and bacon to a late-sleeping teenage boy. Bacon is always a pretty good gift…

[EDITOR’S NOTE:”Feel Good Friday” is a regular column written by Des Moines resident Dave Markwell, whose first book is called “A Feel Good Life” (buy it on Amazon here). He also runs the new Waterland Arcade, located at 22306 Marine View Drive South. Dave extols to all neighbors: “Enjoy where we live. Put your feet on the pavement and truly feel how great it is to live here!” Also, Dave needs more friends – find him on Facebook here.

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for both this SATURDAY and SUNDAY – is the LAST brand new, 4-bedroom Lake Burien Townhome that offers a spacious open concept floor plan that perfectly complements the Northwest lifestyle!

This the last one available!

Priced out of downtown or West Seattle? Discover Burien!

Welcome to King County’s best kept secret, which has a small town feel, yet is just minutes from downtown.

Ideal, affordable, spacious, luxury Townhomes within a very short walk to all downtown has to offer, including outdoor dining at the Mark and 909, movies and comedy nights at the Tim Room Bar & Theater and work out at Hot Feet Yoga. Burien even has Oilerie Burien – gourmet olive oil.

Burien has a friendly neighborhood atmosphere and is just 10 minutes from downtown. Exceptional transit system to Seattle.

Now is the best time to buy in Burien before everyone discovers the best kept secret in King County.

The main floor is centered on an expansive living area that encompasses a designer kitchen, dining area, great room and opens to a covered deck.

A master suite with five-piece bath and walk-in closet is located on the upper floor, plus three more bedrooms, a bonus room and a laundry room.

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Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Realty Open House.

WHEN: Both SATURDAY, Sept. 17 and SUNDAY, Sept. 18, from Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 1051 SW 150th Street, Burien 98166 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $484,950
  • MLS Number: 822326
  • Year Built: 2016

Marketing Remarks:

We will be open Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 3.

Last one!!!

Open Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 3. Address is 1051 SW 150th St. Burien (Olde Burien).

Priced out of downtown or West Seattle? Discover Burien!

Welcome to King County’s best kept secret, which has a small town feel, yet is just minutes from downtown.

Ideal, affordable, spacious, luxury Townhomes within a very short walk to all downtown has to offer, including outdoor dining at the Mark and 909, movies and comedy nights at the Tim Room Bar & Theater and work out at Hot Feet Yoga. Burien even has Oilerie Burien – gourmet olive oil.

Burien has a friendly neigbhorhood atmosphere and is just 10 minutes from downtown. Exceptional transit system to Seattle.

Now is the best time to buy in Burien before everyone discovers the best kept secret in King County.

Priced at $484,950 and represented by Stuart Steadman, Realtor, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services.

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.

Another beautiful sunny day at the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market greeted shoppers and Food Truckee’s.

And, did you see all the kids (and adults) enjoying the Hot Wheels? There’s only two more days of the market left.

If you are a home canner, now is the time to stock up on all the fresh fruits and vegetables, maybe even some second crop raspberries and strawberries.

wine-bottleWith market season coming to an end, it might be a good idea to think about stocking up on market wines for holiday parties or as gifts from Santa. To help with easing of your pocket book, we are having a year-end sale on the purchase of 6 bottles or more mix of the Red Blend or the Riesling. This price of $11 a bottle, is normally $15, the sale will last to the end of the season on September 24th. All proceeds go into the Market Foundation.

Food Trucks – Charlie’s Buns N Stuff, Nibbles, NOSH, Sweet Bumpas & Wicked Pies

Market Sponsors – BECU

Music – Boomerang

Seniors, there is only one more chance to use the free shuttle service, on Saturday the 24th. The King Conservation District, with partner Sound Generations, are offering the HYDE Shuttle providing local door to door transportation to and from the market for seniors 55 and older and people with disabilities of all ages living in Des Moines, Normandy Park, Burien and Sea-Tac. Call 206-727-6262 to schedule a ride.

Upcoming Events

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 which comes out once a week. You can also keep up on the activities by visiting the markets Facebook page.

A Fit Fido Is a Happy Fido – or Kitty – at Advertiser Sit’n Stay Pet Sitting!

Humans are not the only ones who need to make healthy food choices and get sufficient exercise to stay healthy and live long lives. The difference is, your kitty or pooch depend on you to ensure that they are getting the right nutrition and activity to keep them fit as a fiddle. But how do loving pet owners provide the best for their best friends if they work long hours, travel, or discover their pets have special dietary needs? bde01a_f3564aec77044c45bb4db80784b0e6db~mv2_d_3038_3352_s_4_2-3 Brittany Shelton of Sit’n Stay Pet Sitting can help. Along with offering dog walking, help with pet playdates, group field trips and general pet sitting, Brittany is also an experienced Veterinary Technician.  She knows how to provide healthcare for animals on a casual or emergent basis and is also well versed in holistic dietary counseling.

Brittany can help you develop a nutrition plan to meet you individual pets needs. She can even help you learn how to pamper your pet with special home recipes that your pet will beg for, while secretly delivering the nutritional benefits they need. Shhhh! don’t tell them it’s good for them…

Follow this link to learn more about these services:

http://www.wesittheystay.com/other-services

New clients receive 20% off their first booking when they mention the Blog!

Intrigued? Why not check out this fun gummy treat recipe and Flipagram courtesy of Brittany, then give her a call or click to keep Fido or Fluffy happy and healthy:

Gummy Bear Paws for Dogs and Cats:

Ingredients:

  • 1 TBSP Beef Bullion (or any low sodium broth)
  • 1C Water
  • 2 packets Knox Gelatin

Boil water and add bullion. Stir until dissolved.  Remove from heat and let sit 5 minutes.  Stir in gelatin until all dissolved.  Let sit 10 minutes. Pour into molds and place in refrigerator for 1 hour.  Once firm, remove from molds and let your Furkids enjoy! Store in refrigerator in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Check out the Flipagram Brittany made:

CONTACT INFO:

Sit ‘N Stay Pet Sitting, LLC
Serving Burien, Normandy Park, Des Moines, Kent, S. Seattle, and SeaTac

Phone: 206.370.0169

Website: http://www.wesittheystay.com

Email: [email protected]

WSDOT is warning drivers who use southbound Interstate 5 in South King County to expect extended overnight work hours from Friday evening, Sept. 16, through Sunday morning, Sept. 18.

The additional lane reductions and hours will allow Washington State Department of Transportation contractor crews to expedite paving and grinding work on three segments of southbound I-5 between Interstate 405 in Tukwila and South 320th Street in Federal Way.

This weather-dependent work will reduce the number of future overnight lane closures for a rehabilitation project that began in March.

I-405 to State Route 516:

  • Lane reductions will start at 8 p.m.Friday and Saturday.
  • By 10 p.m.nightly, traffic will be reduced to one right lane.
  • Lanes will begin reopening at 10 a.m.Saturday and Sunday.

South 260th Street to Military Road:

  • Lane reductions will start at 8 p.m.Friday.
  • By 9 p.m., traffic will be reduced to three left lanes.
  • Lanes will begin reopening at 9 a.m.Saturday.

Military Road to South 320th Street:

  • Lane reductions will start at 8 p.m.Friday and Saturday.
  • By 11:59 p.m.nightly, traffic will be reduced to one left lane.
  • Lanes will begin reopening at 4:30 a.m.Saturday and Sunday.

Ramp closures:

  • The South 188th Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 closed 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.nightly.
  • The South 200th on-ramp for southbound I-5 closed 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.nightly.
  • The South 272nd Street off- and on-ramps closed 9 p.m.Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday.

Mackenzie Bull won the 2015 kid’s costume contest with this amazing, haunting look. Photo by Scott Schaefer.

REMINDER: Join 2,000+ zombies this Saturday, Sept. 17 for Zombie Fest Northwest, a free, FUN festival with live music, food, prizes and more!

This event will take place from 2 – 6 p.m. at the Normandy Park Towne Center, located at 19900 1st Ave South (map below).

Zombie Fest also features live music, food, beverages, commemorative t-shirts, raffle baskets, business booths, a mock disaster vehicle display, arts & crafts for kids, and a Zombification Booth! People line-up and enter the 20/20 tent, and then THANKS to some amazing make-up artists and “zombified” clothing donated by Value Village, festival-goers exit the tent as zombies! You’ll have to see it to believe it!

Normandy Park Zombie Fest now draws nearly 2,500 people from King, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston counties. The annual festival raises awareness about emergency and disaster awareness, and partners with emergency agencies, civic groups and utilities including Normandy Park police and fire, Republic Services, King County Library Services, Puget Sound Energy, Highline Schools Foundation and Friends of Normandy Park Foundation (501c3). Dozens of generous local businesses, organizations and individuals also support this festival and provide FREE items for children to collect for disaster preparedness kits.

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Zombie Fest serves as a fundraiser for the Highline Schools Foundation Excel Grant program, Highline Food Bank, Des Moines Food Bank and Friends of Normandy Park Foundation (501c3).

“Join us at Zombie Fest! Learn about disaster preparedness, raise money for local charities, and see the generosity of Normandy Park and our surrounding communities!”

Here’s a partial video of the Seattle Thrillers doing their thing at last year’s event:

ABHOW’s Judson Park has been awarded the ‘Best of the Best Award’ from Masterpiece Living (MPL) for Purposeful Inclusivity.

The Best of the Best Award recognizes truly outstanding practices that are more comprehensive and systematic than typically found in the aging field. Judson Park is a standout in the Masterpiece Living network because of their continual efforts to become more creative and more dynamic, inspiring the aging field to push the limits of what is possible with age.

Judson Park (a Masterpiece Living partner and Certified Center for Successful Aging) received the Best of the Best award because of their “affirmative action” approach to purposeful inclusivity.

Not long ago, the senior living industry witnessed segregation across different levels of living within retirement communities (e.g. independent, assisted, memory care and skilled nursing), to include lodging, dining, and activities. Then, a shift began as policies and practices within these communities began welcoming all residents, no matter where they laid their head at night. While this marked a dramatic improvement to the way in which we approach retirement living, more action was still necessary to create and nurture meaningful relationships among all residents, despite differing abilities.

“A recent study revealed a stigma surrounding levels of care, where those in assisted living or memory care were described as living in ‘the Twilight Zone’,” Judson Park Executive Director, Nikole Jay, said. “Those in independent living tend to avoid those in higher levels of living, often concealing their own signs of decline for fear of how others might perceive them. Our approach to inclusivity demonstrates that it is possible to create a culture where everyone, regardless of challenges, is honored, respected and welcome.”

Key paradigms that differentiate Judson Park from other organizations include:

  • A shift from the initial, more prescriptive approach to inclusion to one that is organic and cultural.
  • A fundamental change in perception from residents. Those who used to say, “They don’t belong here” are now the biggest advocates of inclusivity.
  • A relationship-first approach to event planning, where people are not just going to an event – they’re going to connect with people.
  • The ongoing, creative refinement of inclusive purposeful programming over the years, creating opportunities for more resident-led activities that engage everyone.

“As human beings, we tend to seek out others who are like us – similar goals, similar values, and people who look like us, So, if we see someone different from ourselves, we won’t necessarily reach out right away.” Ken Ray, fitness coordinator for Judson Park said. “But once people start recognizing that we all share similar goals and dreams, they begin to say, ‘Hey, I have a lot more in common with them than I thought.’ When that happens, we start to break down the barriers of stereotyping.”
In conjunction with the International Council of Active Aging, Judson Park will be celebrating Active Aging Week again this year. Based on resident desire to continue to learn and grow, there will be a Lyceum held during the week of September 26-30, 2016.

More details are available on the Judson Park website: www.judsonpark.com

For more information about Judson Park and the Best of the Best award, please contact Nikole Jay at 206-824-4000.

About The Judson Park
Judson Park , a continuing care retirement community, in Des Moines, Washington, is managed by ABHOW, a California nonprofit public benefit corporation. ABHOW is a nonsectarian corporation, serving seniors through quality retirement housing since 1949.

Families, community members, and staff are invited to join Highline Public Schools Superintendent Susan Enfield at an open community conversation on Monday, Sept. 19, from 6 – 7 p.m. in the Highline High School library.

‘Conversations with the Superintendent’ are intended to be open conversations. Participants can bring up issues of concern, ask questions and bring ideas.

Please come with questions and ideas so Superintendent Enfield can learn about the issues that are important to you.

All community members are invited to attend.

Two other Conversations with the Superintendent are scheduled:

  • Monday, March 13, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 20, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Locations are to be determined.

Highline High School is located at 225 S. 152nd Street in Burien:

18th-avenue-pastaThis is the type of story Wanolitto just loves to write about – since the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market started 11 years ago, one of our main missions was to help the little entrepreneur get started and help them succeed.

This is especially true for the local homegrown.

Six years ago August, Rikki Marohl, market manager, got a call from Jack Armstrong owner of little known 18th Ave Pasta wanting to know if it was too late to join the market for the last few weeks. Rikki took him under her wings and guided him thru the process of selling his product at the first farmers market.

Jack later commented:

“I had no idea what I was doing, but we learned, thanks to the great support from Des Moines and other markets. Bottom line, we would not be where we are today without the local Farmers Markets and it is still one of my favorite aspects of running a business like ours. Being close to our customers and seeing their appreciation for what we do is incredibly fulfilling.”

Jack Armstrong adds that “Des Moines is a special place for us as a company and me personally since I grew up right by Saltwater Park. I have spent all of my life close to Des Moines, and I currently live there.” They started 18th Avenue Pasta Company after Jack spent a few months in Amsterdam where he was introduced to a unique noodle bar. The restaurant married simple noodle dishes with an artful ambience. He returned home to Seattle inspired to create his own version of pasta that was both artful and delicious. Using an old pasta maker of his mother’s, Jack began to experiment. Jack and his family started 18th Ave Pasta in the basement of a little house in Burien they were renting and eventually outgrew that space and currently have a manufacturing site located in Tukwila. They arecurrently looking for a larger space.

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First production site in house basement.

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The pasta makers – John and Jack Armstrong.

Their pasta is made using only the freshest ingredients, all natural vegetable purees, herbs and spices, to give the pasta an extraordinary flavor. The company has continued to grow and expand its market presence. They are featured in many local grocery stores and other fine retailers. Check their website for all the latest news and locations where you can purchase their great products.

Now this is where the story really gets exciting. For the last few months Jack has been having negotiations with Fred Meyer about selling their line of pastas and just signed the deal and is in the process of shipping orders to all the Fred Meyers stores in Washington. He is also in talks with other national retailers and is hopeful they will be successful also.

THIS JUST IN – Jack told me on Saturday that QFC stores have also signed on and will be getting their first orders in the next few weeks…..

I have used their products from the very beginning and have included them in some of my Wanolitto’s Cooking with Wine Recipes that you can pick up for free at the wine tasting booth at the market. Click below to download the recipes:

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Stop by and say hi to Jack and his family in their booth every Saturday at the market. Oh, and congratulate them on their successful entry into the business world!

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