There was a huge police/emergency search and rescue mission for an elderly man who apparently jumped from the fishing pier near the Des Moines Marina on Tuesday night, Nov. 21.

Police say that a man in his 80s was observed on the pier by more than one witness, apparently arguing with someone on a cell phone.

He then was seen jumping off the pier and into the water.

“This required a multi-agency response to locate the subject,” Master Sgt. David Mohr told The Waterland Blog.

Sadly, the man was not located, despite a large response that included a helicopter and the US Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard said it suspended its search after conducting nine searches that covered 200 track line miles during a 16-hour period.

Three separate CG crews were on scene for a total of 19.5 hours.

@KingCountyWA responders also conducted multiple searches.

Here’s raw footage showing some of the search & rescue activity:

By Dave Markwell

Throughout our lives, we take many steps. Some are forward. Some are sideways. Some are backwards. These steps move us through life. I recall my own first steps into a kindergarten classroom. I remember holding my daughter’s hand as her little sneakered feet took her first steps into her kindergarten classroom, and then she let go of my hand.

In my time, I have stepped up and I have stepped down. I have stepped quickly and I have meandered and I have stalled to a shuffle. These steps take us places. They are the vehicles we drive to our destinations. These destinations become our lives.
The steps we take define our lives. In considering this idea, I kind of think that the concept of “forward, sideways, and backwards” is a bit troublesome. Motion is a verb. It is action. And, with life, action is necessary. However, direction might be the more potent variable. Direction is a noun. It is static. We face our feet in the direction of “there”; the place we want to go. Then, we start moving.

The song, “One Step Up,” by Bruce Springsteen discusses this idea. “Two steps up and one step back”…shapes the idea in a linear fashion. The challenge is that life is rarely linear. It’s hard to tell, in the moment, if “forward” or “backward” really are what they seem. Sometimes a forward step can become clear as a backward step, if we’re moving the wrong direction. For the same reason, sometimes a step backward can be a step forward. And only in retrospect can we know if our steps were good ones.

So, the challenge is direction, not motion. And this is a trickier consideration. We have to point our toes in a direction before we can step. But, there are lots of directions. We have to choose a single one. This is the problem sometimes. Which one do we choose? This is an important decision, because there are consequences. We spend time travelling in a direction. This time becomes the sum of our lives. So, the “right” direction is an important thing. The hard part is, and always will be, knowing what “right” is.

For this reason, sometimes we must simply begin walking. If the path is unclear, moving will define it as where we want to go or not. We must not stand still. We must move, even in uncertainty. It is here that faith and forgiveness are important. We step forward with faith, and sometimes must forgive ourselves when we have to step backwards, resetting to face a new destination, and then resetting our faith. Over and over and over, we do this. Living life is a dynamic function. It changes and we must change with it.

With this in mind, I will embrace the little and big choices and just move. And if my steps are not the right ones, I will shift my shoes and take some new ones. And I’ll give myself a break when an error in direction is made and the changing of direction is uncomfortable. Forgiving ourselves might be the most important element in our journeys…

[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 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 desperately needs more friends – find him on Facebook here.

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate will be holding three Open Houses this weekend, on both Saturday and Sunday.

The first two homes are newly constructed two-story, 5-bedroom homes on the large, level Westview Estates in Burien:

Westview, Lot 3. 1 of 5 homes.

This newly constructed two story is on a large, level lot.

It has five bedrooms, 2.75 bathrooms and a 3-car garage, mud room and an option for another bedroom upstairs.

The main floor living space is an expansive open area that encompasses a designer kitchen, dining room, great room and outdoor living space.

The first floor features a guest room or den.

The master suite has a five piece bath and walk-in closet.

Located minutes from downtown, services and airport.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Nov. 18: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 19: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 184 S. 181st Court, Burien, WA 98148-1876; NOTE: enter site at 18052 Occidental Ave S. (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $774,950
  • MLS Number: 1095190
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2.75
  • Year Built: 2017
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,001 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 6,728 s.f.

Site Features:

  • 2nd Master BR
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dbl Pane/Storm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk In Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

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

Click here to see the full listing.

For more information call:

Stuart Steadman
Realtor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
206-409-4220


The second Westview Estates home is also a brand new 5-bedroom:

Westview, Lot 4. 1 of 5 homes.

This home offers plenty of natural light & nine foot ceilings throughout.

This two story home has 5 bedrooms, 2.75 baths, and a four-car tandem garage.

The main floor living space is an expansive open area that encompasses a designer kitchen, dining room & great room.

The master bedroom is complete with a 5-piece master bath and a walk-in closet.

Upstairs also features an over-sized leisure loft.

Located on a large lot, all within minutes of downtown Seattle!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Nov. 18: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 19: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 177 S. 181st Court, Burien, WA 98148-1876; NOTE: enter site at 18052 Occidental Ave S. (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $789,950
  • MLS Number: 1095207
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2.75
  • Year Built: 2017
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,306 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,848 s.f.

Site Features:

  • 2nd Master BR
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dbl Pane/Storm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk In Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

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

Click here to view the full, detailed listing.

For more information call:

Stuart Steadman
Realtor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
206-409-4220


The final Open House – open both Saturday & Sunday – is one of the finest waterfront homes in Normandy Park:

Imagine yourself here!

Step onto the beach waterfront home on Normandy Terrace.

100 (per KCR) of no bank Puget Sound waterfront footage.

Finest waterfront home opportunity in a long while in Normandy Park.

Expansive, wide views of Puget Sound, Mountains & shipping traffic.

Ideal outdoor deck and hot tub.

All located on a large, fully fenced, gated flat lot with ample parking.

Home is move-in ready w/new carpets.

Lot A Beach Rights which includes boat launch.

Easy access to downtown and airport.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Nov. 18: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 19: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 18505 Normandy Terrace SW, Normandy Park, WA 98166 (MAP, or see below).

INFO:

  • List Price: $2,250,000
  • MLS Number: 1166940
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Year Built: 1979
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,210 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 28,063 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Wired for Generator
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Deck
  • Gated Entry
  • Hot Tub/Spa
  • RV Parking
  • Shop

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

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.

The Board of Directors for the Des Moines Pool Metropolitan Park District will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 21 to consider around a 5-cent levy increase to cover unanticipated costs associated with refurbishing the Mount Rainer Pool.

If approved by the Board, the owner of a $300,000 home would pay about an additional $15.00 per year ($1.25 per month).

The meeting will take place on Nov. 21 at 5:00 p.m. in the Park District offices, 22015 Marine View Drive South in Des Moines. The public is invited and encouraged to attend to learn more about the refurbishment project.

Unanticipated costs included replacing corroded metal drainage pipes, and mortared surfaces with concrete. These issues were not discovered until the pool liner was removed. The King County Health Department will not let the pool, which was built in the 1970s, reopen unless it meets today’s building, health and safety codes.

The Mount Rainier Pool is owned by the Highline School District, which has stepped up to help with the project. However, the Park District operates the pool and is responsible for capital improvements. The Park District has been granted an interfund loan by King County to cover the additional costs of the project, but this amount will need to be paid back in 2018 through property tax revenue.

“This is an important public facility for the health and well-being of our community,” said Board Chair Toni Overmyer. “We want our community and pool users to know about the challenges associated with the project.”

The pool will be filled with water sometime in mid to late December after which lifeguard training will take place. The pool is expected to reopen to the public in February of 2018. The pool and its offices at the Mount Rainier Pool location are closed during construction..

Community members with questions about the project are encouraged to contact the Park District office at (206) 429-3852. Visit www.mtrainierpool.com to sign-up for our e-news updates, like us on Facebook, and/or follow us on Twitter.

Des Moines will host the 6th Annual Holiday Cup Taekwondo Tournament this Sunday, Nov. 19 at Highline College.

Since 1988, Taekwondo has been one of the principal sports of the Summer Olympic Games. Known for its dynamic high-speed kicks delivered in fractions of seconds, Taekwondo is one of the most practiced sports around the world.

This Sunday, November 19th, at the Highline College Pavilion in Des Moines, WA will be the venue for electrifying Olympic Style Sparring and Taekwondo Poomsae (Forms) during the 6th Annual Holiday Cup Taekwondo Tournament on Sunday, November 19th.

The Holiday Cup is facilitated by Master Instructors Susan McCall & Scott Craig, owners of the highly regarded Seattle Taekwondo Academy which has operated at the Normandy Park Recreation Center for the past 20 years. Seattle Taekwondo Academy has trained thousands of area adults and children in Self Defence, Kick Boxing, Taekwondo and Hapkido and as a result, produced over one hundred black belts over a two decade span. This annual event will see Taekwondo athletes and Martial Artists from across the Northwest.

Event co-organizer Susan McCall had this to say about this year’s tournament, “We are excited to give Taekwondo students an opportunity to compete and test their skills. We anticipate good sportsmanship! The players will gain invaluable competition experience. They’ll make new friends. This is a great chance for people in our area to see this amazing sport.

Taekwondo practitioners from across the Northwest will pay a $65 single event fee, or a $70 fee to participate in both events. Participants can register online (in advance only) at www.SeattleTaekwondoAcademy.com. Closing registration is Friday, Nov 17 at 10 p.m. The general public can attend and watch the action all day for just $5 per person or $10 for a family pass with those tickets available at the gate only.

The doors at the Highline College Pavilion open at 9 a.m. and the children’s events start at 9:30 a.m. The 13-year old to adult divisions start at 1 p.m.

When asked about the rules of the sparring divisions for the 6th Annual Holiday Cup, co-organizer Scott Craig explained. “All of our competitors wear protective gear including forearm, foot & shin guards along with head, chest & groin protectors plus a mouthpiece. Three judges corner the ring and indicate scoring strikes on an electronic scoring system. A center referee controls the action and the safety of the players. Each match consists of two, one minute rounds. In the Color Belt divisions kicking & punching are only allowed to the body. No head shots! The Black Belt division however, may kick with controlled, light contact to the head, but may not punch to the head. Spinning techniques receive an additional point. This year we are also continuing something that was very popular in past Holiday Cups, Black Belt Tag Team Sparring!”

The 6th Annual Holiday Cup is graciously sponsored by Matvey Foundation Repair of Seatac, WA and orchestrated by local volunteers and committee of Master Taekwondo Instructors from Taekwondo schools from across the Northwest. All Taekwondo athletes from any school are welcome to participate as long as they abide by Olympic Style Taekwondo rules.

Matt Cote of Matvey Foundation Repair had this to say about the 6th Annual Holiday Cup:

“Our company is very proud to help bring this event to the South Sound. Martial Arts (and Taekwondo in particular) promote physical fitness, confidence, discipline, health, self-control and mutual respect for all. The life skills, problem solving, goal setting, focus, responsibility, awareness and good work ethics, that Mr. Craig and Ms. McCall foster with their students are aligned perfectly with our values here at Matvey Foundation Repair and that is why we are pleased to support this event.”

The Pac Highway Chargers football team recently beat the Renton Rangers 7–6 to win the Greater Seattle Youth Football & Cheer Pee Wee Championship (read more here).

The team will also play in a big ‘Turkey Bowl’ this weekend with 35 teams from all over at Highline and Kent Meridian all day Saturday and Sunday; tickets are $6.00 a person.

Congrats Chargers!

More info here: http://pacchargersfootball.com

Puget Sound Energy is reminding consumers to be on alert for imposters fraudulently claiming to be from the utility and demanding immediate payment with the threat to shut off utility services.

Along with more than 100 electric, natural gas and water utilities across the country and Canada, PSE this week is participating in the Utilities United Against Scams national campaign focused on promoting awareness of telephone scams that threaten to shut off utility services for a past-due bill and demand immediate payment by way of a credit card, prepaid debit card or wire transfer.

“We continue to see high levels of scams targeting our customers,” said Greg Zeller, PSE’s director of customer care. “Our customers should know they will receive several contacts from PSE through correspondence and other means about an unpaid bill. Warning signs of a scam are a threatening call urging immediate payment and instructions to purchase a pre-paid money or debit card available at stores, and then to call back with the card information, which gives scammers access to the card’s funds. Customers should hang up immediately and contact PSE.”

Of the nearly 1,500 scam incidents reported this year by PSE customers, 60 made the payments the scammers demanded.

WHAT TO DO AND WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE SCAMS

  • Thieves are using sophisticated, deceptive tactics to manipulate Caller ID systems to make it appear a call is coming from a legitimate company when it’s not. It’s always best to call an actual company to verify an inquiry.
  • If a phone call seems suspicious, it probably is. Customers should hang up and report the incident to us at 1-888-225-5773. Don’t provide any personal information to anyone unless you’re certain you know who you’re speaking with.
  • PSE customers should know they would receive several communications from us related to bill payment before any disruption in service.
  • PSE never asks or requires customers who have delinquent accounts to purchase a prepaid debit card to avoid disconnection.
  • When it comes to bill payment calls, our vendors do not call after noon on Saturdays and do not make any calls on Sundays; any calls during those periods are definite red flags.
  • Anyone receiving such calls or other contact regarding their utility account or bill is encouraged to make note of any information, such as the phone number they are asked to call, a number that appears on Caller ID or an address where they’re told to send money.

PSE encourages customers to report suspicious, fraudulent calls and emails to the Washington Attorney General’s Office and the Federal Trade Commission.

TAPROOT THEATRE PRESENTS “THE GIFT OF THE MAGI” – NOVEMBER 29, 2017

Taproot Theatre’s Touring Company will be presenting a stage adaptation of O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi” at Resurrection Lutheran Church on Wednesday, November 29 at 7pm.

This beloved Christmas classic tells the story of a young couple determined to find the perfect Christmas gifts for each other even as they struggle to make ends meet.

Admission is free.

Resurrection Lutheran Church is located at 134 South 206th Street in Des Moines; for directions, visit www.resurrection-lcms.org.

For more information about Taproot Theatre Company, visit www.taproottheatre.org.

Join in the kick-off of the Holiday Season at the annual Destination Des Moines Tree Lighting event at Big Catch Plaza on Friday, Dec. 1, from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

The Rotary Club of Des Moines/Normandy Park, WA will be on hand, collecting food donations for the Des Moines Area Food Bank.

John L Scott Des Moines will be handing out cookies and hot chocolate for all to keep everyone warm.

Wear your warm winter PJ’s and bring an extra new set to share with your community kids in need. All sizes welcome.

Pacific Middle School Band will be there sharing music for the season.

Big Catch Plaza is located at 216th & Marine View Drive S.:

And now…a blatant Ad from Waterland Blog Columnist Dave Markwell:

My daughter was playing Christmas music on her phone while eating her Fruit Loops this morning. I shook my head in admonishment and denial…then…”Jingle Bell Rock” came on…well, the spirit is undeniable. And I’ve found that when this happens, it’s best to just go with it.

With this in mind, shopping season is HERE!!!

Consider the heartfelt gift of love and hope and aspiration and FUN…MY BOOK!!! It’s sooooo easy and sure to be appreciated for years to come!!! You’ll be a hero.

Here’s more info and a link below and, MERRY…nope…too soon…

“A Feel-Good Life: The wandering, uncertain journey of a dad who loves his kids…and sometimes his dogs..” is a collection of blog columns reflecting the author’s perspective during the his kids’ childhoods and the challenges of being a flawed human, struggling with questions of meaning and purpose, trying to raise un-weird kids. Part memoir, part personal development, “A Feel-Good Life” speaks the language of the human heart. It can, at times, provoke a smile or a tear, but always reminds us of a simple truth: life is pretty good.

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Estate Planning for Parents with Minor Children

If you are a parent with minor children, it is critical that some basic steps are taken to ensure your children are protected in the event of your passing. While many parents may have the best intentions, unfortunately, a few wrong decisions can be very costly for your children.

One of the most common mistakes our office sees is when a parent names a minor child as the beneficiary of an asset, like a life insurance policy or other financial assets. While the intention in listing the minor child as the beneficiary was to ensure that the inheritance would go directly to the minor child, that unfortunately is not what would end up happening. This is because, in Washington State, a minor child is not competent to receive an inheritance. So, listing the minor child as the beneficiary ends up creating a guardianship proceeding for the inheritance, and many expenses result from this court process. In addition, this court process will remain in place until the child turns 18.

In addition, most parents don’t want their child receiving the full amount of their inheritance at the age of 18. In a properly drafted estate plan, we can ensure your children are taken care of, that any inheritance left to them is protected, and you can also control when the inheritance proceeds are distributed to them. Our office can assist you in doing so in one of two ways: either a will with a trust for minors, or a revocable living trust.

Contact our office today at (206) 408-8158 for a free consultation to ensure that you have a proper estate plan in place.

DAL Law Firm is conveniently located in Normandy Park, Washington. We serve clients in Washington cities such as Normandy Park, Des Moines, Burien, SeaTac, Tukwila, Federal Way, Renton, Kent, Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Issaquah, Kirkland and others throughout King County.

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Normandy Park’s ‘Winterfest’ holiday events will be held in two locations on Saturday, Dec. 2:

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Manhattan Village – lots of fun including: Santa, the Silverbells Carolers, the Marvista Choir, FREE cookie decorating at QFC and FREE holiday coloring at Starbucks.

Manhattan Village is located at 17847 1st Avenue South:

5 – 6:30 p.m.: Normandy Park Towne Center – the 5th annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony featuring festive music by Mount Rainier High School, Pacific Middle School, Marvista Elementary and the Silverbells Carolers, along with a Rock Star entrance by Santa! Plus – KOMO TV celebrities, lots of FREE prizes, candy canes and warm beverages, and SNOW thanks to Patti Gifford Real Estate.

Here’s video from last year’s event:

Normandy Park Towne Center is located at 19805 1st Avenue South:

The Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce announced on Monday (Nov. 13) that it will be bringing back its 501 c 3 enterprise, previously known as the ‘Success Foundation.’

This new initiative will be unveiled at this year’s Annual Meeting and Holiday Luncheon on Friday, Dec. 8.

“Success means a lot of different things to different people,” President/CEO Andrea H. Reay said. “For the Chamber, and our new charitable enterprise, it means that the people that live, work and enjoy the businesses, communities and amenities in Southwest King County are supported, encouraged and invited to create and define their own success stories. Our community should be recognized as the place where businesses, residents and community partners are able to live out their best lives. With poverty rates in our community exceeding the state average, we know we have our work cut out for us as we focus on raising the tide for all in our region. We also know that we can’t do this work alone, and we need your help.”

The Community is invited to attend the Chamber’s Annual Membership and Holiday Luncheon at Rainier Golf and Country Club on Friday, Dec. 8. There will be a silent auction that will start at 11 a.m. All proceeds raised at the Luncheon will go towards helping the Chamber bring back the much-needed Foundation. Lunch will be served at noon and the event will conclude by 1pm.Attendees are encouraged to arrive ready to shop for gifts and wine, support the Chamber and be part of building a bright future for all in our community. Additional prizes, and festivities celebrating the Chamber board, leadership and future of the organization will also be featured at this event. Parking is complimentary.

Special thanks to the current board chair, Dan Mathews for generously sponsoring this event. Thank you also to our event sponsors Crain Photography and South King Media. Please do ensure you arrive early for the silent auction and to hear the beautiful choral music presented by Seattle Christian School Choir.

More information, including tickets, can be found here:

http://www.seattlesouthsidechamber.com/events/details/annual-holiday-luncheon-996

Additional Sponsorships are also still available. Maybe you can help support the work by sponsoring lunch for the Choir or donating an auction item or bottle of wine for the wine pull? Procurement forms are available at the Chamber.
The Chamber is grateful to serve the community of Southwest King County and looks forward to leaning into their work with the help and support of the community. Together we are stronger, together we are #SeattleSouthsideStrong

About the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce
The Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit business organization that has served the communities of Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac and Tukwila since 1988.  The mission of the Chamber is to be a leader in Southwest King County and a regional voice and resource for building business success.  The Chamber focuses on business advancement in the region by helping to build and maintain a strong economic environment.

More info at http://www.seattlesouthsidechamber.com

The National Weather Service issued a Wind Advisory for Monday, Nov. 13, warning that wind gusts could reach 55 mph.

The advisory will be in effect from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.:

URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Seattle WA
829 PM PST Sun Nov 12 2017

…WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM PST MONDAY…

* WIND…South 25 to 35 mph with gusts TO 55 mph.

* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS…The I-5 metro corridor from Lewis county north to Snohomish county. Includes the greater Seattle area, Bellevue, Tacoma, Bremerton, and Olympia.

* TIMING…Late Monday morning through early Monday evening.

* IMPACTS…Falling tree branches will likely cause some power outages.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Wind Advisory means that winds of 35 mph are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult…especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.

By Dave Markwell

A couple of days ago, my coffee maker croaked. I took it apart to see if any glaring issues stood out. After maxing out my appliance repair knowledge in about 12 seconds, I determined that it was a goner. Today, I purchased a “new” one. I went to Goodwill.

Over the years, I have probably donated 6 or 7 coffee pots to the Goodwill and was maybe hoping that some karmic “payback” might arise and help a guy out. Indeed, I found a decent machine at a decent price. Along the way, I perused the “active wear” lane and found a not-too-shabby Adidas pullover for $8. Done. I set it on top of my new coffee maker and headed to check out…after a quick stop by the used books to see if anything tickled me. Nope. I’m out.

At the checkout line, I greeted the cashier with a smile and a friendly “How’s your morning?” She said she was fine, with a little more enthusiasm in her voice than I was expecting, but I said “Good!!” matching her enthusiasm. While scanning the pullover, she looked at me and said, “It’s $8”. I looked at her with the same smile I greeted her with and shrugged slightly, as if she had a question, and thinking “that’s why I’m buying it”. She then proceeded to re-scan it and say, “I’m going to give it to you for $2.99. It’s been cold.” I thanked her, genuinely, and wished her a great day.

Walking back to my truck, I pondered this exchange: She mentioned it was “cold out” and to “stay warm” a couple of times. Now, understand that it was mid-morning and I had been up doing stuff for quite a while, but one of those things was NOT take a shower. Being a bit insecure about people doing nice things for me, I questioned if maybe she thought that I was either homeless-sleeping outside or on the verge of it, so saving 5 bucks might really matter to me.

When I got home, I looked in the mirror and concluded that, while not too “put together”, it was unlikely that she confused me for destitute, at least on this morning. Eliminating this possibility in my mind, the only other one I could come up with was that she liked me. I think my happy greeting to her was a pleasant surprise to her and she wanted to “pay” me back. I have been to the Goodwill plenty and, in terms of happy people, it is not the place to go to find one. I think I was a bit of an anomaly and contributed something positive to her morning. I believe this to be true and hope that whatever good feeling I may have passed along carried throughout her day.

My little “gift exchange” delighted me the rest of the day and reminded me of the subtle, but real ways we shape the world. We influence days by the energy we carry. We can make the world more alive…or less. We can spark a smile and a shift or we can diminish. This is a super-power possessed by all and heroes surround us every day. Be one. I’m going to grab another cup of coffee from my new machine, which, by the way, works like a dream…

[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 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 desperately needs more friends – find him on Facebook here.

Do you live in Des Moines’ North Hill neighborhood or have students at North Hill Elementary? Come to a community meeting if you have questions about what it will be like when Highline High School (HHS) moves to your neighborhood next fall. District transportation, security and facilities staff will be on hand to answer questions.

HHS staff and students will move into the Olympic Interim School in Des Moines for three years starting in fall 2018, while a new high school is constructed.

This will not be the first high school hosted here – Raisbeck Aviation High School and Mount Rainier High School both spent time at the Olympic site while waiting for new schools to be built. The site is being renovated to serve Highline students and staff.

Renovations to accommodate HHS at the Olympic site are funded by the 2016 bond.

WHAT: Get Informed: HHS Moves to North Hill Neighborhood

WHEN:Thursday, Nov. 16: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: North Hill Elementary Cafeteria, 19835 8th Avenue South, Des Moines

For more information, visit highlineschools.org/keepingourpromise.

By Jack Mayne

After weeks of discussion, haggling and worry over the continuing and growing effects of the increasing impacts of Sea-Tac Airport on the thousands of SeaTac city residents who live next to and under the runways, the City and Port of Seattle have reached an agreement (download PDF here).

Lance Lyttle, Managing Director of Sea-Tac Airport.

Both SeaTac City Manager Joe Scorcio and SeaTac Airport Managing Director Lance Lyttle said they were pleased, as this is a more evenly balanced agreement than ones in the past. The two were on a telephone press conference with The SeaTac Blog on Thursday afternoon, Nov. 9.

The final decision on the agreement must come from the SeaTac City Council, which will be be expected to consider whether to approve or to seek changes before a final agreement is signed, perhaps as late as sometime in January 2018.

Concerns of residents
Concerns of city residents over ever more and still noisy jet planes at the nation’s ninth-busiest airport – and one that expects to virtually double over the next 30 years – has made city officials more militant in their demands on the Port of Seattle and the way it runs the airport.

On Thursday afternoon, via an electronic news conference, the Port of Seattle and the City of SeaTac released a proposed interlocal agreement (known in government speak as an “ILA”) to what the Port said was to “move the community and the region forward.”

The SeaTac Blog will present more details and specifics of the proposed agreement in the next days and weeks leading to a final adoption of an agreement.

The port officials said that as “Seattle-Tacoma International Airport continues to serve regional demand, the new 10-year agreement establishes benefits for city residents and businesses.“

The Port said the ILA will support “the continued operation of the partnership between the Port and the City which began in 1997 and, if adopted, will replace the current agreement which expires early next year.”

Sea-Tac Airport served over 45 million passengers and more than 366,000 metric tons of air cargo in 2016, making an interlocal agreement critical to the successful operation of the airport and the efficient and timely completion of projects to address operations and the traveler experience.

“This proposed agreement highlights the unique relationship we have with the City of SeaTac. Sea-Tac Airport will continue its critical role in supporting economic vitality and regional air service, as we address impacts and share prosperity with SeaTac residents,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner John Creighton.

City surrounds airport
Sea-Tac Airport is located entirely within the City of SeaTac boundaries, covering over 40 percent of the city’s land area. The new agreement addresses the overlapping legal authority between the City and the Port concerning such issues as planning, land use and zoning, transportation, surface water management, critical environmental areas and public safety.
Mayor Michael Siefkes stated: “The proposed ILA sets the stage for the City and the Airport to grow and thrive together. It represents a fair and balanced agreement providing predictability and consistency while assisting the City with addressing some of the current and future impacts of being the Airport’s home city.”

What SeaTac gets
The purpose of the agreement, said Port officials, is to jointly establish a mutual and cooperative system to recognize jurisdictional authorities and to avoid disputes. It provides transparency, predictability and consistency when addressing operations of Sea-Tac Airport and the City of SeaTac, and reduces the potential for litigation between the Port and the City.
Elements contained within this proposed ILA include continued support for public safety and traffic enforcement along with “support of traffic impact fees, permit fees and stormwater fees for Port-owned property,” Port officials said.

Then there are “unique land use and development regulations that meet the needs of both the Port and the city” and “quality assurance for Port development permits integrated into the City system.”

SeaTac also get what the Port calls a “process for the Port to further support City business license compliance.”

Joint open house slated Nov. 16
A joint public open house will be held to share the details of the proposed agreement on Nov. 16, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the SeaTac Community Center, 13735 24th Ave S., SeaTac.

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate will be holding three Open Houses this weekend!

The first two homes – open both Saturday & Sunday – are newly constructed two-story, 5-bedroom homes on the large, level Westview Estates in Burien:

Westview, Lot 3. 1 of 5 homes.

This newly constructed two story is on a large, level lot.

It has five bedrooms, 2.75 bathrooms and a 3-car garage, mud room and an option for another bedroom upstairs.

The main floor living space is an expansive open area that encompasses a designer kitchen, dining room, great room and outdoor living space.

The first floor features a guest room or den.

The master suite has a five piece bath and walk-in closet.

Located minutes from downtown, services and airport.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Nov. 11: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 12: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 184 S. 181st Court, Burien, WA 98148-1876; NOTE: enter site at 18052 Occidental Ave S. (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $774,950
  • MLS Number: 1095190
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2.75
  • Year Built: 2017
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,001 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 6,728 s.f.

Site Features:

  • 2nd Master BR
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dbl Pane/Storm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk In Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

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

Click here to see the full listing.

For more information call:

Stuart Steadman
Realtor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
206-409-4220


The second Westview Estates home is also a brand new 5-bedroom:

Westview, Lot 4. 1 of 5 homes.

This home offers plenty of natural light & nine foot ceilings throughout.

This two story home has 5 bedrooms, 2.75 baths, and a four-car tandem garage.

The main floor living space is an expansive open area that encompasses a designer kitchen, dining room & great room.

The master bedroom is complete with a 5-piece master bath and a walk-in closet.

Upstairs also features an over-sized leisure loft.

Located on a large lot, all within minutes of downtown Seattle!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Nov. 11: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 12: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 177 S. 181st Court, Burien, WA 98148-1876; NOTE: enter site at 18052 Occidental Ave S. (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $789,950
  • MLS Number: 1095207
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2.75
  • Year Built: 2017
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,306 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,848 s.f.

Site Features:

  • 2nd Master BR
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dbl Pane/Storm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk In Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

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

Click here to view the full, detailed listing.

For more information call:

Stuart Steadman
Realtor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
206-409-4220


The final Open House – open both Saturday & Sunday – is one of the finest waterfront homes in Normandy Park:

Imagine yourself here!

Step onto the beach waterfront home on Normandy Terrace.

100 (per KCR) of no bank Puget Sound waterfront footage.

Finest waterfront home opportunity in a long while in Normandy Park.

Expansive, wide views of Puget Sound, Mountains & shipping traffic.

Ideal outdoor deck and hot tub.

All located on a large, fully fenced, gated flat lot with ample parking.

Home is move-in ready w/new carpets.

Lot A Beach Rights which includes boat launch.

Easy access to downtown and airport.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Nov. 11: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 12: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 18505 Normandy Terrace SW, Normandy Park, WA 98166 (MAP, or see below).

INFO:

  • List Price: $2,250,000
  • MLS Number: 1166940
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Year Built: 1979
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,210 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 28,063 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Wired for Generator
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Deck
  • Gated Entry
  • Hot Tub/Spa
  • RV Parking
  • Shop

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

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.

Don’t miss the ‘Team Swish’ 2017 Holiday Gift Bazaar, to be held Saturday, Nov. 25 at Resurrection Lutheran Church, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Shop with crafters, artists and local small businesses.

Enjoy no lines and help raise funds for Team Swish Basketball.

Do your holiday shopping away from the crowds.

SHOP LOCAL!

For more information, contact Jamie Simpson at [email protected].

Resurrection Lutheran Church is located at 134 S. 206th Street in Des Moines:

King County Elections on Wednesday (Nov. 8) released the second round of results, and it appears that the initial leaders all have substantial enough margins that – barring some kind of crazy comeback – they’ll all win seats on the Des Moines City Council:

City Of Des Moines Council Position No. 1:

  • Matt Pina*: 2,606 64.43%
  • Anthony Martinelli: 1,439 35.57%

Total Votes (not including write-ins) 4,045

City Of Des Moines Council Position No. 3:

  • Vic Pennington*: 2,659 68.34%
  • JC Harris: 1,232 31.66%

Total Votes (not including write-ins) 3,891

City Of Des Moines Council Position No. 5:

  • Traci Buxton: 2,243 55.85%
  • Harry Steinmetz: 1,773 44.15%

Total Votes (not including write-ins) 4,016

City Of Des Moines Council Position No. 7:

  • Chad Harper: 1,500 37.79%
  • Matt Mahoney: 2,469 62.21%

Total Votes (not including write-ins) 3,969

* indicates incumbent


Des Moines Pool Metropolitan Park Dist Commissioner Position No. 3:

  • Shane Young: 2,682

Total Votes (not including write-ins) 2,682

Des Moines Pool Metropolitan Park Dist Commissioner Position No. 5:

  • Nancy Kuehnoel: 1,652 46.04%
  • Gene S. Achziger: 1,936 53.96%

Total Votes (not including write-ins) 3,588