The Des Moines Police Department announced Wednesday (March 8) that they are seeking Home and Business Surveillance Camera owners to register and share their video feeds as a way to increase security in the city.

Police say that – in the event of a crime where police believe all or part of an incident may have been captured by a surveillance camera – the registered owner of the camera(s) may be contacted by police in an effort to obtain video evidence.

The program is completely free and voluntary.

Police add that participant names and locations of the camera(s) will only be accessible by police personnel. No one from the police department will have access to any live feeds from your camera or have control over your cameras or security system. Your registration will allow police to quickly review a list of possible camera locations in a geographical area to determine if there may be video surveillance of an incident.

Each participant in the program will receive a free window decal indicating you are part of a police and community partnership.

Steps to Register Your Camera:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the link for Register a Camera
  3. Click on Participating Agencies (Des Moines Police Department)
  4. Register Your Camera

Starbucks Barista
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
– Union Benefits –

WHO: HMSHost at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

WHAT: HMSHost is seeking to fill restaurant positions at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Positions available include Starbucks Baristas.


The Barista Starbucks fulfills orders and completes sales transactions within a Starbucks establishment and performs other support functions which may include cleaning the food preparation, customer seating or stock areas and maintaining inventory; performs all other responsibilities as directed by the business or as assigned by management.

The Barista:
• Greets customers and takes food order; provides information about products and looks for opportunity to “up-sell” products
• Prepares all drink orders to Starbucks and company standards
• Operates a cash register and receives payment from customers in cash or credit card, accurately counts and provides change to customers as required
• Educates and informs customers about the differences among coffee beans, coffee preparation and home brewing methods
• Cleans and stocks customer area
• Maintains a calm demeanor during periods of high volume or unusual events to keep store operating to standard and to set a positive example for the shift team

• Demonstrates the ability to interact with the public and coworkers in a friendly, enthusiastic and outgoing manner
• Requires the ability to bend, twist, and stand to perform normal job functions
• Requires the ability to speak, read and comprehend instructions, short correspondence and policy documents, as well as converse comfortably with customers
• Requires the ability to learn and maintain knowledge of Starbuck’s products and procedures
• Cash handling and customer service experience preferred

About HMSHost
Global restaurateur HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates in more than 120 airports around the globe, including 44 of the 50 busiest airports in North America. The Company has annual sales in excess of $2.8 billion and employs more than 37,000 sales associates worldwide. HMSHost is a part of Autogrill Group, the world’s leading provider of food & beverage services for people on the move. With sales of around €4.3 billion in 2015, the Group operates in 31 countries and employs over 57,000 people. It manages approximately 4,200 stores in over 1,000 locations worldwide.

Visit for more information. We can also be found on Facebook at and on Twitter at @HMSHost

EOE | Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity | DFWP | Background checks will be required prior to beginning employment.


Each year, the Highline Schools Foundation solicits nominations from community members, district employees and parents for its prestigious and much-anticipated Gold Star Awards.

This year’s list of impressive nominees includes well-deserving teachers, staff, administrators and volunteers.

Highline Schools Foundation congratulates them all, and looks forward to celebrating them at the Gold Star Awards BASH on March 16 (info below).

The 2017 Gold Star Award Nominees Are … 

Gold Star Rookie Teacher of the Year

  • Heather Cardenas, North Hill Elementary, Teacher – Third Grade
  • Colleen Carpenter, Chinook Middle School, Teacher – 7th grade Language Arts and Leadership
  • Chandrika Francis, Chinook Middle School, Teacher – Natural Resources
  • Taylor Gasser, Bow Lake Elementary, Teacher – ILC
  • Micah Gronvold, Technology, Engineering & Communications High School, Teacher – IAC
  • Benjamin Maund, Hazel Valley Elementary, Teacher – PE
  • David Thomas, Arts & Academics Academy, Teacher – Drama and Social Studies

Outstanding Administrator Nominees

  • Gaye Bungart, Director of Special Education
  • Mark Finstrom, Chief Technology Officer
  • Nicole Fitch, Tyee Campus, Principal
  • Megan Funes, McMicken Heights Elementary, Assistant Principal
  • Terry Holtgraves, Marvista Elementary, Assistant Principal
  • Nancy Melius, North Hill Elementary, Principal
  • Gil Parsons, Chinook Middle School, Assistant Principal
  • Victoria Terry, Big Picture Schools, Assistant Principal

Outstanding Professional or Classified Support Staff Nominees

  • Kathy Allen, Madrona Elementary, Family Support
  • Karen Berg, Beverly Park Elementary, Paraprofessional
  • Christy Birch, Bow Lake Elementary, Paraeducator & Office Assistant
  • Linda Elmore, Bow Lake Elementary, Paraeducator
  • Marco Fuentes, McMicken Heights Elementary, Head Custodian
  • Theda Hiranaka, Raisbeck Aviation High School, Attendance/Office Support
  • Lynda Johanson, Chinook Middle School, Community Engagement Specialist and Activities Coordinator
  • Kendall Lewis, Highline High School, Coach and Paraeducator
  • Juan Lozano, CTE Department, CTE Specialist – Certificated
  • Trish McGuire, Evergreen High School, Office Manager
  • Sydni Neves, Chinook Middle School, Instructional Coach
  • Maureen Roe, Parkside Elementary, Paraeducator PBS
  • Jim Tanner, Facilities Department, Glazier Lead
  • Pat Thomasson, Mount Rainier High School, Bookkeeper
  • Jenn Truong, Academy of Citizenship & Empowerment High School, Counselor
  • Maile Valu, Academy of Citizenship & Empowerment High School, Counselor
  • Amy Vattuone, Chinook Middle School, Instructional Coach

Outstanding Teacher Nominees
The Gold Star Outstanding Teacher will also represent the District as its Teacher of the Year in the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction sponsored regional contest.

  • Jennifer Bathelt, Chinook Middle School, Assistant Principal
  • Vickie Burns, Bow Lake Elementary, Teacher – DHH
  • Colleen Carpenter, Chinook Middle School, Teacher – Language Arts and Leadership, 7thGrade
  • Mary Drew, Cedarhurst Elementary, Teacher – Kindergarten
  • Paula Escher, Des Moines Elementary, Teacher
  • Theresa Fornalski, Seahurst Elementary, Teacher – Music
  • Sarah Gaffin, Marvista Elementary, Teacher – Kindergarten
  • Martha Gibson, Hilltop Elementary School, Teacher – Fifth Grade
  • Anna Hawryluk, Academy of Citizenship & Empowerment High School, Teacher – Social Studies
  • Jud Ketvirtis, Sylvester Middle School, Teacher – Language Arts/Social Studies
  • Grace Kleps, Chinook Middle School, Teacher – PE
  • Anna Kramer, Cascade Middle School, Teacher – Science, 8th Grade
  • Delila Leber, Mount View Elementary, Teacher – Dual Language, Kindergarten
  • Mark Lewis, Hazel Valley Elementary, Teacher – PE
  • Alecia Mabalay, Parkside Elementary, Teacher – Kindergarten
  • Melissa McGraw, Madrona Elementary, LRC Teacher Intermediate
  • Caitlyn McGuire, Hilltop Elementary, Instructional Specialist
  • Kim Meschter, Chinook Middle School, Teacher Librarian
  • Shawna Moore, Chinook Middle School, Teacher – Health
  • Joanne Nair, Marvista Elementary, Teacher – First Grade
  • Elizabeth Nelson, Chinook Middle School, CTE Design and Engineering Teacher
  • Kim Nguyen, Marvista Elementary, Teacher – Second Grade
  • Sara Savala, Beverly Park Elementary, Music Specialist
  • Yvonne Waldbillig-Lutz, Bow Lake Elementary, Teacher – DHH
  • Carolyn West, Beverly Park, Elementary Teacher

Outstanding Volunteer Nominees

  • Abdul Ahmed, Chinook Middle School
  • Gerry Clift, Chinook Middle School
  • Sherri Gorney, Gregory Heights Elementary
  • Ardis Hughes, Des Moines Elementary
  • Jen Pilgrim, Beverly Park Elementary
  • Chuck Tuman, Community Volunteer
  • Joe Van, Community Volunteer

Gold Star Awards BASH!
The Gold Star Award WINNERS will be announced live Thursday, March 16th at the annual Gold Star Awards BASH! The community is invited to Celebrate! Highline and enjoy an evening of music, drinks, appetizers and a LIVE announcement of the 2017 Gold Star Award winners. Drinks and light appetizers included for only $20! (21 and over)

Whether you are supporting a specific nominee or just want to be in on the fun and be the first to hear who wins, this is the night to celebrate all the outstanding Teachers, Volunteers, Alumni, Staff and Administrators of Highline Public Schools! Drinks and light appetizers included for only $20!

Event Details:  

WHAT: Gold Star Awards BASH!

WHEN:  Thursday, March 16, 2017: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE:  The Beach Park Event Center, 22030 Cliff Ave South, Des Moines


Your 33rd District Legislators will host a Town Hall on Saturday, March 18 at the Kent City Hall:

WHO: State Sen. Karen Keiser, State Rep. Mia Gregerson, and State Rep. Tina Orwall

WHA: Town hall meeting

WHEN: Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: Kent City Hall, 220 Fourth Ave S, Kent, WA 98032

WHY: To meet with constituents to report on, discuss, and answer questions regarding the 2017 legislative session.

From Highline College’s Alumni Foundation comes this scholarship-related news on this sad anniversary date:

Please join us as we journey through Build a Dream Week and honor a public servant whose life was cut short exactly 16 years ago today (March 7).

The Highline College Alumni Association is proud to announce that the recipient of funds donated today (Tuesday, March 7th) through the Text-to-Give platform will be…

The Steven Underwood Memorial Scholarship

Steven “Steve” Underwood was a native of south King County having grown up in Arbor Heights, White Center, and was a graduate of Evergreen High School. He was an avid motorcyclist, golfer, and baseball player, living life to its fullest. His drive to help his community took him to South Seattle Community College to study Criminal Justice, thereafter gaining a position as a Des Moines Police Officer. Steve’s quick wit, heart, easy going attitude and people skills served him well as a police officer.

On March 7th, 2001 Steve’s life was cut short while serving the community in a line of duty death.

The Mission of the Steve Underwood Memorial Scholarship is to help those that are interested in serving their communities through careers or volunteering efforts in the Public Safety / Criminal Justice system (Law Enforcement, Corrections, Private Security, and Legal Studies) with micro scholarships.

Vision of the Steven Underwood Memorial Scholarship is to increase interest and success in the Public Safety / Criminal Justice career field.

To support the Steven Underwood Memorial Scholarship text “Highline” to 80077 to make a onetime automatic $10 donation right from your cell phone.

Our friends at the Rotary Club of Des Moines & Normandy Park tell us they raised an “unofficial” total of $65,056 from the 13th Annual Poverty Bay Wine Festival, held March 3 and 4!

“Last weekend, the Rotary Club of Des Moines & Normandy Park, WA held their 13th Annual Poverty Bay Wine Festival at the Des Moines Beach Park Auditorium,” Organizers told The Waterland Blog. “Hundreds attended this two day fundraiser that benefits many of of the local Rotary Club’s passion projects. The Rotary Club of Des Moines & Normandy Park, WA sends its deepest thanks to attendees, volunteers, vendors, sponsors, wineries and anyone who helped with this successful endeavor.”

Here are some of the causes our local Rotary Club benefits:

And here are photos from the event courtesy Rotarian Andrew Rodgers (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

If you are a community leader who would like to exchange ideas and take action, the Rotary Club of Des Moines & Normandy Park, WA is now accepting new members – learn more at

From Advertiser DAL Law Firm:

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Estate Planning…For Your Electronics?

Traditionally, an estate plan comprises of a trust, wills, power of attorneys, and healthcare directives. But nowadays, with our increased reliance on our electronic assets, it is more and more important to ensure that your loved ones have access to your electronic assets in the event of your incapacity or death.

Access to such information may include:

  • Cell phone passcodes
  • Computer passwords
  • Social media accounts passwords
  • Online financial account passwords (bank accounts, investments, etc.)

Another option, in lieu of providing your login information to these various accounts, you may wish to consider using a company to organize and handle your digital assets, which allows you to leave directives for the handling of such accounts. Many of these companies do not keep your passwords, but at least will have information about which accounts exist, along with your intended distribution of those assets.

Of course, in either option, it is very important to ensure you maintain these records in a safe place and that only individuals that you trust have access to this information.

If you do need assistance with your estate plan, please give us a call today at (206) 408-8158, or email our office at [email protected]. We look forward to being able to assist you with your estate planning needs.


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Normandy Park, WA 98148

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By Jack Mayne

When longtime Des Moines Councilmember Donald Wasson died a year ago he left his waterfront property located at the entrance to Beach Park to the city and now City Council and staff are working to figure out whether to continue it as a rental house or making other plans.

City Manager Michael Matthias at the Thursday (March 2) study session said the immediate question is what happens to the property now that no one is living there.

During Council comment period resident Rick Johnson suggested the city investigate putting a fish and chips restaurant in the Wasson house.

“It seems to me it would be an excellent venue and also give decent revenue badly needed in Des Moines. Once the building is destroyed, you can bet no other building would be built there.

“I have talked to a number of citizens and their feelings are he same as mine – Don’t tear the Wasson house down.”

Multiple possibilities
But Matthias said the property could become part of the marina complex.

The city staff report says the parcel is developed with a single-family residence located along the shoreline of Puget Sound. Up until June 2016, the property had been rented as a single-family residence. Since that time, it has been vacant.

It is part of the marina, and the property along with the entire complex must generate enough revenue to pay the costs of owning and operating it, said Matthias. New paid parking will aid in revenue generation.

The city says the “disposition” or “redevelopment options” include keeping it a rental house – the building has been vacant for about a year and would have to occupied soon to retain its existing use. It could also be developed into a restaurant or made into a public plaza or promenade along the existing bulkhead as part of Beach Park, which is north of the house location.

The city says the property could bring in revenue by continuing the rental of the house, with considerable updating and repair costs.

Councilmember Jeremy Nutting said using the property as a rental or commercial property would be “very costly” but recommended the city not demolish the house prior to developing a more complete plan.

Matthias said there never was any thought to tear down the house until some plan as to what to do with the property.

Councilmember Rob Back thought some renovation would allow the house to be rented while the city figures out what the eventual use is, but Councilmember Dave Kaplan said he was not in favor it being a rental but that could be an interim consideration, perhaps a commercial use like a kayak rental area.

Mayor Matt Pina said the city needs to do repairs to the house to bring in revenue while the city figures out a long-range plan.

“We need to find the right thing before we take any decisive action,” Pina said.

City staff was told to look into potentials and come back to Council for decisions.

More court staff
The Council voted unanimously in study session to add a city court clerk because the current staff is “over-burdened yet working diligent,” said the meeting agenda. As background, the city staff noted that last year the city court staffing was decided “upon an estimated 30-40 citations per day for all red light enforcement locations, totaling about 12,000 tickets per year.”

But in reality the estimate, at up to 24,000 tickets a year.

Because of the increase, the Court asked the Council for “an 18-month limited term court clerk” beginning in June. But Councilman Rob Back said situations in the court have changed and the Court needs the position filled “as soon as possible.”

Councilmember Luisa Bangs said the staffing size was an estimate for the red light cameras and the reality is that estimate “far exceeded that.”

Stand-by generator
The Council approved an optional emergency standby generator that would provide sufficient power to the public works and engineering building adjacent to City Hall to operate on a normal basis during a power outage.

The city staff said there were three options for Council consideration. One would be for a $507,000 generator to power both complexes, or a $334,000 generator only for public works and engineering with the potential to add it city hall later; the third option would be to spend $162,000 for a generator only for the public works and engineering complex.

The Council approved the recommended $162,000 option,

The idea is to protect major city functions for a long period of time and the adjacent public works and engineering building is “vitally important to maintain critical services.”

It costs a lot to provide emergency power to the city hall building because of additions and changes over the years, which complicate easily powering it.

Janet Garrott Grella: October 2, 1949 – February 23, 2017

Janet and her husband Michael.

On a scooter in Italy.

We’re incredibly sad to report that Janet Garrott Grella – South King Media’s first Sales Manager – passed away peacefully on Feb. 23.

Janet Grella waves while riding in The B-Town Blog’s Burien’s Independence Day Parade “float.”

Janet first joined The B-Town Blog in 2009 after meeting Founder/Publisher Scott Schaefer at the Burien Farmers Market. She then became the company’s first Sales Manager, and turned what was then more of a “hobby” into a real business that now consists of six local blogs supported by local advertisers.

Janet brought amazing energy, humor and excellence to the blog, which quickly turned into a serious, full-time business because of her. In fact, Janet was a driving force behind the creation –and naming of – The Waterland Blog.

“I credit Janet with a great deal of our success and growth within our communities,” Schaefer said. “She was a seasoned advertising executive and we were lucky to be associated with her. If it wasn’t for Janet’s exuberance, amazing skills and belief in our digital publication, we wouldn’t be where we are today. She will be missed!”

Janet retired from the blog due to health issues in Sept. 2011.

A memorial service with family and friends will be held on Friday, March 10 at 1 p.m. at Yarington’s Funeral Home near Burien.

Here’s Janet’s obituary:

Janet Garrott Grella
October 2, 1949 – February 23, 2017


Beloved wife, sister, aunt, stepmother, grandmother, and dear friend to all, Janet died as she lived, boldly, fearlessly, surrounded by family and friends, and deeply loved.

Janet was born in Lafayette, Indiana. She was proud of her Midwestern roots and remained nostalgic about friends, farm, and family there throughout every chapter of her adult life. Janet attended college at Indiana University Bloomington where she majored in journalism. Post-college Janet enjoyed an illustrious career as Advertising Director at Marshall Field’s. It was there that Janet was dubbed the “Media Queen of Chicago.”

Janet moved to California to marry Michael Grella in 1991. While always a Hoosier at heart, Janet thoroughly embraced west coast (left coast) living. Feisty, funny, and full of life, Janet brought color to the dry landscape of Palm Desert. She and Michael relocated to Burien in 1995, and Janet quickly became an integral member of the community. Friendly, smart, and fun loving, Janet lived life to the fullest. Her infectious smile could light up a room. It is said that she never met a stranger, and all who knew her were fortunate to call her a friend.

An avid gardener, knitter, and honorary Italian, Janet pursued her passions with tremendous enthusiasm and gusto. She was a Cubs fan, a Hillary supporter, a student of yoga, a Willie Nelson groupie, and a staunch defender of animals, among so many other things. Janet’s vibrant personality was reflected in her uniquely beautiful and colorful style, and in the many and varied scarves that she enjoyed wearing.

Janet leaves a legacy of laughter and love. She is survived by her husband (Michael), sister (Chris), brother (Doug), Nephews (Wade, Gil, & Harry), stepdaughters (Charity, Rachel, & Alice), Granddaughter (Kathy), cat (Bernie) and countless friends and others whose lives she touched.

Lei vivrà nei nostri cuori sempre. **

A memorial service with family and friends will be held on Friday, March 10 @ 1:00 at Yarington’s Funeral Home near Burien. The service will be followed by a light reception.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Janet’s memory may be made to Burien CARES, (909 SW 151st Street, Burien WA 98166) or to Planned Parenthood/West Seattle Heath Center (9942 8th Avenue SW, Seattle WA 98106).

* She has lived!
** She will live in our hearts forever.

And here are some memories of Janet as shared by Writer Ralph Nichols:

Janet was a go-getter. There is no doubt about that. With an innovative mind for advertising and marketing, matched by a buoyant determination to get things done, she promoted her ideas and made them succeed. There is no doubt that Janet would have found her niche and made her mark regardless of which door opened after moving west with Michael following a successful career in Chicago. But fate directed her to the Highline Times and, later, The B-Town Blog.

This local connection came about in one of those fleeting “right place, right time” moments. In spring 2002 Janet, a complete stranger, called for an appointment with me at the Highline Times, where I was one of two editor/reporters. She was freelancing in public relations and one of her clients was the nursery, with its unique Japanese garden, on the east side of Des Moines Memorial Drive just north of SR-518. The business was targeted for closure because it was directly under the flight path of the planned third runway at Sea-Tac International Airport.

The story she came to pitch is long forgotten, but what transpired during her visit is still easy to remember. After we exchanged pleasantries, she began to explain the plight of the nursery and whatever angle it was that she wanted the paper to cover – likely a story to raise public awareness of the need to preserve the Japanese garden. (This was accomplished within a couple of years when the vegetation was relocated with a lot of volunteer labor to the botanical gardens adjacent to the SeaTac Community Center.)

But she had only begun her presentation when Publisher Jerry Robinson barged into the conversation. The Times’ office was located at the time in a long, narrow hole-in-the-wall office in a small strip mall on SW 153rd Street. My space in the very back offered two amenities – a large rear window and a short walk to the restroom, which meant that anyone heading in there could see whomever might be talking with me. And Jerry, being curious, wanted to know who Janet was and what it was she wanted.

The more Jerry learned about her past and present in advertising, the more interested he became. After maybe 20 minutes of questions by him and answers by her, he said, “Why don’t you come do that for us?” It sounded more like he was insisting that she join the company than an invitation. And there was a definite need for Robinson Newspapers to increase Highline advertising revenue – already one major advertiser, a local supermarket, had closed its doors, and another two would follow, all victims of changing demographics and shopping patterns.

Within a couple of weeks, under the watchful eye of Janet making sure her client’s story was told just right, the Times published an article about the Japanese garden that needed a new home soon – setting in motion plans for its relocation. By then, or not much later, Janet was on board as the Highline Times’ advertising manager, ensconced in the cubicle adjacent to me in the hole-in-the-wall office. Immediately there was a buzz of activity not heard or observed before. And even as ad revenues declined with as the three supermarkets closed, she made lemonade from the lemons she was handed, finding ways to generate advertising by becoming involved in community promotions and boosting new businesses.

From day one, Janet and General Manager Roger Hollings hit it off well, making a great business team that financially sustained the papers despite hits from the loss of advertising when those markets closed. Much of this happened because her enthusiasm and determination made it so, as she almost single-handedly boosted the paper’s presence throughout the area.

Quick to align the Highline Times with Discover Burien, she made certain that the paper was well represented at Burien’s celebration of 10 years as an incorporated city in 2003, and was visible at local farmers markets and festivals. Together with Roger, she pushed a special insert that December commemorating 100 years of manned flight – making these papers the only publications in the region to mark this historic milestone despite the fact that Boeing was born in Seattle.

It was delightful with Janet on the other side of the cubicle divider in that hole-in-the-wall office, not only because we overheard each other’s conversations but, in addition to chit chat, we easily shared useful information about what was going on locally. One thing about Janet that amused her co-workers – and defied physics – was clutter. To her, the sign “A Clean Desk is the Sign of a Sick Mind” understated things. A pile of papers here and another there on her desk soon grew to another half dozen such stacks that soon intermingled on a nearby table, and then more on the floor. We were convinced that they began to grow on their own. Yet she still managed to find paperwork when it was needed.

Then there was a major well-intended promotion that blew up in her face.  When a new dog grooming business opened in downtown Des Moines – a community that then needed all the business boosting it could get – Janet made sure it got an upbeat advertorial. Then came swift retribution when the owner of a long-established dog grooming business – and advertiser – in the area reacted angrily to the coverage for the newcomer that she had never received. Some how, some way, Janet managed to smooth the ruffled feathers and all was good again.

You can read some of Janet’s work for the blog here.

We encourage all those who knew Janet to share their memories of her in the Comments below…

The body of a deceased man was found floating in the Des Moines Marina Thursday night (March 2), about 30 feet off the docks.

A South King Fire & Rescue swimmer brought the body to an empty slip and turned the scene over to Des Moines Police.

The victim – said to be a male in his 50s-60s – was pronounced dead at the scene, and there were no medical efforts made to revive him.

Police said there were no obvious signs of trauma.

The victim’s identity and cause of death will be determined by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Close to 50 local employers with full-time, part-time and temporary job opening will be represented at Highline College’s Spring Job Fair, to be held Wednesday, March 15 on campus.

The event is free and open to the public, and no advance registration is necessary.

Employers from a wide variety of industries will be represented. Attendees should be prepared to speak with recruiters, dress professionally and bring extra copies of their resume.

Free career workshops are also available to prepare for the fair. Learn more at

WHEN: Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.; Highline College’s main campus is located midway between Seattle and Tacoma at South 240th Street and Pacific Highway South (Highway 99); address: 2400 S. 240th St., Des Moines, Wash.

WHERE: Highline College’s main campus, Building 8

INFO: For details, visit

Participating Employers:

  • Advanced Health Care
  • Aegis Living
  • Apartment Advantage Staffing
  • Bright Horizons
  • Burien Dental Care
  • C+C
  • Catholic Community Services
  • City of Federal Way Community Center
  • City of SeaTac
  • College Nannies & Tutors
  • Comcast
  • Concrete Technology Corporation
  • Continuant, Inc.
  • Department of Corrections
  • Environment Control
  • Fastenal Company
  • FedEx Express
  • FedEx Ground
  • Franciscan Health System
  • Full Life Care
  • Guided Pathways – Support for Youth and Families
  • Highline Public Schools
  • Home Care Referral Registry
  • IKEA
  • InDemand Interpreting
  • Julia Johnson Agency, State Farm Insurance
  • Korean Women’s Association
  • Life Care Centers of America
  • Lile Relocation Services
  • Lowe’s
  • New Care Concepts, Inc.
  • Northwest Hospital & Medical Center
  • O’Brien Auto Group
  • Phoenix Protective Corporation
  • Port Jobs – Airport Jobs
  • Primerica
  • Puget Sound Educational Services District (PSESD)
  • Sears Home Services
  • Seattle Police Department
  • Swissport USA
  • University of Washington Medicine
  • Uwajimaya
  • Valley Cities Counseling & Consultation
  • Virginia Mason Medical Center
  • Washington State Convention Center
  • Wesley Homes

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate’s Open House – set for this SUNDAY, March 5 – is a 3-bedroom Des Moines Charmer tucked away on an oversized lot (nearly 20,000 sq feet) perfect for your privacy and enjoyment!

This home has plenty of off-street parking with a beautiful Sound View.

Inside you will find the kitchen has been remodeled and bathrooms have been tastefully updated.

Home features a daylight basement with slider that opens to the private back yard lined with trees for privacy. The basement also includes a bonus room that can be used as a 4th bedroom (non conforming) or den.

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

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Open House.

WHEN: SUNDAY, March 5: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 23336 19th Ave S Des Moines, WA 98198 (MAP, or see below)


  • List Price: $354,900
  • MLS Number: 1080931
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1.75
  • Year Built: 1948
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,760 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 19,978 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • High Tech Cabling
  • Walk-in Closet

Marketing Remarks:

This Des Moines Charmer is tucked away on an oversized lot (nearly 20,000 sq feet) perfect for your privacy and enjoyment.

Home has plenty of off street parking with a Beautiful Sound View.

Inside you will find the kitchen has been remodeled and bathrooms have been tastefully updated.

Home features a daylight basement with slider that opens to the private back yard lined with trees for privacy.

The basement also includes a bonus room that can be used as a 4th bedroom (non conforming) or den.

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.

Citizen Activist Chad Harper (pictured above) announced his campaign Wednesday, March 1, to run for Des Moines City Council, Position #7.

Although he apparently hasn’t filed yet with the state Public Disclosure Commission, it appears that Harper will run against new candidate Matthew Mahoney:

Here’s more from a statement:

“I am excited to continue my public service in this great community,” Harper said. “We have work to do to ensure Des Moines city government runs smoothly and efficiently. I’m hoping my record of results in public service can help make that happen.”

Most recently, Harper led the effort to pass the construction bond for the Highline School District as the Chair of the Highline Citizens for Schools. As a commissioner for the Des Moines Human Services Commission, he worked to increase the number of non-profit programs that received support from the city while not raising additional taxes. He is also a Highline Schools Foundation Trustee.

Chad was raised by his grandmother in a low-income household and became the first person in his family to graduate from high school and college. He has a degree in Politics and Government from the University of Puget Sound. Chad is a former intern for Congressman Adam Smith, worked in King County Councilmember Julia Patterson’s office and currently works in legal administration at Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt.

“There are so many issues and challenges in Des Moines I’m ready to work on. We need to move forward on the redevelopment of the Marina, increase the number of police officers, and ensure all citizens have a voice in our city process,” added Harper.

Chad Harper has been endorsed by:

  • King County Executive Dow Constantine
  • King County Sheriff John Urquhart
  • King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove
  • Rep. Tina Orwall
  • Rep. Mia Gregerson
  • Highline School Board President Bernie Dorsey
  • Highline School Board VP Joe Van
  • Highline School Board Member Angelica Alvarez
  • Fmr. King County Councilmember Julia Patterson
  • Renton City Councilmember Ryan McIrvin
  • Renton City Councilmember Ruth Perez
  • Burien City Councilmember Austin Bell
  • South King Fire and Rescue Commissioner James Fossos
  • Fmr. Des Moines City Council Member Susan White

Harper’s website is

Looking for your next great adventure – how about Scuba Diving?

Come on out to TL Sea Diving’s Discover Pool Night this Thursday, March 2, 2017 and discover a Scuba intro, Dry Suit experiences, Peak Performance Buoyancy, and the excitement of a DPV underwater scooter!

Local gem TL Sea Diving is your launchpad for exploring the Puget Sound or tropical waters in far flung locales. It all starts at TL Sea where friendly staff LOVE to welcome those new to the sport or seasoned divers of all kinds. Working from their own passion for diving adventures, they offer courses and all the equipment to turn you into a diving enthusiast too!

Discover pool night is a great time to refresh skills or see if diving is right for you. Don’t miss this opportunity to embrace a new adventure all in a comfortable and safe environment. Space is limited, register today.

23405 Pacific Hwy South
Des Moines, WA 98198

  • (206) 824-4100 – TEL
  • (888) 44-TLSEA – TOLL FREE in WA
  • (206) 824-9700 – FAX



REMINDER: A FREE ‘Repair Time’ fix-it event will be held at the Burien Community Center this Wednesday, March 1, from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.

“Bring your small household items including clothing and we’ll try to repair them or help you fix them!” Organizers said. “We want to keep stuff out of the landfill, conserve resources and save you money. Free to the public!”

You must be present during the repair.

Experienced all-purpose fixers and sewing fixers will try to repair or mend your items, and can also sometimes help you learn how to fix them next time. There are no guarantees an item can be fixed, or that attempting to fix it won’t break it even more.

Please only bring items small enough to be easily carried in by one person. Do not bring any items that are leaking, dangerous, use gasoline, or have a strong odor.

To sign up to attend, or if you have questions, please contact Tom Watson at 206-477-4481.

More info at

This Burien fix-it event is co-sponsored by the King County EcoConsumer program’s Repair Time project and the Highline High School-based FIRST Tekerz Robotics 4-H team.

The Burien Community Center is located at 14700 6th Ave SW:

Great Beer. Great Music.  Great Cause


The Cove, Normandy Park, WA

Come see how you can make a big difference in the lives of orphaned children, all while sipping local beers, listening to some spectacular music, and enjoying a night with friends – the Northwest Ale fest will be held on Saturday, March 11 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at The Cove in Normandy Park.

Admission is $30 and includes a beer tasting glass and six tasting tokens.  Additional tokens will be available for purchase.  Designated driver tickets ($5) will be available at the door. There will be 22 different beers to sample, food trucks, and live music performed by Molner Music.

All proceeds will benefit Orphan Relief & Rescue, an organization founded in response to the nature and magnitude of violence and neglect of orphaned children in West Africa.  Headquartered in Burien, our vision is to end injustice and see every child restored to their  true value.

The event is sponsored by Collins Chiropractic, Hot Feet Fitness, Burien Press, The B-Town Blog, and Tamera Duke from Windermere Real Estate.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or at

The Normandy Park Cove is located at 1500 SW Shorebrook Drive:

Have Coffee with a Cop this coming Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Highline College’s Student Union Building.

Police officers will be drinking java and discussing crime or other topics with residents.

“No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know local law enforcement personnel!”

For more information contact CSO Tonya Seaberry (206) 870-7619 or [email protected].

Advertiser Salon Michelle is hiring:

Cosmetologist/Hair Stylist ‬

‪$26,000 – $94,000 a year – Full-time, Commission‬

We are looking for a great personality to add to our salon . Are you looking for a great opportunity to build a career in hairdressing? Have you been wanting to grow your skills and clientele to advance yourself to the next level? We are looking for a driven, self motivated stylist at any level who is wanting to advance and become part of our team.‬

We offer:‬

  • ‪An Associate Training Program‬
  • In-house education‬
  • Mentoring and coaching‬
  • Strategic Marketing‬
  • Retail commission bonuses‬


  • Hourly or Commission based on experience‬

Job Type:

  • Full-time‬


  • $26,000.00 to $94,000.00 /year‬

    Required license or certification:‬
  • Cosmetologist‬

Newly Licensed Cosmetologist ‬

Full-time, Commission‬

Just Graduating Beauty School? This is the perfect place for you!!!‬

  • Associate training program‬
  • In-house education‬
  • Mentoring and coaching‬
  • Strategic marketing‬
  • Retail commission bonus‬


  • Hourly or commission which ever is higher.‬

Employment type:

  • Full-time‬

Associate program‬
Our associate program is a comprehensive hands-on experience that provides training in all areas of technical skills, guest handling and business building. Our associates work with a dedicated service provider to grow into a career hairdresser. Like our service providers, our associate program is a performance based level system. The salon provides an environment for growth, learning and support. It is our commitment that every associate graduates from our program with a seamless transition from associate to stylist with the skills necessary for success in our industry. We are always on the lookout for potential associates with passion, eagerness to learn,and a willingness to be trained and coached. If this is you please apply! Our average stylist makes 46000 a year.‬

Our salon is located in the downtown marina district, only 4 blocks from the water. We are involved in local charities and city organizations including but not limited to, the Arts Commission and Destination Des Moines.‬
‪Check us out at our website‬

If you would like to be a part of our amazing team please call the salon and schedule a time to drop by, meet the owner Michelle Fawcett and drop off your resume in person, be sure to be at your best and we look forward to meeting you and potentially coaching you towards being a successful stylist.‬

Salon Michelle is located at:

21923 Marine View Drive S.
Des Moines, WA 98198 (map below)

Hours of Operation:

  • Tuesday – Thursday10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Friday10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday10 a.m. – 5 p.m.




(206) 824-3431