Des Moines United Methodist Church’s annual Valentine Spaghetti Dinner will be held this Saturday, Feb. 14 from 5 – 8 p.m.

Beautiful cafe setting served by our Youth.

Adult $12, Children $8, Family $35.

3-course meal with salad, bread, pasta, dessert, drinks.

Also exciting baskets available with raffle tickets. $2 off if call office before Feb 14.

22225 9th Ave So, Fellowship Hall, Des Moines 98198

206-878-8301

www.desmoinesumc.org

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Cove to Clover will be offering a Corporate Team Contest at this year’s event – set for Sunday, March 15 – with the Grand Prize being a Challenge Course Team Building Adventure (by Y.E.T.I.):

High Challenge Element  Low Challenge Element

GRAND PRIZE – Corporate Team Building ($1250 value):

Enjoy a powerful, all-day team-building lead by professional facilitators at Camp Long in West Seattle. Includes low and high (ropes course) elements.

Up to 15 people can attend (lunch can be arranged for an additional fee).

Challenge Course experience provided by Y.E.T.I.

Contest Rules:

  • Email corporateteams@covetoclover.com to register/reserve the offical team code for your group
  • Rally your troops, directing all your team members to enter your team’s code in the “Corporate Team” field when registering.
  • Once registered, an individual can not change or add a Corporate Team affiliation.
  • Winning team shall be the one with the most online registrants (Note: online registration closes 3 days before the race).
  • Winner announced on race day!

Have some fun and promote your business:

  • Brand your team with t-shirts, headbands, etc.
  • Friendly banter with other community teams.

Here’s the race course:

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To register, or for more information, visit http://www.covetoclover.com/team.aspx

The first round of results for Tuesday’s (Feb. 10) Special Election were released at 8:04 p.m., and the early tallies show that the Highline School District Levy is passing with a 57.47% approval, while the Bond is struggling with just under 54% approval.

Proposition No. 1 (the Levy) requires a simple majority, while Proposition No. 2 (the Bond) requires a 60% yes vote “with a minimum turnout of 12,572.”

With 17,572 counted, here are the first returns:

Highline School District No. 401 Proposition No. 1 (requires simple majority):

  • Yes: 9981 57.47%
  • No: 7386 42.53%

Highline School District No. 401 Proposition No. 2 (requires 60% supermajority/12,572 turnout):

  • Approved: 9413 53.94%
  • Rejected: 8037 46.06%

The next round of results will be released at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, so check back then…

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‘Winter Break Fun’ runs from Feb. 16 & 17, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Advertiser Matt Griffin YMCA in SeaTac.

“Schools Out! Need plans for your child during the February Winter Break? Sign them up for a few fun-filled days at the Matt Griffin Y and get a glimpse at our summer Mini Camp activities.”

Children will swim, rock climb, create crafts, and play group games.

Lunch provided.

FEES:

Matt Griffin YMCA is located at 3595 S. 188th Street in SeaTac.

For more info, visit http://www.seattleymca.org/Locations/MattGriffin/pages/Home.aspx

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Story & Photos by Sterling Paris
Intern, Big Picture High School

Driving down Marine View Drive in Des Moines you can find a cute floral shop called Floralaura, run by Laura Straight, located right next to B & E Meats and across the street from Aunty Irene’s.

Laura decided to move locations, and changed the shop’s name back in 2010.

I can tell she takes great pride and joy in what she does, and her arrangements look so beautiful too! In both visits she had customers and I had to wait my turn. With a nice classy vintage touch, I really adore this place. With big vases and chandeliers, lace, an old typewriter and telephone and even a sweet little tweeting bird – and yes she’s real! It really pulls everything together. I like this shop because unlike other big brand flower companies, Laura goes out to the markets and personally picks out flowers that she likes and thinks will be great sellers and will also last the longest.

“My customers always call and tell me that their flowers last much longer than any others they have bought,” she told me.
“I could move other places but I really like Des Moines, it’s a really nice community,” she added.

The strange thing I find about it though is that she says only 20 percnt of her business comes from actual Des Moines residents. I find that a low number when she has been in business for about 10 years now. So if you have an event or occasion that’s coming up, you should check out Floralaura and also check out that cute tweety bird!

Until next time, thank you so much for reading!

22505 Marine View Dr. S.
Des Moines, WA 98198

Hours:

  • By chance or appointment, Sunday and Monday
  • 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Tuesday thru Friday
  • 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday

Phone: 206.824.9603

Email: floralaura@gmail.com

EDITOR’S NOTE: “Intern’s View” is a special feature that spotlights the talents of Sterling Paris, our Big Picture High School Intern.

This week, care providers Home Helpers & Direct Link (an Advertiser) announced their partnership with Veterans Care Coordination to offer the Aid and Attendance Pension benefit to our local community of Veterans and their spouses.

1 in 3 seniors in this country is a Veteran or surviving spouse of a Veteran and may be eligible for this benefit that provides funding to Veterans for in-home, retirement home and/or assisted living care. There are no fees or obligation to determine eligibility.

Joey Sposari, owner of the local Home Helpers & Direct Link office and his staff are experts at understanding and helping Vets obtain the Aid and Attendance Pension benefit by cutting through all of the red tape with an easy, 8-step process to determine eligibility. Joey will personally walk each person through the process, thus removing the frustration and worry by serving Vets with the same honor and integrity with which they served the country.

Ranked #1 in care services, Home Helpers & Direct Link provide the highest quality caregivers. All employees are local, skilled, compassionate, and pass drug and background checks. Home Helpers & Direct Link serves King, Snohomish, Pierce, Thurston and Lewis counties.

To find out more information simply call or email Home Helpers & Direct Link to schedule an appointment:

206-805-6771

HHBurien@homehelpershomecare.com

Care Options
Home Helpers & Direct Link is passionate about caring for Veterans and provides direct care services to help those who wish to maintain their independence. Home Helpers aims to help alleviate stress by offering access to this important Aid and Attendance Benefit. Here is a short list of services provided, see the website for a complete list:VeteransDay4_t500

  • Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support
  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Light Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Grocery Shopping
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Doctor Appointment Transportation and Assistance
  • Personal Emergency Response Systems and Fall Sensors

To learn more, simply call or email to schedule a free, no obligation appointment. Eligibility for Veterans and spouses of Veterans is determined within 48 hours.

“More than just caregivers, we are family.”

Joey Sposari of Home Helpers & Direct Link.

Home Helpers & Direct Link:

206-805-6771

HHBurien@homehelpershomecare.com

213 SW 160th Street
Burien, WA 98166

www.burienhomecare.com

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

A Copy of a COMPLAINT to the Public Disclosure Commission.

I am filing this complaint against the HIGHLINE SCHOOL DISTRICT No 401, and it’s employees who are responsible for violating the PDC regulations as well as violation the laws of the STATE OF WASHINGTON, Specifically RCW42.17A .555 their address is Highline Public Schools,15675 Ambaum Blvd. S.W,Burien, WA 98166. Their Phone Number is 206-433-0111.

I ALLEGE that Highline Public School District No.401, violated RCW42.17A.555

THAT PROHIBITS “USE OF PUBLIC OFFICE OR AGENCY FACILITIES IN CAMPAIGNS.”

As well as the Public Disclosure Commission rule which says “If the agency distributes more than this jurisdiction–wide single publication, the agency must be able to demonstrate to the PDC that this conduct is normal and regular for that agency.”

On January 22, 2015, I received an envelope containing a ballot to vote on proposition No.1 on the school levy and Proposition No.2 on the construction bond.

On January 24, 2015 I received the Illegal eight page, ten color, Campaign Marketing brochure from the Highline School District! It contains almost every conceivable reason for voting yes on these two issues. It is an out and out attempt to brainwash any and all who read it, to Vote yes on each of these two ballots.

Also, Exhibit # THREE contains another Brochure Labeled “Highline January 2015 Journal” sent to me by the Highline School District, Filled with reasons why an unnamed yes vote is vital to our children’s education! What more compelling reason to vote a certain way could they be trying to convey? Both of these Brochures are obvious marketing messages that are pertinent to how they are urging us to vote, without actually coming out and saying “vote yes”, there is no question about what message they are attempting to send to the voters.

I believe these last two brochures constitute prima facie evidence of violations of the Public Disclosure rules, and should provide ample grounds. For invalidation of the results of these two ballots!

I would expect their defense to be: they did not say “VOTE YES”!

An example of their technique might be a full page add in the newspaper featuring, A new car, extolling all the new features and the low miles per gallon, and the 100,000 mile guarantee, and the thousand dollar discount while never needing to ask anyone to buy any of their cars. Their message is clear!

The PDC. Manual says “If the agency distributes more than this jurisdiction–wide single publication, the agency must be able to demonstrate to the PDC that this conduct is normal and regular for that agency.”

The Highline School District cannot demonstrate that this ”eight page, ten color flamboyant brochure” or their “January 2015 Journal “are examples of communications to the voters is a part of their normal and regular conduct during any time other than during an election, which is a clear violation of RCW42.17A.555

Having been a Tax Payer in the Highline School District for more than 45 years. I have never seen any correspondence as blatantly flamboyant and misleading as the enclosed flyer except during election campaigns to pass school bonds or school levies!

It should be obvious that using money derived from the taxpayers own taxes, trying to hoodwink those same tax payers into voting to increase their taxes by voting yes in this election is basically illegal and cannot be justified by any denial that this illegal campaign brochure, Is anything other than an attempt to violate the law.

The Highline School District Refused to Include a Voters Pamphlet with the ballot.

They did not give a reason for not including the Voters Pamphlet! It could not have been to save money because this Eight Page, Ten Color, illegal brochure probably cost far and away, more than the cost of a voter’s pamphlet!

Not including a Voter’s pamphlet with the ballot, Deprives the Voters of the opportunity to read the Pro And Con Statements, And thus depriving the voters of the chance to read any argument explaining why they should vote NO in these two elections.

This flyer is filled with misleading and illegal messages.

This flyer is an example of the School District’s contempt for the voters!

It attempts to brainwash the citizens of the district into believing that they know what the best use of our tax dollars is.

Since the ballots have been sent to the voters, and these illegal brochures were received after the ballots had been delivered this complaint becomes more urgent.

The lengths to which the School District has gone, in this election, Smack of an Illegal Conspiracy!

A search of PDC records of 1995 might reveal similar violations by the Highline School District! Either the laws apply to everybody including the Highline School District, or they don’t. What penalty was assessed against the School District for their violations at that time?

I have provided all the information, documents and other evidence of which I am aware; If I become aware of additional information, documents or evidence related to my complaint , I will promptly provide it to the PDC; and I am providing the PDC current information on how to contact me, and will promptly update that information if it changes. Unless otherwise noted, I agree that PDC may use my Email address instead of U.S. mail for all written correspondence about this complaint.

I am attaching 3 copies of evidence marked as Exhibit ONE, Exhibit TWO and Exhibit THREE (EDITOR’S NOTE: The Writer of this Letter did not include these documents).

Exhibit ONE is a copy of the Special Election Ballot for proposition 1 and proposition 2 in the February 10 Special Election, which I received in the mail on January 22, 2015.

Exhibit TWO is an eight page ten color brochure, which is without question an advertisement intended to convince me to vote yes. No other interpretation could possibly be made because every element of this advertisement is providing an unmistakable message to vote yes.

Exhibit THREE is another brochure from the Highline School District that is definitely the kind of communication that is easily recognized as an attempt to elicit a yes vote from the reader.

Both of these last two exhibits, EXHIBIT TWO, and EXHIBIT THREE, are in violation of the PDC rule; “If the agency distributes more than this jurisdiction–wide single publication, the agency must be able to demonstrate to the PDC that this conduct is normal and regular for that agency”

Since the election is in process and will be over in just a few days, this complaint becomes more urgent!

I respectfully request your immediate response to these Illegal actions. And request, that you refer this case to the Attorney General immediately for timely enforcement action and the possible nullification of the results of these two ballots or enjoin the certification of the election results by King County Elections.

Yours truly,
Don Wasson

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

Have YOU voted on the school levy/bond yet?

Ballots are due Tuesday, Feb. 10, and can either be mailed or dropped off locally at a ballot box near Burien City Hall/Town Square on the corner of SW 152nd Street and 5th Place SW.

This box is open 24-hours, but your completed ballot must be dropped off by 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10.

We’d like to take a moment to thank all our great Readers and Advertisers for their support, as our traffic statistics for Dec. 2014 – Jan. 2015 were amazing!

In our ongoing policy of transparency, here are our traffic stats as per Google Analytics for the time period from Dec. 1, 2014 to Jan. 31, 2015, versus the same two-month period a year ago:

  • Sessions: UP +292.54%
    41,813 vs 10,652
    Average: 20,907/month
  • Pageviews: UP +232.79%
    59,270 vs 17,810
    Average: 29,635/month

We believe that our recent fast growth is due to the fact that most people prefer to get their news online than in print. Personally, we think that by the time something is printed, it’s “old news.”

And when was the last time you were able to comment and share your thoughts about a story in a printed newspaper or magazine?

We’re also proud to abide by time-tested journalism ethics. We’re an active member of the Society of Professional Journalists, and we adhere to their proven standards. We don’t publish rumors or gossip, and we vet all stories before publishing.

Again, THANKS for all your support for making The Waterland Blog your leading news, events, arts, entertainment and more source for Des Moines, WA! And please support our Advertisers – without them, we couldn’t do what we do.

And if you haven’t already, be sure to “Like” us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/waterlandblog and follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/waterlandblog

Also, consider using some of our exclusive Coupons (click images to print coupons):

And remember – if you’re considering Advertising locally, remember to ask for actual statistics from an independent source (i.e.: Google Analytics), as you deserve transparency and truth (and to Advertise with us, email Theresa Schaefer at vtheresa@comcast.net for a Media Kit).

COMING SOON: Original ‘Hyperlocal’ Newscasts/Podcasts (more details here) – stay tuned!

Our latest Advertiser Highline Citizens for Schools says “Vote YES for Schools by February 10″:

Ballots must be mailed by Tuesday to count in the February 10 election. Vote YES for on the school levy and bond to ensure strong schools and a thriving community.

The Seattle Times writes:

HIGHLINE Public Schools voters should embrace the chance to give the district the elbow room needed to continue innovative reforms to better serve students… This district is a standout for its academic approaches… Both [levy and bond] are necessary for the district’s success. Read the entire endorsement

In an earlier editorial, the Seattle Times wrote:

HIGHLINE Public Schools is a district bursting at the seams. District voters should not miss a second chance to replace aging schools and prepare for a stream of new students expected to swell the district’s rolls over the next decade. Read the full editorial

Take a look at this KING5 News story to see why we need to replace our two oldest schools and build new ones for a growing student population.

If this bond doesn’t pass, Highline will be in the same boat as Lake Washington School District after voters there failed bonds twice last year.

Here’s where to find details on the bond and levy.

Mail your ballot today or drop it in a ballot drop box by Tuesday, February 10.

Rep. Gregerson with page Thomas Swanson

Thomas Swanson, a student at Raisbeck Aviation High School, served as a Page this week in the Washington State House of Representatives.

Sponsored by state Rep. Mia Gregerson (D-SeaTac), Thomas is the son of Carmen Gonzales and Keith Swanson of Des Moines.

Pages perform a wide variety of responsibilities, from presenting the flags to distributing amendments on the House floor.

In addition to contributing to the efficient operation of the Legislature, Pages spend two hours each day in a classroom setting learning about the legislative process.

Congrats Thomas!

by Dave Markwell

Last weekend was busy. My son had a wrestling tournament, which tends to consume an entire day, and my daughter needed serving prior to this event. I was up early on a Saturday morning navigating my various duties. I was also traveling solo as my wife was out of town. I had much to do in a limited time, but despite some obligatory screaming from my girl and the standard last minute fire drill exercise from my late-running son, I managed to avoid any of the big, potential disasters lurking around each corner. I handled my business and carried on with a light heart and clear mind. It’s nice when this happens.

Following my busy bee morning, I began the twenty-five mile trek to my son’s tournament. On the freeway heading south, a heavy fog shrouded the lanes of travel. The fog was thick, but not dangerous. I could see my lane and the others fine, but the distractions off the highway were invisible. A cocoon of white mist canceled the eye-noise of ancillary commerce and busy people doing busy things. Traffic was light and courteous. It was a nice drive.

Sometimes in life, moments of brief, but meaningful peace and contentment will capture us in their magic. These moments when time slows and the world seems right are precious. They are not entirely rare, but they can be hard to see though the noisy distractions when life’s chores and worries seem to pile on high.

For a few golden minutes, I drove with no care for the distractions, but a deep care for the life I was living and the people in it. I felt like a kid in a living room fort: I knew that other people were in the room, but was warm and quiet in my own thoughts. I reflected and looked forward and enjoyed the fog. I had all that I needed. I lacked nothing. My drive was a nice surprise and good medicine. In a few silent, but glorious moments, I cured the ailment I didn’t know I was afflicted with. A friendly apparition haunted my soft spots and I healed.

So, during our perpetual quest for righteous riches and high regards, it’s a good thing to remember that a foggy Saturday morning drive with a full tank of gas is a fine thing, too…

[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). Dave also 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, you can “friend” Dave on Facebook here. Or work out with him at his exercise company Waterland CrossFit!]

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Darcy Smith, center, when she was named “Teacher of the Year” in 2012. Also pictured is Deputy Superintendent Carla Jackson, left, and Interim Superintendent Alan Spicciati, right. Photo courtesy Highline Public Schools.

by Jack Mayne

A woman who just three years ago was named regional “Teacher of the Year” (read our original report here) has been charged with child rape of a teenage boy that she had taken in to live with her in her Renton home.

Darcy M. Smith, 41, recently a teacher at McMicken Heights Elementary School is charged with abusing a boy for more than two years after first having sex with him at age 14. The youth is now 19 and reportedly moved out of the woman’s home when he was 18.

The Highline Public Schools elementary school teacher was named teacher of the year for the region in 2012. Smith is now accused of abusing a boy for more than two years. Highline Public Schools spokeswoman Catherine Carbone Rogers said parents of children taught by Smith were notified of the investigation earlier in the week.

The boy told investigators Smith, 41, first had sex with him when he was 14 and living in her Renton home. He’s now 19.

Smith, most recently of McMicken Heights Elementary School, has been charged with three counts of child rape in King County Superior Court. The assaults are alleged to have begun in September 2008; charging papers suggest Smith was still sexually involved with the boy when she was named teacher of the year.

Six-year involvement
The youth told sheriff’s deputies that he moved in with his sixth grade teacher, Smith, when he was 12-years old “and lived with Mrs. Smith for about a year before they began having sex.” The boy said they continued to have sex until he moved out when he was 18.

The investigating deputy said the boy said “Smith would pull him aside in the sixth grade and talk to him about his family problems. He said he felt like he could talk to Ms. Smith about things he could not tell his mother.” The youth said he broke his collarbone and Smith took him to the hospital.

The deputy reported that the youth’s mother and Smith agreed to allow the boy to live with her because “she lived closer to the hospital and spoke English. He also said that his older brother was involved with gangs and was a bad influence.”

The police report said the boy related that when he first lived with her, she “bought him a few things and soon he had his closet full of clothes. (The boy) said he never had new clothes before.”

The mother agreed to keep allowing the boy to live with Smith, said the Sheriff’s deputy’s report, “because she would put him on the right track.”

The officer’s report said later on in the relationship, Smith’s husband would fall asleep early and she would put her own children to bed, then she would drink wine and become more affectionate with the youth.

They started having sex with the youth when he was in the eighth grade.

The deputy’s report said the boy “knew it was wrong.”

Smith told the youth “not to say anything and made him promise not to tell.” The report added that Smith told the teen that “she would go to jail and be in big trouble if he told.”

Administrative Leave
Smith has been on administrative leave since August, when the district learned of the claims, Carbone Rogers told the Seattle P.I. blog. She has been with the district since 2001.

Smith was widely known for her work with students at McMicken, especially those with challenging backgrounds, the P.I. reported. In an essay published in an Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction collection, Smith opined that teachers are required “not merely to enrich the lives of our students academically.”

“We have a much greater responsibility to the children we teach,” Smith wrote in 2013. “We do not always know what role we are fulfilling for a child at any given moment, but it is important to remember that we have a moral obligation to fill these roles when we can.”

Smith has not been jailed and is scheduled to be arraigned on Feb. 12 at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.

Screen Shot 2015-02-03 at 5.19.46 PMFour startups – including our very own SoKing Internet Radio – have been awarded $12,000 each in national Encore Media Entrepreneurs funding, J-Lab announced on Thursday (Feb. 5).

SoKing Internet Radio will use the grant money to create daily Newcasts that feature “hyperlocal” news, curated from South King Media‘s six community blogs covering South King County.

The four initiatives were among 82 applications received in J-Lab’s Masters Mediapreneurs initiative to help seed media startups launched by Baby Boomers, aged 50-plus.

Scott Schaefer, founder of The B-Town/Waterland Blogs and parent company South King Media, will lead SKiR’s new project.

“This will allow us to start up a truly innovative new program – daily hyperlocal newscasts that will live not only on our 24/7 streaming radio station, but also as podcasts posted to South King Media’s six local blogs and Facebook pages,” Schaefer said.

Schaefer plans on starting the newscasts soon, and will be auditioning for announcers within a month.

“Far as I know, we may be the first network of local blogs in the country that will be producing original audio Newscasts,” Schaefer added. “That’s pretty exciting.”

Media Consultant and Author Blake Messer will be serving on the SoKing Podcast advisory board.

“The Blogs operated by South King Media were and remain on the vanguard of providing hyper-local news online at a time when consumers have transitioned away from picking up traditional newspapers and began searching for germane content on the web,” Messer said. “The blogs are well done, highly visited and proven. I believe these news/podcasts will be equally relevant as transitioning listeners look for new, local on-demand information via their mobile devices, in the dash of their cars and online.”

Messer operates Newfangled Commerce, a digital media agency that works with established and up and coming brands across the country.

The Masters Mediapreneurs progam to seed media startups launched by encore entrepreneurs is funded with grants from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundations.

“We could easily have funded several more worthy projects,” said J-Lab director Jan Schaffer. “The ideas were creative, the energy striking, and the applicants’ eagerness was quite pronounced.”

“Plus, many who applied tipped their hats to this opportunity to validate their ideas and help them make them happen.”

In addition to SoKing Internet Radio, the winners are:

  • Midcentury/Modern, an online magazine “following Boomers into their Third Act,” launched in late December by hyperlocal news entrepreneur Debra Galant, the founder of Baristanet and now director of the NJ News Commons. Instead of creating a stand-alone website, the magazine is publishing on Medium, a social journalism blogging platform that allows people to recommend and share posts Twitter-like. It is one of the first publications receiving independent funding to launch on Medium, which is also offering technical and revenue support. “This online magazine explores how the definition of aging shifts when it happens to the cohort that defined itself by its youthfulness,” Galant said.
  • The LP-FM New-Media Newsroom, a new FM/web-streamed radio station for New Haven, CT, shepherded by New Haven Independent founder Paul Bass in partnership with La Voz Hispana, the local Spanish-language weekly. Daily four-hour news programs, to start, will be in English and Spanish and feature local African-American hosts. “We’re excited about launching an FM/web-streamed community radio station in the fall,” Bass said. “We envision this as one model for not-for-profit, public-interest local news sites like ours to expand on the journalism we do and broaden our racial and ethnic makeup and outreach.”
  • EncuentrosMortales.org, a Spanish-language website and database to collect public records and media reports of undocumented people killed during interactions with law enforcement officers along the southern border of the U.S. It is a project of D. Brian Burghart, who created an English version, FatalEncounters.org, and is editor and publisher of the Reno News & Review. “I’m very excited to be able to move forward with EncuentrosMortales.org.  Law-enforcement-involved homicides along the U.S. border is an important and underreported issue, and I hope we can bring together technology, languages and volunteers to get a much better idea of our government’s activities,” he said.

The Masters Mediapreneurs progam is funded with grants from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundations.

Participating in the judging the applications were Ju-Don Roberts, Director of the Center for Cooperative Media, Montclair State University; Tiffany Shackelford, Executive Director, Association for Alternative News Weeklies; Jody Brannon, Digital Media Strategist and former National Director News 21, and Jan Schaffer, Executive Director, J-Lab.

J-Lab, founded in 2002, is a journalism catalyst. It funds new approaches to news and information, researches what works and shares practical insights with traditional and entrepreneurial news organizations. Jan Schaffer is also Entrepreneur in Residence at American University.

launch_dayCome meet Yi So-yeon – the first South Korean Cosmonaut – at the Des Moines Activity Center on Tuesday, Feb. 17 from 7 – 9 p.m.

“Our popular aviation history goes into outer space this year,” reads an announcement. “Yi So-yeon was one of two finalists chosen in 2006 through the South Korean Astronaut program. Trained by the Russian Federal Space Agency, she was launched into space in 2008 with two Russian cosmonauts. Yi So-yeon will share her experience training with the Russians, her space science experiments and her adventures in outer space. Please join us.”

Here are the details:

WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 17, 7-9pm

WHERE: Des Moines Activity Center

COST: $2.00 suggested donation

INFO: For more information call the Des Moines Activity Center at 206-878-1642.

YOU are invited to the 11th Annual Poverty Bay Wine Festival, coming March 6-7 to the Des Moines Beach Park Auditorium.

To purchase tickets, click here and save $5 with special early bird pricing (NOTE: you must be 21 to attend).

Proceeds benefit Des Moines Rotary and associated charities.

SPONSORS NEEDED
Interested in sponsoring this event?  Your business could join the civic minded businesses below.  Your company’s brand will be exposed to thousands of engaged attendees for very reasonable rates. Best of all, your tax deductible investment will help the Des Moines Rotary Club assist the Highline Music4Life program put instruments in the hands of kids who otherwise couldn’t afford them. For sponsorship options and more information, click the button below. There are a limited number of sponsor opportunities left and they will be snapped up soon. Thanks for supporting Des Moines Rotary.

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Learn how to navigate the world of Senior Housing at a free seminar on Thursday, Feb. 12 at Advertiser Wesley Homes:

JenniferLottisexploring living options for you or your loved one

Join Jennifer Lottis, Senior Director of Campus & Community Relations for Wesley Homes, for valuable information on the types of options available to older adults and their families. She has helped thousands of families navigate the overwhelming world of housing options.

Learn what to look for, what questions to ask, what to avoid and how to incorporate financial and medical needs.

WHAT: Navigating the World of Senior Housing

WHEN: Thursday, February 12; choose your session:

  • 1:30 p.m.
  • 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Wesley Homes Des Moines, The Terrace Auditorium, 816 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198

RSVP today and become empowered to make the best housing decision for you.

Register below or call toll free: 855.445.8827

About the speaker: As national consultant focused on senior living, Jennifer has expertise in working with thousands of families as they make the transition from home to senior housing.

Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com

Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com

2014-Logo-300x300Project PROMise™ is the Highline Schools Foundation’s outreach program in which new and gently used formal dresses are collected from our community so local students in need can attend their prom in style!

Organizers are currently seeking donations; here are some ttems our students need:

  • Beautiful new & gently worn formal dresses and gowns; spring colors preferred, larger sizes needed
  • Beautiful new & gently worn shoes
  • Jewelry and handbags
  • Gift cards for services like hair-dos and manicures

February is Dress Drive Month!

Item Drop Off Locations:

  • Burien Community Center: 14700 6th Ave SW, Burien
  • Highline Schools Foundation: 15675 Ambaum Blvd SW, Burien Highline High School: 225 S. 152nd St, Burien
  • Lucky U Consignment & Boutique: 915 SW 1652nd St, Burien Evergreen Campus: 830 SW 116th St, Seattle
  • Mount Rainier High School: 22450 19th Ave S, Des Moines Tyee Campus: 4424 S. 188th St, SeaTac

Don’t have a dress but want to make a donation? You can make a make a secure, encrypted credit card donation at www.highlineschoolsfoundation.org — or call Highline Schools Foundation at 206-248-5196.

Are you interested in volunteering at this year’s event? Send an email today and they’ll put you on this year’s invite list – info@highlineschoolsfoundation.org

Sponsorships are also welcomed and needed – Project PROMise 2014 Sponsor Opportunities are available!

Highline Schools Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable corporation and your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the law. Tax ID # 91-2020506

BTB photographer Michael Brunk has covered previous events and assembled the following gallery of photos. You can click individual thumbnails to view high resolution images: