On Saturday, May 5 at around 10:30 a.m., Des Moines Police Officers were dispatched to a suspicious subject in the 27200 block of 16th Ave South (map below).

Police say that the adult male in question was in possession of a shopping cart full of personal belongings – which included a rather intimidating 3-foot sword.

The subject was contacted by police, and was initially non-compliant, although no threats were made.

Based on the officers interactions with the subject, it was determined that he was in crisis.

Police safely transported the man to an area hospital for a medical evaluation, and there were no injuries.

The Spring edition of the Waterland Wine & Art Walk will be from Noon – 4 p.m. this Saturday, May 12.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $20, or for $25 on the day of the event.

Advance tickets will be available online or at the John L Scott office in the next few days.

TICKETS NOW ON SALE:

Locations, Wines & Artists:

  • The Adriana Senior Apts: Artist Jerry Farmer – California Wines
  • Via Marina Restaurant: Artist Laurel Mercery – Italian Wines
  • Madi’s Restaurant: Artist Julia Marie – Variety of Wines
  • John L Scott:Artist Alicia Miranda Paint By A Girl – Argentinian Wines
  • Village Frame & Gallery:Artist Linda Logie – Artist only stop
  • Oddfellows Hall: Artists Linda Logie – Washington Wines

Poster by Anna Moore

As his Senior Project, Big Picture High School student Alex Heindel is producing the ‘Low Tide Music Festival,’ an all ages, FREE music festival in the Des Moines Beach Park from 2 – 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, 2018 featuring bands from the Seattle DIY music scene.

“The aim of my project is to help expose youth to the music scene in Seattle and to give everyone something fun to do on a Saturday afternoon,” Alex said.

With support from The Vera Project and The Des Moines Arts Commision, this FREE event is aimed at serving youth in Des Moines by exposing them to bands from the Seattle DIY scene such as Dogbreth, Emma Lee Toyoda, Baywitch, Sleepover Club, and borscht boys.

It’s going to be at the Des Moines Beach Park, directly after the first farmers market of the year.

“With a beautiful surrounding and some great music, this all day concert should be a great time!”

The bands playing are:

  • Baywitch
  • Dogbreth
  • Emma Lee Toyoda
  • Sleepover Club
  • Borscht Boys
  • Jennifer Persimmon

Did we mention that it’s his SENIOR PROJECT,
and that it’s FREE?!

More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2220452471315273/

Des Moines Beach Park is located at 22030 Cliff Ave S.:

No Stamp? No Problem! The Metropolitan King County Council on Monday (May 7) approved legislation allowing the Department of Elections to send voters postage paid envelopes to return their ballots in this year’s primary and general elections.

“Increasing accessibility to free and fair democratic elections is central to all of our civic institutions,” said Councilmember Dave Upthegrove, Chair of the Council’s Budget Committee and prime sponsor of the legislation. “This measure puts a ballot box at the end of every driveway, and I’m excited to be a part of its passage.”

“Voting is the foundation of our democracy. By eliminating the postage ‘poll tax’, King County is taking an important step to dismantle a barrier that keeps some from exercising their right to vote,” said Councilmember Rod Dembowski, co-sponsor of the ordinance.

Washington became a vote-by-mail state in 2011. While the Council and King County Elections worked to increase the number of ballot drop boxes available to voters throughout the county, approximately half of the ballots received are still sent by mail. Prior to today’s action all voters were personally required to place postage on their ballot.

In prior elections, when a voter forgot to place on stamp on a ballot, some post offices would send the ballot to King County regardless, but would charge the county $1.70—more than three times the current postage rate. Other post offices would not forward the ballot at all.

“We should be doing everything in our power to improve access to democracy countywide and I am confident that prepaid postage will go a long way towards doing just that by breaking down barriers to participation,” said Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles, co-sponsor of the ordinance. “I’m confident that our action today will result in prepaid postage on ballots being implemented statewide.”

“Prepaid postage has been proven to increase voting in a cost-effective way,” Said King County Council Vice Chair Claudia Balducci. “I commend our King County Elections Director for continually looking for ways to improve voter participation in our elections, which is so fundamental to our democratic form of self-government.”

The measure is widely expected to increase voter access and participation. Elections conducted a pilot project this winter, sending 65,000 voters in Shoreline and Maple Valley prepaid return envelopes. The percentage of total ballots returned by mail during the pilot was 74-percent. This was a vast increase compared to 43-percent participation in the 2016 General Election.

The legislation now allows election officials to send prepaid return envelopes to all voters, but with the US Postal Service charging King County a rate of 50 cents for those returned by mail. Wise and county election officials estimate a 10 percent increase in the number of ballots returned by mail rather than drop boxes with prepaid postage.

The legislation passed Council with a 7-2 vote. In support of the measure were Councilmembers Upthegrove, Dembowski, Kohl-Welles, Balducci, Gossett, McDermott and von Reichbauer. Councilmembers Dunn and Lambert voted in opposition.

By Katalia Alexander

The bell rings at 1:40 p.m., and students flood the halls of Hazel Valley Elementary School, eager to get home and enjoy the weekend.

For twenty students however, the day isn’t over – they will be there for another ninety minutes to participate in a program called Shine Bright. Shine Bright is a community organization led by high school students that runs an after school club every Friday afternoon at seven elementary schools in the Highline School District: Gregory Heights, Southern Heights, Hazel Valley, Marvista, Parkside, Mount View, and Cedarhurst.

The program was started in 2013 by Mt Rainier High School student Emma Hart, then a sophomore, with the goal of motivating elementary school students and enabling them to succeed. In a video produced by Highline School District in June of 2016, Hart stated that she founded Shine Bright with the goal of teaching students “what a great education is at their hands if they can just learn the skills to utilize it.” The program is currently run by Program Directors Lauren Englestad and Carly Johnson, seniors at Mount Rainier, and a small administrative team.

Rather than focusing on subjects such as math or writing, like many after school clubs and tutoring programs, Shine Bright teaches skills such as respect, focus, goal setting, and time management that students can apply to both their academic careers and their personal lives. When asked if they thought Shine Bright would help them to succeed in the future, students in the program didn’t hesitate to answer: “definitely.” Johnson and Engelstad added, “We believe Shine Bright has an impact on more than just the students in the program. We have seen the program turn both elementary students and high school volunteers into leaders who are active in changing their schools and communities for the better.”

One of the most important aspects of this program is that is offered to local students absolutely free of charge. In order to continue running this program without cost to participants, Shine Bright is asking community members to Give BIG in support of their program. Shine Bright is aiming to raise $5,000 to cover program costs for the next year.

Please visit www.givebigseattle.org/shine-bright for more information and to donate. Give Big ends on Wednesday, May 9.

By Jack Mayne

Concerns that paid parking at the Des Moines Marina would cause unintended problems have turned out wrong as few have happened and some concerns have actually lessened.

The Council was also told the city’s finances are solid with healthy working balances. This shows current economics and the increase in large development has changed what was once a “have not” city to one with a healthy fiscal life.

Paid parking report
Marina Assistant Harbormaster Scott Wilkins reminded the Council that in 2015 the Council decided to develop and implement a paid parking system for the Marina and Beach Park with goals to “develop a new sustainable revenue stream to help pay for the replacement of bulkheads and other improvements in the North Parking Log and to increase public safety by discouraging the illegal and inappropriate uses of the parking lots …”

A major reason for the changes were to finance the crumbling seawall (see photo below) that is “getting worse and worse over time,” said Wilkins, adding that a lot of fill has been used around the wall.

During public discussions, the city heard all sorts of bad implications for paid parking that would push people to other areas to avoid the pay lots, but those fears never materialized. Councilmember Rob Back asked how the city knows that it is not a problem, and Public Works Director Carver said “it is not very scientific, but my phone didn’t ring.” There are times on weekends during events, “but the complaints just have not materialized.”

Police problems lessened
Chief George Delgado said the changes in calls for service by police in the area “have gone way down” and complaints about “cars parking with loud music and marijuana emanating from them” have decreased. Also decreasing are concerns and fears from citizens about walking on the nearby trails.

Concerns from people that paying for parking would prevent large families from coming to the area has not materialized either, the city says, and neither have concerns that paid parking would cut attendance at public events where this year’s events were up in attendance.

The city will also start a “Farmer’s Market” pass this year that will be good for every Saturday, said Wilkins. It will cost $10 for the entire season.

He said the city did hear that business was down at adjacent Anthony’s restaurant so they met with the management “and they assured us their sales are just fine, their patrons like the safety of the parking lots, their employee like the safety when they leave at night not having little inappropriate behavior back in the corner they are safe to go out to, so that was that.”

“No one has ever mentioned that paid parking was a distraction at any level whatsoever,” said Matthias.

Wilkins said there were some unanticipated problems. They include the language barrier “is a much greater problem than anticipated.” Other problems include the “chip card” processing, which is “more difficult to some to use than the old ’swipe’ system.” Another difficulty is backing and turning has been a problem on 227th and at the Beach Park, and the “consistent level of ‘first time’ visitors to the Marina and Beach Park.”

Quarter million users
“There were an absolute overwhelming number of vehicles coming to the Marina lots,” said Wilkins. “Almost a quarter of a million cars,” … and 128,661 took tickets in the first six months to come into the lots, and frequent user passes were 90,423.

He said revenue totals were $103,071 including cash, credit/debit cards and paid passes in the period of July 6 to December 31 in 2017.

For 2018 the estimates are net revenue will be in he area of $32,000, or about a 5 percent growth:

Unanticipated problems
Matthias said there probably more unanticipated problems, but there cannot be a discussion of the Marina parking without “commending Scott and Joe,” Scott Wilkins and Harbormaster Joe Dusenbury “for the incredible amount of work and effort and dedication and commitment …”

He said the challenges ongoing include finding the “appropriate fee structure” which includes any upcoming problems that must be with Marina neighbors, tenants, businesses and the community.

Healthy finances
City Manager Matthias started the Des Moines City Council study session on Thursday, May 3 by reporting that the city’s development fund balance is $4 million and the general fund in April stood at $7.2 million.

Mayor Matt Pina said “we aren’t going to gloss over that” noting “Council, we have a lot to be proud of” noting that about two years ago “we were looking at bankruptcy and now we have appropriate reserves.” That makes possible future opportunities possible, the mayor said, adding “I’m just busting at the seams with excitement and pride.”

Pina also noted that these are not surpluses, but “these are reserves for work we have to do” and Matthias said much of the money is accounted for in the current city budget and are part of the working current city budget.

Business licenses
Tara Vaughn, Des Moines city prosecutor, told Council she has sent a letter to 82 businesses that had not renewed their business licenses in 2018, and that by April 30, 22 had renewed and 16 “had reported or were determined to no longer be in business.” Also, citations were issued by the prosecutor “to be operating without a current license.”

Vaughn also said the number of criminal cases in 2017 were 753, 13 percent higher than the previous year, but that it “still remains down historically from a high of 1,235 in 2012.

The Council also heard from Police Chief Delgado that the department is in the final stages of hiring one new hire and two people from other departments. “Our best recruiters are our people.”

Twitter, Facebook
Delgado said the department is gaining new Twitter and Facebook followers. There were 1,260 Twitter followers and 3,530 Facebook followers as of May 3 with nearly 4,000 “likes.” Seniors have asked about getting on Twitter, but he said it was easier to get on Facebook. Both will remain active in the Des Moines Police Department, he said.

“We are very excited about it. It is really bringing us in contact with the community – lot of Facebook rookies, Twitter rookies so we are going to do some great things with it,” the chief said. “What they are hearing about the community is that Des Moines is changing, not just as a department but as a city, so we are excited about that,” Delgado said.

Brandon Carver, city public works director, said they have signed an agreement with the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) for the design and permitting of the Barnes Creek, Kent-Des Moines culvert replacement.

The city also awarded the South 223rd Street “pavement rehabilitation” and utility upgrade project which should start construction in the week of May 21 and is slated to be finished this summer. Road closures will not be immediate, Carver said, and electronic sign boards and other methods will be used to keep residents, school and others informed.

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

The first Open House is another tastefully done project in Beacon Hill by boutique builder Green City Development:

The property showcases spectacular views of the City, Sound and the Majesty of the Olympic Mtns.

1st Floor has a bedroom with a bathroom.

The middle floor is your LDK with floor to ceiling windows showcasing the enormous view.

The top floor is your master suite.

Expansive roof deck with views of stadiums, water, mountains, and the city skyline.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, May 5: 12-3 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 6: 12-4 p.m.

WHERE:

1740 12th Ave S., Unit D Seattle, WA 98144 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $719,000
  • MLS Number: 1272590
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1.5
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,113 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 657 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • VIEWS! Bay, City, Lake, Mountain, Sound, Territorial

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


The next Open House is a sister home in Unit C:

This tastefully done project was built by boutique builder Green City Development.

1st Floor has a bedroom w/bathroom.

2nd floor features LDK boasts high ceilings and a capacious feel w/ lots of natural light.

The 3rd floor you have your generous size bedroom and a full bath.

Expansive roof deck for sunsets and bbqs.

Only 5 homes left!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, May 5: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 6: Noon – 4 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 1740 12th Ave S., Unit C, Seattle, WA 98144 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $689,500
  • MLS Number: 1255354
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1.5
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,113 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 577 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • VIEWS! Bay, City, Lake, Mountain, Sound, Territorial

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


The next Open House is a contemporary, multi-level view home in Burien that’s rich with features and amenities:

High end finishes throughout.

Beautifully designed vaulted ceilings.

Spacious kitchen with stainless appliances and granite.

Dining room boasts built in cabinetry.

Large bedrooms, Master features double sided fireplace and sweeping views.

Media room, office, even an elevator.

Wired for sound system on every level including view decks.

Landscaping w/water feature and native plants.

Enjoy stunning views of Puget Sound & Mt. Rainier.

WHEN:

  • Sunday, May 6: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 17435 Sylvester Rd SW, Burien, WA 98166 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $1,395,000
  • MLS Number: 1273316
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Year Built: 2008
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,600 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 9,880 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Wired for Generator
  • Bath Off Master
  • Built-In Vacuum
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Disabled Access
  • Fireplace in Mstr BR
  • French Doors
  • High Tech Cabling
  • Jetted/Soaking Tub
  • Security System
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk-in Closet

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

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


The next Open House is a charming, immaculate and pristine 2-bedroom in Des Moines:

Just what you’ve been waiting for, and move-in ready!

Immaculate, modernized and pristine home offers one level living in desirable Huntington Park.

Captivating interior has been recently updated with new flooring, carpet, paint and more.

Desirable open concept living.

Ideal private patio adjoins greenbelt.

One car, detached garage.

Community features a club house and swimming pool. Huntington Park is a retirement community, please review web-site.

Estate sale, no Form 17 or disclosures. Must see!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, May 5: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 6: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 24828 12th Ave S., Des Moines, WA 98198 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $309,900
  • MLS Number: 1273316
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Year Built: 1976
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,010 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 2,944 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Ceiling Fan(s)
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

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

Click here to view the full, detailed listing.


The next Open House is a newly constructed 5-bedroom home in Des Moines:

Welcome home! Des Moines New Construction Home.

Great looking home with desirable 5 bedroom floor plan.

Dramatic entry with living room and dining room.

Main floor has bedroom with its own full bath.

Upstairs is 4 more bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.

Master bath complete with jetted tub.

High end features throughout.

Gorgeous surfaces and details.

Large lot with dream back yard.

Home has covered outdoor area.

This location offers easy access to buslines, downtown, airport and major roadways.

Must see!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, May 5: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 6: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 1216 S. 211th Place, Des Moines, WA 98198 (MAP, or see below).

INFO:

  • List Price: $674,950
  • MLS Number: 1262895
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4.5
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,147 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 12,824 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

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

Click here to view the full, detailed listing.


The next Open House 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, May 5: 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 6: 1 – 4 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 view the full, detailed listing.


The final Open House is a luxury home with a sweeping view of Mount Rainier!

This modern home features hardwood laminate flooring and extensive quartz and tile work throughout.

An entertainers dream come true!

This home boasts a huge kitchen with quartz countertops, tile black splash and island.

Master bedroom suite has 5-piece master bath, soaking tub and over-sized shower.

Junior master with bath.

Patio and fenced back yard.Over-sized roof top deck.

Garage.

Walk to everything and minutes to downtown Seattle.

WHEN:

  • Friday, May 4: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 6: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 10005 18th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98146 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $679,950
  • MLS Number: 1166940
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,300 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 2,500 s.f.

Site Features:

  • 2nd Master BR
  • Bath Off Master
  • Ceiling Fan(s)
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk-in Closet

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

Click here to view full, detailed listing.

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

Highline Public Schools community-led committee charged with recommending school boundary changes will incorporate suggestions from the community into a second draft of their plan – and also consider an alternative plan submitted during the month and a half of public feedback, the district said.

Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) members met April 25 to discuss feedback from 10 community meetings, more than 600 survey comments, and several alternative boundary maps and school feeder patterns suggested by community members.

Three hours later, these community volunteers raised 15 thumbs in the air, without hesitation, to add additional meeting time to their calendars. CFAC members expressed unanimous commitment to see this process through and recommend the best possible boundary plan to the school board in June.

They asked Chief Technology Officer Mark Finstrom to adjust the draft CFAC boundary maps prior to their next meeting to include as many community suggestions as possible. They also selected a revised version of one of the districtwide boundary maps submitted by a group of community members calling themselves ABC4Highline to move forward in the review process.

Here’s more from the district:

Alternative Maps Considered
Committee members considered the following alternative maps submitted by:

Members eliminated the Claflin and Bush maps as not workable with student enrollment projections, but made note of the ideas they liked.

They retained the ABC map as a viable option, with some potential adjustments. Members noted pros and cons of the ABC map (the group’s second version.)

Next Steps

  • Committee members will provide further comments and direction about changes, and a revised CFAC boundary map will be drawn in time for the next CFAC meeting on May 9. This allows more time for members to process the survey feedback and data on change areas.
  • Committee members requested demographic data on draft boundary plans to help them rate how well each final draft meets the group’s guiding principles:
    • Ensure equity
    • Forecast for future needs
    • Value cohorts & community connections
    • Plan for safety

Read the full definitions of the guiding principles.

Next Committee Meetings:

  • Wed., May 9: 6:00-8:00 p.m., Central Office boardroom
  • Wed., May 23: 6:00-8:00 p.m., Central Office boardroom

The public is welcome to attend and observe.

Stay up to date on bond construction projects and boundary changes at highlineschools.org/KeepingOurPromise.

Sign up for eNewsletters about construction and boundary progress and district news at: highlineschools.org/eNewsletter.

Small Business Week

By Andrea H. Reay
CEO/President
Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce

Our Chamber of Commerce is proud to celebrate “Small Business Week” with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Since 1963, the president of the United States has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week.

While we love celebrating Small Business Week, it’s important for us to note that every week is Small Business Week for our Chamber. Our work, programs, resources and services are all geared towards helping small business owners succeed. We focus on helping small business owners because we know supporting locally owned small businesses helps power our local economy and helps build vibrant communities.

According to the SBA, here in Washington State 560,000 small businesses account for 98% of all the state’s businesses. Also, over 20% of our state’s workforce is employed by businesses with fewer than 20 employees. Supporting small businesses is both good for our economy and good for our communities. When you shop locally over 68% of your purchase goes back into our local economy vs 43% when you don’t shop local.

What are we doing specifically to help small business owners succeed? Here are a few of the opportunities and resources we provide to help our members succeed:

  1. Marketing and promotion – small business owners are constantly being “sold” the latest and greatest gimmick for advertising and reaching more and new customers. At the Chamber we focus on providing evidence based, tested and quantifiable opportunities for businesses to reach new customers and keep their current customers engaged. One of the programs we have promoted this year is the Seattle Southside RTA’s “Do more, save more” program. It’s an online app that encourages those visiting our communities to visit our local businesses. That is just one example of the FREE marketing and promotion opportunities we champion here at the Chamber.
  2. Networking – It’s no secret that relationships matter-in life and in business. Our Chamber presents 3 events every month for our business community to gather, learn, and grow their business and personal network. Your network is your net worth-build it.
  3. Advocacy – supporting and encouraging a healthy environment that encourages entrepreneurship is a large focus for our Government Affairs Committee. There is a common misconception that if a policy or activity is good for business, then it’s bad for the community. It’s unfortunate that perception persists. The bottom line is that all policy decisions and actions create consequences-some intended and perhaps some unintended. Our responsibility as advocates is to review and promote policy actions that support and encourage economic and community development. The best economic development policies are focused on the community. These concepts are not mutually exclusive, and we work hard to keep our membership and community informed so that they can make educated and balanced decisions.

Of course, we also provide education and resources for our small business owners on best practices and current market trends. In fact, we’re hosting an event next Friday May 11th at our office. Chamber member, All Things HR Inc., will be leading a workshop on managing employee absenteeism, which can be tricky when trying to navigate Washington State’s new Paid Sick and Safe Leave Law. We invite all small business owners with questions about how to navigate this new law to come learn with us. Please visit http://www.seattlesouthsidechamber.com/events/details/lunch-learn-with-all-things-hr-1034 for more information and to register or call our office during normal business hours (206) 575-1633 and we’ll be happy to get you registered over the phone.

Thank you to all our brave and intrepid small business owners. Your courage and passion fuels our organization to work hard for you, with you and for the benefit of our community. We salute you this week and every week.

Andrea H. Reay is the President/CEO of Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce – “A voice for business, a leader in the community.” Seattle Southside Chamber has served the communities of Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac and Tukwila since 1988.

For more information on the Chamber, including member benefits and resources, please visit www.SeattleSouthsideChamber.com.

Not long ago you may recall our story about how an errant auto took a swipe at TLSEA Diving in Des Moines.

You may remember seeing some of the surprising photos showing just the spot where the car tried to put a drive-through where there was none!

Although the final repairs are not yet complete, our friends at TL SEA won’t let that stand between you and the savings at their annual May sale.

We found ourselves rubber-necking as we passed the familiar landmark on Pacific Highway South, trying to get a look at the damage, maybe you did also?

Well, why not come get a closer look during this one-day sale on Saturday May 12?

While you’re at it you can visit with one of their factory reps from lines such as Sea&Sea, Sherwood Scuba, Genesis and more. What’s more you can save up to 75% on select gear.

Don’t miss this one – it’s a real door buster!

  • From 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. May 12 only.
  • And just in time for Mom’s day on May 13!

TL SEA DIVING
23405 Pacific Hwy South (map below)
Des Moines, WA 98198

Website: http://www.tlsea.com/home/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TLSea-Diving-Seattle-DesMoines-Wa-125653930833581/

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

The first is an extraordinary home with sweeping, unobstructed views of Mt. Rainier, City, Bay and Port:

This 4000+ sq. ft. 4 Bedroom 3.5 Bathroom house has it all.

Great room style, kitchen, dining and family room.

The formal dining room and living room are adjacent the great room giving a rare opportunity for large gatherings or formal entertaining!

There are two large master suites one on the main floor and one on the lower level.

Huge rec room and impressive office.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, April 28: 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 29: 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 906 Browns Point Blvd Tacoma, WA 98422 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $789,000
  • MLS Number: 1270289
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Year Built: 1988
  • Approximate House SqFt: 4,898 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 13,000 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Wet Bar
  • 2nd Master BR
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Fireplace in Mstr BR
  • French Doors
  • Security System
  • Vaulted Ceilings

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

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The next Open House is just steps from the epicenter of N. Beacon Hill:

This tastefully done project was built by boutique builder Green City Development.

1st Floor has a bedroom w/bathroom.

2nd floor features LDK boasts high ceilings and a capacious feel w/ lots of natural light.

The 3rd floor you have your generous size bedroom and a full bath.

Expansive roof deck for sunsets and bbqs.

Only 5 homes left!

WHEN:

  • Friday, April 27: 4-7 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 28: 12-3 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 29: 12-4 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 1740 12th Ave S Unit C, Seattle, WA 98144 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $689,500
  • MLS Number: 1255354
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1.5
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,113 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 577 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • VIEWS! Bay, City, Lake, Mountain, Sound, Territorial

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


The next Open House is another tastefully done project in Beacon Hill by boutique builder Green City Development.

The property showcases spectacular views of the City, Sound and the Majesty of the Olympic Mtns.

1st Floor has a bedroom with a bathroom.

The middle floor is your LDK with floor to ceiling windows showcasing the enormous view.

The top floor is your master suite.

Expansive roof deck with views of stadiums, water, mountains, and the city skyline.

WHEN:

  • Friday, April 27: 4-7 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 28: 12-3 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 29: 12-4 p.m.

WHERE:

1740 12th Ave S Unit D Seattle, WA 98144 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $719,000
  • MLS Number: 1272590
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1.5
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,113 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 657 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • VIEWS! Bay, City, Lake, Mountain, Sound, Territorial

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


The next Open House is a move-in ready, super cute 3 bedroom 2 bath home in SeaTac:

Near schools, freeway access, airport and so much more.

Completely remodeled in 2015, newly paved driveway and freshly painted, expansive deck with lots of outdoor entertainment seating.

Stainless steel appliances, granite counters, breakfast bar, spacious utility/mudroom and updated electrical panel and plumbing throughout.

Come make this beautiful home yours!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, April 28: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 29: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 20211 14th Ave S., SeaTac, WA 98198 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $372,500
  • MLS Number: 1278300
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Year Built: 1961
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,450 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 6,875 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Ceiling Fan(s)
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Outbuildings
  • RV Parking

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

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The next Open House is located in the desirable Genesee Neighborhood (Alaskan Junction) in West Seattle:

Circa 1946, good looking and inviting traditional well-kept home.

Interior has two bedrooms and one full bath.

Spacious front room has bay window.

Kitchen with eating area.

Dream backyard is perfect for barbeques or summer time gatherings.

Large lot is ideal for pets.

Front yard is fully fenced.

Over-sized one car detached garage.

Driveway offers additional off street parking. Ideal location!

WHEN:

  • Friday, April 27: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 28: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 29: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 4732 50th Ave SW West Seattle, WA 98116 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $649,950
  • MLS Number: 1278938
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Year Built: 1946
  • Approximate House SqFt: 720 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,095 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Fenced-Fully
  • Patio

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

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The next Open House is a charming, immaculate and pristine 2-bedroom in Des Moines:

Just what you’ve been waiting for, and move-in ready!

Immaculate, modernized and pristine home offers one level living in desirable Huntington Park.

Captivating interior has been recently updated with new flooring, carpet, paint and more.

Desirable open concept living.

Ideal private patio adjoins greenbelt.

One car, detached garage.

Community features a club house and swimming pool. Huntington Park is a retirement community, please review web-site.

Estate sale, no Form 17 or disclosures. Must see!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, April 28: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 29: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 24828 12th Ave S., Des Moines, WA 98198 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $319,900
  • MLS Number: 1273316
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Year Built: 1976
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,010 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 2,944 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Ceiling Fan(s)
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

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

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The next Open House is a 4-bedroom home in a perfect location in Burien:

Fireplace for cozy cool weather or a nice backyard for grilling and gathering, this home is ready to occupy or update as you choose.

Refinish the current hardwood floors or install your own.

4th bedroom access to upper floor.

New roof 2017.

Detached garage is also a nice wood shop/studio for your creations.

Just steps to elementary school, transportation and short distance to shopping and dining options.

Pick fruit and flowers in your own yard. Ready to move!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, April 28: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 13050 7th Ave S., Burien, WA 98168 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $379,900
  • MLS Number: 1266382
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Year Built: 1944
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,110 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,128 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Carport-Attached
  • Garage-Detached

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view detailed listing.


The next home is an expansive Rambler deep in Seahurst, all new in 2005:

Level entry, no steps up or down.

Open living area floor plan great for entertaining or keeping an eye on everybody.

Living room windows face west with dappled light filtered through birch trees.

Private Master suite with walk-in closet.

Media room and office as well.

2 car garage. Wired for generator and generator is included.

If you are looking for a one level home, this is it!

WHEN:

  • Sunday, April 29: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 14604 20th Ave SW, Burien, WA 98166 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $650,000
  • MLS Number: 1255726
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2.77
  • Year Built: 1949
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,700 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 12,300 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Wired for Generator
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Disabled Access
  • French Doors
  • High Tech Cabling
  • Skylights
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

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The next Open House is a newly constructed 5-bedroom home in Des Moines:

Welcome home! Des Moines New Construction Home.

Great looking home with desirable 5 bedroom floor plan.

Dramatic entry with living room and dining room.

Main floor has bedroom with its own full bath.

Upstairs is 4 more bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.

Master bath complete with jetted tub.

High end features throughout.

Gorgeous surfaces and details.

Large lot with dream back yard.

Home has covered outdoor area.

This location offers easy access to buslines, downtown, airport and major roadways.

Must see!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, April 28: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 29: 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 1216 S. 211th Place, Des Moines, WA 98198 (MAP, or see below).

INFO:

  • List Price: $699,950
  • MLS Number: 1262895
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4.5
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,147 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 12,824 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

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

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By Jack Mayne

After Highline School District officials explained that efforts to produce a new school boundaries decision that would meet as many objections and suggestions as possible, the Des Moines City Council at their April 26 session unanimously approved a resolution expressing support for the district’s ongoing efforts to redistribute students in schools close to their homes.

An earlier proposal to make changes in redrawing the boundaries is being fully vetted by the school board group’s efforts to ease problems and concerns, a senior Highline Schools officials told the Council meeting.

‘Best outcomes’
Highline School District Operations Officer Scott Logan (pictured above) told the Des Moines Council that he lives in the city “and I have kids in the city,” and changing school boundaries touches the concerns of people.

“The best outcome for our kids is what … everybody on that committee wants and everybody in this room wants,” he said.

“The district has an obligation to create a safe and successful education environment,” he said. “When you fill buildings too full, you don’t have the opportunity to reduce class sizes … there is an opportunity right now – kindergarten to third grade – to take class levels to 17 to one. This is funded by the new legislation … as a result of the McCleary Act and we want to take advantage of not only that but also be able to have manageable class sizes of 28 to one for the higher grades.” The numbers indicate the number of students per individual teacher.

To do that, Logan said there is the challenge of having “balanced populations” in the building and that means re-designating who goes to which school or classroom with the least impact to the community.

One change proposal was accepted, said Logan, and another meeting created to have time to “digest all of the information that has come from the community portion.”

Logan said the district’s hope is to “come up with a solution that supports the district as a whole, the best it can, and disrupting the least amount.”

The Nutting proposal
At the April 12 Council meeting, Yvonne Nutting of ABC 4 Highline protested the changes proposed by the Highline School District in the boundaries of schools within Des Moines, and her group had come up with an alternate feasible plan that “creates fewer changes across the entire district.”

“Our plan reduces driving distances for parents and busing while keeping crossing major arterials and high traffic to a minimum, ensuring safety and continuity,” she said April 12. “Our alternate plan not only helps keep elementary school students together … but 80 percent of the middle schools will feed into their dedicated high schools.”

Her group’s plan would permit “students to forge new groups of friends that will continue on through high school. Our plan also keeps City of Des Moines elementary school students in the City of Des Moines, allowing them to be eligible for City of Des Moines scholarships ….”

Logan said the ABC group’s proposal – and many others submitted to Highline Schools – would be mapped out on a new computer program that can take account of where the students are in school, where they live and other information to better illustrate which plan will be the best.

“Our end goal is to have an option to present to the school board on the June 9th school board meeting,” Logan said. “The school board makes the decision,” he said. “My hope is that we’ve got a proposal that supports the community as best we can.” He noted some concerns “highest on the radar” had been made.

Taking on the airport
Resident J.C. Harris (pictured above), during public comment period, said that the city should make Seattle-Tacoma International Airport part of its city planning.

“Des Moines has the worst ratio of benefit to impacts of any of the airport communities so it is incumbent on this city to take the lead in establishing a long-term plan to wrest control of the airport from the Port (of Seattle),” said Harris.

“The Port thinks in long-term strokes – everybody jokes about it but they truly have a 25 year plan and they have a 10 year plan, they have five year plans and they implement those. None of the cities have 10 year plans and five year plans but the Port is going to be with us … it is going to be with our grandchildren.

“Whether we like it or not,” said Harris, “As long as that thing exists, we must make it a part of our city planning and we’re not.”

By including other nearby cities, “We have a chance of going to Olympia and taking steps to little by little chip away at (Port) control,” said Harris, adding that City Manager Michael Mathias “said it very accurately when he said, ‘On our own, we’ll never get there.’ ”

Earline Lucile Byers
10/1929 to 2018

Earline was born in Seattle along with her twin brother Earl; they remained as close as you can imagine during their long and fulfilling lives. She was very proud of being a twin, and of being a lifetime resident of this beautiful area. During her life she faced challenges with quiet dignity, a resilient spirit and a determination to maintain a positive outlook for the future.

Though born in Ballard, having settled in Des Moines in 1964, she made it her forever home, and could not have imagined living any where else. From the beginning, and for the next fifty years, she dedicated herself to spending her time committed to the benefit of her beloved community. In 2010, Earline was one of the first recipients of the Spirit of Des Moines Lifetime Achievement Award. This award was in recognition of her service in multiple community organizations, such as the Library Board, the Parks and Recreation Board and the Human Services and Senior Services Committees, just to name a few. Earline was very proud to have been deeply involved in the Waterland Festival, the Fireworks over Des Moines, the annual Christmas tree lighting, the spring hanging of flowers and baskets throughout the city, and was the creator of the Funny Boat Race in 1979. She was honored to have been the Grand Marshall of the 2011 Waterland Parade. Each time we pass the ‘Big Catch’ plaza, we can all give a nod to Earline, as she was instrumental in its selection and placement. More than just developing local activities, Earline spent countless hours conducting city council candidate forums, represented Des Moines to the King County METRO Citizens committee; having sat many times on the Des Moines Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, she was a firm believer that in order to affect change you must participate.

In 1995, Earline began writing a regular column, ‘Over the Fence’, for the Des Moines/Highline Times. This was a dream opportunity for her, as she was able to share her love of the community with everyone. She loved hearing from others that she had somehow touched their lives in a positive way with her words and anecdotes.

In addition to writing about Des Moines, she would occasionally be allowed to brag about her family. Though she clearly had a deep love for community, her two children, Cindy Beasley and the late Paul Den, were, in her words ‘My greatest achievement in this life; a legacy I am so proud of.’ She was also so very proud of and adored her five grandchildren who were blessed to have time with her to hear all of her wonderful stories. Anyone who knew Earline will recall that they never saw her without a canine companion; all of them well loved and giving her their unconditional love; sweet Katrina was with her to the very end and misses her as dearly as any member of her family. Earline was blessed in her life to have shared a deeply loving marriage with her best friend, Gordon ‘Gordy’ Byers, who, along with her son Paul and many other adored family members, has surely greeted her with open arms so that they may now spend eternity together. Though a prolific writer herself, she deferred to the great Ralph Waldo Emerson when trying to express her definition of success:

“To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one’s self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived – this is to have succeeded.”

Funeral:

Tuesday, May 1:

  • Services: 11:00 am to noon
  • Gravesite: 12:00 to 12:30

Washington Memorial Park
16445 International Blvd
SeaTac, Wa 98188

From our sister site The B-Town (Burien) Blog:

Residents spoke out against increased airplane noise and pollution over Burien.

Story, Photos & Video by Scott Schaefer

A crowd of around 120 concerned residents gathered in the multipurpose room of Gregory Heights Elementary School on Tuesday night, April 24, to hear updates from the Quiet Skies Coalition on airplane noise, fighting the FAA, the Port of Seattle and more.

Moderated by 2017 Burien ‘Citizen of the Year’ Larry Cripe – a retired Alaska Airlines pilot – the evening started with an overview about the Quiet Skies Coalition’s (QSC) latest efforts to stop the FAA from turning noisy turboprop airplanes over Burien (recently reversed with a Categorical Exclusion, aka ‘CATEX‘); how “phenomenol” the group’s relationship with Burien City Manager Brian Wilson and Attorney Lisa Marshall have become, and expanding the group’s fight to more strongly target the Port and Alaska Airlines.

Also on hand were QSC members John Parnass, Walt Bala, Terry Plumb, Debi Wagner and others, including several from a similar group in Des Moines known as Quiet Skies Puget Sound.

Burien City Manager Brian Wilson was also present, along with Mayor Jimmy Matta and Councilmember Nancy Tosta.

“The FAA has built a fourth runway without pouring an ounce of concrete,” Cripe said, pointing his finger upward. “And they’ve done it right over our heads.”

Residents were allowed to speak and share their concerns as well.

One of the issues discussed was the FAA’s recent Categorical Exclusion – or ‘CATEX’ – which reinstituted turns over Burien. CATEX effectively means that the FAA is “not required to follow its own rules,” which in this case means that airplanes will continue to turn west over Burien.

“The CATEX is a big ‘Eff You’ from the FAA,” resident and QSC lawyer Parnass said to applause.

Many in the audience spoke about their concerns of increased airplane noise, along with particulates and other pollution that causing increased health problems, but possibly hurting property values.

THE PORT OF SEATTLE WAS THERE (QUIETLY, IN THE BACK)
Port of Seattle Community Relations Manager Marco Milanese was the only representative from the Port/Sea-Tac Airport in attendance. He sat mostly in the back and did not speak publicly. When asked afterwards if he had a statement to make about the event or residents’ concerns, he told me: “I’m not the man to comment…”

Larry Cripe of the Quiet Skies Coalition moderated the event.

Resident and lawyer John Parnass of the Quiet Skies Coalition.

Airplane flight tracks show increased overflights over Burien.

Here’s an edited video from a live Facebook feed we produced (apologies for occasional glitches and audio issues; running time is approximately 1 hour 2 minutes):

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A Parent Suicide Prevention Training Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 3, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the Mount Rainier High School Library.

Come learn and receive resources to identify warning signs and risk factors.

For questions and registration please contact Lisa Foote at 206-631-7108.

Rendering courtesy McGranahan Architects.

Students seeking in-demand health care careers can look forward to learning in a state-of-the-art facility on Highline College’s main campus, marked by a demolition on May 7 of Building 26.

The demo will begin at Noon, and is free and open to the public.

To create the new space, the college’s Building 26 will undergo a major renovation. The estimated $30 million renovation is the college’s first significant capital project in more than a decade. It will also be the first LEED-certified building on campus. Construction is expected to be completed by September 2019.

A 3-story concrete masonry structure, the new Building 26 will become an integrated, flexible learning environment needed to meet the growing demand for health care professionals.

The renovation of the 1970s-era building will include a comprehensive interior remodel of program spaces, a new addition to add program space and faculty offices, and site improvements. Once complete, the Health and Life Sciences Building will include 46,068 square feet of classroom, lab, office and study space.

Design funding of $3.4 million came during the 2015–17 biennium as part of the Washington Community and Technical Colleges’ capital funding request to the state legislature. Construction funding of $23.37 million was approved during the 2018 session of the legislature. An additional $3.17 will be funded by the college through local construction funds, for an estimated total project cost of $30 million.

Project partners include McGranahan Architects of Tacoma and Pease Construction of Lakewood.

Currently, Highline’s health and wellness-related programs are scattered across campus in four separate buildings. Unifying them in one central location will allow students of various disciplines to interact in a real-world environment
The college’s main campus is located in Des Moines, midway between Seattle and Tacoma at South 240th Street and Pacific Highway South (Highway 99).

From our sister site The SeaTac Blog:

King County Major Crimes Detectives are looking for additional witnesses that may have seen a disturbance that lead to a shooting in SeaTac at Angle Lake Park on April 9, 2018 (read our previous coverage here).

Police say that sometime around 5:30 p.m., a disturbance broke out at Angle Lake Park (19400 BLK International Blvd S.). The disturbance was between multiple people and ended up that several gunshots were fired.

A short time later two victims were driven to a nearby hospital with gunshot wounds. They both survived.

“King County Major Crimes Detectives are looking for any and all people at the park on this date that may have seen the disturbance or seen the shooting itself,” police said.

Please call King County Sheriff’s Office at (206) 296-3311 if you have any information.

PCC Community Markets (PCC) announced Tuesday that it will be opening its new Burien store on Wedneday, May 23, 2018.

The new store will be the first for PCC that’s located south of Seattle.

Located in the Five Corners Shopping Center at 15840 1st Ave. S. (map below), the 25,000 square-foot store will become the area’s first certified organic grocery and PCC’s first location slated to operate on 100 percent renewable energy.

With a long-standing commitment to the neighborhoods in which it operates, PCC will bring more than 100 union jobs to the community with its Burien store. PCC also will expand its charitable giving program through community partnerships with the Des Moines Food Bank and the Highline School District. PCC secured a $5,000 grant to Para Los Ninos as well, through the co-op’s partnership with the Paul Newman Foundation.

“We are always excited to join a new community and introduce all that PCC offers to future members and new shoppers — whether that’s our fresh, sustainably sourced organic foods; community support, food donations and giving; or new job opportunities we add to the economy,” said Cate Hardy, PCC Community Markets CEO. “The passion we’ve seen for Burien PCC through letters, emails and social media posts shows the feeling is mutual, and we can’t wait to welcome everyone into the new store.”

As with PCC’s other locations, Burien PCC will celebrate products that are fresh, local, organic, sustainably sourced and seasonal. More than 95 percent of PCC’s produce selection is organic; its meats are 100 percent organic, non-GMO or grass fed; its seafood is sustainably sourced adhering to Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch standards; and, whenever possible, the co-op sources its products from local producers, farmers, ranchers and fishers. Using those same ingredients, PCC chefs make salads, soups, entrées and side dishes fresh from scratch daily onsite in each store.

Additional highlights of the new store include:

  • New subscription-free, grab-and-go PCC meal kits featuring easy-to-make original recipes — like Sesame-Gochujang Steak with Kimchi Fried Rice & Shirred Egg, and Simple Cassoulet with Chicken and Sausage. Each kit is hand-packed in PCC kitchens and includes fresh, organic produce and non-GMO, locally raised meats along with compostable, recyclable packaging.
  • PCC Pizzeria with fresh-from-the-pizza-oven and take-and-bake pies.
  • PCC Taqueria with pork adobado, beef barbacoa, roasted squash and garbanzos, chicken verde, rice and beans, aguas frescas and freshly prepared salsas.
  • PCC Yogurt Bar featuring PCC Organic Grass-fed Yogurt from Pure Éire Dairy, the only local, organic, non-GMO, grass-fed, animal welfare-certified yogurt of its kind — including the newest flavor on the block: lemon.
  • Handcrafted espresso and tea beverages and freshly baked goods, such as scratch-made breakfast biscuits and the PCC “Crownie,” a chocolate chip cookie, brownie mash-up drizzled with caramel.
  • A carefully curated selection of Pacific Northwest-produced spirits to complement the co-op’s collection of exclusive wines and local beers and ciders.
  • An affordable line of certified organic and Non-GMO Project Verified pantry staples from Field Day, including more than 150 items from canned beans and extra virgin olive oil to peanut butter and oatmeal. PCC also offers a wide selection of bulk items, where shoppers can get just the amount they need while reducing packaging.
  • Free cookbooks to borrow from or donate to PCC’s Little Free Cookbook Library, celebrating the joy of cooking in the community.

Burien PCC was thoughtfully designed to deliver on PCC’s long-standing commitment to environmental responsibility and to help reduce PCC’s carbon footprint. Tracking to LEED v4 certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, PCC has put into place systems and features to reduce lighting use by 25 percent and fresh water consumption by 45 percent annually. The store is planning to operate on 100 percent renewable energy through renewable energy credit purchases after the store opens. Seattle-based MG2 is the architect of record for the new Burien PCC store. The developer is Powell Development Company and the general contractor is Woodman Construction, Inc.

The new location is the first for PCC south of Seattle, serving Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, Sea-Tac, White Center and all areas in-between, and will act as the interim go-to for West Seattle shoppers until the store reopens in 2019.

Burien PCC’s grand opening celebration will kick off at 8:45 a.m. and feature an official “pineapple cutting”— the fruit is the universal symbol of welcome and hospitality — with fresh, organic pineapple giveaways for the first 112 people in celebration of PCC’s 12th store.

The store will officially open its doors at 9 a.m.

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Des Moines United Methodist Church will be holding a Habitat Auction this coming Saturday, April 28:

  • Doors open at 10 a.m. to preview/bid on hundreds of silent auction items.
  • First table closes at 6:05 p.m.
  • Live auction starts 7:15 p.m.
  • Food available starting 4:30 p.m.

“Invite your friends/neighbors!”

Des Moines United Methodist Church is located at 22225 9th Ave S, Des Moines 98198; phone: 206-878-8301.

More info at desmoinesumc.org