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Commentary by Senior Writer Jack Mayne

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Do South King County taxpayers want thousands of their tax dollars spent to find, read and assemble information sought as a fishing expedition by some person or organization hoping to find anything that they could use for some personal reason?

That is happening every day in Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park and SeaTac. These searches of complex computer records are required upon demand from any citizen as part of Washington’s public disclosure laws. Those laws were passed more than 40 years ago to inform citizens of the activities of elected officials at all ranks, including the members of our city councils and school boards.

Those original laws were written when a public records request meant a simple search of a file folder or two.

Today, most activity takes place on a computer, either as email or as some other type of textual correspondence. That means where once people had a verbal conversation with no records kept, now there are often a large number of digital communications that governments have in their computers. They are complex searches of many computers and servers, including the records of cell phones, portable computers and other devices.

Then all of those many files must be read and redacted to be certain there is no confidential information passed on to someone who is not supposed to have it. One city recently found a seemingly simple request yielded 200,000 emails that needed to be individually read before turning them over to the person who asked for them.

There are even devious trolls who will ask for all information in the government files on some broad subject. One recent request wanted all information for the entire history of a city on drunk driving matters – a subject that would yield millions of documents and take a lot of time to assemble.

Usually the one or two people in a city clerk’s office are detailed to find the records a citizen has asked for so it takes longer than the requester wants to wait. Or if the request is huge, a city can hire outside help which costs the taxpayers extra – for example one city spent well over $50,000 tax dollars to search for records figuring in a lawsuit.

No one wants to keep public records from the taxpayers who want them, but the law must be modified so that fishing demands for records are either stopped or the person demanding them be required to pay the expenses. Our taxpayers should not have to pay for someone’s data fishing expeditions of questionable value to the public.

Here’s episode #67 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation:

SoKing News Weekly Recap for Sept. 9-12, 2016: Man shot & killed near park; tabernacles stolen from Burien church; body found in airport restroom; Puget Sound Weather Geek forecast; Kennedy student rescued from Mt. Si; Jack Mayne commentary on records requests; ‘The Final Take’ & more…

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by Dave Markwell

While drinking my morning coffee the other day, my phone chimed, signaling an incoming text message. It was pretty early so my interest was piqued. As I checked the screen, the words “Wholly Moses” brightened the sky on this nominally dismal and sad, overcast morning and I may have laughed out loud. I replied, “Damn. Nice.”

Several years ago, my old college buddy, Jeff, and I were involved in a beer-driven challenge to name old HBO movies we watched as kids. We compiled a pretty impressive list, which I still have scribed on the wrinkled napkin we recorded our results on.

Now, a few times a year, the light bulb will go on and a simple text with only the title of the movie will be sent. We each enjoy receiving these. Though, in all honesty, I am occasionally annoyed when he remembers a good one before me.

Nonetheless, these little notes always make me smile. I am reminded of a fun day with a good friend and I know that he is reminded of me. It’s nice to know that other people think of us. That’s the beauty of old friends. Anything, even old HBO movie titles, can have meaning and make us smile. These things reflect time spent and life shared.

Old friends require little maintenance. And there is tremendous comfort in knowing that my muddled and motley collection of great old friends and I will be drinking a beer and playing cribbage, sharing successes and tragedies and calling each other bad names forever. These are the good and easy relationships.

Other relationships we experience require tending; delicate attention and mindful grooming. Our kids and our spouses live here. Throughout shared lives, a million little cuts are delivered as a harsh word or an unspoken word. Tiny neglects and lack of attention to the minute variations in a heartbeat become bricks in the walls that we construct. Individually, they appear insignificant. Over time, though, these cuts or bricks compound and eventually strike an artery and the relationship bleeds out or a fortress is erected with walls too high for a man to climb.

When this happens, restitution must be paid. We must atone. It is here that we are forced to emotionally strip down in front of the classroom and stand uncovered while the pupils stare open-mouthed at our form and point and laugh. In these moments, we are built. We learn things that we could not learn otherwise.

And when we’re naked, stripped bare of all ornament and garnish, we are changed. Lying exposed on the desert floor as the night animals and buzzards pick apart the carcass of our past and leave it to bleach in the sun, pride, ego, self-consciousness, filters and lenses that send us false information and all other diabolical human emotional creations evaporate. Leaving only a truth. And in this truth is the somewhat comforting understanding that endings and beginnings often wear the same shoes…

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

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate’s Open House – set for this SUNDAY – is a Normandy Park waterfront home!

With 90 feet of easy access, medium bank sound frontage, this home is located on the sought-after Normandy Terrace.

This home is positioned for maximizing views, and is also planned for gracious living.

Private circular drive entranceway with covered portico creates an atmospheric luxury.

Reverse floor plan with main floor master complete with lavish master bath & dressing room with designer closets.

This is an entertainer’s house with over-sized party room, sunken conversation pit & wet bar/second kitchen!

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WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Open House.

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 11: Noon – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 17825 Normandy Terrace SW, Normandy Park 98166-3635 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $1,695,000
  • MLS Number: 908850
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Year Built: 1948
  • Approximate House SqFt: 4,200 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 23,151 s.f.

Site Features:

  • 2nd Kitchen
  • Dbl Pane/Storm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Hot Tub/Spa
  • Skylights
  • Solarium/Atrium
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Cable TV
  • Fenced-Partially
  • Patio
  • Sprinkler System

Marketing Remarks:

Normandy Park Waterfront Home (90′ of easy access Medium Bank Sound Frontage per KCR), located on sought-after Normandy Terrace.

Home positioned for maximizing views!A distinctive home planned for gracious living.

Private circular drive entranceway w/covered portico creates an atmospheric luxury.

Reverse floor plan with main floor master complete with lavish master bath & dressing room with designer closets.

Entertainer’s house with over-sized party room,sunken conversation pit & wet bar/second kitchen!

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

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

Drivers should be prepared for overnight lane reductions on southbound Interstate 5 this weekend, Sept. 9-11, from South 200th Street in SeaTac to SR 516 in Des Moines.

With a rainy fall forecast on the horizon, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will take advantage of this weekend’s expected dry weather.

Lane reductions will begin at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights. By 10 p.m. each night, southbound I-5 will be reduced to one lane through 9:30 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday.

The work is part of the southbound I-5 paving project that began in March. During the lane reductions, crews will put the final layer of pavement on the freeway where crews began repaving earlier this summer.

Overnight lane reductions, using the same hours, are also planned for the weekend of Sept. 16-18.

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Dr. Susan Enfield, superintendent of Highline Public Schools, greets a student on the first day of school.

The Highline School Board unanimously approved a three-year contract extension for Superintendent Susan Enfield at its regular meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Dr. Enfield’s contract will now run through June, 2019 (download PDF of her contract here).

Her salary will increase to $230,679.

“We are pleased our graduation rate is rising and that our district is making progress toward our bold goals,” said Highline School Board President Michael Spear. “This is a vote of confidence in Superintendent Enfield’s leadership and her commitment to working with our community and staff to ensure our students graduate prepared for college and career.”

Last year, the graduation rate increased from 62.9 percent to 70.3 percent for the Class of 2015. This reflected an increase of more than nine percentage points since the Class of 2010, the year the state began using the current formula for calculating graduation rates. Final data is not available yet on the graduation rate for the Class of 2016; however, it is expected to reflect a continued increase.

“As I begin my fifth year as Highline’s superintendent, I want to thank the board for their continued confidence in my leadership. It is truly an honor to serve the students, families and community of Highline, and work alongside the extraordinary staff across our district,” Superintendent Enfield said. “Our successes are a testament to the power of high expectations, the strength of our partnerships with families and community, and the dedication of our outstanding teachers and staff.”

Under Dr. Enfield’s leadership, community members, families, staff and students came together to develop a four-year strategic plan outlining ambitious goals for students, including a goal for “at least 19 out of 20 students to graduate high school prepared to choose their future.”  The strategic plan runs through 2017. Dr. Enfield is now looking forward to involving the community in refining the strategic plan for the years ahead.

“Our work is far from done, and I remain deeply committed to our promise that every student in Highline Public Schools is known by name, strength, and need, and graduates ready for college, career, and citizenship,” Dr. Enfield added.

The extension includes a state-funded 1.8% salary increase that all district employees received this year. Enfield has not received a salary increase beyond cost of living adjustments since she was hired in 2012.

Dr. Enfield began as Highline Superintendent in July 2012. Before coming to Highline, she served as Chief Academic Officer and Interim Superintendent at Seattle Public Schools. Previously, she held leadership positions in Evergreen School District (Vancouver, Washington), Portland Public Schools, and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Dr. Enfield earned master’s degrees in education from Stanford University and Harvard University. She holds a doctoral degree in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University with a concentration in the Urban Superintendents Program.

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Shine in September with a $20.00 Glaze special at Advertiser Salon Michelle!

A shine-enhancing glaze is something that can refresh your hair color or give your natural hair a shine or boost of richness. According to Instyle Magazine’s Samantha Faragalli:

“They can be clear to just add shine or have some pigment to complement the tone of the hair color. Unlike a gloss, a glaze does not contain peroxide or ammonia. It simply coats or sits on top of the hair. They are incapable of depositing or lifting color from the hair cuticle.“

A glaze is a a good choice when you want to reinvigorate color and and an extra boost to your hair’s natural beauty, although even “virgin” hair will benefit, not just color treated.

According to Faragalli, “A glaze is used when the objective is primarily to give the hair that extra shine or give the color a slight boost. It’s like the energy drink of hair color.” She recommends that “A glaze should be a part of your salon regimen. You should get one on every hair color appointment.”

The professionals at Salon Michelle use high quality products to ensure your best result. right now they are offering this treatment and a very special low price of just $20.00.

Call or book online to enjoy these savings!

Salon Michelle is located at:

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

Hours of Operation:

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

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What an unexpected sunny day last Saturday at the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market! The sun was out all day and the wind was nowhere to be felt.

This coming Saturday is our annual Kids Back to School/Safety Day. Look for lots of things to do and see. The market is giving away to the first 500 kids a free Hot Wheels. Look for the display booth and pick yours up.

Truck-InAlso this Saturday is our last Food Truck-In with all your favorite eats on wheels. Look for them in the horseshoe parking area in front of the marina office. This event trucks are: Athena’s(Greek), Charlie’s Buns N Stuff(Phillies & Burgers), Gogi on the Go(Korean BBQ), The Grilled Cheese Experience(Grilled Cheese Sandwiches), Kabob & Kabob(Meat Kabobs), Kiss My Grits(Grits), Nibbles(Southwest Fusion), NOSH(Fish & Chips , and other specialties), @ Sweet Bumpas(Artisan Ice cream).

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HELP FAMILIES IN NEED WITHIN YOUR OWN COMMUNITY – it’s Westside Baby’s 16th annual Fill the Bus Diaper Drive. They will be taking donations of all sizes of diapers.

Cutlery on Wheels SignWith the holiday season coming up you want to make sure all your cutlery are in good sharp condition. Stop by and talk with Bill at Cutlery on Wheels for all your needs, including lawnmower blades. He is in the little black trailer at the market entrance.

Community Groups – Des Moines Friends of Library & Van to go, Boy & Girl Scout troop, Recology, KC Master Composters, MaST

Market SponsorsWesley Homes

Music – Noteables

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

Upcoming Events

Waste Zero is again our slogan for this season.

Pitch It In to do your part.

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

By Jack Mayne

Sound Transit says that when its new Angle Lake station opens Sept. 24, “frequent carpoolers” can reserve a parking spot ahead of time as a way to maximize the limited parking space at the station.

The reservations will come under a new program that will allow “carpool permits” at Angle Lake. The program also will be extended to the Tukwila International Boulevard light rail station that often fills by 7 a.m. on weekdays, Sound Transit said in a news release.

Sound Transit says permits will cost $5 per carpool and parkers “must have and use a valid ORCA card to apply for a permit.”

The spaces will be reserved through the morning rush hours Monday to Friday, but on weekends and after morning rush hour on weekdays, transit riders would be able to park in permit spaces without a permit.

The transit agency said to renew the permit, the person must have “the permit holder’s ORCA records to show they rode transit at least three times per week during the previous permit term.”

Parkers would have flexibility to allow for absences, such as vacations and, presumably, illness.

Each car “must arrive with at least two transit riders in the permitted vehicle.”

Sound Transit says at least half of all parking spaces at each location “would remain free and available for transit riders on a first-come, first-served basis.”

By the end of the year, Sound Transit ways the program will be extended to seven other stations, including the Federal Way Transit Center and the Kent Station

Detailed information about the program and how to apply is available at: soundtransit.org/permitparking.

Here’s episode #66 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation:

SoKing News Weekly Recap for Sept. 2-5, 2016: Man shot, killed at SeaTac motel; SWAT responds to domestic violence call; Pokémon Go update in Des Moines; man who shot, killed hatchet-wielding attacker will not face charges; ‘Walk for the Women’ fundraiser coming; Jack Mayne on airport noise; ‘The Final Take’ on Pokémon Go & more…

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by Dave Markwell

‘Tis the season for first days. First days of school shake our kids loose from their cozy summer schedules and liberate parents from the hand and heart-wringing task of trying to mitigate our children’s boredom. I love summer. It is my favorite season by far, but when my kids got old enough to have summer vacation, my relationship to this season changed. I still enjoy the weather and the opportunities for fun that it allows, but the sense of duty to produce consistently epic days for my kids is a drag. It’s impossible. With work, chores, projects and my own life and time to manage, my kids’ questions about “what are we going to do today?” make me cringe. I rarely have a plan that inspires them. So, I really like the first day of school. I am off the hook…

The first day of school is also a day of reflection. As the years change and my kids grow older, I remember other first days, including the very first one. I remember crying like a baby when we dropped my son off for kindergarten for the first time. I remember his little olive windbreaker, over-sized backpack on his little body and his blue and white striped sneakers. I remember these things with fondness and love and a sense that the world is indeed a fine place. Our kids inspire feelings that we would never know exist without them. First days remind us of these and this is good.

Throughout our lives, we experience many first days. We move into new houses, get new jobs, suffer the pain and joy of new relationships and begin each new era with a first day. These days are often met with anticipation and the gentle optimism of a new future developing. They are also met with a certain lament for the days we are leaving behind. We miss the old house. We miss our buddies at the old job. We miss the security and comfort of what we knew. These can be big feelings and sometimes so big that we will remain stuck where we don’t belong. We are built to grow. It’s necessary and right, but not always easy. But sometimes the right things are the hard things. Not a comforting thought, but true.

Leaving my son on that first day was hard, but seeing him today as a senior in high school and realizing that the wonderful life unfolding for him now began with a first day, I understand the power and beauty and necessity of these days. But, I still miss his little shoes…

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

Des Moines United Methodist Church will be holding a special ‘Blessing the Animals’ service this Sunday, Sept 4 at 9:30 a.m.

It will be held in Fellowship Hall, and instead of using the main entry, all are asked to please use the entry on So. 223rd Street to Fellowship Hall.

Inside places will be identified for dogs and cats, etc.

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

More info at desmoinesumc.org

BTB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate’s Open House – set for both this SATURDAY & SUNDAY – is an elegant, 4-bedroom Normandy Province home on a substantial corner lot!

Tons of room with 4,350 square feet, 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths on 3 levels.

Grand entry, formal living & dining rooms.

Light-filled kitchen with high-end appliance package and adjoining family room.

Master suite upstairs, with 2nd master on main floor with attached bath and private deck.

Lower level has 2 bedrooms and 1 bath, a family room – plus a huge rec room, entertainer’s deck and private back yard.

Central AC for hot summers. and a newer roof for the winters.

3-car garage, AND…Lot A Beach rights to the Cove!

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Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Open House.

WHEN: Both SATURDAY, Sept. 3 & SUNDAY, Sept. 4: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 19254 Normandy Park Drive SW, Normandy Park 98166 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $865,000
  • MLS Number: 1005418
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Year Built: 1992
  • Approximate House SqFt: 4,350 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 15,498 s.f.

Site Features:

  • 2nd Master BR
  • Bath Off Master
  • Built-In Vacuum
  • Dbl Pane/Storm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Fireplace in Mstr BR
  • French Doors
  • Security System
  • Skylights
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Wired for Generator

Marketing Remarks:

Elegant Normandy Province home on substantial corner lot.

Tons of room with 4350 sq ft, 4BR/3.5BA on 3 levels.

Grand entry, formal living & dining rooms.

Light-filled kitchen w/ high end appliance package and adjoining family room.

Master suite up with 2nd master on main with attached bath and private deck.

Lower level has 2BR/1BA, family room plus a huge rec room.

Entertainer’s deck and private back yard.

Central AC for hot summers and newer roof.

3 car garage.

Lot A Beach rights to the Cove!

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

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

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

This event is FREE to the public!

This will be the first public repair event in White Center. Two previous repair events in White Center on April 26, 2016, and June 11, 2016, served the King County Housing Authority community Seola Gardens.

You must be present during the repair. We will have people experienced in fixing various things. Sorry, no guarantee an item can be fixed, or that attempting to fix it won’t break it even more. For items needing product-specific parts, we’ll try to tell you exactly what part you need so you can order it online and finish the repair yourself at home.

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

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WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

WHERE: White Center Community Center in Steve Cox Memorial Park, 1321 SW 102nd Street, 98146

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

INFO: To learn more, visit http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/ecoconsumer/repair-white-center.asp

If there is strong interest, we will schedule more of these in the future or on a regular basis, possibly at other locations in White Center. Thanks!

The King County EcoConsumer public outreach program has launched repair groups and events in King County, where people can bring small household items and clothing. Our experienced all-purpose fixers and sewing fixers will work on them, and can help you learn repair too.

Each repair event or group will operate differently, based on the needs of the local community. They might meet only once or twice, or continue meeting every two or three months.

At all of these events, people can bring in household items including small furniture, small appliances, personal electronics and clothing. Our overall success rate at these events for repairing items or helpfully diagnosing the problem (you may need to get a new part, for example) has generally been 70 percent or higher, although some electronics may be difficult to fix.

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Ocwen Financial Corporation, a leading financial services holding company, along with the Seattle King County NAACP, will b hosting a Help & Hope for Homeowners borrower outreach event at Highline College on Sept. 10, 2016.

The event is meant for borrowers from Seattle and Tacoma as well as the surrounding areas, where delinquency rates remain relatively high.

It will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Highline College Student Union Center (Building 8) at 2400 S. 240th Street in Des Moines. The event will offer borrowers the opportunity to meet with Ocwen Home Retention Agents and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-approved financial counselors to explore loan modifications and other options, including principal reduction programs, to make their homes more affordable.

According to RealtyTrac, in King County — which includes Seattle — one in 2,353 homes is in foreclosure. In certain pockets of the city the foreclosure rate is much higher, such as in Seattle’s Industrial District where the foreclosure rate is one in every 253 homes. In neighboring Pierce County — which encompasses Tacoma — the rate is one in every 1,022 homes. In Tacoma, one in 980 properties is in foreclosure. In Des Moines, one in 844 properties is in foreclosure.

Ocwen is a leader in helping struggling borrowers remain in their homes, having completed more than 680,000 loan modifications to date, many of which included a principal reduction for borrowers whose mortgage exceeded the current value of their home. Ocwen is also a leading participant in the Government’s HAMP program, responsible for over 30 percent of new HAMP volume and 42 percent of HAMP modifications involving principal reduction.

“Like many metropolitan areas, families around Seattle are still at risk of losing their homes and need help now,” commented Jill Showell, Senior Vice President of Government and Community Relations at Ocwen. “Our Help & Hope for Homeownersevents offer real solutions and relief to distressed homeowners. The NAACP is a trusted resource in the Seattle and Tacoma area, and together we are committed to helping borrowers qualify for loan modification options so they can better afford their homes.”

“The NAACP understands the significance of homeownership not only for individuals, but for the communities where they live and work,” said Dr. Sheley Secrest, Economic Development Chair of the Seattle King County NAACP. “Owning a home gives families stability, pride, and a vehicle for building wealth. Our local Help & Hope for Homeowners event will give borrowers the opportunity to stay in their homes by working directly with Ocwen Home Retention Agents and HUD-approved financial counselors to find real solutions.”

Ocwen homeowners who attend the event and meet with a HUD-certified counselor will receive the following:

  • Assistance with preparing their Request for Mortgage Assistance (RMA) package
  • Information on borrower eligibility for state and federal foreclosure assistance programs
  • Counsel on possible mortgage solutions tailored to fit their unique situations

Admission and parking are free at this event.

For additional details about Help & Hope for Homeowners and Ocwen’s other community outreach efforts, please visitwww.OcwenCares.com/Events. Homeowners interested in the Des Moines event can also call the NAACP-dedicated hotline at (855) 459-2514.

About Ocwen Financial Corporation
Ocwen Financial Corporation is a financial services holding company which, through its subsidiaries, originates and services loans. We are headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida, with offices throughout the United States and in the U.S. Virgin Islands and operations in India and the Philippines. We have been serving our customers since 1988. We may post information that is important to investors on our website (www.Ocwen.com).

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Fête rhymes with PLATE and you will HATE to miss the 3rd annual English Fete on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Renton.

Festive village fetes are fairs, a summer tradition in the UK, complete with their own style of carnival games like Splat the Rat, Smash the Crockery, Wet Sponge Throwing and more. Other staples of these annual events include live music, cake stalls, car shows, raffles and of course beer, tea and lots of traditional English foods.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in historic old Renton is staging their very own fête for the third year in a row on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.! Along with all the above elements they have two unique acts performing – ‘Sound and Fury Morris Dancers’ and ‘Celt Check’ playing lively traditional old english songs.

There will be a bouncy castle for the little ones and a pub for the big ones, plus an enticing silent auction (time to pick up some treasures!).

All proceeds help keep St. Luke’s vibrant and supporting their work feeding the hungry, helping the homeless and partnering with Communities in Schools in Renton to meet the needs of local youth.

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St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 99 Wells Ave. South in Renton, 98057:

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