The City of Des Moines on Thursday (July 14) announced the names of the four finalists in the search for its new City Manager.

The four candidates have been invited for interviews, to be held on July 19 and 20.

“The City received an incredible number of highly qualified applicants for the City Manager position,” according to Mayor Matt Pina. “We are extremely impressed with all four of the selected finalists and we are focused on hiring a dynamic and visionary leader who is the absolute best fit for the City.”

The City Council selected Strategic Government Resources (SGR) to conduct and manage the nationwide search that resulted in an outstanding pool of candidates. SGR is a local government executive search firm based in Keller, Texas. SGR’s proprietary recruitment and vetting process produced in an impressive field of candidates who want to be Des Moines’ next City Manager. The City received 36 applications from individuals in 18 states. Twenty-nine of the candidates had local government management experience, with 22 candidates having served as a city manager or assistant city manager.

Candidate vetting included a comprehensive questionnaire, online interviews, a psychometric assessment, a thorough media search, and a rigorous background investigation.

The public is invited to meet the candidates at a Meet and Greet event that will take place on Wednesday, July 20, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Senior Activity Center, 2045 S. 216th St., Seattle WA 98198.

The finalists (in alphabetical order):

Nicole Ard

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Nicole Ard has 23 years of local government experience. She most recently served as the city manager of Sandusky, Ohio, from 2011- 2014. Ard previously worked for the cities of Hillsborough, North Carolina, Leesburg, Virginia, and Phoenix, Arizona. She is an ICMA Credentialed Manager and holds a Master of Public Administration from Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from Howard University.

Michael Matthias

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Michael Matthias has 23 years of local government experience and is currently the Assistant City Manager and Economic Development Director for the city of Des Moines, where he has served since 2014. He previously worked for the cities of Sammamish and Maple Valley, Washington, Fort Lauderdale and Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, and Morgan Hill, California. He also worked for the Thurston County, Washington, Economic Development Council. He holds a Master of Science in Urban Development from the University of Oxford, England, a Master of Science in Applied Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a Master of International Relations from the University of Cambridge, England, and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

James Nichols

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James Nichols has 21 years of local government experience and most recently served as the County Manager of Douglas County, Nevada. He previously served as Assistant City Manager of Midland, Texas and the Deputy City Manager of both Las Vegas, Nevada and Goodyear, Arizona. Nichols has also worked for the cities of Surprise, Arizona, and Chehalis and Olympia, Washington. Nichols is an ICMA Credentialed Manager and holds a Public Management Certificate from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Connecticut and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University in Boston, Massachusetts.

David Niemeyer

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David Niemeyer has more than 30 years of local government experience and is currently the Village Manager for Tinley Park, Illinois, where he has served since 2014. Niemeyer has also served as Village Manager/Administrator for Oak Brook, Homewood, Richton Park and Orland Hills, and as City Manager/Administrator for Des Plaines and Harvard. Niemeyer is an ICMA Credentialed Manager and holds a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Northern Illinois University.

The Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market continued to escape the rain last Saturday. I kept looking south at the dark clouds coming our way but, after bowing to the wind genie they went over to our neighbors on Vashon.

New fruits of the season are showing up every Saturday, so if you’re a home canner, check out the fresh peaches, apricots and nectarines and your favorite veggies.

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We always like to feature vendors that are from Des Moines and the surrounding area. Emily’s Handmade Soaps is a good example. The handmade small batch soaps are by Emily Davis, a longtime resident of Des Moines. This is her second year at our market and she commented that this market is her favorite by far. She uses vegan-focused ingredients and includes combinations of oils, butters, earth clays, and other botanical ingredients to enhance your daily bathing ritual. While the purpose of soap is to clean you, Emily’s Handmade Soaps endeavors to make nature-inspired soaps that are lovely to look at, sensational to smell, and add a little luxury to your daily routine. Stop by her booth and say hello and clean up…..

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New Vendors this season:

Also a new food truck has joined us this season. Get ready pie fans for A Fire Inside Pizza. They create their pizzas using only fresh dough, never frozen. Each one is made to order with fresh ingredients and baked in a 750° degree wood fired pizza oven, using only 100% Apple wood. No gas, no electricity. The only way to eat pizza! And, you can get it by the slice. YUM!!

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Get ready for the sun this Saturday and try new vendor Soda Jerk and their delicious handmade exotic fresh sodas. They are environmentally friendly, made from the finest ingredients possible. Before opening the owner, Cory Clark, spent months developing recipes, refining processes, sourcing ingredients, and tasting sodas. The results of all that hard work are the unique, tasty refreshments he offers today.

Need soup, this new vendor you have to try. Sara Becca’s Soups mission is to help everyone enjoy the experience of cooking a restaurant quality product for friends and family whether you are a great cook or not.

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Food Trucks – A Fire Inside, Kabob & Kabob, Kiss My Grits, & Sweet Bumpas

Community Groups – MaST & King County Noxious Weed

The Wednesday night Sunset Markets are under way. They are every Wednesday in July and August from 4 to 8pm. There will be food trucks, farms and lots of goodies. Then you can stroll over to the Beach Park for the free music in the park series brought to you by the Des Moines Art Commission

Attention seniors (55 and older), when you shop at the market, check in at the information both to see if you qualify for our Healthy Eating Initiative. Once you sign up you can receive a $10 voucher to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from our local farmers for every market day (Sat & Wed) throughout the season.

Screen Shot 2016-07-06 at 11.53.34 AMThe other healthy eating initiative is for low income families called Fresh Bucks. Come to the market, swipe your EBT card and it will double your dollars (up to $10) per person. Both of these programs are good for Saturday and Wednesday markets.

Screen Shot 2016-07-06 at 11.53.50 AMDon’t forget The Des Moines Area Food Bank “Picnic in the Park” free summer lunch program for all school age kids. Look for them from noon to 1pm in the grassy area next to the marina office. And if you can’t wait until noon, they will serve free snacks from 10 to 10:30am. A child does not need to be a Highline Public School student to participate. They will be here every Saturday until school starts. If you would like to volunteer to help with this program, contact the Food Bank 206-878-2660.

There is still space for our Clutter 2 Cash sale this coming July 23rd. Click to download an application.

Screen Shot 2016-07-06 at 1.25.56 PMSeniors don’t forget the market and 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

Every Wednesday thru August – Sunset Market/Concerts in the Park

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 that comes out once a week. You can also keep up on the activities by visiting the markets Facebook page.

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[EDITOR’S NOTE: Now in her second year with more great work is our youngest-ever Contributor – 12-year old Isabel Herbruger – local Girl Scout, 4-H member, and aspiring photojournalist. We encourage residents of all ages to submit stories and photos for posting – for consideration, please email yours to [email protected]!]

Photos and Story by Isabel Herbruger, age 12

I went with the Highline Bears to watch two games of the Washington State Little League Tournament going on in Des Moines until this Friday (July 15, 2016) at the Steven Underwood Memorial Fields.

The teams playing Monday night were from Vancouver, North Kitsap, and Bellevue.

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Hazel Dell from Vancouver and North Kitsap both won and play each other Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

There is a South Highline team playing a Snohomish team on Tuesdayat 5:30 p.m. as well.

The tournament bracket is here:

http://www.littleleaguewa.org/washington-state-little-league-tournaments/bracket/667-Intermediate-Baseball-State 

More Little League game photos will be on my Highline Bears page soon:

https://www.facebook.com/HighlineBearsbyIsabel/

The Bears play in Tacoma on Tuesday at 7 p.m., and are in Lacey on Wednesday.

They have two home games this Friday and Saturday night at Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. both nights!

Thank you for your time and consideration,
– Isabel H.

From Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest:

Like many small towns in Western Washington, Riverton came into itself in 1903 when the Riverton Draw Bridge was built over the Duwamish River. Originally built to accommodate pedestrians and horse drawn carriages, it was later converted to cars. Allowing for easy access to and fro to the big city.

Riverton is home to many cottage style homes built at the start of the second world war and needed to accommodate the influx of people relocating to this area. This is when Riverton experienced its largest period of growth. But like most neighborhoods, it has grown and changed through the decades. But it’s done its job well and has managed to maintain its charm and sense of neighborhood – all while welcoming new generations into its community.

You can see this alive and well in this cute little cottage we are featuring this week, located at 13741 34th Ave S, Tukwila 98168 (map below). Showing off the most charming aspects of our historic cottages, this cute as a button home has been completely updated, renovated and shined like a bright new penny. Come and enjoy the best of historic Riverton in the ease and convenience of a newly redone home.

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Contact Ron Younkin today for a private showing:

Ron Younkin
206-351-4950
[email protected]

The City of Des Moines announced that Redondo Beach Drive South will be closed starting today – Monday, July 11 – and remain closed through Aug. 5, 2016, between Redondo Way and Southwest 292nd Street.

The closure is to facilitate concrete slab placement work associated with the Boardwalk Repair Project.

Local access will be permitted, but drivers should anticipate complete closure of the intersection with S. 287th Street, further limiting access.

Detour routes will be have signs, but heavy delays are expected.

Motorists are encouraged to utilize alternate routes.

The Redondo Boat Launch and ancillary facilities will not be affected and remain open.

For more info, click here (PDF file).

A water rescue occurred off the shores the Normandy Park Cove on Saturday night, July 9.

Authorities say that a 12-foot aluminum boat with no motor and two occupants capsized while crabbing, knocking them into the cold waters of Puget Sound.

Neighbors on paddle boards hit the water and accessed the patients, who were both brought to shore safely.

“A lot of things went well on this call,” Burien/Normandy Park Fire Chief Mike Marrs told The B-Town Blog. “Boat 28 had a quick response to Three Tree Point to launch, and we had one FF/Rescue. A swimmer deployed and swam out to where the paddle boarders had picked up the boaters.”

It is unknown what caused the boat to capsize.

Also, officials said that only one life vest was found in the boat, which was towed to the Des Moines Marina by South King Fire & Rescue’s Marine 67.

Units from local fire departments E29, Boat 28, A28, Marine67 were dispatched, along with South King Fire & Rescue.

Here’s episode #59 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 July 8-11, 2016: Man found dead in stolen car in SeaTac; two women shot after altercation on 4th of July; mailbox blown up in Seahurst; missing woman last seen at Sea-Tac Airport; Puget Sound Weather Geek forecast; Jack Mayne on school bond ballot; ‘The Final Take’ & more…

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The Plant Connection, Inc., Interior Plant Specialists, is looking to hire:

Job Title: Interior Horticulturist

Salary: $13-$14/Hour pre-training (bonus based on performance and commission on sales also available)

Hours: Full time job (35-40 hrs/wk)

WHY:

  • Ready to work with something that doesn’t talk back (well at least not out loud)?
  • Ready to move out from behind that desk and move your body? (most of our employees report weight loss in the first month)
  • Ready to work independently?
  • Ready to get to know the greater Seattle area like the back of your hand?
  • Then this is the job for you.

WHAT:

Horticulturist and delivery/ installation position

  • Full time job (35-40 hrs/wk) Can be done as 5-8 hour days or 4-10 hour days.
  • Caring for tropical plants (and their owners) in office buildings 4 days per week
  • Installation and delivery of plants/Warehouse clean up and care including but not limited to watering, cleaning, organizing, inventory 1 day per week
  • Route work maintaining overall appearance and design of client’s interior landscapes
  • Other duties as needed including but not limited to basic excel data entry and word processing
  • Opportunity available to move into company management

WHEN:

  • Monday through Friday (some flexibility in hours- typically start at 7:30 am to avoid traffic)

WHERE:

  • Most of your routes will begin at our office in the Georgetown area of Seattle

JOB REQUIREMENTS -Must love plants and people!:

  • Knowledge of or the capacity to learn the names and care of our most commonly used plants within the training period.
  • Must also learn additional plant names and new skills on an ongoing basis
  • Valid WSDL and good driving record.
  • Able to work unsupervised
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to provide friendly, efficient customer service
  • Company vehicle may be available or if you use choose to use your own vehicle, you are reimbursed for mileage at current IRS standard rate
  • Physical capacity to do job- lift 30 lbs., walk several miles per day carrying 2- 2gallon water cans filled with water. Lots of kneeling and bending. Some ladder work
  • Creative, flexible person willing to help with whatever task is on the agenda
  • Must be very detail oriented. The communication between yourself, clients and other staff is the key to providing excellent customer service.
  • Willing to learn to use internet and various computer programs such as excel and word
  • Must sign non-compete (basically you agree not to work with any of our clients in a horticultural capacity for three years after the end of your employment with us.)

PAY AND BENEFITS:

  • Starting rate of $13-14 per hour Depending on experience and skills. Raise when you successfully complete training after three months
  • Mileage and parking allowance
  • 5% commission on sales within accounts
  • We will pay for your pesticide license should you have one or choose to get one
  • 2 week paid vacation per year the first year (1st week becomes available after six months, second week after twelve months), 3 weeks beginning the third year, (proportional to # of hours worked),
  • $30 per month education benefit
  • Performance based bonus plan
  • Chance to grow and receive training within our company.

Questions? 206-938-3884

Apply here: http://theplant-connection.com/seattle/job-openings/

On Monday night, during Des Moines’ July 4th celebration – while crowds were gathering – a small drone was seen and heard flying just inside the entrance to the beach park.

Des Moines Police say that the beach park was abuzz with people waiting for the fireworks to begin when something went awry.

Less than a minute after the drone started flying, it got stuck in a tree. The drone operator tried to get it out of the tree on its own power but was unsuccessful.

“A short time later, an individual came to the police command post and said that he had been stung numerous times by bees and that he is allergic to bee stings,” Sgt. Doug Jenkins told The Waterland Blog. “He normally carries an epi-pen but it was in his vehicle parked several blocks away. The subject was given an anti-histamine and aid personnel from South King Fire and Rescue were requested to respond to the command post. The subject was evaluated by aid personnel and he was released with advice that if his medical condition worsened he should seek medical treatment at a local hospital.”

The individual showed police and fire personnel where he encountered the bee’s nest.

“Only then was it learned that he was the person who had been operating the drone that was seen flying earlier,” Jenkins added. “The individual said he was going to climb the tree to retrieve his drone but encountered the bee’s nest and was stung multiple times.”

“We examined him and he declined to receive any further treatment or transport,” Jeff Bellinghausen of South King Fire & Rescue added. “No word on the outcome of the drone.”

Police warned the individual that flying a drone in a crowded area was “not really a good idea.” He was also told he was in violation of Federal Aviation Administration regulations by flying one within five miles of an airport. The individual was interested in retrieving his drone from the tree so he was told to contact the City Parks Department the next day regarding the best way to go about recovering his drone.

It is unknown if the pilot was able to successfully retrieve his drone from the tree, nor how severe his bee sting injuries are.


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by Chris Scragg
Puget Sound Weather Geek

Well it doesn’t really look like July out there anymore, and considering the trend of our summer so far (sunny day – cloudy day – sunny day – cloudy day) you’re probably wondering how long this is going to last.

Well, as is the case with a lot of weather forecasting – it’s unclear.

This bout of cloudy/showeryness is due to an upper level low (ULL) off-shore. This is a spinning blob of cooler air and moisture in the upper levels of the atmosphere.

This particular system will swing through the region this weekend bringing cooler and showery weather. A few thunderstorms may be in the mix for Saturday as well.

Afterwards though, the models and forecasters aren’t sure whether a warm spell will form, or whether another one of these ULL’s will bring us back into cloudy/rainy land.

The forecasts are calling for a chance of rain each day until the middle of next week.

Weather Underground 7 Day Forecast

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WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this SATURDAY – is a cute 4-bedroom Bungalow in desirable Seahurst!

This home has been in the same family for nearly 50 years.

Located on a corner lot, it offers large fully-fenced yard, stamped concrete patio, and lots of off-street parking.

It’s got 4 bedrooms, a good-sized living room with hardwood floors and amazing rock fireplace, and a dining room with floor to ceiling windows.

Crown molding, built-in office space upstairs, and great rec room downstairs makes this charming home very livable.

This is the one you have been waiting for!

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Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House.

WHEN: This SATURDAY, July 9: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 14601 22nd Ave SW, Burien 98166 (MAP – also see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $425,000
  • MLS Number: 967696
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Year Built: 1946
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,570 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 9,014 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Cable TV
  • Fenced-Fully
  • High Speed Internet
  • Outbuildings
  • Patio
  • RV Parking
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Been in family for nearly 50 years.

Corner lot offers large fully-fenced yard, stamped concrete patio, and lots of off-street parking.

Home has 4 bedrooms, good-sized living room with hardwood floors and amazing rock fireplace, and dining room with floor to ceiling windows.

Crown molding, build in office space upstairs, and great rec room downstairs makes this charming home very livable.

This is the one you have been waiting for!

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Last Saturday’s 4th of July weekend saw the second biggest crowd of the season at the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market – over 5,000 shoppers enjoyed pleasant weather, lively music and best of all, fruits of the season are showing up for the first time as well as sweet corn on the cob!

Since opening day I am surprised at the number of people I talk with that are new to town in last few months. That is a sign that our community is growing and people are realizing what a gem we have here on the sound.

You’re in for a treat this coming Saturday. Rhyme Time – Rosebud Children’s Theatre will be performing. Words are so much fun to say and sing – especially when they sound alike! Want to sound like Dr. Seuss? Come see what all the fuss is about in this new mini-musical by Holly Rose. Performed by youngsters ages 4-7.

The Wednesday night Sunset Markets are under way. They are every Wednesday in July and August from 4 to 8pm. There will be food trucks, farms and lots of goodies. Then you can stroll over to the Beach Park for the free music in the park series brought to you by the Des Moines Art Commission.

New VendorsSoda Jerk on Sat and Seattle Bakery (dog food truck) on Wed.

Music – 5 Buck Band

Food Trucks – Charlie’s Buns N Stuff, Jemil’s, Kabob & Kabob, Mini the Dough-Nut, Nibbles, Sweet Bumpas

Community Groups – This Saturday the Friends of the Des Moines Library will have a booth, and will have books for sale. Bargain prices: $1.00 for hardbacks, $.50 for paperbacks. Also for sale are book bags. All proceeds go to supporting children and teen programs at the Des Moines and Woodmont Libraries.

Attention seniors (55 and older), when you shop at the market, check in at the information both to see if you qualify for our Healthy Eating Initiative. Once you sign up you can receive a $10 voucher to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from our local farmers for every market day (Sat & Wed) throughout the season.

Screen Shot 2016-07-06 at 11.53.34 AMThe other healthy eating initiative is for low income families called Fresh Bucks. Come to the market, swipe your EBT card and it will double your dollars (up to $10) per person. Both of these programs are good for Saturday and Wednesday markets.

Screen Shot 2016-07-06 at 11.53.50 AMDon’t forget The Des Moines Area Food Bank “Picnic in the Park” free summer lunch program for all school age kids. Look for them from noon to 1pm in the grassy area next to the marina office. And if you can’t wait until noon, they will serve free snacks from 10 to 10:30am. A child does not need to be a Highline Public School student to participate. They will be here every Saturday until school starts. If you would like to volunteer to help with this program, contact the Food Bank 206-878-2660.

There is still space for our Clutter 2 Cash sale this coming July 23rd. Click to download an application.

Screen Shot 2016-07-06 at 1.25.56 PMSeniors don’t forget the market and 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

Pitch It InWaste 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 that comes out once a week. You can also keep up on the activities by visiting the markets Facebook page.

The Des Moines Sunset Farmers Market opens this Wednesday, July 6, from 4 – 8 p.m. at the north marina parking lot.

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At the first Wednesday market will be Buns, Kiss my Grits, and Nibbles for dinner options. Sweet Bumpas will be there to fill your ice cream needs.

Also going on this Wednesday will be the first of the Concert in the Park series presented by the Des Moines Arts Commission. Whiskey River will be playing in the beach park from 7-8:30 p.m.

Also happening will be the Legacy Foundation’s “Celebrate Des Moines Night,” featuring lots of fun from 5-8:30 p.m. in the beach park as well.

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Many times, when we meet with clients regarding bankruptcy, they come in with many preconceived notions about bankruptcy. One of the most common we hear is that people think that they will lose their home just because they’ve filed for bankruptcy. But that’s not true. You can file for bankruptcy and still keep your home.

If you are current on your home mortgage(s), you can keep your home and discharge your debts. This is true for both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. In a Chapter 7 situation, you’ll file for bankruptcy, and about 3 months later you’ll have a discharge relieving you of most, if not all, of your unsecured debts, and possibly even some secured debts, and you’ll still have your home afterwards and you’ll continue paying your mortgage(s) as usual.

But what if you have equity in your home? You can still file for bankruptcy and protect up to $125,000 in equity in your home. You can file for bankruptcy, either chapter, and not lose one cent of the equity in your home.

Now, for many people, not only do they not have equity in their home, but they are also behind on their mortgage payments. Maybe they had a mortgage with an adjustable interest rate which caused their payment to increase, maybe there was a loss of income, medical concerns, or another type of hardship that caused them to get behind on their mortgage. We can help you get current on your mortgage. A Chapter 13 bankruptcy can save your home from foreclosure, and we may even be able to work with your mortgage company to make your payments more affordable.

Bankruptcy can be a very effective tool for people who may need it. Bankruptcy gives people a fresh start and allows them to get off a financial cycle of relying upon credit cards and other types of debts to get them through month to month, sometimes at interest rates of over 20%. Our goal is to put our clients back in control of their finances.

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by Chris Scragg
Puget Sound Weather Geek

Happy 4th of July weekend everyone! The question on everyone’s minds is probably along the lines of “what is the weather going to be like?”

Well on average the weather is pretty nice on July 4th in Seattle: The average temperature is around 65°F and the average cloud coverage for this time of year is around 0.7 (mostly clear).

Lets look at what the forecasters and models are saying day by day.

  • Saturday, July 2nd: Partly cloudy, chance of showers in the A.M. Similarly to Friday, some mid to high level clouds will filter the sunshine and keep temperatures tamped down into the low 70s. A weak upper level disturbance is floating in to the north of us which is drawing in the clouds.
  • Sunday, July 3rd: Partly cloudy again with a better chance of showers in the afternoon. According to the NWS, a weak front will cross into the region bringing the chance of showers in the afternoon and evening hours. This will be the best chance for showers all weekend.
  • Monday, July 4th: Unfortunately the models are indicating an upper level disturbance nearing the area on Independence Day. This would bring a chance of showers as well and also complicate the forecast. These upper level lows don’t resolve well in computer weather models, and the forecast has been fluctuating. My call would be to expect a partly cloudy day with a possibility of some light rain on your fireworks party. Sorry! It’s Washington after all!

Happy 4th!

Also, here’s a time lapse of clouds shot from my weather station this week:

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Friend of the blog and Advertiser Zenith Holland Gardens in Des Moines is always set to help you with all things garden and soil.

And starting next week, take advantage of Zenith’s Summer Sale. Four inch annuals will be 50% off starting at 9 .a.m on July 5. The sale runs until the inventory of 4″ annuals is all gone.

“Also beginning July 5, all hanging baskets are 30% off,” says proprietor Lyn Robinson. “Feel free to come in and ask us about composting tips and keeping soil healthy with proper practices and amendments.”

Established in 1907, Zenith Holland Gardens is the oldest continually operating business in Des Moines. The gardens house eleven greenhouses on just over an acre of land on the east side of Marine View Drive South, just south of downtown Des Moines.

Remember, Zenith Holland Gardens is open daily!

Summer Hours:

  • MondayFriday: 10:00am to 6:00pm
  • Saturday: 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Sunday: 10:00am to 4:00pm
  • Monday, July 4th only: 9am-3:30pm

Zenith Holland Gardens
23260 Marine View Drive South
Des Moines, WA 98198

Phone 206-878-7002

ZenithHolland.com

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“The Lost World of Industrial Musicals” – celebrating the little-known genre of internal corporate musical propaganda – is coming to Seattle on Thursday, July 21. 

Steve Young, author/collector/historian and former “Letterman” writer, hosts this hilarious evening of startling entertainment featuring lost gems like GE’s “Silicones, Silicones” and American-Standard’s “My Bathroom.”

The one-night-only show takes place Thursday, July 21, at 7 p.m. at the Grand Illusion Cinema (1403 NE 50th Street, Seattle).

Tickets are just $12, and be ordered online here.

The show is an outgrowth of “Everything’s Coming Up Profits: The Golden Age of Industrial Musicals,” the book co-authored by Steve Young.  From roughly the 1950’s to the 1980’s, corporate America commissioned tremendous numbers of lavish Broadway-style shows for conventions and sales meetings, not open to the public.  This mutant showbiz genre was all but unknown until Steve began collecting the rare souvenir albums while gathering material for the “Dave’s Record Collection” segment on the Letterman show.  Twenty years and one book later, he owns hundreds of scarce records and has met and interviewed many veterans of the industrial musical scene.  And now, the next frontier: industrial musicals on film.

Among the excruciatingly rare films Steve Young will present, which can be seen nowhere else:122_img

  • A 1965 Citgo convention musical medley with a celebrity host
  • A 1967 Purina dog food song and dance stage show
  • A 1973 General Electric film using songs to promote the industrial uses of silicones
  • A 1970 Hamm’s beer sales meeting film animated by Hanna-Barbera
  • And the crown jewel: the film version of the legendary 1969 American-Standard distributor musical, “The Bathrooms Are Coming”!

Here’s a clip from Steve on Letterman:

And a wonderful music sample that will raise your temperature:

Steve Young has presented this unique show in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis, and other cities. He’s appeared several times as a guest on the Letterman show, NPR’s “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross (goo.gl/qwYG4p), and at theater festivals and business conventions introducing audiences to a slice of Americana that’s unexpected, weird, funny, and ultimately even inspiring.

More info here:

About the Host
Steve Young is a 25 year veteran of the “Late Night” and “Late Show with David Letterman” writing staff.  He has also written for “The Simpsons” and has most recently been writing for NBC’s “Maya & Marty.”  With Sport Murphy, he co-authored “Everything’s Coming Up Profits: The Golden Age of Industrial Musicals” (goo.gl/IAm8RU), published in 2013 by Blast Books.  He is part of an industrial musicals documentary now in production, with David Letterman as an executive producer.

About the Venue
The Grand Illusion Cinema, Seattle’s oldest continuously running movie theater, has become a landmark of the film community and proudly presents classics, rarities, and truly independent cinema from around the world.  For more information about the Grand Illusion, visit grandillusioncinema.org.  Tickets to “The Lost World of Industrial Musicals” are $12 and can be purchased at the door or through the Grand Illusion Cinema website.