Tuesday, November 13, 2007

What's News in Federal Way -- Nov. 13

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FEDERAL WAY NEWS



Sequoyah Middle School administrator headed for Argentina next year
THEOLYMPIAN.COM (10/31) -- Patty Elmer, assistant principal at Sequoyah Middle School in the Federal Way School District, has been awarded a Fulbright Teacher Exchange grant for school administrators. An Argentinian school administrator, Ros-ana Colodio, is working at Sequoyah through Nov. 10 as Elmer’s exchange partner. Elmer will travel to Santa Fe, Argentina, in July 2008, where she will work for three weeks at Colodio’s school. More...

Judge sends school salary issue back to the Legislature
THEOLYMPIAN.COM (11/02) -- A King County Superior Court judge agreed Friday with the Federal Way School District that the way the state distributes school salary money is unconstitutional and that the Legislature needs to find a more equitable way to distribute it. More...

Federal Way schools victim of 'disparate funding,' judge rules
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (11/02) -- A King County Superior Court judge ruled today that Washington’s formulas for paying teachers, staff and administrators cause funding disparities that violate the state’s constitution. Judge Michael Heavey sided with the Federal Way School District in its suit against the state by ruling that funding levels based on salaries established 30 years ago are arbitrary and must change. "Today’s state funding has no basis in reality and is a vestige from a discredited and unconstitutional system," Heavey wrote. "It cannot stand." More...

Dropout Factories
WATEACHERS.BLOGSPOT.COM (10/30) -- It's a nickname no principal could be proud of: "dropout factory," a high school where no more than 60 percent of the students who start as freshmen make it to their senior year. A handful of Washington's 290 high schools -- about 22 -- would be included on the list. More...

History books belong in the past
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (11/02) -- The seventh-grade social studies textbook used in Federal Way middle schools contains no mention of the Persian Gulf War, NAFTA or the breakup of the Soviet Union. Neither do the first, second, third, fifth or sixth-grade textbooks. More...

A boost for downtown's quality of life
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (11/02) -- With assistance from Federal Way’s Korean Women’s Association, the city’s downtown core and affordable housing opportunities will continue to grow. The Korean Women’s Association (KWA) provides multicultural and multilingual services to primarily Asian, Pacific Islander, low-income and elderly residents. The association has served Federal Way for more than 20 years. On Oct. 26, it received a grant of $8,592,300 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, said Lua Pritchard, Korean Women’s Association executive director. More...

Bacteria kills Federal Way man; new case in Port Townsend
COLUMBIAN.COM (11/02) -- Port Townsend High School canceled a football game and closed its athletic facilities because a player contracted MRSA, a staph infection that resists antibiotics. The actions came as the King County medical examiner's office said a 46-year-old Federal Way man, John Jones, died Wednesday of MRSA - methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus - at Haarborview Medical Center in Seattle. More...

Yet even more homeless camps
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (10/30) -- I'm getting more calls about homeless encampments in Pierce and southern King counties. I've updated the Google map of the sites. More...

City code acts like a wall
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (10/30) -- After 18 months, several sleepless nights and debt accumulation, Federal Way resident Lorina Delfiero has been granted permission to operate her second adult family home. Delfiero has attempted to register her business in Federal Way three times, she said at an Oct. 16 City Council meeting. But each time, the registration was not granted. More...

Library will close during expansion
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (11/02) -- The Federal Way Regional Library will close for about a year during a proposed 10,000-square-foot expansion. When construction ends, the library will measure 35,000 square feet and rank among the largest in the King County Library System. More...

Federal Way Symphony Part 1: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
WAMALAMADINGDONG.NET (10/08) -- I joined the Federal Way Symphony as principal clarinetist at the start of the 2001-02 season. My six year tenure with this small budget, medium sized (50+) professional orchestra has been a mixed bag and has illuminated some of the best and worst aspects of orchestral playing. More...

Two women stabbed, man in custody at apartment complex
THEOLYMPIAN.COM (10/30) -- Two women were stabbed and a man was under arrest early today at a Federal Way apartment complex. Officers were called to the complex in the 2500 block of South 317th Street because of an assault about 4:20 a.m., police spokeswoman Stacy Flores said. More...

Federal Way utility cites rising costs behind incremental four-year rate increase
FEDERALWAYNEWS.NET (10/29) -- Some Federal Way residents should expect a noticeably higher water and sewer bill, thanks to the Lakehaven Utilitiy District's decision to raise rates incrementally during the next four years. The Board of Commissioners of the Lakehaven Utility District voted unanimously in September to approve recommended increases in water and sewer rates over the next four years. More...

ICE doesn't work in Federal Way (In case of emergency, skip cell phones)
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (11/02) -- Many folks throughout the country have programmed emergency contacts in their cell phones under the heading "ICE," an acronym for In Case of Emergency. The ICE Campaign is an Internet-fueled initiative to get everyone with a cell phone to enter their emergency contacts, making it easier for emergency medical personnel to reach friends or family members in case of a tragic accident where the patient is unconscious or in shock. (Nevermind that the graphic accompanying the story in the printed edition puts "ICE" after the name, making it far less useful.)
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FEDERAL WAY EVENTS



Real estate calendar
IAQPUBS.COM -- NOV. 17 First-time home buyers seminar; Local experts will prepare you for homeownership. Olive Garden in Federal Way. More...

Inlaws & Outlaws - hosted by Federal Way Matters
BRAVENEWTHEATERS.COM -- What do you get when you fall in love? Inlaws & Outlaws cleverly weaves together the true stories of couples and singles -- both gay and straight -- and all into a collective narrative that is as hilarious as it is heartbreaking. More...

FEDERAL WAY BUSINESS



Weyerhaeuser CEO optimistic despite 3Q profit skid
COLUMBIAN.COM (11/31) -- Weyerhaeuser CEO Steve Rogel remains optimistic even though third quarter profits are down 55 percent due to the housing slump. More...

Weyerhaeuser completes asset sale
ABCMONEY.CO.UK (10/31) -- Weyerhaeuser Co., one of the world's largest lumber and paper producers, said Wednesday it completed the sale and transfer of assets from its former New Zealand joint venture to the sole ownership of Global Forest Partners LP. More...

OPINION



Opinion: Three good choices for FWay schools
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (10/26) -- With three Federal Way School Board seats up for election, voters have a chance to shape a board that will focus more on big things like student achievement and less on trivial things like flip flops. In recent years, the board has gained a reputation for getting bogged down in controversial and needlessly distracting issues. More...

FEDERAL WAY POLICE DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASES



Press Release -- Assault Investigation
CITYOFFEDERALWAY.COM (10/29) -- On October 29, 2007, at approximately 4:20 AM, Federal Way police officers were dispatched to a stabbing in the 2500 block of South 317th Street at the Chelsea Court Condominiums in Federal Way. When officers arrived on scene they found two female victims suffering from stab wounds and one male suspect lying on the back porch semi-conscious with a ligature around his neck. More... (PDF) (Nap)

Press Release -- The FWPD is searching for candidates to join Explorers Program
CITYOFFEDERALWAY.COM -- Do you know a teenager interested in Law Enforcement? The Explorer program is in association with the Learning for Life Organization and it offers the youth of Federal Way an opportunity to look into the world of law enforcement as a possible career choice. These young adults are presented with training and exposure to associated law enforcement activities throughout the year. More... (PDF)

LIVING IN FEDERAL WAY



Breakfast in Federal Way?
CHOWHOUND.COM -- I am looking for a good breakfast spot in Federal Way? More...

Photo: The Walk Towards Winter
FLICKR.COM (10/3) -- This is a walkway at the eccentrically beautiful Weyerhauser headquarters in Federal Way, Washington, USA. More...

Federal Way Area Home - $529,950 (4/2.5; 3,068 sq')
WINDERMERE.COM -- Beautifully maintained Norris resale. 4 bedroom, 2.5 bth + Den with bonus room. Open double high foyer. Chair & Crown molding, nice Columns, arch entry ways and Spindle Stairway. More... 36114 10th Ct SW, Federal Way, WA 98023 (map) (Zillow: $524k)

Federal Way Area Condo -Waterfront - $179,000 (2/2; 1005 sq')
WINDERMERE.COM -- Lovely Waters Edge Unit,two bedroom, ground floor Condo. Custom window coverings, excellent Lake views. This unit is in excellent condition &ready to move in. More... 1010 S 312th St 314, Federal Way, WA 98003 (map) (Zillow: $184k)

ELSEWHERE



Sean L. McCarthy, New York's Funniest Reporter (former FWN reporter)
GOTHAMIST.COM (10/29) -- Sean L. McCarthy has got it made. Blogger of comedy for The NY Daily News, New York's Funniest Reporter , and he spends his nights hanging out with some of the funniest people in the world. A truly enviable position! What's his secret? How did he get to where he is? Gothamist wanted to know and found out! More...

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