Tuesday, December 4, 2007

What's News in Federal Way -- December 4, 2007

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Students get expelled over alleged financial scam
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (11/30) -- At least seven Federal Way High School students appear to have been involved in a scam in which students' debit cards and personal identification numbers were willingly sold and later allegedly used to commit financial fraud. Two students allegedly solicited the material from at least three of their peers and offered money in exchange for the debit cards and PINs, according to a Nov. 2 search warrant affidavit. Information gathered by Federal Way police suggests the materials were then provided to another student who passed the materials on to a Federal Way man and a Tacoma man, according to the document. More...

Experience a waste-free holiday season
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (11/30) -- As shoppers scurry to purchase holiday gifts, King County hopes some will invest in experiences rather than material objects. The county is promoting the Waste Free Holidays program. Through this, King County businesses provide discounts on services as a way to encourage residents to think about purchasing experiences as holiday gifts. By doing this, residents can help decrease the amount of trash created during the festive season. More...

City pays off Celebration Park
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (11/30) -- A decade ago, many Federal Way residents did not want to see Celebration Park constructed. Now the city is retiring — five years early — the bonds it withdrew to build the recreational space, among other things. The action will save the city money and free up other tax-generated revenue to be used elsewhere. In April 1997, the city was issued the 1997 Community Investment Bonds package, totaling $16.15 million. For the past decade it has paid on those bonds semi-annually, said Iwen Wang, management services director. More...

Opinion: Repeat after me: Federal Way is NOT rural.
HORSESASS.ORG (11/27) -- Erica C. Barnett was a guest on The Stranger's "Dear Science" podcast, which is hosted by Jonathan Golob, who was himself a guest on "The David Goldstein Show" just recently. [...] But the downside of [light rail developement from Seattle to Tacoma] is that in Tacoma, the rail line they were takiing about building was going out to relatively undeveloped area. (Language) More...

Stolen van puts Federal Way daycare in a bind
KING5.COM (11/27) -- The Smart Start daycare center says someone has stolen its van, leaving staff without a way to shuffle kids back and forth to school. Daycare director Cathy Chavez says she was astonished someone stole the van. More...

Retired Chicago opera singer Foldi dies in WA state
SEATTLEPI.NWSOURCE.COM (11/27) -- Retired Lyric Opera of Chicago singer Andrew Foldi has died, the company said Tuesday. He was 81. Foldi, who sang in more than 20 roles at Lyric Opera from 1954 to 1993, died last week in Federal Way, Wash., following a stroke, according to a statement released Tuesday. More...

Highline Medical Center donates scrubs to Federal Way relief group
FEDERALWAYNEWS.NET (11/27) -- Highline Medical Center recently donated more than 1,800 old scrub suits, over 4,000 pounds of linen and 30 linen carts to World Vision. The scrubs will be used as part of World Vision's international outreach efforts, while the linens will help residents of Southern California who lost everything in last month's wildfires. More...

Federal Way residents can chime in on Sea-Tac's noise abatement programs
FEDERALWAYNEWS.NET (11/26) -- Port of Seattle officials will be on hand at the Dec. 3 meeting of the Federal Way City Council's Land Use and Transportation Committee meeting to update residents on Seattle-Tacoma International Airport's regional noise abatement programs. More...

Baden Sports Inc. Launches Retail Web Site
PRWEB.COM (11/25) -- Baden Sports, Inc. announces the launch of their official online store accessible at http://www.badenball.com/ Fans and sports enthusiasts can now purchase any of Baden's high quality, technology-driven sports balls from this new website. To celebrate the grand opening, the BadenBall site is offering its customers a 25% discount on all products, free shipping on all orders over $99, and a free ball pump with each inflatable ball purchase. More...

Elected mayor: Pro and con teams chosen for voters pamphlet
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (11/23) -- Pro and con teams, designed to formulate arguments for and against an elected mayor, were confirmed Nov. 20 at the Federal Way City Council meeting. Federal Way residents H. David Kaplan, Mary L. Ehlis and Joann Piquette will write the con statement for the voters pamphlet. David McKenzie, Roy Parke and Frosty Hardison will write the pro statement. More...

Federal Way, Scouts revisit waterfront deal
BIZJOURNALS.COM (11/23) -- The city of Federal Way and the Boy Scouts of America are talking about changing the terms of the city's proposed purchase of a waterfront scout camp for $3 million. Federal Way agreed two years ago to buy 25-acre Camp Kilworth from the Pacific Harbor Council of the Boy Scouts of America. More...

Video of Best Buy in Federal Way
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (11/23) -- Word on the Street special correspondent Liz Shaw shot this video of the line outside Best Buy in Federal Way at 1:20 a.m. – still about 3½ hours before the electronics store opened its doors. More...

Volunteers give neighborhood new look
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (11/23) -- Federal Way's Westway neighborhood needed a radical makeover to counter crime, gang activity and rundown housing. Enter Habitat for Humanity, which stepped in to help with more than its usual approach of building new homes. This time, the Christian-based housing program is rehabbing and repairing homes for their low-income owners. More...

Schools scramble for subs
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (11/23) -- They say journalists have to become an expert in any given subject on any given day. Substitute teachers often ride in the same boat. Substitute teachers are in high demand right now. The Federal Way School District, along with many school districts in Washington state, faces so much of a sub shortage that it also employs emergency subs. More...

Forecast predicts a regional jail
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (11/23) -- Though Federal Way has been conscious of looming jail contracts with facilities in Yakima and King County, which will expire in 2010 and 2012, respectively, the city has been hesitant to officially declare its participation in a regional jail study until now. The city entered into an inter-local agreement with Renton to provide funding for a jail facility feasibility study. More...

Seniors on the Streets?
PUBLICNEWSSERVICE.ORG (11/21) -- Caregivers who run adult family homes in Washington say almost 5,000 seniors and disabled citizens won't have places to live as of December 1 if their adult family homes are required to take on a bigger insurance burden. Two dozen adult family home providers went to the State Capitol on Tuesday to ask Governor Gregoire to reconsider a state requirement they say will put many in their field out of business. More...

Money for Prometa drug trials headed north
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (11/21) -- The Federal Way City Council has approved spending $20,000 for a trial of the Prometa drug-treatment program, for which neighboring Pierce County has recently cut funding. Federal Way council member Jack Dovey suggested the pilot program after a former employee, David Smart, told Dovey three months ago he'd stopped using methamphetamine after being treated with Prometa. More...

Federal Way Food Bank asks citizens to dig deep for holiday donations
FEDERALWAYNEWS.NET (11/20) -- When planning your Thanksgiving celebration this year, Multi-Service Center would like to encourage you to remember the area's needy families with donations of Thanksgiving dinner items to MSC's Federal Way Food Bank. It has become a tradition of the food bank to provide customers this time of year with the fixings for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. More...

Joint Operating Agreement Available to the Public
TAFACADEMYLAUNCH.BLOGSPOT.COM (11/20) -- Here is a link to the Joint Operating Agreement (JOA) between the Federal Way Public School District and the Technology Access Foundation. More...

Food and toy drive set for Federal Way
FEDERALWAYNEWS.NET (11/20) -- The annual Community Food and Toy Drive for Des Moines and Federal Way is now in high gear, and South King Fire and Rescue is asking for the public's generosity once again. Donations of canned goods, non-perishable (dry) food items and new, unwrapped toys (no stuffed animals, please) will be accepted at each fire station from now, through Dec. 12. More...

Grass-roots effort begins to save school libraries
SEATTLETIMES.NWSOURCE.COM (11/20) -- Supporters of school librarians and library programs have launched a statewide online petition drive to try to save what they believe is an endangered school position. Two parents from the Spokane School District, where budget cuts this year reduced 10 librarian positions to half-time, want librarians and library services included in the state's definition of a basic education. More...

Northeast Tacoma residents plea to Federal Way City Council to be aggressive in its approach to proposed Northshore development
FEDERALWAYNEWS.NET (11/20) -- The meeting may not have resulted in any definitive action from the seven-member City Council, but for the crowd of opponents of the proposed development in Northeast Tacoma (and a stone's throw away from the Federal Way line), the venting session must have felt cathartic. More...

Opinion: Free Trade = Jobs in Federal Way
FWCON.WORDPRESS.COM (11/19) -- My concept of conservatism is the fundamental rule that people are smart, and given freedom, will make better choices than the government can. Nowhere is this more obvious than the arena of international trade. Nowhere does this affect your income as much as it does here in Washington State. More...

Elected mayor movement ripens
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (11/19) -- How best to govern Federal Way was the topic Sunday at a forum in which residents voiced their arguments for and against an elected mayor. Accountability Comes to Town (ACT), a Federal Way organization at the forefront of vying for an elected mayor, sponsored the public forum at Decatur High School. More...

Opinion: Gates could help reduce skilled-job shortage he bemoans
WHACKYNATION.COM (11/19) -- I have a great suggestion for Bill Gates, the brilliant chief wizard of the Microsoft Corporation, and I hope someone carries it to him, since I have been unable to break through his wall of receptionists, secretaries, and others for several years, even though I have many more valuable ideas for him and Microsoft. The suggestion referred to involves a complaint he has been making for some time now and which addresses an issue that grows more serious by the day for the U.S. In his most recent statement, Gates lamented the fact that the nation is not turning out the technicians and engineers that are needed to keep our economy going and steadily improving. More...

Opinion: Are school boards effective?
FWCON.WORDPRESS.COM (11/18) -- Should we abolish School Boards? This month I attended my 7th consecutive State School Board conference. One of the topics that is discussed in the hallways, but not in a formal meeting, is "should school boards be abolished?" There have been attempts, by the legislature, to require certain levels of training and to remove the school boards of those districts that are not meeting standards. More...

Strong mayor topic in Federal Way
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (11/17) -- The group sponsoring the initiative to switch to a strong, elected mayor in Federal Way will present a program on the issue Sunday. Accountability Comes to Town is putting on what it calls a town hall meeting at 3 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Decatur High School, 2800 S.W. 320th St. More...

Employment


Contract Position: Client Administrator
HOTGIGS.COM (11/15) -- Our client, a Christian relief and development organization, is dedicated to helping children and their communities worldwide reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty is looking for a Client Administrator. If chosen for this role you will need to have a good grasp of Client/Desktop technologies. More...

Real Estate


Federal Way Area Manufactured Home -- $45,000 (3/2)
WINDERMERE.COM -- See this Lite, Bright Well-Maintained, Updated Home in Great Culdesac Location. Kitchen with Pantry has Tile Counters, open to Family Rm with Slider to Big Deck w/steps at both ends. More...

Federal Way Area Home -- $334,950 (3/2.25)
WINDERMERE.COM -- Get ready to walk into this turn key home in the heart of Federal Way! This 3 bed 2 1/4 bath home features a updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, wet bar, den/office with loft and newer furnace and hot water heater.More...

Money: Best Places to Live -- Federal Way profles


2006 (not a winner or finalist, just included in the survey.),
2007 (limited to cities under 50k population this year)

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