Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Free tree-cycling offered January 5-9

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 22, 2008

MEDIA CONTACTS
Jeanette Brizendine
Recycling Project Manager
253.835.2771

Linda Farmer, APR
Communications & Government Affairs Mgr.
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

Free tree-cycling offered January 5-9

The City of Federal Way is once again offering free curbside Christmas tree recycling to all Federal Way residents during the week of Jan. 5-9, 2009. The free service is for all residents, regardless of whether or not they subscribe to yard waste or garbage collection through the City’s contracted hauler, Waste Management.

Tree-cycling applies only to residential holiday trees. Trees must meet the following criteria:
  • The base must be four inches or less in diameter
  • All hooks, ornaments, tinsel and stands must be removed
  • Trees over six feet must be cut into four foot sections
  • Trees must be set at the curb by 7 a.m. on the regular collection day
  • No artificial, flocked or fire-proofed trees (these will be collected and charged as garbage)
Free holiday tree removal is also available for multi-family complexes in Federal Way on two Fridays, Jan. 2 and 9, 2009. Property managers must contact Waste Management, 800.592.9995, to schedule service.

The City of Federal Way offers this annual program to help residents easily dispose of their holiday trees at no cost, while turning what could be a waste into a resource. Trees that might otherwise be buried in a landfill are turned into compost and returned to the environment.

Tree-cycling is funded partially through a grant from King County Solid Waste Division and in cooperation with Waste Management. For more information on Federal Way’s recycling services and options, visit www.cityoffederalway.com/recycling.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Weyerhaeuser takes shipping line off market

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BIZJOURNALS.COM -- Weyerhaeuser Co. said it’s no longer interested in selling its shipping line.

The Federal Way timber giant (NYSE: WY) cited “weaker shipping markets and tight financing conditions for potential buyers” for taking its wholly owned Westwood Shipping Line off the market. More...

FWPD Media Release - Federal Way Police Receive Re-Accreditation Award

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FEDERAL WAY POLICE DEPARTMENT
Media Release

Type of Incident: Federal Way Police Receive Re-Accreditation Award

Date of Incident: December 22, 2008

Federal Way Police Receive Re-Accreditation Award

On December 6, 2008, the Federal Way Police Department, lead by Chief Brian J. Wilson, was awarded Re-Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) after appearing before the Commission in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

In 1979, the Commission was created through the combined efforts of four major law enforcement organizations: the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Sheriff’s Association, and the Police Executive Research Forum. The Commission was formed for two reasons; to develop a set of law enforcement standards and to establish and administer an accreditation process through which law enforcement agencies could demonstrate voluntarily that they meet professionally recognized criteria for excellence in management and service delivery. Of the approximate 18,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States, less than 3% are accredited.

The Federal Way Police Department received their initial accreditation award in 2002 and was then first reaccredited in 2005. In order to maintain their accreditation, the department must go through an on-site assessment every three years to determine if they have been in compliance of applicable standards established by the Commission. In August of this year, CALEA assessors conducted a comprehensive assessment of department practices and forwarded their findings to the Commission. On December 6, 2008, Chief Wilson and other members of the department appeared before the Commission. The Commission found the Federal Way Police Department met and/or exceeded the standards set forth by CALEA and received their second reaccreditation award.

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Approved by: Commander Melanie McAllester Date & Time: 12/22/08 @ 0910 Hours


Released by: Raymond Bunk, Public Information Officer Date & Time: 12/22/08 @ 0905 Hours
Pager – 206-916-1139

Monday, December 29, 2008

Pastors seek Federal Way’s blessing to fly

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THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM -- Christian Faith Center wants to add a takeoff and landing area, called a helistop, next to its Federal Way megachurch, which would allow pastors Casey and Wendy Treat to shuttle by helicopter back and forth between Federal Way another campus in south Everett. More...

What, the Weyerhaeuser heliport* too far away? (Or can they not park the helicopter there, lest an emergency happen?) (*Page 131 of the PDF, though they used a font that doesn't render in Acrobat Professional or FoxIt PDF Reader.)

On this map, the green grass on the left is the lawn at Christian Faith Center, the brownish patch being the Weyerhaeuser Corporate Landing Area:

On this map, the green grass on the left is the lawn at Christian Faith Center, the brownish patch.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Teen pleads innocent in Federal Way park killing

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THEOLYMPIAN.COM -- A teenager has pleaded innocent to second-degree murder in a drug-related shooting in Federal Way. Seventeen-year-old Domanique Moore also pleaded innocent Tuesday to attempted first-degree murder. He remains in jail with bail set at $1 million. More...

Friday, December 26, 2008

Job Opening: Key Bank PT Teller

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CAREERBUILDER.COM -- Serving as the initial contact for new and existing clients in transacting accounts and discovering sales opportunities, you will accept and process financial transactions, help identify and resolve client servicing, develop and maintain a working knowledge of financial products and services, maintain and balance a cash drawer, ensure compliance with security and audit procedures, participate in LCA meetings, and perform some community interaction. More...

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Ring in the New Year with Federal Way Pops Orchestra

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TACOMAWEEKLY.COM -- During these busy holiday times, members of the Federal Way Pops Orchestra are working rehearsals into their schedules to sound their finest for their second annual New Year’s Eve concert at The Commons-Macy’s Rotunda Dec. 31. More...

Monday, December 22, 2008

Murder victim's family sues Federal Way police

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KOMONEWS.COM -- The daughters of a murder victim have filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the Federal Way Police Department alleging officers failed to protect their mother from murder. More...

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Trapped residents escape Federal Way apartment fire

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MSNBC.COM -- Residents at the Crystal Pointe Apartments woke up to sirens and smoke. More...

News: Weyerhaeuser Slashes Dividend On Earnings Warning

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MONEY.CNN.COM -- Weyerhaeuser Co. said Friday it's reducing its quarterly dividend to 25 cents a share from 60 cents a share and cutting costs to counteract a business slowdown. More...

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Garbage Service "Outtages"

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Check the City of Federal Way and Waste Management websites for more information about information about non-pickup and "make good" days.  (Make Good means that they don't have to just not charge you when they don't pick up your garbage for a week.)

CodeRED

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The City of Federal Way has instituted the CodeRED Emergency Notification System - an ultra high-speed telephone communication service for emergency notifications. This system allows us to telephone all or targeted areas of the City in case of an emergency situation that requires immediate action to save lives and protect property.

All Federal Way businesses should register, as well as all individuals who live in Federal Way and have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the last year, and who use a cellular phone as their primary home phone.  To register, visit the City of Federal Way website

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Citizen Survey Release

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Check out the Citizen Survey results.  Some good stuff, though some of it may be buried.  On the Executive Summary (though at 130 pages, that's not an executive summary), check out page 44 (it'll be page 46 in your PDF reader) for a simple and concise color coded chart of best areas for improvement.

And two thoughts...

(1) I'd like to see the City act upon this - they spent a lot of money on the survey, let's see some 1,2,5,10,25 year plans that address these issues.  I know some of these already exist -- though I could care less about more carpool lanes on arterials when the 70% of people drive alone, according to this survey.  But let's get them published, like Sound Transit does.  (Their yearly milestones and reporting is a great.)

(2) Who are you people who are saying that we have great shopping opportunities in Federal Way?  Last I checked, Southcenter was in Tukwilla and the Tacoma Mall was in Tacoma.   I've said it before and I'll say it again.  This city was designed by a child with OCD who had a map and four color crayons.  All the retail here, all the housing here, all the commercial over here.  Everything you want to do involves a lot of driving and our E-W arterials are underdeveloped.  And will only get worse with Wynstone and Northshore.  Not to mention that way the 5 really cuts the city in half.  And all the prime real estate on PHS that's just going to seed currently. 

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