Thursday, December 17, 2009

Holiday Lights

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SEATTLE TIMES -- I don't know if Federal Way getting only one mention is a result of this being a paper from Seattle or if we should be proud to have been mentioned at all, but this article does leave out the entire neighborhood at 1st. and 300th. where almost all of the neighbors participate and endure the invasion of cars each year. (Reminder: turn your lights off and leave only your parking lights on. And bring a can of food.) More...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Car Thefts On The Decline in KC

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REDMOND-REPORTER.COM -- King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg, the guest speaker at Wednesday's Greater Redmond Chamber of Commerce luncheon, told attendees how agencies such as Redmond Police and ATTACK (Auto Theft Tactical Analysis Center for King County) have successfully worked to reduce car thefts in the region. More...

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Release: Public Health: Vaccine eligibility widens Saturday as supplies increase

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Apologies for the delay in posting

Hanna Kite
Communications Planner, H1N1 & Howard Hanson Response
Public Health -- Seattle & King County
(206) 263-8752 | hanna.kite@kingcounty.gov

Public Health: Vaccine eligibility widens Saturday as supplies increase

Starting this Saturday, December 12, those eligible to receive H1N1 influenza vaccine will be expanded to everybody six months of age and older in King County. Depending on early demand among this broader group, supplies may be limited for a time at some locations.

Public Health - Seattle & King County is taking this next step in widening H1N1 vaccine eligibility because many health care providers in King County are now reporting that they are able to meet the demand for their highest risk patients and vaccine supplies are increasing and expected to continue to rise steadily.

“We’re pleased that many of our highest risk residents have been vaccinated and that we have enough vaccine now to open eligibility to anyone who wants it,” said Dr. David Fleming, Director and Health Officer for Public Health - Seattle & King County. “Even though flu has peaked, at least temporarily, H1N1 illness continues in our community. Getting vaccinated is still a very good idea.”

As of December 4, an estimated 380,000 people in King County who are at high-risk for complications have been vaccinated for H1N1 influenza, and an additional 58,000 doses of vaccine are on the ground or in the process of being shipped to vaccine providers in the county.

Vaccination continues to be particularly important for people at highest risk for H1N1, including pregnant women, people who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age, people between the ages of 6 months and 24 years old, people between 25 through 64 years of age with chronic health conditions or weakened immune systems, and healthcare and emergency workers

New clinics and vaccine availability
H1N1 vaccine is available from local health care providers and pharmacies; see availability at pharmacies.
Additionally, some health centers are offering free H1N1 vaccination to people who cannot afford to pay. Clinics will be held this Saturday, December 12, Wednesday, December 16, and Saturday, December 19.

This Saturday’s HealthPoint free H1N1 clinics are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., or while supplies last. Locations are:
· Auburn HealthPoint: 126 Auburn Avenue, Suite 400
· Kent HealthPoint: 403 E. Meeker
· Redmond HealthPoint: 16315 NE 87th Street, Suite B6
· SeaTac HealthPoint: 4040 S. 188th Street

Public Health will have five free H1N1 clinics this Saturday and next Saturday, December 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. These same site, except for Eastgate Public Health Center, will also have clinics on Wednesday, December 16 from noon to 7 p.m. Locations are:

· Seattle: Columbia Public Health Center, 4400 37th Ave South
· Seattle: North Public Health Center, 10501 Meridian Ave North
· Bellevue: Eastgate Public Health Center, 14350 SE Eastgate Way
· Renton Public Health Center, 3001 NE 4th Street
· Federal Way Public Health Center, 33431 13th Place South

Vaccinations are first come, first served, and no reservations will be taken. If demand is high, people will be given a designated time later that day to return and receive their vaccination. Once supply is exhausted, people will be informed as soon as they arrive.

For more information on future clinics and other H1N1 updates, visit: www.kingcounty.gov/health/H1N1. The Flu Hotline at 877-903-KING (5464) is staffed with operators to answer questions from King County residents about H1N1 influenza. The Flu Hotline is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, with special 24-hour nurse line service extended over the weekend for people with flu seeking medical care advice. Recorded information is available 24 hours a day.

Providing effective and innovative health and disease prevention services for over 1.9 million residents and visitors of King County, Public Health – Seattle & King County works for safer and healthier communities for everyone, every day. More at www.kingcounty.gov/health.

Friday, November 27, 2009

TLHOA shouldn't underwrite TLGCC

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KT Walker makes a great argument in the comments on this article.  The original letter to the editor advocates for taking the deal, but KT's argument against it is far more compelling.

Release: Federal Way wins ‘regional center’ designation for foreign investment

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 10, 2009


MEDIA CONTACTS
Patrick Doherty
Economic Development Director
253.835.2612


Linda Farmer, APR
Communications/Gov. Affairs Mgr.
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

Federal Way wins ‘regional center’ designation for foreign investment

Federal Way is the seventh Washington State city to earn a “regional center” designation for its City Center area. The designation, granted by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), allows foreign investors to apply for an EB-5 Visa and ultimately qualify for legal permanent residency, also known as “green card” status.

Qualifying investors must commit from $500,000 to $1 million* in businesses or developments that will create at least 10 jobs per investor. (*Depending on the unemployment rate in the area at the time of the application.)

The 17-year-old federal program approved only a handful of regional centers across the nation this year.

“This is a potentially great new source of capital investment in our City Center,” said Federal Way Economic Development Director Patrick Doherty. “While foreign investors are free to put their money anywhere in Washington, this designation makes Federal Way an attractive investment location.”

The City sought the designation in response to a growing number of foreign firms, or local firms with access to foreign capital, that have expressed interest in this mechanism to help finance redevelopment projects within the Federal Way City Center.

While many of the regional centers focus on industrial, manufacturing or “brownfields” projects, the Federal Way “regional center” will be designed to foster the redevelopment of the City Center into a higher-density, mixed-use, transit-oriented and pedestrian-friendly urban center.

As such, foreign investment will likely be commercial, residential or mixed-use residential projects.

For more information, contact Doherty, 253.835.2612 or patrick.doherty@cityoffederalway.com.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Metropolitan Market Closing

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The Seattle Times is reporting that the Federal Way Mirror is reporting (and now I'm reporting... oy) that the Metropolitan Market is closing at the end of the year.

Not surprised, Federal Way feels more like the Wal*Mart/WinCo crowd.

According to Google Maps, that leaves:

  • Albertsons-SavOn
  • Cash & Carry
  • Europe Food Mart
  • Fred Meyer
  • Grocery Outlet
  • H Mart
  • La Perla
  • Manila's Pride Sari-Sari Store Inc.
  • Marlene's Market and Deli
  • Taj India Mart
  • Top Food & Drug
  • Twin Lake Grocery
  • Safeway (multiple*)
  • Target
  • Trader Joe's
  • Wal*Mart Supercenter
  • WinCo
  • Valley Harvest
*And one of those had planned to close a few years ago only to beaten to the punch by Albertsons on Campus. That Safeway is now being renovated. (The Albertsons remains vacant. 24-Hour Fitness wants to open a big facility there but the property is now zoned so that new fitness clubs have to be much smaller and the city can't make up its mind if it wants to fill the space or let the blight sit.)

With the exception of a few of the smaller places like Twin Lake Grocery, the gas stations and QFC in NE Tacoma, most of the grocery stores are clustered close to Pacific Highway, meaning a large number of Federal Way residents must travel by car or bus to a grocery store of any significant size and the lower prices and greater selection they offer. This is to the advantage of the small independent grocery store (or mini-marts who mostly specialize in junk food and alcohol), to be sure, but not to the average citizen.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention Northshore Quality Produce at 21st. and 355. Not a grocery store, it came up on the Google list. I've been there a few times, usually sent for some of the Penny's tortilla chips, but my wife buys a lot of produce there. They are always really friendly and often stuff a "$5 off your next purchase" coupon in the bag and their produce selection is great and always really high quality. (I have no connection to them except as a shopper.)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

News: Supreme Court Sides With State In Dispute With Federal Way Schools

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KIROTV.COM -- The State Supreme Court has issued a ruling that dealt a blow to the Federal Way School District. Federal Way Schools sued the state in 2006, saying the way it splits money between school districts is unfair and unconstitutional. In 2007, a King County judge ruled in favor of the district. But in a unanimous ruling issued Thursday, the Supreme Court sided with the state, saying the current system is constitutional. More...

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Increased Security at the Transit Center

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The 39-million-dollar Federal Way Transit Center opened in 2006, and with 7,000 people using the facility on a daily basis, it's one of Sound Transit's busiest. After a series of high profile crimes since its opening, Sound Transit has embarked on a new 1-year plan to improve security, augmenting the security patrols with additional officers from the Federal Way Police Department and King County Metro and remote-controlled cameras that are being constantly monitored, along with classical music now being played on speakers at the facility.  If these steps prove successful in decreasing crime at this facility, Sound Transit will implement similar measures at other large facilities.

Read more:

Symphony Longa

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United Properties (Canada) and new partner Lander Korus (South Korea) have been given a third extension to secure funding to purchase the former AMC lot for the Symphony project claiming a longer-than-expected process, but that they were still committed to the project and now have until Dec. 31 to come up with the $6.1 million dollars for the 4.1 acre property.  Read more in the Federal Way Mirror.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Hey Federal Way, Let's Tell Google We Exist

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So if you go to Google Maps (maps.google.com) and you navigate to Federal Way and then right-click.

 
 (If you're on Firefox, you'll get this menu... press escape without clicking anything.)


You'll see this menu.  A handy way to quickly do common tasks in Google Maps.  A recently new one is "What's here?"  Allows you to find out what's in the area you're looking at.  Only it's broken...

 
 That's right... use this feature in Federal Way and it comes back with Auburn.  In the olden days, if you tried to complain, they'd say "Oh, it's the map data we bought that's messed up.  Sorry."  (Zillow said that at first but has since fixed theirs.)

 
Well, Google's ready to ask the world to help it get better map data.  Yes, that's right, if you're logged in, that same right-click menu will also give you the option to "Report a Problem."

 
So, as citizens of Federal Way, it's our duty to help Google get it right.  There's a new share button at the top of this post that will help you pass this along to friends, neighbors and co-workers.  Let's be heard, Federal Way. (Feel free to post in the comments once you've made a report to Google.)

Pass it on

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Those visiting the website will notice a new "share" button up by the post's title which will make it easier for you to pass along anything interesting to your friends with Facebook, Twitter, email, etc.  Perfect for the "Hey Federal Way, Let's Tell Google We Exist" post that I'll be making shortly.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Monday, October 19, 2009

Cozy Little Cottage

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Both Federal Way and our neighbors to the north in Seattle have been talking about "cottage home" this year.

What is a cottage home?

Cottage homes are single-family residences that are smaller than the typical home, characterized by their open floor plan, centrally located spaces, creative design and a size of 1,100 to 1,300 square feet. (Federal Way Mirror)

In Federal Way, cottage home are also known for surrounding a central common space. In Seattle, the discussion has been around allowing a "second dwelling unit" on a single parcel of land occupied by a single family home. Both seek to address density concerns, though Seattle's plan may more likely offer affordability than Federal Way's, which represents more elaborate and controlled zoning/design requirements.

Federal Way

Cottage homes address growth management goals in Federal Way
Oct. 3 -- Federal Way is looking for an architect to design its third cottage home demonstration project. The demonstration projects were approved by the Federal Way City Council in 2006 as a way for the city to meet density requirements. An architect and developer had previously been selected for the third cottage housing site, but the deal fell through due to the economy, said Matt Herrera, the city's associate planner. While the first two projects move forward, the third one will start over. (Federal Way Mirror)

Competitive Selection Process for Demonstration Projects
The City Council has recently adopted a cottage housing ordinance, which will allow three demonstration housing projects to be built within the city. Two of the three projects have been chosen and are currently in the permitting process. The city is accepting proposals for the third and final demostration project. Due Nov. 30. (City of Federal Way)

Cottage Housing Project at 18th. and PH.S.
June 13 - "Notice of Land Use" Application (PDF) (City of Federal Way)

Seattle

A big week for the cottage cult
Sept. 21 -- Backyard cottage housing is a benefit, not a threat, to single family neighborhoods, and in keeping with the values that shaped Seattle. Let's have more. (Crosscut)

A Voice of Reason that Needs to Be Louder
Sept. 14 -- The Seattle Planning Commission recently sent two letters to the City Council that demonstrate its potential to provide a voice of reason in debates over planning policy. The first letter recommends passing the cottage housing ordinance, with the important caveat that the 50 unit per year limit be removed, as was discussed in this HAC post. The second letter recommends several constructive tweaks to the proposed multifamily code update, such as reductions in parking requirements and the banning of low-density townhouse development in mid-rise zones. (Huge Ass City)

Cottage Amnesty
July 14 -- I know of at least one "garage" that was built really as a residence with an obligatory garage door to satisfy the code officials that it wasn't a backyard cottage. I'm sure there are many more in this city of high land prices and single family houses. I'd love to see the owner be able to... (Orphan Road)

Backyard Cottages for All
March 19 -- During these tough economic times, Mayor Greg Nickels says more Seattle homeowners should have the option to build cottages in their backyards to supplement incomes or provide a loved one with housing. (SeattleScape)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Commons Goes High Tech

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The Commons jumps on Twitter. And just like the "mall" itself, something's not quite right.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Clash of the ladles: Charity chili cook-off returns Sept. 26

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PNWLOCALNEWS.COM -- Fire up your taste buds for the second annual Federal Way Farmers Market's Chili Cook-off. Festivities run 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 26 at The Commons mall parking lot. Federal Way police and South King Fire and Rescue firefighters will face off in a battle to make the best chili. Tickets are... More...

Sunday, September 6, 2009

New on the Federal Way Website

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All are PDFs.

Public Hearing - Sept. 15 - Should Federal Way abandon the council/manager form of government and adopt the Mayor/Council form of government?

Public Hearing - Sept. 16 - Planning Commission - Proposed Changes to Zoning Codes

DNS - Holiday Inn Express - new 51,333 sq. ft., 4-story 91-unit hotel at 34839 Pacific Highway South


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DNS - Norpoint Heights - Dividing 3 acres into 14 single-family homes at SW 352nd St and 27th Ave SW


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Monday, August 31, 2009

News: Federal Way resident Dennis Williams killed in Afghanistan

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THEOLYMPIAN.COM -- Stryker soldier 'knew he was in harm's way'
Federal way: Father, wife travel to meet casket of Federal Way grad. Pfc. Dennis M. Williams, 24, was one of four Fort Lewis soldiers killed when a bomb detonated near their vehicle Tuesday. “I lost a special son who knew he was in harm’s way,” Dan Williams said about his son.

SEATTLETIMES -- One family reels at the loss of Fort Lewis soldier, 24
Pfc. Dennis M. Williams, 24, of Federal Way, was killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday, one month into his first deployment. Now his extended family is coping, grieving and reminiscing all at the same time. It is a scene that's played out all over the country — that's been played out over and over, for nearly eight years — as families reel from the wartime loss of loved ones.

THENEWSTRIBUNE -- Former teacher: Slain soldier ‘sweet young man’
A Fort Lewis soldier and Federal Way native who was killed in Afghanistan was remembered Friday as a “sweet young man” with a quick sense of humor. Pfc. Dennis M. Williams, 24, who was killed Tuesday, is survived by his wife, Maria, a young daughter and a newborn son, said Pat Adkins, a neighbor and former teacher of Williams.

WARONTERRORNEWS -- DoD Identifies Army Casualties
The Department of Defense announced today the death of four soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died Aug. 25 in southern Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.

KOMONEWS.COM -- Federal Way High School grad killed in Afghanistan
FORT LEWIS, Wash. - A soldier from Federal Way was one of four killed in southern Afghanistan when their vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device. Army officials said Pfc. Dennis M. Williams, 24, of Federal Way, was on his first deployment when he was killed Tuesday in the attack by enemy forces.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Police Cruiser Tagged

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FEDERALWAYMIRROR.COM -- Police cruiser gets tagged: At 8:30 a.m. July 31 in the 33700 block of 32nd Avenue Southwest, it was reported that a Tacoma police vehicle was marked with graffiti. An anarchy sign and initials were placed on the vehicle with red permanent marker.


FWG doesn't often report on graffiti on items with wheels (vehicles, dumpsters) but couldn't pass this one up. But... is it really graffiti? Someone wrote on a car. The fact that it's a police car from a city that doesn't take graffiti as seriously (check out NE Tacoma and the occasional spillover into W Federal Way) makes it more amusing. Bet it wasn't a Charger. Also, another advantage of the FWPD's dark scheme.

News: King County cities break ground on regional jail

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FEDERALWAYMIRROR.COM -- In a groundbreaking ceremony Aug. 10, Federal Way and its regional partners celebrated the beginning of construction on a new South King County jail. More...


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Monday, August 17, 2009

Hardball: County to "mothball" 39 anit-annexation area parks

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THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM -- In December crews will fence playground equipment, lock and secure restrooms, post signs and lock gates in the 39 parks in potential annexation areas of Burien, Kent, Renton, Kirkland, Issaquah, Seattle, Federal Way, Redmond and SeaTac. More...

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Notice: City Council Meeting Canceled

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PUBLIC NOTICE
 CITY COUNCIL MEETING CANCELED

* * * * * * * *

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the following public meeting has been canceled:

August 18, 2009 Regular City Council Meeting. 

The next scheduled meeting is September 1, 2009 at 7:00PM at Federal Way City Hall.

DATED this 6th day of August 2009.
Carol McNeilly, City Clerk

Monday, August 3, 2009

Release: Federal Way TV debuts six new shows

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 21, 2009

MEDIA CONTACT
Linda Farmer
APR Communications & Government Affairs Manager
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

Federal Way TV debuts six new shows

Federal Way Television—your local government access channel—debuted six new shows this month featuring everything from art and politics to history and literature.

New local programming includes:
  • American Podium” A series that brings you today’s most fascinating speakers as they share their thoughts and insights about what’s going on in the world.

  • Art Zone” A weekly show starring popular Seattle TV personality Nancy Guppy that highlights the local creative scene for art, entertainment and cultural happenings.

  • Book Lust with Nancy Pearl” Seattle’s own “action figure librarian” and best-selling author Nancy Pearl sits down each month with top writers from around the country for lively conversations about books and all things literary.

  • History in Motion” A showcase for documentaries, archival films, and vintage video capturing the Seattle area’s past.

The channel has also added the following nationally acclaimed programs:
  • National Gallery of Art” This series on art and artists is produced by the National Gallery of Art which houses one of the finest art collections in the world. Programs cover everything from ancient Egyptian art to 20th century artists, including films on how masterpieces are created.

  • Give Your Walls Some Soul” Host/artist Shannon Grissom shares her tips and techniques for painting with soul. Her honest, humorous, and irreverent instruction inspires the viewer to participate.
FWTV also showcases programs on health, the environment, education, exercise and the armed services, along with live telecasts and replays of City Council meetings, Federal Way School Board meetings and City land use meetings. FWTV is broadcast on Channel 21 in Federal Way for Comcast subscribers and can be watched on-demand online www.cityoffederalway.com/fwtv

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Development: Lifeway DNS

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Proposed Action: Two-phased church development on three single-story parcels (13.83 acres). Phase 1: Two-story, 21,205 sq' church. Phase 2: 4,000 sq' addition within 10-15 years later. Read more (PDF)


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Notice: Cancelation and Reallocation of 2009 Community Development Block Grant

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City of Federal Way

Notice of Public Hearings:

Cancelation and Reallocation of 2009 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Funds & Allocations of 2010 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Funds

NOTICE IS GIVEN that the Federal Way Human Services Commission will conduct a public hearings on Monday, August 17, 2009, at 5:30 p.m. in the Hylebos Conference Room on the second floor at City Hall (33325 8th Ave S, PO Box 9718, Federal Way, Washington 98063-9718), to consider the proposed funding of Federal Way’s 2010 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and the cancelation and reallocation of 2009 CDBG capital funds.

NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN that the City of Federal Way is proposing to cancel the Valley Cities Counseling and Consultation, Acquisition Community Facility Project, 181 South 333rd St, Bldg C, Federal Way, that was awarded $241,649 in 2009 CDBG Funds. CDBG funds were to be used for the acquisition of a new building for Valley Cities Counseling and Consultation’s clinic to continue providing mental health services to low- and moderate-income residents. This project was canceled by the applicant.

NOTICE OF REALLOCATION: The City of Federal Way is proposing to reallocate the $241,649 from the above cancelled project per the 2009 Contingency Plan to King County Department of Community and Human Services, Housing Repair Program, to provide the following housing repair services for residents of Federal Way: a) interest free deferred payment loans up to $25,000 to low- and moderate-income homeowners (up to 80% of median income); b) matching funds program provides up to $25,000 as a deferred payment loan as a match to low- and moderate-income homeowner (up to 80% of median income) funding from a local lender or private funds; c) grants up to $3,000 for emergency repairs to low-income homeowners (up to 50% of median income); and d) grants up to $5,000 for emergency repairs to mobile homes owned by low-income persons. e) grants up to $8,000 for weatherization (up to 80% of median income). Program eligibility requirements are included in King County Code chapter 24.16.

2010 CDBG PROGRAM: Detailed information about the proposed funding levels for 2010 public service programs and capital projects is available for review during regular business hours at the Department of Community Development-Human Services Division (address above). For additional information, please contact Lynnette Hynden, Human Services Manager, at 253-835-2650, during normal business hours. Written comments on Federal Way’s proposed 2010 CDBG program will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on August 17, 2009, and may be forwarded to: City of Federal Way, Attn: Lynnette Hynden, P.O. Box 9718, Federal Way, WA 98063-9718. Any person may present written comments to the Human Services Commission during the hearing, and/or may appear at the public hearing to give public testimony Reasonable accommodations at the public hearing such as sign language interpretation or alternate formats for printed materials are available for individuals with disabilities with advance notice. City Hall complies with the American Disabilities Act. Please call Lynnette Hynden at (253) 835-2650 at least one business day in advance to request accommodation. For TDD relay service call 1-800-833-6388/TDD or 1-800-833-6384/voice. This notice will be translated into alternate formats for individuals with disabilities and/or alternate languages upon request.

To be published in The Federal Way Mirror on August 1, 2009

Notice: Comprehensive Plan and Development Regulations Amendments

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PUBLIC NOTICE
CITY OF FEDERAL WAY 
2010 COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AND
DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS AMENDMENT PROCESS


The City of Federal Way is accepting requests for amendments to its comprehensive plan and development regulations. Application forms can be picked up at and submitted to the Community Development Services (CDS) Department, City Hall, at 33325 8th Avenue South, PO Box 9718, Federal Way, WA 98063-9718 (253-835-7000). Applications are accepted and processed once per year. In order to be considered during the 2010 amendment cycle, requests must be submitted to the City of Federal Way Community Development Services Department prior to 5:00 p.m. on September 30, 2009. Any requests received after September 30th will not be processed during the 2010 amendment cycle and shall be docketed for the next annual amendment cycle.

For additional information on how to apply for an amendment to the comprehensive plan or development regulations, please contact Senior Planner Margaret Clark, at 253-835-2646, or margaret.clark@cityoffederalway.com.

Published in Federal Way Mirror July 29, 2009

News: Consultants report favorably on Federal Way performing arts and cultural center

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FEDERALWAYMIRROR.COM -- On July 21, the city council heard results confirming that a performing arts, cultural and conference center could prosper in Federal Way.

Webb Management Services Inc. of New York was hired to present a picture of how a performing arts and cultural center (PACC), with an adjoining or adjacent conference center and hotel, would fit into Federal Way's economic development plans. More...


I hope Federal Way learns from the lessons of the Community Center and Town Hall. Location, location, location. This place has gotta be closer to the freeway, closer to "downtown Federal Way" (honestly - still not sure where this is. It's the Sears parking lot, right?). Hopefully near whatever will go where Symphony was supposed to (not holding my breath on that one). Speaking of, City, please make sure the replacement project is at least as tall as Symphony was supposed to be. We need to take that next step.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

News: DSHS revokes license of Federal Way facility

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BUSINESSEXAMINER.COM -- The Department of Social and Health Services has stopped admissions and revoked the license of Graceful Living, a privately operated adult family home in Federal Way. More...

Proposed Zoning Changes

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Doc. I.D. 50870 (PDF)

NOTICE
DETERMINATION OF NONSIGNIFICANCE (DNS)

Amendments to Federal Way Revised Code (FWRC), Title 19, “Zoning” Use Process II, Use Process III, Use Process IV, & Use Process V and Amendments to SEPA Exempt Level Thresholds in Title 14, “Environmental Policy”
File No: 09-102609-00-SE &09-102608-00-UP

Description: The City is proposing to amend the Use Process II, Use Process III, Use Process IV, and Use Process V decision criteria listed in Title 19 of the Federal Way Revised Code (FWRC). The proposed amendments will allow the City to condition site specific projects that are required to obtain land use process approval in order to mitigate for onsite or offsite traffic safety impacts to the overall transportation system, for all modes of transportation. The city will also amend sections of Title 14 of the FWRC for “Categorical Exemptions – Flexible Thresholds,” 14.15.030(1)(a) & (c-d).

Location: Citywide

Applicant: City of Federal Way

Lead Agency City of Federal Way

Staff Contact: Senior Planner Joanne Long-Woods, AICP, 253-835-2640

The lead agency for this proposal has determined that it does not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment and an environmental impact statement (EIS) is not required under the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 43.21C.030(2)(c). This decision was made after review of a completed environmental checklist.

Further information regarding this action is available to the public upon request at the Federal Way Department of Community Development Services (Federal Way City Hall, 33325 8th Avenue South, PO Box 9718, Federal Way, WA 98063-9718). This DNS is issued under WAC 197-11-340(2). The lead agency will not act on this proposal for 14 days from the date below. Comments must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on August 10, 2009.

Unless modified by the City, this determination will become final following the above comment deadline. Any person aggrieved of the City’s final determination may file an appeal with the City within 14 days of the above comment deadline. You may appeal this determination to the Federal Way City Clerk, at the address above, no later than August 24, 2009, by a written letter stating the reason for the appeal of the determination. You should be prepared to make specific factual objections.

Published in the Federal Way Mirror on July 25, 2009.

Monday, July 27, 2009

FW Village: "I'm not dead yet."

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The Federal Way Mirror is saying that the attempts to turn the Kitts Corner area into a Local Revitalization Area is part of an attempt to get some of the groundwork (a new road) paid for in part with state money. FWG wonders why the sign announcing FWV is gone and a general "for sale" sign took its place months ago.

Friday, July 24, 2009

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PUBLIC NOTICE
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FEDERAL WAY CITY COUNCIL
PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN for the following Federal Way City Council Public Hearing to be held:

DATE: Tuesday, August 4, 2009
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: City Hall Council Chambers (33325 8th Avenue South, Federal Way)
TOPIC: Public Hearing to consider establishment of a Local Revitalization
Area to encompass properties located at the southwest corner of S. 336th St and Pacific Highway S. (commonly known as “Kitts Corner”).

  • The City anticipates using the LRA funds for the following types of public improvements: rights-of-way construction, and related improvements.

  • The following estimated costs of the proposed public improvements include:

  • Two Million Nine Hundred Seventy-Six Thousand Seven Hundred Dollars ($2,976,700.00) for right-of-way improvements providing access to and within the commercial, mixed-use portion of the proposed project, as well as connections to Celebration Park and the Federal Way Community Center.

  • The City anticipates that seventy percent (70%) of the above-mentioned right-of-way improvement costs will be financed by the LRF funding program, if awarded by the state, with the remaining to be funded by the project developer, together with potential grants, and other public/private funding sources.

  • The City will dedicate the portion of excise tax and property tax allocation revenues needed, together with other resources, for a period not to exceed twenty-five years to match the amount of LRF funding awarded from the state to finance the above proposed improvements.

  • The LRA consists of tax parcel numbers: 2021049004; 2021049072; 2021049001; 2021049070; 2021049069; 2021049086; 2021049090; 2021049080; 2021049051, and the boundary of the LRA is generally: bound on the north by S. 336th Street; bound on the east by Pacific Highway S.; bound on the south by the undeveloped land owned by Clare and Jasmin, Inc.; and bound on the west by Mitchell Place, Frito-Lay Industries, and the north Portion of 9th Avenue Center.



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DATED this 21th day of July, 2009
Carol A. McNeilly, CMC, City Clerk

PUBLISHED FEDERAL WAY MIRROR: JULY 25, 2009
POSTED AT CITY HALL & WEB: July 23, 2009
E-SUBSCRIBE, EMAIL STAFF/COUNCIL: JULY 23, 2009


I keep forgetting to mention that Federal Way Villages (PDF) which had been planned for the above space is apparently dead. The signage has been gone for some time now, replaced by a more general land for sale sign. Some of the proposed LRA would have been required TIP/mitigation by the developers.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Knutzen Family Theatre presents

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The Knutzen Family Theatre presents
the 5th Annual Summer Youth Musical Theatre production of

August 7-16
Fri & Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 2pm
Lyrics by Tim Rice Music by Andrew Lloyd Weber
 
Directed by Holly Rose
Choreography by Shayda Abab 
Musical Direction by Brian Soushek
 
KNUTZEN FAMILY THEATRE
CITY OF FEDERAL WAY
253-835-2020
www.kftevents.com
 
Tickets:  $7 General Admission
Available at brownpapertickets.com
or at the theatre
 
TM 1991 The Really Useful Group Limited
(R) Technicolor is the registered trademark of Technicolor group of companies

July 27 Town Hall will begin to explore future of Dumas Bay Centre

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 9, 2009

MEDIA CONTACTS
Linda Farmer, APR
Communications & Government Affairs Manager
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

July 27 Town Hall will begin to explore future of Dumas Bay Centre (PDF)

Mayor Jack Dovey and the Federal Way City Council will hold a Town Hall meeting from 6:00 to 8 p.m. on July 27 to begin to explore the future of Dumas Bay Centre. Earlier this year the City Council had considered closing the facility as part of its budget deliberations in this economic downturn. The Council decided to keep the facility open but wants to have a series of open dialogues with the community about its future. The Council and City staff will also cover the City’s current budget situation at the Town Hall. The meeting will be held in Banquet Room 3 at Dumas Bay Centre, 3200 S.W. Dash Point Road. The meeting is free and refreshments will be served. For more information, call Linda Farmer, 253-835-2411.

Volunteers needed for buildathon

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ISSAQUAHPRESS.COM -- The two Habitat for Humanity affiliates in King County are teaming up for their first buildathon and are looking for volunteers to help build houses while raising money for Habitat. The event, Sept. 19 – Oct. 3, will function much like a walkathon. More...

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Kid's Day - Aug. 5

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Mark your calendars for Kid's Day 2009
Take your kids to the park for Kid's Day! Enjoy summer activities and entertainment at Steel Lake Park. For children 2 - 12. Admission is free.
Read more...

Video: Jars of Clay 5/30

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Highlights from their performance here at the end of May

Federal Way schools hire Olympic medalist to coach diving

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FEDERALWAYMIRROR.COM -- Kelly (McCormick) Robertston was hired last week by the district to coach divers from Federal Way, Decatur, Thomas Jefferson and Todd Beamer high schools. Robertson spent 10 years on the United States National Diving Team from 1981 to 1991. During that span, she won 10 national titles and competed in two Olympic Games. More...

Monday, July 20, 2009

Federal Way loses car dealership

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FEDERALWAYMIRROR.COM -- Pacific Coast Ford (and more recently Pacific Coast Sales and Service to close.


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Well, Jet Chevrolet could move there (would be an improvement), thus freeing up the space for the an interchange between 161 and 5.


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Saturday, July 18, 2009

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Tip 4: S 320th St - 8th Ave S to SR 99
Add HOV lanes, install raised median, underground utilities, illumination


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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Tip 3

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Tip 3: SR 99 @ S 356th St
Add through-lane - WB,
And 2nd left-turn lanes - EB, NB


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Also, 356th is being adjusted to align the two sides better. See the City's Website for more information and photos/diagrams.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Tip 2

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Tip 2: S 320th St @ 1st Ave S
Add 2nd left-turn lane - WB, EB, NB, SB
Add right-turn lanes - WB, NB, SB
Widen 1st Ave S to 5 lanes to S 316th St

North-bound already has a right-turn lane, but if they're expanding 1st to five lanes north of 320, one would assume the current right-hand turn lane will become another through lane. This will be a great opportunity to possibly improve this corner, one of the few non-residential areas (offices in NW and SW corners, strip mall in SE corner, transit stops just west, east and south of intersection) in this part of town, it's really failing to live up to its potential. A drive-through bank ATM, a dry cleaner, a small coffee shop would probably all do well here.


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Testing New Comments Feature

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This is just a test post. From now on, you can comment using Facebook, Twitter, Disqus and more.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

TIP 1b

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Tip 1b: S 320th St @ I-5
Add HOV lanes, realign ramps in SE quadrant


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Monday, July 13, 2009

TIP 1a

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At the last City Council meeting, 23 transportation improvement projects were approved.  Over the coming days I'll present the details of what was proposed (not sure if all of these were ultimately approved) for your discussion.

Tip 1A: I-5 SB @ S 320th St
Add second left-turn lane, third right-turn lane. (Currently one left-turn lane, two right-turn lanes.)


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Monday, June 29, 2009

Dave Does It Again

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Does winning Bulwer-Lytton mean you're a good writer doing bad writing or just a bad writer?  No matter, once again Dave McKenzie places again, this year the overall winner. 

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Permits and Stuff

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Looks like we're finally getting some forward momentum on the completion of the street to the north of the old Lowes. (South 352nd. St) Currently "under design"

And nearby, a new Self-Storage facility.  Yep, Federal Way - all the crap that you can't shove in your house - it's all within reach.   More single story blight.  Amazing how the wetland stops at the lot lines on three sides. (PDF)

Public Hearing: Traffic Impact Fee

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PLANNING COMMISSION
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

File No: 09-102146-00-UP
Amendments to the Federal Way Revised Code (FWRC)
Related to the Adoption of a Traffic Impact Fee


The City of Federal Way’s Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday, July 1, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers (City Hall, 33325 8th Avenue South, PO Box 9718, Federal Way, WA 98063-9718) to consider changes to how traffic impacts are mitigated.

Under the current pro-rata share mitigation program, fees for new development have varied from zero to $5,900 per trip depending on project location. The proposed Traffic Impact Fee program would replace the present methods of mitigation by assessing a set fee proposed to be between $2,729 and $3,578 per PM peak hour trip for all development.

The official file is available for public review at the Department of Community Development Services (33325 8th Avenue South). A staff report will be available to the public on June 24, 2009. For additional information on these amendments, please contact Traffic Engineer Rick Perez at (253) 835-2740, or rick.perez@cityoffederalway.com during normal business hours. Any person may submit written comments to the Planning Commission prior to the hearing, present them to the Planning Commission during the hearing, and/or may appear at the public hearing to give public testimony.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

News: Red-light runners caught on camera pay excessive fines, suit says

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SEATTLETIMES.COM -- Washington cities are making millions by fining red-light runners caught on camera more than state law allows, a class-action lawsuit alleges. More...


Federal Way Graffiti has a simple suggestion: Stop running red lights. FWG also asked several questions about the plan to add red light cameras to Federal Way back in August.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

News: Federal Way suspends search for city manager and may hire a consulting firm

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FEDERALWAYMIRROR.COM -- Federal Way may lack a new city manager until 2010, a city council sub-committee announced June 22.

The council is going to "hit the restart button" and suspend the search, council member Jim Ferrell said. More...

Monday, May 25, 2009

News: City considers terminating Federal Way Municipal Court

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FEDERALWAYNEWS.COM -- Federal Way is evaluating its options for providing court services, and has shown interest in terminating its municipal court. More...

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Nearby Chrysler Closures

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Federal Way does not have a Chrysler, Jeep or Dodge dealership, so Federal Way won't be losing out here. However, MSNBC.com reports 789 dealerships are at risk (PDF).

Locally, this includes:

  • Robert Larson Chrysler Jeep, Tacoma
  • Milam Jeep Mazada, Puyallup
  • Tacoma Dodge, Tacoma
All told, 15 dealerships in Washington State are on the list.  Other cities include Bellingham, Burlington, Kennewick, Longview (2), Pasco, Port Angeles, Ritzville, Vancouver, Wenatchee, and Yakima (2).

Annexation by the State

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Seems like they tried to pull a fast one on ol' Jerry Galland and sneak mandatory annexation into SB 5808 dealing with protection and services.

On one hand, anyone who sues Gregoire and pro-viaduct Chopp gets big props in my book. On the other hand, the City of Federal Way should sue Galland for continuing to use the term "East Federal Way PAA" to describe where he lives when he so strenuously objects to joining the city, going so far as to release his press release from Auburn (also an incorporated city). (FWG suggests that "East Hicksville" is still available. The extremely, extremely subtle irony (think about it) is not lost on FWG.)

One wonders at Galland's true motivation. Does he really just want to keep all of us off his lawn? Does he just want to be left alone to work on his manifesto? Or perhaps "unincorporated King County" suggests "Seattle" whereas "City of Federal Way" suggests, well, "City of Federal Way"?

Read his press release here.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

City Council Fires City Manager

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KIRO reports an AP story that says, quote "Mayor Jack Dovey says the council 'wants to go in a different direction.'"

Yo, Dovey - do share. What direction is that? Back?

Was Neal Beets too progressive? Too big-city? I suppose this does open the door for former Assistant City Manager, former Acting City Manager, current Federal Way resident and friend of mine Derek Matheson who's been working hard as Covington's City Manager.

Would someone please fire our City Council?

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Incompetence of Inaction

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Federal Way News reports that council voted 4-3 not to widen 312/build an interchange there to the 5.  And then turned around and voted 6-1 not to build on interchange at 324.  Of course, they have a great role model in our governor who decided not to decide on the viaduct.

So far, $2 million has been wasted on this non-project.  Maybe we should have invested it in more sand so we all can stick our heads in it.

It's been said that if Jet Chevrolet were to go away, it would make it much easier to connect 161 and the 5.  I've suggested that Federal Way needed an Auto Row - I like the west side of Pacific Highway north of 344th. - and that Jet Chevrolet should be made a deal to move there.  Anyhow, I had the opportunity to visit Jet Chevrolet the other day.  New cars parked on gravel?  Sometimes I want Federal Way to be a lot more urban and sophisticated than it is.  Anyhow, with GM's troubles, maybe Jet Chevrolet will go away without us needing to do anything.  That would sure help Enchanted Village/Wild Waves, if they could fit in an interchange there...?


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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Press Release: City of Federal Way earns WellCity honor

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 16, 2009

MEDIA CONTACT
Kimberly Shelton
Fitness Coordinator
P/253.835.6932

City of Federal Way earns WellCity honor

Federal Way was one of 34 cities that will receive the Association of Washington Cities’ WellCity Award of Achievement for its outstanding worksite wellness program.

Kimberly Shelton, the City’s wellness coordinator, and her wellness committee received recognition at the association’s 24th annual AWC Employee Health Academy in Richland, Wash.

The AWC WellCity award will be presented to Federal Way delegates at AWC’s 76th Annual Conference in Spokane in June.

The AWC WellCity Award recognizes cities and towns that demonstrate best practices in employee health promotion. An AWC WellCity must meet minimum criteria in each of nine WellCity standards including policies and procedures, leadership support, wellness committee, internal and external resources, needs assessment, worksite environment, operating plan, mix of program activities and evaluation.

"Well-designed worksite wellness programs help reduce employee health risks and health care costs," says Gayla Gjertsen, AWC’s Director of Insurance Services. "In Washington State, city employees with strong wellness programs average $300 per year less in health care claims than those without wellness programs."

"Other benefits of employee wellness programs include improved morale, increased productivity, reduced use of sick leave, reduced workers’ compensation claims, and reduced health care utilization and costs," says Gjertsen. "Wellness programs such as Federal Way’s help the city operate more efficiently and contribute to maintaining affordable health care coverage for all AWC Trust-insured cities and employees."

Cities and towns also receiving the award include: Anacortes, Arlington, Battle Ground, Bonney Lake, Bothell, Bremerton, Burien, Cheney, Colville, Concrete, Enumclaw, Fife, Issaquah, Kirkland, Lacey, Lake Stevens, Lakewood, Longview, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mill Creek, Oak Harbor, Olympia, Pullman, SeaTac, Tacoma, Toppenish, Tukwila, Vancouver, Washougal, Wenatchee, Woodland and Yakima.

AWC is a private, non-profit corporation serving Washington’s 281 cities. AWC’s Employee Benefit Trust provides health benefits to over 16,000 city employees in Washington.
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Press Release: Federal Way Senior Center to unveil its Community Garden

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UPDATED PRESS RELEASE

April 27, 2009

Federal Way Senior Center to unveil its Community Garden

On Friday, May 1st, the Federal Way Senior Center will host a Meet the Garden party from 1-3 p.m. to celebrate the grand opening of its Community Garden, located on the Center’s five-acre site at 4016 South 352nd Street. Federal Way Mayor Jack Dovey will be in attendance for the event, which will celebrate - and honor - the spirit of volunteerism and community support that transformed a large, visible, and unremarkable plot of Center property into a beautiful 10,000 square-foot garden.

The Center’s Community Garden is ambitious and carefully conceived, intended to serve the entire community with fresh, organically grown fruits and vegetables. There are areas specifically designed for people with walkers and in wheelchairs, as well as six plots for groups of children.

The Federal Way Senior Center has operated for more than three decades as a non-profit member association of senior volunteers who manage most of the functions and services of the Center. Beginning last fall, Center volunteers looked for an outdoor activity that would engage the 4th graders from nearby Lakeland Elementary School who participate in the Center’s after-school senior mentoring program, Roots and Wings. They imagined a small garden that would provide opportunities for seniors and children to work together to grow flowers and produce. They envisioned kids harvesting the produce and taking it home to their families, some of whom are low income. After purchasing a greenhouse and taking a backhoe to some of the lawn in front of the Center, the vision was adrift.

Enter Boeing retiree and Master Gardener, Mike Stanley.

"Last September, this guy, Mike Stanley, stops into my office," Nathan Brown, Executive Director of the Center, recalled. "Mike tells me he lives nearby and that he couldn’t help but notice that we’ve got a great start to a garden. He asks if we’d like some help. He’s a Master Gardener."

"’Oh, and by the way,’ Mike says, ‘I have this project proposal and garden plan.’ He pulled out this detailed schematic of the design of the garden. It was amazing!" Brown said. With Stanley’s leadership, the Community Garden was officially underway.

Along with the detailed plan came Stanley’s project management expertise and his experience connecting with the community. His professional (32 years as engineering/project manager at Boeing) and life experiences and his willingness to share them with the Federal Way Senior Center have been critical to translating the original Center vision of a kid’s garden into the Federal Way Senior Center Community Garden. That name is significant, because it describes precisely the intention that brought the garden into being. The concept and practice of "community" is as essential to this garden as the soil in which the plants are taking root.

The process of establishing the Community Garden pulled together countless volunteers and garnered the generous support of business sponsors. From Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer, who helped secure county financial support, to local area businesses that donated in-kind materials as well as money, to AmeriCorps volunteers - 50 strong - who invested two full days helping to establish the garden, to senior volunteers who labored weekends pushing wheelbarrows and spreading sawdust, the Community Garden not only serves the community, but is the product of some of its most generous members.

The Meet the Garden Party is intended to honor these volunteers and sponsors. It will include a tour of the Community Garden and the unveiling of the garden’s logo, including a presentation to the winner of the logo design contest. Refreshments will be served.

The Community Garden will serve the people of South King County in a variety of ways:

  • Produce will be delivered to seniors in need at senior housing locations and their homes through the meals-on-wheels program
  • Yields from its harvest will help feed the community by helping stock the shelves of the Federal Way Senior Center Community Pantry with fresh produce. Every month, this on-site food bank serves 900 seniors and their family members and that number is rising
  • The Community Garden has been and will continue to be a source of volunteer opportunities for seniors and the community as a whole, consistent with the Center’s creed to have volunteerism at the heart of its operations and activities
  • Throughout the seasons, the garden will serve as a gathering place for would-be gardeners wanting to learn more about the fine art of organic gardening. Stanley and others will hold workshops at the site; the first is scheduled for May 9th.
  • As originally envisioned, the garden will serve as the springtime after-school activity site for the Center’s Roots and Wings program that pairs senior mentors with Lakeland Elementary School children
  • Last but not least, the Federal Way Senior Center Community Garden will serve as a peaceful haven for seniors, featuring a center courtyard with benches, a fountain, and flowers where Center members and visitors can relax in the outdoors.
It is also worth noting that the Community Garden is part of a grander scheme as the first initiative within a larger vision for the Federal Way Senior Center. According to Brown, the Center is exploring ways to better utilize the five-acre site by establishing a permanent green space and building a comprehensive senior facility. The Community Garden will be its touchstone.

For more information, contact:

Teri Hickel (Event)
253.528.0846
terih@federalwaychamber.com

Mike Stanley (Community Garden)
253.279.6443
michael_stanley@usa.net

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Press Release: Wax paintings on display now through June 26 at Knutzen Theatre

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2009

MEDIA CONTACT
Mary Faber
Parks Superintendent
253.835.6920

Wax paintings on display now through June 26 at Knutzen Theatre

Move over acrylic, watch out watercolor – this exhibit is all about art that comes together with a hot iron and beeswax. On display now through June 26 at the Knutzen Theatre is a unique exhibit of wax paintings made by Puget Sound area artist Pat Longley.

An art medium that dates back to the time of mummies, wax or encaustic painting, uses pigmented wax and hot irons. Longley started wax painting about five years ago when she was faced with a series of major family traumas. She was looked for a reprieve and decided to teach herself the art of wax painting.

“I had already painted with oil and acrylics, but I didn’t like how it took so long to dry. With wax, it dries instantly and if you don’t like it, you just iron over it and start again,” shared Longley.

Longley paints primarily abstract, floral and landscapes and she just recently started painting on wood. Most of her wax comes from Europe, where the medium is much more popular. She uses a variety of irons, including a fountain pen that has a variety of tips made by her husband, who does iron work. She uses an electric frying pan on occasion to heat up the wax.

Longley has participated in many art shows and has won many awards. She won an award in “Uniqueness and Originality” from the Issaquah Salmon Days, and an “Honorable Mention” from the Puyallup Fair. Longley lives in Seattle where she has a studio in her home.

Longley is exhibiting at the Knutzen Family Theatre, located in the City-run Dumas Bay Centre, 3200 S.W. Dash Point Rd. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and whenever a show is running at the theater. The cost is free.

The Federal Way Arts Commission is a nine-member group that advises the City Council on all areas of the arts, including the fine arts, literary, performing, visual and cultural. The commission also oversees two public art galleries (City Hall and Dumas Bay Centre), and juries new shows quarterly.

For more information, contact Mary Faber, parks, recreation and cultural services superintendent, mary.faber@cityoffederalway.com, or 253-835-6920.

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Press Release: New e-waste law likely means the City will be recycling more things in the future

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 13, 2009

MEDIA CONTACTS
Jeanette Brizendine
Recycling Project Manager
253.835.2771

Linda Farmer, APR
Communications & Government Affairs Manager
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

New e-waste law likely means the City will be recycling more things in the future

A new Washington State law that requires electronics manufacturers to recycle e-waste—televisions, desktop and laptop computers and monitors—likely means the City of Federal Way will be able to accept more out-of-the-ordinary items at its twice-yearly recycling events.

On March 21 at its Spring Recycling Event at the Twin Lakes Park and Ride, the City saw more than a 30 percent drop in the amount of items brought in for recycling. This year 126,626 tons of recyclables were collected compared to last spring’s total of 201,117 tons. City officials attribute most of that to the new e-waste law, called E-cycle Washington, which took effect in January.

“Decreases are not something normally to be celebrated,” said Jeanette Brizendine, the City’s recycling project manager and event coordinator. “We were at capacity the past couple years with our recycling events, both in the number of cars we could process and the amount of stuff people brought in. Now that the e-waste is being taken care of through this new channel, it frees us up to collect more difficult-to recycle items.”

Brizendine said the City will spend the next couple months researching which new items they’ll add for the Fall Recycling Event, but contenders include window glass, toilets and Styrofoam.

The City holds two free recycling events each year to cover items not typically picked up at the curb such as appliances, scrap metal, clean wood, bulky yard debris, petroleum products, tires, batteries, holiday light strands, rigid plastic, CD/DVD players, cell phones, scanners and computer peripherals not covered by the e-waste law including keyboards, mice and printers.

E-cycle Washington is an example of "producer responsibility," where the company that makes a product is responsible for recycling the product at the end of its life. Manufacturers include the costs of recycling their products in the cost of doing business. Residents can Call 1-800-RECYCLE or visit 1800recycle.wa.gov to find electronic product recycling services.

The next City-sponsored recycling event will be Sept. 19 also at the Twin Lakes Park & Ride. Visit www.cityoffederalway.com/recycling closer to the event to find out what items they’ve added or for more recycling information.

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Joe's to Close

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The Tacoma News Tribune has a story that Joe's Sports (aka G.I. Joes, located between the closed Circuit City and Costco at Enchanted and the 18) is the latest to fall.  Beginning today, all 31 stores are being liquidated and closing after entering bankruptcy a month ago and being unable to find a buyer.

I never visited G.I. Joe's.   Having never heard of the store before moving to Federal Way, I didn't know exactly what it was, and with its uninviting front entrance that reminded me more of Space Mountain, I figured it must be some musty, dusty old Army/Navy surplus store.  It didn't help any that it was tucked way back in the corner next to the Circuit City "Refurbished large screen TVs " outlet store in a typically empty, garbage strewn parking lot. 

Maybe that entire corner can be bulldozed and sold to the state to improve the triangle.  (Shari's can go, too, for that matter.  Most of their food is prepared elsewhere and reheated onsite.  Or at least that's our assumption after eating pie several times that had obviously been frozen and thawed, and after ordering something and asking for it without an ingredient, only to be told that it was already prepared that way at another location and just warmed up at the restaurant.) 

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Community Meeting: Who gets lifesaving care in a disaster?

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During catastrophes like an earthquake or flu pandemic, hospitals will be overwhelmed with patients. Who should get priority? What is the fairest way of deciding who gets medical care when there isn't enough medical staff and equipment to help everyone?

Decisions this important shouldn’t be made by Public Health alone.

Talk with concerned community members and public health experts about the fairest way to decide who should get scarce, life-saving medical resources. Your input will guide policy decisions.

CHOOSE ONE MEETING:

North King County
Shoreline Conference Center
Saturday, April 25, 9 am – 4 pm

-OR-

South King County
Federal Way Community Center
Saturday, May 2, 9 am- 4 pm

All participants will receive $100 for their participation. Breakfast & lunch provided, too.

Register at: www.kingcounty.gov/health/healthindisasters or call Alanna (206) 263-8725

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Submitted by:
Hanna Kite
ReadyCorps*VISTA
Public Health Preparedness
Public Health - Seattle & King County
(O) 206-263-8724
(F) 206-296-0629
hanna.kite@kingcounty.gov
www.kingcounty.gov/health

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Press Release: Third annual spring writer's retreat features William Dietrich

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 13, 2009

MEDIA CONTACT
Mary Faber
Recreation and Cultural
Services Superintendent
253.835.6920

Third annual spring writer's retreat features William Dietrich

William Dietrich, prize-winning journalist and author of “Hadrian's Wall” and “The Rosetta Key,” headlines the Third Annual Federal Way Writer’s Retreat. Dietrich’s address is called, “The Writing Life.” He will also lead a workshop titled “Harnessing research and experience to make your story gallop.”

Sponsored by the City of Federal Way Arts Commission, the writer’s retreat is slated for April 24 and 25 and will be held again at the City’s Dumas Bay Centre overlooking Puget Sound.

Give your writing a lift, motivate your muse and network with other writers in a beautiful, inspiring setting. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn from some of the best writers in the country as well as enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and views of Puget Sound at the Dumas Bay Centre.

The retreat also features:
  • Ultra-marathoner and author of eight books, including “Lost Souls” and “Death of a Writer,” Michael Collins will reveal "What Novelists Need to Know" during Saturday's keynote presentation. Collins will read and comment on 12 novels from people attending the workshop (on a first-come, first-serve basis).
  • Sam Green, Washington's poet laureate, will lead the Friday workshop “The architecture of the heart: Scaffoldings That Work." He will also give the Friday evening dinner speech "The Archaeology of the Heart."
  • Robert Ray will lead a three-hour "Rewriting your novel" workshop.
  • Susan Zwinger will discuss "Using all 47 senses to give your story a home."
  • Barbara McArthur will explore "The adventures of a first-time mystery writer."
  • Ken Sturgis of Epicenter Press will provide helpful information on publishing.
Registration for the two days, including meals, is only $90. If you choose to stay overnight,
the room charge is $40 additional. Find more information or register online at www.cityoffederalway.com/writersretreat, or call 253-835-6900.

Press Release: Federal Way to host weekend festival highlighting Korean culture in May

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 5, 2009

MEDIA CONTACTS
Patrick Doherty
Economic Development Director
Korean Festival Hotline: 253.835.6868 253.835.2612


Federal Way to host weekend festival highlighting Korean culture in May

The 2009 Han Woo-Ri Northwest Korean Sports and Cultural Festival — a colorful cultural event that celebrates all things Korean —will be held May 15-17 in Federal Way, Wash. The event brings together Korean and Korean-American musicians, dancers and artists from both sides of the Pacific Ocean as well as exhibits, demonstrations, crafts, games and food.

Han Woo-Ri, which translates roughly as "united all together," opens with a special evening gala on Friday, May 15, when top Korean and U.S. performers take to the main stage at the Festival Village in the city center.

On Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Festival Village will be busy with performances, exhibits, crafts booths and food vendors. This year, festival organizers are bringing in a Korean bonsai master to demonstrate the traditional art of shaping these miniaturized living trees, as well as Korean culinary experts who will offer kim chi demonstrations and cooking lessons. (Kim chi is a traditional fermented cabbage dish so beloved by Koreans that they consume about 40 pounds of it per person per year.)

Additional hands-on activities and demonstrations will include tae kwon do demonstrations, calligraphy workshops, children’s activities, art displays and more. The festival also features cultural events, including lavishly costumed weddings and traditional tea ceremonies.

Battle of the B-Boys

One of the highlights of the festival is the popular B-Boy competition. These hip-hop breakdancers are one of Korea’s hottest cultural exports. They spin on their heads, twist their bodies like pretzels, and flip effortlessly through the air. This year, the festival will feature a top Korean team exhibiting its skills in daytime performances Saturday and Sunday, culminating in a Sunday evening competition where the Korean team will "battle" with regional B-Boy teams from the Pacific Northwest.

Other featured performers are a contemporary percussion-based musical group from Korea as well as a female music-and-dance troupe from Los Angeles. Traditional and children's performances from the local region will round out the line-up.

All events are open and free to the public. For additional details, please call the festival hotline at 253-835-6868.

This is the fourth time that the Han Woo-Ri Festival has been staged and it has become one of Federal Way's signature events. Federal Way, home to one of the largest Korean-American communities in the Pacific Northwest, maintains close ties with a sister city in Korea Donghae City, in the province of Gangwon.

Federal Way is located in the South Puget Sound region, 21 miles south of Seattle, 8 miles north of Tacoma and just minutes from Sea-Tac International Airport. The city offers a wide selection of hotels, restaurants and shops, along with a stunning Puget Sound coastline, making it an affordable and pleasant jumping-off point for visits to Mt. Rainier, the South Cascades or the Olympic Peninsula.

Press Release: Federal Way Senior Center to unveil its Community Garden

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April 3, 2009

Federal Way Senior Center to unveil its Community Garden

On Friday, May 1st, the Federal Way Senior Center will host a Meet the Garden party to celebrate the grand opening of its Community Garden, located on the Center’s five-acre site at 4016 South 352nd Street.

The event will celebrate - and honor - the spirit of volunteerism and community support that transformed a large, visible, and unremarkable plot of Center property into a beautiful 10,000 square-foot garden.

The Center’s Community Garden is ambitious and carefully conceived, intended to serve the entire community with fresh, organically grown fruits and vegetables. There are areas specifically designed for people with walkers and in wheelchairs, as well as six plots for groups of children.

The Federal Way Senior Center has operated for more than three decades as a non-profit member association of senior volunteers who manage most of the functions and services of the Center. Beginning last fall, Center volunteers looked for an outdoor activity that would engage the 4th graders from nearby Lakeland Elementary School who participate in the Center’s after-school senior mentoring program, Roots and Wings. They imagined a small garden that would provide opportunities for seniors and children to work together to grow flowers and produce. They envisioned kids harvesting the produce and taking it home to their families, some of whom are low income. After purchasing a greenhouse and taking a backhoe to some of the lawn in front of the Center, the vision was adrift. Enter Boeing retiree and Master Gardener, Mike Stanley.

“Last September, this guy, Mike Stanley, stops into my office,” Nathan Brown, Executive Director of the Center, recalled. “Mike tells me he lives nearby and that he couldn’t help but notice that we’ve got a great start to a garden. He asks if we’d like some help. He’s a Master Gardener.”

“’Oh, and by the way,’ Mike says, ‘I have this project proposal and garden plan.’ He pulled out this detailed schematic of the design of the garden. It was amazing!” Brown said. With Stanley’s leadership, the Community Garden was officially underway.

Along with the detailed plan came Stanley’s project management expertise and his experience connecting with the community. His professional (32 years as engineering/project manager at Boeing) and life experiences and his willingness to share them with the Federal Way Senior Center have been critical to translating the original Center vision of a kid’s garden into the Federal Way Senior Center Community Garden. That name is significant, because it describes precisely the intention that brought the garden into being. The concept and practice of “community” is as essential to this garden as the soil in which the plants are taking root.

The process of establishing the Community Garden pulled together countless volunteers and garnered the generous support of business sponsors. From Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer, who helped secure county financial support, to local area businesses that donated in-kind materials as well as money, to AmeriCorps volunteers - 50 strong - who invested two full days helping to establish the garden, to senior volunteers who labored weekends pushing wheelbarrows and spreading sawdust, the Community Garden not only serves the community, but is the product of some of its most generous members.

The Meet the Garden Party is intended to honor these volunteers and sponsors. It will include a tour of the Community Garden and the unveiling of the garden’s logo, including a presentation to the winner of the logo design contest. Refreshments will be served.

The Community Garden will serve the people of South King County in a variety of ways:

  • Produce will be delivered to seniors in need at senior housing locations and their homes through the meals-on-wheels program
  • Yields from its harvest will help feed the community by helping stock the shelves of the Federal Way Senior Center Community Pantry with fresh produce. Every month, this on-site food bank serves 900 seniors and their family members and that number is rising.
  • The Community Garden has been and will continue to be a source of volunteer opportunities for seniors and the community as a whole, consistent with the Center’s creed to have volunteerism at the heart of its operations and activities.
  • Throughout the seasons, the garden will serve as a gathering place for would-be gardeners wanting to learn more about the fine art of organic gardening. Stanley and others will hold workshops at the site; the first is scheduled for May 9th.
  • As originally envisioned, the garden will serve as the springtime after-school activity site for the Center’s Roots and Wings program that pairs senior mentors with Lakeland Elementary School children.
  • Last but not least, the Federal Way Senior Center Community Garden will serve as a peaceful haven for seniors, featuring a center courtyard with benches, a fountain, and flowers where Center members and visitors can relax in the outdoors.
It is also worth noting that the Community Garden is part of a grander scheme as the first initiative within a larger vision for the Federal Way Senior Center. According to Brown, the Center is exploring ways to better utilize the five-acre site by establishing a permanent green space and building a comprehensive senior facility. The Community Garden will be its touchstone.

For more information, contact:
Teri Hickel (Event)
253.528.0846
terih@federalwaychamber.com

Mike Stanley (Community Garden)
253.279.6443
michael_stanley@usa.net

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