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

FWPD Media Release: Business Presentation of Donation Money for K-9 Ballistic Vest to Police Department

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FEDERAL WAY POLICE DEPARTMENT MEDIA RELEASE
Type of Incident: Business Presentation of Donation Money for K-9 Ballistic Vest to Police Department
Date of Incident: March 16, 2009

In January 2009, the Crestwood Animal Hospital, located at 28822 Pacific Hwy S in Federal Way, began a fundraiser to purchase a custom-fitted ballistic/bulletproof vest for one of the Federal Way Police Department’s Generalist K-9 Officers. The ballistic vest for K-9 Officer “Fax”, whose handler is Officer Matt Novak, costs approximately $3000. With the assistance of several area businesses, a local elementary school, and a private citizen from the local area, enough money has been raised to purchase this needed equipment. Fax is a 2-year-old German Shepherd and has worked with the police department for a little more than a year.

In 2008, Federal Way's K-9 generalist dogs were used more than 200 times, to include over 50 captures while locating vital evidence numerous times. Without the use of these valuable tools, numerous suspects would have escaped and crimes gone unsolved. According to Officer Novak, “Veterinary Technician Jennifer Ives at Crestwood was the reason this campaign was so successful. She developed the flyers for the drive and then made all of the donation jars. I sincerely thank her for her support of the Federal Way Police K-9 Program.”

Along with the Crestwood Animal Hospital, the following Federal Way businesses also took part in the collection of donations for this worthy cause; Jump Start Espresso (29005 Military Road S), the New Lumber & Hardware Co. (30854 Pacific Highway S), the Twin Lakes Veterinary Hospital (1060 SW 320th Street), the Splish Splash Doggy Bath (606 SW Dash Point Road #B), the Cascade Veterinary Hospital (804 S 324th Place), A Small Animal Hospital (1115 S. 347th Place), Marlene's Market and Deli (2565 S Gateway Center Place), Sacajawea Healthcare for Pets (1530 S Dash Point Road), All Martial Arts Supplies (29225 Pacific Highway S), and The Wine Basket (2118 S 314th Street).

Two businesses located in the City of Kent, Pet Country (26120 Pacific Highway S) and Paws & Claws Pet Salon (24823 Pacific Highway S #105), also collected donations.

One citizen of Federal Way made a single donation of $500. Impressed with the high level of service and compassion she was provided on a call concerning her service dog, Ms. Ayako Gibbs, felt compelled to make this large contribution.

One area school also got involved when Officer Novak and Fax visited a local kindergarten class. Mrs. Jeanne Epp’s class at Lake Dolloff Elementary, who heard about the fundraiser for Fax, incorporated the drive into a public service project with her students. Mrs. Epp stated, “The children are earning money at home by doing chores and later donated the money to the fundraiser at Crestwood. Our motto for our class is ‘Always Be Kind!’” Epp continued stating, “They are learning the value of working and giving, which is a wonderful lesson for my children.” Novak and Fax later returned to the classroom where each student presented all of the coins they had earned doing chores. Mrs. Epp reported $171.49 was donated by her students for Fax’s vest.

“This is just another example of our great community coming together to meet a need,” said Federal Way Police Chief Brian Wilson. “The fact that one of our citizens noticed the high level of service commonly provided by our officers makes such a large donation like this even more impressive,” said Wilson.

Dr. Norstrem of the Crestwood Animal Hospital will make a presentation of the donated money to Fax, Officer Novak, and the Federal Way Police Department. The presentation will take place at the Federal Way City Council Regular Meeting on March 17th, 2009. The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, located at 33325 8th Ave S in Federal Way, and the presentation take place shortly after.

Please join us while we thank the efforts of the Crestwood Animal Hospital, other area businesses, Mrs. Epp’s kindergarten class, and Ms. Gibbs on their collective efforts.

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Approved by: Chief Brian Wilson Date & Time: 03/16/09 @ 1330 Hours
Released by: Raymond Bunk, Public Information Officer Date & Time: 03/16/09 @ 1335 Hours Pager – 206-916-1139

Friday, April 3, 2009

Federal Way Kits Cameras to Close

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Ritz Camera recently announced it would be closing over 300 stores nationwide, (11 in Washington state), including the Federal Way Kits Camera location.

Announcement (BusinessWire.com), Store Closure List (PDF)

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