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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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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July 21, 2009

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


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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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

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.


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