Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Notice of Vacancy - Arts Commission

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NOTICE OF VACANCY
ARTS COMMISSION

Do you have a passion for art? Do you want to be involved in your community? If so, you may want to apply to serve on the City of Federal Way Arts Commission.

The Arts Commission is an advisory board to the City Council on matters relating to fine, cultural and performing arts. With the support of city staff, the Commission works to further public awareness and interest in art and the cultural heritage of the City. To the extent practicable, appointments to the Arts Commission shall reflect a balance of interests in fine and performing arts, and preservation of cultural heritage.

The commission is comprised of nine-members who are appointed by the City Council. Members serve three-year terms without compensation and must be a resident of Federal Way.

Current Vacancies Include:

  • One unexpired position with a term ending December 31, 2011
  • Two expiring positions with three-year terms ending December 31, 2013

The commission meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 a.m. Subcommittee meetings are also conducted as needed.

If you are interested in applying, applications are available at:

  • City Hall, 33325 Eighth Avenue South Federal Way, Washington 98003; 
  • On the City’s website www.cityoffederalway.com
  • By calling the City Clerks Office to have one mailed to you 253-835-2540.

To apply, submit your completed application to the City Clerk’s office no later than
5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 24, 2010.

MAIL APPLICATIONS TO:
City Of Federal Way
Attn: City Clerk
PO Box 9718
Federal Way, WA 98063-9718

DROP OFF APPLICATIONS AT:
City of Federal Way City Hall
City Clerk’s Office
33325 Eighth Avenue South
Federal Way, WA 98063-9718

For additional information, please contact the City Clerk's Office at 253-835-2540.

Monday, November 8, 2010

City announces new hours for passport applications

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 27, 2010

MEDIA CONTACTS
Linda Farmer
Communications & Gov. Affairs Mgr.
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

City announces new hours for passport applications

Effective Nov. 8, 2010, the City of Federal Way is reducing the number of hours it will accept passport applications on a drop-in basis. New passport hours are from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Friday at the second floor Permit Center Help Desk at City Hall, 33325 8th Ave. S.

The City is an approved Passport Acceptance Facility, allowing staff to assist with applications for a United States passport, provide general information on passport procedures, and serve as a liaison between applicants and Passport Services Agency. The actual decision to issue or deny a passport is made only by a Passport Services Agency, not the City of Federal Way.

For more information: 253.835.7000, or www.cityoffederalway.com, or www.travel.state.gov under ‘Passports.’

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Stephanie Twigg’s watercolors-on-location featured at Dumas Bay exhibit

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15, 2010

MEDIA CONTACT
Leah Fraine
Cultural Events & Arts Coordinator
253.835.6900

Stephanie Twigg’s watercolors-on-location featured at Dumas Bay exhibit

Before retiring in 2007, local artist Stephanie Twigg had little time for drawing and watercolor painting. Since that time, though, she’s been happy to focus more on creating the art she loves, such as painting on-site. Some of her favorite locations include the Northwest, the Southwest, Mexico and last winter in New England.

From Oct. 6, 2010, through Jan. 5, 2011, the public is invited to a free exhibit of Twigg’s work at Dumas Bay Centre’s Knutzen Family Theatre, 3200 SW Dash Point Rd. Presented by the Federal Way Arts Commission, the exhibit runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and additional hours when the theatre is open for a show.

In addition to traditional landscapes, Twigg also enjoys painting the more gritty and industrial urban landscapes. “I feel urban subjects have their own beauty, though they are often aging and neglected,” Twigg said.

The City of Federal Way Arts Commission is sponsoring nine art exhibits in 2010. Displayed at both City Hall and Dumas Bay Centre, the exhibits feature local artists and are free and open to the public. For more information on art exhibits, contact Leah Fraine, Cultural Events and Arts Coordinator, 253.835.6900 or leah.fraine@cityoffederalway.com.

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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Near-record crowds take advantage of new perks at City’s recycling event

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 14, 2010

MEDIA CONTACTS
Jeanette Brizendine
Recycling Project Manager
253.835.2771

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

Near-record crowds take advantage of new perks at City’s recycling event

Free electronics recycling and other no-cost perks drew near record crowds at the City of Federal Way’s Fall Recycling Event on Sept. 18. The City also recorded the widest range of recyclables collected in the 16-year history it has staged the twice-yearly recycling event.

A total of 1,193 vehicles brought 141,868 pounds of material. The City holds the special event to collect materials that are difficult to recycle and that are not collected at curbside: mattresses, tires, electronics, stumps, Styrofoam blocks, fluorescent tubes and more.

This fall, the City focused on electronics recycling (defined as “anything with a cord”). Residents brought 22,000 pounds more electronic waste, roughly five times the usual amount collected. TruRecycle, a not-for-profit organization, disassembles the material by hand, then sells the marketable components (metal, plastic, glass, cords, etc.) to recyclers.

Bicycles were also collected for reuse through Marine View Presbyterian Church’s “Bikes for Kids” program. A total of 155 bicycles will be refurbished and given to the needy in the community.

“The turnout was truly incredible,” said Jeanette Brizendine, event coordinator and recycling project manager for the City. “If it were not for our amazing staff and volunteers, we could not have handled all the things residents brought to the event.”

Seven recycling event volunteers will be recognized at an upcoming City Council meeting for their outstanding efforts at the recycling event. They include: Hilary King, Danette Lam, Erik Lam, Jessica Lam, Shawn Lam, Tyler Ohmie and Ben Summers.

Missed the event? Check out King County’s calendar at www.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste for dates and locations of other recycling collection events, or see www.kingcounty.gov/whatdoidowith for everyday recycling options for a variety of materials.

Please visit www.cityoffederalway.com/recycling for a complete list of items accepted at the event and
other recycling information, or call Jeanette Brizendine, City of Federal Way Recycling Project
Manager, at 253.835.2771.

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Lifejacket Loaner Program will kick off in 2011, thanks to local Boy Scout and others

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 5, 2010

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

Christie Welsh
Aquatics Assistant Coordinator
253.835.6944

Lifejacket Loaner Program will kick off in 2011, thanks to local Boy Scout and others

Every year, more than 800 children age 14 and under die from accidental drowning, and the incidence from May to August is nearly twice what it is over the rest of the year. The City of Federal Way will fight to bring these numbers down when it kicks off the Lifejacket Loaner Program on opening day of swimming season 2011 at Steel Lake Park.

The City recently established the program with help from Safe Kids King County South, the Paris White Foundation, which donated life jackets, and local Boy Scout Jordan Stiver, who led his Troop 330 in building a storage rack for the equipment.

“Whether they’re swimming, fishing or boating, child and adult visitors to Steel Lake will be able to check out a properly fitted lifejacket to use during their visit to the park. There are no fees — people just need to return the lifejackets before they leave,” said Christie Welsh, assistant aquatics coordinator for the City who also manages the Lifejacket Loaner Program.

The Paris White Foundation, which was created by Seattle residents Paul and Deanna White following the 2005 drowning death of their 2-year-old daughter Paris, donated dozens of new lifejackets to the program. Since its creation, the foundation has raised funding to purchase lifejackets for similar stations all over Washington state.

To store the lifejackets at Steel Lake, Jordan Stiver and his fellow scouts from Troop 330 chose to build a rack as an Eagle Scout project. The sturdy rolling rack holds most of the lifejackets and will provide easy storage for the equipment during winter.

Jordan also is teaming with Safe Kids King County South, part of the nationwide network of organizations working to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability for children ages 1 to 14. Safe Kids is providing the signage and safety information that will be included on the lifejacket rack. More information about the organization is available at www.safekids.org.

Federal Way Aquatics Assistant Coordinator Christie Welsh thanks local Boy Scouts Jordan Stiver  and Carl Gray for their help in building a rolling rack that will store lifejackets donated to keep swimmers safe at Steel Lake Park. The boys and their fellow scouts in Troop 330 chose the rack construction as an Eagle Scout project.

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Restaurant Takeover Fundraiser (11/8)

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Federal Way Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services offers Inclusive Recreation programs designed to teach life skills to people with developmental disabilities. The programs include classes in health & fitness, arts & crafts, cooking, sports, theatre, and more. Many of the participants don't have the financial means to participate in recreation. The Rec Inc. program depends on donations and fundraisers to sustain it and keep costs low.

Want to help? Join us for dinner on November 8th as we "take over" Joeseppi's Italian Ristorante in Tacoma. 20% of all food orders will go toward Rec Inc. Eat great Italian food, participate in a silent auction, and help keep this great program running.

Read the PDF for more details

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

EV Charging coming to Federal Way

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Federal Way will play host to one of 1,200 ECOtality EV charging stations to be installed in the Central Puget Sound region. (Looks to be one of 22 fast-charging stations.) Most likely at Best Buy.

Read the ECOtality Press Release (includes map) and here's even more from Engadget.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Vote Today

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Federal Way Graffiti doesn't much appreciate others trying to tell people how to vote. And in the mayor race, with both candidates at least mildly opposed to the towers (Jim Ferrel moreso), there's no clear winner there.

But by way of general reminder... a vote for 1098 is a vote for income taxes. For now, only the top 1/2 1.2% of wage-earners in the state. But once it's in place, changing that % is a far easier prospect.

Either way, go vote.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Does your company recycle? Apply for Leadership in Recycling Award

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 21, 2010

MEDIA CONTACTS
Jeanette Brizendine
Recycling Project Manager
253.835.2771

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

Does your company recycle? Apply for Leadership in Recycling Award

The City of Federal Way Solid Waste and Recycling Division is accepting applications for the annual Leadership in Recycling Award until Nov. 1, 2010. This award recognizes local businesses that work to increase recycling, reduce the generation of waste and employ other sustainable practices.

Any Federal Way business, regardless of size, is eligible to apply. A winner will be selected by Dec. 31. The winner will be recognized at a January 2011 City Council meeting and also will be recognized on the City’s website.

Frito Lay’s Federal Way Distribution Center won the City’s 2009 inaugural Leadership in Recycling Award for its remarkable improvements in shipping container reuse, packaging recycling and composting, and on-site energy conservation practices.

If your business does not recycle yet, it’s not too late. Federal Way businesses can sign up for two free recycling carts through Waste Management, even if the landlord pays the garbage bill separately. Contact Waste Management directly at 800.592.9995 or www.wmnorthwest.com/fedway).

The Leadership in Recycling Award application and more information on business recycling can be found at www.cityoffederalway.com/recycling. Applications can be emailed to jeanette.brizendine@cityoffederalway.com, faxed to 253.835.2709, mailed to PO Box 9718, Federal Way, WA 98063-9718, or can be dropped off at City Hall, 33325 8th Ave S.

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