Sunday, January 30, 2011

All Day Hangout

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Cool trick:  Go to Panera Bread near Federal Way Commons.  If you order a small soda, you can then snag a big four- or five-person table all for yourself and sit there all day playing on your laptop with headphones on and they won't bug you or ask you to leave, no matter how many people are standing around with their trays and children looking for a place to sit.  Even if people walk in the door, look for a table and leave again speaking of Applebees or Azteca or Toreros or even "maybe someplace inside the mall" they still won't ask you to move to a smaller table or get out.  They won't even passively-agressively turn off the wifi for a few minutes to see if you'll get the hint.

Score! Kudos to @panerabread for their awesome first-come, first-served policy.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Federal Way Television produces history piece on the city’s past

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(Sorry, this never posted when originally scheduled to do so.)

November 2, 2010

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

Federal Way Television produces history piece on the city’s past

Take a step back in time for “Reflections on Federal Way,” a compilation of stories from Federal Way Television’s archives that provide a glimpse of where we’ve come from. Discover fascinating facts about years gone by, see great photos, and meet some of the people who were involved when we took the first steps as a brand new city.

The 29-minute segment was written and produced by FWTV host Natalie Rees and contract videographer Sid Lee, with Communications and Government Affairs Manager Linda Farmer serving as executive producer.

The program airs several times weekly on Channel 21 within city limits for Comcast subscribers. Check the City’s website for the complete schedule or watch it on-demand at

Monday, January 24, 2011

Notice of Land Use - Safeway Gas Station and Mini-Mart

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Proposal to add a gas station and convenience store to corner of Safeway parking lot at S 320 St and 11 Pl S. Project was proposed before Fred Meyer gas station. This is a complex in need of rejuvenation, from its horrible lot to its major retailer position that's been open for some time. Perhaps this is the shot in the arm it needs.

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Release: January is Mentoring Month in Federal Way

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January 10, 2011

Chris Carrel
Communication and Grant
253-835-2411 or 253-347-7057

January is Mentoring Month in Federal Way

The Federal Way City Council has declared it Mentoring Month in Federal Way with a proclamation presented to Communities in Schools of Federal Way at the January 4th City Council meeting. National Mentoring Month is held each January to promote youth mentoring in the United States.

“With a large population of at-risk youth in our schools, mentoring is essential to giving all our students a chance to succeed,” said Federal Way Mayor Skip Priest. “We can’t be a successful city if we aren’t successful educating our children.”

Students who are mentored have higher academic achievement, better behavior in school and have better social skills than their non-mentored peers. Youth with a mentor are 47% less likely to start using drugs, 27% less likely to use alcohol and 52% less likely to skip school. (From the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Impact Study, 1996) The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention lists drug and alcohol use and lack of commitment to school as two major risk factors for youth delinquency.

“Mentors can be the difference for a child between staying in school and dropping out,” said Councilman Roger Freeman, himself a mentor. “It’s about giving kids belief in their future.”

Communities in Schools Federal Way matches mentors with at-risk youth in Federal Way Public Schools. Volunteer mentors give an hour a week to role model appropriate behaviors, have fun, and help their mentee set goals and create a plan for the future. The local nonprofit currently has 25 students on the waiting list for a mentor.

Call CIS Mentor Program Manager Doug Baxter today at 253-528-0847 for more information on how you can help mentor a student in one of our local schools.


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Press Release: Complete Streets Workshop to take place at Federal Way City Hall

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January 11, 2011

Janet Shull
Senior Planner

Complete Streets Workshop to take place at Federal Way City Hall

A workshop on COMPLETE STREETS will be conducted from 10 AM to 2 PM on January 19, 2011 in City Hall Council Chambers, 33325 8TH Ave South.

What are Complete Streets? Complete Streets are designed for the movement of people rather than simply the movement of cars. Complete Streets are safe, comfortable and convenient for travel via automobile, foot, bicycle and transit.

The workshop is free and open to the public. It is being conducted by the Cascade Bicycle Club and is made possible by funding from the Department of Health and Human Services and Public Health – Seattle & King County.

RSVPs are not required but are requested to help the city plan accordingly. To RSVP, or for more information about the Complete Streets Workshop, contact Senior Planner Janet Shull, at, 253-835-2644.


Monday, January 10, 2011

City Seeks Passionate Art Lovers for Commission Appointment

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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.

Hurry! The deadline to apply is January 14, 2011 and late applications
cannot be accepted. To learn more, please view the official Notice of Vacancy (PDF).

may also download the application (PDF).

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Federal Way Police Citizen's Academy

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The Federal Way Police Department’s Spring Citizen Academy will begin Tuesday, March 22, 2010. The goal of Citizens’ Academy is to create a better understanding and communication between citizens and police through education. Read more (PDF)..., also see Application (PDF)


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