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Make sure to enter Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest’s ‘Open House Weekend’ this weekend (April 18–19, 2015) for your chance to win $50,000 and a consultation with the stars of HGTV’s Fixer Upper!

To enter, just visit www.50kFixUp.com.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses, and click here to “Like” them on Facebook.

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The fire broke out in a home in the 10800 block of 8th Ave South, just east of SR 509 in Boulevard Park.

 

A fire in the 10800 block of 8th Ave South Thursday afternoon (April 16) in the Boulevard Park neighborhood has been extinguished, according to Tweets from the NW Fire Blog:

No word yet on whether there were any injuries, or what caused the fire.

A Fire Investigator has been called to the scene.

If we learn any more info, we’ll update this post.

Need help with your garden questions?

Master Gardeners have answers!

Visit the Master Gardener Plant Answer Clinic at McLendon’s Hardware, 10210 16th Ave SW in White Center, on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – with the next free clinic this Saturday April 18, 2015.

King County Master Gardeners work as volunteer community educators at clinics to empower citizens to incorporate sustainable horticultural practices that help to conserve our natural resources.

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The Highline School Board voted to appoint Chung (Joe) Van of SeaTac to the Director District 3 position during a special meeting on Wednesday, April 15.

He participated in his first School Board meeting as a board member directly following his oath of office and the special meeting.

“Joe has an extremely strong record of involvement in the SeaTac community, and we are excited that he will now be contributing to the entire district,” said School Board President Bernie Dorsey.

Van is a 1995 graduate of Tyee High School and holds an AA in Administration of Justice from Highline Community College. He and his wife Leslee, also a Tyee graduate, have three children attending McMicken Heights Elementary.

His children, Carter, Kyra, and Ethan, led the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of the April 15 School Board meeting.

“I am grateful for this opportunity to serve,” said Van. “I consider all the kids in our schools my kids.”

Van is employed as a supervisor at Owens & Minor medical supply distribution center in Sumner. He serves on the City of SeaTac Human Services Advisory Committee and is active in a number of civic activities. He speaks fluent Vietnamese.

Van will serve in the position until the end of 2015. The position will be up for election on the November 2015 ballot.

The position became open after Board Member Susan Goding retired in February.

Photos courtesy Highline Public Schools.

From our sister site The B-Town Blog:

Highline Public Schools made an automated phone call on Tuesday afternoon, April 14, warning parents at local schools of a possible stalking case that happened Monday morning (April 13) at S. 160th and Des Moines Memorial Drive in Burien.

The voicemail described that a student was approached by a stranger who offered her a ride near the intersection.

To read the full story, which includes an audio recording of the warning, click here.

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Highline Public Schools announced on Monday (April 13) that it will be the first school district in King County to implement a school bus stop paddle camera enforcement program.

The cameras, which have already been installed on five buses, are designed to capture motorists who are putting children at risk by ignoring flashing school bus stop arms as buses load and unload school kids. The enforcement program will launch at the beginning of May, and motorists caught on camera ignoring the stop arms will face a $394 fine starting in early June – before then motorists who are caught on camera ignoring the stop arms will receive a warning.

Highline Chief Operations Officer Scott Logan was joined Monday morning by King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove and Highline school bus driver Loren Young at a press conference at North Hill Elementary School in Des Moines to announce the new public safety program.

“At Highline Public Schools, we take our duty to ensure the safety of our schoolchildren very seriously. Every day in our district, careless or irresponsible motorists ignore school bus stop arms, putting children boarding or exiting our school buses at risk,” Logan said. “That is why we are so happy to announce the start of our school bus stop arm camera enforcement program, the first of its kind in King County. By catching motorists who are ignoring the requirement to stop when the stop paddles are blinking, we believe we can reduce the number of these incidents and better protect the children in our care.”

King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove, the prime sponsor of legislation at the King County Council to enable Highline to move forward, also praised the effort.

“Every year, children getting on or off school buses are killed by careless and irresponsible drivers who ignore school bus stop signs,” Upthegrove said. “That’s why when I was in the legislature I supported the bill to allow enforcement cameras on school buses and it is why I sponsored legislation at the King County Council to establish this program. We need to stop these drivers who are putting our kids at risk.”

Highline school bus drivers, who routinely see motorists ignoring their school bus stop arms and putting the kids in their care at risk, also expressed their support for the newly launched effort.

“I have been a school bus driver in the Highline School District for 30 years. Every week on my route, I see drivers who fail to stop as kids get on or off my bus. In those situations, my first priority is to keep my kids from being hurt, so I rarely am able to get the license plates of these irresponsible drivers. But with the stop paddles cameras in place on my bus, I know we will finally be able to catch the bad actors who are ignoring my school bus stop paddle,” said Highline school bus driver Loren Young.

Photos courtesy Highline Public Schools

The Highline School Board is scheduled to appoint a new member – Chung (Joe) Van of SeaTac – on Wednesday, April 15, during a special meeting.

Van is a finalist for the vacant Director District 3 position.

The School Board will hold a special meeting on Monday, April 13, from 5:30 – 6 p.m. to interview Van, followed by a meet-and-greet event open to the public beginning at 6 p.m. Both will be held in the Highline High School library (225 South 152nd Street, Burien).

On Wednesday, April 15, from 6 – 6:15 p.m., the School Board will hold a special meeting on whether to appoint Van to serve in the Director District 3 position until the end of 2015. The position will be up for election on the November 2015 ballot.

If an appointment is made, the special meeting will also include the oath of office. The meeting will be held at the Educational Resource and Administrative Center (15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW, Burien).

A regular School Board meeting will follow, starting at 6:15 p.m.

Joe Van is a 1995 graduate of Tyee High School and holds an AA in Administration of Justice from Highline Community College. He is employed as a supervisor at Owens & Minor medical supply distribution center in Sumner. Joe serves on the City of SeaTac Human Services Advisory Committee and is active in a number of civic activities. He speaks fluent Vietnamese. Joe and his wife Leslee, also a Tyee graduate, have three children attending McMicken Heights Elementary.

A total of four individuals applied for the position left open when Board Member Susan Goding retired last month.

WCB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Saturday, April 11, from 1 – 4 p.m. – is a great 3 (or 4) bedroom home with a nice yard on a quiet street in Des Moines.

Updated kitchen, inviting family room/flex space, three bedrooms, one bath up.

Newer deck is large and perfect for summer entertaining.

Spacious lower level has separate entrance, good sized family room with fireplace, and a fourth bedroom.

Two garages, room for extra cars, possibly RV parking.

Beautiful back yard is almost entirely fenced and ready for outdoor fun.

Home has port package and newer roof, second garage/storage.

Here are some pics (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

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Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Saturday, April 11, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 2641 S. 227th Place, Des Moines, WA 98198

INFO:

  • List Price: $339,000
  • MLS Number: 767271
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Year Built: 1961
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,578
  • Lot Square Footage: 10,350

Site Features:

  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • French Doors
  • Deck
  • Fenced-Partially
  • Gas Available
  • High Speed Internet
  • Patio

Marketing remarks:

Great home with nice yard on quiet street, large windows let in lots of light.

Updated kitchen, inviting family room/flex space, three bedrooms, one bath up.

Newer deck is large and perfect for summer entertaining.

Spacious lower level has separate entrance, good sized family room with fireplace, fourth bedroom. Two garages, room for extra cars, possibly RV parking.

Beautiful back yard is almost entirely fenced and ready for outdoor fun.

Home has port package and newer roof, second garage/storage.

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses.

If you see a lot of police activity at/near the Evergreen campus in White Center Friday, here’s what’s going on:

As part of Highline Public Schools ongoing commitment to safety, Evergreen Campus will be hosting a multiagency law enforcement training exercise this Friday, April 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

You may notice police vehicles and K9 teams on the campus as part of this event. Police will have signs posted in the area to advise residents that a training session is in progress.

These type of trainings allow Highline’s safety and security team to work closely with law enforcement and ensure community safety, particularly students and staff.

The Highline Bears Baseball Organization is a new expansion team in the Pacific International League (PIL), and they’re trying to raise money to kick-off a first season at Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center.

That’s right – semi-pro baseball is coming back to the area! But they need your help – click below to learn how YOU can pitch in (pun intended):

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bring-back-semi-pro-baseball-to-our-community

The first game will be Saturday, May 30 against the Snoqualmie Hurricanes at Steve Cox Memorial Park, and tickets can be purchased here:

http://highlinebears.com/schedule-tickets/

Here’s more info on the new team:

Founded in 1992, the league is considered by many to be the premier Summer Collegiate Baseball league in the Northwest. Sanctioned by the National Baseball Congress (NBC), most PIL players are NCAA eligible and are unpaid in order to maintain their eligibility. The PIL is different from many other summer collegiate baseball leagues in that the league also allows former professionals and college graduates to participate.

In the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s White Center Stadium (now Steve Cox Memorial Park) was the home of men’s semi-professional baseball and professional fast pitch softball teams. Several hundred adults, kids and families would fill the stands and sit along the side fences watching a high level of baseball under the lights on Friday and Saturday nights. The stadium hosted former professional baseball players, college athletes with dreams of making it to the big’s and men’s fast pitch teams like Pay n’ Pak and the King & His Court.

After the original wood stadium burnt down in the late 1970’s, baseball slowly faded from the Highline area. Today the park has been remodeled, dedicated to fallen community leader & police officer Steve Cox and is home to little leaguers, high school & men’s senior leagues but the stand are far from full. The once packed, community centered stadium rarely sees a high level of competitive baseball. The stands of the stadium can still hold over a thousand spectators but haven’t seen that type of crowds in decades. The Highline Bears hope to bring a high level of baseball back to the Highline & White Center area.

All contributions made through our IndieGoGo campaign will help fund the teams expenses. We are a sponsorship and donation based organization and we need you help. All contributions will be used for; field rentals, umpire fees, tournament fees, player uniforms, baseball equipment and travel expenses.

What We Need & What You Get
The Highline Bears have a budget of $50,000 that we need to fill by the middle of May. Most other teams that run like ours will run on a budget of $80,000-$150,000. We have limited our travel trips and expenses by having staff members volunteer their time during our first season. Our plan to fill this budget is by attracting local small businesses to sponsor, doing multiple small fund raisers and using our IndieGoGo campaign where we hope to raise at least $20,000.

Perks Of Contributing:

We offer a lot of different perks we offer in return for you contribution to our organization. They include:

  • A Personalized Thank You Tweet
  • Game Tickets
  • Personalized Thank You Team Photo
  • Team T-shirts
  • Season Tickets
  • A Team Plaque
  • Team Jersey
  • Be on the field for pre-game batting practice
  • Being an Honorary Coach

Risks & Challenges
We have a lot of challenges we have already overcome. Being a new team and launching our team as late as December this has been a huge project.

We first had to find players to fill our roster. Most summer teams start recruiting their players in September and have their roster filled by December. We listed over 500 prospects and went down the list contacting everyone we could. We are pleased to say that once we started getting the word out about our team we had a great response. We feel we have filled out a competitive roster with 25 great role models for the community.

Our next challenge was getting access to the stadium, which is managed by our local county parks department. While they were very skeptical of our idea at first we were diligent about making sure we could show them we were serious about our goal. We were able to work and partner with other user groups and have been able to secure 16 times for home games at our stadium.

The final challenge we face is raising enough funds to make this project not only happen but happen in the right way. To bring the community together and be taken seriously we need to put a great product on the field. To do this we need to have funds to help pay for field fees, umpires, team equipment, marketing materials and travel expenses. We need your help to make this possible.

Other Ways You Can Help
We wanted to make sure that anyone could contribute to this project so we made a lot of different perk packages. If you can only contribute $1, great! If you can contribute more, awesome! Ever little bit helps our mission.

Whether you contribute or not we would appreciate you sharing this with as many of your friends and family via Facebook, Twitter, Email and word of mouth.

Thank you for your consideration in helping us reach our goal!