From Mina Amin, Program Director at the Greenbridge Learning Center comes this request:

Please help immigrant integration in White Center by taking this survey on behalf of White Center Promise and member organizations of the White Center Network for Integrating New Americans (NINA). NINA is an initiative that aims to advance immigrants’ economic, linguistic and civic integration in White Center.

You are receiving this email because your organization, institution, or business serves the residents of White Center. The purpose of the survey is to create a conceptual network map to better understand the working relationships between and among organizations, institutions, and local businesses serving immigrant and refugee populations in White Center. We would like to know how your organization is working with others in the area. Please help us by taking the survey linked below.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/white_center_promise_NINA

This two-part survey consists of seven questions and should take about 10 to 15 minutes to complete. Please answer all seven questions to help us collect the requisite data. We will be sharing the network map resulting from this survey on the White Center Promise website once the results are analyzed. The survey will remain open until April 12th.

Your help is greatly appreciated!

Thank you,
Mina Amin
Program Director
Greenbridge Learning Center
South King County Employment Services

WCB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for Sunday, March 29 – is a fabulous Normandy Park 4 (or 5) bedroom, 5 bath home on near 1/2 acre property!

This beauty has a versatile open floor plan that rotates around an updated kitchen.

Formal living and dining or casual eating bar off the kitchen and family room makes this home comfortable for casual or formal entertaining.

Large master suite with 5-piece bath.

Huge Mother-in-law/Nanny suite with separate entrance.

3-car garage with additional RV parking.

Private back yard with all year round hot tub cabana.

Walk to Marvista!

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: Sunday, March 29, from 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 19660 Marine View Dr SW Normandy Park, WA 98166

INFO:

  • List Price: $750,000
  • MLS Number: 756138
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 4.75
  • Year Built: 1985
  • Approximate House SqFt: 4,000
  • Lot Square Footage: 21,500

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • French Doors
  • Hot Tub/Spa
  • Loft
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

Marketing remarks:

Fabulous Normandy Park 4 or 5 bedroom, 5 bath home on near 1/2 acre property!

Versatile open floor plan that rotates around an update kitchen.

Formal living and dining or casual eating bar off the kitchen and family room makes this home comfortable for casual or formal entertaining.

Large master suite with 5 piece bath.

Huge Mother in law/Nanny suite with separate entrance. 3 car garage with additional RV parking.

Private back yard with all year round hot tub cabana.

Walk to Marvista!

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

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

The next North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting will be held on Thursday, April 2, with a focus on recreational pot.

This will be “an important community discussion regarding zoning for recreational marijuana stores in and around the unincorporated area of White Center,” according to an announcement.

Also, White Center Storefront Deputy Julian Chivington will be providing information on crime stats and other general safety issues.

The meeting, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the North Highline Fire Station, located at 1243 SW 112th Street.

Questions? Email Barbara Dobkin at bdobkin@northhighlineuac.org.

More info at http://northhighlineuac.org

You can also write to:

North Highline Unincorporated Area Council
PO Box 66900
Burien, WA 98166

WCB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Saturday, March 21 – is a cute little home in West Seattle!

With a brand new stainless fridge, stove and microwave, this house was renovated in 2013, and includes new vinyl Milgard windows, roof, deck, granite counters and cabinets.

All of the walls were insulated and the exterior was re-done with all hardy board siding.

Newer carpet and flooring.

Roomy backyard with room to roam.

Close to ferry, Lincoln Park, shopping including West Wood Village and Safeway.

Quick commute to downtown or airport.

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, March 21, from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: 9804 33rd Ave SW, West Seattle, WA 98126

INFO:

  • List Price: $299,500
  • MLS Number: 756830
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Year Built: 1942
  • Approximate House SqFt: 710
  • Lot Square Footage: 6,300

Site Features:

  • Cable TV
  • Deck
  • Fenced-Partially
  • Outbuildings

Marketing remarks:

Little cutie pie!

Brand new stainless fridge, stove and microwave.

House was renovated in 2013 including new vinyl Milgard windows, roof, deck, granite counters and cabinets.

All of the walls were insulated and the exterior was re-done with all hardy board siding.

Newer carpet and flooring.

Roomy backyard with room to roam.

Close to ferry, Lincoln Park, shopping including West Wood Village and Safeway.

Quick commute to downtown or airport.

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

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

Story & Photos/Video by Scott Schaefer

Ground was officially broken for a new King County Library branch at 1409 SW 107th Street in White Center on Thursday afternoon, March 19.

A tented V.I.P. section was cordoned off from heavy equipment, large tree limbs and mud, and it was chock full of local dignitaries, KCLS employees, board members and several cute kids thrown in just for fun.

The celebration was for a brand new, 10,000 square foot facility with “more materials, computers, wireless access, and space for children and teens,” according to KCLS.

Construction is projected to start sometime during the summer of 2015.

Scott Schaefer was on-site, and he took these photos (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

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The new White Center Library will be located at 1409 SW 107th Street.

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Click to see panorama of the new site.

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The Evergreen High School Campus Band played.

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Free goodies – including a small shovel made up with seeds – were provided by the White Center Library Guild.

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The shovels stood by, awaiting their use.

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“I’ve got a hardhat, let’s get a good seat,” is what this kid appears to be saying.

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This kid just wanted to be with his Dad.

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Robin McClelland, President of the KCLS Board of Trustees.

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June McKivor, President of the White Center Library Guild.

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Nicholas A. McDaniel, Senior Associate/Architect from NBBJ.

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Laurie Bohm spoke in stead of Sili Savusa of the White Center Community Development Association.

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King County Councilmember Joe McDermott.

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McDermott, Bohm, McKivor, Gary Wasdin (Director KCLS), McClelland and McDaniel all did the ceremonial shoveling.

A second – and much cuter – groundbreaking ceremony was held, which Schaefer captured on video also:

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On Thursday, March 19, the South King County Fire Training Consortium will be conducting live fire training at a house located 10635 4th Ave SW in unincorporated White Center between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Live fire training is the carefully controlled burning of a specially prepared house that exposes firefighters to the conditions that they would find at an actual house fire. Firefighters practice extinguishing the fire, searching for victims, and clearing smoke out of the building.

Prior to the house being burned, all the oil based materials including carpets, tar paper, and asphalt shingles are removed to reduce health risks and pollution. Unfortunately, some smoke will be produced as the training is conducted. We recommend that people living in the area close their windows as a precaution. Those with respiratory sensitivity may want to consider being away from home during the training times.

There will be a temporary closure of 4th Ave SW in both directions between SW 106th Street and SW 108th Street from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. This closure will allow fire apparatus and personnel to move around the property safely. Detour signs will be posted and traffic rerouted. Homeowners on the closed section of street will be able to get in and out of their residences.

The South King County Fire Training Consortium is made up of eight fire departments and was created to allow firefighters from different departments to train together, using a common standard, and in a cost effective manner. The SCKFTC serves over 650 firefighters.

According to Google Maps, this is the house that will burn:

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On Thursday (March 12), Evergreen alum Joe Arrants – a Senior Foreman for Kiewit on the new 520 bridge build – tragically fell 60 feet to his death.

Joe was 34-years old, and leaves behind a wife and 2 small children, ages 4 and 5.

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“The day before, Joe had finalized the opportunity to move his family to Hawaii where he would manage another bridge build,” Krista Barkovich told The B-Town Blog. “No more physical labor. And a tremendous adventure for their family.”

Less than 24 hours later, Joe was gone.

Joe grew up in White Center, attended St Bernadette’s through 8th grade, then Evergreen High School.

“He was a deeply spiritual man who devoted his life to helping others through mission and ministry work,” Krista added. “He has led so many in this community (and in Mexico) in prayer throughout his short life. And reached so many others through his music (released 2 CD’s), his love of sports (had large weekly volleyball game at Lake Burien Park every week in the summers), his love of children (volunteer at Shorewood Elementary, group leader for Awanis at Foursquare church) and just by being Joe. This is just the tip of the iceberg…He was that guy that never missed a chance to help anyone, anywhere. He took so many under his wing and our family can’t think of any way to honor him better than to Rise Up (one of his songs) and take his family under our wings. He was by all accounts, an extraordinary man.”

Krista adds:

Joe and his wife Heather adopted their two children 3.5 years ago. Heather, a stay at home mom is now having to provide a future for her little ones on her own. Without her life partner of 17 years. They started dating when she was 16.

Joe and Heather were our neighbors in Burien. Heather was our nanny before her children came to her. They are our closest friends in Seattle. We love them dearly and are living this nightmare with them. Whatever we can do to enable those who understand their plight to help them, we will do.

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To learn how you can help the Arrants family, visit http://www.gofundme.com/oqpr14

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Celebrate ‘White Center Superheroes’ at the upcoming 5K Walk & Run, this year being held at White Center Heights Park on Saturday, March 28.

The race starts at 9 a.m., with registration opening at 8 a.m.

To register, visit whitecenter5k.brownpapertickets.com

Here’s more info:

The theme this year is SUPERHEROES, come with your cape and everything superhero related as we celebrate heroes of White Center.

The 5K Walk and Run has four main objectives:

  1. Promote the positive and diverse culture that thrives in White Center
  2. Help to Promote local White Center businesses
  3. Promote a healthy lifestyle
  4. Unify the White Center CommunityIn conjunction with these objectives we hope to raise money for three long time organizations devoted to empowering the White Center community.
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    http://www.wccda.org/The mission of the White Center Community Development Association (White Center CDA) is to promote a vibrant neighborhood and high quality of life for White Center residents and stakeholders through the development of authentic leadership opportunities, and community-led, neighborhood initiatives.  We acccomplish this through our three lines of business: neighborhood revitalization, family development, and community building.
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    YES Foundation of White Center
    http://www.yfwc.org/

    The YES foundation of White Center exists to address the social, economic, educational, physical, and spiritual needs of youth in the White Center area. By developing programs and partnering with other organizations, we provide kids with positive role models and powerful life experiences to encourage their hope and vision for the future.
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    White Center Food Bank
    http://www.whitecenterfoodbank.org/

    The White Center Food Bank (WCFB) began in the mid-1970’s as an emergency response to assist struggling families and individuals in the greater White Center and Highline areas during a major economic downturn. The Mission of the White Center Food Bank is to minimize hunger, while nourishing community, nurturing self-reliance and embracing our rich cultural diversity.

Come join us on Saturday, March 28th at 9:00AM

Race Schedule:

  • 8:00 Doors Opens to the public
  • 8:45 Warm-Up Activity
  • 9:00 Racers Begin
  • 9:10 Walkers Begin
  • 10:00 Entertainment, Race Winners Announced

Registration includes a free T-SHIRT!

The course is pet friendly, stroller friendly, and wheelchair accessible.

Sponsors:  US Bank

Vendors: Fitness with a Purpose

RACE RESULTS: http://onlineraceresults.com/race/view_race.php?race_id=38082

Be sure to nominate your White Center SUPERHERO as well: http://goo.gl/forms/Zzr6oFSCLB

Questions?  Email us at whitecenter5k@gmail.com

Here’s a video form 2013:

And the Nominees Are … 

Each year, the Highline Schools Foundation solicits nominations from community members, district employees and parents for its prestigious and much-anticipated Gold Star Awards.

This year’s list of impressive and well-deserving nominees includes highly qualified staff, volunteers and administrators.

The Gold Star Award WINNERS will be announced live on Thursday, March 19 at the fourth annual Gold Star Awards BASH. This red-carpet style event (21 and over) features a night of music, drinks, appetizers, dancing and a LIVE announcement of the Gold Star Award winners. Tickets are still only $15!

WHAT:  Gold Star Awards BASH!

WHEN: Thursday, March 19, 2015, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Technology Access Foundation (TAF) Headquarters, located at 605 SW 108th Street, Seattle

TICKETS: Tickets available: www.highlineschoolsfoundation.org/events/gold-star-bash

Whether you are supporting a specific nominee or just want to be in on the fun and be the first to hear who wins, this is the night to celebrate all the outstanding Teachers, Volunteers, Alumni, Staff and Administrators of Highline Public Schools!

2015 GOLD STAR AWARD NOMINEES

Gold Star Rookie Teacher of the Year
This new award recognizes a teacher in Highline Public Schools with 3 or less years of total teaching experience in Highline or any other district, and who demonstrates outstanding abilities in their field early in their career:

  • Katryn Bangert, Teacher – Grade 4, Bow Lake Elementary School
  • Chris Brase, Teacher – Grade 4, Marvista Elementary School
  • Kimberly Campi, Teacher – Grade 2, McMicken Heights Elementary School
  • Megan Fleming, Teacher – Challenge 4/5, Parkside Elementary School
  • Elizabeth Gilbert, Teacher – Special Ed/LRC, Hazel Valley Elementary School
  • Nathaniel Walker, Teacher – Special Ed/EBC, Seahurst Elementary School

Outstanding Administrator Nominees:

  • Anne Arnold, Director, PreK-3 Early Learning, Instruction & Innovation
  • Nichole Calkins, Physical Education & Health Instructional Specialist
  • Jacqueline Downey, Assistant Principal, Highline High School
  • Joan Ferrigno, Assistant Principal, Chinook Middle School
  • Terri McMahan, Director of Athletics, Administration
  • Kelly Raymond, Executive Director, Administration
  • Alan Spicciati, Chief Accountability Officer, Administration

Outstanding Classified Support Staff Nominees:

  • Tom English, Lead Custodian, Operations
  • Theda Hiranaka, Attendance Secretary/Office Support, Raisbeck Aviation High School
  • Lynda Johanson, Community Engagement Specialist/Activities Coordinator, Chinook Middle School
  • Gail Korakis, Office Manager, Academy of Citizenship & Empowerment (ACE)
  • Maricela Sanchez, Bilingual Family Liaison, Highline High School
  • Erma Sechrist, Executive Assistant, Human Resources
  • Nicole Williams, Paraeducator, Hazel Valley Elementary School
  • Barb Wilson, College Access Specialist, Student Advancement

Outstanding Teacher Nominees:
The Gold Star Outstanding Teacher will also represent the District as its Teacher of the Year in the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction sponsored regional contest. OSPI requires more information from those nominating a Teacher of the Year.

  • Aaron Aker, Teacher – Grade 4, North Hill Elementary School
  • Galina Asaturova, Teacher – Math, Pacific Middle School
  • James Boutin, Teacher – Language Arts/Social Studies, Academy of Citizenship & Empowerment (ACE)
  • Matthew Burman, Teacher – ISS, Pacific Middle School
  • Kate Cassidy, Teacher – Language Arts, Pacific Middle School
  • Dawn Claflin, Teacher – LA/ELL, Highline High School
  • Mary Danforth, Teacher – Special Education/Resource Room, North Hill Elementary School
  • Jennifer Ferry, Librarian, Southern Heights Elementary School
  • Yazmin Gil, Teacher – Kindergarten Dual Language, Hilltop Elementary School
  • Nicole Grambo, Teacher – Grade 5 Dual Language/Journalism Club, Hilltop Elementary School
  • Cindy Hamar, Teacher – Language Arts/Social Studies and MYP Coordinator, Pacific Middle School
  • Sallyanne Hendren, Librarian, Bow Lake Elementary School
  • Lisha Johnson, Teacher – Business Education, Highline High School
  • Jesse Julius, Teacher – Social Studies, Cascade Middle School
  • Megan Logan, Teacher – 5th Grade Dual Language, Mount View Elementary School
  • Alecia Mabalay, Teacher – Kindergarten, Parkside Elementary School
  • Mike McLeod, Teacher – Grade 6, North Hill Elementary School
  • Gabe Munoz, Teacher – Grade 5/Journalism Club, Hilltop Elementary School
  • Catherine O’Dea, Teacher – Special Education, Pacific Middle School
  • Jeanette Reed, Teacher – Grade 5 Dual Language/Journalism Club, Hilltop Elementary School
  • Ryan Reilly, Teacher – Grade 3, White Center Heights Elementary School
  • Catherine Reinsel-Torres, Teacher – ILC, North Hill Elementary School
  • Colleen Thomas-Reitsma, Teacher – Music, North Hill Elementary School
  • Deborah Walls, Teacher – Grade 1, Shorewood Elementary School

Outstanding Volunteer Nominees:

  • Caitlin Gribble, Marvista Elementary School
  • Kelly Hovland, Highline High School
  • John Nelson, Community Volunteer
  • William Tracy, Community Volunteer
  • Shane Vancamp, Hilltop Elementary School

The Cove to Clover Pub Crawl will be held this Friday, March 13, with registration running from 5 – 7 p.m. at Pit Stop Bottle Shop, located at 216 SW 153rd Street in Burien.

Participants can go pub to pub and collect words for a “secret phrase” to enter for a grand prize drawing at 11 p.m.

Full details are here.

And don’t forget – race day is Sunday, March 15 – more info here: http://covetoclover.com/default.aspx

Cove to Clover is 501(c)(3) non-profit which disburses all proceeds to other local charities.

The Cove to Clover event has evolved and is a truely grass-roots production. The race was originally organized by a group of friends with the mission of producing a professional and fun event that showcases the Highline community at its best. What’s evolved has been an exercise in positive cooperation among many entities: government, businesses, non-profits, schools and neighbors.

Crawl Fee (100% goes to charity):

Crawlers receive:

  • Official Crawl Bib #
  • Drink and food specials at official crawl stops
  • Door prize drawing back at Crawl Central @ 11 pm
  • Good Feeling since this is all for charity!

Sponsored by:

Your Marching Orders:

  • Registration/packet pickup 5-8 pm at Pit Stop Bottle Shop (Crawl Central)
    • Located at 216 SW 153rd St, Burien, WA 98166
  • Collect “words” at official stops (solve secret phrase to qualify for door prize drawing)
    • no purchase required to collect a word from at official stop
  • Enjoy crawler only, drink and food specials and entertainment
  • Return to the Pit Stop Bottle Shop by 11 pm for door prize drawing
  • Drink Responsibly! DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!

All proceeds from the pub crawl directly benefit Cove to Clover charity programs.

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This dog was found in White Center near 12th Ave SW and SW 114th Street on Friday afternoon, March 6:

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Possible pug/chihuahua mix.

No collar and not mirochipped.

If you recognize it, please call Linda at 206-992-9271.