And now a word from Advertiser Center Tool Rental

We stopped in recently to say Hi to our friends in White Center. While there we picked up on tips to keep in mind in preparing for and dealing with the coming seasonal shift in our Northwest weather.

“When the rains and winds come, we’ll be ready to assist you,” said Center Tool’s Doug Stevens. “We’re here to help you meet all your winter weather needs.

“We have generators, pumps, dehumidifiers and wet vacuums, he said. “We have log splitters, chippers and chain saws, too.

“We’re open seven days a week and our slogan is ‘We Rent Most Anything!’”

Doug and his crew are located in the bustling Delridge Triangle, where West Seattle meets White Center at Roxbury.

Doug began working at Center Tool Rental when his parents, Jack and Stella, started the business in the 1970’s.

”My parents were really good at the personal touch, asking people about their kids, and giving them advice on how to complete a project,” he said. “Some of my current customers are the grandkids of Mom and Dad’s first customers.”

Zoe the dog will greet you at Center Tool Rental.

And Zoe, Doug’s friendly German Shorthaired Pointer, is doing great as usual, happily greeting all comers to Center Tools.

Center Tool Rentals
9444 Delridge Way SW (at Roxbury)
Phone: 206-762-5057


  • Monday through Saturday: 8am to 6pm
  • Sunday: 10am to 4pm



Buddhist memorial rites will be held this Friday and Saturday for Kenney Bui, the TEC/Evergreen High School senior who died Monday as the result of head injuries suffered during a football game at Highline Memorial Stadium on Friday, Oct. 2.

The public is welcome to pay respects and offer condolences to the family throughout the day:

  • Friday, October 9: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 10: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

However, no formal service will be held.

**The family requests no cameras at the funeral home**

Respects can be done at Columbia Funeral Home, which is located at 4567 Rainier Avenue South in Seattle.

The Bui family has also created the Kenney Bui Memorial Scholarship in memory of Kenney. The scholarship will be awarded at Highline’s annual Scholar-Athlete, Coach, and Community Recognition Banquet.

The Scholar-Athlete program awards college scholarships to outstanding multi-sport athletes who have shown exemplary efforts athletically, academically, and in community service. The first Kenney Bui scholarship will be awarded to a graduating scholar-athlete from the Evergreen campus next spring.

Contributions to the scholarship may be made through the Highline Schools Foundation website.

Also, a GoFundMe page has been created by family friend Victoria Huynh to help the Buis:

Victoria told The White Center Blog:

My family Huynh – parents and five grown adults (all EHS alumni) are very close friends with the Bui. We have known them for a long time going back prior to Ngon being married and had Kenney and Kirby. Ngon sees my dad as his uncle, and I view Kenney and Kirby as my nephews. I know their financial situation because I am the one who helps them with their resumes and other documents they do not understand with their poor English.

With my family support, I started the GoFundMe page for Kenney because it’s the right thing to do for anyone who truly knows their situation.

Thank you for your support and please spreads the words to help out the Bui family. They are gentle and very generous people who had back luck with one thing after another.

Victoria Huynh

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Help is needed to help plant trees in White Center parks – volunteers have been working in these parks all year preparing the ground for planting.

“This is now the wonderful time of year where we get to give back and build a healthier forest in our urban parks,” reads an announcement. “People of all ages are welcome, no experience needed.”

King County Parks staff will provide all tools, work gloves, plants, education and instruction.

Please contact Lina Rose for more information, please sign up in advance: 206.491.5014 .

“Hope you can join us!”

  • October 10th 10am-2pm – this Saturday! North Shorewood Park
  • October 31st 10am-2pm White Center Heights Park

Before you head out to Trick or Treat, come plant some trees with us! Event will include a nature scavenger hunt for treats!

Press “Play” button to view/hear the live, local weather stream.

by Chris Scragg
Puget Sound Weather Geek

Post-Tropical Storm Oho Impacts: 

  • Increasing rainfall beginning Friday. Heaviest on the coast and Olympic Mountains.
  • Breezy to gusty conditions in the Puget Sound.
  • Mild & humid air.


This image started quite a “row” among weather enthusiasts in the Northwest on Tuesday as it appeared to forecast the track of a dying hurricane to approach the Pacific Northwest.

After reviewing the models, the forecasters at the Central Pacific Hurricane Center changed the track of the dying hurricane much further north. This is the current forecast track:

Issued: 8am PST October 7th

Can We Even Get Hurricanes in The Northwest?
Technically, no. Tropical storms and hurricanes are fueled by very warm ocean water (~70°+). Once a tropical system drifts toward us, it moves over a big barrier of chilly water off the North American Coast.

However, if the atmospheric conditions are just right, a once-tropical storm can transform into something just as dangerous as a hurricane. On Columbus Day in 1962, the remnants of Typhoon Freda drifted into the perfect atmospheric conditions to become the strongest extra-tropical storm to hit America in the 20th century.

The Columbus Day Storm decimated the Oregon coasts with wind gusts over 120mph and hammered the Puget Sound with gusts around 100mph.

Now you can see why weather geeks might get excited (and somewhat nervous) when a tropical system starts to move our way.

1962 Columbus Day Storm: Read more

Tragic, heart-breaking news out of Harborview Medical Center in Seattle Monday (Oct. 5) – Evergreen High School football player Kenney Bui has passed away, apparently from injuries he suffered at Friday night’s game against Highline High School in Burien.

Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to the Bui family, and all who knew this young man.

A vigil was held Monday night (Oct. 5) in front of the 500 building at the TEC/Evergreen campus, located at 830 SW 116th Street in White Center.

Here’s a statement sent out by Susan Enfield, Superintendent of Highline Public Schools:

It is with great sadness that School Board President Bernie Dorsey and I share with you that TEC High School senior Kenney Bui, who was critically injured in Friday night’s Evergreen v. Highline football game, died this morning at the hospital.

This is a devastating loss for all of us — Evergreen students, families, and staff, and our entire Highline community.

Our deepest condolences go out to Kenney’s family and all who knew him. Please join us in keeping them in your thoughts and prayers.

– Susan
Susan Enfield, Ed.D.
Highline Public Schools

A TEC (Technology, Engineering and Communications) student was seriously injured at Highline Memorial Stadium during Friday night’s (Oct. 2) football game against Highline High School.

He was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he underwent surgery.

As of 2:30 a.m., he was in intensive care.

“We do not have more information to share about his injuries at this time,” Highline Public Schools said in a statement. “Please keep this student and his family in your thoughts.”

The student’s identity, age, nor type of injury was released by the district.

TEC (aka Evergreen High) was playing against Highline in the annual homecoming game.

TEC is located on the old Evergreen High School campus at 830 SW 116th Street in White Center.

Here’s more from 11-year old Photojournalist Isabel Herbruger, who happened to be on the scene taking photos at the game:

With around 7:30 left on the game clock (at around 7 p.m.) I noticed a player on the Evergreen sidelines laying down and being cared for by the Highline Trainers.

I don’t know how or when the injury happened.

The game only stopped twice in the 3rd and 4th quarters to help injured players off the field; both were Pirates with limping leg injuries.

The medics arrived and were quickly brought in.

With 3:44 left on the game clock the ambulance came onto the field and the game ended early after a coach and ref meeting in the middle of the field. The announcer asked everyone to stay in the stands until the aide cars had left. The parking lot was really full with the next homecoming schools arriving at the same time.

We are really lucky to have trainers at our sporting events in Highline. They take great care of all players who come to our fields. I hope the TEC player gets better quickly, no one ever wants to end a homecoming celebration this way.

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“Be Strong Evergreen….the Pirates are thinking of you!” Isabel added.

Everyone at The White Center Blog sends their most positive thoughts and prayers to this player, his family and his teammates.

WCB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for both this Saturday, Oct. 3 and Sunday, Oct. 4 – is a beautiful, newly-remodeled 4,880 square foot home located on just a little over a full, secluded acre!

This 5-bedroom, 3-bathroom home has a Master Bedroom on the main floor, along with a very large fully finished basement.

The updated kitchen has amazing cabinets, granite countertops and backsplash, along with custom slate flooring.

The home includes a top of the line tankless heater and hydronic heating system as well.

Impressive deck right off the living room overlooks a large backyard with surrounding trees.

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

















Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Both this Saturday, Oct. 3 and Sunday, Oct. 4, from 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 838 S. 176th Street, Burien, WA 98148 (MAP)


  • List Price: $550,000
  • MLS Number: 851999
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Year Built: 1983
  • Approximate House SqFt: 4,880
  • Lot Square Footage: 46,174

Site Features:

  • Ceiling Fan(s)
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • High Tech Cabling
  • Jetted/Soaking Tub

Marketing remarks:

Beautiful newly remodeled 4,880 sq ft home on just a little over a secluded acre.

5 bedroom 3 bathroom, master on main, and a very large fully finished basement.

Updated kitchen w/ amazing cabinets, granite countertops + backsplash, custom slate flooring.

Top of the line tankless heater and hydronic heating system.

Impressive deck right off living rm that over looks large backyard w/ surrounding trees.

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

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

Highline Public Schools announced Monday (Sept. 28) that all its football teams will be “getting their PINK on” to support the American Cancer Society and Breast Cancer Awareness Month during the Friday, Oct. 2 football games.

Add some pink to your high school colors at this Friday’s double-header football games between Highline and Evergreen (5 p.m.) and Mount Rainier and Thomas Jefferson (8 p.m.) at Highline Memorial Stadium.

Highline School District Athletics and student leadership groups are rallying around efforts to promote breast cancer awareness and raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Student, American Cancer Society and Highline Medical Center volunteers will be at the games with literature and will provide opportunities to raise funds to support the more than 5,620 women and their families diagnosed with breast cancer in Washington state this year.

Pink gear worn by players at the games were donated by the Des Moines Rotary.

“You’ll be seeing PINK at other fall athletic events across the district. See you at the games!”


Nancy Woodland (l) of WestSide Baby and Eastside Baby Corner’s Renee Zimmerman (r) hold the recognition they received from the Metropolitan King County Council. The Council declared Sept. 28-Oct. 4 as “Diaper Need Awareness Week” in King County. Back Row: (l-r) Councilmembers Larry Gossett, Dave Upthegrove, Larry Phillips, Jane Hague, and Pete von Reichbauer. Front Row (l-r) Councilmember Joe McDermott, Nancy Woodland, Renee Zimmerman, Councilmembers Kathy Lambert and Rod Dembowski


The King County Council on Monday (Sept. 28) recognized ‘Diaper Need Awareness Week,’ recognizing local non-profit WestSide Baby.

Here’s more from the county:

Far too many parents have to make the difficult choice of changing a diaper or letting their child stay in a soiled diaper to help extend their limited supply. The Metropolitan King County Council today recognized the week of Sept. 28-Oct. 4 as Diaper Need Awareness Week, the effort to ensure that all infants and toddlers can be clean, healthy, and dry by having the diapers they need.

National surveys report that one in three mothers experience diaper need while their children are less than three years of age, and that nearly half of families delay changing a diaper to extend their supply. Medical professionals are undivided in their concern over the affect this has on the health and welfare of babies, toddlers, and their families.

“Diapers are a basic need for babies and can be a significant investment for families of every income level,” said Council Vice Chair Joe McDermott. “Making sure that every child has an adequate supply of diapers with go far to keep kids healthy.”

The average infant or toddler requires an average of 50 diaper changes per week over three years. In addition, diapers cannot be bought with food stamps or WIC vouchers, so obtaining a sufficient supply of diapers can cause economic hardship to families.

“I’m a longtime supporter of the work done by these groups because it’s so vital to the health and happiness of families. It is very important for parents to have access to diapers as regular changing keeps babies healthy,” said Councilmember Kathy Lambert. “I now have 16 grandchildren and am thankful every day that all of them are healthy. There is no more important work than providing the essentials to families as they raise our next generation!”

A supply of diapers is generally an eligibility requirement for infant and toddlers to participate in childcare programs and quality early education programs, thus addressing diaper need can also lead to economic opportunity for low-income families.

Nancy Woodland, Executive Director of WestSide Baby and Eastside Baby Corner Executive Director Renee Zimmerman received the recognition from the Council. Both stressed the impact the lack of diapers can have on struggling parents

“Many people are unaware that government assistance programs – such as food stamps and WIC, do not provide funding for diapers. There are currently 10,000 children aged 0-3 living below the federal poverty level in King County, whose families face a daily struggle to secure a necessary supply of diapers,” said Woodland. “Diapers for one child can cost upwards of $70 per month, and most daycares won’t accept children without an adequate supply, leaving parents without child care unable to get to work and trapped in a cycle of poverty.”

King County is proud to be home to various community organizations that recognize the importance of diapers in helping to provide economic stability. We encourage the media and others to learn more online at either WestSide Baby or Eastside Baby Corner.

Here’s episode #21 of our SoKing News Podcast, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation:

WEEKLY RECAP: Posting to Twitter by Councilmembers has been banned from Burien City Council meetings; Car vs Pedestrian accident sends victim to Harborview; Vandals cause over $15,000 damage to historic Des Moines building; Puget Sound Weather Geek forecast & more…

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WCB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Sunday, Sept. 27 – is an amazing 3-bedroom waterfront home near the tip of Three Tree Point!

This home has 60-feet of no bank waterfront with a small boat launch, spectacular views of shipping traffic, ferries and mountains and a front-row seat to all the awesome marine life of Puget Sound.

A world of living awaits, with a massive rock fireplace, two kitchens and great room concept, all in a classic Northwest nautical lifestyle design by Alexander Sasonoff, with an abundant use of natural wood.

It’s also go an oversized garage, large driveway and guest house.

First-time offered for sale, this is the former home of Highline Times and West Seattle Herald publisher Gerald Robinson (read more about it here).

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















Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 27, from Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 3774 SW 171st Street, Burien 98166-3108 (MAP)


  • List Price: $1,995,000
  • MLS Number: 784089
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Year Built: 1980
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,360
  • Lot Square Footage: 22,394

Site Features:

  • 2nd Kitchen
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dbl Pane/Storm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Hot Tub/Spa
  • Loft
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk In Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Wet Bar

Marketing remarks:

Dream No More – Near the tip of Three Tree Point!

60’ feet of No Bank Waterfront with Boat Launch (for small boats), Spectacular Views of Shipping Traffic, Ferries & Mountains.

A world of living awaits – massive rock fireplace, two kitchens and great room concept!

Classic Northwest Nautical Lifestyle, design by Alexander Sasonoff, abundant use of natural wood.

Over-sized garage & large driveway.Guest house.

First time offered for sale, this is the former home of Highline Times & West Seattle Herald publisher Gerald Robinson.

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

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