Volunteers are needed to join King County Parks staff and community members for a work party at North Shorewood Park on Saturday, July 11, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

“Help this wonderful White Center park as we work together to make North Shorewood Park awesome,” reads an announcement. “Our goal is to make the park a healthier and safer place for people and animals so that our community can enjoy this lovely forest.”

Volunteers will be digging out aggressive plants that are doing damage to the health of the park.

“As part of the event, we will also walk the trails as a group and I will share information about the great native plants that are growing in the park,” said Lina Anne Rose, Volunteer Program Coordinator.

Young people under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Any minors attending the event without a parent or legal guardian must also bring a signed youth waiver to event in order to participate.

Please contact Lina Rose: lina.rose@kingcounty.gov or 206.491.5014 for a copy of the waiver, more information and to sign up.

WHEN: Saturday, July 11, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

WHERE: North Shorewood Park, 10061 21st Ave SW:

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WCB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for both this Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28 – 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!

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, June 27, and Sunday, June 28, from 1 – 4 p.m.

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

INFO:

  • List Price: $2,125,000
  • 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.

A petition – targeted at the King County Fire Marshal and Executive Dow Constantine – has been started to “impose an emergency ban on the sale and use of consumer fireworks for this Independence Day (July 4, 2015) in urban unincorporated North Highline and West Hill areas.”

The petition was started by Sonja Bowden, a resident of the unincorporated area of West Hill, who is also a friend and advocate of the North Highline community.

Here’s the language of the petition:

In the spirit of the freedom we celebrate on July 4th and the democracy it represents, those of us who are worried about our homes and properties in this unprecedented season of hot weather and drought wish to see incendiary devices, including fireworks, banned this year as an extension of the burn ban.

  1. Most of the fireworks used in these areas are not legal. Therefore, although charity stands will lose business, most of our fireworks are purchased on reservations.
  2. Our fireworks “season” lasts from the time devices go on sale (June 28) until at least two weeks after.
  3. King County Sheriff’s Office simply cannot enforce any of the rules, especially on the 4th, with the number of deputies serving these areas. Even in a “normal” year, both fire and law enforcement budgets are badly stressed by July 4th.
  4. On the 4th, the population in our unregulated fireworks zones grossly expands as outsiders flood in to detonate their devices.
  5. Fire Districts are limited to fire and medical response. They have no enforcement capabilities as related to fireworks.
  6. In addition to drought, we have a shortage of water.
  7. Roadsides are un-mowed due to budget cuts affecting King County Roads Maintenance.
  8. Bank-owned, foreclosed houses with overgrown grass are prime targets for fires that could jeopardize entire neighborhoods.
  9. Neighboring cities offer impressive professional shows for everyone’s enjoyment. Gene Coulon Park has quite a show: http://rentonwa.gov/4thofJuly/
  10. Public safety comes first. We want to be proactive about preventing a potential tragedy in an unprecedented year.

To read and/or sign the petition, click here.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Washington State Boundary Review Board for King County
Yesler Building, Room 240
400 Yesler Way
Seattle WA 98104
(206) 477-0633  TTY: 711

CITY OF SEATTLE DUWAMISH AREA ANNEXATION (FILE NO. 2358)

The Washington State Boundary Review Board for King County will conduct a public haring for a City of Seattle proposal to annex the Duwamish are (2045 acres). The hearing will take place on July 20, 2015. If required, July 21, 2015 has been set aside to continue the hearing.

A brief legal description and map for the Duwamish Area is provided below:

“All of portions of Sections 4 and 5 in Township 23 N, Range 5 E, and all or portions of Sections 33 and 32, Township 24 N, Range 4E, Willamette Meridian in King County, being west of the current City limits of Tukwila being west of the Duwamish Waterway, also bing south of Block 8 of East South park addition and current City limits of Seattle. Also being east of Dallas Ave. S. and vacated portion of Dallas Ave. S. and south of S. Director St. Also southeasterly of West Marginaly Way S. known as SR 99, and northerly of the north line of Tract 55 of Moore’s Five Acre Tracts Volume 9 Page 28.”

The complete legal description may be found at www.kingcounty.giv/property/annexations.aspx.

The complete file (including the legal description) may b obtained from the Office of the Boundary Review Board.

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The purpose of the public hearing is to hear testimony and deliberate o the proposal. Testimony and factual material concerning the proposal may be presented to the Board up to and including the public hearing. At the following time and place, interested persons may appear and be heard with reference to said proposed City of Seattle Duwamish Area Notice of Intention.

DATE: July 20, 2015    TIME: 7:00 P.M.

LOCATION: Bethaday Community Learning Space of the Technology Access Foundation (TAF), 605 SW 108th Street, Seattle, WA 98146.

ADA: The Boundary Review Board conducts all meetings and hearings in locations that are wheelchair accessible. Any person requiring other special assistance (e.g., interpreters, translations), should contact the Boundary Review Board at last two business days prior to the meeting. The Board will make every reasonable effort to provide accommodations.


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by Chris Scragg
Puget Sound Weather Geek

Hey folks! Summer is certainly here and you have two weather possibilities for this weekend:

  1. Hot
  2. Or stormy!

Lets talk about it…

The Heatwave: Saturday – Monday

So far this month we’ve been warmer than normal, which is a continuing trend for almost a year and a half. This weekend’s upcoming heatwave will build upon the already warmer than normal temperatures, and boost the mercury up to about 90°F and possibly beyond.

The cause is a combination of a strong dome of high pressure developing over the Western U.S and the excessively long days we’re having due to the summer solstice.

We’ll start our steady climb on Friday and by the end of the day we’ll be into the low 80s. Saturday will be the warmest day of the heat spell, and it will be downright hot. The Puget Sound may see temps in the 90°F range. Sunday may be a dash cooler but the errant 90°F reading is still possible further inland.

These temperature forecasts are subject to change within the next 48-72 hours due to the possibility of additional moisture or thunderstorm activity.

Thunderstorm Possibility: Saturday – Sunday

To understand the complex possibility for thunderstorms this weekend you should first have some context of the basic ingredients that thunderstorms need to develop.

  1. Instability: Where buoyant air rises (like a basketball from the bottom of a pool).
  2. Moisture: Suspended water vapor that condenses into clouds and rain.
  3. Lift: A trigger mechanism which pushes unstable air to finally become a thunderstorm.

Lets take a look at each one of these ingredients forecasted by our weather models to evaluate our chances of seeing storms develop this weekend.

Firstly, instability. The heat caused by the high pressure and 15 hour long days will cause warm currents of air (updrafts) across the Northwest to climb into the sky. This is the primary cause of the unstable atmosphere.

One measurement form of instability is C.A.P.E. (Convective Available Potential Energy).

The WRF-GFS model by the UW is showing a large amount of CAPE located mostly over the mountains on Saturday. The instability does migrate towards the Puget Sound by about 11PM.

On Sunday the most unstable areas in western Washington will be the southern portions of the region.

Instability is mostly harmless unless paired with moisture. Moisture is the fuel that when combined with an unstable updraft can create clouds, and eventually thunderstorms and rain.

As our huge dome of high pressure develops, a swath of atmospheric water vapor will rotate around it and push directly into the Pacific Northwest as seen at 10,000 ft. on this 700mb humidity model run.

The last mechanism needed to spark thunderstorms this weekend is lift. Instability and moisture alone usually aren’t sufficient to create storms. Lift can be generated in many ways, from air being forced up a mountain range, to upper level low pressure systems.

There is a slight inkling that a upper level disturbance might enhance thunderstorm activity this weekend, but the most likely scenario that the only lift available will come from the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges.

If your weekend plans take you into the mountains this weekend, make sure you stay updated and keep an eye on the skies!

For the latest local weather, be sure to follow the Puget Sound Weather Geek:

Thanks for visiting! If you have any comments, suggestions, or feedback please email me at info@pswxgeek.com

The Rotary Club of Burien/White Center recently awarded $10,800 in scholarships to graduating seniors from Highline High School, the Evergreen Campus, Kennedy Catholic High School and Puget Sound Skills Center.

Receiving the Dick Dahlgard Memorial Scholarship was Highline High School student Yusef Ali-Halane. Dick was an outstanding Rotarian and community leader and graduate of Highline (click images to see larger versions):

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The Walter O. Carsten Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Evergreen student Genevieve Ilunva. Walt, too, was a very dedicated Rotarian and educational leader, having served as Principal of Evergreen at one point in his career with the Highline School District:

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Additional scholarship recipients from Highline High School are Rodha Sheikh and Jathxiry Salazar. Kennedy Catholic High School recipients are Christian Bell and Anton Ziska. Evergreen TEC scholarship recipients are Anthony Berry-You and Krystyna Teav, and from Evergreen HS3, Marleisha Cox and Hendrik Ufkes:

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The Puget Sound Skills Center recipient of the Dr. Frank Tanaka Memorial Scholarship is Karina Melnik. Dr. Tanaka was also a valued member of Rotary, and the scholarship goes to a student who is continuing in the dental field:

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Burien/White Center Rotary also presented “Service Above Self” awards to Marleisha Cox of Evergreen HS3, Miriam Martinez Flores of Highline High School, and Anna Tegelberg of Kennedy Catholic High School (not pictured). “Service Above Self” is Rotary’s motto, and these students are honored for their dedication to serving their communities.

“Our congratulations to all award recipients!”

[EDITOR’S NOTEThe following article is another from our youngest-ever Contributor – 11-year old Isabel Herbruger – who has been submitting stories and photos as part of her effort to earn a Girl Scout badge for journalism, as well as qualify for a 4H photography project. We encourage residents of all ages to submit stories and photos for posting – for consideration, please email yours to editor@whitecenterblog.com!]

Photos and Story by Isabel Herbruger, age 11

The Highline Bears played the US Military All-Stars on Friday night, June 19.

There were several special ceremonies to honor our military, our flag, and our nation.This game was full of unexpected surprises, mostly because of the sun and warm weather.In the second inning with the bases loaded and two outs, Myles Wesener (#11) hit an in-the-park grand slam….the All-Star player couldn’t find the ball because the sun was in his eyes. Colton Kelly (#3) came up to bat next and two All-Star players almost collided catching the third out.At the start of the third inning, a deep All-Star hit resulted in a bad collision between Myles and Kelly. Kelly stayed down while Myles somehow got up to get the ball. The All-Stars kept running until the umpire called time out to stop play. After being checked out, both players chose to stay in the game.

Suddenly, in the middle of a pitch, the home plate umpire called time out again. Myles needed help to get to the dugout! The paramedics were called for a possible broken collarbone and concussion. The crowd gave Myles a standing cheer as he was helped out of the stadium. Kelly was also checked out but was able to stay in the game.

Here’s a statement released by the Bears:

“We want to thank everyone for the well wishes for Myles Wesener, who left the game and after a collision in the outfield with Colton Kelly. Myles has a sprained collar bone and will be out for 2-3 weeks, he is in good spirits and eager to get back on the field.

Colton is doing well and resting up for the Bears tournament in Canada.”

Later, one of the All-Stars got a bad cramp running to first and had to be helped off the field. Shortly after that, a foul tip by the All-Stars made the crowd gasp….a ball landed in one of the All-Star player’s car window!It was definitely a strange game for the Bears….who won by the way…. 12-6.

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The Bears are off to Canada to play and I am off to Girl Scout Camp for a week. The next home game is a double header against the Snoqualmie Hurricanes on July 5. The first game starts at 11 a.m.

Game statistics for the Bears can be found at
https://gc.com/game-5566927b5e6b3800221284cf

There are several more photos at https://www.facebook.com/HighlineBearsbyIsabel

Thank you for your time and consideration,
– Isabel H
Age 11

Tickets are available at the gate (their full schedule is here).

For more info, or to buy season tickets, visit http://highlinebears.com.

BurienHealthLogoJOB: Awesome Front Desk Receptionist Wanted for a Mental Health/Medical Clinic in Burien:

FRONT DESK/RECEPTIONIST WANTED FOR MENTAL HEALTH/MEDICAL CLINIC

Compensation: $12 – $15 per hour DOE

We are a dynamic group of health providers looking for a bright, enthusiastic, and skilled receptionist for our very busy front desk. You will be collaborating with a large team of therapists, a medical doctor, other practitioners and administrative staff, while providing exceptional customer service to our expanding client base. We are a relatively new business, so opportunities for growth and responsibility may become available!

Skills Desired:

  • Medical office receptionist experience – 1 year desired
  • Multi-tasking/organizational skills a must!
  • Exceptional customer service
  • Scheduling
  • Multi-line phone answering
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • Receiving payments/cash handling
  • Detail Oriented
  • Professional communication skills
  • Boundary setting
  • Bonus: tech savvy/mac comfortable

Hours: 25-30 hrs/wk

FIRM INGREDIENT:

  • Must be upbeat, outgoing, high energy, positive attitude, and a team player!

To apply for this fabulous and dynamic position send an email with your resume and why you would be the perfect fit for the job in a cover letter.

In the subject write:

“Awesome Front Desk Receptionist FOUND”

Email: info@buriencenterforhealthandwellbeing.com

Burien Center for Health and Wellbeing, Inc.
15811 Ambaum Blvd SW, Ste 110
Burien, WA 98166
(206)242-8211 (t)
(206)242-0162 (f)

[EDITOR’S NOTEThe following article is another from our youngest-ever Contributor – 11-year old Isabel Herbruger – who has been submitting stories and photos as part of her effort to earn a Girl Scout badge for journalism, as well as qualify for a 4H photography project. We encourage residents of all ages to submit stories and photos for posting – for consideration, please email yours to editor@whitecenterblog.com!]

Photos and Story by Isabel Herbruger, age 11

The Highline Bears have been busy this last week.

On Tuesday, the Bears took on the Seattle Studs. This team is really good and has been around a long time. Pitcher #13 Travis Cook pitched his first ever complete game. Even though the Bears lost 1-5, it was exciting to see if Travis could complete the game. He threw 121 pitches.

On Thursday night (June 18), the Bears played the Everett Merchants. There was a late rally by the Bears when pitchers Travis Cook and #44 Joey Gamache came into the game. Cook walked and Gamache hit a double to score a run. Catcher #23 Ben Fitzhugh also got his first home run after coming back from the injured list.

The Bears lost 3-9 but showed great character by having fun towards the end of the game. I even caught catcher #8 Brice McCulloch dancing during the sixth inning.

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During the National Anthem against the Merchants.

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Merle Rowan-Kennedy pitching against the Everett Merchants (I photographed the ball on his head).

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Matt Stuart up at bat against the Studs.

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Ryan Archibald stopping a steal to second against the Merchants.

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#8 Brice McCulloch caught dancing.

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Nick Moore getting an out at second against the Studs.

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Buntly the Bears passing out candy to the kids in the stands.

There are several more photos at https://www.facebook.com/HighlineBearsbyIsabel

Thank you for your time and consideration,
– Isabel H
Age 11

Tickets are available at the gate (their full schedule is here).

For more info, or to buy season tickets, visit http://highlinebears.com.

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