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Come meet White Center’s new storefront Deputy – Julian Chivington – at the next business mixer on Thursday, Oct. 30 from 6:30 – 8 p.m.

The meeting location is the White Center Police Storefront:

9609 16th Ave SW
White Centr, WA 98112

“We’ll discuss the new 2-hour parking enforcement, get an update on White Center’s Halloween Celebration, learn about a new business district newsletter in the works & have some time for some community announcements,” reads an announcement.

[EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The White Center Blog nor its staff:]

I grew up in the Highline School District and graduated from Mt. Rainier High School in 1981. I have a deep commitment to the Highline School District as I received a quality education and had opportunities to participate in many activities. As a parent of children in the district and a small business owner in Burien , I support the bond.

Des Moines Elementary and Highline High School are over 90 years old and it concerns me that the students in those schools attend class in aging buildings that require costly maintenance. In addition, these buildings do not have the capability to support new technology that is needed for student learning. All of our students deserve to attend school in a safe environment with up to date technology. Teachers deserve to teach in buildings that allow them to be effective everyday. The passage of the bond will ensure this for students and teachers.

As a small business owner, I’ve watched this community grow and if we want this momentum to continue, we must reinvest in our neighborhoods and our schools. A quality school district is key to bringing new businesses and families into our community. Parents want to live and stay in communities that have quality schools for their children to attend. Failure to pass this bond will be costly not just to the district but to the entire community, as buildings will continue to deteriorate, teachers will choose to go to other districts and families will seek schools in other areas for their children. Let’s not let that happen – join me by voting to approve by November 4th.

– Dan House
Owner – Tin Room Bar and Theater
Owner – Dan the Sausageman
Mount Rainier Grad ‘81

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The King County Sheriff’s Office is reporting of a shooting in the 10300 block of 28th Ave SW in White Center Monday night, Oct. 27.

The victim was shot while sitting in a vehicle with three other males, police said. They were smoking marijuana parked in a parking lot when the suspect approached and displayed a handgun, demanding their possessions.

Police add that the male shooter fled on foot, and that the K9 unit could not track him.

The male victim has non life-threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital.

A detective will be processing the victim’s car for any potential evidence.

Here are some relevant Tweets about this incident:

[EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The White Center Blog nor its staff:]

This country was founded by declaring, in part, that we in America have an inalienable right to “Life, Liberty, and a pursuit of Happiness”. I can think of no better way to accomplish this goal than to educate our children in every way possible and give them every opportunity to reach that All-American dream.

I live in the South of Burien and my children attend Des Moines schools (North Hill and Mount Rainier). With previous bonds we’ve replaced the old North Hill and Mount Rainier schools and my kids have benefited. While my oldest attended Pacific, my youngest may attend a brand new middle school in the Manhattan neighborhood. As a parent, I can tell you I would rather have my kids attend these newer, modern, schools instead of a 91-year old school like Highline high school.

I have walked the halls of the old North Hill and Mount Rainier and can tell you the marked difference in old versus new. Everyone who has seen the old versus new would agree that the learning environment and potential it gives to our kids is night and day. I want to say the same thing for Highline High school. With a new Highline we will give our kids those same opportunities to succeed. More than that, we tell our kids that they are worth this investment. And, in today’s economy, the investment will go farther since costs are lower.

With this bond we will give more of our kids every opportunity to learn and succeed in a more supportive environment.

I also want to be upfront with you… all of those signs you are seeing about that “60%” increase are a complete lie wrapped in a shred of truth. Those who oppose this bond are counting on your fear and are willing to do whatever they can to get you to vote their way. They will attack me in short order about $1.12 being 60% of the current rate and they are correct. However, with every chance they get the water is muddied. They push this 60% increase and IMPLY it’s your total tax bill that is going up by that much. To be 100% clear that is NOT TRUE. Those signs you see everywhere are counting on your fear to steal your vote.

Don’t let fear scare you away from facts and the truth. I urge you to attend a public meeting to get your questions answered at the Burien Press TONIGHT (9/27/2014) 423 SW 152nd st, Burien Wa.

I am being 100% up-front with you when I say this bond is worth your yes vote. The only thing I stand to gain is a better learning environment for my kids and yours. The only thing we all stand to gain is giving our kids every opportunity available to us.

I ask that you to vote YES this November for Building new Schools and I ask that you vote YES for your kids and mine.

– Joey Martinez (Burien)

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by Chris Scragg
Puget Sound Weather Geek

UPDATE 10/25/14 12:45pm: The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning for winds gusting up to 60mph.

Get ready Readers, the final weather predictions are in – the storm system that forecasters have been watching for the last few days looks like it will smack into southern Washington as a moderately strong central low pressure this evening.

High winds of 25-30mph sustained with gusts of 35-60mph are expected across parts of the Puget Sound region starting from around 5pm this afternoon and lasting until around midnight. The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning for the coast, and Puget Sound interior including Seattle, Bremerton, Bellevue, Tacoma and Olympia. Gale Warnings have also been issued for most of the Puget Sound, the Straits of Juan de Fuca, and coastal waters.

Oregon is already getting smashed this morning; with some weather stations along the coast reading 73mph! That’s nearly hurricane force! Most of Oregon is going to receive the brunt of the winds in this system. There are High Wind Warnings issued for a large portion of Western Oregon.

Localized power outages are possible with this system as many trees still have leaves on them, making them larger targets for falling branches. This will also be a wet system. The Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges could see 2-4 inches within the next 24 hours.

Make sure you have your batteries and supplies this evening, and enjoy the stormy weather! The PSWxG Live Stream will be running in storm mode all day today and into the night. I’ll be updating with the newest weather models, and information.

Here’s a chat room if you want to chat about this evening’s storm!

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A Staff/Alumni Fundraiser Basketball Game between Tyee vs. Evergreen is set for Friday, Nov. 14.

“It will be a fun night filled with alumni and current staff members from each school competing in an annual cross-town rivalry game,” reads an announcement. “Come out and show your school spirit and cheer on your team.”

ADMISSION:

  • Student with ASB: $2
  • Children 5-12: $2
  • Adult: $4
  • Senior 62+: $2
  • Pre-School: FREE

The game will be played in the main gym at Evergreen, located at 830 S. 116th Street.

WCB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Sunday, Oct. 26 – is a completely updated large 5 bedroom in Gregory Heights!

It’s got hardwood floors on the main level and new carpeting on the lower level.

The kitchen and baths have been elegantly remodeled and all rooms newly painted.

Spacious rec room opens out to the serene fenced back yard.

Bonus room available for crafts, projects, gear… whatever you need.

Close to Gregory Heights community pool.

This home is move in ready, the work has all been done!

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, Oct. 26, from 1:30 – 4 :30 p.m.

WHERE: 1938 SW 166th Street, Burien, WA 98166

INFO:

  • List Price: $425,000
  • MLS Number: 700749
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 1.75
  • Year Built: 1955
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,060
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,920

Site Features:

  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Fenced-Partially
  • Gas Available
  • Outbuildings

Marketing remarks:

Completely updated large 5 bedroom in Gregory Heights!

Hardwood floors on the main level, new carpeting on the lower level.

Kitchen and baths have been elegantly remodeled and all rooms newly painted. Spacious rec room opens out to the serene fenced back yard.

Bonus room available for crafts, projects, gear… whatever you need.

Close to Gregory Heights community pool.

This home is move in ready, the work has all been done!

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

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

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This year’s White Center ‘Trick or Treat’ event will run from 4 – 7 p.m. on Halloween night – Friday, Oct. 31 – with a pumpkin carving contest at Triangle Park and much more throughout the area.

Here’s more from an email:

all over…there all over…trick or treaters are all over white center..halloween night from 4-7. pumpkin carving contest at the triangle park. Pick up your free pumpkin starting Tuesday October 28 at Meat the Live Butcher 9432 16th ave sw (while supplies last). Drop your pumpkin off between 4-7 halloween night. Judging and prizes at 7:30.

This is a all community event.Sponsored by – put on by – no one in particular. We have enough candy for all the businesses in White Center. We’ll be around with this flyer in hand.. All you need to do is agree to be a stop for the trick or treaters.We’ll provide a bowl of candy.

So Far these are the stops for the little boyz and ghoulz:

  • Triangle
  • Meat the live Butcher
  • Big Al’s
  • Proletariat
  • Rat City Records
  • Zippy’s Giant Burgers
  • Fantastic Sams
  • International Halal
  • Decoraciones Ely
  • Uncle Mikes
  • Better Life
  • Herban Legends
  • Fashion Corner Store
  • Smoke Town
  • Samway Market

Police on Thursday (Oct. 23) discovered a body in a wooded area behind some homes in the 10700 block of 6th Ave South in nearby Top Hat, and are investigating a suspected homicide.

Detectives were looking into a possible missing person case when they found the body, police said.

The victim’s identity and gender are unknown at this time.

Here are some relevant Tweets:

It’s not everyday that the defending Super Bowl champs Seattle Seahawks visit your school – including Russell Wilson and Doug Baldwin – but that’s what happened Tuesday, Oct. 21 at Cascade Middle School in White Center.

Students heard what middle school was like for the players, asked questions, and participated in Play60 games during break.

Volunteers from United Way also renovated the school’s student center.

Cascade Middle School is located at 11212 10th Ave SW.

Go Hawks!

Here are photos from the day courtesy Highline Public Schools (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

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The Annual King County Parks Family Halloween Carnival is coming up this Saturday, Oct. 25 from 2-5 p.m. at the White Center Community Center, located in Steve Cox Memorial Park (1321 SW 102nd 98146.) 

Doors open at 2pm and admission is FREE.

“For nearly twenty years, White Center teens and King County Parks have organized a carnival for their local community, and this year’s event  aims to be another crowd pleaser,” reads an announcement.

The woodland themed family event hosts thirty different animal related crafts and games for local children ages 10 and under.

Tickets for each activity are sold for .25 each.

In addition to the games, the carnival also features a costume parade and a free performance by Juggler Alex Zerbe at 3:30 p.m.

This year’s carnival is once again sponsored by the Teens and Staff of the White Center Teen Program.  The WCTP offers free recreational, educational and social enrichment programming to over 900 culturally diverse participants ages 12-19 each year. The program operates five days a week, forty-eight weeks a year and provides structured recreational classes and programs, homework assistance, educational and computer resources, leadership training, volunteer opportunities, special events, field trips, and drop-in activities.  The Annual Halloween Carnival is traditionally one of the teens favorite volunteer events.  Program staff estimate nearly fifty teens will volunteer.

For additional Information, please contact Darlene Sellers, Recreation Coordinator at 206.296.2952