Seven different not-for-profit organizations specializing in small business advising and lending are coming together for a community meet & greet open to all on Monday, March 6.

Starting or growing a business, business plan feedback and advice, licensing, loans, financial projections, marketing and social media plans…bounce your ideas off of someone who has heard it all!

Whether you already own a small business, would like to start one, or are just curious about what these King County-based groups have to offer, show up to learn about their wealth of resources!

  • Business Impact NW
  • Mercy Corps
  • Greater Seattle SCORE
  • Craft 3
  • Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship
  • StartZone at Highline
  • Small Business Development Center at Highline

This event will be held from 8 a.m. – Noon at White Center Square, located at 9988 15th Ave SW, Suite E.

Reading Partners is seeking Volunteers to help read to local children:

If you want to be a part of a phenomenal team, gain new skills, and change your life, consider Reading Partners AmeriCorps in Seattle. Together, we can make a difference!

Reading Partners is located in the Central District, West Seattle and South Seattle. Their South Seattle location is Beverly Park Elementary, which just happens to have the highest need.

At Reading Partners, we envision a future where all children in the US have the reading skills necessary to reach their full potential. Our mission is to help children become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction with measurable results — and we can’t do this without our stellar AmeriCorps members!

AmeriCorps offers an amazing chance to give back, and as an AmeriCorps member you’ll receive benefits, a great place to serve, professional development opportunities, and a chance to springboard your career. AmeriCorps members are ambassadors for service, demonstrate a passion for education, and strongly believe in our vision and values.

We’re seeking individuals to join our AmeriCorps team this fall, in programming and community engagement. Feel free to email us directly at [email protected] with any questions – we look forward to hearing from you!

Teachers and Staff at Southern Heights Elementary School – located at 11249 14th Ave S. in White Center – greeted students Wednesday morning, Feb. 22, with a “strong message” welcoming them, telling them “You are safe, valued and accepted”:

This was part of an ongoing campaign that Highline Public Schools has been putting on at its schools, to show students that:

“Highline is committed to ensuring that our students feel safe, welcomed and respected at school. This means we will continue to intervene when we see or hear offensive, bigoted words and actions,” according to Superintendent Susan Enfield.

“I was in tears after teaching my class at Southern Heights elementary school in White Center,” Toyia Taylor said on Facebook. “As I left I saw teachers and administrators welcoming immigrant families back to school. The goal was to let families know the school stands with them 100% through these difficult times.”

From Advertiser W. Tracy Codd:

Crosswalks and intersections can be dangerous places for both drivers and pedestrians. Both drivers and pedestrians can engage in behaviors that cause serious collisions that can lead to catastrophic, life changing injuries and sometimes death.

The National HighwayTraffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) tracks accidents for all fifty states, including the State of Washington. Traffic fatalities were up sharply in 2015 (2016 data is not available at this time.) See: https://www.nhtsa.gov/press-releases/traffic-fatalities-sharply-2015.

Below is a table provided by NHTSA for 2015:

Washington Fatalities by Crash Type

Crash Type 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Total Fatalities (All Crashes)* 454 438 436 462 568
– (1) Single Vehicle 291 260 261 276 317
– (2) Involving a Large Truck 33 45 40 36 42
– (3) Involving Speeding 169 162 184 162 156
– (4) Involving a Rollover 109 75 103 105 114
– (5) Involving a Roadway Departure 284 274 272 279 329
– (6) Involving an Intersection (or Intersection Related) 99 84 107 130 152

As you can see, fatalities involving an intersection or intersection related accidents lead to 152 fatalities in our state in 2015. Unfortunately, as more vehicles enter our roadways, the trend is increasing upward. Additional accident-related statistics can be found at https://one.nhtsa.gov/Research.

While driving in the area of a marked or unmarked crosswalk:

Drivers must always:

  • exercise due care to avoid a collision with a pedestrian at all times.
  • yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, whether at a marked or unmarked intersection.
  • stop or slow down before passing another vehicle stopped in a travel lane until the driver has determined whether that vehicle has stopped for a pedestrian.
  • in the presence of a school crossing guard, wait for all persons including the guard to completely clear the road before proceeding.
  • Never pass another vehicle that is stopped at a crosswalk.

Pedestrians in the area of a marked or unmarked crosswalk:

Pedestrians must always:

  • use the sidewalk and the nearest crosswalk, pedestrian bridge or tunnel when possible.
  • obey official traffic control devices.
  • walk on the left side of the street facing traffic if no sidewalk is available.
  • not cross an intersection diagonally unless the intersection is specifically designed for this. (There are not many of these in the Seattle area, the West Seattle Junction at Alaska Avenue SW is a rare example)

Relevant laws in Washington can be found in RCW 46.61.235 – Washington State Crosswalk & Pedestrian Laws.

RCW 46.61.235 reads as follows:

(1) The operator of an approaching vehicle shall stop and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian or bicycle to cross the roadway within an unmarked or marked crosswalk when the pedestrian or bicycle is upon or within one lane of the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling or onto which it is turning. For purposes of this section “half of the roadway” means all traffic lanes carrying traffic in one direction of travel, and includes the entire width of a one-way roadway.

(2) No pedestrian or bicycle shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk, run, or otherwise move into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to stop.

(3) Subsection (1) of this section does not apply under the conditions stated in RCW 46.61.240(2).

(4) Whenever any vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk or at any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to permit a pedestrian or bicycle to cross the roadway, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass such stopped vehicle.

When someone is injured in a vehicle-pedestrian accident, whether it be in Burien, Normandy Park, White Center or greater Seattle, what needs to happen next?

In an injury accident setting, it is crucial to first receive appropriate medical treatment.

As soon as possible after the accident, an injured person should contact their insurance company to find out how medical treatment is covered under their insurance policy. Most auto insurance policies do not cover injuries incurred while a pedestrian. Most auto insurance policies do cover injuries caused to a pedestrian.

Most homeowner’s policies do not cover injuries incurred while a pedestrian on a public roadway nor do they cover injuries caused to a pedestrian.

Finally, health insurance coverage provided through employment or provided through other means normally covers injuries suffered as a pedestrian, however certain duties of reimbursement, known as “right of subrogation” exist between the injured pedestrian and the health insurance provider. Health insurance coverage will not cover injuries caused to a pedestrian.

Pedestrian accidents can be extremely devastating to both the accident victim and the at-fault driver, in part because the likelihood of serious injuries to pedestrians is extremely high. A person in a crosswalk is essentially defenseless against a multi-ton motor vehicle and these types of accidents often happen without any warning to the pedestrian.

When a crash is serious and a death or serious bodily injury occurs as a result of injuries sustained as a pedestrian in a crosswalk or, for that matter other areas of the public roadways, the next step is to find an experienced personal injury attorney to start the financial recovery process by launching an insurance claim. Major injury or wrongful death claims are complicated and difficult to manage. Having an injury lawyer on board is a great relief to injured parties, or to the family left behind when an accident proves fatal.

Consult an experienced Washington car accident attorney, who will be able to guide you efficiently through what can be an extremely complex legal process.

Burien Attorney W. Tracy Codd has been representing persons involved in serious auto accidents since 1987.

Call for a free consultation.

Phone: 206-248-6152

Website: www.tracycodd.com

Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate has provided a video update on recent real estate market activity in our area.

In less than a minute, you’ll get a clear and accurate update on real estate activity and price trends in our region.

Berkshire’s Housing Report videos feature current and historical local MLS data to give you a true market snapshot.

Click below to view this short video:

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Call Callie Lagasca for more details about your local market:

Callie Lagasca
Real Estate Broker
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
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The annual “big check presentation” for Burien’s annual Empty Bowls fundraiser took place at Dan Thai Restaurant – which won this year for Best Soup – on Thursday afternoon, Feb. 16.

This year’s record-setting fundraiser netted $21,000, to be split evenly between the White Center and Highline Area Food Banks.

A record number – 1,164 people – attended this year’s event, which was held at the Burien Community Center on Jan. 27.

“Thanks to everyone who came out and enjoyed the Empty Bowls Event this year, the White Center Food Bank and Highline Area Food Bank reaped the rewards of hard work and dedication for a good cause,” Organizers said.

A large mudslide has closed Highland Park Way SW between SW Holden Street and W. Marginal Way Wednesday morning, Feb. 15.

Several trees have been reported over the roadway, and power was also lost in the area.

Heavy rains obviously loaded the hillside, which slid into the road.

Drivers are advised to take alternate routes until the landslide can be cleaned up.

Also, Metro Route 131 is currently rerouted off Highland Park Way SW, due to the blockage. Riders are advised to use the stops on 8th Ave SW south of SW Roxbury Street, or on 4th Ave S. north of S. Michigan Street until further notice.

JOB: Bishops Barbershop is looking for upbeat, talented stylists to join their team:

Our shops are loud, fun, fast-paced and provide our customers with top-notch cutting and coloring services and professionalism.

If you have bad ass style, a desire to move up with a growing company, fantastic customer service, superior cutting and coloring skills, and love people send your resume our way! Stylists are paid service and retail commission with an opportunity for sales bonuses and we have a high volume of client traffic. We offer health care, free education, insanely awesome company parties and just good old fashion fun.

Locations in West Seattle, Downtown Seattle and Capitol Hill. Applicants must be fully licensed cosmetologists. We are always accepting resumes from great people!

Visit Bishopsbs.com for more information or email us at [email protected].

Bishops Barbershop is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, the presence of mental, physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or provincial law.

Here’s a video:

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Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest – with offices in Olde Burien – is looking to hire!

To find out if a career in real estate is right for you, contact Branch Manager/Realtor Tay Krull at (206) 244-6400 for an interview today.

Who knows? Maybe you’ll end up as a superstar Agent on the blog!

Three Easy Steps To Get Started
3 Easy Steps to Get Your Real Estate License and Start Your New Career 

Get Your Real Estate License:

Step 1 Choose a Real Estate School
Go online and sign up for a pre-license class

Step 2 Study for 90-Clock Hours
Take your final exam and receive your Certificate of Completion

Step 3 Set up an exam appointment with State of Washington
Visit www.goamp.com/candidateinformation.aspx
           Take and pass your real estate license exam

Start Your New Career

Step 1 Call Our Branch and tell us you passed the exam

Step 2 Meet with us to activate your real estate license

Step 3 Complete a Business Plan & get started on the Road to Success!

The small schools on the Evergreen Campus are unifying as a single school under the leadership of one principal, and the public is invited to a ‘Principal Candidate Forum’ on Wednesday, Feb. 15 to meet the two finalists.

At the forum, attendees will have an opportunity to ask the finalists questions and provide the district feedback.

Vietnamese and Spanish interpreters will be available at the meeting.

Learn more about the reunification process at highlineschools.org/highschools.

WHAT: Principal Candidate Forum

WHEN: Wednesday, February 15, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Evergreen Campus Cafeteria, 830 SW 116th Street, White Center.

The first big fundraiser for the new White Center Fraternal Order of Eagles club will be a Crab Feed on Saturday, March 4, from 5 – 9 p.m. at their location at 10452 15th Ave SW.

Music by Island Soul.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

For tickets, please contact Patricia Thompson at (206) 349-8106 [email protected].