WCB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Sunday, Sept. 6 – is a high-end upper Three Tree Point home with sweeping views!

Enjoy amazing Puget Sound and mountain views from this updated home.

Upper and lower decks are ideal for enjoying breath-taking sunsets and July 4th fireworks.

Beautiful Northwest-inspired interior with dream kitchen, vaulted ceilings and skylights.

Downstairs has second kitchen/bar, second master and utility room – a perfect Mother-in-law or second living area.

This is a high-end home with hardwoods, incredible woodwork and air conditioning.

Lower level room is ideal for office/studio and 2 storage rooms. Must see!

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. 6: 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 16823 33rd Ave SW Burien, WA 98166 (MAP)


  • List Price: $995,000
  • MLS Number: 796892
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Year Built: 1973
  • House Square Footage: 4,040
  • Lot Square Footage: 15,411

Site Features:

  • 2nd Kitchen
  • Wet Bar
  • 2nd Master BR
  • Wine Cellar
  • Bath Off Master
  • Ceiling Fan(s)
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • French Doors
  • Skylights
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

Marketing remarks:

Sweeping Puget Sound, Olympic Mountains and Sylvan Views from this Upper Three Tree Point updated home.

Upper & lower decks are ideal for enjoying the breath-taking sunsets & July 4th fireworks.

Beautiful Northwest inspired interior w/dream kitchen,vaulted ceilings & skylights.

Downstairs has second kitchen/bar, second master & utility room. Perfect MIL or second living area.

High end home w/hardwoods, incredible woodwork & ac.

Lower level room is ideal for office/studio & 2 storage rooms.

Must see!

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.


What rhymes with “plate“?

Why, “Fete” of course!

That is if you’re in England and talking about any of the thousands of charming “Village Fetes” that occur all over the countryside or even some cities. Festive village fetes are fairs complete with their own style of carnival games like Splat the Rat, Smash the Crockery, Wet Sponge Throwing and more. Other staples of these annual events include live music, cake stalls, car shows, raffles and of course beer, tea and lots of traditional English foods.

Now for the second year in the row this tradition has crossed the pond and landed in historic old Renton, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, and coming Saturday, Sept. 12, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.!

And the Weather Gods are calling for a 0% chance of rain, sunny skies and a high of 79 degrees!:

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Drawing on their Anglican roots, St. Luke’s 2nd annual English Fete will offer sales of traditional English foods such as Banger’s & Mash, Shepherd’s Pie and Ploughman’s Lunch, along with English beers and sweets, classic English carnival games, live music by Celtic Check! and fun for all ages.

New this year is a High Tea in the Garden. A select lucky few will enjoy finger sandwiches, sweets and tea, served in St. Luke’s brimming vegetable and flower garden. Complete with an audience with the “queen”! Reserve early to snag one of the few seats available for the two seatings. For more information or to reserve please contact info@stlukesrenton.org.

A bouncy castle and face painting round out the many family friendly activities which kids will enjoy. While adults might like to quaff a beer or cider in the pub.

All proceeds benefit the operation of St. Luke’s and their many community ministries including, ARISE, an interfaith traveling homeless shelter for men, St. Luke’s Community Garden whose bounty is shared with Renton’s needy, and warm-up breakfasts on various weekday mornings.

Admission is free and open to all (Please contact info@stlukesrenton.org for special accommodations or information).

Pip! Pip! Cheerio! let’s all go to the Fete!

St.Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 99 Wells Ave South in historic downtown Renton; phone: (425) 255-3323.

Here are some photos from last year’s Fete:







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Seattle City Light is reporting that a power outage is over 250 homes and businesses in central White Center on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 2.

The outage started at 2:46 p.m., and the cause is still being investigated.

Boundaries are SW 102nd on the south, SW Roxbury to the north, 17th Ave SW to the west and 11/12th Ave SW to the east:

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City Light says that crews have been dispatched, and the expected time of restoration will be at 5:48 p.m.


The White Center Community Development Association’s annual Fundraising Dinner will be held on Friday, Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. at South Seattle College.

Organizers are promising “an evening of fun, food and celebrating the great work of the CDA.”

Tickets are $75, and are available here:


To register and pay for tickets later (such as on-site or via phone): http://tinyurl.com/WCCDADinner2015

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The Highline Schools Foundation announced more grants this year to Highline Public School teachers, including $10,000 to one school or program through their Impact Grant, funded in part by Alaska Airlines.

They continue to support classroom innovation in the district, and provide teachers resources they need to help our students be successful through the annual Excel Grant program; and they recently partnered with Highline’s Department of Technology Services (DoTS) to offer Technology Grants specifically designed for all K-12 Highline Public School teachers.

The Impact Grant for $10,000 was created as a way to make a meaningful difference in a specific program in Highline Public Schools. The 2014 Impact Grant winner was “Making an Impact: Building Bright Futures for Young Women in Computer Science” submitted by Highline’s Career Access Department. This grant provided funds to help increase the number of high school females in computer science classes, to spark their interest in technology related careers, and to help them graduate prepared for a future in the computer science field.

“Students need and deserve to know about high wage/high demand careers they can begin preparing for but likely won’t without early awareness and encouragement. The average salary for a computer programmer is $95,000 and employers in our region can’t hire fast enough,” said Julie Burr, Highline’s Career Access Manager.

With funding from the Highline Schools Foundation, 126 young women, underrepresented in the field, came from all middle and high schools in the district to participate in a fun “Hackathon” where they heard from inspirational professionals and learned how to code.

Excel Grants became a staple program of the Foundation in February 2002. In 2014, the Foundation awarded $76,206 to 89 classroom grants throughout all schools in Highline Public Schools. Teachers are encouraged to submit grants each year, for a maximum amount of $1,000 each.

New in 2015 and in support of the District’s Strategic Plan where every student in the class of 2026 will graduate tech-savvy and tech-literate, and in support of all academic goals, the Department of Technology Services the Department of Technology Services (DoTS) is offering Technology Grants. Technology grants are open to all K-12 HPS teachers for projects which advance student achievement through the use of technology. The goals of this new grant are: to encourage excellence and innovation in teaching; to fund the use of technology in innovative or additional programs that might not otherwise be possible within the current district budget priorities; and to expand upon current curriculum with innovative teaching strategies.

Grant application deadlines:

  • Technology Grants 10/08/15
  • Impact Grant 10/18/15
  • Excel Grants 11/05/15

All grant applications are available on the Highline Schools Foundation website: www.highlineschoolsfoundation.org.

Reader Michelle Carroll wants everyone to be on the lookout for her lost Chihuahua ‘Lois,’ last seen near 15th Ave SW and Roxbury:


“I just moved to the neighborhood and our dog got out last night,” she said. “She is microchipped with our old address in Ballard. Her name is Lois and she is very shy and nervous.”

Michelle adds that Lois will not likely come to you, so if you see her, please call 206-883-7877.

The next North Highline Unincorporated Council meeting will be this Thursday night, Sept. 3, starting at 7 p.m. at the North Highline Fire Station, located at 1243 SW 112th Street.

On the agenda is news that King County Sheriff’s Office has announced a new storefront Deputy – Bill Kennamer – who will replace Julian Chivington. Kennamer is very familiar with the White Center community, having served as a Metro Transit Deputy for a number of years. Both Deputy Chivington and Kennamer will be at the meeting to provide crime stats as well as information and answer questions regarding general community safety concerns.

Here’s what else to expect (see the full agenda at: northhighlineuac.org):

Cass Turnbull, founder of Plant Amnesty, will be providing information on her efforts to preserve 32 acres of city of Seattle surplus land on Myers Way South (located between White Center and Highland Park – adjacent and south of the Joint Fire Training Facility, and Arrowhead Gardens senior housing). Seattle’s intention is to sell the land for commercial development. The area is steep, with wooded slopes, wetlands and a meadow that could very well be preserved as “Discovery Park South”.

We will also be addressing the issues that seem to continually arise at the White Center Bog/Pond. John Taylor and Ken Gresset from the King County Water and Land Resources Division would like to hear from the community on how this area can be best utilized for community enjoyment.

WHEN: Thursday, Sept 3 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: North Highline Fire Station: 1243 SW 112th Street.

QUESTIONS? Contact bdobkin@northhighlineuac.org

“Spread the Word – School Starts September 3rd!” (and Kindergartners start on September 9).

The first day of school for Highline Public Schools will be Thursday, Sept. 3, for all students except Kindergartners who start on Sept. 9.

Highline Public Schools is among several area school districts starting school before Labor Day this year.

“Every day is important for student learning,” Superintendent Susan Enfield said.

Dr. Enfield is urging local residents to share the message, spread the word – school starts Sept. 3.

Families are encouraged to download Highline’s mobile app and visit the district’s special webpage at www.highlineschools.org/welcomeback for the latest back-to-school information.

Also…courtesy the district, here are the Top 8 Things to Do Before School Starts:

  1. Find a Bus Route – Find your child’s bus route before the first day of school by using our online tool. Search for nearby bus stops by entering your home address.
  2. Update Your Emergency Contact Info – Make sure we have your current phone number and email address so we can reach you quickly during an emergency and keep you up-to-date about what is happening at school. Update your contact information with your school office.
  3. Review Our Emergency DOs & DON’Ts – It’s important to be prepared for an emergency. Student safety is our number one priority. Our schools have safety plans in place to handle natural disasters, security issues, and other emergency situations, in coordination with local law enforcement and first responders. Help us keep your child safe by following these Emergency DOs & DON’Ts.
  4. Download Our Mobile App – The easiest way to stay on top of the latest news, calendar events, and emergency information about your child’s school is to download our free Highline mobile app. You can even access your child’s grades and attendance on your smartphone. Learn more.
  5. Register for Free & Reduced-Priced Meals – Apply online today for free and reduced-priced meals for the school year. All families must reapply each year. The online application only takes a few minutes and is the fastest, easiest way to get approved.
  6. Follow Us on Social Media – Get social with us by liking us on Facebook, and following us on Twitter and Instagram. We share the best photos and news from our schools on social media. Use the hashtag #WeAreHighline to share your own school photos.
  7. Review the Rights & Responsibilities Handbook – An online version of our student Rights and Responsibilities can be found here. Be on the lookout for a printed copy sent home with students at the beginning of the year. Please note the change in the photo-opt out process.
  8. Pick Up a School Supply List – School supply lists can be found online on each school’s website. You can find a directory of school websites here.

View a printable checklist here.


The King County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that a citizen’s arrest Friday morning in White Center landed ‘most wanted’ fugitive rapist Demarcus Linwood in jail.

Police say that Linwood, 24, is a ‘Level 3’ sex offender, which is considered the worst.

Linwood apparently failed to register as a Sex Offender, and was granted permission to attend a funeral – but he disappeared instead.

He’s already been convicted of raping two girls. Police allege that Linwood befriends teen girls on the bus or around town, gains their trust, then beats and rapes them.

Linwood faces 43 months in jail for failing to register as a sex offender, as well as another 43 months for his previous charge.

WCB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for both Saturday, Aug. 29 and Sunday, Aug. 30 – is a well-kept Blakely Manor rambler!

This home is in move-in condition, and could be just what you’ve been looking for:

3 bedroom, 2 bath home with extra large family room, complete with gas fireplace.

It features wonderful hardwood floors and a spacious kitchen with stainless appliances.

Home has two driveways – one leading to the attached 1-car garage and the second driveway leading to the attached carport.

Level, flat corner lot with garden space and shed.Easy access to everything and easy commute to downtown.

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















Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 29: 1 – 3:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 30: 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 315 S. 168th Street, Burien, WA 98148 (MAP)


  • List Price: $350,000
  • MLS Number: 839949
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1.5
  • Year Built: 1985
  • House Square Footage: 1,470
  • Lot Square Footage: 7,405

Site Features:

  • Ceiling Fan(s)
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Security System
  • Fenced-Fully
  • Fenced-Partially
  • Outbuildings
  • Patio
  • RV Parking

Marketing remarks:

Well kept Blakely Manor rambler is in move-in ready condition! Just what you’ve been looking for!

3 bedroom, 2 bath home with extra large family room complete with gas fireplace.

Home features wonderful hardwood floors and spacious kitchen with stainless appliances.

Home has two driveways – one leading to the attached 1 car garage and the second driveway leading to the attached carport.

Level, flat corner lot with garden space and shed.

Easy access to everything and easy commute to downtown.

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.

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This year, the Rotary Club of Des Moines & Normandy Park will be supporting families impacted by forest fires in Washington with ticket sales for this Saturday’s Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Festival.

Five dollars from every ticket sold between now and Saturday will be donated to the victims of Washington wildfires.


Event organizer Brian Snure said Rotarians usually hope for sun on the festival weekend each year, but when rain appeared in the forecast, it was a welcome sign.

“We’ve all been watching the devastating fires, and we can’t be upset about rain since it is so sorely needed right now in Washington,” Snure said. “We are pleased to be able to make this donation and are confident that many people will come out to attend Blues & Brews in the rain! Folks 21 and older are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, umbrellas and their best pair of beer-drinking shoes.”

The festival will go on – RAIN OR SHINE – this Saturday, Aug. 29 from Noon to 8:00 p.m. at Des Moines Beach Park!

The event will also raise funds for Highline Music4Life, a program that provides musical instruments to children in Highline Public Schools who otherwise couldn’t afford them.

Four world-renowned Seattle-area blues acts will take the stage:

Nineteen local breweries will have craft beer on tap. Hard cider and wine will also be featured. Barbequed tri-tip and other beer-friendly foods will be available for purchase.

Last year’s event saw record breaking attendance, with over 1,600 people from across the Northwest and Canada coming to enjoy world-class blues and dozens of tasty craft brews.

Des Moines Beach Park is located at 22030 Cliff Ave S. in Des Moines (map below):

You can find more information at www.DrinkToMusic.org.