WCB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Saturday – 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: Saturday, Jan. 31: Noon – 3 p.m.

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

INFO:

  • List Price: $419,999
  • 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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REMINDER: This Friday, Jan. 30, the Empty Bowls fundraiser will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary with both a Lunch and Dinner planned.

Moshier potters have teamed up with Discover Burien and Burien Parks and Recreation to host Empty Bowls 2015. Empty Bowls events can be found around the country raising money to combat hunger in our communities. Potters have donated bowls to be filled with soup at this fun event…all are invited!

The cost is a $15 minimum donation for adults, $10 minimum donation for children, and all proceeds will benefit the Highline & White Center Food Banks!

Your donation will get you the opportunity to pick out a beautiful handmade bowl, as well as a simple but wonderful meal of soup, bread, drink and dessert donated by area businesses. Proceeds will go to the Highline Food Bank and White Center Food Bank.

To celebrate the 10 year anniversary, organizers will have new elements this year: a raffle/auction of beautiful handmade serving bowls, gift baskets and more; wine sampling from 4-5pm, and wine for purchase from 4-8pm!

WHEN: Friday, January 30, 2015

  • LUNCH: 11 a.m. – 2p.m.
  • DINNER: 4 – 8 p.m.

WHERE: Burien Community Center, located at 14700 6th Avenue SW in Burien.

INFO: Call (206) 988-3700 or visit http://www.burienwa.gov/index.aspx?NID=840

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Students at Beverly Park Elementary School in Boulevard Park showed off their Seahawks pride on Tuesday (Jan. 27), by making a huge 12th Man flag!

The 17 x 24-foot flag was mounted to the school’s roof, in the hopes that fans flying out of nearby Sea-Tac Airport on their way to Arizona will spot the flag from the air.

Here’s a video of the kids:

Beverly Park is located at 1201 South 104th Street.

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Burien’s St. Bernadette Parish School will be holding two Open Houses this Wednesday, Jan. 28, in the morning from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. and in the evening from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at their campus at 1028 SW 128th Street (206-244-4934).

Here’s more info:

Today’s Learners, Tomorrow’s Leaders

“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mat 22:39)

Are you looking for a local school that can help instill values in your child?

The Mission of St. Bernadette Parish School – located in Burien – is to teach Christian values in a Catholic-centered environment, to foster academic excellence, and to develop compassionate individuals.

The St. Bernadette school philosophy includes acknowledging that parents are the primary educators and aims to do the following:

  • Inspire students to embrace an ongoing relationship with God.
  • Foster a spirit of lifelong learning and promote each student’s unique talents through a comprehensive curriculum.
  • Provide an environment that encourages self-confidence, self-respect, and respect for all life.
  • Build a community based on sharing the virtues of faith, hope, love, and service.
  • Develop individuals empowered with Christian values who strive for peace and social justice throughout the world.

St. Bernadette’s is a vibrant school of over 230 students in Pre-K-8th grade. The faculty includes one certified teacher per grade level, one kindergarten aide and a Title 1 teacher. Within the 2014 school year St. Bernadette has added Spanish education for our Middle School students and 800 Smart Boards – We are truly preparing our students with 2015 technology!
In addition to core academic classes, the school offers physical education, music and library. Before and after school activities include: drama, choir, math club, art, green team, and CYO sports. We also have an Extended Day Program that provides before and after school childcare and enrichment at affordable rates.

St. Bernadette Parish School is a multicultural school with many traditions, celebrations, and activities. It continues to be characterized by extraordinarily supportive parents and enthusiastic students. The school provides an excellent education in a spiritual setting with a strong sense of Catholic identity permeating every brick of the institution.

Please join us at our January Open House:

  • Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

School tours every 1st Friday of the month through June 2015 by appointment.

Please call our Administration Office @ 206.244.4934 or by email: admin@stbernadettesea.org

[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:]


Rats, Feces and Mold, oh my!

If the Evergreen High School Campus was a restaurant instead of a school, health inspectors would have shut it down long ago.

However, less stringent health standards seem to apply for school kids.  Rats scurry around nighttime Evergreen halls and classrooms scarfing up crumbs.  Vermin droppings on floors and desks greet students many mornings in a school year.  The same furniture kids sit on, rest their hands on and maybe even support their heads.

The Evergreen Campus was built in 1959 and the Tyee Campus in 1962 during the Highline area’s period of rapid expansion.  Both schools were built with 30-year life spans to accommodate the great influx of students, and then new, more permanent high schools would be built at a later date.  The Highline School District has never wanted to invest major funds into the temporary schools other than to patch the facilities, never really resolving ongoing problems.

Fifty-six years later, annual winter rains fell, and water sat on flattish Evergreen roofs.  Iron pipes corroded, heating systems aged, ventilation fans quit, water snuck inside, and mold has flourished.  The school district has known for decades that mold at Evergreen has been a health problem and has sickened staff and students, a major reason an Evergreen rebuild has been in multiple bond conversations.

How can Evergreen students learn effectively when their immune systems battle all day while inhaling toxic air?  There are cases of Evergreen staff members who have had to take medical leave or were so sickened they had to quit because of poor environmental conditions.

At the Highline Schools Town Hall Meeting at Highline High School last Thursday, Superintendent Susan Enfield said, “We can’t create a bond to address all of our needs.”  Maybe, but surely we can address more of our needs.  Compare Highline’s schools building bond estimates with new school building costs in neighboring school districts:

  1. Highline High School is budgeted for $159 million
    Federal Way High School for 1,600 students is being built for $100 million
    Bellevue High School (with a performing arts center) completed in 2012 for $86 million
  2. New Highline middle schools budgeted for an average of $80 million each
    Mercer Island Middle School is being built for $49 million
    Chinook Middle School (Bellevue) being built for $57 million
    Odle Middle School (Bellevue) completed in 2014 in Bellevue (with geothermal heating and cooling, and solar panels) for $66 million
  3. Highline elementary school at Zenith budgeted for $51 million (no tear-down costs)
    Mercer Island Elementary being built $42 million
    Arbor Heights Elementary (Seattle) being built $42 million

Highline Schools Bond building cost estimates will be between $100-130 million more than school building costs in neighboring districts!

Yes, Highline High School has a historic brick wall, but preserving it cannot possibly cost taxpayers an additional $50 million.  The high school already has a performance arts center and a football stadium, so those expenses would not be calculated into new building estimates.  Why so much to build Highline schools?

Dr. Enfield said at the Town Hall Meeting that Evergreen is to receive $12.5 million if the bond passes to renovate bathrooms and update science labs.  However, two of Evergreen’s small schools have no science lab classrooms to renovate, and one small school has just several labs.  Two of the three Evergreen small schools occupy buildings that have not received any significant updates since the school was built.  They are like mid-twentieth century school time capsules.  The original 1950’s bathrooms are so worn, out one staff member told me she runs home at lunchtime rather than sit on school toilets.  Bathrooms renovations should definitely be priorities, but what about problems associated with failing infrastructure?

The Highline School District estimated almost $24 million would be needed to fix “critical repairs” based on an independent inspection at Evergreen, such as failing plumbing, HVAC and heating systems?  If passed, this bond would allocate only half of needed funds to address these critical repairs.  However, district leadership has chosen to not tackle failing infrastructure contributing to mold, water damage, insect infestation, and poor air quality.  School bonds may not address all needs, but not even trying to provide even adequate learning environments for half of our district’s high school students and staff until the next bond, whenever that may be, is unconscionable!

Mercer Island High School is currently getting an addition with 10 new science classrooms and 2 classroom renovations for $11.7 million.  Check out the plan!  Would it not make more fiscal sense to build new science facilities at Evergreen and Tyee that could be integrated into new schools down the road rather than pouring millions into old buildings that will be bulldozed?

Mount Rainier High School had their own vermin problem in the fall of the 2013-14 football season, when players were turning ankles stepping into mole holes on their practice field.  Dr. Enfield sprung into action, approved a $1.4 million artificial turf practice field within months of first signs of swelling ankles, and the field was finished before the first practice of the following football season!  Why is there no district leadership call to action when rats are running around and pooping inside Evergreen school buildings?

School student and staff health and safety should be paramount.  If approved, the Highline Schools Bond would not address critical facility needs nor substandard health issues at both Evergreen and Tyee High Schools.  Maybe when students begin tripping over rats will Highline leadership be moved to begin new school planning for Evergreen and Tyee.

- Sarah Dahl

[Have an opinion or concern you’d like to share with our Readers? Please send us your Letter to the Editor via email. Include your full name, please remain civil and, pending our review, we’ll consider publishing it.]

Margaret Ryan

Brodie Lamb, 44, plead ‘Guilty’ to second-degree murder on Friday (Jan. 23), for the stabbing death of his mother Margaret Ryan – who worked for The White Center Blog as a Writer/Salesperson.

Lamb stabbed his mom 18 times in the neck after breaking down her door while intoxicated in Nov. 2012 (read our previous coverage here).

This was a tragic murder that shattered the entire White Center community, including Margaret’s former co-workers at this blog. Margaret was also very active in the community, and was well known.

Her son Brodie, diagnosed with schizophrenia as well as substance-abuse issues, was originally charged with first-degree murder in her death of his 69-year old mother. That charge was changed to second-degree murder on Friday, court records show.

Lamb will also be charged with a deadly weapon enhancement that will add two years to her jail term – which could range from 14-22 years. The defense apparently will ask for a sentence  of 14 years, while the state will likely seek 22 years, court records say.

Lamb will be sentenced on Feb. 20.

As we previously reported, Lamb attacked his mother at her White Center apartment around 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 13, 2012, after she refused to let him into the home they shared. He became enraged, kicked down the door, grabbed a large kitchen knife and stabbed her 18 times in the neck, killing her.

According to a statement of guilt written by his defense lawyer, Lamb claims he was off his prescribe psychotropic medications, as well as under the influence of alcohol when he committed the fatal crime against his own mother.

As we wrote when we learned of Margaret’s death:

Margaret had been a freelance Writer, Reporter and Sales Rep for us since the spring of 2011. She had originally reached out to us, inquiring whether we needed any help in White Center. I met her for coffee and off she went, doing human interest stories, selling Ads to local Mom and Pop businesses, and always pitching great ideas for the blogs. She even learned how to take photos with one of our cameras.

We all liked her, because she really loved White Center, its businesses, arts, people, politics and character. She was sassy, spunky, and she wasn’t afraid to speak her mind either. Many who knew Margaret will attest to her frankness, which we found refreshing in this day of oftentimes over-the-top, carefully-worded political correctness. If Margaret didn’t like something – or if she loved something – you would know!

A plaque commemorating Margaret is at the corner of 15th SW and SW Roxbury.

Everyone at South King Media sends their best to all those who knew Margaret, and hope we can all gain some closure about this tragedy.

Read some of Margaret’s stories she did for us here.

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The White Center Community Development Association will be hosting a business mixer on Wednesday, Jan. 28, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the King County Sheriff’s Storefront located at 9609 16th Ave SW.

The featured speaker will be Marty Lyons, who will be hosting a seminar on lean management training for business owners. Marty’s background includes construction, manufacturing, engineering, aerospace, distribution and operations. He has been involved with lean manufacturing for fifteen years, with 20 years running his own specialty construction company.

The training will cover the basics for understanding and recognizing waste in the workplace. Developing this basic understanding helps businesses eliminate waste from their processes, increase customer satisfaction and become more profitable.

For more info, email Sokha Danh at SOKHA@WCCDA.ORG.

WCB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Saturday, Jan. 24 – is a beautiful, modern designed home with city views!

Impressive, tasteful finishes include: stainless steel appliances, 8-foot glass front door, modern base trim, upgraded interior doors, skylight and soaring ceilings.

The main floor is very open with great room and open concept kitchen complete with eating bar and pantry.

The master bedroom has its own full bath and walk-in closet.

A second master bedroom has a full bath and walk-in closet.

All located on a large lot with generously-sized patio and plenty of parking. Must see!

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, Jan. 24, Noon – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 223 SW 102nd Street, Seattle, WA 98146

INFO:

  • List Price: $459,950
  • MLS Number: 729869
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Year Built: 2015
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,600
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,563

Site Features:

  • 2nd Master BR
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Skylights
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

Marketing remarks:

Modern Designed Home with City Views!

Impressive, tasteful finishes including: stainless steel appliances, 8 ft glass front door, modern base trim, upgraded interior doors, skylight and soaring ceilings.

Main floor is very open with great room and open concept kitchen complete with eating bar and pantry.

Master bedroom has its own full bath & walk-in closet.

Second master bedroom with full bath & walk-in closet.

All located on a large lot with generously-sized patio & plenty of parking. Must see!

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

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

4Culture will be holding a free workshop on how to get grants at the White Center Library on Wednesday, Feb. 4.

This is one of many upcoming workshops being held in the Puget Sound area.

“4Culture offers funding to individuals and organizations for Arts, Heritage and Preservation projects,” reads an announcement. “If you’d like to know more, attend one of our informal workshops. We’ll answer questions about our grant program and demystify the application process. They’re also free, open to the public, and require no RSVP. We hope to see you there!”

King County Workshops:

  • Lake Forest Park Library
    Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 12:15 – 1:15: PM
    17171 Bothell Way N.E. #A-134, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
  • White Center Library
    Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 12:15 – 1:15 PM 1220 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98146
  • Enumclaw Library
    Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 12:15 – 1:15 PM 1700 1st Street, Enumclaw, WA 98022
  • Issaquah Library
    Wednesday, February 18, 2015,12:15 –1:15 PM 10 West Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA 98027

To see listings of all 4Culture grant opportunities, visit http://www.4culture.org/calendar/index.htm


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by Chris Scragga
Puget Sound Weather Geek

Good Weekend everyone!

Mother nature sure must hate weekends, because we’re going to get slammed with heavy rain and blustery winds this Saturday and Sunday.

Graphic I produced for KOMO 4.

A strong system will traverse into the region with access to a large source of warm subtropical moisture from Hawaii. This all spells out some substantial rainfall for the region. The mountains will see 2-4″ of rain and the lowlands (us) will see 1-2″.

We’ll first see some light rain drops falling Saturday morning but the heavier showers will make their appearance late in the day. The heavy rain will make a march from the south and all of western Washington should be in the wet by about 8PM Saturday evening.

The next element of this storm system will be the possibility of some high winds. As the parent weather system landfalls on Canada, another surface low may develop and impact Vancouver Island. This scenario would create moderate winds for most of western Washington late Saturday night. This won’t be a particularly damaging storm, but winds may gust to 40mph in some exposed locations.

UW MM5 Weather Graphic: The bunched up lines represent higher wind speeds.

By the time the Seahawks vs. Packers playoff game rolls around (Noon Sunday), the weather should be calmed down a little, but a few scattered showers with a couple gusts of wind may still be in the picture.

Enjoy your mostly indoor weekend, and Go Hawks!

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

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Two weeks from today – on Friday, Jan. 30 – the Empty Bowls fundraiser will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary!

Moshier potters have teamed up with Discover Burien and Burien Parks and Recreation to host Empty Bowls 2015. Empty Bowls events can be found around the country raising money to combat hunger in our communities. Potters have donated bowls to be filled with soup at this fun event…all are invited!

The cost is a $15 minimum donation for adults, $10 minimum donation for children, and all proceeds will benefit the Highline & White Center Food Banks!

Your donation will get you the opportunity to pick out a beautiful handmade bowl, as well as a simple but wonderful meal of soup, bread, drink and dessert donated by area businesses. Proceeds will go to the Highline Food Bank and White Center Food Bank.

To celebrate our 10 year anniversary we will have new elements this year: a raffle/auction of beautiful handmade serving bowls, gift baskets and more; wine sampling from 4-5pm, and wine for purchase from 4-8pm!

WHEN: Friday, January 30, 2015

  • LUNCH: 11:00AM-2:00PM
  • DINNER: 4:00-8:00PM

WHERE: Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Avenue SW

INFO: Call (206) 988-3700 or visit http://www.burienwa.gov/index.aspx?NID=840