[EDITOR’S NOTE: Now in her third year(!) with more great work is our youngest-ever Contributor – 13-year old Isabel Herbruger – Local Girl Scout, 4-H member, and aspiring photojournalist. We encourage residents of all ages to submit stories and photos for posting – for consideration, please email yours to [email protected]!]

Photos and Story by Isabel Herbruger, age 13

The last chance to see the Highline Bears in action this season is this coming Friday, July 28, 2017, at 7 p.m. against the NW Emeralds at Steve Cox Memorial Stadium.

Their record may not be the best this year, but there is still lots of fun to be had. Locals have sung the national anthem for every game this season. There are games between the innings for the kids like inner tube races and dizzy bat contests. The 50-50 winner last night took home over $100 too, thanks to the Eagles.

The Bears lost Saturday night to the Honkers after an attempted rally in the 9th inning. But it was all laughs when the announcer Pete Richmire played the Nintendo Mario Brothers song for the walk up music for Honker Jordan Padillo, who actually looks like Mario and Luigi!

Click images to see larger versions/slideshow:

The Bears have two games in Walla Walla this week, if you are a die-hard fan and want to go. Otherwise, come to the last game of the season next Friday!

For more info:

Thank you for your time and consideration,
– Isabel H.

WCB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate will be holding two Open Houses this weekend, on both Saturday, July 22, and Sunday, July 23:

The first home is a lovely 6-bedroom, 2-story home in Normandy Park with Lot A Beach Rights:

Space for the whole family in Normandy Park!

Bright, elegant, custom home with 6 bed and 3 bath, sports court, and sauna. Inviting entry and spectacular light with skylights in vaulted ceilings.

Deck with forest view.

Yard with room for your garden and outdoor play.

Formal living and dining room, open kitchen with desk, dining nook, and pantry. Bonus rec rooms downstairs.

Three car garage with storage, additional off-street parking.

Lot A Beach Rights included.

4K internet available.

WHEN: Saturday, July 22: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 132 SW 208th Street, Normandy Park, WA 98166 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $760,000
  • MLS Number: 1157709
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 3.25
  • Year Built: 1979
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,900 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 15,277 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Athletic Court
  • Cable TV
  • Deck
  • Fenced-Partially
  • Gas Available
  • High Speed Internet
  • Hot Tub/Spa, Patio

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

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.


The next Open House – open Sunday, July 23 – is a cute 3-bedroom Rambler in University Place:

This cute University Place 3 BR, 1.75 BA rambler is nestled in a cozy cul-de-sac community thats close to freeway access, excellent schools, Chambers Bay and shopping.

The open concept layout features new flooring throughout, skylights, a newer roof and exterior paint.

The generous deck allows for a great entertaining space outdoors.

A low maintenance yard and fully fenced for furry family members complete this move-in ready home.

Don’t miss out this truly turn-key opportunity!

WHEN: Sunday, July 23: 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 4704 73rd Av Ct W., University Place, WA 98466 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $265,000
  • MLS Number: 1157709
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1.75
  • Year Built: 1984
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,152 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 5,471 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Security System
  • Skylights
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Deck
  • Disabled Access
  • Fenced-Fully

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

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.

This year, the small high schools on the Evergreen Campus are re-unifying and re-opening as a single school: Evergreen High School. To support this transition, a group of families, alumni, and community members have come together to launch ‘Friends of Evergreen High School.’

The new group is committed to helping the students and staff at Evergreen High School succeed and will closely collaborate with school leaders to provide strategic, fundraising and volunteering support to the school.

“‘Friends of Evergreen High School’ is proud to support the vision of a community-centered school where all strive for excellence in service of student achievement,” said Long Phan, Evergreen High School alum and ‘Friends of Evergreen’ founder. “We need the community’s support to help Evergreen High School succeed during this transition to one high school.”

Here are some ways to help:

DONATE

  • Donate to the “Sweatshirt for Every Student” fundraiser. Help provide an Evergreen High School sweatshirt to every student and staff member on the first day of school.  Show our students that we care about them and support them during this transition to one high school. Donate here!

VOLUNTEER

  • Campus Clean-Up Day on August 26. Roll up your sleeves and help clean up campus so students can start the year with a clean and updated building. Sign up here!
  • Back to School Celebration on September 6Welcome students back to campus and celebrate the grand re-opening of Evergreen High School.

JOIN

  • Like Friends of Evergreen High School on Facebook. Click here!
  • Subscribe to the Friends of Evergreen High School mailing list. Click here!

‘Friends of Evergreen High School’ is proud to partner with the Highline Schools Foundation, which serves as its fiscal sponsor.  The Highline Schools Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (Tax ID # 91-2020506) that works to provide resources to help all Highline Public Schools succeed.

‘Pianos in the Parks’ returns to White Center in 2017 on Saturday, July 29 at Steve Cox Memorial Park with a piano decorated by Eric Kolbe and another great lineup of yoga, performances, free youth piano lessons, and more!

Schedule:

  • 10:00 am — Yoga in the Park
  • 11:15 am — Free Youth Piano Lessons with Yelena Balabanova
  • 12:15 pm — Classical piano performance with Yelena Balabanova and guests
  • 2:30 pm — Random Acts of Art Song with Seattle Art Song Society
  • 4:00 pm — Shenandoah Davis

More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/1861548007497748/

Steve Cox Memorial Park is located at at 1321 SW 102nd Street in White Center:

WCB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate will be holding three Open Houses this weekend, including Friday, July 14, Saturday, July 15, and Sunday, July 16:

This week’s first home is a lovely 5-bedroom home in the heart of Gregory Heights for $465,000:

Lovely home, in the heart of Gregory Heights, is steps from the Swim Club, blocks to the elementary school, has quick access to Olde Town Burien, freeways, SeaTac Airport, Seattle & more!

This 5 bedroom home has a spacious living room w/brick fireplace, formal size dining room & a kitchen w/ample cupboards & counter space plus 3 good-size bedrooms & full bath on the upper level.

Downstairs are 2 more bedrooms, rec room w/fireplace, laundry room & garage.

Fenced backyard, peach tree & shed.

Offers: Seller will review offers on Offer Review Date (may review/accept sooner) – 07/20/2017

WHEN:

  • Friday, July 14: 3 – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 15: 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 16: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 16618 19th Ave SW, Burien 98166 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $465,000
  • MLS Number: 1155081
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 1.75
  • Year Built: 1962
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,160 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,300 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Dbl Pane/Storm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Security System
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Fenced-Partially
  • High Speed Internet
  • Outbuildings
  • Patio
  • RV Parking

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

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.


The next Open House – open Saturday & Sunday – is a newly constructed urban single family home in West Seattle:

Welcome Home to West Seattle’s finest collection of Urban Single Family Homes!

With the endless amenities lets start with the homes featuring four bedrooms.

The ground floor features two bedrooms separated by a full bathroom.

As you ascend to your second floor LDK enjoy a full size kitchen with a half bath for your guests!

Your top floor features a master suite with a full bath and second bedroom with its own bathroom off the hallway.

This is a must see MRP new construction!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, July 15: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 16: 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 9405 35th Ave SW Unit A West Seattle, WA 98126 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $549,900
  • MLS Number: 1159291
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3.25
  • Year Built: 2017
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,687 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 1,342 s.f.

Site Features:

  • New construction
  • Ceramic Tile
  • Hardwood
  • Wall to Wall Carpet

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

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.


The final Open House – open Sunday – is a two story, 3-bedroom town home with Lot A Beach Rights in Normandy Park:

Welcome to Normandy Chateau in highly sought-after Normandy Park!

This two story town home is nestled next to Marvista Park, Marvista Elementary School, only steps from Normandy Park Towne Center.

Living room with gas fireplace, kitchen with eating bar, and great outdoor space with both a front patio and back deck with park like setting.

Enjoy the pool during these hot summer days, newly completed community BBQ space, and great clubhouse for large parties.

And yes, it comes with LOT A Beach Rights!

WHEN:

  • Sunday, July 16: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 220 SW 200th St Unit 156 Normandy Park, WA 98166 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $279,950
  • MLS Number: 1160385
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2.25
  • Year Built: 1968
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,343 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Balcony/Deck/Patio
  • Insulated Windows
  • Master Bath
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Club House
  • Game/Rec Rm

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

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 man was found dead early Tuesday morning (July 11) in a ravine near 17th Place South and Des Moines Memorial Drive (map below).

King County Sheriff’s detectives are calling the death a homicide, but are not releasing how the man died.

Police say that a citizen walking in the area – near the South Park/Boulevard Park neighborhoods – discovered the body just before 6 a.m. and called police.

The King County Medical Examiner will determine cause and nature of death as well as the identity of the man.  

More information will be released as soon as it becomes available.

By Devin Otto
Intern, Big Picture High School

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell made a visit to TEC at the Evergreen High campus in White Center on Saturday morning (July 8).

Sen. Cantwell met with members of the public and the press to discuss her opinions and actions towards the issues our community sees everyday.

Topics covered included health care, affordable housing, the growing price of living in Seattle, immigration, net neutrality and of course, President Trump.

Her event was the second stop on her town hall tour across Washington, which began Friday (July 7) in Seattle. Her next expected stops are in Wenatchee & Spokane. Dates and locations will be announced in the near future.

WCB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate will be holding an Open House all weekend, including Friday, July 7, Saturday, July 8, and Sunday, July 9:

This week’s featured home is a stunning 5-bedroom 1920 Craftsman in West Seattle with sweeping views!

SWEEPING VIEWS on 3 levels: Sound, Olympics, Territorial.

A stones throw from Alaska Junction, this 1920 Craftsman boasts ORIGINAL crown molding and doors, leaded glass built-ins, original hardwoods; yet, updated for modern living.

NEW roof, appliances, and spacious deck with hot tub and fire table.

5 bed, 3 bath, 2 kitchen = option for large single-family or separate apartment.

Garage, driveway, solarium, fruit trees, and enough grapes to support a home winery make this house one-of-a-kind.

WHEN:

  • Friday, July 7: 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 8: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 9: 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 4727 45th Ave SW West Seattle, WA 98116 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $1,200,000
  • MLS Number: 1154509
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Year Built: 1920
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,300 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 6,350 s.f.

Site Features:

  • VIEWS!: Mountain, Partial, See Remarks, Sound, Territorial!
  • 2nd Kitchen
  • 2nd Master BR
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dining Room
  • Hot Tub/Spa
  • Jetted/Soaking Tub
  • Loft
  • Security System
  • Solarium/Atrium
  • High Speed Internet
  • Patio
  • Shop

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

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.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Now in her third year(!) with more great work is our youngest-ever Contributor – 13-year old Isabel Herbruger – Local Girl Scout, 4-H member, and aspiring photojournalist. We encourage residents of all ages to submit stories and photos for posting – for consideration, please email yours to [email protected]!]

Photos and Story by Isabel Herbruger, age 13

Last week, the Highline Bears were in Grand Forks, B.C. for a tournament.

The first game was Tuesday night (June 27) against the Alaska Goldpanners from Fairbanks (red shirts). They lost 0-11 in seven innings. The rules at this tournament were if a team was ahead by eight runs after the seventh inning, the game would be called.

Click images to see larger versions/slideshow:

The Bears managed to get a few hits, but could not score against Alaska.

Chase attempts to make it to second.

Alaska got many hits off the Bear pitchers.

Another Goldpanner slides into home.

The second game was Wednesday night against the Everett Merchants. The Bears had two home runs and were ahead for the first half of the game, but they lost in nine innings 6-8.

Chandler with an early home run for the Bears.

Dillion with his home run hit against the Merchants.

Merchants make it to second.

The Bears were not so lucky getting to second.

Chandler with another hit.

Quintin pitching against the Merchants.

Marso at bat against the Merchants.

Sam with a late hit against the Merchants.

The last game was Thursday morning against the North Sound Emeralds from Edmonds. The Bears lost 1-11 to them in seven innings.

Ian Tunner pitching against the Emeralds.

Matt with a close call at first.

Chris pitching against the Emeralds.

Grand Forks was a good tournament for the Bears to see how they stacked up against other teams. While it was not a super showing for the team, the Russian food, the warm rivers and lakes, and the friendliness of the people made the trip a lot of fun.

FEMALE UMP CALLS BEARS GAME
I also got to meet Rhonda Pauls, one of two certified female umpires for this level of baseball in all of B.C. She was the first woman ump at the Pan Can games in Japan, went to Cuba in 2012, is the VP of B.C.’s Baseball Board of Directors, and is a regular part of collegiate spring training in Arizona where she calls three or more games a day for two straight weeks.

She got started over 19 years ago at a Little League game that did not have an ump. She did not want a bunch of 11-year-olds to miss their game, so she called it. After that, people kept believing she had the stuff to work at higher and higher levels.

Rhonda said the hardest part of being an ump is learning the timing and angles to get the calls right. She loves how baseball comes down to things like who got to the plate first, the ball or the shoe, and having the confidence to know she has the call right. She told me it was important to be honest when teams asked umps to “Get Help” on a call. While it is rare for a call be reversed, it happens, and the umpires know how to be in the best position for each possible play to make sure they have all the angles covered and make the right call. She pointed out the instant replay in MLB has shown over 95% of the time, five guys with tons of slow motion video from every angle spend five minutes to come up with the same call the human umpire came up with in a split second on the field. Rhonda says that statistic was very self-affirming, the human umpires are making the right calls most of the time. She also worries it may get to a point the human interaction part of the game is lost. Coaches may stop arguing with umpires and throwing bases like Lou Piniella, but will call for booth reviews because a shoe spike was off the bag a millimeter or two for a split second, so the runner is really out. I had no idea how technical the game was from the umpire’s point of view!

I asked her what the strangest thing to happen her was. She told me about a tie game at Fort McMurray for Select-18. It was the bottom of the ninth and the winning run was on third. The ball was hit and this huge player came running home to slide in. The problem was this was a very fast field, so players slid a lot further a lot faster. She had moved into position to see if a tag would be made. The ball came in. The runner came in. The ball stopped. The runner did not, he slid past home plate and took her out like a bowling pin. She was flipped into the air and landed on home plate. All she could think was, “He missed the tag, he missed the tag…”

Finally, I asked what advice she had for young girls who were interested in going into male-dominated areas. First she talked about being thick skinned and learning to stand up for yourself, using the example of when she is on the field, she has to be fair and tough, otherwise, coaches, players, and even fans might try and walk all over her. She talked about how bullying from fans and teams makes it really hard on umpires, but in B.C. they developed a great training program to help umpires deal with it. The program has made a difference and they are not short on umpires in B.C. like other areas.

She ended with this piece of advice for girls everywhere:

“Don’t go into an area because people say women can’t do it, go into an area because you love it.”

She did not decide to become one of the highest certified female umpires because there were no other females, she did it because she loves the game and wanted to be the best she could be at it. Other people saw that and encouraged her to go to the next level. Need another example? Claire Eccles is the first female to pitch in the West Coast League…one of the players Rhonda helps mentor in this game of baseball.

Rhonda Pauls

Manager Justin asks for help on a call.

The call on the field stands.

More photos and stories of the Highline Bears games can be seen at Highline Bears by Isabel.

SCHEDULE & TICKETS
Tickets to Highline Bears home games are just $5 per person, and kids 12 and under – as well as all active/former service men & women – are admitted FREE! Tickets are available at the gate or online here:

https://highlinebears.com/schedule-tickets/

 

Sat, 1 Jul 17 Kent Bulldogs Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm Buy Tickets
Mon, 3 Jul 17 Laces Marysville High School 5:30 pm  
Thr, 6 Jul 17 Everett Merchants NorBrock Stadium | Kamloops, BC 4:00 pm  
Fri, 7 Jul 17 Seattle Studs NorBrock Stadium | Kamloops, BC 4:00 pm  
Sat, 8 Jul 17 Okanagan NorBrock Stadium | Kamloops, BC 4:00 pm  
Sun, 9 Jul 17 TBD Kamloops, BC TBA
Tue, 11 Jul 17 Northwest Honkers Fall City Community Park 5:30 pm  
Wed, 12 Jul 17 NW Emeralds Edmonds CC 7:00 pm  
Thr, 13 Jul 17 Laces Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm Buy Tickets
Fri, 14 Jul 17 Seattle Studs Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm Buy Tickets
Sat, 15 Jul 17 Seattle Studs Steve Cox Memorial 7:35 pm Buy Tickets
Sun, 16 Jul 17 Everett Merchants Everett Memorial Stadium 1:00 pm
Sun, 16 Jul 17 Everett Merchants Everett Memorial Stadium 3:00 pm
Tue, 18 Jul 17 Wenatchee Applesox Wenatchee, WA 7:05 pm  
Wed, 19 Jul 17 NW Emeralds Edmonds CC 7:00 pm  
Thr, 20 Jul 17 Seattle Studs University of Puget Sound 5:30 pm  
Fri, 21 Jul 17 Everett Merchants Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm Buy Tickets
Sat, 22 Jul 17 Northwest Honkers Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm Buy Tickets
Wed, 26 Jul 17 Walla Walla Sweets Walla Walla, WA 7:05 pm  
Thr, 27 Jul 17 Walla Walla Sweets Walla Walla, WA 7:05 pm  
Fri, 28 Jul 17 NW Emeralds Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm Buy Tickets

Thank you for your time and consideration,
– Isabel H

Pictured above are students from New Start High School receiving their Student of the Month awards from club president Nancy Tracy.

The White Center Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast – set for Sunday, July 23 at Holy Family School – is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the club, whose mission is to make the world better one child at a time.

White Center Kiwanis works with New Start and Evergreen High Schools to provide service leadership opportunities through Key Club. We also work with the Coalition for Drug Free Youth at Cascade Middle School. We volunteer at the White Center Food Bank and provide help to the elementary schools.

The Pancake Breakfast runs from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Holy Family School, located at 9615 20th Ave SW.

Tickets to the breakfast are $8.00. Youth under 5 are free with a paying adult.

We will be accepting diapers for Westside Baby. Come see the great raffle prizes. Raffle tickets cost $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.

For more information, to support the pancake breakfast, or to buy tickets ahead of time ($6.00 pre-sale) contact Bill Tracy at (206) 248-2441.

We first posted this video on July 4, 2010, but we love it so much we thought it was worth a rerun on this national holiday:

Out of the red, white and blue, it occurred to us that our third President, one Thomas Jefferson, who loved new gadgets and devices and inventions and discoveries, would have gotten a kick out of our little digital camera, the size of a deck of cards, not much smaller than a hand-held booklet-sized copy of what is known as the Declaration of Independence.

It was 241 years ago that our Founders were “cutting and pasting” (definitely *not* Tweeting) their final draft of what became known as that treasured and precious document, the Declaration of Independence, whose primary author was the then 33 year-old future President Jefferson.

So someone said:

“Let’s take our camera around Burien and Des Moines (and Normandy Park and White Center) and ask our fellow neighbors and friends and passersby to read aloud the Declaration into our new little camera, piece the quotes together into one colorful video, and release it to the nation and world on our various neighborhood news blogs.”

And so we did – well actually Mark Neuman did, then Scott Schaefer edited it – see if you can find yourself, or a friend or two:

(…at the end of the video, look for some amusing outtakes as well as terrific “Happy Birthday USA!” salutations)

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY B-TOWN!

The Evergreen Community Aquatic Center recently received a $5,000 grant to help fund shower facilities for homeless residents:

With the growing numbers of families facing homelessness, local organizations partner on innovative solution to care for Seattle families while they transition in to housing. Amerigroup Washington contributed $5,000 to support the Evergreen Community Aquatic Center’s partnership with Mary’s Place and the Neighborhood House to make the shower facility at the pool available for homeless residents. In addition, swimming lessons, open swim, family swim will be offered at the Evergreen Pool for residents of Mary’s Place and the Neighborhood House.

This effort began when all four organizations gathered to explore the possibility of using the pool showers as a temporary showering facility for residents at each homeless shelter. Many of these families do not have showering facilities and the new Mary’s Place Family Center shelter in White Center only has one shower available, while two others are being added. Upon further discussions, the opportunity to increase access to swimming and water safety lessons also came about as part of this partnership.

“Providing a safe place to shower and to receive swim lessons is part of improving the health and behavioral wellbeing of our White Center friends and neighbors, who are going through difficult times,” said Craig Smith, Amerigroup Washington President. “That is why Amerigroup is please to contribute $5,000 towards creating a community solution that will ensure that White Center residents have the support they need to live healthy lifestyles.”

This money will support the support staff, issuing of towels and a voucher system to allow these residents to come to the pool with a user pass during regular operating hours to use the facilities. This sponsorship can also will support over 150 full session swimming lessons (8 classes per session) and /or full use of the family swim and open swim times at the pool.

“We are incredibly grateful for the support and partnership of Amerigroup Washington, because without their continued support Evergreen Community Aquatic Center would not be able to impact so many underserved kids and teens this year,” said Bryan Hastings, White Water Aquatics Management Board President. “With this sponsorship, we hope to provide a much-needed opportunity for a physical and mental boost to our community members most in need of positive experiences.  It is our hope that this one opportunity can lead to many more positive exchanges for our neighbors that truly deserve a better opportunity.”

Belonging to a Community Center is a building block to bond neighborhoods.  The residents at Mary’s Place and the Neighborhood House will now have a place to go to exercise and shower.  It is a place they belong to and we relish their participation.  For these families that are using all their energy to find housing daily, this is a terrific starting point for renewed confidence.

WCB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate will be holding one Open House this weekend, on both Saturday, June 24, and Sunday, June 25.

Open for review is this 3-bedroom home on an enormous lot in North Burien:

This enormous corner lot features one of North Burien’s truly unique homes.

Set with 3 bedrooms, 1.75 bathrooms, a grand living room and formal dining area this home also has the makings for a 2nd kitchen in the basement.

Armed with a detached 1 car garage and plenty of parking for a boat or RV, this property is truly a blank canvas ripe for your imagination!

Come take a look and see if this house can become your home!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Jun 24: 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 25: 1 – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 1327 SW 116th Street, Burien, WA 98146 (MAP, or see below).

INFO:

  • List Price: $420,000
  • MLS Number: 1145469
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1.75
  • Year Built: 1946
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,620 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 12,066 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Corner Lot
  • 2nd Kitchen
  • Paved Street
  • Sidewalk

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

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.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Now in her third year(!) with more great work is our youngest-ever Contributor – 13-year old Isabel Herbruger – Local Girl Scout, 4-H member, and aspiring photojournalist. We encourage residents of all ages to submit stories and photos for posting – for consideration, please email yours to [email protected]!]

Photos and Story by Isabel Herbruger, age 13

The Highline Bears have had a rough start this season. Last year, June was often canceled because of rain. This year, the Bears are playing but unable to win a lot. They have won three of the eleven scheduled games.

The games are still a lot of fun to watch with some great comebacks and some close losses in the last innings.

Each home game a player from the other team is picked as the “Hot Dog Hitter” of the game. If they strike out, everyone in the stands gets a coupon for a free 7-Eleven Big Bite Hotdog. There are also lots of field games kids can sign up for, like the pizza box race.

Here are photos from the game against the Kitsap Bluejackets on June 11, 2017. The Bears won one and lost one to them (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Before first pitch, different locals sing the anthem.

Before first pitch, different locals sing the anthem.

Even the neighbors get into the games. They play great music and cheer on the team when they hit home runs.

Here are photos from the winning game against the Thurston County Senators on June 13, 2017:

Warming up before the Senators game on June 13, 2017.

Opening Pitcher against the Senators on June 13, 2017.

Senator player Keenen, the hot dog hitter of the game, later scored on the Bears.

This Senator got himself into a pickle and was tagged out.

Pizza race on the field.

And finally here are from the tough loss to the Seattle Studs June 20, 2017, in Tacoma:

Opening Pitcher against the Studs on June 20, 2017.

This Stud got into a pickle and was able to escape.

Relief pitcher against the Studs.

There are lots more Bear photos at Highline Bears by Isabel where you can follow the team.

The next home games are this Thursday and Friday night against the San Francisco Seals.

Thank you for your time and consideration,
– Isabel H.

TICKETS
Tickets to Highline Bears home games are just $5 per person, and kids 12 and under – as well as all active/former service men & women – are admitted FREE! Tickets are available at the gate or online here:

https://highlinebears.com/schedule-tickets/

UPCOMING HOME GAMES:

Thr, 22 Jun 17 San Francisco Seals Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm Buy Tickets
Fri, 23 Jun 17 San Francisco Seals Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm Buy Tickets
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By Devin Otto
Intern, Big Picture High School

As I sit on the bus, riding my way through White Center, it’s slowly become easier and easier to see changes happening around me. New buildings, new restaurants and new stores seem to be popping up faster than I have time to count them. The actual level of change happening hadn’t fully dawned on me until I heard an old woman casually remark “Welcome to the new Rat City, a hipster’s dream.”

She’s not wrong – the appeal of White Center is one that seems to follow every low income area at a certain point. Hip young people love places that are unique, undiscovered, places that have a bit of “attitude.” White Center fits into all those needs like Cinderella.

For as long as I’ve lived, White Center has been regarded as a taboo, a place you don’t want to be. The reasoning is clear – it’s poor. It’s diverse. And it has a notoriety for frequent police visits. Looking around, you could see signs of negligence, from crosswalks that don’t actually work, to broken down fences and parks.

It may just be because it’s technically not part of any city. The area is part of unincorporated King County, meaning simply, we have no mayor, no real city council, and no one to advocate for us. Things get left undone because we have no one to say it needs to get done.

But things have been changing. Gradually, new businesses are opening. Young people are moving in. The quality of life has been increasing. And for a short amount of time, it seemed like we were in our sweet spot, a place where people could enjoy themselves out and about.

Then came gentrification. It starts the moment you hear from a friend that your favorite pho place is shut down, that it’s out of business. In its place – some kind of fast food restaurant, one that costs almost two times as much as everywhere else. Oh well, you say, there’s somewhere else.

Then the apartment building next door, the one with the pool, starts evicting people. Their apartments get remodeled, and in move a nice young white couple. This happens more and more. Schools start getting more students, and soon, the free and reduced lunch program begins to fail, leaving lower income students either with insufficient lunches, or none at all.

The local businesses you support begin to get flooded out, waved over by newer, nicer stores and restaurants. Soon, you’re in the middle of something new, somewhere you’re told is nicer because people will spend more money on it. And the inevitable happens – White Center gets annexed.

While this looks ahead into the future, this is not a one time case. Situations like this happen to small poor suburbs all the time. From the outside looking in, it’s a positive thing. We’re fixing things for poor people. But from the inside, we need to ask: are we? How do we fix things for the poor in an area where all the poor people get kicked out of? This breaks down into a greater issue – why weren’t these things provided in the first place? Gentrification is just a fancy word for colonization, and we need to ask ourselves why the lives of the poor matter less to us than the amount of local income.

A Job Fair for ages 16-24 will be held on Wednesday, June 28, from 2-4 p.m. at the Log Cabin in Steve Cox Memorial Park (1321 SW 102nd Street in White Center):

NEED A JOB?
30+ Employers with jobs will be in attendance

FOOD & DOOR PRIZES!

Questions? Justin @ 206.354.4570 or Jody @ 206.477.2095.

RESUME & APPLICATION HELP
with NewStart & the WCTP on Tuesday, June 27 from 3 – 6 p.m. at the Log Cabin.

BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
for ages 12—19 starts @4pm.

WorkSource Partners are Equal Opportunity Employers and Providers of Employment and Training Services. Auxiliary Aids and Services are Available upon Request for Persons with Disabilities. Washington Telecommunica- tions Relay 711.

The Burien/White Center Rotary presented Scholarships and Service Above Self awards to this year’s recipients at last week’s meeting:

Scholarships:

  • Walter O. Carsten Memorial Scholarship, Elizabeth Lindo, Evergreen Campus AAA
  • Dick Dahlgard Memorial Scholarship, Stephanie Menka, Highline HS
  • Dr. Frank Tanaka Memorial Scholarship, Mays Hadi, Puget Sound Skills Center

Rotary Scholarships:

  • Nicole Pasia, Kennedy Catholic HS
  • Danielle Peretti, Kennedy Catholic HS
  • Debbie Acheampong, Highline HS
  • Tseyon Nurilegn, Highline HS

Unable to attend today’s presentations:

  • Lesly Cruz, Highline HS
  • Leslie Garcia-Bobadilla, Evergreen Campus HS3
  • Abdiaziz Aweis, Evergreen Campus HS3

Service Above Self Awards:

  • Sophie Sands, Kennedy Catholic HS
  • Elizabeth Lindo, Evergreen Campus AAA
  • David Dihn, HIghline HS

Congratulations on all you have accomplished, and best wishes on your future studies and career goals!

Our club provided a total of more than $12,000 for these scholarships through generous contributions from Rotarians, friends of Rotary and fundraisers.

For more info, visit http://bwcrotary.org.

WCB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate will be holding two Open Houses this weekend:

The first Open House is in Normandy Park, and will be held this Friday, June 16, Saturday, June 17, and Sunday, June 18:

Spacious home on nearly a 1/2 acre secluded lot in desirable Normandy Park.

Enjoy peek sound & mountain views from the entertainment size deck or head to The Cove w/your lot A Beach Rights.

The expansive park-like backyard will accommodate all of your outdoor activities.

Newly remodeled kitchen w/custom cabinets, granite countertops & upcycled industrial lighting.

Artistic flare throughout this incredibly solid 3200 sq ft home with many updates.

Conveniently close to downtown Seattle & airport.

WHEN:

  • Friday, June 16: 4 – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jun 17: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 18: 2 – 5 p.m.

WHERE: 159 SW 192nd Street, Normandy Park, WA 98166 (MAP, or see below).

INFO:

  • List Price: $745,000
  • MLS Number: 1142860
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Year Built: 1956
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,500 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 20,868 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Deck
  • Fenced-Fully
  • Patio
  • RV Parking

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

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.


The second Open House is an amazing 5-bedroom view home located just a block away from the Redondo Boardwalk in Des Moines – open both Saturday and Sunday:

Captivating and unobstructed panoramic views of the Puget Sound, Mountains, Shipping Traffic and Redondo Boardwalk.

Impeccable home with inspired Northwest Contemporary Design.

Great room concept main floor is an entertainer’s delight with soaring ceilings and open floor plan.

Entire upstairs is a dream master suite with dual walk-in closets and deck.

Lower level features an indoor hot tub and sauna.

Plus, large rec room.

Located one block from the boardwalk.

This is the home youve been waiting for!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, June 17: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 18: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 28811 Sound View Dr S., Des Moines, WA 98198 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $1,200,000
  • MLS Number: 1129015
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Year Built: 1979
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,800 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 11,761 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Built-In Vacuum
  • Ceiling Fan(s)
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • French Doors
  • Hot Tub/Spa
  • Sauna
  • Skylights
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

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

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.

Photos courtesy Highline Public Schools

Ron Slater, a former Evergreen High School student, finally received his high school diploma this week – more than 50 years after dropping out of high school to join the military.

Slater, a Navy veteran, is 74-years old.

His diploma was granted through ‘Operation’ Recognition in acknowledgement of his military service and post-secondary education he pursued later.

On Tuesday night, he joined other graduates from Arts & Academics Academy from White Center’s Evergreen High campus. He received his diploma, and also offered some words of advice to the students  – here’s a video from KIRO7:

St. Paul’s of Shorewood will be holding a Mexico Mission Annual Yard Sale on June 30 and July 1.

Huge church yard sale… June 30th from 9am to 6pm and Saturday July 1st 9am to 4pm…everything from nic nacs to furniture even a vintage section as well as an art section this year…lots of great furniture with great prices…clothes shoes, and books too…tools and guy stuff as well…something for everyone…all proceeds will go to support our mexico mission team this summer who will be building houses in Mexico and working with at risk kids…

St. Paul’s of Shorewood Lutheran Church is located at 11620 21st Ave SW: