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Four Fairwood Groups Receive King County Grants

February 10
Grant awards will go to four community service groups, announced today by Metropolitan King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn.

A total of $5,500 will be distributed to the Lake Desire Community Club, Save Habitat and Diversity of Wetlands (SHADOW), and the Fairwood Greens and Woodside Homeowners Associations.

“Everyone wins when communities are thriving,” said Councilmember Reagan Dunn. “These Community Service Area Grants partner with local organizations to fund projects focused on safety, education, and providing opportunities for area residents to grow closer and together.”

Lake Desire Community Club
The $1,000 grant received by the Lake Desire Community Club will help fund a kitchen remodel for the Lake Desire Clubhouse. Clubhouse facilities are currently used regularly by both members and neighbors of the Lake Desire community and special interest groups including the Girls Scouts of America, 4H, Alcoholics Anonymous, King County services, and local faith communities. The remodel will ensure a continued safe and sanitary kitchen.

“The Lake Desire Community Club is grateful to King County for their generous contribution to help fund a kitchen remodel to extend the life of the neighborhood clubhouse and provide an adequate service area for use by local residents and area non-profits. 

"Updates to the kitchen will improve the safety of the space and enhance the quality of the building and its overall ability to serve as a secure, comfortable meeting space for the community,” said Heather Stafford, President of the Lake Desire Community Club.

Save Habitat and Diversity of Wetlands (SHADOW) is an organization dedicated preserving the area around Shadow Lake through education, research, and community engagement. The $2,000 grant award SHADOW received will help fund the organization’s major outreach events including Frog Frolic, which served over 300 participants in 2015.

“Community is at the heart of stewardship and creating a vision. Save Habitat and Diversity of Wetlands started with a vision to protect a unique wetland, but soon realized that the opportunity to share, provide education and providing a place where community could visit and help to provide future vision was the great opportunity of the project. Leaving a place for future generations is something we can all invest in. Without SHADOW’s board, community support with vision and stewardship, the efforts of SHADOW to save, protect, enhance and share would not get done. Thank you for this grant and confidence in the community’s work,” said Max Prinsen, President of Save Habitat and Diversity of Wetlands Organization.

Fairwood Greens HOA
Fairwood Greens was awarded a $1,500 grant to help fund the 8th Annual Neighborhood Day.  Past Neighbor Days have provided family fun and community building for over 400 attendees in Fairwood and the surrounding area. The event features events and activities for all ages and will be held this year from 1 to 4 pm on September 11 at Allen Park within Fairwood Greens.

“The grant provided by King County to our Fairwood Greens HOA will go far to provide our community a great event. We are pleased to partner with King County and accept this as an encouragement to continue developing strong communities,” said Fairwood Greens Homeowners Association President Jim Canterbury.

Woodside HOA
The 2nd annual National Night Out at Petrovitsky Park hosted by the Woodside Homeowners Association received a grant of $1,000 to help fund the event. The Night Out is an opportunity for local residents to learn about crime prevention as well as building neighborhood camaraderie.

“We are delighted to receive funding to assist in hosting a National Night Out event in Fairwood this August,” said Amanda Heins, Treasurer of the Woodside Homeowners Association.  “This event will bring together residents of Woodside and the Fairwood area for a fun evening with food and entertainment, giving them an opportunity to engage with their local law enforcement and fire department representatives, and promoting safety awareness for our community as a whole.”

The King County Community Service Areas (CSA) offer expanded ways for the County to engage with the over 252,000 county residents who live outside city boundaries. More than 72,000 residents of Council District 9 live in CSAs.

The grant programs within the CSAs are available through a competitive application process. The grants must be used to fund community projects that offer unincorporated area residents in the Community Service Areas an opportunity to participate and be more connected in their communities. A total of $60,000 was awarded for projects in 2016.

Those who live in an unincorporated community and are interested in learning more about the CSA program and future grant opportunities can visit www.kingcounty.gov/exec/community-service-areas.aspx.

Highlands Safeway Hiring for March 2 Opening

February 9
The Renton Highlands Safeway is planning to reopen its doors on March 2.

The reopening of the Fairwood Albertsons will follow the Highlands location, and that date has not yet been announced.

Safeway spokesperson Sara Osborne said preparations are underway, with plans to hire more than 160 new employees over the next several weeks for the Highlands Safeway.

"The store is seeking to fill full-and part-time positions. Opportunities are available in all areas including deli, meat, customer service, bakery and produce. Benefits for eligible employees include, healthcare, paid vacation and a generous employee discount that spans both Safeway and Albertsons," said Osborne.

Open interviews are currently being held from 10 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday at the store, located at 4300 NE 4th. Representatives from area Safeway stores will be on hand to pre-screen candidates and schedule follow-up interviews with qualified applicants. Job seekers can also apply online at www.careersatsafeway.com for positions.

Albertsons Safeway currently operates 213 stores and employs 25,603 people in Washington, Northern Idaho and Alaska.

Albertsons, Safeway Plan Return
to Fairwood, Renton Highlands Locations

February 3
Plans are in the works to again offer more shopping options for Fairwood and Renton Highlands neighborhoods. In other words, after a year of grocery musical chairs, we're going back to the old status quo.

Albertsons and Safeway are returning to their old homes.

Orginally opened as an Albertsons anchor store, the Fairwood location on 140th Ave. SE and Petrovitsky was purchased in December 2014 by Bellingham-based Haggen. The new Haggen store conversion was completed in June 2015.

Originally opened as a Safeway anchor store, the Renton Highlands Haggen store on NE 4th became a Haggen store in February 2015.

Haggen quickly ran into trouble, filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy less than a year after its sizeable purchase of these and more than 140 other stores. Both the Fairwood and Highlands locations closed soon after the September 2015 bankruptcy and closure announcement.

Owners of Albertsons and Safeway hope to announce an opening dates for both stores "very soon," according to media spokesperson Sara Osborne.

Both Albertsons and Safeway stores are now owned by the Albertsons Companies. The company acquired Safeway in January 2015.

Renton Rotary Selects February Lindbergh
Youth of the Month

February 2
Lindbergh High Senior
Huy Manh was recently named Lindbergh's Youth of the Month for February by the Renton Rotary.

Manh has a 3.1 GP and is a member of the Key Club (Treasurer), FBLA (President), DECA, Environmental Club and Varsity Tennis. He has earned several FBLA Midwest Regional awards and Key Club Member of the Month and volunteers with the City of Renton Farmers Market during the summer.

Manh's plans are to attend a university to study astronmy and physics and minor in drama. He aspires to become an astrophysicist.

Rotary members recognize three Renton School District high school students each month as Youth of the Month. After being selected by counselors at each of the district’s three high schools, a selection committee of Rotary members reviews applications and interviews students to identify those who will be selected as Youth of the Month.

The award is given to students who possess leadership abilities, maintain a good grade point average, participate in school activities and volunteer in their community.

The students and their parents are honored guests at a regular Rotary luncheon.

December Fairwood Area Crime Activity

The map above displays crime activity from December 1-31. Reporting was provided by King County Sheriff and Renton Police.

January 19
December reported less crime activity in Fairwood than November, perhaps because more were home for vacation during the holidays.

Multiple incidents are occuring in more concentrated areas such as apartments, shopping centers and unattended parking areas along the Cedar River areas. Neighbors are
encouraged to secure their vehicles at all times and remove all valuable articles that may encourage break ins.

For those interested in specific information about multiple incidents in the same area, an additional key is included.

Please continue to be vigilant and call 911 if you see suspicious activity.

Renton Proposes Park and Ride Garage Relocation

January 14
Renton City leaders are proposing relocating the Renton Transit Center from downtown Renton to the former Sound Ford site at the corner of South Grady Way and Rainier Avenue South.

The Sound Ford site has been on the market for many years.

“I have received positive support to explore my proposal from King County Executive Dow Constantine, members of the Sound Transit Board and Washington State Department of Transportation,” said Renton Mayor Denis Law.

“The current location does not provide adequate public transportation services for Renton residents; nor does it meet the needs of businesses and commuters in the valley area of the city.  As downtown redevelopment continues it will also pose challenges for buses to navigate. This new transit vision will lead Renton into the next phase of our community’s growth, both in our downtown core and at the new transit center location.”

Highlighted benefits of the new site to METRO, Sound Transit and the City of Renton, include:

The Transit Center, occupying 8.3 acres, would include a large public parking garage with easy access to I-405 and SR 167 for commuter buses. A Renton spokesperson noted the location is ideal for transit-oriented development (multi-family housing and retail), a priority for King County officials. Sources did not include information about the number of parking spaces the new parking garage would include.

The new garage will also facilitate future plans for Bus Rapid Transit in the upcoming Sound Transit 3 initiative. 

The current transit center site in downtown Renton would continue to be a bus stop location to serve downtown destinations and local downtown residents, while the city-owned garage will be utilized for local businesses and events.

Renton is also proposing that the new proposed garage could be funded with $68 million earmarked in Sound Transit's budget for a Renton project, developed 20 years ago. The Sound Transit project, no longer of value to the area, could be redirected for the new location.

“It (the project) offers direct access to public transportation systems and enhanced services such as easy connections to the Sounder Train station located in the southwest area of the city at SW 27th St. for our growing employment base. It is my hope over the next few weeks to gain additional support from members of the Sound Transit board,” said Law.

Found Dog in Lake Desire Area

January 12, 2016
Lake Desire neighbors have reported a found white and brown dog, a very sweet dog, along E. Lake Desire on Sunday afternoon.

If you recognize the dog, please contact info@fairwoodcommunitynews.com, and we will connect you to the person caring for the dog.




Fire District December Notes

December 15
Renton Fire Department (Also Serves Fire District 40)
Significant November Incidents
November 1: Renton Fire responded to an apartment fire on the 700 block of Harrington Place SE.  Upon arrival it was discovered this was a cooking fire contained in the kitchen.  The fire was quickly extinguished and there were no injuries.

Holiday Tree Safety

Holiday Home Fire Safety Tips

November Fairwood Area Crime Activity and MoreThe map above displays crime activity from November 1-30. Reporting was provided by King County Sheriff and Renton Police.

December 9
Police activity was busy in Fairwood. Many of you have requested specific information about multiple incidents in the same area. That information is included in this report. Please be vigilant and call 911 if you see suspicious activity.

Holiday Package Delivery Thefts Increasing
Of note, neighborhood chatter of local package delivery thefts are on the increase. Neighbors are encouraged to provide an alternate delivery address, such as work or a neighbor, if you are unable to be at home for immediate delivery pickup.

Below is a photo of an individual captured on camera, caught in the act of brazenly stealing a package in the Fairwood Greens neighborhood. Apparently, she was confronted, and the thief "said she thought it was free stuff that she had left out for anyone to take." Thanks to Forest Estates for sharing this information.

Back door break-ins are also being recorded, with many occurring during the morning, daylight hours when many are at work. Common approaches are to ring the doorbell and wait to see if someone is at home. If no one answers, they move to the backyard to gain entry. Although alarms aren't the sole answer to the problem, many attest to using this tool as a deterrent.

All neighbors are encouraged to proactively be on the watch for suspicious activity.

Renton Man Arrested for Covington Murder

December 7
King County Sheriff
An 18 year-old Renton man was arrested Saturday afternoon for a murder that occurred in Covington on November 18 (see story below).

On Saturday afternoon the King County Sheriff’s Office TAC30 team (SWAT) and Sheriff’s detectives served a search warrant on a house in the 200 block of Williams Ave N in Renton.  Detectives also had an arrest warrant for the 18 year-old that lived at that location with a relative.

The suspect was arrested and booked in the King County Jail.  The suspect will have his first appearance at 2:45 pm today, and more information is expected to be released by the King County Prosecutor's Office at that time.

National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists Missing From Local High School List

December 1
This year, no seniors were listed as National Merit Semifinalists for Kentridge and Lindbergh high schools. The list was released September 9 by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

For as long as Fairwood Community News has tracked these achievements, Kentridge students have continuously been on the list of National Merit semifinalists. That's not the case this year.

Lindbergh's list has varied each year.

National Merit Scholars are eligible for academic scholarships, most locally awarded by The Boeing Company. This year, local students will miss out on this opportunity.

We reached out to both the Kent School District and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for additional information. The Kent School District did not respond to our requests for feedback on whether this is a trend and reason(s) for this result.

FCN also asked the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for results dating back to 2005 to research whether a trend exists. The organization declined to provide this information, noting that the release of this current list is "only for the purpose of recognizing and honoring the academic achievements of the students," said spokesperson Matt Burdreau.

Neighboring Districts and School Count
How did other local schools and districts do in comparison to ours? The list below provides a quick summary of other school districts' list of National Merit Semifinalists.

Kent School District
Kentridge - 0
Kentwood - 1
Kent Meridian - 0
Kentlake - 0

Renton School District
Lindbergh - 0
Renton - 0
Hazen - 1

Tahoma School District - 1
Issaquah School District - 35
Highline Public Schools - 0
Auburn School District - 1
Federal Way School District - 6
Bellevue School District - 69



From the Community

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Thanks for all of your hard work on this website!"

- Heather Smith
Lake Desire Community Club