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Story Archive - 2011

Panda Express to fill portion
of Hollywood Video Space

December 8
Fairwood Shopping Center continues its transformation with the addition of Panda Express, a national chain of over 1,400 restaurants in 42 states, that is often described as fast-food Chinese cuisine.

The store will fill almost 2,000 square feet of retail space, located next to Taco Time where Hollywood Video was previously located. Currently under construction, Panda Express does not fill the full space occupied by Hollywood Video. Just over 1,900 square feet remains vacant for another tenant adjacent to this new shopping center addition.

With the reconfiguration of the Fairwood Shopping Center, six spaces are listed as available.

With the addition of Panda Express, eight businesses feature some type of Asian Cuisine in the immediate Fairwood area, including Golden Peacock, Fairwood Thai Cuisine, Miako's, Pho Hut, and Safeway on the north side of Petrovitsky and Thai Destination and Chiang's Gourmet to the south in the Fairwood Squre Shopping Center.

Renton School District Selects Traylor
as December's Student of Month for Lindbergh High

December 1
Rotary Club of Renton has selected their Youths of the Month for December.

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 comprehensive 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 the community.

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

Elizabeth Traylor, senior at Lindbergh High School was selected as the December Youth of the Month. Elizabeth holds a 3.8 G.P.A.; has been a member of Key Club, Speech and Debate Team, Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Robotics Club; has received National Honor Society Award, and Student of the Month.

She has received awards in several subjects and volunteers with Key Club, helping students at a nearby elementary school.

Elizabeth plans to attend a four-year college or university where she will major in biology and social sciences. She is interested in a career involving biology, communication, history and human rights.

Auburn Library Achitect
to Show Fairwood Library Plans,
Seek Public Input at December 1 Meeting

Above is Architect Schacht Aslani's concept drawing for the Auburn Branch expansion. This architect
was also awarded the contract for the Fairwood Library expansion project.

November 25, 2011
King County Library System and the Fairwood Library will hold a public meeting on Thursday, December 1 to share plans and seek public input on the Fairwood Library expansion project. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. The project began this year and is currently in the schematic design phase.

Schacht | Aslani is the architect of this project, tasked with designing a 5,000 square foot expansion to the library.

A part of a ten-year, $172 million capital bond program voters approved in 2004, the Fairwood expansion project is one of three projects begun in 2011. When complete, the Fairwood Library will total 20,000 square feet with total project costs estimated at $2.95 million.

Other projects with a 2011 start date include the Federal Way Branch, 320th Street project, and the Library Connection at Southcenter. KCLS currently has 11 projects that are "active" projects in progress, and 11 "future" projects still to be launched.

King County Sheriff's Maple Valley Precinct
to Close December 5

November 23, 2011
The King County Sheriff’s Maple ValleyPrecinct will be closing its doors to the public starting Monday, December 5. The precinct will be combined with the City of Covington's in the next few weeks. KC's Kenmore Precinct is also scheduled to be closed on December 5.

The closure is part of an effort by the Sheriff’s Office to save money and move deputies closer to the citizens and communities they serve.  The Sheriff estimates that the moves will save King County taxpayers more than $8 million over the next 20 years by closing these facilities. 

“We are saving money, strengthening our relationships with our contract city partners, and improving our access and visibility for the benefit of the citizens of King County,” Said Sheriff Sue Rahr. 

The Maple Valley Precinct will be combined with the City of Covington and is expected to be open by January 1. The Kenmore Precinct will move to Sammamish City Hall and will be open by February 1.   

Services that have traditionally been provided to the public at the precincts such as concealed pistol licenses (CPL) and fingerprinting will be temporarily available at other locations until the moves are complete. The Burien and SeaTac Precincts will provide fingerprinting and concealed pistol licenses for individuals who would normally have gone to the Maple Valley Precinct.  The public is encouraged to call and make an appointment for these purposes. 

The SeaTac Police Station is located at 4800 S. 188th St., (206) 973-4900. The Burien Police Station is located at 14905 6th Ave. SW, (206) 296-3333. 

The downtown Sheriff’s Office located at the King County Courthouse also provides fingerprinting and concealed pistol licenses on a walk in basis.  The address is 516 3rd Ave. Suite 150, located on the first floor of the courthouse.

Kentridge HS Features Fall Musical 'Sideshow'

November 2, 2011
Kentridge High School's Drama Program opens its season with the Fall Musical "Sideshow," running November 2-5 and November 8, 10-12 at Kentridge's auditorium. Curtain times for each night is at
7 p.m., and an additional show, a 2 p.m. matinee, runs on Saturdays.

The musical tells the story of a pair of Siamese twin "freaks" who leave the sideshow business for a vaudeville career. The story examines searches for survival and love through both careers.

Reserved and general tickets are $10 and $8.

Bank Robber Flees on Foot,
Attempts Car-Jacking, Gets Arrested

June 1
A man robbed the Bank of America in the 23700 block of Witte Road SE in Maple Valley this morning.  He was captured by Sheriff’s deputies, detectives, and Maple Valley Police about 10 minutes later. Following the addresses will show there were no best-layed plans for this suspect.

With a bandana over his face, the man walked into the bank about 9:10 AM and gave the teller a note demanding money.  She complied and the man left the bank.  (This is where his plan started to unravel.)

Apparently the robber didn’t have his getaway planned very well, so he tried to carjack a car in the 23600 block of Wax Orchard Road.  However, perhaps because he was unarmed, the carjacking was a no-go.

Shortly thereafter, he was seen by a citizen vaulting a six foot fence and running into a back yard in the 21600 block of Wax Road.  The man was located in the yard and arrested without incident.

The suspect is 44 years old with a Maple Valley home address.  He also had an outstanding arrest warrant for Escape from Community Custody.  He is a convicted felon.  The money was recovered.

Lindbergh High Prepares for Annual Auction,
Night of Fun April 30
Friday, April 22, 2011

Student Servers from Last Year Last Year's Gala Underway

Lindbergh Eagle Boosters have been preparing for its 10th Annual Spring Fundraising Event, scheduled for next Saturday, April 30, from 5 to 8 p.m. This year's theme is "Come Join the Fiesta!" located in the school's cafeteria.

Booster Club in Full Force

According to Eagle Booster Carrie Wong, this annual event engages the greater Fairwood community, staff, students and parents to celebrate and support Lindbergh's activities. Activities for the evening include both a Silent and Live Auction, Student Entertainment, and Dinner and Dessert. The cost of admission is just $15.

To receive an early bid number, contact Carrie Wong at sidekik@msn or call 425-271-0743. Donations are still being accepted.

Lindbergh Choir Performs

Driver Rescued from Covington Creek
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A view from Covington Creek

The driver of a pick-up truck that went off the roadway and into a creek upside down was rescued by five good Samaritans, according to King County Sheriff Office's Sgt. John Urquhart. 

When they couldn’t open the doors or break the glass to free the unconscious man, they did the next best thing.  They rolled the truck upright.  The truck was a 1983 Ford F-100.

The incident occurred yesterday afternoon on March 14. at about 4:15 PM in unincorporated King County, south of Covington.

The 28 year-old driver from Montesano was northbound on 192nd Ave SE.  He struck a guardrail In the 33000 block, then the vehicle climbed the guardrail and went into Covington Creek and landed on its top in 2 to 3 feet of running water.

A witness flagged down four other people, all of whom waded into the creek. When they could not rescue the man any other way, they were able to upright the truck back onto its wheels. The driver was unconscious from a serious head injury and his seatbelt was choking him.  One of the rescuers cut the seatbelt with a knife.

The man was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition.

Investigators have not yet discovered why the truck veered off the roadway.

Recycle Electronics for Free this Weekend
Tuesday, March 8

Fairwood neighbors are invited to discard unwanted or broken items at Lindbergh's Free Electronic Recycling Event, set for Saturday, March 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

You can drop off your unwanted items at two locations on during this event, either at the Fairwood Albertsons or at Lindbergh High School. Although this a free event sponsored by the Lindbergh Grad Night Committee, "cash donations to the Committee are gladly accepted and are tax deductible," according to Carrie Wong, one of the organizers of the event.

Working with 1 Green Planet, a non-profit organization, a variety of items are accepted including:

For more information or questions, Carrie Wong can be contacted at 425-271-0743 or at sidekik@msn.com.

Snow Hits Puget Sound
Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011
Fairwood settles in, literally, to its second snow of the winter. While other neighborhoods received up to two to three feet of snow, Fairwood fared well, with just three inches. One of the greater challenges is navigating on the 140th SE hill, but King County road crews were quick to act with sand, minimizing risks. With Renton School Distrct on break and the Kent School District closing its doors for the day, traffic has been held to a minimum.

Get out the cocoa and send us your Fairwood snow photos - we'll post!


No Injuries at Fairwood Crest Home Fire
Monday, Feb. 6, 2011
A split level home located Fairwood Crest development experienced damages from a house fire on Friday, February 4, just before noon. Units from Renton, Kent and King County responded to the call at 16612 - 132nd Place SE, just east of Lindbergh High School on one of the main roads in the Fairwood Crest neighborhood.

The Red Cross also responded, supplying temporary shelter to the displaced family. The King County Animal Shelter is taking care of the family pets. No one was reported to be injured because of the fire.

Fairwood's Fire District 40, Renton Fire Department
Dedicate New Aid Unit
Monday, Jan. 31, 2011

FD 40's New Aid Unit

King County Fire District 40 and Renton Fire & Emergency Services hosted a dedication ceremony at Fire Station 17 for the area's newest aid car on Saturday, January 29. The dedication ceremony included a long-time tradition of the fire service, often referred to as a "housing ceremony."

The ceremony dates back to the 19th century when "fire wagons" were drawn by horses. The tradition begins with pushing the old vehicle out of the station and then washing the wheels of the new unti. Washing the wheels kept the wooden spokes from drying out as well as cleaning up after a fire.

Firefighters then completed the tradition by pushing the new wagon back into the fire station. No truck to push, just the human touch completed the ceremony

Renton's Deputy Fire Chief Erik Wallgren said that "purchase of this new aid unit was possible because of the the stewardship of the board of fire commissioners of District 40. They planned well in advance for this need by creating an apparatus in placement of this plan and allocating funds to support that plan. The vehicle it is replacing has about ten years of service which is about reaching its life expectancy of an aid unit, so this is great timing for the new aid unit to be put in service today to replace the one that has transported thousands of patients to Valley Medical Center."

According to reports, the old aid unit was commissioned into service in 1999.

Family Fun, Seattle Rain

Fairwood Greens Neighborhood Holds
Second Annual 'Sunday in the Park


Fairwood Greens neighbors rolled over to nearby Allen Park to spread the blankets, break out the picnic and spirits and have some good old-time neighborly fun. Band Seattle Rain moved some to get up and dance at the Greens' second annual "Sunday in the Park" event on August 8. >>

Abandoned Homes Need Neighborly TLC
Signs of neglect can bring down the rest of the neighborhood... in more ways we can imagine. If neighbors have abandoned their home and it shows it, read about ways you and your neighbors can help.

Fairwood-Area Community Sales Lining Up this Summer
Three nearby neighborhoods are preparing for an onslaught of garage sale frenzy in the next few weeks. Break out the change, gas up your car and get ready to wheel & deal!

School Year Wrap-Up
'R' Word Pledge, Author Visits Carriage Crest Events Engage
Carriage Crest shares two events that helped them move to a fantastic year-end finish.

Woman Attacked on Tiger Mountain Trail
A woman was attacked over the weekend on the Tiger Mountain Trail outside of Issaquah.  She was able to fight off her attacker, who was armed with a stun-gun or Taser and she received only minor injuries.

King County Deputy Sam Shirley
Fairwood Safety Updates for March
Reports from King County Sheriff's office.

Local Resident Shot Multiple Times by Intruders
A local resident was shot multiple times by intruders. The victim was in a mobile home in the 17600 block of 196th Ave. SE, east of Fairwood.

Burien Homicide Case Reward Doubled to $10,000
The family of Mark Ebinger, stabbed to death last November, has increased the reward offered to $10,000 in hopes of generating tips that will lead to an arrest.

Renton Juvenile Arrested for Bomb Threats
Renton's Dimmitt Middle School's principal received several anonymous emails containing threats to blow up the school, set fire to the school and shoot to death students of the school.

From the Community

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- Heather Smith
Lake Desire Community Club