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January 30-March 2
Monty Python's Spamalot
5th Aveune Theatre, Seattle

January 31-February 9
Sleeping Beauty
McCaw Hall, Seattle

February 8-March 9
Seattle Children's Theatre

February 21-22
Everett Film Festival
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February 22
Green River Glass Show & Sale
Kent Commons

February 27-March 2
Wintergrass Music Festival


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Kentridge, Fairwood benefits
with recycling event December 7

December 6
Tomorrow, Fairwood neighbors can take advantage of an electronics event sponsored by the Kentridge Booster Club.

The recycling event will be located at Kentridge High School from 10 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on December 7.

This fundraiser is both a free service to the community and a fundraiser for the KR Booster Club. It's a win-win event.

Whether these items are in working condition or not, 1 Green Planet will take the items the KR Booster Club collects and recycle everything.

Electrical items sought include all types of computers, large and small appliances, stereos, DVD players, televisions, bicycles, and even barbecues, according to KR Booster Club representative Tyler Rettkowski.

Kentridge Players Perform 'Forum'

November 10
By Cynthia Okawara

Written by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” combines situations from time-tested, 2,000-year-old comedies of the Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville.

The result is hilarious. 

Crafty slave (Pseudolus) struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan (Philia) for his young master (Hero) in exchange for freedom. 

This fast-paced, witty, and irreverent stage classic has been called “Broadway’s greatest farce and probably one of the funniest musical comedies ever written. 

Under the direction of Kentridge Artistic Director, Jennifer Grajewski and Music Director, Catherine Robinson, as well as Community Leaders Tarik Abouzied and Eia Waltzer, this production is guaranteed to entertain.

The show runs from November 13-16 and 20-23 at 7:00 pm with two Saturday matinees at 2:00 pm.  Performances will be at the Kentridge High School Performing Arts Center, and tickets are available at www.showtix4u.com.

Eye on Fairwood
Fairwood Businesses hit with heavy vandalism

November 2
Photos by King County Sheriff's Office
Fairwood Community News' neighbor Mark B sent us a message on Thursday about a series of vandalism incidents striking our local businesses.

Following that lead, King County Sheriff Cindi West said that King County Deputies were called to the Fairwood Shopping Center just before 1 a.m., searching for a male breaking several windows at LA Fitness.

According to West, "The male was reported to have a sledge-type hammer and had shattered multiple windows.  As the call progressed and prior to the arrival of our folks, witnesses observed the male with an axe.  He continued to break several more windows," which also included windows at frozen yogurt shop Menchies.

Daunting Weapons
West reported that when the first deputy arrived in the area, he found the allleged vandal near the Bartells store with axe in hand. When the second deputy arrived, the male was taken into custody without incident.

"He had had minor cuts to his hands.  He was treated by the Renton Fire Department at the scene and booked for felony malicious mischief," said West.

Thankfully, no additional injuries to others were reported.

When the incident finally ended, approximately 37 large windows had been damaged or destroyed. The initial estimated cost of damages is between $30,000 to $40,000, according to West.

Fairwood Neighbors hit with mail theft

November 1
One of our Fairwood neighborhoods, Windham Ridge, was the victim of recent mail theft. Fife Police recovered hundreds of pieces of stolen mail from a car in the area, including mail from Windham Ridge residents.

According to a Windham Ridge neighbor, mailboxes were were raided the evenings of October 23-24.

"Hundreds of checks were recovered, including checks from our Windham Ridge residents," said this neighbor.

Many neighborhoods are taking steps to fight this kind of theft, purchasing clustered locked mailboxes. While the investment begins around $179 for each box, many are making the move.

Before installing a unit, residents should check with their associated homeowners associations to understand association requirements and recommended options.

Launch Fall Festivities with Free Production of
'Little Red Riding Hood'

October 14
My sons are well beyond the toddler years, but we still fondly remember our annual fall trek to Woodinville to watch Molbak's free magical fairy tale productions. Set in the the store's event area amidst acres of greenhouses and lush plants, children delight in timeless children's classics each October.

Molbak has provided this gift to the community for more than a decade.

This year's production is Little Red Riding Hood, perfect for elementary children and their parents. The 45-minute professional play was adapted, produced and directed by B.J. Douglas and stars Daniel Goodman, Adria LaMorticella, Todd Stratton, and Kate Witt. While the production is free, donations will be accepted, benefitting the Sarvey Wildlife Care Center.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For details on times and dates of the play (weekends only) during October, check out our calendar to the right.

Make the trek - You'll make a lasting memory.

Renton Rotary Names September,
October Youths of the Month

Renton Youths of the Month: Cowan (L) and Suarez (R).

October 11
Lindbergh High Seniors Nicole Cowan and Emmanuel Suarez, Jr., were recently named Youths of the Month (YOM) for September and August by the Renton Rotary.

September's YOM Nicole Cowan has a 3.7 GP and is a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, FBLA, Team Agape, Eagle Crew, and DECA. Special honors include serving as ASB Class Officer, Ad Astra Choir, and Student of the Month and Future Business Leader of America awards.

Cowan's plans are to attend the University of Washington and major in graphic design, business or Education.

October's YOM Emmanuel Suarez, Jr., has a 3.7 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, DECA, and International Club. Special honors include holding various leadership and ASB positions, Student of the Month awards, and the Outstanding WASC presenter award. He works part time at Hollister and volunteers at the Renton Farmer's Market.

Suarez's plans are to attend UCLA and major in psychology and/or become an actor.

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.

Parents Alerted on Possible Child Safety Issues During Youth Soccer at Petrovitsky Park

September 23
The Kent Covington Youth Soccer (KCYS) recently experienced two safety scares while youth soccer activities were underway at Fairwood's busy Petrovitsky Park, owned by King County.

Scares prompts warning to parents
These scares were severe enough to prompt KCYS Mod Director Art King to send the following notice to parents:

Dear KCYS Parents,
This is an important message for all KCYS parents to read.  Last Wednesday we had a scary incident at Petrovitsky Park involving the young siblings of two of our players.  First let me say that the children are OK and their parents are taking the appropriate action. 

Two young children, siblings of players on one of our Mod teams, had been playing on the playground near the playfields as practice was wrapping up. While the parents were watching the practice that was finishing, the children were lured into the nearby woods by a 14-year old boy.   The disappearance was noticed almost immediately and the parents were able to locate their children and confronted the teen.   From there the parents called 911 and the county sheriff arrived.  Through interviews with the sheriff, the teenager’s parents, and the children’s parents it appears that no harm came to the kids.  The teenager lives near the park and is not affiliated with KCYS.  The teenager told the parents and authorities he lured the kids because he wanted to play with the kids in his forest fort.

We are thankful this didn’t end badly, but it is a good reminder of things to be aware of when at practices, games, and other activities at recreational areas:

As an organization we all need to make sure we are keeping our children’s safety on and off the field front of mind.   Please reach out to me should you have any questions.

Severity of Language Confirmed
Soccer parent Don Geyer cautiously questioned King to confirm the language of the above letter, wondering if "lured" was too strong a word and questioned whether the teen's activites were investigated by the Sheriff to confirm ill-intent. King felt the term was correct, based on accounts of a guardian and coach who had witnessed the incident and based on a similar incident that had occurred the previous week.

All are encouraged to call 911 for any suspicious activities. Keep a watchful eye on our precious neighbors.

Fairwood Library Begins Move to Temporary Site

The new temporary Fairwood Library will be located just to the right of Mike's Auto.
Doors open to the public September 18.

September 14
After many months of research and design, the King County Library System (KCLS) is now ready to break ground on its 5,000 square foot expansion at the existing Fairwood Library. Now at the next phase of the project, Fairwood Library staff members have been preparing for the move to a temporary home in the Fairwood Shopping Center.

This phase begins with the closure of existing facility on 140th Ave. SE this Sunday, September 15. Staff will have just three days to move, opening its doors at the old Curves storefront location on Wednesday, September 18.

The temporary location is next door to Mike's Auto, which is in the strip mall just east of ACE Hardware. The new address is 14238 SE 176th Street.

The current facility experienced heavy use by all generations and cultural backgrounds, excactly how a public facility is intended to operate. The downside to this heavy use was that patrons also felt the negatives of the space crunch, with increased noise and limited opportunities for quiet study and reading.

One patron noted that her use of the library has changed. "I would visit the library and browse because it was easy and inviting. Now, I get in and out. There's too much going on for the type of quiet experience I want. It's pretty overwhelming."

This expansion will alleviate those challenges, allowing patrons to have a space to "breathe".

Reduced Size = Reduced Services
The temporary Fairwood Library location is approximately 10 percent the size of the existing facility. Downsizing from 15,000 to approximately 1,500 square feet means reduced services. This location will offer materials pick up, a couple of public computers, space for housing "holds", library catalog access, and a small browsing area.

"It's typically what we do for remodels; we try to find a place for where people can at least pick up their holds," said Greg Smith, KCLS Director of Facilities Management Services & Development. KCLS is renting this space from the mall owner and is expecting to lease the space for a year.

For patrons in need of more services, other nearby branches can be of assistance. Nearby KCLS branches include Maple Valley, Covington, Renton Highlands, and downtown Renton and Kent.

Construction Begins
The Fairwood Library first opened its doors in January 1986 and underwent a major remodel in December 2006. The current 5,000 square foot expansion of the original 15,000 square foot structure aligns with a strategic plan that falls under the 2004 KCLS Captial Bond Measure passed by voters, focused on improving and expanding facilities throughout the service district.

KCLS estimates the Fairwood branch serves approximately 50,000 people.

Space to Breathe
Designed by architectural firm Schacht Aslani, the expansion to 20,000 square feet will provide Fairwood patrons a number of benefits, including increased seating, larger meeting rooms, a larger children's area, and additional public computers. The contractor is Beisley Construction.

Parking space will remain the same. "We actually have more parking than is required by code, so we're not adding any parking," said Smith.

While the temporary space will be limited in services and a bit cramped for space, Smith thinks the next step will be worth the wait. "We hope all will be patient with us. When it gets done, it will beautful and they'll love it."

Fairwood Librarian Nancy Henkle agreed. "It's going to be fantastic for the community."

Temporary Location Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 11am-7pm
Friday, 10am-6pm
Saturday, 10am-5pm
Sunday, 1-5pm

Architect's rendering of the Fairwood Library, currently scheduled to reopen in September 2014.

Storm's Lightening Strikes
Fairwood Neighborhood

Photo by Heather Stafford

September 6
A tree directly in front of Lake Desire's Community Club was hit by lightning during the Fairwood area's recent, unusual storm. Community Board members are currently determining next steps on how to address next steps, including identifying if the tree is on the community's property or if it is located on King County property and determining if the tree needs to be professionally removed.

"We are hoping it will heal and we can keep the tree. Thankfully it was hit before kids were waiting for the bus to arrive to take them to school," said Lake Desire President Heather Stafford.

Fairwood United Methodist Treats Neighbors
to 27th Annual Chicken Barbecue

September 2
Fairwood United Methodist Church (FUMC) will open its doors, or in this case, barbecue, to the greater Fairwood Community with its 28th annual Chicken Barbecue this Saturday, September 7, from 2:00-7:00 p.m.

The men's group at FUMC will assemble a 30-foot-long barbecue to grill 2,000 pounds of chicken with special secret sauce and 260 ears of corn for hungry neighbors.

The annual tradition dates back to 1975, when the Fairwood of today was not as it is. According to Dick Matthais, alder was collected for the barbecue from wood gathered on land being developed just southeast of The Firs. Planning for the first event included digging the huge barbecue pit, cinder blocks collected and grills were fabricated.

The church's multi-purpose room is set up for diners, and additional volunteers meet, greet, and serve the neighbors. The heritage of great community barbecues often includes a secret special barbecue sauce, and the FMUC also has a secret signature sauce. The sauce was developed long ago by Helen Schroeder. Alder-cooked corn on the cob, coleslaw, and baked beans are also highlights for diners. Homemade desserts will also be available.

Dinners are affordable, with a half chicken and all the fixins' for $10. A quarter chicken dinner is $7.50, and a half chicken only is $7.50. Single servings of roasted corn is just $1.00. All can be packaged for carry-out if diners prefer.

After the diners trickle out and the children's big toy is deflated, volunteers ensure that nothing remaining is allowed to go to waste. Leftovers are sold at a bargain, half price, on Sunday to members after church.

What, if anything, is left after that sale goes to local charities such as food for the homeless.

Fairwood Greens and Woodside
Home Owners Associations both selected
to receive Community Service Area Grants


August 16
Metropolitan King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn today announced that Fairwood Greens and Woodside Home Owners Association’s (HOAs) both in the Fairwood community near Renton were selected to receive Community Service Area (CSA) Grants. Councilmember Dunn represents both HOAs on the County Council.

“Fairwood has a number of very active and community-minded Homeowner Associations that help make the Fairwood area a great place to live,” said Dunn. “These grants do a great job of bridging the gap between the County and residents that live in unincorporated areas such as Fairwood.”

The Fairwood Greens HOA was awarded $1500 to help with the summer “Concerts in the Park” series. These concerts take place at the community park each summer.

“The Fairwood Greens HOA is pleased to have been awarded a grant of $1500 to go toward our concert series this summer,” said HOA member Erin Aboudara. “We would like to thank King County Community Service Areas staff, King County Council staff and Councilmember Reagan Dunn for this wonderful opportunity for our neighborhood to offer an enjoyable cultural event series in Fairwood.”

The Woodside HOA was awarded $1,250 to help with repairs to improve visibility and maintain the community welcome sign. The sign welcomes people to both the Woodside neighborhood as well as Petrovitsky Park.

“The Woodside community appreciates this grant. It will provide needed assistance for our entrance,” said Woodside HOA Vice President Barry Cossel. “This continues the joint county/Woodside working together to maintain the entrances of Petrovitsky Park and the Woodside community.” 

The King County Community Service Areas (CSA) offer expanded ways for the County to engage with the 255,000 county residents who live outside city boundaries of which over 70,000 reside in King County Council District 9.

A total of $60,000 will be reimbursed for projects in 2013. The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks Community Service Areas Program will provide funds to selected projects through a letter of award. Amounts will be limited to less than $5,000 per project.

The grant programs within the CSA’s 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.

Unincorporated communities interested in learning more about the CSA program and how to apply for future grant opportunities can access more information by CLICKING HERE.

Public Meeting on Pot Zoning Regulations
Set for Monday

August 11
A public meeting in Council District 9, focused on proposed zoning regulations for marijuana-related businesses in King County, is scheduled tomorrow evening.

This meeting is one of series of four the King County Department of Permitting and Environmental Review (DPER) is hosting to discuss a proposed ordinance that will set the standards for the zoning of these types of businesses within unincorporated King County.


Monday, August 12, 2013 | 6 pm – 9 pm,

Maple Valley Public Library, 21844 SE 248th Street, Maple Valley

An open house time is scheduled for the first hour, where attendees can ask questions with King County staff in attendance. The comment period will then follow at 7 p.m.

According to King County Council Member Reagan Dunn, "The proposed ordinance would allow indoor growing, limit outdoor growing to rural and agricultural areas, and allow processing and retail sales in certain business zones. I would urge you to attend this meeting if you have questions or concerns on this topic."

King County officials will be on hand to answer questions and lay out the details of this proposed legislation as well as taking public comment. The Executive will use the comments and input from the public at these four meetings to craft the final version of this ordinance for submission to the King County Council later this month.

For more information regarding this review and comment period on the King County website, CLICK HERE.

'National Night Out' Hits Fairwood Neighborhoods

August 10
A number of Fairwood area communities sponsored activities for this year's National Night Out on August 6, a night to focus on crime prevention in neighborhoods across the nation.

The introduction of National Night Out began in 1984 in an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. National Night Out happens the first Tuesday in August.

Fairwood area participation included:

- First time Night Out sponsored by Boulevard Lane, where over 100 residents were treated to a bonus barbecue! Board member Don Geyer (photo contribution above) reported the event far exceeded everyone's expectations, including requiring an emergency run to the store for more food!

Elliott Farm offered ice cream treats and scheduled Fire District Representatives to join the event.

Forest Estates sponsored a National Night Out Evening, with food, beverages, and special visits from both the police and fire departments.

The City of Renton celebrated three days early by sponsoring National Night Out (NNO) at Jones Park on August 3. Neighbors were treated to sweets, games and finger printing opportunities for kids, and lots of information for all on how to keep children and neighborhoods safe. Puget Sound Energy was also a sponsor of this larger event in the downtown area.

Bicycle and Truck Collision
Sends Bicyclist to Hospital

Enumclaw woman with life threatening injuries

King County Sheriff
August 4

A 60 year-old Enumclaw bicyclist is being treated at Harborview Hospital with life threatening injuries after her bicycle and a truck collided north of Enumclaw in unincorporated King County tonight.   

The bicyclist and a Ford F550 flat bed truck collided in the 37400 block of 244th Ave. SE north of Enumclaw.  The rural county road is narrow, and the collision appears to have taken place on a curve in the road.  King County Sheriff’s deputies received a 911 call regarding the collision at about 6:49 P.M. Deputies arrived found the bicyclist had sustained severe injuries.  The bicyclist was airlifted to Harborview.

The driver of the truck is a 19 year-old Enumclaw man.  Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the collision.  The KCSO major accident reconstruction detectives are on scene investigating the case. 

Search launched to find family
of found cremated remains

King County Sheriff's Office
July 30
The King County Sheriff’s Office is looking for someone who is missing a box of cremated remains that were found in a park last week.

At around 2 p.m. on July 22, a King County Parks supervisor brought the box containing the remains to the police station. According to the supervisor, an employee discovered the remains while mowing near Soos Creek Trail near SE 266th and 148th Ave SE.

The remains were found in a non-descript, brown box that was in good condition and did not seem to have been exposed to the elements.

A tag inside the box stated the remains belonged to “Beatrice Elaine Park, age 82, date of death 5/18/04.”  The crematory was Olympic Crematory Association in Centralia and the funeral home was American Burial and Cremation Services.

Police called the funeral home and found that the remains had been given to Beatrice’s husband, Hugh Park, after her death. However, police learned that Hugh died in 2006.

Those with information regarding this case are asked to please call the King County Sheriff’s Office at 206-296-3311 and reference case number 13-174358.

UPDATE FROM KC SHERIFF'S OFFICE: Thanks to the media's help in getting the information out about the cremated remains that were found near Kent, we have been contacted by the daughter of the deceased and will reunite her with the remains later this week.  

At the Ridge Theatre Presents
'Beauty and the Beast'

July 20
At the Ridge Theatre's summer season begins this week, featuring 'Beauty and the Beast,' based on the aclaimed Disney animation of the French fairy tale.

Belle, a beautiful girl with a heart greater than traditional conventions, flees from the advances of arrogant, affluent Gaston and searches for her lost father.

While lost in the woods, Belle's father is captured by the Beast, a handsome prince turned monster by a witch.

Belle agrees to stay with the Beast if her father is released. Little does she know that the prince's curse can be broken if a woman falls in love with him.

Once she agrees to stay, the challenge begins.

Audiences will be treated to wonderful songs and enchanting acting. Crowds at the recent Kent Cornucopia Days were treated to a few songs by the cast.

According to Fairwood Community News reader Angela Graves, "...it looks like it will be a beautiful performance."

Performances run July 25 through August 10, running each week from Thursday through Sunday. Thursday through Saturday evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday performances offer an additional matinee at 2 p.m., and the Sunday performances (July 28 and August 4) are at 4 p.m. with no evening performance.

Tickets are $15.00, except for Saturday matinees, priced at $5.00.

All performances are at the Kentridge High School Performing Arts Center.

Fairwood Fireworks Accident
Results in Serious Injuries

July 4
A 26-year-old, South Seattle man leaving an party at a Fairwood-area apartment probably thought he would begin the Fourth of July with a celebratory bang. That plan quickly went south when he set off a homemade firework, resulting in significant, serious injuries.

At around 4:30 this morning, the man created a "sparkler bomb" tied together with duct tape.

He set off the crafted "bomb" on SE 176th Street, between Fairwood Villa Condos and Fairwood Pond Apartments, just east of the central Fairwood shopping area.

"The sparkler bomb appeared to have exploded quickly.  Family and friends were present and provided immediate aid," said King County Sheriff spokesperson Cindi West.

Fire District 40's Fire Station 17 responded and prepared the injured man for transport, applying a tourniquet for his leg.   

Injuries sustained were open fractures to his left leg and the area below the left knee. His left lower leg may be amputated below the knee, according to Sergeant West.

He also had a deep penetrating injury to his left forearm.  When sheriffs arrived at Harborview, the subject was in critical condition.

Duct tape and the wires were collected at the scene, and sparkler wire apparently flew as far 125 feet from the point of explosion. Some wires were found embeded in a nearby tree, emphasizing the force of the explosion. 

"The majority of tape and sparkler wires were located on the south side of the roadway with the some of the wire being imbedded in the trees near the apartment complex.  It is likely that the subject was facing south in the middle of the street.  The device was built with at least 50 sparklers," said West.

This case is still under investigation, but King County notes that this incident is considered a Class C Felony to convert common fireworks into something that creates an explosion.

Lindbergh Neighborhood's Road Buckles

June 30
Apparently the heat got to more than Fairwood area residents today.

Traffic will experience minor delays until repairs can be made at the 16700 block of 128th Ave. SE near Lindbergh High School, where pavement apparently buckled due to the heat, according to the King County Sherriff's office.

One lane of traffic is open in the impacted area.

As a precaution, natural gas service has been called to the site to ensure no related damages have occurred.

Hazardous Conditions Forces Temporary Closure
of Portion of Cedar River

June 30
King County Sherriff
King County Sherriff John Urquhart has ordered a temporary closure of a two-mile stretch of the Cedar River from Cedar Grove Road SE to SE Jones Road (River Mile 11.45 to River Mile 9.5) beginning today. The closure is between the reaches known as Rainbow Bend and Belmondo between Maple Valley and Renton. Hazardous conditions that threaten the safety of recreational users prompted the closure, in effect until further notice.

River closure signs are placed at the closure area directing boaters and floaters to exit the river at the take out at Cedar Grove Road SE on the left (south) bank.

Only the King County Sheriff can close a King County river. Individuals found entering the closure area can be issued a warning or be fined by King County Sheriffs.

Several trees that have fallen into the river at this reach, in addition to two major flood-risk reduction projects beginning construction, prompted the closure to protect public safety.

Flood-risk reduction projects at Rainbow Bend and the Belmondo reach will involve extensive in-water work including excavation and the placement of rock and wood in and adjacent to the river. Although the work will be completed from the banks and the contractors will install temporary structures to isolate the work areas, the operation of heavy equipment in and over the water presents risks to recreational users. 

River users should be aware during this hot weekend that the water is still very cold from winter snowmelt and lower flows can reveal new obstacles such as branches, wood and rocks that were moved around by winter storms creating very dangerous conditions. River users should always scout ahead before putting crafts in the water.

“Our rivers in King County are cold, even in summer months, and river currents are powerful. Obstructions such as logs and rocks create natural hazards throughout our rivers. Always wear a lifejacket and plan for a safe, sober journey,” said Sheriff Urquhart.

For more information about known river hazards in King County, river safety tips, lifejacket discount coupons and drowning prevention information go to www.kingcounty.gov/riversafety.

Neighbors Fairwood West, Greens holding Community Sales, Mega-Shopping this Weekend

June 28
Community sales ramp into high gear this weekend, with two neighborhood Fairwood-area communities opening their garage doors to bargain-seeking buyers.

Both Fairwood West and Fairwood Greens will hold three-day sales beginning today.

Main entrances to both communities are directly across the street from each other, bordering on 140th Ave. SE. Unknown is whether the communities will offer maps of specific sales within their communities, but the savvy homeowner will clearly alert shoppers with signs directing them to their homes.

Have a wonderful time finding the best bargains, and drive carefully as you tour each neighborhood!

Fairwood Greens Files for Grant for Concerts
to Benefit Greater Fairwood Community

By Erin Aboudara, June 23
This month, we (Fairwood Greens HOA) will file a request for a 2013 King County Community Service Area Grant.  King County has set aside $60,000 for unincorporated King County communities for various improvements.

I thought perhaps it might be fun to request some funding for the community engagement activities that we already do for our homeowners--specifically that we could recoup a little funding for one of our wonderful summer concerts!  

We are eligible if we are willing to allow other Fairwood neighborhoods' residents to also attend.  I am requesting a grant of $3,000 for the Fairwood Greens Homeowners' Association.  

The Board will be required to follow the budget as best they can and provide a survey of the concert at the end and report their findings to King County after the event if our Association's grant request is approved in July, 2013.  The idea of this program is to promote a sense of community in Fairwood.

Boulevard Lane crash ends with mangled fence

June 4
Boulevard Lane resident and HOA Vice President Don Geyer shared the aftermath of an incident in his neighborhood early Sunday morning, June 2.

"The word from neighbors is that it was a drunk driver, and he was arrested a short ways down the road thanks to a neighbor reporting the incident right away," said Geyer.

He also noted that the information was unconfirmed.

The car could have struck the house. Fortunately, major damage was avoided.

Surprised Fairwood 'Resident'
Meets Canine Security

Photo by Amelia Carpenter

Boulevard Lane, Forest Estates Sales
this weekend

May 27
The community sales continue this weekend, with two adjacent Fairwood-area neighborhoods opening their garage doors to bargain-seeking buyers.

Boulevard Lanes: It's time for the annual Boulevard Lane Community Garage Sale, May 31 thru June 2 (Fri - Sun). Many houses throughout the development participate in this popular event, each hosting their own sale! Maps showing registered participants will be available at the entrance. This is a FREE event!

Forest Estates: Residents of this community are cleaning out their closets and clutter to get ready for their sale,, scheduled for Friday, May 21 - Saturday, June 1. Forest Estates is located just east of Boulevard Lanes on SE 192nd Street.

Local Neighborhood Town Meeting Updates
from Fairwood Board Member Aboudara

May 19
Local Fairwood Greens Board Member Erin Aboudara and several other board members attended the King County Fairwood Town Hall meeting at Fairwood Elementary on April 4. Erin took a few moments to share key messages of interest to the greater Fairwood community.

King County Councilman Reagan Dunn, King County Sheriff John Urquhart, and several other King County government department representatives attended this Town Hall Meeting.

Sheriff's Report
Statistics. Sheriff Urquhart reported that Fairwood, in general, the number of violent crimes here and in nearby unincorporated King County are down, despite the recent double homicide. Unfortunately, property crimes such as burglary and car prowls are up.

He also reported that as of May 1, the number of deputies on patrol south of I-90 totals eight. This is a service reduction reflective of the current Sheriff’s Office budget.

Several homeowners asked questions regarding how to best address 911 calls that will result in a speedy reponse. Sheriff Urquhart noted that people should answer the 911 dispatcher’s questions regarding related to the type of emergency (medical, fire or police). The dispatcher then can decide if the call needs to be sent to the non-emergency dispatcher and if a deputy is needed. A total of six detectives cover property crime investigations from NE King to SE King in unincorporated King County.

One of the biggest crime problems that King County currently has is ongoing gang issues and property tagging.

Sheriff's Visibility to Increase
A homeowner expressed concern about the status of Sheriff’s Office storefront in Fairwood and also about the Maple Valley KCSO Precinct that was closed early last year.

Sheriff Urquhart stated emphatically that more coverage will occur at the storefront soon and that the “surplus property” of the Maple Valley precinct building was not sold to any buyers. They now realize this prescence is still needed. Urquhart hopes to reopen it again within a short time as well.

Reagan Dunn has noted that he had opposed the closure of the precinct all along and lives nearby in unincorporated Maple Valley. Erin remembered e-mailing him about her concerns regarding a strong presence at the precinct to serve remaining areas of unincorporated SE King County and he strongly agreed. However, Erin noted that some of the other council members apparently did not agree and voted against what is best for this area regarding to law enforcement coverage.

To read Erin's full report, hover over the Fairwood Greens site in the navigation bar above under "Communities A-G."

Fairwood Neighborhood Sales Galore
this Weekend!

May 17
Get out your change and take advantage of at least three Fairwood neighborhood yard sales this weekend. If you live in those neighborhoods and have a few items you'd like to sell, a little scrambling to organize might result in a good payoff!

For future neighborhood sale information, check back with us regularly!

Sales this weekend include:

Candlewood/Carriage Wood Community Garage Sale | Fri., May 17-Sat., May 18
These communities are accessed from Petrovitsky Road, just east of Fairwood's Retail areas.

Youth Rummage Sale, Fairwood United Methodist Church | Fri., May 17-Sat., May 18
Fairwood Community United Methodist Church youth are having a rummage sale on May 17 – 18 to help raise money for their mission trip to Belize this year.  Sale runs Friday May 17 from 8 am – 4 pm and Saturday May 18 from 9 am to 3 pm.  Senior high youth are going to Belize to help work on building projects for the disabled, disadvantaged or elderly which can include painting, building or repairing wheelchair ramps, and/or building porches or stairs.  Junior high youth are going to the Nez Pierce reservation in  Idaho.  Church address is 15255 SE Fairwood Blvd., Renton WA 98058.  Questions, please call Kathy Porter at 425 254-0620.

Lake Desire Community/Spring Garage Sale | Saturday, May 18, 8-ish to Noon

Happy hunting!

King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
updates Fairwood double murder case

May 13
Chadd Boysen, 26, accused of murdering his two elderly grandparents pled not guilty to two counts of aggravated first degree murder at an April 4 King County arraignment hearing.

Boysen's grandparents were long-time Fairwood-area residents, and the murders shook the surrounding community.

Since that April 4 hearing, the prosecutor's office has been reviewing the case to determine whether they will seek the death penalty. At an April 26 hearing, an extension for making this decision was requested and granted.

The other option to the death penalty is life imprisonment.

According to Ian Goodhew, Deputy Chief of Staff for the King County Prosecutor's Office, the State v. Boysen case requires extensive preparation, and the Court is updated on the progress of both the prosecution's and defense's preparation for the trial, called a case setting hearing.

Judge Douglas North has been assigned to this case and will hear the case until completion, according to Goodhew.

"The attorneys for both the prosecution and the defense appeared. The prosecutor’s office asked for an extension of the deadline to make a decision regarding the death penalty until June 3rd, which the court granted. The next court hearing is June 7, 2013," said Goodhew. 

"Cases that are charged with aggravated murder are the most serious cases we have in the criminal justice system. So there is likely to be several case setting hearings in this case before a trial date is eventually set at the discretion of the court."

It is thought that several family members were present at the April 26 hearing.

Boysen is accused of strangling his Fairwood Greens grandparents, Robert Taylor, 82, and Norma Taylor, 80, not long after his release from serving nine months at the Monroe Correctional Complex for an attempted burglary charge. The Taylors were reportedly found in a closet of a spare bedroom in their home on March 9.

Boysen is being held without bail.

Kentwood's Production of 'Hairspray'
runs through May 11

May 4
Kentwood High School's Kentwood Players are in the first of two weeks of performances of the hilarious musical production of 'Hairspray.'

Performances run Wednesday through Saturday, May 1-4, and May 8-11 at 7pm.

Performances are at the Kentwood High School Performing Arts Center in nearby Covington.

A girl achieves her dream of performing on a TV dance show set in 1962 Baltimore, when racial integration was still a challenge.

When a dancer leaves her favorite teen dance show, Tracy Turnblad auditions and wins an opportunity to dance on the all-white Corny Collins Show, she watches the ugly face of discrimination and works to integrate the show.

Directed by Rebecca Lloyd, performances are supported by a full orchestra, skilled dancers, and accomplished vocalists. Tickets at the door are $10 and $8 with ASB card.

Fairwood-Area National Merit Scholars Announced

April 27
National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) released the names of the first group of winners in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Approximately 1,000 distinguished high school seniors have won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards financed by about 200 corporations, company foundations, and other business organizations. Scholars were selected from students who advanced to the Finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition and met criteria of their scholarship sponsors. Corporate sponsors provide National Merit Scholarships for Finalists who are children of their employees, who are residents of communities the company serves, or who plan to pursue college majors or careers the sponsor wishes to encourage.

Most of these awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends that range from $500 to $10,000 per year. Some provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000. Recipients can use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university of their choice.

Semifinalists were announced last fall, and this shorter list includes the first group of winners. Fairwood Community News reviewed lists for Kent, Renton, and Tahoma School Districts.

Local Winners
Kent Meridian High School
Jonathan W. Hanson

Kentlake High School:
Michael T. Raybuck

Kentridge High School
James K. Dugan
Timothy B. Ie

Funding for these National Merit Scholarships is provided by corporate organizations that
represent nearly all sectors of American industry. Sponsors from the business community have underwritten awards offered in all 58 competitions, expending or committing more than $700 million to support the intellectual development of the nation’s scholastically talented youth.

About 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools entered the 2013 National Merit
Scholarship competition when they took the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. In September 2012, some 16,000 Semifi nalists were designated on a state representational basis in numbers proportional to each state’s percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors. Semifi nalists were the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represented less than one percent of the nation’s seniors.

To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, Semifinalists had to fulfill requirements
to advance to Finalist standing. Each Semifi nalist was asked to complete a detailed
scholarship application, which included writing an essay and providing information about
extracurricular activities, awards, and leadership positions. Semifi nalists also had to have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and earn SAT scores that confi rmed their qualifying test performance. From the Semifinalist group, some 15,000 met Finalist requirements.

By the conclusion of the 2013 competition, about 8,000 Finalists will have been selected
to receive National Merit Scholarships totaling over $35 million. Winners are the Finalist
candidates judged to have the strongest combination of academic skills and achievements, extracurricular accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Kentridge Production of 'Evita' begins this week

April 21
Fairwood area drama students, The Kentridge Players, perform 'Evita' for its spring perfomance this week.

Performances run Wednesday through Saturday, April 24-27 and May 1-4, at 7pm. An additional matinee performance is scheduled for Saturday, May 4 at 2pm.

Performances are at the Kentridge High School Performing Arts Center.

Eva Perón used her smarts and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady.

Adored by her people as a champion for the poor, she became one of the most powerful women in the world — while her greed, outsized ambition and fragile health made her one of the most tragic.

EVITA tells Eva's passionate and unforgettable true story, and features some of theater's most beautiful songs, including "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" and "High Flying, Adored."

Directed by Jennifer Grajewski, performances are supported by a full orchestra, skilled dancers, and accomplished vocalists. Reserved tickets are $10 and General Seating are tickets are $8. To prepurchase tickets, CLICK HERE.

Girl Scout Volunteer Fair this Weekend

April 17
On Saturday, April 20, Girl Scouts of Western Washington is hosting a Volunteer Fair from 10 am to 1 pm at Cedar Heights Middle School in Covington.

Experienced volunteers and staff will have information about the wide variety of volunteer opportunities available for all ages, from camp counseling to troop leadership and council internships. Something for everyone will be available.

Refreshments, entertainment and Girl Scout activities are also planned.

Renton School District Selects
New Superintendent

April 9
Renton School District board members have selected Dr. Merri Rieger as the new superintendent of the Renton School District.

Dr. Rieger is currently chief student achievement officer in the Kent School District. She has also served as assistant superintendent for learning and school improvement in Kent, high school principal in the Bremerton School District, and dean of students and high school teacher in the Auburn School District. Dr. Rieger earned her B.A., M.A., and Ed.D at Was...hington State University.

Dr. Rieger will take office in Renton on July 1.

"We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Merri Rieger as our new superintendent,” said Board President Lynn Desmarais. “Merri has the depth of experience and sense of vision that make her a perfect fit for the Renton School District.”

As one of three top candidates for superintendent, Dr. Rieger met with numerous community members and business leaders, as well as parents, teachers and staff, to discuss her qualifications and answer questions ranging from her leadership philosophy to why she chose to apply for the position. After each session, participants offered school board members their opinions about whether this candidate was the right fit for Renton.

“Renton’s reputation attracted a strong field of candidates due in part to the tremendous community support we receive,” said Desmarais, “and with the community's help in assessing leadership potential, Dr. Rieger rose to the top. Nearly forty people committed to spending several evenings with us, listening to interviews and offering comments to guide us in selecting our finalists, and many participated in the three day-long final selection process. As a result, the district has yet another highly capable leader, and our students and families will continue to benefit."

Town Hall Meeting Set for April 4

March 31
King County Council Member Reagan Dunn and King County Sheriff John Urquhart are hosting a Fairwood Town Hall meeting this Thursday, April 4 at 7pm in Fairwood Elementary School's gym/multi-purpose room.  

Fairwood residents are encouraged to attend this meeting, offering an opportunity to discuss King County's current service levels in the greater unincorporated Fairwood community.

This open forum session will include questions from the floor to both Dunn and newly elected King County Sheriff John Urquhart. Sheriff Urquhart will also focus on the current investigation of the recent double homicide that occurred a few weeks ago in our neighborhood and will answer audience questions.

Fairwood Greens' Vice President Erin Aboudara noted this meeting offers an excellent opportunity to express concerns or issues our elected representatives can address for their constituents.

"If you have ever wanted to request greater law enforcement support for Fairwood or improved roads and sidewalks, now is the time to bring your most pressing questions and concerns to the attention of these department representatives and our local elected officials," said Aboudara. 

KC Council Memeber Reagan Dunn is Fairwood's representative, which includes the 9th Council District covering much of SE King County.

Fairwood Community News Welcomes
Fairwood Greens HOA to the FCN Community

March 24
Fairwood Community News is pleased to add Fairwood Greens Homowners Association to our collaborative group of organizations that supports FCN's mission to be a vital resource of information in real time to the greater Fairwood area. Fairwood Greens HOA includes 1499 homes.

While Fairwood Greens HOA maintains its own website, they are also interested in participating with the FCN network, supporting its information resource component. Readers will see Fairwood Greens news posts of community information on FCN's homepage, and that information generated will also be posted on their web page within the FCN website.

"We're pleased Fairwood Greens sees the value in FCN's ability to strengthen our community as the local online information resource," said publisher Tami Tedrow-Howard.

"Fairwood Greens is a cornerstone community, and we look forward to this partnership as we have with other homeowners associations in the area."

Fairwood Greens HOA Vice President Erin Aboudara took a few moments to talk about this new partnership and provide a number of items of interest to our community. We'll share that information in two parts.

FCN: Welcome to the FCN Group! We're excited about engaging with Fairwood Greens! Tell us a bit about your history with us.

Erin: I have been looking for modern ways to communicate with our homeowners and the surrounding community, and I think what Fairwood Community News offers people is an interesting and engaging way to get more out of our of local news faster than print media, and advertising that is geared to our greater Fairwood community.  

This could not have been more evident a few years back during the second incorporation campaign in 2009--when public comment was very active on issues that would impact our community's future.  

Of course, at that time I was not on the FGHOA Board.   I was a PTA mom with two elementary schoolers at Fairwood, and I volunteered to help the pro-incorporation campaign of a proposed city of Fairwood, which as we all know failed--but not as badly as the annexation to Renton option the following year.  

At this time, I am fairly neutral on all of that, given the state of the local and national economy.  I think remaining unincorporated and continuing to work with the county as much as possible is the wisest choice for now, that is what the voters have said three times in just a few years time.

They could change their minds in the future, but we don't know what that may be at this time.  Our HOA Board does not take a position at this time on those issues.  

FCN: You're right; we were very invested in providing as much information from both sides during that public process. People were really engaged, and we were pleased to be that conduit so the community could make an informed decision.

Tell me a bit more about your role on the Fairwood Greens HOA Board (FGHOA). We're excited about your connections, which we know will be an asset to our readers for information.

Erin: My volunteer work for the FGHOA is currently serving as Vice President, and I am the External Affairs/Government Relations Chair.  I have made some contacts in the county government, and the city of Renton, Fire District 40 & Renton Fire & Emergency Services through the emergency preparedness project. I took on this shortly after the Japanese earthquake in March 2011 when I did CERT training, and even now, with this study from local office the National Park Service and Oregon State University, focusing on community recreation and use of parks, trails, etc. by our homeowners.  

I feel I have had a great opportunity to represent our neighborhood and keep people in the area informed about what is going on around us these past nearly three years.   I have made some new friends of the Board members and other homeowners that I may have never gotten to know if I did not decide to accept a Trustee position in 2010.  

I highly recommend to your readers that they consider serving on their HOA Board--it is valuable to help the neighborhood, maintain and even improve home values by doing improvements to common areas, and keep the community safe and informed of news that may affect them at home.

FCN: Great plug for volunteering on your own HOA Board! Not only will those connections benefit one's neighborhood, but it's clear personal growth and lasting friendships result.

Look for our Part 2 discussion soon!

As always, Fairwood Community News welcomes all HOAs to participate in the network. Whether your HOA need is a fully operating website or as an information/network resource, your participation is free and fully customizable. Examples of that customization can be viewed by clicking the HOAs listed below.

Candlewood Ridge/Carriage Wood HOA

CR/CW Switch Story

Fairwood Greens HOA

Fairwood West HOA

Lake Desire Community

Please contact us at info@fairwoodcommunitynews.com.

Food Truck Round Up today at Renton Uwajimaya

Uwajimaya Food Truck Round Up (Uwajimaya photo)

March 23
Those famous, typically Seattle-located, delectable Food Trucks will be parked at Renton's Uwajimaya parking lot today from 11am - 5pm. This is Uwajimaya's third year to host the Round Up.

Uwajimaya has planned children's activities, including a scavenger hunt, ramune ring toss, and face painting (12-3pm).

Participating food trucks include The Bistro Box, Djung on Wheels, Fajita Z's, Fish Basket, Jemil's Big Easy, Za'aTar, Raney Brothers BBQ, Six Coins, Street Donuts, The Box, Tokyo Dog, and Xplosive!

Renton School District announces
Superintedent Finalists

March 21
The top three candidates for Renton Schools superintendent have been selected. The finalists will each spend a day in the district in early April, meeting with district staff and parents, city council members, business leaders and others, and will greet the public at three separate meetings. Candidates include:

Dr. Lester “Flip” Herndon, Jr., superintendent, Bremerton School District:  Dr. Herndon has also served as assistant superintendent of K-12 support in the Tacoma School District; principal in the Shoreline School District; and social studies teacher in school districts in Connecticut and New Jersey. His B.A. was earned at Whitman College, his M.Ed. at Harvard and his PhD. at the University of Washington.

Dr. Merri Rieger, chief student achievement officer, Kent School District: Dr. Rieger has also served as assistant superintendent for learning and school improvement in the Kent School District, high school principal in the Bremerton School District, and dean of students and high school teacher in the Auburn School District.  Dr. Rieger earned her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D at Washington State University.

Dr. Crystalee Sweeting, assistant superintendent for instruction, learning, curriculum and assessment in the Puyallup School District: Dr. Sweeting has also served as executive director of special services, Title I/LAP, ELL, and health services as well as elementary principal in the Puyallup School District; and special education teacher and elementary teacher in Ellensburg and Federal Way. Dr. Sweeting earned her B.A. at Central Washington University, and both her M.Ed and her Ph.D. at the University of Washington.

Three community meetings planned.

Daughter of Fairwood Victims
and Mother of Suspect Speaks

March 14
By King County Sheriff's Cindi West
On Wednesday afternoon, I sat down and talked with Melanie Taylor, the daughter of murder victims Bob and Norma Taylor, and the mother of suspect Chadd Boysen.

The family has asked the media and public to respect their privacy during this difficult time but said there were some things she wanted to say about her son, her parents and the detectives involved in the investigation.

First, we talked about Chadd.  She and her former husband adopted Chadd when he was a baby.  Melanie said she “loved him from the minute he was put in my arm.”  Chadd was a very loving boy that did not mind showing her affection when she dropped him at school.  Because adoptions were “closed” at the time she never had any medical history of his birth parents. Regardless of what that may have been she still would have loved him.

Chadd and his grandparents had a very special close bond. They were like “second parents” to Chadd.  When he was little his grandparents would pick him up from daycare and he would spend the afternoon with them until Melanie got off work.  Bob and Norma loved Chadd “more than life.”

She said Chadd was a good student.  He attended high school and did the “Running Start Program” at a local college. 

Melanie said as Chadd grew up his addictive behavior came out.  Everything he would do, would be to the extreme. She said Chadd started hanging out with “the wrong people” and “lied to her like addicts do, but he never threatened the family and the family never felt threatened by him.”

Melanie said she was the one that turned him in for a series of robberies after she found prescription bottles in her house that did not come from the pharmacy the family used. She said she  “loved him, but he needed to obey the law.”  Chad was convicted of multiple robberies at 18-19 years of age and spent 5 years in prison. 

During Chadd’s 5 years in prison she and her parents visited him every other week.  She said they also sent him letters of support and care packages.  She said it was during these visit in prison that she could tell he was changing.  He became more “rough” which she felt he needed to do to survive in prison.

Towards the end of his 5 year prison sentence she told him that he needed to “make changes and make wise choices when he was released.”  She also told him she would not visit him if he was imprisoned again.  

Sometime after Chadd was released from prison he severely injured his back playing soccer.  He had surgery to repair the back and had to have a second surgery when the first one didn’t take.   Chadd ended up with a serious infection which required more hospitalization, another surgery which of course meant drugs.  Soon his drug problems and the lying started again.

Chadd eventually had more run-ins with the police and eventually was arrested and imprisoned for burglarizing a home.  He spent 9 months in the Monroe prison before being released on Friday, March 8th.

Melanie said it was very painful to have “tough love” and not visit Chadd in prison as she had earlier warned him.  She said she wrote him and sent him care packages wanting “ him to know she still loved him but did not agree with his choices.”

As the time drew closer for Chadd to get out of prison an aunt made arrangements for him to go into a 6 month treatment program through the Salvation Army.  His grandparents said he was excited to get out and start the program.

The day he was released Bob and Norma picked him up and spent about 6 hours of the day running errands with him to get him things he needed to start the rehab program.

Melanie said that same evening they had a dinner at her parent’s house to celebrate his release.  “Chadd was upbeat and talked about the wonderful day he had with his grandparents.” He never showed any signs of aggression that night.

Bob and Norma
Melanie’s parents Robert (Bob) and Norma celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary on March 5th.  Her father wanted to dress in a suit and take Norma to his favorite restaurant, Red Lobster.  However, Norma did not want to dress up so they decided to take-out KFC and celebrate at home with their dog “Princess.”

Bob and Norma always opened their house up to friends and family. Melanie said when she was a kid they would invite friends over and decorate the house for Halloween.  Her parents were always loving and giving.

Norma worked at a bank for 25 years and Bob was the co-owner of a cabinet business.  She said her dad had a woodshop behind the house and every Christmas they would do a craft project for friends and family.  Last year her parents made wood cut-out, snowmen.   Family and friends each got one unfinished and would paint their own.   This year Bob and Norma had been working on cut-out reindeers. 

Norma lost her hearing about 30 years ago.   Even though she couldn’t hear she would attend the grandchildren’s school program.  It was something she really enjoyed.

Melanie said of her parents, “when it came to Chadd, they saw the good in him and were forgiving of his choices.” 

Melanie said they were like “soldiers and gave their lives for him.  If they were given a choice to die and save others they would.”  She said her parents “valued Chadd” and she believes other lives were saved because of her parents' deaths. 

Melanie finished by saying it is “hard to lose them both,” but she is “glad they are together.”  She said regardless of what “switched” in Chadd,  “they still love him and I do too.” “They were warrior spirits fighting for a cause and that cause was Chadd.”

Melanie closed by talking about the investigation.  She said “as stressed out as I am I have grand support from the police. The investigation has been orchestrated and played out as best as possible and done with professionalism and compassion.”

Double Murder Suspect Boysen
Spent Night after Murders in Tukwila Hotel

March 13
King County Sheriff's Office
King County Sheriff’s detectives said murder suspect Michael (Chadd) Boysen spent Saturday night in a Tukwila hotel room after killing his grandparents.

On Monday, King County Sheriff’s detectives learned that Boysen had used his real name to check into the Extended Stay America  in the 15600 block of West Valley Hwy Saturday afternoon and had spent one night before leaving.

On Tuesday morning a clerk at the West Shore Hotel in Lincoln City, Oregon alerted police that Boysen had checked into that hotel late Monday night.

Boysen was taken into custody Tuesday night by Oregon officials after a long standoff.  Boysen is currently in custody and being treated at the Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland for what appears to be self inflicted cuts. His condition has been upgraded to “serious.”

King County Sheriff’s Detectives have been in Oregon since Tuesday working on the investigation. While at the scene of the standoff, detectives also learned that Oregon State Police had located the murder victim’s missing car in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Salem, Oregon on Tuesday.  Detectives learned that Boysen had dumped the victim’s car in the Wal-Mart parking lot and paid cash for a used Ford Taurus at a nearby used car lot.

Detectives are declining to share information about the homicide crime scene but said the “cause of death” will likely be released by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office on Thursday afternoon.

Boysen will stay in Oregon until he is extradited back to Washington.

Fairwood Double Murder Update

Updated: March 12
King County Sheriff has advised that Boysen may be in a motel room in Lincoln City Oregon.   Oregon Swat teams are at the scene. 

"We will not be making any further comments until this situation is resolved," said Sergeant Cindi West, King County Sheriff's Public Information Officer.

March 11
King County Sheriff John Urquhart held a press conference today and released new information about the Fairwood murders that occurred this weekend.

Sheriff Urquhart said that suspect Michael (Chadd) Boysen was released from the Monroe Correctional Facility on Friday.   Boysen’s grandparents picked him up at the prison and drove him around running errands, including getting him a Washington I.D. card.

On Friday night family members had a gathering at the Fairwood house celebrating Boysen’s release.  Boysen was to spend the night at the Fairwood house with his grandparents and spend the next night at another relative’s house.

Family members left the house after the gathering and received a text from Boysen’s grandmother thanking them for attending the function.

On Saturday, a relative arrived at the house around noon to pick up Boysen.   No one answered the door.  After repeated attempts to contact Boysen and the grandparents via phone, Boysen’s mother drove to the house and used a key to enter.   Once inside, she found the bodies of her parents.

During the investigation, detectives received information that Boysen had previously talked about killing his grandparents and getting guns and killing authority figures.  Detectives said Boysen had done internet searches looking for “gun shows” sometime just before or after he killed his grandparents. 

“We need to do everything we can to get this man off the street as soon as possible,” said Sheriff John Urquhart.  “His threats against authority figures make him very dangerous and unpredictable.”

Detectives are not saying how the grandparents were killed.  They would say that a gun was not used, but the deaths were violent.

Double Murder of Fairwood Couple
Focuses on Grandson as Suspect

March 10
Just after 6pm yesterday King County deputies responded to a house in the 16200 block of 145 Ave SE after a woman called 911 and reported that she found her parents dead in their home. The home is located not far from Fairwood Elementary in the Fairwood Greens neighborhood.

King County Sheriffs now think the couple's grandson, Michael (Chad) Boysen is suspected of murdering the couple in their Fairwood home sometime late Friday night or Saturday morning.  Boysen had recently been released from prison after serving a year for burglary.

When police arrived they found an 82 year old man and his 80 year old wife dead inside the home.  Detectives have not released details about the crime scene or manner of death but said they are investigating the scene as a double homicide. 

Firearms Activity
King County Sheriff’s detectives said they received information that murder suspect Boysen may be seeking to obtain firearms and is considered an extreme danger to the public and police.

Detectives said the credibility of the information was bolstered by Boysen’s internet searches just before or after his grandparents double murder.  Boysen had done an internet search of gun shows throughout the Pacific Northwest and Nevada.

Detectives also released an actual photo of the victim’s vehicle missing from the crime scene. 

The vehicle is a red, 2001 Chrysler 300 with Washington License plates 046XXU. (Note-the bumper sticker on the trunk,  also the vehicle appears dark in the photo but is RED). The photo is the actual car; however, it is red, which is not clearly apparent in this photo.

Considered extremely dangerous, those who may spot Boysen or the vehicle are urged to call 911 immediately.

Suspect Data
5’10” 170 lbs
Hazel eyes
26 years old

Annual Boy Scouts Pancake Breakfast
Set for Next Saturday, March 9

March 3
By Heather Smith

It’s time for the annual Pancake Breakfast, which is cooked and served by the local Boy Scout Troop #455 at the Fairwood Community United Methodist Church - 15255 SE Fairwood Blvd.

Come enjoy a great breakfast on Saturday, March 9 with the scouts from 7 am to 11 am. The scouts will be in full uniform to serve you. Plus, there will be the usual book fair and bake sale.


Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids 10 and under. Photos of our past outdoor camping activities made possible due to fundraising efforts such as this will also be displayed. Your donations, as always, are put to good use.

Tickets will be on sale at the door or you may contact Heather Smith, Heather@smith.net or 425-917-9533.

Those interested in joining Boy Scout Troop #455 are encouraged to see our website for more details at www.troop455.com or contact scoutmaster@troop455.com.   

Thank you for supporting the Fairwood area Boy Scouts!

Fairwood Greens Residents invited
to a 'Community Conversation' set for March 9

March 2
By Erin Aboudara
Oregon State University will hold a Community Satisfaction and Outdoor Recreation "community conversation," at the Fairwood Library, 17009 140th Ave SE, on Saturday, March 9th, from 2:30-4 PM.  In addition to the discussion, additional activities may include a short survey and mapping activity.

The event is limited to only 30 participants, so Fairwood Green residents are encouraged to please call Dr. Rebeca Rivera, study coordinator at (425) 505-0709 or e-mail to OSUcommunity.rec.study@gmail.com to participate or to obtain more information about this study.  Residents must be 18 or older in order to participate.  Survey participant names will remain anonymous.

This event is being held by the local branch of the US Forest Service in partnership with Oregon State University.   Such topics to be included in the conversation with Fairwood Greens residents will be neighborhood selection and general satisfaction with recreational and outdoor activities.  

The purpose of this research partnership is to help public agencies better understand the needs for housing, transportation and outdoor recreation throughout King County.

Fairwood Greens is one of only eight neighborhoods that have been pre-selected for this study.  It will be the only unincorporated King County neighborhood included in the final study.  The Fairwood Greens Homeowners' Association has no affiliation with the research study.

Fairwood Homeowner Thwarts Intruder

Fairwood TheivesFebruary 23
Last weekend a Fairwood neighbor experienced a break in while the family was asleep in the home. 

On Saturday, February 16 at about 4 a.m., a brazen invader, probably intent on committing a burglary, broke into the Fairwood resident’s vehicle, stealing items that included a garage door opener.  The homeowner awoke to the noise of the home’s garage door opening and shutting and witnessed the burglar fleeing the scene.

The homeowner, concerned that the thug had been scoping out the neighborhood and the family’s garage, wanted to alert the community to be on the alert and always report suspicious activities. Armed and ready with a bat, the intruder would have been surprised by the homeowner if he hadn't fled.

A King County Sheriff quickly responded, but this homeowner was unsure about whether the burglar has been caught.

“I really don't feel the presence of a neighborhood watch.  I know that earlier this summer a random drunk person tried to break in/get in our neighbor’s house during the night.  Our fuel has been stolen from our cars on several occasions.   I know there is crime everywhere, but these incidences have been a little too close for comfort,” said the homeowner.

Their garage opener has been reprogrammed, but the incident has had lasting effects.

All are encouraged to keep a watchful eye and quickly report any suspicious activities by calling 9-1-1.  If vehicles cannot be parked in garages, removing tempting valuables may discourage this type of activity.

Although this neighbor said no valuables were stolen, leaving the garage door opener in the vehicle made it easier to gain access the home. 

“It's extremely frustrating.  We feel violated but are extremely lucky it wasn't worse and we are safe."

To obtain updated illegal activities in your neighborhood, regularly check Fairwood Community News' Police Blotter page, located on the navigation bar above.

Fairwood Community News Welcomes Candlewood/Carriage Wood HOA

Candlewood Ridge Carriage Wood

February 13, 2013
Fairwood Community News (FCN) is thrilled to add the Candlewood Ridge / Carriage Wood Homeowners Association (CR/CW) to its list of communities served in the Fairwood area.  This partnership includes supporting the HOA by posting association news on its own web page within the Fairwood Community News Website and supporting these neighborhoods when opportunities arise.  The Candlewood Ridge/Carriage Wood Homeowners Association includes 850 homes.

To access the CR/CW website supplied by FCN, hover over the “Communities A-G” tab in navigation bar.  A drop-down menu will appear, where the Candlewood/Carriage Wood site can be clicked.  The association will also continue to maintain its own website.

The partnership between CR/CW and FCN signals a significant change in the association’s communication approach.  Beginning this month, CR/CW will switch from publishing its homeowners association minutes from hard copy, newspaper format to 100 percent web-based publishing, via www.crcwhoa.org and www.fairwoodcommunitynews.com.

FCN asked CR/CW’s acting President Valerie Fraizer to take few moments to talk about the changes.

FCN: First, welcome to the Fairwood Community News group!  We’re excited about partnering with you to get the word out on Fairwood neighborhoods. 

Valerie: Thanks so much.  When you shared the mission of FCN, we felt your site would help us in our efforts to reach out to our homeowners and support the work you’re doing to be a resource for the community.  Sharing our news via your website made good sense to us.  The cost (free) was appealing, too.

FCN: Can you talk a bit about the board’s decision to move from publishing of minutes in a traditional format to electronic publishing?

Valerie: The board takes its role seriously, and part of that job is to be good stewards of the association’s funds.  We have been paying a significant amount of money each year, almost $6,000, to post our minutes in our former format.  Part of the discussion to make the change was the financial need to address needed property updates, with the most immediate need in the Candlewood Ridge neighborhood.  The money we save can be used to address those needs.  The internet is now the go-to source for communication for many homeowner associations, and we’re also fully embracing it.

FCN: You have posted this decision for a few months.  What has been the reaction from the homeowners?

Valerie: We were quite surprised, but we have had received no concerns from CR/CW homeowners, including no comments at our recent annual meeting.  The newspaper we did use voiced opposition to the idea, but we consulted with our attorney and were advised that we are fully compliant with our bylaws.  No federal, state or other requirements are being overlooked by this move, either.

FCN: You mentioned work was needed in Candlewood Ridge.  Would you provide a bit more information about that need?

Valerie:  Unlike Carriage Wood, Candlewood Ridge contains a number of roundabout islands in cul-de-sacs that have experienced significant damage.  Those islands fall under the CR/CW’s jurisdiction, and the HOA is responsible for their maintenance.  Curbs have been damaged, and overgrown tree roots have invaded drainage vaults.  All those issues have required us to develop a plan to repair those islands and find a long-term solution, which unfortunately, is the HOA’s responsibility to fix. 

FCN: Thanks for taking a moment to provide us with an update on this move, something Fairwood Community News fully supports.  We look forward to a long-standing relationship with you that we hope will extend beyond posting your minutes.  Is there anything else you want to share?

Valerie:  We look forward to working with you, too.  I want to note that the Board is interested in accommodating our homeowners, so if anyone has concerns about this move and how it personally affects them, we encourage them to contact us, and we will find a workable solution.

(Editor's Note: The CR/CW HOA contacted Fairwood Flyer to include an ad in the February final issue, notifying homeowners of the switch to electronic format. This space is provided to all HOAs, but this particular ad was curiously "omitted." To see the ad, CLICK HERE.)

Fairwood Crime Updates

February 10, 2013
© Fairwood Community News
In an effort to encourage a good neighbor approach to keeping our communities safe, Fairwood Community News is now providing crime information for Fairwood and neighboring areas.  One of the best defenses is to offer a watchful eye and immediately report suspicious activities.  Don’t hesitate; call 911. 

Crime activities are grouped by week and then by type of crime.  Information is listed by the crime (details when available), date of crime, street location, and response agency.  

The Fairwood area covers three jurisdictions; therefore, three law enforcement agencies serve sections of our community.  To assist you in understanding the more specific area where the crime was committed, the final entry for each listing identifies the agency that responded to the crime.  From there, you may want to track the crime location based on the address information provided.

Encourage your neighbors to monitor this data. The latest postings can be found by linking to the Police Blotter Page located in the navigation bar above.

Poachers Kill Two Deer in Fairwood Greens

February 1
Recently, Fairwood Greens homeowners were exposed to the illegal killing of two deer the weekend of January 12-13.

The deer were reportedly killed on the grounds of Fairwood Elementary School.

All hunting is illegal in communities. If this type of activity is spotted or suspected, residents are encouraged to call 9-1-1. If you have any information about this incident, please also contact the King County Sheriff.

Renton School District Moves Forward
In Superintendent Search
Public Feedback Sought

January 3, 2013
Part of its new Superintendent search, the Renton School District is seeking the public's help for the next step in the search process.

According to Executive Director of Community Relations Randy Matheson, the District Board of Directors "is asking for community support in developing the position description and leadership profile to guide the selection of the next school district superintendent."

The District is seeking the community's feedback through an online survey, which will assist the Board in developing the leadership profile. Those interested in participating in this survey can CLICK HERE to link to the survey site.

A series of ten multiple choice and short answer responses are sought, focused on identifying strengths, challenges, qualities, and priorities related to the selection of the next superintendent. The district is limiting feedback to one response per person/computer.

Outgoing Superintendent Dr. Mary Alice Heuschel was named Governor Elect Jay Inslee's Chief of Staff, which led to her resignation. Assistant Superintendent Vera Risdon was named interim superintendent on December 5, and she will hold this position during the months-long search for a new superintendent.

On December 18, the Board announced the selection of Northwest Leadership Associates to conduct the search for the District's new superintendent.

Heuschel will assume her new position as Chief of Staff when Jay Inslee takes office on
January 16.

From the Community

"The Lake Desire Community Club is appreciative of having a place on the website to post our community updates.  It is great to have our local Fairwood community information one click away.  Thanks for all of your hard work on this website!"

- Heather Smith
Lake Desire Community Club