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Event Calendar

February 16-25
Bellingham Human Rights
Film Festival

February 20-24
Kent School District Vacation
Renton School District Vacation
President's Week

February 23-26
Wintergrass Music Festival

February 25
Green River Glass Show and Sale
Kent Commons

February 25-26
Kitsap Antique Show
Bremerton, Kitsap County Fairgrounds

Mystery Weekend

March 3-5
Winthrop Balloon Festival

March 4, 7:30-11 am
Boy Scouts Troup #455
Annual Pancake Breakfast!
Fairwood United Methodist Church

March 4-5
Penn Cove Musselfest

March 10-July 9
Marimekko, With Love Fabrics and Fashions
Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle

March 11-12
Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show
CenturyLink Event Center

March 17
Blue Mountain Brix & Brew Festival

March 17-19
All Quilts Wild and Wonderful

Razor Clam Festival & Seafood Extravaganza
Ocean Shores

March 23-26
Taste Washington
CenturyLink Field Event Center

March 25-26
Best of the Northwest Art
& Fine Craft Show
Hangar 30, Magnuson Park, Seattle

March 25-31
Spring Whale Watching
Oregon Coast

March 25-April 2
Seattle Jewish Film Festival
Seattle and Mercer Island

April 1-2
Seattle Center Exhibition Hall

April 1-30
Anacortes Quilt Walk

April 1-2
Seattle Center Exhibition Hall

April 1-30
La Conner and Anacortes Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
Skagit Valley

April 8
Daffodil Festival Grand Floral Parade
Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, Orting

Paddlers Cup and Expo
Gig Harbor

April 8-September 4
Terracotta Warriors: Guards for Eternity
Pacific Science Center

April 14-15
Seattle Scotch & Beer Fest
Fremont Studios, Fremont Neighborhood

April 21-23
Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival
Seattle Center

April 27-May 7
Washington State Apple Blossom Festival

April 28-30
Gorge Artists Open Studios
Mid-Columbia Region

Holland Happening
Oak Harbor

Spring Barrel Tasting
Yakima Valley

April 29
Tour de Lopez Bicycle Rally
Lopez Island

June 22
Kent School District Last Day of School

Renton School District Last Day of School
Summer Vacation Begins


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Mumps Case Reported in Kent School District

December 14
The Kent School District confirmed a student has a mumps-like illness. The district has reported this case to the Seattle and King County Public Health authorities. The case has also been reported as linked to the ongoing outbreak in the Auburn School District. The specific school within the Kent School District has not been disclosed.

Currently, 71 cases of mumps have been reported in King County, 50 of those linked to youth, 17 years and younger. Of those 71, numbers linked to cities include Auburn (62), Kent (2), Federal Way (2), Pacific (1), Black Diamond (1), Covington (1), Seattle (1), and Algona. Public Health has reported that all cases have connections linked to workplace, social activity, or school in Auburn.

The Kent School District has offered additional information on mumps:

Mumps is an illness caused by a virus that can cause fever, headache, and swelling of the cheeks and jaw. In rare cases, mumps can lead to more serious complications that may require hospitalization. Up to 30 percent of those with mumps infection will have no symptoms.

A person with mumps can spread the virus by coughing, sneezing, or talking. It can also be spread by sharing cups or eating utensils, and by touching objects or surfaces with unwashed hands that are then touched by others.

Those at Risk of Getting Mumps

  • Infants who are too young to receive mumps vaccine (under 1 year of age).
  • Children over 1 year of age who have not received at least 1 dose of MMR
  • Adults born in or after 1957 who have not been vaccinated or have not previously had mumps disease.
  • If you are unsure of your child’s vaccination status please contact your health care provider
  • Those born before 1957 have probably had mumps as children are are usually considered immune.

If a child develops any symptoms and may have been exposed to another with mumps, they are encourage to contact their healthcare provider and isolate the child from school and public settings until a medical examination has been completed.

At this time, Public Health is not recommending exclusion of children with vaccine exemptions. This may change if there are additional cases in the schools. If your child does not have 2 doses of MMR vaccine please contact your healthcare provider to discuss vaccination.

'Frog and Toad' Runs November 30 - December 10

November 28
Kentridge High School will offer a holiday production of "A Year With Frog and Toad," a wonderful musical celebration for the entire family.

Themes are focused on friendship and kindness, based on the Frog and Toad books by Arnold Lobel. The troopes hope all will join them for this fun and educational musical.

Kentridge Players consistently provide outstanding local theatre and have won many awards, including Outstanding Overall Musical Production last year at the 5th Avenue High School Musical awards for their production of "Hairspray."

Show times:
November 30 - December 3
December 7 - 10

7:00 pm curtain for all shows with additional 2:00 pm matinees on Dec 3 and 10.

Reserved tickets are $10 ($8 Seniors) and available at www.showtix4u.com or at the door.

Kentridge Performing Arts Center
12430 SE 208th St
Kent, WA 98031

Covington Robbery Suspects
Hit Home Invasion with Violence

King County Sheriff
November 1
King County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a home invasion robbery early this morning in Covington.   Just after 1:00 am, a 911 call was received from a cell phone.  The call receiver could hear someone in the background yelling “where’s the safe.”

Deputies were dispatched to the call as a possible robbery in progress. Multiple deputies responded to the address in the 25700 block of 160th Pl SE.  As deputies arrived, they saw a vehicle with its lights on parked down the street from the residence.

As deputies were approaching the house on foot, three suspects ran from the scene in different directions.  One of the suspects was carrying a rifle, which he dropped while jumping a fence.  The rifle was recovered by deputies along with stolen items from the residence.

During the foot chase, one of the suspects ran to the car that had been parked nearby.  A deputy chased him, but the suspect was able to get to the car and drive off. The suspect crashed the car nearby and then fled on foot.

When deputies talked with the victims, they learned that three suspects kicked in the front door and went directly to the master bedroom. The suspects assaulted the husband and wife by striking them in the head with a rifle and a pistol.  The suspects then ransacked the bedroom while demanding to know the location of the “safe” and the “money.”  

Both victims received head wounds but were conscious and able to speak with responding deputies and aid personnel.  Two children (approximately ages 6 and 8) were in the home but were unharmed. The husband and the wife were taken to Covington Multi-care for their injuries.

K-9 responded and during the search for the suspects, clothes were found and are believed to have been discarded by one of the suspects.

All three of the suspects are still outstanding.  They were described as all wearing masks and hooded jackets.  One suspect was wearing black, one was wearing red and the third was wearing white.

Fire District 40 November Notes

October 30
Renton Fire Department (Also Serves Fire District 40)
Significant October Incidents
No significant incidents reported for the Fairwood area in October.

Safety Tips
Power outages are a common occurrence in the winter months. With winter coming, everyone is encouraged to “Take Winter by Storm” by getting ready now and staying ready. Go to www.takewinterbystorm.orgfor ways to prepare your family, home and vehicle for winter and inclement weather.

Winter Weather Preparation Tips

> Have heating systems checked by a professional.
> Clean gutters and downspouts.
> Clean storm drains.
> Install and/or replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms (per the manufacturer’s recommendations).
> Have chimneys cleaned.
> Locate your water main in the event you need to shut it off in an emergency.
> Disconnect all garden hoses.
> Insulate exposed plumbing and pipes.
> Have trees trimmed if branches hang too close to the house or electrical wires.
> Add flashlights with extra batteries to emergency supplies.
> Check your disaster supply kits:
Make sure you have extra bottled water, non-perishable food supplies, blankets, first aid kit and food to sustain you and your family for at least three (3) days.  Also remember supplies and food for your pets.

Winter Home Heating Reminders
Heating your home during the colder months of the year can prove dangerous, if you do not follow a few simple safety precautions.

> Check baseboard heaters often and remove objects that may have fallen on top of or near the heater.
> Be sure your space heater has tip-over protection with an automatic shut-off device.
> Always turn portable heaters off if you leave the room and/or at night when you are asleep.
> Close the screen and/or doors on your fireplace to protect your home from sparks.
> Only burn dry, seasoned wood in your fireplace or woodstove.  Burning green wood can lead to a buildup of creosote and a possible chimney fire.
> Clean out ashes when cool and place in a metal container outside of your home and away from other combustibles.

September Fairwood Reported Crime ActivityThe map above displays crime activity from Septemember 1-30. Reporting was provided by King County Sheriff and Renton Police.

October 6
September reports show that crime activity in Fairwood at lower levels than acitivity levels earlier this year, perhaps impacted by increased homeowner communication and home security systems.

Multiple incidents are occuring in more concentrated areas such as apartments, shopping centers and unattended parking areas along the Cedar River areas. Areas along major arterials such as 140th Ave. SE and Petrovitsky.

Individual reports not listed in the monthly summary include stolen mail, "secure" mailbox break-ins, and porch theft from UPS and FedEx deliveries.

Neighbors are encouraged to secure their vehicles at all times and remove all valuable articles that may encourage break ins.

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

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

Fairwood Tragedy Confirmed

September 13
We have been working hard to confirm the details and are heartbroken to report that a suicide occured in one of our Fairwood neighborhoods on Sunday, August 28.

The victim was a 28 year-old man that lived in the Renton area and was discovered by a person walking their dog in the neighborhood, according to King County Sheriff's Office, Sergeant Cindi West.

The victim's family has been notified of the incident.

No Single Cause, Watch for Warning Signs
While no single cause leads to suicide, depression is the most common condition associated with suicide, according to the Association for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Changes in behavior or entirely new behaviors linked to a painful event, loss, or change could be a warning sign that a person needs help.

For more information on warning signs, please see https://afsp.org. If you sense those you care about are at risk, please seek professional assistance.

Our sincere condolences go out to those who have experienced the loss of this loved one.

Fairwood to Celebrate 50 Years August 27

August 23
This Saturday, King County Parks will host a full day festival, celebrating the formation of our unincorporated community of Fairwood.

Fairwood's Petrovitsky Park is the central location for a full day of family-friendly activities, beginning with a 5K fun run, sponsored by Kentridge High School's Cross Country team. Registration opens at 8 a.m.

Parking for the celebration is limited, so neighbors are encouraged to walk to the park.

Those with disabilities are encouraged to park at Petrovisky Park, and those outside of walking distance can park at nearby Ridgewood Elementary or Northwood Middle School.

In addition to enjoying the planned activities, vintage photos have been collected over the past months and will be on display at the celebration. King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn's office has been actively involved in supporting this celebration.

Neighbors are also encouraged to participate in caring for our neighbors in need. Organizers have asked that all donate nonperishable food or toiletries, which will be given to our neighbors at the Maple Valley Food Bank.

At the Ridge Theatre Opens 'Sweeney Todd' July 28

July 25
At the Ridge Theatre will present "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and libretto by Hugh Wheeler, July 28-August 13 at the Kentridge High School Performing Arts Center. Performances runs Wednesday through

The production will be directed by Jennifer Grajewski, an award-winning director and founder of At the Ridge Theatre.  Their mission is to provide arts education opportunities and quality productions for local audiences. 

Winner of the Tony Award in 1979, "Sweeney Todd" is considered one of Sondheim's masterpieces and has enjoyed recent revivals and a film by Tim Burton, starring Johnny Depp.

This hauntingly chilling story explores love, loss and blood-soaked revenge. Returning to London after 15 years of prison, Sweeney seeks vengeance by systematically slicing people's throats with a razor, while Mrs. Lovett disposes of the bodies by baking them into meat pies. Given the storyline, parents are advised to decide the appropriate age for attending this show.

At the Ridge Theatre is committed to helping our talented performers extend their training.  All profits from the production are given to the main stage actors in the form of college scholarships.  To date,  ART has given out over $300,000.00 in scholarships. 

Ticket prices begin at $15 for reserved seats.   For show times, complete ticket prices, and ticket orders, check out www.showtix4u.com and search for Sweeney Todd.  A special midnight showing is scheduled for Friday, August 5. 

Fire District July Notes

July 15
Renton Fire Department (Also Serves Fire District 40)
Significant Incidents
No significant incidents reported for the Fairwood area in June.

Safety Tips
Window Safety - Warm weather increases risks in falls from windows. Please remember:
> Never rely on window screens to prevent children from fallow out a window
> Keep windows closed in rooms where children play
> Open windows from the top rather than the bottom when there is a choice
> If you must open windows from the bottom, open them to a height of no more than four inches or less
> Move beds, cribs, chairs, tables, and other furniture away from windows
> Commercial window guards are available and can be installed to prevent falls
> Check to ensure window guards include a release mechanism that allows one to escape in the case of a fire

Water Safety
According to the WA Department of Health, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death for children and teens ages 1 to 17 in our state.  In 2013, a total of 103 unintentional drowning deaths occurred; 13 of these were of children younger than 18 years old.  All of these were unintentional, which means they are preventable.  Know your surroundings and know how to swim.

Never leave children unattended near the water.  This is especially important around hotel pools, home pools, lakes, and rivers that do not have protected swim areas with Lifeguards on duty.  If you have a home pool or travel, consider taking a Water Safety Education Class to assist in understanding how to prevent a drowning and what to do in case of an emergency.  

These classes are available through the Red Cross, YMCA, or other agencies.  Anyone who does not know how to swim or is a weak swimmer should wear a US Coast Guard approved lifejacket, no matter how deep the water.  Remember, it only takes 1” of water to drown.

Boating Safety
Most boating accidents are caused by the operator, not by the boat or the water environment. 

Approximately 80 percent of boating fatalities in the US are drownings, and most would have been prevented if the boater had been wearing a US Coast Guard-approved lifejacket.  Because of this, Washington State implemented a new law in 2008 requiring anyone operating a powered watercraft of 15 hp or greater to take a safety education course and obtain a Boater Education Card to operate a boat in Washington. 

For more information on this program, explore www.boat-ed.com.  Before going on vacation or going to a local lake for a picnic, make sure everyone knows how to be safe in/near the water and pass the information on to other family and friends.  CLICK HERE to link to the Washington State Drowning Prevention Network, which covers everything anyone needs to know about water safety and drowning prevention.

THREE Neighborhood Sales This Weekend

July 8
Neighborhood Community sales continue this weekend running July 8-10. Three local neighborboods are participating: Fairwood Greens, Candlewood/Carriage Wood, and Elliott Farms.

Stay tuned for more updates on neighborhood sales - please let us know about your sale!


Crime Spree Suspect Arrested in Covington

June 28
King County Sheriff's Office

A man police said had been on a crime spree was arrested yesterday morning after receiving a tip that he had ridden a stolen motorcycle to a house in Covington.   Detectives had been searching for 28-year-old Shaun Tubbs for over two months for a string of felony crimes that included numerous vehicle thefts, unlawful possession of a firearm and eluding police.

Covington Police and King County Sheriff deputies surrounded the house in the 27700 block of 168 Ave. SE around 8:30 Monday morning.  Police were told that Tubbs said he wouldn’t be taken alive.   Tubbs was found hiding in the garage. When ordered to come out with his hands up, he refused.  

Tubbs kept his hands in his jacket pockets and told deputies “you’re going to have to kill me.”

When Tubbs would not comply, deputies attempted to taze him twice, but his thick jacket prevented the probes from good contact. The third attempt was successful; but as Tubbs pulled his right hand out of his jacket pocket, deputies saw he was holding a handgun.   Tubbs threw the gun on the ground and was taken into custody.

Tubbs was later booked into the King County Jail for his outstanding warrants and Investigation of possession of the stolen motorcycle and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Fairwood West Neighborhood Sale This Weekend

June 24
Neighborhood Community sales continue this weekend with Fairwood West's annual event, running June 24-26.

Fairwood West's main entrance borders the west side of 140th Ave. SE, just north of the Fairwood Public Library.

Stay tuned for more updates on neighborhood sales - please let us know about your sale!


Maple Valley Man Killed on Issaquah Hobart Road

June 7
King County Sheriff

A 53-year-old Maple Valley man is dead and a 27-year-old Tacoma man has been booked into jail for investigation of vehicular homicide after a crash early this morning on the 19300 bloc of Issaquah Hobart Road. 

Around 5:40 a.m., a King County Sheriff deputy was on his way to work, driving East on Highway 18 near Maple Valley, when he watched a Black Kia speeding and swerving on the road. More than once, the deputy observed the vehicle almost cause an accident.

The deputy, who was driving a fully-marked police SUV, activated his lights and sirens to stop this reckless, possible DUI driver.  No other passengers appeared to be in the car with the driver. The driver gave no indication it was going to stop, and the vehicle continued to speed eastbound on Highway 18, swerving in and out of traffic. 

The very brief pursuit lasted less than a minute before the pursuit was terminated because of the driver's high rate of speed, potentially endangering other drivers.  The deputy pulled over to the side of Highway 18 and turned off all of his emergency equipment.

Other King County Sheriff deputies responding to the assist request headed back towards Maple Valley.  As they drove south, they arrived at a serious, head-on collision involving two cars.  One of the cars appeared to be the black suspect Kia in a pursuit just five minutes earlier.

Deputies attempted to take the suspect driver of the black Kia into custody, but he began to fight. A taser was finally used to gain control, and once he was detained, deputies found an infant in a car seat in the suspect’s car.  The infant appeared unharmed, and the suspect driver also appeared to have only suffered minor injuries from the crash. 

Citizens had been first on the scene of the accident and estimated that the first deputy arrived on the scene a few minutes later.  No deputies were reported to be chasing the suspect vehicle.

The driver of the victim vehicle, a 53-year-old Maple Valley man, suffered severe injuries. Despite efforts by aid crews, the victim died at the scene.

The suspect driver, a 27-year-old man from Tacoma, was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. He was booked later in the day into the Regional Justice Center for investigation of vehicular homicide. 

Issaquah Hobart road was closed for five hours while King County Sheriff’s Major Accident Response Reconstruction Team detectives processed the scene.  Early indications are that the suspect vehicle had crossed over the double yellow center line and collided head on with the victim vehicle, which was traveling in the opposite direction. 

Detectives requested a legal blood draw of the suspect to determine if there were any drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of the crash.  Results of that test will not be known for some time.

The relationship between the suspect and the baby in the car is not known at this time.  Hospital staff are working to find a relative to care for the child.  If one cannot be found, the child will be turned over to CPS.

Two Fairwood Neighborhood Sales This Weekend

June 1
You don't have to travel far to check out two neighborhood Fairwood community sales this weekend! Boulevard Lane and Forest Estates will offer a coordinated garage sale event, offering shoppers a concentrated opportunity to find some fantastic deals in one area.

This weekend unofficially launches Fairwood's annual tradition of summer neighborhood sales, and Fairwood Community News is proud to support all our neighborhoods!

Boulevard Lane: It's time for the annual Boulevard Lane Community Garage Sale, June 3 through June 5 (Fri - Sun) from 8am to 4pm.  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!

Boulevard Lane is located near Fairwood off 192nd Ave., across from St. Stephen the Martyr Church and next to Meeker Middle School. 

Forest Estates: This community's sale runs the same days as the Boulevard Lane neighborhood, located just east of Boulevard Lane on 192nd Ave. Be sure to check out the deals in Forest Estates.

Stay tuned for more updates on neighborhood sales - please let us know about your sale!

Maple Valley Suspect Surrenders
for Fairwood Shooting

May 20
A 20-year-old Maple Valley man has been booked into the King County Jail for an investigation of first degree assault after he turned himself in to King County Sheriff’s Detectives. He was booked for a shooting that occurred in the Fairwood area on May 16.  The victim, a 21-year-old Kent resident, was shot one time in the arm.

Multiple 911 calls were received around 7pm by King County Sheriff's communications department. The calls reported a shooting in the Fairwood Shopping Center's parking lot, near the LA Fitness facility.

When deputies arrived minutes later, they found the 21-year-old Kent man, shot once in his right bicep.  The victim and multiple witnesses were able to give King County Sheriffs a description of the suspect, seen running from the area shortly after the shooting. 

Some witnesses also provided deputies with a possible suspect name.  Deputies and K9 units searched the area but did not locate the suspect at that time.

King County Sheriff Major Crimes Detectives interviewed multiple witnesses and recovered evidence that corroborated witness accounts on the suspect.   During their investigation, detectives learned a disagreement between the suspect and the victim occurred inside the nearby gym. 

After the two left the gym, the suspect confronted the victim near the victim’s car.  What began as a verbal confrontation ended with the suspect pulling out a gun and firing one round at the victim, striking him in the arm.  Detectives believe that the suspect attempted to fire more rounds, but the gun jammed for unknown reasons.

According to the KC Sheriff's spokesperson, the suspect’s attorney called their offices on May 17, reporting that the suspect wanted to turn himself in to authorities. Detectives then met the suspect and his attorney near the scene of the shooting. Later that day, he was booked into the King County Jail for the investigation of first degree assault charges. 

The suspect did not provide a statement to detectives, but he did lead them to a backpack containing a gun not far from the shooting location.  It is believed the suspect ran from the scene and hid the gun and backpack in that location.

The victim has been released from the hospital and is recovering from a gunshot wound to his right bicep.

Lost Pup: Neighbor Seeks Community's Assistance

May 15
While Fairwood Community News doesn't make it a habit to post lost pet information on our homepage, we were moved by this note from a neighbor that has lost their new puppy. We'll let his letter stand for itself. If you've seen the pup, please help to restore him to his family.

I know I may be taking a long shot but i am in dire need of help finding my lost puppy. We got a 10-week-old pit a few weeks ago and feel that someone reached over our fenced in yard and took him.

His name is Riddick and my greatest fear is that someone is holding him and ignoring all our lost puppy posters. Its been 48 hours with no news. I've contacted everyone and every agency that i can think of. I even gave the mailmen posters to keep eyes out for him. I don't know what else to do.

My husband and i have two young girls and got this puppy as a birthday gift for my youngest who is three and we are all heart broken. Being that pits have a bad rep and people do too im afraid for his well being.

If you could please just do a side post nothing big but just get his picture out there it would mean the world to me and my family. His info is as follows:
Fur: short tan, white chest and feet. Has a white patch on the back of his neck.
Eyes: are a light blue
Name: Riddick
Special traits: knows come and sit
Not much of a barker, and very clingy, but sweet!
Last seen 5/12/16 at 5pm
Contact info: Erica and Chris Mobley
425-269-5082. 360-670-1129
Lives right by Lindbergh highschool.
Thank you for hearing us out.

Kentridge's 'Hairspray' Opens this Week


May 1
Kentridge High School's award-winning Kentridge Players family-friendly production of 'Hairspray' opens this week at the Kentridge Performing Arts Center.

Set in Baltimore, circa 1962, Tracy Turnblad has dreams as lofty as her hairdo. She wants to dance on the Corny Collins show and is determined to make it happen.

When her dreams come true, she boldly brings her friends and family along as she uses her sudden stardom challenge the reigning mean girl and stir up a romance with the dreamy Link Larkin.

Beyond a focus on typcial teen interests, Tracy also challenges existing social norms and fights for racial integration.

Tickets are $10 at the door or canpurchase online at www.Showtix4U.com

Play dates and times are listed in the poster to the left.

Maple Valley Accident Injures Students

April 14
Six middle school boys were injured this morning when a truck veered into them as they waited at a school bus stop.  The driver of the truck is believed to have suffered from a medical issue prior to hitting the boys, according to King County Sheriff's spokesperson, Sergeant Cindi West.

The accident happened just before 8:00am near SE271 St and 218 Ave SE in Maple Valley.   The boys were standing on the east side of the road in front of a house at a designated school bus stop.  The truck, driven by a 19 year-old man, was southbound on 218 Ave SE when the driver veered across the road and struck the group of boys.

The truck continued southbound for a few feet and struck at tree.  The driver was found unconscious behind the wheel with his foot still on the gas.  During the investigation investigators learned that the drivers license was suspended.   The driver was taken to Covington Multi Care for treatment and then will be booked into the King County Jail for multiple counts of Investigation of Vehicular Assault.

It is unknown at this time how many of the boys were actually struck by the truck and how many were injured trying to get out of the way of the vehicle.   One boy was taken to Harborview with serious injuries to his chest and another was taken to Valley Medical Center with a broken leg.  The other boys’ injuries ranged from a possible broken ankle, to cuts and bruises.

The boys attend Cedar River Middle School.  The school was notified of the accident and is making contact with parents.

Alcohol  was not suspected in the accident but a blood draw was done to determine if any drugs were involved. The case will be forwarded to the prosecutor’s office for review and the filing of charges.  The man’s name will not be released until he is charged.

City of Renton Hosts Community Garage Sale

April 1
Renton's community center will be the host of a city-sponsored community garage on Saturday, April 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. While sellers have paid a fee to sell their goods, shoppers are free!

Boy Scout Troop 455
Prepares for Annual Pancake Breakfast March 5

March 2
By Heather Smith
Fairwood neighbors are invited to the Boy Scout Troop #455 annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, March 5, from 7:30-11am.

The event again will be held at Fairwood Community United Methodist Church, 15255 SE Fairwood Blvd. in the Fairwood Greens neighborhood.

A book fair and bake sale is also a part of this annual fundraiser.  Tickets are $6 at the door ($5 pre-sale), and kids two and under are FREE!

Menu includes pancakes, sausage, orange wedges, coffee, tea, milk and orange juice.

Proceeds from this event will support the activities of the Boy Scouts throughout the year, including camping, leadership training, and community service projects. Local Boy Scouts will also be collecting canned food for the annual Scouting for Food Drive on March 19, so all should keep an eye out for flyers in March.

To learn more about the Scouts, visit their website for more details on joining Troop #455. The group is open to boys in grades 6-12. Visit www.troop455.com or contact scoutmaster@troop455.com.

Scouts meet Mondays at 7pm at Fairwood Community Methodist Church. Thank you for supporting Boy Scouts!

Bartell CareClinic Opens in Fairwood

February 13
Group Health and Bartell Drugs opened a new CareClinic location at existing Bartell Drugs in the Fairwood Shopping Center in Renton on January 25, expanding access to one-stop diagnosis, treatment and pharmacy services for area residents. With the addition of this location, eight CareClinic locations are open in the region.  

Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners
CareClinics are staffed by Group Health physician assistants and advanced registered nurse practitioners and provide retail-based walk-in medical care seven days a week for anyone two years and older. Clinicians can assess and address a variety of common ailments, including upper respiratory infections; warts, rashes and skin issues; pinkeye or conjunctivitis; ear infections; urinary tract infections; and bronchitis.

Waiting, Visit Time - 15 Minutes
The average visit time, including waiting, is less than 15 minutes and no appointment is needed.

“CareClinics allow patients to receive immediate care for many minor medical needs with the ease of a neighborhood walk-in location,” said Dr. Wellesley Chapman, Group Health medical director, innovation and development. “By expanding this model to new locations, we are able to provide greater access to easy, convenient care to even more patients.”

Affordable Service for Both Group Health and Non-Members
In addition to fast, high-quality service, CareClinics offer patients affordability and a simple pricing structure. Charges can be billed to most insurance plans—patients don’t have to be Group Health members—or directly to patients at a cost of $75 per visit. Vaccines and lab tests are priced separately. 

“Bartell Drugs has a long-standing commitment to understanding local needs and our partnership with Group Health is one more way we offer exceptional, neighborhood-oriented care to our region,” said Ken Mahoney, chief operating officer, Bartell Drugs. “We’re excited to expand our CareClinic network with these additional locations.”

Seven CareClinics already successfully operate in Bartell Drugs stores in Ballard, Bellevue, Crossroads, Greenwood, Sammamish, Rainier Avenue, and University Village. Due to consumer demand, Group Health and Bartell Drugs plan to continue expanding CareClinics throughout the region and will announce additional locations throughout 2016. For more information about CareClinics, visit http://care-clinic.org.

Fairwood Community News is pleased to include Care Clinics as one of its sponsored advertisers for February.

Four Fairwood Groups Receive King County Grants

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Highlands Safeway Hiring for March 2 Opening

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

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

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

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

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

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

Albertsons, Safeway Plan Return
to Fairwood, Renton Highlands Locations

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

Albertsons and Safeway are returning to their old homes.

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

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

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

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

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

Renton Rotary Selects February Lindbergh
Youth of the Month

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

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

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

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

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

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

December Fairwood Area Crime Activity

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

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

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

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

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

Renton Proposes Park and Ride Garage Relocation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Found Dog in Lake Desire Area

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

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




Fire District December Notes

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

Holiday Tree Safety

Holiday Home Fire Safety Tips

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

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

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

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

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

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

Renton Man Arrested for Covington Murder

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

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

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

National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists Missing From Local High School List

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

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

Lindbergh's list has varied each year.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



From the Community

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

- Heather Smith
Lake Desire Community Club