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Event Calendar

Now through July 9
Civil War Pathways
   in the Pacific Northwest

   WA State History Museum, Tacoma

March 12 - April 16
The Lion King
Paramount Theatre, Seattle

March 29 - September 1
SPY: The Secret World of Espionage
Pacific Science Center, Seattle

April 1-30
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
Mount Vernon, Burlington

April 10-13
The Spring Fair
WA State Fair Events Center, Puyallup

April 11-19
A Midsummer Night's Dream
McCaw Hall, Seattle

April 11-20
World Ski and Snowboard Festival
Whistler

April 15 - May 11
A Room with a View
The 5th Avenue Theatre

April 22, 7 p.m.
Town Hall Meeting with Councilman Dunn, King County Sheriff's Urquhart
Maple Valley Sheriff's Station
22300 SE 231st, Maple Valley

April 25-27
Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival
Seattle Center

April 30-May 3, 7 p.m. Weekdays
2 & 7 p.m. Weekends

The Wedding Singer
Kentridge High School

May 7-10, 7 p.m. Weekdays
2 & 7 p.m. Weekends

The Wedding Singer
Kentridge High School

May 14, 7 p.m.
Town Hall Meeting with Councilman Dunn, King County Sheriff's Urquhart
Ridgewood Elementary

May 14-17, 7 p.m.
West Side Story
Kentwood High School

May 21-24, 7 p.m.
West Side Story
Kentwood High School

Now through July 9
Civil War Pathways
in the Pacific Northwest
WA State History Museum, Tacoma


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Soos Creek Trail Expansion Continues

By Don Geyer
The Soos Creek Trail expansion project is moving forward!  The trail, developed and constructed in phases along Soos Creek wetlands on the Kent and Renton East Hill, will continue to expand with the eventual goal of extending down the hill to intersect with the Cedar River Trail. This exciting, 11-mile trail in total length will offer opportunities to make outings even longer!

Mr. Karan Soi, the Capital Project Manager for this project, provided a status update on this much anticipated expansion.

"The budgets to complete the design and construction documents for the  Soos Creek Trail Segment 1 (SE 192nd Street to SE Petrovitsky Road) were approved in the 2014 budget. We are currently in the process of signing the contract with our Consultants to complete the Segment 1 design from 60% to 100% Construction Documents, including all the permitting approvals. The bidding and construction of the project will take place in early 2015, contingent upon the approval of the construction funds for the Segment 1 in the 2015 Budget by the King County Council,"said Soi.

The drawing above shows a breakdown of how the remaining segments are divided.

And what about the rest of the segments?  "Design and construction of the remaining segments 2,3, & 4 will be completed depending upon the priority and availability of budgets in the coming years," said Soi.

Fairwood Resident Erin Aboudara Appointed to King County Women's Advisory Board

March 31
The Metropolitan King County gave its unanimous approval to the appointment of Erin Aboudara of Fairwood in unincorporated King County to serve as a representative on the King County Women’s Advisory Board for Council District 9.

“Erin has spent her entire life in King County and is very involved in her community,” said Councilmember Reagan Dunn, who nominated Aboudara to represent the Fairwood area on the County Council. 

“Her work on the Kent PTA and the leadership roles she has held representing over 1,500 homeowners of the Fairwood Greens home owners association, gives her a unique perspective to bring to the board," said Dunn.

“I am excited to be appointed to the King County Women’s Advisory Board to represent women of Council District 9.  I look forward to continue advocating for women’s issues such as gender pay equity, flexible scheduling for parents of young children or who may be caring for a senior parent, and equality in hiring and promotion practices in both the public and private sector for all women in King County,” said Aboudara.  “It was an honor to have been nominated by Councilmember Reagan Dunn and I enjoy serving the public in this capacity.”

The King County Women’s Advisory Board (WAB) makes recommendations to the King County Executive and the King County Council to ensure the needs, rights and well-being of women are taken into account by county government.  The board was established in 1978 as a nonpartisan advisory board, with members appointed by the King County Executive and the King County Council.

Boy Scout Troop 455
Prepares for Annual Pancake Breakfast March 8


March 2
By Heather Smith
The community is invited to the Boy Scout Troop #455 annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, March 8th, 7-11am at Fairwood Community United Methodist Church - 15255 SE Fairwood Blvd. in Renton. There will also be a book fair and bake sale as part of this annual fundraiser.  Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for kids 6-10 & seniors. Kids under 5 are FREE! Tickets will be available at the door. 

Proceeds from this event will support the activities of the Boy Scouts throughout the year including camping, hiking, cycling, summer camp, and community service projects. The Boy Scouts have been busy in the past few months. In December, they volunteered at the Salvation Army Food Bank in Renton. In January, they collected Christmas trees to recycle in the area for donations, and they also participated in Klondike. This month, the Scouts will have a chance to snowshoe and build an igloo as well as attend Winter Camp held at Camp Sheppard. Boy Scouts will also be collecting canned food for a food drive on March 22nd so keep an eye out for flyers at your home in March.

See our website for more details on joining Troop #455 open to boys 6th-12th grades, www.troop455.com or contact scoutmaster@troop455.com. Thank you for supporting the Fairwood area Boy Scouts!

Lake Desire Murder Suspect Arrested

February 23
King County Sheriff's detectives arrested a 34 year-old man last night in connection to a murder in the Lake Desire area last week.

Detectives arrested the man last night around 6 p.m. in the 1700 block of S. Hosmer St.
in Tacoma.  Police would not say what led to the arrest, but said they are still looking for other suspects and a vehicle believed to have been used in the crime.

The vehicle is described as a purple, 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser with Washington license plate AKY8871.

Police are asking anyone with information about this vehicle or crime to call the King County Sheriff's Office at 206-296-3311 or call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.  Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Lake Desire Victim Identified by KC Sheriff, Reward Offered

February 20
King County Sheriff's Office

King County Sheriff’s detectives are seeking information on a murder that occurred Monday night in southeast King County near Lake Desire.

On Monday at approximately 10:40 .pm., police responded to a report of a 27 year-old man not breathing in a house in the 17800 block of Lake Desire Dr.   The Medical Examiner determined the 27 year old man, identified as Ryan Prince (pictured at left), had died of gunshot wounds.

Detectives believe Prince may have interrupted a burglary involving multiple suspects and died after being shot by the intruders.   The residents of the home are owners/operators of The Solution, a medical marijuana business.

Detectives are asking anyone with information related to this crime to call the King County Sheriff’s Office at 206-296-3311, or you can call Crime Stoppers at (800)-222-TIPS (8477). You may remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Suspicious Death Near Lake Desire

February 18
King County Sheriff’s Detectives are investigating a suspicious death that occurred overnight near Lake Desire.

Just after 10:30 p.m., deputies responded to a house at 17807 E Lake Desire Drive to a report of a man not breathing.  When deputies arrived they found a 27 year-old man who appeared to be deceased.  Medics arrived and pronounced the man dead at the scene.

Detectives said the death appears to be suspicious and will treat the case as a homicide investigation.  Detectives did not provide any of details of why they believe the death was suspicious.

No further information is available at this time, according to Sergeant Cindi West, King County Sheriff's Office.

Lake Desire Residents and any others that may have witnessed activites are urged to contact Christopher.johnson
@kingcounty.gov
. Johnson reportedly is the investigator in the case and is interested in speaking with neighbors who have security cameras. Those cameras may have recorded sounds of gunshots at about 8 p.m. last night, according to Lake Desire's President Heather Stafford.

This neighborhood has experienced a number of incidents recently, including mail and auto theft.

All Fairwood neighbors are encouraged to remember Block Watch efforts keep all our homes more secure. We're all encouraged to watch out for our neighbors and report any suspicious activities. That extra effort to protect each other can only help to stop these egregious acts.

Fairwood deserves more than this.

Sheriff Imposter
Questions Fairwood Residents,
Flees

King County Sheriff's Office
February 16
A white male posing as a sheriff’s deputy escaped after encountering an on-duty King County Sheriff deputy who responded after residents called 911. The incident occurred around 10:15 p.m. on Friday, February 14. 

The imposter questioned residents of a Fairwood apartment complex in the 14600 block of SE 176 Street. Residents were told that he was looking for an auto theft suspect.  The impersonating suspect reportedly wore a navy colored tee shirt with “SHERIFF” on it.  He also wore dark pants and carried a holstered revolver, a walkie-talkie-style radio, and a knife in his pocket.

Note: This address is the location of the Fairwood Villa Condominiums.

Suspicious about the exchange, residents called 911.  A real King County Sheriff’s deputy responded just moments later and saw the suspect, who was about 200 feet away.  The deputy called out, and the man fled behind a fence, causing the deputy to lose sight of the suspect. 

Additional deputies responded with a tracking K-9, and a KCSO helicopter assisted in the search.  Despite the available resources, deputies believe the suspect fled in a nearby car.

Witnesses described the man as being about 5’8” tall, weighing about 180 pounds, with dark brown hair and olive skin.  He is believed to be a white or Hispanic male in his 30s. 

Criminal Impersonation in the second degree (RCW 9a.60.045) is a gross misdemeanor.   The King County Sheriff’s Office is asking all with information on this case to call 206-296-3311.

12th Man Spirit on Fire at Boulevard Lane!

by Don Geyer
What a season for our beloved Hawks, huh?  Of course, this crazy season is going to come to a climactic end on Sunday in Super Bowl XLVIII as the Seahawks take on the Denver Broncos in Met Life Stadium in New Jersey.  It is going to be an exciting game!

Andrea Upton, Boulevard Lane's VP-Programs has made the season even more fun for us here in Boulevard Lane.  Every game day she has held a 12th Man flag raising at our entrance and invited all to come.  Typically, this occurred two hours before each game, and ended with a "GO HAWKS!" cheer.

This event took place for every single game throughout the season.  And in the rare occasion that Andrea couldn't make it, she passed the flag on to me and made me promise I would not let her down.  I didn't!

With the Super Bowl only a few hours away, Andrea has begun a fun tradition for our community.  More importantly, residents of Boulevard Lane have taken time to join us, even for a single flag raising.  It has meant a lot!

But we are not done yet.  No siree!  This Sunday is the game our Seahawks have been playing for since August and training for since last spring.  The final flag raising of the season and give our team one last "GO HAWKS!"  We will be meeting at the entryway at 2:00. 

Finally, I would like to share a few images taken of the 12th Man flag raising from throughout the season.  We had many regulars, including a superstitious neighbor who believed not attending would bring bad luck, and would call ahead if he was going to be late!  We also had many who, due to busy schedules, could only attend here and there.  They were still important!

I hope to see a CROWD of MASS PROPORTIONS on Sunday!  GO HAWKS!!

Beauties on Lake Desire

Thanks to the Lake Desire HOA for sharing this dreamy photo of beautiful white swans spotted on the lake. Thanks to neighbor Michele Bettinger for capturing the moment!

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