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The City of Tukwila’s Mayor and the Tukwila Metropolitan Park District’s Board of Commissioners will complete to become the first Tukwila Citizen to “Walk the Plank” or maybe they’ll choose to do a cannonball into Tukwila’s renovated pool.

The Tukwila Pool has been closed since November 2012 for a $1.66 million renovation: air handling systems, circulation and filtration systems, motors, pumps, locker room improvements, pool deck upgrades and a new pool liner are just some of the improvements patrons will notice. A generous Energy Efficiency grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce was utilized to provide energy saving upgrades.

Pool patrons will celebrate the re-opening of the Tukwila Pool on April 20, 2013, the community will also celebrate April Pool’s Day – a national water safety awareness event.


A giant salmon will swim into Burien Town Square next week.

Actually, it’s FIN, a fiberglass salmon that children can walk through and learn about the life cycle of the salmon. It will be at the square next to the Burien Library, 400 S.W. 152nd St., on Wednesday, April 17 and Thursday, April 18, noon-7 p.m. each day.

The fun educational opportunity is hosted by Sustainable Burien and the Community Salmon Investigation (CSI.)

Burien resident Grace Stiller rented the fiberglass salmon from the North Olympic Salmon Coalition for display at Newcastle’s Earth Day celebration, beginning April 20.

Stiller contacted Sustainable Burien to see if the group wanted to display FIN before it swam over to the east side.

Besides volunteers to help with the educational display, Sustainable Burien is seeking a budding actor to “embody” or, more accurately, “in-body” the costumed Bert the Fish, who also may make a Town Square appearance.


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The Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) has announced that it will be hosting a 2013 Paralympic Experience in SeaTac in conjunction with U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, May 11th at the Tyee Educational Complex, 4424 S. 188th St. It is open to all K-12 students with visual impairments across the state of Washington.

"We are very excited to announce our Paralympic experience for students who are blind and visually impaired. This event will introduce students to several different sports, and give them the opportunity to learn more about the Paralympic games," said Executive Director Billy Henry

"The Paralympic Experience program encourages physical fitness and overall well-being for individuals with physical and visual disabilities, and we are thrilled to be working with Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) on this initiative," said Charlie Huebner, USOC Chief of Paralympics.


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This spring, more than 2,000 students will hit the beach with the Environmental Science Center's naturalists to explore intertidal Puget Sound. A new component this year includes an expanded field study from one and a half hours to two hours so that students can learn about the harmful effects of marine debris on our oceans and actions they can take to be a Beach Hero.

Taking advantage of ESC's new facility at Seahurst Park, students will be able to explore plastics collected from the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" in the North Pacific Gyre, view satellite imagery of earth's ocean currents, and learn how to pack a sustainable lunch box by minimizing single use plastics.

When students make the pledge to REFUSE, REDUCE, RE-USE, and RECYCLE plastics in their daily life, they will receive an official Beach Hero identification card.

Most of the more than 90 classes that ESC will serve this spring receive a one-hour classroom session, two-hour field study, and bus transportation free-of-charge.


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One of the most heavily used routes through Highline today is also one of the very oldest roads in Washington state, and it was built by men who achieved the pinnacle of national prominence in their day.

Now the Highline Historical Society is collaborating with three other historical societies in South King County to draw attention to the historical significance of Military Road.

On Saturday, April 27, at 2 p.m., the Historical Society is hosting a presentation of “General George Pickett, His Life & Times” at Global Connections High School cafeteria (Tyee campus), 4424 S 188th Street, SeaTac. National Park Service interpretive ranger Michael Vouri will give a lively, one-man performance of Pickett’s life.

Pickett was one of the junior officers sent out to the Pacific Northwest to help build Military Road in the 1850s. Civil War buffs may recognize him as the fellow who, ten years later, led the doomed Pickett’s Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg.

Audit says CARES fulfilling contract, keeping pets healthy but recommends several improvements

Burien CARES.

Love it or hate it. There doesn’t seem to be any middle ground.

Burien Community Animal Resource and Education Society (CARES) is a nonprofit group that the city contracts with for animal control and services.

Debra George, co-owner of the Mark Restaurant and Discover Burien events director, heads it. She is not paid as CARES director.

There doesn’t appear to be any softening of positions on the group even after the release of an audit report by Denise McVicker, deputy director of the Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County.

During a City Council study session on March 25, Burien city officials characterized the report as affirming that CARES is performing its contract with the city and treating animals in its care humanely. City Manager Mike Martin noted McVicker had given some recommendations on improvements that may cost more and expand services CARES is providing.

“This is a classic, young community-based organization that is doing everything right,” Martin declared. “It is time to get behind it. It has been through some rough times.”

Debate on Burien CARES continues after audit report
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Photo by Jerry Gay

Toasty perches on the shoulder of Animal Control Officer Ray Helms at the Burien CARES shelter. Toasty was found hiding in a car engine and brought to the facility.

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After conducting a three-month search period, the Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is pleased to announce their selection of a new President/CEO. Carol Kolson will assume the role on Monday, April 8, 2013. She was selected out of more than 40 applicants. 

Carol has been involved with the Southwest King County Chamber for the last 6 years and is excited to help lead the Chamber. She has a 28-year banking career, most recently at HomeStreet Bank for 13 years. She has also worked in Marysville, Camano Island, Everett and Bellevue as a banker. Most of her banking career has focused on building meaningful relationship with clients.

Carol has served on the Southwest King County Chamber Board of Directors in the Chair position, Golf Tournament Chair, Funding and Events Committee and the Ambassador Committee. She believes being an active member at the Southwest King County Chamber resulted in new and long lasting client relationships.

Entered Gregory Heights Elementary at age 4

The latest Mensa member is a five-year old boy from the Gregory Heights neighborhood of Burien.

Wikipedia notes, “Mensa is the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world. It is a non-profit organization open to people who score at the 98th percentile or higher on a standardized, supervised IQ or other approved intelligence test.”

Alex Schwieger is a first grader at Gregory Heights Elementary. He entered elementary school at age 4 last September.

According to his father, Bob Schwieger, Alex has been excelling at his educational requirements there.

“This prompted his Mom and I to have him tested and found out that his 135 IQ places him in the 99th percentile,” the proud father reports.

Winners revealed at Gold Star Bash, Thursday, March 21

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The Gold Star Award WINNERS will be announced live Thursday, March 21 at the second annual Gold Star Awards BASH. Created in 2012, this red-carpet style event (21 and over) features a night of music, drinks, appetizers, dancing, and a LIVE announcement of the Gold Star Award winners. 

This year’s list of impressive and well-deserving nominees includes highly qualified staff, volunteers, and administrators.

Please come help us celebrate the outstanding Teachers, Volunteers, Alumni, Staff and Administrators of Highline Public Schools at our district’s version of the Academy Awards!

Event Details: Gold Star Awards BASH
Thursday, March 21, 2013
6:30 - 8:30 pm
The Production Shop, 14624 – 9th Avenue SW, Burien

Tickets are $15 and include appetizers, drinks, music, and celebration at this fun event unveiling the winners of the 2013 Gold Star Awards! (21 and over only)


Outstanding Administrator Nominees
Mark Demick, Principal, Chinook Middle School
Diana Garcia, Principal, Cascade Middle School
Deborah Holcomb, Principal, Southern Heights Elementary School


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Navos is proud to announce that our CEO, Dr. David Johnson has been chosen for a prestigious “Visionary Leadership Award” by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare.

The Visionary Leadership award honors staff or volunteers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the behavioral healthcare field and who exemplify the values and ideals embraced by the National Council.

Recipients have demonstrated superior, sustained commitment to quality behavioral healthcare and have had careers marked by significant contributions to the behavioral healthcare field and the consumers it serves.

Congratulations to David on this well deserved honor!

Navos CEO named visionary leader
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Photo by Steve Shay

Navos CEO, Dr. David Johnson has received the “Visionary Leadership Award” by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare. This photo of him was taken at the festive Discover Burien Awards Dinner March 1 when her received his "Non-Profit Leader of the Year" award, given to him by Discover Burien.

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