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Photos by Joseph Walsh

The SeaTac community on Thursday (Aug. 14) held its 8th annual Back to School Fair (BTSF), which provides local families with a fun, safe, and supportive environment to ensure their children receive the proper vision, nutrition, medical, dental, and academic resources they need to be ready for school.

The BTSF was started eight years ago by SeaTac community leaders who were concerned that many SeaTac families face financial barriers when preparing their children for the new school year. The vision of the BTSF committee is to build support in the community that strengthens families and enhances the academic success of underserved youth. The outcomes for the event are to provide students the necessary school supplies to start school ready-for-success.

“The BTSF is an important resource for the SeaTac community as it puts school supplies in the hands of our students in need so that they can start the school year off on the right foot,” said Mia Gregerson, City of SeaTac Mayor. “This is a wonderful event and the smiles on the children’s faces is testimony to the value this event is providing the community.”

The Back to School Fair has become a high profile community event because service providers have learned that when it comes to delivering services, it no longer pays to do it alone. Local organizations, agencies, and businesses have come together to leverage resources, reduce family anxiety, and build community support for the greater good of our families.

This year the BTSF committee and volunteers distributed 2,100 backpacks filled with school supplies to SeaTac students. In total, about 4,000 people showed up at the Back to School Fair. With help from the BTSF sponsors and other community organizations, these families also received many important resources.

For example, thanks to funding from Comcast in partnership with Highline Schools Foundation, an internet tent was available complete with laptops, free internet service, and volunteers to help families navigate district resources online including, signing up for the free and reduced lunch program. Highline Public Schools was there helping families use their new mobile app—and hosted a We Are Highline photo booth with Comcast’s help. A new sponsor, Graham Trucking, was in attendance with a Hydro Plane simulator that ended up being a huge hit. United Health Care – Community Plan was at the fair providing information on accessing healthcare. Sesame Streets’ Elmo returned this year and took to the stage to sing and dance and get the kids excited for the upcoming school year. The Gene Juarez Academy was also at the BTSF and had seven enthusiastic stylists provide kids with free haircuts. Another great resource was the free dental check-ups provided by the organization Smile Partners. There, of course, were many other fantastic non-profits providing plenty of information and resources to families in the SeaTac community.

The BTSF Coalition was thrilled about another successful Back to School Fair. They are truly thankful to all of the sponsors, volunteers, and fair participants who made this 8th Annual BTSF a huge success. The committee hopes to continue growing the fair while remaining faithful to the vision of ensuring all SeaTac students are ready to start the school year off right. Given the success of this year’s fair, they are certain 2014/15 is going to be a good one for our students.

2014 Back to School Fair Sponsors:

Corporate: Comcast, Swedish Medical Center, Alaska Airlines, Matt Griffin YMCA, Coldwell Banker-Danforth & Associates, Recology/Cleanscapes, Molina Healthcare, Coordinated Care, United Healthcare-Community Plan, Community Health Plan of Washington, Gene Juarez, Graham Trucking, Rontra Freight, International Truck Leasing & Rental, Impact Studio Pro, Loudon Realty

Foundation: Windermere Foundation, Highline Schools Foundation

Non-Profit Collaborators: Angle Lake Neighborhood Church, Lutheran Community Service NW, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, SOAR, World Vision, Smile Partners, Project Feast

Civic: City of SeaTac, SeaTac Police Department, Firefighters Local 2919, Highline School District, King County Library, Sound Transit

Service Clubs: Rotary Club of SeaTac, Exchange Club of Highline

STB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Sunday, Aug. 17 – is a custom built home on a nice secluded lot.

This home has a desirable open floor plan with Master Suite on main floor.

Super clean kitchen with island, breakfast nook, French doors to large gorgeous deck, family room with gas fireplace, formal living room and dining room with designer touches.

Upper level offers Huge BONUS room, along with 3 additional bedrooms and full bath.

3-car garage, surround sound, storage galore, wood wrapped windows and more.

Must see to appreciate this quality home.

Here are some pics (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

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WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 17, from 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 17234 43rd Lane S, SeaTac 98188

INFO:

  • List Price: $409,000
  • MLS Number: 635563
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Year Built: 1999
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,610
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 10,720

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dbl Pane/Storm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Vaulted Ceilings

Marketing remarks:

Better than new construction!

Custom built home on nice secluded lot.

Desirable open floor plan with Master Suite on main floor.

Super clean kitchen w/island, breakfast nook, French doors to large gorgeous deck, family room with gas fireplace, formal living room and dining room with designer touches.

Upper level offers Huge BONUS room, 3 additional bedrooms and full bath.

3 car garage, surround sound, storage galore, wood wrapped windows and more.

Must see to appreciate this quality home.

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses.

The SeaTac Parks & Recreation Department will be holding another great, FREE outdoor summer music performance TONIGHT – Friday, Aug. 15 – with Show Nuff Funk at Angle Lake Park, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair and family and friends to enjoy live music. The performances are free and additional parking is available at the Alaska Airlines parking lot for shows at Angle Lake Park.

Concerts are held from 6:30 – 8 p.m. and are sponsored by the City of SeaTac and supported by 4Culture.

The final two shows are:

  • Friday, Aug. 15 (TONIGHT!): Show Nuff Funk (Funk Band) ~ Angle Lake Park
  • Friday, Aug. 22: Kellee Bradley (Americana/Folk) ~ Angle Lake Park

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The King County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in finding Wilson Laray Smith, 19 (pictured above), wanted in connection to a July 29 burglary in SeaTac.

On July 29, deputies responded to the burglary of an occupied home in SeaTac. Two suspects entered the house where a female and child were inside. The woman called 9-1-1 and two deputies arrived within minutes.

Police say that the two suspects were now outside the house and when deputies attempted to stop them, there was a confrontation. One suspect was tased but it had no effect. Another deputy then shot this suspect. The second suspect fled the scene on foot and a K-9 unit and a police helicopter was used to search for him – but he escaped.

The at-large suspect has been identified as 19-year old Wilson Laray Smith, and there is probable cause to arrest him for burglary. Smith is a convicted felon, and he is likely to be aware that detectives are looking for him. Smith is described as a black male, 5’09”, 150 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair.

Anyone with information on Smith’s whereabouts is urged to call the King County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center at (206) 296.3311. If anyone sees Smith they are asked to call 9-1-1.

The City of SeaTac has vacancies on the Senior Citizen Advisory Committee and the Human Services Advisory Committee, and they’re seeking volunteers.

These committees serve in an advisory capacity to the City Council, assisting in decision-making and the setting of city policies.

The Senior Citizen Advisory Committee’s mission is to identify issues related to Senior Citizens in the community; provide increased opportunities for community involvement by Senior Citizens; act as an advisory body to the City Council on these issues and regarding the delivery of Senior Citizen programs; and provide outreach to the community in an effort to develop and place Senior Citizen issues before the citizens of SeaTac in a positive manner. Meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month at 9:00 AM at the SeaTac Community Center. Members are appointed for three-year terms unless filling an unexpired term in which case the appointee will serve for the remainder of the term. Please note applicants for the Senior Citizen Advisory Committee must be age 55 or older. Applications for the Senior Citizen Advisory Committee will be accepted until 5:00 PM, September 26 .

The Human Services Advisory Committee makes reports and recommendations to the City Council concerning human services issues, including the following: review and recommend human services needs assessments and updates; develop recommendations for the City Council on priorities of needs within the community; review and recommend human services plans and policies, including the human services element of the city’s comprehensive plan; evaluate funding requests and make recommendations; evaluate and review the performance of individual human services organizations; participate in collaborative planning efforts involving citizen groups, human services agencies, and local organizations which contribute to enhanced regional coordination; review city actions which may affect the accessibility or quality of human services available to the city’s residents; and conduct other human services research, review and advocacy as requested by the City Council in response to emerging human services issues. Meetings are held the third Monday of the month at 5:30 PM at SeaTac City Hall. Members are appointed for three-year terms. Applications for the Human Services Advisory Committee will be accepted until 5:00 PM, September 26.

If you are interested in serving on any of these committees, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 973.4660 or download an application from the City’s website www.ci.seatac.wa.us. All positions are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Council.

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Get valuable information on how you can be more environmentally friendly and ‘waste wise’ in your home, how to dispose of hazardous products, and how you can protect our natural waterways – at the ‘Get Your Green On’ event on Wednesday, Aug. 13 – from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

“Come and see our unique ‘cap’tivating fish mascot, and enter your guess on how many bottle caps it is made of for a chance to win a personal refillable stainless steel Kleen Kanteen drink container,” reads an announcement.

FREE BioBags (while supplies last) for your kitchen counter food scrap container, and FREE kitchen counter food scrap containers to the first 50 SeaTac residents (must have curbside collection service with Recology CleanScapes).

Purchase at low cost (while supplies last): rain barrels – $25, compost bins – $25 (one compost bin per person). Dan Borba of Natural Rainwater will be available to answer questions on setting up and using your rain barrel.

Small business interested in trimming your ‘waste’ or becoming EnviroStars Certified? Eirik O’Neal of Corporate Recycling Services will be on hand to discuss your unique business recycling needs, and ways to reduce your waste to the landfill. EnviroStars applications and information on program qualifications will be at the event tables, and city staff will be available to answer questions on the EnviroStars Certification process that the city went through to become 5-Star Certified.

Got a code compliance question? Come meet and talk with Code Compliance Program Coordinator Heidi Skinner.

Do you have questions regarding the city’s new solid waste collector Recology CleanScapes? Megan McCain from Recology CleanScapes will be there to answer all your questions.

For more information, please contact Trudy Olson, Resource Conservation/Neighborhood Programs Coordinator, at 973.4763.

The SeaTac Community Center is located at 13735 24th Ave S.

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SeaTac Parks & Recreation’s ‘Touch-A-Truck’ event will be held on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Tyee Educational Complex.

“Come see and touch vehicles that provide safety and services to the community,” reads an announcement.

There will be vehicles from the Fire, Police, Parks and Public Works Departments, among others from throughout the city including local businesses.

There will also be display booths and refreshments.

This is a FREE event that’s perfect for kids of all ages!

The Tyee complex is located at 4424 S. 188th Street.

STB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Sunday, Aug. 10 – is a fabulous 5-bedroom Des Moines view home with a reduced price!

Not only is this home in an excellent location, it boasts wonderful views of Puget Sound and the Mountains, and there is plenty of room for everyone and everything.

Enjoy the Gourmet Kitchen with huge bar for entertaining, along with a light, bright Dining Room that looks out to a gorgeous yard.

A Living Room with Fireplace leads to 3 Bedrooms on the main floor, plus a Master Suite with walk-in closet and full bath.

Upper level offers additional bedroom/office/den and huge family room.

This is a 1940 home that had updates and an addition added in 2002.

Here are some pics (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

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WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 10: 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 23130 Marine View Dr South, Des Moines, WA 98198

INFO:

  • List Price: $574,950
  • MLS Number: 664743
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Year Built: 1940
  • Approximate House SqFt: 4,090
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 25,875

Site Features:

  • Cable TV
  • Deck
  • Fenced-Partially
  • Green House
  • Patio
  • RV Parking
  • Shop
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • High Tech Cabling
  • Pantry

Marketing remarks:

Excellent Location! Fabulous Home! Wonderful Views of Sound and Mountains!

Plenty of Room for Everyone and Everything.

Enjoy the Gourmet Kitchen with Huge Bar for Entertaining, Light, Bright Dining Room looks out to Gorgeous Yard.

Glass Door to Sunny Deck for Relaxing.

Living Room with Fireplace leads to 3 Bedrooms on Main Floor plus Master Suite with Walk in Closet and Full Bath. Upper Level offers Additional Bedroom/Office/Den and Huge Family Room.

A 1940 home w/updates and addition in 2002!

All at a new, reduced price!

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses.

A body was found in Tub Lake in SeaTac Thursday night, Aug. 7, the King County Sheriff’s Office said.

“A body was found,” Sgt. DB Gates told The SeaTac Blog, “…it has probably been there for a bit, and nothing will be known further until an autopsy by the Medical Examiner.”

Reader Cara Sorensen added:

“Both sides were lined with police cars (maybe 6 or 7). Saw what looked like one news van with a crew setting up cameras facing the small view of the lake from the path there. The officials had a boat and possibly a dive team.”

Divers were seen at the lake, which is located on Des Moines Memorial Way near S. 140th Street, north of Sea-Tac Airport.

SeaTac’s Music in the Park Summer Concert Series continues this Friday, Aug. 8 with Roots Reggae music from ‘Longstride’ at Angle Lake Park.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair and family and friends to enjoy live music.

The performances are free and additional parking is available at the Alaska Airlines parking lot for shows at Angle Lake Park.

Concerts are held from 6:30 – 8:00 PM and are sponsored by the City of SeaTac and supported by 4Culture.

Here are some videos of the band in action:

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Schedule:

  • Friday, August 8 • Longstride (Roots Reggae Band) ~ Angle Lake Park
  • Friday, August 15 • Show Nuff Funk (Funk Band) ~ Angle Lake Park
  • Friday, August 22 • Kellee Bradley (Americana/Folk) ~ Angle Lake Park