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Event Calendar

Now - March 22
Seattle Jewish Film Festival
Mercer Island

Now - May 25
Pompeii: The Exhibition
Pacific Science Center, Seattle

Now - May 17
Seattle Collects Norwest Coast Exhibit
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle

Now - June 7
Eloquent Objects: Georgia O'Keeffe and Still-Life Art in New Mexico
Tacoma Art Museum

Now - October 4
Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume

EMP, Seattle

March 21, 9-11 a.m.
Scouting for Food Drive
Cub Scout Pack #449
All Fairwood Neighborhoods

March 21, 6:30 p.m.
Lake Desire Hard Cider Tasting/Appetizers/Photo Show Fundraiser ($15)
Lake Desire Clubhouse

March 21-22
Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, Seattle

March 21-28
Spring Gray Whale Watching
Oregon Coast

March 28-29
Spring Best of the Northwest Art
and Fine Craft Show
Hanger 30, Magnuson Park, Seattle

Taste Washington
CenturyLink Field Event Center, Seattle

April 1-30
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
Mount Vernon

April 3-4
Hop Scotch Spring Beer
and Scotch Festival
Fremont Studios, Fremont

Spring Beer and Wine Fest
Oregon Convention Center, Portland

April 6, 1:10 p.m.
Mariner's Season Opener
vs. Angels

Safeco Field

April 7-11
Shakespeare Festival
Orcas Island

April 10-19
Swan Lake
McCaw Hall, Seattle Center

World Ski and Snowboard Festival
Whistler, British Columbia

April 11
Daffodil Festival Grand Floral Parade
Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, Orting

April 11-12
Paddlers Cup and Expo
Gig Harbor

April 16, 7 p.m.
Girl Scout Informational Meeting
Fairwood Library

April 16-19
The Spring Fair

April 17-May 17
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
ACT, Seattle

April 22, 7 p.m.
Girl Scout Informational Meeting
Kent Library

April 23-May 3
Washington State Apple Blossom Festival

April 24-26
Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival
Seattle Center

April 25
Tour de Lopez Bicycle Rally
Lopez Island

April 26
Baroque Masterworks Concert
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Seattle

Dirty Dan Seafood Festival
Fairhaven Village, Bellingham

April 29-May 2
Paperweight Collectors Association Convention
Hotel Murano, Tacoma

April 30, 7 p.m.
Girl Scout Informational Meeting
Covington Library

May 5, 7-9 p.m.
Town Meeting with King County Council Member Reagan Dunn,
Chief of Operations Rhonda Berry, and Sheriff Urquhart
Ridgewood Elementard




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Detectives find fugitive hiding under house

March 30
Last Saturday, King County Sheriff’s Office detectives found a wanted man hiding in a crawlspace under a house in unincorporated Kent.  The 50 year old Auburn man, wanted for trafficking in stolen property, spent seven hours in the fetal position hoping the police wouldn’t find him. 

On Saturday afternoon, detectives applied for a warrant to search the house.  These detectives were also investigating possible stolen property at the vacant house near the raceway areas south of Covington. While the warrant application was being written and reviewed, police remained at the house. After about seven hours, the warrant was granted and detectives began searching. 

When detectives checked the crawlspace under the house, they located the wanted subject curled up underneath the far side of the house.  He had been under the house since police first arrived in the afternoon.  He was brought out of the crawlspace and arrested for a $20,000 King County Superior Court warrant.

The male was the same that had previously eluded arrest from members of the KCSO TAC 30 Unit (SWAT) on Wednesday at a house in the same neighborhood.  He was booked in to King County Jail late Saturday night.

Fairwood Neighborhoods Receive King County Grants

March 27
Three Fairwood area communities were recently awarded grants to fund community projects focused on connecting communities throughout unincorporated King County. The following neighborhoods received 2015 grants from the Community Service Area Program:

Fairwood Greens HOA - Neighborhood Day Event ($1,500)
Lake Desire Community Club - Chairs for Community Events ($500)
Woodside HOA - National Night Out Event ($1,000)

King County awarded a total of 36 grants to support activities in unincorporated areas. Grants sizes can be as large as $5,000, for a total of $60,000 awarded each year. A total of 55 applications were received by the county.

Both Fairwood Greens HOA and Woodside HOA received grants the previous year for their neighborhoods, totaling $4,500. A total of 27 grants were awarded in 2014.

The grants offer residents in the county’s seven Community Service Areas a chance to participate and be more connected in their unincorporated area communities. Activities must be accessible to all residents regardless of race, income, or language spoken.

King County typically solicits for applications during the final quarter of each calendar year, and applications are due early December for the next year's awards.

Car Prowlers Target Trovitsky Park

March 18
A Fairwood neighbor recently reported car prowling activity in the Trovitsky Park neighborhood early March 14.

Two male prowlers were described as mid-to-late 20s, caucasian, height around 5'10 to six feet, slim, and both carried shoulder bags.

Another neighbor noted they parked in the neighborhood early, around 4 a.m., and methodically walked the complete block, checking each vehicle. This activity took about 30 minutes.

Apparently, two years ago, very similar activity occurred during similar conditions in the same neighborhood. At that time, a vehicle was stolen. A neighbor noted that the weather was also the same, rainy, and that person speculated the noise from rain could have been used to diffuse noise and remove scent trails associated with prowling activities.

To better protect our neighborhoods, all Fairwood neighbors are encouraged to remove all valuables from sight in vehicles, lock all doors, turn on and leave on porch lights, notice all unusual neighborhood activities, and call 9-1-1 for assistance.

McCarvey Park Public Meeting set for March 16

March 15
This summer, King County will harvest 71 acres of forest in McGarvey Park Natural Area as part of the 2011 McGarvey Park Forest Stewardship Plan.

The goals of this harvest include:
 Restore 71 acres of forest - See map
 Harvest dying and poor quality hardwoods
 Retain all existing conifers
 Plant conifers following harvest
 Retain wildlife habitat snags
 Protect streams and wetlands

King County Forestry and Parks employees are hosting a public meeting at Northwood Middle School at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 16 to discuss the proposed forest restoration activities, and to answer any questions.

The map below shows areas where the harvest is planned. Those identified areas are highlighted in yellow.

The McGarvey Park Open Space Forest Stewardship Plan and answers to frequently asked questions are available by CLICKING HERE.

For information contacct Kelly Heintz at 206-477-6478, kelly.heintz@kingcounty.gov.

Northwest Trail Runs Tackles
Cedar Mountain Trail Run

March 15
This past Saturday morning, Northwest running group, Northwest Trail Runs, sponsored both five and 10-mile trail runs in Fairwood's back yard at the Cedar Mountain Trail.

The group organizes trail run events for the runner in mind, often within 50 miles of Seattle, notes their website.

Participants pay an entry fee for each event to cover costs.

For the Cedar Mountain Trail run, participants enjoyed a clearly marked trail and etiquette tips for respecting others using the trail during the event.

Brian Abrams was the overall winner for the five mile run, and Michael Smith was the

overall winner for the 10 mile race.

Past run locations include the Redmond Watershed, Whidbey Island's Fort Ebey Kettles Trail Run, and Kirkland's Bridle Trails. Future runs include a trip to Eastern Washington for the Rock Creek Ramble near Sprague Lake, the Spring Eagle Trail Run in Sammamish, and the Tenaway Trail Run near Cle Elum.

For more information, see www.nwtrailruns.com.

Man Arrested, Lured Meeker Student on Facebook

February 26
On Tuesday, King County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested a 35-year-old Seattle man for allegedly kidnapping a 12-year-old girl from her Kent school after luring her through communication on Facebook.

The student was located in Bremerton by police the same day she was taken from school.  Detectives from the KCSO Special Assault Unit began investigating, eventually identifying the suspect and communicating with him through a false Facebook account. 

On January 30, the suspect drove his van to Meeker Middle School in Renton and messaged the student, who came out and got in the van with the suspect.  Shortly after school was over, the student’s mother reported her missing. 

The student was located about five hours later in Bremerton at a friend’s house.  She was treated at a local hospital for possible sexual assault.

Detectives using Facebook to contact the suspect, posed as a 14-year-old girl and got him to agree to give the supposed girl a phone and computer.  The suspect agreed to meet at a library in Renton, where detectives arrested him.

The suspect was booked at King County Jail for second-degree kidnapping and commercial sex abuse of a minor.

Fire District February Notes

February 14, Renton Fire Department

February is Renton Heart Month

February is Renton Heart Month and an important time for everyone to learn more about their own cardiovascular health and the benefits of prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment of heart disease. Renton Heart Month provides people with the tools and knowledge they need to take the next step toward better health and a longer life. Renton Heart month is important because heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.

During the month firefighters will be out in the community at many locations providing free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings.

Good news - the chance of developing coronary heart disease can be reduced.  Steps to take include developing good eating habits, being physically active - a minimum of 30 to 60 minutes of exercise each day, taking advantage of preventive screenings, and working with health care professionals about other ways to reduce risks.

Warning signs of a heart attack include discomfort in the chest and other areas of the upper body, shortness of breath, breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness

Warning signs of a stroke include numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body; confusion, trouble speaking or understanding; trouble seeing in one or both eyes; and severe headache with no known cause.

Learn how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use an automatic external defibrillator (AED)

Significant Incidents

On January 28 at 11:52 pm, Renton Fire was dispatched to a three-story structure fire on 140th Ave SE.  Upon arrival, a fully involved fire was already happening.  Firefighters found that the house was abandoned, and the fire was caused by a mattress being ignited on the second floor of the house.  Because of this cause, the incident is being treated as an arson fire.  Two nearby, abandoned houses have also had arson fires.   The fire was contained and extinguished without further damage to other properties.

KC Sheriff offers tips on mail theft

Shown above, more than 1,000 pieces of stolen mail were recovered during the month of December.

January 11, 2015
The King County Sheriff's office reported an increase in mail thefts, with 68 reports in a recent 14 week period. Reasons for this uptick are unclear.

Detectives have arrested several suspects, but mail boxes continue to be an easy target of for thieves.

"Suspects are looking for mail that contains items they can turn around quickly, such as gift cards and/or cash. If they find checks, they’re washing them, making them out to themselves and changing the amounts," said KC Sheriff's Sergeant DB Gates.

While the thefts happen at all hours of the day, most occur during two different time periods: noon to 2 PM, and midnight to 2 AM.

Gates noted suspects readily target traditional mailboxes, but locking mailboxes are also accessed. Thieves pry open locked boxes and have even used a torch on the hinges banks of mailboxes found in many housing developments.

"To protect yourself from these thefts, make it a habit to collect your mail every day. Don’t ever leave your mail in the box overnight. Also, consider buying a locking mailbox.

"If you’re going on vacation, either arrange for a neighbor to collect your mail or ask the post office to hold your mail until you return. When sending mail, don’t place it out for your mail carrier; drop it off at the post office. Remember, that red flag is a notice to everyone that there is mail in the box," said Gates.

Most importantly, Gates said local neighbors are the experts for knowing neighborhood suspicious activity.

When suspect activity occurs, all are urged to call police if someone is spending time at or near mailboxes or following mail delivery.

"Several arrests of mail thieves have happened because citizens called about something they saw that just didn’t seem right," said Gates.


From the Community

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- Heather Smith
Lake Desire Community Club