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Event Calendar

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

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

May 3-13
"The Wiz" - Performed by Kentridge Players (Wed.-Sat. Performances)
Kentridge Performing Arts Center

May 9, 7-9 pm
King County/Fairwood Open House
Northwood Middle School

May 21, 3 pm
United Nations Day for Cultural Diversity and Dialogue
Fairwood Library

June 22
Kent School District Last Day of School

Renton School District Last Day of School
Summer Vacation Begins


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Kentridge Presents 'The Wiz'

May 11
In its second and final week of performances, Kentridge High School, along with the Award-winning Kentridge Players, are presenting the musical, “The Wiz,” originally written by William F. Brown.

The troupe's production of this 1970's version of "The Wizard of Oz" includes "wonderful scores, terrific acting, and a meaningful plot that is great for kids and adults alike," said a KR Drama spokesperson.

The show is directed by Jennifer Grajewski and put on by the students at Kentridge High School.

Final performances at the Kentridge High School Performing Arts Center are Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays nights at 7 p.m. and a Saturday family matinee at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for evening shows and $5 at the Saturday matinee.

Fairwood Neighborhood Conversations Sought
at Town Hall/Open House on May 9

May 8
King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn, Budget Director Dwight Dively, and Sheriff John Urquhart will participate in tomorrow's King County Town Hall/Open House, which runs from 7:00-9:00pm at Northwood Middle School.

King County’s Community Service Areas (CSA) program works with County officials to offer Town Hall meetings throughout unincorporated King County. 

An excellent opportunity for Fairwood neighbors to hear news of interest for our neighborhoods and ask questions of our County officials, all are encouraged to attend the meeting.

The  CSA program also offers annual grants to local community organizations including those noted in the Fairwood Community News.

Fairwood Goes Dark

Image by PSE

April 22
Some folks Fairwood felt a bit of a power surge tonight, but other neighborhoods can expect to be out of power for a few hours. Neighborhoods including the Fairwood Shopping Center; portions of Fairwood Greens, Fairwood West, and Fairwood Crest; all of Elliott Farms and Maple Ridge Estates have reported outages around 11 pm with estimated repairs to be completed around 1 am.

February Fairwood Reported Crime Activity

March 11
Above, the map shows reported crime activity in Fairwood for February. Concentrated crimes were reported in Fairwood shopping areas, but homeowners continue to report neighborhood prowling to identify whether people are at home during the day. Strong neighborhood watch programs can help to deter potential break ins.

Individual reports not listed in the monthly summary include stolen mail, "secure" mailbox break-ins, and porch theft from UPS and FedEx deliveries. Some activity to steal mail, even with the new keyed mailbox configurations have failed. Neighbors are encouraged to promptly pick up mail after delivery.

Addiional efforts to secure vehicles at all times and remove all valuable articles that may encourage break ins may also deter crime. A high level of theft from vehicles was reported, displayed, for February.

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

Boy Scouts Serve Up Pancakes this Saturday

March 2
By Heather Smith
Fairwood neighbors are invited to the Boy Scout Troop #455 annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, March 4, from 7:30-11 am.

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 1, 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, 7-8 pm, at Fairwood Community Methodist Church. Thank you for supporting Boy Scouts!

Four Fairwood Neighborhoods Receive Five Grants

February 23
Metropolitan King County Council Vice Chair Reagan Dunn announced today that five community projects in the Unincorporated Fairwood neighborhood will receive a financial boost from King County’s Community Service Area (CSA) program. The grants are designed to support programs that allow unincorporated county residents to become more connected in their communities. 

“I was glad to have worked with my colleagues on the council to increase this year’s grant funds by 50 percent in order to better support unincorporated communities,” Dunn said. “These grants help to create more active and vibrant communities.”

Five projects in Fairwood will receive a total of $9,750 to support their efforts:

The Parks Homeowners Association will receive $1,600 to repair a playground structure.

“The Parks Homeowners Association would like to thank the King County CSA Program and Councilmember Dunn for this grant award,” said Michelle Faltaous, President of the Parks Homeowners Association. “We’re so excited that this award will support our work to create a safe place for children of all ages to come together and participate in outdoor play. We hope our play area will help to foster the building of relationships for children as well as their parents.”

The Fairwood Greens Homeowners Association received a grant for $2,000 to host a Neighborhood Day, called the LAST SPLASH.

“The LAST SPLASH is an annual family fun event hosted by Fairwood Greens HOA serving the 1,500 households in the HOA plus surrounding Fairwood neighborhoods located in unincorporated King County,” said Fairwood Greens Homeowners Association President Jim Canterbury. “The grant provided by King County to our Fairwood Greens HOA will go far to provide a wonderful day of family fun for Fairwood Greens and nearby communities. We are pleased to partner with King County and accept this as an encouragement to continue developing strong communities.”

The Woodside Homeowners Association received a $2,000 CSA grant, which they will use to put on their third Fairwood “National Night Out” community gathering.

“We are delighted to receive funding to assist in hosting a National Night Out event in Fairwood this August” said Amanda Heins, Woodside Homeowners Association. “This event will bring together residents of Woodside neighborhood 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 Boulevard Lane Community Association received a $1,000 grant for community events, including their National Night Out and community safety training.

“On behalf of the Boulevard Lane Community Association I’d like to say how grateful we are to be receiving a CSA Grant. We are looking forward to using the funds to improve our outreach to the local community,” said Greta Nelson, President of the Boulevard Lane Community Association. “I look forward to what is to come in 2017 for our neighborhood.”

The Lake Desire Community Club also received two grants, totaling $3,150, for the remodel of the exterior of their club house and their National Night Out event.

“The Lake Desire Community Club is grateful to King County for their generous contribution to assist in funding an update to the exterior of our community center. We host many community-building events and public meetings that reach residents in nearby neighborhoods in and around our area of King County,” said Heather Stafford, Vice President of the Lake Desire Community Club. “We plan to increase parking lot lighting, repaint the exterior, update the front stairs and create a shade garden at the front. This grant will enable us to continue serving the community as a meeting place for Noxious Weed Abatement (in conjunction with King County), Boy and Girl Scout meetings, as well as holiday events, annual Plant and Seed Swaps and a Summer Barbecue for the neighborhood.”

More than 72,000 residents of Council District 9 live in unincorporated communities. Grants are available through a competitive application process. The grants must be used to fund community projects that offer unincorporated area residents an opportunity to participate and be more connected in their communities. A total of $90,000 was awarded for projects in 2017.

Fairwood area neighborhoods received close to 11 percent of those funds.

Unincorporated community groups interested in learning more about the CSA program and how to apply for future grant opportunities can contact Councilmember Dunn’s office at Reagan.Dunn@kingcounty.gov or visit http://www.kingcounty.gov/initiatives/community-service-areas.aspx for more information.

Fairwood Community News congratulates all four neighborhood communities!

Mud Slide Causes Temporary Closure
of Maple Valley Highway

February 16
A landslide closed all westbound lanes of the Maple Valley Highway (SR 169) into Renton at Cedar River Park Drive, near the Henry Moses Aquatics Center this morning. One eastbound lane of the highway was open to traffic.

Westbound traffic was stopped at 140th and detoured to alternate routes. Vehicles in the area between 140th and the slide area were detoured via 140th.

City of Renton Public Works crews were on scene removing debris and estimated the work would take three to five hours.

Earlier this morning, a landslide also occurred on Lake Washington Boulevard between the entrances to Gene Coulon Memorial Park. City crews completed the clean-up by 8 a.m. and monitored the area to ensure it was safe.

Kent Teen Suspect Arrested for Connection to Sammamish's Beaver Lake Homicide

King County Sheriff
January 28

King County Sheriff’s detectives received information that a Kent teen believed to be connected to the Beaver Lake Park homicide in Sammamish early this week was in an apartment in the 21600 block of 29 Avenue South in the neighboring City of Des Moines.

Sheriff’s deputies and detectives were outside of the apartment when the suspect and another man exited.   When the men saw the deputies they both pulled handguns.  Three deputies fired striking one of the men.  The other man fled the area on foot and discarded his gun as he ran.  It is unclear at this time if either of the men fired their weapon. The injured man was taken to Harborview and is in critical condition. 

K-9 attempted a track for the outstanding suspect but he was not initially located.   While the investigation at the scene was ongoing police learned the outstanding suspect was hiding in a nearby apartment.   TAC 30# (SWAT) responded to the scene and repeatedly ordered the man out of the apartment. 

The suspect came out of the apartment just after 5 am and was taken into custody without incident.  Detectives have not said what involvement he may have had in the Beaver Lake homicide.   He is a 16 year-old from Kent.

The deputies involved in the shooting will be placed on paid administrative leave which is routine in officer involved shootings.  All three deputies are veteran officers.   Their names will be withheld until next week, which is standard in officer involved shootings.

Fire District 40 January Notes

January 3
Renton Fire Department (Also Serves Fire District 40)
Significant December Incidents

Renton Regional Fire Authority responded to many significant incidents during the month of December.  Some incidents were in other jurisdictions where we provided assistance to the local fire jurisdiction.  December’s significant incidents included the following:

Fire District Tip: Teaching your child to properly call 9-1-1

Parents can use the following safety tips to teach their children the proper way to use 9-1-1 to report emergencies:

Remember to avoid saying “nine eleven." There is no eleven on a telephone keypad or dial. Always say "nine-one-one."

  • Always call from a safe place.
  • If there is a fire in the house, get out first and then call.
  • Post your address near the phone.
  • Never call 9-1-1 as a prank or joke. You can get into trouble and keep someone who really needs help from getting it in time.
  • Call 9-1-1 if you think you have an emergency and explain the situation to the dispatcher.
  • If you call 9-1-1 by mistake, don't hang up. Explain the mistake to the dispatcher and say there is no emergency




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