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Albertsons Scheduled to Close Sept. 9 Hard Questions, Limited Answers

August 24
After reopening its doors for business just a year ago, Albertsons announced the closure of the store on September 9.

We wanted to confirm the rumors we were hearing from you and ask additional questions. As most know, both Albertsons and Safeway are owned by the same corporation.

Going, Going....
Closure preparations are already underway, with shelves partially stocked and some displays completely empty. We made a recent visit to the store during the dinner hour, typically the busiest time of the day, and the store was empty.

Corporate Response
Fairwood Community News provided a list of specific questions, and the response from Safeway spokesperson Sara Osborne was quick, but incomplete. Safeway's statement follows:

We will be closing the Fairwood Albertsons store on September 9th.  When we initially reopened the store, we did so with the belief that operating two stores in the region was the best way to service the community.  Since that time, the performance of the Albertsons store has been consistently declining.  We evaluated the store extensively for opportunities to improve its performance, but ultimately our business analyses indicated that we needed to cease operations at this location.  We only make such difficult decisions after long and careful deliberation, and despite the best efforts of the company and our employees, we concluded that this store will not be able to adequately compete in this marketplace.  Closing a store that has been underperforming and is not positioned for future profitability allows the company to focus its capital on store enhancements and better value propositions for our customers.

Our Human Resources and Employee Relations team is working diligently to place as many employees in nearby stores as possible, consistent with the terms of our labor agreements.

With respect to the Safeway and Albertsons banners, we are combining the best of both companies for our customers in all stores regardless of banner name.  The favorite products of Albertsons customers, like fried chicken, fresh cut fruit and Choice Beef, are in Safeway stores, and the favorites products and programs of Safeway customers, like Just for U, fuel rewards, and our OWN brands, are offered in Albertsons stores. 

Our Questions Unanswered
While the corporate response did answer a questions, a number went unanswered. We again requested responses to our remaining questions, and that request has gone unanswered.

Our Questions
> Rumors are that part of the legal negotiations related to the settlement of Haggens stores required that Albertsons reopen for a period of time.  Would you clarify what conditions needed to be met?  What was the length of the lease for the Albertsons space?  We’re estimating the lease was for one year.  Why close after such a short period of time? 

> Our readers have noted a lack of effort such as completing store upgrades/updates to this dated space and promotional events to increase customer traffic. Because of what is seen as a lack of effort, neighbors question why the store was reopened. Can you respond to this perceived lack of commitment to the store/community?  

> Are other Puget Sound area stores similarly affected?  Please supply that list.

> If Albertsons is closing, do you have information on other potential tenants considering the space?

> Readers express concerns about the current Fairwood Safeway.  Comments include chronic, long checkout lines and limited stock that often runs out.  What are your plans to address these issues, given one less grocery option will further tax the existing store?

We'll let you know if the spokesperson provides a response.

KC Parks' Big Back Yard Movies Features 'Trolls' This Saturday at Petrovitsky Park

August 22
Gather up family and friends, snacks, blankets, and lawn chairs and head over to Petrovitsky Park for an End of the Summer Treat! King County Parks will show DreamWorks' 'Trolls' on a mega screen. Seating opens at 6:30 pm on Saturday, August 26, and the movie begins as dusk. Get ready for some fun in our own community backyard!

'Shrek The Musical' Ends this Week



AUGUST 7
This summer's featured musical for At the Ridge Theatre is 'Shrek The Musical.' In its final week, performances are sheduled Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, August 10-12, at 7:30 pm. An additional matinee performance is on Saturday at 2:00 pm.

Tickets for evening performances are $15 and $7.50 for the matinee. Performances are at Kentridge High School's Performing Arts Center.

Four Local Fairwood Neighborhoods Ready for 'Yard Sale Frenzy'
This Weekend

JULY 6
Garage sales hit a peak this weekend, with FOUR adjacent Fairwood communities holding combined annual community garage sales, sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Sales are set to run Friday through Sunday, July 7-9. Doors (of the garage kind) open at 9:00 a.m. in most neighborhoods.

Communities include Fairwood Greens, Candlewood Ridge, Carriagewood, and Fairwood Crest.

You're sure to find some gems, so start early and help your neighbors by wheeling and dealing for gently used bargains!

These four communities border 140th Ave SE and Petrovitsky, both north, east, and west of the Fairwood shopping area. Follow the signs!

House Fire Leaves Family Homeless

JULY 4

Heading into Fourth of July, a stray firework resulted in a house fire that has potentially destoyed a home.

Around 11:30 last night, emergency calls sent five fire engines to the home at 15521 SE 179th Street in the Candlewood Ridge neighborhood. Fire fighters battled the flames, but neighbors think the house is a total loss.

"We had red lights flashing into our home until 2:30 in the morning," said one neighbor. "They had to stay late to be sure all the hot spots were out."

Neighbors tried to comfort the homeowner, who could do nothing but watch.

Reports were that fireworks landing on the back roof of the home started the fire. Most of the roof of the home is destroyed, and portions have fallen to the first floor of the two-story home. Officials were on site this morning to ensure the building was structurally secure.

It's not known whether criminal charges will be filed for this incident.

KENT SCHOOL DISTRICT BUDGET CUTS
Program Impacts Uncertain
for Fairwood Area Schools

JULY 3

With students on break for the summer, the Kent School District prepares for the release of its 2017-18 budget, expected to include painful cuts.

An April 2017 budget freeze caused similar actions because of lower enrollment projections, resulting in reduced state funding. That shortfall, amounting to about 500 students, was attributed to an increased number of students who enrolled in the Running Start program and a new charter school. Fewer new housing developments also had an impact on projections.

As a result, the District announced they would cut the materials and supplies budget by 20 percent in April. A continuation of that plan is expected.

The latest rumors parents are hearing include program cuts at schools. Parents at Mill Creek Middle School have begun a petition to fight a rumored cut in the school's choir program. No news on this cut is posted on the District's or the school's websites.

No information has been heard regarding potential cuts for local Fairwood neighborhood schools.

Final work on the 2017-18 budget was completed June 21. The published budget is scheduled to be released on July 10.

Tips for Pet Care on the Fourth

JULY 1

Independence Day is just around the corner, and reports of middle of the night fireworks BOOMS unsettle both humans and our pets. Before you pull out the barbecue and pour your favorite beverages, take a moment to care for pets that suffer from Independence Day Fireworks anxiety.

SECURE YOUR HOME: Pets may have a tendency to flee what is really a place of security - your home. Check to ensure gates and doors are closed and windows are pet proof.

NEUTRALIZE THE SOUND: Turn up the sound in your home with music, the television background noise in an effort to prepare for the increased noise of fireworks and hopefully neutralize the jarring booms.

OFFER COZY COMFORTS: Keep the lights on, offer a cozy dog space, and wonderful, distracting dog treats and toys. And don't forget to hydrate your pet.

CHECK INS: If you can't be with your pets through the most actives fireworks session, check in on them regularly - before, during and after.

CLEAN UP: After firewords, don't forget to clean up the yard (check the back yard, too.

CHIP YOUR PET: If you can, try to chip your pet or at least attach a dog tag. If your pet is lost, the likelihood they will be returned increases.

MEDS: Yes, if your pet experiences extremely high anxiety, your local vet may be able to offer meds to calm those nerves.

One Fairwood neighbor recounted a former neighbor lost a pet who panicked and dug at a garage door, fleeing only to be killed by a car. Let's work hard to keep this from happening again!

HAPPY FOURTH!!!

Three Fairwood Area Community Garage Sales Set to Sell This Weekend

JUNE 22

Three Fairwood area Community Garage Sales have a hot weekend ahead for shoppers. Don't forget your chunk of cash and be ready for a full day of fun!

Check out the deals in the following neighborhoods:

Fairwood West: This community, bordering the west side of 140th Ave. NE and just north of the Fairwood Library, will hold its annual sale, Friday
through Sunday.

Rolling Hills: Signs are out for this weekend's Rolling Hills community garage sale. This neighborhood, located within the City of Renton's city limits, includes homes on both sides of South Puget Drive (the road that connects with 116th and winds down the hill, feeding onto Benson and Grady Way).

Maple Ridge Estates: Check out the deals at the neighborhood sale, located on the west side of the 140th Ave. NE hill feeding into Maple Valley Highway. The sale is scheduled to run Friday through Sunday.

If your neighborhood has plans for a community garage sale, please let us know!

Fairwood Community Garage Sale
Season Begins!

Garage Sales

JUNE 2

You don't have to travel far to check out three neighborhood Fairwood community sales this weekend! Boulevard Lane, Forest Estates, and Westmont Vista will offer a coordinated garage sale event, offering shoppers a concentrated opportunity to find some fantastic deals in one area.

This weekend unofficially launches Fairwood's annual tradition of summer neighborhood sales, and Fairwood Community News is proud to support all our neighborhoods!

Boulevard Lane: It's time for the annual Boulevard Lane Community Garage Sale, June 2-3
(Fri - Sat) from 8am to 4pm.  Many houses throughout the development participate in this popular event, each hosting their own sale!  Maps showing registered participants will be available at the entrance.  This is a FREE event!

Boulevard Lane is located near Fairwood off 192nd Ave., across from St. Stephen the Martyr Church and next to Meeker Middle School. 

Forest Estates and Westmont Vista: This community sale runs Friday-Sunday, June 2-4, located just east of Boulevard Lane on 192nd Ave. Westmont is located north of Forest Estates. Be sure to check out the deals!

Stay tuned for more updates on neighborhood sales - please let us know about your sale!

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 11 - 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


JANUARY 28 - BY KING COUNTY SHERIFF

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 - BY 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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