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two years and partially resolved some of the issues the unions brought to the district. The contracts give teachers and staff some more time to do professional development. Also, they came to an agreement on the last three years of medical insurance money the unions say are owed to them because of an oversight by the district. Colleen Nohl, president of the Tukwila Education Association, believes the misuse of the insurance money goes back longer than the last three years, but said, “We just wanted to get back to school and get

the year going.” Nina Melencio, executive director of human resources for the district, said the district had reached an agreement they could build on in the future with the unions. “We have worked together to ensure that our students could begin classes on time, staff could begin to prepare for the start of school, and the focus could be on student learning,” Melencio said in an email. “The associations and the district will continue to collaborate on components of the contract that are important to both the association and the district.”

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Refugees more used to growing their food near the Himalayas are harvesting their first crops in Tukwila. They celebrated the harvest last week at the Namaste Community Garden on the grounds of the St. Thomas Parish near Foster High School, with food demonstrations and thank yous, all the while still tending their gardens. Planning for the garden began more than a year ago as a joint project of the International Rescue Committee, the Cascade Land Conservancy and the St. Thomas Parish. It’s the first year for the garden, so some of the

growing pains included putting up a fence, laying a pipe to bring water to the garden from the parish buildings and figuring out what would grow (green leafy vegetables) and wouldn’t grow (corn). The soil hadn’t been turned for decades, so a backhoe was brought in. But once turned and with the addition of compost, the soil proved a good place to grow the vegetables that were often in the gardens back home. Don Scanlon of Tukwila, who had a plot and helped out, too, was a bit skeptical of the soil earlier this summer. “With compost you can turn anything into good gardening soil,” he said.

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The farmers from Bhutan agreed. The answer was translated by Dal Diyali, a caseworker with the International Rescue Committee, which has helped hundreds of Bhutanese settle in Tukwila. Next year, the gardeners will look at what seeds work best for the season, he said. The garden provided not only a chance for the refugees to grow some of their food, but it helped them build their sense of community in America, Diyali said. The garden will return next year, maybe with more plots. St. Thomas Parish is committed to providing the space as long as the refugees are willing to garden, said Donna Ferraro, the St. Thomas pastoral associate.



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Political hot talk is all around us these days from city council chambers to the federal grandstands. Tukwila has become something of a tempest over the last few months with both the pool vote, which passed in August, and the upcoming advisory vote on mini-casinos. I cover some of the hottest debates in the region since I follow five cities closely and many others from a little more distance. For some reason Tukwila is different from all the other cities I am actively covering. Considering the intensity of emotion on all sides of the casino issue, it’s remarkable how civil the discussions and

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Letters Free city of casinos Last February the Tukwila City Council passed Ordinance 2323, establishing Jan. 1, 2016 as the sunset date for casinos in Tukwila. Subsequent pressure from the pro-casino lobby caused some council members to vacillate on that decision. In August, public testimony by citizens prevented the council from rescinding 2323. The compromise, Advisory Measure No. 1, brings this issue to the voters in November, asking if they want to allow casinos in the city or to ban them. A zoning ordinance has been toyed with, but the city attorney has advised against it. Currently, only the State Gambling Commission has such regulatory powers. Cities that permit mini-casinos, must allow them anywhere food and beverages are served. The city cannot grandfather existing casinos in, nor can they zone them to a particular area of town. Either the casinos must be allowed anywhere a restaurant can locate, or they must not be allowed at all. If Advisory Measure No. 1 passes and the council upholds it, Tukwila could see a proliferation of casinos, including more on International Boulevard. The non-native gambling lobby has submitted bills in the past three legislative sessions without success to

bates are at the council meetings. I listened to several hours of public testimony at the Aug. 8 meeting with both sides voicing their opinions. Not one person got all frothy, or yelled or made some goofy non sequitur about mothDennis ers, sisters or dogs. Box I couldn’t believe it. I’m not used to all this civility. It was a very informed discussion. We ought to send a tape of it to the U.S. House to give them a lesson how to stay on a subject and not start bringing up bunnies, puppies and God. If God was really working with all the U.S. congressmen he wouldn’t have time to put his robe and funny hat on in the morning. My usual experience with these types of debates are the activists from one side or the other insist they are the only one who

allow cities to zone. Why? The powerful native gambling lobby opposes cities having regulatory power. It could result in more nonnative casinos as competition. Legislators lack the political will to oppose the tribal gaming. The Tukwila City Council is now considering another option; tax the existing five casinos 10 percent. A sixth establishment will result in a15 percent tax rate for casinos. More than six will will raise the rate to 20 percent. One citizen astutely remarked, “it’s a doubleedged sword. The government soon comes to depend on that added revenue they receive from said taxes, to the point that it becomes a conflict of interest. The tax was levied to discourage an activity deemed undesirable by the community, yet the government is now in a position where the revenue stream they have created gives them incentive to promote the activity.” Some believe a casino tax should be steep enough to discourage proliferation, yet it could viewed as excessively punitive and open the city to litigation by casinos. The city should not give a mixed message. Either we want casinos, or we don’t. I believe the city government needs to extricate itself from dependence on a revenue stream so fraught with risk and undesirable entanglement. The group Citizens for a Casino-Free Tukwila has prepared the website, www.FreeTukwila. org, to give more information on this issue. Jenny McCoy Tukwila

Myths busted about casinos In a free society citizens are allowed to make their own decisions. Nobody wants a “Nanny State” regulating behavior. Americans from libertarians to progressives agree on this. When behavior infringes on others, society is obligated to regulate that behavior. So it is with driving a car, drinking a beer and gambling. Some believe gambling does not affect them. Some members of the Tukwila City Council believes gambling is good as Tukwila casinos generate more than $2 million in tax revenue annually. This belief is misguided. In his book Gambling in America, Baylor University professor Earl Grinols estimates addicted gamblers cost the U.S. between $32.4 billion and $53.8 billion annually, about $274 per adult. With 14,500 adults, gambling costs Tukwila $3.9 million annually. A majority of the Tukwila City Council believe casinos are not in the best interest of Tukwila. So the council took a bold step and passed Resolution 2323 that sunsets casinos in five years. Behind the scenes casinos aggressively lobbied to rescind Resolution 2323. The council agreed to ask the citizens. On Nov. 8 you will have the opportunity to vote on Advisory Measure No. 1. Many of your neighbors believe casinos do more harm than good for our community. That is why “Citizens for a CasinoFree Tukwila” was formed.


can spell truth and the opposing side are all dumb siblings of Satan. One woman called me very late on a night I couldn’t sleep. She told me to either write the stories the way she wanted “or else.” I slept very soundly after she hung up. The folks in Tukwila are just as emotionally committed as everyone else I see in other cities, but they discuss topics in a cogent manner. Maybe it has something to do with the city being very old. Many of the towns I cover were incorporated in the last 50 years. I live in Enumclaw and it is also a very old city. No one gets very excited about anything in Enumclaw. We consider people who have lived there 40 years as newcomers. The ability to discuss a hot topic with some grasp of logic appears to be a lost art in America, except in Tukwila. Maybe we better check the water.

Please support us. The casinos and their lobbyists spread myths about gambling (they prefer the term “gaming;” like it’s something you do with your kids). Let’s bust these myths: The Myth 1 We need the revenue, or we will have to lay off police officers and firemen. 2 Gambling is good for Tukwila’s economy. 3 Gambling provides jobs for Tukwila. 4 Gambling doesn’t contribute to crime. 5 Gambling contributes to the community. 6 Gambling is a personal choice. 7 Gambling is just entertainment. 8 Gambling is no different from tobacco or alcohol. 9 If we ban gambling, people will go to tribal casinos. 10 Life is a gamble. 11 Government should not control gambling. Myth Busted 1 This is a scare tactic. A council member says cuts can be made without affecting essential services. 2 The only winners are out-of-state casino owners. Studies show small business suffers when a casino moves in. 3 All businesses provide jobs. Casino jobs are low pay. 4 Wrong! Gambling contributes to fraud, identity theft, embezzlement, abuse and a host of other invisible crimes. 5 Casinos drive down residential property values. 6 So is heroin use.

7 Gambling is a drain on our community. We’re not entertained. 8 True, all are addicting and have negative consequences. 9 Perhaps, yet is reliance on gambling in the best interest of our city? 10 Life is about choices and consequences, not luck. 11 When behavior infringes on another person, society has the obligation to limit or regulate that behavior. Citizens for a Casino Free Tukwila needs your help. We are citizens like you; paying taxes, raising kids and working for a better Tukwila. Visit us at www. Richard McLelandWieser Tukwila

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Do endorsements of candidates for office in Tukwila really mean anything? Answer: Very little. Public officials often engage in mutual “back scratching.” You support me in my campaign and I will support you in yours. Or, we go way back and I have to support that person. Another: This candidate asked for my support and the other did not. Another: I just don’t like that other candidate so I am endorsing this one. Another: I honestly believe that this is the best candidate. All of [ more LETTERS page 11 ]

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›› INBRIEF New jail in Des Moines to serve Tukwila, other cities Officials from Tukwila and six other cities dedicated the new South Correctional Entity (SCORE) Multijurisdictional Misdemeanant jail on Sept. 8 in Des Moines.

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The 813-bed jail is a joint project of Tukwila, Burien, Des Moines, Auburn, Federal Way, Renton and SeaTac. The $98 million facility will house male and female inmates charged with misdemeanors from the member cities. The jail will begin taking inmates this month and will employ about 120, including corrections officers, medical staff and administrative personnel. Services are expected to be in full operation by mid-October, according to a city of Tukwila media release. The dedication included a color guard ceremony by law enforcement officers from the member cities as well as speeches from jail director Penny Bartley, Des Moines Mayor Bob Sheckler and Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis.

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Ever wonder how many people walk or ride a bicycle in Tukwila? The City of Tukwila is gearing up to participate for its third year in the national annual count of bicycles and pedestrians –- and we’re looking for volunteers. The information collected gives the City and the region a better understanding of the travel choices people are making, the routes of travel people are choosing, and where transportation improvement dollars should be spent. The counts will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, September 27–29, between the hours of 7:00–9:00am and 4:00–6:00pm. You’re invited to volunteer for as little as one shift or for as many as you can manage! Where do you think the most pedestrians were counted in the City? According to last year’s figures, you’d be right if you guessed South 144th Street and Tukwila International Boulevard. 430 people walked through that intersection during the afternoon count. If you would like to volunteer or if you have any questions regarding this program, please call Senior Planner Moira Bradshaw at 206-431-3651 or email


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Mail theft in our City by Allan Ekberg, Council President

The other day my wife Trish was expecting a check to arrive and wondered aloud why we had no mail. I then remembered that during my morning dog walk, I had found opened mail on the ground near Crystal Springs Park, which I put back into a busted-up mailbox. Seeing many open mailboxes or mail on the ground in our neighborhoods points to an apparent rise of mail theft and mailbox vandalism in our City. It’s easy money for some criminals, and the problem isn’t going away.

The purchase of a locking mailbox helps prevent a lot of mail theft, according to Chris Partman, Community Policing Coordinator with the Tukwila Police Department. If you can get neighbors to agree, individual mailboxes could be replaced with a secured block of mailboxes. These neighborhood delivery and collection box units are available in various sizes, offering larger locking boxes that will accommodate small packages and magazines. (This requires working with the Post Office, takes a few months, and a cost is involved.)

Considered Federal property, Federal law (Title 18, United States Code, Section 1705) makes it a crime to vandalize mailboxes, and to injure, deface or destroy any mail deposited in them. Violators can be fined up to $250,000 and/or imprisoned up to three years for each act of vandalism.

If you are a victim of mail theft or mailbox vandalism, call 911 to make a police report (state that it’s ‘non-emergency’). 911 is the call center for the Tukwila Police Department; police records of these incidents help them understand the scale of the problem. You should also immediately report the tampering or destruction of mail or mailboxes to your postmaster. You’ll complete a form that helps the Postal Inspection Service determine whether your problem is isolated, or one frequently experienced in your neighborhood. If necessary, stop your mail delivery until you can get the mailbox repaired or replaced. And finally, call 911 any time you see a non-resident car or person loitering around mailboxes.

Other than standing guard at the mailbox, what can we do about it? First, to remove immediate temptation, don’t use the little “outgoing mail” flag; the postal service will pick up mail even with the flag down. Better yet, always use a Post Office drop box for your outgoing mail. Remove the mail from your box as soon as possible after its delivery. Folks with day commitments should consider the purchase of a vandal-proof mailbox. These are usually made of either durable molded plastic or thick steel to resist damage. Also, consider building a stronger support or structure for your mailbox; most are legal as long as the mailbox is 41–45 inches up from the street, and 6–8 inches back from the curb.

Fortunately Trish’s check did arrive in the mail a few days later. However, we all need to be aware of the need to protect our mail. Email:

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On August 15, Tukwila’s City Council adopted a revised Shoreline Master Program that reflects changes required by the Washington State Department of Ecology. The City initially approved the new Master Program in December 2009, but after review, Ecology required some technical changes to the Plan. Ecology will now review the latest revisions to determine if they comply with State regulations that govern the shoreline. The Master Program is not effective until approved by Ecology. The Shoreline Master Program is a land use plan that establishes regulations for the area within 200 feet of the river’s edge on both sides of the Green/Duwamish River. Many cities and counties throughout the State are required to prepare these plans. Since the plan’s last update in 1974, a great deal of residential, commercial and industrial development has taken place in the City. The City’s adopted Shoreline Master Program establishes policies to guide development in the shoreline, and identifies permitted uses and development standards, rules for environmentally sensitive areas that fall within the shoreline, public access and shoreline restoration. The Ecology-required changes included adding more detailed shoreline environment maps, including a summary chart of permitted uses in the shoreline environments, adding a shoreline environment for the area waterward of the ordinary high water mark of the river, modifying or qualifying certain uses, adding standards for locating signs in the shoreline, and clarifying building height standards. If you have questions about the Shoreline Master Program, please call Carol Lumb at 206-431-3661 or email

Formation of Tukwila Pool Metropolitan Park District approved On August 16, 2011, the voters of Tukwila approved the formation of a Tukwila Pool Metropolitan Park District (MPD) and approved the City Council’s governance of the MPD.

Tukwila Urban Access Project Update This traffic improvement project has completed a couple of major milestones in the past few weeks. Work on the large walls in front of the Mall was completed on August 31. The focus of work is now concentrated on excavating and constructing the walls forming the channel for the southbound Southcenter Parkway lanes. In the next few weeks, the Contractor will complete the base lift of paving on the north end of the project. Work has begun on the final wall in front of the Legacy Southcenter Place office building. This work is scheduled to be completed by mid-September. The project continues to proceed well ahead of schedule. The final paving and roadway striping work on the project are weather dependent. Visit the project website at for the latest information on the October reopening of Southcenter Parkway.

Tukwila Police Department joins The Tukwila Police Department is pleased to announce that citizens can now gain access to neighborhood level crime incident data in near real time. The public can access the free crime data through the website or through the CrimeReports iPhone app, available for free download in the Apple iTunes store. More than a thousand other law enforcement agencies of all sizes across North America are sharing their crime information with the public through the national crime map. Locally, the neighboring cities of Burien, SeaTac, Des Moines, and Renton share information.

Sister City visitors drop by City Hall Retired Ikawa Mayor Nakataki and a small group of representatives from Ikawa, Japan, visited Tukwila City Hall during their whirlwind visit to Washington State this week. During their five-day tour they spent several days on Whidbey Island with former Mayor Gary VanDusen, former Councilmember Dan Saul, and retired City Administrator John McFarland, all who have all been heavily involved in Tukwila’s Sister City Program over the years. They also attended a Mariners game (to watch Ichiro, of course), visited Mount Rainier, and managed to squeeze in a little time for some shopping at Westfield Mall. Mr. Saul is credited for establishing the Tukwila-Ikawa Sister City relationship in 1979. Ever since, the two cities have enjoyed numerous cultural exchanges in an effort to promote understanding and friendship. The personal relationships that are formed often result in life-long personal bonds that can be described as having an extended family. A formal delegation will be coming to Tukwila this October. If you are interested in learning more about the program or providing a homestay for a visitor, please call Tracy Gallaway at 206-768-2822 or send an email to

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Serving as the Board of Metropolitan Park Commissioners, the City Council held the first meeting of the newly formed District on Monday, September 12 at Tukwila City Hall. MPD meetings are open to the public. Upcoming meeting information and agendas, minutes, and other documents regarding the MPD are available online at the City’s website: Click on the “Records Center” link in the left-hand column, then select “Metropolitan Park District (MPD) Pool”. About Tukwila Pool The Tukwila Pool offers swimming lessons and water aerobics, swimming laps or just for fun.

Local businesses with current City of Tukwila business licenses will be receiving 2012 Renewal notices in mid-November. Business Licenses are valid January 1–December 31 for each year. If you are a business with a name change, address change or a usage change you will need to complete a new application to update your record. You can download the City’s business license application from our website at, or you can request an application from the Finance Department at 206-431-3680. As cited by the Tukwila Municipal Code, Section 5.04.15: Business License Required – No person or persons shall conduct, maintain, operate or engage in any business within the City without applying for and obtaining a business license and paying the fee(s) as prescribed herein unless the business is exempt. The exemption is only from the need to pay a fee for issuance of the business license and shall not be construed as relief from compliance with other requirements of the Tukwila Municipal Code. All businesses operating within the City are required to submit a business license application or renewal, regardless of whether a business license fee is due to the City.

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The first Community Heritage and Culture Celebration was held on Saturday, August 20. The venue – Tukwila’s Community Heritage & Cultural Center – was enjoyed by the visitors, vendors and car show exhibitors, and the Goodwill Fashion Show was entertaining for all. About 200 people attended, offering positive comments about the event, and many are already looking ahead towards next year’s celebration with ideas for making it even more fun.

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Discovering team potential From beach tournaments to the high school hardwood the team has advanced in leaps BY ADAM MCFADDEN A M C FA D D E N @ TUKWILAREPORTER.COM


he most important development for this year’s Foster volleyball team might not have happened on hardwood, but on sand. “I had quite a few players do beach tournaments during the summer,” said Foster coach Brandi Travess. “It was amazing to see how their skills improved in a matter of days.” Travess said one obvious benefit of playing beach volleyball is better conditioning, but the bigger benefits come because there are only two players on the team. “You have to touch every other ball and you have to do every single skill,” she said. “There’s no escaping it.” Because of that, playing in beach tournaments turns into a super concentrated version of practice, giving the players more experience in a short time. Lesieli Tapealava, Eunica

Serafica, Vernonica Sun and Yen Le played in the beach tournaments and Travess said it’s helped immensely. “They have really pulled together and are kind of the core of the team right now,” Travess said. Tapealava, Sun and Le are all in their third year of playing varsity. Travess remembers her first season when Sun and Tapealava were thrust into starting spots in the team’s first game as setters because the Bulldogs only had six or seven girls eligible. “They didn’t know about rotations,” Travess said. “They were just looking at me with big eyeballs.” Those growing pains might be about to pay off as Foster’s young players are getting more experienced. “They’ve been the key to the team from the beginning of my time at the school,” Travess said. “They’ve turned into really good leaders.” Tapealava will be the team’s setter, while Sun will spend time at both setter and

Foster’s Sahara Hill spikes it past Lindbergh’s Tianna Banfro, left, and Danielle Danao Sept. 8. Foster went on to win 3-2 at Lindbergh. CHARLES CORTES, Tukwila Reporter

hitter. Le plays Libero. Serafica, a sophomore and the team’s top newcomer, plays hitter and setter as well. Other key returners are

junior middle hitter Aba Monkah and senior middle hitter Sahara Hill. “This team has a lot of potential,” Travess said. “I’m just

hoping to stay on the same track, keep the team working together.” Foster takes on Hazen Sept. 20 and Highline Sept. 22 .

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“We have a good crew that runs really tight at the top,” Napier said. “Then a little gap, then it’s another four. We have a lot of The future is now for the Foster boys kids that can fill in those varsity spots.” cross country team. Junio Yohana Salzano leads the girls team Freshmen Yohannes Beyene and Alvin and is Foster’s only returning state runner. Zemo have Foster coach Bill Napier excited Salzano finished 11th at the 2A state meet about his team’s potential. last year. Salzano’s best time of the season “They’re really strong,” Napier said. “They was 18:55.7 at the Concordia Puma Claswere excellent middle school racers, and as sic Oct. 16. She joins Lindbergh’s Sarah hard as they worked with me all summer, Reiter among the top girls runners in the they’re going to be good this year.” Seamount. Beyene won the freshman race at Junior Michelle Banos placed fifth the Seamount Class Meet Sept. 8 in the junior race at the class meet CROSS by running a time of 12 minutes, 9 with a time of 15:55. seconds. Zemo finished in second “She continues to get better all place, one second later. Only five the time,” Napier said of Banos. runners finished below 12 minutes in Banos ran around 25:00 the first few the race. races last season before dropping down to Beyene and Zemo are two of the Bull- 21:54.2 at the district meet. Sophomore dogs’ top four group that will lead the Hannah Schenck and senior Rebecca Coteam. The other top racers are senior Bello varrubia are also back from last year’s disDonja, who placed 12th in the senior race trict team. at the class meet, and Aven Zemo (Alvin’s Newcomers to watch are freshmen Aleolder brother), who finished seventh in the jandra Gonzalez and Olivia Williams. junior race. Aven Zemo had Foster’s best Foster takes on Hazen, Kennedy Cathooverall time at the race, at 11:38. lic and Evergreen Sept. 22. The postseason Other key runners include senior Will starts Oct. 22 with the 2A sub-district meet Wilburn and sophomore Connor Forsyth. at Ft. Steilicoom Park. BY ADAM MCFADDEN

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The only big loss for the team was outside hitter Sejla Suta. Practically the entire varsity team is back and they have been getting a lot of playing time under Travess. The team has paid for that in its win/loss record the past couple of years, but now might be the time for the Bulldogs to reap the reward for playing those young talents.




Yohannes Beyene, right, and Alvin Zemo run at the

Seamount League meet Sept. 8. ADAM MCFADDEN, Tukwila Reporter » SEPTEMBER 2011

these are normal and typical. The problem is that voters have no idea what is behind the endorsement and if it really tells them something about the candidate. We have a similar challenge with endorsements to candidates by our collective bargaining units (union and guild). I am and have always been a strong supporter of collective bargaining rights. Police officers and firefighters hold an exalted position in our community and for good reason. I have high hopes that, in the future, union endorsements for candidates will be meaningful to residents. That is not the case now. We understand that the job of a union is to represent its members; most members do not live in Tukwila. We understand that unions would like to see someone elected that would make sure that they get fair consideration in issues that come up from time to time. The problem is that there is no transparency in the process. Were all candidates interviewed? What questions were


asked and what factors lead to the endorsement? How is the decision made? When an endorsement for a candidate comes out before others have announced their candidacy, it does not look good. With some changes and transparency in the union endorsement process, a union endorsement can play a credible and valued role in assisting voters in their decision-making process. The best bet for voters in this election is to ignore the endorsements and focus on the background and experience of each candidate. What do they bring to the table? If they prefer a political party, what is it? Have they been active in the community? Have they lived in the community continuously for a long time? Talk with someone reasonably well-informed about the election and the candidates. Call or email the candidates and ask questions. Candidates expect this. Chuck Parrish Tukwila

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or parents, especially single moms on the go, here is a versatile, tasty meal sure to delight the little ones. It’s Melissa Maxwell’s take on chicken wings prepared three ways to maximize meals. Maxwell is the director of admissions for the International Academy of Design and Technology in Tukwila and hopes to one day write a book reflecting her experience as a single mother, working a demanding job and providing for her child. Her son loves to order wings when they go out, but Maxwell is never thrilled with the amount of grease and salt. After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu in 2010, she expanded her cooking repertoire. Le Cordon Bleu is owned by the same parent company as IADT, the Career Education Corporation and Maxwell got the opportunity to study with them as part of a job transfer. Maxwell pairs her love of cooking with a love of culture and thinks that wings are fun because it is a dish that allows for exploring different tastes, spices and flavors. She is African-American and Caucasian and says she knows a bit about soul food. “You know soul food use to be the


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Melissa Maxwell and her chicken wings. TRACY COMPTON, Tukwila Reporter

thing where it was slaves who would have the poorest part of the animal,” she said. “That was how slaves survived.” Now soul food has become its own fashion or style of food she goes on to say. “And I think wings are indicative of that, but it’s indicative of soul food from any culture. It’s a smaller piece of the chicken or the duck or whatever you want to utilize,” she said. This particular recipe comes with three different sauce options and is great to serve throughout the week. She calls the concept leftovers with a twist. Maxwell has worked six years with different schools of IADT’s parent com-

pany, Career Education Corporation, and the academy has been in the Tukwila area for the same amount of time. The academy has just under 500 students enrolled in its programs that cover interior design, fashion design, fashion merchandising, game production design, digital media production and graphic design. They offer both associate’s and bachelor’s degrees. “So, it’s really exciting because the students here have varying interests, but they’re all extremely creative,” Maxwell said. “They’re career-driven and they want a hands-on technical program.” The school’s demographics are a mix of younger students looking for their first job and many career-changing older adults. Although all the programs are popular, she said, the game design program is interesting to a lot of technically oriented people. The fashion programs are equally popular. “They’re all extremely robust programs; they’re all very current with industry standards,” Maxwell said. IADT participates in the community by attending local career fairs and high schools and by giving tours to young people to let them know what their options are after they graduate from high school. Recipe Page 14


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