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OPINION | Hobbs: Connection between ‘third places’ and quality of life [4] Editorial: Cheers and jeers [4] More letters online CRIME BLOTTER | Suspects break into adjacent businesses through the walls [5] CALENDAR | Don’t miss free live jazz show Dec. 18 featuring Christmas songs [5]

SPORTS | FWHS grad Kelyn Rowe looks SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2011 forward to Olympic soccer in 2012 [9]

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Schools revise controversial grading system BY GREG ALLMAIN gallmain@fedwaymirror.com

Federal Way Public Schools Superintendent Rob Neu announced some adjustments the district will make to its oft-discussed Standards Based Grading (SBG) system.

During the Dec. 13 school board meeting, Neu announced that three things will change: t5FBDIFSTXJMMCFBMMPXFEUP grade at the power standard level, meaning that not all of the multitude of learning targets under each power standard have to be met in order for a student to be

deemed proficient at the particular power standard. t4FDPOEMZ BDMFBSEFTJHOBUJPO between homework and “practice” assignments has been installed for students and teachers, a move aimed at clearing up the perception that under Standards Based Education (SBE) and SBG, home-

work is inconsequential. t'JOBMMZ UFBDIFSTIBWFUIF choice to move from the current “zero and one” grading scale to a four, five or seven point scale, depending on whether the class is an “advanced” class. This change in scales is in response to students and parents being displeased with

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City produces TV ad to lure businesses Doherty doesn’t expect people to pick up the editor@federalwaymirror.com phone immediately upon Federal Way is producviewing the commercial. ing a TV commercial However, the ad could aimed at luring more encourage businesses to businesses and people to consider the city when the city. looking for opportunities Set to debut in January, to expand in the future. the ad features two home“We are worming our town celebrities who pitch way into people’s brains a new marketing mesthat they’ll eventually sage: “Think smart. Move move here,” he said, citing fast. Think Federal Renton as a poster Way.” Wild Waves child for municipal Theme Park CEO campaigns BUSINESS media Jeff Stock and in the region. “It’s Seattle Sounda minor thing, it’s ers soccer player almost subliminal.” Lamar Neagle, who About two years attended Thomas Jefago, the city proferson High School, were duced a radio ad with a recruited for the ad. Stock similar mission. From an also owns Omni Propereconomic development ties and coffee company perspective, more local Caffe D’arte. jobs give more people an With a young pro athopportunity to stay here. lete and a successful busiDoherty said an estiness leader touting the mated 25,000 people from advantages of living and Federal Way commute to doing business in Federal other cities daily. Way, the ad campaign is The TV commercial is intended to rebrand the still in post-production. city’s image. Details about airtime are However, the ultimate still being worked out, but goal is to fill the city’s the project is expected to vacant commercial real cost about $10,000. The estate. Nearly 750,000 commercial was filmed square feet of office space last week at Starfire Sports (30 percent) sits empty. Complex in Tukwila “We’re trying to get where the Sounders train. onto people’s radar The Federal Way screens,” said Patrick Economic Development Doherty, director of Committee, comprised of economic development. citizens, the Federal Way The project is intended Chamber and city leaders, to plant the idea for began brainstorming six regional business owners months ago. (Read more to relocate to Federal Way. at federalwaymirror.com)

the lack of specificity that a simple zero and one scale has. Outside of those changes, Neu said the controversy over SBE and SBG is actually a positive. “Here’s the secret success to what we’ve done with the implementation…Everybody in this [ more GRADING, page 6 ]

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Elizabeth Bennett helped organize a protest march Dec. 13 over the school district’s controversial standards based grading system. Bennett is part of the recently formed Occupy Federal Way movement. The march started at the park and ride (near The Commons) and ended at the school board meeting at City Hall. See more photos at federalwaymirror.com. ANDY HOBBS, The Mirror

Students make voices heard BY GREG ALLMAIN gallmain@fedwaymirror.com

With the conversation swirling around Standards Based Education (SBE) and Standards Based Grading (SBG) since the start of the school year, one group that hasn’t really been heard from so far is Federal Way students. A few here and there have taken the time to share their thoughts at Federal Way School Board meetings, but the conversations have mostly been dominated by parents and teachers. The students made a stand during the Dec. 13 meeting,

with a good chunk of the 22 public commenters being high school students from Federal Way. Leading off the night, and perhaps providing the best explanation of the grading system, was Thomas Jefferson High School student Julie Huber. Using a visual aid, Huber explained her thoughts on the unfairness she perceives within the system. Huber said she feels a relatively easy fix for SBG would be to have students evaluated, and their grades determined by, the learning targets instead of the power standards. (Read more about it online at federalwaymirror.com)

The Road Map Project released a report earlier this week, indicating that student achievement, especially among students of color, is in a “troubling state” in South King County and South Seattle. RMP is described as a program “aimed at getting dramatic improvement in student achievement from cradle to college and career.” According to the RMP, 34 percent of students in the region are not reading well by third grade, and only 24 percent of the region’s students are getting a college degree or career credential. The lack of secondary education is especially troubling for the RMP, with the organization saying 67 percent of workforce jobs will require a degree by 2018, a figure developed by [ more SCHOOLS, page 2 ]


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[ SCHOOLS from page 1] Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce. In South King County, Federal Way Public Schools was one of the bright spots, the RMP shared. The oft-discussed academic acceleration policy was touted as a positive sign, with the RMP noting that because of the policy, “enrollment of 11t- and 12th-graders in accelerated courses increased from 35 percent to 61 percent and enrollment doubled for Hispanic students.� The RMP is staffed by the Community Center for Education Results (CCER). Executive director Mary

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Claire Wilson and Danny Peterson were sworn in at the Federal Way School Board meeting Dec. 13, with Wilson representing District 2 and Peterson representing District 3. Their first votes as members of the school board were for electing board officers. Tony Moore retained his position as president, while Angela Griffin was elected vice president, and Ed Barney was chosen to be the district’s legislative representative. The two newcomers were sworn in by Judge David Larson, who commented about Wilson’s and Peterson’s roles as school board members. Larson, a former school board member, said he felt compelled to make the comments after listening to 22 commenters earlier in the meeting. “There’s three basic rules that I operate under, and I expect others around me to operate under,” Larson said. “They are: Do what’s right. Do the best that you can. And treat others as you want to be treated. As a school board member, that is what your job will be for the next four years, and beyond, hopefully.” Larson shared a poem by an unknown author called “The Builder,” using it as a reminder that it’s much more difficult to build something than to tear it down. “Ultimately, it’s a very important role being taken on by the new board members. I just wanted to give my humble comments, on that, because I think it’s very important, because we’re trying to build something here,” he said. Wilson and Peterson shared thoughts on their new roles. (Read more at federalwaymirror.com)

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FW schools must revamp SBE grading My comment regarding the Standards Based Education (SBE) grading system is very simple. This new system should’ve been implemented with elementary students or at least grandfathered the seniors of 2012. I agree with the comment the one student mentioned: it sets students up to fail that do not test well. Students that don’t test well shouldn’t be penalized for their shortcoming of struggling when testing, especially if the class work and class participation is not a

The closure of Bally Total Fitness marks the end of a quintessential Federal Way “third place.� That term describes the place you socialize outside of home (first place) and work (second place). A third place can be anything from a coffee shop to a church to a library — any place that expands your social, cultural or intellectual horizons. Among tennis players, Bally was the backdrop for some social relationships that run 30 years deep. Bally provided a physical structure for like minds to mingle. The building was home base for the local tennis lifestyle. Hundreds of Federal Way folks found their heaven on earth. LA Fitness recently acquired 171 Bally locations nationwide and closed the Federal Way branch Dec. 8. Business is business, they acknowledged, shrugging their shoulders. There is talk of forming a group to operate the facilities independently from LA Fitness, but nothing’s official. It may be time for a new house, but at least they know how to make a home. Third places like Bally are a key component to raising Federal Way’s quality of life. The facility was an all-ages link. Friends and families invested a lot of time at the tennis courts. What started as playing tennis together eventually led to weekly breakfasts and lunches after the matches. For the players who competed in U.S. Tennis Association matches, Bally represented a place to fuel their sense of self-satisfaction. After all, it feels damn good to win.

With all these physical and emotional investments, Bally patrons formed a deep attachment. They will find another place to play indoor tennis, but the closure is a shame. The parking lot at Bally was always full. Now there’s another empty building. The best bet is for a private enterprise to re-open the tennis facility. Bring back this local third place means bringing back something that helped people enjoy life in Federal Way. That’s a key part in raising quality of life. The more residents like living here, the more time, money and energy they will invest in the city. What role can Federal Way residents play in raising the quality of life? Recruit more third places and reasons to care about the community. The city’s leaders — from elected to grass-roots and everyone in between — must organize local ingenuity. In other words, get like-minded people together to share ideas. Every topic is on the table. Let the best ideas rise to the top. Come to these gatherings armed not with answers, but with questions. Progress depends on the questions people ask. How are third places linked to quality of life? Because they foster attachments among people and encourage them to stay and play, right here in Federal Way. What’s the secret to strengthening third places in Federal Way? Thank you for asking ‌ Andy Hobbs

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t$IFFSTUPBOZPOFIPQJOHBOEQSBZJOHGPS UIFSFDPWFSZPG4PVUI,JOH'JSFBOE3FTDVF Ä•SFÄ•HIUFS8ZOO-PJMBOE The 52-year-old firefighter was struck by a vehicle and critically injured while assessing the scene of a rollover accident on I-5. He has yet to regain full consciousness. Best wishes to Loiland and his family. t+FFSTUP'FEFSBM8BZQBZJOHGPSMJHIUSBJM UIBUXPOUCFIFSFGPSBUMFBTUZFBST The best answer Sound Transit can give is that there’s no money. If only there were a way to free Federal Way from the voter-approved deal. In the meantime, the city estimates taxpayers will spend $13.5 million annually on a project that ain’t coming. t$IFFSTUP'FEFSBM8BZDBOEJEBUFTXIPSBO DMFBO JTTVFPSJFOUFESBDFTJOUIFFMFDUJPO What a relief to not have to go through day after day of negative campaigning. Cheers to Liz Drake, who showed true leadership by withdrawing from the school board election and accepting the principal job at Thomas Jefferson High School where she could make an immediate impact. t+FFSTUP-"'JUOFTTGPSUIFJSJOFQUIBOEMJOH PGUIFQVSDIBTFPG#BMMZ5PUBM'JUOFTT and the closing of the Federal Way location, a tennis hub. t$IFFSTUPBSUTHSPVQT like Centerstage, the Federal Way Chorale, the Federal Way Symphony, the Harmony Kings, Jet Cities Chorus, Ninth Avenue Dance and Rosebud Children’s Theatre Conservatory for providing wonderful year-round theater, music and dance for our community. t+FFSTUPUIFUISFFQPMJDFVOJPOTGPSSFKFDUJOH UIFOFXIFBMUIDBSFQBDLBHFUIBUXPVMEIBWF TBWFE JO'FEFSBM8BZTCVEHFU They would pay no premium, no deductions in this plan with Group Health, but could choose providers in and out of the Group Health network. With this rejection, 19 police positions could be lost, and 1.5 civilian positions. The public deserves a reasonable explanation to their decision. t$IFFSTUPIFMQJOHDIJMESFOMJWFCFUUFSMJWFT Cheers to all who contribute food, toys and time to Federal Way charity drives that serve local children. Cheers to the parents, grandparents and other volunteers who tutor students in schools. t$IFFSTUPUIF'FEFSBM8BZQBSLTEFQBSU NFOU for opening a day camp when the Tacoma School District teachers strike continued this fall, so parents could work and the kids would have a safe supervised place to play. In fact, the day camps in Federal Way rock even in the summer. t$IFFSTUPUIFDBQUVSFPGBTVTQFDUJOUIF TIPPUJOHPG+BZNFć  PNBT Des Moines police charged Johnny Rourn, 29, with murder in the second degree. Thomas, 19, was shot Nov. 5 in Redondo. Cheers to the community for providing tips that led to the suspect’s capture.

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system that wasn’t broken. Maybe what is broken is how material is being taught in class, and not all teachers having a feeder connection when students advance to the next level or grade. As a concerned parent raising my children in the Federal Way School District, I’ve discussed with many teachers how there is a list given to teachers of subjects that need to be taught, but there isn’t enough time to teach all listed, so the teachers make a decision on what they feel

is best to teach, but not all teach the same subjects, nor do they teach the same subject the same way. The Federal Way School District needs a revamping of new and better ideas and more teachers who genuinely care about growth and opportunity for all students. I must add, there are some teachers at both Decatur and Federal Way high schools that need some new blood and eyes and set the “been there too long eyes� free.

Felicia Lewis, Federal Way


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Occupy Federal Way: Occupy Federal Way will be hosting its first public Open Mic Night from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Federal Way 320th Library. All citizens are invited to come join us and let your voice be heard. Each person who wants to speak will be offered 5 minutes to say whatever they want to say. There is room for everyone. Email: OccupyFederalWay@gmail.com. Gift wrapping: Bring your gifts to Mud Bay Pet Supplies (near Trader Joe’s), 1706 S. 330th St. from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 17,

18, 23, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 24. Paper, Life in the Womb: A Life Connections ribbon, etc., will be provided. Donations workshop about life issues in the womb will be accepted by Cascade Animal runs 5 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at the FedProtection Society, an all-volunteer, eral Way Regional Library, meeting no-kill shelter. room 2, 34200 1st Way South. Call COMMUNITY (253) 632-0961. Jazz LIVE: This month features guitarist Michael Powers in his The Meaning of the Incarnathird annual Christmas jazz concert tion: Mini-retreat to reflect on at 5 p.m. Dec. 18 at Marine View the meaning of the incarnation. Church, 8469 Eastside Drive NE, TaPresented by Deacon Dave Jones from coma. Admission is free to all ages. Bring an 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at St. Theresa Catholic unwrapped gift to donate: (253) 229-9206. Church, 3939 SW 331st St. (253) 838-5924.

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December 17, 2011 [5] Women’s Club: The Women’s Club of Federal Way monthly luncheon meeting will be 11 a.m. Dec. 21 at the Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club. Cost is $13. Costumed strolling carolers will entertain. (253) 838-6753. Pinocchio: Centerstage Theatre presents “Pinocchio,� another traditional English Christmas “Panto,� a fun-filled musical for all the family. It’s loud, boisterous and full of music, and audience participation is encouraged. Show runs until Dec. 23 at 3200 SW Dash Point Road: centerstagetheatre.com.


[6] December 17, 2011 [ GRADING from page 1] community is involved in this conversation. And I am blown away and pleased by the level of conversations I have had the opportunity to have with varying people, whether they’re directly involved with the system, but also folks out in the community,� Neu said to a full room at Tuesday’s board meeting. The initial motivation for implementing SBE and SBG was improving the district’s graduation rates, and making sure that Federal Way students are truly prepared for the next level in their

www.federalwaymirror.com academic career, whether it’s a ments to get them into a univerfour-year college or a technical sity. 40 percent of those students program. will have to take remedial classes “If you look at the last at college. Unacceptable.â€? few years, we’re getting The actual graduation about 73 percent (of our rates for Puget Sound area students out) on time. students is even more That’s not good enough. sobering, another factor If we’re serious about ‘all that led the district to SBE means all,’ then we’re falland SBG, Neu said. ing short by 27 percent or “24 percent of the Supt. Rob Neu so every year,â€? Neu said. students in Puget Sound “If I were to stand 10 of actually graduate from our students who spoke (tonight) college or earn a technical certifiin front of us, and pick which cate. And in this region, one of ones will make it‌and out of the the most technical and economiseven of them, 53 percent will cally diverse in the region, 65 make it with minimal requirepercent of the jobs in our region

will require a college degree or technical certificate. This system is raising the bar, and you heard from kids tonight struggling to get there, and I apologize for that. This is a tough, tough, change, and it hasn’t been as even as we’d like. We knew it was going to be messy at times, and it has been.� Another issue Neu addressed was the fact that under old grading systems, students were able to achieve inflated grades through the use of make-up assignments and extra credit. Those inflated grades, he said, led to Federal Way students being woefully unprepared once they hit college.

Through SBE and SBG, the hope is to eliminate that issue. “We can’t turn back, folks. The work that we’re doing, as hard as it is, as difficult as it is, we’re not going back,� he said. “That’s the challenge of the work. Where can we find that common ground and a sense of unity that moves us all forward? This isn’t easy, but it is honest.�

Read more online Several high school students voiced their views on the grading system Dec. 13 at the Federal Way School Board meeting. Read more at federalwaymirror.com.

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Soccer: Rowe looking toward 2012 Olympic Team BY CASEY OLSON sports@fedwaymirror.com

BEAMER, DECATUR BOTH WIN WRESTLING MEETS The Todd Beamer Titans slipped by the Puyallup Vikings Wednesday. The Titans picked up four pins a forfeit and a pair of technical falls. Jordan Rhodes won by pin at 106, Brian Dykman at 120, Aron Set-Heit at 138 and Lance Gibson at 160. Beamer also got technical falls from Tre Uson at 126 and Deshar House at 145. The Titans’ other wins came from Brett Dykman at 113 (forfeit), Haftem Tafere at 132 (13-11 overtime decision) and Kristoff Ricketts at 182 (110 decision). Decatur — The Gators blew away Auburn Mountainview Wednesday, 67-3. Decatur finished with eight pins, including a 37-second pin by Max Henry at 160 pounds. Other pins came from Tristan Dawson (113), Drew Dasher (120), Keoni Aparis (126), Isaiah Diggs (132), Dennis Good (138), Brandon Zimmerman (152), Spencer Smith (182), Cody Vanderlin (195) and Kyle Gleed (285).

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Federal Way High School graduate Kelyn Rowe led UCLA into the semifinals of the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championships and was the Pac-12 Player of the Year. PHOTO COURTESY UCLA

Kelyn Rowe has experienced plenty on the soccer field. The Federal Way High School graduate has travelled all over the world playing the sport that is paying for his education at UCLA. But the current college sophomore has a chance to add playing for the United States at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London to his evergrowing soccer resume. Rowe took the first step on Thursday when he started training with the United States Under-23 Men’s National Team in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. Rowe is one of 30 invited to the training camp through Dec. 23 in preparation for qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games. Soccer at the London Olympics is scheduled to be held in London and several other cities in the United Kingdom, from July 25 to August 11. The finals will be played at Wembley Stadium. Men’s Olympic soccer generally is limited to players under 23. Rowe is making his camp debut in the U-23 age group after earning six caps on the U.S. U-20 National Team last year. The sophomore midfielder scored six goals and tallied 10 assists during the Bruins’ recent run to the semifinals of the NCAA College Cup. Rowe was also named Pac-12 Player of the Year for 2011 and earned second-team All-America honors from College Soccer News. The call to the U-23 U.S. Men’s National Team comes a week after Rowe and his UCLA teammates lost in the semifinals

of the NCAA Tournament in a shootout to North Carolina. Rowe put the Bruins ahead 2-1 when he executed a great give-and-go and chipped the ball over the North Carolina goalkeeper for his sixth goal of the season. But the Tar Heels came back and tied the game at 2-2, which is how it stayed until North Carolina won the penalty-kick shootout, 3-1. Despite the loss, Rowe received the extreme honor of being named the 2011 Pac-12 Player of the Year after leading the league with 10 assists on the season. His assist total also put him in a tie for eighth nationally. Rowe became the fourth UCLA player to earn Conference Player of the Year honors. Rowe joins Matt Taylor (2003), current Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Patrick Ianni (2004) and Michael Stephens (2008) as the other Bruins to win the award. After being named an AllAmerican after his freshman season at UCLA in the fall, Rowe was selected to the United States U-20 World Cup qualifying roster and played in the CONCACAF Cup in Guatemala. During the tournament, Rowe led the Americans with three goals. The impressive performance in Central America has opened plenty of doors for the 19-yearold, including a pair of trials this spring with elite professional clubs in France and Germany. Rowe, who took the spring semester off from UCLA, paid his own way to Europe and practiced with the French club Stade Rennes and the German Bundesliga side FC Cologne.

Sports wrap: Decatur falls to 3-3 with loss to No. 10 Lincoln BY CASEY OLSON sports@fedwaymirror.com

Their record may not show it right now, but the Decatur Gators are going to be a very good basketball team down the stretch. The Gators (3-3) lost another ultra-tough non-league game Tuesday night on the road against the Lincoln Abes in Tacoma, 55-53. The Abes are the 10th-ranked team in Class 3A. Decatur, which has played in five straight state tournaments under head coach Kevin Olson, had a shot to tie the game at the buzzer against Lincoln. “I think we are going to be just fine,” Olson said. “We are 3-3 and have played some good competition.” The Gators’ three losses this season have come to Class 4A Newport, a very solid Bellevue team and Lincoln, while their three victories have all come over solid

Class 4A SPSL teams — Kentlake, Beamer and Auburn Riverside. Decatur and Olson are able to put together the challenging non-league schedule because the Gators’ SPSL 3A season doesn’t begin until after the New Year. “These games are about us raising our level of competition so that we are prepared for league and district play,” Olson said. According to Olson, the two big questions surrounding this year’s edition of the Gators were: Who is going to score down the stretch in the absence of all-stater Jerron Smith, and who is going to rebound in the absence of Austen Wilson? “These close games against good teams are forcing us to address those questions and I think we’ll be ready for a strong run in January, February,” Olson said. Against Lincoln, the 10th-ranked Abes outscored Decatur, 17-4, to erase an early seven-point lead by the Gators. Decatur attempted to comeback in the second half,

outscoring Lincoln, 32-28. Abraham Ferrell-Logan led three Decatur players in double figures with 19 points. Markus Rawls finished with 16 and Dom Hunter chipped in 14. But the threesome ended up scoring 51 of the Gators’ 53 points Tuesday night. Federal Way — The Eagles remained unbeaten in the SPSL South with a narrow 59-58 win over Spanaway Lake Tuesday night on the road. Sophomore guard DeeShawn Tucker scored 21 points for the Eagles (3-3 overall, 3-0 SPSL South) and his older brother, D’Londo, finished with 15. DeeShawn Tucker also had a key defensive blocked shot with 4 seconds left in the game to preserve the two-point victory. After playing a dead-even first half, Spanaway Lake built a 35-30 lead midway through the third quarter. But the Eagles responded with an 11-0 run and never trailed again.

Jefferson — Things started out well for the Raiders (2-4 overall, 2-3 SPSL North) Tuesday night on the road against Mount Rainier. But they didn’t end the same way. Mount Ranier outscored TJ 38-23 in the second half to earn a 68-55 SPSL North win. Jefferson jumped all over the Rams, outscoring Mount Rainier 20-6 in the first quarter. The Raiders were led by the 15 points of Kendall Green and got 13 from Daniel Park.

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[10] December 17, 2011 [ WRAP UP from page 9] GYMNASTICS 65-54 South Puget Sound League South Division win Tuesday over Spanaway Lake at home. The Eagles (3-1) got 26 points from senior point guard Darah HuertasVining and 11 each from Raven Benton and Dyesha Belhumeur. Federal Way jumped out to a 25-15 lead after the first quarter and extended the lead to 33-19 at halftime. Beamer — The Titans were beaten by Puyallup Tuesday on the road, 54-46. The loss dropped Beamer to 1-3 in the SPSL South. The Titans got 18 points from both Megan Huff and Meghan Graf.

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The Thomas Jefferson Raiders scored 170.95 points, but came up short against Enumclaw Wednesday in a four-way meet. Enumclaw, a favorite to win the Class 3A title, tallied 173.75 points, while Rogers (150.30) and Auburn (142.40) followed TJ. Senior Madi Kellar won the all-around with 37.10 points to outdistance Enumclaw’s Olivia Bannerot (36.5). Kellar also won the balance beam (9.4) and floor exercise (9.65) and was second on the bars (9.05) and third on the vault (9.0). Monica Church was second on vault (9.3) and third on floor (9.5).

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2011. Committee appointments will be made on view of a completed environmental checklist, Federal Way Comprehensive Plan, and other municipal December 22, 2011. policies, plans, rules, and regulations designated FWM1835 as a basis for exercise of substantive authority unFirst Date of Publication December 17, 2011 der the State Environmental Policy Act pursuant to Last Date of Publication December 21, 2011 RCW 43.31C.110. This information is available to the public on request. CITY OF Further information regarding this action is availFederal Way able to the public upon request from the CommuDETERMINATION OF NONSIGNIFICANCE (DNS) nity and Economic Development Department. This Twin Lakes Commercial District Subarea Plan DNS is issued under WAC 197-11-340(2); the lead (Non-Project Action) agency will not act on this proposal for 14 days File No: 11-101367-00-SE from the date below. Comments must be submitDescription: Proposed adoption of subarea plan ted or postmarked by Tuesday, January 3, 2012. encompassing the Twin Lakes Neighborhood BusiUnless modified by the city, this determination will ness zoning district and surrounding residential arbecome final following the above comment deadeas. The plan will included goals and policies reline. Any person aggrieved of the city’s final detergarding urban design, economic development, mination may file an appeal to the Federal Way City transportation, and food access. Clerk no later than Tuesday, January 17, 2011. The Location: Neighborhood Business (BN) zoning diswritten appeal letter must state the reason for the trict centered at 21st Avenue SW and SW 336th appeal of the determination and the appellant Street/SW Campus Drive. Residential areas within should be prepared to make specific factual objecÂź mile of the BN zone are also within the study artions. ea. FWM1837 Applicant: Community and Economic Development Date Published: December 17, 2011 Department - Planning Division Lead Agency: City of Federal Way - Community and Economic Development Department City of Federal Way Staff Contact: Associate Planner Matthew Herrera, REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL 253-835-2638, matt.herrera@cityoffederalway.com City Hall Espresso Cart The lead agency for this proposal has determined I. PURPOSE OF REQUEST. that it does not have a probable significant adverse The City of Federal Way (“Cityâ€?) is requesting proimpact on the environment, and an environmental posals for the purpose of operating an espresso impact statement (EIS) is not required under RCW cart in the City Hall main lobby. The City’s needs 43.21C.030(2)(c). This decision was made after re- are outlined in the following Request for Proposal

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[12] December 17, 2011

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Voted Best Chiropractor 2011

SUMMERS CHIROPRACTIC & MASSAGE

VOTE! VOTE! Vote for Us!

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• JEWELERS •

2201 SW 356th St., Federal Way

VOTED BEST OF 2011

34902 Pacific Hwy So., Federal Way 253.874.6000

1800 S. 320th, Federal Way

253.839.4200

Join the Mirror in unearthing the Best Of... Simply write your choices in the corresponding blanks, fill in the entry form and send it in or online at www.federalwaymirror.com. Your choices will appear in a special section on March 16th, 2012

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Thank you for voting us the WINNER for the past 7 years!

We Appreciate Your Business and Your Vote!

Deadline for all entries and the last chance to vote is February 3, 2012! Superior Service with Integrity

Federal Way’s

Best Cop ______________________

#1Choice

Best Firefighter __________________

10 Years & Counting!

City Leader _____________________

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Educational Facility ________________ Kid’s Activity ____________________ Local Charity / Non-Profit ____________

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VOTED BEST FOR THE LAST 7 YEARS! FEDERAL WAY 32015 23rd Ave. S 253.839.6693

Winner Best Barista

2010

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for

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BEST GROOMER IN 2010 & 2011

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(Next to Wal-Mart Super Center)

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4002 A St. SE 253.735.4000

BEST DENTIST

IN 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011 Thank You!

KENNETH L. BROSSEL • DDS 1230 South 336th St. • Suite B • Federal Way

253.661.2344

Bar / Night Club _________________ Casino ________________________ Local Arts Group__________________ Movie Theatre ___________________

ENTER TO WIN!

In 2011

Voted Best Waiter

Dustin Vistante

Simply send your entry in no later than February 3, 2012. You will be automatically eligible for the Grand Prize ‌ The Best Of Basket. Entry must be 50% completed to be counted. Please mail or bring your completed entry to Best Of ‌ c/o The Mirror: 31919 1st Ave. S, Ste 101, Federal Way, WA 98003. One entry per person. Employees of participating sponsors are not eligible to win. All entries must be received prior to February 3, 2012. No photo copies of ballot please. Faxes are not accepted. Nominee must be a business in Federal Way, Kent, Auburn, Des Moines or Northeast Tacoma to be eligible. You may also vote online at federalwaymirror.com and look for the Best of Button. Name: ________________________ Address: ______________________ City: _________________________ ZIP: _________________________

Nominated Best Mexican Food 2011 Twin Lakes

253-874-4029

VOTED

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BEST •

PHOTOGRAPHER 5 YEARS!

      

Ed Streit Images    



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Place to Work

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Federal Way Mirror, December 17, 2011  

December 17, 2011 edition of the Federal Way Mirror

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