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Council to vote on medical marijuana dispensary ban BY STEVE HUNTER firstname.lastname@example.org
The Kent City Council is expected to vote Tuesday night on a controversial ban of medical marijuana dispensaries and collective gardens. The seven-member council
appears to be split about the proposed ordinance with four members reportedly in favor of the ban and three against it. The council meeting starts at 7 p.m. at City Hall. If the council passes the ban, medical marijuana advocates promise to file a lawsuit
Wednesday in King County Superior Court for an injunction to stop the ban on behalf of two collective gardens in the city, Evergreen Association of Collective Gardens and Herbal Choice Caregivers. “We’ll have it done and filed by June 6,” said John Worthington, a
medical marijuana supporter who already has the filing papers ready to go, during a phone interview. “It’s too bad. It’s a waste of city money.” In an email to the Kent Reporter about the potential lawsuit, Worthington wrote, “Get ready city of Kent, we are
not blowing smoke.” Attorney Douglas Hiatt, representing Evergreen Association of Collective Gardens, also has promised to file suit. Hiatt said state law allows medical marijuana use and the city cannot override state law with a ban. [ more BAN page 4 ]
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Step it up The Kalinka Dance Group from Kent performs at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ international dance extravaganza at the ShoWare Center last Saturday. More than 1,000 area youth provided a culturally rich and inspiring festival of dances from throughout the world. The multi-stake Mormon dance festival, “Arise and Shine Forth,” invited youth to share goodness and positive influence with their communities. RACHEL CIAMPI, Reporter
Woman charged with murder for stabbing death of husband BY STEVE HUNTER firstname.lastname@example.org
A 45-year-old Kent woman has been charged with second-degree murder for the stabbing death of her husband in the backseat of a Honda Accord as a relative drove through Kent.
Janice Marie Burrell is accused of the May 25 stabbing death with a knife of Arthur D. Smith, 41. She is scheduled to be arraigned on June 11 at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. Burrell is in the county jail in
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Seattle Thunderbirds center Tyler Alos is putting aside his hockey sticks to run for a cause. T-Bird players and the Thunderbirds Community Sports Foundation have teamed up in support of the Kent Relay for Life on Friday and Saturday at French Field. The Kent Relay for Life starts 6 p.m. Friday at French Field, next to Kent-Meridian High School. Alos will run the track for a minimum of one hour at the start of the Relay For Life. “I was presented an opportunity to participate in the Kent Relay for Life and really wanted to and felt I needed to,” Alos said. “I’ve been blessed with good health for most of my life, so the least I can do is spend a day at the event and a month fundraising for those who are less fortunate than myself.” Alos and the foundation are raising money for cancer research in two ways. Fans can make a straight donation
T-Bird Tyler Alos joins others for this weekend’s Relay for Life at French Field, a fundraising event for the American Cancer Society. COURTESY PHOTO by going to the T-Birds Kent Relay for Life website. Fans also can call T-Birds account executive Jason Pouliott at 253-856-6844 to pledge a dollar amount for every lap Alos runs. “My goals are to raise as much money as possible and to just have a good time,” Alos said. [ more RELAY page 9 ]
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in weight loss, you needed to find a nonperishable food item that weighed (the amount you lost) that week,â€? she said. â€œYou need to put it in a place of honor and I was calling that place of honor the â€˜Weight Loss Shrine.â€™ And the hope was that every week, you would be able to add to that.â€? At the end of the time period, the members brought in all of the food they gathered and donated the 3,000 pounds of food they built up to the Kent Food Bank, she said. This became a program she put on every year. In 2007, Kirchoff was in the area and sat in on one of her meetings where she discussed the food bank challenge. He then took the idea nationwide. â€œA little silly idea, by one silly woman bringing it out to her member â€Ś in the Kent center, motivated or generated that same thing across the nation,â€? she said. â€œThe whole nation picked it up â€Ś In that process, Weight Watchers said, for every pound you lose, weâ€™ll donate a dollar up to a million dollars to organizations to fight hunger. Not only nationwide, but worldwide. They gave out a million dollars for the last five years I think itâ€™s been.â€?
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KDP TO HOST FUNDRAISING EVENT The Kent Downtown Partnership hosts its 19th annual Dinner and Auction from 5-9 p.m., Saturday, June 23 at the ShoWare Center, 625 W. James St. The theme this year is “Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Downtown Kent is making headlines!” The evening includes a dessert dash, raffle, silent and live auction for prizes. Organization that purchase a table for 10 have the opportunity to choose a headline from any decade, decorate the table accordingly, and don elegant evening wear from that era. All proceeds from ticket sales and the auctions support KDP’s ongoing efforts toward the revitalization of Kent’s downtown. To purchase tickets, make a donation or be an event sponsor, please contact KDP at 253-813-6976, or email Barbara Smith or Charlotte Turpin at: charlottet@ kentdowntown.org or barbaras @ kentdowntown.org.
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Volunteers from the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish counties built 14 free wheelchair ramps for low-income disabled homeowners – including Kent’s Steven Wangsness, above, second from left – on May 19, part of its 19th annual Rampathon event. Rob VanHouten and his crew from Powell Custom Homes and Renovations assembled a new ramp for Wangsness, who has been wheelchair bound for five years. VanHouten served as ramp captain. Led by ramp captain Kris Quigley, of Tradesman International, volunteers from the Master Builders Association’s Sales & Marketing Council built a new ramp for Kent’s Alicia Hernandez. Teams from the Master Builders Association have constructed 320 wheelchair ramps since 1993. Each ramp represented a unique challenge for the team as it adapted design and construction to the existing landscape and the recipient’s needs. COURTESY PHOTO
Stores to sell liquor Friday BY STEVE HUNTER firstname.lastname@example.org
Liquor sales will flow more freely in Kent and throughout the state starting Friday. The large grocery and drug stores in Kent are all jumping on the chance to sell spirits alongside wine and beer after voters approved Initiative 1183 last year to get the state out of the liquor business and privatize sales. “We have heard very positive reactions to seeing liquor being stocked on our shelves,” said Safeway spokeswoman Sara Osborne in an email.
Safeway already has displays ready to go with a banner draped over the stocked shelves letting customers know they can buy hard liquor starting Friday, June 1. Safeway plans to carry about 450 varieties of spirits in various sizes and will display the hard liquor bottles next to the wine section. Private buyers bought the rights to the four staterun liquor stores in Kent and also plan to open Friday. Those stores will face tough competition from the large grocery stores. “We know shoppers always appreciate convenience when grocery shopping and it’s not convenient to make an extra stop for liquor,” Osborne said about competition from the liquor-only stores.
Albertsons, QFC, Top Food and Drug, Fred Meyer, Winco Foods, Bartell, Rite Aid, Target and Walgreens are among the stores in Kent that will sell spirits. Fred Meyer has run newspaper ads promoting how one-stop shopping gets even better with spirits coming to the store, even with a final tagline of “I’ll drink to that!” Stores must have at least 10,000 square feet to sell liquor under the new law, but the former state-run stores are excluded from that rule. Costco stores in Tukwila and Covington also will sell spirits. The Issaquahbased company contributed nearly all of the $22 million spent in the state to get voters to pass Initiative 1183.
Kent firefighters responded to two West Hill apartment fires and an East Hill house fire over Memorial Day weekend. No one was injured in any of the three fires, but the apartment fires each went to a second alarm and caused an estimated $550,000 damage. Fire investigators determined a gas barbecue on a balcony caused one apartment fire. Cigarettes disposed in a flower pot with dry flowers caused the second apartment fire. The cause of the house fire has yet to be determined. A second alarm apartment fire early Sunday morning on the West Hill displaced four families. The Kent Fire Department and South King County Fire Department emergency units were dispatched to the fire at approximately midnight and arrived within a few minutes at the apartment complex in the 26000 block of 27th Place South. Firefighters found the building evacuated and reported heavy fire visible on the third floor involving two apartment decks and the roof. Crews were able to quickly extinguish the fires. Fire investigators determined the cause of the fire to be cigarettes being disposed of in a flower pot igniting the dry plants in the pot and the pot being too close to the siding on the third-floor deck. The fire grew rapidly and
spread to an adjacent deck and then the roof. Damage to the building has been estimated at approximately $350,000. The eight residents displaced by the fire are staying with friends and family locally. At about 7:15 p.m. Sunday, Valley Communications dispatch began receiving multiple calls reporting a fully involved apartment fire in the 4500 block of South 248th Place on the West Hill. Firefighters reported heavy fire and thick smoke from a second-floor balcony. A second alarm was quickly called bringing additional emergency units to the scene because of the size of the complex and the number of residents at risk. The balcony fire was quickly extinguished. Fire investigators determined the cause of the fire to be a cooking device too close to the combustible siding of the building. The damage to the structure is estimated at approximately $200,000. The two residents of the apartment were displaced as a result of the fire and will stay with family locally. At just before midnight Sunday, firefighters were dispatched to a report of a house fire in the 23200 block of 110th Place Southeast on the East Hill. Fire crews were able to extinguish the deck fire. The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time and no estimate of damage has been provided.
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in Kent and other cities to make marijuana offenses the lowest law enforcement priority, plans a rally at 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall to oppose the medical marijuana dispensary ban. Higgins said he opposes the ban. Higgins joined Perry and Elizabeth Albertson in favor of a zoning ordinance for collective gardens that failed to get a majority vote in January. The three also voted in January against the current six-month moratorium to ban medical marijuana dispensaries. Council members Boyce, Ranniger, Les Thomas and
Dana Ralph voted in favor of the six-month moratorium and are in favor of the proposed ban. They favor a ban because federal law prohibits the use of marijuana, even though state law allows medical marijuana use. Boyce has said he favors a ban rather than passing another moratorium. Higgins said it looks like the ban will pass on a 4-3 vote. “I don’t expect it to change but it would be a happy surprise,” Higgins said. more story online…
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After initially being told by Bellecourt’s girlfriend that he was not in the apartment and that she didn’t even know him, police searched the residence with a K-9 unit, finding Bellecourt hiding, entwined around a water heater enclosed behind a wood panel in a closet. Police took Bellecourt into custody and arrested the girlfriend for rendering criminal assistance. Bellecourt, a known gang member who is wanted on three arrest warrants including escape and assault, prompted the May 18 lockdown at Jefferson.
Auburn police on Tuesday morning arrested 27-year-old Kent resident Blake B. Bellecourt, the fugitive responsible for the May 18 lockdown of Thomas Jefferson High School in Auburn. Police – acting on tip turned into Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound by a Q13 Fox “Washington’s Most Wanted” viewer – surrounded an apartment building at 207 D. St. SE in Auburn, where Bellecourt, who is also known as “Little Nutzo,” was holed up.
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[ STABBING from page 1 ] convictions, numerous arrests for assault, three convictions for assault as well as convictions for public disturbance, alcohol and drug violations, false reporting and theft. One of the first Kent Police officers to respond to the stabbing at about 6:49 p.m. outside of the Kent MultiCare Clinic, 222 State Ave. N., recognized Burrell and Smith due to numerous contacts with the couple. The officer asked Burrell what she had done. “You know me, you know me,” said Burrell, even calling the officer by her maiden name. “I killed him, I killed him. You know what he does to me.” The officer than asked Burrell if she was injured. “No, I ain’t,” she said. “I am so tired of him beating on me.” Officers detained Burrell because they found Smith sitting with a stab wound in the back seat of the car with his head back against the seat and because of the amount of blood on Burrell’s clothing. Blood soaked the front of Smith’s shirt. He had a small cut in his shirt near the center of his chest. He had a
the boy Nov. 10 with two counts of first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree kidnapping with sexual motivation in connection with attacks on a 17-yearold girl and a 19-year-old woman on separate nights in October on the East Hill along Kent-Kangley Road. Prosecutors will request
cut on his right hand and about a oneinch stab wound in his chest. Officers pulled Smith out of the vehicle. He died at the scene. A 29-year-old nephew of Smith and teenage son of the nephew met Smith and Burrell May 25 at 7-Eleven at 511 Central Ave. S. in Kent. The couple got into the backseat of the car. The nephew told detectives he didn’t really know where he was going and just drove where directed as Smith and Burrell argued about everything and nothing in particular. He said it was typical behavior for the couple. He drove near Earthworks Park when he heard what sounded like a slapping, looked in the rearview mirror and saw Smith with his head far back against the seat rest. He asked Burrell if she had stabbed Smith. “Yeah, I’ll stab him again,” Burrell replied, according to charging papers. The nephew decided to drive to a hospital when he saw the MultiCare Clinic and pulled into the parking lot. He told his son to run inside and get help. A clinic staff member called police. The nephew said he exited the car along with Burrell and saw her holding a knife. He took the knife
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that the boy be tried as an adult. The boy attended Kentwood High School in Covington, where Kent Police arrested him Nov. 7. If convicted in Juvenile Court, the boy would be incarcerated up to his 21st
from her, put it on the ground at first and later on top of the car. He then began to apply pressure to Smith’s stab wound. The nephew told detectives that Burrell stood and watched and seemed proud of what she did as she remained calm and even puffed her chest out proudly. Burrell told detectives at the Kent city jail that she had three “211” beers earlier in the day, including one just prior to the stabbing. Steel Reserve 211 is a malt liquor with 8.1 percent alcohol. She told detectives that Smith is “always beating on me and spitting on me.” She said they argued in the car. “I just got tired of it,” Burrell said. “I just snapped.” Burrell claimed Smith told her just prior to the stabbing that, “Bitch, I do this to you. I do what I want to you.” She told detectives the knife belonged to her husband and had been in their bedroom in case they needed protection. She said she had the knife in her back pants pocket prior to the stabbing. “Karma is a bitch and he got what he deserves,” Burrell said. “I just pulled it out and I stabbed him. I just reacted on him.”
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As the community outreach director for the Kent School District, I facilitated cultural competence workshops for several years, reaching hundreds of school district employees, as well as employees of a few community organizations. One reason the workshop was requested by so many is because it didn’t assume that any group or individual was more culturally competent than the other. Neither was the facilitator more competent by virtue of his ethnicity. We are all on a continuum, perhaps in different places, moving beyond cultural competence to become culturally proficient. It’s a continuous learning process. Beyond cultural competence means at least two things: one, people learn by sharing experiences and perceptions as they discuss the elements of cultural competence without being judged competent or incompetent, or being compelled to have feelings of guilt. Instead, everyone’s perceptions are acknowledged within a safe learning environment maintained by the facilitator. Another meaning is to focus beyond the use of the word “competent” to the words culturally “proficient,” because many of the people who would be receptive to learning about cultural differences and similarities reject the perception that they need to become competent. Once a group comes to understand the role of culture, they have a better chance of realizing that most cultures that continue to exist are sufficient to some extent. Otherwise, they would not have survived to this day. In order to survive, all cultures must produce and train the young. Cultures must find a way to enforce its values and explain its existence, provide food and shelter and maintain security and order. We could say our culture has not only survived, but has risen to the top of the heap in the world. A host of immigrants from around the world will attest to the fact that
that the Howard Hanson Dam, which had protected the Valley from flooding for over four decades, was damaged. People were concerned – homes, jobs, and businesses were in jeopardy of flooding. The region’s economy was at risk – approximately 100,000 jobs exist in the flood area; more than 90,000 commutes could have been disrupted; and, according to the Washington
streets between the port and the rail hubs. A redesign was discussed that would extend rail into the terminal and/or expand the port itself to include the existing hub. This would require moving surface traffic away from the water from the West Seattle Bridge to Terminal 46. With changes also occurring with the viaduct/tunnel project, it makes much more sense to me to create partnerships to fix the real problems rather than remain siloed. I propose that instead of opposing the new arena, the Port of Seattle sit down with the developers, as well as DOT and SDOT, to find real solutions that address the real problems. Regardless if the arena is built there or not, port traffic does not now move with efficiency.
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State Department of Commerce, a 10-day flood event in the Green River Valley could have resulted in a $1.1 billion loss to the state’s economy. The King County Flood Control District stepped up to help the Green River Valley prepare for possible flooding. The Flood Control District is a county-wide government created to provide funding and policy oversight for possible flooding. One of the ways the Flood Control District helped was to pay [ more GUEST OP page 7 ]
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www.kentreporter.com THE CITY OF KENT and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have begun construction of a side channel at Riverview Park in Kent to restore salmon habitat and reduce potential flooding on the Green River. The park is on Hawley Road at approximately South 255th Street, just south of LA Fitness. Project manager Beth Tan said construction of the side channel will create summer rearing habitat and a high flow refuge for multiple endangered salmon species including Chinook, steelhead and bull trout. “Side channels along a river are an important component of salmon habitat,” Tan said in a city media release. “Away from the river’s main channel, salmon can thrive and seek refuge from predators and high water flows.”
[ GUEST OP from page 6 ] for the placement of 26 miles of sandbags, which raised the height of the levees along the Green River and provided extra flood protection to the cities of Kent, Auburn and Tukwila. The sandbags bolstered the levees for three years while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers repaired the Howard Hanson Dam. The Corps initially estimated it would take four to five years to fix the dam, but they were able to complete the repairs in just three years. The sandbags are coming down because they are no longer needed to fend off possible floods. This is great news for people of the Green River Valley and for the cities of Kent, Auburn and Tukwila. Under an agreement with the Flood Control District, the cities of Kent, Auburn and Tukwila assumed responsibility for paying for the removal of the sandbags.
Unfortunately, these cities are facing the same budgetary hardships that have plagued many governments due to the recession. The cities have indicated that now they cannot afford the approximate $5.88 million it will cost to take the sandbags down. Therefore, the cities requested that the Flood Control District help pay for the removal of sandbags. On May 14, the Flood Control District Board of Supervisors – who are the same elected representatives as your King County Council – voted unanimously to help pay to remove the sandbags. This will allow the people and businesses of the Green River Valley to return to their normal lives, and help the cities avoid a costly bill come budget time. As chair and vice-chair of the Flood Control District, we are happy we can help the Green River Valley move on from the fear and threat
of increased flooding to our communities. The Kent Valley is the second largest industrial park on the West Cost and the fifth largest industrial park in the nation. After years of concern about flooding in this vital economic area, the removal of the sandbags sends the message that the valley is open for business, and full public access to a cherished trail in the region is restored. We are excited that trail users will soon be able to enjoy walking and biking without the eyesore of sandbags, while remaining fully-protected from potential floods. Both of us look forward to seeing you on the trail soon. King County Councilmembers Julia Patterson (julia.patterson@ kingcounty.gov) is chair and Reagan Dunn (reagan.dunn@ kingcounty.gov) is vice-chair of the King County Flood Control District.
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As many as 45 vendors selling everything from fruits, flowers, vegetables and crafts are expected at the Kent Farmers Market’s opening on Saturday. “Everything is in line and looking good,” said Bill Westcott, organizer of the market sponsored by the Kent Lions Club. “It’s going to the same event as normal, but with new vendors from farmers and handcraft items to new food vendors. There will be a wide variety of stuff for folks to choose from.” The market runs from 9 a.m.
to 2 p.m. each Saturday through Sept. 29 at Town Square Plaza Park on Second Avenue between West Smith Street and West Harrison Street in downtown Kent. Vendors will sell fruits, vegetables, flowers, food and crafts at the market. The types of produce available changes every couple of weeks depending on which crops are ready to sell. Strawberries, cherries, corn, onions, peppers, apples and melons are among the local produce that shoppers will find. The Kent Lions Club took over operations of the market in 1974 after several other groups ran it. “The one thing the Lions Club always tries to deal with is eye-
sight and hearing, which is related to diabetes usually caused by obesity,” Westcott said. “So we try to promote healthy eating with fresh fruits and vegetables available at the market, while also encouraging people to support their local farmers.” Sixty-five vendors have signed up and paid for spots at the market. Another couple of dozen vendors are expected to walk in. “Our farmers come from all over the place,” Westcott noted. “Most of the farmers that initially come are from Eastern Washington because the farmers on our side of the mountain don’t have good weather to make their crops
ride yet. We won’t see our local farmers until around June or July.” In addition to produce and crafts, market attendees can enjoy live music each weekend. The market will partner with the city of Kent on Saturday for its bike trail day as well as the Kent International Festival on June 16. “This year will be better than ever,” Westcott said. The market also accepts coupons from the state’s Women, Infants and Children (also known as WIC) program. State and federal funds are distributed to lowincome women to help them buy nutritional food for themselves and their children.
Market time When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, June 2-Sept. 29 Where: Town Square Plaza Park, corner of Second Avenue and West Smith Street Details: www.kentfarmersmarket.com or 253-486-9316. Congress set up the Farmers Market Nutrition Program in 1992 to provide fresh, unprepared, locally grown fruits and vegetables to WIC participants, and to expand the awareness, use of, and sales at farmers’ markets, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture website at www.fns. usda.gov.
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The Rotary Club of Kent recently honored the top 5 percent of the graduating class of each of the four high schools (KentMeridian, Kentridge, Kentwood and Kentlake) and two academies (Kent Mountain View and Kent Phoenix) in the Kent School District. Nearly 200 people attended the May 22 celebration in the Lindbloom Student Center at Green River Community College. King County Sheriff Steve Strachan, the outgoing president of the Rotary Club of Kent, was host.
Bailey Ryan, 11, left, and his brother, Conner, 7, threw out the first pitch in honor of their great-grandfather, Art Wright, at the Memorial Day weekend baseball tournament named in his honor. Field No. 1 at Kent Memorial Park was renamed Art Wright Field in recognition of the man’s many years of unselfish dedication and service to youth baseball. COURTESY PHOTO story online… kentreporter.com
Kent School District Superintendent Edward Lee Vargas, who is also a member of the club, handed out certificates to each of the nearly 100 students who attended. In addition to recognizing the students and their families and hearing from eight different student speakers, $21,000 in scholarships were awarded to nine different students based on their community service, financial need, academics, future plans and unique needs.
AAA Congratulates 2012 AAA SCHOOL SAFETY PATROL H A L L O F FA M E I N D U C T E ES
Every school day, thousands of school safety patrollers dedicate themselves to the safety of their classmates. From more than 22,000 patrollers across Washington, 10 were inducted into the 2012 AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame. Brooke Nelson of Star Lake Elementary and Varun Suravajhela of Sunrise Elementary, both in Kent, were chosen as 2012 Hall of Fame inductees. AAA, the founder of the School Safety Patrol program, and the community of Kent will be forever grateful for their dedication, and that of their fellow patrollers, to the safety of their classmates. Congratulations Brooke and Varun, you are true everyday heroes!
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Bill Boyce announced his resignation from the Kent School Board in order to focus on his Kent City Council position. Boyce has served 18 years on the board. He is in his first year on the council. He announced his resignation at
[ RELAY from page 1 ] â€œMy personal goals are to last six hours around the track going as many laps as possible before I physically canâ€™t go anymore, but mostly I want to have a lot of fun and raise some money.â€? Fans interested in joining thes Thunderbirds Relay for Life team to walk the track at French Field can register on the Relay For Life website. The T-Birds are encouraging fans to come out to the field and help support the T-Birds/Alos team with their cheers and enthusiasm. â€œFans and supporters can pledge a dollar amount for
the May 23 board meeting. Boyce said after winning election to the council last November that he would resign in 2012 from the school board. Boyceâ€™s final board meeting will be June 13. â€œIâ€™ve been doing it since 1994 when I was appointed to the board,â€? said Boyce during a phone interview about his resignation. â€œIâ€™ve always thought a good board member is someone who has kids in the district,â€? said Boyce, whose
five children attended Kent schools with the youngest graduating last year from Kentwood High School in Covington. â€œI want to be able to focus 150 percent to the city like I did to the board. Itâ€™s time to move on and pass the baton to someone else.â€? The district is taking applications to replace Boyce. Boyce said he expects his replacement to be chosen by the board in time to take over at the June 27 meeting.
every lap I run/walk around the track,â€? Alos said. â€œIâ€™ll be taking pictures with fans and just having a good time trying to raise a lot of money for a good cause.â€? The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease by raising money. â€œI just want to show those with cancer who survived their battleâ€™s that theyâ€™re not alone and that there are a whole lot of people who want this horrible disease
gone, too,â€? Alos said. Relay teams camp out at French Field and take turns walking or running around the track. â€œI think itâ€™s important for the Kent community to participate in this walk because, one way or another, we have all been affected by cancer,â€? Alos said. â€œTo have an event where we can all come together and fight back against cancer, I think, is a pretty remarkable thing. â€œThis truly, is to me, the meaning of a community. It doesnâ€™t matter if you donâ€™t know anyone there, youâ€™re all there for the same reason. It brings people closer and I think thatâ€™s important in a community.â€?
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to increase opportunities for the new Americans, as well as for groups who have been in the country for generations. Some cultural competence advocates believe that the five elements of cultural competence help to foster the right attitudes for the dominant culture to become more inclusive. One of many potential examples is that English is the language of the dominant culture in the U.S. Some cultural competence advocates believe that driverâ€™s license test and
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