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Grand reopening of Tukwila Pool is Saturday, April 20 Tukwila will get a chance to celebrate its newly renovated swimming pool at a grand re-opening on April Pool’s Day, April 20. Kelly McCormick-Robertson, a twotime Olympic diving medalist and friend of Malcolm Neely, Tukwila Pool aquatics coordinator, will participate in the ribbon-

cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Robertson, who grew up in Long Beach, Calif., won a silver medal at the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles and a bronze medal in the 1988 Summer Games in South Korea. She now lives in the Seattle area with her husband and is the diving coach for the

Federal Way School District. Tours of the facility and aquatic demonstrations will follow the ribbon cutting. The first 100 people at the event will receive a Tukwila Pool tote back filled with goodies. April Pool’s Day activities are for people of all ages and will run from 1-5 p.m. The

activities include water safety events and open swims. The open swims will be limited to the first 150 people to check in for the event. April Pool’s Day is a national water safety awareness day. For more information, go to

Hugs welcome shiny, ‘new’ pool for Tukwila BY STEVE HUNTER SHUNTER@ TUKWILAREPORTER.COM

Saturday, April 27, 2013 This FUN run and walk is healthy for YOU and healthy for the opportunity to plant a tree or shrub in your honor at a post event the Duwamish-Green River Trail. The race begins at 8 a.m.

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There has been a whole “lot of hugging” going on at the Tukwila Pool since it reopened earlier this month after a $1.66 million renovation during the last four months. “Our patrons have been telling us how glad they are to be back here at the Tukwila Pool to see their friends and the pool staff,” said Amy Kindell, aquatics program specialist. “There’s been a lot of hugging around here the last few days.” People like the many improvements that include a new pool liner and tile as well as new deck flooring around the pool. New fans, motors, dampers and controls improved the air handling systems and the humidity. The locker rooms feature new floor tile, lockers, toilets, sinks and showers. “We’ve had great positive comments from our patrons,” Kindell said. “They love the locker-room renovations, the new floors and the consistently warm temperatures.” Tukwila voters in 2011 approved the formation of a Metropolitan Park District to fund the pool and the capital improvements through a property tax levy of 15 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation or about $36 per year for the

Sena Lewis gets a lift during a swim at the Tukwila Pool. Courtesy Photo, Amy Kindell, City of Tukwila

owner of a $240,000 home. The levy will keep the pool operating for the next 20 years. “It has been hard work to get to this point, but we now have a fantastic facility that we can serve the community with for years to come,” Kindell said.

Tukwila took over ownership of the pool in 2003 from King County after county officials decided to get out of the pool business. The pool, 4414 S. 144th St., opened in 1973, funded by the 1968 Forward Thrust bond issue to expand county parks and recreation.

COVER PHOTO Araceyle Mitchell enjoys the newly remodeled Tukwila Pool. Amy Kindell, City of Tukwila » MARCH 2013

Foster’s principal to resign BY MICHELLE CONERLY M C O N E R LY @ K E N T R E P O R T E R . C O M

Forrest Griek is resigning as principal of Foster High School to spend more time with his family. “It was a family decision,” Griek said. “I thought it was the best for (them).” Griek has spent more than 12 years in education, teaching history at Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way in 2004 and serving as assistant principal of Thomas Jefferson High School, before moving to Foster High School in 2011. He sits on the Administrator Professional Education Advisory Board for Pacific Lutheran University. Griek said he wasn’t sure what he will do next, but “I’m with my family, and I’ll go from there.”

His resignation is effective June 30. Daryl Wright, assistant principal of Foster High School, is discussing applying for the position with his family. “I love the school, and I love this community, but I would need district and community support,” Wright said. A community forum held at Foster March 14 gathered Principal Forrest Griek information about what the community wants in a principal. Janet Barry, a consultant from Hazard Young Attea and Associates (HYA) that is conducting the search for the new superintendent, is assembling an

Best of Tukwila starts on page 14 We have wrapped up our first Best of Tukwila 2013 readership poll and the winners are finalists are listed in this edition. The number of ballots received both online and in print is great to see and I would like to thank those who took the time to vote for their favorites. It is so incredible to see this great community take such pride in its retailers, people and service providers. This is what makes Tukwila, Sea-Tac and Des Moines the great cities they are. I would like to congratulate everyone who received votes and also thank the loyal readers of the Tukwila Reporter for their support in our first Best of Tukwila. In some categories there are ties for first place. Polly Shepherd, After many hours of counting publisher votes and then bestowing the honor of drawing the winners for the great prizes donated by Bahama Breeze, Racha Thai & Asian Kitchen and ACME Bowl on my creative design team, I am thrilled to present to you the 2013 Best of Tukwila as picked by our readers. Thank you for your support

interview committee comprised of staff, community members, administrators, and students to conduct the first-level interviews. She hopes to have the first-level interviews by mid-April, making the final decision up to the new superintendent and the school board. “This is a quick timeline,” Barry said. “We’re trying to be very efficient with this, but we’re trying to stay competitive.” Similar to the process of hiring a new superintendent, HYA has posted an online survey on the district website and will be having a series of meetings with certificated staff, classified staff, community members and students to gather information on what the district wants in a principal.

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After a months-long closure, the renovated Tukwila Pool is open again and a grand re-opening is planned for April 20



Tukwila’s interim school superintendent, Mellody Matthes, writes about the contributions of the school district’s classified employees



The City of Tukwila’s human services team is helping those in need of services find them in Tukwila through a special program



Women of diverse backgrounds find a place to exercise at the Tukwila Community Center that ensures their privacy



City employees are getting in shape for themselves and in advance of the Healthy Earth Healthy You 5k Run and Walk along the Green River Trail in April

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The early pioneer settlers established land claims in the 1850s and 1860s from the mouth of the Duwamish River to just south of the Black River. In 1869, the Surveyor General’s Office completed a survey of King County. Most settlers selected land near waterways due to lack of roads and most travel was by canoes and small boats. A few names found on the survey include Luther Collins, Jacob, Eli and Samuel Maple, Joseph and Stephen Foster, Frances McNatt, John Buckley, T. Grow, C.C. Lewis, Bennett Johns, Henry Meter (Meador), George Holt, A. Hograve, John Moss, C.E. Brownell, and Henry Adams. In the mid-1800s, with the establishment of family farms, the population began to include many children. Many of the settlers had little or no formal education but decided it would be important to establish schools. One such school opened in 1866 on the farm of Samuel Maple. A deed filed in 1871 King County, Washington Territory, shows Samuel donated land for a Maple School to the “Directors of Seattle School District No. 2.” John Wesley Maple, Sam’s brother, worked as a teacher in the Maple School in 1868 and served as president of the school board until his death in 1902. A photo of the Maple School in 1884-1885 has the following student’s names listed: Cora, Dora and Cliff Maple, Howard and Maude Horton, Henry, Herman, Louis and Theodore Wendt, Charles and Nina Gifford, Abbott and Jasper Mayo, Albert Rossi, Steven Collins, Henry Manderville, Rose Newell (a Maple cousin), and Viola Miller. Most of the students would arrive for classes by boat or canoe as there were still very few roads in the valley. Joseph and Martha (Steele) Foster were advocates for education and were instrumental in formation of the local school district. They offered a tract of land which was officially transferred to the new school district for a $1 gold coin on March 1, 1892. The residents of the community then built Foster School at the corner of 51st Avenue South and South 139th Street. The site is known today as Foster Memorial Park. Once the new one-room school was built, the Foster School District No. 104 was established in 1892. During the first five years, the Foster School District only had a handful of students while Joseph Foster served on the school board. As in the 19th century, the school year consisted of a four-month winter term and a three-month summer term, allowing students time off when their help was needed on the farm. On April 7, 1904, Foster School District consolidated with the Black River School District No. 6 and then became Foster School District No. 144. Consequently as enrollment increased, the school board purchased an additional acre

The original Foster High School. Tukwila Historical Society

of land in 1905 from Joseph Foster immediately north of the original acre. The district quickly built a new four-room school and moved the original one room school to the southeast corner of the property where it stood until about 1930. In 1909, district voters approved a $16,000 bond issue to purchase sites and new schools at Duwamish, Riverton and Tukwila. Enrollment grew throughout the entire upper Duwamish River Valley with improved transportation and immigration during the first decade of the 20th century. Later consolidations led to the establishment of South Central School District No. 144 and finally Tukwila School District No. 406 as we know it today. From the oneroom schools of the 1800s to the present time, the pioneering vision and progressive support of people such as the Fosters and the Maples contributed greatly to the local education for those living in the valley. Pat Brodin is chair of Tukwila Historical Society and co-authored this month’s “Tukwila’s Story” article about development of schools in the greater Duwamish River Valley area. Louise Jones-Brown is treasurer for the Tukwila Historical Society and acting director of Tukwila Heritage and Cultural Center. Coming events Saturday, April 6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Garage Sale, Tukwila Historical Society Fundraiser at the Tukwila Heritage and Cultural Center, 14475 59th Ave. S. Saturday, April 27, 2pm, Highline Historical Society presents a Military Road Sesquicentennial Program at Tyee High School, by Michael Vouri, National Parks Service at San Juan Island and author on Pickett and the Pig War. Saturday, June 8, 1 p.m., Tukwila Historical Society and Tukwila Arts Commission presents a Military Road Sesquicentennial Program presentation, “Territorial Voices” A Civil War Reader’s Theater by Lorraine McConaghy, author and historian. Program made possible by Humanities Washington. Free admission. » MARCH 2013


Savvy Gardener Classes Begin! Time to get your spring planting off to a great start! Join Cascade for the Savvy Gardening Classes and discover how to create a beautiful, healthy and waterwise lawn and garden. There are dozens of classes from which to choose in many locations, and they’re all free of charge. The Savvy Gardener Classes will inspire you and give you practical advice on creating and maintaining beautiful landscapes that are good for you and the environment.

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Classified employees get job done March 11 – 16 is designated as Washington School Classified Employees Recognition Week to recognize the dedication, responsibilities and accomplishments of our 111 classified employees. It goes without saying they are the backbone of our organization; in every capacity our classified employees support the district’s educational endeavors. These dedicated and caring profes- Mellody sionals help keep our stu- Matthes dents safe and healthy, our buildings and equipment well-maintained, and the business of our schools operating effectively and efficiently. They move students, feed students, and tutor students, while keeping our buildings and grounds looking good. Few administrators could make it through the day without their secretaries. Classified school employees work in all aspects of education; they include paraeducators, custodians, food-service workers, maintenance, grounds, technology, office assistants, secretaries, fiscal support, bus drivers and everyone in between. Without them, the dayto-day operations of schools would simply not be possible. Please join

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me in celebration of our classified employees, who serve our students and schools each day, and let them know how much they are valued and appreciated. Our classified employees are an integral part of Tukwila operations and the education process. Early in the morning our kitchen staff is already getting breakfast and lunch started to serve more than 2,750 meals per day. Through February this year, they have served more than 210,000 lunches, 60,000 breakfasts and 21,000 snacks. That is a daily average of almost 2,000 lunches. They have served approximately 17,000 hand-made Hoagies to order; washed, cut and served more than 100,000 apples and oranges. Cut, cleaned and served enough salad greens to fill up the Tukwila Pool. Enough hand-made Pizza Pies (2,500) to cover our stadium’s football field – twice! And enough pints of milk (240,000) to put four in each seat at Seahawks’ Stadium! They have washed and cleaned more than 250,000 plastic foodservice trays, 20,000 pots and pans, and mopped our kitchen floors more than 550 times! We also have

two staff members older than 75 year and more than 15 different nationalities. Our bus drivers, regardless of the weather conditions, are out on the routes early and transporting our students home to school and school to door. Each year our 17 buses safely travel more than 80,000 miles to transport about 690 students to and from school and on field trips. Safety, efficiency, professionalism and dedication is the hallmark of our 11 drivers, some of whom have been here for more than 20 year,s with our most senior driver here for 32 years. These are usually the first people a student comes in contact with during the day. Each morning our students and staff come to buildings that are cleaned and maintained on a daily basis and much of this work is done in the evenings. When I get to work, the flags are raised and the heat is on in the buildings, specific entry doors have been checked and throughout the day maintenance items are addressed and custodial duties are handled. Our office staff is the group that many of public see first. They represent Tukwila, assisting families and staff who come in to the office.

They get their questions answered, their children routed on the right bus, and information disseminated in a timely fashion. Behind the scenes are accounts receivable and payable, including payroll making sure the bills get paid on time. Our paraeducators help in a variety of ways, providing smallgroup instruction and individual help that begins prior to the school day, throughout the school day, and even after school study help. Our paraeducators keep our children safe on the playground and our nursing assistants help keep them healthy. On behalf of the Tukwila administration and School Board, we say thank you to our wonderful classified employees. They serve the district with professionalism, kindness, responsibility, and most of all nurturing to the students who attend. We are fortunate to have such a great team and please join me in a loud round of applause to these employees as we celebrate Washington School Classified Employees Recognition Week. Mellody Matthes is interim superintendent of the Tukwila School District. She will write regularly for the Tukwila Reporter about school issues.


Volunteers helped keep city pool alive

Renovation paid by city taxpayers

There is a group of people in our midst who are passionate about preventing childhood drownings. Not only does the Sustain Tukwila Pool (STP) committee want to ensure that every child in Tukwila and neighboring communities learns to swim, they Jacque also want to Carroll see our public pool be sustained for future generations. This April will mark two years that STP has met Saturday mornings at Friendz Café in Tukwila as

You’re all wet! Or you can be if you visit the Tukwila Pool in the near future. After a $1.6 million to $1.7 million refurbishment project, the pool opened a few days ago. The grand re-opening celebration is scheduled for April 20. Residents, this is your baby. Chuck You voted to Parrish fund it with your property tax dollars. A Metropolitan Park District was formed with the City Council members serving as the Board of Commissioners.

they’ve worked toward this goal. Most recently the committee prepared and presented to the Tukwila Pool Board of Commissioners a Pool Comparison Report representative of 10 area pools, including Tukwila. And, it met with Mellody Matthes, Tukwila School District interim superintendent, to show support for restoring a swimming curriculum to our schools. So who are these STP people? Originally they were strangers to each other, people from all walks of life: a homeschooler, an insurance risk manager, a former bank professional, an IT project manager, a Boeing engineer, a [ more CARROLL page 7 ]

The front desk has been moved closer to the entry way. A small open lounge area is adjacent. Most of the flooring has been recoated with an attractive coating/ sealant. Each dressing area has new lockers with coin-operated locks and some private dressing areas. The shower rooms have new cylindrical columns with new shower heads and timed onoff water controls. No wet-towel snapping, please! The pool has long needed a new liner and tile. The liner is not something that is dropped into place like a hot tub shell. It is applied. The pool bulkhead needed new wheels. It serves as a move[ more PARRISH page 7 ]

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Continental Mills Inc., based in Tukwila, has received a 2012 “Healthiest Companies in America” award from Interactive Health, recognizing its efforts to improve employee health. For the sixth consecutive year, Interactive Health is honoring companies for creating a culture of health by

prioritizing employee health through outcomes-based health management programs. The 72 honorees are organizations nationwide that attained a companywide low health risk status while achieving high employee participation in their wellness program. The selection process analyzes clinical test

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signs and brochures. And with a successful “Yes” vote on Aug. 16, 2011, it was only the start. Since then STP has continued to be involved in the community by phone banking for the successful Tukwila School District levy election and volunteering at the Tukwila Pantry food bank. In their focus on developing community interest in the pool they’ve taken field trips to local pools to garner ideas for hosting events at the Tukwila Pool such as a Halloween “Pumpkin Plunge.” The group reviewed the pool Capital Improvement Project and provided input on the types of renovations to be done, even providing volunteers to help paint the locker rooms to save money for other much needed repairs. With the March 4 reopening of the Tukwila Pool, the

STP is partnering with the pool staff and board of commissioners on the pool’s Grand Opening Celebration to be held in April. Sustain Tukwila Pool committee members view the pool’s reopening as the first step toward building the necessary momentum to make a longserving community pool a reality for Tukwila and surrounding neighborhoods. STP continues to meet every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. in the Friendz Café (corner of 42nd Avenue South and South 130th Street) conference room and welcomes anyone who would like to drop in. Contact or 206495-1454 for more information.

programmer, a marketer, a commercial printer, a system analyst, even a Mount Rainier Pool commissioner. This diverse group came together in 2011 out of its concern that the City of Tukwila was to close the pool due to the economic downturn. With that announcement, the STP sprang into action, lobbying the city to call an election to give its citizens the opportunity to vote for or against a tax of approximately $36 a year to sustain the pool. Calling themselves “Save Tukwila Pool,” they enthusiastically launched a get-out-the-vote campaign, while reaching out to the community by attending the Tukwila Kids Day and Fourth of July events, knocking on doors, phone banking and raising money for campaign yard

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NOW OPEN 24 HOUR S [ PARRISH from page 6] able partition in the water. This allows the pool to accommodate more than one activity. The lighting was relocated for ease of maintenance and upgraded with energy-efficient fluorescent lights along the sides and LED lights down the center. The east wall is painted such that it reflects the depth of the pool. Looking up, one can see white noise abatement baffles hanging from the ceiling. These baffles also serve as lane markers for those swimming the backstroke. Vertical markers are painted along the side of the pool for water polo enthusiasts. There is now

an ADA pool chairlift. There are important improvements that are not so apparent to the swimmer. The air-handling system was upgraded and has new controls. The pumps and motors have been replaced. A new pool cover was purchased and the boiler and chemical controls were upgraded. Great volunteers serve on the Tukwila Metropolitan Park District Citizen Advisory Committee (TPAC) and with Sustain Tukwila Pool( These volunteers, formerly with Save Tukwila Pool, deserve credit for “making it happen” as the City Council was planning to close the pool to save

$450,000-$500,000 annually in order to help balance the city budget. In keeping with public accountability, one can visit the city website,, Records center, Metropolitan Park District for meeting records. For the time being, keep up to date with events at the pool through two sites: and at, search Metropolitan Park District Pool. Photos of some of the improvements are found at, Photos, Tukwila Pool album. Reach Tukwila Reporter columnist Chuck Parrish at

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Evie Boykan feels that it is an honor to direct people in need to resources in the community. She is the City of Tukwila’s human services manager, with the division for 20 years. Boykan is part of a two-person team that will offer seniors assistance in-person help locating resources for their social service needs at the Tukwila Community Center. It’s called the “Help Us, Help You” program. She and Stacy Hanson will be available the fourth Wednesday of the month to meet with seniors at the center, by appointment. “It’s been 20 years and boy have I learned a lot, not only about the community, but about the whole range

of social services,” said Boykan. “So I consider myself a generalist, where I know a little about a lot of different areas.” Because people who need social services come to the City of Tukwila through many different doors – be it the finance, police or recreation departments – administration chose to locate human services within the Tukwila Mayor’s Office. Boykan and Hanson assist the general population on a regular basis with accessing social services like minor home repairs and resources offered through community non-profits. “I would say that I am privileged to hear people’s stories even though a lot of times they’re coming from a place of need,” said Boykan. “To me, it’s a very personal relationship and I feel honored to be able to serve in that way.” Because some seniors might find it difficult to get to the human services office, staff decided to go to them starting this year. The goal of the program is just to help seniors access social and health services information. “I may not always meet a person’s needs, but I can give them the time and listen and validate and acknowledge what’s going on and point them to some resources,” said Boykan. “That gives me a lot of satisfaction.” » MARCH 2013


The windows of the Tukwila Community Center fitness room are covered to accommodate Muslim women during designated fitness hours, thanks to the help of some community supporters. Tracey Compton, Tukwila Reporter

Women find own place to keep fit Tukwila, Global to Local team up BY TRACEY COMPTON TCOMPTON@TUKWILAREPORTER.COM

When Aisha Dahir saw an opportunity to get Somali women in the Tukwila community physically fit, she seized on it, enlisting the help of the Tukwila Community Center and the Global to Local Health Initiative group. At the time, Dahir was leading health and wellness education classes at her local mosque and needed to find a space where women from her community would feel comfortable getting physical exercise. Because they are Muslim women, working out in a typical gym setting with males and without their hijabs, or head coverings, was not an option. So Dahir needed a space to accommodate a women’s-only, affordable fitness experience. Her contact with staff at the Tukwila Community Center and “The Muslim women the Global have limited service to Local Health and this is one of Init iat ive the services we are proved successful. so appreciative of A fitness Tukwila to offer.” session Aisha Dahir, was born, Global to Local not only for Somali and Muslim women but other women from diverse cultures as well. The fitness program now has Somali, Eritrean, Latinas, Moroccan, Sudanese, Burmese and caucasian American women. This partnership with the Tukwila Community Center and the Global to Local Health Initiative is an example of the kinds of activities the initiative is creating to reduce health disparities in Tukwila and SeaTac. The initiative targets the diverse populations in these cities by modeling innovations from the world of global health to achieve their mission. “The Muslim women have limited service and this is one of the services we are so appreciative of Tukwila to offer,” said Dahir, who is now a health promoter for Global to Local. “I mean this has never happened before.”

Global to Local Health Initiative’s Alma Villegas, program supervisor, right, speaks with Veronica Abraham, health promoter, during a new fitness session just for women at the Tukwila Community Center. Tracey Compton, Tukwila Reporter

Global to Local Health promoters are locally recruited Americorps volunteers who engage and educate their communities on important health issues. Currently, there are health promoters for the Latino, Somali, Burmese and Arabic communities. They attend the women-only fitness hours with members from their communities. The Tukwila Community Center offers a discounted admission price, $3, for any woman who wants to use the fitness room from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. During this designated time, staff blocks out the windows with colored paper, so that the women are not visible to the outside world, in particular men. “Our mission is to serve the community and so that means every member of the

community, whether it’s the homeless to more affluent members,” said Steve Batz, center recreation specialist. “If we’re able to and we have the means to, we’re definitely going to create our programs or offer programs that can meet as many people as possible.” This access is crucial to marginalized groups in the Tukwila and SeaTac communities because it provides a place to community members to get fit and realize their health-care goals. “A lot of the women I see and my family, it’s just we came from a place where the sun is up, people walk,” said Dahir. “You don’t sit like six months in the house because it’s dark outside. It’s limited what you can do here because of the weather, because of

transportation. So having something like this is great.” She calls Global to Local’s endeavor a “grassroots effort.” Dahir has observed people in her community making a conscious effort to make healthier choices through activities like reading labels and exercising. A lot of Somalian people who now live in Tukwila aren’t used to the vast availability of fast food and processed food in the U.S. Dahir said the problem is the amount of carbohydrates like rice and pasta her community consumes. “A lot of us here have lived here for 20 years,” she said. “So what are you going to do? You’re going to be effected by the society you live in.” For Veronica Abraham, the Latina health promoter, her job is a “double bonus” because she gets to help her community and get fit. Abraham works out with her clients. Understanding health care reform and getting access to care is one of the biggest concerns of the Tukwila Latino community, she said. “Healthcare reform will be one of the biggest issues that my community’s facing because I would say 90 percent of the community I’m serving don’t have insurance,” said Abraham. Linda Po is a health promoter for the Burmese Tukwila community. She also works out with the women and is working with Burmese youth at Foster High School to reach out to their parents. “We are targeting the youth because the youth (are) easier to understand the system here and also the language,” said Po. “The parents don’t speak the language and the youth can speak the language, so they can understand more about living in the U.S.” Po enjoys her job, she says, because she likes helping people who don’t know how to get resources and that makes her feel good. So far just this one fitness program of Global to Local’s overall mission is making progress in the community. “Right now we see the impact in individual cases,” said Alma Villegas, program supervisor. “I can say for participants in Tukwila, in specific the Burmese and Eritrean population, we’ve seen two cases of individuals whose blood sugar levels have gone down, just as a result of participating in the nutrition classes.” Tracey Compton can be reached at 425255-3484, ext. 5052.


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Everyone who has an online account has seen the advice and warnings about strong passwords. A strong password includes: â–ź At least one upper case letter â–ź At least one lower case letter â–ź At least one number â–ź At least one symbol (*&%$)

The recommended practice of checking/replacing the batteries in your smoke detectors to coincide with every daylight savings time change helps ensure your family will be safer in the event of a house fire. The other important aspect of preparation is knowing what you will do when you hear the smoke detector. Continue your fire safety efforts by making a fire escape plan for your family.

Unfortunately, there are more and more hackers out there who have software enabling them to crack even these “strong� passwords. Folks may say “Why worry, I don’t keep any personal information in my email.� The reason to be concerned is that many people use the same or similar passwords for all online transactions and accounts. Thus, when one account is hacked, the person can figure out how to get into all of them. It is also embarrassing to discover that your email account sent spam to everyone in your contact list. So, what can someone do to prevent being hacked? The newest security tip is to use a passphrase rather than a password. A passphrase is a short sentence you can remember (and type accurately). For example, it could be: Notinmyhouse!1 This has the upper and lower case letters, a symbol and a number, and could be arranged in any order. The more obscure the phrase or the more interspersed the numbers/ symbols, the harder your passphrase is to hack. Call Tukwila’s Crime Prevention Program at 206-431-2197 for information about other ways to keep yourself safe.

◗ Draw a floor plan of your home. Add the locations of all doors and windows, smoke detectors, and “two ways out� escape routes. ◗ Visit each room; find two ways out. All windows and doors should open easily so they can be used to get outside. ◗ Pick an outside family meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet. ◗ Talk about your plan with everyone in your home. ◗ Twice a year, practice your home fire escape drill according to your plan. Additionally, make sure your home has smoke alarms in each sleeping room, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home. Push the test buttons to make sure each alarm is working. Make sure your house or building number can be seen clearly from the street. For more information about fire safety and prevention, please call the Tukwila Fire Department at 206-971-8719. By the way, did YOU check your smoke detectors this year?

TUKWILA IS UPDATING ITS COMPREHENSIVE PLAN What is the Comprehensive Plan? It’s Tukwila’s guiding document or “blueprint� for how the City will manage its growth and development for the next 20 years. Comprised of guidelines for a variety of community topics, the Plan provides a flexible framework for adapting to real conditions over time. Topics for review and update during 2013 include: r $PNNVOJUZ*NBHF r$BQJUBM'BDJMJUJFT r /BUVSBM&OWJSPONFOU r6UJMJUJFT r 4PVUIDFOUFS  5VLXJMB6SCBO$FOUFS r 5SBOTQPSUBUJPO r4IPSFMJOF OBSSBUJWFPOMZ

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) – a resettlement agency – provides opportunities for refugees to thrive in America. Each year, thousands of refugees fleeing from conflict or persecution are invited by the U.S. government to seek safety and freedom here. They step off the plane with next to nothing but their dignity, hope and determination. Refugees are resettled in Tukwila throughout the year. To help refugees rebuild their lives, the IRC has published a list of on-going needs for the resettled families. If you have any questions or wish to help, please call the local IRC office at 206-431-0333. Below is a sampling of basic household items which are universally needed by resettled families. You can find the complete list of donations (including clothing, electronics, furniture and more) on the City’s website at KITCHEN ITEMS Pots and pans âœŚ Mixing/serving bowls Baking dishes âœŚ Sets of dishes âœŚ Cups/glasses Tableware (forks, knives, spoons, serving spoons} Cooking Utensils (spatulas, can openers, etc.) Microwaves âœŚ Rice Cookers HOUSEHOLD ITEMS AND LINENS Alarm/wall clocks âœŚ Wristwatches âœŚ Telephones Unstained sheets (twin & full-sized) âœŚ Pillowcases Blankets & bedspreads âœŚ Towels & washcloths Shower curtains and rings âœŚ Bathroom rugs CLEANING PRODUCTS (new and unopened) Kitchen and bathroom cleaners All-purpose and glass cleaners âœŚ Laundry detergent Dish soap âœŚ Sponges âœŚ Paper towels Your donations are very much appreciated and will be put to good use.


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You can ask City staff members about the Comprehensive Plan, learn more about the proposed changes, and give us your comments. TO STAY INFORMED ABOUT THE PLAN UPDATE Go to Visit our website to join the email list, to leave a comment, and to get current information about the Comprehensive Plan update. This will be your only postal mail contact; future communication will be via email only. Questions? Contact Rebecca Fox at or 206-431-3670.

Why update the Comprehensive Plan? Tukwila’s Plan was first adopted in 1995 and last revised in 2004. It will be reviewed and updated during 2013–2014. The State of Washington’s Growth Management Act requires adoption of needed revisions to the Comprehensive Plan and development regulations by June 30, 2015. When the update is complete, the City’s Plan will: r 'VMMZ SFåFDU UIF DPNNVOJUZ QSJPSJUJFT FYQSFTTFEJO5VLXJMBTSFDFOUMZBEPQUFE 4USBUFHJD1MBO r .FFU 4UBUFXJEF BOE SFHJPOBM QMBOOJOH SFRVJSFNFOUTBOEHSPXUIGPSFDBTUT r #FFBTJFSUPVTFPOMJOF

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Welcome to Spring in Tukwila. Looking for things to do outdoors? Be sure to check Tukwila’s Parks and Recreation Activities Guide! DSHS Mobile office is coming to Tukwila To reach new clients and those with difficulty making a trip to their local Community Services Office (CSO), the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) is bringing their office to the people. Situated in a 40-foot truck, the Mobile CSO is staffed by experienced financial workers ready to help. And soon the DSHS Mobile CSO will be in Tukwila.

DATES: Thursdays - April 11 & May 23 TIME: 12:00 to 5:00pm

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Your City explained: Tukwila water and sewer billing The City of Tukwila bills for both water and sewer services for most single-family, multi-family and commercial/industrial customers within the City. However, there are a number of customers located in Tukwila that are served by other entities. Valley View Sewer District (sewer only), Water District #125 (water only), and Highline Water District (water only) are also service providers in Tukwila. Tukwila customers are billed monthly according to the two different “rate seasons�. The winter rate season is effective from October through May, and the summer rate season spans from June through September. Summer rates are more costly because the water the City purchases to supply its customers during this period is also more costly due to higher demand. Tukwila water rates are made up of a meter charge and a consumption charge. Single-family and multi-family customers have a minimum meter charge of $14.00 per unit. Commercial/Industrial meter charges are based on meter size. Consumption is measured in 100 cubic feet (CCF). One CCF is equal to 748 gallons. Tukwila’s water consumption charges are shown at right.

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Council Chat

Council Chat is a chance to stop by and informally talk with one of your Tukwila City Councilmembers about anything on your mind regarding your community. Come join the talk from 10:00AM to 12:00PM at FOSTER GOLF CLUBHOUSE 13500 Interurban Ave S


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Monthly Tukwila sewer rates for single-family and multi-family accounts are a flat rate of $23.10 per unit with no additional charge for consumption. Commercial/Industrial customers pay a minimum rate of $40.48 per meter for up to 750 CF of consumption, plus $40.48 for each additional 750 CF or fraction thereof. Bills also include a monthly sewer treatment charge from King County that is passed on to the customer. There is a flat rate charge of $39.79 per single-family residence. Multi-family and Commercial/Industrial accounts pay a minimum charge of $39.79 per meter for up to 750 CF of consumption, plus $39.79 for each additional 750 CF or fraction thereof. Other charges that may appear on your bill are fire line charges (where it crosses from public to private property), name change fees, and dispatch fees for posting on property of both “Shut-Off Notice� and “Water Service Restoration� when the customer is responsible for the service interruption. Water/sewer bills are mailed on the last day of the month and are due by the 10th of the following month. Those accounts that become past-due are subject to a late fee [8% per annum]. Residential and Permanently Disabled Customers, meeting certain qualifications, may be eligible for reduced rates on water, sewer and sewage treatment charges. City staff is happy to answer questions about your bill. Please call 206-433-1849 or contact the City by email at

Next Chat: April 13

Reminder to pet owners: license amnesty period As detailed in the February Tukwila Reporter, a pet licensing amnesty period is currently in effect through April 30, allowing pet owners to purchase or renew licenses without facing a fine for non-compliance. Tukwila requires all dogs and cats over 8 weeks of age to be licensed. Beginning May 1, residents who have unlicensed cats or dogs could be fined $125 for a spayed or neutered pet, and up to $250 for an unaltered pet. The cost for pet licenses is $30 for spayed or neutered animals, and $60 for unaltered pets. Discounts are available for disabled and senior residents, as well as for those with juvenile pets up to six months old. Pet licenses are renewed annually and are good for one year from the date of purchase. Juvenile licenses expire six months from the date of purchase. Tukwila residents can purchase pet licenses in person at Tukwila City Hall (206-433-1800) or renew a license online – please visit If you have not purchased a new license or renewed an existing license for your pet(s), take advantage of this program by April 30.

Scholarships available for Foster High School seniors For the fourth year the Tukwila Police Officer’s t "UUBDIBMFUUFSPGSFDPNNFOEBUJPOGSPN Guild (TPOG) will be providing scholarship a current teacher, faculty member, or money for a current Foster High School senior counselor regarding your qualifications. who has demonstrated commitment to Foster t "UUBDIBDPQZPGZPVSUSBOTDSJQUUPEBUF High School and Tukwila. And 2013 is special, because there will be two separate $1,000 t *ODMVEFBQFSTPOBMTUBUFNFOUUIBUEFUBJMT more information about you. Write about scholarships offered. aspects of your life that are not apparent in Students who wish to apply must meet these your academic records. criteria listed on the application: Applications are available and will be accepted t #FBTFOJPSBU'PTUFS)JHI4DIPPM in the office at Foster High School. They must t "SFEVFUPHSBEVBUFJO+VOFPG be received no later than May 17, 2013. Helping the youth of Tukwila to achieve their dreams of college is the TPOG goal. To learn more about past scholarship recipients, go to Application procedure, or find them on t "QQMJDBOUT NVTU DPNQMFUF BO PSJHJOBM FTTBZ Facebook. that answers the following three questions: If you’d be interested in donating to the TPOG 1) Describe your community activities and Scholarship fund, please call 206-575-2630. why they were important to you and to the community. Why did you participate in these activities? t )BWFQBSUJDJQBUFEJODPNNVOJUZTFSWJDF activities

2) What are your post-high school academic plans? 3) What challenges or obstacles have you overcome in your life?

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Getting fit is a goal for jogging city crews BY DEAN A. RADFORD EDITOR@TUKWILAREPORTER.COM

City of Tukwila employees are walking and jogging their way from couch to 5k as part of a city program to get fit. A goal, besides getting in better shape, is to run or jog in the Healthy Earth Healthy You 5K Run and Walk in Tukwila April 27, which is for the entire community and beyond. One of the participants in the city program is Peter Lau, a Tukwila senior engineer in construction, who says the name of the program “is pretty attractive to me. It’s Couch to 5K.” “I’ve been moving from couch to couch, so finally I guess I just need to do some exercise,” he said. Coordinating the “Couch to 5K” program for the city are Steve Batz, an athletics and general programs specialist for the city, and Stephanie Gardner, a parks and recreation analyst. Rick Still, director of the Tukwila Parks and Recreation Department, had a goal for his staff this year, Batz explained. “The goal this year was to get healthy and connect with other city departments to work toward our strategic plan that the whole city has put into effect,” Batz said. The city is using an established

City of Tukwila employees take to the Green River Trail recently as part of the Couch to 5K training program. At right in the photo at left is Steve Batz, one of the training program’s organizers. AT RIGHT: City of Tukwila engineer Peter Lau jogs the course. Dean A. Radford, Tukwila Reporter

training program called “Couch to 5K” which is designed to get participants ready for a 5k run. This training program is for city employees only, of all fitness levels. Prospective participants can reach Batz or Gardner through their city emails. The training program alternates jogging and running, with more time spent jogging as the nine-week course progresses. “Anyone could get up off the couch and come out and follow this program.”

Tukwila to run for health, environment The Healthy Earth Healthy You 5k Run and Walk is April 27 on the Duwamish-Green River Trail. It’s the second year for the run; last’s year’s event drew nearly 90 participants. Sponsors of the run/walk are the City of Tukwila, BECU and REI. Registration is available on-

line at (search for Healthy EARTH) or at the Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave. S. The cost is $20. There are additional fees for those who register online. The city will mail registration information to participants by calling the community center at 207-768-2822. After the event participants

will have the chance to plant a tree or shrub at the Duwamish River restoration project near BECU in Tukwila. Last year participants came from all over the region. Organizers are hoping to draw about 150 runners and walkers this year, according to Steve Batz, a city recreation specialist and one of the event’s organizers.


Tukwila teen pleads guilty to girl’s murder BY STEVE HUNTER SHUNTER@TUKWILAREPORTER.COM

A Tukwila teen has pleaded guilty in King County Superior Court to second-degree murder with a deadly weapon for the stabbing death last year of Jasmyn Tully, a 17-year-old SeaTac girl. Kolby Jordan Clark, 18, entered his plea March 12. He is scheduled to be sentenced at 1 p.m. April 12 before Judge Carol Schapira at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice

Center in Kent, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Clark faces a sentence range of 12 to 20 years in prison. The state’s recommendation is 16 years, said Dan Donohoe, King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office spokesman, in an email. Clark remains in custody at the county jail in Kent. Even though Clark was 17 at the time of the incident, he was charged as an adult under state law because second-degree murder falls under the serious violent offense of a Class A felony. Clark initially pleaded

Race to the Top picks a project director Experienced educational leader Jessica de Barros has been selected as the project director for the Road Map Consortium District Race to the Top grant. de Barros will start March 25 and report directly to the recently established executive committee. As project director, de Barros and the executive committee will be responsible for the implementation of the four-year, $40 million federal grant for the Road Map region of Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton, Seattle and Tukwila Jessica de school districts. Barros de Barros returns to Pacific Northwest region after spending the last two years serving as the director of Impact for the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools. In her role with the partnership, she designed and implemented a system to achieve aggressive goals across a turnaround network of 22 schools and 40 home office employees. From 2008-2011, de Barros served Se-

attle Public Schools as the manager of Academic Planning & School Improvement as well as a project director. Prior to joining Seattle Public Schools, she served as a senior policy analyst for the City of Seattle Office of Education and helped reform the City’s 2004 Families and Education Levy. “We are thrilled to find someone of Jessica’s caliber and experience to lead our Race to the Top consortium work,” said Puget Sound Educational Service District Superintendent John Welch. “She has been an educational leader in our region for several years prior to her most recent experience in Southern California. We’re glad to bring back homegrown talent with this innovative and exciting grant director opportunity. I am confident Jessica will help move this project forward to benefit students and schools in the region.” de Barros, while an employee of the Puget Sound ESD, will report to the ninemember Executive Committee with Superintendent Welch serving as her immediate supervisor. She will be housed at the Puget Sound ESD

Murder suspect stayed in Tukwila Murder suspect Michael “Chadd” Boysen spent the night of March 9 in a Tukwila hotel room, hours after his grandparents were killed in their Fairwood home, according to the King County Sheriff ’s Office. King County Sheriff ’s detectives learned Boysen used his real name to check into the Extended Stay America in the 15600 block of West Valley Highway and had spent one night before leaving, according to Sgt. Cindi West, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff ’s Office. The bodies of his grandparents, Robert and Norma Taylor, were found on March

9 by their daughter hours after they were killed. Boysen was taken into custody March 12 the night after an hours-long standoff at a hotel in Lincoln City, Ore. An employee of the West Shore Hotel in the coastal city had alerted police that Boysen had checked into that hotel late Monday night. Boysen was being treated at the Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland for what appears to be self-inflicted cuts. He was listed in serious condition. A decision about whether to charge Boysen with his grandparents’ killings had not been made at presstime.

not guilty last year to the charge. Tully was found in an apartment in the 11600 block of 42nd Avenue South by Tukwila Police officers at about 3 a.m. March 17, unconscious and suffering from stab wounds, according to Tukwila Police. She was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle by Medic One but died a short time later. Officers questioned Clark, who lived at the apartment. Police arrested Clark and booked him into the King County Youth Services jail for investigation of seconddegree murder. Tully had a stab wound to her neck as well as defensive wounds to her right hand,

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according to charging papers. Both Tully and Clark had been spending the night at the apartment rented by other residents. Clark had left the apartment when police arrived, but officers found him about 15 minutes later several blocks from the apartment walking on the street without any shoes. He had a cut to his left wrist. Clark initially claimed he had been attacked by a man. The boy later told detectives he had killed Tully, according to court documents. Clark said after Tully fell asleep, he felt an urge to hurt someone.

New High-Tech Urgent Care Center in Burien Encourages Residents to Roll-Up Their Sleeves As the Flu Season Carries Into Spring Doctors Express offers flu shots to All five of the new, high-tech Doctors Express centers are now open in anyone four years and older, without Seattle, Everett, Lynnwood, Kirkland an appointment, so patients can come and Burien. Doctors Express, the first in on a lunch break or on the way home from nationally work and franchised school. urgent care, is reminding “Our area residents that is still recovthe flu season ering from isn’t over just a harsh flu yet, despite month in Janthe official aruary. But we rival of spring. need to keep According to in mind that the Centers the flu seafor Disease son certainly Control and can carry into Prevention, flu spring,” says receive convenient, walk-in flu shots at the new, high-tech season usually Patients Doctors Express urgent care center in Burien. The center is located at Sjolseth. “I peaks in Janu- 15870 1st Avenue South, Suite 102 in Burien. For more information, recently read ary, February, call 206-242-2501. a survey that or later. said one of the top decision-making “It may feel more like spring outside but that doesn’t mean the flu season is over just yet,” says Jeromy Sjolseth, operator of the new Doctors Express centers in the Seattle area. “The one thing that holds true about the flu is that each season is unpredictable. In the past thirty years, the CDC shows that flu cases typically peak in February, followed closely by January and March. For those wanting to get vaccinated, the new Burien Doctors Express location still has flu shots available, which is a rare find right now.”

factors about whether people get a flu shot is based on whether that shot is covered by their insurance. The flu shots at Doctors Express are only $25 per vaccination. We do accept health insurance and we always offer discounts to those without insurance.” Doctors Express hand-picked the vibrant Emerald City to test market five new corporately owned centers with a new prototype that appeals to high-tech/high-touch, on-the-go families. They call it health care – Starbucks style.

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SERVICES BANK/CREDIT UNION Winner: BECU Finalists: Salal Credit Union US Bank



Thank you for nominating us Best Jewelry Store!


Les Schawb Southcenter Firestone at Southcenter

CATERING Winner: Billy Baroo’s Bar & Grill Finalists: Act 3 Catering Basil’s Kitchen & Bar Cha Cha Thai Restaurant

HAIR SALON/BARBER SHOP Winner: Gene Juarez Southcenter Finalist:


22221 7th Ave South, Des Moines, WA r206.824.4946


Salon Michelle

HOTEL/MOTEL Winner: Doubletree by Hilton Finalists: Courtyard by Marriott Embassy Suites

NAIL SALON Winner: Miss Saigon Nail Bar Finalists: Southcenter Nails Tulip Nails

SENIOR LIVING FACILITY Winners: Macadam Court Boulevard Park Place Finalists: Judson Park Normandy Park

Are we the “Best Community Volunteers�? Well, we pride ourselves on being involved in the community. Through our Volunteer Tukwila program, participants have logged in hundreds of hours of volunteer time to keep Tukwila clean, help those in need, and provide fun, family-friendly events.


Winner: Acura of Seattle at Southcenter Finalists:

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Thank you to our loyal customers for your votes!


Hours of operation: M-F 11am-10pm, Sat-Sun 12pm-10pm


Thank You for nominating us the Best Hotel in Tukwila!

GROCERY STORE /LOCATION Winner: Tukwila Trading Company Finalist: Safeway - McMicken Heights

Albert Lee Appliances

BOOKSTORE Winner: Half Price Books Finalist:

We couldn’t be the BEST without you!

Barnes & Noble

JEWELRY STORE Winner: Kimberley’s Exquisite Jewelry Finalists: Fred Meyer Ben Bridge - Southcenter Mall – Tukwila

CLOTHING/SHOE STORE 400 Andover Park West • Tukwila, WA 98188 206.575.2500 • Fax 260.757.0129 •

Winner: Nordstrom Rack Finalist: JC Pennys


PET STORE Winner: The Soggy Doggy - Des Moines Finalists: Petco - Tukwila PetSmart Tukwila

CONSIGNMENT/THRIFT STORE Winner: Value Village Finalist:

PLANT NURSERY Winner: Furney’s Nursery Finalist:


Star Nursery & Landscaping

FURNITURE/HOME DECOR Winner: Macy’s Finalists: Ashley Furniture Tukwila Hayek’s Leather Furniture

WINERY/WINE SHOP Winner: Total Wine and More Finalists: BevMo Corky Cellars - Des Moines

GIFT STORE Winner: Fireworks at Southcenter Mall Finalists: Des Moines Drugs - Des Moines Hallmark Store in Southcenter Mall T H E

Friday & Saturday


BREAKROOM Bar & Restaurant

7pm to 1am t/FXMZSFNPEFMFE#SFBL3PPNSFTUBVSBOU Monday & Wednesday


7pm to 1am 753270


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Newly remodeled rooms


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Winner: Cha Cha Thai Restaurant Finalists:

Winner: Red Robin Finalists:

Bai Tong Mayflower of China Simply Thai

Billy Baroos’ Bar & Grill Dave’s Diner & Brews - SeaTac

BBQ Winner: Sweet Bones BBQ Finalists: Billy Baroo’s Bar & Grill Famous Dave’s


Winner: Pancake Chef IHOP Billy Baroo’s Bar & Grill

COFFEE SHOP Winner: Friendz Cafe Finalists: Mike’s Community Cup - SeaTac Pancake Chef Starbucks Interuban

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ITALIAN CUISINE Winner: Tuscany at Des Moines Creek Finalists:



Winner: Katrina Dohn Finalists:

Winner: Mayor Jim Haggerton Finalist:

Mary Fertakis Tukwila Community Center

Dave Upthegrove State Rep. for Des Moines 33rd Dist.

Randy’s Restaurant - Marignal Way Tukwila Subway




Winner: Chief of Police - Mike Villa Finalists: Officer Ted Rutt

Winner: Cynthia Chesak Foster High School Finalist:

Athens Pizza and Pasta Grazie Ristorante

LUNCH Winner: Billy Baroo’s Bar & Grill Finalists:

Winner: Azteca Mexican Restaurant Finalist:

Edna Morrris – Tukwila Elementary

Viva Mexico - Des Moines



Winners: Billy Baroo’s Bar & Grill Finalists:

Winners: BJ’s Restaurant Dominos Finalist: Pizza Hut – Tukwila

IHOP Bahama Breeze Island Grille Basils Kitchen & Bar

MARCH 2013

We are honored to be nominated as Best Senior Living Facility in Tukwila. Thank you so much for your votes

FINE DINING Winners: Basil’s Kitchen & Bar Bahama Breeze Island Grille Finalist: Billy Baroo’s Bar & Grill

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bedroom apartments with panoramic views, affordable rent includes utilities & cable tv, indoor pool & spa, beauty/barber shop on site, scheduled transportation, activities like bingo, trips out to lunch, dinners, casino, bean bag baseball, ice cream socials, WII games, exercise classes and much much more!!!

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2805 South 125th Street, Burien, WA 98168



Call 206.575.4736 for reservations "EVMUTt4FOJPST 


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RESERVED APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE 7 DAYS A WEEK Monday – Friday 8 AM – 8 PM; Saturday & Sunday 8AM – 4 PM

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N. Benson Clinic

Maple Valley Hwy


Renton N. Benson Clinic


10555 SE Carr Road Renton, WA 98055

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Renton Landing Clinic 1205 N 10th Street Suite A Renton, WA 98057

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Walk-in appointments welcome, or now you can call 425.656.4000 to schedule a reserved appointment at one of our four urgent care clinic locations:

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Renton Landing Clinic

Unexpected sniffle, ache or injury? Need an appointment today or tomorrow?

16850 SE 272nd Street Suite 210 Covington, WA 98042

Issaquah Newcastle Newcastle Clinic



Valley Medical Center URGENT CARE CLINICS

Covington Clinic


Maple Valley

SE 272nd St


Covington Clinic Kent


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March 20, 2013 edition of the Tukwila Reporter