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CONGESTION RELIEF | Sound Transit seeks overflow parking in downtown core [2]

VOL. 15, NO. 24



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OPINION | Roegner: Mayor investigation blues [6] Guest column: Entrepreneurs can ignite Federal Way’s economy [7] IN OTHER NEWS | Local contractor rips up track at wrong middle school [3] CALENDAR | Marcia Whitehead in concert; charity outdoor furniture sale [10]

SPORTS | Mirror’s 2013 All-City soccer FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2013 | 50¢ team. Plus: Angels draft Morris [13]

Council voids chiropractor’s appointment

Educators advocate for on-site child care at FWHS

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time as a resident. “I’m looking for ship from Dr. Summers,” The Federal Way City Thomas told the council. Council, in a 5-0 vote dur“He’s put structures in the ing a special meeting on lake, and I understand he’s June 11, rescinded a bird watcher from the appointment of looking at his (appliembattled chiropraccation). By putting NEWS tor Greg Sumstructures in the lake mers to the North with no comments Lake Management to neighbors or District Advisory anything, he’s not Committee (NLMDAC). exhibited stewardship. BasiThe council cited cally, the structures have concerns raised by other been unoccupied.” members of the committee Summers is currently fac- which manages the lake’s ing a felony indecent liberty finances and upkeep - as charge in King County, their main cause for the stemming from alleged reversal. The chief concerns sexual misconduct with a from other members of the patient at his chiropractic committee came from Terry practice in 2010. On June 4, Thomas, a North Lake the council approved Sumresident who said Summers mers’ appointment to the had shown a lack of “stewcommittee by a vote of 7-0. ardship” over the lake in his [ more COUNCIL, page 12 ] By GREG ALLMAIN


As architects design the new Federal Way High School, some educators want the future building to include a child care center. In fact, such a feature has the potential to reduce the dropout rate and teen pregnancy rates, all while supplementing education for the entire school. Sherry Kerr runs the Teen Parent Program at Federal Way High School (FWHS). Each day, Kerr works with more than a dozen teen parents — including dads — to help them graduate. One obstacle to attendance is the lack of child care. Without child care, these teen parents have little choice but to skip school. “Most have Grandma watch the baby. Otherwise, they stay home,” Kerr said, adding that her class has an allencompassing “whatever it takes to succeed” philosophy. “We’re here to graduate and move forward.” [ more CHILD CARE, page 4 ]

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On June 12, students at Valhalla Elementary celebrated the school district’s FRED bus program. Service to the community starts June 24. See more photos at ANDY HOBBS, The Mirror

FRED: Big green buses deliver summer meals and enrichment By GREG ALLMAIN

Three big green buses with a friendly frog on the side will make the rounds throughout Federal Way this summer, in a joint effort between Federal Way Public Schools (FWPS) and United Way-King County (UWKC). Named FRED by the district for Fun, Read, Eat, Dream, the three buses are part of the summer meals program FWPS has provided to all children ages 19 and under since 1989. The program also ties into a One Million Meals program that United Way is rolling out this summer. “In Federal Way itself, there are about 12,000 children who rely on the free and reduced lunch program,” said UWKC representative Michaele Szillat at the June 11 school board meeting. “Only about one in seven actually use the summer meals program which is available. That puts us near the bottom for our participation rate, about 40th out of the 50 states. So clearly there are kids who aren’t getting all the nutrition they need, they’re facing hunger, and they have a diet their family can afford but isn’t very nutritious.” Szillat said UWKC is still looking for volunteers. Visit or FRED/One Million Meal primary sites in Federal Way include: Club Palisades, Appian Way, Camelot Square, Westway Parkway, Greystone Meadows, and Cottonstone Apartments. Companion sites include the Mariposa Apartments, the Boys and Girls Club, EX3 Teen Center, Villa Capri Apartments, Steel Lake Park and Forest Cove Apartments. (Read more at




Relay for Life nets $75,245

The 2013 Federal Way Relay for Life event began June 7 at Saghalie Middle School. Dozens of teams walked the track overnight until noon Saturday to symbolize that cancer doesn’t sleep. The event featured a community wellness fair with multiple vendors. At least $75,245 was raised. Donations will be accepted through the end of August. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Learn more at PHOTO BY BRUCE HONDA


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Federal Way Mirror, June 14, 2013  

June 14, 2013 edition of the Federal Way Mirror

Federal Way Mirror, June 14, 2013  

June 14, 2013 edition of the Federal Way Mirror