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Kent could see a new downtown parking garage for Sounder train riders and the expansion of light rail to South 272nd Street under a Sound Transit proposal. The projects are part of the candidates for the ST3 ballot measure the agency’s board plans to send to voters in November in an effort expand mass transit throughout the regional system between Tacoma and Everett with an estimated population growth of one million over the next

TRIUMPH Once a troubled teen, Glover blossoms as a mentor, leader in community BY HEIDI SANDERS hsanders@kentreporter.com

When Kendrick Glover was sentenced to 10 years in prison for robbery at the age of 16, he could have given up. “When that judge told me that I was going to go to prison, it was a crush,” he said. “I thought, ‘I am going to die. I don’t have anything else to live for.’” But Glover didn’t give up. Instead, the 32-year-old Kent man is using his story to show youth that they can succeed in life. Glover is the director and cofounder of Glover Empower [ more GLOVER page 4 ]

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The Kent Area Council PTA clothing bank will continue serving families in the Kent School District, thanks to three volunteers who have stepped up to coordinate the project. Beth Willey, Tami Lee and Veronica Johns took over

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City might require businesses to change recycling providers BY STEVE HUNTER shunter@kentreporter.com

Kendrick Glover has come full circle from spending four years in prison as a teenager to now mentoring youth in the Kent area. HEIDI SANDERS, Kent Reporter

Volunteer support keeps clothing bank open BY HEIDI SANDERS

25 years. The Sound Transit Board will narrow the list by March with a draft proposal and figure out by June how much to ask voters to approve increased taxes and fees to fund the projects. “To meet the mobility challenges of our rapidly growing region it is our job to work out the right level of investment and mix of projects for the public to consider,” said Sound Transit Board Chair and King County Executive Dow Constantine

as co-chairs of the clothing bank after the previous chairs announced they would be stepping down in December, and the clothing bank would close if no one volunteered to run it. Jan Bigbee-Hansen and Brooke Valentine co-chaired the clothing bank, which operates out of Kent Phoenix

The city of Kent might require commercial businesses to use Republic Services for recycling pickup rather than choosing a recycling company on the open market.

But before the City Council adopts that requirement under a solid waste contract extension with Republic, it will wait for results of a survey in early in 2016 of the nearly 1,900 commercial customers to see what those [ more RECYCLE page 5 ]

Giving Back: From left: Beth Willey, Tami Lee and Veronica Johns stepped up to take over as cochairs of the Kent Area Council PTA clothing bank. HEIDI SANDERS,

Academy, for four and five years respectively. “When I heard it was going away I thought, ‘That’s not a good thing,’” Johns said. “I didn’t want to see a good thing lost.” “I didn’t realize how close it was to going away,” Lee added. [ more CLOTHING page 16 ]

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WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATORS checking their mail this holiday season will find a message from charter school students calling on them to keep their schools open, public and serving diverse communities. Charter school students from around the state mailed hundreds of handwritten postcards to their representatives, calling on them to remember the important work in front of them when they return to session from the holiday break. A group of parents and students will also deliver cookies to legislative offices in the Seattle area, carrying the same message. This effort to engage legislators is the latest in the parent- and studentled Act Now for Washington Students coalition, which emerged in response to the state Supreme Court’s decision that ruled the state’s voter-approved public charter schools unconstitutional. Excel Public Charter School in Kent is one of nine charter schools in the state.

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Hard work and perseverance have brought good things to Elvia Flores and her classmates. Like earning a basic education, finding the resources to succeed in the community and tackling the language barrier. For 40 Hispanic-American adults, the journey culminated in an official recognition of their academic achievements. In a program first, Centro Rendu of St. Vincent de Paul celebrated the class of 2015 in a ceremony at Kent Memorial Park on Dec. 19. Students, 21 and older, received graduation certificates – either for fulfilling a primary, secondary, literacy education or other course work – as recognized by the Consulate of Mexico in partnership with the U.S. government. Program tutors and volunteers also were honored at the ceremony. “Whew … a lot of work,” Flores said of earning her certificates while receiving congratulations from family

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applauded the effort and welcomed the graduates to play a bigger part in the city they live. “You are Kent. You are the people who make up this city, and the value that you bring to our community is even greater,” she told the graduates. Cooke has been involved in the development of the Centro Rendu program for several years. Such a relationship with the city is important to expand the program’s work, Munõz-Roach said. “Mayor Cooke has been very supportive,” she said. Ned Delmore, executive director for SVdP of Seattle, King County, said the program works behind strong leadership from many people, notably MunõzRoach. ”The reason this is special is because of her strength and dynamic energy,” Delmore said. “You need strong people leading this (program) … and she’s just been relentless.” To learn more, visit svdpseattle.org.

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near the South 188th Street exit. A 40-year-old Kent woman, driving a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe, slowed for traffic in lane one at about 11:28 p.m., lost control and drove into lane two, according to a State Patrol accident report. The Tahoe struck a Freightliner tractor truck towing a trailer, which caused the truck to roll over. Both vehicles came to rest on the left shoulder and left lane.

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A 42-year-old Federal Way woman was killed and two Kent residents injured in a two-vehicle collision on Saturday night along southbound Interstate 5 in SeaTac

The Federal Way woman was a passenger in the Tahoe. She was not wearing a seat belt and died at the scene. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office identified her on Monday as Irma Tranquilino Pena. Paramedics transported the Kent woman to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. A Kent man, 42, a passenger in the Tahoe, also was transported to Harborview. Both

were wearing seat belts. The truck driver, a 27-year-old Everett man, and his 62-year-old female passenger from Mount Vernon, were each taken to Highline Medical Center in Burien. Both were wearing seat belts. The cause of the accident remains under investigation. Drugs or alcohol were not involved, according to the State Patrol.

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KEISER HONORED FOR SUPPORTING FAMILY CAREGIVERS Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Kent, is a Capitol Caregiver. The AARP bestowed the honor on the longtime senator for her work to support health care providers in Washington. She joins Rep. Eileen Cody, D-West Seattle, as 2016 Capitol Caregivers, a bipartisan group of state legislators, lieutenant governors and governors from 25 states. These elected officials have advanced policies to help health care providers and family caregivers who are making it possible for older Washingtonians to live independently at home – where they want to be. “AARP thanks Sen. Keiser and Rep. Cody for championing the ‘Nurse Scope of Practice’ bill (HB 1259) this year,” said Cathy MacCaul, advocacy director for AARP, which serves more than 940,000 members, age 50 and older in Washington. “They provided integral leadership to pass the measure this year, and to help nurses take on a greater role in the increasingly complex health care system which fosters more patient-centered health care practices.”

The King County Housing Authority has overseen the construction of a new playground at the Kent Family Center, one of the community centers that bookends its Birch Creek apartment community. COURTESY PHOTO, William Wright Photography

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Preschoolers run, climb, jump and slide in the new playground at the Kent Family Center. But they’re also doing something even more important: learning. Countless studies emphasize the importance of giving preschoolers every opportunity to stretch their minds and their bodies. It’s why the King County Housing Authority recently built the playground that features not only fun-filled play structures, but also ways to develop their young brains. “This playground is just one example of how the Authority is advancing its goal of helping kids

succeed in school and in life,” said KCHA Executive Director Stephen Norman. “Designed especially for 3- to 5-year-olds, this new play area provides an environment that encourages preschoolers to explore, interact with nature and each other, and develop new skills.” For the preschoolers, the playground is magical and exciting. Mustapha, says he enjoys the challenge of climbing up the colorful “big toy” play structure, then whooshing down the slide. Leo loves being able to run and play tag. And Halma scrambles to the top of the rock tunnel climber to get to the part she likes best:

jumping off. “It gives the kids an opportunity to develop their gross motor skills, manipulate their bodies, stretch their imaginations, and challenge their limits,” said Morningside Howard, a lead Head Start/Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) teacher at the center. The Kent Family Center – owned by KCHA and located at its Birch Creek apartment community – houses four Head Start and ECEAP classrooms serving about 150 preschoolers. Kent Youth and Family Services [ more PLAYGROUND page 4 ]

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[4] January 1, 2016 [ GLOVER from page 1 ] Mentoring (GEM), a program geared toward young men ages 13-21. Glover’s dedication to serving youth in Kent and the surrounding communities has made him the Kent Reporter’s Person of the Year for 2015. “You can make mistakes in your life, but you can turn it around," Glover said. “You can turn tragedy into triumph.” Raised in a single-parent household in Natchez, Miss., Glover got in with the wrong crowd at a young age. “Being raised by two women – my mother and my grandmother – they couldn’t necessarily show me the ropes on how to be a man,” he said. “It was just learning things on my own. That street life just kind of took over.” Serving four years of his 10year prison sentence was the turning point for Glover. “It really was a savior for me in a way, because what it did for me was give me an opportunity to take life for really what it was and not to take advantage of it anymore," Glover said, "but take my life, take that bull by the horns and just really ride it.” Glover earned his GED while in prison and a few months after his release he took and passed the ACT. “I never had a high school career,” he said. “I never truly had a middle school career either. The last physical grade I completed was sixth grade.” He decided to apply to college at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., where many of his friends went. On July 18, 2003 – Glover's 20th birthday – he received a special birthday present. “I went to the mailbox at my mom’s house and in the mailbox was a letter from Jackson State University with an acceptance letter,” he said. “It was crazy because seven months prior to this I was released from prison. For me to go from a prison cell to a college campus was a huge accomplishment.” Glover decided to study criminal justice at Jackson State. “My goal up until four years ago was to be a juvenile attorney,” he said. “My goal was to stop kids from being in the system. I didn’t want kids to go through what I had to go through and live the life

www.kentreporter.com that I lived.” Glover did well in school maintaining a 3.0 GPA, but a lack of money led him back to his old life and he was eventually kicked out of Jackson State after getting into a fight. In June 2005, Glover moved back to Natchez. “That was the place that I vowed never to go back to, because if I was there I was going to be right back with the same old guys doing the same old thing,” he said. But a phone call from his aunt in Seattle changed his life’s course. “When she called I answered the phone at my mom’s house and she was like, ‘What are you doing at home?’ ” Glover said. “I was like, ‘I am just here on break,’ and she was like, ‘There’s no break. School is not out yet.' ” After learning Glover had been kicked out of school, his aunt offered to buy him a bus ticket so that he could move to Seattle. Glover said his aunt was one of his biggest supporters while he was in prison. “She told me, ‘You are in this for a reason. Be strong. You can’t see it now, but something is happening. God is doing something with your life. You’ve just got to hold on,’” Glover said. “Her words just really got me through the time I was incarcerated.” After a three-day bus ride, Glover arrived in Seattle and decided to go back to school to finish his degree. On Father’s Day, 2008, Glover graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Seattle University. About 25 members of his family traveled to Seattle to see him graduate. “I think they came because they didn’t believe it,” he said. “It was just an amazing feeling because everybody was so proud of me. It was a huge accomplishment, not only for me, but for my family. It was one of those moments I would never forget.” After graduating, Glover interned for King County Councilmember Larry Gossett and then became a mentor at Dimmitt Middle School and Black River Alternative High School with the Police Activities League (PAL) through the King County Sheriff ’s Office. Glover was considering going to law school but decided instead

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Kendrick Glover, in back, interacts with youth during a GEM mentoring session in March. Glover, the director and co-founder of the mentoring progam is dedicated to inspiring youth by sharing his own story. Glover is the Kent Reporter’s 2015 Person of the Year. HEIDI SANDERS, Kent Reporter to pursue a master’s degree in education and counseling. “I think that was God telling me that is not the route I want to take you because he gave me this job with this mentoring program and he placed me inside of the schools,” Glover said. “Then my mind started to think, 'Why would you become a lawyer and work with students after they get charged or commit a crime when you can work with them inside of the schools?' ” After graduating from City University of Seattle in 2012, Glover started working as a counselor at Kent-Meridian High School. “That was my first time really understanding how youth are affected in the educational system,” he said. “It really opened my eyes up to education.” Glover now works for the Puget Sound Educational Service District as a program manager for Puget Sound College and Career Network, helping increase student achievement and closing the opportunity gap. He is also working on a doctoral degree. “If you would have have told me 13 years ago when I was released from prison that I would be going for my Ph.D., being only a year and half away from achieving a Ph.D., not having nothing but a sixth-grade education, I wouldn’t have believed that in a million years,” Glover said.

Serving youth While working with PAL, Glover got involved in underground mentoring at Kent-Meridian High School. On the weekends the school’s principal would open the gym to Glover and other mentors to play basketball with youth. The program folded when the principal left the school. Glover began mentoring again while he was a counselor at K-M. Seeing the need for a community mentoring program, Glover and Sylvester Craft, who met while doing underground mentoring, decided to start GEM in 2014. The program now has about 25 young men and 11 mentors participating. “I knew there was something special about him,” Craft said of Glover. After hearing Glover’s story, Craft encouraged him to share it with others, especially youth. “The kids believe in him,” Craft said. “They trust him. When he is really open with those kids it causes them to be open as well. He has a way of reaching certain kids that other mentors may not be able to reach.” Ricardo Valencia-Alvarez, 15, started attending GEM after meeting Glover at the Black and Brown Summit at Highline College. “Kendrick has influenced me since the first day I met him,” Valencia-Alvarez said. “He had that

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personality that made me want to be with him. I knew he was going to take me to greatness.” Valencia-Alvarez said Glover and the other mentors are father figures to the young men in GEM. “Since I don’t have a dad and mostly everybody in there doesn’t have a dad, they care for you,” he said. Glover is passionate about serving youth and hopes his story can be an inspiration. “I just want to tell my story to give youth in detention, to give youth in prison, to give youth in school systems, to give youth who are just lost that are just out there, to give young adults, to give even adults an opportunity to see somebody, to really see someone and hear a story of passion, of encouragement, of empowerment,” he said. Glover also serves on the Kent Parks Commission and King County’s Juvenile Justice Equity Steering Committee, where he advocates for the needs of youth. “I have a passion for being a servant leader, and my servant leadership is directly tied to youth and young adults,” he said. “I think that is my life purpose to be a beacon light for those youth who don’t see past tomorrow.” Glover said he would like to see GEM expand and be in all of the schools in the Kent School District, and he hopes to become an inspirational speaker and share his story with a broader audience. “I think 2016 is going to be a year of a lot of successes, a lot of gains, a lot of opportunities, and I’m ready,” he said. “I’m so ready for this next step. I’m ready for this next challenge.” Glover said he is grateful for GEM’s steering committee, mentors and mentees, as well as the city of Kent, the mayor’s office, Kent Parks Department and the Kent Community Center, where GEM has its weekly meetings. “For me to have such an honor like being the Person the Year is a humbling experience, but I just want people to know this is not about me at all,” he said. “I accept this honor but this is for us. This is a community effort.” Glover lives in Kent with his wife, Angie, and daughter Khaleeah, 7. He has a 10-year-old daughter, Keira Jones, who lives in Mississippi.

[ PLAYGROUND from page 3 ] oversees the programs. Among other features, the playground incorporates live plants, trees and naturalistic elements where once there was Astroturf and concrete. That’s an important feature for kids whose primary exposure to the outdoor environment may be the walk from the front door of their apartment to their parent’s car.

“Play is a really important part of a child’s life and development,” said Page Meyer, director of early learning for the Kent School District. “Having this high-quality environment is important for supporting children’s social, emotional and physical development, and is critical to ensuring kindergarten readiness.” To learn more, visit kcha.org.


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[ TRANSIT from page 1 ] said in a media release. “The decisions we make over the coming year will shape our region for generations to come.” The board at a recent workshop discussed proposals to put before voters, including a 15-year measure that could generate up to $15 billion through new taxes and fees the Legislature in 2015 authorized Sound Transit to seek approval from voters. Those measures are: • Property tax of up to 25 cents for each $1,000 of assessed valuation ($75 annually for a $300,000 house). A property tax was identified as a way to establish a more progressive revenue source for regional transit

November, the Sound Transit 3 ballot measure will allow the region to vote on further light rail extensions to places like Everett, Tacoma, downtown Redmond, Ballard and West Seattle.” A Kent-area project in 2016 includes $22 million to complete Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) work on the Federal Way Link Extension and begin preliminary engineering to Kent/Des Moines to near South 240th Street. Another project next year that

investments that reduces reliance on the sales tax. • Sales tax of up to an additional 0.5 percent (50 cents on a $100 purchase). • Motor vehicle excise tax (MVET) of up to 0.8 percent of vehicle value ($80 annually on a $10,000 vehicle). Commuter trains are the primary way some Kent residents benefit directly from Sound Transit. An average of 1,131 riders board the train each weekday at Kent Station, according to Sound Transit documents. Sounder trains travel weekday mornings and afternoons between Lakewood and Seattle with stops in South Tacoma, Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, Auburn, Kent and Tukwila. Sounder also serves select

[ RECYCLE from page 1 ] businesses would like to do. “I really like the idea of a survey and appreciate Republic’s willingness to work with us on that,” said Councilman Dennis Higgins at the council’s Dec. 7 Public Works Committee meeting. “I think as that survey goes forward my educated guess is the commercial customers will see how it pencils out and will see that is advantageous. I anticipate we will move forward with it.” The full council is scheduled to vote Jan. 5 on a contract extension to March 2023 with Republic Services, with the options for two, two-year extensions. The council will decide next year after the survey results whether to add what’s known as commercial embedded recycling to the contract. The city’s current contract with

impacts the Kent area is $23 million to complete an elevated station and guide way, and a 1,050-stall parking garage, construction for the South 200th Link project in SeaTac opening fall 2016. Other projects in the 2016 budget include: • $40 million to complete station construction, systems installation and testing for the University Link project opening in early 2016 • $165 million for Northgate

major weekend events such as Mariners and Seahawks games. Adult fares are between $2.75 and $5.25 depending on how far you travel. The ST3 candidate projects include building a 450-stall parking garage in downtown Kent; expansion of station platforms to handle eight or 10 train cars rather than the current seven; and possibly increase operations to all day and on weekends. Sound Transit already has the funds to expand light rail from SeaTac to Kent by 2023, with a station planned for east of Pacific Highway South near 30th Avenue South. Construction is expected to start in 2019. The new proposal would

Republic started in April 2011 and expires in March 2018. Republic asked the city to consider an amendment to add embedded commercial recycling during talks to revise and extend the contract. Republic provides garbage service to businesses. Business customers can hire their own recycling company under the current contract. City staff told the council they didn’t have enough information to know whether most commercial customers would benefit or not if required to contract with Republic because companies pay a variety of fees to haulers to take away recyclables. “We are not able to fully assess what the impact or benefits would be to all commercial customers if implemented,” said Kelly Peterson, city special projects manager, to the Public Works Committee. Republic would raise commer-

Link construction • $203 million for East Link final design and start of tunneling and construction • $70 million to complete preliminary engineering and begin final design for Lynnwood Link • $44 million to complete final design and begin constructing the Tacoma Trestle • $11 million to complete final design and start construction of an expanded Sounder layover facility in Lakewood

extend the tracks another two miles along the west side of I-5 to South 272nd Street in Kent as well as to Tacoma. The agency also would build a 1,240-stall parking garage at the Star Lake site at South 272nd Street. The extension of light rail to Star Lake, the building of the Kent Station parking garage and the expansion of station platforms to handle more rail cars each were part of Sound Transit 15-year funding package (ST2) approved by voters in 2008. But that $17 billion package ran out of money to cover the Kent projects. For more information about the proposed ST3 projects, go to soundtransit3.org.

cial garbage rates in order to cover the recycling costs, but some companies would save because they no longer would have a separate recycling bill and could reduce costs even further by recycling more items and lowering garbage collection fees. Council President Dana Ralph said she favors a contract extension but wants to know more about how the recycling requirement would impact businesses. “I have been concerned about the embedded recycling only because we have limited data,” Ralph said. “With the survey, it will allow us to address that and make a decision that is best for the majority of our businesses in Kent.” Republic would perform a waste audit with a business to help it see whether it can divert more items from garbage to recycling and possibly lower its garbage rate

• $9 million to purchase new coaches for expanded Sounder service to Lakewood • $11 million to expand Link light rail fleet • $75 million for the I-90 TwoWay Transit & HOV Operations project to upgrade fire safety components of the outer tunnels • $49 million to fund the Operations and Maintenance Satellite Facility • $7 million for the Tacoma Link extension

Kent proposed ST3 projects Light rail: • Extend tracks from Kent to Star Lake (South 272nd Street) • 2-mile route would go along the west side of I-5 in a mixed elevated and at-grade guide way • Parking garage at Star Lake Station with about 1,240 stalls • Cost $513-$545 million Sounder commuter train: • New Kent Station parking garage with 450 stalls • Cost $36-$39 million • Expand train platforms at Kent Station and other stops

with less to be collected. Whether that new rate makes up for not paying a separate recycling fee will depend on the business. “Some customers may see an increase,” Peterson said. “Every customer is different, that’s why we are doing a survey.” Higgins expects most business customers will like the proposal. “I think the survey results as each customer looks at their overall situation will be overwhelming in favor,” Higgins said. “We have seen in other cities embedded commercial recycling is working for lowering overall costs for commercial customers and reducing the waste stream and getting more and more material into recycling.” Residential rates will stay the same under the new contract. Customers, however, who violate recycling and yard waste rules by contaminating those containers with garbage, could face addi-

• Could handle eight cars rather than current seven • Cost $98-$105 million • Expansion to 10 cars would cost about $133 million • Operate beyond current weekday peak mornings and afternoons • Potential all-day service, i.e., every 30, 60 of 120 minutes • Add weekend service, possibly every 90 minutes from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. • Cost of added services to be determined after more analysis

tional fees under new language in the contract. “Residential rates are based on the size of your garbage cart,” Peterson said. “We are seeing some people are getting the lowest garbage (rate with smallest container) and contaminating the recycling and yard waste carts.” An effort to educate customers about what can be recycled will be part of the program to cut down on contamination. If a hauler sees obvious contamination in a bin, they will tag the bin and not collect it and Republic will work with the customer to correctly sort items. “I know it happens,” Higgins said about rule violators. “I know it’s not widespread but happens. It’s not good for Republic, Kent or our environment. It takes away the overall goal of reducing the waste stream and getting materials into the recycling stream.”

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No need to make, live up to resolutions

Resolutions are for people with goals, a plan and a life. You know, like the kid in the front row in third grade who always raised his hand with the perfect answer so that Mrs. Musk, the man with hair like the bride of Frankenstein, would crack a smile, and all the brats would pretend to gag. Not me, of course, I never got into trouble. Resolutions are for the mature, the type of humanoids who are always on time and know how much money is in their checking account, and it’s not because the bank just sent a “you’re going to jail, you bum” message. They make to-do lists and do something. My to-do list plan is to scribble a list with such poor penmanship that an hour later, you have no idea what any of the jobs and goals could possibly be. The only part of a to-do list that is important is making the list and bragging you did it. But lists are not for me. Every year the only New Year’s resolutions I make is never to make resolutions. The plan is on New Year’s Day I will make our traditional stuffed mushrooms, Swedish meatballs with homemade pasta, threecheese bread, brown-butter and roasted garlic asparagus, and a fudge swirl trifle dessert. I will watch a football game, go to sleep for two hours, get up and it will be March. That Einstein was good at math. This year I decided to toss out my resolution to make no resolution and make some resolutions. Here are a some of my top resolution resolutes. I am going to be less cheery and more mature. No more Mr. Sunshine with intoxicated dancing cows singing “My Little Buckaroo.” I am going to be more honest with myself and others about my hair, and their apparent hair. I realize I have been blessed with a fleecy, follicular noggin, and I won’t make fun of the

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Fireworks ban needs to happen In response to writer Joy Etienne’s letter, “Ban Not Likely to Happen for Kent”, in the Dec. 18 Kent Reporter: Her assumption that the City Council is in love with the sales tax on fireworks just isn’t true for the simple reason the revenue isn’t much. According to Kent’s financial department, the total amount of revenue Kent gained through sales tax on fireworks was a total of only $272 for 2015. On the other hand, passing the ban would result in a much larger financial impact through the reduction of the overtime currently paid to the police and fire departments on July 4. After the ban goes into effect on July 4, 2017, the overtime reduction might not be that much initially, but the cost reduction should increase each year as the number of

Letters policy The Kent Reporter welcomes letters to the editor on any subject. Letters must include a name, address and daytime phone number for verification purposes. Letters may be edited for length. Letters should be no more than 250 words in length. Submissions may be printed both in the paper and electronically. Deadline for letters to be considered for publication is 2 p.m. Tuesday. violations decrease. – Rich Brandau

Let’s sack plastic bags Immediately after finishing this letter I found that a similar story was written seven months prior on May 29 by Alex Hast-

ings on the topic of banning plastic bags in the Kent area. This, however, did not deter me from speaking my mind. I think it is time we all take a step back and realize that we must eliminate the use of not just plastic bags, but paper bags in Kent. Upon researching the topic for my high school Civics Action Project, I began to understand that eliminating plastic bags is not the real answer to our problems. And what is our problem, you might be asking? The fact that we as a species have seriously screwed up our planet in only 200 years. And this problem isn’t going to be solved overnight, it will require years and years of dedication to fix it. But back to my original topic, eliminating plastic and paper bags in Kent. You see, paper bags may sound good, but in reality they take four times the energy to create, [ more LETTERS page 7 ]

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Green River College students, staff, faculty deserve better The staff and faculty of Green River College were greatly disappointed by the op-ed from the administration that was published Dec. 11 in the Kent Reporter. If the students are truly their priority, the administration should be willing to work with us toward our common goal. Instead, they continue to blame the staff, faculty

and their own students for their failure. Unfortunately, the antagonism toward the hard-working staff and faculty comes as no surprise. President Eileen Ely and her board of trustees have destroyed the history of shared governance and demonstrated an absolute refusal to take responsibility for the campus.

Their contempt for concerns raised by students, staff and faculty has lead them to make unnecessary and costly mistakes, such as the federal investigation and potential loss of funding due to not following the Clery Act. Last spring, President Ely and the board cut the Auto Body Collision Repair Program, even though their

new multi-million dollar building was nearly ready to be opened. When the decision to cut auto body caused campus-wide outrage, Ely and the board refused to listen and callously refused students the right to speak. Local business and community leaders have spoken [ more OUR TURN page 7 ]


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bag or two. And even if you only use it once at least you can pride yourself in thinking you helped keep the world a little cleaner. – Zachary Berry

Pay, reward college athletes College athletes should be paid. They receive no salary and the colleges are the beneficiary of this. College athletes are some of the busiest people on the planet. Playing a sport in college is a job, and receiving no salary means that these athletes have no money to buy things for pleasure. The solution is this: each college athletic conference gets to have a certain amount of money that will go to the athletes. All freshman come in with the same salary and will have the opportunity to increase their salary by performing well in school and in the respective sport. – Isaac Hegamin

[ OUR TURN from page 6 ] management meeting that in favor of keeping the program so they could hire graduates. One might be inclined to accept tough losses in the face of budget shortfalls, but GRC has expanded its campus aggressively under Ely. Closure of the program allowed them to lay off Mark Millbauer, the United Faculty president and an outspoken critic of Ely. This is not a question of budget, but of priorities. If not the students, what are Ely’s priorities? Budget shortfalls have been their reasoning behind the so-called layoffs that target the most vocal and outspoken employees. Three long-term, devoted maintenance workers were laid off without warning on a Friday – despite a union

Wednesday when layoffs could and should have been announced. Worse, these loyal staff members were pulled away from their desks by campus safety and led off campus like criminals. After years of devoted public service, they deserved better. The remaining staff fears to speak out, afraid they will also be targeted for the crime of caring about this college. Ely and her rubber-stamp board may see students as commodities and employees as pieces on a chess board, ready to be removed when inconvenient. But we, the staff and faculty of Green River College, know better. Success comes from everyone working together, especially our front-line staff and faculty who work

Boy Scouts to pick up Christmas trees in Kent on Jan. 2 FOR THE REPORTER

Local Boy Scout troops will collect and recycle Christmas trees in neighborhoods around Kent for a suggested donation of $5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2. To ensure pick-up, trees must be placed outside by 8 a.m. Saturday. Unfortunately, the scouts are unable to confirm an exact pick-up time. That same day, scouts will be on hand at Service Club Ballfields, 14608 SE 288th St., if you prefer to

[ BOX from page 6 ] apparent hair wanna-bemes spraying hirsute resurrection on their heads. I can keep this resolution. Here is an example: “Sure, that green spray will work. Don’t worry about the burning and skin peeling. Soon you will look just like me.” When I hear a political leader use the term, “We’re just going to move forward,” I resolve not to with students on a daily basis and often have the best solutions. Before Ely came to Green River, this school was a family, working to serve our students and our community with dedication and heart. Now, the swamp at Green River College is toxic. The employees work in fear. The students know something is very wrong. The board is indifferent at best and incompetent at worst. And Ely remains deaf to all but her agenda. Our students deserve better. Our staff deserves better. Our faculty deserves better. President Ely, it’s time to go. Ty Pethe is president of the Washington Federation of State Employees, Local 304. Jaeney Hoene is president of AFT Washington, Local 2195.

become a third-grader and fall down on the floor giggling. I promise to take it as seriously as I do the sultry voice on the grocery store machine when she says, “Welcome, valued customer.” I resolve to be nicer to Ms. Vegan, and I will try to refrain from calling her Ms. Vegan. I will stipulate

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provides a stockpile of chips for use by Parks Operations to mulch new plants and maintain trails in the city parks system. By participating in the program, you can help the Boy Scouts, the Parks Department and the environment. The city of Kent will also provide free curbside pickup of Christmas trees to residential households within the Kent city limits the week of Jan. 5-9. You must be a current Republic Service garbage customer to be eligible.

Ms. Vegan knows the name of two cows, which is material to the matter of a double bacon-cheeseburger, despite the overriding fact Ms. Vegan does not know the name of Old McDonald’s piggies, E-I-EI-Oooo (and Ms. Vegan is the finest humor writer an editor could hope for). I will make a few more

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The Spokane Chiefs defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 3-0 in a Western Hockey League game Sunday night at Veterans Memorial Arena in Spokane. Despite the loss, Seattle (1912-3-0), remained in first place in the U.S. Division, one point ahead of the Chiefs and Everett Silvertips. The T-Birds and Chiefs met again Tuesday at the ShoWare Center. Results were unavailable because of early holiday press deadlines. On Sunday, Spokane (18-3-3-1) took a 1-0 lead at 18:55 of the first period on a goal from Dominic Zwerger. Jason Fram and Jacob Cardiff had the assists.

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The improbable tale of Melanie Roach and her Olympic-sized dream continues to grow and evolve, getting bigger and better with each passing chapter. At an age where most world-class athletes are comfortable spinning hazy yarns from their glory days, the Bonney Lake resident continues to push the boundaries of strength and endurance. As many as six days a week, she can be found hoisting heavy metal in her renewed quest to remain on the world stage. Roach is a weightlifter. And so much more. For those who follow such things, the Roach name is well known and well respected. She was the first American woman to clean-and-jerk more than double her body weight; she earned a bronze medal at the 2007 Pan American Games and represented the United States at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, setting records on the way to a sixth-place finish on the world’s grandest stage. That appeared to be her penultimate moment, the culmination of years of hard work, perseverance and recuperation

Melanie Roach competed in the 2012 Olympic Games and hopes to return to the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. COURTESY PHOTO from injury. There was no formal announcement of retirement from competitive lifting, but Roach, who recently turned 41, returned home and settled into an already-busy life: she’s a business owner, overseeing Roach Gymnastics in Sumner; she’s married to a husband with a demanding job of his own; and then there’s the children. She and husband Dan – an elected member of the Pierce County Council, who previously served in the Legislature, had three kids at the time

of the Beijing Olympics, a brood that has now grown to five, ranging in age from 4 to 14. So, how does a busy mom/wife/entrepreneur find herself once again jetting off to weightlifting competition where she shares the stage with athletes perhaps half her age? The condensed version goes like this: taking delivery of a new set of weights, Roach was again hooked by the feel of the steel, even the smell of metal plates. Still training a few times a week

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for personal and business reasons, she was encouraged by business partner Chelsea Herzog to resume competitive lifting. Having posted some impressive numbers at the 2014 American Open, Roach then received a call from a representative with USA Weightlifting, a summertime call that came out of the blue and changed her life. The July call came on Friday and posed a series of questions: could she be in Toronto in three days, could she make the required weight and could she post the type of results shown in recent competition? She was being asked to participate in the Pan-Am Games, one of the qualifying events for those hoping to advance to the U.S. Olympic Trials. Since Toronto, she has been in full-time training mode. That means trips to Redmond most days, so she can train with coach Michael Street at his Fulcrum Training Hall. And there are weekly sessions with massage therapist Dan Christofferson, who specializes in the “structural integration” that Roach credits with turning her body into an efficient lifting machine. “I’m still climbing back up to my personal best,”

Roach notes, figuring she’s about 90 percent of the way toward matching her Beijing performance. That proved plenty good last month, when Roach headed to Reno, Nev., and the U.S. American Open Championships. There, she established American Masters records in the snatch (167 pounds), the cleanand-jerk (222 pounds) and combined total (389 pounds). Based on her recent success, Roach has been invited by USA Weightlifting to a Feb. 19 competition in Philadelphia. Following the February event, the top 15 women in the country – as determined by a complex formula – will be selected to take part in the Olympic Trials. The chosen 15 will be from across the seven weight classes making up the women’s sport. “I think my chances are good,” Roach said of earning a trip to Salt Lake City, the site of the Olympic Trials. She currently is ranked 12th nationally. The Trials are set for May 4-6 and will determine the team making the trip to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


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Families line up outside Kent Lutheran Church on Dec. 22 to receive donated gifts. Monica Green, right, smiles as her 3-year-old daughter, Serene, receives her first bicycle. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter

Toys for Joy drive brings gifts to many BY MARK KLAAS mklaas@kentreporter.com

Monica Green was on the verge of tears as her 3-year-old daughter, Serene, beamed over the sight of her first bicycle. Courtesy of the Kent Toys for Joy drive. “I don’t know what to say,” Green said as her girl wheeled away her new bike. “I’m so excited. It is such a blessing. She will have fun riding it. … Merry Christmas to you.” Hundreds of families lined up for hours Tuesday morning,

Dec. 22, outside Kent Lutheran Church, at 336 Second Ave. S., for a chance to collect a share of community-donated toys and gifts. In all, the Kent Food Bank was expected to distribute more than 4,000 toys on Dec. 22, according to Jeniece Choate, the food bank’s executive director. More than 50 bikes were donated and given to families by raffle. It was the first time the spacious church served as a distribution center for the drive.

“And we want to thank Kent Lutheran Church for their generosity and for the use of their facility,” Choate said. “The drive has gone smoothly, thanks to all who made it possible.” The food bank, Kent Regional Fire Authority, Kent Firefighters Local 1747 and the Kent Firefighters Foundation – along with many volunteers – facilitate the Toys for Joy drive each year. The toys delivered will serve close to 2,000 children, according to the food bank. Toys were also distributed in Covington

and SeaTac – all parts of the Kent RFA’s response area. Firefighters collect new, unwrapped toys that are sorted, wrapped and delivered to local food banks and outreach programs for distribution to needy families in the community. Firefighters dropped off the collections at the church. The Toys for Joy program, which has served the community for more than 20 years, would like to thank all of the residents and businesses who participated.

Panther Lake KinderCare Learning Center in Kent has been awarded accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, a leading professional organization for the early childhood education industry. Accreditation is an intensive process, granted by an independent, third-party organization validating that KinderCare’s teachers provide meaningful and engaging daily learning experiences for every child, according to a Dec. 22 KinderCare media release. Unlike licensing, which only ensures a basic threshold level of a center’s ability to provide care, accreditation is the gold standard in designating high-quality early learning programs. With less than 10 percent of early childhood education programs in the nation receiving accreditation, KinderCare is the only private provider dedicated to achieving 100 percent accreditation in their centers across the country. Panther Lake KinderCare, 20845 108th Ave. S.E., serves families throughout the area, accepting children as young as six weeks to 12 years old.

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New Pilates Franchise Stretches to Kent hosts a variety of classes that range from beginner to intense Cardio Sculpt workouts. The 1500 square foot studio is equipped with top-quality reformers, exo-chairs, and springboards, as well as mats, balls, dumbbells and ballet bars. TRX Suspension classes soon.

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Club Pilates currently offers more than 33 classes per week (with more to come), seven days a week, that start as early as 8am and as late as 7pm, so there’s almost always a class for even the busiest of schedules. There is a $25 drop-in fee for each class, but the studio has discounted monthly memberships and class packages starting as low as $5.50 per class. Free 30 minute DEMO Classes are offered various times a week. The studio also has introductory specials perfect for those new to Pilates.

Kent East Hill Curves is a facility specially designed for women featuring a complete 30 minute workout that is fun, fast, and safe.We offer Circuit training that is specially designed to improve your cardiovascular system and work multiple muscle groups.We include one-on-one coaching with every workout. Kent East Hill has classes unlike any other gym or workout facility. Attending just a few classes a week could be all it takes to break out of that fitness rut and reach your goals! Kent East Hill Curves offers a free week before you join. Come and check us out today.

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“The whole premise of Club Pilates is to make Pilates accessible to every body type, regardless of age, fitness and activity level, or gender,” Adams said. “It’s meant to be affordable and accessible.” Adams has committed to opening three studios total in the Seattle area, and is looking to open the third studio in

Renton by the end of the year. Since its inception in 2007, the California-based franchise has rapidly expanded throughout California, as well as many other states including Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Nevada and Wisconsin. The opening of the Club Pilates in Kent marks the 2nd location for the brand in the Seattle area. To celebrate their Grand Opening and show appreciation to the local community, Club Pilates will be offering Free Demo Classes, Grand Opening Discounted Membership Packages, 25% Off Retail, Special Class Schedule, Hourly Raffles & Vendor Give-Aways. If you have interest in trying a Pilates class, please visit www.clubpilates.com/ kent/ or call (253) 277-8586 for more information. About Club Pilates Founded in 2007 and franchising since 2012, Club Pilates is the nation’s largest and fastest-growing Pilates franchise, offering several signature class formats in order to fit the needs of many clients – from young to more senior, and from beginner to advanced. The first studio to create a 500 hour Teacher Training Program designed to thoroughly and safely teach group Pilates apparatus classes that flow, Club Pilates currently has more than 100 territories sold, approximately 40,000 members, 100+ instructors and 75,000 monthly workouts throughout the United States and Australia. For more information, please visit www.clubpilates.com.

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CALENDAR Events Christmas Tree Recycling: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 2. Boy Scout troops will collect and recycle Christmas trees in Kent neighborhoods for a $5 suggested donation. To ensure pickup, trees must be placed outside by 8 a.m. Saturday morning. Unfortunately, the scouts are unable to confirm an exact pick-up time. That same day, scouts will be at Service Club Ballfields, 14608 SE 288th Street, if you prefer to deliver your tree yourself. Scouts will unload the trees and accept your donation. Trees with tinsel and/or flock cannot be accepted. If you would like to mail your donation, send it to: Attn: Christmas Tree Drive, P.O. Box 5094, Kent, WA 98064. For more information, contact the Kent Lions & Foundation (253852-5466) or check the city’s community calendar at KentWA.gov.

Health Kent4Health ShoWalk: 9-11 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays through May, ShoWare Center, 625 W. James St. Free indoor walking. Open to all ages and modalities; two levels for walking and stairs; monthly health screenings; great for caregivers and rehabilitation. Sign in when you arrive. For more information and a schedule, visit kent4health.com. Bloodworks Northwest drives: 1-3 p.m., 4-7 p.m. Jan. 5, Kent United Methodist, 11010 SE 248th; 10 a.m.-noon, 1-4 p.m. Jan. 8, Kent Station, 417 Ramsay Way; 1-4 p.m. Jan. 13, 18430 E Valley Highway; 9-11:30 a.m. Jan. 13, Valley Communications Center, 27519 108th Ave. SE; 9-11 a.m., noon-3 p.m. Jan. 14, Recreational Equipment, 6750 S. 228th St.; 9-11 a.m., 11:45 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 19, Hexcel Corporation, 19819 84th Ave. S; 1-3 p.m.,

4-7 p.m. Jan. 19, River of Life Fellowship, 10615 SE 216th. Appointments can be made by calling 1-800-398-7888, or visit www.bloodworksnw.org. TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly): 6:45 p.m., Thursdays, Swanson Court Clubhouse, 12200 SE 207th St., Kent, near Kentridge High School. Nonprofit weight loss support group. Cost: $32 to join and $7 monthly. For more information, call 253709-5098 or visit www.tops.org or www. whywelovetops.com. Alzheimer’s Association: Starting in January, meetings on the second Wednesday of the month, from 2:30-4 p.m., at Kent Senior Activity Center, 600 E. Smith St. Caring for someone with memory loss? Do you need information and support? family caregiver support groups provide a consistent and caring place for people to learn, share and gain emotional support from others who are also on a unique journey of providing care to a person with memory loss. For information Susan Dailey at (206) 471-2351, or www.alzwa.org.

Clubs, programs Autism Social Skills Group: 6-8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Kent Commons, 525 Fourth Ave. N. FEAT (Families for Effective Autism Treatment) of Washington, a nonprofit organization, brings social group opportunities for teens with autism to Kent. Looking for teens with autism as well as peer mentor volunteers. To volunteer, register or to learn more, visit www.featwa.org. Rotary Club of Kent: Join the local Rotary Club of Kent every Tuesday for its weekly meeting and luncheon at Down Home Catering in historic downtown Kent, 211 1st Ave. S. For more information go to: www.kentrotary.com

Got an event? submissions@kentreporter.com or post online at www.kentreporter.com Kent Evening Toastmasters: 7 p.m., Wednesdays, Kent Commons, Interurban Room, 525 Fourth Ave N. Are you interested in practicing and improving your public speaking skills? Boosting your selfconfidence? Making yourself heard in that weekly meeting at work? Come practice your oratory skills with a friendly and informative group of people. With members ranging from beginners to experts, Kent Evening Toastmasters welcomes people of all skill levels. For more information, visit www.kenteveningtoastmasters.net.

Network The Kent Chapter of Business Network, Int’l (BNI): Meets every Wednesday morning at 7 at the Old Country Buffet, 25630 104th SE, Kent. Chapter is growing. Currently have 38 members. Do you want excellent, personal, word of mouth referrals for your business? Then come join us. For more information, contact Dr. Allan McCord at 253-854-3040.

Libraries Kent Public Library: 212 2nd Avenue N., Kent. 253-859-3330. Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday; 1-5 p.m., Sunday. Library events include: CHILDREN & FAMILIES Play & Learn: 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish only) Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29. Kaleidoscope Play & Learn is an organized play group for newborns to age 5 and people who take care of them. Have fun learning while we play, sing songs and create art. Infant and Young Toddler Story Times: 10:30 a.m. Jan. 14, 21 and 28. Ages newborn to 2 1/2 with adult.

Spanish Story Times: Noon, Jan. 16, 23 and 30. Family program, all ages welcome with adult. Stories, songs and fun. Family Pajama Story Times: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 12, 19 and 26. Family program, all ages welcome with adult. Stories, songs and fun. Wear your pajamas. Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m. Jan. 13, 20 and 27. Ages 3 to 5 with adult. Stories, songs and fun. Kid’s Movie of the Month: 3:30 p.m. Jan. 29. Family program, all ages welcome with adult. Enjoy a family friendly film with a light snack. Fun With Bricks!: 10:30 a.m. Jan. 23. Family program, ages 6 and younger with adult. Have fun building with plastic bricks. Create around a theme or build what you like. You bring the ideas and the library will supply the building materials. Monday Maker Mayhem: 3:30 p.m. Jan. 25. Ages 5 to 14, ages 8 and younger with adult. Drop in to build with bricks, sample simple science experiments, play games, read, and more. TEENS Study Zone: 1:30 p.m. Sundays; 3:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, when school is in session. Students K-12. Drop in for homework assistance from trained volunteer tutors. Study Zone will be on holiday break starting Dec. 15. Game On!: 3:30 p.m. Jan. 5 and 19. Play video games at the library.

ADULTS Drop-In to Learn about eBooks: 10 a.m. Jan. 30. Get started with KCLS eBooks! Bring your eReader, tablet, phone or just your questions. English as a Second Language Classes: 6 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays. No class on Jan. 18. Learn English grammar, reading, writing, and conversation skills. Registration required. Please contact the library for details, 253-859-3330. Talk Time Class: 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Practice speaking English with other English language learners. Citizenship Classes: 7 p.m. Tuesdays. No class on Jan. 5. Learn how to become a U.S. citizen. Study for the naturalization test, including civics and government questions, reading and writing English, and practicing your interview skills. Classes are free, join anytime. Computer Classes: Registration required beginning two weeks before the class, 253-859-3330. • Microsoft Excel Level I, 7 p.m. Jan. 7; • Internet Level I, 7 p.m. Jan. 14; • Computer Basics, 7 p.m. Jan. 21; • Microsoft Word Level 1, 7 p.m. Jan. 28. Mobile Office Hours for Congressman Adam Smith: 10 a.m. Jan. 19. Congressman Adam Smith’s Office will be hosting mobile office hours to make their services more convenient and accessible to you. After Lunch Book Bunch: 1 p.m. Jan. 13. New members always welcome.

Kick-Up: 7 p.m. Jan. 20. Ages 16 to 25 are welcome to grab a slice of free pizza and be connected with local agencies who want to help you. In partnership with Auburn Youth Resources.

Job Readiness Program: 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Tuesdays; 3 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. Thursdays. The library is here to help you get a free email account, start a résumé, start an online job search, or navigate the job application process! Librarians are available to provide 45-minute one-on-one assistance. Register online or at 253-8593330. Strongly recommended that you bring a flash/USB drive.

Teen Movie: 3:30 p.m. Jan. 27. Middle and high school ages. Enjoy a fun movie showing and a free snack.

Sign up for ORCA LIFT: 5-7:30 p.m. Jan. 4. What is ORCA LIFT? It’s a new, reduced fare. Income-qualified* riders, ages 19

Teen Writers’ Club: 3:30 p.m. Jan. 12. Middle and high school ages. Like to write stuff? Wish you did? Join us for fun exercises and inspiration.

and older, can save 50 percent or more on: Metro buses, Sound Transit Link light rail, Kitsap Transit buses, King County Water Taxi, Seattle Streetcar. Drop in to register with Multi-Service Center’s Intake Specialist. If you qualify, check www.orcalift.com or call Multi-Service Center at 253-838-6810. Your income must be at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Please bring ID and income verification documents. Get Organized for the New Year: 2 p.m. Jan. 31. Relax and enjoy organizing. Lauren Williams, a Professional Organizer, will help you think outside the box to get something into the box. She presents practical and entertaining advice to get you organizing and de-cluttering during her “Organizer on the Road Show.” Introduction to Tai Chi: 2 p.m. Jan. 23. Presented by Hansie Wong, Integrative Health Coach Learn fundamental Tai Chi principles and movements in this introduction. Often described as “meditation in movement,” Tai Chi can reduce stress and calm the mind while increasing flexibility, balance, muscle strength and energy through slow movements. This workshop will involve active participation so please wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Entertainment SHOWARE CENTER 625 W. James St., Kent. 253-856-6777. Order at www.tickets.showarecenter. com. Events include: Disney Live!: 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., Jan. 16. Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and the comical duo of Donald and Goofy as 25 of your favorite Disney characters surprise and captivate at every turn of the knob. Tickets: front row $65; VIP floor $42; premium $32; reserved $20. Les Schwab Kent Shootout: 4 p.m. Jan. 28. High school basketball showcase. Lineup: 4 p.m., Kentridge vs. Kent-Meridian girls; 5:30 p.m., Kent-Meridian vs. Kentridge

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PUBLIC NOTICES ASSESSMENT INSTALLMENT NOTICE LOCAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT #359 CITY OF KENT Construction of roadway improvements, sanitary sewer improvements, water main improvements and a storm water detention pond, as provided by Ordinance No. 3808. Notice is hereby given that the seventh (7th) installment of the assessment levied for the above named improvement, comprising Local Improvement District No. 359 under Ordinance 3897, is now due and payable and unless payment is made on or before January 14, 2016, said installment will be delinquent, will have a penalty of nine point seven five (9.75) percent added, and the collection of such delinquent installment will be enforced in the manner prescribed by law. Dated this 14th day of December, 2015. Aaron BeMiller Finance Director City of Kent, Washington Published in the Kent Reporter January 1, 2016 and January 8, 2016. #1471395. In the Superior Court of the State of Washington in and for the County of King In the Matter of the Adoption: Of: Benjamin J. Park A person under the age of eighteen No. 15-5-00908-8KNT Summons and Notice by Publication of Petition/ Hearing Re Termination of Parent-Child Relationship TO: Pyung Kon Kim, nonconsenting father. You are hereby summoned to

appear within thirty (30) days after the date of first publication of this summons, to-wit, within thirty (30) days after the 25th day of December, 2015, and defend the above-entitled action in the EX Parte Court, Rm 1-J and serve a copy of your answer upon Kyung Seon Kook at the address below stated; if you fail to do so, judgment may be rendered against you according to the request of the Petition for Adoption and the Petition for Termination of Parent-Child Relationship which has been filed with Clerk of the said court. Your are hereby notified that a petition has been filed with the Clerk of the above court requesting that the parent-child relationship between you and abovenamed child be terminated. The object of the action is to seek an order terminating the parentchild relationship between you and the child and a Decree of Adoption declaring the petitioner to be the legal parent of the child. The child was born on June 9, 1998 in the City of Seoul, Korea. The name of the child’s mother was Aeyoung Jeang at the time the child was born. The name of the Child’s mother is now Aeyoung Kook. You have been named as the father or possible father of the child. The court hearing on the Petition for Termination of Parent-Child Relationship shall be on the 12th day of February, 2016 at 1:30 pm in Room 1-J of the Rejional Justice Center, 401 4th Ave N. Kent, WA 98032. Your failure to appear at this hearing may result in a default order permanently terminating all of your rights to the abovenamed child.

You may respond to this summons and notice by filing a written response with the Clerk of the court and serving a copy of your response on the Kyung Seon Kook whose name and address appear at the end of this summons and notice. If you do not serve your written response within thirty (30) days after the date of first publication of this summons and notice, the court may enter an Order of Default against you permanently terminating all of your rights to the above-name child. The court may, without further notice to you, enter an order terminating your parent-child relationship and approving or providing for the adoption of the above-name child. You are further notified that you have the right to be represented by an attorney, and if you are indigent and request an attorney, an attorney will be appointed for you. You are further notified that your failure to respond to this termination action within thirty (30) days of the first date of publication of this summons and notice will result in the termination of your parent-child relationship with respect to the child. You are further notified you have a right to file a claim of paternity under Chapter 26.26 of the Revised Code of Washington. You are further notified that your failure to file a claim of paternity under Chapter 26.26 of the Revised Code of Washington or to respond to the petition for termination of parent-child relationship which has been filed herein, within thirty (30) days of the first publication of this summons and notice is grounds to

terminate your parent-child relationship with respect to the child. You are further notified that if the child is either: (A) A member of an Indian tribe or (B) Eligible for membership in an Indian tribe and the biological child of a member of an indian tribe and if you acknowledge paternity of the child or if you paternity of the child is established prior to the termination of your parent-child relationship, your parental rights may not be terminated, Unless: (A) You give valid consent to termination or (B) Your parentchild relationship is terminated involuntarily pursuant to chapter 26.33 or chapter 13.34 of the revised code of Washington. Note: “Indian Tribe” is defined in 25 U.S.C. 1903. It refers to American Indians or Alaska Natives. One method of filing your response and serving a copy of the petitioner is to send them by certified mail with return receipt request. Dated December 7, 2015. Barbara Miner, King County Superior Court Clerk File Response with: Clerk of the Court, Regional Justice Center, 401 4th Ave N., Kent, WA 98032. Serve a copy of your response on Petitioner: Kyung Seon Kook, 32203 8th Ave S, Federal Way, 98003 WA. Published in the Kent Reporter on December 25, 2015; January 1, 8, 2016. 1466100 Notification is given that Washington Federal, 425 Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101 has filed an application with the Comptroller of the Currency on December 23, 2015, as specified in 12 CFR 5 for permission to relocate a staffed branch from

10415 SE 240th St, Kent, WA 98031 to 25812 104th Ave SE, Kent, WA 98030. Any person wishing to comment on this application may file comments in writing with the Director for District Licensing, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Western District Office, 1225 17th Street, Suite 300, Denver, CO 80202 or by email at WE.Licensing@occ.treas.gov within 30 days of the date of this publication. Published in the Kent Reporter on January 1, 2016. #1494502. CITY OF KENT PUBLIC NOTICE SEPA THRESHOLD DETERMINATION Pursuant to KCC 11.03, Environmental Policy, the City of Kent has issued a threshold determination for the following: Determination of Nonsignificance (DNS) for: 72ND AVENUE SOUTH EXTENSION ENV-2015-8/RPSW-2153463 The City of Kent Public Works Department proposes to extend the 72nd Avenue South roadway from South 200th Street to South 196th Street with four (4) lanes along most of its length, and five (5) lanes at the South 196th Street intersection. The new roadway will include sidewalks, street trees, street lighting, curbs, gutters, and storm drainage. An estimated 15,000 cubic yards of imported fill material obtained from clean, permitted gravel pits will be used to shape the roadway sub-grade. A storm drainage system will be installed along 72nd Ave S, including 1,500 lineal feet of 12-inch storm pipe, manholes and catch basins.

The road will cross Lower Mill Creek and a wetland via a bridge crossing, in order to minimize impacts. The existing traffic signal at S. 196th Street will be modified. The property is located along 72nd Avenue South roadway from South 200th Street to South 196th Street and is identified as King County tax parcel numbers 0122049022, 0122049042, 0122049088, 3829000005, 3829000015. The site is zoned M1, Industrial Park and M2, Limited Industrial. Comments are due for the above project by 4:30 p.m., January 15, 2016, to City of Kent Planning Services. For more information, contact Kent Planning Services at 220 Fourth Avenue S., Kent, WA 98032, Telephone: (253) 856-5454. Any person requiring a disability accommodation should contact the City for more information. For TDD relay service, call 1-800-833-6388 or the City of Kent at (253) 856-5725. Erin George, AICP, Acting Responsible Official Published in the Kent Reporter on January 1, 2016. #1494849.

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Consider a trial with tile as we welcome a new year recovered from 17th century churches, monasteries and villas. Many of the blue, yellow and white painted tiles revealed simple drawings of animals – dogs, sheep and cats surrounded by stars, dots and dashes. These antique tiles were painted by the children left orphaned after the great earth quake of 1755. The quake, waves and fires that followed left much of Lisbon in rubble. The positive outcome of this tragic event is that a brilliant prime minister, Pombal, took control of the city restoration and used all his intellect and urban planning skills to rebuild the great city of Lisbon – while at the same time providing shelter and jobs for the displaced children of the disaster. The Marquis of Pombal set up tile making workshops where the children were en-

couraged to paint patterns and animals onto the ceramic tile used for reconstruction. Now, here’s the clever law that helped finance the Lisbon reconstruction – all newly built structures were required to use the locally painted tiles – to ignore the law labeled you unpatriotic and during this turbulent time such a label might cost you your head. So, more than 300 years later, Portugal still blooms with tile-covered walls, fountains, ledges and stairways – many still showcasing the handiwork of “work-fare” social programs set up for the earthquake survivors. Today these “Pombalino” tiles are being sold as salvage material when old buildings are repaired or replaced. So yes, I had to buy a 17th century tile in Portugal and like some of my fellow travelers, am still trying to find a special place for this treasure in my garden.

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siveness and virtuosity of street dance, as well as provocative poetry to tell the stories of sneakers: of those who make them, those who wear them, and those who dance in them. Tickets: $20 general, $18 senior, $15 youth

Antics “Sneaker Suites”: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5, KentMeridian PAC, Los Angeles-based hip-hop dance theater company Antics creates multimedia urban dance performances that incorporate spoken word, theater, and film. “Sneaker Suites” utilizes the expres-

“A Fiddler’s Feast” : 7 p.m. Feb. 26, Kent-Meridian PAC. Bringing two acclaimed duos together to share the stage. Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, along with Jay Ungar and Molly Mason deliver everything from Scottish dance music to a wide range of Ameri-

boys; 7 p.m., Kentlake vs. Kentwood girls; 8:30 p.m., Kentwood vs. Kentlake boys SPOTLIGHT SERIES Kent Arts Commission’s 2015-2016 Spotlight Series. Tickets may be purchased at kentarts. com, by calling 253-856-5051 or at the Kent

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The start of a new year means it is time to consider change and resolutions. A recent trip to Portugal inspired our garden-loving travel group to add more color to outdoor spaces using tile. The streets of Lisbon and the other towns of Portugal are alive with blooming plants on balconies and walls that shine with colorful ceramic tiles. One of our favorite discoveries down a side street in the walled city of Faro was a warehouse full of building salvage – including old tiles that once covered the outside of homes and businesses. Inside the old warehouse sat a bearded, elderly gentleman at a table with a large, open book and stacks of dusty tiles. He was patiently dating and cataloging hundreds of hand-painted tiles

International Guitar Night: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29, Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center, 10020 SE 256th St. Brian Gore invites a new cast of guitar luminaries to join him for an evening of solos, duets, and quartets that highlight the virtuosity and diversity within the world of acoustic guitar. On this

Here’s some tips for using tile in your own Western Washington landscape: Our wet weather makes tiles underfoot slippery – chose a vertical wall, fence or post to display your tile collection. You don’t need to travel far to find a diverse collection of tiles. Home improvement stores have aisles of different tiles in all colors and sizes. You can glue small, one inch square glass tiles around the edge of a pot or display large one foot ceramic tiles as trivets on outdoor tables. It is easy to hang and display art tiles using plate wall holders. These use metal springs and hooks to secure the tile. You can find these holders at local craft stores. Now you can hang your tile on fences and outdoor walls. If a tile does crack or break from either the trip home or a

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See Marianne Marianne Binetti hosts “Dig In Seattle,” a garden and cooking show that is back on the air. You can watch the show via podcast at www.diginseattle. com or on Channel 22 KZJO TV at 12:30 p.m. Saturdays. The show focuses on local gardening tips and cooking demos from local chefs.

hard winter, don’t despair. Broken bits of tile, china and ceramic plates can be used to create colorful garden mosaics on top of tables, stone benches or garden stepping stones. Marianne Binetti has a degree in horticulture from Washington State University and is the author of “Easy Answers for Great Gardens” and several other books. For book requests or answers to gardening questions, write to her at: P.O. Box 872, Enumclaw, 98022. Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope for a personal reply. For more information, she can be reached at binettigarden.com. can roots genres, and tunes ranging from poignant to sizzling. Tickets: $28 general, $25 senior and $15 youth

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Twelve teens from the Auburn, Kent and Pacific area were among the record 152 cadets who graduated from the Washington Youth Academy on Dec. 19 – more cadets than any previous class in the history of the academy, established in Bremerton in 2009. From Kent the cadets include: Mana Gach, Omar Vargas, Alyas Gregory and Tashanique Thomas, all of Kentlake; Edgar Lyons of Kent-Meridian; and Denaijea Proctor, who lives in Kent but attends Renton; and Emily SolisCapuchino of Thomas Jefferson. Cadets came from each corner

[ CLOTHING from page 1 ] Willey said the clothing bank is a valuable asset to the community. “There’s a huge amount of families who need our help,” she said. The clothing bank provides gently used clothes free of charge, as well as new underwear and socks, to children in the school district and their younger siblings who are referred through their school or a community agency. Last school year, the clothing bank served 1,263 children from 680 families. Bigbee-Hansen said she was relieved when volunteers stepped up to keep the clothing bank running. “We were all in panic about what we were going to do but we found people,”

of the state to attend the free residential school, geared at teaching teens discipline and helping them recover credits so they can go back to high school and earn a diploma or seek an alternative path to finish their high school education, such as a GED or by joining Running Start. Youth Academy Director Larry Pierce credited the high retention rate to a robust application and interview process helping find strong candidates for the program, as well as a healthy, twoweek acclimation period, where candidates can get more of a feel for the strict discipline needed for the voluntary program and

she said. Johns said the Syrian refugee crisis inspired her to help locally. Many of the families who utilize the clothing bank are immigrants or refugees. “I just felt so helpless, frustrated and angry,” Johns said. “There is such a need here. We have so many immigrants in our own neighborhoods.” Lee is active in the PTAs at Northwood Middle School and Kentridge High School and has helped at the clothing bank throughout the years. “It is part of our responsibility on our school’s night to get parents involved,” Lee said of her duties as PTA president and vice president at her children’s schools. “It’s a good way for kids to get their community service

Mana Gach of Kent, right, shakes hands with Congressman Derek Kilmer during Washington Youth Academy commencement on Dec. 19. COURTESY PHOTO, Steven Friederich

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hours.” PTAs at the various schools take turns providing volunteers to staff the clothing bank on its open nights. The clothing bank is typically open two Tuesday nights per month from 6 to 8. Willey, who learned about the clothing bank through the PTA at her daughter’s elementary school, said filling their predecessors’ shoes predecessors will be a lofty task. “Jan and Brooke have set a really high bar,” Willey said. “It’s such a large learning curve.” But Lee said the new leaders are looking forward to serving the community. “We really just want to keep Jan and Brooke’s vision going,” Lee said. “I want to help it grow and get more people involved.”

our largest one to date,” Pierce said, adding that the Washington Youth Academy has achieved “one of the top graduating rates in the nation.” “The cadets became teammates and they changed together and prevailed together and they’re here today and as proof of that, they’ll walk across the stage and commence from the youth academy back to their home lives.” All of the cadets also received Community Emergency Response Training, which will help them and their communities help during disasters. The mission of the Washington Youth Academy is to provide

Valentine said she appreciates the new chairs’ enthusiasm. ‘To me it was so important that we got new chairs that kind of have the same outlook on the clothing bank,” she said. “You have to have an attitude of grace and gratitude. You don’t know why someone is in this line (to get clothes). You have to wonder what would it take to put you in this line.” The trio of new chairs have spent time during the past couple of months learning the ropes of the clothing bank. The clothing bank will be open for the first time under their oversight on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Bigbee-Hansen said leaving her post at the clothing bank is bittersweet. “I’ll miss all those people I wont get to see as regu-

a highly disciplined, safe and professional learning environment that empowers at-risk youth to improve their educational levels and employment potential and become responsible and productive citizens of the State of Washington. The Washington Youth Academy is a division of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program. Established under authority of both federal and state law, the WYA is a state-run residential and post-residential intervention program for youth who have dropped out of high school or are at risk of dropping out. Learn more about the program online at mil.wa.gov/youthacademy.

larly,” she said. “I will really miss the families and all the little kids.” Valentine said the transition is harder than she thought it would be. “It (the clothing bank) has really helped me be a better person,” she said.”I don’t think we often realize how much need a community has until you work on one of these projects. The families are in need at no fault of their own.” Bigbee-Hansen and Valentine said they’re sure they’ll still be involved in some capacity with the clothing bank. “People will call me about stuff,” Bigbee-Hansen said. “People will drop things off at my door. I’ll just drive it over and bring it in.” Willey and her co-chairs won’t be left alone coordi-

nating the clothing bank. She said is she grateful for the support from volunteers to keep the clothing bank running smoothly. “I was really pleasantly surprised with how many people are consistently volunteers,” she said. “It’s those people that have found the thing they like to do and have the capacity to do it.” Students from The Outreach Program (TOP) in the school district also work at the clothing bank during the week, organizing clothes that have been donated. TOP serves 18-to21-year-old special needs students and provides them with job training. For more information about the clothing bank or to get involved, visit kacpta. org/committees1/clothingbank-2/.

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