For the second year, Tukwila recyclers have a chance to help a local non-profit help local children.

The Tukwila ‘Recycle Often Recycle Right’ campaign aims to collect 500 recycling pledges from community members before June 30.

Every ‘Recycle Often Recycle Right’ promise will help the Tukwila Children’s Foundation earn a $5,000 grant from Waste Management. The Foundation helps meet the basic needs of children in the Tukwila community. The recycling promise supports Tukwila’s recycling goals and helps build community connections in Tukwila.

There are three basic rules for the Recycle Often Recycle Right campaign:

  1. Recycle all empty bottles, cans and paper
  2. Keep food and liquids out of the recycling
  3. Keep loose plastic bags out of the recycling

Why focus on recycling basics?
New plastic-packaging technologies and evolving environmental standards make it difficult to know what can be recycled. As a result, it has become more important than ever to make recycling guidelines and systems as easy and efficient as possible.

To pledge now and help the Tukwila Children’s Foundation, go to

http://recycleoftenrecycleright.com/tukwila/

Another way to help is to encourage others via social media, using the campaign hashtag #RORR.

Story & Photos courtesy resident Elston Hill:

The Museum of Flight previewed its new, 3-acre Aviation Pavilion on Thursday (June 23) for the media.

The 9-story high, roofed outdoor gallery doubles the Museum’s exhibit space with the biggest expansion in its 51-year history, establishing a new Seattle landmark and one of the world’s grandest displays of historic aircraft.

The Museum of Flight’s Aviation Pavilion is a covered, outside gallery with 15 rare and unique commercial and military airplanes. The Museum’s Boeing 747 prototype, Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Concorde will be open to the public daily. The building covers more area than two football fields, and is 90 ft. high. The original Boeing 727 and the first presidential jet plane (Air Force One) will move across the street to the new facility in October, but are also available to view next to the museum.

For us, the most impressive airplane was the original Boeing 747 test aircraft. Even though I have flown on 747s, walking up to this 747 was just incredible – it is HUGE when seen up close from the ground.

The new facility opens to the public this Saturday, June 25 (more info here).

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Highline Public Schools is holding a Job Fair on Monday, June 20, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Here are the details:

WHEN: Monday, June 20 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE: ERAC Building, 15675 Ambaum SW, Burien, WA 98166

INFO: Opportunities for all positions such as:

  • Teachers
  • Bus Drivers
  • Para-educators
  • Nutrition Services
  • Substitute Teachers
  • Sports Coaches
  • Custodians
  • School Nurses
  • School Psychologists
  • School Counselors

Please visit jobs.highlineschools.org to learn more about our open positions and complete your application.

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MACRINA BAKERY & CAFÉ IS HIRING!

Macrina Bakery and Cafe is seeking highly motivated Drivers and Packers to join our Wholesale Delivery team!

We are looking for multiple candidates to fill the FT availability (40 hours, 5 days a week). Shifts starts around 1 AM – 2 AM, and are at minimum 8 hours per day.

We are searching for candidates who are dynamic, friendly, proactive and hard working. The successful candidate has a good attitude, excellent communication and customer service skills, and works well alone as well as with others. Candidate must be able to work at a professional and productive level with strong organizational and time management skills. We are moving to Kent in July, so candidates who apply must be able to move with us to our new bread kitchen.

Duties include:
Pack baked goods, load delivery vans and deliver orders to our wholesale customers around the Puget Sound Area on time while practicing safe driving habits in our delivery vans (Chevy Express and Ram Pro Master).

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  • At least 21 years of age (or nearing 21st birthday).
  • Good Driving Record over the last 3 years (less than 2 tickets and 1 accident).
  • Good attitude, receptive to feedback, and excellent customer service skills.
  • Ability to read, write, and verbally communicate in English.
  • Ability to work unsupervised, as well as part of a team.
  • Very flexible with scheduling (days off are NOT set, and will NOT be Sat-Sun).
  • Valid and unrestricted Washington State driver license.
  • Current Food Handler’s Permit or the ability to get one within two weeks of start date.
  • Detail-oriented and organized.
  • Ability to move and work quickly in a very fast-paced, and high-stress environment.
  • Able to lift up to 50lbs.
  • Energetic, positive, and task oriented.
  • Adaptable to a changing environment and able to take on new tasks as needed.
  • Reliable transportation to work

Apply/Contact: Please send your resume and cover letter to:

[email protected]

The Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority (RTA) and the Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce announced a partnership on Tuesday (April 26) with the intent “to better promote the regional destination, bolster tourism and drive economic vitality” of the region.

What was known as the Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce will become the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce.

The partnership is made effective through a memorandum of understanding, in which both organizations will leverage the Seattle Southside name.

“There is an increasing understanding of the value of a singular place brand,” said Katherine Kertzman, president and CEO of the Seattle Southside RTA. “The more we can all rally around the Seattle Southside region, the more we will all benefit.”

Both organizations will remain independent of the other, while realizing the benefits of co-branding the Seattle Southside area. This will create a uniform voice in the destination brand of Seattle Southside, while also increasing efficiencies through joint marketing efforts and maximizing available funds, including shared collateral materials.

“There is strength in numbers and we’re all working toward the same goals,” said Dena Guttridge, CEO of the Chamber. “Increasing our collaboration is a big win for the entire community. Our Chamber mission remains the same but this allows us to reduce costs for our members while greatly increasing our exposure with amplified marketing efforts.”

About Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority
Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority (RTA) is the official destination marketing organization for South Seattle. The organization is responsible for competitively marketing the area as an ideal travel destination for leisure and business travelers who wish to explore Western Washington and an idyllic place for meeting and event planners to hold their events. The Seattle Southside RTA is funded by a self-assessed hotel fund and supported by a lodging tax from the cities of SeaTac, Tukwila and Des Moines. For more information, please visit www.seattlesouthside.com or call 877-885-9452.

About the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce
We are committed to growing and supporting the business community. Through educational programs, networking opportunities, business resources and strategic partnerships, we empower businesses to succeed. For more information, call 206-575-1633.

Aditya Sood, the Hollywood producer who brought Andy Weir’s book, “The Martian,” to the screen, will talk about that process in a special public conversation at the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field on April 16 at 2 p.m.

Following the program will be an open reception with Sood in the Museum’s Space Gallery. The event is free with admission to the Museum.

After reading Weir’s book in 2013 he was instrumental in securing an adaption by Drew Goddard, then director Ridley Scott, Twentieth Century Fox and actor Matt Damon to make one of the biggest hits of 2015. In addition to “The Martian,” Sood was executive producer of “Deadpool” (2016) and is currently executive producer on the upcoming “Deadpool 2.”

The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Tukwila, Exit 158 off I-5 on Boeing Field halfway between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is $20 for adults, $17 for seniors 65 and older, $17 for active military, $12 for youth 5 to 17, and free for children under 5. Group rates are available.

For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit www.museumofflight.org

The Washington State Patrol is seeking the public’s help for information about a drive-by shooting that injured a motorist on I-5 March 23, 2016 at approximately 12:51 a.m.

According to the victim, the suspect, a single occupant driving a white, mid-1990’s van, fired multiple rounds at his vehicle while traveling on southbound I-5 near Southcenter in Tukwila.

The van is described as having solid white panels with no windows in the rear.

The suspect vehicle was last seen exiting to northbound I-405 from I-5.

The victim, who was transported to Harborview Medical Center, suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call or contact Detective Brodie Ford at [email protected] or 425-401-7742.

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Everyone was taught the “three R’s” in school, and starting this spring, drivers who use southbound I-5 between Tukwila and Federal Way will learn a new meaning for that phrase – Replace, Repave and Resurface.

Starting Monday, March 21, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will begin an 18-month project to rehabilitate nearly 13 miles of the interstate – replacing expansion joints and concrete panels, repaving sections and resurfacing other sections.

This $27.3 million project will require the crews to reduce southbound I-5 to two lanes for five weekends in July and August 2016. The work will also require frequent overnight lane reductions.

“This section of southbound I-5 is more than 50 years old, and it’s showing its age,” said WSDOT Project Engineer Mike Askarian. “It’s time to restore it. With several months of work, we can keep traffic moving on our region’s main highway for decades to come.”

The three R’s of freeway rehabilitation:
To renew this section of the interstate, contractor crews from MidMountain Construction will:

  • Replace 235 concrete panels that are damaged beyond repair and the expansion joints on the southbound I-5 Duwamish River Bridge.
  • Repave southbound I-5 between South 188th Street in SeaTac and South 219th Street in Des Moines, as well as shoulders, lanes and several on- and off-ramps in SeaTac and Des Moines.
  • Resurface the freeway by grinding out ruts and cracks in several sections, leaving a smoother driving surface.

What drivers should expect:
Most of the work will be done during overnight lane reductions, mostly between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sunday nights to Friday mornings.

On five weekends in July and August, southbound I-5 will be reduced to two lanes for about 3.5 miles, starting near the southbound State Route 518 on-ramp. The dates have yet to be scheduled.

“Southbound I-5 usually handles about 86,000 cars a day between Southcenter and Des Moines on weekends,” Askarian said. “To limit congestion, we need about 50 percent of drivers to use other routes or postpone their trip on the weekends when southbound I-5 is reduced to two lanes.”

During the lane reductions, drivers should plan to use alternate routes like State Route 167 to the east and State Route 99 and State Route 509 to the west, or buses or light rail.

The weekend-long lane reductions are needed to replace the expansion joints on the Duwamish River Bridge and for the paving work between South 188th Street and South 219th Street.

A house fire in the 5600 block of S. 150th Street in Tukwila (map below) Friday is being investigated as arson.

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Academy Schools will be hosting a special screening of the award-winning documentary, Most Likely to Succeed, at the Foster High School PAC Theater in Tukwila on Saturday, March 19 at 6 p.m. 

There is no charge for admissions, however seating is limited and attendees must register through the Eventbrite link on the Academy Schools website:

http://www.academyschools.org/

Here’s a trailer:

This screening is just the beginning of a serious conversation between educators, school administrators, parents, and leaders of education agencies on the state and federal level.

“The 21st century is going  to be all about building,  creating, and innovating.  This remarkable film shows  a path of how we can  empower all of our children  to do that.” Sal Khan, Khan Academy

Film Synopsis:

For most of the last century, entry-level jobs were plentiful, and college was an affordable path to a fulfilling career. That world no longer exists. The feature-length documentary Most Likely to Succeed examines the history of education, revealing the growing shortcomings of our school model in today’s innovative world.

Directed by acclaimed documentarian Greg Whiteley, the film has been named “among the best edu-documentaries ever produced” by Education Week.  The Huffington Post stated that Most Likely to Succeed “delivers a message Americans need to hear, and desperately.”  Film Threat said, “This film should be a required course for all parents and educators.”

Noteworthy Statistics:

  • 53% of recent college graduates are under—or unemployed.
  • Student engagement in school plummets as they get to higher grades—from 80% in elementary school to just 40%   by the beginning of high school.
  • Just 11% of employers—yet 96% of academic provosts–believe colleges are effective in preparing graduates for the workplace.
  • A Lego Foundation study reports that students lose more than 90% of their creative capacity during their school years.
  • Gallup found that college grads who had opportunities to apply classroom learning to internships, jobs, or ambitious   projects are twice as likely to be engaged in work later in life.
  • 65% of today’s grade-school children will end up in jobs that haven’t been invented yet.
  • The current length of a job for a millennial is an average of 2.6 years, and millennials will have 15-20 jobs over   the course of their working lives.
  • By 2020, 40% to 50% of all income-producing work will be short-term contracts, freelance work and so-called SuperTemps.
  • 45% of recent college graduates return home to live with their parents.

Please join us for this critical event.

The Foster PAC is located at 4242 S. 144th Street in Tukwila.

About Academy Schools:
Academy Schools is a Pre-K through grade 12 independent, inclusive, and diverse school with small classes (1 to 10 teacher-student ratio) where students discover the joy of learning and explore their creative potential. Academy Schools serves typically developing, gifted, and LD students employing a variety of instructional methodologies, including highly structured lessons with predictability and hands-on learning activities, supporting a challenging, personalized curriculum, knowing that each child learns differently.

At Academy Schools we pride ourselves in taking curriculum a step further and address each student’s academic strengths and weaknesses. Our curriculum meets or exceeds all Washington State Grade Level Standards for Grades pre-K through 12. Our High School curriculum also meets the College Admission Standards for Washington State Universities, as well as most other national and international universities.

What makes Academy Schools’ program unique is that we deliver instruction in a manner that allows each child to excel.  Our small class size ensures that teachers are able to monitor student progress and comprehension and quickly respond to student questions.  This enables us to ensure that all students are challenged, and that any skill or content deficits are addressed.  Our highly trained staff delivers instruction in a variety of modes in order to accommodate diverse learning styles.

In addition to rigorous academics, our curriculum emphasizes the development of character.  We model, teach, and practice community citizenship.  We emphasize responsibility, concern for one another, and a commitment to excellence.  Our students learn and utilize conflict resolution and other problem solving skills.

For more information, contact:

Jennifer H. Sargent
Executive Director
Academy Schools
14601 Interurban Ave. S.
Tukwila, WA 98168

(206) 588-0860

[email protected]

www.academyschools.org