Kudos to the “Friends of Soos Creek Park," the first group to adopt a Kent street. They collected a phenomenal 30 bags of litter on 148th Ave. SE between SE 256th and 240th the day before “Earth Day”. Rolling up their sleeves were Joe Miles, Gene Buzzelli, Gerri Miles, Linda Bartlett, Jane Gardner, Kristin Nelson, Carol Johnson, Samantha Garon, Bob Nelson, Patti Conley, Mike Imlay and Liz Miles.
Thanks to the efforts of Deanna Jackson and Robert Craft, 112th Avenue SE between 232nd Ave. SE and 240th SE looks much nicer now. The two spent a Saturday and Sunday morning picking up four bags full of debris that had been carelessly tossed alongside the road. Robert said he jumped at the chance to adopt a street. "While taking walks in my neighborhood, I saw how much trash had piled up and got sick of seeing it."
Congratulations, Craft Family! These two regulars have tied the knot! Our best wishes go out to them. Thanks to them for their continued efforts at making our community a nicer place to live.
Erin and Connie from the "Home Relocation Destination" organization spent a Saturday morning tending to their adopted stretch of 106th. Additional mornings are already scheduled!
Ms. Sayer, adorned with her City provided “Street Adopter” safety vest and trash bag, is doing her part to beautify her neighborhood! You can see her hard at work several times a month.
On one of her outings she noticed that the drain at the end of Kensington was clogged and water was pouring over the road, forming a tiny lake. That drain collects the water from the hill and sends it into Earthworks Park. She always cleans it of debris when she does her litter pickup, but it had been a while.
So she came back with a shovel to clean it off. It was a vertical grate but she couldn't see it under all the water, but could feel it with the shovel. So she thought she'd step over to a sand pile that had built-up to work on it. When she did, she sank into the sand way over her boots and lost her balance trying to get out, falling into the water streaming down Reitan St.! She said "it didn't hurt at all, but it was quite the funny scene!" She stayed there and worked on the drain for half an hour to start it going again. Per Sayer, "It was a hard task! Street cleaner is quite the job!"
Saltair Hills neighbors, Pat and Liliane, combine helping to beautify their neighborhood with good conversation and a stop at the store. They pick up litter on one side of the street on the way to the store and take care of the other side on their way back. What an enterprising pair! Way to go, ladies!
Thanks to the guys and gals at the Great American Casino! This dedicated employee group doesn't let a little rain (or even a downpour) keep 'em from cleaning up their adopted street on 108 Ave. SE (Benson Hwy) between SE 208 & 192. Per group leader Shannon Y., "Keeping our streets clean is so important to image around us, so we don't mind whatever weather gets thrown our way." We've won the jackpot with this crew!
Thanks much to the dedication of the "Friends of the Estates", both sides of 132 Avenue SE from 256 Street to SE 263 Place are much cleaner now!
Thanks to Kent Target Employees for their recent efforts sprucing up Kent-Kangley from 256th to 124th. They're making a difference beautifying our community while setting a great example for our kids!
Kudos to the East Hill Partnership and Kent East Hill Revitalization group for the great job they do on making 104 Avenue SE/Benson Highway shine! Organizer John Schneider with Edward Jones recruited 37 fellow business owners and volunteers who contributed an amazing 300 hours in the various cleanups to date picking up litter to beautify that stretch of street.
Thanks to the following people for their participation in the cleanup: Laura Borg-Edward Jones, Michael Skarin-New York Life, Charles Carston-C&G Hair & Beauty Supply, Lisa Crivellone-Stafford Suites, Jim & Suzanne Berrios-Golden Steer Steak ‘N Rib House, Gary Lee-Kent Community Foundation, Joy Alford-LookFeelHealthy.com, Garry Stewart-The Doorman Services, Inc., Randall Smith-All Pro Building Maintenance, Josh Hall-City of Kent, Andrea Keikkala-Kent Chamber of Commerce, Caren Crowley-Kent Chamber of Commerce.
High fives to the Pearson/Tetzloff Family for taking on Military Rd. for some extra care between S. 248 and S. 260 St. Kudos to them for their willingness to tackle this street. You can tell, this family cares about their community!
A big Thank You to our own Kent Kiwanis! Not only do these folks do all kinds of wonderful activities to enrich our community, they give of their time and energy to make 240th shine between 104 Ave. SE and 116 Ave. SE. Give 'em a shoult-out when you see them!
The Kent Fred Meyers Employee group is the latest to join the Adopt-a-Street Program, and already they've made a difference! A big Thank You goes out to them for contributing 22.5 hours of their time sprucing up 108 Ave. SE from SE 222 Pl. to S. 208 St.
Mars Hill Church
Meridian Valley Country Club
Lake Meridian Safeway Employees
The Valley Communications Center Employee Association (VCCEA) has been an employee union serving South King County as 9-1-1 Call Receivers and Dispatchers since 1993. They are responsible for answering emergency 9-1-1 calls and dispatching resources such as police officers, firefighters and paramedics to citizens requiring assistance. The service area spans from Seattle’s Southern border to a few blocks South of the Pierce County line and from Vashon Island to the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range.
Austin Haynes, Communications Officer II, and VCCEA Vice President, organized the Adopter group. He reports that “VCCEA has been attempting to be more involved in the community they serve. Adopting a Street is just one more way that we can further that goal and help give back to the community.”
Sophia Cossola/John L. Scott Real Estate
Republic Services’ municipal team pitched in the Monday morning following Kent Cornucopia Days to pick up litter on Fourth Avenue in downtown Kent. Republic Services adopted the busy street last April. “We are honored to partner with the City of Kent to assist with keeping this area clean,” said Jeff Wagner, Municipal Relationship Manager for Republic Services. Wagner was joined by Matthew Calantas, Community Outreach Specialist and Anela Saday, Municipal Contract Administrator, along with several other Republic Employees. Together, they picked up litter along Fourth Avenue from Willis to James Street.
Republic Services proudly sponsors and participates in several community events in Kent, including: Fourth of July Kent Splash, Kent Cornucopia Days, Kent International Festival, and more.