Local news from iLoveKent.net for Tuesday, October 18, 2016. I’m sorry this week’s edition is a day late. That’s the problem with a one-person office. When that person is sick, everything has to wait. Thanks for your patience! #kentnews

REVISED–King County Ballots To Be Mailed Tomorrow.
King County Ballots for the Nov. 8 General Election will be mailed out tomorrow, Oct. 19. Voter guides have already been mailed. Ballot drop-off boxes will be opened the following day and available until 8 PM on Nov. 8. Accessible voting options and centers are available for those who need assistance with voting. Get additional details and King County Elections resources on iLoveKent.net.

NEW–Erosion Repair Work to Cause Periodic Lane Closures on S. 212th near WinCo Foods
On Monday, erosion repair work began at Garrison Creek and S. 212th St. near WinCo Foods. There will be temporary, intermittent lane closures during weekdays from 8 AM to 5 PM. The work is expected to be completed by Oct. 28.

NEW–Kent Downtown Tree Replacement on First Avenue Starts Oct. 17
Due to declining tree health, some downtown trees need to be removed, including pear trees lining First Avenue between Meeker and Titus Streets. Tree removal will be Oct. 17 between 8 AM and noon on weekdays. Replacement trees will be planted in the existing tree “pits” in early November. Some parking stalls and pedestrian walkways will also be affected.

NEW–King County Council to Host Budget Meeting in Kent on Oct. 18
Learn what the King County Council has planned for the 2017-18 budget cycle at a public meeting on Tues., Oct. 18 (6:30 pm) at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center (401 Fourth Ave. N., Courtroom 3F). Click here for more information.

REMINDER–Audition Deadline for Kent Has Talent is October 21.
KCF-logo-basicKent Community Foundation is hosting Kent Has Talent on Friday, November 18. Audition applications are due October 21. There are three age groups for talent and cash prizes for each. Auditions are open to anyone who lives, works or goes to school in Kent. Click here for audition details and event rules. FREE.

NEW–FREE Job Fair at Highline College on Oct. 26
Highline College in Des Moines is hosting a job fair with close to 50 local employers offering full-time, part-time and temporary jobs. The event will be Wed., Oct. 26 from 11 am to 2 pm at Highline College’s main campus (2400 S. 240th St., Des Moines, WA), Building 8. The event is free and open the public. Registration is not necessary. Attendees should be prepared to speak to recruiters, bring their resumes, and dress professionally. Click here for more details.

tacoma-starsNEW–Tacoma Stars is our newest marketing partner.
iLoveKent.net is pleased to welcome the Tacoma Stars as our newest marketing partner. We appreciate their support and are excited to have a professional indoor soccer team right here in Kent. They’ll play 10 home games at ShoWare Center, starting with their home opener is Sat., Oct. 29. We hope to see you there!

REVISED–Wash. Comcast Customers Subject to 1 TB Data Usage Caps Nov. 1
xfinity-comcast-logoStarting November 1, Comcast and Xfinity customers in the state of Washington – and 2 dozen other regions throughout the country – will be subject to data caps with the company’s new 1 TB Internet Data Usage Plan. Customers who go over 1 TB of data usage per month will be assessed overage fees unless they sign up for the Unlimited Data Plan at an additional $50 per month. Comcast says this will only affect fewer than 1% of its customers. Comcast emailed affected customers last week, but additional information is available here.

NEW–Greater Kent Historical Society to Host Chronicles on Nov. 3.
On Nov. 3 (11 AM to Noon), the Greater Kent Historical Society will host Chronicles at the Kent museum. This month’s topic: conversations about the Vietnam War, the story of John Walker. #kenthistory

NEW–Kent School District is proposing a $252 million bond issue on the November 8 ballot. The goal with the bond issue is to reduce overcrowding while improving the schools overall. Learn more here.

Mark Your Calendars for These Upcoming Kent Events (not listed above):

Oct. 20: Third Thursday Art Night
Oct. 22: Kent PD’s Prescription Drug Take Back Day
Oct. 26: Screening of “Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict
Oct. 27: Kent International Festival’s 2016 World Wide Dance Party
Oct. 28: Mother Africa Cultural and Resource Night
Oct. 31: Trick-or-treating and costume contest at Kent Station
Nov. 3: Kent Downtown Partnership’s “Talking Shop
Nov. 8: Election Day
Nov. 18: Kent Has Talent
Nov. 26: Holiday Sip ‘n Shop to Celebrate Small Business Saturday

Dana Neuts

I am a full-time freelance writer, editor, marketing pro and the publisher of iLoveKent.net.