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REMINDER: ‘Smoke on the Water’ Community BBQ fundraiser is this Friday

REMINDER: Join in on the FUN at this year’s ‘Smoke on the Water Community BBQ,’ coming up this Friday, July 22 and brought to you by Destination Des Moines. This all ages fundraiser event – which runs Friday from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. – will help benefit the July 4th Fireworks Over Des Moines, and all the other fun events brought to you by local nonprofit Destination Des Moines.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Anthony Martinelli’s former partner disputes his claims

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a verified resident. It does not necessarily reflect the opinions of The Waterland Blog, nor its staff:]. I’m writing in response to a recent Letter to the Editor from former City of Des Moines Councilman and my former partner and abuser, Anthony Martinelli. Mr. Martinelli and I met in the beautiful city of Des Moines through a mutual friend when we were both teenagers. He and I began dating in November 2005 and our relationship ended, after many tumultuous years, in September 2011. While I am not here to air his dirty laundry, I need to clarify some of the items he addressed in his letter that are misleading or outright untrue.

Speed limit reduced on Pacific Highway South in Des Moines

The City of Des Moines – in coordination with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and adjacent agencies – has reduced the speed limit on Pacific Highway South (SR-99), from 45MPH to 40MPH, effective Monday, July 18, 2022. “This reduction of the speed limit is intended to...

Help clean up Downtown Des Moines this Saturday, July 16

A Downtown Cleanup Event will be held from 10 – 11:30 a.m. this Saturday, July 16, 2022, and volunteers are still needed. To help out, just meet at Big Catch Plaza (map below) at 10 a.m., check-in, then spread out and help clean up the Marina District. This event...

New 988 mental health emergency number will activate this weekend

A new 988 mental health emergency phone number will activate across the U.S. this Saturday, July. 16, 2022. Similar to dialing 911, 988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. When people call, text, or chat 988, they...

Washington State Patrol seeking witnesses to pellet gun shooting on I-5

The Washington State Patrol is seeking witnesses to a pellet gun shooting on I-5 that happened Wednesday morning, July 13, 2022. Troopers say that at 9:50 a.m. Wednesday morning, they received a 9-1-1 call from a driver reporting that their vehicle was shot at on northbound I-5 near S. 200th Street in SeaTac (map below).

DAL Law Firm: Avoid common mistakes in estate planning

While creating your Estate Plan is important, creating one that avoids common pitfalls and mistakes is essential. After all, you don’t want to go through all the time it takes to create a plan to protect your loved ones, just to have it riddled with errors that end up causing them stress and headaches in the end. Creating an estate plan allows you to do that with the fewest tax liabilities for your beneficiaries and it reduces the chance of estate litigation among your heirs. Not only can properly prepared estate planning documents help maximize the value of your estate, but the process of working with an estate planning attorney gives you an opportunity to talk through important decisions.