West Seattle, Washington
Here’s advance word of three student-led events at local high schools in the next week, all free and open to everyone in the community:
CSIHS MULTICULTURAL NIGHT: Doors open at 5 pm Thursday (April 27) at the Chief Sealth International High School Galleria for this year’s Multicultural Night, themed “Pass the Plate, Positivity, and Peace.” All are welcome for “free food, fun, and fabulous performances” that start at 6 pm. (2600 SW Thistle)
STUDENT-LED MENTAL-HEALTH PANEL AT WSHS: 6-7:30 pm Thursday (April 27), West Seattle High School invites parents, students, staff, and community members to the library for this discussion: “A student panel will address a broad range of topics such as anxiety, stress, depression, suicide, and relationships with parents and teachers. A mental-health counselor from Neighborcare Health at WSHS will be available to guide the discussion.” (3000 California SW)
GLOBAL GENDER-EQUITY COMMUNITY NIGHT: This will be hosted 5:30-7 pm Monday, May 1st, at West Seattle High School by the WSHS UNICEF Club, which “wants to invite all families, parents, and students around West Seattle! It is going to be a fun evening full of activities and learning about how education, gender equity, and the power of women all play a role in the global theater. Come be inspired by the youth of your community and their passions.”
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
“Let this be a day of healing and education.”
That was the hope voiced in the prayer that opened the first-ever Mental Health Day at Seattle Lutheran High School in The Junction.
It was intended to be life-saving – but not dour. Humanities chair Tim Caudle, the organizer, also promised students, “Today is going to be a fun day – so you guys can learn that there is hope, there is a future.”
Parents were alerted more than a month in advance, and provided with an outline of what would be discussed.
We were invited to sit in on the assembly that began the day – with special guests from the Jordan Binion Project, founded by a couple who lost a child to suicide – a child the age of many who sat listening to them in the SLHS gym last Thursday morning – a child who had just turned 17.
This was the epitome of the urgency voiced by Caudle, who said that he and SLHS principal Dave Meyer had been to three funerals of people with some connection to the school.
The statistics told the story: Mental illness affects one in five people directly – and their loved ones.
That’s where Deb and Willie Binion stepped up to talk about the nonprofit they co-founded to educate high-school students about mental illness, named for their son Jordan. Read More
The latest West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports:
TIRE/WHEEL THEFT: The photo and report are from Matt in Alki:
I live on the corner of 59th Ave SW and Admiral. When I went out to my car this morning to leave for work I came upon this. Someone had jacked just one entire tire/wheel with bolts. Has anyone else in the area had this happen or did any of my neighbors notice anything unusual last night?
SHARED-CAR VANDALISM: Last night, somebody smashed the window of a car2go vehicle left parked outside Ben‘s house on 8th SW in Highland Park:
He says 911 told him he couldn’t file a report because he wasn’t the victim. After multiple tries, he reached car2go, which said they would report it and send someone over to clean up and get the car.
PACKAGE TAKEN: The video and report are from Isaac on Puget Ridge:
16th Ave right across from South Seattle College. Happened today 4/25 at 12:32 pm.
PACKAGES, MAIL TAKEN: From Adam in the 3000 block of SW Avalon Way:
We have had two packages stolen from our home, one on 4/10 @ 3:35 AM and also on this Saturday @ 02:11 by different people. Both are outgoing food delivery coolers to be picked up by FEDEX in the morning which is why we place them outside before we go to bed.
Also last week our mailboxes were ripped open and the mail stolen.
MEETING REMINDER: Neighborhood crime/safety concerns? The West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network meets at 6:30 pm at the precinct, with new Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Burbridge as guest speaker. All welcome. (2300 SW Webster)
Just in from the city’s director of homelessness George Scarola – a third “community conversation” about the now-sanctioned encampment Camp Second Chance on the city-owned Myers Way Parcels and the non-sanctioned campers in the area:
At the community meeting on February 1st, there was a request to arrange a third meeting that would focus on public-safety issues related to homelessness along Myers Way South:
*Issues relating to the RVs parked along Myers Way and the unsanctioned encampments east of Myers Way;
*Concerns raised by community members regarding 9-1-1 calls;
*The City’s ongoing efforts to remove the trash along Myers Way; and,
*A progress report from Camp Second Chance.
That will all be part of this:
3rd Community Conversation re: Myers Way Homeless Encampment
Monday, May 15th
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Joint Training Facility, 9401 Myers Way South
WSB coverage of the February 1st meeting is here; our coverage of the December meeting is here. Scarola, meantime, briefed the City Council two weeks ago (WSB coverage here) and CSC’s population was listed as 33 at the time, just under half its current capacity.
Eight months after its first Design Review meeting (WSB coverage here; official city report here), 5458 California SW has a date for its next, and possibly final, one: June 1st. The project is a three-story building with six live-work units, planned to replace the 109-year-old “log house” on the site that currently serves as home to Ventana Construction (WSB sponsor), which will move to a new location when its lease expires this summer; the house, as reported here in March, has been sold and will be moved to a new site. Meantime, the design packet for the June 1st hearing (6:30 pm, Senior Center/Sisson Building, 4217 SW Oregon) isn’t out yet, but we’ll publish an update when it is.
Just announced by Westside School (WSB sponsor) in Arbor Heights:
Westside School will once again open its doors to three- and four-year-olds for a half- and full-day preschool program for the fall of 2017. Expanding upon our current pre-kindergarten program, we will offer emergent curriculum focused on experiential learning and inspired by a variety of teaching practices. Preschool students will have access to many of our specialists, such as visual art, performing arts, physical education, and world languages.
Great early-childhood education has been a hallmark of Westside School since its founding in 1981 and we are thrilled to announce the return of our preschool after a several-year hiatus. We encourage families to join us for our Preschool Preview or a tour.
Westside School is now accepting applications for preschool and other grades (depending on availability) for the fall 2017. For more information, please contact Ted Holmes in our Office of Admission, firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.932.2511.
Tuesday, May 9: Preschool Preview, 10:00 to 11:00 am. Meet the preschool teachers and learn about the program in detail. Parents and guardians only, please.
Tuesday, May 23, Student Observation, 10:00 to 11:00 am. We will meet prospective students in a short observation session.
Tours for all grades: Available upon request: 206.932.2511
If you’re planning to be part of the 13th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day on Saturday, May 13th, and you’re not registered yet – two more days! 9 pm Thursday (April 27th) is this year’s registration deadline – and here’s where to sign up.
So far, 240+ sales are on their way to The Map (which will be available here, along with the listings, one week before sale day). Searching through them, we found – so far:
*60 sales mentioning toys
*29 sales mentioning tables
*20 moving sales
*16 sales with free stuff
*14 sales with beds or stuff for them
*7 sales mentioning antiques
*7 sales where you’ll find lemonade
*6 sales with bicycles
*5 sales offering “treasures”
*2 sales mentioning “wedding decor”
*1 sale promising “nerdy gifts”
*1 sale with a wine cooler AND an air conditioner (think summer!)
… and (as 13 listings promise) much more! North to south, east to west, you’ll probably find some sales within walking distance of wherever in West Seattle (and a bit south) you are. So set aside 9 am-3 pm Saturday, May 13th (or some portion thereof), and be ready to join in the city’s biggest person-to-person recycling day. More updates ahead!
That was the scene this morning at Anchor Park along Duwamish Head, which is one place you might want to be later this week when low-low-tide season starts, for a good overview of the shore, or a starting point to walk along it. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will bring the first minus-two-feet daytime low tides of the year – -2.3 at 1:03 pm on Friday, -2.4 at 1:51 pm on Saturday, -2.1 at 2:41 pm on Sunday. So far, the weather looks best on Saturday.
P.S. Memorial Day weekend will bring the first minus-three-feet tides of the year, and Seattle Aquarium beach naturalists too.
Highlights for today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
LOOKING FOR WORK … can be easier with help. 2-4 pm today and every Tuesday, you are welcome to drop by Neighborhood House High Point and get help, as detailed in our calendar listing. Don’t forget to check the job listings here on WSB, too. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)
PLAY CHESS … that’s the invitation for young players who drop by High Point Library, 4:30-5:30 pm. (35th SW/SW Raymond)
NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY AND CRIME PREVENTION … is what you’ll hear and talk about at tonight’s monthly meeting of the West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network, 6:30 pm at the Southwest Precinct. You don’t have to be a BW captain – you don’t even have to be in a BW – all are welcome. Special guest is new SW Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Burbridge. (2300 SW Webster)
DISCUSS RACISM … at the first of four gatherings in a new series at Fauntleroy UCC Church, centered on the book “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.” 6:30 pm; details in our calendar listing. (9140 California SW)
STORIES AND SONGS … are at the heart of Family Story Time tonight at 7 pm at Delridge Library. (5423 Delridge Way SW)
ORIGINAL ELECTRIC JAZZ … is what you’ll hear at Parliament Tavern tonight starting at 8 pm, with saxophonist Kate Olson and friends. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
6:48 AM: Good morning! No incidents in/from West Seattle right now.
PATH ALERT: A texter reports a tree down on the bike/foot path near the scene of yesterday morning’s Harbor Avenue crash. This was mentioned in comments last night and as we noted there, it needs to be reported to SDOT the same as if it were road debris – 206-386-1218 if outside business hours, 206-684-ROAD otherwise.
CAMERA NOTE: Still only one SDOT camera working on the high bridge, so that’s why only one is featured above again today.
8:01 AM: Slow going but still incident-less. Note for bus riders: Last week we told you about Metro‘s new survey asking your opinion on two options for “simplifying” fares. If you’re downtown at lunchtime, you’re also invited to drop in to today’s noon-2 pm meeting at King Street Center (201 S. Jackson) to talk with Metro reps in person.
8:23 AM: SFD has been dispatched to a crash reported on the eastbound West Seattle Bridge ramp to northbound 99.
8:46 AM: We haven’t had an update from SDOT but the 911 log shows that Seattle Fire units have closed out the call.