Highland Park – West Seattle Blog… http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:29:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Helicopter search for auto-theft suspects http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-helicopter-search-for-auto-theft-suspects/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-helicopter-search-for-auto-theft-suspects/#comments Wed, 18 Apr 2018 06:31:12 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=914209 11:31 PM: If you hear the Guardian One helicopter in southeast West Seattle, near Westcrest Park – it’s being called in to help with what scanner traffic indicates is a search for two people described as auto-theft suspects. There’s a ground search with K-9, too. The suspects are described so far as male, white, one in a camouflage jacket, ponytail and goatee, the other in a black shirt or jacket and “slightly unshaven.” If you have any information, call 911.

12:54 AM: Sounds as if police detained one person. We’ll be following up later this morning to see what else we can find out about how this started and shook out.

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VIDEO: Highland Park Elementary’s first Move-A-Thon! http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/video-highland-park-elementarys-first-move-a-thon/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/video-highland-park-elementarys-first-move-a-thon/#comments Sat, 07 Apr 2018 01:51:56 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=913340

Spring break has just begun for Seattle Public Schools – classes resume on April 16th. And it was a fun final pre-break day at Highland Park Elementary, as HPE PTA president Connie Wolf explains:

This morning Highland Park Elementary students rocked the tie dye at our first annual Move-A-Thon!

This fun event was made possible by our incredible school staff, passionate parents, and community-minded sponsors (Rain City West Screen Printing, Roxbury Lanes, Pagliacci Pizza, and West Seattle Runner). Also a very special thanks to our friends at Gatewood Elementary and Genesee Hill Elementary for their guidance. It’s been a landmark year for the HPE PTA, and it has everything to do with the support we’ve received from our West Seattle village.

(HPE principal Chris Cronas)

This is what your generosity and thoughtfulness helps us accomplish!

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SATURDAY: Party in Highland Park to support Duwamish Rowing Club http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/saturday-party-in-highland-park-to-support-duwamish-rowing-club/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/saturday-party-in-highland-park-to-support-duwamish-rowing-club/#respond Fri, 06 Apr 2018 00:33:10 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=913248 In case you haven’t already seen it on our calendar – Saturday night, our area’s only rowing club invites you to a benefit party at Highland Park Improvement Club (1116 SW Holden). It’s the seventh annual fundraiser for Duwamish Rowing Club, 6-10 pm, with a chili dinner, silent auction, and raffle drawing, plus guest speaker Bill Tytus, owner/president of Pocock Racing Shells. Donation is $25 adults, $10 youth 10-18, and you’re invited to bring your favorite (vinyl) record to play! You’ll be supporting the club’s mission “that rowing should be affordable, accessible, and open to anyone who wants to participate.”

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Highland Park Action Committee: Crime; camp; Find It, Fix It followup… http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/highland-park-action-committee-crime-camp-find-it-fix-it-followup/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/highland-park-action-committee-crime-camp-find-it-fix-it-followup/#respond Mon, 02 Apr 2018 02:02:51 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=912900 Toplines from the monthly Highland Park Action Committee meeting, last Wednesday night at Highland Park Improvement Club:

CRIME-TRENDS UPDATE: First up, Southwest Precinct Operations Lt. Ron Smith, with updates on Highland Park trends.

Burglaries are up, year to date, from last year – 10 reported through mid-March in 2017, 21 this year. The precinct will be talking with Assistant Chief Steve Wilske soon about adding emphasis patrols to address this trend. One positive trend in southeastern West Seattle – crime in the Westwood Village area is down 30 percent from a year earlier. Lt. Smith says business owners at the shopping center are working with officers and that’s helped bring the decrease. They’re still working on reducing liquor shoplifting.

CAMP SECOND CHANCE RENEWAL COMMENTS: Picking up from the comments he delivered at the recent community meeting about city extension of Camp Second Chance‘s permit, new HPAC co-chair Charlie Omana reiterated that Highland Park and vicinity have had their share of encampment-hosting (dating back a decade now to the original “Nickelsville” just east of the Highland Park Way hill) and that it’s time for other neighborhoods to step up. He’s reviewing the letters that HPAC has sent to the city regarding camping in the area as well as policing and cleanup on the east side of Myers Way, outside the sanctioned encampment on the west side. (Comments on the proposed one-year extension of Camp Second Chance’s permit are due by Thursday, April 5th; you can e-mail homelessness@seattle.gov – include “Myers Way” in the subject line.)

FIND IT, FIX IT FOLLOWUP: The last major item of the night was a review of what’s happened since last year’s Find It, Fix It Walk.

(WSB photo from May 2017 Find It, Fix It Walk in Highland Park)

While HPAC members acknowledged progress had been made on some trouble spots, some questions remain, including improving Metro bus service to the area, and maintenance of some trails in Riverview Park. HPAC will stay vigilant in following up with the city and discussing at future meetings.

Highland Park Action Committee meets fourth Wednesdays most months, 7 pm at HP Improvement Club. Watch hpacws.org for updates between meetings.

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FOLLOWUP: Highland Park Elementary playground gets ready for May grand opening http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/followup-highland-park-elementary-playground-gets-ready-for-may-grand-opening/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/followup-highland-park-elementary-playground-gets-ready-for-may-grand-opening/#comments Sun, 01 Apr 2018 22:26:19 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=912895

Last weekend, we featured Sam‘s report on Highland Park Elementary playground progress. We received a followup, with photos, from Connie Wolf of the HPE PTA:

Over 100 adults and kids generously gave of their time (last) Sunday morning to move a mountain of play chips and prep the gravel under our new net climber. A huge THANK YOU to our school families and staff, community members, City Year, Pomegranate Design, and Bethany Community Church for turning a daunting task into a community-building celebration. All the credit for organizing the event and getting Phase One of our playground built goes to the volunteer group Highland Park Plays and especially Gretchen DeDecker (Seattle Public Schools Program Manager).

Up next – concrete work is wrapping up, and then we’ll finish getting the chips into the play area. The highly anticipated play structures will be ready for our students in April. We’re planning a Grand Opening Party on May 5th. Stay tuned for details!

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MISSING: Have you seen Kathleen? http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/missing-have-you-seen-kathleen/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/missing-have-you-seen-kathleen/#comments Sat, 31 Mar 2018 04:25:45 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=912749 FRIDAY, 9:25 PM: Friends and neighbors are trying to find out what happened to Kathleen, who they say hasn’t been seen at her Highland Park home for two weeks. Her disappearance is suspicious, explains her neighbor Grace, because Kathleen’s home appeared to have been ransacked and her dog left behind, with obvious signs of neglect. Grace says Kathleen “was considered our neighborhood vigilante,” in terms of watching out for crime and suspicious activity, and that she would never let a neighbor’s disappearance go unremarked on, so they’re trying to find out what happened to her. They say Kathleen worked at Home Depot but hadn’t been there for a few weeks. A police report has been filed, 2018-109928, so if you’ve seen Kathleen or have any information about the circumstances of her disappearance, her friends hope you will call 911 and refer to that incident number. (We are not publishing Kathleen’s full name, as we have not heard from relatives, nor, Grace says, have neighbors.)

ADDED MONDAY MORNING: We just talked with Det. Mark Jamieson at SPD media relations, who talked with the detective assigned to the case after we inquired. He confirms what a family member says in the comment section, that at this point there is no indication of foul play (criminal activity); she was reported missing about two weeks ago and the case remains open.

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VIDEO: Highland Park neighbors celebrate Martha Mallett’s milestone birthday http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/video-highland-park-neighbors-celebrate-martha-malletts-milestone-birthday/ Mon, 26 Mar 2018 03:46:06 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=912330 (WSB photos)

Big birthday party this afternoon at Highland Park Improvement Club for a longtime community mainstay – Martha Mallett celebrated her 90th birthday! After a few warm words for partygoers, led them in a cheer of sorts:

She’s been involved since the 1950s with the historic community center, which is getting close to its centennial.

Highland Park-residing City Councilmember Lisa Herbold was among those at HPIC to honor Martha.

The councilmember read a special city proclamation declaring today “Martha Mallett Day” and detailing Martha’s many accomplishments:

As the proclamation noted, Martha’s decades of involvement with HPIC date back into the 1950s! Memorabilia including photos were on display at the party:

She was also serenaded with “What a Wonderful World.”

P.S. Due in no small part to Martha’s efforts, collaborating with neighbors, HPIC remains a thriving community organization/center to this day, with a variety of weekly and monthly events you can browse here.

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PLAYGROUND PROGRESS! Happening today at Highland Park Elementary http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/playground-progress-happening-today-at-highland-park-elementary/ Sun, 25 Mar 2018 18:15:02 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=912303

Not everyone is kicking back on this Sunday morning! Sam sends the photos from Highland Park Elementary, explaining what the people in the photo above were warming up for:

After 4 years of work, phase one is finally nearing completion on Highland Park elementary’s new playground plan. We are moving wood chips into place as we await the contractor to finish pouring concrete.

Those years of work that Sam mentioned have included volunteer work, community fundraising, and grant-seeking – all so the kids have a better place to play.

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YOU CAN HELP! Simple way to ‘change the lives’ of Highland Park Elementary students http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/you-can-help-simple-way-to-change-the-lives-of-highland-park-elementary-students/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/you-can-help-simple-way-to-change-the-lives-of-highland-park-elementary-students/#comments Fri, 09 Mar 2018 18:03:41 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=910951 For 5th graders at Highland Park Elementary, it’s the trip of a lifetime – traveling across Puget Sound for outdoor education. But every year, teachers and community members have to raise money to make it happen. This year’s trip is almost here and they still need help, and asked if we could let you know. From the crowdfunding page:

Highland Park is a unique place. We are a Title I school that serves an extremely diverse population with 80% of our students receiving free or reduced-price lunch. Many of our students speak more than one language and bring rich, cultural backgrounds to our community. The wide spectrum of learners creates a distinctive environment where we are happy to teach and grow with our scholars.

Each year, we have the pleasure of taking our fifth graders on a trip to IslandWood – a school in the woods on Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from downtown Seattle. During the four-day excursion, students are exposed to many things that they have never seen or done before, beginning with the ferry ride across Puget Sound and extending throughout their time on site. The staff at IslandWood provides an authentic, engaging learning experience. Every year, we get to watch our students learn in a way that cannot be provided inside the four walls of a classroom. To see the transformation under which many students go when they step beyond the world they live in is nothing short of inspirational. We love seeing those ‘lightbulb’ moments when our scholars click with learning in new, indescribable ways. Not only is the trip to IslandWood a fun-packed adventure, but it shapes the fifth-grade community upon our return as well. We create a close bond and build deeper relationships that greatly improve our ability to rise to the demands of fifth grade.

We want every student to be able to take this trip and have the opportunity to do something completely outside of their normal routine. However, while all the benefits of IslandWood are impossible to quantify, they do come with a price tag. This is where we need your help.

As teachers of Highland Park Elementary, we want to raise money to subsidize the cost of IslandWood so that every student can afford to come, and the only way we can do that is with your support. The last two years, generous donations helped pave the way for our students to have this powerful experience and we want nothing more than for this year’s scholars to receive the same opportunity.

Please consider donating to this trip and help us change the lives of these fifty-eight scholars.

Here again is the link.

11:33 AM NOTE: As commenters point out, there appears to be a problem with the donation process, which isn’t shown until three steps in … we have a message out to organizers … if you were planning to donate, please save the link and check back later! Sorry! (Per comments – fixed.)

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Highland Park Action Committee: New meters and new leaders http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/highland-park-action-committee-new-meters-and-new-leaders/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/highland-park-action-committee-new-meters-and-new-leaders/#comments Mon, 05 Mar 2018 04:43:49 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=910578 One more community-group update from this past week: Highland Park Action Committee, which elected a new chair and co-chair, as well as getting a briefing from Seattle City Light.

But first: Outgoing co-chair Gunner Scott said he’s going to keep Mayor Jenny Durkan to her promise to visit Highland Park. He extended the invitation at her West Seattle “town hall” last weekend:

And she accepted it. Scott says he hopes to have her visit for coffee, donuts, and a look at Highland Park’s infamous traffic trouble (the one for which a roundabout is being sought).

Speaking of city business – City Light’s new meters will be installed in West Seattle soon:

Scott Thomsen from SCL was at HPAC with the update. He says City Light has installed almost 100,000 meters north of downtown so far and that phase two will be the south side, including West Seattle starting this summer. Among the benefits of the new meters, Thomsen said, will be that you’ll be able to know your usage even before your bill arrives. You’ll also be able to set an alert, if you want, to be triggered when your monthly bill reaches a certain dollar amount. And the meters will provide the utility with instant notice of power outages – in some areas, there’s still a lag until SCL hears from customers who have lost power.

Here’s how the installation will roll out: About six weeks in advance, you’ll get a letter explaining the new meters. About a week before the installer shows up, you’ll get a postcard announcing when the crew will be in your neighborhood. Then one day in advance, you’ll get a robo-call about it. On installation day, the crew will knock on your door to provide advance warning that you’ll be out of power for a few minutes while the switch is made.

Now, meet the HPAC leaders present and past:

From left, new secretary James Tucker, new chair Charlie Omana, outgoing co-chairs Scott (who will now serve as vice chair) and Michele Witzki.

P.S. HPAC usually gets updated on what’s ahead at Highland Park Improvement Club, which hosts its meetings – upcoming events include not only Corner Bar, Art Lounge, and Movie Night, all of which happen just about every month, but also the Uncorked “wine event” coming up May 19th – more details soon.

Highland Park Action Committee meets fourth Wednesdays, 7 pm, at HP Improvement Club – check hpacws.org between meetings for updates.

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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Burglary suspect arrested in Highland Park http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/west-seattle-crime-watch-burglary-suspect-arrested-in-highland-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/west-seattle-crime-watch-burglary-suspect-arrested-in-highland-park/#comments Tue, 27 Feb 2018 19:31:23 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=910116

11:31 AM: Thanks for the tips about police activity outside the Highland Park 7-11. That helped us zero in on the source of some scanner traffic about an arrest – and now we’ve just obtained more information from SPD media-relations Det. Mark Jamieson (officers at the scene declined comment). He says the white Escalade in the photo was suspected in connection with a West Seattle burglary this morning and a non-West Seattle burglary yesterday (in South Precinct jurisdiction); an officer spotted it, called for backup, and a “felony stop” (which usually means guns drawn) was made in the 7-11 parking lot. They arrested a suspect and impounded the vehicle, pending a search warrant. More details are expected to be made public a bit later, police tell us, so look for another update.

ADDED 1:36 PM: SPD Blotter‘s report notes that an “observant neighbor” is to thank:

A neighbor called 911 Tuesday at 8:45 a.m. after she spotted a man attempting to break into a home in the 1200 block of SW Othello Street. The witness continued to update dispatchers as officers were responding to the home and described a white Cadillac Escalade driving away from the home.

The King County Sheriff’s Guardian One helicopter was in the area and spotted the SUV leaving the neighborhood. The pilot directed officers to the vehicle in the 1600 block of Southwest Holden Street. Seattle police officers took the 23-year-old into custody and have turned him over to burglary detectives. Detectives believe the suspect may be responsible for an additional burglary in the area this week. Detectives will book the suspect into King County Jail for investigation of burglary.

ADDED 2:58 PM: According to a separate online update from the South Precinct’s commander, the non-West Seattle burglary yesterday was in the 10100 block of Rainier Ave S. The victims, who were home, provided police with a plate number, so that’s how police knew what/who they were looking for.

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GOOD TIME, GOOD CAUSE: ‘Fund the Future’ in Highland Park http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/good-time-good-cause-fund-the-future-in-highland-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/good-time-good-cause-fund-the-future-in-highland-park/#comments Tue, 30 Jan 2018 02:30:08 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=907523

Saturday night, you’re invited to have a good time for a good cause – a big party with food, drink, and one of the coolest “photo booth” settings ever, all for the Highland Park Elementary PTA, which shares this announcement:

The Highland Park Elementary PTA is putting on our first-ever auction, and we need your help! Our event is less than a week away, February 3rd, and we’ve sold only 61 out of 150 tickets.

An energetic and resourceful group of parents got together to organize our ‘Fund the Future’ auction – featuring delicious food from Joanie’s Catering, tasty cocktails, a ton of items up for bid, games, and a DeLorean. Yes, a DeLorean! Dressing up in costume from your favorite era is encouraged (bonus points for working in the ‘Back to the Future’ theme). Need childcare? Lil’ Bug Studio is showing their support by offering a Parents’ Night Out during the event so your school-aged children can have a fun night out too.

Fundraising is an essential job of any PTA, but a significant challenge at a school where over three quarters of our students come from low-income families. While the Highland Park PTA’s budgetary needs are just a fraction of more affluent schools, we still need to raise funds so we can provide enrichment opportunities for our amazing students, support our hardworking staff, and bring all of our families into the school through events.

We just brought the Science On Wheels program to our school and every student spent a memorable day exploring astronomy. We are beginning construction on a 4-year-old project to build a playground and in two months students will have play structures for the first time. We are trying to make sure our 5th graders have the opportunity for a transformational outdoor experience at IslandWood.

Help us continue this impactful work by going to our party! You can find out more about ‘Fund the Future’ at our blog, and tickets are available for purchase at Brown Paper Tickets. If you can’t make the event, please consider helping our 5th graders get to IslandWood.

Be the lightning that powers our school family into the future!

Get your ticket(s) here.

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Highland Park Action Committee: Needle cleanup, natural drainage, neighborhood help… http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/highland-park-action-committee-needle-cleanup-natural-drainage-neighborhood-help/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/highland-park-action-committee-needle-cleanup-natural-drainage-neighborhood-help/#comments Sun, 28 Jan 2018 06:30:16 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=907143

From the Highland Park Action Committee‘s January meeting:

‘I FOUND A NEEDLE, NOW WHAT?’ The Sharps Collection Pilot Program from Seattle Public Utilities gave a presentation. It was basically Needle 101 – where do discarded needles come from? Not just IV drug users – could be people with medical conditions that require injections, even pets that need shots, or allergy sufferers. In Seattle, it’s illegal to just throw needles in the trash, “for the safety of sanitation workers,” said the SPU presenters.

If you find a needle on public property:

-Don’t touch it
-Report via Find It Fix It
-Website: seattle.gov/util/sharps
-Illegal dumping hotline: 206-684-7587

If you report it that way, “The city will come and clean up the needle for you!” the slide deck promised. Within 24 hours, the SPU reps added. But not if it’s on private property – in that case, you have to pick it up, but then you can bring it to a public disposal site. So – how to clean up on private property? That was the next section of the presentation. Be sure you have:

-Puncture-proof container

Never touch the needle with your hands – not even to re-cap it. (It’s not just a matter of getting poked – it’s any contact with a virus that might still be “alive,” for hours or even days.)

Place the puncture-proof container on a flat surface close to the needle; open it to prepare it. Use your tongs to pick it up – by the plunger, not by the needle. Hold it far away from your body and place the sharp end into the container first. Then put the cap back on your puncture-proof container and tape the top shut. Dispose of your gloves – wash your hands – deliver the container to a sharps bin near you. There’s a map on this page or scroll through it below:

As you can see, in our area, Roxhill Park has a large box, and Westcrest Park has a restroom with a smaller box, or you can take the container to the South Transfer Station.

The program is likely to expand a bit this year, the SPU team said, depending on usage and on what they hear in “outreach” events like this. They might “do a little rearranging, a little adding, a little subtracting,” and are open to location suggestions. HPAC co-chair Gunner Scott suggested Riverview Playfield. Other suggestions included the vicinity of 16th/Roxbury.

The SPU reps noted that they have only received three needle reports in this area recently. It was suggested, that might be because people aren’t that aware of the project. You can find out more about it here.

LONGFELLOW NATURAL-DRAINAGE SYSTEMS: A different presenter from Seattle Public Utilities brought an update on this project – they’ve identified potential blocks for installing “natural drainage” (raingardens, etc.) and most are NOT in Highland Park. See the map here. Along with feasibility, residents’ interest is part of how they’re deciding on siting; construction is set for 2019-2020.

HPIC UPDATE: Events ahead at Highland Park Improvement Club, where HPAC meets, include Punk Rock Aerobics, the new class that just started on Thursday nights. … The February first-Friday Corner Bar is coming up February 2nd … then there’s second-Friday Art Lounge on February 9th, and third-Friday Family Movie Night on February 16th … April 29th will be a work party to spruce up HPIC itself, May 19th is the 10th annual Uncorked wine-celebration fundraiser … Highland Park Elementary‘s fundraising auction is coming up February 3rd and a DeLorean car will be at HPIC for photos!

HPAC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE UPDATE: They’re taking nominations for leadership positions – co-chairs Scott and Michele Witzki would like to make way for new leaders. You can nominate yourself or someone else; voting is planned at next month’s meeting. … Some by-law tweaks were discussed (they are summarized and linked here) – a final vote is planned next month … There was discussion about how to get more community involvement, and also how to get more infrastructure for the neighborhood, especially with the roundabout project that has lost out on funding time and time again.

RAPIDRIDE H LINE: This planning-stages project, converting Metro Route 120 to the RapidRide H Line, was brought up by an attendee before meeting’s end. He said central Delridge in particular – the route area closest to Highland Park – is not getting much attention in the current discussions about stops and other aspects. (Here’s our most-recent coverage of what’s being proposed.) Co-chair Witzki urged people to take a look and interpret it “for themselves and how their neighborhoods might be affected.” Co-chair Scott mentioned that this is the type of topic for which committee creation would be optimal, and added that they could ask SDOT to come to HPAC’s February or March meeting.

DEPARTMENT OF NEIGHBORHOODS: Community-engagement coordinator Laura Jenkins reminded attendees that the Your Voice, Your Choice street/park-project-grant fund is in the idea-collection phase, through February 2nd – you can send in ideas online or on paper via libraries. One of the idea-reviewing meetings will be in east West Seattle, she said, either Highland Park or Puget Ridge. (Later in the meeting, HPAC concerns were voiced including what was happening with the projects that “won” last year (and a promised 11th/Henderson project that wasn’t on the official “winners” list), as well as ensuring that translated materials were available to community members for whom English is not a primary language). … Jenkins also noted that Neighbor Day is coming up February 10th.

APOLOGIES … that we arrived late (from the overlapping Lincoln Park Play Area meeting) and missed the first 20-plus minutes, including the update from Friends of Southwest Indoor Tennis.

The Highland Park Action Committee usually meets fourth Wednesdays – its next meeting is 7 pm February 28th at Highland Park Improvement Club (1116 SW Holden). Watch hpacws.org for updates.

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UPDATE: Seattle Fire callout near Westcrest Park http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/seattle-fire-callout-in-highland-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/seattle-fire-callout-in-highland-park/#comments Thu, 25 Jan 2018 20:42:14 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=907202 (Photo tweeted by SFD)

12:42 PM: A big Seattle Fire callout is in the 8400 block of 5th SW [map], near Westcrest Park, where SFD says what started as a vehicle fire has “extended to a structure.”

12:48 PM: According to radio communications, the fire has not extended to the residence at that address. Many of the responding units have been dismissed. Adding an SFD photo from before the vehicle fire was extinguished.

(WSB photo)

1:08 PM: Our crew at the scene confirms that the fire is out. How it started remains under investigation; we’re told no one was home at the time, and there are no injuries.

(WSB photo)

1:16 PM: Firefighters on the scene also confirm that damage is limited to the vehicle and garage. (Photo of the other side of the house, added above)

6:08 PM: SFD tells us they have not yet determined how the fire started, “pending further investigation.” Damage estimate: “$20,000 loss to structure and $20,000 loss vehicle.”

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Pedestrian injured in Highland Park http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/pedestrian-injured-in-highland-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/pedestrian-injured-in-highland-park/#comments Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:55:05 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=906958 (Reader photo, texted)

Thanks for the tips on an emergency response at 15th/Holden in Highland Park. The scene cleared shortly after we arrived a few minutes ago, but for anyone who was wondering – police tell us a pedestrian was hit. Her injuries were not major, and a private ambulance was called to take her to the hospital to be checked out.

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