West Seattle Blog... » Pigeon Point http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Tue, 01 Dec 2015 02:14:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle giving: Backpacks For HOPE, to help a hundred http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-giving-backpacks-for-hope-to-help-a-hundred/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-giving-backpacks-for-hope-to-help-a-hundred/#comments Sun, 29 Nov 2015 04:35:19 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=330520

Meet another of your neighbors who’s doing what she can to help people in need. Stephanie Endres created Stephanie’s Lifeline, and organized this afternoon’s Backpacks Bring HOPE event, filling 100 backpacks with basics – first-aid kits, toiletries, some food and beverages. We visited her HQ on Pigeon Point to see the results:

Next step, delivering to the recipients. The slogan on Stephanie’s website: “It’s better to do something small than do nothing at all.” Here’s how to get involved.

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PLAYTIME! Pathfinder K-8′s new playground officially opens http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/playtime-pathfinder-k-8s-new-playground-officially-opens/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/playtime-pathfinder-k-8s-new-playground-officially-opens/#comments Fri, 09 Oct 2015 08:30:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=325398

West Seattle’s newest community-created playground is officially open. It’s at Pathfinder K-8 on Pigeon Point, whose principal David Dockendorf wielded the ribbon-cutting scissors:

One of the parents who led the project through years of fundraising and volunteer work parties, Kelly Guenther, emceed the celebration:

Along with the play equipment, you’ll find a message here and there:

It was a true reason to celebrate, after more than a year and a half of work:

And now, it’s all about playtime.

See all the steps along the way via the playground project’s official website.

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Celebrate the opening of Pathfinder K-8′s new playground http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/celebrate-the-opening-of-pathfinder-k-8s-new-playground/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/celebrate-the-opening-of-pathfinder-k-8s-new-playground/#comments Sat, 03 Oct 2015 03:50:29 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324770

(WSB photo, August 2014)
That volunteer work party more than a year ago was one of many events along Pathfinder K-8‘s path to its new playground … which is now about to officially open. The Pathfinder PTSA has announced a community celebration for next Thursday afternoon:

Please join us in celebrating our community’s accomplishment and to show appreciation to those who helped make this project possible. Event includes accolades, ice cream and of course, kids demonstrating how to enjoy the new playground!

Thursday, October 8 – 3:30-4:30 pm

Questions to: pathfinderplayground2014@gmail.com

The school is at 1901 SW Genesee. Much of the journey to making this a reality – volunteer work, construction, fundraising, sneak previews – is chronicled on the project website.

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More West Seattle safety work, plus Pigeon Point signage sighting http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/more-west-seattle-safety-work-plus-pigeon-point-signage-sighting/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/more-west-seattle-safety-work-plus-pigeon-point-signage-sighting/#comments Fri, 02 Oct 2015 22:13:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324741 Thanks for the photos from Pigeon Point! First, more roadside safety work:

AT 21ST/GENESEE: Paula Bamburg sends the views of SDOT crews working on curb ramps at this intersection where community members “painted” a mural at the intersection earlier this year (WSB coverage here). She adds, “I’ve enjoyed watching the workers/artists doing their thing in the concrete medium. Fun to watch their teamwork, communication, timing and craft.”

The ramps and sidewalks are part of the Delridge-Highland Park Neighborhood Greenway, by the way. Not too far to the northwest:

NEW SIGN ON ANDOVER: Pigeon Point has another new signpost and shingle on the SW Andover hill. Thanks to Pete Spalding for sharing the photo:

P.S. This one got us to thinking about neighborhoods with their own signage, whether handmade or a little more official. The Alki rocks came to mind, as did signage for Fairmount Springs, Westwood, The Junction, Highland Park, Puget Ridge, The Arroyos … what/where are we missing?

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West Seattle schools: Portable classroom arriving at Pathfinder early Friday http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/west-seattle-schools-portable-classroom-arriving-at-pathfinder-early-friday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/west-seattle-schools-portable-classroom-arriving-at-pathfinder-early-friday/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 18:28:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=319822 “No Parking” signs are up in the Pigeon Point area already, to clear space for movement of a portable classroom scheduled to be delivered early tomorrow at Pathfinder K-8. Tom Redman from Seattle Public Schools sends word of the impending delivery; he had mentioned earlier this summer that Pathfinder was among the local schools that would get portables before the new school year. He didn’t have delivery-route specifics, but Pete Spalding from Pigeon Point tells WSB the signs are up “on Andover from Delridge to 21st Ave SW, then all along the west side of 21st to Genesee and then on both sides of Genesee to 19th.”

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A little paint, a lot of safety: Pigeon Point’s new street mural http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/a-little-paint-a-lot-of-safety-pigeon-points-new-street-mural/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/a-little-paint-a-lot-of-safety-pigeon-points-new-street-mural/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 01:30:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=317216

Something new on the street at the intersection of 21st and Genesee on Pigeon Point (map) – a mural, meant for safety more than beautification, though it certainly offers the latter. What you see above is the finished product (though our photo, taken in afternoon shadows, doesn’t do it justice); this morning, we stopped by while it was a work in progress:

That photo shows just a few of the neighbors who pitched in today to get it painted.

Toni Wells, current chair of the Pigeon Point Neighborhood Council, led the charge along with Ned Sander, renowned for his neighborhood signage, and Alon Bassok. Neighbors had hoped for a traffic circle at the intersection, but that wouldn’t have worked for the school buses turning to head to Pathfinder K-8. So this was painted, with SDOT permission and community donations of time and money.

The mural incorporates elements inspired by the nearby greenbelt and Duwamish River, with the help of Native artist Roger Fernandes. The most important element: Neighborhood spirit, embodied in the chalk addition we spotted when checking back late this afternoon:

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Purse taken – have you seen it? http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/west-seattle-crime-watch-purse-taken-have-you-seen-it/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/west-seattle-crime-watch-purse-taken-have-you-seen-it/#comments Sat, 13 Jun 2015 04:57:10 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=313417 We heard police dispatch to a report of a purse theft on Pigeon Point tonight – didn’t hear the circumstances, but this reader report has since come in:

We (were) at Pathfinder School 8th grade graduation; my cousin had a emergency call to make, she left her purse on her seat, and she came back. it was gone – not even a few minutes. It’s a pink Michael Kors purse, has all her ID, passport, and all her important information. Today 6-8 pm. We didn’t see who took it; we called police, let the principal know; she had a sick family member (who) had a seizure and needed to take the call. If someone knows who took it, please return it – thanks.

Or, if you find it discarded somewhere – let police know.

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Election 2015: ‘Candidating’ forum Monday in Pigeon Point http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/election-2015-candidating-forum-monday-in-pigeon-point/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/election-2015-candidating-forum-monday-in-pigeon-point/#comments Mon, 08 Jun 2015 01:47:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=312735 If you haven’t gone to a candidate forum yet in the first-ever City Council District 1 (West Seattle/South Park) race yet – maybe you don’t just want to sit down and listen to people answering questions from a table up at the front of the room – tomorrow night’s event in Pigeon Point might be for you. The Pigeon Point Neighborhood Council has invited the candidates over for a round of “candi-dating” – circulating from table to table, so you and your tablemates get to talk with one candidate at a time. That’s at 7 pm Monday (June 8th), Pathfinder K-8 cafeteria (1901 SW Genesee), all welcome. The primary election is August 4th, so the start of voting is only about six weeks away.

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VIDEO: 64 ‘Laps With Lou’ for Make-A-Wish @ Pathfinder K-8 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/happening-now-laps-with-lou-for-make-a-wish-pathfinder/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/happening-now-laps-with-lou-for-make-a-wish-pathfinder/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 16:26:35 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311753

(Lou’s first lap – everybody takes off, then he finally joins)
Hundreds of people are running and walking the Pathfinder K-8 playfield right now with PE teacher Lou Cutler to raise money for Make-A-Wish.

(Lou starts 2nd lap, as volunteer marks it on the official easel)
It’s been a remarkable event every year – this is Lou’s 12th annual birthday run, one lap for every year he’s been alive, 64 laps this year – but it’s more emotional than ever right now, because this is the last one before Lou retires. Here’s what he said right before it all began at 9 am:

To help him celebrate, former students are here too – and it’s extra-festive because it’s “Fandom Day” at Pathfinder, with many kids wearing costumes or accessories in tribute to characters they’re fans of – superheroes, manga, you name it.

Today’s superhero, however, is Lou, who just finished lap #6 as we write, and got lots of warm greetings before the run:

You can donate in his honor to Make-A-Wish – an organization for which he volunteers aside from the annual run, too – by going here.

NOON UPDATE: Stopped by for a few minutes to see how it’s going:

Lou’s still going strong. As is everybody along for the run – including his longtime head cheerleader, Pathfinder teacher Andy Darring:

(That photo was from the early going.)

1:37 PM: He did it!

As of a short time ago, 64 laps, with most of the school coming back out to the playfield to join him for the last two, and everyone chanting (as you can hear in the video), “Lou! Lou! Lou!”

Run’s over but you can still donate.

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Election 2015: Your next 2 chances to see/hear City Council District 1 candidates http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/election-2015-your-next-2-chances-to-seehear-city-council-district-1-candidates/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/election-2015-your-next-2-chances-to-seehear-city-council-district-1-candidates/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 04:19:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311409 Made a decision yet on who you’re voting for in the first-ever City Council District 1 race? Still lots of time to decide, with primary ballots due August 4th, and your next two chances to see and hear the candidates are coming up within the next two weeks:

MAY 27 (THIS WEDNESDAY): “South Park Shows Up!” is not your standard candidate forum, South Park community members promise. They are planning a pop quiz on South Park facts, in fact. But West Seattleites are invited too – and kids’ activities are promised as well as food. 7 pm Wednesday at the SP Neighborhood Center, 8201 10th Avenue S.

JUNE 8 (2 WEEKS FROM TONIGHT): Most local neighborhood councils have had visits from several City Council candidates. The Pigeon Point Neighborhood Council is planning a full-fledged forum, 7 pm June 8th at Pathfinder K-8 (1901 SW Genesee), all welcome.

Any other D-1 forum dates locked in? Please let us know – editor@ westseattleblog.com – thanks!

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Next Friday, last ‘Laps With Lou’ before Pathfinder PE teacher & Make-A-Wish hero Lou Cutler retires http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/next-friday-last-laps-with-lou-before-pathfinder-pe-teacher-make-a-wish-hero-lou-cutler-retires/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/next-friday-last-laps-with-lou-before-pathfinder-pe-teacher-make-a-wish-hero-lou-cutler-retires/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 22:39:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311232

It’s been one of our favorite stories to cover every year we’ve done this – but next Friday will be our last chance to report on another round of “Laps With Lou“: Pathfinder K-8 PE teacher Lou Cutler is retiring. For 12 years now, on a day close to his birthday, he has been joined by students and other members of the Pathfinder community in running one lap for each year he’s been on the planet, with pledges for Make-A-Wish, the nonprofit for which he’s spent almost 20 years volunteering. This year, Lou and friends will run 64 laps around the field. You’re invited to cheer him on, one last time, starting at 8:45 am next Friday (May 29th) on the field at Pathfinder (1901 SW Genesee on Pigeon Point). You can pledge/donate in advance, too – just go here.

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UPDATE: ‘Discarded smoking materials’ blamed for fire at Pigeon Point house; SFD says two pets did not survive http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/fire-response-on-pigeon-point/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/fire-response-on-pigeon-point/#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 13:12:12 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=310175

6:12 AM: Thanks to the neighbor who texted us about the Seattle Fire response at a house on Pigeon Point in the 4000 block of 23rd SW (map). They report firefighters put out a “visible porch fire.” No report of injuries.

6:20 AM: Adding photos texted by the same neighbor (thank you!). SFD’s fire investigator has been sent to the scene. One person was home, according to SFD, and got out OK.

(WSB photo)
8:55 AM: SFD was just leaving when we went over for a look about an hour ago; they’ve now announced the fire’s cause, damage estimate, and that two pets did not survive:

Fire Investigators determined a basement fire in a 2-story home was caused by improperly discarded smoking materials under the porch of the house. The damage estimate is $50,000 to the building and $20,000 to the contents.

The 911 call came in at 5:46 a.m. reporting smoke coming from the back of a home located in the 4000 block of 23rd Avenue SW. When firefighter arrived they found the lone occupant of the house outside. The crews searched the house and did not find anyone else inside. It took fire crews 20 minutes to control the flames and 40 minutes to completely extinguish the fire.

There were no injuries. The occupant evacuated with one of his 2 dogs. His other dog and a cat did not survive the fire.

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You can help! Pathfinder K-8′s 21st annual auction in 4 weeks http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/you-can-help-pathfinder-k-8s-21st-annual-auction-in-4-weeks/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/you-can-help-pathfinder-k-8s-21st-annual-auction-in-4-weeks/#comments Sat, 21 Feb 2015 00:44:59 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=301628 4 weeks to go until Pathfinder K-8‘s big annual auction fundraiser, and tickets are still available, as are donation opportunities. Here’s the update we were asked to share:

Calling all Pathfinder families and alumni! Pathfinder K-8 will be celebrating our 21th Annual Auction, “Starry Night,” on Saturday, March 21 (5:00 pm) at The Hall at Fauntleroy. All money raised will go directly to the unique programs at Pathfinder that support our expeditionary learning, like our Earth Project, tutoring, camping trips and environmental education. Pathfinder educates students to become passionate, lifelong learners, respecting themselves, others and the environment.

We have received several generous donations from West Seattle businesses and Pathfinder supporters. Our students and families are also creating original works of art and gift baskets for our auction. Donations are being accepted until March 2. It will definitely be an exciting evening of giving and community building.

Tickets are on sale at: http://pathfinderk8ptsa.org/auction/ which is also where you’ll find contact information if you would like to donate something.

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West Seattle traffic alert: Crash closes Andover east of Delridge http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-traffic-alert-crash-closes-andover-east-of-delridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-traffic-alert-crash-closes-andover-east-of-delridge/#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 01:41:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297825 5:41 PM: The hilly stretch of SW Andover east of Delridge is closed right now because of a crash – for a while only half the road was blocked, but fluid from the crash has apparently caused vehicles to slide on the other side, so police have closed the entire hill. No word yet on how long cleanup will take; no major injuries reported from the crash.

8:07 PM UPDATE: Just went by – the hill is clear and open.

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Will sign stop rulebreaking dog owners? Pigeon Point NC hopes so http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/will-sign-stop-rulebreaking-dog-owners-pigeon-point-nc-hopes-so/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/will-sign-stop-rulebreaking-dog-owners-pigeon-point-nc-hopes-so/#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2015 17:09:38 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297335

The photo is courtesy of Pigeon Point’s Pete Spalding, who explains:

One of the issues the Pigeon Point Neighborhood Council has been looking for ways to address has been the ongoing issue of folks letting their dogs run loose at the fields at Pathfinder School. One of the ideas discussed at our last meeting was putting up a sign. Here is the sign.

West Seattle’s official off-leash area is at Westcrest Park (map and info here).

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