Puget Ridge – West Seattle Blog… http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sat, 26 May 2018 06:45:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 Dr. Rosie Rimando-Chareunsap will be South Seattle College’s next president http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/dr-rosie-rimando-chareunsap-will-be-south-seattle-colleges-next-president/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/dr-rosie-rimando-chareunsap-will-be-south-seattle-colleges-next-president/#respond Tue, 22 May 2018 23:46:44 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917424 Just in from South Seattle College (WSB sponsor):

Seattle Colleges’ Chancellor Shouan Pan announced Dr. Rosie Rimando-Chareunsap will serve as the next president of South Seattle College (SSC), effective July 1, 2018. Dr. Pan’s decision came after a nationwide search and consideration of feedback from multiple sources.

Rimando-Chareunsap has been with SSC since 2000 and currently serves as vice president of student services. She will succeed Interim President Peter Lortz and Gary Oertli, who retired as SSC’s most recent president in August of 2017.

“Dr. Rimando-Chareunsap is uniquely prepared and qualified to lead South Seattle College,” Chancellor Pan said. “The college has a proud history and the collective power to overcome future challenges and seize new opportunities. Rosie’s commitment to SSC and student success, her passion for equity-minded leadership, and her sensitivity to people and attentiveness to the task position her well to lead SSC at this time.”

With a B.A. in English and Ethnic Studies from Washington State University and an M.A. of Public Administration from University of Washington, Rimando-Chareunsap earned her Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from WSU. Her roles at SSC have included director of student outreach, associate dean of student achievement and vice president of student services.

Beyond SSC, Rimando-Chareunsap serves on the Executive Committee of the Washington State Student Services Commission, White Center Community Development Association Board, and the Seattle University Student Development Administration Advisory Board. In addition, she serves as Secretary of the National Asian Pacific Islander Council of the American Association of Community Colleges.

“I am honored and humbled to take on this leadership role for South Seattle College, especially after 18 years as a member of this community of dedicated and passionate educators,” Rimando-Chareunsap said. “I look forward to serving our students, communities, and city from this position, and helping SSC be at the forefront of transforming the lives of our diverse neighbors.”

Dr. Rimando-Chareunsap was one of three finalists for the job. SSC is headquartered on West Seattle’s Puget Ridge and also has a Georgetown campus.

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YOU CAN HELP! Celebrate with, and give a boost to, Sanislo Elementary http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/you-can-help-celebrate-with-and-give-a-boost-to-sanislo-elementary/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/you-can-help-celebrate-with-and-give-a-boost-to-sanislo-elementary/#comments Tue, 22 May 2018 02:43:21 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917361 Last year, the wider West Seattle community opened its arms and embraced Sanislo Elementary, our area’s least-populous public elementary school, and the little school got a big boost. The Sanislo PTA is hoping for an encore this year, and the big auction/dinner is less than two weeks away! Here’s the invitation:

Thanks to the community support of Sanislo Elementary’s auction last year, we kicked our $5,000 goal to the curb and raised $15,000!

This windfall provided a mindfulness program, increased teacher stipends, created a ‘book fair bucks’ program, and is affording scholarships to kids in need so they can participate in after-school enrichment! YOU, yes YOU, helped make this happen! Let’s do it again!

Our annual auction is just around the corner. We hope you can join us once again in supporting educational equity.

– All Around the World Auction

– Saturday, June 2nd from 6 pm-10 pm

– Alki Masonic Center, 4736 40th Ave SW

– Silent Auction

– Dinner and TWO Drink Tickets Included!

– A special performance by Seattle Kokon Taiko Japanese Drummers, a DJ, Dancing, and more!

You can reserve your tickets online, or, if you can’t make it but would like to donate, you can do that through the link below as well.

Donations to our auction make a significant impact in the education of our kids. With more than 70% of our families living in poverty, our school community simply cannot raise these essential funds alone. We hope to see you there!

Click to reserve tickets or directly donate.

P.S. Preview the cool stuff you’ll be able to bid on, by going here.

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FOLLOWUP: Where South Seattle College’s Pastry and Baking Arts program stands http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/followup-where-south-seattle-colleges-pastry-and-baking-arts-program-stands/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/followup-where-south-seattle-colleges-pastry-and-baking-arts-program-stands/#comments Tue, 15 May 2018 05:18:33 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=916732 (WSB photo, April 10th)

A little over a month after students, faculty, and community members pleaded with the interim president of South Seattle College< (WSB sponsor) not to kill the Pastry and Baking Arts program, Peter Lortz has made a decision. The college’s communications director Ty Swenson says Lortz “is not forwarding a recommendation of program closure until more is learned from conversations with industry and further discussion with faculty.” Those conversations, he explains, emerged from “connect(ing) with those who expressed a willingness to support the program … a plan emerged for Seattle Colleges to meet with baking industry representatives to discuss how the district (this includes South Seattle College, Seattle Central College and North Seattle College) can best meet industry needs and student demand. Those meetings will be held in the near future.” In the meantime, though, Swenson adds, “South will not run Pastry & Baking Arts classes during Summer Quarter 2018 and is not currently accepting new students into the program for Fall Quarter 2018.”

Closure was recommended by the college’s vice president of instruction in the face of a college budget crunch, but before forwarding that recommendation to the district chancellor, Lortz convened a “listening session” that filled the school’s board room with supporters including prominent bakers/restaurateurs who said the program is an invaluable training ground for businesses like theirs.

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ROAD-WORK ALERTS: Two closures ahead – 18th/Myrtle, 35th/104th http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/road-work-alerts-two-closures-ahead-18th-myrtle-35th-104th/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/road-work-alerts-two-closures-ahead-18th-myrtle-35th-104th/#comments Sat, 12 May 2018 02:20:22 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=916439 Two SDOT updates on local projects bring news of closures ahead:

18TH/MYRTLE: On Puget Ridge, the project near Sanislo Elementary continues, with an unanticipated closure in a week:

This week, our crews continued work at SW Orchard St, 18th Ave SW, and SW Myrtle St. We worked with Seattle Public Utilities to relocate a fire hydrant and worked with Seattle City Light to relocate light poles along SW Orchard St. We were also able to pour concrete to complete more sidewalks and curb corners. Our crews worked on adjusting driveway thresholds along SW Orchard St.

During our earlier excavation work, we discovered the roadbed under the intersection of SW Myrtle St and 18th Ave SW was in worse shape than we had expected. Because of this unforeseen circumstance, our crews will have to completely demolish and reconstruct the intersection. We are scheduled to do this work on Saturday, May 19 – this work will require full closure of the intersection of SW Myrtle St and 18th Ave SW. Our crews will begin work as early as 7:00 am as we hope to complete this work by Sunday morning to minimize impact to school related traffic. Detours will be in place during this work. The newly paved intersection will have a smaller traffic circle footprint to widen the street around it and allow for larger vehicles more space for turning movements.

Then later this month, the start date is set for the long-planned closure for drainage work related to the Arbor Heights sidewalk project:

35TH/104TH: SDOT also sent an update about the Arbor Heights sidewalk project:

We will be starting construction work on 35th Ave SW between SW 100th St and SW 106th St on the week of May 21. Our crews may begin moving construction equipment into the area and begin preparation work as early as late next week. We will begin full closure of 35th Ave SW between SW 104th St and SW 106th St on Tuesday, May 29. This closure will last through mid to late June for our crews to replace the stormwater drainage and detention system underground. Detours and reroutes for access to Arbor Heights Elementary and Westside School have identified. A map will be available and included in next week’s update.

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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Police searching for assault suspect http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-searching-for-assault-suspect/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-searching-for-assault-suspect/#comments Thu, 03 May 2018 00:20:40 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=915543

5:20 PM: In case you’re wondering about the police search in central Delridge, with a K-9 team joining officers in the Delridge/Myrtle vicinity, as well as points east and uphill toward Puget Ridge, here’s what we have found out so far: This started with one man punching another in the face near Home Depot. The victim was taken to the hospital by private ambulance. The suspect is known to the victim. No luck finding him yet.

5:50 PM: Still on the loose.

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TRAFFIC ALERT: 18th/Orchard closure continuing http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/traffic-alert-18th-orchard-closure-continuing/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/traffic-alert-18th-orchard-closure-continuing/#comments Sat, 28 Apr 2018 03:08:40 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=915175

An alert from SDOT late today that the 18th/Orchard closure on Puget Ridge as part of the Sanislo Elementary Safe Routes to School project will continue through and beyond the weekend:

This week, our crews have started demolition and grading work on the roadway along SW Orchard St in preparation for curb construction. We also completed storm drain installation in this stretch of the project site. Because our crews are moving quicker than anticipated, we took advantage of the nice weather this week and began paving the area. This work required a full closure at the intersection of SW Orchard St and 18th Ave SW. The closure was effective as of this past Wednesday, 4/25 and will remain in place 24/7 until next Friday, 5/4. We had envisioned that we may be able to keep one lane northbound open for drivers to access SW Myrtle St, however, we learned that it would not be wide enough for cars to get through safely and thus require full closure of the intersection.

Our crews have placed street closure and detour signs to provide drivers advance notice of the intersection closure and detour. Our detour for travelers going eastbound on SW Orchard St is down Dumar Way SW and then north onto 16th Ave SW. We have a “Street Closed, Local Access Only” sign at SW Orchard St as it splits into Dumar Way SW to inform drivers that it is for residents access only. We also added reflective barrels and blinking lights at SW Orchard St and 18th Ave SW to help light up the street closure and detour signs. We hope this will help drivers better and more safely navigate around the intersection.

Backstory on the project is here.

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ALSO SATURDAY: Donation drive to help Sanislo Elementary http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/also-saturday-donation-drive-to-help-sanislo-elementary/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/also-saturday-donation-drive-to-help-sanislo-elementary/#comments Fri, 27 Apr 2018 04:50:32 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=915093 Got stuff you haven’t been able to recycle, and aren’t planning to sell on West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day (or some other time)? Here’s a great way to make good use of it. From Rebecca Evans:

Sanislo Elementary is holding a BIG neighborhood collection/donation drive this weekend on Saturday, April 28th from 8 am-2 pm at 1812 SW Myrtle Street.

With spring here, we’re sure many neighbors have a pile of donation items cluttering up space. We will be collecting clothes, shoes, linens and most other household items in front of the school. We hope to have donations from the community at large so please spread the word to your friends and neighbors. We will fill up a truck as much as we can and haul it over to Value Village, where they will pay us by the pound for the items. ALL proceeds of the payout will be going right back into programs at the school for our students and families.

Stop on by anytime between 8 am-2 pm and pull into the loop driveway or parking lot. We will help unload your goods and you can be on your way! Thank you for your support of your local community schools!

Here’s a map to Sanislo.

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West Seattle weekend scene: Getting greens in the ground at Puget Ridge Edible Park http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/west-seattle-weekend-scene-getting-greens-in-the-ground-at-puget-ridge-edible-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/west-seattle-weekend-scene-getting-greens-in-the-ground-at-puget-ridge-edible-park/#comments Mon, 09 Apr 2018 03:35:20 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=913493 (WSB photos)

The weekend weather improved just in time for one of the last spotlight events of the day – this afternoon’s planting party at Puget Ridge Edible Park (18th/Brandon – map).

Stu Hennessey (above center, standing) and other community members pitched the plan to Seattle Parks 8+ years ago, and the city bought the site with levy money. We reported on the site’s history back in 2011.

Today, volunteers were planting lettuce today; other greens planted earlier in the year are coming in. You can get involved both with tending PREP and sharing in the harvest – monthly work parties are always the second Sunday this time of year, 4-6 pm, so the next one is Sunday, May 13th – bring tools and seeds if you have them!

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SUNDAY: Join the planting party at Puget Ridge Edible Park http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/sunday-join-the-planting-party-at-puget-ridge-edible-park/ Fri, 06 Apr 2018 04:31:37 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=913264

Another idea for your weekend, if you’re not out of town for spring break – one of West Seattle’s newest parks could use some help this Sunday. From Stu Hennessey:

Get an early start on Earth Week by attending the Puget Ridge Edible Park garden party this Sunday from 4-6 pm. We will be ready to plant a few beds of lettuces and other greens. We also will need some muscle to erect a grape trellis and move a table.

Peas, parsnips, and radishes are already up and doing well. This year we have over 40 planting beds so come help us bring local and nutritious food to Puget Ridge.

The park is at 5265 18th SW and has been years in the making.

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SOUTH SEATTLE COLLEGE: Four finalists for president, and your chance to meet them http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/south-seattle-college-four-finalists-for-president-and-your-chance-to-meet-them/ Tue, 03 Apr 2018 23:40:20 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=913068 (UPDATED APRIL 10 with Dr. Brown’s withdrawal)

South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) has announced four finalists for its presidency, and your chances to hear from and talk with them:

After an extensive nationwide search, South Seattle College has named four finalists for the position of president. Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to attend public forums where candidates will share their background, qualifications and vision for the college, followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience.

The finalists and public forum schedule are as follows:

Monday, April 9, 2018 | 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | South Seattle College Olympic Hall Auditorium (OLY 120)

Dr. Tod Treat, Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Tacoma Community College


Wednesday, April 11 | 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | South Seattle College Olympic Hall Auditorium (OLY 120)

Dr. Chemene Crawford, Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management, El Centro College


Friday, April 13 | 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | South Seattle College Olympic Hall Auditorium (OLY 120)

Dr. Alanka Brown, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs/ Dean of Arts and Sciences, Frederick Community College


Monday, April 23 | 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | South Seattle College Olympic Hall Auditorium (OLY 120)

Dr. Rosie Rimando-Chareunsap, Vice President for Student Services, South Seattle College


Immediately following each public forum, from 2:30 – 3:00 p.m., candidates will answer questions from current South Seattle College students. In addition to the forums, each candidate will participate in a full day of campus interviews with students, various campus representatives and Seattle Colleges District leadership.

Anyone interested in learning more about the candidates can visit the South Seattle College President Search webpage. Attendees will be able to provide feedback on the candidates at the website above and with paper forms provided at the forums. That feedback will help inform the Seattle Colleges Board of Trustees’ decision.

The presidency is open because Gary Oertli retired after last year; Peter Lortz has been serving as interim SSC president. The college’s main campus is in West Seattle, at 6000 16th SW on Puget Ridge.

ADDED APRIL 10TH: SSC says Dr. Brown has withdrawn her candidacy, so the April 13th event is canceled.

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Puget Ridge Playground renovation: Questions for you http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/puget-ridge-playground-renovation-questions-for-you/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/puget-ridge-playground-renovation-questions-for-you/#comments Thu, 29 Mar 2018 16:45:51 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=912615

Which type of play equipment would you like to see at Puget Ridge Playground (6029 21st SW) when it’s renovated? The images above are from the a Seattle Parks survey that just opened – and you’ll also be able to talk about it at the newly announced community meeting, 5-6:30 pm Monday, April 16th. This is one of three local park playgrounds that’ll be overhauled in the months ahead.

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Dragon in the kitchen! South Seattle College’s cake creation http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/dragon-in-the-kitchen-south-seattle-colleges-cake-creation/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/dragon-in-the-kitchen-south-seattle-colleges-cake-creation/#comments Sat, 17 Mar 2018 02:19:08 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=911585

There was a (Komodo) dragon in the kitchen with South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) Pastry and Baking Arts students and faculty today!

That’s Chef Instructor Christopher Harris with the finishing touches on what’s actually a cake “for a very lucky four-year-old’s birthday party this weekend,” as SSC’s communications director Ty Swenson explains.

The real-life Komodo dragons are native to Indonesia and grow to about eight feet long.

P.S. The program does do work like this by commission – “generally ¼ to ½ what a retail cake artist would charge,” per SSC.

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CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: Puget Ridge raid subject charged, back in jail http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/crime-watch-followup-puget-ridge-raid-subject-charged-back-in-jail/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/crime-watch-followup-puget-ridge-raid-subject-charged-back-in-jail/#comments Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:35:18 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=909189

You might recall that photo, provided by police on Monday when they announced the Sunday arrest of a man at a house on Puget Ridge. As we noted in an update to the story, he was released from jail Monday night on personal recognizance. Now, he’s back in jail, and he’s been charged: One felony drug charge is filed against 28-year-old Gregory Lee Thompson. The charging papers say police found “evidence of drug-dealing activity” at Thompson’s house – baggies and scales, along with the 400+ pills and meth listed in the police report. And the documents say prosecutors believe the 19 guns that also were found – though they are not the subject of a specific charge at this point – “increase the risk that the defendant will commit an act of violence as part of his drug dealing activity.” A $20,000 arrest warrant was issued when the charge was filed, and that’s why Thompson is back in jail as of this afternoon, just before he was due in court for a trial-readiness hearing in another drug case. That hearing has been rescheduled for next Friday.

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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Puget Ridge raid nets drugs, guns http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/west-seattle-crime-watch-puget-ridge-raid-nets-drugs-guns/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/west-seattle-crime-watch-puget-ridge-raid-nets-drugs-guns/#comments Mon, 12 Feb 2018 21:06:01 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=908746

1:06 PM: The photo and report are just in via SPD Blotter:

Officers served a search warrant in West Seattle Sunday morning (and) found hundreds of pills and 19 guns.

Southwest Precinct Anti-Crime Team Officers converged on a home in the 7000 block of 18th Avenue SW Sunday at 10 a.m. and arrested a 28-year-old man as he attempted to flee through the back door of the house.

Officers searched the home and found 189 hydrocodone pills, 276 amphetamine pills, 3.5 grams of methamphetamine, 11 handguns, five rifles – one of which was modified with a bump stock – and three shotguns. Officers placed all of the weapons into evidence pending further investigation.

Officers booked the man into King County Jail for narcotics-related charges and will work with the prosecutor’s office on possible weapons charges.

8:40 PM: According to the jail register, the suspect was released this evening.

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WEST SEATTLE SCENE: Sweet art at South Seattle College http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/west-seattle-scene-sweet-art-at-south-seattle-college/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/west-seattle-scene-sweet-art-at-south-seattle-college/#comments Sat, 20 Jan 2018 02:31:48 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=906685

A sweet scene in the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) Pastry & Baking Arts Department this afternoon. The photo is from SSC’s Ty Swenson, who explained that Chef Instructor Christopher Harris and students were “working on a Chihuly-inspired sugar sculpture for a Chihuly Garden & Glass employee party at the Museum of Flight.” They were scheduled to finish by 5 pm and take it over in time for the party. The department is part of SSC’s renowned Culinary Arts program.

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