West Seattle Blog... » Puget Ridge http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:24:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 South Seattle College ‘Gifts from the Earth’ fundraiser sets record http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/south-seattle-college-gifts-from-the-earth-fundraiser-sets-record/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/south-seattle-college-gifts-from-the-earth-fundraiser-sets-record/#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 07:41:24 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=299196

(Photos/video courtesy South Seattle College)
A student’s inspiring story keynoted tonight’s recordsetting “Gifts from the Earth” fundraiser at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor). Above, David Yama spoke to the sold-out crowd of 300. Here’s the full recap by SSC’s communications director Kevin Maloney:

South Seattle College announced tonight that the annual Gifts from the Earth fundraising event raised nearly $215,000, a new record in its 12-year history. Proceeds from the event benefit South’s Foundation in its mission to support South students and programs with scholarships, internships, emergency funding, tutoring, and more.

“Gifts from the Earth is an inspiring event where philanthropists and our sponsors come together for the common goal of supporting South students in their pursuit of a higher education and a fulfilling career,” South Seattle College President Gary Oertli said. “Their support has an enormous impact on our students’ ability to realize their dreams.”

South’s supporters started their night with a silent auction accompanied by appetizers and wines crafted by South’s Culinary Arts, Pastry and Baking Arts, and Northwest Wine Academy students and alumni. Next, the sold-out event moved to the Jerry M. Brockey Center, where guests enjoyed a multi-course meal created by 15 celebrity Northwest chefs (including South alumni). Students from the college’s culinary, wine and Hospitality Management B.A.S. programs helped the chefs prep, cook and serve.

A highlight of the evening came after dinner and a live auction, when South student David Michael Patrick Yama shared his story of emerging from poverty to succeeding in college with the help of a Foundation scholarship:

“I sought out a Foundation scholarship because I needed more money, but money was the smallest thing it gave me,” said Yama, who hopes to obtain a doctorate in biomedical engineering. “The greatest thing it gave to me was validation. Validation that I belong here, that I could succeed in school.”

Gifts from the Earth is made possible by the support of the following sponsors: Food Services of America (title sponsor), Boeing, Union Bank, Rebar and Associates, McGranahan Architects, GM Nameplate, QBSI, Interbay Food Company, WSECU, Vigor Industrial, The Gene Colin and Susan Janus Charitable Fund, Pedersen’s and Ferguson Construction.

(Watch SSC’s Facebook page for a photo gallery next week.) The college is headquartered on West Seattle’s Puget Ridge.

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West Seattle weekend scene: Puget Ridge neighbors’ cleanup http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-weekend-scene-puget-ridge-neighbors-cleanup/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-weekend-scene-puget-ridge-neighbors-cleanup/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:48:14 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=299151

More than two dozen Puget Ridge neighbors of all ages hit the streets this morning for a community cleanup. Thanks to Amy Hallmon for sharing photos.

Something cool happening in YOUR ‘hood? Please let us know so we can share the news peninsula-wide!

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Update: Police find children missing in eastern West Seattle http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/police-looking-for-children-missing-in-eastern-west-seattle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/police-looking-for-children-missing-in-eastern-west-seattle/#comments Fri, 26 Dec 2014 21:56:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296421

(Added: WSB photo of SSCC parking lot by ravine where the girls were found)
1:56 PM: Police are looking for two girls, ages 4 and 10, in eastern West Seattle, and their family has asked us to get the word out too. The older girl has brown hair, wearing pink sweats and a pink orange jacket; younger girl has blonde hair, wearing a bright orange or blue (reversible) jacket and bright pink pants. They left their house without permission more than an hour ago and might be in the greenbelt behind Sanislo Elementary, their family says. If you see them, please call 911.

3:01 PM: Per scanner – just found, near South Seattle College.

3:26 PM: We have also confirmed with police in the area, that they are OK and safe. Medics were called to check them out just to be sure.

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West Seattle scene: SSC’s serious gingerbread-house building http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-scene-sscs-serious-gingerbread-house-building/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-scene-sscs-serious-gingerbread-house-building/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 09:21:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292530

(WSB photo by Patrick Sand)
Culinary students at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) were working on this gingerbread house well into Tuesday evening – after having already put more than 100 hours of work into it – with instructors including Christopher Harris (left). This morning, college spokesperson Kevin Maloney says, it’s scheduled to be picked up for delivery to Costco‘s corporate offices, where it will be on display in the travel area.

ADDED: Here’s the SSC report with full details on the gingerbread project.

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West Seattle traffic alert: 3-car crash at 16th/Myrtle http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-traffic-alert-3-car-crash-at-16thmyrtle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-traffic-alert-3-car-crash-at-16thmyrtle/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:46:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289421 Nobody’s hurt, according to police, but a three-car crash at 16th/Myrtle is causing some traffic trouble – as you probably know, that’s on the road to/from South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) and not far from Sanislo Elementary. If you don’t absolutely HAVE to head that way, you might consider waiting a while. Tow crews are on the way.

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New honor for South Seattle College Arboretum: Ceremony tomorrow http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/new-honor-for-south-seattle-college-arboretum-ceremony-tomorrow/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/new-honor-for-south-seattle-college-arboretum-ceremony-tomorrow/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 18:47:10 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288368

A new distinction for the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) Arboretum will be celebrated tomorrow, and you’re invited. SSC shared the photo above and this announcement:

On Saturday, October 11, the Coenosium Rock Garden feature at South Seattle College’s Arboretum will be inaugurated as an American Conifer Society (ACS) Reference Garden, with a dedication ceremony running from 1-3:30 p.m.

The celebration starts with welcome messages from Seattle Colleges Chancellor Dr. Jill Wakefield and Van Bobbitt, lead faculty member of South’s Landscape Horticulture program. To follow, special recognition will be given to individuals who helped make the Coenosium Rock Garden possible. The feature is known as one of the largest dwarf conifer collections in the United States. The inauguration will wrap up with remarks from David Olszyk, president of the ACS Western Region, followed by refreshments and tours of the Coenosium Rock Garden.

South’s 5-acre arboretum, established by the South Seattle College Foundation in 1978, functions as a living laboratory and outdoor classroom for the college’s Landscape Horticulture students. Professional horticulturists, hobby gardeners and other college programs are often found exploring the free garden sanctuary as well.

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One more ‘first day of school’: South Seattle College, tomorrow http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/one-more-first-day-of-school-south-seattle-college-tomorrow/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/one-more-first-day-of-school-south-seattle-college-tomorrow/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 03:32:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286492

(WSB photo, taken this afternoon)
Fall quarter starts tomorrow at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor). According to the official announcement, changes for fall include a new Bachelor’s Degree program, Sustainable Building Science Technology, a “90-credit degree program (that) offers industry professionals a pathway to becoming a skilled Building Science Professional. The program emphasizes upper-division coursework that focuses on the complexities of building science, energy codes, building codes and facility management.” Also: What were known as the International Programs at SSC are now under the umbrella of the renamed Center for International Education, which moved to a new space on campus over the summer, housing services ranging “from aiding international students … to Study Abroad programs and international staff/faculty exchange opportunities.”

P.S. Registration for SSC classes is still open, even with school starting tomorrow – here’s the info on that.

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About that big police response on Puget Ridge: Two, described as evicted tenants, arrested http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/about-that-big-police-response-on-puget-ridge-evicted-tenants-arrested/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/about-that-big-police-response-on-puget-ridge-evicted-tenants-arrested/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:03:44 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285899 A big police response on Puget Ridge late last night had a lot of people wondering what was going on; we’ve just obtained the police report with details. A man and woman were arrested for investigation of burglary at a house in the 5200 block of 18th SW (map) where, the report says, they used to live. The landlord’s son told police the former tenants were evicted two weeks ago and did not have permission to be in the house.

Police were called around 11 pm when the landlord found out the in-house security system had detected intruders. Its live video feed was obstructed (later, police discovered the camera on the floor), but two voices were heard. Both alleged intruders were inside when police arrived and came out when ordered to. They told police they had gone back into the house – which they claimed was unlocked – looking for mail they were expecting, though, when asked by an officer where the mail should have been, they said it would have been in the mailbox across the street from the house. Meantime, police discovered one of the suspects was the subject of two arrest warrants, for theft and assault, and they found drug paraphernalia in the house and in possession of one suspect, so the man and woman were arrested and booked into the King County Jail.

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Happening now: Seattle Chinese Garden Kite Festival is aloft http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/happening-now-kite-festival-at-seattle-chinese-garden-on-puget-ridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/happening-now-kite-festival-at-seattle-chinese-garden-on-puget-ridge/#comments Sat, 09 Aug 2014 23:00:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282080

Here’s a reason for you to come visit one of West Seattle’s semi-hidden treasures – the Seattle Chinese Garden Kite Festival continues until 6 pm.

We just left the garden; it’s breezy and beautiful. It’s just past the horticulture zone on the northernmost end of South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) on Puget Ridge.

Admission is free; bring your own kite or buy one at the garden – also, as noted on the SCG home page, you can enjoy “kite flying demonstrations, displays, and kite painting.”

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Eyes on the sky again next Saturday: Kite Festival in West Seattle http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/eyes-on-the-skies-again-next-saturday-kite-festival-in-west-seattle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/eyes-on-the-skies-again-next-saturday-kite-festival-in-west-seattle/#comments Sun, 03 Aug 2014 21:19:07 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=281442

This weekend, planes and helicopters hold the spotlight. Next Saturday, a simpler, nature-powered form of flight will be celebrated here in West Seattle, during the Seattle Chinese Garden Kite Festival. In case you haven’t seen it in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar yet, here’s the invitation:

Come fly a kite at the Garden’s ridge-top site! Bring your own or buy one at the festival for a fun afternoon with family or friends. Activities for all ages include kite flying demonstrations, displays, and kite painting. Put your own creative stamp on one you paint yourself — materials provided. The festival also includes music and dance performances, Chinese painting demonstrations — and a dim sum booth by Hong Kong Café.

Admission is free. The Chinese Garden is on the north edge of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus, on Puget Ridge at 6000 16th SW.

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Happening now: ‘Field Day’ with amateur-radio operators at SSC http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/happening-now-field-day-with-amateur-radio-operators-at-ssc/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/happening-now-field-day-with-amateur-radio-operators-at-ssc/#comments Sun, 29 Jun 2014 02:41:24 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=277801

“This is not your grandfather’s amateur radio service,” points out the West Seattle Amateur Radio Club, inviting you to stop by Field Day on the south side of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus any time before 10 am tomorrow. What’s Field Day, you ask?

Every June hams across the country take their radios outside and run them free of the electric grid. Joining with members of the Auxillary Communications Service (amateurs who work with Seattle Department of Emergency Management) and the Puget Sound Repeater Group, West Seattle Amateur Radio Club members will operate radios and communicate with other hams around the world from West Seattle. We operate using power we generate including solar panels and batteries. We build our stations in the 24 hours prior to the event

Yes, you’ll see that big antenna in our top photo – with which they’ve even been talking to the International Space Station – but then there’s smaller equipment:

(The water bottles, we were told, are just for counterbalance.) The club explains further:

As a group, some of us just built our own software defined radios. The only analog part of these radios is the antenna connection. We are deploying a wide area microwave network and in doing so are learning mesh networking and how to offer services across our homebrewed internet. Knowlege like that will make hooking your printer up a snap next time. We routinely use digital modes that allow effective communication using 1/1000th the power needed just a decade ago. While some of us still employ large antenna arrays for worldwide communication, it is now possible to work the world with a very modest station.

We peeked in the main tent, and found Jeff:

Anyone you find will be happy to talk with you (as well as with whomever they’re transmitting to and receiving from). Outside, talking to Curt, we were reminded that amateur-radio operators are deeply involved in emergency preparedness – and in other tasks that need close communications coordination – even on the sidelines at the West Seattle Grand Parade (watch for them July 19th).

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Another house making way for a park: Demolition under way at Puget Ridge Edible Park site http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/another-house-making-way-for-a-park-demolition-under-way-at-puget-ridge-edible-park-site/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/another-house-making-way-for-a-park-demolition-under-way-at-puget-ridge-edible-park-site/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:03:33 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=271092

On West Seattle’s Puget Ridge, this house demolition happening now is big news – it’s the long-awaited removal of the house on the future site of Puget Ridge Edible Park (18th/Brandon). Thanks to Stu Hennessey for the photo and word that demolition has begun. PREP has been in the works for years – here’s our March 2011 report about volunteers working on the plan after the city agreed to buy the 3/4-acre site with Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund money. As noted on the project page, the vision for PREP is “to create an urban community farm which is a neighborhood meeting place, a community food garden and a test site for environmentally conscientious sustainability.” We’ll be following up on where the park-development plan goes from here, now that the site’s being cleared.

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West Seattle weekend scene: Emergency communicators @ SSCC http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/west-seattle-weekend-scene-emergency-communicators-sscc/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/west-seattle-weekend-scene-emergency-communicators-sscc/#comments Sat, 22 Mar 2014 17:37:24 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=268452

Big event under way all weekend at South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) – the annual Communications Academy for volunteer emergency communicators, though, as evidenced by what we spotted outside, you’ll find lots of professionals there too. They include today’s keynoter Bill Schrier, the West Seattleite who is the former Seattle city IT boss and now works in the state’s CIO office – he tweeted from the event:

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South Seattle Community College’s new name: South Seattle College http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/south-seattle-community-colleges-new-name-south-seattle-college/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/south-seattle-community-colleges-new-name-south-seattle-college/#comments Fri, 14 Mar 2014 21:34:00 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=267711 Community college isn’t just for 2-year degrees any more, so a new name is in the works for West Seattle-headquartered South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) – it will become South Seattle College. That’s part of a district-wide change, as this announcement explains:

At its meeting March 13, 2014, the Seattle Community Colleges District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to change the name of the District to Seattle Colleges and to change the names of the colleges to North Seattle College, Seattle Central College, and South Seattle College.

The decision came after a year-long exploration of national and statewide trends; opinion surveys of students, employees and community partners; and consultation with business and civic leaders and representatives from Seattle Public Schools.

All three of the District’s colleges offer bachelor’s degrees now.

These Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree programs provide the third and fourth year of college work for people who have completed a two-year technical degree. Previously the two-year technical degrees were considered “terminal degrees” with no next educational step.

In her presentation to the Board, District Chancellor Jill Wakefield said, “We believe this will inspire prospective students to reach higher than they thought possible. With the same open admissions policies and the same low tuition, local students can start at a local college that can eventually take them all the way to a bachelor’s degree.”

Changing the colleges’ names, she said, will “signal that we are part of the baccalaureate level program” and is a move to “raise the ceiling” for all our students.

In making its decision, the Board reinforced its commitment to the District’s mission to “provide excellent, accessible educational opportunities to prepare our students for a challenging future.” Albert Shen, Board Chair, said, “We believe that meeting that ‘challenging future’ means the colleges must continue to take new approaches and offer new pathways to access and completion.”

The name changes are expected to be fully implemented by September, in time for the start of the Fall Quarter.

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Driver taken to hospital after hitting tree on Puget Ridge http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/driver-taken-to-hospital-after-hitting-tree-along-21st-sw-on-puget-ridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/driver-taken-to-hospital-after-hitting-tree-along-21st-sw-on-puget-ridge/#comments Sun, 09 Mar 2014 19:46:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=267127

The 4800 block of 21st SW on Puget Ridge (map) is open again now that Seattle Fire units have cleared that crash scene. The driver of the car that hit the tree (which is atop a sloping stretch of West Duwamish Greenbelt open-space) was taken to Harborview Medical Center; her injuries were not major, according to emergency-radio information. A tow truck just arrived as we were leaving the scene, so the car will be gone soon too.

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