West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle online http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Wed, 27 May 2015 06:25:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Free Seattle Public Library wi-fi – without being at a branch http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/free-seattle-public-library-wi-fi-without-being-at-a-branch/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/free-seattle-public-library-wi-fi-without-being-at-a-branch/#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 23:58:24 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=310837 If you need broadband wi-fi at home or work or school … the library can help. Seattle Public Library unveiled SPL Hotspot today – a program through which you can check out a wi-fi hotspot and use it for up to three weeks. A grant from Google got the library system 150 of the mobile hotspots – you need your own computer to use them, but by midsummer, the system’s getting 75 hotspot-bundled laptops available for checkout too. Here’s how the program works.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Local resident reports ripoff via router http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-local-resident-reports-ripoff-via-router/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-local-resident-reports-ripoff-via-router/#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 17:56:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=309550 A Belvidere resident was hit by a “sophisticated identity theft” that she describes as resulting from “an easily overlooked risk,” and wrote this to warn you about it:

Sometime around the end of April, someone hacked into my wireless router and stole my name, address, WDL#, and SS#. I’ve since discovered that wireless routers have two passwords – one for the wireless signal (which I had locked down), but also one for the router admin itself. The router comes from the factory with a standard login/password, and no instructions for changing it. This is something I overlooked, and this is how the thief got in.

I was first alerted to the theft when I received an email receipt from a store in University Village for a large purchase I didn’t make, on a card I haven’t used in years. I called the store, and they fortunately remembered the woman who made the purchase, and were able to provide a description – a white woman, age 30-35, with long blond hair (not a description of me). She had a WDL ID with her photo and my name and address.

I of course immediately checked my credit reports and set up fraud alerts, and discovered that over a dozen inquiries had been made with my name, and several new cards opened.

It turns out the thief also had a plan to collect the new credit cards and statements. The thief put a vacation hold on my mail at the post office on California & Oregon (using her fake ID), saying she would be back May 15 to pick up the mail. Sure enough, when I figured this out & got my mail restarted, there were the new credit cards and statements.

With further investigation, I discovered that my identity had been used in Puyallup and Everett to open store credit accounts, and that the thief was using a prepaid cell phone purchased in Everett. I also received an alert that my complete information (plus passport # & medical ID #) was for sale on a black-market website.

I’ve filed reports with both the police and postal service investigators.

Just want to emphasize this was a complex and local theft – to get into my router, the thief had to physically be close to my house. Then of course they visited the WS post office, and shopped at nearby shopping centers. Everyone, please check your wireless router admin login and secure it! If you find your information has been compromised, do report it to the police and let them know you’re aware of my case so they can put it all together. I was told the police cannot investigate this kind of fraud without more evidence, more thefts, or a higher amount of actual monetary loss.

Here’s what the Federal Trade Commission says about how to protect yourself from what happened to “Belvidere Resident.”

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CenturyLink 1-gig questions? Info session with cupcakes Sunday http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/centurylink-1-gig-questions-info-session-with-cupcakes-sunday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/centurylink-1-gig-questions-info-session-with-cupcakes-sunday/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 22:01:53 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308725

CenturyLink is sponsoring WSB right now to get out the word that its 1 Gig service has arrived in some areas of West Seattle. You’re invited to a special event to find out more about it this Sunday at Cupcake Royale in The Junction:

On Sunday, May 3, CenturyLink is teaming up with Cupcake Royale to celebrate West Seattle becoming a CenturyLink Fiber Lit Community. CenturyLink invites West Seattle residents to celebrate in the sweetest way possible: by enjoying one of Seattle’s best cupcakes for free (cupcakes available while supplies last). To add a cherry on top, you can also enter to win Taylor Swift concert tickets from KISS 106.1!

CenturyLink is excited to meet you and share more about bringing next-generation Internet speeds up to 1 Gig to West Seattle. The CenturyLink team will be at the West Seattle Cupcake Royale location (4556 California Avenue SW) starting at 11 a.m. on May 3. You can sign up to be notified when your address qualifies for speeds up to 1 Gig by visiting centurylink.com/fiber.

One cupcake per person, and unlimited info about CenturyLink service – just drop in any time between 11 am and 3 pm Sunday.

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Fauntleroy Community Association’s new survey is now online http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/fauntleroy-community-associations-new-survey-is-now-online/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/fauntleroy-community-associations-new-survey-is-now-online/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 01:16:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=305511 From the Fauntleroy Community Association:

Do you live between the Arroyos and Morgan Street? Travel through or do business in Fauntleroy? The Fauntleroy Community Association (FCA) wants to hear from you!

The FCA has prepared a new community survey seeking input to identify and rank local issues. The anonymous survey can be accessed through www.fauntleroy.net and then clicking on “FCA Survey.” The survey takes about 5 minutes, and will provide guidance to the FCA Board on where to focus their efforts during the next two years.

The results from the 2013 survey led to the FCA organizing community meetings with city officials to address crime and traffic issues. Dialogues between residents and officials were constructive and resulted in agreed-upon action plans.

Take the survey and help to shape the future of your community!

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Girls Who Code has room for more this summer – but Friday’s the deadline http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/girls-who-code-has-room-for-more-this-summer-but-fridays-the-deadline/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/girls-who-code-has-room-for-more-this-summer-but-fridays-the-deadline/#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2015 07:07:06 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=302874 We got a note today from the West Coast regional director of the nonprofit Girls Who Code, looking for more 10th- and 11th-grade girls to apply for a free summer-immersion program. The catch – the deadline is tomorrow (Friday), so hurry!

Due to exponential growth, Girls Who Code is welcoming additional applicants for its 2015 Summer Immersion Program. Girls in 10th and 11th grade have until tomorrow, Friday, March 6th at 11:59 PM PST to submit their applications for Seattle.

Girls Who Code is partnering with Adobe, Amazon, AT&T, Expedia, Google, and Microsoft!

Go to girlswhocode.com/applynow to apply now!

The Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program represents an innovative approach to computer science education, pairing seven weeks of intensive instruction in robotics, web design, and mobile development with engaging, career-focused mentorship and exposure led by the industry’s top female entrepreneurs and engineers.

Participation is free and no prior CS experience is required, just an interest in learning more about Computer Science in an encouraging environment.

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You can help! West Seattle High School seeking to connect with tech pros for a bit of volunteering http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/you-can-help-west-seattle-high-school-seeking-to-connect-with-tech-pros-for-a-bit-of-volunteering/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/you-can-help-west-seattle-high-school-seeking-to-connect-with-tech-pros-for-a-bit-of-volunteering/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 07:15:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=301991

Do you work in tech – software, or engineering? Can you share your expertise with a high-school teacher and her/his students? Read the letter above from West Seattle High School principal Ruth Medsker and see if you might be able to give a bit of time to boost computer science at her school; if you want to find out more about TEALS first, go here.

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Seattle Public Schools tech ‘Town Hall’ set for March 2 @ WSHS http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/seattle-public-schools-tech-town-hall-set-for-march-2-wshs/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/seattle-public-schools-tech-town-hall-set-for-march-2-wshs/#comments Thu, 05 Feb 2015 04:14:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=300188 Something to say about tech at school? Here’s your chance:

Seattle Public Schools wants to give everyone an opportunity to provide feedback and input into the district’s Technology Vision process. To accomplish this we are scheduling five “Town Hall” meetings around the District. One in each of the five major regions …

WEST SEATTLE REGION: Monday, March 2, at West Seattle High School cafeteria

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. so that attendees can browse sample results from the Tech Summit. The structured meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Interested individuals who are unable to attend any of the Town Hall meetings are encouraged to submit their vision, ideas, and comments to techvision@seattleschools.org

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Followup: See what Holy Rosary’s Gator-bots did with your help! http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/followup-see-what-holy-rosarys-gator-bots-did-with-your-help/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/followup-see-what-holy-rosarys-gator-bots-did-with-your-help/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 05:50:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298262

One month ago, we published a request for your help with a student research project – Holy Rosary School students were testing a hypothesis about how people learn about new technology. With almost 700 responses to their online survey, as noted the following week, they proceeded to modify their hypothesis, and win an award. Now, the next step – explained by their coaches:

The Holy Rosary Gator-bots will continue their journey this Sunday by participating in the First Lego League semi-finals at Shoreline Community College. Thanks to the West Seattle Blog and their wonderful readers, the Gator-bots received a lot of great ideas on the project portion of the competition asking the question, How can we improve the way people learn about Technology?

The Gator-bots considered different ways they could help people with technology from the readers responses and finally chose to made a website with step-by-step videos. Their first wave of videos are out on the site for your viewing pleasure at yourtekhelp.com. Please take a look, and we encourage you to sign into the guestbook with your comments! The boys have worked long and hard learning about website technology, video creation technology and video production. Words of encouragement are always appreciated!

And if you come out to Shoreline Community College on Sunday to watch the competition, the first 50 people to mention that they saw the Gator-bots on the blog will receive a Gator-bots button!

Thank you WSB and West Seattle. We feel blessed to be part of such a wonderful community.

Gator-Bot coaches
Brian Christenson
Rise Pyscher
David Redenbaugh

Good luck, Gator-bots!

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West Seattle Hack Night 2.0: Date set – now it’s RSVP time! http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-hack-night-2-0-date-set-now-its-rsvp-time/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-hack-night-2-0-date-set-now-its-rsvp-time/#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2015 00:23:36 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297255

(WSB photo, November 2014 West Seattle Hack Night)
Back in November, the first-of-its-kind West Seattle Hack Night drew a bigger-than-expected turnout at WS Office Junction north of Morgan Junction – and now the date’s set for the next one. The announcement comes from OJ co-proprietor Stefan Hansmire:

The Office Junction will be hosting a FREE computer/coder hack night on Wednesday, January 14th from 6:30-9:00. Snacks and beverages provided. The agenda for the evening will be open – with the goal of fielding participants to learn what kind of applications they are working on so that we can tailor a future class with more focus.

You can RSVP now via the Meetup group set up before the November event – go here.

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Most-commented-on WSB stories of 2014: See who said what http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/most-commented-wsb-stories-of-2014-see-who-said-what/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/most-commented-wsb-stories-of-2014-see-who-said-what/#comments Thu, 01 Jan 2015 00:32:29 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296166 Again this year, we’ve rounded up the year’s most-commented-on WSB stories. These aren’t necessarily the most important stories (many stories are much-read but little-commented), but we always find it an interesting look back; hope you do too!

#11 – 4-mile, 5-hour closure after Highway 99 crash, June 10, 2014 – 121 comments
****Followup note – This much-scrutinized situation was reviewed at City Hall earlier this month; it’s led to changes including more hours of staffing at the city Traffic Management Center.

#10 – SDOT apologies for ‘scumbag hat’ tweet making fun of West Seattle Bridge drivers, May 5, 2014 – 122 comments

#9 – Barton family eviction/protest, July 18, 2014 – 131 comments
****Followup note – Their foreclosure lawsuit is still making its way through the court system at last check.

#8 – West Seattle Health Club officially open, November 4, 2014 – 137 comments

#7 – West Seattle Athletic Club closes; property owner opening WS Health Club, October 25, 2014 – 140 comments
****Followup note on the previous two – The gym’s popular swimming pool has yet to reopen; management says HVAC equipment is still on the way.

#6 – Terrible Beauty closes abruptly, June 9, 2014 – 143 comments
****Followup note – Westside Public House opened in the space last month.

#5 – Transit-funding Proposition 1 voted down, April 22, 2014 – 149 comments
****Follow-up: The same proposal was sent to just Seattle voters in November and passed.

#4 – Helicopter pursuit of LoJack-equipped stolen car leads to suspect’s arrest – January 31, 2014 – 152 comments
****Followup: The man arrested that night, Nicholas Broughton, was sentenced in September to 4+ years in prison.

#3 – Thousands lose power in windstorm, October 25, 2014 – 159 comments

#2 – Bartons removed again, arrested for trespassing, August 15, 2014 – 193 comments

#1 – Trash truck in Arbor Heights blamed for power outage, September 30, 2014 – 230 comments

Want to look even further back? The 2013 WSB list is here; the 2012 list is here; the 2011 list is here. Thank you for all your collaboration and participation again this year – text or call 206-293-6302 any time – and here’s hoping for an exceptional 2015!

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What do you think about growth? How can Seattle encourage affordable housing? These and other questions … http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/what-do-you-think-about-growth-how-can-seattle-encourage-affordable-housing-these-and-other-questions/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/what-do-you-think-about-growth-how-can-seattle-encourage-affordable-housing-these-and-other-questions/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 22:32:28 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=295576 The city’s been running online surveys in abundance lately. This one, though, speaks to topics that we cover often here on WSB, and after going through its questions and open-comment spaces, we thought you might be interested, given its questions about everything from housing costs to your opinions of growth. It’s being presented as part of the mayor’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda. It’s not the usual basic online-survey format; be forewarned, you’ll find some spots requiring scrolling, and some questions where you can check as many circles as you want, others where you have to settle on one. Start the survey here (and note the open-comment thread at the bottom of the start page, if you just want to say something without taking the survey at all).

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Followup: Holy Rosary Gator-bots say ‘thanks!’ for your help with their research project http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/followup-holy-rosary-gator-bots-say-thanks-for-your-help-with-their-research-project/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/followup-holy-rosary-gator-bots-say-thanks-for-your-help-with-their-research-project/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:50:47 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=295484

Last week, we shared a request from student researchers, asking you to take a quick survey for their project. Today – this followup, including the photo and a hearty “thank you”:

Thank you West Seattle Blog and all of your readers for your help with our research project. The Holy Rosary Gator-bots received over 680 responses to our survey in 3 days! The participation from so many readers was impressive, but what impressed us most was the level of detail provided by the readers. The Gator-bots spent a good portion of last Saturday going through the responses. Based on the responses, the Gator-bots realized that there are opportunities to enhance the way everyone learns about new Technology. So they modified their original hypothesis for the project based on your guidance!

Yesterday they presented their research and modified hypothesis to a panel of judges as part of the First Lego League regional competition in Auburn. Thanks to WSB and the survey respondents, the Gator-bots received a trophy for their research through crowdsourcing and were asked to continue their research because they were invited to attend the Semi-Finals in January! Look for an update on the Gator-bots in January!

Thank you WSB and West Seattle. We feel blessed to be part of such a wonderful community.

Gator-Bot coaches
Brian Christenson
Rise Pyscher
David Redenbaugh

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Arbor Heights mailbox casing? http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/west-seattle-crime-watch-arbor-heights-mailbox-casing/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/west-seattle-crime-watch-arbor-heights-mailbox-casing/#comments Sun, 14 Dec 2014 05:00:22 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=295260 Arbor Heights has for some reason been a hotbed of mail theft, which ratchets up the radar for reports like this: Andi says, “Just wanted to let you know when my husband and I were driving home tonight in Arbor Heights, we saw a man riding a bike south along 30th around 7 pm rummaging around in some mailboxes that are located streetside. I called 911 and gave a description, which wasn’t much since it was dark. The best we could manage was: White, 30s, 6ft tall, wearing a checkered gray winter coat, gray pants, black stocking cap, and a black backpack. Hope they’re able to track this guy down; we’ve had some mail theft problems recently in this area.”

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Can you spare a minute to help a student research project? http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/can-you-spare-a-minute-to-help-a-student-research-project/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/can-you-spare-a-minute-to-help-a-student-research-project/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 01:17:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=294883

You can do this right here, right now: Take a moment to help five Holy Rosary School students with a research project. In connection with a project for the First Lego League, Brian Christenson explains, the students want to test a hypothesis about how people learn about new technology. To do that – they need you to answer this quick online survey. They thank you in advance. (We’ll check back to see how their project goes.)

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1 1/2 months until mandatory food-waste composting: City asks about your ‘most compostable’ holiday dish http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/1-12-months-until-mandatory-food-waste-composting-city-asks-about-your-most-compostable-holiday-dish/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/1-12-months-until-mandatory-food-waste-composting-city-asks-about-your-most-compostable-holiday-dish/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 02:02:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292394 On New Year’s Day, the new city rules about food-waste composting kick in. To keep that top-of-mind, Seattle Public Utilities just launched a mini-survey with an incentive – asking what food you’re most likely to compost this holiday season. 14 options (or write in your own) on one page, with a chance to win a kitchen compost bin if you choose to include your e-mail address. Friday’s the deadline.

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