West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle people http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:56:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Southwest Youth and Family Services: Spotlight Gala tonight, neighborhood Open House coming up October 9th http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/southwest-youth-and-family-services-spotlight-gala-tonight-neighborhood-open-house-coming-up-october-9th/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/southwest-youth-and-family-services-spotlight-gala-tonight-neighborhood-open-house-coming-up-october-9th/#comments Sun, 28 Sep 2014 04:41:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287126

Biggest party in West Seattle tonight: The Spotlight Gala at The Hall at Fauntleroy raising money for Southwest Youth and Family Services, the North Delridge-based nonprofit with more going on inside its nondescript headquarters than you’d guess just from passing by. Emcee for the night, former Mayor (and major soccer fan) Greg Nickels, there with wife Sharon Nickels:

Two of our area’s state legislators were there to support SWYFS – State Senate Democratic leader Sen. Sharon Nelson of Maury Island:

And longtime State House Rep. Eileen Cody of West Seattle:

SWYFS executive director Steve Daschle was all smiles:

His agency is focused on education, counseling, and support services, and has expanded its reach in the past year-plus, stretching further into South King County by merging with New Futures. It’s also reaching out to invite West Seattleites to find out more about what it does and how to help and/or get help; toward that goal, you’re invited to an open house 2-6 pm Thursday, October 9th, with a hot-dog barbecue and prize raffles as well as entertainment. SWYFS is at 4555 Delridge Way SW, just south of Delridge Community Center and east of Delridge Playfield.

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Dog on the run on the West Seattle Bridge; drivers stop to rescue it http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/dog-on-the-run-on-the-west-seattle-bridge-drivers-stop-to-rescue-it/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/dog-on-the-run-on-the-west-seattle-bridge-drivers-stop-to-rescue-it/#comments Sat, 27 Sep 2014 22:55:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287102

FIRST REPORT, 3:55 PM: For a short time about half an hour ago, the west end of the eastbound West Seattle Bridge was backed up to Fauntleroy. Anne Higuera from Ventana Construction (WSB sponsor) sent the photo and explains why:

Just watched as hundreds of people stopped their cars on the West Seattle Bridge to wait while a couple of valiant dog catchers blocked traffic and captured a little dog that refused to stop and was running all the way down Fauntleroy and onto the bridge. They finally wrapped him up in a jacket and put him in a box and I’m going to assume that they’re going to then try to locate the owners of the dog. Everyone was so well mannered. Not a single horn blown and everyone waited patiently until the little dog was captured. It was really sweet.

We heard a bit about this on the scanner but had no idea how it turned out until Anne’s note. The dog might be hurt, according to a tweet from Dan. (If whomever now has the dog sees this, we can of course put a note on the WSB Lost/Found Pets page, where we’ve had multiple “found dog” reports today but no “lost” reports yet.)

4:45 PM UPDATE: We have heard now from both the dog’s owner and the finder – the latter, via comments, saying it’s been taken to Seattle Animal Shelter; the former, via e-mail, explaining the dog, a Jack Russell Terrier mix named Woody, bolted from Petco in The Junction “just fitted … for a new harness & lead and obviously it didn’t fit! He backed out of it and ran for it.”

We’re hoping they all connect quickly!

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West Seattle weekend scene: Walking on Logs Landscape Restoration Group at work http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-weekend-scene-walking-on-logs-landscape-restoration-group-at-work/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-weekend-scene-walking-on-logs-landscape-restoration-group-at-work/#comments Sat, 27 Sep 2014 21:18:01 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287069

That photo is from the volunteers comprising the Walking on Logs Landscape Restoration Group, some of your West Seattle neighbors (backstory here) who have been doing what they can to honor the longstanding mandate for community upkeep of the area. This is their last cleanup session of the year; the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce is looking at organizing one at the start of November. (The Chamber keeps the sign-up sheet for nonprofit promotional use of the site – what’s up right now replaced the guerrilla messaging spotted earlier in the week).

P.S. You might not notice unless you’re passing by as a passenger, but we’re told the aspens are in fine form and the snowberries are blooming!

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West Seattle scene: Chamber ‘After Hours’ @ Log House Museum http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-scene-log-house-museum-hosts-chamber-after-hours/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-scene-log-house-museum-hosts-chamber-after-hours/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 03:37:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286918

One of West Seattle’s most historic porches was the scene of a party earlier tonight, as the the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce‘s monthly After Hours gathering came to the Southwest Seattle Historical Society’s Log House Museum. SWSHS executive director Clay Eals recounted some of the organization’s big events, including one that dwarfed tonight’s gathering:

The photo he’s holding is from the June 6th dedication of the renovated totem pole that stood at the Admiral Way Viewpoint for years. SWSHS’s next big event is the Champagne Gala Brunch in November (with sponsors inclding WSB); you can reserve your ticket(s) now. As for the Chamber, its next lunch meeting, October 9th, features Port Commissioner Stephanie Bowman. It’ll be an outdoor event in the Port-owned Jack Block Park (rain or shine!).

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Walk to End Alzheimer’s: Group from The Kenney raises $1,600 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/walk-to-end-alzheimers-group-from-the-kenney-raises-1600/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/walk-to-end-alzheimers-group-from-the-kenney-raises-1600/#comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:55:59 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286366

(Photo courtesy The Kenney)
Among the hundreds of people who joined in the Pacific Northwest Walk to End Alzheimer’s today were four residents of The Kenney (WSB sponsor), along with staffers and family members. They raised $1,600 and walked the full two-mile route along Lake Union. Proceeds from the walk – more than $270,000, in early estimates – go toward “the care, support, and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association,” according to the event website. The rise in cases of Alzheimer’s and dementia has led some retirement centers to make big changes; The Kenney added its Memory Care Community in 2012.

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Happening now: United Way of King County’s ‘Day of Caring’ brings volunteers to West Seattle and White Center http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/happening-now-united-way-of-king-countys-day-of-caring/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/happening-now-united-way-of-king-countys-day-of-caring/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:13:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286256

The historic, now-community-owned Fauntleroy Schoolhouse is one of more than 500 sites around King County getting free TLC today during the United Way of King County “Day of Caring” event. Companies from around the region have sent more than 11,000 workers to volunteer – like the people from Car Toys who were busy around the schoolhouse’s grounds, including Fauntleroy Children’s Center.

We got there just in time to say hi to UWKC’s CEO Jon Fine, who chose it as his first stop on a tour of several volunteer projects.

Another local site getting Day of Caring help, the White Center Food Bank:

“Day of Caring” volunteers there (including Sally and Lynda in our photo) are from Bentall Kennedy. WCFB is just four weeks away from its big annual fundraising Harvest Dinner/Auction, by the way (October 18th at SSC’s Brockey Center), and you can still get tickets by going here.

ADDED 5:55 PM: The Kenney (WSB sponsor) shares the photo of “Day of Caring” volunteers from Microsoft:

40 Microsoft employees in all worked on landscaping around The Kenney’s campus, donating more than 175 hours of work in all.

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Congratulations! 70th wedding anniversary for West Seattleites Dorothy & Everett Wright http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/congratulations-70th-wedding-anniversary-for-west-seattleites-dorothy-everett-wright/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/congratulations-70th-wedding-anniversary-for-west-seattleites-dorothy-everett-wright/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:00:00 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285940

Congratulations to Dorothy and Everett Wright of West Seattle, who just celebrated a big anniversary. From their daughter Wendy Hobson:

Everett and Dorothy Wright celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary (August 19, 2014) with a party a few days later at their daughter’s home with family and friends.

They got married on their fourth “date,” after meeting in Chicago at Christmastime in 1943 when Dorothy went to stay with her sister. Dorothy’s oldest sister was married to Everett’s older brother. They went out to dinner – then Everett (who was in the Air Force in 1944) went back to Louisiana. They wrote to each other for 8 months. He came back to Chicago on leave, proposed, and they got married a few days later. They took the train to North Dakota and spent their honeymoon with her parents on the farm.

In 1956, they moved from Chicago to Seattle, following Dorothy’s sisters and their families. They had a 2.5 year old daughter and a 3-month-old son, no job, no house. Everett went out to look for a job and at his first stop, called Dorothy to say he was hired and that he was starting that day! A few weeks later, they purchased the home on Genesee Hill where they still live.

Everett retired from Sundstrand Corp in Redmond in 1983 and Dorothy retired from Sears in SODO in 1986.

Everett bought his first computer when he was 80, learning to surf the internet. At 85, he decided to learn to play the bass guitar (figuring that because it only had 4 strings, it would be easier) to keep his mind sharp. At almost 96, he is still curious about everything.

Dorothy joined the Y after she retired and has enjoyed 30+ years of water aerobics. She is a big Mariners fan.

They both enjoy going on the senior bus to the Tulalip and Muckelshoot Casinos monthly. They are the parents of Wendy (Michael) Hobson and Brad (Colette) Wright, and grandparents of Aaron & Shawn Hobson and Carson Wright.

Milestone anniversary in YOUR family? Let us know!

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Memorial next Saturday for ‘Hank’ Ercolini, 1923-2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/memorial-next-saturday-for-hank-ercolini-1923-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/memorial-next-saturday-for-hank-ercolini-1923-2014/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:23:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285811 Family and friends will gather this Saturday to celebrate the life of Henry “Hank” Matthew Ercolini, born October 8, 1923 in Seattle, died August 28, 2014 in Salem, Oregon, with many years in West Seattle along the way. Here’s the remembrance we were asked to share:

Hank was the oldest of the 3 boys of Joe and Julia Ercolini, a husband to Gertrude “Gertie” Ercolini for 65 years, a father of 4, father-in-law, devoted grandfather (Pop) and great-grandfather, an uncle, cousin, a devoted friend, a 1941 West Seattle High School graduate, a WWII Marine veteran, a 1948 Willamette University graduate, a math & history teacher, coach, junior high principal, referee, a world traveler, a long-time member of Queen of Peace church, a Beaver and Bearcat fan, a cribbage teacher, a landscaper by hobby, an avid golfer, a Meals on Wheels delivery boy, a favorite neighbor, a Susan G. Komen supporter, and a great friend to many.

He will be remembered for his kindness, generosity, and the joy he shared with everyone who knew him. He will be dearly missed. He is survived by three of his children and their spouses: Joan Ercolini (Bend, OR), Lisa & Rod Noteboom (Moses Lake, WA), Steve & Betsy Ercolini (Seattle); his four grandchildren: Tom Watson and wife Jodie, Anne Watson, Angela Fernandez and husband Paul, and Daniel Noteboom; his great grandsons Eamon Watson and Eli Fernandez; and Tom and Anne’s father Steve Watson. He is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Joe and Julia Ercolini, his brothers Edward and James Ercolini, his first daughter Julie Watson, and his wife Gertie.

A celebration of Hank’s life will be held at Capital Manor (in Salem, OR), Saturday, September 20th, at 1:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, or the charity of your choice. Arrangements are by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

(WSB publishes obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to editor@westseattleblog.com)

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Memorial gathering Thursday for James M. Novello, 1945-2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/memorial-gathering-thursday-for-james-m-novello-1945-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/memorial-gathering-thursday-for-james-m-novello-1945-2014/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:55:20 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285107 A gathering is planned at a Gatewood home tomorrow to celebrate the life of James M. Novello. His family shares this remembrance:

James Michael Novello, born to James and Alvera Novello on June 19th, 1945, passed at his home on September 6th, 2014 – beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, son, brother, and uncle.

James was born in Whitestone, New York, where he graduated from Holy Cross High School. He served as a Chaplain Assistant in Hanau, Germany, while in the United States Army.

James made a home for him and his family in Washington State, where he served with the Anacortes Police Department. He would later work for Fritz Trucking Company in Auburn, where he worked until he retired.

James loved his family, friends, and neighbors, but home is where the heart is, he loved spending time with his 4-legged friends. Other memorable times would be his yearly trips to the Washington coast or game night with family, friends, and neighbors. He loved his Seattle sports teams and Neil Diamond.

James is survived by his wife Debby Novello; dad James Novello, New York; sister Linda (Ray) Riso, New York; children: Richard (Heidi) Novello, James (Monica) Novello, Kimberly (Paul) Bahnmiller, Michael (Terri) Novello; grandchildren: Shawna Murray, Nickolaus (Erin) Novello, Zackary Novello, Carson Novello, Brittany Novello, Vinny Novello, Gabrielle Novello, Cecelia Novello, Giovanni Novello, Zachary Myers, Jacob Myers, Alexis Novello, and Anthony Novello; great-grandchild Aiden Plumley.

Celebration of life will be held at the home of James and Deborah Novello on September 11th, 2014, at 2 pm at 3926 SW Ida Street, West Seattle.

His humor and laughter will be missed.

(WSB publishes obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to editor@westseattleblog.com)

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Notice the difference? Friends of Morgan Junction Parks, Peace Lutheran volunteers team up for more cleanup, restoration http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/notice-the-difference-friends-of-morgan-junction-parks-peace-lutheran-volunteers-team-up-for-more-cleanup-restoration/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/notice-the-difference-friends-of-morgan-junction-parks-peace-lutheran-volunteers-team-up-for-more-cleanup-restoration/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 02:20:10 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=284901

Another Morgan Junction-area public space is in better shape tonight because of hard work by community volunteers. Thanks to Barry for the photos and report:

A delegation from Peace Lutheran Church again joined Friends of Morgan Junction Parks on a neighborhood cleanup effort. The two groups put in a solid shift on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at the SDOT property on the corner of Fauntleroy and Juneau, where restoration work was begun last fall. The two groups have also been restoring the triangle property next to the Thriftway in Morgan Junction.

Tall, thick weeds had taken over the parking strip at the Juneau site. These were removed, in addition to a lot of dead wood on trees and plants in the interior. We’ll return later in the fall to add some new plants to the parking strip area.

You can connect with Friends of Morgan Junction Parks via its Facebook page.

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West Seattle-based Free2Luv joined by Seahawks for anti-bullying billboard campaign http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-based-free2luv-joined-by-seahawks-for-anti-bullying-billboard-campaign/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-based-free2luv-joined-by-seahawks-for-anti-bullying-billboard-campaign/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:30:31 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=284256

(Photo courtesy Free2Luv)
With both the Seahawks‘ season and the school year starting, an anti-bullying campaign is launching with a West Seattle-based nonprofit at the heart of it. On the lower right of the billboard in the photo, you’ll see FREE2LUV.ORG – the online home of Free2Luv, which is leading the “Friends Don’t Let Friends Bully” campaign. The photo and announcement (read the full version here) were shared by Free2Luv president/co-founder Tonya Sandis of Alki. Donated billboard space is part of it; the first one, Tonya says, is at 4th Avenue South and South Industrial Way, just a few blocks south of the West Seattle Bridge (map): “With the rise in teen suicides and one out of every three children experiencing some form of bullying, it is Free2Luv’s mission to reach as many communities and children as possible to spread the word Friends Don’t Let Friends Bully. … We are passionate about creating a safer and kinder place for our youth, raising self-esteem and re-instilling hope.” Free2Luv says more than 19,000 people have taken their anti-bullying pledge; you can join them here.

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West Seattle creator of ‘Time Wars’ debuting groundbreaking card game at PAX http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-creator-of-time-wars-debuting-groundbreaking-card-game-at-pax/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-creator-of-time-wars-debuting-groundbreaking-card-game-at-pax/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:04:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283981 By Kezia Willingham
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

As the sold-out PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) gaming convention starts today downtown, West Seattleite Bijhan Valibeigi will be there, launching a new product in her multimedia “Time Wars” franchise: A strategy card game.

She e-mailed WSB about the launch, explaining that “Time Wars: Supreme Command” is “the world’s first deck-stacking game, where you actively try to stack your own deck in your favor, while also trying to control the flow of your opponent’s deck.”

The format isn’t all that’s groundbreaking about “Time Wars: Supreme Command.”

Bijhan and I met at Meeples Games, the new business at California/Charlestown that not only sells games, but is also a place where you can sit down and play them in a relaxed atmosphere, with a café and a library where you can try out games before purchasing them.

Bijhan created “Time Wars” based on her experience as a game lover who missed seeing accurate representations of both her ethnicity and gender orientation – she describes herself as a “queer genderless Persian-American nerd” – in the games she loved. She wanted to see more diversity in the characters and their experiences.

In a nutshell, “Time Wars” is “…about super-powered time travelers from the 161st Century who are actively trying to change the past to protect a future free of bigotry.”

She adds, “As people play – through a series of adventures – the game illustrates just how diverse and yet the same the human experience is throughout time, even on planets with different laws of nature, that the core aspects of humanity remain the same.”

Bijhan really wanted to explore the theme of redemption of humanity in the context of a grim presence.

One of the things I found most fascinating about Bijhan’s creations is that while all characters have “limitations,” they also have abilities that are “Super Strengths” that
arise directly in relation to the character’s limitations. The awareness that our limitations can also develop our own individual strengths is a message that is useful in recognizing our wholeness as individuals. Bijhan credits part of her sensitivity toward people with varying degrees of ability by growing up with her deaf grandmother.

When you speak with Bijhan about “Time Wars,” you will see that she is both passionate and enthusiastic about her work. She explained that she “always liked rules and arguing about the implementation of rules. The Time Wars universe allows me to change what rules might not be working into those that are.” Bijhan once considered a career in law but found that the creative freedom allowed with game development is more satisfying.

Bijhan grew up in West Seattle and attended both Pathfinder K-8 and Denny International Middle School before transferring into the advanced-learning program at Washington and Garfield. She holds degrees from Seattle Central Community College and Washington State University.

The Time Wars concept has been developed into both games and stories. The “Time Wars” Strike Team” role-playing game has been long available as a free download; Bijhan adds, “We have added playable adventures which include questing for an alien artifact in prehistoric Thailand, solving a murder on a distant and doomed world, and halting the carnage of the Puget Sound Indian War.” Find out more about the Time Wars universe online at timewarsuniverse.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/TimeWarsUniverse, on Twitter at @TimeWarsRPG, and on YouTube too. And, of course, at PAX, if you got your pass before they sold out – you’ll find Bijhan and “Time Wars” in the East Lounge on the 6th floor of the Washington State Convention Center, in the PAX area called the Diversity Lounge or “Roll for Diversity.”

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Congratulations! West Seattle’s Martin de Vrieze completes high-elevation 100-mile race http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/congratulations-west-seattles-martin-de-vrieze-completes-high-elevation-100-mile-race/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/congratulations-west-seattles-martin-de-vrieze-completes-high-elevation-100-mile-race/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:03:06 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283647

Congratulations to another West Seattleite for an amazing accomplishment – a high-elevation challenge completed by Martin de Vrieze recently in Colorado. Francine Stroud shares the story and photo:

Martin de Vrieze, a 20-year West Seattle resident, recently ran the Leadville 100 “Race Across the Sky.” This race is 100 miles of extreme Colorado Rockies terrain. The race spans elevations between 9200 feet up to 12,600 feet, and has a total elevation gain of 18,168 feet. The race must be completed in 30 hours or less. Generally, only one half of the runners that start are able to finish the race. This year there were 612 starters and only 351 finishers. The race begins at 4:00 AM in the dark and for Martin ended at dawn the following morning. Martin finished in 25 hrs. 43 mins. 48 secs. He came in 25th in his age group and 93rd overall. We are very proud of him.

Find out more about the race here; results are here.

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Followup: West Seattle Senior Center hires ousted director as consultant, ‘evaluates relationship’ with Senior Services http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/followup-west-seattle-senior-center-hires-ousted-director-as-consultant-evaluates-relationship-with-senior-services/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/followup-west-seattle-senior-center-hires-ousted-director-as-consultant-evaluates-relationship-with-senior-services/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:15:21 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283611 Karen Sisson is back at the Senior Center of West Seattle – as a consultant.

As first reported here July 14, after 25 years as center director, Sisson was fired by Senior Services, the citywide nonprofit that provides staffing to centers including West Seattle, after sending an e-mail that expressed concern over possible operational changes SS was reported to be considering. SS would not comment on the reason for Sisson’s ouster, but multiple sources attributed it to the e-mail.

Now, the Senior Center’s board – which operates independently of Senior Services and its board – has hired Sisson as a consultant, and is demanding that SS reinstate her as center director. From board president David Robertson:

The Senior Center of West Seattle unanimously adopted a resolution endorsing Karen Sisson as Center Director and expressing its lack of confidence in Paula Houston, the Agency Director of Senior Services. A copy of the resolution is attached:

The Senior Center of West Seattle has hired Karen Sisson as a consultant to assist the Board in dealing with financial matters of the Senior Center of West Seattle as the Senior Center evaluates its relationship with Senior Services.

Unlike most of the Seattle senior centers that are staffed through Senior Services, the West Seattle center owns its own building. In addition to the board resolution, Sisson’s firing also has sparked a community outcry, including a petition drive, and an earlier board “vote of confidence” in her work. Sisson herself hasn’t commented directly on her firing but told WSB she appreciates the messages of support.

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No need to go downtown for a ‘soapbox derby’: North Admiral neighbors put on their own http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/no-need-to-go-downtown-for-a-soapbox-derby-north-admiral-neighbors-put-on-their-own/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/no-need-to-go-downtown-for-a-soapbox-derby-north-admiral-neighbors-put-on-their-own/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 04:24:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283549

(WSB photos by Katie Meyer)
The “soapbox race” downtown wasn’t the only one in Seattle today – Beverly invited us to check out the one that happened in her North Admiral neighborhood this afternoon/evening as part of its annual block party.

She explained in the invitation, “We neighbors around College between Walnut and 41st Ave. SW have an annual block party the second to last weekend in August each year” – and much of it is headquartered in her home’s front yard. “There are a lot of kids in the neighborhood, so this year we decided to have a soapbox derby!” In the photo below, that’s Beverly’s son Asa in the striped shirt on the right; he designed the cart with Tinkercad.

The derby featured kids of all ages – here’s 3-year-old Reider and 1-year-old brother Hudson:

Whatever the cart design – the neighborhood derby featured human-powered transportation at its finest! Some of it, animal-inspired:

Thanks to Beverly for letting us know about the derby so we could stop by. Something cool happening in YOUR neighborhood? Here’s how to reach us.

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