West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle people http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:38:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle brothers join in youth-led ‘State of the Planet’ event http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-brothers-join-in-youth-led-state-of-the-planet-event/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-brothers-join-in-youth-led-state-of-the-planet-event/#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 06:03:56 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=299186

(Photos by Andy Clark, courtesy 350 Seattle)
Last year they sang downtown at a rally of concern about exploding oil trains; today, West Seattle brothers Aji and Adonis Piper were part of the State of the Planet” event at City Hall. Though City Councilmember Mike O’Brien was on hand, this event was led by young sustainability ambassadors, campaigning for two initiatives – first, the Billion-Tree Challenge:

According to the young advocates supported by 350 Seattle, if each person in our state planted 150 trees, that would add up to a billion new ones, creating, advocates say, a “carbon bank” to get through the rest of this century. The other proposal discussed today: Climate-change-warning labels on gas-pump nozzles in Seattle, something like this:

The Northern California city of Berkeley passed an ordinance last November approving that type of label; San Francisco is reported to be considering it. Those who attended today’s event heard from Rob Shirkey, who has been campaigning for the pump labels in Canada. There is no formal proposal pending in Seattle yet.

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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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Celebration of life on February 3rd for Jim Hartog, 1933-2015 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/celebration-of-life-on-february-3rd-for-jim-hartog-1933-2015/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/celebration-of-life-on-february-3rd-for-jim-hartog-1933-2015/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:00:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298988 A celebration of Jim Hartog‘s life is planned for February 3rd. Here’s the remembrance his family is sharing:

In Loving Memory of James Hartog

Jim was born on July 9th, 1933 to Johannes and Margaret Hartog at St. Frances Cabrini Hospital.

He received his early education at Holy Rosary School and graduated from O’Dea High School. He joined the U. S. Navy and served until the end of the Korean War.

He was employed by Doyle’s Automotive Service and purchased the business upon the death of the owner in 1968. Jim was a member of the West Seattle Lions Club and served many years as Chairman of the Easter Breakfast.

In 1995 Jim had an accidental fall which left him a quadriplegic. His spirits were never dampened and he continued his cheerfulness and love of life until his death.

Jim is survived by his wife of 58 years; Nancy, his daughter Anastasia and her partner Tracy Giles, his son Jon, and his wife Sarah and three grandsons.

A celebration of his life will be held Tuesday, February 3rd, 1:00 p.m. at Mount Baker Community Club, 2811 Mount Rainier Drive South, Seattle.

In lieu of flowers; donations may be made to Providence Hospice of Seattle or Holy Rosary School of Seattle.

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

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West Seattleite Cate Hardy chosen as new PCC Natural Markets CEO http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattleite-cate-hardy-chosen-as-new-pcc-natural-markets-ceo/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattleite-cate-hardy-chosen-as-new-pcc-natural-markets-ceo/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 19:45:36 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298695 PCC Natural Markets (WSB sponsor) has just announced a new CEO – and she is a West Seattle resident. Cate Hardy joins PCC this week from Starbucks, where she has worked for 9 years, most recently as vice president of operations, according to the PCC announcement, which says she “brings more than 15 years of retail experience in general management, retail operations, supply chain, growth and store development, and strategy” to her new job. The Seattle-based food-store company had been led since last May by Randy Lee, its chief financial officer, serving as interim CEO. The full announcement, with more on Hardy’s background, is on PCC’s website, here. PCC has 10 markets around the metro area, including one at 2749 California SW here in West Seattle. (Photo courtesy PCC Natural Markets)

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Congrats! West Seattle Soccer Club’s Bill Fry wins national award http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/congrats-west-seattle-soccer-clubs-bill-fry-wins-national-award/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/congrats-west-seattle-soccer-clubs-bill-fry-wins-national-award/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 03:57:06 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298646

(Photo courtesy West Seattle Soccer Club)
Congratulations to Bill Fry, vice president of administration for West Seattle Soccer Club, honored as national Administrator of the Year award by U.S. Youth Soccer. WSSC’s Tim McMonigle explains, “Over the past year, he had moved up by winning at the club, association, district, state, region, and now the national level. This is a huge honor, and continues our recent successes at the national level with others from our club that have represented our club and association very well.” As the announcement notes, while Fry was WSSC president, the number of registered players nearly doubled.

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Victory scenes, including West Seattle Seahawks fans’ celebrations http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/victory-scenes-including-west-seattle-seahawks-fans-celebrations/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/victory-scenes-including-west-seattle-seahawks-fans-celebrations/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 05:30:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298553 Super Bowl countdown is on! But first, tonight: Some of the photos (etc.) we’ve received since The Big Win. First, intrepid fans waded into Puget Sound to celebrate:

Thanks to Mark for that photo. Next one’s from Amy:

Amy says, “Finnegan from Gatewood Hill brought good luck to the Hawks in the 4th quarter!!” Meantime, two West Seattleites snapped themselves during a historic moment at the CLink:

Gary Potter (left) e-mailed the photo, captioning it, “Josh Sutton snaps a selfie after the final TD in OT!!!!”

Also notable today, the weather. Trileigh Tucker caught video of the brief ice-pellet shower:

Trileigh captioned it “Hailquake“; we’ve also heard it dubbed the “Hail Mary” moment! It followed – after a bit of a time gap – one burst of thunder that coincided with the Seahawks’ big comeback. Earlier, John Bartell caught this sunbreak with a rainbow (promise of victory?):

Last but not at all least – this isn’t in West Seattle but does have a local link. Jim Winder, mastermind of the West Seattle Lights/Helmstetler Family Christmas Spectacular, has a light show in Maple Valley and says it’s 100 percent Seahawks-themed, continuing nightly through the Super Bowl. He shared this clip of “Hawktown Funk”:

Want to go check out the Maple Valley lights? Address and map are here.

So now we have two weeks of pre-Super Bowl excitement to come – if you have a Seahawk-spirit photo or tip, please let us know so we can share along the way.

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Memorial planned Tuesday for Edward Gottbehuet, 1922-2015 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/memorial-planned-tuesday-for-edward-gottbehuet-1922-2015/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/memorial-planned-tuesday-for-edward-gottbehuet-1922-2015/#comments Sun, 18 Jan 2015 09:35:20 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298458 A memorial service is planned Tuesday for Edward D. Gottbehuet. Here’s the remembrance that’s being shared with the community:

Edward Donald “Ed Huet” Gottbehuet, 92, of West Seattle, died Saturday, January 10, 2015.

He was born July 1, 1922 in Seattle, the son of the late Donald and Marie (Neupauer) Gottbehuet. He dated and eventually married Josephine Christ. As a child, he lived in Detroit, Michigan, until his parents moved to Seattle (Beacon Hill). Edward graduated from Franklin High School in 1940 and then spent 40 years in the United States Navy. He also worked for Alaska Packers, was a golf caddy at Jefferson Golf Course, and retired as a postal worker at age 65. Edward also sold real estate up until age 89.

He is survived and loved by his wife, son Mark, and daughter Jody. Edward believed in the Lord and could always say “God Bless” to everyone. A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1245 10th Avenue E., on Seattle’s Capitol Hill, followed by a graveside service with military honors at Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park, Seattle.

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

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VIDEO: Alki rally, march urges freedom for Lolita, last surviving captive Puget Sound killer whale http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/video-alki-rally-march-urging-freedom-for-lolita-last-surviving-captive-puget-sound-killer-whale/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/video-alki-rally-march-urging-freedom-for-lolita-last-surviving-captive-puget-sound-killer-whale/#comments Sat, 17 Jan 2015 23:19:01 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298419

(WSB photos/video by Patrick Sand)
A gathering this afternoon around West Seattle’s replica of a powerful symbol of human freedom was organized in hopes of winning freedom for a fellow mammal held captive thousands of miles away:

Taken from her family and her Puget Sound home more than 40 years ago, the orca known as Lolita (originally Tokitae), a member of L-Pod, has spent all that time in a tank at the Miami Seaquarium. Of the dozens of killer whales captured all those years ago, she is the last survivor. This afternoon’s Alki gathering was in support of a larger rally in Miami, stepping up the pressure for Lolita to be “retired” and returned home.

From Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza, advocates, many with signs, headed on a one-mile march along the beach – here’s our video:

We estimated at least 150 supporters here; MiamiHerald.com estimates a thousand participants at today’s rally there. They heard from Howard Garrett of the Whidbey Island-based Orca Network, describing the plan already proposed for reintroducing Lolita to the wild via a sea pen in the San Juans. It’s not new, but there is a potential milestone driving the new attention – a federal ruling expected this month on whether Lolita will be officially included in the listing of endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales. That would not guarantee freedom for her, but could at least step up the pressure. According to the Miami Herald, the Seaquarium says flatly she’s not for sale and shouldn’t be freed. Meantime, back at Alki, Lolita’s supporters came from all age groups:

Advocates said that other support rallies were planned in San Diego, Los Angeles, Colorado Springs, Germany, and the UK.

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Celebration of Life tomorrow for Joe Fine, 1938-2015 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/celebration-of-life-tomorrow-for-joe-fine-1938-2015/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/celebration-of-life-tomorrow-for-joe-fine-1938-2015/#comments Sat, 17 Jan 2015 02:03:52 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298345 Those who knew and loved Joe Fine are invited to his Celebration of Life tomorrow, 11 am-3 pm, at Duke’s on Alki. Here’s the remembrance that his family is sharing:

Joe Fine, 76, of West Seattle, passed away on Monday, January 5, 2015 from pancreatic cancer.

Joe was a legend to all that had the honor of knowing him. Born December 17, 1938 in Valentine, Nebraska to Mary Lamoureaux, he would spend his earliest years in Valentine at the family ranch just over the border in South Dakota. After WWII, he was adopted by William Fine, and the family settled in Billings, Montana, where Joe would graduate from high school. He attended and graduated from The University of Montana in Missoula. While there he was an active member of the Phi Delt house, where he was known as “Shakey.”

After graduating, he married Sharon Sayre and together they had two sons: William Glen and Gregory Joseph. He was a successful sales rep for Standard Oil and then Carpenter Paper before settling in Kalispell, Montana, where he owned a number of businesses including Joe’s Varsity, The Jean Factory, and Clothes Gallery. Whether he was creating award-winning promotions like Levi Clause and the Jean Advisor, or later selling diamonds in retail, doing remodel construction, or the nearly ten years he spent at Home Depot in the Garden Department, Joe is remembered for his entrepreneurial spirit and almost magical salesmanship.

All along the way, Joe collected a diverse group of friends that remained close throughout his life:

In 1984, Joe moved to Seattle, and in 1985 met Sharon “Cricket” Ackerlund, who couldn’t resist the twinkle of his Irish eyes. The couple were married in 1991 and built a life together in West Seattle.

He and Cricket enjoyed a passion for gardening that saw their home recognized for gardening excellence on numerous occasions. Their garden and patio were the center of conversation, food and great wine for a wide circle of friends. Joe’s passion and knowledge of Washington wine made him a legend in Walla Walla and he became known as the leader of the “West Seattle Fine Wine Club.” He had a love of convertibles, feeding his birds, the color red, his kitties and people.

A man blessed with charisma that was only matched by the size of his heart, Joe collected friends with astonishing ease, and these friendships lasted his lifetime. Joe didn’t care what a person did for living or how much money they made, he found magic in just about everyone and knew how to help them see that magic in themselves. Countless individuals, through the years, have sought and relied upon the advice of “Father Fine” and “Papa Joe.” Joe was a proud Marine, father and dedicated husband.

He is survived by his wife Sharon Ackerlund and his two sons: Bill Fine and his wife Gloria Flores and their sons Fernando, Benjamin and Lucas; and Greg Fine. He also loved his stepchildren Andrew “Drew” and Marsha Ackerlund and their children Emily, Ethan, Emmett, and Ellynn and Sam Schumaker; David Ackerlund and Pamela Ackerlund and nephew Bruce Bosley and his wife Catherine Broom. The family would like to specifically thank the myriad of friends that have provided support and love, a list too numerous to list. May the force be with you, Papa Joe. “You gotta know!”

SERVICE DETAILS – CELEBRATION OF JOE’S LIFE
Saturday, January 17, 2015
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Duke’s Chowder House on Alki
2516 Alki Ave SW

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

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Adam Cozens: West Seattle-raised comedian coming home this month: ‘I think I’m doing the best stand-up of my life’ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/adam-cozens-west-seattle-raised-comedian-coming-home-this-month-i-think-im-doing-the-best-stand-up-of-my-life/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/adam-cozens-west-seattle-raised-comedian-coming-home-this-month-i-think-im-doing-the-best-stand-up-of-my-life/#comments Sun, 11 Jan 2015 23:20:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296649 By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

“In general, when I look back at where I was and where I wanted to be, if I knew I would be doing the things I’m doing now, I’d be so ecstatic.”

That’s how comic Adam Cozens, a West Seattle native, sums up what’s transpired in the four years since last we checked in with him. He had already been pursuing his dreams in New York for a few years when we interviewed him during holiday-season visits home in 2009 and 2010.

Then in December, he e-mailed WSB to let us know he’ll be back in the area this month, starting with a headliner show at Comedy Underground on January 21st. So we talked with him by phone to find out what’s changed in the four-plus years since he was last here doing a Seattle stand-up show while visiting family (his parents are still here in West Seattle, where, as we first noted in 2009, he attended Schmitz Park Elementary, Madison Middle School, West Seattle High School, and Seattle Lutheran High School).

One big change: He lives in Los Angeles now. (Pasadena, to be specific.) But that might not be the biggest.

Adam got married back in May, to his longtime girlfriend Laura – five years of dating, more than a decade as acquaintances, since his freshman year in college; they reconnected when she showed up in New York for grad school.

NY was his home for about five years, as he focused on standup comedy. “In hindsight, I really should have started in Seattle – some people think you should start in a smaller place.” But he has no regrets about that: “It was good for me to just get thrown into it.”

What wasn’t so good about life back east: His work was his “entire life.” Even though he and his now-wife were dating, his career seemed to override everything. “I was learning every night – it was much more of a ‘comedy education,’ getting exposed to all of it, learning all of it, similar to college – college was fun, but when school wasn’t going well, nothing was going well, and that was kind of how New York was me. If I wasn’t doing well in standup … my entire life was awful, because that’s what I was out there for. I was getting up on stage, like five times a night, seven nights a week.”

Now, he continues to perform often – here’s a clip he pointed us to:

You can see the most recent gigs listed on his website; he’s been performing “regularly at the Hollywood Improv, The UCB Theater, The Ice House, and really wherever else they will let me get on stage” – and he is writing professionally (more on that shortly). Being in Los Angeles, he says, has led to a “much-more-fulfilling quality of life outside of work, and I think that makes my work itself that much better. I have friends who aren’t comedians, friends who don’t talk exclusively about show business.”

When he’s onstage, “I try to make the most of it, quality over quantity. I’ll still do any show people ask me to do, but I like having a night at home with my wife, real moments that I can write about and talk about on stage. If your life is (just) going from club to club, you don’t have much to talk about.”

And yes, he has “day jobs” – including dog-walking. “It’s important to have a routine, important to make money, important to maintain sanity.”

His offstage time is also spent with paying work relating directly to his art – writing for TV. “That was one of the reasons I got into standup in the first place, to become a writer … I would like to be doing it full time.”

But you have to start somewhere. And right now, he has a prestigious freelance gig: “I got picked up as a freelance ‘Weekend Update’ writer for ‘Saturday Night Live.’ It’s a huge opportunity and a huge thrill for me, one of the shows I watched growing up, such a huge influence on what I do and on my writing.”

So how did that happen?

“Years ago, I was an opening act for a comedian who did some writing for ‘Saturday Night Live’ and he knew that just for fun I would write a prospective monologue for (TV shows) and post it on social media. He thought I would be a good fit (for SNL) because they do use freelance writers. So he recommended me to the producer.”

But if you think “knowing someone” is a sure bet for getting a gig – not so, Adam says. Every year SNL considers adding freelancers to the roster, via a week of tryouts – he got rejected “three or four years in a row” before making the cut. “This year I got accepted; I kept improving and working hard at it.”

Since he’s not in New York, sitting in a room with the writing staff, what freelance writing involves is getting a “packet” with what they’re looking for on a given day; he writes jokes, sends the packet back, and “sees what might get on.”

Back to his impending return to Seattle, and his January 21st show. The plan started because of something he’s doing nearby immediately afterward – sharing the bill with a friend.

“When I was first starting in standup, I became good friends with comedian Joe Machi. We were starting out together. He was hilarious. Last year, through his incredible talent, he got fourth place in (the TV show) ‘Last Comic Standing.’ America’s going crazy for Joe. He’s having me open for him on the road this whole next year (when) we can make it work with our schedule.”

That includes a stint in Kirkland, January 22nd-24th (more on that here). But an opening act is maybe 10 to 15 minutes. Adam decided to make even more out of his visit back home.

“So I thought, ‘I haven’t produced my own show in Seattle in four years now!’ Since I was going to be here, I thought it would be fun to do another show.” He’ll do a full hour on January 21st at Comedy Underground, preceded by two friends, “Daniel Carroll, who is also from West Seattle – we met in New York and realized we both grew up (here),” and Scott Losse. (Tickets, only $10, are available online.)

That in turn is a prelude to a big gig coming up in May: The first time he’s headlined a club for a full weekend. “I’ve headlined off-nights here and there, different clubs on a Tuesday or Wednesday somewhere.” But nothing like this – a club outside Detroit, Comedy Castle in Royal Oak, Michigan, where he’s headlining May 28-30.

We ask, for at least the second time in our conversation: How did THAT happen?

“Years ago I submitted to (the owner) to come work as a host or middle act. He watched my tape and thought I was funny but didn’t know if it would be worth it to fly me in for the amount they could pay me, just not a lot of money when you’re the middle act. We stayed in touch through the years, I submitted (a tape) to him again,” and this time he got the invitation to come headline.

So, more than a few years after leaving West Seattle and heading out on the classic quest for show-biz success, Adam says, “I couldn’t be more excited about where I am … going on the road, opening for people, writing for TV shows, being able to have a successful personal life and getting married to the girl of my dreams – I always thought it would be one or the other, happy personal life OR successful in my dream career.”

He has a realistic view of it too: “I know my limitations and I know my strengths. I used to think I could do everything. I now know I can do some things better than other things. I tried writing movie scripts, not my strongest suit, but I’m good at writing short things like topical monologue jokes, so I’m playing to my strong suits. Instead of trying to be OK at a lot of things, I’m (working at) being good at, what I’m good at.”

And that includes working at “being a much-better comedian onstage. I hope to never get content at what I’m saying and doing; I would hate to look back after 10 years and be doing the same thing. As I grow up and age, I hope my act grows up and ages.”

As for how he’s grown up in the four years since his last Seattle show – “I want (people) to know I’m really happy.” And he’s hoping to make you happy, at least for an hour or so, by making you laugh: “I think I’m doing the best standup of my life. I’m writing from a clear perspective, jokes but not long stories … I like to take very real moments and condense them down to a :30 observation. I’ll be doing a lot of that.”

See for yourself at 8 pm January 21st:

Comedy Underground is just across the bridge, in Pioneer Square, at 109 S. Washington. (Tickets are $10, available online.) The rest of Adam’s 2015 performance schedule, so far, is here.

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West Seattle High School senior Taryn Smith is Miss Seattle 2015 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-high-school-senior-taryn-smith-wins-miss-seattle-2015/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-high-school-senior-taryn-smith-wins-miss-seattle-2015/#comments Sun, 11 Jan 2015 05:53:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297742

9:53 PM: Another victory of note tonight: Congratulations to West Seattle High School senior Taryn Smith, just crowned Miss Seattle 2015! More info to come.

ADDED SUNDAY MORNING: Thank you to Melinda Fredericks for the photos. She says Taryn is also varsity cheer captain at WSHS and, “She is an amazing woman, fantastic leader and will do even more amazing things in the future!” The Miss Seattle competition is part of the Miss America program. P.S. Video from the announcement last night is here.

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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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From West Seattle to Kurdistan: John Murphy’s work with Yezidi refugees fleeing ISIL http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/from-west-seattle-to-kurdistan-john-murphys-work-with-yezidi-refugees-fleeing-isil/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/from-west-seattle-to-kurdistan-john-murphys-work-with-yezidi-refugees-fleeing-isil/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 19:56:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297229

(John Murphy with Yezidi children; photo used with permission)
A West Seattle man is starting the New Year thousands of miles from home, working to help refugees who fled northern Iraq for Kurdistan. John Murphy is a Highland Park resident who, among other things, founded and leads The Cabiri. Right now, he is working to help Yezidi refugees, members of an ethnic minority forced from their homes by ISIL, which has targeted them with genocidal violence (here are reports from U.S. media and the BBC).

While nonprofit non-government organizations (NGOs) are helping some of the Yezidi refugees, others have taken shelter with relatives and sympathizers in towns around the region, and they are who Murphy is helping. We learned of his work via West Seattleite Lola Peters, who forwarded a message from Murphy that explains, “I’ve known Yezidi for two decades and have an ability to work within their culture. … The NGOs, although doing their best, they have lost people in the cracks. I am working with a private Yezidi collective to find needs, fulfill them, and mitigate hardships in the areas that have gotten (missed).”

Murphy has set up an emergency fund for the Yezidi refugees via this GoFundMe page, where you can read a short summary of his project. He also writes about it in-depth today at SeattleStar.net, noting, “Regardless of the largest refugee exodus since the Armenian genocide, few know exactly what is happening,” and concluding, “We in the West made this mess; let’s clean it up.” (While researching this, we happened onto a mention that U.S. military operations related to ISIL have cost $1 billion so far.)

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Remembering Judy Lyn Sweetland, 1939-2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/remembering-judy-lyn-sweetland-1939-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/remembering-judy-lyn-sweetland-1939-2014/#comments Sun, 04 Jan 2015 00:12:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297053 Family and friends are paying tribute to Judy Lyn Sweetland, who died on New Year’s Eve at age 75. Here’s the remembrance they’re sharing with the community:

Judy Lyn (Crosslin) Sweetland

Judy Lyn Sweetland passed away on December 31, 2014 after a long battle with an autoimmune disease.

Judy was born in Yuma, Arizona, on September 16, 1939 to Marvin Thomas Crosslin and Theopa LeVal Piester. She spent her childhood in Yuma, Arizona; Brownfield & Fort Worth, Texas; and Yakima, Washington. In 1960, she graduated from St. Elizabeth School of Nursing as a registered nurse; got married; and moved to Seattle. After raising her children, she moved back to Arizona, longing to have more sunshine in her life (1987). Finally, she would return to Seattle to be closer to family (1995).

Her years in Arizona brought great personal growth. She lived in Wickenburg, Arizona, and worked at The Meadows, a residential treatment center for addictions; and at Rancho del los Caballeros, a guest ranch. While working at The Meadows, she wrote a self-help book for depression, The Sun Always Rises. It was written in response to patients’ requests for something in writing to support what they were learning during their recovery. While in Arizona, she learned the Krieger-Kunz model of Therapeutic Touch. Therapeutic Touch would then become her focus for the remainder of her life. She would treat, teach, and lead workshops, and lead meditations on spirituality and the energy connections to all that is around us.

Friends and family would describe Judy as: reflective, spiritual, loving, kind, caretaker, loyal friend, independent, connected, followed her calling as both a nurse and healer. She drew her energy from nature and loved to hike. Friends, family, and personal connections were extremely important to her.

Early in her nursing career, she was given the assignment to sit with a dying patient and his wife through the night. It was a very long night. She rotated holding each of their hands, while pondering how this was nursing. In the morning, the wife told her, “Thank you for sitting with me.” At that moment, she understood the power of providing compassionate support. She would then do that the rest of her life.

Judy was one of five siblings. She is survived by her brother Ken Crosslin (his two children Don and Thomas) and wife Dorothy; sister Carole Wimer (her husband Vern and their children Trever, Tracy, and Trisha); her two children Carl and John; Carl’s wife Debbie; and two grandchildren, Daphne and Sam. Both sons reside in West Seattle.

Private service will be held. Memorial donations to Indralaya (Eastsound, WA) in her remembrance are welcomed.

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

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New achievement for West Seattle’s top ump Kayleen Dunson, as she prepares to plunge (will you join her on the beach or field?) http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/new-achievement-for-west-seattles-top-ump-kayleen-dunson-as-she-prepares-to-plunge-will-you-join-her-on-the-beach-or-field/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/new-achievement-for-west-seattles-top-ump-kayleen-dunson-as-she-prepares-to-plunge-will-you-join-her-on-the-beach-or-field/#comments Wed, 31 Dec 2014 18:10:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296756

If you’re going to tomorrow’s 10 am Polar Bear Swim at Alki Beach – watch for the softball umpires who are doing it again this year. Leading the way will be West Seattle’s Kayleen Dunson, who shares the news of a big achievement in her storied career as an ump:

Kayleen Dunson, the Umpire in Chief for Seattle/Tacoma, and West Seattle resident, just earned ELITE Umpire Status from USA/ASA Softball.

Less than 1 percent of the 30,000 USA/ASA softball umpires in the country earn their Elite Umpire Status. It is the highest award for an American umpire. Kayleen joins just 14 other umpires in the Seattle area who have earned their Elite.

Only umpires who have earned their Elite Status are eligible to apply to become certified International Softball Federation (ISF) umpires – and only ISF umpires can work international championships – like the Olympics!

Kayleen will try for her ISF certification this July. And it’s looking like softball may make it’s way back into the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Could she be selected to represent the United States there? It’s possible.

But Kayleen isn’t about the glory. “I do this because I’m having so much fun,” she said. She and about 15 other softball umpires will be “Polar Plunging” at Alki on New Year’s Day. “Umpiring is a family – like any family we have the ‘Steady Eddies’ and the ‘Crazies.’ On New Years Day a bunch of my like-minded ‘Crazies’ join me for a Plunge into Puget Sound – in full uniform. It’s a bond as strong as any family bond.”

Seattle needs about 50 new Softball Umpires this year. If you are interested, check out their website at www.smsua.org – or contact “Krazy Kayleen” at umpkayleen@outlook.com.

Kayleen adds an update about two people who signed up after past reports here: “West Seattle umpires Shani Neamen and Mike Katz both umpired their first National Championship Tournament this past summer. They did awesome!”

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