West Seattle people – West Seattle Blog… http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sun, 22 Apr 2018 15:06:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 West Seattle HS seniors show award-winning app at #HouseOfCode in Washington, D.C. http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/west-seattle-hs-seniors-show-award-winning-app-at-houseofcode-in-washington-d-c/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/west-seattle-hs-seniors-show-award-winning-app-at-houseofcode-in-washington-d-c/#comments Sat, 14 Apr 2018 04:10:51 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=913897 (Aidan Day and Will Rasmussen. Photos courtesy Laurie Rasmussen)

Lots of people take trips during spring break – but when West Seattle High School is back in session Monday, seniors Will Rasmussen and Aidan Day just might have the best travel story to tell. They were in Washington, D.C., for the House Of Code Summit, a gathering of students who won the 2017 Congressional App Challenge. Will and Aidan were the winners in the 7th Congressional District – as announced last December, they created an app aimed at saving teachers time, via functions “to make taking attendance quick and easy.” Here’s their demo video for the app, Roll Call:

The award gained them an invitation to the summit this week, including the #HouseOfCode Demo Day yesterday, at which students were to demonstrate their apps to lawmakers, “thus turning the House of Representatives into the #HouseOfCode.”

The event announcement added: “The annual gathering is quickly becoming the new National Science Fair, but focused specifically on computer science and technology entrepreneurship.” The summit overall also was intended to recognize the more than 200 winning students from 39 states and to give them a chance to “participate in career and STEM enrichment activities.” The competition had more than 4,100 participants nationwide, who submitted more than 1,270 original apps, almost double the number from a year earlier.

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! 1 year for West Seattle Linux User Group http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/happy-anniversary-1-year-for-west-seattle-linux-user-group/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/happy-anniversary-1-year-for-west-seattle-linux-user-group/#respond Fri, 13 Apr 2018 21:21:49 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=913877 Congratulations to the West Seattle Linux User Group, now one year old. If you’re interested, you’re invited to its meeting tomorrow, which is also an anniversary breakfast. From co-founder Justin:

The West Seattle Linux User Group (WSeaLUG) is celebrating its one-year anniversary this month. It has been a great year getting to know fellow Linux enthusiasts in West Seattle and beyond. We have have average of 10 members show up every other Saturday morning to enjoy chatting and learning from each other about all things Linux. We have also had a few presentations about items such as ‘installing and configuring a web server,’ ‘LUKS & YubiKey,’ and ‘Linux Firewalls & IPTables,’ to name a few. We were also community sponsors of the Seattle GNU/Linux Conference last November.

If you are a Linux enthusiast or want to learn more about Linux, we hope you will join us.

Tomorrow morning’s meeting is at a different location than usual – Be’s Restaurant in The Junction, 9 am (4509 California SW). Otherwise, the club usually meets twice a month at the Fauntleroy YMCA (WSB sponsor) – check here; we list the meetings in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, too. (If your club meets regularly and is open to interested members of the public, we’d be happy to list your meetings too – e-mail the info to editor@westseattleblog.com – thank you!)

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WEEKEND LISTENING, PLUS PIZZA: Local podcaster invites you to a taste test http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/weekend-listening-plus-pizza-local-podcaster-invites-you-to-a-taste-test/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/weekend-listening-plus-pizza-local-podcaster-invites-you-to-a-taste-test/#respond Sun, 08 Apr 2018 03:18:37 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=913436 Andrew Stuckey launched Podcast: West Seattle earlier this year, and is up to the third of his monthly installments – listen to it below:

This one bites into topics including West Seattle/White Center pizza, with a playoff of sorts. And he has an in-person event coming up, with an invitation for you – but a little bit about him first:

Andrew explains that his podcast isn’t a commercial enterprise:

I have lived in West Seattle for about 9 years (2005-2007 / 2012-Present). I taught high school English and Social Studies for 15 years, most recently at TAF Academy in Federal Way. I recently decided to change careers and go into audio production, and this podcast project is an excuse to go through the process of telling stories in the audio medium. Essentially the podcast is practice for a job I hope to have some day, and hopefully some of the segments will be portfolio-worthy. I created the format because it allows me to practice telling the types of stories I want to tell while satisfying some intellectual curiosity about the fascinating neighborhood we live in.

He adds, “You can subscribe on iTunes by searching for Podcast: West Seattle.” (You’ll find the first two on SoundCloud, too.)

Now, the in-person event (which is also on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar): 5-6 pm on Tuesday, April 17th, stop by Beveridge Place Pub (6413 California SW) to help decide the pizza-tournament winner. Listen to his podcast to see how the field of 16 got narrowed down!

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MISSING: Have you seen Kathleen? http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/missing-have-you-seen-kathleen/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/missing-have-you-seen-kathleen/#comments Sat, 31 Mar 2018 04:25:45 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=912749 FRIDAY, 9:25 PM: Friends and neighbors are trying to find out what happened to Kathleen, who they say hasn’t been seen at her Highland Park home for two weeks. Her disappearance is suspicious, explains her neighbor Grace, because Kathleen’s home appeared to have been ransacked and her dog left behind, with obvious signs of neglect. Grace says Kathleen “was considered our neighborhood vigilante,” in terms of watching out for crime and suspicious activity, and that she would never let a neighbor’s disappearance go unremarked on, so they’re trying to find out what happened to her. They say Kathleen worked at Home Depot but hadn’t been there for a few weeks. A police report has been filed, 2018-109928, so if you’ve seen Kathleen or have any information about the circumstances of her disappearance, her friends hope you will call 911 and refer to that incident number. (We are not publishing Kathleen’s full name, as we have not heard from relatives, nor, Grace says, have neighbors.)

ADDED MONDAY MORNING: We just talked with Det. Mark Jamieson at SPD media relations, who talked with the detective assigned to the case after we inquired. He confirms what a family member says in the comment section, that at this point there is no indication of foul play (criminal activity); she was reported missing about two weeks ago and the case remains open.

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West Seattle Chamber of Commerce announces forum on homelessness http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/west-seattle-chamber-of-commerce-announces-forum-on-homelessness/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/west-seattle-chamber-of-commerce-announces-forum-on-homelessness/#comments Sat, 31 Mar 2018 03:55:28 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=912719 While homelessness is much-discussed, community discussions tend to happen in relation to something specific – an encampment, a City Council action, etc. If you are interested in a more general discussion of the issue, you might want to RSVP for the forum just announced by the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, 1 pm Saturday, April 21st, at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW). The Chamber announcement says it’s meant to address questions including “How did this happen? What’s being done? What can you do?” Participants will be from the city Human Services Department, SPD’s Southwest Precinct, Plymouth Housing, and the Mockingbird Society, with a Q&A period promised for each speaker. No admission charge, but the Chamber says preregistration is required – you can do that here.

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FOLLOWUP: Surprise gifts for West Seattle girl who lost cherished keepsake to car prowler http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/followup-surprise-gifts-for-west-seattle-girl-who-lost-cherished-keepsake-to-car-prowler/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/followup-surprise-gifts-for-west-seattle-girl-who-lost-cherished-keepsake-to-car-prowler/#comments Mon, 26 Mar 2018 18:56:58 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=912367

The photo above is from an unexpected followup to a recent West Seattle Crime Watch reader report. At right is Yzzy, whose mom Alex reported a smash-and-grab during their regular Saturday morning Morgan Junction coffee run – taken from the wheel well was a special World War II aviation-themed bag that Yzzy cherished. At left in the photo is Deb, who had read the report and subsequently e-mailed to say:

I work at Vulcan (Paul Allen’s company) and we have a WWII museum, Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum in Everett. I reached out to our team there and they have come through with a gift bag for Alex’s daughter (see photo). We hope this gift bag, including 4 passes to the museum, will brighten her day and reaffirm there are good folks out here in the world!

So we connected them, and requested a followup report, which Alex sent after their Saturday morning meetup. If you recognize Yzzy, her mom explains why:

Yzzy was so happy with all the gifts from the Vulcan folks. Deb was wonderful – one of those people that really listen & talk with & connect with younger folks. It just filled my heart up to watch them chat. I made a connection with a West Side neighbor as well – something that is hard for me, as I’m not much of a people person.

Deb even recognized Yz from the Blog posts of bake sales for disaster relief over the years – and offered to help bake for the next fundraiser.

We talked about Yzzy’s love of WWII planes, her great-grandfather being part of the 82nd airborne & the Market Garden operation. (Ever see “A Bridge Too Far”?)

Deb told us about all the things Vulcan does and the WWII ship recently discovered by their endeavors (of course – Yzzy knew the name & that it had been part of the Midway operation).

We’re planning a family trip up to the Everett Flying Heritage Museum in a month or two & promised to take pics & let Deb know about that adventure.

The negative of the smash & grab turned around into such a positive! An affirmation of our wonderful West Seattle community. Thank you Deb. Thank you Vulcan. Thank you West Seattle Blog.

And a few words from Yzzy herself:

When I got my bag stolen, I was kind of in shock. Since I had never had that sort of thing happen to me before, I didn’t know how to react. When my mom told me about Deb & Vulcan, I couldn’t be happier!

Knowing that someone, and their co-workers, went out of their way to do this for me, makes me want to do this sort of thing when I grow up.

(As her mom mentioned – and as we have covered over the years – Yzzy’s giving nature already is in evidence.)

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VIDEO: Highland Park neighbors celebrate Martha Mallett’s milestone birthday http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/video-highland-park-neighbors-celebrate-martha-malletts-milestone-birthday/ Mon, 26 Mar 2018 03:46:06 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=912330 (WSB photos)

Big birthday party this afternoon at Highland Park Improvement Club for a longtime community mainstay – Martha Mallett celebrated her 90th birthday! After a few warm words for partygoers, led them in a cheer of sorts:

She’s been involved since the 1950s with the historic community center, which is getting close to its centennial.

Highland Park-residing City Councilmember Lisa Herbold was among those at HPIC to honor Martha.

The councilmember read a special city proclamation declaring today “Martha Mallett Day” and detailing Martha’s many accomplishments:

As the proclamation noted, Martha’s decades of involvement with HPIC date back into the 1950s! Memorabilia including photos were on display at the party:

She was also serenaded with “What a Wonderful World.”

P.S. Due in no small part to Martha’s efforts, collaborating with neighbors, HPIC remains a thriving community organization/center to this day, with a variety of weekly and monthly events you can browse here.

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MARCH FOR OUR LIVES: West Seattleites @ Saturday’s event http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/march-for-our-lives-west-seattleites-saturdays-event/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/march-for-our-lives-west-seattleites-saturdays-event/#comments Sun, 25 Mar 2018 07:21:07 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=912237

That’s a photo tweeted by Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best showing West Seattle resident Emilia Allard, co-coordinator of Saturday’s Seattle March For Our Lives, onstage at Cal Anderson Park. As you’ve probably heard, the march from Capitol Hill to Seattle Center was peaceful and uneventful. Other West Seattleites were there too – Kevin Callahan sent this photo:

Ebony Lee sent this photo of a group from Sanislo Elementary on Puget Ridge:

And this photo is from before she headed to the march, with a sign bearing a message many of the adult participants exhorted:

As for what the crowd was like, PNW Medium Format posted a time-lapse on YouTube, from video recorded at 4th and Pine; also via YT, aerial video from KING 5. The march in Seattle was one many coast to coast in support of the main march in Washington, D.C., which was led by students who survived last month’s massacre in Parkland, Florida; here’s a satellite photo of the D.C. event.

WHAT’S NEXT? The March 14 walkouts (WSB coverage here, with 13 local schools represented) and Saturday’s marches were the only events planned – now organizers and supporters vow to push for their legislative priorities, listed here.

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MARCH FOR OUR LIVES: What you need to know if you’re going – including that a West Seattleite is co-organizing http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/march-for-our-lives-what-you-need-to-know-if-youre-going-including-that-a-west-seattleite-is-co-organizing/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/march-for-our-lives-what-you-need-to-know-if-youre-going-including-that-a-west-seattleite-is-co-organizing/#comments Fri, 23 Mar 2018 23:34:12 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=912159

4:34 PM: That’s Emilia Allard. We photographed her at Chief Sealth International High School the night Mayor Jenny Durkan visited for a gun-law-reform Town Hall. She wasn’t an onstage participant that night but will be at centerstage tomorrow in a much-bigger event – as a co-organizer of the Seattle “March For Our Lives.” She is a resident of West Seattle, but you might not have heard that before as she goes to school at Ballard High. She and co-organizer Rhiannon Rasaretnam of Tahoma High School will be front and center leading the pre-march rally at Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill at 10 am tomorrow, then leading the march to Seattle Center. MFOL was sparked by the high-school massacre in Parkland, Florida, and is described in a reminder announcement we received today:

Students from throughout Washington State have worked to create this event as a call-to-action for elected officials to enact common sense gun safety legislation. Specifically they are asking for action on banning assault rifles, banning bump stocks nationally, raising the age for gun purchases from 18 to 21, ensuring school safety without use of firearms and calling on members of Congress and corporations to stop accepting support from or providing support for the NRA.

“We hope that what our fellow students take away from this event is that they have ignited a movement,” said Rhiannon Rasaretnam. “We will no longer wait for adults to act while children are killed every single day in their schools and in their communities. First we march, then we vote, and soon many of us will be ready to run for office to replace those members of congress who are not serving the youth, their constituents or our country.”

The coalition of student organizers continues to fundraise to pay the costs of the march. Donations can be made at: www.gofundme.com/march-for-our-lives-seattle. Any funds collected over the cost of the march will be donated to the Stoneman Douglas Victims Fund and will also be used for future March for Our Lives Seattle activities. On Saturday, march participants can also send a message to Parkland students at the fundraising tent which will be located at Seattle Center. Messages of solidarity will be gathered and shared with Parkland students.

While school shootings make headlines, 46 kids are shot due to gun violence every single day in America, the majority of these, in marginalized communities. March for Our Lives Seattle students recognize and stand in solidarity with organizations that are at the forefront of the issue of gun violence in communities of color.

If you’re going to participate, volunteer publicist Maggie has this to add:

Additionally, the organizing team would like to suggest to people to be mindful of transportation to event, as the viaduct is closed:

*Take public transportation
*Shuttles are available free back from Seattle Center to Cal Anderson
*Light rail has a stop right at Cal Anderson
*If you take Uber or Lyft, please be dropped off a few blocks from Cal Anderson to avoid adding to traffic

And if you’re participating, send a photo – editor@westseattleblog.com – thank you.

6:17 PM: Via e-mail, we’re told that a West Seattleite meet-up spot is being organized pre-march “at the playground area (SE corner) of Cal Anderson Park.”

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GRATITUDE: 100 Women Who Care says ‘thanks’ to West Seattle neighbors http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/gratitude-100-women-who-care-says-thanks-to-west-seattle-neighbors/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/gratitude-100-women-who-care-says-thanks-to-west-seattle-neighbors/#comments Thu, 22 Mar 2018 03:30:14 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=912015

The photo and report are from Paula Rothkopf of 100 Women Who Care:

Our first donation event of this year was in February where we chose Ladybug House to receive our donation. With West Seattle neighbors participation, we presented them with a check for $4,050.

Ladybug House is building Seattle’s first palliative care home for children, adolescents, and young adults with life-limiting illnesses. Their mission, “if we cannot add days to the life of a child, we will add life to their days.” They are working to fill a gap in children’s palliative care.

Our giving circle, 100 Women Who Care, is growing, and to date we have donated $30,000 to support non-profits in our community. We invite the charities to speak with us and then we vote on who we want to direct our funds to, with 100 percent going to the charity. Our goal: 100 women x $100 = $10,000 impact to a charity and we meet only 3 times/year.

If you are looking for a simple, yet impactful way to give back in to our community, then 100 Women Who Care may be the right group for you. Come join us at our next event on May 9th at Pyramid Ale House (1201 1st Ave. S.), 6-8. Check out our website or visit us on Facebook. As a member, you get to nominate your favorite charities!

Any questions, please contact us at 100womenseattle@gmail.com. Collectively we can make a difference!

Thanks, West Seattle, for your support!

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READER REPORT: ‘Ghost bike’ for Marvin Miller, after 12 years http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/reader-report-ghost-bike-for-marvin-miller-after-12-years/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/reader-report-ghost-bike-for-marvin-miller-after-12-years/#comments Tue, 20 Mar 2018 03:55:50 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=911826

The photos are from Al, who explains: “Attached to the railing where the two bike paths merge under the south end of the 1st Ave Bridge is a new ‘Ghost Bike.’ It definitely wasn’t there Friday evening and I truly believe it wasn’t there this morning around 6 am, but it is there now. Dedicated to ‘Marvin Miller died doing what he loved…March 17, 2006…’.” This is attached, a picture of Mr. Miller and the text of his obituary:

We found one online report about the deadly crash, from seattlepi.com. If you haven’t heard about “ghost bikes” before, they’re explained here.

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LAST CHANCE! Start or end your day with a good deed – nominate someone for the 2018 Westside Awards http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/last-chance-start-or-end-your-day-with-a-good-deed-nominate-someone-for-the-2018-westside-awards/ Fri, 09 Mar 2018 08:33:13 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=910936 Whether you’re seeing this as you end your day or as you get it started … maybe you can spare a few minutes for a good deed, if you haven’t done this already: Nominate someone for this year’s Westside Awards! Today is the final day to get your nomination(s) to the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, which will again this year present awards for:

Business of the Year
Emerging Business of the Year
Not-for-Profit of the Year
Westsider of the Year

Criteria for the awards include:

-Nominees will have made a major or visible contribution in the past year that reflects commercial growth and achievement, innovation, creativity or community involvement.

-Contributes and promotes the economic growth, stability and improvement of West Seattle.

-Gives generously of themselves and/or staff in time and resources to community activities.

-Consistently excels in customer service and business conduct.

Here’s the nomination form. See the lists of past winners by going here; this year’s awards will be presented at a breakfast event May 1st.

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UPDATE: Vivienne – FOUND http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/missing-have-you-seen-vivienne/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/missing-have-you-seen-vivienne/#comments Sat, 03 Mar 2018 09:27:01 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=910414 9:55 AM: She has been found.

Earlier:

Vanessa e-mailed the photo of her 15-year-old sister Vivienne, saying her mom has reported her missing since early Friday evening.

Her mom has been out looking around West Seattle, saying Vivienne was supposed to be at Southwest Teen Life Center but apparently instead was in the Museum of Flight vicinity around 9 pm and then going downtown.

Vanessa says they are hoping someone has seen her; call 911 if you have.

She may be with a friend named Asha, whose house she was visiting at 5:30 pm.

We’ll add the police-report number when we get it.

3:18 AM: 2018-076670

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Who will YOU nominate for West Seattle Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Westside Awards? http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/who-will-you-nominate-for-west-seattle-chamber-of-commerces-2018-westside-awards/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/who-will-you-nominate-for-west-seattle-chamber-of-commerces-2018-westside-awards/#comments Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:52:21 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=909558 It’s Westside Awards nomination time! Just announced:

Each year the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce requests the West Seattle community to nominate outstanding businesses and persons for the Westside Awards.

Business of the Year
Emerging Business of the Year
Not-for-Profit of the Year
Westsider of the Year

What makes this award special is the nominations come from the West Seattle community and the nominees are judged based on specific criteria. Criteria for the awards include:

-Nominees will have made a major or visible contribution in the past year that reflects commercial growth and achievement, innovation, creativity or community involvement.

-Contributes and promotes the economic growth, stability and improvement of West Seattle.

-Gives generously of themselves and/or staff in time and resources to community activities.

-Consistently excels in customer service and business conduct.

Please note that a nominee does not have to be a member of the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce.

Here’s the nomination form. You have until March 9th to get your nomination(s) in. Past winners are listed here; this year’s winners will be honored at the annual Westside Awards breakfast on May 1st.

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UPDATE: Missing woman found http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/missing-in-west-seattle-have-you-seen-karen/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/missing-in-west-seattle-have-you-seen-karen/#comments Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:03:17 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=909523 EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING: Seattle Police say Karen has been found.

Earlier:

Via Seattle Police’s twitter account:

“MISSING: Karen Elizabeth Jacobs, age 55. Last seen 2/18 near 2900 block of SW Avalon Way. She is 5/7 & weighs 150 lbs. She becomes gravely disabled without her medication. If you see her, please call 911.”

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