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West Seattleites lead the way in “parent leader” program


L to R in this photo from Seattle Public Schools‘ “School Beat”: Zenaida Lopez and Nita Tino (West Seattle Elementary); Cynthia Linder (Cooper Elementary); Pauline Hance (Highland Park Elementary); Carmen Maymi O’Reilly, Family Support Worker and parent leader trainer; and Ayaan Aden (Cooper).
We often get – and share – info from Seattle Public Schools celebrating achievements by students and teachers. SPS’ latest newsletter also includes this bit of news about what a group of parents — most with ties to West Seattle schools — is doing:

Ten parent leaders at five elementary schools coordinated and implemented more than 22 family engagement events this school year which impacted more than 2,360 family members. Seattle Public Schools’ Readiness To Learn (RTL) project began training parent leaders in 2006 and will have trained 24 by June 2009. Parent leaders are identified by principals and staff, and have natural skills in connecting with others. They receive training in cross-cultural communication, effective leadership, how to help others navigate schools and the critical things parents and families can do to support their children’s school success. Schools with active parent leader programs are: Cooper, Dearborn Park, Highland Park, T.T. Minor, and West Seattle elementary schools. The RTL program is exploring ways to expand to additional schools next year.

Welcome to a new WSB sponsor: The Inquisitive Mind

June 6, 2008 9:29 pm
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 |   West Seattle businesses | West Seattle online

When new sponsors join WSB, we offer them the chance to share a little more information than you’ll find in their ads. Tonight, we welcome Lori Wright, who’s advertising her tutoring service — The Inquisitive Mind — just as summer break is about to start. Here’s more about it: “When Lori Wright went to Whitworth College she intended to become a school counselor. Her advisors guided her toward teaching. After completing her education degree Lori started tutoring at a Bellevue agency. She enjoyed the tutoring so much that she has stayed with it for the last 16 years. Lori started her Masters in School Counseling at SPU but eventually stayed with individualized tutoring. After management experience with two different tutoring centers, Lori started tutoring privately as The Inquisitive Mind in 1997. After moving to West Seattle in 2006, she closed her office in North Seattle and began tutoring out of her new home. Her husband John is a math teacher. Lori’s focus is on working directly with students, she does not have any staff, so when you call The Inquisitive Mind you know you are working directly with Lori. She collaborates extensively with parents, teachers, school counselors, academic testing centers and others as requested by families to help assure the best opportunity for her students. This collaboration is an integral part of her tutoring service for many families. Lori considers her tutoring as the best blend of both worlds of interest to her, part-teacher and at times part-school-counselor.” You can reach The Inquisitive Mind by calling 206-763-3424 or checking out the website at Thanks to Lori for choosing to sponsor WSB; if you would like to look into the possibility of doing that too, here’s the place to start (that page also includes our full current list of sponsors, all of whom thank you — as do we — for your support!).

West Seattle Weekend Lineup: Lots to do, rain or shine

Pardon the tardiness — here are the West Seattle weekend highlights, 43 of them:Read More

Beach-fire ban update: Parks says “no action this year”

Sent this afternoon by the Parks Department in the wake of our report last night and others:

… Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Tim Gallagher clarified that Parks does not intend to take any action this year [on the proposed beach-bonfire ban].

The briefing is an opportunity to make the Board, which has many new members, aware of the costs and issues associated with beach fires, and to let them know what the options are for regulating them.

In 2004, Parks did a substantial analysis of the issues surrounding beach fires after receiving a citation from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency for allowing the burning of illegal fuels. Parks decided at that time, with the support of the Park Board, to continue them with some education and regulation.

Parks continues to receive a steady trickle of complaints about associated behaviors–drinking, loud music, and huge amounts of trash, and continues to have concerns about the costs of managing the program.

We also heard late today from Parks spokesperson Dewey Potter, who we had e-mailed to ask about the process that would be involved in making any sort of decision on this – she notes that it would be an “administrative” matter, not a “legislative” matter. Potter also forwarded the briefing paper that the board will be reviewing for next Thursday’s meeting; you can read it here.

Harbor Properties update on 38th/Alaska project


Harbor Properties‘ Emi Baldowin tells WSB the big white sign’s going up Monday at 38th/Alaska, site of the next residential/retail project it’s planning in The Junction area (city project page here; coverage of last Design Review meeting here). The site includes former Huling land that’s been headquarters for Hi-Yu float work this summer, as well as West Seattle Montessori School, which we’re told has found a location for next year, in White Center; Baldowin says HP is still talking with WSMS about having a permanent home in the new development. She adds that construction at this site likely will start in late winter.

More details on how to get involved with a big West Seattle cleanup


After we mentioned Wednesday night that the date has been set for the long-awaited cleanup along Fauntleroy from Walking on Logs to 35th, people started asking how to sign up. Nancy Driver, who announced the date at that night’s Southwest District Council meeting, has posted this followup comment, and we’re highlighting it here in case you didn’t check back on the original report:

The Fairmount Community Association, in conjunction with the West Seattle Neighborhood Service Center (Dept. of Neighborhoods) is organizing a major clean up of the green area from the Walking on Logs sculptures up to the intersection of Fauntleroy and 35th. The date for the clean up is SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13th. The City of Seattle will be providing equipment, tools and assistance but this clean up is a substantial project and we will need lots of volunteers. Additional details will be posted on the WS Blog in the coming weeks. If you are interested in helping out with this project, please email your name, email address and phone number to This will be a fun event and a chance to help beautify your community so get your name on the volunteer list and mark your calendar.

First full ’08 month for Water Taxi a biggie

June 6, 2008 12:02 pm
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wttuesday.jpgAs promised the other night, when King County Councilmember Dow Constantine told the Southwest District Council that the Elliott Bay Water Taxi’s ridership was up 17 percent over last year (as of mid-May), we now have the complete May report, and it has other interesting details — read on:Read More

First Myrtle, then maybe High Point – now a new WS skate site

Matt Johnston just broke the news at his West Seattle-based (but covering skating issues citywide) site Now it looks like Delridge will be the site for a West Seattle skatepark. Read Matt’s story here.

Today’s teardown: House south of restaurant-to-townhomes site


Thanks to Rick for the tip – 5 months after the demolition permit was granted, it’s finally teardown time at the house at 5933 California — future townhouses, next to the townhouses that are almost done on the ex-Guadalajara Hacienda site. Here’s the “before” photo:


Six townhouse units and one single-family home are slated to be built at the site (city project page here).

Want to make a meal for people who will really appreciate it?

From the WSB inbox (an update on a program we first reported 2 1/2 months ago):

Since late March, nearly fifty meals have been provided by community members for the 20 men staying at the SHARE shelter at the West Seattle Church of the Nazarene! Thank you to all those who have participated. The meal schedule is looking pretty empty these days, though. Please consider providing a breakfast or dinner this summer. Once, once in awhile, or a regular commitment—all offers are gratefully appreciated. Please see for more information and for open dates on the calendar. Folks who have questions or want to provide a meal should contact Donna Pierce with:

· the date(s) you’d like to provide a meal
· plans for delivery
· your phone number and e-mail address

Thank you for your generosity and willingness to help others at a difficult time in their lives.