Why citywide media converged on a Highland Park home today

That house in the 8600 block of 9th SW in Highland Park – a few houses north of SW Trenton – was the scene of a big made-for-media announcement this morning that brought out a swarm of TV and radio crews as well as your friendly neighborhood local online news source. Congressmember Jay Inslee (whose district is mostly to the north and west of Seattle), State Rep. Bob Hasegawa (from the 11th District south of West Seattle/White Center) and leaders/workers from the Laborers International Union of North America were there to announce the first home in the Northwest to be weatherized as part of LIUNA’s program involving federal “stimulus funding.”

The home that’s being weatherized first belongs to Carolyn Ostrom, who’s in the UFCW T-shirt in that photo, standing with a group including Rep. Inslee (right), Rep. Hasegawa (left), and LiUNA’s regional vice president Mano Frey (center), who’s based in Alaska. Within his first minute and a half of remarks, as you’ll hear in our video, Rep. Inslee tied this event into the energy bill passed in the U.S. House last week and bringing troops home from Middle East wars:

The union’s big talking point today was a training program to credential workers for weatherization jobs, and some of the trainees were in the crowd watching the announcement:

Inside the house, the weatherization work was under way:

And the homeowner said she’s looking forward to the results:

Now the big question: How to apply for either the training or the weatherization. We circled back with contacts and, for the training, were pointed here; for the weatherization, check with the Moontown Foundation (we still have a few inquiries out and will add anything more we learn).

5 Replies to "Why citywide media converged on a Highland Park home today"

  • Mike June 30, 2009 (2:06 pm)

    ha! That’s the checker from Safeway. She’s pretty nice and always fast at getting me through the line. Congrats to her!

  • datamuse June 30, 2009 (2:55 pm)


  • JanS June 30, 2009 (3:03 pm)

    Yes…she’s a super nice person…yay for her !!!!!

  • d June 30, 2009 (6:19 pm)

    Yes, I agree – she really is one of the nicest Safeway checkers! As well as one of the cooler neighbors here abouts. How I missed all the brouhaha, I have no idea, but what a worthwhile program!

  • Karl July 1, 2009 (8:16 am)

    A “good news” story!

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