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“Sports-challenged”? South Seattle Comm. College event for you

August 31, 2009 10:49 pm
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South Seattle Community College (which you of course know is in West Seattle) isn’t just a place for vocational courses, 2-year degrees, other traditional community-college offerings … not only do they offer 4-year degrees too and some studies you might not expect, they also offer one-time events and continuing-ed classes, like what’s coming up next week with FSN Northwest reporter Jen Mueller – “Talk Sporty, Lite,” described by the folks at SSCC as a “happy hour” event previewing a workshop Mueller will teach in October for the “sports-challenged” who want to be able to talk sports with friends/family. It’s at 5:30 pm September 9th, $20/person including appetizers and wine-tasting (gotta be 21 for that last part) – read on for the rest of the announcement from the college: Read More

West Seattle from the sky: Local pilot shares 2 views

These photos were taken and shared by Gatewood pilot Long Nguyen, suggesting it “would be cool for folks in WS to see their neighborhood from the air.” He was on a training flight with a student in early August when he took the top photo, which he sent us first, adding this one in a followup exchange:

For a larger view of the 1st photo, go here; for a larger view of the second one, go here.

Seattle Public Schools teachers’ union ratifies contract

August 31, 2009 7:40 pm
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With a little more than a week to go till school, the Seattle Education Association announced tonight that its members ratified a one-year contract in their vote late today. (Contract details on the SEA website.) School is scheduled to start a week from Wednesday. ADDED 10:06 PM: Haven’t seen an official news release from SEA yet, but Seattle Public Schools just sent one – read on:Read More

Tomorrow: Alki picnic with Caspar Babypants and The Not-Its

Tomorrow night’s Alki Community Picnic has been in the WSB Events calendar for a while but without the extra details we just got from Mary Pat Byington at Alki Community Center, (5817 SW Stevens), where all the fun is happening tomorrow afternoon/evening: It starts at 4:30 pm — free food and a “jump toy” for the kids – plus music from Caspar Babypants (aka West Seattle-residing rock star Chris Ballew of The Presidents of the United States of America) at 6 pm, followed by The Not-Its (shown above in a clip from last year’s Halloween party at Full Tilt Ice Cream in White Center). Mary Pat adds, “Please bring a can food donation for Northwest Harvest.” (That regional organization distributes supplies to local food banks.)

Update: West Seattle kids awaiting backpacks, clothes for school

Just a little more than a week to go till school starts – and dozens of West Seattle kids still need your help. West Seattle Helpline is sponsoring WSB to help get the word out about its backpack and clothing drives – the photo above is from one of the recent distribution days. We checked with Helpline executive director Anna Fern today for an update:

We have given away over 130 backpacks filled with school supplies. So we gave away about 40 backpacks and school clothes at the Clothesline each day during our three day give away.

We now have a waiting list for 47 more backbacks. Seattle Schools start next (week) so it still is not too late to donate…by calling the Helpline 206.932.4357 or donating through Paypal on our website.

Our next focus is going to be on clothing drives for items for school age children. We are desperate for more! Each child/student can take up to three outfits plus a coat or a pair of shoes. You can see what an incredible amount of clothing this translates to.

Call the Helpline number above, or contact them online here, for info on how to donate clothing; you also can drop off backpacks at Coffee at the Heights (WSB sponsor) in Sunrise Heights or Capers in The Junction.

Followup: Driver identified in deadly West Seattle Bridge crash

For those who have asked – the driver killed in the Friday morning rollover on the westbound side of the West Seattle Bridge highrise has now been publicly identified: The King County Medical Examiner’s Office says the driver was 27-year-old Joshua Bowen. The police account of the Friday morning crash says witnesses saw Bowen’s car speeding, and that he was not wearing a seat belt. No one else was in the car. A comment added an hour ago after our Friday morning report, by “A friend,” says: “The driver involved in this crash will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and acquaintances. He was a good person and he is no longer with us. Rest in Peace.”

What we’ve found out about what sounded like gunshots

One of the things we do here at WSB HQ besides produce and publish the site is answer e-mail, Facebook and Twitter messages, phone calls, etc., that may never result in actual articles. However, if we get more than a few notes about something, that’s usually a signal we’d better publish the answer here too. Today’s example: About a dozen notes have come in regarding what sounded like gunshots just before 1 am today in the general Junction vicinity. We were monitoring the scanner then, as usual, and did not hear anything suggesting that evidence of gunshots were found; the past few nights, in fact, in other areas of West Seattle including ours, what was reported as possible gunshots turned out to be fireworks. But just to be sure, we have checked with the Southwest Precinct, and so far two lieutenants there have both told us no evidence has been found to confirm any shots actually were fired (no cars or homes hit, no casings found, nothing in the “significant incidents” briefing from earlier shifts; and we can confirm from online 911 medic/fire logs that there were no aid calls). As always, questions/breaking-news tips welcome 24/7 – here are all the ways to reach us.

Monday midday links: Author’s NYT review; plum-picking on TV

“CROW PLANET” REVIEWED BY NEW YORK TIMES: The NYT Sunday book reviews comprise arguably the most prestigious showcase in America for an author – and Gatewood author Lyanda Lynn Haupt‘s new book “Crow Planet” has just made it there. Here’s the link to this past weekend’s review. We wrote about Haupt and her book just last month – here’s our story; you can also follow her more-frequent writings at her site The Tangled Nest.

COMMUNITY HARVEST PLUM-PICKING STORY ON TV: We’ve also featured Community Harvest of Southwest Seattle and its “donate your tree” volunteer fruit harvests, and now they’ve made it onto TV too – the story resulting from the KING5 visit to Margaret‘s house last Monday finally aired Friday – here’s the link (video). CHoSS is still seeking volunteers, so they can pick even more of the fruit-laden trees that have been “donated” (the fruit goes to local food banks) – here’s how to sign up!

Closest thing we have to flying fish: Those leaping salmon

They’re the talk of the fishing community; we mentioned them last week, and now we have photos: WSB contributing photojournalist Matt Durham sends photos of some of the 5 million pink salmon that have been swarming the area, many leaping from the water as they go. That photo’s from the eastern Duwamish Waterway, as is this one:

Separate from catching the pink salmon on camera in the Duwamish yesterday – where fishing’s not allowed (check the rules here) – Matt and son Jack fished Lincoln Park, where the younger member of the duo made this milestone catch:

Matt explains:

Sunday Jack Durham, age 10, landed his first salmon, a 7-pound pink salmon. Jack has worked the shores of Lincoln Park for 6 years, casting everything from Kastmasters to plugs and finally hooked this fish on a pink spoon. Lincoln Park has been a shoulder-to-shoulder fishing experience the last three weeks. Fishing can be absolutely hot with nearly every angler hooking a salmon; an hour later the bite dries to nothing. The favored lure is a pink buzzbomb.

What’s happening today – including what’s NOT happening today

NOT HAPPENING, #1: Today marks the first day of Seattle Public Library branches’ one-week budget-cut-forced closure – even the SPL website (which now carries the header shown above). They’re scheduled to reopen a week from tomorrow (9/8).

NOT HAPPENING, #2: The 7-day-a-week summer schedule for Colman Pool is now over, so it’s closed today, and will shut down for the season after the upcoming three-day weekend (Saturday-Sunday-Monday). Remember that Southwest Pool is still closed as well, for another two weeks, because of drain-safety work.

SPEAKING OF POOLS: If you have an interest in White Center’s Evergreen Pool, scheduled to close as of tomorrow and to stay closed until and unless a deal can be worked out with a private operator to take it over, you might be interested in a rally planned at the pool tonight, 5-7 pm (more details at partner site White Center Now).

HAPPENING #1: Keeping up the water theme – the second-to-last summer community kayak tour of the Duwamish River leaves South Park at 6 pm tonight. Full details here.

HAPPENING #2: Delridge Produce Cooperative‘s wrapping up the third of four 4-day weeks for its Mobile Market demonstration program – free produce at a roadside stand, to gauge neighborhood interest in access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Today, it’s on the south lawn of Youngstown Arts Center (4408 Delridge), 3:30-7:30 pm.