West Seattle, Washington
This is it – the end of Disaster Preparedness Month. All but one night this month, we brought you tips, links, recommendations about making sure you and your loved ones are better prepared just in case of the unthinkable. HUGE thanks to the West Seattle preparedness-volunteer crew – including Karen Berge, Deb Greer, Cindi Barker, Ron Zuber, and everyone who works on the Emergency Communication Hubs in neighborhoods around the peninsula. And thanks to you for taking a few minutes to read. These haven’t sparked massive discussions online but they weren’t meant to – they were meant to get you thinking and hopefully preparing, and if at least a few West Seattleites added something to their kit, memorized their nearest Hub, signed up for 3 to Get Ready (left) – that’s what it’s all about. Here are the recap and regular links one more time:
*Archive of all Disaster Preparedness Month stories on WSB, newest to oldest
*West Seattle Be Prepared website – resource-rich, full of links and maps and information, WS-specific
*West Seattle Be Prepared Facebook group – join!
*3 to Get Ready, the city’s preparedness campaign (sponsoring WSB to get the word out), continuing 1 more week
And as noted in the first week of DP Month, the city has two classes in June in West Seattle – an earthquake-retrofitting class in Admiral on June 1, a SNAP (Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare) class in Delridge June 8. Disaster Preparedness Month may be ending, but any day can be Preparedness Day.
Four West Seattle Crime Watch reports ahead – including an intruder caught on surveillance camera, pricey shoes pilfered from a car trunk, more car break-ins, and a puzzling porch theft – read on to see the reports (with a few photos):Read More
Since “Trader Joe’s” is likely – if we had a way of ranking – the single-most-mentioned phrase here on WSB, we do periodically check out the rumors that come our way, especially if the same “rumor” comes from multiple sources. (Here’s a sample rumor check from 2007!) The latest trail started in the WSB Forums, and our ensuing research has turned up some interesting circumstantial evidence, though nothing definite yet. Read on to see what we’ve found out:Read More
First update: A community meeting is now scheduled for those concerned about the county’s three proposals for controlling Combined Sewer Overflows at Lowman Beach’s Murray pump station.This was just posted as a comment after yesterday’s update:
Save Lowman Beach Park!
Please Plan on attending our Community Meeting at Puppy Perfectors in White Center next to Schuck’s Automotive/O’Reilly’s -9629 17th Ave. SW – May 10th at 7:00 pm
Guest speaker Attorney Bill Williamson with Williamson Law Office and Gary Gill a Civil Engineer, experienced with City of Seattle.
We need your support and ideas to save our 101-Year-Old Lowman Beach Park Gem!
Gary Cobb-Cobb Construction/Regional Realty
Also, we received another update from Martha Tuttle at King County Wastewater Treatment Division, who had told us yesterday that another public meeting would be scheduled – today she’s got a more detailed announcement, though no actual dates yet:
In the coming weeks, the King County CSO project team will be posting technical information on King County’s CSO Beach Project Website, planning a workshop to review alternatives (which will include tours of West Seattle pump stations), and planning additional opportunities for local stakeholders to participate in in-depth discussions of the issues in the Murray Basin. Please monitor the Project Website for upcoming events and further information.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
What to do to calm High Point concerns amid what even its Seattle Housing Authority manager acknowledged last night are “tensions between groups amongst our young people”?
There was no consensus among those who spoke emotionally and powerfully at last night’s community meeting, sponsored by the High Point Neighborhood Association, originally meant to address questions and concerns about the stabbing of a 40-year-old woman along a local street last Friday.
But there was one clear message taken from the standing-room-only, even sitting-on-the-floor meeting: Hundreds of High Point neighbors wanted to talk about it – and about the circumstances surrounding the incident that brought police and fire to the neighborhood two hours before the meeting, when a 16-year-old boy, identified during the meeting as Somali, was beaten in a fight near HP Neighborhood Center, site of the meeting.
At the front of the room were HPNA leaders, Southwest Precinct police leaders, and SHA managers. The rest of the room was filled to overflowing with residents and community advocates – at right, that’s the end of the line waiting to get in, before the meeting.
“I know we come here tonight with many emotions,” began HPNA president Jennifer Cobb. Indeed, those emotions permeated the 2-plus hours that followed – the meeting might have run longer, but it was pointed out that some of those in attendance had to get to 8:30 pm prayers.
Thanks to Brian from TouchTech Systems in The Junction for sharing that photo of the intensifying work at the site of Junction Plaza Park, where groundbreaking earlier this month followed more than a few long years of work to finish fundraising and designing it. The Parks Department has said it expects to have the park done by early June.
Her business isn’t new, but the location is. Tomorrow is opening day for Donna Ryan Photography in the former Swee Swee Paperie (which now operates online) storefront in The Junction, just east of Cupcake Royale (WSB sponsor). Donna tells us the doors swing open at 11 am tomorrow (Saturday 5/1). The photo at left, which she provided, demonstrates not only her main stock in trade, but also her new sideline: As mentioned here last month, she will be selling children’s clothing from the Tea Collection. Along with selling apparel and scheduling in-studio photo shoots, Donna will continue to shoot on location – and is planning to offer in-house Portrait Parties, described in her grand-opening news release as “a combination of a fun get-together and photo shoot.” Donna, by the way, is also the official photographer for the West Seattle Junction Association – you may remember her from Santa shoots the past few seasons, and she’s also taken photos for some of the features on wsjunction.org. You can find out more about her business at donnaryanphotography.com; she’s opening with a Mother’s Day promotion – “All Moms who stop in and make a purchase of $50 or more will get a voucher for $20 off a future purchase.”
(WSB photo from August 2009)
Many fabulous West Seattle summer events are free to enjoy – but that’s because sponsors and supporters have put up money to cover the costs. One of them, the Admiral Neighborhood Association‘s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series- which WSB is co-sponsoring again this year – is seeking community support as well as more business sponsors. Here’s an update from ANA president Katy Walum:
Planning is well underway for the 2nd Summer Concert Series in Hiawatha Park! Last year’s concerts were a huge success and very well attended by the community. This year’s concerts follow a similar format and run for six weeks from July 29th through September 2nd. Again, all concerts are Thursday evenings beginning at 6:30PM and are FREE to the community. You can expect to hear music from local artists that is fun, relaxing and has wide appeal. Pack a picnic, relax on the lawn and listen to some music with your neighbors!
Admiral and West Seattle businesses like PCC, the West Seattle Blog and Weitzel Construction have contributed to help fund this music event. Additional businesses have pledged support but we are still shy of our fundraising goal. We could use your help! If you own a business in the community and would like to contribute to the event, or if you can offer a personal donation, please e-mail Dave Weitzel at email@example.com or submit your credit card donation through our website: www.admiralneighborhood.org. All credit card donations are tax deductible and processed through DNDA (Delridge Neighborhood Downtown Association), our fiscal sponsor. Our website will direct you to theirs where you can enter your personal information.
Please enter “ANA” or “Admiral Concerts” into the comment section after you’ve entered your credit card information. This will insure your donation is directed to the Admiral Neighborhood Association’s (ANA) Summer Concert Series. Thanks so much for your support; we look forward to seeing you around the neighborhood and at the concerts this summer!
Katy also tells us they’re still screening performers – they don’t need any more suggestions/applications, as they had lots of interest, but they haven’t made final decisions just yet.
Thanks to everyone for sending all kinds of event announcements to WSB so we can share them via the WSB Events calendar. This one is a unique jaunt through a local gem, with limited space, so we’re sharing it immediately:
May 9th. 9 to 12, Lincoln Park field trip. Learn more about the diversity of native plants in the forests of our park and about community efforts to protect and maintain that diversity. Stewart Wechsler is an experienced and knowledgable naturalist and field trip leader, who has done an extensive inventory of the natives in Lincoln. Sharon Baker is the volunteer forest steward and organizes and leads restoration work parties in the park through the Green Seattle Partnership. We will walk (slowly) up to 4 miles on good trails with some elevation gain. Sponsored by the Washington Native Plant Society. Call Sharon at 206 935 1769 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up and get details. Limited to 15 participants.
April showers bring May flowers – and April plant sales can bring April flowers … there’s an example from the Providence Mount St. Vincent (map) plant sale/bake sale/mini-bazaar happening right now, till 4 pm. Arlene Carter from The Mount took photos just as things got under way, and sent them to share. She says, “Lots of home-baked goodies, wonderful bedding plants and fun things to buy. All proceeds benefit the residents and programs of The Mount. Sponsored by the Providence Mount St. Vincent Foundation Auxiliary.
Any time you have an event under way, we do our best to get in-progress updates here (and elsewhere, particularly Twitter) but we just can’t be EVERYWHERE, so you are ALWAYS welcome to send a “happening now” photo to anything here that works for you.
Take three minutes to watch our coverage of last night’s Northwest Hope and Healing “Style ’10” fashion-show fundraiser, shot and edited for WSB by Edgar Riebe from West Seattle-based Captive Eye Media, and you’ll get the exuberant spirit of those who watched and participated at Showbox SODO – including West Seattleites involved with NWHH as well as West Seattle boutiques (Carmilia’s, Coastal, Sweetie) and Ola salon, as well as the new store West Seattle Runner. NWHH helps women get through the shattering experience of having just been diagnosed with breast cancer. NWHH executive director Shari Sewell told Edgar that about 350 people attended “Style ’10,” and that it raised at least $60,000 for Northwest Hope and Healing. He describes the crowd as “lively and dressed to the nines.” You’ve got another chance to be part of a major event to help NWHH later this year, right here in West Seattle – August 29 is the date set for the annual Alki Beach 5K Walk/Run.
Quick updates on the sixth annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day, 9 am-3 pm on Saturday, May 8 – one week from tomorrow! For avid preparers who just can’t wait to get The Map, it will be available online no later than 9 pm tomorrow (5/1). Like last year, it’ll be available in two formats: Printable (multipage PDF, with the sales mapped and numbered, north to south, and full text of the short “ads” for each sale) and online Google Map (doesn’t print well, but you can use it to chart your own course – click each sale location and its address pops up with “ad” info). We will have a limited number of pre-printed maps at several locations around the peninsula by Monday, but please save those for shoppers with no access to a printer – the map is designed to be printed on plain ol ‘ 8 1/2 x 11 paper so whatever you DO have access to, it’ll be just fine. As of right now, the almost-final total is projected to be 201 sales (another record), with hundreds more sellers when you add in group-sale sites. In addition to the nonprofits (mentioned in our previous update) that are having their own sales, some individual sellers say they are donating all or part of their proceeds – watch for map listings mentioning the Orca Network, West Seattle Helpline, West Seattle Relay for Life, Northwest Epilepsy Foundation, American Cancer Society, Washington Chapter of the National MS Society (among others). And we want to mention again that the West Seattle Tool Library will be accepting donations at four locations PLUS sending teams out on “scavenger hunts” to buy tools from sales – if you’re not selling, but you have tools you can donate, read about the Tool Library here and drop them off while you’re out on West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day. LAST NOTE: If you can print the 8 1/2 x 14 official poster and put it up at your workplace, school or business (outside WS? fine! we’re inviting the world!), THANKS – here it is, ready to print!
The Vietnamese Cultural Center in West Seattle has hosted several major events in the past few years. We were there most recently for a New Year’s event that also celebrated the 34th District Democrats‘ recognition of the Vietnam Heritage and Freedom Flag (shown above). Tonight, there’s an event to which the center wants to invite you. From Ducly Bui:
You and yours are cordially invited to the 35th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, South Vietnam, to the Communist Party. It will be a Candlelight Vigil in remembrance of the South Vietnamese and the US soldiers who gave up their lives for the freedom of Vietnam.
Time : Friday 30 April 2010 at 7:00 PM
Place : Vietnamese Cultural Center, 2236 SW Orchard St.
Since it’s the final day of the Feinstein Challenge – first explained in this March story – anything you do for your local food banks today COUNTS EXTRA. For White Center Food Bank, which serves part of West Seattle – donate here. For West Seattle Food Bank – go here – and if you are attending tonight’s fundraiser Instruments of Change (6 pm, The Hall at Fauntleroy, with WSB among the event sponsors), consider giving extra. ALSO TODAY/TONIGHT: Bake sale/plant sale/mini-bazaar at Providence Mount St. Vincent, 9 am-4 pm in the front lobby … The “Fauntleroy Fledglings” star in tonight’s edition of the “Sweet, Sweet Music” coffeehouse concert series at Fauntleroy Church, 7:30 pm (dessert included!) … Seattle filmmaker Gina Robertson‘s debut “Coffee” is screened and celebrated with the work of awardwinning filmmakers in a special event at Youngstown Arts Center starting at 8 pm … More coming up later in the West Seattle Weekend Lineup!