West Seattle, Washington
That photo was taken two years ago, overlooking what was then the Pathfinder K-8 schoolyard atop Genesee Hill, while P-E teacher Lou Cutler led students on his annual birthday run to raise money for Make-A-Wish Foundation. This year, as Pathfinder gets close to wrapping up its first year at its new campus on Pigeon Point, Lou’s getting ready to run again. June 7 is the day – one week from tomorrow – and he’s put up a link for pledges (go here – you can donate one flat sum or make a pledge for each lap). Lou traditionally runs one lap for every year he’s been around, so this year that means 59, according to the Facebook invite for his birthday run (you can also find more info on the school website).
Story, video and photos by Jonathan Stumpf
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
If the flora south of the Admiral District appears brighter and more productive these days, you can probably thank local artist turned beekeeper Gary DeBoer.
What started back in the summer of 2008 as a curiosity about the lack of honey bees in the his neighborhood has now turned into a passion to inspire others to become “a little more aware of our relationship to this spaceship we are on,” DeBoer explains.
After keeping fairly detailed charts about the insect activity in his yard, he decided to join the Puget Sound Beekeeper Association and quickly launched his hobby with beginner classes and regular monthly meetings.
But it’s not just the beekeeping for which he’s gaining renown – it’s the artful containers in which the bees live:Read More
Thanks to the tipster who let us know that what looked on 911 like a simple “motor vehicle accident” call resulted in a spill that has the Highland Park Way hill (Holden to West Marginal) shut down right now. We just verified at the scene that it’s closed at the top, and people are being turned around. No details on the crash at this point – but the level of call on the 911 log suggests no serious injuries.
3 weeks ago, we brought you the report of a car theft that hit a family dealing with cancer, among other difficulties. Many WSB’ers offered help; the outpouring continued as a couple of citywide media outlets picked up the story. But the car remained missing – till this weekend. Just got this followup note from Tina, the patient’s wife, who says it turned up about half a mile (blue marker) from where it was stolen at 44th/Hinds (red marker):
On Friday May 28 at 4 pm, while driving down 45th Ave SW at SW Dakota Ave, I spotted my car that was stolen sometime on May 8 or early morning on the 9th. It had been ransacked and a few things stolen out of it, but it had not been in an accident looked to be in good shape. One of the windows had been left open; the seat and carpet got wet and the car smells a bit musty. After 2 days of trying to dry it out it looks like I am going to have to replace the seat and carpeting in the car. I am glad to have it back home where it belongs. My three furry babies will now be able to go to the doggie park again and they are very happy about that.
New and improved Tow Ready Modulite Module which they cut out and destroyed the wiring from the front to the rear of the car, this is used for our utility trailer lights (was not visible)
Power Supply for my laptop (was not visible)
Small air compressor (was not visible)
2 new tarps
Large First Aid kit for both humans and dogs
Coins (not visible)
12 tie downs
Couple of doggie toys
Plastic storage container with miscellaneous items
Thank you for the story you did earlier this month – there were a lot of kind neighbors who wrote to offer help; I even had one offer to give me their car.
Three months after the purchase of the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse and some of its surrounding land officially became final, the community celebration is just four days away – 6:30 pm Thursday (June 3) – and we have more details of how it will unfold. Kim Sheridan from schoolhouse-headquartered Fauntleroy Children’s Center says it will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring its founder Dr. Jack Pierce as well as Fauntleroy Community Service Agency – the nonprofit purchasing entity- board president Kevin Wooley, and Fauntleroy Community Association president Bruce Butterfield. The West Seattle Big Band is scheduled to perform 7-8 pm. And Kim says they’ve got RSVPs from city/state reps including State Sen. Joe McDermott and Rep. Eileen Cody, Department of Neighborhoods director Stella Chao, and former Mayor Greg Nickels (who has just returned from the East Coast). As noted in our first announcement of the event, schoolhouse-based Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes Catering – which won the vote at the recent Taste of West Seattle – will provide treats. (Here’s the Facebook invite, if you’d like to track this event that way.) P.S. There just might be some other special “guests” nearby – a team of goats is due at the schoolhouse, possibly by midweek, to munch away weeds and invasives. MONDAY MORNING UPDATE: Kim Dinsmoor from Seattle Civic Dance Theatre, also headquartered at the schoolhouse, sent a note to make sure you know you’re invited to come downstairs on the building’s north side to see performers preparing for their next production, “The Tea Party” (they’re performing it at 2 pm next Sunday, June 6, at Highline Performing Arts Center).
For almost two decades of Sunday mornings, Seattle Times readers had the chance to take a humor break courtesy of columnist Steve Johnston. He’s now a resident of West Seattle – at Park West Skilled Nursing Center, because of health challenges – but has just achieved a milestone, three years after leaving the Times: He’s a published author. Johnston’s family has helped put together a collection of his 1988-2007 columns under the title “Tales of the Truly Unpleasant.” You can read more about it in this Times story; there’s also more info, including how to buy the book, at its official website. (Cover art used with permission)
(Photo taken on Saturday at Alki by David Rosen from SlickPix Photography)
Today’s low tide won’t be as low as the past few days, but it’s still a minus tide, and Seattle Aquarium (WSB sponsor) volunteer beach naturalists will be out at Constellation Park and Lincoln Park to offer information and guidance, noon-3:30 pm. Also at midday, it’s the West Seattle Farmers’ Market, 10 am-2 pm @ 44th/Alaska; note that the Farmers’ Market info table is selling reusable produce bags, $3 each – use less plastic! Then at 3 pm, it’s the second of two “Zen Tales” shows at ArtsWest – family friendly, they promise – by UMO Ensemble. More options? Check the West Seattle Weekend Lineup.
(February 2010 WSB photo)
From the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle:
Nancy Woodland, Executive Director of WestSide Baby, will be the guest speaker at the Noon meeting of the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle scheduled for Wednesday, June 9. The luncheon gathering will take place in the dining room of BE’s Restaurant, 4509 California Ave. S.W.
WestSide Baby is a nonprofit organization that collects previously owned items for children and babies and distributes them free of charge to South King County families in need. They work through local social service agencies already assisting low-income families. Agencies order items from WestSide Baby and deliver them to families who are homeless, living in transitional housing or simply in need of a little help during a difficult time.
The goal of the organization is to reach a day when all babies and young children in our community have their basic physical needs met – enough diapers, food, adequate clothing, appropriate toys, books, and safe equipment for their care.
Since opening in 2001, Westside Baby has distributed over $6 million worth of clothing, toys, baby gear, and other items. In 2009, alone they served more than 15,000 children!
The Kiwanis Club of West Seattle, now in its 82nd year, is an affiliate of Kiwanis International, a worldwide organization of men and women dedicated to changing the world one community and one child at a time.
Reservations for the luncheon may be made by calling 06-938-8032. The public is invited.