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SSCC Hosts Traumatic Brain Injury and Resource Forum

April 21, 2011 11:52 pm
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A press release from South Seattle Community College announces a Forum for Veterans and Families. This event focuses on traumatic brain injury (TBI) and college resources.

Traumatic Brain Injury and Resource Forum
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
0900 – 1530 (9 am – 3:30 pm)
South Seattle Community College
Brockey Center
6000-16th Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98106 / Driving directions:

The Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Resource Forum is designed for military veterans and their families who have been affected by TBI. The day-long event features presentations, small group workshops, and panel discussions with veterans who have been exposed to TBI. Facilitators and medical personnel will address needs and issues related to TBI, while student veterans who have been exposed to, or experienced, TBI will share their stories.

The event also features a comprehensive resource fair where veterans will find information about college and/or VA benefits, programs of study, higher education pathways, and job search resources. Potential employers looking to hire veterans will be on hand.

The Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Resource Forum is free of charge but attendees must have a direct relationship with veterans who have, or may have, TBI. Free lunch will be provided for attendees, but pre-registration is required. RSVP to Michelle McMeel, at, or (360) 725-9844.
The forum is presented by the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs and the Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Strategic Partnership Advisory Council.

South Seattle Community College has been designated a Military Friendly School for 2011, based on its role in accepting and serving student veterans. The college’s experienced staff and personal is committed to ensuring that each and every veteran that comes to South has all the means necessary to complete his or her academic goals.

For more information contact: Dorsol Plants, (206) 355-7900 /

West Seattle Girl Scouts hope you’ll help ‘Stuff the Van’

April 21, 2011 11:39 pm
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In case you’re doing some spring cleaning this weekend – heads up on a donation event that’s now just about a week away: West Seattle’s Girl Scout/Brownie Troop #40890 asks you to help them “Stuff the Van” to help young hospital patients and homeless families – here’s what they’re collecting and why:

Benefiting critically ill children at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the homeless at Wellspring Family Services:

What: Used children’s DVDs
Gently used BLANKETS
Gently used CHILDREN’S PJs

When: 3:45 – 5:00 pm on April 27 and 29

Where: Westside Presbyterian Church
3601 California Ave SW
(Look for the black VW Eurovan)

Sponsored by Girl Scout Brownie Troop #40890
(2nd Graders from Lafayette, Schmitz Park and Alki Elementary Schools)

PCC hosting food drives in May to benefit kids in need

April 21, 2011 11:33 pm
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We’ve received a notice from PCC about a food drive they are holding during the month of May in preparation to feed needy kids over the summer months. Read on for full details…

Month-long effort will help fill school lunch gap during summer months

(Seattle, Wash., April 15, 2011) – Throughout May, PCC Natural Markets (PCC) will host food drives at all of its nine neighborhood locations in King and Snohomish Counties. Specially marked donation bins will be set up inside each PCC store. These special food drives will help nourish kids who don’t have access to school-supplied meals during the summer months and whose families are served by food banks that partner with PCC in its year-round food bank program.

According to the “Communities Count Report” (September 2010), most school districts within King County, Wash. alone experienced an increase in the percentage of students qualifying  for free or reduced-priced meals between 2009 and 2010. In Seattle, the largest K-12 school district in the state, 42 percent of students qualify. Families must have incomes at or less than 130 percent of the federal poverty level to qualify for free lunches; families at or below 185 percent qualify for reduced-price lunches.

PCC’s food bank partners – and items most in need – include:

Beneficiary food banks:

  • Redmond Hopelink Food Bank
  • Kirkland Hopelink Food Bank
  • Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank
  • Westgate Chapel Food Bank
  • Greenwood Food Bank
  • University District Food Bank
  • Family Works Food Bank
  • West Seattle Food Bank
  • Jewish Family Services – Morris Polack Food Bank 

Top 10 requested items:

  1. Canned and boxed meals
  2. Grains
  3. Pasta and sauce
  4. Canned/dried beans
  5. Canned fruits and veggies
  6. Shelf stable milk
  7. Cooking oil
  8. Nut butter and jam
  9. Toiletries
  10. 10.  Cereal

These food drives are a part of PCC Healthy Kids, a multi-year initiative to improve local children’s health through nutrition. The goal of this initiative is to boost awareness of the value of good nutrition, resulting in a lifetime of wellness for the thousands of kids and families that participate at home, at school and in our stores and communities. To learn more about PCC Healthy Kids, visit

About PCC Natural Markets (PCC): Headquartered in Seattle, Wash., PCC Natural Markets is a certified organic retail cooperative with annual sales of $148 million and an active membership of 46,000 households. PCC operates nine stores in the Seward Park, View Ridge, Greenlake, West Seattle, Fremont, Kirkland, Redmond, Edmonds and Issaquah neighborhoods.

For more information contact Tom Monahan, Marketing Manager, 206-547-1222 ext. 189 or

West Seattle Crime Watch: Search over, suspect arrested

ORIGINAL 10: 31 PM REPORT: If you are north of Morgan Junction or in Fairmount Springs, we’re tracking the police search that’s currently under way. We’re not certain about the incident that triggered it but a K-9 unit is involved in the search too. To our knowledge, it hasn’t involved a violent crime, but scanner traffic indicates the search might involve a suspect who is known to police. (No names in the comments, please, in case that turns out only to be speculation.) More details whenever they’re available.

12:57 AM UPDATE: The suspect whose name we heard on the scanner is in jail as of about half an hour ago, according to the King County Jail Register, and the potential charge is listed as fourth-degree assault, domestic violence. The case isn’t in the online court system yet but if it stays in Municipal Court, it’s an official charge, and we’ll report more later this morning. We had been tracking another case involving this suspect – one in which he was due to return to court next week for a status update.

2:40 PM FRIDAY: The suspect, charged in Municipal Court with assault, is Joel Lund. We last reported on him in March, when a judge allowed him out over prosecutors’ objections, after he was charged in connection with an incident involving a stolen catalytic converter. His next hearing in that case had been slated for April 28th; now he’s in jail awaiting arraignment tomorrow in connection with this new charge.

Morgan Community Association: Festival; potential park space; more…

Story and photos by Katie Meyer
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

A new wayfinding kiosk, an update on the Murray CSO Control Project, and the 6th annual Morgan Junction Festivalthis June were some of the topics covered at the Morgan Community Association‘s quarterly meeting last night.


*A wayfinding kiosk will soon go up on the west side of Fauntleroy Way SW across from the tennis courts, with map and information about the area including Lincoln Park and Solstice Park.

*An update on the Murray CSO project was presented by Martha Tuttle from King County: The environmental review has been completed and results will be made public later this month, after which the public has 14 days to comment, then the design phase begins.

*The Morgan Junction Festival will be on June 25th, with 2 different stages for live music from 10:30 am to 7 pm; local vendors, plenty of activities for children, and the “Bite of Morgan” featuring local restaurants.

Traffic-calming concerns, Zipcars, a unanimous re-election, emergency preparedness drills, tips on deterring crime, and more, after the jump:Read More

Ticketed today: 58 mph on 35th SW, 70 mph on West Seattle Bridge

Another traffic-crackdown roundup from Seattle Police tonight – just published on SPD Blotter minutes ago:

On 35th Avenue SW, a 35 mph zone,
1 at 58 mph
1 at 51 mph
1 at 50 mph
3 at 49 mph
2 at 48 mph
2 at 46 mph
2 at 45 mph

12 Cell Phone violations
1 Stop Sign
1 Following Too Close
1 No Proof of Insurance

On the West Seattle Bridge, a 45 mph zone,
1 at 70 mph
1 at 68 mph
1 at 65 mph
1 at 60 mph
1 at 59 mph

2 vehicles for Racing
3 No Proof of Insurance
1 Bus Lane violation

Potential West Seattle military-jet flyover alert for Saturday night

(U.S. Navy photo)
Most years, the Seattle Mariners’ Salute to Armed Forces Night means a West Seattle flyover – so here’s advance warning, courtesy of SDOT’s weekend traffic alert: Saturday night, just before 6 pm, two Boeing EA-18G Growlers are scheduled for a Safeco Field flyover. They’re a variant of the Super Hornet (think Blue Angels), so it could get loud.

Delridge District Council: Project proposals; seawall; Camp Long

Story by Jason Grotelueschen
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

Interested in a crosswalk at Delridge/Findlay, a growing commercial district in the heart of Delridge? That was one of many topics of discussion as community leaders gathered Wednesday night for the monthly Delridge Neighborhoods District Council meeting, inside the theater at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, to discuss ways to improve public safety and increase involvement in local neighborhoods.

The agenda featured an update on the Elliott Bay Seawall Replacement Project, a discussion of Neighborhood Projects Fund ideas, and a presentation about Camp Long’s application for a Large Project Grant.

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State law for medical-marijuana dispensaries? Up to the governor

(White Center Now/West Seattle Blog photo by Deanie Schwarz)
On the day after another medical-marijuana enterprise opened in our area – a branch of the GAME Collective just launched a lounge in White Center – the State Legislature has finalized a bill to regulate it (SB 5073) though Governor Gregoire’s signature is no slam-dunk. Local authorities have said they need state regulation so they know how to deal with these operations, which technically are illegal under state law, though medical marijuana itself won voter approval more than a decade ago. But the governor has said that she’s concerned the bill will leave state employees open to prosecution, and she reinforced that in a statement just sent out by her office:

“I realize the value that medical marijuana has for patients and support the voter-approved initiative. I also agree with the intent of the Legislature to clarify ambiguity surrounding search and arrest as well as concerns around dispensaries and access. We need to create a system that works.

“I asked the Legislature to work with me on a bill that does not subject state workers to risk of criminal liability. I am disappointed that the bill as passed does not address those concerns while also meeting the needs of medical marijuana patients.

“I will review the bill to determine any parts that can assist patients in need without putting state employees at risk. No state employee should have to break federal law in order to do their job.”

But Seattle’s Mayor and City Council are hoping she’ll sign it – their joint statement just came in:

“We would like to extend our greatest appreciation to the Washington State Legislature for passing today SB 5073. The bill would provide a comprehensive regulatory framework for medical marijuana use. This bill spells out precisely how dispensaries and production facilities can operate in a way that provides legitimate patients with medical marijuana, gives local governments the tools we need to help protect the health and safety of our communities, and provides much-needed clarity for law enforcement.

“In particular, we would like to thank Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles for all of her hard work and leadership on this bill, and Rep. Eileen Cody for shepherding the bill through the State House.

“We encourage Governor Gregoire to sign the bill, and look forward to working with her and her staff in the coming days.”

The governor’s spokesperson Scott Whiteaker replied to our followup question by saying that’s not a veto statement – she has 20 days to decide how to handle the bill. Meantime, with the GAME Collective opening in White Center yesterday, four medical-marijuana outlets are in operation in West Seattle/White Center, with at least two more on the way (Northwest Patient Resource Center at 35th/Roxbury – WSB coverage here – and Herban Legends in White Center – WCN coverage here).

Update: Delridge Skatepark construction crew digs in

Some people are so excited about Delridge Skatepark, they are watching every little detail as construction begins – so if that’s you, here’s the latest. We published a photo Monday showing the fencing that had just gone up at the site – then came word that construction equipment had arrived – and today, that equipment is digging in, so you can say the official “groundbreaking” has occurred (no ceremony was planned). Some skateboarding advocates had fretted that West Seattle would never get a skatepark, since the original proposal drew opposition 3+ years ago when it was proposed for Myrtle Reservoir Park – which finally opened last fall and will be dedicated a week from Saturday – but a new site search followed, and North Delridge welcomed it with open arms. The skatepark should be complete and open in late summer.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Burglary arrest this morning

Just in from the Southwest Precinct – Capt. Steve Paulsen reports a burglary arrest around 7 am this morning in “the north West Seattle area.” Officers arrested the suspect, he says, “after they observed a suspicious vehicle while patrolling for criminal activity. Evidence and information collected from the vehicle may resolve a number of incidents/crimes that has affected this area in the recent past.” He adds, “This is a great example of our men and women sharing information with each other in regard to crime trends and targeting neighborhood hot spots in order to reduce crime.” We’re pursuing more information on the arrest; we had just been working on a story compiling more specifics about the recent “burglary spike” that Capt. Paulsen had announced at Tuesday night’s West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting.

West Seattle road work: Paving update for Sylvan, Orchard

April 21, 2011 10:40 am
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Just in from SDOT – don’t look for those paving crews on Sylvan today, after all. But note another location’s on the schedule:

SDOT paving crews plan to lay a new surface of asphalt next week in the eastbound lane in the 2400 block of Sylvan Way SW (at the curve by Home Depot). On Monday April 25, the crews will grind off the old surface on Sylvan Way, and on Tuesday, April 26, if weather is favorable, they will lay new asphalt. One lane will remain open in each direction. Traffic flaggers will assist traffic. (We previously announced that this work would take place this week, but it has now been rescheduled.)

The crews plan to perform spot paving on SW Orchard Street between Delridge Way SW and Dumar Way SW on Wednesday and Thursday, April 27 and 28.

This repair work is needed due to an ongoing pothole problem at these locations.

Followup: 1 Genesee Hill mystery solved – injured woman in street

Sunday morning, we published two reader reports of mystery incidents within a few blocks of each other on Genesee Hill. This morning, a comment from Barbara solves one of the mysteries, and we’re republishing it here since few will check back on a 4-day-old thread:

Thanks for your concern and for those who helped my mother-in-law who wandered from home and fell last Saturday evening on SW Genesee. She was once quite a walker around her neighborhood, but of course, not recently until Saturday. She was quite injured and unable to recall her name for several hours at Harborview. Eventually she managed her name and address and the family was contacted. We have been busy with her medical care and adjustments to her living situation since then so missed the Blog entries. Thanks again to all our neighbors who helped her that evening. We are thrilled that West Seattle still has such heroes.

West Seattle Thursday: Alki Council, road work, low tide …

Thanks to David Hutchinson for sharing that photo of a seagull regaling its own reflection. David is part of the Alki Community Council meeting, which happens to be having its monthly meeting tonight, 7 pm, Alki UCC (6112 SW Hinds), agenda includes the Summer Streets “car-free day” on May 22nd (the day starts with West Seattle 5K – signed up yet?) and The Whale Trail. Also of note:

SYLVAN WAY SPOT PAVING: Scheduled to be done today and tomorrow.

LOW TIDE: Not as low as the past two days, but still a good one for beachwalking – 2:04 pm, -2.1. Thanks to Lisa Stencel for sharing this colorful closeup from her beach visit during yesterday’s low tide:

MAUNDY THURSDAY: Looking for Holy Week church services? That’s part of what you will find on the WSB Easter page (along with egg hunts and brunches). Still not too late to let us know if we are missing something – – thank you!

‘I-35,’ day two: Police report Wednesday’s results

As WSB commenters pointed out, the Aggressive Drivers Response Team was visible on 35th SW again yesterday. Here are the tickets mentioned on the Seattle Police website SPD Blotter:

1 at 49 mph
1 at 47 mph
3 at 46 mph
2 at 45 mph
3 for No Proof of Insurance and 5 Cell Phone violations

Will they return today? They don’t announce their plans in advance, but as the update concludes, they do advise “all motor vehicle operators to be familiar with and obey all local and state traffic laws and to always drive with due regard for all others on the roadway.”