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Gathering of Neighbors 2013: Preview the program

Going to Saturday’s Gathering of Neighbors community-building event at Chief Sealth International High School? We just received the program that’s being printed for the event – see it in its entirety (PDF) here. One set of highlights: Here’s who’s participating in the noon-3 pm resource fair:

34th District Democrats
Alki Art Fair
Delridge Grocery/Delridge Produce Cooperative
Delridge Neighborhood Development Association
King County Community & Technical Colleges
Morgan Community Association
North Delridge Neighborhood Council
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods/PACE LEadership
Seattle Foundation Neighbor to Neighbor Fund
Seattle Neighborhood Matching Fund Program
Seattle Public Library
South Seattle Community College
Southwest Seattle Historical Society / Log House Museum
Southwest Youth & Family Services
West Seattle Be Prepared! – Emergency Communication Hub
West Seattle Democratic Women
White Center Chamber of Commerce
White Center Development Association

The morning starts at 9 am with refreshments, 9:30 am with welcoming ceremonies, and then a slate of workshops that will be held simultaneously at 10:20 am and again at 11:05 am – all detailed in the program. It’s all free; just head into the Galleria at Sealth, between the gym and the main school building, north of the parking lot at 2600 SW Thistle.

Mourning Lance David: More than 100 gather at crash site today; West Seattle ride planned Tuesday

(Photo by @bpsnyder, via Twitter)
Two and a half days after the bicycle/truck crash that killed 54-year-old Lance David, about 100 people gathered this afternoon where it happened, at East Marginal Way and Hanford, in his honor. Many rode from his workplace, Expeditors International:

(This and subsequent photos by WSB’s Patrick Sand)
Mr. David was on one of the five Bike-to-Work teams at Expeditors, according to Don Brubeck of West Seattle Bike Connections, who also observed: “Mr. David worked in the freight shipping industry. Just like the truck driver. I hope it will help the community understand that this is not ‘us’ vs. ‘them.’ It’s all ‘us.’ A bunch of people who work in jobs that are dependent on the port ride a bike to get to work. Bike riders depend on the port for jobs, and those companies have employees who ride bikes.” Many of those at this afternoon’s gathering signed a shirt with the company logo:

It was then put on the utility pole holding the ‘ghost bike’ placed at the crash site Wednesday night.

WS Bike Connections and WS Greenways are organizing a memorial ride from Seacrest on Tuesday (May 7, 5:30 pm, full details here). It’ll be some time before police put out a final report on the crash; their initial findings are included in our Thursday report, which also details some of the safety concerns at the scene and the discussion at Wednesday night’s monthly meeting of the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board.

From the ‘in case you wondered’ file: ATM in Thriftway lot

Thanks to Cathie for asking about “heavy equipment” in the northwest corner of the West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) parking lot, then reporting a chat with construction workers yielded the news a freestanding ATM was on the way. We subsequently checked the city permit files, which reveal that it’s going to be a Bank of America ATM.

Prudential Northwest Realty: Welcoming a new WSB sponsor

Looking to sell your home and/or buy a new one? One of the newest WSB sponsors, Prudential Northwest Realty, would love to talk with you. Here’s what managing broker/branch manager Don Bereiter wants you to know about their business:

Prudential Northwest Realty has been a part of West Seattle for more than 50 years. Sure, the name has changed from time-to-time, but the integrity and value has never wavered. We are a full-service real-estate office with 75 full-time brokers that range from just licensed to veterans with over 30 years experience. Our average broker has over 15 years in the business! While we do have 5 other offices in the Puget Sound area, West Seattle has always been the hub of the operation.

In the past, Prudential Northwest Realty has sponsored many West Seattle events, including:

*West Seattle Summer Fest
*Global Volunteer Day (Collecting food and cash for the West Seattle Food Bank)
*Admiral Neighborhood Association’s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha
*West Seattle Garden Tour
*Sunshine Kids (Helping to fulfill dreams for kids battling cancer)

We are very proud to be a part of such a great area and most appreciative of our past and current clients that continue to refer their friends to us. Trusting in us to handle their real estate needs gives us great pride and we want to say “Thank you!” to each and every one of them. We are also excited to become a sponsor of the West Seattle Blog!

We thank Prudential Northwest Realty for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

West Seattle scene: Edgar Martinez at Seattle Lutheran High School

(Photo by WSB co-publisher Patrick Sand)
Legendary Seattle Mariners veteran Edgar Martinez was in West Seattle this morning, speaking to students and staff at Seattle Lutheran High School (autographing, too, as shown in our first photo). He was there to talk about a program he’s involved with called PX2, developed by West Seattle-headquartered The Pacific Institute, described in SLHS’s announcement as providing “training in effective decision making for young adults.”

SLHS says all its students have been participating in PX2 since January. Martinez’s appearance came during the last unit; after the students watched a video about taking responsibility for their actions, he spoke to them about the importance of finding what you love and setting goals
for yourself. He said that he started doing that when he was young, which helped him along on his way to being a professional ball player. He said he wasn’t alone in this – mentioning the same went for some of his former colleagues, including Ichiro and Omar Vizquel. Lively Q/A ensued, with the students asking both about Martinez’s advice, and about baseball in general.

Happening now: USS John C. Stennis in view off West Seattle

11:40 AM: Got our first text that the carrier returning home to Bremerton after an 8-month deployment is visible in the distance from Alki, which seems to correlate with a Twitter mention that it’s off north Bainbridge.

11:59 AM: In view off Alki Point now, just before it rounds the turn off south Bainbridge. (Photo by WSB co-publisher Patrick Sand, added 12:02 pm.)

12:17 PM: It’ll be out of sight soon, disappearing behind south Bainbridge, into Rich Passage. Good day for ship watching in general – right now from our vantage point at Constellation Park, two large commercial vessels are also passing. (If you’re out watching them, the darker-hulled one is the Midnight Sun, the one with the containers is Evergreen Unison, according to

West Seattle Summer Fest Art Dive! Time for artists to apply

Not to rush things along – but suddenly it’s May, and even summer’s big events are in view – like the West Seattle Junction Association-presented West Seattle Summer Fest (with WSB among the co-sponsors again this year). If you’re an artist/craftsperson and would like to be part of the Art Dive at Summer Fest, Twilight Gallery and Boutique is organizing it again this year, and is calling for applications:

Calling all local artists, craft vendors, upcyclers, jewelers, product makers, etc, etc. This is your weekend festival on the WEST SIDE!

2013 FESTIVAL DATES ARE HERE: (different than the deadline)
Friday, July 12, 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday, July 13, 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday, July 14, 11 am – 5 pm


Art Dive is an artist flea market housed within Summer Fest. Art Dive consists of dozens of artists and crafts people selling goods to the public. Art Dive is sponsored by Twilight Gallery & Boutique.

Details continue ahead, along with the application link: Read More

West Seattle Friday: Stennis; soccer; Family Movie Night; Instruments of Change; Corner Bar…

May 3, 2013 9:54 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(WSB reader “Wes C. Addle” shares the Longfellow Creek path photo, suspecting the creek’s beavers have been busy)
Highlights of what’s ahead today/tonight, including listings from the WSB West Seattle Events calendar:

TRAFFIC ALERT: In case you missed it in today’s traffic/transit tracker, the eastbound West Seattle Bridge ramp to southbound I-5 closes tonight at 10, to reopen by 5 am Monday, the final major closure scheduled as part of the Spokane St. Interchange Special Bridge Repair project.

USS JOHN C STENNIS TO SAIL PAST WEST SEATTLE: The carrier is en route back to Bremerton after an 8-month deployment, and due there around 2 pm, according to the Kitsap Sun – which means it should be visible off West Seattle shores in early afternoon. (Let us know if you happen to see it coming into view! Text/voice to 206-293-6302 – same number to use for breaking news any time!)

CARNE ASADA BOWL: The annual soccer match between Chief Sealth International High School and The World School is at 4 pm today, Southwest Athletic Complex. (2801 SW Thistle)

PATIO SEASON AT LA RUSTICA: Beach Drive’s only restaurant shares the news that its patio opens for the season tonight – maybe the earliest opening yet, says proprietor Giulio Pellegrini. (4100 Beach Drive SW)

MEET A MAYORAL CANDIDATE: One of the eight people running for mayor of Seattle (all of whom appeared at the area forum we covered, with video, Monday night) makes a stop in West Seattle tonight to meet with anyone interested in stopping by: Peter Steinbrueck will be at Beveridge Place Pub 5-6:30 pm. (6413 California SW)

FOOD BANK DINNER: The West Seattle Food Bank‘s annual Instruments of Change dinner/silent auction is tonight at The Hall at Fauntleroy, 5:30 pm. Check with WS Food Bank to see if any tickets remain. (9131 California SW)

HIGHLAND PARK’S CORNER BAR: The monthly don’t-miss “pop-up bar” reappears tonight starting at 6 pm at Highland Park Improvement Club, including a Cuban music mix and “Havana Heat” special beverage. (12th/Holden)

GARY BENSON AT C & P: A solo folk-music performer, playing live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 6-8 pm. (5612 California SW)

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT: Little Pilgrim School invites you to come watch “The Gruffalo” and “The Gruffalo’s Brother,” 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall at Fauntleroy Church. (9140 California SW)

South Seattle CC dinner honors scholarship recipients, donors

May 3, 2013 9:00 am
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 |   Puget Ridge | West Seattle news | West Seattle schools

(Photo by Glenn Gauthier for SSCC)
South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) recognized its scholarship donors and recipients last night at the annual Friends of the College Dinner. SSCC says 125 of its 240 scholarship-receiving students were in attendance; the awards totaled more than $600,000. More information from SSCC communications director Kevin Maloney:

South also announced a new endowment scholarship that was established in memory of Stephen K. Rockwood. This award will be given to students from South’s renowned Culinary program in his honor.

South alumnus John Titus, President and CEO of Aero Controls Inc., was recognized with the 2012-2013 Outstanding Alumni Award:

Titus was honored for his generous support and donation of aviation equipment for classroom use and as a member of the Aviation Technical Advisory Committee. Additionally, Titus made a surprise announcement that he will establish an endowment scholarship for aviation students at South.

The evening was capped off by recognizing 19 members of South’s faculty with annual development grants for their outstanding work in the classroom.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday updates; weekend reminders

(Live view from the east-facing WS Bridge camera; other cameras are on the WSB Traffic page)
Welcome to sunny Friday! Since the weekend’s almost here, we start with reminders about two road-work projects:

SPOKANE ST. PAVING: This work will be under way west of the low bridge, under the high bridge, 7 am-7 pm both days this weekend – detour info and other details here.

RAMP TO SOUTHBOUND I-5 CLOSED: This is the last major closure of the I-5 Spokane St. Interchange Special Bridge Repair project, and it’s planned to be in effect around the clock from late tonight until early Monday. Here are the detour details.

ADDED 9:16 AM: Got a tip of a possible picket line at Terminal 18 on Harbor Island; the tipster wanted to get the word out in case that leads to truck backups.