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Should high school start later? Survey, recommendations expected in the year ahead

If you haven’t already seen local schools’ “bell times” for next school year, check this link for the district-wide list shared by West Seattle High School principal Ruth Medsker in the new edition of the school’s online newsletter, Westside Weekly. It’s part of a message from the principal to WSHS families, published in the newsletter put together each week during the school year by editor Beverly Corey. WSHS will start at 8 am next year, same as this year, and the principal goes on to address this bigger issue:

We have heard that some members of the larger Seattle Public Schools community would like the District to consider later high school start times and earlier elementary start times. This has major ramifications for high school students, including after-school jobs and athletics, as well as before- and after-school child care for elementary school families. It also means that elementary school students would be waiting for buses in the dark during much of the year.

The District is committed to thoroughly studying these ideas, but we ask for your patience as it will require time and public involvement. The District is working with families, staff on these long-term issues. Our plan is to develop a District-wide survey in the fall and to make recommendations to the School Board in time for the 2014-15 school year.

You can read the principal’s entire bell-time message (and the rest of the newest Westside Weekly) by going here.

Video: Seattle Police Memorial Day 2013 ceremony honors ‘family’

Family was a theme evoked more than once during the Forest Lawn (WSB sponsor) ceremony in honor of today’s by-mayoral-proclamation Seattle Police Memorial Day. Above, our video of the 35-minute ceremony in its entirety; Interim Police Chief Jim Pugel spoke of both the department “family” and the families who say goodbye to their loved ones each morning as they head off for another day of their perilous profession each morning. The appreciation was echoed by Cheryl Terry, widow of Officer Antonio Terry, killed in the line of duty almost exactly 19 years ago. Toward ceremony’s end, she helped release of white doves:

Others on hand, along with dozens representing SPD, included King County Sheriff John Urquhart, below left with Chief Pugel:

The last line-of-duty death for SPD remains Officer Timothy Brenton, the West Seattle High School graduate killed in October 2009. Meantime, Forest Lawn management says they are continuing to work on the long-standing plan to create a permanent Seattle Police Memorial there.

Community invited to tomorrow’s Arbor Heights Elementary carnival

(2009 Arbor Heights carnival photo, shared by since-retired teacher Mark Ahlness)
The weather has brightened just in time for big weekend events, and here’s another one: Tomorrow’s carnival at Arbor Heights Elementary. The entire community is invited, we’re told. You’ll find a 27-foot pipeline slide, obstacle course, bouncy houses, mini-golf course, dunk tank, indoor games, concessions, more. Wristbands are $15 for unlimited rides, with 5 game/concession tickets included. And – even if you’re not coming to ride or play games, they’re having a clothing drive for Northwest Center, and will gladly accept donations of gently used clothes, shoes, and household items. AH Elementary is at 37th/104th; the carnival is scheduled for 3-6 pm.

Westside Awards: Congratulations to Ventana Construction, Sozo Wine, Nature Consortium, Lauren Englund

(Ventana Construction owners Anne and Clarence Higuera; WSB photo, March 2013)
Just announced by the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, the winners of this year’s Westside Awards, which will be presented next Thursday:

The Westside Awards Breakfast honors three local businesses and one individual who demonstrate success and innovation that contribute to this thriving economic region:

Westside Business of the Year – Ventana Construction
Ventana Construction just reached its ten year milestone emerging from a challenging economic time, especially for contractors. From business inception to now, Owners Anne & Clarence Higuera have consistently executed quality projects while being incredibly involved in their community. They have been Chamber Members for years and active in activities from schools to non-profit Board Member to Native American cultural outreach. Their business holds regular workshops for those interested in learning about remodeling and they have one a number of prestigious awards including being named the 2013 “Best Of Remodeling” Winners and Anne even recently authored an article that highlighted West Seattle Architecture for a national publication.

Westside Emerging Business – Sozo Wine
A new business providing community food through wine sales. Stefan has been connecting local restaurants with the Sozo brand to fund meals for those in need. Purchasing one Sozo product provides 1 to 10 meals and the purchases can choose the charity which benefits. Sozo wine is served in West Seattle restaurants and provides support to the West Seattle and White Center Food Banks. They are raising awareness through partnerships with nonprofits, corporations, restaurants, and cause partners.

Westside Not-For-Profit of the Year – Nature Consortium
As a West Seattle grassroots nonprofit connecting people, arts and nature, Nature Consortium teaches urban youth about planting a garden, allows the community to find glorious sanctuary in the forest at their annual Arts in Nature Festival and leads volunteer groups into the woods to clear the way for future towering trees especially in the West Duwamish Greenbelt. As many West Seattlites know, the greenbelt is very important to air quality, reduction of noise pollution and natural enjoyment. Under the vision of Executive Director, Nancy Whitlock, Nature Consortium has thrived for more than 15 years.

Westsider of the Year – Lauren Englund

Lauren had a vision for a bee garden and mobilized huge resources to get it done with her kindness, joyfulness, inspiriation, energy, time, passion, and more! Her motivation is truly for a happier, more inclusive community. Lauren took on a very large project, the P-Patch Bee Enclosure at High Point and managed to include small, local businesses such as architect, graphic designers, builders as well as associations such as the bee keepers and environmental groups, and the HPNA. She won a grant from the Department of Neighborhoods. She engaged schools, libraries, soccer teams, and most importantly, included and involved members of immigrant communities who are often marginalized. Lauren organized the bee project with the same dedication, clarity and consistency that she would show at work. (She is a pharmacist.) The Bee Enclosure will educate, inspire and delight kids and adults for years to come because Lauren arranged funding and support well into the future.

Join Us for Breakfast to honor these amazing businesses and individuals:
The Keynote will be delivered by Randy Gardiner, 2012 Seattle Business Magazine Manufacturing Executive Award Winner as well as President and CEO of Red Dot Corporation. Mr. Gardiner is a 3rd generation West Seattleite and will speak about the origin and growth of Red Dot from its humble beginnings as a sideline business out of a West Seattle radiator shop in the 1950’s. Mr. Gardiner is passionate about businesses taking an active role in workforce development and will provide insight from his corporation’s practices in workforce development.

When: Thursday June 6 7:30-9:00 am
Where: Salty’s on Alki
Tickets: $55 per individual or Table of 10 for $450

Contact Lynn Dennis, Interim Staff at or Nancy Woodland, Board Member, at with questions.

Followup: WestSide Unicycle Collective, off and pedaling

Did you catch the unicycling on Alki last night? Sisters Addison and Riley (above) led a successful first meeting of their WestSide Unicycle Collective. Following up on the announcement published here May 20th, we stopped by the beach to see how things were going. Unicyclists from several local schools showed up – and everybody headed out:

Keep an eye on the WUC’s Facebook page for word of upcoming meetups, generally 6:30 pm every other Thursday; they remind you, it’s not just for kids, unicyclists of all ages are welcome!

West Seattle Friday: Highlights for the last day/night of May

That image is from the WSDOT webcam focused on the launch pit of the future Highway 99 tunnel, just south of what’s left of the Alaskan Way Viaduct – the bright green “cutter head” of the tunneling machine is being lowered into it today. Meantime, here are some peninsula highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

VILLA HEIDELBERG ‘ESTATE SALE’: Second day (third and final day is Sunday) of the sale to clear out much of what owner Judy Burbrink has amassed over 14 years of operating the century-old home as a B&B. Till 6 pm today; here’s our story from Tuesday. (4845 45th SW)

SEATTLE POLICE MEMORIAL CEREMONY: 1 pm today, Forest Lawn in West Seattle again hosts the annual ceremony in memory of Seattle Police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Here’s the preview published here Thursday. (6701 30th SW)

DINNER THEATER: 6 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy, the Seattle Shakespeare Company presents “Julius Caesar” while guests enjoy a Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes-catered dinner – check to see if reservations remain. (9131 California SW)

FREE FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT: 6:30 pm, you’re welcome at a free showing of “The Lorax” at Westwood Christian Assembly – details in the calendar listing. (9252 16th SW)

EARTHRISE CHAMBER CHOIR: In concert at 7:30 pm @ Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation – details in the calendar listing. (7141 California SW)

ROLLERGIRLS’ FUNDRAISER: At 7:30 pm, the Rat City Rollergirls’ Throttle Rockets have a fundraiser at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) – “dress as your favorite superhero,” and enjoy bingo, trivia, more. (6451 California SW)

High Point Market Garden: Produce subscriptions available

(High Point Market Garden; WSB photo from July 2011)
Starting next Thursday, a new season of organic produce will be available via the High Point Market Garden – and the easiest way to get your share is to subscribe. Here’s the announcement we received:

The Seattle P-Patch Market Gardens CSA (community-supported agriculture) program is accepting subscribers for its farm-fresh organic produce. Each week subscribers receive up to 15 items of seasonal produce grown at the High Point Seattle Market Garden, a city of Seattle program that helps to establish safe healthy communities and economic opportunity in low-income neighborhoods.

The cost ranges from $15 to $25 a week based on size of the share with prorated shares available.

The pick-up location (in West Seattle), dates, and times:

High Point Market Garden (32nd Avenue SW and SW Juneau Street): Thursdays from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., June 6th through October 17

Community members can subscribe now by completing and mailing an application or contacting Julie Bryan, P-Patch Coordinator, at 206-257-8257.

Here’s the application form, which includes the mailing address. If you can’t or don’t want to commit to a subscription, the HP Market Garden also offers a weekly farm stand with on-the-spot sales – we’re checking to see when that will open for the season.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday updates; Delridge/Holden intersection closure reminder

(Live view from the east-facing WS Bridge camera; other cameras are on the WSB Traffic page)
7:37 AM: So far nothing major reported today, but we begin with a reminder of this weekend’s intersection closure, part of the Delridge Way repaving project: From 7 tonight until early Monday, the Delridge/Holden intersection will be closed. Here again is the announcement, which lists the detour route.

8:21 AM: Beware possible trouble in the works on northbound I-5, just beyond downtown – a truck is reported to have stalled on the Ship Canal Bridge.

8:42 AM: Crash at 1st and East Marginal.