West Seattle, Washington
This Saturday, family and friends of former West Seattle and White Center resident Bette Nelson, gone too soon at 59, will gather at Highland Park United Methodist Church to celebrate her life. Here’s the remembrance we were asked to share:
Elizabeth (Bette) Ann Nelson * 6-25-1954 to 10-4-2013
Bette died suddenly on October 4th at her beloved residence in Burien. A remarkable presence in the lives of many, she leaves a lasting impression with all. She always had a positive outlook through the most difficult times and never complained. She loved to laugh and brought joy to all with her stories. Above all, she had boundless Faith to guide her life.
Bette was born on June 25, 1954 in Stanley, North Dakota. Her father Tollef worked in the oil fields and her mother Bonita was a school teacher. Bette was the 3rd of four children, along with Byron (Teri), Stuart (Maureen), and Dan (Jeanette). She also left behind her nieces: Michelle (John), Jaimi, and Meghan and nephews Kristopher and Mitchell, stepchildren Alicia and David, and grand-nephews Jacob and Joshua.
The family lived in northern Minnesota during the early years near Bette’s mother’s parents, who were a strong presence in the family.
In 1957 Tollef relocated to Seattle in search of employment – soon followed by the remainder of the family.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
“There are no quick fixes, no silver bullets,” said Mike Squire-Graham from Neighborhood House, as he opened what was described as an “urgent community meeting” about teen alcohol and drug abuse.
The meeting Thursday was sparked by concerns in the Hiawatha Park/West Seattle High School area, but Squire-Graham stressed that these types of concerns are and should be addressed as a community-wide challenge, not as a problem for a particular school or park.
A strong turnout for the meeting in the WSHS library indicated many were up to that challenge – or at least, up for finding out more about it: We noted a rough count of more than 40 people – from parents, to Seattle Public Schools reps including the principals of WSHS and Madison Middle School, to Seattle Parks, business, and neighborhood-group reps.
Front and center as it began, and helping lead the discussion, was a mom with firsthand experience:
While out this afternoon checking out something else, we happened onto that SDOT pothole crew working on SW Barton near 31st, and tweeted that photo. Sharing it here, we’re adding some info in case you don’t know how to report one:
*Phone (voice) – 206-684-ROAD
*Web – fill out this form
*App – Find out about the city’s smartphone app for reporting potholes, among other things, here
*Map – See if somebody’s already reported it, by checking the map
Hear about the Philippines earthquake, and sizable aftershocks? 7.1 magnitude, dozens of people killed. And even in a big city, this is what the aftermath can look like, for those trying to stay safe, facing aftershocks – taking refuge or camping in open areas, not knowing if buildings are safe to beinside:
So get going on your “Go Bag” if you’re not already proceeding along with our monthlong effort honoring Washington State Disaster Preparedness Month. If we’re lucky, none of us will ever need to use ours. But there is just no way to tell.
From West Seattle Be Prepared, the next thing to get into your bag:
Time to think about your medications. Often you will be able to set aside 2 or 3 pills and just renew a tiny bit early. So do not throw away your prescription bottles/containers this month; hold onto them and start putting your 3-day stash of pills in them, and then add to your kit. At a minimum, list your medications and put that in your bag. And don’t forget your children’s, seniors’, or pet’s medications.
Catch up with previous installments by going here. The most recent installment will always be linked atop the BIG STORIES list in the sidebar on the right side of WSB pages, through the end of this month.
(2011 WSB photo)
Another West Seattle holiday bazaar has opened signups for arts and crafts vendors. Just in:
Artists and crafters needed for the 4th Annual Schmitz Park Elementary Holiday Craft Fair!!
Saturday, December 7th, 10 am-3 pm
We are looking for local artists and craftspeople to participate as vendors at our 4th annual fair. There is a small table fee and we are asking for an item donation to our raffle in addition to the fee. No other commission will be involved. All proceeds will go to the Schmitz Park Elementary PTA General Fund. If you are an artist or craftsperson yourself, or know someone that is and may be interested in being a vendor, please contact Deb Cibene at email@example.com for more details.
Back in July, West Seattleite Jake Vanderplas wrote a letter to Seattle Bike Blog reporting a driver deliberately hitting him as he bicycled on 26th SW in North Delridge – ironically, a street transforming into a greenway thanks to efforts led by Vanderplas. Today, we learned (hat tip SeattlePI.com and WSB readers who pointed us there) that a criminal charge has been filed against the driver – second-degree assault with a deadly weapon. We’ve subsequently obtained the court documents:
(More Delridge fall colors, this time from Flickr member alextutu1821 via the WSB Flickr group)
Busy news day already, but we’re taking a minute to call out four things happening later today/tonight:
WSHS VS. SEALTH SOCCER: The girls-varsity soccer rematch is this afternoon, 3:30 pm at Hiawatha Playfield – division-leading West Seattle High School taking on crosstown rivals Chief Sealth International High School. (2700 California SW)
WEST SEATTLE COMMUNITY ORCHESTRAS: Music-maker in your family, young or not-that-young? The WSCOs welcome new members – just come to a weekly rehearsal; tonight marks week 2 for the current season. 5:30 pm at Chief Sealth IHS – see the WSCO website for full details. (2600 SW Thistle)
WEST SEATTLE CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL: How does King County Drug Court work? Find out from tonight’s featured guests. Also hear about crime trends from, and bring up your neighborhood concerns with, local police leadership. Meeting’s at 7 pm, Southwest Precinct meeting room. (Off Webster west of Delridge)
See the rest of what’s up today/tonight/beyond by browsing the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar!
West Seattle’s Engine 11 (in our photo) and Battalion 7 have just cleared the scene of a major house fire in White Center this morning, for which the Seattle Fire Department provided “mutual aid.” The fire caused major damage to a home in the 10000 block of 11th SW (map); full coverage including video is on our partner site White Center Now.
A West Seattle break-in last night has two young suspects in custody today. Here’s the report just published on SPD Blotter:
Two 13-year-old boys are in the Youth Services Center this morning following a burglary last night to a South Delridge apartment.
Last night, at about 11:30 pm, a man called 911 stating that he had just confronted two teenage burglars inside his residence in the 7900 Block of Delridge Way Southwest. After the confrontation, the suspects fled south out of the apartment.
A few minutes later, a Southwest Precinct officer arrived in the area and saw two teenage suspects matching the description provided by the victim get on a bus in front of the apartment complex. The officer detained the two while other officers contacted the victim.
(East-facing camera on the West Seattle Bridge; see other cams on the WSB Traffic page)
7:36 AM: Another foggy fall morning, with sun expected to take over later. Just checked around; nothing out of the ordinary reported on nearby routes so far.
8:52 AM: If you’re checking in from out of town and wondering how foggy is it – we tweeted this photo taken looking west at the 35th/Thistle stoplight, uphill stretch of Thistle out of sight:
Can't see the hill. http://t.co/QukI43ZDqx
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) October 15, 2013
East (behind us at the time), visibility was even lower in the Delridge vicinity. Drive slowly in these conditions – you can’t even see crosswalks (or people waiting to use them) until you’re just yards away.
9:15 AM: Stalled vehicle on northbound 99 near the stadiums, according to 911 log and scanner.