West Seattle, Washington
(Photos/video courtesy South Seattle College)
A student’s inspiring story keynoted tonight’s recordsetting “Gifts from the Earth” fundraiser at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor). Above, David Yama spoke to the sold-out crowd of 300. Here’s the full recap by SSC’s communications director Kevin Maloney:
South Seattle College announced tonight that the annual Gifts from the Earth fundraising event raised nearly $215,000, a new record in its 12-year history. Proceeds from the event benefit South’s Foundation in its mission to support South students and programs with scholarships, internships, emergency funding, tutoring, and more.
“Gifts from the Earth is an inspiring event where philanthropists and our sponsors come together for the common goal of supporting South students in their pursuit of a higher education and a fulfilling career,” South Seattle College President Gary Oertli said. “Their support has an enormous impact on our students’ ability to realize their dreams.”
South’s supporters started their night with a silent auction accompanied by appetizers and wines crafted by South’s Culinary Arts, Pastry and Baking Arts, and Northwest Wine Academy students and alumni. Next, the sold-out event moved to the Jerry M. Brockey Center, where guests enjoyed a multi-course meal created by 15 celebrity Northwest chefs (including South alumni). Students from the college’s culinary, wine and Hospitality Management B.A.S. programs helped the chefs prep, cook and serve.
A highlight of the evening came after dinner and a live auction, when South student David Michael Patrick Yama shared his story of emerging from poverty to succeeding in college with the help of a Foundation scholarship:
“I sought out a Foundation scholarship because I needed more money, but money was the smallest thing it gave me,” said Yama, who hopes to obtain a doctorate in biomedical engineering. “The greatest thing it gave to me was validation. Validation that I belong here, that I could succeed in school.”
Gifts from the Earth is made possible by the support of the following sponsors: Food Services of America (title sponsor), Boeing, Union Bank, Rebar and Associates, McGranahan Architects, GM Nameplate, QBSI, Interbay Food Company, WSECU, Vigor Industrial, The Gene Colin and Susan Janus Charitable Fund, Pedersen’s and Ferguson Construction.
(Watch SSC’s Facebook page for a photo gallery next week.) The college is headquartered on West Seattle’s Puget Ridge.
(Photos by Andy Clark, courtesy 350 Seattle)
Last year they sang downtown at a rally of concern about exploding oil trains; today, West Seattle brothers Aji and Adonis Piper were part of the “State of the Planet” event at City Hall. Though City Councilmember Mike O’Brien was on hand, this event was led by young sustainability ambassadors, campaigning for two initiatives – first, the Billion-Tree Challenge:
According to the young advocates supported by 350 Seattle, if each person in our state planted 150 trees, that would add up to a billion new ones, creating, advocates say, a “carbon bank” to get through the rest of this century. The other proposal discussed today: Climate-change-warning labels on gas-pump nozzles in Seattle, something like this:
The Northern California city of Berkeley passed an ordinance last November approving that type of label; San Francisco is reported to be considering it. Those who attended today’s event heard from Rob Shirkey, who has been campaigning for the pump labels in Canada. There is no formal proposal pending in Seattle yet.
em>By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog
This edition of our periodic feature The WSBeat contains summaries written from reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers – generally cases that (usually) have not already appeared here in breaking-news coverage or West Seattle Crime Watch reports, but that might at least answer the question “what WERE all those police doing on my block?” Or on the bridge, or the beach, or …
*Early on the morning of the 17th, a man heard a bang outside his home in the 2700 block of 46th SW. He contacted three males who were standing around his car. (The car door was open.) The three walked away and the victim followed them to a grocery on California Avenue. Officers found the three hiding in the rooftop parking lot. One, a 15-year-old who lives in another part of Seattle, was booked into the Youth Service Center for investigation of vehicle prowling. A second, a 12-year old who does live in West Seattle, was a missing person, and already had two juvenile warrants; one for burglary and one for theft. He was booked for these warrants and for investigation of vehicle prowling. The third, a 14-year-old from downtown, was also a missing person with two juvenile warrants – one for burglary, one for possession of a stolen vehicle. He was booked for the warrants and for investigation of vehicle prowling.
*On the morning of the 20th, a 14-year-old Kent resident with a history of disruptive and intimidating behavior was arrested and booked into the Youth Service Center after striking and threatening to “cut” an Admiral-area store employee who had told him to leave the premises.
Five more summaries ahead:Read More
Happy 8th anniversary to Fitness Together-West Seattle (longtime WSB sponsor)! In the photo above, that’s FT-WS proprietor Bonnie Katz Sailors (center) and her team, based in a personal-training studio at 4546 California SW in The Junction. Announcing the anniversary on the FT-WS Facebook page, Bonnie and team said, “We started with a boom in 2007 and it’s been an incredible journey ever since. We always strive for an awesome team of trainers, and we are very proud of all the clients who make the big leap to come through our doors. We know it’s not easy!! A huge THANK YOU to all the clients and trainers who have made this studio a place to be proud of!!”
Two weeks ago, we featured video of the West Seattle band Woodland recording a song on the Water Taxi for a contest offering an appearance on NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concerts” series. Today, another West Seattle entry:
That’s Margaux LeSourd performing “The Piper.” Her husband Tom sent the link to her video of “The Piper,” explaining it’s her entry in the “Tiny Desk Concerts” contest and also her first video! As noted on the YT page for the clip, she explains:
I love the intimacy of Tiny Desk Concerts… as a musician it is something that both terrifies and touches me. That’s why I chose this song for the submission – I feel that in light of recent and ongoing national events, I have a responsibility to say something meaningful in this small, vulnerable space where people are truly listening.
Margaux teaches music in West Seattle and Georgetown. According to the NPR website, the winner will be announced on February 12th.
More than two dozen Puget Ridge neighbors of all ages hit the streets this morning for a community cleanup. Thanks to Amy Hallmon for sharing photos.
Something cool happening in YOUR ‘hood? Please let us know so we can share the news peninsula-wide!
9:10 AM: Thanks to Kyle for the tip: 42nd SW is closed from the main Jefferson Square entrance north to Alaska as the contractor for Equity Residential takes down the tower crane for its two-building Junction 47 project after almost 11 months. More to come.
10:03 AM: Photos added. The crew on scene told us they expect to finish sometime this afternoon – it’s gone a little faster than expected because of the size of the portable crane that was available to lift the sections over the eastern building and down onto 42nd so they can be trucked away.
This leaves two West Seattle projects with tower cranes right now – 4435 35th SW and 4745 40th SW. The next tower-crane installation will likely be at The Whittaker (4755 Fauntleroy Way SW), whose project team told us at the November groundbreaking that it will have two cranes, arriving sometime this quarter.
Good morning and happy weekend! Some of what’s up today/tonight:
LIONS CLUB PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Until 11 am, the West Seattle Lions invite you to their pancake breakfast at the Senior Center of West Seattle – just $6. (Oregon/California)
‘HEADBANGER’S BALL – MEET THE WOODPECKERS’: Get to Camp Long Environmental Learning Center by 9 am (early events are a good reason to browse our calendar well in advance!) for this free event – details in our calendar listing. (5200 35th SW)
THEN STAY AT CAMP LONG FOR … a 10 am-2 pm forest-restoration work party. Details here. (5200 35th SW)
RAINGARDEN PARTY: 10 am-noon, go to Southwest Branch Library to learn more about raingardens, cisterns, and other ways your garden can help keep Puget Sound clean. Treats too. Details in our calendar listing. (35th/Henderson)
LINCOLN PARK BIRDWATCHING: Another Seattle Parks environmental-learning program. 10:30 am, ages 8 and up. Bring your binoculars; meet the naturalist at the park’s south parking lot. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)
DUWAMISH LONGHOUSE ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: See our calendar listing for the full schedule of events as the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse celebrates its 6th anniversary, starting at 10 am. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)
HEALTH-CARE ENROLLMENT HELP: As previewed here last night, you can get help enrolling for health insurance, as well as other resources, at a free regional, multilingual event 2-6 pm at the South Park Neighborhood Center. (8201 10th Ave. S.)
LIVE MUSIC: Dave Holo Trio at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor; no cover), 5 pm; Gary Benson at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor; no cover), 7 pm; Groove Surfers at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor; no cover), 9 pm; Mott the Hoopla & more at the Benbow Room (cover), 9 pm.
AND OF COURSE, THERE’S MORE … on our calendar.
(added) P.S. If you’ve noticed sailboats off western West Seattle shores, it’s the Three Tree Point Yacht Club‘s Blake Island Race.
Ballard visited West Seattle High School on Friday night:
The Wildcat girls’ sizzling season (13-2) continued with another win, 57-33. Leading scorer (top photo), Emily Fiso with 16. Lydia Giomi was next with 12, then 10 from Izzy Turk (updated photo below):
Lexi Ioane had to sit out the second half with an iced ankle after a pileup toward the end of the first half, but head coach Sonya Elliott expects she’ll be OK for next week.
The WSHS boys-varsity team closed out the night with a victory, too – 47-35:
Another huge night (noted here) for the Wildcats’ Nate Pryor:
Head coach Keffrey Fazio‘s varsity team is now at 9-7 on the year.
For their first games next week, the Wildcat varsity teams will be at Bishop Blanchet – 7:30 pm Tuesday for the boys, 7:30 pm Wednesday for the girls.
West Seattle’s two biggest high schools had full slates of basketball home games Friday night. At Chief Sealth International High School, the Seahawks hosted Lakeside. First, the girls-varsity game:
Lakeside went away with the win 78-46, over head coach Katie Jo Maris‘s Seahawks:
Allison Hadaway and Sydney Thomas had 12 points each as top Sealth scorers.
In the nightcap, the Sealth boys stayed close for the first quarter and then Lakeside started to widen the gap.
(At right, Sealth’s Khaleef Griffin)
Final score, Lakeside 74, Sealth 57, for head coach Colin Slingsby and the boys’ squad. LJ Burns led Sealth scoring with 14. They play at Ingraham on Tuesday night, 7:30 pm; the girls will be at the same school, same time, on Wednesday night.
Thanks to the person who texted to let us know about this: Another early-morning power outage. This one is affecting 81 customers, according to Seattle City Light‘s outage map (desktop version here, mobile version here), in three spots – Roxhill and south of northeast Arbor Heights. SCL’s map says the cause is under investigation and estimates restoration time by 6 am, though we always caution, that’s a guess – could be sooner or later.