West Seattle, Washington
A new playground at Louisa Boren STEM K-8 would benefit the Delridge neighborhood beyond the school community – and you can help make it happen. Here’s an update:
Louisa Boren’s Friends of a New Playground needs a show of community support and engagement to be eligible for a $50,000 grant that will be used to create a master plan for a school and community playground.
Currently, there are 20 volunteers that have pledged time and we need pledge support from at least 100 people. Volunteering, for this phase of the project, looks like attending meetings, providing feedback on designs, and donating supplies for meetings.
Children are encouraged to be a part of this process and they can be included in the volunteer pledge portion of the application, adding to the total hours that we need to reach to be considered for grant approval (and can count as volunteer hours for them as well!).
If you know of community members that want to see improvements to the Delridge Neighborhood, please share the link with them and get them to support our playground.
Please take a minute to fill out the online form to pledge volunteer time and support.
1. Sign up!
3. Show up!
For more information: email@example.com
When we first reported back in October on the plan for the West Seattle Food Bank and West Seattle Helpline to merge, some decisions were yet to be made – including what name the merged agency would use. That’s now been decided, as noted in an email update today from the Helpline – together they’ll be the West Seattle Food Bank, starting March 1st. The Helpline’s services, including emergency homelessness-prevention assistance and its clothing bank, will become part of WSFB – the organizations’ leaders promised no service cuts. They were also working on a fundraiser schedule and have announced that the big May WSFB gala, Instruments of Change, will continue as a fundraising dinner/auction for the merged agency. This year’s IOC is set for Saturday, May 9th – more details to come.
P.S. Lots of other fundraisers continue – this Saturday (February 8th), for example, you can support the Helpline by getting your hair cut during the annual Have A Heart Day at Illusions Hair Design (5619 California SW; WSB sponsor), 10 am-2 pm, with $10 off all haircuts, donating all proceeds to WSH. Make your appointment ASAP at 206-938-3675.
West Seattle/South Park City Councilmember Lisa Herbold has agreed to pay $500 to settle an ethics complaint. It stems from last fall’s appearance of an unhitched trailer on the street outside her Highland Park home, shortly after a former council candidate had threatened to tow RVs to councilmembers’ homes. The night it turned up, Herbold texted Police Chief Carmen Best to ask what to do, and the Ethics and Elections Commission said she shouldn’t have done that. The backstory, allegation, and even the texts are all in the settlement document, which you can read here (PDF) or below:
The trailer was eventually found to have belonged to a woman who had it towed there, near her family’s house. The settlement is expected to be finalized at the commission’s meeting tomorrow (4 pm at the Municipal Tower downtown).
What is the city doing to help Sound Transit inform residents about light-rail planning? That’s a spotlight topic at tomorrow’s monthly meeting of the District 1 Community Network, open to everyone interested in working on/hearing about key issues in West Seattle and South Park. This month’s meeting is in the lower-level community area at The Kenney (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW), starting at 7 pm Wednesday (February 5th). You can see the full agenda in our calendar listing. (Our coverage of January’s D1CN meeting is here.)
After selling their building at 5409 California SW, salon ef-fekts’ has moved to Burien. Here’s the announcement we just received from proprietor Missy Wheat:
To the Wonderful Community of West Seattle,
We just wanted to let you all know that we so appreciated your amazing support and love for salon, ef-fekts’. We loved being a part of the community for the last 24 years. We made the hard decision back in November to sell our building; the sale closed on January 24th.
Does that mean the end of salon, ef-fekts’?? Absolutely Not!!! As many of you know, 8 years ago my husband fell and crushed his spinal cord. As a result he has become permanently disabled. These last few years have been quite daunting, so we made the decision to sell our building and downsize.
Our house, which used to be a duplex, will now host our new salon. It has its own entrance and plenty of parking. Our new location, which will be “by appointment only,” is 700 SW 131st St. Burien, which is exactly 7 miles from our current location. Our phone number is
the same 206 935-7050; our email is firstname.lastname@example.org, and our website
We are very sad about leaving West Seattle but very Excited to share our new salon with you.
Please know we have appreciated your patronage and we hope to continue our relationship. You all have become very dear to us and we consider you more than a client but dear friends.
You all…. especially those that live in West Seattle will be glad to know….The building will stay as it is and will not be developed into more condos with no parking…So this charming building we have called home for the last 24 years will stay standing as it is!
Here’s what we published in 2015, when the salon celebrated its 20th anniversary.
Thanks to Emily for photographing The West Seattle Turkey last weekend – we saved the pic for an encore of #TurkeyTuesday. Meantime, here’s what’s up for the rest of this snow-sprinkled day:
HOMEWORK HELP: Students K-12 are welcome to drop by High Point Library 4-7:30 pm to talk with volunteers ready to offer encouragement and support. (3411 SW Raymond)
HIGHLAND PARK ELEMENTARY OPEN HOUSE: Prospective families are invited to visit Highland Park Elementary 6:30-7:30 pm. (1012 SW Trenton)
1. What are good small projects for 2020 Y”our Voice Your Choice” funding for streets and parks?
2. What could we tell SDOT and SPR to help them improve the YVYC process to achieve the City’s goals of more equitable and broad participation?
All welcome. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)
10:13 AM: That light snow that’s been a possibility for the past day-plus has finally shown up. The National Weather Service says it’s in the forecast until late afternoon, but isn’t expecting much if any accumulation.
12:46 PM: The light snow continues, but it’s not even sticking to parked cars.