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Got a story to tell about The Mount’s famous Intergenerational Learning Center? 6 days left to enter essay contest

(File photo)

The Mount is looking for stories about its renowned preschool program, with an essay contest that runs through the end of this week. Here’s the invitation:

Providence Mount St. Vincent is offering cash awards to winners of a new essay contest open to parents and graduates of its internationally recognized Intergenerational Learning Center (ILC).

Thirty years ago, Providence Mount St. Vincent, fondly known as The Mount, created a ground-breaking program that brings together the very young and the very old in one place, through its intergenerational program model at the on-site Intergenerational Learning Center. The program has been recognized around the world and imitated for its innovative approach to child care and intergenerational bonding. A documentary film and word of The Mount’s intergenerational program has resulted in national and international media coverage and study visits from around the world.

This year The Mount is celebrating this program with the Turner Intergenerational Essay Awards. Named for Dyke R. Turner, the visionary architect who was key in inspiring and designing the program and spaces in 1991, the essay contest invites parents and graduates of the ILC to write about how their time at the center has impacted their lives.

The Mount is offering $1,000 first place awards and $250 second and third place awards in four age categories. Essays are due by Feb. 28, 2020.

Writers should submit an essay of no more than 500 words about how their experience at the ILC shows up in their life, or their child’s life today. Complete the entry form, found online at providence.org/themount/turnerawards, and mail or email the completed form and essay to: ann.martin@providence.org or Ann Martin, Providence Mount St. Vincent, 4831 35th Ave SW, Seattle, WA. 98126.

Parents of students too young to write could work with their child to create an essay together as a fun at-home project.

The team at the Mount is looking forward to reading all the stories, especially those that demonstrate a greater compassion for elders, diverse populations and showcase their experiences within such a wonderful community setting.

“We hear anecdotal stories all the time about how students who have attended the ILC demonstrate a certain comfort with elders or those with limited abilities and also students who later seek a career in healthcare or service following their early years of learning at The Mount,” said Molly Swain, The Mount’s Foundation and Public Relations Director. “What lessons from this experience do they carry through life? We’re looking forward to reading stories about specific memories from the ILC or times when their intergenerational learning experience called them to respond in a more accepting or compassionate way, particularly with an elder.”

First place winning essays will be featured at The Mount’s President’s dinner on March 19, 2020, at The Sanctuary at Admiral in West Seattle. All essays will be archived as part of the ILC program’s history and will be used to document the benefits of the ILC program on its graduates and the community.

10 notes for your West Seattle Saturday!

(Photo by Susan Romanenghi)

Welcome to the weekend!

NEW ROUTE FOR BUSES: Reminder that today is the start date for the Columbia Street Transit Pathway downtown – see the map in the original announcement; see the service advisory here.

POLAR PLUNGE, PLUS BEER AND FOOD TRUCKS: 8 am-4:30 pm, it’s a fundraising extravaganza for Special Olympics of Washington – 11 am-4:30 pm beer and food-truck festival, 1 pm plunge into Puget Sound. Here’s the schedule:

8:00 am: Registration open
9:00 am: Vendor booths open
10:00 am: DJs on main stage
11:00 am: Beer festival and food trucks open
12:10 pm: Awards and Costume Contest begin
1:00 pm: PLUNGE!
4:00 pm: Last call for beer
4:30 pm: Beer and food festival closes

Registration info here, along with brewery and food-truck lists! It’s all happening by the Alki Bathhouse. (2701 Alki SW)

RAINWISE FEST: 10 am-noon at Highland Park Improvement Club:

Come to this hands-on event to learn about rain gardens and stormwater management, meet neighbors who love their cisterns and rain gardens, and talk with contractors who are ready for new clients. See how cisterns, rain gardens and permeable paving at HPIC manages rainwater runoff from their property. Learn the basics for rain garden and cistern care at a hands-on maintenance workshop. Open to the public. Refreshments available.

(1116 SW Holden)

FREE TAX HELP: 10 am-4:30 pm at Southwest Library, (updated) – appointment required and we’re told they’re all booked up today but for future reference, here’s how it works! (9010 35th SW)

LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: Head to Alki to visit the home of West Seattle’s history! Open noon-4 pm today. (61st SW/SW Stevens)

TIN DOG BREWING ANNIVERSARY: 2-8 pm party celebrating its 6th anniversary and a new identity, explained here. (309 S. Cloverdale)

‘GAME NIGHT’: At Paper Boat Booksellers, 4-7 pm, it’s “Game Night with The Missing Piece” – the owners of the upcoming game venue will be there for a playful preview. All welcome. (6040 California SW)

(Friday sunset, photographed by Theresa Arbow-O’Connor)

AT C & P COFFEE: Live music! Guitarist/composer Damon Buxton, 7-9 pm. No cover. All ages. (5612 California SW)

AT THE PACIFIC ROOM: Xavier Lecouturier live, 7-10 pm. Cover and show info here. (2808 Alki SW)

AT THE SKYLARK: Live music! Skularoid Presents: Primary Pulse with Oceans Fade & Fragile Weapons. 8 pm. $8 cover. 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

Got something for our calendar? Send info to westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!

BASKETBALL: West Seattle High School boys’ season ends with district-tournament loss

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

An exciting season for the West Seattle High School boys’ basketball team ended tonight with a district-tournament loss to Bellevue HS at Bellevue College, 54-34. The low point total was the result of cold shooting as much as anything; though they played largely tight defense, Bellevue kept managing to find a hole in it, often with someone then sinking a 3-pointer from a corner unchallenged. The cheering section that had traveled across the lake didn’t have much to cheer after the first quarter.

The Wildcats led the Wolverines 11-9 going into the second quarter. First to score in the game was freshman #24 Chase Clifton, who led all WSHS scoring with 12 points.

Next was senior #13 Vlad Salaridze … and those were the only two Wildcats in double digits. Third in WSHS scoring was sophomore #1 Isaiah Watts, with four points.

One other complication – the refs were not shy about calling fouls, and Bellevue wound up with many foul shots. One West Seattle player, senior #15 Xavier Giomi, eveb fouled out, with three minutes left in the third quarter. Overall, it just wasn’t West Seattle’s night – with a 23-14 deficit at the half, and 39-27 after the third.

(Seniors #3 Sage Nelson and #2 Abdi Jama)

The Wildcats never gave up, but by the fourth quarter, Bellevue could afford to just keep running down the shot clock, and time finally ran out. The team finished with a 13-12 record in head coach Dan Kriiey‘s first season:

That included a 6-game win streak in December.

CRIME WATCH: White Center shooting; West Seattle burglary attempt

Two Crime Watch notes tonight:

WHITE CENTER SHOOTING: Thanks for the tips on this. One person was found in White Center tonight with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, after deputies responded to a report of shots heard near 16th/Roxbury. The story’s on our partner site White Center Now.

BURGLARY ATTEMPT: We asked SPD about this early-morning incident near 34th/Morgan. Their summary:

Officers responded to the 6300 block of 34th SW for a reported burglary in progress at about 2:15 am this morning. According to the victim, an unknown person attempted to enter the house via the dog door. The homeowner was able to scare off the suspect before they got inside. According to the victim, the suspect, possibly two, fled the area before the officers arrived. Officers conducted a thorough search of the area, but did not locate the suspect(s).

Bricks, stones, and noise @ Alki Community Council

From last night’s Alki Community Council meeting:

FADED BRICKS AT ALKI STATUE OF LIBERTY PLAZA: The inscribed bricks at the plaza are harder than ever to read. Libby Carr, who led the original community campaign to create the plaza more than a decade ago, was at the ACC to discuss the situation. She said many things have been tried and proposed in recent years, since it’s a long-running problem; the bricks were treated in 2018, but that hasn’t stopped the deterioration. Potential coatings will be tried once the weather warms up. However, there’s also a possibility the bricks will have to be replaced. Carr said she had spoken with an Olympia engraver who told her about newer materials and engraving techniques that could last longer.

STONE HOUSE UPDATE: Members of the committee working to save and move the “stone house” from the future development site at 1123 Harbor SW provided an update.

Mike Shaughnessy said that they’re looking toward moving the house in June or July; that will cost about $60,000. It would be moved to a temporary spot on the industrial land east of Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor) and would likely be held there about two years while work on restoration and permanent placement continues, including fundraising. They’ve continued talking with Parks; Shaughnessy says that’s been positive so far. While – as discussed at last month’s Parks Board meeting – a Parks site might be possible for the stone house’s permanent home, the committee is searching for other options too. In Q&A they were asked if the house is holding up well enough to withstand a move. Answer: Yes. The biggest question is its permanent placement, and finding a site that, for example, won’t be underwater in 50 years. The committee, by the way, meets weekly.

POLICE UPDATE: Lt. Steve Strand from the Southwest Precinct was there; he said the formal Alki emphasis-patrol plan will go into effect when the weather warms up. He said they’ve already been dealing with some seasonal problems – noise from vehicle enthusiasts, for example. He urged residents to keep reporting problems when seen/heard. He also noted that officers from here are among those citywide taking turns supplementing patrols downtown, though it’s being done in a way that’s not having much effect on day-to-day resources.

The Alki Community Council meets third Thursdays most months, 7 pm at Alki UCC.

AT ALKI: Super Plunge today, Polar Plunge tomorrow

More than a dozen Special Olympics of Washington supporters just spent a long soggy day going into the water at Alki twice an hour.

This was the Super Plunge, a preview of sorts for tomorrow’s Polar Plunge. Everybody participating – mostly law enforcers – raised at least $1,500 in order to qualify as a Super Plunger. There’s still time for you to be a Polar Plunger if you show up in time for the plunge at 1 pm Saturday.

Just look for the “igloo” by Alki Bathhouse!

Don’t want to swim but do want to support Special Olympics? On Saturday, in connection with the Polar Plunge, there’s also a beer and food-truck festival, 11 am-4:30 pm, as previewed here.

FOLLOWUP: Curious about Seattle Police staffing, recruiting? Here’s a preview of upcoming briefing

When District 1 City Councilmember Lisa Herbold spoke to the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce a week ago (WSB coverage here), she noted that the committee she chairs was scheduled for a February 25th briefing on Seattle Police staffing and recruiting. With that now four days away, the agenda has arrived, and it includes two documents you can preview. Above is the slide deck outlining what SPD is doing to recruit more officers and to diversify the force; below, the council staff memo with information including current SPD staffing levels

The memo also includes current levels of patrol staffing in SPD’s five precincts. Southwest – which covers West Seattle and South Park – remains the smallest patrol staff, at 89, compared to 116 for East, 127 for South, 153 for West, and 171 for North. The briefing/discussion will be part of the Public Safety and Human Services Committee meeting at 9:30 am Tuesday.

SEEN OFF WEST SEATTLE: USS Nimitz, heading home

Thanks for the texted photo/tip! That’s the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), in view off West Seattle right now as it heads back to Bremerton after almost six weeks at sea.

BIZNOTE: Junction salon owner moving, downsizing

After more than 20 years in The Junction, The Forsythe Studio is closing.

Sort of.

Proprietor Jessica Forsythe explains that while she’s closing the salon at 4456 California SW at month’s end, she’s not going out of business – she’s moving and “downsizing.” She and a partner will open Modern Roots in The Admiral District (the former Via space at 4217 SW College) on March 3rd.

Her Forsythe Studio stylists are moving on to new gigs, too, she says, and if you need to find someone, just call Jessica and she’ll point you to the right place(s). She says she’s keeping the Forsythe Studio’s longtime phone number, 206-935-1865.

99 TUNNEL: Southbound closure added next weekend for repairs

(WSDOT photo, February 14)

The weekly SDOT lookahead (PDF), which often brings first word of key WSDOT closures too, arrived with news of an added Highway 99 tunnel closure described as being for “repairs,” 10 pm next Friday (February 28) to 8 am next Saturday (February 29). We asked WSDOT spokesperson Laura Newborn if the repairs are related to the water leak from the southbound tunnel’s ceiling. She said yes, elaborating;

The purpose of the closure purpose is two-fold.

1. For the tunnel contractor to repair and reseal a small grout-port where water is leaking (the tunnel is under warranty).

2. To complete regularly scheduled tunnel maintenance from Friday, Feb. 14 as crews spent maintenance time creating a temporary repair for the water leak.

We want to emphasize this is considered a minor leak with a straightforward repair plan. The tunnel remains very safe for driving.

The repairs involve re-grouting the area near a grout port and resealing the grout port. During construction, these types of ports were used to add grout to the area between the ground and the outside of the tunnel wall.

Again, that’s next Friday night, NOT tonight. The NB tunnel, meantime, has a regular maintenance closure March 13 (10 pm)-14 (8 am).

MYSTERY SOLVED: About that smoke seen across the Sound

(Thursday photo by Gary Jones)

Lots of questions on Thursday about that smoke visible from West Seattle, looking across Puget Sound to the Olympic Mountains’ foothills. Some were sure it was an early wildfire, but we and others searched for info, to no avail. We finally inquired with the Olympic National Forest and got a reply this morning: Pile-burning, from clearing of private land.


From Kathleen:

My 17′ Vision (Current Designs) sea kayak was stolen in West Seattle (on Delridge Way SW near SW Andover St). It has a light blue faded top with a navy blue stripe above the white hull. I noticed it missing when I came home from lunch (Thursday).

The SPD report # is 2020-902478.

Your West Seattle Friday highlights are here!

(Bald Eagle, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Almost the weekend! Here are the Friday highlights:

‘SUPER PLUNGE’: One day before the Special Olympics-benefiting Polar Plunge at Alki, 16 “Super Plungers” are going into the water twice hourly until 5 pm. Look for them near the Alki Bathhouse and go cheer! (2701 Alki SW)

DUWAMISH LONGHOUSE AND CULTURAL CENTER: Open 10 am-5 pm – visit on this last day of midwinter break and learn about Seattle’s First People. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

BASKETBALL: West Seattle High School‘s must-win boys-basketball district-playoffs game is tonight, 6:30 pm, vs. Bellevue HS, at Bellevue College. (3000 Landerholm Circle SE)

PAUL GERARD: Singer-songwriter at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. No cover. All ages. (5612 California SW)

JONAS MYERS TRIO: Jazz at The Pacific Room on Alki, 8-10 pm. No cover.(2808 Alki SW)

ALBUM RELEASE PARTY: 8 pm at The Skylark, celebrate with Deadbeat Blackout. $8 cover. 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

LOOK AHEAD! Preview the weekend and beyond via our complete calendar!

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday watch & weekend reminders

(SDOT MAP with travel times/ Is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE/ West Seattle-relevant traffic cams HERE)

6:50 AM: Good morning! No current incidents/alerts in our area.

Weekend reminders:

1ST AVENUE S. BRIDGE CLOSURES: Tonight and Saturday night, the northbound 1st Avenue S. Bridge is scheduled to close, 9 pm-8 am both nights.

NEW TRANSIT PATHWAY STARTING TOMORROW: The new pathway into downtown for most West Seattle bus routes opens tomorrow (Saturday, February 22nd), as announced earlier this month. See the official service advisory for the affected routes here (PDF). The new pathway/stops map is also in our coverage of Wednesday’s media event there.

CIRCUS TIME: Big fun under the big top to boost Highland Park Elementary

The Highland Park Elementary PTA invites you to step right up and join the party under the big top at Highland Park Improvement Club on March 21st. Here’s why:

We’ve worked hard on this event! Last year we turned HPIC into Alice and Wonderland with a full-size rabbit hole and fantasy land that blew guests away. The parents have outdone themselves this year with an amazing big-top-based off the book “Night Circus” and we are really hoping to reach our $20K fundraising goal to support the enrichment activities for our kids that our Title 1 school can’t regularly provide as well as family nights that provide culturally inclusive events and community building – the heart of what our school values.

Join us for at the Night Circus!
Highland Park Elementary Fund the Future Auction
Single tickets: $40

Saturday, March 21, 2020 – Highland Park Improvement Club

Tent opens at 5:30 PM…

This after-dark extravaganza brings the magic of the big top to Highland Park. Step right up to the center ring for an evening of midway games, spectacular performers, tasty carnival treats, and a show-stopping auction!

Although this fantastical circus is just for grown-ups, all proceeds go toward much needed enrichment activities for the amazing students of Highland Park Elementary. As a Title 1 school, we have a rich diversity of cultures, languages and socioeconomic backgrounds but need community support to help fund the additional academic programs and vital community engagement events that our students deserve.

Circus apparel highly encouraged but come ready to be entertained and inspired, all for a good cause!

Get your ticket today here!

Can’t attend but would like to help fund our students’ futures? Donate here!

We appreciate our local business support! If you’d like to make our auction even more amazing by donating an item and be recognized as a community sponsor, visit here!

TRAFFIC/UTILITY ALERT: Seattle City Light work at California/Findlay

On our way to The Whale Trail‘s event tonight at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), we noticed the usually well-lit intersection of California/Findlay was dark. Then we got a Twitter message about it during the meeting. We advised reporting it to Seattle City Light – that apparently had already happened, as we noticed those crews arriving just as we left C & P. Their work is focused near the southbound RapidRide stop on the southwest corner of the intersection, so be careful if you’re headed that way – in any mode – tonight.

HEALTH: Seattle Parks steps up cleaning frequency ‘to prevent the spread of viruses’

With so many Seattle Parks facilities and properties in West Seattle, this announcement might be of interest:

As a best practice to prevent the spread of viruses during this cold and flu season, and in response to general concerns over Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is increasing custodial cleaning efforts at our facilities, including community centers and pools.

SPR is implementing these measures to support basic good cleaning and hygiene care at our high-traffic public facilities, and not in response to a specific exposure risk.

In addition to our already-established custodial routines, we will be implementing the following measures:

SPR will install Hand Sanitizing stations in lobby areas at our public facilities

SPR will increase the number of times that the following high-traffic areas are sanitized, with custodians sanitizing these areas three times during their shift:

-Bathroom countertops, stall handles, and flushing devices
-Entry/exit door handles and surrounding areas
-Lobby desk tops

The full Parks post also includes general advice for helping prevent viruses from spreading.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Gym theft; bike dumped

Three reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:

GYM THEFT: CrossFit Loft in The Junction reports a member’s wallet was stolen yesterday afternoon and within an hour, what was in it was used to buy gift cards and a variety of other things. The two suspects were recorded. If you have any idea about who they are, the SPD case # is 2020-063954.

DUMPED BICYCLE: This photo and report are from RLS:

This bike has been dumped in the alley between 25th and 26th SW at Cloverdale.

PAW-RADE 2020: A reason to register your pet today

Somebody somewhere declared this “National Love Your Pet Day,” so in honor of that, the West Seattle Junction Association has opened registration for the third annual PAW-rade, set for Saturday, July 18th, right before the West Seattle Grand Parade. Free! Prizes! See the categories on the registration form. Then show up at 4400 California SW on PAW-rade day and show off for thousands!

BIZNOTE: Jiffy Lube finally reopens, post-fire

Thanks for the tip! A texter today pointed out that Jiffy Lube in The Junction had finally reopened, so we went over to confirm. The oil-change shop’s staff told us it reopened on Monday, seven and a half months after it was closed by an early-morning fire last July. SFD was unable to determine how the fire started; no one was hurt.

LIGHT RAIL: If your boat or business uses the Duwamish River, Sound Transit has questions for you

(Sound Transit maps of what’s under consideration for light-rail routing)

Next up as Sound Transit continues environmental studies for the West Seattle to Ballard light-rail extensions, a survey announced today:

We are studying multiple route alternatives, which include a new rail-only bridge across Salmon Bay, either east or west of the existing Ballard Bridge and a new rail-only bridge across the Duwamish Waterway, either north or south of the existing West Seattle Bridge.

Sound Transit is collecting data on vessels that utilize these waterways and facilities that service vessels to help inform the environmental review analysis and support coordination with the U.S. Coast Guard regarding any potential bridge permits.

How can you help? Please share information about your vessel(s) or ones that you pilot by completing this survey by March 17, 2020.

You can do that by going here.

5 ways to spend the rest of your West Seattle Thursday

(Photographed Wednesday from Lincoln Park, by Susan Romanenghi)

Another sunny day! Here’s our quick look at what’s ahead:

LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: The home of West Seattle’s history is open noon-4 pm – side-trip idea if this midwinter school break day is taking you to Alki. (61st/Stevens)

GAME NIGHT WTTH THE TIMEBANK: The West Seattle Timebank invites you to a potluck and game-night gathering, 6:30 pm at the Senior Center/Sisson Building. (4217 SW Oregon)

ALKI COMMUNITY COUNCIL: Tonight’s agenda topics include the “Stone House” relocation project and Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza, 7 pm at Alki UCC. All welcome. (6115 SW Hinds)

THE WHALE TRAIL: As previewed here, you’re invited to the midwinter gathering to hear about how to help the orcas. 7 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor). $5 donation, kids free. (5612 California SW)

AT THE SKYLARK: 7 pm, live music with KizMet, Lucia Luna, Lizzie Clauss. $8 cover. 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

LOOK INTO THE FUTURE … via the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar!

BASEBALL: The West Seattle High School team has two reasons for you to go to T-Mobile Park

Here are two reasons the West Seattle High School baseball team would love to see you at the big stadium. Just out of the WSB inbox:

West Seattle HS vs Ballard HS in the High School Baseball Classic at T-Mobile Field
4 pm, Saturday, April 4th, 2020

The WSHS Baseball team is also selling tickets to the Mariner’s game on May 29th at 7:10pm vs the Atlanta Braves at T-Mobile Park.

100 level tickets – $40 each (down the first=base line)
300 level tickets – $20 each (behind home plate)

To buy tickets, contact Sheree at tombiz@comcast.net

The season starts in mid-March.