• May 18, 2015

Violent street robbery in South Park

From SPD Blotter:

Officers are searching for a group of men after a street robbery Monday afternoon in the South Park neighborhood.

Witnesses called 911 after hearing a single gunshot at 14th and S Donovan St. Officers arrived and found a 20-year-old man with a cut on his face, who said he had been pistol-whipped during an attempted robbery. The victim said the suspect fired a single shot before jumping into an early 2000s blue SUV. which sped away from the scene.

Officers are searching for the suspect’s vehicle, and are asking anyone with information about the case to call (206) 625-5011 to speak with an officer.

  • May 15, 2015

You can help! Volunteers needed for garden-building event in South Park

From Seattle Tilth – and note the call for volunteer help, if you can pitch in:

South Park residents and urban farming advocates are uniting forces to construct 37 garden beds for low income families in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood on Saturday, May 16. The goal is to make fresh food more accessible while reducing water pollution associated with pesticide and synthetic fertilizer use along the Duwamish River industrial corridor. South Park, a diverse neighborhood with many low income families, is considered a food desert with limited access to fresh food.
Building Gardens
This festive garden building event is called Spring Into Bed. Volunteers and community organizers will gather at Marra Farm at 9 a.m. and then head out to 16 sites to build gardens with participation from local families, volunteers and organizations. South Park resident Christine Makela received a King County Green Grant and has partnered with Seattle Tilth’s Just Garden program to make this project possible.

Spring Into Bed is creating a sense of community empowerment in South Park. In a collaboritve spirit, some homeowners are sharing their yards with families whoSpring Into Bed May 16 do not own their own homes. Over 100 volunteers and garden recipients will be working together to build gardens. After the gardens are built, everyone involved will gather to celebrate and share a meal.

Gardeners participate in organic gardening workshops and ongoing support offered by the Garden Hotline, a program managed by Seattle Tilth and sponsored by the City of Seattle and King County, to help ensure their success growing a bountiful harvest without the use of chemicals. Gardens are designed to reduce stormwater runoff at the locations where they’re installed.

Schedule
9 a.m. Meet at Marra Farm, 9026 4th Ave S.
10 a.m. Build gardens at various locations
1 p.m. Celebrate with a light lunch at Marra Farm!
3 p.m. Event ends

Spring Into Bed May 16
Volunteer
About 40 more volunteers are still needed to make this event a success — join in for wheelbarrows of fun! Sign up to volunteer.

Seattle Tilth’s Just Garden program builds gardens monthly for low income families and each spring and hosts a large scale garden building event. On June 20, gardens will be built in Kent and on July 18, Renton will be the location for building gardens.

  • May 13, 2015

Ready to shake up your commute? Sign up for ‘Communities in Motion’

Hurry! You have just a few more weeks to sign up for Metro’s “Communities In Motion” program:

Want to earn a free, ORCA card good for two weeks of unlimited travel and qualify for other prizes – in exchange for driving less? King County Metro is in the last few weeks of its “Communities in Motion” program in South Park, West Seattle, and White Center and looking for people who want to trade daily driving for more biking, walking and busing.

Through June 6, people who live or work in those three areas can sign up online and help reduce traffic congestion and boost the health of their community. The Metro In Motion team will be at events in your neighborhood soon and are happy to visit work and community centers upon request. Visit us online kingcounty.gov/inmotion.

How it Works

People aged 16 or older who live, work or attend school in the communities of South Park, West Seattle, or White Center, and have at least one car in your household are eligible to participate in Communities in Motion. To participate, go to kingcounty.gov/inmotion and select your neighborhood, then follow these steps.

Take the Pledge: agree to shift two or more round trips per week from drive alone to another option.

Choose your resources and rewards: request resources that will help you with your new transit, carpool, bike and walking trips, including an ORCA card good for two weeks of unlimited travel, transit schedules, bike maps, pedometers and more.

Log your trips and earn rewards: once you’ve pledged, log your trips online to be eligible for weekly prize drawings. Winners will receive a Safeway gift card valued at $50.

Tell us about your experience: take our follow up survey once the program has ended to be eligible for a gift card drawing.

  • May 11, 2015

Have you seen Kimo the dog? – FOUND

UPDATE: Kimo’s been found.

EARLIER:

Have you seen this missing dog? From his person: “Name is Kimo. Missing from South Park this morning. Please call 206-819-6599 – Email washaws@comcast.net”

  • May 8, 2015

Head west and shop West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day on Saturday!

If you need a few things … and/or just like to shop garage sales, rummage sales, yard sales, whatever you want to call them … head west and shop West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day tomorrow (9 am-3 pm, Saturday, May 9th)! Our partner site West Seattle Blog presents/coordinates WSCGSD, which this year has a record 340+ sales. The online map is here, and that page includes a link to a printable version (21 pages of sale descriptions and map sections).

  • May 7, 2015

South Park traffic alert: Highway 99 ramp closure this weekend

Just announced:

Drivers who use the southbound State Route 99 ramp to exit at 14th Avenue South and Des Moines Memorial Drive South should plan ahead for closures and detours this weekend for Clear Channel Outdoor tree cutting work.

Closure details
· Saturday, May 9, to Sunday, May 10 – The southbound SR 99 off-ramp to 14th Avenue South and Des Moines Memorial Drive South will be closed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

  • May 5, 2015

South Park, White Center, West Seattle nonprofits you can support during today’s GiveBIG donate-a-thon

Again this year, dozens of area nonprofits are participating in today’s GiveBIG one-day donate-a-thon coordinated by the Seattle Foundation. The money you give TODAY ONLY to any or all of the participating nonprofits goes beyond face value – it boosts their eligibility for a “stretch pool” of partial matching funds, to be distributed proportionately depending on how much each participating organization raises during GiveBIG, by 11:59 pm tonight.

MEGA-IMPORTANT: You **must** donate through the special pages all participants have on the GiveBIG website, NOT via the organizations’ own websites. So here’s our list of those special pages for participating South Park, White Center, and West Seattle-based or -founded/-connected nonprofits. The special links take you to pages on the Seattle Foundation website with background information, as well as the donation links to use for this one-day event. Please also note that some organizations require an extra step – the “go here” link takes you to their “fiscal sponsor” or parent organization and then you MUST write the local org’s name in the “comments” area. (P.S. Please let us know if we missed a WS, WC, or SP-based organization – post a comment or e-mail us ASAP at our company’s main mailbox, editor@westseattleblog.com, so we can check it out – thanks!)

ART FOR ANIMALS’ SAKEgo here

ARTS CORPSgo here

ARTSWESTgo here

CITIZENS FOR OFF-LEASH AREASgo here

DELRIDGE NEIGHBORHOODS DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATIONgo here

DENNY-SEALTH PERFORMING ARTSgo here

DISABILITY RIGHTS WASHINGTONgo here

DUWAMISH RIVER CLEANUP COALITION/TECHNICAL ADVISORY GROUP- go here

DUWAMISH ROWING CLUBgo here

DUWAMISH TRIBAL SERVICESgo here

EARTH MINISTRY - go here

EMPOWER MENTORING PROGRAMgo here

ENVIRONMENTAL COALITION OF SOUTH SEATTLEgo here

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE CENTERgo here

EXPLORER WEST MIDDLE SCHOOLgo here

FAUNTLEROY CHILDREN’S CENTERgo here

FEESTgo here

FREE2LUVgo here

FRIENDS OF SEALTH – IB SCHOLARSHIP FUND- go here

FURRY FACES FOUNDATIONgo here

HIGHLINE SCHOOLS FOUNDATION FOR EXCELLENCEgo here

HOLY ROSARY PARISH SCHOOL - go here

INVEST IN YOUTHgo here

K-5 STEM PTAgo here

KILLER WHALE TALESgo here

KING COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM FOUNDATIONgo here

KOL HANESHAMAHgo here

LEGAL COUNSEL FOR YOUTH AND CHILDRENgo here

MARRA FARM COALITIONgo here

MULTI-COMMUNITIES (M.I.C.) - go here

NATURE CONSORTIUMgo here

NAVOSgo here

NEIGHBORHOOD FARMERS MARKETSgo here

NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSEgo here

NONFICTION MEDIA- go here

NORTHWEST CENTERgo here

OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE SCHOOLgo here

PLUMBERS WITHOUT BORDERSgo here

PONGO PUBLISHINGgo here

PROVIDENCE MOUNT ST. VINCENT FOUNDATIONgo here

PUGET SOUNDKEEPER ALLIANCEgo here

REEL GRRLSgo here

ROOTS OF EMPATHY USA - go here

SAFE FUTURES YOUTH CENTERgo here

SCHOOL OF ACROBATICS AND NEW CIRCUS ARTSgo here

SEAL SITTERS - go here and in the comments area, write that you’re donating for Seal Sitters

SEA MAR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERSgo here

SEATTLE CHINESE GARDEN SOCIETYgo here

SEATTLE GLEE CLUBSgo here

SEATTLE PARKS FOUNDATIONgo here

SEATTLE POLICE FOUNDATIONgo here

SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATIONgo here

SEATTLE SINGLE PARENT ADVOCACY COUNSELING ENRICHMENTgo here

SEATTLE YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRASgo here

SENIOR CENTER OF WEST SEATTLEgo here and write “Senior Center of West Seattle” in the “comments” area

SOUTH PARK AREA REDEVELOPMENT COMMITTEEgo here

SOUTH PARK INFORMATION AND RESOURCE CENTERgo here

SOUTH PARK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONgo here

SOUTH PARK SENIOR CITIZENSgo here

SOUTH SEATTLE COLLEGE FOUNDATIONgo here

SOUTHWEST SEATTLE HISTORICAL SOCIETYgo here

SOUTHWEST YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICESgo here

SPORTS IN SCHOOLSgo here

TECHNOLOGY ACCESS FOUNDATIONgo here

TECHNOLOGY SERVICES CORPSgo here

THE CABIRIgo here

THE ILLUMINATIO PROJECTgo here and specify in the comments area that it’s for The Illuminatio Project

THE MISSION TO SEAFARERSgo here

THE SALVATION ARMY – KING COUNTYgo here

THE SERVICE BOARDgo here

THE VILLAGE OF HOPEgo here

THE WHALE TRAILgo here

THEATER SIMPLEgo here

TOTEM STARgo here

TRANSITIONAL RESOURCESgo here (TR’s board is matching the first $2,500 donated)

TWELFTH NIGHT PRODUCTIONSgo here

VIVACE CHAMBER PLAYERSgo here

WEST SEATTLE BE PREPAREDgo here and write the organization’s name in “comments”

WEST SEATTLE BLOCK WATCH CAPTAINS NETWORKgo here and write the organization’s name in “comments”

WEST SEATTLE FOOD BANKgo here

WEST SEATTLE HELPLINEgo here

WEST SEATTLE JUNCTION ASSOCIATIONgo here

WESTSIDE BABYgo here

WESTSIDE SCHOOLgo here

WESTSIDE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATIONgo here

WHITE CENTER COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATIONgo here

WHITE CENTER FOOD BANKgo here – and again this year, WCFB has an added event on GiveBIG day, Dine Out For Hunger:

Dine out on May 5, 2015, and these restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds to the White Center Food Bank!

Company Bar
Full Tilt Ice Cream (White Center location)
Mac’s Triangle Pub
Meander’s
Proletariat Pizza
Zippy’s Giant Burgers (White Center AND Georgetown locations)

These wonderful restaurants will donate to us through giveBIG, so their donations will be stretched and matched, too!

WHIT PRESSgo here

YES FOUNDATION OF WHITE CENTERgo here

WEST SEATTLE/FAUNTLEROY YMCAgo to the YMCA of Greater Seattle donation page and write in the comments that it’s for the West Seattle YMCA

YOUTH FOR SOCIAL JUSTICEgo here

YOUTH MEDIA INSTITUTEgo here

YOUTH VIOLENCE PREVENTION NETWORKgo here

YWCA OF SEATTLE-KING COUNTYgo here

  • May 1, 2015

Rainbow Bingo! Saturday night in South Park

The South Park Senior Center‘s next Rainbow Bingo is tomorrow (Saturday) night:

*Jello shots
*Costumes – come see who will be there as Queen Mab, queen of the fairies?
*Sylvia O’Stayformore
*$100 cash prize for one game, Gift cards plus cash for the others, too.

Preregistration at spseniors.com – come support a good cause even if you don’t get to meet the seniors (participants are 21 or over)

Beers, wines, food, raffle

SPSeniors.org

Bring friends or family or meet up with them
Doors open at 6:00 pm

Be there – 8201 10th Avenue S.

  • April 30, 2015

May 27th forum for City Council District 1 candidates – first one in South Park

checkbox.jpgThe next candidates’ forum for City Council District 1 will be the first one held in South Park. Just announced on the SP community mailing list, a 7 pm forum on Wednesday, May 27th, at the South Park Neighborhood Center (8201 10th Ave. S.). Organizers promise an “exciting and interactive event” with unique features including Spanish-language interpretation, voter registration, on-site child care, pizza, and a visit from a fire engine. It’s being organized by a committee of South Park community volunteers. This will be a week and a half after the filing deadline, so the final slate of candidates for the August 4th primary will be set.

SIDE NOTE: Coverage links via our partner site West Seattle Blog, from the three forums held so far, all in West Seattle (all of which we recorded on video):

–April 8th, presented by the 34th District Democrats @ The Hall at Fauntleroy
–March 14th, presented by VIEWS @ Senior Center of West Seattle
–February 5th, presented by WSB @ Highland Park Improvement Club

  • April 28, 2015

State Ecology accuses cargo-handling company of polluting Duwamish-feeding Hamm Creek

News release from the state Ecology Department:

A Seattle cargo firm faces a $14,000 fine for allowing stormwater with excessive levels of oil and silt to discharge to the North Fork of Hamm Creek, which flows to the Duwamish Waterway in Seattle.

Samson Tug and Barge operates a cargo handling facility at 9228 10th Ave. S. in Seattle. Ecology inspectors have repeatedly observed oily and muddy runoff from the 4.8-acre, partially paved yard, including during site visits in January, February and March of this year.

Samples of the facility’s direct stormwater discharge to the creek showed silt content more than a thousand times higher than acceptable levels. The stormwater also contained oil four times above the acceptable level.

The facility is subject to the state’s Industrial Stormwater General Permit.

Other permit violations at the site included:
· Failure to produce a stormwater pollution prevention plan, which should describe pollution controls specific to the site.
· Failing to provide an above-ground fuel tank with secondary containment to hold fuel in case of a spill or tank leak.
· Failure to immediately clean up petroleum spills and leaks.
· Allowing vehicles to track dirt onto 10th Ave. S. when exiting the facility.
· Unauthorized discharge of polluted stormwater onto 10th Ave. S., which also drains to the Hamm Creek North Fork.

“By disregarding the basic elements of the stormwater permit, Samson had virtually no measures in place to prevent and control water pollution,” said Kevin Fitzpatrick, regional supervisor for Ecology’s Water Quality Program. “That led to these violations, including one of the highest readings ever seen in Washington for muddy runoff from an industrial site.”

Oil products are toxic to fish and other aquatic and marine life. Silt particles in muddy water can damage fish gills and may carry metals that settle in sediments.

Samson may appeal the penalty to the Washington State Pollution Control Hearings Board.

The Lower Duwamish Waterway is listed as a federal Superfund site due to sediment contamination from PCBs and other compounds. Ecology and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency co-manage the cleanup of the site, which covers a 5-mile stretch along the waterway. Ecology’s industrial water compliance efforts support that cleanup.