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Just got word that the Seattle City Council is about to consider calling for an annexation election in the “Sliver by the River” and “Duwamish Triangle” areas. Here’s the resolution that will be introduced by Councilmember Tim Burgess next Monday and then heard in the Education and Governance Committee on Wednesday. The council’s most recent discussion was last March, weeks after the Boundary Review Board rejected Tukwila’s annexation bid for the Duwamish Triangle.
- January 31, 2014
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- January 28, 2014
It’s for their future – and yours too! Help define greenspace priorities in South Park, at an event under way right now, until 8 pm (Tuesday, January 28th, in case you don’t visit TSPN often). Concord International Elementary teacher Kate Ayers and her fifth graders have been working on presentations for the meeting.
The meeting started with an open house until about 6, and then is moving into an interactive design exercise.
Organizers say even stopping by for a short time can be a big help – they’d like to have as much participation as possible in the process.
It’s happening at the SP Neighborhood Center, 8201 10th Avenue South.
If you can’t stop by the event – take the online survey, and check that same page for information on another public event coming up in March.
- January 27, 2014
9:50 PM: Fire and police have converged on the 1000 block of S. Thistle for an “assault-with-weapons” call. No other details yet – we’ll update as we find out more.
ADDED 9:56 PM: The victim was shot in the back, according to Seattle Police radio. They are looking for a suspect described as a black/Tongan man, mid-20s, about 6 feet tall, about 190 pounds, dark brown/curly hair, green and white football jersey, dark blue pants, and tennis shoes. He was last seen running south from the scene. If you have any information, call 911.
- January 23, 2014
The City of Seattle invites you to an Open House on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 from 6-8pm at Napoli Pizzeria in South Park (8600 14th Ave South) to discuss the current design phase for the Terminal 117 Adjacent Streets and Stormwater stage of the cleanup project. The City invites all local residents and business owners to hear about the current design plans and provide feedback prior to the planned Spring 2015 construction. Food and drinks will be provided.
For more information about the Terminal 117 cleanup, visit www.T117.com or contact project personnel at T117_Streets@seattle.gov or 1-877-999-T117 (8117).
- January 14, 2014
Tonight’s monthly South Park Neighborhood Association meeting is even more special than usual – it starts at 6 pm with a potluck (though if you cannot bring something, you’re advised not to let that stop you from coming, there’s usually more than enough for all attendees), and continues with the Unsung Hero awards. Come applaud the heroes and mingle with your neighbors, South Park Neighborhood Center, 8201 10th Avenue S.
- January 13, 2014
After Randy on Rose Street shared that photo with the South Park Yahoo! e-mail group, we asked for permission to publish it. South Park seemed less windswept during our stormy Saturday than neighboring West Seattle – which had almost 9,000 homes/businesses/buildings without power for hours, starting for most at 4:30 am – and yet, as this photo proves, it didn’t go untouched. Randy told the list, “(Saturday) about 2 p.m. a wooden utility pole broke and blew over on 8th Avenue S by S Monroe Street, fell across the street, blocking all traffic. No one was hurt, the wires stayed attached, so don’t think there were any power outages. City workers worked through the night to repair it. Quite dramatic.”
- January 10, 2014
SDOT has just announced work in South Park coming up next week:
On Tuesday through Friday, Jan. 14 to Jan. 17, crews will install bus bays at bus stops in South Park. For the first two days they will work on Fifth Avenue South from South Chicago to South Kenyon streets. Traffic will be flagged through the area. For the second two days they will work on Kenyon Street. They plan to work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
- January 8, 2014
South Park’s Providence Regina House food bank is the beneficiary of a citywide food drive being planned for January 18th in connection with this month’s annual tributes to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The nearest donation location is in West Seattle – but you can share the news with friends and family near all the locations. Here’s the official announcement:
On January 18, 2014, the Sea Mar Community Health Centers HealthCorps team, a grantee of the Corporation for National and Community Service, will host the 6th annual food drive in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Over 20 Community HealthCorps team members will be located at the following four Quality Food Centers (QFC) locations: QFC Harvard Market, QFC Rainier Ave, QFC White Center, and QFC University District. The team will be collecting non-perishable food items and baby care supplies. Last year, the food drive collected almost 3,000 pounds of donations. All donations will go directly to the Providence Regina House Food Bank, located in South Park.
Founded in 1995, Community HealthCorps is the largest health-focused, national AmeriCorps program that promotes healthcare for America’s underserved, while developing tomorrow’s healthcare workforce. During the 2010-2011 program year, Washington Community HealthCorps members directly served 18,085 people, of which almost 3,000 were enrolled in a health service program, over 4,500 received health education or supportive counseling, and 4,300 were provided case management services.
The Providence Regina House provides food, including non-perishable and perishable, clothing, and baby supplies, as well as health screenings, nutrition classes and planting seeds. The Providence Regina House has been serving South Park since 2003.
The community is invited to help by donating items at the listed QFC locations on January 18, 2014 from 10 am to 2 pm. Donations will only be accepted at the listed QFC locations on January 18th, 2014 from 10 am to 2 pm. Donations will not be accepted in advance and cannot be dropped off at alternate locations.
What: The 6th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Food Drive
· Join us to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy by supporting the AmeriCorps food drive at select QFC locations. All donations will benefit the Providence Regina House Food Bank in the South Park neighborhood.
Who: The Sea Mar Community Health Centers Community HealthCorps Team
When: January 18, 2014, 10AM – 2PM
Where: The following QFC locations:
· QFC Harvard Market – 1401 Broadway, Seattle, WA
· QFC Rainier – 2711 Rainier Ave S. Seattle, WA
· QFC Westwood Village – 2500 SW Barton St. Seattle, WA
· QFC University District – 2746 NE 45th St. Seattle, WA
- January 6, 2014
Just in this morning from King County Public Health:
If you’ve noticed more people are sick at work or at school, it might be the flu. Infections are on the rise locally, as seasonal influenza has gone from barely detectable levels in early December to widespread in King County.
“It’s easy to get complacent about the flu, since we see it every year, but it brings real hardship and dangers,” said Dr. Jeff Duchin, Chief of Communicable Disease Epidemiology & Immunization for Public Health – Seattle & King County. “Catching the flu can not only disrupt your life, it can be severe enough to send you to the hospital.”
Two noteworthy aspects of this year’s flu season:
Younger adults face a greater risk of severe illness than usual. Locally and across the US, healthcare providers are reporting an increase in severe influenza infections – requiring intensive hospital care for young and middle-age adults. The predominant strain circulating currently is influenza A H1N1, which happens to be the same one that led to the 2009 flu pandemic. This virus causes infections and severe illness in all ages, but compared to other influenza strains, it causes higher rates of illness and death among young and middle-age adults, including those with no underlying health conditions.
Pregnant women should get vaccinated at any stage of pregnancy. The flu vaccine is both safe and effective for pregnant women, including during the first trimester. Vaccinating during pregnancy protects not only the mother but the fetus and child as well. Newborn infants can’t be vaccinated until they’re six months old.
Anyone who lives with or cares for an infant younger than six months should also get vaccinated to protect the infant from getting flu.
Other members of the community at increased risk for severe influenza include the elderly and people who have long-term health problems, like diabetes, asthma, and heart or lung problems.
Flu vaccine is the best protection; other drugs also available
The flu vaccine is in plentiful supply, and it’s not too late to get vaccinated to reduce your chances of getting the flu. Influenza activity generally peaks in January or later in our region and continues circulating until spring.
“Anyone six months and older who has not yet been vaccinated this season should get an influenza vaccine now to reduce their risk of illness,” said Duchin.
Another important line of protection is antiviral drugs, especially for people with severe influenza or at high risk of complications. Antiviral treatment should be started promptly if you are pregnant or in a high-risk group and develop flu symptoms, including fever, cough, sore throat and muscle aches.
Where to get flu vaccine
Flu vaccine (shots and nasal spray) is available at many healthcare provider offices and pharmacies for those who have insurance or are able to pay for vaccination. Visit http://flushot.healthmap.org to help find locations.
If you don’t have insurance, you can find free or low-cost insurance through Washington Healthplanfinder. Other immunization assistance is available through the Family Health Line at 800-322-2588.
For more information, visit www.kingcounty.gov/health/flu.
- December 29, 2013
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Barring any last-minute delays, the opening of the new South Park Bridge is expected sometime this spring – that’s what King County has been saying for some time now. Today, courtesy of West Seattle photographer/pilot Long B. Nguyen, we have three new views of the new bridge, from above.
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The bridge’s control towers, which are wrapped in these views, are the focus of the county’s December update.
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New in the area? Or, for some other reason, never saw the old one? Check out the views from one of the reports in our West Seattle Blog coverage of its final hours three and a half years ago. At the time, construction of a replacement was not a sure thing, as full funding had not been amassed; that didn’t happen until three months later. Construction began in spring 2011. At the time it was hoped the new bridge would be done by now, but in November of last year, as we first reported here, the county disclosed a delay.