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).

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.

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 GROUPgo 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 FUNDgo 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 MEDIAgo 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

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.

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

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.

King County Sheriff’s Office K-9 killed on Highway 599

The King County Sheriff’s Office is mourning Jimmy the K-9 officer, who was hit and killed overnight. Here’s the KCSO news release:

Early this morning, King County Sheriff’s Office K9 Jimmy died after being struck by a vehicle along SR 599 in South Park. Jimmy was not tracking at the time. He was a two-year-old black German Shepherd that had been working with the Sheriff’s Office since November 2014.

At about 1 am, Deputy Travis Brunner and his partner K9 Jimmy were at Cecil Moses Park in Tukwila getting some exercise while on shift, as they had done many times. Jimmy had his harness and strobe light on but got through a break in a chain link fence and out onto the highway where he was hit by a semi truck. The truck did not stop, unknown if the driver even knew what occurred.

Spoken up about the draft Transportation Levy yet? South Park coffee chat coming up; online meeting; survey…

The city is hoping to hear from you before tweaks are made to the draft Transportation Levy to Move Seattle announced last month. This update includes three major ways you can do that, including one happening right here in South Park:

In March 2015, Mayor Ed Murray introduced a proposal for a nine-year, $900 million levy to replace the existing $365 million Bridging the Gap levy that will expire at the end of 2015. The Transportation Levy to Move Seattle proposal focuses on taking care of the basics, maintaining our streets, bridges, and sidewalks, while also investing in the future with improvements that will provide more transportation choices to move more people and goods around our growing city.

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has held three open houses since introducing the levy proposal across the city, and presented it to numerous community and business organizations, in addition to city advisory boards and commissions.

Over the next three weeks, SDOT will host an additional round of opportunities for the public to learn about the proposal and provide feedback. “It’s our goal to include community priorities in this importation transportation proposal that Mayor Murray will submit to the City Council in May,” said Seattle Department of Transportation Director Scott Kubly.

Here are ways to participate:

1. Take the survey (it is available in multiple languages) to share your transportation priorities at: moveseattlesurvey.com

2. Participate in an online meeting where you’ll hear from SDOT Director Scott Kubly and have the opportunity to ask questions on Monday, April 20 from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Please click here to sign up.

3. Join SDOT Director Scott Kubly for coffee and informal conversation:

• South Park: Via Vadi Caffèe 8600 14th Avenue S on Monday, April 20, 8 to 9 a.m.

City staff will also be providing information and seeking feedback around the city at various locations including farmers markets, community centers, and other public places. For the full list of engagement opportunities and more information on the levy proposal, visit: www.seattle.gov/levytomoveseattle

After Mayor Murray transmits his proposal to the City Council, the Council will deliberate and engage the public throughout the spring. For a levy to be considered for inclusion on the November ballot, the City Council will need to send a final proposal to King County by early August.

South Park Senior Center’s next Rainbow Bingo: May 2nd

From the online announcement:

Sylvia’s Rainbow Bingo
Saturday, May 2, 2015
7pm (Doors open at 6 pm)
South Park Neighborhood Center
8201 10th Ave S

Now in South Park! Join us for a fun-filled evening of bingo. This event will support programs for seniors within the South Park area. And join us for Dinner.

Sylvia O’Stayformore will be our caller! Enjoy an evening of great food, snacks, and bingo fun.

Theme: MAY DAY
Dress to match the theme!

Fire response in industrial South Park – but no sign of fire

If you’re wondering about the big Seattle Fire response to 7700 2nd Avenue South – so far, while they’re finding a “water flow” inside the building, they’re not finding any sign of smoke or fire, so most of the units are being dismissed.