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).
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.
· 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, email@example.com, so we can check it out – thanks!)
ART FOR ANIMALS’ SAKE – go here
ARTS CORPS – go here
ARTSWEST – go here
CITIZENS FOR OFF-LEASH AREAS – go here
DELRIDGE NEIGHBORHOODS DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION – go here
DENNY-SEALTH PERFORMING ARTS – go here
DISABILITY RIGHTS WASHINGTON – go here
DUWAMISH RIVER CLEANUP COALITION/TECHNICAL ADVISORY GROUP– go here
DUWAMISH ROWING CLUB – go here
DUWAMISH TRIBAL SERVICES – go here
EARTH MINISTRY – go here
EMPOWER MENTORING PROGRAM – go here
ENVIRONMENTAL COALITION OF SOUTH SEATTLE – go here
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE CENTER – go here
EXPLORER WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL – go here
FAUNTLEROY CHILDREN’S CENTER – go here
FEEST – go here
FREE2LUV – go here
FRIENDS OF SEALTH – IB SCHOLARSHIP FUND– go here
FURRY FACES FOUNDATION – go here
HIGHLINE SCHOOLS FOUNDATION FOR EXCELLENCE – go here
HOLY ROSARY PARISH SCHOOL – go here
INVEST IN YOUTH – go here
K-5 STEM PTA – go here
KILLER WHALE TALES – go here
KING COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM FOUNDATION – go here
KOL HANESHAMAH – go here
LEGAL COUNSEL FOR YOUTH AND CHILDREN – go here
MARRA FARM COALITION – go here
MULTI-COMMUNITIES (M.I.C.) – go here
NATURE CONSORTIUM – go here
NAVOS – go here
NEIGHBORHOOD FARMERS MARKETS – go here
NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE – go here
NONFICTION MEDIA– go here
NORTHWEST CENTER – go here
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE SCHOOL – go here
PLUMBERS WITHOUT BORDERS – go here
PONGO PUBLISHING – go here
PROVIDENCE MOUNT ST. VINCENT FOUNDATION – go here
PUGET SOUNDKEEPER ALLIANCE – go here
REEL GRRLS – go here
ROOTS OF EMPATHY USA – go here
SAFE FUTURES YOUTH CENTER – go here
SCHOOL OF ACROBATICS AND NEW CIRCUS ARTS – go here
SEAL SITTERS – go here and in the comments area, write that you’re donating for Seal Sitters
SEA MAR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS – go here
SEATTLE CHINESE GARDEN SOCIETY – go here
SEATTLE GLEE CLUBS – go here
SEATTLE PARKS FOUNDATION – go here
SEATTLE POLICE FOUNDATION – go here
SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION – go here
SEATTLE SINGLE PARENT ADVOCACY COUNSELING ENRICHMENT – go here
SEATTLE YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS – go here
SENIOR CENTER OF WEST SEATTLE – go here and write “Senior Center of West Seattle” in the “comments” area
SOUTH PARK AREA REDEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE – go here
SOUTH PARK INFORMATION AND RESOURCE CENTER – go here
SOUTH PARK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION – go here
SOUTH PARK SENIOR CITIZENS – go here
SOUTH SEATTLE COLLEGE FOUNDATION – go here
SOUTHWEST SEATTLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY – go here
SOUTHWEST YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES – go here
SPORTS IN SCHOOLS – go here
TECHNOLOGY ACCESS FOUNDATION – go here
TECHNOLOGY SERVICES CORPS – go here
THE CABIRI – go here
THE ILLUMINATIO PROJECT – go here and specify in the comments area that it’s for The Illuminatio Project
THE MISSION TO SEAFARERS – go here
THE SALVATION ARMY – KING COUNTY – go here
THE SERVICE BOARD – go here
THE VILLAGE OF HOPE – go here
THE WHALE TRAIL – go here
THEATER SIMPLE – go here
TOTEM STAR – go here
TRANSITIONAL RESOURCES – go here (TR’s board is matching the first $2,500 donated)
TWELFTH NIGHT PRODUCTIONS – go here
VIVACE CHAMBER PLAYERS – go here
WEST SEATTLE BE PREPARED – go here and write the organization’s name in “comments”
WEST SEATTLE BLOCK WATCH CAPTAINS NETWORK – go here and write the organization’s name in “comments”
WEST SEATTLE FOOD BANK – go here
WEST SEATTLE HELPLINE – go here
WEST SEATTLE JUNCTION ASSOCIATION – go here
WESTSIDE BABY – go here
WESTSIDE SCHOOL – go here
WESTSIDE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION – go here
WHITE CENTER COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION – go here
WHITE CENTER FOOD BANK – go 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!
These wonderful restaurants will donate to us through giveBIG, so their donations will be stretched and matched, too!
WHIT PRESS – go here
YES FOUNDATION OF WHITE CENTER – go here
WEST SEATTLE/FAUNTLEROY YMCA – go to the YMCA of Greater Seattle donation page and write in the comments that it’s for the West Seattle YMCA
YOUTH FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE – go here
YOUTH MEDIA INSTITUTE – go here
YOUTH VIOLENCE PREVENTION NETWORK – go here
YWCA OF SEATTLE-KING COUNTY – go here
The South Park Senior Center‘s next Rainbow Bingo is tomorrow (Saturday) night:
*Costumes – come see who will be there as Queen Mab, queen of the fairies?
*$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
Bring friends or family or meet up with them
Doors open at 6:00 pm
Be there – 8201 10th Avenue S.
The 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
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.
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.
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!
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.