Big event ahead for Southwest Boys and Girls Club

March 28th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Greenbridge, How to Help, White Center news Comments Off on Big event ahead for Southwest Boys and Girls Club

Just announced by the Southwest Boys and Girls Club in Greenbridge – a breakfast event providing a chance to come show your support:

Join us for our Celebration “Coming Home” which will honor our students, alumni and lifelong supporters of the Southwest Boys & Girls Club

Our Mission: Opening doors to GREAT futures

Why we need your support: It is so important to continue to provide experiences and investment in the future of the kids who rely on the Boys & Girls Club

Our challenge: With reduced state funding, tighter corporate budgets and now so many more families in need, we must rely on the support of people like you who can make a difference.

Thursday, May 10, 2012
7:00 – 8:30 AM
Program promptly begins at 7:30AM

Guest Speakers

Jack Thompson, former NFL quarterback
Evergreen High School Grad, WSU Grad, current banking consultant with Sterling Bank

Gene Woodard
Director of Facilities Services at UW, Club Kid from Portola Boys Club in San Francisco, Southwest Youth Hoops Coach 1998

Justin Cox
2007 Southwest Youth of the Year & King County Youth of the Year & 2011 WSU Grad

Southwest Boys & Girls Club Gymnasium
9800 8th Ave SW, Suite 105 – Seattle, WA

To reserve your seat call 206-436-1911 or email eslagle@positiveplace.org

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White Center real estate: First homes sold at Greenbridge, says King County Housing Authority

March 21st, 2012 Tracy Posted in Greenbridge, housing, White Center news Comments Off on White Center real estate: First homes sold at Greenbridge, says King County Housing Authority


The aerial view of Greenbridge is courtesy of West Seattle pilot/photographer Long B. Nguyen, who often shares spectacular views with our partner site West Seattle Blog. In this case, his image of Greenbridge landed in our inbox about the same time we received a note from King County Housing Authority project manager James Rooney, announcing a milestone – the first homes sold at Greenbridge.

The development’s status had been a source of some controversy with local community activists, since it was intended to be more a mix of owned and rented homes, like West Seattle’s High Point. Last fall, construction of the first seven homes intended for sale began at 8th and 100th. And now, Rooney tells WCN, they’re done, and sales have closed on four of them, with one more under contract, leaving two up for sale. He adds, “Although these homes are available for all buyers, HomeSight is offering up to $45,000 in down-payment assistance to buyers earning up to 80% of area median income.” (In case you’re househunting – here’s the official flyer.)

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Go to college without leaving White Center! Highline Community College to hold classes

March 20th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Education, Greenbridge, White Center news Comments Off on Go to college without leaving White Center! Highline Community College to hold classes

Starting next month, Highline Community College will offer a class, Introduction to Communications, in Greenbridge. Here’s the official announcement.

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Car hits pedestrian in Greenbridge area of White Center

February 6th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Greenbridge, safety, White Center news Comments Off on Car hits pedestrian in Greenbridge area of White Center

(Crossposted from partner site West Seattle Blog)

Thanks to Eric and Kristen, who both sent word of what looked like a car-bicycle crash at 8th and Roxbury earlier this morning – but was instead a case of a pedestrian hit by a car, according to King County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. Cindi West. Sgt. West says the driver was southbound on 8th, getting ready to turn left (eastbound) onto Roxbury, and was apparently “blinded by the sun” when she hit a 67-year-old woman who was walking northbound across the street. She was driving very slowly, Sgt. West says, so the pedestrian suffered only “very minor injuries.” The bicycle seen on the ground by passersby belonged to a witness who stopped to help, NOT to the victim, according to Sgt. West.

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Reminder: White Center Community Safety Coalition tonight

November 17th, 2011 Tracy Posted in Greenbridge, white center community safety coalition, White Center news Comments Off on Reminder: White Center Community Safety Coalition tonight

The White Center-South Delridge Community Safety Coalition usually meets later in the month, but since the fourth Thursday this month is Thanksgiving, the meeting is tonight – 6 pm at the Wiley Center in Greenbridge (here’s where to find it), which is a different location than usual. Coalition chair Sean Healy says, “During this meeting we will discussing a possible action plan for our neighborhood to address safety concerns and more.”

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Got a bike? ‘Tunes and Tune-Ups’ on the way to Greenbridge next week

August 19th, 2011 Tracy Posted in Arts, Greenbridge, sustainability, Transportation, White Center news Comments Off on Got a bike? ‘Tunes and Tune-Ups’ on the way to Greenbridge next week

Big event at Greenbridge next Wednesday!

Want to have a more cycle-centric White Center and South Park? We do too! Many organizations partnered to plan this FREE event for families in our neighborhood. Hope you can come to TUNES & TUNE-UPS & pass on the word.

The new date is Wed Aug 24th, 4pm – 6pm, Greenbridge Music in the Plaza Outdoor Concerts. Chain lube, brakes, flat tire repair.

Also, look for a monthly bike repair clinic on Sunday afternoons at Full Tilt Ice Cream, planned for September 2011.

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Big Friday in Greenbridge! Events at the plaza and Dubsea Coffee

August 5th, 2011 Tracy Posted in Greenbridge, White Center Food Bank, White Center news Comments Off on Big Friday in Greenbridge! Events at the plaza and Dubsea Coffee

First, 4-7 pm today/tonight (Friday), a big event on behalf of the White Center Food Bank, at Greenbridge Plaza, per this announcement:

hanks to the Vertically Integrated Partnership to Feed Those in Need (VIP) working as part of Governor Gregoire’s Feeding Washington Program, Friday, August 5 will see upward of 2,000 guests enjoying barbecue, music and good times on Greenbridge Plaza. VIP is a coalition of farmers, food processors, food distributors and other food service companies that are working together to help stop hunger in the Pacific Northwest. The VIP includes Sodexo, Annie’s Fun, Hirai Farms, Sysco, Food Services of America, McCain Foods, National Frozen Foods, Farmer Bean Company, Darigold, Franz Bakery, and UW Housing & Food Services, etc.

And together with the *White Center Food Bank*, all work together to provide this festive meal for those in need in the Greenbridge community (residents have already received special tickets to attend). Music will be provided by local jazz musician Frank Steele and a balloon artist will be on-hand to entertain the children in the crowd. With sunny weather on tap for August 5, this is bound to be a celebratory event for the residents of Greenbridge. In July 2011, White Center Food Bank served a record number of clients – numbers that are more reflective of a difficult holiday season and not the middle of summer. This event and comes at a time of highest need for help in the White Center area.

And from Sibelle Nguyen at Dubsea Coffee:

INSTRUMENTAL ART-ROCK: Moraine Band

Moraine is an omnivorous Seattle-based instrumental rock band featuring guitarist Dennis Rea, violinist Alicia DeJoie, woodwind player James DeJoie, bassist Kevin Millard, and drummer Stephen Cavit.

With its full complement of ace instrumentalists arrayed in striking combination, Moraine achieves a unique sound while drawing on forms ranging from art rock to Chinese folk music to plugged-in power jazz.

Arrive early this Friday evening as we stay open late and Moraine gets ready to {art}rock the house.

FREE & ALL-AGES : FRI. AUGUST 5th, 5-7 pm :
*RSVP

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Outdoor open-mike night at Greenbridge Plaza, tonight!

July 29th, 2011 Tracy Posted in Arts, Greenbridge, White Center news Comments Off on Outdoor open-mike night at Greenbridge Plaza, tonight!

7 pm tonight (Friday) – come be the talent, the audience, or both, at a new outdoor open-mike night at Greenbridge Plaza. Full details on this Facebook event page.

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Happening now: White Center Promise celebration at Greenbridge Plaza

July 22nd, 2011 Tracy Posted in Greenbridge, White Center Community Development Association, White Center news Comments Off on Happening now: White Center Promise celebration at Greenbridge Plaza

Hundreds of people are having a great time at Greenbridge Plaza right now, as the White Center Promise celebration continues till 6:30 pm. The poverty-fighting initiative is about education in a big way – and local high-school students are helping underscore that, including the cheer team, above, and the Highline High School robotics team, below:

Plenty of sun, and a chance to learn more from WCCDA about the White Center Promise program – “cradle to college to career strategies,” as explained here.

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White Center Promise summer celebration today at Greenbridge

July 22nd, 2011 Tracy Posted in Greenbridge, White Center Community Development Association, White Center news Comments Off on White Center Promise summer celebration today at Greenbridge

Couldn’t be better weather for a big celebration at Greenbridge Plaza (8th SW and SW 98th) today – part of the White Center Community Development Association‘s White Center Promise campaign, aimed at eradicating poverty in WC. Be there 4-6:30 pm for free local food and entertainment.

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White Center businesses: Harlem’s World children’s boutique now open in Greenbridge

July 3rd, 2011 Tracy Posted in Businesses, Greenbridge, White Center news 2 Comments »

Story and photos by Deanie Schwarz
Reporting for White Center Now

Harlem’s World Children’s Boutique is one of White Center’s newest businesses, open less than a month in a retail space that is part of a live-work unit in the Greenbridge community directly across from the Greenbridge Plaza on 8th SW in White Center, not far south of Roxbury.

Owner Danté Mitchell is a first-time business owner at 30 years old. He is a graduate of the StartZone small business program at Highline Community College and is ready to make his mark as a specialist in new and lightly worn, hard-to-find children’s clothing.

Dante shared his vision for his small, nicely stocked store, tucked between the King County Sheriff’s Greenbridge Office and another live-work unit housing a hair salon.

“I just want to bring something to the community that is contemporary and fashionable, but at a reasonable cost to my customers. I know how it is sometimes for kids if you don’t have the right clothes or right “look” growing up. Children will tease each other. So I want to provide options to help build the children’s self-esteem, so they feel comfortable and confident,” he said. “And I want to help the parents as well by letting them know they can spend in a way that is not too strenuous for their pocketbooks for great clothing and merchandise.“

“But,” he continues, “this is about more than just making money in the community. It’s also about networking with other organizations, such as Cherish A Jewel, which assists single mothers throughout Seattle. We are partnering to impact the communities at large. I will offer her members discounts at our store. And you know, there are times when mothers can’t afford anything, so sometimes we just bless them with clothing for their children just to help them get started.”

Dante also points out an empty case that was to be filled soon with kids’ jewelry.

“I love kids and hope to be a parent one day — I am working on getting married,” he says with a smile. “But I am mentor to a lot of nephews and nieces and kids in my church. I volunteer at missions and homeless shelters with kids too. Harlem’s World is named after my god-daughter Harlem,” he says softly, pointing to Harlem’s picture, proudly centered on the store wall.

Harlem’s World carries sizes newborn to 18. Name brands such as Juicy Couture, True Religion and Baby Couture and Gap are crisply steam-pressed and meticulously arranged on racks in the small, clean and comfortable space. There’s a bargain table as well with stacks of even lower-priced items available to peruse.

Dante has been debating about whether to open the store to consignment agreements, but is not yet venturing in that direction. The hours are currently Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 am– 6 pm, 9830 8th SW, #104, and he invites you to stop by with your kids to say hello and have a look.

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Supper program to make sure kids don’t go hungry this summer

June 30th, 2011 Tracy Posted in Greenbridge, White Center news Comments Off on Supper program to make sure kids don’t go hungry this summer

From the Boys and Girls Club in Greenbridge:

Southwest Boys & Girls Club in White Center Teams Up With USDA Simplified Summer Food Program to Provide Supper for More Kids

The Southwest Boys & Girls Club announces the sponsorship of the Simplified Summer Food Program for Children. Meals will be made available at no charge to attending children 18 years of age and younger.

All meals are available without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Any person who believes that he or she has been discriminated against should write immediately to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). The USDA is an equal opportunity employer.

The Southwest Boys & Girls Club is located at 9800 8th Ave SW, Suite 105.

Supper is available Monday – Friday, June 27th – July 1st, and August 15th -September 6th (except on Labor Day, September 5th) from 5:00-5:30 pm.

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Greenbridge neighbor? Community forum this Friday

December 16th, 2010 Tracy Posted in Greenbridge, White Center news Comments Off on Greenbridge neighbor? Community forum this Friday

An announcement we were invited to share:

Greenbridge Community Active Together Forum” is coming up…

What? Bring your ideas to make Greenbridge an even better place to live.
When? This Friday December 17 from 5:30 to 8:30pm
Where? Greenbridge Library/YWCA, 9720 8th Ave SW

Local entertainment, food prepared in Greenbridge, childcare and interpretation will be provided.

Hosted by Greenbridge Community Action Team, Be Active Together, and the King County Housing Authority.

Questions? Jen Calleja (206) 832-9656 or jcalleja@nwha.org

Mai Son (206) 331-7147 Thinquoc.son@gmail.com

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Greenbridge streetlight inspections: No problems, says Seattle City Light

December 14th, 2010 Tracy Posted in Greenbridge, safety, utilities, White Center news Comments Off on Greenbridge streetlight inspections: No problems, says Seattle City Light

Followup on our report that Seattle City Light planned to inspect Greenbridge streetlights and poles after a “contact voltage” discovery in West Seattle’s similarly built High Point neighborhood: Tonight, SCL says the inspections didn’t turn up anything in Greenbridge. Here’s the full story from partner site West Seattle Blog.

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Update: 98th Street Corridor graffiti-vandalism cleanup

November 7th, 2010 Tracy Posted in Crime, Greenbridge, White Center news Comments Off on Update: 98th Street Corridor graffiti-vandalism cleanup

It’s what you don’t see in that photo that’s more noteworthy than what you do see. Gill shared photos after noticing that the graffiti vandalism east of the stairs around the 98th Street Corridor-area pond is gone, as is the graffiti on the nearby stone wall.

However, one eyesore remains (we’ve blurred the tag as per our policy):

The graffiti vandalism was a lingering problem after some repairs had been done on other damage nearby so that the corridor could be reopened to walkers (here’s our report from three weeks ago, also courtesy of Gill).

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White Center Heights Elementary students walk to school with King County Executive Dow Constantine

October 29th, 2010 Tracy Posted in Greenbridge, Health, King County, White Center news Comments Off on White Center Heights Elementary students walk to school with King County Executive Dow Constantine

(WCN/WSB photo by Patrick Sand)
First, he got the hoodie – then, it was time to walk:

(WCN/WSB photo by Ellen Cedergreen)
This morning at White Center Heights Elementary in Greenbridge, King County Executive Dow Constantine joined in a Walk to School Month event:

He wasn’t the only celebrity on hand, though:

(WCN/WSB photo by Ellen Cedergreen)
Walk to School Month events are in conjunction with Feet First.

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Quick summary, while long version’s in the works: Lively candidates’ forum at Greenbridge

October 21st, 2010 Tracy Posted in Election, Greenbridge, North Highline UAC, Politics, White Center news 5 Comments »

(Top, moderator Jerry Robison, during the forum, with Joe McDermott and Diana Toledo; bottom, Joe Fitzgibbon and Mike Heavey right before it began)
It’ll take some time to write the full report since the candidates’ forum presented by the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council tonight ran almost two and a half hours, but here’s a really quick summary: NHUAC’s Barbara Dobkin told your editor here (covering on behalf of both White Center Now and West Seattle Blog) afterward that they’re “thrilled” they drew such a huge turnout for the forum – the room at the Greenbridge YWCA Education Center was packed. NHUAC’s Pat Price gave a short introduction, and longtime community leader Jerry Robison moderated the forum expertly. A collection of pre-prepared questions – NHUAC had solicited e-mailed inquiries – and “live” audience questions ranged across a wide variety of topics, from White Center annexation to abortion rights. The first audience question came from the White Center/West Seattle entrepreneur who ran in one of the spotlighted races:

Mac’s Triangle Pub owner Geoffrey “Mac” McElroy would have asked the last question too, but he yielded to a man who hadn’t asked anything yet. (He was the third-place finisher in the 34th District House #2 race.) Other questioners included people from White Center and West Seattle, including several who identified themselves as Greenbridge residents (the development itself was the topic of several questions). Moderator Robison sat at a desk between one containing the 34th District State House Position 2 candidates, Joe Fitzgibbon and Mike Heavey, and one containing the King County Council District 8 candidates, Joe McDermott and Diana Toledo. Though the state race was the closest in the primary between its “top two,” those two candidates clashed on virtually nothing, while the county candidates jabbed at each other several times, over items from factual errors to mischaracterizations.

We have the entirety of the forum on video which we will publish as soon as it’s uploaded, both here and on partner site WSB, and we’ll be writing a longer article with overall highlights, too. While Election Day is officially November 2nd, you should have your ballot by now, and that’s the deadline to send it in or drop it off if you haven’t done so already. More to come!

10:38 PM UPDATE: Here’s part 1 of the video:

11 PM: And part 2:

12:50 AM: Part 3:

Again, separate article to come.

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Sheriff Sue Rahr visiting White Center tomorrow

September 14th, 2010 Tracy Posted in Greenbridge, King County Sheriff's Office, White Center news Comments Off on Sheriff Sue Rahr visiting White Center tomorrow

Announced today by the King County Sheriff’s Office:

Sheriff Sue Rahr will join other law enforcement leaders on Wednesday, September 15th as a report is released showing that investing in early learning programs reduces crime in the long run and saves dollars on the state’s education budget as well.

The report shows investments in high quality, voluntary early learning programs reduce the need for special education placements and other Kindergarten through Grade 12 education expenses.

“I am in favor of anything that helps kids succeed, and keeps them away from a life of crime. Early learning centers have a positive impact, I’m all for those programs”, says Rahr.

Sheriff Rahr will be joined by Normandy Park Police Chief Rick Kieffer and Burien Police Chief Scott Kimerer at the event.

It’s been almost six months since the Educare center was dedicated – here’s our coverage from that sunny day in March.

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Update: Crash at 8th/Roxbury, 4 to the hospital

July 2nd, 2010 Tracy Posted in Greenbridge, west seattle, White Center news 1 Comment »

3:30 PM: We’ve been covering this on partner site West Seattle Blog but it affects White Center drivers too – by Greenbridge, 8th/Roxbury is mostly blocked by a two-car crash. People have had to be extricated from the wreckage of one vehicle. At least three people are hurt. We’re at the scene and gathering more information now. 3:55 PM UPDATE: One lane is open each way at the intersection but you’ll still want to avoid it if you can, for a while – the Seattle Police investigation team has just arrived, and their work at scenes of major crashes usually takes a while. Here’s the scene once they put up the tape:

We now know that four people went to the hospital (at least one of them, a child, according to the scanner) – two by medic unit, two by private ambulance.

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Greenbridge Neighborhood Night set for May 14th

April 18th, 2010 Tracy Posted in Fun, Greenbridge, White Center news Comments Off on Greenbridge Neighborhood Night set for May 14th

Not everything comes in through e-mail – sometimes, it’s helpful just to get out and wander the neighborhood. Doing so, we learn that Greenbridge‘s next Neighborhood Night is coming up at 6:30 pm May 14th in the Joe Thomas Room at the big complex on 8th SW just south of Roxbury. Info about neighborhood services, board-game playing, and other “free fun activities for all ages” are promised. And if you can’t make it May 14th, Greenbridge Neighborhood Nights are also planned for July 15th, September 17th and November 19th.

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