White Center Food Bank: Can you bring in a turkey today?

November 22nd, 2014 Tracy Posted in White Center Food Bank, White Center news No Comments »

Can you spare a turkey or two? Maybe some stuffing too? The White Center Food Bank needs that (and more) and is open special hours today for pre-holiday donations, 11 am-2 pm, 10829 8th SW. Our partner site West Seattle Blog has more on how to help WCFB (which has a regional client base beyond WC).

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White Center holidays: McLendon trees due today soon

November 20th, 2014 Tracy Posted in Holidays, White Center news No Comments »

7:47 AM: If you just can’t wait to get your tree up for the holidays – even with Thanksgiving still a week away – McLendon Hardware tells us they’re expecting their first delivery today. According to manager Matt, “We will be carrying Douglas Fir, Grand Fir, Noble Fir, and Nordmann Firs all of various sizes ranging from 2 ft. to as tall as 9 ft. New additions to our selection this year include a 5-6 ft. sheared Douglas Fir, and a 5-7 ft. Natural (un-sheared) Noble Fir.” The store’s at 10210 16th SW.

11 AM UPDATE: Matt now tells us they’ve had a delay and the trees are expected on November 24th – next Monday.

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Stage 2 burn ban in effect for King County

November 19th, 2014 Tracy Posted in Environment, Health, White Center news No Comments »

Until 6 am tomorrow, no fireplace or woodstove use unless it’s your main source of heat – a Stage 2 Burn Ban just took effect at noon. Details here.

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Suspect arrested in White Center Heights Elementary burglary; KCSO not sure yet if connected to other break-ins

November 14th, 2014 Tracy Posted in Crime, Greenbridge, White Center news No Comments »

(also published on partner site West Seattle Blog)

The King County Sheriff’s Office has just announced that it’s arrested “a juvenile male … for burglary and possession of stolen property” and that he “may be related to other burglaries since November 2nd.” KCSO spokesperson Sgt. DB Gates elaborates that the teen is in custody in connection with the White Center Heights Elementary break-in.

As reported here earlier this week, those hit by a recent string of burglaries include Dubsea Coffee, broken into at least three times. After a two-day closure, Dubsea reopened this morning, with supporters crowding inside:

WCH Elementary teachers were among them – one teacher was our original source for news of the repeated burglaries. Dubsea staff confirms a security system is being installed there today.

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Missing woman, last seen on Metro Route 120 bus

November 14th, 2014 Tracy Posted in People, White Center news No Comments »

Have you seen Sarah? She was last seen on Route 120, and since that passes through White Center, we’re sharing the flyer. Added info from friends: “Sarah Calflooking has been missing since November 6th – her husband, children, and extended family are desperate for information about her whereabouts and safety. Please, if you see Sarah Calflooking or have any information, contact Seattle Police Department #5876 Detective Boggs at (206) 386-1850 regarding Missing Person Incident # 14.378377 and her husband Hiram Calflooking Jr. at (206) 851-1840. Sarah was last seen heading to downtown Seattle on the 120 bus, wearing a green Old Navy hoodie, black stretch pants, green shoes, and a red/black backpack.”

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Dubsea Coffee update: Reopening on Friday – and celebrating anniversary

November 13th, 2014 Tracy Posted in Beverages, Crime, Greenbridge, White Center news No Comments »

Following up on Wednesday’s story about repeat burglaries at Dubsea Coffee in Greenbridge, the shop was closed again today, so we inquired to see when it’ll reopen. The answer:

Dubsea will re-open tomorrow (Friday Nov 14), with slightly shortened hours from 7 am-5 pm. We will resume regular hours once things normalize.

Tomorrow is also Dubsea’s 5th birthday. We truly look forward to spending it in the company of our guests.

We appreciate … all the care, kind words, and support from our neighbors. We love this community. We are here to stay.

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Teachers urge support for burglar-besieged Dubsea Coffee

November 12th, 2014 Tracy Posted in Beverages, Crime, Greenbridge, White Center news No Comments »

(Crossposted to partner site West Seattle Blog)

That’s the sign you’ll find today on the door of Dubsea Coffee in Greenbridge (9910 8th SW). A teacher at nearby White Center Heights Elementary School messaged us to say the area’s been hit with a series of burglaries, and that Dubsea has been broken into three times in the past week and a half. We reported the first one here on November 3rd but hadn’t heard of the others; we’re checking with the King County Sheriff’s Office regarding the teacher’s report of other break-ins in the area.

The teacher wrote us because this, she says, is more than a matter of crime concern – she writes, “This coffee shop is the hub of the neighborhood and it is ALWAYS busy with people having meetings, enjoying coffee and sandwiches, children having playdates while frazzled moms drink their coffee, etc.” They are working on plans to show their support and want to encourage you to patronize the shop to help it recover. We’ll be following up.

ADDED 4:26 PM: KCSO spokesperson Sgt. DB Gates confirms a series of recent break-ins in the vicinity, “with a similar MO”:

Dubsea was one victim, with the nearby library/YMCA hit next, followed by the Dollar Tree, and then an elementary school burglarized on the 7th. The MO has been to break a window and steal cash. We have no suspect info other than believing in at least one of the burglaries there were two suspects. They have all happened in the late evening/early morning hours when no persons were present. The four cases have not been conclusively linked as being committed by the same suspects.

We encourage citizens to call when they see something out of the ordinary. It’s also a good time to remember to keep areas around homes and businesses well-lit as thieves love the cover of darkness, and to keep vegetation trimmed so that neighbors and passersby can see if something is amiss at a business (or home).

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Video: New storefront deputy & bog-area encampments @ North Highline Unincorporated Area Council

November 11th, 2014 Tracy Posted in North Highline UAC, White Center news No Comments »

That’s our video of last Thursday’s North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting, with two major topics, plus some other updates:

KING COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE UPDATE: Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (explained here) is coming to White Center, announced Major Jerrell Wills, who says this is “a perfect location for it … another tool to help us help you … to address some of the homelessness, afflicted, mentally ill in our communities.” The state Department of Corrections has arrested some felons in WC, including “registered sex offenders that were not in compliance,” he said.

But the big attraction in the KCSO appearance (the sheriff himself, by the way, couldn’t be there after all) was the introduction of new Storefront Deputy Julian Chivington. “I’ve never had a job where I’ve had to do public speaking,” he warned. He talked about his background – born and raised in Ohio, served in the Army including “a couple tours in Iraq,” member of the KCSO SWAT team, six years in the Sheriff’s Office but new to this precinct.

He’s working “2 to 10 pm on a rotating schedule,” he noted. That’s a change from the four/10s that his predecessor Deputy BJ Myers worked. It’s a flexible schedule, Maj. Wills noted, so it can be adjusted for special events. But he’ll also be away at times for training and other duties related to the SWAT (Tactical) Team (including callouts). He *will* be at NHUAC meetings, as were his predecessors, he confirmed to NHUAC president Barbara Dobkin.

The discussion with KCSO reps also included safety concerns, one of which had taken up the first part of the meeting:

WHITE CENTER BOG ENCAMPMENT PROBLEMS: Wesley Chin from King County provided the first part of the update, including details of cleanup efforts – removing 6 truckloads of brush and debris, in hopes of discouraging encampments from returning. Assistance was also offered to those who had been illegally camping. It wasn’t just a matter of public safety, he said, but also a matter of protecting water quality. Ken Gresset also spoke, with more details about how they hope to “open up” the site in the next round of work, because, he said, it’s not the homeless people there who are the major problem, but criminals including sex offenders and drug addicts. So many hypodermic needles, in fact, that some volunteers can’t work there any more, he said – piles of them. They might try to get a grant to help pay for more cleanup.

In Q/A with NHUAC members, Gresset explained the problem isn’t just going to go away entirely – the area has so much accessibility and is convenient to services, such as the two drug stores just up Roxbury. Some of what he’s seen there, he said, was downright scary – even a “one-man underground bunker.”

OTHER NOTES: North Highline Fire District‘s board has a special meeting this Thursday, November 13th, at 5 pm, to talk about the implementation of the benefit charge approved earlier this year by voters.

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Highline Public Schools bond update: ‘Trending upward’ but not enough

November 8th, 2014 Tracy Posted in Election, Highline School District, White Center news Comments Off

King County Elections announced another round of results this evening, but it didn’t change the fact that the Highline Public Schools bond hasn’t hit the 60 percent approval needed, and isn’t at this point expected to. Here’s where it stands after the Saturday night results release:

On Friday, the district sent this news release:

It appears that the Highline capital improvement bond — now at 58.03 percent approval — will not reach the 60 percent needed for passage. Though yes votes have been trending upward, it is unlikely the ballots yet to be counted will push the final count above the 60 percent threshold.

School Board President Michael Spear acknowledged that a majority of voters did vote to approve the measure. “We are grateful for the support of the many, many citizens in our community who expressed their support for our schools by voting yes,” said Spear.

With failure of the bond, the district has limited options for meeting the challenges of overcrowding and aging, deteriorating schools.

This fall enrollment is up 400 students over last year, causing crowding in elementary schools. Enrollment is expected to grow by over 2,000 in the next eight to ten years.

Bond failure also means replacement and major repairs to the district’s aging and outdated schools will have to wait.

“We will do our best to serve our students, knowing there are physical and financial limitations to what we can do to improve the learning environment in our oldest buildings,” said Superintendent Susan Enfield. “We will work with our community to determine a plan for moving forward.”

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Tomorrow and Saturday: White Center Library Guild Holiday Bazaar & Book Sale!

November 6th, 2014 Tracy Posted in Holidays, White Center Library, White Center news Comments Off

No, it is NOT too soon to think “holidays.” White Center Library Guild is having its popular annual bazaar and book sale the next two days – Friday and Saturday – and hopes you will come celebrate – all the details are above.

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2014 Election: Highline Public Schools bond results

November 4th, 2014 Tracy Posted in White Center news Comments Off

The first round of results from the election are in – the only round we will see tonight; next count will be out Wednesday afternoon.

HIGHLINE PUBLIC SCHOOLS BOND MEASURE
60 percent approval is required for passage; so far, it’s falling short of that:

57 percent approve (9502 votes)
43 percent reject (7263 votes)

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White Center Crime Watch: Break-in at Dubsea Coffee

November 3rd, 2014 Tracy Posted in Crime, Greenbridge, White Center news 3 Comments »

Did you notice the boarded-up window at Dubsea Coffee today? Somebody smashed a window to break into the Greenbridge coffee shop, staff confirmed. We heard about it via Twitter:

Marcia, who tweeted the photo, said the broken window was right over the kids’ area. Some items were stolen, according to staff. (added) WCN reader Carrie says the burglar(s) even turned on the grill and cooked/ate some food, besides breaking into the office. She adds, “Dubsea is a small, local business that promotes a strong sense of community and it’s sad that some jerks would do this to them.”

P.S. If you have concerns/questions about North Highline crime, be at the NH Unincorporated Area Council meeting Thursday night, 7 pm at NH Fire District HQ, with guests from the King County Sheriff’s Office including new White Center Storefront Deputy Julian Chivington.

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Meet your new storefront deputy at North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting Thursday

November 3rd, 2014 Tracy Posted in King County Sheriff's Office, White Center news Comments Off

The King County Sheriff’s Office is promising a major presence at Thursday night’s North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting, including newly announced Storefront Deputy Julian Chivington. From NHUAC president Barbara Dobkin, the official meeting announcement:

North Highline Unincorporated Area Council Meeting
When: Thursday – November 6 7 pm
Where: North Highline Fire Station, 1243 SW 112th Street

Mark your calendars and plan on joining NHUAC for an important community discussion with our special guests from the King County Sheriff’s Office – Sheriff John Urquhart, Major Jerrell Wills, and our new White Center Storefront Deputy, Julian Chivington. This is a great opportunity to meet our new storefront deputy and discuss community concerns with KCSO.

We are also pleased to be hosting John Taylor, King County Assistant Director, Water and Land Resources Division, who will provide updates and information on plans for the White Center Bog.

When: Thursday – Nov 6 7pm
Where: North Highline Fire Station 1243 SW 112th Street

All are welcome!!!!
see our website: northhighlineuac.org

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White Center Halloween 2014: Seen at Zippy’s

November 1st, 2014 Tracy Posted in Fun, White Center news Comments Off

We might have arrived in downtown White Center too early or too late for peak trick-or-treating – but we did find the party at Zippy’s Giant Burgers on 14th SW. Familiar faces above and below…

And in the parking lot, the couple behind the vegan ice-cream-sandwich truck Seattle Cookie Counter:

A spooky time was had by all…

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Election 2014: Ballot-dropoff van at Greenbridge three of the next four days

October 31st, 2014 Tracy Posted in Election, Politics, White Center news Comments Off

checkbox.jpgTuesday is Election Day. If you haven’t sent in your ballot yet, three of the next four days bring visits by the King County Elections ballot-dropoff vans. Same White Center spot as recent elections – on the street outside Greenbridge Library (9720 8th SW). The van will be there 10 am-5 pm Saturday and Monday, 10 am-8 pm Tuesday. No postage needed if you’re taking your ballot to a van or to the 24-hour dropboxes elsewhere in the county, but you DO need correct postage if you’re mailing yours. If you’ve already sent in/dropped off your ballot, track it online. Two other links of potential interest: Sample ballot here; pamphlet info here.

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White Center business trick-or-treating on Halloween night!

October 30th, 2014 Tracy Posted in Fun, White Center news Comments Off

Tomorrow’s the night to bring trick-or-treaters out to participating White Center businesses – the list of which continues to grow. This is the list, according to what Zippy’s Giant Burgers has posted on Facebook over the past week-plus:

Triangle Pub
Meat the live Butcher
Big Al’s
Proletariat
Rat City Records
Zippy’s Giant Burgers
Fantastic Sams
International Halal
Decoraciones Ely
Uncle Mike’s BBQ
Better Life
Herban Legends
Fashion Corner Store
Smoke Town
Samway Market
White Center Pho
L&L Jewelry
Luso Food & Wine
3.14 Bakery
Salon Y Peluqueria
Fashion Corner Store
Center Tools
Platinum Cutz
Delridge Bakery
Lee’s Produce
West Seattle Halal
Crawfish House
Golden House Doughnuts & Deli
Tienda Super
Young’s Restaurant
Samway Market

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Update: Caffé Delia reopens

October 28th, 2014 Tracy Posted in Beverages, Businesses, White Center news Comments Off

OCTOBER 28: In case you don’t use Twitter – downtown White Center’s espresso shop, Caffé Delia, announced there that they’ll be closed today (October 28th) because of illness.

OCTOBER 30: After two days of closure, Caffé Delia was scheduled to reopen today.

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White Center scene: Autumn colors at Steve Cox Park

October 27th, 2014 Tracy Posted in Steve Cox Memorial Park, Weather, White Center news Comments Off

Thanks to Gill for the colorful view! (Read all about the park here.)

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Help for the holidays: White Center Food Bank can use some from you, ASAP

October 25th, 2014 Tracy Posted in How to Help, White Center Food Bank, White Center news Comments Off

From Audrey @ White Center Food Bank:

MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO HUNGRY FAMILIES AT THE WHITE CENTER FOOD BANK

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of hungry families in the community? White Center Food Bank needs volunteers every weekday and food for the holidays.

You can be on the front lines of hunger by coming to the food bank to pass out food. In an average distribution, we see 40 to 70 families who receive meat, food staples, milk, egg and produce. Including set up and clean up this shift takes about 4 hours. We need help Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays starting at 9:00 am.

Like to lift boxes? You can help in the warehouse on Tuesdays when we load and unload trucks and organize the warehouse. The work starts around 10:00 am and can last until 2:00 pm or longer depending on the amount of donations.

If you have a clean driving record and can lift 40 pounds, we would love to have you drive the food bank van to local businesses to pick up donations. We regularly pick up from Safeway, QFC, Starbucks, Super Saver, Essential Bakery and other generous businesses. Thursday morning is the shift you can help the most but other days especially around the holidays are busy too. If you’re not sure if this is right for you, I can arrange a ride along as helper so you can get an idea of the experience.

The holidays are coming up and the White Center Food Bank would like to provide the fixings for holiday meals for about 600 families each of the next two months. You can help by providing turkeys, boxed stuffing, canned pumpkin, evaporated milk, whole olives, canned yams or sweet potatoes, and pudding or jello mixes or by donating online at www.whitecenterfoodbank.org and designating your donation for holiday food.

Your help is important to be able to provide clients with good customer service and holiday food. Email or call me to get involved.

Audrey Zemke
Operations Manager
White Center Food Bank
(206) 762-2848

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Guilty plea in 22nd/Roxbury rape/beating attack

October 24th, 2014 Tracy Posted in Crime, White Center news Comments Off

Just discovered this on one of our routine weekly-or-so check of files in certain court cases; it happened last week but has gone unreported and unannounced until now (also just published on our partner site West Seattle Blog):

The man charged in last March’s rape and beating of a 58-year-old woman near 22nd/Roxbury has pleaded guilty. The attack drew coverage in media all around the region, as deputies went door to door searching for clues to solve the exceptionally violent attack; investigators even circulated a sketch and a photo of the victim’s distinctive purse, hoping to jog someone’s memory.

Eventually, a DNA match led investigators to 25-year-old Christopher Anthony Brown, who then was arrested in Oklahoma in June, charged with rape and assault, and extradited. Investigators said Brown had been visiting the White Center area when he attacked the victim as she waited for a bus after leaving Roxbury Lanes. First, investigators said, he asked her for a cigarette, which she gave him; then he offered her money for sex, which she declined, so he attacked her – dragging her into nearby shrubbery, choking her until she was nearly unconscious, beating her, raping her, robbing her, threatening to kill her and her family if she reported it.

Court documents say prosecutors will recommend a sentence that would put Brown in prison for 171 months – 14 years plus 3 months – and then he would be on probation (community custody) for the rest of his life. Brown pleaded guilty last week to one count each of rape, assault, and robbery. King County Superior Court Judge Julie Spector is scheduled to sentence him on November 14th.

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