We’re back!

May 31st, 2013 Tracy Posted in Online, White Center news 1 Comment »

Our apologies for tech trouble that took a while to fix – first the site was offline entirely, and then it came back – but we needed to get some more tinkering done before we could add anything new (that’s why it was stuck on Memorial Day information until now). All’s well thanks to some expert assistance; stand by for news, and thanks also to everyone who contacted us to be sure we knew there was a problem – website woes don’t always trigger alarms, and might strike when the site owner isn’t looking.

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King County Sheriff’s Office unveils online ‘blotter’

February 19th, 2013 Tracy Posted in King County Sheriff's Office, Online, White Center news Comments Off

Seattle Police have had success for a while with their website SPD Blotter, detailing certain cases they’ve worked on – and now King County Sheriff’s Office has an online “blotter” too. It’s in its fledgling stages – kingcountysheriff.wordpress.com.

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VisitWhiteCenter.com officially launches: Check out the new site!

September 24th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Online, White Center news Comments Off

The new White Center Chamber of Commerce website is officially launched! Here’s the formal announcement just out of the WCN inbox:

Today, the White Center Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the official launch of a new website – visitwhitecenter.com – that highlights approximately 240 businesses and various organizations in the White Center neighborhood, and serves as a community resource with an events calendar and news feeds from local media sources.

“The website design is fabulous and the decision to include all businesses and organizations in White Center is the Chamber’s way of saying thank you for making this neighborhood a unique and fun place to be,” said Mark Ufkes, President of the White Center Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber is here to help our local economy grow and promoting our businesses through this website does just that.”

The main feature on the website, the business directory, is divided up into five categories: eat, shop, play, services, and organizations. Each business has its own pop-up page that displays pertinent information such as the business name, address, hours, location (via Google Maps) and languages spoken. If applicable, there are links to social media sites such as Facebook and Yelp, and to a business’ website. The capability to translate the entire website into 10 different languages is available as well.

“The website looks and feels great. I am excited to be a part of this project in collaboration with the White Center Chamber of Commerce and Noise Without Sound,” said Sili Savusa, Executive Director of the White Center Community Development Association. “The impact of this website is more than just marketing and promotion of our business district, but it is about the power of collaboration and shared vision of our community.”

In 2012, the White Center Community Development Association and the White Center Chamber of Commerce collaborated on a grant application to the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development’s Only in Seattle program for the website. Kathi “George” Wheeler, owner of Noise Without Sound, was contracted to develop and design the website. “White Center is my home and developing a website that incorporates everyone in the community was the direction I wanted to go,” said George.

Please visit www.visitwhitecenter.com to witness what White Center has to offer.

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New website for Highline Public Schools

January 8th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Highline School District, Online, White Center news Comments Off

Not sure exactly when the new look/location launched, but we looked at some Highline Public Schools webpages within the past few days and they didn’t have the new look or new domain. The district is finally at highlineschools.org and the website’s gotten an overhaul.

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Happy 2012! Two new WCN features for the New Year

January 2nd, 2012 Tracy Posted in Online, White Center news 1 Comment »

Before we get too far into 2012 – thank heavens for the “bonus holiday”! – we wanted to thank you for your support and collaboration in 2011 here on White Center Now. Over the course of the year, this site alone served 162,327 pageviews (per Google Analytics) – an admirable increase of 40 percent from 2010, and yet still fairly modest, but understandable given that there’s not much on this site besides news on the home page, and we seldom use the “jump” feature in stories, so most of the time, 1 visit to WCN equals 1 page viewed. There’s still lots of room to serve you better, so we have just kicked off the New Year with two features that WCN readers have been requesting:

One is a mobile-friendly design that should kick in any time you want to use your smartphone to check WCN – it’s the same one we’ve been using for the past few years on partner site West Seattle Blog. (If you want to keep using the regular desktop look on your smartphone, next time you read WCN on it, just scroll down the page till you see the button that will allow you to turn the mobile design off.)

The other is an events calendar. We had one in the earlier going, but dropped it for, well, lack of events. White Center has a LOT more going on these days – live music, multiple business-networking organizations with monthly events, a monthly Art Walk, we could go on and on. So we’ve installed a new calendar with some cool features – find it at whitecenternow.com/calendar, and check the link anytime from the “Pages” list on the left sidebar. We have several events there now and are adding more. You can click on any event to “expand” it for more information – and if you then follow the “read more” link on the right, you will go to a full page for that event including a Google Map. Other features too; it defaults to the “Agenda” list format, which doesn’t really involve “agendas,” but if you prefer a more classic monthly calendar look, you can choose that instead.

Now, here’s where YOU come in – PLEASE SEND EVENT INFO as soon as you know you’re having an event; whitecenternow@gmail.com is the best address to use. Thanks, and we wish you a healthy/happy 2012.

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Got some thoughts about King County Parks?

September 8th, 2011 Tracy Posted in King County, Online, Parks, White Center news Comments Off

WIth an online survey that has just one more week to go, King County Parks is hoping to hear from you. They hope to gain “a better understanding of the open space and recreation needs of King County residents and their perspectives of what makes really great parks, trails, cultural areas, and recreational opportunities, now and in the future.” Take the survey here; it’s open till September 14th.

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On Facebook? So is the King County Sheriff’s Office

August 7th, 2011 Tracy Posted in King County Sheriff's Office, Online, White Center news Comments Off

You can find them – and “like” them – by going here.

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Sorry about the downtime

February 16th, 2011 Tracy Posted in Online Comments Off

The company that manages the White Center Now server had a widespread problem today, affecting many sites beyond ours – and even once most were up, this one still had a database disconnect. Fixed now! Please accept our apologies!

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Our partner site’s having a little trouble

January 13th, 2010 Tracy Posted in Online Comments Off

Working on the server at West Seattle Blog right now to see what’s up (or more like, what’s down) … meantime, we’ll post news here if anything big happens before it’s fixed.

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A little citywide-media love for White Center Now!

October 2nd, 2009 Tracy Posted in Neighborhoods, Online, White Center news Comments Off

Seattle Magazine just published a little article about neighborhood-news websites. While we are always honored to see our bigger site West Seattle Blog mentioned, we were pleasantly surprised to see White Center Now included! There were no interviews conducted for this story, totally the writer’s observations, so we didn’t know this was coming till we saw a link go by a few minutes ago via Twitter. Here’s the page mentioning WCN. (Our “best of” list would include a few more, but we’re also glad to see the magazine mention quirky Blogging Georgetown and longtime Tacoma staple Exit 133.) Thanks to the growing number of people who are reading this site and even more importantly, sending us information to share.

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New website for North Highline Fire District

September 1st, 2009 Tracy Posted in North Highline Fire District, Online, White Center news Comments Off

Just noticed it while adding links to our previous story about the Evergreen Pool rally; see the North Highline Fire District’s updated website here.

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White Center Food Bank launches new blog – with a contest!

July 26th, 2009 Tracy Posted in Online, White Center Food Bank, White Center news Comments Off

Looking for something interesting to read? The White Center Food Bank now has its own blog. And it’s not just a self-promotional section of the website – writer Donna Pierce has published some thought-provoking entries so far, such as this new one: Why no charities in the Seafair Torchlight Parade? Good question, given that they are vibrant participants in so many neighborhood parades. You can find the WCFB blog here; also, they’re having a contest – suggest a name for the WCFB blog, and you might win a Farmers’ Market gift certificate! Read about the contest here.

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Restaurant review on WCCDA’s site: Asian Bubble Tea and Vietnamese Sandwiches

June 14th, 2009 Tracy Posted in Food, Online, White Center Community Development Association, White Center news Comments Off

Noticed this in the blog-format section of the White Center Community Development Association website – a restaurant review about one of WC’s newest eating/drinking places. Photos too. See it here.

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More photos from the Devil’s Dance parade

May 30th, 2009 Tracy Posted in cafe rozella, Fun, Online, White Center news Comments Off

Teresa posted some on her site – and in a comment here on WCN, Mike shared a few dozen more.

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Saturday snow: Stay safe!

March 7th, 2009 Tracy Posted in Online, Weather, White Center news Comments Off

Snow showers are expected for much of the day (and the next few days, at this point). No bus/road trouble reported by King County yet; they’ve now added a blog-format website (see it here) and a Twitter account (@kcnews) for informal updates.

SATURDAY NIGHT UPDATE: Snowing in White Center as of about 9 pm. Nothing big around the area so far, though North Seattle neighborhoods have even had thunder/lightning/hail tonight.

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Federal immigration-violation detainees: Where they’re held

February 15th, 2009 Tracy Posted in Not White Center but we're mentioning it anyway, Online Comments Off

Inside Tacoma’s Northwest Detention Center from Jessica Partnow on Vimeo.

That clip is a production of the Common Language Project, related to this story they have just published about federal immigration-violation detainees in Western Washington, and where and how they are held. A week ago, I met the three people who head up the CLP during a small-group conversation convened to talk about the hottest topic in my business: The future of journalism – who will do it, who will pay for it, what is in danger of being lost, what is being gained, all in a time of rapid change, with newspapers losing money and closing, and small independent news sites like West Seattle Blog (which my husband and I operate) on the rise, along with other new types of news enterprises. The CLP trio mentioned they were about to publish a story in the P-I; the multimedia clip above is related to that story. They also have published a blog-format item saying they’re a little unhappy with how the story was buried in the newspaper, while a story about a camera-wearing cat got the big play. Since one of the central parts of the “future of news” discussion relates to “will investigative journalism survive?” we thought we would do our part by calling attention to their story here. (And if you are interested in the future of news, please join us and many of our colleagues at an event coming up at Seattle City Hall’s Bertha Landes Room, 7 pm Feb. 26; read more about it here, RSVP – it’s free – and send questions in advance.)

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From the “did you know?” file: New county newsletter

January 14th, 2009 Tracy Posted in Online, White Center news Comments Off

Though White Center and greater North Highline may not be “unincorporated” that much longer, the county’s just taken a new communication step, by launching a monthly newsletter, with the unromantic name Unincorporated Area Community News. You can read the first edition here.

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New online offerings from White Center Community Development Association

January 8th, 2009 Tracy Posted in Online, White Center Community Development Association 1 Comment »

The new year brings new website features from the White Center Community Development Association — most notably, online classified ads for the community. You can check ‘em out – and post one if you want — by going here.

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Blogger reviews Be’s

November 10th, 2008 Tracy Posted in Food, Online Comments Off

WCN’s FullTilt broke the news here when Be’s opened in White Center a while back. First comprehensive review I’ve seen is this one just posted by Tara.

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Cool story about the Technology Access Foundation …

September 29th, 2008 Tracy Posted in Online Comments Off

… which is very active in White Center. Read it here.

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