White Center protesters raise awareness of Cambodia-Thailand dispute

February 12th, 2011 Tracy Posted in West Seattle, White Center news 1 Comment »

(Also published on WSB)

You’ve heard a lot about what’s going on in the Middle East – but have you heard about what’s going on in Southeast Asia? A border clash between Cambodia and Thailand is about to come to a head in front of the United Nations, and today Cambodian-Americans came to White Center and West Seattle for a demonstration aimed at bringing it to your attention and demanding the U.S. government get involved. WCN/WSB contributor Deanie Schwarz noticed the protest, took these photos and talked to spokesperson Sokmakara Hang, who explained that the demonstrators came from all over the state, and came here because this area has the state’s highest concentration of Cambodian-Americans. They stood on corners all around 16th/Roxbury:

Also on hand was Meach Sovannara from the Khmer Post Media Center in Long Beach (Calif.). The dispute is over a border area near the Preah Vihear Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is more than a millennium old. The Cambodian-Americans say the most recent skirmishes killed Cambodian soldiers, and are demanding that the Thai government stop what they call an “invasion.” They want United Nations intervention as well as President Obama and the rest of the international community. According to this story from the Bangkok Post, this issue will be brought to the UN Security Council on Monday, and reportedly Cambodia will claim it’s at war with Thailand. There’s more background on the century-long conflict over the temple in this Jakarta Post story.

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West Seattle news: Sketch released in attack investigation

January 26th, 2011 Tracy Posted in Crime, West Seattle Comments Off on West Seattle news: Sketch released in attack investigation

(Note: While our West Seattle site is down – its server-management company says they’re under denial-of-service attack – we’re posting stories here, since this site is unaffected, using a different server-management company. When the outage is over, we’ll move them to WSB and delete them here unless they’re of White Center relevance too.)

New development tonight in the wake of yesterday’s Lincoln Park attack and arrest. Tonight police have gone public with that sketch they say was made because of an attack in the park last December. They want to hear from anyone and everyone who not only might have had a suspicious encounter in the park, but anyone who might have been subject to “unwanted touching” elsewhere in West Seattle. As we reported earlier today, the man arrested yesterday, 46-year-old Duane Starkenburg, is currently charged only in one incident – and police are working hard to see if there are others he might be responsible for. Here’s their full update.

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Need help paying utility bills? Special event this weekend

January 10th, 2011 Tracy Posted in Utilities, West Seattle, White Center news Comments Off on Need help paying utility bills? Special event this weekend

Local utilities say there’s help for people who can’t pay their utility bills – but few people manage to get that help, because they don’t know it exists. That’s why Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle City Light are putting on a special event this weekend in West Seattle – find out about it here (and that link also will help you find out if you qualify for assistance).

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Partner site is down – will post WS news here if necessary

December 11th, 2010 Tracy Posted in West Seattle Comments Off on Partner site is down – will post WS news here if necessary

In case anybody comes here looking for this information – our partner site West Seattle Blog is currently down because of problems where our server is hosted. If there’s any major West Seattle news, we’ll post it here as well as via Facebook and Twitter. Meantime, we’ll have some new White Center stories shortly!

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White Center Food Bank’s Rick Jump testifies at Seattle City Council budget hearing

October 13th, 2010 Tracy Posted in West Seattle, White Center Food Bank, White Center news Comments Off on White Center Food Bank’s Rick Jump testifies at Seattle City Council budget hearing

Tonight at South Seattle Community College in West Seattle, as covered on partner site West Seattle Blog, about 200 people showed up for a Seattle City Council budget hearing – and almost half of them spoke to the council (with, eventually, all nine members on hand). Among them, White Center Food Bank executive director Rick Jump – not speaking against a proposed cut by Mayor McGinn, but instead, in favor of the $35,000 he has proposed giving the WC Food Bank. Jump noted that a third of his agency’s clients come from within Seattle city limits, another third from unincorporated areas, and another third from Burien, and he does get funding from both the latter city and from the county. P.S. He’ll be back at SSCC’s Brockey Center, same site as tonight’s hearing, this Saturday night for the food bank’s annual Harvest Dinner and Auction, 5:30 pm.

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Got something to say about the county budget? Here’s your chance

October 12th, 2010 Tracy Posted in King County, West Seattle, White Center news 1 Comment »

Countywide Community Forums are coming to the area – not White Center, but close. Here’s the invite, with an offer of free food, and a request for your RSVP:

OCTOBER 14: Countywide Community Forums event, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Freedom Church of West Seattle
9601 35th Avenue SW
Tel:206-937-1417
Community-wide forum and dinner hosted by the Freedom Church in West Seattle. Join us for dinner with Dick’s Drive-In burgers and shakes and for a stimulating discussion about the county’s $63 million shortfall and how it impacts you and your community. Please RSVP through the website or by calling (206) 937-1417, so we know how much food to provide.

You can find out more about the CCF organization by going here.

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Multiple shooting in Seattle – White Center affected too

September 23rd, 2010 Tracy Posted in Crime, West Seattle, White Center news Comments Off on Multiple shooting in Seattle – White Center affected too

Just in case you are wondering what’s going on and why traffic is blocked on westbound Roxbury around 14th SW – there has been a multiple shooting incident, with four people reported dead according to scanner traffic (though police have not yet formally confirmed that), at 14th and Cambridge, just north of Roxbury. We are posting continuing coverage at partner site West Seattle Blog.

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Help the White Center Food Bank – and yourself!

September 17th, 2010 Tracy Posted in West Seattle, White Center Food Bank, White Center news Comments Off on Help the White Center Food Bank – and yourself!

If you can make it over to Avalon Glassworks in West Seattle’s Luna Park business district tomorrow afternoon – here’s an unusual fundraiser: Suggested donation $40 for a professionally photographed head shot, and the money goes to the White Center Food Bank. More details here.

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El Salvador ‘mobile consulate’ in West Seattle this weekend

September 4th, 2010 Tracy Posted in West Seattle, White Center news Comments Off on El Salvador ‘mobile consulate’ in West Seattle this weekend

Thanks to Alice and Helen, readers of partner site West Seattle Blog, for the tips that led us to this information: The government of El Salvador has set up a “mobile consulate” at Denny International Middle School in West Seattle this weekend, till 4 pm today, and again 8 am-4 pm tomorrow. This is particularly important to Salvadorean citizens who need to re-register for Temporary Protected Status, with a deadline coming up next week.

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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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Fireworks reminder: Where/when they’re legal, where they’re not

July 2nd, 2010 Tracy Posted in Boulevard Park, Burien, Holidays, West Seattle, White Center, White Center news Comments Off on Fireworks reminder: Where/when they’re legal, where they’re not

Just a quick reminder: Though fireworks have been for sale in the unincorporated area since Monday, using them is ONLY legal 9 am-midnight on Sunday. And if you are within the Seattle or Burien city limits, they are NOT legal at all.

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White Center Food Bank gets promising news from Seattle leaders

June 10th, 2010 Tracy Posted in West Seattle, White Center Food Bank, White Center news 1 Comment »

Last night at the 34th District Democrats‘ meeting in West Seattle, White Center Food Bank executive director Rick Jump was one of the community leaders who posed questions to Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, City Council President Richard Conlin, and Councilmember Bruce Harrell. It was a question that he and others have asked for a long time: Since a third of the White Center Food Bank’s service area is within the Seattle city limits, shouldn’t the organization get some funding from the city? Bottom line – none of the three disagreed; they promised to see what they could do. This won thunderous applause from the 100-plus in attendance, since the WC Food Bank is a major beneficiary of volunteer time/donations from the 34th DDs. More from the meeting coming up later today.

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Westwood Village Street Fair: Evergreen Aquatic Center reaches out

May 22nd, 2010 Tracy Posted in Evergreen Pool, West Seattle, Westwood Village, White Center news 1 Comment »

Evergreen Community Aquatic Center is among the organizations/businesses/entities tabling at today’s Westwood Village Street Fair, close to the White Center/West Seattle line, so if you go to the street fair, drop by and say hi! The events are all happening in the Bed Bath Beyond/Pier 1 Imports parking lot, till 7 tonight. We’ve got a schedule of events and other highlights in our coverage on partner site West Seattle Blog.

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Village Green Perennial Nursery 1 of 2 White Center participants in tomorrow’s West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day

May 7th, 2010 Tracy Posted in West Seattle, White Center news Comments Off on Village Green Perennial Nursery 1 of 2 White Center participants in tomorrow’s West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day

Earlier this week, we mentioned that White Center Arts Alliance is participating in tomorrow’s West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day, presented by our partner site West Seattle Blog – and we wanted to make sure you also knew that Village Green Perennial Nursery is on the map too. Speaking of maps, you can get yours by going to the official WSCGSD website at westseattlegaragesale.com – there’s a clickable Google Map which has been updated with last-minute cancellations plus an addition, and there’s a printable PDF version of the map (it doesn’t reflect those changes, so be sure to make note of them; they’re listed on that site too). If you don’t have a printer, closest place to get a pre-printed sale map is Bird on a Wire Espresso in the south West Seattle neighborhood of Westwood.

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White Center Arts Alliance participating in West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day

May 4th, 2010 Tracy Posted in Arts, West Seattle, White Center news Comments Off on White Center Arts Alliance participating in West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day


View West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2010 in a larger map

Just four days till the 6th annual – and biggest ever – West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day – and White Center Alliance is part of it – look for sale #193, at 18th SW and SW Cambridge. If you’re interested in wandering even further north to shop, here’s the direct Google Map link). We also have a more packet-like printable map. It’s a 12-page Word doc (6 pages if you print both sides). If you’d rather print from a PDF, use this link. The sales are all open for business 9 am-3 pm this Saturday ONLY.

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You’re invited to the “Fire Muster” this Saturday

April 20th, 2010 Tracy Posted in Fire, West Seattle, White Center Swap Meet 1 Comment »

On the West Seattle/White Center border, the Seattle Fire Departments Joint Training Facility will host the “Fire Muster” for cadets and explorers this Saturday, 9 am-4 pm. According to this post on the city’s Fire Lines site, you’re invited to watch.

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2 additions: Headlines from WCCDA and WSB

April 4th, 2010 Tracy Posted in West Seattle, White Center Community Development Association, White Center news 1 Comment »

They’re small, but these might be enhancements to our increasing number of White Center Now visitors (thank you!) – the right sidebar now features the latest headlines from the White Center Community Development Association site, which gets newsier all the time, and from our partner site West Seattle Blog, since we hear so often from folks suggesting that certain WSB stories should be featured here too. We’ve noticed there’s a bit of a lag in the digest, so what you see in the WSB box may not necessarily be the very newest stories (we update news there VERY frequently most days), but it’ll give you an idea of what’s going on, and of course any breaking news of value to White Center/vicinity will be here in the main section too.

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Also today: Talk to your state legislators

February 20th, 2010 Tracy Posted in Politics, West Seattle, White Center news Comments Off on Also today: Talk to your state legislators

Chances are that you’re in the 34th Legislative District. Your legislators, State Sen. Joe McDermott, Reps. Eileen Cody and Sharon Nelson, are having a town hall meeting in nearby West Seattle this morning – 11 am at High Point Community Center (here’s a map).

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White Center-based WestSide Baby’s big afternoon

February 6th, 2010 Tracy Posted in West Seattle, WestSide Baby, White Center news Comments Off on White Center-based WestSide Baby’s big afternoon

(Crossposted from partner site West Seattle Blog)

WestSide Baby executive director Nancy Woodland had reason to smile. WestSide Baby’s 9th annual Benefit Tea in Brockey Center at South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) on Puget Ridge was sold out long before the doors opened – check out the crowd:

Volunteers young and old made it a success – including ambassadors Sonja and Kelsey (wearing, and handing out, tiaras):

Nancy Woodland says the final guest count was 470 – and they raised more than $100,000. “Unbelievable and amazing and we are so very thankful!” she adds. ADDED: Courtesy of Donna Ryan Photography, Rinku Wheaton speaking at the event, including her thoughts on being part of WestSide Baby’s “Giving Circle” (read more about it here):

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Ready to remodel, or build a custom home?

November 28th, 2009 Tracy Posted in West Seattle Comments Off on Ready to remodel, or build a custom home?

A free workshop’s coming up in West Seattle, presented by a longtime sponsor of our partner site West Seattle Blog, and we’re sharing the info here: 6 pm December 3rd, you’re invited to “Building a Better Home: Remodeling and Custom Home Workshop” at the offices of Ventana Construction, 5458 California SW (map). The workshop’s purpose:

If you are a homeowner considering remodeling your home or building a new custom home, this workshop is an invaluable first step in the process. Learn from experienced professionals about how to get started, what to expect, and the steps you can take to make your project successful.

Ventana requests reservations for the free event – call 206-932-3009.

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