Archive for July, 2009
July 30th, 2009 in Arts, Business, Community, Misc, Partners, People | No Comments
From the Seattle Weekly’s Best of Seattle Reader’s poll:
Best Hardware Store: If it cuts, drills, rips, sands, buffs, sprays, or attaches itself to an air compressor, McLendon’s has your tool. And the lumber to go with it. 10210 16th Ave. S.W., 762-4090, and other locations, mclendons.com.
In addition, our blog neighbors in West Seattle were voted Best Blog:
Best Neighborhood Blog: They’ll be all up in a budget meeting or design review one minute, then reporting on shop cats and graffiti-tagged mailboxes the next. Be you NIMBY or YIMBY, so long as your BY is West Seattle, the West Seattle Blog has you covered. (MyBallard.com comes in a close second.)
Congrats to both!
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July 30th, 2009 in Community, Environment | No Comments
With the hot weather in the forecast for the next few days, here are some tips from the Seattle/King County Public Health press release on how to stay cool and safe:
Stay cool and healthy as the weather gets hotter:
KING COUNTY, WA - Hot weather, with temperatures in the 90s, are forecast for upcoming days and have prompted local health officials to urge residents to stay cool and safe while they enjoy summertime activities. Heat can lead to serious medical problems, particularly for older adults, young children, people with chronic illness, and people with weight or alcohol problems.
“The danger for heat-related illnesses rises when outside temperatures are very high,” said Dr. David Fleming, Director and Health Officer for Public Health - Seattle & King County. “Fortunately, all of us can prevent heat exhaustion or heat stroke with some simple steps.” Protect yourself and your loved ones from heat exhaustion and heat stroke by following these recommendations:
• Spend more time in air conditioned places. If you don’t have air conditioning, consider visiting a mall, movie theater or other cool public places.
• Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun.
• Dress in lightweight clothing.
• Check up on your elderly neighbors and relatives.
• Drink plenty of water or non-alcoholic beverages.
• Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
If you go outside:
• Limit your direct exposure to the sun.
• Do not leave infants, children, people with mobility challenges and pets in a parked car, even with the window rolled down.
• Avoid or reduce strenuous activity.
• Limit outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
• Avoid sunburn. Use a sunscreen lotion with a high SPF (sun protection factor) rating.
Check with your physician if you are concerned about heat and the specific medications you are taking. Certain medications may increase sensitivity to the heat. Do not take salt tablets unless directed to by a physician.
Recognizing heat exhaustion and heat stroke:
Overheating occurs when people’s bodies are not able to cool themselves quickly enough and can lead to symptoms of heat exhaustion, including muscle cramps, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea and vomiting. If you notice someone with signs of overheating, move the person to a cooler location, have them rest for a few minutes and slowly drink a cool beverage. Seek medical attention for them immediately if they do not feel better.
In severe instances, people can suffer heat stroke, which can cause can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided. Symptoms of heat stroke include:
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• an extremely high body temperature (above 103°F)
• red, hot, and dry skin
• rapid, strong pulse
• nausea, confusion and unconsciousness
For more tips and resources on staying cool in hot weather, visit
July 30th, 2009 in Education, Employment, People, Youth | No Comments
Omar Cortez Perez on the campus of South Seattle Community College, July 22, 2009. Gary Davis photo.
SEATTLE, WA (KPLU) - Summer is sizzling at the state’s community colleges. The recession and unemployment has spiked enrollment to record levels at many schools. Seattle’s campuses are no exception. While most students are there to get a college degree, some are there to first finish high school.
Omar Cortez Perez is a tall 19 year old. Soft-spoken and a little shy, he blushes when he smiles, and he smiles a lot, especially now that he’s at college. “I like it, and I think it’s perfect for me,” he says of his new status as college student. Cortez enrolled at South Seattle Community College after taking a tour during which he saw the school’s automotive center. He knew immediately the school could offer him the chance to become a mechanic.
“I like how they (cars) look, how they run. I love the smell of oil,” he tells me. But to get into automotive technology classes, he needs a high school diploma. So he signed up for a special summer program that attracts students on this premise: once you visit a college campus, you’ll want to enroll.
Amy Schwentor coordinates something called “Summer College” at South Seattle. “See,” she says pointing to students at work in the SSCC garage. “He knows this is what it’s going to be like, this is what he’s going to be doing.”
Summer College is a joint venture of Seattle schools, the Seattle Community College District and the City of Seattle. It’s free for students who narrowly failed the WASL, the state’s standard test. Cortez first heard about it this spring from a teacher at Chief Sealth High School, where he finished his senior year. “And I decided to take it, because I knew it was going to help me a lot for my future and my career,” he said.
Cortez is one of 200 students taking classes at Seattle’s three community colleges this summer. Some are high school juniors, some seniors, others are like him, out of school and in need of a credit or two for a diploma. As with Cortez, English is a second language for most of the Summer College students.
Despite the district’s best efforts, Summer College is under-enrolled. A hundred slots were unfilled. There’s always a few sign up and then don’t show up. But, the Seattle School District estimates about 600 students are eligible for the program.
As I walk with Amy Schwentor across campus, she says part of the problem to fill all the seats is the WASL. Grades from the long test come back so late in the school year, she and others who work with students have to make a mad dash to enroll the kids who failed.
“So that’s one of the biggest challenges,” Schwentor says. “I was talking to a hundred kids the last week of school, just calling them out of classes.” It’s a situation that should improve. The WASL is being revised, shortened, and grades should come back sooner next year. Schwentor hopes those changes will help the district fill all 300 seats.
Meanwhile, Cortez has to pass the writing and reading portions of the WASL. He’ll take the test in early August, after Summer College courses are completed. Is he worried? “Yeah, it is scary, but I have to do it. It’s what I want for my future, so I’m trying my best,” says the young man from White Center.
Still, he is confident enough. Cortez plans on starting his automotive technology degree in September at South Seattle. And his enthusiasm is apparently infectious. His older brother has decided to join him this fall. Gary Davis, KPLU News, Seattle.
Summer College will be open again to students next in the Summer of 2010. For information, click on the following link.
Summer College - Seattle Public Schools
Article courtesy of KPLU.org.
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July 27th, 2009 in Employment | No Comments
Neighborhood Revitalization Program Manager
Organization: The White Center Community Development Association (CDA) is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote a vibrant neighborhood and high quality of life for White Center residents and stakeholders through the development of authentic leadership opportunities and community-led, neighborhood initiatives. We accomplish this through our 3 lines of business: neighborhood revitalization, family development, and community building.
Basic Function: The CDA is seeking a full time, exempt employee responsible for the development, management and implementation of White Center’s vision for neighborhood business district, including, public safety, and community organizing & outreach.
Select Specific Duties:
MANAGEMENT OF NEIGHBORHOOD BUSINESS DISTRICT, PUBLIC SAFETY AND COMMUNITY BUILDING PROGRAMS
• Implementation of commercial revitalization plan, including elements of: business district promotion, business attraction, small business technical assistance, and physical infrastructure improvements
• Strong community outreach and organizing within the business district and key partners (business
owners, organizations, property owners, etc.)
• Management of public safety programs, including elements of: supervision and event planning for
Spring Clean, fostering law enforcement-community relationships, and committee participation.
• Support annual community summit and focus groups/surveys focused on commercial revitalization plan
and business district key issues.
Required Qualifications: Ability to communicate the organization’s mission and vision; Excellent leadership, management and interpersonal skills; Excellent communication skills and community organizing experience; Other management skills, including: contracts management, grant writing, strategic planning and program development, sound decision making, problem solving, implementation, negotiation and personal/professional ethics. Computer skills including word processing, database and presentation software; Strong ability to work
with others, develop resources and build alliances; Knowledge and experience working in and involving diverse communities. The CDA seeks candidates with knowledge normally acquired through the completion of a Bachelor’s Degree. Familiarity with White Center-Boulevard Park, community organizing, commercial district or “Main Street” programs, small business, and urban planning is preferred. However, any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required qualifications and skills set will be considered.
Pay Rate: $40-45,000 Annually DOE. Medical/dental benefits provided. Flexible scheduling and work environment negotiable.
Closing date for application: 5:00pm, Friday August 14, 2009.
Interested parties should mail or e-mail a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. 1615 SW Cambridge Street, Seattle, WA 98106. If you have questions or would like to see the full Job Description, please call the White Center CDA at 206-694-1082.
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July 27th, 2009 in Community, People | No Comments
Peter Truong, Lead CSO & ACL Unit, Field Operations Division at KC Sheriff’s Office, SW Precinct. Nice shirt, Peter!
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July 21st, 2009 in Community, People | No Comments
Please click here to read the story about 39 year old Teresa Butz, who was attacked and killed in her South Park home this past Sunday. Her partner, who was also attacked, is now out of the hospital. A sketch of the attacker is also available on the Seattle Times website. Anyone with information is urged to call detectives at 206-684-5550, or King County Crime Stoppers at 206-343-2020. Tips can also be texted to “crimes” (274637).
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July 21st, 2009 in Community, Partners, People | No Comments
From the White Center Food Bank website:
We’d like your help on deciding on a name for this blog. In the comments section, please suggest a name, and you will be entered to win a $25 gift certificate to the Neighborhood Farmers Market of your choice. We will post our top five name choices to the blog on August 10 and ask you to cast a vote for your favorite.
In addition to information, this blog also gives you the opportunity to discuss hunger and poverty in our community with the WCFB as well as other concerned citizens. We would love to hear from you about topics you would like to see addressed on our blog. Post your comments below and we will do our best to respond with new entries and comments as soon as we can.
Visit the White Center Food Bank blog and send in your creative names!
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July 17th, 2009 in Business, Community, Events, News, People | No Comments
We will have a booth at this weekend’s Jubilee Days event in White Center. Make sure to stop by and fill out our White Center Shoppers Survey for your chance to win a $100 gift card to the three stores mentioned in the above flyer. We hope to give out free popcorn as well. See you there!
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