West Seattle scene

What is yours?

As the New Year rolls around, many of us resolve to improve our lives. For some, the goals of losing weight or giving up smoking are admirable but of course the cliché is that we dive into dessert and resume puffing by March. Some area residents agreed to share their resolutions and seem committed to make theirs last throughout 2010.

Judy Townsend

As a citizen of West Seattle and a representative of the Alki Community Council I will work to increase community support for our police department so that more people recognize the good things they do. I would like to make sure they’re getting compliments on a day-to-day basis. They are amazingly talented and their work is heartfelt, risking their lives for other people to protect us. They just don’t get enough positive. They’re really fine, fine people.

David Boberg

A year ago at this time I was 126 pounds and just survived radiation and chemo from throat cancer, so my resolution is to remember that each day is a freebie. I am a lot like horseradish root. Once it gets growing it’s hard to kill, even with a blowtorch.

01/03/2010
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Steve Shay

We asked a few West Seattleites about their resolutions for 2010. What are yours?

Week of 12-21-09

Sunday December 27th from noon until 6:00pm
The Highland Park Improvement Club (1116 SW Holden) is hosting a luminaria (lantern) making workshop in preparation for our New Years Eve Neighborhood Parade! HPIC members, friends and families, and neighbors are welcome to join. Even if you are not making a lantern, please stop in and say hello to your neighbors!

Balloon Lanterns
Visiting artist Tricky Bunny from the Fremont Arts Council will provide instruction on how to make a paper mache lantern. To make a balloon lantern, please bring:
– Balloon(s)
– Tissue paper (colorful tissue paper looks especially pretty)
– Wire to attach your lantern to a stick or rod
– Tea candle (the kind where the candle is in a metal cup

Tricky Bunny will provide Elmer’s wood glue, dry wall paper paste, acrylic medium for paper mache, and a hot glue gun and hot glue gun sticks, along with demonstration. Wear clothing that you don’t mind getting glue or paper mache goop on. (Also, for gluten allergy sufferers, please note that wallpaper paste contains gluten.)

Bring snacks to share! Children are welcome.

12/21/2009
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West Seattleites offer their thoughts

An eclectic group of West Seattle residents were asked by the West Seattle Herald about their plans, hopes, and dreams for the coming new year. Some chose to discuss career goals and art, others spoke of education and community cohesiveness, and most mentioned their desire for a more peaceful earth.

People quoted below are ordered in the photos above left to right in descending rows.

John Van Lierop, Jr., Musician, music instructor

“2010 will be especially meaningful for me for I will be beginning my 30th year as organist/pianist at Tibbetts United Methodist Church in West Seattle as well as completing 40 years as a piano teacher in West Seattle. What's unique about my profession is that I am able to see piano students grow up under my teaching. This is true of two of my high school seniors who will be earning their high school diplomas in music through the National Guild of Piano Teachers based in Austin, Texas. These two students are Cooper Sinai-Yunker, a senior at West Seattle High, and Timothy Locke, a senior at Garfield High. I've had Cooper 12 years and Timothy 14 years as piano pupils.”

12/20/2009
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Photos by Steve Shay

The West Seattle Herald asked an eclectic group of people about their thoughts regarding the upcoming year.
People quoted below are ordered in the photos above left to right in descending rows.

The 50-member WellnessWestSeattle.com is in its second year of serving the West Seattle community. The ad-free site includes a directory of health and wellness practitioners with educational links. Visitors to WellnessWestSeattle.com can find service descriptions, photos of practitioners, contact information, and links to practitioner sites.

Categories include Acupuncture to Yoga. Some of the services include medical and dental, mental health and well being, coaching, complementary and alternative medicine, body work and fitness, youth care and other “community care” services, and more.

To celebrate their second year as a community wellness resource, health and wellness professionals at WellnessWestSeattle.com have been talking about the special things they personally appreciate about West Seattle. With the perfect storm of economic pressure meeting typical holiday stress, the gratitude antidote is especially valuable.

12/15/2009
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The Huffs shocked and saddened

Amanda Knox, the UW student and West Seattle resident has been found guilty on all charges in the murder case involving the death of her roomate, Meredith Kercher. This could result in a sentence of 26 years for Knox and 25 years for Raffaele Sollecito her former boyfriend who was also found guilty. The Italian court arrived at the decision after a process of deliberation by 2 judges and 6 jurors.

Amanda's aunt, Janet Huff said, "This is so stupid. They didn't listen to the facts in the case. All we have now is the appeals process to get her home." Knox who has spent the last 2 years in prison is clearly expected to appeal.

"We've been told that in the Italian court process nobody wins in the first part," said Huff, "I think they (the jurors and judges) were scared and intimidated. "

Seated in the courtroom were Knox's father Curt, her mother, Edda Mellas, and the oldest of her three younger sisters, Deanna, 20.

12/04/2009
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Janet Huff, with her husband Mick react to the announcement of the verdict in the trial of their 22 year old niece Amanda Knox. Knox was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 26 years in prison in the case which has gripped international media for the past two years.

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Italian court makes the announcement

Amanda Knox, the UW student and West Seattle resident has been found guilty on all charges. This would result in a sentence of 26 years for Knox and 25 years Raffaele Sollecito her former boyfriend who was also found guilty. The Italian court arrived at the decision after a process of deliberation by 2 judges and 6 jurors. Amanda's aunt, Janet Huff said, "This is so stupid. They didn't listen to the facts in the case. All we have now is the appeals process to get her home." Knox who has spent the last 2 years in prison is clearly expected to appeal.
"We've been told that in the Italian court process nobody wins in the first part," said Huff, "I think they (the jurors and judges) were scared and intimidated. "

12/04/2009

West Seattle Junction Merchants
Hometown Holidays Headquarters: 12-4PM – Stay local on Sundays and enjoy what your neighborhood has to offer. Meet us in front of Key Bank for festivities and information on shopping, the $6500 raffle, and in-store events.

Santa’s Workshop at 4218 SW Alaska St. (around from Cupcake Royale):

Santa Photos: 12-4PM Santa Photos – Santa will be here to listen to your children’s Christmas requests. Professional Santa Photos by Donna Ryan Photography and a suggested donation of $10 or more will be donated to our West Seattle charities. Also help make ornaments for the holiday tree. Santa donations to West Seattle Food Bank, West Seattle Helpline and West Side Baby.

Free Gift Wrap: 12-4PM – Receive a complimentary holiday gift wrapping by Swee Swee Paperie with any $50 or more purchase from participating West Seattle Junction merchants. Additional holiday gift wrapping services are available for a fee with a portion of the profits to be donated to a local charity.

11/30/2009
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West Seattle High Point resident Fadumo Mohamed and her husband risked their lives to follow their hearts. Fadumo and Adam Jama Abdi grew up together in Merca, Somalia, 45 miles south of the capital, Mogadishu, where they had known each other much of their lives.

Both were Muslim, middle-class, and, when seen in public appeared a perfect match. However, when they married, they nearly signed their death warrant, and they knew it.

That’s because Fadumo is from the noble Nasab class of society while Adam is from the lower Nasab-Dhiman class. Somali’s refer to these tribal divisions as “clans.” For these two clans to intermarry is taboo.

“It’s very rare,” said Fadumo, here since 2007. “I loved this man. We wanted to make a new generation and change the culture. We were hoping to hide our whole lives.”

They moved south to a town near the Kenyan border and hoped for the best. Adam owned a food and clothes market and made a good living. Fadumo said that even the richest Nasab-Dhiman is still considered inferior to the poorest Nasab.

11/27/2009
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Clockwise, Fadumo Mohamed with her three daughters Ayan, 9, Amal, 7, and Abdi, 5, in their High Point backyard. Fadumo and her husband fled Somalia separately after her brothers threatened to kill them. The crime? She married beneath her clan. Now she and her attorney are trying to reunite her husband with her family here. He awaits our government's OK while in Abu Dhabi.

Lots of people play at Lincoln Park on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time of traditions of course but for an intergenerational group of people in West Seattle it means gathering at Lincoln Park for a North vs. South soccer match.

Approximately 50 people, including mothers, fathers, sons and daughters have been coming to the park every year for over a decade to enjoy each other's company and play a spirited soccer match.

Jamie Stubner, the official commissioner of fun for the match said, "I started coaching soccer a long time ago with my little girls. We started every Thanksgiving having a soccer game down here at Lincoln Park...We have rain, sometimes it's good weather. When it's rain we have a better game because no one can stand up."

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The game is between people living north and south of Lincoln Park. They don't keep score,

11/26/2009
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Brad Becker serving as goalie for the North team moves on the ball along with Matt Goss during their annual North vs. South soccer match on Thanksgiving.

Costumed pooches by the dozen

The Halloween Howl at the Hiawatha Community Center was a treat and not just for the dogs involved. A cadre of canines, most dressed in their best costumes showed up and got a chance to strut, scamper and do a whole lot of sniffing.

The event, held as a fundraiser for the West Seattle Food Bank featured a pet photographer, vendor booths, a raffle and most importantly for the dogs and their owners, a costume contest. There were dogs dressed as ladybugs, wizards, bikers, bears, skunks, and quite a few caped canines too.

The winners were:
1st Place "Buddy" as Mr. T
2nd Place "Sydney" as a Scarecrow
3rd Place "Jin Jing" as a Lady Bug
4th Place "Daisy" as an Angel
5th Place "Seamus Shovelpaws" as a pumpkin.

The fundraising goes to help the food bank which reports that demand is up close to 20% over last year. The food bank helps over 2000 families with meals.

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10/31/2009
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