Patrick Robinson
After years of struggle, and foreclosure threats The Village Green Perennial Nursery in White Center will close likely in early summer. Owner Vera Johnson said via Facebook that she wants to move to something new.

The fight is over: Village Green Perennial Nursery is closing

By Gwen Davis

It’s a story that speaks volumes to how many West Seattleites were never able to recover from the great recession.

West Seattle’s Vera Johnson, operator of the Village Green Perennial Nursery, has fought long and hard to retain control of her home, land and business near White Center at 10223 26th Ave SW.

However, as of this past week, she has given up the fight.

Johnson gained notoriety when Bank of America began foreclosure proceedings against her in 2011. Press coverage of her dilemma resulted in a new loan which Johnson maintains she faithfully made payments on. Her loan was later sold to Greentree Financial who now states that she has missed payments and has begun foreclosure proceedings against her again.

At first she chose to rejoin the fight, producing a web page, a video story on Vimeo and a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds. But Johnson announced via Facebook last week that she has given up that effort.

Her post reads:

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On the Go Week of 4-17-16

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WSHS Class of 1966 Reunion Weekend
Various locations
June 2–4. The West Seattle High School Class of 1966 50th Reunion weekend will include informal gatherings, golf and a party at Normandy Park Cove. For more information contact Kathy Braymer Shepard, kathy@westseattle66.com

GriefShare Support Group
Grace Church
10323 28th Ave. S.W
Meets every Sat. until May 21, 10 a.m. This is open to anyone who has lost a loved one by death. You can start at any time and it does not matter how long ago the death occurred. A onetime $15 covers the cost of your workbook. Call Grace Church 206.937.8400 or Barb at 206.932.7459.
Songs of Love,
Life and Beyond
Alki United Church of Christ
6115 S.W. Hinds St.

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WSDOT
If all goes well the closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct starting April 29 will last only two weeks.

Alaskan Way Viaduct will close for approximately two weeks starting April 29

information from WSDOT

Drivers and transit users, pay heed: there are 14 days to get ready for a closure of the State Route 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct through downtown Seattle. Starting Friday, April 29, the Washington State Department of Transportation will close the viaduct between South Spokane Street and the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel.

This closure is expected to start prior to the morning commute and last approximately two weeks as the SR 99 tunneling machine Bertha digs underneath the roadway near Yesler Way.

Roughly 90,000 vehicles use the viaduct each day. Because the structure is one of three major north/south highways in the greater Seattle area, WSDOT expects this closure to have a significant effect on the region’s commute.

“When we closed the viaduct for nine days in 2011, we saw significant congestion on Seattle city streets and nearby highways,” said David Sowers, deputy administrator of the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program. “We’ll do everything we can to ease congestion, but unfortunately there’s no way to close a major highway without disrupting traffic.”

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