Neighborhood Groups

In the late-1940s, three small Ballard High sororities - the Patricians, the Vals and the Niads - joined together to better plan social gatherings. Sixty years later, the members are still at it.

This summer saw the celebration of the class of 1948's 60th consecutive annual luncheon. Throughout the years, ex-Beavers have traveled from as far away as Chicago, Hawaii and Australia to meet with old friends and continue the tradition.

"It's a chance to see how everyone's changed," said Joanne Bell, one of the luncheons organizers and a 1948 Ballard graduate.

09/22/2008

The decision to make the Aurora Bridge more dissuasive to potential suicides has brought up mixed feelings to potential designs for a planned suicide-prevention barrier on each side of the overpass.

Because the bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a citizens' advisory committee formed to ensure the fence design reflects community values and issues, has decided the barrier should be removable for major maintenance and should not deface any part of the original bridge.

Aiming for a 12-foot- high fence, the committee discussed at a public meeting las

09/15/2008

I am a volunteer for Boy Scout Troop 282 here in West Seattle and I am writing in regard to the article that was published in the August 27 West Seattle Herald entitled "Search on for Scouts at 1st Liberty statue dedication."

There is a reference to "Cub Scout Troop 282." I wanted to point out that Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts are being confused in this context.

To clarify the terminology, Cub scouting members join a Cub Scout pack and are assigned to a den, usually a neighborhood group of six to eight boys.

09/10/2008

Libby and Paul Carr, Co-Chairs of the Seattle Statue of Liberty Plaza Project, and Seattle Parks and Recreation announced today that the unveiling of the new Statue of Liberty Plaza on Seattle's Alki Beach will take place at an all-day celebration on Saturday, September 6.

Art, crafts, and food vendors; the Uptown Jazz Band; and a celebration cake will kick off the festivities at 11 a.m. at the Seattle landmark at 61st Ave. SW and Alki Ave.

08/28/2008
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The Seattle Planning Commission says it approves, with caveats, a proposal to increase the building height in an Interbay commercial area from the current 40-foot limit, but it was unable to come up with a specific height limit.

The original proposal sought an increase in some areas to 125 feet. The mayor had proposed a limit of 85 feet.

08/11/2008
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IF HEIGHT IS RAISED TO 125 FEET. The diagram shows the effect of buildings in the Dravus Street and 15th Avenue corridor at the maximum increased height of 125 feet originally requested.

Art courtesy of Seattle Department of Planning and Development

Pico Corporation, owners of the new Pizza Picolino on 32nd Avenue Northwest, has entered a "Community Good Neighbor Agreement" with the city of Seattle over its liquor license.

As of this printing, the Washington State Liquor Control Board has not yet approved the liquor license and could make its decision soon.

The restaurant, set to open later this summer, generated controversy over its spirits, beer and wine license application with the Washington State Liquor Control Board.

07/28/2008

Last year Kelly Garces noticed that of the 24 houses on her block only two had trees in front of them.

She had recently found out about Seattle's Tree Fund - a grant program where neighborhoods could get free trees to plant in front of their houses so she decided to take action.

"I just thought it would make the street so much more lovely," said Garces.

The Tree Fund is part of the city's Neighborhood Matching Fund, a grant program that funds a variety of grassroots neighborhood projects.

07/07/2008

Despite lingering neighborhood doubts, the Seattle School District says it has every intention of working with the surrounding community to determine what uses should replace Denny Middle School after it's torn down and rebuilt on Sealth High's campus.

Community members kicked around ideas and shared concerns at the Westwood Neighborhood Council's monthly meeting.

The district's relationship with leaders in the Westwood neighborhood was damaged after it revoked its support for a city of Seattle matching funds grant last spring that would have paid for a consultant to star

06/23/2008

The recent designation of the old John B. Allen School as a city landmark could make it fiscally easier for the Phinney Neighborhood Association to purchase it from the Seattle School District.

The Phinney Association has leased the school from the district since 1981 and plans to purchase it for an undisclosed amount. The non-profit is almost ready to make an offer, said Ed Medeiros, executive director of the Phinney group.

The district plans to sell several of its surplus school facilities that won't be needed in the future to house students.

03/03/2008
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SCHOOL A LANDMARK. Designation as a landmark could ease the way for the Phinney Neighborhood Association to buy the building is has leased from the school district for 27 years.

Photo by Steve Shay

Pete Spalding, one of two West Seattle community representatives on the Alaskan Way Viaduct Stakeholders Advisory Committee, regards himself as a "neighborhood activist."

"I have a deep interest in what happens in my neighborhood," he says with a slight Louisiana drawl. "I like to stick my nose in st