This is an amazing way to connect a diverse community through literature (Books on kites now Sanislo reading plan, Feb. 13).

Good for you Maryann Horsley, Drachen Foundation, and Seattle Public Library for providing great books to children, connecting a community and encouraging the timeless art of reading to learn and learning to read sparking curiosity and their imagination.

Marie-Anne Harkness



Working together is a tradition

By Kay F. Reinartz

February 20, 2008, was a red letter day in contempory Ballard history because it represents the people once again coming together fighting for Ballard. This time the fight is over preserving Ballard's architectural and business history.

Downtown, on the 40th floor of the City Municipal Tower building, the Seattle Landmark Preservation Board voted 6 to 3 to designate the old Manning's Cafeteria, a.k.a.


The cliche/, "You can't afford to wait any longer" comes to mind when considering saving for your child's college education as tuition increases 7 percent annually at Washington public universities.

Washington State's 529 prepaid Guaranteed Education Tuition Program offers savings plans that lock in today's tuition, plus 7 percent at today's cost, to hedge against tomorrow's prices.


FAMILIES ENROLL TODDLERS IN TUITION PROGRAM. Sam and Jennifer Jansons of Ballard hold their 7 month-old daughter, Josephine. She is receiving college "units" over time through her parents' monthly payments via Washington State's 529 prepaid Guaranteed Education Tuition Program. In Ballard, 743 kids are enrolled in the program.

Photo by Steve Shay

Modeled after a community-wide reading program practiced across the nation, "West Seattle Reads," invites all elementary school age children here to learn how kiting relates to different cultures.

With a grant from the Washington State Secretary of State, longtime West Seattle resident and librarian at Sanislo Elementary School, Maryann Horsley, has partnered with local city libraries and a non-profit for this free, neighborhood-wide program.

Children who participate will receive one of two fiction books that center around kites in Asian societies.

Students wil


The Des Moines Library has reopened following renovations to upgrade the facility.

Part of the King County Library System, the Des Moines Library at 21620 11th Ave. S. is open for its regularly scheduled hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

For information, call 206-824-6066 or visit


The franchise owner of the Denny's restaurant, which for 23 years occupied the building now up for landmark status with the city of Seattle, said it wants to re-open at the popular Ballard diner site, or maybe another site here.

DWO, a franchise company based in La Palma, Calif., purchased the Denny's at the northwest corner of15th and Market Street in June, but had to shutter in September to make way for a planned mixed-use development.

Gene Erdman, director of human resources for DWO, contacted the News-Tribune early Monday, Jan.


Seattle is best choice

By Richard Conlin

On Monday, Dec.


Ground has been broken on a new $3 million Learning Center to serve women and families at the redeveloped Greenbridge public housing community.

The YWCA Learning Center will feature classrooms, state-of-the-art communications and computer learning technology, a career development center, a King County library branch and other programs and services.

"With this beautiful new facility, the YWCA and its partners will be able to better serve local women and families, building opportunity and self-sufficiency in one of the most economically challenged communities in the region,


WHITE CENTER'S GREENBRIDGE LEARNING CENTER. Seattle Deputy Mayor, Tim Cies, left center, directs King County Library System director Bill Ptacek, right, into the thick of the groundbreaking site of the future Greenbridge Learning Center next to the White Center YWCA, at rear. Photo by Steve Shay

Seattle will lobby the Legislature for tax breaks should it annex the North Highline unincorporated area.

Both Burien and Seattle have designated North Highline as a potential annexation area.

SeaTac recently targeted the Boulevard Park area as well.

The Seattle City Council considered on Dec.


and Ralph Nichols

Seattle will lobby the Legislature for tax breaks should it annex the North Highline unincorporated area.

Both Burien and Seattle have designated North Highline as a potential