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Seattle will reconfigure Fauntleroy this summer, reducing traffic lanes

  • Jan 27, 2009 at 2:50PM

A section of Fauntleroy Way in West Seattle will be “rechanneled” this summer — reducing the number of traffic lanes while adding bike lanes and a central turning lane — to increase safety and reduce speeding on the thoroughfare, city officials said. Islanders have mixed feelings on the decision, however.

Club and organization news

  • Jan 27, 2009 at 2:49PM

CALENDAR

  • Jan 27, 2009 at 2:47PM

Letter to the editor: Library — KCLS discounts public input

  • Jan 27, 2009 at 2:37PM

Not only do I not support the movement of the Vashon Library to the Vashon K2 facility, I do not support the agenda of the director, Bill Ptacek, the “vision” he has for the KCLS (and the Vashon branch in particular) or the manner in which he conducts his meetings. I have spoken with Mr. Ptacek on several occasions on the telephone and in these gatherings, and it is clear that he is not interested in the commentary that he invites.

Letter to the Editor: We love our little library

  • Jan 27, 2009 at 2:36PM

The downtown Vashon Library has been a great joy to so many of our citizens: The parents who bring their children to play at Ober Park; the people who go to the grocery stores, our local pharmacy, other stores and eating establishments and to the senior center; the many apartment dwellers, and others who walk to the library.

Letter to the editor: Ferries — Public servants aren’t at fault

  • Jan 27, 2009 at 2:35PM

In my opinion, above all else a new beginning in America requires relearning respect for public employees. Many of us, including me, lashed out at David Moseley, Washington State Department of Transportation’s assistant secretary, and other ferry representatives for what we saw as the dumb and dumber options presented for our ferry service. But in retrospect, many of us — again, including me — were wrong to do so. Whacking the messenger is equivalent to blaming the troops for the mess in Iraq. It’s the Legislature that’s to blame, darn it — those who cannot collectively muster a grand vision, those who applaud whenever Tim Eyman squeaks, those who can’t distinguish between an investment in our future and a waste of money, often using as a reason that the bureaucrats will simply squander the money — a thinly veiled excuse for being greedy, I think, or inaction by those who mean well but are afraid to believe in the future. But I rant!

Letter to the Editor: Schools — Single start time would save funds

  • Jan 27, 2009 at 2:34PM

In a time of financial crisis, we must re-examine how we spend our money. As a taxpayer, community member and parent of a first-grader and a fifth-grader who attend Chautauqua Elementary School, I want to express my support for the idea of a single start time for the three schools.

Letter to the Editor: Parks — Let us know what you think

  • Jan 27, 2009 at 2:33PM

It is an honor for me to chair your Vashon Park District board in 2009. When I was initially elected to serve on the board, I truly didn’t know the breadth and depth of what the park district offers this Island. From concerts in the park to kayaking for families and ski school for children, I am continually impressed with the dedication of the park district staff to provide quality recreation experiences for a wide range of interests.

Letter to the Editor: Parks — Let us know what you think

  • Jan 27, 2009 at 2:33PM

It is an honor for me to chair your Vashon Park District board in 2009. When I was initially elected to serve on the board, I truly didn’t know the breadth and depth of what the park district offers this Island. From concerts in the park to kayaking for families and ski school for children, I am continually impressed with the dedication of the park district staff to provide quality recreation experiences for a wide range of interests.

Editorial: For the love of a library

  • Jan 27, 2009 at 2:19PM

A year ago, a commission empaneled to review King County’s charter took a close look at the regional library system and delivered some harsh words. During public meetings, it noted, patrons of the King County Library System “voiced several concerns about KCLS’ governance structure and operations, including lack of oversight and accountability, an unengaged and unresponsive board of trustees, limited public access to board decision-making processes and lack of planning.”

Loving a dog as she embarks on a hard journey towards recovery

  • Jan 27, 2009 at 2:03PM

I’ve replayed the scene in my mind far too many times. Walking down a silent, snowy Bank Road hand in hand with my husband, Jim. Seeing a white SUV in the distance. Realizing we needed to get our dog, who was bounding out of sight, back onto the leash.

Finding hope, sharing woes — Stone soup event gives us a chance to connect

  • Jan 27, 2009 at 2:01PM

As reported previously in The Beachcomber, an ad hoc group of citizens known as Vision for Vashon has recently come together to help Vashon realize its considerable potential to become one of these “DIY communities.”

Empowered youth: A joy to behold

  • Jan 27, 2009 at 2:00PM

Boys beat Eagles at home

  • Jan 23, 2009 at 11:06AM

King County fine too small in public records case, Supreme Court rules

  • Jan 20, 2009 at 7:00PM updated Jan 22, 2009 at 12:40PM

In what some are already calling a significant victory for open government, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that King County’s $124,000 fine for failing to deliver up hundreds of pages of documents to Islander Armen Yousoufian is far too small.

Islanders come out in droves to celebrate Obama's inauguration

  • Jan 22, 2009 at 11:13AM

Vashon celebrated the beginning of Barack Obama’s presidency in high style on Tuesday night, as more than 500 Islanders gathered at the aptly named “O” Space for a rollicking inaugural ball.

Teens dynamic in 'Little Women'

  • Jan 20, 2009 at 6:59PM

One of the most moving scenes in the musical “Little Women,” a first-rate production continuing this weekend at the Bethel Church, takes place on Cape Cod, Mass., in September 1865.

Scenes from a vanished world

  • Jan 20, 2009 at 6:57PM

An upcoming exhibit on Vashon will showcase the photography of Islander Martin Koenig, who spent much of the 1960s and ’70s documenting village life and music in Soviet-era Bulgaria.

Jean Bosch: At the epicenter of Vashon’s civic life

  • Jan 20, 2009 at 7:23PM

Jean Bosch’s quiet walk-in cabin is a striking counterpoint to her bustling civic life.

Performance nights aim to create awareness of teen talent

  • Jan 21, 2009 at 7:00AM

First Fridays on Vashon may have met their match. Beginning next week, the final Friday of each month will host a dynamic event of its own — a teen performance night.

Island panel urges state to maintain Vashon’s ferry service

  • Jan 20, 2009 at 7:24PM

The Island’s ferry advisory committee has sent a letter to the state urging officials to consider the economic impact a reduction in ferry service would have on Vashon.

How much will the bond cost? Islanders debate the issue

  • Jan 21, 2009 at 7:00AM

In the debate over whether to support an upcoming bond measure that will overhaul Vashon’s worn high school, one question some property owners are struggling with is the potential costs they’ll face as a result. Will property taxes go up only nominally, as the campaign’s Web site suggests? Or will they go up considerably, as some of the measure’s opponents contend? And either way, are there other tangible financial benefits that will strengthen the community, as Hattery says? Or will the Island become an increasingly expensive place to live, a haven for the well-to-do?

Letter to the Editor: Think again before voting 'yes' on the school bond

  • Jan 20, 2009 at 7:17PM

Before this Island burdens itself with a $75.5 million school district bond debt, there are several questions we should ask ourselves:

Letter to the Editor: The gift is knowing Sandy Shores well

  • Jan 20, 2009 at 7:16PM

For two and a half years, I had the privilege of living in Sandy Shores, the neighborhood a quarter mile south of the Glacier mine site. Every day there I counted as a gift.

Letter to the Editor: Ober lot should be big enough for new library

  • Jan 20, 2009 at 7:15PM

An article about the library in the Jan. 14 issue of The Beachcomber referred to a restriction on development at Ober Park because of surface water requirements that forced the King County Library System to look elsewhere for a new site.

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