June 2020

Norene (Buchanan) Reich

Norene Reich passed away peacefully at the age of 95 on June 2, 2020 at her West Seattle home at The Kenney.  A devoted and loving daughter, aunt, mother, and grandmother, Norene was beloved by all who knew her. She was known for her sunny, positive outlook on life, her devotion to family and friends, and her terrific wit.  A child of the Great Depression, she saw life's challenges merely as obstacles to be overcome through one's positive attitude and sense of humor. Undeterred by the recent pandemic, she kept the family laughing and smiling during their weekly video calls. 


COVID-19 response prompts another $86.2M Emergency Funding Measure

The King County Council on Tuesday passed new legislation protecting tenants who are unable to pay their rent due to the financial impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. The ordinance, co-sponsored by Councilmembers Claudia Balducci, Girmay Zahilay, and Jeanne Kohl-Welles, extends protections to residential tenants, including manufactured homeowners, and small commercial tenants in unincorporated King County.


Mod Pizza will open in Westwood Vilage June 30

Seattle based Mod Pizza is opening in Westwood Village on June 30 at 10:30am. The new restaurant took over the former locations of Baja Taco and Giovanni's Pizza. Each closed last year, Giovanni's in February and Baja in August. The new location will be 2700 Square feet.

mod pizza flyer


They wil also have Friends & Family Days on 6/28 & 29 as they finish training the team. The prize will drop to 50% for those two days as they give back to the community. 


HPAC community listening session on SDOT traffic mitigation projects happening June 24

information from Highland Park Action Coalition

The Highland Park Action Coalition is sponsoring and Community Listening session on June 24, 7-8pm around the increasing West Seattle Bridge detour traffic through the Highland Park neighborhood and ideas they have for mitigation projects. They will also share what they know about the upcoming Project Prioritization Process.

They will have at least two members of the West Seattle Bridge Task Force who represent the area in attendance to hear from the community.

The meeting is open to all but due to Zoom capacity they will prioritize attendees from Highland Park, South Delridge, Riverview and Roxhill.


The new normal: What to expect

By Jean Godden

After months of stay-at-home orders and concern over Corvid-19, we are beginning to reopen society. The Seattle area has advanced from sheltering in place to 1.5 -- a state somewhere between quarantine and the opening of businesses under tight guidelines. And we may soon get to phase 2.

People I know are delighted simply to get a haircut, to dine at a restaurant -- outside and distanced -- and to pick up a book left curbside at the library. There are promises of more "openings" to come provided there are no big coronavirus spikes.

However, while we are still dealing with the deadly pandemic, we also are facing a second epidemic: racism. There is understandable outrage over the deaths of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks, latest of a horrible string of police killings. The protests are important and are just beginning to show us the way forward -- a pathway rooted in racial, social and economic justice for all.


A COVID-19 herb garden

By Katy G. Wilkens

My herb garden got a makeover this spring while my husband’s job was suspended because of COVID-19. While I went off to work, he sheltered at home and tackled raggedy thyme, uncontrolled mint and parsley, an old bay tree and lots of tough weeds.

He did a beautiful job. New fresh herbs are coming up everywhere, and the mint is nicely contained in its own tub. I have more parsley, thyme, chives and cilantro than ever before.


herb garden

If you don’t have a green thumb or much space, you can still grow herbs just about anywhere - in pots on a deck, in a rockery, in a planter on the front porch or by the kitchen door. In this season, plant fresh herb starts rather than trying to grow herbs from seeds.