Category Archives: Community

Beacon Hill Community Rallies to Denounce Esther “Little Dove” John’s Displacement

by Will Sweger

In a room hastily converted from a day care center at the Jefferson Community Center, concerned Beacon Hill neighbors met Wednesday to discuss a new development forcing long-time resident Esther “Little Dove” John from her home. Continue reading Beacon Hill Community Rallies to Denounce Esther “Little Dove” John’s Displacement

Five Years of Ark Lodge Cinemas: What’s Next?

by Kris Kendall 

“When are you going to start offering beer and wine at Ark Lodge Cinemas?”

That’s the most common question that patrons ask Ark Lodge proprietor David McRae.

His answer reveals one of many factors that motivate McRae to keep his independent movie house going: “The day we start serving alcohol at Ark Lodge is the day [South Seattle] has one less business where high school kids can get a job.” Continue reading Five Years of Ark Lodge Cinemas: What’s Next?

County Council Approves Exemption Allowing Skyway Espresso Stand to Expand

October 18th – 26th is the Emerald’s Rainmaker Membership Drive! In order to continue producing the Emerald, we need 500 new donors at an average donation of $12/month. Will you join us? 

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by Will Sweger 

On the 10th floor of the King County courthouse, Skyway neighbors assembled Monday afternoon on behalf of a local business owner. Up for a council vote was an exception to county zoning laws to allow Nevzat Cankaya, the owner and operator of Nevzat’s Espresso, to move his drive thru business across the street. Continue reading County Council Approves Exemption Allowing Skyway Espresso Stand to Expand

Orca K-8’s Bridging Wisdom Program Connects Students and Elders

October 18th – 26th is the Emerald’s Rainmaker Membership Drive! In order to continue producing the Emerald, we need 500 new donors at an average donation of $12/month. Will you join us? 

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by Will Sweger

In the community room of the Esperanza House a unique meeting takes place on Wednesdays. Students from Orca K-8 meet with the residents of the low-cost senior home. Continue reading Orca K-8’s Bridging Wisdom Program Connects Students and Elders

Drug Rehabilitation Center Reopens on Beacon Hill

October 18th – 26th is the Emerald’s Rainmaker Membership Drive! In order to continue producing the Emerald, we need 500 new donors at an average donation of $12/month. Will you join us? 

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by Will Sweger

The once-abandoned drug rehabilitation center on North Beacon Hill will be reopening in November. The facility, once a substance abuse recovery center run by King County from 1998 to 2015, will be opening under the management of Valley Cities Behavioral Health Care. Valley Cities is a non-profit behavioral health care provider that has operated in South Seattle for 52 years. Continue reading Drug Rehabilitation Center Reopens on Beacon Hill