Next 50 Film Project seeks Seattle neighborhood stories

Seattle’s neighborhoods are rich with stories. A Story Runs Through It is a celebration of Seattle’s diverse communities through video storytelling. Residents are invited to submit short videos that tell a tale from their own neighborhoods and communities. This Next Fifty project aims to capture Seattle’s stories, engage and train communities in the art of filmmaking and build connections between neighborhoods. The submission deadline is Aug. 31. A free filmmaking workshop will take place 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 14 at Seattle Center. Register for the workshop and get more information about The Next Fifty Film Project here or watch a project video.

Today’s hours for Neighborhood Service Centers

Here is a list of Neighborhood Service Centers that serve as Payment and Information Service sites and today’s hours of operation due to weather conditions:

Lake City: Open – 9:00-5:00
Closed for lunch 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Ballard: Open – 9:00-5:00
Open for lunch

University: Closed

Central: Open – 9:00-5:00
Closed for lunch 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Southeast: Open – 9:00 – 5:00
Closed for lunch 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Delridge: Open until 3:30 p.m.

West Seattle: Closed

Thomas Whittemore, New East District Coordinator

Thomas Whittemore is the new East District Coordinator, replacing Jose Cervantes, who retired at the end of March, after 31 years working for the City.  Thomas has worked for the department of neighborhoods for nine years, serving as a Neighborhood Matching Fund project manager, Involving all Neighbors program manager, Planning Outreach Specialist and Acting District Coordinator for the Central and Greater Duwamish Districts.  The Neighborhood District Coordinator acts as a liaison between the general public and city officials. The East District includes the Capitol Hill, First Hill, Pike/Pine, Miller and Madison neighborhoods. 

In an interview for the Capitol Hill blog, Thomas stated, “Part of my job as district coordinator is working with underrepresented populations, which is inspiring to me,” “I hope to bring that passion to the East district, no matter who the underrepresented are. My role is to bring community issues forward, not as an advocate, but as facilitator.”

Thomas can be reached at 684-4574 or