Saturday evening I had the privilege of joining the Bonanno family at Safeco Field as the Seattle Mariners and the Volunteer Usher Staff honored the years of service that Ellie Bonanno gave to her favorite baseball team! It was a wonderful time of remembering Ellie, her sense of fun and adventure. It personally reminded me of how she valued her community, friends and family.
As many of you know, Ellie was taken from us in January 2014 after being struck by a vehicle as she walked home from the library on a sunny winter afternoon. Sadly and very ironically, she was hit by the car as she crossed Walnut Street; a street she had lived on for decades. She was exiting the pedestrian pathway that she was instrumental in having the City of Edmonds create. All of us that knew and loved Ellie miss her daily and we continue to struggle with the City in hopes of having a crosswalk added to Walnut Street. Seems logical that a crosswalk be put in place where the city has created a designated path for citizens to walk on.
As it presently exists, there are no markings on Walnut Street between the paths, yet countless people, young, old, with pets and some in strollers, utilize this pathway. This past winter the city did a major renovation of the path on both the north and sound sides of Walnut Street yet we still have no crosswalk. As heartwarming and wonderful as it was to witness the tribute the Mariners paid to Ellie, I would love to see the City of Edmonds, the town in which she lived and loved, raised her family and served as a teacher, honor her memory by adding a crosswalk on Walnut Street at the 8th Avenue pedestrian pathway. She would be so proud to see this come to fruition!