West Seattle development: Ex-Charlestown Café site work expected to start Monday

May 29, 2015 at 10:53 pm | In Development, West Seattle news | No Comments

Four years after the end of its run as a restaurant, the much-vandalized ex-Charlestown Café building is in its final days. Dan Swallow from development firm Intracorp told WSB late tonight that they plan to “break ground” on the site Monday; city records show the demolition permit was issued a week and a half ago. 14 townhouses and 13 live-work units are planned for the site; the Southwest Design Review Board OK’d the plan six months ago. (WSB file photo)

Today’s other West Seattle broadcast: Listen online to KUOW’s ‘Week In Review’ from Youngstown

May 29, 2015 at 8:13 pm | In Delridge, West Seattle news | No Comments

Before KEXP‘s six-hour live West Seattle Junction broadcast got going at noon, another public-radio station had spent an hour live on location in Delridge – KUOW‘s “Week In Review,” starting a seven-week tour of Seattle’s new City Council districts, was live 10 am-11 am today from Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. In addition to host Bill Radke and panelists Joni Balter and CR Douglas, West Seattleite and former mayor Greg Nickels was a guest panelist; community advocate Amanda Kay Helmick was a guest, interviewed about her attempt to run for City Council entirely via signature power. If you weren’t in the studio audience or didn’t get to listen at 10 am or the just-concluded 7 pm playback, you can hear the show via the online archive – just go here.

West Seattle High School softball season ends in Lacey

May 29, 2015 at 6:16 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | 2 Comments

Two losses today in Lacey mean the West Seattle High School softball team’s trip to the state tournament is over; according to the WIAA bracket page, they lost their first game this morning to North Central (from Spokane) 5-1 and then lost this afternoon to Enumclaw, 19-2. Congratulations to the team on a great season that concluded with many honors and achievements, including a second-place finish in the Metro League.

PHOTOS: KEXP’s 2015 West Seattle ‘Hood-To-Hood’ party

May 29, 2015 at 12:58 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 12 Comments

(SCROLL DOWN for updates; event schedule is here)

12:58 PM: KEXP DJ Cheryl Waters is on the air live from The Junction, just north of the Walk-All-Ways intersection, as the Hood-To-Hood “West Seattle Day” street party gets going. Quiet now but likely to be a much-different scene by mid-to-late afternoon. 1st live music is John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats, starting in a few minutes (1 pm) – rest of the schedule is here. If you can, it’s a good time to come down and meet some of your neighbors – organizations here in the early going include West Seattle Bike Connections, with a bike rodeo and safety-check zone …

Meet cool people like Kathy from WSBC …

… and Kristina from the White Center Food Bank.

Speaking of bikes, Seattle Police officers are patroling on 2 wheels.

We’ll be checking back later in the afternoon.

2:05 PM: Looks like the crowd started showing up in time for John Darnielle’s set:

We’re heading back soon to The Junction, where the street party is on until 6, with Miami Horror up next, live at 3 pm; then at 6 pm, nine West Seattle venues are “taken over” by KEXP DJs, and the event wraps with 9 pm live-music showcases at Feedback Lounge (6451 California SW) and The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW).

4:10 PM: Just starting, an acoustic set by Telekinesis.

(WSB photo, substituted for previously published KEXP tweet)
Among the fans during that set:

The crowd in The Junction has picked up as the day’s gone on. On the air right now, West Seattleite Kevin Cole, who got a visit from Matt Vaughan, proprietor of steps-away Easy Street Records.

We got back here in time for part of Miami Horror’s set last hour – some of the showgoers danced in the sunshine, and Daniel Whitechurch left the stage to dance with them:

Still adding more photos.

6:23 PM: Street party’s over; we’ll check on the street’s status a bit later.

7:46 PM: Tweeted from one of the KEXP DJ “takeover” venues:

8:21 PM: And from another:

9:09 PM: California SW has just reopened between Alaska and Oregon.

BIZNOTE: West Seattleite brewing Realfine Coffee for The Triangle

May 29, 2015 at 12:55 pm | In West Seattle news, WS beverages | 6 Comments

Caffe Vita was originally announced as opening adjacent to Rudy’s Barbershop (WSB sponsor) in The Triangle. Then Rudy’s confirmed that’s not happening. But there WILL be coffee – per this announcement we received today:

West Seattlelite Julie Mierzwiak has officially announced plans to open Realfine Coffee late summer, 2015. After many years of skillfully crafting coffee each day in a popular West Seattle café, the local barista has signed a lease for the space at 4480 Fauntleroy Ave. (adjacent to the brand new Rudy’s Barbershop). She is collaborating with friend and fellow Northwest entrepreneur Dani Cone (Fuel Coffee, High 5 Pie, Cone & Steiner General).

Mierzwiak and Cone are excited to serve the community in which Mierzwiak has lived and worked for over 14 years, and Cone has family ties. The business partners look forward to creating a great place for folks to gather, meet, and connect.

“West Seattle is a special place, and also a state of mind,” said Mierzwiak. “With the amount of growth underway in our ‘small town’, it is important for us to maintain the sense of community and connectedness that West Seattle was built on. I am beyond excited to reconnect with my West Seattle customers and neighbors.”

The shop will be open daily from 6 am – 7 pm, and serve superior coffee, local baked goods, beer and wine, and grab ‘n go snacks.

The announcement didn’t say what coffee they’ll use; we’re asking that as a followup.

WEEKEND TRAFFIC ALERT: Bridge ramp changes Sunday

May 29, 2015 at 11:44 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 1 Comment

Maybe you saw the portable sign while outbound today, saying SPOKANE RAMP CLOSED MAY 31st. It’s more than that – there are changes Sunday for both directions of the bridge. SDOT just sent the details:

Roadway Structures crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation will perform maintenance work near the western end of the West Seattle Bridge on Sunday (May 31) between 5:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Traffic flaggers will assist large trucks and buses through the eastbound on-ramp from SW Avalon Way/ Harbor Avenue SW at Spokane Street, but general traffic will be detoured at several locations as follows:

· The SW Admiral Way off-ramp from the high-level West Seattle Bridge will be closed. Westbound traffic can continue to Harbor Avenue SW/SW Avalon Street and use SW Manning Street to access SW Admiral Way, or continue on SW Avalon Way to Fauntleroy Way SW.

· Traffic intending to travel eastbound to SW Spokane Street will be detoured at SW Genesee Street to northbound Delridge Way SW. From Delridge, depending on their destinations, drivers can access the eastbound lanes of the West Seattle Bridge or turn left at SW Spokane Street.

· If drivers northbound on SW Avalon Way miss the detour on SW Genesee Street, they can continue to SW Manning Street to access SW Admiral Way.

West Seattle Hi-Yu Junior Queen Emily Cain wins statewide art contest; her work will likely land in your mailbox

May 29, 2015 at 11:28 am | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 2 Comments

Thanks to Kevin Plough for sharing the news that the creator of the statewide-contest-winning art above – announced as “Burien 4th grader” Emily Cain – also happens to be West Seattle Hi-Yu‘s reigning Junior Queen.

From left, that’s Kevin – Emily’s teacher at Cedarhurst Elementary – with Emily, her mom Amanda Cain, and Secretary of State Kim Wyman. Kevin also happens to be a West Seattle resident, so he kindly pointed out the local connection, so we could share the news with you and congratulate Emily. As Wyman’s office explains here, you’ll see Emily’s work in the state Voters’ Pamphlet this fall, and the original will be displayed in the Lieutenant Governor’s office in Olympia.

VIDEO: 64 ‘Laps With Lou’ for Make-A-Wish @ Pathfinder K-8

May 29, 2015 at 9:26 am | In How to help, Pigeon Point, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

(Lou’s first lap – everybody takes off, then he finally joins)
Hundreds of people are running and walking the Pathfinder K-8 playfield right now with PE teacher Lou Cutler to raise money for Make-A-Wish.

(Lou starts 2nd lap, as volunteer marks it on the official easel)
It’s been a remarkable event every year – this is Lou’s 12th annual birthday run, one lap for every year he’s been alive, 64 laps this year – but it’s more emotional than ever right now, because this is the last one before Lou retires. Here’s what he said right before it all began at 9 am:

To help him celebrate, former students are here too – and it’s extra-festive because it’s “Fandom Day” at Pathfinder, with many kids wearing costumes or accessories in tribute to characters they’re fans of – superheroes, manga, you name it.

Today’s superhero, however, is Lou, who just finished lap #6 as we write, and got lots of warm greetings before the run:

You can donate in his honor to Make-A-Wish – an organization for which he volunteers aside from the annual run, too – by going here.

NOON UPDATE: Stopped by for a few minutes to see how it’s going:

Lou’s still going strong. As is everybody along for the run – including his longtime head cheerleader, Pathfinder teacher Andy Darring:

(That photo was from the early going.)

1:37 PM: He did it!

As of a short time ago, 64 laps, with most of the school coming back out to the playfield to join him for the last two, and everyone chanting (as you can hear in the video), “Lou! Lou! Lou!”

Run’s over but you can still donate.

West Seattle Friday: Last ‘Laps With Lou’; KEXP & KUOW visit; WS Community Orchestras’ season finale; more…

May 29, 2015 at 8:32 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

(WSB photo: New message spotted this morning)

Yes, we do! Today is proof of that, and it starts early:

LAST ‘LAPS WITH LOU’: If you’re not already planning to be on the field at Pathfinder K-8 on Pigeon Point for PE teacher Lou Cutler‘s last pre-retirement birthday run to help Make-A-Wish – stop by if you can to cheer for him (and his students), or at least consider making a donation (Make-A-Wish helps dreams come true for kids facing life-threatening illnesses) – here’s his page. This will be the 12th year that Lou has run a lap for each year he’s celebrating on his birthday – so that means a 64-lap goal. (1901 SW Genesee)

WSHS SOFTBALL TEAM @ STATE: 9 am is the first game today in Lacey (Thurston County) for the West Seattle High School fastpitch softball team, only the second WSHS team to make it to the state tournament. Their first opponent: North Central High School from Spokane. No matter what happens in that game, they’ll play another opponent this afternoon.

KUOW ‘WEEK IN REVIEW’ HERE, LIVE: 9 am, doors open, no ticket necessary to be in the live audience as KUOW’s “Week in Review starts its summer tour of the seven new Seattle City Council districts. The 10 am-11 am broadcast is live from Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. The West Seattle guests we’ve heard of so far are former mayor Greg Nickels and community advocate/former City Council candidate Amanda Kay Helmick. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

KEXP ‘HOOD-TO-HOOD’ VICTORY PARTY: California SW between Alaska and Oregon is already off-limits to vehicles as preps are under way for the street party that kicks off the celebration. This is a party thrown by KEXP radio in honor of West Seattleites donating more $ during a fundraising drive last year than residents of other neighborhoods. The station will broadcast live from The Junction noon-6 pm, including live performances listed on the KEXP website; then in the evening, KEXP DJs will be at nine local venues 6-9 pm, and the event wraps with music showcases at two venues starting at 9.

BIKE RODEO AT HOOD-TO-HOOD: At the north end of the block, you’ll find West Seattle Bike Connections, noon-4 pm:

Noon-4 pm, West Seattle Bike Connections will put on a bike rodeo for young riders to have fun learning skills and road safety, during the KEXP Block Party at the West Seattle Junction. Kids, bring your bike! Fun and prizes. Helmet-fitting. Bike checks by West Seattle Cyclery. Support from Cascade Bicycle Club. On California Ave SW at SW Oregon St.

SEASON FINALE WSCO CONCERT: West Seattle Community Orchestras present their season-finale concert at the Chief Sealth International High School Auditorium, doors open 7 pm, music at 7:30, details in our calendar listing. (2600 SW Thistle)

BOEING EMPLOYEES CHOIR IN WEST SEATTLE: 7:30 pm, free concert by the Boeing Employees’ Choir at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church – more info here. (3050 California SW)

‘ANGRY HOUSEWIVES’: Haven’t seen the hit ArtsWest (WSB sponsor) musical yet? Again tonight – as of our last check – seats are available! Buy yours online here. 7:30 pm curtain; extended run ends Sunday. (4711 California SW)

YES, THERE’S MORE … on our calendar!

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday updates; Junction street closure

May 29, 2015 at 6:52 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | No Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:52 AM: Good morning and happy Friday. No outbound problems reported so far. One big alert for today: One block of California SW in The Junction, between Alaska and Oregon, will be closed to vehicles all day for the KEXP Hood-To-Hood Challenge street party – here’s our latest preview, including information on the closure and one Metro reroute. The closure was scheduled to start as early as 6 am; the traffic camera in that area is turned south instead of north, so we’re headed that way shortly to check on its status.

7:03 AM: Local transportation-related news – the West Seattle Transportation Coalition, an all-volunteer community group, elected new board members last night; here are the results. WSTC meets on the fourth Thursday of the month, 6:30 pm, Neighborhood House’s High Point Center; next meeting, June 25th.

7:34 AM: We’ve confirmed, the aforementioned block of California IS closed for street-party setup and will remain so into the evening (possibly as late as 9 pm, depending on how long breakdown takes):

On both ends of the party zone, though, Alaska and Oregon ARE open.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen bicycle; overnight helicopter

May 29, 2015 at 6:44 am | In Crime, Helicopter, West Seattle news | No Comments

Two West Seattle Crime Watch notes this morning:


My 12-year-old son’s bike was stolen from the Seattle Public Library on 35th and Henderson. The bike is a Silver Fuji Absolute. It has an aftermarket rack on the back and a new gel seat. The bike was stolen May 28th before 4:30 pm. We are offering a $100 reward.

This has been reported to police via the online system, but the incident # isn’t available yet; you can reach JC at 206-261-2410.

OVERNIGHT HELICOPTER: Guardian One was in West Seattle briefly around 1:15 am; the crew tweeted later that they were helping SPD with a car-prowling incident “off Delridge Way,” no block specified.

UPDATE: Smoking ban for city parks, after board approval. No fine, though.

May 28, 2015 at 10:07 pm | In Health, West Seattle news, West Seattle parks | 26 Comments

ORIGINAL REPORT, 10:07 PM THURSDAY: City parks will be no-smoking zones if the Board of Park Commissioners‘ recommendation becomes final. That’s according to our partners at The Seattle Times, who report that the board voted tonight to back the ban. As we noted when the proposed ban came to light in March, it’s been five years since Seattle Parks mulled a ban and then decided on restrictions instead. What commissioners voted for tonight is a revised plan explained in this briefing paper – no citation or fine for violators, who would instead be “educated” and warned.

1:58 PM: Parks has announced that Acting Superintendent Christopher Williams decided today to implement the ban, which will take effect in a month. Here’s the news release:
Click to read the rest of UPDATE: Smoking ban for city parks, after board approval. No fine, though….

VIDEO: Multicultural celebration at Denny International Middle School

May 28, 2015 at 8:49 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 1 Comment

A big party just wrapped up in the Galleria at Denny International Middle School tonight – the annual Multicultural Potluck and Talent Show. Above and in our quick clip below, two of the groups who performed:

As for the potluck, a bountiful dinner for the hundreds in attendance:

That included Denny staff, of course, as well as students and families. Principal Jeff Clark wore his legendary Denny Dolphins-blue suit:

With the principal, Nollen and Hajib. Along with the potluck and performances, tonight’s event also served as a welcome to new Denny families, as the end of the school year approaches – less than three weeks – and thoughts turn to next year.

Congrats! All-Star honors for WSHS baseball’s Morgan McCullough

May 28, 2015 at 8:12 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | No Comments

Thanks to the tipster who sent the photo and word of another local athlete celebrating a big honor. From the West Seattle High School baseball team, with head coach Velko Vitalich, is junior infielder Morgan McCullough, the only local player named to The Seattle Times‘ regional spring-sports all-star teams, and the only player honored for two consecutive years. His batting average this season, The Times notes – an amazing .552. Congratulations!

LAST CALL: Spend a few minutes to answer a few questions from the Fauntleroy Community Association

May 28, 2015 at 7:50 pm | In Fauntleroy, How to help, West Seattle news | No Comments

If you haven’t already … can you help with this?

Do you live between the Arroyos and Morgan Street? Travel through or do business in Fauntleroy? The Fauntleroy Community Association (FCA) wants to hear from you! The FCA has a new community survey to identify and rank local issues. The anonymous survey can be accessed through fauntleroy.net and then clicking on “FCA Survey.” The survey takes just a few minutes, and will provide guidance to the FCA Board on where to focus their efforts during the next two years.The results from the 2013 survey led to the FCA organizing community meetings with city officials to address crime and traffic issues, and helped our group define plans of action. The current survey will be available online through Sunday (June 1st). Take the survey and help to shape the future of your community!

Logs arrive for early restoration work at Alki Homestead/Fir Lodge

May 28, 2015 at 5:26 pm | In Alki Homestead, West Seattle history, West Seattle news | 8 Comments

(Dennis Schilling, Alki Homestead owner, shows the logs he has just transported to its parking lot)
Two and a half months after Dennis Schilling bought the Alki Homestead/Fir Lodge, there are visible signs of its upcoming restoration. Thanks to Clay Eals, Southwest Seattle Historical Society executive director, for the photo and update:

Fifteen fir logs arrived in the Alki Homestead parking lot this afternoon, awaiting use in replacing damaged logs in the southeast corner of the building.

The logs are stored in a trailer that owner Dennis Schilling drove from Mountain Log Homes in Kalama, north of Portland. Each log is about 16 1/2 feet long.

Schilling said work will begin soon on shoring up the interior of the southeast corner of the Homestead to allow eventual replacement of damaged logs that have been marked for several months with blue tape.

In preparation for this work, Schilling’s crew installed anchor fence to surround the front entrance of the Homestead as a protective measure.

There is no set schedule for the log replacement, but some of the work may begin by the time of a group photo to be taken of 900 students from Alki and Schmitz Park elementary schools the morning of Friday, June 5, 2015. As part of the brief event, speakers will include King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle City Council member Tom Rasmussen.

Schilling has been consulting with a structural engineer, and his crew has installed temporary power and begun cleaning out non-landmarked, fire-damaged materials from the kitchen. Soon his crew will measure roof angles in preparation for repair, along with eventual restoration of the iconic Alki Homestead sign.

More backstory on this page of the SWSHS website – and going even further back, in our archive of WSB Alki Homestead coverage, including the January 2009 fire that has left it vacant for more than six years.

West Seattle Crime Watch: New details on scooter-stealing arrest; plus, two break-in attempts

May 28, 2015 at 4:35 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news, West Seattle police | 1 Comment

Two notes in West Seattle Crime Watch this afternoon:

(WSB photo from Wednesday afternoon)

SCOOTER-THEFT FOLLOWUP: We know more this afternoon about the Morgan Junction arrest we reported Wednesday after police recovered a stolen scooter. Just published by SPD Blotter‘s Jonah Spangenthal-Lee:

Just 30 hours after walking out of the King County Jail – where he’d spent the last 11 days for a probation violation – a 49-year-old man crossed paths with the law once again Wednesday, when officers spotted him riding a stolen motor scooter through West Seattle.

Officers first noticed the man around 5:15 PM when they saw him pushing a black motor scooter down the sidewalk near 42nd Ave SW and SW Morgan.

Police checked the plate on the scooter and learned it was stolen, just as the man hopped on it and began driving away.

Officers pulled him over and found that not only was the scooter stolen, but its license plate had also been pilfered from another vehicle. Police impounded the scooter and booked the man into the King County Jail for investigation of auto theft.

NORTH ADMIRAL INCIDENTS: Thanks to Sherry for a reader report on two recent incidents in North Admiral – on Wednesday, “Attempted break-in between 7 am and 8 am through a rear patio door on 45th street. House was alarmed and went off when the door was open. Must have scared intruder off. Last week: Attempted break-in through a side patio door on Atlantic St. Homeowner was home so intruder left immediately but left the patio door open.”

(Something to report for Crime Watch? Police first – then, when you can, editor@westseattleblog.com. If it’s breaking news, text or call 206-293-6302. Thanks!)

SATURDAY: Emerald Water Anglers’ annual Fly Fest @ Lincoln Park

May 28, 2015 at 4:01 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 1 Comment

Another big outdoor event coming up in our next few days of sunny, warm weather: Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor) is presenting its annual Fly Fest and Guide Gourmet Cookoff on Saturday at Lincoln Park, 10 am-4 pm, with:

*Free fly-casting instruction all day long from EWA’s certified instructors
*Fly-fishing equipment available to test/demo all day long
*10:30 am and 2 pm seminars on local fly-fishing opportunities/techniques
*Noon-1 pm cookoff, with free food for the public: “Come and taste the best shore lunches our guides have to offer, which will be judged by a panel of local chefs and food lovers.”

EWA says you’ll find the event (bring the family!) at Picnic Shelter 5 in the upper north end of Lincoln Park, and signs will point you that way from the main parking lot.

West Seattle High School softball team off to state tournament

May 28, 2015 at 2:56 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | No Comments

We stopped by West Seattle High School this afternoon to catch a photo of the softball team and Coach Trevor Leopold as they left for Lacey, where they’ll open state tournament play at 9 am tomorrow, against North Central High School from Spokane. This is only the second time in WSHS history that the softball team has gone to state; earlier this week, the Metro League bestowed big honors on the coach and many of his players. They’ll play two games tomorrow, as the bracket shows. Best of luck!

FRIDAY: West Seattle street party & more for KEXP’s ‘Hood-To-Hood,’ plus traffic/transit alert

May 28, 2015 at 1:56 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 28 Comments

1:56 PM: Seeing the “No Parking” signs in The Junction a little while ago reminded us to remind you: Tomorrow’s the day for West Seattle’s victory party in KEXP‘s “Hood-To-Hood Challenge” – the prize for being the neighborhood that donated the most in a fundraising drive last summer – and even if you’re not joining the celebration, you need to know that California SW will be off-limits to vehicles between Alaska and Oregon. SDOT says the closure hours will be 6 am to 9 pm. Metro has a reroute advisory up for Route 22 – see it here.

Now the fun part: KEXP has many more details up on its website, beyond what we’d reported earlier. The live broadcast in The Junction, with band performances, runs noon-6 pm – first show at 1 pm, per the published schedule. 6-9 pm, nine venues feature KEXP DJs as they “Take Over West Seattle” (all listed on that same page); and live-music showcases start at 9 pm with West Seattle-residing DJs Kevin Cole @ Feedback Lounge and Troy Nelson @ The Skylark.

ADDED 7:11 PM: Thanks to Kathy for mentioning in the comment section that West Seattle Bike Connections will be part of the street party, too. Don from WSBC has since sent this preview:

Noon-4 pm, West Seattle Bike Connections will put on a bike rodeo for young riders to have fun learning skills and road safety, during the KEXP Block Party at the West Seattle Junction. Kids, bring your bike! Fun and prizes. Helmet fitting. Bike checks by West Seattle Cyclery. Support from Cascade Bicycle Club. On California Ave SW at SW Oregon St.

City Council District 1 updates: ‘South Park Shows Up’ video; West Seattle Chamber Q&A; new voters’ cards

May 28, 2015 at 12:37 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle politics | No Comments

In the history-making first-ever City Council District 1 campaign – three things to share today:

‘SOUTH PARK SHOWS UP’: Our video clip above is the heart of last night’s community-organized candidate forum in South Park. You’ll find full coverage, including the start of the forum – testing the candidates on what they know about SP – on our partner site The South Park News.

SEVEN QUESTIONS: The West Seattle Chamber of Commerce asked the candidates to answer seven questions. Six sent replies, and they are all now published on the Chamber’s website – scroll down the main page for a link to each question and how those six candidates replied.

VOTER REGISTRATION CARDS: Shortly after we got a news release from King County Elections about brand-new voter-registration cards, ours arrived via postal mail. The “card” (paper, not plastic) includes your voter ID number, precinct info, and the numbers of the districts in which you elect representatives – with City Council District 1 brand new on the list.

Late-spring cleaning? E-cycling, shredding in The Junction on Saturday

May 28, 2015 at 11:54 am | In Environment, West Seattle news | No Comments

Got something to get rid of? Your next chance is in The Junction on Saturday. Thanks to SBK Recycling for the reminder – they’re part of a free electronics recycling/shredding event, 10 am-1 pm in Saturday in the West Seattle Junction Association parking lot off 42nd SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska. SBK’s website has the list of what they’ll accept.

No, it’s not red tide: Looks like noctiluca is back off West Seattle

May 28, 2015 at 11:06 am | In Environment, Seen at sea, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

Thanks to Tamsen for the photo from Lincoln Park, and also to Linda for a sighting report from the nearby Lowman Beach area: As has been happening every year for a while, warm weather and long days are bringing reddish water to the West Seattle shores, and today marks the first report we’ve received this year. It’s almost always a NONTOXIC bloom called noctiluca – you can see earlier photos in our first report from last year and from 2013 (both of those were in May, too). Here’s a state webpage with more information, plus a way to report sightings, which they’re interested in studying.

West Seattle Thursday: Ways to have fun & get informed, today/tonight

May 28, 2015 at 9:49 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

(Photo tweeted Wednesday evening by Michele Smith)

Between now and what’s likely to be another stunning sunset … here are highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

WEST SEATTLE DEMOCRATIC WOMEN: 11:30 am lunch meeting at West Seattle Golf Course – see the WSDW website for agenda details. (4470 35th SW)

FUN & GAMES FOR TEENS: 4-6 pm at High Point Community Center – here’s a sample of what they’re playing. (6920 34th SW)

WEST SEATTLE TRANSPORTATION COALITION: 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center, with the agenda including board elections, Seattle 2035, and two at-large City Council candidates’ proposal for “neighborhood rail.” (6400 Sylvan Way)

DENNY’S MULTICULTURAL POTLUCK AND TALENT SHOW: 6:30 pm at Denny International Middle School, everybody’s welcome to bring food and have fun – details here. (2601 SW Kenyon)

PUNDAMONIUM! How punny are YOU? 7 pm signup, 8-10 pm show at The Skylark – details here. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

‘ANGRY HOUSEWIVES’: Haven’t seen the hit ArtsWest (WSB sponsor) musical yet? Finally, seats available! Buy yours online here. 7:30 pm curtain tonight; extended run ends Sunday. (4711 California SW)

Bonus photo – from Don Brubeck, fog-shrouded West Seattle, seen from downtown around 8 this morning:

THE FORECAST … highs in the 70s every day through Sunday!

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday updates, plus our weekly look back

May 28, 2015 at 6:43 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 7 Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:43 AM: The major outbound routes are quiet so far in the early going.

METRO CHANGES AHEAD: In case you missed our Wednesday story, here’s how the first major round of bus service addition/restoration will play out in West Seattle starting June 6th, as announced by Metro. (The second round is in September.)

8:06 AM: Still quiet. A reminder for tonight – West Seattle Transportation Coalition meets, 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center (6400 Sylvan Way), all welcome, and the agenda will include at-large City Council candidates John Roderick (Position 8) and West Seattle resident Alon Bassok (Position 9) talking about their newly announced “neighborhood rail” proposal.

8:42 AM: Belatedly, we did find a Traffic Throwback Thursday photo in the Seattle Municipal Archives. From 1957:

That’s described as “24th Ave. SW facing north from Delridge Way. [Petition of property owners for vacation of portion of 24th SW].” Click the image to go to the archive page with a much-bigger version – including details on the billboards at right.

9:26 AM: If you’re headed toward southbound I-5 – DON’T. There’s a major crash at mid-Boeing Field and WSP is advising avoiding the area.

UPDATE: SFD response in 9200 block 12th SW

May 28, 2015 at 6:33 am | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | No Comments

6:33 AM: Thanks to the tipster who texted about a Seattle Fire response in the 9200 block of 12th SW. The initial call went out about 15 minutes ago as a possible house fire; no indication so far of anything major, but we’re checking.

6:43 AM: Verifying it wasn’t anything major, the call has now fully closed (meaning all SFD units have left).

Big response in Admiral, but a false alarm

May 27, 2015 at 11:45 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 2 Comments

What was dispatched to California/Hill as a “multiple casualty incident,” initially with a big response so far hasn’t turned out to be anything, per scanner – apparently some kind of false report. Just mentioning it because so many people heard the sirens and have been texting us to ask. The call’s now closed.

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