West Seattle Sunday: Art, music, shopping, walking, pet blessings …

October 4, 2015 at 7:51 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Golden fall color at Lincoln Park – photo by Larry Buckley)

Happy sunny Sunday! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, fall freshness abounds. (California SW, between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)

FREE COMPOST! 11 am-2 pm at Highland Park Improvement Club – you dig, you haul, up to half a yard per household. (12th SW and SW Holden)

ANNIVERSARY SALE: 11 am-5 pm, it’s the second and final day of the anniversary “garage sale” at Second Gear Sports (WSB sponsor), as previewed here. (6529 California SW)

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS: At least three planned in West Seattle today – bring your animal companion(s) and/or photo(s):

11:30 am – Peace Lutheran Church, per sign outside. (39th SW & SW Thistle)
1 pm – St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church @ WSHS parking lot next door – details in our calendar listing. (3000 California SW)
1 pm – Pigott Chapel at Providence Mount St. Vincent (4831 35th SW)

CROP WALK: Join the walk along Alki Beach to raise money and awareness in the fight against hunger, as previewed here. 1 pm start from Alki UCC. (6115 SW Hinds)

SOUTHWEST LIBRARY COMMUNITY ART SHOW RECEPTION: 2-4 pm, meet the artists whose work is on display for the 24th annual community art show at Southwest Library. Coffee and dessert, too. (35th SW and SW Henderson)

IRISH SONGS OF MISCHIEF AND SORROW: 3 pm concert presented by Music Northwest at Olympic Hall on the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus. Ticket and RSVP info here. (6000 16th SW)

MORE, OF COURSE … on our complete calendar.

Heard but not found: Mystery boom in South Delridge/White Center

October 4, 2015 at 12:51 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 5 Comments

So far, police haven’t found the source of something very loud within the past 15 minutes or so in South Delridge or White Center. Via the scanner, we heard an SPD dispatcher say reports were coming in from the King County side of the line too, but no word of anything definitive, no reports of any injuries, so we might never find out – just thought we’d mention it for the “others heard it too” files, if nothing else.

ELECTION 2015 UPDATES: One-month countdown begins

October 3, 2015 at 11:59 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle politics | 2 Comments

The general election is November 3rd – exactly one month away – with ballots going into the mail in a week and a half. Two notes tonight:


Both finalists, Shannon Braddock and Lisa Herbold, were at the city’s “Find It, Fix It” walk on Saturday morning:

At one point in the introductory speeches, it sounded as if Mayor Murray was inviting both to come up to the podium – but they stayed in the crowd. Saturday night, both were due to participate in the Inspire Seattle candidates’ forum at a private residence in West Seattle. If you weren’t there, don’t fret – at least four more chances to see them side by side:

-This Tuesday (October 6th), 6:30 pm at Fauntleroy UCC Church (9140 California SW), presented by the Westside Interfaith Network and League of Women Voters

-Tuesday, October 13th, 6:15 pm, Neighborhood House’s High Point Center (6400 Sylvan Way), presented by the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce and WS Transportation Coalition

-Wednesday, October 14th, 7 pm, The Hall at Fauntleroy (9131 California SW), presented by the 34th District Democrats

-Thursday, October 15th, time TBA, High Point Library (35th SW & SW Raymond)


If you’re not registered – this Monday (October 5th) is the deadline to get it done online. Just go here.

High-school football: Chief Sealth Seahawks’ first win of the season

October 3, 2015 at 11:23 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | 1 Comment

Thanks to Mel for reporting the score from Memorial Stadium tonight – Chief Sealth International High School over Franklin, 7-6. According to @SealthAthletics tweets, Daron Camacho scored the TD, Baxter Knannlein kicked the extra point. Next Friday night at 7, Sealth is home at Southwest Athletic Complex vs. Ingraham.

VIDEO: Delridge ‘Find It, Fix It’ walk sees mayor, big city contingent considering concerns from safety to drainage

October 3, 2015 at 8:01 pm | In Delridge, West Seattle news, West Seattle politics | 7 Comments

Story, photos, video by Tracy Record and Patrick Sand
West Seattle Blog co-publishers

Successes, challenges, even tragedy took turns in the spotlight as Mayor Ed Murray and a strike force of city staffers descended on North Delridge today for their 12th Find It, Fix It Community Walk, first one in West Seattle.

This was no “drop in and we’ll wander around” event. It was meticulously planned for months, with a community committee involved in planning the route and who would speak where and when. An audio system was carted from stop to stop, and speeches – by community members as well as the mayor and staffers – took up about a third of the hour and a half it actually lasted. With so much planned, it was far more thorough than the last mayoral walking tour we recall in the area, by Murray’s predecessor Mike McGinn five years ago, though part of the route was the same.

We’ll begin at the beginning:

At the starting point, the Louisa Boren STEM K-8 school at 5950 Delridge Way SW, the mayor was introduced by Neighborhood District Coordinator Kerry Wade, who spent months working with community volunteers to ensure this happened without a hitch. With a podium, PA system, and the full crowd, speeches ensued, starting with the mayor explaining what the walks are about:

He introduced the many department heads who were along for the walk:

From left, Seattle Public Utilities’ Ray Hoffman, Seattle City Light’s acting GM Jim Baggs, Department of Neighborhoods’ Kathy Nyland, SPD Deputy Chief Carmen Best, SDOT’s Scott Kubly, Parks Superintendent Jesús Aguirre, budget director Ben Noble, Department of Finance and Administrative Services’ Fred Podesta. Also taking a turn at the podium, City Councilmembers Tim Burgess and Tom Rasmussen:

The school was also the official first stop on the walk, highlighting the success story of its new crosswalk, installed just before this school year began:

Ironically, as community member Craig Rankin pointed out – having been deeply involved in making it happen (as reported here in March 2014) – it wouldn’t be where it is if the city had had its way:

After he spoke, it was off to the next stop, with residents Michelle Whelan and Maketa Wilborn pointing out one of the many places where the Delridge area – mostly a narrow valley, the “dell” between the “ridges” – has drainage challenges:

Using a tablet, they showed the mayor and SPU director Hoffman some images of problems in the past, and pointed out that nearby slopes are slated for development, wondering just how much worse things will get because of that, if something’s not done.

Stop number 3, as the group headed north, was a piece of city-owned property that will remain greenspace thanks to a community organization’s efforts to keep it from being sold off.

That’s Willard Brown from the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association, which – as reported here recently – will be using grant money and donations to buy one of City Light’s surplus substation sites; here’s the aerial look from SCL’s website.

During the Find It, Fix It walk, Brown spoke about how preserving the greenspace will benefit students from the nearby school:

But some “fixing” is still needed here, he noted, adding his voice to those clamoring for drainage and water-routing improvements in the area. Turning west, the group crossed Delridge Way, and stopped by the planting strip on the south side of the Super 24 store, where, as previewed here last week, the Nature Consortium had a cleanup project under way:

(You might recall some controversy over that planting strip – which previously had been part of a small perpendicular-parking area, and then, when converted, was overpaved, leading to the creation of the beds that were weeded today.) NC executive director Merica Whitehall spoke here during today’s event:

She told the mayor and participants about her organization’s work with the community and with the West Duwamish Greenbelt, in tandem with thousands of volunteers every year:

The alley leading toward Delridge Library was the next segment of the route:

While walking northbound in the alley, community advocate Pete Spalding talked about neighbors’ watchfulness and the principle “if you see something, say something.” The mayor also heard from library manager Jane Appling, whose staffers and clients have to deal with what happens in the alley, too, and with North Delridge Neighborhood Council‘s Michael Taylor-Judd:

(At right in the photo above is city traffic engineer Dongho Chang, seen at many a local project meeting.) Concerns related to the alley, besides its overall condition, continue to range from vandalism to drug use; the mayor mentioned the ongoing work to hire more officers for SPD, as well as rampant problems attributed to the nation’s “drug epidemic.” Finding needles and syringes was a problem also mentioned by Delridge P-Patch volunteers, who spoke at the next stop:

They also spoke of successes including their Giving Garden – growing food-bank donations – and how they were able to convert some young area troublemakers into garden volunteers. Some of the walkers moved on through the garden, still beautifully in bloom for fall …

… while some stopped for treats, including the mayor:

Food was the focus at the next stop, the space reserved on the ground floor of Cottage Grove Commons for the Delridge Grocery Co-op‘s future permanent home:

DGC volunteers met the visitors and talked about their years of work to get a store open to help make Delridge less of a “food desert.” This week, they announced to their 400+ members that they had been told “informally” that DGC would be declined for a loan it had hoped would bring a big boost toward opening – but they vow to push on and find financing some other way. This stop was a rare chance, by the way, to look inside their future space at 5444 Delridge Way SW – mouse over our Instagram clip to play a :15 clip panning around inside:

In the courtyard of Cottage Grove Commons, those who hadn’t straggled off along the way heard about the building – open now for almost two years as housing for people who were previously homeless – and that one of residents and managers’ biggest concerns is nearby traffic and safely crossing the street. This is where tragedy was mentioned – the death of a CGC resident hit by a car in November of last year. This next clip also includes the mayor’s closing remarks:

With his promise to return, the first West Seattle “Find It, Fix It” walk wrapped up after about an hour and 20 minutes – a visit that had been months in the making.

Perhaps one of the most important exchanges was back at the P-Patch, where the garden volunteers said they didn’t know how to ask for help with some of their problems – where to go in city government. The mayor said for one, speaking up at the event was the same as asking for help. For two, he said, his staff is working on ways for people to navigate the tangle of city departments and services more easily. Sometimes it might seem like departments are in silos – but a sighting along the way was a reminder that it doesn’t have to be that way:

Staffers from multiple departments – including the firefighter in our photo – carried grabbers and bright yellow bags, picking up trash and debris as they walked in the Saturday sunshine.

P.S. Both candidates for West Seattle’s new District 1 City Council seat were there too; photos to come, in a separate report looking ahead to Election Day, now exactly one month away.

P.P.S. Lots of side conversations – we’ll be adding notes about the ones we hear of, like this mention from Sanislo Elementary, whose reps brought up the illegal dumping that’s a chronic problem nearby.

UPDATE: Fire at vacant Westwood house; firefighter injured

October 3, 2015 at 2:51 pm | In West Seattle fires, West Seattle news, Westwood | 18 Comments

(Added: Photo courtesy Conrad)
2:51 PM: Seattle Fire has a “full response” headed to a possible house fire in the 9200 block of 31st Place SW, which is in Westwood (map). More to come.

(Smoke was visible for blocks – photo courtesy Sebastian, looking SW over Westwood Village)
2:55 PM UPDATE: It’s a confirmed fire and SFD units have water on it.

(WSB photos from here down)
3 PM UPDATE: Now reported to be under control. One possible injury.

3:07 PM UPDATE: Via Twitter, SFD describes the house as “vacant.” That’s borne out by this DPD record for the address that SFD has logged for the fire – a complaint made and investigated less than a month ago.

3:20 PM UPDATE: Nobody hurt, we’ve confirmed with SFD. Fire investigators are en route to look into the cause. The fire is mostly out except for some smoldering in the walls. Neighbors tell us it’s been a problem house for a year or so.

3:35 PM UPDATE: Update – we’ve since been told a firefighter suffered a hand injury and has been taken to the hospital.

5:58 PM UPDATE: As mentioned in comments, fire and police investigators have been there; we went back over for photos.

Still no official word on the cause, but the police presence confirms they are investigating the possibility of arson.

BIZNOTES: TouchTech Systems turns 8; Curves WS followup; Thunder Road Guitars update

October 3, 2015 at 1:41 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | No Comments

Three more biznotes to share:

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, TOUCHTECH SYSTEMS: Brian Presser, proprietor of TouchTech Systems in the breezeway at 4517 California SW, sends word that this week marks his eighth anniversary in West Seattle. The business itself has been around even longer: “The technology has changed since we opened our doors in 1994, but our commitment to you hasn’t. Our job is to take the guesswork out of technology so we can outfit your home or business with the hardware, software and peripherals that meet your budget and exceed your expectations.” They serve clients of all types, from home to commercial.

CURVES FOLLOWUP: Our Friday biznotes mentioned the Curves West Seattle location at 3280 California SW had emptied out. Today its former owners contacted us to share this message:

After 13 years, Curves of West Seattle closed last week. We actively searched for a buyer for several months but were not successful. We both live in Olympia now and the commute finally took its toll.

We thank our hundreds of members who have been part of the Curves journey. You are amazing women! White Center Curves is open for those interested. We wish all health and happiness.

Denise Hanson
Stuart Meadows

THUNDER ROADS CLOSED TOMORROW: From Frank Gross, proprietor of Thunder Road Guitars (WSB sponsor) in The Junction:

We will be closed tomorrow, Sunday, October 4th, as we will be attending the Sea-Tac Vintage Guitar Show (with a large portion of our inventory). We will re-open Tuesday at 10 am.

TRG is at 4736 California SW.

West Seattle Crime Watch update: Stolen Honda Element found

October 3, 2015 at 10:53 am | In Crime, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

ORIGINAL SATURDAY REPORT: From Jenny, who says this happened in the Whale Tail Park area:

My car was stolen from out front of my condo on Alki last night after around 10:30 PM, plate number NP06983, black 2011 Honda Element with upgraded wheels. Please keep an eye out for me; my hopes of recovering it are slim, but any help is greatly appreciated.

This is also on SPD’s @getyourcarback Twitter feed.

SUNDAY UPDATE: Jenny confirms that (as reported in a comment) the Element has been found. Missing a few things – including those wheels – but she has it back.

West Seattle Halloween 2015: Admiral District trick-or-treating set for October 30th

October 3, 2015 at 10:26 am | In Holidays, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

(WSB photos from 2014 Admiral District trick-or-treating)
Exactly four weeks until Halloween! The Admiral District will again welcome kids for trick-or-treating, this time, on the day before Halloween, Friday, October 30th, 3-6 pm. This year’s volunteer publicist is Admiral business owner Brent Amacher, who points out that this is a truly grass-roots event, as the business district has no official organization, doesn’t collect fees, just puts up a sign – this one, in fact, is what you’ll see:

Amacher observes, “It’s become one of the best-loved Halloween events in Seattle. I personally go through bags and bags and bags of candy every year.” Last year we photographed him on candy-handout duty, in fact:

He continues, “Kids and parents line up around the block in costumes getting their Halloween action on early … We live in such a great area, and traditions like this make West Seattle truly special. This event is part of our heritage. It makes me proud to see the tradition continue as West Seattle continues to grow.”

P.S. We’ll be launching our annual WSB Halloween page this week, so if you’re having a Halloween/seasonal event that’s open to the public, please send information ASAP – flyers/posters not necessary, just plain text in the body of your e-mail, with a webpage link if you have one – editor@westseattleblog.com – thanks!

West Seattle Saturday: ‘Find It, Fix It’ walk in Delridge, and more…

October 3, 2015 at 8:17 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 3 Comments

(Flicker in Lincoln Park, by Mark Ahlness, from the WSB Flickr group)

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

NORTH ADMIRAL TREE WALK: Join volunteer Al for a walk to see the area’s most majestic trees, 10 am-noon; meet outside the West Seattle (Admiral) Library. (2306 42nd SW)

SECOND GEAR SPORTS ANNIVERSARY SALE: It’s been two years since Second Gear Sports (WSB sponsor) opened in Morgan Junction, and the shop is having a sale all weekend to celebrate. 10 am-6 pm today. (6529 California SW)

‘FIND IT, FIX IT’ COMMUNITY WALK: As previewed here again on Friday, this is the first time Mayor Murray‘s “Find It, Fix It” Community Walk program has come to West Seattle, after nine walks elsewhere in the city over the past year. The goal is to identify problems and how the city and neighbors can team up to fix them. The route is set to start at Louisa Boren K-8 STEM (5950 Delridge Way SW) at 11 am and end at the Delridge P-Patch (5078 25th SW) at 1 pm.

iPAD BASICS: 11:30 am, free class at High Point Library, but you have to RSVP – our calendar listing has the info. (35th SW & SW Raymond)

CIDER SOCIAL: Right after the aforementioned Find It, Fix It walk, the Delridge P-Patch is hosting a Cider Social, 1-4 pm, with fresh-pressed apple cider – bring apples if you have them! (5078 25th SW)

SEATTLE LUTHERAN HOMECOMING: 1:30 pm vs. Evergreen Lutheran at West Seattle Stadium, the Saints play their homecoming football game. (4432 35th SW)

WEST SEATTLE BIG BAND BENEFIT: 7 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle, join the West Seattle Big Band for the third annual “Dance MS” benefit – details in our preview. (California SW & SW Oregon)

WHAT ELSE IS SCHEDULED TODAY? Browse our complete calendar here.

High-school football: West Seattle HS vs. Roosevelt at SWAC

October 3, 2015 at 7:33 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | No Comments

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
One local team had a home football game last night – the West Seattle High School Wildcats hosted Roosevelt HS at Southwest Athletic Complex.

The visitors went home with the win – 35-15. Two quarterbacks played for the Wildcats, #18 Carter Golgart (above) – who passed to Nate Pryor for the run that netted WSHS’s first touchdown – and #17 Gabe Gangon (below):

Here’s the game log via MaxPreps. Next week, WSHS goes to Memorial Stadium downtown at 7 pm Thursday night to face Cleveland.

The Wildcats are now 2-3 on the season.

FOLLOWUP: Fauntleroy’s fall Recycle Roundup nets nine tons

October 3, 2015 at 12:30 am | In Environment, Fauntleroy, West Seattle news | No Comments

Were you part of last Sunday’s Recycle Roundup at Fauntleroy Church? Another big turnout – someone new every minute! – and big haul, reports Judy Pickens:

The Sept. 27 Recycle Roundup relieved 360 West Seattle households of 9 tons of appliances, electronics, and all manner of other stuff for responsible recycling. The 12 roundups sponsored by Fauntleroy Church since 2010 have returned at least 142 tons to the resource stream. We’ll do it again in April.

The date will be in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar as soon as it’s announced. If you absolutely have to get something recycled before then, check here to see what you can do with it.

TRAFFIC ALERT UPDATE: SB I-5 crash scene now clear; 5 hurt

October 2, 2015 at 10:11 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 3 Comments

10:11 PM: If you’re heading back this way, southbound, sometime soon – you’ll want to avoid I-5. A crash on southbound I-5 by the West Seattle Bridge is blocking all lanes, with rescuers working to get people out of vehicles and at least five people hurt. We can’t quite tell if it’s affecting the exit from the eastbound bridge but it is definitely backing up southbound I-5 from some point north of the bridge. More to come.

10:31 PM: The image above is from earlier, when the WSDOT camera was showing the scene more closely. You can check the “live” camera here.

10:46 PM: Still blocking SB I-5 – SFD says one person has serious injuries and four have minor injuries – and the traffic snarl is compounded now that the Mariners’ game is over. And just in from the State Patrol:

11:03 PM: SFD has cleared the scene and WSDOT says some traffic is now getting through:

12:32 AM: WSP and WSDOT report the freeway’s clear again. No life-threatening injuries, per WSP.

Celebrate the opening of Pathfinder K-8′s new playground

October 2, 2015 at 8:50 pm | In Pigeon Point, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | No Comments

(WSB photo, August 2014)
That volunteer work party more than a year ago was one of many events along Pathfinder K-8‘s path to its new playground … which is now about to officially open. The Pathfinder PTSA has announced a community celebration for next Thursday afternoon:

Please join us in celebrating our community’s accomplishment and to show appreciation to those who helped make this project possible. Event includes accolades, ice cream and of course, kids demonstrating how to enjoy the new playground!

Thursday, October 8 – 3:30-4:30 pm

Questions to: pathfinderplayground2014@gmail.com

The school is at 1901 SW Genesee. Much of the journey to making this a reality – volunteer work, construction, fundraising, sneak previews – is chronicled on the project website.

WEST SEATTLE BIZNOTES: Parliament Tavern update; new menus for Bird & Joe’s; 2 closures

October 2, 2015 at 6:23 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 10 Comments

Fridays just lend themselves to roundups. Notes from and about local businesses:

(Photo courtesy Parliament Tavern)

PARLIAMENT TAVERN OFFICIALLY OPEN: After a few weeks in “soft open” mode, the new establishment at 4210 SW Admiral Way is now officially open, proprietor Tom Langen tells WSB. 21+, full bar with 17 beers on draft that “will lean heavily on the great stuff brewed locally,” plus “a smallish menu featuring fancy grilled cheese sandwiches that will hopefully knock socks off!” Live music “from time to time” (first show October 10th), DJs some nights (tonight: “WS legend Kingblind”), and Tuesday quiz nights starting October 13th. By the way, if you didn’t know (we must confess we didn’t), the name has nothing to do with government … but rather, their mascots (above). Tom explains, “A group of owls is called a parliament, like a gaggle of geese, murder of crows, etc.. The idea for this spot is a neighborhood evening hangout, for night owls if you will. The one great thing about this old, old space is the high ceilings and the dark-stained fir panels on the upper half of the walls that give it a woodsy feel. Tried to bring that out with paint and light, and threw in a bunch of owls hanging around to give it a ‘thing’. They are most certainly fascinating creatures, beautiful, mysterious, and everyone has a reaction to them in some way. Almost always positive!” Hours: 4 pm to 2a m weekdays, 12 pm to 2 am weekends.

ADMIRAL BIRD’S NEW MENU: Steps from the Parliament, Admiral Bird at California & Admiral has just launched a new menu “focusing on waffles,” per the announcement: “We have three varieties: Belgian, gluten-free Sweet Potato, and a vegan GF Cornbread batter. We are now a Waffle Bar, keeping all of our popular breakfast sandwiches and taking our weekend waffles to a daily availability.” See the menu for more details.

ENDOLYNE JOE’S NEW MENU: Last weekend for the Cuban “festival menu” at Endolyne Joe’s, which will debut the “Little Italy/Providence, RI” menu on Wednesday. These special menus are in addition to their year-round specialties. (9261 45th SW; WSB sponsor)

CURVES CLOSED: Noticed while driving by that the Curves West Seattle storefront at 3280 California SW is closed. We’d heard from its owner some weeks back that it was for sale. No signage indicating what’s next.

MONEYTREE CLOSING: The short-term-loan business’s branch at 4000 SW Alaska in The Junction is closing. We found out through this this commercial real-estate listing, saying Moneytree was closing the location “due to regulatory changes.” Checking the company website, the West Seattle location’s page says it’s “moving” on October 10th – to Burien. “Only 20 minutes away!” says the flyer.

SUNDAY: Two ‘Blessing of the Animals’ events open to all

October 2, 2015 at 4:00 pm | In Pets, West Seattle news, West Seattle religion | 2 Comments

The first Sunday of October usually brings “Blessing of the Animals” events in honor of St. Francis of Assisi‘s feast day. We’ve received word of two:

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH: Local Franciscans are usually part of this one:

The church shares the photo and reminder (if you haven’t already seen it in our calendar):

All Things Bright and Beautiful

All are invited to bring your pet or pets for St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church’s annual community-wide St. Francis’ Day Blessing of the Animals, this Sunday, October 4, at 1:00 p.m. on the West Seattle High School parking lot.

That’s at 3000 California SW (just north of the church).

PROVIDENCE MOUNT ST. VINCENT: At the same time – 1 pm Sunday – The Mount and its Spiritual Care Department is sponsoring a blessing in honor of St. Francis, at Pigott Chapel, on the building’s third floor. “All pets are welcome. People may bring photos of their pets, too.” The Mount is at 4831 35th SW.

More West Seattle safety work, plus Pigeon Point signage sighting

October 2, 2015 at 3:13 pm | In Pigeon Point, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

Thanks for the photos from Pigeon Point! First, more roadside safety work:

AT 21ST/GENESEE: Paula Bamburg sends the views of SDOT crews working on curb ramps at this intersection where community members “painted” a mural at the intersection earlier this year (WSB coverage here). She adds, “I’ve enjoyed watching the workers/artists doing their thing in the concrete medium. Fun to watch their teamwork, communication, timing and craft.”

The ramps and sidewalks are part of the Delridge-Highland Park Neighborhood Greenway, by the way. Not too far to the northwest:

NEW SIGN ON ANDOVER: Pigeon Point has another new signpost and shingle on the SW Andover hill. Thanks to Pete Spalding for sharing the photo:

P.S. This one got us to thinking about neighborhoods with their own signage, whether handmade or a little more official. The Alki rocks came to mind, as did signage for Fairmount Springs, Westwood, The Junction, Highland Park, Puget Ridge, The Arroyos … what/where are we missing?

TOMORROW: Delridge neighbors host the mayor for his first Find It, Fix It Community Walk in West Seattle

October 2, 2015 at 1:20 pm | In Delridge, West Seattle news, West Seattle politics | No Comments

From 11 am to 1 pm tomorrow, many eyes will be on Delridge Way SW as the first Find It, Fix It Community Walk in West Seattle travels along about a mile of the busy arterial. It’s happening one year into the mayor’s program, which describes each walk as “a gathering of community members, City officials, and the Mayor to help identify issues that affect the safety and aesthetics of a neighborhood.” In addition to the mayor and community advocates, Councilmembers Tom Rasmussen and Tim Burgess are also expected, according to a council tweet. A group of residents has spent many weeks planning for this, and some events are already scheduled – we mentioned the Nature Consortium-led beautification project (volunteers appreciated!) – and the Delridge P-Patch has announced that it will host a Cider Social 1-4 pm, starting right after the walk, which ends at the garden. You don’t have to register to be part of any or all of this – either be part of it from the start (11 am, Louisa Boren STEM K-8, 5950 Delridge Way SW) or join along the way (should be hard to miss). See you there!

West Seattle safety: ’5-way intersection’ improvements under way

October 2, 2015 at 12:20 pm | In Safety, West Seattle news | 15 Comments

It’s #9 on the new West Seattle Bridge-Duwamish Waterway Corridor “action report,” but the 5-way intersection at West Marginal/Chelan/Delridge/etc. has been in line for improvements since long before the report came out. One of the people who’s been closely involved, West Seattle Bike Connections president Don Brubeck, shares the photo and an update on what’s happening at the intersection today:

Work is beginning on Chelan 5-way intersection short-term improvements. SDOT electricians were out this morning, working on installing rapid-flashing beacon lights at the blind corner at the bridge pier where the Delridge Way right turn lane to Spokane St Bridge crosses the West Seattle Bridge Trail. They will install sensors for bikes and pedestrians to trigger the beacon. Other safety improvements include pavement markings to increase bicycle predictability, and bicycle ramps to minimize conflicts at this complex intersection.

Rapid-flashing beacon lights are a relatively new arrival in West Seattle – they’ve gone up this year at California/Dakota, Holden/11th, and in the school zone in the 5900 block of Delridge Way. As for the 5-way intersection plan, you can find out more at the WSBC website, and remember, a discussion of the entire corridor’s future – all modes and a multitude of issues – hosted by City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, is planned for October 19th, 6:30 pm, at the Sisson Building in The Junction (California SW & SW Oregon).

UPDATE: $1 million bail for woman suspected of killing toddler at Morgan Junction apartment; police say she admits kicking him

October 2, 2015 at 10:37 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle police | 23 Comments

10:37 AM: That photo is from last Sunday night at an apartment building in the 6500 block of California SW in Morgan Junction. We went there twice that evening to ask about a police presence that lasted for several hours, and were told both times that it involved the death of a child but that it was not being investigated as a homicide. That has since changed. As first reported this morning by our regional partners at The Seattle Times, a 20-year-old woman is in jail, arrested on Thursday for investigation of homicide. The Times quotes the suspect’s boyfriend as saying he is the father of the 17-month-old boy who died. Seattle Police media relations Officer Lauren Lovanhill tells WSB that she has no further comment so far, but that they are gathering information. We’ll also find out more after the suspect appears before a judge at the downtown jail later today. So far, online records don’t show any felony criminal history for her. If this continues to be treated as a homicide case, it would be the first one in West Seattle since the still-unsolved shooting death of Stephen Jeffries Jr. on New Year’s Eve 2013.

10:53 AM: A short item has just been published on SPD Blotter, saying the toddler’s father called 911 on Sunday after finding his son “unresponsive in his crib” and that medics were unable to revive the child.

3:51 PM: The suspect waived her court appearance, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, so the hearing was held without her. According to court documents made public in connection with the hearing, the suspect is not the victim’s biological mother; she and her 2-year-old son (by another man) had been living with the victim and his father at the apartment for the past half-year or so. The court documents say the victim was at Children’s Hospital for something unrelated one week earlier when a CPS referral was made because of “bruises and scratches,” but the father reportedly attributed it to “normal toddler activity,” the police report says, and the child was sent home with him. Last Sunday afternoon, he told police that he had left his son with his girlfriend while he went to the store. When he got back, he found his son dead in his crib and called 911. The Medical Examiner determined two days later that “abdominal trauma” was what had killed the toddler. Under questioning by detectives, court documents say, she admitted kicking him in the abdomen twice after getting mad at him and her son for fighting over a toy. The first kick, she told police, knocked him down, and she kicked him again; a short time later, she discovered he wasn’t breathing. The probable-cause documents also say a couple who stayed with the suspect and her boyfriend earlier in the month reported seeing the woman display unusual anger toward her boyfriend’s son whenever the toddler cried. Today’s hearing resulted in an order to set her bail at $1 million; prosecutors have until early next week to file charges.

West Seattle Friday: Free Family Night @ the Y; Stephanie Guerra @ Words, Writers, West Seattle; reggae at HPIC; more!

October 2, 2015 at 9:13 am | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Photo taken in Westwood area this week by Michael Zaton)

Weekend’s almost here! First, a lot happening this Friday – from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

FREEBIES AT EX-WESTSIDE CAMPUS: 10 am-3 pm at the former Westside School (WSB sponsor) campus at EC Hughes in Sunrise Heights, it’s a giveaway of school furnishings they haven’t been able to donate already, as previewed here. First-come, first-served. (7740 34th SW)

DROP OFF YOUR ART FOR SOUTHWEST LIBRARY SHOW: The annual Southwest Library Community Art Showcase is about to begin, and today is the second of three days you can drop off your work (and/or upload your song/s!) to be part of it. The library’s open 10 am-8 pm. Details in our preview. (35th SW & SW Henderson)

WORDS, WRITERS, WEST SEATTLE: 5-7 pm, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society-presented literary series starts its third year, tonight featuring Stephanie Guerra:

Words, Writers & West Seattle presents … from Avenue Collection on Vimeo.

Meet and hear from her at Westwood Village Barnes & Noble. (2800 SW Barton)

CORNER BAR AT HPIC: Starting at 6 pm, the monthly night o’fun at Highland Park Improvement ClubDJ Evan at 6, Dub Lounge International with live reggae at 7:30. (12th SW & SW Holden)

FREE FAMILY NIGHT AT THE Y: 6-8:25 pm at the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) in The Triangle, EVERYONE is welcome:

Invite your friends and neighbors for a free evening of family fun! Play on the mats, swing on the rings, climb and slide on the inflatable obstacle course, run on the track and go swimming. Get your family moving together! FREE AND OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY. Non-members, please bring a donation for the West Seattle Food Bank.

6:00 – 8:00 pm – gym & running track
7:35 – 8:25 pm – open swim in the pool

(36th SW & SW Snoqualmie)

ART & MUSIC TRIVIA: 6:30-8 pm, it’s “Drink ‘n’ Think” art and music trivia at Admiral Bird. (California SW & SW Admiral Way)

FIVE BUCK BAND: 7-9 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), pop ‘n’ rock, ’60s-’70s plus some of what’s new. (5612 California SW)

HIGH-SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Two games on the peninsula – West Seattle High School is home at Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle) tonight vs. Roosevelt, 7 pm, which is also when Eastside Catholic visits Seattle Prep at West Seattle Stadium.

BLUES & BOOGIE-WOOGIE: That’s what you’ll find at Kenyon Hall tonight, 7:30 pm, with Orville Johnson and Casey MacGill. (7904 35th SW)

HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS UP: See it all on our complete calendar.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday updates, alerts, changes

October 2, 2015 at 7:26 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | No Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning. So far, no incidents in the area. Two notes:

BRIDGE REPAIR WORK POSTPONED: The road-repair work that was to close one lane each way toward the Fauntleroy end of the West Seattle Bridge from tonight through Sunday has been postponed, Seattle Public Utilities says. No new date yet.

MONDAY ADVANCE ALERT: The city sends early word that – if you weren’t already well aware – the Seahawks are on Monday Night Football this coming week, so the stadium zone will be very busy Monday evening. 5:30 pm game.

…AND BEFORE THEN: The city’s official weekend preview reminds us that the Mariners are closing the season out at home, 7:10 pm tonight, 6:10 pm Saturday, and 12:10 pm Sunday, while the Sounders host L.A. at 6:40 pm Sunday.

West Seattle Comcast outage: Seaview, Morgan trouble

October 1, 2015 at 11:38 pm | In Utilities, West Seattle news, West Seattle online | 31 Comments

11:38 PM: If you’ve been having trouble with Comcast service tonight in Seaview or Morgan Junction – it’s not just you. We’ve heard from people via all our channels with problems in those areas. Since Comcast itself doesn’t have a publicly accessible official outage map so far as we can tell, it’s important that you call to report it if you’re affected … let us know what you hear back in terms of a fix. While this doesn’t seem to be as widespread as the infamous June 1st outage, this is the largest number of reports we’ve received since that one.

7:51 AM: Some have theirs back, as noted in comments below. At least one person says on Twitter that theirs came back – then went away again.

YOU CAN HELP! Fight MS through music and dance with the West Seattle Big Band on Saturday

October 1, 2015 at 9:05 pm | In Fun stuff to do, How to help, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

(Photo courtesy West Seattle Big Band)

This Saturday, enjoy the music of the West Seattle Big Band – and dance if you want to – to make a difference in the fight against multiple sclerosis! Here’s the announcement:

You can make a difference, and enjoy live music from the West Seattle Big Band at the same time! The third annual Dance MS is being held at the West Seattle Senior Center (4217 SW Oregon) on Saturday, October 3rd, from 7-10 pm. Come ready to dance, or just to listen to some great music.

The event also includes a small live auction, and several silent auction items, ranging from coffee at C&P to vacation packages to drum lessons. All of the event proceeds will go toward the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, since event expenses are either covered through the band or donation.

You may know the West Seattle Big Band from our connection to the Seattle schools: while we perform for events such as weddings and concerts throughout the Seattle area, rather than taking pay, musicians in the band donate any income back to assist school band programs, primarily in the West Seattle area.

Dance MS strays from the band’s mission statement, but holds a special meaning for the group. In 2012, our piano player Brooke Yool was diagnosed with MS. She asked for the band’s support and arranged the first Dance MS in 2013, and the event was a huge success.

So, we ask for your support to make the third Dance MS even more successful than the first two. In order for this to happen, we ask you — the local community — to help us in the fight against MS.

Come down to the West Seattle Senior Center on Saturday, October 3rd. Doors open at 7, and we’ll be going strong until 10. Suggested donation is $15. Hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks are included. You may buy tickets online at dancems.org , or you can reserve your spot by email or phone at brooke@dancems.org or 206-659-9391. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Preventing package thefts: Seattle Police’s advice for what you can do, plus another local case

October 1, 2015 at 7:43 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news, West Seattle police | 10 Comments

Earlier this week, one of our West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports featured video of a package thief, carrying the loot down the street. So what can you do to prevent, or at least deter, someone like him? The newest newsletter from the Southwest and South Precincts‘ Crime Prevention Coordinator Mark Solomon answers that question (ADDED AT END – a new reader report of local package theft):

Package thefts are crimes of opportunity. Thieves will follow or watch for FedEx, UPS, US Mail and other delivery trucks and then target a home after a delivery is made. Often packages are simply left at the doorstep of the home and in plain view of the street. Package thefts from doorstops and front porches during the day usually increase between the months of October and January. There are steps you can take to be proactive in keeping your package safe from theft. To reduce the chances of being victimized by package delivery thieves, we offer the following advice:

Tracking and Delivery

Click to read the rest of Preventing package thefts: Seattle Police’s advice for what you can do, plus another local case…

VIDEO: They tried; they failed; they tried again – and again. See the would-be thieves who kept trying to steal a classic car

October 1, 2015 at 3:34 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 22 Comments

Last night, we published Laura‘s reader report about would-be car thieves who tried repeatedly – and failed repeatedly – to get away with her classic all-original 1972 Chevy Malibu. She now has the video from her Harbor Avenue building’s surveillance camera. First, they pull up to “assess the scene,” as Laura puts it:

Then, this clip is a compilation “a compilation of three trips to the car. And they’re in order. On the last one he’s trying to hotwire it. You can see the dome light flickering.”:

It all happened, Laura says, between midnight and 1 am this past Tuesday. If you have a tip for police, the incident number is 15-341205.

P.S. You might have seen Laura and her car at last month’s West Seattle Car Show:

BIZNOTE: West Seattle Autoworks says ‘Thanks!’ on 5th anniversary

October 1, 2015 at 1:45 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 6 Comments

Another independent local West Seattle business is celebrating an anniversary: Today marks five years since West Seattle Autoworks (WSB sponsor) opened! Co-proprietors Chris Christensen (left), Todd Ainsworth (right), and staff took a quick break for an anniversary photo and are sharing this message: “It’s hard to believe it went by that fast! We wanted to say thanks to all of our customers and the local businesses that we’ve forged relationships with over the years. We can’t be happier that we can live and work in West Seattle and be a part of the community!” West Seattle Autoworks is at 7501 35th SW, corner of SW Webster.

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