VIDEO: West Seattle swimmer Wayne Kinslow’s milestone – 1,000 consecutive days of swimming off Alki

April 27, 2015 at 4:55 pm | In West Seattle beaches, West Seattle news, West Seattle people | No Comments

Maybe you’ve seen Wayne Kinslow swimming off Alki and wondered if it was just somebody on a dare. Nope. Wayne swims off Alki every day. And we do mean, EVERY day. Today happened to be his THOUSANDTH consecutive day of swimming off Alki – that’s almost three years without missing a day, rain or shine or snow. Among those capturing the historic occasion – Clay Eals, executive director of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society:

During a quick post-swim interview, Wayne, who’s an Alki resident as well as Alki swimmer, received a trophy of sorts:

Here’s a closer look:

He’s still swimming tonight too, as mentioned in our daily calendar highlights, and invites you to join him in celebrating the milestone – meet up at the Alki fire rings around 6:30, group swim set for about 7 pm, then a potluck and bonfire. By the way, according to a NOAA buoy, today’s water temperature in Elliott Bay is about 51 degrees.

Meet City Councilmember John Okamoto, just appointed for remainder of Sally Clark’s term

April 27, 2015 at 4:49 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle politics | No Comments

(City of Seattle photo: Councilmember John Okamoto’s swearing-in today)
The newest member of the Seattle City Council is 61-year-old John Okamoto of Seward Park, chosen today by his new colleagues to fill the unexpired term left when Sally Clark resigned to take a job at the University of Washington. Okamoto is a former city employee, including a recent sting as interim Human Services Director. Here’s the official city announcement; here’s Okamoto’s application material. Okamoto has pledged not to run for election this fall, as the Council had requested of applicants, so he will serve until the election is certified in late November.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen truck; swapped plates; bicycles found/sighted; mail theft

April 27, 2015 at 3:42 pm | In Crime, Highland Park, Luna Park, West Seattle news, Westwood | No Comments

West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports to share:

LUNA PARK TRUCK THEFT: Bob discovered this morning that someone had taken his white Chevy Blazer from what’s supposed to be a secure garage at City View Apartments in the Luna Park area. License plate 105YGD – call 911 if you see it.

STOLEN PLATES: From Andi:

This morning I discovered someone had swapped my back license plate on my car with someone else’s. I have reported them as stolen, so if anyone sees plates ASU6665 call the police. The ones they put on the car were ANK8876, and the officer said he recognized them from a call this morning. I live on Trenton & Delridge [map] if anyone saw anything.

This happens more often than you might think, so it’s always worth a quick glance at your plates every time you go out to your vehicle, if it’s parked outside.

POSSIBLE STOLEN BICYCLES: Two posts in the WSB Forums regarding bicycles -
**Vintage Puch bicycle found in a Westwood/Roxhill-area backyard
**Redline bicycle frame spotted in Admiral in unusual circumstances

HIGHLAND PARK MAIL THEFT: In the 9400 block of 10th SW (map), Fran A spotted several mailboxes open this morning, with mail littered on the street, including an envelope that was supposed to contain her husband’s new driver’s license.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Alki Trail safety-improvement realignment

April 27, 2015 at 3:25 pm | In Safety, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | No Comments

Announced by SDOT this afternoon:

The Seattle Department of Transportation will realign the Alki Trail at the driveway of 3400 Harbor Avenue Southwest (several hundred yards north of Spokane Street). Moving the trail away from the building at the driveway will improve visibility for drivers exiting the building parking lot and for bicyclists and pedestrians using the trail. Please see the [above] aerial visual with realignment super-imposed.

Construction is scheduled to begin tomorrow, April 28, and take up to three weeks to complete. Work will occur weekdays from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. with pedestrians and bicyclists detoured away from the building into an adjacent temporary pathway currently used to provide on-street parking. A single general traffic lane in each direction will be maintained, although they lanes will be narrowed to accommodate the work zone and temporary trail through the area. Access to building storefronts will also be maintained.

We had been asked recently about some parking changes in the area and are following up to ask if that was related to this.

BIZNOTE: Tony’s Market in Westwood will open this Friday

April 27, 2015 at 1:14 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news, Westwood | 2 Comments

We finally have an answer to the question we’ve been asked most often these past several weeks: “When is the Tony’s Market produce stand at 35th and Barton opening for the season?” Since photographing the new tent almost three weeks ago, we’ve gone by every day, but no one’s been there. We finally spotted proprietor Joey Genzale outside the stand while driving by about an hour ago, so we changed course and stopped to ask him what’s up. First, the opening date: This Friday, May 1st. Second, why the delay? In addition to putting up the new tent, the parking lot needed some work. So if you’re a Tony’s fan, now you know.

West Seattle development notes: Whittaker’s 1st crane; Harbor Ave., Beach Dr. projects

April 27, 2015 at 11:29 am | In 4755 Fauntleroy, Development, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

Four development/land-use notes so far today:

FIRST CRANE @ THE WHITTAKER: As previewed last week, the first of two tower cranes planned for The Whittaker on the east edge of The Junction is going up today. It’s on the south side of the project and when we went by around 9:30 am, the installation operation was centered off the street at 40th/Edmunds, with no additional traffic effects except for some intermittent truck maneuvering. We’ll be checking back on it for an update later. This makes three cranes currently working in West Seattle, with the one at Broadstone Sky on the west side of 40th/Edmunds and the 4435 35th SW project.

ADDED: Above this line, our photo from noontime; below, a midafternoon photo courtesy of Eddie:

No date yet for the north-end crane.

1201 HARBOR SW: From today’s Land Use Information Bulletin, the city has approved the land-use permit for a 4-unit rowhouse at this location (map) in an “environmentally critical area” (ECA). That opens a 2-week appeal period; the LUIB notice includes links to the decision and information on appealing.

ALSO ON HARBOR SW: The construction-permit application is in for 3005 Harbor SW (map), a six-unit apartment building; that’s two fewer apartments than were planned when this project was first mentioned here in early 2014.

6001 BEACH DRIVE: Further south along the West Seattle shore, applications are in to demolish the single-family house that’s currently at this location (map) and build a replacement. The same project also has filed a land-use-permit application, because it’s in an ECA; that application says the house will have “surface parking for five vehicles.”

West Seattle Monday: Bike-commuting workshop; baseball; more…

April 27, 2015 at 9:31 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 8 Comments

Need some Monday inspiration? West Seattle wildlife photographer extraordinaire Mark Wangerin says it took two hours of hiding in the bushes to get that image, and the one below, of a male Rufous Hummingbird. So with that dedication in mind … we present five Monday highlights (no hiding required) from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

SEALTH-WSHS BASEBALL GAME: 4 pm at Southwest Athletic Complex, watch our area’s two biggest high schools face off in baseball – Chief Sealth IHS hosting West Seattle HS. (2801 SW Thistle)

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO COMMUTE BY BIKE? 6-7:30 pm at Delridge Library, West Seattle Bike Connections invites you to a free workshop to find out – perfect timing, with Bike Month starting on Friday. No RSVP needed, just show up. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

WAYNE’S 1,000 CONSECUTIVE SWIM: Wayne Kinslow, the guy who swims off Alki every single day, will hit 1,000 consecutive days – almost three years without missing a day! – today. According to a Facebook notice, he’s inviting you to join him to celebrate, and to swim! Meet at the Alki fire pits at 6:30 pm, group swim around 7, potluck/bonfire afterward (bring a side dish or drinks). (60th/Alki)

FAMILY STORY TIME: 6:30 pm at High Point Library. (35th/Raymond)

WEST SEATTLE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB: Every Monday night at 6:30 pm, weekly on-air “meeting”:

The West Seattle Amateur Radio Club (WSARC) weekly net @ W7AW Repeater, 441.800, input +5, tone 141.3

Echolink and IRLP are also available -see westseattlearc.org for more info. The repeater is located at High Point.

‘Am I doing enough?’ West Seattle Co-op Preschools presenting free expert talk Wednesday to reassure, enlighten parents

April 27, 2015 at 8:59 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | No Comments

Young child(ren) in the house? Another big event this week presented by West Seattle Co-op Preschools is for you, and it’s free. “Building the Foundation for Lifelong Learning: Starting in the Early Years, Birth through Preschool” is set for 7 pm Wednesday (April 29th) at Olympic Hall on the campus of South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) in West Seattle:

What does soul-engaging, creative, relationship-rich, brain-expanding learning look like? How do schools foster it…or not? How can my family foster it – beginning in infancy and through the preschool years – so that my child is more than “ready” to enter kindergarten, but is ready to thrive? At this special public event, our guest speaker Anoo Padte will help you answer these questions, give practical tips, and calm the common parent fear: “Am I doing enough?”

Anoo Padte is a teacher, education consultant, and mother. At the Art of Education, she coaches parents on choosing the right school and develops personalized education plans that empower parents to identify schools, enrich and be involved in a child’s education. She teaches math and science and is found tinkering, creating art and cooking with her two sons.

Olympic Hall is on the south end of the SSC campus at 6000 16th SW.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Last Monday in April

April 27, 2015 at 6:16 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | No Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning! A new month will start before the week ends. But first, let’s get through Monday. Transportation-related notes:

ROAD-WORK UPDATES: Newest 47th/Admiral project info here; newest Delridge/Orchard project info here.

WHITTAKER CRANE: The first of two tower cranes for The Whittaker at Fauntleroy/Edmunds/Alaska is expected today, according to what the project team told us last week. We’ll be checking the area later to see if it’s bringing any additional traffic effects.

THINKING ABOUT TRYING TWO WHEELS? Bike Month is almost here, and Bike To Work Day is two weeks from Friday. Might be time to try two wheels. Tonight at 6, you’re invited to explore the concept at a free bicycle-commuting workshop presented by West Seattle Bike Connections at Delridge Library.

UPDATE: Air, sea search off Alki after life ring spotted off Bainbridge-bound state ferry

April 26, 2015 at 10:05 pm | In Seen at sea, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 5 Comments

10:05 PM: Thanks to the texter who asked about a stopped ferry off Alki. According to a tweet from the Bainbridge Island Fire Department, there was a report of a possible person overboard from the Bainbridge-bound M/V Puyallup. We note via MarineTraffic.com that Seattle fireboat Leschi is in the area too, and the Bremerton ferry M/V Kaleetan is stopped. The BIFD said the U.S. Coast Guard also would be responding.

10:11 PM UPDATE: Washington State Ferries has now acknowledged the “search and rescue operation” via its “bulletins” page.

10:29 PM UPDATE: Per BIFD, the Coast Guard is sending a helicopter to help.

10:42 PM UPDATE: Our partners at The Seattle Times quote the USCG as saying this started when a life ring with a strobe light was spotted in the water, and that a head count was being done aboard M/V Puyallup to try to determine if anyone is missing. It’s now headed back to Colman Dock.

11:31 PM UPDATE: The Coast Guard has tweeted that it’s still searching. Puyallup remains docked in Seattle, while Kaleetan headed back to Bremerton. (Added: Three minutes after this update, Puyallup left for Bainbridge.)

FOLLOWUP: Date changes, comment responses for Delridge/Orchard CSO project

April 26, 2015 at 8:39 pm | In Delridge, Utilities | No Comments

New information for traffic effects related to the ongoing Delridge/Orchard Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) 2 facility project. Seattle Public Utilities says the SW Myrtle daytime westbound lane closure at 24th SW announced for this week have moved up a day and will be happening on Tuesday/Wednesday (April 28-29) instead. (Flow-monitoring equipment is being installed.) SPU spokesperson Emily Reardon also had answers for two topics that came up in comments on the previous report – first, resulting road changes:

this project narrowed the roadway to two standard-width east-west lanes on SW Orchard, and extended the curb bulb at Orchard and Dumar. These changes allow for new sidewalks and ADA curb ramps along Orchard. The intersection of Delridge Way SW and SW Orchard St. remains largely unchanged. Crews have not yet completed the lanes or added roadway striping. This new roadway configuration is an SDOT-approved design.

The project overview flyer mentions that work.

Another commenter had wondered about an odd color in Longfellow Creek and whether it was related to the CSO work. From Reardon: “I checked with our construction crew and confirmed that no sediment from this project has been released into Longfellow Creek. Sometimes, different colors in creeks in the area can be naturally occurring, but they can also be a sign of a problem upstream … If residents are concerned about something they’re seeing in the creek, they are encouraged to call SPU’s 24-hour emergency line at: 206-386-1800.”

Congrats! International olive-oil award for West Seattle’s 11 Olives

April 26, 2015 at 5:45 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 7 Comments

You probably know West Seattle has a thriving wine and beer scene. Beverages are not all you’ll find bottled here. West Seattle also is home to olive-oil-maker Rick Martin‘s company 11 Olives – whose extra-virgin-olive-oil blend “Longevity” was a gold-medal honoree at the recent New York International Olive Oil Competition, which had more than 600 entries from more than 20 countries. “Longevity” is also a California Olive Oil Council medal-winner. Martin explains the process:

I travel to California each year for the olive harvest and source single varietal olive oil directly from the finest organic and sustainable olive growers in California. I begin crafting my blends from those olive oils in early spring here in west Seattle at a free-standing facility after the olive oil has settled and ready for blending. Creating a premium extra virgin olive oil is a tedious and challenging task while also being a labor of love that we all strive to perfect each and every year. There’s no resting on laurels in our field as olive oil producers face constant changing conditions and work tirelessly to provide the freshest and most flavorful olive oil with each new season.

P.S. Martin wanted to publicly thank West Seattle Produce owner Bruce McPherson: “It was through his kindness and willingness to offer us a chance to introduce our olive oils at his produce stand in April of 2011 that we have been able to grow.” That’s where you can buy 11 Olives’ olive oil.

West Seattle Hi-Yu Tea & Silent Auction: Five weeks from today

April 26, 2015 at 3:22 pm | In West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival, West Seattle news | No Comments

Five weeks from today, you are invited to join West Seattle Hi-Yu in celebrating its Spring Tea and Silent Auction, featuring this year’s Senior Court coronation. Hi-Yu volunteer Danette Carufel shares the photo and invitation:

Please join us at the West Seattle Hi-Yu Spring Tea and Silent Auction. It will be held on Sunday, May 31st, from 2-4:30 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy. Enjoy great tea, company, and delicious food provided by caterers and businesses in our community as well as a fun silent auction to help raise funds for our scholarship program and building the float that represents West Seattle in parades throughout the Puget Sound. This year we will also be crowning the new West Seattle Hi-Yu Senior Court Queen. Tickets are $25 per person, or bring your friends and fill a table of 10 for $250. For reservations, call 206-935-6517 or e-mail info@westseattlehiyu.com. Hope to see you there!

HAPPENING NOW: Got recyclables? ‘Roundup’ on until 3 pm

April 26, 2015 at 11:43 am | In Environment, Fauntleroy, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

(WSB photo: Some of the early dropoffs)
You can’t put them out at the curb … you can’t put them in the trash … but chances are, those old items you have in the basement or back yard CAN be dropped off at today’s Recycle Roundup, happening right now in the Fauntleroy Church parking lot. If you haven’t already seen it in our daily highlights list, here’s the guide to what 1 Green Planet will accept (free!) and what they won’t. The church’s Green Committee sponsors this twice a year and will be glad to see you at 9140 California SW (map), until 3 pm.

FOLLOWUP: Shell’s Polar Pioneer floated off heavy-lift ship, but not West Seattle-bound yet

April 26, 2015 at 11:24 am | In Seen at sea, West Seattle news | 13 Comments

At left in that image from a few minutes ago is the heavy-lift ship Blue Marlin, anchored in Port Angeles, notably no longer carrying the eventually-West-Seattle-bound drill rig Polar Pioneer, which it carried across the Pacific for Shell. Nine days after arriving in PA, the two were separated early this morning. We had been watching the slow-going operation for hours via a Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce webcam – here’s the view from just before dusk Saturday:

(We requested and were granted the PA Chamber’s permission to publish those images.) Right now, the drilling platform is no longer in view, as it is being towed to a closer-in Port Angeles anchorage, according to the Peninsula Daily News, which reports it will undergo about a week more of work, before it’s to be towed to Seattle. Also in Port Angeles is the first Shell vessel that had arrived at T-5, the icecutter Aiviq, which has been in PA since Friday and is currently shown on MarineTraffic.com as one of several vessels surrounding the Polar Pioneer as it moves through the PA’s harbor (others include at least four tugs owned by Foss, which will host the PP as part of its T-5 lease).

Shell’s second T-5-bound drill vessel, the Noble Discoverer, is still crossing the Pacific – it spent some time off Honolulu last Thursday, according to its track on MarineTraffic.com. Shell told the PDN that the drillship – which was last here in 2012 – will be proceeding directly to Seattle rather than stopping in PA as did the Polar Pioneer.

West Seattle Sunday: Recycling; rocks; pancakes; peonies; ‘Cinderella’ & ‘Picasso’ finales; first ‘Angry Housewives’ matinee…

April 26, 2015 at 6:21 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 3 Comments

(Bald eagles on the lookout in East Alki, photographed by Lynn Hall)

Happy Sunday! We start with a transportation note:

YES, THE WEST SEATTLE WATER TAXI IS RUNNING LATE TONIGHT … if you’re interested in taking it to and/or from the 6:30 pm Sounders-Portland match – details here.

Now, options for what you might do today:

RECYCLE ROUNDUP @ FAUNTLEROY CHURCH: 9 am-3 pm, it’s the spring edition of the Fauntleroy Church Green Committee/1 Green Planet twice-yearly partnership, and you are invited to bring your recyclables for free dropoff – but first, please check this list of what will, and won’t, be accepted. (9140 California SW)

HAVE PANCAKES WITH WEST SEATTLE BASEBALL: 9 am-noon at West Seattle Eagles in The Junction, enjoy a pancake breakfast benefiting West Seattle Baseball – details in our preview. (4426 California SW)

HIGHLAND PARK IMPROVEMENT CLUB SPRING CLEAN: Meet in the HPIC courtyard at 9 am – here’s what to bring and what to expect. (12th/Holden)

WEST SEATTLE ROCK AND GEM SHOW: Second of two days for the annual show presented by the West Seattle Rock Club (WSB sponsor) – 10 am-5 pm at the Alki Masonic Center, free admission/parking, activities, displays, cool stuff to see and do. (40th/Edmunds)

PEONY AND BAMBOO FESTIVAL: Second of two days, 10 am-4 pm at the Seattle Chinese Garden – you’re entertainment, displays, food, more. (6000 16th SW)

SDOT @ WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Question or comment about the proposed transportation levy, before it’s revised? Talk to SDOT reps at the West Seattle Farmers Market today, 10 am-2 pm. (44th/Alaska)

CHAPEL-NAMING CELEBRATION MASS AT THE MOUNT: 11 am at Providence Mount St. Vincent, you are invited to a Mass celebrating the naming of The Mount’s chapel in honor of William Pigott, a lead donor in the original 1924 fundraising that made the center possible – more details here. (4831 35th SW)

WEST SEATTLE BUILDERS ON GREEN HOME TOUR: 11 am-5 pm, today’s stops on the Northwest Green Home Tour include two North Seattle projects by West Seattle builders, Ventana Construction (WSB sponsor) at stop N16, 103 N. 73rd St., and Mighty House at stop N25, 5708 26th Ave. NE .

ANTI-DRILLING RALLY: 2 pm at Myrtle Edwards Park downtown, it’s the next in the series of rallies by opponents of offshore oil drilling in the Arctic and the Port of Seattle‘s lease of Terminal 5 in West Seattle for Shell’s Arctic-bound vessels, a prelude to three promised days of protest closer to T-5 in mid-May. (3130 Alaskan Way S.)

LAST CHANCE TO CATCH ‘CINDERELLA’: Seattle Lutheran High School presents the musical “Cinderella,” in the Menashe Family Gym, 2:30 pm – more info on the school website; tickets at the door. (41st/Genesee)

‘ANGRY HOUSEWIVES’ MATINEE: 3 pm at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor); tickets available online. (4711 California SW)

‘PICASSO’ MATINEE: Twelfth Night Productions‘ final performance of “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” by Steve Martin, 3 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. Tickets are available online. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

ALL-AGES OPEN MICROPHONE: Sign up at 3, performances start at 4, at The Skylark. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

WHAT ELSE IS UP? Check our calendar.

VIDEO: Suspect arrested after South Delridge/White Center search with police, deputies, helicopter

April 26, 2015 at 12:56 am | In Crime, Helicopter, West Seattle news, West Seattle police, White Center | 22 Comments

(Aerial/infrared video of last 7 minutes of the search, ending with arrest)

12:56 AM: Thanks for the texts – a search that’s under way seems to be spanning both Seattle Police and King County Sheriff’s Office jurisdictions, with locations including the 26th/Roxbury vicinity. Working to find out what/who they’re looking for.

1:05 AM: Per scanner, deputies have taken a suspect into custody; at some point this included pursuit of a vehicle that the suspect ditched.

1:23 AM: Guardian One has explained via Twitter what it was about:


3:51 AM: Just added atop the story, Guardian One’s video of the last 7 minutes of the search, as they spotted the suspect hiding in the 9600 block of 24th SW and talked the ground officers (including a K-9 team) in.

P.S. Guardian One’s pilot is the guest at next Tuesday’s meeting of the West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network – bring your questions – 6:30 pm at the SPD Southwest Precinct (Delridge/Webster).

Deadly Nepal quake brings preparedness reminder, two weeks before already-scheduled Emergency Communications Hubs drill

April 25, 2015 at 10:23 pm | In Preparedness, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

The magnitude-7.8 earthquake in Nepal is now reported to have killed almost 2,000 people. And a difficult, dangerous time is ahead for the survivors who now must figure out how to get through its aftermath and aftershocks. So tonight, a reminder about local preparedness:

You need to know where your nearest Emergency Communication Hub is – and that map will help. West Seattle volunteers have led the way in organizing hubs around the peninsula. The hubs are places you can go in the aftermath of a disaster that shuts down usual communications, places to find information and help, as explained on this page of westseattlebeprepared.org – and on a citywide level, they’re explained in this video:

The video mentions the drills that hub volunteers stage every so often to make sure plans and procedures will be fresh if and when disaster strikes. Just so happens that the next drill is two weeks from today, Saturday, May 9th – an evening drill this time, 5-10 pm around the city. The drill scenario will be “a major earthquake followed by aftershocks and worsening weather conditions. The exercise will test operations, procedures and equipment, offer opportunities to learn and to get to know fellow volunteers.” West Seattle Be Prepared‘s Cindi Barker shares this flyer showing that two WS hubs are participating, Ercolini and Hiawatha, and explaining how you can help, even if you haven’t been involved with a hub before:

Hub volunteers and radio operators with the Seattle Auxiliary Communications Service will be among those participating.

In the meantime, here’s one more *very important* thing you can do even if you are not involved with a hub: A new website has launched in an attempt to get various community safety and preparedness-related groups communicating and coordinating – Hubs plus SNAP, CERT, and Block Watch groups. If you’re involved with any of the above, go to seattleemergencyhubs.org, find the Emergency NeighborLink Map on the home page, and get signed up so your group will show up.

P.S. If you haven’t even taken the basic preparedness steps – emergency food/water supplies – don’t feel overwhelmed. The Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare (SNAP) website has some advice – see this page.

After volunteer work today, Morgan Junction Park pronounced ‘in great shape, ready for summer’

April 25, 2015 at 10:10 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle parks | 3 Comments

Thanks to Barry for the report and photo:

Friends of Morgan Junction Parks held their first event of the year on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Morgan Junction Park. A nice turnout of volunteers performed pruning and transplanting projects, and weeding and mulching of all the plant beds. The park’s in great shape and ready for summer. Thanks to everyone who lent a hand from the Morgan Community Association, The Bridge and Beveridge Place Pub, and to the volunteers who work in all seasons to keep the park clean and vibrant.

The biggest event of the year at the park is just under two months away – the 10th annual Morgan Junction Community Festival, set for Saturday, June 20th.

West Seattle Baseball benefit breakfast in The Junction tomorrow

April 25, 2015 at 8:05 pm | In How to help, West Seattle news, WS & Sports | No Comments

Let somebody else do the cooking tomorrow morning: West Seattle Baseball‘s first-ever Pancake Breakfast benefit is happening 9 am-noon Sunday at the West Seattle Eagles‘ HQ in The Junction (4426 California SW): “Everyone is welcome to join in the fun as we raffle items, eat pancakes, and raise funds to help maintain our fields. … We look forward to a successful start of a tradition that will support WS Baseball for decades.” Full details are on the flyer embedded above (or viewable as a PDF here).

West Seattle Crime Watch: Drive-by statue theft in Fauntleroy

April 25, 2015 at 7:27 pm | In Crime, Fauntleroy, West Seattle news | 13 Comments

7:27 PM: Quick West Seattle Crime Watch reader report – somebody just stole a statue of Buddha out of a front yard in Upper Fauntleroy, put it in a car and drove away. The statue’s owner has already called police and says it was a blonde-haired man in his 20s, driving a blue Subaru Legacy or Outback, last seen headed southbound on 40th SW.

7:54 PM: Statue photo added.

Highland Park Uncorked: 3 weeks away; sign up ASAP to join in and/or be a sponsor

April 25, 2015 at 6:13 pm | In Highland Park, How to help, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

Love wine? Love sidewalks? Love solar power? Support all of the above – and then some – by attending and/or sponsoring Highland Park Uncorked. It’s happening three weeks from tonight (Saturday, May 16th) at Highland Park Improvement Club. Here’s how it works:

Each person brings a bottle of their favorite wine, priced at $15 or less. You are assigned a table. The bottle is placed in a brown paper bag, given a number and eventually placed somewhere on your assigned table. You don’t worry about that, as you relax with the wines from the award-winning Northwest Wine Academy, mingle with your neighbors, and munch on a wonderful spread of food prepared by our talented gastronomes.

When the tasting starts, you will go to your assigned table and your table captain will walk you through the process. Everybody tastes the wines that each person at their table brought and end up voting for the best. The winning wine from your table progresses to the finals where they are all tasted and the top three are chosen. There is still lots of wine at your table to further “examine” and enjoy with your tablemates.

Raffles too, and something new – the “Wine Aroma Challenge“! Find more details about Highland Park Uncorked here. Oh, and about the sidewalks? HPIC is raising money not just to support its ongoing operations as a community hub and event venue, but also to help with grounds improvements for its almost-century-old site at 12th/Holden. It’s received grants and donations for raingardens, a cistern, a courtyard, and future solar panels – but it’s also (as explained and shown here) had to spend more than $15,000 to fix broken sections of sidewalk and to replace part of its roof. Every bit of fundraising helps, HPIC says. So:

*Want to be a sponsor? (WSB is signed up to co-sponsor again this year.) Go here.

*Just want to save a spot at the table? Go here – HP Uncorked has sold out in advance in previous years, so don’t gamble on just showing up at the door.

West Seattle Women’s Golf Club tees up an invitation

April 25, 2015 at 4:55 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | No Comments

Interested in golf? The West Seattle Women’s Golf Club is getting the word out that they “welcome women of all abilities for fun, camaraderie, and friendly competition.” The photo above is from earlier this month, when a team from the club traveled (with club pro Colin Gants) to Bellevue Golf Course for a competition, described as “a fun day and a close match.” If you’re interested in joining the club, e-mail Corinne Burr at CBurr@johnlscott.com to find out more.

HAPPENING NOW: West Seattle Rock and Gem Show

April 25, 2015 at 2:11 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

We can just about guarantee that the West Seattle Rock and Gem Show is the only place in town you’ll find working clothespins made from rocks. Another unique feature: If you’ve already checked out some of the earlier events and are looking for something continuing into the late afternoon, here you go, free and fun until 5 pm (and again tomorrow, 10 till 5). Along with displays, you’ll find demonstrations, and people happy to explain what they do:

Lots of parking, too, if you’re driving – the West Seattle Rock Club (WSB sponsor) is presenting the show at the Alki Masonic Center at 40th and Edmunds.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Bee Garden mosaic vandalized; suspected stolen car; break-in attempt

April 25, 2015 at 12:42 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 18 Comments

(UPDATED SUNDAY NIGHT with confirmation car was stolen)

Three reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch today:

BEE GARDEN VANDALISM: When volunteers arrived for today’s work party at the West Seattle Bee Garden, they discovered that mosaic sign made by students at West Seattle Elementary had been vandalized overnight. Christine sent the photo and says someone threw a brick into the sign; it’s been reported to police, and, “We hope someone saw something or heard something.” They also are hoping someone will offer to help repair it. We’ll be following up on this; if you can help with repairs, westseattlebeegarden@gmail.com

STOLEN CAR? A resident who e-mailed recently about ongoing problems in the (updated) 8600 block of 25th SW has a new report today – a suspected stolen car left nearby this morning, after two stolen cars were recovered there recently.

“Police were called and agree it’s probably stolen but not reported yet. … Plate AQC4102, 4-door light blue older model Honda with a red disabled plaque hanging from mirror.” Also, the resident reports, a battery was stolen out of a neighbor’s van. (Sunday night update – we found SPD tweet from an hour after we published this, confirming this was a stolen car. Also added photo sent Sunday by resident who spotted it.)

BURGLARY ATTEMPT: From an Arbor Heights resident:

My home (located on 35th SW, near 100th) got broken into on Wed, 4/22. I came home from work to find the glass of the patio sliding door shuttered and the security alarm going off. I called 911 and the police officers came and searched the premises. Looked like nothing had been stolen. I am pretty certain that the sound of the alarm scared off the would be intruder and they fled without taking anything.

Getting the home security system installed turned out to be the best investment I have made to the house!

Not having a door overnight and then dealing with the subsequent repair work the next day to install a brand new set of sliding doors (it turned out, the doors were not standard size so lots of adjustments had to be made around the opening) in pouring rain was pretty annoying but my house was okay and so was I.

HAPPENING NOW: Big turnout @ West Seattle Co-op Preschools’ big benefit sale

April 25, 2015 at 12:15 pm | In How to help, Triangle, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

The place to go if you’re looking for kid stuff today – the West Seattle Co-op Preschools‘ benefit consignment sale, raising money for the schools’ scholarship fund. If you haven’t already been, you have until 1 pm, at the VFW Hall (3601 SW Alaska), to find clothes, toys, and more, big and small:

Find out more about the Co-op Preschools program, which serves kids from infancy through kindergarten, by going here.

HAPPENING NOW: Healthy Kids Day @ West Seattle YMCA

April 25, 2015 at 12:01 pm | In Fun stuff to do, Triangle, West Seattle news | 5 Comments

The West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) is looking to its future, with the upcoming expansion, so it’s no surprise we found an “astronaut” there as Healthy Kids Day got going this morning. Even the dunk tank has gone high tech:

That’s Josh Sutton from the Y, who’s wearing a GoPro camera to capture the dunk-tank action this time around. Healthy Kids Day is on for another hour, until 1 pm, and along with a long list of free, fun activities, you can meet some local business folks like the West Seattle School of Rock (also a WSB sponsor):

The Y’s at 36th SW and SW Snoqualmie in The Triangle.

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