West Seattle, Washington
Over the next few days, we’ll be publishing a variety of back-to-school updates, since most schools will start classes next week (if they haven’t started already – here’s the list we compiled).
Tonight – we’re noting that this year brings a milestone for Louisa Boren STEM K-8: Starting with 2017-2018, it’s finally a full-fledged K-8, adding the final grade level of middle school. This Seattle Public Schools “option school” opened in fall 2012 as STEM K-5, then three years later not only formally started the roll-up to add middle school, but also added Louisa Boren to its name, after the namesake of the building at 5950 Delridge Way SW, known as Louisa Boren Junior High School when it opened in 1963. The expansion announcement we published in 2015 noted, in part:
… It’s fitting that STEM K-8 is located in the Louisa Boren building because Louisa herself loved science, particularly chemistry, botany and astronomy. “Liza” had a love of learning and a natural curiosity about the world.
Louisa Boren’s legacy continues today. Not only in the city of Seattle and the brave pioneering spirit she engendered, but also in her hard work supporting the women’s suffrage movement and her advocacy for Chinese workers settling in the area. …
Speaking of the building, one issue remains unresolved as the new school year begins Wednesday: The district raised the spectre before the end of last year that the school might be moved so that SPS could return the Boren building to its previous use as an “interim site.” That was the subject of a raucous meeting three months ago; we asked school district spokesperson Tom Redman about a month ago where that stood, and he replied, “We told the June community meeting attendees we would report back with an update in either August or September.” Since August has come and gone without an update, looks like that means we’ll hear something this month.
P.S. The SPS change to a two-tier schedule means a big change for STEM K-8 this year; they were one of the few left on the now-abolished third tier, so the 8:55 am start time this year is significantly earlier than last year. School will be out 3:25 pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays; district-wide, Wednesdays are early-release days, and STEM K-8 will be out at 2:10 pm those days (except for the first day of school).
P.P.S. Anything major/new at YOUR school this year? We’d love to hear about it – firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
6:34 PM: Thanks for the texts and calls. The Guardian One helicopter’s search in the Westwood area is over and the crew has explained via Twitter: “Located a missing developmentally delayed juvenile for @SeattlePD near 2800 SW Thistle.”
6:43 PM: We have since confirmed this with police on the ground, near Southwest Community Center. They said the call originally came in as a possible runaway; the juvenile and their mom have since been reunited.
Three biznotes to share:
SUPREME PROGRESS: Thanks to the texter who let us know that signage starting to appear on the exterior of the future Supreme, pizza, pinball, and more from Ma’Ono and New Luck Toy chef/co-proprietor Mark Fuller. We stopped by and got a peek as remodeling continues:
This space is the former Pellegrini Market (4521 California SW).
STARBUCKS WEST SEATTLE DRIVE-THRU REMODELING: Back in March, we reported that online records showed remodeling work was on the way for the drive-thru Starbucks at Fauntleroy/Avalon/35th in West Seattle. The company wouldn’t comment. But now a sign’s up alerting customers that the work is starting.
Thanks to Anna for the photo.
ALKI URBAN MARKET: A few months back, a reader told us the convenience store at 2820 Alki SW, open almost 10 years, was going to close at summer’s end. We tried but couldn’t get the owner to confirm. Now, at summer’s end, it apparently has indeed shut down – after reader tips, we went over to look, and while there’s no sign on the door, the store is dark and the shelves are empty. No indication in public records of what’s happening in the space next.
As we’ve been reporting, fall high-school sports season has begun. Along with attending games, you have other opportunities to support local student-athletes – like this one coming up at Seattle Lutheran High School:
SLHS FALL SPORTS SPAGHETTI DINNER FUNDRAISER
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 6:00 P.M.
Guest Speaker is former Seattle SuperSonic and Legend Donald “Slick” Watts! Mr. Watts is an icon and legend in the city of Seattle as a former member of the SuperSonics from 1973-78. After retiring from basketball, he became a physical education teacher and coach in the Seattle area. Join us in the gym for dinner, dessert, and community! It’s a great way to support our student athletes and to kick off the 2017-18 season. Tickets are $15, children $5, SLHS students are free. Dinner will be in the gym, hosted by the Seattle Lutheran Booster Club. You can purchase tickets for $15 in advance or at the door.
Order online here. Please RSVP no later than Tuesday, September 5.
SLHS is at 4100 SW Genesee.
The video is from Mark Jaroslaw, a local video journalist who was asked by the Senior Center of West Seattle to record four local residents’ memories of World War II, in connection with today’s 72nd anniversary of its end. These aren’t military memories – though one participant did join the U.S. Coast Guard during the war – just everyday citizens, including two who lived in Europe at the time. Mark shared the 8-minute video with us and we’re sharing it with you.
Good morning! Relatively quiet Saturday on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
ADMIRAL ADOPT-A-STREET CLEANUP: Join the Admiral Neighborhood Association‘s quarterly cleanup 9 am-noon, with treats at the start and sack lunch at the end. Meet at Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor). All ages welcome; tools and bags provided. (41st/42nd/Admiral)
TAI CHI ON THE BEACH: 9 am, next to the Alki Statue of Liberty – details in our calendar listing. (61st SW/Alki SW)
EX-3.14 BAKERY EQUIPMENT SALE: 10 am-4 pm, first day of the two-day sale by the new tenants of this space in downtown White Center, just before they start converting it into the Brass Knuckle Bistro.
There will be bake wares of every kind, pots & pans, blenders, food processor, mini fridge, microwave, commercial shelf size convection oven as well as Garland half size commercial convection oven, dishes, glasses, cups, cutlery, utensils, coffee makers, café curtains, tension rods & new blinds, ceiling fans, light fixtures, linens (table cloths), Display cases ( wood, Glass & locking) Bakery Dry display Cases as well as a “Show Off” pie cooler display (Very Retro and very cool), wooden chairs 20, Freezer, espresso machine, grinders & coffee supplies, bakery supplies, cash register, rice cooker, silk flowers, display & decorations, children’s toys & books, a couch, side & coffee tables, SS commercial sinks (2 sizes), a Beverage Air refrigerated case, and more.
(9602 16th SW)
WHITE CENTER LIBRARY GUILD SIDEWALK SALE: Also in White Center, Library Guild volunteers are having their annual fundraiser sale, 10 am-2 pm. (1409 SW 107th)
WADING POOL AND SPRAYPARK: Third-to-last day for the only West Seattle wading pool still open for the season is Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way) and for Highland Park spraypark (1100 SW Cloverdale), both open daily through Labor Day.
VIETNAMESE STORY TIME: 11:30 am-noon at Delridge Library. (5423 Delridge Way SW)
ALKI LIGHTHOUSE TOURS, FINAL WEEKEND: Today, Sunday, and Monday bring your final 2017 chances to tour the historic lighthouse, free, with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. 1-4 pm, arrive by 3:40 pm to be in the last group admitted. (3201 Alki SW)
AT C & P COFFEE COMPANY: Singer-songwriter Philip Mariconda, 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
AT PARLIAMENT TAVERN: Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo, Buff Muff, Professor Sweater, 9 pm-midnight. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)