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FOOTBALL: Chief Sealth wins final game of best season in decades

Chief Sealth International High School‘s football season ended tonight with a 7-3 record, which the school describes as its best in more than 30 years. That was thanks to a win over Cleveland High School, 27-14. Though the Seahawks’ playoff push was over after last Friday’s loss to Seattle Prep, first-year head coach Ted Rodriguez‘s team had one more game to play to round out a full 10-game season, and that’s what happened tonight. They also won back the Chris Kato Cup, a trophy at stake in each year’s game against Cleveland, honoring the late Shuzo Chris Kato, former Sealth principal and Cleveland vice principal.

Seen at West Seattle Helpline’s 2017 ‘Neighbors Helping Neighbors’

November 3, 2017 9:58 pm
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 |   Fauntleroy | How to help | West Seattle news

(WSB photos)

The West Seattle Helpline‘s new executive director Erin Dury Moore and her predecessor Chris Langeler were at The Hall at Fauntleroy tonight along with a big roomful of people supporting the Helpline mission: Emergency assistance for thousands of neighbors in need.

The “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” began with beverages, and then, along with dinner and live/silent auction bidding, was headed toward a dessert dash:

And if you bought at least $50 in raffle tickets, you got to light up the night with a blinking ring:

Tonight’s guest speaker was Gregg Hersholt, a longtime local radio journalist and West Seattleite who served as the Helpline’s first board president in the ’90s, a few years after wife Maureen Hersholt co-founded the nonprofit.

P.S. Didn’t get to go to tonight’s event? You can still support the Helpline any time.

CRIME WATCH: Package thieves, including a repeater; sign mystery

In West Seattle (and vicinity) Crime Watch:

WESTWOOD REPEAT PACKAGE THIEF: What you see in this security video isn’t the usual quick look at a theft. Toward the start, you see someone remove a package from the porch; then you see another delivery; then about 5:15 in, you see the same person back to remove that package. Stacey, who sent the link, explains:

Our family had the nice UPS driver come by last night around 8 pm to tell us that a thief was prowling the Westwood area stealing packages. You can see in this video clip a guy with an odd hat and puffy jacket grab a small package and later come back for our Old Navy package which was hidden in a milk box. The UPS man said he was chasing this guy down with over a dozen packages.

A very Good Samaritan brought us back our ripped open Old Navy bag. Keep an eye out for this guy. And anyone in the Westwood area, look to make sure you got your packages the last two days.

BEACH DRIVE PACKAGE THIEF: The photos and report are from Nina:

I live on the 5600 Block of Beach Drive. On 11/1 at 10:58 AM, this woman stole a package off our porch 4 minutes after it was dropped off.

She was following the delivery truck through the neighborhood. I have filed a police report but thought the neighbors in West Seattle should be warned. Police Case Number 2017-910072

SIGN MYSTERY: Do you know what happened to this sign at 4th SW and SW 108th? Vandalism? Crash?

Mark Ufkes, who led the White Center Chamber of Commerce when this and similar signs were installed, sent the photo and notes, “Wish we knew who did this, to help us make it right. The sign alone cost the Chamber over $2,000.”

CONGRATULATIONS! State competition this weekend for runner from West Seattle

Another local high-school athlete is off to championship competition. Marissa Tweedy, a West Seattle-residing Holy Rosary graduate currently in her junior year at Kennedy Catholic High School, will run the 5,000 meters in the state cross-country championships tomorrow in Pasco. It’s her third year representing the Lancers at state, and the school reports that she is “coming off of two of her best races of her career,” including the district championships. (Thanks to proud mom Christine Tweedy for the photo and info!)

SEEN OFF WEST SEATTLE: USS John C. Stennis, outbound again

November 3, 2017 6:00 pm
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Thanks to the texter who sent that photo – the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) has just left Bremerton again. It’s been a month and a half since the Stennis returned from a training and certification mission.

SATURDAY: Can you be part of building the Sanislo Sprouts Learning Garden?

(Sanislo Elementary students, Judah Nellis and Charlie Kestler measuring an old garden bed during first Sanislo Sprouts event)

So much happening tomorrow, it’s a good thing the next round of possible snow isn’t supposed to arrive until late tomorrow night! We’ve already previewed several major events. Here’s another one that could use your help, happening tomorrow morning at Sanislo Elementary on Puget Ridge. From Rebecca Evans:

The idea was of a school garden, STEM outdoor-learning program, sparked through teacher suggestions in a survey we ran at the end of last year, and a few fellow Sanislo parents recently began seeking ways to make it a reality. Before we knew it, there was an outpouring of support for this idea. Our principal, district projects coordinator, Pathfinder’s Earth Project, and a non-profit organization, Washington Green Schools have partnered with our garden committee and the PTA to literally build us a garden in an afternoon. Washington Green Schools offers two “Days of Service” a year wherein they help make green projects, like school gardens, come to fruition with the help of sponsors like construction companies and corporate donors.

It’s going to be a beautiful space, designed to facilitate hands-on learning, science exploration and curiosity! We also want to use our garden space as an opportunity to explore gardening in a way the matches our school’s diversity by growing herbs and vegetables that resonate with our school’s families and global food culture. We hope to generate produce that can be shared at snack times and harvested by our student community. We are so excited for the endless possibilities this brings for the students of Sanislo.

Our Day of Service will be held on Saturday, November 4th from 9:00 am to 12 pm. This is a family-friendly, all-welcome, garden-building event. Children are encouraged to take part in building their school garden. There will be volunteers from local businesses, Abbott Construction, Washington Green Schools, Pathfinder, Trinity Church and Sanislo Elementary.

We are so fortunate to have support from local partners to create the space, and hope more join in over time so we can create sustainability for years to come.

Sanislo is at 1812 SW Myrtle.

WEST SEATTLE WEATHER/TRAFFIC: Friday pm updates, and a Saturday night alert

(SCROLL DOWN for Friday pm updates – traffic trouble, even though the weather’s improved!)

(Photo texted from High Point)

12:46 PM: As we’ve been tracking with your help since early morning, we’ve been seeing the season’s first snow – not really sticking, but seriously showery at times. The National Weather Service has just issued a “special weather statement” saying tomorrow night could bring a few inches of wet snow in the hillier areas around the city. More to come!

(Video tweeted by @cjbarkbark)

1:57 PM: The snow has stopped, at least where we are. But some of it definitely stuck to yards, planting strips, and cars during the noon-hour shower, as we saw when headed back south from The Junction, through Morgan, Gatewood, and Upper Fauntleroy. We’ll be adding afternoon notes here for a while. Such as:

HELPLINE GALA STILL ON: The folks at West Seattle Helpline called and wanted to be sure that everyone knows their Neighbors Helping Neighbors dinner/auction tonight at The Hall at Fauntleroy IS ON – regardless of snow, rain, whatever the weather.

2:20 PM: A few flakes are back. SDOT has in the meantime sent an afternoon update, saying it’s assessed pavement throughout the city, and:

All pavement is currently bare and wet. And while the city is experiencing light to heavy flurries, road temperatures remain above freezing between 35 and 37 degrees. SDOT has deployed large plows and spreader at high elevation areas throughout the city and will continue to evaluate and monitor.

If you see SDOT snow equipment, let us know/send a pic (206-293-6302 – thanks for the other pics and clips too).

3:16 PM: Thanks to Brian for sending that photo – taken at Fauntleroy/Edmunds around noon. Meanwhile, if you are worried about the drive/ride home – no reason to be. We have just traveled south through Westwood, Arbor Heights, and White Center – the snowiest area we saw was SW White Center but even there, nothing on the roads. We do have word of a crash just reported – 35th and Thistle, blocking northbound lanes.

3:58 PM: Heading back north on 35th, the northbound lane is still blocked by a sideways pickup truck. SFD closed out of the call fairly quickly, though, so no serious injuries. No snow or even rain right now, with the cloud layer higher and thinner, so looks like it’ll be an OK drive/ride home.

4:51 PM: Several people have reported being stuck on the westbound bridge. No alerts yet nor crash reports but one camera shows a few vehicles on the shoulder. We’re monitoring.

5:01 PM: This tweet reveals what the problem was:

5:07 PM: Here’s what the backup looks like – Catherine texted this view (thanks!):

5:28 PM: SDOT just sent another update, saying all’s well so far, but it has people and equipment on standby just in case:

•Plows and trucks on standby
•Crews on standby for rush hour throughout the evening
•Night crews staffed (in the event temperatures drop to freezing)

Swedish clinic in West Seattle closed because of flooding

(WSB photo)

Thanks to Diane for the tip. The Swedish West Seattle Primary Care clinic at 3400 California SW is closed right now because of flooding. The note on the door, shown in our photo, say it will be closed tomorrow too. No details about what happened; we have a message out to the Swedish media-relations department.

MONDAY NOTE: Open again.

West Seattle Friday: 9 highlights

November 3, 2017 11:20 am
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From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, for the rest of this somewhat-flaky Friday:

LAFAYETTE ELEMENTARY WALK-A-THON: Until 1 pm, the annual fundraising walk is on at the elementary school in The Admiral District. As shown in our photo above, students got a special “Star Wars”-themed visit from members of the 501st Legion. WSB is among the walk-A-Thon’s community sponsors. They’re taking online donations, too. (26xx California SW)

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, OUNCES! The beer garden/taproom in North Delridge is celebrating its first anniversary, 4 pm-10 pm. See our calendar listing for details on the fun. (3809 Delridge Way SW)

MOLLY RINGLE AT WW&WS: The Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s monthly local-author series Words, Writers, & West Seattle features Molly Ringle tonight. Here’s her video invitation:

Meet Molly by dropping in 5-7 pm at Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village. Free! (2600 SW Barton)

‘NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS’: The West Seattle Helpline‘s annual dinner/auction raises money for emergency assistance – including homelessness prevention. 6 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy. Check to see if any tickets remain! (9131 California SW)

HPIC CORNER BAR: The monthly first-Friday pop-up bar at Highland Park Improvement Club opens at 6 pm. Tonight’s featured musical act: The Yada Yada Blues Band. (1116 SW Holden)

BETH AND FRIENDS: Live music at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

‘WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S STAR WARS’: Yes, really! Or, rather, “verily.” See it yourself at the West Seattle High School Theater as the new WSHS production is onstage again tonight at 7:30 pm. (3000 California SW)

‘THE NANCE’: 7:30 pm at ArtsWest Playhouse, “a musical play set in the raucous world of 1930s burlesque,” directed by AW artistic director Mathew Wright. Ticket info in our calendar listing. (4711 California SW)

AT THE SKYLARK: 8 pm-midnight, Wild Wild Mexico, Final Body, P.S., and New Felts. $8 cover. 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

THERE’S MORE … on our complete calendar, where you also can preview the weekend, and beyond!

FOLLOWUP: Bellevue firm buys ‘development site’ at 4501 38th SW for $4.4 million

(King County Assessor’s photo)

Back in June, we reported that 4501 38th SW – long an automotive-business site – was up for sale, listed at $4.5 million, pitched on its own website as a 14,375-square-foot “development site” that could allow “78 multi-family units at an average of 650 SF per unit or a possible 110 hotel units at 420 SF.” It’s been sold for $4.4 million, as first reported by the Daily Journal of Commerce, and verified on the King County Assessor’s Office website. The buyer is an LLC formed for the transaction; names in the state corporation-information file for the LLC trace to Bellevue-based development firm Run Yong Investment. RYI’s website describes the firm as “an active real estate development group, structuring joint ventures with capital partners to conceive and create sustainable, functional, community-centric living spaces throughout Washington and Oregon.” We have a message out inquiring about plans for the 38th SW site, which is zoned NC3-65.

School-shopping? 2017 West Seattle Education Fair set for November 13

If you are considering independent schools for next school year, fall is prime time for fact-finding and decision-making. And that’s why this year’s West Seattle Education Fair is coming up a week from Monday, 7 pm November 13th at the Alki Masonic Center in The Junction (4736 40th SW). It’s one-stop shopping for information about multiple independent schools – both secular and parochial – in and around West Seattle, pre/K-8, with staff members there for one-on-one conversations. Free to attend; all welcome. The list of participants is still being finalized, but in case you hadn’t already seen this in our calendar, we’re mentioning it here – WSB is a sponsor.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT/WEATHER: Little-bit-of-snow Friday updates

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

6:56 AM: Good morning! No snow right now (some saw it earlier!) but it’s been raining all night, so you’re in for a wet commute. No incidents reported outbound in/from West Seattle right now, but there is a problem for people heading southbound on 99 – the Battery Street Tunnel’s SB side is closed because of a crash.

TIME-CHANGE REMINDER: Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 am Sunday, when we’ll “fall back” an hour.

7:15 AM: The Vashon Water Taxi has been canceled for the rest of the morning because of wind.

7:24 AM: John sent this photo taken about an hour ago in Upper Fauntleroy:

The National Weather Service says the snow level is rising as the morning goes by but if you see any falling, let us know via 206-293-6302, when you can safely/legally use your phone!

7:35 AM: The southbound Battery Street Tunnel has reopened. Still no outbound incidents reported.

8:16 AM: In comments, no-show buses at California/Admiral were mentioned. Here’s an after-the-fact Metro alert about two:


Meantime, now that it’s light, we’re going out to the highest-elevation parts of West Seattle to see if any trace of the early-early-morning snow remains.

8:21 AM: Also after-the-fact from Metro:

And on the south side:


8:25 AM: And one more:

9:26 AM: Didn’t see anything more serious out there than some snow spots on roofs and planting strips, and of course some on cars. A bit of snow/ice in a shower we drove through a few minutes ago en route back to HQ (which is at 330′ elevation), too.

9:46 AM: We’ll continue tracking the weather here unless things get more serious. Just got a text that 37th/Andover is seeing some snow. (206-293-6302 – text or voice – is always the best way to reach us immediately – thanks for the updates, reports, and tips!)

10:21 AM: Thanks for the texts – light snow reported in areas including The Junction and Seaview. And we’re still seeing a bit here in Upper Fauntleroy, east of Lincoln Park.

10:41 AM: Tamsen reports light snow in Morgan Junction.

AFTERNOON NOTE: PM coverage is here.

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