West Seattle Blog... » Arbor Heights http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sat, 10 Oct 2015 13:43:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 FOLLOWUP: Memorial bench from ARK Park has been found http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/followup-memorial-bench-from-ark-park-has-been-found/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/followup-memorial-bench-from-ark-park-has-been-found/#comments Fri, 09 Oct 2015 05:25:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=325391 Update on a story we reported here about this time last night: The memorial bench from ARK Park in Arbor Heights has been found. The family of the baby for whom it was named says the little bench turned up in some bushes in the park, broken in two. Despite the damage, they’re glad to have it back, and thankful that so many people were on the lookout for it.

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‘Irreplaceable’ – and stolen: Arbor Heights bench honoring a baby http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/irreplaceable-and-stolen-arbor-heights-bench-honoring-a-baby/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/irreplaceable-and-stolen-arbor-heights-bench-honoring-a-baby/#comments Thu, 08 Oct 2015 05:35:35 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=325278

This marble bench graced ARK Park at 42nd SW and SW 102nd in Arbor Heights, in memory of a little life lost, until a heartbreaking discovery: Someone has stolen it. They had to have known it was a memorial, given this plaque:

Allexandra Ramona Kimball is the park’s namesake and inspiration; as noted here in 2009, the first anniversary of her birthdate was the day ground was broken for the park. While the land is owned by neighboring Arbor Heights Community Church – which also operates ARK Preschool in her memory – it was created for the entire neighborhood, and has been the site of block parties and other celebrations. The bench is described as “irreplaceable to those who were affected by her short, sweet life.”

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UPDATE: Big response, small fire in 10200 block 41st SW http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/fire-response-in-10200-block-41st-sw/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/fire-response-in-10200-block-41st-sw/#comments Sun, 27 Sep 2015 23:21:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324251 4:21 PM: A big Seattle Fire response is on the way to a possible house fire in the 10200 block of 41st SW (map). More to come.

4:26 PM: First unit on scene said it appears to be a small fire on the deck.

4:46 PM: We confirmed that on scene. So small, firefighters were able to extinguish it quickly. No injuries, little damage, SFD left right after we got there.

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West Seattle scene: 1st ‘Dog Days’ swim at Arbor Heights STC http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-scene-1st-dog-days-swim-at-arbor-heights-stc/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-scene-1st-dog-days-swim-at-arbor-heights-stc/#comments Wed, 23 Sep 2015 02:34:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=323772

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

Didn’t take your dog to the Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club tonight for the first of five “Dog Days of Summer“? Your next chance is 5-7 pm tomorrow. It was sunny but a little brisk, yet the dogs just couldn’t wait to get into the pool

This is an annual fundraiser tradition to help support the AHSTC swim teams – the dogs are allowed in after the human swimming season ends, before the pool is drained and cleaned to await next year.

This continues 5-7 pm the next three days, and 11 am to 1 pm this Saturday – details in our preview.

The pool is at 11003 31st SW.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: The case of the car prowler(s) who also looked under the hood http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-crime-watch-the-case-of-the-car-prowlers-who-also-looked-under-the-hood/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-crime-watch-the-case-of-the-car-prowlers-who-also-looked-under-the-hood/#comments Sun, 13 Sep 2015 06:10:58 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=322704

When Betina found her car had been prowled overnight, she noticed an odd detail:

My car was broken into last night/early morning between 2:00 and 7:00 AM (Saturday, 9-12-15) near the intersection of SW 104th Street and 32nd Ave. SW in Arbor Heights. The car was parked in the driveway.

I found that the rear passenger quarter glass window was smashed, the driver door was left open, and the hood was also left open (not left wide open, but they did not latch it closed after they were done peering into the engine compartment). Nothing of any significance was stolen and there was no damage to the car, except the window. It does not appear that the person/prowler/thief was very interested in any personal items in the car or they were very neat, because everything was still in the glove box, console, etc.

I find it interesting that the hood was open, but no attempt was made to steal the car itself (no steering column damage). Maybe this car did not fit their esteemed criteria.

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Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club again offering end-of-summer ‘Dog Days’ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/arbor-heights-swim-and-tennis-club-again-offering-end-of-summer-dog-days/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/arbor-heights-swim-and-tennis-club-again-offering-end-of-summer-dog-days/#comments Sat, 12 Sep 2015 17:17:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=322636

It’s become a tradition at the Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club pool – just before it’s drained and cleaned after the season ends, it’s opened to local dogs for a fun(draiser). More than a few people have messaged us in recent weeks to ask if it’s happening again this year, and finally we can say “yes,” after receiving the photo and announcement from Cori Roed:

It’s that time again, The Dog Days of Summer at the Arbor Heights Swim & Tennis Club. Tuesday 9/22 – Saturday 9/26.

Weekdays 5-7 pm
Saturday 11 am-1 pm

Donation to AH Teams via cash or check to AHSTC
Suggested: $10/dog or $25 for a pass for the week.

Your donations allow us to purchase equipment and keep our team fees low. Thank you!

11003 31st Ave SW – Please drive slowly on 31st, no matter HOW excited your passenger is. See you on deck!

No, you don’t have to be a member. And no, you can’t go in too – dogs only.

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West Seattle Crime Watch update: Stolen work van found, thanks to WSB reader http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-crime-watch-work-van-stolen/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-crime-watch-work-van-stolen/#comments Fri, 11 Sep 2015 17:48:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=322539 ORIGINAL STORY, 10:48 AM: In West Seattle Crime Watch this morning, a stolen work van to watch for:

My husband’s van was stolen from in front of our house sometime between 8:00 pm last night and 9:00 am this morning. It was locked and parked in our driveway. We live in the Arbor/Arroyo Heights neighborhood at 10811 35th Ave SW.

It is a white 2003 Ford Econovan 250. It has my husband’s logo on both sides and the back of the van – “Toma Construction LLC.” It contained many tools. We have notified the police, and the dispatcher told us another Econovan (apparently a painter’s van) was stolen from the neighborhood last night, as well. If anyone has seen it, please contact us at alexislewinger@gmail.com, at 602-326-7262, or at 206-697-5087.

But first, please call 911.

6:57 PM UPDATE: Found!

(Late this afternoon), we got a call from a WSB watcher saying the van was parked on his street, about two blocks from our house. There is damage to the car and my husband’s expensive tools are gone, but we are thankful that we have the van. Thank you, WSB and neighbors!!

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ROAD-WORK UPDATE: More Arbor Heights microsurfacing Friday http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/road-work-update-more-arbor-heights-microsurfacing-friday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/road-work-update-more-arbor-heights-microsurfacing-friday/#comments Fri, 11 Sep 2015 02:26:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=322460 Received tonight from SDOT:

We are writing to provide an update on the microsurfacing project in Arbor Heights. We will be using our make-up day, tomorrow, Friday, September 11, to complete microsurfacing on the following streets:

*SW Arroyo Dr and 39th Ave SW, beginning at 9 AM
*49th Ave SW
*SW 112th St between Marine View Dr SW and 35th Ave SW, including side streets scheduled for microsurfacing
*SW Ocean View Dr
*SW 114th St

We understand using our make-up day may interrupt plans or be otherwise inconvenient, and we make every effort to avoid such occurrences. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we complete this work.

If you have any questions about what to expect during tomorrow’s work or about the project, please feel free to review the attached construction notice we sent previously or contact us.

Here’s that notice; the project hotline is 206-727-3669.

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@ Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council: Updates on crime/safety, transportation, The Bog, more… http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/westwood-roxhill-arbor-heights-community-council-updates-on-crimesafety-transportation-the-bog-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/westwood-roxhill-arbor-heights-community-council-updates-on-crimesafety-transportation-the-bog-more/#comments Tue, 08 Sep 2015 11:00:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=321566 Before this week’s round of community meetings gets under way, we have one more to recap from last week – the Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council‘s first meeting since June.

CRIME FOLLOWUP: As WWRHAH co-chair Amanda Kay Helmick pointed out, the June meeting (WSB coverage here) focused on crime, especially chronic problems in the South Delridge area. Some action had ensued – “some flare-ups, some diedowns.” And then Community Police Team Officer Jon Flores got up to speak. He’s one of two Southwest Precinct CPT officers right now – the team had been up to 4 just a few months ago, but, he said, one member has been promoted and another has been assigned to a technology project.

In this area in the past two months, he said, SPD has tallied:

-112 calls for suspicious activity/circumstances
-19 residential burglaries
-13 harassment/threat calls
-10 assaults
-6 car prowls
-2 armed robberies

After the June WWRHAH meeting, Officer Flores said, they were clear on what needed to be done in the South Delridge area – they met with several other city departments, got some CPTED principles applied to the area, but they are still working on some things, like graffiti-vandalism cleanup.

They’ve also obtained some help from the King County Sheriff’s Office Metro Transit Police, more of a “presence.” He summarized, “What we’ve tried to do is change the look of that area.” One attendee asked, “Were there patterns to the residential burglaries?” Flores said, no; some burglary arrests have been made around West Seattle, but he didn’t know offhand if any were related to burglaries in the WWRHAH coverage area.

He said the “suspicious” calls were heartening because “since we’ve really been able to deal with community members directly, we’ve stressed, please call and let us know what’s occurring … so when we see numbers like 112, it means the community is heeding that advice.”

Overall, “it was a pretty average summer” in Officer Flores’s view, voiced after Helmick asked for a comparison, but overall, “busy.” The bicycle patrol is not yet being staffed full time, after a couple of departures, Officer Flores said. To be part of it, officers have to go through bike training, he said, and the next round isn’t until October.

Another attendee asked what would happen with school starting: “Because of some of those high-profile incidents, we had regular meetings (at the end of last school year) at Denny … (Mark Solomon, crime prevention coordinator) and I are going to have an assembly … if we can communicate with the kids and make them comfortable right off the bat … get a line of communication off the start, get these things reported as quickly as we can.” He said there will be emphasis patrols “in and around” the schools (WSHS and Madison as well as Sealth and Denny), not necessarily every school day, but often. (Here’s our June coverage of the Denny followup he mentioned.)

Community concerns subsequently brought up included a now-phoneless phone booth outside a store at 16th – it was suggested that it be reported via the city’s Find It, Fix It smartphone app.

TRANSPORTATION: Chris Stripinis of the WWRHAH Infrastructure Committee reminded everyone that the Roxbury rechannelization work was scheduled to start soon (and indeed it did, days later). There also was discussion about any city followup from the last walking tour in the area; short answer – none, though Helmick mentioned some interesting discussion with city traffic engineer Dongho Chang including wondering whether a walk-all-ways might be the solution for pedestrian challenges at the southwest entrance to Westwood Village.

DUWAMISH ALIVE! Helmick mentioned the upcoming October 17th Duwamish Alive! event. Roxhill Bog steward Scott Blackstock will lead a work party there – you should be able to sign up for that or any other of the day’s events online soon.

METRO TRANSIT STOP UPDATE: Helmick says the lighting and sidewalk improvements are still in the works, and encourages others to keep renewing the requests. … Blackstock mentioned that people are relieving themselves along the east trail of Roxhill Park and suggested that Parks or Metro might consider a portable toilet on that side.

ROXHILL BOG & PARK: Other quick updates -they’re still looking at how to help the bog be more of the true wetland it’s meant to be; one discovery, its trees are taking in much of the water. As for the park, grant money remains for environmental-interpretation signage, and discussions continue. WWRHAH also is trying to get park officials, potentially including the new Superintendent Jesús Aguirre, to confer with them to help make it happen.

(October 2014 photo courtesy Amanda Kay Helmick)
And an update on the turret that had to be removed after the Roxhill Park play structure project out of safety concerns – Parks has finally come up with a plan to reinforce the area with concrete so that it can be returned, and that likely will be in October, according to Helmick.

WHAT SHOULD BE ON FUTURE WwRHAH AGENDAS? After the November election, City Council District 1′s new City Councilmember should be invited, co-chair Eric Iwamoto said. Another suggestion: Have David Goldberg from DPD come talk about the Delridge Action Plan … and bring in the White Center-assigned planner who works for the county. Another suggested topic: P-Patches, and how to get one for the area. Helmick said she had been trying to get someone from Summit Public Schools – which now has state approval for a charter school at 35th/Roxbury – to come to a meeting, but isn’t getting callbacks. (Note: This was a few days before the State Supreme Court ruling that public funding for charter schools was unconstitutional.) It was also suggested that a discussion about what it takes to get an intersection mural would be a topic. And the new Department of Neighborhoods director Kathy Nyland was a suggested guest.

NEIGHBORHOOD GRANTS: Iwamoto encouraged everyone to look into applying. Here’s the info on that.

WWRHAH meets on first Tuesdays, 6:15 pm, in the upstairs meeting room at Southwest Library.

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FOLLOWUP: What will State Supreme Court ruling mean to just-approved West Seattle charter school Summit Atlas? http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/followup-what-will-state-supreme-court-ruling-mean-to-just-approved-west-seattle-charter-school-summit-atlas/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/followup-what-will-state-supreme-court-ruling-mean-to-just-approved-west-seattle-charter-school-summit-atlas/#comments Sun, 06 Sep 2015 02:34:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=321946 By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

As you might have heard by now, the State Supreme Court has ruled that the publicly funded charter schools stemming from Initiative 1240, approved by voters in 2012, are unconstitutional. The Friday afternoon ruling (see it here) said they’re not eligible for public funding because they’re not under local voters’ control.

This comes less than a month after the state Charter School Commission approved what would be West Seattle’s first charter school, a plan by California-based Summit Public Schools to open a middle-/high-school campus next year at what’s currently the Freedom Church/Jesus Center at 35th/Roxbury (newly named Summit Atlas, according to its website). Even before the state commission’s approval, the site was purchased by Washington Charter School Development for $4,750,000, with the intention of remodeling the supermarket-turned-church building into the school’s first wing (its seven grades are to be phased in, starting with 6th and 9th in the first year). Summit announced that the West Seattle school’s director, Greg Ponikvar, was starting work right after the approval, and had started taking applications.

Summit’s first two schools in Washington had just opened – one in the International District, one in Tacoma. We e-mailed Summit’s regional director Jen Davis Wickens (who we interviewed in July to talk about the West Seattle plan) to ask for reaction on the court ruling. Regarding the West Seattle plan, Wickens said, too soon to say: “Our lawyers are still analyzing the ruling and we’re working on our next steps.” Their Washington operation has been focused on reassuring the families enrolled in the two newly opened schools – here’s the letter Wickens said was sent to those enrolled at Summit Sierra last night in the ID by its director (principal), Malia Burns:

Dear Founding Spartan Families,

It is with sadness that I write this message to you this Friday evening before the holiday weekend.

Today, the Washington Supreme Court ruled that public charter schools are “unconstitutional.” The ruling is not a criticism of charter schools or charter school organizations like our, nor does not immediately shut down charter schools. The case will be sent back to King County Superior Court to determine next steps.

We want to assure you that school will be open on Tuesday, September 8th, as usual. We will be hosting a special community meeting Tuesday morning at 7:45 AM to provide updates.

Rumors and misconceptions can quickly take hold, but please remember that Summit remains deeply committed to each and every family.

Also, please know there are many folks fighting for our public charter schools. We will be working with our colleagues in other schools and with WA Charters to chart our collective path forward (updates will be available on the WA Charters website).

For those families that have asked how they can show their support for their school, please come to the community meeting Tuesday. We will share any and all information that we have with you then.

Our community is new, but it is powerful, courageous, and committed.

Here’s the statement that the Washington Charter School Association, mentioned in the letter, has published. Meantime, back to Summit Atlas, the 400-plus-page application it had filed with the state envisioned supplementary funding from charter-school-support organizations as well as the public funding set up by the voter-approved initiative; the organizations mentioned include the Hollyhock Foundation, CSGF Walton, and the Gates Foundation. You can see the budget documents starting with Attachment 25 in the application. Work has not yet started at the building, which its new owner had leased back to Freedom Church TFN.

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ROAD-WORK UPDATE: Final details on rescheduled Arbor Heights microsurfacing http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/road-work-update-final-details-on-rescheduled-arbor-heights-microsurfacing/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/road-work-update-final-details-on-rescheduled-arbor-heights-microsurfacing/#comments Fri, 04 Sep 2015 23:00:47 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=321867

Final details are now all worked out for the rescheduled microsurfacing in Arbor Heights. Here are full details from SDOT:

The pavement on many Arbor Heights streets is about to improve. On Wednesday, Sept. 9 or Thursday, Sept. 10, SDOT will be applying a microsurfacing overlay to local roads, weather permitting. This preventative maintenance work was scheduled originally for Monday, Aug. 31, and Tuesday, Sept. 1, but SDOT postponed the work due to rainy weather.

Neighborhood Impact:

SDOT understands Wednesday, Sept. 9 is the first day of school. Please review the map above and the notes below, and contact us if you foresee any complications with your transportation and access needs during the work period. This week, SDOT’s contractor, VSS International, distributed a final notice confirming the work with neighbors on streets scheduled for microsurfacing.

To ensure the microsurfacing treatment has time to properly cure and dry, streets receiving the treatment are closed, on average, for 4 hours between 7 AM and 5 PM on the day work is scheduled. In rare cases, streets may be closed for up to 8 hours to ensure proper curing and drying. If you live, work or play on a street scheduled for microsurfacing, please note the following:

• Please follow posted “No Parking” signs and detours
• Cars must be relocated off the road and planting strip area prior to the start of work. Cars parked within the posted work area will be towed at the owner’s expense. If you wish to use your car on the day you are scheduled for microsurfacing, we recommend you move it to an unaffected street prior to 7 AM.
• If work coincides with your regular garbage, recycling or yard waste pick-up, please have your bins to the curb before 6 AM to ensure collection. We will not affect pick-up.
• Streets generally reopen within 4 hours of closure, but in some cases, may take up to 8 hours to reopen
• If a street is not completed on the day it is scheduled, it will be completed on our make-up day, Friday, Sept. 11. If for any reason SDOT is unable to maintain this schedule, you will be re-notified of the new date to resurface your street.
• Emergency vehicles will have access through the project area at all times without delay

Please note, SW 104th St east of 35th Ave SW is scheduled for microsurfacing on Thursday, Sept. 10, not Wednesday, Sept. 9 as indicated on some final notices distributed in the neighborhood.

About Microsurfacing
Microsurfacing is a preventative maintenance method that extends the life of pavement for 7 to 10 years. Similar to painting a house, microsurfacing creates a protective layer which preserves the underlying structure and prevents the need for more expensive repairs in the future. To be effective, the treatment must be applied in dry weather and dry completely before being driven or walked upon again.
SDOT successfully completed a microsurfacing pilot project in Arbor Heights in 2014. More information on that project is available here.

Questions? For more information:
Art Brochet, Seattle Department of Transportation
2015Microsurfacing@seattle.gov | 206-727-3669
Visit: seattle.gov/transportation/microsurface_arborHeights.htm

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Join in! Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council meets Tuesday night, with crime/policing on the agenda http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/join-in-westwood-roxhill-arbor-heights-community-council-meets-tuesday-night-with-crimepolicing-on-the-agenda/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/join-in-westwood-roxhill-arbor-heights-community-council-meets-tuesday-night-with-crimepolicing-on-the-agenda/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 02:54:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=321487 August is going out as blustery as if fall were here already … and September starts with community groups resuming their regular meeting schedules. As the leaves fall, consider turning over your own new leaf and getting involved, if you’re not already. Tomorrow night is the first Tuesday of the month, which means the Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council invites you to the Southwest Library‘s upstairs meeting room, 6:15-7:45 pm. Here’s the agenda:

6:15-6:20: Introductions & Community News

6:20-6:45: Committee & Neighborhood Council Updates

6:45-7:15: Welcome Back and Updates: SPD Officers Jon Flores and Kevin McDaniel will be with us to give us an update on the micro-policing plans. And how things looked this summer

7:15-7:40: Topics for Next Meetings: Brainstorm ideas for meetings and things to touch base on with the City.

7:40-7:45: Wrap Up: Break down the room; library locks up promptly at 8 pm.

Even if you just want to sit in the corner and observe/listen, all are welcome. The library’s on the southeast corner of 35th SW and SW Henderson.

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PHOTOS: ‘Heading Home’ day at last for Westside School, celebrating new Arbor Heights campus http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/photos-heading-home-day-at-last-for-westside-school-celebrating-new-arbor-heights-campus/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/photos-heading-home-day-at-last-for-westside-school-celebrating-new-arbor-heights-campus/#comments Sun, 30 Aug 2015 13:44:36 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=321230

(WSB photos by Christopher Boffoli)
34 years after Westside School (WSB sponsor) was founded, it finally has a permanent home. “Heading Home” was the theme for Saturday’s celebration of the newly completed campus in Arbor Heights, as it has been for the process of making that dream come true, even before work began at the former Hillcrest Presbyterian Church 16 months ago. So no mere windstorm was going to stop the party, and the ribboncutting happened indoors.

Hundreds of the Pre-K-through-8th-grade school’s students, family members, staff, and other Westside community members present and past were there to see the new campus a week and a half before its first classes.

They heard from Head of School Kate Mulligan:

Westside’s founder, Alice Howell, was also onstage (second from left, below) along with, in our next photo, former head of school Jo Ann Yockey, teacher Claudia Ross-Weston, former head of school George Edwards, and assistant head of school Don Cunningham:

As “owner’s rep,” Cunningham supervised the renovations and construction with which Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young Architects and general contractor Kirtley-Cole Associates LLC created Westside’s permanent home. To officially open it, Howell wielded the giant scissors for the ceremonial ribboncutting!

Certainly a moment the students will remember:

As will Westside leadership present and past.

Souvenirs, of course, were in order, as Director of Advancement Ted Holmes displayed:

The open house that followed the ceremony gave everyone a chance to look around. Hasn’t been that long since Westside expanded into Middle School:

The new campus’s library is a point of pride:

Here too, we found someone with Westside history – at center is one of the school’s original librarians, June Ross, speaking with library/IT coordinator and middle-school teacher Susannah Muench:

Then there’s the gym and its gleaming wood floor:

It’s full of points of pride for the Westside Wolves:

In the gym, we found Al Skaret – who was involved with Westside in its early days – with assistant head of school Cunningham:

While Saturday wasn’t too conducive to outdoor exploration, the new campus has much to explore there too:

And views from many places inside:

Including places where students can take a break and confer:

For even more background on the 27-classroom school’s design, see this detailed WSB report on our tour of the then-almost-complete campus back in April.

By the way, Saturday’s celebration included food trucks, a feature at the biggest parties on Westside’s former campus at the ex-EC Hughes Elementary (which Seattle Public Schools is likely to renovate and reopen):

The next big milestone for Westside School’s new permanent home at 10404 34th SW – first day of school, Wednesday, September 9th (school administrators have already moved in).

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West Seattle’s first charter school to open in August 2016 after getting state-commission approval today http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/west-seattles-first-charter-school-to-open-in-august-2016-after-getting-state-commission-approval-today/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/west-seattles-first-charter-school-to-open-in-august-2016-after-getting-state-commission-approval-today/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 21:40:52 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=319839

(June 2015 WSB photo of future charter-school site at 35th & Roxbury)

Summit Public Schools has just cleared a major hurdle in its plan to open West Seattle’s first charter school at the site of what’s currently the Freedom Church/Jesus Center at 35th and Roxbury – the state Charter School Commission, chaired by West Seattle resident Steve Sundquist, approved the plan today at a meeting in Georgetown.

Summit, a California-based organization, is opening its first two Washington schools this fall, in the International District and in Tacoma, and plans to open this one in fall of next year, phasing in middle- and high-school grades over four years, starting with 6th and 9th grades in year 1. As we’ve reported during coverage going back to January, Washington Charter School Development already has purchased the site for $4.75 million and plans first to remodel its supermarket-turned-church building, later adding onto it.

We’re seeking comment from Summit managers, who told us last month that as soon as this approval came through, they would proceed full speed ahead with setting up the school and recruiting students. By authorization of state voters, charter schools get public funding, and are open to all; Summit told us last month that if more students apply than they have room for, they’ll use a lottery to assign the spots.

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UPDATE: ‘Small electrical fire’ at house in Arbor Heights http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/house-fire-call-in-arbor-heights/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/house-fire-call-in-arbor-heights/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 05:20:35 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=318810

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
10:20 PM: All those sirens are from a big Seattle Fire response headed to a possible house fire in the 10200 block of 32nd SW in Arbor Heights [map]. Updates to come.

10:23 PM: Crews are starting to arrive. Early word is that the fire started in the living room, and that everyone got out of the house OK.

10:28 PM: Per scanner, they’re scaling back the response. The fire has been declared “tapped.”

10:43 PM: Our crew has talked with the incident commander, who says it was a “small electrical fire” that’s now out; nobody hurt, and the residents will be able to go back inside shortly.

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