West Seattle Blog... » Fauntleroy http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:49:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Followup: Fauntleroy Schoolhouse’s lesson in crowdlending http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/followup-fauntleroy-schoolhouses-lesson-in-crowdlending/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/followup-fauntleroy-schoolhouses-lesson-in-crowdlending/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:38:28 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280415

Last night at The Hall at Fauntleroy inside the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, potential investors gathered to find out more about the crowdlending push intended to bring in the final half-million dollars needed for fixing up the nonprofit-owned building. As mentioned in our preview, the Fauntleroy Community Service Agency is working with Bellevue-based social-investment facilitator Semble. FCSA’s Kevin Wooley explained that the project’s only been up on the Semble website a week, and they’re already more than halfway to their goal.

Wooley told the ~30 people in attendance that most of the money would go toward the ongoing roof-renovation project, and they hope to raise it within a month in order to get the roof work finished before the rainy season. A few other jobs are included, all work that FCSA promised would be done after its purchase of the former Seattle Public Schools property four years ago. Semble reps explained at the gathering that it’s an investment, not a donation, and interest will be paid – information on the project’s Semble webpage (see it here) includes the prospectus, FCSA financials over the past three years, and the interest rate, all of which you can take into account before deciding whether to become a lender.

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Fauntleroy Schoolhouse’s future: See what’s next, as nonprofit opens arms to community investment http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/fauntleroy-schoolhouses-future-see-whats-next-as-nonprofit-opens-arms-to-community-investment/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/fauntleroy-schoolhouses-future-see-whats-next-as-nonprofit-opens-arms-to-community-investment/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:00:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280202 Since becoming a community-owned facility four years ago, the historic Fauntleroy Schoolhouse has made major progress toward taking care of necessary repairs and other upgrades. Now there’s one more hurdle to cross – and the schoolhouse’s managers are doing it via crowd-loaning, which will cost less, and enrich community connections more, than the traditional method of money-borrowing. You are invited to come find out about it tomorrow night (Wednesday, July 23rd) in The Emerald Room at The Hall at Fauntleroy on the south side of the schoolhouse:

The Fauntleroy Community Service Agency invites you to hear about a groundbreaking, socially minded investment opportunity while learning about plans for updates to our Schoolhouse.

We have partnered with Semble, a Washington-based business that is helping non-profits significantly lower the cost of capital projects by calling on their own communities to become investors, rather than using more traditional financing
sources. Come learn how you can become an investor in the future of the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse and preserve its rich heritage. (This is not a donation but rather an investment that will earn you a rate of return.) We hope to see you!

For a preview, browse the schoolhouse project’s Semble page. That’s 7 pm tomorrow, with light refreshments, at 9131 California SW.

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Fauntleroy Schoolhouse centennial celebration: You can help! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/fauntleroy-schoolhouse-centennial-celebration-you-can-help/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/fauntleroy-schoolhouse-centennial-celebration-you-can-help/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:34:31 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=278736

That photo was taken on the grounds of the historic Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, shortly after its 1917 opening. Though it’s not in service as a public school any more, it’s part of the heart of the Fauntleroy community, and that’s why planning is already accelerating for the schoolhouse’s centennial celebration. Fauntleroy communicator/community advocate Judy Pickens shares this information on how to help, starting now:

The Fauntleroy Schoolhouse will turn 100 in 2017, and a planning committee is laying the groundwork for several events to honor “A Century of Serving the Community.” Here’s how you might help:

§ Photos and memorabilia from your time at the school, either donated or loaned.

§ To build a database, your full name, contact information, and year(s) you were a student or staff member at the school.

§ Centennial event planning. If you would like to help, meet at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 31, at the Original Bakery.

If you can help with any of the above, please email faunt.schoolhouse100years@gmail.com.

The first centennial event will be an open house next May. Grander celebrations will follow in 2017.

The schoolhouse (file photo above) has been community-owned since the purchase from Seattle Public Schools was completed four years ago.

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Helicopter over Fauntleroy/Gatewood: Tour company http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/helicopter-over-fauntleroygatewood-tour-company/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/helicopter-over-fauntleroygatewood-tour-company/#comments Sat, 14 Jun 2014 21:55:50 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=276529 In case you also noticed the small yellow helicopter circling/hovering over Gatewood/Upper Fauntleroy (almost directly over WSB HQ for a while, so we grabbed a bit of video), thanks to Shannon for noting in a Twitter discussion that it was a tour-company helicopter. (Photo added, shared by Rey via Facebook)

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Ready to get moving with the West Seattle Big Band in Fauntleroy on Friday? http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/ready-to-get-moving-with-the-west-seattle-big-band-in-fauntleroy-on-friday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/ready-to-get-moving-with-the-west-seattle-big-band-in-fauntleroy-on-friday/#comments Thu, 12 Jun 2014 02:19:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=276223

(Vocalist Sarah Ackers, scheduled to sing with the WSBB this Friday)
Friday will be a swinging night in Fauntleroy – and you’re invited to be part of it. In case you haven’t seen the “Swing Into Summer” dance listing in the WSB Calendar yet, here’s a preview shared by Judy Pickens:

Swing dances (Charleston, Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, etc.) are what enlivened the nation during the Roaring Twenties and carried it through World War II and Korea. Now they’re enjoying a comeback for the fun of it as well as for the exercise. The West Seattle Big Band, Fauntleroy Community Association, and Fauntleroy Church are sponsoring a “Swing Into Summer” dance on Friday, June 13, 7 pm in The Hall at Fauntleroy. If you don’t know swing, check out the primer at youtube.com/watch?v=e7djJUwE9z8. You’ll see that knowing just two or three steps will get you on the floor, then come a half hour before the dance to practice with an instructor.

Choose dance clothes that are easy to move in – roomy slacks and shirt for the men and a comfortable dress for the women (add pretty underwear under that dress if you expect to twirl every which way!). Build your outfit from the shoes up – leather soles and a snug style that you won’t dance out of.

Tickets are $15 at brownpapertickets.com or at the door. Reserve free childcare at jackie@fauntleroyucc.org and plan to purchase refreshments at the dance.

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Followup: Recyclers set a record at Fauntleroy Church’s roundup http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/followup-recyclers-set-a-record-at-fauntleroy-churchs-roundup/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/followup-recyclers-set-a-record-at-fauntleroy-churchs-roundup/#comments Sat, 03 May 2014 03:17:28 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=272232 Whole lot of spring cleaning going on in West Seattle – and not just to get ready for May 10th’s WS Community Garage Sale Day. If you were part of last Sunday’s Fauntleroy Church recycling event, Judy Pickens says you were part of something big:

A steady stream of vehicles (estimated at 400 – a record) brought 10.5 tons of old appliances, computers, lawn mowers, and other recyclables to Sunday’s Recycle Roundup at Fauntleroy Church. Everything is well on its way back to the resource stream! The church’s green committee will sponsor another roundup in September.

Inbetween recycling roundups, the South Transfer Station in nearby South Park takes some things you can’t put out at curbside. The city website also has a lookup tool you can use to see what’s recyclable and what’s not.

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Fauntleroy Creek’s spring salmon season starts with Roxhill students http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/fauntleroy-creeks-spring-salmon-season-starts-with-roxhill-students/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/fauntleroy-creeks-spring-salmon-season-starts-with-roxhill-students/#comments Fri, 02 May 2014 04:33:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=272138

What looks to be a record-setting month of salmon-fry releases at Fauntleroy Creek has begun. On the warmest day so far this year, Roxhill Elementary students came to the creek after school today to release salmon they’d been raising:

Longtime volunteer Dennis Hinton was there to assist the students in carefully transferring the little salmon into the creek:

Creek steward Judy Pickens has drawn up the schedule for the next four weeks and tells WSB, “We expect to see at least 600 students this year in a record 20 releases.” Then in the fall, there’s another round of volunteer activity in the annual watch for returning salmon – last year was pretty much a bust, while the year before set a record.

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West Seattle scene: TLC for Fauntleroy Creek viewpoint http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/west-seattle-scene-tlc-for-fauntleroy-creek-viewpoint/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/west-seattle-scene-tlc-for-fauntleroy-creek-viewpoint/#comments Tue, 29 Apr 2014 22:57:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=271853

Across the street and up the embankment from the Fauntleroy ferry dock is a semi-hidden gem – the Fauntleroy Creek fish-ladder viewpoint. It’s been there since the restoration project 15+ years ago, and right now it’s getting a little bit of TLC – Judy Pickens shares the photo and the following description of what’s happening in it:

Al Zurowski prepares the promontory at the viewpoint above Fauntleroy Creek for new decking. He and fellow carpenter Bill Miller with Seattle Public Utilities are replacing deteriorating decking installed when the viewpoint and fish ladder below it opened in 1998. The viewpoint will be busy starting Thursday as 600+ students come to the creek during May to release coho fry.

Judy is a watershed steward and devoted volunteer who will be busy during salmon-release season too, and she says the viewpoint work – expected to last all week – should “give everyone a much-safer platform for viewing the fish ladder.”

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Happening now: Don’t want it? They probably do! Fauntleroy Church Recycle Roundup until 3 pm http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/happening-now-dont-want-it-they-probably-do-fauntleroy-church-recycle-roundup-until-3-pm/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/happening-now-dont-want-it-they-probably-do-fauntleroy-church-recycle-roundup-until-3-pm/#comments Sun, 27 Apr 2014 18:31:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=271625

It’s on – rain or shine as usual! Dozens and dozens of types of items – see the list here – are being accepted, for free, at the twice-yearly drop-off Fauntleroy Church Recycle Roundup, with 1 Green Planet on site, filling trucks with the types of recyclables you just can’t put out on your curb, until 3 pm today. Drive/ride/walk up, drop off, move on. (If there’s a line when you get there, please be patient, urges this commenter.) And one more time, since this is a change from past Recycle Roundups, we’ll remind you that they’re not taking TVs – but they ARE taking more than 65 other types of items. The church is at 9140 California SW, but you can’t get there by just driving south from the California straightaway – here’s a map; heading eastbound, it’s uphill from the ferry dock, or westbound, just take Barton, which curves to (briefly) become California SW by Fauntleroy Schoolhouse (which is across the street from the church).

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In case you were wondering: Last night’s law-enforcement presence at Fauntleroy ferry dock http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/in-case-you-were-wondering-last-nights-law-enforcement-presence-at-fauntleroy-ferry-dock/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/in-case-you-were-wondering-last-nights-law-enforcement-presence-at-fauntleroy-ferry-dock/#comments Sun, 27 Apr 2014 16:33:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=271620 We’ve answered a few inquiries about King County Sheriff’s Office and Medical Examiner vehicles/personnel at the Fauntleroy ferry dock Saturday evening, and in retrospect should have mentioned this here while it was happening: They were investigating a crash that killed a motorcycle rider on north Vashon and closed Vashon Highway for a few hours. KCSO told the News-Tribune that the northbound rider apparently was hit from behind while waiting to make a left turn.

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Fauntleroy ‘Recycle Roundup’ on Sunday, but don’t bring TV’s http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/fauntleroy-recycle-roundup-tomorrow-but-dont-bring-tvs/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/fauntleroy-recycle-roundup-tomorrow-but-dont-bring-tvs/#comments Sun, 27 Apr 2014 01:10:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=271569 After our recent reminder about tomorrow’s Recycle Roundup at Fauntleroy Church – a popular twice-yearly dropoff event – sharp-eyed commenter PSPS noticed something new on the list of what will and will not be accepted: TVs. Judy Pickens confirmed that and shares this reminder:

You may have noticed (or more likely missed) that this Sunday’s Recycle Roundup at Fauntleroy Church will not be accepting televisions (CRT, LCD, or plasma). You can, however, bring computer monitors.

As a collector for the E-Cycle Washington program for environmentally responsible recycling, 1 Green Planet gets paid by manufacturers for TVs dropped off at its warehouse, not for community events such as the semi-annual roundup. The closest E-Cycler where you can drop off your derelict TV is Burien Goodwill (1031 SW 128th).

The Recycle Roundup is in the church parking lot, 9 am-3 pm tomorrow, 9140 California SW (map).

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West Seattle Crime Watch update: Business burglarized, 1 arrested http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-searching-for-business-burglars/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-searching-for-business-burglars/#comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:20:29 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=270340

SATURDAY, 1:20 AM: Happening now in east Fauntleroy, information via scanner: Police are searching for one or more people who broke into Super Deli Mart at 35th/Barton a short time ago. Someone called 911 to say they thought they saw intruders stealing merchandise; police arrived moments later and reported a smashed window, with a cash register believed to be missing as well. Possible suspect description: White male, 30s, blue jacket, blue jeans.

SUNDAY, 11:39 AM: We asked SPD media relations if there had indeed been an arrest. And yes, there was – they’ve just posted a short note on SPD Blotter; the K-9 team found the 23-year-old suspect in the 9200 block of 35th SW.

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Update: Rescue off Fauntleroy dock, ferries delayed http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/rescue-off-fauntleroy-ferries-delayed/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/rescue-off-fauntleroy-ferries-delayed/#comments Sat, 29 Mar 2014 18:33:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=269037 11:33 AM: A rescue offshore in Fauntleroy has delayed ferries to and from the terminal. Heidi, onboard one of the ferries, says “a sailboat went turtle” and tweeted photos including:

Scanner traffic indicates a person has been rescued from the water.

11:43 AM: The Seattle Fire crews have just left the dock. The Klahowya, which was assisting, finally has made it to Fauntleroy. No information so far on the rescued person’s condition.

1:28 PM NOTE: Though the rescue is long over, the ferries on the route are still running behind – check here for updates.

8:14 PM: Thanks to Eric Bell for photos taken at the dock – first, as the vessel came in with the person who was rescued:

That’s the M/V Klahowya, which helped with the rescue, in the background. Next, the Medic 32 crew working to get ready for transport:

Still no official word on how the victim is doing and exactly what happened.

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Happening now: ‘Vactoring’ cleanup at Fauntleroy ex-substation http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/happening-now-vactoring-cleanup-at-fauntleroy-ex-substation/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/happening-now-vactoring-cleanup-at-fauntleroy-ex-substation/#comments Wed, 26 Mar 2014 19:51:21 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=268808

After cutting trees as part of a soil cleanup at two of West Seattle’s six “surplus” ex-substations, over the objections of community advocates including the WS Green Space Coalition, City Light said it would try a different technique at the Fauntleroy and Genesee Hill sites – “vactoring” contaminated soil in a way that WSGSC was told should make cleanup possible without destroying the trees. Thanks to a reader tip, we learned this work is happening at the Fauntleroy site (just around the corner from the Endolyne business district-let) right now. Meantime, as noted in our most recent report, the Green Space Coalition is continuing to advocate for a larger community role in determining the sites’ future – rather than what has been the usual past path of seeing them sold for housing development. City Light has said it could send disposition-plan legislation to the City Council – which has the final say – as soon as the third quarter of this year.

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Update: Fire call in Fauntleroy blamed on electrical problem http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/house-fire-call-in-fauntleroy-2/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/house-fire-call-in-fauntleroy-2/#comments Thu, 20 Mar 2014 04:51:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=268196 9:51 PM: Seattle Fire has a fire response in the 4500 block of SW Director Place (map). The building is described in county records as a four-plex.

9:59 PM: Electrical problem, crews on the scene tell us. All over now.

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