West Seattle Blog... » High Point http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Tue, 28 Apr 2015 07:39:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 FOLLOWUP: West Seattle Bee Garden looks ahead to big spring/summer, while recovering from vandalism http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/followup-west-seattle-bee-garden-looks-ahead-to-big-springsummer-while-recovering-from-vandalism/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/followup-west-seattle-bee-garden-looks-ahead-to-big-springsummer-while-recovering-from-vandalism/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 04:29:56 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308473

The West Seattle Bee Garden is getting ready for its biggest season yet, despite a disappointing discovery over the weekend – vandalism against its student-and-teacher-made mosaic sign. We first reported it after hearing from garden volunteers on Saturday, and then went over to follow up, not just on the vandalism, but on what’s ahead at the garden.

Bee Garden founder Lauren Englund (above) tells us that they are gathering financial and time/skills support to fix the mosaic, but can still use more. Both sides were damaged when someone hit it with a brick – it’s a two-sided sign greeting Bee Garden visitors as they enter and exit on the south side of the garden, which is at 31st/Graham, on the north side of High Point Commons Park. This is the side not shown in our weekend coverage:

If you can offer help to restore it, please e-mail westseattlebeegarden@gmail.com.

Now, looking ahead: Besides the third annual West Seattle Bee Festival in less than three weeks, other activities at the garden this spring/summer include a series of storytimes, 10 am Tuesdays from June 16th through August 18th. On June 23rd, July 14th, July 28th, August 11th and 18th, a beekeeper will be there for a hive demonstration, too.

The bees at the garden now made it through the winter, and will soon be joined by more, as Lauren installs another hive this Thursday. Volunteers made big progress with the garden itself – weeding and planting – last weekend and plan to be out again next weekend.

In June, something new and big will be added to the garden, a pergola designed by Josh Chambers, the architect of the bee enclosure. Before then, seven more school field trips to the bee garden are planned – one all the way from Wallingford! The garden also is getting some enhancements including hive-monitoring equipment so that the garden can participate in research and you can track hive details online, plus sound equipment so that Lauren or beekeeper Krista Conner can narrate and answer questions during demonstrations.

In the meantime, plan to visit for the Bee Festival on May 16th – Deborah Vandermar of the High Point Events Committee is hard at work on that, Lauren says – and later in the summer, the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association will have a Kids’ Day, which Lauren tells us “will have lots of beekeepers onsite, providing activities for kids (scavenger hunt for pollinator-friendly plants, etc.) and multiple hive demonstrations.” Also assisting, Nathalie Gelms, the children’s librarian from the High Point branch. Keep track of all this by checking in at westseattlebeegarden.com.

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TRAFFIC ALERT: Sylvan reopens after three-vehicle crash http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/traffic-alert-crash-blocking-sylvan-west-of-delridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/traffic-alert-crash-blocking-sylvan-west-of-delridge/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 02:15:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307533 7:15 PM: No serious injuries so far as we’ve heard, but a three-car crash is blocking Sylvan Way at Sylvan Heights (map), west of Delridge, east of High Point, so if you were heading that way, you’ll need to use another east-west route between Delridge and 35th (SW Holden, perhaps). No estimate yet how long this will last.

8:08 PM: Via the scanner, we learn the road has just reopened.

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West Seattle Bee Festival returns May 16! Honey Run, parade, more http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-bee-festival-returns-may-16-honey-run-parade-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-bee-festival-returns-may-16-honey-run-parade-more/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 16:13:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306603

The West Seattle Bee Festival will be back this year! It’s the third year for the celebration surrounding the WS Bee Garden in High Point, and we just received the official flyer (above) as well as this list of highlights for the festival on Saturday, May 16th:

*The Honey Run starts at 9 am at High Point Pond, SW Juneau & 30th (no registration necessary, just show up)

*Come to Neighborhood House (6400 Sylvan Way SW) at 10 am and make your own bee or flower costume (materials and help provided) so you can march in the Kids and Pet Parade in High Point Commons Park at 11 am

*Learn about Bee-Friendly gardening, food, books and activities at the Information Fair from 11:30 am-2 pm

*Taste healthy, delicious, easy-to-prepare food at the Lunchbox Cook Off from 11:30-1:30

*Take a tour of the West Seattle Bee Enclosure (SW Graham and Lanham Pl. SW) and Garden from 11:30-2 pm, where you can buy honey from the Puget Sound Bee Keepers Association

*Kids can participate in the Bee-Ball Tournament or Field Games in Commons Park

*Music by DA Productions will fill the park. Text your request to 57682 on the day

*Crafts, henna, face painting and more…..

The first festival in 2013 launched the garden, whose backstory is here.

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Spring cleaning? West Seattle shredding, recycling dates to save http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/spring-cleaning-west-seattle-shredding-recycling-dates-to-save/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/spring-cleaning-west-seattle-shredding-recycling-dates-to-save/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:44:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=304743 For everyone who’s asked if any free shredding events are coming up in West Seattle – we FINALLY have word of one: 1-4 pm Sunday, April 19th, at High Point Branch Library (35th/ Raymond) – details here. Then, to recycle what you can’t put at curbside, it’s Fauntleroy Church‘s spring Recycle Roundup – 9 am-3 pm Sunday, April 26th; yes/no list here.

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Update: Helicopter over High Point, police search on ground http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/helicopter-over-high-point/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/helicopter-over-high-point/#comments Sun, 15 Feb 2015 06:44:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=301113

10:44 PM: Thanks for the tips – the Guardian One helicopter is in West Seattle now, in the High Point area, over Graham/Lanham. Not sure yet what it’s about – they seem to be focused on a vehicle – we’ll add what we find out.

10:55 PM: Officers are searching on the ground, too – one tells us this involves “stolen property.”

(Police at the Calugas Apartments in High Point)
11:01 PM: Guardian One appears to have moved on. We’ve heard on the scanner multiple times that this involves law enforcement from Mercer Island as well as SPD. Not sure how much more we’ll find out tonight.

11:06 PM: Guardian One’s Twitter account confirms:


11:32 PM: Photos added.

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West Seattle Crime Watch followup: $50,000 bail set for store-stabbing suspect http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-crime-watch-followup-50000-bail-set-for-store-stabbing-suspect/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-crime-watch-followup-50000-bail-set-for-store-stabbing-suspect/#comments Fri, 09 Jan 2015 03:57:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297570 The 52-year-old woman arrested after last night’s stabbing outside the 35th/Morgan minimart remains in jail, with bail set today at $50,000. According to the probable-cause documents, obtained latelate today from the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Police were first called to the store for a report of a fight between two women, with about 10 people watching. The call quickly changed to a report that one had stabbed the other.

When police arrived, they found the suspect inside the store and arrested her with their weapons drawn at “low ready.” She didn’t have the knife in her possession but officers found one in a trash can. The suspect, who lives about half a mile from the store, claimed the victim had “been after (her) for weeks” and was the aggressor. Four witnesses told police they saw the suspect attack the victim, whose age is not mentioned in the report; the report says officers smelled alcohol on the suspect’s “breath and person.” They talked to the victim while medics were treating her for a small, shallow chest wound. She is described as working at West Seattle Food Bank across the street from the store and having “ongoing issues” with the suspect, who is due back in court on Monday, by which time prosecutors should have made an initial decision on charging her. The King County Jail Register says she spent three days in jail right before Thanksgiving for investigation of assault.

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Update: 1 stabbed, 1 arrested at 35th/Morgan http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/assault-with-weapons-call-at-35thmorgan/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/assault-with-weapons-call-at-35thmorgan/#comments Thu, 08 Jan 2015 03:28:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297419 7:28 PM: Police and fire are responding to an “assault with weapons” call at 35th and Morgan. More to come.

7:33 PM: One person is reported in custody in connection with the incident. Most of the SFD units have been canceled.

7:36 PM: A 17-year-old girl is reported (via medical communications on the radio) to have been stabbed. She’s being taken to Harborview.

8:37 PM: Via SPD Blotter – the suspect arrested at the scene outside the 35th/Morgan convenience store is a 54-year-old woman. The circumstances of the stabbing are described as “a fight.” The victim’s injuries are described as non-life-threatening.

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West Seattle Elementary’s Girls On The Run achievers & mentors http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/west-seattle-elementarys-girls-on-the-run-achievers-mentors/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/west-seattle-elementarys-girls-on-the-run-achievers-mentors/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 23:08:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=295930

Catching up with more local school-related news: Ten students from West Seattle Elementary School were among the participants at the citywide Girls On The Run 5K earlier this month. The photo shared with us also includes teachers, parents, and community volunteers who serve as running buddies, including accompanying their assigned “buddy” in the 5K after weeks of preparation. GOTR isn’t just about running – it’s also about empowerment and character development, helping build self-esteem. Those involved with GOTR at WSES include teachers Colleen Farrell, Amber Simonton, and Hannah Ory, along with afterschool coordinator Alex Cali. As mentioned here on WSB before, GOTR runs on plenty of volunteer power, so if you’re interested in getting involved (WSES is one of six West Seattle schools involved), go here to find out how.

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Congratulations! Big wins for West Seattle Elementary chess players http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/congratulations-big-wins-for-west-seattle-elementary-chess-players/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/congratulations-big-wins-for-west-seattle-elementary-chess-players/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 02:38:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=294026

Congratulations to West Seattle Elementary Chess Club members who did very well at a regional chess tournament before the Thanksgiving break. The fifth-grade team placed third overall and two students qualified for the state tournament, Rory Moriarty Carey and Jimmy Oto. Thanks to Ritchie for sharing the news.

(P.S. – You might recall that chess at WSES made news last spring, when the school was visited by international chess star Phiona Mutesi.)

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Update: Another crash on Sylvan, no injuries reported http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-traffic-alert-another-crash-on-sylvan/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-traffic-alert-another-crash-on-sylvan/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 03:40:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293378

7:40 PM: Suddenly Sylvan Way, which runs through High Point between Upper Morgan and Delridge, is a hot spot for crashes. Police and fire are currently at the scene of another one near Sylvan Way/Sylvan Heights (map). No details yet, but it’s affecting traffic, with at least one lane blocked.

8:24 PM: The crash involved just one vehicle; it ran into a fence and took out a tree. Police told us at the scene that no one was hurt. This was very close to the spot where a driver hit a tree two nights ago.

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Car hits tree on Sylvan Way; driver unhurt http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/car-hits-tree-on-sylvan-way-driver-unhurt/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/car-hits-tree-on-sylvan-way-driver-unhurt/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 02:43:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293154

If you’ve driven Sylvan Way east of High Point this evening, you might have noticed the car crumpled into a tree on the south side of the street. Looks bad, but police told us at the scene that the driver was not hurt.

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West Seattle traffic-alert update: Crash closes Sylvan Way for 7+ hours http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-traffic-alert-crash-closes-eastbound-sylvan/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-traffic-alert-crash-closes-eastbound-sylvan/#comments Sat, 01 Nov 2014 19:33:36 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290751

(Thanks to @hommesea for tweeting that photo)
12:33 PM: Thanks to everybody who texted about this. A driver hit a utility pole on Sylvan Way just east of High Point, and the eastbound side of the road is closed, so if you’re trying to get from High Point to Delridge, you’ll have to go another way. The westbound (uphill) side is open. Police tell us nobody was hurt, but Seattle City Light is headed out to figure out if the pole has to be replaced.

P.S. SCL says this has left two customers without power.

1:31 PM UPDATE: In comments, Terri says it’s now closed both ways.

5:40 PM: Still closed at last report and Metro has been rerouting 128. We went by around half an hour ago – the closure is far from the actual crash scene so no way to tell what kind of progress they’re making.

8:30 PM: As Egan reported about 20 minutes ago in comments, it’s now open again. Thanks to everyone for the updates.

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Vehicle flips in High Point, one person hurt http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/vehicle-flips-in-high-point-one-person-hurt/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/vehicle-flips-in-high-point-one-person-hurt/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 03:49:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289792

(Photo courtesy Michelle)
One person was taken to the hospital after that flipped-vehicle crash near 30th/Graham in High Point about an hour ago. Thanks to Michelle for the top photo. She reports that, “My husband and I heard a loud crash and then the sound of a car speeding away at a very high speed. We came out and found a car flipped in the intersection, with 1 man inside. The man seems to have some injuries, but was able to climb out of the car with some assistance.” At least one parked car was damaged (at right in the photo). This was originally dispatched as a “heavy rescue,” but the response was scaled back when it was determined the person in the vehicle got out OK.

(WSB photo)
Officers at the scene told us the man did not have life-threatening injuries.

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Update: 2-car crash in High Point, 2 people hurt, 1 rescued by Good Samaritan http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/head-on-crash-reported-in-high-point/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/head-on-crash-reported-in-high-point/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 03:11:25 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289268

(WSB photo, substituted for cameraphone photo that was originally published)
8:11 PM: Big Seattle Fire/Police response on the way to Sylvan Way/SW Morgan in High Point, for a reported two-car crash, with one car on fire, and people reported to be trapped in the other car. More to come.

8:22 PM: Two people are reported to be injured – one seriously. The scene is just east of Neighborhood House’s High Point Center at Sylvan/Lanham, on the westbound side of the road. The more-seriously hurt patient will be taken to the hospital by SFD medic unit, the other by private ambulance. Police are investigating the possibility of DUI.

8:38 PM: Eastbound lanes will be reopened soon, police are saying, while westbound will be closed a while. The crash involved a Honda Pilot and Subaru Forester (the latter is the one that caught fire, and is in the foreground of our top photo). At this point, the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad is *not* being called out, which indicates they expect both people to survive. A 128 bus was having some trouble getting through the area a few minutes ago, so if you rely on that route, you might seem some delays.

9:34 PM: SPD just announced via emergency radio that Sylvan is open again, both ways.

10:08 PM: Just published to SFD’s Fire Line website, a summary identifying the Subaru’s driver as a 26-year-old man who was pulled, unconscious, from the burning vehicle by a Good Samaritan before fire crews arrived. He was “alert, oriented and conscious when medics transported him to Harborview Medical Center,” SFD reports. The driver of the Honda Pilot is described only as male; he’s the one who was taken to the hospital by private ambulance, indicating less-serious injuries.

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Video: Protests split Seattle Housing Authority rent-increase meeting into two gatherings http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/happening-now-protests-split-seattle-housing-authority-rent-increase-meeting-into-two-sessions/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/happening-now-protests-split-seattle-housing-authority-rent-increase-meeting-into-two-sessions/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:18:58 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287251

FIRST REPORT, 7:18 PM: We’re at High Point Community Center along with a crowd we’d estimate to number at least 200, at what was supposed to be an informational/Q-A meeting about the Seattle Housing Authority‘s controversial Stepping Forward” rent-increase proposal.


SHA executive director Andrew Lofton barely got through the pre-planned slide deck, with chants and shouts between almost every line.

After a few attempts at Q/A – really, just Q, because SHA said it would not answer any of the questions – one man shouted that those in attendance were being insulted and should walk out.

Many did, and went into the gym, where they and protesters rallied, with City Councilmember Kshama Sawant on hand.

(Added 9:26 pm – here’s our video of what Sawant told them, amplified via “human mike”:)

Others, meantime, stayed behind, and some spoke about the “stepped” rent increase proposal, which could take a subsidized household now paying $50 in rent, up to $1,000 in the fifth year. Even those who said they supported the concept of encouraging self-sufficiency said unemployment is high and there’s no guarantee anyone can get work, no matter how hard they try.

There were declarations that while SHA is calling for tenant accountability, no one is calling for developer accountability to provide more low-income housing.

The meeting is now in an “open house” phase at which those with questions are seeking answers in one-on-one conversations.

9:26 PM: Above, we’ve added our video of what Councilmember Sawant said after “the other meeting” convened in the Community Center’s gym – we had one crew in each room.

Our full video of the meeting in the original room, including all of the protests and the presentation they punctuated, will be added after we get it uploaded later tonight. (Added: Here it is:)

Meantime, Sawant told those gathered in the gym that the SHA meeting was “a joke” and called for “a big action in City Hall” on October 15th.

Opponents of “Stepping Forward” have a petition, and details of their position and objections, online here.

Meantime, the “next steps” slide in the official presentation said a possible “workforce pilot” would begin late this year, and that the proposal would be revised, more public comment taken, a recommendation made to SHA’s Board of Commissioners, then a phase-in with about 4 years from Board approval to full implementation, “rent changes no earlier than 2016.”

“We don’t want it revised!” someone yelled. “We want it gone!”

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