(WSB video of speeches, closing poem, and song)
By Tracy Record and Patrick Sand
West Seattle Blog co-publishers
“Let us never lose focus on what Memorial Day really means.”
Standing-room-only attendance looked to us to be the biggest we’d seen in years of covering this event, people of all ages there to honor the heroes who had fought for the USA – the heroes who, as Phillips also said, “are not just statistics, but real people.”
(Post 160 adjutant Kyle Geraghty, a Marine Corps veteran, presenting the colors)
The ceremony was co-presented by Post 160 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2713, whose commander Nate Hemphill, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and U.S. Coast Guard reservist, called the holiday “a day of conflicting emotions for each of us,” a day to “look hard at who we are … and aspire to be the best we can be.”
He exhorted everyone present to care for America’s veterans, rather than forgetting about them “when the last troops come home.” The country’s determination and resilience were also in his exhortation: “Our destiny as free people is entirely up to us.”
Phillips (above), a Marine Corps veteran and U.S. Army reservist who works as a veterans-transition specialist at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor), followed him, telling the story of two fallen heroes – U.S. Marine Corps Private Dale M. Hansen, whose actions in World War II led to a Medal of Honor, and U.S. Army intelligence officer Brittany Gordon, killed by a bomb in Afghanistan in 2012.
Also part of the ceremony, Pete Kirkman and Al Keith with echoing “Taps”:
Also, singer Ross Hauck with the national anthem and “God Bless America” (plus a reading of “In Flanders Fields“), and pre- and post-ceremony music from the Duwamish Jazz Band:
For the first time, the ceremony was followed by a reception at the West Seattle Veterans’ Center, co-housed with Post 160 in The Triangle. We went over with no idea of the presentation we would happen onto:
With Post 160′s Geraghty is Paul Chiarello, 92 years old, a paratrooper who landed
at Sainte-Mère-Église on D-Day. He came to present Post 160 with a photo from a memorial ceremony on the 55th anniversary of D-Day in 1999:
As Post 160′s Phillips had said earlier – “remembering once a year is not enough.”
(WSB photo: Residential flag-flying along Alki Ave. SW on Duwamish Head)
Info you might find useful for Memorial Day 2015 in West Seattle:
TRANSPORTATION: Metro is on a Sunday schedule … The West Seattle Water Taxi too (no Vashon WT service) … Sound Transit Route 160 also is on a Sunday schedule … The Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth state-ferry route is on a regular weekday schedule.
FREE CITY-STREET PARKING: Going to a neighborhood with city-operated pay stations/meters? No charge to park today.
U.S. POSTAL SERVICE HOLIDAY … according to the official USPS list.
CITY-RUN COMMUNITY CENTERS AND SOUTHWEST POOL … closed today.
COLMAN POOL AND HIGHLAND PARK SPRAYPARK ARE OPEN! The outdoor pool on the Lincoln Park shore is open today at noon, as its first pre-season weekend concludes; the spraypark (1100 SW Cloverdale) continues daily operations, 11 am-8 pm.
MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY AT FOREST LAWN: 2 pm, all are welcome at Forest Lawn Cemetery (WSB sponsor) east of High Point for the traditional Memorial Day event with American Legion Post 160 and VFW Post 2713. (6701 30th SW)
P.S. No traffic cams this morning for obvious reasons, but if you need to check them … find them here.
This weekend, be part of a Memorial Day tradition – get an American Legion poppy. West Seattle’s Auxiliary Unit 160 president Andrea Geraghty and Post 160 adjutant Kyle Geraghty (a Marine Corps veteran) were at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) this morning with Tom Bucy (an Army veteran), assisted by their daughter Ana. Post 160 will be there until 4 today and again 8 am-4 pm on Sunday, offering the veteran-made poppies and accepting donations. Post 160 and VFW Post 2713 also will partner for Monday’s Memorial Day service/ceremony at Forest Lawn (WSB sponsor), where flags now adorn veterans’ graves:
Local Scouts place them each year and will also assist at Monday’s event, which starts at 2 pm and will be followed by a community reception at the Legion Hall (3618 SW Alaska) in The Triangle.
West Seattle Memorial Day: Where to find American Legion poppies this weekend; traditional Forest Lawn service on MondayMay 20, 2015 at 3:19 pm | In Holidays, West Seattle news | 3 Comments
Word of two Memorial Day traditions, from American Legion Post 160:
First, the post and Auxiliary Unit 160 will distribute Memorial Day poppies 8 am-4 pm both Saturday and Sunday at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) at California/Fauntleroy/Morgan. The poppies “honor the dead and help the living,” reminds the Post 160 announcement, which adds that the poppies “are made by hospitalized veterans in V.A. hospitals or nursing homes … All money received during the distribution of these poppies is returned to the veterans through service programs of the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary. When you see someone offering a poppy, know that your donation helps veterans and wearing the poppy shows your support for those veterans.”
Then at 2 pm Monday, Post 160 presents the annual Memorial Day ceremony/service with, and at, Forest Lawn Cemetery & Funeral Home (WSB sponsor), which is in High Point at 6701 30th SW. All are welcome.
(Mallards at Longfellow Creek, by Laura Goodrich, shared via the WSB Flickr group)
Good morning! It’s Easter Sunday and the second day of Passover.
EASTER SUNRISE SERVICES: 6:30 am at Forest Lawn (6730 30th SW; WSB sponsor) with the West Seattle Ministerial Association, and 6:30 am on Alki Beach (60th/Alki) with the local UCC churches. The forecast looks good.
MORE EASTER SERVICES/EVENTS: More than 20 churches’ schedules are linked from the WSB Easter & More page. Some are having brunches and/or Easter egg hunts too.
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm as always. Special feature, facepainting by Blue Geisha Tattoo, an Easter Sunday tradition. (44th/Alaska)
AVALON GLASSWORKS: Blowing glass again this year on Easter Sunday 11 am-5 pm – info here. (2914 SW Avalon Way)
EASTER EGG PAINTING: 11 am-4 pm at Mind Unwind in The Admiral District, $7/group, which includes all painting supplies and a half dozen hard-boiled eggs. (2206 California SW)
ENCOURAGEMENT RALLY AND MARCH: As previewed here earlier in the week, a rally and march starting from Walk All Ways around 1 pm will head to Terminal 5. *Added* American Legion Post 160 on the north side of SW Alaska at 37th is offering a hydration station – fill your bottle, or, they’ll have recyclable cups. (California/Alaska)
NEW MUSIC BY ROBIN HOLCOMB & PEGGY LEE: 3 pm at the West Seattle (Admiral) Library – the city’s libraries ARE open today as usual. (2306 42nd SW)
From the WSB Easter & More page – one more reminder of what’s ahead this weekend:
(WSB photo: 2013 Thriftway egg hunt)
SATURDAY: Egg-hunt action starts at 9 am inside West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), continuing at 10 am at four city-run community centers; that’s just the start – see the page for the complete list.
SUNDAY: Several local churches promise egg hunts post-Easter service, including WSB sponsors Tibbetts United Methodist Church and All Souls. In the afternoon, Admiral UCC is having an Easter festival for families.
(More than 20 churches’ Easter/Holy Week schedules are linked, plus the Easter sunrise services at Forest Lawn [WSB sponsor] and on Alki Beach; last call to add anything we’re missing – firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!)
(WSB photo from Hiawatha Community Center egg hunt, 2013)
Too soon to say how the weather will turn out for Saturday, but West Seattle kids can hunt for eggs indoors as well as outdoors, so you’re covered. With four days to go, we wanted to remind you that the egg-hunt list is on the WSB Easter & More page; the basic Saturday (April 4th) lineup starts at 9 am at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor; indoors), continues at 10 am participating city-run community centers (mostly outdoors), and then there’s more! Some churches have egg hunts after Easter Sunday services, too – check their schedules (which span all of Holy Week), which are also on our Easter & More page. And we’re still ready to update if anything/anyone’s missing. Please send info via e-mail – email@example.com – thanks!
From egg hunts to religious services to brunch, the first draft of our annual page is live – you’ll see the link in our lineup of navigation tabs below the sunset header photo, or just go here. If you have any information to add – including restaurants for Easter brunch/dinner – please e-mail us so we can add it, firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
11:43 PM: Thanks to Dave for sharing that video of the King County Firefighters Pipes and Drums outside Alki Elementary School this morning. What else is going on around West Seattle for St. Patrick’s Day? Tipsters told us the famous “green stripe” in Admiral has been refreshed, so we’re off to check that out. Anything else? Let us know and/or send a pic – thanks!
1:52 PM: The green stripe on 41st SW, looking north from the shamrock toward its end, at SW Hill:
9:00 AM: Seattle’s biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebration was actually back on Saturday – the downtown parade. Thanks to Denny International Middle School for photos of the Denny Marching Band in action that day: “Congratulations to the scholars in the Denny International Middle School Marching Band for doing a great job marching in the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday. The music and marching was outstanding! Thank you, Mr. Pimpleton and volunteers, for all of your hard work and support! Go Dolphins!”
As previewed here on Saturday morning, the running order also included the West Seattle High School Band. (Sorry, no photo! We’ve been able to cover the parade in the past but this year, with a historic election ahead, we were covering the VIEWS-presented candidates’ forum.)
ADDED 10:42 AM: Thanks to Laura for the WSHS video from the parade:
If you’re a parade fan, mark your calendar for the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day next year!
(WSB photo taken this morning: Youngstown Cultural Arts Center mural, painted and dedicated last summer)
Make a difference in your own quiet way, this MLK Day. City park facilities and libraries are closed, but we do have suggestions/possibilities for today/tonight:
GROWING GARDENERS’ WORKSHOP: West Seattle Nursery offers a free activity for students on no-school days – today, planting! 1-2 pm, must be accompanied by an adult, but most importantly, call to see if there’s room. Details on the WSN calendar. (California/Brandon)
DONATE TO WEST SEATTLE FOOD BANK VIA SBG: Less than 2 weeks to go in the Straight Blast Gym (WSB sponsor) donation drive for the West Seattle Food Bank, and dropping off donations today is a simple way to honor the holiday with a bit of community service. We wrote about it last week, here. (5050 Delridge Way SW)
VISIT THE DUWAMISH LONGHOUSE CULTURAL CENTER: Ever been to the Duwamish Longhouse, which opened six years ago this month? Maybe today is the day. Free admission (goodwill donations accepted), free parking. Open Mondays-Saturdays, 10 am-5 pm. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW) (Our apologies: Commenters report it’s closed)
LEARN, VOLUNTEER, JOIN WITH SUSTAINABLE WEST SEATTLE: 6:30 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), as previewed here last night, you can get involved with your community and the planet’s future by checking out Sustainable West Seattle‘s annual meeting. They’ll provide dessert and inspiration. (5612 California SW)
West Seattle holiday-giving postscript: What you gave to Helpline via Dave Newman’s office & other participating businessesJanuary 7, 2015 at 11:16 am | In Holidays, How to help, West Seattle news | 1 Comment
(Car full of donations, unloaded upon delivery to Helpline)
Throughout the just-wrapped-up holiday season, countless West Seattle businesses, schools, organizations, and individuals gave generously to local nonprofits, in so many ways. Today, before the holidays are too far back in the rear-view mirror, we have a wrap-up of one drive that lasted beyond Christmas, all the way through New Year’s Eve, headquartered at the office of State Farm agent Dave Newman (WSB sponsor), who writes:
The annual coat and cold weather clothing collection for the West Seattle Helpline was a great success!
Special thanks to local businesses such as Berkshire Hathaway, Mirsepasy Law Office, Chelan Café, Alki Key and Lock, Wiseman’s Appliance, Admiral Starbucks, Swedish Automotive, Foreign Car Workshop, Auto Buff, and Les Schwab. With their help, and the help of other local supporters, we collected seven large barrels of cold-weather clothing for our less-fortunate friends and neighbors. A heartfelt thanks to fellow citizens who made it possible by their generosity and giving nature.
Let’s all hope for a pleasant 2015.
So what happens to all that clothing?
That photo is courtesy of WS Helpline, whose Anna Fern notes that the WSH clothing bank Clothesline “is open three days this week with 25 families scheduled to come to ‘shop’ for free clothing and coats! Over the last two months (November and December) we have given away over 162 coats! Clients have been very grateful! One commented, ‘What a great gift – the gift of warmth and comfort’.”
Sure, you have multiple ways to recycle your Christmas tree. But the Rainbow Girls‘ annual benefit has a few one-of-a-kind aspects, including: Nonprofit fundraiser; only place in West Seattle to drop off your tree (if you don’t want it sitting out on the curb until your next pickup day); no need to cut the tree into pieces (but no flocking or tinsel, please). Just take your tree to the Alki Masonic Center parking lot in The Junction (40th/Edmunds, newly repaved and regraded) until 3 pm today; they’re accepting cash donations for the service. They’re also selling handmade Seahawks-theme scarves, we noted while there to photograph (above, L-R) Destiney, Darian, and Zoë.
(WSB video/photos, unless otherwise credited)
Though the New Year had arrived 10 hours earlier, for hundreds, it wasn’t 2015 until the annual Polar Bear Swim at Alki Beach. This year, the water was warmer than the air – ~50 degrees and 32 degrees respectively. Whatever the temperature or weather conditions, some wouldn’t miss it, like Kayleen Dunson and her fellow softball umpires (join them on the field this year!), with the morning’s most-patriotic photo op:
Water-testing was called for, too.
Of course, Seahawks fans were in view …
… after on-the-beach decorating:
Not as many costumed swimmers this year, but festive hats were in evidence:
(That photo and next by Russ Walker, whose Flickr gallery is here)
Big smiles too – this one’s from Frank Gross of Thunder Road Guitars (WSB sponsor):
Finally it was time for the countdown – here’s organizer Mark Ufkes with the megaphone:
And … they’re off!
(Photo by Craig Young)
Post-plunge, organizer Ufkes was of course among those emerging triumphantly:
Spectators caught it all:
Awaiting the newly soaked Polar Bears, chowder from Duke’s across the street, and info about the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s upcoming Totem Cruise:
(Photo courtesy SWSHS/Clay Eals)
That’s SWSHS volunteer Liz Day in the foreground; in the background, Duke’s GM Greg Green and server Autumn Kline with the chowder. Whether you swam, stayed on shore, or stayed home, a Happy 2015 to all!
Happy 2015! Thanks to Gary Jones for the bald-eagle photos from Alki Point. Here’s what you need to know about today:
RESTAURANTS: Here’s our list of who told us, when we did research before Christmas, they’d be open New Year’s Day. Might be some missing if they didn’t answer our inquiries; might be someone who’s changed their plan since last we checked in; so please let us know of discrepancies – text or call 206-293-6302.
COFFEE FOR A CAUSE: Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) is continuing its New Year’s giving campaign by offering a special drink today – the “2015″ white chocolate and blackberry mocha – with $3 going to WestSide Baby. (4410 California SW)
NEW YEAR’S WALKS: 5- and 10-kilometer routes, noncompetitive, no fee, take off between 9 am and noon from St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, which is sponsoring the walks along with Emerald City Wanderers. More info in our calendar listing. (3050 California SW)
POLAR BEAR SWIM: This is the big annual one. 10 am (get there early!) from the beach across from Duke’s. Details in our calendar listing. (58th/Alki)
‘KILL YOUR HANGOVER’ AT FEEDBACK LOUNGE: 6th annual edition at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) – drink specials, big-screen football, more. Open at 11:30. (6451 California SW)
CONTEMPLATIVE WORSHIP: What better time, than the first night of the year? 6:30 pm at Westside Unitarian Universalist. (7141 California SW)
LOOK INTO THE FUTURE … by browsing our calendar, any time!
The colorful show from the Space Needle at midnight, more visible from West Seattle than last year (remember the fog?). Our first photos are from David Hutchinson.
This was the 30th annual “New Year’s at the Needle” fireworks show, by the way. If you missed the show or want to see it again, here’s the link to KING 5′s video.
With less than half an hour to go in 2014, some scenes from tonight: Above, Long Bach Nguyen‘s aerial view of West Seattle after the last sunset of the year; below, Trileigh Tucker‘s sea-level view from Lowman Beach around the same time:
And one of the first New Year toasts in West Seattle tonight – at Peel and Press in Morgan Junction, proprietor Dan Austin offered a toast when 2015 arrived in the Eastern time zone at 9 pm, and shared the photo:
Any other New Year’s Eve scenes to share, now or later (impending Needle fireworks, for example)? email@example.com – thank you, and here’s to 2015!
(Photo by John Hinkey)
This is it – goodbye to 2014! Before the New Year’s Eve highlights, two more Olympics views:
(Panorama by Chris Frankovich)
Now, on with what’s up in this year’s final hours:
NEW YEAR’S EVE FOOD DRIVE: At Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), open until 5 tonight, a food drive. As proprietor Lora Swift explains, “We’ll be offering free 8 oz lattes to anyone who brings in a non-perishable food item. It’s a way for everyone to end 2014 on a good note!” (4410 California SW)
RESTAURANTS OPEN TODAY/TONIGHT AND/OR TOMORROW: Here again is our holiday restaurant list, including which local restaurants told us they would be open tonight and/or tomorrow. (Please note, as always, plans might have changed since our research, so if you have an update to report, text/call us ASAP – 206-293-6302 – thank you!)
TAKE A NEW YEAR’S EVE WALK: Hosted by the Emerald City Wanderers and St John the Baptist Episcopal Church, and sanctioned by the American Volkssport Association: Noncompetitive 5- and 10-kilometer walks starting from the church, no fee – “And there’ll be hot soup to chase away any chills.” Start any time between 4 and 7 pm. (California/Hanford)
CORNER BAR AND NOT-SO-SILENT-NIGHT PARADE: 6 pm start for the annual New Year’s Eve celebration at and around Highland Park Improvement Club – first the Not So Silent Night Parade, then the Sage Comet, then the Corner Bar, as noted on the HPIC website. Be there! (12th/Holden)
BURNING BOWL CEREMONY: 7 pm at Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation: “Ceremonies that involve fire as a cleansing ritual go back to ancient times. The service will include music, readings, prayers, singing, and the burning bowl ceremony.” (7141 California SW)
NYE AT SKYLARK CAFE/CLUB: 9 pm, New Year’s Eve with Hibou, 9 pm. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
NYE AT YEN WOR VILLAGE: Guy will start karaoke at 9 pm, stop it down for about 10 minutes of countdowns to the New Year’s arrival at midnight, then continue karaoke until 2 pm. (California/College)
P.S. – WEST SEATTLE LIGHTS FINALE: Last night this year to visit the music-synched West Seattle Lights/Helmstetler Family Spectacular. See the schedule here. Bring food to donate to the West Seattle Food Bank. (3908 SW Charlestown)
AND SPEAKING OF LIGHTS … if you’re new to West Seattle, yes, you can see the Space Needle fireworks (midnight) from north-facing north West Seattle. But don’t rush out at quarter till midnight and expect to find a great spot at the last minute. Trust us. (And if you notice that the Needle’s pink, no, it’s not for breast-cancer awareness; it’s a commercial sponsor.)
IN THE HOLIDAY GUIDE: At westseattleblog.com/westseattleholidays – even more of what’s up tonight – and, what’s up for New Year’s Day tomorrow!
(WSB photo from New Year’s Eve 2012 at Highland Park Improvement Club)
One more mention – if you’re looking to stay close to home on New Year’s Eve/Day, you have options, and most of them are listed in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide, which we’ve been updating all season long as usual, starting in mid-November. (Each day, while adding updates, we also remove what’s already happened, so you don’t have to wade through expired info.) From the Not-So-Silent-Night Parade (all welcome!) to bar parties to special menus to Polar Bear Swims to scenic walks- and then some – check out the listings. And if your business/organization/etc. has special plans that AREN’T in our guide yet, it’s not too late for us to add them – please e-mail the information to firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP!
New Year’s giving: Wednesday food drive, Thursday benefit drink @ Hotwire Online Coffeehouse in The JunctionDecember 29, 2014 at 9:59 pm | In Holidays, How to help, West Seattle news | 1 Comment
So much giving spirit in the weeks leading up to Christmas – businesses, schools, organizations, individuals – but it doesn’t stop there. We’re spotlighting New Year’s giving this week too. Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) has a two-part plan: Food drive for the West Seattle Food Bank on Wednesday, benefit drink raising money for WestSide Baby on Thursday:
Hotwire is at 4410 California SW.
P.S. If your business/organization/etc. has some sort of New Year’s giving going on too, and the community can participate, let us know so we can help get the word out! One other drive we know is still going on is this one – warm clothes for West Seattle Helpline, being collected through Wednesday at Dave Newman‘s State Farm Insurance office (WSB sponsor), 3435 California SW, regular hours 9 am-5 pm weekdays.
Adding to the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide, another tree-cycling option: If the curbside and transfer-station options don’t work for you, maybe this will – the West Seattle Rainbow Assembly announces its annual tree-cycling dropoff event in the parking lot at Alki Masonic Center, 10 am-3 pm next Saturday (January 3rd), cash donations accepted, no flocked trees or tinsel. The center’s newly regraded/repaved parking lot is at 40th/Edmunds.
The almost-legendary Not-So-Silent-Night Parade (2010 WSB video above) is just the start of this year’s full night of New Year’s Eve festivities at the Highland Park Improvement Club. As announced by HPIC:
Highland Park Improvement Club hosts its annual New Year’s Eve celebration from 6 PM until 2015. This is a kid- and adult-friendly event where everyone gets to have a little fun and toast all that was good in 2014 and all that will be good in 2015. Festivities will begin at 6 PM sharp with the Not So Silent Night parade. Bring your pots, bring your pans, and make some noise! After, we will gather outside the club for the Sage Comet to light up the night before we dance the year away. The Dance Extravaganza will be hosted by DJ Doctor Lehl, who will administer to our needs, assisted by DJ Evan and Scott Rainier on live bass. Dress up or dress in costume. Keepsake photos by RL Carroll. It’s going to be a good year.
HPIC is at 12th/Holden.
(WSB video of the 2014 Polar Bear Swim on Alki)
More people than ever have asked in the past week-plus, “Is the Alki Polar Bear Swim on for New Year’s Day?” Longtime organizer Mark Ufkes has just confirmed, yes, indeed, it is. Can it break last year’s record (~500 swimmers)? Why not! Here’s Mark’s announcement:
West Seattle Polar Bear Swim is on!
2015, The year of the Sheep – a symbol pf peace, harmony, co-existence, and tranquility. A nurturing year, which the world can always use more of.
The annual West Seattle Polar Bear swim starts at 10 am sharp on January 1 each year. Arrive a few minutes early.
We line up all along the beach, have a count down, and at 10 am sharp, we hold hands and run into the water together. Each year, the swim gets bigger. Over 500 swimmers fanned out in a long line along the beach and joined us last year. It is a great way to wash away the complexities of the previous year, and celebrate the unlimited potential that awaits each of us in the new year. Year after year, Polar Bear swimmers declare that this ritual creates a sense of renewal, and helps make the new year be stronger and more positive.
Traditionally, Duke’s restaurant generously provides free clam chowder and local families bring hot chocolate for the crowd. Afterwards, Alki beach is full of hundreds of smiling swimmers and their families and friends. Come join the fun. Do the West Seattle Polar Bear swim. You will have a great time!
This starts from the sandy section of Alki, right across from Duke’s (58th/Alki). Adding to the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide, which includes other New Year’s Eve/Day options, from walking to parading to dining to more swimming…
Not that we’re suggesting you de-decorate your tree and rush it right out the door right this moment, but the practical-minded West Seattleite might be wondering about this year’s treecycling dates, at the very least. Here’s what Seattle Public Utilities has to say:
Seattle residents who subscribe to curbside food and yard waste collection can put their trees and greens out on their regular collection day at no extra charge from December 26, 2014 through January 11, 2015.
Multi-family buildings can put out one tree next to each food and yard waste cart per collection day at no extra charge during this time.
Trees should be cut into sections of six feet long or shorter, with branches trimmed to less than four feet to fit into the collection trucks. Sections should be bundled with string or non-plastic twine. Metal, plastic and ornaments in trees and wreaths must be removed.
Trees that are flocked and/or have tinsel or ornaments will be collected as extra garbage. Customers will need to cut the tree into three-foot pieces and each piece will be charged as extra garbage. Each unit of extra garbage costs $10.20. Plastic trees are not compostable.
Seattle residents can also drop off holiday trees and greens for free at Seattle Public Utilities’ South Transfer Station from December 26, 2014 through January 11, 2015. The tree sections must be cut to eight feet or less in length and the trunk must be four inches or smaller in diameter. The limit is three trees per vehicle. Only trees and wreaths without flocking or decoration may be composted free of charge. The station is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m, other than selected holidays.
If anyone is handling treecycling as a charity benefit this year, we haven’t heard about it yet (but we’re standing by for info as always – email@example.com). Meantime, we’re adding this and other post-holiday recycling info to the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide, which stays up and running through New Year’s Day.
Thanks to Don Brubeck for sharing the photo of that Christmasy creation on Alki – and thanks to the artist (whoever you are) for creating it!
Merry Christmas! Some info you might find useful on this holiday:
LOOKING FOR COFFEE? At least three West Seattle coffee shops are open – they’re on the list in our Holiday Guide.
CHRISTMAS DAY CHURCH SERVICES: You’ll find several, also in our Holiday Guide.
WHICH RESTAURANTS ARE OPEN? Here’s the list we put together after calling around in the past week-plus – invariably someone changes their mind (or is open but not on our list because we were unable to make contact) so please let us know if you find any discrepancies – we’re at 206-293-6302 text/voice as always.
WHICH GROCERY STORES ARE OPEN? Here’s the list.
TRANSPORTATION: Metro is on its Sunday schedule today. … The West Seattle and Vashon Water Taxis do NOT run today. … Washington State Ferries‘ Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route is on a regular weekday schedule. … Sound Transit is on a Sunday schedule. … In Seattle neighborhoods with city pay stations/meters, no charge for parking today.
ENTERTAINMENT: Yes, the Admiral Theater (2343 California SW) is open – schedule’s here.
KARAOKE: Guy sends word that the Yen Wor Village (2300 California SW) lounge in The Admiral District will be open for karaoke tonight, 9 pm-2 am.
(Photos courtesy West Seattle/Fauntleroy YMCA)
Thanks to a Seattle-based volunteer group called Kids Need Bikes, dozens of young West Seattleites have new ones just in time for Christmas. The West Seattle/Fauntleroy YMCA (WSB sponsor) received 90 donated bicycles.
Most of the bicycles donated to the Y through Kids Need Bikes, which believes “every child deserves a bicycle to experience the unique freedom and well-being that only riding a bicycle can offer,” were given to children served by Y programs – the Y’s Joleen Post shared the photos from bike-pickup visits this past Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
The donation even included tricycles for the Y Preschool – shown below with Emilia Holbik and Obie Wilkerson from the preschool:
The trikes are for preschoolers to use while at school. In all, Kids Need Bikes made 200 bicycle donations in the city this holiday season, and it could use your help, via donations of volunteer time and/or money; get more info on its website.
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