West Seattle Blog... » Holidays http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:18:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle veterans: Denny Int’l Middle School invites you http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-veterans-denny-intl-middle-school-invites-you/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-veterans-denny-intl-middle-school-invites-you/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:59:48 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290287

From Denny International Middle School teacher Luther J. Carr III:

West Seattle Veterans!!! Denny International Middle School is looking for YOU to join us and be recognized & honored for your service to America at our annual Veterans Day Assembly, November 10, 2014 at 1:15PM. This invitation is open to the first 10 Veterans (limited seating) who respond to this invitation.

At our assembly you will be given priority seating, enjoy music, guest speakers, and inspirational videos along with our Denny scholars and staff.

If interested, which we hope that you are, please contact me at ljcarr@seattleschools.org

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West Seattle Halloween 2014: Trick-or-treat dates set http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-halloween-2014-trick-or-treat-dates-set/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-halloween-2014-trick-or-treat-dates-set/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:30:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288771 This year’s edition of the WSB Halloween (and related) event page is in the works, with numerous events/activities already in our calendar (sent your announcement yet? Hurry! editor@westseattleblog.com). In the short run, three business-district trick-or-treat events are set in West Seattle, so here’s one handy list:

THE JUNCTION: During the Harvest Festival on October 26th – business trick-or-treating starts at noon, following the 11:30 am costume parade.

THE ADMIRAL DISTRICT: 3-6 pm on Halloween (Friday, October 31st).

WESTWOOD VILLAGE: 5-7 pm on Halloween.

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West Seattle Halloween 2014: Admiral District trick-or-treating http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-halloween-2014-admiral-district-trick-or-treating/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-halloween-2014-admiral-district-trick-or-treating/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:49:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287314

(WSB photo from 2013 Admiral District trick-or-treating)
The Junction already has announced its Harvest Festival, which includes the annual business-district trick-or-treating (and other components – watch for more news shortly). This morning, we are sharing The Admiral District’s trick-or-treat event announcement, just so you can mark your calendars: Participating businesses there will have the candy out 3-6 pm on Halloween (October 31st), which is a Friday this year.

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West Seattle 4th of July 2014: Night notes, including fireworks, stabbing, crash http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-4th-of-july-2014-notes-as-the-night-proceeds/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-4th-of-july-2014-notes-as-the-night-proceeds/#comments Sat, 05 Jul 2014 03:37:50 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=278356 8:37 PM: As night falls, we’re starting a sort of live chronicle/open thread going here – anything of note that we hear about via scanner, text (206-293-6302), e-mail, etc. We start with another reminder that if you lose or find a pet tonight, once you’ve checked around the neighborhood, please send a note – pic if you have one, but not mandatory – to editor@westseattleblog.com, and we’ll put a listing on the WSB Lost/Found Pets page, which is already busier than other days of the year. Hoping for a safe night for all.

9:04 PM: Police are checking out a reported strong-arm robbery at the bus stop on Barton by Roxhill Park, per the scanner. The victim is reported to have said a group of 8 or so robbers “stole his fireworks” and then got on a RapidRide bus. By the way, police *are* being dispatched to some fireworks calls. We’ve heard addresses from Westwood to Alki.

9:27 PM: A dispatch to the 2700 block of Alki right now, with a report of someone putting fireworks in front of cars and on fences. Meantime, LS in Highland Park just sent this report about something earlier tonight:

Around 8 pm, I saw someone driving away very fast in a very loud white pickup, and looking back toward my mailbox seconds before it exploded. Police arrived about half an hour after I reported it, and are submitting it to the bomb squad. It was a sizeable bomb. Apparently the same person (same pickup) was seen after exploding something else in W Seattle (according to the officers). Hopefully someone will see the license plate and report this jerk.

9:54 PM: The fireworks dispatches/callouts on the scanner continue – addresses all over West Seattle. Also a few minutes ago, four people reported to be brawling near 61st/Stevens in Alki. Meantime, the fireworks on Lake Union are now less than half an hour away.

10:26 PM: “Chinese lanterns, falling into people’s yards” in the 2400 block of Alki. (Likely the popular “sky lanterns.) And now another strong-arm-robbery report, not far from the first one – someone saying they were knocked down by QFC at Westwood Village, and had their wallet stolen. Police got there quickly and now report “one in custody.” (Again, this is all preliminary information – we won’t be able to see the final reports before Monday.) Over on Lake Union, the big Seafair-produced fireworks show has begun. (**a few minutes later**) Brush-fire call at the former Genesee Hill Elementary.

10:45 PM: Fireworks on Lake Union are over. East Alki will be emptying out. But the unofficial shows continue. Someone just texted about “huge” fireworks visible somewhere near California/College in Admiral.

11 PM: Police are going to start “sweeping the beach” to tell people Alki Beach Park is closed (as of 11) and that it’s time to clear out.

12:52 AM: Much quieter out there; so far, no major incidents in West Seattle, though police and fire have been plenty busy.

2:08 AM: Missed the initial dispatch for the “assault with weapons” call at 64th/Admiral. A private ambulance was called, suggesting non-life-threatening injuries, and the call closed after about half an hour, so, pending further info, it seems to have not been major; will update when we find out more.

2:47 AM: We’ve received a phone call from someone who says he was a witness. He says a stranger barged into a neighborhood party and stabbed one of the guests, then ran out. The caller alleges police were slow to show, and that the suspect – who he described as white, mid-30s, bearded, blondish-brownish hair, wearing a white shirt – was long gone. He didn’t have an update on the victim’s condition but did affirm the injury didn’t seem to be life-threatening. (added) Southwest Precinct Lt. Paul Leung did respond to our original inquiry and also said it was a private party, at which, he says, an “unknown person showed up and somehow got into an altercation with one of the guests. The guest was cut in the hand with a knife and the suspect left in an unknown direction. The injuries were minor. Everyone was intoxicated.”

4:06 AM: Reader report from Kristen:

Just want to report that there was a car crash here on Marine View and about a block south of 106th at about 2:44 AM – one that sent a Jeep off the road into a downhill bank. My household and I heard the screeching of tires and then a loud crash. We found a Jeep off the main road crashed in-between trees… but no one there. Apparently the driver and anyone else in the car split… we called the police and two officers arrived immediately. They’re towing the car and I suspect the driver will be notified accordingly (which makes it all the more silly that they would think running would be smart)…

Tonight is an especially perilous night because of the holiday, but people almost always come around the curve on MVD too fast, going north and south. This is not the first time we’ve known someone to take it too fast and go careening off the main road (we live on the part of MVD that dips below the main road), sober or drunk. I wish that drivers would be more cautious on the main road. Tonight was certainly a scary reminder that people need to be more aware that there is potential to careen off the road if they’re going too fast!

We’ll be checking with police to see if the car by any chance was stolen – which is sometimes the case when a crashed car is abandoned.

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West Seattle 4th of July: Picnic, bridge-anniversary celebration, volunteer awards at Log House Museum http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/happening-now-4th-of-july-picnic-and-bridge-anniversary-celebration-at-log-house-museum/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/happening-now-4th-of-july-picnic-and-bridge-anniversary-celebration-at-log-house-museum/#comments Fri, 04 Jul 2014 20:23:20 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=278270

How many bridges have connected West Seattle to the mainland? What year did the first one open? What year did the bridge get hit by a freighter, paving the way (so to speak) for the current high bridge? Those are three of the trivia questions* that Southwest Seattle Historical Society executive director Clay Eals has asked so far in a quiz during the Log House Museum‘s traditional 4th of July picnic.

The trivia quiz is part of the SWSHS-led celebration of the 30th anniversary of the high bridge’s completion, with more events to come, as listed here – including a special booth during West Seattle Summer Fest July 11th-13th and an event at the Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) courtyard on the 30th anniversary of the bridge’s completion, July 14th. Meantime, today’s picnic is on until 3 pm, and you’re welcome to come by – 61st/Stevens, one block inland from the beach, home of the renovated Admiral totem pole, and if you’re not already a SWSHS member, consider signing up during your visit (info here). The museum also celebrates its volunteers on this day; President’s Volunteer Service Awards were received by two people – (L to R) volunteer coordinator Bethany Green presented the awards to Kerry Korsgaard, and Dave Hrachovina:

*(Trivia answers: 13, 1890, 1978. The T-shirt Clay Eals is wearing was today’s quiz prize – the special commemorative shirt you can still buy at the LH Museum & Hotwire.)

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West Seattle 4th of July Kids’ Parade: Hundreds walk, roll, and jump in the North Admiral sunshine http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-4th-of-july-kids-parade-hundreds-walk-roll-in-the-sunshine/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-4th-of-july-kids-parade-hundreds-walk-roll-in-the-sunshine/#comments Fri, 04 Jul 2014 17:51:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=278262

The 20th annual West Seattle 4th of July Kids’ Parade has just finished crossing California SW at Atlantic, on the way to the afterparty – family-style games at Hamilton Viewpoint Park (concessions too!) – even if your family missed the parade, c’mon down! Above, a quick Instagram clip from the first leg of the parade route; we’ll have lots more video and photos here later. And here’s what else is up today/tonight.

ADDED 3:28 PM: Above, our traditional annual video of everyone in the parade, from Admiral-based Seattle Fire Department Engine 29 at the start to the Seattle Police officer whose vehicle trailed the final parader (a wee bicyclist). Next: Video of the pre-parade ceremony:

In that clip are co-coordinators Jackie Clough and Allyson Schreck, former Mayor Greg Nickels (who lives near the parade route) …

West Seattle Hi-Yu Junior Court Princesses Callie and Sadie (who also helped with the donation boxes pre-parade) …

… and national anthem singer Leilani Nitkey, who did a great job despite a faltering loudspeaker system (we were close enough with the video camera, we could hear her without amplification):

As Mayor Nickels said, “The real meaning of today is Independence Day, where we celebrate the fact that some very brave people … our forefathers, if you will … were willing to take a stand and declare that this nation would be independent, with certain inalienable rights, (such as) the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and that was revolutionary.”

ADDED: A few parade photos (and don’t miss the pre-parade “bonus” pics at the end of the story). Here’s the contingent riding in the blue pickup that followed Engine 29:

Non-motorized transportation, otherwise, was the order of the day – including scooters:

Next – from the post-parade games on the green at Hamilton Viewpoint:

Kids toured the fire and police vehicles that had bookended the parade:

WSB sponsor A Kids Place Dentistry For Children handed out pinwheels:

The Admiral Neighborhood Association handled concessions as usual – this year, ANA president David Whiting (1st photo below) went mobile into the crowd, in addition to ANA’s fixed-location van (second photo below, with Kayle Shulenberger in the foreground):

Co-coordinator Jackie told us afterward that the parade diaper drive brought in 600 diapers and 100 wipes!

They’re going to WestSide Baby – in advance of its annual mega-drive Stuff the Bus on July 20th.

BONUS: Some views from the pre-parade sidelines, ahead:

It was all about rocking the red, white, and blue:

Captain America was a popular theme – check the shield as this parader waited:

And spotted on the pre-parade sidelines – it is not a parade in West Seattle without Jim Edwards (co-coordinator of the West Seattle Grand Parade, who assists with so many others):

A Seafair visitor was sighted, too – West Seattle’s own Seafair Clown, Officer Lumpy, with his kids:

Still adding!

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West Seattle 4th of July: Denny stories on the radio http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-4th-of-july-denny-stories-on-the-radio/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-4th-of-july-denny-stories-on-the-radio/#comments Fri, 04 Jul 2014 16:40:53 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=278258 In honor of the USA’s birthday, KBCS Radio is spotlighting stories narrated and produced by students from West Seattle’s Denny International Middle School. Not just via interviews – the students also worked on production of the stories, in conjunction with teaching artists from the Jack Straw Cultural Center:

Denny International Middle School students and staff come from diverse backgrounds and represent many nations. This spring, 8th grade Washington state history students at Denny interviewed staff and students, capturing their immigration stories. The students worked with Jack Straw teaching artists at their school and in the Jack Straw studios to create Immigration Portraits: Voices from Denny, a series of radio pieces documenting the immigration experiences of Denny students and staff.

The broadcast schedule on KBCS (91.3 FM on-air, kbcs.fm online) is one story a day starting today, at 7:30 am and 6:50 pm; the audio stories are also already published online, here.

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Happy Independence Day! West Seattle 4th of July info reminder http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/happy-independence-day-west-seattle-4th-of-july-info-reminder/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/happy-independence-day-west-seattle-4th-of-july-info-reminder/#comments Fri, 04 Jul 2014 15:17:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=278251

(Photo by Mark Wangerin)
From transit changes, to info on the 10 am West Seattle 4th of July Kids’ Parade, the noon Southwest Seattle Historical Society picnic, and other events today, plus fireworks info and who’s open/closed, find it all here.

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West Seattle 4th of July Kids’ Parade: Final reminder – hours away! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-4th-of-july-kids-parade-final-reminder-hours-away/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-4th-of-july-kids-parade-final-reminder-hours-away/#comments Fri, 04 Jul 2014 03:20:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=278183

One more quick reminder … we’re hours away from the 20th annual West Seattle 4th of July Kids’ Parade, 10 am tomorrow from 44th/Sunset as always, proceeding to Hamilton Viewpoint Park for post-parade games – that’s all free, but bring some $ for the concessions sold by the Admiral Neighborhood Association. If you’ve never seen/been in this parade before, it’s casual and fun (here’s our video from last year) … just hundreds of people young and not-as-young walking through North Admiral streets – red/white/blue decorations are encouraged but not mandatory – after a bit of ceremony (including 6th-grader Leilani Nitkey singing the national anthem) at the beginning. No floats. Usually a pace pickup and banner. A couple notes tonight from co-coordinator Jackie Clough – if you are driving to the parade, please don’t park along the route (the streets to the west and south, basically, but especially not on Atlantic, both sides of California) and remember there’s no parking at Hamilton Viewpoint for the duration of the event. Also – there’s some road work on Palm, the last bit of the way to the park after the parade crosses California (police stop traffic for the crossing), so that means one slight change for the last half-block or so into the park. See you in the morning!

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West Seattle 4th of July: Security, lights at 3 local fields http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-4th-of-july-security-lights-at-3-local-fields/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-4th-of-july-security-lights-at-3-local-fields/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:17:28 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=278024 Seattle Parks is again planning to keep the lights on at synthetic-turf fields to discourage fireworks, and says security will monitor for extended hours, too. This time, it’s planned for both Thursday and Friday (July 3-4). Three West Seattle fields are on the list for security monitoring 9 pm-4 am and lights 8:45-11 pm: Delridge, Hiawatha, and Walt Hundley, all of which have been renovated in recent years. We’re adding this to the WSB West Seattle 4th of July page, still open for other holiday info if you have something to share – editor@westseattleblog.com – thanks!

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West Seattle 4th of July page, first edition, just published http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/west-seattle-4th-of-july-page-first-edition-just-published/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/west-seattle-4th-of-july-page-first-edition-just-published/#comments Sun, 29 Jun 2014 02:00:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=277795 Our annual West Seattle 4th of July info page is now up with the local holiday basics, including special events and transportation changes. We expect additions and updates in the days ahead, especially from local food/beverage establishments that plan to be open – just e-mail us the basics, editor@westseattleblog.com. The page is here, and you’ll see it on the navigation tabs beneath the sunset-photo header on every WSB page through next Friday night.

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West Seattle’s 4th of July Kids’ Parade days away: Can you help? http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/west-seattles-4th-of-july-kids-parade-days-away-can-you-help/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/west-seattles-4th-of-july-kids-parade-days-away-can-you-help/#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:33:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=277445

Nine days until West Seattle’s 4th of July Kids’ Parade … 20th annual parade, this time! And it’s the second year for current coordinators Jackie Clough and Allyson Schreck; Jackie shares the new flyer with everything you need to know, embedded atop this story (if you don’t see it there, please click here), and says they have a very specific volunteer request for parade day (one week from Friday):

We could use 4-6 adults to help us at the beginning of the parade, helping us get started.

Can you help? Once the parade gets going, Jackie promises, you’ll be able to move on and join in with the morning’s events. E-mail her at jackie@alkipartytreasures.com. Meantime, for the pre-parade ceremonies, she adds: “We have a fantastic National Anthem singer this year: Leilani Nitkey, a 6th grader at Madison Middle School this fall.” Haven’t been to the parade before and wondering what it’s like? Here’s our coverage from last year.

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West Seattle Fourth of July Kids’ Parade is on for 2014! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/west-seattle-fourth-of-july-kids-parade-is-on-for-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/west-seattle-fourth-of-july-kids-parade-is-on-for-2014/#comments Sat, 07 Jun 2014 18:07:12 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=275813

(WSB photo from 2012 parade)
Just under four weeks until the Fourth of July; if you were wondering – a few have asked – yes, the Kids’ Parade in Admiral is on! That’s the word from Jackie Clough, who took over parade coordination last year along with Allyson Schreck. They’re organizing it again this year and will have more details soon. It’s also on the agenda for next Tuesday night’s monthly meeting of the Admiral Neighborhood Association (7 pm June 10th at The Sanctuary), whose parade support each year including selling treats during the post-parade games at Hamilton Viewpoint Park. If you’re new to the area, this is West Seattle’s only 4th of July parade, and it’s a low-key, no-floats stroll through North Admiral neighborhoods, with kids, pets, bikes, scooters, strollers, wagons, decorations, costumes – here’s our coverage from last year (including video). So again, whether you want to be a participant or spectator, go ahead and mark your calendar for Friday, July 4th, 10 am start, 44th/Sunset.

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West Seattle Memorial Day 2014: Traditional ceremony @ Forest Lawn http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/west-seattle-memorial-day-2014-traditional-ceremony-forest-lawn-2/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/west-seattle-memorial-day-2014-traditional-ceremony-forest-lawn-2/#comments Tue, 27 May 2014 00:42:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=274571

Sunshine again graced West Seattle’s traditional Memorial Day commemoration, the annual ceremony at Forest Lawn Cemetery. The flags placed by local Scouts waved in the breeze; local veterans shared thoughts and exhortations from the podium:

That’s American Legion Post 160‘s Keith Hughes; also speaking today, from VFW Post 2713, Steve Strand, below left (in his current workday life, acting commander of SPD’s South Precinct):

With him in photo (above right) is Kyle Geraghty from Post 160. Dozens came to honor and remember:

The traditional somber “Taps” were played, of course, but before and after the ceremony, classic Americana from Duwamish Jazz:

This was the Memorial Day ceremony’s 87th year.

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West Seattle Memorial Day 2014: Helpful holiday info http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/west-seattle-memorial-day-2014-helpful-holiday-info/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/west-seattle-memorial-day-2014-helpful-holiday-info/#comments Mon, 26 May 2014 13:25:14 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=274535

(Bald eagle in madrone, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
No traffic report today since there’s not likely to be much of it, but the holiday transit changes top our info list for this Memorial Day:

TRANSPORTATION: Metro is on a Sunday schedule … The West Seattle Water Taxi also is on a Sunday schedule (no Vashon WT service) … Sound Transit buses are on a Sunday schedule … The Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth state-ferry route is on a regular Monday schedule.

TRASH/RECYCLING/ETC.: If you have Monday pickup, you can expect normal service today, according to Seattle Public Utilities; the South Transfer Station is open normal Monday hours, too.

SCHOOLS: Seattle Public Schools and Highline Public Schools are closed, as is South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) and most if not all independent schools.

LIBRARIES: Seattle branches are closed, as are King County branches.

FREE CITY-STREET PARKING: No charge to park today in Seattle neighborhoods that have city-operated pay stations/meters.

U.S. POSTAL SERVICE HOLIDAY … as listed here.

CITY-RUN COMMUNITY CENTERS AND SOUTHWEST POOLclosed today.

COLMAN POOL IS OPEN! The outdoor pool on the Lincoln Park shore is open today, noon-7 pm, as its first pre-season weekend concludes.

CEREMONY AT FOREST LAWN: 2 pm, come to Forest Lawn Cemetery (WSB sponsor) just east of High Point for the traditional Memorial Day commemoration with American Legion Post 160 and VFW Post 2713. (6701 30th SW)

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