West Seattle Thanksgiving 2015: How the day began, beautifully

November 26, 2015 at 12:47 pm | In Seen around town, West Seattle news | 4 Comments

(Photo by John Bartell)
Thanks to everyone who shared photos of this Thanksgiving Day’s beautiful beginning. While the full moon was getting ready to set over the Olympic Mountains this morning, the sun was climbing up from behind the Cascades:

(Photo by Bryan Hendrickson)
As beautiful as Mount Rainier can be in sunrise glow, the Olympics had it beat this morning:

(Photo by David Hutchinson)

(Photo by John Hinkey)

(Photo by Chris Frankovich)
Thanks to everyone who contributes to this community-collaborative news service day in and day out … photos, news tips, calendar listings, lost-and-found pet reports, comments, Forum posts, and so much more … here’s how and where to reach us, any time.

West Seattle fighter-jet flybys: Looks like they were for the Seahawks game

November 22, 2015 at 1:36 pm | In Seen around town, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

1:36 PM: Given other recent flybys, we didn’t immediately assume the ones heard in the past half-hour were for the Seahawks game, until we found this tweeted video from @MiVidaSeattle:

So just in case you wondered too, there we have it.

ADDED 1:40 PM: And the Boeing Field takeoff, tweeted by @HoldenThePilot:

(YouTube video, also by HTP, substituted at 6:25 pm; Holden flagged it as “better video”)

From the ‘in case you wondered too’ file: Fighter jet’s West Seattle flyby

November 20, 2015 at 8:24 pm | In Seen around town, West Seattle news | 20 Comments

We’ve seen/heard a few mentions of a loud jet over West Seattle around 5 pm – turns out longtime WSB contributing photojournalist Christopher Boffoli got a photo of it. He says the jet hit the afterburners “as soon as it turned to the southeast,” adding, “It was too dark to see any markings but based on the longer, twin seat canopy and the wider wing leading edge it appeared to be an F/A-18F Super Hornet.” Some readers noticed something similar last Sunday, and we saw/heard one (which also struck us as F/A-18-esque) while walking along Duwamish Head on Veterans Day morning – tweeted about it for the record. With Boeing‘s presence here and multiple military bases, could be many explanations, but we don’t have a line on one currently.

West Seattle scene: Back to what’s now the past, at The Admiral

October 22, 2015 at 6:35 am | In Seen around town, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

Now that it’s October 22nd, 2015, movie fans point out, everything in “Back to the Future II” is “in the past.” 10/21/2015 is the date to which the movie’s heroes traveled, so there were special screenings nationwide on Wednesday, including one at West Seattle’s historic Admiral Theater. That’s where Sherri Chun took the photo, saying, “I ran into Marty McFly and Doc Brown tonight at Back to the Future!”

P.S. Leaping into the near future, The Admiral will be among the theaters showing “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and if you’re still looking for early-premiere tickets for December 17th – go here.

West Seattle scenes: Gone fishing, from the pier to the beach

September 1, 2015 at 11:06 am | In Seen around town, West Seattle news, Wildlife | 9 Comments

Two photos shared by your neighbors:

That’s from Don Brubeck, who writes, “Lots of people fishing from the bridge on Spokane St. Not me – I had to keep going, riding to work.” (Don is president of West Seattle Bike Connections, which meets tonight, as noted in our daily calendar highlights.) Next, from TS:

He writes, “Just a nice coho caught off Lincoln Park on Sunday afternoon. Fun to share.” According to the state Fish and Wildlife month-by-month advice, that’s what’s peaking on inland waters this time of year.

Skywriting, seen from West Seattle: BLACK LIVES MATTER

August 30, 2015 at 6:16 pm | In Seen around town, West Seattle news | 9 Comments

6:16 PM: Thanks to Jeremy Smith for that photo, and we’ll likely be adding a few more. In the patch of blue sky over downtown, clearly visible from north West Seattle, a plane has been skywriting BLACK LIVES MATTER. (There might have been a previous attempt- Brian Presser had tipped us to a skywriting attempt earlier this afternoon.) More to come.

ADDED 6:46 PM: Via Twitter, @joaquinuy put together photos of all three words:

West Seattle weekend scene: Obliteride 150-milers riding through

August 9, 2015 at 1:18 pm | In Seen around town, West Seattle news | Comments Off

If you’ve noticed bicyclists with numbered bibs riding northbound and eastbound along the West Seattle shoreline today – they’re finishing the longest route of the cancer-research-fundraising Obliteride, its two-day, 150-mile route. Many are pausing at a rest stop at the Marshall Reserve greenspace on Duwamish Head:

Obliteride also offered 10-, 25-, 50-, and 100-mile routes, all starting from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (which presents and benefits from Obliteride) and finishing at Gas Works Park. The 150-mile route was the only one going through this area. In all, organizers say more than 1,000 people are participating in Obliteride this year.

Another post-Seafair departure: Breitling Jet Team’s flyby

August 6, 2015 at 6:22 pm | In Seen around town, West Seattle news | Comments Off

Maybe you saw the flyby too – Rosie asked about it via the WSB Facebook page, almost concurrently with that photo arriving in the WSB inbox courtesy of Keefe Leung. That was the Europe-based Breitling Jet Team, which performed at Seafair last weekend, leaving around 4:45 today. Keefe reports, “They did a couple photo-op passes in formations with the downtown skyline before continuing north.” They fly seven Czech-made L-39C Albatros jets; read about the team here. Next stop: Abbotsford, British Columbia.

West Seattle scene: Shooting shoes at Seacrest

July 22, 2015 at 1:56 pm | In Seen around town, West Seattle news | 13 Comments

If you’ve been to Seacrest today and noticed the photography crew … including support RVs along Harbor Avenue to the east … here’s what’s up: After getting a tip from Sunny, we headed over for a look. It’s a photo shoot for Timberland Shoes. A crew member told us the bicycles in our photo are among the props and also mentioned they’ll be shooting tomorrow at nearby Don Armeni (where “no parking” signs are already up).

West Seattle scene: Powered-paragliding pair cooling off, aloft

July 3, 2015 at 5:15 pm | In Seen around town, West Seattle news | 5 Comments

Every so often, we get a sighting of a powered* paraglider flying over West Seattle shores – here’s our photo from April, and a reader pic from February. Then today – a double sighting! Thanks to Gary Jones for photographing this pair’s Alki flyby. Must be at least a few degrees cooler up there!

*Added “powered” per comment discussion – thanks as always.

West Seattle scene: ‘Educational sleepout’ by Seacrest

June 27, 2015 at 11:54 pm | In Seen around town, West Seattle news | 12 Comments

Carolyn shared that photo via the WSB Facebook page and wondered what was happening; we just went over to find out. A dozen or so people are camped out on the sidewalk east of Seacrest for the second-to-last in a series of “educational sleepouts” organized by the homelessness advocacy/shelter-operating organization SHARE/WHEEL. According to the flyer they gave us, the location for this one was chosen because they think that some of the money the county is spending on the Water Taxi – which was finishing its late-night runs when we stopped by – should go to SHARE instead, to help pay for shelter operations, which they say were affected by a county budget cut. The group has had “sleepout” protests before, including one we covered in 2009 outside then-Mayor Greg Nickels’ house in North Admiral. Its final sleepout in this series is Monday night in Georgetown; details are on the SHARE/WHEEL website. They told us they’ll be on the sidewalk by Seacrest until about 9 am tomorrow.

From the ‘in case you wondered too’ file: Commercial shoot in Gatewood today

June 9, 2015 at 10:14 am | In Seen around town, West Seattle news | 7 Comments

In case you pass by that truck and several others accompanying a video/film crew on the west side of California SW, north of SW Thistle, sometime today and wonder what’s up … they’re shooting a commercial for Wave Broadband. The crew plans to be on site until around 6 pm. (Side note, since this made us wonder, being fairly close to this location: According to Wave’s website, the service is not available in the zip code where the shoot’s happening. But they’re expanding; we’re asking their HQ, which is in Kirkland, if West Seattle is in their future.)

ADDED: Turns out the company making the commercial, Spin Creative, is “headquartered on Harbor Island at the Harbor Marina Corporate Center,” per a note we received later. They also sent a link to this Flickr gallery of “behind the scenes” photos.

West Seattle scene: Alki rocks! New sign catches attention

April 22, 2015 at 11:08 am | In Seen around town, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 15 Comments

(Photo courtesy Mark)
Have you seen the sign? ALKI, spelled out with 53 rocks in the 59th SW median south of Admiral Way. We noticed it in passing last week and tweeted a photo, but got caught up in other things and didn’t get around to mentioning it here. Since then, though several other people have called it to our attention, and wondered whose work it is – we don’t know either, so we’re publishing the photo to ask if YOU know!

West Seattle sunshine scenes: In the sky and on the sea

April 20, 2015 at 5:05 pm | In Seen around town, Seen at sea, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

Headed home? Enjoy the sunshine – forecast suggests it might not be back tomorrow. Above, a paraglider was in flight again this afternoon over the West Seattle shore – we caught him headed southbound over Emma Schmitz Overlook/Me-Kwa-Mooks. Don’t know if it’s the same one we featured two months ago. Below, the newest state ferry Samish is still out on sea trials; we spotted it this morning from Charlestown Hill:

The Samish is the second of three 144-car ferries being built at Vigor on Harbor Island and is expected to start service in June in the San Juan Islands – but if you see a ferry off West Seattle making unusual moves between now and then, it’s probably this one.

West Seattle scene: Another TV commercial filming here

April 20, 2015 at 11:43 am | In Seen around town, West Seattle news | 6 Comments

Thanks to everybody who tipped us about what’s up in Seaview today, near 48th and Juneau – that truck is part of it. No, it’s not a movie – it’s the type of film/video production we see much more often around here, a TV commercial. This one is for Nissan, and the truck in our photo brought some of the vehicles that are being used. Unlike many West Seattle commercial shoots, this location wasn’t chosen for its view, but specifically for the house it’s at. The crew moves on to the North Sound after today. (Last commercial spotted here was for health care, a month ago.)

West Seattle weekend scene: Motorcycles’ memorial procession

April 18, 2015 at 12:38 pm | In Seen around town, West Seattle news | 5 Comments

(UPDATE: It’s a memorial procession – scroll down)

ORIGINAL REPORT, 12:38 PM: Don’t know yet what exactly this is about, but a major motorcycle ride has just traveled through West Seattle – these photos came in via Twitter, as the ride headed westbound, then northbound, then eastbound:

We’re still researching – if you know the reason/occasion, please clue us all in – thanks!

12:45 PM: Just found it via websearch. Memorial procession – here’s the link with details – in honor of 59-year-old Dennis Costello, who died of leukemia in February. His funeral is in Tacoma later today.

Seen in West Seattle: Recognize these Fairmount flowers?

April 14, 2015 at 12:41 pm | In Seen around town, West Seattle news | 8 Comments

It’s sunny, it’s lunchtime, and maybe this will be of use next time you’re out for a walk:

(Click image for the full-size, downloadable, printable PDF)
The native-flower photos, in montage format, were taken last weekend on Fairmount Avenue by Fred Weinmann, whose son Chris Weinmann shared them with us, to share with you. After a quick review, we suspected this was the work of someone more knowledgeable than the average wanderer, so we asked Chris. He tells us his dad – a Port Townsend resident who frequently visits West Seattle to be with family – is a botanist and former president of the Washington Native Plant Society. Fred Weinmann also has published a few botany books, as you can see in this bio from the UW, where he has taught. Thanks to them for sharing, and enlightening!

West Seattle scene: Wondering what’s being filmed in Admiral?

March 24, 2015 at 11:07 am | In Seen around town, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

Thanks to everyone who tipped us on this one: Yes, there’s a film/video crew in West Seattle today. They’re working on a commercial, shooting at multiple Admiral spots, including West Seattle Coin Laundry and Shanti as well as the future home of Mioposto. We weren’t able to procure extensive details but did get an answer to the big question: A crew member said he was allowed to say it was a commercial for Virginia Mason.

P.S. We did subsequently contact VM’s marketing/media department to ask what they could tell us about it. Answer: Nothing right now; it’s top-secret. But they promised to let us know when they’re ready to tell the world.

West Seattle weekend scene: Sweating for the Seahawks

January 25, 2015 at 11:08 am | In Seen around town, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

11:08 AM SUNDAY: From the “in case you wondered” file: Here’s what the Seahawks-spirit crowd, with cameras and sound equipment, was doing at Don Armeni Boat Ramp a little while ago. We checked it out after someone texted this photo, wondering if it was some kind of video shoot.

Turns out it was local Zumba instructor Jennifer Cepeda and friends, dancing in Hawks fan gear (and recording it on video, link to follow).

(WSB photo)
With warm-ish temps and dry weather, perfect morning.

ADDED 3:17 PM MONDAY: Jennifer sent us the link to her finished video:

West Seattle weekend scene: Fire Department training at Admiral Way Viewpoint

December 21, 2014 at 1:51 pm | In Seen around town, West Seattle news | Comments Off

For everybody who was wondering what the Seattle Fire Department heavy-rescue crew, Ladder 7, and Aid 14 were doing at Admiral Way Viewpoint: Nothing to worry about – just training. When we started getting calls/messages, we checked the online 911 log, and in the absence of an incident on the list, that’s what we figured, but just to be sure, we went by to check, and they confirmed that they were just wrapping up with training. (Thank you to everyone who messaged/called us anyway – just to make sure!)

West Seattle scene: This weekend’s most honest yard-sale sign

November 9, 2014 at 5:42 pm | In Seen around town, West Seattle news | Comments Off

Seen at 35th/Holden in Gatewood (by us on Saturday, though we couldn’t stop for a photo, and then today by our Arbor Heights-based anonymous correspondent, who DID stop to snap it and shared the photo). Hope the sale went well.

Meantime, this gives us a chance to point out that today happens to be the exact midpoint between last West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day and the next one! Six months from today, on May 9, 2015, shoppers and sellers will swarm the peninsula for the 11th annual WSCGSD, organized and presented by WSB. (New to West Seattle? Here’s our coverage from last year.) As usual, we’ll open registration in early April.

West Seattle Halloween: Bright Horizons kids visit Station 32

October 31, 2014 at 1:46 pm | In Seen around town, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

Sometimes for Halloween, you visit a haunted house; these West Seattleites visited a firehouse. We went along for the annual Bright Horizons “costume parade” across the street to Fire Station 32 on Thursday afternoon.

Parents (and other chaperones) were there to record the excitement too.

Even the stroller riders were captivated:

Capt. David Pagan was going to sound an alarm so the kids would know what it sounded like – but then one came in for real (a call for medical aid), and that ended the visit.

They won’t be able to do this next year – Station 32 will be torn down, with a new expanded station to be built in its place, starting around the end of this year (we’re checking to see how soon the 32 crew will be moving to their temporary site on 40th south of Alaska).

West Seattle’s newest Little Free Library answers the call

October 5, 2014 at 2:29 pm | In Seen around town, West Seattle news | 24 Comments

We feature new Little Free Libraries as they pop up around West Seattle, as we hear about them – and today, Rose Sheppard from the Building Committee at Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation sends word and pic of theirs, and its designer:

On October 4th, our Little Free Library was installed. Designed and built by congregant John Monahan, we love the Dr Who phone booth motif. It’s a perfect model! We are sure it’s the best British phone booth on this side of the Atlantic Ocean – and much more useful.

We are very grateful to John and proud to have such a distinctive Little Free Library structure on the south side (Othello St.) of our church property at 7141 California Ave SW.

Recognize this photo? Found today in West Seattle Junction

September 28, 2014 at 8:24 pm | In Seen around town, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

ORIGINAL SUNDAY REPORT: If you’ve lost or found a pet, we usually point you to the
WSB Lost/Found Pets page. If you’ve lost or found something else, we usually advise posting in the WSB Forums. Tonight, though, an unusual found item – the photo, above. Wendy tweeted word that she found it today in The Junction and that it appeared to have been taken in Lincoln Park. Know whose it is? Wendy’s at @wdamoth on Twitter (or if you don’t use that service, we’ll find a way to get you connected – you can comment below, or e-mail editor@westseattleblog.com).

ADDED TUESDAY: Thanks to Clay Eals at the Southwest Seattle Historical Society for sharing a new scan:

West Seattle scene: ‘Treehouse Masters’ on Beach Drive

September 24, 2014 at 10:05 pm | In Seen around town, West Seattle news | 7 Comments

Another TV/film crew is in West Seattle – if you’ve noticed the truck and portable restroom along Beach Drive, not far north of Lowman Beach Park, it’s for the Animal Planet show “Treehouse Masters.” We confirmed that with a crew member on scene, after a tip from Dr. Bryan Wiebe (of longtime WSB sponsor Fauntleroy Chiropractic). Turns out Athena and Laura were also discussing it on the WSB Facebook page. The crew member couldn’t go into detail, much less show us the “set,” but it seems they’re likely to be there a few days longer. The show’s built around East King County-based treehouse designer Pete Nelson, featured recently by The Seattle Times (WSB partner). His show is in its second season; we’ll keep watch for the West Seattle edition!

West Seattle weekend scene: Tiki Tank on Alki

September 6, 2014 at 11:56 pm | In Seen around town, West Seattle news | 12 Comments

From the Playa to the beach. Previously seen at Burning Man (here’s video!), the Tiki Tank turned up on Alki tonight. David Hutchinson photographed it outside Spud, not far from the salsa’ing crowd at Statue of Liberty Plaza, in what mashed up into a fine late-summer Saturday night at the beach.

West Seattle scene: Production crew instead of a construction crew

August 24, 2014 at 1:14 pm | In Seen around town, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

ORIGINAL REPORT, 1:14 PM: When we noticed the tower-crane base in place at 40th/Edmunds, and then “no parking” signs for today, we thought maybe the crane was arriving.

Then, Andy sent a note wondering what a video/photography type of crew was doing at the site. We went over to find out.

It’s a shoot for Brooks Running, we learned on-site from Erika of Blondehouse Production. And they’ll be shooting in West Seattle again on Tuesday, just a few blocks from today’s shoot, over by food truck Beloved Mexico and West Seattle Produce – so if you’ve seen the “no parking” signs on the east side of Fauntleroy Way SW south of SW Alaska, now you know what they’re for.

ADDED 8:41 PM: Maris, who lives near the construction site, took this photo during the actual shoot:

If you’ve lost track of the project on that site, by the way, it’s 4745 40th SW, 135 apartments plus some ground-floor live-work units and a relatively small amount of retail. The site next door (south of the bank) is owned by Seattle Parks but in the shorter run will be temporary home soon to Seattle Fire Station 32 during the rebuild on its permanent site at 37th/Alaska.

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