West Seattle Blog... » Seen around town http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sat, 25 Oct 2014 06:09:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle’s newest Little Free Library answers the call http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattles-newest-little-free-library-is-fit-for-a-doctor/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattles-newest-little-free-library-is-fit-for-a-doctor/#comments Sun, 05 Oct 2014 21:29:47 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287893

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.

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Recognize this photo? Found today in West Seattle Junction http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/recognize-this-photo-found-today-in-west-seattle-junction/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/recognize-this-photo-found-today-in-west-seattle-junction/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 03:24:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287181

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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:

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West Seattle scene: ‘Treehouse Masters’ on Beach Drive http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-scene-treehouse-masters-on-beach-drive/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-scene-treehouse-masters-on-beach-drive/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 05:05:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286812

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!

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West Seattle weekend scene: Tiki Tank on Alki http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-weekend-scene-tiki-tank-on-alki/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-weekend-scene-tiki-tank-on-alki/#comments Sun, 07 Sep 2014 06:56:33 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=284856

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.

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West Seattle scene: Production crew instead of a construction crew http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-scene-production-crew-not-a-construction-crew/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-scene-production-crew-not-a-construction-crew/#comments Sun, 24 Aug 2014 20:14:38 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283489 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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If you notice someone taking pictures in your neighborhood … http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/if-you-notice-someone-taking-pictures-in-your-neighborhood/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/if-you-notice-someone-taking-pictures-in-your-neighborhood/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 22:25:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=281307 … it MIGHT be the real-estate site Zillow. We got a note from Michael in Gatewood this afternoon, saying someone suspicious was taking photos of houses along his street. A neighbor, he told us, asked the person what they were doing; they said they were with Zillow. After we tried contacting the company via Twitter just to ask, they called us to confirm yes, it’s a project they’re working on, to “improve the images on (their website)” comparable to what you might see on Google Street View. However, the spokesperson assured us, they aren’t taking photos with people in them, and if you tell the photographer not to take a picture of your house, they’ll honor the request. Just thought we’d share what we found out.

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Blue Angels over West Seattle during Seafair airshow practice http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/blue-angels-over-west-seattle-during-seafair-airshow-practice/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/blue-angels-over-west-seattle-during-seafair-airshow-practice/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:44:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=281125

Even if you haven’t seen them, you’ve probably heard them over the past two hours – today is the day the Blue Angels have two rounds of practice for the upcoming Seafair airshow. Kory Love at Alki Lumber shares the photo of the lumberyard’s flag and a Blue Angel flyby. We also received this link from Kevin Freitas, who photographed the practice from West Seattle. The I-90 bridge is scheduled to reopen again shortly while the Blue Angels take a break, and then close again 1:15 to 2:40 pm for more airshow practice.

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West Seattle scene: Hydroplane sighting in The Triangle, with bonus local connection http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-scene-hydroplane-sighting-in-the-triangle-with-bonus-local-connection/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-scene-hydroplane-sighting-in-the-triangle-with-bonus-local-connection/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:00:14 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280988

In case you haven’t noticed it while passing by – there’s a hydroplane in West Seattle! On display in the Les Schwab Tires parking lot in The Triangle (Fauntleroy/Alaska). Read about it here. By the way – there’s more of a connection than just the hydro’s current location – its sponsor, Red Dot, has its roots in West Seattle, as CEO Randy Gardiner explained, keynoting last year’s West Seattle Chamber of Commerce Awards Breakfast.

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Military aircraft over West Seattle? Probably for Marine Week. P.S. Blue Angels! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/military-aircraft-over-west-seattle-probably-for-marine-week/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/military-aircraft-over-west-seattle-probably-for-marine-week/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:52:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280667 ORIGINAL REPORT, 11:52 PM: Texter this morning asked about Ospreys seen over West Seattle – the kind with rotors, not feathers, most recently mentioned here three months ago during preparations for a Presidential visit. This time, we are fairly certain they’re part of Marine Week, a new addition to Seafair. Here’s the schedule. No specific aircraft mentions, but the Museum of Flight at nearby Boeing Field is expecting some for its part of Marine Week, with arrivals Tuesday night, according to its website. Add all this to the Blue Angels‘ impending return, and the sky’s going to be a lot busier than usual this week.

BLUE ANGELS UPDATE, ADDED 6:59 PM: It seems they’re keeping a different schedule this year. Seafair is showing one Blue Angel arrived today, and TV stations are reporting more coming in tomorrow, reportedly a 12:30 pm downtown flyby. We’re checking…

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Seen from West Seattle: P-51s’ D-Day anniversary flyover http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/seen-from-west-seattle-p-51s-d-day-anniversary-flyover/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/seen-from-west-seattle-p-51s-d-day-anniversary-flyover/#comments Fri, 06 Jun 2014 21:53:38 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=275723


Thanks to Gary Jones for sharing photos from the P-51 Mustang flyover previewed here last night – scheduled to wrap up right about now at the Snohomish County home of the Historic Flight Foundation, which coordinated it in honor of the 70th anniversary of D-Day today. The warplanes flew over downtown around noontime:

Click the top photo to open a similar view at twice the size. (And thanks again to Bob, who gave us the heads-up about this!)

ADDED 5:48 PM: A view from Jim Clark:

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Video: About the Ospreys’ flyover … http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/video-about-the-osprey-flyover/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/video-about-the-osprey-flyover/#comments Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:03:29 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=270960

Did you see/hear the V-22 Ospreys flying over the city a bit earlier? We were downtown when we saw them, but a couple notes say they passed over West Seattle too. We and others had been searching for info for a while – and then, the video above turned up. It was tweeted from Snohomish County by Tyler Brunkhorst, who described it as the Presidential helicopter fleet preparing for President Obama‘s scheduled visit to the Oso mudslide zone on Tuesday. This CNN.com story suggests the Ospreys just joined the Presidential fleet last year.

P.S. In what so far as we know is just a coincidence, an Osprey flyby was reported here exactly three years ago, on April 19, 2011 – Anne and Doug dug up the WSB link.

P.P.S. While trying to find info about today’s sightings, we noted that NEXT Saturday (April 26th) is the Mariners’ Salute to Armed Forces Night. In years past, that’s brought flyovers. The pre-game events next Saturday are scheduled for 5:30 pm.

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West Seattle scene: Beach art rocks! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/west-seattle-scene-beach-art-rocks/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/west-seattle-scene-beach-art-rocks/#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 22:57:29 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=268981

Thanks to Judy Bentley for sharing photos of the rock art near the north end of Constellation Park, south of Alki Point. Earlier in the week, Patricia O’Connor‘s photo of the sun/star formation was shared on the WSB Facebook page; today, Judy’s photo showed patterns beyond the sun/star:

As Judy put it – “artist unknown.”

(P.S. Judy didn’t mention this when writing to us but we happen to know she too is an artist – with words – and one week from today, on Friday 4/4, she’s the next featured author in the Words, Writers, West Seattle series – details here.)

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West Seattle weekend scene: ‘Keep(ing) clam’ on the sand http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/west-seattle-weekend-scene-keeping-clam-on-the-sand/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/west-seattle-weekend-scene-keeping-clam-on-the-sand/#comments Sun, 23 Mar 2014 17:11:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=268521

As explained by commenter Jane following our Friday note about no-parking signs for a Saturday “production shoot” on Alki, it did indeed turn out to be an Ivar’s production. Via the WSB Facebook page, Athena shared photos (including the one above) after happening onto the Saturday scene. Last Ivar’s production we recall in the vicinity was the notorious 2009 underwater-billboard yarn. The restaurant chain’s founder Ivar Haglund, of course, was an Alki native, and this past Friday (March 21st) was the 109th anniversary of his birth.

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West Seattle scenes: The ‘other’ Olympics http://westseattleblog.com/2014/02/west-seattle-scenes-the-other-olympics/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/02/west-seattle-scenes-the-other-olympics/#comments Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:16:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=264799

More news on the way … but in case you don’t have a westward view, we didn’t want these photos of the Olympic Mountains, out this morning in all their sunlit glory, to go to waste. Thanks to Alia Ali for sharing the top view from Fauntleroy; the view below was caught from Duwamish Head by WSB co-publisher Patrick Sand.

We’ll confess we can’t name the peaks in Alia’s photo, but we do know the WSB photo shows The Brothers, 6842 feet elevation on the south, 6650 on the north. And check out West Seattle photographer Long B. Nguyen‘s Olympics gallery!

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West Seattle scene: First full moon of 2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/west-seattle-scene-first-full-moon-of-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/west-seattle-scene-first-full-moon-of-2014/#comments Thu, 16 Jan 2014 06:39:20 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=261971

We are happy to be able to share this photo by Alki’s David Hutchinson. Just after sunset, we were walking along Don Armeni, where we found him staked out waiting to see if the moon would make this kind of appearance. No sighting by the time we moved on – but eventually, it showed up, spectacularly.

ADDED MONDAY MORNING: David shares this link with some trivia about last night’s full moon – and why it was nicknamed the “Minimoon.”

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