West Seattle Blog... » Seen around town http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Mon, 25 May 2015 23:32:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle scene: Alki rocks! New sign catches attention http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-scene-alki-rocks-new-sign-catches-attention/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-scene-alki-rocks-new-sign-catches-attention/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 18:08:07 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307925

(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!

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West Seattle sunshine scenes: In the sky and on the sea http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-sunshine-scenes-in-the-sky-and-on-the-sea/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-sunshine-scenes-in-the-sky-and-on-the-sea/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:05:56 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307763

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.

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West Seattle scene: Another TV commercial filming here http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-scene-another-tv-commercial-filming-here/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-scene-another-tv-commercial-filming-here/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:43:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307741

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.)

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West Seattle weekend scene: Motorcycles’ memorial procession http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-weekend-scene-hundreds-of-motorcycles/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-weekend-scene-hundreds-of-motorcycles/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 19:38:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307481 (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.

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Seen in West Seattle: Recognize these Fairmount flowers? http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/seen-in-west-seattle-recognize-these-fairmount-flowers/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/seen-in-west-seattle-recognize-these-fairmount-flowers/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 19:41:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307027 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!

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West Seattle scene: Wondering what’s being filmed in Admiral? http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-scene-wondering-whats-being-filmed-in-admiral/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-scene-wondering-whats-being-filmed-in-admiral/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:07:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=304927

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.

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West Seattle weekend scene: Sweating for the Seahawks http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-weekend-scene-sweating-for-the-seahawks/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-weekend-scene-sweating-for-the-seahawks/#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:08:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=299215 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:

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West Seattle weekend scene: Fire Department training at Admiral Way Viewpoint http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/west-seattle-weekend-scene-fire-department-training-at-admiral-way-viewpoint/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/west-seattle-weekend-scene-fire-department-training-at-admiral-way-viewpoint/#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2014 21:51:20 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296024

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!)

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West Seattle scene: This weekend’s most honest yard-sale sign http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-scene-this-weekends-most-honest-yard-sale-sign/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-scene-this-weekends-most-honest-yard-sale-sign/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 01:42:50 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=291583

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.

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West Seattle Halloween: Bright Horizons kids visit Station 32 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-halloween-bright-horizons-visit-to-station-32/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-halloween-bright-horizons-visit-to-station-32/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:46:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290557

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).

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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

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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