Sunrise Heights – West Seattle Blog… http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Mon, 25 Jun 2018 08:10:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 The ‘prank’ that wasn’t so funny: Best of Hands Barrelhouse asking for help after theft left iconic cow damaged http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/the-prank-that-wasnt-so-funny-best-of-hands-barrelhouse-asking-for-help-after-theft-leaves-iconic-cow-damaged/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/the-prank-that-wasnt-so-funny-best-of-hands-barrelhouse-asking-for-help-after-theft-leaves-iconic-cow-damaged/#comments Sun, 17 Jun 2018 19:30:13 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=919867
(WSB photo, May)

One month ago, we reassured you that the future Best of Hands Barrelhouse would be keeping the iconic cow atop its building at 35th and Webster, while warning that it might disappear for a while for some sprucing-up. Part of its absence was unplanned, the Best of Hands crew says – it was briefly cownapped last week and taken to Chief Sealth International High School as what they say was a “senior prank.” They got it back but not without complications, according to this open letter they sent us today:

While we appreciate a good senior prank as well as the next person, I’m reaching out to the community here because in the process of stealing the cow, the kids broke one of the legs. Those who were involved with the prank also scaled our brand new electrical install in order to get on the roof (we now need to inspect this for any damage they may have caused). As many in this community know, we have spent over a year and tens of thousands of dollars bringing the iconic building up to code so that it can house a new endeavor. The actions of these individuals is highly disappointing, as it shows a complete disrespect for personal property, private property, and the West Seattle community at large. To add insult to injury, we had just finished cleaning and re-painting the cow the Monday before she was stolen. We will now have to take hours out of our busy schedules to do so again.

We know people have information about who is responsible for the prank, and we are asking them to step forward so we can hold the pranksters to account for their actions. If nobody comes forward, we will be getting the police involved. As for what the consequences should be for damaging our property and our landlord’s property (Clearview Eye & Laser), we have discussed compensation for the broken leg (and anything else that may have been damaged) and community service. We understand that these students will be graduating on Thursday, and would like to have a resolution before then. If college-bound, I don’t think dodging this responsibility will look good to the schools these individuals have applied to/been accepted to, as in this day and age, many colleges will revoke acceptance based on poor 4th quarter performance and extenuating circumstances.

We thank you for your time and help.

Sincerely,
Best of Hands Barrelhouse
info@bestofhandsbarrelhouse.com

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ROXHILL/HUGHES PLAYGROUND: Moving a mountain … of wood chips http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/roxhill-hughes-playground-moving-a-mountain-of-wood-chips/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/roxhill-hughes-playground-moving-a-mountain-of-wood-chips/#respond Sun, 17 Jun 2018 04:26:21 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=919811

Thanks to Jenny Rose Ryan from Friends of Roxhill Elementary for the photos and update from today’s wood-chip work party, two weeks after volunteers built the new community-powered playground at Roxhill’s future home, EC Hughes Elementary:

Thanks to about 30 volunteers, we made great progress moving this giant pile of wood chips underneath our new playground for Roxhill Elementary at E.C. Hughes. There’s still a bit of work to be done to prep the other half for the safety surface, so we did what we could. We are so grateful for neighbors, friends and community members who came out to chip in.

Questions, or want to get involved? Contact friendsofroxhill@gmail.com.

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CRIME WATCH: Early-morning gunfire? Hear it on security video http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/crime-watch-early-morning-gunfire-hear-it-on-security-video/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/crime-watch-early-morning-gunfire-hear-it-on-security-video/#comments Sat, 16 Jun 2018 04:06:26 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=919706

One more early-morning incident that woke up more than a few people early today – suspected gunfire heard in South Delridge, Westwood, and as far north as Sunrise Heights. This security video is from a camera near 17th and Cloverdale. We couldn’t find a police report number showing that any evidence of gunfire had been found; if anyone reading this knows of a related report number, the video’s owner was wondering how to call it to police’s attention in case the vehicle seen going by in the background was related. Meantime, just a reminder, if you think you hear gunfire, call 911, because the more calls they get, the more chance they have of figuring out where it happened and if there’s any damage/evidence.

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SATURDAY: Your chance to ‘chip in’ at new Roxhill/Hughes playground http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/saturday-your-chance-to-chip-in-at-new-roxhill-hughes-playground/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/saturday-your-chance-to-chip-in-at-new-roxhill-hughes-playground/#respond Wed, 13 Jun 2018 16:04:08 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=919428 (WSB photo, June 2nd)

The playground is built – now, if you can spare a little time this Saturday, the students of Roxhill Elementary – getting ready to move into their new home – will be forever grateful. The reminder/request from Friends of Roxhill:

Friends of Roxhill Elementary needs your help to move wood chips at the new playground at E.C. Hughes, where Roxhill is relocating in the fall. We need as many volunteers as possible. Right now, we only have about 20 people signed up! Bring your whole family down to 7700 34th Ave SW on Saturday, June 16, from 9 to 11 a.m or from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sign up here: signup.com/go/QixMZHL

This project has been made possible by a Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Neighborhood Matching Fund grant and a partnership between Friends of Roxhill Elementary and Seattle Public Schools. The Roxhill Elementary at E.C. Hughes playground will be open to the public in September.

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UPDATE: Volunteers build ‘more than a playground’ for Roxhill Elementary’s new home at EC Hughes http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/happening-now-volunteers-building-new-playground-for-roxhill-elementarys-new-home-at-ec-hughes/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/happening-now-volunteers-building-new-playground-for-roxhill-elementarys-new-home-at-ec-hughes/#comments Sat, 02 Jun 2018 17:59:14 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=918408 (First 5 photos by WSB’s Patrick Sand)

10:59 AM: With just three months left until Roxhill Elementary students and staff move to renovated EC Hughes in Sunrise Heights, community members are busy today making sure the kids will have a great place to play.

It’s been one year since Friends of Roxhill Elementary – formerly its PTSA – started its campaign to get funding and other community support for the playground – and today they’re building it! Organizers say more than enough volunteers showed up to help, and shortly after 9 am, they got going. Roxhill principal Tarra Patrick is there to help too:

MIDDAY UPDATE: Progress!

We’ll be checking back later for another progress update. If you weren’t able to help today, stay tuned for a future work party to get wood chips in place.

7:50 PM: One more view that we took late in the day:

And the final two photos and words of thanks are from Friends of Roxhill:

What a gorgeous day to build a playground!

We had about 75 volunteers through the course of the day taking on the huge task of putting together and installing (and putting in the concrete footings!) not just a playground… But what we think is the coolest new playground in West Seattle. With a prime all-day view of Rainier, we laughed, sighed and tried to stay hydrated while our community worked hard together. Minor mistakes were made. Tools were dropped. A few thumbs are bruised. Tomorrow, we will ache. But we did this, together. This is big. It’s more than a playground. It’s a celebration of new beginnings and a stake in the ground. It’s just the start.

Thank you, community, for your hard labor in support of our labor of love.

-Friends of Roxhill Elementary

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You can help! Build West Seattle’s next playground on Saturday http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/you-can-help-build-west-seattles-next-playground-on-saturday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/you-can-help-build-west-seattles-next-playground-on-saturday/#comments Wed, 30 May 2018 00:31:54 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=918089 (WSB photo, June 2017)

Though EC Hughes Elementary is getting some work done before Roxhill Elementary moves there in September, it doesn’t include the playground – so community volunteers are making that happen. This Saturday, you can help. From Friends of Roxhill:

Friends of Roxhill Elementary invites the greater West Seattle community to help build our new playground at E.C. Hughes, located at 7700 34th Avenue SW [map], this Saturday, June 2, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We have two slots available: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Snacks, water, coffee and lunch provided!

We’ll be led by PlayCreation representatives to assemble and build our selected Landscape Structures playground.

Please note that no children under age 14 may be within the build site. If you are a student in need of service hours, you may help put together components under adult supervision outside the build area, but all installation must be completed by those 17 and up.

We’re so excited to make this happen together. Together, our community can do anything. Also, there will be food. Did we mention that?

Can’t make it? Let us know and we’ll add you to the list for the next day of work: laying down all the engineered wood fiber so our playground has a safe surface for kids to land on. That date is still TBD. Email us at friendsofroxhill@gmail.com to be notified.

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While we’re talking about murals … what do you want to see at Roxhill/EC Hughes? http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/while-were-talking-about-murals-what-do-you-want-to-see-at-roxhill-ec-hughes/ Sat, 26 May 2018 04:38:40 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917771 (WSB photo)

Tonight we seem to have an art theme going. Above is artist Henry Luke, who is leading the community mural project for the future home of Roxhill Elementary at renovated EC Hughes Elementary in Sunrise Heighs. He’s been offering workshops for youth interested in getting involved – and now there are two chances for everyone, all ages, to get involved, at two design meetings:

These will be a chance to discuss our ideas for the mural design which will be painted 8′ x 40′ at the new EC Hughes playground this summer. What is important to illustrate about the cultures and communities of Roxhill? How do you want to be represented in this mural? What is your vision for a bright future for the neighborhood?

Sunday, May 27, 11 am
DubSea Coffee: 9910 8th Ave SW

Tuesday, May 29, 6:30 pm
Southwest Branch Library: 9010 35th Ave SW

The mural will be painted this summer after the new playground is installed.

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BIZNOTE: Don’t panic if you see the cow come down during Best of Hands Barrelhouse work http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/biznote-dont-panic-if-you-see-the-cow-come-down-during-best-of-hands-barrelhouse-work/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/biznote-dont-panic-if-you-see-the-cow-come-down-during-best-of-hands-barrelhouse-work/#comments Mon, 14 May 2018 18:29:28 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=916686 (WSB photo)

It’s been somewhat slow going for the Best of Hands Barrelhouse crew as they continue remodeling the former deli space at 35th and Webster. After a few recent reader questions, we checked back in with Nick Marianetti, who replied with this update:

Things are moving along quickly now that SCL and PSE have us on their schedules and are installing the power upgrades we require to operate a brewing facility and taproom. Build out on the inside has been moving along steadily, and our neighbors will begin to see changes to the outside of the building as well. … We’ll be pulling off old siding and replacing it; re-roofing the taproom side (old market side); installing new HVAC systems; painting the whole building, and adding a patio on the south wall of the taproom! We will also be giving the iconic cow a new paint job, so if we’re required to take her off the roof to do so, fear not, she will return to her perch atop the building!

Opening dates are still a moving target at this time. Once the power installs are completed we can install our brewing system, and then we will have a better idea of how quickly we can be up and brewing.

For more backstory, check out our first report on the Best of Hands plan in February 2017.

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35th/Holden crash, after police pullover attempt http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/35th-holden-crash-after-polices-pullover-attempt/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/35th-holden-crash-after-polices-pullover-attempt/#comments Tue, 17 Apr 2018 02:54:07 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=914111

Thanks to Bruce for the tip about that crash at 35th SW/SW Holden. Police tell us they were trying to pull over the driver of the white car, but the driver wouldn’t stop – until hitting the parked car. No injuries, according to police; they told us the pullover attempt was related to an investigation of someone reported to have shoplifted at Home Depot. They were still questioning a possible suspect at last report.

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UPDATE: Police investigation blocking southbound 35th SW at Webster http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/traffic-alert-police-investigation-blocking-southbound-35th-sw-at-webster/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/traffic-alert-police-investigation-blocking-southbound-35th-sw-at-webster/#comments Tue, 03 Apr 2018 00:15:09 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=913001

5:15 PM: Police at the scene aren’t saying much but the black car in the southbound lane of 35th SW just north of SW Webster is stolen, according to scanner traffic, and officers are searching for two men last seen running west from there. A K-9 team is now joining the search.

6:06 PM: No luck so far in finding the suspects. The car is no longer in the travel lane.

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FOLLOWUP: Dates set for EC Hughes Playground overhaul meetings – and a survey’s online now http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/followup-dates-set-for-ec-hughes-playground-overhaul-meetings-and-a-surveys-online-now/ Mon, 02 Apr 2018 16:49:45 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=912962 (WSB photo, taken this morning)(WSB photo from last week)

As noted here last week, the EC Hughes Playground overhaul project is gearing up (along with others in West Seattle). This is the playground at 2805 SW Holden, same park as the wading pool, although that’s not part of the project. Two ways to let Parks know what you’d like to see in the project:

#1 – Answer this new online survey

#2 – Join Parks staff for two meetings – first, to talk about the new play area’s design, 5-6:30 pm Thursday, April 19th, at Southwest Teen Life Center (2801 SW Thistle); second, to review the “preferred design,” 1-3 pm Wednesday, June 13th, at the park. Kids welcome at both meetings – the playground users have the best input!

The play equipment is being replaced because of damage discovered in an inspection that followed the discovery of wood damage that forced the Lincoln Park South Play Area structure (which is ) to be closed last year.

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Use E.C. Hughes Playground? Here’s what you need to know about upcoming renovations http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/use-e-c-hughes-playground-heres-what-you-need-to-know-about-upcoming-renovations/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/use-e-c-hughes-playground-heres-what-you-need-to-know-about-upcoming-renovations/#comments Mon, 26 Mar 2018 21:13:22 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=912378 (WSB photo, taken this morning)

Thanks to Kenneth for the tip that the sign’s up at EC Hughes Playground (2805 SW Holden), where play-area renovations are starting soon. We first reported last fall that Seattle Parks decided the play equipment needed to be replaced, after inspections done following the discovery of wood damage in a similar structure at Lincoln Park South Play Area.

The sign does not mean work at EC Hughes is starting soon, though. We checked in with Parks’ project point person Libby Hughes, who tells WSB that two public-outreach meetings are planned, in April and June (dates/times/locations soon), and construction is expected to start this fall, “after school starts.” The goal of the project, she says, is “to renovate the play equipment with structures that meet current safety standards and are accessible to children of all abilities, ages 2-5 and 5-12 years, and to make some ADA improvements for access to the play area.” The EC Hughes wading pool is not involved in the project. Hughes adds that she’s also working on yet another play-area renovation in West Seattle, “similar scope and timeline” – Puget Ridge Playground (6029 21st SW). More details on that one soon.

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NEW PLAYGROUND: Invitation and updates from Friends of Roxhill Elementary http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/new-playground-invitation-and-updates-from-friends-of-roxhill-elementary/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/new-playground-invitation-and-updates-from-friends-of-roxhill-elementary/#comments Thu, 22 Mar 2018 23:09:15 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=912071
(Playground at EC Hughes, June 2017)

Less than half a year until Roxhill Elementary School moves to the EC Hughes Elementary campus in Sunrise Heights. As we’ve been reporting, a playground upgrade is in the works thanks to the community volunteers with Friends of Roxhill – it wasn’t part of the original project. And now FoRE has an invitation and updates for you:

Friends of Roxhill Elementary, a 501c3 serving the Roxhill Elementary community, invites members of the West Seattle community to provide input on its planned playground at the renovated E.C. Hughes Elementary, where Roxhill is moving in fall 2018. On Tuesday, April 3, interested community members can come to the Southwest Library at 6 p.m. to view renderings and vote for a favorite option.

The new playground at E.C. Hughes has been made possible through a $100,000 Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Neighborhood Matching Fund grant. Most of the projects’ required volunteer match is being fulfilled by a pledge of professional services. Last summer, Friends of Roxhill also requested pledges for donations and volunteer hours. With the playground planned to be installed in June, now is the time for these pledges to be collected. If you are still able to help with the volunteer build and other assistance, please reach out to friendsofroxhill@gmail.com. More details will be coming soon about the planned community build.

At the same time, Friends of Roxhill is also working to select an artist to lead a community process for creating a public mural on the northeast corner of the E.C. Hughes site. More information about who has been selected and ways to share community feedback coming soon.

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HAPPENING NOW: Visit your local Seattle Fire station for Neighbor Day 2018 http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/happening-now-visit-your-local-seattle-fire-station-for-neighbor-day-2018/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/happening-now-visit-your-local-seattle-fire-station-for-neighbor-day-2018/#comments Sat, 10 Feb 2018 19:29:31 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=908556

Four of the five Seattle Fire Department stations in West Seattle are having open houses right now as part of Neighbor Day, and you are welcome to stop in before 1 pm. Our photo’s from Station 37 at 35th SW and SW Holden [map] in Sunrise Heights, West Seattle’s second-newest station, completed in 2010 – replacing a smaller old city-landmark building a few blocks north – and home to Engine 37.

(added) Also there today – one of SFD’s SUVs, B77:

And SFD Lt. Harold Webb introduced us to his “newest recruit,” firefighter Chris Tarkir:

In the background is an illuminated “37” you might notice if you pass by the station at night – we thought, seeing it from a distance, that it was neon, but found out today that it’s not – it’s a holiday-lighting holdover.

Also open for you to visit before 1 pm:

-Fire Station 11 in Highland Park (16th/Holden)
-Fire Station 29 in North Admiral (2139 Ferry SW)
-Fire Station 32 in The Triangle (38th/Alaska – just completed and opened last year)

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READER REPORT: Package opened, dumped in Sunrise Heights http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/reader-report-package-opened-dumped-in-sunrise-heights/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/reader-report-package-opened-dumped-in-sunrise-heights/#comments Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:44:48 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=903916

While on her way to work this morning, Krystal spotted and photographed that open-and-dumped package at the corner of 30th and Holden. Whether the contents were originally with that box, impossible to tell, but the box is labeled with the name and address of someone nearby, in the 7700 block of 30th SW.

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