Update: Seattle Police find missing 10-year-old, safe

October 21, 2014 at 12:31 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle police | 27 Comments

12:31 PM: Just in from Seattle Police via Twitter:


We’re following up to see if there’s any more information to share.

12:53 PM: We’re hearing a TV helicopter is being dispatched just to see if any police activity is visible from the air. So if you hear a chopper here shortly, that’s what it’s about.

1:03 PM: We went to Holy Rosary to see what more we could find out; the principal told our crew Merca actually never came to school today. We’re trying to sort out with police where this actually stands.

1:21 PM: SPD spokesperson Det. Drew Fowler tells WSB they reconfirmed that Merca *is* missing – but not FROM school, as he did not come to school today.

2:05 PM: Police are continuing to look around the area and are following up on tips; please do call if you think you see him. We are told he apparently lives in the Pigeon Point area.

2:38 PM: The name police have circulated is actually the child’s surname, according to HRS parents. Whatever the details, he’s still out there somewhere at last report, so wherever you go this afternoon, keep an eye out.

2:52 PM: Good news! Just heard on the scanner, he has been found – in or near the Admiral District – safe and sound.

West Seattle traffic alert: 3-car crash at 16th/Myrtle

October 21, 2014 at 11:46 am | In Puget Ridge, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | No Comments

Nobody’s hurt, according to police, but a three-car crash at 16th/Myrtle is causing some traffic trouble – as you probably know, that’s on the road to/from South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) and not far from Sanislo Elementary. If you don’t absolutely HAVE to head that way, you might consider waiting a while. Tow crews are on the way.

When Daylight Saving Time ends, so does some tennis-court lighting

October 21, 2014 at 11:24 am | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | No Comments

Just in from Seattle Parks and Rec … the annual reminder that when Daylight Saving Time ends, so does the lighting at all but a handful of outdoor tennis courts, to save energy. We “fall back” early Sunday, November 2nd, and that’s the last night for lighting at most city-run outdoor courts. In West Seattle, the city has *one* outdoor tennis facility that’s lit year-round – the six courts at Solstice Park (7400 Fauntleroy Way SW). The other lights go back on after we “spring forward” into Daylight Saving Time next March.

6 ways to maximize your West Seattle Tuesday night

October 21, 2014 at 9:54 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(The surfbirds are back! Photographed at Alki by Mark Wangerin)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

SKATE FOR PEACE: As part of the city’s “Week Without Violence” programs for 12-19-year-olds, teens are invited to “Skate for Peace” 5-7 pm today at Southgate Roller Rink in White Center; details in our calendar listing.

ALICE EXPLAINS THE ECLIPSE: Tonight, continuing her local library events leading up to Thursday’s partial eclipse of the sun, Alice Enevoldsen is speaking at West Seattle Branch Library in Admiral, 6 pm. (Unlike last night’s event, this one is intended for adults.) Free. (2306 42nd SW)

JUNCTION NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATION: As mentioned here last night, setting up an Emergency Communication Hub – not time-consuming, you just have to be ready in case of something that hopefully will never happen – is on the agenda tonight; show up and find out more. JuNO also will hear from the Seattle Green Space Coalition as it works on figuring out how to keep old City Light properties as open space, and they’re adding the now-fenced-off ex-teriyaki-joint site at 35th/Fauntleroy/Avalon to the list. 6:30 pm, Senior Center of West Seattle. (Oregon/California)

WEST SEATTLE CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL: Concern/question about crime/safety in your neighborhood? Tonight’s entire meeting is devoted to hearing from and talking with local police. 7 pm, Southwest Precinct; meeting room is right off the parking lot on the Webster side. (Delridge/Webster)

SING, PLAY, EXPRESS YOURSELF AT THE CASK … open-microphone night with Alan Sobel, who says: “The fun begins at 6:45 signup; go at 7 till ? I have some amazing singers and players ready to go. Always room for more, come on down. Great price on food, beer, and wine. Cheers!” The Cask (WSB sponsor) is in The Admiral District. (2350 California SW)

FROM BELLY DANCING TO THE BLUES, AND BEYOND … the rest of tonight’s nightlife lineup is lively too! See the individual listings on our calendar.

And another seasonal nudge:

WEST SEATTLE HALLOWEEN GUIDE! It’s the annual WSB page with the full list of Halloween (and alternative) fun, now to November 1st, all in one place. If you have a community event that’s NOT already in the guide, please send us info about it ASAP – editor@westseattleblog.com – thank you!

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday updates; ferry-dock alert

October 21, 2014 at 6:21 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | No Comments

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning! Time to keep watch for anything out of the ordinary on the roads/paths … One alert for today:

FAUNTLEROY FERRY DOCK ALERT: Today’s the day that the Barton Pump Station Upgrade north of the dock – close to complete! – will be affecting many dock users. As noted in the alert issued last week, from about 7 am-3:30 pm today, the north-side toll booth and lane will be closed. See the dock’s cameras and wait times here.

11:33 AM: Three-car crash said to be blocking part of the road at 16th/Myrtle.

More than a game: West Seattle-Chief Sealth volleyball match spotlights fight against cancer

October 21, 2014 at 1:53 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | No Comments

The socks said it all: The fight against breast cancer was in the spotlight along with the battle on the volleyball court when West Seattle High School hosted Chief Sealth International HS on Monday night.

Sealth went home with the win in a 3-0 shutout. But the battle for awareness and funding won too. Just ask West Seattle survivor and fundraiser extraordinaire Tracy Dart:

It also was Senior Night – with the Wildcat girls honored on their home court:

Senior Devon Fox sang the national anthem:

Flowers for the visiting Sealth seniors:

Back to the match – it was closer than the 3-0 score sounds – the games went 25-23, 25-22, 25-22.

Next up, Sealth hosts Franklin.

West Seattle plays at Ballard.

Both matches are at 7 pm Wednesday.

Puget Sound orcas’ first baby in 2 years missing, presumed dead

October 20, 2014 at 10:45 pm | In Seen at sea, West Seattle news, Wildlife | 7 Comments

(Photo by Carrie Sapp)
After the Southern Resident Killer Whales came through last Friday, the experts noticed someone missing in other regional sightings – baby L120, first calf born to the local orcas in two years. No one wanted to announce her death until word came from orca experts – and now it has, shared in a news release via Orca Network:

The Center for Whale Research has confirmed that baby L120, only about seven weeks old and the third known offspring of a 23-year old Southern Resident orca known as L86, was not with his or her mother when she and other members of L pod were photographed recently in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Ken Balcomb of the Center for Whale Research said, “L86 was seen and photographed on Friday, Saturday, and Monday, all without L120.”

L120 was the first newborn Southern Resident offspring seen since August 2012. In February of that year the the body of L86′s second offspring, 3-year old female L112, washed up at Long Beach Wash. with indications of death by severe acoustic trauma.

Research conducted in recent years has shown that Southern Resident orcas depend almost entirely on chinook salmon for sustenance, with a diet of chum salmon during fall months when chinook are especially scarce.

This orca clan has suffered episodic food deficiency for many decades, as chinook salmon runs were depleted by habitat destruction, excessive harvest and dams from Alaska to California. They were also routinely shot at for decades and over 50 were captured or killed for theme parks during the 1960s and 70s, followed by wanton disposal of persistent toxins into Puget Sound that continue to impair fetal development and immune responses, especially when the whales can’t find sufficient food.

“We haven’t treated these magnificent orcas well at all. As a society we are not successfully restoring this orca community despite the many warnings and legal declarations. Our challenge is clear: bountiful salmon runs must be restored and protected or we won’t see Resident orcas in the Salish Sea in coming years.” said Howard Garrett of Orca Network.

The loss of her second baby must be especially traumatic for L86, but knowing this young orca will never grow up and reproduce is painful for all who care about this precariously dwindling extended family. Now down to only 78 members, the Southern Resident community is at or below their numbers in 2001 when alarms rang with such intensity that they were eventually listed as endangered under the ESA in 2005.

Is it time to take more dramatic protection measures? As previously announced, one proposal will be the topic of The Whale Trail‘s next Orca Talk in West Seattle, October 30th – details here.

Help your neighborhood be prepared! Come to Tuesday’s Junction Neighborhood Organization meeting to help ‘hub’ get going

October 20, 2014 at 9:28 pm | In How to help, Preparedness, West Seattle news | No Comments

Tuesday night, the Junction Neighborhood Organization meets – and it’s not just a chance to hear and talk about projects and issues in the area, it’s also a chance to help your neighborhood be prepared! From Ellen West:

Earlier this year, JUNO committed to joining with West Seattle Be Prepared and to create a Emergency Communication Hub in the Alaska Junction area. We’ve approached Hope Lutheran, who will partner with us on hosting the Hub location. So now we’re ready to form the Hub team and start training with the other West Seattle Hubs. Please come to the next JUNO meeting on Tuesday, October 21st, 6:30 at the West Seattle Senior Center, 4217 SW Oregon, to become a volunteer for this important work! For more information, please e-mail Ellen, ellenwestchina@gmail.com

Haven’t heard about the Hubs? They’re explained at westseattlebeprepared.org – go here.

Video: Opera for a cause! Singing for SWYFS in Fauntleroy

October 20, 2014 at 6:15 pm | In How to help, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 1 Comment

Lyric soprano Vicky Oxley and mezzo-soprano Linda Rough are the Opera Belles, and their 10-song “Parade of Operatic Hits” was the perfect note to end a sunny Sunday in Fauntleroy. With accompanist Hartwig Eichberg, they sang the music of nine composers in a house-recital benefit for Southwest Youth and Family Services, whose director Steve Daschle was their opening act, explaining Delridge-based SWYFS’s community work to help thousands of people every year, in multiple ways:

Susan Lantz-Dey from the SWYFS Board hosted the recital and a wine/cheese reception preceding it.

P.S. The song in our clip is an original Opera Belles arrangement of “Voi Che Sapete” from Mozart‘s “Marriage of Figaro.”

West Seattle schools: Two open houses this week; WS Education Fair next week

October 20, 2014 at 4:05 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 2 Comments

Looking at options for next school year? Three more events are coming up fast:

HOPE LUTHERAN MIDDLE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: 6:30 pm tomorrow (Tuesday, October 21st), families interested in the middle grades at Hope Lutheran School are invited to an open house – details in our calendar listing. (42nd/Oregon)

SEATTLE LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: West Seattle’s only independent high school invites you to come meet staff and students, 7-8:30 pm this Thursday night (October 23rd) on campus, 41st/Genesee.

WEST SEATTLE EDUCATION FAIR: This is also happening at SLHS, but it’s for families with kids going into pre-K through 8th grade. One week from tomorrow – Tuesday, October 28th, 6:30-8 pm – come to the SLHS gym for this informational event (sponsored again this year by WSB). 10+ local schools spanning those grades will be there to talk with you; we’ll have the final list when it gets a bit closer.

Is your school’s open house in our calendar? If not, e-mail us ASAP – editor@westseattleblog.com

West Seattle Crime Watch: Burglar Jason Wyman pleads guilty

October 20, 2014 at 2:20 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 15 Comments

Three months after burglarizing three homes in one day, 33-year-old Jason Wyman has pleaded guilty. We reported on his spree back in July, when he was charged with breaking into two houses and a guest house within blocks of each other in Gatewood and Upper Fauntleroy; in two of those cases, people were home when he walked in through an open or unlocked door.

According to court documents from his plea hearing last Friday, Wyman is also suspected – but has not and will not be charged in – two other local incidents in July, a burglary at a business in the 7200 block of West Marginal Way SW and a theft at a business in the 7300 block of Delridge Way. Court documents list more than 40 property and drug crimes on his record, dating back to 1996, when he was 15. (The photo above is from 2002, which the state Department of Corrections says was the last time he was in their custody.) In the plea agreement, the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office recommends that he get a prison-based Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative (DOSA) sentence of three years, which would include mandatory substance-abuse treatment, followed by three years of community custody (probation). He’s eligible for that, according to court documents, because these are non-violent offenses and he hasn’t had a DOSA sentence in at least 10 years (if ever). He is scheduled for sentencing on October 31st before King County Superior Court Judge Douglass North.

Tale of two pits: Highway 99 tunnel-machine rescue update; Murray CSO tank site overview

October 20, 2014 at 12:47 pm | In Transportation, Utilities, West Seattle news | 15 Comments

Whole lot of digging going on around the city these days. Two new views:

TUNNEL-MACHINE RESCUE: WSDOT says digging has officially begun for the pit they’ll use to pull up the Highway 99 tunnel machine’s cutting head for repairs – the photo is a screengrab from one of their live construction cameras. Tons of info in this update. The pit will be 120 feet deep, which is twice as big as the West Seattle pit we’re updating next:

OVERFLOW TANK PIT, HALFWAY THERE: Last Wednesday night, in our coverage of the Morgan Community Association‘s quarterly meeting, we reported the county’s update on the excavation by Lowman Beach: They’re halfway to what’s expected to be a 60-foot-deep pit for the million-gallon Murray Combined Sewer Overflow Control Project storage tank. (It’s known as Murray after the nearby street, which also is namesake for the pump station beneath the southeast side of Lowman Beach Park.) So we went over for a look (map). We’re also checking on whether the delayed start of the extra digging sessions on Saturdays means a delayed end date.

ADDED 3:28 PM: According to county Wastewater Treatment Division spokesperson Doug Marsano, “Crews are making good progress – they’re over 40 feet down now (about 2/3rds of the way) – but the rains forecasted for this week could hinder their progress. Currently, the project team expects to work 2 more Saturdays, extending into early November.”

Ready to shop – or sell? West Seattle Co-op Preschools’ next one-day kid-stuff consignment sale set

October 20, 2014 at 11:34 am | In How to help, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 6 Comments

(WSB photo, March 2014)
Last spring’s first-ever group consignment sale benefiting West Seattle Co-Op Preschools was wildly popular – and organizers are doing it again. News for shoppers and would-be consigners, from Erin:

West Seattle Co-Op Preschool system is very excited to be hosting a kids’ Consignment sale on November 8th from 9-1 pm at the West Seattle VFW Hall to help fund scholarships for families in need.

We are also in need of consigners, anyone can consign at this sale. The seller can set their own prices and will make 65% of the asking price and the host will take 35%. The consigner will be paid for the sold items when they pick up their unsold items at the sales conclusion on November 8th.

This sale will be a great thing for families to make some money with their gently used bay/kids gear and to buy low-cost, good-quality items for their kids; for the school system to be able to continue providing scholarships for families who might not be able to afford preschool otherwise; and to bring the community together! For more information: www.westseattlepreschool.org

Sale info is also on Facebook and Twitter.

West Seattle Monday: Get a flu shot; make an eclipse viewer; WSHS-Sealth volleyball; more…

October 20, 2014 at 10:03 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Eyes in the sky? Sunday clouds/fog photos by James Bratsanos)
Welcome to the brand-new week! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

FLU SHOT CLINIC: 2:30 pm-7 pm, flu shots are available at West Seattle High School. Students won’t be turned away for lack of insurance; adults need insurance or $28 fee. Details here. (3000 California SW)

MAKE AN ECLIPSE VIEWER WITH ALICE: Partial solar eclipse on Thursday, and here’s hoping the weather will allow us to see it. You of course do NOT want to harm your eyes by looking directly at the sun, so you need a special viewer, and tonight at 6:30 pm at High Point Branch Library, your child/teen is invited to work with Alice Enevoldsen – your NASA Solar System Ambassador, also known for Alice’s Astro Info, and Skies Over West Seattle – to make one. (35th/Raymond)

WSHS-SEALTH VOLLEYBALL: Big match at 7 pm tonight at the West Seattle High School gym – the Wildcats celebrate their senior players while hosting Chief Sealth International High School, and it’s a special event to support cancer awareness, as previewed here last week. (3000 California SW)

NORTH HIGHLINE FIRE DISTRICT: If you live in White Center or elsewhere in the unincorporated area, you’re invited to a hearing about the voter-approved “benefit charge” to help fund the North Highline Fire District. The hearing will be part of tonight’s NHFD board meeting, 7 pm at the district’s HQ. (1243 SW 112th)

Plus a reminder:

WEST SEATTLE HALLOWEEN GUIDE! Check out the annual WSB page where we’ve scared up your full list of spooky fun, from now to November 1st, all in one place, launched over the weekend. If you have a community event that’s NOT in the guide already, please send us info about it ASAP – editor@westseattleblog.com – thank you!

Amanda Kay Helmick becomes 4th candidate for West Seattle’s new City Council District 1 seat

October 20, 2014 at 8:32 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle politics | 12 Comments

The hottest local political race isn’t on the November 4 ballot you should have received by now – and won’t even be decided for another year.

Four candidates are now running in City Council District 1, which includes West Seattle.

This morning, Amanda Kay Helmick, chair of the Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council, is announcing she’s in the race.

She joins Chas Redmond, David Ishii, and Tom Rasmussen, the only member of the current City Council living in the District 1 boundaries, which were set when city voters approved Charter Amendment 19 last year, changing the council from nine at-large members to seven by-district and two at-large.

Along with chairing WWRHAH, Helmick co-founded the West Seattle Transportation Coalition, which launched in September 2013 as the WS Transit Coalition and expanded its focus weeks later while emerging as an early voice against proposed Metro cuts.

Helmick also represents Delridge on the City Neighborhood Council, which she says needs to be strengthened and empowered. She is an eight-year West Seattleite whose full bio is on her newly launched website. From her official announcement:

“We have multiple and disconnected plans, and no one in the city is talking about how these plans overlay and affect the people of Seattle,” Helmick said of the city’s current transportation and land use initiatives. “I want to empower the under-served communities of West Seattle and South Park and give them a voice in these plans.”

According to Helmick’s campaign website, she is collecting petition signatures to get onto the ballot. The filing deadline for next year’s council elections is May 1st, 2015.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday gets going

October 20, 2014 at 6:41 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | No Comments

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:41 AM: So far, today’s traffic trouble is all far north of the city. After more rain overnight, it’s still a challenge elsewhere, though, so take care. So far for this week, no major traffic alerts, but we do have one note: This is the last week of the 7-day schedule on the West Seattle Water Taxi; one week from today, the weekday-only fall/winter schedule begins (preview it here).

8:58 AM UPDATE: If you are headed for southbound I-5, you might want to wait or find an alternative – a crash by Boeing Field has drawn a major emergency response.

Less local vetting for city’s ‘neighborhood’ grants? Proposed changes draw sharp questions @ Delridge District Council

October 20, 2014 at 1:52 am | In Delridge District Council, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

One more neighborhood meeting to recap from this past week, before the new week arrives: The Delridge Neighborhoods District Council. Guests included Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Steve Wilske, but the crime/safety discussion was subdued compared to concerns over proposed changes in the city’s Neighborhood Matching Funds – a key source of funding for community-initiated projects, often involving parks or roads:

Click to read the rest of Less local vetting for city’s ‘neighborhood’ grants? Proposed changes draw sharp questions @ Delridge District Council…

Update: 2-car crash in High Point, 2 people hurt, 1 rescued by Good Samaritan

October 19, 2014 at 8:11 pm | In High Point, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 16 Comments

(WSB photo, substituted for cameraphone photo that was originally published)
8:11 PM: Big Seattle Fire/Police response on the way to Sylvan Way/SW Morgan in High Point, for a reported two-car crash, with one car on fire, and people reported to be trapped in the other car. More to come.

8:22 PM: Two people are reported to be injured – one seriously. The scene is just east of Neighborhood House’s High Point Center at Sylvan/Lanham, on the westbound side of the road. The more-seriously hurt patient will be taken to the hospital by SFD medic unit, the other by private ambulance. Police are investigating the possibility of DUI.

8:38 PM: Eastbound lanes will be reopened soon, police are saying, while westbound will be closed a while. The crash involved a Honda Pilot and Subaru Forester (the latter is the one that caught fire, and is in the foreground of our top photo). At this point, the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad is *not* being called out, which indicates they expect both people to survive. A 128 bus was having some trouble getting through the area a few minutes ago, so if you rely on that route, you might seem some delays.

9:34 PM: SPD just announced via emergency radio that Sylvan is open again, both ways.

10:08 PM: Just published to SFD’s Fire Line website, a summary identifying the Subaru’s driver as a 26-year-old man who was pulled, unconscious, from the burning vehicle by a Good Samaritan before fire crews arrived. He was “alert, oriented and conscious when medics transported him to Harborview Medical Center,” SFD reports. The driver of the Honda Pilot is described only as male; he’s the one who was taken to the hospital by private ambulance, indicating less-serious injuries.

Next countdown: 1 week to West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival

October 19, 2014 at 7:47 pm | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | No Comments

The banner’s up and we’re now counting down to West Seattle’s next fall festival – the WS Junction Association-presented 3rd annual Harvest Festival, 10 am-2 pm next Sunday (October 26th), with co-sponsors including WSB. Its components:

*10 am-2 pm, West Seattle Farmers’ Market vendors will be out in the street, on California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska

*10 am-2 pm, local organizations and businesses offer “harvest activities” at booths and tables that also will be out in the street – games, art, more

*11 am-1 pm, chili competition – buy a 9-taste flight at California/Alaska to vote; proceeds benefit West Seattle Food Bank

*11:30 am, costume parade starting from Junction Plaza Park at 42nd/Alaska

*Noon-2 pm, trick-or-treating at businesses throughout The Junction

We’ll get deeper into the details as the week goes by; make plans to stop by our booth for the return of the legendary (?) WSB-branded ice scrapers (haven’t had a bad winter since we gave them away two years ago; maybe it’s like garlic and vampires) and for our featured activity, iPhone microscope plankton-viewing with “Diver Laura” James.

P.S. Is your business/organization presenting an activity? Please let us know so we can mention it ahead of time, too, including in the Harvest Festival listing in the just-published WSB Halloween Guide. See you there!

As-it-happened coverage: Fauntleroy Fall Festival 2014 – fun in the sun (and indoors too)

October 19, 2014 at 2:24 pm | In Fauntleroy, West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | 7 Comments

(CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE)

FIRST REPORT, 2:24 PM: In, and out, of the sun – the Fauntleroy Fall Festival is on!

Above, our quick Instagram clip showing some of the decorated cakes awaiting the Cake Walk – you are encouraged to admire them and vote:

Then join in the 3:15 pm walk (for which some not-as-ornate-but-yummy-looking-too cakes are available as well). The cakes are in the Emerald Room (downstairs) at The Hall at Fauntleroy in the historic Fauntleroy Schoolhouse. Other festival activities are in and around the schoolhouse (including a petting zoo on the west side):

… and Fauntleroy Church / YMCA across the street – look for the tent with pumpkin painting, birdhouse making, and more. Address here is 9131 and 9140 California SW, and the festival’s on until 5 – get here!

2:47 PM UPDATE: Lots of music at the festival – the Epitones Jazz Quartet at the schoolhouse right now:

Elsewhere on the festival grounds, Toni Reineke was in brass mode; you probably know her best for her leadership of what’s now the West Seattle Community Orchestras:

And a festival fave – the Endolyne Children’s Choir:

The official festival schedule shows you the full lineup – including the West Seattle Big Band at 3:45 in The Hall at Fauntleroy’s Emerald Room, inviting you to indulge in a little (or a lot of) swing dancing.

3:42 PM UPDATE: SFD’s Engine 37 is a hit:

It’s parked by the church. That’s also where you might meet royalty:

That’s West Seattle Hi-Yu Junior Court Queen Bianca Carufel.

4:23 PM UPDATE: The festival’s three-hour span goes by so fast – but many have come to enjoy the afternoon:

That includes the indoor crowd for the cakewalk we mentioned earlier:

In the cake-decorating contest, the winning entry was a double-entry by Carolyn Tucker:

In the first-timers’ category, Lindsay Morgan Tracy‘s Frankencake scared up the win:

Still more to show you … as the all-volunteer-produced festival goes into its final half-hour.

5:22 PM: Festival’s over, cleanup’s on. We’ll be adding more photos and video – caught the WS Big Band’s final number …

Some classic rock on the church-parking-lot stage with B Sharp Studio & the 5 Buck Band

and also some earnest last-minute birdhouse-making:

The festival was free for visitors, supported by community donations and sponsors like the Fauntleroy Community Association, which is now set up to accept online membership payments (if you’re a local resident/business/organization interested in joining) and festival donations – see the donation button here! (And see many more photos on the festival Facebook page, whose editor Irene Stewart was making the rounds of the festival grounds all afternoon long.)

P.S. Next Sunday afternoon, you’re invited back to Fauntleroy to help drum, sing, and chant to call the salmon home – 5 pm (October 26th) by the Fauntleroy Creek overlook, across from the ferry dock.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Dog park car prowl; burglary attempt

October 19, 2014 at 1:56 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

Two reader reports – first, from Amy:

My car was broken into yesterday @ 400-445 pm while my boyfriend and I were with our dogs at the Westcrest dog park. We noticed a suspicious vehicle nearby. Watched them park. But leave briefly after. They were driving a Tahoe dark charcoal gray with 22′ inch rims or bigger with blacked-out windows. Passengers were white males. They broke my back-side passenger window and stole my purse. They got away with some jewelry + prescriptions + makeup + Jean purse.

Second, someone tried to break into Annalisa‘s house on Friday:

We had an attempted break in at our house on 20th and Trenton. They did not get into the house, but they did crack our window and lean the window screen nicely back up against the house … It occurred between 3:45 and 7:15. They tried to break into our baby’s room, which is all the more frightening.

Meantime, your next chance to bring neighborhood crime/safety concerns/questions to Seattle Police is this Tuesday, when the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meets for the first time in a few months – 7 pm, Southwest Precinct (Delridge/Webster). No guest on the agenda, so the entire meeting is a chance to hear from and talk with police.

Highland Park hoedown! School hosting square dance

October 19, 2014 at 1:21 pm | In Fun stuff to do, Highland Park, West Seattle news | No Comments

It’s a pre-Halloween hoedown in Highland Park next Friday! From Holly with the HP Elementary PTA:

Highland Park Elementary is hosting a square dance on Friday, October 24th. This is a free event and open to the public. Dinner will be served from 6-7 and the dance will be from 7 – 9. Free pumpkins to take home, while supplies last! Donations will be accepted as a PTA fundraiser.

Highland Park Elementary is at 1012 SW Trenton.

West Seattle Halloween 2014: This year’s list is live!

October 19, 2014 at 10:31 am | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news | No Comments

Again this year, we’ve collected all the info we have about Halloween-related (and alternative) West Seattle events, and turned it into a one-page, by-category list of what’s happening over the next two weeks. Almost everything on it was already on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, but you might find this a more convenient way to find out what’s up. See it here. It’s linked from the WSB navigation tabs, too. If your business/ school/organization/neighborhood/etc. has a community Halloween happening that’s NOT on our list, please let us know so we can add it ASAP – editor@westseattleblog.com – we’ll be updating the page as the spooky season continues. Thanks!

Traffic-alert update: Alaskan Way Viaduct reopens early

October 19, 2014 at 8:47 am | In Alaskan Way Viaduct, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 2 Comments

8:47 AM: We’ve confirmed by phone with a WSDOT spokesperson that the Alaskan Way Viaduct inspection work ended early, so they will NOT be closing Highway 99 between the West Seattle Bridge and Battery Street Tunnel again today after all. The closure from the tunnel north to Valley St. IS continuing, though, so if you’re using the NB Viaduct, you’ll have to exit at Western Avenue (if not sooner).

SUNDAY NIGHT NOTE: The northern closure ended early, too, so Highway 99 is fully open both ways.

West Seattle Sunday: Fauntleroy Fall Festival; Green Space Coalition; nature walk; wine, cheese, & opera; more…

October 19, 2014 at 7:02 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Added: Lynn Hall‘s photo of this morning’s sunrise colors)
Again today, we start the daily highlight list with a traffic reminder:

(updated info, 8:59 am) VIADUCT/99 *NOT* CLOSING TODAY … from the West Seattle Bridge to the Battery Street Tunnel, after all. WSDOT confirms the inspection work they did on Saturday was all that needed to be done, so that part of today’s closure is canceled.

But the closure from the tunnel itself until Valley Street, planned until tomorrow morning, IS continuing. And the 520 Bridge remains closed until tomorrow morning, too.

(back to original report) All of that led to very slow going on Saturday (on the surface alternatives 1st and 4th too), so if you are going off-peninsula, unless you are biking or walking, plan extra time, just in case. Bus-reroute info is here.

*8:21 am note –

However, we suspect today will be quieter until early afternoon, because of the game at the heart of our next highlight:

BREAKFAST WITH THE SEAHAWKS: Well, sort of. Many local big-screen-equipped venues are opening early so you can have breakfast and watch the 10 am game (Seattle at St. Louis). And if you’re looking for an all-ages place to go, you can tailgate starting at 9 am at Highland Park Improvement Club at 12th/Holden. Go, Hawks!

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: No big screens, just big flavors. Cranberries are back this week, for example. 10 am-2 pm. (44th/Alaska)

IN SEARCH OF FOREVER HOMES: Friends of the Animals Foundation‘s cat/kitten-adoption event continues 11:30 am-3:30 pm at Next to Nature in The Junction.

FAUNTLEROY FALL FESTIVAL: 2-5 pm at, in, and around the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse and Church grounds, it’s the annual autumn extravaganza, celebrating community, art, music, food, fun – from our Saturday preview, here again is the schedule:

Those three hours go by fast, so get there early and don’t miss a thing. Admission’s free; food/drink available for purchase. (9131 & 9140 California SW)

FOREST AND FISH OF THE DUWAMISH: 2-4 pm, free walk-and-talk, naturalist-guided program starting from the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse and heading across to the Duwamish River. Details here. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

SEATTLE GREEN SPACE COALITION: The group that started out with a focus on keeping West Seattle’s surplus substations as open space has now expanded to a citywide focus – but the WS work remains front and center, including a new addition to the list, as noted in the agenda for today’s meeting, to which you’re invited, 3 pm at High Point Branch Library. (35th/Raymond)

SINGING FOR SWYFS: As of early today, you’re not too late to RSVP for a one-of-a-kind benefit performance – a recital by the Opera Belles with a wine and cheese reception, in a beautiful house on the beach at Fauntleroy Cove, great views and acoustics, 4-6 pm. It’s a fundraiser for Southwest Youth and Family Services and its community work (from early education to violence prevention and more). $50 tax-deductible donation; sign up online here ASAP to reserve your space and receive location info.

NIGHTLIFE: Yes, even on Sunday! Karaoke, trivia, live music – see the listings on our calendar.

High-school football: Seattle Lutheran homecoming vs. Rainier Christian

October 19, 2014 at 5:58 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | No Comments

This weekend’s local high-school football wrapped up with Seattle Lutheran‘s homecoming game Saturday afternoon at West Seattle Stadium. Rainier Christian went home with a 44-6 victory, but the Saints had some bright spots. They rallied late in the game, with their sole touchdown from #10 Roberto Duenaz (top photo), who ran back a Rainier Christian kickoff in the third quarter for the TD.

Also in the second half, quarterback #3 Isaiah Dowding-Albrecht (photo above) ran well; #88 Josh Meyer (photo below) had an interception and critical pass reception that jumpstarted the Saints offense:

Otherwise, Rainier Christian had a solid ground game that saw them score in the first minute of the game. Late in the game, Lutheran found some holes in their defense, but it was not enough. Ahead, our photos of the Saints’ homecoming royalty, plus, what’s next in the season:

Click to read the rest of High-school football: Seattle Lutheran homecoming vs. Rainier Christian…

Signup time for West Seattle High School Cheerleaders’ next Mini Cheer Camp

October 18, 2014 at 10:32 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 1 Comment

In just a few years, that little one we photographed last week with West Seattle High School cheerleaders will be old enough for their periodic Mini Cheer Camps. Next one, as announced by Melinda Fredricks, is coming up next month:

The WSHS Cheerleaders will be holding a Mini Cheer Camp Tuesday, November 11 in the West Seattle High School Gym from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

K-5th grade kids will have a great time learning fun cheers and making crafts with the Westside cheerleaders. Campers will receive a tee shirt, pom poms, official team hairbow, picture of themselves with the cheerleaders AND perform as an honorary West Seattle Cheerleader at an upcoming home basketball game!

The cost of this camp is $55. Registration paperwork and payment are due by November 3, 2014. Space is limited, so register early to ensure your spot.

Contact Melinda Fredricks at 206.940.6033 or melindafredricks@comcast.net if you have any questions.

Here’s the flyer with a few more details; here’s the registration form.

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