City Council passes final plan for up to 3 more encampments

March 30, 2015 at 10:44 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle politics | No Comments

Exactly two months after our first report on a city proposal meant to facilitate three more encampments in Seattle, the final version of the plan won unanimous City Council approval today. Here’s the news release that followed:

City Council unanimously adopted legislation today allowing for new interim use permits for as many as three transitional homeless encampments on property owned by the City of Seattle, private parties, or educational major institutions in most of Seattle’s non-residential zones. The encampments will serve some of the 2,813 people homeless in Seattle, providing a safe and managed site for people to sleep and reside.

The encampment proposal originated from the Mayor’s Emergency Task Force on Unsheltered Homelessness, which was based on a bill proposed by Councilmember Nick Licata in 2013.

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Shell drilling fleet @ Terminal 5: West Seattle rally, march on Sunday

March 30, 2015 at 7:37 pm | In Environment, West Seattle news | 6 Comments

Though the Port of Seattle‘s Terminal 5, expected to host part of Shell’s Arctic-drilling fleet, is in West Seattle, the challenges to the lease have mostly been taking place elsewhere – in public-comment periods at Port Commission meetings, and in legal action at the King County Courthouse. This Sunday, that changes, with a rally in The Junction followed by a march to Terminal 5. Stu Hennessey sent the announcement:

What: Large turnout expected to encourage the Port of Seattle to rescind the lease agreement with Foss Marine and Shell Oil for Terminal 5 in West Seattle. A march will be made after the monthly “All Walk Encouragement Rally”

Where: The West Seattle Alaska Junction

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Press Availability
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Event and march
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Speakers and rally

This will be a 1.5 mile march from the Alaska Junction in West Seattle to the entrance to Terminal 5. The March will follow the monthly “All Walk Encouragement Rally” which takes place at SW Alaska and California Ave. SW in West Seattle.

To recap the backstory and where things stand:
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West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen car; plus, how many police the Southwest Precinct has

March 30, 2015 at 6:49 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle police | 2 Comments

First, in West Seattle Crime Watch, one reader report today:

STOLEN CAR: From Taylor in Arbor Heights:

Our 1999 red Jeep Cherokee was stolen from our driveway early this morning in Arbor Heights. We are at the 9600 block of 41st SW. Our neighbor reported a white Camry trolling the neighborhood around 4-5 am around when the paper gets delivered. Just an FYI for others.

The plate is in the @getyourcarback tweet. This is one of two auto thefts logged for West Seattle so far today; the other was in the 4100 block of 58th SW, but since we haven’t heard directly from anyone on that, we don’t know what type of vehicle was taken there.

Now, a side note. This Wednesday, the City Council’s Public Safety Committee meeting looks at the state of SPD staffing around the city. And a report prepared for that meeting is already online, showing the numbers for all precincts, and what share of patrol staffing they have compared to what share of “911 call hours” comes from each precinct. See the report here; quick preview, the SW Precinct has the lowest number in both categories.

The 2 pm meeting Wednesday at City Hall also will include a 90-day update on the SPD body-cam experiment (which is only in the East Precinct) and the swearing-in of new Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins.

In case you wondered: Washington State Ferries’ new Samish is on sea trials again right now

March 30, 2015 at 5:25 pm | In Seen at sea, West Seattle news | No Comments

(WSB photo added: M/V Samish in Elliott Bay early this evening, after sea trials off western WS)
We’ve just received a flurry of calls about a ferry off west-facing West Seattle shores, outside the usual lanes and apparently closer to shore than ferries usually get, plus, one texter says it’s “going in circles.” We mentioned it on Friday but if you missed that – it’s just the new, Vigor-built ferry Samish, out on sea trials before it officially joins the fleet. (The larger Tacoma, which had also been testing off WS following repairs, is now back on the Bainbridge run.)

1 more day for discount earlybird West Seattle 5K registration!

March 30, 2015 at 4:59 pm | In How to help, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | No Comments

Quick! If you appreciate a deal – sign up for this year’s West Seattle 5K Run/Walk by tomorrow (Tuesday) night, in order to get the earlybird rate. It’s the eighth annual fundraising run/walk on Alki Beach, set this year for 9 am Sunday, May 17th, presented by and benefiting the West Seattle High School PTSA, with co-sponsors again including WSB. Go here now to register and get the lowest rate!

Next new place to eat/drink at Alki Beach: Gelarto expanding to West Seattle with gelato, espresso, more

March 30, 2015 at 3:04 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 7 Comments

Gelarto Italian Ice Cream and Global Arts, founded on Bainbridge Island, is expanding to add an Alki Beach location.

We discovered this in the city permit files over the weekend, with remodeling work planned at 2548 59th SW, former home of Alki Beach Dog. After sending a note to Gelarto’s proprietors, we went by the Alki site this morning to look, and found “COMING SOON – GELARTO” information already up in the window. We have since heard back from co-proprietor Jennifer Al-Abboud, who shared a detailed backstory:

We love West Seattle and considered moving there when searching for a home back in 2012. We were teaching overseas at the time, and there was very little inventory during our short search window so we landed in Poulsbo and ended up on Bainbridge where we now reside in a tiny 607 SF condo we share with our cat Jazz. We opened Gelarto in late August 2013 amidst threat of teacher layoffs, and we have since retired from teaching to pursue our gelato passion full time. We pride ourselves on having a strong owner presence, and we run the shop by ourselves with exception of the busy summer months.

Gelarto has been well received on Bainbridge Island, but our product offerings are limited due to a voluntary good-neighbor policy with the cafe next door. Despite strong community support, a seasonal product in a seasonal location proves challenging in the slow months when our small shop requires only one of us to run it. So in order to maximize our human resources and provide year-round sustainability, we decided to reach out across the water in search of a second location. While we intend to stay small and independent, we always felt West Seattle would be a natural fit for our family business if we ever decided to expand, so we started pounding the pavement in November.

Click to read the rest of Next new place to eat/drink at Alki Beach: Gelarto expanding to West Seattle with gelato, espresso, more…

HAPPENING NOW: Highway 99 tunnel machine’s big lift

March 30, 2015 at 2:54 pm | In Alaskan Way Viaduct, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

2:54 PM: In case you haven’t already heard – the last and biggest to-be-repaired part of the Highway 99 tunneling machine is on its way up. Here’s the latest from WSDOT; you can check out the construction cameras here, but nothing spectacular is visible right now – this will be going on, slowly, for hours to come. We’ll update!

4:15 PM: Via Twitter:

Mike Lindblom, transportation reporter for The Seattle Times (WSB partner), says the cutterhead is expected to be all the way up and out by 7.

4:42 PM: Newest photo via Twitter:

9:07 PM: The cutterhead is out, and horizontal, facing down. Just took this screengrab from the WSDOT camera:

FOLLOWUP: Two dozen volunteers remove almost one ton of trash from Fairmount Ravine

March 30, 2015 at 12:29 pm | In Environment, Neighborhoods, West Seattle news | 13 Comments

(First two photos courtesy of John Lang – above, some of the 24 volunteers who helped)
Under the Admiral Way Bridge, volunteers of all ages helped clean up Fairmount Ravine this past Saturday – and as coordinator John Lang reports, the job was a bit easier this year thanks to added assistance from city agencies:

The 23rd annual Fairmount Ravine Cleanup was a big success on Saturday 3/28. Thank you to the 24 volunteers who participated, young kids to seniors; about half removed trash under the Admiral bridge and the other half climbed the steep hillsides to remove invasive ivy from the mature trees.

The community appreciates SDOT reinforcing the fences at the corners of the bridge. It has reduced the amount of illegal activity under the bridge yet the hard working volunteers removed almost one ton of trash from the ravine!

Over 50 garbage size bags were filled with trash filling up the DOC flatbed truck hauling the trash to transfer station. Fortunately, homeless encampments were less of an issue this year.

(WSB photo by Patrick Sand)
We greatly appreciated participation by officers Flores and Lucas, with the Seattle Police Department, sweeping the area of any potential squatters prior to cleanup and helping with traffic control. Three cheers to our local merchants Metropolitan Market, Starbucks, and Zatz a Better Bagel for their generous support of this community effort.

Thank you to everyone who made this year’s cleanup a success. It is a great example of community pride and putting into action the teamwork necessary to tackle a difficult situation.

The ravine is along Fairmount Avenue, a much-used driving, riding, walking, running route between Admiral and east Alki.

From burgers to baseball, and beyond: West Seattle Monday

March 30, 2015 at 10:30 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Photo by John Bartell: One more view of the yacht race we featured on Saturday)

Happy Monday! A few notes for today and beyond:

RESTAURANT OPENING: Blue Moon Burgers on Alki plans to open its doors at 1 pm today, as reported here Sunday. (2504 59th SW)

HIGH-SCHOOL SPORTS: Two varsity home games this afternoon, both with Chief Sealth International High School teams, both at 4 pm, both at Southwest Athletic Complex. The softball team is hosting Bainbridge; the baseball team is hosting Ballard. (2801 SW Thistle)

FAMILY STORY TIME: Songs, rhymes, AND stories, for the whole family. 6:30 pm at High Point Branch Library, free. (35th/Raymond)

THEY ASK, YOU ANSWER Monday night is trivia/pub quiz night: Our calendar includes trivia at Christo’s on Alki (7:15 pm, 2508 Alki SW), trivia at OutWest Bar (7:30 pm, California/Brandon), Quiz Night at Skylark (7:30 pm, 3803 Delridge Way SW), and pub quiz at Shadowland (8 pm, California/Oregon).

FROM HOLY WEEK SERVICES TO EGG HUNTS … Easter/Passover/spring-celebration information from here through Sunday has a WSB page of its own. Please let us know if you have anything to add – – thank you!

Memorial for Don Smathers this Wednesday in The Junction

March 30, 2015 at 9:34 am | In Obituaries, West Seattle news, West Seattle people | 1 Comment

We promised to let you know when we heard about memorial plans for Don Smathers, whose death at age 65 was reported here one week ago. We now know the gathering will be at 5 pm this Wednesday (April 1st) at Junction Plaza Park.


March 30, 2015 at 6:16 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | No Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)

The weekend Highway 99 closures are over and it’s on with a new week. First, in case you missed it over the weekend:

(WSB photo)
That’s the new Water Taxi, M/V Sally Fox, christened during an afternoon public celebration this past Saturday. It happened on Vashon Island, which Sally Fox will serve, but we covered it because it’s twin to M/V Doc Maynard, which will take over the West Seattle route this fall. P.S. This is the last week of the weekday-only schedule for the WS Water Taxi; the 7-day spring/summer schedule starts next Monday, April 6th.

ROAD WORK THIS WEEK: The second half of a 2-day resurfacing project on California Avenue SW in Fauntleroy was rescheduled to this Wednesday, April 1st.

BERTHA’S BIG LIFT: As first shown in this report last Friday, the big red-frame crane is in place over the Highway 99 tunnel-machine access pit alongside The Viaduct, and WSDOT says its contractor is likely to bring up the last, biggest piece of it for repairs sometime this week. It’ll be a painstaking process – possibly up to 16 hours long.

Now, on with the commute watch. If you see a problem and can text/call safely/legally, our always-on hotline is 206-293-6302.

UPDATE: Smoldering paint can brings Seattle Fire response to house near 26th/Roxbury

March 30, 2015 at 2:37 am | In West Seattle fires, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 4 Comments

2:37 AM: If you’re hearing the sirens – Seattle Fire is en route to a possible house fire near 26th/Roxbury. Updates as we get them.

2:41 AM: First units on scene aren’t seeing anything. They’re detecting a “light odor of smoke,” though. The dispatcher had told them the house is believed to be unoccupied and had recently been sold.

2:45 AM: “Paint can burning in the kitchen” is what they’ve found, and they’ve handled it. Most of the units are being dismissed.

3:27 AM: Remaining units are leaving, and the call will be closed.

Mayor Murray’s West Seattle visit, report #2: 1-on-1 questions

March 30, 2015 at 2:29 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle politics | 18 Comments

(WSB photo from Saturday’s mayoral visit)
As reported here in-depth on Saturday, Mayor Ed Murray spent about 2 1/2 hours in West Seattle that day, including a walking tour of The Junction and Triangle, and a “coffee chat” with about 20 in attendance. After all that, we had the opportunity to ask the mayor a few questions one-on-one. Ahead, our questions – inspired by recent reader comments and community-meeting discussions – and his replies:

Click to read the rest of Mayor Murray’s West Seattle visit, report #2: 1-on-1 questions…

TRAFFIC ALERT UPDATE: Highway 99 north of Battery Street Tunnel reopens early

March 30, 2015 at 1:45 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | No Comments

According to a WSDOT e-mail alert sent to media a few minutes ago, the work on Highway 99 north of the Battery Street Tunnel also has ended early, and 99 is now fully open. (South of the tunnel, the Alaskan Way Viaduct has been open since Saturday night; its inspection took only one day instead of two, so it did not re-close on Sunday.)

West Seattle scene: Fauntleroy Creek’s first 2015 outbound coho

March 29, 2015 at 10:52 pm | In Environment, Fauntleroy, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

They’re headed out – maybe to return. Thanks to Judy Pickens for a Fauntleroy Creek salmon update:

The first two coho smolts have been documented leaving Fauntleroy Creek. Volunteer Steev Ward found the first in a soft trap in the lower creek, closely followed by volunteer Dennis Hinton with the second, on Friday (March 27) – the first day of annual trapping. The Fauntleroy Watershed Council has been conducting volunteer monitoring to see how many leave the creek for saltwater since 2003 and this year’s research will continue through May.

Fall is when volunteers watch for returning coho spawners; 19 were documented last year.

@ Block Watch Captains’ Network: Bike-patrol briefing & cybercrime

March 29, 2015 at 8:45 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle police | 3 Comments

Along with being among the first to hear that Capt. Pierre Davis is returning to West Seattle as Southwest Precinct commander, the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network got a briefing this week on the precinct’s new bike patrol.

The guest was Sgt. Jim Britt (right), who is the sergeant for Frank sector (eastern West Seattle and South Park) and explained he is now the “bike sergeant” too – in addition to his ongoing duties, he is in charge of making sure the officers who are part of the patrol get equipment, training, etc. Because the bicycle patrol isn’t technically a separate unit, the officers will all still answer to their respective sectors’ sergeants.

The precinct will have at least two bicycle officers out each and every day on “second watch,” which is 11 am to 8 pm. Precinct Operations Lt. Ron Smith further clarified that means they have two officers with the flexibility to be deployed on bicycles – they have to have cars, too, as they can’t be taken entirely out of the loop for 911 responses.

Six officers in all will have bikes; Officer Scott Luckie and Andy Bass have had bikes for a while now, and, Sgt. Britt said, they also have been trained to become bicycle mechanics.

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Congratulations to new West Seattle Eagle Scouts Jacob Carney, Spencer Gjording, John Roach

March 29, 2015 at 8:09 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle people | 3 Comments

Thanks to Julie Nugent-Carney for the photo and report:

On Saturday, March 21st, Troop 282 recognized Jacob Carney, John Roach, and Spencer Gjording for achieving the Boy Scouts of America’s highest award during their Eagle Court of Honor ceremony at Camp Long. Guest Speaker Joe McDermott, King County Councilmember, acknowledged their achievement and recalled his own experiences as a Boy Scout. Dow Constantine, King County Executive (and Eagle Scout), sent a congratulatory video message to the boys that was shown at the ceremony.

In addition to meeting all the requirements to achieve the Eagle Rank, the three young men led local community projects including revitalizing the community garden at Longfellow Creek near Sealth High School, restoring 150 feet of trail at Camp Schoenwald in Burien, and constructing raised garden beds for the Seattle Nativity School which was founded to help low-income, at-risk children prepare for college.

Julie shared this report on Jacob’s project (Longfellow Creek) last May.

Fauntleroy Community Association’s new survey is now online

March 29, 2015 at 6:16 pm | In Fauntleroy, West Seattle news, West Seattle online | No Comments

From the Fauntleroy Community Association:

Do you live between the Arroyos and Morgan Street? Travel through or do business in Fauntleroy? The Fauntleroy Community Association (FCA) wants to hear from you!

The FCA has prepared a new community survey seeking input to identify and rank local issues. The anonymous survey can be accessed through and then clicking on “FCA Survey.” The survey takes about 5 minutes, and will provide guidance to the FCA Board on where to focus their efforts during the next two years.

The results from the 2013 survey led to the FCA organizing community meetings with city officials to address crime and traffic issues. Dialogues between residents and officials were constructive and resulted in agreed-upon action plans.

Take the survey and help to shape the future of your community!

Congratulations! Perfect game by Max Debiec on West Seattle Little League’s opening day

March 29, 2015 at 2:25 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 9 Comments

(Photo courtesy Betty Bennett)

Meet Max Debiec. He’s 12 years old, a sixth-grader at Holy Rosary – and he just pitched a perfect game!

Max’s achievement happened on the opening day of West Seattle Little League‘s 2015 season – yesterday at Bar-S Fields on Alki Point – as Max’s team, the Coyotes, beat the Orioles, 6-0.

We talked today with the Coyotes’ manager, who also happens to be Max’s dad, Stan Debiec.

It was a six-inning game, Stan explained, with Max throwing 79 pitches and striking out 15 batters. As per the definition of “perfect game,” nobody got on base; three balls made it (briefly) into play – a dribbler back to Max, a grounder to second, and a shallow fly ball caught around second base. Around the fourth inning, Stan said, he started to think Max was onto something.

Unlike the big leagues, he said, the completion of Max’s perfect game didn’t lead to a big show on the field – Stan is teaching the players how to win and lose with dignity. But everyone is certainly proud of him – we’ve received more than a few notes today making sure we’d heard about it so we could share the news with the wider West Seattle communty.

If you want to cheer on Max and his teammates – and the rest of the West Seattle Little League – games are scheduled on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and listed on the WSLL website.

West Seattle restaurants: Alki Blue Moon Burgers opens tomorrow

March 29, 2015 at 11:11 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 11 Comments

(WSB photos)
After a friends-and-family event last night, Blue Moon Burgers on Alki is ready to officially open for business at 1 pm tomorrow (Monday, March 30th). Regular hours will be 11 am until 9 or 10 (they’ll be experimenting until summer arrives, when they’ll plan to be open until 11 pm).

(Kilie at the grill)
The menu includes build-your-own burger options, sandwiches (BLT, grilled cheese, more), vegan options, chicken tenders, salads, sides, and other food options, plus 12 beers on tap, and milkshakes too. Alki Blue Moon general manager JR Gifford – who grew up in WS – told us two of the three fryers are gluten-free. Another feature: You’ll be able to text an order, then drive or ride up into one of two pick-up spots out front, and run in to get it. The site has about a dozen spots in all for customers (fitting, given that in its former life, it was an auto-repair shop; we first reported the burger-switchover plan almost a year ago). It’s at 2504 Alki Ave. SW.

New this spring: West Seattle Mermaid Parade on Alki Beach

March 29, 2015 at 10:11 am | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news | 4 Comments

Get your inner mermaid out into the open and join this new West Seattle event – Leslie Rosen just sent word, with plenty of time for you to plan:

Calling all mermaids for the first West Seattle Mermaid Parade! Come join us (in costumes!) on Sat May 30, 2015. Meet at the Alki Bathhouse at 11 am for a water-themed veil dance by the Sirens of Serpentine to live harp music by Monica Schley. After, we will walk the Alki Beach Trail. Mermaids are not afraid of water, so this parade happens rain or shine. – Free, all ages and open to everyone.

The mermaid parade is the proud recipient of an art grant from Ignition Northwest (501c) for NEW interactive, community-driven, collaborative works that are accessible to the public and participatory in scope. Fueling community through participatory arts, events and education.

West Seattle HS baseball @ Safeco Field: Victory on ‘Big Stage’

March 29, 2015 at 9:56 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | 1 Comment

Thanks to Caryn Johnson for the report and photos from Saturday’s High School Baseball Classic game at Safeco Field, with West Seattle HS coming home with a win:

The High School Baseball Classic has been running for 9 years and West Seattle High School has been fortunate enough to have participated in every one.

Sponsored by the Seattle Mariners and Safeco Field, this event gives local high schools the opportunity to please on the “Big Stage.” For most of these boys, it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to sit in the dugout, practice and play where of some of their idols do. They are treated like a major league team, with their names being called by the announcer, plays being replayed on the “JumboTron” in center field and even the field crew coming out to drag the field during the 4th inning to make sure they played on the best conditions possible. All in all, the experience is one I know the boys from both teams with forever treasure.

Yesterday, West Seattle High School hosted Sedro Woolley High School. It was a brisk sunny afternoon and a wonderful day for baseball.

Sophomore Carson Wright (above) started on the mound for West Seattle and got things underway. He pitched three great innings of baseball, only giving up one run.

(Above, Jack Page sliding into 3rd; below, Morgan McCullough at bat)

West Seattle came out strong and scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 1st. Coach Velko Vitalich made many substitutions during the game, allowing several of the boys a chance to play.

(Jamie Maples scoring the 6th run of the game in the bottom of the 6th)
In the end West Seattle won, 6-1. The next game is Monday against Nathan Hale at Meadowbrook at 3:30 pm.

What’s up for your second West Seattle Sunday of spring

March 29, 2015 at 8:42 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

(Bald eagles photographed near a nest in Lincoln Park by Mark Ahlness, shared via WSB Flickr group)

Notes for the second Sunday of spring, mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

VIADUCT *NOT* CLOSED TODAY: As noted last night, WSDOT finished its inspection work and is NOT closing Highway 99 between the West Seattle Bridge and the Battery Street Tunnel. *BUT* 99 does remain closed until Monday morning (we’ll update if that changes) north of downtown. (9:27 am note – the flashing-lights VIADUCT CLOSED signs apparently still haven’t been turned off, but really, it IS open between here and Western Ave.)

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm in The Junction, with something new every week, particularly this time of year. (44th/Alaska)

PALM SUNDAY: Find the Holy Week schedules for many local churches linked from our Easter & More page. (It’s not too late to add services/events to the page – please e-mail us at

RAINWISE 101: 3 pm today at Southwest Branch Library, it’s your next chance to find out more about the city/county program offering rebates for raingardens and cisterns in certain areas of West Seattle, to get rainwater out of the sewer system and out of Puget Sound. (35th/Henderson)

ALL-AGES OPEN MICROPHONE: 3 pm signups, 4 pm music – Skylark‘s monthly open-microphone event open to musicians (and audience) of all ages – details here. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

TRAFFIC ALERT UPDATE: Viaduct open for rest of the weekend

March 28, 2015 at 7:53 pm | In Alaskan Way Viaduct, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 8 Comments

7:53 PM: WSDOT says the Alaskan Way Viaduct not only has reopened for tonight, it will NOT have to close again tomorrow – the inspection work is all done. But that *only* affects the stretch between the West Seattle Bridge and the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel; north of the tunnel, it remains closed until Monday morning, so if you head northbound on 99, you’ll have to exit by Western. Read the full announcement here.

9:55 PM: As of a short time ago, the “Viaduct Closed” lights are still flashing on signs approaching the bridge – but the road really is open.

VIDEO: Time to ‘Thrive’ at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center

March 28, 2015 at 7:52 pm | In Delridge, Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news | No Comments

7:52 PM: Youngstown Cultural Arts Center is celebrating its ninth birthday tonight with the “Thrive 9″ party, on until 9 pm. We visited in the early going, and watched a Seattle Balloon Arts creation in progress. Next door, Eli Rosenblatt was singing:

(ADDED: Video, with audience participation:)

Other scheduled performers: Eduardo Mendonca and the Dogg Pound dance crew (born from the Vicious Puppies, featured here on Delridge Day 2009).

ADDED SUNDAY MORNING: Thanks to Megan Snow from Flourish Dance Project for a quick clip from the Dogg Pound Crew’s performance:

Youngstown’s calendar is full of regular classes, youth programs, and special events; but it’s worth just stopping by during the day for a look – you’ll find the hallway full of art displays as well as interpretive information and photos explaining the history of the building (the original Frank B. Cooper School) and the surrounding area.

VIDEO: First of two new King County Water Taxis christened

March 28, 2015 at 5:58 pm | In King County Water Taxi, West Seattle news | 4 Comments

The first of two new King County Water Taxis was christened on Vashon Island today. Above, breaking mesh-covered champagne bottles onto the M/V Sally Fox, that’s County Executive Dow Constantine, Ms. Fox’s daughter Kelly Fox Violet, and County Councilmember Joe McDermott. Big turnout at the passenger-ferry dock on north Vashon:

Here’s a better look at the boat, whose twin, M/V Doc Maynard, is coming to West Seattle this fall.

Executive Constantine talked about the growth in Water Taxi ridership – 445,000 trips last year, taking cars off the roads:

He also mentioned seeing people at the ceremony whose involvement with the county’s foot-ferry efforts goes way back. We noticed one of them – his predecessor, former County Executive Ron Sims:

During Sims’s tenure, the county took over Vashon foot-ferry service, which was formerly run by the state. Meantime, 80 percent of the $11 million cost of the two new boats – both built at All American Marine in Bellingham – was covered by federal grant money. Another financial point, brought up by County Councilmember Joe McDermott – savings realized by merging the King County Ferry District into the county Department of Transportation:

He talked about the Vashon boat’s namesake, Sally Fox, who died in 2007; her widower, retired Judge Michael Fox, also spoke at the event. Here’s the plaque that will honor her onboard:

One more look at the boat!

With room for 250 passengers and 26 bicycles, the Sally Fox officially goes into service next month. Go here to read the official county news release about the boat and today’s event.

P.S. It’s not affected by this, but in case you wondered – the West Seattle Water Taxi’s seven-days-a-week spring/summer schedule starts on April 6th, one week from Monday.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen car? Plus, hit-run mystery

March 28, 2015 at 5:16 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

Two cars to show you in West Seattle Crime Watch. First:

SEEN IN HIGHLAND PARK: Laura sent us that photo, and before we got the chance to publish it, Gretchen sent a note about the same car, a Nissan Sentra GXE, abandoned at 18th and Cloverdale (map), described as “entire engine block … missing and had four spare tires. No license plates.” And a gutted interior. It’s been reported to SPD.

HIT-AND-RUN MYSTERY: This happened to Brian‘s car early today:

He writes:

I live at 48th SW and Oregon [map]. Last night right before 2:30 am, a red SUV with a black roof and chrome extended grill smashed into my car. I heard the collision and saw the SUV take off heading west on Oregon from my bedroom window but didn’t get the plate.

Any idea whose SUV that was? A report’s been filed with police – case #100658.

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