White Center – West Seattle Blog… http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Tue, 22 May 2018 05:30:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 Remember HONK! Fest West in WS? It’s coming to WC next month http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/remember-honk-fest-west-in-ws-its-coming-to-wc-next-month/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/remember-honk-fest-west-in-ws-its-coming-to-wc-next-month/#comments Tue, 15 May 2018 23:09:18 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=916788

(Reader photo from April 2010 HONK! Fest West in West Seattle)

Back in April 2010, there was a glorious day of dancing and music in the streets, with an eccentric edge, as HONK! Fest West came to West Seattle. In the ensuing years, the street festival of wild-and-often-wacky marching musicians has visited other neighborhoods in the city but hasn’t been back here. Next month, though, it’ll be close – HONK! Fest West bands (the list is now online) will spend the festival’s second day on the streets of White Center, 1-6 pm Saturday, June 2nd. It’s free, it’s unpredictable, and you’re invited to drop by for part of it or all of it. (We have a bit more background in our recent White Center Now coverage of a festival briefing for the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council.)

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HAPPENING NOW: Post-Garage Sale Day donation dropoffs http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/happening-now-post-garage-sale-day-donation-dropoffs/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/happening-now-post-garage-sale-day-donation-dropoffs/#respond Sat, 12 May 2018 22:19:04 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=916544 West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day is many things – among them, a boon to local nonprofits who welcome leftovers:

NORTHWEST CENTER’S BIG BLUE TRUCK: Open late tonight in The Junction for post-WSCGSD donations! 4718 44th SW, dropoff until 6:30 pm. Please bag/box items. Check out their list of what they’ll accept, or schedule a residential pickup for this coming week, at bigbluetruck.org.

STUFF THE TRUCK AT HOLY ROSARY: They’re collecting unwanted items again this year, 42nd/Genesee, to help fund programs to help neighbors in need. Most-needed items: Clothing, books, men’s jeans, shorts and shoes, and women’s business clothing. (No furniture, mattresses or beds, please.)

Look for the truck in the HR parking lot off 42nd SW north of SW Genesee until 5 pm.

STOP N SHOP AT THE SENIOR CENTER OF WEST SEATTLE: Taking “small household items and clothing” today until 4 pm – drop off in the carport on the east side of the building (4217 SW Oregon).

And to the south:

WHITE CENTER HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY: A donation drive with a special early drop-off date for WSCGSD:

White Center Heights Elementary PTA is partnering with Value Village for our first-ever Donation Drive Fundraiser Wed. May 30 – Mon. June 18, with a special early drop-off date on Sat. May 12 during West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day — so sellers can get rid of what’s left and buyers can make room for new treasures.

Every pound of your unwanted stuff turns into funds for uniforms, supplies and community activities benefiting White Center Heights students, teachers and families.

Early Donation Drop-Off
Sat. May 12, 3 PM-6 PM at White Center Heights Elementary School Parking Lot (10015 6th Ave SW)

Regular Donation Drop-Off
Wed. May 30 – Mon. June 18, Noon-10PM at Full Tilt Ice Cream (9629 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106)
* For large amounts of donations, please contact us at the info below so we can accommodate.

What We Can Take
Clothing, shoes, bedding, towels, accessories (e.g., hats, mittens, scarves, ties, socks, purses, wallets, backpacks, bags, belts, jewelry)
Small household items (e.g., electronics, toys & games, kitchen items, knick-knacks, sporting goods)
Books and media (e.g., CDs, DVDs)
Please put soft items in trash bags and hard/heavy items in boxes.

Questions? Contact Us
If you have any questions, can’t make the drop-off times or have a lot of donations, please call/text 206-992-6506 or email wchpta@gmail.com.

Anybody else? E-mail us – westseattleblog@gmail.com – and we will add.

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CAN YOU HELP? Teacher needs a boost from a builder http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/can-you-help-teacher-needs-a-boost-from-a-builder/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/can-you-help-teacher-needs-a-boost-from-a-builder/#comments Thu, 10 May 2018 05:27:11 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=916244 An unusual request landed in the WSB inbox, from Shoshanna Cohen:

I am a sixth-grade teacher at White Center Heights Elementary. My students are planning an entire S.T.E.A.M. Carnival for the entire school of 750 students. On May 16th we want to have a building/cutting party at the school from 1-3:30 pm. We have all the materials already donated. We are looking for anyone who knows anything about construction/building and could help support my students in building everything from a remote control car obstacle course to a gigantic Plinko board to a life size Angry Birds Launcher.

Can you help? E-mail Shoshanna at shoshanna.cohen@highlineschools.org if you can, or if you have questions.

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FOLLOWUP: Opening day for Brass Knuckle Bistro – with a free sample http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/followup-opening-day-for-brass-knuckle-bistro-with-a-free-sample/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/followup-opening-day-for-brass-knuckle-bistro-with-a-free-sample/#comments Tue, 06 Mar 2018 21:10:56 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=910691

Elvis would love the opening-day samples at Brass Knuckle Bistro, the White Center restaurant just opened by a West Seattle family (we first introduced you to them back in August). As noted here a week and a half ago, today is indeed the first official day for the sandwiches/salads/sides eatery at 9602 16th SW, open until 8 pm. See more photos on our partner site White Center Now.

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CRIME WATCH: White Center double-murder suspect in jail http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/crime-watch-white-center-double-murder-suspect-in-jail/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/crime-watch-white-center-double-murder-suspect-in-jail/#comments Sun, 04 Mar 2018 04:39:48 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=910501 8:39 PM: Our routine check of the King County Jail roster tonight shows the current list of inmates includes Merle Buchanan, who’s been wanted for weeks in connection with the double murder in White Center two months ago. The King County Sheriff’s Office announced on January 25th that they were looking for him, almost three weeks after the shooting deaths. He was booked on Friday afternoon, according to the jail register, with bail set at $1.1 million – including $100,000 for a domestic-violence-related warrant. Court records show he is not yet charged in the shooting deaths.

11:18 PM: We asked KCSO’s public-information officer Sgt. Ryan Abbott for more details. He says Buchanan turned himself in to Seattle Police. He is expecting more information on Monday, which is also when we’ll be checking with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to follow the case through the courts.

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BIZNOTE: Brass Knuckle Bistro sets the opening date http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/biznote-brass-knuckle-bistro-sets-the-opening-date/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/biznote-brass-knuckle-bistro-sets-the-opening-date/#comments Fri, 23 Feb 2018 05:57:59 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=909751 Almost six months ago, we told you about a West Seattle family’s plan to open Brass Knuckle Bistro in the former 3.14 Bakery space on the north end of downtown White Center (9602 16th SW). Now they’ve announced that March 6th will be the opening date. BKB will focus on sandwiches – see the menu online. (Thanks to Gill for the tip!)

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THE WHEEL THING: Rainier Roller Girls’ next bout rolls into Southgate on Saturday http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/the-wheel-thing-rainier-roller-girls-next-bout-rolls-into-southgate-on-saturday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/the-wheel-thing-rainier-roller-girls-next-bout-rolls-into-southgate-on-saturday/#comments Thu, 15 Feb 2018 03:33:00 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=908968 (Photo by Steve Messerer)

Southgate Roller Rink – right next door in White Center – has made our area a hotspot for roller derby, for all ages, not just spectators, but skaters. It’s where the Rainier Roller Girls‘ new season is under way, with monthly “high-energy, all-ages-themed bouts” at Southgate. And they want to make sure you know what they’re all about. Rainier Roller Girls “are an all-female flat-track roller-derby league … a small competitive travel team made of 20-plus active skaters, retired skaters, and volunteers. We believe all is possible with a little elbow grease, an amazing support system, and loyal fans.” They launched in 2011 and are a “skater-owned league” that’s focused “on fitness, mental game, and fun for both the skaters and fans.”

(Courtesy THM Photo)

This year’s lineup of bouts continues Saturday (February 17th) with “Flashback to the ’80s,” continuing March 24th with “Mortal Kom-bout,” April 21st with “Heathers vs. Mean Girls,” May 19th with “Superheroes vs. Villains,” and June 15th with “Adults-only Rocky Horror.” They add: “Spectators are strongly encouraged to dress for the theme!” You can buy your ticket in advance here. And bring $ for the bake sale! P.S. – Rainier Roller Girls are recruiting, too:

Are you a veteran skater thinking about moving leagues, or a newer skater ready to league up? A referee or non-skating official looking for more experience or to share your love of derby? Rainier Roller Girls is always looking for new skaters, refs, and officials to join our ranks. Email info@rainierrollergirls.com to get in touch with us and for more information.

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UPDATE: Helicopter, ground search after woman stabbed in White Center http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/about-the-helicopter-over-south-delridge-white-center/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/about-the-helicopter-over-south-delridge-white-center/#comments Wed, 14 Feb 2018 04:11:10 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=908867

8:11 PM: Thanks for the tips about Guardian One over White Center/South Delridge. We have a crew on the ground talking with deputies. So far, we’re told they are investigating an assault in WC. Will add other details when we get them.

8:28 PM: Just talked with KCSO spokesperson Sgt. Cindi West. She says a woman who works for a veterinary clinic in the 9800 block of 15th SW was stabbed and they were looking for her attacker. She apparently was attacked when she went out behind the clinic after thinking she heard someone crying. The attacker is described only as white, female, “skinny,” and possibly a transient. No one in custody so far.

9:25 PM:
Sgt. West told us the victim was injured in the abdomen and arm but was in stable condition when taken to the hospital and is expected to fully recover.

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DOUBLE-MURDER SUSPECT: Have you seen Merle ‘Chucky’ Buchanan? http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/double-murder-suspect-have-you-seen-merle-chucky-buchanan/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/double-murder-suspect-have-you-seen-merle-chucky-buchanan/#comments Thu, 25 Jan 2018 19:44:24 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=907193 11:44 AM: Just published on our partner site White Center Now: The King County Sheriff’s Office is looking for 26-year-old Merle “Chucky” Buchanan, suspected in the January 6th double murder in downtown White Center, and shared these photos, saying he is “known to frequent” Seattle, Burien, and Renton:

Buchanan is described as 5’9” and 195 pounds. He is also being sought in connection with violating a domestic-violence-related court order. If you see him, call 911.

1:11 PM: We checked with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, and they tell us Buchanan is not yet formally charged in the murders.

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RAPIDRIDE H LINE: What was shown in Burien tonight, and will be in White Center tomorrow http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/rapidride-h-line-what-was-shown-in-burien-tonight-and-will-be-in-white-center-tomorrow/ Thu, 11 Jan 2018 06:21:58 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=906030

We stopped by the first RapidRide H Line drop-in meeting in Burien tonight to preview what you’ll see if you go to the White Center meeting tomorrow. It’s classic open-house format – informational boards around the room, staffers there so you can ask questions, maps on tables, comment forms to fill out if you choose to. They include explanations of how RapidRide works, as well as focusing in on specifics of this project, which is scheduled to convert Route 120 into the H Line in 2020.

While there’s a separate meeting coming up in Delridge one week from tonight to talk about the new options for that stretch of the route, those boards are available too – ask if you don’t see them.

It’s not a different route, we were told, but rather some possibilities for where the stops will be – which has been a major concern in previous community discussions. The new Delridge option – they started with two and now this is #3 – would include stations at Genesee, Andover, Hudson, Findlay in the north, for example. (Andover would eventually be a connection at/near the future Sound Transit Light Rail stop.) For those who have been advocating to have RapidRide H use the Delridge/Barton triangle stop, that’s still not considered an option; Metro’s Jenna Franklin told us their projections suggest the Westwood area will have many more jobs by 2025 and the connection needs to be closer. The proposals include more than just bus-stop locations, but also multi-modal right-of-way improvements, so take a good look and be ready to discuss, especially at the Delridge meeting on January 17th (Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW), which starts as a drop-in event and then is followed by a discussion with the Delridge Neighborhoods District Council starting at 7 pm. (We also are scheduled for a more in-depth briefing on the proposal, so watch for a followup.)

Also note that tonight’s Burien meeting had materials in multiple languages and you’ll find those in White Center Thursday night, too (5-8 pm, Mount View Elementary, 10811 12th SW). And whether you do or don’t get to an in-person meeting, the “online open house” is open now too, linked from this info-laden page about the RapidRide H Line project – if you need it translated, look for the SET LANGUAGE button at lower left, which brings up a list of dozens of languages.

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ON WHITE CENTER NOW: From Drunky’s Two Shoes to Dottie’s Doublewide http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/on-white-center-now-from-drunkys-two-shoes-to-dotties-doublewide/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/on-white-center-now-from-drunkys-two-shoes-to-dotties-doublewide/#comments Thu, 11 Jan 2018 03:53:33 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=906017 Just after Christmas, we reported on partner site White Center Now that a new enterprise from the folks behind Drunky’s Two Shoes was on its way to the space vacated by short-lived Zanzibar: Dottie’s Doublewide. We’ve finally been able to talk to the Dottie’s team for the full story, and published it on WCN tonight.

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From White Center Now: Shooting investigation closes 16th SW http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/from-white-center-now-shooting-investigation-closes-16th-sw/ Sat, 06 Jan 2018 10:39:03 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=905631

16th SW is closed in White Center between 98th and 100th after a double shooting (update: one confirmed dead), in the same area where a man was shot and killed eight months ago. We’re updating on partner site White Center Now as information becomes available.

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NEW DATES: RapidRide H Line open houses in January http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/new-dates-rapidride-h-line-open-houses-in-jauary/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/new-dates-rapidride-h-line-open-houses-in-jauary/#comments Fri, 08 Dec 2017 02:30:02 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=903113 Metro has just set the new dates for its RapidRide H Line open houses next month – one in White Center, one in Burien:

Wednesday, January 10th from 5-8 p.m.
Burien Community Center, Shorewood Room
14700 6th Ave SW, Burien

Thursday, January 11th from 5-8 p.m.
Mount View Elementary School, Cafeteria/Multi-purpose Room
10811 12th Ave SW, White Center

These are the open houses promised when Metro went public three weeks ago with a survey asking you to get specific about feedback as they plan the conversion of Route 120 into the H Line – that survey is still open if you haven’t taken it yet.

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WHITE CENTER: Advisory Council members sought for affordable-housing, family-resource project http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/white-center-advisory-council-members-sought-for-affordable-housing-family-resource-project/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/white-center-advisory-council-members-sought-for-affordable-housing-family-resource-project/#comments Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:36:40 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=903110 We’re publishing this announcement both here and on partner site White Center Now because of the scope of the project:

The White Center Community Development Association (WCCDA), celebrating its 15th year serving White Center families with family/social services, small business/entrepreneurial development, school educational support, and family wellness, is partnering with Southwest Youth and Family Services (SWYFS), which provides critical health services to youth and families-at-risk, to create the White Center Neighborhood Advisory Council. This 20-person council, nominated from diverse segments of our White Center community, will meet twice a month, over five months in 2018, to assist us in the following;

*Review and plan for a Family Resource Center at the former White Center public health building site at 8th Ave. SW and SW 108th Ave, now temporarily used by Mary’s Place as transitional housing for homeless families.

*Develop a long-range affordable housing plan for White Center that helps keep White Center families living near each other, and incorporate the planning process findings into affordable housing at the former public health site

*Assist in ensuring that homeless transitional housing is considered as a continuing service in the affordable housing discussions for the site and elsewhere in White Center that will result.

The 20 members of this Council will receive $100 each in May of 2018, to compensate for their time serving on this council. The Nomination Form and Scope of Work for the Advisory Council can be found at the WCCDA website. All nominations are welcome, but we reserve the right to ensure that broad, diverse community perspectives are included through the nomination process as described in the Nomination Form and Scope of Work.

Nomination forms are due by December 12 at the CDA Open House meeting from 4-6 pm, that will be held at the WCCDA offices in the Technology Access Foundation building at 605 SW 108th Street. All nominees are encouraged to attend this meeting to meet staff, learn about the existing important work our staff do here in White Center, and eat good food. Child care will be provided.

Questions: Mark@WCCDA.ORG or call the WCCDA office at 206-694-1082

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UPDATE: Deadly shooting in White Center; helicopter search http://westseattleblog.com/2017/11/shooting-investigation-in-white-center/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/11/shooting-investigation-in-white-center/#comments Sat, 11 Nov 2017 06:53:28 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=900576 (WSB photos)

10:53 PM: For everyone asking about the helicopter – a shooting is reported near 15th and Roxbury in White Center. King County Sheriff’s deputies have asked SPD to assist with the investigation. We are on the way to find out more.

10:58 PM UPDATE: KCSO says one man has been shot and is undergoing CPR.

11:11 PM UPDATE: Just arrived at the scene. 15th SW is taped off about a block south of Roxbury. SPD is here as well as KCSO, and Guardian One is still overhead.

11:15 PM UPDATE: A sergeant at the scene tells us the victim has died. No arrest reported so far.

8:44 AM: New information in from King County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Cindi West: The victim was a 27-year-old man from Burien: “Witnesses told police that a group of men were talking with the victim prior to the shooting. The suspect who was with the group of men fought with the victim. When the fight was over, the suspect pulled out a gun and shot the victim. The men fled the scene on foot. King County Guardian One and K-9 responded but were unable to locate the suspect or the men he was with. The only description obtained was that the suspect was wearing a red hoodie.” They’re hoping for tips, 206-296-3311.

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