West Seattle Blog... http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:48:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Ferguson aftermath: WSHS students join walkout http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/ferguson-aftermath-wshs-students-join-walkout/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/ferguson-aftermath-wshs-students-join-walkout/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:48:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293270 Via both SPD and a campus source, we’re told some West Seattle High School students have joined the walkout to show opposition to the Ferguson, Missouri, grand-jury decision. Some other schools in the city including Garfield and Roosevelt had hundreds walk out.

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West Seattle Thanksgiving 2014: Serving up holiday info http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-thanksgiving-2014-serving-up-holiday-info/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-thanksgiving-2014-serving-up-holiday-info/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:33:52 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293264 Just in case you are wondering:

*Where you can work out before stuffing (yourself)
*Where you can find a free holiday meal
*Which West Seattle grocery stores are open on Thanksgiving and when
*Which West Seattle restaurants/coffee shops are open on Thanksgiving and when

That’s all in the Thanksgiving section atop the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide (which also continues with dozens more events continuing on to Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s) … so we thought we’d nudge you now.

P.S. If you have information to add to the guide, or see something that has changed – please let us know – editor@westseattleblog.com – thank you!

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Followup: 47th/Admiral traffic-signal project goes out for bid http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/followup-47thadmiral-signal-project-goes-out-for-bid/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/followup-47thadmiral-signal-project-goes-out-for-bid/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:35:44 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293253

Though the city had said as recently as September that work would start on the 47th/Admiral traffic signal this fall, it won’t be any sooner than winter, since the project is only just now out to bid. The solicitation on the city website and in public notices says bids are due December 10th, which is two weeks from tomorrow. The notice projects the signal will cost up to $350,000. It has long been in the works, with the campaign to improve safety at the intersection tracing back to the death of 26-year-old Tatsuo Nakata, hit and killed by a driver eight years ago this month; in summer of 2013, after then-Mayor McGinn proposed an incremental improvement at the intersection, the City Council found funding for a full signal. Whenever work starts – we have a message out to ask about the new projected timeframe – the city estimates that the signal construction will last about three months.

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West Seattle Tuesday: T-Day minus two; here’s what to do http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-tuesday-t-day-minus-two-heres-what-to-do/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-tuesday-t-day-minus-two-heres-what-to-do/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:30:58 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293248

(Golden-crowned kinglet, photographed by Trileigh Tucker)
A few notes for the rest of today:

ONLY A DRILL: The King County Sheriff’s Office confirms this tactical drill is still on for today despite the murky weather. So just FYI, you might notice some helicopter/maritime traffic passing here en route to Des Moines.

ARTS/CRAFTS AND BAKE SALE: The “mini-Harvest Festival” sale at the Senior Center of West Seattle is under way until 1 pm. (Oregon/California)

WEST SEATTLE LAND USE COMMITTEE: 6:30 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle, the still-fledgling committee meant to take a peninsula-wide view of issues related to development and zoning has its next meeting, and it’s still in the formative stages – all are more than welcome, even if just to sit and observe. (Oregon/California)

LADIES SING THE BLUES: 8 pm, special all-star edition of Blues To Do at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) – details in our calendar listing. (6451 California SW)

PLANNING FOR THANKSGIVING? LOOKING AHEAD? The WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide has dozens and dozens of listings and infobits to help you find everything holidayish on this side of the bay.

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West Seattle schools: Personalize Pathfinder’s playground http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-schools-personalize-pathfinders-playground/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-schools-personalize-pathfinders-playground/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:09:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293238

(Photo by Holli Margell)
Glass art as a holiday gift? That’s one way to support the playground project that Pathfinder K-8 has embarked on. Organizers explain: “Having been awarded significant grants from both the City and County, we are working to raise $50,000 in cash from our school families and broader community. We have a lovely donor recognition program that will be a lasting symbol and legacy
of your gift to our community. Please see the giving levels” here. Hint – the glass tiles are part of it; you can fund one (or more) with an inscription to forever be part of the new playground; see the design here.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday updates; Battery St. Tunnel reopens after crash closure http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/traffictransit-today-tuesday-updates-battery-st-tunnel-closure/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/traffictransit-today-tuesday-updates-battery-st-tunnel-closure/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:35:53 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293229

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:35 AM: We start with a problem affecting Northbound 99 – a crash has closed the northbound side of the Battery Street Tunnel.

6:55 AM: Still closed, no ETA announced for reopening. Seattle Fire was not dispatched to the crash, which indicates no one was hurt. Here’s the traffic cam that looks southward at the northbound traffic from just before the closure point:

7:08 AM: Per scanner, the tunnel is clear and about to be reopened. A stalled car nearby, though, might still complicate matters for a bit.

7:12 AM: Officially reopened, per SDOT.

7:33 AM: Avalon is “crawling,” reports WS Since 1979 in comments, just before the eastward turn to Spokane/bridge ramp.

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Update: Man shot in arm in Arbor Heights, taken to hospital http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/assault-with-weapons-call-in-arbor-heights-3/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/assault-with-weapons-call-in-arbor-heights-3/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:36:02 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293217

1:36 AM: Police and fire are rushing to the 3700 block of SW 106th (map) in Arbor Heights for a report of a man with a gunshot wound to his arm. It’s not known yet if it was accidental.

1:59 AM: The patient, a man said to be around 30, has been taken to Harborview Medical Center. Our crew is just back from the scene. Police there are still sorting it out but believe it was accidental and aren’t seeking any suspects at this point.

11:45 AM: We don’t have followup information from SPD yet, but we did check with SFD regarding the victim’s last known condition – “stable,” we’re told.

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West Seattle giving: 8-year-old Joseph’s one-day food drive http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-giving-8-year-old-josephs-one-day-food-drive/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-giving-8-year-old-josephs-one-day-food-drive/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 07:56:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293175

The spirit of giving can start young. These pictures show what 8-year-old Joseph Meats, a third grader at Our Lady of Guadalupe, did this past weekend. His mom Christi Meats explains, “He wanted to do something nice for Thanksgiving and the up and coming holidays so he decided to go door to door and ask for food for the food bank!” So they distributed a flyer to some homes in Admiral and Arbor Heights last Thursday asking that people leave food donations on their doorstep for pickup yesterday.

Today, he brought it all to the West Seattle Food Bank after school.

His mom adds, “His goal is to inspire others so it was fun to watch him succeed in raising awareness as he left his wagon out during the Seahawk game and people kept dropping off food!” (And if you’re inspired – contact the WS Food Bank directly, or keep an eye on our daily calendar previews and Holiday Guide for giving opportunities of all kinds.)

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No indictment in Ferguson: Tonight’s aftermath in Seattle http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/no-indictment-in-ferguson-tonights-aftermath-in-seattle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/no-indictment-in-ferguson-tonights-aftermath-in-seattle/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 02:58:35 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293157 6:58 PM: Here’s what’s happening in Seattle right now, after the announcement in Ferguson, Missouri, tonight that a grand jury decided not to indict the police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown:


(Photo tweeted by reporter Paige Cornwell of The Seattle Times [WSB partner])
-A protest march is under way in the Westlake Center area downtown. Pine Street is closed between 4th and 5th and might also close to 6th.

-Mayor Ed Murray is planning to meet the media inside City Hall at 7:15 pm, with others listed in the advisory announcement as “Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole, Pamela Banks (Urban League), Pramila Jayapal (state senator-elect), Estela Ortega (El Centro de la Raza) and others.” UPDATE: The mayor’s office says it will be live-streamed here.

-King County Executive and West Seattleite Dow Constantine has sent a written statement:

“We all mourn the loss of a young man’s life. This is a moment to say what is in our hearts, with tolerance, respect, and restraint, as we were asked to do by Michael Brown’s family.

“The events in Ferguson have laid bare the ongoing racial divide that stretches across the breadth of these United States. Here in King County we have made equity and social justice a central tenet of our work — a value that each employee will consciously and daily pursue as we serve the public. Our task now must be to learn from this moment, and to redouble our efforts to create the long-term, systemic changes our nation needs to fulfill its destiny.”

-So far, we have not heard of any gatherings in West Seattle. We will update as the night goes on.

ADDED 7:18 PM: President Obama is speaking. One quote, tweeted:


7:26 PM: Mayor Murray waited until after the President’s speech to start his event.


The downtown protest march, meantime, has moved east to Capitol Hill.

7:43 PM: Another Times photo tweeted from the Hill:


And a note from the city:

The Seattle Emergency Operations Center and Joint Information Center closed at 8:45 p.m. The police department continues to provide support for free speech events city-wide.

10:32 PM: Things weren’t quite winding down. Protesters moved on to I-5:


10:37 PM: Police report some violence:


10:52 PM: The freeway has reopened. Protesters are reported to be headed back toward Capitol Hill.

11:51 PM: Still there.


You can of course find endless reporting out there on every scale of what has happened; if you’re looking for a direct link to the transcribed grand-jury proceedings in Missouri, here they are as posted by NYTimes.com.

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Car hits tree on Sylvan Way; driver unhurt http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/car-hits-tree-on-sylvan-way-driver-unhurt/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/car-hits-tree-on-sylvan-way-driver-unhurt/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 02:43:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293154

If you’ve driven Sylvan Way east of High Point this evening, you might have noticed the car crumpled into a tree on the south side of the street. Looks bad, but police told us at the scene that the driver was not hurt.

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West Seattle holidays: Menashe Family Lights start Sunday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-holidays-menashe-family-lights-start-sunday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-holidays-menashe-family-lights-start-sunday/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 01:36:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293145

We also checked tonight on the Menashe Family Christmas Lights, the brightest lights in West Seattle year after year, and found the crew working hard on the display even as night fell and rain moved back in. Josh Menashe tells us that this Sunday will be the first official night of this year’s display, starting around 6 pm. Here’s something brand-new this year:

Kids will be able to drop off letters to Santa Claus in that brand-new box you’ll find outside the house at 5605 Beach Drive SW. (As Josh put it, Santa knows exactly where their house is.)

P.S. The Menashe home is of course also featured in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide – which also includes everything from Thanksgiving info (workouts, free dinners, coffee-shop/restaurant/grocery-store hours) to New Year’s, and we’re updating it daily.

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Holiday countdown: West Seattle Lights/Helmstetler Family Christmas Spectacular starts on Thanksgiving night http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/holiday-countdown-west-seattle-lightshelmstetler-family-christmas-spectacular-starts-on-thanksgiving-night/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/holiday-countdown-west-seattle-lightshelmstetler-family-christmas-spectacular-starts-on-thanksgiving-night/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 01:10:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293137

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
Blustery weather or not, the show must go on, so Jim Winder was back up on the roof today at 3908 SW Charlestown, home of his friends the Helmstetler Family, who have hosted his music-synched dancing-lights Christmas Spectacular since 2009.

When the show debuts on Thursday night, you’ll hear new music (added – including Meghan Trainor‘s “All About That Bass,” Taylor Swift‘s “Shake It Off,” Pharrell Williams‘ “Happy,” and Rock Sugar with “Don’t Stop the Santa”). “Surprises in early December,” too, Jim promises.

Jim says he’s not planning a big ceremony this year – the light shows will simply start on Thanksgiving night, with the website schedule updated by then, and you’ll be welcome to stop by any night through New Year’s Eve. A few hours after stopping by to see him, we passed the house again just before dark tonight, and noticed the baseline lights aglow, in Seahawks/Sounders blue and green:

The light show starts at 7 pm Thursday night – remember to bring a donation for the West Seattle Food Bank (there’s a bin out front). You can hear the synchronized music in your car at 101.9 FM.

P.S. This is one of three light shows that are part of the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide – we’re updating another show next – and please let us know when you see great lights, animated or not, throughout the season … here’s how.

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Update: Missing 13-year-old Ella Blalock found http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/update-missing-13-year-old-ella-blalock-found/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/update-missing-13-year-old-ella-blalock-found/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 23:41:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293131 Haven’t heard any other details yet but according to new comments on our weekend story as well as social-media reports, 13-year-old Ella Blalock has been found safe. She is from Pierce County but the search for her focused extensively on West Seattle over the weekend, as it was reported that she was with a boy who had friends here. At last report, wherever she was found, her family was en route to get her.

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West Seattle sports: Chief Sealth basketball alumni event Friday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-sports-chief-sealth-basketball-alumni-event-friday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-sports-chief-sealth-basketball-alumni-event-friday/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:51:02 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293126 Friday night, you’re invited to Chief Sealth International High School for a tribute, two alumni games, a tribute, and more! From girls’ head basketball coach Katie Jo Maris:

Chief Sealth’s 3rd annual Nels Enquist Alumni Basketball Game: THANK YOU, COACH MIKE SIVA!

“You Gave Me Your Time, The Most Thoughtful Gift Of ALL” – Dan Zadra

I would like to invite EVERYONE to join Chief Sealth International High School on November 28, 2014 to honor the great coach Mike Siva for everything he has done for Chief Sealth Athletics.
- Coached at Sealth 1984-2010
- Coach of the Year: Volleyball 2, Soft ball: Slowpitch 1, Fastpitch 2
- Volleyball: ‘93-‘94 Metro champs. Last public school to win Metro back to back. 3rd in state ’93 and 8th in state ‘94.
- Slowpitch: State 1993. Fastpitch was regularly in the play-offs.
- 36 years with Seattle Public Schools. A plus award winner, Alliance of Education only security specialist to win the award.
- Security at Sealth ‘79, ‘84-‘99, ‘99-Present. Currently the Southwest Division Technical Lead Specialists–Seattle Public Schools–security.

Details for the game:

ANY FUNDS FROM THIS EVENT WILL GO TOWARDS SEALTH’S HALL OF FAME AND ALUMNI RELATED ACTIVITIES. WE WANT TO RECOGNIZE THOSE WHO DESERVE IT AND GET OUR BANNERS BACK UP IN THE GYM!!

Admission:
– $3 Adults 18+
– $2 11 yrs-17 yrs or any age with student ID
– FREE 10 yrs and under

4:00 pm – Doors Open
4:15 pm – Varsity Girls basketball scrimmage
5:00 pm – Varsity Boys basketball intra-squad scrimmage
5:15 pm – Alumni Player Check-in
6:00 pm – Women’s Alumni Game
7:00 pm – HONOR COACH MIKE SIVA
7:30 pm – Men’s Alumni Game

There will be concessions as well as Sealth gear available for purchase.

Please come and enjoy this event with your friends, family, current Seahawks and fellow alumni.

CSIHS is at 2600 SW Thistle.

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West Seattle Whale Watch update: Orcas heading this way http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-whale-watching-early-alert-orcas-headed-this-way/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-whale-watching-early-alert-orcas-headed-this-way/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:58:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293115 12:58 PM: Early alert this time – text reports orcas are “south of Vashon” and headed northbound. No research boat this time because conditions and weather are less than optimal. If you missed the weekend sightings – photos and updates from Saturday are here, video by “Diver Laura” James is here. As always, we appreciate your updates if/when you see them – comment and/or text/call our 24/7 hotline, 206-293-6302!

1:23 PM: And … guess that’s the potential risk with early alerts. They’ve now turned to head through the Tacoma Narrows, southbound. But if that changes later, we’ll update here again.

3:51 PM: According to the Orca Network’s Facebook page, whales are now passing Olalla in Kitsap County, along the passage west of Vashon, northbound. It’s misty/murky looking west from Beach Drive (where we’re working right now) but you never know, they might be in view before nightfall.

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