month : 05/2007 183 results

Shots as well as slices

Looks like the impending Shoofly Pie Company in The Junction will be an addition to the list of WS coffee spots as well as bakeries, per this help-wanted ad. (Pie, coffee … can Agent Cooper be far behind?)

One simple question for you

In the latest edition of the West 5 e-mail newsletter (available online here if you’re not on the list), you’re asked to send in your answer to this question: Why do you go to The Junction? (Our answer for starters — ’cause it’s the heart of WS.)

On today’s exciting episode of “Teardowns to Townhomes” …

Just south of the booming Cali/Charlestown intersection, on the east side of Cali between Belli Capelli and Moxie, two neighboring houses are both destined to make way for townhouse clumps. Construction and demolition permits have just been issued for 3910 Cali (which is so tree-obscured, we couldn’t get a photo); probably not far behind is neighboring 3906 (shown below), where progress is listed on the DPD site as “reviews completed.”


Be true to your schools

May 16, 2007 11:05 am
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 |   West Seattle schools

Two big events of note for our neighborhood high schools:

-Tomorrow night is the annual West Seattle High School Foundation spring dinner/play event, starting with a 5:15 reception at the church next door, dinner in the WSHS Commons @ 6:30, and the WSHS performance of “Carousel” @ 8. Click here to RSVP, get more info, or find out how to donate to WSHSF even if you can’t go tomorrow.

-Further out, Chief Sealth HS is planning a party @ Camp Long Lodge, 7 pm June 5, to celebrate the school’s International Baccalaureate accreditation. All welcome for tunes & treats, organizers say.

Paving update: Onward & northward

The latest phase of the Cali repaving continues to march north; while two-thirds of the blacktop is now replaced on the south end of the work zone, removal work is heating up from PCC northward, and now the area is on alert that Cali’s intersections with three more streets will be blocked off at various times over the next week or so: Hanford, Lander, Stevens.


Official family benefit in memory of John the waiter

A commenter on this post asked if anyone had a photo of John Hartley (popular local waiter who died suddenly last week) to share; Jessie from Skylark kindly sent the one you see below. Just too good a photo to cut down to a head shot. Jessie also says that, while the date is not yet set — it’ll be sometime in mid-June — there will definitely be an official benefit, featuring at least six bands, to raise money for John’s family. Meantime, reminder that the service for John is 10 am this Saturday @ Burien Free Methodist Church.  (And the official obituary has just appeared @


Search is over, says FBI

New update on the P-I site — officers looking for the U.S. Bank robber are no longer searching neighborhood-by-neighborhood.

Hot cup o’ turnover

We had seen the “for sale” signs at the “Koze” store/house next door but didn’t realize till an e-mail tip that Carosello Coffee (the location’s latest incarnation) on 35th is for sale too. Interesting caveat in the listing fine print forwarded by our tipster (or is this par for the course with business listings?) — “DO NOT DISCUSS SALE WITH EMPLOYEES!”

Principals picked for WS schools

May 15, 2007 4:15 pm
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 |   West Seattle schools

Seattle Public Schools just announced principal appointments including a handful in WS.

Pictures of police search

UPDATE: West Seattle Mag has some on-the-ground shots of the police search. KING5 has video on their web site showing the K-9 unit’s part in the chase and KIRO-TV has added some new shots to the slideshow mentioned here.
KIRO TV has a slide show of the police search here. Reportedly the robber is now believed to have gotten away.

Police surround WS house

UPDATE: The Seattle Times is reporting that supposedly the tellers at the US Bank at 4200 SW Edmunds received a note demanding cash at 12:30 this afternoon. The story also says, “the suspect is ‘hunkered down’ in the area around Southwest Brandon Street and 46th Avenue Southwest.”
King5 TV is reporting this on its web site.

West Seattle bank robbery – Seattle Police have surrounded a home in the 4600 block of SW Brandon Street in West Seattle where they believe a bank robber is holed up. More details to come.

Fish frenzy

The annual Copper River salmon hoopla started today. Looks like Metropolitan Market joins the fun later this week. Here at WSB HQ, we “celebrated” with Copper River on the cheap.

Another reason to be glad you live in West Seattle

You don’t have to drive 22 miles — like these Issaquah elementary-school kids spotted on a field trip this morning — for a low-tide walk at Constellation Park (p.s. looks like it’ll be even lower about this time tomorrow morning):


Persistent patrollers

This article finally explains the wild sight some saw on WS streets at midday last Saturday. The officers’ persistence reminds us of the bank robber/signholder caper.

For the birds

May 15, 2007 2:02 am
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 |   West Seattle online | Wildlife

Steller_s_jay_copy.jpgIf you haven’t checked in with the West Seattle Birdcam for a while, you have missed a lot. We are purple with envy over their wonderful sightings, but glad they’re posting and sharing pix. Note the difference between the Birdcam blog and the actual Birdcam live feed.

More details about remembrances for John the waiter

Less than a week since this whole sad thing happened. But two more things to note: #1, the location of Saturday’s service has been clarified, as Burien Free Methodist Church; #2, one of the anticipated fundraisers for his family is detailed here (update: this is an unofficial individual gesture by that performer and doesn’t necessarily apply to anyone else on the bill that night).

Future road-closure update

For those who use Morgan/Sylvan to get between east and west WS, there’s word from the city’s Neighborhood District Coordinator that the construction company is now targeting mid-June for the upcoming summertime road closure — two weeks later than the most recent plan.

Safer than road rage

Too bad we didn’t get this note before a van almost broadsided us coming off a side street onto a south-WS arterial this morning: A reader notes that if you see a driver doing something heinous, you can post the plate at, which is celebrating its first anniversary today. The reader writes, “Having nearly been hit in the croswalk (with stroller) up at Admiral and 41st, being constantly subjected to delirious speeders up Admiral, and having neighbors who have been hit while legally crossing at crosswalks, I’ve had it. There’s only so much that posted signs and occasional enforcement can do.”

Traffic alert if you take The Bridge to I-5

May 14, 2007 8:26 am
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 |   Transportation

Apparently there’s trouble on the ramp to I-5 from the east end of the bridge (the Spokane Street Viaduct section) – a truck is blocking it.

Top picks before next weekend arrives

May 14, 2007 8:21 am
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 |   Fun stuff to do | West Seattle restaurants | WS culture/arts

Yes, the weekend’s over so the sun is back; gotta love Seattle in May. Besides the simple pleasures, like beach-walking when you get home from work, here are a couple happenings of note this week:

-The Taste of West Seattle is tomorrow night, with more than a dozen WS restaurants and caterers participating. Proceeds benefit Helpline; you can buy advance tickets from the Helpline home page (look for the PayPal button on the left side) for $5 less than the cost at the door.

-ArtsWest opens its world premiere “commedia dell’arte style” adaptation of “Pinocchio” on Thursday.

Condolences to Mayor Nickels and his family

May 13, 2007 10:05 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle people

P-I just posted that Mayor Nickels’ father, Robert Charles Nickels, died today at his WS home, at age 81.

Sunday afternoon news

Two noteworthy articles just posted at the P-I site:

First official online account we’ve seen of Charlie Chong’s funeral. Also, is updated with the funeral program that he wrote himself.

-For our fellow Blue Angels fans: Seafair says they’re definitely in.