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West Side MOPS Spa Day: Big break for little ones’ moms

Two words: Chocolate fountain.

That alone may have been enough to recommend the annual West Side MOPS (Mothers of PreSchoolers) Spa Day today at West Side Presbyterian Church. Any and all of the group’s 65 members were welcome to come indulge in free pleasures donated by local businesses – from that chocolate fountain and other treats, to chair massages …

… and hair help …

… and lots more. As event coordinator Leah Barham put it, if you have little kids (she has a 3-year-old and a first-grader) you don’t tend to take time to take care of yourself, so Spa Day gives MOPS moms a chance for a relaxing break. Without the kids – they were in another area of the WSPC building. That’s also how MOPS runs its meetings, 1st and 3rd Fridays, October through May – while the moms get together, the kids are having a good time in the MOPPETS program. Lots more about MOPS at the group’s website; meantime, read on for a list of the businesses that supported today’s event (Leah says they’re grateful for so much generosity even with the challenging economy):Read More

Traffic alert: Tunnel closed now, Viaduct closing in the morning

Reminder – It’s twice-yearly inspection time for the Battery Street Tunnel and Alaskan Way Viaduct; the tunnel was scheduled to close as of 11 pm tonight and stay closed till 5 am Monday; The Viaduct is to be closed 6 am-6 pm both Saturday and Sunday.

Different kind of rescue on Alki tonight: Beached sonar device

That sonar-equipped, self-propelled seafloor-mapping device caused a stir along Alki Avenue this afternoon, then again tonight. Around midafternoon, its owners say, it failed a test; then someone apparently mistook it for an overturned kayak and rescuers briefly responded. It wound up on the beach in the 1300 block of Alki — where some passersby wondered if it were a “torpedo” — and there it stayed till a crane could be brought in a short time ago to retrieve it:

It couldn’t just be carried off the beach, its owners explained, because it weighs 1300 pounds. (Here’s a little more about it.) So they had to summon the crane (and police came out to be sure it could get close enough to the seawall, safely). 9:12 PM UPDATE: Adding video of the crane operation. (Note, the mapping device achieves liftoff about 49 seconds in.)

Fire call on SW Trenton: Wood stove trouble

March 20, 2009 5:42 pm
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 |   West Seattle fires | West Seattle news

911 log just closed a “fire in single-family residence” call in the 1800 block of SW Trenton (map) — it wasn’t a fire after all. WSB photojournalist Christopher Boffoli checked it out and says: “Only one engine on the scene now – SFD told me there was a wood-burning stove with something left in it, and the smoke surprised the residents.”

West Seattle-bound traffic alert: Southbound 99 “a parking lot”

March 20, 2009 4:29 pm
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 |   Alaskan Way Viaduct | West Seattle traffic alerts

That’s according to Deborra, who has a good view of it from downtown. There was construction work south of the West Seattle exit, but it was supposed to be done by 3:30, so not entirely sure that’s it – just know that heading southbound on 99 will take you longer, if you’re leaving any time soon. 5:35 PM UPDATE: SDOT sends this advisory – it IS related to the road work:

SDOT is working to address traffic backups on southbound Highway 99 this afternoon.

A contractor making emergency repairs on East Marginal Way South (Highway 99) had his crews off the street before 3:30 p.m. as required by his city permit; however, two traffic lanes were left closed to allow pavement to cure, resulting in traffic backups through downtown Seattle.

One lane was opened at 5 p.m., and the third lane is to be opened before 6 p.m.

West Seattle snow aftermath: Mayor requests ethics review

(WSB photo taken in Admiral District, 12/21/2008)
Followup to the Seattle Times investigation of last December’s snow response and the suggestion that West Seattle got preferential treatment: The mayor’s office just sent a news release saying he’s asking for an ethics review of the Transportation Department – read on:Read More

West Seattle Weekend Lineup: “Dynamite,” Water (Day), more

March 20, 2009 1:57 pm
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 |   Fun stuff to do | WS culture/arts | WS Weekend Lineup

“Napoleon Dynamite” wraps up the first-ever Indoor Winter Movies on the Wall (free!) series Saturday night in The Junction wswllicon3.pngwith “Napoleon Dynamite” — including a tater-tot contest! Before or after, you can check out the White Center Open Studio Art Tour – Saturday night’s also when Andre Feriante and friends perform a “Listening Room” concert at the Admiral TheaterScouting for Food, Sanislo Elementary‘s auction, the Hi-Yu Spring Tea, World Water Day at Alki, and more, all among more than 40 events in this edition of the West Seattle Weekend Lineup (sponsored by Skylark Cafe and Club):Read More

I-5 traffic alerts for next week: Let there be (more) light

March 20, 2009 1:46 pm
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 |   West Seattle traffic alerts

Good news, the lighting at the I-5/West Seattle Bridge (Spokane Street) interchange is getting improvements. Semi-bad news in the short run, that means some ramp closures. They may not all affect you since some are from Columbian Way (the Beacon Hill end), but here’s the full list just in case:Read More

Duwamish Tribe fundraiser tomorrow: “Fry Bread for Justice”

When the Duwamish Tribe dedicated its long-awaited longhouse on the eastern edge of West Seattle on January 3rd, lawyer Scott Wheat – seen in that WSB video clip from our coverage of the event – talked about the tribe’s legal fight for federal recognition. One thing they need: Money. So tomorrow – and two other dates in April and May – the tribe is holding all-day events under the title “Cecile’s Fry Bread for Justice” – Cecile is the tribe’s longtime elected chair Cecile Hansen, and we’ve heard that her fry bread is legendary. Other food, plus entertainment, and “surprises,” the tribe promises. (We also got a note this morning that they’re looking for volunteer help from people with food-handler permits.) 10 am-5 pm tomorrow at the longhouse, $20 donation at the door; more info here.

West Seattle tech: Seattle Lutheran in robotics competition

West Seattle is a hotbed of high-tech learning, with robotics programs at several local schools — and one of them, Seattle Lutheran High School, is the only West Seattle participant in a competition next week at KeyArena, the FIRST Robotics Microsoft Seattle Regional. Bil Hood from SLHS tells WSB, “There will be teams from all over the US as far as Florida, as well as Canada and even Turkey at the event.” SLHS is one of four Seattle-area schools scheduled to compete (Evergreen, just south of here, is part of it too); Bil shares this link to video of the school’s current robot. The theme this year, he explains, is the Moon (here’s a national-level explanation of the competition) — Bil explains that it “tries to recreate lunar gravity for the robots while they try and pick up moon rocks to load onto competitors’ robots.” Competition happens next Thursday-Saturday; here’s the agenda.

Delridge Produce Co-op updates: Potluck plan, & Galena’s story

(From left, Delridge Produce Co-Op organizer Galena White, Nola [daughter of Jennifer Grant], board members Jennifer Grant and Ranette Iding, volunteer consultant Johnathan Oliver from Heart On My Sleeve)
The next big event for the volunteers working toward a Delridge Produce Cooperative is a community potluck (to which you’re invited!) one week from tomorrow, and they gathered to work on the plan last night at Pearls coffeehouse. Music, food, a raffle, and even a chili-making demonstration are planned for the event 11 am-2 pm (see the flyer on the Delridge Produce Cooperative home page) Saturday, March 28, at Youngstown Arts Center. Your role? Show up, with “healthy food” to share, and have fun. Meantime, co-op organizer Galena White recently wrote up a recap of how this all got started, in response to requests from other media looking into stories about the Delridge Produce Cooperative effort, and we want to share her story as an inspirational instance of one person who decided to stop “complaining” – and take action – see what she did, step by step:Read More

First jobless, now homeless: Sherry can’t keep Moon any more

That’s Moon the cat. Moon needs someplace to stay – short term or long term. His person, Sherry, lost her job, then got evicted this week, according to Delridge resident Paul Boyarin, who met Sherry at her recent yard sale. Now that she’s staying at an emergency shelter, she can’t keep Moon with her; the neighbor who’s watching him can’t keep him; Paul himself is maxed out with four foster cats; and local cat rescuers say they’re full to capacity right now. So Paul wonders if anyone in WSB-land would be interested in taking care of Moon, who’s about three years old, described as “very friendly and sweet” and “a well-loved indoor cat.” If you can help, here’s how to reach Paul:

What the bridge incident was all about

Got texts and e-mail from folks who drove past a scene with police, fire, and a car that looked to be pointing the wrong way on the westbound side of The Bridge just before midnight. Lt. Ron Smith at the Southwest Precinct says officers got a call about someone driving erratically, and when they finally stopped the driver, they called in medics because the driver appeared to be having a medical problem/reaction of some sort. All’s clear now.

Almost spring: Help the West Seattle Edible Garden Fair grow!

March 20, 2009 1:21 am
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 |   Gardening | How to help | West Seattle news

Not only will there be a West Seattle Edible Garden Tour again this year, there’ll also be a West Seattle Edible Garden Fair too. And you can help it grow – by spending an hour and half with organizers this Sunday afternoon. The Edible Garden Fair, involving Community Harvest of Southwest Seattle and the city Department of Neighborhoods, is set for May 23rd at South Seattle Community College, a day of “presentations and panel discussions about growing food,” according to the CHoSS website. But before it comes to fruition, it’s time for planning and strategizing – and that’ll happen at 1:30 this Sunday in the Common House at Duwamish Cohousing (6000 17th SW; here’s a map).