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And another door-to-door alert: Fake cable guys?

Two door-to-door alerts in one night – this one’s from Chris in the Beach Drive area:Read More

Admiral Neighborhood Association: Concert series takes shape

June 9, 2009 9:38 pm
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 |   Fun stuff to do | West Seattle news | WS culture/arts

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From tonight’s Admiral Neighborhood Association meeting: The ANA’s first-ever summer concert series (first reported here in April) is taking shape – with two bands lined up, four to go (and 20 possibilities from which to choose!), according to Katy Walum, who’s coordinating the series. The series of concerts on the lawn east of Hiawatha Community Center is set to start July 23rd, continuing every Thursday night through August 27th; the bands lined up so far are Tom Colwell and the Southbound Odyssey – who headlined the recent Pete Seeger 90th-birthday celebration at the Admiral Theater – and the West Seattle Big Band (shown above in a WSB clip from their performance at last year’s summer concert series at The Mount). ANA also is busy lining up sponsors to cover the costs of the free series, and is about three-fourths of the way to its goal (if you’re interested in being a sponsor, you can e-mail The working name for the concert series: Admiral Neighborhood Association’s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha, and you’ll hear a lot more about it as the summer progresses. (More later on other topics the Admiral group discussed tonight.)

Tomorrow night: Speak out – and find out – about The Tunnel

6-8 pm tomorrow at Madison Middle School, it’s your next major chance to find out — and speak out — about the plan to replace the Central Waterfront section of the Alaskan Way Viaduct with a deep-bored tunnel. Reps from the state Transportation Department (which is advertising the meeting on WSB to help get the word out) and other involved agencies/departments will be on hand both to answer your questions and to take your comments, to help shape the environmental-studies process required before tunnel-building can begin. It’s open-house format, so drop by any time between 6 and 8. And remember it’s not just about the tunnel itself – these meetings also offer information about component projects (such as the Spokane Street Viaduct Widening Project taking shape alongside the east section of the West Seattle Bridge). In the meantime, three working groups continue meeting to discuss specifics regarding how the tunnel and other components of the “transportation corridor” will work — read on for the latest on what they’re up to:Read More

Door-to-door alert from just south of The Junction

Misty wanted to share word of an apparent solicitor in her area within the past hour – read on to see what she wrote:Read More

Admiral Theater “Twisted Flicks” start this Saturday

June 9, 2009 5:22 pm
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From the Admiral Theater:

“Ouch your Brains Are Killing Me”

Twisted Films Brings “B Movie to the Admiral For Laughs

Jet City Improv’s Twisted Flicks is a movie experience like no other.
Director, Mike Christensen calls it “fun old movies with a funny new twist.”
The troupe takes a classic, cheesy “B” movie shown without its original
soundtrack. All dialog, sound effects and music are improvised live by their
team of players, based on suggestions from that night’s audience. Each
night, the picture may be the same, but the movie is completely different.
The show is fast-paced, funny and suitable for all ages. To purchase
tickets through Brown Paper Tickets go to:

“I remember loving Mystery Science Theater 3000 where one man and his two
robot pals would make fun of a cheesy movie. I am excited to be able to
bring that kind of comedy to the Admiral Theater. It’s unique, spontaneous
and totally fun”. The dates for Twisted Flicks are June 13th; July 24th and
August 21st.

Tickets for the comedy shows are $12.00 and can be purchased through Brown
Paper Tickets or at the door that evening. The Admiral is teaming up with a
few exclusive restaurants who will be offering “Dinner & a Show” discounts.
If you bring your receipt from your meal that evening, you will be given a
coupon which is good for $2.00 off one ticket at the door. These
discounts are only good for those tickets purchased at the theater, not
through Brown Paper Tickets.

Currently, the restaurants participating in the dinner & a show promotion is
Café Revo, Endolyne Joe’s Feedback Lounge and the Mission Bar.

Pigeon Point Council: Crime-fighting reminders, Night Out, more

June 9, 2009 5:18 pm
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 |   Pigeon Point | West Seattle news

High atop the heights of northeastern West Seattle, signs like that help get the word out about the Pigeon Point Neighborhood Councils meetings – like the one we covered last night at Cooper School. The impending transition at that school was one of the topics – as was something a little further into the future, Night Out block parties (not that far away – August 4th is the date – and registration just opened) – and more immediate concerns about crime-fighting – plus the saga of the buried bunker! – read on for the highlights:Read More

Myrtle Reservoir update: 4 months of pre-park work ahead

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Back in March, when we checked on the status of work at Myrtle Reservoir, which has now been “covered” — with a park coming to the new open space that was created – park project manager Virginia Hassinger told us she was hopeful the site would be turned over “this fall.” Today we’ve received an update from the city, saying the rest of the work on the reservoir site will start later this month – so nearby residents should watch for a return of construction activity – to be complete “by the end of October.” Hassinger has said that once the site is turned over to Parks for construction, the park should take about three months to “build.” (Here’s the approved design.)

Full City Council coming to West Seattle to hear from you

June 9, 2009 3:15 pm
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 |   Fauntleroy | West Seattle news | West Seattle politics

June 25, the Seattle City Council‘s coming to The Hall at Fauntleroy for a Town Hall meeting – focused on youth violence, public schools and tree protection. Thanks to Ron Angeles for sharing the announcement (which also includes word of similar meetings elsewhere in the city) – read on for details:Read More

Showdown ahead? “Trespass notice” posted at “Nickelsville” site

Is another showdown ahead at the “Nickelsville” homeless-camp site on the eastern edge of West Seattle (2nd SW and Highland Park Way, as reported here Saturday morning)? We happened to get a photo of the “trespass notice” earlier today (above) and had been checking into its implications – now we’ve received an update from Nickelsville spokesperson Revel Nt:

TODAY Washington State Department of Transportation posted an undated trespass notice at the Nickelsville encampment.

Governor Gregoire’s Senior Adviser Ron Judd visited Nickelsville and talked with campers.

Wa State Attorney General Rob McKenna said state law does not allow temporary agreements regarding state land.

At this time, Governor Gregoire hasn’t decided what is possible or not yet regarding their stay on that site.

Ron Judd is coordinating a meeting between the Mayor’s Office, Deputy Mayor Tim Ceis and Nickelsville. We don’t know whether Mayor Nickels will meet with them directly.

Nickelsville asks that everyone please contact Governor Gregoire at (360)902-4111 or e-mail:, and ask the Governor for negotiations for their stay.

Seattle Police taking applications now for Community Police Academy

We know several people who’ve done this and they say it’s an unforgettable experience – here’s the official announcement from Seattle Police:

Seattle Police now taking applications for the Community Police Academy

Want to learn about the role of police officers? What is CSI (Crime Scene Investigation)? How about having the opportunity to ride-along with a police officer while patrolling Seattle streets and neighborhoods?

The Seattle Police Department is now taking applications for the fall Community Police Academy to begin Thursday, September 17, 2009. Classes are held once a week for 10 weeks from 5:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

The Community Police Academy is designed to provide Seattle residents an opportunity to learn first hand about how the Seattle Police Department works. Classes focus on patrol operations and procedures, the Office of Professional Accountability (OPA), the criminal justice process, crimes against persons/property, bias crimes, narcotics, SWAT, CSI, use of force, officer safety and defensive tactics, firearms/mock scenes, domestic violence, elder abuse, arson/bomb, traffic, K-9, and arrest procedures, along with criminal law. Opportunities include ride-alongs with patrol officers. Graduates benefit from the facts and best practices of policing, and receive a program certificate upon completion of the course.

Space is limited, so all are encouraged to apply early. The deadline to submit your application is Friday, July 10, 2009. To apply, go to: or call 206-684-8672 for more information.

Need something shredded? Go to Beacon Hill this Saturday

June 9, 2009 2:01 pm
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Pete Spalding forwards word of an event that Verity Credit Union is putting on in two Puget Sound communities – Beacon Hill’s not that far away:

Every year we host a Shred-A-Thon, or two, to aid our branch communities in safe disposal practices of confidential and sensitive information. This year, Beacon Hill and Alderwood will be hosting a Shred-A-Thon at each of their branch locations on Saturday, June 13th from 10 am-2 pm. A shred truck will be provided at each location for the disposal of sensitive paper waste (anyone is welcome) which, as we all know, aids in the prevention of fraud and identity theft. In addition to this once a year benefit, BH and AW will be asking for minimum $5 donations or non-perishable food items to donate to the Beacon Hill and Lynnwood food banks. Not only are we aiding in the prevention of fraud and identity theft, we are helping our local communities in need.

The Beacon Hill branch of Verity Credit Union, by the way, is at the VA hospital at 1660 S. Columbian Way; here’s a map.

Grand opening Thursday: Curious Art Kids and Curious Party Kids

This Thursday night, 6-8 pm – whether or not you’re already in The Junction for the monthly Art Walk — the owner of Curious Kidstuff (WSB sponsor), Ann Walker, invites you to drop in for the grand opening of Curious Art Kids (photo above) and Curious Party Kids (photo below). She explains:

The Little Artist Studio has closed after years of giving children a place to enjoy, learn and create. We say goodbye to Penny Bellemans Smith and wish her well; we will miss you. (We) have worked hard to remodel and get prepared to teach toddler, preschool, summer camps and art for older kids as well as birthday parties.

We have created a festive room to celebrate birthday parties that include an art class and quality birthday favors. We even have Nail Time, who will provide a group of tweens with fingernail painting and a class on fashion design. I feel very fortune to have Rachel Jensen, Christina McDonell and Maria Esztergalyos as teachers for these classes. They have worked diligently to pull all this together; I thank them from the bottom of my heart.

Please come Thursday, June 11th, from 6 pm to 8 pm to celebrate the opening of the studio and party room. You can sign up for classes if you would like or just have a cupcake and chat. Art Walk will be going on that evening as well. We have programs available now for art classes and birthday parties at the bottom of the stairs in Curious Kidstuff. Call and register – pay by phone if you’d like. Classes will fill up fast, so don’t wait too long.

Curious Kidstuff is at 4740 California SW (map), 206-937-8788.

“Hands-On Henna!” at the High Point Library on June 15

June 9, 2009 12:31 pm
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Just received this announcement from teen-services librarian Dennis Carlisle:

Hands-On Henna!
Monday June 15, 3 p.m.
High Point Library
3411 SW Raymond St.

Create and wear great-looking art! Discover this beautiful form of body adornment
and learn about the fascinating history and traditions of henna with artist Krysteen
Lomonaco. This is a free Summer Reading Program event for teens only (12 – 18 yrs.
old). Not suitable for large groups such as summer camps. Registration is not
required but registration guarantees a seat. For more information, please call

6 singers compete to win it all: “Alki Idol” finals Thursday night

That’s Clinton, one of the six finalists in the latest round of “Alki Idol,” which has been rocking Bamboo Bar and Grill on Thursdays. You can go to the Alki Idol YouTube channel to see the other five finalists – Jennifer, Angela, Anders, Robert and Janie – and/or be at Bamboo this Thursday night (9:30 pm).

Cooper Elementary court fight: Bus schedule set for court support

As we’ve reported in coverage of the upcoming court hearing on the challenge to the Cooper Elementary School closure, those who’ve brought the case are asking for supporters to join them in court this Friday. Joy Anderson just sent their flyer with information on two buses that have been arranged to offer transportation downtown – see it here. The hearing on the “motion for summary judgment” is at 10:30 am Friday, King County Superior Court Judge Greg Canova‘s courtroom. (Previous stories, with links to legal documents from both sides, are here and here.)

Use your iPhone, save a life: New CPR/choking info app

If you have an iPhone (or Android), the county Health Department has come up with an app(lication) you can add to it to have handy in case of emergency – apparently it’s been out for a while so you may have it already, but if not, read on for the newly issued reminder:Read More

Pre-summer slowdown? Not at West Seattle High School

June 9, 2009 11:16 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle schools

Even with graduation coming up Thursday night (5 pm at Memorial Stadium) and summer vacation around the corner, things haven’t slowed down at West Seattle High School, where local professionals answered the call again to judge competition among Michelle Sloan‘s marketing students. This time, the competition on Monday included photography and fashion merchandising as well as marketing. Gatewood’s own New York Vinnie brought the video camera to show the scene, and Highland Park’s Dina Johnson shared a whole gallery of photos (see them here) – including these two:

Some of the volunteer judges also helped out two weeks ago (here’s our followup on that). Thanks again to those who stepped forward, and speaking of volunteers, be sure to get in your nomination for recognition of West Seattle’s unsung heroes – deadline June 17!

Another West Seattle centennial celebration: Villa Heidelberg

It bears saying again: With all the centennial celebrations in the past year or so, it’s clear something amazing was going on here on the peninsula in 1908-1909. Next to celebrate, Villa Heidelberg Bed and Breakfast this weekend, and you’re invited – we received this from KatieRose Oliver:

The Villa Heidelberg was built in 1909, and has been a Bed and Breakfast for several years, owned for the last 10 by Judy Burbrink. There will be an open house this Saturday, June 13, 2009 from 1-4pm. A cream tea will be served by the West Seattle Lions Club for a donation. Judy would also appreciate it if anyone with memorabilia, old photos etc., would bring them over to display.

Villa Heidelberg is at 4845 45th SW (map).

Today/tonight: Neighborhoods; produce; retirement party

June 9, 2009 7:33 am
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 |   Neighborhoods | West Seattle people

NEIGHBORHOOD MEETINGS: Both at 7 pm – the monthly meetings of Fauntleroy Community Association (at The Hall @ Fauntleroy) and Admiral Neighborhood Association (at Admiral Church).

DELRIDGE PRODUCE COOPERATIVE: 6 pm tonight at Pearls on Delridge, it’s the next meeting for anyone and everyone interested in jumping into this truly growing effort. As we reported during the Delridge Day festival, DPC is getting a $15,000 city grant for its summer project “Mobile Market” — visit tonight’s meeting to help plan the next steps toward making it happen.

RETIREMENT PARTY: Another school is losing a popular longtime staffer: Schmitz Park Elementary‘s longtime librarian Judi Lybecker is retiring, and students past/present are invited to join in a celebration 3:30-4:30 pm at the school library (more info here).

Welcoming a WSB sponsor: My Family Doctor, in West Seattle

When a sponsor joins WSB, we traditionally offer them the chance to let you know something about their business: Today we welcome My Family Doctor, Dr. Terrill Harrington, whose office is at 3623 SW Alaska [map] in the Triangle area. Dr. Harrington’s practice is truly for the whole family – children to adults. He’s ready to talk to you about your medical questions, and to provide care that’s open to everyone, regardless of age. Dr. Harrington is proud that some of the babies he’s delivered are still coming to him years later for their regular care. He says that can be attributed to how people feel about the care they receive from him. While there are many options out there, Dr. Harrington believes people want to come to a place that treats them with the respect and dignity they deserve. Dr. Harrington says he has worked for some of the largest medical providers in the area and while he practiced with people who were well-trained and intelligent, he says there’s no substitute for a neighborhood doctor who can provide personal attention, which even includes the occasional house call. Dr. Harrington has had a practice in West Seattle for the past several years; he has served as team doctor for the Seattle Lutheran High School football team, and has provided hearing tests and other medical screening for elementary and middle schools in West Seattle. My Family Doctor is ready to be your family doctor; you can call 206-362-8674, and find out more online at We welcome Dr. Terrill Harrington to the WSB sponsor team; the latest lineup is here along with information on how to join them!

“Girls on the Run” at Pathfinder K-8 this fall

June 9, 2009 1:59 am
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It’s a popular program around Puget Sound, and now there’s a West Seattle site:

Mark your calendars! Starting in late September, Pathfinder School will be a program site for Girls on the Run of Puget Sound. This exciting, non-competitive program combines training for a 3.1 mile walking/running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts. The goals of the program are to encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development for girls. The program is offered to girls entering 3rd through 5th grade next fall of ALL fitness levels. The program will start the week of September 28th and culminate with the 3.1 mile event on December 12th. Practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays for 11/2 hours right after school (exact times to be determined). Registration is open from June 1st through June 12th and then again briefly in September. Scholarships are available for the registration fee which is on a sliding fee schedule. See registration packet for more information. This program is open to girls from other schools as well as Pathfinder. Maximum enrollment is 12 girls so don’t wait to sign up! For more information on the program contact:

Amber Swim, Program Coordinator at 206-528-2118 or
Celia Thomas, Pathfinder parent at 206-933-1363 or