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Sports report: West Seattle HS volleyball win over Franklin

Thanks to West Seattle High School assistant volleyball coach Jim Hardy for the report: West Seattle 3, visiting team Franklin 1. – 25-17; 22-25; 25-8; 25-21 – West Seattle highlights: Emmie Riley with 10 Kills, 7 aces; Taylor Magera, 29 assists. (All sports reports welcome! Contact us whichever way works for you.)

Update: Homelessness activists camp outside mayor’s house

(cameraphone photo added 8:32 pm, a few protesters gathered in the park near Admiral Church sign)
ORIGINAL 8:12 PM REPORT: We’re out watching to see if the homelessness-advocacy group SHARE makes good on its threat to have protesters camp outside Mayor Nickels‘ North Admiral home tonight (earlier report here) to protest a denied request for bus-voucher money. So far, here’s what we’re seeing: Police have had a presence outside the mayor’s house for at least an hour, including a watch commander; about a dozen people believed to be part of the protest are gathering at California Place Park a few blocks away (thanks to @macjustice for the tip on that via Twitter). They have just had a meeting with one police officer and now they’re meeting to discuss what they plan to do from here. 8:41 PM UPDATE: Now they’re at the mayor’s house. They’ve been told they can’t be on sidewalks, in the street, or in gardened parking strips – so they’re setting up in what areas are left. Media-wise, at least 2 TV stations are there along with us, Seattle Post-Globe, and Real Change News. A spokesperson says they have at least 40 people there; we’re taking a count – that means they’re in parking strips in front of neighbors’ houses too – 7 houses, to be exact, stretching most of the way along the block. 9:40 PM UPDATE: A couple of our clips – too dark out there to get much usable video without a light, but what you’ll see first is Southwest Precinct Sgt. Joel Sweetland talking with the group before they walked from the park to the mayor’s house, discussing ground rules:

And here are some of the campers getting settled on a parking strip:

Barring word of anything happening overnight, we plan to go back in the morning to check on the campout’s status. 7:44 AM TUESDAY UPDATE: We haven’t gone yet but tipster Mac says via Twitter, ” Judging by the wheeled portapotty and loaded van that just drove by my bus stop, looks like the protesters are done.”

Ex-Salty’s waiter charged in alleged $35,000 embezzlement

Thanks to Marco for pointing out this story about charges filed in a case of alleged embezzling at Salty’s on Alki. We’ve obtained the court documents in the case — here’s the story they tell: Read More

Latest in the 4th Avenue S. saga: It’ll all be OK tomorrow

September 28, 2009 6:34 pm
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 |   Not WS but we're mentioning it anyway | Transportation

For SODO drivers on 4th S – the latest on those repairs near the stadiums that had WSDOT suggesting you avoid the area: It’ll all be done by morning, according to the latest bulletin:Read More

Followup: Alki Beach 5K – after the race!

First, following up on Sunday’s Alki Beach 5K Walk/Run to raise money for Northwest Hope and Healing‘s work helping breast-cancer patients (our same-day coverage is here and here), NWHH executive director Shari Sewell has an update:

Nearly 1,400 walkers, runners, volunteers, sponsors and supporters came out on a beautiful morning for the Alki Beach 5k Walk & Run. We are so thrilled at the cooperation we received from the West Seattle community as well as the support of our participants. Our supporters have embraced our mission to help women get through breast cancer, and the event has grossed over $75,000, with donations still coming in. Donations can be made online at Special thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, Dr Glenn Krieger, who has generously supported our annual event over the past few years.

And from NWHH supporter and Alki Beach 5K participant Amy Daly-Donovan, a photo and info from an “afterparty” of sorts:

From left, that’s NWHH founder Christine Smith, Amy and husband Jim, and Shari Sewell. Amy reports $1,800 more was raised at the party, for which she provides the backstory:

I signed up for NWHH’s inaugural run event in 2003 – it was a half marathon and the longest distance I’d ever run. My young & vibrant sister had recently passed away from an aggressive form of breast cancer and I wanted to do something to honor her, and liked the idea of supporting a LOCAL organization that supported LOCAL breast cancer patients. In that first year, NWHH encouraged each participant to raise $500 and I decided to try something different rather than asking for pledges. Jim and I hosted a cocktail party and asked people to come and make a donation to NWHH. That first year we raised nearly $1,400.

We decided to make an annual event of it and have been running & partying every year since. Last year, the total we have raised through the generosity of our friends and family surpassed the $10,000 mark! We are thrilled to be able to support this wonderful and much-needed organization in such a significant way. Two of my sisters and my niece and I also participated in NWHH’s Spring Fashion Show last May and had a blast.

You can find out more about Northwest Hope and Healing at ADDED TUESDAY: We’ve received a followup also from the presenting sponsor, Krieger Dentistry, regarding their ongoing efforts to help fight breast cancer – read on:Read More

From the WSB Forums: Got West Seattle retail space for this?

Just posted in the WSB Forums by Alki Kayak Tours‘ Greg Whittaker, who had mentioned in the company’s most recent e-newsletter that they were planning a retail store:

Hey WS,

We have the opportunity to open a ski/paddlesports/vehicle rack outfitter shop here in WS, but the one thing missing is the location. We recently had an amazing space pulled out from under us.

I know someone here is connected to a space that would work, so we are looking for you.

We know what is listed, we are looking for someone with something unlisted.

Alki Kayak Tours will open the shop.

Acquiring a 35 yr old ski shops worth of inventory, shop tools, merchandising.

Dealerships setup with Thule, and other leading rack manufacturers.

WE NEED A SPACE…please help!

Greg Whittaker

Contact info is at their website,

Potential protest campout at mayor’s North Admiral home tonight

The homeless-advocacy group SHARE says members will be camping outside Mayor Nickels‘ house in North Admiral tonight as a protest over funding for bus vouchers. The Seattle Post-Globe has details from a SHARE planning session this morning. Meantime, SHARE itself has been issuing news releases – here’s the latest:Read More

Update on 4th Avenue S. traffic alert: “Consider avoiding” 4th

September 28, 2009 12:22 pm
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For everyone who uses southbound 4th Avenue S. by the stadiums while heading home from work (or other business) — the traffic advisory re: repair work has just been updated – read on:Read More

Let the sun shine in: Seattle Solar Tour has 6 West Seattle stops

If you haven’t already seen it on the WSB Events calendar – we just got a reminder from the city that this is coming up this weekend: The Seattle Solar Tour, with six stops in West Seattle, including trailblazing “hybrid coffee shop” Red Cup Espresso in The Junction. It’s a self-guided free tour, 10 am-4 pm this Saturday (Oct. 3) – all locations, West Seattle and the rest of the city – are listed here.

Ticket sales start for Lesbian and Gay Film Fest at The Admiral

admiral.jpgAs noted here two weeks ago, the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival is returning to West Seattle’s Admiral Theater again this year. The festival runs October 16-25; according to its website, the Admiral screenings are on the final two days, with five films on Saturday 10/24 and two on Sunday 11/25 – here’s the schedule. Tickets went on sale today; here’s info on how to buy them. ADDED 1:55 PM: Another festival note, from West Seattle’s State Sen. Joe McDermott, via Facebook: “West Seattle filmmaker Michael Culpepper‘s short After All That shows on Saturday, October 17, at 2 pm at the Egyptian Theater!” (Here’s that link.)

West Seattle scene: Costliest can in town?

Saw this a short time ago in front of Easy Street while running an errand in The Junction.

Update: Fauntleroy ferries’ downtown detour is ending

(Live Fauntleroy dock camera)
Washington State Ferries says a “power problem” is detouring Fauntleroy ferries to downtown TFN. (Thanks to Christine for the original tip on this.) More shortly. 10:12 AM UPDATE: WSF just announced the power problem has been fixed and service will be back to normal starting with the 10:20 am run – but they’re warning of some delays while the ferries get back into position.

Followup: Long-gone West Seattle bus stop back “within 2 weeks”

One month ago, we reported that Metro promised the 42nd/Alaska bus stop removed during construction of Capco Plaza (home of the new QFC store) would be back. Since the store’s been open almost 2 weeks but the bus stop’s not back yet, we asked Metro’s Linda Thielke for an update this morning; her reply: “The city will be the agency re-installing the bus stop at 42nd & Alaska. We expect it to be done within two weeks.”

Burglary suspects arrested on the West Seattle Bridge

Thanks to everyone who e-mailed and texted us about a startling sight on The Bridge about an hour ago, which appeared to involve someone getting arrested. We just checked with the Seattle Police media unit and they say that’s exactly what happened. According to Det. Mark Jamieson, it all started with a burglary report in the 3800 block of 46th SW (map) – a caller saw two men stealing things out of a backyard, including a shop saw. The caller gave police a description of the men and their vehicle, and it was tracked down on the eastbound bridge. Police held the suspects until the victim/witness could be brought to the scene to identify them, then, when positive identification was made, the two suspects were arrested. 3:50 PM NOTE: We asked Southwest Precinct Lt. Steve Paulsen if the two have been linked to any other burglaries, since several passers-by say their SUV looked “packed full” – he says, “We’re still looking into that.”

Neighborhood alert: Post-sale (?) dumping in Sunrise Heights

September 28, 2009 7:06 am
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AJ sent this a few days back – but since tonight would be the night, if it happens again, we’re running it now to share the intended neighborhood alert:

I just wanted to alert my fellow community members of the illegal trash dumping activities in the Sunrise Heights Neighborhood. We live off 35th and Holden behind the Chevron gas station [map] and have had people dumping remnants of what appears to be garage sale leftovers every Monday night. It’s been two weeks in a row that there has been (a lot) of cr*p outside in the alley, so we wanted to let our neighbors be aware of suspicious activities. If we can keep our neighborhood clean, why can’t trash dumpers?!

We noticed it too while driving by (before getting this note, so no photo) in the area shown in the Google Street View image above.

Today’s the deadline: Nominate your favorite Local Food Hero!

Just under threetwo weeks till the Eat Local Now! dinner/auction presented by organizations including Sustainable West Seattle and CoolMom (with co-sponsors including WSB), 5 pm Sunday 10/11 at Alki Masonic Hall in The Junction (map). One of many highlights at the event: The Jeff Fairhall Local Food Hero will be honored. The award is explained here; your nominee doesn’t have to be a West Seattleite, since Eat Local Now! is a regional event (happening here in WS this time around). Grower? Vendor? Chef? Advocate? Get your nomination in by day’s end – the form’s here – and get your ticket(s) for Eat Local Now! too (on sale online here).

West Seattle weekend scenes: From centennial to cycling

September 28, 2009 3:25 am
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 |   Seen at sea | West Seattle news | West Seattle religion | WS & Sports

(Photo by Kevin McClintic)
By the time the moon rose toward the end of a beautiful weekend, we’d collected a few more photos to share. First, congratulations to Tibbetts United Methodist Church north of The Junction for its centennial celebration on Sunday:

Pictured above (thanks to Betsy Wharton at Tibbetts for sending photos) are Tibbetts Church members (back row from left) Barbara Benson, Shirley Lindberg, Betsy Wharton, Howard Bogie and (front row from left) Ted Reed – plus (continuing front row) Pat Simpson, Seattle District Superintendent, Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church; Grant Hagiya, Bishop, Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church; Joanne Carlson Brown, Pastor, Tibbetts United Methodist Church; member Douglas Hom. The celebration included displays like this:

And Betsy sums up the event:

The September 27th Centennial Celebration at Tibbetts United Methodist Church began with an 8:30am coffee hour during which members old and new gathered to greet one another and watch video footage taken 50 years ago during the construction of the Sanctuary that stands today. The Worship Service included music by a large Centennial Choir and the Tibbetts Handbell Choir. United Methodist Bishop Grant Hagiya gave the sermon and Pastor Joanne Carlson Brown greeted former pastors and friends of Tibbetts who had come back for the celebration events.

A big THANK YOU to the West Seattle Community for your support of Tibbetts United Methodist Church, over the last 99 years, during this special Centennial year, and for all the years to come. We’re 100!

Also from Sunday – we got a couple of notes about two big Navy cargo ships seen off West Seattle shores for a while today. JayDee got a photo, too.

After exhaustive online research, absent the ability to get direct info from the U.S. Navy on a Sunday night, we still couldn’t nail down exactly which ships they were; we thought this Snohomish County article about three ships visiting Everett might be a clue, but the photos of those ships don’t resemble this one. We’ll check with the Navy later today. (9:45 AM UPDATE: Thanks to Mark for the answer! He tracks ship traffic with this site, and says they were the Cape Island and Cape Intrepid, both indeed with the Military Sealift Command.)

Last but not least, courtesy of “westseattledood,” a scene from Westcrest Park on Saturday, during the Copper Cross bicycle races that took over the park for most of the day:

Thanks again to everyone who shares photos and info – you can reach us via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, phone any time.