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Door-to-door alert: Nonprofit solicitor after dark?

Cheryl suspects this solicitor was legit and is planning to check tomorrow, but wanted to share the story anyway:Read More

Election 2009: Mallahan, McGinn in West Seattle to talk housing

Seattle Post-Globe has coverage of the mayoral candidates’ participation in the midday candidates’ forum at Youngstown Arts Center that focused on housing issues. Among other things, the article notes both support approval of the housing levy that’s on next month’s ballot. Mayoral and council candidates are expected back in West Seattle for the only major forum targeting issues of specific importance to WS, one week from tonight, 7 pm 10/15, also at Youngstown.

Photos: West Seattle Art Walk – 60+ mini-parties

October 8, 2009 7:22 pm
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ORIGINAL 7:22 PM REPORT: Back at WSB HQ to put up a few pix from our West Seattle Art Walk ramblings so far – heading back out to see more. (For blanket disclosure, all three of these first photos are from WSB sponsor locations.) Top photo is painter Paul Creasman, who is showing at M3 Bodyworks – 5410 California SW, upstairs, quite the party, lots of beer, catering by, stop by till 9 pm. In North Delridge, we caught up with photographer Jenny Jimenez:

Her exhibition “Show Me Your TIFFs” features 10 years of music photography and is at Skylark Cafe and Club – two walls of photos – 3803 Delridge Way, and she’s there in person till 9 pm tonight too. (Plus live music – singer-songwriter Damien Jurado and Amy Blaschke.) Artists are on hand at many venues but not all; we dropped in at Dream Dinners, where Betty Olson Vacca‘s paintings are on the walls but the creating’s being done by clients:

Dream Dinners is on the 41st SW street side of Jefferson Square (4701 41st). Our next stops include Feedback Lounge to see how the punk-rock pumpkin carving is going. More later. Beautiful night. Here’s the Art Walk map – even if you don’t want to go far, there are likely venues near you. ADDED 11:29 PM: Photos from four more venues we made it to – first, two punk-ins from the Feedback Lounge carve-a-thon:

Showing at The Kenney, here’s artist Jan Hahn, who lives in the Ballymena building:

Back in The Junction, Dave Sheely showed his jewelry at Cherry Consignment – we liked his display card, too:

And in the Admiral District, Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) continues to feature the work of Rachel Austin, which debuted during their recent 5th anniversary party:

Click! proprietors Frances and John Smersh say Austin is coming up from Portland to discuss her work in person during an event Nov. 21. Meantime – next West Seattle Art Walk is November 12th.

High-school sports: West Seattle HS football, girls’ soccer win

ORIGINAL 7:21 PM REPORT (FOOTBALL): The final from Memorial Stadium downtown: West Seattle High School 46, Cleveland 0, second straight shutout for the Wildcats. More to come. (You can read some of the highlights in the stream from our live tweets – @wsblive.)

ADDED 9:54 PM: From co-publisher Patrick, who covered the game: The Thursday night edition of Wildcat football saw West Seattle defeat Cleveland, 46-0. The West Seattle High defense was the standout on the night. Cleveland was held to only one first down in the first half, and their best drive stalled on the 31. The Wildcats also forced several turnovers, including a blocked punt that was recovered by senior Emmet Holte. After the game, coach Davis Lura talked about Emmet and the play of the special teams.

The Wildcats are now 5-1 (4-0 in conference play). As for West Seattle’s other two high school varsity football teams: Chief Sealth travels to Clatskanie, OR, for a game at 3 pm Saturday, while Seattle Lutheran has this week off.

GIRLS’ SOCCER: Thanks to Sandy for the report: WSHS 3-0 over Sealth in girls’ soccer today.

Yet MORE road work in the works: Beach Drive, for 3 weeks

Maybe it’s the rush before the winter weather hits. Another one just in from SDOT:

SDOT will rebuild the west side of the roadway and repair the sidewalk from 6543 to 6551 Beach Drive Southwest starting Monday, October 12. The road will be reduced to one lane for three weeks with a flagger to guide traffic during the day.

Dedication ceremony set for Dakota Place Park

Just got word from Mary Ellen Cunningham of Friends of Dakota Place Park (map) that the dedication is set for 3:30 pm October 22nd “rain or shine.” The exterior work is done, including the art installation (photo), and as reported here last week, the city is putting together funding to finish the interior of the historic substation building on the site so that it can be used as a satellite facility for Hiawatha Community Center programs.

Downtown traffic alert: Paving work to affect Viaduct access

From SDOT this afternoon, word of a downtown project that will close the Columbia Street onramp to the Alaskan Way Viaduct from Friday night until (probably) Sunday morning – read on:Read More

West Seattle Crime Watch: Art stolen from Avalon storefront

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Mark Hewitt, former owner of Tillicum Village, called with news that the native artwork that decorated the front of the former TV headquarters on Avalon Way (see left side of the Google Street View image above) is now gone; he noticed this around 7:30 last night. This photo taken a short time ago shows plywood where it was removed:

Hewitt says it’s a 6 foot tall by 1.5 foot wide piece of art that was designed on Vancouver Island, and he is offering a $100 reward for its return w/no questions asked. You can call him at 935-1413. ADDED 10:26 PM: We’ve received a better photo of the panel:

Happening now: Adopt a pet at West Seattle Thriftway!

That’s Baron the German Shepherd, a 4-year-old male, one of the pets at West Seattle Thriftway right now, till 3 pm, with the Humane Society’s Maxmobile, looking for their “forever homes.” Michele at Thriftway adds that besides additional dogs, “Also in the truck are adoptable cats. One kitten, a few adolescents and some adults.”

At ex-Huling car showroom, Cycle University is ready to ride

A former West Seattle car lot is now home to a bicycle business. 3 weeks ago, we briefly mentioned the impending move of Cycle U to an ex-Huling site; now, they’re two days away from opening, so here’s a closer look.

Story and photos by Mary Sheely
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

After standing vacant for two years, the former home of the Huling (then briefly Gee) Chrysler dealership is getting a new tenant. And this time, it’s all about the bikes. Cycle University will hold its first class this Saturday in the space at 4550 Fauntleroy (map). And according to founder Craig Undem, cycling coach Ed Ewing, and manager Brad Loetel, a former car dealership is the perfect place for bicycle training classes, sales, and repair.

Cycle U’s signature blue and orange now adorn the walls, but the building’s giant windows, offices, and a partial wall down the middle of the main floor all are all intact. In a humorous nod to the former occupants, a sign reading “We Want You Very Satisfied!” has been left above one of the offices – after all, Undem says, Cycle U wants to satisfy their customers, too.

“We’re bicycle coaches first,” says Undem, a professional coach who has raced in the World Championships of Cyclocross, won a World Cup medal in Mountain Bike Racing, and placed second in the US in Elite Criterium Championships. “I think that the advice that people get will set us apart.”

The first phase of West Seattle’s Cycle U will be their trademarked InCycle classes.

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Ceremony set for celebration of West Seattle Bridge’s added name

williams1.jpgFrom City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen‘s office: A date is set for the ceremony to officially add a name to the West Seattle Bridge – not replacing that utilitarian name — in honor of former Councilmember Jeanette Williams, who helped secure the federal funding that made The Bridge possible. It’s been almost three months since the council passed the resolution. The ceremony is planned for 12:30 pm October 23rd, at a still-to-be-finalized location under The Bridge – that’ll be almost a year to the day since Ms. Williams’ death last October.

Southwest District Council talks new city-money rules, and more

October 8, 2009 10:34 am
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Headlines from Wednesday night’s meeting of the Southwest District Council: Two briefings regarding changes in the ways citizen-proposed projects get money from certain city funds. One set of changes, for the Neighborhood Street Fund, didn’t draw much controversy as SDOT’s Krista Bunch explained things, but the other, for the Neighborhood Matching Fund, did. Read on:Read More

Also tonight: Big Sealth, WSHS events; West Seattle Art Walk

HIGH SCHOOL EVENTS: In addition to West Seattle High School Curriculum Night, starting at 6:30 pm (as previewed here last Sunday), tonight is also Open House night at Chief Sealth High School, starting with free dinner at 5:30 pm (the evening’s agenda is on the CSHS website). Then remember – no school tomorrow districtwide.

WEST SEATTLE ART WALK: In addition to some of the venues we mentioned in this preview (the punk-pumpkin-carving at Feedback Lounge [WSB sponsor] is a don’t-miss), tonight’s West Seattle Art Walk (6-9 pm) also includes: At C & P Coffee, the 2nd Thursday wine club “will be raising a glass to wine club member Elizabeth Bachman as she shares her photographs with her first West Seattle show: ‘Out for a Walk’,” according to C & P proprietor Cameron. At Cherry Consignment in The Junction, West Seattle jewelry designer Dave Sheely is the featured artist. And we have a few more details on the bazaar we mentioned at The Kenney — it includes an Oktoberfest theme, with beer ‘n’ brats. By the way, if you missed young artist Romy Ehrsan‘s work at Shoofly Pie last month — you can catch it tonight. Many more highlights on the WSAW site, and here’s the newest walking map (it changes quarterly) of all 60+ venues, from Alki Bathhouse in the north to Endolyne Joe’s (WSB sponsor) in the south, and all over the peninsula inbetween.

Tonight, West Seattle sushi star takes on the tube

(Photo by Christopher Boffoli, first published here in August)
Thanks to Don for the tip that Mashiko‘s Hajime Sato (profiled here in August, just as he was gaining widespread fame for focusing on sustainable sushi/sashimi) is scheduled to be on Food Network tonight, 9 pm. Read all about it on this Mashiko webpage. And a reminder – he’s one of the chefs participating in this Sunday’s Eat Local Now! benefit dinner/auction/entertainment event (see the lineup here) – 5 pm 10/11 at Alki Masonic Hall in The Junction – tickets available here.

Followup: What West Seattleite Marty Riemer is up to now

Almost two weeks after West Seattleite Marty Riemer and his broadcasting partner Jodi Brothers got the boot from The Mountain, he is still interacting with fans via his Facebook page – where he’s also announced that they will host a “Marty Riemer Show Severance Blowout” party on the downtown waterfront, 6:30 pm October 22 at Elliott’s (as Marty noted, right next to the Water Taxi dock). Not a fundraiser or donation drive, he elaborated in a FB update – no admission – just be there. The two have not announced another gig yet but did post a goofy little video about “Day 10” of unemployment; see it on FB here. (Photo courtesy Marty Riemer)

How to protect West Seattle waters and beaches? Meeting tonight

Thanks to Morgan Community Association‘s Cindi Barker for that photo, and some info, from last night’s meeting about protecting south West Seattle waters from sewer overflows during major storms. May sound desperately unglamorous, but before you find your favorite beach getting dug up by the chosen project – and/or polluted by an overflow – you might want to have some input into the decisions that have to be made, in a process including last night’s meeting and another one tonight: King County Wastewater Treatment has four options from which to choose for handling what are known as Combined Sewer Overflows. Last night, the open-house-format meeting focused on the Murray basin – waters north and south of Lowman Beach that are affected if the Murray pump area has an overflow; tonight (6:30-8:30 pm, The Hall at Fauntleroy, just drop by during that window), it’ll focus on the Barton basin – affected if there’s an overflow from the Barton pump area (alongside the Fauntleroy ferry dock). Here are the four options for handling the overflows:\

*Increase pumping capacity so EVERYTHING can go to a treatment station (explained here)
*Storage – Build a huge tank to hold onto the overflow till it can be sent through the system post-storm (explained here)
*On-site treatment: Build treatment facilities near the pump station to be put into use when the regular system can’t handle the flow (explained here)
*Reduce flows into the system by working with property owners on measures such as disconnecting roof drains, creating rain gardens and bioswales (explained here)

The county says the average overflow at each of those sites is a million gallons; Murray averages five a year, Barton averages four. The county is taking feedback now and plans to come out with site-specific recommendations early next year. As you can see from the list, the alternatives are dramatically different – drop by tonight’s meeting and find out more about the pros and cons. (Both of these sites, by the way, remain in queue for future pump-station upgrades, beyond the decisions on how to handle the CSOs.)