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2 West Seattle door-to-door alerts: 1 persistent, 1 peeved

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Fauntleroy Community Association: Big weekend ahead

October 13, 2009 11:05 pm
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 |   Fauntleroy | West Seattle festivals | West Seattle news

From tonight’s Fauntleroy Community Association meeting: Two big events coming up this weekend – Saturday morning, 9-noon, the Cove Park cleanup, volunteers welcome (it’s the little beach park on the north side of the Fauntleroy ferry dock). Sunday afternoon, the FCA is among those involved in the Fauntleroy Fall Festival (schedule details here), 2-6 pm at multiple venues in the heart of Fauntleroy (Church/Y, Schoolhouse). FCA also is looking all the way ahead to next year, discussion this year’s membership event/Food Fest and who to invite next year. FCA president Bruce Butterfield recapped last week’s meetings on the Combined Sewer Overflow projects (our reports are here and here); Vlad Oustimovitch reported back on last week’s Southwest District Council meeting (our coverage, here). P.S. Remember FCA is on Facebook – with detailed listings of upcoming events – you can “fan” them by going here. (Then be sure you’re connected with WSB on FB here!)

Admiral Neighborhood Assoc. report #1: Concerts, Halloween …

October 13, 2009 10:05 pm
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 |   Holidays | West Seattle news | WS culture/arts

admiralogo.jpgThe huge highlight of tonight’s Admiral Neighborhood Association meeting was an update on the Admiral Safeway redevelopment project – sneak peek of what the Southwest Design Review Board will see/hear a week from Thursday. That’ll take us a while to put together so first, 4 short notes from the meeting:

SUMMER CONCERTS AT HIAWATHA: The success of this series (which we were proud to co-sponsor) left no question that ANA would do it again next year. Katy Walum said they’re planning a six-concert series again, but to avoid bumping too close to the West Seattle Hi-Yu Concert in the Park, which will be later than usual in 2010, they will start the Thursday night series on 7/29/2010 and continue it till 9/2/2010.

ADMIRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT TRICK-OR-TREATING: Parris Sadow from Max and Quinn’s Atomic Boys Shop-O-Rama is spearheading the event – as noted here a month ago, the date/time is set for the day before Halloween, Friday 10/30, 3-6 pm, but she had a few additional details, such as, 31 businesses are signed up to participate – centered around Admiral/California (no further south than Wiseman’s Appliance, and as far north as the building just past Click! Design That Fits [WSB sponsor]).

ANA OFFICER ELECTIONS: The current officers have to step down because of term limits – three one-year terms – so nominations are being taken now for elections at next month’s meeting. Nominees so far include Jim Del Ciello and Katy Walum for president and Ann Limbaugh for vice president.

MAYORAL ELECTION STRAW POLL: It’s been a tradition for ANA president Mark Wainwright to get each meeting going with an icebreaker – asking a question, then going around the room to get everyone’s answer. Tonight, it was “who do you back for mayor?” No winner emerged — Mallahan/McGinn/undecided virtually tied. (As Karl de Jong pointed out, ballots go into the mail tomorrow, so voting will start by the end of the week.)

Free trims for hundreds of well-known West Seattle street trees

Had no idea the big, beautiful trees lining the south half of 35th SW are called European Hornbeams – till today. We learned that when this news release came in today from SDOT, saying that private arborists will be donating their services to trim these trees (which line 35th from Roxbury north to Graham) 9 am-2:30 pm on Friday. (For drivers, that means some rolling closures of the curb lanes as the arborists work their way along the street.)

West Seattle Crime Watch followup: Skyelar Hailey pleads guilty

Six months ago (when we took the courtroom photo at left), it was a plea bargain to a lesser charge, and no added jail time. This time, 19-year-old West Seattle repeat offender Skyelar Hailey has pleaded guilty to two charges that call for prison time. We just confirmed with King County Prosecuting Attorney Office spokesperson Dan Donohoe that Hailey has pleaded guilty in connection with his most recent arrest, in the August 18th case that started with a purse theft from a West Seattle High School teacher, continued with items stolen at an acquaintance’s home nearby, and culminated in a foot pursuit involving police. (Full details of the incident are in this 8/23 WSB report.) Donohoe tells WSB that Hailey pleaded guilty yesterday to residential burglary and second-degree burglary; the standard sentencing range is 13 to 17 months, and he will be in court to find out his sentence on October 23rd before King County Superior Court Judge Greg Canova. (Hailey’s been in jail since his arrest two months ago, even though his bail was cut at one point from $25,000 to $15,000.)

Activity at West Seattle Whole Foods site: “Routine maintenance”

(Photo by Christopher Boffoli)
Thanks to Diane for calling, and mk for posting in the WSB Forums, about seeing activity today in the long-idle Fauntleroy/Alaska/39th pit nicknamed “Hole Foods” since it was supposed to become a residential/commercial development anchored by a Whole Foods store. WSB contributing journalist Christopher Boffoli went over to check it out; he took a few new photos (nothing visible that’s dramatically different from months ago) and talked to a worker who told him they were doing “routine maintenance.” As noted here yesterday in our report on WF opening its Interbay store, we are continuing to watch court documents, which have yielded the bulk of activity related to the project for some months now; the latest filings in the biggest combined lawsuit (the one including the foreclosure motion) involve arguments over whose financial claim takes precedence, the $21 million lender or a construction company.

Youth Violence Prevention Initiative presents “Father Connection”

Coming up this Saturday, an intriguing presentation at West Seattle’s Southwest Community Center, just announced as part of the city’s Youth Violence Prevention Initiative – read on for details:Read More

Waid Law Office: Welcoming a new West Seattle Blog sponsor

Today we welcome a new WSB sponsor, Waid Law Office, located at 4847 California SW, founded by West Seattle resident Brian Waid. Brian brings 34 years of experience of legal experience to his practice, with expertise in handling both business and personal legal issues, currently focusing on legal malpractice, insurance bad faith and appeals. Brian says, “I have had clients seek me out years after resolution of their problem, to thank me for how I helped them solve it in a way about which they were proud even years later. Most people would prefer to resolve their legal problems without litigation whenever possible. When the client’s problems cannot be solved without court intervention, I am a strategic-thinking and bulldog litigator whose preparation and thoroughness make a difference.” Having practiced law in four states and numerous federal courts, Brian adds, he knows there’s no substitute for thorough detailed preparation. Brian is active in the West Seattle community – a member of the Rotary Club of West Seattle (past Rotarian of the Year) who spent 4 years as president of Hope Lutheran Church and has sung in its choir for 13 years. He’s active in the King County Bar Association and American Bar Association, and has served on the Bar Examiners Committee for the Washington State Bar Association. You can reach Waid Law Office at 206.388.1926 and online at We thank Brian Waid and Waid Law Office for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news on WSB; the sponsor team, with info on joining, is all here.

Reminder: 1st benefit for Chef Chano’s family – tomorrow night

One more reminder that two benefits are coming up to raise money to help Cafe Revo‘s founding family deal with the medical bills left after the untimely death of co-founder Chef Sean “Chano” Goff last month. The first one is tomorrow night – “dinner and a movie” at The Sanctuary at Admiral – dinner is 4-course Italian, movie is “The Big Night” (trailer above). You can buy tickets in advance at Cafe Revo (WSB sponsor), 2940 SW Avalon Way; here’s the official flyer. The second benefit is the Westenders-presented “Operation Chano” on November 7th; more on that here.

Todd Shipyard officially gets the contract for 2 more new ferries

(WSDOT September photo of ferry-building at Todd)
Washington State Ferries announced last week that Harbor Island-based Todd Shipyards had submitted the only bid – for $114 million – to build new state ferries – and today, WSF says it’s officially given Todd the contract – read on for the announcement:Read More

Fresh food alert: High Point Market Garden open today

October 13, 2009 12:03 pm
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 |   Gardening | High Point | West Seattle news

(WSB photo from 10/1, by Kathy Mulady)
The folks at High Point Market Garden (32nd and Juneau; map) had said that their Tuesday farm stand might be open a little later into the fall than first planned – and indeed, Wendy Hughes-Jelen e-mailed to share the news that the farmers told her the stand will be open today, 3-7 pm.

West Seattle business news: Wyatt’s Jewelers on the move

Wyatt’s Jewelers (WSB sponsor) in Westwood Village is closed this week for its big move to bigger, more visible quarters. They’re not moving far – their new space is next to Chico’s, in the center of the shopping center. Joni Keppler from Wyatt’s sends photos including the one above with their safe on the move and this one with co-proprietor Kirk Keppler in the new store:

She says they’re expecting to be done in time to reopen Wyatt’s Jewelers in its new space one week from today, regular hours (10-6, Tuesdays-Saturdays).

West Seattle/White Center ways to help Samoa disaster victims

(Pago Pago photo by Telemai via Flickr)
HIGH POINT RELIEF EFFORT: Posted on the High Point Neighborhood Association website – a desperate need for money and various items to be donated to help the High Point Lighthouse Samoan Assembly of God assist people coping with the aftermath of the tsunami/earthquake disaster in the South Pacific. They’re trying to get assistance together no later than October 23rd – so the sooner you can help, the better.

WORLD VISION BENEFIT AT EVERGREEN HIGH SCHOOL: A disaster-relief event is set for 9 am-1 pm October 24 at Evergreen (map), in conjunction with World Vision. The items they’ll be collecting are listed on the White Center Community Development Association website.

Alki Kayak Tours: Award tonight, Mountain to Sound store soon

(September photo by Auburn, during an Alki Kayak Tours trip)
Tonight at City Hall downtown, Alki Kayak Tours will be honored as one of the Mayor’s Small Business Award recipients (originally reported here). And that’s not the only big news for the West Seattle-based company – you might recall proprietor Greg Whittaker‘s search for a storefront – seems they’ve found one – he writes:

… We will be opening Mountain to Sound Outfitters at 3602 SW Alaska St. [map] We will offer Ski retail/rental/service, Paddlesports, Skates, and Vehicle Rack Outfitting. The licensing and setup is under way, but we will plan on a Thanksgiving week opening. We will also be in attendance at the Seattle Ski Fever and Snowboard Show.

Back to the award, Whittaker says, “It is an honor to be able to represent the interests of sustainable tourism in West Seattle.” Also among the winners (all listed here along with ticket info for tonight’s reception/ceremony) is Cupcake Royale, which has a shop in The Junction.

West Seattle neighborhood roundup: Pigeon Point & beyond

October 13, 2009 4:00 am
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 |   Neighborhoods | West Seattle news

PIGEON POINT NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL: Short meeting last night – with “getting the word out” about PPNC and its activities a major topic. The group recently switched to a new type of mailing list and is reviewing how it’s working. Also noted, the upcoming Green Seattle Day – November 7th – find out here how to get involved. PPNC’s next meeting will be a holiday potluck in December.

FAUNTLEROY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, ADMIRAL NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: Both meet tonight. FCA‘s at 7 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy; Admiral’s at 7 pm in the basement meeting room at Admiral Congregational Church. (Added 7:38 am – ANA president Mark Wainwright says the agenda will include updates on the Admiral Safeway redevelopment project, next summer’s concert series, officer nominations and a discussion of next month’s election.)

ALKI COMMUNITY COUNCIL: Larry Carpenter sends details on the ACC meeting coming up Thursday night at 7, Alki Community Center:

ACC member Ed Hanson will report on the potential impact on West Seattle of Alaska Airlines’ “Greener Skies Initiative.” Ed is the West Seattle representative on the Roundtable advisory group to the King County Airport Administration (Boeing Field). Changes in the altitudes and flight patterns of Alaska’s Sea-Tac flights could impact Boeing Field operations and increase traffic over West Seattle and Elliott Bay. Other agenda items include an update on the Homestead property and discussion of members’ goals and priorities for the coming year.

MORGAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: Official announcement from Steve Sindiong of MoCA‘s 7 pm October 21st meeting:

The Morgan Community Association (MOCA) Quarterly Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 21, at 7 pm at The Kenney at 7125 Fauntleroy Way SW. Agenda items include the Neighborhood Plan Update, Pro-Parks levy and park opportunities, Murray Pump Station and Lowman Beach Combined Sewer Overflow projects, Kenney status report and emergency response. For more information, contact Steve Sindiong, 206-679-5915 or e-mail at:

FAIRMOUNT COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: Official announcement from Sharonn Meeks of the 6:30 pm October 21st meeting:

I have arranged for the Southwest Precinct of the Seattle Police Department to come to our meeting on October 21st at 6:30 in the chapel at Providence Mount Saint Vincent. Officer Mazzuca will discuss the issues that relate to our community as well as West Seattle at large. Benjamin Kinlow, Community Crime Prevention Coordinator for West Seattle, will also make a presentation and answer your questions. Harbor Properties will be making a presentation of the very soon to be under construction LINK Project at the corner of 36th and Alaska.

Other meetings are coming up in the next two weeks too, of course (see the WSB Events calendar), but these are the neighborhood-association meetings on the horizon.

Traffic alert for early-morning drivers: Crash closes NB Viaduct

October 13, 2009 2:53 am
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 |   Alaskan Way Viaduct | West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

The northbound Alaskan Way Viaduct is blocked right now by a two-car crash, and officers are blocking all onramps to NB 99, including the one from the eastbound West Seattle Bridge. No word how long it’ll take to clear. 3:56 AM UPDATE: Took about an hour – the scene is now clear and The Viaduct is open again.

Before the Candidates’ Forum: Meet the Delridge Playfield artists!

This Thursday night’s West Seattle Candidates’ Forum (7 pm, Youngstown Arts Center) has gained a pre-show attraction: Nancy Folsom announced that the artists chosen for the Delridge Community Center Playfield project will be there that night at 6 pm to meet anyone interested in talking about what’s meant as a companion creation to the future skatepark (site at left). She says Zachary Bohnenkamp, John Osgood and Kevin Sullivan were chosen from nine artists/groups that sent letters of interest, adding that the team was chosen “because of the artistic merit of their work, their experience in public art projects, and their ability to work collaboratively with a community. I want to note that all the submissions were strong and the decision wasn’t easy, and I am grateful to all the artists for considering our project. The ten reviewers included two neighbors, a person from the skateboard park design team, a city Parks Department person who can advise on feasibility, two Youngstown Cultural Arts staff, and the director of the Service Board, a tenant organization of YCA that mentor youth. People have been generous with their time and help, which has been invaluable. We are currently working on identifying funding sources, developing a project plan, and the artists are starting to investigate ideas for the piece. I hope the neighborhood will take this opportunity to get to know the artists and to give the artists an opportunity to get to know us.” Come for the artists (6 pm), stay for the forum (7 pm), Thursday at 4408 Delridge Way.