West Seattle, Washington
Christopher Boffoli captured the beauty of downtown Seattle mirrored on the calm waters of Elliott Bay – maybe not for long, as rain is expected back soon.
After school today at Lafayette Elementary, students got to jump not only for joy, but also to help others – it was the annual Jump Rope for Heart event, which happens around the country as a fundraiser for the American Heart Association. Not just jumping – a little careful balancing, too:
Thanks to Edgar from Captive Eye Media for the photos!
… so Gary Jones sent another great photo from last weekend’s sighting of juvenile eagles! Thanks!
Just a few days left to sign up for the spring season of West Seattle Soccer Club. Tim McMonigle shares the basics:
The 6-Game season will begin on Sunday, April 11 and conclude on Sunday, May 23. (No games will be played on Mother’s Day, May 9.). All Games will be played on Sunday afternoons with game start times beginning at 1pm, 2:30pm, 4pm, and (if necessary) 5:15pm.
Registration is open to players from 5-11 years old (Coed U-6 to U-12). (This year, we have separated the Coed U-7 division into Coed U-6 and Coed U-7 divisions.) The cost is $45/player and includes a “World Cup” jersey.
Monday’s the deadline; here’s the registration page.
Just announced by Seattle Public Library, in conjunction with WSB sponsor Square One Books:
AUTHOR JONATHAN EVISON READS FROM ‘ALL ABOUT LULU’ AT
THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY ON MARCH 25
Author Jonathan Evison will read from and discuss his new book, “All About Lulu,” from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Thursday, March 25 at The Seattle Public Library, West Seattle Branch, 2306 42nd Ave. S.W.
The program is free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Limited free parking is available at the branch.
Evison’s debut novel, “All About Lulu,” is a coming-of-age story set in Santa Monica, Calif. While his father and brothers turn to body-building to cope with his mother’s death, William Miller stops growing altogether until stepsister Lulu enters his life.
“All About Lulu” won the 2009 Washington State Book Award, was included on the summer reading lists of the Los Angeles Time and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and several ‘best of” lists for 2008. Evison lives on Bainbridge Island.
This program is presented in partnership with Square One Books. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
For more information, call the branch at 206-684-7444.
Just circulated by the city’s Delridge Neighborhood District Coordinator Ron Angeles, the latest mega-mondo-traffic update for the area between West Seattle and downtown, and then some. Among the highlights – the next Alaskan Way Viaduct shutdown is scheduled for March 27-28, 6 am-6 pm each day. Note that some 1st and 4th Avenue South closures/restrictions are coming up next month, too. See the full rundown of changes/closures here.
With a little over five weeks to go till the new season starts for the King County Water Taxi‘s West Seattle-Downtown Seattle run, construction of its new dock at Seacrest has entered the second phase. After the new pilings were finished earlier this month, the site was quiet for a while, but now the concrete dock itself is going in – the photo above is from about an hour ago. The first day of the new season is scheduled for Monday, April 5th; last Friday, we brought you a close-up sneak peek on board the boat King County has leased for the run, the Rachel Marie (see our story =here). It’s currently at a Ballard shipyard getting freshened up, with the county branding outside, and new seats (among other things) inside – this shot from our Friday tour looks toward the bow on the main deck:
You’re likely to see West Seattle’s new Water Taxi out on training runs starting in a week or two. Meantime, here’s a little more background about the new dock; other changes for the new season include fares and the downtown dock location, which moves south to Pier 50 (which the other county run, Vashon-Downtown, already uses). ADDED THURSDAY NIGHT: Thanks to Brenda C for photos taken as the concrete dock floated in, earlier in the day:
I’m UNHAPPY to report that a car parked on California Avenue SW in front of the Lutheran Church at Dakota (map) had its back window COMPLETELY smashed. This happened yesterday (2/24) between noon & 6pm. The back window didn’t have a shred of glass left in the frame and the shattered glass was inside the car but sprayed out into the street leaving us to believe the window was intentionally hit (and hard) from the sidewalk. Nothing was stolen. I hope this hasn’t happened to anyone else as it’s a complete pain in the patoot & expensive for the owner.
(Sign at Lowman Beach after Murray Pump Station overflow in 2007)
There wasn’t much turnout last fall when we covered two meetings about upcoming “CSO” – Combined Sewer Overflow – projects that King County is pursuing in connection with two pump stations on West Seattle shores, Barton (by the Fauntleroy ferry dock) and Murray (by Lowman Beach). One recent commenter wondered if perhaps the longer-than-expected 2-year duration of the 53rd Avenue Pump Station expansion project on Alki might lead to more interest in projects like these. With that in mind – here are two meeting dates just announced by King County: 6 pm March 18 for the Barton project, 6 pm March 29 for the Murray project, both at Southwest Community Center. The CSO projects are meant to come up with ways to keep stormwater and sewage from flowing into Puget Sound during storms that overload the system; the county is looking for opinions on the various ways of making that happen – which could even involve building big storage tanks near the existing pump stations (both of which are underground), to store the excess water until the weather eases. Read more about the CSO-control program here.
This one’s gone around before, and Seattle City Light says it’s going around again – people getting phone calls from someone claiming to be an SCL employee and demanding a credit-card number, even in some cases a Social Security number, to prevent allegedly imminent disconnection of service. This item on SCL’s Power Lines site explains how to tell who’s legit and who’s not.
And now, there are three declared candidates for 34th District State House Representative, Position 2, which Rep. Sharon Nelson says she’ll leave to run for State Senate (since Sen. Joe McDermott is running for County Council): Arbor Heights-residing Democrat Sabra Schneider has just announced she’s running; previous announcements have come from Democrat Marcee Stone and independent “Mac” McElroy. Read on for the news release sent by Schneider’s campaign:Read More
(Wednesday afternoon photo from west end of The Bridge)
This morning, we direct you to the WSB Events calendar for the rundown on what’s up today and tonight – including morning events such as two library branches with story times, City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw @ West Seattle Democratic Women, and tonight’s South Delridge/White Center Community Safety Coalition meeting, plus a special boutique event in The Junction. More here!
At 8th/Roxbury, on the north side of Greenbridge, you can stand on the edge of White Center and look across the street at a “Welcome to Highland Park” sign. So HP has reason to pay close attention to the prospect of a November vote on whether Seattle should annex White Center and most of the rest of the unincorporated area that will remain when Burien completes its North Highline South annexation this spring. That’s why WC residents who support Seattle annexation addressed the Highland Park Action Committee meeting Wednesday night, briefly drawing audience reaction that hinted at some of the strong opinions over the area’s future. That was just part of a very busy HPAC agenda – read on for the toplines, starting with the community crime report:Read More
Walter Maenhout e-mailed to say Wednesday night’s first “Set Apart” poetry/storytelling event at C & P Coffee “was a great success.” Above, some of the audience; below, featured poet Leopoldo Seguel. Walter says the next one’s already set for March 24, with more details to come.
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