West Seattle, Washington
(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.
If you drive past Walking on Logs at the Fauntleroy end of the West Seattle Bridge over the next week or two, you’ll see the sculptures dressed in Girl Scout garb, thanks to Troop 43141, fifth-grades who are second-year junior Scouts. We rolled a bit of video this afternoon as they embarked on what’s become an annual tradition just before cookie sales begin – decorating Walking on Logs, then picking up trash around the sculptures.
Troop 43141 is one of 25 West Seattle troops selling cookies this year – more than 30,000 boxes for starters between them, as we showed you in our story about the troops’ cookie pickup at a local loading dock last Saturday. Cookie sales start Friday and continue through March 14. Troop 43141’s leader Cynthia Voth and assistant leader Barb McGlothlin were at bridgeside with most of their 10 Scouts this afternoon, slogging through the muddy slopeside as traffic zoomed by – and gathering them for a group photo before they wrapped up:
Official permission to decorate Walking on Logs goes through the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, in case you wondered. And sometimes, items get left behind; Voth noticed a hobby-horse bearing the name “Roller Bull” was still at Walking on Logs, possibly from the Rat City Rollergirls‘ most recent stint decorating the site. She’s going to hold onto it for a week or so in case anyone wants to claim it (we’ll put you in touch with her if it’s yours, or if you’re interested). Meantime, look for Troop 43141 and others at locations around West Seattle starting Friday – the parent organization promises a Cookie Locator search box will be on their website once sales start, so you know where to find them and when.
That’s one of our photos from last year’s Fairmount Ravine cleanup – just part of what neighborhood volunteers picked up and took out of the ravine during several hours of work. They could have done more, with more help – and here’s the advance alert in hopes that you will join them for this year’s cleanup, just a week and a half away. From John Lang:
Fairmount Ravine Preservation Group will sponsor the 18th Annual Spring Cleanup and Reforestation of Fairmount Ravine, Saturday March 6th at 8:30. Meet at top of ravine (Forest St. and Fairmount Ave.). Wear boots and gloves. Bring a pruning saw if interested in removing ivy from trees. Delicious Tully’s coffee and hot cocoa along with donuts will be served. We extend a special invitation to those who use the ravine to access the waterfront; please donate an hour of your time to keep this greenbelt healthy and pristine. More info – call John at 932-5151.
(Google Maps doesn’t seem to recognize Forest/Fairmount but the meeting spot is just east of the spot marked on this map.)
Thanks for the rainbow photos! Anne from Ventana Construction (WSB sponsor) and Mary from Service Dog Academy snapped this afternoon’s rainbow too – but, even with the window bar in the middle, the one above, from Frank Rutledge at Prudential NW Realty in Jefferson Square, came out the best – note “Hole Foods” and the Link crane also under/through the rainbow.
(Photos republished with permission of Rick Miner)
Thanks to Creighton for spotting this one in the real-estate listings. The house next to the Alki Point Lighthouse (on the northeast side) is for sale, asking $1,300,000. The 2-bedroom, 1-bath house at 3221 Point Place is 92 years old, according to the listing information, which pronounces it a teardown. We dug around to find out more of the backstory – read on to see what we found out:Read More
Yes, we know, you’re thinking, “They don’t look a day over 94.” But seriously – the Scouts of Troop 284 are part of West Seattle history, and Diane shares the photo and invitation for you to help them celebrate – and to help them pay tribute, if you have memories to share:
Boy Scout Troop 284 celebrates its 95th Anniversary! Troop 284 (originally chartered as Troop 4 in 1915) is one of the oldest continuously chartered troops in the state of Washington. This year we are celebrating our 95th Anniversary as a troop at the same time Scouting turns 100! You are cordially invited to attend our celebration on Saturday, March 13, from 2-4pm. It will be held in the Parish Hall at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, on the corner of 34th Ave SW and SW Myrtle in West Seattle.
Please help us spread the word to Troop alumni, Eagle Scouts and Scoutmasters. Join us in celebrating this great program called Scouting that has been growing leaders for 100 years. Send us your memories of the troop to firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the troop history book. RSVPs can also be sent to email@example.com. For a look at what the troop is doing now, visit our website at www.troop284.org.
This has apparently been in beta a few weeks but we hadn’t heard about it till a mention on WSDOT‘s Twitter feed today: The Vessel Watch page, which tells you where any given state ferry is at any given moment, has been upgraded – the map used to be static, and now it’s dynamic, with panning/zooming capabilities among other things. Check it out here. (And while that feature can identify a state ferry for you, if you’re looking to ID any other kind of vessel, MarineTraffic.com’s the place to go.)
As noted here yesterday, Metro and SDOT worked together to make some changes lessening the Pigeon Point effects of the up-to-six-weeks closure of 23rd/22nd. Today, SDOT has sent an official news release summarizing the changes – read on:Read More
Last week, we reported the impending closure (after March 28) of Tully’s Coffee in Morgan Junction. Today, another impending closure has been confirmed – Revolution Coffee and Art in the Admiral District. Revolution owners Jason and Pam Douros, who took over Revolution last year, have put up two announcements on its Facebook page this morning. From the main announcement:
We regret to inform you that on March 5th 2010 Revolution will close its doors for the last time. This decision was not easy for anyone involved and it was thought through thoroughly and many options were explored. Unfortunately, due to factors beyond our control we are unable to sell the business at this time and are left with the option of closing and liquidating our assets.
And a separate note “from the barista,” from Pam:
I have been told not to feel too bad that something like between one third and fifty percent of new businesses fail in the first year. Somehow being part of this statistic only makes me feel worse. I wish I could have been more to the community than another statistic. However for what it’s worth, thank you friends and community for being a part of our journey and I am sorry that the trip didn’t last longer.
In the meantime, Revolution is open and invites customers to come in for coffee. They’re at 4217 SW Admiral Way. (Thanks to Jennifer Lynn for the original tip on this.)
(T-107 Park along the Duwamish River in West Seattle, photographed by Bill Bacon)
HIGHLAND PARK ACTION COMMITTEE: Tonight HPAC has its monthly get-together at the usual spot, Highland Park Improvement Club, 7 pm (or come a bit earlier and be part of the potluck). Agenda items include park trails, crime updates, and the proposed Seattle annexation of White Center and vicinity.
WORD! MORE LIKE … WORD(S): It’s a Poetry & Storytelling Event tonight at C & P Coffee from 6-8 pm. Free, all ages; this will be a monthly series with a featured reader followed by open mike. February’s poet: Leopoldo Seguel.
SCHOOL TOUR: Denny International Middle School is offering one at 8:30 this morning.
STORY TIMES FOR THE LITTLE ONES: All week long, it’s the return of Story Times at local libraries. This morning: Toddler Story Time at West Seattle (Admiral) Branch Library, 10:30 am (details here), and Preschool Story Time at Southwest Branch Library, 11:30 am (details here)
Looking for more (oh, say, regular Wednesday night trivia at Skylark Café and Club [WSB sponsor])? Or trying to find out what’s happening weeks and months in the future? Check out the WSB West Seattle Events calendar page.
From Romina at Neighborhood House:
Are you a retired teacher? Are you currently pursuing a degree in education and would like to increase your teaching experience in a culturally diverse setting? Are you a previous camp counselor or someone who has worked with elementary-school students and knows how to effectively work with them? An hour a week could do wonders for our local students and their academic success.
Neighborhood House (www.nhwa.org) has an immediate need for reliable, patient volunteer after-school tutors at Mt. View Elementary in White Center. Volunteer your time helping students with their homework. Show them how to break big words into syllables. Tell them your secrets on how to solve fractions. Inspire them to do well in school. Your presence alone will make these energetic students smile.
We’re looking for people who are available for at least an hour between 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. once a week for at least three months. If you (or anyone you know) are interested in becoming an after-school tutor, please e-mail RominaR@nhwa.org for more information on how to get started as an after-school tutor.
Your WSB co-publishers and freelance reporters/photojournalists go out and “cover stories,” but the spice of the site is so often YOUR contributions – whether a wildlife sighting, a breaking-news photo, kudos for volunteers, or something else entirely. The latter category might be the most appropriate for this story, with photos, shared by Kevin McClintic:
I took the low bridge home from downtown Seattle and came upon a large gathering of car enthusiasts assembling under the West Seattle Bridge around 17:15 Sunday evening, February 21. Most of the cars were Hondas, with a few other makes and models mixed in for variety. One Honda even sported right hand drive. The drivers were all in their late teens to early twenties and very well behaved. Young men and women – and their love affairs with cars.
I managed to find the leader, Daniel Vargas, who was happy to take a moment away from his own photography to explain the group and their purpose.
Daniel is the sort of official leader of the group and spokesperson. He explained that the group comes from all over the Puget Sound area once or twice a week when the weather is nice and cruises around to different locations and then parks and talks cars, taking turns photographing each other’s rides. Daniel went on to explain that they DO NOT race – they just simply enjoy cruising around. The events usually draw a crowd of about 40 to 60 cars. I estimated perhaps 30 at this gathering.
Daniel has a My Space account called “Big Brown Photography” where he evidently showcases pictures from the weekly events [it’s set to “private”]. While I was busy taking a few pictures, Daniel motioned for me to come over, and he had arranged for one of his friends to put on a little demonstration.
Meet “Nick” in the blue plaid shirt.
Nick was using a laptop to “tune up” his engine from the driver’s seat. I was not really sure what was going to happen next. Nick revved up his engine while he made some adjustments from the laptop that resulted in a half dozen or so loud bangs (similar to gunfire) that was caused by his purposely causing the engine to backfire. Some might say juvenile – but this 50+-year-old writer was suitably impressed with the fact that it was all controlled by a laptop. Demonstration now over – the car sounded like any other Honda that you might see around town.
It’s not hard to see that organizer Daniel takes his interest in autos seriously. Just take a look at his forearm and you will see that he is a die-hard Honda owner.
I asked Daniel about his car – what does his car do? He began to tell me about his 4000 (yes – four THOUSAND) watt stereo, and asked me if I would like to hear it. I looked at my watch, thanked Daniel for his time, and told him I had to get home in time for dinner.
Strong Kids Strong Teams, Mondays & Thursdays 6-7:30 pm. Teaching children, teens and families to take charge of healthy eating and being active. An 18 week program that combines nutrition guidance and physical activity to help overweight youth develop healthy lifestyles. More information contact Becca Gray at 206.935.6400 ext. 173 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Program fees are supported by the YMCA Partners With Youth Campaign.
Creative Movement, March 1-22, Mondays, 3:30-4:15 pm @ West Seattle . Music, creativity and fun for children ages 3-5. Members: $32, Program Members: $56. Register
Tumbletots (formerly Parent/Tot Kids Gym) @ West Seattle, March 3-24, Wednesdays 10:30-11:15 am, Kids ages walking-3 plus a parent interact with colorful climbing equipment, hoops, balls & parachutes. $20 Members, Program Members: $35. Register
Friday ,March 5, Family Night, 6:30-8:30 pm @ West Seattle location. Play together as a family in the Kids Gym and Swim in the pool. Members: Free non-members bring canned food for the West Seattle food bank or Diapers for West Side Baby
Saturday, March 13, Parents Night Out, 5:30-10 pm @ West Seattle location, 4515 36th SW. Kids ages 3 months – 12 years have a safe and fun evening at the Y while parents go out or relax at home. $22.50-$30 depending upon child’s age/membership status. Space is limited. Registration required.
Friday, March 26, Family Social, 6:30-8:30 pm @ West Seattle location. Dance Party! Register. Donations to Food Bank.
A little investment can have a big payoff – and that goes for time, not just for money. Reps from the Delridge Neighborhoods District Council are hopeful their extra investment of several hours at a retreat last weekend will pay off in more progress for their group and their neighborhoods. Among those who participated, Pete Spalding, who shares this recap (as well as the photo above):
The Delridge Neighborhoods District Council (DNDC) invited various leaders from the neighborhood communities, people of color communities and social service providers to learn about their interests and participate in 1) developing a vision for Delridge, discussing how to build the vision 2) capacity challenges for leaders and volunteers; 3) ensure equitable participation in the DNDC; and 4) strengthen its voice in government forums.
The results of the retreat will inform the development of the DNDC strategic plan with short- and long-term goals.
The participants in the retreat dealt with the these topics:
1) Envision what a vibrant Delridge Neighborhoods community would look like
2) Discuss how to build strong leadership capacity with groups in Delridge
3) Discuss how to build strong volunteer bases for projects such as Delridge Day and Gathering of Neighbors
4) Discuss how to promote fair and equitable participation in the DNDC
5) Discuss how to make the DNDC a stronger voice in the community and with City government
The focus areas for ongoing discussions by the DNDC will involve:
1) Strengthen the TRUST relationship with local government and its many layers and agencies
2) Create and promote a Delridge neighborhood and community identity
3) Develop business associations to spur economic development
4) Create or maximize places and events where diverse groups can come together to build trust and reciprocity
5) Promote a green Delridge
6) Conduct outreach and serve populations that cross class, ethnicity and cultural lines and communities
7) Strengthen the schools
8) Create a boulevard feel
Over the course of the next few DNDC meetings, this disucssion will continue in different forms. Anyone that is interested in participating in this ongoing discussion is always welcome at the DNDC meetings. The DNDC meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month, 7 – 9 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.
… not to leave anything in your car:
Around 3:00 today, I bought some cookies and other things from Metropolitan Market. I took in my own cloth bag to carry them. When I came out, I tossed them on the floor of the car by the rest of my bags. I went to the library and browsed for books. When I got home around 3:30, I reached for the bag of groceries. It was no longer in the car.
I’m going to miss that cloth bag.
We asked her two followups. Answers: She was parked in the library spaces, not the market’s lot, and yes, she left the car unlocked.
Checking the WSB archives, it was one year ago today that we broke the story of Seattle City Light‘s massive burned-out-streetlight backup: 3,500. We went looking for that story because City Light has asked us (and others) to share an update on the streetlight situation from Superintendent Jorge Carrasco and City Councilmember Bruce Harrell. It’s published on SCL’s Power Lines site; their update says the situation a year ago was even more dire than we’d been told at the time (they mention 8,000 burnouts and a six-month wait in “early 2009”), but they are now committed to a 10-day turnaround. They’re also embarking on a federally funded project to replace 5,000 of the city’s 80,000 streetlights with LEDs; they hope to eventually replace them all. In the meantime, if you’ve got streetlight trouble, they point you to this online form; you also can call 206-684-7056. (WSB photo taken today during streetlight work spotted at 42nd/Dakota)
That’s according to Peter T, who added the update in the comment section of our Monday story. It’s been almost six weeks since the slide that narrowed the road (here’s our original report); the Department of Planning and Development says it’s working with an uphill property owner on a permanent solution.
Today we welcome our newest WSB sponsor, Authentic Home, and as is customary for new sponsors, they have the opportunity to tell you about their business: West Seattle is fortunate to have its own paint and interior design specialty store. Authentic Home was created by Kathy Banak, an interior design and colorist, to make the selection of paint colors an easy and fun process and not overwhelming and frustrating. The unique COLOR Bar provides a welcoming environment to discuss all your COLOR, interior design and home décor needs with trained colorists. Customers feel like a weight has been lifted once they finalize their color palette with assistance from the Authentic Home team. The color palette sets the foundation for not only paint colors but for all other home projects. We encourage you to bring in pictures of your project or items such as a cabinet door, countertop material, or fabrics so that we can better assist you. Join Kathy at their Open House next Saturday, February 27th, from 10 am – 2 pm and receive 20% off all Paint Sales! View our New Look and New Fabric Line at www.authentic-home.com – the showroom’s at 4151 California SW (map). Enjoy!
For almost two weeks now, we’ve been covering the saga of the 23rd/22nd SW construction-related road closure between North Delridge and Pigeon Point/Puget Ridge. The ripple effects included a bus re-route leading in turn to dozens of lost parking spaces for blocks around. While the homebuilder who has to close 23rd/22nd for sewer-line work had been working with the city for months on a “traffic plan,” and followed all the notification rules, it still all came down without advance neighborhood consultation, and that led to a flurry of action last weekend, including two visits from City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, one including an SDOT entourage. Some changes were made but now there’s word of a BIG change: Metro’s Linda Thielke tells WSB that as of the start of service tomorrow morning, Route 125 will “only use 20th SW southbound between Charlestown and Genesee; it will use 21st when northbound between Genesee and Andover.” That means “more than 50 percent of the parking on the east side of 20th will be restored.” Thielke says this wouldn’t be possible without SDOT agreeing to put in a temporary stop sign on 21st at Andover (photo above; here’s a map). She also says no bus stops wll be affected. We’re checking with SDOT to see if they have taken any other steps. Again, this is supposed to take effect tomorrow (Wednesday) morning.
Five months after we first reported that Wing Dome was in talks to lease a portion of what used to be part of CAPERS in The Junction, we just got the word from Colleen O’Leary at Consolidated Restaurants, Wing Dome’s parent company: “It’s official!” We have checked in with her often enough that she promised we’d be among the first to known when they signed the lease, and she just made good on that promise. As for when they’re likely to be open, she says they’ll have a better idea “as soon as we have a construction calendar.” This will be the fourth Wing Dome – joining Greenwood, Kirkland and Kent. (Their menus are linked here.)
A high-school gym looking more like a carnival? In the middle of a weekday? That was the scene we found at Seattle Lutheran High School north of The Junction late this morning – as the students romped during CHAD (Crazy, Happy, Awesome Day). Always a surprise – they didn’t know they wouldn’t have classes today until it was announced over the P/A system in the 9 o’clock hour. From there, it was off to the gym for inflatable games including an obstacle course and surfboard ride; Bil Hood tells us Wii and XBOX rooms were planned too. Red Star Pizza was delivered for lunch, and once the inflatables came down, the gym was turning into a movie theater.