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Disaster Preparedness Month, night 9: Helping kids understand

April 9, 2010 11:56 pm
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 |   Preparedness | Safety | West Seattle news

Each and every one of the 30 nights of April, we are marking Disaster Preparedness Month with a suggestion of something you can do – in some cases a simple step, maybe just something to read – to achieve another bit of progress toward being prepared, albeit for things we hope never will happen. You can catch up with the archive by going here – each of our nightly items is tagged for the WSB Preparedness archive. Tonight, it’s about the youngest members of the family – how do you bring kids into the preparedness loop without scaring them? Both FEMA and have kids’ sections – here’s FEMA For Kids, including the “Kids to Kids” section with artwork and letters created by students (hurricanes, tornadoes and 9/11 are represented), and then there’s the slightly higher-tech Ready Kids, starring a family of mountain lions. And for parents, teachers and others who live/work with kids, here are resources from the American Academy of Pediatrics. That page, in turn, points to this one that reminds parents they should ask their children’s care providers what plan they have in place, should disaster strike while the kids are in child care – that “check-in number” we talked about back on Night 3 also applies here – if you cannot directly reach the provider, she/he may be able to get word to the out-of-area contact. One last note – remember that as noted on Night 6, a statewide earthquake drill is coming up April 21 – might be a good idea to make a note to talk to your child(ren) before and after. Now, our nightly reminders: Join the West Seattle Be Prepared group on Facebook if you haven’t already; set aside some time to browse the West Seattle Be Prepared website and know your nearest Emergency Communication Hub; and check in with the city’s 3 to Get Ready Challenge (WSB sponsor) – where you can register for fun freebies (yes, preparedness can be fun).

West Seattle Cute Baby Animal Watch: Chief Sealth goat addition

Seldom do we get TWO adorable-baby-animal photos in one day. But this one hoofed its way into the inbox a few hours ago and we just couldn’t bear to hold it till tomorrow. Chris Porter says it’s a brand-new arrival for the goat herd that’s been working at the Chief Sealth International High School renovation site the past two weeks (we first photographed them March 31st; then they reappeared in the hardhat-tour story we published this morning). Chris says the baby was being sheltered in a trailer on the site when he got a peek.

Reminder: Benefit this Sunday for Jade West Café family

It’s in the West Seattle Weekend Lineup, even though it’s happening in Wallingford, because it’s for a man who’s meant a lot to many West Seattleites – Jade West Café owner Wah Wong. This Sunday is the first major benefit for Wah and son Jason Wong – both seriously injured when a drunk driver hit them last December – and their family. It involves a three-course lunch at Perché No Pasta and Vino, 1319 North 49th (map), with live music and a silent auction, for $35/person. The driver who hit the Wongs has since pleaded guilty and been sentenced, but the family is left with financial challenges, and particularly for Jason, who lost part of a leg, a long road to recovery. Sunday’s your chance to support them. Here’s a Facebook invite for the event.

West Seattle Crime Watch followup: Kidnap/robbery case details

Bail is now set at half a million dollars for the 33-year-old man arrested near his High Point apartment Wednesday night (WSB coverage here), suspected of crimes including kidnapping, beating and robbing a woman who called police for help from that apartment. The suspect is not yet charged – Monday is the deadline, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office – but we have new details about the incident from the probable-cause document they provided, as well as the letter that High Point management sent to residents. Read on:Read More

Friday afternoon fuzzy moment: Baby Canada geese

Last year, Alki photographer David Hutchinson shared several progress reports on Canada geese along Harbor Avenue SW, birth to maturity. This year, the photo you see above just arrived, under the heading “First Gosling Photo of 2010.” David explains:

The Canada Goose gosling season has begun on schedule along Harbor Avenue. This family of six goslings was seen getting acclimated to their new surroundings. Hopefully everyone will be tolerant of their presence over the next 2 ½ months as they roam the shoreline of Elliott Bay from Don Armeni south to Salty’s.

Followup: Lowman Beach neighbor’s new sewer-project website

From the WSB Forums: Lowman Beach Park neighbor Dr. Ron Sterling has set up a website to rally those concerned about the possibility of the park being dug up to place a large wastewater-storage tank underground if King County chooses that as the solution to “combined sewer overflows” (CSO) into Puget Sound. He had the most to say at the county-led public meeting last week on what the county has announced as its 3 options for the Lowman Beach (formally known as Murray) pump station’s CSO solution. His new website is at As he writes on the site, the next chance for public discussion is the April 21st Morgan Community Association meeting (7 pm, The Kenney), but in the meantime, some of those commenting on our coverage of last week’s meeting had asked how to get involved. In addition to sending official comments to the county (go here), those who are concerned can join an online petition just linked from the website.

West Seattle Weekend Lineup: HONK Fest, Water Taxi party, more!

wswllicon3.pngThe Junction fills with music on Sunday afternoon as HONK Fest West brings the third of its three days to our side of the bay (California SW will be closed between Oregon and Alaska) … Sunday is also when the King County Water Taxi (WSB sponsor) throws its grand-opening party, including free rides ALL DAY … And there’s a HUGE number of benefit events this weekend – a fundraiser for Jade West Café proprietor Wah Wong and family, “Borscht and Bagels” for Delridge Produce Cooperative, Dog Makeovers for the Cure, The Kenney‘s annual brunch, WSUUs gala dinner, WSHS Grad Night‘s car wash, two animal-advocacy groups teaming up … And to help your summer planning, check out the High Point Youth Activities Fair. Click ahead to see the whole lineup, because from now through Sunday, more than SEVENTY! events/activities are on the list, sponsored by Skylark Cafe and Club, where you’ll find FREE live music and rockin’ food:Read More

West Seattle’s Dakota Condominiums: Welcome, new WSB sponsor

April 9, 2010 11:44 am
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 |   West Seattle housing | West Seattle news

We’re welcoming the Dakota Condominiums today as a new WSB sponsor. Here’s what they’d like you to know: The Dakota Condominiums are located at 4116 California Ave. SW (map), just two blocks to “The Junction,” West Seattle’s shopping and dining district and home of the year-round West Seattle Farmers’ Market and West Seattle Summer Fest. This is a great neighborhood where homeowners can walk to everything — the bank, the grocery, cafés, shops, the post office — but when they need to drive into downtown Seattle, it’s also very accessible. Priced from $219,950, the collection of 39 studio, one-, and two-bedroom homes is FHA-approved. The developers, Kevin Krout with Paul Cesmat and Steve Butler of Omni Construction, hand-selected quality materials that represent the Northwest’s natural beauty and have a classic, timeless appeal. Interiors feature oak hardwood floors in the main living areas and kitchens, slab granite countertops with full-height backsplashes, maple cabinetry, full-sized washers and dryers and a full stainless steel kitchen appliance package. Many of the homes include mountain and/or sound views and a select few surround a landscaped interior courtyard for added outdoor entertainment possibilities. Additional amenities include a rooftop terrace with seating and 360-degree views, a controlled access parking garage and video-monitored entry. The Northwest Multiple Listing Service recently reported an increase in home sales, and its agents say buyer traffic is up as the April 30th deadline approaches for the federal tax credit of up to $8,000 for first-time buyers and $6,500 for existing homeowners who purchase a new residence. Buyers should try to take advantage of the tax credit if they qualify and be aware that historically low interest rates could go up soon. All of the condominium homes at The Dakota are complete and ready for move-in. The community’s model homes are open weekends from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesdays through Thursdays 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For photos and floor plans, visit our website at, or call 206-948-6046 with any questions.

We thank the Dakota Condominiums for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news on WSB; find our sponsor team, and info on joining, all here.

Junction Plaza Park: Work officially begins on Monday

Just confirmed with the Parks Department that Monday will mark the official groundbreaking at Junction Plaza Park – two weeks after Parks Superintendent Tim Gallagher announced at a Parks Board meeting that the construction contract was finalized. The pocket park on the northwest corner of 42nd/Alaska in The Junction has been years in the making; the city bought the site five years ago with ProParks Levy money, but it languished without construction funding until a new community effort revved into high gear a little more than a year ago. You can see the park design at its official city webpage; it’s scheduled to be finished in time for summer events in The Junction, including West Seattle Summer Fest. ADDED 5:49 PM: The West Seattle Junction Association has issued an official announcement of Monday’s groundbreaking, which includes a 10 am ceremony. Read on:Read More

West Seattle Friday: Things are just humming along

April 9, 2010 8:22 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

Thanks to Vera from Village Green Perennial Nursery (open again this season, Thursdays-Fridays noon-7 pm and Saturdays-Sundays 10 am-4:30 pm) for the video clip of a baby hummingbird getting fed. Gardening is also at the heart of one of the events we’re previewing this morning: The West Seattle Lions Club‘s annual two-day plant sale includes an evening session tonight at the Senior Center of West Seattle in The Junction, 5-8 pm. Also of note today: The Seattle Humane Society‘s Maxmobile will bring pet adoptions to Pet Pros in Westwood Village, 2-5 pm. West Seattle’s community centers and Southwest Pool are closed for a furlough day. And tonight is the first of six performances for “The Miss Firecracker Contest” by Twelfth Night Productions (WSB sponsor), 7:30 pm at Youngstown Arts Center. More to come in the West Seattle Weekend Lineup.

Chief Sealth renovations: Students’ behind-the-scenes tour

You’ve probably seen the photos from the outside – but this time, we’re going inside. As Chief Sealth International High School renovations move into the final months, school administrators thought it was time to get the students excited about the upgrades too. So Thursday morning a busload of 2nd-period class reps – who act as liaisons between classmates and staff – got a hardhat tour; WSB got to join them. First stop on the tour, the former commons area, where project manager Robert Evans explained what it was morphing into:

After Sealth students and staff move back to the permanent campus this fall, they’ll be lunching in the new Galleria (top photo). Many more sights ahead, including another look at the slope-clearing goats:Read More

Got Alaskan Way Viaduct questions? West Seattle meeting April 27

April 9, 2010 12:57 am
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This hasn’t been formally announced yet but we just found it on the Alaskan Way Viaduct project website’s “Public Events” page: Another public meeting for information about the viaduct-replacement project (not just the tunnel but also the south end replacement, which starts work soon) is set for West Seattle – 6-8 pm April 27, Madison Middle School. ADDED 8:01 AM: One of West Seattle’s reps on the project’s South Portal Working Group, Pete Spalding, says you also have a chance before then to get updated on the major transportation projects affecting our area: SDOT will be at the April 21 Delridge Neighborhoods District Council meeting to “discuss all of the closures and related items involving the Spokane Street Viaduct project,” and Alaskan Way Viaduct reps will “make a presentation on where things stand with this project.” DNDC meets at Youngstown Arts Center, 7 pm 4/21.