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Got a bicycle you don’t need any more? Donate it this weekend!

If you have a bicycle you can spare – somebody needs it on the other side of the globe. On Saturday, you can drop it off in The Triangle – and volunteers will take it from there. From Gatewood resident Tom Furtwangler:

A bicycle can truly have a transformative impact on the life of someone who lives several miles from their school, work, clinic, or water source: cycling reduces their time in transit, and increases the load they can transport.

There are many great organizations working to move used bikes to Africa, and build programs on the ground there to make sure bikes get in the right hands. And we have one right here in the Northwest – The Village Bicycle Project, which recently celebrated shipping its 100th container of bikes to Ghana!

Village Bicycle Project is having a bike drive this Saturday at the West Seattle YMCA from 9-5, which makes it incredibly easy to drop of an old bike, bike frame, bike wheel, pile of parts, whatever you have lying around, while you are out doing your weekend errands!

The Y is at 4515 36th SW (here’s a map).

Video: First of six Summer Concerts at Hiawatha

An unofficial (but reliable) tally of the crowd when tonight’s concert kicked off at the east lawn of Hiawatha Community Center put the count at more than 300. This is the first of six Summer Concerts at Hiawatha, second year the series has been presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association (with sponsors including WSB – see the full list here). On stage, The Starlings, perfect for a cloudless summer night, with a crowd full of families – lots of little kids bouncing and dancing in front of the stage.

See the full season slate here. ADDED 9:13 PM: A couple more pix. First, PCC Natural Markets (WSB sponsor and major concert-series sponsor along with The Johnson Team from Prudential NW Realty) brought the Kid Picks van – you’ll see it the next 5 weeks too:

And it’s always a great event for people-watching. Not just the little ones dancing like mad in front of the stage, but the ones who are fascinated even by the sound equipment:

Next week, Back Burner, 6:30 pm Thursday, bring donations for the West Seattle Food Bank.

Happening now: First-ever Luna Park Block Party

Till 9 tonight, the merchants of Luna Park welcome you to their first-ever Block Party – you can’t miss the balloons waving in the slightest hint of breeze along SW Avalon Way, from Ola Salon to Avalon Glassworks (watch glassblowing, live!), with stops along the way including Java Bean Coffee, a West Seattle fixture for more than two decades. And looking back even further … why … it’s “The King”!

You can snack like a king (or queen, or princess, or prince) at the food booths – these were by Luna Park Café:

And the Java Bean van’s not the only classic car you can gawk at:

Live music and raffles too – on Avalon south of The Bridge, till 9 tonight.

Weekend traffic alerts: Torchlight Run closes NB Viaduct; more

July 29, 2010 4:56 pm
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 |   Alaskan Way Viaduct | West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

Time for SDOT’s weekly roundup of weekend traffic alerts. Some biggies this time, particularly the Seafair Torchlight Run and Parade – the run will close the Alaskan Way Viaduct‘s northbound lanes from about 5:30-7 pm on Saturday, as well as the downtown route that then will stay closed for the parade till late evening. (Here’s our story on the West Seattleites in the parade.) And that’s not the only big weekend event. Here’s the full SDOT rundown.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Junction robbery, burglary reports

Three reports in West Seattle Crime Watch this afternoon: First, info on the reason for a police search early this morning in The Junction. Police confirm a man reported being robbed at gunpoint at California/Alaska at 2:15 am. According to Det. Jeff Kappel in the media unit, here’s the description he gave officers: Black man in his mid-20s, 5-7, 180 pounds, short hair, mustache, black T-shirt, black cutoff-jeans shorts, black handgun, took off on foot headed westbound. A K-9 team joined the search, but the reported robber wasn’t found. (Hat tip to Lisa at CAPERS, who says the man who reported the robbery came into her store this afternoon; he told her it happened in the alley behind the west side of the Alaska-to-Oregon block. Also in The Junction, Katie e-mailed to ask what happened to the window at Northwest Art and Frame (right). Turns out a would-be burglar smashed it early Tuesday. The online police report says they did not enter the business; a staffer we talked to this afternoon said it didn’t appear anything had been taken. That would be at least the fourth case of business-window-smashing in West Seattle in the past few weeks (after Zebra Print and Copy in The Triangle and Freshy’s Coffee and The Swinery in South Admiral).

2010 primary election: Ballots arriving; candidates talking

July 29, 2010 4:04 pm
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 |   34th District State House 2 | King Co. Council District 8 | West Seattle news | West Seattle politics

checkbox.jpgTwo days after King County Elections announced the August 17 primary ballots were in the mail, they’re arriving (ours just showed up). The big decisions for West Seattle (and neighboring communities) are in two open races with four candidates each, which the primary results will narrow to two for November: 34th District State House Position 2 (WSB coverage archive with “candidate conversation” stories here) and King County Council District 8 (WSB coverage archive here; watch for “candidate conversation” stories in the next week). Two candidate forums are coming up – tomorrow on Vashon Island, the candidates from both races are expected at Courthouse Square (see the end of this article) for a forum to focus on the State House race 7-8 pm and the County Council race 8-9 pm; then next Thursday, August 5th, the Seattle League of Women Voters presents a candidates’ forum downtown, with the County Council race (and those vying for two Supreme Court seats). Back to voting: August 17th is the deadline to postmark your ballot; the county has a list of voter resources on this webpage.

Update: Official word of West Seattle sailor Jarod Newlove’s death

One followup on this morning’s news that West Seattle-raised U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jarod Newlove was found dead in Afghanistan, 5 days after vanishing: The Department of Defense has now officially made the announcement. See it here. No word yet on services for PO3 Newlove, a 2003 graduate of Chief Sealth High School, nor on the circumstances of his disappearance.

2 days before Camp Long Lodge reopening party, a peek inside

It’s the little things that matter. You’ll find paperless hand dryers in two new restrooms on the lower level of Camp Long Lodge when you visit this Saturday, during the party to celebrate its grand reopening after 7 months of renovation work – a million-dollar project funded by the Parks and Green Spaces Levy that Seattle voters passed two years ago. We asked for a sneak preview, and toured on Tuesday. Both workers and volunteers were busy with finishing touches – we found Mary Quackenbush from the Camp Long Advisory Board bringing back some of Camp Long’s historic artwork, like this self-portrait of Clark Schurman:

That’s Schurman as in Schurman Rock, which itself got some sprucing-up a few years back. More than a dozen of his paintings were rediscovered at Camp Long several years ago and were being brought back to the park on Tuesday. But the renovation project is all about the beautiful old lodge. Click ahead for photos and video taking you inside to see what you’re getting for your money:Read More

Followup: New details on Design Review for 7100 Delridge Way

Three weeks after first word of a Design Review meeting ahead for a mixed-use project at 7100 Delridge Way (map) project, the official notice is out this morning, with a place and time: 6:30 pm August 12th, Senior Center of West Seattle. As the notice reconfirms, the proposal is for “a four-story structure containing 58 units over 1,750 sq. ft. of retail space and three single family structures on a split zone site” with 77 underground parking spaces.

West Seattle Crime Watch followup: The Arbor Heights search

As noted last night, Seattle Police told us they couldn’t comment on the incident that brought so many officers to Arbor Heights in the 5:30 pm vicinity, because it was a King County Sheriff’s Office case. We have just heard back from KCSO’s media liaison Sgt. John Urquhart, who explains what it was about:

This was a stolen car in the driveway at a house in the 3500 block of SW 97th [map]. Our detectives saw a man in the driveway who took off running when we approached. A foot pursuit ensued. SPD was called to help out. The car had been stolen from Tukwila. The person who ran was not found, but one other man associated was booked on charges unrelated to the stolen car.

U.S. military official says PO3 Jarod Newlove has been found dead

The West Seattle-raised sailor reported missing in Afghanistan earlier this week, Petty Officer 3rd Class Jarod Newlove, has been found dead, according to an Associated Press report published by the Seattle Times (WSB partner). The AP attributes the information to a “senior U.S. military official” who says his body has been recovered. Newlove, 25, graduated from Chief Sealth High School in 2003, and was a longtime West Seattleite, according to comments published after the report of his disappearance. KING5 TV says his family has told them they got the news around noontime yesterday. The Washington Post quotes an Afghan official as saying Newlove was found shot to death on Wednesday in the village of Yousef. No official Department of Defense news release yet. (June 2010 U.S. Navy photo)

ADDED 8:10 AM: A family friend confirms to WSB that a community event will be planned at some point to show support for PO3 Newlove’s family, though it is too soon to announce.