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Election 2010: Endorsement(s) ahead for 34th District Democrats

Just eight weeks till the general election, and of course voting will start a lot sooner, because of the mail-in system. West Seattle ballots will include two races for major seats with no incumbents in the running, and tomorrow night, the 34th District Democrats are scheduled to decide who to endorse in one of those races. They’ve already endorsed State Sen. Joe McDermott for King County Council Position 8 (he and Diana Toledo are the candidates in the nonpartisan race), but their original endorsee in the 34th District State House Position 2 race, Marcee Stone, didn’t make it to the general, so they have to decide between Joe Fitzgibbon of Burien and Mike Heavey of West Seattle. While Heavey took himself out of the running for the pre-primary endorsement, he tells WSB today that he does plan to seek the 34th DDs’ endorsement tomorrow night. The meeting’s at 7 pm tomorrow (Wednesday), The Hall at Fauntleroy; the agenda says other endorsements TBD might be discussed as well.

Update: No new information on Alki shooting before tomorrow

ORIGINAL 11:23 AM REPORT: Since Seattle Police hadn’t released any new information since Saturday morning regarding Friday night’s shooting at an Alki home (original WSB coverage here; followup here), we checked first thing today with the SPD Media Unit. Sgt. Sean Whitcomb tells us some new details are likely to be available this afternoon – potentially, regarding the rifle police say the 59-year-old man pointed at them, and regarding the three officers who opened fire. Sgt. Whitcomb confirms the man – who was described in scanner traffic Friday night, before transport to the hospital, as having “one gunshot wound to the abdomen” – is still alive. We’ll publish a separate followup when we find out more.

3:30 PM: Just checked back with Sgt. Whitcomb, who says the SPD briefing on Friday’s shooting isn’t happening till tomorrow, so no new information will be forthcoming today.

Celebration time at Chief Sealth International High School

(Ribboncutting video added over originally posted photo, as CSIHS PTSA president Amy Daly-Donovan and Friends of Sealth president Debbie Taylor call up participants)

ORIGINAL 10:21 AM REPORT: “It’s a great day!” enthused Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Maria Goodloe-Johnson moments ago, right after a ribboncutting celebration outside the renovated Chief Sealth International High School. Mayor Mike McGinn is here as are dozens of other dignitaries, plus students including the band (McGinn told them “You guys rocked it!”) and cheer squad (video of both added below).

11:12 AM UPDATE: Adding video, and more photos. Four Chief Sealth student leaders welcoming the crowd in four languages:

That’s student-body president Ressie Brown with the English version, junior class president Cecilia Silva in Chinese, student-body vice president Abubakar Dhubow in Somali, and student-body secretary Yesenia Barajas in Spanish. Sealth Principal John Boyd was joined by his soon-to-be-campus-sharing counterpart, Denny International Middle School Principal Jeff Clark (who didn’t wear his famous Denny Dolphins bright-blue suit, but was sporting blue shoes):

Clark confirms that his school will make their move right after this school year ends, so that summer classes and programs can be held in the new facility. More to come; speeches and performances wrapped up inside the Galleria just after 10:30.

Tours followed, though the visitors were reminded that it’s a working day for teachers and staff, with classes starting tomorrow. Read on for the official district announcement:Read More

West Seattle Tuesday: Ribbons, returns, reopenings, and more

(Thanks to Jazmin for sharing that photo taken Monday night from the higher elevations of 42nd SW)
From the WSB West Seattle Events calendar: Ribboncuttings today at renovated Chief Sealth International High School (9:30 am) and the new location of Westside School (4 pm) … It’s the first day of school at Seattle Lutheran High School, Tilden School, and Hope Lutheran SchoolPathfinder K-8 has its back to school barbecue tonight, 5 pm (Facebook invite here) … The Seattle Public Library system reopens today after its week-plus budget-cut shutdown, except for the West Seattle (Admiral) branch, where roof work is scheduled to continue till a planned reopening on Saturday … Southwest Pool reopens today after a maintenance closure … And a couple traffic/work-zone alerts: 3 weeks of pump station maintenance work starts at Lowman Beach this morning, and there’s an overnight closure alert for 4th Avenue South for the next week and a half, north of The Bridgedetails here. Even more on the calendar!

Sing it! 2 West Seattle-based vocal-music groups are recruiting

September 7, 2010 2:19 am
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Love to sing and wish you had somebody to sing with? Both the Endolyne Children’s Choir and Seattle Glee Clubs (adults) are welcoming new members as their new seasons start this month. Endolyne’s Encore (grades 3-5) and Advanced (6th-9th) groups start rehearsals this Thursday; the Debut (grades K-2) group starts next Tuesday (9/14). Endolyne practices at St. John the Baptist Church in Admiral – e-mail with questions and/or check out Meantime, the Seattle Glee Clubs’ three groups are starting their new season, looking toward a choral concert in January: Tonight, the Seattle Metropolitan Glee Club women’s chorus has a season-opening potluck supper where prospective new members are welcome to come meet returnees – for more information, e-mail musical director John Gulhaugen at, or leave a message at 206-260-7393; that’s also the number you can call to find out more about the 8-part vocal-jazz ensemble The Offbeats, which start their season with a retreat next Saturday; and the no-audition, male-and-female Prelude Glee Club starts weekly rehearsals next Monday – email director Jerry Halsey at All SGC groups practice at Luna Park ActivSpace.

West Seattle businesses: Click! Design That Fits moving to Junction

For the second time today, we have news of a longtime WSB sponsor moving to a new location: This morning, it was M3 Bodyworks (story here); tonight, Click! Design That Fits. After six years in the Admiral District, Click! just announced it’s moving south, to the West Seattle Junction storefront recently vacated by Friends and Company (4540 California SW). John Smersh from Click! tells WSB, “We’re excited to move to the Junction and be a part of its retail core. Our blend of contemporary home accents, jewelry, accessories and gifts will be a great complement to the businesses there.” The Junction storefront is bigger, which means Click! can offer some new items, including an expansion of what John calls “the cornerstone of our business” – Smersh Design Jewelry – and more of the contemporary home furnishings for which they’ve become known, including the lighting that’s been a hit in their Admiral store. John says, “We plan to open as soon as possible in early October. We will remain open in our current location through the month of September – unless our buildout goes faster than expected and we move early! Our opening party is scheduled for Saturday, October 16th.” (P.S. Click! has a new art show coming up in its current location, with artist Alena Hennessy on hand for a reception next Saturday night.)

West Seattle coyotes: Sad reminder from Seaview

We’ve been gathering coyote updates for a larger story for a while now (still in the works) – but this one, while not unique, is an important, sad, reminder. Out of the WSB inbox tonight from Teresa:

I never wanted to add to the ongoing concern about coyotes in our neighborhood, but unfortunately, our family’s tragedy has been a painful reason to do so. My parents, who live in the Seaview neighborhood along Southwest Juneau Street, lost one of their beloved cats to a coyote last night. My parents thought their cat was in, but they did not see her personally, and now she’s gone. Their neighborhood is scarcely wooded, but it’s become all too obvious lately that that is no longer a deterrent for urban wildlife. It also seems there is at least one coyote frequenting this corridor, based on what you reported throughout July.

I know this comes up every few weeks or so, but please remind your readers, again, that small outdoor pets are highly susceptible. Owners should be particularly diligent about bringing them in at night. That certainty far outweighs the alternative.

Now, the link we’ve shared many, many times before – advice on coexisting with coyotes, both for you and your pets’ benefit, and theirs. And also note that other wildlife can clash with pets too – we’ve heard about bigger, bolder raccoons lately – here’s information about them.

Southwest Seattle Historical Society presents Schmitz Park walking tour September 18th

September 6, 2010 8:14 pm
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Just out of the WSB inbox, more details on an event coming up September 18th:

Walking tour of West Seattle’s old-growth gem: Schmitz Preserve Park.

Join local historian Peder Nelson on a walking tour of West Seattle’s old-growth gem, Schmitz Preserve Park. Learn how this beautiful city park came to be and how it has remained an urban forest while traversing its many scenic trails. Experience West Seattle in its natural state! September 18th, at 10:00 am.

The tour will meet at the northwest entrance to the park on 58th Ave SW and SW Stevens St near Alki Elementary. Rain or Shine of course.

Free with museum membership (available pre-tour) or $5 donation.

For more information visit or call 206-938-5293

Sponsored by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society (501C3) – all proceeds benefit the Log House Museum

West Seattle schools: Ribboncuttings tomorrow @ Sealth, Westside

September 6, 2010 7:36 pm
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Five nights ago, photojournalist Cliff DesPeaux covered the Chief Sealth International High School “sneak peek” tour with that video for WSB – now, it’s the night before the ribboncutting ceremony to dedicate the school’s multimillion-dollar renovation project. 9:30 tomorrow morning, you’re invited to the event at the school’s main entrance (2600 SW Thistle; map) for the big event. That’s one of two school ribboncuttings in West Seattle tomorrow – we’ve also been reporting on Westside School‘s move from a campus on 28th SW just south of the city/county border to the former EC Hughes Elementary in Sunrise Heights (7740 34th SW; map), since first word back in March, and their ribboncutting celebration is at 4 tomorrow afternoon. (Both schools start classes Wednesday, and both have public open-house celebrations/tours at later dates – Westside on September 19th, Sealth on September 25th.)

Deadline extended for free trees in 3 West Seattle neighborhoods

There’s a new deadline to apply for Trees for Neighborhoods – a partnership between EarthCorps and the city. EarthCorps’ Lina Rose reminds us that Roxhill, Westwood, and Highland Park are the West Seattle neighborhoods eligible for the tree distribution program this time around, because, she says, “they have the lowest percentage of tree canopy coverage in the city” (along with several other Seattle neighborhoods). The application (you can apply as an individual – doesn’t have to be a group request) is available online, where you’ll notice the new deadline is October 4th. Here’s where to go to get started!

Thanking you on this Labor Day – as we note 2 WSB milestones

Now that the news seems to have slowed down a bit, on the final day of this holiday weekend, we are writing this note to thank you, and to let you know about two WSB milestones.

Thank you for continuing to be part of WSB – whether you “just read,” or have contributed anything from a comment to a news tip to a photo (or more – e-mail with questions, for example, often leads to the best followup stories!). The number of people who are part of WSB keeps growing – 27,000 homes/businesses currently visit the site at least once a week (more than a third of them, at least once daily) – and as a result, a longstanding WSB record just got broken. The monthly-pageview record had stood since the who-can-forget Snowpocalypse month of December 2008. So many people were here that month, getting and giving information about roads, buses, snowfall, and more, that WSB pages were read 829,588 times in December 2008. (Photo above was courtesy Sage K, from our 12/20/08 coverage.)

While continued growth brought us close this year, the record stood until last month – the August 2010 traffic for WSB (per Google Analytics, the industry standard) was 834,935 pageviews. We had long since eclipsed other numbers from December ’08, such as visits and visitors, but pageviews are a point of pride; since the “blog” format has few “jumps” – unlike newspaper or TV websites, which usually require you to click to another page to get the full story – pageviews are more difficult to stack up.

Part of the August record is because of August 17th, the day of what some dubbed “Obooma!” – the startling sonic booms from jet fighters scrambled out of Oregon when a floatplane violated airspace restrictions during President Obama‘s brief Seattle visit. (Photo at left, as Air Force One departed Boeing Field, courtesy of David DeSiga)

A moment after the booms rocked WSB HQ, we published one line – headlined “Yes, we heard it too,” to let people know we were checking to find out what it was – and that was our last website update for 10+ minutes. So many people came to WSB to seek information, it briefly crashed our previously-beefed-up server; thanks to our server-management firm WiredTree for boosting capacity immediately (and permanently, now that we know what might happen in case of a sudden big event), while we continued updating Twitter and Facebook (which we would have done anyway – we do breaking news on all three major “channels”).

But there were other big days and events. The sonic-boom report wasn’t even August’s most popular (shared/linked) WSB story – here’s what was: The hot new band Fistful of Mercy performing at Easy Street on August 26th. We didn’t realize how big it was till we started getting word from people at the show that the crowd was spilling out into the street (as shown in Christopher Boffoli‘s photo). After that, and the sonic booms, the third biggest story of the month was the “musical protest” video shot inside West Seattle’s Target store and publicized nationwide – thanks to a note from WSB’er Amy, we got, and shared, word of the “local angle” before most of the rest of the region.

Second milestone: Since we’ve been running WSB as a 24/7, multiple-channel news service for three years (our unofficial anniversary was August 28th, the date in 2007 of our first and only “Pledge Day” to raise $ to formalize this as a business) – we haven’t really taken time off, out of 24/7 broadband range. Not that we’ve particularly wanted to, really – we are privileged to be able to make a living doing this, and we chose to do it full time. But people often seem to have a note of concern in their voice when they ask, “Don’t you ever take a vacation?” Well, guess what – we did. Your co-publishers here were out of town for a week recently. We weren’t completely unplugged from WSB, but unplugged enough to relax a bit, and that’s only thanks to some INCREDIBLE people who covered the news 24/7 in our absence:

First and foremost, we want to thank Christopher Boffoli, who has worked with WSB for three years – originally as a volunteer (till we started paying professional contributors in 2008). Christopher is a vital part of Team WSB, a talented photojournalist, thorough writer, and so quick to spot breaking news, he’s often on the scene before we’ve heard about it back here at HQ. While we were away, in addition to stories ranging from a car fire to a concert to the Southwest District Council, Christopher handled the 24/7 news-tips-and-business-calls line, which rings a LOT (thanks to everyone who calls – we really do answer round the clock!).

We also want to thank Jason Grotelueschen, a relatively new contributor to Team WSB, but an experienced online editor/writer who handled “the desk” most days we were gone – including a very busy mailbox – as well as some in-person coverage. And big thanks also go to Katie Meyer, who kept watch on the scanners, to ensure that our vacation didn’t affect fulfillment of the WSB commitment to timely, accurate coverage of breaking news, around the clock; Katie also went downtown to check on some big court cases too. Important stories in West Seattle also were covered while we were on the road by Keri DeTore, Edgar Riebe, and Cliff DesPeaux, and for our White Center site White Center Now, contributor Deanie Schwarz reported on the week’s biggest WC events.

This was a milestone for more than the fact your co-publishers took a bit of a breather before what could be another intense fall/winter: It meant this has grown beyond something that critics insisted was teetering precariously on the shoulders of two overworked people. WSB is a news service – a growing, sustainable business, dedicated to serving the community, in partnership with the community as well as with professional contributors. We were deeply honored to have those attributes recognized and celebrated within the community, when the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce named WSB “Business of the Year” this past spring, and when American Legion Post 160 presented WSB with the West Seattle Grand Parade‘s Orville Rummel Trophy for Outstanding Service to the Community. We want to hear from you about how WSB can better serve you and all of West Seattle – and you’ll hear soon about a new way we will be inviting that feedback, beyond all the ways you can reach us 24/7/365.

P.S. Another milestone is imminent for participants in the WSB Forums – sometime this week, the number of posts in the Forums, which became part of WSB in December 2007, will surpass 100,000. This is a standalone area of WSB where people interact directly with each other and launch their own topics beyond home-page news stories; it has grown from its original mission, meant first to be a place for recommendations like “where’s the best Thai restaurant?” or “who sharpens knives?”, to add free listings for jobs, as well as yard sales and freebies, as well as conversations about politics, schools, and more.

Again, thank you for being part of WSB, and part of the incredible community we are thrilled to call home: West Seattle.

-Tracy Record and Patrick Sand, WSB co-publishers

West Seattle business news: M3 Bodyworks Massage Clinic moves

Just announced by Michael Mandell of M3 Bodyworks, a longtime WSB sponsor – a new location a short distance north of M3’s old one!

As of September 6th, 2010, M3 Bodyworks Massage Clinic is pleased to officially announce its relocation from the old clinic at 5410 California SW to our new space at 5236 California SW (map)!

Our new clinic is only a block away from the old one, but it offers many exciting improvements. We will be more visible and accessible, with a front entrance right off the street. We will have more treatment rooms, which will make it much easier for us to accommodate your scheduling needs, especially those last-minute appointment requests (you know who you are)! We will also have a small courtyard where you may sit and relax before or after your massage.

We at M3 Bodyworks believe that this move will help us fulfill our mission to provide the community of West Seattle with outstanding massage therapy at a great price. To help welcome you to our new home, we would like to offer you $10 off your next 60- or 90-minute cash visit*. Just mention “West Seattle Blog $10 off“ when booking your appointment. We are looking forward to seeing you for many years to come in our new clinic!

M3 Bodyworks Massage Clinic, 5236 California Ave SW, Suite D, Seattle WA 98136
(206) 331-3999

(*Only one per customer, valid for new or existing customers. Not applicable toward package discounts or copays, not valid when combined with other coupons or discounts)

Followup: Your next chance to help Family Promise of Seattle

September 6, 2010 9:41 am
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When we brought you first word that the West Seattle-based – but operating citywide – shelter for homeless families, Family Promise of Seattle, had to temporarily close for lack of $, board member Laura Bermes promised word would be forthcoming about fundraisers. Here’s the first big one, just out of the WSB inbox:

Family Promise of Seattle, our West Seattle Shelter for homeless families, is looking for individuals and teams to help raise funds in a FUN way! FP is hosting its first-ever Rock and Roll Glow Bowling Tournament called PINS FOR PENNIES. Pins for Pennies is a simple way for individuals in our community to MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

To participate, interested bowlers (or teams of bowlers) contact Laura Bermes at or 206-219-9173 to get a pledge packet. The idea is that each bowler collects donations and then shows up to bowl on Friday, October 8th from 6-9 pm at Roxbury Lanes. Every bowler that collects $200 or more in donations will be entered into a raffle for an iPod nano. This is a perfect opportunity for office friends, youth groups, Scout troops, reading groups – think of the groups you belong to that might enjoy making a difference in the lives of local children who are homeless. For more information about the Family Promise of Seattle and our upcoming Pins for Pennies fundraiser, check out our website at

Seattle, we NEED your HELP! Please consider participating in this fun opportunity to help Family Promise of Seattle get back on track to caring for homeless families!

Our Family Promise story was recently showcased when the Seattle Times focused on the plight of homeless families and included stories by its neighborhood-news partners – here’s the regional roundup; here’s the Times’ followup on reaction to its series.

West Seattle Art Walk this Thursday: Don’t miss ‘The Building’

This Thursday night, dozens of West Seattle venues from Alki to Westwood are open again for the monthly West Seattle Art Walk. Some of them are a bit off the proverbial beaten path – but well worth your time – like “The Building” in Gatewood.

Story and photos by Keri DeTore
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

“The Building” is a deceptively simple name, given the amount of creativity and art that comes out of this former day-care and school building at 4316 SW Othello (map) in Gatewood. The Building houses a dozen artist studios where the artists produce work from sculpture and oil painting to ceramics and custom guitar-making.

Owner Randy McCoy, who has developed other affordable artist studios in the Seattle area, recalls walking into the building back in 2000 when his daughter attended day care there: “I thought, ‘Man, this would make killer studios!’” The building has soundproof walls, plus a restroom and janitor’s sink on each floor — perfect for artists’ needs. Randy, a West Seattle resident who is an artist specializing in abstract painting and sculpture, recognizes the need for affordable spaces for artists to work; he bought the building in 2008. He says: “Other buildings get converted, but this will be art studios forever.” (The photo above shows Randy getting a drink from an original day-care water fountain.)

The Building is open to the public every second Thursday of the month for the West Seattle Art Walk, providing the community with the opportunity to visit with the artists who work in the studios and to see works of artists featured in the monthly rotating displays. In August, photos by David Blank adorned the walls of the ground floor gallery.

Shaun Doll, owner of Northwest Encaustic, which operates on the ground floor of The Building (photo above), is the curator of the rotating shows. If you’re an artist who would like to have work displayed at The Building, contact Shaun at:

Touring through the building, you come to appreciate the spaces that have been provided for the artists who create here. They all have high ceilings and natural light, and the upper floors have amazing views of the sound. Oil painter Craig Kosak – shown above with his dog Tucker – paints in one of the upper floor studios. He notes: “Randy’s been a blessing for us all. He makes studios available for a good price.”

Among the painters and sculptors in The Building you also find David Myka, who builds custom guitars. Asked about the market for custom guitars, he notes that not only is this the busiest he’s been in 3-4 years, he’s got a year-long backlog and will be taking on an apprentice at the end of this year. He says: “People are investing in things that will last. In the depression, people started investing in hand-made furniture.” His clients include students in music conservatory and “Weekend Warrior” musicians.

While most of the studios are private, the ceramic studio is available to rent for day use and Shaun’s encaustic painting studio offers classes to the public as well as daily rentals. To learn more about the encaustic studio, visit:

Further, studio space opportunities are coming up for ceramic artists in the Mutablefire Studio. Ceramicist Steve Knipp, pictured above with his kiln, says that they are reorganizing the studio to make room for two other artists. For more information, contact Steve at

There’s a strong sense of community among the artists who work in The Building, including the occasional sharing of materials. Sculptor Shawn McLean, who has rented space here for two years notes that he’s used beeswax with the help of Shaun Doll, and David Myka has provided wood to use as sculpture bases. Randy McCoy adds: “There’s strength in numbers, we’re all supportive and we push each other. It’s really healthy to be around other artists.”

For the full list of participating venues in this Thursday night’s West Seattle Art Walk – and details on who’s showing what, where – check out the official site at; you can also find the official map by going here.

West Seattle Labor Day 2010: What’s different, what’s not

TRANSIT: Metro is on a Sunday schedule, and the King County Water Taxi‘s West Seattle run (including shuttle buses) is on a regular weekday schedule, while the Vashon run isn’t operating (details here). Sound Transit per its Facebook page – will run its express buses on a Sunday schedule, but no Sounder train service. Washington State Ferries‘ Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run is on a weekend schedule.

TRASH/RECYCLING: Normal schedule, per Seattle Public Utilities

CITY-RUN POOLS/COMMUNITY CENTERS: Southwest Pool’s maintenance closure continues; Colman Pool is open (then closed until the weekend, its final two days of operation this year); this would be the last day for the last open wading pool in West Seattle, Lincoln Park, IF it was going to be 70+ degrees but that doesn’t look likely. City-run community centers are closed.

SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY: Last day of the weeklong systemwide closure



PARKING: If you visit an area of the city with parking meters/pay stations, note there’s no charge today, since Labor Day is a “parking holiday”

FOR A REGIONAL OVERVIEW: Here’s the “what’s open/closed” roundup from the Seattle Times (WSB partner).

LOOKING FOR COFFEE? We haven’t checked everybody’s schedules, but we do know that longtime WSB sponsor Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (4410 California SW) is open 7 am-7 pm.

West Seattle Weather Watch: Great sunset, but tomorrow …

Thanks to WSB’er “Pigeonmom” for sharing that spectacular photo of tonight’s sunset. The forecast doesn’t offer much hope we’ll see a rerun tomorrow, but you never know!

West Seattle-based ‘Divine Marigolds’ TV pilot reaches $ goal

(August WSB photo by Jonathan Stumpf, taken during “Divine Marigolds” shoot)
Three weeks ago, we reported on the local producers trying to raise $10,000 online to produce what they hope will be the pilot for a possible TV series set in West Seattle, “The Divine Marigolds.” Tonight was their deadline to get at least $10,000 in production-funding pledges via Kickstarter – and they made it, hitting $10,011 around 5 pm, thanks to more than 50 contributors. The producers had said the money would go toward getting their pilot produced – then they still would have to shop it around before knowing whether a TV network will pick it up. By the way, as they told us at the time we covered their project last month, they’ve been shooting “character vignettes” – the one that was in progress when we took the photo atop this update, is now fully produced – here’s the clip:

You can follow the project’s progress on the “Divine Marigolds” Facebook page.

Seal Sitters guarding pup at Lincoln Park – please give it space

(Photo by Christopher Boffoli)
ORIGINAL 5:03 PM REPORT: We’ve just received multiple reports (thank you!) that Seal Sitters are guarding a pup at Lincoln Park. If you happen to see it, please keep far, far away (binoculars can facilitate viewing from a safe distance) – the Seal Sitters’ blubberblog site is full of good reasons why, like this story about a pup forced back into the water at Alki on Friday because people wouldn’t steer clear, and this one about a pup scared back into the water at Lincoln Park a few days earlier. As Seal Sitters pointed out in that second story, if the pup wasn’t weaned and its mom couldn’t find it in the water, it would die. If you see a seal (of any age) on a West Seattle beach, call 206-905-SEAL as soon as you can.

ADDED 10:25 PM: In addition to the photo we added above, Christopher Boffoli also shares video – don’t worry, NOT shot from as close as it looks!

MONDAY MORNING P.S. We are reminded that for anyone who considers disregarding the Seal Sitters – harassing seals is against federal law, period, and you don’t have to take their word for it – here’s a reminder from the source. And there’s now an update on this pup, posted on the Seal Sitters’ “blubberblog” – they’ve nicknamed it Storm because of yesterday’s playoff game. MONDAY NIGHT: Storm’s now being helped by PAWS – and Seal Sitters are dealing with a new pup at Lincoln Park, nicknamed Swimmy. Here’s the Seal Sitters’ blubberblog update.

Update: SDOT fixes ‘hacked’ West Seattle traffic sign

ORIGINAL 1:35 PM REPORT: First it was posted in the WSB Forums – then a neighbor/passer-by e-mailed a photo – but we weren’t going to believe it till we saw it for ourselves. Which we have since done. Yes, we know these signs have been hacked/vandalized/tampered with elsewhere in the country, but this is the first one we’ve heard of – at least in recent years – in West Seattle. Bart Simpson‘s trademark phrase is now displayed on the illuminated signboard just west of 18th SW on eastbound Dawson – BIG safety hazard because this is the warning sign that is inbetween a couple of tricky curves in the detour zone for the 16th SW road-rebuilding work north of South Seattle Community College. As we noted in the Forum, 206-386-1218 is the 24-hour city dispatch center for road problems; we didn’t see a crew when we were there, but will check back later. We’ll also be checking with SDOT to see why the sign wasn’t hackproofed.

6:09 PM UPDATE: We had sent a request for comment to the SDOT communications team, just in case they were monitoring e-mail; though we haven’t heard directly from any of them, we did just receive this e-mail from SDOT’s Susan Byers:

I am the SDOT (project manager) for the paving project on 16th Avenue SW. The message has been changed back to the original message.

7:29 PM UPDATE: Confirmed – here are our photos of the three-part message it’s back to displaying:

And we’ve also heard back from Rick Sheridan, who leads SDOT’s communications team:

The signs’ controllers can be secured but those locks can be cut or broken. We have taken measures to prevent further access.

Get ready for ‘reuse/recycle weekend’ in Fauntleroy

(WSB photo from February recycling event at Fauntleroy Church)
Thanks to Fauntleroy’s Judy Pickens for sharing information about what’s happening during “reuse/recycle weekend” next Saturday and Sunday:

The 15th annual 2nd Time Sale and the second Recycle Roundup constitute a “reuse/recycle weekend” coming up in Fauntleroy.

The much-anticipated sale will be Saturday, Sept. 11, 9 AM – 3 PM, and Sunday, Sept. 12, 11 AM – 1 PM, in and around Fellowship Hall at Fauntleroy Church, 9140 California SW. Expect bargains on a wide variety of clean, workable, and well-organized stuff, including furniture, toys, books, linens, kitchenware, and “Cut Above” treasures, plus a bake sale on Saturday.

That’s the reuse part of the weekend. The recycle part – a community-wide recycle roundup organized by the church’s Green Committee – will be Sunday, Sept. 12, 9 AM – 1 PM in the church parking lot. 1 Green Planet will accept and recycle a wide variety of items (see for the list), all for free. You bring it and, within minutes, it’s out of your life forever!

When 1 Green Planet came to Fauntleroy last February (photo above), they took away 4 truckloads of recyclables!

West Seattle Sunday: Swimming; kayak (etc.) sale; Beer Fest!

September 5, 2010 6:07 am
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(Thanks to Mike S for sharing the link to that recent Alki time-lapse by YT member ‘ryanresella‘)
The forecast looks a little sketchy – but if you still want to squeeze in some water time before it’s too late, this is the fourth-to-last day of scheduled operations for Colman Pool, the outdoor saltwater swimming pool in Lincoln Park – after tomorrow, it closes except for one last “post-season weekend” next Saturday-Sunday (here’s the schedule) … And if you want to think summer till the very end, check out the season-ending sale today and tomorrow at Mountain to Sound Outfitters (WSB sponsor), whose proprietor Greg Whittaker says they’re clearing out to get ready for ski/snowboard seasons – used and new items up to 50% off, including kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, inline skates, and accessories; call 935-SNOW if you want to check something out before you go (3602 SW Alaska) … This afternoon, West Seattle Nursery presents another fundraising Beer Fest – 1 to 4 pm, raising money to fight multiple sclerosis … And of course, as is the case every Sunday year-round, you can shop the West Seattle Farmers’ Market, 10 am-2 pm, The Junction (44th/Alaska) – find the Ripe ‘n’ Ready “fresh sheet” here! … More on the WSB West Seattle Events calendar.

Ruby Room fashion fundraiser features West Seattleites galore

September 5, 2010 3:57 am
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Here’s the official announcement for an event that’s happening downtown, but features a major contingent of West Seattle residents, helping out with a great cause:

The Ruby Room, a Seattle nonprofit that provides free formal gowns to teens whose families are struggling financially, will host their fundraiser fashion show, “Fashion Faux Pas to Fashion Fabulous” at the Paramount Theater on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010.

The fashion show features local fashion designers MAC Fashion House and Sabrina Couture, who reconstructed gowns that were donated to the Ruby Room but were unsuitable for the prom. The one-of-a-kind gowns are auctioned off after the fashion show and all proceeds benefit the Ruby Room. Attendees also have the opportunity to bid on items such as travel packages, wine, spa services and restaurant gift certificates.

“If you’re a fashionista on a budget, this is the perfect event for you,” says Nyla Bittermann, director of the Ruby Room and also a West Seattle resident. “Not only do you get to support a local nonprofit and local fashion designers, but you get something for your money. You can walk away with a one-of-a-kind gown.”

MAC Fashion House is the creative vehicle for Carlisia Minnis and Sabrina Hegland is the fashion brain behind Sabrina Couture. Both are established Seattle designers and proud residents of West Seattle.

MovinTM 92.5’s afternoon disc jockey, Mason, will host the fashion show, which features auctioneer Laura Michalek. DJ Skiddle and Richard J. Dalton of C89.5 will provide the music while gowns by MAC Fashion House, Sabrina Couture, House of Alidoro, Meringue by Wiredlemonade, Poirier Couture and Not Your Mama’s Apron walk the runway.

Tickets are $25 for general admission and $50 for V.I.P., which includes a swag bag filled with goodies. Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

Alki shooting followup: Still a mystery

One night after Seattle Police shot a 59-year-old Alki man who they say pointed an AK-47 at officers, what sparked the incident (here’s our running coverage from last night) remains a mystery. SPD has not updated its public information about the case since this morning, when they reported the man to be in stable condition; tonight our partners at the Seattle Times have published a followup after talking to neighbors and relatives. The man is described as a heart-attack survivor, gardener, music lover, jewelry artist, and retired Metro bus driver, who’s still at Harborview Medical Center tonight. While they have published a name, we do not have direct official confirmation, so we’re not using it here, but that is the same name we heard from a source, as mentioned in our 1st story, where we noted that online records indicate no criminal history. (Our photo is from this morning, when a single police car remained in the alley next to the house, which remained cordoned off at the time, while TV news crews stood along the street nearby for morning reports.)