month : 10/2010 376 results

Reminder: New West Seattle Water Taxi schedule

Tomorrow (Monday) morning, the King County Water Taxi‘s West Seattle-Downtown run starts its new schedule: morning and evening commutes only, Mondays-Fridays. Here’s the full schedule. And note that until the Rachel Marie is back in service (still undergoing repairs from last month’s crash), the Sightseer is handling the run, which means to and from Pier 55.

Video: Memorial dedicated in honor of SPD Officer Tim Brenton

One year after the murder of Seattle Police Officer Tim Brenton – a West Seattle High School graduate – at 29th and Yesler in Leschi, hundreds of people gathered this afternoon to turn the site into a tribute to a hero, as a community-created memorial was dedicated. Officer Brenton’s widow Lisa was there with their children, including son Quinn:

The occasion was personal, not just for the family but for the Leschi neighbors who came together to make the memorial reality – and yet also formal:

Among the SPD leadership on hand, Seattle Police Chief John Diaz remembered Officer Brenton as the kind of hero we need more of:

West Seattle was represented at the dedication:

From left, Southwest Precinct Advisory Council chair Pete Spalding, SW Precinct commander Capt. Steve Paulsen, and his predecessor, now-West Precinct commander Capt. Joe Kessler. We also saw teams from the SPD Mounted Unit, which is based in Highland Park (and facing an uncertain future because of proposed budget cuts):

Also covering this afternoon’s event, our partners at the Seattle Timesyou can see their report here, and fellow neighborhood-news site Central District News (see their story and photos here).

SIDE NOTE: Not specifically related to this project, but in a similar spirit – the Behind the Badge Foundation, an organization set up to help families of law enforcers killed in the line of duty, has a fundraising event this Thursday night, Dine Out to Remember Our Fallen. A percentage of proceeds from participating venues will go to BBF. Among them, according to the event’s Facebook page, are Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), Salty’s on Alki, Elliott Bay Brewery, Puerto Vallarta, Christo’s on Alki, Pegasus Pizza, Talarico’s, and Brickyard BBQ, plus there’s a special benefit concert that nights at Bamboo Bar and Grill. The list of participants also includes Liberty Bell Printing in The Junction as a sponsor.

Happening now in West Seattle: Skeleton Theatre 2010, night 1

Till 9 pm, it’s Skeleton Theatre 2010 – “The Death of Rock” – West Seattle’s own animatronic Halloween extravaganza, at 36th/Hanford (map). Thanks to the WSB’er who just texted that photo … we’re heading over shortly to check it out and hope to add video here later.

ADDED 11:59 PM: Two clips – first, a bit of the “Beyond the Music” story of the band Bonaparte, shown on a big screen above the stage, punctuating the songs:

And a bit of Bonaparte’s quite-original, quite-appropriate musical artistry:

Even in a bit of mid-evening drizzle, an appreciative crowd filled the lawn:

Side note – if you walk up 37th along the block south of Hanford, you might see this lovely lass who looks like she should be hanging out with the band:

P.S. If you missed it tonight, Skeleton Theatre is scheduled to run continuously 6-9 pm again tomorrow (Monday) too. This is the fifth year Chris Walker and friends have put on an animatronic tour-de-force … explore the official website for the background (and to find a button to chip in a few bucks if you enjoyed the show!).

West Seattle Halloween: 1 more pumpkin parade – and a spider

Since pumpkins are part of the photo, we’re kicking off this final roundup of West Seattle pumpkins with this photo, and “news alert!” explanation, from Chris Henggeler:

Admiral family awakes to enormous spider in house. Local scientists believe the spider originally hitched a ride in a container from southeast Asia and disembarked at the Port of Seattle. It’s thought that the insect was exposed to toxic waste at the Aluminum Plant and has now taken up residence at the corner of 39th and Lander. The family is trapped in the house waiting for emergency services and animal control to arrive.

Will they escape? Only time will tell. In the meantime, more West Seattleites’ pumpkins for all to enjoy, trapped or not. First, from Kate, Pat, and Neil:

Next, a brainy pumpkin from Carl:

From SeaChanty51:

Adam carved this howling-wolf pumpkin:

Vanessa shares this, explaining that’s Elmo on the right:

Dan and Heidi shared their pumpkin group:

Finally, this pumpkin pic’s from EE:

One more round of BIG THANKS to all the pumpkin-photo-sharing WSB’ers – scroll through our Holidays archive to see the others shared over the past week-plus. ADDED 11:34 PM: To bookend this with spiders – one more, from Todd, who says it’s at 38th/Lander in the Admiral District:

Happening now: Westwood Village trick-or-treating

Till 7 pm, you can join this year’s final round of business-area trick-or-treating fun at Westwood Village. We wandered over during the first hour for a look at both the littlest trick-or-treaters …

… and the most-macabre treat-hander-out’ers (this next scene was from Fresh Vitamins):

Look who wound up in Westwood, perhaps taking a wrong turn on his way back to Springfield:

Also welcoming trick-or-treaters this afternoon were White Center businesses; photos are up on partner site White Center Now.

Worried about aircraft flying low over West Seattle? New petition

We’ve covered discussion of this concern at recent Highland Park Action Committee meetings – and now HPAC is circulating an online petition. Received from HPAC chair Dan Mullins, with this explanatory text:

Please help keep our West Seattle neighborhoods safe
Stop dangerously low-flying aircraft.

The residents of south West Seattle are very concerned about neighborhood safety and insist that the FAA require pilots using King County Airport (Boeing Field) to follow the federal regulations with regard to required minimum altitude.

Please join us in demanding that King County Airport work with the pilots and the FAA to ensure that planes are operated in accordance with all current federal safety regulations.

Please click on the link below and sign our on-line petition and then forward this letter to your members and neighbors.

Here’s the petition link; if you click through to the site, you’ll also see more details of what the neighborhood is saying about low-flying aircraft. (We’re also checking with HPAC regarding what’s the next step – after this petition, what they hope to do next.)

West Seattle Halloween notes: Precinct trick-or-treating, and more

October 31, 2010 2:33 pm
|    Comments Off on West Seattle Halloween notes: Precinct trick-or-treating, and more
 |   Holidays | West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

Miscellaneous notes this Halloween afternoon:

TRICK-OR-TREAT AT THE PRECINCT: Didn’t have this on the WSB West Seattle Halloween list till SPD Blotter published the news this morning. Kids in costume are invited to trick-or-treat at the Southwest Precinct – and other Seattle Police precincts – 5-8:30 pm tonight. (Delridge/Webster; here’s a map.)

ADMIRAL TREATS OR TREASURES WINNER: Part of the Friday afternoon Admiral trick-or-treating event involved a drawing at Merrill Gardens-Admiral Heights (WSB sponsor):

That’s one of the winners, Lafayette Elementary fifth grader Aidan Ewing. The basket he won included a skateboard from Alki Bike and Board; all prizes in the baskets were donated by Admiral merchants.

SPOOKY SIGHTING AT WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Dina Lydia Johnson shares this photo:

The purple carrots, including the entwined pair, were spotted at today’s West Seattle Farmers’ Market, which also hosted a round of pumpkin decorating.

‘FACE YOUR FEARS’ INVITATION: The people currently running the “Nickelsville” homeless camp that might get a permanent site (as reported last week) are having a Halloween open house they’re calling “Face Your Fears,” inviting people concerned about the possibility the camp might move to one of seven spots (two in West Seattle). Till 6 pm, they’re welcoming visitors at their current site, University Congregational United Church of Christ, 16th NE/NE 45th (map).

ADDED 6:03 PM – HALLOWEEN AT TIBBETTS UMC: Earlier this week, we published Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor) organist John Van Lierop, Jr.’s preview of the church’s All Hallows Eve plans. Today, Wendy Hughes-Jelen shares a photo and reports how it went:

Pictured here is the leadership team at Tibbetts United Methodist Church this morning: Black butterfly Elizabeth Nye (Praise Team Director), creepy organist John Van Lierop Jr. (Music Director) and Head Pirate Rev. Dr. Joanne Carlson Brown. Much of the congregation came in costume, and the handbell choir also played a “spooky” piece, also in costume. You can enjoy their photos and videos at

What the R/V Thomas G. Thompson is doing off West Seattle

October 31, 2010 11:16 am
|    Comments Off on What the R/V Thomas G. Thompson is doing off West Seattle
 |   Seen at sea | West Seattle news

Another example of WSB community collaboration: First, we got a note asking “what’s that white ship off Lowman Beach?” – a question we could only partially answer ourselves, replying with the ship’s ID via (but no info on what it’s up to). Shortly afterward, without us even having noted the question publicly, Trileigh e-mailed to share the photo above and this information on what the ship’s doing:

I thought your readers might be interested in seeing the R/V Thompson, UW Oceanography’s research vessel, visible from West Seattle this morning. This is the first day of a four-day deployment as part of the ongoing PRISM project: Puget Sound Regional Synthesis Model. Readers can find out more about PRISM at Pretty impressive!

Thanks, Trileigh!

Dedication today for memorial honoring Officer Tim Brenton

Exactly one year ago, a Seattle Police Officer with West Seattle roots was murdered in the Leschi area. Today, a memorial to West Seattle High School graduate Officer Timothy Brenton will be dedicated in the same area – a community-created memorial. The dedication is at 3 pm; here’s more information from SPD Blotter.

West Seattle Sunday: Happy Halloween!

The actual day/night is finally here – and despite all the activities of the past few days, there are still more on the schedule. For one – Skeleton Theatre, the animatronic extravaganza at 36th and Hanford, is scheduled to run 6-9 pm tonight (here’s our preview). And in addition to neighborhood trick-or-treating, two shopping areas welcome trick-or-treaters today – Westwood Village 4-7 pm and White Center 3-5 pm. More on the WSB West Seattle Halloween list. And from the regular WSB West Seattle Events calendar, pumpkin carving is a special feature of the West Seattle Farmers’ Market today, 10 am-2 pm, and the Halloween Ski Swap continues at the VFW Hall (3601 SW Alaska) 10 am-4 pm. Have fun and be safe!

West Seattle Halloween: Yet more pumpkins on parade

Yet more West Seattle pumpkins on parade! Those two are courtesy of Steve M – he carved the Jawa, while Elizabeth carved Hello Kitty. Next one is the creation of 8-year-old Josh:

Dana shares this one, crediting it to her “very talented husband Dan”:

Still more pumpkins to come!

West Seattle scenes: Ghostly brunch; spooky river tour

When Andrea Mercado hung out with the “paranormal investigators” who visited the Log House Museum a few weeks ago (WSB coverage here), she said, they seemed to detect some kind of presence. At the Southwest Seattle Historical Society Halloween brunch today at Salty’s on Alki, she showed up as the presence they said they’d detected – “a spirit who had died in a farming accident.” This is her final weekend running the museum, as announced recently. Meantime, another uniquely “spirited” event today – the Duwamish River tour billed as “scary” – Sharron Meeks shared photos including the leafless South Park Bridge from the water:

Spooky stories, as promised by the announcement of the tour, were provided by guides like the Snohomish Tribe’s Mike Evans:

Some hot Halloween happenings are under way right now, like “Come As You Aren’t” at Skylark Café and Club (WSB sponsor) and Hive Mind Halloween at nearby Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (remember, the Pai’s food truck outside is open to anyone, hive-minding or not, till 2 am).

High-school football: West Seattle High School’s game tonight

Final score from Memorial Stadium downtown: Eastside Catholic 47, West Seattle High School 13.

ADDED 9:44 PM: More from the game, including video:Read More

We all won! WSB honored with national Online Journalism Award for ‘Community Collaboration’

One month ago, we shared the news that we – and you – were in the final running for a national Online Journalism Award. Tonight, your editor here is at the awards banquet in Washington, D.C., the final event in the Online News Association‘s annual conference – and we won! We’ve just had the thrill of accepting that award on behalf of not just the WSB team but all of West Seattle. (Tough competition – the other three finalists were projects by CNN, CBC, and the LA Times.) Too dark in here to add a photo of the trophy yet but we will later. Trophy at right. Most importantly, THANK YOU for your collaboration in sharing West Seattle news, information, and discussion 24/7 … collaboration that has drawn national attention and now, formal recognition of its extraordinary nature. We are honored to be working with you and for you, 24/7.

9:18 PM: The archived video of the awards banquet is online now – if you’re interested in the WSB announcement and acceptance, it’s about 22:30 in.

West Seattle Crime Watch: 2 pieces of potentially telltale loot

3 West Seattle Crime Watch reports tonight – a car break-in with loot including a child’s prized skateboard, a custom model you would know if you saw; a home break-in with loot including a distinctive cutting board and a wedding video; and a case of gas siphoning. Read on:Read More

Happening now: 1st annual West Seattle Halloween Ski Swap

Till 6 pm tonight, it’s the first day of the first annual West Seattle Halloween Ski Swap is under way at the VFW Hall (3601 SW Alaska), benefiting the West Seattle Snow Sports Council. Haunted house, too! Mastermind – Mountain to Sound Outfitters proprietor Greg Whittaker, here in Viking garb, with wife Kara Whittaker and their son:

The ski swap continues tomorrow, 10 am-4 pm, if you don’t get there today.

Happening now: Trick or Treat – and more – at The Junction

October 30, 2010 1:32 pm
|    Comments Off on Happening now: Trick or Treat – and more – at The Junction
 |   Holidays | West Seattle news

Never mind the rain, the Halloween show must go on. And so it is, at Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) where photo sessions are under way, as a fundraiser for WestSide Baby and the West Seattle Food Bank – Hotwire proprietor Lora just sent that photo. Good place to take shelter, as you can see from this angle:

And come admire the merchants’ Halloween spirit – like the team from Forsythe Studio:

Junction trick-or-treating continues till 3 pm – more photos to come. ADDED 4:18 PM: As promised!

Umbrellas were suddenly the perfect accessory for trick-or-treating!

An angelic sighting at Terjung’s:

As always, costume creativity, and cuteness, abounded:

Two more area business-district trick-or-treat events are yet to come – both tomorrow – White Center 3-5 pm, Westwood Village 4-7 pm.

It’s playtime again at newly upgraded Fairmount Playground

Fairmount Playground‘s upgrades are done and it’s open for the serious business of having fun. “Granny Annie Lenssen” shares this photo of someone who already gave it a test run:

Just wanted to send you this photo of my grandson, the official First One To enjoy the newly updated park with the ferry, swings, climbing net, and more. You can tell from his expression that he’s loving it! And this is in pouring rain! The workers had just removed the fence and said he was the first one to visit!

West Seattle Saturday: Trick or Treat at The Junction…and more

That’s the Pai’s food truck (Thai/Hawaiian, they tell us) – which you can check out tonight at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW), 8 pm-2 am, even if you are not going to the event that’s drawn it there, Hive Mind Halloween. Another big event on the Halloween schedule today: Trick or Treat at The Junction, 1-3 pm – with lots of special events at various Junction venues, including photos at Hotwire Coffee (WSB sponsor) and Senior Center of West Seattle. Plus, Donna Ryan Photography is again offering their space on SW Alaska (next to Cupcake Royale) for parents of small children:

I will be opening my studio space to parents for feeding and changing on Saturday (trick or treat) from 12-4pm. There will also be Halloween craft activities for toddlers. In short, a rest place and break from the chaos.

Outside The Junction, events include the West Seattle Thriftway Halloween party and Growing Gardeners Appreciation Day at West Seattle Nursery. Plus a fundraiser for Family Promise of Seattle is part of this event at Chief Sealth International High School:

The Associated Student Body (ASB) of Chief Sealth International High School is a hosting a youth Halloween Carnival from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. This event will feature a large bounce house sponsored by the Chief Sealth PTSA and a variety of games run by students with plenty of candy and prizes! Every kid will leave a winner! There is no entry fee although donations are gladly accepted at the door with all proceeds benefitting the Class of 2011 Grad Night activities. In addition, ASB is supporting a local organization, Family Promise of Seattle, and all money that is raised from kid’s face painting will go directly to them. Family Promise of Seattle helps newly homeless children and their families by getting them off the streets and into a stable, supportive environment that moves them toward self-sufficiency. The Halloween Carnival welcomes all children ages 5-12 years and their families to the Chief Sealth International High School Galleria (2600 SW Thistle). Make sure you come in costume and leave the face painting to us!

On the grownup side – WSB sponsor Skylark Café and Club‘s annual “Come as You Aren’t” bash is tonight:

The premise – bands pretending to be someone else, visually and musically. 3803 Delridge Way SW, be there.
Again, the Halloween stuff is all on the WSB West Seattle Halloween list – have a great day/night!

Traffic alert: Northbound 1st Avenue South Bridge closure today

October 30, 2010 6:14 am
|    Comments Off on Traffic alert: Northbound 1st Avenue South Bridge closure today
 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

One more reminder – the 1st Avenue South Bridge, northbound only, is scheduled to be closed today, 7 am-3 pm. Here’s the original announcement. We’ll publish an update if we get word of an earlier reopening.

West Seattle Halloween: Tibbetts celebrates All Hallows’ Eve

October 30, 2010 5:45 am
|    Comments Off on West Seattle Halloween: Tibbetts celebrates All Hallows’ Eve
 |   Holidays | West Seattle news | West Seattle religion

The photo and explanation are from John Van Lierop, Jr., organist at Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor).

This year, All Hallows’ Eve (Halloween) falls on a Sunday. At Tibbetts United Methodist Church in West Seattle, the minister, Rev. Dr. Joanne Carlson Brown, is encouraging her members to dress in costume for that Sunday. Even though Halloween originated as a pagan holiday, it also has Christian roots as churches celebrate All Saints’ Day the next day. Oct. 31 also happens to be Reformation Sunday, when the Protestant churches mark the anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg church. Rev. Brown, who will be dressed in costume, believes in a God who delights in us and loves laughter and fun as well as praise.

In the photo are John, “dressed as he will be on Halloween Sunday,” with two of his piano pupils, Kira and Nicholas Branch, who also attend Tibbetts (which is at 3940 41st SW).

West Seattle Halloween: The pumpkin parade continues

Thanks yet again for sharing so many great pumpkin photos this past week – This round begins with one from Chef Jason Todd Rice at The Bohemian, who also wants to make sure you know they have a special cocktail with proceeds going to help Sofia Goff from now-closed Café Revo – just ask for “La Sofia.” Meantime, Meredith shared this group:

And two from Todd:

If you have a pumpkin pic to share for the final two roundups tonight and Halloween night – please use this address: … our main one’s having a few technical challenges at the moment and might not be fixed till later Saturday. Thanks and have a great time this weekend!

‘Walk FROM School’ event for Walk to School Month @ Roxhill

October 29, 2010 11:59 pm
|    Comments Off on ‘Walk FROM School’ event for Walk to School Month @ Roxhill
 |   Health | West Seattle news | West Seattle schools

You might say this event and a Monday morning tribute to the school librarian “bookended” this week for Roxhill Elementary School. Some students dressed up as literary characters today – like the “Go, Dog, Go!”-inspired outfit above – for a “Walk From School” event concluding Walk To School Month. Even the chicken who showed up on Monday reappeared for this event:

Students, parents and teachers were encouraged to sing Roxhill’s school song as they paraded down 30th Avenue SW. Some waved signs. King County Food and FItness Initiative reps helped put this together

. Students who couldn’t walk home got to at least walk to a school-bus staging area at Roxhill Park.

(Earlier today, we covered a Walk to School event with King County Executive Dow Constantine in White Center – see that coverage here.)