West Seattle, Washington
From tonight’s meeting of the citywide Skate Park Advisory Committee downtown: No resolution yet to the question of “who’ll build Delridge Skatepark?” – but a little more light was shone on the concerns regarding bidder qualifications.Read More
The West Seattle Wing Dome officially opens in The Junction at 11 am tomorrow, but you may have noticed people dining there tonight – or maybe you were among them. We dropped in for photos during the Wing Dome’s by-invitation Opening Day Eve preview – early enough in the evening that we could catch the whole team for the top photo. Note the local high-school sports decor that’s part of the display over the tables on the north side of the restaurant in the next pic:
The menu’s online here; the official address is 4523 California SW, between CAPERS and the forthcoming Tuscan Tea Room/Romanza Floral (which is tentatively planning to open November 1st). This is the fourth Wing Dome – the other three are in Greenwood, Kent and Kirkland – and, as we learned during a sneak-preview tour a few weeks ago, the first one that Seattle-headquartered owners Consolidated Restaurants have built and open since they bought the local mini-chain.
Two Make that three coyote reports in one day, from different parts of the peninsula – read on for details (including the third, sent after we first published this):Read More
West Seattle volunteers including writer Lori Hinton – known for work including “West Seattle 101” – have just returned from Gambia, where hundreds of kids have new Kona Africabikes thanks to a unique program. Lori’s finishing up a story that we plan to publish here this week, with photos – but first, she’s sharing the video clip above as a preview of sorts – a reminder this afternoon that volunteer work and donations truly make the world go ’round. Watch for the full story soon!
Shared by Janis’s sister Jackie Duty:
Janis (Wilmot) Ahrenius
Surrounded by her loving family, Jani passed away peacefully on 10/10/10 after a long battle with cancer. She always had a smile on her face and a real caring for others. Jani was born January 28, 1956, to Robert and Phyllis Wilmot. She attended West Seattle HS, where she met her soulmate and future husband, John. She became a beloved mother to her children, Nick & Adrienne, and was an honorary member of The Kindergarten Club. Recently preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Brian, Jani is survived by her husband and children, brothers Robert (Lynn) Wilmot, Gary (Sue) Wilmot, Pat (Shaun) Wilmot, sisters Jean (Don) Lester and Jackie (Dave) Duty, and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.
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Compare: Fauntleroy Way as it looks now, through The Triangle …
… and Fauntleroy Way as it might look, in a concept proposed as part of the ongoing West Seattle Triangle planning discussions:
Almost two years after a touchstone meeting that “started (the) conversation” about The Triangle’s future (2008 WSB coverage here), concepts like that one are progressing as part of an official city-involved process. It’s part of the presentation (see it here) given to the Seattle Design Commission last Thursday by architect David Hewitt, a consultant working with the city Department of Planning and Development and a citizens’ advisory group, as they try to envision how The Triangle could evolve with purpose as more development moves in among the existing businesses, large and small, in the next decade-plus. The Design Commission gave unanimous approval to this first round of concepts, which hasn’t yet been formally presented to the Advisory Group, whose next meeting has just been set for 5:30 pm October 27. Read on to see a few more concepts from the presentation, and how they were initially received:Read More
Just in from the Seattle City Council – the official announcement of their vote today in favor of an “opt-out registry” you can join to stop delivery of unwanted phone books. This has been in the works since early summer (here’s our original June report). Read on for the full details (ADDED 5 PM: council news release followed by statement just e-mailed to us by the Yellow Pages Association):Read More
Two car-theft stories in this afternoon’s West Seattle Crime Watch update: First, if you didn’t catch it playing out in the comment section, Lee confirms that his stolen “beater” Acura – first reported here – is indeed the car that Kath spotted. (He also provided an update on its post-theft condition.) The site where it was found is less than a mile from where it was stolen. Meantime, we have a new car-theft (and prowl) report from a few miles south – click ahead:Read More
Got plans for dinner this Wednesday? Here’s a chance to dine at the newly renovated Chief Sealth International High School while helping its athletics program:
This Wednesday, October 13th, the Football, Boys’ Basketball, and Volleyball programs at Sealth will host a dinner benefit to support these programs. It will be a spaghetti dinner event with short presentations from each sport. The dinner will begin at 7:00 pm; tickets are $12, with the proceeds going toward the Football, Boys Basketball and Volleyball programs, and Sealth Athletics. Purchasing a dinner ticket will also give you free admission to the first Sealth home basketball game in the new gym when the Boys’ Basketball team takes on Brisbane, Australia, on November 30th, 2010 at 7:00pm. You can purchase dinner tickets at the door this Wednesday night starting at 6:30 pm. The event will be held in the brand new Galleria at Chief Sealth.
If you haven’t been there yet (or lately) – 2600 SW Thistle (map). P.S. It’s homecoming week at Chief Sealth (the football game is this Friday night across the street at Southwest Athletic Complex, 7 pm, vs. Nathan Hale).
(One of the more than 60 people who gathered last year to call Fauntleroy Creek’s salmon home)
It’s a West Seattle tradition – gathering to drum, chant, and sing to call coho spawners to Fauntleroy Creek. Judy Pickens just sent word that this year’s event is set for 5 pm Sunday, October 24th, with the singing and drumming to be led by Bron Edwards-Cryer and Kevin Finney, at the fish-ladder viewpoint (SW Director and upper Fauntleroy Way SW, across and up the embankment from the ferry dock – here’s a map). Judy adds, “Old Man Rattlesnake will be a special guest! Bring a drum of any kind, or just yourself.” All ages welcome. (Find out more about Fauntleroy Creek here.)
Another construction project is under way in West Seattle right now, in addition to the various commercial and park projects we’ve been updating – but you might not have heard much about it unless you are affiliated with West Seattle Little League or a frequent visitor to Bar-S Playfield on Alki Point. New construction and storage buildings are about to go up at the field, according to WSLL president Mark Terao, who e-mailed to share news of a new website that’s tracking the project, as it gets under way in a big way (at left, that’s WSLL Board Member/Majors Manager Mark O’Neil, photographed during work about a week ago to clear out the old snack shack before it’s taken down):
The site has been prepared for the build. The old container has been relocated to make space for the new storage building. Everything has been cleared out of the old snack shack and our contractor has shot the grade and staked the location of the new buildings. We will be removing the old shack this week and pouring the foundation. … We are shooting for a completion date of January 15th 2011. Currently the project is estimated to cost $150,000. To date, we are still in need of roughly $30,000 to complete the project. Through the generous support of local businesses and residents, this number is shrinking, but it is still a big nut and we are still asking the community for help.
Mark says, “For a minimum donation of $100 you can have your family’s (or) business/organization’s name placed on the permanent “Thank You” plaque that will be affixed to the building.” You can find a donation form on the West Seattle Little League’s main website here. Meantime, Mark says they will continue to update progress, with photos and info, on the project website.
Sometimes when a business moves, its old location is empty a while. Not the case with the longtime Swedish Automotive (WSB sponsor) spot at 7501 35th SW (map). As first noted here in late July, a tenant was lined up long before Swedish moved to its newly built headquarters a few blocks south. Above, the proprietors you’ll now find at 35th/Webster – Todd Ainsworth and Chris Christensen (above), who are now up and running with West Seattle AutoWorks. They went public with details a month ago, as Swedish prepared to move, and today marks the start of their first full week in business. Chris and Todd are both West Seattleites and have worked locally for a long time too; they do repair/maintenance on everything but the cars Swedish handles to the south. They’re online, too – on Facebook here, on the Web here – open Mondays-Fridays, 8 am-5:30 pm.
(From Run USA 2010 online gallery, used with permission – see many more here)
That’s West Seattle runner John Wallace III – wearing a T-shirt from West Seattle Runner! – as he got ready to run east from Los Angeles on Sunday morning, starting his hoping-to-set-a-cross-country-record odyssey (previewed here). Today, he’s starting day 2 of Run USA 2010. You can follow along through the many links from his main website (including Facebook). … Also looking ahead to today/tonight: Two neighborhood councils meet tonight – North Delridge at 6:30 pm, Delridge Library (Delridge/Brandon); Pigeon Point at 7 pm, Pathfinder K-8 (Cooper) School, 1901 SW Genesee. … And Delridge Skatepark is on the agenda (with the bid situation undoubtedly to be discussed) at the citywide Skate Park Advisory Committee‘s meeting tonight, 7 pm at Parks HQ downtown … Did you know Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) has Munchie Mondays ($1 items 3-7 pm)? … More on the calendar.
In our daily/nightly countdown to the November 2nd general election, a reminder that your ballot likely will show up in the mail before the week’s over. You have till November 2nd to get it postmarked/mailed, or dropped off, but in case you’re an early-bird type: For the former, just remember, you need 1 first-class stamp. For the latter, while the county added more drop boxes for this election – after cutting way back for the primary, to only two, there are now 11 for the general election (listed here). None in West Seattle or White Center, however (before the cutbacks earlier this year, there had been one at Delridge Neighborhood Service Center and one at White Center Library); we asked the county why our area doesn’t merit one, and to date have not received a clear answer, just an explanation of the criteria in general:
– Voter use at previous location
– Population densities and distribution (existing and future)
– Proximity to transit services
– Access and safety
– Public facility available to host box
– Designated urban center per adopted regional land use and transportation plan
Without one in WS or WC, the nearest ones will be at the King County Administration Building downtown and county Elections HQ on East Marginal in Tukwila (here’s the map with all drop-box locations – they’re all scheduled to be open 24/7 until 8 pm November 2nd).