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West Seattle door-to-door alert: The pitch without a point

About a block east of Lincoln Park, Eric had a visitor tonight who raised his suspicions – read on for his story:Read More

West Seattle food: Spring Hill ‘brunch bar’; shared kitchen; Japan help

SPRING HILL ANNOUNCES ‘BRUNCH BAR’: As brunch season – Easter and all that – swings into high gear, West Seattle’s Spring Hill Restaurant and Bar in The Junction just announced a new twist – call it “small plates” for brunch, maybe; Spring Hill calls it the “Brunch Bar.” No, it’s NOT a buffet – rather, a menu full of casual dishes, served at the bar. You can see the menu and the prices in this Spring Hill update; they’re offering the “Brunch Bar” Saturdays and Sundays starting this weekend.

SPEAKING OF BRUNCH: We’re compiling a roundup of Easter brunch highlights to be part of the Easter page we’re launching this week – if you’re offering Easter brunch and haven’t heard already from someone on the WSB editorial team, please e-mail us the what/where/when/how much,

WEST SEATTLE SHARED KITCHEN ON TV: Our friends at KING 5 featured a story tonight about one of the shared commercial kitchen spaces in The Triangle – featuring Janeil’s Alki Pie Company and “healthy chef” Patrick Fagan – watch it here:

DINE OUT FOR JAPAN RELIEF: Tomorrow night (Wednesday), dozens of metro-area restaurants are joining for Red White Unite, donating 10 percent of the night’s sales to Peace Winds America (one of the two beneficiaries of the recent West Seattle for Japan). The list of participants shows two West Seattle participants – Spring Hill and Pagliacci Pizza.

West Seattle High School recycling update, with words of thanks

Last week, we published West Seattle High School teacher Jennifer Hall‘s request for 5-gallon buckets to help with their food-recycling launch. She says they received plenty of buckets, and the program is launched! We stopped by for a photo at second lunch period today – note Jennifer’s big smile; later, she sent us the day’s toplines: :

Thanks very much … to generous West Seattle Blog readers! Crossfit Gym donated 10 beautiful black 5 gallon buckets. Junction True Value Hardware donated 10 white buckets, which say, fortuitously, “Start right. Start here!” — so applicable! A West Seattle High School parent who read about the effort on the blog also donated buckets. We made some excellent contacts from the blog post. A Master Composter from Seattle Tilth, and a representative of the “Urban Land Army” contacted us to volunteer.

Cedar Grove and the Seattle School District Sustainablity office are providing us with a new compost dumpster, compost cans and bags. Earth Service Corps students are committed to working hard to get the program going. Today alone, 98 gallons of compostable food and paper waste were diverted from the Arlington, Oregon landfill that receives Seattle trash! Earth Service Corps students and other interested students worked together in the West Seattle Commons to educate their peers and their teachers. More than 100 students composted (I was so busy with compost, it was difficult to count!) It was gratifying to see that at the end of two lunch periods, less than one third of a large trash can was filled with waste. At least two cans would have been collected, had we not composted today. We are excited about ‘Greening’ our school!

(The buckets also help with liquid collection to facilitate recycling of not-entirely-empty containers.)

Ultimate collaboration: YarnCore + West Seattle Art Attack!

Just received another communiqué, er, weblink from yarn-bomber Jaesee of YarnCore. Couldn’t be more perfect that she and West Seattle Art Attack teamed up for a free-standing “yarn bomb” that is now in place at one of West Seattle’s most popular new restaurants. (If you don’t know the WS Art Attack backstory, this story from last summer has links to previous coverage.)

Can you adopt the traffic circle at former Admiral sinkhole site?

If you were following the saga in February and March, you’ll recall a sinkhole by the traffic circle at Fairmount and Forest in Admiral turned into a three-story-deep pipe-replacement project. Now that work’s done, and the circle has been restored – but it needs some landscaping love, according to SDOT, which asked us to put the call out for a volunteer, since they don’t have anyone on record as tending to this spot:

We need a landscape volunteer for the traffic circle at Fairmount Ave SW and SW Forest Street. For those who are interested, or may be interested in becoming a landscape volunteer for other traffic circles in the City of Seattle, please contact Joshua Erickson with SDOT’s Urban Forestry Section at (206) 684-5008 or via e-mail at

‘Yucky intersection’: No major injuries in 44th/Oregon crash

Thanks to Brian from TouchTech Systems for the photo and thanks to Meredith and Jennifer for the tips on a multi-vehicle crash that snarled traffic for a while early this afternoon at 44th/Oregon in The Junction. Noting it on the WSB Facebook wall, Jennifer described it as a “yucky intersection.” Meredith noticed debris strewn for some distance, which required more cleanup than usual, but tow trucks have responded; no medic unit was summoned, which generally indicates no serious injuries.

Saving the Sound with ‘green infrastructure’: Meeting tomorrow

(March 10 WSB photo)
That’s the east side of Westside School in the backdrop of our photo from last month, showing a drilling crew out doing preliminary testing for King County’s “green stormwater infrastructure” project to reduce combined-sewer overflows into Puget Sound – and Westside is where county staffers will be tomorrow night for a community meeting updating the plan. While hundreds of households in Sunrise Heights and Westwood will be directly affected, thousands more may be interested for a variety of reasons, and you don’t have to be part of the project area (map here) to attend. The meeting is set for 6:30-8 pm tomorrow (Wednesday, April 6) at Westside, which is at 7740 34th SW; you can read more about the proposal (which is still under environmental review) on the King County Wastewater Treatment Division website.

West Seattle potholes: ‘Spot paving’ planned for some rough spots

(January photo of Orchard-to-Sylvan potholes, shared by Gary)
Hat tip for this one goes to the Sanislo Elementary School PTSA newsletter – reading the latest edition last night, we saw news of some road-repair work planned nearby, so we followed up this morning by asking SDOT for details. Here’s the reply from Marybeth Turner:

An SDOT asphalt crew will be doing spot asphalt paving along Sylvan Way SW, SW Orchard St and Dumar Way SW in areas where there are frequent problems with potholes.

They will pave the eastbound lane on Sylvan Way SW around the curve to the intersection with SW Orchard. They will also pave the eastbound lane of SW Orchard from Delridge up to the intersection with Dumar Way SW, and then continue for a short distance around the curve on Dumar.

The crews have not yet scheduled this work–it will be executed with other paving jobs, and it requires favorable weather. We will announce the dates when the crews are closer to starting this paving work.

We will also be doing some spot travel lane repairs between the 4100 and 6900 blocks on Delridge to address problem pothole areas.

We would like to perform more extensive street reconstruction and paving, but this is what we can do with the funding available at this time.

The Sylvan potholes got special note here back in January. The city is still tracking potholes online (with 229 in queue as of about a week ago); you can see the latest map, with info on how to report them, by going here.

Less than 2 weeks till Duwamish Alive! Chosen your site yet?

Story and photos by Keri DeTore
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

With Earth Day coming up later this month, opportunities for “doing good” for the environment abound. One day when you have multiple opportunities and multiple sites to choose from is Saturday, April 16th – the annual Duwamish Alive! restoration/cleanup event.

We wanted to spotlight some of the sites that will get TLC that day. For starters, Cari Simson of Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition (DRCC), whose “role is to educate
the public about the Superfund cleanup site,” talked with us about their Duwamish Alive! site at T-107 Park along West Marginal Way on the east edge of West Seattle.

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West Seattle Tuesday: Traffic alert; open house; runner training…

April 5, 2011 6:07 am
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Monday night sunset photo below, courtesy Sarah. List below, courtesy WSB West Seattle Events calendar.
BRIDGE LANE CLOSURE TODAY, BETWEEN COMMUTES: City crews will be out clearing drains on the West Seattle Bridge today from 35th/Fauntleroy to 1st Avenue South, on the outside eastbound lane, 9 am-3 pm.

LIVING WELL WITH CHRONIC CONDITIONS: Today and every Tuesday afternoon, 1-3:30 pm through May 3rd, at the Senior Center of West Seattle. Call 932-4044 to see if there’s space.

ROTARY LUNCH: Rotary Club of West Seattle weekly luncheon meeting, noon at Salty’s on Alki: Terry Davis, Partners for Work Steering committee member within Rotary District 5030 will lead the program. District Governor John Matthews will share stories of involvement, in particular, partnership with King County. Debbie Moore will be introduced as the new Partners for Work Coordinator.

TASTE OF DREAM DINNERS OPEN HOUSE: Tired of takeout, but no time to cook night after night after night? Dream Dinners (WSB sponsor) might be your dream come true. Show up at their West Seattle location on the outer east side of Jefferson Square, along 41st SW at 5:30, 6, or 6:30 to taste the April menu or even sign up to put together a dinner.

ANNIVERSARY SALE RESUMES: Wyatt’s Jewelers (WSB sponsor) resumes its 6th anniversary sale, which started last Saturday; 10 am-6 pm.

INFO NIGHT FOR MARATHON TRAINING: American Heart Association Start! – Training Info Night, West Seattle Runner (3727 California Ave, suite 2-A), 6:30pm. For runners training for their first half marathon. To RSVP or for more information, visit Start Training Puget Sound or e-mail or call (206) 694-7330.

WEST SEATTLE COMMUNITY ORCHESTRAS: West Seattle Community Orchestras welcome new members as they resume practicing – details here

WEST SEATTLE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE DAY REGISTRATION, DAY 2: We started signups yesterday afternoon and had 18 sales by last night! Be part of the city’s biggest Garage Sale Day (Greenwood has the oldest but mentions 100+ sales – last year, WS had 200+!) Info about, and the link for, registering can all be found here. The 7th annual WSCGSD, presented/coordinated by WSB, is May 14th.