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West Seattle schools: WSHS student accomplishments

Michelle Sloan at West Seattle High School shares news of several students’ accomplishments, starting with the above photo: It’s by Sage Taber, who won an award for it in the district’s annual art competition. It’s on display – as are other student works – at the Seattle Art Museum through June 5th … 20 creations by WSHS students are part of the ArtsWest Student Art Show that opened yesterday; tomorrow night, meet the young artists at a reception and awards ceremony, 6-7:30 pm. The show continues through Saturday … Student artist Jimmy Le will have work published in a student art book as the result of being selected in the competition … And last but not least, Michelle reports:

West Seattle High School Marketing students recently competed against each other in a Micro Loan competition. Student Marketing teams used the website to find small business entrepreneurs throughout the world who are in need of small loans to build their businesses. Students presented their entrepreneurs’ business to a panel of judges from the marketing/business industry. Holland America Cruise Line and West Seattle resident Jon Dawson and Marketing Judge Christa Peck contributed over $500 to fund the Micro Loans. After the loans are paid back (most within a year), West Seattle High School students will be able to loan the money out again to other small businesses throughout the world in need that cannot get loans through large banks.

Congratulations to all!

Traffic alert: ‘Heavy rescue’ on southbound 99 at West Seattle Bridge exit

(Photo by Shari, via Twitter)
8:33 PM: We don’t know a lot about the circumstances yet, but there’s a “heavy rescue” callout on southbound 99 at the West Seattle Bridge exit; one caller tells us a car has “one wheel over the edge.” (And now we’re getting photos via Twitter too – just added one above – thanks to Shari and Judy for sharing theirs.) For now, if you happen to be in or north of downtown, you’ll want to find an alternate route back to WS. No information yet on injuries.

8:57 PM UPDATE: The Fire Department has cleared the scene, according to the 911 log, but still no official info yet. In comments, “Mn” says it appeared the driver was OK and talking with authorities.

9:35 PM UPDATE: Just drove The Bridge/99 downtown and back, and the scene is clear, everything moving normally.

Happening now: Dining out for World MS Day Seattle

May 25, 2011 7:58 pm
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We caught up with World MS Day Seattle organizer William Khazaal and family as they arrived at Spring Hill in The Junction a short time ago. You still have the rest of the night to get out and dine/nosh at dozens of participating restaurants/lounges to raise money to help kids with multiple sclerosis, including more than 30 in West Seattle (Spring Hill, of course, among tem). The map page (with the sites listed on its left side) is here. Here’s the backstory on what the event is all about.

Denny demolition: Schedule outlined; community meeting planned

(CLICK FOR FULL-SIZE VERSION: Top of the rendering is west, left is south, right is north)
That’s the final layout of what will take the place of the current Denny International Middle School buildings at 30th/Thistle/Cloverdale, once they are demolished after the school year ends. BNBuilders, the contractor on the project, has just shared the rendering along with news that’s about to be distributed in the Denny-area neighborhoods, via door-hanger flyers: A community meeting to discuss the demolition/construction plan is scheduled for 6-8 pm June 14th at nearby Southwest Community Center. According to River Steenson from BNBuilders, “The agenda will cover an introduction of the project team and key members from the Seattle Public Schools district, Bassetti Architects, BNBuilders, etc. We’ll describe the project, review the schedule, what neighbors can expect to see over the coming months, answer any questions, etc.”

As for that demolition schedule – we’re told the contractor will take over the site on Monday, June 27th, days after school ends. After abatement work – removal of asbestos, doors, windows, etc. – actual teardown is likely to start in mid-July. Denny’s summer operations will be in the new adjacent-to-Chief-Sealth building (Denny’s new official address will be 2601 SW Kenyon). As noted here earlier this week, a June 11th farewell-to-the-old-building event is in the works.

West Seattle High School alumni: After-party invitation!

May 25, 2011 4:41 pm
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Just nine days till the West Seattle High School all-school reunion on June 3rd, announced a month ago, PLUS the annual after-party – Terese Machmiller wants to get the word out, particularly to prospective performers:

It’s that time of year again – the first Friday in June WSHS all-school reunion at the school starting around 5 pm and the fourth annual afterparty at The Bridge, starting after 8 pm.

In addition to live music brought to you by the Tim Turner Band following the all-school reunion, Tim once again invites fellow alumni performers to come share the stage at The Bridge at 4439 35th Ave SW (formerly Redline Music and Sports/Legends). As always, dedicated musicians will be on hand to back up other musicians – and as well, standup comedians, acoustics and other performers are encouraged.

In years’ past, WSHS alumni classes spanning about 50 years fill the house, with fellow classmates and even current WSHS faculty/musicians taking their turns on the stage. Tim keeps things hopping as a dynamic host and entertainer. This year, the space is newly renovated, the outdoor patio extended and polished up and the menu expanded. Come check it out, support our alumni musicians and a new Westside business, and kick up your heels to some rockin’ tunes!

PERFORMERS: Please contact Tim @ cell 206.271.5384 ASAP and no later than Tuesday 5/31 to reserve your performance slot, let him know what you have in mind to contribute and what you want by way of jam partners so Tim can get you covered.

Questions? You can reach Terese at 206-890-2277.

West Seattle wildlife: Rare view of the ‘Lincoln Park lovers’

That’s how Trileigh Tucker referred to them, headlining the note that included that photo:

I was delighted (Tuesday) evening to come across both of Lincoln Park’s resident Barred Owls together. Although we probably won’t be seeing owlets in the park this year, this pair is loyally mated for life and I’m sure they’ll try again next year. In the meantime, there’s lots of hunting available to keep them busy.

Thanks to Trileigh for this, and for sharing another photo of a different bird we’re saving for tomorrow!

Bicycle-car crash at 35th and Barton, no serious injuries

The scene’s clearing, but in case you passed by and wondered – the police/fire response at 35th and Barton (map) this past hour was for a bicycle-car collision. Police were still sorting out how it happened but told us that no one was hurt badly enough to be taken to the hospital. It happened on the northwest side of the intersection.

West Seattle buses: Sound Transit 560 service cuts kick in soon

(Route 560 bus photo by Flickr member Atomic Taco)
The date is set for service cuts on Sound Transit Route 560 – June 11th. We found this out thanks to Nicholas, who uses Route 560 regularly between West Seattle and Sea-Tac and heard that the service was about to be reduced. ST spokesperson Kimberly Reason confirms it to WSB:

As first communicated last year in our DRAFT 2011 SIP (Service Implementation Plan) and posted in the final 2011 SIP, the 560 will continue to run during the weekday, but the route segment between West Seattle Junction and Burien Transit Center is being discontinued weeknights and weekends beginning June 11th. The West Seattle segment will operate from approximately 4:20 A.M. to 9:00 A.M. and from 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on weekdays.

As background, total Route 560 ridership has declined about 23 percent between 2nd Quarter 2009 and the same period in 2010. This does not necessarily mean that these riders are lost but it is likely that many now use other public transit services.

With the increased availability of Metro alternatives between many of the points served by Route 560, the West Seattle-Burien segment will be deleted entirely except during weekday commuter hours. This will continue to provide West Seattle residents with direct access to the airport during peak demand times while achieving significant cost savings. Alternative West Seattle-Airport service is now available outside of commuter hours using Metro Route 128, which operates between West Seattle and the Tukwila International Boulevard Station with a one-station connection to the airport via light rail.

A detailed explanation (starting on page 72 of this document) notes also that midday service on the route was cut from every half hour to once an hour last year, and that too may account for ridership reduction. Meantime, another ST document notes that further restructuring of Route 560 is possible in 2013, “in conjunction with startup of Metro Rapid Ride Line F (Renton-Burien),” which is to replace Metro Route 140.

Beach Drive slides spawn another suit (and draws choppers)

Last night, KING 5 aired that report with the latest on the Beach Drive mudslide/wet-road mess – a lawsuit filed by more than two dozen property owners. Today, we’re following up (as are other TV stations, which is what choppers were doing over the area this past hour, thanks for the calls and notes!). We’ve reported on the dispute before – here and here – involving the mudslides in the 6000 block of Beach Drive. The neighbors had warned in January (as noted in this WSB report) that they might hire legal counsel, because they were upset the city didn’t seem to be doing enough to address the situation, even with legal action (reported here) against upslope property owner Peter Saladino, whose 2007-built project they blame for much of the trouble.

Now they have, according to the court documents – which you can read here – 28 property owners filed a claim with the city for damages, and, saying it went nowhere after two months, followed it up with a lawsuit filed two weeks ago against the city and Saladino. The suit alleges, among other things, “Each of Plaintiffs’ residential properties has been adversely affected by the ongoing instability of the slope between Atlas Place SW and Beach Drive SW,” and that “Defendants have caused or perpetuated a trespass by allowing mud, debris and water to invade and damage the Plaintiffs’ properties.” They’re seeking unspecified damages, though according to KING’s report, they’re hoping to work out a deal with the city rather than taking the case to trial (which wouldn’t happen before next year). Their pre-lawsuit efforts included speaking to the City Council Transportation Committee (chaired by West Seattle-residing Councilmember Tom Rasmussen) last January (coverage here).

City Light work ahead for 2 West Seattle neighborhoods

Thanks to Nate for sharing a letter received from Seattle City Light about work ahead in Brace Point that will include planned power outages – it in turn led us to information about another project that’s about to restart in southern West Seattle.

First, the Brace Point work. Here’s the notice Nate shared. It describes underground electrical upgrades that will take about seven weeks to complete, with work expected to start around June 20th. First, a community Q/A meeting is planned for June 6, 7 pm, at the White Center Library.

The notice points to a City Light webpage that doesn’t actually have information about this project yet but does mention that underground maintenance work along SW Roxbury is scheduled to restart next week. This is described as a six-month project along Roxbury all the way east to 4th SW and then along Olson Place. It too will include “planned outages”; full details here.

Delridge Skatepark update, after the first month of construction

(Looking westward over the site, from sidewalk along Delridge)
In the middle of Tuesday afternoon’s sunshine, we stopped by the Delridge Skatepark site (map) for new photos, after receiving this note Monday from Tony:

Inquiring minds that haven’t been able to have a look lately would love an update on skatepark construction. At the very least, I would. Heh.

It’s already been a month since work began. At the site, you can clearly see both bowls taking shape; the excavation is deeper to the east, closer to Delridge.

(Looking south into the easternmost bowl, from sidewalk along Genesee)
After our site visit, we asked Seattle Parks project manager Kelly Davidson for a progress report on West Seattle’s first skatepark, from her standpoint:

All of the drainage is installed and approved. The concrete benches are complete and all work from here on out will be skatepark formwork and concrete. Things are going very smoothly and Grindline is doing a great job.

I just processed a change order that incorporated weather and change days. Our ‘substantial completion’ date is now August 24th. We are hoping to be able to combine the opening event with the Delridge Day event.

As reported here in our coverage of last week’s Delridge Neighborhoods District Council meeting, that is tentatively set for September 10th.

West Seattle Wednesday: MS Day fundraiser; spray-park meeting; ‘Race to Nowhere’…

View World MS Day Seattle Participating Businesses in a larger map

From Bremerton to Issaquah – with 35 West Seattle businesses among those inbetween – the map shows where you can dine or shop today to be part of the World MS Day Seattle fundraiser, previewed again here last night. Follow the link under the map to see the list of participants on the left side of the full-page Google Map, or see the list on this Facebook page. Here are other highlights from the WSB West Seattle Events calendar:

SPRAY PARK MEETING: The official Seattle Parks community meeting on the planned Highland Park wading pool-to-spray-park conversion is the topic after the Highland Park Action Committee‘s regular meeting, 7 pm at Highland Park Improvement Club (1116 SW Holden). The public meeting is scheduled to start at 7:30 pm (click for more information). Parks wants your thoughts on how different spray-park features can be integrated into the wading pool site. More details here.

‘RACE TO NOWHERE’: Race to Nowhere” documentary screening at Chief Sealth International High School Little Theater (a change from the originally announced venue), sponsored by Arbor Heights Elementary PTSA, 6 pm (full details and ticket info here).

HEALTH SCREENINGS: Futura Health Screening will be offering screening exams from 9 am to 3 pm, hosted by Merrill Gardens at Admiral Heights (2326 California SW; Futura and Merrill Gardens are both WSB sponsors). Screenings are $45 each or $125 for all three. No doctor referral necessary. Pre-registration required; call (425) 398-7797 this morning to check on space.

PREPAREDNESS: Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon) presents Personal Preparedness beyond 3-day kits! 12:15 – 1:15 PM. What do you do on day 4, day 5, day 6, day 10. . . when there is no power for weeks.

WRITERS’ OPEN MIKE: Poetry Bridge presents Poems & Tales at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 5612 California SW, 7-9 pm. May is Open Mike month for all, including past featured poets and readers, as well as those who have contributed poems and storytelling in the past. New readers always welcome. Sign-ups start at 6:45 pm.

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL CONTINUES: SIFFhas films at the Admiral Theater for all three weeks this year – the first week is wrapping up, but follow the link to the SIFF website to check the schedule of what’s being shown today/tonight.

TRAFFIC ALERT:SDOT crews plan to close the eastbound, right curb lane on the Schmitz Park Bridge (SW Admiral Way) today, 9 am – 2:30 pm, for a routine inspection.

‘Instantaneous outpouring of kindness’ for West Seattle bicyclist

After a spill at 35th/Barton (map), a West Seattle bicyclist found himself deluged with offers of help from multiple Good Samaritans, so he wanted to publicly thank them – read ahead for the story Ryan e-mailed last night:Read More

Video: West Seattle Blockwatch Captains Network field trip shows do’s, don’ts of crime-resistant home

(Click image to go to YouTube video page, where you can watch the video)
If you want to keep a burglar from kicking your door in, what matters is “not the deadbolt, it’s the door frame.” That potentially surprising advice was part of a briefing on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, presented Tuesday night by Southwest Precinct Community Police Team Officer Jonathan Kiehn for the West Seattle Blockwatch Captains Network.

Officer Kiehn had briefed the group on CPTED principles back in March, and recapped that briefing last night before attendees headed to the local home chosen for the on-scene review. Once there, we rolled video on his entire outdoor-and-indoor review, which you can watch above, unedited and nearly an hour long – looking at everything from landscaping to lighting to doors to the back yard to the alley, and yes, the door-frame issue.

(Even if you’re not a Block Watch Captain – yet! – follow the group on Facebook and the Web for invaluable crime-prevention advice and meeting announcements.)