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West Seattle wildlife: Divebombing owl reported in local park

You know Lincoln Park is home to owls (wonderful past proof includes this). You know owls sometimes dive-bomb humans (past anecdotes include this). Tonight, just out of the WSB inbox … an owl-attack report from Lincoln Park, courtesy of “Fauntlee Hill Bill“:

Had the head phones on and was enjoying a beautiful Labor Day eve twilight jog along the Lincoln Park bluff trail in the NW corner of the park. Encountered a few dog walkers and runners along the way but was momentarily alone when all of a sudden out of nowhere I felt a scrape along the top of my head.

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West Seattle schools: Many students return tomorrow

September 5, 2011 9:16 pm
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Just hours till the new school year starts for many of West Seattle’s major independent/private/parochial schools, including Holy Rosary, Hope Lutheran, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Seattle Lutheran, and Tilden. One public school starts tomorrow too – West Seattle Elementary; the others start Wednesday, as do more of the independent schools, including Westside School and West Seattle Montessori (both WSB sponsors), as well as Explorer West. (Some students already have started, like those in the Highline Public Schools district serving White Center and points south, and Holy Family [WSB sponsor].) Remember that among other things, this means school zones are back in effect on the road – please slow down!

Watch for the ‘For Sale’ sign soon at West Seattle’s ex-Fire Station 37

(2010 photo of ex-Fire Station 37, at 35th/Othello)
It’s likely to be a quick, routine vote of approval, but nonetheless, it should be noted that the authorization to sell historic former Fire Station 37 is on the agenda tomorrow during the City Council‘s afternoon meeting. Here’s the full version of what they’ll be voting on. The new Station 37, a few blocks south of the old one, opened last fall; the city had been taking comments on the old station’s future since last summer, and concluded it’s most likely to become a “private residence.” Ex-FS 37 was built in 1925.

Metropolitan Market: Things are just peachy after 40 years

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

With three grocery stores within a radius of barely three blocks, the Admiral District is home to West Seattle’s busiest food-shopping hub.

And it’s been a big year for all three of those supermarkets – Safeway just opened its new store, PCC Natural Markets (WSB sponsor) remodeled its West Seattle store, and Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor) celebrated “a fantastic 40 years of being in business,” as Admiral store manager Glen Hasstedt describes it.

We talked with him recently to check in on what’s new with MM, and what’s ahead.

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Another dedication tomorrow: New Denny Int’l Middle School

September 5, 2011 11:19 am
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(WSB photo from August media tour of new Denny)
On Wednesday, when Denny International Middle School sixth-graders get the school to themselves as per tradition, they will be the first to officially attend the brand-new Denny, adjacent to the remodeled Chief Sealth International High School. But first: As was the case for Sealth on back-to-school-day-eve last year, Denny gets the spotlight at a ribbon-cutting ceremony tomorrow. Seattle Public Schools‘ interim superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield will be there, as will of course Denny’s proud principal Jeff Clark, and other dignitaries, including West Seattle’s school-board rep (and its president) Steve Sundquist. If you’re planning on being there too, note that Denny’s entrance is on the north side of the campus (2601 SW Kenyon), while Sealth’s entrance remains on the south side. A formal community open house/tour event is set for 10 am Saturday, September 24th.

In case you wondered: Police/fire on Harbor Avenue

September 5, 2011 11:13 am
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Just in case you passed by or were in the area and wondered: The fire/police response that’s wrapping up in the Salty’s vicinity on Harbor Avenue involves a diver who, according to the scanner, felt sick after emerging from the water. No water rescue was needed, but 911 was called, SFD responded, and was taking the diver to the hospital at last report. Police were called to help with traffic in the vicinity of the SFD units.

West Seattle Monday: Happy Labor Day (2011 edition)

We took the photo Sunday afternoon at Delridge Skatepark, formally opening on Delridge Day September 17th (but being skated like crazy, again, when we ran by) – we got a tip about the banner, made by an anonymous West Seattleite who wanted to show appreciation for the Grindline design/build crew’s labors. On to the Labor Day info:

TRANSPORTATION: Metro Transit, the West Seattle Water Taxi (along with its shuttle buses), and Sound Transit express buses are all on their Sunday schedules. Washington State Ferries‘ Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route is on a weekend schedule .

PARKING IN THE PAY ZONES DOWNTOWN, ETC.: Pay stations/meters are on holiday too – free street parking today.

SOLID WASTE PICKUP: If you have city trash/recycling/yard waste pickup on Mondays, it’s on a normal schedule despite the holiday.

STATE LIQUOR STORES: Open 10 am-7 pm.

WHAT’S NOT HAPPENING: Most government offices/facilities closed (Seattle Public Library system reopens tomorrow), most banks closed, no mail delivery.

BUSINESSES? Mixed bag, judging by what we’ve seen mentioned on business Facebook pages/Twitter feeds – more closed than open, overall. Avalon Glassworks did e-mail to say they’ll be open.

As for events, we have a few:

COOKING CLUB MEETS: The holiday’s not stopping the West Seattle Cooking Club from meeting today. Location: Beveridge Place Pub. Theme: “4 ingredients.” Time: 2 pm. The challenge this week – to create a dish limited to 4 ingredients – salt, pepper and oil are allowed in addition to the 4 ingredients that you choose. (Then bring your creation to BPP for the meeting.)

LAST DAY FOR THE WADING POOL: Last day of the season for the last West Seattle wading pool still open, Lincoln Park.