month : 09/2011 343 results

Thanks for the helicopter tips; still a mystery

helicopterwatch.png8:35 PM: Have received various reports of a helicopter spotted over various areas of north West Seattle. Checking to see what we can find out. If you are seeing ground police activity that goes with it, let us know – there’s nothing on the scanner or 911 right now, but we’re driving in the general reported area to look around.

8:50 PM: We headed down toward West Marginal Way after reports it was seen over eastern West Seattle. Co-publisher Patrick Sand says it’s now visible over the eastern shore of the Duwamish River – we’re assuming it’s the same chopper – with a spotlight. So, still a mystery, but it’s definitely not just focused on West Seattle. There are still NO police or fire incidents in our area that would match to it. TV choppers do not routinely fly at this time of night, either.

9:09 PM: Via Facebook, Lisa G reminds us that high-school football games are sometimes videotaped via chopper, so we do get Friday night flyovers this time of year. We thought briefly we’d found a game scheduled at WS Stadium tonight, but it was last year’s schedule. Mystery continues!

9:21 PM: Lt. Alan Williams at the Southwest Precinct confirms police don’t have anything going on that would have merited a chopper (overall, quiet in general so far right now, he says).

West Seattle restaurants: Fish and chips en route to Westwood

Many have asked what’s happening at 9005 35th SW near Henderson, part of the former On Safari Foods space. WSB contributor Bill “Hutch” Hutchison spoke today with its new owners, sisters Muzit and Senait, who shared a bit of information about their plans to open West Seattle Fish House. They plan to primarily serve fish and chips to begin with, along with a variety of side dishes, not yet finalized, and more menu items to be added along the way as they ramp up. Muzit and Senait are both West Seattle residents and told Hutch they recognized a need for this type of restaurant in the neighborhood. Though they expect to do a lot of take-out business, there will be some countertop seating as well. No beer or wine to start, but it’s a possibility down the road.

That’s all they wanted to say till they get closer to opening, but we do know they hope to open within the next two to three weeks, depending on how inspections go.

Trash, shore, water don’t mix: Consider a holiday cleanup

Neal Chism – who more than does his part to clean up local waterways – sent photos this week, showing last weekend’s trash trouble at the fishing bridge just east of the “low bridge.”

It’s not just an eyesore. It’s a reminder of why trash by the water carries an extra hazard, whether bagged or not – if it gets into the water, it’s not only a hazard to local wildlife, it could eventually find itself to giant, growing repositories like the “garbage patch” in the Pacific. Neal also sent his photos to local authorities, and replies indicated that SDOT, which manages/maintains that area, would investigate more-frequent trash pickup during fishing season.

But a separate note we received, from Suzanne, brings a suggestion/solution: We can not only take care of our own trash, but can go the extra mile, as has Neal, to pick up others’. She suggested that if you have some time this Labor Day weekend, you might consider an impromptu beach/shore cleanup effort, no matter how small – every little bit helps:

I’m hoping that by getting the word out, it might also help people become more aware of the impacts that littering has, and cause folks to think twice about just leaving something behind to let the wind and water take it away – for someone else to deal with.

A friend and I spent several hours picking up LOTS of litter [earlier this week] along the beach at Constellation Park during low tide. We were shocked at how much we collected. It would be fantastic if other folks helped out this weekend along their favorite beaches. Low tides this weekend in West Seattle: Saturday: 3:33 pm; Sunday: 4:45 pm; Monday: 6:23 pm. Be sure to bring bags to collect the litter. Gloves too, ideally. -We didn’t have gloves and wished we did.

Suzanne also says that People for Puget Sound would like to have photos of anything you pick up, particularly plastic trash, since they are getting ready to launch an awareness campaign, so she sent us a postscript before we published this:

Please ask everyone to take photos of what they collect, with the plastic being especially evident and send them to Heather Trim, She is asking that the photos be taken at an angle to show detail, and ideally not in super bright sunlight.

P.S. If you do find some time to do some beach cleanup this weekend – we’d love to see your photos too, to celebrate everything, no matter how small, that neighbors are doing to keep Puget Sound healthier. (P.S. In two weeks you can also join an organized cleanup at Lincoln Park – info here – but don’t let that stop you from getting out this weekend … two more weeks and who knows where today’s trash will be. (Read up on the sea-trash problem here.)

My Big Fat Purple Benefit: Fun(draiser) for cancer-fighting realtor

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Most know that pink is the official color for breast-cancer awareness.

If somebody asked you which cancer-awareness campaign uses purple … would you know the answer?

Many more people in the area do, because of Prudential Northwest Realty‘s 48-year-old Dawn “DJ” Jump, who is being treated for, and working to raise awareness of, pancreatic cancer.

If you haven’t heard much about pancreatic cancer, you’re not alone. (I hadn’t, until my mother was diagnosed with it 13 years ago.) Not to imply any cancer is a “good” cancer, but cancer of the pancreas is an especially “bad” one. Because of where the pancreas sits in your digestive system, it’s seldom diagnosed early, and the tumor often is too close to vital arteries/other organs for doctors to safely remove. As a result, the 5-year survival rate is 5 percent. But somebody’s gotta be in that five percent – so in an expectation that she’ll be part of it, DJ is undergoing chemotherapy now, shrinking her tumor to get to an operable point (with surgery already scheduled for December), and fighting with so much spirit, her support website is called “”

Right now, her co-workers want to get the word out that you can support her by buying tickets ASAP for an upcoming benefit – it’s in early October, but they need to know by next week how many people can come.

That’s not the only way they’re supporting her – read on to see one vivid example (and to find out more about the benefit and other ways to help):Read More

West Seattle road work: Bike-lane repairs ahead on 16th

Another heads-up from SDOT before the holiday weekend hits in earnest:

Next week crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation will repair pavement cracks in the bike lanes on 16th Avenue SW between SW Henderson to SW Holden streets. They will work on Thursday and Friday, September 8 and 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. During this work, bicyclists will use the general traffic lane. On-street parking will be restricted, but sidewalks and crosswalks will remain open.

On the White Center side of 16th SW, by the way, the major paving work that’s been under way recently is wrapping up, according to what county reps told the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council last night.

West Seattle Water Taxi: Extra run after tonight’s Seahawks game

If you’re taking the West Seattle Water Taxi to tonight’s football game, King County wants to be sure you know they’ve added an extra run back to West Seattle at 11 pm – the 10:30 pm run from Pier 50 is usually the last one from downtown to WS. (This also gives us one more excuse to remind you that the WS Water Taxi and its shuttles are on a Sunday schedule on Labor Day.)

West Seattle business updates: New, moved, having a sale …

Eight notes from and about local businesses, received/gathered recently:

MAWADDA CAFE: For those wondering when this Mediterranean café in the Admiral District (first reported here in July) is going to open – as seems to be unavoidable for projects like this, the café’s owner tells WSB that it’s taking a bit longer than expected, so no opening date yet, despite the big bright OPENING SOON banner out front. We’ll keep you up to date!

AVALON ADDS LUNCH: Got a note from Avalon that it’s now serving lunch, if you haven’t heard. (You’ll find the lunch menu on their website; they’re at 2940 SW Avalon Way.)

We have a couple longer restaurant-related updates in the works too – check back here in the next few days (unless you’re checking out for the long holiday weekend, in which case, have a great time, we’ll see you when you’re back!)

Now, the non-food businesses:

SIMA MARTIAL ARTS MOVES: Owner Bob Heinemann says they’ve officially finished their move now to the new location at the corner of Fauntleroy/Genesee in The Triangle. And he’s launching an 8-week boot camp starting September 12th, 6-6:40 am. He says, “We have a diverse curriculum and diverse community of men & women ages 12 to 71!” They’re online at

CYCLE UNIVERSITY SALE: Also in The Triangle, Cycle U is having a sale through this weekend. Brad Loetel explains that it’s “our end of summer closeout sale on all 2011 Bikes and Clothing through Labor Day weekend. Our 2012 bikes will be arriving shortly so we need to clear out the remaining inventory.” Cycle U is at 4550 Fauntleroy Way SW.

MOUNTAIN TO SOUND SALE: And another Triangle business with a sale – Mountain to Sound Outfitters (WSB sponsor) has just kicked off its Labor Day sale; full details here. They’re in The Triangle at 3602 SW Alaska – and remember, they have an online store now too.

WEST SEATTLE FABRIC COMPANY SALE: The sale at West Seattle Fabric Company (WSB sponsor) is announced on their Facebook page, including “20% off over 450 selected bolts of collection fabrics (1 yd. min. cuts), 20% off quilting tools and rulers, 20% off select quilting books and patterns, and 20% off All Sewline fabric pencils, erasers and refills.” 2210 California SW.

NEW PILATES STUDIO: Be: Pilates recently opened in West Seattle (3703B California SW). Its owner is West Seattle resident Beth Montanez. She says hers is “the only studio in Seattle with the Balanced Body CoreAlign.” Besides private and group classes, Beth says she is offering “the first Pilates Instructor Training Course to be hosted in the West Seattle community,” starting September 30th.

HIGHLINE PHYSICAL THERAPY MOVES: Clinic manager Darren Dilley, PT, says they moved over the summer from their previous quarters east of Jefferson Square (home to Highline Medical Center’s West Seattle Family Medicine clinic (WSB sponsor), and future urgent-care clinic) and are now in the Jefferson Square tower, on the 5th floor, above Bartell Drugs. Dilley says Highline Physical Therapy-West Seattle is “planning an open house for physicians, and possibly another one in early October for the general public.”

Camp Long challenge course’s 1st phase nearing completion

Story and photos by Keri DeTore
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

Thanks to a partnership between Seattle Parks, Washington State University and 4-H, Camp Long is nearing completion of the long-awaited “Low Course” portion of the our state’s first urban Challenge Course.

Camp Long Advisory Council president David Kipnis (above) gave us a sneak peek in anticipation of the September 24th grand opening.

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West Seattle Friday: Welcome to the holiday weekend!

September 2, 2011 8:08 am
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Going into a holiday weekend, the event list tends to be short, so here are a few standing Friday listings from the WSB West Seattle Events calendar:

TOUR THE LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: It’s open Thursdays-Sundays, noon-4 pm, 61st/Stevens (Alki area). More info here.

LAST NON-HOLIDAY WEEKDAY AT COLMAN POOL: This is it for 7-day-a-week summer operations at West Seattle’s historic saltwater outdoor pool – after Monday, there’s one postseason weekend, and that’s it. Here’s the schedule. And take note of a bulletin on the Colman Pool home page – because of offseason work, next year’s opening will be delayed.

PRE-FALL CLEANING? Clean out your closets and drop off your reusable clothing and household items at “The Big Blue Truck” donation station, 44th Ave SW & SW Edmunds, Fridays- Sundays 9 am – 5 pm. For a complete list of items accepted visit Donations are tax-deductible.

Anything going on today/tonight (or beyond)? E-mail us and we’ll add it:

Hero rescues West Seattle 11-year-old from surf-log accident

A West Seattle 11-year-old is at Harborview Medical Center tonight, recovering from a terrifying close call out on the ocean coast. Peter Dyer was rescued from beneath a half-ton log in the surf in Pacific Beach, thanks to help from Issaquah resident John Atzbach, who was nearby when Peter got trapped under the log. KING 5 told the story tonight; see it here, with video. We contacted Peter’s mom Toddy Dyer by e-mail; she tells WSB, “He is going to be 100% fine because of the actions by John. He saved Peter’s life. … We hope Pete comes home sometime this weekend. … I feel lucky, loved, blessed, and fortunate to have this ending. Peter fought that log, John did what he did, and I smile that there are people like John in this world.”

Video: Summer Concerts at Hiawatha wrap up with Star Anna

This year’s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha lineup was more star-studded than ever, including the closing act for the sixth and final concert of the summer tonight: Star Anna and the Laughing Dogs. Star Anna and most of her band live in West Seattle now, so they’re hometown musical heroes:

Admiral Neighborhood Association president Katy Walum put the call out for concertgoers to donate diapers for WestSide Baby, and we checked in on the early response:

Katy says she’s thrilled with the response this year and expects the series will continue next year:

P.S. No Conan O’Brien sightings this week. But we did spot a couple familiar faces:

On the left, you probably recognize City Councilmember Bruce Harrell. On the right, someone we’ve known since shortly after we arrived in West Seattle 20 years ago, Dr. Shepherd Siegel, director of school-to-work for Seattle Public Schools. You just never know who you’re going to see at the outdoor concerts and movies in summertime; we’re glad to have been able to co-sponsor the series again this year (the full list of 20+ sponsors is on the right side of this webpage – if you enjoyed the free concerts, let ’em know!).

Weekend traffic advisory, and Labor Day transit notes

September 1, 2011 7:42 pm
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 |   Transportation | West Seattle news

SDOT‘s traditional weekend traffic advisory is out – and it’s a good time to mention two other things: Metro Transit and the West Seattle Water Taxi (along with its shuttle buses) will be on a SUNDAY schedule next Monday, Labor Day (while on that day, the Vashon Island Water Taxi will not be running at all). Now, the official city roundup for the next four days (p.s. for a longer-range look, go here):Read More

West Seattle High School staff back to work: ‘Incredible things are possible

(Photo courtesy WSHS; click for larger image)
Classes don’t start at Seattle Public Schools till next Wednesday, but staff are on the job today – including the staff at West Seattle High School, from which Jennifer Hall shared the photos and this update:

West Seattle High School teachers, administrators and support staff were back on the job for a full day today, after being furloughed on August 31. We had a wonderful, collegial day to work with each other, and plan the best possible start for our 2011-2012 school year. We are excited to welcome new and returning students back to school on September 7!

Last year was a good year for West Seattle High School. Under new administrative leadership, we added new programs including a student lounge, new intensive Algebra classes, a school composting program, and several others. Our Drama and Music departments out did themselves, capping the school year with a superlative production of the musical, “Oklahoma!” Our athletes and cheer teams excelled! Our Science and Math departments brought out our students creativity with hands-on projects and field trips. Test scores improved for students served by the Special Education and English Language Learner departments. All in all, staff members worked with our students and with each other to create a world class school. We are glad to be back to continue that work.

This year, we are rolling out our new “Link Crew” program. Some of our returning students have been training to be Link Crew members. They will be providing support and advocacy to new students. More support for our students will come from the City Year program. West Seattle High School will have nine dedicated City Year volunteers supporting our students’ academically, and helping some to stay in school.

We are going to have a great year! With our awesome students, and the commitment of our dedicated staff and community partners, incredible things are possible!

ADDED THURSDAY NIGHT: This was Freshman Family Night at WSHS, so we stopped by for a few photos – starting with the PTSA team:

(This photo and next, by Patrick Sand for WSB)
And an overview in the halls:

We’ll also be there in the morning to check out one of this year’s new programs, aimed at helping 9th graders’ transition to high school.

Congrats to the team, including West Seattleites!

If we had to count how many times a day we turn to while working on WSB stories/event listings/etc., we would run out of fingers, toes, and probably grains of sand on Alki. The place to go for everything from police/fire updates to development-site status reports to historic city photos (and way beyond) has just won a big national award: Best City Portal” in the 2011 Best of the Web Awards from the Center for Digital Government. Those you’ll want to high-five, at least virtually, include at least two West Seattleites – city tech kahuna Bill Schrier and web manager Bruce Blood, who commented on the WSB Facebook page, “Pleased as punch can’t begin to describe our glee! has hundreds of contributors (web managers, content creators, server and network admins, to name a few) throughout the City. Every last one of them shares in the award!”

Need heating oil? SC Fuels, new West Seattle Blog sponsor

It’s the first day of September, and there’s a bit of chill in the air. Time to think about heating oil, if you use it, and that’s the business of a new WSB sponsor, SC Fuels. Here’s what they would like you to know:

Customers rest assured that SC Fuels will deliver the best prices on home heating oil. We pride ourselves on having the highest level of service that is possible, from the time someone picks up the phone and places their heating oil order with one of our customer-services representatives, till the time our delivery drivers step on the property to deliver the oil, our unwavering commitment to customer service is unmatched. Customers also rest assured that we have the highest level of integrity of any heating-oil-delivery company and we always look out for our customers’ needs and family first. After all, without our customers, who would we be? No one.

Customers come to SC Fuels because they know that they will find the best possible price for their oil. They know that we have a price-match guarantee, and we always beat our competitors’ prices. Home heating oil is the most efficient way to heat your home and we ensure that you can do that at the most affordable prices possible!

Customers continually come back to us because of the peace of mind we have developed with our customers. When you call to place an delivery order to your home, you want to know the delivery personnel are not going to do anything shady. Customers tell us all the time that they know, when SC Fuels delivers their oil, they can rest assured that they will receive their delivery with no problems.

SC Fuels‘ community/advocacy involvement includes organizations such as the Pacific Northwest Oil Heat Council and the National Biodiesel Board (for development of sustainable energy resources), and sponsorship of the Washington State Special Olympics. You can call them at 253-475-7600; they’re online at

We thank SC Fuels for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news on WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

Another traffic alert: Next partial Spokane St. Viaduct closures

September 1, 2011 12:20 pm
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Another traffic alert for your calendar – the next westbound shutdowns of the Spokane Street Viaduct (the West Seattle Bridge between 99 and I-5). Just in from SDOT:

The contractor working to widen the Spokane Street Viaduct will close the structure’s westbound lanes just west of I-5 for three nights: September 7, 8 and 9. To complete necessary work, crews will also close First Avenue S at S Spokane Street overnight from September 6 through 10. Details are as follows:

• Westbound Spokane Street Viaduct closed September 7, 8 and 9
10 p.m. each night until 5 a.m. the next morning

• First Avenue S at S Spokane Street closed September 6 – 10
9 p.m. each night until 5 a.m. the next morning – September 6 & 10
11 p.m. each night until 5 a.m. the next morning – September 7-9

During the viaduct work, southbound I-5 traffic will be directed to the S Forest Street exit to access surface streets. Northbound I-5 traffic and westbound traffic from Columbian Way will be detoured to surface streets at 6th Avenue South. Motorists can still use southbound SR-99 to access West Seattle.

As we reported on Monday, the new 1st Avenue South on/off ramp, which is part of this project, will not be open before the 9-day Alaskan Way Viaduct shutdown Oct. 21-31, but SDOT says it should be open “by the end of the year.”

Update: Fire call in High Point – no fire

September 1, 2011 11:20 am
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(Thanks to Amanda for sharing photo taken by Kelby)
11:20 AM: Big response to Bridge Park in 3200 block of SW Morgan, but scanner indicates it’s an air conditioning problem. On our way to doublecheck.

11:30 AM: All’s well – last fire truck left as we arrived.

Alaskan Way Viaduct traffic alert: Lane closures Saturday

This could cause some backups, even on a Saturday, so here’s the heads-up from SDOT:

On Saturday, September 3, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will be removing and repairing expansion joints on the Alaskan Way Viaduct southbound. They will be working from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Alaskan Way Viaduct Extension where the roadway increases from two to three lanes near S Hanford Street. In order to accomplish the work, the SDOT crew will move from left to right closing two of the three lanes at a time. Motorists should expect to slow down and be prepared to shift lanes as they pass by the work zone.

Reminder: Star Anna @ Hiawatha tonight, and bring diapers!

September 1, 2011 10:51 am
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That’s a look at the crowd from last Thursday’s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha show (Caspar Babypants, with concertgoers including Conan O’Brien) – tonight’s the final show of the season, the hot-and-getting-hotter Star Anna and the Laughing Dogs, and we recommend getting there early to stake out your (free!) spot on the grass. One more reminder: BRING DIAPERS for WestSide Baby – give them to the series-presenting Admiral Neighborhood Association, and you’ll get a Popsicle treat in return! Showtime is 6:30 pm; don’t miss your final chance to be part of the summer’s biggest concert series, with a West Seattle-based rising star ready to play for you. Walk/bus/bicycle if you can (joined West Seattle In Motion yet?); parking alongside the lawn (which borders Walnut) can be tough. There’s usually room in the West Seattle High School lot next door, but they’re having an event tonight too (for freshmen).

Video: White Center murder suspect pleads not guilty

We’re at the King County Courthouse, where Anthony Haroldlee Smith has just appeared for arraignment in the August 16th murder of 23-year-old Sweetheart Failautusi, shot early that morning at 15th/Roxbury (original White Center Now coverage here). Our video above (shot through the glass that separates the gallery from the judge/lawyer areas of this particular courtroom) shows the brief hearing in its entirety, after Judge Ronald Kessler denied Smith’s lawyer’s request to keep the media from photographing his face, ending before witness names were mentioned in terms of a no-contact order. Smith only spoke to acknowledge his identity; his lawyer formally entered the plea of “not guilty.” Media reps (TV and radio were also here) were asked by an advocate not to photograph the two members of Sweetheart’s family who came to watch the hearing. Smith remains in jail in lieu of one million dollars bail.

West Seattle Thursday: Welcome to September!

(Added 10 am: Photo booth at Chief Sealth IHS, taking student photos during orientations today)
A few highlights for today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Events calendar:

ORIENTATION AT CHIEF SEALTH INTERNATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL: 9-noon today, 10th-12th graders have drop-in orientation; 1-4 pm, 9th graders.


MS. AND MR. FIX-ITS WELCOME: The Fixers’ Collective @ the West Seattle Tool Library (east side of Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW), 6 – 8 pm. A Fixers’ Collective is a group of folks who love to fix and mend things, which could be any old thing from broken blenders to ripped sweaters to antique dentist drills. Take it apart, put it back together, figure out how it works, refuse to throw it away, and get to know others who do the same! Join us if you are interested in prolonging the life of the things you own, learning how things work, saving a few resources, or if you just love to tinker.

JEWELRY RECEPTION AT CLICK! At Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor), Sarah Loertscher jewelry, 6-9 pm opening reception for prints, drawings and installation pieces.

FINAL ‘SUMMER CONCERTS AT HIAWATHA’ SHOW: 6:30 pm, east lawn at Hiawatha, Star Anna and the Laughing Dogs, bring diapers for WestSide Baby and get a Popsicle treat in return, courtesy of the series-presenting Admiral Neighborhood Association! Concert’s free, bring your own blanket/chair.

WINE DINNER: Bin 41 wine shop from The Junction presents a wine dinner at Via Tribunali at 7 pm. Join Italian winemaker Antonio Sanguinetti for a 5-course meal with wine pairings at Via Tribunali in Georgetown, all for $55 per person not including tax and gratuity. To RSVP for this special wine dinner, contact the restaurant at or contact Bin 41.

PLANT LECTURE: West Seattle naturalist Stewart Wechsler speaks at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture at 7 tonight, . Full details here.

TONIGHT AT KENYON HALL: New York bassist Jay Leonhart performs at 7:30 pmtonight. KH says, “His signature act ‘It’s Impossible to Sing and Play the Bass’ will leave you marveling at his wit, his honesty, and his ability to lampoon those public figures whose hypocrisy begs to be skewered.” Reserved table seats are $14. Row seating is $12 general and $10 seniors. With a reservation, row seating is only $10 general and $8 seniors. Elementary, middle, & high school students are $5. Preschool children are free, and Root Beer Floats are still only a buck. To make a reservation, e-mail