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Are your recyclables ready? Dropoff event Sunday in Fauntleroy

(WSB photo from April 2011)
The trucks from 1 Green Planet return tomorrow to the Fauntleroy Church parking lot at 9140 California SW (map), 9 am-3 pm, and you are invited to bring your recyclables – as long as they are items on this (long!) list of what will be accepted. Just drive up and drop off, free! (P.S. One week from tomorrow, that same lot will be abuzz with activity for the annual Fauntleroy Fall Festival, as will the schoolhouse across the street, so make a calendar note for the festival, too.)

Water problem shuts down Delridge Library for the day

October 8, 2011 4:14 pm
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 |   Delridge | West Seattle news

Delridge Library is usually open Saturdays, but not today. Librarian Cheresse Thoeny explains: “We had a broken water pipe that caused us some problems. Our maintenance team decided it wouldn’t be good to open the branch without any running water. They are confident that everything should be fixed by 1 pm Monday.”

Tragedy on the sidelines during West Seattle soccer game

Here’s what we know about the major Seattle Fire medical response this morning to one of the fields at Riverview Playfield in Highland Park this morning: We went over to investigate after seeing two units rush by while we were blocks away at HP Improvement Club. Medics/firefighters ran onto the field with their equipment, and while we stayed far back, it was clear that CPR was being done. Neighbors told us a man had collapsed during a game. Games on that part of the field were called, and families left. Resuscitation efforts continued for some time; we had to move on, but have since learned from another witness that the Medical Examiner is there now, which indicates the man didn’t make it. We have asked West Seattle Soccer Club for any official information available, including the status of today’s games.

1:39 PM UPDATE: Commenter Doug says games at Riverview North are canceled for the rest of the day; we also received a text from a parent/nearby resident that her child’s 2 pm game was off. The man who died is reported to have been a coach.

3:34 PM UPDATE: We’ve received WSSC’s official statement:

We are deeply saddened by the tragedy that occurred during one of our Boys U8 soccer games this morning at Riverview Playfield. We treasure all of our volunteer coaches for their time and dedication to making sure our kids have a great season. Our thoughts and prayers are with the coach’s family and his team. The family will share more information with the West Seattle soccer community in the next few days.

West Seattle Soccer Club

6:52 PM: The coach’s wife called us. She just wanted to ask for your prayers.

MONDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE: The King County Medical Examiner has publicly identified the volunteer soccer coach who died as 38-year-old Ed Kingston. We know his many, many friends and relatives around the area already know – including many of those who have posted comments – but it’s worth a note that in addition to being a husband and father of two, he also had a remarkable professional life. A colleague wrote about him over the weekend on this collaborative website; the link was posted on the Facebook page of the West Seattle Soccer Club, for which he was a volunteer coach, working with his 7-year-old’s team on Saturday when it happened. Dr. Kingston was a sports psychologist, and also wrote from time to time on the same website where the tribute appeared – you can see his work archived here. We have not yet received word of memorial plans.

Happening now: West Seattle High School Grad Night car wash

October 8, 2011 12:26 pm
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Grad Night is months away but it takes a lot of fundraising to keep the special event affordable, so West Seattle High School seniors and parents are washing cars right now, for donations, at West Seattle Produce‘s lot (Fauntleroy/Alaska).

They’re there till 3. (P.S. If you missed our report on the fall’s first general WSHS PTSA meeting, including other Grad Night fundraising efforts – read it here.)

Happening now: Food trucks’ debut in Highland Park

(SUNDAY NIGHT UPDATE: Added comment from HPIC re: how Saturday went)

12:22 PM SATURDAY: Shortly after 11 am, the first customers were already waiting outside the I Want Curry Now and Lumpia World food trucks in the Highland Park Improvement Club lot at 12th/Holden, launching what HPIC hopes will be a growing weekly tradition – maybe with more trucks joining on upcoming Saturdays. There’s seating!

These two are scheduled to be there today till 3 pm.

ADDED SUNDAY NIGHT: We asked HPIC for comment on how Round 1 went. Julie Schickling reported “a steady stream of customers. We ran into lots of people from the neighborhood, plus met people who were there because they follow one truck or another, or because they happened to be driving by. We were there at 3 when they were packing up, and both said that it was really good for a first day. Derrick from Lumpia World said he thinks it will grow into a pod with more trucks.” She’s still confirming the official plan for next Saturday. Julie also reports the Harvest Dinner on Saturday night “was a great success. … The turnout was what we had hoped for, lots of new faces, young families, new members, people who’ve discovered the club through our classes. People brought good food to share and also dinner plates to leave behind for HPIC’s community kitchen.”

The WSBeat: Not quite fit for the estate sale … and more

By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog

From reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers:

*Cleaning up the home of her recently deceased father, a woman came across a human skull encased in glass. She told officers what she could remember about the story her father had told her: That he had found it in the wild in Alaska back in the 1980s. Though Halloween is on the way, she decided to not keep it. She turned it over to officers, who passed it on to the Medical Examiner.

*A car prowl suspect, arrested in the 9200 block of 16th SW Sunday afternoon, denied responsibility and frantically claimed that he had to get back to his residence by 6 p.m. to, “tend to the goats.”

*A white male who appeared to be 65 years or older, with whitish/gray bushy hair, wearing a white baseball hat and a blue jacket has been acting suspiciously around a home in the 9400 block of 26th Ave. SW. He was seen in the yard, taking notes twice last week, claiming to be a gutter or a roof service person. The residents had not solicited any services from anyone. Officers suspect he might be casing residences.

A dozen-plus more summaries ahead:Read More

West Seattle Saturday: Food trucks; car wash; plant sale; cats!

(Lampposts are striped with orange in The Junction for Halloween month! Trick-or-treat 1-3 pm October 29)
Happy Saturday! From the WSB West Seattle Events calendar:

NEW FOOD TRUCK SPOT: Debut of food trucks at Highland Park Improvement Club (12th/Holden), 11 am-3 pm. Lumpia World and I Want Curry Now confirmed, per HPIC.

SCHOOL BOARD REP’S COMMUNITY CHAT: School Board president Steve Sundquist‘s community chat meeting, High Point Library, 11 am-12:30 pm.

GET YOUR CAR CLEAN, FOR A GOOD CAUSE: West Seattle High School Grad Night Car Wash. Proceeds benefit the 2012 Grad Night party. Westside seniors and parents will be washing cars from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at West Seattle Produce, at the corner of Fauntleroy Way and SW Alaska. Organizers will be asking for donations to help offset the cost of an all-night, alcohol-free, chaperoned party aimed at keeping graduates safe the night of their graduation. Fundraisers throughout the year help keep ticket costs reasonable and provide scholarships for graduates who could not attend otherwise. For details on upcoming fundraisers, keep an eye on this Facebook page.

PLANT WHILE YOU CAN: The South Seattle Community College Garden Center will be open today 11 am-3 pm, north side of campus, with major discounts, including half off edibles like raspberries, blueberries and figs. North side of campus (6000 16th SW).

FOSTER CATS WHO NEED FOREVER HOMES: At Alki Community Center, the Seattle Animal Shelter will bring foster cats who need their forever homes – noon-3 pm. Special deal – no adoption fees, only license fees, for adult cats, according to organizers.

OKTOBERFEST: It’s Oktoberfest day/night at Elliott Bay Brewing in West Seattle (4720 California SW). Enjoy their traditional Oktoberfest menu all day, Oktoberfest beer and a live Oktoberfest band from 6 pm-10 pm (no cover).

HIGH-SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Homecoming game for Seattle Lutheran HS, playing LaConner at West Seattle Stadium, 1:30 pm.

CELEBRATE THE HARVEST: HPIC (Highland Park Improvement Club) is hosting a Harvest Dinner at 6 pm. Come help initiate another new tradition at HPIC and celebrate a harvest meal with friends and neighbors. Bring a home-made dish to share that celebrates our local harvest, plus a dinner plate to leave behind for HPIC’s community kitchen.

West Seattle’s most unusual costume party this month! Southwest Seattle Historical Society gala October 22

October 8, 2011 3:22 am
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Why dress as a vampire or Star Wars character when you can bring history to life? Costumes are welcomed and encouraged at the big annual Southwest Seattle Historical Society fundraiser – here’s an updated announcement:

Please join us for the SW Seattle Historical Society Annual Gala taking place at the Salty’s on Alki Event Room, featuring a special Salty’s Brunch, Silent Auction, Raffle, Dessert Dash, and whimsical entertainment.

Each table will represent one decade of the 16 that have passed since The Denny, Low, Boren, and Terry Party arrived at Alki Beach, “The Birthplace of Seattle.” Costumes are encouraged and will be enjoyed by all.

Date: Saturday October 22nd, 2011
Time: 11:30 am to 2:30p m
Place: Salty’s on Alki
Tickets $65-adults. $25-12 and under. Children under 4, free

Please RSVP to (206) 938-5293

West Seattle wildlife: 2 more coyote sightings

Many of the coyote reports we’ve received (all of which are archived here) describe them as being in the street – or a greenspace. Here, however, we have two who are closer to home, so to speak, or should we say homes. Read on:Read More