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Clearer view of ‘rechannelization’ proposed for Delridge Way

At the end of our last update on the “rechannelization” proposed for a stretch of Delridge Way SW, in connection with changes along Metro Route 120, we mentioned having asked SDOT for clearer graphics, since the ones linked from Metro’s website weren’t optimal. Jeff Bender, who had represented the city at last Tuesday’s open house at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (WSB coverage here), has provided a few that do seem much clearer, which might be helpful if you haven’t commented on the proposal yet. Above, the cross-section; he also provided PDFs that show the entire stretch of the proposed rechannelization from Delridge/Andover to Delridge/Oregon – here they are in simple black/white, or here, as an aerial-photo overlay. Though the reconfiguration discussion has been bundled into the bus-route discussion so far, Bender told us there is a separate SDOT review process under way right now – here’s how to get your comments to them. He did not indicate a deadline, but we’d say “ASAP,” since Metro had set this past Friday for its deadline to receive overall comments on the proposed Route 120 changes, including removal of some stops.

West Seattle Sportsmen’s Club sets May 12 for Kids’ Fishing Pond

April 29, 2012 8:23 pm
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(WSB photo from 2010 fishing event)
The West Seattle Sportsmen’s Club will be back at Seacrest again this spring with an annual tradition – the Kids’ Fishing Pond. We just confirmed with club president Greg Boyd today that the event is set for 8 am-11 am on Saturday, May 12th. (Go early BEFORE West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 9 am-3 pm!) As they do every year, the club will stock a portable pond at Seacrest, providing poles and bait, “first 100 kids or till the fish run out.” Here’s the listing on the Sportsmen’s Club website calendar.

West Seattle wildlife: Giant Pacific Octopus, close up

You never know what you are going to find on the beach at low tide. This closeup look at an octopus arm found south of Alki Point a few days ago is courtesy of West Seattle photographer Machel Spence. She even found the upper mandible of its beak – the only hard part of an octopus’s body:

Probably not the same octopus – but two weeks ago, Jana and her kids found an intact octopus on a local beach; we’d been saving those photos – click ahead if you’re interested in seeing one:Read More

West Seattle scene: Different kind of ‘neighborhood watch’ sign

Some streets have prefab “Neighborhood Watch” signs. Some are homemade. Then, there’s this:

Alicia shared that photo from 30th/Henderson in Westwood last night, saying it had just “popped up.” (We went over to verify – it’s still there.) Wondering if any specific recent incident had inspired the sign, we checked the city’s “incident response” map; nearest notable crime shown on the map is a burglary attempt early last Tuesday one block east, in which, according to the police report, the victim tried to scare off the suspect, who was reportedly trying to kick their door in, “by yelling for his wife to call the police and get his gun.” The report also says police arrested a suspect nearby.

Genesee-Schmitz Neighborhood Council: Concerns & hopes

The future of the ex-Genesee Hill Elementary campus remains a central point of concern for people who live in the area, according to what the Genesee-Schmitz Neighborhood Council heard last Thursday during its first general meeting after several months’ hiatus. The meeting’s main point was to hone in on defining the neighborhood’s attributes and how to add to them with an eye to the future. Attributes, according to attendees: Friendliness, small-town feeling despite big-city proximity, exceptional views from the hills and bluffs. What’s needed: More park space where people can gather – the neighborhood has beautiful, forested Schmitz Park, of course, but it doesn’t have any sort of “commons” area. Also suggested – more events like last year’s neighborhood hoedown. About the campus: The community gardens maintained by volunteers on the west side are a point of pride, and despite the fencing that the district’s been putting up, neighbors hope access will remain. (In the longer term, the district is considering asking for money in its upcoming BEX IV levy to build a new Schmitz Park Elementary on the Genesee Hill campus.) To stay in touch with Genesee-Schmitz, keep an eye on the GSNC website.

1 finalist drops out, 2 left for Seattle Public Schools superintendent

Our partners at The Seattle Times report that one of the three finalists for Seattle Public Schools superintendent, Steven Enoch, has dropped out. He was the only one who’d worked in our state previously. That leaves José Banda of Anaheim (left) and Dr. Sandra Husk of Salem (right). The Times reports that the School Board is scheduled to meet tonight to discuss them; their next open public meeting is Wednesday. (And if you’d like to talk with West Seattle’s board member Marty McLaren about this or another issue, she’s having her next community-conversation meeting at 1:15 pm today at the Admiral library branch.)

ADDED 2:11 PM: The district has sent out an official media advisory announcing that Enoch dropped out.

Steven Enoch, one of three finalists for Seattle Public Schools Superintendent, announced on Saturday night that he is withdrawing his candidacy.

A statement from School Board President Michael DeBell: “We enjoyed getting to know all three of our finalists last week and we are disappointed to learn that Mr. Enoch has withdrawn his candidacy. I want to thank Mr. Enoch for his interest in Seattle Public Schools and his commitment to public education. We know this is a two-way process and we want to find a leader who is a good fit for Seattle, and who believes Seattle is a good fit for them.”

The Seattle School Board meets tonight in closed session to continue discussions. For more information on the search process, please visit

The district included the full text of Enoch’s withdrawal e-mail – read on:Read More

West Seattle Sunday: Save the planet; help the animals; more!

April 29, 2012 9:19 am
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Red flowering current, Greg Davis Park

(From the WSB Flickr group pool, red flowering currant at Greg Davis Park, by “old desolate“)
From the WSB West Seattle Events Calendar:

DON’T GET RID OF IT, RECYCLE IT: As noted here earlier this morning, 1 Green Planet‘s trucks are at Fauntleroy Church‘s lot till 3 pm – here’s what you can and can’t drop off for FREE recycling.

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm as always – with this week’s highlights listed as “Rhubarb! Green Garlic! Asparagus! Local Wheat! … CommuniTea Kombucha will be sampling in their booth this weekend only!” 44th/Alaska in The Junction.

SUNDAY JAZZ BRUNCH: Newly renamed La Romanza Bistro Italiano (WSB sponsor) in The Junction, 4521 California SW, will serenade you during brunch, which is served 10:30 am-4 pm on Sundays (menu here).

PLAYDATE FOR K-5 STEM AT BOREN FAMILIES (AND PROSPECTIVE FAMILIES): Noon today outside Fauntleroy Children’s Center (north side of the Schoolhouse at 9131 California SW) – even if you haven’t committed yet (enrollment is still open), come meet other families; here’s the calendar listing.

CATSINO! 2-6 pm today, West Seattle animal advocates invite you to join them at Beveridge Place Pub (6451 California SW) with a fun crowd gathered for a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, and recreational Vegas-style games to help animals via these 4 organizations, as described in the event announcement:

Furry Faces Foundation (helping financially restricted folks with medical and basic care for their pets)
A.A.R.F. (rescues dogs, many of who are in dire straits)
Purrfect Pals (Cat rescue and sanctuary)
Regional Animal Services of King County (King County’s shelter, which takes in all species of animals)

$25 at the door also gets you a drink ticket and a chance at door prizes.

SEAL SITTERS BOOK: Brenda Peterson and Robin Lindsey from West Seattle-based Seal Sitters have co-authored a children’s book about two seals that visited WS, “Leopard and Silkie,” and will be at a 2 pm reading today at Elliott Bay Books (details and map here).

MUSIC AND THEATER: 3-5 pm, Bobby Woods performs at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 5612 California SW … 3 pm is also the start of today’s matinee of “Exit, Pursued by a Bear” at ArtsWest Playhouse, 4711 California SW (click their name to see their newly revamped website) … And 3 pm is also the start time for all-ages live music at Skylark Café and Club, 3803 Delridge Way SW, with Tuktu and Bobby Heinson.

Recycle Roundup 9 am-3 pm today at Fauntleroy Church

(Added 11:46 am: The 1 Green Planet team this morning in the early going)
Last time the Fauntleroy Church Green Committee brought 1 Green Planet to West Seattle for a “Recycle Roundup,” the recycling company’s trucks went away with 14 tons of electronics and other items. 9 am-3 pm today, they’re back, and will be set up in the church parking lot (9140 California SW) again awaiting your recyclables. If you haven’t checked it yet, here’s the list of what they will and won’t accept. It’s a free service (though the Green Committee will accept donations if you’re interested in helping them cover their costs).

Followup: West Seattle High School’s raingarden takes shape

April 29, 2012 3:19 am
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 |   Environment | West Seattle news | West Seattle schools

Thanks to Jennifer Hall for sharing photos of West Seattle High School‘s YMCA Earth Service Corps club (and friends) taking advantage of the Saturday sunshine to get their new raingarden going.

You might remember the boost the project got last month — it won a $1,000 grant from Sustainable West Seattle for rounding up a crowd to learn about fighting the Tox-Ick Monster.

West Seattle schools: Sealth jazz success in New Orleans

Jazz musicians from Chief Sealth International High School are in the Birthplace of Jazz this weekend, on the road and on a roll, according to this update from their director Marcus Pimpleton:

Congratulations are in order for the students of the Chief Sealth International Jazz Ensemble I on their outstanding performance at the Worldstrides Heritage Jazz Festival in New Orleans, LA this afternoon. The jazz ensemble received a rating of gold and trumpet player Cameron Nakatani received a Maestro Award for outstanding solo from the three-judge panel that included professors from Arizona State University, Tulane, and Loyola. The students are on the second day of a five-day trip. Tomorrow will include a Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues, followed by a full day at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. On Monday, the students will receive a clinic from the jazz-studies professor at Loyola University before heading home Tuesday night.

West Seattle weekend scenes: Kenney Foundation’s annual brunch

April 29, 2012 2:34 am
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It was an intergenerational event at The Kenney (WSB sponsor) during Saturday’s annual Kenney Foundation Champagne Brunch/Auction, raising money for the Life Care Fund, helping residents stay on if they outlive their financial resources. Above, you see The Ellis Brothers trio, whose members played jazz, while, for adult guests, the promised champagne awaited:

With late-morning sun spilling through the windows, a tropical mood was enhanced by the leis toted by Dave Salove of Forest Lawn (WSB sponsor), who chairs the foundation’s board:

This was the sixth annual Champagne Brunch, also featuring a silent auction and keynote speaker Nick Del Calzo, whose most recent claim to fame is his his “Medal of Honor” photography. Miss the brunch? You can donate online.

West Seattle schools: Explorer West hosts ‘exchange teachers’

April 29, 2012 1:59 am
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(Visiting teachers with Explorer West Head of School Evan Hundley, right)
You’ve heard of exchange students – how about exchange teachers? More than a dozen of them from the other side of the Pacific have just visited Explorer West Middle School (WSB sponsor), and Amy French shared photos along with this report:

Earlier this week, Explorer West Middle School hosted 14 Japanese teachers for an unique, educational exchange opportunity as part of the The Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). The visiting teachers participated in small-group discussions with Explorer West students and faculty about topics of sustainability and how it is taught at Explorer West.

They also learned about the school’s Outdoor Education Program. For more information about this teacher exchange program, visit To learn more about Explorer West’s Sustainability Program, visit