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West Seattle graduation time! Holy Rosary tonight; others ahead

June 7, 2012 11:52 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle schools

(Click for larger image; photo by WSB’s Patrick Sand)
Congratulations to Holy Rosary School‘s fifty-six 2012 8th graders, who posed just before their graduation tonight. Thanks to David for the tip – we’ll admit we haven’t historically tracked middle-school ceremonies as consistently as high schools, and spot-checking school calendars, we see we’ve already missed a few (plus, not all middle schools have ceremonies). But we DO have all the high-school (and beyond) dates:

SEATTLE LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL: Friday (June 8), 7:30 pm, school gym
WEST SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL: June 16, 5 pm, Memorial Stadium
MIDDLE COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL: June 18, 7 pm, Brockey Center at South Seattle Community College

Speaking of which, that’s West Seattle’s lone post-secondary school:

SOUTH SEATTLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE: June 19, 2:30 pm, Benaroya Hall

West Seattle double take: Garden goats, out for a walk

Thanks to Suzanne Krom for catching the photo of George Capestany (right) and son Brannden Nokes, as they walked through her neighborhood with goats Bama (with Brannden) and JJ. She learned, “George keeps them as pets and they earn their keep by eating blackberry vines and other invasive vegetation. It turns out that George uses them instead of using pesticides. He’s considering renting them out to others for this purpose. The goats are super-friendly and easy to walk. Very dog-like.”

Followup: County says Fauntleroy beaches can reopen, post-overflow

June 7, 2012 6:41 pm
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 |   Environment | Fauntleroy | Utilities | West Seattle news

Back on Sunday afternoon, we showed you the signs (photo left) that had just gone up after news of an hour-long overflow from the Barton Pump Station north of the Fauntleroy ferry dock. Tonight, King County Wastewater Treatment Division says health agencies have given the all-clear for the closed beaches to reopen. King County’s announcement late today adds: “The volume of overflow into Puget Sound was estimated at 46,000 gallons. Tidal conditions and water pressure contained a substantial amount of wastewater inside the outfall pipe, which enabled crews to use submersible pumps to capture and return a significant amount of wastewater back to the pump station so it could be conveyed to the West Point Treatment Plant in Seattle.” A two-year upgrade project that’s about to get under way at the pump station includes an emergency generator; recent preparation work had involved the power system in the area, but the county hasn’t yet said whether the Sunday failure – blamed on a “failure of the main breaker,” according to spokesperson Annie Kolb-Nelson – was related to that at all.

Can you help? White Center Food Bank needs midday volunteers

Just received from the White Center Food Bank, which serves part of West Seattle too:

Volunteers Needed ASAP!

We are currently in need of volunteers that are available for daytime distribution hours including Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am until 1 pm. Duties include: set-up of the distribution line and assisting clients with food selections. Groups and individuals are welcome. If available, please contact Audrey Zemke our Volunteer & Resource Coordinator at 206-762-2848 or email her at Thank you!

Also from SDOT: Beware SODO on Saturday, and other alerts

June 7, 2012 2:47 pm
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 |   Not WS but we're mentioning it anyway | West Seattle news

Also from SDOT – the weekly spring/summer roundup of big events around the city that just might affect traffic. In particular, Saturday afternoon in SODO will be crowded, so if you are NOT either going to the UW commencement at CenturyLink Field or the Mariners’ game next door, you will likely want to keep your distance. Here’s the full lineup, Friday-Sunday:Read More

West Seattle Bridge alerts: Spokane St. Viaduct closures

The next round of Spokane Street Viaduct Widening Project-related closures has just arrived in e-mail from SDOT, including the weekend westbound closure they’ve already announced, plus other closures/changes AND a projected reopening date for the 1st Avenue South offramp from the eastbound SSV – read on!Read More

Seafair-bound hydroplane gets a makeover from South Seattle Community College automotive students

(Photos by WSB co-publisher Patrick Sand)
Walk through the Automotive Technology area on the north side of South Seattle Community College on Puget Ridge, and you’ll see students like those, hard at work – painting, fixing, building, inspecting, and more. But in the paint bay today, you won’t find a car – you’ll find a hydroplane!

And, as Automotive Collision Repair instructor Steve Ford was quick to point out during our visit, it’s no museum hydro – it’s the U-37 hydro that Schumacher Racing – owned by driving legend Billy Schumacher, who won 17 races in the ’60s and’70s – will bring to Seafair and other races this season. Right now, though, its refinishing and paint job comprise a final exam for his graduating seniors, one of three “teams” he set up (one of the other two teams did prep work like masking and sanding, pre-paint job, while the other worked on fabrication). Here’s everybody we found in the shop this morning – that’s instructor Steve, front and center:

So when you see that 14-foot-wide, 31-foot-long hydro at Seafair this August – where it’ll bear the SSCC name and logo – remember it’s got a little bit of West Seattle! (And yes, as the announcement sent by SSCC communications director Candace Oehler pointed out, the college is being paid for the work.)

1 week till 2nd Design Review for Vesseliye, now 1 building

(Rendering of what Vesseliye might look like along 20th SW – massing only, not final design)
One week from tonight, the Southwest Design Review Board will meet for a second ‘Early Design Guidance’ review of a four-story, 20-unit apartment building planned at 9051 20th SW (map). The meeting “packet” is available online now, and the added information explains why the project, called Vesseliye (translated at the 1st meeting in February as “Joy”), is going back for more “early” guidance even though the board agreed it could move to the next phase. The developers say that several discoveries since the 1st meeting have led them to completely revise the plan into one building instead of two. The site currently holds the two vacant, vandalized houses shown in our photo’s foreground (we’ve blurred the graffiti), which are just south of two commercial properties:

The design-review meeting is at 6:30 pm next Thursday, June 14th, at the Senior Center of West Seattle (California/Oregon, entrance on the north side).

SIDE NOTE – THIS MONTH’S OTHER DESIGN-REVIEW MEETING: Today the city sent out the official notice of the June 28th meeting first reported here on Tuesday, the first review for a 30-unit building at 3829 California SW.

West Seattle Thursday: Art, music, wine, and rain

June 7, 2012 9:18 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

June showers bring …June flowers? Thanks to “G” for the bright photo, which, as with a different community-contributed flower photo earlier this week, is at least a counterpoint to the gray weather. On with the list of calendar highlights for today/tonight:

NEW WINES FROM SSCC: The Northwest Wine Academy at South Seattle Community College (6000 16th SW) is releasing five new wines with a noon-6 pm tasting today – details here.

MUSIC AT C & P: Singer/songwriter Jim Page performs, 6-8 pm, at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor; 5612 California SW).

BUSINESS NETWORKING MIXER: Hosted by “I Take the Lead” at West Seattle Windermere in The Junction, 6 pm (details here).

ART OPENING/PERFORMANCE AT MIND UNWIND: The Admiral District’s gallery/class/performance space (2206 California SW) features the opening of Brent Ray Fraser‘s “Nostalgia,” 6:30-11:30 pm, detailed here.

MADISON ORCHESTRA/JAZZ CONCERT: 2nd concert this week for Madison Middle School‘s musicians – this time, orchestra and jazz performances. 7 pm in the Commons, everybody’s invited.

Video: Spring school concerts continue with Denny, Sealth performances

June 7, 2012 8:03 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS culture/arts

School-concert season continued last night with the second of three concerts featuring Chief Sealth International High School and Denny International Middle School students. We have four groups on video, starting with the Sealth choir, above, whose songs included the one featured in our clip, from the Broadway musical “Rent.” Ahead – three orchestral performances:Read More

West Seattle High School PTSA: The year-end report

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

As this school year began, we checked in with both major local public high school’s PTSAs – and as the year ends, we’re circling back.

So on Tuesday night, we sat in on the West Seattle High School PTSA‘s last meeting of the year, eight months after covering its first meeting of the year.

The changing of the guard was among the major items of business – the full officer slate for 2012-2013 is at the end of this story. But the major discussions involved activities sponsored/presented by the PTSA, all successful in their own way, and yet with room for much more participation – particularly Grad Night, the all-night post-graduation party meant to provide both fun and safety.

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