day : 15/09/2012 11 results

Traffic alert: Closure over, as new northbound Highway 99 lanes open

Highway 99 between the West Seattle Bridge and downtown is open again in both directions, with this weekend’s closure ending early as crews finished connecting the new northbound section through SODO to the rest of the roadway. Ahead, the detailed announcement from WSDOT:Read More

Happening now: Guitar show/sale @ Feedback Lounge

Luthier Todd Baker was doing some restringing when we stopped by the first-ever West Seattle Guitar Show and Sale at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) this evening. As the original announcement explained, this is a show *only* for West Seattle guitar makers, sellers, and tradespeople. It’s continuing into the night, with Aaron Daniel performing at 9 pm. It’s co-presented by West Seattle’s Thunder Road Guitars:

Thunder Road is online-only but looking for a place to set up bricks-and-mortar business, according to proprietor Frank Gross, who says they’re “actively searching for a retail storefront / showroom … Ideally, something along California Avenue that is between 500 – 1000 square feet. If you know of something opening up, feel free to send e-mail at”

Yes, Jones Barbeque IS reopening in West Seattle – with new name

If you’ve read the notes that have been up on the windows/door of temporarily shuttered Jones Barbeque in West Seattle, you might recall a reopening date of September 15th was projected at one point. We’ve been trying to get followup information to verify that – but we were unsuccessful until finally today spotting an open door on the restaurant at 4417 Fauntleroy Way SW. Not open because the restaurant’s reopened, yet, but they WILL reopen, we were told – they’re aiming for Thursday. Besides doing some work inside, they also had family matters to deal with – the death of co-owner Joyce Lee Jones (here’s her obituary). When they reopen, they’ll be known as Seattle Hog Heaven, the family says – the Jones Barbeque name will be incorporated, too.

West Seattle weekend scenes: Alki Beach cleanup

(First 2 photos by Hannah Letinich)
Been to Alki today? Notice something missing? Thanks to volunteers including the ones above, here’s what you’re NOT seeing on and in the Alki Beach sand:

Today’s big work party for International Coastal Cleanup Day, led by partners including Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, is a wrap – but help ’em out and be sure to toss your non-recyclables and pack out your recyclables next time you’re there!

ADDED SUNDAY NIGHT: Thanks to Tom Foley for additional information and photos. He says about 80 people joined in:

And the cigarette butts alone totaled more than 30 pounds, Tom adds. Two unusual items recovered: a rusty hatchet and pocket knife:

Tom volunteers with Puget Soundkeeper Alliance.

Holy Rosary WestFest 2012: Fun ‘n’ games, happening now

September 15, 2012 2:56 pm
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 |   Fun stuff to do | West Seattle festivals | West Seattle news

Celebrating fall in the waning days of summer, Holy Rosary School‘s family festival WestFest is on till 10 tonight – and while the outdoor attractions can be hair-raising:

… the gym full of games and treats is enough to keep you busy for a long time.

See more of what’s at the festival, ahead:
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Jenny’s Java Joint: West Seattle’s newest coffee stand now open

September 15, 2012 1:40 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | WS beverages

Espresso is back at 16th and Holden in Highland Park! This is opening day for Jenny’s Java Joint, and proprietor Jen Francisco is thrilled to be up and running, with coffee from Zoka. (The congratulatory flowers on the left side of our photo are from family members, as she explained on Facebook.) We brought you her story just four weeks ago – and now her dream is reality. She’s open till 2 today, 6-2 tomorrow, 5-2 Mondays-Saturdays.

Happening now: Treasures of all sizes at Fauntleroy Church sale

September 15, 2012 12:06 pm
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 |   Fauntleroy | West Seattle news

It’s a world of bargains until 3 pm today – and again 11 am-2 pm on Sunday – at Fauntleroy Church‘s 2nd-Time Sale. And it’s not just the small stuff – volunteers are excited about the barely used furniture donated this year:

The small stuff’s there too, of course. Commemorative spoons, anyone?

And it’s never too soon to get ready for Christmas:

Fauntleroy Church is at 9140 California SW. And NEXT weekend, it’s where you’ll find the twice-yearly Recycle Roundup – start stacking up your electronics and more now (but don’t bring them to the church parking lot until Sunday 9/23, 9 am-3 pm).

West Seattle Saturday: Ride Around The Sound; Fauntleroy sale; WestFest; honey harvest; guitar show…

(West Seattle’s Friday sunrise – photo shared by Ashley – thanks!)
Last official weekend of summer – fall starts exactly one week from today (the equinox is at 7:49 am our time on Saturday 9/22). Not a moment to be bored, from traffic changes to big events:

NORTHBOUND 99 CLOSED: Between the West Seattle Bridge and Royal Brougham Way, northbound 99 is closed right now and scheduled to be closed until early Monday, as WSDOT gets ready to open the new elevated northbound section in SODO. (Here’s our photo-tour report of Thursday’s media briefing at the site.)

RIDE AROUND THE SOUND: West Seattle’s South Seattle Community College is the starting point for several versions of this many-options bike ride to raise money for the American Lung Association. Even if you’re not registered, you can register there before starting the ride, 6:30-8 pm for two of the longer rides, 11 am for the 12-mile family ride. Full details here.

SECOND-TIME SALE: At Fauntleroy Church (9140 California SW), 9 am-3 pm, “in and around the Fellowship Hall,” browse and buy at the big sale. Bake sale too!

HOLY ROSARY WESTFEST, ALL DAY & INTO THE NIGHT: 10 am-10 pm, it’s the second, final, and biggest day of Holy Rosary School‘s family festival, WestFest (on the campus along 42nd north of Oregon). Lots of info in our preview from earlier this week.

ALKI BEACH CLEANUP: Check in (and register if you hadn’t done so online already) at Duke’s on Alki, then head across the street and start cleaning up. as part of International Coastal Cleanup Day! 10 am-noon; details in the calendar listing.

ONE LAST DOGPADDLE: 10 am-1 pm today is the final session of swimming for dogs only at Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club‘s pool (already closed to humans for the season). Details/map here.

THE NOT-ITS AT HIGH POINT COMMUNITY CENTER: Fun band! They’re headlining a Family Fun Saturday at HPCC, starting at 10:30 am – $5 admission if you didn’t buy an advance ticket.

FIESTAS PATRIAS: Head to South Park for the parade at 11 am and festival afterward. Our partners at The Seattle Times have a detailed preview here.

HIGH POINT CC OPEN HOUSE: Right after The Not-Its’ show, 11:30 am is the start of an open house to which you’re invited, so you can find out more about the community center’s programs and facilities.

SECOND-TO-LAST DAY FOR COLMAN POOL: The renovation-shortened season ends tomorrow at West Seattle’s only city-owned outdoor pool (on the shore in Lincoln Park). Today, swim sessions run noon-7 pm – see the schedule for the breakdown.

HONEY HARVEST! Noon-4 pm, special event with Seattle Bee Works at West Seattle Produce – details on this Facebook event page.

PHOTOSYNTHESIS GRAND OPENING: 6-9 pm, see the art/wellness space and find out more about Photosynthesis.

GUITAR AND GEAR SHOW: At Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), a first-of-its-kind show, followed by Aaron Daniel performing live at 9 pm.

NIGHTLIFE: Several listings for today – see the calendar!

High-school football: West Seattle HS Wildcats roar, 46-0

(Photos by Nick Adams for WSB)
Huge win for the West Seattle High School Wildcats varsity football team Friday night at Southwest Athletic Complex – 46-0 over the visiting Franklin Quakers – and a big night for #12, Joe Ylagan:

… though Franklin tried to stop him:

Eight more photos, with game notes, ahead:
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High-school football: Chief Sealth’s first loss of 2012

September 15, 2012 1:59 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle schools | WS & Sports

If you like explosive, action-packed football, you wouldn’t have been disappointed if you had come early and stayed late Friday night at Chief Sealth International High School‘s road game against Rainier Beach HS. While RB scored on the opening kickoff and racked up 28 unanswered points by 30 seconds into the second quarter, the Seahawks made a go of battling back:

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Gunshots or fireworks? Locator system to be in mayor’s budget

September 15, 2012 1:01 am
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 |   Safety | West Seattle news | West Seattle politics

Two months ago, we reported on the city’s consideration of a system to automatically detect gunfire – and one vendor’s suggestion that it be purchased and placed in part of West Seattle, as well as two other “hot spots” in the city. (Here’s the story, which included the map you see above.) At the time, it was just a presentation – but now, Mayor McGinn says he is going to propose almost $1 million for a system – brand not specified, so far – in his budget plan for next year. Read the city announcement (which includes other public-safety-budget proposals) here.