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West Seattle Crime Watch: Four reader reports

Four West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports from the weekend – starting with a bicycle theft; Daniel sent the photo and report:

I just wanted to share that my bike was stolen off our back porch Sept 15th. We live off Fauntleroy and Dawson (across from Fairmount Park). It was an old gray Raleigh beach cruiser I had turned into a lowrider. It wasn’t worth much by any means; I just feel cheated, is all.

Three more reports ahead, including a car prowl and a detailed account from a rollerblader who says he was attacked near Luna (Anchor) Park:Read More

Next weekend: Alice Enevoldsen’s equinox sunset watch Saturday

September 16, 2012 8:48 pm
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Almost impossible to believe, with this weekend’s sunshine, but the official end of summer is less than a week away, and a change-of-seasons tradition is now officially on the schedule: West Seattle’s NASA Solar System Ambassador Alice Enevoldsen has announced her Fall Equinox Sunset Watch for next Saturday at Solstice Park (behind the tennis courts across Fauntleroy from the north end of Lincoln Park). It’ll be the first sunset of fall, which officially arrives at 7:49 am our time Saturday morning. Alice advises arriving around 6:45 pm. (Here’s our coverage of her summer-solstice sunset event. At right is Cathy Jaramillo‘s photo of her that night, showing where the setting sun should have lined up if it it had been visible that night. Will it be visible next Saturday? Too soon to say!)

Happening now: West Seattle Junction Car Show afterparty

September 16, 2012 5:48 pm
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From left, Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) proprietor Lora Swift and Skylark Café and Club proprietor Jessie SK led the way as the first-ever West Seattle Junction Car Show afterparty scooter rally left the Hotwire vicinity just after 4 pm.

We rolled video as the riders rolled away:

Right now, they should be enjoying music and more at Skylark – you’re welcome to join in, even without a scooter – and then the fun heads to the Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) for “Quadrophenia” at 8 pm.

This week’s traffic alerts: Closure plans, plus a ramp reopening

September 16, 2012 4:18 pm
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(SDOT “live” camera looking north along 99)
The new northbound section of Highway 99 through SODO is open (the closure ended early, last night) and the 1st Avenue offramp from the eastbound Spokane Street Viaduct opens Wednesday. Those are highlights of this week’s day-by-day/night-by-night traffic-alerts list (compiled from lists provided by SDOT and by WSDOT):

SUNDAY 9/16 (tonight)
99/Alaskan Way Viaduct: Closed southbound between Battery Street Tunnel and West Seattle Bridge, 9 pm-5 am.
Spokane Street Viaduct: Nothing planned

99/Alaskan Way Viaduct: Closed southbound between Battery Street Tunnel and West Seattle Bridge, 9 pm-5 am.
Spokane Street Viaduct: Tonight, SDOT says, “Surface S Spokane Street west of East Marginal Way will be restricted overnight from 10 p.m. on Monday until 2 a.m. on Tuesday morning. During this time, northbound traffic on East Marginal Way wishing to turn west onto S Spokane Street will be detoured to the north and directed to make a u-turn. Southbound traffic on East Marginal Way will be permitted to turn west onto S Spokane Street.”

99/Alaskan Way Viaduct: Closed southbound between Battery Street Tunnel and West Seattle Bridge, 9 pm-5 am.
Spokane Street Viaduct: Tonight, SDOT says, “First Avenue S, from the on/off-ramp to the north side of the intersection of First Avenue S and S Spokane Street will be closed from 10 p.m. on Tuesday until 5 a.m. on Wednesday morning. The on/off-ramp connecting the westbound lanes of the Spokane Street Viaduct with First Avenue S will remain open during the closure.”
West Seattle road work alert: Beach Drive between Atlas and Juneau is scheduled for resurfacing, with the work planned 8 am-7 pm.

99/Alaskan Way Viaduct: Closed southbound between Battery Street Tunnel and West Seattle Bridge, 9 pm-5 am.
Spokane Street Viaduct: From SDOT, “The eastbound off-ramp at First Avenue S will reopen Wednesday morning … The same morning, First Avenue S between S Spokane and S Horton Streets will be returned to two travel lanes in each direction, and the eastbound stretch of surface S Spokane Street from East Marginal Way to First Avenue S will reopen.”
West Seattle road work alert: Beach Drive between Atlas and Juneau is scheduled for resurfacing, with the work planned 8 am-7 pm.

99/Alaskan Way Viaduct: Closed southbound between Battery Street Tunnel and West Seattle Bridge, 9 pm-5 am.
Spokane Street Viaduct: Nothing planned.

99/Alaskan Way Viaduct:
Spokane Street Viaduct:

The latest version of this list is always linked atop the WSB sidebar and atop the WSB Traffic page.

Heard the flyover? It was for the Seahawks game.

Just in case you wondered. We’ve been out here at the West Seattle Junction Car Show all day and heard it – and several people have pinged it since. Thanks to Damon and Patrick for the quick answer when we put the question out via Twitter. (added) Also via Twitter, there’s one report it was two F-15s from a New Orleans-based group.

West Seattle Junction Car Show 2012: Record-setting fun in the sun

11:16 AM: We’re live on site at the West Seattle Junction Car Show (and proud to be a co-sponsor again this year) – and lots of people are out and about! Here’s the “live” look from SDOT’s camera by KeyBank, pointed north:

The first raffle winner (ticket sales benefit Pencil Me In For Kids) has just been announced. We’re right in front of Easy Street Records and Café:

(Those are our first-ever freebies on the table – not sure how long they’ll last, but we thought we’d offer something practical, since winter weather – as unthinkable as it seems right now – is a place where WSB community collaboration has always shone!) Right around the corner from us is where you’ll find the raffle tickets, at a booth on Easy Street’s south side. Adding more photos shortly. Tip: Don’t wait till the last hour to come down – in the past, we’ve seen early departures. Also, in case you’re wondering about music, it’s classic oldies – ’60s and ’70s.

ADDED 11:56 AM: Zucchini 500 racing at the West Seattle Farmers’ Market around the corner!

The zucchini celebration even extends to the 50-pound version that you’ll find at the ROckridge Cidery booth:

Even though The Junction’s streets are closed (same “footprint” as Summer Fest), the Farmers’ Market is on, full strength, till 2 pm as always. Thanks to all the cool people who have stopped by to say hi – including a dozen or so who told us they moved here recently and use WSB (even before they got here) to plug into what’s going on. Also just talked to longtime WSB sponsor BJ from Brunette Mix, which is here in The Junction (on SW Oregon). Great to see EVERYBODY who is out and about – lots of smiles regarding the great weather. We’re gathering more photos right now – adding shortly.

12:53 PM UPDATE: Show organizer Michael Hoffman tells us they’ve set a record for registrations – 222! This year, you might recall, motorcycles and scooters were welcomed too – here’s some of what we’ve seen so far:

And of course – more cars! Here’s a 1963 Imperial Crown, entry #105:

Also from ’63, a Mercury Monterey, entry #66:

All the cars look great, gleaming in the sun … now we’re at the time of day where it’s shining on both sides of the street:

2 PM UPDATE: One more hour of prime viewing time before the awards! Here’s a 1974 Volkswagen Westfalia, entry #36:

And a ’65 Mustang, entry #163:

Previous photos are by Patrick Sand; next two are by WSB contributing photojournalist Christopher Boffoli, with a closer look at some of the beautiful details:


Remember the scooter rally’s coming up right after the car show too – one of the organizers, Hotwire’s Lora Swift, is here chatting with us now; they did a dry run on the route, and she says it was “awesome.” Get your scooter to Hotwire at 4410 California SW by 4 pm. (Whether you’re rallying or not, you’re also invited to the “Quadrophenia” screening at Feedback Lounge tonight!)

3:38 PM UPDATE: The show’s wrapping up with the final award having just been presented – we have recorded video of the entire ceremony and will add that later (added – here’s that video):

Among the many winners, this 1934 Pontiac convertible:

The cars are still on display – the timing’s worked out better this year, along with the increased turnout and great weather. The announcer just noted the street will reopen by 6 pm, so take note of that, in case you were wondering. The raffles during the day raised $700 for PMIFK. Watch for more photos later – either added to this story, or in a “Report #2”! (And if you have a gallery of your own – we know a LOT of people were out taking photos – send us a link, so we can include it!)

LATE-NIGHT NOTE: Updated fundraising total – between the raffles and the “50/50” drawing, $950 raised, according to organizer Hoffman – and that, like the registration total, is a record, he says.

Photo tour: West Seattle’s new Nova Apartments start leasing

With two months to go till completion, the Harbor/Urban all-apartments development Nova started leasing this weekend in The Triangle, and has launched its website too. We visited the 62-unit building this week, in advance of the milestone. See our photo tour ahead:

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West Seattle Sunday: WS Junction Car Show; scooter rally; ‘Quadrophenia’; Rosh Hashanah…

That’s a “live” look at the heart of The Junction (courtesy of SDOT’s traffic cam), where the fifth annual West Seattle Junction Car Show is under way till about 4 pm – with afterparties this year! Here’s the full lineup of highlights from the WSB West Seattle Events Calendar:

*California SW is closed Oregon to Edmunds and SW Alaska 42nd to 44th for the car show.
*If you missed it last night – the northbound 99 weekend closure is OVER – the highway reopened Saturday night.
*However, there IS a Sunday night southbound 99 closure, as is usual lately – 9 pm-5 am, between the Battery Street Tunnel and West Seattle Bridge.

(More of the earlybirds in place even before 8 this morning!)
WEST SEATTLE JUNCTION CAR SHOW: Under way till 4 pm in the heart of The Junction. Classic cars, motorcycles, and scooters this year – come see who showed up; the streets are closed and it’s free to wander. (added) Here’s video as entries were rolling in this morning:

At car-show central by California/Alaska, come buy tickets for the fundraising raffle (benefits Pencil Me In For Kids) and come see us as we cover the show “live” from the WSB booth after 9 or so (right by Easy Street Records). We’re offering the first-ever WSB-branded freebie:

First-come, first-served, limited quantity, and all that boilerplate – hey, it’s going to get cold one of these days. And if you throw it in the glovebox, you have our number handy, any time. P.S. The car show has afterparties too – later in this preview …

SHOW LINCOLN PARK SOME LOVE: Friends of Lincoln Park work party, 9 am-noon, everybody welcome! Details in the calendar listing.

ZUCCHINI 500 RACES AT WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Car show day means zucchini on wheels, too! Bring kids to the WSFM, which IS on today as always, for this fun fall tradition – details here.

FAUNTLEROY CHURCH 2ND-TIME SALE FINALE: 11 am-1 pm, the second and final session of the big sale (here’s our report from Saturday). 9140 California SW. Discounts!

END OF SUMMER BARBECUE: Super Deli Mart at 35th/Barton is throwing a party today, noon-5 pm – details on the calendar.

MEMORIAL FOR ADA HALLBERG: The longtime Alki advocate, whose passing was announced last month, will be remembered at 2 pm today at Alki UCC. Here’s her obituary, as published here last month.

CAR SHOW AFTERPARTY #1 – SCOOTER RALLY: Meet at Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) at 4410 California SW at 4 pm and head on out! Here’s our preview, including a map of planned stops en route to Skylark Café and Club (3803 Delridge Way SW).

DONATION YOGA CLASS: At Bikram Yoga Seattle in The Junction, benefiting ArtsWest, 5 pm – more info here.

ROSH HASHANAH WITH KOL HANESHAMAH: This West Seattle synagogue’s service is at Seattle First Presbyterian tonight – tickets not required but nonmembers must register – details here.

ALSO: ROSH HASHANAH IN WEST SEATTLE: Here’s the announcement we received:

Looking for some spirited davenning, the sound of the shofar, lots of great food and new friends? Come join us here in West Seattle for Rosh Hashanah which begins Sunday evening, Sept. 16. For more information please call Rabbi Greer at (732) 534-2284 or visit: Shanah Tovah!

CAR SHOW AFTERPARTY #2 – ‘QUADROPHENIA’ SCREENING: 8 pm at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor). Drink specials and more. On The Feedback’s brand-new big screen, which we photographed last night while at the guitar show:

LIVE MUSIC: Venues include Skylark, Löcol, C & P Coffee (WSB sponsor), this afternoon and evening – see the listings (and even more of today’s events) on the WSB West Seattle Events Calendar.

Checking on ‘booms’

8:06 AM: A few reports in so far (from various spots around West Seattle) of loud explosion-type sounds. We’re monitoring the scanner and the 911 log and so far no related incidents have been reported – here or anywhere else in Seattle, anyway. Just wanted to make a note here in case you were wondering whether anybody else heard them! Please comment (or e-mail us) if you have any more info – we’ll update if there’s anything to add.

8:35 AM NOTE: Still a mystery – nothing locally or regionally. If anything ever emerges, we’ll add it here; otherwise, it’s in the “mystery boom” file …

Quick reminder: West Seattle Junction Car Show today!

(Early photo by WSB’s Patrick Sand, added 7:06 am – participants arriving)
Before we get to the full daily preview – a quick reminder that the fifth annual West Seattle Junction Car Show is an hour and a half away, 8 am-4 pm in the heart of The Junction. If you have a classic car, motorcycle, or scooter that meets the criteria, there’s same-day registration – info’s here. If you’re interested in going – it’s free (but bring $ for the raffles, which raise money for Pencil Me In For Kids). Whether you’re going or not, remember that California SW will be closed to traffic from Oregon to Edmunds, and SW Alaska from 44th to 42nd. But the weekly West Seattle Farmers Market IS ON, 10 am-2 pm as always – featuring the annual Zucchini 500 “races” for kids. Co-sponsors for this year’s Junction Car Show again include WSB (full list here), and we’ll be there reporting live all day. Two after-parties are in the works, a scooter rally and screening of “Quadrophenia” – more on those in today’s preview.

West Seattle schools: Denny joins in Fiestas Patrias parade

Parade season’s not over yet, as the Denny International Middle School community knows! The first two photos from Saturday are courtesy of Denny principal Jeff Clark, who reports:

The Denny International Middle School scholars did a great job today celebrating Fiestas Patrias in the South Park parade. The band sounded terrific and the Dolphin pride was loud and clear. Thank you to all the students, families, and staff who joined in this fun and important community celebration!

It was a spectacular parade:

That photo is by contributing photojournalist Nick Adams, and we have 20 more of Nick’s photos – dancers, musicians, spectators, more – in a gallery published on our partner site The South Park News; see them here.

High-school football: Seattle Lutheran comeback falls short

At West Seattle Stadium on Saturday afternoon, Seattle Lutheran High School‘s Bryce Morgan and Jake Lamb provided the Saints with an offensive one-two punch, but their A-game wasn’t enough to beat the Eastside Catholic junior varsity. Eastside rolled up a big early lead and hung on to finish with a 40-26 win. Eastside ran out 26 quick points in the first quarter, while Seattle Lutheran had only one touchdown in that quarter, scored by Bryce Morgan.

The Saints had a much-better second half, which saw Lamb lead the offense on the ground.

Lamb picked up a touchdown after Lutheran’s defense managed to contain Eastside on several drives. This was the last non-conference game; the Saints return to conference play against Concrete next Saturday at 1 pm, which is also the homecoming game.