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Stitch & Sew Studio: West Seattle Fabric Company expansion almost ready to officially open

(Photos by WSB co-publisher Patrick Sand)
Though Stitch & Sew Studio – the new southern sibling of West Seattle Fabric Company – doesn’t formally open until an open house next weekend (more on that shortly), proprietor Monica Skov opened the doors today for its first group event, a general meeting of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild, followed by their sew-in.

While the quilters brought their own machines, Monica says the studio’s own machines are arriving within days. We first told you two months ago about her plan for the former Emerald Spiral space – not a retail outlet to duplicate WSFC headquarters at 2210 California SW in The Admiral District, but instead a comfortable space for classes, sew-ins, and other events. (“Not fussy,” as Monica puts it.)

The back section of the studio space north of Morgan Junction has a cozy living-room feel. And it’s where you’ll find the entrance to a restroom that is, as Monica promised it would be, fabulous – plum walls, art, and a chandelier!

Also in the back, there’s a lighting fixture that looks custom, though Monica reveals it’s from IKEA:

Out front, the studio’s facade is topped by a color scheme you will recognize from the front of the WSFC store:

But – aside from looking at the faces of the quilters who were there today – you can’t see the most important features: The fact that Stitch & Sew Studio is intended as a “happy, positive” place for activities, events, and education. Not just for sewing/quilting experts, Monica stresses – they’ll have something for everyone, beginners through experts (the quilters there today included many of the latter, such as West Seattle-based Emily Cier – check out her books on the right sidebar of her site).

The open house next weekend is set for 11 am-4 pm Saturday, October 13th, and noon-3 pm Sunday, October 14th. Monica has set up a new Facebook page just for Stitch & Sew Studio (which is at 5910 California SW) – you can “like” it here (as well as checking out Monica’s own photos of the S&S Studio transformation).

Update: No serious injuries in crash with 2 trucks, 1 motorcycle

4:37 PM: Police and fire are responding to a “heavy rescue” call at 8th and Roxbury (map) – reporting two vehicles and one motorcycle involved. One of the vehicles is described via scanner as “on its side.” The motorcyclist is described as “walking around” but we haven’t heard the condition of people in the two vehicles. On our way.

4:44 PM: Two private ambulances were called for people involved in the crash – but medic crews report via the scanner that the people are “refusing transport,” so the ambulances have been canceled. A tow truck is being called for the vehicle that’s on its side. Also hearing via scanner that 8th north of Roxbury is closed, so buses are being rerouted.

4:59 PM: Our crew at the scene says that while 8th is blocked by one of the vehicles – which are both pickup trucks – traffic is getting through both ways on Roxbury.

Will homeless-camp site become donated-food warehouse site? Food Lifeline eyes ‘Nickelsville’ location

A year and a half after the homeless encampment that calls itself “Nickelsville” returned to its original site in southeasternmost West Seattle, there’s a new twist: The government-owned land is being eyed by Food Lifeline, which works to get food to people in need and the agencies that serve them. This was first reported last night by our news partners at The Seattle Times; we confirmed it today with Food Lifeline development director Amy Lee Derenthal.

She told WSB via e-mail that the site would be a perfect location for them to expand warehouse and other operations: “Centrally located near major thoroughfares, it will serve as an administrative headquarters, volunteer center and collection, repacking and distribution site for the 300-plus food banks, emergency shelters and meal programs that Food Lifeline serves.” Derenthal says they’ve been looking at the site off and on since 2008, and, “We’ve spent several years looking at land and buildings all over King County. Our board of directors, architects, land developers and staff all agree that the West Marginal Way site is ideally suited for Food Lifeline – from easy access for the dozens of trucks that will move in and out of the site every day to a footprint that allows us to build a comprehensive hunger relief center.”

You probably recall the site was once under consideration as the potential site of a new city jail, a proposal vigorously fought by the Highland Park Action Committee, whose research contended a new jail wasn’t needed – a conclusion eventually also reached by the city and county. Lately, coincidentally, HPAC has been working with the city to see about a new home for “Nickelsville.” So what would happen to the encampment residents if Food Lifeline took over the site and they still hadn’t moved? Derenthal says FL is “committed to working with the city to help craft a solution … It will be 12 to 18 months before we will be ready to build. We’re confident that this will give the Nickelsville residents, homeless advocates and city officials plenty of time to reach a solution.”

What next? Followups to come.

Photos: Mascot, music, football at Chief Sealth Homecoming 2012

October 6, 2012 3:22 pm
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At the Chief Sealth International High School homecoming game Friday night, there were entrances …

… and there were ENTRANCES:

The all-new Sammy the Seahawk debuted. Even posed for a photo with principal Chris Kinsey:

Sammy’s appearance was planned. Not so sure about this one:

Back to the entrances:

And even the choir:

The final score from Friday night’s Sealth vs. Nathan Hale game at Southwest Athletic Complex was Hale 43, Sealth 23, as we noted here in a quick roundup last night.

But since it was homecoming, the football was just part of the spectacle. More photos – including field action – ahead:

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Happening now: Free Range Mercantile’s open house bus

If you drive along the central stretch of Fauntleroy Way SW, between The Triangle and Morgan Junction, you probably have seen the big green “Free Range Mercantile” bus that’s been parked outside an old commercial building. We published a story about it three months ago, shortly after it turned up. Today – your chance to get a look inside:

That’s Mary Summers, FRM proprietor, who’s presiding over an open house till 5 this afternoon. Stop by, take a look inside to see the mobile store she’s put together and what kind of merchandise Mary (formerly of CAPERS) is stocking – 5908 Fauntleroy Way SW.

Update: West Seattle Stadium lights left on overnight, and beyond

9:30 AM: The big, bright lights at West Seattle Stadium have been on all night, since last night’s Seattle PrepBainbridge football game, neighbors say, shining right onto nearby apartments, including the one inhabited by Gordon, who wrote, “We’ve been up most the night, plus I can’t imagine the energy this is wasting.” We don’t know if this was intentional, accidental, or the result of a malfunction, but the WSB’ers who reported it say they tried to call Seattle Parks – and no response yet. We don’t have after-hours numbers, but are trying several channels, after going by the stadium to check it out firsthand (our photo was taken a short time ago – 9:18 am). Our photographer did find a Parks employee at the stadium who said he didn’t know why they were on nor how to turn them off, but would make some calls.

9:09 PM: Almost twelve hours later, they’re still on – we took this photo a short time ago:

One commenter notes they’re usually on a timer, so wonders if it was a malfunction, rather than a mistake. And someone who refereed last night’s game says they were off when he left the stadium.

11:59 PM UPDATE: Went by again ten minutes ago – the lights are now off.

West Seattle Saturday: Cardboard Challenge; Solar Tour; ‘Star Wars’ storytime; Fauntleroy Watershed walk; Daughters of the Dead Sea…

October 6, 2012 8:46 am
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From the WSB West Seattle Events Calendar for today/tonight:

REMINDER – 99/VIADUCT CLOSURE: Just one traffic alert, but it’s a biggie – the Alaskan Way Viaduct/Highway 99 stretch between Battery Street Tunnel and the West Seattle Bridge is CLOSED BOTH WAYS and scheduled to remain so till 4 pm tomorrow (we’ll let you know if it reopens earlier).

HELP LINCOLN PARK! Work party to remove invasives – perfect time now before fall/winter weather finally arrives. Meet at Fauntleroy/Rose park entrance, 9 am.

PANCAKES TO BENEFIT NICKELSVILLE: 9 am-noon, a fundraiser at Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation‘s church, 7141 California SW – details here.

HELP FAUNTLEROY PARK! Work party – meet at the SW 97th entrance to forested Fauntleroy Park, 10 am-2 pm. Details and map here.

WEST SEATTLE SOLAR TOUR: Find out more about solar energy by visiting the West Seattle spots on the regional Solar Tour, 10 am-4 pm. The sites are listed here.

GOT SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS QUESTIONS/CONCERNS/ETC.? Come to West Seattle school-board member Marty McLaren‘s community-conversation meeting, 10:15 am-12:15 pm at West Seattle (Admiral) Library.

WEST SEATTLE CARDBOARD CHALLENGE: Across the country, “cardboard challenge” events inspired by Caine’s Arcade are happening today, and in West Seattle, you can bring your cardboard creation – and/or your creative spirit – to The Kenney (WSB sponsor; 7125 Fauntleroy Way SW), 11 am-2 pm. Full details here – and here’s the story we published when the site was chosen.

FREE RANGE MERCANTILE OPEN … BUS: It’s an open house, at the big green bus that’s been parked a few months at 5908 Fauntleroy SW, and has also made its debut as a store on wheels (here’s our original report). Today, come visit 11 am-5 pm.

STAR WARS STORYTIME: Barnes and Noble at Westwood Village usually has Saturday storytime 11 am-noon, but today there’s a Star Wars theme, since it’s national (or perhaps intergalactic) Star Wars Reads Day.

WALK THE FAUNTLEROY WATERSHED: The first of three special free West Seattle walks with Feet First and local Walking Ambassadors is today, starting at 1 pm from the Original Bakery at 45th/Wildwood in Fauntleroy. Details (and RSVP link) here.

VIETNAMESE CULTURAL CENTER CEREMONY: During the regular noon-3 pm weekly open public-visiting time at the Vietnamese Cultural Center (2236 SW Orchard), the 712th Spirit Saint Tran Hung Dao Memorial Day commemoration is planned today, 2 pm.

GET KNOWLEDGE ABOUT COLLEGE! West Seattle author (and professor) Ellen Bremen (“Say This, Not That, To Your Professor”) will be at Westwood Village Barnes and Noble 2 pm today – details here.

ANOTHER ‘GLOBAL LENS’ SCREENING: Free film at Delridge Library as part of this ongoing series celebrating international film – “The Prize,” an Argentinian Film, 2 pm.

AFRICAN DINNER AND DANCE SHOW: Mission fundraiser at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church (3050 California SW), 5-9 pm – details in the calendar listing.

LIVE MUSIC AT C & P COFFEE: Steve and Kristi Nebel, 6-8 pm, at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 5612 California SW.

DAUGHTERS OF THE DEAD SEA’S CD RELEASE: 8 pm at Easy Street Records in The Junction, this West Seattle rock/punk band performs and celebrates its CD release. Details here.

‘ROCKY HORROR’ AT THE ADMIRAL: The monthly midnight showing – with shadow cast, toast, and all – is tonight.

And there’s even more on our calendar!

Update: Man shot in Westwood, suspect arrested

(Photo by WSB co-publisher Patrick Sand)
2:25 AM: Big response right now to the 9200 block of 30th SW (map). Scanner traffic has reported someone with a gunshot wound to the shoulder. There’s a report of the suspect being in a silver van and having possibly been involved in a disturbance in the area earlier; possible physical description – white man, twenties, yellow sweatshirt, light-colored pants.

2:39 AM: The victim is now reported to be a 30-year-old man with one gunshot wound to the chest and is being rushed to Harborview Medical Center. A police K9 team is helping with the search.

2:49 AM UPDATE: Our crew has talked with Southwest Precinct Lt. Alan Williams at the scene. He says they’re considering this a “drive-by.”

3:36 AM UPDATE: Word’s come over police radio that a suspect is in custody. Witnesses had provided a potential ID that was broadcast earlier – this was not believed to be random – but jail-register information can lag a few hours, so we may not be able to confirm till later today if that’s the same person they have in custody.

9:08 AM UPDATE: New information from police, via SPD Blotter:

A man was shot following a fight disturbance this morning. Just shortly after 2:00 a.m., the victim was walking with some of his friends in the 9200 block of 30th Av SW on the sidewalk in front of a house. Some of the people from the house, including the suspect, came outside. The victim began fighting with the suspect out in the yard/sidewalk.

One of the people from the house had a handgun on his belt. The suspect took the gun and shot the victim in the chest. The suspect then gave the gun back and drove off in his (suspect’s) car.

The victim was taken to HMC, where the doctors were able to stabilize him. His condition is unknown at this time.

The officers learned the name of the suspect, and were able to find his address on Queen Anne. They went to his house, and arrested him without incident. The suspect was booked into King County Jail for Investigation of Assault. It is unknown what precipitated the fight disturbance between the victim and suspect or if they knew one another.