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Green Seattle Day with Friends of Lincoln Park: A success!

November 3, 2012 9:53 pm
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 |   Environment | How to help | West Seattle news

Friends of Lincoln Park sends a public thank-you tonight after a big day. From Lisa McGinty, who also shared the photo:

Thanks to everyone for joining Friends of Lincoln Park during our Green Seattle Day event at Lincoln Park! We had more than 35 volunteers, including lots of young ‘forest stewards’. The rain held out and everyone chipped in and helped find a good home for more than 250 trees and plants at our chosen restoration site. We’ll continue to maintain and manage the site along with all the other great spots that need our help in the park.

If you are interested in joining our efforts, we meet every first Saturday and third Sunday of the month. Visit our site for details:

Lincoln Park was one of three West Seattle sites during today’s special Green Seattle Day round of work parties.

West Seattle wildlife: ‘Sealy Dan’ the pup goes kayaking

(Photos by Robin Lindsey)
When the Seal Sitters‘ hotline – 206-905-SEAL – rings, “there’s a seal on the beach” is the most common report. Not this time: “There’s a seal on a kayak!” instead. Seal Sitters’ Robin Lindsey shares the photos and tells the story:

Yesterday afternoon, Seal Sitters hotline operator Tess received a call that a seal pup had hopped aboard a passing kayak and the boater wasn’t sure how to handle the situation. Jeff Kelley and his son, who was visiting from Brooklyn, were taking a spin in their kayaks around Elliott Bay when a pup started trailing them. Suddenly, the pup jumped onto the back of the kayak and was not particularly interested in returning to the water – after well over 30 minutes, they contacted Seal Sitters for advice.

A tired seal pup will sometimes rest on a log in the water – or even hop on a passing logboom being towed by a tugboat to catch a snooze. Or, a kayak or paddleboard. Jeff and his son did exactly the right thing: they let the pup rest, remained in the area and then gently encouraged the pup to abandon ship when they needed to move along on their journey.

Robin has published a longer version of the story on the Seal Sitters’ “blubberblog” site – see it here.

P.S. Another report tells the story of Ma Kai, a pup who’s been showing up nightly for a while – and posing quite the challenge.

High-school postseason: Sealth, WSHS volleyball finales

November 3, 2012 4:52 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle schools | WS & Sports

The postseason has come to an end for West Seattle’s two biggest high schools, after one last round of play.

Both Chief Sealth International High School (above) and West Seattle High School (top) played their final games of this postseason Thursday night in Bellevue. Neither won, but both had seasons to be proud of. WSB contributing photojournalist Nick Adams was at the games at Sammamish High School, and we have a few last looks at the hard-hitting athletes:

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Election 2012: Another view of the ballot-dropoff van team

We’re going to nag you – or, at least, gently remind you – every day: Dropped off (or mailed) your ballot yet? Today’s image of the dropoff-van team at West Seattle Stadium is courtesy of Admiral photographer David Perry. You can catch them there – drive up, ride up, walk up – till 5 pm today, then again 10 am-5 pm Sunday and Monday, and 7 am-8 pm Tuesday (at which time the voting ends and ballot-tallying begins).

West Seattle business milestones: Cloud City Skateboard Shop; Stuffed Cakes; Treehouse Lounge

CLOUD CITY SKATEBOARD SHOP OPENS: It’s grand-opening day for (from left) Tony Kappo and Michael Lenoir, who have just opened their store at 3270 California SW. The merchandise includes skateboards, T-shirts, footwear, and stickers – you’ll see some of it on the shop’s Facebook page. They’ll be open till 9 tonight.

STUFFED CAKES CELEBRATES: Till 3 pm, you’re invited to the birthday party for Stuffed Cakes at 9003 35th SW – including mini-cakes and face-painting, which even proprietor Donna Lawson indulged in:

It’s a double birthday – 2 years for her business, 1 year in the storefront.

TREEHOUSE LOUNGE’S FIRST WEEKEND: We actually stopped in Halloween night to check it out:

It’s the new beer/wine lounge at Mind Unwind, 2206 California SW in The Admiral District, created by Zach, Jason, and Krystal. They’re open 5-midnight Wednesdays-Sundays.

Happening now: Roxhill Castle playground construction, day 2

Thanks to Joe Szilagyi for sending video and photos showing what’s happening today at the Roxhill Castle volunteer-powered construction site at Roxhill Park in Westwood. It’s day 2 of the project – with volunteers working all day (in shifts), rain or shine, for five days, to put up the play structure that replaced its also-community-built predecessor. Still lots of opportunities for YOU to help – this page on the Roxhill Castle website explains how, or just drop by the park (29th SW at Barton) and get going.

5:35 PM UPDATE: Just received photos from Lisa Stencel, who says, “It’s looking great!” as day 2 of (projected) 5 wraps up:

Every volunteer makes a difference!

In case you weren’t keeping track – a skatespot is being built right next to the Roxhill playground (though that one is NOT a volunteer operation), so this is going to be a recreation hotspot more than ever before.

Election 2012: Governor candidate Inslee’s brief West Seattle stop

At midmorning, we were at Uptown Espresso in The Junction for an informal meeting that had nothing to do with politics, when suddenly we heard a group at the big central table break out in applause, as a voice loudly thanked them. Turning around, we saw Democratic candidate for governor Jay Inslee standing by the table as he began a short speech to those gathered. From what he said, as well as the campaign signs on the table, it was clear the group was getting ready to go out and doorbell. He only stayed a few minutes, but told them he thinks it’ll be a close election – “maybe 150 votes” – and answered a couple questions, one about job creation, one about disaster preparedness in the wake of Superstorm Sandy (in his view, earthquake preparedness matters most here). (Without a camera handy, we rolled iPhone video, and will check it later to see if there’s anything to add here.) Then, Inslee said, he was off to Tacoma and Olympia.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Car-prowl suspects arrested

Just in via SPD Blotter – two arrests early this morning:

The efforts of officers working an auto theft/car prowl emphasis patrol paid off early this morning when they responded to a report of a car prowl in progress and took into custody the two suspects.

At about 2:20 this morning radio broadcast a car prowl in progress in the 3800 Block of 45th Avenue SW. Several William Sector officers were in the area already on an assigned auto theft/car prowl emphasis patrol. Two officers located the described suspect vehicle one minute later, and stopped it at SW Spokane St. and 46th Avenue SW. The vehicle and one suspect were positively identified by a witness, and a large quantity of apparently stolen property, including at least 8 car stereos, was visible inside the car. These suspects are also likely responsible for a car prowl from earlier tonight, in which the suspects were seen leaving in a dark 2-door Honda.

Both suspects, a 26-year-old male and a 32-year-old female, were booked into the King County Jail for Car Prowl and the suspect vehicle, a green 1998 Honda Accord, was towed to the processing room, pending a warrant. Detectives will now handle the follow up investigation.

We’ll be checking to see if the helicopter reported briefly over The Junction a few hours earlier was related.

West Seattle Saturday: Before you ‘fall back,’ what’s up today/tonight

(Thanks to Karen Richter, one of two people who shared photos of that new artwork spotted on the beach at Lincoln Park)
Tonight’s the night; an extra hour of sleep, as 2 am becomes 1 am, with Daylight Saving Time coming to an end. In the meantime, here are some of the options for your Saturday morning, noon, and/or night:

ROXHILL CASTLE-BUILDING CONTINUES: At Roxhill Park, volunteers are working again today, into the evening, to build the new Roxhill Castle play structure. You are invited to drop by to join them; info’s at

‘WHERE THE JOBS ARE’: Today’s the day for the workshop event – not a job fair – for veterans and older workers looking ahead in their careers, 9 am-1 pm at South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor; 6000 16th SW).

BALLOT-DROPOFF VAN, DAY 2: Still have your ballot for Tuesday’s election? Fill it out and drop it off – no stamp needed! – at the King County Elections ballot-dropoff van, stationed again today 10 am-5 pm at West Seattle Stadium. (See our Friday story.)

LOG HOUSE MUSEUM BOOK SALE: 10 am-3 pm, go check out the treasures on sale, and help the museum, which is a treasure itself. 61st/Stevens in Alki.

GREEN SEATTLE DAY: Two of West Seattle’s three sites for today’s mega-work-party still have room for help during the 10 am-2 pm volunteer-a-palooza to help some of the city’s greenspaces. Check the list here.

BUSINESS OPENING: Cloud City Skateboard Shop opens south of The Admiral District, 3270 California SW, in the former Island Tan space. Grand opening 11 am-9 pm.

BUSINESS BIRTHDAY: Stuffed Cakes is celebrating its first anniversary at 9003 35th SW, noon-3 pm, and you’re invited.

HIGH POINT NEIGHBORHOOD WALK: Head out with Feet First to see what’s behind the scenes in the design of the redeveloped High Point neighborhood – meet at 1 pm at the High Point Library (35th/Raymond).

WEST SEATTLE BASKETBALL FUNDRAISER: Poker, dinner, more! As previewed on WSB this week; starts at 4 pm at St. John the Baptist Church (next to WSHS).

‘EVENING TO DIE FOR’: Benefit for the Senior Center of West Seattle, 7 pm, Forest Lawn-Dignity Memorial (WSB sponsor; 6701 30th SW) – details here.

ANNUAL SOUSA BIRTHDAY BASH: A Kenyon Hall tradition – 7:30 pm tonight; info on the KH site.

‘LEND ME A TENOR’: 7:30 pm tonight, the third performance of West Seattle High School‘s fall production – details on the Westside Drama website. In the school theater (3000 California SW).

LIVE MUSIC: Various venues tonight – see the calendar (but please make note of the following, too) …

CALENDAR NOTE: Because of a software bug relating to tonight’s time change and the many time zones served by the software’s creators, a few calendar listings for tonight **only** are showing the wrong time – but we’ve put the CORRECT time in the headline (and in the text if you click through to the full listing). Please accept our apologies; all the other listings are just fine.

FALL BACK TONIGHT: As mentioned atop this roundup – 2 am will become 1 am, early Sunday morning. Early morning March 10, 2013, is when Daylight Saving Time will be back.

Warm response to West Seattle Rotary one-night coat drive; next up, Purse Gala

November 3, 2012 8:07 am
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Followup to last night’s “First Friday” Rotary Club of West Seattle event, gathering coats and other warm clothing for West Seattle Helpline – a quick report from the club’s publicity chair Dave Nichols:

We had a successful evening; four couples who saw our event in the West Seattle Blog came in to The Cask with coats to donate; at the end of the evening, we loaded 10 bags of coats into our president’s truck for delivery to the West Seattle Helpline. Thank you to everyone who participated.

You can help Helpline any time, of course – here’s how. Meantime, another benefit event is on the Rotary calendar – and you’re invited to this one, too, the 2nd annual Purse Gala Champagne Brunch, coming up 11:30 am November 18th at Merrill Gardens-Admiral Heights (WSB sponsor). Register through the Rotary website.