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Roxhill Castle work party set for Tuesday: Can you help?

November 11, 2012 10:31 pm
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(WSB photo from last Wednesday)
After the five days of intensive volunteer work that built the Roxhill Castle play area, volunteer organizer Mat McBride mentioned that a work party would be scheduled for finishing touches. Tonight we just got word of the date – Denise Nelsen writes they are looking for “anyone wanting to help out with the final steps,” particularly “experienced craftspeople and volunteers,” this Tuesday (November 13th), 10 am till dark. “Just show up in warm clothing….they have tools, and gear. It is a great opportunity to help the community and do something different. The kids will love it for years and years!” Scroll through this archive to see previous WSB coverage, including the announcement that the grand opening is expected to be on December 22nd.

From The South Park News: Crash kills 2, closes road

10:17 PM: If you’re in eastern West Seattle, you might have noticed the big emergency response headed toward South Park earlier tonight. A car carrying five people crashed into a pole there, killing the driver, sending the survivors to the hospital, and closing a stretch of 8th Avenue South for an investigation likely to take a few more hours. The full story’s on our partner site The South Park News.

10:49 PM UPDATE: SPD has tweeted that one of the survivors died at the hospital.

MONDAY MORNING UPDATE, 7:46 AM: Everyone in the car was a teenager, according to an update on SPD Blotter this morning which says the driver was a 16-year-old boy; the passenger who died at the hospital is described as a girl, no age listed.

West Seattle Veterans Day 2012: American Legion Post 160’s dinner

Even dessert had a patriotic theme tonight in The Triangle at American Legion Post 160‘s free spaghetti dinner for veterans. We stopped in to see how it was going (answer: nicely!), and talked with Post and Auxiliary leaders:

From left – Post 160 Chaplain Mike Daversa, Vice Commander Joe Connery, Auxiliary Unit 160 President Shannon Connery, and Commander Kyle Geraghty. Joe is a U.S. Army veteran, two deployments to Afghanistan; Kyle, a U.S. Marines veteran, including a deployment to Iraq. Both served in the military 2001-2007. (Post-photo, Mike had to step away, so we didn’t get to ask about his service.) The Post also had a donation drive for deployed soldiers; if you missed the chance to donate, you can e-mail to find out how you can still help.

P.S. Post 160 is now on Facebook (here), as is Auxiliary Unit 160 (here).

West Seattle Veterans Day 2012: Tomorrow’s transit reminders

Since the Veterans Day observance doesn’t mean a day off for everyone, here’s a reminder about tomorrow’s transit schedules:

*Metro – “Reduced weekday” schedule (explained here, route by route)
*Water TaxiNot running
*Sound Transit – Buses are on a regular weekday schedule
*Washington State Ferries – No schedule change, but note the capacity reduction

Countdown to West Seattle Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast: Ticket time!

(WSB photo: Stephanie Halcomb and Patricia Tempinski @ Kiwanis booth today)
Today and for the next two Sundays, while you’re buying fresh food at the West Seattle Farmers’ Market, you can buy something else that represents both a good deed and a good breakfast: The Kiwanis Club of West Seattle is boothing at the WSFM, selling tickets to their 66th annual Community Pancake Breakfast on December 1st (at the Masonic Hall, 40th/Edmunds). Only $6 adults, $3 kids – including a free photo with Santa! – and if you just can’t get to the Farmers’ Market, you can buy your tickets online at Or call 206-938-8032. The adult price is a discount from what you’ll pay that morning at the door ($7). For the story behind the pancake breakfast – including what you get besides pancakes! – read on:Read More

The WSBeat: Car vandals strike again; burglars strike quickly; more

By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog

As always, the WSBeat summaries are from reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers, incidents that (usually) have not already appeared here in breaking-news coverage or West Seattle Crime Watch reports, but that might at least answer the question “what WERE all those police doing on my block?”:

*A Highland Park family’s car has been damaged for the second time recently. Previously someone cut the brake lines; this time, someone entered the fenced yard, disconnected the rear brake line, punched a hole in the oil filter, and poured oil into the gas tank. A member of the family is on kidney dialysis and needs the car for regular transportation to treatment.

*Thursday evening, in the 5200 block of 37th SW, a couple left their home to walk the dog. Twenty minutes later they returned to discover that someone had stolen computers, assorted electrical items and a wallet from inside.

Ahead, more details on an early-morning break-in earlier this week, plus five other summaries:Read More

Pigeon Point sinkhole problem – on the path to Pathfinder K-8

Thanks to Mark and Jeanne for sending the photo and raising the flag about a sinkhole on Pigeon Point. They explain:

On the 3800 block of 19th Ave SW, there has been an existing crack/depression in the street for some time. It worsened recently, and yesterday it broke through to expose a void between the street and the ground. A truck traveling down the street sustained damage to tire and axle and required a tow. Seattle Police and SDOT responded late yesterday and put up barriers. I spoke with the SDOT responder and was told SDOT would return to fully diagnose and address the issue.

Note (that) 19th Ave SW has been used starting this school year by school buses traveling to and from Pathfinder K-8 … school buses will have a very difficult time turning around on the corner of 19th Ave SW and SW Charlestown.

Here’s a Google Map aerial grab they also shared to show where this is (19th just south of Charlestown – top of the image is north, bottom is south):

The concern might be moot if the sinkhole is fixed by Tuesday morning (no school tomorrow because of Veterans Day), but they fear that’s unlikely, so they’re sounding the alarm. Sometimes – as was the case in Admiral last year – these problems run a lot deeper than you’d think.

West Seattle Sunday: What’s happening today/tonight

Today is the traditional Veterans Day, though many observations await the federal holiday tomorrow. THANK YOU to everyone who has served, and to all the loved ones who support/ed them. Here’s one big event today – donation drive at the American Legion Hall (37th and Alaska), and free spaghetti dinner for veterans:

As for the rest of the day/night: Forecast says rain will return later today. Here’s what’s up:

SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY CLOSURE: One exception to “holiday observed tomorrow” – SPL branches are all closed today.

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Year-round! 10 am-2 pm today and every Sunday, 44th and Alaska; the newest Ripe ‘n’ Ready list is here.

BUY KIWANIS PANCAKE BREAKFAST TICKETS: At the Farmers’ Market today, you can visit the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle booth and buy tickets to the club’s 66th annual Pancake Breakfast, coming up on December 1st, just three weeks away.

GO FOR A RIDE WITH WEST SEATTLE SPOKESPEOPLE: 2-(or 3-)wheeled shopping trip! Details on our calendar page; meet up at Alki Bike and Board (proprietor Stu Hennessey is leading the ride) at 11 am, 2606 California SW in The Admiral District.

(rained out) GO THROW! West Seattle Ultimate Family Frisbee is now at Walt Hundley Playfield in High Point for the winter (34th/Myrtle). 11 am.

BOARD-GAMING EVENT: At Uptown Espresso in The Junction (California/Edmunds/Erskine), 1 pm. Details in the calendar listing.

‘I CAN’T REMEMBER ANYTHING’: 2 pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church, a production of Arthur Miller‘s play about getting older.

MOONBOTS PRESENTATION AT MUSEUM OF FLIGHT: As featured here on WSB yesterday, two West Seattle 9-year-olds are in the second round of the MoonBots competition – and presenting their robot at the Museum of Flight today, for a live webcast that’ll be part of the judging. Go cheer them on! 2 pm.

DUBSEA BIKES: Need repairs? The community repair event happens 2-4 pm today at White Center Food Bank, 8th and 108th.

STEFANIE ROBBINS & THE STRAIGHT SHOOTERS, AND CYNTHIA MARIE, AT C&P: Live music 3-5 pm today at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor; 5612 California SW).

SUNDAY RIBS AT THE FEEDBACK: 5 pm “till they’re gone,” Sunday ribs are back for fall at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), 6451 California SW.

More music and other Sunday options are on our calendar!

West Seattle power outage: 11,000 homes, businesses affected at peak; ‘underground equipment’ blamed

(Screengrab from City Light outage map when outage was at its peak, 5:50-ish am)
ORIGINAL REPORT, 4:37 AM: Power’s out at WSB HQ in Upper Fauntleroy and elsewhere in Gatewood and near Lincoln Park, per texts we’ve gotten. Investigating further.

4:44 AM: Not on City Light’s outage map, which only means they haven’t had time to post it yet. We’re getting messages from High Point, too, as well as north Morgan Junction, but WSB’ers in Admiral and Alki say they’re still powered.

4:50 AM: City Light map is updated now. 3265 “customers,” which means homes/businesses.

5:04 AM: The City Light map shows this outage isn’t one contiguous area, and that’s what our spotter crew is finding. Heading north, it’s on in part of Gatewood. On at California/Fauntleroy. But we’ve had reports further north of there.

5:18 AM: City Light has now issued an official news release but does not have an estimated restoration time. Meantime, our crew on the road says the outage zone seems to be shifting – he went past one area in the High Point vicinity that was OK a few minutes ago and now is out.

5:31 AM: Some just got power back – the lights on 35th through Gatewood/High Point are back on but in “flashing” mode.

6 AM: The City Light map just dramatically increased the number of homes/businesses affected to almost 11,000.

6:07 AM: Just got our power back (California/Thistle vicinity). Who’s still out?

6:20 AM: City Light spokesperson Mark Van Oss tells WSB that “underground equipment” caused this. If anybody IS still out, it might be as late as 11 am before it’s back.

6:43 AM: City Light map now shows 1,700+ homes/businesses still out.

7:15 AM: Down to about 700, and City Light says everyone should be back on within a half-hour or so.

8:38 AM: And they are – at least according to the map. P.S. Though the official news releases earlier capped the outage at the original 3,200+ number, SCL’s Van Oss confirms it was indeed up to almost 11,000 for a while: “In attempting to reroute power to restore a portion of customers with another feeder (major power line), that second feeder relayed out. So, a second block of customers was out for about 20 minutes. This would have included Westwood. Your numbers are correct.”

8:53 AM: That’s reflected in the final news release, which specifies a failed underground cable as the cause:Read More

‘The Girl Who Knew Too Much’: See West Seattle filmmaker Amy Benson’s rough-cut work, free

West Seattle filmmaker Amy Benson is finishing a documentary focusing on an epidemic affecting girls and women half a world away – and inviting you to two rough-cut screenings here at home. The clip above is a trailer for her film, “The Girl Who Knew Too Much,” which began as the story of a teenage girl in Nepal poised to break free of a generations-old cycle of poverty, with a chance at a real education, and then took a different turn when the film’s subject fell victim to the suicide epidemic affecting childbearing-age women in her country. Benson’s screenings are both at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW) – one week from today (November 18th) at 5 pm and on November 29th at 6 pm. Admission is free. Benson will engage in Q/A after next weekend’s screening, and there’s a panel discussion afterward on 11/29 (scheduled panelists are listed in the news release). Benson says, “This is a film about the big forces of globalization, and how they play out in the lives of the most vulnerable people … I am making this film because I think it can inform how we in the West try to help fight poverty in the developing world.”