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West Seattle holidays: ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ is this year’s free Admiral Theater movie

Just in from The Admiral Theater: This year’s free holiday movie, to be screened at 4 pm Sunday, December 16th, benefiting the Seattle Humane Society:

The Admiral Theater is proud to announce this year’s free community Christmas movie……drum roll please….”The Nightmare Before Christmas“.

Painstakingly and meticulously crafted, “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is a beautiful and unforgettable film from start to finish. It is original, funny, and moving.

Again, admission is free but we are asking for a donation to my “pet” (pun intended) charity – The Seattle Humane Society.

Bring dog/cat food, toy’s, bedding, etc. and make the holidays bright for our 4-legged friends. …

This is a classic Christmas family movie and as usual, we urge the community to show up early. It fills up fast. The movie starts at 4 PM, Sunday, December 16th.

Adding this to our West Seattle Holiday Guide – where you can find dozens of other holiday events, offerings, and giving opportunities, now through New Year’s.

Followup: ‘Trashed trailer’ attracting Seattle Parks attention too

Eight days since the mangled trailer dumped on the street alongside Riverview Playfield was tagged with a three-day warning – and it’s still there. It came up at last night’s Highland Park Action Committee/Delridge Neighborhoods District Council meeting (full meeting report to come); commenters on our previous report believe it can be traced to a house on Puget Ridge. We went back a short time ago to check on its status, and found two people talking nearby: One was a Seattle Parks employee who said she’s been working to find out what can/will be done about it; she said she has talked with the area’s Community Police Team officer and is also contacting Seattle Public Utilities, since they deal with illegal dumping, but she said she has no answers yet. The other person was a man who said he wanted to salvage the tires off the trailer, but appeared to be rethinking that, given the police notice. Meantime, we also have a message out to SPD to see what happens from here.

4:36 PM UPDATE: Haven’t gotten that answer from SPD yet. But we do hear that our friends at KING 5 are picking up the story – Jim Forman is on the case as of about half an hour ago. We suspected it might have attracted citywide-media attention after our tweet during last night’s meeting:

5:40 PM UPDATE: Got a little context from Community Police Team Officer Jon Kiehn – this isn’t a simple tow job because it appears the trailer has debris that could fall off. Since it’s been abandoned/dumped on SDOT property, that agency has to figure out how to stabilize it for towing. And as we learned during our stop today, Parks has a stake in it too since it’s adjacent to their facility. He’ll be checking tomorrow on the bottom line – how soon it’ll be removed.

6:59 PM UPDATE: Further followup from Officer Kiehn – he’s contacted SPU too, with whom he hopes to work ASAP to get it removed – as soon as the debris are removed so that it can be safely taken away. The delay, he thinks, might have been some crossed wires regarding one department thinking another had it handled. Regarding the issue of who did this and who might own it, he says those who believe they know who it belong(ed/s) to can e-mail him with that info and he’ll contact the suspected owner to investigate: is his address.

Followup: One West Seattle car-attack victim is out of the hospital

One update so far today in connection with yesterday’s attack on two Chief Sealth International High School students across from the school: Harborview Medical Center confirms that the younger of the two girls who police say were deliberately hit by a driver, the 17-year-old, is out of the hospital. The family of the other girl, 18, has asked Harborview not to comment on her condition. So far, there is no word of an arrest; we have a message out to Seattle Police to see if there is any other new information. (12:28 pm note: Just reached SPD by phone. Nothing new.)

West Seattle holidays: Holy Rosary School Tree Lot now open daily, with special event Friday night

Big weekend ahead for Christmas-tree buying, since December is about to arrive. If you’ve ever wandered through a Christmas tree lot and wonder which tree type was which, here’s some help: At the Holy Rosary School Tree Lot (WSB sponsor) this year, there’s a special setup you can check out before you browse and buy. From left in the photo above – Norway Spruce, White Pine, Grand Fir, Douglas Fir, Turkish Fir, Noble Fir. This is the third year Holy Rosary has sold trees at 41st and Dakota, on the north side of its own campus (after many years at other locations), and students like Mia Presser have been visiting neighbors this week to get the word out that it’s tree time!

The doorhanger Mia’s holding (see it here, if you didn’t get one) reminds recipients not only of the location but also that part of the proceeds go again this year – 15 percent, to be specific – to West Seattle Food Bank, West Seattle Helpline, and the Salvation Army domestic-violence shelter Hickman House:

You also can bring food donations to the tree lot and drop them off. The Holy Rosary lot is open 4 pm-8 pm Mondays through Thursdays, 3 pm-9 pm Fridays, and 9 am-9 pm Saturdays and Sundays.

Along with the trees, you’ll find wreaths and garlands, too. In case you have any trouble finding them – though it’s barely a block off California – here’s a map. They’re open daily, with the aforementioned hours, through Sunday, December 16th – and tomorrow night, you’re invited to a special community event – the first ever Holy Rosary Tree Festival, 6-9 pm Friday (November 30th):

Invite your family and friends for festive treats, crafts/activities for the kids and a LOT of holiday cheer! A professional photographer will be there to take free digital family photos. THANK YOU to Filmateria Productions for providing the photographer.

West Seattle traffic alert: Pump-station work to close one Fauntleroy ferry tollbooth

November 29, 2012 9:45 am
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As the county’s Barton Pump Station Upgrade Project north of the Fauntleroy ferry dock continues, there are occasional alerts about potentially major traffic effects. Here’s one that just came in via the Washington State Ferries e-mail-alert system:

Beginning Monday through Friday, December 3 to December 14, the north entrance lane and tollbooth at Fauntleroy will be closed due to the Barton Pump Station Upgrade Project. WSF recommends purchasing tickets online or at kiosks as pre-ticketed vehicles will be directed around the booths as needed to fill the dock and vessels. Please plan ahead and expect possible delays.

You can find details on the pump-station project here.

West Seattle Thursday: Shop Late; Design Review; free film; burlesque…

(Photo courtesy West Seattle Kiwanis; that’s ‘elf’ Karl de Jong)
As you might have noticed if you travel the Fauntleroy end of the West Seattle Bridge, the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle Elves have put up a banner at “Walking on Logs” as another reminder that their Community Pancake Breakfast is coming up Saturday, 7 am-11 am – ticket details and more in this WSB story. That’s one of the many events/notes you’ll find in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide, covering now through New Year’s. From the guide and from our regular WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, here’s what’s up today/tonight:

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: 11:15-11:45 am at Delridge Library (Brandon/Delridge), free and fun for the little ones.

FREE WINE TASTING: 5:30-8 pm, the December Collector’s Club wines will be showcased at West Seattle Cellars (WSB sponsor), 6026 California SW. P.S. If it’s your FIRST visit to WS Cellars, you get 10 percent off your purchase – as explained here.

SHOP LATE THURSDAYS IN THE JUNCTION: After the Thanksgiving break, it’s back to this holiday-season staple – with many shops open till 9 pm (see the latest list of participants here). One special feature this week: West Seattle Fashion Night with local boutiques on the runway at Shadowlanddetails here.

‘THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH’: Local filmmaker Amy Benson is again showing the rough-cut version at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW), 6 pm, free. Something different this time: She and her filmmaking partner Scott Squire now are running a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign in hopes of raising money to cover their final expenses as they get ready to go back to Nepal for one more shoot as they explore a growing threat to the lives of girls and women there.

DESIGN REVIEW FOR 3062 AVALON: As previewed here last night, the next project to go before the Southwest Design Review Board for “early design guidance” is a 100-plus-unit building proposed next to another planned 100-plus-unit building, this one at 3062 SW Avalon Way. The meeting’s at 6:30 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle (California/Oregon).

WESTSIDE BURLESQUE REVUE: The monthly extravaganza at Skylark Café and Club (3803 Delridge Way SW) is tonight at 9 pm (21+ only).

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday tracking

(Live view from the only WS Bridge camera currently in operation; see other cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
6:55 AM: No major incidents so far. One note for on-peninsula driving – Mayor McGinn has announced that the grace (warnings only) period is extended for the city’s four speed cameras in school zones, including the one on Fauntleroy Way near Gatewood Elementary, till December 10th. His news release from yesterday (read it here) says the cameras already have led to almost 6,000 warnings.

ADDED 9:21 AM: Suggestion for West Seattle bus riders, via Twitter:

Design Review Board’s first look Thursday at 3062 Avalon Way

November 28, 2012 11:09 pm
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 |   Development | West Seattle housing | West Seattle news

(From the design packet for 3062 Avalon Way)
The neighbors who came to a Southwest Design Review Board meeting in September to show concern about the 108-unit building planned for 3078 Avalon Way SW are planning a return trip tomorrow (Thursday) night to comment on its similar-sized prospective next-door neighbor. The project to be reviewed this time is at 3062 Avalon Way – first mentioned here 3 weeks ago – 107 apartments and 80 parking spaces on a site that now holds two older, small apartment buildings and a house:

The images are from the design “packet,” viewable online in advance of the meeting (6:30 pm Thursday, Senior Center of West Seattle at California/Oregon); the architect is Caron, same as the project reviewed in September. The concerned neighbors are along 32nd SW to the north, and according to e-mail discussions shared with WSB, their research has yielded a new point since their September show of force: When the West Seattle Junction urban-village plan was drawn up more than a decade ago, theirs was described as one of three pockets of single-family homes whose neighborhood character was to be protected. So that’s their rallying cry now.

You don’t have to live near a project to have a say at a Design Review meeting, so if you are interested in input – particularly on the size and shape, also known as “massing” – you should be there too; a public-comment period is part of every design-review meeting.

Update: Fire at unoccupied house in Seaview ruled accidental

(Photos by Christopher Boffoli for WSB)
8:29 PM: Seattle Fire units are rushing to a “fire in building” call in the 4800 block of SW Juneau (map). More shortly.

8:36 PM UPDATE: Per the scanner, it’s described as a wall fire and said to be under control. (2 minutes later) It’s now “tapped,” and SFD is calling off the units that hadn’t arrived yet. They’re keeping four units at the scene – two engines, a ladder truck, and battalion chief. No reports of any injuries.

8:42 PM UPDATE: Added a photo. Meantime, the fire marshal is en route to look into the cause.

9:02 PM UPDATE: Our crews at the scene have talked to the neighbor who called the fire in after seeing smoke and some flames. He confirms to WSB this house was unoccupied – it’s undergoing remodeling. So definitely no injuries; cause remains under investigation.

ADDED 9:04 AM MONDAY: Seattle Fire spokesperson Kyle Moore tells WSB their investigator “determined the fire was accidental, caused by electrical wiring in the wall which overheated and ignited the kitchen. Estimated loss is $40,000.”

West Seattle Weather Watch: Possible ‘tidal overflow’ ahead

The National Weather Service includes our area in an alert out tonight – a “coastal flood advisory,” for possible tidal overflow, especially during the high tides the next two mornings. At 6:08 tomorrow morning and 6:41 Friday morning, the high tide will be just under 12 feet – but a “tidal anomaly” may push the water a foot or two higher. So the NWS is alerting waterfront residents and anyone else who might be out on the shore.

Update: Police response in 5600 block of 42nd SW

5:38 PM: Thanks for the reports of police rushing with lights and sirens – they’re headed to an “assault with weapons” call in the 5600 block of 42nd SW. More shortly.

5:42 PM: The call has “closed” on the Seattle Fire online 911 log. But we’ll still check with whomever we find at the scene.

5:46 PM: We’re told at the scene that while this went out as “assault with weapons,” it’s now believed to be self-inflicted. As we always mention in such cases: Crisis Clinic is there for 24-hour help, including their hotline at 206-461-3222.

Followup: Alki Beach Park groundbreaking for ‘Luna Girls’

The photo is courtesy of West Seattle artist Lezlie Jane, along with an update on her newest work – homage to the Alki boardwalk’s past as a swimming hotspot:

Luna Girls on Alki have broken ground and begun the construction and installation phase of the project. The sculptures should be should be completely installed just after the start of the New Year. We’re still raising money to meet the construction costs via our Kickstarter campaign.

You can see the design and hear its story in Lezlie’s Kickstarter video:

The top photo, meantime, shows John Kroetch and his crew from Signature Landscaping, who are doing the construction. As explained in our earlier reports, Luna Girls on Alki joins the long list of artworks she has created for and installed at local parks.

Parks levy Opportunity Fund: South Park, Genesee Hill rate highly in staff review

Along the road to winning funding from the Seattle Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund, community-generated proposals from around the city have now been rated by Parks staffers. The levy’s Oversight Committee (which is chaired by West Seattleite Pete Spalding) heard the staff’s recommendations when its members met Monday night. In this region of the city, the two top-rated proposals were the South Park Plaza and Genesee Hill Park projects – the former recommended for its full funding request of $669,000, the latter recommended for $650,000 of its $750,000 request. The Genesee Hill project would develop a neighborhood park for the area, which currently doesn’t have one, and is blocked from using much of the currently vacant (but soon to be built on) Genesee Hill Elementary site; the South Park project involves creating a public park/plaza in the downtown area by the river and new bridge (scheduled to open in early 2014). This doesn’t mean other proposals are completely ruled out, nor does it mean these two are shoo-ins; as laid out in the timeline on the right side of this city webpage, presentations are planned in January, and the committee discusses prioritizations in February, with a public hearing in March and recommendations made to the City Council in April.

Update: 2 students in hospital after driver hit them following fight across from Chief Sealth

(UPDATED with letter sent to Sealth families)

FIRST REPORT, 10:22 AM: SFD says two teenage girls are being treated after a vehicle hit them near Sealth. We have just arrived in the area. More shortly.

10:34 AM: The fire and police activity is focused in the street just east of the SWAC field across from the school. Principal Chris Kinsey (photo below) is on the scene and tells WSB co-publisher Patrick Sand that both girls are students.

They are on their way to Harborview Medical Center. This was originally broadcast via scanner as a hit-and-run. We are hearing talk of a possible suspect being found at a different scene.

10:48 AM: The possible suspect is at an address in White Center. Meantime, no word yet on the victims’ conditions. They were both described as conscious and alert, however.

10:55 AM: For those who are worried about students there – we just talked again with principal Kinsey and he says e-mail is about to go out to the Sealth community; we will be checking with SPS communications about that. We have learned that scanner traffic described one girl as 17 years old – we don’t know the age of the other.

11:05 AM: At the scene where police pulled over a possible suspect vehicle in White Center – two young women came over and talked with us and the rest of the media and say it was a case of mistaken identity.

11:28 AM: Here’s what SPD Blotter says about the incident:

A 30-year-old woman struck two female students following an altercation this morning. Just shortly after 10 a.m., a female suspect intentionally struck two female students with her car, in the 2600 block of SW Thistle.

An altercation between the two victims and the suspect preceded the assault. The female victims 17 and 18-years-old sustained minor injuries. Both victims were treated on scene by Seattle Fire and subsequently transported to Harborview Medical Center.

The female suspect was driving a black (unknown model) Honda. During the time of this posting, officers were still searching for the suspect and vehicle.

Most of the responders have cleared the scene – except for TV trucks, and some police presence outside the school.

12:23 PM UPDATE: Sealth principal Chris Kinsey is sending this short note to Sealth parents:

Dear Chief Sealth International High School families:

I wanted to let you know about an incident that occurred today near our school. At approximately 10:15 A.M. two Chief Sealth students were struck by a car while walking in the 2600 block of Southwest Thistle Street, across from the school.

Both students were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and both were able to communicate with medical personnel. Seattle police are investigating the details surrounding the incident.

Please be assured that the safety and security of our students is our number-one priority. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me at (206) 252-8550.


Chris Kinsey
Chief Sealth International High School

The district says both students’ parents have been notified. One girl is a 17-year-old junior; the other, an 18-year-old senior.

3:21 PM UPDATE: The district says Harborview reports that the older girl is in intensive care, and the younger one is in satisfactory condition. No word of an arrest, yet.

4:30 PM UPDATE: Seattle Police now say the suspect was expected to turn herself in this afternoon – but has not. This is from an update just posted to SPD Blotter:

Witnesses stated that the suspect got into a physical fight with one of the victims because the victim struck her (suspect’s) dog. The fist fight ended and the suspect left and returned to the area and located and chased the victim with a Taser. The victim ran away and was returning to school when the suspect reappeared with her vehicle facing the two victims. The suspect accelerated and hit both victims with her car. She then fled the area. …

The female suspect was driving a black (unknown model) Honda. After fleeing the scene the 37-year-old suspect called 9-1-1 and advised that she would surrender to police at 4:00 p.m. today. The suspect is still at large.
Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call 9-1-1.

11:18 PM NOTE: Checked with police a short time ago. No word of any arrest, still.

NOON THURSDAY UPDATE: The 17-year-old victim is out of the hospital, Harborview Medical Center confirms. They also say the 18-year-old victim’s family is keeping information on her condition private.

Life Care Centers of America closing its West Seattle facility

A spokesperson for Life Care Centers of America confirms to WSB that its West Seattle facility (4700 SW Admiral Way; WSB sponsor) is closing, after almost 17 years. After getting a tip about this overnight, we called corporate headquarters in Cleveland to check it out – and they provided this formal announcement:

Life Care Centers of America announced today its plans to close the Life Care Center of West Seattle location on Jan. 31, 2013.

“Life Care has been forced to face a difficult decision,” explained Todd Fletcher, a spokesperson for Life Care’s Northwest Division. “Due to the difficult economic environment and the age and maintenance requirements of the physical building, Life Care is unable to continue operating this facility.”

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services has been notified, and Life Care associates are now focused on appropriately placing each of its approximately 70 residents.

Residents and family members received a list of local care facilities, and Life Care is providing clinical social workers to assist with every discharge to ensure residents are secure and comfortable with the changes.

All of the building’s eligible employees will be offered a severance package and the opportunity to possibly obtain work within other Life Care buildings.

“We are a close team, and this is a difficult situation for our tight-knit community,” said Fletcher. “Life Care Centers of America has more than 220 other locations, and if some of our associates have interest in staying with Life Care, we are happy to try and place them in other buildings.”

Life Care Center of West Seattle has been operating since May 5, 1996.

According to the corporate website, there are 17 other Life Care Centers in this state, and the company has home-care services listed too.

West Seattle Wednesday: What’s up today and tonight

November 28, 2012 8:25 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(Crow photographed along Harbor Avenue by Bill Bacon)
Made it to midweek! Some highlights for today/tonight from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide:

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: 10:30 am at the West Seattle (Admiral) Librarydetails on the SPL site (other library events are on the system’s ongoing calendar).

DESC CONSTRUCTION-INFO MEETING: As noted here last night, residents in the vicinity of the DESC Delridge Supportive Housing program are invited to a Q/A meeting with the contractor at 3 pm today at Delridge Library (Brandon/Delridge, across the street from the project).

SUPERSTORM SANDY SOUP-AND-SANDWICH FUNDRAISER: Visit the West Seattle Eagles‘ hall in The Junction to enjoy this week’s soup-and-sandwich offering starting at 4:30 pm, with proceeds benefiting storm survivors on the East Coast. Details here.

**Note – Salty’s has announced that this event is postponed until January 31st.** ‘BOOMERS AND BEYONDERS’ AT SALTY’S: 6-9 pm at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor), Pat Cashman and researcher Mike Hearl lead boomers through a look at how to “finish strong” in the final third of their lives. More info here.

DNDC-HPAC JOINT MEETING: Bottom line, if you live in eastern West Seattle, this community meeting’s for you. 7 pm tonight at the Highland Park Improvement Club (12th and Holden), the HP Action Committee and Delridge Neighborhoods District Council meet together. The agenda includes an update on the Delridge Paving project (for which a contractor has been chosen, as we reported last week).

POETRY AND STORYTELLING: The monthly event at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7 pm. Eugenia Toledo and Carolyne Wright are the featured readers, according to the Poetrybridge website, which also has details on the open-mike portion of the program.

‘WINTER WONDERETTES’: ArtsWest begins the second week of its holiday production – 7:30 pm; tickets available at the playhouse’s website.

OTHER ONGOING HOLIDAY EVENTS – What you need to know about Santa photos, Christmas tree sales, giving opportunities, and more, continuing today/tonight – all in the WSB West Seattle Holidays Guide … and since the season is still semi-early, we’re continuing to add events, benefits, etc., as we get word of them – if you haven’t sent yours yet!


(Live view from the only WS Bridge camera currently in operation; see other cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
Another quiet start to the commute. However – if you can see the moon to the west – note that a “subtle” type of eclipse is under way right now; here’s an explanation.

7:10 AM: The moon’s finally going out of range. Still dry outside, but rain is expected to start before this afternoon.

High-school basketball: West Seattle HS girls win

November 28, 2012 6:30 am
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At West Seattle High School last night, the girls-varsity basketball team tipped off the season with a win, 45-29 over Foster High School from Tukwila. Top photo, the Wildcats’ Charli Elliott with the ball; next, WSHS’s Lexi Ioane at right, holding off Foster’s Eunyque Patu on the drive:

The next WSHS girls-varsity game is at 7:30 tonight, Highline High School in Burien.

High-school basketball: Chief Sealth’s season openers

Both of Chief Sealth International High School‘s varsity basketball teams played season openers last night. The boys were at home:

That’s Bronte Corbray taking a shot for the Seahawks, who beat Lakes High School from Tacoma, 57-51.

That’s Sealth’s Abdirahman Diriye up against Lakes’ Terrell Toney. Next up, the boys play Tukwila’s Foster High School at home on Thursday night at 6:15 pm.

Foster will also play Sealth’s girls-varsity team at CSIHS the same night (8 pm); the girls opened their season on the road last night, losing to Auburn Riverside 64-29, per our partners at The Seattle Times.

Update: Police arrest domestic-violence suspect, after search with helicopter, K-9

10:37 PM: We’re not sure yet about the reason for the search, but police are looking for a suspect in the Schmitz Park Elementary area, and per scanner communication, the Guardian One law-enforcement helicopter is on the way, so you will likely hear it soon if you’re in that area. We have a crew on the way; more information when we get it. The description mentioned over the air is a white man, early 20s, six feet tall, hoodie and long, dark-colored shorts.

10:47 PM: Police tell our crew in the area that they are looking for a domestic-violence suspect. No other details. They’re bringing in a K-9 to help search on the ground.

10:51 PM: We’ve learned that the original scanner traffic on this incident mentioned possible harassment and vandalism – tire-slashing – as part of why they’re seeking the suspect.

11:14 PM: The search in the original area – centered on a home near 49th/Hinds – did not pan out, but they’re following other leads, including one that the suspect might have headed east, toward California SW. If you see anyone matching the description, call 911.

11:19 PM: Sounds like they may have a suspect in custody. Will verify when we can.

11:27 PM: Precinct verifies the arrest. We’ll seek out additional information tomorrow when the report’s available.

DESC Delridge construction update: Meeting for neighbors tomorrow

November 27, 2012 10:30 pm
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As we showed you here on Monday, construction has officially begun at the site of DESC’s 66-unit Delridge Supportive Housing project in the 5400 block of Delridge Way SW. A neighbor tells us he just found a flyer in his driveway for a briefing/Q&A session that the contractor Walsh Construction is offering to neighbors – at mid-afternoon tomorrow (3 pm Wednesday, Delridge Library), billed as an opportunity for them to ask questions and get answers about the work. Before hearing about the meeting, we had asked DESC executive director Bill Hobson about the status of the work, and he had confirmed that the contractor had just begun “mass excavation, meaning digging out the hole that will be the underground parking and doing foundation prep work.”

Happening now: Jimi Hendrix’s 70th @ Feedback Lounge

Tonight as rock fans remember Jimi Hendrix on what would be his 70th birthday, if he were alive, there’s a unique tribute at West Seattle’s Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) – Hendrix memorabilia shown by another legend, Pat O’Day, who’s there in person:

O’Day’s signing his book “It Was All Just Rock ‘n’ Roll,” including stories from his broadcasting career.

Hendrix was two months short of 28 years old when he died in 1970 – gone 42 years yet still remembered as one of the greatest guitarists ever.

Mayor McGinn’s first major challenger: City Councilmember Tim Burgess

(WSB photo from July 2012)
Breaking this evening – news that City Councilmember Tim Burgess is officially running for mayor. He filed paperwork today; the first big interview is on The Stranger‘s website. The news release just arrived in the WSB inbox. Burgess has visited West Seattle several times this year, including July’s joint Southwest District Council/Delridge Neighborhoods District Council meeting at the Southwest Teen Life Center, during which we took the photo above. He’s launched a campaign website here; you might recognize some West Seattleites’ names on the endorsements list, particularly in the right column. Burgess – midway through his second term on the council – is the second to declare, after Charlie Staadecker; McGinn has not made a formal announcement that he’s running, but hasn’t made any indication he isn’t. The primary is still nine months away, on August 6, 2013.