West Seattle, Washington
As of January 6th, all Seattle Public Library branches will be open on Sundays – thanks to the library-funding measure approved by voters this past August. SPL sent around a reminder that also includes an announcement of dates for special “Sundays are special” parties. High Point is set for January 13th and Delridge on May 5th – those are the two branches that have been closed Sundays.
Congratulations to the West Seattle High School ProStart students for their star turn at this past Saturday’s annual CookieFest – here’s how the school announced their achievement (sharing photos too):
For the second year in a row, the West Seattle High School ProStart students have amazed crowds at the Seattle Macy’s annual CookieFest celebration. In this event, consumers pay a set fee for a cookie box, and then the “mad” dash begins to get their choice dozen cookies from the banquet room full of cookie vendors.
ProStart was selected as one of only three schools in Washington to participate in this event alongside numerous bakeries around the Seattle area. Not only do the proceeds for CookieFest support the Seattle Milk Fund, but the event also gives our students the opportunity to work next to prestigious bakeries in a catering role, work toward planning and creating beautiful and consistent bakery products, and earn well-deserved community service hours.
The West Seattle High School students chose the theme this year as “Mad Hatter Holiday Tea Party.”
Thank you to those of you who supported our students as well as the Seattle Milk Fund. We hope to participate again next year!
No, there’s no trick with the perspective there – the 34-car Washington State Ferry M/V Hiyu really is small, in comparison to M/V Issaquah (able to carry almost 4 times as many vehicles). As mentioned here in the past few days, Hiyu is making unscheduled runs to supplement Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth’s two-boat schedule. And West Seattle photographer Doug Branch “couldn’t resist photographing it when it showed up:
Thanks to Doug for sharing the Hiyu views! Though it’s not following a schedule, you can monitor the Hiyu while it’s on the run by checking out the live Vessel Watch page.
Topping this afternoon’s West Seattle Crime Watch roundup – a followup on last Friday’s package/mail-theft arrests:
If you missed our Friday coverage – four men were booked into King County Jail Friday night, hours after their arrests at 16th and Roxbury, where the van reported by a package-theft witness in West Seattle was pulled over by police. Early Saturday afternoon, three of them (ages 32, 25, and 22) got out of jail; the fourth, 31, is still in, because of unrelated warrants. This case went through Seattle Municipal Court, and that means the City Attorney’s Office would prosecute; spokesperson Kimberly Mills says the office’s Criminal Division will do an “extended review” of the case, which is why no one has been charged/cited yet. We’ll keep watch on the case.
Also this afternoon, this photo and report from Georgia:
I wanted to report a hit & run on 42nd Avenue SW just south of Edmunds early this morning. I heard a loud crash around 2:30 am this morning and woke to find that our parked 2002 Jeep Wrangler was hit & pushed into a silver Mazda M6. Both were parked on the west side of 42nd Avenue SW and it appears the suspect vehicle was going southbound on 42nd when it struck the Jeep and pushed it into the Mazda. The suspect vehicle’s bumper – from a Honda – was left behind too. If anybody has any information, please contact Officer F. Oshinski, 206-733-9800, or Jason Choate at 206-930-1327. The incident # is 12-421233.
(Photos by Nick Adams for WSB)
Not all the holiday house-decorating has to happen out in the mist on a ladder … last night at West Seattle Christian Church‘s Activity Center in The Junction, it was a gingerbread-house-decorating (and building) frenzy (above, Shauna Jacobs and daughter Lillian; below, the overview):
30 teams built and decorated houses, all for a good cause – raising $1,200 for a new well to bring clean water to people in Guatemala. See how it unfolded, and find out about the winners, ahead:
What a weekend it’s been: History and holidays! Tonight is the third night of Hanukkah and exactly two weeks till Christmas Eve … already. A few highlights for the rest of today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide and our regular calendar:
NORTH DELRIDGE NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL: NDNC provides tonight’s lone community meeting, which will be at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW) – NOT the group’s usual location. The agenda includes not only Youngstown’s new management but also the City Council’s proposed medical-marijuana zoning (still a proposal in circulation despite I-502’s passage – we videotaped Council President Sally Clark‘s presentation on this topic at last month’s Southwest District Council meeting).
TREE SHOPPING? Find the list of lot locations and hours in the Holiday Guide.
DISCOUNT TICKETS – CALL FAST! Wednesday is Fauntleroy Night at ArtsWest for “The Winter Wonderettes,” and if you mention the Fauntleroy Community Association when you call the box office at 206-938-0339, discount tickets for that night are available.
(12/3/12 photo from Richey Viewpoint, by Don Brubeck, shared via WSB Flickr group)
Heads up for beach-walking fans – the next week-plus will bring extremely high tides and very low tides. Given the season, the most dramatic extremes will be in the late-night and early-morning hours – though the afternoon high tides are notable too. As detailed on our favorite tide chart, each of the next four afternoons will bring a high tide of at least 12 feet (1:09 pm today); the nighttime low tide is -1.6 at 8:23 pm tonight and bottoms out at -3.6 feet at 10:41 pm Thursday. The morning high tides will surpass the afternoon levels starting on Thursday, reaching 13 feet at 6:50 am Saturday and 7:34 am Sunday. These are the “king tides,” and the state is again asking for help with photo documentation – explained on this page, along with a link for adding to their Flickr gallery (and please consider adding West Seattle photos to the WSB Flickr group too – thank you).
Beginning (today) from the start of service until Friday, December 21 at the end of service, Routes 22 & 120 will be rerouted off of 26th Av SW between SW Barton St and SW Roxbury St, due to construction. During this time, route 22 and route 120 will travel instead via 30th Av SW in both directions to their regular routes.
And a ferry-alert reminder from Washington State Ferries, which has three boats out for repair:
Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth: This route will be on a two boat schedule with the 124-car Issaquah and the 87-car Tillikum. This service will be supplemented with unscheduled sailings by the 34-car Hiyu.
5:15 PM: Two traffic alerts in via e-mail – one, a mattress on the left side of the eastbound West Seattle Bridge (thanks to Damiana for that tip); two, East Marginal Way southbound blocked by truck trouble just before the 1st Avenue South Bridge (thanks to Jamie).
(Photo by Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times, republished with permission)
A day of history-making marrying has just wrapped up in our state. Sunday evening brought the highest-profile wedding of the day: West Seattleites Pete-e Petersen and Jane Abbott Lighty wed onstage at Benaroya Hall downtown, with another West Seattleite, Anne Levinson, officiating. (Another couple wed onstage too – see a wider view via this Facebook photo.) Levinson was also there as Jane and Pete-e went through the licensing process early Thursday, obtaining King County’s first-ever same-sex marriage license (WSB coverage here).
Hours earlier, we reported on two other West Seattle couples’ Sunday morning weddings – Julie Fein and Cynthia Wallace marrying at the King County Courthouse in the wee hours (coverage here), and then Keith Bacon and Corianton Hale celebrating their wedding during the marriage marathon at Seattle City Hall (coverage here). Since then, we’ve heard from another local couple:
Jessica Lynn and Joyce Allen of West Seattle were married by Judge Mary Yu this morning at 5:30 am (hours after Judge Yu officiated for Cynthia and Julie). Jessica and Joyce also shared this photo:
Jessica explains, “We’ve been together 20 years and had a traditional ‘wedding’/commitment ceremony in 1994, so we aren’t planning a big fancy wedding now, but we were thrilled to officially and legally marry on this historic day. We’ll have a big party with cake in July on the anniversary of the 1994 ceremony! The support of the people of Washington State, Seattle, and West Seattle has been overwhelming to experience, and we thank everyone who helped make this day possible.”
And we have a followup from another longtime couple, now married; Amy and Jennifer Hallmon (included in our Thursday followup on the first day of licensing):
We had a great time! We got in early for our 12:30 time slot, and the folks at City Hall were very welcoming and accomodating of our big crew (5 kids). My wonderful sister Carrie Goodnight (also a West Seattle resident) came as our witness and also as a child wrangler and gear hauler. We had a really touching, brief ceremony. I especially liked the part where the judge said, “by the power vested in me by the state of Washington.” It has been a long time coming! The nice people managing the event brought two cupcakes from the reception area for our 2 and 3-year-old to eat from the stroller during the ceremony. Then we all got cupcakes (the 8 and 11-year-olds were thrilled to go back for seconds. And thirds). The announcement of our family as we left the building was exciting, and then we processed down the grand staircase at the pace of a 2-year-old on wet steps. Lots of time to hear the congratulations of the crowd, as well as to be showered by flower petals, bubbles, and rice. It sure was nice of all those people to come share our moment. We came home to a party for friends and family. It was a really nice day, and the kids are all in bed now so we can enjoy the evening.
… Fifteen years ago I really didn’t think we’d have legal marriage in our lifetimes, even at the state level. Not only have we achieved that milestone as a family, but we have felt the warmth of what seems like the entire city’s embrace as we celebrated. We will absolutely cherish the memories of this week.
There was a big Sunday night party at West Seattle’s OutWest Bar – with partiers including newlyweds Marley Blonsky and Whitney Young (who were among the first two dozen couples to get licenses Thursday morning) – they tweeted photos while celebrating:
— Whitney Young (@wchristiney) December 10, 2012
Also from our Thursday licensing coverage, and tweeting Sunday night, Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby, who got married at City Hall:
— Shibaguyz (@Shibaguyz) December 10, 2012
Congratulations again to everyone involved in history – and to those “making it legal” in the days, weeks, months, years ahead. Speaking of which: For future engaged/newlywed couples, of any gender/s, WSB is always happy to publish engagement/wedding announcements free – just e-mail the info and a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org.