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Followup: South Seattle CC’s AANAPISI center now open

January 8, 2013 11:52 pm
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 |   Puget Ridge | West Seattle news | West Seattle schools

(Photo by SSCC’s Glenn Gauthier)
Thanks to South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) for sharing that photo from today’s grand-opening celebration at the new Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) center, highlighted in our “West Seattle Tuesday” morning roundup. SSCC communications director Kevin Maloney explains, “The AANAPISI center staff provides culturally appropriate student services to support and assist students in achieving their educational goals and increase the mobility of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in higher education.” Joining in the ribboncutting were SSCC president Gary Oertli and college-system chancellor Dr. Jill Wakefield, who are on the left side of the photo with SSCC student Mathew Apelu, while at right is Kendee Yamaguchi, executive director of the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs. The new center is on the second floor of the SSCC Library.

More Delridge detour details, as paving project prepares to begin

Two days till the start of the Delridge repaving project – and tonight SDOT has sent another reminder, with even more details about the southbound detour that will take effect when work starts on Thursday:

Beginning Thursday, January 10th, southbound Delridge Way SW traffic will be detoured at SW Trenton Street in West Seattle for Phase 1 of the Delridge Way SW Paving Project. Traffic will be directed:

*West on SW Trenton Street
*South on 25th Avenue SW
*East on SW Barton Street
*South on Delridge Way SW.

The detour will be in place until early March 2013. Northbound Delridge Way SW traffic will be maintained.

To assist westbound turns from 25th Avenue SW to SW Barton Street, temporary stop signs are being installed for east- and westbound traffic on SW Barton Street at 25th Avenue SW. Local access and access to businesses will be maintained during project work.

This is a five-phase project. At the completion of Phase 1 the construction activity will move to the Phase 2 section of Delridge Way SW, between SW Trenton and SW Thistle streets. Please visit the project website for more information.

The Delridge Way SW Paving Project is funded by the “Bridging the Gap” transportation levy approved by Seattle voters in November 2006.

Update: 1 to hospital after ‘assault with weapons’ response in 2200 block of SW Holden

7:11 PM: Police and fire are answering a call right now, at an apartment complex in the 2200 block of SW Holden. We’re on the way; more to come.

7:30 PM: Fire crews at the scene tell us a woman is injured and on her way to the hospital. Still working on other details.

7:34 PM: Both police and fire cleared the scene relatively quickly. We don’t know anything more about the circumstances but will add whatever we find out later.

10:25 PM UPDATE: According to Southwest Precinct Lt. Alan Williams, the injury was believed to be self-inflicted; the victim, now described as a juvenile female, is expected to recover.

West Seattle Whale Watch: Orcas turn up off Alki

First we received that photo from Susan at Alki Beach Dog – saying her daughter Jessica thought those were Dall’s porpoises off Alki Point this afternoon. Turns out, they were actually orcas (which Dall’s porpoises do resemble). In an exchange on Twitter, Russ Walker shared his photos:


(Here’s the rest of his set.) We didn’t get early word of this one because, while they had been spotted off North Seattle earlier in the day, the wind and waves churned things up so much, it was tough to keep track of them as they got closer.

West Seattle weather: Wind advisory extended, gusts up to 50 mph

The wind has just started kicking up in earnest at WSB HQ east of Lincoln Park, and the National Weather Service has just extended the current “wind advisory,” now in effect until 4 am. The NWS warns that gusts up to 50 mph are possible, so it’s a good time to make sure everything’s charged up. Here’s the full text of the advisory.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Car stolen – again

Brady‘s hoping to get his car back – again. Four months ago, someone stole his black Subaru (here’s the 9/8/12 West Seattle Crime Watch report about it). Now it’s gone again, from 38th just south of Alaska in The Triangle, near Fire Station 32, between 9 pm last night and noon today. License #045-VTO. As the Seattle Police @getyourcarback tweet advises – call 911 if you see it.

Resolved to be more helpful in 2013? Go to school(s)!

January 8, 2013 3:08 pm
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 |   How to help | West Seattle news | West Seattle schools

EDITOR’S NOTE: We often publish requests for volunteer help – and over the years, some have asked, what about a regular feature listing such needs? Fauntleroy resident Judy Pickens, who volunteers her time and talent to a variety of endeavors including local schools, is gathering and reporting information on volunteer needs at West Seattle schools where the need is greatest, and shares it here periodically.

By Judy Pickens
Special to West Seattle Blog

If you have resolved to help more in the community during 2013, area schools invite you to consider investing a couple of hours a week (or more!) to boost student learning.

Whether the task is tutoring math or putting up bulletin boards, every school volunteer makes a difference, for both students and teachers. An e-mail to the address given will bring you more information about any of the following opportunities to lend a hand during the new year:

At Highland Park Elementary (1012 SW Trenton)

Ongoing: Adults or high-school-aged students to support classroom teachers with tasks such as listening to students read or copying/cutting; varies by teacher/grade – your choice. Pick any hours on any day, 9 AM-4 PM.

Ongoing: Adults or high-school-aged students to tutor students in a reading/math club. Mon., Tues. or Thurs., 3 PM – 4:30 PM.


At West Seattle Elementary (6760 34th SW)

Ongoing: Adults to tutor fourth graders eager to improve their reading skills. 1-3 PM any day.

West Seattle businesses: New CrossFit gym in The Junction

(Photo courtesy CrossFit LOFT)
CrossFit West Seattle opened in Admiral in 2009 … Morgan Junction CrossFit opened last October … and now West Seattle has a third CrossFit gym. We got word that CrossFit LOFT has just opened on the north edge of The Junction, 4142 California SW (behind Cherry Consignment, across the alley from Holy Rosary). Owners Bethany Pappas and Brandon Wicks are both veterans of the West Seattle restaurant scene (at Ma’ono and Mashiko, respectively) as well as veteran fitness coaches; Bethany tells WSB that all their coaches “are WS locals.” CrossFit (explained here) was founded more than a decade ago and has more than 4,500 affiliated gyms.

Three hurt at Oregon 42 construction site in The Junction

January 8, 2013 12:57 pm
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Three people were hurt in an incident at the Oregon 42 construction site in The Junction, according to Seattle Fire spokesperson Kyle Moore. We checked with him after Lisa e-mailed to say fire crews were at the 42nd/Oregon site; Moore says SFD was called “for reports of a fallen worker at a construction site.” One man, described as in his late 30s, was taken to Harborview Medical Center with what Moore says were non-life-threatening injuries including multiple fractures, and two others were treated at the scene for minor injuries. Oregon 42 is a 131-unit project that’s been under construction since last spring.

Early alert: U.S. Navy Blue Angels jet over Seattle tomorrow

Seafair just announced that U.S. Navy Blue Angels jet #7 will fly in tomorrow (Wednesday, January 9) for the festival’s winter planning meetings. It’s scheduled to arrive on the east side of Boeing Field around 12:30 pm tomorrow, bringing #7 Lt. Ryan Chamberlain and #8 Lt. Commander Michael Cheng. (If you’re counting the days – this year’s Seafair Air Show is scheduled for August 2nd-4th.)

As-it-happened coverage: City-county gun-buyback program announced; first event January 26th

(Post-event note: We’ve taken down the video window but will add the recorded version once it’s available. Photo above, in the meantime, is from the mayor’s Twitter feed.)

10:09 AM: As reported here last night, the city and county are announcing a new gun-safety initiative this morning, including a “buyback” program. Click above to see live Seattle Channel web-only video of the announcement event, happening at Mount Zion Baptist Church in the Central District, as it happens live; we’ll publish key points here during and after the announcement.

NOTES: “If we can take one gun off the street, and save one life, it will be worth it,” said Mount Zion’s senior pastor Rev. Aaron Williams, opening the event, paraphrasing a Biblical saying by suggesting that guns could be “beaten into laptops.” The mayor, speaking next, noted the 1992 buyback program (mentioned in our preview last night) as the most recent one in Seattle. Details:

-‘Monetary incentive … process will be simple and anonymous … bring unloaded gun to dropoff site … police will take possession of the weapon and offer a gift card in return … valued up to $100 for handguns, rifles, shotguns, up to $200 for weapons qualified as assault weapons’

-First event: January 26th, location: Under I-5 between Cherry and James. [Added: 9 am-3 pm] Gift cards will be offered in exchange for guns – up to $100 for most types, up to $200 for “assault weapons.” More dates – “would like to make this a sustainable program,” says the mayor. “We’re looking for more partners.” Amazon is the first to donate gift cards.

-“This is one tool in the toolbox,” says the mayor, who also noted that trigger locks and gun-safety information would be offered at the buyback event(s). Honorary co-chairs include four former mayors; two are there, two not (including West Seattleite Greg Nickels).

10:16 AM: King County Executive Dow Constantine speaking now. “Buyback programs – they get guns off the street,” he begins, noting the recent L.A. program bringing in 2,000. He notes that by law, he is not allowed to enact gun regulations, and adds that “gun violence is a public-health issue” – that includes mental health. He is followed by county Public Health Officer David Fleming, who says dealing with gun violence “on a community-wide basis” is part of his job: “We have to do better.” He says “guns are no different” from other public-health challenges, from tobacco to seat belts.”If you can turn in a gun, do it; if you choose to keep one at home, be sure that it’s stored, unloaded, in a safe location.” He says gun violence is a leading cause of premature death in the U.S. and “This is a fixable problem.”

10:21 AM: Seattle Deputy Police Chief Nick Metz talks about having seen the aftermath of countless deaths involving guns. “We’ve seen so many shattered lives,” he says, mentioning accidental shootings involving children outside Seattle as cases in point, moving on to “the intentional shootings … it’s not uncommon to find out that the gun that was used was stolen.” Storing guns safely would mean “that particular gun would not have been used in that situation,” he said, saying that a gun can be “a time bomb waiting to go off,” particularly if there is one in your home or office that you don’t really want. “If we are able to take one unwanted gun out of circulation, we can guarantee that at least one life will not be harmed by that gun … and if we can get a thousand unwanted guns out of circulation, that’s a thousand lives we can guarantee will not be harmed by those guns.” He is followed by Renee Hopkins, the West Seattleite who leads the Seattle Police Foundation, who says SPF is proud to be a founding sponsor of this initiative.

10:29 AM: Former mayors Norm Rice and Charles Royer speak. Royer recalls the public-health campaigns against indoor smoking and unsafe automobiles. “We gotta do this thing, although it’s a small piece of the puzzle,” he says. “…I think we can beat this thing.” After him, Mayor McGinn returns to the podium to answer questions. What will happen to the guns? West Seattle’s Nucor Steel will melt them down (and what happens to that metal/steel hasn’t yet been decided), he says. Will any of the guns “be preserved”? he’s asked. “That is not our intention,” he replied, adding that none will be kept for criminal investigations, and none will be resold.** How much money do they have for this so far? $70,000, and they’re hoping to launch with at least $100,000. (That’s much more than the $20,000 with which the 1992 “$50 for a gun” program started, it was later pointed out.)

10:43 AM: As Q/A continue, Deputy Chief Metz: “Ask yourself how you are going to feel” if you have an unsecured gun in your home, it’s stolen in a burglary, and then you find out it was used in a homicide. “(This can) ensure a gun won’t be used to destroy a life.” Even if a “tiny fraction” of the guns in the city are turned in, that’s still a potential saving of lives, he continues. Meantime, if people want to turn over a gun and don’t care about getting compensation, he adds, you can call police and they’ll come pick it up. **Metz also clarifies something said earlier – the turned-in guns WILL be checked to see if they’re stolen, and if they are, the owners will be contacted.

10:49 AM: The event has just concluded. Last to answer a question was County Executive Constantine, who said, “I reject the cynicism” that he saw in the questions about whether this would do enough to fight crime or violence – anything accomplished, any life potentially saved, is enough, he declared.

11:04 AM: Read the official county news release here. City news release is here.

ADDED 5:31 PM: More donors have come forward, says the mayor’s office in this update – including at least one from West Seattle, Jessie SK of Skylark Café and Club.

Annie’s Nannies: Welcoming a new West Seattle Blog sponsor

This morning we’re welcoming Annie’s Nannies as one of our newest WSB sponsors. Here’s what they’d like you to know about how they can help you and your family:

(The Annie’s Nannies team)
Annie’s Nannies is much more than your average staffing agency or online listing service. The combined skills and experience of our team serves every client, and our goal is to always make the best possible match within the appropriate time frame, saving valuable time and unnecessary worry. In addition to the logistical tasks of pre-screening candidates and conducting background checks, we excel at finding the right match between nannies, household staff, and families. By taking the time and asking the right questions, we collaborate with you in determining a complete job description that suits your needs, attracts the right candidates, and takes your entire family into consideration. This is a great source of pride for Annie’s Nannies. In fact, 95% of our placements extend beyond the guarantee period.

We most often hear from our clients how supportive we are, professional, responsive; they say we make a stressful process manageable/easier, with consistently high-quality nannies. Families come to us to find pre-screened, quality nannies/household staff, and because of our strong word-of-mouth reputation. They keep coming back because we take care of them in every sense, and customer care is always a top priority for us. We’ve had the pleasure of creating thousands of lasting relationships, where nannies continue being a part of a family’s life years beyond the job – children attend their weddings, the nannies attend their graduations, etc. It’s immensely satisfying to be a part of that. And of course, we help thousands of nannies find good, lasting jobs that are wonderful careers.

Annie’s Nannies belongs to the Association of Premier Nanny Agencies and the International Nanny Association. You’ll find them online at; you can reach them by phone at 206-784-8462. And check out their coupon on the WSB Coupons page!

We thank Annie’s Nannies for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

West Seattle Tuesday: From neighborhood meetings to music

January 8, 2013 9:43 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

Lincoln Park Goose

(December 2012 photo of one of the Lincoln Park/Fauntleroy resident white geese, by Doug Branch)
New year, new chances to get involved with local community groups – two regular meetings tonight are part of our highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

OPEN HOUSE: South Seattle Community College’s new student-success center for Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander students will hold an open house today – details in our calendar listing.

WEST SEATTLE COMMUNITY ORCHESTRAS: Winter session starts tonight at Chief Sealth International High School, and musicians at all skill levels are welcome – rehearsals start at 5:30 pm and continue at other times throughout Tuesday nights; details on their home page, and here’s the preview we published on Monday.

ALKI ELEMENTARY PTA: Now that winter break is over, not only have classes resumed, so have PTA/PTSA meetings, and tonight, there’s one at Alki Elementary School, 6:30 pm.

FAUNTLEROY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: Tonight’s FCA business-meeting agenda includes a discussion of Celebrate Lincoln Park, the communitywide event being planned for April. Public welcome. 7 pm, board room at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse (9131 California SW).

ADMIRAL NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: A look ahead to 2013’s slate of events is on the agenda for tonight’s first ANA meeting of the year, 7 pm, lower-level meeting room at Admiral Congregational Church (California/Hill).

LIVE JAZZ AT OUTWEST BAR: 7:30 pm, live jazz quartet TUTU will perform at OutWest (California/Brandon), the first of four Tuesdays in January. Details here.

BABY KETTEN KARAOKE: 9 pm at Skylark Café and Club (3803 Delridge Way SW) – sing it!

For more of what’s up today and tonight – check out the calendar!

West Seattle Preschool Fair next Monday: Reminder for families, and last call for schools

January 8, 2013 9:00 am
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Looking for a preschool – or expecting to be in the market for one soon? More than a dozen local preschools are expected to be part of next Monday’s fourth annual West Seattle Preschool Fair, presented by the WS Preschool Association. Its president Renée Metty of The Cove School tells WSB there’s still room to includelocal preschools who aren’t already signed up. Most of those on the list so far are half-day programs, she says, but a few offer before- and after-school care. Tomorrow is the deadline for schools to sign up – e-mail or call 206-923-2683. As for prospective families – it will be free to attend the fair, and children are welcome, according to Metty. It will be open 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Monday (January 14th) at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, 3050 California SW (just south of West Seattle High School).


(Live view from the east-facing WS Bridge camera; see other cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
5:44 AM: Good morning! Any advice for a new commuter? Ian posted a question in the Monday traffic/transit tracker’s comments – see, and answer, here, if you can help.

Meantime, the countdown continues to the Delridge Way repaving project that begins Thursday. It’s expected to take all year, but will be done in phases; the Phase 1 zone is between Trenton and Henderson. Here’s the official website; while SDOT plans to maintain northbound traffic flow on Delridge during the project, each phase will have southbound detours.

7:44 AM: Chris warns in comments that it’s slow going on the bridge.

8:28 AM: As also noted in comments, there’s a problem on Third downtown. Via Twitter, Seattle Police report it’s a crash involving a bus and a pedestrian. The Traffic Collision Investigation Squad is there, SPD tweeted, and that usually means an hours-long closure while they do their work.

8:40 AM: Back here on the peninsula, we’re heading over to check out a crash reported at 35th and Barton.

8:55 AM: One car, not causing any notable trouble at that busy intersection.

5:33 PM: Be careful out there – winds are kicking up big time; there’s an advisory till 4 am.