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West Seattle Valentine’s Day scenes: Love @ The Kenney

(Photos by Nick Adams for WSB)
A whole lotta love flowed at The Kenney (WSB sponsor) this afternoon, during a Valentine’s Day celebration with treats and tunes. Above, Margit Killenger, Helen Gilman, and Norma Lewis were busy reading Valentines. Kermit Franks wore his – a photo of his sweetheart Faye, who died last year:

Months before Mrs. Franks’ death, the couple celebrated their 70th-anniversary .

The Kenney’s residents are loved by the staff, too – activity director Denise O’Toole had a smile for Kenney resident May Commeree:

Love-ly music filled The Kenney’s commujnity room, courtesy of Sid Law:

He had a rapt audience:

The Kenney itself was created from an act of loving kindness – as told in its history here.

West Seattle Valentine’s Day scene: Cupid 5K on Alki

With costumes and decorations from hearts to wings, runners and walkers gathered on Alki tonight for the first Cupid 5K, a fundraiser for the fight again human trafficking, previewed here last week.

The plan was to split into two groups – the Cupid-lovers and Cupid-haters – and travel separate courses through the area, then meet up for afterparties at Celtic Swell and Alki Starbucks. Organizers told us 121 people had signed up.

Proceeds are going to the anti-trafficking/slavery A21 Campaign.

Congratulations, C & P Coffee Company! 10th anniversary party

They are the C & P in C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) – Cameron and Pete Moores – and they are celebrating a milestone tonight: Ten years in business! Valentine’s Day 2003 is when their coffee house, community gathering spot, arts hub, discussion-group hotspot, etc., opened in the century-old Craftsman it inhabits at 5612 California SW. Tonight they are greeting friends old and new during a party that was wall-to-wall people when we stopped by for a photo – including a kids’ fishing game on the back porch, and Bob “Bobcat Bob” Rice performing somewhere amid the revelers. C & P hosts a wide range of events every month – keep an eye on the calendar here. Congratulations, C & P!

Alki Tavern’s neighbor Magoo the cat needs ‘nice quiet place to retire and write memoirs’

While WSB has a special page to help reunite lost/found pets and people, we usually point the occasional the “pet in need of a home” notice toward the WSB Forums. This one, though, just screamed – meowed – front-page news … or perhaps mews:

Greetings …I am Magoo.

I am the current resident of 1311 Alki Ave SW as well as the neighbor to the Notorious Alki Tavern.

The land my home is on has been sold to developers and will be torn down along with the tavern.

So years living next to the Best Biker bar in West Seattle has brought me years of joy and excitement.

Watching everyone come and go on sunny summer days and hearing all of their tall-tales…

watching the Blue Angels scream across the water…they always make me hide under my box… seeing only the locals bundle up on cold winter days to go for a walk on the beach… enjoying curling up and watching the reflection of the sun off the buildings downtown… and hearing the sound of the seals out on the buoy barking all night long.

I loved watching the world pass me by from my tiny 1911 baby blue beach hut on Alki Ave SW.

With the selling of the land I now need to think about my next move in life. I have decided I am looking for a nice quiet place to retire and write my memoirs of my life next to the tavern.

I came to the beach in West Seattle as a kitten so I have…well…it’s is rude to talk about age so let’s just say I have lots of stories.

I am like a classic Mercedes…as long as you maintain the engine…the car will run forever.

My engine is strong, but I need a little extra tlc…just like a high-mileage car.

The man that lived here with me was a great mechanic and he took great care of me.

After learning the land was sold, he passed away … it truly broke his heart to know he had to leave his familiar home.

Now I am left without someone to type for me; my nails get caught in the keys… So… if you would be interested in helping me write my memoirs as well as take care of me…

the usual… feed me pet me love me… clean up after me… but most of all love me…

Please contact my assistant at: 206-388-8828
She will get you on my calendar for an appointment.

Magoo’s assistant, Kelly, says those who knew and loved Magoo’s dearly departed human also are “contacting artists to paint the side of the house in nothing but pink flamingos … if anyone knew JD and would like to show their appreciation and celebrate his life, they are welcome to place a pink flamingo anywhere around his little beach house.”

Fairmount Park Elementary’s landmark nomination to be reviewed

(2011 WSB photo of Fairmount Park Elementary School, 38th and Findlay)
As Seattle Public Schools gets ready for construction on three West Seattle sites (and others around the city), now that the BEX IV levy has passed, the schools are going through the city landmark-nomination process – generally routine if major changes or demolition is planned for buildings of this type and age (almost half a century, in this case). The review of Fairmount Park Elementary‘s nomination is on the agenda for the next Landmarks Board meeting, 3 pm next Wednesday on the 40th floor of the Muni Tower downtown. While FP is not slated for demolition, it is scheduled for major work, including an added classroom wing, so it can reopen in fall 2014, seven years after the district closed it.

West Seattle traffic alert: Delridge/Trenton weekend closure postponed

Just in from SDOT’s LeAnne Nelson:

Cancelled: Intersection closure at Delridge Way SW & SW Trenton Street
Tentatively rescheduled to February 22-25

Due to an inclement weather forecast, SDOT has postponed this weekend’s construction at the intersection of Delridge Way SW and SW Trenton Street. The construction scheduled for February 15-18 has been tentatively rescheduled for the following weekend, Feb. 22-25.

Reminder: During Phase 1 construction, southbound Delridge Way SW traffic is being detoured at SW Trenton Street as follows:

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

Also, the intersection of 25th Avenue SW and SW Barton Street is temporarily a 4-way stop to assist safe traffic flow.

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

Update: Close call in Highland Park, one person hurt

February 14, 2013 12:50 pm
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12:50 PM: As several people texted and e-mailed to report, a TV chopper was over Highland Park for a little while this morning and we are pretty sure this was why – this car went up on the lawn of a home in the 8100 block of 9th SW. We’re still checking on the circumstances with police and fire – it didn’t originally catch our attention because it was a simple call on the SFD log without even a medic unit – but so far we understand one person was hurt, not major injuries, transported by private ambulance.

1:17 PM UPDATE: Seattle Fire spokesperson Kyle Moore says the car was reported to have gone onto the lawn after hitting a parked car, and the 46-year-old driver was in stable condition when taken to the hospital. One person was inside the house, he says, but wasn’t hurt.

Followup: Troubled trimaran now beached along Beach Drive

This morning, we went out looking for the trimaran last reported in trouble off Emma Schmitz Viewpoint, as noted by Beach Drive Blog. Didn’t see it and hoped that meant all was well. Then we got the photo from Michelle, who says that since she’s taken it, the trimaran has now gone completely aground by Harbor West (the over-water condos in the photo). She says the captain is safe – she helped him get out of the water earlier, and he’s now napping. What happens next depends on when he wakes up and what happens when the tide comes in.

1:38 PM UPDATE: Police were at the scene earlier checking on this but then were notified the boat’s owner is OK; we took a new photo (above). Neighbor Michelle, meantime, reports he has called the Coast Guard and is coming back at high tide.

10:44 PM NOTE: This isn’t resolved yet, according to Michelle, who says the owner is apparently going to try again tomorrow. Beach Drive Blog has an update, and commenters here have some additional info, including reports that the trimaran was recently listed as available for free.

West Seattle Valentine’s Day 2013: What’s up today/tonight

Today’s list of calendar highlights is all about Valentine’s Day. Above, Sarah shares photos of the famous Duckies of Lowman Beach: “The Ducks are in full Valentine’s gear and sharing the ‘LOVE’ with their West Seattle neighbors who are loving the tunes, especially the children.” Find them at 7031 Beach Drive, on the south side of Lowman Beach Park. Lit up at night, too!

Tonight is also West Seattle Art Walk night:

From Alki to Morgan Junction and beyond, here’s the list/map of who’s participating in the winter Art Walk season. Tonight from 6-9 pm, stop by any of those venues to see what’s on display and, in many cases, meet the artist(s). Most of the venues/artists are also showcased on the official West Seattle Art Walk website – as you’ll see here.

Also for this Valentine’s Day:

(Photo courtesy Narcissa from COWS – March 2011 pre-planting photo)
LOVE YOUR COMMUNITY ORCHARD: This season’s series of regular work parties/orchard visits/tours/meetups starts today, 3-5 pm, at the Community Orchard of West Seattle on the north side of the South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) campus. Details here.

THE KENNEY LOVES YOU: You’re invited to “Will You Be My Valentine?” at 3 pm in the Community Room, with entertainment by Sid Law. Dessert and refreshments will be served. (The Kenney, a WSB sponsor, is at 7125 Fauntleroy Way SW.)

HAPPY TENTH, C & P: C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor) celebrates its tenth anniversary tonight! Go wish them happy birthday/anniversary. “Bobcat Bob” Rice is performing for the occasion. Starts at 6 pm.

CUPID 5K: Are you a Valentine’s Day lover or Valentine’s Day hater? Two different groups will run/walk a 5K course tonight starting at 7 pm at Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza. Check out the details in our preview story from last week.

‘LOVE LETTERS’: A classic love story, presented by the Fauntleroy Players at Fauntleroy UCC (9140 California SW), and this is opening night. Directed by and co-starring Kevin Finney; also starring Connie Murray. 7:30 pm, tickets at the door.

THE NAME IS VALENTINE … SHIRLEY VALENTINE: Just a few more chances to see the one-woman tale of love and life at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor), “Shirley Valentine.” 7:30 pm.

VALENTINE’S NIGHT KARAOKE: Guy shares the news that he is “hosting a Valentines day duet karaoke contest at The Yen Wor on Thursday. It starts at 9:00. There is supposed to be “Washington’s Best Singer of 2009″ as one of the celebrity judges. There is going to be a trophy awarded and prize money.”

Even more – on the calendar!

Video: 30 hours of Alki Beach tides in 3 minutes

It’s the next best thing to a walk on the beach! The time-lapse video showing 30 hours of Alki tides is shared by Craig Howard, who writes:

I made a three-minute time lapse film of the tide cycle during our recent rather extreme tides (+12 to -1). We’re beginning to build a film catalog for our nonprofit, ExploreOcean, with tides being one of the fundamentals.

Just thought some of your readers might be as fascinated by the tides as I always am.

P.S. Any time you’re looking for tide info, we have it on the WSB Weather page.

Youth-sports signups: Shetland Baseball for 5- and 6-year-olds

February 14, 2013 9:27 am
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Youth-sports signup season continues. Young players and their families are invited to check out Shetland Baseball. From Fritz Araya:

West Seattle Baseball invites parents of 5 year old and 6 year old girls and boys to register their children now for Shetland Baseball for the spring 2013 season. Shetland baseball is the first organized baseball experience for many children. The focus of Shetland baseball is first and foremost, to have fun while learning the basics of the game of baseball along the way.

You can sign up online at

More on how it works, ahead: Read More

Postseason basketball: Seattle Lutheran boys’ last-minute win

The only local boys team still in the postseason-basketball picture had a big win last night: Seattle Lutheran High School senior Bryce Morgan (#3, above) put up a three-point shot with 32 seconds to go in the game, which gave the Saints the one-point lead that netted a win over visiting Auburn Adventist Academy, 48-47 – with a round of photos following:

Ahead, more photos and game notes:

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday notes and weekend closure reminders

(Live view from the east-facing WS Bridge camera; see other cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
6:16 PM: Happy Valentine’s Day! No problems as this day begins, so here are the West Seattle Bridge and Highway 99 camera views …

Seattle Public Schools students have a half-day today, out three hours early, the start of the newly shortened mid-winter break; they are also off Friday and Monday.

And remember that this weekend has two major closures – the I-5 Spokane St. Interchange Bridge Repair and Delridge repaving projects. For the former, the eastbound Spokane Street Viaduct will be closed after the 4th Avenue S. ramp, so you can’t get to I-5 or Beacon Hill from the eastbound West Seattle Bridge; detours are listed here. On Delridge, the intersection at Trenton will be closed both ways; the detour map is here. And BOTH closures are scheduled to last until TUESDAY morning, since it’s a holiday weekend.

1:47 PM UPDATE: The Delridge/Trenton weekend closure is now POSTPONED, probably until the following weekend.