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Seattle Chinese Garden brings back free ‘Chinese Corner’

The popular “Chinese Corner” program is coming back to the Seattle Chinese Garden on Puget Ridge, starting one week from today! There’s still space, so the garden’s getting the word out today:

你好! Learn basic Mandarin Chinese conversation and culture in a fun, relaxed environment with our experienced Chinese teachers and student assistants. All ages and abilities levels are welcome. Participate in activities like playing mah jong, painting, and talking about food! 7 sessions are every other Wednesday from 4-6 pm on 3/13, 3/27, 4/10, 4/24, 5/8. 5/22, and 6/5. Free, but donations to the Seattle Chinese Garden are welcome.

For more information, e-mail Jennifer at – to register, go here.

West Seattle restaurants: Harry’s Chicken Joint to semi-debut

Story and photos by Keri DeTore
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

It’s time for…Harry’s Chicken Joint!

Well, it’s almost time. Harry’s Chicken Joint (first mentioned here a month ago) will be running delivery-only orders down and across the street to Beveridge Place Pub Thursdays through Saturdays, starting tomorrow. (Patrons there have gotten some samples in recent weeks.) The BPP-delivery-only model will run for approximately a month while the former Meander’s/Jade West space north of Morgan Junction gets a re-do for its new tenant, so there’s no opening date set yet for their sit=down operations.

Harry’s has three items on the BPP-delivery menu for its semi-debut:

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You be the judge! Who merits Sustainable West Seattle’s $1K grant?

Sustainable West Seattle has a $1,000 Green Incubator Grant to award, with six potential recipients in the running. SWS is now inviting you to help judge – rating the proposals for those six West Seattle/White Center projects. Even if you haven’t heard about them before, you can help by going to this online survey page, reading the thumbnail description of each proposal, and rating each one on how it relates to five criteria: Feasibility, Sustainability, Social and Economic Justice, Community Building, Educational Elements. SWS will use your feedback and choose the recipient in time for an announcement at its March 18 Community Forum at the South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) Horticulture Center/Community Orchard of West Seattle site.

West Seattle Wednesday: City transportation director here; new Westwood/Roxhill/Arbor Heights council meets; SSCC open house…

(One of Alki’s resident river otters, dining on sole – photo by Mark Wangerin)
Fishing through our inbox and the frequently updated WSB West Seattle Event Calendar (thanks as always to everyone who continues to share events/meetings/etc. so we can help get the word out!), here are 8 notes and highlights for today/tonight:

CO-WORKING IN WEST SEATTLE: While West Seattle Office Junction continues working toward its permanent co-working site, they’re continuing to host gatherings, and everybody interested in co-working is invited, whether you’ve been involved with the organization before or not. Today, noon-1 pm at Mind Unwind (2206 California SW), you’re invited to a discussion about planning member workshops and other events – learning new business skills, networking, etc.

CHAT WITH THE ROLLERGIRLS: With White Center roots and some West Seattle players, the Rat City Rollergirls are local heroines. The Seattle Times (WSB partner) is hosting a live chat with two Rollergirls at noon today – here’s the link. (If you missed their recent WC bouts – check out our coverage on White Center Now.)

EARLY-DISMISSAL DAY FOR SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Students are out two hours early today.

ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE AT SSCC: 4-7 pm, have fun and learn about the only college headquartered in West Seattle – South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor), 6000 16th SW:

Explore your options at South Seattle Community College’s annual College Night. Everyone is invited to this free event – neighbors, high school students, parents and families, counselors, career changers, and anyone with questions about college.

Faculty, staff and students will be on hand to answer questions about everything South has to offer, and the many ways you can Start Here, Go Anywhere!

· Begin training for your dream job in one of our career-ready programs, including Automotive, Culinary Arts, Business Information Technology, Landscape Horticulture, Wine Technology, Nursing, and more.
· Start your four-year transfer degree here.
· Finish your bachelor’s degree with South’s Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree in Hospitality Management program or with our university partners – City University, and Eastern Washington University.
· Get information on financial aid and scholarships.
· Learn about how to get involved in one of South’s clubs, resource centers, or student government.

Refreshments will be served and prize drawings will be held throughout the evening.

SCHOOL BOARD MEETS … not in West Seattle, but two agenda items of local interest: First, the Denny International Middle School Jazz Band is scheduled to open the meeting at 4:30 pm; second, items up for consideration include the design contract for the new Arbor Heights Elementary School. Here’s the agenda; the meeting’s at district HQ in SODO, as usual.

CITY TRANSPORTATION BOSS IN WEST SEATTLE: Peter Hahn, director of the Seattle Department of Transportation, will be at tonight’s Southwest District Council meeting, 6:30 pm @ SW Teen Life Center (2801 SW Thistle) – public welcome, and council leaders promise Q/A, if you have something to say/ask about SDOT projects/issues.

WESTWOOD/ROXHILL/ARBOR HEIGHTS COMMUNITY COUNCIL: Second meeting of West Seattle’s newest community council, 6:30 pm at Southwest Library (35th/Henderson), with Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Mark Solomon as the featured guest. Here’s our preview from last night; here’s the Facebook event page.

FREE WAX CLINIC … for skiers/boarders at Mountain to Sound Outfitters, 7 pm tonight, 3602 SW Alaska. Free but sign up here, ASAP!

West Seattle Crime Watch: Wednesday morning roundup

First of all, in case you wondered: The man that King County Sheriff’s Office deputies were looking for yesterday in the Shorewood area, Alan Polevia, hasn’t been caught yet. See our Tuesday coverage for his mug shot, background, and other info.

Next: Three West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports – two car prowls and a stolen bicycle. Cori first reported in the WSB Forums that her daughter’s car parked west of Chief Sealth International High School was broken into Tuesday afternoon, with a variety of items missing. This morning, she added an update that much of what was stolen has been found – via an arrest (we’ll check with police on that) and also thanks to a helpful neighbor who spotted schoolwork-related items dumped nearby and brought them to CSIHS.

An earlier car-prowl report was from Kerri in Sunrise Heights:

I live near 34th and Holden. My car was parked behind my house, and was rifled through (Monday night-Tuesday morning) between 8 pm and 8 am. I must have forgotten to lock the doors because no windows were smashed. Items taken include CD’s, loose change, car registration, ring of keys for my other job. I have reported it to the police and my neighborhood Block Watch.

And Mark asks that you be on the lookout for a new black TREK Crossrip road bike – “stolen out of my open garage while I was in the kitchen ten feet away. … I live on Webster Street behind Home Depot off Delridge. Just a reminder to keep your eyes peeled and your garage doors closed!”

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday updates

March 6, 2013 7:37 am
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(Live view from the east-facing WS Bridge camera; see other cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
Nothing major reported in the West Seattle commute vicinity as of this hour. One note for today: You’ll see school buses out and about at different times because Seattle Public Schools are out two hours early today.

34th District Democrats to co-present mayoral candidates’ forum

March 5, 2013 9:27 pm
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checkbox.jpgJust announced by the 34th District Democrats: They’re co-sponsoring the “Super South Seattle Mayor’s Forum” with their counterparts in the 11th and 37th Legislative Districts – a chance to hear from candidates in the Seattle mayor’s race, which has eight candidates at last count (all listed and linked on the right side of the city-elections page). Details to come, they promise, but for now, mark your calendar – and/or RSVP via the Facebook event page – for 6 pm Monday, April 29th, at the Georgetown campus of South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor).

Live/work in Westwood, Roxhill, or Arbor Heights? New community council’s 2nd meeting tomorrow

March 5, 2013 7:57 pm
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 |   Arbor Heights | Neighborhoods | West Seattle news | Westwood

Though the usual meeting night will be first Tuesdays, this month only, the new Westwood/Roxhill/Arbor Heights community council is meeting on the first Wednesday – and that’s tomorrow night. 6:30 pm, upstairs meeting room at the Southwest Library (35th/Henderson). Guest speaker is our area’s Seattle Police Crime Prevention Coordinator, Mark Solomon, to talk about community crime-prevention tactics including Block Watches, and to answer your questions. Also tomorrow night, council facilitator Mat McBride will help shepherd attendees through some organizational/leadership decisions. If you’re there, as he said last time (here’s our report on the first meeting), you’re a founding member! P.S. The council has a Facebook group here, and there’s a FB event page for the meeting here.

West Seattle Crime Watch followup: Is this your safe?

That photo is a followup to our report last week on the storage-facility-burglary arrests that Southwest Precinct police think might have solved multiple burglaries. Police are trying to find its owner:

Most of the stolen property inside the storage unit has been returned to the appropriate owner. However, we have been unable to locate the owner of this Sentry Safe. If any WSB reader can identify this safe please have them contact Officer Eshom at 206.233.1547.

If someone believes this is their safe, they must be able to provide a combination and/or serial number when calling.

Meantime, we checked on the two people who were arrested. The female suspect got out of jail one day after her arrest; online records show more than 40 previous cases involving her, misdemeanors and felonies, over the past 21 years (though records do not include details on the nature of the allegations/charges). The male suspect was not booked; he was already facing charges in connection with a Southeast King County burglary weeks earlier. Records show no charges in this case yet, but we’re continuing to follow up.

Update: Deputies searching for escapee in Shorewood; schools take precautions; suspect’s West Seattle record

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12:02 PM: We started this coverage as part of our earlier story about helicopter sightings – but it’s ongoing, so we’ve moved it here. Here’s the man deputies are looking for in the Shorewood Market vicinity (map) – escapee Alan Polevia:

He had been arrested on theft warrants last week and was being taken to Harborview Medical Center after apparent drug ingestion, when he bolted – still in handcuffs. (Read more about the case in this Monday update from KCSO spokesperson Sgt. Cindi West says Polevia’s head is now shaven, since that photo. He is described as 5’8″ and about 170 pounds. ADDED: Here’s what Sgt. West told us a few minutes ago:

12:26 PM: Just checked back in the search zone – deputies still staked out. Will check back again shortly.

12:52 PM: Still searching. We’ll update if and when he’s found. If you see him – call 911.

1:41 PM: See comments for some reports of schools that took precautions, though there is no report at this point that he was seen anywhere near a school. We’ve got an inquiry out to the district for a topline report on public schools’ status. Meantime, we looked up Polevia’s background. In November 2006, he was found guilty of third-degree assault for an incident involving him and his father getting kicked out of Poggie’s in The Junction, then going across the street and attacking a man outside Talarico’s with a beer bottle and a tire iron.

1:51 PM: Two more updates. First, from Teresa Wippel at Seattle Public Schools: “Sanislo, Roxhill, Arbor Heights, Sealth/Denny, Boren STEM, Highland Park, West Seattle Elementary” were under “shelter in place” at least for a while – she’s checking on who still is. Second, we are reminded by the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network leadership that Polevia has one more West Seattle tie: He is the suspect arrested – but apparently to date not charged – in connection with the theft case related to the 36th/Morgan nuisance house in September.

2:12 PM UPDATE: Wippel says no one (in Seattle Public Schools, anyway) is in shelter-in-place – they’re all allowed to end their days as usual.

3:06 PM UPDATE: From Sgt. West at KCSO – an updated photo of Alan Polevia:

4:23 PM UPDATE: Just checked in with Sgt. West again; he’s still on the loose, no new updates. She is researching a case that put him in jail for a short stay in December – we saw that on the King County Jail Register, a four-day stay for investigation of burglary and for a “failure to appear” case involving theft, for which he had spent a day and a half in jail a week and a half before that. The jail register also shows his two-day stay in the 36th/Morgan related case, for investigation of stolen-property possession.

Update: Guardian One helicopter over West Seattle: #1, training; #2, search for escapee

10:59 AM: Thanks to everyone who’s reported a helicopter over Harbor Avenue – we’re still working to figure out what it’s up to; King County Sheriff’s Office says Guardian One is on a search miles away.

11:13 AM UPDATE: Mystery solved. Seattle Police Det. Renée Witt tells WSB that SPD was “conducting a training exercise with Harbor Patrol and Guardian One.”

11:21 AM UPDATE: Now we hear the aforementioned search has brought the helicopter to the Arbor Heights vicinity. More on that as we get it.

11:28 AM UPDATE: According to KCSO’s Sgt. Cindi West, the search is related to an escape reported in regional media last week – a handcuffed man wanted on theft warrants, who escaped February 25th while being taken to Harborview Medical Center post-arrest because he was believed to have ingested drugs.

11:39 AM UPDATE: Multiple KCSO units (including SeaTac and Burien Police, both of which are part of the Sheriff’s Office) on the ground in and beyond the Shorewood Market vicinity. Traffic is still getting through.

11:59 AM: We’re going to break this story out in a minute since the search is ongoing and we have photos and video to add. NEW ONGOING STORY – GO HERE.

Seattle Police surveillance cameras: No ‘public vetting’ events announced yet; councilmembers consider new oversight rules tomorrow

(Camera and “wireless mesh” array at 63rd/Beach Drive, silhouetted at dusk Monday)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

So far, the “thorough public vetting” of the Seattle Police-managed, Homeland Security-funded surveillance cameras awaiting activation in Alki and elsewhere has consisted of two events: A briefing at the City Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee meeting two weeks ago (WSB coverage here), and one at the Alki Community Council‘s board meeting in West Seattle the next night (WSB coverage here).

It’s been three weeks since the mayor made the “thorough public vetting” promise here (repeated days later to other media).

At both of the briefings two weeks ago, SPD reps mentioned a plan in the works for public forums; we asked about the dates then, again a week ago, and again this week – still no dates or other details. SPD Public Affairs told WSB this morning they haven’t heard yet either.

A related topic will get some sunlight tomorrow, when the Public Safety (etc.) Committee meets again, to discuss Councilmembers Nick Licata and Bruce Harrell‘s proposal for vetting future use/purchase of surveillance equipment, with at least one clause that appears to apply even to what’s already in the works:

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West Seattle Tuesday: Babies; dogs; musicians; bicyclists…

March 5, 2013 9:19 am
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They appear to be the most popular photo subjects in West Seattle right now, judging by the number of photos we’ve received both via e-mail and in the WSB Flickr group – the baby Canada geese of Harbor Avenue. Thanks to Machel Spence for today’s photo. And speaking of babies, the human variety is involved in the lead item from today’s list of calendar highlights:

BABY STORY TIME: 11:30 am-noon, bring the little one(s) to Southwest Library (35th/Henderson) for stories, songs, rhymes with the children’s librarian.

SCHOOL TOUR: One more tour of West Seattle High School for prospective families who’ve missed the others – 10 am (3000 California SW).

YOGA WITH YOUR DOG: Barking Buddha Doga starts weekly sessions tonight at Alki Community Center (5817 SW Stevens), 6:30 pm. Make sure there’s still room – registration info here.

WEST SEATTLE COMMUNITY ORCHESTRAS’ CONCERT: The first of WSCO’s next round of concerts is tonight, with the Debut and Intermediate musicians presenting an Evening of Pops – 6:30 pm at the Chief Sealth International High School Auditorium (2600 SW Thistle), no admission charge (but they appreciate donations); program highlights in our calendar listing.

WEST SEATTLE BIKE CONNECTIONS: The group’s meeting with an SDOT rep tonight to talk about areas of concern including 35th/36th/Avalon and Chelan/Spokane/Delridge/W. Marginal; all welcome, 7 pm at Uptown Espresso (California/Edmunds/Erskine) in The Junction.

CAVE SINGERS AT EASY STREET: Another in-store concert at Easy Street Records in The Junction – this time, The Cave Singers, also celebrating a new release, 7 pm, free!

‘Does Seattle still want fireworks?’ Annual donation drive launches

(7/4/12 photo by Jamie Kinney)
Again this year, half a million dollars worth of sponsorships/donations are being sought for the Family 4th fireworks show at Lake Union – the city’s only big Independence Day display since 4th of Jul-Ivar’s called it quits after the 2008 show (this’ll be the fifth year without Elliott Bay fireworks). The official announcement – and how to donate, if you’re inclined – is ahead:

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday notes, updates

(Live view from the east-facing WS Bridge camera; see other cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning. Sun’s gone, clouds and rain back. Transit note: If you ride the West Seattle Water Taxi, note that you’ll be on Melissa Ann this morning, per last night’s announcement. And two reminders from yesterday that both should still apply today: SDOT said “bicyclists using the trail under the low-level Spokane Street Bridge will be rerouted to the north side of Southwest Spokane Place” 7 am-3:30 pm daily this week for landscaping work; under the west end of the high bridge, aka the Fauntleroy Expressway, intermittent work is expected all week.

Water Taxi changes Tuesday – Rachel Marie’s in for repairs again

March 4, 2013 10:09 pm
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For the second time in less than a month, the West Seattle Water Taxi run’s regular vessel Rachel Marie is out for repairs, so the county has just announced that Melissa Ann will handle the run tomorrow. It in turn will be replaced on the Vashon run by the Victoria Clipper. You might recall that the county’s been working on getting a new backup boat, the Spirit of Kingston, which was built with a federal grant that would enable it to be transferred here since its original owners don’t need it any more. It may be just a few weeks away – Kingston Community News reports that it’s about to leave that community for a week-long “pre-transfer survey” in Port Townsend; last time we checked with King County Councilmember and Ferry Board chair Joe McDermott‘s office, that was one of the last steps before delivering the boat here.

West Seattle scene: Sun’ll set later after Daylight Saving Time arrives Sunday morning

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WSB contributing photojournalist Nick Adams caught the sunset scene tonight at Lowman Beach. It’s an excuse for us to remind you that Daylight Saving Time is just days away – at 2 am this Sunday, we’ll spring forward an hour, which means the sunset’s later (and sunrise too, for a while) starting Sunday night.

West Seattle Helpline @ City Hall tomorrow to back water-bill-help proposal

Executive director Tara Luckie and board member Rev. Ron Marshall from West Seattle Helpline will be among those at a City Council committee meeting tomorrow to support a proposal aimed at keeping Seattle Public Utilities from shutting off water to homes with children. A news release from the city explains:

Councilmember Jean Godden, chair of the Libraries, Utilities, and Center (LUC) Committee, will discuss legislation tomorrow that will prevent Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) from shutting off water to homes in which children reside.

“This legislation is based on a simple premise: no child should lack access to clean drinking water and sanitation,” said Councilmember Godden.

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Followup: Saturday night Barton Pump Station overflow estimated at 50 gallons maximum

Saturday night, we told you about an overflow after a mechanical malfunction at the Barton Pump Station in Fauntleroy. This afternoon, King County estimates the overflow totaled “five to 50 gallons of wastewater.” Their news release adds, “Cleanup crews deployed Saturday evening did not find debris typically associated with a wastewater overflow, further confirming the incident’s minimal impact.” Water samples nearby “showed normal bacteria levels,” so they say area beaches will reopen once the Public Health Department says it’s OK.

West Seattle development: 4755 Fauntleroy hearing Thursday

Since an alley vacation is part of the 4755 Fauntleroy Way megaproject – slated for more than 370 apartments and about 600 parking spaces, as well as a Whole Foods Market and TBA drugstore – the Seattle Design Commission has to sign off on it. It’s on the commission’s agenda for this Thursday (March 7), 1:30 pm, at the Boards/Commissions Room on the lower level at City Hall downtown. Public comment is welcome at these meetings, as it will also be when the project gets its next turn before the Southwest Design Review Board (as reported here last week, that’s set for 6:30 pm March 28 at the Senior Center of West Seattle). The two hearings, however, serve different purposes – the Design Commission’s role in reviewing projects with alley or street vacations is to be sure there will be public benefit in exchange for the public giving up some of its right-of-way property (the street or alley).

Another invitation: West Seattle Art Walk seeking hosts

Every second Thursday, it’s a celebration of art and community, at dozens of businesses, galleries, and other venues around the peninsula – the monthly West Seattle Art Walk. And there’s room for more, according to this WSAW announcement:

The West Seattle Art Walk committee is currently putting out a call to area businesses interested in participating in the monthly Art Walk for the second quarter of 2013. Art Walk is an evening community event on the second Thursday of each month, including locations across the West Seattle peninsula. Requirements for Art Walk hosts include procuring an artist, featuring their work, and committing to being open during Art Walk for the 3 months of the quarter they are signed up for. Interested? Click here for an application, or e-mail for more information. Deadline for participation is March 8.

Note that this is *not* a call for artists, but if you *are* an artist interested in participating, you are urged to contact participating businesses (listed at

The next Art Walk is March 14th; if your venue signs up for second-quarter participation, that would start with the April 11th WSAW.

Another community cleanup next Saturday: North Delridge encore

This past Saturday was a banner day for volunteer-powered cleanups – and next Saturday is shaping up that way too. Above are members of the North Delridge Neighborhood Council-mustered crew that worked at Greg Davis Park two days ago – and NDNC beautification chair Lisa Taylor-Whitley sends “a GIGANTIC thank you” and news that they collected 14 bags of recyclables and 6 bags of trash. She adds that they’re planning on an encore: “Even though a large amount of trash was collected there is still more to be cleaned. So we are having another cleanup event this coming Saturday, March 9, from 10 am to 12 pm to finish the work that was started. Again, we will meet at the 4 large rocks.”

West Seattle Monday: Exercise; music; trivia; Hi-Yu help…

(Olympics panorama this morning by Patrick McCaffrey; click image for larger view)
Happy first Monday in March! Some of what’s up today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

DISCOVERY SHOP EVENT: Are you a collector? The American Cancer Society-benefiting all-volunteer, nonprofit Discovery Shop, 4535 California SW, has Hummel and Goebel Friar Tuck figurines for sale during the Antiques, Vintage and Collectibles Event going on now. 10 am-4:30 pm.

ZUMBATOMIC CLASS FOR KIDS: Ages 4-7 are invited to their own Zumba-style class, starting 3:15 pm today at Alki Community Center – details in the calendar listing.

SPEAKING OF ZUMBA … YMCA BENEFIT @ MADISON: 5-7 pm, you can Zumba with Katherine Rintoul at the Madison Middle School Commons (45th/Spokane), to benefit Y “The MOST” programs. Details here.

HI-YU NEEDS YOU! Come to tonight’s West Seattle Hi-Yu general meeting if you can help with this year’s float – the city’s LAST neighborhood-sponsored traveling parade float – and/or festival events – and/or even if you just want to know what’s going on with Hi-Yu as summer inches closer. 6:30 pm at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church (California/Hanford).

PICKWICK, LIVE AT EASY STREET: 7 pm at Easy Street Records in The Junction (California/Alaska), it’s a live in-store concert with Pickwick, celebrating their new release.

TRIVIA/QUIZ TIME! Three venues have questions for you tonight – see the nightlife listings on the calendar.