month : 03/2013 351 results

Speaking of cleanups: Final plan for tomorrow’s Beach Creeps sweep at Constellation Park

(Styrofoam debris on the beach; photo by Beach Creeps’ Guy Olson)
Since last Saturday, when we first mentioned the Alki Beach Creeps Bicycle Club‘s plan for a South Alki cleanup, the event tomorrow has drawn dozens of volunteers, more than a few local business sponsors donating treats and other support, and even Parks Department assistance with post-cleanup pickup. The Facebook event page for the cleanup has info on the final plan – so in case you’re interested in joining, but not a FB user, here are the key points:

*Optional bike ride to the cleanup starting point: Beach Creeps plan to leave El Chupacabra (2620 Alki SW) “no later than 11:30 am”

*Cleanup noon-3 pm (Saturday, March 2)

*Volunteers meet by the Constellation Park octopus sculpture (63rd SW/Beach Drive). Sign in and get your cleanup supplies (courtesy of Puget SoundKeeper Alliance)

*Treat donors include Pioneer Coffee on Alki and Christos On Alki (pizza)

*Seattle Parks plans to pick up the collected trash and debris (organizers are hoping to get a lot of styrofoam off the beach)

*Afterparty at Pioneer Coffee

If you haven’t been to Constellation Park – here’s a map.

West Seattle’s mysterious Fairmount Ravine needs you – March 9th!

(Part of the 2010 Fairmount Ravine volunteer annual-cleanup crew)
Their 20th annual cleanup in 2012 netted a “vintage” 7-Up bottle – estimated to be half a century old. In 2008, discoveries included a car door. What will turn up in beautiful, mysterious Fairmount Ravine, beneath the Admiral Way bridge, during this year’s cleanup? Be part of the team that finds out – one week from tomorrow, Saturday, March 9th. Devoted neighbors, friends, and visiting volunteers will join forces over the course of two hours – also enjoying treats from Metropolitan Market and Zatz Bagels (both WSB sponsors) – 8:30 am to 10:30 am. From organizers:

Meet at the top of the hill at Fairmount and Forest – directly east of Hiawatha Park.

Please wear gloves, boots and old clothes as we remove garbage and invasive plants.

Here’s our coverage from past years – 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008.

West Seattle Friday: Calendar highlights, from cookies to Clooney

Baby duckies with mom.

(A Canada-goose family afloat, by Flickr member YLev, shared via WSB Flickr group)

GIRL SCOUT COOKIES: Public sales begin. Find places, dates, times with the Cookie Locator (just use your zip code).

FIRST FRIDAY: Rotary Club of West Seattle‘s monthly gathering – this time, 5 pm at Maharaja in The Junction. All welcome; they’re also saying farewell to departing member Ryan Larson.

FORECLOSURE VIGIL: West Seattle, White Center, and South Park activists are planning a vigil outside a SP home that’s been foreclosed on, to call attention to the ongoing issue. 725 S. Henderson, 5:30 pm, details here.

CORNER BAR: Highland Park’s monthly extravaganza is tonight! Starts at 6 pm, HP Improvement Club (12th/Holden), details in our calendar listing.

‘BOBCAT BOB’: A C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) favorite, tonight 6-8 pm, 5612 California SW.

FREE ROLLER SKATING! If registering for T-ball or softball at Alki Community Center, you get to skate free during tonight’s regular Friday night skating session, 6:45-8:45 pm. Details here.

TRIBUTE TO ROSEMARY CLOONEY: 7:30 pm at Kenyon Hall (7904 35th SW).

… and LOTS more on the calendar!

West Seattle Crime Watch: Car stolen near Westwood

Zach‘s day got off to an unpleasant start:

This morning at 6:00 am I walked out from my apartment on SW Trenton to where my car was parked on 25th near Westwood and discovered it was stolen. No broken glass on the scene but car was missing none the less. It is a White 1999 Honda Civic with Montana license plates.

Just wanted to get the word out for those living in the area, so if you see any suspicious activity make sure to report!

While Zach’s car theft isn’t on the map yet – it lags several hours – we checked the past week’s worth of theft reports, and here’s the screengrab – eight reported thefts in the past week:

For specific locations, you can check the map here (click on any icon for more info). And SPD continues to tweet reported thefts (minus locations) at @getyourcarback.

P.S. If you’re one of Zach’s fellow Westwood residents – or Arbor Heights, or Roxhill – public safety/crime is part of the agenda for the second meeting of the area’s new community council, next Wednesday, March 6, 6:30 pm at the Southwest Branch Library (35th/Henderson); here’s the Facebook event page.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday updates; 3 weekend closures

(Live view from the east-facing WS Bridge camera; see other cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
7 AM: Good morning. Here are the West Seattle Bridge (above) and 99 (below) cams:

*Delridge/Trenton intersection closure starting 7 pm tonight (here’s the weekend Route 120 transit alert for this work)

*Viaduct/99 closed 6 am-5 pm Saturday, plus 6 am-noon Sunday – details here

*Ramp to southbound I-5 from eastbound West Seattle Bridge closed, starting late tonight; part of WSDOT’s Spokane St. Interchange Special Bridge Repair Project

8:30 AM TRAFFIC UPDATE: “Coffee” reports in comments that there’s a bus broken down in the southbound lanes at Delridge/Andover and a “mess” has ensued.

The holiday gifts that keep giving: Holy Rosary Tree Lot donations presented

One final round of holiday giving, last night at Holy Rosary School – the Parents Club presented three local nonprofits with checks for donations from last year’s Holy Rosary Tree Lot. More than $2,000 each went to the West Seattle Food Bank (represented by Fran Yeatts) and the Salvation Army’s family shelter Hickman House (represented by Janet Sanders) as well as the West Seattle Helpline. The Tree Lot is an all-volunteer operation that traditionally gives a share of the proceeds to community charities.

Last night’s Parents Club meeting also included a discussion of LEGO Robotics:

The school’s annual auction, this year with the Kentucky Derby as its theme, is coming up April 20th.