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Fire Engines in High Point

If you’re wondering about a large Seattle Fire Department call-out in the 6300 block of High Point Drive SW, all units are being dismissed from what has now been reported via the scanner as “Food on the Stove.”

West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2013: Less than one month to go!

April 12, 2013 7:00 pm
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 |   Community Garage Sale Day | West Seattle news

Your calendar likely is already marked for the 9th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day on Saturday, May 11th – but here’s one more date, particularly if you are thinking about having a sale but haven’t signed up yet: Wednesday, April 24th. That’s the last day of registration – we need some lead time to make the map so that it’s available with plenty of preparation time for everyone interested in shopping to decide where they want to go! So far, more than 110 sales are on the list – individual sales, block sales, school/business/organization sales – it’s a big peninsula and there’s plenty of room for more. If you have questions, about selling OR shopping, here’s the WSCGSD e-mail address: And if you’re ready to register: Here’s the link! If you want to have a sale but don’t have the room, remember that the courtyard/parking lot area between Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (4410 California SW) and Ginomai art center will be a group site, organized by Hotwire’s Lora Swift – e-mail her at to reserve a free space. And C & P Coffee Company is a group site again too – inquire at the shop for the plan (5612 California SW). More updates as sale day gets closer; watch for updates on the official website and the official Facebook page., as well as here on WSB.

Help West Seattle Rotary honor ‘Service Above Self’: Nominees, anyone?

April 12, 2013 4:00 pm
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 |   Rotary Club of West Seattle | West Seattle news

From Tara Luckie, who chairs the West Seattle Rotary‘s New Generations committee:

The Rotary Club of West Seattle is taking nominations for the Service Above Self Award. We highly encourage anyone to nominate a young adult for their service. The recipient of the award will be honored at a West Seattle Rotary meeting in June. Applications must be in no later than May 15, 2013.

Eligibility for award:
Youth and young adults up to age 30
Service experiences that exemplify “Service Above Self”
Be a member of the West Seattle community (live, work and/or attend school in West Seattle)

Make a nomination by completing the online form now! Directions on applying for the award are provided in the online form.

Activity at Pizzeria Credo

Spotted today in the West Seattle Junction, signs at the soon-to-open Pizzeria Credo (4520 California SW) and old signage from the previous tenant Garlic Jim’s being taken down:

Paper now covers the windows, and a liquor license application is posted near the front door. (See last month’s inside look and interview with Pizzeria Credo proprietor Jacques Nawar here.)

Gatewood’s Science Fair Palooza – lemon power, bubbles, and rocket science

(Photos by Nick Adams for WSB)

Gatewood Elementary School held their Second Annual Science Fair Palooza last night, starring 83 students with 62 projects! WSB contributing photojournalist Nick Adams captured the scenes. Above, children play with fog from a mix of water and dry ice; below, a crowd gathers around to watch Samera Mroczkowski make a bubble out of dry ice and water during the Gatewood Science Fair Palooza. “I wanted to do something unique, I was nervous at first that it wouldn’t work,” said Mroczkowski.

Gatewood teacher Charlene Higuchi looks over the science project “dog body parts and how they work.” Students Clarie Jacobson, Alexandra Robelo, and Isabella Bryant worked on the project.

Above, 4th grader Virag Carlile-Kovacs‘ poster of different plant dyes and which plants and materials worked the best.

A red-light glows from the power of lemons at “Lemon Power,” a science experiment by Andews Hood.

Gatewood teacher Jeffery Case talks with Sean McCormick about his science experiment of meaning the speed and distance of a rocket with three variables.

Gatewood teacher Mike McCormick praises Dominic Tatro for the accuracy of his data for his project wingless D. Melanogaster development. When asked what he plans on doing with the fruit flies, Tatro answered “I’m going to feed them to my poison dart frog.”

A carnation that has turned blue after absorbing food coloring from its water for a project by Amelia Vegors to see which flowers would absorb the most coloring.

West Seattle High School Alumni Association unveils new website/social network

(Screenshot from home page of new website)
If you attended West Seattle High School – the WSHS Alumni Association has news for you: A brand-new website! Jim Biava (Class of 1971) shares the announcement about what you’ll find there:

ATTENTION, WEST SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI! You can now access our new website with our own Social Network. It’s awesome! Check out the site at (officially) however you can get there a variety of ways, one being Check it out the site! There is too much to mention here but the main Menu tabs, full of information, include Scholarships, Reunions, Hall of Fame, Merchandise and other links to videos. The Alumni Chinook will be on there soon too including Archived Editions. Wow there’s a lot of great stuff and more being added!

A couple video slideshows will be added to the site after this year’s All School Reunion, which will premiere a show of Westside High’s History and how we are all connected through time and space. The video slideshow contains more than 600 photos from 1920 through 2012. Are you in any of them? Seriously, are you immortalized in the video? Check it out at this year’s All School Reunion on June 7th, starting at 5 pm at the school.

Who are those people in West Seattle High School’s Hall of Fame? Find out in a video slideshow about the members of the Hall of Fame presented in a way that you’ve never seen before also to be added to the site after its premiere at the ASR. There is even a cutting-edge Alumni Social Network within the site. I’ve talked with some who buy WSHS merchandise from for-profit sites pretending to be the West Seattle Alumni Association, thinking they are helping out our own. Now you can get your high-quality WSHS gear made by West Seattle Grads, made in West Seattle, for West Seattle. The proceeds benefit your Alumni Association.

I can go on and on but just go check it out for yourself and sign up for the Social Network – free and exclusive (password protected) for WSHS Alumni only. Go see who’s already a member. Check it out and then pass the word.

Design Review Board sends 3210 California SW back for second ‘early design’ try

(Photo by Christopher Boffoli for WSB)
The 166-apartment project proposed for 3210 California SW will be back for a second round of Early Design Guidance, as a result of its first try last night, before a crowd of around 50 people at the Senior Center of West Seattle. That means it will come before the Southwest Design Review Board at least two more times – once a project passes EDG, a more fleshed-out version must be brought back for final recommendations.

While first word of this project came just two months ago, you could say it’s been almost six years in the making, dating back to the 2007 emergence of a plan to upzone California between Hanford and Hinds for larger potential development – this is the first one to be proposed since then, and as noted during the meeting, it’s potentially a precedent-setting building in terms of its length:

(Proposed ‘preferred’ massing for the development; rendering courtesy Nicholson Kovalchick Architects)
Ahead, toplines from the meeting, covered for WSB by Christopher Boffoli:

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West Seattle Montessori/WS Academy students’ food drive – for pets!

(Photo courtesy West Seattle Montessori/West Seattle Academy)
In recent months, we’ve shared the news of multiple food drives by community-minded students at local schools – and we have another one today: This time, to help pets in area shelters. West Seattle Montessori/West Seattle Academy (WSB sponsor) assistant director Heather Aquino explains:

Our seventh-grade students have taken on a very cool cause. (Through) April 25 they are challenging all of our classes to collect as much pet food as they can, by the pound, to be donated to local Seattle shelters. Our winning class will have a small party hosted by these incredible seventh-graders.

Community members are welcome to donate pet food too – drop it off at the school, 11215 15th SW, today or April 22-25th (as with Seattle Public Schools, WSMS/WSA will be out on spring break next week).

West Seattle Friday: Rummage sale; plant sale & spaghetti dinner; ‘Charlie Brown,’ more

April 12, 2013 8:32 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(Photo courtesy Twelfth Night Productions)
The weekend’s in view! Here are highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

ST. JOHN’S RUMMAGE SALE: St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church promises “great treasures, good deals, and fresh baked cookies” as its two-day rummage sale begins – hours are 9 am-7 pm today and 9 am-3 pm Saturday at 3050 California SW, next to West Seattle High School.

WEST SEATTLE LIONS’ PLANT SALE AND SPAGHETTI DINNER: The West Seattle Lions Club‘s 19th annual plant sale is tonight 5-8 pm and Saturday 9 am-3 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle – and tonight you can join them for a spaghetti dinner, too. Details here. (Bake sale, too!)

HIGH-SCHOOL LACROSSE: As noted here last night, you can catch the new Chief Sealth International High School JV Lacrosse team in action tonight at 6:30 pm at home vs. Kennedy.

TWELFTH NIGHT’S ‘CHARLIE BROWN’ OPENS: Opening night for “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” produced by West Seattle’s own Twelfth Night Productions, 7:30 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. More details in our calendar listing; tickets are available online.

LAST NIGHT FOR WSHS MUSICAL: Meantime, it’s the final performance of West Seattle High School‘s spring musicalThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” 7:30 pm at the WSHS Theater – details in our calendar listing.

FOLK DUO AT KENYON HALL: Emma’s Revolution performs at the historic hall (7904 35th SW), 7:30 tonight – more info at

…and there’s LOTS more on the calendar!

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday notes; weekend reminders

April 12, 2013 6:16 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

(Live view from the east-facing WS Bridge camera; see other cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
Happy Friday! Last day of school before the one-week spring break for Seattle Public Schools. And with the postponement of the Delridge/Thistle intersection work, there’s just one traffic alert for this weekend, taking effect tonight at 10, ending by 5 am Monday: The ramps from the eastbound West Seattle Bridge and lower Spokane Street to northbound I-5 and Beacon Hill will be closed for expansion-joint work; detours are listed here.

West Seattle Art Walk: Scenes from April 2013 edition

Story and photos by Katie Meyer
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

Spring sunshine graced Thursday evening’s West Seattle Art Walk – above, at Firefly Café & Creperie (4160 California SW; WSB sponsor), featured artist Kimi J. Hansen-Chadwick (right) and proprietor Charell Estby. One of Hansen-Chadwick’s paintings, below:

Art appreciators at Firefly also enjoyed a sample of Zoka Coffee’s single origin Guatemalan “El Limonar” coffee, brewed with the “pour over” method by Zoka roaster Matreya:

Etsby was excited to take part in the West Seattle Art Walk — and to combine it with hosting a donation drive for WestSide Baby (packaged diapers, car seats). Per Etsby, two car seats were donated today. The bright red bin is ready and waiting in the cafe for the month of April:

Artists Judy Lane of Crooked Feather Girl Studio, and Rafael Caraballo also had their works on display at Firefly:

Meanwhile, more sunshine – and butterfly wings – glowed inside the newly opened West Seattle Office Junction (WSB’s coverage of opening day here). Entrepreneurs Stefan Hansmire and Christine Bartels welcomed visitors:

Featured artist Walter Scheirer (below) used off-tint house paint and salvaged/recycled doors in his work; this series is titled “Abstracts in Insects” with pieces depicting designs and patterns from butterfly wings. (Learn more about Scheirer’s artwork here.)

“Baltimore Checkerspot #2,” painting by Walter Scheirer

The West Seattle Art Walk is held every second Thursday, 6-9 pm, and you can preview venues and artists here.