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West Seattle scene: Seen at Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza

Thanks to Dan for the photo of this guerrilla art/protest that appeared at Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza this morning. Babs sent photos too, wondering “what’s the story?” We don’t know who created it; do you?

7:33 PM UPDATE: Went to the beach to see if it was still there. It is, with the flag removed, as commenter Dian noted at mid-afternoon:

West Seattle Saturday: Morgan Junction Festival; wading pool; car washes; picnic; puppets; Field Day; more…

West Seattle from the sky, courtesy of Aaron Tate, who went up in the “Nine Oh Nine” B-17 with his dad on Friday and says it’s at Boeing Field/Museum of Flight for ground and aerial tours this weekend (more info here). Back here on the ground, here’s what’s going on:

ROAD CLOSURES, BUS CHANGES: We’ve been talking about it all week, and now it’s here – good luck and have fun if you’re running the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon/Half-Marathon; even if you’re not, the road closures and bus changes might affect you, most notably, the northbound 99 closure 5 am-3:30 pm. Road closures are detailed here; bus changes, here.

BENEFIT CAR WASHES: The Chief Sealth International High School Cheerleaders are at John L. Scott (5242 California SW) 10 am-3 pm, details here; Girl Scout Troop 40766 is washing cars at West Seattle Autoworks (35th/Webster; WSB sponsor), 11 am-3 pm.

BATTERY AND CELLPHONE RECYCLING: The five-day collection that’s also part of a neighborhood-vs.-neighborhood competition begins today during regular daily hours at the West Seattle (Admiral) Library, which is open today 10 am-6 pm. It’s explained in our preview from earlier this week. (2306 42nd SW)

WEST SEATTLE KIWANIS BENEFIT SALE: The Kiwanis Club of West Seattle is raising money for its administrative fund with a 20-family yard sale today, 10 am-4 pm. “Something for everyone, some vintage,” reports Shari Sewell. (5637 42nd SW)

MAYORAL CANDIDATES TALK PUBLIC SAFETY: 10 am candidates’ forum today at City Hall, sponsored by the Precinct Advisory Councils around the city (including Southwest PAC), all welcome; here’s our original preview.

MORGAN JUNCTION COMMUNITY FESTIVAL: 10:30 am-7 pm, at multiple sites north of California/Fauntleroy – come say hi to us and other businesses/organizations in the lot behind Feedback Lounge/Zeeks Pizza (WSB sponsors); kids’ activities and more next to California Federal; the Bark of Morgan pet parade and other contests, along with music and other performances, in Morgan Junction Park; food trucks in the lots behind the future home of The Bridge (where you can go play “cornhole” too!) and the building north across California/Graham, as well as in the food venues participating in the Bite of Morgan food sampling (from Harry’s Chicken Joint [WSB sponsor] southward). See the schedule on the Morgan Community Association webpage and the updates in our Friday story.

LOW-LOW TIDE: 10:32 this morning, it’s out to -3.2 feet. Seattle Aquarium beach naturalists are out on Constellation Park (south of Alki Point) and Lincoln Park (near Colman Pool) beaches from 10 am-1:30 pm.

WADING POOL SEASON BEGINS: The first of West Seattle’s city-run wading pools to open is Lincoln Park, starting at 11 am today. Here’s the full season schedule for all wading pools citywide.

TRAVEL TRENDS AND PACKING WORKSHOP: Big trip on the horizon? AAA-West Seattle has some advice for you at today’s workshop, 11 am in their Jefferson Square HQ; details in our calendar listing. (East side of inner Jefferson Square, 42nd between Alaska and Edmunds)

FIELD DAY/DISASTER READINESS FOR AMATEUR-RADIO OPERATORS: 11 am today till noon Sunday, the West Seattle Amateur Radio Club is in action as part of a big exercise with other operators; they’re on the south side of the South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) campus, and you are invited to stop by and see what they do and how they do it, any time. Details in our Friday night preview. (6000 16th SW)

WEST SEATTLE ADOPTIVE FAMILIES: Come picnic with this new group seeking to connect adoptive families in West Seattle! Roxhill Park, 12:15 pm – details here. (9244 29th SW)

JUNCTION 5 LAUNCH PARTY: 1-4 pm today, you are invited to tour the newly complete Junction 5 project, certified 5-star green-built view townhouses. See photos on Facebook. (45th/Oregon)

NO ALKI LIGHTHOUSE TOURS TODAY: The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, whose volunteers staff the summertime tours at the Alki Point Lighthouse, announced earlier this week that there would be no tours today. Tomorrow, though, they’ll be back! 1-4 pm.

‘DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE’: 3 pm at West Seattle (Admiral) Library, Rowbes Puppet Productions presents this rabbit tale for ages 2 and up. Details on the library website. (2306 42nd SW)

MARLEY’S GHOST: Returning to Kenyon Hall! So much musical variety, you’ll have to read about it in the calendar listing. (7904 35th SW)

WEST SIDE GLORY: Doors for this “queer variety show” open 8 pm, showtime 9 pm at Skylark Café and Club. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

Skies Over West Seattle: First summer edition of 2013

EDITOR’S NOTE: What a difference a night makes – between Friday night’s sunset and Thursday night’s official Summer Solstice Sunset Watch with jackets and umbrellas:

If you haven’t met her, that’s Alice Enevoldsen at center, photographed by WSB’s Katie Meyer. A handful of people joined her in braving the Thursday night rain. Now, as for what else is happening over us in the weeks ahead – here’s her latest in a series of WSB features:

By Alice Enevoldsen
Special to West Seattle Blog

Welcome to summer! School’s out, the nights are warm, the skies are less cloudy. It’s wonderful. It also doesn’t get decently dark until after 10 pm, unless it is cloudy.

Hey! What’s That?

Well, before I get into solar effects and sundogs, let’s look at what you might have seen recently in the night sky. If you were seeing a stationary object in the night sky, it could have been a number of bright stars, but the prime suspects are Arcturus, Vega, or maybe Antares. Otherwise it was likely Saturn.

Arcturus: directly overhead

Vega: high in the East

Antares: very low in the Southeast

Saturn: medium-high in the Southwest (Watch carefully, there are two objects there. Saturn is the one that doesn’t twinkle and is slightly yellower)

Sun Effects

We saw a beautiful halo around the Sun last week.

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After 3 years, West Seattleite Jan Seeley to get life-saving kidney

Almost three years after she was told she needed a kidney transplant to save her life, longtime West Seattleite Jan Seeley – known for years as “JanS” in the WSB Forum and comments – is finally getting one. She is at Swedish Medical Center now after getting the call tonight for surgery in the morning. Even if you don’t know Jan, a self-employed massage therapist, you might remember reading her story here in 2011, at the start of a community fundraising drive (which has continued online), told by her daughter Jessica Diamant, who had hoped to give a kidney to her mom, until testing showed incompatibility. As Jessica wrote, Jan already had survived serious health challenges, including breast cancer, before being diagnosed with fibrillary glomerulonephritis, which led to kidney failure. The ensuing wait has been nerve-wracking, but now it’s almost over, and we wish Jan good luck with this operation and recovery. For updates, check – of course – the thread in the WSB Forum.

Congratulations, Red Sox! West Seattle Baseball division winners

One more baseball team to congratulate before we get too far past season’s end – Michele Wallace shares the photo of West Seattle Baseball‘s Red Sox after their big victory:

Congratulations to the Red Sox for winning their Bronco division at West Seattle Baseball. Their journey was an exciting one! They had to win 7 games in a row to get to Saturday’s championship, and then win by 2 games! They did it! Congrats to Josiah Clark, Gavin Doerr, Nicholas Golubiec, Reuben Gut, Hunter Hammington, Wyatt Henry, Tate Ingraham, Jake Jonson, Robert Salle, Ray Sifferman, Casey Sullivan, and Richie Wallace. Thank you, coaches Mark Golubiec and Steve Wallace, for a great season!

Thanks to Michele and everyone who’s taken the time to send in good news to share – and congratulations, Red Sox!

See hams in action! Field Day this weekend in West Seattle

June 21, 2013 7:20 pm
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(Photos courtesy West Seattle Amateur Radio Club)
This weekend, West Seattleites of all ages are welcome to go look, learn, and listen during amateur-radio operators’ annual Field Day, a national event that will locally be running around the clock for more than 24 hours starting at 11 am Saturday on the south field at South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor).

Read on for the details:

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West Seattle traffic alert: Car fire on westbound bridge

June 21, 2013 6:25 pm
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6:25 PM: There’s a car fire in the outside lane on the westbound West Seattle Bridge – M., who shared the photo, says it’s just past the ramp from 99. No word of any injuries.

6:50 PM: Fire call on it has already closed; no backups visible on cameras. So, good news, this does not seem to be a major commute impact.

Followup: Transforming Chuck & Sally’s into The (new) Bridge

(Renderings by apackdesigns; click image for larger view)
Four weeks after we brought you first word that The Bridge would take over and overhaul the former Chuck and Sally’s Tavern in Morgan Junction, proprietor Rita Dixson is showing off the vision for its new look. We received these renderings from her this afternoon – day and night versions, above and below:

(Click image for larger view)
Caveat from Rita: “This is not the final draft, but it can give people an idea of what we’re up to.” As the city page for the project describes it, an addition and “substantial alterations” are involved. Rita and business partners Trevor Garand, Jenny Almukhtar, and Ahmed Almukhtar hope to open in late October/early November. You can go say hi tomorrow during the Morgan Junction Community Festival, as noted here earlier today, to play “cornhole” – a staple at The Bridge – and check out one of the festival food trucks.

West Seattle scene: Demolition uncovers old Firestone sign

After getting word (thanks to Max for the tip) that most of the ex-Petco building had been taken down during our rainy Thursday, we went by at midday today for followup photos – and noticed the construction crew taking down a sign from the newly exposed building to the south. There’s no mistaking the old Firestone Tire logo:

Online searching yielded multiple references to 4724/4736 California SW as a Firestone store in the mid-20th century; it opened in 1946.

Since their construction crew was taking it down, we asked the 4730 California (formerly 4724) developers what happens to the sign. It belongs to the owner of the adjacent building, we’re told, but was taken down to “remove and secure it to prevent unnecessary damage or building up against it again. The ultimate disposition of the sign will be entirely up to its owner.”

Morgan Junction Community Festival tomorrow! Updates, including food-truck lineup

Hope we’ll see you tomorrow at the Morgan Junction Community Festival (co-sponsored by WSB), 10:30 am-7 pm Saturday, in and around Morgan Junction Park (above), including the lot behind Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) and, across California, next to Washington Federal. We just confirmed a couple of updates: First, in addition to the Bite of Morgan food sampling at area restaurants, four food trucks are scheduled to be there, per Morgan Community Association president Deb Barker:

Fez on Wheels: Modern Middle Eastern Food – Bank parking lot

Waffle Wagon: Gourmet sweet & savory waffles – CPA parking lot

Fish Basket – Home of the Famous Fish Taco – CPA parking lot

Xplosive – Filipino & Vietnamese Fusion – Bridge parking lot

P.S. Fez on Wheels is West Seattle-based – we met its owner by chance last week. The “CPA parking lot” is the north side of California/Graham. On the south side of that intersection, “Bridge parking lot” means the old Chuck and Sally’s Tavern at California/Graham, future home of The Bridge, as first reported here last month. And it’s become a de-facto fourth location for tomorrow, since Deb adds: “Also at the Bridge parking lot, owner Rita Dixson will be hosting a ‘Corn Hole Derby’ and handing out water bottles!”

As for the rest of the festival – including the Bark of Morgan pet parade/contest and music/performance lineup – that’s all in our preview from earlier this week. See you there!

Vote now! Choose student art for West Seattle Bridge billboard

In May, Highline West Seattle Family Medicine and Urgent Care (WSB sponsor) held a contest for local elementary-school students to send in their best health tips (and corresponding artwork) as a way of promoting health awareness among kids. The prize: The winning artwork will be featured on a billboard over the West Seattle Bridge, and the winner’s school will receive a $500 grant for health education. Now nine finalists have been chosen, and Highline is asking you to help pick the winner by July 15th. You can view the finalists below, then scroll back up to vote here!

Finalist A: Adelaide

Finalist B: Audrey

Finalist C: Betel

Finalist D: Isabella

Finalist E: Lola

Finalist F: Marie

Finalist G: Victoria

Finalist H: Natalie

Finalist I: Zoe

Vote by July 15; we’ll remind you again, but do it now if you can! The winner will be announced in August, and the billboard will be up in the fall.

Alki Community Council: Development plan unveiled; police/Metro updates; parking-zone proposal

Busy meeting last night for the Alki Community Council, including first word of a development proposal for the heart of the beach business zone:

Architect Roger Newell, noting he grew up in the Alki area, gave the ACC first word of a project he says has been in the works for several years. It’s proposed for a 13,700-square-foot site owned by West Seattle resident Borge Steinsvik on the east corner of 59th/Alki, which currently includes the buildings housing Alki Beach Properties and Saigon Boat Café.

Newell showed the four options they’ll take to the Southwest Design Review Board (no date set – the plans haven’t yet been submitted to the city, but he said they will be soon). It will be one or two mixed-use buildings, three stories (the maximum allowable for the site), with some apartments, some live-work units – numbers not firmed up yet – and commercial space, likely a restaurant. The site actually spans two zones, NC1-30 (where the commercial space will have to be) and LR-2. (Here’s the Seattle zoning-classification list.)

At least 25 parking spaces are planned (city rules set requirements such as 1 1/2 spaces per living unit and 1 car for every 250 feet of restaurant). The parking will be on the ground floor, under two levels of living space, because an underground garage can’t be built on the site, Newell explained, much as they would have preferred to do that – turns out there’s a peat-settlement zone beneath it.

All but one of the proposed alternatives would have the parking entrance off 59th.

The property owner is intent on environmentally friendly features, and Newell says they’ll be aiming to qualify the project for LEED Silver certification. Though the early stage of the Design Review process is only for shape/size of the building, he showed one concept for its appearance – with glass and “heavy timber.”

However, he said, the materials choices could go in a variety of directions, since buildings in the area “have no particular style.” (That drew laughter from the attendees.)

They’re expecting it’ll take a year to get through the permit process before construction can begin. Newell also said the property owner plans to keep the building – it’s “not something he’s going to build and then turn around.”

The 20 or so residents on hand for the meeting were impressed enough, they applauded at the end of Newell’s presentation.

Ahead – toplines on the meeting’s three other topics, from police and Metro updates to a resident who wants to revisit the idea of parking restrictions:

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West Seattle Friday: Tides; movies; benefit buffet; Rainbow Bingo…

Thanks to Annika Bowden for sharing her photo from low-tide exploration – it’s time for another round of low tides, and that’s what tops our highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

LOW-LOW TIDES: They’re back starting today, with -2.4 at 9:45 am, and minus-three-foot tides both days this weekend. Find the tide chart any time on the WSB West Seattle Weather page.

MANGA-MAKING: Teens are invited to Southwest Library this afternoon, 2:30-4:30 pm, for “Make a Manga” – details on the library website. (35th/Henderson)

FUNDRAISING DINNER: A local student’s raising money for her exchange-student trip to Italy by offering a Mexican buffet dinner tonight at Holy Family School, starting at 5:30 pm – details here. (20th/Roxbury)

MOVIE NIGHT AT HPIC: Free family movie at Highland Park Improvement Club! Details here. Doors open at 6:30. (12th/Holden)

RAINBOW BINGO: The Senior Center of West Seattle (WSB sponsor) is presenting the last Rainbow Bingo till fall; tonight’s theme is “Woodstock.” Call ASAP to get a reservation – info’s in our listing. Doors open at 6, bingo at 7. (California/Oregon)

‘JAWS’ AT THE ADMIRAL! First of the three-late-night-movie benefit series (co-sponsored by WSB) at Admiral Theater – “Jaws” on the big screen tonight! And an art display and silent auction. 21+ (beer/wine sales available). Doors open at 10, movie at 11 – details in our most recent preview; tickets available here. (2343 California SW)


(Live view from the east-facing WS Bridge camera; other cameras are on the WSB Traffic page)
Happy Friday! We start with a transit problem – Metro says the West Seattle Water Taxi shuttles, Routes 773 and 775, are “experiencing delays” and will not be available until after 6:30 am.

OTHER NOTES: As reported here Thursday, the new bicycle counter on the east end of the low bridge is now up and running. And looking ahead to the weekend – if you are traveling outside West Seattle, especially Saturday, here’s what you need to know – most notably the 5 am-3:30 pm NB 99 closure for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon.

SPEAKING OF WHICH – here’s the list of bus reroutes for tomorrow.

4755 Fauntleroy: Next Design Review meeting set for July 11th, after today’s Design Commission OK

(Looking south on 40th from Alaska, at project’s northwest corner)
The next Southwest Design Review Board meeting has been scheduled for the 4755 Fauntleroy Way megaproject – 370 apartments, ~600 parking spaces, Whole Foods, a still-unnamed drugstore, and more – 8 pm July 11th, Senior Center of West Seattle. The date appeared on the city Department of Planning and Development website late today, just hours after the Seattle Design Commission took its fourth – and ultimately, final – look at the parts of the plan in which it has jurisdiction.

That meeting at City Hall downtown ended with commissioners voting to recommend that the city approve the “alley vacation” requested for the plan.

First, they reviewed an updated presentation – now posted to the city website in its 59-page entirety – about the “public benefit” that the development team is offering, which they calculate is worth more than $2 million.

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Also at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse tonight: Relay for Life benefit dinners

Lauri and Gerry Cunningham – daughter and mother, respectively – don’t even look one bit tired, though they certainly have the right to. In the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse kitchen tonight, they made and sold about 100 spaghetti dinners as a benefit for the upcoming Relay for Life of West Seattle, an American Cancer Society fundraiser that they’ve been involved with for more than a decade. They cooked, dinner purchasers picked up, and by the time we saw Gerry and Lauri around 6:30, they were sold out. Relay for Life, by the way, is coming up in less than a week and a half – Saturday, June 29, at West Seattle Stadium; even if you are not part of a team, you can support the cause by visiting during the all-night event, and by donating online.

Happening now: First art show at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse

Meet 5-year-old Iris Clementine. She believes she just might grow up to be the “most famous artist in West Seattle.” Tonight she is one of the artists in the spotlight at the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse‘s first-ever art show. You’ll find work throughout the hallways – live music and refreshments too:

If you get there before the show’s over, say hi to schoolhouse manager Denise Wallace, proud about the turnout as well as the artist participatoin:

The schoolhouse – which is nonprofit-operated and raising money right now for more much-needed repairs/renovations – is at 9131 California SW, and tonight’s art show is on till 8:30 pm.

Followup: First ‘Presto Garden’ harvest, after just one month

One month ago, volunteers organized by Sustainable West Seattle planted a “Presto Garden” to grow food for those in need (WSB coverage here). Today – the first harvest! The photo and update are from SWS’s Stu Hennessey:

The “Presto Garden” was created at a four hour work party a little more than 4 weeks ago as a final to a community forum series presented by Sustainable West Seattle. The garden was built at the Westcrest P-Patch and is a designated food bank garden for the White Center Food Bank. The forum series focused on gardening with a permaculture technique referred to as lasagna gardening. The different layers of the garden foundation were built up from the existing ground and were layered much like compost layering, green brown, green brown. You can see the results.

The first Harvest today 6/20 netted 15 pounds of lettuce and spinach to the White Center Food Bank.

Sex & Kidnapping Offender Detail detectives @ West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network next Tuesday

In light of two recent stories that have drawn much attention here – the police FYI about Level 3 sex offenders moving into local neighborhoods, and the White Center investigation of a kidnap attempt and break-in attempt – you might want to be at the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network‘s meeting next Tuesday:

How should your neighborhood react when a level 3 sex offender moves in? Our guests this month are Detective Fields and Detective Stevenson of the SPD Sex & Kidnapping Offender Detail and as well as one of the supervisors in that detail. They will give us an overview of what they do to monitor the activities of the sex offenders, what the different levels mean and what your neighborhood can do to keep itself safe. They are also part of the kidnapping detail and we will learn more specifics about how to better protect your family and neighborhood from this threat.

Everyone’s welcome, whether you’re involved with a Block Watch or not. The meeting starts at 6:30 pm Tuesday, June 25, at the Southwest Precinct (Delridge/Webster).

Colman Pool to be closed tomorrow for more repair work

More repair work is needed at Lincoln Park’s outdoor Colman Pool, so it’ll be closed tomorrow, Seattle Parks just announced, “to accommodate emergency replacement of a pump. The pool is scheduled to reopen at noon on Saturday, June 22. Parks apologizes for the inconvenience to the public.” As reported here last week, the pool was 90 percent drained for valve work before its 7-day-a-week season began.

West Seattle development: Another crane arrives

Four construction cranes are now up in West Seattle, with the arrival today of this one at The Blake, 5020 California SW, south of The Junction, where we last reported on the start of site prep in April. This crane arrives 8 days after the crane went up at Spruce, formerly “The Hole,” and the two projects have some things in common besides the obvious:

-Both sites were originally to be developed by BlueStar
-Both later went into foreclosure, then sat idle a while after ownership changes (different owners now)
-Both have new names (Spruce was originally Fauntleroy Place, The Blake was previously Spring Hill)

The Blake will have 101 apartments, 87 parking spaces, and commercial space, though, unlike Spruce (where the entirety of the commercial space is going to LA Fitness), nothing announced yet.

The other two cranes are at projects that have been under construction for months, Oregon 42 (whose marketing website is now up) and in the 3200 block of Avalon Way. The next arrival likely will be at 4730 California, aka the former Petco site, where demolition is in its second week.

West Seattle’s new bicycle counter finally unwrapped

Notice something new at the east end of the low bridge? West Seattle Bike Connections president Don Brubeck shares the photo and update:

An SDOT crew was at the east end of the bridge this morning pulling wire to the new bike counter. Not yet operational, but they said “maybe today.” … This is the first I’ve seen it unwrapped. It looks like the one at the Fremont Bridge. I was bike 3,375 for the day over that one at about 7 pm yesterday. Maybe in a few years after some intersections and East Marginal Way are improved, we’ll reach that kind of total.

After the note from Don, we drove over the low bridge to check it out, and it seems to be operational – or, at least, its number display was illuminated. The bike counter is privately funded, as noted earlier this month by Seattle Bike Blog.

(UPDATE: We received two new photos late today – including this one from Don:)

(back to original story) P.S. The city’s first round of meetings on the draft Bicycle Master Plan update are over, but comments are still being accepted. Here’s what it envisions, eventually, for our part of the city. The plan is on the agenda for the next WS Bike Connections meeting, to which you’re invited, bicyclist or not, 6:30 pm July 2nd at Highland Park Improvement Club (12th/Holden).

‘Nickelsville’ update: City Council’s $500,000 vote moved up to Monday

We’ve just confirmed that next Monday – June 24th – is the new date for the City Council‘s vote on spending $500,000 to assist with moving residents out of the “Nickelsville” encampment to facilitate a shutdown by September 1st. Last Friday, when we first reported the new ordinance, council spokesperson Dan Nolte told us the vote wouldn’t be until July 8th. Last night, though, we noticed the date was instead listed as June 24th, in this online update by Councilmember Nick Licata – and Nolte just confirmed to WSB that Monday is indeed the new date for the council vote. That’ll be in their 2 pm meeting at City Hall, which usually begins with a public-comment period; agendas usually come out on Thursdays, so we should see the one for this meeting later today.