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‘Nickelsville’ closure countdown: Three sites found, camp says

Eviction won’t be necessary – ‘Nickelsville’ says it has secured three sites so that everyone can move. That’s according to an announcement minutes ago on the encampment’s official Facebook page:

Great news! Nickelsville has secured two more sites and will be moving this Sunday. We’re notifying the neighbors before announcing the two additional sites on Friday afternoon. There are many ways you can help with the move, either by helping us pack up the trucks, donating money to pay for our bills at this site, or donating materials such as 33 gallon trash bags, duct tape, basic tools such as hammers, or bringing food and water on moving day.

The one site that already has been announced is in the Central District, at 20th and Jackson. Also posted on the Nickelsville Works page, a photo of a flyer with packing/moving instructions for camp residents. More to come.

Budget increase, schedule delay for new Water Taxi vessels

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

With periodic boat breakdowns continuing to affect King County Water Taxi service, it would seem the two brand-new 250-passenger boats the county plans to build can’t be ready soon enough.

They won’t be ready as soon as hoped for, though – the county has to send the project out to bid a second time, and plans to add to the budget.

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11 reasons why this year’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies rocked

Hello, Cleveland! Er… West Seattle. ’80s rockumentary spoof “This Is Spinal Tap” wrapped this year’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies season this past Saturday night (WSB coverage here) with a full house in the courtyard next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor). Proprietor Lora Swift has just sent an 11-point list of this season’s highlights:

*Six movies ranging from the classic James Bond Goldfinger to The Muppets, Spinal Tap and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

*More than 1,500 people attended this year

*More than $1,900 raised for charity

*Community BBQ

*Media support from the West Seattle Blog

*Gift certificates donated from local businesses

*Live music before the shows

*An 18” Stonehenge

*Shoe auction to raise money for a local animal-advocacy group

*Food drive


Watch here, and the official website, next spring, for news about West Seattle Outdoor Movies’ 2014 season!

Seattle Public Library announces what it WON’T be doing this year

From the “just in case you wondered” file – the Seattle Public Library has made a point today of announcing/reminding patrons that for the first time in five years, it won’t have to shut down for a week at summer’s end to save money. That’s because of the seven-year, $123 million levy approved by voters a year ago. SPL will of course close for Labor Day next Monday, but otherwise – the doors are open and the website’s in service.

Congratulations, West Seattle Totems! Season of big wins

“The West Seattle Totems have had an outstanding year,” declares the riflery club’s coach Joe Matter, sharing this wrapup and the team photo:

Led by two seniors, Lauren Phillips and Emma Carey, the Totems successfully defended last year’s Junior National Championship in Four Position Smallbore Rifle. And that was just the beginning…

Alec Patajo, one of the younger kids in the program, won 6 national championships in his age group (14 & under).

McKenna Dahl, who is a paralympic athlete, took the silver medal in the National Three Position Air Rifle Championship. She also qualified for the USA National Paralympic Team. She traveled to Britain for the International Paralympic World Cup Match in July where she finished 11th and 12th in two Air Rifle events. She is just back from Bangkok, Thailand, where she captured the Gold Medal in the Falling Targets, and 5th in offhand Air Rifle in the last World Cup Match of the season.

The West Seattle Totems’ team efforts were thunderous this season. The top team, the Thunderbirds, also finished 3rd in the American Legion National Air Rifle Championships, 2nd in the NRA’s Three Position Air Rifle Championships, 3rd in the Open Smallbore Four Position National Championship. The team also won five State Championships.

The Totems also competed in three National Qualifier matches this season in order to attend the Junior Olympic National Championships as well as the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s National Championships. The Totems were the only club in the nation to qualify two teams to go the those events.

In total, the Totems brought home more than 40 national awards, both team and individual, this season.

Lauren Phillips is off to Nebraska this fall, where she is on scholarship for the Huskers Rifle Team.

Congratulations, Totems!

SIDE NOTE: As we head into fall, just a reminder that we appreciate reports like this on local achievements (not just sports) – we try to keep informed on as much as possible, but there’s still so much we won’t know unless you share the news so that we in turn can share it with the West Seattle (and beyond!) community – any time.

West Seattle Wednesday: Arbor Heights, Sanislo events; timebank orientation; more

August 28, 2013 10:57 am
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(Off Constellation Park this morning: Photo by WSB co-publisher Patrick Sand)
Sun’s out now, and if you weren’t up early, you’d never know it had been a gorgeously misty morning for a while. We procured photographic proof while out to check on a few things. Now, on with the rest of our late-August Wednesday … highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

DISCOVER SHOP ‘ANTIQUES, VINTAGE, COLLECTIBLES EVENT’: The volunteer-operated, American Cancer Society-benefiting shop in The Junction has a special sale on one-of-a-kind treasures starting today; open until 4:30 pm. (4535 California SW)

EARLY DAYS: Baby in the household? This weekly support group meets today and every Wednesday, noon-2 pm, in the classroom at Nurturing Expressions (WSB sponsor) in The Junction. (4746 44th SW)

ARBOR HEIGHTS KINDERGARTEN PLAYDATE: Incoming kindergarteners are invited to come meet future classmates at Arbor Heights Elementary, 3:30-5 pm today. (37th SW/SW 104th)

HIGH POINT MARKET GARDEN FARM STAND: 4-7 pm every Wednesday through early October – buy organic produce just steps away from where it was grown. Info in our calendar listing. (32nd/Juneau)

SUPERMARKET PICKETING: If you see people with picket signs at local supermarkets this afternoon/evening, it’s not a strike, but local unions warn a strike vote could be approaching, with no deal yet after six months of negotiations. Two local stores have been announced as among the sites for today’s picketing: the Safeway store at Roxbury/28th, starting at 4 pm, and the Westwood Village QFC, starting at 5 pm.

SANISLO KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION & ALL-SCHOOL ICE CREAM SOCIAL: Two big events at Sanislo Elementary tonight – kindergarten orientation at 6 pm, all-school ice-cream social at 6:30, as previewed here. (1812 SW Myrtle)

WEST SEATTLE TIMEBANK ORIENTATION: Find out more about the new West Seattle Timebank tonight, by coming to an orientation meeting at the Senior Center of West Seattle. Potluck at 6:30, orientation at 7, details in our calendar listing. (Oregon/California)

POEMS AND STORIES AT C & P: The monthly poetry/storytelling showcase is 7-9 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) – details in the calendar listing. (5612 California SW)

First-ever local walkathon for Parkinson’s coming to Lincoln Park

Since our most-recent list of fundraising walk/runs coming up in West Seattle, we’ve found out about another one: The American Parkinson Disease Association is having its first-ever Walk For Optimism at Lincoln Park on Saturday, September 28th, with an 11 am start. As explained in the announcement:

Parkinson’s Disease is a neurological movement disorder that is both chronic and progressive, and we are still seeking a cure. Approximately 1.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s to date. The APDA is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. We are the largest grassroots network serving the Parkinson’s community, and the only organization that funds both research and patient support. Funds raised from the Optimism Walk will benefit Parkinson’s disease research, education, and patient support both here in Seattle and across the nation.

More information, and a link to sign up for the Walk for Optimism, can be found here.


(Live view from the east-facing WS Bridge camera; other cameras are on the WSB Traffic page)
Rain was blamed for some of Tuesday morning’s traffic trouble – so give yourself some extra time this morning, since we’ve had more overnight. A lot more – about a quarter-inch in the official gauge at Sea-Tac. And some fog has drifted through, too.

Restaurant news: Meander’s Kitchen moving White Center locations

6:47 AM: Thanks to Jan for the tip: Meander’s Kitchen is moving again, ten months after relocating from West Seattle to White Center. Proprietor Miranda Krone announced overnight via Facebook that she’s moving to a smaller spot in WC, 9809 16th SW, which is less than two blocks south of where her restaurant is now. More than a month earlier, she had mentioned in another post that her restaurant was struggling because of her “rash decision” to move to a much-bigger space. Her new update says Meander’s will be “closed for the next couple of days” but should reopen in the new space Friday.

8:43 AM: Couldn’t quite place the address, so we went over to White Center to take a look, and have added a photo; the space was San Fernando Roasted Chicken until recently, one door down from the corner of 98th and 16th.