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Restaurant news: Zippy’s Giant Burgers expanding its space

No Labor Day break for Zippy’s Giant Burgers proprietors Blaine and Rahel Cook – while their beloved burger emporium is closed until Wednesday, they’re cooking up something big: More seating. Zippy’s has knocked down the wall and is expanding into the space next door. Blaine explains that this will finally bring back the full footprint of the old Cookbook Café. There’s even potential space for a bar in the expansion zone, but for now, when Zippy’s reopens on Wednesday, it’ll just mean more room to dine in – good news for fans including those who live too far to keep take-out food warm. It’ll be Zippy’s second expansion – their move from 16th/Holden in Highland Park to 9614 14th SW in White Center two years ago meant a whole lot more room.

2 school events to which the community’s invited: Lafayette BBQ; Schmitz Park outdoor movie

September 2, 2013 7:41 pm
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West Seattle’s two most populous elementary schools have evening events this week to which the community’s invited – both out on the playground!

LAFAYETTE BARBECUE: The Tuesday night party at Lafayette Elementary‘s playground just got bigger, according to PTA president Sean Reynolds:

The Lafayette Night Before School BBQ is an event open to the community – we welcome all those who attend, surround and support Lafayette Elementary.

We will be joined this year by the West Seattle Big Band – – starting at 5 pm on the playground.

Hot dogs, chips and drinks provided – as well as some dessert treats, too.

The playground’s on the west side of the school, which is at California/Lander.

SCHMITZ PARK OUTDOOR MOVIE: Friday night, Schmitz Park Elementary‘s PTA invites you to come see “Epic” on a big screen set up on the SP playground. Gate opens 6:15 pm, movie at dusk (around 7:30 pm), $3/person (kids 3 and under are free), pizza and snacks/drinks will be sold ($2 or less). “It is open to the community and supports the 4th-grade outdoor-education experience at Islandwood,” says Christine Morrell, PTA fundraising chair. The playground’s on the northeast side of the school, which is at 50th/Spokane.

West Seattle Labor Day scene: Flag ceremony @ Masonic Center

September 2, 2013 6:55 pm
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For the second year, Labor Day was celebrated today with a flag ceremony and potluck picnic at the Alki Masonic Center in The Junction. Leaders of American Legion Post 160, also in The Junction, assisted:

At left, that’s Post 160 Commander Dr. Don-Michael Bradford, with the post’s former commander Kyle Geraghty. Representatives of other local organizations including the West Seattle Eagles (whose HQ is in The Junction too) were in attendance. And before the Pledge of Allegiance was said, Carolyn Monk read an essay about the Pledge:

During the first event last year, the Masonic Center’s new flagpole was dedicated. Organizers hope to continue growing this as a community event, particularly with service groups’ participation, so make a note for Labor Day next year.

Save the date! September 22nd ‘Recycle Roundup’ at Fauntleroy UCC

If you spent today doing some pre-fall cleaning – we did! – you might be happy to hear that Fauntleroy Church has set the date for the next edition of its popular twice-yearly Recycle Roundup: Sunday, September 22nd, 9 am-3 pm. That’s when nonprofit 1 Green Planet will bring big empty trucks to the church at 9140 California SW and drive them away full of West Seattleites’ recyclables. Keep an eye on the church website for details on what they’ll accept (no charge – just drop it all off!).

1,000 bags of ‘rage, sadness, and fear’ – and hope: Days before ‘The Earth Cried Out,’ meet the man behind 9/11’s Alki luminarias

(September 2001 photo by David Hutchinson)
By Clay Eals
Special to West Seattle Blog

A dozen years later, Dean Keppler reels at the memory. His eyes well up. His voice chokes as he talks haltingly, reverently, and, in the end, almost dazedly in trying to describe the indescribable.

“It all just happened,” he says, over and over, through tears.

Keppler is standing in the second-floor workroom of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s Log House Museum. He combs through hundreds of an estimated 1,000 brown-paper bags on which people from all over West Seattle and beyond inscribed messages of sadness, anger, fear and hope.

The trigger for these emotional expressions, of course, was the terrorist attack on Tuesday morning, Sept. 11, 2001, that came to be known as 9/11. The inscribers were countless men, women, and children who for five days following the tragedy gathered beneath the Statue of Liberty replica on Alki Beach.

And the catalyst for the heartfelt messages was Keppler.

(Southwest Seattle Historical Society video)
Keppler will be among four who will speak briefly at a 9/11 memorial event, “The Earth Cried Out,” at 6:30 pm next Sunday (September 8th), at Alki Arts, 2820 Alki Ave. SW, two blocks west of the Statue of Liberty replica.

Organized by SWSHS, the free event also will feature reflections by King County Executive Dow Constantine, Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen and King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert.

The focus of the event, however, will not be the speeches.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Arbor Heights search, arrest

11:12 AM: In case you’re wondering about the police presence in Arbor Heights – officers responded to what apparently was a call about prowlers, and have been trying to track down multiple suspects. Per the scanner, it sounds as if at least one possible suspect is in custody. We don’t know if there was an actual break-in, but have a crew in the area trying to find out more.

11:26 AM UPDATE: Police tell us neighbors called in the report of suspected prowlers spotted in an alley and yards (added: in the 35th/105th area). At least one person is being taken in for questioning. Scanner traffic also indicates police are looking for a car that is believed to be related to the case, described as a silver Impala with chrome wheels.

2:34 PM UPDATE: Southwest Precinct Operations Lt. Pierre Davis confirms that the suspect was booked into jail – and lauds the “great work by neighbors.”

West Seattle Labor Day 2013: Holiday notes

September 2, 2013 9:40 am
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(Jamie‘s aerial view – quadcopter cam! – of last night’s sunset; click image for larger view)
Happy Labor Day! Saw a sunbreak a little while ago, but the forecast suggests clouds will rule most of the day. Holiday notes:

TRAFFIC ALERTS: The ramp from northbound I-5 to the West Seattle Bridge is scheduled to be closed until 3 pm for the expansion-joint work that’s been under way all weekend. And starting tomorrow, partial closures of SW Orchard between Sylvan and Delridge – beginning with the eastbound side – start, as part of the Delridge Way Repaving Project.

TRANSIT SCHEDULES: Metro Transit is on a Sunday schedule, as are the West Seattle Water Taxi (along with its shuttle buses; however, the Vashon WT is NOT running today), and Sound Transit express buses. Washington State Ferries‘ Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route is on a weekend schedule today, to provide more evening sailings.

STREET PARKING DOWNTOWN, ETC.: Pay stations/meters are on holiday – it’s a city parking holiday.

WHAT’S CLOSED: Most government offices/facilities closed, including the Seattle Public Library system), banks closed, no mail delivery.

OUTDOOR AQUATICS TODAY: Last day of the season for the Highland Park Spraypark and Lincoln Park wading pool (schedule here), and, also at LP, last day of daily operations for Colman Pool (which then opens for one postseason weekend next Saturday/Sunday). It’s open noon-7 today; schedule’s here.

POTLUCK AND FLAG CEREMONY: You’re invited to a 1 pm potluck and 2 pm flag ceremony at the Masonic Center, 40th/Edmunds on the east edge of The Junction. Details in our preview from last night.

2nd annual Labor Day flag ceremony/picnic: You’re invited

September 2, 2013 2:43 am
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(WSB photo from 2012 flag ceremony)
Looking for something patriotic to do on this federal holiday? Today, Alki Masonic Center invites you to its second annual Labor Day Picnic and Flag Ceremony. Socializing and potluck picnicking start at 1 pm; the flag dedication is scheduled for 2 pm. Everyone’s welcome; you’re asked to bring a potluck dish to share, but soft drinks will be provided. The center is at 4736 40th Ave SW.