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West Seattle weddings: Congratulations, David and Jim!

Congratulations to David Clarke and Jim Ryburn, announcing their wedding:

My partner and I were married on August 17th, 2013, on an absolutely perfect West Seattle evening! After almost twenty years together, we were thrilled to finally be able to make it official. I’m truly the luckiest guy in the world and I look forward to many more happy years of marriage to a wonderful man.

We were honored to have our ceremony officiated by one of our very dearest friends, Sharon Tucker, who flew all the way up from Dallas with her partner Tina to be with us. A big thanks to our good friend, MIcheline Sierer,who did a fantastic job reading the wedding poem adding just the perfect touch to the ceremony. We wanted to also give a special thanks to our friend Jeannie Warner for recording the ceremony so we could send it to Jim’s parents in Texas who could not make it up here for the wedding. Also, thanks to our friend Julie Hooker for doing a great job managing the music!

We’d like to also thank the creative and energetic folks at Prop Gallery – especially Andrew! – for helping us to create a beautiful setting on the rooftop deck of our condo building for the evening. In addition, the wonderful people at Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes Catering did a fabulous job with the food and bartending, and Donna and her amazing staff at Stuffed Cakes here in West Seattle made the coolest wedding cake ever. Finally, thanks to all of our friends and family who celebrated with us and made this the most special evening ever!

Wedding to announce? Text/photo,

PACK YOUR BAG! Day 7: More ‘MacGyver’ items

So we’ve been talking for more than a week now about what to put in your “Go Bag,” to achieve a certain level of preparedness one day at a time … how about what NOT to put in your bag?

Thanks to Mat McBride for sharing the clip!

Meantime – today brought another “natural” reminder of the topic at hand. Lightning, thunder, downpour, yet again – no cataclysmic events that we know of in West Seattle, but imagine that kind of downpour lasting for hours and hours and hours, as happened recently in Colorado … it’s another scenario for which you need to be ready. Today is Day 8 of Go Bag-building in honor of Washington State Disaster Preparedness Month, and here’s the next item, thanks again to Cindi Barker of West Seattle Be Prepared:

This time we’re adding to your MacGyver equipment: basic tools, pliers, screwdrivers, hammer, gloves, disposable dust mask, camping or utility knife. Check around your garage for odd tools lying around; they are perfect for the kit. Also, around this time of year, some of the hardware stores have very nice basic tool kits that go on sale for the pre-Christmas sales season. Just don’t overdo it; you will need to lift this pack at the end.

Cindi also reminds us that a “Go Bag” isn’t a use-it-all-at-once-or-nothing item – once you have yours in place, you will know where to find one or two or three items you might need for specific situations like short-term power outages!

Catching up? Our previous PACK YOUR BAG! installments are archived here, newest to oldest.

West Seattle traffic-alert update: Roxbury reopens after crash

6:41 PM: We’ve just arrived at the scene of another crash on SW Roxbury – this time just east of the Safeway entrance. Two vehicles has collided, and one has some smoke coming from its engine compartment – so Engines 11 and 37 are both here along with police. The response has SW Roxbury completely blocked, so if you’re heading this way, you can’t get west of 26th or east of the store, for now.

6:48 PM UPDATE: No indication of serious injuries. We’re told the smoke might have been from one vehicle’s battery – extremely acrid-smelling, we can attest.

7:28 PM UPDATE: Per the scanner, police are now reopening Roxbury.

West Seattle road work: Delridge detour will NOT change tomorrow

October 8, 2013 5:21 pm
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Yesterday, SDOT said it would reverse the current South Delridge repaving-project detour. Now – that plan is on hold, so the detour remains the same TFN:

The plan to reverse the Delridge Paving Project phase five detour is delayed. The Seattle Department of Transportation is working with the contractor to ensure safe implementation of the change. Until further notice, Delridge Way SW southbound traffic between SW Henderson to SW Roxbury streets will continue to be detoured at SW Henderson Street. Northbound traffic will continue to be maintained.

We apologize for any inconvenience this alteration in plans causes! Safety is SDOT’s primary goal and the reason behind the detour reversal delay. More information will be released as it is confirmed.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Police operations in Westwood, Alki

Police are not commenting, so we don’t know if these are related, but there have been at least two high-profile arrests in West Seattle this afternoon, and we’ve received lots of messages about them, so here’s what little we know: Above is a photo we took about an hour and a half ago at 24th and Barton, where we had gone after a tip that Seattle Police SWAT officers had been trying to get somebody to come out – we’ve blurred the suspect’s face because we have no idea if he is charged with a crime. Police on the scene would confirm only that it was related to a warrant, and that’s all the information we’ve been able to get so far.

Earlier on Alki:

That’s one of several photos tweeted to us with reports of SWAT officers arresting or detaining someone in the 2700 block of Alki SW. Tipster Scott says an officer at the scene told him it was a “drug bust”; we haven’t been able to get any comment from police at all, but will keep trying to follow up.

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON: Police tell us the man arrested at Pegasus was one of two brothers arrested yesterday, “part of an on-going investigation that began back in March.” We’re told the other one was arrested in Magnolia, so we still don’t know if the Westwood arrest had anything to do with the same case.

Mystery boat on Alki Beach: No, it’s not abandoned

1:16 PM: Starting with a note from Jennifer in the 5 am hour, we’ve received several tips and questions about that beached boat at Alki (near 57th SW), and finally have some information to share. Here’s what Joelle Hammerstad at Seattle Parks found out for us: “Apparently, the owner was coming around the point, got into some mechanical trouble, and came ashore right there. There has been an insurance adjuster out looking at it. They are waiting for high tide to get it out of there.” (High tide hits about 11 feet at 7:16 tonight and 9:08 tomorrow morning.)

8:38 PM: Still there at sunset:

Thanks to Guy Olson for the photo!

Meet your new Neighborhood District Coordinator: Jenny Frankl

(Photo by WSB co-publisher Patrick Sand)
If you don’t recognize at least two of the people in our photo – you probably aren’t involved with a local neighborhood council or project (yet!). Just as this morning’s storm hit its peak, we were visiting the city’s Neighborhood Service Center at Southwest Teen Life Center (2801 SW Thistle) after getting word that a new Neighborhood District Coordinator had joined the South Region team. That’s her at right – Jenny Frankl, with, from left, Yun Pitre and Ed Pottharst. Their work for the city’s Department of Neighborhoods involves serving as liaisons between community groups/members and city government, and a LOT more – explained here. You might know Jenny already from the long list of Department of Neighborhoods programs on which she’s worked since 2008.

‘Tis the season to snag a spot at HPIC’s holiday bazaar

Chilly storm moves through, a little ice from the sky … In the holiday mood yet? Highland Park Improvement Club hopes so – Christie Sjostrom is organizing this year’s Holiday Bazaar for Saturday, November 9th, 10 am-3 pm, and looking for vendors, $20/table, $15 for HPIC members, handmade arts/crafts only (no commercial items) – e-mail her ASAP to snag your spot,

West Seattle Weather Watch: Tuesday thunderstorms

(Photo added: M/V Kaleetan off Alki with storm advancing from the north, around 10:15 am)
10:59 AM: Lightning, thunder, downpour, then hail – all in the past 15 minutes or so! How is it where you are?

11:19 AM UPDATE: We stand corrected – technically not hail. Some kind of ice pellet, sleet, frozen rain, etc. See/hear for yourself in our Instagram clip from inside the car. (If you can’t see it above, go here.) The National Weather Service’s “short-term forecast” alert said this would last until about 11:15 am, and since the rain has eased up a lot, they seem to be right!

1:25 PM UPDATE: And the wild weather is back – after a sunbreak, the rain resumed, then a few minutes ago, thunder and now it looks like that icy rain/sleet/etc. again …

West Seattle Tuesday: Spend a little time, make a big difference

(Saturday photo by Trileigh Tucker)
In the Tuesday list of highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, tonight’s your big chance to get involved (or get MORE involved) with your community:

WEST SEATTLE COMMUNITY ORCHESTRAS: Rehearsals tonight at Chief Sealth International High School kick off the new season of the WS Community Orchestras. Here’s their recent announcement – all musicians welcome to join, including youth! 5:30 pm. (2600 SW Thistle)

HIGH POINT NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: 6 pm at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center – all welcome. Here’s the agenda. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)

WORKING TO END HUMAN TRAFFICKING: That’s the topic to be tackled tonight at Our Lady of Guadalupe‘s Parish Life Center. Brian Callanan, who is moderating, tells WSB: “We’re showing a video from the Journey to Freedom Foundation as well as hosting four expert panelists on the topic: Robert Beiser from Seattle Against Slavery, Peter Qualliotine from Organization of Prostitution Survivors, Hao Nguyen from API Chaya, and Anna Clarke of the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center. We’ll open it up to public questions at the end.” 6:30 pm. (35th/Myrtle)

WEST SEATTLE TRANSIT COALITION: 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center, the interim board has its first meeting, everybody welcome. See the agenda on the WSTC website. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)

RAISE PUPPIES, HELP PEOPLE: West Seattle See Dogs would love to have more prospective puppy-raisers come find out how to get involved – and tonight’s the perfect chance, with their regular meeting at The Kenney (WSB sponsor), 6:30 pm. (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW)

BALLOT MEASURES @ ANA: Three major ballot measures from next month’s election are on the agenda at tonight’s Admiral Neighborhood Association meeting – Charter Amendment 19, which would change the way Seattle City Council members are elected (7 district, 2 at-large); Seattle Proposition 1, for public financing of campaigns, to be discussed by 34th District Democrats chair Marcee Stone-Vekich; Statewide Initiative 522 (GMO labeling), to be discussed by State Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon. See the full agenda here. 7 pm, Admiral Congregational Church. (California/Hill)

FAUNTLEROY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: The FCA‘s monthly board meeting is at 7 pm at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse. All welcome to see what’s happening in Fauntleroy’s busiest season, with the October 20th festival and more coming up. (9131 California SW)

Looking for live music and other nightlife? See our calendar!

Parents’ Night Out fun(draiser) for West Seattle HS sophomores

West Seattle High School‘s sophomore class just announced a fundraiser and asked us to share the news – a Parents’ Night Out event one week from Friday. From Gabby Carufel:

Parents’ Night Out – Child Sitting

WSHS ASB will watch and have fun with the kids so the parents can go out and have fun too!

Friday, October 18th, from 5:30-10 pm

This event is for kids ages 3 (potty trained)-11. Cost is $25 per child or $20 with 2 or more cans of food that will be donated to the West Seattle Food Bank. This includes pizza, snacks, Halloween-themed crafts, games, and movie! Many of the sitters are CPR-trained.

Reserve your spot today! Call Gabby at 206-935-6517 or e-mail

This event is hosted by the WSHS Sophomore class ASB and we can’t wait to have fun with your kids! Thank you for supporting West Seattle High School.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday updates, notes

October 8, 2013 6:07 am
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(Live view from the west-facing WS Bridge camera; other cameras are on the WSB Traffic page)
6:07 AM: Off and running for Tuesday – with a note for Wednesday, if you didn’t catch it here last night: The South Delridge repaving detour will change directions tomorrow, with southbound open instead of northbound, which wasn’t working too well – here are details, with a map.

7:01 PM: SDOT has canceled that plan – here’s the announcement – so the detour will continue on the southbound side, while the northbound side will continue to have an open lane, TFN.

7:03 PM: A two-vehicle crash is blocking Roxbury both ways by Safeway right now; police have called for tow assistance, so it might not last much longer.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen cars found; bike gone; prolific prowlers

We start this West Seattle Crime Watch roundup with a tale of two cars … both stolen, both found.

One tale had a happy ending: Josh‘s 1997 Accord, stolen from Westwood two weeks ago, turned up by Roosevelt Reservoir “with only a few minor scratches” over the weekend.

The other did not. It was the Escalade that Heather reported on Sunday as stolen from The Junction. She sent a followup saying it turned up in South Park Monday:

It was missing its engine, much of its interior, and its doors.

Many cars are found in decent shape because they were just used to get from Point A to Point B – but then, there are cases like this.

Other Crime Watch reports to share, starting with Jack, hoping to get his stolen bicycle back:

Sometime between Thursday, October 3 at 5:00 pm and Saturday, October 5 at 5:00 pm my bicycle was stolen from my garage. I live at California and Genesee, and the bicycle is a green 2010 Novara Randonee. Unfortunately, I do not have a picture of the bike, but it had a black back rack and purple handlebar tape.

James says his neighborhood near Lincoln Park is experiencing a “straight-up epidemic” of car prowls:

Thursday, our car was broken into at around 3:30 AM. Our alarm went off, but we didn’t hear it. Neighbors who did said they didn’t see anyone at the scene.

(Sat PM/Sun AM), 4 cars were entered. One neighbor has two work trucks that were entered. For me, the same car that was entered on Thursday was re-entered. The sad end of the story was our neighbor who lost his wallet with some cash and all his debit/credit cards.

Another car break-in, reported by Jeff:

My 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan was broken into at about 3:30 PM (Sunday) at the 2600 Block of SW Trenton St during my son’s baseball practice at the SWAC. Car was parked on the north side of the street across from the entrance to Westwood Village and below the softball field. Passenger rear window was broken out and all my drum hardware bag containing drum & cymbal stands and other miscellaneous items, along with two Yamaha 12″ floor monitors and my son’s diabetes supplies were stolen. Most valuable items are two small Chauvet LED mini light bars and a Shure SM57 mic and Sennheiser e606 bass drum mic. Drum hardware is really only useful if you’re a drummer so has almost zero street value. Monitors list for about $500 but these are about 7 years old so have maybe $100 value at most.

Here’s the official Seattle Police advice on car-prowl prevention.