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Update: Man in hospital after assault near south side of Roxhill Park

10:32 PM: Thanks for the tips/questions regarding a sizable police/fire presence on the south side of Roxhill Park, near the Westwood Heights building on Roxbury. Police on the scene told us they are still trying to sort out who did what to who; according to radio communications monitored before we got there, a man in his mid-20s was found unconscious and was believed to have been repeatedly kicked in the head. Medics planned to take him to Harborview Medical Center. We’ll be following up to find out more about the circumstances and whether anyone was arrested.

UPDATE, 11:11 AM TUESDAY: Just received the report on this, after requesting it from SPD. It says police were called by someone who reported they had heard “there was possibly an assault, and the victim was possibly dead.” On arrival, officers found the victim on his back in the parking lot west of Westwood Heights, bleeding, going in and out of consciousness. Witnesses told conflicting stories of what had happened – one said they saw a group of teens kicking the victim, another said they heard “sounds of fighting” and saw three adults. Police weren’t able to find any potential suspects in the area. The victim is described in the report as having been in critical condition when taken to the hospital.

PACK YOUR BAG! Day 13: A wrenching experience

We’re approaching the midpoint of Washington State Disaster Preparedness Month – there’s a big statewide quake drill on Thursday, if you’re looking for something to reignite your inspiration for participation in our ongoing one-item-at-a-time “Go Bag” creation project with West Seattle Be Prepared.

Or – read up on Typhoon Phailin. Weather disasters can happen too (remember the 2006 windstorm? the 2007 rainstorm? archived coverage of both is in the “categories” list toward the bottom of our sidebar).

Next item for your “Go Bag”:

Either put a gas utility shut-off wrench in your bag or attach it to your outside meter near the valve. They cost less than $5 at hardware stores. But be aware that you should only shut off your gas if you smell gas, which would indicate a leak or ruptured line, or have been instructed to turn off the gas by emergency personnel. Once you turn off gas to your house, only a trained technician utility person can reactive the line; you cannot do it yourself. Imagine being in line for that service if you turn off the gas and didn’t really need to during a disaster.

While you are thinking about the gas line, you should also know where your water-shutoff valve is and have a tool nearby to do emergency shut off should the water lines rupture as well. A brochure from the Seattle Neighbors Actively Prepare (SNAP) program shows how to shut off the gas, water and electrical power. SNAP groups receive training on how to utility shut off and more, consider starting a SNAP group in your neighborhood! Here’s the brochure.

P.S. Enjoy tests? If you’re really confident about your preparedness skills, take this one on the San Francisco Office Of Emergency Preparedness site.

Catch up with previous installments by going here. The most recent installment is always linked atop the BIG STORIES list in the sidebar on the right side of WSB pages.

West Seattle scene: The Head & The Heart & the crowd

Their new album isn’t officially out until tomorrow – but today, you could buy The Head & The Heart‘s new album “Let’s Be Still” in advance at just one place: West Seattle’s own Easy Street Records. And those who did, were guaranteed a spot inside the store for tonight’s announced-at-the-last-minute live performance. Big spillover outside:

It’s not easy running a record store -slash- café -slash- live-music venue – ESR proprietor Matt Vaughan was seen minutes before the show, coming down from his crow’s nest by the café’s front door; he had been moving some audio equipment:

After tonight’s Easy Street performance, The Head & The Heart (profiled in The Seattle Times [WSB partner] today) was off to a sold-out show at the Columbia City Theater, and heading east on tour after that; as for ESR, there’s more excitement at the store later tonight – Pearl Jam‘s new album will be playing and on sale in less than an hour, when the release party starts at 9 pm.

West Seattle development: 3210 California SW penciled in to return to Design Review next month

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What could be the final Southwest Design Review Board meeting for 3210 California SW now has a (technically tentative) date: November 21st, 6:30 pm, Senior Center of West Seattle. The 5-story, ~150-apartment, ~168-parking-space project reappeared today on the city Department of Planning and Development schedule. The proposal made it through the Early Design Guidance stage of the process in two meetings, April 11th and June 27th. At least a week before the meeting, developers Intracorp and architects Nicholson Kovalchick will go public with a proposed final draft of the building’s design; we’ll publish an update when it’s available. The drawing above is from the building “massing” taken to the second EDG meeting, which the developers told WSB is similar to what they would be including in their permit application afterward.

West Seattle food notes: Fatburger, Zaw, Terra Cole, Copper Coin

Four West Seattle food notes to share:
FATBURGER’S TIMELINE: Lots of questions about when the first Fatburger within the Seattle city limits is opening; as first reported here in August, it’s in the heart of Alki, in the former Bada Bistro/Beachside Café/Alki Bakery spot at 61st and Alki. Today, an answer from its owners: The restaurant is expected to open in two to four weeks. Hours are likely to be 11 am-9 pm for starters, but given that it’s the offseason at the beach, that might evolve once they’re open and see how it goes. If you’ve been to a Fatburger on the Eastside, note that this one will come with something extra – two things extra, actually – wings and a full-service bar. (Photo: Illuminated sign visible through Alki window.)

(Photo added 7:41 pm – sign’s up at the new West Seattle location)
ZAW PREVIEW FREEBIES: As noted here two months ago, Zaw Artisan Pizza – which is a take-and-bake shop – is opening a West Seattle store in the for-sale strip mall on the northwest corner of 35th and Fauntleroy. Via its Facebook page, it’s offering “sneak preview” freebies this Wednesday-Friday, by advance reservation.

TERRA COLE BUTCHERY OPENS IN THE JUNCTION: The new meat-and-more shop in the former Coffee to a Tea spot in The Junction, featured here last month, has soft-opened. (Don’t go today, though – they’re closed Mondays.)

COPPER COIN’S ANNIVERSARY: Proprietor Aaron Shepherd says they’re celebrating the Admiral District restaurant’s first anniversary tomorrow (Tuesday, October 15th) with a special that incorporates a taste of political advocacy as the November election approaches:

Four seasons and Seven menu designs ago we opened the doors of The Copper Coin to our friends and neighbors in West Seattle. It’s been your standard first year for a restaurant. That’s to say, it’s been exhilaratingly bonkers. At the one year mark it’s a good time to take a moment to both celebrate and to remember why we come to work every day. In fact, we’ve decided to combine the two. Our menu states ‘our food is not grown, harvested, or cooked in a factory. We work with farmers who say yes to grass and no to drugs, and with fishermen who believe in being sustainably wild,’ and within those words you’ll find our opinion on Initiative 522. This Tuesday, October 15th, in support of I-522 and in celebration of the support we’ve received from our neighborhood over the last year, we are running our Deluxe Burger paired with an exclusive 1-year anniversary “Two Coins” Double Copper Ale by Two Beers Brewery for $5.22. Hopefully the $5.22 price for a burger and beer can serve as a thank you to our friends and as a catalyst for healthy conversation about an important topic for our community.

REMINDER: WSB maintains the West Seattle Restaurant Guide as a quick, basic reference to info on local eateries; we check from time to time to see if hours (etc.) have changed, but if you happen onto outdated information, please let us know – any time – so we can fix it. Thanks!

Got a little time Saturday? Be part of Duwamish Alive!

View Duwamish Alive! October 19th, 2013 in a larger map

Twice a year, you can roll up your sleeves and help the Duwamish River by joining in one of multiple volunteer events on and along the river and in its watershed, from West Seattle to South Park to Tukwila. The autumn edition of that big event – Duwamish Alive! – is 10 am-2 pm next Saturday (October 19th). You still have time to sign up to help at one of the sites shown on the official map – just go here ASAP.

Neighborhood action, live music, semi-holiday notes for your West Seattle Monday

October 14, 2013 11:29 am
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Lincoln Park Art

(Lincoln Park beach creations; photo by Mark Ahlness via the WSB Flickr group, where you’ll find other views too)
Before we hit noontime – a few notes about today and tonight:

COLUMBUS DAY CLOSURES: Today is a holiday for the U.S. Postal Service, and for some if not all banks. (Let us know if you know of one that’s open – checking regional/national announcements, it seems there are some here and there.) It is NOT a parking-meter/pay-station holiday for Seattle, so if you are in/going to a neighborhood that has paid street parking, keep that in mind.

THE HEAD & THE HEART PERFORM: As previewed here on Sunday, hot band The Head & The Heart performs at 6 pm at Easy Street Records, celebrating their new album – with wristbands guaranteeing a spot going to those who buy it at ESR starting at noon today. Then at 9 pm, it’s the release party for Pearl Jam‘s new album (sorry, no live show with THAT one, that we know of!). Find more details on the ESR website. (California/Alaska)

LEGO MANIA! Build and play at Delridge Branch Library tonight, 6-7:30 pm. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

TRANSPORTATION FORUM: Want to show state legislators that you want a transportation-funding solution? Tonight’s the Seattle stop on their statewide tour – 6-9 pm at First Presbyterian Church downtown; details and a map are in our calendar listing.

DOING GOOD IN THE ‘HOOD: That’s the theme of tonight’s North Delridge Neighborhood Council meeting, with visitors and members discussing multiple opportunities to make a difference in the community (including via NDNC itself) – agenda details are on the NDNC website. 6:30 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

PIGEON POINT NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL … is meeting tonight as well, 7 pm at Pathfinder K-8 School‘s cafeteria; agenda details are in our calendar listing. (1901 SW Genesee)

the big transit hearing – mention that in the morning traffic update too

Biggest game of the year! Huling Bowl this Saturday; WSHS hosting, with tailgating, food drive

Who will win the Huling Bowl trophy this year (and local bragging rights)? The big game between West Seattle High School and Chief Sealth International High School is this Saturday night (October 19th), 7 pm, hosted by WSHS at West Seattle Stadium – and we’ve just received word from WSHS activities director Christina Posten that they’re asking everyone coming to the game to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the West Seattle Food Bank. The fun goes beyond football – it begins with tailgating at 5:30 pm, and you’ll also see both schools’ marching bands in action, in a combined performance at halftime!

School-shopping? West Seattle education fair 2 weeks away

Two weeks from tonight, you’re invited to the Seattle Lutheran High School gym (4100 SW Genesee) for a West Seattle elementary/middle-school education fair. The 6:30-8:30 pm event is hosted and organized by SLHS and sponsored by WSB, and free for families to participate. There’s still time for schools to sign up to be part of it – here’s the form. See you there!


The east-facing camera on the West Seattle Bridge is back after some downtime; so are a few others, as you can see on the WSB Traffic page.

No new road work or other alerts so far, but we have two notes:

WEST SEATTLE TRANSPORTATION COALITION NEEDS YOU! The new group launched a manifesto of sorts over the weekend, with the letter it’s sending to local/regional leaders challenging them to join in solving West Seattle’s transportation challenges. You’re invited to sign on by contacting the WSTC (that link also will show you a survey they’re using to shape priorities).

SPEAKING OF TRANSPORTATION ADVOCACY … there’s still that matter of no transportation-funding measure from the State Legislature, with problems looming including cuts in bus service, and if you have something to say to legislators, there’s a special meeting downtown, 6-9 pm, details here.

ADDED 11:22 AM: From Washington State Ferries:

Beginning later this afternoon, the 87-car Klahowya returns to service and will replace the 90-car Sealth. The galley on the Sealth will close today at noon in preparation for the boat move. The galley on the Klahowya will open on Tuesday, 10/15, at 2 pm.