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WS4OSO update: See who’s in for Sunday’s West Seattle-wide benefit to help slide victims/survivors

(Published on Flickr by Snohomish County government, taken during 10:37 am moment of silence today)
Some businesses and organizations have started already – we hear the West Seattle Eagles‘ dinner tonight was a sellout! – but tomorrow’s the big day for the WS4OSO (West Seattle for Oso) peninsula-wide benefit. The idea came from fabled fundraiser Tracy Dart just a few days ago and the list of participants has continued to grow – now more than 40! A caveat – there is no single pledge such as “x percent of proceeds,” so you will find each individual business/group doing something different; that’s how a grass-roots movement rolls. Where available, we’re noting what they’ve said they’re doing – most of the information is from the official WS4OSO Facebook page; some has been e-mailed, tweeted, or shared via WSB comments:

West 5
Beveridge Place Pub (see info on Twitter)
Cherry Consignment
Prost West Seattle
Meander’s Kitchen
West Seattle Runner
Shockwave Tees
Lika Love Fashion (truck @ Hotwire 10 am-3 pm)
Mind Unwind
Tully’s Coffee
Christo’s on Alki
The Bridge
Hotwire Coffee
(special caramel-raspberry latté with 100 percent of sales donated on Sunday)
Fashion Bar (details in this WSB comment)
Hands to Paws Massage
Pet Elements
Click! Design That Fits
(donating part of proceeds, plus hosting artist Stephanie Hargrave, whose family lost a cabin and who is donating all sales)
Corner Pocket
Menashe & Sons Jewelers
Forsythe Studio
West Seattle Bowl
(part of the proceeds from Friday night event)
Talarico’s Pizzeria
West Seattle Eagles
(benefit dinner earlier tonight; bands and karaoke as the evening goes on)
The Cask
(25% of retail sales on Sunday)
AmyWorks, Inc.
Chelan Cafe
(matching donations, plus a Sunday barbecue, see “events” below)
Marination ma kai (donating proceeds from food sales 3-6 pm Sunday)
Second Gear Sports
Next to Nature

West Seattle Rolfing (details in this WSB comment)
Wilridge Winery (at WS Farmers’ Market)
Jan’s Beauty Supply (not open Sunday but collecting donations before/after)



West Seattle Farmers Market (corner of California & Alaska)
10 am – 2 pm
Collecting donations; FREE coffee provided by Tully’s

Chelan Cafe EbbTide Room
BBQ from 2 – 4 pm
(100% proceeds from the BBQ goes to the cause)

Monday (received via e-mail):

At The Center for Movement & Healing, we will be having a Dance and Donate Nia class on Monday, March 31st at 6:30 pm; located above Swedish Automotive at 7901 35th Ave SW.

We’ll hotlink the participants’ names by the time we publish tomorrow’s “OK, the big day is here” list, in case you don’t know where to find anyone who’s mentioned above. Again, the official page is We’ll see you around on Sunday!

Followup: First meeting of ‘true grass-roots’ Residents of The Junction, opposing 40-apartment, 5-parking-space 4439 41st SW

(From site plan filed with the city)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

A year and a half ago, two 4-unit townhouse buildings were on the drawing board for 4439 41st SW in The Junction, an 8,600-square-foot lot that currently holds one century-old house.

Four 6-year-old townhouses are to the north; a single-family house to the south; Hope Lutheran Church and School across the alley, to the west:

(Parcel-layout map, from city notice)
We first reported here in early March that the number of housing units proposed for the site had quintupled, to a 40-unit, 5-parking-space apartment building, after discovering the proposal during a routine browse of city records.

Turns out the change had been in the works about a month by then. The first public comment on file is from neighbor Abdy Farid – long active in Junction-area land-use issues – in mid-February. Last night, he was among those at Holy Rosary School‘s Hall, about two blocks away, for an organizational meeting of those opposed to/concerned about the plan (here’s the invitation we published Thursday).

Stressing that it needed to be a “true grass-roots effort,” another neighbor, Jim Schwartz, led Friday night’s meeting, which drew about 15 people. “When I saw the design sign go up, I was personally shocked and set back – I’ve always known there was a potential for the site to have some density development, but” … not this dense – a 3900 percent increase in density for the lot, as pointed out by a letter on file from Hope Lutheran leaders, also represented last night.

By the time an hour and a half of discussion had passed, those in attendance agreed their next step would be to gather signatures for a city-convened public meeting on the project, which is not slated for Design Review and therefore not scheduled for any public meetings otherwise. Several neighbor groups have requested and received such meetings in the past year (see list at the end of this story).

Here’s how the meeting unfolded:

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West Seattle weekend scene: Big turnout for Co-op Preschools’ consignment sale

For the first time ever, the West Seattle (via South Seattle College) Cooperative Preschools decided to raise money via a big consignment sale of kid stuff – and today’s sale was a big hit. About midway through – not long after we took our photo – sale organizers said they had counted at least 230 shoppers. Numbers they had mentioned earlier: 7,300 items, from more than 100 consigners.

P.S. Any sellers with leftovers, remember that the 10th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day (organized by us here at WSB) is coming up May 10th – with registration opening this Monday (March 31st) – and “kid stuff” is always one of the most popular categories!

Update: Rescue off Fauntleroy dock, ferries delayed

11:33 AM: A rescue offshore in Fauntleroy has delayed ferries to and from the terminal. Heidi, onboard one of the ferries, says “a sailboat went turtle” and tweeted photos including:

Scanner traffic indicates a person has been rescued from the water.

11:43 AM: The Seattle Fire crews have just left the dock. The Klahowya, which was assisting, finally has made it to Fauntleroy. No information so far on the rescued person’s condition.

1:28 PM NOTE: Though the rescue is long over, the ferries on the route are still running behind – check here for updates.

8:14 PM: Thanks to Eric Bell for photos taken at the dock – first, as the vessel came in with the person who was rescued:

That’s the M/V Klahowya, which helped with the rescue, in the background. Next, the Medic 32 crew working to get ready for transport:

Still no official word on how the victim is doing and exactly what happened.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Have you seen this van?

March 29, 2014 9:46 am
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 |   Crime | West Seattle news

If you spot the van stolen from Danielle‘s home, please call 911:

My husband’s work van was stolen from in front of our house (in the 9400 block of 8th Ave SW; map) this morning sometime between 3AM-545AM. It is a 2013 Full Size White Ford E150 with a ladder rack on top. Logo on the side in black/red/blue font reads “Comfort Systems USA.” Underneath in smaller print it says “Merit Mechanical”. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated. A report has been filed with the police department as well. The is the second time one of these vans has been taken from our home.

West Seattle Saturday: Mega-sale benefiting preschools; WS4OSO dinner @ WS Eagles; St. Baldrick’s head-shaving to fight cancer…

March 29, 2014 9:15 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

Highlighting the indoor events on this soggy Saturday:

SALE BENEFITING CO-OP PRESCHOOLS: Today’s the day for the big consignment sale of kid stuff, benefiting South Seattle Community College Cooperative Preschools, under way now until 1 pm, with more than 100 consigners participating, at the VFW Hall in The Triangle. If you haven’t already, check the official Facebook page for advance info. There are also preview photos (like the one above) on Twitter at @westseakidssale. $1 donation requested for admission. Across SW Alaska, Mountain to Sound Outfitters promises a free barbecue for shoppers starting at noon – hot dogs, turkey dogs, veggie dogs. (3601 SW Alaska)

GIRL SCOUTS’ ROLLER-SKATING PARTY: Local Scouts are invited to celebrate this year’s successful cookie-selling season at a skating party, 5-7 pm at Southgate Roller Rink in White Center. (9646 17th SW)

WS4OSO FUNDRAISING DINNER @ WS EAGLES: The West Seattle Eagles host a fundraising dinner to help slide survivors, open to the public, 5:30-7 pm: “Chicken Fried Steak, mashed potatoes, corn, and dessert for $9.” Check the WS4OSO page for the latest on what else is happening in West Seattle this weekend to help the slide zone. (4426 California SW)

ST. BALDRICK’S – HELP FIGHT CHILDHOOD CANCER: Even if you’re not signing up to get YOUR head shaved in support of childhood-cancer patients, you’re invited to be there and cheer on the people who are raising money for the cause by doing it. Donation opportunities, too. Emily Austin is the organizer and you’ll find her and the rest of the event at Mind Unwind, 6-8 pm. (2206 California SW)

MUSICA SACRA CHAMBER CHORALE: 7:30 pm concert at Holy Rosary tonight, “From Darkness Comes Light.” Details here, and note the free pre-concert lecture at 6:30 pm. (42nd/Genesee)

OLIO PLAYERS: ““Without A Clue or, Who Whacked Willamina Willagillespie from Walla Walla Washington” – onstage fun with The Olio Players at WSUU, details here. 7:30 pm curtain time. (7141 California SW)

Much more on the calendar – browse events for today/tonight and beyond.

World Water Week: Sealth students host visitors from India

March 29, 2014 1:06 am
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 |   Environment | West Seattle news | West Seattle schools

(Photo added, courtesy Michael Bunch: Visitors with Riley Bunch & Randi Rankin)
The fourth annual World Water Week wrapped up at Chief Sealth International High School on Friday. Teacher Noah Zeichner sent word of just one of the aspects that again made it a “world” event:

The Global Leadership class at Chief Sealth IHS hosted a group from India who are in Seattle as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program. This three-week U.S. Department of State-sponsored project for five participants from India will provide an increased understanding of the milestones that various ethnic and religious groups have achieved and the challenges such groups continue to face.

The students discussed water related issues with the visitors including fresh-water scarcity and water pollution.

Plastic pollution was the main theme for this year’s World Water Week at Sealth.

Followup: West Seattle arson suspect out of jail, no charges so far

March 29, 2014 12:43 am
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 |   West Seattle fires | West Seattle news

(Tuesday night photo by Christopher Boffoli for WSB)
Followup to the Brace Point house fire Tuesday night that was determined to be a case of arson: Friday afternoon was the deadline for the 54-year-old woman arrested hours after the fire to be either charged or released from jail. The jail register shows she was released Friday evening, and court dockets show no charges filed so far. She had appeared for a bail hearing Thursday afternoon, at which time bail was set at $100,000, but after Friday afternoon came and went without charges being filed, she was let out on conditional release. The probable-cause document from Thursday says her car was found parked just south of the house the night of the fire, with personal belongings and her dogs inside, as well as notes saying she was sorry and that she was leaving, offering advice to the home’s other resident about contacting someone regarding the insurance. The court documents said she was arrested after returning to the house about four hours after the fire; a five-gallon gas can missing from the home’s crawl space was found near where the fire started. We will be following up with prosecutors on Monday about the case’s future.