month : 04/2014 324 results

West Seattle Thriftway shopping spree tomorrow for WS Food Bank

(WSB photo from 2013 shopping spree)
If you have some free time around 10 tomorrow morning, or plan to be out grocery shopping anyway, West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) invites you to come cheer for the West Seattle Food Bank‘s big shopping spree, courtesy of a customer. Michele from Thriftway explains::

During West Seattle Thriftway’s 26th Anniversary Event the company held a fundraiser to benefit the West Seattle Food bank raffling off a $500 Western Family Shopping Spree. Ticket were $1/each and the grand total of money raised reached over $1,500!

The winning ticket, chosen on March 26th, was designated by the purchasing customer to go to the West Seattle Food Bank. Please join us on Friday at 10 a.m.. to cheer on Chris Porter, from the Board of Directors for the Food Bank, as he runs down the aisles grabbing as much Western Family merchandise he can in 4 minutes!

Last year’s spree also turned into a giving spree for the Food Bank. This time of year, giving to the WS Food Bank or its neighboring White Center Food Bank counts extra because until the end of the month – six more days! – the Feinstein Challenge (explained here) magnifies the gift.

West Seattle restaurants: Burger Boss cooking up a walk-up in South Delridge

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

One full year after signing the lease for the former Circle K site in South Delridge, the proprietors of Burger Boss are close to opening West Seattle’s next burger joint.

We talked with co-proprietor Brian Azzano at the almost-ready-to-open site (9061 Delridge Way SW) last night. WSB readers had reported sightings of activity for weeks – and we noticed exterior work, including the parking lot resurfacing – but it took a while to connect with the proprietors.

Now they’re uncloaked online too, with a website, Facebook page, and Twitter account. And they have an in-your-face logo – a burger and fist.

But job 1 is to get the home of Burger Boss open.

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West Seattle Thursday: Dining Out for Life; The Whale Trail; ‘Hair’; more

(Photo by Don Brubeck, shared via the WSB Flickr group)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

DINING OUT FOR LIFE: Today/tonight brings the annual citywide restaurant/bar fundraiser Dining Out for Life benefiting Lifelong AIDS Alliance, with six West Seattle and White Center establishments participating, as previewed here earlier this month.

PACIFIC ISLANDER ACCESS TO COLLEGE NIGHT: Special event at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor); details in our calendar listing. Brockey Center, 6-8 pm. (6000 16th SW)

THE WHALE TRAIL PARTY: Instead of a lecture/presentation this month, The Whale Trail invites you to a celebration/fundraiser as their work extends along the West Coast and the greater “whale trail,” as explained in our preview. At C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 6:30 pm. (5612 California SW)

DELRIDGE NIGHT OUT: The fourth Thursday of the month, 7-11 pm, it’s a benefit for the future Delridge Grocery at Skylark Café and Club, with live music starting at 8, as explained in our calendar listing. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

‘HAIR’ AT ARTSWEST: It’s night two of the new, yet classic, production at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor) curtain time 7:30 pm. (4711 California SW)

…and even more on the calendar!

Local Girl Scouts bringing ‘Girl Rising’ back to The Admiral

Six months after a screening of “Girl Rising” at West Seattle’s historic Admiral Theater, local Girl Scouts are organizing an encore showing on Tuesday, May 6th (7:30 pm) – but need to sell enough tickets in the next few days to make sure it’ll happen, so they asked us to help get the word out. The trailer above introduces you to some of the girls from around the world whose inspiring stories are told in the film. Interested in going? Here’s the ticket link.


April 24, 2014 6:07 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

(Latest bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Once again today, no major road work planned, but here’s another reminder that the Admiral Way offramp from the bridge will be closed much of Saturday.

High-school baseball: Shutout wins for WSHS, Sealth

Shutouts for both West Seattle High School and Chief Sealth International High School in their varsity-baseball games on Wednesday. First, the Wildcats:

Greg Slader shares the photo of Joe Mitchell, who he reports had three hits during a lopsided game against Franklin (the score is listed in The Times as 17-0): “Everyone got a chance to play as the rain was unable to spoil West Seattle’s game vs. the Quakers. Friday’s game is at Franklin before next week’s big games against Chief Sealth.”

Speaking of whom – the Seahawks hosted Rainier Beach, winning 10-0. Those two teams also have a rematch on Friday, 3:30 pm at Rainier Beach.

West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network: Summer plans; incident updates; SPD’s online expert

(SPD Mounted Patrol officers photographed by Faith on Barton by Westwood/Roxhill last week)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Roxhill Park/Westwood Village, a more-troubled area than ever lately, is getting beefed-up SPD attention, Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Steve Wilske told the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network last night.

In his briefing at the start of their monthly meeting, he addressed both current problems and concerns about the approaching summer.

Regarding the latter, the area is one of three at the heart of the summertime emphasis plan he has drafted, along with Alki (for the usual reasons) and Lincoln Park (primarily for its car-prowling problems). “Exactly how much (of the requested resources) I’m going to get in terms of what I’m asking for, because it’s fairly significant, I haven’t heard that yet,” he said. He’s said before that he is hoping for Mounted Patrol resources and added on Tuesday night that he hopes some officers will be able to patrol the area on bicycles.

As for the current situation at Westwood Village, where incidents have ranged from recurring shoplifting to an assault on an officer, Capt. Wilske says officers are assigned to be in the area more regularly so that if a call comes in, they can get to it quicker than ever. Community Police Team Officer Jonathan Kiehn added that right now there’s a strategy of working on a big-picture fix for a “lot of little things” that require increased communications, security, and procedures on businesses’ part at Westwood, as well as help from police.

ALSO COMING UP THIS SUMMER: “We’re going to be doing traffic emphasis along 35th SW for the summer,” looking for “speed and distracted driving,” said Capt. Wilske. “If you are driving on 35th SW you probably want to be driving the speed limit and you want to be using your hands-free devices.”

Ahead (if you’re reading this from the home page), updates on notable incidents, plus the night’s featured guest:

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Last call for West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day signups

April 23, 2014 8:47 pm
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 |   Community Garage Sale Day | West Seattle news

garagesaledaysmalllog5.jpgOne more reminder that TONIGHT is the deadline – 11:59 pm, about three hours away – to sign up a sale for the upcoming 10th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day! Though WSCGSD isn’t until May 10th, every year, after a 3+-week sign-up period, we have to close it down in time to get all the locations and listings into the map/guide so that it’ll be available a week in advance. If you’ve already signed up, PLEASE doublecheck to be sure you have both the confirmation e-mail from us and the receipt from PayPal – you’re not registered without both. If you didn’t get that receipt, or if you have any other question, we’re monitoring the special mailbox through sale day. P.S. If you are signing up your sale now to beat the deadline, here’s the link. Thank you! (And watch WSB starting tomorrow for sale-countdown news and spotlights.)

Chess star Phiona Mutesi visits West Seattle Elementary School

A high-profile visitor today at West Seattle Elementary School, from half a world away – Phiona Mutesi came to show the students what can happen if you work really hard at something. In her case, it’s chess that’s brought her into the spotlight from an impoverished neighborhood in Uganda. Students are learning it at WSES via the First Move program. Phiona, whose dream is to become a grandmaster, visited a third-grade classroom where chess instruction was happening, before speaking at an assembly:

Those accompanying her for the visit included (at right above)The Chess Lady.” Phiona’s success, including junior championships in her home country as well as competitions abroad, has been detailed in stories including this one in ESPN Magazine. Tomorrow she will be featured on KING 5 News, whose morning anchor Mark Wright was one of the journalists covering her visit along with our crew.

Update: Second round of results out for Proposition 1; county leaders say they’re planning for cuts

4:23 PM: “Yes” on Metro/roads-money Proposition 1 gained a bit of ground in the second round of results just released but “no” is still leading, now by nine percentage points. Current tally:

No – 224,441 votes, 54.51%
Yes – 187,324 votes, 45.49%

5:22 PM: County leaders have issued a news release saying that they’re now making plans for Metro cuts. County Executive Dow Constantine is quoted as saying, “We gave the voters a choice, and presented a proposal for saving Metro Transit and maintaining our roads. They have chosen a reduced level of service, and we will carry out the will of the voters. Tomorrow I will transmit legislation to the King County Council to reduce service by 550,000 hours and eliminate 72 bus routes.” The County Council’s Transportation, Economy and Environment committee will have public hearings on the plan before taking final action by the end of May. The draft version of the 550,000-hour reduction is in our election report from last night.

The WSBeat: Arrests including violent gang member, unregistered sex offender, fugitive turned burglary suspect…

By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog

This edition of The WSBeat contains summaries written from reports on cases handled in recent weeks by Southwest Precinct officers – generally cases that (usually) have not already appeared here in breaking-news coverage or West Seattle Crime Watch reports, but that might at least answer the question “what WERE all those police doing on my block?” Or on the bridge, or the beach, or …

*On the afternoon of Wednesday the 16th, a car with heavily tinted windows drove past an officer on patrol at Don Armeni Boat Ramp. A routine records check of the license plate showed that the 27-year-old owner was wanted on a misdemeanor warrant for car prowling. A check of the owner’s name brought up a no-bail felony warrant, extraditable throughout the United States, for unlawful firearms possession in the second degree. The officer was able to take the suspect — described in the warrants as a violent gang member — into custody without incident.

*In the Admiral area on the 14th, an officer recognized a man who was violating a protection order by walking near a girlfriend’s residence The suspect was also wanted for failing to register as a sex offender. When arrested he was carrying an illegal switchblade knife and a bag of crystal meth. He was booked into King County Jail for investigation of all four violations.

*A woman paid a visit to her ex-boyfriend’s place of employment and argued with him in the parking lot. After he went inside, she rammed his car with hers six or eight times, yelling all the while, before driving off. The woman has been trespassed from the property.

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West Seattle ferry update: Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth back to three boats

April 23, 2014 1:31 pm
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 |   Transportation | West Seattle news

1:31 PM: Washington State Ferries‘ Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route is suddenly down to two boats TFN because the Sealth is out for repairs. See the two-boat schedule here. We’ll update when this changes.

6:32 PM UPDATE: As of early evening, the run is back to three boats.

New ballot measure: Property tax for Seattle-only Metro money

Even before the second vote count comes out this afternoon for Metro/roads-money measure Proposition 1, a new ballot measure is in the works, says a group calling itself Friends of Transit, seeking a property-tax increase to be used only for bus service inside the Seattle city limits. The announcement received via e-mail:

Friends of Transit today announced it will file an initiative for the November 2014 ballot that would save bus service within Seattle city limits. The measure could raise up to $25 million a year for the next six years, enough to reverse most cuts to King County Metro routes that serve Seattle.

“Seattle will grind to a halt if we don’t act fast to save buses,” said Ben Schiendelman, founder of Friends of Transit and proponent of the ballot measure. “Seattle voters want better transit. We will not rest until we have reversed these cuts and begun making the investments we need to provide Seattle with the transit system it deserves.”

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West Seattle road work: Admiral Way offramp closure Saturday

April 23, 2014 11:47 am
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A signboard is up for this but you might not have caught all the details, so we just checked with SDOT for details: The Admiral Way offramp from the westbound West Seattle Bridge will be closed 8 am until ~3 pm (reopening earlier if the work is done) this Saturday (April 26th). SDOT’s Marybeth Turner explains that crews “will be working on a project to restore the sidewalk where a traffic accident took out a pole last fall. City Light performed their work, and now we’re following up. On Saturday the crews will remove the temporary fill material (this requires the ramp to be closed) and they plan to pave during this coming week.” That paving work, she adds, will NOT require subsequent closures.

West Seattle Wednesday: Cable-comment meeting; opening night for ‘Hair’; more

Thanks to Lise for sharing her photo of birds in the buffet line! Before the day moves too much further along, four notes for tonight:

SOMETHING TO SAY ABOUT COMCAST? As noted here yesterday, the city is reviewing citizens’ opinion of its service, as it prepares a potential franchise renewal. The franchise technically only involves the cable-TV service, but the city also has been soliciting opinions regarding its Internet service as well. If you have something to say about Comcast service and/or how you think Seattle’s cable service should be, be at High Point Community Center at 6 pm. (6920 34th SW)

CUB SCOUT INFO NIGHT: 6:30 pm, it’s Cub Scout Pack 799’s “Join Scouting Night” at Arbor Heights Elementary. From the announcement: “We will have leaders from the Pack as well as the Seattle Scouting Council to talk to boys and their families about joining our exciting Pack. Boys who attend will have the chance to build their own Pinewood Derby Car, and then come back on Friday night to race their car in our Annual Pinewood Derby Race!” (37th/104th)

POETRY & STORYTELLING: Fourth Wednesday of the month means it’s time for poems and stories at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

OPENING NIGHT FOR ‘HAIR’ AT ARTSWEST: The ’60s reappear in the ’10s! The new production at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor) opens tonight, curtain time 7:30 pm. (4711 California SW)

LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR WEST SEATTLE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE DAY: We opened registration three weeks ago, and tonight we close it just before midnight, so mapmaking can begin. If you haven’t signed up your sale for the big day (9 am-3 pm Saturday, May 10th) yet – hurry! Here’s the form.

PHOTOS: West Seattle whale-watching – orcas back, day 3

(Added 8:55 am: Photo by Carolyn Newman)
Lots of orca-watching going on this morning, from Beach Drive to Elliott Bay, where the newest reports are from – likely the same two transient male orcas who have been visiting the area for the past several days. Photos shared via Twitter:

8:38 AM: Found out they started the day off West Seattle pretty early – James was watching them off Fauntleroy in the 6 am hour! Meantime, another photo tweeted from the Water Taxi vicinity (Seacrest Boathouse/Pier, 1660 Harbor SW, in case you are new in the area):

9:36 AM: Thanks again to everyone who has tweeted, e-mailed, texted/called (206-293-6302 any time), Facebooked – speaking of which, Melinda posted video of the orcas off Beach Drive; not embeddable, unfortunately, but here’s a direct link to see it on FB.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday updates

April 23, 2014 6:07 am
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(Latest bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:07 AM: Happy midweek! Our traffic watch begins. No road work today but we did spot a sign on the westbound West Seattle Bridge announcing that the Admiral Way offramp will be closed for much of Saturday (April 26th); we’re checking on that today and will update with whatever info we get. (Afternoon update: Here are the details.)

8:50 AM: If you use Denny Way downtown and haven’t headed out yet – we haven’t heard exactly where but a light is out and big backups are starting, according to radio discussion (monitored via scanner). Otherwise, this morning’s big commute news has been the Water Taxi orca-watching!

1:42 PM: Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth ferry route is down to two boats.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Student athletes hit by car prowler(s); plus, rogue tree cutter

During Tuesday night’s West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network meeting (full report to come), Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Steve Wilske listed Lincoln Park as one of his emphasis priorities for the summer season, particularly because of its ongoing car-prowl problem. The first of two West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports includes another example of that:

Michelle reports a car break-in during the West Seattle High School tennis team’s game at the Lincoln Park tennis courts on Monday. She says two backpacks with “several valuable items” were stolen from the trunk of a Honda Accord, and the debit cards in those backpacks were used quickly at stores including Roxbury Safeway. The car break-ins have been reported to police and they are hoping to find clues on store surveillance video. If you find any tossed-aside backpacks, and/or personal paperwork, please report it to police.

Ahead, our second reader report – the case of the unauthorized tree-cutter:
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High-school soccer: 2nd Chief Sealth vs. West Seattle match of the year

April 23, 2014 1:13 am
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Good fan turnout for Tuesday afternoon’s Chief Sealth International High SchoolWest Seattle High School soccer rematch. Sealth’s Devin Offord had a cheering section (above) and scored the first of Sealth’s four goals, helping the Seahawks to a final score of 4-1 over the Wildcats.

Last time the two teams met, one month ago, WSHS won, 2-1.

Other scoring in Tuesday’s match at Southwest Athletic Complex: Alazar Gilay had WSHS’s lone goal; Luis Medina had two for Sealth, and the final one was by Yael Pina (who assisted on two of the three other Sealth goals).

Both are on the road for their next games: Sealth plays at Franklin, 3:30 pm Thursday; WSHS plays Cleveland, same time/day, at Van Asselt Playfield.

Election 2014: First results for King County Proposition 1

8:13 PM: Tonight’s results have just been made public for Proposition 1, the Metro/roads money measure, and it’s 55 percent no, 44 percent yes. More to come.

8:28 PM: This is the only vote count we’ll get tonight, with another to come tomorrow. The details, from the county website:

No – 200887 votes, 55.28%
Yes – 162508 votes, 44.72%

In addition to your thoughts in the comment section, we’re watching for other reaction around the net. Metro is a county service; from King County Executive Dow Constantine:

9:09 PM: So what happens now? The vote-counting usually takes a few weeks. If the measure is indeed defeated, the West Seattle-specific cut list would have to be reshuffled, because it included an extra cut that was averted two months ago, when the state agreed to continue providing “mitigation money” related to Highway 99 construction for at least another year. (And that was BEFORE Monday’s news that the Highway 99 tunneling machine won’t get moving again for almost a year.)

Metro did recently make a slight reduction in the number of service hours it said would be necessary if no new funding became available – 550,000 instead of 600,000; that draft revision included this route-by-route table.

It leaves more routes unchanged than the original proposal, and would be phased in between September 2014 and September 2015. Still on the list of routes to be eliminated: 21, 22, 37, 57. Route 113 was on the deletion list in November but is on the “would be unchanged” list now.

Congratulations! WSHS student artist Regine Fernandez wins regional award

Congratulations go out to an award-winning West Seattle High School student artist, just announced by art/design teacher Michelle Sloan, who also shared the photo:

West Seattle High School Student Regine Fernandez wins an Outstanding Achievement award for her Oil Pastel Drawing of “Grandma’s Girl” in the Puget Sound Regional Art competition. The drawing was of her family’s pet dog.

More information about the competition is here.

Straight Blast Gym of Seattle: Welcome, new WSB sponsor

We’re welcoming Straight Blast Gym of Seattle as a WSB sponsor – with a special event coming up this weekend. Here’s what they want you to know about their business:

At Straight Blast Gym of Seattle, we not only teach martial arts, we teach movement. We strive to connect the sense of effort and enjoyment, providing an environment that is physically demanding yet playful in nature. We operate out of a 5300-square-foot warehouse converted into a martial-arts and fitness facility, conveniently located on Delridge Way, with more than 1700 square feet of mat space. Needless to say, there is plenty of room to climb, jump, lift, roll, kick, punch, and most importantly, MOVE.

Straight Blast Gym of Seattle is what we like to call the “third place.” It is a community that fosters deep bonds and relationships with individuals that are just like you. Everyone knows that we are a martial-arts gym, and anyone with a computer can Google search “Straight Blast Gym” and figure that our coaching methods are world class – there is no doubt that you’ll learn something new, and learn it well. So, what sets us apart? Why are we different? Community. Oftentimes, the sense that people truly care about you is overlooked when looking for a martial arts and fitness facility. We emphasize community because it’s the most important element in helping you reach your goals.

Most people seek us out because we are very approachable, and our community is so diverse. Our gym is not like your typical martial-arts academy, as it has plenty of personality. We do not adhere to the norms, because everyone here is considered family. People continue coming back because they see results, whether that is weight loss, increased confidence, learning martial arts, or that feeling of being alive again; everyone eventually reaches their goals, whether you’re a child or adult. Our Growing Gorillas is a children’s martial arts program designed to help your child improve focus, self-control, discipline, and a positive self-image within a fun, safe, and family-friendly environment that emphasizes goal setting and achievement. No matter what program you enroll in, you will begin to achieve the goals you’ve set.

The coaches never think about how they transform lives, because we are so busy noticing how much our students change our own lives. We offer a variety of programs for people of all ages, our youngest student is 3 and our oldest student is 59:

Brazilian Jiujitsu
Muay Thai
Warrior Woman Strength and Conditioning
Youth Martial Arts
Personal Training
Before and After School Care

Also coming up: We are hosting a free women’s self-defense seminar on Sunday, April 27th at noon:

We will also be collecting items for New Beginnings, a women’s shelter in Seattle that does some amazing things. Here’s the Facebook event.

If you want to see for yourself what we offer and what we’re all about, contact us today to schedule your free consultation and private lesson.

We thank Straight Blast Gym of Seattle for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; see our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

Happening now: Ballot-dropoff vans in West Seattle, WC until 8

Four more hours to get your ballot in for the Proposition 1 (Metro/roads money) special election, and if you’re not mailing it, the ballot-dropoff vans in West Seattle and White Center will take it for free. Above, Taylor and Benjamin were on duty at the West Seattle Stadium van when we stopped by around noon; they already had received more than 150 ballots in two hours at that point. The other nearby van is in Greenbridge, 8th SW south of Roxbury. P.S. The other voting option is an accessible voting center – explained here; three locations – Renton, Bellevue, and Union Station downtown, also until 8 tonight. (Tonight’s round of results will be made public shortly after that, and we’ll have them here as soon as they’re available.)