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Barton Street P-Patch stone/mosaic work complete – see it during October 4th Fall Festival!

Thanks to Elizabeth MacKenzie for sharing three photos taken today at Barton Street P-Patch – one week before its Fall Festival. She explained that she was walking there today “when I encountered Kate Farley and Keith Brewer of Farley Landscape Design. They were finishing up their 2 years of work on the pizza oven and counters! I so love the Barton P-Patch and I was so happy to tell them how much I admire the work they have done on it.” In the top photo, Elizabeth says, Kate was “placing the very last stone, which was the final bit to be done on the entire project.”

About that festival: Next Saturday (October 4th), noon-4 pm, you’re invited to come enjoy music, wood-fired pizza (bring your own toppings), homemade dessert pies (available for donation, as is the pizza), kids’ activities, as announced in the flyer. And of course – the beauty of what’s growing in the garden:

Barton P-Patch is on the southwest corner of 34th/Barton in Westwood.

Southwest Youth and Family Services: Spotlight Gala tonight, neighborhood Open House coming up October 9th

September 27, 2014 9:41 pm
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Biggest party in West Seattle tonight: The Spotlight Gala at The Hall at Fauntleroy raising money for Southwest Youth and Family Services, the North Delridge-based nonprofit with more going on inside its nondescript headquarters than you’d guess just from passing by. Emcee for the night, former Mayor (and major soccer fan) Greg Nickels, there with wife Sharon Nickels:

Two of our area’s state legislators were there to support SWYFS – State Senate Democratic leader Sen. Sharon Nelson of Maury Island:

And longtime State House Rep. Eileen Cody of West Seattle:

SWYFS executive director Steve Daschle was all smiles:

His agency is focused on education, counseling, and support services, and has expanded its reach in the past year-plus, stretching further into South King County by merging with New Futures. It’s also reaching out to invite West Seattleites to find out more about what it does and how to help and/or get help; toward that goal, you’re invited to an open house 2-6 pm Thursday, October 9th, with a hot-dog barbecue and prize raffles as well as entertainment. SWYFS is at 4555 Delridge Way SW, just south of Delridge Community Center and east of Delridge Playfield.

2 ways you can help: Empower Mentoring; Girls On The Run

September 27, 2014 7:27 pm
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 |   How to help | West Seattle news

Two programs are looking for adult volunteers to help local kids:

(Student/mentor cohort; photo courtesy Empower Mentoring)
BE A MENTOR! Here’s how:

Empower Mentoring Program is gearing up to start their second year at Denny International Middle School. We are still looking for a few more volunteer mentors to work with the students. Mentors and students meet three times a month, twice as one-on-one pairs, doing fun stuff around the community, and one time attending a workshop that will give the student skills that will help them through middle school, and later in life. To get involved, please call our executive director Julia Hodges at 206-819-6416, email at, and visit our website at

BE A COACH! Girls On The Run is about to start its new season – Monday! – and needs one more coach for each of three participating local schools – West Seattle Elementary, Westside School (WSB sponsor), and Alki Elementary. Volunteer coaches “empower 3rd – 5th grade girls to celebrate their bodies, honor their voices, recognize their gifts, and activate their power to make healthy choices for years to come!” with a curriculum that “uses running games to teach healthy living lessons that develop the whole girl; her social, emotional and physical self. Alongside 1-2 other coaches, you will explore issues like media awareness, nutrition, emotional health, positive communication, and community service.” Interested? Apply here, ASAP. Questions?

Dog on the run on the West Seattle Bridge; drivers stop to rescue it

FIRST REPORT, 3:55 PM: For a short time about half an hour ago, the west end of the eastbound West Seattle Bridge was backed up to Fauntleroy. Anne Higuera from Ventana Construction (WSB sponsor) sent the photo and explains why:

Just watched as hundreds of people stopped their cars on the West Seattle Bridge to wait while a couple of valiant dog catchers blocked traffic and captured a little dog that refused to stop and was running all the way down Fauntleroy and onto the bridge. They finally wrapped him up in a jacket and put him in a box and I’m going to assume that they’re going to then try to locate the owners of the dog. Everyone was so well mannered. Not a single horn blown and everyone waited patiently until the little dog was captured. It was really sweet.

We heard a bit about this on the scanner but had no idea how it turned out until Anne’s note. The dog might be hurt, according to a tweet from Dan. (If whomever now has the dog sees this, we can of course put a note on the WSB Lost/Found Pets page, where we’ve had multiple “found dog” reports today but no “lost” reports yet.)

4:45 PM UPDATE: We have heard now from both the dog’s owner and the finder – the latter, via comments, saying it’s been taken to Seattle Animal Shelter; the former, via e-mail, explaining the dog, a Jack Russell Terrier mix named Woody, bolted from Petco in The Junction “just fitted … for a new harness & lead and obviously it didn’t fit! He backed out of it and ran for it.”

We’re hoping they all connect quickly!

Happening now: Chinese-culture celebration at Confucius Institute Day

September 27, 2014 3:01 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | WS culture/arts

You still have time to get to Chief Sealth International High School for the culmination of Confucius Institute Day – performances including the Seattle Chinese Community Girls’ Drill Team, whose members were there early, checking out other activities including language and writing instruction. The schedule, as featured in our preview earlier this week, also includes lion dancing:

Another highlight – a demonstration of Peking Opera. Costumes and props were shown off earlier in the afternoon:

It’s a free festival, open to all:

Sealth and adjoining Denny International Middle School are home to a branch of the Confucius Institute, a “nongovernmental and nonprofit organization affiliated with the Ministry of Education of China,” focused on cultural education and understanding, with 400 branches in 130 countries. This festival and others are part of Global Confucius Institute Day, marking the program’s 10th worldwide anniversary.

Happening now: Hunger-fighting donation drive for West Seattle Food Bank

Hundreds of volunteers spend thousands of hours every year helping the West Seattle Food Bank fight hunger. Among them is Joan, who we found stationed outside Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor) as today’s “Mayors’ Day of Concern” food drive got under way. Other Food Bank board members, volunteers, and staffers, are pitching in as the drive continues until 5 pm. The wish list they’re handing out to shoppers focuses on two specific needs, detailed here.

West Seattle weekend scene: Walking on Logs Landscape Restoration Group at work

That photo is from the volunteers comprising the Walking on Logs Landscape Restoration Group, some of your West Seattle neighbors (backstory here) who have been doing what they can to honor the longstanding mandate for community upkeep of the area. This is their last cleanup session of the year; the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce is looking at organizing one at the start of November. (The Chamber keeps the sign-up sheet for nonprofit promotional use of the site – what’s up right now replaced the guerrilla messaging spotted earlier in the week).

P.S. You might not notice unless you’re passing by as a passenger, but we’re told the aspens are in fine form and the snowberries are blooming!

Have you seen Rick’s work van? Stolen early today in Gatewood

September 27, 2014 1:02 pm
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 |   Crime | Gatewood | West Seattle news

From Rick:

My work van with all of my tools inside was stolen from in front of my home at 39th and Holden. It is a 2003 Ford Ecovan with Relius Marine in large blue and green lettering. The license # is A46580Z. The police have been informed. The van was stolen after 1:00 a.m. or so on September 27, 2014. I am out of business without my tools & van. Please call Rick at 253-350-4263 with any information.

And call 911 if you see it – don’t approach a suspected stolen car, police advise, since you never know who or what might still be in it.

West Seattle coyotes: Sightings in Arbor Heights, Highland Park

Two coyote sightings to share today, first ones we’ve received in a while. As we’ve done more than 150 times in the past six years, when we get them, we publish them, not as cause for panic, but in the spirit of information/education, since not everyone realizes that we share our city with them. Patricia:

Coyote sighting this morning in Arbor Heights… about 6:30 am as I was walking two spaniels north on 39th Ave SW, a coyote was spotted sitting at the edge of the yard of the demolished-for-new-construction home between SW 106th and SW 104th. Pretty big – taller than my larger dog, though not so heavy. He moved into the street and sat down, watching us. We got to within 50 feet… close enough for me so I stamped twice. He turned north then west on SW 104th. Pretty neat!

And a quick report from Cynthia on Friday evening:

Coyote spotted on Trenton and 14th Ave SW.

The reports we’ve received over the years (archived here, newest to oldest) also tend to debunk myths such as, they only come out at night, or, they only live near greenbelts. So, what to do if you see one? Most important advice: Scare it away. That and other advice from state wildlife authorities is here.

West Seattle Saturday: 10 highlights for today/tonight

(Great blue heron, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
Happy Saturday! While the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar has today’s full list, here are some highlights of what’s ahead:

LONGFELLOW CREEK TRAIL BILINGUAL BIKE RIDE: 9 am, come to the baseball fields by Roxhill Elementary to join this English/Spanish tour led by two teachers from Denny International Middle School – our preview has more info, here. (30th/Roxbury)

WALK ‘N’ ROLL: The annual event in honor of National Ataxia Awareness Day starts from the Alki Beach Promenade – registration 9 am, walk/roll at 10 am, registration is by donation – and heads to Luna/Anchor Park and back (or smaller loops if you prefer). More info here. (61st/Alki)

MONSTER DASH REGISTRATION PARTY! 10 am-2 pm, go to West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) and sign up for the October 25th West Seattle Monster Dash at a discount off the online fee – plus, get a 10 percent discount on WSR in-store purchases while you’re there. Even more info here. (California/Charlestown)

DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY: 10 am-2 pm, take your unwanted/unneeded/expired prescription drugs to the Southwest Precinct during the twice-yearly Drug Take-Back Day. They’ll be disposed of safely, no questions asked. (Delridge/Webster)

FOOD BANK DAY OF CONCERN: 11 am-5 pm, donate to the West Seattle Food Bank during the “Mayor’s Day of Concern for the Hungry” food drive today. You’ll find WSFB reps at Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor), along with info on what they need most. (42nd/Admiral)

NATURE CONSORTIUM COMMUNITY PICNIC: 11 am-2 pm, you bring the picnic, the Nature Consortium has the fun, and games, and hikes, all in West Seattle’s own West Duwamish Greenbelt. Details here. (Entrance from SSC parking lot at 6000 16th SW)

CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE CULTURAL CELEBRATION: 1-4 pm at Chief Sealth International High School, a free, fun celebration of Chinese culture. Our preview includes the schedule. (2600 SW Thistle)

WRITING WORKSHOP: 2-4 pm, writer Kim Baker will lead you through a workshop on writing humor for kids – but you have to register, so call ASAP to see if there’s room! West Seattle (Admiral) Branch Library. (2306 42nd SW)

SOUTHWEST YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES GALA: 5:30-8:30 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy, help SWYFS raise money to continue helping local youth and families. Dinner, auction, more. (9140 California SW)

NIGHTLIFE! Live music, theater, karaoke … see the listings here.

West Seattle High School homecoming: Battling Beach

September 27, 2014 2:36 am
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(#54 Emanuel Santos, #17 Robert Harrelson, #22 Fynniecko Glover, #85 Andrew Burggraff)
As always for homecoming games, the football was just part of it. West Seattle High School celebrated homecoming tonight at Southwest Athletic Complex, and of course there was royalty – seniors Annalisa Ursino and Maxwell Eronimous

Juniors Casey Hart and Ezra Sarmiento

And the band, under the direction of Ethan Thomas, put on a show …

Here’s video:

Now, to the football. Rainier Beach left with the victory, 44-18, but the game was closer for much of the first two thirds. Two of the Wildcats’ three touchdowns were by #44, senior Gavin Garcia-Penor, starting with the first play of the second quarter:

The other West Seattle TD was scored by senior Carter Mensing toward the end of the second quarter; at the half, it was Rainier Beach 15, WSHS 12. West Seattle took the lead, 18-15, with Garcia-Penor’s second touchdown in the third quarter. But that’s where the Wildcats’ scoring ended, and Beach scored 29 unanswered points before the game came to a close.

Coach Tom Burggraff‘s Wildcats play Roosevelt next Friday night (October 3rd), 7:45 pm at Memorial Stadium.

Early-morning traffic alert: Crash at Olson/1st

If you’re headed toward or away from Highway 509, note that Seattle Fire and Police are currently at a crash scene at Olson/1st (map). SFD says a 31-year-old man was taken to the hospital in “stable condition” after crashing his car into a pole. Also per SFD, the car caught fire and bystanders rescued the man from it. Officers have called for an SDOT crew to come clean up fluid on the roadway.

High-school football: Chief Sealth vs. Ballard downtown

September 27, 2014 1:20 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle schools

Tonight’s team on the road: Chief Sealth International High School, the opponent for Ballard‘s homecoming game at Memorial Stadium downtown. Final score, BHS 48, CSIHS 20. According to the play-by-play on Ballard’s Twitter feed, the Beavers were up 21-0 before the Seahawks’ first touchdown with 4:59 left in the first half; the halftime score was 28-6. As the second half began, Sealth returned the opening kick for another TD, and got their third and final touchdown on a 48-yard run with less than 6 minutes left in the game. Sealth is home at Southwest Athletic Complex next Friday night (October 3rd), 7 pm, vs. Franklin.