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West Seattle food news: Hot Chocolat on TV; Coastline crowdfunding adds commenter’s suggestion

October 16, 2014 9:39 pm
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 |   West Seattle businesses | West Seattle news

Two West Seattle food-biz notes:

FIREFIGHTER WITH A NOT-SO-SECRET IDENTITY: Embedded above is the recent Evening Magazine profile of Chef Michael Poole and his artisan candy business, Hot Chocolat Artisan Firehouse Chocolates. Even if you saw the profile on TV, you might not have realized Chef Poole is based in West Seattle. His day job, as the TV feature shows, is as a lieutenant in the Seattle Fire Department dispatch center; in his “spare time” he has space at one of the commercial kitchens in The Triangle, making his Hot Chocolat creations. (We met him there earlier this year.) His culinary career started out with a more general line of catering, but he eventually went on to study and work with master sweets-crafters in France. He sells his chocolates online and also has some retail outlets, including Chaco Canyon Organic Café in The Triangle, where you can buy his vegan chocolates.

COASTLINE CROWDFUNDING ADDS PUNCHCARDS: It was suggested by WSB commenter Goodgraces, and now it’s part of the crowdfunding campaign for Coastline, the “burger joint” that is taking over the ex-Shoofly spot in The Junction. One of the partners, Aaron Shepherd, sent this update tonight:

Responding to community feedback in regards to their hopes for participation with the Kickstarter campaign, we have Upgraded our Rewards. We’ve added a new category of “Punch Cards”:

4 Burger Punch Card for $25
6 Burger Punch Card for $35
9 Burger Punch Card for $45
12 Burger Punch Card for $55
15 Burger Punch Card for $65

We hope people are excited about the Upgraded Rewards, and look forward to seeing everyone at Coastline ASAP.

Shepherd says they hope to open in about a month.

Use the Fauntleroy ferry dock? Two alerts, from WSF and KCWTD

October 16, 2014 8:14 pm
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These two advisories are from different agencies but both are potentially of interest to Fauntleroy ferry-dock users.


Starting Saturday, Oct. 18 through Tuesday, Oct. 21, customers travelling on the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route are advised to prepare for longer than usual wait times due to a possible vessel downsizing and a two-boat schedule. The temporary downsizing and 2-boat schedule may be needed in order to maintain a full, system-wide sailing schedule while the Wenatchee is out of service for its annual mandatory U.S. Coast Guard safety inspection. Updates will occur as more information is known.

ONE-DAY REDUCTION IN BOOTH/LANE AVAILABILITY: This is from King County Wastewater Treatment, as its Barton Pump Station project continues north of the dock:

North ferry lane entrance and toll booth closed for electrical work
October 21, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, October 21, a quiet generator will be brought on site to allow for Seattle City Light crews to perform electrical work at the Barton Pump Station. Work will begin around 7:00 a.m. and is expected to be complete by 3:30 p.m. During this time, the north ferry lane entrance and toll booth will be closed.

King County has been working closely with Washington State Ferries throughout the project to ensure minimal disruption to traffic along Fauntleroy Way SW and to keep ferry traffic moving.

While the north ferry lane is closed, commuters and neighbors can expect extra flaggers to assist pedestrian, bike, and vehicular traffic.

The upgraded pump station is expected to be in operation by year’s end, the county says, with restoration work, including Cove Park on the beach, planned early next year.

Student athletes raising cancer awareness: Huling Bowl tomorrow night, volleyball match Monday

Two upcoming sports events feature friendly faceoffs between our area’s two biggest public schools – both spotlighting the fight against cancer:

HULING BOWL, FRIDAY NIGHT: The Huling Bowltrophy and all! – is the name of the annual football game between Chief Sealth International High School and West Seattle High School, and you’re invited to this year’s edition at 7 pm tomorrow (Friday), Southwest Athletic Complex (2601 SW Thistle, across from the Sealth campus).

Sealth’s bulletin announces it as a “pink-out,” urging everyone to wear pink to show support for the fight against breast cancer. That will be especially meaningful for Sealth running back Daron Camacho, who e-mailed us overnight asking if we would let folks know that “I dedicate the game to my Godmom Margarita Vidrio, who is fighting breast cancer.” You’ll see Daron on the field wearing #11.

VOLLEYBALL, MONDAY NIGHT: Thanks to Jim Bowe for sharing the announcement:

On Monday, October 20th at 7 pm, West Seattle HS Volleyball hosts Chief Sealth in what is always a great Metro League volleyball match. The WSHS volleyball girls are making this night Cancer Awareness Night. Admission to the event is free. There will be opportunities for people to donate to cancer research if they choose to do so; however, attendance and awareness is really the goal.

The WSHS gym is on the southwest side of the school, right off the parking lot, at 3000 California SW.

Seattle Symphony, here, free! Friday concert also features WS Community Orchestra

In case you missed the mention when the West Seattle Community Orchestras‘ new season started – tomorrow night at Chief Sealth International High School, some of their musicians will be featured in the first Seattle Symphony community performance this fall – free admission! Here’s the lineup and program for the 7 pm concert:

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Touring the Junction/Triangle ‘walkshed’: Proliferation of plans

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Seattle Comprehensive Plan

West Seattle Junction Hub Neighborhood Plan

West Seattle Triangle Streetscape Concept Plan ..

Seattle Transit Master Plan

Seattle Bicycle Master Plan

Seattle Pedestrian Master Plan

Seattle Right of Way Improvements Manual

Seattle Pedestrian Retail Areas plan

Fauntleroy Boulevard plan

One thing was clear during last Saturday’s “walkshed” tour of the Junction/Triangle area, with Seattle Planning Commission reps listening to local community reps: There’s no shortage of plans and documents covering the area, but there’s a shortage of understanding in how they interact, interface, intersect, and what they mean.

The tour itself was linked to the Planning Commission’s ongoing work on the city Comprehensive Plan update, dubbed Seattle 2035. The next big milestone for that is the environmental-impact statement, expected to be out early next year. And this is no bureaucratic bit of wonkiness to ignore: As was pointed out at the start of Saturday’s event, this type of discussion preceded the 1990s-generated plan for “urban villages” including The Junction/Triangle – much of which is only now coming to pass, as was underscored by the current, future, and recent development sites passed (and often discussed) along the way.

But the topic wasn’t just the dense heart of the Junction/Triangle, but also its single-family zones – like a stretch of 40th south of Edmunds and the major project sites bordering it on the north.

For backstory on the tour, see our coverage of last month’s Junction Neighborhood Organization meeting (which included a slide deck setting the stage). To see what happened during the tour – read on:

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Reader report: Safety alert, if you walk your dog in Schmitz Park

Out of the WSB inbox, from Beth:

I was just in Schmitz Park talking to the park warden and he asked if we could get some info up on the blog. People had a campout under the bridge (last night) and left all their supplies/ garbage strewn about. They had a large amount of chicken wings and he is working on getting it all picked up but wants people who bring their dogs in to be aware that there may be chicken parts he can’t reach around the bridge/going down the ravine; they can cause a choking hazard/ digestion problems for the dogs.

See it first, in West Seattle! ‘Interstellar’ to premiere at The Admiral

That’s the final trailer for “Interstellar” – which you’ll be able to see at West Seattle’s historic Admiral Theater before it hits the megaplexes. The Admiral’s announcement explains why (and when):

How exciting is this? Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures announced that the highly anticipated “INTERSTELLAR” from Christopher Nolan will be released in 70mm IMAX® film, 70mm film and 35mm film formats on Wednesday, November 5th, two days ahead of its nationwide release. Because the Admiral Theater is one of only a few theaters screening in 35 mm, we have been selected to premiere this highly anticipated holiday movie.

“In the past, we have always had to wait in line for a film to run its course in major chains before coming to us,” says Dinah Brein, Admiral Manager. “More and more, new films aren’t even being made in 35mm, so this is a huge treat for us, sort of an early ‘Thanksgiving blessing’.”

The Admiral will have a special sneak-peek showing of the movie, Tuesday, November 4th at 8:00 PM and then will show the movie multiple times beginning on Wednesday, November 5th. Ticket prices will be set at $10.25 for adults and $8.50 for seniors (65 and over) and children under 11. All screenings before 5:00 pm will be matinee priced at $8.50. Senior Tuesday discount does not apply and special tickets (Groupon, Living Social and Deal Flicks) will not be accepted for the run of the film.

“INTERSTELLAR” was shot using a combination of 35mm anamorphic film and 65mm IMAX film to maximize the crispness and clarity of the image and give the audience a truly cinematic and immersive experience. These advance engagements highlight those theaters presenting “INTERSTELLAR” in its native formats.

“INTERSTELLAR” stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, and Michael Caine. With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history; travelling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars. Directed by Christopher Nolan, written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, and produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Lynda Obst.

P.S. because you’re probably wondering: No new official news on The Admiral’s future.

West Seattle Thursday: Early Halloween event for teens; Genesee-Schmitz NC; Alki CC; quake drill; more

October 16, 2014 9:42 am
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(WSB photo: One of the many barges that come and go off West Seattle’s northeastern shore)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

EARTHQUAKE DRILL THIS MORNING: Want to practice what you know about what to do in an earthquake? 10:16 am today is the Great Washington Shakeout. For local-specific information – particularly, the location of your nearest Emergency Communication Hub – browse West Seattle Be Prepared.

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: 11 am at Southwest Branch Library. (35th/Henderson)

TEEN HALLOWED HUNT AND COSTUME CONTEST: 6:30 pm at Alki Community Center, it’s this year’s first spotlighted Halloween event – just for teens. Details in our calendar listing. (5817 SW Stevens)

GENESEE-SCHMITZ NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL: 7 pm tonight, it’s a general meeting for GSNC at West Side Presbyterian Church, with topics including the P-Patch and City Fruit, as detailed in our calendar listing. (3601 California SW)

ALKI COMMUNITY COUNCIL: 7 pm tonight, the ACC board meets (members welcome) at Alki UCC – not in the parlor as usual (another event is happening there tonight), but on the third floor. Announced topics include “discussion of landslide and transit issues and plans for the November annual meeting.” (6112 SW Hinds)

UNPLUGGED! 7 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), it’s the Seattle Classic Guitar Society‘s monthly open-microphone event for musicians and singers. (5612 California SW)

HYMN SING: You’re invited to add your voice at tonight’s 7 pm hymn sing hosted by West Seattle Christian Church. (4400 42nd SW)

MORE ON THE CALENDAR! Nightlife as usual, but also events throughout the day – you can easily browse beyond, too. Just start here.

Utility-work alert: Pipe project ahead on 26th SW in North Delridge, including request for neighbors

That map shows the location of a pipe project just announced by Seattle Public Utilities for a block and a half of the 26th SW greenway in North Delridge. It will affect people who drive, bike, and walk in that area, but it also comes with a request for those who live there: Don’t use outdoor water while the work is under way (indoor water, no problem, since it drains to a different part of the system). Here’s the full advisory, which neighbors should be getting if they haven’t received it already:

SPU says the work should start within the next two weeks.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Updates for Thursday

October 16, 2014 6:51 am
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(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
No traffic trouble in, or outbound from, West Seattle so far. Today’s notes:

VIADUCT/99 CLOSURES THIS WEEKEND: Between the West Seattle Bridge and Battery Street Tunnel, Highway 99 will be closed 6 am-6 pm Saturday and Sunday for its semiannual inspection. But it’ll be closed all weekend, late Friday night until early Monday morning, from the BST to Valley Street. The multipart closure is explained here.

BRIDGE STOP FOR BICYCLE RIDERS: West Seattle Cyclery is under the West Seattle Bridge again this morning until 9 am “with hot coffee, drinks, and snacks. We will also have service equipment to help with any minor repairs.”

7:25 AM: Per SDOT tweet (remember, they have a separate account for bridge updates now), the low bridge is closed to traffic right now. (The camera that’s been showing it lately is offline, so it’s not in our highlight boxes above.)

7:38 AM: Open again. All’s still relatively quiet out there otherwise. By the way, last night’s Morgan Community Association meeting included an update on the overflow-tank project at Lowman Beach that’s been generating extra double-dump-truck trips lately – the dig is halfway down and is still on track for completion in early November.