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Early Veterans Day gift: Volunteer project makes WWII vet’s home safer

Three days before Veterans Day, a West Seattle man who served in World War II got an early gift.

Rebuilding Together Seattle, with help from Renewal by Andersen, worked on the Beach Drive home of World War II veteran Elvino Naccarato. Along with fencing, the volunteers worked to build safer stairs and a porch.

They also worked to clean and organize the home, hauling away what they cleaned up as well as debris from work they did.

Kerianne Halpin, a spokesperson for the project, explained, “We want to help someone who helped us through their dedicated service. By making improvements to his home, we will make it safer and more comfortable for Elvino.”

P.S. RTS accepts applications from qualifying homeowners in need. It welcomes volunteers, too.

West Seattle weather: Vivid sunset tonight, chillier temps soon

Hope you saw it! If not, from the past half-hour …

5:19 PM: That’s from Christopher Frankovich, and the next is from Ghazal Sharifi:

Before sunset, it was a little unsettling to see the Olympic Mountains devoid of snow, as we head into mid-November. Perhaps that will change – next week, the forecast warns of a cooldown, with daytime highs in the 40s.

ADDED 9:40 PM: Two more photos – moonrise from Carolyn Newman:

And one more look at the sunset colors, from JayDee in Upper Alki:

Thanks to everyone who shares photos, from sunset sights to breaking news (and more along the way)!

West Seattle weekend scene: Orchard Street Ravine got its TLC

During today’s Green Seattle Day, Orchard Street Ravine got the TLC it was looking for. Cindi Barker shared photos and reports, “Over 30 people came, including 3 full families. All the plants got in the ground and are now well protected for the winter ahead.”

Cindi says that’s the youngest worker who showed up today, 6-year-old Evan, with his mom Jane. Here are the pots that held the plants now in the ground:

Thanks to everyone who volunteered somewhere today!

Big fire callout on SW Andover: Kitchen problem

1:16 PM: Just in case you saw the big fire callout in the 5200 block of SW Andover (map) this past half-hour and wondered about it – our crew reports it was a kitchen problem, generally described by firefighters as “food on the stove,” and is wrapping up.

4:25 PM: Commenters say it actually turned out to be electrical. We won’t be able to get a final report from SFD until Monday.

MONDAY UPDATE: SFD spokesperson Kyle Moore confirms that while it was a kitchen problem, as commenters noted, it did not turn out to be a cooking problem. He also says the smoke detector made a big difference:

We were dispatched at 12:59 p.m. to 5227 SW Andover St for reports of a fire in the kitchen. It turned out it was a dishwasher fire that extended to the kitchen cabinets. The occupant was home alone asleep and woke to to the smoke detectors going off and evacuated. Firefighters contained the fire to the kitchen. Minor fire damage but there was smoke damage inside the house. There were no injuries.

Happening now: Turkey drive in The Junction for West Seattle Food Bank

You can help the West Seattle Food Bank make sure families in need have turkeys this holiday – by buying one and dropping it off (or a $15 donation so they can buy one) at HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor) in The Junction until 2 pm. Above, one of the turkey donations that happened while we stopped by. HomeStreet is at 41st/Alaska – just look for the WS Food Bank van by the bank:

Also look for the friendly people, including Melodie VanHouten from HomeStreet and Jim Dean from the Food Bank board:

If you miss today’s drive, check the WSFB site to find the many ways you can donate, during the holiday season and the rest of the year.

Happening now: Mega-kid-stuff sale, benefiting preschools

November 8, 2014 11:07 am
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One of the first events on our big list today is at the midway point – the mega-consignment sale benefiting West Seattle Cooperative Preschools. It continues until 1 pm at the VFW Hall in The Triangle, and organizers say they’ve had a steady stream of shoppers. If there’s a wee one on your shopping list, you might even find her/him a new pal:

The VFW Hall is at 3601 SW Alaska.

Emily’s wedding ring might be on your doorstep right now.

This is not quite the standard case of lost-and-found … Emily‘s wedding ring was lost because of a delivery mistake, and it might be on your doorstep, or somewhere else a parcel would be left:

West Seattle, I need your HELP. Thursday afternoon my wedding ring was supposed to be delivered to our home at 46th/Admiral (we had it remade for our ten year anniversary) and it was delivered to the wrong house (the package required a signature yet the driver left the package anyway) and it is currently missing. Knowing how small West Seattle is, and that everyone knows everyone, I’m asking you all to PLEASE SHARE this, in the hopes that someone will come forward. We are offering a reward, no questions asked. This is obviously heartbreaking and the sentimental value is something that can never be replaced. Thank you for your help!

You can reach Emily at 503.784.0079.

West Seattle Saturday: Kids’ sale; turkey-donation drive; foster-cat adoptions; open houses and bazaars; theater; music; more!

November 8, 2014 7:33 am
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(Killdeer, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
You might need wings to get to ALL the cool stuff in today’s highlights. Or at least a really good plan. So here we go – from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

KID-STUFF CONSIGNMENT SALE: 9 am-1 pm at the VFW Hall, it’s the return of a huge sale with all kinds of stuff for kids – sneak peeks here – benefiting West Seattle Cooperative Preschools. Details in Four local work parties but the one that needs help the most is at Orchard Street Ravine in Gatewood/Morgan, as previewed here on Friday, 9 am-1 pm. Even if you can only be there for part of that time! (Follow that link for directions)

‘PINK BELT’ TOURNAMENT: 9 am-noon at Evergreen Tang Soo Do in The Admiral District, martial-arts students from age 4 through adulthood are having their first ever breast-cancer-benefit tournament – details in our calendar listing. (2707 California SW_

THREE BAZAARS: And yet more pre-holiday shopping – 10 am-4 pm at Providence Mount St. Vincent (4831 35th SW) … 10 am-4 pm at Shorewood Elementary (2725 SW 116th) … and 11 am-4 pm at White Center Library (11220 16th SW)

BRING A TURKEY (OR $) TO HELP THE WEST SEATTLE FOOD BANK: It’s Turkey Drive day at HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor) in The Junction, 11 am-2 pm. Bring a 10-to-12-pound turkey, or $15 so the Food Bank can buy one, and help make sure local families in need have a great Thanksgiving too. (41st/Alaska)

OPEN HOUSE … at West Seattle Nursery, 11 am-2 pm; details in our calendar listing. (California/Brandon)

SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS-RELATED CONCERN? Bring it to West Seattle’s representative on the School Board, Marty McLaren, during her community-conversation meeting (just drop in) 11 am-12:30 pm at High Point Branch Library. (35th/Raymond)

LOG HOUSE MUSEUM CLOSED ... because today’s the gala champagne brunch raising money for the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. (Hope you got your tickets – the brunch, at Salty’s on Alki [WSB sponsor], is sold out!) The museum will reopen Sunday, regular noon-4 pm hours. (61st/Stevens)

CAT ADOPTION EVENT: Noon-3 pm at High Point Community Center, come meet cats in the Seattle Animal Shelter foster-cat program … waiting for their forever homes. Details here. (6920 34th SW)

FALL ART OPENING AT ‘THE BUILDING’: 20 local artists, live music, more, as detailed here. 5-10 pm. (4316 SW Othello)

NEIL YOUNG TUNES … by Melanie and David, performing at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

UMPTEENTH SOUSA BIRTHDAY BASH: 7:30 pm, an annual tradition at Kenyon Hall. (7904 35th SW)

‘ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD’: Third night for the West Seattle High School Drama Club production – more here. 7:30 pm, WSHS Theater. (3000 California SW)

‘DOGFIGHT’ 7:30 pm curtain time for tonight’s performance of this musical-based-on-a-movie, at ArtsWest in The Junction. (4711 California SW)

OVERNIGHT TRAFFIC ALERT: 9 pm tonight until 8 am Sunday, on Highway 99 downtown, the Battery Street Tunnel is scheduled to be closed in both directions for fire-system testing, as noted here.

BUT … WHY LEAVE THE PENINSULA ANYWAY? Besides the highlights mentioned above, there’s MORE nightlife (among other things) – see the listings here.

High-school football: Chief Sealth’s season-finale game

November 8, 2014 2:19 am
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(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
Chief Sealth International High School junior Daron Camacho (#11) scored the Seahawks’ lone touchdown in their final game of the season Friday night, a 28-6 loss to visiting White River (from Pierce County). That was in the second quarter, which is also when senior Alloney Burris (#5) intercepted a pass:

Sealth took momentum into the second half but White River stuck to a ground game that wore down the clock and helped them stay on top.

Highlights of Simon Iniguez‘s first season as head coach (3-7) included the third consecutive Huling Bowl victory over West Seattle HS and the homecoming victory over Franklin.

Westside Public House announces it’s opening on Monday

The ex-Terrible Beauty space at California/Edmunds will open Monday in its new incarnation as the sports bar Westside Public House (first reported here in September). 4 pm Monday, to be specific, according to its Friday night announcement on Facebook, which also mentions that it will be 21+ only.