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2 big reasons to celebrate at West Seattle/Fauntleroy Y gathering

February 10, 2015 10:24 pm
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(Photo courtesy West Seattle/Fauntleroy YMCA)
Tonight at The Hall at Fauntleroy, the West Seattle/Fauntleroy YMCA (WSB sponsor) annual-campaign kickoff featured more than 150 volunteers and staff gathered with two reasons to celebrate, per the Y’s announcement:

First reason to celebrate was the start of the 2015 Annual Campaign — goal $400,000 with $75,000 raised to date. Every year for the Y’s Annual Campaign, scores of community volunteers reach out to their friends to get kids what they need at the YMCA. These funds help youth whose families cannot afford YMCA before and after school programs in 7 local schools, YMCA childcare at two locations, youth sports programs, swimming lessons or summer day camp.

The second reason to celebrate was reaching the $3 million mark toward a $5.5 million goal to expand the West Seattle YMCA. The total project cost is $11 million, half to be provided by the YMCA of Greater Seattle and half raised locally.

“This project is designed to meet the needs of our changing West Seattle community,” according to Josh Sutton, YMCA Regional Executive. “We have made sure that the people who will benefit from this expansion project have a voice in its evolution. “ Sutton added, “While we still have some fund-raising benchmarks to reach, we are on track to be awarded our building permit in late spring. This will help us start construction this summer. “

The Y will be open during construction, which will take about a year and be accomplished in phases. Capital Campaign Co-Chair, J. Dino Vasquez is pleased with the progress, “We are honored that so many people in our community see the need for a larger YMCA and want to help. Many donors are making the largest gifts of their lives, and stretching their pledges over five years.”

The Y’s expansion was officially announced five months ago. Meantime, you can help local youth through the Y’s current programs by contributing to the just-launched annual campaign here (you’ll need to designate the West Seattle/Fauntleroy Y as the beneficiary).

Followup: Interim Fire Station 29’s first structures on site

(WSB photos by Katie Meyer)
The city-owned triangle of land between 44th, Ferry, and Hill now holds the first structures to arrive for interim Fire Station 29.

They arrived early this morning, as per the city plan announced on Monday. Still to come, the temporary structure for Engine 29 itself. The interim site is expected to be in use for up to a year, while permanent Station 29 undergoes renovations and earthquake-safety upgrades.

Who will lead Seattle Parks? Mayor announcing nominee tomorrow

With so much Seattle Parks land in West Seattle, it’s a city department of extra interest here. Now, we’re about to find out who Mayor Murray wants to have in charge of that department. Almost six months after he announced that Christopher Williams would end almost five years as acting superintendent, moving to the role of deputy superintendent, the mayor says he’ll announce his nominee tomorrow morning at 11. Williams, a former West Seattleite (Chief Sealth alum), took over after Tim Gallagher resigned in spring 2010.

Followup: Demolition equipment arrives for Admiral East Apartments

(WSB photo by Katie Meyer)
The equipment has arrived, but the teardown hasn’t started just yet at the block of buildings about to be demolished – as announced last Friday – for the block-long 3210 California SW project. It’s now known as Admiral East Apartments, mixed use with 136 units and 152 off-street-parking spaces, part 4 stories high, part 5 stories. In case you missed our previous report, here’s the notice shared by contractor Exxel Pacific (see it here as a PDF, and embedded below):

It’s been ten months since the Intracorp-developed project received a final Southwest Design Review Board approval vote. Construction is expected to last a year and a half.

You can help! Give White Center Food Bank a lift!

February 10, 2015 6:03 pm
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The White Center Food Bank, which also serves south West Seattle, is hoping you can help:

Can you lift 30 to 50 pounds? Are you free Tuesday(s) around noon to 3:30 pm? The White Center Food Bank could use your help to unload donations. Tuesday, February 17 is going to be a big work day but we can always use help. Contact Audrey Zemke, Operations Manager, at or (206) 762-2848.

Is it time for the city to have a Transit Advisory Board?

West Seattle-residing Councilmember Tom Rasmussen thinks so. Here’s the announcement of what’s being proposed:

With improved bus service coming soon to Seattle, Councilmember Tom Rasmussen unveiled legislation before Council’s Transportation Committee today to create a Seattle Transit Advisory Board. Last fall Seattle voters approved Proposition 1, raising approximately $45 million per year to improve Metro bus service in Seattle.

The Advisory Board will serve as a public oversight committee.

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Duwamish River cleanup: City plan to support neighborhood involvement

(City-provided photo: From left, Macklemore, Jasmine Marwaha, CM Mike O’Brien, thank advocates Rein Attemann and James Rasmussen)
From Monday’s Seattle City Council meeting – a city boost for neighbors and groups affected by the ongoing Duwamish River cleanup. Here’s the announcement:

City Council unanimously approved a neighborhood-driven effort to enhance the community’s role in the Duwamish River cleanup process on Monday during a meeting of the Full Council. The adopted resolution creates an interdepartmental team (IDT) of City agencies to coordinate outreach efforts relating to the Duwamish cleanup, and identifies ongoing City projects that serve resident, tribal, and fishing communities in the Duwamish River Valley. The resolution also calls for engagement of communities of color, immigrants, refugees, limited-English proficiency communities, and people with low incomes in the design and implementation of the remaining cleanup.

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See the M’s, support the Wildcats: Baseball-ticket fundraiser!

February 10, 2015 11:30 am
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(WSHS baseball team at Safeco Field in 2013; photo by Greg Slader)
Here’s a chance to see the Mariners this year while giving a boost to local high-school athletes! From Caryn Johnson:

The West Seattle Boosters are supporting a fundraising event for the West Seattle High School baseball team. The team is selling tickets for $12/each to an upcoming Seattle Mariners baseball game (Mon, June 22 vs. the Kansas City Royals at 7:10) to raise money for the team as well as to qualify to play at the annual High School Baseball Classic at Safeco Field in the spring of 2016.

If you would like to support the West Seattle High School Baseball team please e-mail Someone will be in contact with you on how to purchase tickets. The fundraiser is due to end at the end of April, so purchase your tickets now. Last year the team was able to sell enough tickets during the same fundraiser to qualify to play at Safeco Field this spring. West Seattle High School will be playing Sedro Woolley on Saturday, March 28th at 12:30. Admission to this event is FREE!

We look forward to a great season this spring and will keep everyone posted on game dates, times and locations. Thank you for your support. Go, Wildcats!

West Seattle Tuesday: Chief Sealth IHS open house; basketball playoffs; Admiral & Fauntleroy neighborhood meetings; more…

February 10, 2015 10:03 am
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(Sunday on the shore – photo by Lynn Hall)

Welcome to Tuesday! Some of what’s happening today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

PRESCHOOL TOUR: 1-2:15 pm, you’re invited to stop by Alki Community Center and tour its Adventures in Learning Preschool – details in our calendar listing. (5817 SW Stevens)

DUKE’S ’13TH MAN’ FLAG: 1 pm at Duke’s Chowder House on Alki, proprietor Duke Moscrip plans to raise a “13th Man Flag.” He says he hatched the idea of the 13th Man as support for the players explained in this video. You’re welcome to come cheer him – and them – on. (2516 Alki SW)

CHIEF SEALTH IHS TOUR FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS/FAMILIES: 6 pm, come find out all about Chief Sealth International High School – details here. (2600 SW Thistle)

CAMP VICTORY FUNDRAISER: 6:30-8:30 pm, help support Camp Victory during the Tuesday Tuneup at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor). Live music with VJ Duo, pianist Victor Janusz, and Robertson Witmer on accordion and clarinet. Benefit raffle, too. (1936 Harbor SW)

COUCH-TO-5K CLASSES BEGIN: 6:30 pm, four-week series of classes with Coach Beth starts at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) tonight. (California/Charlestown)

ADMIRAL NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: 7 pm at The Sanctuary at Admiral, come talk about crime and safety with Community Police Team Officer Jon Flores, as part of the February meeting of the Admiral Neighborhood Association (as previewed here last weekend) – all welcome. (42nd/Lander)

FAUNTLEROY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: 7 pm at the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, the FCA board meets; all welcome. (9131 California SW)

HIGH-SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Postseason games tonight include West Seattle HS boys at home vs. O’Dea, 7 pm; Chief Sealth IHS boys at Lakeside.

BLUES TO DO: Heather Jones and The Groove Masters headline tonight at 8 at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) in the weekly Blues To Do showcase. (6451 California SW)

WHAT ELSE IS UP? Check the calendar here.

Wondering when West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day is happening this year? May 9th – only 3 months away!

(WSB photo from 2014 West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day)
Even Spider-Man shops West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day! This year’s edition is now officially less than three months away – coming up ****May 9th****. We’re starting to get our first “when is it happening?” questions of the year, and that’s a sure sign the end of winter is in sight. In case you’re new to West Seattle, or haven’t participated before, WSCGSD is not one big sale but rather one big day of hundreds of sales around the peninsula with thousands of shoppers – we promote it regionally and people come from all over (we’ve even heard of people driving from Eastern Washington), but ultimately, at the heart of WSCGSD is an opportunity to meet your neighbors and “recycle” some things you no longer need. We’ll open registration in early April as usual, so you still have lots of time to decide whether you’ll be a seller or shopper this time.

BACKSTORY: West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day is now in its second decade, launched in 2005 by a group of community connectors who called themselves Megawatt (they also created the Gathering of Neighbors). In late 2007, they decided to close up and move on; we didn’t want to see WSCGSD go away and proposed taking it over – they agreed, and so this year will be the 11th annual WSCGSD, eighth one coordinated by WSB. You can look at past years’ coverage and information at Watch for more updates here as it gets closer!

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday morning commute updates

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:54 AM: Nothing unusual on West Seattle’s main/outbound routes so far this morning.

7:54 AM CHECK-IN: Slow but still incident-free. Spot check of travel times from the SDOT map (same system that feeds the overhead signs):

35th Ave SW @ SW Snoqualmie St to …
1st Ave Off Ramp 11 min.
4th Ave Off Ramp 12 min.
Ballard 40 min.
Crown Hill 47 min.
Green Lake via SR-99 37 min.
I-5 NB/SB 16 min.
Lower Queen Anne 33 min.
Shoreline via SR-99 44 min.
South Lake Union 29 min.
Stadiums via 1st Ave 20 min.
Stadiums via 4th Ave 17 min.