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Team up with Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras to help local students play on

(SYSO photo)
Students at seven local public schools get the priceless gift of coaching from professional musicians via the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras‘ Southwest Seattle Strings Project. If needed, the students can borrow instruments for free from Seattle Public Schools. But the ability to assist stops there, which means it stops short of providing badly needed supplies such as replacement strings, chin rests, shoulder rests, rosin, and method books. So a modest donation drive is under way right now – explained in this clip:

SYSO hopes to put together a supply basket worth more than $1,000, with the assistance of the discount at Hammond-Ashley (mentioned in the video), for each of the seven local schools with which it partners – Arbor Heights, Concord, Highland Park, Roxhill, Sanislo, and West Seattle elementaries, and Denny International Middle School. You can help build the baskets by chipping in a bit here.

Site trouble: In case something seems to be missing…

Tonight we’ve been dealing with some issues related to technical trouble last night and in the process our technical assistants had to restore the site to a point that went back to about 5:40 pm tonight. We hadn’t published any new stories since then but we do appear to have lost some comments and Forum replies published since then – they might not be recoverable. The forums, which had borne the brunt of last night’s trouble, had to be restored to a somewhat earlier point. Again, please forgive us; thank you!

UTILITY ALERT: Water-main break in Charlestown Hill area

November 30, 2015 5:41 pm
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5:41 PM: More than 40 homes are affected by a water-main break in West Seattle right now. Seattle Public Utilities says it’s on 52nd SW between Charlestown and Dakota [map]. They got first word around 4 pm that the 8-inch water main was broken, and a crew is working on it now; they don’t know yet how long repairs will take, nor do they know yet what caused the break. We’re headed out to check on other effects such as road closure(s). (added) Our archives confirm this area had water-line trouble this time last year, too.

10 PM: SPU says the water’s back on.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Crash on Delridge Way south of Orchard

November 30, 2015 5:20 pm
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Thanks to the person who just texted the alert about a crash on Delridge Way south of Orchard. They say traffic is backing up both ways in the area – so if you’re just about to head out, consider an alternate route for a while.

Still confused about HALA? Join SW District Council on Wednesday

November 30, 2015 4:12 pm
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 |   West Seattle housing | West Seattle news

You’ve heard about it, read about it, and might still not be entirely sure what’s proposed in HALA – the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda, announced by Mayor Murray in July after months of work by an advisory committee. The City Council will be considering its recommendations, and changes to them, in the months and years ahead. Get a closer look at this month’s Southwest District Council meeting, 6:30 pm Wednesday at the Sisson Building (home to the Senior Center of West Seattle), with city rep Jesseca Brand. Also on Wednesday’s agenda, the Seattle Nature Alliance, officer elections, and a holiday potluck – all welcome.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Surprised shooting victim

Usual sign of a shooting, when someone is hurt, is the medical callout for Seattle Fire under the category “assault with weapons.” SPD Blotter reports today that a weekend shooting in South Delridge was off that radar – because the victim didn’t notice his wounds until he was outside the city:

A 25-year-old man told police he was shot twice Saturday night following a dispute in West Seattle, but didn’t notice until he’d driven himself a mile from the scene into White Center.

The victim said he was exiting a convenience store around 9 PM in the 9000 block of Delridge Way SW when he was approached by a man who was “talking all crazy.” The victim said he felt threatened and pulled out a revolver, firing it once into a nearby fence. The victim said the man ran to a waiting truck, retrieved a gun and returned fire before driving away.

The victim told police he, too, drove away from the scene before noticing he had been shot in both legs. The victim contacted King County deputies in the 10400 block of 16 Ave. SW after realizing he was bleeding. Medics took the victim to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

SPD detectives are reviewing evidence located at the shooting scene and are asking for witnesses to call (206) 625-5011 to speak with an officer.

One serving of three quick West Seattle food notes

3 quick notes from the West Seattle food world:

RAMEN SIGNAGE UP: Thanks to everyone who sent word about the delicious-looking signage now in the windows along the 42nd/Alaska corner of Junction 47‘s east building, three months after we first reported that Kukai Ramen & Izakaya is headed this way. As our photo shows, the signage suggests the name here will actually be Kizuki. So how soon is “soon”? The company is only saying “spring.”

FOOD TRUCK AT C & P ON WEDNESDAY: You might have tried the Napkin Friends truck at various West Seattle stops in recent months – their specialty is sandwiches on latkes (potato pancakes). C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) says Napkin Friends will be in its back parking lot this Wednesday, 11 am-2 pm, if you’re interested in stopping by for lunch. (That’s on the alley off Findlay, east of C & P’s 5612 California SW Craftsman coffee shop.)

LA RUSTICA’S ROOF IS FIXED: After a week-plus closure required for roof repair, La Rustica (4100 Beach Drive SW) is open again, the Pellegrini family wants you to know.

Key approval for eye-clinic project on 35th SW in Sunrise Heights

Just one West Seattle project in today’s city Land Use Information Bulletin:

(Image from April 2015 Design Review packet, by PB Architects)
The city has granted a key land-use approval for the future 7520 35th SW home of Clearview Eye and Laser, currently headquartered at Westwood Village. The three-story, 29-offstreet-parking-space project won Southwest Design Review Board approval last April (here’s the report); plans show the former Red Star Pizza building and a residential structure south of it will be demolished to make way for the clinic. Today’s approval opens a two-week period for anyone interested in appealing the approval; here’s how. It’s been a year and a half since first word this project was in the works.

West Seattle Monday: What’s up as post-holiday week begins

(Hummingbird photographed on Thanksgiving by Jamie Kinney; click image for larger view)
Perhaps appropriately for the holiday-shopping occasion known as “Cyber Monday,” some of what’s on our list today is online-only. But not all. First, from the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide:

HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOWS: We covered all three of these West Seattle favorites in the past few nights. All continue tonight:
Menashe Family Lights (5605 Beach Drive SW) – WSB coverage here
West Seattle Lights (3908 SW Charlestown) – WSB coverage here
West Seattle Yuletide (38th SW north of Genesee) – WSB coverage here

And from the regular year-round WSB West Seattle Event Calendar plus our ongoing news coverage:

DENNY ONLINE AUCTION BEGINS: The Denny International Middle School PTSA is trying a new way of fundraising, with online bidding for dozens of items donated by local businesses. We previewed it one week ago; the auction is now under way – go here to start browsing, bidding, and even instant-buying.

PUBLIC-SAFETY SURVEY ENDS: Seattle University researchers working with SPD really want to know what you think about crime and safety issues and about local police. We’ve mentioned the online survey many times since it launched in mid-October and today’s the last day – if you can set aside a little time, it will make a big difference. Find it here.

FAMILY STORY TIME: Ever been? Your next chance is tonight, 6:30 pm, at High Point Library. (35th SW & SW Raymond)

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Post-holiday, end-of-November Monday

(Six WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:07 AM: Good morning! It’s back-to-work, back-to-school day – and it’s been a foggy, sub-freezing night, so please beware of icy roads, paths, sidewalks, windshields, etc.

12:08 PM: While the morning commute was fairly uneventful, there was some trouble on the westbound bridge this past half-hour – frosty spots remain here and there – such as, the Delridge offramp:

Thanks to Ted for the tip about the spinout, and the photo. From the cameras, it seems the ramp remains open. SFD crews were canceled fairly quickly so, apparently, no serious injuries.

PHOTOS: First night of Menashe Family Christmas Lights. See what’s new for 2015.

It’s a dark and foggy night – except in the 5600 block of Beach Drive SW, where the Menashe Family Christmas Lights are officially on, shining bright, with visitors already flocking to see them. “How many lights do you have?” one person asked Josh Menashe; no official count, he cheerily replied.

Here’s what’s new: He and the rest of the crew were working on the finishing touches of an electric train and village you’ll see on the north side of the yard:

Along the sidewalk, you’ll see these candy-cane streetlight-style fixtures:

Santa’s balloon is new:

As bright and colorful as photos can be, you’ll just have to go see it for yourself.

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You can bring a letter for Santa, too.

And Santa himself will in fact be here the night of Saturday, December 12th, 6 to 10 pm, as listed in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide – bring a donation for the West Seattle Food Bank and get a photo with Santa under the lights.

Haven’t been? Here’s a map.

What can your Department of Neighborhoods do for/with you? Hear/ask at Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council

As the long holiday weekend ebbs, the everyday world gets ready to rev. So, we’re looking ahead: On Tuesday night (December 1st), the Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council has assembled a lineup of guests that’ll be of interest regardless of whether you live/work in those neighborhoods or not. The meeting starts at 6:15 pm, and after some regular WWRHAH committee updates, here’s the main event, as announced by co-chair Amanda Kay Helmick:

6:35-7:45: Department of Neighborhoods (DoN): At our September brainstorm meeting, several residents requested information about P-Patches, grants, and painted crosswalks. We will have a whole team of DoN folks to answer your questions!

Tim Wolfe: Community Investments Division Director
Juan Martinez: Neighborhood Matching Fund Project Manager
Rich Macdonald: P-Patch Garden Program Supervisor OR
Bunly Yun: P-Patch Garden Program Coordinator
Kathy Nyland: Director
Howard Wu: Seattle Department of Transportation
Kerry Wade: Neighborhood District Coordinator

WWRHAH meets upstairs at Southwest Library (35th SW & SW Henderson).

Alki Community Council’s annual meeting: From police to Perch

November 29, 2015 5:22 pm
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By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Updates took centerstage, rather than any major new issues, at the Alki Community Council‘s annual meeting.

And as is often the case at local neighborhood-council meetings, the first round came from police:

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HAPPENING NOW: West Seattle boy’s donation drive for West Seattle Food Bank

Just found out about this – Joey went through his Arbor Heights neighborhood with flyers and is now awaiting (whether you got a flyer or not) donation dropoffs for the West Seattle Food Bank. His family sent the photo and explains, “Joey will be out until 5 pm loading up the truck. He delivered over 70 flyers and is anxiously awaiting for food dropoff in the cold! Stop by and say hi and drop off your donation! 9910 34th Ave SW.”

West Seattle Junction scenes: Climate-action encouragement rally; Pathfinder wreath sales; Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast reminder

Just back from The Junction, where this was all happening at California/Alaska at noontime:

With the United Nations climate-change conference about to start in Paris, West Seattleites rallied in “encouragement” of climate action:

This was one of many rallies, small and large, planned for today.

Also on the southwest corner of the Walk-All-Ways intersection today: Wreath sellers from Pathfinder K-8. The school community makes and sells wreaths every year to raise money for environmental education and will be in The Junction every Sunday during the holiday season:

Just across the intersection, at the south end of the official Farmers’ Market zone, the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle was bubbling with enthusiasm about its annual Pancake Breakfast next Saturday.

Everyone’s invited to the Masonic Center (40th/Edmunds) 7 am-11 am on Saturday (December 5th) – if you don’t have tickets yet, buy yours for a discount online right now – $8 online, $10 at the door.

@ Seattle Half-Marathon: 10-year-old Miles Trius does it again!

This time last year, we heard for the first time from the family of West Seattleite Miles Trius, who, with his dad, had just run the Seattle Half-Marathon for the first time. Today, they sent word (with the above photo) that the father-and-son duo did it again:

Miles Trius, age 10, runs 2nd Seattle Half Marathon with Navy Chief dad Ernesto Trius:

Miles is a 5th grader at Our Lady of Guadalupe in West Seattle and has trained hard for today. He challenged himself to finish in under 2 hours and was able to accomplish that goal, finishing at a time of 1:56:27.

Checking our archives, that’s 21 minutes faster than last year. Congratulations to Miles, his dad, and everyone who ran/is running the Half-Marathon and Marathon today.

West Seattle Sunday: What’s up as Thanksgiving weekend wraps up

(Friday photo of Mt. Rainier & Duwamish River, from the “low bridge,” by Don Brubeck)

From the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide and regular year-round calendar:

NATIVE HOLIDAY GIFT FAIR: Too busy on Black Friday and Shop Small Saturday to get to this? Good news – it’s continuing today too. 10 am-4 pm, see what the participating Native artists and craftspeople are showing and selling at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse. Food and drink available for purchase too. Special extra – Chief Sealth International High School students are selling the student-program-benefiting West Seattle Wildlife Calendar featuring frequent WSB contributor Mark Wangerin‘s photos. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

NEW FOOD TRUCK AT WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: The market’s happening today and every Sunday, 10 am-2 pm year-round. New today – Asian-food truck Hungry Me joins the lineup. (California SW between Oregon and Alaska)

WEST SEATTLE ULTIMATE FAMILY FRISBEE: Pickup game at 10 today, at Walt Hundley Playfield in High Point. (34th SW & SW Myrtle)

THUNDER ROAD GUITARS’ ANNIVERSARY SALE: While you’re in The Junction, shop the final day of the Thunder Road Guitars (WSB sponsor) anniversary sale. 15% off all guitars and amplifiers in stock, free shipping in the US, beginner acoustic guitars starting at $199, 15% off all new pedals. Store hours 11 am-4 pm today. (4736 California SW)

CLICK! POP-UP: The JOIN collective pop-up continues at Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) – six independent design studios from the Northwest and beyond. Store hours 11 am-5 pm today. (4540 California SW)

CLIMATE ACTION ENCOURAGEMENT RALLY: Noon at Walk All Ways, you are invited to join the “encouragement” rally in support of climate action. More info in our listing. (California/Alaska)

SEE SANTA! Two places today – see the full season’s list in the Holiday Guide.

SID LAW: One-man band Sid Law plays live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)

LIGHTS LAUNCH: Tonight the Menashe family’s famous display starts its season; we stopped by while they were working on it Wednesday. (5605 Beach Drive SW)

VIDEO: The 2015 light show is on at West Seattle Yuletide

November 28, 2015 11:20 pm
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West Seattle’s newer music-synched light show has started its season too: This is the third year for West Seattle Yuletide, presented by the Iversons, midblock on the east side of 38th SW between Genesee and Dakota. We stopped by tonight for a bit of video – apropos to another clear night, we caught “Let It Go” from “Frozen.”

The hit movie’s sisters Anna and Elsa even appear alongside your host Olaf the snowman on the south side of the yard. While you can hear the songs if you’re standing in front of the house, they’re also broadcast on short-range 101.9 FM. The schedule’s here.

P.S. You’ll find WSY listed along with West Seattle Lights (featured here last night), and the Menashe Family Christmas Lights (scheduled to start Sunday night) in our WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide.

West Seattle giving: Backpacks For HOPE, to help a hundred

Meet another of your neighbors who’s doing what she can to help people in need. Stephanie Endres created Stephanie’s Lifeline, and organized this afternoon’s Backpacks Bring HOPE event, filling 100 backpacks with basics – first-aid kits, toiletries, some food and beverages. We visited her HQ on Pigeon Point to see the results:

Next step, delivering to the recipients. The slogan on Stephanie’s website: “It’s better to do something small than do nothing at all.” Here’s how to get involved.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Police investigate Admiral incident; car & garage break-ins; tires taken

ORIGINAL REPORT, 5:03 PM: Three West Seattle Crime Watch reports, starting with an investigation under way now:

POLICE SEARCH: Thanks for the tips about a police response in Upper Alki/West Admiral. Scanner traffic indicated they were looking for someone but no details on why; our crew went to the center of the search, Admiral Way and Lander, to try to find out more. Police there tell us someone reported being “grabbed” while walking in the area. They were talking with a possible suspect when we arrived so we don’t have further details; as far as we can calculate from the time frame that was mentioned, they didn’t get the report until at least 45 minutes after the incident, so it’s been at least an hour and a half now since the incident. We’ll add anything more we find out.

Since we’re talking Crime Watch, we’ll add two reader reports that came in earlier today:

CAR-PROWL SPREE: Ray shared this report sent to neighbors:

I’d like to thank Kathleen for letting me know my car had been broken into and I should also thank the Seattle Police Department and Officer J. Dobson for their swift and professional response. Last night my 2013 Honda Accord was broken into and a cell phone stolen on 38th Ave SW between Juneau and Raymond.

A total of four cars (and counting) were prowled last night between 9:00 pm and 7:00 AM today. If anyone has video on these cars, SPD would be really pleased to hear about it. Case #15-414043 at 206 733 9800 if you have related information. A $200 reward for apprehension and conviction of the thief is up for grabs (will be split, if there are multiple competitors for the prize).

I lost a cell phone out of my car and consider myself lucky that was the only theft. I expect to be replacing the door and the trunk lid, courtesy of our little friends. A few tips.

1) Never leave valuables in your car, even in our safe little area.
2) Particularly and especially valuables with data in or on them that can be used for identity theft.
3) If you are a firearms aficionado, please see #1 & #2. If the Seattle Chief can have his service weapon stolen out of his car, there is not a single one of us that is magically invulnerable. Leaving a gun in a car is a bad choice on many many levels – keep it on your person or under adult supervision at all times.
4) If you don’t have a car alarm system, now is a good time. If your system only triggers when a door opens, now is a good time to upgrade. My little thief caved in a window and went in through said window, cleverly not opening the door.
5) It is likely time for us all to be a little more aware as the holidays approach and thievery abounds. There has also been a uptick in packages being stolen from doorsteps throughout Seattle.

I will be installing an external camera covering our primary parking area shortly. I suggest doing the same, and I have found the AT&T alarm and surveillance system to be quite satisfactory.

GARAGE BURGLARY: Sent today by Rebecca:

I just wanted to report that our garage was broken into Thursday night, near 35th and Manning. The door was open in the morning and we thought we left it open, but then realized that all of our tools were gone. They did not take bikes or golf clubs, but a couple drills, chop saw, large tool box and several other tool sets. Not sure if any other burglaries were reported int he area, but seems like around the holidays the rate of burglaries goes up. Our garage is separate from the house but we were home and have several house guests and three dogs so a pretty brazen burglary.

ADDED 11:11 PM: One more report has come in tonight – from Lori:

Last night between the hours of 11 pm & 7 am. 3 of 4 tires/rims were taken off our 2012 Subaru. It was parked in our alley @ the 5200 block of 41st Ave.

Fire response at Junction condo building: False alarm

November 28, 2015 4:12 pm
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Just mentioning this in case you saw/heard the big initial response: The “fire in building” call at a condo building in the 4400 block of 44th SW was basically a false alarm, triggered by a problem accidentally setting off a sprinkler in the garage. The units that haven’t already been dismissed will be wrapping up shortly, we were told at the scene.

PHOTOS: West Seattle indie businesses invite you to ‘Shop Small’

November 28, 2015 3:00 pm
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We’re just back from a trip north to south for this special day of “shopping small” – with hours left for you to get out and visit independent small local businesses, if you haven’t already.

First stop, The Admiral District, where Alki Bike and Board (2606 California SW) proprietor Stu Hennessey is a major evangelist of not just this particular event but also sustainability in so many ways. At Alki B&B, which Stu has owned since 1987, it’s 10 percent off everything today.

Plus his team – Will and Lucas, above – were quick to tell us what else is up – half off tune-up certificates, and a special holiday layaway/hideaway where they’ll keep the gift for you as late as 6 pm on Christmas Eve.

From there, we headed around the corner to Atomic Boys (4311 SW Admiral Way), specializing in toys and retro candy, launched by the Sadow family almost eight years ago. The full name, Max and Quinn’s Atomic Boys Shop-O-Rama, is after Kent and Parris Sadow‘s sons, who are now young men, soon to turn 19 and 14, respectively. So what’s big at Atomic Boys? Kent was quick to say – BeanBoozled!

The game and the candy, both. (And more Jelly Bellies in general are due in soon)

A little further south in Admiral, this is the first holiday shopping season for West Seattle Runner in its big new space at 2749 California SW.

Johanna and Tyler posed for us since proprietors Lori and Tim McConnell are at the Seattle Marathon Expo today (the race is tomorrow). What’s new at WSR? Lots of new shoes, they tell us.

Next stop, Meeples Games (3727 California SW, upstairs), the game store/café where proprietor Laura Schneider and team are celebrating their second holiday season with big fun in honor of “shopping small”:

We last stopped by Meeples during their raucous Halloween-night session of “Werewolf,” and Laura says that was such a hit, they’re making a plan for a New Year’s Eve game gathering – which game, TBA.

Ducking over to 3400 Harbor SW, we visited Claire E. Jones at The General Store Seattle, who points out she’s stocking 900 truly locally made items between her storefront and online ordering:

It’s a cozy shop but many are on display. She’s excited about the wreaths you see above – from Kitsap County – and we found some West Seattle-specific items you might consider as stocking stuffers, including these:

Through December 1st, The General Store is also offering the Causetown Holiday Shopping Extravaganza, online or in-store, where part of your purchase can go to a nonprofit – read about that here.

In The Junction, where you have many places to “Shop Small” today and every day of the year, we visited Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW), brimming with activity because of the JOIN pop-up as well as fun items like Ozobot, demonstrated by proprietor John Smersh:

John and wife Frances Smersh just celebrated Click!’s 11th anniversary. One shopper heading in was heard to warn her friend that the shop is “dangerous” – in a good way.

You don’t have to be an angler to shop at Emerald Water Anglers (42nd SW & SW Oregon), our second Junction stop. While you’ll of course find all things fishing, including a sale on Patagonia waders (with new ones due to arrive soon), you’ll also find jackets to keep you warm and dry even if your only outdoors activity is walking from house to car.

Today’s deal – EWA will pay your sales tax.

In Morgan Junction, shopping small is more fun than ever this afternoon at Second Gear Sports (6529 California SW). The sports-themed donuts will make you smile even if you don’t indulge:

Second Gear is West Seattle’s only sports consignment shop, with all manner of items in great shape, from skis to bikes (10 percent off today!) and beyond.

Proprietors Mark and Ellen Bremen just celebrated SGS’s second anniversary.

Make EVERY day Shop Small Day – not just to keep your $ in your community, but also, because they’re cool people with cool stuff! Our traditional disclosure: Of the stores mentioned above, Click!, Emerald Water Anglers, Meeples, Second Gear, The General Store, and West Seattle Runner are WSB sponsors.

YOU CAN HELP! What Chief Sealth IHS Clothing Closet needs now

November 28, 2015 11:11 am
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Maybe you already have some of these items and can donate … or maybe you’ll consider buying something while out shopping. Nicole Sipila from the Chief Sealth International High School PTSA sends word of what the school’s Clothing Closet needs:

Chief Sealth International High School is thankful for the generosity of our community to keep our Clothing Closet stocked with clothing, school supplies and toiletries for our homeless students and other students in need.

We currently need these items:

*College-ruled composition books
*Graph paper composition books (5×5 quadrille preferred)
*Gloves & mittens
*Cold-weather scarves
*Men’s athletic and sweat pants — all sizes and gently used is great
*Men’s dress socks
*Men’s new or gently used blazers and suit jackets — all sizes but especially smaller sizes

Donations can be left at the front office. 2600 SW Thistle St

That’s during school days/hours – but if you want to find out about other ways of getting your donated items there, contact