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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.