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West Seattle scene: Why the light is green

Received this week from a reader in Fauntleroy:

We shine a green light on our porch for a loved one that is serving overseas.

We miss him very much. This is the longest war that our country has ever bee in. I hope that our neighbors are aware of why we have this special color on our front porch, not for marijuana awareness, and not left over from Christmas, it is for the son of West Seattle that is overseas. I see some other green lights in the community and reassure my wife that we are not the only ones. This green Led bulb is more noticiable than the Olde Yellow Ribbon. Thought that you should know… Sleepless in West Seattle.

West Seattle HS Big Band Dinner ‘great success’


Thanks to Steve White, president of the West Seattle High School Music Boosters, for photos from last night’s Big Band Dinner Dance at WSHS. He reports, “The event was a great success, and we had to bring out extra tables in order to accommodate everyone!”


They even had a group from nearby Brookdale-Admiral Heights. Performing for eventgoers, the WSHS Jazz Ensemble (below) and West Seattle Big Band.


Steve adds, “Special thanks to Laura Martin for her tireless efforts in planning the event,” a fundraiser for WSHS’s growing music program, led by Ethan Thomas.

Students from Japan visiting Chief Sealth International HS


Featured in that photo is a group that traveled here from southern Japan and ia in the middle of an 11-day visit to Chief Sealth International High School. Our report from CSIHS, which also provided the photo, explains:

Through March 11, 15 students and one teacher from Ritsumeikan Moriyama High School in Shiga prefecture, Japan are visiting Chief Sealth International High School. Each student is staying with a Sealth family and shadowing a Sealth student. During their stay, the visiting students are also preparing presentations to give to local offices of corporations such as Weyerhaeuser, DoubleTree Inn, and Yamato Logistics. If you’d like to know more, please contact Sealth’s Japanese teacher Joshua Hansell – jjhansell (at) seattleschools (dot) org.

According to the English-language pages of their website, the visitors’ school offers “international education,” as does Sealth.

Basketball playoffs: Seattle Lutheran boys finish #6 at state

March 5, 2016 7:32 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | WS & Sports

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(Photo by Richard Figgins)

The Seattle Lutheran High School boys’ basketball season has ended, with a sixth-place finish at the 1B state tournament in Spokane. This morning, the Saints lost to Garfield-Palouse, 59-54. It was the end of an incredible season, as you can see by the full list of game results here. SLHS plays in the Sea-Tac League, which honored head coach Brett Kapels as Coach of the Year, with Xavier Turner and Josh Meyer making the all-league first team.

Alaskan Way Viaduct open again; inspection over early

March 5, 2016 5:30 pm
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 |   Alaskan Way Viaduct | West Seattle news

The Alaskan Way Viaduct is open again and will be open for the rest of the weekend, WSDOT just announced – the twice-yearly inspection ended early. (But remember that tomorrow morning, it’ll be closed 6 am-noon for a stretch north of the Battery Street Tunnel because of the Hot Chocolate Run.)

SALE SEASON: Second Gear Sports event happening now, and other notes

March 5, 2016 4:58 pm
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 |   West Seattle news

Spring is so close, and that means sale season.

(WSB photos)

HAPPENING UNTIL 7 PM – SECOND GEAR SPORTS’ EVENT FOR YOUTH BASEBALL PLAYERS: Until 7 tonight, the first-ever cleat swap/gear sale at Second Gear Sports (WSB sponsor) continues. We just stopped to see how things were going at the shop in Morgan Junction (6529 California SW) and it’s already been a fun first hour, proprietor Mark Bremen told us. Backstory’s in our original preview – free cleats during the event, while they last, and gently used gear on sale at great prices.

Earlier today:

COOP PRESCHOOLS’ SALE SUCCESS: Another edition of the annual kid-stuff consignment sale raising money for West Seattle Cooperative Preschools is in the books:


We found a good crowd of shoppers when we visited about midway through the four-hour sale at the VFW Hall in The Triangle.

Coming up:

WSPC’S BIG SALE: Next Friday and Saturday are the dates for West Side Presbyterian Church‘s megasale, 9 am-5 pm Friday and 9 am-2 pm Saturday at 3601 California SW, according to this post in the WSB Forum.

COUNTDOWN TO WEST SEATTLE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE DAY: And the big annual sale day coordinated by us here at WSB is getting closer … May 14th, ten weeks from today. As always, we will open registration in early April, so keep watch here and at if you’re interested in selling and our shopping on the one day of the year when people all over the peninsula have sales of all sizes.

TRAFFIC ALERT UPDATE: Bridge crash clears

March 5, 2016 2:12 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

2:12 PM: If you were planning on heading east – wait a while if you possibly can. The crash shown in the SDOT image above is blocking lanes and backing up traffic, which means extra trouble since the Alaskan Way Viaduct remains closed for its twice-yearly inspection.

2:58 PM: We’re seeing a tow truck in the live image – shouldn’t be too much longer.

3:12 PM: And … it’s clear.

VIDEO: ‘We Love The Junction’ campaign to seek landmark status for 2 ‘iconic’ buildings

(Mouse over the window to reveal video “play” button; click for :15 panorama including the 2 potential landmark buildings)

11:00 AM: When we covered the West Seattle Junction Historical Survey announcement back on Wednesday, the SW Seattle Historical Society promised to announce the “next step” today. And indeed, that’s what’s happening right now at the corner of California and Alaska in The Junction – SWSHS is announcing that it will nominate two buildings at this corner for city-landmark status – the Hamm Building (home to businesses including Easy Street Records):


And the Campbell Building (home to businesses including Cupcake Royale):


Toplines are on the SWSHS website.

11:51 AM: The announcement event is over – we’ll add video and photos after our return to headquarters. (Added – here’s the video):

The campaign to get these buildings nominated and protected as city landmarks is under the title We Love The Junction – three co-chairs, Peder Nelson, Brad Chrisman, and Crystal Dean, were introduced. SWSHS is applying for a $12,000+ grant to cover the cost of preparing the comprehensive nomination documents, but executive director Clay Eals warned that’s not a sure bet, so they’re launching other fundraisers, including the sale of We Love The Junction buttons, which just went on display at Husky Deli:

(Husky Deli proprietor Jack Miller and WLTJ campaign co-chair Crystal Dean)

Here’s a closer look at the button:


You’ll find We Love The Junction on a new website, where you (added) will eventually be able to find out where and how sign a statement of support for the landmark nominations (no digital version yet); you’re also invited to a town-hall-style meeting at 6 pm Wednesday, March 16th, at the West Seattle (Admiral) Library (2306 42nd SW).

(SWSHS executive director Clay Eals with an old business sign for the builder of the prospective landmarks)

ADDED SATURDAY NIGHT: A few more notes from the announcement:

-While there’s no digital petition you can sign right now, there is something you can do until you happen onto one of SWSHS’s signature-collecting events (the first one is set for tomorrow at the West Seattle Farmers’ Market) – get on the mailing list by sending a note to

-Along with Husky Deli, two other locations are selling the “We Love The Junction” buttons ($1 each, for either size) right now – Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (4410 California SW; WSB sponsor) and the Log House Museum (61st/Stevens, open noon-4 pm Thursdays-Sundays)

-These would be the fourth and fifth buildings for which SWSHS helped secure landmark status, if it happens – the other three, as Eals discussed at today’s event, are the Admiral Theater, Alki Homestead/Fir Lodge, and the organization’s own Log House Museum (formerly the Fir Lodge’s carriage house). As noted in comment discussion following our coverage of Wednesday’s historical-survey unveiling, The Junction has no landmarks now – the closest is the old substation at Dakota Place Park, a short distance north. (Here’s a city list of all Seattle landmarks.)

-They don’t expect to hear back about the requested grant until May. That and other work in the landmark-nomination process mean, Eals said, that the campaign will likely stretch at least into the fall.

HAPPENING NOW: Outdoor Adventure Day at Camp Long

(WSB photos)
From campfire-building, to hatchet-throwing …


… to rocket-launching, rock climbing and more, the Outdoor Adventure Day activities are on at Camp Long Environmental Learning Center (a sprawling city park at 5200 35th SW)!


(added) Thanks to F. Smith for this photo from the archery area:


(back to original report) Free and fun, until 3 pm. Full details in our preview – note that you can park at West Seattle Stadium (a few blocks north off 35th) and take a free shuttle to CL (which is celebrating its 75th anniversary, and you can expect more special events ahead, CL’s Sheila Brown told us during our visit this morning).

West Seattle Saturday: 13 possibilities, plus Viaduct reminder

March 5, 2016 6:07 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

First, we start with today’s big traffic alert – the Alaskan Way Viaduct inspection closure:

ALASKAN WAY VIADUCT CLOSED: This is the spring edition of WSDOT‘s twice-yearly Viaduct inspection. It’s scheduled for 6 am-6 pm today, and tomorrow if the work’s not all done today (as the West Seattle Transportation Coalition was told). We expect an evening update on the plan for tomorrow. If you’re taking Metro, find the reroutes here.

But you don’t really have to leave the “island” anyway. Look at everything that’s happening today/tonight:

ADMIRAL ADOPT-A-STREET: As previewed here on Friday, the Admiral Neighborhood Association would love your help this morning, cleaning up. Treats and coffee pre-cleanup, free sack lunch afterward, provided by Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor), which is where you’ll meet, 8:45-9, to get going. Tools and supplies provided. All ages welcome. (42nd/41st/Admiral)

KID-STUFF SALE: The big kid-stuff consignment sale to benefit West Seattle Cooperative Preschools is 9 am-1 pm today at the VFW Hall in The Triangle. More than 7,000 items, according to pre-event updates. (3601 SW Alaska)

DUWAMISH ROWING CLUB PRACTICES: First Masters’ practice of the season, 9-noon; first Youth practice of the season, noon-2 pm. The Duwamish Rowing Club’s boathouse is near Duwamish Waterway Park in South Park – details in our listing. (10th Ave. S./S. Elmgrove)

FREE OUTDOOR ADVENTURES AT CAMP LONG: 10 am-3 pm, youth 10-20 are invited to enjoy a long list of free outdoor activities, organized by the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Seattle Parks, in honor of the 75th anniversary of Camp Long – which is where you’ll find it all happening. Here’s our Friday preview, including parking info. (5200 35th SW)

DUWAMISH FOREST RESTORATION DAY: 10 am-3 pm at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse – see the schedule here. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

OPEN HOUSE: Cometa Playschool invites you to an open house at the Spanish-language-immersion preschool’s Admiral location. (4402 SW Walker)

WINE TASTING: 2-7 pm, you’re invited to the tasting room of West Seattle winery Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor), to enjoy premium wine and good company. (5910 California SW)

CLEAT & GEAR SWAP: 4-7 pm, Second Gear Sports (WSB sponsor) is co-hosting this first-ever swap/sale event with West Seattle Baseball, looking ahead to baseball season: “Join us to trade in outgrown cleats for newer ones! Get the first shot at this season’s best used and new baseball gear at a special price. This event is open to all families with baseball players.” (6529 California SW)

JUNIOR ROLLER DERBY: It’s bout night for Southside Revolution Junior Roller Derby, headquartered at (and bouting tonight at) Southgate Roller Rink. 5:15 pm doors – details in our listing. (9646 17th SW)

SILENT FILM SHORTS WITH LIVE MUSIC: 6 pm at Admiral Bird – check the film list here! (California SW/SW Admiral)

WEST SEATTLE MEANINGFUL MOVIES: Tonight’s presentation is Education, Inc.” – start the night with socializing at 6:30 pm, then the movie at 7 pm; details here. At Neighborhood House’s High Point Center. (6400 Sylvan Way)

PEEK-A-BOO BENEFIT: The Ruby Room, which provides dresses for women who need them, is the beneficiary of Ola‘s annual “rocktail party,” with music, fashion trends (by Carmilia’s), more. 7-10 pm; details in our calendar listing. (2942 SW Avalon Way)

FOLK MUSIC … with Lukas Papenfusscline, performing live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

FIND EVEN MORE TO DO … on our complete calendar!

Police investigating possible Puget Ridge gunfire

12:45 AM: Once again, police are investigating reports of possible gunfire on Puget Ridge. We’re hearing about it via text and scanner. No injuries reported but possible damage.

2:46 AM: We haven’t been able to reach police to find out if any evidence of gunfire was found, nor has anything we’ve monitored indicated one way or another. One call has been classified as a “disturbance.”