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3 more sunsets until West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day! Printable map ready now, too

(Photo by James Bratsanos)

As colors splashed across tonight’s sky, we were looking ahead yet again to Saturday, the 12th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day, ninth one coordinated by us here at WSB. Tonight’s quick update: The printable/downloadable version of the map is available, joining the clickable online map that’s been up since Saturday. Click here for the 19-page PDF, 13 of them featuring all 320+ sale descriptions and addresses. It’s also linked atop the page that holds the online map, on which you can click any line on the sale list, or any of the markers on the map, to open an info-bubble with its details. 9 am-3 pm Saturday, sales of all sizes in neighborhoods all over our beautiful peninsula! Watch here and on the WSCGSD site the next three days for lists, previews, and special sale-day info.

FOLLOWUP: Carmilia’s has a Little Free Library again!


Carmilia’s in The Junction is home to a Little Free Library once more! Proprietor Linda Sabee sent the news, and the photo above, a month and a half after she reported the first one outside her boutique at 45xx California SW had been vandalized and then stolen. This one, like her first one, was built by family members including her dad Dale Hutchinson, who’s in the photo above. Linda notes, “The building of these libraries is a true family affair. My dad, my mom’s memory, my son AND my ex-husband!” Her mom, who’s been gone since 2007, was a teacher, Linda told us in March, “a lover of education, and a huge supporter of reading, books, and literacy.”

Milestones ahead for Murray overflow-control project at Lowman Beach

May 10, 2016 7:27 pm
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 |   Environment | Utilities | West Seattle news

(2010 WSB photo – generator truck at Lowman Beach after power outage-caused overflow)

What you see above shouldn’t ever be needed again at Lowman Beach, because of work that’s about to happen at the Murray Combined Sewer Overflow Control Project site and Murray Pump Station next door: A portable generator to power the pump station in times of trouble. Today’s update from the King County Wastewater Treatment Division explains why – along with providing an alert to work that will affect that end of Beach Drive starting tomorrow:

Lane closure on 7000 block of Beach Drive SW tomorrow – May 11 – while crews set standby generator inside facility

King County’s Murray Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Control Project contractor will use a second crane to set a standby generator inside the facility building’s southern end. The standby generator will provide backup power to the entire facility and to the existing Murray Pump Station. The pump station currently does not have a standby generator, which created odor and overflow issues in the past.

Crews will use a second crane for one day to set the generator in place. Beach Drive SW will be narrowed to one lane to make space for the second crane. Flaggers will direct traffic on the 7000 block of Beach Drive SW. Drivers can expect delays of up to 15 minutes while the work occurs.

The contractor will then start installing the final section of the 5-foot-wide sewer pipe connecting the new tank to the existing pump station. The pipe will be installed along the southeast side of Beach Drive SW. It will take one month to install the pipe. Shoring installation will occur intermittently throughout the month. Increased noise and vibration is expected at times during shoring work.

Thank you for your continued patience during construction. Please contact the project hotline at 206-205-9186 with any questions or concerns.

As reported here recently, KCWTD told the Fauntleroy Community Association that the project will be done before the end of this year.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen pickup truck, and a few other notes

In West Seattle Crime Watch this afternoon:


STOLEN PICKUP TRUCK: Alexandria reports the pickup shown in part above was taken early Saturday morning from the 7300 block of 28th Ave SW. Description: “’87 Toyota gray pickup with topper. The passenger-front parking light smashed in, red heart/love sticker on back of topper, and red tape over the driver-side tail light.” Plate B59337N, per @getyourcarback, which reminds that if you see it, call 911.

NOTES: In case you missed these followups to stories from the past few days:

-We finally know where the “crash and dash” stolen car in Saturday’s crash at 35th/Hudson was stolen from – Capitol Hill. The carjacking victim commented on our story last night; we subsequently obtained the link to Capitol Hill Seattle‘s report on the original incident.

-We added multiple updates to yesterday’s followup on the arrest following Saturday night’s North Delridge gunfire. The most-recent update: The suspect posted bond and got out of jail late last night. The comment thread includes some information we’ve found about his record.

FOLLOWUP: More sightings of the West Seattle turkey – or, turkeys?


Since we first reported on sightings of an apparent turkey around West Seattle, we’ve continued to get reports in just about every one of our messaging channels, from comments to texts. The newest photos arrived via e-mail today from Emily, who saw it by Alki Elementary this morning while taking her daughter to school. Some wondered how the turkey has managed to range so widely across the peninsula, from Lincoln Park to Pigeon Point, if not beyond. Some have worried that it might be in danger of getting hit by a car or attacked by, oh, say, a hungry coyote. (Emily also photographed it crossing the street by the school.)


In light of those concerns, we checked today with Seattle Animal Shelter director Don Jordan, who replied: “Yes, we are aware of this turkey and according to my staff, there may be more than one.”

Aha! Anyway, Jordan continued: “Our best guess is that this turkey has gotten loose from someone’s private flock. While we don’t advocate anyone trying to capture it, if someone does, they can certainly turn it over to the Seattle Animal Shelter. Also, citizens can contact the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife if they have concerns or questions, as this would fall within their jurisdiction. If someone does capture it and turn it over to SAS, we would look to either reunite with the owner or adopt it to someone with property outside of Seattle whereas it could live out its natural life.”

We’re pretty sure that means, beyond Thanksgiving.

P.S. You might not have to worry about it too much – earlier this morning, when Julia spotted it in the Alki area, it “flew or jumped” up on a roof …


… and then down again.

West Seattle food notes: Wildwood Market; Harry’s; Circa; Proletariat; Kizuki

Five quick West Seattle (and vicinity) food notes:


WILDWOOD MARKET: Finally an answer to the question of “what’s going in at the old Guadalajara Restaurant?” at 9214 45th SW in Fauntleroy. Wildwood Market‘s website says it will open this fall, a market and sandwich shop described as “… your locally owned community-focused eatery … A modern take on Seattle’s old neighborhood corner stores, you will find wholesome foods, beer & wine, and staples for your fridge & pantry, in a family-friendly atmosphere.”

(added Wednesday night) We reached Lonjina Verdugo, part of the Wildwood Market team, who you might remember as proprietor of the Center Studio in White Center. She says it’s a family operation, and they’re modeling it on a market in Washington, D.C., that a relative operates. “With permits and remodeling, we are hoping to open this Fall if not sooner. Very excited!”

(back to original report) HARRY’S CHICKEN JOINT ON VACATION: Don’t get alarmed if you find Harry’s Chicken Joint (6032 California SW) closed; proprietor Bruce sent a note this morning to say, “We are taking a much-needed rest and vacation and will be closed until Friday, June 3rd.”

CRAWFISH AT CIRCA TODAY: Circa proprietor Gretchen e-mailed to say they’re doing another crawfish boil at the Admiral restaurant (2605 California SW) today, 11:30 am-4 pm. Gumbo too. (And their regular menu is available as well.)

PROLETARIAT PIZZA LAUNCHES BRUNCH: As of last weekend, “the pizza that made White Center famous” – created by the Albaeck family of West Seattle – is now serving brunch on weekends, 9 am-noon. Get a taste by checking out the first brunch menu on our partner site White Center Now.

KIZUKI RAMEN UPDATE: This is the number one reader question in the restaurant realm right now – “when is Kizuki Ramen opening in The Junction?” Especially since the sign went up recently (thanks for the pic!):


Latest answer we’ve found to the “WHEN?” question: “In a few weeks.”

(And yes, we’re following up on a hefty helping of other eats/drinks on the way; more news as we confirm it!)

West Seattle Tuesday: Ride, talk, tour, cheer, listen, participate!

May 10, 2016 10:03 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(Bubbling at the beach! Photo from the WSB Flickr group, by Flickr member Bill Blue)

Busy night ahead! Highlights from our calendar:

WEST SEATTLE MONTESSORI PRESCHOOL PREVIEW: 6 pm tonight, prospective preschool families are invited to West Seattle Montessori School (WSB sponsor), which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. (11215 15th SW)

WEST SEATTLE MOTORCYCLE CLUB RIDE-IN: 6 pm, Pizzeria 22, new club forming and invited to ride in. The restaurant will be hosting, every second Tuesday. (4213 SW College)

SOFTBALL PLAYOFFS: West Seattle High School plays Holy Names Academy at 6 pm, Southwest Athletic Complex. (2801 SW Thistle)

CHIEF SEALTH IHS PTSA: Final general meeting of the year, 7 pm in the Confucius Center on campus:

This is an important one. We’ll be adopting the 2016-17 PTSA budget, New Standing Rules for our organization, holding elections for Co-President or Vice President, Treasure, Secretary and amazing presentation on Restorative Justice.

(2600 SW Thistle)

FAMILY STORY TIME: For families with kids 1-5, 7 pm at Delridge Library. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

ADMIRAL NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: ANA meets at 7 pm at The Sanctuary at Admiral. Tonight’s agenda highlights are in our calendar listing. All welcome. (42nd SW/SW Lander)

FAUNTLEROY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: The FCA board meets at 7 pm in the board room at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse. The agenda includes:

*Fall Festival Fundraiser at Endolyne Joe’s [coming up May 17]
*Endolyne Triangle revisions [as discussed in February]
*Fauntleroy Community Parking Subcommittee
*Ferry update
*Southwest District Council update
*Disposition of property at 8923 Fauntleroy Way SW [as discussed last month; community meeting set May 24]

All are welcome at board meetings. (9131 California SW)

SOUTH PARK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: Live/work in South Park? Your neighborhood association meets tonight too. 7 pm. (8201 10th Ave. S.)

BILLY JOE & THE RC’S: Live music, 8 pm, Parliament Tavern. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

AND OF COURSE THERE’S MORE … just check our complete calendar.

Farewell celebration planned for Schmitz Park Elementary: Anything to share in advance?

In case you haven’t already seen this in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar – it’s now just three and a half weeks away, and you might have something to contribute in advance:

As Schmitz Park Elementary plans its move to Genesee Hill this fall, we thought it was important to celebrate the legacy of Schmitz Park Elementary, which has been open since 1956, having moved into its current building in 1962.

We invite those in the community – especially those that were involved at Schmitz Park as a teacher, student, or parent – to join us on Friday, June 3rd at 6:30 p.m., at the school, to reminisce, walk the halls, view photos, etc.

Those who wish to be involved are invited to:

*Attend the event in June.
*Send in photos or request someone to copy their photos or memorabilia.
*Share an anecdote or memory via email.
*Consider being interviewed by a student.
*Add their email address to the mailing list for more information.
*Spread the word to neighbors and relatives that may have been at Schmitz Park.

Please contact Fiona at or visit the school’s web page for more information.

If you’re wondering about the future of the SPE site – it remains up in the air. Seattle Public Schools says there’s no plan to use it for anything next school year, for starters. We’re following up on the process for determining its longer-range future.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday updates; 35th/Barton crash

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)

6:32 AM: Good morning! Second day post-Viaduct reopening, and no incidents so far.

7:06 AM: Second low-bridge closure (to surface traffic) of the morning.

7:26 AM: Open again. We’ve added the link to the “bridge open or closed?” Twitter feed (@sdotbridges) above our highlighted cameras, as we’d done during the Viaduct closure, for a permanent quick morning-commute reference.

8:25 AM: Crash at 35th/Barton. Engine 37 on scene:


It’s mid-intersection so avoid the area for a while.

8:40 AM: We went by the crash scene a second time, headed back to HQ after checking on an unrelated report, and a motorcycle officer was headed that way. As noted also by Sunuva in comments, it didn’t appear anyone had major injuries, and no medic unit’s been called, though Engine 37 is still on the scene. The larger vehicle’s airbag had deployed and a firefighter was looking in when we went by.

9:07 AM: Haven’t gone back to check, but SFD has closed out of the call. Meantime, there’s some sort of a weird spill on the northbound 1st Avenue South Bridge, in the center lane.

5:08 PM: Thanks for the text, which we turned into this tweet: