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West Seattle scene: ‘Kind Club’ launches


Maybe you saw them in Morgan Junction on Tuesday? Local volunteer and entrepreneur Lashanna Williams sent the photo from the first smile-inspiring field trip of The Kind Club. She says they were out in the neighborhood “giving out flowers, wishing people a good day, and waving some positive signs to the people driving by!” It’s for young women ages 8-11, explained here, and she says they have room for new members to join before the second meeting in two weeks.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday updates; bridge closures continue

(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)

6:59 AM: Good morning! No incidents reported in/from West Seattle so far.

PAVING PROJECTS: Two notes – first, the SW 106th work in Arbor Heights is scheduled to continue today. Second, we discovered last night thanks to reader Marty2 that the paving on 8th the next two days is apparently in South Park on 8th S., NOT Highland Park on 8th SW as announced by SDOT.

BRIDGE CLOSURE: The Fauntleroy Expressway work continues, with the west end of the bridge again scheduled for closure 9 pm-5 am. (And remember that TOMORROW night – Thursday, June 30th – it will start with a 7 pm closure of the eastbound onramp from Spokane St.)

IN SODO: Mariners’ home stand continues; they’re hosting Pittsburgh again tonight at 7:10 pm.

9:13 AM: Tipster reports a “fender-bender” blocking eastbound Admiral Way between California and 42nd.

9:18 AM: If you’re seeing crane activity in the 4800 block of California, it’s for installations of a communications antenna atop the building at 4815. Thanks to Carrie for that tip.

West Seattle Crime Watch: 4 reports plus ‘focus groups’ on neighborhood crime/safety

Four reports in West Seattle Crime Watch tonight, plus upcoming neighborhood discussions about crime and safety:

RACIST GRAFFITI VANDALISM: Florentino reported calling Port of Seattle Police to report “disturbing racist graffiti” vandalism in one of the restrooms by the sandy area at Jack Block Park. Photos accompanying his e-mail showed messages in black marker including “white power” and a swastika. Florentino waited until Port police arrived to investigate; we followed up with the Port to ask if the graffiti had been painted over or cleaned off, and we’re told it has been.

SCHOOL BREAK-IN: Seattle Police confirmed to WSB this pm that they investigated a reported break-in at now-closed Schmitz Park Elementary early this am. According to Det. Mark Jamieson, they got a call from Seattle Public Schools security around 1:13 am saying they were “viewing” five suspects in the school’s main hallway – described only as “two white males, late teens, thin build; two black males, late teens and wearing backpacks; one white female, late teens, thin.” No one was inside the building when police arrived; nothing appeared “disturbed”; no sign of forced entry but they found an “unsecured door on the north side of the school.”

STOLEN CAR IN ADMIRAL: Tracey‘s car was stolen from SW Walker Street. Black Saab 93x. The message to us didn’t include plate info but we’re guessing it’s this one on @getyourcarback. See it? Call 911.

LIGHTING THEFT: Darren e-mailed with word of a theft outside his Alki home: “I’m writing to notify the blog that over the weekend, someone came through our private gate and stole our exterior ambient lighting (strings of bulb lighting over hanging our porch). We left for camping Friday afternoon and noticed them missing upon our return Sunday am. We live on 60th Avenue between Admiral & Stevens. I’ve notified the police, but since there was no witnesses and the value is less than $500, there isn’t anything they can do. Neighbors didn’t hear or see anything.”

CRIME/SAFETY FOCUS GROUPS: Once again this summer, researcher Jennifer Burbridge, who works out of the Southwest Precinct, is leading focus groups in the local “micro-communities” that have policing plans. She wants to talk with you about “knowledge of the micro-community policing plan project, interactions with the Seattle Police Department, crime and safety concerns, and suggested improvements for each of your unique neighborhoods!” Use this map to check if you’re part of one of these “micro-communities” (except for South Delridge/Delridge Triangle, which Burbridge says is not yet updated on the map).

Here are the focus groups scheduled so far, with links to their micro-community-policing plans – first one is tomorrow night:

-Wednesday, June 29th, 6-7 pm, Alaska Junction (at the SW Precinct community meeting room, 2300 SW Webster)

-Thursday, June 30th, 7-8 pm, Fauntleroy (at the SW Precinct community meeting room- 2300 SW Webster)

-Monday, July 11th, 7-8 pm, Pigeon Point (at the SW Precinct community meeting room, 2300 SW Webster)

-Wednesday, July 13th, 6-7 pm, High Point (at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center, 6400 Sylvan Way SW)

-Monday, July 18th, 7-8 pm, North Admiral (at the SW Precinct community meeting room, 2300 SW Webster St)

-Wednesday, July 20th, 7-9 pm, Morgan Junction (second half of the Morgan Community Association meeting at The Kenney, 7125 Fauntleroy Way SW)

-Monday, July 25th, 7-8 pm, South Park (at the SW Precinct community meeting room, 2300 SW Webster)

-Wednesday, July 27th, 7-8:30 pm, Highland Park (at the Highland Park Action Committee meeting at Highland Park Improvement Club, 12th Ave SW and SW Holden St)

-Monday, August 1st, 6:15-7:45 pm, Westwood/Roxhill/Arbor Heights (at the Westwood/Roxhill/Arbor Heights Community Council meeting at the SW Branch of the Seattle Public Library in the meeting room, 9010 35th Ave SW)

-Monday, August 8th, 6-7 pm, South Delridge/Delridge Triangle (at the SW Precinct community meeting room, 2300 SW Webster)

-Wednesday, August 10th, 6-7 pm, Alki (at the SW Precinct community meeting room, 2300 SW Webster)

UPDATE: Crash on westbound bridge now cleared

(Screengrab from SDOT video feed)

9:03 PM: If you’re heading westbound, beware – not only is the west end of the West Seattle Bridge closing for the nightly Fauntleroy Expressway work, but the right lane before the Delridge exit is also blocked because of a crash. Thanks to the tipster who alerted us. If you are heading westbound any time soon – you might consider waiting a while.

9:23 PM: The scene has cleared, per the live-video feed on the SDOT travelers’ map.

‘The intersection needs to be fixed’: Highland Park Action Committee, report #2

After last week’s June meeting of the Highland Park Action Committee, we published our first report, on the vote to send the city a letter about the proposed sale of what’s known as the Myers Way Parcels. Next step toward a decision on their future is the community meeting about the site this Thursday, 6:30 pm, at the Joint Training Facility (9401 Myers Way S.).

But the Myers matter was far from the only topic HPAC tackled at this month’s meeting. Here are the rest of our toplines:

TRAFFIC TROUBLE SPOTS AND SDOT: Will the worst intersections in HP ever get fixed?

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Murray CSO Control Project: Noisier, round-the-clock, through Friday

The combined-sewer-overflow project across from Lowman Beach is about to generate extra noise for up to three days. Even if you’re not right next to the project, sound carries, so take note of this announcement from the King County Wastewater Treatment District:

Starting Wednesday, June 29, King County’s contractor for the Murray CSO Control Project will begin connecting the Murray Pump Station to the same electrical power system as the underground storage tank.

The connection is needed to ensure a more reliable power source for the pump station when the facility becomes operational this fall. Crews will use a temporary generator to the site to maintain power to the pump station while new electrical connections are put in place. The temporary generator will be placed next to the Murray Pump Station in the southeast corner of Lowman Beach Park.

This work is expected to take 48 hours to complete and will require the temporary generator to run continuously overnight through Friday, July 1. Increased noise levels from the generator are expected. Noise from the generator may be more noticeable at night when ambient noise levels are lower. The contractor will take measures to mitigate the noise emitted by the generator to the extent possible and will monitor noise periodically during the operation. The generator will be placed as far away from the nearest residences as possible.

A small crew will work inside the facility building at night to complete the power upgrade using handheld equipment. Indoor work will be limited to quiet, low-impact activities. You may notice lights on inside the building and crews going to or coming from the facility building.

Questions or concerns? Project hotline: 206-205-9186, around the clock.

West Seattle real estate: Prices slashed for ex-substation sites in Highland Park, Pigeon Point

Hot real-estate market? Bidding wars? Not necessarily, if the property in question is a former Seattle City Light substation.

(WSB photos, March 2016)

MAJOR PRICE REDUCTION is splashed across the cover of the just-revised brochure for the city-owned former substation that’s up for sale on Pigeon Point (2100 SW Andover). We found the flyer after spotting the price cut in a routine check of local commercial-real-estate listings. The 8,000-square-foot site was originally put up for sale almost four months ago for a “minimum bid of $400,000.” It’s zoned for lowrise housing.

And while we were checking on that one, we scrolled further down the latest West Seattle commercial-real-estate listings and found the same thing has happened to the ex-substation that’s for sale in south Highland Park (8820 9th SW) – revised flyer dated yesterday, also with the big red banner MAJOR PRICE REDUCTION.


This one also has been cut to $200,000 asking price – a more-drastic slash, since its asking price in March was $500,000 – and it’s even bigger: 13,000+ square feet, zoned for lowrise housing.

This is of extra interest as the city looks at selling other “surplus” real estate such as the Myers Way Parcels (reminder: community meeting this Thursday) and also because at the time the City Council approved the sale of these two ex-substations, they also outlined conditions for community groups’ prospective purchases of others. Would those potential sales be held to the “fair market” value – aka appraised value, which in the case of these two substations is well above what they’re now being offered for? We’ll be following up with the city Finance and Administrative Services Department, which is in charge of real estate.

FRESH-GROWN FOOD! High Point Market Garden Farm Stand season starts Wednesday

June 28, 2016 1:00 pm
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(WSB photo)

That’s the lush (and nutrient-packed!) greenery, photographed this morning, of the High Point Market Garden, where this year’s weekly Farm Stand opens for the season tomorrow at 32nd SW/SW Juneau. 4-7 pm on Wednesdays through September 28th, you’ll be able to buy fresh-picked produce grown by High Point residents. EBT cards are accepted and the The Farm Stand also will offer additional Puget Sound-grown produce from ROAR, “the mobile farm stand that sells produce to neighborhoods with limited access to healthy food.”

West Seattle car-sharing: ReachNow adds part of the peninsula

Another car-sharing service just added part of West Seattle to its territory. Three years after Car2Go expanded into this area, BMW-owned ReachNow has added north West Seattle. Here’s the map of what’s now part of the service’s “home area”:


(See the full Seattle-wide map here, as a PDF.) The company says it’s added 150 four-door MINI Clubman cars to its Seattle fleet, which now numbers 520, also including “the all-wheel-drive BMW 3 Series, the electric BMW i3, and the MINI Hardtop two- and four-door.” Along with ReachNow and Car2Go – which has 750 Smarts in the city – West Seattle also is served by Zipcar, which recently added one-way trips to its offerings.

What’s up for your West Seattle Tuesday

(Rotary Viewpoint Park totem pole, photographed Monday by Christopher Boffoli)

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, where you’ll find even more listings for today/tonight/beyond:

RAINBOW STORY TIME: This morning brings the first of three Pride Month Rainbow Story Times at Southwest Library – 10:30-11 today, Wednesday, Thursday. (35th SW/SW Henderson)

FREE LEGAL CONSULTATIONS FOR SENIORS: 2-4 pm at Senior Center of West Seattle, but you have to call for an appointment – here’s how. (California SW/SW Oregon)

YOUNG LIFE BENEFIT CONCERT: The band Sawyer (from Nashville) performs at 7 pm at Dakota Place Park, raising money to help pay for Young Life camp for community youth. $7/person – available online here or at the concert. (California SW/SW Dakota)

FAMILY STORY TIME: 7-7:30 pm at Delridge Library, geared to ages 1-5. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

JOE ROSS AND THE BIRD WATCHERS: 8-11 pm at Parliament Tavern, no cover. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

ADMIRAL BIZNOTES: Atomic Boys, Pizzeria 22

Two biznotes this morning, both from The Admiral District:

ATOMIC BOYS’ VACATION: Kent and Parris Sadow from toy-and-candy palace Atomic Boys (4311 SW Admiral Way) send word that the shop is closed today through July 6th: “For the first time in several years, we will be closing Atomic Boys to take some vacation time .. Back before you know it!”

PIZZERIA 22’S ANNIVERSARY: Proprietor Cary Kemp says Thursday (June 30th) is the 5th anniversary of Pizzeria 22 (4213 SW College): “To thank the great community of North Admiral and West Seattle, we will be offering $5 Margherita pizzas and glasses of wine from 4 pm-10 pm.”

West Seattle whales: Orca sightings

Orcas  2016 (3 of 5)
(Photos by Dan Ciske, added 10:30 am)

7:12 AM: Thanks to Laurie for e-mailing to report a sighting of two orcas, southbound off Emma Schmitz Overlook around 6:47 am. This would be the second day of sightings in central Puget Sound – Trileigh tipped us to this Orca Network discussion Monday, but to our knowledge they didn’t turn up right off West Seattle.

Orcas  2016 (5 of 5)

10:30 AM: Thanks to Dan Ciske for sending photos taken about an hour ago from the Seattle-Bainbridge ferry!

12:46 PM: Two recent comments (thank you!) indicate orcas are heading northbound past West Seattle shores.

1:29 PM: Still out there! Just in from Norman Sigler via Twitter:

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday updates; bridge closures continue

June 28, 2016 6:50 am
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(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)

6:50 AM: We start with a transit alert, just texted and tweeted by Metro, no advance warning for those affected:

Otherwise, no incidents reported in/from West Seattle.

ANOTHER BRIDGE CLOSURE TONIGHT: Fauntleroy Expressway bridge closures continue tonight, 9 pm-5 am; also note SDOT‘s announcement that Thursday night’s closure will be preceded by a “brief” (possibly up to two hours) closure of the Spokane onramp to the eastbound West Seattle Bridge. SDOT says the bridge closures will end soon, though no date yet – if you drive through the work zone under the bridge, you’ll note they’re now working almost at the west end of the elevated section, northwest of the Luna Park business district.

PAVING IN ARBOR HEIGHTS: Today is the first of two days SDOT says it will be repaving SW 106th between 35th and 39th.

UPDATE: Car fire in Morgan Junction ruled ‘accidental’


6:47 AM: Thanks to the texter who sent the photos from the aftermath of a car fire just before 5 am in the 6500 block of 42nd SW [map] in Morgan Junction. The car caught fire in a carport, they report, adding, “We all got evacuated; no one was hurt.”


SFD has already left the scene and closed the call; we will update when we find out more later this morning.

12:53 PM NOTE: We are now expecting to get that information closer to mid-or-late afternoon, and will update as soon as we do.

2:18 PM: Just talked with SFD Lt. Sue Stangl. She says the fire was ruled “accidental,” with $25,000 damage done to the carport structure, $12,000 to the vehicle, and $500 to its contents.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Purse stolen; mail theft & garage break-in; burglary attempt

Three West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports tonight – first, from Pam, who’s on 47th southwest of The Junction:

Sadly this beautiful summer night has turned ugly for our family! After a great, exhausting, first day off from school, our tired family spaced out on a million details which resulted in my purse getting stolen from my car in front of my house.

Obviously it was stupid of me to leave my purse in the car, and what’s worse is that two sets of my car keys were in my wallet. To top off all of that absentmindedness, one of my kids left the back window open, so the big jerk crawled in the back window and grabbed my bag.

Our dogs were going crazy (as were all the other dogs on the block, we thought it was the mailman walking by), we heard a car alarm sound and didn’t realize it was ours because it was instantly shut off. (The thief reached in my bag, got my keys and turned the alarm off himself!)

Just a reminder to keep your head together this summer and don’t get too relaxed! Also- if you happen to see this bag in black, it’s mine and I would LOVE TO HAVE IT BACK! I’m angry and also so sad!

From BW on 37th in the Genesee area:

I wanted to let readers know about our mail theft and garage break-in so that hopefully it won’t happen to them.

On Saturday, a kind neighbor tracked me down online to let me know he had our mail. It was in a locked mailbox and the thief pried it open to get the mail.

Then, on Sunday morning, we discovered our garage had been broken into. There’s construction work going on at our house and all the builder’s tools were stolen as well as our own power tools.

The garage was locked with a mammoth huge lock to prevent this but they cut through the U-shaped loop the lock was on so the lock just fell to the ground.

A policeman arrived within 10 minutes of me calling (YAY SPD) and said the incidents were likely not related. His suggestion was to create so many barriers that future thieves would move on from our house and if our neighbors did the same thing, thieves would eventually move on to other neighborhoods. He suggested security cameras, lights with motion sensors and a simple alarm on the door that would scare anyone off if the door was opened without the alarm being turned off first.

As for the mail, well, we’ve learned to be vigilant about removing our mail every day from the mailbox, even if it is locked.

And John near 34th and Andover reports a burglary attempt:

Wanted to report a possible attempted house break-in. Locked our door today leaving work and came home to find that the key wouldn’t even begin to go into the deadbolt. After trying several times, noticed a small bit of metal beginning to fall out, and I was able to pull out a cheap rake-style lock pick.

SIDE NOTE: Is your neighborhood having a safety-and-preparedness-enhancing block party for Night Out? It’s coming up fast – Tuesday, August 2nd. Here’s the official SPD info page.

CONGRATULATIONS! West Seattle 8U All-Stars are regional champs

June 27, 2016 8:57 pm
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Thanks to Marc Christianson for sharing the photo and news that the West Seattle 8U All-Stars won the Pinto Northwest Regional Championship in Snohomish over the weekend.

Players in the photo, L to R: Nicholas Beardemphl, Quinn Bundy, Ford Rains, Will Martin, Harvey Lieberman, Dante Saladino (down front), Sasha Ninburg, Marek Hall, Oliver Heltzel, Nathan Boehmer, Owen Christianson. (Not pictured: Brady Murphy)

Coaches: Chad Bundy, Corey Martin, Brad Rains. (Not pictured: Peter Saladino)

Congratulations to all!

West Seattle development: 112 apartments planned for PCC site at 2749 California SW

(UPDATED 6:12 PM with PCC statement)
(Preferred ‘massing’ rendering by Hewitt, from Early Design Guidance packet for 2749 California SW)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Three months after Madison Development Group signaled it was proceeding with a “possible project” on its recently purchased site at 2749 California SW, we have new information about what’s being planned.

The project’s first Southwest Design Review Board meeting has just been scheduled for Thursday, July 21st, and the Early Design Guidance “packet” is already in the city system – see it here.

That document still does not answer the question of whether the retail in the project will or won’t be the site’s current tenant – PCC Natural Markets (WSB sponsor). We have messages out to ask if that’s been determined yet. But in the meantime, if you’re interested in the project, here’s what the packet DOES reveal, for starters:

*4 story mixed-use structure

*2 stories of below grade parking for 40 commercial use stalls and 112 stalls for residential use; access to the parking via the alley.

*Approx 112 residential units over a podium comprised of an approximately 25,000 sf for general sales and services (retail), residential lobby and leasing functions at the ground level.

*Residential outdoor garden terraces and enclosed amenity spaces within the proposal’s three stories above the ground level.

*Existing 11,427 sf surface parking lot to the west of the alley with 31 parking stalls to
remain as an accessory use to the proposed general sales and services use (retail).

Remember that this is the “Early Design Guidance” phase and that means the renderings by the architecture firm, Hewitt, are NOT projecting how the project will look – what you see is *only* proposed size and shape (“massing”).

The Design Review meeting is set for 8 pm July 21st at the Sisson Building/Senior Center of West Seattle (California/Oregon in The Junction).

BACKSTORY: It was March of last year when we first discovered an indication that Madison was involved with the site and working on a potential redevelopment project; PCC noted at the time that they have a lease “in place … through most of this decade.” Two months after that, in May 2015, Madison announced it had closed its purchase of the site; county records showed the purchase price as $5,750,000.

Three months ago, when Madison confirmed it was proceeding with a potential project, PCC’s CEO Cate Hardy told WSB, “PCC Natural Markets has every intention of serving West Seattle for many years to come. To that end, we have been in conversations regarding several location options, including with the new owners of our current store site.”

Madison’s previous projects in West Seattle are Element 42 (east of Admiral Safeway) and Spruce (39th/Alaska/Fauntleroy in The Junction – Madison finished the project after it stalled under the original developer BlueStar).

P.S. We found early word of this today in our routine daily check of the Design Review website; the formal notice of the hearing won’t likely emerge before this Thursday’s Land Use Information Bulletin. We’ll update with anything we hear back from PCC or Madison.

ADDED 6:12 PM: PCC CEO Hardy responded to our inquiry with this statement:

PCC has been in discussions with our new landlord who, as we have known since they purchased the property, plans to redevelop the site where our West Seattle store is located. Our goal in these conversations with our landlord is to secure PCC’s long term future in West Seattle. We were aware that Madison Development Group would be filing additional documents with the city as part of their ongoing assessment and development process. As soon as we have information to share about PCC’s future in West Seattle, we will do so, first with our staff and then with the community.

Fauntleroy Expressway project update: Extra closure Thursday night

On Thursday night – what would be this week’s last night of work on the Fauntleroy Expressway seismic-cushion-re-replacement project – you might need to know about this extra early on-ramp closure just announced by SDOT:

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) advises travelers in West Seattle that the on-ramp from surface Spokane Street onto the eastbound direction of the Fauntleroy Expressway (adjacent to the Nucor plant) will be closed for a short time on Thursday evening, June 30, beginning at 7 p.m. in order for the contractor to replace its bearing pads. During the short closure, motorists seeking to use this on-ramp will instead be detoured to the nearby Delridge on-ramp.

It is expected that the surface street Spokane on-ramp will be reopened by 9 p.m. The mainline Expressway closure Thursday evening will NOT begin until the on-ramp has been reopened.

The Fauntleroy Expressway Bearing Pad Replacement Project began with its first weeknight closure of the Expressway in mid-May and is nearing its completion.

We have a question out to SDOT to ask just how “near” it is to being done.

10 PM NOTE: Very near, we’re told. The SDOT spokesperson to whom we spoke said they’re not ready to settle on a date for the end of the bridge closures, but it’s not far away, certainly sooner than the “end of July” date you’ve seen on the lighted signboards.

CAPERS Home: Welcome, new West Seattle Blog sponsor

June 27, 2016 2:48 pm
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We’re welcoming CAPERS Home in The Junction as a new WSB sponsor, as the store celebrates its anniversary by giving YOU a gift – an anniversary sale! Here’s what CAPERS would like you to know about who they are and what they do:

(WSB photo, at CAPERS: From left, Mary, Peggy, Lisa, Claire, Joey)

Decorate. Entertain. Give. Since 1985.

Classics that last. We want to sell products that are classic, never dated. Quality products that won’t end up in the landfill. Our furniture has lifetime frames; our table linens hold their color for years. Even the baby gifts can be passed down to the next. We like products with a story: Fair-trade and women’s work groups produce the kind of products we like to sell and our customers like to discover. Because we are a small neighborhood store, we are ground floor for local makers with new products and fantastic books that reflect the unique Northwest lifestyle that we all enjoy.

Product Philosophy

Local, fair trade, timeless design, classic quality.

CAPERS loves local. What better way to get in on the ground floor of a new project than to find it in your own town. We often try out new products at the monthly Art Walk or at a pop-up event that, later, turn out to be regular favorites. Seattle has a large food community and a lot of great local cookbooks. Picture this adventure: Visit the Sunday Farmer’s Market for a bag full of goodies, swing into CAPERS for a large platter while you pick up a few new recipes, don’t forget the candles, have the gang over for a gorgeous, healthy dinner. Easy. Almost effortless.

We can’t find everything we need locally. The next best thing is to introduce you to the beautiful and handmade items, produced under good conditions, and traded fairly for fair prices. Many of these suppliers are born of women’s work projects providing female workers the financial means to support their families and their communities. From baby rattles to luxurious alpaca knits, to handbags, and dishes, our buyers are bringing you unique products with good stories.

Our home furnishings are beautifully classic with a dash of modern design. Make the decorating last, spend your time on the entertaining.

We have so many more products than we can show online. To see our products in person, visit us at CAPERS: 4525 California Avenue SW; 206-932-0371.

We thank CAPERS Home for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

WSB EXTRA: Sign up for our about-to-launch weekly e-mail

Every week, WSB features hundreds of things you won’t find anywhere else – from news stories to photos to lost/found pets to event listings to forum posts, and beyond. But even with the 24/7 stream here on the website, we still don’t get to share everything we see/hear/observe/receive. So we’re launching a new weekly e-mail titled WSB EXTRA. You might have seen the signup box – we soft-launched that recently, but we haven’t yet mentioned it here in the news stream, until now. We’re planning to send the first one on Friday, so we’re announcing it more widely today.

While many news organizations send you e-mail newsletters that are basically lists of links to their stories, that’s NOT what we’ll be doing. The WSB website is and will remain THE only place you’ll find all the news we cover, and all the other regular 24/7 offerings. But we’ve been trying to find a way to share some of the observations, asides, links, tidbits that tend to build up without ever appearing in a story or comment. We also want to offer some overview features like “comment of the week,” top weekend pick, what’s going to be big NEXT week … So that’s the sort of thing you’ll find in WSB EXTRA, weekly. Please consider signing up (go here). If you decide it’s not for you, don’t worry, unsubscribing will be easy. Thank you!

COUNTDOWN: Float Dodger 5K!

June 27, 2016 12:56 pm
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(WSB file photo, Float Dodger 5K)

This summer’s next 5K in West Seattle is now less than four weeks away – the Float Dodger 5K right before the West Seattle Grand Parade on Saturday, July 23rd. It’s presented by West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), and while you can register right now online (price goes up after this Thursday!), here’s what else you should know:

*WSR will have a booth at West Seattle Summer Fest (July 8-9-10 in The Junction, full vendor list shortly) with Elite Sports and Spine, and you can sign up there in person

*Packet pickup and last-last-last-minute registration will be at WSR (2743 California SW) on Friday, July 22nd, race-day eve

*Finish-line festivities on July 23rd, WSR’s Lori McConnell tells WSB, will include an awards ceremony and root-beer floats. For 21+ runners, there’ll be a beer garden inside WSR on race day, hosted by The Beer Junction‘s Morgan Herzog, raising money for the charities that benefit from the Float Dodger 5K: West Seattle Food Bank and the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society

As always, the Float Dodger 5K encourages costumes. The start/finish line this year will be on the Hiawatha track, and as always, the race goes down the parade route and back.

FIREWORKS REMINDERS: The rules, the parks, the pets

(File photo, fireworks debris at Highland Park Playground)

One week until the 4th of July, which means it’s time to talk about fireworks. They’re illegal in Seattle city limits – but the law is so widely ignored that the 5th of July brings toxic, ugly messes like the one in our file photo from Highland Park Playground.

Some of the problem here stems from fireworks remaining legal right next door, in unincorporated North Highline (White Center and vicinity). Sales at legal stands in the unincorporated area start tomorrow, but use is only legal – again, only in the unincorporated area – 9 am to midnight on July 4th. (The full list of regulations statewide – county to county, city to city, specific dates and times – is here.)

Meantime, Seattle Parks hopes again this year to discourage illegal fireworks use at some of its facilities – particularly synthetic-turf playfields, where a fire would do extremely costly damage. It’s announced it will illuminate certain playfields on the 4th – here’s the full list of locations and times; in West Seattle, the locations are Delridge, Hiawatha, and Walt Hundley Playfields, along with West Seattle Stadium.

Still not dissuaded? Think of the pets. This alert is from King County.

ROAD WORK ALERT: More paving this week, this time 8th SW in Highland Park S. in South Park

WEDNESDAY UPDATE: SDOT confirmed that this is 8th S. work, not 8th SW as first announced.

TUESDAY UPDATE: See comments – this appears to be on 8th S., not 8th SW as announced – we will be verifying Wednesday with SDOT.

ORIGINAL MONDAY REPORT: After SDOT paving workers finish on SW 106th in Arbor Heights later this week, they’re headed for 8th SW in Highland Park. Just announced:

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) advises travelers in West Seattle that crews will be paving 8th Avenue SW between SW Barton Street and SW Cambridge Street [map]. This work is weather dependent.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on (UPDATE) Thursday, June 30 and Friday, July 1, travelers can expect the following:

· Crews will grind and repave 8th Ave SW between SW Barton St and SW Cambridge St.

· The southbound lane of 8th Ave SW between SW Barton St and SW Cambridge St will be closed.

· North-south traffic will alternate in the northbound lane, assisted by flaggers.

· Parking on 8th Ave SW will be restricted – “No Parking” signs will be in place 72 hours before the work starts and parking restrictions begin.

· Access to and from driveways on 8th Ave SW between SW Barton St and SW Cambridge St may be delayed for up to 15 minutes for equipment to clear.

SDOT would like to thank the public for its patience while this work is completed. This project is part of SDOT’s 2016 Arterial Major Maintenance (AMM) program. The AMM program maintains our busiest streets by making strategic small scale investments at key locations on city streets.