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FOOTBALL: Spotlight for former West Seattle HS star Aaron Grymes

August 18, 2016 11:49 pm
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So the Seahawks didn’t get the win tonight. But local pro-football fans might consider something else as a point of pride: BC e-mailed us to point out that former West Seattle High School star Aaron Grymes, who signed earlier this year with the Philadelphia Eagles, had an interception tonight that made ESPN’s Top Ten plays. Before signing with the Eagles, Grymes spent three years in the Canadian Football League; he played college ball at Idaho. His big night tonight unfortunately ended with a shoulder injury (the Eagles beat the Steelers 17-0). But BC “wanted to share (Grymes’ big play) with West Seattle.”

P.S. Grymes and the Eagles are due to visit CenturyLink Field on Sunday, November 20th.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Car prowls; vandalism; abandoned bicycles

Four notes in West Seattle Crime Watch tonight:

GATEWOOD CAR PROWLS: From Shawn – “I wanted to let you know about a car prowl last night/this morning. I came out to my car this morning around 6:30 to find the driver’s side door open and everything rifled through. They took some spare change and a handsfree device, and left behind some food. I found that the same thing happened to my neighbor’s car. This occurred in the alley between 36th and 37th Ave. SW, between Holden and Kenyon.”

ADMIRAL CONSTRUCTION SITE VANDALISM: Cindy reports this happened earlier this week at the Admiral site where she is building a house:

I am building a new modestly-sized house that is energy-efficient and environmentally responsible and sustainable in every regard. It will be net-zero in power usage as provided by the eventual roof-top solar installation. This is not a quick-turn developer box but rather a private home project. Someone opposed to this investment in our neighborhood did significant damage [one night earlier this week] to one of the retaining walls.

That included spraypainting the word UGLY on the wall.

ABANDONED BICYCLES: We have two reports, both from the Fairmount Ravine area, both with photos. The first one is from Breck:

Breck says, “Found this at the end of Sumner SW, down Fairmount SW. Hike into the path 30 yards and there it is … it looks like a teen’s bike.”

And from PHC:

PHC found it “on Fairmount, west side, under Admiral bridge. Suspect it is abandoned stolen bike.”

Recognize either one? Let us know, in comments or via

COUNTDOWN: 9 days to West Seattle Car Show 2016

August 18, 2016 8:10 pm
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 |   Fun stuff to do | Puget Ridge | West Seattle news

(WSB photo from 2015 West Seattle Car Show)

We’re reminding you again tonight that the annual West Seattle Car Show has moved up into August this year and it is just nine days away – Saturday, August 27th, 10 am-3 pm on the north end of the South Seattle College campus! If you have a vehicle to show off, you’ll probably find just the right category here; pre-registration forms are due ASAP – otherwise, you can register on show day. Find all the registration info here.

The show is presented again this year by Swedish Automotive and West Seattle Autoworks, and we checked back with organizers for the toplines of what you’ll find besides cool vehicles:

*The South Seattle College will be giving tours of the Automotive Tech and Aviation Maintenance programs.

*We will have kids’ activities, including a wooden race track our people are building with wooden cars for the kids to keep.

*The Northwest Wine Academy will be be open and serving coffee and beer, as a convenience to patrons, and wine, which is their specialty. They will also have light snacks.

*There will be at least 2 food trucks: Nibbles (specializing in northwest and southwest food) and Kebab Brothers (specializing in kebabs and hot dogs).

*The Seattle Chinese Garden will be open for viewing.

*We will be selling T-shirts, dash plaques, water, and ice cream.

*Larry Lomax will be DJ-ing again.

*The Disco Cowboys band will be playing again.

The day’s full schedule will be online next week. In the meantime, whether you’re planning to be in the show or just planning to come have fun, 6000 16th SW on Puget Ridge [map] is where you’ll want to be on August 27th.

West Seattle Autoworks, Swedish Automotive, and South Seattle College are WSB sponsors.

VIDEO: Duke Evers @ Summer Concerts at Hiawatha

August 18, 2016 6:58 pm
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Looking for shade? We found it on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center (Walnut/Lander), where Duke Evers is performing this season’s second-to-last show for Summer Concerts at Hiawatha, the annual series of free music presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association. Our short video above includes part of what they described as a new song from an album coming out in November. We’ll add a few photos when we’re back at HQ, but just wanted to make sure you knew this is happening now, until about 8 pm, and there’s room on the lawn – bring your own chair or blanket.



(added) We didn’t stay for the whole show, but did see/hear a memorable moment – after the first few songs, a car alarm went off somewhere in the vicinity. The band, unfazed, riffed off it for a moment and declared they’d just created “The Car Alarm Song.” Soon as it was over, the alarm was too. “We played it out,” a band member joked.

P.S. Next week, summer’s last Hiawatha show, is the big one, at least for kindie-rock fans and the people who love them – Caspar Babypants, who tends to get the lawn as close to standing-room-only as a lawn can get, replete with a near-mosh-pit of wee ones up by the stage (6:30 pm Thursday, August 25th)!

TRAFFIC ALERT: Huge ferry traffic backup heading to Fauntleroy dock, and other problems


4:11 PM: Thanks for the tips – we just verified the HUGE traffic backup headed toward the Fauntleroy ferry dock – backed up all the way to Fauntleroy/Raymond!

Washington State Ferries attributes it only to heavy outbound traffic.

4:34 PM: Via e-mail, WSF says vessels are ~45 minutes behind schedule because of major crashes on I-5. Checking on those.

4:39 PM: We’ll be folding in any other major traffic notes while monitoring this: Here’s one – southbound 16th is blocked at Elmgrove because of a car fire. We just went by – no injuries, and the fire apparently was mostly in the engine compartment. (Photo added:)


Thanks to Erik for the tip!

5:09 PM: SFD has cleared the 16th call so that’s likely reopened. We’re about to head down the hill for another look at the ferry backup. Also remember that if you’re heading for the eastbound bridge – the tape tangle mentioned earlier could be a factor (some of it was even snagged on a utility pole on the south edge of the Luna Park district). And a City Light truck is reportedly in a hazardous spot around that section of the bridge. (Update: Commenter says the SCL worker is trying to pull in the aforementioned tape.)

5:58 PM: Ferry dock-bound backup on west/southbound Fauntleroy better but not by much – goes “just” to California now.

6:23 PM: Crash reported (via scanner) at 34th/Morgan, with westbound Morgan reported to be blocked right now.

7:44 PM: We finally got to go by that scene about 15 minutes ago – tow trucks had arrived so the scene should be clear soon if it isn’t already. No Seattle Fire dispatch, so apparently no injuries of note.

ALERT: Tangle of tape by the West Seattle Bridge


Here’s a weird one – just got two reports about this. The photo above is from Shannon Felix at Avalon GlassWorks, who reports, “Skeins of what I would think is vhs tape flying in power lines between bridge and Nucor.”

Also got a note from Holly, who reported, “Someone three black tape over the bridge and now it’s making its way into West Seattle.” We’re headed that way for a firsthand look.

West Seattle food and drink: A la Mode Pies sets tentative date. And about those milkshakes…

Continuing our followups on new eating/drinking places in progress, we checked in with Chris Porter, proprietor of A la Mode Pies, which – as first reported here in April – is coming to Junction 47, between The Lodge and Starbucks.


Porter tells WSB he’s tentatively planning on an opening date of October 3rd, adding, “Neighbors will be smelling apple pie for about a week before, as we’ll be moving over our wholesale and cooking inside in late September.” The original Phinney location will remain open, since this is an expansion, NOT a replacement. Meantime, what he describes as a white-neon sign is set to go up before the end of this month. And we asked about the “boozy milkshake” names that WSB readers suggested in response to a call for suggestions in May – so far, he’s settled on two (both of which were among the suggestions), Admiral Apple and Drunk Monkey, with more to come.

FOLLOWUP: ‘Hate-Free Delridge’ is born; community event in the works

By Linda Ball
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

The fledgling group formed in response to a hate crime against a Pigeon Point family has named itself “Hate-Free Delridge” and is planning a community event.

We first reported two weeks ago about the group’s formation, in response to the racist, threatening note left on the porch of Stephanie Endres and her family last month.

The group just met for the second time. Its goal is to bring the community together while fostering acceptance, tolerance, and inclusion. Read More

Two cans closer to a less-trashed Alki Beach

Remember our June story about Diana‘s quest for Metro to bring back a trash can at the 61st/Alki bus stop? A customer-service rep had told her it was pulled (years earlier, it turned out) for overuse and wouldn’t be replaced. Then the next day – a replacement, after all. Today, Diana tells us, she’s scored bins for the corner to the east:

She explained to us via e-mail, “So as not to overburden the Metro trash can (as was their concern), I asked Seattle Public Utilities if they could install both trash and recycling bins on the opposite corner of 61st. Surprisingly, they responded saying my request met all the requirements to do so. It took eight weeks, and I had almost given up hope, but they miraculously showed up yesterday.” She sent the photo as proof. So if you’re at the beach sometime soon and use those new cans, you know who to thank. (If you’re having a big party, though, consider bringing bag[s] so you can pack it out.)

Where to stay cool, and what else is up, for your West Seattle Thursday


Thanks to Chris Frankovich for the moonset photo from this morning (you can check moonset/moonrise and sunset/sunrise times any time on the WSB West Seattle Weather page). It’s a cooling image as we head into a hot day. Today’s list includes where to stay cool(er), as well as scheduled events:

Delridge Library – 11 am-6 pm (5423 Delridge Way SW)
High Point Library – 11 am-6 pm (35th SW/SW Raymond)

Highland Park Spray Park – 11 am-8 pm (1100 SW Cloverdale)
Lincoln Park Wading Pool – 11 am-8 pm (8600 Fauntleroy Way SW)
Hiawatha Wading Pool – Noon-6:30 pm (Walnut/Lander)
EC Hughes Wading Pool – Noon-7 pm (2805 SW Holden)
Colman Pool – Noon-7 pm (on the shore at Lincoln Park; schedule and fees here)

The city’s “master list” of ways to stay cool is here. Now, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

‘PETE THE CAT’ MATH DANCE: For pre-K through 1st grade, 10:30 am, West Seattle (Admiral) Library – “Instructor Kristina Stoneberg uses Pete the Cat to inspire a picture glyph (using shapes to represent data) and then uses that information to create a jazzy dance.” Free, no registration required. (2306 42nd SW)

DELRIDGE GROCERY COOP FARMSTAND: 4-7 pm next to the Delridge P-Patch, shop for fresh produce and see what’s up with Delridge Grocery volunteers. (Delridge Way SW & Puget Boulevard SW)

‘MOONSHINE SHIMMY’ FUN(DRAISER): 5-7:30 pm at Brookdale West Seattle, enjoy a barbecue buffet, The Haggis Brothers, dancing, “moonshine,” and more, to benefit the Senior Center of WS. Here’s our preview from last weekend – get your tickets at the door if you haven’t already. (4611 35th SW)

DEEPENING THE WATER BY TERMINAL 5: Something to say about this proposal? As previewed here last week, a 5:30 pm public meeting at the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) Georgetown campus includes your chance to comment. (6737 Corson Avenue S.)

WEST SEATTLE TIMEBANK OPEN HOUSE & MORE: At the Senior Center of West Seattle, orientation at 6 pm, potluck at 6:30 pm, speaker and discussion at 7 pm so you can find out more about Timebanking! (California SW/SW Oregon)

DUKE EVERS @ HIAWATHA: 6:30 pm on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center, the Admiral Neighborhood Association‘s concert series (co-sponsored by WSB) presents the Duke Evers Band. Free! Bring your own blanket/chair, and if you want, a picnic dinner. (Walnut/Lander)

OPEN MIC – UNPLUGGED! 7-9 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) – “An open mic for classical guitarists and acoustic musicians (including singers) of all genres of music. Amateurs, professionals, and kids are invited to come share their music in this cozy, comfortable setting. Co-sponsored by the Seattle Classic Guitar Society and C&P.” (5612 California SW)

‘MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG’: 7:30 pm at ArtsWest, enjoy the work of student musical-theater performers. Ticket info in our calendar listing. (4711 California SW)

BELLY DANCING: 7:30 pm at The Skylark, the monthly Alauda showcase shimmies across the stage. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

FULL MOON BONFIRE: 8 pm at Alki Beach – “Join in community for Chanting, Gonging, Drumming, Dancing, Laughter, Music, Meditations, Marshmallow Roasting, S’mores, and more!” Free event for all ages. Hosted by West Seattleite-run Guru Gayatri Yoga/Meditation Center.

MUCH MORE – on our complete calendar, so please take a moment to check it out too!

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday watch; Metro cancellations…

(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)

6:52 AM: Another morning without major incidents, so far, in or from West Seattle.

SEAHAWKS AT CENTURYLINK FIELD: Preseason home game for the Hawks tonight vs. Minnesota, 7 pm, so be mindful of that if you’ll be traveling through Pioneer Square/SODO.

WEEKEND EVENTS: SDOT’s weekly roundup of what’s ahead citywide for the weekend is here, including Hempfest Friday-Sunday, with a major road closure toward the north end of the downtown waterfront.

7:09 AM: West Seattle Metro run cancellation just announced via Twitter (and text alert):

7:13 AM: And another one:

A last and a first! ‘Princess Bride’ wraps up this year’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies while launching new location

August 18, 2016 12:50 am
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The goofy classic “Princess Bride” is on the screen this Saturday night as the 2016 season of West Seattle Outdoor Movies comes to a close. But it’s not just an end – it’s a beginning, too, as the movies move to the new “festival street” (explained here), SW Snoqualmie between 36th and 37th SW, on the south side of the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor). The Southwest Seattle Historical Society (which sells and benefits from WSOM concessions) recorded this invitation from the Y’s Josh Sutton:

See the map to the new location on the SWSHS’s site; the Historical Society also will benefit from this week’s raffles. The movie’s free, and you can arrive as early as 6 pm; showtime is dusk, around 8:30 pm at this point in the summer. See you at the Festival Street!