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FOLLOWUP: 35th Avenue SW ‘Phase 2’ info now online

Three weeks ago, we brought you first word of SDOT‘s decision about Phase 2 for 35th Avenue SW. The relatively small changes will include adding a stoplight at 35th/Dawson, turn restrictions at 35th/Juneau, the already-promised 35th/Graham stoplight, turn signals at 35th/Barton (which is in the Phase 1 zone), but no continuation of the rechannelization that comprised Phase 1 south of Morgan. When we talked with SDOT’s Jim Curtin on April 2nd, he said the plan would soon be added to the project website, and would be sent to many West Seattle homes in a mailer. That mailer arrived over the weekend, and the website is now updated – including the map shown above (here’s the full-size PDF version) – so if you want to see the official final version, here’s the project page. No further meetings planned, but if you have questions, Curtin says, you can e-mail the project team at

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen white RAV4; parking-lot hit & run

Two notes in West Seattle Crime Watch:

STOLEN CAR: From Samantha:

Car was a 2013 white (Toyota) RAV4 with a few scratches on the passenger door. Stolen from 44th and Hanford. Inside was a black seat inside, green stroller and red diaper bag. Plus a bag of baby clothes. License plate BBK1728.

Call 911 if you see it.

HIT-RUN: From Joe:

(Thursday) night in the West Seattle parking lot behind Husky Deli, someone plowed into the side of our minivan. Ok, parking is tough in West Seattle but to have someone crash into your car in the parking lot and not leave a note or something. Terrible. This is not a little scratch, it’s a huge smack and caved into the door. Their car must have had some damage. Therefore it must have been very loud and someone must have heard it. Anyone (Thursday) night in the area of the West Seattle free parking behind Husky Deli, please let us know. About 8:30 pm.

Police report # 2018-138916.

P.S. Tomorrow is your next chance to hear directly from police about local crime trends, and to bring up your neighborhood concerns, during the monthly meeting of the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network – 6:30 pm Tuesday at the precinct (2300 SW Webster).

UPDATE: Child found near Westwood Village

7:22 PM: Just got a call from someone who has found a little boy, distraught and alone, on the east side of Westwood Village. He is with police now but they wanted us to post something here. He has short dark hair and is probably 3 or 4 years old. Call 911 if you know anything about a lost child in that area.

7:30 PM: And as is often the case – this has been resolved quickly – finder says the child’s family has been found.

NEW AT ALKI: Fire rings replaced

Thanks to everybody who e-mailed to let us know that new fire rings have arrived at Alki Beach. These photos were taken this morning by Vlad Oustimovitch – here’s a closer look at one of the new rings, notably lockable:

One last look at the old ones:

Alki is one of two city-owned beach parks where fires are allowed, as long as they’re in the rings and following the rules, which you can read here. The other park, Golden Gardens, already has these types of rings, which Parks staff unlocks at 4 pm; we’ll be checking with Parks tomorrow about the official procedures planned for these.

BIZNOTE: Admiral McDonald’s overhaul, phase 2

Quick note about the overhaul at the Admiral McDonald’s (3003 California SW) – when we first reported on the project a week and a half ago, when the drive-thru was closed and the lobby was open, owner/operator Alia Abboud told WSB the situation would reverse when the exterior work was done. She confirms that started today – so the lobby is closed, the drive-thru back open. They’re still also offering mobile and delivery orders.

TUESDAY: You’re invited! Career Connections showcase at West Seattle High School

April 23, 2018 3:37 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle schools

From the “in case you haven’t seen it in the calendar yet” file, since everyone’s invited: More than 100 West Seattle High School students from the Career Tech Education and Art Departments will showcase their skills and products related to professional and technical fields Tuesday night. From the announcement for “Career Connections: A Student Showcase”:

WSHS invites parents, community members, and industry professionals to attend “Career Connections: A Student Showcase,” on Tuesday, April 24th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in The Commons. WSHS is located at 3000 California Ave SW.

Students from the Career Tech Education & Art Department will share their creations with parents, SPS administrators, industry professionals, and community members. The WSHS Jazz Band will provide music. Donations for WestSide Baby will be accepted on-site.

WSHS’s academic programs feature teaching and learning with hands-on, project-based instruction. “We are unique in the (Seattle Public Schools) District because we offer a variety of opportunities for students to identify and launch careers in the professional and technical fields,” said Helen Maynard, Career Center Specialist at WSHS. “We have CAD design, woodworking, culinary, IT, auto mechanics, ceramics, photography, music, health and human services.” Seattle Skills Center’s Certified Nursing Assistant program is also housed at WSHS.

Best way to get to the event from the main WSHS parking lot fronting California SW is to go through the courtyard on the west side of the school.

VIDEO: New inspiration, new location, new ways to give @ 2018 WestSide Baby CommuniTea

April 23, 2018 12:51 pm
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 |   How to help | West Seattle news | West Seattle people

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

“Today and every day, we have a choice to turn toward each other.”

That was the lesson and exhortation in a story told by WestSide Baby executive director Nancy Woodland at her organization’s biggest annual fundraiser, the CommuniTea, on Sunday afternoon.

The 600 people in attendance turned toward not only each other but also WS Baby in a big way, raising more than $362,000, much-needed money as the organization continues to grow and to serve more areas of King County, some far from its White Center headquarters.

This was the first year for the event at the downtown Sheraton, after six years at the Hilton near Sea-Tac Airport (this year’s take more than doubles the giving of its first year in that venue, 2012). The Sheraton’s Grand Ballroom was filled with supporters who made it there despite the area road closures that led to a rare Sunday afternoon traffic jam. We were a bit late and missed recording the performance of “Oh The Places We’ll Grow” by Carlynn Newhouse:

Newhouse, a poet, activist, actor/performer, and MC, had just the night before won the Youth Speaks Seattle Grand Slam for the third time, and she set the stage for an inspiring story shortly thereafter by Woodland, whose many assistants for the tea included her own two westside (former) babies, McInnis and Phineas:

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LAST CALL: Taste of West Seattle early-bird discount prices end tomorrow

April 23, 2018 11:26 am
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 |   How to help | West Seattle news

If you’re thinking of going to the tastiest fundraiser of the year – tomorrow is your last chance to buy your ticket(s) at the early-bird price. The Taste of West Seattle is happening Thursday, May 24th, at The Hall at Fauntleroy – VIP admission 6 pm, general admission 6:30 pm. It’s a benefit for West Seattle Helpline, which provides emergency assistance for people, including helping avoid becoming homeless. You get to enjoy food and drink from dozens of local providers, and it sells out every year – get your ticket(s) now by going here.

What’s up for your West Seattle Monday

(Horned Grebe in breeding plumage, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Highlights of what’s happening for this sunny Monday:

HELP THE HELPLINE @ ILLUSIONS: Donation drive all week at Illusions Hair Design (WSB sponsor) for the West Seattle Helpline:

***NEW*** Socks & Underwear for Men, Women & Kids! The West Seattle Helpline is in GREAT NEED of ALL sizes! These are staple items that they find are in high demand year round. During regular business hours, you can drop off any ***NEW*** socks &/or underwear into our special dropbox in our salon lobby!

Today’s hours at Illusions are 11 am-8:30 pm. (5619 California SW)

SSC PRESIDENTIAL FINALIST FORUM: 1:30 pm at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor), hear from the final of the three remaining finalists for the college presidency, Dr. Rosie Rimando-Chareunsap, who is currently SSC’s Vice President for Student Services. (6000 16th SW)

SSC ADMISSIONS WORKSHOP: Also at South Seattle College, 2-3 pm, prospective students are invited to find out more about, and get help with, the admissions process – details in our calendar listing. (6000 16th SW)

BUSINESS-TAX PUBLIC HEARING: Four City Councilmembers, including West Seattle-residing Lisa Herbold and Lorena González, went public Friday with their proposal for a tax on businesses to raise $75 million a year, three-fourths of it to be used to build low-income housing. 5:30 pm at City Hall downtown, they’re taking comment at a public hearing. See the proposed legislation here, and the proposed spending plan here. (600 4th Ave.)

FAMILY STORY TIME: 6:30 pm at High Point Library, for kids of all ages. (35th SW/SW Raymond)

QUIZ NIGHT: All-ages quiz night at The Skylark, 7:30 pm, with prizes! (3803 Delridge Way SW)

SEE THE FUTURE … as in, tomorrow and beyond … on our complete-calendar page.

SOCCER: Spring tryouts for Highline Premier FC start Tuesday

April 23, 2018 9:22 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS & Sports

Soccer player(s) in the family? Spring tryouts for Highline Premier FC start tomorrow in West Seattle and continue for two weeks. Here’s the announcement:

Highline Premier FC invites new and returning players to register today for their respective age group. Tryouts kick off April 24th for players born 2009-2010 and run through the beginning of May for older age groups. All sessions are held at Walt Hundley Playfield. For more information and to register, go here. The complete schedule is outlined below:

Birth Year 2010, 2009

April 24 & 26, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Birth Year 2008

May 1 & 3, 6:00 – 7:15 pm

Birth Year 2008, 2007, 2006

May 1 & 3, 6:00 – 7:15 pm

Birth Year 2007

May 1 & 3, 7:30 – 8:45 pm

Birth Year 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000

May 2 & 4, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Birth Year 2006, 2005

May 8 & 10, 6:00 – 7:15 pm

Birth Year 2005, 2004

May 8 & 10, 7:30 – 8:45 pm

HPFC is the official Premier Development program of Highline Soccer Association and the place for players looking for a year-round soccer experience. HSA represents more than 4,000 youth soccer players from the communities of Des Moines/Midway, Sea-Tac, West Highline, and West Seattle. The Association is made up of two Recreational Soccer Clubs — West Seattle Soccer Club and Highline Soccer Club, a Select Soccer Program—HSA Select, and the Premier Development program, Highline Premier Football Club.

Please contact or visit the HPFC tryout FAQ page for more information.

West Seattle power outage: 100+ customers in south Arbor Heights/Arroyos/Seola

4:26 AM: Thanks for the tip about an outage in the south Arbor Heights/Arroyos/Seola area. Seattle City Light‘s map says 106 homes are without power; no cause listed so far. (This is near the area where City Light plans to start a project soon to replace underground cable, with an informational open house this Wednesday.)

7:45 AM:: As commenters note, SCL has since updated to blame a tree.

1:25 PM: Restored since our last check a couple hours ago.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Gunfire, confirmed

April 23, 2018 12:58 am
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 |   Crime | Highland Park | West Seattle news | West Seattle police

Seattle Police, according to radio communication, have found at least one shell casing while investigating reports of gunfire in Highland Park. The discovery is reported in the 8400 block of 10th SW, not far from some of the locations where 911 callers reported hearing it – from the 8600 block of 12th SW to the 9200 block of 21st SW. No reports of anyone being hurt.