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CONGRATULATIONS! New Seattle Council PTSA president makes history

(WSB photo)

After a meeting Monday night at Denny International Middle School, West Seattle is well-represented in the leadership of the Seattle Council PTSA – including a new president who’s making history. Above center is Manuela Slye, first Latinx president of the SCPTSA, parent of students at Denny IMS and West Seattle High School. With her from left are co-vice presidents Friendly Vang-Johnson and Sebrena Burr; treasurer Rebecca Evans, a West Seattleite and Lafayette Elementary parent; and secretary Kristy Copeland. Other West Seattleites in leadership roles, not pictured, are high-school director Angelica De Lorenzo, a Denny and WSHS parent, and legislative co-chair Vikas Luthra, a WSHS parent. Learn about the SCPTSA here.

Alki power outage blamed on bird

Thanks to Maureen for word of a power outage that has at least half a dozen homes without electricity along 59th SW, south of Admiral Way, in Upper Alki. She says a crow is believed to be to blame, and lost its life in the process – “the outage started with a loud bang,” and the crow was found under the pole. City Light is on the scene and told Maureen it’ll likely take two hours or so to reconnect everybody.

Seen off West Seattle: F/V Chasina, but not simply catching fish

June 4, 2019 7:06 pm
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 |   Seen at sea | West Seattle news

Thanks to Gary Jones for the photo of F/V Chasina off Alki Point. As per the signage, it’s doing research for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. What kind of research? The U.S. Coast Guard’s Local Notice to Mariners reveals what it’s been up to lately:

22 April through 31 May 2019, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Marine Fish Science (MFS) Unit and the Toxics-focused Biological Observation System (TBiOS) Team will conduct a joint bottom-trawl survey to assess marine fish living in the waters of Puget Sound, including the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Strait of Georgia, San Juan Archipelago, Hood Canal, Central Sound, and South Sound regions. These operations are scheduled from 22 Apr 2019 to 31 May 20189. The vessel chartered by WDFW for the survey is the F/V Chasina, a 57-foot seiner/trawler (call sign WYQ-6987), which will carry WDFW RESEARCH placards posted on both sides of the upper deck.

Here’s more about the bottomfish they’re studying; here’s more about the TBiOS program.

Next step in Morgan Junction Park expansion planning: Festival feedback

June 4, 2019 5:52 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle parks

Following up on the April briefing at the Morgan Community Association meeting (WSB coverage here), Seattle Parks announced today that your next chance for in-person feedback on the planned expansion of Morgan Junction Park is just 2 1/2 weeks away:

Please join us at the Morgan Junction Community Festival. Come find our booth to review three design options for the Morgan Junction Park expansion. We need to hear from you on what park design works best for the Morgan Junction neighborhood.

The park has been on the drawing board since the city bought and landbanked the former commercial site north of the existing park five years ago.

REMINDER: Water shutoff, ‘noisy’ work tonight in SDOT project zone

SDOT sends this reminder about a water shutoff tonight, as noted earlier in the most-recent update on the Avalon/35th project:

In coordination with our work to replace the water main on 35th Ave SW, SPU will complete their first water shutoff tonight to cut the water main and install a temporary bypass in preparation for connecting the new water main. The shutoff will take place from 9 PM to 6 AM for neighbors living on 35th Ave SW and 36th Ave SW from SW Snoqualmie St to SW Avalon Way.

If your water is scheduled to be shut off, you should have already received a door hanger/ flyer from SPU.

Crews will use a temporary noise permit to complete this work and you can expect this work to be noisy as SPU crews cut and replace pipes throughout the course of the evening. SPU is doing this work at night to minimize the impacts of the water shut off.

If you have questions about this water shutoff, please contact SPU’s Utility Service Team at 206-684-5800.

PRIDE MONTH: Here’s what’s happening at West Seattle/Fauntleroy YMCA

June 4, 2019 1:12 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle people

June is Pride Month, and the West Seattle/Fauntleroy YMCA (WSB sponsor) has activities all month. Executive director Shalimar Gonzales sent the list – along with the photo of Y staffers – and says these events are all open to the public – nonmembers and members alike:

For 175 years, the Y has played a central role in knitting together the vibrant fabric of America. We believe the Y must continue to lead the way to a brighter future by following our belief that we are stronger when our doors are open to all. We want to ensure all people- across all dimension of diversity- feel welcome and valued as part of the Y family.

At the Y, we use the month of June to celebrate and highlight our LGBTQ+ community, members, and staff. We honor those who have done the hard work for equity and have dedicated the Y to be among them. We remember the brutality and inhumanity that has been and is perpetrated against our LGBTQ+ family. And most of all we honor all those who are living life as their authentic selves and those who are on the path to that discovery.

No matter who you are, you are seen, appreciated, and celebrated at the Y.

The West Seattle YMCA has several opportunities for folks interested in showing their support. All events are free and open to all. Attend any of the Y’s Pride events and get a coupon to waive the joining fee in the month of June!:

· June 7: Family Fun Night. Stop by the Y for a fun night of bounce house, swimming, kids gym, and more! 6:30-8:00 pm. West Seattle YMCA. [3622 SW Snoqualmie]

· June 17: Eat the Rainbow: Workshop & Cooking Demo. Join our nutritionist and learn the health benefits to eating the rainbow. 6:30-8:00 pm. West Seattle YMCA.

· June 21: PRIDE WERK Out. Reclaiming traditionally gendered exercises and sweat to a playlist featuring all queer-artists and musicians. 5:00-6:00 pm West Seattle YMCA

· June 28: Show Your PRIDE by wearing rainbow colors or PRIDE gear and join hundreds of community members across the U.S. in celebration of the LGBTQ+ Movement and the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

· June 28: Trans Pride March. Join YGS staff and members as we march to support our trans community. 5pm. Meet at Cal Anderson Park.

· June 30: Seattle Pride Parade. Join YGS staff as we march in the Pride Parade! Meet at the Downtown Seattle Y at 11 am.

· June 1-July 7: Chest Binder Drive to benefit Lambert House (an LGBTQ+ youth drop-in center). Transgender and gender non-binary individuals may choose to engage in various gender-affirming practices to reduce gender dysphoria or present in a way that is more congruent with their gender identity, which may include using chest binders.

FOLLOWUP: 4th Avenue SW reopens after month-long closure

(WSB photo, looking south toward 4th SW from Roxbury)

4th Avenue SW, closed for a month of work south of SW Roxbury, is open again. We just noticed it while passing by – and construction manager Joshua Bowen with the King County Housing Authority just sent the notice confirming most of the work is complete:

Following the successful construction of 4th Avenue SW, we are reopening the road! Please note
that there will be no parking for the first few weeks as we complete landscaping, concrete detailing, and pedestrian lighting. Also, we will need to close the road briefly to complete a few details in the roadway (painting/striping). Thank you for your patience as we beautify your road.

This road improvement of 1,300 feet of 4th Avenue SW in the Greenbridge Community of the White Center neighborhood includes surface water runoff water quality upgrades, storm water infrastructure, channelization, signage, traffic calming measures, improved pedestrian crossings, street paving, pedestrian lighting, and landscaping.

The project was originally planned for earlier this spring but had to be delayed to a late-April start.

8 for your West Seattle Tuesday

June 4, 2019 10:39 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

Our Tuesday highlights start on the shore:

(Texted photo – thank you!)

LOW-LOW TIDE: The tide goes out to a very low -2.8 feet at 12:17 pm today. Seattle Aquarium beach naturalists are out again at Constellation and Lincoln Parks – today, now through 1:30 pm.

PORT MEETING: As previewed here Monday, the commissioners of the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma are meeting at 11:30 am as the Northwest Seaport Alliance Managing Members, with a Terminal 5 update on their agenda. Public comment is accepted toward the start of the meeting at the Sea-Tac Airport Conference Center.

CHIEF SEALTH PTSA: Last meeting of the school year, 6 pm in the Chief Sealth International High School Confucius Center. (2600 SW Thistle)

WWRHAH’S FUTURE: As previewed here, the Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council is at a crossroads – will a new coordinator step up, or will the group adjourn until someone wants to reactivate it? Be part of the discussion. 6:15 pm at Southwest Library. (9010 35th SW)

ULTIMATE FAMILY FRISBEE: Everybody is welcome to come play! 6:30 pm at Fairmount Playfield. (5400 Fauntleroy Way SW)

WSHS BOOSTER CLUB: Last West Seattle High School Booster Club meeting of this school year, 7 pm, “voting in new officers and getting ready for next school year.” At the school. (3000 California SW)

JIM PAGE: Live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. All ages. No cover. (5612 California SW)

WAX & OIL: Live painting and DJing at Parliament Tavern, starting at 9 pm. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

PEEK INTO THE FUTURE … with our complete calendar!

PROTECTING WILDLIFE: Seal Sitters volunteer training soon

(Photo courtesy Seal Sitters)

Space is still available in Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network‘s June 15th volunteer training. Here’s the announcement:

Interested in protecting seals and other marine mammals? Seal Sitters’ first training of the year will be held on Saturday, June 15th, in the front meeting room of the Alki UCC from 10 AM – Noon. If you would like to volunteer, this training qualifies you for on-the-beach duty in our territory from Brace Point through the Duwamish River including Harbor Island. As a member of NOAA’s West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Network, we respond to reports of any marine mammal on the beaches in those areas. Harbor Seal “pupping season” is now underway in Washington and runs from late June – September in our area.

An RSVP is required to attend. Please use this link for more details including instructions on how to RSVP.


June 4, 2019 6:59 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

(SDOT MAP with travel times/ Is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE/ West Seattle-relevant traffic cams HERE)

6:59 AM: Good morning! No transit alerts or traffic incidents in our area so far.

STADIUM ZONE: Mariners are home again tonight vs. the Astros, 7:10 pm, so it’s another late night for the West Seattle Water Taxi.