Fauntleroy – West Seattle Blog… https://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:02:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 THINK HOLIDAYS! Fauntleroy Fine Art and Gift Show entry deadline approaching https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/think-holidays-fauntleroy-fine-art-and-gift-show-entry-deadline-approaching/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/think-holidays-fauntleroy-fine-art-and-gift-show-entry-deadline-approaching/#respond Tue, 14 Aug 2018 21:03:56 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=925482 (By Apple Cox, past and future show participant)

Not to rush you out of summer mode too soon – but some holiday planning does happen before summer’s end. So we’re sharing this announcement sent by Judy Pickens:

Aug. 31 is the deadline for artists and artistic crafters to apply to be in the Fauntleroy Fine Art and Holiday Gift Show Nov. 9-11. The 11th annual event hosted by Fauntleroy Church is open to artists working in any medium (glass, metal, paper, paint, resin, etc.) and crafters should display a high level of creativity and quality.

Show participants must live in or have studio space in West Seattle or on Vashon. For details and the application form, visit www.fauntleroyucc.org, email fauntleroyfineart@gmail.com, or call 206-932-5600.

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FERRY BACKUP UPDATE: Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run returns to 3 boats https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/ferry-backup-fauntleroy-vashon-southworth-run-down-to-2-boats/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/ferry-backup-fauntleroy-vashon-southworth-run-down-to-2-boats/#comments Sat, 04 Aug 2018 01:43:10 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=924471

6:43 PM: Friday afternoon ferry backups in Fauntleroy are regular occurrences but today’s has been far worse than usual – there’s an extra problem: The Washington State Ferries run between here, Vashon, and Southworth is down a boat. The WSF bulletin says, “Vessel #2 M/V Sealth is out of service until further notice due to problems with the number one engine. Vessel maintenance crews are assessing the problem. All vessel #2 departures are cancelled. #1 Cathlamet and #3 Kitsap are following the regular schedule for #1 and #3 departures.” One tipster reported a backup on Fauntleroy Way all the way to Fairmount Park.

SATURDAY MORNING UPDATE: The third boat returned as of 5:35 am, per WSF.

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GRATITUDE: Neighbor helps find wandering woman https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/gratitude-neighbor-helps-find-wandering-woman/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/gratitude-neighbor-helps-find-wandering-woman/#comments Mon, 30 Jul 2018 19:08:54 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=924017 From Fauntleroy Church:

On Sunday, July 29th, an elderly women in our congregation wandered away after worship and found herself lost in Fauntleroy Park. After searching every nook and cranny of the church building and grounds, we turned to the Seattle Police for assistance in finding her. Just as the police arrived, she returned on the arm of Phil, the kind neighbor who found her alone in the park while hiking with his dog, Chester. She had gotten confused while looking for her ride. We are tremendously grateful for Phil and Chester. Thank you for bringing her back safe and sound.

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UPDATE: Fauntlee Hills house fire blamed on ‘oil staining rags’ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/seattle-fire-full-response-headed-to-8600-block-fauntlee-crest-sw/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/seattle-fire-full-response-headed-to-8600-block-fauntlee-crest-sw/#comments Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:57:06 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=922601 (WSB photos)

1:57 AM: A full Seattle Fire response is headed for a house fire reported in the 8600 block of Fauntlee Crest SW [map]. Updates to come.

2:02 AM: First crews arriving say it’s a fully engulfed 2-story house and they’re calling a second alarm. Side note – this is a difficult area to reach, up a hillside dead-end. It’s close to our HQ … but there are dead-ends here on top of the hill too.

2:14 AM: Via scanner, scene commander reports most of the fire has been “knocked down” – and she is referring to the dead-end street as she instructs some of the extra units on where to locate. No report of any injuries; the initial report of this mentioned that the residents were evacuating.

2:21 AM: Added a photo just sent by our crew. SFD is canceling most of the second-alarm units.

2:29 AM: SFD is reporting that the last spots of fire were in the attic – our crew confirms that firefighters are aiming water that way right now – and the fire’s just been declared “tapped.”

2:53 AM: We’ve talked to the SFD public-information officer on scene. (video added)

Both people who were home got out OK; no injuries to anyone. They got their two cats out OK too.

3:26 AM: They’re continuing to dismiss crews from the scene, but at least one will remain, on “fire watch” as is usually the case at sizable fire scenes, for some hours to come.

12:10 PM: SFD has announced that its investigator determined the fire to be accidental, “caused by spontaneous combustion of oil staining rags. Fire started on the deck and spread to the main living area. Total estimated loss is $500,000.”

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TRAFFIC ALERT: 3-hour wait at Fauntleroy ferry dock https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/traffic-alert-3-hour-wait-at-fauntleroy-ferry-dock/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/traffic-alert-3-hour-wait-at-fauntleroy-ferry-dock/#comments Fri, 13 Jul 2018 22:45:46 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=922289 Long waits on summer Friday afternoons at the Fauntleroy ferry dock aren’t unusual … but we seldom hear a Washington State Ferries warning about a three-hour wait, so we’re mentioning it here. They say events at Lincoln Park are contributing to the backlog.

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IT’S BACK: Fauntleroy ‘stench’ returns; here’s how to deal with it https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/its-back-fauntleroy-stench-returns-heres-how-to-deal-with-it/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/its-back-fauntleroy-stench-returns-heres-how-to-deal-with-it/#comments Tue, 10 Jul 2018 20:12:13 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=921966

(WSB file photo of Fauntleroy Cove, looking toward Lincoln Park)

The infamous Fauntleroy “stench” is back, reports Judy Pickens from the Fauntleroy Community Association:

Since the early 1980s, rotting sea lettuce in Fauntleroy Cove has generated hydrogen sulfide gas (aka “the stench”) in the heat of summer. It inexplicably stopped about nine years ago and residents and visitors could breathe easy. Now, even after weeks of relatively cool weather, it’s back.

With hot days ahead, the following advice is offered to newcomers and long-term residents wanting to enjoy summer despite the stench:

– Keep a tide table handy or bookmark a table online so you can anticipate when low tide will be; sea lettuce emits the gas when low tide leaves it stranded on the beach.
– Close all windows and skylights when you first notice the acrid smell.
– Stay indoors until the air seems fresh again.
– Use a fan to blow out your bedroom before sleeping; the invisible gas is heavy and needs a push.
– Leave home for awhile if the smell is especially strong.

Remember: It’s not simply the smell of saltwater. It’s a noxious gas that can cause itchy eyes, headache, and nausea.

And the midday low tide is low indeed these next six days – here’s our favorite chart. P.S. Here’s a little more backstory.

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From community survey to crime stats @ Fauntleroy Community Association https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/from-community-survey-to-crime-stats-fauntleroy-community-association/ Thu, 14 Jun 2018 01:44:07 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=919477 Toplines from last night’s Fauntleroy Community Association meeting:

COMMUNITY SURVEY: Every two years, FCA surveys the community to be sure the group is in tune with what people care about, among other reasons. This time, 430 responses came in – upward of a third more than the 300 responses from last time. The hottest topics were traffic/parking, followed by HALA upzoning and police/crime-related issues. Crime was the top topic of concern last time around. In fourth place, environmental stewardship, which fell from number two in the previous survey. Overall, the survey yielded a wealth of information, including how much community members value events such as the Fauntleroy Fall Festival, and the FCA board will develop an action plan to address community concerns.

POLICE UPDATE: Southwest Precinct Operations Lt. Ron Smith was in attendance for the last time, as his retirement is imminent, and the board told him he would be missed. He said both property crime in general, and auto thefts in particular, are way up in the Fauntleroy area vs. this time last year. Auto thefts totaled 6 by this time last year but are at 15 so far in 2018. He said the precinct is actively working on both issues.

One issue brought up: Plant vandalism along Fauntleroy Way between the south parking lot of Lincoln Park and the ferry dock – tree limbs have been cut and plants ripped out. Lt. Smith said the Community Police Team is on it. Another issue: Parking problems and street congestion when it’s time to pick up students who commute via ferry to Vashon schools, usually around 4 pm. Lt.Smith said he would send parking enforcement around.

The Fauntleroy Community Association board meets second Tuesdays except August and December, 7 pm at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse (9131 California SW). Watch fauntleroy.net for updates between meetings.

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West Seattle weekend scene: Setting salmon fry free at Fauntleroy Creek https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/happening-now-set-salmon-fry-free-at-fauntleroy-creek/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/happening-now-set-salmon-fry-free-at-fauntleroy-creek/#comments Sat, 09 Jun 2018 20:54:46 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=919081 (WSB photos)

ORIGINAL REPORT, 1:54 PM: Get over to Fauntleroy Park and see what it’s like to set salmon fry free in the creek, as thousands of students have done via the Salmon in the Schools program. They had 200 leftover fry this year and are offering community members the chance to walk to the bridge over the creek (from the park entrance at Barton/Henderson) and release them. Volunteers are there to guide you, until 3 pm.

5:13 PM: Added a few more photos. Above, the stars of the show; below, more of the people who stopped by to participate:

Shoutouts to this year’s Salmon in the Schools program at the creek were in our June 1st wrapup of the school-visit season.

ADDED: Here’s a photo of the volunteer crew, shared by Mark Ahlness (see comments):

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SATURDAY: Your chance to add salmon to Fauntleroy Creek https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/saturday-your-chance-to-add-salmon-to-fauntleroy-creek/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/saturday-your-chance-to-add-salmon-to-fauntleroy-creek/#comments Thu, 07 Jun 2018 02:16:38 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=918817 (WSB photo: Fauntleroy Creek)

As we reported at the end of last week, the Salmon in the Schools program has wrapped up this year’s releases into Fauntleroy Creek – but there are leftover fry, so you are invited to the creek on Saturday to experience what it’s like. If you haven’t already seen the announcement, Judy Pickens from the Fauntleroy Watershed Council explains what’s happening:

This spring more than 700 students in the Salmon in the Schools program entrusted their coho fry to Fauntleroy Creek, where they will grow until heading to saltwater next spring. Schools were especially successful this year in rearing their fish from eyed eggs, as was Jack Lawless, who rears fish for schools in the program that loose a lot or for preschools that don’t bring their own to release.

The Fauntleroy Watershed Council invites the community to put Jack’s remaining 200 fish in the water on Saturday, June 9, 1:00-3:00 pm at the big bridge in Fauntleroy Park. Volunteers will be on hand to keep everyone dry and answer questions about salmon, habitat, and the Fauntleroy Watershed Stewardship Fund.

Enter the park from the SW Barton Street kiosk and turn left at the trail T a few yards ahead. The bridge is about a three-minute walk east on a nearly flat, well-maintained trail. Expect to kneel on a rock at the water’s edge to release your fish; no boots are required. Dogs will need to be secured away from the water.

Can’t easily walk? The trail is suited to a walker or wheelchair. Can’t easily kneel? You’ll still be able to get up close and personal with your fish.

Here’s a map to the park.

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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Police search in Fauntleroy https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-search-in-fauntleroy-2/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-search-in-fauntleroy-2/#comments Tue, 05 Jun 2018 01:30:15 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=918634

Thanks for the tips. The police response near the Fauntleroy ferry dock followed a report of a suspected prowler who took off running when confronted by a resident, officers told us at the scene. A 911 call and search ensued; a person believed to be the suspect was found and taken into custody, pending ID confirmation by the resident.

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Salmon-release season ends for students at Fauntleroy Creek. Next – it’s your turn! https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/salmon-release-season-ends-for-students-at-fauntleroy-creek-next-its-your-turn/ Sat, 02 Jun 2018 05:22:03 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=918363

With a visit from more than 50 Highland Park Elementary fourth-graders, Fauntleroy Creek has seen the last of this year’s student groups releasing school-raised salmon. But next weekend, you get the chance to experience it yourself! More on that shortly. First – more on this morning’s visit and what’s happened in the past month-plus.

Scheduler/coordinator Judy Pickens provided the stats: This was one of 21 school releases, between April 26th (when we were there to cover Alki Elementary fifth-graders’ visit) and today. That’s 662 students plus 232 adults and younger siblings, releasing ~2,000 fry!

The fish are raised in 13 salmon tanks in area schools, mostly by fourth- and fifth-graders, though three preschools released fish provided by the Fauntleroy Watershed Council, via volunteer fish rearer Jack Lawless. At creekside today while we were there was safety officer/amateur entomologist Pete Draughon; other team members throughout the season, Judy tells us, included regulars Dennis Hinton (fish dipper) and Shannon Ninburg (habitat-exploration specialist) plus three helpers who were all there today: forest steward Peggy Cummings, tank volunteer Phil Sweetland, and tank technician Nancie Hernandez, who we photographed showing students some of the insects living in the forest:

This is the first year Highland Park students have released salmon into the creek. One by one, the students got to set fry free, some with a cheery “Goodbye, little fishy!” There’s always a chance that “little fishy” will return. First, volunteers monitor out-migration – between March 15th and May 30th this year, via soft traps (built by Steev Ward) in the upper and lower creek, Dennis and Pete counted 45 smolts making it to salt water, Judy reports.

YOUR TURN! Next Saturday, June 9th, 1-3 pm, you’re invited to come release a fry – Jack has 200 left this year. Visit the big bridge in Fauntleroy Park [north entrance] for what is billed as:

An all-ages thank-you for donors to the Fauntleroy Watershed Stewardship Fund and an opportunity for anyone interested to learn more about salmon, habitat, and the fund.

Judy, Dennis, Pete, and Phil will be there to guide you. Find out about the Stewardship Fund here.

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READER REPORT: Dumped – stolen? – items https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/reader-report-dumped-stolen-items/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/reader-report-dumped-stolen-items/#comments Tue, 29 May 2018 21:11:49 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=918067

Look familiar? Stolen? Lost? Karen sent the photo after spotting the suitcase and other items in Fauntleroy’s Endolyne area earlier today. Let us know if it might be yours.

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FOLLOWUP: Fauntleroy Creek salmon-release season at midstream https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/followup-fauntleroy-creek-salmon-release-season-at-midstream/ Sat, 19 May 2018 04:58:30 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=917112 (Volunteer Dennis Hinton instructs Pathfinder students and EarthCorps crewmembers in the gentle releasing of fry into Fauntleroy Creek. Photo by Kersti Muul)

Thanks to Judy Pickens for the update from Fauntleroy Creek:

Salmon-release season passed the midpoint this week, with nearly 400 students, plus 170 adults and younger siblings, having put just over 700 coho fry in upper Fauntleroy Creek. Reared through the Salmon in the Schools program, the fish will spend the next year in the creek, then head for two years in saltwater.

EarthCorps trainees restoring habitat along the middle reach of the creek were special guests on Pathfinder’s May 15 field trip, joining students to release fish and answer questions about their work and career plans.

Keeping the creek safe for such students as well as healthy is a major objective of the Fauntleroy Watershed Stewardship Fund administered by EarthCorps. Since March 1, individuals and school groups have donated $6,300 toward a goal of $30,000.

Salmon releases will continue through June 1.

Here’s the backstory on the stewardship fund.

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HAPPENING NOW: What do you see in Washington State Ferries’ future? Long-Range Plan open house https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/happening-now-what-do-you-see-in-washington-state-ferries-future-long-range-plan-open-house/ Fri, 18 May 2018 01:35:31 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=916989

What should Washington State Ferries be planning for between now and 2040? As you’ll see at the open house now under way at Fauntleroy Church, the system already has some idea … but wants to hear yours too.

It’s a low-key event – no presentation, just a chance to learn about the long-range-plan creation process, talk, leave written comments (from sticky notes to formal comment forms) if you’re interested:

The open house is on until 8 pm, at 9140 California SW. If you can’t get here, you can also see the same info-boards, and share your thoughts, via the online open house that’s continuing for one more week, through May 24th. The long-range plan has to be complete and ready to present to the Legislature by New Year’s Day.

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Reinforcement reveals history at Fauntleroy YMCA https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/reinforcement-reveals-history-at-fauntleroy-ymca/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/reinforcement-reveals-history-at-fauntleroy-ymca/#comments Sun, 13 May 2018 23:23:47 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=916631

A project at the Fauntleroy YMCA (WSB sponsor) gym has opened the door to revisiting history involving a window. Judy Pickens shares the story:

Anyone who’s played basketball at the Fauntleroy YMCA knows that a forceful throw could cause noticeable movement of the west wall of the gym. Now that structural weakness is being rectified through a joint project of the Y and Fauntleroy Church. (In the top photo, the boarded-up window framing is visible behind scaffolding as Potter Construction works to reinforce the west wall of the Fauntleroy gym.)

Large windows to let in natural light seemed like a good idea in 1914 when the community built the wood-frame facility to provide young people a place for sports, meetings, and manual training. This illustration showing the fully exposed windows appeared in a 1944 edition of the “Little Brown Church News” to keep service members from Fauntleroy up to date on local basketball activity.

The windows stayed until 1950, when more stability was needed for the building’s move to its present location to make way for a new sanctuary.

Full use of the gym is expected to resume by June 1.

(Image credits: Top photo by Monika Lindman; other two, from Fauntleroy Church archives.)

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