White Center – 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 UPDATE: White Center/North Burien power outage https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/white-center-north-burien-power-outage/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/white-center-north-burien-power-outage/#comments Fri, 10 Aug 2018 14:01:18 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=925070

7:01 AM: Thanks for the tips. Yet another big power outage in the area – this time, 4,000-plus customers in White Center/North Burien. No word yet on the cause. But if you’re heading that way this morning, you should be aware. P.S. As far as we can tell, no overlap with the areas affected by the two big West Seattle outages in the past week and a half.

8:27 AM: The map shows it’s over.

8:32 AM: City Light says this outage was caused by a tree branch falling into a power line.

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Crime Watch: Stolen gray 4Runner https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/crime-watch-stolen-gray-4runner/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/crime-watch-stolen-gray-4runner/#respond Mon, 06 Aug 2018 22:59:24 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=924663 From Tim, a stolen-vehicle report: “Gray Toyota 4Runner ’99 SUV. Washington plates 231XWQ. Also: Black brush guard on the front end. Stolen Saturday night, 98th and 17th SW. Please call 911 if you see it!”

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White Center Mary’s Place shelter latest beneficiary of West Seattleite’s project Libraries for All https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/white-center-marys-place-shelter-latest-beneficiary-of-west-seattleites-project-libraries-for-all/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/white-center-marys-place-shelter-latest-beneficiary-of-west-seattleites-project-libraries-for-all/#comments Tue, 03 Jul 2018 05:34:50 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=921218 (Photo by Andrea Laughery)

By Judy Pickens
Special to West Seattle Blog

Fresh paint, matching furniture, and planned décor are not the norm for families traumatized by homelessness. Those fortunate enough to find shelter get accustomed to make-do accommodations.

Not so the new library at the Mary’s Place shelter in White Center. It’s bright, comfortable, and inviting – whether a parent wants to read to her kids, enjoy a book himself, use a computer, or simply take a break to rewind.

A busy week of painting, assembling, and stocking culminated this past Saturday when the third Libraries for All project opened to Mary’s Place residents. Spearheaded by high-school senior Alina Guyon, a West Seattle resident, the project attracted help from several other volunteers, plus donations of books and laptops. The $5,250 in funding for expenses came from All the Sky Foundation.

Mary’s Place had an assortment of children’s books when Alina offered to create a real library. Starting with donated books (many from West Seattle), Alina enhanced the 250-square-foot room with computers so residents can search for jobs and stay connected with key people in their lives. The emphasis on children now includes kid-friendly DVDs.

“When families are trying to survive, education is set aside until the most pressing things in life are figured out and this break in a child’s education can create a long-term problem,” Alina said. “Having access to a library can help that child step back into school and stay at grade level.”

The 24-hour White Center Mary’s Place opened in June 2017 with a capacity of 70 adults and children. It is one of four full-service family centers that the nonprofit operates in the greater Seattle area.

(Photo by Alina Guyon)

Mary’s Place residents and members of Girl Scout Troop #40890 (photo above) helped stock the shelves with about 1,000 well-organized books. Knowing that loss and damage are inevitable, Libraries for All will replenish the supply as needed. The Mary’s Place staff will manage the library, use the projector to show movies, and maintain the computers.

The first Libraries for All project was for residents of a refugee facility near Kampala, Uganda, and the second was for children in a red-light district of Kolkata, India. Alina is weighing options for Project #4. Read more at libraries4all.com.

Now with its greatly enlarged collection of books, White Center Mary’s Place has put out a call for volunteers willing to read with children. To learn more, email volunteer@marysplaceseattle.org or call 206-621-8474.

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Full Tilt Ice Cream founders look back, and ahead, on 10th-anniversary eve https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/full-tilt-ice-cream-founders-look-back-and-ahead-on-10th-anniversary-eve/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/full-tilt-ice-cream-founders-look-back-and-ahead-on-10th-anniversary-eve/#comments Tue, 19 Jun 2018 23:48:03 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=919692

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Ten years, five shops, two kids.

It’s been an eventful decade for Justin Cline and Ann Magyar since they opened the doors of Full Tilt Ice Cream in White Center on June 20, 2008 – where their tenth anniversary party is (updated) set for Saturday.

Yes, this level of success and expansion – including more than 200 wholesale outlets around the Northwest – surprised them. “We didn’t have a business plan,” admits Justin, who now spends more time business-running than ice-cream-making.

“We never would have opened if we’d had a business plan!” laughs Ann, wrangling their 15-month-old daughter Ruby as we talk at a table in the original store, which still sports the lemon-lime paint we remember from photographing it pre-opening.

Their oldest child, 7-year-old Moss, “asked me if we’re going to be open forever – I said, we’ll keep doing it as long as we can make some money.”

And as long as they can balance entrepreneurship with family life. Justin says he does “get a break every once in a while,” but especially this time of year, peak ice-cream season, it’s “pretty much every day.”

With some help. A lot of help, compared to the early days when he was the one in the back room making the ice cream. Full Tilt now has a central kitchen in South Park, with a warehouse and offices. By midsummer, the companywide staff total is likely to be up to about 40. Ann, a former teacher, says they’re somewhat “Mom and Pop” to their young employees as well as to Moss and Ruby.

Parenthood also factors into their company growth plans. “I look for a high birth rate five years ago” when choosing a location, Justin explains. Besides the White Center shop, Full Tilt has shops in Columbia City, the U-District, Ballard, and as of early this year, Capitol Hill.

Some of the other locations where you can buy/eat Full Tilt Ice Cream are impressive too. “I never thought we’d be in the Space Needle!” enthuses Ann.

And yet some things haven’t changed.

Justin notes, “We still do as many weird flavors as we can. And if you have a birthday (party) you get to make your own flavor. We still play pretty loud semi-offensive music.”

Their customers aren’t all so adventurous, however. “I’m surprised how popular vanilla is,” he admits. And not so cheap to make – organic vanilla was $20 per gallon back in the day, and now “conventional” runs $300. That, he goes on to explain, had to do with a consolidation of vanilla holdings a few years back.

What else might people not know about the challenges of the ice-cream business?

“The amount of maintenance of refrigeration is a big thing.” Sometimes multiple malfunctions can happen in a single day.

Keeping the ingredients of popular flavors in stock can be challenging too. “Our salted caramel is still made by one person – I used to make two pots of caramel a week; now she’s doing 36 every other day!”

Even as the boss, his hours are long, but they’ve tried to stay flexible, especially since parenthood. “I can stay late and go late,” for example. (Just yesterday afternoon, for example, we spotted them at the carnival at White Center Heights Elementary, where Moss is a student and Ann is the PTA president.)

While it’s a little soon for Ruby to develop an opinion on the family business, you can coax one out of Moss: “I like it … I think it’s cool.” That goes for the games – pinball is a Full Tilt staple – as well as the ice cream.

What’s next? They’re looking at expanding outside Seattle – perhaps the Eastside. And they are “exploring” possibilities such as franchising/licensing.

But they’re not taking anything for granted. Such as the possibility they’ll be around for at least another 10 years. “Everybody’s like, once you’re in business for five years, you’re golden. But you’re not. I still feel like, at any moment, something could take us out.”

Nonetheless, it’s time to party. And you’re invited. As featured in the WSB calendar, the 10th-anniversary celebration is 5-10 pm (UPDATED) Saturday (June 23rd) at the White Center location , which also is donating part of the day’s proceeds to the WC Food Bank. The party will feature live music by Rats in the Grass. From the party announcement:

There have been countless birthdays and celebrations hosted inside our walls, and we are overjoyed every day to see the faces of our community members that have supported us for an entire decade. Our first day we had no idea who would show up. We figured our friends would come see us, and maybe a few people in the neighborhood. We sold out of everything in a few hours, and the next day was even busier. White Center has changed so much in the past 10 years. Some of it good, and some of it a little sad, but we are happy to be a member of the community.

They’re hoping you will come see them Saturday to help kick off the second decade.

(STORY UPDATED TUESDAY NIGHT to reflect change in Full Tilt anniversary party from Wednesday to Saturday.)

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RESTAURANTS: Pizza-mania spreads south, with Southside Pizza https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/restaurants-pizza-mania-spreads-south-with-southside-pizza/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/restaurants-pizza-mania-spreads-south-with-southside-pizza/#comments Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:45:09 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=920028

This is both a closure and coming-soon tidbit from White Center: CTO, aka “Chinese Takeout,” has closed in the Beer Star/Lil’ Woody’s building at 16th SW/SW 98th – but the space won’t be empty for long. The CTO webpage announces, “Beginning on Monday, June 25th, we will be opening Southside Pizza, featuring whole pies, slices, and pizza joint classics that will have something for the whole family. Chef Manny is bringing his years of working with pizza to White Center and we’re excited about this new beginning.” Southside has menu info (minus pricing) on its in-progress website.

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FOLLOWUP: Highland Park Action Committee, North Highline Unincorporated Area Council voice disappointment at Camp Second Chance extension https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/followup-highland-park-action-committee-north-highline-unincorporated-area-council-voice-disappointment-at-camp-second-chance-extension/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/followup-highland-park-action-committee-north-highline-unincorporated-area-council-voice-disappointment-at-camp-second-chance-extension/#comments Fri, 08 Jun 2018 19:05:10 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=918997 We published the city Human Services Department‘s announcement of another year for Camp Second Chance shortly after receiving it on Thursday afternoon. Since then, the two community councils closest to the sanctioned encampment – the Highland Park Action Committee and North Highline Unincorporated Area Council – have sent HSD interim director Jason Johnson this expression of disappointment:

The neighborhoods of Highland Park and the various neighborhoods comprising the unincorporated urban area of North Highline are extremely disappointed to hear that the City of Seattle has extended the permit for Camp Second Chance for an additional 12 months at the Myers Way Parcels (Fiscal and Administrative Services PMA #4539-4542). With this extension, the camp will have effectively been present at the current site for 2 years and 8 months, easily exceeding the allowed 2 year stay duration for encampments as outlined in Seattle Municipal Code Section 23.42.056, subsection E.1.

Camp Second Chance established itself on the Myers Way Parcels on July 23, 2016 (“Myers Way Parcels,” 2016), 10 days after former mayor Edward B. Murray declared that the property would be retained by the City of Seattle for the purposes of expanding the Joint Training Facility and for expanding recreational space (“Mayor Murray announces,” 2016). Polly Trout of Patacara Community Services—the organization which would become the sponsor for the camp—is reported to have used bolt cutters to break the lock on the fence that had been securing the property (Archibald, 2017a), thereby allowing the group of campers, who had defected from SHARE Tent City 3 earlier that year (Archibald, 2017b), to trespass and establish their new camp. The status of the camp remained in limbo for some time thereafter.

In a post on her blog concerning a possible eviction of the camp, Seattle City Council member Lisa Herbold (2016), who represents the district in which the camp is located, relayed that she had “urged the Executive [branch of city government] not only to have its work guided by established public health and safety prioritization criteria, but…asked whether outreach workers have the ability to ask for more time if – in their estimation – more time would help get campers access to services.” Seattle City Council member Sally Bagshaw and King County Council member Jean Kohl-Welles, who are not representatives of the area where the camp is located, had requested from Mayor Murray that the camp not be immediately evicted (Jaywork, 2016). Within 5 months of the camp’s establishment on the Myers Way property, the Murray administration proceeded to officially sanction the encampment (“West Seattle Encampment,” 2016), thereby delaying the community’s request to have the Myers Way Parcels relinquished to the Parks and Recreation department for future development of the site in accordance with community wishes.

I want to make clear that the communities surrounding the encampment are not strangers to disadvantage. Our neighborhoods have suffered from a lack of investment going back at least a century, and from redlining in the 1930s. The lasting effects of this lack of investment in our neighborhoods are palpable to this day!

Data from the American Community Survey (5-year Series, 2009-2013) show that Highland Park (Census Tract 113) has a lower median income ($53,182) and a higher proportion of residents who identify as a race or ethnicity other than White (49.8%) than Seattle as a whole ($65,277 and 29.4%, respectively). The King County census tract immediately to the South of Highland Park, which encompasses the land area where the Myers Way Parcels are located, shows even starker demographic departures from Seattle.

Census Tract 265 overlays the southeastern-most portion of Highland Park in the City of Seattle, as well as a portion of White Center, which is part of the North Highline unincorporated urban area. There, the proportion of residents who identify as a race or ethnicity other than White increases to 60.1%, while the Median Household Income drops to $35,857.

Like most Seattleites, residents of our neighborhoods are compassionate and wish to address the homelessness crisis with empathy. However, in as much as the City claims to promote equity, we ask that neighborhoods like ours not continue to be overwhelmed with the responsibility of shouldering the burden of the City’s homelessness policies while wealthier, less diverse neighborhoods remain largely unscathed.

Over the past decade, Highland Park has hosted three encampments and served as a staging area for a proposed safe lot for individuals residing in recreational vehicles. This burden has impacted not only our neighborhood, but the neighborhoods immediately south of us along the city limit. No other neighborhood in Seattle has willingly or unwillingly taken on as much and to the same extent!

Given this history, the Highland Park Action Committee (HPAC) has sought resolution from the Human Services Department on a number of items, including

1) The adoption of a set of best practices (manifested as our “Neighborhood Protocols for Sanctioned Encampments” which have been provided to the department on many past occasions and are again enclosed below) by which the City of Seattle will abide prior to sanctioning an encampment in any given neighborhood.

2) That the Finance and Administrative Services Department accelerate the relinquishment of the Myers Way Parcels to the Department of Parks and Recreation.

3) A plan resolving jurisdictional issues that arise from the presence of sanctioned and unsanctioned encampments at the interface of city, unincorporated county, and state land.

4) A 10% increase in the number of police officers assigned to the Southwest Precinct Patrol to help mitigate the increased burden on our current resources. (At 124 Full-Time Equivalents for budget year 2018, the Southwest Precinct Patrol Budget Control Level is the lowest in the city.)

Despite a reply on April 18 from Catherine Lester, the previous director of the Human Services Department, the Highland Park Action Committee does not feel that our requests have been satisfactorily addressed. We understand that some of our requests will require coordination with other departments. However, it is our belief that the City needs to take a holistic approach to its encampment-sanctioning process. To date, the methods employed have lacked transparency and eroded neighborhood trust in city government.

In an effort to allow residents of Highland Park and surrounding neighborhoods to get a better understanding of the City of Seattle’s homelessness response, the Highland Park Action Committee invites the Director of the Human Services Department (whomever that may be at the time) to attend our scheduled meeting on September 26, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. PDT for a moderated discussion on homelessness policy.

We kindly ask for confirmation of acceptance or declination of this request by August 17, 2018.


Charlie Omana
Chair, Highland Park Action Committee

Liz Giba
President, North Highline Unincorporated Area Council

Highland Park’s decade-long history with encampment goes back to the first camp that called itself “Nickelsville,” which was evicted from public land at Highland Park Way and West Marginal Way SW less than a week after it set up in September 2008.

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VIDEO: Music and merriment in the street as HONK! Fest West takes over White Center https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/happening-now-music-and-merriment-in-the-street-as-honk-fest-west-takes-over-white-center/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/happening-now-music-and-merriment-in-the-street-as-honk-fest-west-takes-over-white-center/#comments Sat, 02 Jun 2018 21:00:13 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=918426

2 PM: A day full of fun continues with the street-band festival HONK! Fest West taking over the heart of downtown White Center for the rest of the day, until 6 pm. We previewed it here last month – you might recall the festival’s day in The Junction back in 2010. Today, 16th SW is closed between Roxbury and SW 98th, with “stage” areas at either end, plus another one on 98th (closed between 15th and 17th) east of 16th.

The band list and map are on the HONK! Fest West home page. You will also find lineup boards by each stage – bands coming up range from Garfield HS musicians to the Seahawks’ famed Blue Thunder. Get down here – it’s all free.

8:05 PM: A few more photos:

And in case you missed Garfield – we had video in this tweet on our @whitecenternow feed:

WCN is also where we’re adding even more photos and video. Meantime, the third and final day of HONK! Fest West is tomorrow in Columbia City; day one, Friday, was in Georgetown.

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Remember HONK! Fest West in WS? It’s coming to WC next month https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/remember-honk-fest-west-in-ws-its-coming-to-wc-next-month/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/remember-honk-fest-west-in-ws-its-coming-to-wc-next-month/#comments Tue, 15 May 2018 23:09:18 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=916788

(Reader photo from April 2010 HONK! Fest West in West Seattle)

Back in April 2010, there was a glorious day of dancing and music in the streets, with an eccentric edge, as HONK! Fest West came to West Seattle. In the ensuing years, the street festival of wild-and-often-wacky marching musicians has visited other neighborhoods in the city but hasn’t been back here. Next month, though, it’ll be close – HONK! Fest West bands (the list is now online) will spend the festival’s second day on the streets of White Center, 1-6 pm Saturday, June 2nd. It’s free, it’s unpredictable, and you’re invited to drop by for part of it or all of it. (We have a bit more background in our recent White Center Now coverage of a festival briefing for the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council.)

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HAPPENING NOW: Post-Garage Sale Day donation dropoffs https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/happening-now-post-garage-sale-day-donation-dropoffs/ Sat, 12 May 2018 22:19:04 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=916544 West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day is many things – among them, a boon to local nonprofits who welcome leftovers:

NORTHWEST CENTER’S BIG BLUE TRUCK: Open late tonight in The Junction for post-WSCGSD donations! 4718 44th SW, dropoff until 6:30 pm. Please bag/box items. Check out their list of what they’ll accept, or schedule a residential pickup for this coming week, at bigbluetruck.org.

STUFF THE TRUCK AT HOLY ROSARY: They’re collecting unwanted items again this year, 42nd/Genesee, to help fund programs to help neighbors in need. Most-needed items: Clothing, books, men’s jeans, shorts and shoes, and women’s business clothing. (No furniture, mattresses or beds, please.)

Look for the truck in the HR parking lot off 42nd SW north of SW Genesee until 5 pm.

STOP N SHOP AT THE SENIOR CENTER OF WEST SEATTLE: Taking “small household items and clothing” today until 4 pm – drop off in the carport on the east side of the building (4217 SW Oregon).

And to the south:

WHITE CENTER HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY: A donation drive with a special early drop-off date for WSCGSD:

White Center Heights Elementary PTA is partnering with Value Village for our first-ever Donation Drive Fundraiser Wed. May 30 – Mon. June 18, with a special early drop-off date on Sat. May 12 during West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day — so sellers can get rid of what’s left and buyers can make room for new treasures.

Every pound of your unwanted stuff turns into funds for uniforms, supplies and community activities benefiting White Center Heights students, teachers and families.

Early Donation Drop-Off
Sat. May 12, 3 PM-6 PM at White Center Heights Elementary School Parking Lot (10015 6th Ave SW)

Regular Donation Drop-Off
Wed. May 30 – Mon. June 18, Noon-10PM at Full Tilt Ice Cream (9629 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106)
* For large amounts of donations, please contact us at the info below so we can accommodate.

What We Can Take
Clothing, shoes, bedding, towels, accessories (e.g., hats, mittens, scarves, ties, socks, purses, wallets, backpacks, bags, belts, jewelry)
Small household items (e.g., electronics, toys & games, kitchen items, knick-knacks, sporting goods)
Books and media (e.g., CDs, DVDs)
Please put soft items in trash bags and hard/heavy items in boxes.

Questions? Contact Us
If you have any questions, can’t make the drop-off times or have a lot of donations, please call/text 206-992-6506 or email wchpta@gmail.com.

Anybody else? E-mail us – westseattleblog@gmail.com – and we will add.

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CAN YOU HELP? Teacher needs a boost from a builder https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/can-you-help-teacher-needs-a-boost-from-a-builder/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/can-you-help-teacher-needs-a-boost-from-a-builder/#comments Thu, 10 May 2018 05:27:11 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=916244 An unusual request landed in the WSB inbox, from Shoshanna Cohen:

I am a sixth-grade teacher at White Center Heights Elementary. My students are planning an entire S.T.E.A.M. Carnival for the entire school of 750 students. On May 16th we want to have a building/cutting party at the school from 1-3:30 pm. We have all the materials already donated. We are looking for anyone who knows anything about construction/building and could help support my students in building everything from a remote control car obstacle course to a gigantic Plinko board to a life size Angry Birds Launcher.

Can you help? E-mail Shoshanna at shoshanna.cohen@highlineschools.org if you can, or if you have questions.

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FOLLOWUP: Opening day for Brass Knuckle Bistro – with a free sample https://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/followup-opening-day-for-brass-knuckle-bistro-with-a-free-sample/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/followup-opening-day-for-brass-knuckle-bistro-with-a-free-sample/#comments Tue, 06 Mar 2018 21:10:56 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=910691

Elvis would love the opening-day samples at Brass Knuckle Bistro, the White Center restaurant just opened by a West Seattle family (we first introduced you to them back in August). As noted here a week and a half ago, today is indeed the first official day for the sandwiches/salads/sides eatery at 9602 16th SW, open until 8 pm. See more photos on our partner site White Center Now.

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CRIME WATCH: White Center double-murder suspect in jail https://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/crime-watch-white-center-double-murder-suspect-in-jail/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/crime-watch-white-center-double-murder-suspect-in-jail/#comments Sun, 04 Mar 2018 04:39:48 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=910501 8:39 PM: Our routine check of the King County Jail roster tonight shows the current list of inmates includes Merle Buchanan, who’s been wanted for weeks in connection with the double murder in White Center two months ago. The King County Sheriff’s Office announced on January 25th that they were looking for him, almost three weeks after the shooting deaths. He was booked on Friday afternoon, according to the jail register, with bail set at $1.1 million – including $100,000 for a domestic-violence-related warrant. Court records show he is not yet charged in the shooting deaths.

11:18 PM: We asked KCSO’s public-information officer Sgt. Ryan Abbott for more details. He says Buchanan turned himself in to Seattle Police. He is expecting more information on Monday, which is also when we’ll be checking with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to follow the case through the courts.

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BIZNOTE: Brass Knuckle Bistro sets the opening date https://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/biznote-brass-knuckle-bistro-sets-the-opening-date/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/biznote-brass-knuckle-bistro-sets-the-opening-date/#comments Fri, 23 Feb 2018 05:57:59 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=909751 Almost six months ago, we told you about a West Seattle family’s plan to open Brass Knuckle Bistro in the former 3.14 Bakery space on the north end of downtown White Center (9602 16th SW). Now they’ve announced that March 6th will be the opening date. BKB will focus on sandwiches – see the menu online. (Thanks to Gill for the tip!)

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THE WHEEL THING: Rainier Roller Girls’ next bout rolls into Southgate on Saturday https://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/the-wheel-thing-rainier-roller-girls-next-bout-rolls-into-southgate-on-saturday/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/the-wheel-thing-rainier-roller-girls-next-bout-rolls-into-southgate-on-saturday/#comments Thu, 15 Feb 2018 03:33:00 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=908968 (Photo by Steve Messerer)

Southgate Roller Rink – right next door in White Center – has made our area a hotspot for roller derby, for all ages, not just spectators, but skaters. It’s where the Rainier Roller Girls‘ new season is under way, with monthly “high-energy, all-ages-themed bouts” at Southgate. And they want to make sure you know what they’re all about. Rainier Roller Girls “are an all-female flat-track roller-derby league … a small competitive travel team made of 20-plus active skaters, retired skaters, and volunteers. We believe all is possible with a little elbow grease, an amazing support system, and loyal fans.” They launched in 2011 and are a “skater-owned league” that’s focused “on fitness, mental game, and fun for both the skaters and fans.”

(Courtesy THM Photo)

This year’s lineup of bouts continues Saturday (February 17th) with “Flashback to the ’80s,” continuing March 24th with “Mortal Kom-bout,” April 21st with “Heathers vs. Mean Girls,” May 19th with “Superheroes vs. Villains,” and June 15th with “Adults-only Rocky Horror.” They add: “Spectators are strongly encouraged to dress for the theme!” You can buy your ticket in advance here. And bring $ for the bake sale! P.S. – Rainier Roller Girls are recruiting, too:

Are you a veteran skater thinking about moving leagues, or a newer skater ready to league up? A referee or non-skating official looking for more experience or to share your love of derby? Rainier Roller Girls is always looking for new skaters, refs, and officials to join our ranks. Email info@rainierrollergirls.com to get in touch with us and for more information.

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UPDATE: Helicopter, ground search after woman stabbed in White Center https://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/about-the-helicopter-over-south-delridge-white-center/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/about-the-helicopter-over-south-delridge-white-center/#comments Wed, 14 Feb 2018 04:11:10 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=908867

8:11 PM: Thanks for the tips about Guardian One over White Center/South Delridge. We have a crew on the ground talking with deputies. So far, we’re told they are investigating an assault in WC. Will add other details when we get them.

8:28 PM: Just talked with KCSO spokesperson Sgt. Cindi West. She says a woman who works for a veterinary clinic in the 9800 block of 15th SW was stabbed and they were looking for her attacker. She apparently was attacked when she went out behind the clinic after thinking she heard someone crying. The attacker is described only as white, female, “skinny,” and possibly a transient. No one in custody so far.

9:25 PM:
Sgt. West told us the victim was injured in the abdomen and arm but was in stable condition when taken to the hospital and is expected to fully recover.

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