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  • in reply to: Driving test #809209

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    I assume you’re talking about the written test as well as the road test – both are outsourced to private companies now. There are some DOL locations that provide road tests but they are few and far between, I think the closest one may be Bellevue.

    My teenagers took drivers’ ed at Puget Sound Driving Academy in Morgan Junction – our experience there was just OK. One kid ended up taking the road test with a company called NorthStar Driving School in Federal Way (we wanted their Burien location but they were booked and she was determined). Had a very positive experience with them, they were very accommodating.

    Drivers ed classes run about 6 weeks (3 classes/week) and cost around $400-500, and include 5-6 behind-the-wheel sessions. Many driving schools also offer private behind-the-wheel lessons but I don’t know cost. The road test costs between $30-45 depending where you go.

    Good luck!

    in reply to: Dogs Off Leash #808919

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    I have never had a problem at WestCrest Park, and I bring my large dog there 2-3 times a week, at all different times (sometimes when the dog-walking professionals are there with large groups and sometimes not). I actually love that place, it’s a great place for a nice walk for the humans as well, with a 1/2-mile loop trail and trails in the wooded areas (which are supposed to be off-leash but that is rarely the case).

    As far as the parking lot prowling possibility, sadly that is true in any park (or any parking lot for that matter).

    in reply to: Recommendation for Restaurant For Large Group #809032

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    There was a similar discussion last week on this topic: https://westseattleblog.com/forum/topic/restaurantbar-party-room

    in reply to: Restaurant/Bar Party Room? #808616

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    Endolyne Joe’s (smallish). Salty’s (expensive). Feedback Lounge rents out the back room (The Whammy Bar) for private parties, we had a fun event there a few years ago. Mission has an upstairs “loft” but I don’t know if it can hold 20. I think A Terrible Beauty has a private room. If you don’t mind going to Burien, the last time we were at Elliot Bay Brewpub I noticed a private space (but that was a while ago).

    in reply to: Recess at West Seattle Elementary #808408

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    If kids (or adults for that matter) don’t move around, learning is impeded. Educators should know this. Besides the obvious “burning off energy” idea, there is brain-science research to back it up. There’s a lot out there, but this sums it up pretty nicely.

    http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/104013/chapters/Movement-and-Learning.aspx

    I don’t think it’s a bad idea for the “recess” time to be at the teachers’ discretion as is reported in the article about WS Elementary, in fact it is probably better for their own classroom flow, as long as it is consistently administered across the school. And I agree that 20 minutes/day is not enough! A lot of attention is given to elementary school-aged kids but the same problem of limited movement during the school day exists for middle- and high-school kids as well.

    in reply to: Estate Attorney Rec? #807930

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    Thank you all so much for the recommendations!

    in reply to: Help!! I need to find a pinata! #808001

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    Also I think the Dollar Store on 15th has them too (along with really cheap party supplies!).

    in reply to: Needed: infant car seat and baby carrier #807646

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    lrhamman – WestSide Baby works through 90 social service agency “providers” who place orders for, then deliver to, their clients; it is not a direct-delivery approach. But do call and perhaps they can put you in touch with a provider that’s convenient for you, such as the West Seattle Food Bank or Neighborhood House. Best wishes to you and your new little one.

    in reply to: airport taxi or shuttle #806202

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    Just make sure you select UberX instead of the “Black Car” service if you want the cheapest fare! You have to download the app to your smartphone to be able to use the service.

    in reply to: airport taxi or shuttle #806199

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    UberX if it’s available – it’s usually less than $30 compared to a taxi which is usually around $40+. Personally, at that time in the morning I would prefer to take a private car/taxi and not rely on public transit (bus) or shuttle service being on time or forcing you to leave way earlier than needed!

    in reply to: Rave – WestCity Sardine Kitchen #806136

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    How funny, I was going to post a comment about my current 3 favorite restaurants in WS, based on recent dining experiences, and West City Kitchen was one of them! (The other two are Duos and Blackboard Bistro.)

    We’ve been to West City Kitchen twice in the past few weeks and each time the experience was fabulous — food, drinks, service, overall vibe. Love that place! (But I agree with Urban Fabulous … don’t tell anyone.)

    in reply to: Recommendations for vacation rental #805361

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    We LOVE Lake Chelan in Eastern WA. Only about 3.5 hours and the perfect family summer vacation. Search vrbo.com or airbnb.com for lodging options. We usually rent a house at Wapato Point.

    in reply to: Decorating Walking on Logs for profit? #803783

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    I was curious and looked up Franciscan – on their webpage it states: “Franciscan is a non-profit 501-c 3 organization and is affiliated with Catholic Health Initiatives.”

    If I recall permission to decorate the statues must be received by the WS Chamber of Commerce, if that’s true than I guess since they are a non-profit org it was approved.

    in reply to: Someone to refinish wood floors #803678

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    We had our floors done (entire first floor – kitchen/dining/living room) by Christian Brothers and were very pleased with quality and the price seemed reasonable. The owner, Randy, did the work and he was a very nice guy. http://www.christianbrothersfloors.com/

    in reply to: Go Hawks! Now who has gear in West Seattle? #803375

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    If you don’t mind ordering online I bought a jersey at the NFL store. It was before Christmas and there was a promotion so I saved 20%. I’m pretty sure that won’t be happening again anytime soon!

    in reply to: Smoothies vs. Breakfast Bars? #802846

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    Thanks for the tip on microwaving the Quest bars, Jeannie – great idea! Note that there are only a few flavors of completely “natural” Quest protein bars – the others have more sugars, etc.

    in reply to: How much is a cab from the airport to West Seattle? #802050

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    If you use Uber, opt for UberX (smaller cars, cheaper fares). I have always had great experiences and it is less than a taxi (about $32-24 instead of $40) from Gatewood Hill.

    in reply to: Fun grammar quiz #802632

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    @Lindsey – me too! Those have always confused me. Oh, I did mess up the “whom” question, too. Usually I’m the only one to get that right. :) Gonna give this quiz to my kids (10th grade and college freshman) to see how they do.

    in reply to: Driving schools in West Seattle #802475

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    Both our kids went to Puget Sound Driving Academy, mostly because it is so close to our house (it’s on Fauntleroy a block up from California). We had OK experiences … the schedules are convenient and they often have “specials” for discounted fees. According to my kids the classes aren’t all that engaging and you really need to stay on top of and manage the various appointments for the drive times. Misunderstandings/miscommunications can end up costing you extra $$.

    in reply to: General Doctor Recommendation #802390

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    My husband has seen Dr. Juan Guerra for a few years and really likes him. In fact we are going with a more expensive insurance plan to make sure that he can continue seeing him as an “in-network” provider. Our kids have seen Swedish pediatricians for years and we have always been pleased.

    in reply to: Anyone used a "broker" for ACA coverage? #800649

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    Thanks for the recommendations, I sent an email to Dan. I read in the paper that the deadline for enrolling is 12/23 (for a 1/1 coverage date) … and I suddenly realized that’s next week! Hopefully I will have figured something out by then, or that it’s possible to make a change after signing up. If anyone has any experiences they’d be willing to share about registering, I’d love to hear it. Thanks!

    in reply to: Christmas Wreaths 2013 #800872

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    I’ll put in a plug for the Pathfinder wreaths – they are all hand-made from locally gathered greens and other interesting foliage by families, staff, and students. There are some seriously talented wreath-makers in the bunch! All the proceeds support Pathfinders’ outdoor education programs, including camping trips and other adventures. I’ll be buying about 6 of them this weekend! :)

    in reply to: Looking for Algebra 2 Tutor #800380

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    Thank you all very much, will be following up. Yes, anon123, I’m aware of Khan Academy video tutorials and have suggested to my daughter but I don’t think she’s checked them out yet. I have heard all good things about that approach and the best thing is you can rewind and re-listen as many times as you need without driving someone crazy!

    in reply to: YET another THING that Drives Me Crazy! #799980

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    LOL on all of the above. I like epicurious.com but the reviews often tend be like the OP’s experience. Slight variations I find very useful but the complete revamping of the recipe makes me nuts, too!

    in reply to: Volunteering on thanksgiving #799994

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    I (heart) Tuxedos & Tennis Shoes!

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