November 2016

Tap Station shifts to offer sit down dining; New kitchen and eclectic menu available in the "Kenyon Junction"

Tap Station, which opened almost exactly three years ago at the corner of 35th SW and SW Kenyon has shifted its focus to become a sit down restaurant in addition to a take-out stop for a bevy of beer and wine.

Manager Jeremy William Martin said, "We thought it was time to complete the "Kenyon Junction", referring to Locol Barley and Wine, The Westy Sports and Spirits, and Kenyon Hall all adjacent to each other.

"We can seat 24 out front and 12 in the back. We have about nine sandwiches on the menu, with one for just about everybody including vegetarian and gluten free choices. We're stating off with a roast duck sandwich. The menu was designed by the same guy who did Locol, Charles Worden. It's his take on a lot of classic American sandwiches. We have a beet sandwich, a Waldorf Salad sandwich. We have an iceberg wedge salad, a frisee, and every sandwich comes with a popcorn ball." That's not as strange as it sounds. These are gourmet flavored and locally made popcorn balls that will go very well with sandwiches and beer.


Seattle Public Library now lets you auto-renew items you check out

information from Seattle Public Library

Cardholders at The Seattle Public Library can now automatically extend their item checkout periods through Library Elf, a free online service available for Library patrons that helps track holds and due dates.

Library Elf has recently added an automatic renewal feature. Patrons can set up a free Library Elf account and activate Auto Renew, and Library Elf will attempt to renew items on their behalf when the items are getting close to the due date. Eligible materials will automatically be renewed according to standard renewal limits. Most items can be renewed twice if no one is waiting for them.


HPIC Corner Bar will feature DJ Dr. Lehl Dec. 6

The Highland Park Improvement Club "Corner Bar" will feature DJ Dr. Lehl on Dec. 6 playing "chilled beats and grooves"

Draft beer, wine, and a special cocktail! As always, we offer a wide assortment of non-alcoholic beverages as well. Please remember that no outside alcohol is allowed.

This month’s special cocktail – "Group Therapy" (seasonal).

Green Guidance – Walking or bicycling to the event is encouraged. It’s green, it makes the neighbors happier and provides a safe walk home!

Parental Guidance – There are toys and games set up on tables. Parents, please be aware of your child’s activities. Activities such as ball throwing and chasing games are discouraged.

HPIC is located at 1116 SW Holden Street Seattle 98106

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Boy Scout Troop 100 selling trees in Ballard for 75 years

Every tree sold brings Troop 100 closer to camps

After 75 years as a troop, North Seattle’s Boy Scout Troop 100 started their annual tree sale – and sole source of funding – at St. Alphonsus Church in Ballard.

Troop 100 has been selling Christmas trees in the Ballard area since 1956, originally selling door-to-door — a tradition that goes back 60 years.

“The Scouts learn how to work hard,” said Scoutmaster Bill Dunnell. “They learn how to be helpful, courteous, kind and the same is true for the adults. The tree lot makes things pretty busy but it brings in a lot of activity, a lot of life, a little bit of adventure in the Christmas season. And, you get to meet a lot of great people.”

Selling trees raises the money the troop needs for their many adventures in the wilderness each year. This year the troop is looking forward to their summer camping, especially an excursion in the desert at the Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico.

Assistant Scout Master, Sean Hendricks, said he has a great group of scouts this year and that they are ready to sell some trees.


Keeping Track: Where area stars meet their future

By Tim Clinton

Geving leading Portland State

Highline High School graduate Tyler Geving is entering his eighth season as the head coach of the Portland State University men's basketball team, leading the Vikings to a 3-3 record so far.
Geving, a 1991 Pirates graduate, is in his 12th season as a coach overall after starting off as an assistant.

McPhee off to a strong start

Mount Rainier graduate Brittany McPhee has gotten off to a good start in her junior season with the Stanford University women's basketball team.
McPhee, a 6-foot guard, is averaging 15.9 points for the Cardinal, including a season high 28 against Texas on Nov. 14. She is also averaging 3.9 rebounds in her seven games.

Jordan McPhee averaging 9.0

Mount Rainier graduate Jordan McPhee has hit an average of 9.0 points to go with 4.0 rebounds as a 5-10 junior guard for the Seattle Pacific University women's basketball team.
McPhee -- Brittany's twin sister -- has a total of nine assists and 11 steals and has scored a season-high 10 points three times.


New rezoning and affordability rules in District 1 — do you know what’s going on?

By Gwen Davis

It’s no secret. West Seattle is growing. Within the next 20 years, it’s projected that 70,000 more households will move to West Seattle. Many of those people will need affordable housing or they will not be able to live in the area. Therefore, the mayor and city has hustled in coming up with a plan to allow growth while including an adequate amount of affordable housing.

On Tuesday evening, city policy volunteers hosted a large open house of over 100 people to present the city’s new plans: the Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) program.

The open house was hosted at the Highland Park Improvement Club.

The first part of the meeting provided a presentation of the MHA. In the second half, attendees looked at maps, so they could see where the changes would occur in their neighborhood.

Deb Barker, a volunteer involved with city policy, opened the meeting.

“What we’re learning tonight can lead to lots of opinions and feelings,” Barker began. “Take time and take notes.”

Attendees were given packets so they could follow along the presentation.


Highline Public Schools Awarded $30K to improve graduation rate

Career preparation program to launch at Mount Rainier High School

information from Highline Public Schools

Highline is one of two Washington school districts awarded $30,000 grants to support increasing graduation rates. The grant will launch a new Jobs for Washington’s Graduates (JWG) program at Mount Rainier High School. The program targets students who are not on track to complete high school or successfully transition to a job or further education. A JWG program already exists at Puget Sound Skills Center.

JWG is a nationwide program that helps students overcome barriers, find a career path, and graduate with a plan to pursue either college or a career after high school. The program supports students with an array of services including:

  • Counseling,
  • Employability skills development,
  • Leadership and teamwork training,
  • Job development,
  • Job placement services that will result in either a

quality career after graduation and/or enrollment in a postsecondary education and training program, and
Follow-up services after graduation.


Sportswatch for the week of Nov. 30-Dec. 6

Sports events worth keeping an eye on

By Tim Clinton

High schools

Boys basketball
Chief Sealth entertains Rainier Beach for an 8:30 p.m. game Friday as West Seattle goes on the road to Nathan Hale, then Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. the Wildcats are at home facing O'Dea as the Seahawks go to Nathan Hale.
Kennedy Catholic, meanwhile, faces a 7:15 p.m. home game against Kentwood on Thursday with Mount Rainier entertaining Kent-Meridian at the same time Friday. Tuesday's schedule has Mount Rainier hosting Kentwood and Tahoma visiting Kennedy.
Evergreen visits Tyee at 7 p.m. Thursday before entertaining Foster at the same time Tuesday. Tyee hosts Seattle Christian at 9 a.m. Saturday and Tuesday the Totems host Orting as Highline entertains Eatonville.
Seattle Christian hosts Northwest at 7 p.m. this Wednesday and Highline visits the Charles Wright Academy at the same time Thursday.
Seattle Lutheran travels to Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands for a 7:15 p.m. game Friday and stays for "Tipoff Classic" tournament action Saturday.

Girls basketball


Police Blotter 11-29-16

Suspect strikes in front of Smokey’s
A man was attacked and robbed while standing in front of Smokey’s Char-Broiled, 12806 1st Ave. S., at 1:50 a.m. on Sun., Nov. 20. The suspect said his wallet and cell phone were stolen.

Crime of passion
A man was stabbed in the Rockery Apartment Complex, located at 447 S.W. 155th St., just after 2:20 a.m. on Sat., Nov. 19. Police believe his girlfriend was responsible for the crime.

Nothing sacred
St. Paul’s Church, located on 11620 21st Ave. S.W., was robbed at 6:41 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 19.

Easy access for robber
The robbery of a contracting business located on the 800 block of SW 142 St. was reported on 7:50 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18. The suspect entered through an unlocked gate and took property from the building, as well as multiple vehicles.

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