Lindsay Peyton
White Center residents debated Mark Ellerbrook, manager of housing and community development for King County (right), about plans for a temporary homeless shelter in the area. Also in attendance were, from left, executive director of the Church Council of Great Seattle Michael Ramos, King County housing and community development program and project manager Valerie Kendall (who was not a presenter), Salvation Army shelter program manager Scott Moorhouse and Salvation army director of social services Major Phil Smith.

Controversial homeless shelter angers White Center residents at meeting

By Lindsay Peyton

A proposed temporary emergency overnight shelter became the center of a heated debate tonight at the TAF Bethaday Community Learning Space in White Center.

The facility was packed with area residents for a special presentation by the King County department of community and human services about plans for a shelter that would be located at 10821 8th Ave SW.

The crowd could barely contain their cries against the project, while the speakers outlined their plans. Calls of “don’t open the shelter; we don’t want it here” were projected – and then echoed by several members of the audience.

During the public comment session, residents said they were worried about public safety, especially for children, as well as drugs and alcohol use by shelter guests.

Some members of the audience voiced concerns about the location of the facility, specifically its proximity to schools and parks, while others spoke against using a faith-based model for the center.

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On the Go Week of 9-19-16

Fall Recycle Roundup
Fauntleroy Church
9140 California Ave. S.W.
Sun., Sept. 25, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. The green committee at Fauntleroy Church and 1 Green Planet will host the fall Recycle Roundup in the church parking lot. See the long list of what to bring and the short list of what not to bring at Free; donation optional.

Dance MS
West Seattle Senior Center
4217 S.W. Oregon St.
Sat., Oct 1, 7–10 p.m. Three hours of live swing dance music from the West Seattle Big Band, plus live and silent auction, to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society! Come swing for a cure! $15 suggested donation; includes hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks. No-host bar provided. For more information visit, email or call 206.659.9391.

Making Mosses and
Wildflowers Grow

Lincoln Park’s north parking lot by the kiosk
8265 Fauntleroy Way S.W.

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Patrick Robinson
Chris Porter, owner of Ala Mode Pies in the West Seattle Junction (and Phinney Ridge) said the 2000 sq. foot restaurant will offer far more than desserts, though those are big sellers. The new location will offer both sweet and savory selections plus beer, wine and 'boozy milkshakes' when it opens Oct. 3.

A la Mode Pies set to open Oct. 3; West Seattle location will offer sweet and savory styles

Set to open Oct. 3, A la Mode Pies will offer fresh breakfast, lunch, and dinner with both sweet and savory style pies and more. "If you look at it we are right in the West Seattle restaurant corridor", said owner Chris Porter.

This will be the second location for the company which operates the original in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood which opened four years ago.

The café is located at Junction 47 (4225 SW Alaska Street) near the corner of Alaska St. and California Ave, 8am – 10pm, Sunday through Thursday, and Friday - Saturday, 8am – 11pm.

Ala Mode will also offer a "pie time" happy hour that begins at 3:14pm daily (a nod to the mathematic designation for circle called pi 3.14, which also happens to be National Pie Day in March).

The full menu includes a dozen fruit and cream pie flavors that will change seasonally,coffee, beer, wine, and "boozy milkshakes" though no cocktails.

The pies are all handmade, and baked on site. They are priced at $29 each. The quality of the handmade process and ingredients means they can sell 150 pies on an average Saturday. "The whole neighborhood is going to smell like pie," said Porter.

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