Smoking ban for city parks wins board approval. No fine, though.

May 28, 2015 at 10:07 pm | In Health, West Seattle news, West Seattle parks | 3 Comments

City parks will be no-smoking zones if the Board of Park Commissioners‘ recommendation becomes final. That’s according to our partners at The Seattle Times, who report that the board voted tonight to back the ban. As we noted when the proposed ban came to light in March, it’s been five years since Seattle Parks mulled a ban and then decided on restrictions instead. What commissioners voted for tonight is a revised plan explained in this briefing paper – no citation or fine for violators, who would instead be “educated” and warned.

VIDEO: Multicultural celebration at Denny International Middle School

May 28, 2015 at 8:49 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | No Comments

A big party just wrapped up in the Galleria at Denny International Middle School tonight – the annual Multicultural Potluck and Talent Show. Above and in our quick clip below, two of the groups who performed:

As for the potluck, a bountiful dinner for the hundreds in attendance:

That included Denny staff, of course, as well as students and families. Principal Jeff Clark wore his legendary Denny Dolphins-blue suit:

With the principal, Nollen and Hajib. Along with the potluck and performances, tonight’s event also served as a welcome to new Denny families, as the end of the school year approaches – less than three weeks – and thoughts turn to next year.

Congrats! All-Star honors for WSHS baseball’s Morgan McCullough

May 28, 2015 at 8:12 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | No Comments

Thanks to the tipster who sent the photo and word of another local athlete celebrating a big honor. From the West Seattle High School baseball team, with head coach Velko Vitalich, is junior infielder Morgan McCullough, the only local player named to The Seattle Times‘ regional spring-sports all-star teams, and the only player honored for two consecutive years. His batting average this season, The Times notes – an amazing .552. Congratulations!

LAST CALL: Spend a few minutes to answer a few questions from the Fauntleroy Community Association

May 28, 2015 at 7:50 pm | In Fauntleroy, How to help, West Seattle news | No Comments

If you haven’t already … can you help with this?

Do you live between the Arroyos and Morgan Street? Travel through or do business in Fauntleroy? The Fauntleroy Community Association (FCA) wants to hear from you! The FCA has a new community survey to identify and rank local issues. The anonymous survey can be accessed through and then clicking on “FCA Survey.” The survey takes just a few minutes, and will provide guidance to the FCA Board on where to focus their efforts during the next two years.The results from the 2013 survey led to the FCA organizing community meetings with city officials to address crime and traffic issues, and helped our group define plans of action. The current survey will be available online through Sunday (June 1st). Take the survey and help to shape the future of your community!

Logs arrive for early restoration work at Alki Homestead/Fir Lodge

May 28, 2015 at 5:26 pm | In Alki Homestead, West Seattle history, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

(Dennis Schilling, Alki Homestead owner, shows the logs he has just transported to its parking lot)
Two and a half months after Dennis Schilling bought the Alki Homestead/Fir Lodge, there are visible signs of its upcoming restoration. Thanks to Clay Eals, Southwest Seattle Historical Society executive director, for the photo and update:

Fifteen fir logs arrived in the Alki Homestead parking lot this afternoon, awaiting use in replacing damaged logs in the southeast corner of the building.

The logs are stored in a trailer that owner Dennis Schilling drove from Mountain Log Homes in Kalama, north of Portland. Each log is about 16 1/2 feet long.

Schilling said work will begin soon on shoring up the interior of the southeast corner of the Homestead to allow eventual replacement of damaged logs that have been marked for several months with blue tape.

In preparation for this work, Schilling’s crew installed anchor fence to surround the front entrance of the Homestead as a protective measure.

There is no set schedule for the log replacement, but some of the work may begin by the time of a group photo to be taken of 900 students from Alki and Schmitz Park elementary schools the morning of Friday, June 5, 2015. As part of the brief event, speakers will include King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle City Council member Tom Rasmussen.

Schilling has been consulting with a structural engineer, and his crew has installed temporary power and begun cleaning out non-landmarked, fire-damaged materials from the kitchen. Soon his crew will measure roof angles in preparation for repair, along with eventual restoration of the iconic Alki Homestead sign.

More backstory on this page of the SWSHS website – and going even further back, in our archive of WSB Alki Homestead coverage, including the January 2009 fire that has left it vacant for more than six years.

West Seattle Crime Watch: New details on scooter-stealing arrest; plus, two break-in attempts

May 28, 2015 at 4:35 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news, West Seattle police | 1 Comment

Two notes in West Seattle Crime Watch this afternoon:

(WSB photo from Wednesday afternoon)

SCOOTER-THEFT FOLLOWUP: We know more this afternoon about the Morgan Junction arrest we reported Wednesday after police recovered a stolen scooter. Just published by SPD Blotter‘s Jonah Spangenthal-Lee:

Just 30 hours after walking out of the King County Jail – where he’d spent the last 11 days for a probation violation – a 49-year-old man crossed paths with the law once again Wednesday, when officers spotted him riding a stolen motor scooter through West Seattle.

Officers first noticed the man around 5:15 PM when they saw him pushing a black motor scooter down the sidewalk near 42nd Ave SW and SW Morgan.

Police checked the plate on the scooter and learned it was stolen, just as the man hopped on it and began driving away.

Officers pulled him over and found that not only was the scooter stolen, but its license plate had also been pilfered from another vehicle. Police impounded the scooter and booked the man into the King County Jail for investigation of auto theft.

NORTH ADMIRAL INCIDENTS: Thanks to Sherry for a reader report on two recent incidents in North Admiral – on Wednesday, “Attempted break-in between 7 am and 8 am through a rear patio door on 45th street. House was alarmed and went off when the door was open. Must have scared intruder off. Last week: Attempted break-in through a side patio door on Atlantic St. Homeowner was home so intruder left immediately but left the patio door open.”

(Something to report for Crime Watch? Police first – then, when you can, If it’s breaking news, text or call 206-293-6302. Thanks!)

SATURDAY: Emerald Water Anglers’ annual Fly Fest @ Lincoln Park

May 28, 2015 at 4:01 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | No Comments

Another big outdoor event coming up in our next few days of sunny, warm weather: Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor) is presenting its annual Fly Fest and Guide Gourmet Cookoff on Saturday at Lincoln Park, 10 am-4 pm, with:

*Free fly-casting instruction all day long from EWA’s certified instructors
*Fly-fishing equipment available to test/demo all day long
*10:30 am and 2 pm seminars on local fly-fishing opportunities/techniques
*Noon-1 pm cookoff, with free food for the public: “Come and taste the best shore lunches our guides have to offer, which will be judged by a panel of local chefs and food lovers.”

EWA says you’ll find the event (bring the family!) at Picnic Shelter 5 in the upper north end of Lincoln Park, and signs will point you that way from the main parking lot.

West Seattle High School softball team off to state tournament

May 28, 2015 at 2:56 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | No Comments

We stopped by West Seattle High School this afternoon to catch a photo of the softball team and Coach Trevor Leopold as they left for Lacey, where they’ll open state tournament play at 9 am tomorrow, against North Central High School from Spokane. This is only the second time in WSHS history that the softball team has gone to state; earlier this week, the Metro League bestowed big honors on the coach and many of his players. They’ll play two games tomorrow, as the bracket shows. Best of luck!

TOMORROW: West Seattle street party & more for KEXP’s ‘Hood-To-Hood,’ plus traffic/transit alert

May 28, 2015 at 1:56 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 23 Comments

1:56 PM: Seeing the “No Parking” signs in The Junction a little while ago reminded us to remind you: Tomorrow’s the day for West Seattle’s victory party in KEXP‘s “Hood-To-Hood Challenge” – the prize for being the neighborhood that donated the most in a fundraising drive last summer – and even if you’re not joining the celebration, you need to know that California SW will be off-limits to vehicles between Alaska and Oregon. SDOT says the closure hours will be 6 am to 9 pm. Metro has a reroute advisory up for Route 22 – see it here.

Now the fun part: KEXP has many more details up on its website, beyond what we’d reported earlier. The live broadcast in The Junction, with band performances, runs noon-6 pm – first show at 1 pm, per the published schedule. 6-9 pm, nine venues feature KEXP DJs as they “Take Over West Seattle” (all listed on that same page); and live-music showcases start at 9 pm with West Seattle-residing DJs Kevin Cole @ Feedback Lounge and Troy Nelson @ The Skylark.

ADDED 7:11 PM: Thanks to Kathy for mentioning in the comment section that West Seattle Bike Connections will be part of the street party, too. Don from WSBC has since sent this preview:

Noon-4 pm, West Seattle Bike Connections will put on a bike rodeo for young riders to have fun learning skills and road safety, during the KEXP Block Party at the West Seattle Junction. Kids, bring your bike! Fun and prizes. Helmet fitting. Bike checks by West Seattle Cyclery. Support from Cascade Bicycle Club. On California Ave SW at SW Oregon St.

City Council District 1 updates: ‘South Park Shows Up’ video; West Seattle Chamber Q&A; new voters’ cards

May 28, 2015 at 12:37 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle politics | No Comments

In the history-making first-ever City Council District 1 campaign – three things to share today:

‘SOUTH PARK SHOWS UP’: Our video clip above is the heart of last night’s community-organized candidate forum in South Park. You’ll find full coverage, including the start of the forum – testing the candidates on what they know about SP – on our partner site The South Park News.

SEVEN QUESTIONS: The West Seattle Chamber of Commerce asked the candidates to answer seven questions. Six sent replies, and they are all now published on the Chamber’s website – scroll down the main page for a link to each question and how those six candidates replied.

VOTER REGISTRATION CARDS: Shortly after we got a news release from King County Elections about brand-new voter-registration cards, ours arrived via postal mail. The “card” (paper, not plastic) includes your voter ID number, precinct info, and the numbers of the districts in which you elect representatives – with City Council District 1 brand new on the list.

Late-spring cleaning? E-cycling, shredding in The Junction on Saturday

May 28, 2015 at 11:54 am | In Environment, West Seattle news | No Comments

Got something to get rid of? Your next chance is in The Junction on Saturday. Thanks to SBK Recycling for the reminder – they’re part of a free electronics recycling/shredding event, 10 am-1 pm in Saturday in the West Seattle Junction Association parking lot off 42nd SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska. SBK’s website has the list of what they’ll accept.

No, it’s not red tide: Looks like noctiluca is back off West Seattle

May 28, 2015 at 11:06 am | In Environment, Seen at sea, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

Thanks to Tamsen for the photo from Lincoln Park, and also to Linda for a sighting report from the nearby Lowman Beach area: As has been happening every year for a while, warm weather and long days are bringing reddish water to the West Seattle shores, and today marks the first report we’ve received this year. It’s almost always a NONTOXIC bloom called noctiluca – you can see earlier photos in our first report from last year and from 2013 (both of those were in May, too). Here’s a state webpage with more information, plus a way to report sightings, which they’re interested in studying.

West Seattle Thursday: Ways to have fun & get informed, today/tonight

May 28, 2015 at 9:49 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

(Photo tweeted Wednesday evening by Michele Smith)

Between now and what’s likely to be another stunning sunset … here are highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

WEST SEATTLE DEMOCRATIC WOMEN: 11:30 am lunch meeting at West Seattle Golf Course – see the WSDW website for agenda details. (4470 35th SW)

FUN & GAMES FOR TEENS: 4-6 pm at High Point Community Center – here’s a sample of what they’re playing. (6920 34th SW)

WEST SEATTLE TRANSPORTATION COALITION: 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center, with the agenda including board elections, Seattle 2035, and two at-large City Council candidates’ proposal for “neighborhood rail.” (6400 Sylvan Way)

DENNY’S MULTICULTURAL POTLUCK AND TALENT SHOW: 6:30 pm at Denny International Middle School, everybody’s welcome to bring food and have fun – details here. (2601 SW Kenyon)

PUNDAMONIUM! How punny are YOU? 7 pm signup, 8-10 pm show at The Skylark – details here. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

‘ANGRY HOUSEWIVES’: Haven’t seen the hit ArtsWest (WSB sponsor) musical yet? Finally, seats available! Buy yours online here. 7:30 pm curtain tonight; extended run ends Sunday. (4711 California SW)

Bonus photo – from Don Brubeck, fog-shrouded West Seattle, seen from downtown around 8 this morning:

THE FORECAST … highs in the 70s every day through Sunday!

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday updates, plus our weekly look back

May 28, 2015 at 6:43 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 7 Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:43 AM: The major outbound routes are quiet so far in the early going.

METRO CHANGES AHEAD: In case you missed our Wednesday story, here’s how the first major round of bus service addition/restoration will play out in West Seattle starting June 6th, as announced by Metro. (The second round is in September.)

8:06 AM: Still quiet. A reminder for tonight – West Seattle Transportation Coalition meets, 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center (6400 Sylvan Way), all welcome, and the agenda will include at-large City Council candidates John Roderick (Position 8) and West Seattle resident Alon Bassok (Position 9) talking about their newly announced “neighborhood rail” proposal.

8:42 AM: Belatedly, we did find a Traffic Throwback Thursday photo in the Seattle Municipal Archives. From 1957:

That’s described as “24th Ave. SW facing north from Delridge Way. [Petition of property owners for vacation of portion of 24th SW].” Click the image to go to the archive page with a much-bigger version – including details on the billboards at right.

9:26 AM: If you’re headed toward southbound I-5 – DON’T. There’s a major crash at mid-Boeing Field and WSP is advising avoiding the area.

UPDATE: SFD response in 9200 block 12th SW

May 28, 2015 at 6:33 am | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | No Comments

6:33 AM: Thanks to the tipster who texted about a Seattle Fire response in the 9200 block of 12th SW. The initial call went out about 15 minutes ago as a possible house fire; no indication so far of anything major, but we’re checking.

6:43 AM: Verifying it wasn’t anything major, the call has now fully closed (meaning all SFD units have left).

Big response in Admiral, but a false alarm

May 27, 2015 at 11:45 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 2 Comments

What was dispatched to California/Hill as a “multiple casualty incident,” initially with a big response so far hasn’t turned out to be anything, per scanner – apparently some kind of false report. Just mentioning it because so many people heard the sirens and have been texting us to ask. The call’s now closed.

West Seattle 4th of July Parade is on! 2 ways for you to help

May 27, 2015 at 7:21 pm | In Holidays, How to help, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

(WSB file photo from 2012 4th of July Parade)
West Seattle’s 4th of July Kids’ Parade – one of the few 4th of July parades in the region – is on. At least – the basics are locked in, and that’s no small feat; the most recent update from organizer Jackie Clough (proprietor of WSB sponsor Alki Party Treasures) is that “The event proof of insurance came through today so we are absolutely ready!” That means it’s on to the permit phase. Here’s where you come in: The insurance, which used to be picked up by a sponsor, now needs donated dollars, as do other costs such as the aforementioned permits, so a crowdfunding campaign has been launched – go here to chip in. And then there’s the volunteer power. Some aspects of the big day are already handled – the Admiral Neighborhood Association is selling concessions (Popsicles, baked treats) and Leilani Nitkey, who rocked the national anthem last year, will do it again this year. Here’s the list of volunteer needs:

*Volunteers needed day of:

—-9:00-9:30 am to help coordinate our start
—-10:30-noon at Hamilton Viewpoint Park for games and cleanup

*West Seattle businesses and organizations who are interested in having a craft table at the park, please contact Jackie at

(That’s the same address at which you can contact Jackie to volunteer, too.) The parade will travel the same route as past years, starting at 10 am at 44th/Sunset – just show up and you’re part of it.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen car, stolen scooter found in Morgan Junction

May 27, 2015 at 5:50 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

Thanks for the tips about a heavy police presence in Morgan Junction.

When we arrived, we discovered it was actually related to two incidents – both involving stolen vehicles. One, a car stolen from Federal Way, was found in the southeast end of the West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) parking lot, off 42nd SW south of SW Morgan; police told us they were investigating the possibility it had been linked to mail-theft incidents.

Not even half a block south on 42nd, a stolen motor scooter was found, and one person was taken into custody. Both discoveries came from tips, we were told.

UPDATE: 2 taken to hospital after crash at 35th/Juneau

May 27, 2015 at 4:47 pm | In High Point, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 8 Comments

4:47 PM: A crash at 35th and Juneau is reported to be blocking the northbound side of the road. No word yet on injuries; police and fire are arriving. We’re en route to check.

(Added: WSB photo)
5:19 PM: Two people have been taken to the hospital, neither with serious injuries. Another person is being cut out of his car because the door won’t open, but we are told he’s OK. 35th is open both ways but Juneau is blocked at 35th on the east side.

West Seattle development: Tower crane removal; 4 project updates

May 27, 2015 at 4:46 pm | In Development, West Seattle news | 8 Comments

Five notes today:

CRANE COMING DOWN: Thanks to Eddie for the tip and an early photo – the crane at 135-apartment Broadstone Sky (40th/Edmunds) is coming down today, nine months after it went up. (That leaves two cranes in West Seattle – one at The Whittaker, one at the Trinsic project at 4435 35th SW.) Also coming down:

3829 CALIFORNIA SW DEMOLITION: Teardown started yesterday afternoon and continued this morning for this future site of a 29-unit, 29-offstreet-parking-space apartment building. While this project appeared to have stalled after Design Review approval in 2013, we reported back in March that it appeared to be back in play. It’s in the redevelopment-aplenty block of California, just steps south of the demolished-last-Friday Charlestown Court fourplex, and across the street from the much-vandalized, awaiting-demolition ex-Charlestown Café.

Also demolished this week for redevelopment:

(Photo courtesy Rob Jacobs)
4107 SW OREGON: On this site just east of the north end of the Oregon 42 apartment building, two buildings, each with two townhouses, will be built.

Also in The Junction:

PERMIT APPLICATION FOR 44TH SW MICROHOUSING: The 58-unit microhousing (aka Small Efficiency Dwelling Units) building at 4528 44th SW has officially applied for its master-use permit, and the notice will be in tomorrow’s Land Use Information Bulletin, according to the city website. The project passed Early Design Guidance in March (WSB coverage here).

5431 CALIFORNIA SW: New proposal for this mostly vacant lot between Alaska and Morgan Junctions: Three live-work units fronting California, a two-unit townhouse behind them, and two single-family houses behind that.

West Seattle scene: Sunshine finally catches up with spraypark

May 27, 2015 at 4:09 pm | In Highland Park, West Seattle news, West Seattle parks | No Comments

Thanks to Alicia for the photo – finally, sunny, warm weather, on the sixth day of the 2015 season at Highland Park Spraypark, open 11 am-8 pm daily at 1100 SW Cloverdale until summer’s end.

Shell @ Terminal 5: County says it can’t access the sewer system on-site for wastewater; city appeal-hearing date set

May 27, 2015 at 12:46 pm | In Environment, Port of Seattle, West Seattle news | 35 Comments

(UPDATED 2:16 PM with additional new information regarding appeal of city ‘interpretation’ re: Polar Pioneer mooring)

(May 15th photo of Polar Pioneer at T-5, by Long Bach Nguyen)

ORIGINAL 12:46 PM REPORT: Just in from the King County Wastewater Treatment Division:

King County’s Industrial Waste Program today denied a permit application for discharge of wastewater from the Alaska Venture Shell Facility at Terminal 5 into the County’s regional sewer system.

“Everyone has to follow the rules, even multinational corporations,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine.

Click to read the rest of Shell @ Terminal 5: County says it can’t access the sewer system on-site for wastewater; city appeal-hearing date set…

METRO: How West Seattle service will change starting June 6th

May 27, 2015 at 12:19 pm | In Transportation, West Seattle news | 40 Comments

With a week and a half until Metro‘s next “service change” – June 6th – a news release just circulated brings the reminder that service changes funded by voter-approved Seattle Prop 1 are starting to kick in. We went into the webpage listing the changes to pull out the following descriptions of what’s in store for West Seattle routes:

Service added, restored, or revised

RapidRide C Line
On weekdays, service frequency will improve in both directions to about every 8 minutes during the morning and afternoon peak periods. Midday service frequency will also improve to about every 12 minutes, and evening 15-minute service frequency will be extended until about 11:30 pm seven days per week. All Night Owl service will be maintained and scheduled so the times are the same every day.

On Saturday, service frequency will improve to about every 12 minutes in both directions.

Route 21
On Saturday evening, three northbound trips to downtown Seattle leaving Westwood Village at 6:07, 8:09 and 8:39 pm will be added.

Route 55
Three morning peak-period trips to downtown Seattle and three afternoon peak-period trips to the Admiral District will be added.

Route 60
On weekdays, four morning peak-period trips to Broadway and four southbound peak-period trips to Westwood Village will be added.

On Saturday and Sunday, one morning and eight evening northbound trips, and 10 evening southbound trips will be added.

Service frequency will improve to every 30-minutes and the span of service will be extended.

Route 120
On weekdays, three morning peak-period trips leaving from 15th Ave SW & SW Roxbury St in White Center to downtown Seattle will be added.

Route 125
On weekends, service frequency will improve to every 30 minutes between about 6:30 am and 6:30 pm.

City of Seattle funding will also help improve on-time reliability for the following routes (including, West Seattle-related): 21E, 37, 55, 56, 57, and the RapidRide C & D lines

Citywide, 110,000 hours of additional bus service are starting June 6th, while 113,000 more hours are scheduled to take effect at Metro’s next “service change” in September. As for the funding specified by Prop 1, the one-tenth-of-one-percent sales-tax increase is already in effect, and the $60 car-license fees take effect with registrations/renewals starting next month.

HELICOPTERS: Why Guardian One was (briefly) over Gatewood/Sunrise Heights; why a TV helicopter is over Admiral

May 27, 2015 at 11:46 am | In Helicopter, West Seattle news, West Seattle police | 4 Comments

helicopterwatch.png11:46 AM: Our area’s only law-enforcement helicopter unit, King County Air Support (Guardian One), spent a few minutes over Gatewood/Sunrise Heights a short time ago, and now we know why. They tweeted that they happened to be in the area, so jumped in to help Seattle Police with a response to a situation described as a “fight” in the 3700 block of SW Webster. According to a neighbor, also via Twitter, police are still there, but they’ve said the situation is under control. When a Guardian One pilot/tactical flight officer spoke to the West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network last month (WSB coverage here), they mentioned that they do monitor emergency radio while they’re in flight, and if they happen to be in the area of an emergency call, they might turn up even without having been requested, so that’s what happened here.

11:51 AM: Unrelated but also involving a helicopter over West Seattle, and also bringing in texted questions – the KING/KOMO-shared TV helicopter is in the Admiral area right now because the governor of Alaska is visiting the Polar Pioneer oil rig at Terminal 5.

Four possibilities for the rest of your West Seattle Wednesday

May 27, 2015 at 10:39 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Lincoln’s sparrow, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

TAKE A LUNCH BREAK … from the home/coffee-shop office, and meet others working nontraditionally in West Seattle, noon-1 pm, during the free weekly meetup at West Seattle Office Junction (WSB sponsor), our area’s only coworking center. (6040 California SW)

CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 1 CANDIDATES’ FORUM: This is the first one in South Park, and will feature 7 candidates, according to organizer Jeff Hayes: In first-name alphabetical order, those expected to participate are Brianna Thomas, Chas Redmond, Jody Rushmer, Karl Wirsing, Lisa Herbold, Phillip Tavel, Shannon Braddock. Also: Free food and kids’ activities. 7 pm, South Park Neighborhood Center. (8201 10th Ave. S.)

HIGHLAND PARK ACTION COMMITTEE: 6:30 pm potluck, 7 pm meeting with an unusual format, for HPAC‘s last meeting before September:

Seattle University graduate research assistants will be holding a focus group for tonight’s meeting. This focus group will be centered around Highland Park’s crime concerns, our perceptions of our Micro-Community Policing Plan developed by the SW precinct of the Seattle Police Department and our perceptions of how the police are doing at addressing our specific crime concerns. This will be a time to be honest and have a great discussion about Highland Park’s Micro-Community Policing Plan including its development, progress, and evolution. Your attendance, concerns and feelings would be much appreciated- while this is being run by Seattle University and not the Seattle Police, the results/concerns can be shared with the police if the community wants that to happen – please join the discussion! It should only last about an hour.

Meeting’s at Highland Park Improvement Club. (12th/Holden)

POEMS AND STORIES: Monthly poets/storytellers’ gathering with Poetrybridge at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7 pm, featuring Dobbie Reese Norris and Christopher J. Jarmick. (5612 California SW)

‘If These Walls Could Talk’: Southwest Seattle Historical Society invites you to tour home built by Ye Olde Curiosity Shop’s founder

May 27, 2015 at 9:22 am | In West Seattle history, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

Once again this summer, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society offers you a chance to look inside a local home with history. This time, you’re invited to a June 28th tour of the North Admiral home built by the founder of Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, the legendary shop that reopens on the downtown waterfront a few days later after the latest round of seawall work. From SWSHS:

A century ago, the home at 1750 Palm Avenue SW probably was the most gawked-at, talked-about residence in West Seattle.

“Everybody wanted to see it,” says 90-year-old Joe James (in the short invitation clip below), whose grandfather – Ye Olde Curiosity Shop founder Joseph Edward “Daddy” Standley – built the house in 1906.

“Sightseeing buses used to stop there on their tours and let people out to look at the yard. He had everything in there you could think of, from whale jawbones to whale vertebrae to totem poles to shell mounds.”

Often, visitors were allowed to venture inside.

“He had a lot of curios in the house, things that he had collected,” James says. “He had a miniature collection and an ivory collection and all of that. People would come up to the fence, and he’d invite them into the house and show them what else he had. My mother never knew who was going to come into the house. He was very friendly to these people and very proud to show them his collection.”

On Sunday, June 28, 2015, the home will be the site of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society’s third annual “If These Walls Could Talk” home tour, to run from 3 to 5 p.m. Tickets, available at the door, are $10 for members, $15 for non-members.

Attendees will have an opportunity to tour the residence (now owned by Katy and Erik Walum), view historical photographs of the house and property and learn about the remarkable life of Standley.

In addition, they will see a selection of curios and family keepsakes on loan from the Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, including a variety of Indian baskets, a 3-foot totem that greeted shop visitors in the early 1900s, and an antique cradle that has rocked five generations of Standley children.

They also will be able to meet Joe James, his son Andy and other members of the Standley clan, who for 116 years have welcomed curiosity-seekers at their iconic Seattle waterfront store.

Those who would like an invitation-only VIP experience earlier in the day, including presentations by Joe James and King County Archives’ Greg Lange, plus hors d’oeuvres and wine, please call 206-938-5293 or e-mail

Find out even more at

Celebration of life Saturday for Peggy McCormack, 1930-2015

May 27, 2015 at 9:00 am | In Obituaries, West Seattle news, West Seattle people | 2 Comments

A celebration-of-life memorial service is planned this Saturday (May 30th) for Peggy McCormack, who you might have known as a preschool teacher, or a church organist – just two of the many aspects of her life, detailed by her family in this remembrance:

Margaret Anne (“Peggy”) Kemp McCormack, 84, passed away peacefully at home on April 11, 2015. Peggy was the elder of two girls born to Charles William & Irene Carrick Kemp. Her early years were spent in both Spirit Lake, ID, and in Clarkston, and her adolescence on the west coast in Washington. After college graduation, she married Clarence (“Larry”) McCormack in 1952 and spent a happy life with him in West Seattle, where he taught science at Madison Junior High School and ultimately predeceased her in 2007.

Peggy was a gifted musician. She and her sister were singing on their grandfather’s radio show in Lewiston, Idaho, by the time they were not quite two and three years old. At that age, they had no idea that they were “performing”, but soon they had mastered a number of instruments, and continued to perform throughout their school years whenever and wherever they were asked. Peggy played piano, French horn and clarinet, but usually accompanied her sister, a flautist. Both girls entered and won contests regularly throughout the Pacific Northwest. They came from a very musical family, and Peggy always shrugged and said, ‘That’s just how it was. We didn’t think anything about it.’

However, by the time she went to college, Peggy was studying the organ. She had played her first church service at the age of 8 when her mother, the regular church pianist, was too ill to get to church, and apparently Peggy had a grand time that day. By the time she graduated from college, she was playing concerts or recitals almost every week. As soon as she and Larry settled in Seattle, she began playing for a number of different churches.

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