BIZNOTE: Tony’s Market opening Saturday, June 3rd

After lots of questions about when Tony’s Market – the produce stand at 35th SW/SW Barton (file photo at right) – would be opening for the season, we finally have the answer as of moments ago: Next Saturday, June 3rd. As we’ve been telling all the people who have been e-mailing us to ask, we’ve driven by multiple times a day hoping to find proprietor Joey Genzale there. A short time ago, a texter told us they had just talked with him at the market, and learned he planned to open next Saturday, so we detoured over in hopes he was still there. He was, and told us that the late opening this year – almost a month later than last year – is because the local produce is running so late after the long, rainy winter and spring. He also has done more remodeling inside the stand, so you’ll see some new fixtures when he opens. (If you’re new here – Tony’s is named for longtime proprietor Tony Genzale, Joey’s dad, who died in 2010. Besides spring/summer/early fall produce, the market also sells Christmas trees.)

UPDATE: Emergency response on low bridge

8:09 PM: Avoid the low bridge – there’s a big police and fire response, and the eastbound direction is closed. We’re on our way to find out more.

8:33 PM: Officers tell us they are talking with a person in crisis.

9:20 PM: Still ongoing, and the eastbound side of the low bridge remains closed.

9:44 PM: Via scanner traffic, we’re hearing that the situation is wrapping up, without injury, so the SFD units that had been standing by are demobilizing, after almost two hours.

SPORTS: West Seattle High School state track-meet achievements, including Cass Elliott’s record-time championship


(Photo by Kristin Arvidson)

West Seattle High School‘s achievements at the state 3A track-and-field meet include a championship and meet record. Head coach Will Harrison reports the meet highlights:

West Seattle junior Cass Elliott‘s outstanding 2017 season culminated with a state championship in the 300 meter hurdles on Saturday at Mount Tahoma High School. Elliott set the 3A state meet record in the prelims on Friday with a time of 37.61 seconds, but that mark did not last long, as he shattered it in the final with a time of 37.11 seconds – the fastest time in the state this entire year for any classification. He also finished 8th in the 110 meter hurdles (15.39 seconds).


(Photo by Erik Bell)

Sophomore Chloe Cunliffe (above) finished runner-up in the pole vault competition on Saturday with a mark of 12 feet. She later took 5th in the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 5.5 inches.

Junior Joe-Kirk Woodbury (below), ranked 16th entering the meet, finished 12th in the boys discus throw at 131 feet, 10 inches.


(Photo by Erik Bell)

In team standings, the West Seattle boys finished 27th, while the girls were 23rd. See full results here.

SPORTS: State-meet success for Chief Sealth International High School girls’ relay team

Thanks to Kristin Arvidson for the photo of Chief Sealth International High School athletes at the state 3A track and field championships this weekend, including the girls’ relay team that took 7th place in the 4×100, 8th place in 4×200. Team member Quinn Wiley (#1150) also placed 6th in the 300-meter hurdles. She’s at left above with relay teammates Chloe Myers (#1147), Jessika Nelson (#1148), Imani Carey (#1146), alternate Carmen Yoshitomi (#1151). The championships were held at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma; full meet results are here.

WEST SEATTLE COYOTES: Longfellow Creek-area sighting

Thanks to Joan for the photo and report this afternoon:

I finally got a picture of a coyote in the Longfellow Creek Holding Basin, south side, located just east of 24th SW between Holden & Webster [map]. He saw me and jumped back so this is the best I could get.

This coyote is scrawny and thin. I saw another that looked young and healthy last week.

People are still letting their dogs run loose here so this is a heads up – go to the offleash park instead and keep your dog safe.

If you’re not sure what a coyote looks like, you can browse our archive of coyote sightings and see other, larger photos from past sightings. You’ll also want to read the state’s advice about coexisting with coyotes.

UPDATE: West Seattle water-main break fixed

12:18 PM: Seattle Public Utilities tells WSB that a six-inch water main has broken on Prescott Avenue SW in northeast Admiral [map], and repairs will require shutting the water off for at least four hours. SPU’s Cornell Amaya says about 45 services (households, etc.) will be affected, on Prescott SW and Prescott Place. If you’re in that area, you might already be experiencing lower pressure and/or discolored water. He adds that the water mains in that area are “pretty old, and sometimes they just break.”

1:43 PM: Update from SPU – the crews worked so fast, the water’s already back on.

‘We should not forget’: 3 West Seattle WWII veterans tell their stories

Take five minutes in honor of Memorial Day and those who served, by listening to three West Seattle men – all World War II veterans – tell their stories: 96-year-old Harry Rose, US Army Air Corps veteran; 95-year-old John Kelley, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers veteran; and 92-year-old Elmer Lindseth, U.S. Navy veteran. The video was produced by The Kenney – where they live – and Jaroslaw Media.

UPDATE: Fire response in 7300 block 30th SW, unfounded

8:21 AM: Seattle Fire is sending a “full response” to a possible house fire reported in the 7300 block of 30th SW [map].

8:33 AM: Turned out to be an unfounded report, and the call has closed.

8:42 AM: On the way back, we stopped by Station 37 to verify what we had heard on the scanner – they confirmed that before they closed the call after looking around the area, they had talked with the original caller, who said the smoke he had seen was gone. This kind of call is one reason we don’t report exact addresses of fire scenes until we can confirm them in person – sometimes the real-time SFD log shows an approximate or reported address, and might not be corrected for some time (if you see an address on the log that’s in all capitals, it means the address has changed since the original report).

Ways to enjoy your West Seattle Sunday

Last night’s aurora postponed our plans to publish two beautiful sunset photos – so we’re featuring them here instead. Above, by Chris Frankovich; below, by Jim Borrow.

Now, highlights for the second day of your holiday weekend:

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: See what all this sunshine has ripened! 10 am-2 pm in the street in The Junction. (California between Oregon and Alaska)

AMERICAN LEGION POPPIES, DAY 2: 10 am-4 pm again today at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), American Legion Post 160 is distributing Memorial Day poppies, as previewed here. (4201 SW Morgan)

LOW-LOW TIDE, WITH BEACH NATURALISTS: 11:30 am-3:30 pm at Constellation Park south of Alki Point and at Lincoln Park, you’ll find volunteer Seattle Aquarium beach naturalists to help you explore the shore responsibly during the low-low tide, which is -3.2 feet today at 1:30 pm.

COLMAN POOL, DAY 2: The outdoor pool on the shore at Lincoln Park continues its first preseason weekend, open at noon – schedule info in our preview. (To get to the pool, walk or bicycle from either end of the park – here’s a map.)

ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE TOURS, DAY 2: 1-4 pm today, you can tour the historic Alki Point Lighthouse; last group enters at 3:40 pm. Free, courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. (3201 Alki SW)

MODE MUSIC STUDIOS PRESENTS OPEN MIC AT SKYLARK: 3-6 pm, it’s the monthly Get On Stage/Get Involved all-ages, no-cover open-mic event at The Skylark, presented by next-door neighbor Mode Music Studios (WSB sponsor). Details on the Skylark calendar. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

BLUES AND ORIGINALS: That’s what Brian Butler plays, and he’s performing at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm today. (5612 California SW)

MELANCHOLIC POP: That’s what you’ll find at Parliament Tavern at 8 pm tonight, with Echo Ravine, Mujahedeen, Jordan Campbell performing. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

AND THERE’S MORE … on our complete-calendar page.

PHOTOS: Aurora, seen from West Seattle!

11:15 PM: Expert skywatcher Alice Enevoldsen just tweeted the news of an aurora visible right here, right now:

She had been talking earlier about the possibility, and we were about to fold it in with some beautiful sunset photos we’d received, when she called to say it’s happening now. Here are her viewing tips (main one, “always look north”). More to come!

11:23 PM: If you’re interested in expert guidance while trying to get a look at the aurora, Alice is considering heading to Don Armeni Boat Ramp (1222 Harbor SW).

12:35 AM: Alice reports an International Space Station sighting too.

12:50 AM: She’s moving on to Myrtle Reservoir Park.

ADDED 7:11 AM SUNDAY MORNING: More photos – first, from Jason Enevoldsen:

And from Jamie Kinney:

CRIME/POLICE NOTES: From the beach and beyond, including dumped/found purse, bicycles

Tonight’s roundup:

MOBILE PRECINCT STILL AT ALKI: We’ve been checking every day/night; this evening’s photo is from 57th/Alki around 8:20 pm, just before sunset. Very busy at the beach. We also saw bicycle officers. No major trouble reported so far but shortly after we checked out the Alki area, this happened to the south:

BEACH DRIVE CRASH: Mark sent the photo from a crash response at Beach Drive/Atlas within the past hour. It cleared fairly quickly – before we even were able to turn around (having just left the area) to go check it out. No injuries reported.

CAR PROWLER ON VIDEO: Brian shared this security video recorded early Friday just north of Lincoln Park:

He was awakened at 4:40 am “to the sound of my car alarm going off. Went through security footage and discovered this brazen individual swooping into our neighborhood and attempting to break into my truck. Luckily the alarm did its job and the guy sped off empty handed. Keep an eye out for a light-colored SUV with a roof rack/basket.”

ANYONE MISSING THIS PURSE? The photo is from Bri’Anna:

She says it was dumped in the 4100 block of Delridge Way SW: “They took everything but the earphones and keys. Keys are pretty important and at times hard to replace, so I thought I’d share.” She turned it in at the Southwest Precinct, so contact police if it’s yours.

Also ditched, likely stolen – these two bicycles:

RED BICYCLE: Andrea sent the photo above: “As I was driving through my family’s neighborhood this afternoon, I spotted this red Nishiki bicycle. Not sure if anyone had reported one stolen in West Seattle around Fairmount Park. Found at SW Brandon St and 40th Ave SW. I have brought it to my yard for now …” Yours? We’ll put you in touch.

And this one:

PURPLE BICYCLE: From Cass: “I noticed this bike on Roxbury near the corner of 30th SW a couple days ago. It’s still there, so I’m assuming the owner doesn’t know and hope you can get the word out.”

Reader report: Truck trouble south of The Junction

The photos are from Eric, who says this truck took a wrong turn down residential 41st SW south of The Junction around 11:15 am, “squashed” an SUV, and got stuck “near the Hudson stairs”:

Eric says he empathized: “Driver was really young. I used to drive big rigs, felt for him. He was planning on trying to reverse all the way to Edmunds. I tried to help for half an hour but had to leave.” We don’t know where the truck was trying to go, but the city does have a map of “major truck streets” – Fauntleroy, two blocks east, is the major one in that area.

Remembering Lorraine C. Foster, 1930-2017

Family and friends will honor Lorraine C. Foster with a funeral mass and burial next Friday (June 2nd) and a celebration of life on June 10th. Here’s the remembrance being shared with the community:

Lorraine Cecilia Foster, 86, passed away peacefully at home on May 23, 2017, in White Center (known to her as West Seattle). She was born on June 3, 1930, in Rolla, North Dakota. Lorraine was preceded in death by her son, Michael Dale Foster, and her sisters, Muriel Pearson, Doris Gardner, Aurora Skelton, Juliette Pearson, and Neoma Jones, and brother Joseph Garceau. She is survived by her husband Harold Dale Foster; her son Jeff and daughter Sue; her grandchildren Kara, Amanda, Matthew, and Mark; her brothers, Bill Garceau, Lloyd Garceau, Jim Garceau; and numerous cousins.

Born to Willie and Anna Garceau and raised on a farm in North Dakota, she was one of ten siblings. She had the most wonderful stories of her time growing up there. She moved to Seattle with her sisters Doris and Aurora to be with their sister Mert (Muriel), who moved to Seattle in 1945. Lorraine started work at Sears & Roebuck in mail order as a Biller in 1947 and stayed at Sears until the mail-order plant closed in 1987.

She met Harold Foster through her sister Aurora in 1948. They had a double wedding with her sister Muriel and Keith (Bud) Pearson, in 1950 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in West Seattle. They had three children – Michael, Jeff, and Suzette. They purchased their home in 1961 and would go on to live there for 56 years, with many family gatherings filling the home to the brim with laughter and wonderful memories.

Harold and Lorraine, parishioners at Holy Family Church, had their children attend Holy Family School, as well as their granddaughter, Kara, and many other cousins.

They went on to purchase camping property at Lake Trask Timber Trails in 1975 with many other Sears & Boeing families. Camping was a joy and an extension of their home. They made many friends over the years and the family would go on to create many more memories there. Her sweets were notorious amongst her grandchildren and their friends; her “hockey pucks,” the most famous of all.

Her funeral mass will be held on Friday, June 2nd, at 10 am at Holy Family Catholic Church in White Center, located at 9622 20th Ave SW; her burial is to follow at noon at Greenwood Memorial Cemetery, 350 Monroe Ave NE, Renton. Her celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 10th, from 2-5 pm at the White Center Eagles, 10452 15th Ave SW.

In lieu of gifts, please make a donation to Providence Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association.

(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to editor@westseattleblog.com)

UPDATE: Van fire at 27th/Roxbury

3:51 PM: If you’ve heard the sirens or seen the smoke (one texter said it was visible from Westwood Village) – Seattle Fire is arriving at a van fire at 27th and Roxbury. The dispatch started fairly sizably because there was concern about “exposure” – possibly to a nearby structure – but per scanner, that didn’t turn out to be the case, and the response is being downsized. We’re still on the way to check it out.

3:59 PM: Fire’s out.

4:05 PM: Talked to firefighters. No one hurt. The possible “exposure” – concern about the fire spreading – turned out to be the tree under which the van was parked, as you can see in the photo we added above.

TLC for LP: Dozens of volunteers @ Luna Park work party


(First two photos by David Whiting)

More than three dozen volunteers weeded, cleaned, and mulched in the Luna Park area this morning. Toward the right side of the top photo is Roxane Rusch, who organized the work party as part of the preparations for a Neighborhood Park and Street Fund project on its way to the area. SDOT-provided river rock is part of the landscaping preps, too:

At right, above, Luna Park Café owner John Bennett was among the volunteers, and he shared the next two photos, starting with City Councilmember Lisa Herbold pulling weeds:

So when you next ride, walk, or run through the area, you can appreciate the volunteer work – and if you would like to help, watch for word of the next work party.


(WSB photo by Patrick Sand)

The original vision for the future city-grant-funded work … with the way paved by volunteer help … is in this WSB story.

HAPPENING NOW: Get your Memorial Day poppy from American Legion Post 160

Honor those who served this Memorial Day weekend by getting a poppy from American Legion Post 160. Post members will be outside West Seattle Thriftway (4201 SW Morgan; WSB sponsor) until 4 pm today and again 10 am-4 pm tomorrow. We stopped by a short time ago and photographed Ron Wright, who served in the U.S. Army, and Walton Delong, a U.S. Navy veteran and former Post 160 commander. The poppy tradition is almost a century old – read about it here.

Also – as noted in our preview earlier this week – you are invited on Monday to join Post 160 in putting up and/or taking down the Memorial Day flags in The Junction, and to attend the traditional 2 pm holiday ceremony at Forest Lawn (6701 30th SW; WSB sponsor), followed by a community cookout at Post 160 headquarters in The Triangle (3618 SW Alaska).

West Seattle weekend scene: Cottonwood ‘snowstorm’

If you’ve been anywhere near cottonwood trees today – you might have found yourself in something of a “snowstorm.” Jamie Kinney‘s quick clip above, recorded at Westcrest Park, captures it; we experienced (but didn’t record) the same thing at midmorning, while driving eastbound toward Highway 509 from the end of the Roxbury/Olson corridor. Looking for some background, we found this 2010 story by Seattle Times reporter Lynda V. Mapes. As she noted, the peak season continues into the first half of June.

CONGRATULATIONS! West Seattle High School’s Anthony Coats chosen for Metro All-Conference First Team

Thanks to Sheree Fantz-Gut for providing West Seattle High School baseball updates and photos this season, including this news:

Anthony Coats, a junior from West Seattle High School, has been named to the 2017 First Team Metro All-Conference Baseball Team. Anthony finished the year with a .450 batting average for the season along with a .550 slugging percentage and a .526 on-base percentage. He also posted a 2.75 ERA pitching with 28 strikeouts, allowing only 8 walks while leading his team in many offensive and pitching categories. Congratulations, Anthony!

West Seattle Saturday: From Luna Park to low-low tide, Colman Pool to poppies, more…


(Downy woodpecker, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Good morning and welcome to the holiday weekend!

DIG IN AT LUNA PARK: Meet at 9 am at Luna Park Café to help get the area ready for an upcoming beautification project. Tools provided; work party’s on until noon. Here’s our preview. (2918 SW Avalon Way)

GET A POPPY: 10 am-4 pm at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), American Legion Post 160 is distributing Memorial Day poppies, as previewed here. (4201 SW Morgan)

COLMAN POOL OPENING DAY: The outdoor pool on the shore at Lincoln Park starts its first preseason weekend today at noon – schedule info in our preview. (Never been? To get there, walk or bicycle from either end of the park – here’s a map.)

EXPLORE THE SHORE DURING LOW-LOW TIDE: Low-low tide today, down to -3.5 feet at 12:42 pm. Go to Constellation Park or Lincoln Park 10:30 am-2:30 pm to meet up with Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists!

ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE TOURS BEGIN: 1-4 pm today, weekend tour season starts at the historic Alki Point Lighthouse, as previewed here; last group enters at 3:40 pm. Free, courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. (3201 Alki SW)

DUWAMISH RIVER HISTORY: 1-3 pm at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse: “Geologist Devin O’Reilly shares how glaciers, volcanoes, earthquakes & humans have shaped the river” over the past 15,000+ years. Free; more info here. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

STEVE NORRIS & PAT GILL: Live music at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

CHAMPAGNE HONEYBEE: Live music at Whisky West, 9 pm. No cover. 21+. (6451 California SW)

MOLASSES, 45TH STREET BASS: 9 pm, live music at Parliament Tavern. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

CHECK OUR CALENDAR … for more of what’s up today/tonight/beyond.

WEST SEATTLE DEVELOPMENT: ‘Soft demolition’ begins for project that includes ex-Alki Tavern site


(WSB photo, looking up toward the house now undergoing ‘soft demolition’)

An Alki-area resident called to tell us that while walking along the California Way hill today, he noticed a demolition crew at the vacant house at the top of the development site that also includes the former Alki Tavern (now 4+ years closed). We subsequently confirmed that indeed, the long-in-the-works project at 1307 Harbor Avenue SW is getting going. West Seattle architect Tim Rhodes tells WSB, “Chinn Construction has started a ‘soft’ demolition (pulling fixtures, toilets, etc.) and will have a preconstruction meeting with the City of Seattle next week. We are thrilled. The site will get cleaned up quickly and then you will see us transition into construction.” Rhodes had told us back in January that the project team was eager to get the vandalized structures cleared from the site but the city permit process has been bogged down. The project won final Design Review Board approval almost a year and a half ago.

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(Rendering from final design packet for 1307 Harbor SW project)

It is planned as a six-floor mixed-use building with 15 residential units, office and “light manufacturing” space, ground-floor retail/commercial, 41 offstreet parking spaces, and a public hillclimb/breezeway between California Way and Harbor SW.

UPDATE: Fire response in 9000 block 12th SW

6:47 PM: Seattle Fire is calling out a “full response” for a possible house fire in the 9000 block of 12th SW [map].

6:50 PM: The response is already being downsized.

7:02 PM: Our crew reports that while there’s some smoke, there’s no sign of fire, and the SFD units there haven’t even rolled out the hoses. Photo added above.

7:28 PM: Firefighters tell us they traced the smoke to a kiln that was in use. No fire, no injuries; they’re ventilating so the resident can go back inside.

Citywide forum June 3rd: ‘Aging the LGBTQ Way’

We mentioned at the end of our Highland Park Find It, Fix It Walk coverage that the convergence of city reps had yielded information on other upcoming events. Here’s one: West Seattleite Irene Stewart, who works with the Age-Friendly Seattle program, tells us that there’s still time and room to sign up for a free all-day event downtown one week from tomorrow, on Saturday, June 3rd, “Aging the LGBTQ Way: A Forum on Respect, Equity, and Inclusion.” You’ll find out about research; you’ll help develop recommendations for Age-Friendly Seattle; and you’ll learn about resources for aging well. It’s free to attend, with lunch and dinner provided, 10 am-5:30 pm at City Hall downtown, but they’d appreciate RSVPs – go here to sign up online.

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