West Seattle, Washington
Two West Seattle Crime Watch reports tonight. First one is a reader report from Chris, who hopes that you will be on the lookout for these items stolen by car prowler(s):
At about 8:20 this (Sunday) morning, a purse was stolen from a car on 108th and 35th Ave SW. It had a wallet and a phone (white LG with cover). The purse was a gold cloth purse with a design and a shoulder strap. The wallet was a gold leather. If you see these in the bushes or somewhere, we would love to get them back.
The car prowl has been reported to police. According to the SPD crime-report map, seven car prowls were reported in West Seattle between Tuesday and Saturday (the most recent period mapped):
BURGLAR WHO LEFT A CARD BEHIND: This one is from a police report with narrative now accessible online, from a burglary in the 2600 block of 46th SW last Sunday.
Linda Ann Heimbigner will be remembered in a service at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church on Friday. Here’s the remembrance her family is sharing:
Linda Ann Heimbigner, 72, of West Seattle, passed away on Monday, July 27, 2015, as a result of a long battle with cancer. Friends and family were by her side as the Lord called her home.
She was born on February 3, 1943, in Seattle to William and Constance Baccetti. She graduated from Holy Rosary School in West Seattle back when Holy Rosary was a grade school and high school combined. During her high-school years, she lost her father to a heart attack and later her mother to cancer. She continued to care for her brother, Fred, until he passed away in 1976. After high school, Linda went to work for the government. It was during this time she met Don Heimbigner. They were married on September 16, 1967.
Linda devoted much of her time to caring for her family and friends. She worked in the front office of Our Lady of Guadalupe School while her children attended school there. She passionately supported her children’s activities, especially soccer, which often included endless fundraising for travel throughout the Washington State, the U.S. and even Europe. She also loved to bake for her friends and family, never missing a special occasion.
She is survived by her husband of almost 48 years, Don; her children, Gina, John, and Joe; and her 5 grandchildren, Andrew, Gabriel, Nathan, Angelica, and Jordan. Her funeral will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in West Seattle on August 7, 2015 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Popular diner Meander’s Kitchen in White Center closed early today – about two hours short of its usual 3 pm closing.
That wouldn’t be noteworthy, except for the circumstances: A management change, made with King County Sheriff’s Office deputies standing by, following 12-plus hours of unofficial claims, attributed to employees, that today would be Meander’s last day of operations.
First word of this came with postings in various spots on Facebook late Saturday night/early Sunday morning – including the “posts by others” section of the WSB page – saying that Sunday would be the restaurant’s last day open and urging customers to come show support. We also received a text message to that effect, saying the staff was opening the restaurant in hopes of making enough money to cover payroll and vendors. By morning, this sign was up at the restaurant (several people texted us the image):
Patrons told us employees were also telling them personally that it was closing. Contacted via Facebook, restaurant founder Miranda Krone – working out of town as a maritime chef – told us that was definitely not true, and that a new general manager/partner, Afton Larsen, who had been part of Meander’s operations in its early West Seattle days, would arrive at the restaurant later in the day to sort things out.
Larsen also contacted us directly to say she would be at the restaurant “this afternoon to talk with staff in person and keep our doors open.” And a post on the restaurant’s official FB page echoed, “We are NOT closing”:
We had planned to check in by mid-afternoon – and then came a text from a patron about the arrival of deputies, around 1:15 pm, with diners being told that service was ended for the day (regular daily closing time has been 3 pm). That accelerated our plan to go check on the situation. WSB co-publisher Patrick Sand was told on arrival that the deputies were there to ensure an orderly transition, but that there was no trouble and no one had been arrested.
Some employees say their paychecks had bounced, but so far, no one has reported filing a complaint with state Labor and Industries. Larsen (photo below) told us she was just starting to go through the books so didn’t know the status of the restaurant’s accounting yet.
She said some of the current staff has agreed to stay on; she said she hopes Meander’s will be open tomorrow, usual hours, but if circumstances make that infeasible, they would expect to reopen by midweek, potentially with limited service until things are straightened out.
Meander’s first opened in January 2011 in the tiny ex-Jade West Café north of Morgan Junction. Its popularity led Krone to seek a new, larger space, and Meander’s moved to its first White Center space in fall 2012. That turned out to be a bit too big, she said, moving the restaurant to its current space at 9809 16th SW in late summer 2013.
6:54 PM UPDATE: Via e-mail, Larsen says, “We will be open from 10-3 tomorrow running a limited menu with a skeleton crew.”
11:25 PM UPDATE: As discussed in the comment section, while a variety of allegations/rumors continue flying here, we don’t report what can’t be substantiated/verified, until and unless it is. One thing we did verify a short time ago, after some difficulty getting into online court records: An unlawful-detainer (potential eviction) complaint was initiated against the restaurant in late June by the previous tenant from whom they sublease. A hearing date was set for July 10th but online records do not indicate any court action taken then or since. We are seeking clarification from the new management on whether that means it’s been resolved.
11:19 AM MONDAY: Owner Krone responded via text that the rent is now current and resolution of the case is being negotiated by lawyers. Asked if there was any chance the restaurant would be evicted, she replied, no.
Thanks to Brent Lindblom for sharing the photo and report:
Congratulations to the Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club swimmers who are advancing to the Seattle Summer Swim League ‘SSSL” “All City” championship.
All City is August 4, 2015 (Tuesday) at 4:00 and will be held at Wedgwood Swim Club, 7727 28th Ave NE. Below are your Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club All City Qualifiers by name and events:
Lucy Rysemus: Alternate for 100 Free Relay
Sadie Pallotta: Alternate for 100 Free Relay;
Marlo Pietsch: Alternate for 100 Free Relay
Clara Henzke: Alternate for 100 Free Relay
Brooke Swanson: Alternate for 50 Breast Stroke
Cassidy Wells: 200 Medley relay, 50 Back Stroke, 200 Free Relay
Madison Cannard: 200 Medley Relay, 50 Breast Stroke and 200 Free Relay
Sofia Libao: 200 Medley Reay; Sophia Minor: 200 Medley Relay and 200 Free Relay;
Alena Slee: 200 Free Relay
Ty Lindblom: 200 Medley relay, 100 IM, 50 Back Stroke and 200 Free relay.
Ben Kinerk: 50 Free, 200 Medley Relay, 50 Breast Stroke and 200 Free relay.
Tate Ingraham: 200 Medley Relay, 200 Free Relay
Brendan Klem: 200 Medley Relay. 200 Free Relay
Gabby Carufel: 50 Back Stroke. Alternate 200 Free Relay
Hanna Tittel: Alternate 200 Free Relay
Taylor McGlothlin: Alternate 200 Free Relay
Naomi Williams: Alternate 200 Free Relay
Jeff Kasahara: 200 Medley Relay. 50 Back Stroke. 50 Breast Stroke
Nate Williams: 200 Medley Relay.
Tyler Lenzie: 200 Medley Relay.
Dylan Jergens: 200 Medley Relay.
Thanks to Sheila Lengle for the photo – she’s one of several local artists having a pop-up art show/sale right now at the southeast corner of Fauntleroy/Alaska (Les Schwab lot) in The Triangle. They’ll be there until 4 pm. (Datapoint: Sheila and Gretchen Flickinger, another of the participating artists – who also just messaged us about the sale – are both past winners of the West Seattle Garden Tour poster contest!)
(Black-capped chickadee keeping cool; photo by Trileigh Tucker)
Good morning! Highlights ahead for your West Seattle Sunday:
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm in the middle of California SW between Oregon and Alaska. (Remember that the street is closed 7 am-4 pm and that has to be strictly enforced – if you’re parked there when they have to start setting up, you’ll be a candidate for towing.) Special feature today, per WSFM: “Live music by Les Chattes Creole, authentic Cajun/Creole dance music.”
THINK YOU KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT WEST SEATTLE? Noon-4 pm, check that assumption by visiting the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s Log House Museum. (61st/Stevens)
WADING POOLS & SPRAYPARK OPEN TODAY: Lincoln Park (11 am-8 pm) and Delridge (12-6:30 pm) wading pools are open, as is Highland Park Spraypark (11 am-8 pm) – addresses and full citywide schedule here.
LOW-LOW TIDE, WITH THIS SUMMER’S LAST APPEARANCE BY BEACH NATURALISTS: Low-low tide is out to -1.6 feet at 12:54 pm; Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists are out to answer questions (for the last time this summer!) at Constellation and Lincoln Parks, 11:45 am-2:15 pm.
BLUE ANGELS/SEAFAIR TODAY, WITH BRIDGE CLOSURE: Last day of the big weekend.
(Photo by Jamie Kinney)
While the Blue Angels officially are flying “over Lake Washington” for the Seafair air show, with Boeing Field‘s proximity, you’ll see/hear them to some degree here (and/or be affected by the related bridge closure), so we are again providing this info:
*I-90 bridge closure, 11:50 am-2:40 pm
*Loudest part of the air show starts at 12:40 pm, including the Air Force’s F-22 Raptor and the Navy’s Blue Angels (who went up at 1:35 pm on Saturday, landing at 2:25 pm)
*This also is the last day for free Seafair Fleet tours at Piers 66, 69, and 90, 12:30-3:30 pm – info here
NO ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE TOURS AGAIN TODAY: The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is still busy with Seafair duties – but tours are expected to resume next weekend.
BOOGIE-WOOGIE AT KENYON HALL! Finish out your weekend on a high note – more than one, in fact – with Arthur Migliazza‘s last West Seattle performance (he’s moving to New York), joined by Daryl Davis, on the Kenyon Hall Chickering grand piano. More info in our calendar listing. 7:30 pm. **UPDATE: Kenyon Hall says this show is sold out.** (7904 35th SW)
PREVIEW NEXT WEEK, AND BEYOND … here!
That’s Justin Murphy, who collected baseball gear earlier this year to donate to kids in need in Nicaragua, and now it’s delivery time. From Robin Murphy:
Just wanted to thank the community for all its donations to Justin Murphy’s baseball project. We leave next week for Little Corn Island, Nicaragua to distribute the gear; they know we’re coming and they’re very excited! Justin will make a video while we’re down there.
Here’s a map showing the island’s location.