West Seattle, Washington
Three West Seattle biznotes tonight:
MORGAN JUNCTION LADIES’ NIGHT/SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA: Big shopping event tomorrow (Thursday) night in Morgan Junction. What started as the Second Gear Sports (WSB sponsor) Ladies’ Night is expanded again this year into a one-night shopping extravaganza, 6-9 pm at SGS (6529 California SW), My Three Little Birds (6959 California SW; WSB sponsor), Lika Love Boutique (6031 California SW), and Nurture by Nature (6307 California SW). Get a flyer to have stamped at each shop, and you’ll be entered in a gift-certificate drawing. Jennifer Young from M3LB explains, “The idea is to eat, drink and be merry at each location, while previewing new holiday merchandise. Everyone has special guests planned (local vendors and local designers). All stores are offering special promotions and discounts.” What you’ll see at SGS includes “a cool new sock line by Sock It To Me, and fresh fanwear for your Seahawks/Sounders lover!” More info in our calendar listing.
CURIOUS ABOUT CUBA? Also tomorrow night – now that the travel rules have changed, are you curious about Cuba? Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor) sends word that well-traveled Cuba expert Jon Covich, from Normandy Park, will be in their Junction store for a presentation at 7 pm tomorrow.
EWA proprietor Dave McCoy promises “some great photography” (like the image above) and a chance to get questions answered “on many subjects of that country.” EWA is on the southeast corner of 42nd SW and SW Oregon.
In our photo above are QED’s Jeremy and Matt. The coffee shop is open 6 am-2 pm Mondays-Fridays, 7 am-3 pm Saturdays-Sundays, at 6032 California SW.
Live/work in the South Delridge area? The new South Delridge Community Group welcomes your participation. From co-chair Marianne McCord:
The South Delridge Community Group consists of concerned, motivated neighbors who have come together to create a vibrant community and provide a voice for the neighborhood within the city of Seattle. It will provide leadership in addressing community needs and communicate with governmental agencies in an effort to represent our interests. The South Delridge Community Group encourages neighbors to know one another and to participate within our community.
We meet the third Sunday of every month (except December and August) at 10 am. Right now, we are meeting at 3.14 Bakery, 9602 16th SW, just south of Roxbury. We hope to nail down a more-permanent space in the near future. We also sponsor monthly clean-up efforts within our neighborhood on the second Saturday of every month (except December) at 10 am. We have already logged in over 250 volunteer hours! We are very proud of our active participation and look forward to expanding our volunteer activities. Our group’s email address is: email@example.com.
If you haven’t already checked the calendar – this means the SDCG’s next meeting is THIS Sunday (November 20th), 10 am.
P.S. As we publish this, we’re covering the monthly meeting of the Delridge Neighborhoods District Council, which has just added the South Delridge Community Group as an official member organization. More on the DNDC meeting in a separate report later.
It is truly the end of an era at West Seattle High School, as longtime head football coach Tom Burggraff retires. Thanks to assistant coach Jeff Ursino for sharing the story:
After a career of service spanning back 26 years, Tom Burggraff has announced his retirement
as Head Football Coach at WSHS. Coach first made his announcement to his team in the WSHS locker room following the team’s season-ending playoff loss in Regionals.
Coach Burggraff began his coaching career as an assistant with the State Champion Ingraham Rams in 1988. In 1992 Tom took over a WSHS (Indians) football team that had only one winning record in modern memory, and hadn’t seen anything resembling a playoff or title game since the 1960s. It took two years to get the first win, but his teams slowly improved their records to eventually build a perpetually competitive team, including a 7-2 team in 1999, and culminating in the 2006 team that was the first (and still only) WSHS football team to make it to the State Playoff 16-team bracket (with a victory over Eastside Catholic and an 8-win season).
Tom stepped aside after 2007, leaving behind a well-coached and athletic core of players who had much success over the next 3 years under coach Davis Lura (2008-2010). Tom was quickly drawn back into coaching by Bob Dowding at Seattle Lutheran (Bob had coached under Tom at WSHS before SLHS added a football program). In 2012-13, Bob was done coaching at SLHS, and the WSHS program had begun to flounder. With his son coming in as a Class of 2017 Freshman, Tom again took over a building project at WSHS in 2013.
It took two years of very hard work to rebuild a complete coaching staff, but by 2015 WSHS boasted a mix of old and new faces with well over 100 years of experience, and even in the face of a competitive division saw the team rebound to a 5-5 record, and a return of the Huling Bowl Trophy to WSHS.
This 2016 season saw the 2A WSHS team play through the SPS divisions at 5-1 and into the 3A playoffs matched up against the reigning State Champions, Eastside Catholic. The 2016 team finished with a 6-4 record, with each of those losses against teams ranked in the top-10 in state.
Tom is stepping aside after the 2016 season, after a coaching tenure of uncommon duration in Seattle Public Schools. The program will miss his ability to prepare teams to deliver their best possible performance, as well as his willingness to manage the extra challenges that come along with coaching in SPS. Tom also had a long tenure as a Head Track Coach at WSHS, including the team that finished second in State in 2008.
The 2016 football team graduates several key players with the class of 2017. This is the school’s 100th graduating class, and Coach Burggraff has worked at the school for over a quarter of that century. He will continue to teach Social Studies at the school. There is a good core of returning players, and the WSHS tradition will surely live on under the next head coach. The school has not announced when that selection process will begin.
Completion is in sight for the project meant to reduce combined-sewer overflows into Puget Sound by Lowman Beach – the Murray Combined Sewer Overflow Control Project. We took the photo after getting this update late today:
King County’s million-gallon underground storage tank is now working after passing all system tests. As early as next week, County operators will work inside the facility to monitor flows at the Murray Pump Station and operate the underground storage tank as needed.
Roadway restoration is complete on Beach Dr. SW. The contractor is now restoring sidewalks near the site. Crews are also working in the access road south of Lowman Beach Park to upgrade a small sewer line. This work is expected to be complete by mid-December.
Landscaping and project art will finish up in early 2017, depending on weather (see schedule in attached update for additional information). A fence will remain around the site until all landscaping is complete. The public staircase on site will not be accessible until all project work is complete. Access to Lowman Beach Park will be maintained as it has been throughout construction.
King County and its contractor appreciate your patience as we work to complete the project as quickly as possible. We will provide another update in December with what to expect during activities that will continue in 2017.
No work at the site during the four-day Thanksgiving weekend.
BACKSTORY: It’s been seven years since first word of a possible storage tank to catch overflows. Six years ago, the storage-tank decision was announced. Major work at the site began in August 2013 with demolition of the residences that used to be on the site. Here’s our pic from two years ago when the tank was halfway done:
When done, the structure will include public-access areas for looking out toward Puget Sound.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Almost two months after the city filed civil lawsuits over the illegal cutting of more than 100 trees on public land in East Admiral, we’re hearing from some of the defendants – via court documents.
Two defendants are asking that the suits be stayed because they expect criminal charges, saying that answering the lawsuits would violate their Fifth Amendment rights.
Two others are asking that the suits be dismissed.
First – a quick recap: Back in September, five months after the illegal tree-cutting came to light, on city-owned Duwamish Head Greenspace parcels, City Attorney Pete Holmes announced lawsuits seeking more than $1.6 million in damages. Those sued by the city included three couples who own nearby homes, two people alleged to have been involved in the cutting, and various unnamed “John/Jane Does.”
None commented after the lawsuits were announced, but some responses from defendants have been filed in recent weeks, we discovered during a routine check of the online Superior Court files. The responses vary and include motions to dismiss one suit and delay another – the latter, with a contention that criminal charges are expected (something the City Attorney said in September could be possible). Read More
We live in the North Admiral area (5000 block of Waite) and last night our car seems to have been burgled. Glove box and center console were found open with items strewn about. Nothing of any value seems to have been taken. However, on the hood of the car we found a file folder containing hundreds of laminated cards with information about various wines.
I’ve attached photos of the file folder and a couple examples of the laminated cards. Hoping to get this back to the owner as it is apparent a lot of work went into making these. And I’m assuming they got robbed last night as well.
Are these yours – or do you recognize them, maybe from a local shop or winery? Please comment, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you.
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(Photo shared by Carl, from Alki earlier this week, saying this driftwood looked like a sea serpent – especially if altered a bit)
PEEL & PRESS DINE-OUT BENEFIT FOR WEST SEATTLE FOOD BANK: 20 percent of sales today at Peel & Press (WSB sponsor) in Morgan Junction, open noon-11 pm, go to the West Seattle Food Bank to help buy turkeys. You also can bring nonperishable food and turkeys to be collected for the WSFB. (6503 California SW)
SHELBY’S DINE-OUT BENEFIT FOR ROXHILL ELEMENTARY: 2-9 pm, 10 percent of your tab at Shelby’s Bistro and Ice Creamery in The Junction goes to help Roxhill Elementary via its PTSA, whose president Amanda Kay Helmick says, “The PTSA is currently raising money for field trips, supplies for our art class and sensory toys for our kids with special needs. This event is open to all of our West Seattle neighbors, and we hope to see you all there!” (4752 California SW)
FREE COWORKING: New visitors can cowork for free at West Seattle Office Junction (WSB sponsor) until 3 pm today. (6040 California SW)
CITY COUNCIL BUDGET COMMITTEE MEETING: Happening now. Yesterday we previewed what’s on the agenda as they vote on changes to the budget, which is to be finalized next week. Watch on Seattle Channel (online or cable 21).
MADISON MIDDLE SCHOOL PTSA: 7 pm at Madison Middle School – everyone’s invited:
At the General Meeting we will discuss inclusion for our students and how to develop a conducive educational environment for all, whether the conversation is around students of color, cultures, or differing abilities.
We will receive updates from the Madison Administration about staffing, the Health Center around HPV and other services, Music Boosters, and PTSA business.
The Madison PTSA would like to invite all members of the Madison Middle School community to the meeting. You do not need to be a PTSA member to attend the meeting. Please consider joining the PTSA to help shape the priorities and support our school.
In the school library. (45th SW/SW Spokane)
WORDSWEST LITERARY SERIES PRESENTS ‘NOURISHMENT’: 7 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), this month’s WordsWest presentation features award-winning author Alma García and performance poet Imani Sims “for an evening of literary nourishment.” Full details in our calendar listing. (5612 California SW)
DELRIDGE NEIGHBORHOODS DISTRICT COUNCIL: At Youngstown Cultural Arts Center: “This month the DNDC will hear an update on the Delridge Action Plan (Community Development Project) and information on what’s happening with HALA (Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda).” 7 pm. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
LOTS MORE … on our complete calendar page!
Another quick reminder that the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide is live, and that it’s updated at least once a day, so please keep checking in, and keep sending info about your holiday events, donation drives, etc. – anything happening now through New Year’s! We also will include the usual lists of restaurant, coffee-shop, and grocery-store hours for holidays, and while we are calling around, checking signs on doors, etc., we appreciate getting that information directly too – email@example.com is the e-mail address for all of the above. Thank you!
(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
7:02 AM: Good morning! No incidents reported in/from West Seattle and vicinity right now.
One note for today: Seattle Public Schools get out two hours early