West Seattle, Washington
The photo and report are from Brian Callanan:
The High Point Pink Panthers took third place in the All-City volleyball tournament for 12- to 13-year-old girls!
We had girls from Our Lady of Guadalupe, Denny, Pathfinder, and Madison schools represented. Go, Panthers! Coached by Brian Callanan, Holly Branch. and Chris Edwards.
Photos by Leda Costa for West Seattle Blog
That silhouette placed today at 35th and Othello is in memory of Oswald Clement, hit and killed by a driver while crossing there nine years ago, just days before what would have been his 86th birthday. The silhouette is one of 24 that were to be placed around West Seattle for World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, to raise awareness of deaths on and by the roads, as silent reminders of 24 deaths in this area since 2006.
Before fanning out this morning, volunteers, led by Bob Anderton, gathered at Ampersand Café on Alki to mark the silhouettes and get the list of locations:
They wrote on each one with the victim’s age and date of death, plus a short description of the circumstances, adding a sticker explaining World Day of Remembrance:
Then they headed out – below, Kathy Dunn from West Seattle Bike Connections:
She and WSBC’s Don Brubeck put up silhouettes along Alki Avenue, where four people were killed in incidents in 2006:
The Alki deaths happened in 2006, which, according to the spreadsheet that was created for today’s efforts, was a particularly deadly year in West Seattle – 10 people killed. One of the Alki Avenue silhouettes was for 21-year-old Travis Gracey, hit and killed while skateboarding; the motorcyclist who hit him also died.
You’ll also see a silhouette at California/Oregon in The Junction, where 62-year-old motorcycle rider Larry Keller died in a collision with a truck in 2013 – Dunn installed it with Michael Sedgewick:
Silhouettes have been placed in other areas around the city, too; as listed on the Seattle Greenways website, the Alki gathering was one of 11 today in Seattle. From the World Remembrance Day flyer:
Over the past 10 years, 200+ people have died by walking, biking, or driving on Seattle’s streets. These 4-foot tall silhouettes are installed at the places people have died to remember these people and highlight the need for traffic safety everywhere.
In a startling moment of irony … while WSB photojournalist Leda Costa was photographing the silhouette shown at the top of this story, at 35th and Othello, two cars got into a fender-bender nearby. No injuries reported.
Four felony charges have been filed against the burglary suspect arrested at Hiawatha Playfield one week ago tonight after a wide-ranging search in Admiral. 29-year-old Garrett Cimmery of Federal Way is charged with one count of residential burglary and three counts of firearms theft; the charging documents say three shotguns were among the items he is accused of stealing from the victims’ home near Me-Kwa-Mooks Park. They also shine additional light into what prosecutors say happened:
As reported previously, a neighbor saw an unfamiliar car and man in the victims’ driveway; when the victims returned home shortly thereafter and discovered the burglary, the information was provided to police. The neighbor saw the same car show up in the neighborhood less than two hours after the break-in; police were called again, an officer spotted the car headed eastbound in Admiral, and it was abandoned in the Admiral Starbucks/Baskin-Robbins parking lot, where the driver bolted. Cimmery was caught after an extensive search and short foot chase.
New information in the charging documents says a friend of the suspect lives in a trailer at the Burien location where Cimmery told police he stashed the stolen guns. Cimmery is reported to have told police he didn’t intend to commit a burglary but was driving around in West Seattle and happened to see the victims leaving their house. He said he then parked the rented car in the driveway and knocked on two doors at the house; when no one answered, he pushed on a large glass window that opened, and that’s how he got inside. He told police the guns he stole were in a closet next to a gun safe, so, he said, he left the house with the guns and jewelry to get bolt cutters to bring back for breaking into the safe. The neighbor said he drove off after that second approach when he saw her come out of her house with a phone, intending to get a photo or video.
He has been out of jail since late last Monday night, after posting bond on $10,000 bail. Along with charges, prosecutors asked for a higher bail, but what’s on file suggests that was not granted. He will be expected back in court before month’s end to answer the charges.
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) November 20, 2016
West Seattle artist Troy Pillow (below) has the most visible art in The Junction – the kinetic sculpture “Transpose,” dedicated today (above) – and more on the way, as he has designed art you’ll see all around the peninsula’s biggest project, The Whittaker.
Some of the backstory for the new installation stretches to a project across the street from that one.
As explained at today’s ceremony (11 minutes, recorded in its entirety in the video above), the roots of this public art are in the project at 39th/Fauntleroy/Alaska, first known as Fauntleroy Place, then as “The Hole” when it stalled for years after excavation, and then as Spruce, after it was sold at a foreclosure auction and completed. $25,000 was part of the “public benefit” package that development owed because of its alley vacation, approved by the City Council.
The importance of “public benefits” was discussed briefly during the ceremony by the West Seattleite who was on the council then, Tom Rasmussen. Also present but not speaking, City Councilmember Lisa Herbold. Because of the years it took for this to become reality, there were other sets of then-and-now – former West Seattle Junction Association executive director Susan Melrose and her successor Lora Swift, former Junction Neighborhood Organization leader Erica Karlovits and her successor René Commons. While Karlovits didn’t join the ribbon-cutting lineup, her son Connor helped:
The sculpture, for its part, spun gently in the breeze; it was created from concepts originally shown to the public at an open house in The Junction last February. The day’s intermittent rain kept itself on pause for the 20-minute event, in which Seattle Parks reps also participated – Robert Stowers, a former West Seattleite, and Pam Kliment. You can see the sculpture, standing against what had been considered West Seattle’s biggest blank wall, in the park on the northwest corner of 42nd and Alaska.
Thanks to Doug for the photo – a submarine has just passed West Seattle, heading back to Naval Base Kitsap. It’s been 13 days since one was seen headed the other way; no way to tell if it’s the same one, since the sub itself doesn’t show up on trackers like MarineTraffic.com (though at least one escort tug is showing there).
ORIGINAL REPORT, SUNDAY NIGHT: Thanks to Dina Lydia Johnson for the photo from today’s meeting of the relatively new South Delridge Neighborhood Group. We mentioned the SDNG twice this week – once in this announcement of the meeting, and again as the group was officially added to the voting membership of the Delridge Neighborhoods District Council. Like most neighborhood groups, they’re on hiatus in December, so your next chance to check them out will be
the third Sunday in January – 10 am January 15th, at 3.14 Bakery (9602 16th SW) – email@example.com is where to e-mail if you’re looking for info sooner.
MONDAY NIGHT UPDATE: SDNG co-chair Marianne McCord says the group decided on a change for January – they will join with Highland Park Action Committee to co-host a meeting on HPAC’s regular meeting date, time, and place, which is 7 pm, fourth Wednesday, at Highland Park Improvement Club, and after that, “SDCG will resume meeting on the 3rd Sundays at 3.14 Bakery at 10 am in February” – 9602 16th SW.
And they circled back again… pic.twitter.com/GO4MHtYBmn
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) November 20, 2016
We just noticed two military jets circling over Puget Sound west of here – multiple circles – and confirmed via the game preview on the Seahawks website, “Immediately following the anthem, U.S. Navy VAQ-132 Squadron will conduct a flyover with two EA Growlers (F-18s).” According to Boeing’s website, they’re a variant of the planes flown by the Blue Angels. VAQ-132 is based at Whidbey Island.
Got a text a little while ago about a dead seal on the Beach Drive shore, toward the south end of Constellation Park. First thing to do if you see a marine mammal on the shore, dead or alive, is call Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network – 206-905-SEAL – which the texter had done, but due to cell-signal breakup, wasn’t sure the message had gotten through. We e-mailed Seal Sitters, which confirms the seal’s carcass has been washing up and then back out again for a few days in the Constellation Park/Cormorant Cove Park area. Since it’s on public property, it’s also been reported to Seattle Parks – too large and heavy for a simple removal.
Here’s a way to get involved with the future of West Seattle’s own institution of higher learning. The announcement is from the city:
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is seeking interested community members from surrounding neighborhoods to participate on the South Seattle College Standing Advisory Committee. This committee provides feedback on projects planned and under development by the college to ensure it complies with its Master Plan. The Master Plan describes zoning rules, long-range planning of the property, and transportation planning.
Welcome to Sunday! Here’s some of what’s up in West Seattle today. First, from the WSB Holiday Guide
FAIR TRADE SALE: Catholic Relief Services Fair Trade Sale in Our Lady of Guadalupe‘s Walmesley Center, 9:30 am-1 pm. “In addition to Fair Trade items, you’ll find: holiday cards from Noel House (a Catholic Community Services shelter for homeless women), knitted goods from the Young Ladies’ Institute, tasty treats sold by the Pre-K and 3rd grade classes to benefit WestSide Baby, Tanzanian rosaries and batiks items from Maryknoll, and a new vendor… Catholic Balm (beard and lip balms, lotion bars)! … While you browse, be sure to sample free Fair Trade coffee provided by Pura Vida.” Full details here. (35th/Myrtle)
STUFFING/CRANBERRY SAUCE TASTING: 3-6 pm at Metropolitan Market-Admiral (WSB sponsor), try their housemade stuffing and cranberry sauce. (41st/42nd/Admiral) *4:01 pm, reader says that despite the listing on the store’s calendar, this isn’t happening today; sorry*
And from our year-round WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
DAY OF REMEMBRANCE: West Seattleites interested in helping memorialize people killed in traffic incidents are invited to gather at Ampersand Café on Alki at 10 am. Volunteers will fan out to place silhouettes at the sites where people were killed. Other groups are meeting at other sites around the city; background info here. (2536 Alki SW)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Last one before Thanksgiving! 10 am-2 pm in the street in the heart of The Junction. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
BOOK DONATIONS: 10 am-2 pm at the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle booth at the south end of the Farmers’ Market, Key Club members are continuing to collect donated books for reading levels K-4th, for the African Library Project – details in our calendar listing. (California SW/SW Alaska)
MEET THE GREYHOUNDS: 11 am-1 pm at Mud Bay in The Admiral District, Greyhound Pets Inc. invites you to meet some of their adoptable hounds. (2611 California SW)
JUNCTION SCULPTURE CELEBRATION: Join in the celebration of “Transpose,” the kinetic sculpture newly installed at Junction Plaza Park, today at noon. Artist Troy Pillow will be there as will community groups/members who worked on making it happen. (42nd SW/SW Alaska)
SOUTHWEST STORIES: Hear the story of ArtsWest from its founding executive director Edie Neeson:
The Southwest Seattle Historical Society-co-sponsored presentation starts at 2 pm at West Seattle (Admiral) Library. (2306 42nd SW)
SEE MORE FOR TODAY … and beyond, on our complete calendar.
12:47 AM: After Black Friday and Shop Small Saturday … there’s Giving Tuesday. This year, that’s the day WestSide Baby will launch its annual JOY drive to “help keep more kids safe, warm, and dry this winter.” Here are 3 ways you can help them meet (or exceed!) their goal to distribute 80+ car seats, 600 bags of clothing, and 110,000 diapers this holiday season:
*Organize a donation drive to launch on Giving Tuesday (November 29th) – here’s what you need to make that happen
*Give a few hours on Giving Tuesday to “clear out and donate lightly used items and equipment for children aged up to 12 at one of WestSide Baby’s dropoff sites across the city”
*Volunteer at WS Baby’s HQ in White Center on Giving Tuesday – contact volunteer manager Shana Allen – firstname.lastname@example.org – to find out how to help
P.S. If you organize a drive that’s open to public participation/donation, let us know (email@example.com) so we can add it to the “donation drives” section of the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide!
ADDED 9:22 AM: Here’s a drive that’s already under way … bring diapers and/or cash to C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor) to donate to WS Baby, “and we will buy you a coffee!” says co-proprietor Cameron.