West Seattle, Washington
Just announced late tonight – the longtime executive director of the White Center Food Bank, which serves part of West Seattle too, is retiring. Rick Jump‘s message:
To the clients, donors, volunteers, and staff of the White Center Food Bank and to the greater
White Center Community:
I have lived in White Center for 35 years; raised my children here, forged lifelong friendships, built partnerships, and helped to grow the White Center Food Bank for the past twelve years. It has been both my professional and personal passion to help support the most vulnerable in our community.
It is a unique place – one built on community, diversity, and resiliency despite the many challenges we have faced.
I am proud to call White Center my home.
This is why my decision to retire as the Executive Director of the White Center Food Bank is made with a heavy heart. I arrived at this decision after both I and my wife, Judy, have struggled with health issues in recent months. As much as I love this community, after 12 years of dedicating my life to helping others, it is time that Judy and I take care of ourselves.
I leave the White Center Food Bank knowing that it is in good, capable, and caring hands and am excited to see how it continues to grow to meet the needs of White Center now and into the future.
Thank YOU all for being such a wonderful community and for your support of the White Center Food Bank over the past 12 years. They have been some of my most formative and inspiring years of my life.
We have a few followup questions out to WCFB, including when Jump plans to leave and what the process will be for choosing his successor. His list of achievements is long, including winning the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce “Westsider of the Year” award in 2011 (that’s when we took the photo you see above).
Reminder for Seattle Public Library users: The High Point branch (35th SW/SW Raymond) reopens tomorrow after a five-week closure for renovations, plus additions including “hundreds of new books, DVDs, and CDs for children, teens, and adults.” SPL says both the branch and book drop will be open again as of 1 pm Monday; details are here, including plans for a celebration on January 29th with City Librarian Marcellus Turner in attendance.
7:17 PM: If you’re wondering about the Seattle Fire crews across from the Bathhouse – the call at 2700 Alki Avenue SW is for a chimney fire. Not a major call – one engine and one ladder truck on scene – but it’s a high-profile location, in the business district, so we’ve received a few texts wondering about it.
8:12 PM: SFD has left and the call is closed.
Concerned about public-school-funding problems, from the district’s “levy cliff” to the state’s McCleary Decision? Your next chance to find out where things stand, and what concerned citizens can do, is tomorrow night. The Gatewood Elementary PTA invites everyone – whether you are affiliated with their school or not – to their meeting tomorrow night (Monday, January 9th), 6:30-8:30 pm in the cafeteria (4320 SW Myrtle). The announcement shared by vice president Melissa McNeel says their special guest is Heidi Bennett, a longtime advocate who’s been the Legislative Chair for the statewide and citywide PTSA/PTA organizations, among other involvement. Child care will be available for the meeting, as will interpretation services in Spanish and Somali.
It’s the unofficial end to the holiday season every year on Alki Beach – a crowd gathers to burn Christmas trees. The 2017 edition happened last night; thanks to Mikayla Reynaud for sharing the photo today.
In West Seattle Crime Watch – two reader reports, followed by five summaries from police reports:
FOUND BICYCLE: The latest “likely dumped” bicycle to turn up is in Gatewood. From Tracey:
Just wanted to alert the blog readers that a (likely stolen) bike was left in the alley between 38th and 39th just south of Warsaw yesterday [map]. It’s a smaller Schwinn Ranger, purple with turquoise accents. The seat is missing so for now we’ve just left it there. Hoping an owner might want it back.
FOUND ITEMS: Via e-mail today, from a reader wondering if it’s crime evidence:
Purse, clothing, fetish accessories, and used syringe found on pedestrian stairway leading from SW admiral to SW Spokane St. At 12:25pm on Sunday, Jan. 8th. Police notified.
The next five items are from the police-report files – the most recent Southwest Precinct report narratives made public online. They are from incidents December 31st and January 3rd. Our summaries are written from those five narratives:
CAR-PROWL ARREST: Around 8:45 pm on January 1st, police got a call about a theft and fight involving three people at 15th SW and SW Barton, with someone suspected to be armed with a knife. When police arrived, they were told it all started with a car prowler spotted inside a vehicle parked in the 9200 block of 14th SW. When asked what he was doing in the car, the person allegedly pulled a small knife out of his pocket, and then ran away. Another person came out and said she had taken photos of the suspect. A K-9 search followed and a suspect who matched the photos was found in the 9000 block of 15th SW. The report says that he was wearing a small backpack in which “officers located two multi-tools with knife blades, along with bolt cutters, multi-tools and a headlamp. All these possible car prowl tools were later placed into evidence at the SW Precinct. Also in the backpack officers located a keychain with two Subaru keys on it.” He turned out to have an arrest warrant out for another prowling case and was eventually booked into jail.
SHOT FIRED INTO STORE: A nighttime clerk was cleaning up just after 2 am on December 31st in the 9200 block of 35th SW (the business’s name and exact address are redacted on the report). The front door was locked. The clerk looked up and saw a “male,” his face covered, standing in front of the door, pointing a gun at the clerk, demanding that the door be opened. The clerk ran to another room and called police; just as they arrived in the area, the man fired a shot through the glass door and ran away. The first officer arriving heard the shot and recovered a casing. The clerk could only describe the gunman as “a possible black male, about 5’6″ and very thin,” no clothing description. Police brought in a K-9 team to search but didn’t find who they were looking for.
GROCERY STORE EMPLOYEE INJURED: Around 11:30 am on December 31st, police were called to the Junction QFC, where employees were reported to be holding a man down on the ground outside. They were told that the man had been “verbally harassing random customers,” as described in the report, and was asked to leave the store. He then hit a store employee with a full can of what the report identifies as “Steel Reserve, an alcoholic beverage.” The employee had “swelling and redness around his left temple … (but) declined medical attention.” The suspect, who was arrested, claimed he was assaulted by the store employee while trying to buy the beer.
BURGLARY #1: Last Tuesday evening (January 3rd) in the 7700 block of 30th SW, a woman called police to say that she had gone to check on the home of her deceased father and found a security alarm going off, then discovered the back door had been forced open, with pieces of its damaged frame on the floor. She thought some items had been stolen, though another family member said that couldn’t be confirmed.
BURGLARY #2: Also last Tuesday, a woman living in an apartment in the 200 block of SW Roxbury woke up that morning and, she told police, realized someone had removed items from her wallet. The report says her driver’s license, food-stamp card, money, and “a memento card” were missing. The wallet was under her pillow when she went to sleep but she didn’t notice or hear anything – nor was anything else disturbed. Police found no sign of forced entry.
Three brief biznotes this morning:
BAKERY NOUVEAU CLOSURE AHEAD: While in The Junction this morning to check out the return of the Farmers’ Market, we noticed this sign on the door at Bakery Nouveau:
They’re open until 7 tonight, and after that, you’re out of luck until 6 am Thursday.
CLICK! DESIGN THAT FITS ON WINTER BREAK: Also in The Junction, Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) is on winter break for the next three weeks. Before heading out on break, Click!’s John Smersh posted an update on how co-proprietor-and-spouse Frances Smersh is doing, a little over a year after going public with her diagnosis of Young Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Meantime – Frances, John, and staff will be happy to see you again starting at 10 am Saturday, January 28th.
ARTHUR’S UPDATE @ ADMIRAL NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: Back in November, we reported on the new restaurant on the way to the former Angelina’s space at 2311 California in The Admiral District. Tuesday, you can get an in-person update from the proprietors when they make a guest appearance at the Admiral Neighborhood Association‘s January meeting. All welcome, 7 pm Tuesday (January 10th) at The Sanctuary at Admiral (42nd SW/SW Lander).
Good morning! Highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
RETURN OF THE FARMERS’ MARKET: After holiday closures, the West Seattle Farmers’ Market is open today for the first time since December 18th. 10 am-2 pm in the street, in The Junction. New vendor this week – Glendale Shepherd, with sheep’s-milk cheese.
PLAY FRISBEE: 10 am at Walt Hundley Playfield, all welcome to drop by as West Seattle Ultimate Family Frisbee gets back to the regular day/time. (34th SW/SW Myrtle)
‘LEARN THE ART AND PRACTICE OF HEALING MOTHER NATURE HERSELF’ … with local naturalist Stewart Wechsler, as explained on his website, 11 am-1:30 pm at Lincoln Park. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)
FREE CLASSICAL CONCERT: Oboe and piano are in the spotlight at the Ladies Musical Club concert at West Seattle (Admiral) Library, 3 pm – details in our calendar listing. No admission charge. (2306 42nd SW)
MORE OF WHAT’S UP TODAY/TONIGHT/BEYOND … on our complete-calendar page.