West Seattle, Washington
One day after the West Seattle High School boys’ basketball team won big in regionals, on the way to their Thursday night game at state, their top player has won a statewide award: The Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association has named WSHS #1 Nate Pryor the 3A Player of the Year. Pryor, who’s signed to play college ball for Seattle University, also was chosen for the Metro All-League first team.
Here’s the latest news in West Seattle Crime Watch:
CAR PROWL: From Brittany in Seaview:
Our car was broken into last night, around 3:30 am we think (the car alarm woke myself and some neighbors but no one saw anything when we looked outside) we’re on 45th Ave between Graham and Raymond. Broken back window on our vehicle and a stolen chop saw. It was a quick smash and go from the looks of it. The cops let us know that this has been happening pretty frequently so I thought I would help spread the word to keep an eye out if anyone seems suspicious to call it in!
SIGN VANDALISM, AGAIN: Mark Ahlness from the Seattle Nature Alliance says this sign (shown below, pre-vandalism) has been the target of vandals for the second time in three months:
“The ‘Forest Floor’ educational sign near the north parking lot has been defaced, with the words ‘Please keep pets on leash’ deeply scratched. The sign was pulled up and left on the ground in November, but this is permanent damage,” he reports. SNA paid for the sign, which was installed a year ad a half ago with the help of Seattle Parks and Friends of Lincoln Park. FLP forest steward Sharon Baker wrote about the vandalism, with photos, here.
REPEAT-OFFENDER FOLLOWUP: Last weekend, we reported on four repeat offenders, including convicted burglar Jessica Detrick, who was wanted on a warrant for not complying with reporting requirements after three months in treatment as part of the Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative (DOSA). We then noted that police had arrested and booked her last Sunday in connection with the warrant. King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office spokesperson Dan Donohoe tells WSB a hearing was held Friday, and Superior Court Judge Susan Craighead ordered Detrick back to residential treatment. She’ll remain in jail until a bed opens at the treatment facility; she’s still on the register there tonight.
Thanks to everyone sharing information for Crime Watch, so your neighbors all around the peninsula will know. If something (sizable police response, etc.) is happening RIGHT NOW, best way to let us know – once you’ve called 911! – is via text or voice, 206-293-6302.
As the Admiral Metropolitan Market (41st/42nd/Admiral Way; WSB sponsor) gets ready to resume and complete its remodeling project, we published its open letter to the community last weekend, with an invitation to a gathering at the store. We covered that event on Thursday night; here are the toplines:
CEO Todd Korman told the 20+ who gathered that the made-to-order salads and pasta will be brought back – they’ve received a lot of comments about that. They’ve also heard from customers about the bread section; it was moved to address pre-remodel concerns, but the current location has drawn concerns too, so they’re looking into it.
In April, they’ll overhaul the meat and fish area, where the cases are more than 20 years old. Larger new ones will enable a larger selection. Air-flow concerns will be addressed – the west-side doors have been getting activated by people standing in the relocated coffee area’s line, and that’ll be fixed. The floral area on the east side of the store, also set for work in April, will be enclosed. And there’s still work to come in the upstairs housewares area, to enable more seating for people who want to linger with coffee and/or food.
The work is expected to be complete by June. If you have specific questions in the meantime, you’re encouraged to talk with the staff at the store, or call 206-937-0551.
Thanks to those who texted photos, including that one! That was the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), seen from Alki late this afternoon, headed back to Bremerton. It’s been gone for almost a month (we showed it outbound on January 31st) for training and inspection, according to the Kitsap Sun.
If you look forward to Falafel Salam‘s weekly visits to the West Seattle Farmers’ Market, you will be thrilled to hear they’re opening a full-time restaurant in The Junction. Falafel Salam’s chef/owner Shimi Kahn has confirmed what emerged in the comment section after we reported Friday on the impending closure of Yummy Teriyaki (4746 California SW). We had noted in the Friday story that YT told us a “Mediterranean/Greek” restaurant would be taking the space; we couldn’t find anything in permit/license files, but commenter Forgotmyname said, “The new joint going in is the Falafel Salam folks who have a truck at the farmers’ market.” We e-mailed Falafel Salam to seek confirmation, and this morning, Kahn replied:
Yes, it is true. We will be moving into the Yummy Teriyaki space and starting renovation shortly.
The menu will include all the same awesome sandwiches and rice bowls we’ve been dishing out at the W.S Sunday Market as well as a few amazing additions such as Shakshuka (Brunch?!), Lamb Poutine and new Middle Eastern spreads, all ready to grab and go. All the food will be made in the same from-scratch using organic and local ingredients manner that we’ve done over the years.
Falafel Salam not only visits West Seattle weekly, its roots are here, as we were reminded while checking our archives – four years ago, we published Kahn’s call for suggestions of West Seattle spots to bring the then-new truck. FS has been a WS Farmers’ Market fixture since the market moved into the street two years ago.
“Awesome Avery” Berg, the West Seattle 11-year-old fighting a rare type of brain tumor, is now six months post-diagnosis and one month post-surgery. Her mom Kristie Berg is continuing to publish updates online. And she e-mailed us the other day with not only an update on Avery, but also because she wants to make sure you know about an upcoming soccer match with part of the proceeds going to pediatric brain-tumor research in Avery’s honor: It’s on Wednesday at Memorial Stadium downtown, a “testimonial match” honoring newly retired Seattle Sounders FC veteran Zach Scott, who lives in West Seattle.
If you’re not familiar with the “testimonial match” concept, the original announcement from Sounders FC – co-hosting the match with Emerald City Supporters – includes this:
… Testimonials are a long-standing tradition in soccer culture, particularly in the United Kingdom and South America. These special matches are held to honor a particular player for his or her service to the club.
The Zach Scott Testimonial Match is taking place at Memorial Stadium (401 5th Avenue N.), the home of the Seattle Sounders in 1974-1975 and 1997-2002. With teams coached by fellow Sounders FC originals Osvaldo Alonso and Brad Evans, the match is set to feature teammates and friends across all 15 years of Scott’s career in Seattle, including Kasey Keller, Roger Levesque and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, among others. …
(Here’s who else is set to play.) Scott was known during his career for giving tirelessly to local causes, as noted in our September story about his retirement announcement. Proceeds from tickets to the 7 pm match will benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, the RAVE Foundation, and a college fund for Scott’s three children. Scott published a post online this week about why he chose the PBTF, explaining that he and his family are longtime friends of the Berg family:
… The Berg family, ever faithful, decided to pour all their time and resources into not only the care of their daughter, but in bringing awareness to the incredible lack of funding and resources given to pediatric brain tumor research. The community rallied around the Berg family and with the help of The Run of Hope, raised over $150,000 in a few short weeks in an attempt to do so. All of that money was given directly to Seattle Children’s Hospital for research and clinical trials for pediatric brain tumors.
However, that is not enough. Pediatric Cancer currently receives only 4% of the national budget spent on cancer research and development. On March 1, I will lace up my boots one last time with several of my friends in an attempt to further these efforts. Seattle has always shown me and my family such love. I urge you to do something amazing and continue to support families that face these devastating realities. It could be any of us. As Avery would say, “You are the difference makers.” A portion of proceeds from ticket sales as well as all the in-match auction proceeds will go to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund run by Seattle Children’s Hospital.
You can get your tickets to the match by going here. Meantime, in addition to her ongoing online updates (the most recent one is here), Avery’s mom tells WSB, “Avery is still fighting and has three more months of awful chemo, but she is doing very well considering. She had a downright miraculous surgery in January where they were able to remove 100% of her tumor. It’s a long, awful road, but we are doing our best and will continue to fight to support pediatric cancer research and advancement.”
Last Sunday in February, and here’s what’s happening:
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Produce, beverages, cheese, meat, more, direct from the growers/makers. 10 am-2 pm in the street. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
10 AM UPDATE – POSTPONED BY WEATHER –
FRUIT-TREE-PRUNING BASICS: 11 am-1 pm, you’re invited to the Community Orchard of West Seattle for a talk and mini-demo. From our calendar listing, “If you have your own hand pruners, please bring them. If not, we will have some to lend out. We suggest you bring water, gloves, and dress for weather. Hot beverages and light snacks will be provided.” Free. The orchard is on the north end of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus. (6000 16th SW)
ALL-AGES OPEN MICROPHONE/BENEFIT: As previewed here, the monthly Mode Music Studios (WSB sponsor) all-ages open-microphone event next door at The Skylark is a benefit this month for Social Justice Fund NW. Sign up at 3 pm, get onstage at 4 pm. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
OSCAR PARTY: 5th annual Academy Awards-viewing party at OutWest Bar, 4-9 pm. 21+. (5401 California SW)
CHORO TOCANDO: Live Brazilian music @ C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)
GEORGE HARRISON BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: Joe Ross of Green Pajamas performs a night of songs by George Harrison, who would have turned 74 this weekend. 8-11 pm at Parliament Tavern. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
THAT’S JUST PART OF THE LINEUP … see everything that’s on the calendar for today, and beyond, by going here.
You don’t have to wait for Drug Takeback Day any more. King County wants to be sure you know about a new year-round dropoff box for unwanted, unneeded, and/or expired prescription drugs, which are a risk to health and safety if you keep them around. The QFC pharmacy in The Junction (4550 42nd SW) has one as part of the newly announced King County Secure Medicine Return program (more background here). Dropoffs are free, no questions asked; the program is paid for by drug companies. Questions? Here’s a detailed list of what you can and can’t drop off.