West Seattle, Washington
After Wednesday morning’s deadly fire in Arbor Heights, many asked if there was any way to help the survivors. We have now heard from the family of the senior-citizen homeowner, Marijo Crosby, whose granddaughter is crowdfunding to help her. She lost everything when the fire swept through the home where she had lived for almost 40 years, including, the family believes, her cat Roggie (who is listed on the WSB Lost/Found Pets page in case she somehow got out and fled), and the manuscript of a book she had been writing for many years. This GoFundMe page has been set up, and if you want to help non-monetarily, it includes an e-mail address.
We have not yet heard from the family of the woman who was killed in the fire, identified by the King County Medical Examiner‘s Office as 51-year-old Lori Ann Stapleton. We are told that Ms. Stapleton was the girlfriend of Marijo Crosby’s son. Seattle Fire said late Wednesday they had not yet determined how the fire started; we checked back today, and SFD tells us tonight that “our hope is to have some (updates) early next week.”
Two West Seattle beverage-venue notes tonight:
ALCHEMY’S OPENING DATE: Nine months after we first reported on two new venues going into Junction 47 at California/Alaska/42nd, we have an opening date for one: Alchemy, described as “a chemistry-themed cocktail bar,” is planning to open April 28th, according to spokesperson Jayme Stocker. (As reported here earlier this week, Vine & Spoon hasn’t set a date yet but is aiming for mid-May.)
STARBUCKS REMODEL: During a routine check of the city’s permit/building use files, we found a remodeling plan for the drive-through/walk-up Starbucks at 4408 Fauntleroy Way SW. We asked the company’s media team for comment first thing this morning, but no reply by day’s end; the “site plan” in city files has a list of planned changes to 13 features including signage, the walk-up and drive-up ordering areas, and patio furniture. No indication of when the work is scheduled or how it will affect operations; we hope to hear that from the company soon.
It’s baseball season! Chief Sealth International High School played its home opener this afternoon vs. Mariner HS at Southwest Athletic Complex, and won, 4-2. Nik Turcinec got the win for the Seahawks, coached by Ernest Policarpio, pitching 7 innings with four strikeouts, two walks, and one earned run; hitting highlights included Evan Moe going 1 for 3 with a double. Kyler Gaither was hit by a pitch and credited with 3 RBIs. Sealth plays another home game at noon tomorrow (Saturday), vs. Eisenhower at SWAC (2801 SW Thistle).
EDITOR’S NOTE: It’s been almost a year since we first reported that the distinctive log-house-turned-office at 5458 California, where WSB sponsor Ventana Construction has long been the tenant, was planned for demolition and rebuilding. Commenters wondered if the house could be moved rather than demolished. Then in December, we published the announcement by Jeff McCord from house-moving firm Nickel Bros that the property’s owners had given approval to look for someone to buy it for moving to another site. And someone did! Clay Eals from the Southwest Seattle Historical Society found the new owners before we did, and tells the story:
By Clay Eals
Special to West Seattle Blog
To house mover Jeff McCord, it’s “a creative way to slow the loss of neighborhood character.”
To Seattle University urban-planning professor Marie Wong, it’s an illustration of “our responsibility to historicism.”
And to Admiral couple Neil and Holly Bauersfeld, it’s “a little crazy … but we hope it will be really cool.”
What they’re all talking about is the saving of a beloved log building that was headed for the wrecking ball this summer to make way for a six-unit live/work complex.
With its prominent porch and stone chimney, the log building has stood gracefully for 109 years at 5458 California Avenue SW, on the northeast corner of California’s intersection with SW Findlay Street, midway between the Alaska and Morgan junctions. (The longtime tenant is Ventana Construction, whose lease ends in July.)
Last fall, McCord, a West Seattleite and “house rescuer” for the Washington and British Columbia-based Nickel Bros house-moving firm, received permission from the owner of the property to advertise the opportunity for someone to acquire the historic structure and move it prior to its scheduled demolition.
The opportunity quickly caught the eye of the Bauersfelds, who live near West Seattle High School.
Maybe you’ve already been to the movies at the remodeled-into-a-fourplex Admiral Theater. Even if you haven’t, it’s finally time to officially celebrate the reinvention of West Seattle’s only moviehouse. Just announced by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society:
Just two years shy of 100 years old, the Historic Admiral Theater will celebrate its recent $1.7 million renovation with a unique evening saluting four key periods in the history of the art-deco, nautical-themed moviehouse.
The event on the evening of Wednesday, March 22, is called “The Ship Sails Again: Four Screens, Four Eras.” Launching the event will be an indoor ribbon-cutting (using film instead of ribbon!). Also, the long-dormant outdoor ticket booth will come alive with public office-holders and volunteers distributing keepsake postcards commemorating the evening.
On the bill for this special evening will be four programs, each representing a turning point in the theater’s history and featuring films that have played the Admiral or its predecessor, the Portola Theater (which was in the building that is the current theater’s lobby):
* ERA ONE, the Portola Theater’s opening in 1919: A slate of classic silent films: Charlie Chaplin’s war parody “Shoulder Arms” (1918):
Plus three shorts, Harold Lloyd’s “The Marathon” (1919) and Buster Keaton’s “One Week” (1920) and “Cops” (1922). “Shoulder Arms” played the Portola Theater in August 1927. Showtimes: 6:50 and 8:40 p.m.
* ERA TWO, the Admiral Theater’s opening on Jan. 22, 1942: The Humphrey Bogart detective story “The Maltese Falcon” (1941), which played the Admiral Theater six weeks after it opened in 1942.
Showtimes: 6:30 and 8:50 p.m.
* ERA THREE, the Admiral’s twinning in spring 1973: The nostalgic comedy “American Graffiti” (1973), which played the Admiral Theater in August 1974.
Showtimes: 6:40 and 9 p.m.
* ERA FOUR, the renovation of the Admiral to four screens in fall 2016: The new Disney fantasy “Beauty and the Beast” (2017), which is slated to open at the Admiral on the previous Friday, March 17.
Showtimes: 6:20 and 9:10 p.m.
Tickets for each program will be regular prices: $11.50 for adults, $9.50 for children (under 13) and seniors (60+) and $10.50 military. Those purchasing a pair of tickets for an early-evening show and late-evening show will receive a complimentary bag of the Admiral’s famous popcorn.
Advance ticket purchases are encouraged because of the expected crowds that evening. Advance tickets can be purchased at the theater, 2343 California Ave. SW, or online here (click “Buy Tickets Online” in upper right corner).
The ribbon/film-cutting ceremony will take place at about 5:30 p.m. on the stairs inside the theater lobby. Participating in the ceremony will be a pair of public officials and West Seattle residents:
* Seattle City Councilmember Lisa Herbold, of District 1 (West Seattle and South Park), marking the city’s role in the 1989 landmarking of the Historic Admiral Theater, resulting from a grassroots campaign led by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.
* King County Council Chair Joe McDermott, of District 8 (West Seattle, Vashon Island and parts of downtown), who championed the 4Culture “Building for Culture” grant of $95,000 that assisted in the renovation of the Historic Admiral Theater in 2016.
Also participating in the ceremony will be representatives of Far Away Entertainment, which operates the Historic Admiral Theater, and the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.
Other participants will include West Seattle residents Maryanne Tagney and David Jones, winners of a Historic Admiral Theater package at the historical society’s 2016 Champagne Gala Brunch.
The outdoor ticket booth will be open for the distribution of keepsake postcards at 5 p.m. Working the booth in shifts will be Herbold, McDermott, and volunteers from the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.
Before each screening that evening, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society will speak briefly about plans to restore the 1942 underwater murals that are now exposed on the interior walls of the outside walls of the theater. In the lobby, the historical society also will have an informational booth about the mural restoration.
The Historic Admiral Theater: a timeline
* 1919: The Portola Theater (the same building as the current Admiral Theater lobby) opens.
* Jan. 22, 1942: The Admiral Theater opens.
* Spring 1973: The main auditorium is cut in two, and the moviehouse becomes known as the Admiral Twin Theater.
* Jan. 29, 1989: The Southwest Seattle Historical Society pickets in front of the Admiral on closing night and launches a city landmark campaign for the moviehouse.
* July 1989: The Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board designates the Admiral a city landmark.
* April 2, 1992: The Admiral reopens after a closure of more than three years.
* Fall 2016: The Historic Admiral Theater undergoes $1.7 million renovation and expansion to four screens while retaining all landmarked historical features, including underwater appliqué murals exposed for the first time in more than four decades.
* March 22, 2017: “The Ship Sails Again: Four Screens, Four Eras” grand reopening celebration.
Though this is a “grand reopening” celebration, The Admiral has stayed open through the remodeling work, and is currently showing (corrected lineup) “Hidden Figures,” “Logan,” “Lion,” and “Kong” in both 2D and 3D.
A Funeral Mass for Carl Newman, 79, is planned next Tuesday at Our Lady of Guadalupe in West Seattle. Here’s the remembrance his family is sharing with the community:
Carl Newman passed away February 24, 2017 in Seattle.
Carl, born Nov. 11, 1937, was a West Seattle resident since the mid-1960s. Carl has been active in the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in West Seattle all his life, where he worked bingo, bazaars and spaghetti dinners in service to his church. Carl coached youth baseball and soccer for many years as well. Carl worked at Boeing as an inspector for 38 years.
Carl was the kind of person that would schedule his free time around helping others. He would drive halfway across the state to help a friend or relative fix a car or build stairs for their home. While Carl was very giving in this regard, you could tell he actually enjoyed the work and helping people.
One of Carl’s great passions was finding old cars and turning them into hot rods. Carl was in his element taking relatives and friends cruising in one of his rebuilt hot rods. A perfect day for Carl might include cruising the loop in Renton with the top down and a stop at an old-fashioned burger joint to talk hot rods with admirers. His hot rods won awards and got a lot of attention, and he loved to discuss tactics for restoring old cars with the people he met.
He is preceded in death by his daughter Amy and is survived by his wife Rhoda and sons Bill, Bob, and David. Carl’s grandchildren are Rob, Tom, Alex, Heather, Jessica, Dee, Vanessa, and Jonathan. Carl also has 6 great-grandchildren.
A funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in West Seattle on Tuesday, March 14 at 11:00 am. Reception to follow. See more at: http://bit.do/carl-newman
(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to firstname.lastname@example.org)
As spring approaches, so does anticipation for the big spring and summer events around our area. They include the West Seattle 5K, presented by and benefiting the West Seattle High School PTSA. This year’s run/walk is set for Sunday, May 21st, along Alki as usual, and you can sign up now by going here. If you register before the end of this month, you’ll get the early-bird discount, so be sure to choose that option, whether you’re registering an adult or youth (kids 6 and under are free). WSB is proud to have sponsored the WS5K every year since its inception in 2009 – if your business/organization is interested in joining the race sponsor team, here’s the page with that info.
Here’s what’s happening for the rest of your Friday – from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
WEST SIDE PRESBYTERIAN GARAGE SALE: Day 1 of the big annual sale is on until 5 pm. Bake sale too! (3601 California SW)
ART IN SOCIAL JUSTICE SYMPOSIUM: Day 2 of the symposium at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center runs noon-5 pm. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
ART LOUNGE + PAINTING CLASS: As long as you’re at least 21, you’re welcome tonight, starting at 7 pm, at Highland Park Improvement Club for the next edition of the new Art Lounge – bring your project(s) and work on them. Optionally – you can sign up (there’s a fee) for the Bottles and Brushes class also happening tonight. Details here. (12th SW/SW Holden)
GROVER & ARRAN FAGAN: Live music at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
FREE SYMPHONY CONCERT: West Seattle Community Orchestras‘ Symphony Orchestra performs tonight at 7:30 pm, Chief Sealth International High School auditorium, featuring violin soloist Dr. Quinton Morris:
Here’s our preview (with a bit of video) from earlier this week. Admission free – donations accepted! (2600 SW Thistle)
NOT DEAD YET: The popular West Seattle band plays tonight at Whisky West in Morgan Junction, 9 pm. (6451 California SW)
BAKELITE 78: Live music with an “eclectic mix,” playing at Parliament Tavern in Admiral starting at 9 pm. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
(March 2014 WSB photo: Governor Inslee walking to school with West Seattle Elementary students)
That photo is from almost exactly three years ago, when Governor Jay Inslee visited West Seattle Elementary in High Point, after walking there with students. Now, he’s planning to visit another public school in our area – Highland Park Elementary, on Monday. We’ve confirmed it with the governor’s office, and also just received a news release from the Washington Education Association, from which this is excerpted:
Gov. Jay Inslee is visiting Highland Park Elementary in Seattle Monday to visit classrooms and discuss his K-12 funding proposal with Seattle educators. …
… “Quality public education is a fundamental right for all students that is enshrined in our state constitution. My budget is the only one that fully funds education, which is not only required by the McCleary decision but is the right thing to do for all students,” Gov. Inslee said. “I am meeting with educators in Seattle for a conversation about student needs and how we can work together to improve education for every child from every background and every ZIP code.”
In addition to visiting classrooms, Gov. Inslee will meet separately with educators at the school to discuss the Supreme Court’s McCleary school funding decision and how state funding affects them and their students.
The Governor’s funding plan makes a major investment in K-12 public schools, including reducing K-3 class sizes further, starting with high-poverty schools such as Highland Park. …
We’ll be there to cover the governor’s visit.
While some categories of crime are on the decline, per Seattle Police briefings at the community meetings we have covered lately, auto theft is not, and here’s the latest reader report: The silver Mitsubishi Diamante in the photo, license plate AZX8929, was stolen from 16th and Holden in Highland Park at 2 am, last seen eastbound on Holden. If you have any information, the SPD incident # is 2017-85119. (They DO turn up, as was the case with this one spotted by a WSB reader last weekend.)
We mentioned the 8:45 am emergency response at California/Hanford in this morning’s traffic coverage – the location drew concern because of its proximity to West Seattle High School. While the scene was cleared by both SFD and SPD relatively quickly, turns out that WSB’s Christopher Boffoli had checked it out and tells us that police confirmed a pedestrian was hit by a driver but was not seriously hurt and did not require treatment. (Added) SFD’s public-information office says the victim was a teenage girl and was given a ride home by police.
6:21 AM: Still windy but nothing like a few hours ago. The National Weather Service says it’ll calm down by mid-morning.
As for the traffic, no incidents reported in/from West Seattle so far.
Weekend alerts: Eastbound I-90 lane closures this weekend … St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Saturday) and St. Patrick’s Day Dash (Sunday) downtown this weekend … Daylight Saving Time arrives at 2 am Sunday, when we’ll “spring forward” an hour.
8:48 AM: A three-unit medical response is headed to California/Hanford. We’re on the way to find out what happened.
9:06 AM: Police and fire all cleared the scene before our crew arrived, so obviously not major; we’re still trying to find out what the original call was, just for the record.
9:23 AM: Turns out it was a pedestrian hit by a driver, but no serious injuries. Separate story to come.