West Seattle, Washington
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
There’s room for more people at West Seattle’s only city-sanctioned encampment, Camp Second Chance.
And for those who are there already, the camp finally has a new case manager.
Plus, the long-running question of whether CSC will be sanctioned for a second year will be answered soon, with a promise of “community input” before a decision is made.
Those were three major updates presented Sunday at the Camp Second Chance Community Advisory Committee‘s monthly meeting, held as usual at Arrowhead Gardens, a few blocks north of the camp, which is at 9701 Myers Way S.
Last week, our area’s City Councilmember Lisa Herbold brought updates on many issues to the Southwest District Council (WSB coverage here); your next chance to bring up a question or concer is next Tuesday, wen she’ll be at the Admiral Neighborhood Association. The full ANA agenda is in our calendar listing; they’ll also be launching planning for this year’s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series (which ANA presents). You’re also welcome to be at the meeting (7 pm Tuesday, The Sanctuary at Admiral, 42nd/Lander) to answer two calls for volunteers: Leading the area’s Emergency Communications Hub, and chairing a new committee to plan Admiral District holiday decorations.
Over the holidays, we reported the sudden passing of Dorothy “Dotty” Spadoni Hughes, and now, with services next Saturday, here’s the full remembrance being shared by her family:
Dotty was born in Seattle on January 5, 1952 to Henry and Dorothy (Barbour) Spadoni. She was the seventh of ten children. Preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Jim and Dick (Carol) Spadoni, and her sister Colleen Gannaw. She is survived by her loving husband of 45 years Daniel Allen Hughes, her daughters Amy (Andy) Zottman, Bridgett (Ron) Cabiles, son Joseph Hughes, and “children by choice” Pamela Mead and Jamie Edwards. Also survived by her siblings and in-laws Jeanne (Ray) Dondanville, Kay Spadoni, Don (Judy) Spadoni, Marianne (Dan) Harden, Irene (Doug) Garvey, Betty Spadoni, John Gannaw, Steven Spadoni, Gary Hughes, Kevin (Fae) Hughes and Brian (Helen) Hughes. Dotty has six grandchildren – Malia and Eliana Zottman; Leila and Vanessa Cabiles; Ysun Mead and Rosalina Woods – as well as 19 nieces, 11 nephews, and 31 great-nieces and nephews.
Dotty attended both Holy Rosary Elementary and High School in West Seattle. Although Dan and Dotty attended the same elementary school and lived within blocks of one another, they happened to meet on the shores of Birch Bay in 1966. They fell in love and were married on June 23, 1972. The real and lasting love of Dan and Dotty laid the foundation for their beautiful family. Dotty began her West Seattle banking career in her early 20s. Honest, hardworking and intelligent, she progressed from teller at Westside Federal to Vice President at Washington Federal. Along the way, she developed lasting relationships with her clients who would loyally follow her wherever she went. Dotty was long active in the community as a member of the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of West Seattle.
Dotty was a devoted wife, a generous mother and treated everyone as if they were family. The essence of her being was to show all she encountered love, compassion and support. Famous for hosting showers, birthdays and holiday parties, Dotty was at her happiest when her home was full of people and chaos. She loved to cook and entertain, burn her candle on both ends, and only allowed herself to relax when she travelled to her favorite place, Lake Chelan. After working all week, Dotty chose to spend her free time doting on her grandchildren and cooking elaborate Sunday dinners for her family.
Dotty passed away unexpectedly on December 26, 2017, after a brief illness, leaving a hole in her family that can never be filled. Although taken too soon, we take comfort in the fact she happily lived life exactly her way.
Services will be held Saturday, January 13, at Holy Rosary Church in West Seattle. A Rosary will be said at 10:00 am; the Funeral Mass will take place at 11:00 am; and a reception will follow immediately in Holy Rosary’s Lanigan Center. A private family internment will be held at Forest Lawn Mausoleum at 3:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Medic One.
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ADMIRAL BASKIN-ROBBINS: We’ve been getting questions daily all week people wondering about the Admiral Baskin-Robbins ice-cream store’s status, saying they’ve gone by only to find it closed and dark, no explanatory note or sign. That’s what we found on a visit just before dusk today, and while the fixtures remain inside, the menu boards are blank; the phone goes unanswered, no voicemail. As we’ve mentioned to those who contacted us, the business has been up for sale for a long time – more than a year and a half, according to the listing on the Commercial MLS site (which links to this flyer). We also note that the Baskin-Robbins website doesn’t list this location, whether you search for 98116 or for Seattle in general. Will it reopen, under current ownership or someone new? We’ve checked business license, real-estate, and permit databases, no hint, and we’ve also sent a note to the broker with whom the business has been listed. We’ll update if/when we find out anything.
REAL ESTATE REPLACING COMPUTERS: Two months after West Seattle Computers and Mobi Repairs vacated 4522 California SW and moved to The Admiral District, we know what’s going into its old space: Neighboring West Seattle Windermere is expanding into it, confirms branch manager Larry Johnson, Jr. He tells WSB, “As the West Seattle real estate market continues strong, our market share continues to grow, and we are expanding to meet the needs of our agents and clients.” Details are still being worked out, but there’s an early-stage permit application for some remodeling.
You might recognize that owl – Wollet the barred owl, born in Lincoln Park, photographed in 2009 by Trileigh Tucker. A few years later, in 2012, concern over Lincoln Park wildlife like Wollet factored into the community challenge to Seattle Parks‘ attempt to allow a commercial “adventure attraction” to take a chunk of the park without significant public discussion. Now, Trileigh tells the – complicated! – story, in an essay just published in Cold Mountain Review, “Love in the Time of Extinction: How a Bad Bird Saved a Good Place.” In case you’re looking for Sunday reading, we’re sharing the link – find it here.
A “flag roller derby” league for kids ages 4 to 8 – The Littles – is about to launch its winter session, with the first practice on Tuesday (January 9th) so if you have a young skater in the family and might be interested – here’s the announcement from “Coach Betty,” herself a longtime derby skater:
The Littles Roller Derby league is for newer and the youngest of skaters to learn the fun sport of roller derby. We play an adapted version of “FLAG ROLLER DERBY” created by Krista Williams, better known as Betty Ford Galaxy. For the younger minds, this is a much easier version of the game to play. Grabbing flags is an easier concept than offense and defense and power jams and and and…
Also, blockers and jammers earn points so that all the kids are motivated to participate in play. The game is meant to be fun. The league is just one league. At this time we only play ourselves. We split into two teams for practice scrimmages and games. Kids are required to have two league shirts and bring to each practice and games. One is green and one is orange. The kids are ages 4-8 and the league is co-ed.
Your child must be able to skate on their own, meaning they do not hug the wall or need someone to hold their hand. We can teach them the rest but we do not have the staff to be hand holding skaters. If your child is a wall hugger, please take them to some open skates and get them to where they can move on their own. If you are unsure about your Littles level, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss placement.
Practices are most Tuesdays starting this week through late March at Southgate Roller Rink (9646 17th SW), with doors open 4:45 pm, use of the floor 5-6 pm. You can sign up at this Brown Paper Tickets link, which is also where you’ll find more details, including what kind of equipment is needed.
It’s the first post-Seahawks-season Sunday of 2018. Disappointing year, but if you are a dedicated super-fan, here’s something you can do to help your community: Bid on an official game-worn Seahawks jersey that the team donated to the Senior Center of West Seattle. It was worn by #19 Tanner McEvoy; it’s framed and on display at the Senior Center while they conduct a silent auction through 8 pm Friday, January 26th. Opening bid started at $300 – which the center’s Mary Beth Ingersoll says is the value of the frame alone. If the center raises $2,000 for the jersey, for example, she explains, that would pay for:
·80 homebound individuals’ dinners from our Meals on Wheels program for a week
·The gift of membership to the Senior Center for a year to 40 low-income seniors
·240 seniors’ delicious hot lunches in our Junction Diner
·Power to keep our lights on and our activities lively for 2 months
(As reported here, the center has to raise most of its annual budget through donations.) Want to put in a bid? Contact the center’s front-desk receptionist – 206-932-4044, extension 1. (The center is at 4217 SW Oregon in The Junction.)
(Northern Flicker, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
Here are highlights for the last day of the first week of 2018, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
WASHINGTON STATE FERRIES SCHEDULE CHANGE: The winter WSF schedule starts today. (See the PDF version here.)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm in the street in The Junction. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
‘SUDDENLY IN COMMAND’: U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary presents emergency-preparedness class for inexperienced boaters. 1:30-3:30 pm at West Seattle (Admiral) Library – more info in our calendar listing. (2306 42nd SW)
CAMP SECOND CHANCE COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE: 2 pm at the community room at Arrowhead Gardens, all are welcome at the monthly meeting of the community advisory committee for city-sanctioned encampment Camp Second Chance in southeast West Seattle. (9200 2nd SW)
ALL-AGES SHOW AT THE SKYLARK: Featuring DJ Cosmo Rossi, Sam Jenkins, Brennen, Esai. 5-10 pm, $5, all ages. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
LOOK INTO THE FUTURE … via our complete calendar, here.
It’s an unofficial holiday-season-ending ritual at Alki Beach – rounding up dozens of Christmas trees for a big bonfire. It happened last night, and David Christensen was rollerblading past when he stopped for the photo. Another part of the tradition – somebody usually calls 911, since this is beyond what the rules allow for the fire rings. So Seattle Fire and Police were dispatched; we don’t know what happened from there, but the online incident log shows SFD was there for all of six minutes.
We’ve heard from residents of Highland Park and South Delridge about possible gunfire heard around 12:30 am. 911 calls were made. This time, so far, no word of any shooting victims, and we haven’t heard whether any casings or damage turned up either.