West Seattle, Washington
Three anniversaries in biznotes tonight:
WEST 5 CELEBRATES FIFTEEN YEARS: Tonight’s West Seattle Chamber of Commerce After Hours event was held at West 5 in The Junction to honor the popular restaurant/bar for turning 15 years old recently. That’s co-proprietor Dave Montoure at center, who co-founded West 5 with Dean Overton; also in our photo are Chamber board chair Pete Spalding and CEO Lynn Dennis. Dave is a past board chair and West 5 (4539 California SW) is a longtime chamber member.
LUNA PARK CAFE TURNS 29: It’s a week of celebrating at Luna Park Café (2918 SW Avalon Way) – if you haven’t seen the marquee yet, they’ve added birthday-cake shakes to the menu for the occasion:
You can read the café’s backstory here.
ARTHUR’S TURNS 1: The Admiral restaurant/bar will celebrate its first anniversary next Wednesday, and shares this announcement:
It is with great pleasure that Arthur’s announces their first anniversary of business here in the North Admiral district of West Seattle! We have been overwhelmed by the support of our neighbors, friends, and family and to celebrate we’ve organized a day of giving back. Please join us on Wednesday, March 28th as we celebrate the exact date one year ago that we opened our doors — with $3.28 house red and white wines, $3.28 lamb and vegetarian sandwiches, and $3.28 Lagunitas beers. AND, Aussie meat pies! As we give back to the neighborhood and family that has been so kind to us over the past year, we would ask to extend that giving spirit to our neighbors who may need it more than us. Please bring a donation for the West Seattle Food Bank—food, diapers, clothes, et cetera — and Arthur’s will match the donations in cash.
Thank you so much for all the wonderful kindness and support over the past year—we are so happy to contribute to the amazing network of bars, restaurants, and retail spaces that make up the North Admiral district of West Seattle.
Arthur’s is at 2311 California SW.
Three notes in West Seattle Crime Watch tonight:
STOLEN CAR: Mary reports her burgundy four-door 1991 Honda Accord “was stolen from in front of my home north of Admiral on 45th. 779YSB. I’m hoping it’s around the neighborhood and I can come get it.” Call 911 if you see it, and then let us know and we will alert Mary.
STOLEN AND DUMPED? D sent the photo and report:
Saw this backpack between 38th and 39th on the north side of Raymond St. – appears to have been rifled thru and discarded.
JUSTICE SYSTEM, BEHIND THE SCENES: Want to find out more about how the local justice works – or doesn’t? The West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network invites you to hear from Southwest Precinct liaison Joe Everett from the City Attorney’s Office at the precinct, 6:30 pm Tuesday (March 27th)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
On a morning when rain was busily washing the air clean, the Port of Seattle hosted an event in West Seattle to talk about progress in reducing air pollutants related to maritime industry.
The occasion: The newest report from the Puget Sound Maritime Air Forum, described in the announcement as “a committee of seven ports, six government agencies, and three industrial partners” (most listed here). They first started tracking maritime-related emissions in 2005, and the report shows some major decreases.
To showcase the newest results of the every-five-years study – the Puget Sound Maritime Air Emissions Inventory – the port invited media to the Terminal 5 administration building to hear from reps of many participating organizations and to see examples of what’s being used to take less of a toll on the local air.
Those examples included semi-trucks powered with alternative fuel (top photo) and jars showing the dark heavy-oil fuel that’s declining in use, next to lighter fuel whose use is on the rise:
Opening the event, Seattle Port Commission president Courtney Gregoire described the report as “good news.”
She says it’s a “voluntary effort” that launched more than a decade ago. It “informs our strategy about future investments” among other things, and she says it is a reminder that “climate change is real.” This is the third inventory since 2005. The international standard for fuel has factored into it.
This is the first one that has tracked “black carbon” though it doesn’t remain in the atmosphere for long. And she says it shows good news though what they’re serving has grown, including the Seattle cruise boom. “It comes with a cost,” of course, she notes.
Less than half a year until Roxhill Elementary School moves to the EC Hughes Elementary campus in Sunrise Heights. As we’ve been reporting, a playground upgrade is in the works thanks to the community volunteers with Friends of Roxhill – it wasn’t part of the original project. And now FoRE has an invitation and updates for you:
Friends of Roxhill Elementary, a 501c3 serving the Roxhill Elementary community, invites members of the West Seattle community to provide input on its planned playground at the renovated E.C. Hughes Elementary, where Roxhill is moving in fall 2018. On Tuesday, April 3, interested community members can come to the Southwest Library at 6 p.m. to view renderings and vote for a favorite option.
The new playground at E.C. Hughes has been made possible through a $100,000 Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Neighborhood Matching Fund grant. Most of the projects’ required volunteer match is being fulfilled by a pledge of professional services. Last summer, Friends of Roxhill also requested pledges for donations and volunteer hours. With the playground planned to be installed in June, now is the time for these pledges to be collected. If you are still able to help with the volunteer build and other assistance, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. More details will be coming soon about the planned community build.
At the same time, Friends of Roxhill is also working to select an artist to lead a community process for creating a public mural on the northeast corner of the E.C. Hughes site. More information about who has been selected and ways to share community feedback coming soon.
Thanks to the caller who wondered why people are picketing outside the Navos campus at 2600 SW Holden in West Seattle. We went over to find out. It’s not a strike – members of Service Employees International Union 1199NW told us they are there until about 5 pm for a round of “informational picketing” related to negotiations for a new contract. According to the union’s website, they represent about 140 workers at Navos’s inpatient mental-health hospital.
The company that handles our mail server – different from the one handling our website server – has been having trouble off and on for a few days. So far today, the service has been far more off than on, so if you are trying to send us something, particularly if it’s time-sensitive like a lost/found pet, please use our alternate address: email@example.com – thank you, and sorry!
Two months of musical mentoring reached a crescendo last night at the Chief Sealth International High School auditorium, as the second annual Girls’ Jazz Band – middle-schoolers from around the city – took the stage with the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra, whose professional musicians have been working with them since January.
15 girls were in the program – here they are performing “Basie-cally The Blues”:
Their mentors performed too – here’s SWOJO with Gershwin’s “Lady Be Good”:
As explained on the orchestra’s website, “The program offers evening rehearsals and a culminating concert for Seattle girl jazz musicians ages 12 and up. SWOJO’s professional musicians and music educators will mentor, lead rehearsals and sectionals, give a master class, and perform a FREE joint concert … The goal is to provide a comfortable and supportive educational opportunity for girls to develop jazz interpretation and improvisation skills within a big band and combo setting.”
By Linda Ball
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
Due to technical difficulties, the scheduled speaker for Tuesday night’s meeting of the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council wasn’t able to give his presentation on drug-abuse trends, but Captain Pierre Davis of the Southwest Precinct facilitated a lively conversation with 15 or so attendees.
Davis said police have been working closely with prosecutors to try to keep “prolific offenders” in jail and to get them the help they need if drug addiction is what drives their criminal activity.
He said SPD doesn’t always hear about things that have “gone down,” emphasizing that they do rely on community information. The role of social media and crime reporting brought more than a few laughs from the group.
Exactly one month from today, Fauntleroy Church hosts the spring Recycle Roundup, a free drive-up/ride-up/walk-up dropoff event for a wide variety of recyclables. But this time around, the company that partners with the church, 1 Green Planet, has made some changes to what it’s accepting, so you’ll want to take a close look at the new list if you’ve been saving up items to drop off. In particular, notes Judy Pickens, “Books are now on the list, for instance, but freezers and refrigerators are not any longer.” The hours are the same – 9 am-3 pm, Sunday, April 22nd, in the lot at 9140 California SW.
Highlights for your Thursday, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
DIABETIC SUPPORT GROUP: Patients, family, friends, all welcome for this monthly discussion group at the Senior Center of West Seattle, 3:30 pm. (4217 SW Oregon)
Thursday’s scheduled guests include Joel Miller, Bike Share Program Manager at Seattle Department Of Transportation who will join us to discuss Seattle’s bike share pilot program and Bill LaBorde, Chief Policy Advisor at SDOT with project updates including Fauntleroy Way and the 27-point West Seattle Bridge corridor memo. As a bonus, we will also likely get an ST3 update from WSTC Board Member Deb Barker who serves on Sound Transit’s Stakeholder Advisory Group.
All welcome. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)
‘ARMOR OF LIGHT’: 6:30 pm at Admiral UCC Church, a documentary screening looking ahead to Saturday’s March for Our Lives. (4320 SW Hill)
INTERSECTIONS FESTIVAL: 7 pm, it’s opening night for this four-day event at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, described as:
Intersections: A Celebration of Seattle Performance is a comedy festival focused on equity, inclusion, and representation. The festival will showcase performers in improv, sketch, stand-up, burlesque, drag, storytelling, spoken word, music, theatre, and dance. We are focusing on inclusion in terms of race, gender, disability, and LGBTQIA+. We hope these performances will bring new voices to the forefront, and spark conversation and action for social justice and representation in our community.
Ticket and lineup info here. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
SOMETHING FOR OUR CALENDAR? firstname.lastname@example.org – as far in advance as possible – thank you!
6:59 AM: Good morning. No incidents reported in/from West Seattle so far this rainy Thursday morning; no transit alerts.
VIADUCT CLOSURE REMINDER: On Saturday, the Alaskan Way Viaduct will be closed for its regular spring inspection, 6 am-6 pm, and again Sunday if the work isn’t completed on Saturday.
7:05 AM: Just reported by WSDOT, a crash on the northbound 1st Avenue S. Bridge, blocking the HOV lane and “partly blocking” the left general-purpose lane.
7:24 AM: WSDOT says that has cleared.
7:49 AM: I-5 northbound through downtown has a problem – stalled vehicle blocking center lane just south of Seneca.