West Seattle Blog... http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Thu, 28 May 2015 02:21:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle 4th of July Parade is on! 2 ways for you to help http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-4th-of-july-parade-is-on-2-ways-for-you-to-help/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-4th-of-july-parade-is-on-2-ways-for-you-to-help/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 02:21:53 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311609

(WSB file photo from 2012 4th of July Parade)
West Seattle’s 4th of July Kids’ Parade – one of the few 4th of July parades in the region – is on. At least – the basics are locked in, and that’s no small feat; the most recent update from organizer Jackie Clough (proprietor of WSB sponsor Alki Party Treasures) is that “The event proof of insurance came through today so we are absolutely ready!” That means it’s on to the permit phase. Here’s where you come in: The insurance, which used to be picked up by a sponsor, now needs donated dollars, as do other costs such as the aforementioned permits, so a crowdfunding campaign has been launched – go here to chip in. And then there’s the volunteer power. Some aspects of the big day are already handled – the Admiral Neighborhood Association is selling concessions (Popsicles, baked treats) and Leilani Nitkey, who rocked the national anthem last year, will do it again this year. Here’s the list of volunteer needs:

*Volunteers needed day of:

—-9:00-9:30 am to help coordinate our start
—-10:30-noon at Hamilton Viewpoint Park for games and cleanup

*West Seattle businesses and organizations who are interested in having a craft table at the park, please contact Jackie at Jackie@alkipartytreasures.com

(That’s the same address at which you can contact Jackie to volunteer, too.) The parade will travel the same route as past years, starting at 10 am at 44th/Sunset – just show up and you’re part of it.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen car, stolen scooter found in Morgan Junction http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-stolen-car-stolen-scooter-found-in-morgan-junction/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-stolen-car-stolen-scooter-found-in-morgan-junction/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 00:50:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311600 Thanks for the tips about a heavy police presence in Morgan Junction.

When we arrived, we discovered it was actually related to two incidents – both involving stolen vehicles. One, a car stolen from Federal Way, was found in the southeast end of the West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) parking lot, off 42nd SW south of SW Morgan; police told us they were investigating the possibility it had been linked to mail-theft incidents.

Not even half a block south on 42nd, a stolen motor scooter was found, and one person was taken into custody. Both discoveries came from tips, we were told.

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UPDATE: 2 taken to hospital after crash at 35th/Juneau http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-traffic-alert-crash-at-35thjuneau-2/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-traffic-alert-crash-at-35thjuneau-2/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 23:47:23 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311594 4:47 PM: A crash at 35th and Juneau is reported to be blocking the northbound side of the road. No word yet on injuries; police and fire are arriving. We’re en route to check.

(Added: WSB photo)
5:19 PM: Two people have been taken to the hospital, neither with serious injuries. Another person is being cut out of his car because the door won’t open, but we are told he’s OK. 35th is open both ways but Juneau is blocked at 35th on the east side.

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West Seattle development: Tower crane removal; 4 project updates http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-development-tower-crane-removal-4-project-updates/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-development-tower-crane-removal-4-project-updates/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 23:46:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311551 Five notes today:

CRANE COMING DOWN: Thanks to Eddie for the tip and an early photo – the crane at 135-apartment Broadstone Sky (40th/Edmunds) is coming down today, nine months after it went up. (That leaves two cranes in West Seattle – one at The Whittaker, one at the Trinsic project at 4435 35th SW.) Also coming down:

3829 CALIFORNIA SW DEMOLITION: Teardown started yesterday afternoon and continued this morning for this future site of a 29-unit, 29-offstreet-parking-space apartment building. While this project appeared to have stalled after Design Review approval in 2013, we reported back in March that it appeared to be back in play. It’s in the redevelopment-aplenty block of California, just steps south of the demolished-last-Friday Charlestown Court fourplex, and across the street from the much-vandalized, awaiting-demolition ex-Charlestown Café.

Also demolished this week for redevelopment:

4107 SW OREGON: On this site just east of the north end of the Oregon 42 apartment building, two buildings, each with two townhouses, will be built.

Also in The Junction:

PERMIT APPLICATION FOR 44TH SW MICROHOUSING: The 58-unit microhousing (aka Small Efficiency Dwelling Units) building at 4528 44th SW has officially applied for its master-use permit, and the notice will be in tomorrow’s Land Use Information Bulletin, according to the city website. The project passed Early Design Guidance in March (WSB coverage here).

5431 CALIFORNIA SW: New proposal for this mostly vacant lot between Alaska and Morgan Junctions: Three live-work units fronting California, a two-unit townhouse behind them, and two single-family houses behind that.

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West Seattle scene: Sunshine finally catches up with spraypark http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-scene-sunshine-finally-catches-up-with-spraypark/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-scene-sunshine-finally-catches-up-with-spraypark/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 23:09:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311585

Thanks to Alicia for the photo – finally, sunny, warm weather, on the sixth day of the 2015 season at Highland Park Spraypark, open 11 am-8 pm daily at 1100 SW Cloverdale until summer’s end.

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Shell @ Terminal 5: County says it can’t use the sewer system for wastewater; city appeal-hearing date set http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/shell-terminal-5-county-says-it-cant-use-the-sewer-system-for-wastewater/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/shell-terminal-5-county-says-it-cant-use-the-sewer-system-for-wastewater/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 19:46:50 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311567 (UPDATED 2:16 PM with additional new information regarding appeal of city ‘interpretation’ re: Polar Pioneer mooring)

(May 15th photo of Polar Pioneer at T-5, by Long Bach Nguyen)

ORIGINAL 12:46 PM REPORT: Just in from the King County Wastewater Treatment Division:

King County’s Industrial Waste Program today denied a permit application for discharge of wastewater from the Alaska Venture Shell Facility at Terminal 5 into the County’s regional sewer system.

“Everyone has to follow the rules, even multinational corporations,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine.

“Over the long term, we need to invigorate the promise of a clean-energy future and make King County the regional catalyst for carbon reduction, renewable energy, and a new innovation economy.”

The Industrial Waste Program denied the wastewater discharge permit on two grounds: lack of ability to demonstrate compliance with pre-treatment standards that protect King County’s regional wastewater system and Puget Sound, and failure to apply in the name of the company that is actually generating the discharge.

While the application was filed by Waste Management National Services, Inc. of Kirkland, officials say the discharge is being generated by the Alaska Venture Shell Facility at the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 5.

Waste Management is currently collecting and trucking the discharge to other facilities that are permitted for disposal. The permit application sought permission to discharge wastewater into the sewer system through a nearby manhole, for treatment at the County’s West Point Treatment Plant in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood.

Officials say the applicant failed to demonstrate the Alaska Venture’s ability to comply with the County’s wastewater pre-treatment standards, and was unable to provide assurance that disposal wouldn’t create a public nuisance – in particular with regard to potential toxins, and potential hazards posed by the generation of hydrogen sulfide gases that can endanger workers, corrode sewer pipes and emit the smell of rotten eggs.

Applicants have the legal right to try to cure defects in their permit applications and reapply.

Since 1969, the Industrial Waste Program has required industrial facilities to pretreat wastewater before discharging it into the public’s sewers, under provisions of the King County Code relating to the public health and safety of wastewater operations.

The mission of the Industrial Waste Program is to protect King County’s treatment system and its workers, along with the environment and public health. The program is part of the Wastewater Treatment Division in the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks.

ADDED 2:16 PM: Also this afternoon, new information related to the city “interpretation” suggesting that Shell’s rig(s) can’t legally moor at T-5 without a different kind of permit. The Port and lease-holder Foss have appealed the interpretation, and a hearing is now set for July 23rd, 9 am in the city Hearing Examiner’s chambers at the Municipal Tower downtown (after a preliminary meeting of all parties in early June). However, if the previously cited timetables hold true, Shell’s fleet will be headed to the Arctic long before the July date.

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METRO: How West Seattle service will change starting June 6th http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/metro-how-west-seattle-service-will-change-starting-june-6th/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/metro-how-west-seattle-service-will-change-starting-june-6th/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 19:19:07 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311559 With a week and a half until Metro‘s next “service change” – June 6th – a news release just circulated brings the reminder that service changes funded by voter-approved Seattle Prop 1 are starting to kick in. We went into the webpage listing the changes to pull out the following descriptions of what’s in store for West Seattle routes:

Service added, restored, or revised

RapidRide C Line
On weekdays, service frequency will improve in both directions to about every 8 minutes during the morning and afternoon peak periods. Midday service frequency will also improve to about every 12 minutes, and evening 15-minute service frequency will be extended until about 11:30 pm seven days per week. All Night Owl service will be maintained and scheduled so the times are the same every day.

On Saturday, service frequency will improve to about every 12 minutes in both directions.

Route 21
On Saturday evening, three northbound trips to downtown Seattle leaving Westwood Village at 6:07, 8:09 and 8:39 pm will be added.

Route 55
Three morning peak-period trips to downtown Seattle and three afternoon peak-period trips to the Admiral District will be added.

Route 60
On weekdays, four morning peak-period trips to Broadway and four southbound peak-period trips to Westwood Village will be added.

On Saturday and Sunday, one morning and eight evening northbound trips, and 10 evening southbound trips will be added.

Service frequency will improve to every 30-minutes and the span of service will be extended.

Route 120
On weekdays, three morning peak-period trips leaving from 15th Ave SW & SW Roxbury St in White Center to downtown Seattle will be added.

Route 125
On weekends, service frequency will improve to every 30 minutes between about 6:30 am and 6:30 pm.

City of Seattle funding will also help improve on-time reliability for the following routes (including, West Seattle-related): 21E, 37, 55, 56, 57, and the RapidRide C & D lines

Citywide, 110,000 hours of additional bus service are starting June 6th, while 113,000 more hours are scheduled to take effect at Metro’s next “service change” in September. As for the funding specified by Prop 1, the one-tenth-of-one-percent sales-tax increase is already in effect, and the $60 car-license fees take effect with registrations/renewals starting next month.

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HELICOPTERS: Why Guardian One was (briefly) over Gatewood/Sunrise Heights; why a TV helicopter is over Admiral http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/why-guardian-one-was-briefly-over-gatewoodsunrise-heights/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/why-guardian-one-was-briefly-over-gatewoodsunrise-heights/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 18:46:38 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311552 helicopterwatch.png11:46 AM: Our area’s only law-enforcement helicopter unit, King County Air Support (Guardian One), spent a few minutes over Gatewood/Sunrise Heights a short time ago, and now we know why. They tweeted that they happened to be in the area, so jumped in to help Seattle Police with a response to a situation described as a “fight” in the 3700 block of SW Webster. According to a neighbor, also via Twitter, police are still there, but they’ve said the situation is under control. When a Guardian One pilot/tactical flight officer spoke to the West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network last month (WSB coverage here), they mentioned that they do monitor emergency radio while they’re in flight, and if they happen to be in the area of an emergency call, they might turn up even without having been requested, so that’s what happened here.

11:51 AM: Unrelated but also involving a helicopter over West Seattle, and also bringing in texted questions – the KING/KOMO-shared TV helicopter is in the Admiral area right now because the governor of Alaska is visiting the Polar Pioneer oil rig at Terminal 5.

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Four possibilities for the rest of your West Seattle Wednesday http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/four-possibilities-for-the-rest-of-your-west-seattle-wednesday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/four-possibilities-for-the-rest-of-your-west-seattle-wednesday/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 17:39:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311531

(Lincoln’s sparrow, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

TAKE A LUNCH BREAK … from the home/coffee-shop office, and meet others working nontraditionally in West Seattle, noon-1 pm, during the free weekly meetup at West Seattle Office Junction (WSB sponsor), our area’s only coworking center. (6040 California SW)

CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 1 CANDIDATES’ FORUM: This is the first one in South Park, and will feature 7 candidates, according to organizer Jeff Hayes: In first-name alphabetical order, those expected to participate are Brianna Thomas, Chas Redmond, Jody Rushmer, Karl Wirsing, Lisa Herbold, Phillip Tavel, Shannon Braddock. Also: Free food and kids’ activities. 7 pm, South Park Neighborhood Center. (8201 10th Ave. S.)

HIGHLAND PARK ACTION COMMITTEE: 6:30 pm potluck, 7 pm meeting with an unusual format, for HPAC‘s last meeting before September:

Seattle University graduate research assistants will be holding a focus group for tonight’s meeting. This focus group will be centered around Highland Park’s crime concerns, our perceptions of our Micro-Community Policing Plan developed by the SW precinct of the Seattle Police Department and our perceptions of how the police are doing at addressing our specific crime concerns. This will be a time to be honest and have a great discussion about Highland Park’s Micro-Community Policing Plan including its development, progress, and evolution. Your attendance, concerns and feelings would be much appreciated- while this is being run by Seattle University and not the Seattle Police, the results/concerns can be shared with the police if the community wants that to happen – please join the discussion! It should only last about an hour.

Meeting’s at Highland Park Improvement Club. (12th/Holden)

POEMS AND STORIES: Monthly poets/storytellers’ gathering with Poetrybridge at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7 pm, featuring Dobbie Reese Norris and Christopher J. Jarmick. (5612 California SW)

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‘If These Walls Could Talk’: Southwest Seattle Historical Society invites you to tour home built by Ye Olde Curiosity Shop’s founder http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/if-these-walls-could-talk-southwest-seattle-historical-society-invites-you-to-tour-home-built-by-ye-olde-curiosity-shops-founder/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/if-these-walls-could-talk-southwest-seattle-historical-society-invites-you-to-tour-home-built-by-ye-olde-curiosity-shops-founder/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 16:22:06 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311534

Once again this summer, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society offers you a chance to look inside a local home with history. This time, you’re invited to a June 28th tour of the North Admiral home built by the founder of Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, the legendary shop that reopens on the downtown waterfront a few days later after the latest round of seawall work. From SWSHS:

A century ago, the home at 1750 Palm Avenue SW probably was the most gawked-at, talked-about residence in West Seattle.

“Everybody wanted to see it,” says 90-year-old Joe James (in the short invitation clip below), whose grandfather – Ye Olde Curiosity Shop founder Joseph Edward “Daddy” Standley – built the house in 1906.

“Sightseeing buses used to stop there on their tours and let people out to look at the yard. He had everything in there you could think of, from whale jawbones to whale vertebrae to totem poles to shell mounds.”

Often, visitors were allowed to venture inside.

“He had a lot of curios in the house, things that he had collected,” James says. “He had a miniature collection and an ivory collection and all of that. People would come up to the fence, and he’d invite them into the house and show them what else he had. My mother never knew who was going to come into the house. He was very friendly to these people and very proud to show them his collection.”

On Sunday, June 28, 2015, the home will be the site of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society’s third annual “If These Walls Could Talk” home tour, to run from 3 to 5 p.m. Tickets, available at the door, are $10 for members, $15 for non-members.

Attendees will have an opportunity to tour the residence (now owned by Katy and Erik Walum), view historical photographs of the house and property and learn about the remarkable life of Standley.

In addition, they will see a selection of curios and family keepsakes on loan from the Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, including a variety of Indian baskets, a 3-foot totem that greeted shop visitors in the early 1900s, and an antique cradle that has rocked five generations of Standley children.

They also will be able to meet Joe James, his son Andy and other members of the Standley clan, who for 116 years have welcomed curiosity-seekers at their iconic Seattle waterfront store.

Those who would like an invitation-only VIP experience earlier in the day, including presentations by Joe James and King County Archives’ Greg Lange, plus hors d’oeuvres and wine, please call 206-938-5293 or e-mail clay.eals@loghousemuseum.info.

Find out even more at loghousemuseum.info.

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Celebration of life Saturday for Peggy McCormack, 1930-2015 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/celebration-of-life-saturday-for-peggy-mccormack-1930-2015/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/celebration-of-life-saturday-for-peggy-mccormack-1930-2015/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 16:00:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311525 A celebration-of-life memorial service is planned this Saturday (May 30th) for Peggy McCormack, who you might have known as a preschool teacher, or a church organist – just two of the many aspects of her life, detailed by her family in this remembrance:

Margaret Anne (“Peggy”) Kemp McCormack, 84, passed away peacefully at home on April 11, 2015. Peggy was the elder of two girls born to Charles William & Irene Carrick Kemp. Her early years were spent in both Spirit Lake, ID, and in Clarkston, and her adolescence on the west coast in Washington. After college graduation, she married Clarence (“Larry”) McCormack in 1952 and spent a happy life with him in West Seattle, where he taught science at Madison Junior High School and ultimately predeceased her in 2007.

Peggy was a gifted musician. She and her sister were singing on their grandfather’s radio show in Lewiston, Idaho, by the time they were not quite two and three years old. At that age, they had no idea that they were “performing”, but soon they had mastered a number of instruments, and continued to perform throughout their school years whenever and wherever they were asked. Peggy played piano, French horn and clarinet, but usually accompanied her sister, a flautist. Both girls entered and won contests regularly throughout the Pacific Northwest. They came from a very musical family, and Peggy always shrugged and said, ‘That’s just how it was. We didn’t think anything about it.’

However, by the time she went to college, Peggy was studying the organ. She had played her first church service at the age of 8 when her mother, the regular church pianist, was too ill to get to church, and apparently Peggy had a grand time that day. By the time she graduated from college, she was playing concerts or recitals almost every week. As soon as she and Larry settled in Seattle, she began playing for a number of different churches.

When her daughter was about 5 years old, Peggy agreed to be the organist at Tibbetts Methodist Church, where she played for the grand opening of the new sanctuary and then continued as the organist for around twenty years. Subsequently, she played both organ and piano for Highland Park United Methodist Church, and later for Highline UMC. Music and playing in praise of the Lord’s creation and His love were an integral part of who she was. Any time she was stressed, distressed, ill, or otherwise indisposed, her first need was to play music, and her family always knew she was on the road to recovery as soon as she sat down at the piano.

One of her other dear joys in music was directing a handbell choir that flourished for something between 25 and 30 years. Eventually they became known as the “Highlanders” and traveled quite a bit to perform and attend workshops, as well as frequent performances in their home church (Highland Park UMC) both for services and high holidays.

Peg also always sought both to learn new things and to teach others in ways that were creative, experiential, and personally meaningful to them. She always described herself as having been born with what she called an intense “need to know” (which included almost everything in very diverse areas of study and skill). This resulted in numerous certifications and awards, as well as degrees from Centralia College and Washington State (WSC) and a master’s degree from the University of Washington. (However, if she were to read this life summary, Peggy would hasten to add that she was ALWAYS a Washington State Cougar at heart!)

She had some interesting niches of study and skill ~ for example, she chose to learn parliamentary law, and became a National Registered Parliamentarian. The knowledge and skills required for this certification are meticulous, demanding, and unforgiving. Being Peggy, she passed on her first attempt, but she always maintained that the test she had to write to earn those credentials was harder than any test she took in her master’s program.

Another niche was her decades of research into the Methodist Episcopal Church, South in the Pacific Northwest. She ultimately acquired a reputation as the expert in this area of history. Her grandfather had been a Methodist minister and, as he was dear to her, his personal history was the impetus for years and years of ardent inquiry and study in Washington, Oregon, Montana, and beyond.

Professionally, Peggy spent most of her career as an instructor in Early Childhood Education and working with the Parent Cooperative Preschools in West Seattle and beyond. She started at Seattle Central Community College Campus, and moved to the South Seattle campus when it opened, along with only two other members of the Home & Family Life Department from the Central Campus. She taught several topics in Early Childhood Education, and also always worked with the preschools as a parent and adult educator, supporting each preschool from “behind the scenes”. Working with students, children, teachers, parents and families was a great joy to her throughout her career. One of her saddened friends recently told Peg’s daughter that, “Hundreds of kids in West Seattle were the beneficiaries of Peggy’s teaching.”

As a church historian, she became a member of the General United Methodist Church Historical Society and both the Pacific Northwest and the Conference General Commission on Archives and History of the United Methodist Church. She loved what she was doing: from research to sharing to learning and then teaching. She and her daughter faithfully attended national conventions year after year while she was able to travel.

She was a Camp Fire leader when her daughter was young; spent decades researching family genealogy; and always, she was a musician. She and a dear friend directed several musicals for children telling biblical stories during a number of different years, and on behalf of Camp Fire, they also found time to direct Christmas caroling at Southcenter Mall for many years.

Before retirement, Peg was presented with a Lifelong Learning Award by the Seattle Community College District. This award was bestowed with the idea that she could go “anywhere in the world she chose” to “study any topic she could imagine”, and Peggy was thrilled. She promptly arranged to go to Drew University in New Jersey where she was able to continue research into one of her “passions” already mentioned here: the history of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in the Pacific Northwest. When the “locals” in New Jersey heard that she could have gone anywhere in the world, they were rather loudly horrified, and several people assured her that she had come to “the armpit of the world.” However, Peggy had a great time, and came home with several more boxes of research to be added to the archive of material on this topic that she had already accumulated.

Peg continued to pursue multiple diverse areas of study and skill with humor and delight for as long as she was able, and always, whatever she did was in service to her Lord. After a series of mishaps, fractures, and surgeries, for the past two and a half years she was mostly at home with her daughter, where her health steadily declined as she gradually faded away due to the ravages of dementia co-occurring with a number of other health concerns.

Peg is survived by her daughter, Katharine E. McCormack of Seattle; son, Bruce A. McCormack (Julie) of Seattle; niece, Irene Arnold Kozumplik (Bob) of Frederic, Wisconsin; nephew, D. Scott Arnold of Frederic, Wisconsin; and numerous extended family members. She is preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, her sister Patricia Irene Kemp Sevey, and niece Julie Anne Arnold. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Highline United Methodist Church Music Department or to the PNW Conference of the United Methodist Church (Archives & History), PO Box 13650; Des Moines, WA 98198.

A MEMORIAL CELEBRATION OF LIFE WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY, MAY 30th, at 1:00 P.M. at Highline United Methodist Church at 13015 1st Ave S. in Burien; (206) 241-5520.

(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to editor@westseattleblog.com)

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday watch http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/traffictransit-today-wednesday-watch-13/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/traffictransit-today-wednesday-watch-13/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 13:52:10 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311519

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:52 AM: Good morning! Quiet so far in/from West Seattle and vicinity.

6:58 AM: From the scanner: ‘Large piece of wood in middle lane’ somewhere on the westbound West Seattle Bridge. Police will be looking for it.

7:06 AM: They found and removed it.

7:55 AM: Texter says an SPD motorcycle officer is busting bus-lane violators this morning. (We appreciate tips, so long as you can text/call safely & legally – while a passenger, or after you get where you’re going – 206-293-6302 is our 24/7 hotline!)

8:03 AM: After we mentioned that on Twitter, Amy replied that she saw a traffic-enforcement officer on West Marginal this morning, too.

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You can help! Volunteer @ Morgan Junction Community Festival http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/you-can-help-volunteer-morgan-junction-community-festival/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/you-can-help-volunteer-morgan-junction-community-festival/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 05:30:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311504 Summer festival season is about to get into high gear. But community-powered events need community – even just a few hours, as per this request:

The Morgan Junction Community Festival, celebrating its 10th year anniversary on Saturday, June 20, 2015, is looking for volunteers to help out the day of the event. Setup help is needed at 7:30 am; teardown/cleanup tasks start at 6:00 pm when the festival ends. We also need people to work two-hour shifts from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm during the day for traffic/parking control, Bite of Morgan coordination, and information booth staffing. Contact Tod Rodman, volunteer coordinator, for more information and to sign up for a specific job. Tod can be reached at 425-445-1213, or todrodman@gmail.com.

The festival is presented by the Morgan Community Association, with sponsors including WSB.

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West Seattle Crime Watch update: Police search at Lincoln Park after woman reports man grabbed her http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-search-at-lincoln-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-search-at-lincoln-park/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 03:15:48 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311490 (UPDATED WEDNESDAY MORNING with police report details)

8:15 PM: If you’re noticing Seattle Police heading toward/into Lincoln Park, here’s what’s happening, according to what we’ve heard via scanner so far: Someone called 911 to report a man tried to grab her in the park. The description made public so far is a “Hispanic male, about 18 … white T-shirt, blue gym shorts.” (added) Also: “Thin, about 5’6″, no facial hair.” If you saw anything or have any information, call 911.

8:59 PM: A parkgoer says in comments that the victim told her it happened “on the trail going up from the beach near the pool.”

ADDED 9:34 AM WEDNESDAY: Just obtained from SPD, the narrative from the report, with the victim’s name redacted by SPD (replaced by us with “she” or “her” or “the victim”):

At 2017 hours I responded to a report of an assault with a sexual motive at … Lincoln Park. (The victim) had called 911 to report that an unknown male had grabbed her “butt” while she was walking through the park.

I made contact with (her) on the western side of the park which runs along the Puget Sound. The park has two levels. The lower western side of the park runs along the Puget Sound; the higher eastern side of the park is accessible through several sets of trails and staircases along the interior of the park.

(She) said that she comes to the park every other day to exercise. Tonight,(she) entered the park near the southernmost parking lot. She began running and walking along the trails on the higher, eastern side of the park. (She) said that she had been alternating between running and walking along the trail near the ridge that separates the lower half of the park from the upper.

While (she) was walking along the trail an unknown male approached her from behind and grabbed her “butt” with his right hand. (She) said that she had never seen the male before today. She described the male as approximately 18 years old, Hispanic or possibly Pacific Islander. She said that he was wearing a white t-shirt and dark gym shorts. (She) said the suspect was thin, around 5’6″ in height. He did not have any facial hair that she could recall.

After the suspect grabbed her butt, (she) recoiled away from him. (She) said the suspect then apologized, saying something like, “Sorry, I’ve only got a month to live, I just had to do that”. (She) felt that the suspect did not understand what he did was wrong. She said that the suspect did not leave the area when she asked him what he was doing. After (she) told the suspect that she was going to call the police, he reiterated his apology.

(She) then tried to get a passerby to lend her a cell phone. She stopped a couple who was walking through the area and asked to borrow their phone to call 911. The couple refused and told (her) that she should just leave the area, and that she should not travel alone. (She) said that during this time the suspect left the area but she did not see which direction he went. (She) then walked down the hill into the lower section of the park. She was able to find someone who let her use her cell phone to call 911.

(She) was not certain but said that she might have seen the suspect in the park before he assaulted her. (The victim) believed that he might have been sitting on a bench along the path. (She) believed that he may have been following her through the park but she was not certain.

Multiple units responded to the park and searched the area in vehicles and on foot. King County Metro was notified with a description of the suspect but no one was located. Because (she) did not see the suspect enter or exit the park, his mode of transportation was not known. I provided (her) with an SPD business card with my name, serial number, and this incident number. I asked her to contact the department if she recalled any other details about the incident. I also provided (her) with a victim’s brochure and talked with her about counseling services available.

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UPDATE: Missing 81-year-old woman found safe in West Seattle http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/have-you-seen-this-missing-81-year-old-woman/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/have-you-seen-this-missing-81-year-old-woman/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 02:30:19 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311488

7:30 PM: Have you seen 81-year-old Thus Nguyen? Since SPD sent that tweet, we have learned that she is missing from her home in High Point and has a serious medical condition; she might be in West Seattle or the International District. Please call 911 if you see her or know where she might be.

9:27 PM: Via scanner, we’ve learned that she turned up safe at Fire Station 37 and police confirmed it’s her.

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