WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Westcrest Park car-prowl victim’s warning

From a reader reporting anonymously:

(Friday) sometime between 12:00-1:30 pm, in the South parking lot at Westcrest Park, my car was broken into – no sign of forced entry and nothing obvious taken – except for my wallet, from the glove compartment. I was playing with my son for about 20 minutes at the small play area there in front of the lot, and did take passing note of a sketchy looking man hanging out listening to his radio and possibly reading a newspaper in a beat-up old-model white pickup truck.

After 20 minutes, we walked the dog into the dog park, then played for an hour or so at the Westcrest playground and then returned to the car around 1:45 pm. I noticed my wallet was gone only when I went to grab it before heading into a store around 2 pm. I then started receiving text alerts about suspicious charges about 15 minutes later. The thieves racked up over $11,000 or charges at Apple, Nordstrom, Macy’s, and other stores, all at Southcenter – within probably 20 or 30 minutes, before their charges started being declined and I was notified. While filing a police report, I was told by the officer that it is relatively common for thieves to use signal-boosting devices for RFID key fobs to mirror the correct frequency to a vehicle and thereby gain entry without any apparent sign of forced breaking and entering. These devices can work over a fairly sizable range: the playground we were at near this parking lot would be well within range. I had no idea such a thing existed and hopefully others can learn from my mistake:

1) Westcrest parking lot, in the middle of the day, as per other reports on here, is still a high car prowl, sketchy place.

2) Be aware of suspicious looking car-sitters and remove all valuables from your car. The glove box is the first place they target after any visible purses on seats.

3) Thieves can essentially gain entrance to your vehicle if you have a keyfob and hang out relatively near your vehicle for a while. Consider getting an RFID blocking device and place your key in it.

Regardless of whether they’re using an electronic device, car prowlers can work quickly, we’ve heard from police and victims time and time again, without those nearby, even in busy areas, being aware of what’s going on.

West Seattle Sunday: Happy Earth Day!

(Pelagic Cormorant in breeding plumage, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Here are the highlights of what’s up for your Sunday, including Earth Day events (if you’re leaving the peninsula, remember the NB I-5 alert):

RIDE FOR MAJOR TAYLOR: This fundraising bicycle ride will go from White Center to Tacoma to Vashon to Fauntleroy and back to WC, starting at 8 this morning – full details in our preview. (11050 10th SW)

EARTH DAY EDITION OF RECYCLE ROUNDUP: Don’t need it? Not selling it at West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day? Is it on the “accepted” list? Take it to Fauntleroy Church, 9 am-3 pm, where 1 Green Planet is waiting for you. No charge, though $ donations are welcome. (9140 California SW)

EARTH DAY WORK PARTY AT AVALON/HARBOR: Maybe you go through here to get to Alki … to get to the bridge … from the bridge … to Luna Park businesses … or all of the above! Today, spend a little time to do a lot of good, 9 am-11:30 am, as previewed here. Just show up! (Meet across from 2918 SW Avalon Way)

EARTH DAY AT WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Langley Fine Gardens is back for the gardening season starting today with their fabulous Vashon Island-grown plants. That’s just part of what you’ll find in the street in The Junction, 10 am-2 pm. (California SW between SW Alaska and SW Oregon)

EARTH DAY POTLUCK @ DRAGONFLY PARK: 11 am-2 pm, come meet your neighbors, bring something to share, maybe even help out a bit with keeping the park beautiful. More info here. (28th SW/SW Yancy)

(added) PET FOOD DRIVE: We got late word from Arbor Heights Girl Scout Troop 45165 that they’re hosting a pet-food drive outside Petco in The Junction, 11 am-2 pm. Bring cans, boxes, bags, etc. so the furry friends of people in need don’t have to go hungry. (41st SW/SW Alaska)

WESTSIDE BABY’S COMMUNITEA: New location downtown for WestSide Baby‘s big benefit (with co-sponsors including WSB), 2 pm at the Sheraton downtown. (1400 6th Ave.)

EARTH DAY CONCERT: The Alaska Suite,” at Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2 pm, with the Nelda Swiggett Quintet. Admission free. (7141 California SW)

JENNA VIVRE: Catch the singer/songwriter live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)

‘TWELFTH NIGHT’ FINALE: Today’s 3 pm matinee is your last chance to catch Twelfth Night Productions‘ performance of “Twelfth Night” at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. Details and ticket info here. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

‘AN OCTOROON’: First matinee for ArtsWest‘s new production of this award-winning play by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, directed by Brandon J. Simmons. 3 pm. Get tickets here. (4711 California SW)

LUCY COOKE – ‘THE TRUTH ABOUT ANIMALS’: Town Hall is back at Westside School (WSB sponsor), 6 pm: “With excerpts from her book ‘The Truth About Animals,’ filmmaker Lucy Cooke takes us on a worldwide journey to observe the bizarre behavior of animals in the wild.” More details and ticket info here. (10404 34th SW)

‘THE PORTABLE DOROTHY PARKER’ FINALE: 7:30 pm at Kenyon Hall, the end of the three-night Pacific Northwest premiere run of “the labor of love by playwright Annie Lux, director Lee Costello, and actress Margot Avery.” (7904 35th SW)

SEE WHAT ELSE IS ON THE CALENDAR … for today/tonight/beyond, by going here.

UPDATE: About the Highland Park SFD response

12:55 AM: Seattle Fire has sent a midsize fire response to the 900 block of SW Holden after a caller reported some kind of possible fire across the street from their home, according to radio communications. So far, the units on scene aren’t seeing anything. We’re monitoring.

1:10 AM: Nothing found – SFD has left and the call is closed.

JUNCTION NOTES: Spring Clean; flower baskets; Wine Walk

Three notes about West Seattle Junction Association events:

SPRING CLEAN: Junction Plaza Park was headquarters today for WSJA’s second annual Spring Clean. Volunteers got to enjoy the morning sunshine, as well as coffee, breakfast, and a tote bag, while taking on tasks including litter pickup, storm-drain stenciling, painting over graffiti, and weed-pulling.

FLOWER BASKETS: As we’ve mentioned, this is also the second year The Junction is offering flower-basket sponsorships, and executive director Lora Swift tells us about two dozen of the hanging baskets are still available for sponsoring. You get a name plaque that goes up with the basket (and no, you don’t have to maintain the basket, that’s done professionally as always). Go here ASAP to sign up for yours! (We’re proud to have WSB sponsoring one again this year.)

WINE WALK: Also running low – remaining tickets for the springtime Wine Walk in The Junction, 5-9 pm Friday, May 18th. You get ten tasting tickets, snacks, plus a special glass, and the chance to sip while wandering between the merchants that’ll be hosting 14 participating wineries that night. Buy online here (where you can also see the list of wineries and merchants), or in person at CAPERS (4525 California SW).

SUNDAY: Ride for Major Taylor will bring hundreds of bicycle riders through Fauntleroy ferry dock


Those are some of the riders who took part in the Cascade Bicycle Club‘s Ride for Major Taylor two years ago, when it started at Chief Sealth International High School. This year’s ride is tomorrow, with its start and finish line at the bike playground in White Center’s Dick Thurnau Park. After riders head south to Tacoma and across the water to south Vashon Island, they’ll head up to north Vashon and the ferry to Fauntleroy, riding back from West Seattle to White Center – here’s the route map. Washington State Ferries issued this alert today:

On Sunday, April (corrected) 22nd, drivers should anticipate delays on the Point Defiance to Tahlequah and Vashon to Fauntleroy routes due to heavy bicycle traffic participating in the annual Major Taylor Bicycle Event. More than 300 bicyclists are expected, and vehicle capacity may be limited from 10:55 am to 12:35 pm departing Point Defiance and between 11:50 am and 2:45 pm from Vashon to Fauntleroy. Vehicles should allow extra time reaching the terminal and use caution approaching the terminals and when boarding.

If you’re interested in riding, online registration is over but you can sign up at the park in WC starting at 8 am – details are here. The ride raises money for the Major Taylor Project, the Cascade youth program named for bicycling champion Marshall “Major” Taylor, the first African-American to win an international sports title.

EARTH DAY: Start your Sunday at Harbor/Avalon

Start your Earth Day with some help around the spot where Harbor Avenue, SW Avalon, and Spokane Street meet. Tools, gloves, coffee, snacks provided! In case you haven’t already seen it in the WSB calendar, here’s the reminder from organizer Roxane Rusch:

You are INVITED to Our Neighborhood EARTH DAY Harbor Avalon work party!!!!!!!

This is a work party to celebrate Earth Day and maintain the work completed through our Neighborhood Street and Park fund grant project.

Please join our party and help us positively and uniquely brand this West Seattle gateway area for all to enjoy!

Don’t worry about RSVP’ing if you haven’t already – just show up to help!

VIDEO: Volunteers, joined by mayor, celebrate ‘Future and Hope’ during spring Duwamish Alive!

(WSB photos and video)

From the historic headwaters of Longfellow Creek at Roxhill Bog (above), to the shore of the Duwamish River at T-107 Park (below), hundreds of volunteers spent much of their Saturday taking care of the river and its watershed.

This was the spring edition of the twice-yearly Duwamish Alive! multi-site mega-work party, and it was grander than ever. T-107 was the site of the opening ceremonies, starting with Duwamish Tribe chairperson Cecile Hansen welcoming volunteers and other visitors:

She and other opening speakers talked for about 18 minutes, all of which we recorded on video:

Toward the end, Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition leader James Rasmussen spoke of naming anything that you plant – and that is exactly what one of the other speakers, Mayor Jenny Durkan, did minutes later, with Duwamish Valley Youth Corps members, as they prepared to plant a tree:

Rasmussen said that Durkan was the first mayor to participate in a Duwamish Alive! opening ceremony, and that Fred Felleman, a few speakers before her, was the first Seattle Port Commissioner to do so. Their presence – along with new Port executive director Steve Metruck, also in our video – was welcomed by Rasmussen as more signs of a new era of collaboration between the city, the port, and community advocates such as his organization. “This city’s wealth was built on the back of the river … it’s time to start giving back,” Rasmussen said. Shortly afterward, it was time to get to work.

T-107 and Roxhill Bog were two of a dozen sites where volunteers worked today. But it’s far from the only chance to help Seattle’s only river and its watershed – there are many work parties throughout the year (many featured on our Event Calendar), and Duwamish Alive! has an October edition too.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! 13 years for Wyatt’s Jewelers

You still have some time to get over to Wyatt’s Jewelers (WSB sponsor) in Westwood Village and wish the Keppler family a happy 13th anniversary! Wyatt’s is an independent family-owned business but as is traditional for many businesses celebrating anniversaries, they’re offering you the gifts – they’re having a sale! Open today until 5 pm. If you haven’t been there before, it’s in the middle of the shopping center, a couple doors north of Barnes & Noble. Tomorrow, by the way, if you’re going to WestSide Baby‘s CommuniTea, you’ll see Wyatt’s proprietors Kirk and Joni Keppler, who are the chairs of this year’s fundraiser. (WSB is a media sponsor, and we’ll be there too.) Their older son Wyatt is the shop’s namesake – he’s in the pic above too, as is brother Ryan.

REMINDER: Recycle Roundup on Sunday!

Quick reminder while you have time to collect whatever you might want to drop off – the spring edition of Recycle Roundup at Fauntleroy Church is tomorrow (Sunday, April 22nd – Earth Day!), 9 am-3 pm. No charge to drive up/ride up/walk up to where 1 Green Planet will be set up in the church lot (9140 California SW) – just check the list (PDF) to see what they are and aren’t accepting this time.

HAPPENING NOW: Outdoor/indoor fun at West Seattle YMCA for Healthy Kids Day

Inside and out, it’s a big day at the West Seattle YMCA (36th/Snoqualmie; WSB sponsor) – free fun for Healthy Kids Day, until 1 pm!

The Seattle Police Mounted Patrol – based in Highland Park – was visiting while we were there:

Along with activities to keep kids on the move, you can also learn about healthy eating. And the Y staff is ready to help you with everything from summer camp signups to memberships:

Demonstrations too – see the updated list on the Y’s Instagram feed! Today’s fun is all free.

Portables at Madison Middle School: Special short-term committee still needs members

As first reported here in January, Madison Middle School is getting portables. Their placement requires a zoning exception, and a special committee is needed to review the plan. The city put out a call for members in February but apparently didn’t line up enough of them and has just issued the request again:

Here’s your chance to serve on an advisory committee that will recommend whether to grant a modification to a City zoning regulation for Madison Middle School at 3429 45th Ave SW. The Seattle School District is requesting to provide less than required on-site parking in order to add portables.

The committee will convene up to three public meetings at or near Madison Middle School over a three-month period. The committee will receive briefings from the School District, and gather and evaluate public comment on the departure request. Following these meetings, the committee will make a recommendation to the Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections (SDCI) to either grant or deny the requested modification. The committee may also recommend relevant conditions to be applied to granting the change to minimize its impact on the surrounding neighborhood. SDCI will make the final decision.

Those who can apply to the committee are neighbors who live or own a business within 600’ of Madison Middle School, residents in the surrounding neighborhood, representatives of city-wide education issues, and parents of potential Madison Middle School students. Other committee members will include a representative from the School District and City of Seattle.

To apply, send a letter of interest by Friday, April 27 that includes your address, information about yourself and your interest in serving on this committee to:

Maureen Sheehan
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649

Email: Maureen.sheehan@seattle.gov

For more information contact Maureen Sheehan at Maureen.sheehan@seattle.gov or call 206-684-0302.

The City of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in its boards and committees; women, young adults, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, persons of color, and immigrants are highly encouraged to apply.

The Major Institutions and Schools Program provides an opportunity for neighbors of Seattle’s hospitals, universities, schools and colleges to be directly involved in the development plans of these institutions to ensure neighborhood concerns are considered when those plans are made. It is a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

West Seattle Saturday: Record Store Day, Duwamish Alive, Healthy Kids Day, homelessness forum, theater x 3, more!

Watch out for the Canada goslings along Harbor Avenue SW! David Hutchinson shared the photograph and reminder. Speaking of traffic alerts, remember all the I-5 ramp/lane closures this weekend. Now, on to all the reasons NOT to leave our area!

RECORD STORE DAY: This national near-holiday is huge at Easy Street Records, which opens at 7 am. The big day includes performances – Noah Gundersen at 5 pm, Hyways at 7 pm. More info here! (California/Alaska)

TAI CHI AT ALKI: 9 am by Statue of Liberty Plaza, it’s the third Saturday of the season for Tai Chi at the beach with Caylen Storm. By donation. (61st/Alki)

WEST SEATTLE JUNCTION SPRING CLEAN: Volunteers welcome! 9 am-noon, starting with breakfast at Junction Plaza Park. Just show up! (42nd SW/SW Alaska)

GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE: 9 am-3 pm, the Bloodmobile is in The Junction. Walk-ups welcome; closed 11 am-noon for break time. More info in our calendar listing. (42nd SW/SW Alaska)

HEALTHY KIDS DAY: 10 am-1 pm at the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor), the annual free and fun celebration, nonmembers welcome too – see our preview for more on what’s happening, including the performance schedule. All ages! (36th SW/SW Snoqualmie)

WYATT’S ANNIVERSARY: 10 am-6 pm, Wyatt’s Jewelers (WSB sponsor) invites you to its anniversary sale in the heart of Westwood Village. (2600 SW Barton)

DUWAMISH ALIVE! 10 am-2 pm, the multi-location work party celebrates Earth Day all around our area, supporting our region’s only river, and its watershed. Go here to see where you can volunteer. Opening ceremonies are at T-107 Park in West Seattle, with this schedule:

9:45 – James Rasmussen, Stewardship
9:50 – Blake WhiteWolf Shelafoe, Duwamish Tribe Welcoming
9:55 – Commissioner Ryan Calkins: Emission reduction in the Puget Sound, 2016 Air Emission Initiative
10:00 – Steve Metruck – Port Projects from EPA & hiring an Equity Person and near
10:10 – Mayor Jenny Durkan

And then it’ll be time to dig in. (4700 W. Marginal Way SW)

GARDEN CENTER OPEN HOUSE, WITH FREE COMPOST: 10 am-3 pm open house at the Garden Center on the north side of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus – including free bulk compost (bring your own shovel and container)! Details in our calendar listing. (6000 16th SW)

THUNDER ROAD GUITARS CLOSED: As noted here earlier this week, Thunder Road Guitars (WSB sponsor) in The Junction is closed today because they’ll be at the Tacoma Guitar Festival. Back to regular hours next week! (4736 California SW)

FRY-BREAD CLASS: At the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse, the tribe’s chair Cecile Hansen is teaching a class in making fry bread, 11 am-1 pm – info here, including another date coming up if you miss today. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

FORUM ON HOMELESSNESS: 1 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, you’re invited to the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce-hosted forum on homelessness – from how the crisis happened, to what you can do. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

ROLLER DERBY: 5:45 pm doors at Southgate Roller Rink: “Watch Rainier Roller Girls take on Rose City’s Heartless Heathers in a Mean Girls vs. Heathers sneer-down, our 4th bout of the season. Wear your scrunchies!” More info in our calendar listing. (9646 17th SW)

‘THE PORTABLE DOROTHY PARKER’: 7:30 pm at Kenyon Hall, second of three nights for the Pacific Northwest premiere, with Margot Avery as Dorothy Parker; the playwright is Annie Lux, and the director is Lee Costello. More info in our calendar listing. (7904 35th SW)

‘TWELFTH NIGHT’: 7:30 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, second-to-last chance to see this jazzy, bluesy version of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” presented by West Seattle-headquartered Twelfth Night Productions. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

‘AN OCTOROON’: First weekend for the new ArtsWest production – curtain time 7:30 pm. (4711 California SW)

(added) WONKY: Thanks to Pamela for the tip: “Wonky, a West Seattle band, is playing a free gig at Poggie Tavern in The Junction tonight. Opening band starts at 9:00.”

THERE’S MORE! Browse our complete calendar by going here.

2 emergency calls: ‘Assault with weapons’ response near 32nd/Roxbury; small fire near Westwood Village

12:23 AM: If you’re hearing the sirens – an “assault with weapons” response is headed for the 9300 block of 32nd SW. Radio transmissions describe the situation as someone with a “self-inflicted gunshot wound” to the leg. Whether accidental or deliberate, we don’t know.

12:34 AM: Another set of sirens not too far from there – SFD responded to what was first responded as possibly some kind of fire in a parking lot at Westwood Village, but is now being reported as a “small fire in a back yard” in the (updated) 8800 block of 24th SW.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Burglary attempt; tire theft; truck and trailer followup…

Four West Seattle Crime Watch notes tonight:

BURGLARY ATTEMPT: From the scanner – police rushed to a residence near 26th/Nevada about half an hour ago after a report that someone tried to break in while at least one resident was at home. They found and detained a suspect within minutes.

NOT SHOTS: Also via radio communications – earlier in the evening in North Delridge, 911 got multiple calls about possible gunfire heard near Delridge/Brandon and some other areas not too far from there. Officers who responded were told by people out walking that “kids” were seen setting off fireworks, so, absent a victim or other gunfire evidence, that’s what they believe people heard.

TIRE THEFT: Tony e-mailed tonight to report, “Someone is stealing right now in the Fauntleroy/Gatewood neighborhood – just went out to get something from my car and my spare tire is gone and that’s the second time it happened!”

TRUCK THEFT FOLLOWUP: More information and visuals tonight on the theft of a ’97 red Ford F250 and white trailer, reported here Thursday. The truck owner says this screengrab includes “the vehicle that dropped the car thief off at our house and then followed him once the car was stolen.”

It appears to be a dark color (green or dark blue) Ford Explorer with tan lower trim. They drove from our house at 36th down SW Charlestown … and took a right on 34th which is a very weird path to take (instead of getting on 35th, main road to highway and South Seattle)….if anyone has video on 34th or the intersection of Fauntleroy and 35th, it would be very helpful.

This video shows the stolen truck being driven off, with the other vehicle following:

The truck’s plates are C95175L; the trailer’s plate is 1261YF.

BASEBALL: Host Chief Sealth IHS takes first ‘Best of the West’ game; rematch ahead

(First 4 photos by WSB’s Patrick Sand)

That’s Gabriel Ieremia on the mound for the Chief Sealth International High School Seahawks, who hosted the West Seattle High School Wildcats for the first annual “Best of the West” game this afternoon, and got the win, 5-2. Ieremia is also one of the Sealth seniors who were honored today with their names on the fence, since this was the last home game on the regular season schedule, along with Max Sugar Rubin-Stencil, Albert Roque, Tobias Woodward, and Richard Swanson (#1, below, with WSHS catcher Kai Osaka):

Pitching four innings for the Wildcats was Anthony Coats, who led for the game in strikeouts with 6:

The bleaches were so full, some spectators were left standing outside the fence – we dubbed it the skybox:

Chief Sealth head coach Ernest Policarpio tells us the two teams will meet again in the first round of Metro League playoffs one week from tomorrow, 10 am Saturday, April 28th, again at SWAC, and shared this photo of his victorious team:

Meantime, the last regular-season home game for head coach Bryan Tupper‘s Wildcats is Monday at 4 pm at Hiawatha against Bishop Blanchet.

SATURDAY: Healthy Kids Day 2018 at West Seattle YMCA!

(WSB photo from Healthy Kids Day 2017)

Lots happening tomorrow, as you know if you’ve browsed the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, including one of the year’s biggest family events, Healthy Kids Day at the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor). This free event packs tons of fun into three hours, 10 am-1 pm on Saturday, and it’s open to everyone, regardless of whether you’re a Y member. Activities include healthy cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts, fun games, free cycle helmet with fittings (for the first 100 kids), and program demonstration to motivate and teach families how to develop and maintain healthy routines at home throughout the summer months. Performances too! Here’s the schedule:

10:15 Halau Hula ‘o Lono

11:30 Y Staff Dance Team

12:00 Y Karate Demo

12:30 Zumba Dance-a-Long

The Y is at 36th SW/SW Snoqualmie (map) in the West Seattle Triangle. And if you decide to become a member during HKD – no joining fee.

CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUPS: 3 court updates

Three updates from King County Superior Court files:

KIERRA WARD: The defendant in last October’s Admiral stabbing was in court again this morning for a trial-readiness hearing, postponed from last week. The result: Ward’s trial date has been continued to May 23rd, with another readiness hearing on May 11th, because the defense has just received an expert report and requested time to review it. Ward remains in jail in lieu of $400,000 bail.

SALVADOR SAHAGUN: A month and a half after theft charges were filed against Salvador Sahagun for allegedly not paying millions in sales taxes due from his Tacos Guaymas restaurants, he was arraigned today. Documents from the hearing say he pleaded not guilty. He remains out of custody on personal recognizance.

NICHOLAS WATSON: Three weeks after his return to jail, this suspected burglar/car thief was released last week, according to the county jail register. We reported March 20th that he was booked on a warrant after ceasing to show up for the alternative-custody program CCAP into which he had been released. Checking back on his case, we learned that he was released April 9th, to be given another chance in that program, the “enhanced” version which according to this page includes substance-abuse treatment. Court documents show Watson told authorities he will be living in Everett.

BIZNOTE: Canna West Seattle moving across the street soon

(WSB photo)

You might have noticed the work under way – including a brighter new coat of paint – at the 95-year-old Craftsman house at 5440 California SW. That will soon be the new home of Canna West Seattle (WSB sponsor), currently located across the street at 5435 California SW. The “new” location is actually the one for which proprietor Maryam Mirnateghi originally received what was West Seattle’s first recreational-cannabis license, as we reported in February 2016. Permits took longer than planned, so she opened across the street instead, and now, more than a year later, is almost ready to move into 5440. We stopped by Canna this afternoon to ask Mirnateghi about the timeline; pending inspections and final approval from the Liquor and Cannabis Board, she hopes to be open at 5440 in mid-May.

Southwest Design Review Board gives its final OK to 4722 Fauntleroy, 4721 38th SW project

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The biggest West Seattle project currently on the drawing board has cleared Design Review.

It’s the two-building, 300+-unit, mixed-use project at 4722 Fauntleroy Way SW and 4721 38th SW, and the Southwest Design Review Board gave its final approval last night, after a presentation that drew no public comment. Here are the design “packets”:

All five members of the newly filled-out board were present; that meant some extra questions since the three new appointees – John Cheng, Matt Hutchins, Scott Rosenstock, all West Seattle residents – weren’t on the board when this project was first presented in the Early Design Guidance phase last July. (The two holdover members are Don Caffrey of Beacon Hill, now chairing the board, and Crystal Loya of West Seattle.) Also at the table, the assigned city planner for the project, Carly Guillory.

The project is being developed by Legacy Partners, which built (and has since sold) Youngstown Flats in North Delridge. Here’s how last night’s review unfolded:

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Police search after crash between West Seattle and South Park

If you notice police activity just southwest of the 1st Avenue South Bridge, in the area between West Seattle and South Park, here’s what it’s about, according to scanner traffic: Police are looking for a suspect who is reported to have run away after crashing a vehicle near Highland Park Way SW/2nd SW. (added) A K-9 team has joined the search in the brushy areas alongside the highway.

Park expansion, affordable-housing ‘district’ concept, more @ Morgan Community Association’s spring meeting

As always, the quarterly meeting of the Morgan Community Association quarterly meeting at The Kenney was packed with information and updates. First:

MORGAN JUNCTION PARK EXPANSION: Seattle ParksKarimah Edwards and Kelly Goold were on hand to brief MoCA.

It’s been four years since the property (formerly site of two businesses) was purchased, Edwards noted. GGLO will be designing the expansion and had architect Tim Slazinik in attendance.

The first public meeting is set for the day of the Morgan Junction Community Festival on June 16th. They’ll get design ideas there, said Goold, and build some schematic designs to bring back to the community – a process similar to what’s been done for the new West Seattle Junction park on 40th SW. The project has a budget of $1.3 million and “we want to make sure the design is cohesive,” Edwards said. A street or alley vacation is likely to be requested for SW Eddy, which cuts between the current park and the expansion site, Goold said. Planning will happen this year, Edwards said, with meetings 45-60 days apart, and “hopefully we can get to design” next year, with construction in 2020.

Will the budget include “fixing the alley”? asked one attendee. Answer: No, the money is for park development – the alley is SDOT responsibility. What about the contamination believed to be on site? Goold said that will be “dealt with from a different funding source” – site demolition has to be completed (removal of concrete slab, soil investigation) first. Will there be a restroom? Not for a park of this “neighborhood” size, said Goold. They cost about half a million dollars, for one. Any questions/comments? Contact Edwards at karimah.edwards@seattle.gov

HOUSING-AFFORDABILITY PROPOSAL: The group was briefed on a “permanent affordable housing” initiative that could require a Special Review District. inspired by the impending HALA Mandatory Housing Affordability upzoning.

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West Seattle Friday: Art, film, theater, baseball, more!

(Wednesday rainbow, photographed by Paul Nicholson)

Happy Friday! Highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

420 ART & CRYSTAL RENDEZVOUS: 2-7 pm at Nepenthe: “It’s an art show, is an open house, it’s a good time with great folks! Live DJ, food, drinks, FREE massage!” (9447 35th SW)

BASEBALL: 4 pm at Southwest Athletic Complex, Chief Sealth International High School hosts West Seattle High School, as the regular season nears its end. It’s the last home game for CSIHS, so the Seahawks will honor their seniors. (2801 SW Thistle)

PARTY AT ORIGINS: 4-7 pm, “live music, munchies, and fun” at Origins Cannabis (WSB sponsor), with half off “select items.” (4800 40th SW)

WILDLIFE PRESENTATION & PADDLING FILM FESTIVAL: 6 pm, watchable-wildlife presentation by Greg and Kara Whittaker precedes the Paddling Film Festival – details in our calendar listing. At the American Legion hall in The Triangle. (3618 SW Alaska)

ANTI-RACIST FILM & DISCUSSION: 6:30 pm at Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation, the film “I Am Not Your Negro” and a discussion/Q&A, as detailed in our calendar listing. No admission charge. (7141 California SW)

FIVE BUCK BAND: 7-9 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), live music. (5612 California SW)

‘THE PORTABLE DOROTHY PARKER’: Unique production begins its three-night run at historic Kenyon Hall, 7:30 pm:

Kenyon Hall, West Seattle’s beloved performance palace, has been transformed into a 1940s New York City hotel room occupied by the famous wit and writer Dorothy Parker. For three nights only — Friday, April 20th to Sunday, April 22nd at 7:30 pm — Margot Avery [below] brings her remarkable portrayal of this American Original to West Seattle for the Pacific Northwest premiere of the award-winning The Portable Dorothy Parker.

As usual, the root beer floats with Husky Deli ice cream will be flowing and available for only $1.00 and the scintillating Lou Magor will be Master of Ceremonies.

The Portable Dorothy Parker has delighted audiences and accumulated accolades across the United States and the United Kingdom. Margot Avery’s performance has been called “a sensitive and nuanced biographical portrait of Parker,” “beyond enjoyable and so informative,” and “a pleasure to breathe in.” Playwright Annie Lux and director Lee Costello are also here in town. The show is the labor of love that these three women have created and have been traveling with across the country as well to last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland and to London for two special performances at The Phoenix Artist Club in that city’s famous West End theatre district.

Tickets can be reserved by calling (206) 937-3513 or emailing kenyonhall@earthlink.net. Cash and checks only accepted at the door.

More in our calendar listing. (7904 35th SW)

‘TWELFTH NIGHT’: Second and final weekend begins for Twelfth Night Productions‘ presentation of a music-enhanced version of Shakespeare’s classic, 7:30 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. Ticket info’s in our calendar listing. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

‘AN OCTOROON’: First weekend for ArtsWest‘s new production, a play by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, directed by Brandon J. Simmons. Ticket info’s in our calendar listing. (4711 California SW)

BOYS CLUB: Ween tribute band at Parliament Tavern, 9 pm, $5 cover, 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

YOU CAN HELP: Project 968 plans benefit workouts to help cancer patient

In the photo above, at right, is Ben Delacour (with his twin sister Alia). He is in the fight of his life and his longtime friend Michael Browder, proprietor of the gym Project 968 (WSB sponsor), invites you to join in a benefit workout next month. He explains:

Ben Delacour and I met in the ’90s as classmates in middle school. He is a wonderful friend, and he needs our help.

Ben was recently diagnosed with colon cancer. He and his family have had their lives turned upside down but Ben is strong and he is a fighter.

I want to invite all of you – even if you’re not in the West Seattle community – to join me for a weekend boot camp and show our strength for Ben. The boot camp workouts will be free of charge on May 19th at 8 am, 9 am and 10 am. I ask that you please make a donation to the Delacour Family’s GoFundMe in lieu of paying for the boot camp. We ask a suggested donation of $20, but any amount is helpful and greatly appreciated! I believe we as a community can come together to raise the remaining $4000 Ben and his family need. Please take the time to read their story below:

As written by Alia:

On June 15th, 2016, my twin brother Ben had a sudden onset of pain in his side and difficulty breathing. My mom took him to the ER. At first, they thought it could be a kidney stone…but right there, in the ER, we saw that his scans showed he had multiple cancerous growths- Stage 4 metastatic cancer. The cancer started in his colon and spread to his liver and both lungs. We were totally blindsided! Colon cancer has typically been thought of as afflicting only old men, but the occurrence in young people has skyrocketed and it’s unknown why. It still feels absolutely unbelievable that Ben has cancer. He’s always been healthy and there was no clear indication that he was not. He rode his bicycle everywhere and walked dogs for hours on end.

Ben is currently under the care of doctors and nurses and receiving treatment at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) and the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC). On March 2nd, 2018, Ben underwent a liver resection procedure at UWMC performed by a renowned surgeon. We had been told numerous times that he would “never be operable” but then he did! The cancer is not going to be removed from the lungs or colon until a later time. We have been told that it is unlikely that we will find a lung surgeon in this area that will be willing to do the procedure he will need, so travel costs are expected to be significant.

We are asking for donations to help make the next steps of treatment possible. I’m a 1st grade teacher in Seattle (Alki Elementary) and my mom just retired from the BNSF railway. Ben is unemployed. Gifted funds will really help the Delacour family in a multitude of ways.

If you have questions about the benefit workout, you can contact Michael at michael@project968.com; his gym is at 4617 37th SW in the West Seattle Triangle.

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