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West Seattle Crime Watch: Daytime car theft

Jen just sent this alert:

My friend’s car was stolen sometime this morning after 8 am from in front of the house. It’s a 1991 Honda Prelude, Red, with Canadian (Alberta) plates. Just filed a police report. The car was parked on the street on 37th Ave SW at Findlay.

Update: West Seattle RapidRide “branding” delay explained further

That chart is courtesy of Metro reps we talked with at today’s meeting of the South Portal Working Group that’s helping the state, city, county and port work through the process of planning how all the major transportation projects between here and downtown are going to fit together. The chart gives a simplified version of the newest projected construction timelines laid out at the meeting, and it’s what Metro is using to explain why it wants to delay the launch of the West Seattle RapidRide bus line that was originally planned for 2011. We first reported the delay proposal last week, after it was announced to the King County Regional Traffic Committee; Metro’s Victor Obeso confirmed to us in a followup conversation that the construction timetable is the reason they want to hold off on using the term RapidRide (and its signature elements). As the chart shows, late 2011 through early 2012 is the period with the most overlapping construction impacts, so Metro wants to hold off on RR branding till late 2012. Today, King County’s Ron Posthuma reiterated that increased bus service will be available starting in early 2010 (that includes the 54 and 55 routes, Obeso told us last week), as announced last September, funded from $30 million mitigation money from the state to make up for the impacts of the Viaduct-replacement project. And according to a one-sheet he provided at today’s meeting (containing the chart you see above), other elements of RapidRide will kick in sooner as well:

Metro is committed to working with the City of Seattle and the State to improve the transit priority pathways between West Seattle and downtown Seattle. Capital facility improvements, including signal priority, bus bulbs and transit lanes, to improve the speed and reliability of service in West Seattle currently being planned and designed in the RapidRide corridor would be constructed during 2010 and 2011. Existing routes and riders will benefit from these improvements as they come on line. Metro is proposing the delay in the RapidRide branded passenger facility including shelters and other amenities.

The same one-sheet details the increased West Seattle service as follows:

Starting in February 2010, Metro is proposing adding additional trips during weekday peak hours to and from West Seattle … During the remainder of 2010, mitigation funding will support the following:
-Additional peak trips on routes serving heavy ridership corridors impacted by (viaduct) construction.
-Additional trips in the West Seattle RapidRide corridor between Fauntleroy Ferry, Alaska Junction, and downtown Seattle.
-Maintenance of existing route schedules

One more RapidRide note: The notion of a Delridge RapidRide line seems to have slid further into a dateless future — according to the response received when Pigeon Point resident Pete Spalding (one of West Seattle’s three South Portal group reps) asked why it wasn’t mentioned on the current documents, though it had appeared on “hybrid scenario” renderings earlier in the Viaduct-replacement-discussion process. Posthuma said the county is still “looking at it” but wouldn’t get more specific. Meantime, we’re writing separately about the other information revealed at today’s South Portal Working Group meeting (for a sneak preview, look at the WSB Twitter feed and scroll down a bit; one commenter there said it sounds like a scenario that will make her want to telecommute for about six years).

West Seattle Crime Watch: Another Fairmount Park break-in

Thanks to Ray C for sending that photo and word of a major police response at Fairmount Park Elementary (map), which has been closed for two years, though it was supposed to be reopening for summer school this year. The police were gone when we went by to check it out in person, but Southwest Precinct Lt. Ron Smith has just confirmed to WSB that it was a break-in, adding, “Responding officers located a broken window and observed freshly painted graffiti in the school.” He says “three juveniles” were “taken into custody and due to their age, released to their parents at the precinct.” This is at least the third break-in there in two months; we also covered burglaries reported at Fairmount Park in April (with six arrests) and in May (intruder/s in that incident were reportedly gone before police arrived).

Lincoln Park owl family: New pix of “Wollet” the barred owlet

Recognize that bird? That’s “Wollet,” the Lincoln Park-dwelling baby barred owl we first met here in photos shared by Kim and Jordan Petram; other photographers have since provided updates, including Trileigh, who shot these two (and has more on Flickr). But even as Wollet starts looking more grownup from one angle, Trileigh points out, from another, the owlet is still a “fluffball”:

Slate set for Admiral Neighborhood Assoc. summer concert series

Two months after first word of the Admiral Neighborhood Association‘s first-ever summer concert series at Hiawatha (which WSB is co-sponsoring), concert coordinator Katy Walum confirms the official slate is out. Here’s how ANA describes it:

Thursday, July 23rd – Alma Villegas – An exquisite and passionate selection of Latin standards and favorites.

Thursday, July 30thTom Colwell & The Southbound Odyssey – singing the songs – some you know, some you don’t – for life’s journey. From West Seattle’s “Red Baron” in the 70’s, and more recently from Seeger’s 90th Birthday Celebration at our own Admiral Theater and the NW Folklife Festival, they are folk-rooted and fun.

Thursday, August 6th – A TWO act night with Swamp Soul and Ragged Glory — Swamp Soul is Cajun/Zydeco foot-stomping music. Ragged Glory is a lot of Neil Young and a little more.

Thursday, August 13th – Elizabeth Carpenter Trio — This trio delivers your favorite jazz standards from the 1930s and beyond.

Thursday, August 20th – Brian Waite Band

Thursday, August 27th – West Seattle Big Band — A local favorite who donates 100% of their earnings to raising awareness of and funding instrumental music programs in West Seattle area public schools.

The Admiral Neighborhood Association’s free concerts will be at 6:30 pm Thursdays on the east lawn at Hiawatha – after that same spot plays host to the July 14th West Seattle Hi-Yu Concert in the Park. Elsewhere in West Seattle, Providence Mount St. Vincent will bring back its Friday night concert series in August (the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th), too, so — also counting outdoor venues such as Cafe Rozella – this will be a summer full of outdoor music (not to mention outdoor movies!).

Mourning longtime West Seattle community leader Helen Sutton

Thanks to Judy Pickens for telling us about this while we were visiting her Fauntleroy home on other business today: Longtime West Seattle entrepreneur and community advocate Helen Sutton has passed away. She ran the La Grace Dress Shop in The Junction for many years – a place where many young people in West Seattle got their first job and were mentored by Ms. Sutton. She also was a Board Member Emeritus of the West Seattle/Fauntleroy YMCA (WSB sponsor) according to the Y’s Josh Sutton (no relation), who kindly assisted us with research on Ms. Sutton’s many achievements – such as her term as president of the Washington State Federation of Women’s Clubs in the mid-’50s (read about it here – the story includes a lot of biographical information too). She also was closely involved with South Seattle Community College, where a rose garden in the Arboretum bears her name. Ms. Sutton died last Friday in Yakima, where she had moved to be close to her niece, and was 95 years old. Her niece is still deciding on whether to have a service – if there is one, we’re told, it’ll be here in West Seattle (where Ms. Sutton also had been a member of Fauntleroy Church and a resident of The Kenney) but not immediately.

West Seattle scenes, “another low tide!” edition (tomorrow too!)

Thanks to Gatewood writer Pam from Nerd’s Eye View for that photo from low tide today (almost as low as yesterday) at Lincoln Park. We also received some great pix from “Admiral Lady” that we didn’t get around to adding yesterday, like this one:

Tomorrow’s low tide is still notably low, if you haven’t had a chance to be tide-walk yet but might get a chance tomorrow – minus 2.9, in the 1 pm hour – here’s a chart.

KOMO’s Ken Schram takes on the officer-attack case

Can’t think of the last time we had occasion to link to a commentary by Ken Schram (with whom we worked at KOMO back in the days he hosted Town Meeting), but Kay sent word of this one, so we’re sharing: Schram is giving one of his not-necessarily-coveted “Schrammies” to the judge in last week’s sentencing (WSB courtroom coverage here) of the teenagers convicted in connection with last year’s attack on Southwest Precinct Officer Jason McKissack. Read his commentary here.

Lane resurfacing isn’t just for roads: West Seattle Bowl, too

While out in The Junction covering the car-on-side crash Tuesday afternoon, we noticed a forklift in action over by West Seattle Bowl. Further investigation revealed that, like nearby Fauntleroy Way, West Seattle Bowl is embarking on midst of lane-resurfacing work. Materials arrived yesterday and were moved into place, and prep work will continue for the rest of the week. West Seattle Bowl’s Jeff Swanson tells WSB that over the next three or four weeks, they’ll resurface two lanes at a time – all the others will be open, so no change in hours or operations expected.

Seattle Parks: Superintendent tonight, Parks Board tomorrow

Since West Seattle is home to city parks big (Alki and Lincoln) and small (California Place, Morgan Junction), not to mention more than a few inbetween (like Fauntleroy, at left), these are meetings you’ll want to know about: First, Parks Superintendent Tim Gallagher is wrapping up a round of “hear from the public” events, and the closest he is getting to West Seattle is a gathering tonight at the South Park Community Center (map), 7 pm. Meantime, the city Parks Board (chaired by Alki’s Jackie Ramels) – meets tomorrow night downtown, and the major topic of West Seattle interest will be the board’s recommendation on whether to change some parks’ operating hours. Read on for toplines of the West Seattle-specific recommendations (all detailed in this briefing paper) …Read More

Help the Delridge Produce Cooperative hand out free food!

June 24, 2009 10:41 am
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For months now, Galena White and volunteers have toiled to get the Delridge Produce Cooperative off the ground. As reported previously, they’ve received a city grant for what was first billed as a “mobile produce market” but is really a trial run of a “community-supported produce stand” – which will be handing out free, fresh, healthy produce at various locations this summer. However, that takes people power – as Galena explains:

We’re a group of volunteers in the Delridge Neighborhood of West Seattle who want to open a community-run produce store to provide affordable, sustainably-grown freshfruits and vegetables to the people of Delridge by 2010. Delridge is a healthy food “desert,” and our goal is to increase the health of the residents by increasing the quality of food. This spring, we applied for and received an award of $15,000 from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods to put on a series of demonstration booths this summer.

The goal of these demonstrations is to show the residents of Delridge what it would be like to have a community-supported produce stand, to hand out free produce and information about the importance of eating locally and staying healthy, and to build the foundations for improvement of local food systems. Please visit the project page to learn more about the project. We need help to make this project happen. … Please refer anyone who wishes to know to this list of available volunteer positions.

Funeral and reception this Friday for Diane Casey Williams

Though we currently do not have an official Obituaries section, when someone takes the time and trouble to ask us to publish an obituary, so that other community members know of the passing, we certainly oblige, and will continue doing so if you have occasion to seek publication of one. ( This morning, Genie wrote to ask that we share news of the upcoming funeral for her sister, longtime West Seattleite Diane Casey Williams:

Born on September 28 1937, she lived most of her life in West Seattle with her husband Orval and her boys, Mark, Dale, Casey and Tom. She was a fixture at Farmers Insurance at “The Junction,” working for Ray Atwood since she was 18 when she graduated from Holy Rosary. She then moved up in the insurance world achieving the high rank of Average Adjuster for maritime claims at Frank B Hall and Fis Maritime, a feat rare for a woman. Diane was a competent, compassionate worker, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister who had care-taking down to a science. I have never met anyone who knew my “big sister” who didn’t love her. Funeral services will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church on Friday, June 26, 2009 at 10:00 am, followed by a reception at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Please join the family in celebrating Diane’s life.

From the WSB Forums: Vanpool with room for you

Since the WSB Forums launched more than a year and a half ago, originally mostly because people wanted to request and receive recommendations for local businesses and services, they’ve facilitated a lot of other connections too, with more than 61,000 posts and 5,000 members. The latest – a vanpool that’s got room for somebody new. If you commute between West Seattle and the north end of Lake Washington, check out the post here – and check out what else is new in the Forums here.

More summer volleyball: This team hopes to score sponsors

June 24, 2009 8:58 am
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Here’s an update on the upcoming volleyball camps at West Seattle High School, from Westside assistant coach Jim Hardy:

Help Sponsor the Westside Volleyball Camp with Idaho Vandals Coach Steve Whitaker @ West Seattle HS

We are still accepting registrations for July’s Volleyball Camp for HS and Middle School age players. The camp will run Monday-Thursday July 6th-9th, 1:00-5:30 at West Seattle High School. The fee for the Camp is $120. (Some scholarships and waivers are available.) This is a fundraiser for the VB team, and more sponsors are needed! Contact Head Coach Gail Mowrer to register. Phone 206.935.3231 or 206.293.5063 E-mail:

Registration form and flyer are on the WSHS Volleyball Web Site: