day : 05/08/2010 13 results

Another reunion invite: West Seattle High School Class of 1980

August 5, 2010 10:20 pm
|    Comments Off on Another reunion invite: West Seattle High School Class of 1980
 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle people | West Seattle schools

The other night, we heard from the West Seattle High School Class of 1990 reunion organizers – and now, another milestone reunion – WSHS Class of 1980 alums are invited to the 30-year reunion tomorrow night and Saturday. Here’s the order of events: Friday night at Brickyard BBQ in the Admiral District, there’s a no-host bar/barbecue get-together, starting at 6 pm; then the big event is at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center on Saturday night – here’s the schedule, plus a message from reunion organizers:

5:00 pm Happy Hour
6:30 pm-8:30 pm Buffet Dinner
9:00 pm-midnight Band/Music/Dancing

Greetings, fellow WSHS Class of ‘80 classmates! Our reunion event is coming up fast and this is a last-ditch effort to reach those of you who we may have missed in connecting with. Our official party will be at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center where, in addition to live music brought to you by the 30 Year Itch band made up of fellow classmates, the evening will include beverages (beer, wine, soda), casual main dishes & dessert. All are invited to contribute a (optional) potluck appetizer or side dish!

A small crew of planners have tried hard to contact all of you, and invite your help in spreading the word to get folks onboard. Price is $40 advance or $50 at the door per adult, kids $10 and under 5 free.

Check out our Facebook sites, where you may also submit a casual pre-register to secure your $40 advance rate.

Facebook Group ‘West Seattle High School – Class of 1980
Facebook Event ‘West Seattle High School 30th Reunion’
Facebook Event ‘WSHS 30 Reunion Friday Night No-Host Bar BBQ

These events are open to faculty, and to classmates from surrounding years! Come check it out and party with the Class of ’80! Go Westside!

West Seattle benefit for Jayme Miller, battling back from paralysis

That video clip is tonight’s KING5 story about Jayme Miller, a White Center woman, and 1994 West Seattle High School graduate, whose friends are working to get the word out about a fundraiser coming up in a little over two weeks. As you’ll hear in the story (here’s the full online version with text), she is fighting her way back from a rare neurological problem, transverse myelitis, that struck out of the blue three months ago and left her suddenly, terrifyingly paralyzed. Jayme’s friend Sydni Smith also sent WSB word of the fundraiser (and a photo), explaining:

… While in therapy Jayme surprised the doctors again and again. She pushed her herself harder and added new challenges each day. Walking 10 feet down the hallway last month, using a walker and with an aide behind her in case she fell, was a monumental victory. Every time she was told she might not be able to regain a function, she willed herself right through that obstacle.

Jayme went home on Tuesday the 20th of July. She still has many mountains to climb, but hopefully she will keep progressing and regain full function. At this point she’s able to walk short distances with the aid of a walker and a “spotter” behind her in case her legs suddenly give out.

She has medical insurance, thankfully, but with three months of hospitalization and being away from work, her medical bills are another mountain she’ll need to climb. The ten-day stay in the hospital cost $200,000. The Doctor visits while in the hospital were between $80 – $140 each. The ambulance ride cost nearly $900 and each day in Mount St Vincent she was charged $575 a day for the room alone.

We’re holding a fundraiser/birthday bash we’re calling Walk On, Jayme! which will be held at RockSport Bar and Grill August 21st. There will be a silent auction from 7:30 to 9:30. Bring cash or your checkbook and bid on items from local artists and businesses and follow it up with Karaoke and dance hits hosted by DJ Tony B.

You can also donate to help her right now – via PayPal (which works if you have a credit card – you don’t have to be a PayPal accountholder), click “Send Money” and send it to Or if you can give something for the silent auction at the August 21st event, e-mail Sydni at There’s a sharable Facebook event page for this too – find it here.

Happening now: Second of six Summer Concerts at Hiawatha

August 5, 2010 8:09 pm
|    Comments Off on Happening now: Second of six Summer Concerts at Hiawatha
 |   West Seattle news | WS culture/arts

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
2 face painters – that’s Wild Smiles in action, above – are among tonight’s special features at the second Summer Concerts at Hiawatha show, presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association, co-sponsored by businesses including WSB. New tonight, they’re testing a different configuration for the stage – angled south instead of facing east:

That’s the PCC Natural Markets (WSB sponsor) Kid Picks van at right – PCC’s one of the series’s two major sponsors, along with The Johnson Team. On stage tonight: Back Burner with bluegrass:

(video added later)

Next Thursday night – also 6:30 pm on the east lawn of Hiawatha Community Center – it’s Pearl Django with guest vocalist Greta Matassa. (And if you want to enjoy more outdoor music sooner – be at Providence Mount St. Vincent tomorrow night for the first of their four Friday night freebies, starting with Mariachi Fiesta Mexicana, 6 pm.)

Power problems: Junction stoplight out; Admiral trouble earlier

Thanks to MargL for the tip that the California/Oregon stoplight is out. (Also thanks to those who messaged us about it via Twitter.) No word at this point if it’s part of a larger outage; we’re checking. Earlier this afternoon, according to a note we received from Craig, there was a small outage in Admiral:

A crow got a little too close to the primary and secondary terminals on the transformer between Fairmount Ave SW and Walnut Ave SW alley close to Hanford St. There were about six customers that were without power for about 35 minutes. The Seattle City Light Crew was here in 28 minutes. That’s GREAT.

(Craig included a photo of the crow atop its final resting place; we’ll just let it be.)

Seattle Race Conference coming to SSCC, needs volunteers

August 5, 2010 4:50 pm
|    Comments Off on Seattle Race Conference coming to SSCC, needs volunteers
 |   How to help | Puget Ridge | West Seattle news

Ron Angeles, Delridge Neighborhood District Coordinator for the city Department of Neighborhoods, just put out the call for volunteers for a big event coming here later this month: The 2010 Seattle Race Conference will be held at South Seattle Community College, 8 am-4:30 pm on August 28th. The theme: “Racism and Health Inequities: Eliminating Barriers and Healing Our Communities.” Registration is open at, and since the event is “100 percent volunteer-powered,” they’re looking for help – if you can pitch in, contact Joyce at or 206-579-5330. Read on for the list of volunteer opportunities:Read More

Admiral Safeway project: 42nd/Lander house ‘recycling’ under way

Another side note on the Admiral Safeway project: The old house on the southeast corner of the site, 42nd/Lander, had been offered for many months to anybody who would pay to have it moved – but no takers – it’s now set for demolition. We got a tip from area resident Forest that the fencing had come down and some windows were boarded up; went by, and found the banner you see in the photo above. The company named on the banner, Earthwise, salvages what it can from old houses like this and resells the material to both contractors working on projects and homeowners in the throes of DIY work. That’s according to James Klicpera, Earthwise’s acquisitions manager, who, it turns out, is a West Seattleite. He tells WSB they subcontracted with Safeway to salvage whatever would be reusable and have actually finished most of the work, with much of the “recyclable” material coming from inside the house: 400 square feet of fir flooring, some appliances, windows, a few doors, and he mentions, “There was a very nice fireplace front – kind of Art Deco, tile – so we gathered up as many of those tiles as we were able to.” They also salvaged “several pallets” of bricks from the backyard patio as well as the fencing from around the house (as Forest had noticed). They resell the material, James explained, from a warehouse on 4th Avenue South in SODO. He says some of what they’ve salvaged from other sites is incorporated around West Seattle – like the bar top at Beveridge Place Pub, a recycled bowling lane. Safeway’s Sara Corn tells us other material from the house will be reused after demolition, which could happen as soon as next week – or as late as mid-September, when the existing grocery store comes down. (As first reported here last week, the store will close August 21, with the new store to be open next July.)

Admiral Safeway redevelopment project: BECU’s ATM plan

In the discussion following last week’s story about Admiral Safeway announcing August 21 as its official closing date, the fate of the store’s BECU ATM was brought up. Though we hadn’t gotten around yet to contacting BECU for comment – BECU’s Todd Pietzsch saw the discussion and e-mailed this info to share with you:

The BECU ATM located in the Admiral Safeway will remain there until the store is officially closed on August 21st. While the Safeway is closed there are additional ATM’s in the area that can be utilized. BECU members are encouraged to visit and look under “locations/ATM’s” to find the one that is most convenient for them. We are pleased to announce that when the new Safeway opens in 2011, BECU will have two ATM’s at the new store, one inside and one on the outside of the store.

The idea of the outside ATM came up at Design Review Board meetings, as noted in our report on the 5th and final such meeting for the Admiral Safeway project – though at the time, it was cautioned that Safeway hadn’t finalized a deal with a bank; now, BECU’s announcement indicates, it has. (The sketch above is from the artwork shown at that meeting last February; it shows part of the California SW frontage of the new store.)

West Seattle Golf Course driving range: Nine stories of net?

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

A team of Seattle Parks managers and design consultants made it clear last night: They’re just beginning to dig into the details of one potential layout for the West Seattle Golf Course‘s future $3.4 million driving range.

Here’s what else they made clear: Whether you’re a golfer, a neighbor, or an occasional visitor to the vicinity, they want to hear from you about what they’re looking at – right now, and down the line as the design proceeds.

The 50-stall driving range has to go somewhere between the golf course’s 9th hole and 35th SW. The very-tentatively-sketched-out location (photo above shows roughed-out art displayed at the meeting) would require a whole lot of earth-moving and tree-removal – and would dramatically change the experience at West Seattle Rotary Viewpoint Park immediately west of the driving range (see the “dash” type marker on the left side of the drawing): What’s now a greenery-framed view to downtown would wind up on the other side of the net setup meant to keep golf balls from flying onto 35th – a net that would rise 50 to 90 feet above the street level at the viewpoint site.

Read More

West Seattle ‘missing mural’ update: It’ll be back soon

Last night, we published a brief note about the “disappearance” of one of West Seattle’s beloved murals, “Press Day,” from the side of the building that’s home to the Terry Gangon Insurance Agency (and others) – thanks again to Ken Beres for noticing it was gone, and e-mailing to ask what we knew. This morning, we have additional info from Julia Gangon regarding what exactly is being done and when the mural will be back:

The mural was removed to paint the surface underneath. It has been over twenty years since the wood beneath was inspected and treated.

The wood was intact. It needed some cleaning, primer and two coats of paint. The mural will be put back up as soon as we are finished with the surrounding area. We want to make sure that it is not damaged by the painting process.

We have been surprised how much concern has been generated in such a short time. The mural was removed Monday August 2nd and stored inside the building. By Tuesday we were receiving calls, questions and emails.

The mural should be reinstalled by next Monday or possibly sooner. We are sorry it has caused such a stir. Our aim was to protect the wood underneath from potential moisture damage.

We have a bit of background on the murals in the “West Seattle 101” excerpts republished on WSB – read it here. “Press Day” was painted in the early ’90s by Alan Wylie, who also painted the “Bank Day” mural on the side of the Chase branch at California/Oregon.

More of what’s up tonight: “Green stormwater”; candidates’ forum

August 5, 2010 9:29 am
|    Comments Off on More of what’s up tonight: “Green stormwater”; candidates’ forum
 |   King Co. Council District 8 | West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

From the WSB West Seattle Events calendar: We’ve already previewed tonight’s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha show (6:30 pm, bring a food-bank donation) – and here are 2 other notable events: If you live in Sunrise Heights or Westwood, be at The Hall @ Fauntleroy at 6 pm tonight for one more chance to find out how your home and neighborhood might be directly affected if the “green stormwater” option for controlling overflows at Barton Pump Station is chosen. Here’s our previous preview, with a map of who’s targeted. And if you’re still making up your mind in the King County Council District 8 race – it’s on the slate for a Seattle League of Women Voters forum downtown (along with state Supreme Court candidates), 7:30 pm, First Baptist Church (Harvard/Seneca).

West Seattle Crime Watch: Man stabbed, but not seriously hurt

Just got a little more information on a police/fire “assault with weapons” call early this morning in the 8800 block of 16th SW (map). Scanner traffic at the time, just before 2 am, did not suggest a suspect on the loose, and no details were available then, but we have some now: Det. Mark Jamieson in the SPD media unit tells WSB that police were called about a “disturbance” described as a “loud verbal argument”; then a second call mentioned an “intoxicated” man with a knife outside, “screaming.” Turned out one man had been stabbed in the upper back and arm, resulting in what were called “superficial wounds,” and the suspect was quickly arrested; scanner traffic during the call suggested the suspect might also have had some kind of injury, but Det. Jamieson is still checking on that. 9:54 AM UPDATE: A few more details – the victim is 46; the suspect, 28, and was indeed taken to the hospital for “facial and head wounds” – he is under guard there but once released, Det. Jamieson says, will be booked into King County Jail for investigation of assault and harassment.

Expanded citywide traffic alert: Blue Angels’ I-90 closures, more

(Photo by Christopher Boffoli, after Blue Angels’ arrival Tuesday)
The city’s weekend traffic alert expands to four days this week – today through Sunday – since the I-90 bridge closures for Seafair Blue Angels practices and shows are about to begin. (Today’s practices – with two I-90 closures – are not the official show maneuvers, but rather the “get acclimated to the area” flights.) Also in the alert – though no roads will be closed or blocked – is an Alki event, the Festival of India on Saturday and Sunday. Read on for SDOT’s full alert list:Read More

Sports notes: Chief Sealth packet reminder; new Pee Wee Fall Ball

August 5, 2010 1:26 am
|    Comments Off on Sports notes: Chief Sealth packet reminder; new Pee Wee Fall Ball
 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle schools | WS & Sports

Two sports notes to share – first, from Chief Sealth International High School athletic director Sam Reed:

Attention Chief Sealth International families: Sports packets are now available for pick-up in the main office down on Delridge. A completed packet must be turned in prior to hitting the practice field later this month (football starts 8/18, while volleyball, girls soccer, cross country and golf tee off 8/23). As part of the packet, students need a current physical (good for two calendar years) from a licensed physician.

Packets can be picked up and returned in the main office, from 9 am-3 pm and running until operations are moved to the new building.

Up-to-date athletic information, including summer practice times, will be published on the school’s website beginning August 9th.

In addition, those that may be in need of some new or updated athletic equipment – make Big 5 your place to shop from August 14th – August 23rd and 5% of your total purchase will benefit Chief Sealth Athletics (must present attached coupon – [click here to get it as a PDF])! Valid at ANY Big 5 store during that time.”

Also this morning: West Seattle Pee Wee Baseball has a new “Fall Ball” league, and signups are under way right now. From Pee Wee president Eric Olson:

We play on Sundays starting August 22nd until October 17th. This is Sandlot Baseball to the core. Kids will get to play with a different team of kids each week. It’s a chance for kids moving up a level to learn the rules of the higher division. As usual, it’s geared toward having fun. We’ve chosen to play on Sundays so we don’t interfere with West Seattle Soccer. To register, go to

Eric says you have until the end of next week to sign up for Fall Ball.