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West Seattle Hi-Yu celebrates the 2011 White Rose reception

(Photos by Ellen Cedergreen for WSB)
A celebration of tradition and history last night at Fauntleroy Church, as West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival royalty present and past gathered for the White Rose Reception. The highlights included a candle-lighting ceremony; above, Danette Carufel from the 1984 court, with 2010 Senior Court Queen Georgia Mitchell. More of WSB contributor Ellen Cedergreen‘s photos ahead:Read More

Downtown traffic alert for Tuesday morning: ‘Biggest parade ever’

No SDOT alert yet, but with the memory of the KeyArena-event-traffic-nightmare day still fresh, we thought you might want early warning (and if you’re off, you might even want to go watch): Next Tuesday, what’s described as the biggest parade in Seattle’s history is set for downtown, 10,000 people parading as part of the Lions Clubs International convention. It starts from Seattle Center at 10 am, proceeding along 5th Avenue, and includes other road closures. It’s complicated, so go here for the full breakdown; the source page is here, including this map of the parade route.

ADDED 4:41 PM: SDOT is now out with its official advisory – read it after the jump:Read More

West Seattle Wednesday: Changes for Triangle and beyond?

June 29, 2011 8:57 am
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3 highlights from the WSB West Seattle Events calendar:

CHANGES FOR WEST SEATTLE TRIANGLE AND BEYOND? Take a closer look at proposed changes in zoning, recommendations for the “streetscape,” and other aspects of how the West Seattle Triangle area – and some of the sites immediately west – might look in the future, before they go to the City Council in the months ahead. Open house tonight starting at 6, Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon – details here including the specifics of the proposals.

RESOURCE FAIR: Also at the Senior Center of West Seattle : The resource fair offers an array of information on options for “where to live or get assistance as you or loved ones age,” 10 am to 12:30 pm.

REMODELING/CUSTOM HOME WORKSHOP: Learn from experienced professionals about how to get started, what to expect, and the steps you can take to make your project successful. This 1½-hour event is free at Ventana Construction (WSB sponsor) HQ, 5458 California SW, 6 pm. RSVP to 206.932.3009.

35th/Roxbury medical-marijuana business now open

Two and a half months after we first reported a medical-marijuana business was taking over the 35th/Roxbury ex-Payday Loans space, Northwest Patient Resource Center is open. WSB contributor Deanie Schwarz, who broke the original story, confirmed tonight that NPRC opened on Monday. It’s one of at least three medical-marijuana businesses in West Seattle (we get periodic reports there are a few other that keep a low-profile, but have yet to confirm any of those reports). Deanie talked with NPRC co-owner John Davis at the newly opened business; he says they are open 9-8 Mondays-Saturdays and 1-6 pm Sundays, and she reports that the proprietors “are quite thrilled they have been approved for credit cards.” As for the legal status of medical-marijuana businesses, they remains in that so-called “gray area” – examined by Deanie in this report earlier this month – with new state legislation looming next month that some say will make them clearly illegal – though a court challenge seeks to prevent that.

Gatewood fire, report #3: Co-owner jailed on suspicion of arson

(Photo courtesy Kathryn)
While searching for information on the home set afire this morning in Gatewood (first report here; second report here), we stumbled into the trail of a story we can now report, as jail records indicate an arrest has been made: Booked into King County Jail about an hour ago for investigation of arson is 40-year-old John Christian Siegel, listed on county records as co-owning the home in the 7900 block of 39th SW. Harborview Medical Center confirmed to WSB this morning that he was the man taken there with non-life-threatening injuries from the fire. (WSB does not routinely identify suspects who are not yet charged, but we evaluate each story on a case-by-case basis.)

Siegel is a lawyer. In April, he made citywide news for a case that put him in jail for two months. He was charged with felony domestic-violence stalking and domestic-violence witness tampering against his wife, who is also listed as an owner of the Gatewood home, and with harassment of a judge who was involved in the case. He made a plea bargain, with the felony charges reduced to misdemeanors, according to this Seattle Weekly report following his release from jail on May 20th. Court documents filed after his arrest earlier this year show a Mercer Island address for Siegel, and said his wife had been living in the Gatewood home, though we don’t know if that was still the case. Siegel is likely to have a bail hearing tomorrow; we will be checking with prosecutors in the morning.

9:54 AM UPDATE: There is indeed a bail hearing set for this afternoon.

TV crew at Skylark Wednesday night – help fill up the crowd

During open-mike time at Skylark Café and Club tomorrow (Wednesday) night, around 9 pm, Jason Brunet plans to rap. And, he says, an ABC News TV crew will be there to record him, so perhaps you’d like to be there for the crowd cutaways. Jason has gained media attention lately for an unusual reason: His mom is a “hoarder,” and his family was featured on the reality-TV show “Hoarders.” He also was recently on NBC‘s “Today” (here’s the video clip). Now, he says, ABC’s “20/20” is doing a segment about the children of hoarders, and wants to include video of him performing, so he’s hoping to have a TV-worthy audience at Skylark tomorrow (3803 Delridge Way SW). You can check out his music, by the way, at

West Seattle 4th of July: Admiral Kids’ Parade update

(WSB photo from 2010 Admiral 4th of July Kids’ Parade)
Just six days till the 4th of July, and as always, it starts off with West Seattle’s only holiday parade – the Admiral 4th of July Kids’ Parade. This is a parade to be part of, not to watch (though a few do) – check out our video from last year, including two clips that together show the entirety of the hundreds-and-hundreds-strong stream of people. Organizer Sherri Chun sent this update tonight:

Joe McDermott has been confirmed as our special guest this year. Joe is West Seattle’s King County Councilman, and is a 3rd-generation West Seattle resident. We welcome Councilman McDermott to the Admiral 4th of July Kids Parade. We also welcome a new sponsor, Verity Credit Union. Verity has offered local residents financial management resources since 1933. You are eligible to join Verity if youlive, work, worship or attend school in Washington State, or have a Verity member in your immediate family. Thank you, Verity, for your generous support of the kids parade! The weather forecast is for sunshine – we’ll see you all at the parade!

The starting point is 44th and Sunset, 10 am Monday; the ending point is Hamilton Viewpoint Park, where you will find fun games as well as the Admiral Neighborhood Association selling concessions (as well as its trademark T-shirts and window decals). What else is up on the 4th in West Seattle, you ask? Our special page is up – but please let us know if you see something missing (including special sales or hours at local businesses) – here’s how to share info.

Update: Gatewood house fire ruled arson

(Photo courtesy Kathryn)
Just in from the Seattle Fire Department – this morning’s fire in the 7100 block of 39th SW has been ruled arson. (Here’s our as-it-happened coverage from earlier.) We were just at the scene, where two SFD crews are keeping watch, and yellow tape remains across the south side of the property (the photo above shows the west side of the property):

(WSB photo by Patrick Sand)
SFD says damage to the structure totaled $75,000, damage to the contents totaled $30,000. Harborview Medical Center had confirmed to us earlier that the man brought there from the fire scene was in satisfactory condition; he is one of the people listed on county records as co-owners of the home. We talked to Detective Jeff Kappel in the Seattle Police media-response unit; he says no one is under arrest so far, since SFD had just made the arson determination, which means SPD’s investigation is just now getting under way. Meantime, tonight’s SFD news release says a firefighter also suffered “minor burns to his ear.” As reported earlier, crews found the fire burning in three separate rooms inside the home.

(WSB photo by Christopher Boffoli)
The fire was reported by neighbors who called 911 around 10:30 this morning; fire crews got it under control within 15 minutes of arrival.

Is a free thing not necessarily a good thing? Roxhill Skatespot donation concern

A rocky spot for the future skatespot in Roxhill Park: It had full funding from the Parks and Green Spaces Levy and a green light from the city – and then came a donation. Usually a cause for celebration, but in this case, the city Skate Park Advisory Committee wants the Parks Department to turn it down. They say the donation announced early last month is locking the city into a contract for the skateboarding facility to be built by a company that ranked low when the Request for Qualifications went out. Read on:Read More

Bus-lane rule-breakers targeted again: 2 hours, 70 tickets

On Twitter, it was mentioned that SPD was out in force watching the West Seattle Bridge bus lanes again today – so it’s no surprise another roundup is out on SPD Blotter (though it’s attributed to activities yesterday): In two hours on the bridge, they say their ticket total included 70 bus-lane violations, 7 “no proof of insurance,” and 2 “motorcycles passing cars on the shoulder of the roadway.”

West Seattle Crime Watch: Burglars take distinctive loot

Karen‘s report of a burglary last weekend will explain that photo (and two more ahead):

My sister and her family had their home broken into on Saturday, 6/25. They live in the 9200-block of Fauntleroy, south of the ferry terminal. The break-in occurred midday, around 12:30. The burglar(s) seemed brazen in that several neighbors were home at the time and noticed one of them. The burglar even asked a nonsensical question of one of the neighbors after she spotted him on their deck. Consequently, the police have a good description: white male, clean cut with brown hair, height approx 5’10” with slender build, 20-30 years old. Also, the “getaway car” was parked in such a way that a different neighbor had to maneuver around it to get out of her driveway.

Among the items that were stolen are some sentimental items, including some gifts from our relatives in Norway.

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West Seattle traffic alert: Delridge/Trenton crash

Southbound Delridge is blocked at Trenton right now by a crash that appears to have involved three vehicles. As our photo shows, one of them wound up on the sidewalk. An ambulance has been called for one person. No other information on circumstances, but avoid the area for a while.

Big bus cuts vs. $20 fee: County sets 3 public hearings

If you want to speak out on the choice King County Executive Dow Constantine says must be made – big cuts in Metro bus service, or a $20 car-tab fee to cover the budget gap (original WSB coverage and 76 comments here) – the County Council’s Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee has set three hearings. They’re all outside West Seattle, but if you’re interested, you might consider either the July 12th hearing at the Council Chambers in the County Courthouse downtown (516 Third Avenue), or the July 21st hearing in Burien City Council Chambers (400 SW 152nd); the other hearing is in Kirkland. All hearings start at 6 pm. West Seattle’s County Councilmember Joe McDermott is a member of the committee. For the $20 car-tab fee to kick in, either six county council members have to approve it, or a majority of the council has to send it to voters. (More background in the original county news release about Constantine’s announcement.)

West Seattle restaurants: Meander’s now ‘all-breakfast’ & 7 days

Another update from the tiny café that’s been a huge hit with West Seattleites – WSB contributor Keri DeTore has an update on Meander’s, north of Morgan Junction (6032 California SW):

If you haven’t been to Meander’s in a while, it may be time to go back — both to see chef Miranda Krone’s new Northwest-themed tattoo, and to check out the new menu! Meander’s is going all-breakfast, all the time, dropping all lunch items (except the popular Monte Cristo) from the menu and adding a few new breakfast items. “Chicken-fried steak will be available on a regular basis” says Miranda, as is a new creation, “Afton’s Hot Mess.” Made with chorizo, spinach, black beans, grits and poached eggs, one diner proclaimed it, “Delicious! So good it’s ridiculous!” Meander’s has even better news for regulars—the café will now be open seven days a week: 8 am-3 pm Monday through Saturday and 9 am to 3 pm Sundays. Miranda will also maintain the late-night hours from 10 pm to 4 am on Friday and Saturday, but will no longer be open late on Thursday.

Update: ‘Suspicious’ house fire in Gatewood, 1 hurt

(TUESDAY EVENING NOTE: This fire has now been ruled arson, and we have started a new story here.)

(Photo courtesy Kathryn, added at 1:02 pm)
10:37 AM: On our way to check out the house-fire call in Gatewood, 7100 block of 39th SW.

(WSB photo by Tracy Record)
11:03 AM: One man taken to hospital.

(Photo courtesy Ben, taken shortly after firefighters arrived)
11:08 AM: Back from the scene – we still have two people there. We talked to neighbors who called 911 and said that at one point, a corner of the house was fully engulfed in flames. They didn’t see anyone else brought out of the house – just the man who was taken to the hospital. (We saw him on the stretcher before he was taken away – he appeared to be alert.) This is in a very steep area near Orchard Street Ravine. And yes, this is why choppers are here – TV news. Police are there to help investigate as well as to keep traffic away from the area.

(Video by Christopher Boffoli)
11:13 AM: Fire Department spokesperson Kyle Moore has just briefed media at the scene (video added 12:51 pm). Crews arriving at the fire about half an hour ago found the fire burning in three different areas of the house. The man who was taken to the hospital was found out front, Moore says, suffering from burns.

(WSB photo by Christopher Boffoli)
12:13 PM: The address for the fire has been revised from the one that was originally on the 911 log. Research indicates that it may indeed have been vacant, as a commenter noted. Police are not confirming an arson investigation at this point. They have taped off the scene; SFD calls the fire “suspicious” since it was burning in three different spots – two bedrooms and the kitchen – when they arrived.

(WSB photo by Christopher Boffoli)
12:58 PM: We have confirmed the identity of the man who was taken to the hospital; he is listed in county records as a co-owner of the house. He is listed in satisfactory condition. We have also just gone back to the fire scene to check on the investigation; police and firefighters are still there – still no official cause, but we’re likely to find out within a few hours.

West Seattle sports: Congratulations, Pee Wee 9U All-Stars!

From proud coach Marc McCann, the photo and this report:

Congratulations to the West Seattle Peewee Baseball 9U All-Stars for their excellent performance on the diamond over the weekend of June 24 to 26. On their way to the Jr. Mustang Championship, the West Seattle “Snakes,” as they call themselves after their reptilian garter-snake friends at the field, won seven straight games, allowing less than five runs per game and scoring on average 19.7 runs per game. The team also executed many flawless innings in the field during their three days at the tournament. The “Snakes” will continue to play fierce on their quest toward the PONY Regional Championship to be held in Enumclaw, WA, in mid-July. The team is grateful for the support of their fans, and especially the family members who assisted in preparing and maintaining the fields, running the Snack Shack and cheering them on throughout the tournament.

West Seattle Tuesday: Terrible Beauty; Drink 4 the Kids; White Rose

June 28, 2011 9:24 am
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(Photographed from Jack Block Park: Alaska-bound barge, outbound last Friday)
From the WSB West Seattle Events calendar:

OPENING DAY FOR A TERRIBLE BEAUTY: At Edmunds/California, the doors swing open to the public starting with lunch today, as this Irish restaurant/pub expands from its Renton roots to add a West Seattle location. Here’s our story from last night’s preview party.

NOTES FROM THE JOB SEARCH: Job search help and networking opportunity at C&P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor; 5612 California SW), 11 am. Whether your search for new employment is long-running, or brand new, this group – which has been meeting for two years – welcomes you to drop by and check it out.

ROTARY EXCHANGE PROGRAM: As mentioned here the other day, Rotary is recruiting non-Rotarians for the next round of its Group Study Exchange – a chance for professionals 25-40 to spend a month in Nepal, without the travel costs. Find out more when GSE participants from a different group speak to the Rotary Club of West Seattle weekly luncheon meeting today, noon at Salty’s on Alki.

SOMALI STORY TIME: Stories, rhymes, and fun, 1:30-2 pm at the High Point public library (3411 SW Raymond Street). Branch (35th/Raymond).

50+ SINGLES: Meet and mingle at Tully’s Coffee (2676 Alki Ave SW), 5 pm. Meet, then walk and talk along the Alki Beach pathway.

OPEN HOUSE: Sweet Pea Cottage Preschool of the Arts (7141 California SW inside the Unitarian Church) is hosting an open house at 5 pm. Snacks for all and art projects for the kids.

READY FOR YOUR NIGHT OUT PARTY? The night-of-a-thousand-block-parties Night Out isn’t till August 2nd, but registration is under way now, and tonight’s West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network meeting is Night Out 101, with the help of Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Mark Solomon. 6:30 pm at the precinct; you don’t have to be a captain or even in a Block Watch to attend.

A DRINK FOR THE KIDS: The citywide multi-location, multi-night fundraiser for youth arts venue The Vera Project is in West Seattle tonight – after 6 pm, certain beverages at West 5 benefit TVP (more details here).

SPOKE AND FOOD: Bike to dinner tonight at Chaco Canyon Organic Café (38th/Alaska) or Proletariat Pizza (downtown White Center) – both of which have ample bike parking! – where, as part of this citywide benefit, part of the proceeds benefit the Seattle Tilth Children’s Garden program.

WHITE ROSE RECEPTION: West Seattle Hi-Yu 2011 White Rose Reception at Fauntleroy UCC Church (9140 California Ave SW), 7 pm. This event is for women only and is a celebration of past and present Hi-Yu royalty and candidates. All are invited. Come and share Hi-Yu memories or learn about our community festival. Past royalty are encouraged to wear or bring their tiaras, and memory scrapbooks. Check for ticket availability: 206-935-6517, or

NAVIGATING THE WATERS OF PARENTHOOD – AT THE BEACH: Parenting workshop with Bill Dean, 7 pm, Alki Arts, 2820 Alki Ave SW.

BOOK RELEASE PARTY:West Seattle author Caryl Sherpa reads from her debut memoir, “I TASTE FIRE, EARTH, RAIN: Elements of a Life with a Sherpa.” The book will be available for the first time at the party at The Kenney‘s Community Room (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW), doors open at 7 pm, the program begins at 7:30 pm, and a book signing and afterparty will follow.

‘Passionate’ meeting, but Delridge homeless-housing project will roll on

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Facing a self-described “passionate” crowd in North Delridge tonight, Downtown Emergency Service Center executive director Bill Hobson did not deny Delridge Neighborhoods District Council chair Mat McBride‘s assessment of the meeting’s intent:

“In one of your early comments, you said you came here to have a discussion, but it’s less of a discussion and more of an explanation,” observed McBride – an explanation from Hobson that if funding comes through, DESC intends to build a 75-apartment complex for mentally ill homeless people in North Delridge, whether area residents like it or not.

McBride’s assessment, stark as it was, came as the standing-room-only meeting, more than 50 packed into the Delridge Library‘s small public-gathering room, started to calm from a crescendo of shouting and accusations – more between participants of opposing views, than directed at the DESC leader, though Hobson too had to raise his voice at more than one point to get a word in edgewise.

He had begun with an explanation of his agency, and then of the project, while also saying, “This doesn’t have to be the last public meeting” about it. From sheltering, DESC moved into the housing business starting in 1995. He briefly touched on what is described on the DESC website as a “Housing First” philosophy – rather than expecting their clients to get their lives in order before becoming eligible for housing, they are put into housing first – then offered services to deal with their challenges, which might include mental illness and/or substance abuse.

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The agency operates eight projects (unofficially Google-mapped above by McBride) and hopes to break ground soon on a ninth at 105th and Aurora in North Seattle; Delridge would be its tenth. DESC already had initiated the purchase of lots in the 5400 block of Delridge before going public with news of its plans, mainly by contacting representatives of community groups including the North Delridge Neighborhood Council; we covered the June 13th meeting of NDNC, and that’s where we heard about it for the first time, including information from chair Karrie Kohlhaas in our meeting report, then contacting DESC the next day for an in-depth followup. Here’s more of what Hobson said tonight about the project:

In our interview with him two weeks ago, Hobson had told WSB that DESC thought it might be able to help Delridge in its process of “stabilizing.” Tonight’s first question asked, how could this possibly help?

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A Terrible Beauty, West Seattle: Preview tonight, open tomorrow

(Photos by Katie Meyer for WSB)
The last of four new businesses to open in the past two months in the southeast corner of the heart of The Junction is ALMOST open. Tonight was the invitation-only preview party for the much-anticipated West Seattle expansion of Renton-headquartered Irish restaurant/pub A Terrible Beauty. (As reported here a week ago, tomorrow is the official opening.) We have photos from WSB contributor Katie Meyer – starting above with the bar, topped by clocks showing the time in Seattle, Belfast, and New York. More photos after the jump:Read More

West Seattle summer notes: Alki CC hours; High Point science club

ALKI COMMUNITY CENTER: New summer hours started today, in the center’s first summer as a “limited-operations” community center. Details are in this update from Seattle Parks, as well as a link to the summer-program brochure (which features listings from all area community centers).

FREE SUMMER SCIENCE CLUB: 4th through 7th graders are welcome to join in a free summer science club at Neighborhood House‘s center in High Point, 6400 Sylvan Way SW. The announcement notes that students will get “a chance to be creative and make friends while conducting their own experiments.” Three 2-week, 2-day-a-week sessions are planned, with students invited to join in one, two, or all three – July 12/14/19/21, 3-5 pm; July 26/28/Aug. 2/4, 3-5 pm; and Aug.9/11/16/18, 10 am-noon. Creations will be shown off at an August 23rd science fair. They’re also looking for high-school or college-age mentors for the program; to volunteer as a mentor, to register a student for the program, or just to ask a question, call Shuby Narayanaswamy at 206-588-4900 ext. 613.

Happening now: Open house at West Seattle’s only motel

Till 7 pm, you can drop by the open house for The Grove/West Seattle Inn (36th/Alaska) and see the results – so far – of their makeover, firsthand. We’ve been chronicling it since it was announced in January by the new owners of what was Seattle West Inn and Suites, and before that, TraveLodge. They’re expecting their first guests this week, and showing off rooms for the first time, though they’re not all done yet.

The Grove will have 46 rooms, and ownership spokesperson Lynn Sweeney had told us during this sneak-peek tour last week that about half would be done for their reopening this week. Also on hand for tonight’s open house, manager Joey Disque:

The redo is all the way down to the rooms’ shell – new carpeting, window coverings, beds and other furniture, bathroom fixtures, kitchen fixtures (in the half dozen or so with kitchenettes), art, paint, even metal railings replacing what was plastic. More info’s on their website at

West Seattle Crime Watch: Children report flasher in South Admiral

Three children between 8 and 15 reported being ‘flashed’ Sunday afternoon outside the home of relatives in the south Admiral area. Here’s what one of those relatives e-mailed us to report:

Yesterday, June 26th, at approximately 3:30 PM, a man exposed himself to three young children on the corner of 44th and Hanford [map]. Police were alerted and on the scene immediately. He is about 6 ft, very pale with a distinct mustache resembling two triangles and a goatee. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with white graphics and light blue jeans.

The relative says the children were very upset, and police stayed in the area quite a while. She provided the police-report number; reports are not available for days online, so we checked with Det. Mark Jamieson in the SPD media-response unit, who provided a few additional details from the report: The victims said the man walked by, exposed himself, then walked away eastbound on Hanford, at which time the victims ran into the house and called police. Officers rushed over, including one who was just a few blocks away, but could not find the man – there was a notation that he might have gotten on a Metro bus nearby. In addition to the description above, his age was estimated as between 30 and 49.

This is about a mile south of the luring attempt reported two weeks ago, in which an 11-year-old said a man tried to entice him into a car. The description in that incident has a few things in common with this one, albeit fairly common traits, but we are asking Southwest Precinct police if they have any reason to suspect a link.

New fundraising 5K on the West Seattle schedule: Beat the Burn

June 27, 2011 3:08 pm
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For those who like marking their calendars way in advance, today’s postal mail brought word of a new 5K added to the Alki schedule this year: October 16th is the date for the first-ever Beat the Burn 5K run/walk and “kids’ dash.” It’s co-presented by Port of Seattle Fire Department Local 1257 Firefighters and the Northwest Burn Foundation, which the event’s proceeds will benefit. More info to come later this summer.