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Followup: How to help the family of Dr. Ed Kingston

Last weekend, we reported on the tragic sudden death of a volunteer soccer coach during a soccer game at Riverview Playfield. On Monday, we added some information to that original story – but not until tonight did we receive information on how the community can help his wife and kids. From a family friend:

On Saturday, October 8, Dr. Ed Kingston (38) died suddenly doing what he loved: spending time with his young son on a soccer field. The West Seattle community is reeling from the loss. Ed lived in West Seattle with his wife and two young children. They are parishioners at Holy Rosary. He was a great husband, father, friend, teacher, and coach.

Many of you have been asking how you can help support his wife, Laura, and their children during this time. A memorial fund for the family has been set up at Sound Community Bank. The Kingstons will be able to use the fund for all immediate and future expenses. You can contribute online at edkingston.comYou can also contribute to the fund at any of the SCB branch locations or through the mail at the bank’s main location:

Sound Community Bank
Attn: Ed Kingston Memorial Fund
2005 5th Ave, Suite 200 Seattle, WA 98121

Details about Ed’s service will be shared soon. Thank you.

ADDED EARLY WEDNESDAY: The West Seattle Soccer Club has a memorial page on its website.

West Seattle weather: Beauty after the downpour

After at least two rainbow sightings late today/early this evening .. it got even better, with amazing colors in the clouds. Thanks to Debra for the top photo, and JayDee for this one:

And Elaine shares a somewhat whimsical view, with the help of the Lowman Beach/Lincoln Park geese:

Tomorrow, says the forecast, we’ll see some sun. (Keep watch via the WSB Weather page – which has moon/sun/tides, too.)

Help the Helpline: West Seattle benefit just announced

October 11, 2011 7:11 pm
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 |   How to help | West Seattle news

From West Seattle Helpline executive director Tara Byrne:

Give the gift of warmth and light this year! We are holding our 14th annual fall fundraiser dinner event for West Seattle families that are facing a one-time emergency. Proceeds will be used to help families that have faced emergency situations with rent and utilities so that they may remain in their homes with heat and water. This mission becomes even more vital as the weather turns colder and the need is especially great this year. Please join us in supporting our fellow West Seattle neighbors that are facing hard times. Our fall fundraiser dinner will be held at the Duwamish Longhouse on Thursday, November 3rd, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Tickets are $100 and may be purchased by calling 206-932-2746.

WS restaurants: West Seattle Fish House now open on 35th

From WSB contributor Bill “Hutch” Hutchison:

The “OPEN” sign is on at West Seattle Fish House (9005 35th SW). We first told you about the new eatery a month ago; sisters and co-owners Muzit Evans and Senait Beyene are now up and running, with Chef Anthony Mohammed, former owner of Tacoma Fish House Café:

They say their hours, for starters, will be 11 am-8 pm, seven days a week. The menu (for the next month or so) will consist of fish and chips only, with four types of fish available (Pacific Cod, Snow Cod, Tilapia and Salmon). (For you “a-fish-ianados,” Snow Cod is also known as Alaska Pollock or Walleye Pollock in the fishery world.) Prices range from $6.99 for two pieces of Pacific cod to $9.99 for the same portion of salmon. There are also three- and five-piece selections of each fish available ($15.99 the highest price, for 5 pieces of salmon) all served with fries. French fries can also be ordered as a side dish for $1.99. Future plans include salad, clam chowder and deep-fried shrimp. Choices for beverages are sodas or bottled water. You can eat in (12 seats) or call your order in and take it to go. Sometime in the future they may offer delivery to a limited area. The phone number is 206-457-8643. Cash only for now (they will take credit cards as soon as they get it set up). For the next week, there is a “$1 off” introductory price for everyone, which will continue for students and seniors beyond that time.

West Seattle development: Groundbreaking soon for Nova

A rainbow appeared over The Triangle just as a walking tour preceding tonight’s zoning-change public hearing began.

Also as the tour began, Harbor PropertiesDenny Onslow revealed that groundbreaking will happen soon for their new development, all-residential Nova, at 36th/Snoqualmie (if our rainbow photo atop this story were wider, Nova’s site would be on the left, north of The Grove). According to Onslow, if all goes as planned, construction will start around Halloween. Here’s the design shown at its second and final Design Review meeting last summer:

Nova is planned as 62 apartments, no retail. Right now, City Councilmembers Sally Clark and Sally Bagshaw are at another Harbor building, the 5-month-old mixed-use building Link (WSB sponsor), in a casual conversation with community/business reps preceding the hearing.

More notes to come – with full coverage of that hearing later. If you have something to say about the Triangle’s future – should some areas be upzoned to 85-foot buildings? for example – be at the Senior Center of West Seattle, 6 pm.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Police sketch of serial exposer

Seattle Police have just gone public with that sketch of a man they say has exposed himself to children in at least five incidents – one in West Seattle two weeks ago. Here’s the full story on SPD Blotter. The West Seattle incident was reported here the day it happened – as a flasher who targeted kids in Alki’s Whale Tail Park area.

See how Les Schwab Tires overhauled a West Seattle eyesore

(Photos by WSB co-publisher Patrick Sand)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

If all goes as planned, the empty shelves in the photo above will be filled with tires by this time next Tuesday – the day Les Schwab Tires hopes to open its new West Seattle store in The Triangle.

The shelves are in the basement of the one-time Huling Brothers (and briefly Gee) building on the southwest corner of 38th/Alaska, and will hold most of the 2,200-plus tires to be offloaded early opening-day morning by dozens of Les Schwab managers from around the region, after two tractor-trailer trucks roll up from the company’s distribution center in the central Oregon town of Prineville, right onto the new concrete:

The initial-stocking operation is “an amazing thing to witness,” smiles Rich Baalman, area manager for 43 stores including this one, from Federal Way to Port Angeles to the Canadian border. (He himself is based in Monroe, where he also manages that store.)

Though Rich calls the West Seattle location – the plan for which was first reported here, back in January – a “paint-and-go” shop, much more than paint has gone into it over the past four months of construction. It’s spruced up what was a neighborhood eyestore with major remodeling – which even extends out onto the sidewalk and beyond. See for yourself:

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They did it – and Saturday, for Duwamish Alive!, you can too

October 11, 2011 1:17 pm
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 |   Environment | How to help | West Seattle news

(Photo by Adam Pieratt)
Last Sunday, the Nature Consortium work party at Pigeon Point Park in the West Duwamish Greenbelt got a surprise visit from volunteers aboard the “Do-Good Bus,” which has been along for the ride during the nationwide tour of Foster the People (which subsequently performed at the Showbox downtown). The volunteers pitched in to help the ongoing forest restoration. While the NC – and other groups – have work parties all the time, only twice a year do you get to be part of a mega-work party, multiple sites and hundreds of people. This Saturday is the fall edition of that big event, Duwamish Alive! – and you can sign up to help out at sites including these, listed on the DA! site:

South Park:
Duwamish Waterway Park
River trash cleanup by kayak and canoe

Gateway Park/8th Avenue South

West Seattle:
Alki: Seacrest Park
Roxhill Bog
Westcrest Park
Brandon Street Natural Area
Puget Creek Natural Area
West Duwamish Greenbelt/ Pigeon Point
Herring House Park/T-107

Cecil Moses/NorthWind’s Weir
Duwamish Hill Preserve
Codiga Farm

Many of the sites are mapped here. Interested? Here’s how to RSVP or ask questions – / 206-923-0853.

Followup: Starkenburg in court for West Seattle child-rape case

At the King County Courthouse this morning, Gatewood resident Duane Starkenburg was arraigned on the newest charge against him – child rape, from an incident that allegedly happened about a decade ago, but wasn’t brought to police attention till last month. King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office spokesperson Dan Donohoe says Starkenburg pleaded not guilty; his bail will remain set at half a million dollars. His next court appearance in this case is scheduled for October 25th, while he is still awaiting trial on the three charges against him in the jogger-attacks case for which he was arrested last January.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Brazen theft of big blue mailbox

Thanks to our friends at KING 5 for the tip on this one: The United States Postal Service says this doesn’t happen very often, but it happened at the corner of Admiral and Belvidere night before last – someone made off with the big blue USPS mailbox, leaving little behind but these stubs jutting out of the sidewalk:

This, despite special measures taken more than a decade ago to make the boxes and their installations more theft-resistant, according to USPS spokesperson Ernie Swanson, who confirmed the Postal Inspection Service is investigating this as a theft. Swanson tells WSB the mailbox will be replaced. If you think you might have had mail in the box when it was taken, call 877-876-2455.

West Seattle Tuesday: Triangle zoning change? DESC in Delridge? And other hot topics

October 11, 2011 10:13 am
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(It’s not all clouds and rain … WSB photo from Pigeon Point at 9 am, looking north)
From the WSB West Seattle Events calendar:

TRIANGLE ZONING CHANGE? City Council Committee on the Built Environment public hearing on Triangle zoning-change proposal, 6 pm, Senior Center of West Seattle (California/Oregon); details here.

A CONVERSATION WITH DESC: It’s the first DESC-homeless-housing project community forum, 6:30 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, has the latest details. Child care and Spanish/Vietnamese interpretation available.

ADMIRAL MEETING: The impending Alaskan Way Viaduct nine-day, ten-night shutdown is on the agenda for the Admiral Neighborhood Association, 7 pm, Admiral Congregational Church (California/Hill).

FAUNTLEROY MEETING: The Fauntleroy Community Association meets tonight at 7 at the schoolhouse (9131 California SW), looking ahead to this Sunday’s Fauntleroy Fall Festival, among other topics.

EXHIBIT OPENS: Opening day at ArtsWest Gallery for “The Edge of Night,” featuring three Seattle-based artists, C. ALBERT, JEAN BRADBURY, MONIKA DALKIN, and Portland artist DAVID CARMACK LEWIS. Two painters, a mixed media and a collage artist, each offer a unique, narrative style which can at times be slightly unsettling, like the place between wakefulness and dreams, like the edge of night. (Reception this Thursday at the start of West Seattle Art Walk.)

ARTIST RECEPTION: Reception at South Seattle Community College: for ongoing exhibit “Absence / Silence and Topographic Politics: A Mixed Media Installation” by Alan Abdulkader. Reception/gallery talk 2-4 pm today (exhibit runs through October 24th).

ORCHESTRA PRACTICE: West Seattle Community Orchestras‘ new season continues, with rehearsals starting at 5:30 pm, Chief Sealth International High School (2600 SW Thistle).

EXPLORER WEST OPEN HOUSE: Explorer West Middle School (WSB sponsor) Open House for prospective families/students, 6:30-8:00 pm. The formal program starts at 6:30 pm in the school’s gymnasium (10015 28th SW) followed by an opportunity to tour the campus and meet students/staff. For more information about Explorer West and the admissions process,

Get your jack-o-lantern on! Pumpkin sale & carving demo

October 11, 2011 9:57 am
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 |   Fauntleroy | Genesee Hill | Holidays | West Seattle news

Two notes for pumpkin fans:

PUMPKIN SALE: Saturday, 10 am till 2 pm (or till the pumpkins are all gone, if sooner), the Lincoln Park P-Patch is selling the pumpkins just harvested there last weekend, with proceeds benefiting the West Seattle Food Bank. Details in this WSB Forums announcement.

PUMPKIN CARVING DEMONSTRATION: Need some jack-o-lantern skills? Just in:

The Genesee Schmitz Neighborhood Council is hosting professional pumpkin carver Pam Leno from 1 to 4 pm at Ercolini Park (48th & Alaska) this Sunday (rain or shine!).

There will be demonstrations for decorating your pumpkin this year! We ask everyone to bring your own pumpkin and tools to decorate with. Markers will be provided for the smaller children. The GSNC will be providing free cider and hot coffee.

North Delridge Neighborhood Council: Previewing tonight’s DESC forum; traffic concerns; more

From Monday night’s North Delridge Neighborhood Council meeting at Delridge Library:

(NDNC hearing from SDOT consultant Josh Stepherson; photo by WSB’s Patrick Sand)
Major discussion points included a look ahead to tonight’s first Delridge Community Forum, about the DESC homeless-housing proposal, was a major item, as were the potential North Delridge traffic effects of the Fauntleroy Expressway Seismic Retrofit Project bridge/road work.

THE FORUM: DCF is a spinoff from NDNC, putting together a series of mediated community forums with the help of a city grant. Patrick Baer briefed the meeting on plans for tonight’s discussion (6:30 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center), the first real chance for a big-group discussion about the 75-apartment projects that first came to light last June, including a meeting from which people had to be turned away. He has drawn a big-name guest list.

*Child care has been secured for the meeting. The room at Youngstown (4408 Delridge Way SW) has room for 300 (and there’s a room next door as backup for overflow); volunteers delivered 1,300 flyers around the area, in Spanish/English/Vietnamese, to get the word out. The format will be “world café,” including small-group discussions that report back to the full gathering. After conversations, there will be an opportunity for anyone interested in further action to convene and talk about it, but that will not be led by those who are leading the meeting. (More info at and on Facebook at The next forum is already being planned; anyone interested in helping is invited to a get-together at 6:15 pm October 24 at Delridge Library.

Ahead, the city consultant who’s been briefing community groups on the bridge-retrofit project, and other traffic/transportation issues, plus prospective Delridge Community Center cuts, and an announcement with NDNC elections ahead:Read More