West Seattle, Washington
(Photo courtesy Admiral Neighborhood Association)
Admiral Neighborhood Association leaders gathered at Alki Mail and Dispatch tonight to make signs for tomorrow morning’s safety rally in tribute to Tatsuo Nakata, hit and killed while crossing at that intersection (47th/Admiral) five years ago this month. They’re hoping everyone who shares safety concerns about the area will join them there at 7 am tomorrow (Monday); they’ve been asking the city for a signal there, to improve pedestrians’ chances of making it across OK. (More in the preview published here yesterday.)
Thanks to Trileigh Tucker (above) and Greg (below) for sharing their photos of tonight’s intensely colorful sunset! It started closer to the hue in her photo … then just kept deepening. Also note one bonus feature in Trileigh’s photo, taken from a Lincoln Park bluff:
Two eagles kept flying back and forth across the sunset, and they’ve both been hanging around the nest this fall – great news for the chances of an eaglet this spring! This photo with the eagle and the ferries and the sunset reminded me (though it’s hard to forget) that West Seattleites really do live in the most beautiful place on earth!
Latest forecast says we may see fog tomorrow morning – then a mostly sunny day.
7:55 PM: WSB contributor Christopher Boffoli checked out this crash that happened a short time ago at 35th/Fauntleroy. No major injuries, he reports, but it’s blocking part of the road, as you can see, so slow going till it’s cleared.
ADDED 8:14 PM: More info from Christopher, who was on the scene right after it happened: He says the BMW station wagon was just off the bridge and collided with a minivan going the other way; both drivers, who appeared to be alone in the cars, got out of the vehicles right afterward. Bystanders pushed the BMW out of the main traffic lanes but the minivan wasn’t so easily dealt with – since it lost its driver’s-side rear tire.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
In three days, West Seattle will have a new representative on the Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors.
As she campaigned, Marty McLaren insisted the board needed someone who’s been a teacher, and voters apparently agreed. Though the vote won’t be certified till Tuesday, with McLaren scheduled to be sworn in Wednesday, she is 12,999 votes (eight percentage points) ahead of incumbent Steve Sundquist, who ascended to the board presidency last year. (Her official Facebook page already incorporates her almost-official new title.)
With no chance the results would change, we sat down this week with McLaren, to find out more about the person now charged with representing the peninsula’s interests as the district continues through a time of change on so many fronts – deciding how to deal with brimming schools and dwindling state funding, among other challenges. (The former, aka “capacity management,” is the subject of another community meeting in West Seattle tomorrow night.)
We talked at the Puget Ridge home where McLaren has lived for 17 years. She is not a Seattle native – born in Brooklyn, New York, in fact – but has spent her entire adult life in the Puget Sound area, after her dad’s Navy career moved her family many places, finally landing them at Bangor in Kitsap County. She finished high school in the Highline district just south of Seattle in the early ’60s.
Her introduction to Seattle Public Schools came before her teaching career:
In case you wondered about the big police response in the Puget Ridge area this past hour (21st/Holly) … turned out to be something of a false alarm. What looked like someone with a gun turned out to be someone with a pellet gun/airsoft-type gun, roleplaying a bit too realistically, apparently – according to scanner traffic, it looked to at least one witness like a holdup in progress, and that report is what sent police rushing to the scene.
One of those days where, as the old saying goes, it’s raining cats and Dawgs. Yes, Dawgs, as in the Apple Cup-victorious University of Washington Huskies … and that win meant Washington State University Cougars fan Conor lost his bet. We found him in Morgan Junction, in the wind and the rain, wasting no time making good on it.
Yet another West Seattle holiday tradition – handmade wreaths from Pathfinder K-8. Their booth made its WS Farmers’ Market debut today, with Yumi and Willow displaying two of this year’s creations. You can find them under a canopy by the KeyBank west-side doors (right next to the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle, selling tickets for next Saturday’s pancake breakfast – more on that later).
P.S. Yes, they’ll be selling wreaths every Sunday between now and Christmas (12/4, 12/11, 12/18) – as long as supplies last! As the school website points out, the wreath sales have been going on for almost 20 years.
Wisdom, humor, history … our elders have a lot to offer. But you don’t get to see/hear/read much of it online, at least not from the very oldest among us. West Seattleite Shanna Christie noticed this, particularly in regards to her own grandma, and decided to address it with UploadYourGrandma.com. She announced it on the WSB Facebook wall last night:
I’ve started a blog for my Grandmother, a 96 year old West Seattle resident, so that I can share the thoughts of someone who is not online, with the rest of the world. … As part of this project, if anyone else has elderly relatives who has ideas, opinions or perspectives too good not to share, I invite you to “upload” them to this site! It’s been a fun experiment so far and it is great to hear from a generation who is often left out of the digital world.
Here’s a weather-appropriate sample of what Shanna’s grandma has to say – screengrab from a recent post:
Of course there are some 90-plus’ers online, and Shanna speaks to that point today. But if the one(s) you know and love isn’t – go upload her/him, while you still can! (P.S. You can find Shanna’s site, and The Grandma, on Twitter, too.)
(Photo by Nette Miller)
This morning’s photo is from last night’s rehearsal of “The Miracle and the Mystery of Advent: Mary’s Journey in Word & Song” at Alki UCC, one of our highlights for today/tonight from the WSB West Seattle Holidays page and West Seattle Events calendar:
TRAFFIC ALERTS: Not in West Seattle, but two big events in the downtown vicinity might affect you today, even if you’re not attending/participating – here’s the alert.
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Year-round, so yes, they’re there today! 10 am – 2 pm, The Junction (44th/Alaska). P.S. According to this WSB Forums post, you just might find Santa and Mrs. Claus in the vicinity.
NATIVE HOLIDAY GIFT FAIR, FINAL DAY: Third and final day for the Native Holiday Gift Fair at the Duwamish Longhouse, 10 to 5 – buy unique gifts directly from artists and craft persons. Snacks and beverages available too. Free admission and parking. 4705 W Marginal Way SW; here’s our story from the fair’s first day.
WRAP IT UP: Gift Wrap fundraiser for Sanislo Elementary School, from 10 am- 6 pm at Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village.
GLASS JELLYFISH DEMO: At Avalon Glassworks in Luna Park, 11 am-4 pm, glass artist Richard Lowrie is back, sharing the secrets of creating the glass jellyfish, and you are invited to watch live demonstrations throughout the day. Meet the artist, purchase signed work, and watch the process: 2914 SW Avalon Way. More info here.
MUSIC-SYNCHED CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW: Nightly shows of the Helmstetler Family Spectacular/West Seattle Lights extravaganza, 3908 SW Charlestown; also fundraising the first weekend for the Kingston Family. Full details here (and here’s our coverage, with video, from last night’s opening ceremony/show).
CHRISTMAS PRODUCTION @ ALKI UCC: “The Miracle and the Mystery of Advent: Mary’s Journey in Word & Song,” 7 pm, in the Alki UCC Sanctuary (6112 SW Hinds). A special musical evening to mark the beginning of Advent: Hear the Christmas story told from the point of view of Mary, her parents and Joseph as we follow their transformation from the Annunciation to starting off on the road to Bethlehem. This is a full production for one night only, combining dialogue and music and a chance to see some of your fellow congregants perform. Suggested donation is $15. Proceeds will go to the West Seattle Food Bank and toward the purchase of new chairs for the church. Refreshments after the show.
HENDRIX BIRTHDAY: Jimi Hendrix birthday tribute at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), 9 pm.