West Seattle, Washington
We’re hearing tonight from the family of 51-year-old Greggette Guy for the first time since her father’s unexpected appearance at last Sunday’s vigil in her memory.
On the eve of her memorial service, her brother-in-law Dennis Guy has reached out on behalf of her family. His message:
There seems to be a lot of interest for helping Greggette Guy’s family and we would like to respond. We established a fund for the purpose of providing financial funds for the following purposes:
(1) increasing the amount of reward money for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspect(s) responsible for the murder of Greggette Guy
(2) and/or assisting the city in installing additional lighting and/or memorial bench along the area where the crime took place
We are thankful to the West Seattle Blog for providing information to the community and are sorry that we were not able to provide information due to personal and investigative reasons. We echo the thoughts of some of the (commenters) that speculation, especially insensitive ones, should be kept to oneself as they can be especially hurtful at a time such as this. Greggette Guy had lived in the West Seattle area for a few years when she was younger and enjoyed the serenity and the waves of the Alki Beach area.
We are thankful to the media for respecting the family’s privacy in this time of need as a result of this tragic event.
The link for more information about who Greggette Guy really is:and how to make contributions:
The page at that link includes Ms. Guy’s full obituary, with much more about her life than we have heard before, as well as information on where/how to donate to the fund. Meantime – police have not commented publicly on the case since Southwest Precinct commander Captain Steve Paulsen spoke at last Tuesday’s West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting (video of everything he said is in our report from that night). If you have any information that might be related to the case, call 911 or the Seattle Police Homicide Tip Line, 206-233-5000 (police say anonymous tips are welcome). Our coverage of stories about Ms. Guy’s murder, dating back to the discovery of her body the morning of March 12th, is archived here, newest to oldest.
So far in the two years that Chief Sealth International High School has observed World Water Week with special events, it’s become a tradition – Friday sunshine! On the track at Southwest Athletic Complex across the street, where students walked with heavy containers of water on WWW Friday last year, today the task was a Food Walk, visiting various student-created stations to learn about food and water issues from around the world.
Special activities were the order of the day for all Sealth students, including a multitude of indoor activities (such as workshops with guest speakers), and also gardening outside adjoining Denny International Middle School:
The garden’s namesake was a Denny principal who died 20 years ago during the school year and had a garden named after her at the school’s old site – now, there’s one at the new site.
A KING 5 crew was there to help document the action:
We promised to come back later this spring to see the garden after it’s planted and growing!
(Pack 793 photo courtesy Jon Gerhardt)
Reminder that if you got a food-drive door-hanger from local Boy Scouts last Saturday – have your donation outside your door for them to pick up tomorrow morning, as part of Scouting For Food! Multiple local troops/packs are participating. But even if you didn’t get a notice, you can contribute to the drive for the West Seattle Food Bank – tomorrow morning (updated) from 9 till 11 am, bring food donations to Pack 793’s collection spot at 44th SW/Ferry SW (the city-owned triangle of grass just south of Admiral Church – here’s a map).
Cycle University has just announced the opening date for its new location at 3418 Harbor Avenue, where it’s moving because Highline Medical is taking over its Triangle spot (as reported here last August). They expect to open the new, bigger location on April 3rd – read the full announcement ahead:Read More
Yet another way to keep polluted runoff out of Puget Sound – if you can spare some time at midday tomorrow, you can be part of it. Steve Richmond says, “It’s planting season and hundreds of trees need to get into the ground. Join us at Sanislo School to restore the wetland headwaters of Puget Creek. Improve habitat that helps filter stormwater, the #1 polluter of Puget Sound.” 10 am-1 pm tomorrow, in the wetland next to Sanislo Elementary at 1812 SW Myrtle (meet in front of the school), you can help get those trees into the ground. What to bring? He suggests: “Gloves, shovel, watering can (we’ll have extra, but write your name on your tools), weather-appropriate gear (rain or cold), hat/eye/sun protection, food/water, sturdy shoes/boots.” They’ll provide snacks and water. If you have a question, call Steve at (206) 650-9807.
A new store just opened in Delridge. We were out in this morning’s sunshine, driving between a couple locations to check on unrelated reader tips, when we spotted the sign outside the lemon-yellow building – M-M’s Market, now open next to the Vietnamese Cultural Center (map), across SW Orchard/Sylvan from the north side of Home Depot.
In that photo are Mele Morales and his wife Monica, the West Seattle residents who own M-M’s Market. Mele told us he spent a decade in construction, and wanted to do something new. They’re starting with merchandise that includes a sizable selection of packaged food and beverage items, plus snacks and even spices, many geared toward the Hispanic community, as well as some pastries. (Figurines, too, as you can see behind Mele and Monica in the photo.) Mele says they’re planning to be open daily 8 am to 8 pm. They hope to expand their inventory as time goes by, but they’re starting with the basics. “I love this community,” he said, with a big smile.
Two West Seattle Crime Watch notes today – the first, a reader report from Daniel:
This morning between midnight and 8 am, someone broke into my car and stole my briefcase that was sitting in the back seat. The cross streets I live near are 63rd Ave. SW and Admiral. I wanted to let you know just in case if anyone heard or saw anything suspicious. … Attached is a photo of the damage.
Also – after Lauren e-mailed us to ask about “heavy police presence” and medic crews at 16th/Trenton early this morning, we checked with SPD, and though it doesn’t appear to have been a big incident, in case you saw/heard it and wondered, here’s what police say: Officer Renée Witt in SPD media relations explains that it was a fight that started with an “unwanted guest” getting kicked out of a party around 5:30 am. Two men got into a fight; one got hit and fell down in the road at that intersection, and that’s where authorities came in. The victim was 20 and suffered only a “small cut above the right eye.”
In a month, the first-ever Delridge Unsung Hero awards will be announced – and today is your last chance to nominate someone, we are reminded by Holli Margell. She says the online application form is open till midnight today; here’s the link. 16 nominations have come in so far, Holli says, but they’re hoping for more! She adds that they are still seeking sponsors in order to have a catered buffet for the awards event; the North Delridge Neighborhood Council has donated enough for table rentals and program printing, but they’re looking for $2,000 to cover the rest. Can you donate? E-mail or call Delridge Neighborhoods District Council outreach chair Mike Shilley, firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-762-7111.
We had just been covering this on our partner site White Center Now, but have also received a few notes from West Seattleites who used to shop at the old WC Albertsons on 16th, so in case you are interested: The ownership change happened this week, and the signs have just gone up – the store is now Super Saver Foods, and it’s open during remodeling. More details on WCN.
(Photo by Karen – “old desolate” on Flickr – forsythia, we think)
From the WSB West Seattle Events calendar:
TRAFFIC ALERTS: The 1st Avenue South offramp from the eastbound bridge will be closed 9 pm-5 am overnight tonight. Also closed overnight – 10 pm to 5 am – westbound access to the low bridge. More info on those city-scheduled closures here (and don’t forget, the Alaskan Way Viaduct/Highway 99 will be closed all weekend, starting at 6 am Saturday).
WEST SEATTLE GARDEN CLUB: Today’s meeting is already under way but you can still drop in – full details on the program, which continues till 2 pm, are here. It’s happening at Daystar Retirement Village, 2615 SW Barton.
If you’ve been to Walla Walla to take in the wine scene, you’ve likely enjoyed a visit at Tamarack Cellars and a refreshing conversation with owner/winemaker Ron Coleman. We had the pleasure of meeting Ron during our trip to Walla Walla last September. We’re pleased to welcome him to the bin to share a line-up of their wines with you, including their always super tasty DuBrul red.
The Chief Sealth International High School Polynesian Club‘s dance was the grand finale to a series of student performances last night, highlighting Multicultural Night in the school’s Galleria. Proud school-community leaders were on hand too, like principal Chris Kinsey and assistant principal Lupe Barnes:
Kinsey told us he was proud of the fact that everything was student-created, student-led, though the event was sponsored by the Chief Sealth PTSA – whose president Amy Daly-Donovan was on hand too – below at right, with school nurse Alison Enochs:
The wall poster behind them is a reminder that Multicultural Night was part of this year’s World Water Week observance at Sealth. Today, regular classes are suspended so the students can be part of an all-day teach-in, which includes workshops, guest speakers, gardening, and a youth-led Food Walk to highlight challenges faced by people in East Africa.