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West Seattle Grand Parade on Saturday! One final mega-preview

It takes a village to build a float! The volunteers we found outside Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor) tonight are no doubt just one of many groups/businesses/organizations putting finishing touches on their floats, cars, signs, etc., for Saturday’s West Seattle Grand Parade. So it’s time for one final preview of what you’ll see tomorrow among the nearly 100 entries. Here’s what we have already reported (with links to our stories):

*Grand Marshal: Nancy Woodland of WestSide Baby – she’ll be in a car, followed by the famous “Stuff the Bus” school bus promoting Sunday’s big diaper drive
*Orville Rummel Trophy: Shirley Vradenburgh, recently retired from Seattle Lutheran High School
*Seattle Police Pipes and Drums’ debut, marching between motorcycle groups, with visiting Boston Police counterparts
*Last ride/ceremony for SPD Motorcycle Drill Team leader Officer John Bernasconi, a West Seattle native (you’re welcome to watch – 10:30 am or so at California/Charlestown)
*First-ever Float Dodger 5K precedes the parade (still time to register beforehand – run/walk starts at California/Charlestown at 9:45 am)

And now, from information gleaned while we sat in on the parade-lineup meeting this week (with Jim Edwards, Dave Vague, Doreen Vague, and Michelle Edwards working to put it all together), some of what else you’ll see along the parade route (California/Lander to California/Edmunds):

*More marching bands than ever – half a dozen as of the parade-lineup meeting – including the Seahawks’ thunderous Blue Thunder. (Michelle Edwards is a member but won’t be playing with them because she’s part of the coordinating team for the parade – without which, there would be chaos!) And of course, the famous, West Seattleite Marcus Pimpleton-directed All-City Marching Band. (Marching bands obviously have to be separated, making for a fun juggling challenge at the lineup meeting.)

*Your major parade sponsors are the returning West Seattle YMCA (also a WSB sponsor), West Seattle Podcast (the folks in the ex-Petco space, aka Sound Ad Group), and International Parking Management. (WSB is proud to be among the next tier of donors – thanks to EVERYONE who chipped in to help make sure the parade would happen.)

*The Admiral District will make its debut in the parade – the newly formed business group

*As always, the Rotary Club of West Seattle-sponsored Kiddie Parade will be seen in The Junction, leaving California/Genesee at 11 am, marching, walking, rolling down the rest of the parade route to California/Edmunds – all kids welcome to participate (details here – you can sign up online OR just show up at the starting spot after 10 am)

*19 community groups (schools, churches, nonprofits, youth groups, lots and lots of your West Seattle neighbors)

*13 drill teams (including the always awesome Seattle Chinese Community Girls’ Drill Team)

*Performing acts including new participant Joyas Mestizas and Pathfinder K-8‘s unicyclists

*VIPs including Seafair royalty (cheer for Kelsey Bills, who is representing West Seattle Hi-Yu in this year’s Seafair Scholarship Program for Women competition)

*A red-and-yellow RapidRide bus

*Of course, the Seafair Pirates and the West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival float, among others who participate every year (Art and Gloria, the World War II veterans who were last year’s Grand Marshals, are scheduled to return!)

*Remember, it’s NOT the “Hi-Yu Parade.” Hi-Yu is IN the parade. The festival sponsored the parade in its early years (the first parade was in 1934). But it’s the West Seattle American Legion Post 160 Grand Parade now.

*Judges will be spread out along the route – no truth to the perception that acts show off at California/Alaska because that’s where they ALL are. Announcer Joe is at that intersection, though.

*One last reminder – if you ignore a sign like this any time between early Saturday morning and mid-afternoon …

… you are in danger of getting towed. Restrictions kick in at 7 am, per signs like that one along California, and that road will be closed earlier than usual because of the Float Dodger 5K. Side streets used for parade staging are mostly “just” parking restrictions but that means serious enforcement too – the area is needed for staging before AND afterward. And remember that the area around Hiawatha will be even busier because tomorrow is Day 1 of the Mediterranean Fantasy Festival, which begins right around the time the parade does!

(WSB coverage will start early in the morning with pre-parade preps. Later on, if you get cool parade pix, please consider sharing them with us, via e-mail or Flickr or Facebook or Twitter, for potential inclusion in our coverage! Thanks!)

Traffic alerts: SDOT’s roundup of weekend events, citywide

July 20, 2012 8:36 pm
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No reason to leave West Seattle/White Center this weekend. Really. But in case you absolutely have to … here’s the city’s roundup of big traffic-affecting events, from the Bite of Seattle to the Capitol Hill Block Party to the Grand Parade (one last preview in the works right now) and Float Dodger 5K right here in West Seattle tomorrow:Read More

Update: Hokum Jeebs’ killer Angelo Felice sentenced to 14 1/2 years

(Added 5:23 pm – WSB video of the entire hearing, unedited)
2:20 PM: We’re in King County Superior Court, where Judge John Erlick will sentence Angelo Felice for the February 2011 murder of vaudeville entertainer Hokum W. Jeebs at his home in Fauntleroy. On June 13th, we brought you first word of a plea bargain for Felice, who admitted to stabbing Jeebs to death. According to court documents from last month, prosecutors will recommend 11 1/2 years for Felice, who had moved from the East Coast a short time before the murder. Family and friends are filling rows in the courtroom, and some of them will speak to the judge.

2:23 PM: The hearing has begun. The prosecutor is recapping the plea bargain, which brought the charge down to second-degree murder, but says the state had no doubt Felice killed Mr. Jeebs. She mentions letters written to the court, and that the detectives who investigated the case are here. At least three people will speak, she says, starting with Mr. Jeebs’ longtime partner Anita. “It was hard for me to decide what to say today,” she begins, “describing Hokum and our life together, and what his loss has meant to me.” She is speaking to her partner’s killer, as well as to her friends. She describes “what a wonderful and unique person Hokum was … funny, unique, incredibly talented… we had a wonderful life together .. We are all going to lose our loved ones someday … (but) murder is particularly difficult, because someone made an intentional decision” to kill the victim. She is speaking calmly, and says it was hard to know her beloved “in his last moments was terrified.” She mentions the role of a WSB commenter as well as police in finding Felice. “No amount of prison time can bring back what we lost,” she says, so she has chosen “to embrace caring” and asks people to embrace life and light, and set an example for young people. Some in the gallery are crying. She quotes, “… may we care for one another, may we realize how precious we are, and I hope that you realize that someday, Angelo.”

2:28 PM: Speaking next, Tony, a friend of the victim. “I very very dearly miss my friend,” he begins. He mentions what court documents had said about Felice wanting to rob people, and Mr. Jeebs “not being a cooperative victim. … He went to the house to commit robbery, and ended up viciously murdering my friend.” He too thanks WSB (the commenters with sightings) as well as police, and says he is “sickened” to realize that Felice might be out in less than 11 years. “Sadly, I am convinced the world has more of this to look forward to when he is released … I hope not, I really do.” He asks the judge to consider sentencing Felice to the longest term possible (which would be 220 months, about 18 years). “Rest in peace, Hokum,” he concludes.

2:33 PM: Another friend, Michael, is next. He says he worked with Mr. Jeebs and was known as “Chumley.” He begins by reading a letter from another vaudeville colleague who had worked with Mr. Jeebs in the Bay Area in the late ’70s. Then, Michael himself says, “It was so unnecessary … you took a dear friend, an uncle to my kids .. my only wish is that you develop a conscience and are tormented by it until it motivates you to do something.” He becomes emotional, as do more in the gallery. After him, the defense lawyer says they feel the recommendation is fair. The judge offers Felice a chance to speak. He does: “My actions took away some one you love and there’s no amount of .. apologies that can … bring him back,” Felice says. “Every day I’ve had to wake up knowing what I did … there is nothing I can do to bring anyone back, no amount of apologies that I can say … when I get out I (will) try to help someone else from making the mistake I did. I’m sorry,” he says, turning to the gallery, “there’s nothing I can do.”

2:39 PM: “This is a tragedy all around,” says the judge, for a “young man” headed to prison, with an upbringing as “the proverbial lost soul,” and for the victim and his loved one. He says, “Nobody really knows what happened that night, except for one person here …The victim is not here himself to defend himself or his actions … there is no action that can justify having his life cut short like this.” Judge Erlick explains that he usually gives deference to what the two sides have worked out, but says he’s able to be independent … adding, “there is nothing I can do today to bring back Hokum, but to try to give justice for this senseless crime.” He adds time: 175 months, almost 3 years longer than the prosecution had recommended. The hearing is in essence over, as paperwork and formalities are handled. Three years of probation (community custody) will await Felice after he leaves prison. (We recorded the entire 20-minute hearing on video and will upload it as soon as possible, to add to the story.)

Meet your newly coronated West Seattle Hi-Yu Junior Court!

2:04 PM: The newly coronated West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival Junior Court for next year, with the current Junior Court and Senior Queen, from our crew at Hiawatha Community Center.

2:53 PM UPDATE: The new court has three princesses, one more than the current court. Thanks to WSB summer apprentice Callan Carow for gathering the information, working with photographer/co-publisher Patrick Sand. The new court:

Jr. Queen Madison Stanley-Jones — age 10, goes to Our Lady of Guadalupe (interests include music)
Jr. Princess Winter Williams — age 12, goes to Denny International Middle School (interests include underwater robotics)
Jr. Princess Emily Galvin — age 12, goes to Shorewood Christian (interests include art)
Jr. Princess Olivia Efird — age 9, goes to Schmitz Park Elementary (interests include dance)

ADDED 3:59 PM: The clip above includes all 11 candidates.

Followup: White Center bank-robbery suspect arrested

1:35 PM: Earlier this week, we showed you a photo circulated by the King County Sheriff’s Office, showing the man they say robbed the White Center KeyBank last Friday (as reported here, right after a helicopter joined the search). Today he’s in jail, according to KCSO spokesperson Sgt. Cindi West. She says tips led to the arrest; he has not yet been charged, so we aren’t identifying him, but she says he is a 21-year-old Seattle resident. A decision on charges is expected next week.

2:15 PM UPDATE: Sgt. West has issued a news release with one more detail – that deputies “arrested the suspect late Wednesday evening near S 177 and 1st Ave S.”

Umpqua Bank in the Admiral District: Welcome, new WSB sponsor

Today we welcome a new WSB sponsor, Umpqua Bank, located next to Safeway in the Admiral District.

(Umpqua team members: Manager Kirk Mead, Anne Marie Lambalot, Gaby Leveron, Mel Bradley)
Manager Kirk Mead says the first thing you’ll notice when you come into the branch is the world-class service. He says Umpqua’s goal is to be attentive and to create relationships with clients so that you’ll have a bank that works toward the customer’s financial objectives. He says Umpqua wants to help you with your finances and give relevant advice.

Umpqua Bank in Admiral also offers unique amenities that are available to everyone. There’s always hot coffee, an Internet café with a printer, and fresh cookies on Fridays. The lobby is also open for small meetings. Call ahead if you’d like to book the space for your group or organization, 206-694-5461.

Umpqua Bank is also involved in the local community as members of the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, sponsors of the Summer Concerts at Admiral series (which begins July 26th!), and hosts special events such as recent pet-adoption opportunities. You’ll find Umpqua at 2620 California SW.

We thank Umpqua Bank for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

West Seattle Friday: 2 outdoor events moving indoors; 1 postponed; plus, other highlights

(WSB photo added 10:12 am – Hiawatha is starting to set up Fun Fest indoors)
We’ve been checking with organizers of all outdoor events to find out if they have indoor alternatives or if they plan to assess conditions at a certain point. This lineup incorporates what we’ve found out so far – as well as quick reminders about indoor events that obviously are NOT affected by the weather. Have a great Friday!

KIDS’ FUN FEST: Noon-3 pm at Hiawatha Community Center (2700 California SW) – indoors instead of outdoors, because of the weather, but it’s still on! In addition to bouncy toys and games, $15 bike helmets are scheduled to be on sale. Fun Fest will be in the GYM at Hiawatha.

HI-YU JUNIOR COURT CORONATION: Scheduled for 1 pm at Hiawatha during Fun Fest – 11 candidates, according to this morning’s update from Hi-Yu. UPDATE: This event will be held upstairs at Hiawatha – there’s a large room with a stage.

BALLROOM DANCING: Third Friday means 1:30 pm-3:30 pm ballroom dancing at Delridge Community Center with the music of Lauren Petrie (geared to 50+).

LIVE MUSIC: “Bobcat Bob” at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor; 5612 California SW), 6-8 pm. … Barbie Anaka at Salty’s on Alki, 8 pm … The Tim Turner Band plays tonight at The Bridge, 9:30 pm … Fall of 1920 and Body Box at Heartland Café‘s Benbow Room (4210 SW Admiral Way), 9 pm …

OUTDOOR MOVIE, BENEFITING THRIVE THROUGH CANCER, POSTPONED: Update – Just got word from Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) proprietor Lora Swift that the showing of “50/50” to benefit for West Seattle-founded Thrive Through Cancer is POSTPONED till August 10th. (At this point, the first movie of the regular West Seattle Outdoor Movies season, “Pretty in Pink” on Saturday night, is still ON – we’ll of course be watching the weather tomorrow, and you can count on us for real-time updates.)

INDOOR MOVIE AT HIGHLAND PARK IMPROVEMENT CLUB:Finding Nemo” at 7 pm, doors open at 6:30. Movie’s free; volunteers will sell popcorn, candy, and other concessions. BYO blankets/pillows or just sit in the HPIC chairs. All welcome! 12th and Holden.

More time to comment on proposed rezoning of 6 acres on Harbor

From last night’s Alki Community Council meeting: The official comment period for the proposed rezoning of six waterfront acres east of Salty’s on Alki has been extended through August 1st. We first reported on the rezoning proposal two weeks ago; ACC invited a city planner to the meeting to help them understand the proposal and the process.

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Memorial planned July 29th for Robert Ross Nohl, 1942-2012

A memorial is planned July 29th for Bob Nohl, a native West Seattleite. From his family:

Robert Ross Nohl
Born May 20, 1942
Died July 13, 2012

Robert Ross Nohl, 70, passed away peacefully on July 13th after a valiant battle with cancer.

Bob was born in West Seattle to Robert G. and Dorothy Nohl on May 20, 1942. He was a proud graduate in the West Seattle High School class of 1960. He then served in the US Army in Taiwan. Bob loved being a commercial fisherman from Alaska to San Francisco before he started a landscape business in the Seattle area.

In his heart, Bob was always a farmer. Bob and his wife Colleen loved to travel and relished in the culture and diversity they discovered. Bob loved people and loved to talk.

He had a gift that made one feel as if they were the only person in the world. He made everyone feel welcome. Bob was happiest when he was entertaining friends with his excellent cooking in his gourmet kitchen. He always loved a party. Building an off-the-grid home in Port Townsend was his passion for the last 15 years.

He died peacefully, surrounded by family and friends. Bob had many friends because he was such a welcoming, kind, and loving man. He will be missed by all who knew him. People far and wide will miss his smile, sense of humor and his friendly, easy-going manner.

A memorial will be held July 29, 2012, at the West Seattle Golf Course, 1:00 – 4:00.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Bob’s name to the West Seattle Food Bank.

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Morgan Community Association: Sewer project update; RapidRide; trees…

Can you imagine yourself gazing at Puget Sound views and potentially “sub-alpine meadow” landscaping from atop the sewer-overflow-reduction facility to be built across from Lowman Beach? A county rep brought the newest design plans to Wednesday night’s Morgan Community Association meeting, which also included a RapidRide update – read on:

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