West Seattle, Washington
Though Wednesday is the big back-to-school day this week, with Seattle Public Schools and others starting classes, tomorrow (Tuesday) is the first day for the major West Seattle parochial schools:
*Holy Family School (20th/Roxbury), which starts a new Spanish-English dual-language program this year. Principal Frank Cantwell tells WSB, “We have hired seven bilingual teachers from Mexico, South America and Spain. Our Pre-School, Pre Kindergarten, and Kindergarten students will be learning half their subjects in Spanish and half in English. Each year, we will include the next grade up.”
*Hope Lutheran School (42nd/Oregon), where principal Kristen Okabayashi says much is new this year, including the new Singapore-based math curriculum “Math in Focus” for K-8 classrooms, an updated computer lab “with all-new computers and virtualization technology,” two new teachers, a new afternoon preschool class for 4-year-olds, and remodeled school-entrance and school-lobby areas.
*Our Lady of Guadalupe School (34th/Myrtle)
(If we missed any West Seattle school that starts classes tomorrow, please let us know so we can add. Thanks!)
It will soon be a trio of food businesses in the building that until early last year housed just one (On Safari Foods): JC’s Deli is on the way to 9007 35th SW, next door to West Seattle Fish House and two doors down from Stuffed Cakes. We’ve been investigating since a Facebook tip over the weekend; at the future site, which previously held a remodeling company, we found some deli equipment (right) and a flooring worker who told us that “Jeanette, who’s been around here a long time” – was going to open a deli.
More research today tracked down the full story: Jeanette Cummings, who worked for years at Hoagies Corner a short distance south at 35th and Barton (now Super Deli Mart), is opening JC’s Deli with daughter Cynthia Cummings. WSB’s Katie Meyer talked this afternoon with Cynthia, who says it’ll be a real deli, with a dine-in area as well as to-go orders. They’ll offer fresh-made sandwiches including “classic hoagies,” with deli meats and cheeses. Non-alcoholic beverages to start with, Cynthia adds. They hope to open JC’s Deli in early October.
This federal holiday was marked with a flag-raising ceremony in one corner of West Seattle – at Alki Masonic Lodge on the east edge of The Junction. For the first time in eight years, a flag flies over the lodge, and VFW District 2 sent representatives to formally dedicate the new flag and renovated flagpole:
Mar Murillo from VFW Post 6599 (holding the flag) and Richard Moore from Post 2289 led the ceremony:
Also on hand, lodge leadership present and future – Sonny Canlas and Scott Marshall:
Family, friends, and community members came for a potluck preceding the dedication:
Alki Lodge 152, by the way, was originally chartered more than a century ago – in 1906.
The lodge over which the new flag flies is not only home to the local Masons, it’s also a popular place for public rentals and community events.
Thanks to Paula for e-mailing to explain, in case anyone wondered, what Engine 29 is up to in an alley near Charlestown/44th/45th – she says “wires popped, fizzled, and fell into at least three yards.” No fire, and no outages, but the alley is blocked off until the situation’s fixed.
Received overnight from Dina:
I would like to thank the very nice man who knocked on my door just past 11 (last night) to give me my wallet. I must have dropped it outside of the Shadowland. I was taken aback and probably didn’t thank you properly. I truly appreciate your honesty and sense of urgency. I wish I would have offered you something in return.
(CONTINUING TO UPDATE as we get more word of who’s open/closed, especially restaurants … scroll down)
(Water Taxi’s pre-Husky-game lineup Saturday, photographed by Dana. It’s on Sunday schedule today)
Happy Labor Day! Sun’s supposed to be out full strength later. Today’s traditional note:
SOLID WASTE PICKUP: If Monday is your day for city trash/recycling/yard waste pickup, it’s on a regular schedule today.
TRANSPORTATION: Metro Transit is on a Sunday schedule, as are the West Seattle Water Taxi (along with its shuttle buses – but the Vashon WT is NOT running today), and Sound Transit express buses. Washington State Ferries‘ Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route is on a weekend schedule today. NO scheduled bridge/99 closures today/tonight.
STREET PARKING DOWNTOWN, ETC.: Pay stations/meters are on holiday – it’s a city parking holiday.
WHAT’S CLOSED/NOT HAPPENING: Most government offices/facilities closed (Seattle Public Library system reopens tomorrow), most banks closed, no mail delivery.
BUSINESSES? Again this year, those that have made mention on social media tend to be more closed than open, overall. Among retailers, Avalon Glassworks e-mailed to say they’ll be open again this year for Labor Day. Also open Labor Day for the first time – West 5 in The Junction. Meander’s Kitchen north of Morgan Junction is open. (added) Zeeks Pizza is open regular hours (thanks to Larry for the tip) … Easy Street Café till 3 and Chelan Café till 1 (thanks to Rich for the tip) … WSB sponsors Hotwire Online Coffeehouse and C&P Coffee Company are among the many coffee shops we noticed open while taking a quick investigative drive a little while ago. … (More additions) The Bridge (thanks, Lindsay!) and Pegasus Pizza (thanks, Clara!) are both open, from lunchtime on … Fresh Bistro‘s open (thanks, Alan!) … Wing Dome in The Junction too (thanks, Andy!) … also open: Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor; thanks, Jordan!), Cactus on Alki (thanks, Katrina!), Seattle Fish Co. (thanks, Hannelore!), and Luna Park Café (thanks and happy birthday to Krissy!) … (added late afternoon) Endolyne Joe’s is open (thanks, Ian!) …
(Anybody else, stores or restaurants/bars? Let us know, and we will keep adding to the list!)
OUTDOOR SWIMMING TODAY: Last day of the season for the Lincoln Park wading pool, and, also at LP, last day of daily operations for Colman Pool – details here.
PETTING ZOO: At Merrill Gardens-Admiral Heights (WSB sponsor) today – here’s the announcement:
Please join us at Merrill Gardens Admiral Heights for an Animal Encounter on September 3rd from 12:00 to 2:00 pm. We will have a free petting zoo at our community and everyone will have a chance to have a “Hands on Experience”. There will be cute bunnies, baby chicks, a Wallaby, Kune Kune Piglet, Prairie Dog, Pygmy Goats and more exciting animals to see. We will be offering assorted flavors of shaved ice for refreshment. The Admiral Heights community is located at 2326 California Ave SW in the heart of the Admiral Heights business district.
POTLUCK AND FLAG DEDICATION: Everyone’s invited to a noon potluck and 1 pm flag dedication at the Masonic Lodge, 40th/Edmunds on the east edge of The Junction. Details in our calendar listing.