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Wesley Homes seeking to take over The Kenney as ‘sponsor’

Back in April, a spokesperson for The Kenney (WSB sponsor) announced that the continuing-care retirement center was seeking a “sponsor” to take over its operations, and that there were four prospects. Three were named at the time; one of them, Wesley Homes, which operates centers in Des Moines and Auburn, is now the front-runner. Here’s the announcement just in from a representative of The Kenney:

Wesley Homes, based in Des Moines, Washington, has presented a letter of intent to further explore sponsorship of The Kenney in West Seattle. The letter of intent was presented to and accepted by The Kenney board of directors on June 4, 2013.

It is the next step in the process of completing due diligence before Wesley Homes makes a decision to become the new non-profit sponsor. Due diligence typically involves an in-depth review of the operations, physical plant, legal issues and finances, including discussions with the bank lender. The due diligence is expected to take several weeks.

Non-profit sponsors are governed by a volunteer board of directors and within the non-profit sector, the term “sponsorship” is used instead of “ownership.” The Kenney board of directors had interviewed and accepted letters of interest from four potential sponsors.

The other three organizations all cited that they were interested, but that the timing of the transaction or other factors outside of The Kenney prevented them from moving forward at this time.

In today’s complex health care environment, affiliation with another sponsor has proven to benefit senior living providers and the residents they serve. Being part of a larger sponsoring organization often presents opportunities for group purchasing of supplies and equipment resulting in significant savings. Larger sponsoring organizations also have the capacity to implement more efficient systems for billing, accounting, nursing services, dining programs, human resources and marketing.

The Kenney has been under interim management since summer 2012 and the interim management will remain in place through the sponsorship process. Interim Chief Executive Officer, Ed Mawe, with Ontrac Management Services continues to provide staff leadership. The quality services to residents continue in the fine tradition of The Kenney.

According to its website, Wesley Homes has been in operation since 1944, and is associated with the United Methodist Church.

Recyclable electronics? Shreddable docs? Junction event Saturday

(WSB photo from June 2012)
It’s become an annual tradition for West Seattle Windermere and the WS Junction Association to offer a chance for you to recycle unwanted electronics AND get old documents shredded, all at the same time, same place. 10 am-1 pm this Saturday (June 8th) is the time, the 42nd SW parking lot behind Windermere (south of SW Oregon) is the place. P.S. Wondering what recyclables they’ll accept? Here’s the list.

West Seattle HS All-School Reunion time! Happening Friday

June 5, 2013 3:12 pm
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No matter what year you attended West Seattle High School, you’re welcome at the All-School Reunion this Friday (June 7). Event chair Jim Biava (WSHS Class of 1971) asked us to remind you it’s just two days away. We asked him for the schedule of events:

5:00 pm: Doors open
5:00 – 6:00 pm: Pick up programs, name tag & roam the halls
6:00 – 7:15 pm: Individual CLASS REUNIONS in assigned rooms
7:00 – 7:30 pm: “Meet Our Hall of Fame” video presentation in the Theater, accompanied by WSHS student musicians
7:15 pm: Alumni dismissed to the Theater
7:30 – 9:00 pm: PROGRAM in the Theater, including Scholarship Awards & Hall of Fame

This year’s Hall of Fame inductees, who are already featured on the new official WSHS Alumni Association website, are Kathleen Stake Brose (Class of ’75) and John Jasperse (Class of ’53). In addition to the events above, classic cars will be on display along SW Stevens, in front of the school, 4:30-7 pm; from 5-9 pm, at the west entrance, you can buy food/drinks and support the WSHS music program; and 5-9 pm, alumni merchandise will be on sale in the Alumni Room.

Signs of summer: Seafair Pirates Landing banners go up

It’s so summery on Alki today, the banners are now up for a big event that’s just one month away – the Seafair Pirates Landing. They’ll arrive at midday Saturday, July 6th. Other big events at the beach this summer include the Alki Art Fair, July 20-21, and the Alki Beach 5K Walk/Run on August 25th. (And of course events all over West Seattle, stretching months into the future, are listed on our calendar, ready for your perusal any time.)

Military-helicopter mystery solved: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – plus, an ‘exercise’

11:37 AM: Half-hour or so ago, three military helicopters passed over southern West Seattle; now it seems at least one has made multiple passes over north West Seattle. We’re checking, but haven’t seen them ourselves, so descriptions appreciated to help us sleuth – thanks!

P.S. We’ve already checked with the Mariners and, while they have a student event happening at Safeco Field right now prior to the day game coming up in an hour-plus, they say it’s not a stadium flyover.

11:48 AM UPDATE: Just added a photo courtesy of Jameson, while we continue calling around… (Added later: Video from Danny:)

(And from the earlier triple flyover in south West Seattle, a photo from Megan:)

12:13 PM UPDATE: Mystery solved! The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers confirms its commander, Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, is being toured around the area. The spokesperson doesn’t know exactly what they were looking at in West Seattle, though, only that the visiting commander was out on a chopper tour that had included a project at Seahurst just south of us. The Corps runs the Ballard Locks, but we also note with a quick bit of web research that it was project manager for construction of the high bridge three decades ago. We checked with the Corps after recalling reading about another of its officials on helicopter tour to the south of us this time last year.

ADDED 1:59 PM: This may, it seems, have been two separate flyovers, and the commander might just have been the earlier one. Just got a note from Leslie Barstow with Boeing Field, who says, “The King County International Airport’s Air Traffic Control Tower has informed airport staff that the helicopters were Army Blackhawks doing an ‘extraction’ exercise over Alki. They have completed their exercises for today.”

Metro service change Saturday includes RapidRide, routes 56/57

Metro‘s just issued a reminder of its Saturday (June 8) service change. Here are the revisions directly affecting West Seattle routes:

· RapidRide C and D lines: A new southbound weekday trip will be added to Westwood Village leaving Bay 3 at the Alaska Junction at 5:12 a.m.. Also, in an effort to balance passenger loads, the RapidRide C and D line schedules will be adjusted during the morning peak period.

· Route 56, 57: The southbound Route 56 trip to Alki leaving Fourth Avenue and Wall Street at 3:28 p.m. will be converted to a Route 57 trip to Genesee Hill. Also, westbound Route 57 trips will end at Bay 2 instead of Bay 1 at the Alaska Junction in West Seattle.

Video: WWRHAH’s questions, Metro’s answers

(From left, Metro’s Victor Obeso; Delridge District Council chair Mat McBride; Metro’s DeAnna Martin and Doug Johnson. Photo courtesy Joe Szilagyi)
With side effects of last fall’s big changes still rippling, and the possibility of cuts ahead if new funding isn’t found, Metro Transit remains a hot topic, even for those who don’t ride its buses regularly. For the new Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council (aka WWRHAH), it’s the #1 topic its members want to know about – not surprising, given that the Westwood Village area is being increasingly utilized as a transit hub, and that last fall’s cuts hit especially hard in Arbor Heights. So last night, WWRHAH devoted the entirety of its meeting to hearing from and talking with Metro reps. If you couldn’t be there, here’s our video – in two parts, since there was a five-minute break during the meeting. Part 1:

Here’s part two:

That ends a few minutes before the meeting did, as our camera operator had to run out to breaking news. If you don’t have time to listen to/watch the video, WWRHAH secretary Joe Szilagyi published detailed notes via the council’s website late last night, and you can read them here.

P.S. Metro reps are making another appearance in this area tomorrow night, as part of the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting, 7 pm Thursday (June 6) at NH Fire District headquarters, 1243 SW 112th.

SIDE NOTE: Just as we were finishing this story, Metro announced details of its June service changes, taking effect Saturday. Here’s the regionwide page; we’ll have a separate West Seattle breakout shortly.

West Seattle Wednesday: Bicycling; microhousing; running; Madison newcomers’ potluck; Denny/Sealth concert…

Thanks to John Hinkey for today’s featured photo, taken after sunset Tuesday and sent to us late last night. Just so happened that your editor here was on the state ferry M/V Kaleetan from Bremerton a short time later, when it came to a stop in Rich Passage, with no announcement; walking around the outer deck to investigate, we spotted the sub and its escorts – the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Osprey, a smaller USCG vessel, and two tugs. We shared an iPhone photo via Instagram at the time, but were happy to see John’s much-better photo come in later.

Now, on with highlights for today/tonight:

FREE CO-WORKING DAY: Started minutes ago at West Seattle’s only co-working spot, WS Office Junction – details in our calendar listing. (5230 California SW)

AMERICAN MAH JONGG: Play it today and every Wednesday, 1-3 pm, at the Senior Center of West Seattle (WSB sponsor) – details in our calendar listing. (California/Oregon)

AFTER-SCHOOL NATURE WALK: 3:30 pm, explore the “Snakes, Beetles and Butterflies of Camp Long” with naturalist Stewart Wechslerdetails here. (5200 35th SW)

BICYCLE MASTER PLAN OPEN HOUSE: 6-7:30 pm (with a presentation at 6:30), at City Hall downtown, your first chance to hear about the draft update of the city’s Bicycle Master Planmore info here. No meetings are planned in West Seattle, but there’s a “South Seattle” edition one week from tonight – follow the aforementioned “more info” link for location/time. (5th/Cherry)

MICROHOUSING ON SW DISTRICT COUNCIL AGENDA: There’s been a change in the agenda for tonight’s Southwest District Council meeting since the first preview we published – while Diane Sugimura, director of the city’s Department of Planning and Development, is still scheduled to speak with the group about “microhousing,” the separate discussion of local school projects has been postponed, and instead, City Councilmember Bruce Harrell will be on hand to talk about the council’s legislative agenda. Meeting’s at 6:30 pm, Southwest Teen Life Center. (2801 SW Thistle)

NATIONAL RUNNERS DAY: Celebrate by joining a pub run (details here) with West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), 6:30 pm. (California/Charlestown)

POTLUCK DINNER FOR NEW MADISON STUDENTS: Got a student entering Madison Middle School next fall? Come to tonight’s potluck, 6-7:30 pm; details and RSVP link here.

DENNY/SEALTH CONCERT: The next-door-neighbor middle and high schools present their end-of-year vocal and orchestra concert tonight, 7 pm, Chief Sealth International High School Auditorium. Details (including a pre-concert reception) in our calendar listing. (2600 SW Thistle)

Congratulations, champs! Our Lady of Guadalupe’s baseball win

More baseball champions in West Seattle! Our Lady of Guadalupe‘s 5th/6th grade team has won the CYO championship, according to this report from Coach Jon, who also shared the photo:

They came from behind to beat St. Louise of Bellevue. Down 8-1 in the 3rd inning, the team comes back to win 10-8. With good defense, solid pitching and timely hitting, the OLG Bulldogs came back in thrilling fashion to claim the CYO title, in a game played at Walt Hundley Field.

Players: Kellen, Cristian, Nathan, Matthew, Caitlin, Jackson, Issac, Issac, Brandon, Aidan, Luke, Jaiden, Chase

Coach Jon also credits Coach Peter and the fans for their roles in the big win.

West Seattle scene: Happy 35th, Illusions Hair Design!

The 35th anniversary party may be over, but the fun never stops at Illusions Hair Design (WSB sponsor). The salon opened for business on June 1st, 1978, and wrapped up the anniversary festivities with a raffle drawing Tuesday afternoon (shortly before we stopped by for the group photo – that’s proprietor Sue Lindblom at left with her team). It raised almost $900 for Pencil Me In For Kids, which gets school supplies to students in need. You can donate to PMIFK any time at Illusions (5619 California SW) or via its website.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday updates

(Live view from the east-facing WS Bridge camera; other cameras are on the WSB Traffic page)
Quiet start to the commute, but a note for those who travel through SODO – you’ll note activity at Safeco Field this morning, an event with thousands of students arriving for Weather Education Day; after that, the Mariners have a day game.

TRAFFIC APP, ANYONE? The city says it’s working on a traffic app, among other things, and wants to know your general thoughts on what it should be offering for smartphones, tablets, etc. If interested, take this really short survey.

First-ever Vlogger Fair coming to Terminal 5 this weekend

The Port of Seattle‘s Terminal 5 in West Seattle isn’t usually known as an event venue – but that’s what it’ll be this weekend, for the first-ever Vlogger Fair. “Vlogger” is short for “video blogger”; organizers of Vlogger Fair insist “it’s not a conference, it’s a gathering!” Nationally known Seattle-based online personality/entrepreneur/vlogger Chris Pirillo explains it in this clip published on YouTube (which is sponsoring the event):

If you already know all about vlogging and some of its most famous personalities (besides Chris), check out the list of who’ll be in attendance. It’s happening 9 am-6 pm Saturday and 9-noon Sunday; if you’re interested in going, you can register here.

Still room in your West Seattle summer-camp program?

Once again this year, we’re making a simple last-minute list of West Seattle summer-camp programs that still have room, to help out families who are still looking, with days left till summer vacation begins. We put out the call on the WSB Facebook page earlier today and appreciate the resulting responses; in case you missed that, we’re asking here too. We hope to assemble the list tomorrow, so please e-mail us the info ASAP (include a website link rather than tons of text, as each mention will be brief) – Thanks!

New plan for ex-Charlestown Café: Six 5-unit townhouse buildings

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

If you have been hoping to hear about another restaurant taking over the two-years-closed Charlestown Café – you’re likely out of luck.

While the first post-closure proposal for the site has long since been scrapped, a new one is in play – and it is primarily residential.

City records show that Intracorp – the same developers behind the 3210 California proposal a few blocks north, as well as another proposal across the street from that – is pursuing a plan for six 5-unit townhouse buildings “around a central drive aisle” on the ex-café site.

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Video: Mayor at Madison Middle School, announcing dental care for students

3:02 PM: We’re at Madison Middle School, where Mayor McGinn will be speaking momentarily as part of an announcement that dental care will be provided for some Seattle Public Schools students starting next year. The news release that’s been provided explains that the money comes from the Families and Education Levy passed by voters in 2011, and Neighborcare Health – whose CEO is also scheduled to speak – will be the provider. Neighborcare already runs clinics at some SPS campuses. We’ll add any West Seattle-specific details that emerge in the briefing.

3:15 PM: “You can’t learn when your teeth hurt,” the mayor noted in the briefing (which we are recording on video). Also speaking: Pat Sander from the school district, who notes, “In recent years, we’ve become much more aware of the importance of dental health, and the toll it may be taking on student attendance.” She says this will be offered at elementary and middle schools. Mark Secord, CEO of Neighborcare, says they are “thrilled” to receive the grant. “We hope to cover at least 11 schools through this grant support.” He says this will particularly benefit some students who otherwise might never get to go to a dental clinic. Speaking next: Neighborcare’s dental director, Dr. Marty Lieberman. They have not yet worked out which schools this will be offered in, for starters.

ADDED: Video of the briefing, above. Afterward, the mayor was taken on a tour of the Madison clinic, including a demonstration of the kind of portable dental equipment that’ll be used in the new program:

Here’s the mayor’s office news release about the event.

Ex-Chuck and Sally’s Tavern followup: ‘Closing sale’ this Saturday

The former Chuck and Sally’s Tavern is having a “closing sale,” almost six years after it closed, and a week and a half after we broke the news that the former tavern in Morgan Junction will become the new home of The Bridge (which is being displaced from 35th SW by a future apartment building). We just received this announcement from the C&S building’s owners:

Closing Sale, Everything Goes!

It’s the end of an era. Our family bar Chuck & Sally’s opened in 1943; since then we have enjoined serving the West Seattle Community. Now it’s your chance to take a piece of history home. This Saturday, June 8th, we will be selling everything. Pool tables, dartboards, tables, chairs, stools, “everything beer’. If it was inside, it’s for sale. Maybe you had a beer there once, was a coffee drinker ‘n’ cribbage player, or a regular we saw daily. We would love to see you again.

Come by and see us Saturday 8:30 am-7 pm; we look forward to seeing you. Jim & Denette

C&S is on the southwest corner of California/Graham.

Rocky problem at Lincoln Park beach; ‘long-term solution’ sought

That photo is courtesy of Bill and Margi Beyers, who have been trying to get Seattle Parks to remove those rocks placed in January in front of the damaged north Lincoln Park beach seawall. (Here’s our December coverage of that storm damage.) Last week, they e-mailed us about it, saying the rocks’ size “makes them environmentally unsustainable – the first strong north wind at a high tide will toss these rocks over the beach,” adding that Parks put sand and gravel over the rocks last week, which they didn’t see as a solution. After reading their concerns, we contacted Parks for comment – and today, we’ve learned that Parks is working on a plan that eventually would remove those rocks, but says it’s a “complex” situation – not simply a matter of scooping them up and taking them away. Read on for details of the concerns, and the response:

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Update: Van crashes on Harbor Avenue, lands on side, 3 to hospital

(Photo by @lolomatic via Twitter)
ORIGINAL REPORT, 9:50 AM: Emergency crews are on their way to the 2500 block of Harbor Avenue for a “heavy-rescue” call. So are we. More to come.

10:06 AM UPDATE: A car is on its side. Harbor Ave is closed at the bridge.

(Photo by WSB co-publisher Patrick Sand)
10:33 AM UPDATE: As a WSB commenter notes, at least one parked car was damaged in the crash. Our crew at the scene says it appears at least two people are being transported by private ambulance; we’re checking on the total number of people injured. If you hear/see helicopter(s) in the area, at least one TV helicopter has come over to check out the scene.

11:02 AM UPDATE: Harbor will be closed for at least two hours, per radio communications – the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad has been called out to investigate this crash.

(Photo by Leo Shaw)
11:19 AM UPDATE: As noted in comments, some people ran from the scene after the crash. At least one person was seen in handcuffs at the scene later. SPD can’t confirm for us yet whether anyone has been arrested, but they say one vehicle involved, either the van or a parked car, was confirmed as stolen. We’ll continue to update, once the scene reopens, and once SPD has more information on how this all shakes out.

1:38 PM UPDATE: Police are reopening southbound Harbor Avenue.

4:34 PM UPDATE: Just in case you were still wondering – we’ve verified in person, Harbor has since fully reopened. We also have an update on injuries from Seattle Fire spokesperson Kyle Moore: “There were 5 people inside the minivan. All of the patients self-extricated. We treated a 52-year-old male, 21-year-old female, and 17-year-old female. AMR transported all three to HMC. We did not treat the male driver or another male passenger.”

ADDED WEDNESDAY MORNING: A summary is now on SPD Blotter; aside from what we’ve already reported, the only additional note is confirmation the Lexus SUV was indeed the stolen vehicle police mentioned when we first spoke with them.

Four calendar highlights for your West Seattle Tuesday

(Hummingbird with coral honeysuckle in the Arroyos; photo by Sonya Capek)
Another beautiful day! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

LUNCH/TALENT SHOW FUNDRAISER: Raise money for Seattle Parks‘ Lifelong Recreation programs through this lunch/talent show event at the Senior Center of West Seattle – lunch 11:45 am, talent show 12:30 pm. More info in the calendar listing. (California/Oregon)

DROP-IN CHESS: Chess players of any age are invited to drop by the Seattle Public Library‘s High Point Branch, 4-5:30 pm. (35th/Raymond)

METRO @ WWRHAH: You don’t have to be a Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights resident to come to the WWRHAH Community Council meeting tonight – all are welcome because it’s a topic of West Seattle-wide interest, Metro Transit. Metro reps will be there to provide updates and answer questions, as detailed on the WWRHAH website. The meeting starts at 6:30 pm, and it’s NOT the usual WWRHAH location – it’s at the Chief Sealth International High School Library. (2600 SW Thistle)

DENNY PTSA MEETING: Last one of the year – details on the Denny International Middle School home page. 7 pm, school library. (2601 SW Kenyon)

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday updates; WWRHAH’s Metro meeting tonight

(Live view from the east-facing WS Bridge camera; other cameras are on the WSB Traffic page)
7:18 AM: Nothing unusual reported on the West Seattle-and-vicinity routes as we move toward the heart of the commute. Reminder for tonight: The Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council will devote its entire meeting to Metro, 6:30 pm, Chief Sealth International High School Librarydetails on the WWRHAH website; all welcome.

7:30 AM: The biggest regional problem of the moment isn’t likely to affect anyone outbound from here but if you are heading back this way from points east/northeast – a semitruck has gone sideways across the entirety of southbound I-405 in Renton.

West Seattle biznotes: Illusions’ 35th; Sherwin-Williams opens; WS Runner event Wednesday

ILLUSIONS’ 35TH ANNIVERSARY TOMORROW: Tuesday is a big day at Illusions Hair Design (WSB sponsor) – the culmination of Illusions’ celebration of 35 years in business! You are invited to stop by any time between 10 am and 6 pm; one hallmark of the celebration is a raffle raising money for a charity that’s near and dear to the hearts of Illusions’ Sue Lindblom and her team – Pencil Me In For Kids. Illusions is at 5619 California SW.

Now to a brand-new business:

SHERWIN-WILLIAMS STORE NOW OPEN: The paint store built behind the Delridge/Orchard ARCO station is now open for business. Corporate PR hadn’t answered our recent inquiries about when the store would open, but we noticed the big NOW OPEN sign in the window last night and went back today to verify. You can find their hours and other info on the corporate website.

CELEBRATE NATIONAL RUNNING DAY WITH WS RUNNER: Lori McConnell from West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) sends word that Wednesday is National Running Day, and that coincides with this event on the WSR calendar:

We have an Asics-sponsored Pub Run that night at 6:30 pm. We will meet at the store; folks can try out Asics shoes for the run, and we end at Spiro’s Pizza for a carb reload in the form of beer and pizza … or anything else on the menu. The run will be 3 miles. All paces are welcome. There are raffle prizes as well from Asics.

WS Runner is on the northwest corner of California/Charlestown, second floor.

Tidy up ‘Walking on Logs’; have your work seen by thousands

(April 2012 photo)
It’s volunteer work that will be seen and appreciated by thousands. This Saturday morning, Nancy Driver says, cleanup help is needed for the landscaping by the Walking on Logs sculpture installation along the Fauntleroy end of the bridge – any and all helps is appreciated, though Nancy notes those who have used the area for promotional purposes might be particularly interested in helping:

The Walking on Logs Landscape Group is looking for volunteers to help with a clean up of the Walking on Logs site on Saturday, June 8th from 9:00 am to noon. We will be weed whacking, weeding, and taking out the small trees that didn’t make it through the winter. Volunteers should wear good shoes (parts of the site are muddy) and bring their own gloves, although we will have some gloves on site. Water will be provided. Please contact Nancy at for details on where to meet for entry to the site.

If you love the Walking on Logs statues and love seeing them dressed up, please consider giving a few hours of your time to upkeep of the site. We’d particularly appreciate seeing volunteers from the various groups that make use of the site. Thanks.

If you’re interested, here’s some background on volunteer efforts to help maintain the site.

Noticed the red-brown water? Not ‘red tide’ – just noctiluca

June 3, 2013 7:53 pm
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Lots of questions tonight about what looks like reddish-brown muck in the water along West Seattle shores – and some who saw it are sharing photos, too; the one above is from Cheryl via the WSB Facebook page. No, it’s not “red tide” (which as the state notes seldom looks “red” at all) – it’s another round of noctiluca, the non-toxic single-celled organisms that “bloom” when conditions are just right, and this year it’s already the second major wave – we mentioned it back in May, as well as last year, and the year before.