West Seattle, Washington
Six months ago, when SDOT held a second open house, by community request, for the SW Admiral Way Safety Project, the resulting “final design” was expected shortly thereafter, “implementation” was expected by year’s end, and “evaluation” was expected this year.
The year’s one-fourth over, and the design hasn’t even gone public yet. That was pointed out at this month’s Alki Community Council meeting, when one attendee said she hadn’t been able to get the SDOT project manager to answer her questions about where the project stood.
If the project name doesn’t bring an image to mind, it’s the reconfiguration >originally proposed almost a year ago for Admiral Way west of California SW. It was first shown to the Admiral Neighborhood Association in April 2015, with added bicycle lanes, narrowed general-purpose lanes, and some parking removal. After subsequently contentious-at-times reaction – especially regarding the revelation that initial decisions had been made based on wintertime parking usage, not summertime – the project was modified a bit and brought back to the community in fall (along with summertime parking data).
With half a year now past since the September meeting, and after hearing the frustration voiced at the ACC meeting, we contacted SDOT to ask for a status update. Project spokesperson Dawn Schellenberger replied, “We are in the process of revising the design and do not yet have a final design nor implementation date.” The online information has changed slightly since we contacted her – the timeline box now says “implementation” in spring this year and “evaluation” in spring of next year – but no word on what will be proposed for in the next design revision.
Another youth-sports season is under way in our area – this time, Southwest Little League. The photos and report are from Erin Hauk:
The Southwest Little League kicked off the 2016 season on Saturday with the annual Jamboree at Mel Olsen Stadium in Steve Cox Memorial Park. SWLL President Terri Robison [above] welcomed families and introduced the teams while coaches and players paraded on to the infield for the national anthem.
SWLL serves West Seattle south of SW Juneau and east of 35th SW, through White Center and into North Burien (see the boundaries on this page).
5:34 PM: Thanks to the caller who just let us know about a crash on West Marginal Way SW. It’s in the 3800 block, according to the SFD log, just south of the bridge; the caller says it appears the driver hit a tree on the southbound side, and a private ambulance is on scene. We’re on our way to check it out.
6:02 PM: The wrecked car is wrapped around a tree and not in travel lanes; police say the driver had gotten himself out before they arrived, and was taken to a hospital to be checked out. Besides totaling the car, he took out a few traffic signs.
For the third year, Highland Park Elementary was the scene of drumming, singing, and dancing during the Nik-So-Ko-Waaks Pow Wow. Friday night’s event was highlighted by the Grand Entry, shown in our short clip above, featuring HPES students as “head young lady” and “head young man.” Food and vendors were also part of the gathering, which an organizer explained was created to ensure that city-dwelling Native children would have the chance to experience a traditional Native gathering.
(Tuesday’s principal-for-the-day Alyssa Ruiz and principal Aida Fraser-Hammer)
One of the more unusual prizes donated for Chief Sealth International High School‘s recent auction was the chance to be “principal for a day.” This past week, a Sealth junior claimed the prize. The story and photos are from Sealth principal Aida Fraser-Hammer:
On Tuesday 3/22/2016, Chief Sealth International High School had a new principal at its helm. She is 11th grader Alyssa Ruiz who was principal for the day. Principal Fraser-Hammer’s job was auctioned off at the PTSA Passport to Excellence Dinner and Auction. The successful bidder for this item donated it to Sealth’s LINK Crew, a leadership group for 11th and 12th graders.
Alyssa spent her day as Principal visiting classrooms, talking to teachers, counselors and students about the educational process. She also supervised the lunchroom and halls during passing periods. Her most memorable experience as principal was attending the Race and Equity meeting which started at 7:00AM. She was amazed that teachers and administrators actually got together to talk about how to address issues of school climate and equitable access to all. Alyssa ended her day as Principal at an Open House for the Academies of Finance and Hospitality & Tourism which ended at 7:30. This was indeed a long day for Alyssa but she is happy to have spent the day in the role as Principal at Chief Sealth International High School.
Join the Southwest Seattle Historical Society on Saturday, June 25, 2016, for a tour that focuses on rarely-seen and -shared background on how this inspiring institution got its start 107 years ago in the woods north of Lincoln Park and along the Fauntleroy streetcar line.
In the video above, Stuart and Michele Kenney, the great-great-great-nephew and -niece of Samuel and Jessie Kenney, founders of The Kenney, invite you to the tour, which will run from 3 to 5 p.m.
Admission is by donation: $10 for historical-society members and $15 for non-members.
Featured will be display panels on the history of The Kenney, its founders, its prominent residents over the years, and much more.
Stay tuned for more details. (An invitation-only VIP opportunity will be available earlier in the day. If you are interested, please e-mail Clay Eals, executive director, at email@example.com.)
P.S. If you missed the mention in our daily preview, the SWSHS’s Log House Museum is closed today for Easter, but will be back to its full regular hours/days next week – noon-4 pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
Last night when I got home there was a coyote eating something in my backyard. I beat on the windows and scared it away (for a minute) before it returned to get the meal it had left behind. Unfortunately, it looks like he may have gotten a neighborhood pet, like a tortoiseshell-color cat. Since it was getting dark then, I will check the yard today for any collars or identifying information. Please encourage your readers to keep their pets inside. This coyote is much bigger than the others that seem to visit my back yard on a weekly basis. If anyone has ideas on what can be put down to keep them away, I’d love to know what would do it. I live on the Alki hillside on Lander.
The state’s main advice in the coyote chapter of its “Living With Wildlife” series is to reduce food sources – don’t leave pet food out, let alone pets – as well as scaring them away if you see them, not just with noise, but even with throwing rocks or sticks if within range.
EASTER SERVICES/EVENTS: Churches’ schedules are listed (if sent to us) and linked from the WSB Easter Etc. page – some are having brunches and/or Easter egg hunts too.
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm as always. Special feature: “Bring the family … and find one out of a dozen toy eggs dispersed around the farmers’ booths and redeem a special prize from the market manager!” Here’s the fresh list. (44th/Alaska)
AVALON GLASSWORKS: Blowing glass as usual on Easter Sunday, 11 am-5 pm – info here. (2914 SW Avalon Way)
PLAY GAMES! Meeples Games (WSB sponsor) is open, with six game groups on the schedule today (see the right side of the Meeples home page), or – just drop in to enjoy games, beverages, food, etc. (3727 California SW, upstairs)
LOG HOUSE MUSEUM IS CLOSED … back to regular noon-4 pm Sunday hours next week.
EGG DECORATING: At Mind Unwind/Treehouse Lounge, 1-6 pm, all ages, all supplies included, $10/half-dozen, $15 dozen. (2206 California SW)
SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY BRANCHES ARE OPEN … regular hours today, 1 pm-5 pm.
OTHER CLOSURES/CHANGES: We don’t make a list for Easter – just for the big holidays toward year’s end – but do be aware that you’ll likely find a few businesses closed; check before you go.
“Give Peeps a chance!” Thanks to Sandy for the photos of Peeps creations on display in Fairmount. Not sure if they’re still out in all their glory now that the rain’s back, but they were delighting passersby on Saturday, including Sacha‘s “Peep-a-pult”: