West Seattle, Washington
West Seattle High School‘s varsity baseball team is undefeated in league play, reports Caryn Johnson, after today’s 4-2 win over Nathan Hale HS:
It was a beautiful afternoon for baseball. The Wildcats hosted the Raiders of Nathan Hale at Hiawatha. Starting pitcher for West Seattle was junior #17, Carson Wright [photo above]. He pitched 5 strong innings and had a great defense backing him up all the way through the game. He got into a bind in the bottom of the 2nd inning, but the Wildcats turned a nice double play to end the inning, not allowing any runs to come across. Carson would go on to strike out 2 and only give up 2 runs. Sophomore Anthony Coats would come in to close the game and pitched two innings of shut-out baseball.
West Seattle didn’t have as many hits as Hale, but they all came at key moments. They played “small ball” to manufacture enough runs to top Hale. Anthony Coats led the team with two hits and two RBI’s. Nathan Villegas and Nathan Johnson also contributed to the score with one RBI each.
Also remember that the West Seattle High School baseball team is selling Mariners tickets as a fundraiser to the June 28th Mariners vs Pirates game. Email – firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase and help support the team. Selling tickets also qualifies the team to continue participating in the High School Baseball Classic at Safeco Field. More details on this upcoming game to come.
Meanwhile, the Wildcats next play Eastside Catholic, at EC, 3:30 pm Wednesday.
A local icon is retiring, and closing her business – the namesake and proprietor of Kathy’s Studio of Dance in The Junction. For more than 30 years, young West Seattleites have taken dance lessons and performed at the studio (4217 SW Edmunds) led by Kathryn Lahey, aka “Miss Kathy.” Since getting a tip about her announcement, we’ve spoken with her a couple of times, and she thought the best way to report would be to share the letter she sent to families:
It is with a very heavy heart and much sadness that I announce that after 39 years I will be retiring and closing Kathy’s Studio of Dance. After our Recital in June, the studio will close. This was a very difficult decision for me to make but the dance world is changing and I am no longer up for the challenge. I started my studio with the idea that anyone should be able to dance – no matter their size, talent or ability to pay. I wanted a professional studio that taught children and adults of all ages- structure, discipline and team work. This was how all the dance studios were back when I started 39 years ago. This worked for many years but times have changed and I need to leave the education of dance to those who are young, fresh and are able to change with the new dance world.
I am happy to announce that a new dance school will be opening in our place. I did not want to leave my dancers, teachers or staff without a possible place to continue their love for dance. Mrs.Christine Juarez will be opening her school WEST SEATTLE PERFORMING ARTS here in our location after we finish our Recital. She will be contacting my students about her program in the near future. This new school will be different than ours as the way I ran my studio is obsolete and not viable in this new generation of dancers. The new dance school will have Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern/Contemporary, Tumbling, Acting, Theater and many other exciting classes in the PERFORMING ARTS. Mrs. Juarez has taught at my studio in the past; my daughter took classes from her for many years. When my daughter took classes from her, it was with Mrs. Juarez’s mentoring that helped her receive a scholarship to NY to dance and be on Starpower’s “POWER PAK.” Mrs. Juarez has been on the staff at Cornish College of the Arts for over 20 years. I highly respect and admire Christine Juarez and cannot think of a better person to pass my students to. Some of our current teachers may even teach at this new dance school.
I thank all of you for your years of loyalty, support and dedication. I have enjoyed the many years of working with the children of Seattle. All I ever wanted to do since I was in 5th grade is be a Dance Teacher. Thank you for allowing me to do that. I was blessed to be part of all your lives.
The show will go on as always. I hope to make it our best show ever. How can we go wrong when it’s DISNEY!
Very truly yours – IN DANCE,
This is a business sale, not a property sale; the building’s ownership is not changing. (Side note: It’s not one of the buildings that the recent West Seattle Junction Historical Survey deemed potentially eligible for landmark status, though – see page 13 here – it’s one of the oldest buildings in The Junction.)
4 PM: We’ve obtained new information today about the investigation of more than 100 trees cut on city-owned Duwamish Head Greenbelt slopes in East Admiral. First report came from The Seattle Times late Friday night; we published a much-commented followup on Saturday (including maps showing exactly where it happened). Today – first weekday since this all came to light, though it happened weeks ago – we contacted the City Attorney’s Office with some questions. City Attorney Pete Holmes had gone out to the site on Saturday and met with City Councilmember Lisa Herbold. Holmes’ spokesperson Kimberly Mills has just sent the replies to our questions, which included, how did the city find out about it, where does the investigation stand, and even, what ARE those metal tags on the stumps for? Mills writes:
A neighbor in the area contacted SDOT arborist Nolan Sundquist in January to alert him to some number of trees being cut.
Early last month a private attorney for two of the area homeowners wrote the Parks Department, seeking a way to, in my words, make things right with the City. We do not know who actually cut the trees or how many homeowners were in the group seeking their services.
That letter was forwarded on Feb. 14 to our Torts Section, which hired a private company to determine what it would take to reforest the area (which is about 1.5 acres (two-thirds SDOT and one third Parks).
(Saturday WSB photo by Christopher Boffoli)
The tags were placed by (the company).
We also asked if there’s an SPD report number for this. Not yet, Mills replied, but says Holmes “has asked that the matter be investigated.” She quotes him as adding, “We’re going to make sure the City is made whole as well as try to deter future conduct,” and calling the area “incredibly fragile.”
Mills notes that “the estimated damages are in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, which is way out of our misdemeanor ballpark. This could be a felony.” If you have information that might help in the investigation, call SPD’s non-emergency number, 206-625-5011.
P.S. If you saw helicopter activity over east West Seattle earlier – it’s related to this, as TV helicopters took their first chance for aerial views of the damage.
ADDED 5 PM: Just out of the WSB inbox:
I am sharing this statement on behalf of a client who, along with other neighbors, hired a landscaping business to top and prune some trees to improve the view from their respective residences. After limited discussions with the contractors, my client returned from an out-of-town trip to find the scene shown in the news reports: To our clients’ surprise and dismay, several trees were cut at or near the base, as opposed to just limited pruning work.
I was retained soon thereafter, with instructions to disclose this work to the City, offer to restore any damage caused by the work, and coordinate full restoration of the site with the City. We hired an experienced urban forester (who used to work with the City on this exact type of site restoration) to advise on an appropriate scope of work to restore the site. We reported the cutting work to the City in a letter dated February 5, 2016. We shared our urban forester’s conceptual restoration proposal with the City Attorney’s office on March 9, 2016, and offered to provide a detailed restoration plan (complete with tree size, species, placement and ongoing care obligations) from our client’s urban forester when the City was ready to review it.
We understand the City is still evaluating its options, as well as what work will be necessary to restore the damage to this site. We believe the work affected far fewer than the 150 trees and the “one acre” of City-owned land that has been cited in the news reports. I believe this is because the City’s current damage assessment for this hillside includes another area of cutting (immediately to the south on the other side of some blackberry bushes) that was not done by our client’s contractors. In any event, our client remains ready, willing, and able to work with the City to restore the area affected by their contractors’ work.
In sum, these neighbors made a mistake by authorizing this work. They have the utmost respect for City Parks and its property, and commit to make every effort to make this right. After discussing this matter in detail with the urban forester they retained, my clients are optimistic that the site can be fully restored.
Clayton P. Graham
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Today’s West Seattle Crime Watch roundup starts with a message to (and picture of) a toy thief:
TOYS TAKEN: The message accompanying that photo:
To the fine gentleman in the tan Kia Sorrento who stole all of my kids’ toys from my front porch on Atlas Place at 11:30 am on Sunday morning: Just a quick suggestion before you play with the red fire truck in particular – give it a good scrubbing. My neighbor’s pomeranian recently mistook it for a fire hydrant.”
ARE THESE YOURS? Sarah‘s car was prowled – and somebody else’s stuff was left behind:
Hi, I came home last night around midnight and found my car door open, with someone else’s black purse and a pair of shoes in the front seat. I assume I interrupted a car prowler who ran off when my uber pulled up. I’d like to try returning the items to their owners, I live on 24th and Cloverdale and assume they came from nearby.
Missing a purse and/or shoes? Let us know.
Also over the weekend:
7-11 ROBBED: Another armed robbery at the South Delridge 7-11. We just talked with SPD to get a few more details, after seeing it on the Tweets by Beat log. It happened around quarter till midnight on Saturday night; the clerk at the store was held up by a man and woman with a gun. They made off with cash and cigarettes. A K-9 team helped officers search but they didn’t find the robbers.
And a followup:
STOLEN CAR FOUND: A comment on our Friday report about a car theft in The Triangle says it was found over the weekend in Federal Way.
We hope you *never* have anything to share for Crime Watch – but if something does happen, once you have reported it to police (911 if it just happened or is happening now), please let us know so we can keep your neighbors all around the peninsula informed – police-report/scanner info is not as readily available as you’d think so you’re the best source – 206-293-6302, text/voice 24/7, or email@example.com – thanks!
More restaurant news today – this time, on the north end of The Junction.
Coming to that 1,647-square-foot space in the Blueprint building at 4147 California SW is Raccolto, which “will focus on house-made pasta, seafood, and vegetables,” according to its brand-new website. The proprietors have two restaurants in Madrona, led by Chef Brian Clevenger – Vendemmia and East Anchor Seafood. Raccolto is expected to open this summer. (Thanks to Jack for sending the Eater link that had first word of this.)
First – thanks as always to Mark Wangerin for awesome bird photos. These three, above and interspersed below, feature a flock of dunlin that he says “has been resting and feeding south of the Alki Lighthouse.” Two of the photos have a few other seabirds mixed in with the dunlin. Meantime – Monday’s usually a quiet day on our event calendar, so you don’t need wings to get to these afternoon/evening events:
QUESTIONS ABOUT 4528 44TH SW PROJECT? 4-6 pm today is the drop-in, open-house-style meeting presented by the development team to answer any questions about soon-to-start construction of the six-story, 58-microapartment project. All welcome. Upstairs at the Senior Center of West Seattle. (4217 SW Oregon)
COMMUNITY ORCHARD MEETUP/WORK PARTY: 4-6 pm, stop by the Community Orchard of West Seattle on the north side of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus – find out more about COWS and, if you can, pitch in to help! (6000 16th SW)
FAMILY STORY TIME: High Point Library welcomes families with kids of all ages, 6:30 pm, to enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes with the children’s librarian. As are all library events, this is free. (35th SW/SW Raymond)
MOVIE MONDAY: Double feature at Parliament Tavern, 7 pm, free: “Jason and the Argonauts” and “The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad.” (4210 SW Admiral Way)
AFTER HOURS AT ARTSWEST: 7:30 pm, Justin Huertas and Kirsten DeLohr Helland guest-star in “an intimate and lively night of song and laughter with Artistic Director Mathew Wright on piano.” More info here. (4711 California SW)
More changes in the Alki Beach food-and-drink world. Just received this morning from the owners of Slices on Alki:
Dear West Seattle Community,
After 7 remarkable years, we have decided to sell Slices and simplify our lives. It has been an honor and pleasure getting to know all of you and your families. We have enjoyed watching your kids grow up and we are now having a blast with our little Eleanor!
Thank you for all of your friendship, support and of course, your business. We wish you all the best and though we will miss seeing you for pizza we will be next door at Ampersand Cafe, so stop by and say hello!
In the meantime, please help us welcoming West Seattle Brewing Co. to the neighborhood! They plan on continuing to serve pizza as well as their beer, brewed right up on Fauntleroy. We know they are excited to be in the neighborhood, so cheers to another great summer and THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts!
Slices last day open will be Thursday, March 31st.
(all Slices gift certificates will still be honored at West Seattle Brewing Co. or may be redeemed at Ampersand Cafe)
West Seattle Brewing Co.
On behalf of our ever-growing WSBC family; community, supporters &our team alike, we are indeed thrilled to have a presence and to soon be pouring pints on the beach! We’re not only grateful for the opportunity and privilege, but even further, couldn’t be happier to be sharing walls with such excellent West Seattleites in Daryl, Marisa, Eleanor, their crew and especially with such a complimentary business model that Ampersand is to our own. That all being said, 10 taps of West Seattle’s finest craft beer and hand-crafted pies coming mid-April! Looking forward to sharing all that is Summer on Alki with all of you!
From All of Us at WSBC,
“the Beer Must Flow!”
We just followed up by phone with Slices/Ampersand co-proprietor Marisa. We asked what hours Slices will be open for its final days/nights – she says dinner only tonight, 3-7 pm, then 11 am-7 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and for Thursday’s finale. We’re also checking on the exact name WS Brewing will use for the new location, and will update with that.
(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
6:03 AM: Good morning – we start with these reminders:
FIRST WEEKDAY OF C LINE’S NEW ROUTE: Metro’s service change on Saturday was the start of a new route for the C Line (see the map here), breaking it away from the D Line and sending it to South Lake Union. Here’s more info on that and the other Metro changes.
AVALON/YANCY/30TH/ANDOVER: SDOT announced late last week that this pedestrian-safety project could start as soon as today.
9:02 AM: Robert observed in comments that traffic seemed lighter this morning and wondered who might be out on spring break. Spot check of calendars confirms parochial schools are out this week; Seattle and Vashon public-school districts aren’t out until the week of April 11th, but Highline is out next week.
11:29 AM: We went by Yancy/Avalon (etc.) to check on that project. No work yet – but they’re clearly staging, as workers were clustered around one corner, conferring, with paperwork. Dry weather is expected as the week proceeds. Also noticed while we were out, City Light work on Alki Avenue just east of Alki Point.