West Seattle, Washington
In a home game this afternoon, the Chief Sealth International High School baseball team beat Roosevelt, 5-4, and will play them again Friday. Thanks to head coach Ernest Policarpio for the box score – Evan Moe got the win for the Seahawks, with 7 innings and 6 strikeouts; standouts on offense included Kyle Flora going one for three with 3 RBI, and Miles Hoffman going two for three with an RBI. Sealth faces Roosevelt again at 3:30 pm Friday, this time at Lower Woodland. The Seahawks’ full season schedule and results so far can be seen here.
Baseball season around here, of course, means much more than the M’s – here’s another reason to cheer for your local youth leagues: Thanks to Coach Sean for sending the photo of the West Seattle Little League‘s first-ever all-girl coach-pitch team, the Rockford Peaches. (Named after a championship-winning all-woman pro-baseball team of the 1940s and 1950s.) He says they’re 6-8 years old, they play all-boy teams, and “are the talk of the town.” You’re invited to cheer them on, with upcoming games including:
Friday, April 8th, 5 pm, at Bar S (Alki Point) vs. the Thunderbirds
Saturday, May 14th, 5:30 pm, Alki Playfield, vs. the Evergreens
Saturday, May 21st, 6 pm, Alki Playfield, vs. the Grays
The full schedule is on the WSLL website; the coach recommends the Friday game because it’s “their only game at Bar-S and the weather is supposed to be awesome!”
Ferry commuters are one step closer to a more reliable system as Washington State Ferries celebrates a major milestone for the Chimacum, the fleet’s third Olympic Class vessel. The Chimacum’s 1,110 ton superstructure, which took 18 months to construct at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders on Whidbey Island, will transit to Seattle tonight, Wednesday, April 6.
The announcement continues after the jump: Read More
(2012 WSB photo by Christopher Boffoli, from original pad-replacement work beneath the bridge)
As we first reported back in January, dozens of nighttime closures are ahead for the Fauntleroy Expressway end of the West Seattle Bridge, as SDOT begins the year-delayed re-replacement of 600+ earthquake-safety bearing pads.
This afternoon, the city announced that the first closure is expected to be the night of April 25th. Read on for the rest of the announcement:
2:28 PM: If you’ve seen the police presence on Atlas Drive and, below it, in/around the 5900 block of Beach Drive – officers are searching for at least one suspected prowler/burglar. More to come.
2:38 PM: Our crew has arrived in the area and learned from a sergeant at the scene that the suspect(s) abandoned a car that’s been confirmed as stolen. A K-9 team is searching on Atlas and we can’t get close enough to verify, but the scanner described the vehicle as a silver Honda CR-V. Police also have found a knife believed to have been dropped by the/a suspect as they fled downhill from Atlas to Beach.
2:52 PM: A suspect is now in custody, found on Beach Drive (photo added below):
ADDED 5:37 PM: The car was towed to the SPD evidence facility in SODO. Thanks to James for the photo:
Today we’re welcoming a new WSB sponsor, M.O.I. Designs. New local sponsors get the chance to let you know who they are and what they do:
(Proprietor Desirae Wilkerson)
M.O.I. Designs is an interior design studio specializing in residential and boutique commercial interior design. We believe that great design matters in the way we live and work within our spaces. Every space has potential and every space can be functional, unified and balanced while expressing creativeness and personality.
Whether it’s one room that needs some work, or the whole house, we work with our clients to create the perfect design package to fit their needs. From full-service interior design (concept to completion) to picking out paint selections or creating a simple room arrangement, M.O.I. Designs is dedicated to creating something that is exactly you!
M.O.I. Designs opened in early 2013, spending the first 2 years of business developing our process and building important relationships with vendors, tradespeople and clients through a variety of projects. Our clients tell us we’ve made their projects easier, less overwhelming, and most importantly, more enjoyable. Let’s face it, spending hours at the tile or paint store making sure that your selections look good with your new flooring or furniture can be tiring and can result in important details such as color matching, lighting, and durability being overlooked.
By hiring us, our clients are assured that we will listen closely to their needs. We will take into account all of the details and deliver results in a timely manner so that you can get your projects started and on the way to completion (and look, you’ve just freed up a few Saturdays now that you can enjoy doing something else!). We take a refreshing and realistic approach to the design process by understanding that everyone is different. Your budgets are different and your spaces are different, as are your styles and interests. We appreciate the strong community we have here in West Seattle and try to use local sources as much as possible for our projects. Our goals are to build great relationships and to create comfort, ease and functionality in your most cherished spaces.
To find out more about the services we offer, please visit our website at moidesigns.net and be sure to click on “design process” to read a little more about how we work. Contact us today to set up a free 30-minute meet and greet – we would love to see your space and hear more about your project needs! 206.356.7778 – moidesigns.net
We thank M.O.I. Designs 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.
(Map from July 2015 slide deck about 35th SW plan)
More than half a year after the much-discussed changes on 35th Avenue SW between Morgan and Roxbury, Phase 1 of the 35th SW Corridor Safety Project, you might be wondering when we’ll hear the timeline for Phase 2, north of Morgan. After Kevin e-mailed to ask for an update, we checked in again with SDOT‘s project manager Jim Curtin. His reply: “We will host a couple of meetings about 35th in May – likely the weeks of the 9th and/or the 16th. We definitely want to chat with residents living immediately adjacent to 35th and provide other street users with an opportunity to chat about our work moving forward.” Phase 2 was outlined in the Phase 1 announcement last July (WSB coverage here), including a declaration of no channelization changes north of SW Edmunds, but the timeline hadn’t previously been specified.
Thanks to everyone who’s already registered to be part of West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2016 on Saturday, May 14th! After the first full day of registration, we have more than 40 sales signed up so far. A spot check of the registrations shows they’re from neighborhoods all over the peninsula, including Arbor Heights, Sunrise Heights, Fauntleroy, Highland Park, Genesee Hill, The Junction, Admiral, Puget Ridge, South Delridge, Westwood, Avalon, High Point, Belvidere, North Delridge, Seaview, Gatewood, Alki … with listings from “Selling everything to travel the world!” to “Shoes, shoes, shoes!” WSCGSD is one big day with sales of all sizes, all over the peninsula, mapped online (clickably) and in a printable/PDF version, published well in advance to provide plenty of planning time. If you’re having a sale, sign up when you’re ready by going here!
(Varied thrush, photographed by Mark Wangerin – click to open a larger view)
Our highlights for today start now and stretch across the next 12-plus hours!
DINE OUT FOR ROXHILL ELEMENTARY: Endolyne Joe’s (WSB sponsor) is donating part of its proceeds today to support enrichment programs at Roxhill Elementary. Joe’s dining room is open until 10 tonight. (9261 45th SW)
NETWORKING MEETUP: Noon at West Seattle Office Junction, take a break from your home office, local business, coffee-shop spot, wherever, and come network. Bring your lunch. (6040 California SW)
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES: 1 pm matinée at the Senior Center of West Seattle, today showing “Rose of Washington Square” (1939) with Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Al Jolson. Suggested donation $1-$2. (California SW/SW Oregon)
SEALTH SHOP SUPPORTERS @ SCHOOL BOARD: 5:30 pm, the public-comment period starts at the Seattle School Board meeting at District HQ in SODO, and supporters of the budget-threatened wood-shop program at Chief Sealth International High School are on the list. Here’s the agenda for the full meeting, which starts at 4. (3rd S./S. Lander)
SOUTHWEST DISTRICT COUNCIL: 6:30 pm at Senior Center of West Seattle. No agenda yet but we’ve heard word of a guest to discuss plans for the upcoming tunneling-related Alaskan Way Viaduct closure. (California SW/SW Oregon)
JIM PAGE: Live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
‘THE ADDAMS FAMILY’ AT WSHS: 7:30 pm at the West Seattle High School Theater, go cheer student performers in the WSHS Drama Club/Music Department production of the musical “Addams Family.” Ticket info’s in our listing. (3000 California SW)
CHECK THE CALENDAR for even more!
Family and friends will gather tomorrow at The Mount to remember Marie Loken. Here’s the remembrance they’re sharing:
Our beloved mother Marie M. Loken passed away on March 26, 2016 at the age of 93. She was born on August 22, 1922 in Seattle to Charles and Marie McIntosh. Mom was the eldest of three sisters and spent her youth in Ballard and spent many a Sunday on her grandparents’ farm on Vashon Island. She was a 1941 graduate of Holy Angels High School, where she received a diploma from Holy Angels Academy School of Music in addition to her high school diploma. At 17, Mom could play concert level piano pieces and never lost her love of playing her piano. After high school, she worked at Federal Way High School as a secretary and then worked as a typesetter for Sears Roebuck catalogue department in the old Sears building on 1st Avenue. Shortly before World War II, she met the love of her life, Roger, at a local dance school. They wrote to each other throughout the war, and while he was overseas he asked her to marry him. 69 years later they were still together until his death last year.
She moved to Kettle Falls to help Roger embark on his teaching career. While they were building a house, Marie endured harsh winters and summers raising her babies, all born about a year apart. She returned to Seattle in 1958 and resided in West Seattle for her remaining years. After raising her six children she returned to Sears and worked as a typesetter with the same people that she had worked with when she was 19. Through the years Marie was Roger’s right hand and greatest supporter through his teaching and real estate endeavors. Mom loved to travel and she took trips with her husband and family to Europe and Hawaii and the Oregon Coast. Reading mysteries and watching her classic movies were some of her favorite pastimes. When it came to gardening, she could grow anything from a cutting. In her younger years, she was an avid bowler, bowling a 300 at one point. The last of the great card senders, she maintained correspondence with her friends from Kettle Falls for over 60 years and never let a holiday or birthday go by without sending a card. She was a Red Cross Volunteer and a longtime member of Holy Rosary and Guadalupe parishes.
She is preceded in death by her husband Roger and her grandson Mac Branom. She leaves behind her six children: David Loken of Everett; Joan Perryman of New Mexico; Catherine Hunter of Des Moines, WA; Robert Loken of Seattle; Roberta Jackowski of Seattle; and Karen Coffey of Portland; 10 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Services will be held at 9:30 am on April 7th at Mount St. Vincent Chapel. Graveside services will be held at Holyrood Catholic Cemetery. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Emmick Family Funeral Services – West Seattle. Please share memories of Marie on our online guestbook.
(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to email@example.com)
(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
6:58 AM: No incidents in or from West Seattle so far this morning.
7:23 AM: Since it’s still quiet, some reminders:
-Overnight closures on 99 north of downtown continue tonight, 10 pm-5 am, between the Battery Street Tunnel and Valley Street. The full list of closures for the rest of this week and the next two weeks is here.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
With no guest speakers at this month’s Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council meeting, plus a sparse turnout with potential factors including the crab-truck-crash traffic snarl and evening sunshine, the result Monday night at Southwest Library was a fast-moving mélange of mostly brief items.
NEIGHBORHOOD STREET FUND: Less than two weeks remain until the application deadline for this city grant money. While on one hand WWRHAH co-chair Amanda Kay Helmick said it was angering to have to apply for grants to get safety improvements on city streets, on the other hand, it’s time to go with the process. She is hoping the area will generate many proposals by the deadline. Her biggest idea, “Barton Complete”: A project to address crosing safety of Barton, including the area by Roxhill Park and the “wall of buses” zone – “you have buses lining up, cars coming, people trying to cross,” and a pedestrian was hit not that long ago. She’d like to see the crosswalk at the bus stop with flashing beacons as well as crosswalks at 25th and 29th, plus slower speeds between 26th and 29th on Barton. Co-chair Eric Iwamoto brought in the even-bigger picture of safety for Chief Sealth International High School students walking in the area, including across Trenton, and using bus stops.
Another potential site for a project: The park-like triangle in South Delridge, Another attendee said that features dropped toward the end of the Delridge-Highland Park Greenway route need to be pursued. Some discussion centered on how unfortunate it is that so many worthwhile projects are placed in competition with each other.
INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE: Chris Stripinis had an update on the big issue discussed last month – pavement damage and residential concerns in the Westwood area because of the huge increase in bus traffic since it became a “transit hub.” New temporary signs are up labeling 26th SW a 20 mph zone – very small signs, Stripinis pointed out. A discussion of bus speeds ensued. Stripinis also mentioned communication from Councilmember Lisa Herbold‘s office regarding pavement repairs in the area and the city telling Puget Sound Energy it’s up to them to make repairs happen by mid-April or else SDOT will do it and bill PSE for the costs.
ROXHILL PARK LIGHTS: Likely on track for fall, said Helmick.
ROXHILL-AREA FIND IT FIX IT WALK: One is in the early planning stages, Helmick has heard from the Department of Neighborhoods – no date yet. North Delridge hosted one last year. (Here’s what they’re all about.) Helmick noted that the multiple walking tours with various officials in the area
BOG COMMITTEE: Not represented at the meeting but a 12-page report was presented to the co-chairs. Grant-writing is what’s next, so they can “hire a consultant.”
ELECTIONS NEXT MONTH … for WWRHAH board positions – step up if you’d like to run!
SOUTHWEST DISTRICT COUNCIL … Wednesday, 6:30 pm at Senior Center of West Seattle, will include a guest with info about the latest plans for a ~2-week Highway 99 closure once the tunneling machine starts going beneath it.
SOUND TRANSIT 3 … A reminder that it’s time for input; besides the survey you’ll find at soundtransit3.org, remember the 5:30-7:30 pm April 26th open house at West Seattle High School, and the discussion at 6:30 pm April 28th @ Neighborhood House’s High Point Center, with the West Seattle Transportation Coalition.
DESIGN REVIEW CHANGES COMMENT DEADLINE … coming up this Friday; go here to find out more about the proposed changes and find the survey link for commenting.
CAMP LONG … Advisory Council needs new members – go here to find out how to apply.
CITY NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL TALKS BUDGETING … 11 am April 24th at City Hall.
WWRHAH meets on first Mondays, 6:15 pm, Southwest Library; watch for updates at wwrhah.org.