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Remembering ‘Nonni’: Paulina D. Megale Beard, 1925-2016

June 25, 2016 10:40 pm
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 |   Obituaries | West Seattle news

Three memorial and celebration events are planned next week for Paulina D. Megale Beard, whose family is sharing this remembrance:

Heaven just got a whole lot better.

Paulina Domenica Megale Beard (“Nonni”) 90, of Seattle, passed away June 22, 2016 at home, surrounded by family.

Paulina was born in Coos Bay, Oregon to Italian immigrants Joseph and Domenica Megale on December 25, 1925. She went to high school at Marshfield High in Coos Bay and went on to earn a degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Oregon. Paulina married Thomas Beard on October 22, 1953, and lived in Oregon before settling in Seattle.

While raising her six children, Paulina worked full time as a Dental Hygienist until she retired after 52 years at the age of 79. She had such a loyal following of patients that she was deemed “PB Only” as most patients would insist on only seeing her for treatment.

Aside from her children, Paulina was most proud of her Italian heritage. At the age of 5, her family moved to Reggio Calabria before permanently moving back to the States when she was 9. She traveled often to visit family in Italy, many times bringing her children along in an effort to keep the families meeting up generation after generation.

Paulina enjoyed a stiff Manhattan, traveling, making big Italian dinners for family and friends, and she could play a mean game of gin rummy. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family both near and far.

Paulina is survived by her sister Eleanor (Owen) Murphy (Worcester, MA); brother Dr. Joseph Megale, Jr.; daughters Celeste Beard, Mary (Joel) Halpin, Josann Boever, Paulina (Steve) Elliott, and Celine (Stefan) Leigland; son John (Roxanne) Beard; six grandchildren Brigitte Halpin, Thomas Boever, McKinley Beard, Olin Leigland, Finn Leigland, and Tanner Beard; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Paulina is preceded in death by her parents, and brother Dr. Domenic Megale.

All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. Ti amo, Mamma.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Providence Hospice of Seattle and Swedish Palliative Care for their overwhelming support.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Providence Hospice of Seattle. Condolences may be left in Paulina’s online guestbook.

Rosary will be held at Holy Rosary Parish, West Seattle on Thursday, June 30th at 5 PM. Funeral service will be held at Holy Rosary Parish, West Seattle on Friday, July 1st at 10:00 AM. Burial will follow at Holyrood Cemetery, Edmonds. Celebration of life will be held Friday, July 1st at 5:00 PM at Rainier Golf & Country Club.

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VIDEO: Saturday night music @ ProletariYacht Club

June 25, 2016 9:21 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | WS culture/arts

Tucked away in a corner of western Gatewood, The Building holds many delights. Among them is the ProletariYacht Club, where, as featured in today’s West Seattle Saturday calendar-highlights list, live music is happening right now. We stopped by just before sunset.


On the bill tonight, as announced by the PYC, “Blake Musselman (aka Moogie Man), who’s performing “a theatrical rock-based show, Marko Reyes-Jech with soul/funk crooning, and Tim Scallon with rock-based looping.” (updated) That’s Tim in our photo above; (added) video:

Just wander into The Building, off SW Othello (at 4316) just west of the Westside Unitarian Universalist church, and downstairs – follow the signs.

Reader report: Recognize this bike?

June 25, 2016 7:49 pm
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 |   Crime | West Seattle news

One more abandoned-likely-after-being-stolen bicycle: The finder says, “This bike was apparently hidden behind a big shrub on my Alki property several weeks ago (neighbor thinks about six weeks). She just told me about it (this week). I don’t want to take it out yet as I don’t have a safe place for it. I plan to also contact the police.” So if this looks like one stolen from you – check with SPD and refer to the case number from when you reported it.

P.S. If you missed it – this Crime Watch roundup earlier this week included photos of three bicycles found around West Seattle.

Seafair Pirates Landing 2016: Their Alki arrrrrrrrr-ival

June 25, 2016 3:54 pm
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 |   West Seattle beaches | West Seattle news

(UPDATED 10:08 PM – more photos added)
(Photo by Paul Panzl, from the yacht Pearl)

The skies and water were both near-tropical blue by the time the Seafair Pirates arrived at Alki Beach this afternoon – earlier than expected, closer to 1 than 2:

(WSB photos from here down, by Patrick Sand and Torin Record-Sand, unless otherwise credited)

With their new Captain Kidd, Seth Brown, in the lead, the landing party hopped off their craft and into waist-deep water to get to the crowd:


We noticed that various members of the greeting party were ready:


No mayoral ceremony after all, but Captain Kidd seized the key to the city just the same:


The official Pirates Landing celebration continues until 6 pm, with live music (here again is the schedule) as well as rides:


More photos a bit later.

ADDED 10:08 PM: And here they are!

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(2 photos above by David Hutchinson)

As always, cannon fire and the resulting smoke preceded the Pirates’ arrival ashore. We caught the West Seattle Hi-Yu contingent preparing for the big boom, though the Pirates eventually stormed the beach with smiles:

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(2 photos above by Torin Record-Sand)

Next scheduled West Seattle appearance by the Seafair Pirates – the Grand Parade on July 23rd!

P.S. Bonus photos by David Hutchinson, ahead (click “read more” if you’re viewing this from the WSB home page): Read More

West Seattle wildlife: Caution, Fauntleroy goose family crossing!

Last Sunday, our daily preview included the first photo we’d seen of Fauntleroy’s famous white geese and their babies. We didn’t know if they were roaming or ensconced somewhere – but apparently it’s the former, as Eric just sent these photos showing how he and neighbors took care to herd the family safely across Fauntleroy Way by the ferry dock. If you go through that area, PLEASE be extra careful! You can see Eric’s photos – and read the captions – by clicking the Steller image above, and then using the arrows that are toward the center of the display that should open after that.

Another park fire: Schmitz Park staircase


Heads up if you usually walk into and/or out of Schmitz Park via the staircase to Admiral Way – its wooden steps have fire damage. Thanks to Dannie for the photo and tip this morning: “The steps on the SW corner of the Schmitz Park reserve were burned, very recently. I came upon them when walking the trail this morning. Strong scent if burning… The whole middle section was destroyed.” Dannie called to report it and a Seattle Fire team was dispatched to investigate; they were gone before we arrived, so we don’t know what they determined, and won’t likely be able to get official information until Monday, but will follow up then.

West Seattle Saturday: Seafair Pirates Landing; Field Day; Kite Festival; Kenney tour; more…

(Jellies photographed by Gary Gates, via Twitter)

Welcome to the weekend! Highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

GARAGE/YARD SALES: See who’s having one today, via the free listings in the WSB Forums‘ Freebies/Deals/Sales section.

SEAFAIR PIRATES LANDING: It’s an all-day festival at Alki Beach, with the Seafair Pirates expected to land around 2 pm, according to organizers – they’ve been known to arrive early so we’d suggest you do the same. Our preview includes the schedule, including bands. (60th SW/Alki SW)

WADING POOL OPENING DAY … this is Lincoln Park Wading Pool‘s opening day IF the forecast calls for sunny/70+-degree weather. Looks borderline right now so after 9 am, check with the wading-pool hotline, 206-684-7796. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

FIELD DAY @ SOUTH SEATTLE COLLEGE: 11 am today through 11 am Sunday, members of the Puget Sound Repeater Group and Seattle Auxiliary Communications Service will be set up on the south side of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus for the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise. It’s open to the public and you’re welcome to stop by, see what they’re doing, and learn about amateur radio. Organizers note that “a special station will be staffed with a licensed mentor” so that “anyone can come to this … event and get on the air!” (6000 16th SW)

BARBECUE BENEFIT: 11 am-4 pm, West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) is grilling up lunch – look for the tent outside the entrance – to benefit Pencil Me In For Kids, which gets school supplies to kids who need them. (California/Fauntleroy/Morgan)

FAMILY GAME DAY: 11:30 am-3 pm, come play at Meeples Games (WSB sponsor) – all ages welcome – “a chance to come meet your neighbors, make a few friends, and maybe (just maybe) defeat them in an epic struggle to control the universe!” (3727 California SW)

LOG HOUSE MUSEUM CLOSED TODAY: Usually open noon-4 pm – stop by tomorrow! – but not today because volunteers and staff are all busy with the Kenney tour (see 3 pm event below) …

TOUR ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE: The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary welcomes you to West Seattle’s historic lighthouse. Free tours run 1 pm-4 pm – be there by 3:40 to be on the final tour. (Alki Avenue SW/Beach Drive SW)

LIBRARY CELEBRATION: Friends of the Seattle Public Library are giving away 75th-anniversary totes 2-3 pm – first-come, first-served, at Delridge Library. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

KITE FESTIVAL: The Seattle Chinese Garden at the north end of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus invites you to its annual Kite Festival, 2-6 pm. Here’s our preview. (6000 16th SW)

KENNEY TOUR: 3-5 pm, get a behind-the-scenes tour of The Kenney and its century-plus history with descendants of its founders and the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, as previewed here. (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW)

(added) SLHS RING OF HONOR: From the inbox: “Tonight Seattle Lutheran High School Boosters are installing Robert “Bob” Christian into the Saints Ring of Honor with a Tailgate Party in the gymnasium – cost $20 – dinner at 5:00; presentation at 6:00.” (4100 SW Genesee)

(back to original list) MUSIC AT THE PROLETARIYACHT CLUB: Starting at 8 pm, “… an evening of original solo music performances featuring Blake Musselman (aka Moogie Man) with a theatrical rock-based show, Marko Reyes-Jech with his soul/funk crooning, and Tim Scallon with rock-based looping.” (4316 SW Othello)

And these two notes if you’re heading off-peninsula:

PRESIDENTIAL DEPARTURE: President Obama is expected to take off from Sea-Tac Airport by 9:45 am – there’ll be some ramp closures toward the east end of the West Seattle Bridge when the motorcade heads south from downtown Seattle, so we’ll be updating here.

SPORTS IN SODO: 2 pm Sounders FC match vs. New York at CenturyLink, 7:10 pm Mariners’ game vs. St. Louis at Safeco.