day : 19/03/2017 8 results

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Car prowlers leave the change; sleeping suspect jailed…

Three notes in Crime Watch tonight:

CAR PROWL: The latest one for which we received a reader report is this one from Anne, who’s west of California/Graham:

We had a break-in of our car last night, sometime between 11 pm and 7 am this morning. I think they were just looking for anything valuable to take; took the $20 from the glove box but left the change on the floor. The car has a steering-wheel lock so they couldn’t take the car.

Anne says car prowlers have hit them a few other times in the past 10 years.

CAR PROWL FOLLOWUP: A 40-year-old man remains in jail tonight, in lieu of $2,500 bail, after being arrested in the Alki area early Friday. SPD Blotter reports that officers responding to a call of a suspicious person lurking near a pickup truck at 61st/Admiral found the suspect asleep inside the truck. They say he told them he had permission to be there; the truck’s owner, whose home was steps away, said he did not. Officers “arrested the suspect and found he was carrying someone else’s tax forms, which had been stolen in another car prowl earlier that morning,” per the SPD Blotter report. The suspect is being held for investigation of criminal trespass and receiving stolen property. The jail register shows that he spent a day there a week earlier in connection with a failure-to-appear warrant in a drug case.

PACKAGE-THEFT VIDEO FOLLOWUP: Last night, we published Roger‘s very clear security-cam video of a package theft that happened March 9th. Since then, we’ve heard from multiple tipsters who believe they recognize the man in the video and are talking to police.

P.S. Another reminder that you can bring your neighborhood crime/safety concerns/questions to police on Tuesday night, 7 pm, at the monthly West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting (Southwest Precinct, 2300 SW Webster).

West Seattle weekend scene: Last sunset of winter

March 19, 2017 8:30 pm
|    Comments Off on West Seattle weekend scene: Last sunset of winter
 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle weather

Thanks to Chris Frankovich for that view of winter’s last sunset. Spring arrives in seven hours – 3:29 am our time – and we might just have another colorful view for Alice Enevoldsen‘s spring-equinox sunset watch tomorrow night.

Celebration of Life next Saturday for Clara J. Haba, 1928-2017

A Celebration of Life for Clara J. Haba, 88, is planned in West Seattle next Saturday (March 25th). Here’s the remembrance her family is sharing:

Clara Josephine Haba passed away February 8, 2017, at Keiro Northwest in Seattle.

Born June 29, 1928, the second of six children, to Joseph and Eva Fitterer in New England, ND. The family moved to Yakima, WA, in 1946.

Clara met and married Henry J. Haba on July 3, 1948. Henry and Clara moved to Anchorage, AK, driving their brand-new 1949 Pontiac. She drove in the snow to get her driver’s license.

Clara had many jobs throughout her life. She worked as a waitress, cannery worker, Christmas help at the West Seattle Post Office, retouching photo negatives, modeling clothes from Louise North Apparel at Spencer’s Restaurant in West Seattle. Finally deciding on a career choice, she obtained her GED, then enrolled at the Cosmetology College in West Seattle, graduating at the top of her class in 1966. She then went to work for several major downtown Seattle department stores. Clara had many regular and loyal customers while working at Macy’s, where she retired after 20 years. Always wanting to keep busy, she then worked an additional nine years as the retired nuns’ beautician at the St. Joseph Residence (Providence Mt. St. Vincent). Her own hair seemed to grow upward and a hurricane couldn’t move it.

The family spent early years ice skating at the Civic Ice Arena. Clara was also a sunbather. Then came water-skiing in their 14’ ski boat, mostly at Lake Sammamish. The whole family also learned to snow ski and went on several ski vacations. The whole family in the same ski class should never happen. Only Clara could ski down a hill at such a slow speed and then crash into the lift line. They also traveled throughout the U.S., visiting 25 states and internationally covering 10 countries and seven times to Mexico.

The family lived in 10 different residences, half of which Henry built himself. This is where Clara used her talent for decorating and interior painting. You could come home and find the living room a different color. You would never forget what you look like as there was a mirror in every room. Entertaining, she loved and held many Halloween, Christmas and birthday parties. She was also an accomplished seamstress using her 1952 Singer, sewing everything from a boy’s suit, doll clothes, drapes, to her favorite, tableware and pillows. She was also obsessed with trim, lace and fringe. We all enjoyed listening to her play the piano (by ear). She was known for her stylish wardrobe, high heels and “can’t leave home without lipstick”; a store-bought item would soon be altered with a different look. She had the most beautiful smile.

Clara kept a clean and organized house, making all family meals and “sack” lunches, also famous for her homemade pies and cakes. They belonged to a dance group, which Clara loved. It being potluck, all demanded she bring her baked beans or cabbage rolls.

Clara is preceded in death by her parents (Joe & Eva), son (Eugene), brother (Louis), and sister (Matilda). She is survived by her husband of almost 69 years, Henry, and her daughter, Charlene, both of West Seattle. Also by sister (Viola) of Redmond, WA; brother (Frank & Sharon) of Yakima, WA; and brother (Donald & Pat) of Atlanta, GA; survived by over 30 nieces & nephews and great ones.

Donations in Clara’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Special thanks to Keiro Northwest for the professional and gentle care given to Clara. A Celebration of Life will be held on March 25, 2017, from 2-6 pm at the West Seattle Eagles, 4426 California Ave SW, Seattle. Go to Dignity at

(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Sustainable West Seattle celebrates 10 years

It’s been 10 years since Sustainable West Seattle launched (found this in our archives!) and the group is getting ready for the next decade. SWS sent the following update after its annual meeting and election of new board members:

Sustainable West Seattle’s new board is set to tackle projects in 2017!

On February 27th, Sustainable West Seattle held its Annual Meeting at the Senior Center of West Seattle. The membership elected a new board, discussed the focal points and alliances for 2017, and celebrated the 10-year anniversary of Sustainable West Seattle, SWS.

Stu Hennessey, Sustainable West Seattle’s new president, suggested that members no longer be required to pay annual dues, which was approved. SWS is transitioning to an open-membership policy and is currently considering all persons who participate in SWS meetings to be members of the organization. Tax-deductible donations to Sustainable West Seattle are appreciated and help fund operational expenses and events like Green Life at West Seattle Summer Fest.

The new board has hit the ground running and is currently working on a spring newsletter and the Green Life festival lineup (2017 schedule coming soon!). The strategic goals for 2017 have largely been set. The Green Life Festival, the transition to open membership, communication (via newsletter, website, and social media), and getting members involved in on-going projects and events, are in the focus of this year’s board. SWS’s mission is to educate, create and advocate for urban sustainability in our local community. It does so in cooperation with allies such as the West Seattle Timebank, the West Seattle Tool Library,, Community Orchard of West Seattle, Hate-Free Delridge, West Seattle Bike Connections, DIY Bikes, and West Seattle Meaningful Movies.

This is Sustainable West Seattle’s new board:

Amanda Goodwin
Position: Secretary

Amanda has been on the board of Sustainable West Seattle previously for 3 years from 2010-2012. Amanda is a dancer and choreographer and has collaborated to create a multi-disciplinary art project called Illuminatio. She is a certified Spanish translator and interpreter and has translated Illuminatio from its original Spanish (originally titled Illuminatio: Yo soy.) She also translated the stormwater presentation of into Spanish. She has taught ballet and Spanish to children. As a mother, she cares intensely about healthy living conditions, now and in the future.

Jon Grant
Position: Treasurer

Jon is a 11-year resident of West Seattle and has been volunteering for Sustainable West Seattle for most of that time. Jon is looking forward to working on the exciting projects SWS has coming up and maintaining SWS’s web presence.

Stu Hennessey
Position: President

Longtime West Seattle neighbor, lifetime Seattle resident, and Seattle native! Growing up surrounded by trees, mountains and seas, the instinctive feeling of being one with nature will never leave my consciousness. I am on the core group of several Sustainable West Seattle endeavors. Carbon-free transportation associated with West Seattle Spokespeople and DIY Bikes as well as growing food locally at COWS are my passions and commitments to a healthier and happier community. My day job is the owner of Alki Bike and Board in the Admiral District. Typical of a gardener/farmer, I like to plant seeds of change in our community, and watch them grow.

Hildegard Nichols
Position: Board member, Social Media

A resident of West Seattle for the last 10 years, Hildegard studied political economics and journalism in Mainz, Germany. She worked for many years as a free-lance journalist for public TV stations, mostly in Berlin, focusing on economy and ecology, with a special interest in rivers. Hildegard has been active in the Green Party of Seattle and looks forward to help her friends at Sustainable West Seattle get the message across, through social media.

Ibrahim Osman (no photo provided)
Position: Board – Graphic Artist

I am Ibrahim Osman, a Somali-American design student who has lived in West Seattle for 2 years. The idea of sustainability to me is pretty new, it’s not something I really thought about before. By joining Sustainable West Seattle, I hope to gain a lot of knowledge on what that means and grow in the process. I also hope to help out SWS with the skillset that I have.

Watch for word of upcoming meetings and SWS projects to get involved with!

GRATITUDE: Words of thanks from 100 Women Who Care

(Photo courtesy 100 Women Who Care/Greater Seattle)

The giving group 100 Women Who Care are sharing words of thanks for West Seattle supporters:

100 Women Who Care/Greater Seattle met at Pyramid Ale House and chose the Pink Daisy Project to receive our donation. With West Seattle neighbors’ participation, it was our largest donation to date, $4500. What a fun evening!

The Pink Daisy Project supports women who have breast cancer. It is exciting to know that our donation is going directly to women in the Seattle area to help them pay for essentials, e.g. house-cleaning assistance and gift cards for gas and groceries through the Pink Daisy Project.

We are growing! Yes, our membership has grown to 47, 16 new members since our event in October of last year. That’s a 50% increase! Big thanks to all the West Seattle neighbors that have helped increase our membership. To date, we have donated $17,600 to 6 local charities.

Remember our motto is together we can make a big difference as women who care.

100 women x $100 = $10,000 impact to a charity (we meet only 3 times/year)

Our next event is June 14th at Pyramid Ale House, 6-8 pm, to vote on a charity to receive 100% of our donation. Come join us and help make us 100 strong! As a member you get to nominate your favorite charities! Any questions, please contact us at

West Seattle weekend scene: Girls Jazz Band and SWOJO @ Madison

Thanks to the anonymous reader who sent photos from last night’s first-ever Girls Jazz Band concert at Madison Middle School, where students performed after eight weeks of mentoring by the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra. Above are the student performers; below, SWOJO:

This reader said they had heard about the event via WSB and hadn’t heard of SWOJO before, but loved the concert. (Here’s the SWOJO performance calendar.) And from us, thanks for the event report!

West Seattle Sunday: From community to cookies to conducting, and more…

(Ruby-crowned kinglet, photographed by Trileigh Tucker)

Good morning! Here’s what’s happening on your so-far-sunny Sunday:

LAST DAY FOR GIRL SCOUT COOKIES: This is it – multiple West Seattle locations and times. Find them via the online lookup.

SOUTH DELRIDGE COMMUNITY GROUP: You’re welcome to the South Delridge Community Group‘s monthly meeting, 10 am at 3.14 Bakery in White Center. (9602 16th SW)

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm in the street in The Junction. (California SW between SW Oregon and Sw Alaska)

OPEN HOUSE WITH FREE CLASSES: 10 am-2 pm, Evergreen Tang Soo Do Academy welcomes you to an open house, with three free classes, in its new Admiral location, a very short distance north of its old one. Details in our calendar listing. (2701 California SW)

SOCCER FUN(DRAISER): 1-3 pm at Delridge Community Center Park/Playground, by the skatepark, you’ll find this fun(draising) event with a 3v3 tournament, a juggling challenge, a chip challenge, and a dribbling competition – explained in our original story. (Delridge Way SW/Genesee)

JAMTIME: Live music with your beverage(s) at C & P Coffee Company, 1-4 pm. (5612 California SW)

VOTER-REGISTRATION TRAINING: 1:30 pm at Explorer West Middle School (WSB sponsor), the Outreach Committee of the 34th District Democrats is conducting a free voter-registration-training workshop. All welcome. (10015 28th SW)

MATCHDAY SHUTTLE: Check to see if there’s room on the special shuttle headed to today’s Sounders FC home opener from The Westy Sports and Spirits (WSB sponsor) – info here, including future dates. P.S. The match itself is vs. the NY Red Bulls at 4 pm. (7908 35th SW)

WSCO @ SOUTHWEST STORIES: 2 pm at the West Seattle (Admiral) Library, music and stories about how the West Seattle Community Orchestras have grown over the past 15 years! Here’s a video invitation with WSCO founder Toni Reineke:

SW Stories is free, presented by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society and Seattle Public Library. (2306 42nd SW)

ALL-AGES LIVE MUSIC: Mia Day, Bug, and Lettie Mars, 6-9 pm at The Skylark. $5 cover. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

PREVIEW THE WEEK AHEAD … on our complete-calendar page.

NEXT SATURDAY: 2 bowling benefits in West Seattle

March 19, 2017 1:04 am
|    Comments Off on NEXT SATURDAY: 2 bowling benefits in West Seattle
 |   How to help | West Seattle news

One of West Seattle’s many unique attributes … one of the city’s last few bowling alleys. Next Saturday (March 25th), West Seattle Bowl will be the scene of two longrunning benefits … which we’re mentioning here in case you haven’t seen them in the calendar:

SEATTLE SEAFAIR COMMODORES BOWL-A-THON: Check-in starts at 9 am Saturday for the Seattle Seafair Commodores‘ 25th annual Bowl-a-Thon. It benefits the Seafair Scholarship Program for Women and covers the Commodores’ operating expenses. As the Bowl-A-Thon announcement explains, “Each Commodore donates their time and money to attend parades and events throughout the Pacific Northwest representing Seafair and the City of Seattle as goodwill ambassadors. We support the communities across Seattle and other nonprofits when asked.” Registration is $50 per adult bowler, $25 for children 12 and under. Online registration is available at – with an incentive for registering by Monday night.

HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN ‘BOWLING FOR EQUALITY‘: Then on Saturday afternoon/evening at West Seattle Bowl, it’s the 15th annual Bowling for Equality fundraiser for the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ-rights organization:

This event is always a fun time and we are excited to be back at West Seattle Bowl this year. Three sessions are available, 3-5 pm, 6-8 pm and 9-11 pm. The 3-5 pm session is a great option for families and kids. Included in your ticket price is 2 hours of bowling, shoe rental, appetizers, and most importantly an annual membership to the HRC. We have great raffle prizes, drink specials, and are thrilled to welcome back West Seattle’s own Dolly Madison as our hostess! Please purchase your tickets at – door sales may be limited. (Full details on this flyer.)

WS Bowl – at 39th SW and SW Oregon – is a fun place to be any day, but next Saturday will be big.