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THURSDAY: West Seattle Art Walk 2.0 launch

We’re two nights away from the second Thursday of the month, which means West Seattle Art Walk night. With something new!

For starters – the Art Walk hours are expanded: “5 pm to late,” is how Lora Swift of the West Seattle Junction Association explains it. Here’s the full list of venues – take a close look and you’ll see something new:

What’s new is that restaurants and beverage spots are supporting Art Walk with extended happy hours and/or special drinks, as listed above; the starred venues are the places you’ll find artists. (You can also find the spring-quarter supporting eating/drinking spots listed here – including WSB sponsor Viscon Cellars (5910 California SW), where the tasting fee is waived on Art Walk night.)

Also, the new West Seattle Arts Council has formed – and you’ll see their work continuing to expand Art Walk into multiple WS neighborhoods. For starters, support local art – and local businesses – by getting out this Thursday night! (We’ll spotlight some of the artists on Thursday.)

YOUR VOICE, YOUR CHOICE: List of 211 West Seattle/South Park ideas trimmed to 10

The first-ever Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks and Streets process for what used to be the Neighborhood Park and Street Fund is now on to the next phase. We first told you in January about the chance to suggest ideas for these grants of up to $90,000, with $2 million to be spent citywide; then the city invited community members to review the suggestions – in City Council District 1, West Seattle/South Park, 211 came in – and now the Department of Neighborhoods has announced which 10 are moving on to the next phase of review. You’ll find them on the map above (which also includes the 60 from the six other council districts around the city – grab the map with your cursor and pull it up to see the rest of D-1, and click on any marker to bring up more information about that specific proposal); here’s the list:

Project #17-006: Trail improvements at Roxhill Park
Neighborhood: South Delridge

Project #17-014: Improve 5-way intersection at Dallas Ave S, 12th Ave S, and Thistle St
Neighborhood: South Park

Project #17-019: Bus stop improvements on Barton St
Neighborhood: South Delridge

Project #17-031: Crossing Improvement along SW Henderson St
Neighborhood: Highland Park

Project #17-044: Improved crossings on S. Cloverdale
Neighborhood: South Park

Project #17-068: Crossing improvements at 35th Ave & SW Dawson St
Neighborhood: West Seattle

Project #17-085: Add sidewalks to S. Sylvan Way
Neighborhood: High Point

Project #17-145: Install marked crosswalk along SW Alaska St.
Neighborhood: Junction

Project #17-153: Install crosswalk near Youngstown
Neighborhood: Delridge

Project #17-163: Traffic-calming on Avalon Way
Neighborhood: Fairmount

The proposals that make the final cut after SDOT and Parks reviews will go for district-by-district community votes in June; the city promises more information on that when it gets closer.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: New case against Casey Carlstedt; plus, car-prowl reader report

Two West Seattle Crime Watch reports this afternoon:

NEW CASE AGAINST CASEY CARLSTEDT: “The defendant’s behavior appears to be spiraling out of control.” That’s what a prosecutor wrote in the most recent charge filed against 24-year-old Casey Carlstedt – in connection with a case that WSB readers helped solve.

We first mentioned Carlstedt in February, when he was charged in connection with a driving-related incident in The Junction.

Now he’s been charged in another incident that also was originally reported here – the case of the bicycle stolen from Doug‘s car in North Delridge on November 28th while he was inside his house getting his child, recorded on video:

Carlstedt is charged with stealing Doug’s bicycle, and the police-report narrative in the charging documents mentions Doug’s original report here, as well as what unfolded in the comments:

A reader spotted the bicycle at Westwood Village the next day and published this comment with a photo. Doug subsequently retrieved it, though the suspect got away.

The court documents go on to say that Carlstedt was identified with the help of yet another WSB commenter who recognized him and told police his family lived on the south side of The Junction.

Carlstedt has been back in the King County Jail since March 7th, three weeks before the bike-theft charge was filed. Online records show he was arrested in The Junction and cited for harassment, and the jail register shows he is also held in connection with four other misdemeanor cases – reckless driving, theft, two “driving with a suspended license” incidents – plus the felony 2nd-degree-theft charge involving the stolen bicycle, with a total bail amount set at $23,000. The March booking was the 13th time he had been booked into the jail in less than 11 months.

Also in Crime Watch today, a reader report:

CAR BREAK-IN: Willie says his car was broken into on Pigeon Point last night, in the 3900 block of 19th SW [map], with camping equipment and motocross gear stolen: “A large MSR tent known as the board room was taken along with 2 large SealLine dry bags, one green and one yellow, along with a smaller black seal line dry bag. A 2 burner camp chef stove. and a large black duffel with Fox armor and a twice-worn pair of mx boots inside, as well as miscellaneous other camping gear and essentials.” If you have any information, or spot any of the stolen items, you can call police and refer to incident number 2017-903230.

UPDATE: County Council’s budget chair shelves County Executive’s arts-access tax

3:36 PM: One month after County Executive Dow Constantine proposed a sales-tax increase to pay for increased arts/culture access, the County Council’s budget chair says he’s shelved it. South King County-representing Councilmember Dave Upthegrove pulled the proposal from the agenda for a committee meeting tomorrow, “effectively killing” it, according to a subsequent news release, which quotes Upthegrove as saying, “This is the wrong proposal at the wrong time. As currently configured, the funding is distributed in an unfair manner that hurts, rather than helps, our efforts to achieve equity.” He says he’d be willing to reconsider it next year.

5:16 PM: Responding to our request for comment from or on behalf of Constantine, Deputy County Executive Sung Yang told WSB that the executive is not giving up hope of getting it onto the August ballot. He noted that three councilmembers co-sponsored it, and that there’s still time to take action by May 1st to let voters decide its fate in August.

ELECTION 2017: See all ten Seattle City Council Position 8 candidates @ 34th District Democrats tomorrow

Both at-large (citywide) positions on the Seattle City Council will be on the ballot this fall. One – Position 9 – has an incumbent, West Seattle resident Councilmember Lorena González, and two challengers so far. The other – Position 8 – is open, since Councilmember Tim Burgess isn’t running for re-election. So far, 10 people have filed to run for that seat, and you can see and hear from all 10 of them at Wednesday night’s 34th District Democrats meeting. An endorsement vote is expected afterward. The organization also is scheduled to hear from 7th Congressional District U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal. Tomorrow night’s meeting starts at 6:30 pm (program @ 7) at The Hall at Fauntleroy (9131 California SW).

P.S. Everybody campaigning for city offices so far this year is listed here.

West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2017: 75+ sales, and other updates

April 11, 2017 12:32 pm
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After five days of registration for West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2017 – coming up 9 am-3 pm Saturday, May 13th – more than 75 sales are signed up. They’re all over the area, from North Admiral to Arbor Heights, Westwood to North Shorewood, Marine View to Seaview, Highland Park to Morgan Junction, Fairmount to Fauntleroy, and beyond. The list includes benefit sales, block sales, a P-Patch sale, moving sales, “baby arriving soon” sales, business sales (including a guitar garage sale at Thunder Road Guitars, an arts-and-crafts bazaar at C & P Coffee Company). Looking for something specific? Sellers’ listings so far mention furniture, vehicles, appliances, kid stuff, clothing, antiques, birdhouses, gardening gear, barbecues, games, puzzles, even a soda machine. (All the listings will be available with the map packet here and at one week before WSCGSD.)

If you are looking for someplace to sell because you don’t have many items, or because you don’t have a space for a sale … Hotwire Online Coffeehouse in The Junction has a few courtyard spaces left – e-mail ASAP if you’re interested. So far this year, it’s the only multi-seller space we’ve heard of (if you have one and plan to sign up, please let us know ASAP so we can point people your way – – thanks!).

To register your own sale site – go here. (If you’re a first-timer, don’t be startled when the PayPal screen shows the name A Drink of Water and a Story Interactive – that’s just WSB’s official LLC name, and you ARE in the right place.)

HELP, AND SAVE! Last week of discount registration for first-ever Loop the ‘Lupe

Be part of history – the first-ever Loop the ‘Lupe event in West Seattle. Our Lady of Guadalupe is launching the obstacle course and 5K fun run/walk on June 4th at Walt Hundley Playfield (kitty-corner from the church and school, at 34th/Myrtle), and sponsoring WSB right now to help get the word out.

Not only will Loop the ‘Lupe include a 5K and an obstacle course, organizers add that the lineup for that day (start times here) also includes “a quarter-mile, flat, obstacle-free ‘Senior Saunter‘ for those aged 50+ and a ‘Youth Dash‘ for kids younger than 8.”

Loop the ‘Lupe is a benefit for the Walmesley Center at OLG, as explained on this page where you can donate to support the center even if you can’t be part of the June 4th event:

… the Walmesley Center at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish (is) a valuable community resource that hosts numerous athletic events and social outreach programs that benefit all of our West Seattle neighbors, whether they’re members of the parish or not. The Walmesley Center has hosted more than 20,000 kids and families through its athletic programs since its opening. The Center is also the place where more than 3,000 people every year volunteer and take part in events like free community meals for seniors, blood drives, flu shots, and and presentations on social justice concerns.

Sign up for Loop the ‘Lupe by next Saturday (April 15th) and you get the early-registration rate, $25 – you can do it right now by going here.

P.S. Here’s the course map.

West Seattle Tuesday: Admiral and Fauntleroy community involvement + math, music, more

Thanks to Sonya for that rainbow-and-more view, as part of a panorama from the Seattle Chinese Garden on Puget Ridge, shared via the West Seattle Blog Flickr group (almost 6,000 photos!). As with most photos published on WSB, you can click it to see a larger version. Meantime – here are highlights of what’s ahead for today/tonight:

HOLY WEEK SERVICES AND EVENTS: See what’s on our West Seattle list for today/tonight/beyond by going here.

JUSTIN KAUSAL-HAYES: 5-8 pm, live music at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor). No cover. Happy-hour specials are available until 6. (1936 Harbor SW)

KIDS’ CAFE MEALS PROGRAM: Free meals for anyone 18 and under, no paperwork/eligibility required. 3:30-4 pm at High Point Library (35th SW/SW Raymond), 4-4:30 pm at South Park Library (8604 8th Ave. S.)

MATH BUDDIES: 4-5 pm at West Seattle (Admiral) Library, drop-in program for kids K-5 to play math games with a high-school “buddy.” (2306 42nd SW)

DROP-IN CHESS: 4:30-5:30 pm at High Point Library, for kids and teens, all skill levels. Chess sets and guidance from an adult coach are available. (35th SW/SW Raymond)

ADMIRAL NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: 7 pm, The Sanctuary at Admiral. As previewed here, tonight’s discussions include light rail and the Chelan CSO project. (42nd SW/SW Lander)

FAUNTLEROY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: 7 pm, board meeting (but public is welcome) at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse. Agenda includes SPD, ferries, parking, the upcoming Fauntleroy Fall Festival fundraiser at Endolyne Joe’s (WSB sponsor) on May 5th, the Schoolhouse Centennial coming up May 21st, and more. (9131 California SW)

Got something to announce to the community via the WSB calendar? Please send the information in plain text in the body of your e-mail – not as a document or image – as far in advance as you can, to – thank you!

Remembering Shirley Ann Shepard, 1931-2017

Family and friends have said goodbye to Shirley Ann Shepard, and are sharing this remembrance with her community:

Shirley Ann (Leach) Shepard, 85, of West Seattle, passed away peacefully at home on March 31st, 2017. Born in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, on November 5th, 1931, Shirley moved to Seattle in 1952. Shirley’s caring presence touched the lives of many while working at the Admiral Way Safeway Store. After her retirement in 1997, Shirley continued playing bingo, enjoyed watching golf, reading, crossword puzzles, playing cards, and cooking for her family and friends. She was a beautiful woman, wonderful Mother who everyone gravitated toward.

As a young girl growing up in the Midwest, Shirley enjoyed many things. Some of her fondest memories were from living in Grafton, North Dakota, 1935-1945, and Fargo, 1945-1952.

Shirley would talk of her Mother’s cooking and how she never used a cookbook. The smell of her fresh-baked bread and her stew was the best. Memories of learning to drive Harold’s Buick, ice skating on the Red River, sledding and cross-country skiing – with snow being abundant, the best part of all, everything was free!

Living in Fargo, Shirley went to school at St. Anthony’s, Agazzi Middle School, and Fargo High School. While attending school she had several different jobs – Piggly Wiggly, Red Owl, and Dutch Maid, just to name a few.

Our Mom – Shirley, we were so blessed to have one the most wonderful women on this earth as our mother.

Not only was she a mother of four, Shirley was a second mom to so many people outside our family. Shirley treated everyone she met with kindness and compassion, and touched the hearts of those around her. Everyone was invited into her home, and there was always an extra helping to give. Her door was always open to anyone who needed help. She took in friends in time of need with no questions asked – just her generosity, love, and support to give. She handled the issues at home with love and understanding, never in anger, and would always give comfort while teaching a good lesson learned.

To say she was organized would be an understatement. Her home was spotless at all times, meticulously cleaned and arranged to perfection. She instilled that same trait into most of us.

At work, Shirley kept the same standards; she took care of every customer like the ultimate caregiver she was. Shirley served as the Safeway Employees Association (SEA) president for years, organizing functions and meetings for her beloved Safeway family.

As a mom, she always put her children first; even in tough times, she had money for bowling, golf rounds or a trip to the hobby shop to race, Legos, Barbie dolls for girls, and the latest 45 records.

At home, there was always a treat baked (crazy cake, cookies), Jello in the fridge, and a candy drawer fully stocked. She made sure our favorite treat was in ready supply. The neighbor kids and friends would come over and make a beeline to the candy drawer to see what treat awaited them.

Shirley was the taxi service for the boys and their teammates, taking them to baseball games or practice, to the bowling center for Saturday-morning league, and all the other sporting events or functions. She loved to play cards with the family – gin rummy, pinochle, cribbage or Skip-Bo, just to name a few. Trips to Birch Bay were a summertime ritual for the family, her favorite vacation destination to gather with our friends. Shirley didn’t mind sitting in on the occasional poker game with her sons when she came home from work, and she always won even if she wasn’t trying to. Shirley was blessed that way.

Shirley loved to give, always having time for her neighbors at her home and the apartment building which she called home for 15 years. Shirley enjoyed fixing extra meals or sending care packages to her neighbors. Shirley had so much fun with her friends on the senior bus trips to the casinos. She loved Keno and Copper Dropper!

Shirley enjoyed music. The Bee Gees were her favorite. To stay current with her children’s music tastes, she would watch MTV back in the ’80s. Later in life, she loved to watch golf and follow her favorite players. Tiger Woods and Fred Couples were at the top of the list.

Shirley would start her day with a pot of Yuban coffee, Columbo, and Matlock. She also enjoyed working her word search puzzles while she watched all the Hallmark shows, Turner Classic Movies, and various shows on Food Network. The simple things in life was all she needed to enjoy each and every day.

On her last day, we were all there to share in her passing. Hand-in-hand and in prayer, she was taken to the heavens, to share her love with family and friends who have preceded her. We couldn’t have hoped for a more beautiful passage.

We, her children, have a tough task ahead following in our mother’s footsteps, raising the bar of humanity to the highest standards. We will do our best to honor her every day, by the example she set – KINDNESS, CARING, LOVING, COMPASSION, AND, GIVING.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Emma Leach. Shirley is survived by her children Mike (Sue), Pat, Carolyn, and Deanna (Terry); brother Veron Useldinger; sister Joyce Rivinius; and brother Marvin Leach. She is also survived by three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. At her request, a small private memorial and dinner gathering was held April 9th, 2017. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Your plant-a-tree gift in memory of Shirley Shepard will support reforestation efforts in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Condolences may be made at her online obituary.

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


April 11, 2017 6:56 am
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(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

6:56 AM: Good morning. No incidents right now in/from West Seattle.

OF NOTE: Seattle Public Schools, and some independent schools, continue on spring break … The Mariners‘ first home stand continues, with a 7:10 pm game vs. Houston.

ALSO: As reported here last night, the city says it will start clearing the beneath-the-bridge RV camp near Spokane/Marginal today, so be aware of that if you ride/drive through that area.