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PLAYFIELD PROGRESS: Gatewood closer to goal; plus, one student’s Sunday sale to help

The Gatewood Elementary playfield project has hit a milestone – and one student has a fundraiser Sunday to help cover the rest of the gap. First:

(Photo: William Wright Photographer)

From Linnea Westerlind:

Thanks to generous donations from our school families and West Seattle community, we have raised $40,517.45 for a new Gatewood Elementary playfield! Principal Kyna Hogg announced the total to our kids at an assembly this morning. To celebrate this fundraising effort the kids got to wear pajamas and have an all-school dance party today.

We are so grateful to the support of community and want to say thank you! We are within reach of our goal to raise $50,000 to complete the full playfield project. We are continuing to take donations via our online site: and by donations of checks or cash to the Gatewood Elementary School office. We can’t wait to see our 400 elementary and preschool kids enjoying an amazing new outdoor play space soon!

One of them will be Gwen, whose mom Elissa e-mailed to tell us about her planned fundraising sale this Sunday:

Our daughter Gwen is in the 2nd grade at Gatewood. Her favorite thing right now is collecting little Japanese puzzle erasers; she has dozens of them. She also is really passionate about donating her money to help Gatewood build a new playground and soccer field. So she came up with the awesome idea to sell brand-new erasers, in the package, to help raise money for the playground.

We squared things away with Wildwood Market to give Gwen a venue for selling the erasers. She’ll be at the store on Sunday, Nov 19, from 1 pm to 4 pm, or until she’s out of erasers. If she sells all the erasers we bought for the sale, she can make a huge contribution to the playground fund. Even better, her handsome dad works for a company that doubles charitable contributions, so your eraser money will go twice as far.

Erasers will be $2 each or 3 for $5, and they’re brand new, unopened, official and genuine, direct from the US Iwako distributor (the real deal). Get there early for the best selection, we have a mix of little animals and little rubber desserts. 100% of the eraser money will go straight to Gatewood on Monday morning, and Dad’s company will follow up with a matching grant.

Wildwood is at 9214 45th SW.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: What’s happening as high-profile cases make their way through the courts

In West Seattle Crime Watch tonight, court updates:

RYAN COX TRIAL DATE CHANGES AGAIN: Three months after repeat offender Ryan Cox was charged with stabbing a man in Gatewood, his trial date has changed again. Court records show that early on, Cox insisted on going to trial on the second-degree-assault charge, and after the first date was postponed, he was scheduled for a trial-readiness hearing today. Instead, his lawyer told the judge they need more time to prepare, and obtained another postponement – over Cox’s objection, according to the document filed after the hearing. The trial-readiness hearing is now planned for December 22nd, with the trial date tentatively set for January 29th.

OTHER CASES WE’RE FOLLOWING: We’ve been asked about other defendants arrested in high-profile cases in the past few months. Right now, these defendants are all in the phase where they’ve appeared for a case-setting hearing, at which their lawyers sought a continuance to a later date: Anna Kasparova, charged with first-degree murder in the September shooting death of Edixon Velasquez, is due back in court November 30th, as is her co-defendant Abel LinaresJonatan Islas-Martinez, Diego Carballo-Olivares, and Elizabeth Cabrera-Aparicio, all charged with murder in the Westcrest Park stabbing death of Derek Juarez-Lopez, are due back in court January 10th … Kierra Ward, charged with two counts of assault in the Admiral stabbing attack on a mom out walking her baby, is now due back in court November 29th.

VIDEO: ‘Years of loving work’ to culminate in Sunday concert dedicating Admiral Congregational Church’s restored organ

November 17, 2017 7:30 pm
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That’s Admiral Congregational Church organist Sam Peters, getting ready for a Sunday that will go beyond performing for the congregation: On Sunday afternoon (November 19th) at 3 pm, the entire community is invited to a concert dedicating the restored 21-rank pipe organ in what the concert program calls “a moving culmination of years of loving work for the people of Admiral Church.”

The program – which we obtained while stopping by earlier this week for the photo and video – explains that Admiral Church had a Balcom and Vaughan organ installed in 1962:

As the organ’s 50th birthday approached, then-music director and organist Keith Terhune galvanized a group of Admiral music lovers to work toward restoring and updating their beloved organ. Eventually $92,000 was raised over 4 years, largely from members of the Admiral congregation and surrounding community. The pipes and chests, which had suffered considerable water damage in a severe storm, were renovated and then hybridized to a new state-of-the-art Rodgers electronic 4-manual console.

Peters will be joined at the concert by internationally known, Oregon-based organist Dan Miller and the Admiral Choir, led by Pam Gerke. The program includes a variety of music – hymns as well as selections from composers including Bach, Copland, Handel, and Peters himself (“Variations on Nicaea,” part of which is featured in the video clip above). Admission is free, and refreshments will follow the concert. Doors open at 2:15 pm Sunday at Admiral Church, 4320 SW Hill.

REMINDER: Free turkeys and groceries tomorrow in West Seattle for anyone who needs them

November 17, 2017 5:56 pm
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 |   Holidays | West Seattle news

(WSB file photo from past Eastridge turkey event)

Just a quick reminder as we move into Friday night, tomorrow’s the day each year that Eastridge Church offers free turkeys and bags of groceries to anyone who needs them. Starting at 9 am, volunteers will make them available to everyone in line outside their church (at 39th SW and SW Oregon) while supplies last, along with coats (adult and kid sizes) and Bibles. Between their West Seattle and Issaquah campuses, they expect to give out 1,500 turkeys, no questions asked, no proof of need required.

TONIGHT: See ‘Moana,’ help West Seattle High School’s ASB

November 17, 2017 3:16 pm
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 |   How to help | West Seattle news | West Seattle schools

Late add to the list of what’s up today/tonight due to a mail mixup – Take the family to see “Moana” at West Seattle High School. It’s free to get in – and then you can buy treats to support the school’s ASB! 7 pm; bring your own chairs/blankets/etc.; the movie will be shown in the Commons, so enter from the parking lot. WSHS is at 3000 California SW.

GRATITUDE: Donated plants brighten Fairmount Park Elementary courtyard

The photo and report are from Fairmount Park Elementary principal Julie Breidenbach:

Fairmount Park Elementary School would like to thank Jay Potratz and West Seattle Rite Aid for the donation of fall plants that helped to beautify our indoor courtyard. Parent volunteers did the planting today and students commented how these beautiful fall plants that brought some much-needed color to our courtyard. The decorative cabbage plants were a huge hit with the younger students who wanted to know how those plants tasted in comparison to the cabbage they purchase in grocery stores.

(Got school news to share with your peninsula-wide neighbors? – thanks!)

READER REPORT: ‘An example of the kind of little things that make me love this community’

ORIGINAL REPORT, 2 PM: Out of the WSB inbox, the photo and report are from Matt:

This is not breaking news, but it is an example of the kind of little things that make me love this community …

Last night, on my way home from meeting a friend for a drink at Beveridge Place, I saw a couple standing over the prone body of a cat in the middle of 48th Ave SW, at about Raymond. Their car was idling behind them, the headlights illuminating them as they tended to the cat. I can’t be sure if they were the ones who’d hit it, but it didn’t seem like they had; their car was sitting well behind where it was lying. Traffic had slowed in both directions, and as I approached I rolled down my window to offer help — what I could have done, who knows — but they seemed to be doing their best. He was holding a collar in his hand and dialing his phone while she knelt over the cat, tenderly stroking its white and brown fur. It was clear that they were genuinely concerned and trying to find the owners. I doubt that they’re looking for any acknowledgment, but it’s another reminder of what great people live in WS.

Today I drove by the same spot and saw this hastily made memorial. The inscription inside the card, written in a shaky hand, read, “I was on my way to work. Please forgive me.” It would have been really easy to assume that the driver hit the cat, took off, and didn’t think twice about it. Clearly they wasn’t the case, and that gave me a little hope.

4:10 PM: We’ve heard from the cat’s person in this comment.

FOLLOWUP: California/Findlay ‘log house’ jacked up for upcoming move

It is quite a sight – the century-plus-old “log house” at California/Findlay, now jacked up for its upcoming move – but that move is still two weeks away. We stopped by to check, after getting a few questions about its status.

We reported one week ago on the date and preparations for moving the house to its new location in The Admiral District. It originally was set to be demolished, as the site’s owners plan to build six live-work units there; the house-rescuing firm Nickel Bros stepped in to try to find a buyer to save and move it, and the Bauersfeld family answered the call. (The house’s previous tenant, Ventana Construction [WSB sponsor], had to move, and found another corner house with history at 5958 California SW.)

The move is set for two weeks from tomorrow – we’re currently clarifying whether it’s Friday night into Saturday morning or Saturday night into Sunday morning.

Healthy Smiles by Dr. Saturay: Welcoming a new West Seattle Blog sponsor

November 17, 2017 11:11 am
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 |   Health | West Seattle news

We’re welcoming a new WSB sponsor, the dental office Healthy Smiles by Dr. Saturay, which is about to move and expand. Below, a message for you from Dr. Kathleen Saturay, DDS:

It is with great anticipation and pleasure that I inform you that as of December 1st, 2017, Healthy Smiles will be relocating just across the street from West Seattle Dental Center to a brand-new, contemporary, and spacious dental office as a means of accommodating our growing practice, and to accommodate the increasing growth in our community. My team and I are thankful and humbled by the opportunity you have given us to take care of your oral health. Your continuing trust and support has allowed our practice to flourish and grow, all while upholding our mission of giving genuine, high-standard, compassionate, and affordable dental care in a respectful environment.

Since we opened our doors in 2012, West Seattle Dental Center has been our home, but now that we are growing, I strongly believe and maintain the ideal that it is my responsibility to my team, patients, and community to address the need of our practice. With that said, I will be adding a fourth hygienist as well as two other dentists to our team, Dr. Pamela Lloren and Dr. Casey Jacobsen, before we move to the new location. Our hours will be Monday through Friday from 8 am-5 pm as well as the first and third Saturdays of every month, between the hours of 8:00 am and 2:00 pm. The location address is 3222 California Ave. SW. Our new telephone number is 206-934-0477.

We are also excited to be adding the convenience of same-day crown placement, eliminating the need for most people to not have to return for a second visit. In addition to that, we also offer Invisalign, implants, and specialized pediatric dentistry for our patients.

I highly value your trust and support and will do my best to make the transition to our new office as smooth as possible. My team and I are more than happy to answer any questions and concerns you may have regarding our transition, so please do not hesitate to call.

We greatly appreciate your support during these exciting times! See you soon!

Dr. Kathleen Saturay

We thank Healthy Smiles by Dr. Saturay 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.

West Seattle Friday: Holiday bazaars, wine, music, movies, more…

November 17, 2017 10:25 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(Dunlin, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Here’s what’s happening for the rest of your Friday! First, from the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide (just launched!):

BAZAAR AND BAKE SALE: The Mount’s bazaar and bake sale continues until 4 pm today, and again 9 am-4 pm Saturay, at Providence Mount St. Vincent – details in our calendar listing. (4831 35th SW)

BAZAAR AND BOOK SALE: The White Center Library Guild Holiday Bazaar and Book Sale is also a two-day event, until 3 pm today and 10 am-2 pm Saturday, at the White Center Library. (1409 SW 107th)

WINE RELEASE: This also is the first day of a two-day event! 1-7 pm today and tomorrow, it’s fall release time at Northwest Wine Academy on the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus. (6000 16th SW)

SPARKLING WINE TASTING: 5-8 pm, with macarons too, at Sound & Fog. (4735 40th SW)

Now, from our year-round WSB West Seattle Event Calendar – and a few items that arrived too late to make the calendar:

WEST SEATTLE GARDEN CLUB: You’re welcome to stop in for all or part of the 10:30 am-2 pm meeting – morning program about South Seattle College Foundation scholarships, afternoon program about native plants – more info in our calendar listing. At Daystar. (2615 SW Barton)

HAPPY 3RD TO THE WESTY: Third anniversary celebration today for The Westy Sports and Spirits (WSB sponsor), all day/night, 11 am-2 am – as previewed here. (7908 35th SW)

(Updated 11:09 am – just got a notice that this has been canceled) HALA UPZONING ‘LUNCH AND LEARN’: The City Council’s Planning, Land Use, and Zoning Committee has a “lunch and learn” meeting at noon to be briefed on the new “preferred alternative” made public a week ago for HALA “Mandatory Housing Affordability” upzoning. Noon at City Hall, or watch live on Seattle Channel. (600 4th Ave.)

HPIC MOVIE NIGHT: “Jungle Book” – 6 pm doors open, 6:15 pm short, 7 pm movie, at Highland Park Improvement Club. Free but bring $ for concessions – you can also bring your own blankets/pillows, or use HPIC chairs. All ages welcome! (1116 SW Holden)

FREE SCREENING OF ‘ANGST’: The teen-anxiety-awareness film will be shown tonight at Summit Atlas, doors open at 6 (with refreshments), film at 7, with panel discussion. More info here. (9601 35th SW)

KARL BLAU: Live in-store at Easy Street Records, 7 pm, all ages, celebrating the Anacortes singer-songwriter’s new release. (California/Alaska)

NICK DROZ AND FRIENDS: Music at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

GENE CLARK TRIBUTE: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern:

A tribute to singer/songwriter Gene Clark, founding member of The Byrds and Dillard & Clark. Featured performers include James Burdyshaw, David Thompson, Scott Sutherland, Peter Tutak, Jeff Warden, Randy Neal, Lou Alexander, Ron Rudzitis, Jennifer Potter, Caleb Bue, Paul Beaudry, Caitlin Sherman, Colin J. Nelson, Bill Preib, and Joe Ross.

$5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

Want to know what’s up BEFORE you see it on the daily list? Our calendar is open 24/7 for a quick browse, or click the plus sign on any event to see more details –

PRE-THANKSGIVING ORDERS: Here’s a West Seattle deadline sampler

November 17, 2017 9:04 am
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 |   Holidays | West Seattle news

Now six days until Thanksgiving … so here’s a reminder of some ordering deadlines. First, our two grocery-store sponsors:

METROPOLITAN MARKET: Order Thanksgiving food (pre-made or not) by 11:59 pm Monday (November 20)

WEST SEATTLE THRIFTWAY: Order pre-made holiday dinners by Tuesday (November 21)

And we’ve received deadline reminders from two Junction spots known for desserts:

BAKERY NOUVEAU: Deadline for orders is Sunday (November 19), with pickup on Wednesday (November 22), when BN will be open until 7 pm (all locations).

A LA MODE PIES: Deadline for orders is midnight Monday night, with pickup on Wednesday (8 am-9 pm) or Thursday (yes, on Thanksgiving Day, 8 am-2 pm). Also – if you’re making your own pie – A La Mode is now offering “handmade frozen pie shells, available in both regular and hazelnut, along with perfectly portioned ready-to-roll dough balls (for top crusts or to roll out for your own pie pans).”

P.S. Speaking of holiday food, we’ve now published what’s on our open-Thanksgiving restaurant list so far – find it linked in our newly launched Holiday Guide, on our calendar, or just go here.


November 17, 2017 7:02 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

7:02 AM: No incidents in/from West Seattle, but we do have a transit alert just received:

8:29 AM: Still quiet. If you’re going to be out late tonight/early tomorrow, you might want to know about this: Starting at 10 tonight, NB I-5 will be down to one lane at Seneca Street, reopening by 6 am. The offramp to Seneca will be closed starting at 11:15 pm, and should also be open again by 6 am Saturday.

9 AM: Texter says the California/Admiral stoplight is flashing red again.