West Seattle, Washington
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Five years ago this month, Cottage Grove Commons opened at 5444 Delridge Way SW.
In December 2013, homelessness was not as ubiquitous or contentious a topic in Seattle. But the 66-unit “supportive housing” building that has changed ~100 people from homeless to housed rose from a bed of controversy anyway.
The building’s owner/operator, DESC (the acronymic name comes from its start as the Downtown Emergency Service Center), didn’t throw a five-year anniversary party nor send out an announcement. We noticed the five-year mark while looking through WSB archives for something unrelated. So we requested an interview with the organization’s executive director, Daniel Malone. We sat down with him and CGC project manager Colin Maloney recently.
First – the backstory.
First, the final sunset of the year:
Thanks to Chris Frankovich for that photo. Next one is from Susan Romanenghi:
As we observed while tweeting a different view earlier, looks like Mount Rainier is wearing a party hat. And speaking of party:
West Seattle Junction venues with New Year’s Eve specials have gold balloons outside to entice you in – see the list here, and have a great (safe) celebration! Thanks again to everyone who shared photos, tips, reader reports, and more this year … 206-293-6302 or email@example.com any time!
With just hours remaining in 2018, here’s this year’s edition of our one traditional year-in-review story – the year’s 10 most-commented-on WSB stories. Again this year, there are 11 on the list, with a tie along the way:
#10 – ANTI-SEMITIC VANDALISM IN SUNRISE HEIGHTS
November 26, 2018 – 138 comments
Anti-Semitic slurs painted behind Sunrise Heights homes drew regional attention, and a support rally in The Junction a week later. No arrest reported so far.
#9 – DEADLY STABBING ON ALKI AVENUE
June 2, 2018 – 140 comments
22-year-old Jonathan Pecina was stabbed to death near Anchor/Luna Park. No arrest reported so far.
#8 – HEAD TAX
May 14, 2018 – 141 comments
This story looked at the “head tax” passed by the City Council – which later repealed it.
#7 – NOVEMBER POWER OUTAGE
November 30, 2018 – 145 comments
This outage affected about 3,000 West Seattle homes and businesses for an hour and a half.
In the first week-plus of a dozen-plus West Seattle Junction merchants hosting in-store donation boxes to help raise money to keep the four free-to-shoppers parking lots in The Junction, they’ve collected $690, according to Junction Association executive director Lora Radford. More than a third of that ($245) was from Husky Deli customers; other participants reported two-digit tallies from $12 to $70. In a note to participating merchants, Radford says, “It’s heartwarming to see our community helping all of us pay for the parking lots” and reiterates that it’s “one of many ways we’re going to raise funds.” Her note also recaps that the cost of renting and operating the four lots “has skyrocketed from $90,000 (2016) to over $245,000 (2019).” Next update, mid-January.
Happy last day/night of 2018! What you need to know for the next 12-plus hours:
NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER AT ITTO’S: Itto’s Tapas (WSB sponsor) is taking reservations online for 5 pm and 9 pm seatings with a special prix-fixe dinner tonight. (4160 California SW)
OTHER RESTAURANTS: Our holiday list now contains the West Seattle restaurants that told us they would be open New Year’s Eve and/or New Year’s Day. See it here, and please remember that it was compiled in advance, so there’s always a chance an establishment has changed its plans – 206-293-6302, text or voice, if you have an update to share; thank you!
NEW YEAR’S EVE WALKS: Emerald City Wanderers invites you to walk a 5K or 10K route from St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church – start any time between 4 pm and 7 pm:
The New Year’s Eve 5 kilometer route winds through the holiday lights in the Admiral neighborhood and Junction. The 10 kilometer route also enjoys neighborhood holiday lights, heads down to Alki and features the lights on and around Puget Sound, Elliott Bay and downtown Seattle. Flashlights helpful.
This event is hosted by the Emerald City Wanderers and St John the Baptist Episcopal Church, and is sanctioned by the American Volkssport Association. Information about volkssports will be available.
No fee; hot soup and snacks! Noncompetitive. (3050 California SW)
NOT-SO-SILENT NIGHT PARADE: All welcome to the traditional neighborhood noisemaking parade in Highland Park – meet outside HP Improvement Club at 6 pm. Optional – stay for the New Year’s Eve party inside HPIC afterward! (1116 SW Holden)
NEW YEAR’S EVE FAMILY PARTY: Want to celebrate 2019 early? You can do it at South Park Hall:
We are having our 6th annual Family Party at South Park Hall from 7-9 pm. $10/person over 2 years old. Each kid gets access to the hot cocoa bar and a gift bag. We will have a countdown on the big screen with the East Coast, and music.
(1053 S. Cloverdale)
REMINDER – FREE NEW YEAR’S EVE RIDES ON METRO: 7 pm-4 am. Details here.
NEW SPACE NEEDLE LIGHT SHOW 2 HOURS BEFORE THE FIREWORKS: If you’re planning on spending part of your New Year’s Eve looking at the Space Needle – as noted here over the weekend, there’s a new 10 pm laser light show this year in addition to the midnight fireworks.
PREVIEW 2019 … via our complete calendar!
Another West Seattle church has new leadership. This announcement is from West Side Presbyterian Church:
West Side Presbyterian Church is pleased to announce the arrival of their new Senior Pastor, Laurie Brenner, MDiv, Ph.D.
Rev. Dr. Brenner will begin her pastoral leadership with an installation service Monday, January 7 at 7 pm. The public is welcome.
West Side Presbyterian, an intergenerational congregation where families grow together in faith, has been active in the community of West Seattle and passionate about spreading the love of Jesus Christ for more than 100 years. West Side is proud to serve their growing community in many ways throughout the year. Regular outreach programs include: Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), free community lunches and West Side Wednesdays (an after-school program for elementary students).
Laurie Brenner will make a welcome addition to the staff as she leads us in a new era of ministry. She is a gifted leader and teacher who has a deep love of Jesus Christ. The work of the Holy Spirit has been evident in her life over her twenty years of ministry. Prior to joining West Side, Laurie was an Associate Pastor at the American Church in Paris and University Presbyterian Church, Seattle. For the last several years, she has also been an adjunct Professor at Seattle Pacific University and Fuller Theological Seminary.
Laurie was born in Woodinville but served overseas in ministry for eight years, splitting her time between Scotland and France. Five years ago, she married her husband, David, and became a stepmom to two grown children. Her formal education includes University of Washington (BA), Durham University, Durham England (PhD) and Fuller University (MDiv).
When asked why she feels called to West Side Presbyterian, she says that “in addition to the match up of gifts and mutual dedication to mission… I’m curious what can happen when the good news of Jesus is both announced and embodied through a family of believers who are embedded in the community. By God’s grace, I expect that curiosity to turn to wonder…”
There will be an installation service for Rev. Dr. Brenner at West Side Presbyterian Church (3601 California Ave SW) on Monday, January 7 at 7 pm. The public is welcome to attend. For more information: www.wspc.org or contact the church office, 206-935-4477.
WSPC’s previous senior pastor, Dr. Paul R. Smith, retired in 2016 after leading the church for 35 years.
6:59 AM: Good morning! We’ve checked around – so far, no incidents reported in our area.
METRO TODAY: Running again today on “reduced weekday” service.
METRO TONIGHT: Reminder that Metro will be free to ride 7 pm tonight until 4 am tomorrow.
Story and photos by Tony Lystra
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
Each Friday evening, a throng gathers at Uptown Espresso in Delridge to battle dragons, orcs, trolls, vampires, demon lords, and worse. They slide up to the coffee shop’s many broad, weathered tables and lay out their dice, “character sheets,” maps and figurines, then spend the evening in a fantasy.
They’re playing Dungeons & Dragons, the ’70s-created role-playing game, where players tell a story together, learning what happens next, deciding how they want to respond, and rolling dice to determine their success.
Game play at the Delridge shop (3845 Delridge Way SW) usually starts around 7 p.m. and wraps up just before midnight. The evenings can attract 50 people or more, organizers say. There’s even a custom gaming table in the store that opens up to reveal a pit where maps can be laid out and figurines maneuvered. (Uptown is under new management and has cleared its shelves of games it previously offered for sale, but the D&D nights are expected to continue.)
Dungeons & Dragons, once thought a bastion of the awkward and scorned by Christian evangelicals as occultist, has enjoyed a startling resurgence in recent years.
On the second night of the new year, the Southwest District Council will be the first community group to meet in 2019. SWDC includes reps from community councils and other organizations around western West Seattle (the Delridge Neighborhoods District Council is its eastern-WS counterpart); all are welcome to attend the meeting Wednesday, January 2nd, 6:30 pm, at the Senior Center/Sisson Building, 4217 SW Oregon. Agenda info as provided by the SWDC is in our calendar listing.
In case you haven’t already seen it in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, here’s a way to try biking between here and downtown as an alternative during #Realign99 and beyond. Doug suggested the spotlight:
West Seattle Bike Connections and Cascade Bicycle Club are hosting a free ride next Saturday, January 5th, at 9:30 am to help potential first-time bike commuters test out the West Seattle to downtown bike commute. Don Brubeck will be leading the ride, which will be leaving from the Starbucks in Alaska Junction.
This should be an opportunity for anyone searching for alternatives during the viaduct closure to test out the bike ride on a calm, weekend morning with plenty of others.
The full ride will be about 16 miles round trip and will follow the waterfront to Seattle Center, then come back through South Lake Union and downtown. Those interested in a shorter 8-mile ride could stop for a coffee in Occidental Square, then rejoin the group as it passes back through Pioneer Square on the return trip.
Full details are here.
Just got word from WestSide Baby – which helps thousands of children and their families every year – that you are invited to a special West Seattle showing of “Mary Poppins Returns” next Saturday, courtesy of a well-known West Seattle dad. The announcement:
Join us for a special complimentary showing of Mary Poppins Returns on Saturday, January 5, at 10 am at the Admiral Theater. Admission is absolutely free. Suggested donation of diapers (sizes 4-6), wipes, new kids socks/undies, or funds in any amount to help kids and families in need. westsidebaby.org/donate-now
In 1964, the original Mary Poppins movie was released – and even played for a time at the historic Admiral Theater! Lifelong West Seattleite and current King County Executive Dow Constantine attended the show with his mom. This year, he wants to thank this community by treating families to a special free morning showing of Mary Poppins Returns at the Admiral Theater.
Dow shares, “In 1964, mom took me to see my first film – the original Mary Poppins. For mom’s birthday last week, the whole family went with her to a matinee showing of Mary Poppins Returns – my own daughter’s first chance to see a film in a real theater! We thought it would be fun to honor mom by inviting the community to the movies.”
WestSide Baby provides essential items like diapers, clothing and equipment to local children in need. Donations from families attending the show will reach children within western King County in early 2019.
WestSide Baby Executive Director Nancy Woodland is thrilled to partner for this fun event. “WestSide Baby is focused on the very basics for kids. During the holiday season, there is incredible generosity of spirit in West Seattle and that magic means many more children will be safe, warm and dry in early 2019. Mary Poppins swoops in to remind kids and adults alike to keep the fun and magic a part of every day. I can think of no better way to celebrate this community, open the doors to a movie AND ensure more children receive what they need.”
Theater doors will open by 9:45 and seating is limited to 250.
If you’re not familiar with WS Baby, here’s a quick overview:
WestSide Baby meets the basic needs of vulnerable children to promote safety, security & healthy development. They provide essential items to keep children safe, warm and dry by collecting and distributing diapers, clothing and equipment. In 2018 they distributed over 1.4 million diapers to families in need, and served 40,000 children in western King County. Their model is unique. They receive donations from the community, check and sort those donations, and distribute them directly to 114 partner agencies, who are experts in their families, and the children they serve. These professionals get the items the children need, and WestSide Baby can focus on collecting the basic essentials. WestSide Baby was “born” in West Seattle in 2001 and now serves children throughout all of western King County.
(And if you haven’t been to The Admiral – it’s at 2343 California SW.)
Play ball! From the WSB inbox:
Believe it or not, baseball season is right around the corner and registration is now open for our spring season! West Seattle Baseball is a PONY organization whose younger divisions play at the Pee Wee Fields by Riverview Playfield. Complete registration before 1/1 and receive $10 off. Why so early? We need to get all the kids signed up, placed on teams, uniforms and equipment ordered and be ready for practice to begin in in early March.
Please visit www.westseattlebaseball.com and click on the big REGISTRATION banner on the homepage to get started.
While you’re there, you can find helpful information like:
-2019 important dates
-A handy matrix with info on all divisions
-Contact information for league leadership
(Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
Second-to-last day of 2018 is here – and so are some options:
BRUNCH: Did you know Whisky West (WSB sponsor) in Morgan Junction is now open for weekend brunch? 9 am-3 pm. (6451 California SW)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Year-round, even on this between-holidays Sunday, the WSFM is happening 10 am-2 pm in the street in the heart of The Junction. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
WEST SEATTLE SPORTSMEN’S CLUB OPEN HOUSE: 11 am-3 pm at the Roger Dahl Rifle Training Range beneath West Seattle Stadium: “Learn more about the club, adult rifle and pistol leagues, the youth rifle team, and upcoming training and classes – all happening at Seattle’s oldest indoor range.” More info in our calendar listing. (4432 35th SW)
LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: Before 2018 is history, go look further into the peninsula’s past at the Log House Museum! Noon-4 pm. (61st/Stevens)
CAMPFIRE JAM: Second installment of this monthly “acoustic singalong campfire jam for all” at Parliament Tavern, 7 pm. More info here. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
‘THE OFFICE’ TRIVIA: New trivia series with cash prizes – 8 pm at The Skylark. $5/player. All ages. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
KARAOKE: Do your late-night singing at Talarico’s, 10 pm. (4718 California SW)
LOOK AHEAD TO NEW YEAR’S EVE/DAY … in our West Seattle Holiday Guide!
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— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) December 30, 2018
We tweeted that after being somewhat startled to see the Space Needle come into view from Alki earlier tonight with those huge pink lights burning bright. Well … huge magenta lights. We figured it had something to do with T-Mobile‘s sponsorship of the upcoming New Year’s Eve fireworks, but that’s still two days away. Subsequent discussion on Twitter, and research, led to this announcement – with news that NYE will include a 10 pm light show from the Needle as well as the 10-minute fireworks display: “Cutting-edge lighting equipment installed throughout the structure will emit brilliant colors and beams of light across the tower and the Seattle night sky …” The Needle will be illuminated in magenta tomorrow night as well as Monday night pre-show, the announcement says. Will it be those big lights we saw tonight or a subtler glow? Guess we’ll see soon enough.
Last night, we noted that the West Seattle High School boys-varsity basketball team had won its first two games at a tournament in Southern California, with one game to go. Tonight, head coach Keffrey Fazio reports that too was a win:
The WSHS boys’ basketball team traveled to San Diego, CA to play in the 2018 Surf ‘n Slam Top tournament bracket over winter break. The boys won the championship this morning (Saturday) over Alameda HS (CA) 51-31.
Leading scorers were Abdullahi Mohamed with 24 points and Nuh’Kosi Roberson with 16 points.
The Wildcats won their semifinal game over Woodinville HS, Friday. Mohamed had 26 points and Roman Barnet had 11 points.
The quarterfinal was played on Thursday, and Wildcats took down Granite Bay HS (CA). Barnet led the way with 17 and both Mohamed and Roberson had double figures.
This is now back-to-back holiday tournament championships for WSHS Wildcats, last year winning the Sterling Shootout Classic at Kennedy HS.
Also worth noting, senior and EWU commit Abdullahi Mohamed was named tournament MVP, averaging 20 ppg and senior Nuh’Kosi Roberson was named to the All-Star team.
Wildcats are on the road next week at Nathan Hale HS on Friday (1/4) and host Eastside Catholic on Saturday (1/5) at WSHS.
Family and friends will gather next Friday, January 4th, in memory of Catherine Mary Scott. Here’s the remembrance being shared with the community:
Cathy passed away peacefully on December 14, 2018 following medical complications from a fall in Seattle.
Cathy was the third child born to Angela and Bernard McIntyre in Detroit, Michigan on May 3, 1934. She joined older sisters, Mary and Joan, and was followed by four more siblings: John, Ed, Bob, and Angie. They all enjoyed summers in Maidstone, Ontario, Canada at their grandparents’ farm, where cousins joined them for fun and games. Following high school, Cathy’s work history in office support included Armstrong Cork in Detroit and Weaver Trucking, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research, Sacred Heart Church, all in Seattle.
In 1962 Cathy left Detroit for Seattle, and quickly made friends among members of the Chancellor Club, a thriving club for single Catholics. In 1963 the club entered a float in the annual Seafair parade. Cathy worked on the float, hand-making tissue paper flowers to decorate the float and carrying the flag preceding the float in the parade – the float was a trophy winner!
In 1977 Cathy married Jay Scott and became stepmother to his seven children, Jerry (d), Mary, Chris, Mike, Theresa, Tim and Pete. Cathy’s parents, her husband Jay, and siblings John, Joan, Bob all predeceased her. Cathy is survived by six stepchildren, siblings Mary Coakley (Ed, d), Ed McIntyre (Beverly), and Angie Wall (Randy), sister in law, Diana McIntyre (Bob, d)m and numerous nieces and nephews. “Aunt Cathy” will be deeply missed by all, including her extended family of nieces, nephews, cousinsm and their children.
A memorial Mass celebrating Cathy’s life will be held on Friday, January 4, 2019, 1:00 p.m., Pigott Chapel at Providence Mount St. Vincent in West Seattle, with reception following.
Memorial donations may be made to the Providence Mount St. Vincent Foundation, 4831 35th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98126 or to St. Ambrose Parish, 15020 Hampton Road, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230
Please Share Memories of Cathy on the tribute page at www.emmickfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements Entrusted to Emmick Family Funeral Home of West Seattle.
(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to firstname.lastname@example.org)
2:40 PM: Thanks for the tips – we’ve been monitoring this on the scanner but we didn’t get location information until people started texting about the sizable police response and mentioned where it happened. Officers are dealing with someone who is reported to have barricaded themselves in an apartment on California south of Hanford. No injuries reported. WSB’s Christopher Boffoli (who happened onto this while on an errand) says police tell him this began with an attempt to serve a court order.
3:30 PM: Not resolved yet.
3:45 PM: From SPD via Twitter: “Negotiators, SWAT attempting to resolve situation with barricaded, armed subject in apt. building on California Av SW. Officers were attempting to serve court order when subject produced gun.”
4:08 PM: Per scanner, one officer got hurt falling in a stairwell and is going to the hospital.
4:11 PM: Also per scanner, there was a medical situation involving the subject of the standoff, and SFD medics are now reported to be in the apartment with them, so this is apparently winding down.
4:29 PM: SWAT and other responders are “demobilizing,” we’ve confirmed. The formerly barricaded person, who we’ve confirmed is a woman, is being taken to the hospital. (Added: SPD confirms she is receiving “medical treatment after she attempted to harm herself.”)
8:48 PM: Posted tonight to SPD Blotter:
A woman who had armed herself with a gun and barricaded herself in her apartment after officers attempted to serve a court order is now in custody.
Officers responded to the 3200 block of California Avenue SW Saturday afternoon to serve a temporary protection order. The order required that the respondent surrender a firearm and vacate the residence immediately, but the adult female armed herself and refused to comply.
Negotiator and SWAT units responded while a search warrant was prepared. During that time, it appeared that the suspect ingested a large quantity of prescription medications. The woman collapsed due to the medical issue, allowing officers the opportunity to intervene and render aid. Seattle Fire transported the woman to Harborview Medical Center for further medical treatment.
Time for the countdown to rev up. The first closures as part of #Realign99 – the work that’s necessary for the Highway 99 viaduct-to-tunnel transition – are now less than 1 week away:
10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4: Stadium ramps close
Northbound SR 99 on-ramp at South Royal Brougham Way closes (near stadiums; connection to I-90 and I-5).
Southbound SR 99 off-ramp at South Atlantic Street closes (near stadiums; connection to I-90 and I-5).
That’s exactly one week before the Alaskan Way Viaduct is permanently closed at 10 pm Friday, January 11th. The full timeline is here.
11:11 AM: Our first scene from this Saturday storm is from Constellation Park south of Alki Point, as high tide hit about half an hour ago. The National Weather Service’s Wind Advisory alert continues until 4 pm; if you’re affected by power problems, downed trees/limbs, etc., please let us know – text or call 206-293-6302.
2:54 PM: No real storm trouble reported. Rainbows, though!
Jim Borrow caught that view looking north from Alki around noon.
8:46 PM: Thanks to Jen Popp for this view from Beach Drive:
And Don Brubeck spotted these swimmers off Alki – sheltered from the wind:
Your chance to go into the water – briefly, if you prefer it that way – is of course coming up Tuesday!
First – a reminder about the weather alert that’s in effect – the forecast winds, combined with the “king tide” (high tide is 12.6 feet at 10:33 am), could make for a stormwatching spectacle along west-facing West Seattle shores.
Otherwise, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and beyond:
LEARN ABOUT WEST SEATTLE HISTORY: Visit the Log House Museum, open noon-4 pm today. No admission charge – suggested donation $3 adult, $1 child. (61st/Stevens)
SOJOURN SOUL: Live music at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm:
Sojourn Soul is an acoustic three-piece primarily focused around swirling harmonies, driving guitar, dancing piano arrangements, and the occasional flightful string accompaniment; an atmospheric arrangement of original folk/Americana barnyard stomp harmony-driven acoustic tunes with a classic rock heartbeat.
(5612 California SW)
AFROCOP X BILL HORIST: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
Preview/plan New Year’s Eve/Day by browsing our WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide!
The New Year’s Eve/Day section of the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide continues to grow – from New Year’s Eve dining (including the special dinner at Itto’s Tapas [WSB sponsor]) through New Year’s morning fitness – plus we’ve just added another tree-cycling option for the first weekend of New Year’s. Browse it all here – and if you have an event, New Year’s holiday hours, etc., to add, please let us know!
8:41 PM: Thanks for the tip – the inside eastbound lane of the West Seattle Bridge is closed for a stretch east of the Fauntleroy entrance because of yet another crash knocking the jersey barrier out of place. No SFD dispatch, which indicates no serious injuries.
9:04 PM: Per scanner, the lane has reopened.
Catching up on high-school basketball – first, it’s been a winning week for West Seattle High School‘s varsity teams:
BOYS: They’re playing at the Surf ‘n Slam tournament in San Diego, going for three victories in a row at 9 am tomorrow vs. Alameda, after an overtime win today over Woodinville (62-58) and yesterday’s win over Granite Bay (64-58). They’re 6-4 so far this season. Next home game: 4 pm January 5th vs. Eastside Catholic.
GIRLS: The WSHS girls are 6-1 after a Thursday victory, 72-41 over Kingston, and have the weekend off. Next home game: 7:30 pm Thursday (January 3rd) vs. Sequim.