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ROAD-WORK ALERT: Repaving next week for bumpiest Beach Drive stretch

Two years ago, we reported on a resident’s petition drive to get a particularly bumpy stretch of Beach Drive repaved. Part of the road was repaved last summer – but it stopped just north of the particularly treacherous section near Weather Watch Park/La Rustica. Tonight, driving that stretch just before sunset, we spotted the telltale signs of impending road work – “no parking” signs – and pulled over to check the notice: It was this SDOT flyer announcing the road is scheduled for repaving next week, between SW Andover and Douglas [map]:

Sometimes SDOT sends out media alerts about spot-paving projects like this, sometimes they don’t – this time, they didn’t, so we always appreciate tips ( or text 206-293-6302) if you see signs like these and/or get flyers/postcards announcing upcoming road work – which invariably affects more than just the immediate neighbors who get such notices. We’ll track this project next week in our regular traffic coverage.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen beige Accord; tools taken from truck

March 31, 2018 9:00 pm
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Two reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:

STOLEN CAR: From Brian:

Beige 1997 Honda Accord, stolen on the corner of 44th Ave and Alaska, right across from the Wells Fargo. Plate # BHH7458. Front bumper was damaged by a hit and run two months, so the car can be identified by mangled front bumper and black tape. Pirate skull and crossbones sticker on back bumper.

If you see it, call 911.

TOOLS TAKEN: From Galager:

Just wanted to send the word over to you guys that our truck was broken into and had things stolen from inside. It was parked on the corner of Highland Park Way and Holden. A yellow DeWalt tool bag with multiple tools inside (impact drill, reciprocating saw, and various other things).

COMMUNITY GIVING: West Seattle Rotarians’ morning at Rotary Viewpoint Park

Thanks to Martha Sidlo from the Rotary Club of West Seattle for the photos and report:

This morning, several West Seattle Rotarians held a landscaping cleanup at the Rotary totem pole park on 35th Avenue SW, next to the golf course. [Read the park and pole’s history here.]

Seattle Parks and Recreation helped by providing tools and wood chips for the project.

Thanks to everyone who’s been sharing their stories of community cleanups and other projects! any time.

CHANGES AHEAD: Washington State Ferries’ spring schedule starts Sunday

March 31, 2018 7:07 pm
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 |   Transportation | West Seattle news

(M/V Sealth, photographed from Upper Fauntleroy in February)

Reminder for ferry users – tomorrow (Sunday, April 1st) brings the spring schedule for Washington State Ferries. On the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run, that means it’s back to “spring service levels, including the addition of a 3rd vessel on weekends and different schedules for Saturday and Sunday,” as noted on the WSF website. Until they take effect in the morning, those schedules are linked here.

Celebration of Life gathering planned May 5th for Ian Mandt, 1993-2018

A Celebration of Life is planned May 5th for 24-year-old Ian Z. Mandt, who died last week. His family is sharing this remembrance:

Ian Zachary Mandt
First day on earth, April 2, 1993
First day in heaven, March 24, 2018

Ian Zachary Mandt of West Seattle died on March 24, 2018, just shy of his 25th birthday.

Ian stuffed a lifetime of experiences into a short span of time. He loved to dance and sing, was an active and locally well-known skateboarder, and an artist and passionate letterer. Ian was playful and lived with a joyful heart, especially in his work with children at the West Seattle/ Fauntleroy, and Meredith Matthews East Madison YMCAs. Kids looked up to Ian because he understood them and inspired them with his positive personality and unique world view. Ian was sensitive, open, and generous with his time and creative energy, with his trademark huge smile for all who knew him.

Ian attended Arbor Heights Elementary and Pathfinder schools in West Seattle and graduated from Nova High School. In addition to the YMCA, he had worked in various skate shops, Carhart, and also for the Seattle Mariners. In his work with children and adults alike Ian was known as a “millennial whisperer,” one who seamlessly connected his generation with those that came before him and after.

Ian leaves behind his beloved parents Jenny and Gordy Mandt of West Seattle; his grandmother Judy and stepgrandfather, Hugh Bishop of Marblehead, MA; his uncle Robert, aunt Bo, and children Ryder, Clara, and Robyn in Altadena, CA; aunt Kristi Mandt of Normandy Park, and Leanne and Ben Ng and children Ben and Nicole of Juneau; and uncle Bill Mandt and Kathleen of Tacoma. He also leaves his many loving cousins Rachel and Cadence Tillman of Portland, OR; Jim, Kat and Mimi Tillman of Seattle, and many more from around the country; extended family, and a huge circle of friends from his various adventures and endeavors. We all love you, Ian. Your memory will continue to light up our lives.

An open house celebration is planned for Saturday, May 5th, 3-7 pm at the Hall at Fauntleroy at 9131 California Ave SW. Gifts that support the work Ian most loved would be greatly appreciated. Please consider sending a gift in Ian’s memory to one of these non-profit organizations: Orion Center, Vera Project, or West Seattle/Fauntleroy YMCA

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

Scenes from West Seattle Thriftway’s 2018 egg-hunt excitement

Our area’s one and only supermarket egg hunt, at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), draws many styles of hunters – some striding coolly and confidently down the aisles, as shown above, and some wandering every which way at once.

This morning brought a crowd as always. Fun part is, you never know where you’re going to find an egg – maybe even among the baked goods:

And of course they’re usually lining the aisles:

Some eggs are redeemable for special prizes – Matthew found one of them and showed us what he got:

And of course the Easter Bunny made a guest appearance, posing below with Thriftway’s Michele Grasso:

This is an especially festive year at West Seattle Thriftway, since, as mentioned here again last night, the store’s celebrating its 30th anniversary!

P.S. If you missed today’s egg hunts – check our Easter Etc. Guide for the local churches that are having them before or after services tomorrow.

DREAM COME TRUE: Arbor Heights Elementary garden party

Thanks to Krista for the photos and report on the garden party that just wrapped up at Arbor Heights Elementary:

Dream of teacher Marcia Ingerslev to see the new Arbor Heights Elementary school garden go in! Families, staff and community members were here working.

From left, teachers Marcia Ingerslev, Megan O’Neil, and Emma Cornwell:

AHES principal Christy Collins (below right) was there to dig in, too!:

Some backstory on the garden is here – including an explanation that the work was to include “creating a wheelchair accessible garden area, planting a sensory garden, transplanting shrubs, and weeding and mulching around garden beds.” (We’ve reported on Ms. Ingerslev’s garden projects in the past, long before AHES’s new school was built.)

VIDEO: Busy bunnies and egg-hunters at Seattle Parks’ West Seattle community centers

March 31, 2018 11:41 am
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 |   Holidays | West Seattle news | West Seattle parks

11:41 AM: A hectic and happy morning at Seattle Parks community centers all over the city – including five in West Seattle – that hosted egg hunts. Our first photos are from Southwest TLC, which held its hunt on the big field to the west where Denny International Middle School used to be. Hunters were separated by age group, and each area had one special egg that could be redeemed for a prize basket. Here’s our video looking eastward over the field at the peak of the hunt:

Anybody who had a question didn’t have to wonder who to ask – just look for the bunny ears!

Meantime, on the north end of the peninsula, we also had a photographer at Hiawatha Community Center. Egg-hunters of all ages there too:

High fives for the bunny:

Easter-time is known for hats – these egg-hunters made creative choices:

If you have a photo from any of the other community centers that had hunts this morning – Alki, Delridge, High Point – we would love to add a few! – thank you!

ADDED 2:11 PM: Thanks to Crystal for a photo from the High Point hunt:

She explains, “This is Gaby. She got an Easter basket when she found a golden ticket in one of the eggs :)”

ALSO TODAY: Our Lady of Guadalupe students sing at Safeco Field

If you’re going to the Mariners’ game this afternoon at Safeco Field – listen up for these young local singers! Ann Sager, music specialist for Our Lady of Guadalupe School and the OLG parish music director, shares the report and videos:

Our Lady of Guadalupe Children’s Chorus is singing the National Anthem at the Mariners Game today! 1:10 game time.

We’ve auditioned the last three years for this and we are fortunate to be selected!

This Chorus has had an incredibly memorable year: we were also invited to sing “God Bless America” at a Seahawks halftime when they honored our Vets in November.

(We previewed that appearance here too.)

West Seattle Saturday: Egg hunts and more!

(Anna’s Hummingbird, photographed by Trileigh Tucker)

The big weekend is here, so we start with the egg hunts (and a bunny!), from the WSB Easter Etc. guide:

THRIFTWAY EGG HUNT: The legendary egg hunt atWest Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), ages 10 and under, 9 am (4201 SW Morgan)

ALKI CC EGG HUNT: Breakfast snacks (8:30 am, $2 donation) and egg hunt (10 am, free) at Alki Community Center, ages 3-11. (5817 SW Stevens)

DELRIDGE CC EGG HUNT: Egg hunt at Delridge Community Center, ages 12 and under, 10 am. (4501 Delridge Way SW)

HIAWATHA CC EGG HUNT: Egg hunt at Hiawatha Community Center, ages 2 to 10, 10 am. (2700 California SW)

HIGH POINT CC EGG HUNT: Egg hunt at High Point Community Center, all ages, 10 am. (6920 34th SW)

SOUTHWEST EGG HUNT: Egg hunt at Southwest Teen Life Center, ages 10 and under, 10 am sharp, arrive early or it will be over! (2801 SW Thistle – south side of the Pool)

EASTRIDGE EGG HUNT @ LINCOLN PARK: Egg hunt at Lincoln Park south meadow, presented by Eastridge Church, 11 am. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

‘THE REAL EASTER BUNNY’: Meet the “real Easter Bunny” at South Park’s Tin Dog Brewing! From 2-3:30, “Emmett the Flemish Giant, the size of a small dog, will be available to visit with! He is very mellow, sweet, and cuddly and is on a bunny leash. Free!” (309 S. Cloverdale)

OUNCES EGG HUNT: Egg hunt at Ounces beer garden, all ages, 3 pm. (3809 Delridge Way SW)

SATURDAY SERVICES: Several of the 16 churches who shared their Holy Week/Easter schedules with us have Saturday services – see the list in our guide.

Now, from our year-round West Seattle Event Calendar:

ANNUAL FAIRMOUNT RAVINE CLEANUP: 8:30 am, you are invited to join these intrepid neighbors in tidying up the ravine used by so many to get from Admiral to Alki. Here’s our preview. Treats! Bring tools and gloves; dress sturdily. Bags provided. (Fairmount and Forest)

WEST SEATTLE LINUX USERS GROUP: 9 am at Fauntleroy YMCA (WSB sponsor). (9140 California SW)

FINAL NIGHT FOR MAREE: As announced earlier this month, Marée Bistro and Bar on Alki says tonight is its final night, 5-10 pm. (2820 Alki SW)

ENDOLYNE JOE’S ON TV: The Travel Channel’s “Food Paradise” show features notable “eat at Joe’s” eateries including West Seattle’s own Endolyne Joe’s (WSB sponsor), 5 pm.

‘A CHORUS LINE’ AT WSHS: The “singular sensation” Broadway classic is this year’s student-performed musical at West Seattle High School, and your next chance to see it is 7:30 pm tonight in the WSHS theater. Ticket info here. (3000 California SW)

WEST END GIRLS ANNIVERSARY SHOW: The “drag extravaganza” hosted by Cookie Couture celebrates one year! 7 pm doors, 8 pm show at The Skylark – see the performer lineup and ticket info in our calendar listing. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

UPDATE: Passenger cut out of truck, taken to hospital after crash on Delridge

(Added: WSB photo)

10:01 PM: Delridge Way SW is reported to be blocked by a crash (updated) at Hudson [map], and a rescue response is on the way.

10:06 PM: One person is reported to be trapped in one of two vehicles that collided, per SFD.

10:13 PM: SFD says that person’s been extricated; their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

10:23 PM: Added a photo. The person who was extricated, a man in his 40s, was in the utility truck, and is being taken to Harborview. (added) Police were looking for someone else who went running from the truck. Delridge remains closed north of Brandon.

11:07 PM: The photo added above shows where firefighters cut the man out of the truck. The next one shows a parked car that was hit:

We’ll be going back to check on the road’s status.

MISSING: Have you seen Kathleen?

FRIDAY, 9:25 PM: Friends and neighbors are trying to find out what happened to Kathleen, who they say hasn’t been seen at her Highland Park home for two weeks. Her disappearance is suspicious, explains her neighbor Grace, because Kathleen’s home appeared to have been ransacked and her dog left behind, with obvious signs of neglect. Grace says Kathleen “was considered our neighborhood vigilante,” in terms of watching out for crime and suspicious activity, and that she would never let a neighbor’s disappearance go unremarked on, so they’re trying to find out what happened to her. They say Kathleen worked at Home Depot but hadn’t been there for a few weeks. A police report has been filed, 2018-109928, so if you’ve seen Kathleen or have any information about the circumstances of her disappearance, her friends hope you will call 911 and refer to that incident number. (We are not publishing Kathleen’s full name, as we have not heard from relatives, nor, Grace says, have neighbors.)

ADDED MONDAY MORNING: We just talked with Det. Mark Jamieson at SPD media relations, who talked with the detective assigned to the case after we inquired. He confirms what a family member says in the comment section, that at this point there is no indication of foul play (criminal activity); she was reported missing about two weeks ago and the case remains open.

West Seattle Chamber of Commerce announces forum on homelessness

While homelessness is much-discussed, community discussions tend to happen in relation to something specific – an encampment, a City Council action, etc. If you are interested in a more general discussion of the issue, you might want to RSVP for the forum just announced by the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, 1 pm Saturday, April 21st, at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW). The Chamber announcement says it’s meant to address questions including “How did this happen? What’s being done? What can you do?” Participants will be from the city Human Services Department, SPD’s Southwest Precinct, Plymouth Housing, and the Mockingbird Society, with a Q&A period promised for each speaker. No admission charge, but the Chamber says preregistration is required – you can do that here.

West Seattle Thriftway: Egg hunt tomorrow; 30th-anniversary grocery giveaway wrapup

March 30, 2018 7:35 pm
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Tomorrow morning at 9 am, West Seattle Thriftway (4201 SW Morgan; WSB sponsor) will be thronged for the annual egg hunt – the store’s busiest morning of the year. And what a year it’s been – as noted here two weeks ago, this is the locally owned, independent store’s 30th anniversary. And to celebrate, over the course of two weeks, the store randomly paid the tabs of 30 customers who had no idea in advance that they would be winning free groceries – they shopped, went to check out, and found out they won.

Owner Paul Kapioski said, “We wanted to say thank you and give back to our customers directly. What better a way than paying their bill? It was a lot of fun giving away groceries and hearing the customers cheer for each other when we did the drawings.”

The top winner Chelle walked away with $230 of free product. The lowest Jerry at only $3.99, told store staff, “I should have bought more.” $1,900 total was given away in two weeks.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT ALERTS: Downtown shutdowns for Saudi Crown Prince’s visit; Water Taxi runs canceled

5:45 PM: No specifics have been announced for security concerns, but the Saudi Crown Prince is in the area this afternoon and Seattle Police say downtown traffic is about to be affected – temporary shutdowns for a motorcade route. So if you are, or have to go through, downtown, you might want to wait a bit. He arrived in Everett this afternoon after flying from New York.

(WSB photo: Water Taxi on Friday night after service resumed)

6:35 PM: We don’t know if this is related, but we just got an alert that West Seattle Water Taxi runs are canceled between now and 7:30 pm, when service will resume with the run from Pier 52 downtown.

DEVELOPMENT: Another new mixed-use building for the heart of The Junction? Early-stage filing for 4508 California SW

(Google Maps/Street View image of most of the potential project site)

Just one month after we broke the news of the plan for a new Junction mixed-use building at 4747 California SW, we just found another major redevelopment proposal in progress for the heart of “downtown West Seattle” – longtime local entrepreneur/developer Leon Capelouto has an early-stage proposal for a 7-story mixed-use building at 4508 California SW. According to the site-plan document in the city’s online files, that would include what are/were seven business storefronts, as listed here:

The city docket describes the proposal – which again is early-stage, no formal application yet – as ” 7-story multifamily apartment building with street-level commercial space and 1 level underground parking.” This is just southwest of his newly completed AJ Apartments mixed-use building at Oregon/42nd, and northwest of his first development project built about a decade ago, CAPCO Plaza, a mixed-use building including the Altamira Apartments, QFC, Petco, and other businesses at 42nd/Alaska. We contacted Capelouto by phone and he stressed that this is a very early filing, aimed at “seeing what we can do” with the property.

DATES CHANGED: Drop-in discussions for West Seattle Neighborhood Greenway

March 30, 2018 3:14 pm
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As reported here back on Tuesday, SDOT says the planned West Seattle Neighborhood Greenway will extend into North Admiral, and invites you to two drop-in discussions about that. But the dates/locations have just been changed – SDOT’s Dawn Schellenberg says that has fixed a conflict with Seattle Public Schools‘ spring-break week (and we also note that one previously announced location that was way too small for a community meeting has been swapped out). The new dates/locations:

Saturday, April 14
10:30 AM-Noon
Uptown Espresso (Junction location, California/Edmunds/Erskine)

Thursday April 19
4:15-5:45 PM
West Seattle Library (Admiral District)

This will be West Seattle’s third greenway, after 26th SW in North Delridge and (South) Delridge-Highland Park.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Helicopter help with auto-theft arrest (video added); Admiral break-in; bicycle found

In West Seattle Crime Watch:

(WSB photo)

HELICOPTER HELP WITH AUTO-THEFT ARREST: Thanks for the tips about Guardian One over Arbor Heights a short time ago. We headed that way to investigate – hadn’t heard anything on the scanner – and subsequently learned that they were helping track down a stolen car. The helicopter crew tweeted that it was found with a suspect “passed out inside.” This happened near 34th and 100th (photo above). ADDED 2:54 PM: Helicopter video, just made public:


Our garage was broken into (Wednesday) afternoon around 3:20 pm. The padlock was cut off. We were home watching TV when they entered our back yard via the alley. They were preparing items to be picked up later as they stole the garage door opener. Hope they return soon so I don’t get tired of waiting for them. We are located on 41st Ave SW North of Admiral Way. Seattle Police were out and took fingerprints.

That’s not far from where a car was broken into a day later.

BICYCLE FOUND: Abandoned bicycles usually tend to have been stolen and dumped. Here’s one Karen just found on a dead-end West Seattle street:

Yours? Let us know.

6 possibilities for the rest of your West Seattle Friday

(Pine siskin, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

It’s Good Friday and the start of Passover – for seasonal events including tomorrow’s egg hunts and services today through Sunday, see our special guide; below are other highlights, from the year-round WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

MEN’S FELLOWSHIP LUNCHEON: Noon at the Masonic Hall – details in our calendar listing. (4736 40th SW)

TALK WITH YOUR CITY COUNCILMEMBER: Almost every month, District 1 City Councilmember Lisa Herbold has “district office hours” in West Seattle or South Park on a Friday afternoon/evening, and today’s the day. You’ll find her 2-7 pm at Southwest Customer Service/Teen Life Center in Westwood. No appointment necessary. (2801 SW Thistle)

HIGH-SCHOOL SOFTBALL: Crosstown-rivalry game – West Seattle HS visits Chief Sealth IHS, 4 pm at Southwest Athletic Complex. (2801 SW Thistle)

MADISON MIDDLE SCHOOL SWING DANCE FUN(DRAISER): 6:30 pm at Madison MS, dance the night away with student music and the renowned West Seattle Big Band, while bidding in a silent auction for great items. Ticket info is in our calendar listing; food and drink available for separate purchase. (3429 45th SW)

NAKED GIANTS: Free in-store record-release concert at Easy Street Records, 7 pm! All ages. (California/Alaska)

‘A CHORUS LINE’ AT WSHS: Someone called us this morning to say they were there for opening night last night, and the students’ performance was awesome. Go see for yourself, 7:30 pm at the West Seattle High School Theater; ticket info is in our calendar listing. (3000 California SW)

GOT ANSWERS? Fauntleroy Community Association survey closes in a few days

March 30, 2018 10:35 am
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You’ve got answers – they have questions. The Fauntleroy Community Association‘s every-other-year neighborhood survey is closing soon, Shannon Ninburg from the FCA board reminds us:

If you live in the Fauntleroy area, you still have until the middle of next week (April 4th) to participate in the Fauntleroy Community Association’s survey. Every two years the FCA conducts a survey to ask community members about issues important to them. The results help guide the FCA’s focus over the next couple years. Fauntleroy area residents can take the survey via the FCA website. We’d love to hear from you!

The community is also always welcome at FCA’s monthly board meetings – next one 7 pm April 10th at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse (9131 California SW)

FOLLOWUP: Norovirus outbreak at Providence Mount St. Vincent continues; no Easter Mass in chapel

March 30, 2018 9:36 am
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As mentioned here last weekend, a norovirus outbreak at Providence Mount St. Vincent in West Seattle has led to restrictions on visiting. There’s a new notice today, announcing that this means no Easter Mass in The Mount’s Chapel. As shared with us by the facility, here’s the announcement from Mount administrator Charlene Boyd:

While there are lessening cases of the GI/Norovirus bug in the building, there continue to be some new and active cases daily. Because of this, we have made the difficult decision to keep the building closed through the weekend, including all Easter activities on Sunday.

Mass on Sunday will be televised in house on channel 6 at 9:30 am for the residents. But no one will be allowed in the Chapel and we ask that you refrain from visiting your loved one. If you do feel your visit is essential, please contact your Neighborhood Coordinator or Social Worker.

We realize not only the inconvenience this causes, but the impact on quality of life for our Residents and you, particularly with Easter. We are committed to keeping you informed and updating you as soon as restrictions can be reduced or completely removed.

Thank you for your continued understanding and patience as we work together to restore wellness for all. To check on daily visiting status, you can call the front desk at 206-937-3700.

We asked earlier this week about the number of cases; it’s averaged in the “single digits,” according to Mount spokesperson Colleen Farrell.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday watch; bridge work today, tomorrow

March 30, 2018 7:03 am
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(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

7:03 AM: Good morning! No incidents or transit alerts in our area so far this morning.

8:45 AM: From SDOT: “Please use caution around the roadwork on the West Seattle Bridge taking the westbound right lane near Fauntleroy Way SW. Expect to see crews until 1 PM today.”

9:30 AM: And from WSDOT, for tomorrow:

26th annual Fairmount Ravine cleanup Saturday, and neighbors’ hopes for what might follow

(Last year’s cleanup haul in Fairmount Ravine)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

What’s often the biggest neighborhood cleanup of the year is happening Saturday morning.

Biggest in volume, if not always in turnout. Last year, the neighbors of Fairmount Ravine piled up two tons of trash and debris before they were done.

This year, while they are again hoping for your help (here’s the official announcement/invitation), they are also expecting the final tally to be considerably less.

One uphill neighbor got an early start and has already pulled out prodigious piles of refuse, according to John Lang, longtime cleanup cooordinator, and Matt Algieri, who succeeded John in that role starting with the 25th annual cleanup last year.

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