West Seattle, Washington
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 (email@example.com 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.
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).
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.
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.
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
www.youthcare.org, Vera Project www.theveraproject.org, or West Seattle/Fauntleroy YMCA www.seattleymca.org.
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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.
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.)
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:
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) March 31, 2018
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! email@example.com – 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 :)”
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.)
The big weekend is here, so we start with the egg hunts (and a bunny!), from the WSB Easter Etc. guide:
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)
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)