West Seattle, Washington
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
No word yet on the city’s decision about another year for Camp Second Chance at the Myers Way Parcels.
That was one headline from this afternoon’s meeting of the Community Advisory Committee for West Seattle’s only city-sanctioned encampment.
The other: Camp operator LIHI‘s new case manager Richard Horne has been on the job two weeks, and he has placed his first two campers in housing, though it was quite a drama. He also stressed to community members who wanted to complain about city homelessness-related policies and practices that he is about people, like the two he placed.
CAMP OPERATIONS UPDATE: “It’s been a very productive month,” said Eric Davis, C2C’s resident manager.
The countdown continues – we are now exactly two weeks away from the West Seattle 5K, a fundraiser for the West Seattle High School PTSA, coming up Sunday, May 20th, just after 9 am, starting and finishing at 61st/Alki. (The course, to Luna/Anchor Park and back, closes the road for a few hours.) And tomorrow is the last day for a special discount – so if you sign up now by going here and use the code MAYDAY5, that will save you $5. All ages welcome, as are strollers and (leashed) dogs. We’ve co-sponsored the WS5K every year since its start – see you at the beach on race day!
If you try going to 2 Fingers Social in South Delridge tonight, that’s the sign you’ll find. The five-month-old neighborhood bar is closed because of a theft that they believe was the start of a break-in attempt. Early today, someone went under their fence and stole their exterior cameras and cut wires that took out their power and internet. They got the electricity back but not the internet, which means their payment system is interrupted. They believe the thief/thieves were startled/interrupted before actually breaking into the building – nothing besides the cameras is missing. They hope to have the internet connection restored tomorrow so they can reopen. If you have any information, the SPD incident number is 18-160932.(Thanks to the person who texted to let us know about this.)
ORIGINAL REPORT: It’s still duck-crossing season! Thanks to Marcee Stone-Vekich for sharing her photo/video of this scene that stopped traffic for a bit on Saturday near the east end of Roxbury.
Here’s some interesting backstory on crossings like this one.
ADDED MONDAY: Commenter Alki Resident identified the ducks’ escort as Chris Greer, who has made news in another wildlife-related situation, as he and his wife fight to get back a raccoon they had rescued and long kept as a member of their family. Today another commenter, Katelyn, pointed out that the ruling in the Greers’ case had finally come down last week; it went against them but their lawyer says they’ll appeal.
That’s Hannah, who’s working with Stu today to help anybody who shows up through 4 pm at the West Seattle Tool Library for the season debut of DIY Bikes. If your bike needs repairs or tuning-up, bring it over and not only will they help, they’ll teach you how to … well, DIY! The Tool Library is at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW).
Congratulations to Bob and Fran Zickes for 46 years of marriage – and more, as their son Ben Zickes writes in this announcement to share with you:
My parents are my heroes. They are dedicated members of the West Seattle community and have been Seaview residents for over four decades. On this day, their 46th wedding anniversary, I hope to briefly share their story, in honor of their service to our beloved neighborhood.
Bob and Fran Zickes were married May 6th, 1972 in Seattle at St Patrick’s on Capitol Hill. They share birthdays on consecutive days, May 7th (Mom, her 72nd) and May 8th (Dad, his 73rd).
Both have lived a life dedicated to service in the Seattle community and I could not be more proud.
Mom was a nanny to five local children in the 1980s and was a teacher’s assistant in the 1990s at Rainier Beach HS and later at Holy Rosary. She volunteered her time reading to kids at the public library in retirement. Today, she is an active member of the senior center and a volunteer at the Junction Stop N Shop, which supports the center. An enthusiastic walker and golfer (longtime member at West Seattle Golf Course), mom even has three career Hole-In-Ones! Legendary Sonics broadcaster Kevin Calabro once lovingly called her “a housewife from West Seattle who cleaned our clocks” when recalling a round they played together on KJR radio.
Dad is an old soul, fisherman, and gardener since birth. After graduating from Notre Dame, he served in the Air Force, which took him to Korea just after he met Mom. After the service and a return to Seattle, his 30-year career was spent in the Parks Department of King County, where he championed efforts like the pea patch program, the original “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” slogan of the early 1990s, and efforts to start composting residential yard waste. Near retirement, Dad served as a loaned executive from King County for the United Way campaign for multiple years. In retirement, Dad spent 10 years as a Left Field gate host for the Mariners. For as long as I can remember, Dad has donated his Wednesday mornings to the Meals on Wheels program in West Seattle. Dad too loves to golf, fish, and take daily walks with Mom around the neighborhood. You’ll find him tending to his garden most days (donating extras to the WS Food Bank), if he’s not busy bowling at Roxbury Lanes.
I think if my parents were to tell you their secrets to a long and happy partnership, a healthy dose of “daily walks” and a solid weekly “routine” would be right at the top of the list.
If you ever see them taking their walks around West Seattle, I invite you to say Hello! Congratulations, Mom and Dad!
Two reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:
MINI-MART BREAK-IN: Thanks to Casey for the tip, after seeing that obvious sign that something had happened at the California/Andover mini-mart. The Tweets by Beat log confirmed a break-in this morning; police report wouldn’t be available until tomorrow if at all, so we went over to see what we could find out. The person on duty at the mini-mart was too busy to talk much but he confirmed they were burglarized while closed early this morning; the burglar(s) got away with cigarettes and a computer. If you have any information, the police report # is 18-160632.
CARPORT PROWLERS: This happened in an apartment building carport at 42nd/College i North Admiral last Wednesday afternoon, with one person shown clearly “before they tried to cover the camera with tape,” as the sender described it:
The shot through the portion of the lens that subsequently remained uncovered partly shows their car, the sender says, adding that it “appears to be a Subaru or VW with a ‘snorkel’ attachment on the driver’s side. Pretty distinctive car.”
Any info on this? SPD incident #18-156445.
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, highlights for your Sunday:
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET, WITH CATS: 10 am-2 pm in the street in The Junction. Special feature today: The Seattle Humane MaxMobile, with adoptable cats! (California SW between SW Alaska and SW Oregon)
CURIOUS KIDSTUFF’S 20TH-ANNIVERSARY SALE: 11 am-5 pm, Curious Kidstuff (WSB sponsor) is celebrating its 20th anniversary with an all-day party including 20 percent off everything in the store (except LEGO brand). Here’s our preview! (4740 California SW)
DIY BIKES: It’s Bike Everywhere Month – maybe your bicycle needs something fixed or tuned up? Bring it to the West Seattle Tool Library noon-4 pm today for some help and coaching from DIY Bikes! (4408 Delridge Way SW)
BIRDS OF THE DUWAMISH RIVER: Gather at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse at 1 pm and find out more about the avian life along West Seattle’s only river. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)
CAMP SECOND CHANCE COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE: 2 pm at Arrowhead Gardens, the city-mandated monthly meeting with updates on West Seattle’s only city-sanctioned encampment. Public welcome. (9200 2nd SW)
KIDS’ YOGA FUNDRAISER: A multi-day, multi-session fundraiser for Children’s Hospital – as explained in our calendar listing. 5- to 8-year-olds are welcome to participate at 3 pm today at Miss Sheryl’s Ballet in White Center. (9650 16th Ave SW)
CORREO AEREO: Latin American music live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)
LADIES’ MUSICAL CLUB: “Music by Liszt, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, and Water: A Song Recital”. 3 pm at West Seattle (Admiral) Library – free, as always. (2306 42nd SW)
OPEN HOUSE: The West Seattle Contemplative Church invites you to visit, 5-6 pm. (4157 California SW)