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West Seattle sunset: Sky show to end the holiday week

Whichever way you looked, it was a super sunset. The view from Kanit Cottrell, above, looks directly west at the Olympic Mountains from Gatewood. Elaine Dale, also in that area, looked southwest toward Vashon:

And Marc Milrod‘s view was toward the northwest:

Thanks as always for sharing photos!

Memorial service next Saturday for Robby Parkhurst, 1953-2018

Family and friends will gather next Saturday (July 14th) in memory of Robby Parkhurst. This is the remembrance being shared with the community:

Robert (Robby) Parkhurst passed away on June 23 following a stroke.

He was born on January 24, 1953 in Coupeville, WA, and was raised in Oak Harbor. Robby was a resident of West Seattle and had worked at Providence Mount St. Vincent for 21 years as the barista and manager of the gift shop.

Robby was a tremendous role model of kindness and love. He created a gathering space in the Gift Shop where all could come and enjoy a smile, a listening ear, a moment of support or to find that ideal gift. The daily crossword puzzle and classic rock music along with that perfect cup of coffee will be sorely missed. Robby had the most remarkable gift for making each person he greeted feel like they were his special friend and so many of them were.

Robby’s greatest joys outside of work were his many close friends and family. Robby was the kind of person who maintained long friendships while making room for new ones.

On Saturday, July 14, the many friends and family of Robby Parkhurst will gather for a Mass and memorial service at Providence Mount St. Vincent starting at 11 am.

On Sunday, July 15, Holy Family Church will also hold a resurrection Mass at 11 am for Robby.

Robby adopted his grandson Hunter when he was very young and has been a constant and loving presence in his life. In lieu of flowers please consider the fund set up for Hunter.

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

COUNTDOWN: 2018 West Seattle Outdoor Movies now 13 sunsets away

July 8, 2018 7:39 pm
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That’s the trailer for “Wonder Woman,” first of this summer’s six West Seattle Outdoor Movies, now less than two weeks away – so it’s the next summer countdown we’re launching! The movies are free, at dusk on six consecutive Saturday nights, outside the West Seattle YMCA (3622 SW Snoqualmie; WSB sponsor) in The Triangle, coordinated by the Y and the West Seattle Junction Association, with sponsors including WSB. In case you missed (or forgot!) this year’s announcement published here back in May, here’s the full slate of movies and dates:

July 21 – Wonder Woman
July 28 – The Secret Life of Pets
August 4 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
August 11 – A Wrinkle in Time
August 18 – Coco
August 25 – Black Panther

The movies are free; concessions support the Y, and raffles each movie night will support these other local nonprofits:

July 21 – West Seattle Helpline
July 28 – WestSide Baby
August 4 – West Seattle Food Bank
August 11 – West Seattle Timebank
August 18 – ArtsWest
August 25 – WSJA Mural Project

While the movie start time will change as dusk gets earlier, you’re welcome to show up with your chair/blanket as early as 6:30 every time. If you’re bringing the kid(s), the Y plans activities to keep them entertained, and food trucks are expected (schedule to come) if you want to have dinner but don’t feel like bringing a picnic. We’ll see you at the Y, at the movies!

West Seattle Farmers’ Market: Today’s cooking demo; next week’s big reminder

July 8, 2018 5:24 pm
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Two notes from today’s West Seattle Farmers’ Market:

COOKING DEMO: Did you get to visit the Seattle Public Library booth with West Seattle-based cookbook author/chef Kim O’Donnel demonstrating a recipe from her book PNW Veg? The recipe was Kohlrabi Slaw, and after getting Kim’s explanation of the vegetable’s versatility – it’s a member of the cabbage/broccoli/cauliflower (brassica) family! – we promptly picked up a beautiful $3 bundle of three purple kohlrabi bulbs elsewhere at the market. If you missed Kim (who’s holding a “torpedo onion” in our photo), her book remains available at Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor).

And a reminder for next Sunday, courtesy of the chalkboard we photographed today:

MARKET MOVES FOR SUMMER FEST: On West Seattle Summer Fest Sunday, it’s the number one question at our temp HQ in the Info Booth: “Where’s the Farmers’ Market?” Answer: On that day only (July 15th this year), it’s back in its original spot, the parking lot behind KeyBank on the southwest corner of California/Alaska. Same hours – 10 am to 2 pm. (But festival hours on Sunday are 11 am-5 pm, so if you’re going to the WSFM, do it first, then come enjoy Summer Fest!)

FOLLOWUP: Soft open today for Oh’s Sandwiches in South Admiral

Thanks for the tips! Until 4 pm, it’s “soft open” day at Oh’s Sandwiches (3217 California SW), where the menu above is hanging over the counter and Linh is busy behind the counter:

She says their regular days will be Mondays-Saturdays, so being open today is truly a special occasion. And they’re offering a deal:

We first reported on the new shop, which is in a live-work space at the Revel townhouse complex, back on June 28th.

From the ‘in case you wondered too’ file: South Kitsap brush fire, visible from West Seattle

That photo was texted to us by someone wondering what was on fire somewhere beyond Blake Island. We looked around and finally got the answer in a tweet a few minutes ago from South Kitsap Fire and Rescue: “Crews are on the scene of a 2-alarm brush fire in the 2800 block of Long Lake Rd SE. Battalion 8 is advising the fire is out and we are mopping up.” Here’s a map – the fire scene is west of the Southworth ferry dock.

Second win for West Seattle Little League in All-Star tournament’s second day

July 8, 2018 11:10 am
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(WSB photos by Patrick Sand. Above, Miles Gosztola pitching)

Just in from Bar-S – the West Seattle Little League 11/12 All-Stars win again! We stopped by for a few photos during this morning’s District 7 tournament game vs. Rainier.

(Bobby Trigg sliding)

Thanks to Cami MacNamara for sending the final score – 20-0, in four innings. WSLL plays again Tuesday at 6 pm. But there’s more baseball to come today – two other teams play at noon – as the tournament field continues narrowing .

(Jake Daily at bat)

You can see the brackets here. The championship game will be at 6 pm Thursday.

West Seattle Sunday: Cooking, cleaning, watching, listening …

July 8, 2018 7:02 am
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(Great Blue Heron, photographed above Alki Point by Jim Borrow)

Highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

ALL-STAR TOURNAMENT: West Seattle Little League‘s home park Bar-S in Alki continues hosting the District 7 11/12 All-Star Tournament, with WSLL’s team coming off an 18-0 win Saturday to play Rainier at 9 am today – see the brackets here. (64th SW/SW Admiral Way)

HELP FIGHT LITTER: 9:30 am-11 am, community-organized litter cleanup in Morgan Junction. All welcome – see our preview for details. (6540 California SW)

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, fresh-grown produce, locally farmed meat, handcrafted beverages, cheeses, more. In the street in The Junction. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)

COOKING DEMONSTRATION AT WSFM: 10:30 am-noon, West Seattle-residing cookbook author/chef Kim O’Donnel is at the Farmers’ Market, preparing recipe(s) from her book PNW Veg. You can get your copy nearby at Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor) while you’re there. (California SW near SW Alaska)

WADING POOLS: Expected to be open again today. Your West Seattle wading pools will be Lincoln Park (11 am-8 pm; 8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) and Delridge (noon-6:30 pm; Delridge/Genesee)

ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: The US Coast Guard Auxiliary invites you to visit 1 pm-4 pm (get there by 3:45 pm) to see inside historic Alki Point Lighthouse. (3201 Alki SW)

DJ’ING AT C & P: Darryn Ray spins jazz and dance 78-rpm records at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)

LOOK INTO THE FUTURE … via our complete calendar.

UPDATE: 1 arrested after ‘intentionally set’ fire at Elan 41 apartments in West Seattle’s Jefferson Square

(Photo sent by David)

1:22 AM: A Seattle Fire “full response” is headed to the 4700 block of 42nd SW. SFD says the initial report is “light smoke in an apartment building. More to come.

1:25 AM: The address has been updated to 4100 SW Edmunds, the Elan 41 apartments at Jefferson Square. Firefighters on scene are reporting “heavy black smoke” from one side of the building.

1:28 AM: Per scanner – we’re still on the way – flames visible from the second floor.

1:33 AM: Added photo sent by David. SFD crews report fire “knocked down.” SFD reports its first search of the “fire floor and floor above” are “all clear.”

1:36 AM: SFD now reports the fire “under control.” (added) Also from radio communication – one firefighter is reported to have minor injuries.

1:41 AM: Our crew just arrived – adding photo of one of two ladder trucks on scene. This is in the section of the apartments that’s over the east side of Jefferson Square businesses.

1:56 AM: Fire now reported “tapped.” No other injuries reported so far. Our crew says the injured firefighter is a lieutenant who’s been treated by medics and will be OK. The firefighting itself is ramping down but now crews are checking into possible water problems elsewhere in the complex.

2:10 AM: SFD tells us on scene that the residents of the apartment where the fire started were not home at the time. They’re checking adjacent apartments for extension/damage. Also, the injured lieutenant will be checked out at Harborview. A pipe break is reported to be contributing to water problems elsewhere at Jefferson Square, including the parking garage and animal hospital.

2:33 AM: They’re continuing to mop up that water. Some SFD units, meantime, have been dismissed.

3:02 AM: No word yet on the fire’s cause.

10:50 AM: Via Twitter, SFD says the fire was “intentionally set” and that police are investigating. Damage is estimated at $120,000.

1:50 PM: SPD just announced that a resident of the apartment was arrested for investigation of arson after saying he started the fire.