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CONGRATULATIONS! West Seattle Little League 11/12 All-Stars win district, head to state

10:22 PM: Thanks to Cami MacNamara for the photo and report from tonight’s championship game in the West Seattle Little League-hosted District 7 11/12 tournament at Bar-S: WSLL came from behind for the second game in a row and won the title, 6-5! They were down 5-3 but won the game with a big comeback inthe bottom of the sixth inning. Next up, the state tournament in Sedro-Woolley. The champs play the host team there, District 11, at noon on Saturday, July 21st.

10:52 PM: Added, a photo sent by Porter Hammer:

Porter explains that’s WSLL’s Bobby Trigg, “after hitting a triple, driving in 2 RBIs that tied the game in the bottom of the 6th (last) inning; then he came into score on a hit by the next batter to win the game.”

VIDEO, PHOTOS: 2018 West Seattle Summer Fest Eve & Art Walk

(For Metro bus reroute info in The Junction through Sunday, look here)

6:40 PM: The streets in the heart of The Junction didn’t close earlier than usual after all … but they’re closed now and West Seattle Summer Fest Eve, combined with the July WS Art Walk, is on!

Impromptu fun is happening in the street as well as planned activities like chalk art:

See our morning preview list for locations where you’ll find chalk art tonight (as well as the WS Art Walk venue map/list and more). Lots of setup under way – from sidewalk cafés to sidewalk sales, including the official farewell banner at Terjung’s Studio of Gifts:

If you missed it when we published it last week, here’s our story about Gregor Terjung‘s decision to retire and close the shop after half a century. Come to The Junction and celebrate your neighborhood, tonight through Sunday! Bubbleman is happening on California south of Alaska right now and a lot more is in store … updates to come.

7:18 PM: If you saw the Junction website mention of a 7 pm surprise on West Seattle Summer Fest Eve – this was it:

(added) This was led by popular local dance-fitness instructor Jennifer Cepeda of DancePowered, who’ll be leading a class on the main stage at Summer Fest Sunday morning at 11 am.

Thanks to Pamela for sending a longer clip:

What next? More music and art! We spotted another chalk creation in progress outside Cupcake Royale:

8:05 PM: Outside West 5 (WSB sponsor), the Yadda Yadda Blues Band is this year’s featured Summer Fest Eve band:

And at California/Alaska, lots more art – both to admire and to co-create, including the community mural that’ll be happening throughout the weekend:

11:14 PM: We’ve added more photos and video above. Remember that the streets are now closed until late Sunday night – the festival ends at 5 pm Sunday but breakdown and cleanup take several more hours. SW Oregon is open for east-west travel, but otherwise California is closed between Genesee and Edmunds, and SW Alaska between 42nd and 44th.

First open house for Quail Park Memory Care of West Seattle as move-in time approaches

(WSB photos)

Face-painting isn’t just for kids! It was part of the party this afternoon as Quail Park Memory Care of West Seattle (WSB sponsor) welcomed visitors to its first big public open house.

The weather was so nice, it was a patio party too, with music by the Jukehouse Hounds:

We showed you a peek inside the new facility back in May but went back this afternoon for the festivities and to see the finishing touches – like the hallways decorated with scenic photos and even benches:

Soothing sights like fish tanks, too.

The management team welcoming visitors included community-relations director Elizabeth Shier and executive director Dawn Schaper:

It’s been almost five years since first word a memory-care facility was being planned for the site at 4515 41st SW. It has room for up to 66 residents.

Quail Park is hoping for move-ins to start after a round of inspections planned in early August. If you missed the open house, you can set up a tour – go here.

FYI from SPD: Level 3 sex offender moves into Admiral area

From Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Danner, another one of the occasional notifications that a Level 3 sex offender has moved into the area:

In an effort to keep you informed, and in our constant attempts to reduce future victimization, we want to let you know about one level 3 registered sex offender that has recently moved into a Southwest Precinct neighborhood.

Peter Schulte, a 69-year-old white male, is a level 3 registered sex offender who has recently moved to the 2700 block of California Ave SW in Seattle and is no longer under Department of Corrections supervision.

Detective Spong from the Seattle Police Department’s Sex Offender Detail is responsible for checking on this offender and verifying his address as long as he is residing there.

To learn more about this offender and to see his photo, please visit the King County Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender website and search by their name. [Editor’s note: Here’s a direct link to the page with his photo.] You will also find personal safety tips and resources on this site.

If you have further questions about this offender, contact Michelle McRae of the Seattle Police Sex Offender Detail at 206-684-5581 or e-mail at

To register to receive an email alert whenever a published offender registers within one mile of your desired addresses, go to this link.

Level 3 sex offenders pose the highest risk to re-offend. It is normal to feel upset, angry and worried about a registered sex offender living in your community. The Community Notification Act of 1990 requires sex offenders to register in the community where they live. The law also allows local law enforcement to make the public aware about Level 2 and Level 3 offenders. Since these offenders have completed their sentences, they are free to live where they wish. Experts believe sex offenders are less likely to re-offend if they live and work in an environment free of harassment. Any actions taken against the listed sex offenders could result in arrest and prosecution as it is against the law to use this information in any way to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex offenders. The SPD Sex offender detectives will check on these offenders every 3 months to verify our information.

The single most effective means of protecting your child is communication with your child. They have to feel comfortable discussing sensitive matters with you. Teach your children that they should not be asked to touch anyone in the bathing suit areas of their body or allow anyone to touch them in those areas. Teach them types of situations to avoid. It is not good enough to tell a child to avoid strangers. Please remember that children are most often molested by someone they or their parents know.

CLOSURE ALERT: Hiawatha wading pool done for the day

July 12, 2018 4:03 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle parks

Thanks to Sean for the photo and tip: The Hiawatha wading pool has closed early for the day. Someone got sick and draining, then refilling, would have taken longer than it was worth, so they just drained it for the day. It should reopen tomorrow at noon as scheduled. EC Hughes (2805 SW Holden) is open until 6:30 pm and Lincoln ParK (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) is open until 8 pm. (By the way, we’re listing wading pools and open/closed status in our daily highlights all summer long.)

FOLLOWUP: Competency evaluation ordered for West Seattle burglary/sex-assault suspect

Keelan Malone was back in court today, almost two weeks after the 26-year-old was charged with burglary and indecent liberties in a mid-June burglary/sexual-assault incident near 13th and Roxbury. The court documents from the hearing reveal two actions of note: First, Malone wanted to dismiss his defense lawyer, but the judge said no. Second, a motion was granted for his competency to be evaluated, and the documents say it will be done at Western State Hospital. Meantime, he remains jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail.

DEVELOPMENT: See the ‘packet’ for 4747 California SW with one week till first meeting – plus, a surprise

One week from tonight, it’s the first of two Southwest Design Review Board meetings scheduled this summer for the next two redevelopment projects in the heart of The Junction. At 6:30 pm Thursday, July 19, the board takes its first look at 4747 California SW, the project we first told you about back in February, with its development team including Jack Miller, whose Husky Deli will move to a new home in the new building when it’s done.

When we reported the meeting date back in early June, we included a link to the draft “packet” – and now, embedded above (or see it here), the final packet is out. Keep in mind that this is the Early Design Guidance phase of Design Review, so the focus is on the building’s size, shape, and siting, not final design details. Reading through it – we discovered a surprise: Direct responses to WSB commenters. On page 25, the packet includes the “letter from Jack Miller” that we received and published last month. And then, on the next four pages, something we were surprised to see – a section titled “Community Engagement,” including screen grabs of some of the comments that WSB readers wrote about what Miller had to say, and responses from the development team, with this preface:


The West Seattle Blog has become the de facto community forum for the neighborhood. Whether it’s checking in on breaking news, or finding out about the latest restaurant opening, the blog is the place West Seattle goes for trusted local reporting and discussion. On June 2nd, Jack Miller of Husky Deli published his essay on the Blog. From the nearly 100 comments, we have complied and responded to a range of them here touching on the most common themes.

In all the years we’ve been extensively covering local development, we’ve heard WSB comments mentioned by development teams at some SWDRB meetings, but we can’t recall a spotlight in a packet before. The packet’s other components include the three options for project massing, with the “preferred” option (see page 46) expected to include 74 apartments and 54 offstreet residential parking spaces (see page 33, which says the apartments in that configuration would be 21 studios and 53 one-bedrooms).

The July 19th meeting is at the Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon) and will include a public-comment period. If you have something to say but can’t make the meeting, you can e-mail the project’s assigned city planner, Allison Whitworth, at

Driver hurt after crash at Westwood Village

Thanks for the tips! The driver of that car has been taken to a hospital to be checked out after hitting the outside of NK Nails at Westwood Village. Damage to the building is largely confined to the exterior, and the salon remains open for business.

West Seattle Summer Fest Eve, Art Walk, and so much more happening on your Thursday

July 12, 2018 11:11 am
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 |   West Seattle Art Walk | West Seattle festivals | West Seattle news

BIG day/night ahead! First, West Seattle Summer Fest Eve, with street closures in The Junction starting as soon as 4 pm, so festival setup can begin. It’s also become a fun night for locals to wander – and this time, there’s more than ever.

CHALK ART: At the locations on the map below, you’ll find chalk artists starting at 6 pm – you’re invited to join them!

BUBBLEMAN: The popular performer will be at California/Alaska starting at 6:30 pm.

YADDA YADDA BLUES BAND: They’re playing outside West 5 (4539 California SW; WSB sponsor) starting at 7 pm.

In The Junction and beyond, second Thursday means …

WEST SEATTLE ART WALK: Here’s the new venue list/map:

Note that some venues have artists, some have food/drink specials to enhance your Art Walk night, some have both! It starts at 5 pm and goes “until late,” depending on the venue. This month’s highlights are listed here, including the Art Walk debut of Verity Credit Union (4505 California SW; WSB sponsor), where artist Sarah Ghanooni and musician Gretchen Yanover will be featured 5:30-7:30 pm. Also, Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor) will host Erica Gordon of Steel Toe Studios, 5-9 pm.

Remember that, as you can see on the list/map, Art Walk stretches beyond The Junction – for example, Viscon Cellars (5910 California SW; WSB sponsor) is a regular participant, waiving tasting fees for Art Walk’ers, and this month featuring artist Debbie Bianchi 6-9 pm.

What else is up today/tonight, you ask?

LOW, LOW TIDE: Just minutes before we published this, today’s lowest low tide bottomed out at -3.3 feet. Until 12:30 pm, you can meet up with Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists at Constellation Park (63rd SW/Beach Drive SW) and Lincoln Park (near Colman Pool).

COLMAN POOL CLOSED TODAY … to the general public. Swim-meet closures continue through Saturday (July 14th) and the pool will be back to its regular schedule Sunday (then two more closure dates, July 20-21).

WADING POOLS OPEN TODAY: From the city listLincoln Park (until 8 pm; 8011 Fauntleroy Way SW); EC Hughes (noon-7 pm; 2805 SW Holden); Hiawatha (noon-6:30 pm; Walnut/Lander)

QUAIL PARK MEMORY CARE OF WEST SEATTLE OPEN HOUSE: 1-4 pm, it’s the first public open house for Quail Park Memory Care of West Seattle (WSB sponsor) – refreshments, music, even face painting! (4515 41st SW)

LITTLE LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP: 6 pm at Bar-S, cheer on the West Seattle Little League 11-12 All-Stars as they go for the district championship! (64th SW/SW Admiral Way)

CHRIS DORMAIER: The founder of SoundYoga (WSB sponsor) is the spotlighted author for tonight’s Words, Writers, West Seattle at Southwest Library, 6-7:30 pm. (9010 35th SW)

GOATFISH RELEASE PARTY: The new card game created by West Seattleites Chad and Lillian Gray is available at Meeples Games, and you can go play it tonight to celebrate! (3737 California SW)

GENESEE-SCHMITZ ICE CREAM SOCIAL: The Genesee-Schmitz Neighborhood Council invites you to an ice-cream social, 6:30 pm-dusk. (Future park at 48th/Charlestown)

THE SLAGS: Live, local favorites at Poggie Tavern in The Junction, with guests Snowday, 9 pm! (4717 California SW)

SO MUCH MORE … just go see our complete calendar page!

COUNTDOWN: 1 week until 2018 Summer Concerts at Hiawatha start!

July 12, 2018 10:15 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS culture/arts

Before we get to the big list of what’s up today/tonight, yet another summer-fun countdown reminder: We are now exactly a week away from the first of this summer’s six Summer Concerts at Hiawatha, presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association (with co-sponsors including WSB). Here’s the lineup as announced back in May for these six free 6:30 pm outdoor concerts on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center (along Walnut south of Lander). First up next Thursday (July 19th) – Ural Thomas and The Pain. Bring a chair/blanket – see you there!

UPDATE: Flipped-vehicle crash in 5000 block of Delridge

8:01 AM: SFD and SPD are arriving at a flipped-car crash in the 5000 block of Delridge Way SW [map]. SFD reports that everyone’s out of the vehicle and that no one is seriously hurt. Avoid the area.

8:11 AM: The crash response is primarily affecting the southbound side of Delridge, per texter and scanner.

8:20 AM: Photo added. Our crew reports driver of flipped car hit two parked cars. Nobody required hospitalization. Tow truck has arrived; traffic is getting by both ways with use of center lane as well as NB lane.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday watch, with West Seattle Summer Fest road closures starting this pm

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

7:11 AM: Good morning! No incidents currently reported in/from West Seattle.

SUMMER FEST ROAD CLOSURES: Later today, starting around 4 pm, California closes to vehicle traffic between Edmunds and Genesee, and SW Alaska closes between 44th and 42nd, through Sunday night, for West Seattle Summer Fest. That means Metro reroutes – find that info here.

REVIVE I-5: Tomorrow night through early Monday, it’s the next major weekend-long northbound I-5 closure – remember that you can still get to/from West Seattle, as explained here.

7:58 AM: Big SFD dispatch for “rescue extrication” situation in 5000 block Delridge Way SW. We’ll be starting a separate story about it. (Update: Here’s that link.)

West Seattle Summer Fest 2018: See the schedule for GreenLife

July 12, 2018 12:29 am
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 |   Environment | West Seattle festivals | West Seattle news

The three days of West Seattle Summer Fest (Friday-Sunday, July 13-15) include GreenLife, a festival within a festival, presented by Sustainable West Seattle and partners, who describe it as “three days of demonstrations and presentations to inspire more sustainable living,” focused this year on “Save the Orcas and the Salish Sea.” You’ll find GreenLife at Junction Plaza Park, along the north side of SW Alaska west of 42nd SW. GL will feature the “Virtual Salish Sea” exhibition, taking you underwater in Puget Sound via VR, plus an orca ride for kids, and booths with info on living sustainably. Plus – presentations and discussions, as scheduled:

Friday – What can we do?

1:00 pm – Opening Ceremony by the Duwamish Tribe; Discussion: Native American rights
2:00 pm – Make your yard a water cleaner to the Salish Sea
3:00 pm – The Tox-Ick Monster presentation
4:00 pm – Damsense presentation: Free the Snake and other wild rivers
5:00 pm – Diver Laura; Tox-ick
7:00 pm on, Summer Fest and GreenLife singalong

Saturday – Legislative Action!

12:00 pm – Governor Inslee’s Orca Task Force public forum
2:00 pm – Liquid Natural Gas, What it means to the Salish Sea, with Lily Adams
3:00 pm -.Neighbors for Peace and Justice
4:00 pm – Natural Law with Rebecca Campbell
7:00 pm – Free Movie at the Senior Center: “Damnation,” about the removal of the Elwha Dam and the freeing of wild rivers.

Sunday – Solutions

1:00 pm – Liquid Natural Gas: What it means to the Salish Sea, with Lily Adams
2:00 pm – SR3 whale and marine wildlife rescue
3:00 pm – Diver Laura – Tox-ick monster

Festival hours are 10 am-6 pm Friday and Saturday (main-stage music and beer garden running later), 11 am-5 pm Sunday. And remember that the streets start closing at 4 pm today (Thursday) for setup and Summer Fest Eve – more on that later this morning!