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NO STRIKE? Seattle Public Schools and its teachers reach tentative agreement; school starts Wednesday

9:52 PM: Just in via text from the Seattle Public Schools teachers’ union: Tentative contract agreement reached, so school is ON for Wednesday. They’ll vote the following Saturday. More to come.

10:06 PM: And confirmation from the district, via its website – though no details yet from either side.

ADDED EARLY SATURDAY: The union says that it won’t release details until after its board reviews the tentative agreement on Tuesday.

ADDED SATURDAY NIGHT: The union shared a few details with members in an e-mail (shared with us anonymously by a recipient) sent tonight, including:

… We are pleased to announce that our bargaining team reached a tentative agreement on a one year contract last night with Seattle Public Schools that includes a 10.5% increase in pay for all educators – certificated, paraprofessionals, and office professionals (SAEOPs) as well as substitutes. Among many other highlights of the contract, staff will now be eligible for five days of paid parental leave.

Our team is working right now to prepare documents and summaries for review by the SEA Board of Directors on Tuesday evening, after which they will be released to all members. …

SPORTS: Chief Sealth IHS hosts Kennedy Catholic HS in football-season opener

9:50 PM: Final score minutes ago at Southwest Athletic Complex – 72-20, Kennedy Catholic High School over Chief Sealth International High School in the football season’s opener.

ADDED EARLY SATURDAY: For the Seahawks, #8, senior Dontae McMillan, was the brightest spot of the game:

He scored all three of Sealth’s touchdowns. For the Lancers, 10 of their 11 touchdowns were on passes by #7, sophomore Sam Huard. The Seattle Times reports that tied the state record. 9 were in the first half.

The second half was delayed by what in effect was an extended halftime, starting when a Kennedy player went down with seconds left in the first half. The stadium remained in a concerned hush while the player was tended to by not only team staff but also Seattle Fire Engine 37 medics but eventually was able to get back up and walk off the field.

The Seahawks had the early lead after scoring the game’s first TD and point-after kick, until the Lancers’ second TD and two-point conversion midway through the first quarter. Halftime score was 59-13.

Next week, Chief Sealth – led again this year by head coach Ted Rodriguezplays on Saturday night (September 8th) at SWAC, vs. Black Hills (from Tumwater).

Educational benefit barbecue Saturday with ShelterBox USA at West Seattle Thriftway

(WSB photo from 2013: ShelterBox USA’s Dave Nichols at a local demo)

Summer’s not over yet – and the benefit barbecues continue tomorrow (Saturday) at West Seattle Thriftway (4201 SW Morgan; WSB sponsor). Tomorrow, it’s educational as well as tasty – here’s the announcement from beneficiary and spotlight nonprofit ShelterBox USA:

Saturday from 11:00 AM until 2 PM, Thriftway will be conducting a barbecue fundraiser for ShelterBox USA.

There are disasters around the world we never hear about; there is a special group of volunteer aid workers that drop their jobs and go there to provide Shelter, Warmth & Dignity.

ShelterBox is an international aid organization that is volunteer-led and often arrives on the ground at the scene of a disaster within 48-72 hours.

One of our own West Seattle residents, Dave Nichols, has spent the last 6 years responding to those disasters; to date he has deployed to 6 disasters, from The Philippines to Madagascar, working as part of a two-person team bringing shelter to those affected by disaster or conflict displacement. Dave is one of a small highly trained group of ShelterBox Volunteer Response Team (SRT) members (there are currently about 156 worldwide).

Dave will be on hand to answer questions at Thriftway from 11-2; stop by and say hi.

Since 2000, ShelterBox has provided shelter, warmth and dignity following more than 200 disasters in over 85 countries. ShelterBox instantly responds to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict by delivering boxes of aid. Each iconic green ShelterBox contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, stove, blankets and water filtration system, among other tools for survival.

Can’t make it to tomorrow’s barbecue? Individual tax-deductible donations to ShelterBox USA can be made at

Celebration of life September 9th for Shirley M. Morrison, 1923-2018

Family and friends will gather September 9th to celebrate the life of Shirley M. Morrison. Here’s the remembrance they are sharing with the community:

Shirley Mary Morrison 4/25/1923 – 7/26/2018

On July 26th, 2018, God gained the sweetest angel, preceded in death by the love of her life, Donald W. Morrison. Shirley graduated from WSHS in 1941, married Don in 1944, and together they had 3 children: Mary (Mike), Patricia (Scott), and Michael (Colleen). Mom, grandma, aunt, Nana, was the true matriarch of the family and loved to spend time with her 3 grandchildren: Kimberly (Dino), Aaron (Julie), and Paige, as well as her 3 great-grandchildren: Kirk, Addison, and Vanden.

After retiring from over 30 years of service with Sears and Roebuck Co. in 1989, Shirley was able to dedicate more time toward her passion for health and fitness. A true inspiration to all who knew her… she would spend most of her days walking the beach of Alki near her home, pumping iron at Harold’s Health Club, and preparing delicious, healthy meals for her family and friends.

Shirley had a smile that could light up any room. Not only was she beautiful, loving, and patient, but she had the best sense of humor! You could spend hours laughing, telling jokes, and talking with her about years gone by. She influenced so many lives with her kind and giving spirit. We will think of her living in the hearts she touched, because she was loved so much.

A celebration of Shirley’s life will be held Sunday, September 9th, at the Chelan Cafe in West Seattle from 3-6 PM. Please come help us celebrate Shirley’s beautiful life! Please share memories of Shirley on her guestbook at

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

UPDATE: Rose Filer swims from Bremerton to Alki Point

(Photo courtesy Andrew Malinak)

3:09 PM: After about four and a half hours of swimming – starting at about 10:30 this morning off Bremerton – 25-year-old West Seattleite Rose Filer is getting close to Alki Point. She’s on what the Northwest Open Water Swimming Association calls the Amy Hiland Swim, named for the first person to complete it. It’s only been completed by a handful in the half-century-plus since, and Rose is the latest (backstory here). You can see live tracking here; we’re off to Alki Point to see if we can catch up with her at the finish.

(WSB photos/video from here down)

3:45 PM: She did it! 5 hours, 12 minutes, 30 seconds.

5:24 PM: Added a few photos above, and here’s the congratulatory champagne:

It’s been two years since Erika Norris became the first person to complete the swim since Hiland herself. With today’s swim, Rose Filer was the fourth person to do it since then – see the list here.

DEVELOPMENT: ‘Early outreach’ meeting for 5616 California SW: another Alki house move

August 31, 2018 2:58 pm
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 |   Development | West Seattle news

Development notes this afternoon:

ANOTHER PROJECT SETS ‘EARLY OUTREACH’ MEETING: As noted here previously, the city has a new phase of Design Review for some projects – “early outreach.” Some developers/builders are required to give the community a chance to comment even before the formal DR process begins. The second West Seattle project in this process (here’s the first) is 5616 California SW, eight townhouses planned for the site next to C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor). The “early outreach” meeting, open to anyone interested, is planned for 4 pm Monday, September 17th, at High Point Library (3411 SW Raymond).

HOUSE MOVE: More than seven months after a house was moved (WSB coverage here) from the future development site at 1250 Alki SW (currently proposed for ~40 condominiums), a permit is being sought to move another one.

(King County Assessor photo)

That’s the house at 1254 Alki SW, subject of the permit application. We had noted at the time of the other house’s move that it was up for sale too; the page for it on the website of “house rescue” company Nickel Bros confirms it’s been sold.

’15 years of friendship, and still going strong’: Kol HaNeshamah signs another lease to share space with Alki UCC

A partnership between a West Seattle synagogue and church will continue. Kol HaNeshamah has signed a new lease to continue being co-housed with Alki UCC at 6115 SW Hinds. In our photo above, from left, are Alki UCC board chair Rod Peeler, KHN’s president Jake Fawcett and executive director Sheila Abrahams, and Alki UCC business manager Kristin Michael. Their announcement:

Principals of Kol HaNeshamah and Alki UCC signed another lease agreement on August 29, 2018 for Kol HaNeshamah to rent space in the Alki UCC premises at 6115 SW Hinds St. These two organizations, a Congregational United Church of Christ and a Reform Synagogue Community, have been happily co-existing for 15 years. The core beliefs of these organizations are comparable while their missions and religious identities are different. This friendship and co-habitation have resulted in many joint events such as barbecues, luncheons, education, life-cycle celebrations, and meetings.

Said Rod Peeler, Chair of the Alki Board of Directors, after the lease signing: “We are proud of our 15-year relationship with Kol HaNeshamah synagogue. As we are in a transitional phase with our pastor’s retirement, this is a time for discernment of our place and purpose in the Alki community. We believe that providing a house of worship for both our Christian and Jewish communities supports our service to God’s will and we are grateful for our shared relationship and common bond.”

And Jake Fawcett, President of Kol HaNeshamah, commented: “Our relationship with Alki UCC goes far beyond sharing building space. Our shared values brought us together from the very beginning, when Kol HaNeshamah was founded in 2003. Both our congregations care deeply about standing up for justice and serving people in our communities who are most vulnerable. Alki UCC walks that talk. We’re looking back now at 15 years of friendship, and still going strong.”

Kol HaNeshamah holds Shabbat services twice a month and celebrates the Jewish holidays throughout the year. Education classes for students (Hebrew and Religious education) are held regularly September through June; and Adult education is offered throughout the year. KHN welcomes guests to its High Holy Services or at any other time.

Information about KHN can be found at or by calling 206-935-1590. For information about Alki UCC, please contact or call 206-935-2661.

Fire call south of Alki, downsized

August 31, 2018 12:04 pm
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 |   West Seattle fires | West Seattle news

Just in case you wondered about all the sirens – what started as a full SFD response for a possible single-family house fire near 61st and Spokane was quickly downsized and only one engine remains on the call.

West Seattle Friday: Cross-Sound swim; school cleanup; football; more!

August 31, 2018 11:10 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

We start today’s highlight list in the water …

CROSS-SOUND SWIM: That’s Rose Filer, who’s doing the Amy Hiland Swim from Bremerton to Alki Point right now, as previewed here. Andrew Malinak of the Northwest Open Water Swimming Association just sent the photo. If all goes well, she’s due to reach this side around 4 pm – you can track her progress here.

WADING POOL: Per Parks’ daily hotline recording, Lincoln Park wading pool (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) WILL be open today.

COMMUNITY CLEANUP AT LAFAYETTE ELEMENTARY: 2:30-4:30 pm, your help would be very welcome as volunteers clean up the grounds – “playground cleanup, light painting, etc.” – to get ready for the start of school. More info in our calendar listing. (2645 California SW)

BOOTCAMP & BEER: Missed this on Thursday? It’s happening again today, this time 5 pm at Fitness Revolution: A 50-minute bootcamp workout, followed by a beer at The Beer Junction – all as an
SOL (Save Our Lots)
fundraiser – details here as well as the link for saving your spot, if there’s still room. (4519 California SW)

MADELINE OSTRANDER & THE LATE STYLE: 7 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), West Seattle musician Madeline Ostrander is in the spotlight. (5612 California SW)

HIGH-SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Chief Sealth IHS is home vs. Kennedy Catholic HS at 7 pm at newly renovated Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle). West Seattle HS is on the road at North Thurston, 8 pm (600 College St. NE, Lacey). And West Seattle Stadium (4432 35th SW) is home field for O’Dea HS, which is there vs. Peninsula at 7 pm tonight.

IN TOWN FOR THE WEEKEND? Look ahead via the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar.

You’re invited to Camp Long for this year’s Mountain Fest

August 31, 2018 9:58 am
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 |   West Seattle festivals | West Seattle news | West Seattle parks

(Schurman Rock photo courtesy Seattle Parks)

Just one week until the next Mountain Fest at Camp Long! Here’s the reminder from Seattle Parks:

Join Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Friends of Camp Long for Camp Long Mountain Fest, a celebration of Seattle’s vibrant outdoor community and Camp Long’s place in mountaineering history. This free, family-friendly event will take place at the Camp Long Environmental Learning Center (5200 35th Ave. SW) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 8, 2018.

All participants of Mountain Fest will enjoy a day of free access to rock climbing, rappelling, mountain-themed games and activities, and opportunities for nature-based learning. Event participants can develop outdoor living skills and experience an array of programs offered by Camp Long and other local organizations.

Mountain Fest activities will be made accessible to all people, regardless of their experience level, allowing beginners, intermediate, and advanced climbers and adventurers of all ages to enjoy the event*.

The goal of Mountain Fest is to continue the tradition started by Judge William G. Long and Clark Schurman, two of the founders of Camp Long, of providing access to outdoor recreation and education to all people, particularly underserved youth.

For more information about the event, please call 206-684-7415. Camp Long Mountain Fest is sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation, Associated Recreation Council, Mountain Madness, Vertical World, 4-H, and the Falconer.

*Space for climbing and ropes course is limited, so we encourage early arrival to the festival and sign-up. Waivers are required for all climbing activities and will be available at the lodge. Participants need to wear closed-toed shoes. High ropes course is limited to height and weight that fit harnesses and to those who have the physical ability to participate safely.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday watch; Labor Day preview

August 31, 2018 7:06 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

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

7:06 AM: Good morning! No incidents reported in/from West Seattle so far.

STADIUM ZONE TONIGHT: Zac Brown Band concert, 7 pm at Safeco Field.

LABOR DAY TRANSIT: Advance alerts – On Monday (September 3), Metro buses will be on a Sunday schedule … The West Seattle Water Taxi will be on an extended Sunday scheduleWashington State Ferries‘ Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route will be on its summer-weekend sailing schedule … Sound Transit Route 560 will be on a Sunday schedule.

7:20 AM: Metro just sent an alert saying the 7:15 am Route 55 bus “did not operate.”