West Seattle, Washington
A celebration at West Seattle High School tonight as another of its senior basketball stars signed a letter of intent for college – Abdullahi Mohamed is going to Eastern Washington University. Teammates and other schoolmates watched and applauded the brief ceremony, as did the player’s family.
Abdullahi thanked everyone for their support:
His mom Burhan Farah also expressed gratitude, and pride:
Abdullahi and his teammates, with head coach Keffrey Fazio (below left with Abdullahi and his mom), will hit the court next weekend in a preseason jamboree at Chief Sealth International High School.
The Wildcats’ first home game is Saturday, November 30th, vs. Ballard.
Platters by Husky Deli were among the attractions as Menashe and Sons Jewelers (WSB sponsor) hosted its open-house Holiday Party tonight in The Junction. We stopped in to talk with proprietor Jack Menashe about his family’s other famous enterprise – their Christmas lights on Beach Drive.
The ABC show “The Great Christmas Light Fight“ came to the Menashes’ home on opening night last season to film for this fall. Jack Menashe says they’ll be featured on the show’s first 2018 night Monday, November 26th (the second hour, 9 pm, as confirmed by the online schedule). As for this year’s display – work will start after Thanksgiving, and the Menashes expect to illuminate West Seattle’s brightest display starting on Friday, November 30th. Meantime, other family sightings at tonight’s party in the shop included Josh Menashe and wife Michele, and Linda Menashe:
Other Junction businesses are also having open houses as the season continues – tomorrow and beyond; see the list in our West Seattle Holiday Guide, and please let us know if you’re planning one and haven’t sent info yet!
One-of-a-kind holiday decorations are part of what you’ll find at the Providence Mount St. Vincent Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale, which started today and continues tomorrow, kicking off a big weekend of bazaars and craft fairs in West Seattle.
Our West Seattle Holiday Guide has the full list, from the C & P Coffee (WSB sponsor) Arts and Crafts Fair starting at 8 am Saturday and continuing through the Ethical Trade Sale at Our Lady of Guadalupe on Sunday. (Some business open houses tomorrow, too, and you’ll find them in the guide as well; if you haven’t sent us your holiday event info yet, email@example.com – thank you!)
Two members of the West Seattle High School girls’ basketball team that took third place at this year’s state championships have signed letters of intent.
The photos are courtesy of Tami Lenzie, who says Kelsey and Grace have played basketball together since they were 6 years old! Both are seniors, so they have one more season together – starting two weeks from tonight.
Today we welcome a new WSB sponsor, Financial Designs, at 2723 California Ave SW.
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To make an appointment for a free consultation, you can call 425-392-7390 or do it online by going here.
We thank Financial Designs for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.
Police are looking for help in solving a series of robberies targeting pizza-shop employees, including a street robbery in which the victim was an employee leaving the South Admiral Domino’s. Just posted to SPD Blotter:
Robbery detectives with the Seattle Police Department and King County Sheriff’s Office robbery are seeking the public’s help in identifying two suspects in a series of pizza shop robberies.
Officers began investigating these robberies July 27th when a pair of men approached a pizza shop employee attempting to complete a nighttime deposit at a bank in the 7100 block of Martin Luther King Jr Way South. The men assaulted the victim, stole the money, and fled the area. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspects.
Weeks later, on August 17th, an employee of a pizza shop in the 4400 block of Rainier Avenue South was closing up for the night when two people approached the door but were unable to enter the locked business. The employee exited the business a half-hour later and was immediately knocked to the ground by the same two men who had tried to enter the business earlier in the evening. The suspects then stole a money bag and fled the scene.
Four days later King County Deputies were called to the 16600 block of International Boulevard in Seatac when the same suspects [above] attacked a pizza shop employee as they attempted to deposit money at a bank.
There have been two additional robberies in Seattle, one in the 9000 block of Rainier Avenue South another in the 3200 block of California Avenue SW.
After poring through the evidence, detectives are now releasing surveillance photos of the suspects and what they believe is the suspects’ vehicle, a gray 2005 Ford Escape SUV.
If you have any information in this case please call the Seattle Police Department Robbery Unit at 206-684-5535.
The Domino’s robbery in West Seattle happened in the early morning hours of October 9th. The incident report says a delivery driver was attacked by a robber who pushed her to the ground as she walked to her car nearby and took her $35 in tip money
The season for giving is here. Two requests from the West Seattle Food Bank:
The West Seattle Food Bank hopes to provide all those we serve with turkeys & fixings for their Thanksgiving and holiday celebrations this season. They will be taking donations at two locations this Saturday, November 17th, from 10 am – 2 pm. You can donate turkeys or $15 towards a turkey at the Junction True Value Open House in the Alaska Junction at Edmunds & 44th, or at the West Seattle Food Bank at the corner of 35th & Morgan (garage entrance on Morgan next to the bus stop).
The West Seattle Food Bank has 720 turkeys in our freezer that we have purchased and we’re hoping to cover that expense. We aren’t able to provide nutritious and healthy food and other needed services without the incredibly generous support of you, the West Seattle Community. Thank you in advance.
You can also donate $ to WSFB any time by going here.
With the holidays coming up, the West Seattle Food Bank’s Bookcase is in desperate need of children’s books, especially picture & board books for the young ones.
Our Bookcase accepts slightly used or new donated books to encourage those children we serve to start reading at an early age. We accept donations Monday – Friday 9 am – 3 pm or Wednesday until 7 pm at our facility at 3419 SW Morgan St. on the corner of 35th & Morgan. There’s a parking garage on Morgan next to the bus stop, and you can enter the Food Bank through the double doors.
We are continuing to add this season’s donation drives to our West Seattle Holiday Guide, so please let us know if you have one – firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
11:09 AM: Thanks for the tips! The orcas are back this morning. Southbound passing Emma Schmitz Overlook, per Jeff Hogan of Killer Whale Tales.
11:18 AM: Kersti Muul says the whales are spread out, north of Blake Island to south.
12:06 PM: In comments, Sydney says they’re now off Lincoln Park. We’ve also added a photo above that Kersti shared from Thursday.
12:53 PM: Per comments, the whales are now northbound.
With Thanksgiving now less than a week away, the holiday happenings are revving up, and they’re part of the highlight list for the hours ahead. From the West Seattle Holiday Guide and year-round Event Calendar:
BAZAAR AT THE MOUNT: Until 4 pm, first of two days for Providence Mount St. Vincent‘s Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale. All welcome! (4831 35th SW)
HOLIDAY PARTY: Menashe and Sons Jewelers (WSB sponsor) holiday party in The Junction, 6 pm. (4532 California SW)
SLOUCHER: Live in-store, 7 pm at Easy Street Records, free and all ages! (California/Alaska)
FIVE BUCK BAND: Live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm, ’60s and ’70s with some contemporary sounds too. (5612 California SW)
SWEET, SWEET MUSIC: Pre-holiday concert with Trillium Soul at Fauntleroy Church – and dessert! 7:30 pm. (9140 California SW)
‘FOOLS’ FINALE AT WSHS: Final performance tonight for the West Seattle High School Drama Club production of Neil Simon‘s “Fools,” with curtain time at 7:30 pm. Ticket info is in our calendar listing. (3000 California SW)
A memorial service is planned Monday for Nicola A. Höhn. Here’s the remembrance being shared with the community:
Nicola Adlyn (Hart) Höhn, born on March 11, 1933 in Kingston, Jamaica, to Catherine Rose Elliott and Samuel Lester Hart, passed away at age 85 years on September 11, 2018 in Seattle.
She studied French at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland and then attended the Mayfair Secretarial College, London. Nicola was educated at Upper Chine School for Girls, Isle of Wight, UK for high school, after attending St. Hilda’s School, in Brown’s Town, Jamaica, near the birthplace of Bob Marley.
After immigrating to the US from Jamaica at age 47, she worked at Rainier Mortgage Bank as a Flood Specialist. After retirement, she worked as a companion to seniors, and most notably as a nanny to an entire litter of thoroughbred Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Nicola is survived by her son, Andreas; daughters, Gabriela and Christina; and brother, Stephen Hart. Nicola loved reading British crime dramas and watching European films; took classes in Geology and American Literature; enjoyed flowers and gardening; delighted in visiting far-flung family and friends in Jamaica, Australia, Canada, England, and Japan; and passed on her love of arts and crafts to her children. She was an animal lover, especially of the feline variety, and raised her children in a household filled with dogs, guppies, budgies, and guinea pigs. Most of all she was an aficionado of precise vocabulary and a stickler for good grammar.
The Memorial Service will be held on Monday, November 19, 2018 and officiated by Rev. Kevin Carr from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Alki Congregational United Church, 6115 SW Hinds Street. Friends and family are all invited.
Share memories of Nicola at www.emmickfunerals.com
Professional services provided by Emmick Family Funeral Services, 3243 California Ave SW, Seattle, (206) 935-2207.
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7:11 AM: Good morning. No incidents reported in/from West Seattle so far.
HIGHWAY 99 CLOSURE REMINDER: 9 pm tonight, southbound 99 is set to close for the weekend, between the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel and the West Seattle Bridge.
9:50 AM: Scanner – police are out on a crash on the eastbound bridge.