West Seattle, Washington
Right now, Harbor Avenue SW is a street without a stop sign or stoplight, from its south end at the bridge, all the way until its end where the street becomes Alki SW (which continues stop-less until 63rd).
The Alki Community Council wonders if a three-way stop might enhance safety at the intersection with California Way. That was one topic at the ACC’s November meeting.
Gatherings are planned next Saturday (November 24) in memory of Martin Anthony Picinich. Here’s the remembrance his family is sharing with the community:
On the afternoon of November 10th, 2018, at the age of 87, Martin left to join his Lord and Savior, due to several medical complications. He was surrounded by loving family and friends.
Martin was born on the Island of Sansego, Italy, on October 27th, 1931. He was the 2nd child and only son of Dominick and Giovanna.
Martin came to America as a young man from Sansego and soon met his future wife, Bernita, at a local dance. They were drawn to each other from that moment and were happily married and the best of friends for 64 years.
Martin was an avid, lifelong golfer. At one point, he accomplished an astonishing 5 holes-in-one during a 16-month period. Martin was also a beloved barber and hair stylist who owned his own shop in West Seattle for 40 years, and for whom his loyal clientele traveled far and wide.
As a member of Holy Rosary Parish in West Seattle and Our Lady of the Lake in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, he served the Lord, his community, family, and friends, and lived a life of faith alongside his wife and best friend, Bernita.
Martin is survived by his wife Bernita of Lake Havasu City, Arizona; daughters Theresa Samek of West Seattle and Barbara Ramey of Fairfax, Virginia; four granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Rina Tarabochia of West Seattle and Antoinette Mattessich and Faye Bruno of New York, as well as a large extended family.
Rosary, Memorial and Reception to be held at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle
Saturday, November 24, 2018
9:30 a.m. – Rosary
10:00 a.m. – Memorial
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By request, we call West Seattle restaurants every year to find out who will be open Thanksgiving, for those who just don’t want to cook. Here’s the first take of our list. As always, some caveats – an establishment might change its plan; also, some didn’t pick up the phone and/or return our message. So we expect updates, and we appreciate tips if you find omissions or changes – 206-293-6302 text or voice, or firstname.lastname@example.org. (This is linked on our Event Calendar and in our Holiday Guide, too, for quick ways to find it later. Our guide also includes info on non-restaurant venues with free community dinners on the holiday.)
Big topics tomorrow at one of the last community-group meetings before many go on hiatus for the holidays. The official announcement from Junction Neighborhood Organization director Amanda Sawyer:
Do you know how your bus will access downtown Seattle after the January 11, 2019 Alaskan Way Viaduct closure? Or maybe you have questions about the transition from viaduct to tunnel? SDOT, WSDOT & King County Metro will discuss how this transition will affect West Seattle at the next JuNO meeting. In other exciting transit news, Sound Transit will present the latest level 3 Light Rail recommendations that have moved forward in the process! Please join us for JuNO’s next meeting on Monday, November 19th in Hatten Hall at the West Seattle Senior Center (4217 SW Oregon St) from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. We hope you can spare some time before the holidays to learn about these very important issues!
6:30 – 6:40 pm – JuNO Updates about RPZ parking moving forward, HALA/MHA and more
6:40pm – 7:20 pm – Sound Transit will discuss Level 3 Route & Station Alternatives
7:20pm – 8:00 pm – SDOT, WSDOT & King County Metro will discuss January access to downtown during 99 tunnel transition
JuNO meetings are open to the public and all are welcome. Working together to make our West Seattle Junction and Triangle Neighborhoods a better place to work, live, and play!
If you want a refresher first – here’s our most-recent coverage on the three transportation topics:
–Viaduct-to-tunnel (8-week countdown briefing at south portal last Thursday)
–Light rail (announcement of three “end to end alternatives” for final review phase, two weeks ago)
–RPZ (SDOT’s October announcement that they’re moving forward in developing a proposal)
The photo and report are from David Hutchinson of Seal Sitters:
This morning, Seal Sitters responded to a report of a sea-lion carcass floating near the shore in Cove #1 (just north of Salty’s). On examination, it has been determined that this is the same dead animal that was reported to our Hotline back on November 8th. At that time, it floated away before we were able to arrange for retrieval. Due to the current state of decomposition, a necropsy is not planned at this time. The green “W.S.” marking is placed with biodegradable paint so that the carcass can be identified if it happens to float to a different location.
To report any marine mammal, alive or dead, on West Seattle beaches, please call the Seal Sitters’ Hotline at 206-905-7325.
This is one of five dead California sea lions found on area beaches this fall. As reported here, the previous two were necropsied at Don Armeni Boat Ramp on Thursday and both were found to have gunshot wounds. Federal authorities are investigating.
More handmade holiday shopping right now, from our West Seattle Holiday Guide – we just visited the Ethical Trade Sale at Our Lady of Guadalupe‘s Walmesley Center for a few photos. From the sale announcement:
Ethical Trade seeks to change the ways in which conventional trade often leaves behind the most vulnerable people. By buying Ethical Trade, you support the efforts of skilled farmers and artisans working to break the cycle of poverty and to build stronger communities. Employers also assure that workers are treated with dignity and that forced labor is not part of the supply chain.
While you’re there, check out the bake sale with treats made by OLG students to benefit Wa href=”http://westsidebaby.org” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>WestSide Baby. The Walmesley Center is on the northeast corner of 35th/Myrtle and the sale continues until 1 pm.
Again this year, you can get the post-Thanksgiving holidays going with some moving and giving, during the second West Seattle Track Friday! If you haven’t already seen it in our calendar, here’s the announcement from Michele Pettinger of P3 Running:
P3 Running and West Seattle Runner are excited to bring Track Friday back to West Seattle! Track Friday is a community-based movement to mobilize people to support charitable giving. Participants run laps on a nearby track to raise awareness and funds for causes that they care about. Track Friday is held the day after Thanksgiving [November 23] to encourage people to reunite with old and new friends, burn off some Thanksgiving Day calories, and put a little love and giving spirit back into a day that has become synonymous with commercialism.
Michele Pettinger, the founder of P3 Running, is raising money for the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation as her mom is living with the disease. Her friend, Fes Naqvi, who learned of Track Friday last year, became involved and is raising money for The Butterfly Fund, a non-profit that helps families who have children (0-18) who have a catastrophic life-altering medical condition or event.
We understand that you may have a charity that you feel strongly about, so you are able to fundraise for your chosen charity on Track Friday as well! You can do so by simply joining the West Seattle Track Friday 2018 Team.
We will be at Hiawatha Track and Playfield the morning after Thanksgiving from 9 to 11. Invite your friends and family to join – walk 1 mile, 10 minutes, 10 miles, 2 hours, whatever you feel driven to do! Check in with our table to log your miles! We will have hot chocolate, coffee, and some treats, too.
For anyone who participates in the event, 10% of your purchases at West Seattle Runner that day will be donated to the funds. Simply pick up a token from our table at the park to present at the store when purchasing.
You can go here to donate and/or join the team. Hiawatha is at 2700 California SW, and West Seattle Runner (a longtime WSB sponsor) is right across the street at 2743 California SW.
We start again with a traffic reminder:
SOUTHBOUND HIGHWAY 99 CLOSURE: Between the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel and the West Seattle Bridge, SB 99 is closed. It’s not scheduled to reopen until tomorrow morning but if it reopens early, we’ll publish an update. (Please let us know – text or voice, 206-293-6302 – if you see it open and we’re not reporting it yet!)
CONNECT WITH NATURE AT LINCOLN PARK: Friends of Lincoln Park – with award-winning forest steward Sharon Baker and friends – would love to have your help, 9 am-noon. What a great day to work in the forest! Details in our calendar listing. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET – AND DON’T MISS THE KIWANIS BOOTH: 10 am-2 pm, it’s the last Farmers’ Market before Thanksgiving. While you’re there, visit the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle booth at the south end of the market to get your ticket(s) for their December 1st Pancake Breakfast. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
BAZAAR AT PEACE LUTHERAN: The Peace Lutheran Church Holiday Bazaar continues: “Arts and crafts, silent auction with themed baskets, fair trade/global gifts, bake sale, gifts for everyone!” Noon-3 pm. (39th/Thistle)
JEWELRY SHOW: Fall show by Heart Song Design, 10 am-2:30 pm: “Custom one of a kind, handmade necklaces, bracelets and earrings- using natural stones, and celebrating the energy of each stone as the designs come together. Please join designer Cheryl Mayerle for Heart Song Design Fall Show.” (3622 35th SW)
JAMTIME: 1-4 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), bluegrass and old-time music. (5612 California SW)
BYSTANDER-INTERVENTION PRACTICE: 2 pm at Admiral UCC, meant for people who have already been through bystander-intervention training, but all are welcome. (4320 SW Hill)
SOUTHWEST STORIES – ‘WASHINGTON AT WAR’: 2 pm at Southwest Library, public historian Lorraine McConaghy talks about Washington in World War I, and then moves into a “Readers’ Theater,” as explained in our calendar listing. (9010 35th SW)