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Celebration of life planned Saturday for Christine Bruno, 1968-2018

Family and friends will gather Saturday in memory of Christine Bruno. Here’s the remembrance being shared with the community:

Please join us for a celebration of the life of West Seattle resident Christine Bruno.

Saturday, December 15th from 1-4 pm at the:
Center for Urban Horticulture/NHS Hall
3501 NE 41st St.

Christine Bruno passed away at home after a long illness on October 31, 2018. She was born October 17, 1968 in New Orleans, LA. Christine was preceded in death by her parents, Aurora and Joseph Bruno, and she is survived by her loving husband Brett and daughter Aurora. She is missed and loved by many great friends and family.

Christine graduated from Louisiana State University before moving to Seattle. She cared dearly about the environment and worked diligently in her position as a shoreline inspector with the City of Seattle to help protect Seattle’s waterways from damage.

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

TRAFFIC ALERT: Tree blocking California Way

If you need to get between Admiral and Alki, you’ll have to find a route other than California Way [map] until that tree’s cleared. The photo came in via text right after we heard the blockage mentioned on police radio; the texter had just called it in. This is a relatively common spot for tree trouble, even without wind (that’s still hours away).

VIDEO: Standing room only as state ferries’ Triangle Route Task Force gets one last say before schedule overhaul

(WSB photos)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Waiting in line is something Vashon Islanders are used to.

It’s an unavoidable part of getting on board ferries to get to and from the island.

Wednesday, more than 200 of them spent time in a different kind of line – one to get a seat in a meeting.

The Washington State Ferries Triangle Route Task Force met to review the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth’s first major schedule overhaul in more than a decade.

It was a workshop, not a decision-making meeting – the task force and the Ferry Advisory Committees whose other members participated are advisory, and WSF management has the final say. But tensions with island residents had long been at a high-water mark, dating back to the task force’s initial task of working with WSF on persistent problems with Fauntleroy backups. Vashon riders suggested solutions that weren’t tried. Some feel the schedule-overhaul process has gone the same way. That led to this sign outside Wednesday’s meeting:

Outside is where some would-be attendees had to stay, once the meeting room was at capacity, which was 179 people, per WSF’s meeting facilitator, Hadley Rodero.

For a standing-room-only meeting, it was mostly civil – with just one real flash of fury, and that wasn’t even instigated by attendees. We’ll get there, but first, here’s how it unfolded.

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PHOTOS, VIDEO: West Seattle Art Walk, 2018 holiday edition, and Shop Late Thursday

6:35 PM:Sweet Christmastime,” to the tune of “Sweet Caroline,” is what the Silver Belles were singing when we found them in The Junction, where they’re scheduled to roam until about 8 pm, in honor of both Shop Late Thursday and the holiday West Seattle Art Walk.

Some of the shopping and art-admiring you can do is in the breezeway on the west side of the 4700 block of California:

Artist Stacey Sterling is there – she worked with community members to create a mural during last July’s West Seattle Summer Fest, and a short ceremony just officially commemmorated its placement in the breezeway. (More on that in a separate story tomorrow.)

6:46 PM: Photographer Karen Mason Blair is at Easy Street Records until about 8 pm, signing her book “Loud Love”:

Her photography, including Northwest rock icons of the ’90s, is on display at Easy Street all month long.

6:57 PM: Live painting – here’s Patrick Woods at Wallflower Custom Framing (4735 42nd SW):

7:33 PM: Art Walk stretches beyond The Junction … you can stop for art and wine at Viscon Cellars (5910 California SW; WSB sponsor) – Megan Simmons is showing her work tonight:

7:58 PM: Back in The Junction, Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor) is open until 9 tonight.

We asked co-proprietor John Smersh what’s hot so far this holiday-gift season. Handmade jewelry! They have an expanded selection, with two more local artists in the house tonight. One thing you can also count on Click! for – local-themed items:

And hey – we found Santa:

He’ll be back in The Junction tomorrow afternoon, for photos at HomeStreet Bank (41st/Alaska; WSB sponsor), 3-6 pm.

8:32 PM: We also stopped at CAPERS, hosting the second annual Abstract Invitational, including works by these artists:

One more Shop Late Thursday before Christmas. Two weekends, too! Lots of local independent retailers, in The Junction and beyond.

‘Full response’ but no fire in High Point

December 13, 2018 5:15 pm
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 |   High Point | West Seattle fires | West Seattle news

In case you’re wondering about the big SFD response – what brought them to a house in the 6400 block of 30th SW just now turned out to be smoke from “an oven that was left on,” per radio communication. The response is being mostly canceled.

Coming to Terminal 5: Cargo ship, for repair work

December 13, 2018 4:10 pm
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 |   Port of Seattle | West Seattle news

An FYI from Port of Seattle spokesperson Peter McGraw:

The THORCO ROYAL will be berthed at Terminal 5 in West Seattle for about three weeks starting tomorrow (Friday) to undergo vessel repairs prior to returning to sea.

It will be berthed from mid-dock (1500 foot mark) north to about the 2200 foot mark. There will not be any cargo activities associated with its layberthing at T-5. shows the cargo ship is already in West Seattle, currently at a dock on the Duwamish River.

PHOTOS, VIDEO: West Seattle whale-watching: Orcas, northbound!

(Photo by Kersti Muul)

1:38 PM: Thanks for the multiple tips – orcas are headed northbound past West Seattle this afternoon. Kersti Muul says they’re Southern Resident Killer Whales – J-Pod, to be specific. Midchannel past The Arroyos as of about 20 minutes ago, says Alison via Twitter. Let us know if you see them!

P.S. The SRKW were already in the news today because of Gov. Inslee’s budget proposal and its recommendations for helping them. We’re working on a followup.

(Photo by Venkat Balasubramani)

1:46 PM: Now in the Fauntleroy ferry lanes, per text from Kersti.

2:45 PM: Photos added – thank you! Kersti says the whales were passing Constellation Park as of about half an hour ago.

ADDED THURSDAY NIGHT: The video above is by Greg Snyder, as the whales passed Alki Point.

West Seattle weather-alert update: High Wind Watch downgraded to Wind Advisory

December 13, 2018 12:57 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle weather

12:57 PM: Though the last wind alert didn’t pan out, the National Weather Service has announced a new one – we’re under a High Wind Watch for 10 am-6 pm Friday, possible gusts to 60 mph out of the south. See the alert here.

7:02 AM FRIDAY: The alert is now lower-level – a Wind Advisory, in effect 1-7 pm, with south wind, possibly gusting to 45 mph.

West Seattle Crime Watch: From false alarms to porch pirates

West Seattle Crime Watch miscellany this midday:

FALSE ALARMS FYI: SPD has been busy this past hour. Two possible in-progress burglaries that drew full-code (lights and sirens) responses were subsequently to be false alarms, and we’re mentioning them in case you wondered: 9000 block 14th SW and 3900 block SW Ida.

Two reminders that package theft ramps up this time of year:

PACKAGE TAKEN, REPORT #1: The montage is from Lawrence:

Lawrence says, “This a-hole has been stealing packages in West Seattle. It would make my day to see him arrested and prosecuted. Case number 18-463462.” He didn’t include a location but the report number crosschecks to the 3700 block of SW Rose.

PACKAGE TAKEN, REPORT #2: Also in Gatewood, reported last weekend by Jessie:

My wife and I had a package stolen off our porch last night at 4:00 AM. We live in Gatewood, 3 blocks from Thriftway just off California. Our neighbors found the empty box in their yard this morning. Our Ring captured the video attached.

It seems like this would be someone local to the area since our house is off the main road… Want to make other neighbors aware of this person in the area, especially during this time of year.

Shop Late Thursday, West Seattle Art Walk, and what else is up for the rest of today/tonight

December 13, 2018 11:29 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and Holiday Guide:

HOLIDAY ART WALK: 5 pm “until late,” this is an awesome night to see art and buy art, in The Junction and beyond. Plus – food and beverage specials. See the previews here and decide where you want to stop!

MURAL UNVEILING: 6 pm in the breezeway on the west side of California in the 4700 block, be there for the unveiling of the mural painted with community help during West Seattle Summer Fest

CAROLING IN THE JUNCTION: The Silver Belles will be roaming The Junction, singing 6-8 pm.

SHOP LATE THURSDAY: Many Junction merchants are open late tonight – here’s the highlight list.

SECOND THURSDAY OUT: Meet at the Senior Center of West Seattle for holiday dinner and gift exchange, 6 pm. (4217 SW Oregon)

GET HELP APPLYING FOR COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID: “Parents and seniors from West Seattle High School, Chief Sealth International High School, and neighboring schools are invited to attend this support night to complete their 2019-2020 FAFSA or WASFA.” 6 pm at WSHS – details in our calendar listing, including what to bring. (3000 California SW)

AVIATION PROGRAMS OPEN HOUSE: South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) welcomes you, 6-7 pm, to find out about the Aeronautical Technology department. Details in our calendar listing. (6000 16th SW)

WORDS, WRITERS, WEST SEATTLE: This month, Arleen Williams reads from her memoir “Mom’s Last Move.” 6 pm at Southwest Library. (9010 35th SW)

OPEN MIC: 7-9 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), “an open microphone for musicians and singers of all genres.” (5612 California SW)

And today’s the last day for this holiday donation drive:

DIAPER DRIVE: Berkshire Hathaway Northwest HomeServices Real Estate (WSB sponsor) is hosting this drive – details here on three ways to donate. You can even call them for pickup if you can’t make it to the Jefferson Square offices to drop off! (4700 42nd SW, Suite 600)

Three one-of-a-kind Santa stops this weekend in West Seattle

From the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide, three unique Santa stops coming up on this second-to-last weekend before Christmas:

picturetime(WSB file photo)

SANTA AT THE MENASHE FAMILY LIGHTS: It’s the most Christmasy setting possible for Santa photos – at the Menashe Family Lights, 6-10 pm Saturday (December 15). Bring nonperishable food for the West Seattle Food Bank. (5605 Beach Drive SW)

(Photo courtesy Cocoa Cris Cringle)

COCOA CRIS CRINGLE: 4-8 pm Sunday, Cocoa Cris Cringle makes his annual visit to Easy Street Records, 4 pm-8 pm. Photos by donation. (California/Alaska)


CARTOONING SANTA Also this Sunday, it’s his annual visit to Luna Park Café, 4-7 pm. (2918 SW Avalon Way)

Lots more Santa stops, now through Christmas Eve, listed in our guide!


December 13, 2018 7:15 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

(SDOT MAP with travel times/ Is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE/ West Seattle-relevant traffic cams HERE)

7:15 AM: Good morning. No incidents or transit alerts reported in our area so far.