West Seattle, Washington
By Jason Grotelueschen
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
Neighbors gathered Tuesday night for a meeting of the Admiral Neighborhood Association, to discuss topics ranging from affordable housing to “Viadoom.”
The meeting, held at The Sanctuary at Admiral, was the first ANA meeting with David Hancock at the helm as the group’s president. The current slate of ANA officers includes:
Board members provided some brief updates, including the news that the likely dates for this summer’s Thursday night Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series would be July 18 through August 22.
SHOT-UP SIGN: Vlad sent the photo after spotting the bullet holes in that stop sign at 37th &
Ida Thistle in Gatewood. “It appears that there are still bullets lodged in the center section where the pole is located behind.” No way to know how recently this happened – he spotted it while walking on a street that’s not his regular route – but he reported it to police.
PACKAGE TAKEN: This security video is from the front porch of a house in the 3800 block of SW Graham last Friday night:
While it might look as if the person in the video dropped something off while picking up the package that was taken, the sender says nothing was actually left behind.
WEST SEATTLE CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL: The community groups that regularly meet at the Southwest Precinct are emerging from holiday hiatus, starting with the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council, next Tuesday (January 15th) at 7 pm. It’s your chance to bring neighborhood crime/safety concerns directly to local police. The precinct is at 2300 SW Webster
Family and friends will gather Saturday (January 12th) to remember Louis (Eric) Erickson Jr. They are sharing this remembrance with the community:
It is with great sadness that the family of Louis (Eric) Erickson Jr. announces his unexpected and sudden passing on January 7, 2019 at 60 years old. For those of you fortunate enough to have known Eric, you knew a funny, sweet, and caring man who would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it and never asked for anything in return.
Eric was born and raised in West Seattle and was proud to say he lived there his entire life. He attended Alki Elementary, James Madison Junior High, and West Seattle High School (Class of ’77). During high school, he played varsity football and was a track star. It was also there that he met his high-school sweetheart, Deanna Tetrick.
Eric and Deanna were married shortly after high school and had two children together. Jennifer was born in ’79 and her little brother Louis III was born shortly after in ’83. They were the lights of his life and, in his words, the best things that ever happened to him. He was a dedicated family man even through tough times. He and Deanna eventually divorced and co-parented their children together. He coached his son’s basketball team, taught his daughter the proper way to maintain her car, and was over the moon when he became a grandfather.
In 1993, Eric was sent on a blind date that was set up by a co-worker. Sparks flew and there he met his soon-to-be wife, Heather. She was not only his wife, but his best friend and he would tell everyone he met how she had saved his life. He pursued a career as a medical assistant and loved what he did until physical disabilities left him unable to work. He soon took on the career as “professional grandpa” and manager of the Westview Plaza apartments.
Eric was a tried and true West Seattleite with strong ties to his community. He regularly frequented the West Seattle Thriftway to chat up the people at the deli or you would see him at The Bridge enjoying a burger. He would tell anyone who would listen about childhood escapades in Schmitz Park or how Alki has changed since he was a boy. He would bring his yellow roses as gifts to anyone who might want them. He had a sense of humor like no other and would even joke at his own expense just to bring a smile to anyone around him.
He is survived by his wife Heather, two children, Jennifer and Louis III (Kara), stepdaughter Rebecca (Ryan), and ten grandchildren (Nautica, Isaiah, Chrisheil, Jayloni, Kaylia, Tobin, Rex, Pearl, June, and Evelyn). He loved his kids and grandkids more than anything, and was having a great time being a grandpa, or “pop pop” as he was also called. He will be deeply missed.
Services will be held at Alki Congregational Church on January 12, 2019 from 12-2 pm. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Emerald City Pet Rescue/Kitty Harbor at emeraldcitypetrescue.org.
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(File photo: Log House Museum, SWSHS HQ)
The new year brings new leadership to the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. Here’s the announcement:
The SWSHS Board of Trustees announces the departure of Jeff McCord from the position of Executive Director. Jeff’s leadership role with the society began in July 2017, and during this time, he oversaw successful exhibits in the Log House Museum and the many programs sponsored by the historical society.
Jeff is looking forward to focusing on his family, serving on non-profit boards and additional volunteerism in the community, as well as exploring other creative business pursuits in game design, videography, and drone photography. A search for a new Executive Director begins this month.
A new Board of Directors takes office in January to lead the organization in its mission to promote local heritage through education, preservation and advocacy. Officers include Kathy Blackwell, President; Nancy Sorensen, Vice-President; Lissa Kramer, Interim Treasurer; Sandie Wilkinson, Secretary; John Sweetland, Membership Secretary.
The society is pleased to have two new trustees: Carol Vincent, one of the founders of the Log House Museum, and Lissa Kramer, former Museum Curator. Dora-Faye Hendricks, Kerry Korsgaard, Burke Dykes, Marcy Johnsen, and Ken Workman continue as Trustees.
The SWSHS board is grateful to three departing board members: Karen Sisson, who served as President for 2 years; Ron Arant, Treasurer and technology guru for many years; and Jenni Bodnar, Trustee for 3 years.
SWSHS looks forward to the New Year that will include fresh emphasis on embracing the entire Duwamish Peninsula, highlighting its rich heritage and fascinating stories.
The next SWSHS event is this Thursday (January 10th), when the Words, Writers, West Seattle author series features our state’s Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna, 6 pm at Southwest Library (9010 35th SW).
The crowd in our photo was at Our Lady of Guadalupe, one of 10 local schools that received special deliveries today of hatchery-harvested salmon eggs:
The eggs will be reared in tanks at the schools until spring, when the fry are released into Fauntleroy Creek. Making the rounds again this year on behalf of Salmon in the Schools are Judy Pickens (photo below) and Phil Sweetland (second photo below, with OLG teacher Sarah Nadalin):
At OLG, first- and sixth-graders are involved; the other schools scheduled to receive eggs today in Phil and Judy’s five-plus-hour delivery marathon were Pathfinder K-8, Louisa Boren STEM K-8, Westside School (WSB sponsor), and six elementaries: Alki, Sanislo, Highland Park, West Seattle, Gatewood, and Arbor Heights.
A new skirmish in the ongoing fight over the future of the West Seattle Junction Association‘s free-to-shoppers parking lots. We’ve reported on the WSJA’s donation-seeking efforts to help cover the cost of dramatically increased rent. Now the lots’ owners, the consortium known as West Seattle Trusteed Properties, have served WSJA with a notice saying the donation boxes put up at the lots in October violate the lease, and giving the merchants’ organization 10 days to remove them or “vacate” (as in, give up the lots).
The paperwork headed “10-Day Notice to Cure Lease Defaults or Vacate” was shown to WSB by Junction Association executive director Lora Radford. It alleges three violations – that soliciting donations equals charging for parking, and that the donation boxes and signage were put up without “prior written consent” of Trusteed Properties. Radford said WSJA consulted its attorney and does not believe the donation campaign is a lease violation. The association was planning to send a response letter to Trusteed Properties, whose secretary Tyler M. Johnson signed the notice, dated January 4th but received Monday. Radford says they will stress that they don’t believe the donation boxes are a violation, but will request retroactive permission anyway.
WSJA says its rent this year – due largely to a property-tax increase that’s passed through under lease terms – will be more than $245,000, almost triple what it was in 2016. Ten separate parcels owned by Trusteed Properties comprise the four lots (three on 44th SW, one on 42nd SW). For more backstory on the rent situation, see our coverage from last March.
First – Todd just found this bicycle in Riverview:
Second – A texter found this one on a trail in Roxhill Park “behind the ballfield”:
If you recognize either, please let us know and we’ll connect you with the finder. Also a note – another reader asked us to remind bicycle owners to register with Bike Index (it’s free) as another way of increasing the chance of a reunion if yours is ever taken.
11:59 AM: Thanks to Phil for the tip/photo. That crash on southbouhd 35th SW at SW Alaska might back things up for a bit. No SFD callout so far, so apparently no serious injuries.
12:26 PM: Now another crash of note – westbound West Seattle Bridge at the Delridge exit. This one DOES have an SFD dispatch.
It’s on the offramp itself, according to SDOT (traffic-cam framegrab added).
1 PM: SDOT says 35th/Alaska is clear.
1:07 PM: And now the Delridge offramp is, too.
First busy night of 2019 – from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
COTTAGE GROVE COMMONS COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE: 6:30 pm at Cottage Grove Commons (now open five years, as we recently noted), community members are invited to bring questions/concerns to this meeting of its community advisory committee. (5444 Delridge Way SW)
WEST SEATTLE BIKE CONNECTIONS: This community group meets at 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House High Point, all welcome. (6400 Sylvan Way)
LOOK INTO THE FUTURE … via our complete calendar!
The heart of winter is time for many families to get ready for summer, by signing up for camp. Mode Music Studios (WSB sponsor) and Boom Studios LLC have just opened registration and are also offering a camp fair this weekend if you want to sign up in person:
Mode Music Studios and Boom Studios LLC are collaborating to bring you half day and full day summer camps in a variety of ways. Choose from music, theater, or dance camps alone or pair them with another half day to make it a full day of the arts! Enrollment is open starting January 7th at noon to the public. Take advantage of 10% off early enrollment from now until March 15th!
We are hosting a Boom and Mode Studios Summer Camp Fair Sunday, January 13th from 3-6:00 pm. Spin our prize wheel for the chance to win discounts on our full day camps! Performances from our Mode Music Studios students and Boom Dance Hip Hop Crew will be popping up through out the day. Snacks and crafts are available to the kids, as well as a glimpse into our new studio space and winter class signup.
We hope to see you there!
Visit any of our websites for summer camp signup and winter class information.
We can’t wait to start 2019 with a bang and secure your spots in our awesome summer camps this year!
Sunday’s fair is at 3801 Delridge Way SW.
7:11 AM: Good morning! No incidents or transit alerts in our area so far.
REMINDER: The Highway 99 closure starts 10 pm Friday (here’s the timeline).
7:50 AM: SDOT reports a “blocking bus” at 5th/Roxbury.