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FOLLOWUP: West Seattle now craneless

Thanks to Al for the photo taken while a mobile crane was being used today to dismantle the tower crane at the Luna Apartments/PCC Community Markets (WSB sponsor) project site at 2749 California SW. The crane was up for a little more than a year; its removal means West Seattle has no current projects using tower cranes. We don’t know what time the removal was finished, as we’ve been covering other events today/tonight, but we just went through the area and noted that California SW is fully open again. As for when the new PCC will open, when last we checked, the estimate was “fourth quarter” of this year.

Funeral Mass, reception on Wednesday for Felix ‘Speed’ Sposari, 1929-2019

Family and friends will gather this week to remember Felix “Speed” Sposari. Here’s the remembrance they are sharing with the community:

Felix “Speed” Sposari passed away peacefully at his home on the morning of May 9, 2019. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend.

Speed was born on August 8, 1929 to Nicola and Teresa Sposari in Seattle, joining his brother, Jimmy. He was raised in the Rainier valley, attended Our Lady of Mt. Virgin Grade School, and graduated from Franklin High School. Immediately after graduation, he joined the National Guard and was soon elevated to active duty. After two years, he was discharged and married the love of his life, Joanne Agostino, in 1952. They settled in West Seattle and raised 5 children.

Speed spent his entire career in the food industry. He was an associate member of the Washington State Chef’s Association and the Washington State Restaurant Association. He was also a charter member of the Seafair Boat Club and served on the Seafair Race Committee for many years. He also served as Kennedy High School Booster Club president and was inducted into the Kennedy High School Hall of Fame in 2013. He was generous with his time and spent many years coaching Little League, CYO, and youth baseball.

A proud Italian and an avid golfer, Speed enjoyed family time, vacations in Palm Springs, hunting and fishing trips with friends and family, and meticulously caring for his lawn and garden.

Speed is survived by his wife of 67 years, Joanne; daughter Susie (Jerry), son Steve (Christine), son Joe, son Vinnie (Mary Kay); 5 grandchildren – Christi (Tony), Johnny (Emily), Danielle, Vinnie (Olivia), & Matthew; and 3 great grandchildren – Joey, James, and Nicky; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by son Nicky, in 1961.

Speed was so dearly loved by his family, he’ll be in our hearts forever. Rest in peace, Papa/Grandpa.

Arrangements by Columbia Funeral Home, 4567 Rainier Ave South, Seattle. Visitation on Tuesday, May 14, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm. A funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 10:30 am, Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 4210 SW Genesee St, West Seattle, with graveside service immediately following at Calvary Cemetery, 5041 35th Ave NE, Seattle. Reception at 2:00 pm, Rainier Golf & Country Club, 11133 Des Moines Memorial Drive, Seattle.

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

Speaking of dropoffs: Record set @ Fauntleroy Church’s spring Recycle Roundup

May 11, 2019 6:46 pm
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(WSB photo, 4/28/2019)

Another spring tradition for unburdening yourself of unwanted-but-reusable items: Fauntleroy Church‘s Recycle Roundup. The most recent one happened two weeks ago; Judy Pickens reports today that participants were part of a record:

The spring recycle roundup at Fauntleroy Church is always a busy one as people clean house or prepare to move. The April 28 roundup at Fauntleroy Church proved to be especially so as a record 540 vehicles came through to leave the crew from 1 Green Planet the biggest haul of recyclables yet with – 16.54 tons. Total weight going back to the resource stream since the roundups began in 2010 is 248.7 tons. The fall roundup is set for Sunday, Sept. 22.

POST-GARAGE SALE DAY: After the selling and buying, the giving

As we’ve mentioned, there are at least five ways to donate West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day leftovers this year – and we’ve stopped by three of them. Above, Bruce and Russ are in the carport behind the Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon), where you can drop off donations for the Stop ‘n’ Shop Thrift Store until 6 pm. At 4712 44th SW, Northwest Center‘s truck will be there even later, until 6:30 pm.

And you have two options on 42nd SW until 5 pm – Holy Rosary‘s “Stuff the Truck” for St. Vincent de Paul:

And West Seattle Christian Church has a Goodwill truck plus WS Helpline on the SW corner of 42nd/Genesee:

Our list has full details including contact info for the new group West Seattle Cares that also was interested in certain items.

REPORT #2: Shopping in the sunshine as West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2019 continues


12:19 PM: That pic is from the easternmost sale on the West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2019 map – Sale #276 is actually in South Park (8503 10th Ave. S.) but with at least one piece of classic West Seattle memorabilia – a sign from the old Chuck and Sally’s Tavern (hmm, maybe the one in our 2013 coverage of the tavern’s “closing sale”). Lemonade and ice-cream sandwiches too! … In Westwood, lemonade and treats are raising money for Seattle Children’s at Sale #120 (9819 28th SW):

Another fundraiser sent a pic – Sale #90 (3207 45th SW), Girl Scout Troop 45120:

Theirs is a “7-family sale! Furniture, household goods, clothes, stuffed animals, and baked goods!”

12:51 PM: Just in, a “quick pic of what’s left at 3823 42nd SW”:

That’s Sale #268 – “lots of baby gear and clothes, some vintage ’50s tablecloths and other misc. housewares” … Also just in, video of Sale #28 (5902 41st SW), with accordion accompaniment:

Thanks to Jessica for sending that! … Shelby at Sale #144 (6005 Lanham Place SW) promised “wicked humor” as well as a variety of cool items:

Vintage items from a 1964 manual typewriter to a 1938 Singer Sewing Machine to a 1953 “one owner” air rifle (and more) … Looking for bikes? This photo is from Jonathan at Sale #290 (5061 25th SW):

They realized they were going into their sale with “WAY more than we thought!”

1:40 PM: We have just visited Sale #133, 8421 34th SW (just south of SW Thistle, another site with vintage items among other things:

From there to Sale #300, several neighbors in the 9200 block of 20th SW (south of Barton) – including Andrew and Derek:

Our coverage continues (see pics and notes from the first half of WSCGSD here).

2:18 PM: Now into the final hour. Lindsay‘s sale, #188 (3226 42nd Ave SW), is now “everything half-price:

2:27 PM: Alicia at Sale #163 (3226 42nd Ave SW) also has cut prices in half. Check out the Barbies!

2:38 PM: And if you’re more a “Star Wars” person, we hope you made it to the sale that promised R2-D2 photo ops (Sale 119: 3034 Belvidere Ave SW) – via Instagram:

Though the official sale hours end at 3 pm, you can keep shopping at some sales (see the listings) including the loft at Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor):

The photo’s from Click! co-proprietor John Smersh, who says they’re offering “seconds, discontinued, and clearance items, until 6 pm.”

REPORT #1: West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2019 is on!


The 15th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day has begun! Sale #175 (4726 50th Ave SW) is among the first to send a pic. They also have a “vintage working typewriter” among other things. Also just in, from Sale #85 (5941 31st SW):

“Starting strong!” they report.

9:28 AM: We’re out and about and seeing lots of activity. And sellers’ photos keep rolling in:

That’s Clara. The senders report she has “set up shop at her best friend Cameron’s (photobombing) sale” at Sale 198 (3440 39th Ave SW). “Her collection is small but thoughtfully curated.” … In Highland Park, Vanessa is #277 (926 SW Holden):

She notes, “I’m in the driveway of my townhouse complex, not visible from the street, but I’ve got signs and sidewalk chalk pointing the way. I have tons of plant pots and other gardening supplies as well as a complete Pack and Play, plenty of Mason jars for canning and 2 large boxes of FREE items (no purchase necessary).” … We just stopped at Sale #92 (2645 Harbor SW), whose listing noted that “early birds should bring donuts”:

Tom and Danny are running this sale – outside their new auto-detail business (look for the warehousey buildings, we missed it the first time by). … In Westwood, Sale #294 (8654 26th Ave SW) sent this pic:

They’ve added treats – including donut holes and lemonade … At Sale #132 (3035 SW Manning), some interesting decor:

We note this is the “Everything $2” sale (unless otherwise marked).

10:15 AM: We just stopped on Pigeon Point to see Sale #284 (4137 23rd SW), with items a family member had amassed for decades. After we parked, one passing shopper was heard telling another, “Those coasters are bad-ass!” Still much vintage houseware:

Some shoppers show up looking for something very specific – among the ones seen here, record-seekers who showed up right at 8 and scooped up just about all of what was available. Speaking of shoppers:

Meg at Sale #2 (10234 Marine View Dr SW) sent the photo. … Near The Junction, from Sale #200 (4927 Erskine Way SW):

Some of today’s sales are benefits. The Solstice Park P-Patch is Sale #51 (7400 Fauntleroy Way SW, by the tennis courts):

Thanks to Kevin Schafer for the photo. … Another fundraising sale is the one we just visited, Sale #235 (3201 61st Ave SW), for the West Seattle High School football team:

Players Christian and Dominic (both juniors) are helping out:

11:07 AM: Steps away from there is Sale #155 (3057 61st Ave SW), which promised among other things “secrets to long and meaningful life.” You can’t miss the wedding dress hanging at the corner:

Plus: “The Entire Book Collection of HISTORY ART ARCHITECTURE from the estate of the late CURATOR OF THE MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND INDUSTRY”:

This sale is closing around 1, though, so hurry. … Heading south from there, we pulled over at Sale #270 (3708 Beach Drive SW), a few doors down from where we rented after our early ’90s arrival in WS. It’s a multi-generation sale team:

And they are set up for credit!

11:49 AM: Above, what we found during our stop at Sale #30 at The Kenney (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW; WSB sponsor), which is hosting multiple sellers on its expansive lawn on the west side of the campus. Among them, Kim and Christopher placed their own listing as WSCGSD Sale #45:

They have memorabilia and collectibles (Ichiro! Star Wars!) – if you don’t spot them, ask to be pointed to The Kenney’s space #4. … Just in via Twitter:

Baby and sale are at 4405 SW Holgate.

11:58 AM: We don’t know which sale it’s for, but Pamela said this is her favorite sign so far today:

In the mood to fish? Jim at Sale #118 sent this pic:

He is at 6936 37th Ave. SW. We are going to launch a new report for the second half of WSCGSD shortly -thanks for all the pics and reports! (UPDATE: Report #2 is here.)

West Seattle Saturday: WSCGSD and 16 other highlights

(Seen on Elliott Bay off West Seattle, photographed by David Hutchinson)

So very much going on! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar – plus a few reminders:

STAMP OUT HUNGER: Letter carriers’ annual door-to-door food drive is today. Put out a bag of nonperishable food by your mailbox (or wherever your mail is delivered) before you get going for the day.

CRANE REMOVAL: As previewed here a week ago, the tower crane at the Luna/PCC project is scheduled to be removed today, and that means an all-day street closure (as early as 4:30 am and as late as 8 pm) on California SW between SW Stevens and SW Lander.

(Added: Photo by Jim Borrow)

SHRIMP FISHING: It’s open today in Elliott Bay, 7 am-1 pm, and that means Don Armeni Boat Ramp will be VERY busy, early morning until mid-afternoon. (1222 Harbor SW)

FREE FITNESS: Fit4Mom West Seattle offers a free class and fun run, 7:25/7:30 am at Alki Bathhouse, in honor of Mother’s Day weekend. (2701 Alki SW)

WEST SEATTLE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE DAY: We’ll cover it as it happens, but if you haven’t already seen the map for the nearly 300 sales registered all over the peninsula (9 am-3 pm, with some starting earlier and some ending later) – find it here!

PANCAKES & AWARDS: The West Seattle Lions Club invites you to all-you-can-eat pancakes 8 am-11 am at the Senior Center, with scholarship awards presented at 9:30 am. $7 suggested donation. (4217 SW Oregon)

FREE SHREDDING: 10 am-noon at the Wells Fargo lot in The Junction, presented by Re/Max and Urban Key. (California/Alaska)

JUMP ROPE WITH THE NINJAS: 10 am-noon at the Salvation Army center in South Delridge:

The event is open to ANYONE who loves to jump rope.

Win prizes, compete against other kids your age (or adults) learn some awesome jump rope skills or try our our double dutch teaching and skills station. West City Rope Ninjas will perform some favorite routines too! The event is a fundraiser for the team. Suggested donation amount is $15.00 and $5 for each additional competing family member.

More info in our calendar listing. (9050 16th SW)

TRACK MEET: Another big track meet at Southwest Athletic Complex – this time, middle school. 10 am start. (2801 SW Thistle)

COLMAN POOL’S FIRST DAY: Early opening for the outdoor pool on the shore at Lincoln Park! Noon-7 pm. See the schedule in the pool brochure. (8603 Fauntleroy Way SW)

PINTS AND PONIES: 1:30-4:30 pm pony rides for kids as Seattle Beer Week festivities continue at Ounces. (3809 Delridge Way SW)

COMMUNITY TEA @ TIBBETTS: 2-4 pm at Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor):

Welcome all moms, daughters, grandmas, aunts, sisters, BFFs … you are warmly invited for a lovely Afternoon Tea at Tibbetts! The day before Mothers’ Day is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with the special women in our lives. Our women’s group welcomes all to an afternoon of tea, conversation, and music, serving a broad selection of teas and delicious sweets and savories.

More info here. (3940 41st SW)

WESTSOUND REUNION: Taco truck at 6, tunes at 9, Parliament Tavern. $10 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

INSTRUMENTS OF CHANGE: West Seattle Food Bank’s fundraising dinner and auction, 6 pm at Seattle Design Center. (5701 6th Ave. S.)

THE MAMA-LOGUES: What better way to spend Mother’s Day Eve than enjoying the newest production of this comedy about motherhood? 7 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. Benefit for WestSide Baby and Open Arms Perinatal Services. Ticket info’s in our calendar listing. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

NOT DEAD YET: Local faves are on tonight’s 8 pm bill at The Skylark. 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

JOHN STEPHAN BAND: 9 pm at Poggie Tavern, no cover. 21+. (4717 California SW)

AND THAT’S STILL NOT ALL! See our complete calendar here.