West Seattle, Washington
The photos are from West Seattle High School teacher Michelle Sloan, taken during an art project connecting them with other students across thousands of miles. She explains:
Students at West Seattle High School in drawing and painting class have just sent off 18 portraits of children from an orphanage in Pakistan.
An organization called the Memory Project teamed up with Ms. Sloan’s art class and her students to go to Pakistan, take photos of children, and send them to West Seattle High School for the drawing students to create carefully rendered drawings to send back to Pakistan.
This is what the Memory Project team said regarding working with the Pakistani children:
“We are passionate about breaking barriers and uniting youth from different cultures. One of our Pakistani partners says, When many people think of our country (Pakistan) they think of terrorism, but it’s not like that! We are a very warm and welcoming people who are eager for friendship and cannot wait to see the special portraits you create for the children” These children living in orphanages, who have so few things to call their own, will be thrilled to receive the portraits that your students create just for them—to feel the love and kindness from a foreign world through the universal language of art.”
We asked the teacher how she and her students connected with The Memory Project. She explained she first contacted them last year and her students did a similar project for students in Haiti.
Another quick weekend preview: Tomorrow night, HONK! Fest West starts three days of fun, free music in the streets in three nearby neighborhoods: 5-9 pm Friday at three spots in South Park, 1-6 pm Saturday at four in White Center, 2-6 pm Sunday at two in Columbia City. Bands, times, locations are all listed here. Haven’t been to HONK! Fest West (which visited West Seattle back in 2010)? It’s explained here.
6:18 PM: Thanks for the tips and photos. The big emergency response in Seaview is for that car-on-side crash at 44th/Juneau. Apparently no major injuries, as the SFD call has already closed, 15 minutes after dispatch.
7:18 PM: Thanks to Kersti Muul for the additional photo, showing the other vehicle involved. Also, SFD just confirmed to us that no injuries were reported.
At Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW) until 7 pm, you are invited to come get info and/or ask questions about what promises to be next year’s biggest West Seattle road project – repaving and reconfiguring much of Delridge Way SW to prepare for the Route 120/RapidRide H Line conversion. We’ve been reporting on the project as it evolves – including this in-depth update Wednesday – but if you have questions/comments, this is prime time to come talk directly with SDOT and/or Metro – Sound Transit, too.
The H Line doesn’t debut until September 2021 but work on the Delridge project is expected to begin in early 2020. Design isn’t final yet, so now’s the time to comment and/or ask questions.
A miniature steam-powered train locomotive from a Whatcom County amusement park, stolen in West Seattle, hasn’t been found yet. After readers pointed out TV reports about it, we tracked down the surveillance video and police report and contacted the locomotive’s owner at Miniature World Family Fun Center in Birch Bay:
The half-ton locomotive was in a Morgan Junction garage, brought here because its boiler needed repairs, to be provided by a local expert. Then came the break-in early Saturday, recorded by security cameras, this one in the garage:
And this view from the alley outside:
The second stolen item is a generator; the cart was left behind. If you have any information, the SPD incident # is 2019-189418.
Of the many options you have in West Seattle this weekend, this is one of the earliest, so we’re publishing a reminder today! Saturday morning, 8 am-11 am, the West Seattle Sportsmen’s Club offers kids/youth up to 14 years old the chance to try catching trout stocked in a temporary “pond” set up on the dock at Seacrest (1660 Harbor SW). They provide the gear – and about 250 fish, which arrive tomorrow afternoon – all free, an annual tradition.
Now in its second month of business at 4506 California SW in the West Seattle Junction, Snip-its Haircuts for Kids (WSB sponsor) has new hours starting next Monday (June 3rd). Proprietor Duc Quan says Snip-Its will be open Wednesdays through Fridays 10 am-6 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 10 am-5 pm, closed Mondays and Tuesdays. You can book appointments by going here.
Snip-its Haircuts for Kids
We’d like your readers to know that starting June 3, we have the following hours:
Monday and Tuesday CLOSED
Wednesday through Friday 10-6
Saturday and Sunday 10-5
A West Seattleite who’s been an outstanding archer since childhood is taking aim at a spot on the national team. The update is from Tracy Nachtrieb:
West Seattle High School freshman Addy Nachtrieb competes in the United States Archery Team Trials (USAT) this weekend in Florida. Over three days of competition, May 31st to June 2nd, she will attempt to make the 2020 US Team.
She finished the 2018 season ranked 16th in the nation. She is the highest ranked 15-year-old female in USA Archery. The top three scoring females for the season will earn a position on Team USA. Learn more about her here and follow her social media to cheer her on!
We’ve published several updates on Addy’s achievements, going back to age 9.
(Anna’s Hummingbird on a nest that photographer Mark Wangerin says contains two eggs!)
Busy Thursday! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar (and earlier coverage):
CARMILIA’S REOPENS: The Junction boutique is scheduled to reopen today after a mini-facelift. 11 am-6 pm. (4528 California SW)
ICE-CREAM GRAND OPENING: Today’s the official opening date for the Frankie & Jo’s vegan-ice-cream pop-up on Alki, noon-11 pm. (2758 Alki SW)
DELRIDGE REPAVING, RECONFIGURATION, RAPIDRIDE: The planning for this big project – a major overhaul for much of Delridge Way as well as conversion of Metro Route 120 into the RapidRide H Line – is well under way. We showed you lots of new info here. Tonight, you can ask questions at a drop-in open house with SDOT and Metro (Sound Transit too, we’re told), 5-7 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
MAYOR IN SOUTH PARK: 5:45 pm resource fair with multiple city departments, 6:20ish mayoral remarks followed by Q&A, at the South Park Community Center. More details here. (8319 8th Ave. S.)
FAIRMOUNT PLAYFIELD SOUTH PLAY AREA: This is now on the list of city-park play areas scheduled for renovation, and tonight you’re invited to find out about and comment on the plan – 6:30-8 pm at Fairmount Park Elementary. (3800 SW Findlay)
ZUCO: Acoustic duo live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. No cover. All ages. (5612 California SW)
MORE … on our complete calendar; find it here.
As first reported four weeks ago, the city has proposed a West Seattle site for a public fast-charging station for electric vehicles, on 39th SW south of SW Oregon, alongside West Seattle Bowl. The survey linked in our original story is open through tomorrow and Seattle City Light‘s Julie Moore suggested we remind you in case you hadn’t responded yet. Our May 3rd report has all the backstory, including this SCL one-sheet. Ready to answer the survey? Find it here.
P.S. We never got around to an earlier planned followup with Moore’s answers to questions that came up in the comment discussion following the original story – so here they are:
Head-in or back-in parking: Seattle City Light would be seeking head-in parking for these stalls as many EVs have charge ports in the front of the vehicle.
Charging costs and installation costs: The rate for charging an EV at City Light chargers, $0.43 per kilowatt hour (kWh), is designed to recover the investment.
ADA accessibility: These comments are valuable feedback for consideration of this proposal. At the same time, as one commenter noted, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is looking to install ADA parking spots along this block of 39th Avenue Southwest. More information about those efforts can be found here.
(WSB file photo)
Tomorrow’s the day, so we’re reminding you one more time! Lou Cutler will return to the West Seattle school where he long served as PE teacher, Pathfinder K-8 on Pigeon Point, to run/walk laps to benefit Make-A-Wish. Every year in advance of his birthday, Lou celebrates with one lap per year – this year, 68 (more than 11 miles)! Everybody’s welcome to join him for one or more laps at the Pathfinder field (1901 SW Genesee) starting just after 9 am Friday (May 31st). Sideline support welcome too, as are online donations: Here’s his page on the Make-A-Wish website.
6:58 AM: Good morning. So far, no incidents or alerts in our area.
STADIUM ZONE: Mariners host the Angels, 7:10 pm, so the West Seattle Water Taxi runs late tonight.
A statewide award was a highlight of Wednesday night’s Chief Sealth International High School spring-sports banquet. Above, football standout Dontae McMillan received the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association‘s True Spirit Award, created three years ago in honor of an Eastern Washington student-athlete named Jace Malek. At Dontae’s left is Sealth athletic director Ernest Policarpio; at his right is Pat McCarthy, WIAA executive board president, and on the other side of the photo, WIAA executive director Mike Colbrese. Dontae is headed to Weber State in the fall. Also college-bound, a Sealth student-athlete whose signing was celebrated at the banquet:
Basketball player Nohea Morrison is headed to Missouri Valley College. Other awards included Seahawk honors for:
Benie Bahati, girls’ track
Dontae McMillan, boys’ track
Sabrina Burgess-Garrett, fastpitch softball
Jake Webster, boys’ soccer
Shelzy Juta, tennis
Thang Huynh, baseball
Plus recognition of:
2019 Metro Baseball 1st Team All-League Catcher Jesse Brown
2019 Metro Baseball 2nd Team All-League Pitcher Nestor German
And a very special coach was also among the night’s honorees:
At right with AD Policarpio is Sealth soccer coach Ron Johnson, retiring after 25 years at the school. Congratulations to all!
12:09 AM: Police have closed a block of Delridge Way SW, near the precinct at Webster, while they investigate a crash. We don’t have details but radio communication describes the crash as at 21st/Delridge and has also resulted in a closure of the switchback hillside road between there and 20th/Holden.
12:59 AM: The closure is going to last a while, as the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad has detectives at the scene.