West Seattle, Washington
Small but spirited Seattle Lutheran High School graduated 25 seniors tonight in a ceremony at the SLHS campus on the north side of The Junction, with proud family and friends joining them in the gym:
The choir serenaded them:
Speakers included senior class president Dea Seraile:
Valedictorian Tuong Hoang Cat Nguyen:
Salutatorian Hannah Miller:
ASB president Maddie Jensen led the closing prayer:
The class scripture: “A friend loves at all times.” (Proverbs 17:17)
This is the 39th graduating class for SLHS, which also ended the school year today.
Just out of the WSB inbox, from Susan:
Our car was stolen tonight 6/6/19 between 4:30 and 7:30 from our driveway on 21st Ave SW.
It is a red 1986 Toyota Celica hatchback with collector plate 81703CV.
Call 911 if you see it.
As reported here last week, the fry-release season at Fauntleroy Creek has just wrapped up for Salmon in the Schools participants – but the Fauntleroy Watershed Council is offering community members a special chance to participate, and it’s this Saturday (June 8th), 1-3 pm, at the big bridge in Fauntleroy Park.
Even after 1,800 fry were released by more than 700 students, 100 fry were reserved for the occasion.
It’s free – first-come, first-served.
For a map showing where the bridge is – go here.
The announcement and photo are from the Sisters of Providence:
Jacobo “Jake” Saldaña, a long-time volunteer and resident of West Seattle, was awarded the 2019 Mother Joseph Award by the Sisters of Providence in a ceremony at Our Lady of Guadalupe parish earlier today, June 6.
The Mother Joseph Award is given annually to a person who exemplifies the values and courage of Mother Joseph, the first provincial leader of the Sisters of Providence in the western U.S. More than 100 nominations were submitted for this year’s award.
It is easy to recognize the spirit of Mother Joseph in Jake. With tenacity and grit he overcame extraordinary odds as a young immigrant, worked tirelessly to build a career and provide for his family, then retired and began working in service to the poor, vulnerable and underserved members of his community.
For more than 15 years, Jake has been going above and beyond as a volunteer in West Seattle at Our Lady of Guadalupe parish, the Guadalupe Conference of St. Vincent de Paul Society, Providence Mount St. Vincent, and prior to that, Catholic Community Services. (He was even a West Seattle Pee Wee Baseball volunteer coach for 15 years when his children were younger.)
Jake said he is driven to give as much as he can to people in need. He understands what it is like to live in poverty and on the margins of society because he has experienced this first-hand. He was born in Mexico; his father died shortly after Jake was born. Following this tragedy, his pregnant 19-year-old mother took her four young children 300 miles from Linares, Mexico, to Texas in hopes of giving her a chance for a better job and her children a chance for a better future.
Jake’s mother and the older children worked for ranchers picking cotton, lettuce, tomatoes and carrots. Jake grew up working in the fields and attending school, but food was scarce and life was rough. He didn’t even have a pair of shoes until he was a teen.
Jake’s family had their first deportation experience when he was about 7. He remembers clearly the big Greyhound bus that came for them and transported them back to Mexico with only what they were able to grab quickly before they left. But Jake’s mother was determined to give her children a better life and put their paperwork in order to become legalized.
In 1955 a rancher they had worked for became their sponsor and Jake’s family members became U.S. citizens, making their home in Texas.
In 1957 at age 14, Jake had become a self-described rebel and daredevil, and had been kicked out of school. Amidst this, Jake felt called to change. He recognized the need to find a better path so he set out to “follow the crops” to earn a living, moving from the South, to the Midwest, to the West learning tough life lessons along the way.
Jake settled in Seattle in 1964 and spent 35 years at a glass factory where he worked his way up from janitor to mechanic to machinist, including a stint as vice president of the union. He broke down barriers as the only Mexican-American in the plant at that time and advocated for fair treatment for all.
At the same time, Jake and his wife were raising six children and were known to open their home to nieces and nephews, international visitors and others in need of housing, as well.
Jake didn’t plan to retired in 2003 at age 59, but he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and urged by his doctor to reduce the stress in his life. He made a full recovery and decided it was time to focus on helping others.
Jake was already an active volunteer at Our Lady of Guadalupe parish and the Guadalupe Conference of St. Vincent de Paul Society in West Seattle. So, it wasn’t a surprise that Jake responded to the church bulletin’s call for volunteers to help with the Catholic Community Services (CCS) Chore Ministry, driving people for errands and appointments. After several years with CCS, Jake began to volunteer at Providence Mount St. Vincent, a senior living community in the West Seattle neighborhood, where he is part of the spiritual care team, helping escort residents to Mass each week and serving as Eucharistic minister.
“When you visit a person, all you gotta do is make them feel good,” said Jake. But to the people he serves, Jake’s kindness and compassion are priceless.
Storey Squires, the volunteer director at Mount St. Vincent, said, “Jake believes he is blessed to serve, and believes God works through him every day. We feel this blessing in his servant leadership, and how happy we are to have his amazing service.”
When Jake is not volunteering in his community, he enjoys spending time with his wife Norene, his five sons, daughter and four grandkids — not to mention the various house guests, backyard chickens, etc.
Jake is grateful for the way his life has unfolded, in spite of the challenges. “God has given me an opportunity to slow down and really look at my life from the beginning to where I’m at now,” he said. “Some life struggles were harder than others. Mine paved the way for me to become the kind of person that gives back to the community.”
Crews finished base paving by SW Orleans St and continue to work in the following locations:
Zone A: We are continuing work on SW Avalon Way from SW Manning St to SW Charlestown St. Crews have started pavement work on the east side of SW Avalon Way and are conducting water utility work at SW Charlestown St.
Zone E: We are continuing to work on the new water main on the east side of 35th Ave SW from SW Avalon Way to SW Alaska St. As we work in Zone E through November 2019, we will maintain one lane of traffic in each direction on 35th Ave SW between Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Alaska St.
Starting as early as Monday, June 10, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) crews will be working in coordination with our project at the southeast corner of SW Genesee St and SW Avalon Way for approximately one week to relocate a gas main. There will be sidewalk detours. Driveway access will be maintained. Please contact 888-225-5773 with any questions about this work.
Things we’ve heard from the community
Each week, we’ll plan to address a few common questions we’ve heard from your neighbors.
Why was work so loud on Tuesday night?
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) cut the existing watermain and installed a temporary bypass in order to continue to install the new watermain under 35th Ave SW at SW Snoqualmie St. This work required a water shut off and was performed at night to minimize customer impacts from the shut off.
Will parking be restored in Zones B and C?
Unfortunately, parking will not be restored to Zones B and C at this time. The parking removal needs to remain in place for our traffic control and for temporary bus stop relocations.
When will work begin in Zone C?
We anticipate beginning work in on SW Avalon Way from SW Genesee St to 35th Ave SW (Zone C) as early as August. Please note that construction schedules are highly subject to change and we will continue to keep you informed through email updates.
An important reminder: Show the Luna Park businesses some love. We’re working on a separate followup but in the meantime, note that there’s parking under the bridge and that the SW Orleans street end used as parking between The Shack and Luna Park Café/Avalon Glassworks remains open.
… it’s not too late to comment, since nonprofit Transitional Resources‘ project is still in the “early design” phase. A few notes from our visit toward the end of last night’s community-feedback open house:
That’s the “preferred” configuration presented by design firm SMR Architects – they’re hoping that a three-section shape will help the 44-apartment complex fit in a little better with the townhouses that have been built in the neighborhood. They’ll be oriented toward interior courtyards, like many of TR’s other units nearby, for more of a “community” feeling. Also like the other properties, this will be “supportive housing,” as described by TR, “providing studio apartments for people with behavioral-health needs who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.” If all goes well with the permit process, TR CEO Darcell Slovek-Walker told us at the open house, they hope to start construction in about a year. The building will replace three houses where TR has tenants, and Slovek-Walker says it’s expected that those tenants would move to units in the new complex when it’s done.
The project will go through the city’s Administrative Design Review process, which means no further community meetings are expected, but if you have comments and/or questions, you can contact Slovek-Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org. (We’ve been tracking this project since it first appeared in city files more than a year ago.)
Two cases of vandalism in West Seattle Crime Watch:
ROCK THROWN INTO BUSINESS: The photos above and below are from Tyler McKenzie at John L. Scott Real Estate in The Junction:
Sometime last night a rock was thrown through our front door double paned, tempered glass window with such force the rock actually traversed the entire length of the building before landing under a desk by the back door.
Unfortunately, our cameras didn’t reveal the bad actor/s.
A police report has been filed; the preliminary number from the online system is T19001702.
CARS VANDALIZED: The report and photo are from Lexi:
This is the second time in two months someone has keyed my car in my neighborhood.
My roommate has also been impacted. The events keep occurring late at night, and there’s no evidence of who is doing it. I’m curious if other neighbors have been impacted, or are seeing an increase in damaged vehicles parked on city streets. I live off 61st Ave SW in the Alki neighborhood.
The South Park Branch of The Seattle Public Library, 8604 Eighth Ave. S., 206-615-1688, will reopen at 1 p.m. Monday, June 10, after being closed for two months for refurbishing and improvements. Patrons who picked up their holds at another branch during the closure should talk with a staff member if they need help to restore their holds pickup location to the South Park Branch.
A public celebration with refreshments and entertainment is being planned for the afternoon of Sunday, July 21.
“Our priority is to make sure our libraries meet the needs of the community,” said Chief Librarian Marcellus Turner. “These improvements will allow the branch to more effectively serve a growing, diverse community and support a wide variety of patron uses, services, and partnerships.”
About the Project
The 12-year-old branch closed April 15 for repainting and recarpeting. While the branch was closed, the Library made additional improvements to support the changing ways that patrons are using libraries and to make the branch a more enjoyable space to read, study and collaborate.
To meet the needs of the South Park community, this refurbishment delivers flexible, collaborative spaces with additional electrical outlets and more mobile shelving and furniture. These newly designed spaces will allow students to work together, while providing the Library and the community an opportunity to creatively use these flexible spaces for a variety of programs.
As first reported here last month, the West Seattle Helpline‘s clothing bank Clothesline is moving from one West Seattle Christian Church-owned building to another because of redevelopment plans for its current site. The official announcement, with new details and a call for volunteer help, has just arrived:
The West Seattle Helpline will be moving the Clothesline, West Seattle’s free all-ages clothing bank, to a new location at 4425 41st Ave SW. This is only one block away from the current location and will be accessible from the same major bus lines. We are grateful for our friends at the West Seattle Christian Church for their dedication to the Clothesline and providing this new space!
When the West Seattle Helpline first opened our doors 30 years ago, the Clothesline was just a small corner in the office. The Clothesline grew to a full-sized clothing bank in 1995, offering free clothing to our neighbors of all ages. Last year over 1,500 families and their children recovering from unexpected hardship shopped at the Clothesline for school clothes, interview outfits, and more.
People often forget how importing clothing is, with one customer saying clothes “not only keep you warm but they help with many other things like self-esteem and they affect how people treat you.” Our neighbors are able to leave the Clothesline feeling stylish and confident.
The Clothesline will be closed from July 12th to July 29th while we move. Due to the move, we will be unable to accept donations between June 7th and August 1st. We anticipate the Clothesline to open at our new location the first week of August. Details about an opening event to come!
We need volunteers to help with the move! If you are interested, please sign up here.
Much happening! Here are highlights for today/tonight from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar (which you can check out any time for a look at EVERYTHING coming up):
‘LIKE’ SCREENING: 6:30 pm at Madison Middle School, an invitation to all West Seattle families:
Madison PTSA will host a screening of the documentary, “LIKE” on Thursday, June 6th at 7 pm in the Madison MS Library. Join us at 6:30 pm for a pizza dinner and stay after the movie, for a moderated discussion with Madison Counselors. LIKE is a documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives. Are we addicted to social media? If so what’s going on and why? … We welcome parents from all over, with children of any age, to attend this free event. LIKE is recommended for students ages 12 and up. Students are welcome to attend, accompanied by an adult.
RSVP here. (3429 45th SW)
‘THE JUNGLE BOOK’: Opening night for Lafayette Elementary‘s school play! All welcome to attend. 6:30 pm curtain at West Seattle High School. By donation – info in our calendar listing. (3000 California SW)
RIVERVIEW PLAYFIELD BARRIER REPLACEMENT: Second neighborhood gathering to talk about this. Meet at 6:30 pm. (12th/Holly)
JUNCTION NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATION: 6:30 pm at the Senior Center/Sisson Building. Agenda centerpiece:
The Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) will give an overview of the planning process for the 2020 West Seattle Junction Community Plan update and how you can be involved. Learn how light rail planning and community planning go hand in hand.
Also, nominations are open for new JuNO officers. All welcome. (4217 SW Oregon)
NORTH HIGHLINE UNINCORPORATED AREA COUNCIL: 7 pm at North Highline Fire District HQ, last meeting before summer break for the community council serving White Center and vicinity. Guests include 34th District State Sen. Joe Nguyen; more agenda info here. (1243 SW 112th)
BILL DAVIE: Live music at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. No cover. All ages. (5612 California SW)
TWO ROUNDS OF TRIVIA: 7 and 8 pm at Great American Diner & Bar. Free. Prizes. (4752 California SW)
GRADUATION: Congratulations to the Seattle Lutheran High School Class of 2019, graduating tonight in a 7:30 pm ceremony at the SLHS gym. (4100 SW Genesee)
WEST SEATTLE SOUL: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern. $10 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
6:18 AM: Thanks for the texts. Seattle Fire is at a house in the 3900 block of SW Hinds.
6:23 AM: The fire is reported to be under control. No word of injuries so far.
6:35 AM: Our crew just arrived. Firefighters tell us everybody got out OK. The damage is apparently mostly on the back side of the house.
6:47 AM: SFD has declared the fire “tapped,” which means mostly out. The cause is under investigation.
7:10 AM: The incident log shows about half the originally dispatched units have been dismissed, but a sizable presence remains at the scene.
ADDED 2:11 PM: SFD spokesperson Kristin Tinsley tells WSB, “Fire investigators ruled this fire as accidental, and determined it was caused by hot coals from an active cooking smoker. This ignited the exterior on the back side of the home and spread to the interior. Total estimated loss is $225,000.”
6:14 AM: Launching this early because of a fire call in the 3900 block of SW Hinds. Covering that separately. No other incidents so far.
STADIUM ZONE TODAY: Mariners wrap this home stand with a day game, 12:40 pm vs. Houston.
HIGHWAY 99 TUNNEL, LATE FRIDAY/EARLY SATURDAY: As mentioned earlier this week, the Highway 99 tunnel is scheduled to close both ways 10 pm Friday night through 8 am Saturday morning.
7:20 AM: Overall the city’s current assessment is that downtown-bound traffic from all areas is “about the same as normal.”
8:20 AM: SDOT’s cameras aren’t turned in a way that we can confirm this but their alert notes work is scheduled to continue today in the right eastbound lane on the bridge near 99.