West Seattle, Washington
THURSDAY: The photo and report are from Joey:
My fiancée’s truck was stolen from Westwood Village while she was shopping inside at Rite Aid today at about 5 pm. We reported it to the police. We found the tailgate dumped onto the side of the road a couple blocks away. They most likely took the tailgate off because of all her bumper stickers.
The truck is a 1991 Nissan D21 regular cab. The color is black with a thin red decal strip on the side. Chrome bumpers. Again, it has no tailgate on it currently. Call 911 if seen.
ADDED SUNDAY: It was found in Lake City.
“Take a look at these beautiful blossoms.” In tonight’s commencement ceremony for Chief Sealth International High School, principal Aida Fraser-Hammer acknowledged the families and educators who nurtured the Class of 2019’s 230+ graduates to adulthood.
Their many accomplishments were celebrated, too – from academic to athletic and more. They’ve received a combined half-million-plus dollars in college scholarships and contributed tens of thousands of volunteer hours to the community. During their time at Sealth, the student-created Washington Global Issues Network conference was hosted there twice. CSIHS became the state’s only public school to go to the national Ethics Bowl championships. The Mock Trial team went to state twice. And the list went on. The Class of 2019 chose two speakers – one, their classmate, Clarissa Perez, profiled here earlier this year after word she had receive a prestigious scholarship. She spoke of triumphing over tragedy and exulted, “After all the darkness, this day is the light!”
She told her classmates that it’s imperative they take time to be kind to themselves, and to listen to others. And before their high-school days are too far in the rear-view mirror, “take time to appreciate what thse past four years have meant to you.”
The four years meant a lot to the chosen faculty speaker, Paul Fischburg. He said he had learned things from this class that he hadn’t realized in his career – that what they needed to be learning were things about themselves, not just the academic coursework.
He said it became clear that their big jobs during those years were to “develop your identity … break away from adults … find your creed …” and to learn cooperation. He had advice for the new grads, too – including to “dish it out,” as in, never holding back on expressing love and appreciation for those around you.
There was a heartbreaking reminder of that advice’s importance – because you never know how much time you have on this earth: A moment of silence for Christy Nguyen Phu, killed in 2015, who would have graduated tonight too.
And then, the words were over, and it was time for the ceremony – school board president (and Sealth alum mom) Leslie Harris accepted the class, and they accepted their diplomas, before exiting past the congratulatory line of faculty and staff, and on to waiting family and friends.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
When the Terminal 5 modernization project starts construction next month, Pigeon Point is one of the neighborhoods that will have a front-row view.
So it was one of three major topics when the Pigeon Point Neighborhood Council met this week at Pathfinder K-8.
TERMINAL 5 BERTH MODERNIZATION PROJECT: Before a project recap from the Port of Seattle/Northwest Seaport Alliance, they reminded the PPNC of the pre-construction open house June 22nd at Jack Block Park, 9:30-11:30 am (first noted here a week ago).
Q&A was interspersed with briefing points.
First question was about shore power. No, ships will not be required to plug in. They hope they’ll choose to, “when they have the capability.” They now expect more than 50 percent of the arriving cargo vessels will be shore-power-capable, up from the original 30 percent projection. They are also looking at policies for making it available at other terminals.
What about light pollution? One row of T-5 lights has to be “adjusted significantly,” was the reply. They added that work already has been done to keep the lights aimed down.
Holy Rosary Church has two summertime projects they want you to know about – including one that has temporarily silenced the church’s bells. Here’s the notice they asked us to share with you:
Heads up if you’ll be traveling through the Avalon Way work zone tonight, and/or if you live in the area: Following up on Monday’s water break, blamed on crews hitting “an unmarked water-service,” they’ll be working tonight to make sure nothing else in the area is “unmarked.” SDOT’s announcement:
Emergency night work tonight:
In an effort to identify all existing water service lines in the vicinity of our utility work, crews will be completing excavation at the water main at SW Avalon Way tonight starting at 7 PM and will continue through the night. Excavation around the water main is needed to identify unmarked waterlines and prevent future water utility interruptions to our progress. Work must be performed at night to be least impactful to traffic. No water shut offs are expected. If you have problems with your water tonight, please contact Seattle Public Utilities at 206-386-1800.
*At 7 PM, SW Avalon Way will be restricted to a single lane of traffic at SW Charlestown St
*Flaggers will be in place tonight to help alternative traffic through the work zone
*Please expect delays if you are traveling along SW Avalon Way after 7 PM
*Work will be noisy and will take place for several hours
Though it’s graduation night tonight for our two standalone public high schools, Seattle Public Schools‘ last day of classes is still two weeks away. Not the case for independent/parochial schools:
Seattle Police posted those photos along with this SPD Blotter report about a West Seattle incident:
Officers arrested a man and seized multiple firearms and bladed weapons after he threatened his roommate with a samurai sword.
Officers were called to the 5400 block of 18 Avenue SW. When the arrived they spoke with the 61 year-old victim who stated his 62-year-old roommate began swinging a sword at him over a rent dispute.
Police took the suspect into custody without incident. Officers then worked with a judge to obtain a warrant for the residence and recovered seven firearms, three swords, two fixed blade knives, and a bayonet.
Officers booked the suspect into King County Jail for investigation of Domestic Violence threats.
If you or someone you know is suffering from domestic violence and would like help, the city has many resources to assist you.
The report doesn’t mention when this happened but Tweets by Beat lists an incident in that area on Sunday.
With nine days to go until this year’s Morgan Junction Community Festival (10 am-4 pm Saturday, June 22nd), it’s time to rev up the previews. First, a longtime hallmark of the free festival – chances to get creative. Here are some of the highlights, as announced by organizers:
New! Art Zone specifically created for tweens, made possible by a SPARKS Department of Neighborhoods grant.
For the past 12 years, the Festival has offered arts and crafts activities geared to younger children with around 100 children participating each year. The festival committee explored expanding art activities to appeal to middle-school kids and applied for and received the grant, which will pay for the art materials and art zone setup.
K-8 art teacher Dani Myers from St. Francis of Assisi School in Burien has designed a program of six fun art projects and encourages all tweens and teens to participate. These projects are: paint pouring, a mesmerizing technique that creates designs as you pour specialized paint on a surface to create beautiful colors and designs; watercolor painting, discover basic techniques to paint small landscapes and skyscapes; printmaking, make multiple copies of an image you’ve created using a simple block printing process; use plaster gauze and paint to create a simple sculpture; and create a work of art you can play with too with fluffy colorful slime. And the best news is, no prior art experience is necessary, just get involved and have fun!
The arts and craft zone with projects for younger children starts at 10:00 and continues until 4:00.
The Spatter of Morgan starts at 1:15 and wraps up at 2:30 in the park expansion area. Festivalgoers can blast away with pressurized water toys filled with paint to create a colorful, chaotic “mural.”
The festival is held in and around Morgan Junction Park (6413 California SW). WSB is among the community co-sponsors. More previews to come – next up, why dogs are very welcome at this festival!
(Rufous Hummingbird with lupin flower, photographed by Trileigh Tucker)
Welcome to a cooler Thursday! Here are highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
WEST SEATTLE ART WALK: 5 pm “until late,” venues around West Seattle welcome you with art displays and/or food and beverage specials for Art Walk-ers. The venue list/map is just the start:
Another venue: HomeStreet Bank (4022 SW Alaska; WSB sponsor) is open 5-7:15 pm for you to see the creations from the art contest for this year’s West Seattle Garden Tour (coming up June 23rd) as well as “some additional works.” Help HomeStreet support the Garden Tour, which itself supports other nonprofits … And it’s the last Art Walk at Wallflower Custom Framing (4735 42nd SW), which is closing soon. Featured tonight: A retrospective by Jessica Creager. Wallflower’s closing sale continues, too. … More Art Walk highlights in this roundup on the Art Walk website.
WORDS, WRITERS, WEST SEATTLE: 6 pm at Southwest Library:
Chief Seattle wrote nothing down during his life, yet his words — both real and imagined — are known throughout the world. The result is a man made up of both historical and fictional aspects, from which conflicting messages can be gleaned.
David M. Buerge, a biographer and a historian to the Duwamish Tribe, Seattle’s mother’s people, spent more than 20 years exploring the man from a variety of sources to reveal a leader of epic character. He was a warrior, an orator, a benefactor, and a visionary who helped found the city that bears his name, Seattle, the largest city in the world named after a Native American.
Chief Seattle’s vision was ambitious: a prosperous, multiracial city. But toward the end of Seattle’s life, he saw that vision become a tragedy. In the current century, is Seattle the city edging any closer to the vision of Seattle the man? Buerge explores this complex figure to uncover how one man’s story still shapes the identity of the city.
Free. (9010 35th SW)
SOUL NIGHT: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
7:33 AM: Good morning. Cooler weather today. One alert, from WSDOT: “On the northbound SR 509 on-ramp from West Marginal Way there is a collision partially blocking the ramp.”
Some transit/traffic notes:
FERRY WORK: Late-night sailing cancellations continue on the Triangle Route, for work to try to quiet down loading/unloading noise.
NB 99 PRE-TUNNEL EXIT: Viaduct demolition is moving south and some Alaskan Way lane closures could affect traffic here starting tomorrow, WSDOT warns.
4TH AVENUE SW: Tomorrow, there’ll be a one-day closure south of Roxbury.
8:19 AM: Road work reported on the right lane of the eastbound West Seattle Bridge.