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West Seattleites honored with SPD’s Outstanding Community Member Awards

One more note from Delridge Day: That’s where Seattle Police presented this year’s Outstanding Community Member Awards for the Southwest Precinct area. The honorees:

Terry Hirata is senior housing manager for the Seattle Housing Auhority in High Point. SPD expressed appreciation because he “has helped establish and maintain trust with the police and High Point residents.”

Karen Berge and Deb Greer lead the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network, hailed by SPD because they “work with the Crime Prevention Coordinator to disseminate information to our community members, and create and maintain Block Watch groups throughout our precinct.”

Lora Radford, executive director of the West Seattle Junction Association, was honored for launching our area’s first Business Block Watch and serving as “a wonderful point of contact for the Alaska Junction businesses in the Block Watch and for the SW Precinct Community Police Team.”

(Photo courtesy Karen Berge/Deb Greer)

That’s us, your WSB co-publishers, Patrick Sand and Tracy Record. We received appreciation for “disseminat(ing) an immense amount of information, including meetings and event announcements, crime prevention newsletters, and crime and offender patterns.” Publishing lots of info, quickly, accurately, and ethically, is our job – our mission – and we’re glad to still be doing it after almost 12 years. We especially appreciate continued community collaboration – reader reports, tips, questions … thank you, and thanks to SPD for the recogniion.

P.S. In the photos, at left and right respectively, are SPD Assistant Chief Eric Greening and SW Precinct Operations Commander Lt. Steve Strand.


On a quiet Saturday night, turkey sightings to share:

That photo was sent by Monica Zaborac, who spotted The West Seattle Turkey (aka Admiral Belvidere) atop a car. The Turkey seems to have a taste for dandelions, as noticed by West Seattle visitor Tommy Jamison:

Tommy is visiting from Auxtin, Texas; friend Dan Ciske forwarded the photo. Another round of dandelion snacking was caught on video by Rob Braby:

The turkey’s origins remain a mystery, after 3 1/2 months of sightings.

UPDATE: Seattle Fire ‘full response’ in North Admiral = never mind

5:47 PM: Seattle Fire is sending a “full response” to a possible house fire in North Admiral, 1600 block of Palm SW [map]. Initial report: Smoke in a closet. Updates to come.

5:54 PM: Turns out to have been a false alarm; per radio exchange, the smoke is from something “next door” and not a problem.

GRATITUDE: WestSide Baby’s 2019 Stuff the Bus diaper drive sets a record

August 10, 2019 4:59 pm
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WestSide Baby says this year’s Stuff the Bus diaper drive was bigger than ever and is thanking everyone who helped. They sent the photos and wrap-up:

WestSide Baby STUFFed THE BUS even fuller this year, engaging West Seattle AND other communities around Western King County!

Since WestSide Baby was founded in 2001, diapers, clothing, safety equipment and more have been distributed to a growing number of children each year. Last year, WestSide Baby distributed over $3.5 million worth of basic needs items to families all around western King County, from Auburn to West Seattle to Shoreline.

Each summer, WestSide Baby hosts Seattle’s largest diaper drive, Stuff the Bus and this year the community collected and donated a record high number of diapers – over 403,000! They do this each year because in King County 23% of families are unable to afford diapers and WestSide Baby’s vision is for every child to have the basic items they need to thrive.

“Engaging with our most loyal and long-time donors like many folks in West Seattle while also reaching out to new communities was the best of all possibilities for success. We also began stuffing the bus earlier this year – in May – which allowed us to work with even more schools and daycares before they broke for summer vacation,” shared Nancy Woodland, WestSide Baby Executive Director. “We are thrilled this decision paid off!”

Additionally, WestSide Baby’s focus on defining and engaging community throughout their service area allowed them to engage in meaningful conversation about diaper need and WestSide Baby’s impact on a more relational level. At West Seattle Summer Fest, WestSide Baby and Global Visionaries were the beneficiaries of ticket sales for the kids’ play area, allowing WestSide Baby staff and volunteers to have meaningful conversations with these parents and families in a new way this summer.

By partnering with QFC, WestSide Baby was able to collect over 20,000 diapers in most needed sizes (5 & 6) through community monetary donations at stores throughout the county. QFC was the 2019 presenting sponsor for Stuff the Bus and both West Seattle locations participated with success.

Other stand out Stuff the Bus diaper drives include:

Top Individual Driver: Kaila Lightner—11,731 diapers (1st year hosting a drive!)
Top Business Driver: Fit4Mom West Seattle—1,838 diapers
Top Daycare/School Driver: MightyKidz Daycare—6,340 diapers (1st year hosting a drive!)

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Stuff the Bus!

Though the drive is over, WS Baby still welcomes help year-round – in multiple ways.

PHOTOS, VIDEO: Delridge Day 2019!

11:38 AM: The rain’s gone, the sun’s trying to emerge, and Delridge Day 2019 is on! Above, Khmer dancers launched the festival’s Cultural Stage performances. The rest of the schedule:

11:45 am – Brazilian Dancers
12:30 pm – John Fanene, Polynesian singer
1:15 pm – Jazz Night School band

The Cultural Stage is on the north side of Delridge Community Center Park (Delridge/Genesee/26th). Next to the center is the music stage, where Yesod is playing now, to be followed by:

Noon – The Slags
1 pm – Mode Music Studios students
2 pm – Joe Brazil Legacy Jazz Band

Also here: Dozens of community organizations and vendors with booths/tables, the Urban Survival Skills Fair, Southwest Precinct police-presented Picnic, a backpack giveaway with Eastridge Church inside the center…

… and more. It’s all on until 3 pm. One change because of the rain: The skateboarding competition at the skatepark will start at 2 pm.

12:06 PM: Brazilian dancers are on the Cultural Stage now:

Elsewhere on the festival grounds, you can learn while having fun – preparedness is anything but dull at the Urban Survival Skills Fair (look for the BIG tent):

The festival isn’t called Delridge Day only on behalf of its location – you can find out about east West Seattle groups and activities too. Next to our booth, Highland Park Improvement Club has everything from T-shirts to info about the many events HPIC presents:

On the other side of us, just south of the Cultural Stage, are the community volunteers who coordinate Delridge Day. Over at the Police Picnic, a fingerprinting demonstration:

More dancing!

12:44 PM: Over on the Music Stage, some rock ‘n’ roll!

1:15 PM: Hungry? Off The Rez food truck is here, parked by the Delridge CC entrance:

Today’s menu includes frybread, tacos, and burgers. The view of the festival grounds from the center of the park:

Jazz Night School students are on the Cultural Stage right now:

Mode Music Studios (WSB sponsor) on the stage by the center building.

Something else that happened: The SPD’s Community Awards were announced. Separate story on that later! And as part of the Sustainable West Seattle GreenLife Expo, “Diver Laura” James is giving festivalgoers a chance to view the Virtual Salish Sea:

2:10 PM: Final hour of Delridge Day – hurry up and get here if you haven’t been already! The skateboarding competition has begun over at the skatepark (delayed a few hours so the morning rainfall’s residue could evaporate). Lessons too, with Skate Like a Girl:

The festival is also a great opportunity to ask questions, get info, even register to vote. Thanks to all the kind folks who have stopped by our booth to say hi. And props to the organizers – here’s four of them:

From left, Larry Winkler, Pete Spalding, Chas Redmond, Michael Taylor-Judd. Not pictured, Ron Angeles, who was here when we stopped by two hours before the start to be sure it wasn’t going to be rained out. (Added: Also, Ann Martin!) Organizing a festival takes months of work leading up to the big day and they’re all volunteers.

3:01 PM: The festival’s officially over but because of the rain-delayed start, skateboarding’s still on. Meantime, a bit more music:

(Find out more about them at And Stu Hennessey from Alki Bike and Board (WSB sponsor) has been giving bike tours:

Sunshine’s hitting full strength – enjoy the rest of your Saturday!

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: 2 stolen cars to watch for

August 10, 2019 11:27 am
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Two stolen cars reported by readers: A Kia Spectra (added: tan color), plate AOZ1767, taken near Westwood Village on Friday afternoon, and a white Audi Q5 taken overnight from 47th/College (added: plate AXZ3291). If you see either, call 911.

Delridge Day and 10 more for your West Seattle Saturday

(Juvenile osprey, probably on one of its first flights, reports photographer Mark Wangerin)

Welcome to August’s second weekend! Off to a rainy start; most events are usually “rain or shine” but we’ll update if we hear of any changes. (The National Weather Service says the showers are expected to decrease later this morning.) From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

DELRIDGE DAY: 11 am-3 pm at Delridge Community Center and Park, a free festival full of fun is scheduled. Entertainment, activities, a skating competition, the Urban Survival Skills Fair, backpack giveaway, the Southwest Precinct Picnic with treats and police-equipment demos, Sustainable West Seattle‘s GreenLife Expo, more. WSB is a community co-sponsor and we’ll be on site for as-it-happens coverage. More in our preview. (4501 Delridge Way SW) *UPDATE: The festival is on. The skateboard competition, however, is delayed until 2 pm.*

BASEBALL TRYOUTS: 9U-14U tryouts for Seattle Rawlings Tigers baseball, 12 pm at Southwest Athletic Complex. Info’s in our calendar listing. (2801 SW Thistle)

‘STORIES OF THE STARS’: 3-4 pm at West Seattle (Admiral) Library – “‘The Stories of the Stars’ is a non-stop kid-friendly puppet-romp full of excitement and fun for everyone.” (2306 42nd SW)

TASTE AND LEARN: Maguey Melate Night at Mission Cantina (WSB sponsor), 4:30-6:30 pm, mezcal tastings and menu favorites. 21+. More info and tickets here. (2325 Caliornia SW)

PIZZA AT THE P-PATCH: 5-8 pm at Barton Street P-Patch, all are welcome for an evening of fresh-baked pizza in the garden oven, plus music! (34th/Barton)

SUNRISE HEIGHTS BLOCK PARTY: Live in Sunrise Heights? 5-10 pm, join your neighbors! (29th SW between Othello and Webster)

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: GreenStage presents “Henry IV” at 7 pm in Lincoln Park. Free! (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

ROO FORREST AND FRIENDS: 7 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor). No cover, all ages. (5612 California SW)

RAY SKJELBRED TRIO: 7:30 pm at Kenyon Hall, Ray is “joined by bassist Matt Weiner and saxophonist Jacob Zimmerman — sweet jazz for a summer evening.” Ticket info in our calendar listing. (7904 35th SW)

‘9 TO 5, THE MUSICAL’: New Twelfth Night Productions show continues tonight at the West Seattle High School Theater, 7:30 pm. Ticketing info and more here. (3000 California SW)

SUMMER JAMS VOL. 2: Hot musical lineup at Parliament Tavern, 8 pm. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

ANY CHANGES … because of the weather, please text/call us – our 24-hour hotline is 206-293-6302 – so we can update; thank you!

TRAFFIC ALERT: Tree branch on Admiral Way

Thanks for the tip on this rainy (but expected to lighten later) morning! Texter reports a tree branch down in the southbound lanes of Admiral Way near City View. They’ve called SDOT (206-386-1218 is the 24-hour trouble line) and were told a crew’s on the way.