West Seattle, Washington
The folks at Highland Park Improvement Club know how to have fun – it’s the neighborhood community center with events from a monthly pop-up bar party to an annual noisemaking New Year’s Eve parade. And they are excited to be getting ready for a really big event – HPIC’s centennial celebration this Saturday. What you see above is one of the games you’ll be able to play at the party. It won’t be a pretentious past-centric sitdown … but rather an 11 am-3 pm open house (with a few “short talks” at 1 pm) with lots to see and do. HPIC has been counting down all year, with each monthly first-Friday Corner Bar event celebrating a specific decade. Those banners will be on display, along with other items from HPIC’s history. No admission charge. Just bring yourself, your family, friends, neighbors, and help HPIC honor the past while looking to its future. HPIC is at 1116 SW Holden.
6:55 PM: Haven’t been out on tonight’s West Seattle Art Walk yet?
Jewelry is the star of the show at Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor), which just sent that photo. Stop in before 8 pm Also in The Junction:
Billy King is one of the artists at tonight’s pop-up in what’s been nicknamed “West Seattle’s Up House,” a little house between big buildings at 4526 42nd SW. See Jillian Kimball Alvis‘s work there too, before 8 pm. Some venues are open later; see the map/list in our full preview.
7:20 PM: One more stop – Carpe Diem Collective at 3834 California SW:
Congratulations to two local high-school soccer players who signed letters of intent this week:
The family of West Seattle resident Cece Crosby, who plays for Kennedy Catholic High School in Burien, sent the photo and announcement:
Cece Crosby will be attending San Jose State University to play D1 soccer on an athletic scholarship. She sighed her national letter of intent Wednesday. Her parents are Curt and Kandie Trenary.
And West Seattle High School announced Lilli Bedell‘s signing via Twitter:
Congratulations Lilli Bedell on signing your National Letter of Intent with Creighton University! 👏🏼🙌🏼⚽️😼🐾 #GoJays #BigEast #CollegiateWildcats #noplacelikewestseattle @westseattleblog @SPSAthletics206 @SeaPubSchools @CreightonWSoc @BIGEAST pic.twitter.com/76GYnpCrwx
— WSHS Athletics (@WSHSAthletics1) November 14, 2019
Both girls’ current teams went into postseason play this year.
The photo is from Steve, who hopes you will be on the lookout for his car, stolen overnight from Arrowhead Gardens in southeast West Seattle. It’s a Subaru Legacy Wagon, plates ARP2064, gray with cracked windshield and scrapes and dents, and he discovered it missing just as he needed to leave for work this morning. He adds, “Just got my Good to Go sticker and it has an SHAG Arrowhead Gardens sticker on the back window.” If you see it, call 911.
After two weeks on the Vashon run, the Doc Maynard returns to the West Seattle route this afternoon, and the smaller Spirit of Kingston goes back to backup status. The Doc Maynard had been filling in for the Vashon route’s regular boat, Sally Fox, while it was out for repairs, which have just been completed.
Wireless phone/internet service doesn’t just come via those big towers – it’s also provided by boxes on city utility/streetlight poles. The city’s expecting a lot more of them, so it’s come up with proposed design standards and is asking for your comments. The “small wireless facilities” might be canisters, or panel antennas, and the proposed standards – which you can review here – are very specific about the allowable size and height. The proposed standard also specify where these should not be installed. See images of the suggested designs here; you can comment through November 27th here.
Three West Seattle development notes:
4800 ERSKINE CANCELED: The project proposed to replace the 7-11 in The Junction is “no longer happening,” according to a city docket notation related to what was logged as a “withdrawal request.” The project had an Early Design Outreach meeting last spring, at which time it was described as a mixed-use project with ~66 apartments. That project had a long timeline anyway, the then-team explained, as the 7-11 lease was described at the April meeting as being in effect until 2023.
MORE 26TH SW DEVELOPMENT: There’s another project on 26th SW south of Westwood Village. 9441 26th SW is in the Early Design Outreach system with a proposal for 4 single-family houses to be added to the one currently on the site. (We reported last month on 10 townhouses proposed to replace a house at 9256 26th SW.)
9020 15TH SW REDEVELOPMENT: A notice in today’s Land Use Information Bulletin says the house at this site is proposed for replacement with 6 new single-family houses. The application is open for comments for two weeks.
Highlights for the rest of your Thursday, mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
KAREN MASON BLAIR BOOK SIGNING: 4-8 pm at Easy Street Records, meet the rock photographer and buy her new book. (California/Alaska)
WEST SEATTLE ART WALK: Art and music tonight, in The Junction and beyond, 5 pm “until late”! Here’s the venue list/map:
Many of the artists are previewed on the WSAW website, as we noted earlier this week. You’re also invited to enjoy another Art of Music performance, with Byron Street Swing performing 6-7:40 pm at Great American Diner/Bar. (4752 California SW)
UPGRADED PLAYGROUND FOR DELRIDGE? If you’re interested, be at this brief community meeting, 5:45 pm. A teacher/parent is leading the project to improve the playground at Louisa Boren STEM K-8, for use by the community too. (5950 Delridge Way SW)
EMILY LYNN PAULSON: Author of “Highlight Real: Finding Honesty and Recovery Beyond the Filtered Life,” at Paper Boat Booksellers, 6-7 pm. (6040 California SW)
OPEN MIC FOR ALL: 7-9 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), all ages, all genres, all skill levels. (5612 California SW)
CECIL MOSES & THE SG’S: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern: “Another Thursday Sandbox with Bobby Heinemann featuring Cecil Moses & The SGs.” $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
SEE WHAT ELSE IS UP AND/OR LOOK AHEAD … by browsing our complete calendar!
Family and friends will gather December 21st for Jake Rebar‘s memorial. Here’s the remembrance they are sharing with his community:
John V. “Call me Jake” Rebar
West Seattle lost one of their lifelong staples after 84 years. Jake Rebar went to be with the lord on the morning of November 8th, 2019 after passing from natural causes.
Jake was born October 11, 1935 in Great Falls, MT. He was raised in West Seattle and would always return after his work abroad as an accountant.
He was first and foremost a devout Catholic. He was a great friend to many, including his cherished grade-school friends which he still enjoyed having lunch with once a week. He had a terrific sense of humor and was an eloquent writer as anyone who read his holiday newsletter would know! He always lamented that “work” was just a four-letter word, that he tried it and didn’t like it, yet in retirement he maintained files and checklists as if he was operating a fortune 500 company. Some have even been known to say Jake was a frugal man or as a little birdy may have put it “cheap,” “cheap,” but never with his friends or charitable contributions.
He lived his best life, which afforded him a college degree in accounting from Seattle U, small business ownership with his brother Dick with the Tug Tavern and Jake’s Place, a family, the chance to marry the love of his life, travel, and most of all, friendship. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, especially every dog in the neighborhoods where he pounded the pavement to whom he offered a friendly pat and a little treat while on his way to church or the Y.
A very special thanks to Jake’s dear friend Tim Law for providing the family several extra months we may not have had without his friendship.
Jake is preceded in death by his parents Victor and Vivian as well as his brothers Jim and Dick and sister Joyce. He is survived by his three sons, Sean (Tracie), James (Katy), and Rich (Jessica) as well as many nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.
Services will be held for Jake at Holy Rosary in West Seattle on Saturday, December 21st, 2019 at 10 a.m. There will be a reception afterward next door at the elementary school.
To share your condolences & fond memories of Jake with his Family & Friends for generations to come, please visit his Online Memorial at: www.emmickfunerals.com/notices/Jake-Rebar
(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to firstname.lastname@example.org)
6:57 AM: Good morning. We start with word of a crash on the eastbound West Seattle Bridge: SDOT says it’s in the right lane just before the ramp to 99. No SFD dispatch so far.
7:43 AM: The crash has been cleared.
9 AM: From SDOT: “WS Bridge inspections starting after 9 am. We’ll start with westbound lane closure then switch to eastbound side, avoiding peak traffic directions.”
12:47 AM: Police are blocking Admiral Way in both directions at 57th SW. According to emergency radio, there’s an injured man on the road, and SFD was dispatched to check him out. Police report there was no collision involved – but a driver stopped at the scene to protect the injured man until help arrived.
1:39 AM: SFD has closed out the call.