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West Seattle Christmas lights: Festive in Fauntlee Hills

Three weeks until Christmas Eve – so it’s time to start highlighting West Seattle displays! We appreciate your tips every year. First tip we received this season was from Jim, advising us to check out his brother Ken‘s display at 39th SW and SW Trenton in Fauntlee Hills. So we went by tonight.

Fauntlee Hills is known for more than a few extra-bright displays, but this one truly shines. No way to capture all its characters in one photo, so we recorded a video walk-by too:

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DEVELOPMENT: What we learned at otherwise-unattended ‘early outreach’ for 9201 Delridge …

(2018 WSB photo of project site)

Tonight’s “early community outreach” meeting for the revised 9201 Delridge Way SW project was devoid of community members.

20 minutes after the promoted 6 pm start time, it was still your editor and six members of the project team, led by Caron Architecture, at Jim Wiley Community Center in Greenbridge.

So we asked Caron CEO Radim Blazej and his team a few questions about the project, which, as first reported here in October, pivoted from self-storage to residential/retail mixed-use

They say the current plan is for 46 apartments – not microstudios, but “regular” apartments – and three live-work units, in a five-story building with about 2,000 square feet of retail space. Ideally that’ll go to an F&B (food/beverage) tenant, but that depends on how leasing goes. Though no offstreet car parking is required, they’re looking at about 20 underground spaces, plus spots for 50 bicycles. They are not proposing any zoning exceptions (“departures”). The project will have to go through the Southwest Design Review Board and is likely to start that process “in the first part of 2020.” The site has not been sold – same ownership is developing the new project, which doesn’t have an official name, so it’s going by the working title “Delridge Apartments.” Its residential entry will be off SW Bartpn.

SURVEY: Through Thursday night (December 5th), you can provide feedback via this survey.

WHAT’S NEXT: Watch for that first Design Review Board meeting next year.

UPDATE: About the helicopter over North Delridge

7:06 PM: We’re getting some questions about Guardian One over North Delridge. They’re backing up SPD as they check out a suspicious car pulled over at Delridge/Andover.

7:20 PM: The scene cleared before we arrived.

7:41 PM: Guardian One made note of its assistance via Twitter:

YOU CAN HELP! Seola Pond awaits your assistance, and you’ll get a gift too

(Photo courtesy Healthy Lands Project)

While next weekend jingles with many possibilities for holiday fun, there’s also an opportunity for giving that won’t cost you anything but a little time: Saturday will bring a volunteer planting party to Seola Pond (30th SW/SW 105th; map), in support of the long-running community-led work to restore it. The Healthy Lands Project invites you to “come and get hands-on experience planting native shrubs and trees and removing weeds with your neighbors to help make the green space a better place for people and nature.” It’s happening 10 am-1 pm Saturday (December 7th). You’ll get lunch and “warm beverages”; you’ll also get a free native plant to take home. RSVP here if you think you can help!

VIDEO: South Delridge shooter recorded – recognize him?

That security video just made public by Seattle Police shows the shooter in Monday’s South Delridge incident that sent a man to the hospital. Recognize him? Here’s another look:

SPD says the victim was shot during a robbery while he was “delivering an item sold on a secondhand goods website.” If you have a tip about the shooter, call the SPD Robbery Unit at 206-684-5535, or call 911.

FOLLOWUP: West Seattle’s 4th pedestrian death of 2019 confirmed

Though the woman hit by a driver at 42nd/Oregon last Wednesday was initially described as in stable condition, she has died. That was initially reported by a commenter and we’ve confirmed it today; SDOT, which tracks collision data, says SPD notified them that the crash was fatal. That would be the 4th West Seattle pedestrian death this year. SDOT’s Vision Zero coordinator Brad Topol replied to a citizen inquiry and also forwarded the reply to WSB with this summary of the police report:

Based on a witness statement from a southbound driver (not involved in collision) a pedestrian was crossing midblock south of the 42nd Ave and Oregon intersection. The pedestrian was crossing from west to east and entered the roadway between two parked vehicles. The pedestrian was struck by a northbound driver traveling at a “reasonable speed” (20-25 mph estimated by witness).

This year’s previous three fatal incidents were all in July:

-July 26, Jefferson Square parking lot (victim was 93-year-old Dorothy Wright)
-July 15, Admiral Way near 57th (fatality confirmed via SDOT, though victim was never publicly identifie)
-July 3, SW Barton by Westwood Village (victim was 78-year-old Josefina Quimson)

So far as we can find in court records, only one of those incidents has to date resulted in a citation, the one in Jefferson Square, for “failure to yield right of way when backing up,” resulting in a $136 fine. The SW Barton driver was arrested for suspected DUI but to date has not been charged.

Looking ahead to high school? Events coming up @ WSHS, CSIHS

December 3, 2019 1:17 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle schools

Two events of interest coming up for families with future high-school students:

WSHS PROSPECTIVE PARENT NIGHT: This Thursday (December 5th), 6:30-8 pm, West Seattle High School is hosting Prospective Parent Night. From the school newsletter Westside Weekly:

Meet in the theater to learn about course offerings from 6:30-7. Students will lead tours from 7 to 8. Finally, during the 7 to 8 hour, there will be a department fair where you can meet the department heads, review texts and participate in Q&A.

CSIHS PROSPECTIVE STUDENT NIGHT: 6-7 pm Thursday, December 12th, Chief Sealth International High School invites prospective students and their families to visit. Here’s the flyer with details, sent by the school:

FOLLOWUP: 26th SW pavement investigation under way

This is a followup as well as a traffic alert – that crew is working on 26th SW between Roxbury and Barton right now, as part of investigative work previewed here last week. As explained in the notice featured in that preview, the crew is “drilling 6 geotechnical boreholes in the roadway” to learn more about the pavement failure that neighbors say shakes their homes when buses go by. Metro says new paving is expected as part of the RapidRide H Line conversion, though I-976 might affect funding availability. This work is expected to continue through tomorrow.

What’s up for your West Seattle Tuesday

December 3, 2019 9:49 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(Yellow-rumped Warbler, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

TALK ABOUT NEW PLAN FOR 9201 DELRIDGE: As we first reported in October, the self-storage plan for this site has been scrapped and now a mixed-use building is planned. Come talk with the project team at the “early community outreach for Design Review” meeting, 6 pm at the Jim Wiley Community Center in Greenbridge. (9800 8th SW)

FREE CLASS: Learn “hands-only CPR” and stroke awareness, 6 pm at High Point Community Center. (6920 34th SW)

WEST SEATTLE BIKE CONNECTIONS: 6:30 pm monthly meeting has a location change – “at Ounces Taproom & Beer Garden, for a social gathering instead of a regular meeting, Everyone welcome, including kids. Beanfish food truck is scheduled to be there, too.” (3809 Delridge Way SW)

TUESDAY TRIVIA: “West Seattle’s sassiest trivia,” 8:30 pm with Devon at Admiral Pub. 21+. (2306 California SW)

THERE’S MORE on our full calendar.

Memorial planned Friday for John J. Musso, 1919-2019

Family and friends will gather Friday to remember John J. Musso, and are sharing this remembrance with the community:

John J. Musso was born on March 23, 1919, in San Pablo, California and passed away on November 27, 2019 in Seattle at the age of 100.

John was the fifth child of Stefano and Dominica Musso. He grew up on a ranch in Richmond, California with his seven siblings, and moved to Seattle at the age of 18 to work for his cousin at the Oberto Sausage Company. He was the company’s third employee. Johnny worked there doing a variety of jobs: from hand tying salami and sausage, to becoming the plant manager.

He served in World War II as a gun crewman in heavy artillery and was honorably discharged. After the war, he returned to Seattle to work for Oberto Sausage Company, where he eventually retired at the age of 92. He met his wife of 51 years, Fay Campagnaro Musso, in West Seattle and married her on January 7, 1950. He was a beloved father to their three children: Gina, Lisa, and Donald Musso. Johnny loved his family above all else and supported them in every way. He, Fay, and their cousins Art and Dorothy Oberto began the annual Oberto Family Reunion 50 years ago to bring the family together and celebrate another year.

Johnny also loved playing and watching sports. Although he enjoyed supporting his grandchildren in everything they did, he especially enjoyed rooting for them as an avid fan at their sporting events. He was a fixture at every meet, match, and game in which they participated.

He is survived by his three children, Gina Musso (Joe James), Lisa Musso McCluskey (the late Brian McCluskey), and Donald Musso; his six grandchildren, Micole Wyman (Kelly), Cia Nipper (Brandon), Nicholas McCluskey (Lee), Bianca, Vincent, and Anthony McCluskey; his great-granddaughter, Scarlett Wyman; and his sisters, Bette Piatanida and Emma Arrington.

He was preceded in death, by his wife, Fay; his brothers, Dominic (Marta) and Steve (Helene) Musso; his sisters, Lucy (John) Giacoletto, Lena Brown, and Marie Hilbauch; his brothers- and sisters-in-law Mario (Betty), and Aldo (Ida) Campagnaro and brother in laws Ambrose Piatanida and Royal Arrington.

A rosary service will be held at Holy Rosary Church at 10:15 AM on Friday, December 6, 2019, with a funeral mass to follow at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to Kennedy Catholic High School c/o the Development Office: 140 S. 140th St .Burien, WA 98168 or online at:

(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to


(SDOT MAP with travel times/ Is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE/ West Seattle-relevant traffic cams HERE)

6:58 AM: Good morning. Just dispatched, police are checking a report of a crash on the eastbound West Seattle Bridge by the 4th Avenue exit.

7:08 AM: SDOT camera shows police arriving at this scene near the gore point past the 4th exit. No injuries reported.

7:11 AM: And that scene has cleared.