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CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUPS: Shooting, robbery, tool-theft suspects in court

Three suspects who were charged two weeks ago in unrelated West Seattle cases all appeared for arraignment today before King County Superior Court Judge Patrick Oishi. Here’s what happened, according to court documents:

ALKI SHOOTING: 21-year-old Allan D. Hawley was arraigned on 2 counts of first-degree assault, filed against him in the February 2nd Alki Beach shooting that left two other men injured. Hawley requested that his $400,000 bail be reduced, but the judge said no, so he remains in King County Jail. His record includes 1 felony conviction, as a juvenile, in a burglary case.

JUNCTION ROBBERY: 38-year-old Monique S. Anderson also was arraigned today. She is charged with one count of second-degree robbery, accused of getting violent while trying to steal sunglasses from West Seattle Optix in The Junction on February 5th. Anderson also requested a bail reduction; that motion was denied and she remains jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail. Her record includes three adult felonies and one juvenile felony.

TOOL THEFT/BUYBACK STING: 31-year-old Jared M. Bruce had already been released on personal recognizance by the time he was charged in this case. When charges of attempted stolen-property trafficking and unlawuful gun possession were filed, his bail was raised to $75,000. Though he has 17 adult felony convictions (along with 8 juvenile felonies), he remains out of custody, now ordered to be an electronic home detention. He told the court he’ll be living in Lakewood.

MEMORIAL: Celebration of Jan Seeley’s life on March 4th

February 24, 2020 8:20 pm
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 |   Obituaries | West Seattle news | West Seattle people

ORIGINAL 2/24 POST: When longtime West Seattle community member – and WSB community participant – Jan Seeley died last November, her family announced a memorial on what would have been her next birthday, and promised a reminder when the date approached. That date is Wednesday, March 4th, so it’s time for that reminder. Jan’s daughter Jess sent the details:

3-6 pm March 4th
The Hall at Fauntleroy (9131 California SW)

Please join us to celebrate the life of Janet Seeley. We’ll be gathering in the Vashon Room at The Hall at Fauntleroy in West Seattle. Please bring your memories to share. Some wine and beer will be available, and also potluck foods as mentioned below.

We will be collecting donations for the West Seattle Food Bank if you’d like to give back in some way. This was a resource that was there for her in some hard times, and I’d love our community to support them! The links here are lists that the food bank needs, rather than just canned goods from the pantry.

Food drive wish list

Backpack wish list

This will be a potluck event, so please consider bringing a dish to share. Make sure if you bring a dish, that you bring it back home with you when you are done, we do not need leftovers. Here is a sign up sheet.

In the WSB Community Forums and comments, Ms. Seeley went by JanS. Here’s her obituary, published here December 1st.

MARCH 1ST: Jan’s daughter says this is canceled for now due to illness.

BIZNOTE: Ex-beer, future coffee

Two years after Tap Station closed at 35th/Kenyon, the next tenant is working to overhaul the space. Readers have noted the work going on, and today we finally found someone there who confirmed to us that – as suggested in permit files – it’ll be a new branch of Realfine Coffee. Julie Mierzwiak opened Realfine at 4480 Fauntleroy Way SW in fall 2015, and added a Capitol Hill shop a year and a half ago. We’re told the work on the new shop is proceeding relatively slowly, so it’s still likely months away from opening.

SAVE THE DATE! West Seattle 5K 2020

(WSB photo from 2019 West Seattle 5K)

As noted in today’s edition of the West Seattle High School newsletter Westside Weekly, the date is set for this year’s West Seattle 5K – Sunday, May 17th. It’s the 12th annual run/walk to raise money for the WSHS PTA to help students; WSB has been a sponsor every year since the start, and we’ve signed on again. THey’re still seeking more sponsors, so if your business/organization is interested, email Meantime, if you just want to run/walk – the route’s along Alki – stay tuned, as registration opens soon.

FOLLOWUP: What’s happened since sudden closure of West Seattle Licenses

(WSB photo from January)

West Seattle has been without a vehicle-licensing office for almost two months now, and that isn’t going to end very soon. As first reported here in late December, longtime subagent West Seattle Licenses closed at year’s end, with information emerging a week later of an investigation into “improper transactions made by employees at the office.” Meantime, King County – which administers the contracts for offices like this – said it would be looking for a new subagent to serve this area. So today we checked back on where things stand. Regarding that search, county spokesperson Cameron Satterfield told WSB that the Request for Proposals is being finalized and “the posting should go up late this week or early next week.” (You can watch for that here.) As for the investigation, we checked with the state Department of Licensing, which told us there’s nothing new yet – they’re continuing what they call an “administrative review (of) irregularities” since receiving the records and equipment after West Seattle Licenses closed.

SUMMER PLAYGROUND PROGRAM: 3 West Seattle sites. Now – the search for providers

February 24, 2020 11:56 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle parks

Even before winter’s end (three and a half weeks!), it’s time to plan for summer. The city’s Summer Playground Program will include three West Seattle parks this year, and an announcement today opens the search for program providers:

Seattle Parks and Recreation is seeking individuals, groups, or organizations to provide culturally relevant, safe, active and reliable programs to the community through the Summer Playground Program. The focus of the Summer Playground Program is to provide free healthy meals, as well as fun, innovative and active programs at park sites across Seattle that will have a positive impact on the children, families, and communities of Seattle. The Summer Playground Program will run from July 6 to August 21, 2020.

The Summer Playground Expanded Recreation Program Request for Proposals (RFP) is targeted to the following SPR locations: Beacon Hill Playground, Brighton Playfield, Judkins Park and Playfield, Madrona Playground, Othello Playground, Pratt Park, Powell Barnett Park, Lakewood Playground, E.C. Hughes Playground, Highland Park, Roxhill Park, Georgetown Playfield, Little Brook Park, and Greenwood Park.

Summer Playground Expanded Recreation RFP applications can be completed and submitted at Applications are due by Tuesday, March 31, 2020 by 11:59 p.m.

You can apply for one or multiple sites. The criteria and other info can be found here.

8 options for the rest of your West Seattle Monday!

February 24, 2020 10:48 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(Townsend’s Warbler, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, highlights for the hours ahead:

TOUR SOUTH SEATTLE COLLEGE: 2 pm, see the campus and find out more about studying there. Sign up here. (6000 16th SW)

AFTERNOON BOOK GROUP: 2 pm at Southwest Library, This month’s book is “The End of the Affair” by Graham Greene. (9010 35th SW)

FREE TAX HELP: 2-7 pm at Delridge Library, reservations not required, as explained here. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

2ND SEATTLE IRON & METALS COMMUNITY TOWN HALL: Care about Duwamish River-vicinity health? Be there, 6 pm at South Park Community Center:

Hear from Seattle Iron and Metals on their progress since the January 2019 settlement over long-running pollution problems at their site. Project delays, improvements made, and other updates community members should expect based on the settlement will be covered. This event is the second Community Town Hall and is a follow up to last year’s gathering. Representatives from Seattle Iron and Metals, Puget Soundkeeper, and the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition (DRCC) will be present to discuss and answer questions from community members.

Here’s our coverage of last year’s briefing. (8319 8th Ave. S.)

ZEN MEDITATION: 7 pm at Fauntleroy UCC, hosted by Puget Sound Zen. All welcome, meditation experience NOT required – details in our calendar listing. (9140 California SW)

3 TRIVIA/QUIZ NIGHTS: Three options tonight:
*Best of Hands Barrelhouse (7500 35th SW; WSB sponsor), 7 pm, $2/person, 21+
*The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW), 7:30 pm, free, all ages
*Parliament Tavern (4210 SW Admiral Way), 8 pm, $2/person, 21+

WHAT’S AHEAD TOMORROW AND BEYOND? Browse our complete Event Calendar!

Just a few days left for you to suggest someone for this year’s Westside Awards

Friday is the nomination deadline for the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce‘s Westside Awards. The awards recognize Business of the Year, Emerging Business of the Year, Not-for-Profit of the Year, and Westsider of the Year. Nominations come from the community – chamber membership is NOT required. Just use this quick form for each nomination. You can go here to see the criteria and lists of past winners. This year’s winners will be honored at the annual Westside Awards breakfast at The Hall at Fauntleroy, 7:30 am (new date) May 5th.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday watch, with new bus pathway

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

6:59 AM: Good morning! No current incidents/alerts in our area.

BACK TO SCHOOL: Seattle Public Schools resume classes today after midwinter break.

NEW BUS PATHWAY: First weekday for most buses from/to West Seattle to use the Columbia Street Transit Pathway downtown. (The map and route list are in our reminder published last night.)

ROAD WORK: As previewed Sunday, work is planned today and tomorrow on 26th SW north of Roxbury.