West Seattle, Washington
It’s been almost a year since first word of mysterious musings, labeled “Notes of Kindness,” turning up around West Seattle. Today, Stewart L. found two of them and sent us photos:
I came across two separate Notes of Kindness on my morning stroll through Don Armeni this morning. Each contained in a plastic sandwich bag. From the numbers on them, looks like there could be a many as 400 of them out there. Someone is making an effort to be kind, which is always appreciated.
These were numbered 173 and 181 of 400 – so if you haven’t happened onto one yet, there’s still hope.
My 1999 Honda CR-V was stolen in front of my house on Tuesday morning at roughly 2 am. I’m guessing they had a set of “jingle keys” that were used to open it and then start it.
I would love to find it. The car was parked in the 1600 block of 42nd Avenue SW.
It is a 1999 forest-green CR-V with tinted windows. It also had a rear bike rack and basket roof rack, but they are both easily removable.
License # BZF2536.
Call 911 if you see it.
After three town halls to talk about the future of the Highland Park Improvement Club HQ – ravaged by fire seven months ago – it’s close to time for decisions: What should be built? That will dictate how much it could cost, how much needs to be raised, and how long it would take. If you missed last Wednesday’s third town hall, here’s the recording:
The design team for the project, Highland Park’s own Wittman Estes, shared concepts for the building’s potential size/shape – from humble to grand – as well as concepts for how its interior might be laid out. But the amount of money HPIC will get from insurance – up to $750,000 – would only cover a very basic building; though no price tags were provided for the possibilities, it’s clear anything beyond the basics will require fundraising. Since last week’s town hall, HPIC has met with a professional fundraiser, though the discussion was very early-stage – no conclusions yet, HPIC’s Kay Kirkpatricktold us. She stressed during the town hall that they don’t want to do something that might eventually jeopardize HPIC’s ability to keep the building maintained and to guarantee continued community ownership.
One idea brought up repeatedly during the town hall was the building’s past and potential future use as a music/entertainment venue. Participants observed that West Seattle remains low on performance space, and a rebuilt HPIC has the potential to help fill that void even more than it did pre-fire/pre-pandemic.
Another key point was to remind everyone that while SW Holden, which runs along the building’s south side, is choked with West Seattle Bridge closure detour traffic right now, it will be much different by the time the new building opens – next year if things go well.
Toward the town hall’s end, it was suggested that a deadline be set for ending public comment at this phase of the process, so the architects can get on with creating a preliminary design for the next meeting. Kirkpatrick told WSB this afternoon that there’s no date yet for that potential deadline, nor for the next meeting. So if you have something to say, but weren’t able to attend the town hall, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. That’s also how to step up for volunteer help that HPIC sorely needs with maintaining the building site – particularly landscaping – while it’s idle. And as we’ve noted before, while the entire community has been invited into the rebuilding-planning process, HPIC members get the final say – here’s how to join.
(WSB photo, last Friday night)
The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has filed a felony charge, attempted first-degree kidnapping, in last Friday night’s six-hour standoff at the Westwood Village Target store. As we reported that night, and in a Saturday followup, SWAT officers arrested 31-year-old Timothy A. Clemans after entering the store where he had been alone, with a knife, after customers and staff evacuated. The charge filed against Clemans this afternoon refers to one specific person he is accused of approaching early in the incident, a store employee who says he told her she was “a hostage” and moved toward her with the knife. She got away. As we reported in our followup, just one week earlier, a judge released Clemans from jail over prosecutors’ objections after he was arrested downtown for allegedly assaulting a police officer. The court documents say that three days after that – five days before the Westwood incident – Clemans, a Burien resident, called 911 “making threats against Target stores in Seattle and the surrounding area.” Today’s court documents note that his conviction history includes “Felony Harassment (2020), Assault in the Third Degree (2020), Displaying Weapon (2021), Assault in the Fourth Degree (2019, 2019, 2019, 2019, 2016, 2016), Violation of a No Contact Order (2018), and Harassment (2016).” He remains in the King County Jail, bail set at $100,000.
This week we’ve heard from several people wondering about noisy work at Terminal 5, most mentioning “pile-driving.” While the north–berth modernization work is complete and, as we’ve been reporting, the berth is in service, the south berth is now under construction. Our archives showed the window for “in-water” work – a deadline set to minimize fish impacts – is February 15th. We asked Northwest Seaport Alliance spokesperson Melanie Stambaugh for an update on the work and whether that deadline will be extended again this year. Here’s her response:
The questions regarding noise could be related to a combination of terminal operations and construction. The only new activity this week is dredging, while all other construction work has been underway at the same pace since September.
Yes, the in-water work window typically ends 2/15. We have applied for an extension to 2/28 as an effort to reduce any other in-water work being needed at a later time. We will abide by our permits and permissions from the appropriate regulatory authorities and only continue in-water work if the extension is granted.
For the South berth construction, landside work is expected to continue all year. The landside pile driving is complete, and only dock construction remains.
Meanwhile, ships continue to call at the newly opened north berth – here’s our latest update.
(Added: Photo from Duwamish Head)
The National Weather Service has extended the Air Stagnation Advisory alert – originally set to expire at noon today – until (updated) 11 am Friday. The NWS warns, “Air stagnation may lead to the development or worsening or poor air quality, and this may cause issues for people with respiratory problems.” (Here’s one place you can keep watch on the air quality.) So far there’s no chance of rain mentioned in the forecast before Saturday night.
Three West Seattle biznotes:
BIKE-WASHING TIME: Next round of rain is still at least a few days away, the forecast says, so Alki Bike and Board (2606 California SW; WSB sponsor) has a suggestion – especially if your bike looks more like the one on the left:
“We are offering a midwinter bike cleaning for $35. It has been a rough winter on bikes and with a bit of a dry period, this would do the bikes some good,” says Alki B&B proprietor Stu Hennessey. Here’s how to contact the shop.
GALENTINE’S PARTY: Less than three weeks until Valentine’s Day, and we’re starting to get word of special events. On Thursday, February 10th – same night as the pre-Valentine West Seattle Art Walk – Lika Love Boutique and its sibling speakeasy In the Heart (4547 California SW) are hosting a Galentine’s party, with shopping, beverages, other treats, and giveaways, 6-9 pm.
SPEAKING OF VALENTINE’S DAY ... if you have plans to give someone the gift of candy, note that the pop-up See’s Candies “seasonal shop” in Jefferson Square is still open. As reported here, it opened just before the holidays and was only expected to occupy the space through year’s end, but we noticed this week that business continues, and Thomas just sent a note about it, saying he was told they’re planning to stay at least through Valentine’s Day, maybe longer depending on how business goes.
(Last night’s sunset, photographed by Jim Spraker)
Highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
ALKI ELEMENTARY PROJECT @ SCHOOL BOARD: 4:15 pm, the Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors meets online, with business items including awarding the contract for architecture/engineering of the partial rebuild of Alki Elementary. The agenda includes information on how to watch.
HPAC’S FIRST 2022 MEETING: People who live, work, and/or study in Highland Park, Riverview, and/or South Delridge are welcome at HPAC’s first meeting of the year, 7 pm online. Guests from SPD and SDOT are expected, along with time to discuss any community concerns that are on your mind. Participation information (by video or phone) is on the HPAC website.
‘MONSTERS OF THE AMERICAN CINEMA’: The new world-premiere play at ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery (4711 California SW; WSB sponsor) has a discounted preview performance tonight at 7:30 pm, before its run officially opens tomorrow night. Read more about it here; buy your tickets here.
OPEN MIC: The legendary free weekly open mic at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW) starts with signups at 7:30 pm, music at 8:30 pm.
Something for our calendar? email@example.com – thank you!
Family and friends are remembering Agathe Goulet, and sharing this remembrance with her community:
06/06/23 – 01/20/22
Agathe Rondeau Goulet passed away January 20, 2022, and is now in the company of our heavenly Father.
She was born in Saint-Félix-de-Valois, Canada on June 06, 1923, to Delia and Pierre Rondeau.
Agathe grew up skiing, skating, and hiking in the small town near Montreal, Quebec. Her love of outdoor activity would be lasting and remain with her for the rest of her life.
As she grew, she was deeply influenced by the Catholic religion practiced by her family and also by the nuns living within the town. She spent much of her youth being taught at the local convent, where she learned of God’s love and many life skills.
She married Gerard (Jerry) Goulet on August 21st, 1950 and moved to West Seattle shortly thereafter, where she would build her life around her family and church. In 1957 they built the house where they would raise their 5 children. She loved the community, the parks, Alki, and all the area had to offer. She worked at HUSKY Delicatessen for many years and to many who tasted it, her potato salad could not be beat! She remained in her house until just recently, when she moved to an assisted-living facility.
A devout Catholic, she was a loyal parishioner of Holy Rosary Church, attending services until she was no longer physically able to do so.
Agathe was blessed with a multitude of artistic talents. She was a painter, and excelled at sewing, needlepoint, knitting and crocheting. She was also a wonderful cook and an expert at crafts.
An ever-attentive mother and grandmother, her greatest enjoyment came from her family and time outdoors. Always on the move, you would see her all around West Seattle. She enjoyed hiking, tennis, travel, and attending family sporting events. Summers were spent with her 5 young children camping in a canvas tent at Flaming Geyser Park in Black Diamond. Later in life, solo hikes would find her miles away from her cabin on Anderson Island, looking for huckleberries, wildlife, and the beauty of nature all around. Much of the art she created was inspired by what she would observe.
Predeceased by her husband Jerry, sons John and Rene, and brother Gerard. Survived by daughter Ginette Correll (husband Tony), son Robert (wife Terry), and son Donald (wife Kathleen) along with 5 grandchildren, Danielle, Zack, Brianne, Savannah, Jake, and great-granddaughter Chloe.
A private service will be held at a later date.
Her family would love to hear how she may have impacted your life. For any thoughts, wishes, photos, or memories about Agathe Goulet, please visit her Tribute page at emmickfunerals.com/obituary/Agathe-Goulet
(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries and memorial announcements by request, free of charge. Please email the text, and a photo if available, to firstname.lastname@example.org)
6:03 AM Good morning!
The forecast has some clouds, some fog, even some sun, high in the 40s.
BUSES, WATER TAXI, FERRIES
Metro is on a regular weekday schedule. Watch @kcmetrobus for word of trip cancellations.
West Seattle and Vashon Water Taxi routes are on regular schedules.
Ferries: WSF continues a two-boat schedule on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run. Check here for alerts/updates.
BRIDGES AND DETOUR ROUTES
673rd morning without the West Seattle Bridge.
Low Bridge: Automated enforcement cameras are still in use; restrictions are in effect 5 am-9 pm daily – except weekends; the bridge is open to all until 8 am Saturday and Sunday mornings. (Access applications are available here for some categories of drivers.)
The 1st Avenue South Bridge (map):
South Park Bridge:
West Marginal Way at Highland Park Way:
Highland Park Way/Holden:
The 5-way intersection (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):
Are movable bridges opening for vessels? The @SDOTBridges Twitter feed can tell you; 1st Ave. S. Bridge openings are also tweeted on @wsdot_traffic.
See all local traffic cams here; locally relevant cameras are also on this WSB page
Trouble on the roads/paths/water? Text or call us (when you can do so safely) – 206-293-6302.
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