West Seattle, Washington
Two more West Seattle Crime Watch notes:
BUSINESS BURGLARY: Beveridge Place Pub in Morgan Junction was burglarized early this morning, proprietor Gary Sink tells WSB: “Broken window, some cash and a few items stolen, but we’re secure (thanks to Dan Austin at Peel & Press!) and up and running normal hours.” We’ll add security-camera images if and when we get them. He says this happened around 4:30 am today; if you have any information, the SPD incident # is 22-109918.
GUN CHARGE AFTER RV SEARCH: A 39-year-old man is charged with unlawful gun possession after an incident last week at Harbor Island Marina, and the court papers tell the story of what was found when police searched the RV in which he was found. The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office provided charging documents in the case against Jonathan L. Dennington. The documents say this started last Tuesday afternoon when Port of Seattle Police were dispatched to check out several RVs parked without permission in the parking lot of the marina (a port facility). They saw Dennington slumped over one RV’s steering wheel. As they tried to rouse him, they noticed a rifle wedged in the seat. Subsequent investigation showed both that Pennington was a 12-time convicted felon and that the gun was one of four taken from a locked gun safe during a South Park business burglary two weeks earlier. Meantime, Dennington is reported to have passed out again while police were taking him into custody and was revived with Narcan. The charging documents say his RV had a plate that crossreferenced to a car whose last registered owner said she sold it a year ago – but that was only the start of what else police found; after impounding the RV, they got a search warrant and found items inside, including a shotgun, three boxes of shotgun shells, 20 boxes of “assorted trading cards,” three license plates, two driver’s licenses in other names, “assorted miscellaneous house and car keys,” various “lockout tools,” and documents in the name of the victim of the South Park burglary. One of the license plates, plus the VIN, led them to suspect the RV was stolen; they contacted its registered owner, who said he had sold it. Meantime, Dennington remains in jail, bail set at $50,000.
The 26th SW neighborhood greenway is closed for a while along the block on the west side of Delridge Community Center and Playfield, because of that fallen tree. An SDOT crew is on scene clearing it out of the street. They told us some debris will be left behind to be picked up tomorrow.
Three biznotes tonight:
OTTER ON THE ROCKS: The new Admiral District bar is having its first Open Mic night tomorrow (Tuesday, May 3rd). Signups start at 6, performances start at 7, hosted by Midnight Marauders. This is the start of Otter on the Rocks’ hopes of bringing live music to the space; if you haven’t been there yet, they’re at 4210 SW Admiral Way.
BEAUTY THERAPY COLLECTIVE: Following up on the Friday announcement, we stopped by during Sunday’s open house to say hello to entrepreneur Nikki Nguyen:
Her business Nikki’s Lashes and others are sharing the space in the building she recently bought at 4208 SW Oregon, and there’s room for more, with individual suites like this one:
There’s more info on her website.
TINY SCIENCE: Jen the Entomologist is back again this year with an annual specialty of her Tiny Science business – Mantis Madness:
As she explains it, “It’s a family-friendly project that involves growing anticipation for hundreds of tiny baby praying mantises to hatch in a cup. It’s totally amazing. After hatching, babies are meant to be released into the yard or garden. It’s an awesome experience to behold and a great educational experience for everybody and anybody. Great for seniors and singles, too.” The kits are available now, for a few more weeks – here’s where to go.
Speaking of Fauntleroy …we have the total tonnage from the recent Recycle Roundup at Fauntleroy Church, courtesy of Judy Pickens:
West Seattle is 15.35 tons lighter today than before the spring Recycle Roundup on April 24 at Fauntleroy Church. Over the course of the day, the crew from 1 Green Planet unloaded all manner of recyclables from 470 vehicles.
The congregation has been hosting these events since 2010 as part of its commitment to stewarding the environment. Since then, the roundup has returned more than 300 tons of metal, e-waste, and other products to the resource stream. Watch for the fall roundup in late September.
This time’s total was not far from the record 16.54 tons brought via 540 vehicles three years ago.
If you have non-curbside recyclables that can’t wait until fall, you can use the Where Does It Go? lookup tool to find out how to deal with them. (And if you have paper to shred – bring it to the annual event sponsored by John L. Scott Real Estate Westwood [WSB sponsor] next Saturday!)
Live, work, study in Fauntleroy? Here’s your invitation to a big event tomorrow night:
The Fauntleroy Community Association‘s Annual Meeting and Food Fest is back! Tuesday evening, May 3, from 6 to 8 PM in the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse “Emerald Room,” the FCA will once again host its annual meeting. Visit with friends, neighbors, and talk with City and local non-profit organizations involved with our community. Two hours of conversations and food from local eateries. A wonderful opportunity to get out and connect. A short business meeting will take place about 7 PM.
That includes the annual election of board members. The venue is on the south side of the historic schoolhouse, 9131 California SW.
Two items in West Seattle Crime Watch:
CARJACKING FOLLOWUP: We have more information today about the carjacking we covered last Friday afternoon. First, police say they found the stolen 2000 Honda Accord in Northgate, unoccupied. Second, we obtained the police-report narrative today: It says the victim was returning home from work and parked her car in the alley behind her building in the 3000 block of California SW. Her door was open and she was gathering her things. She saw two people walking northbound in the alley past her car, then turning around, walking up to her car, and demanding she get out and give them her keys. She hesitated a moment and then one pulled out a handgun and said, “We’re not kidding, get the f— out.” She was frozen in shock, the report says, and the other carjacker grabbed her arm and pulled her out. Both then got in and drove the car away. Her purse with ID, credit cards, and money was still inside, She was not injured. This excerpt from the narrative includes descriptions:
(The victim) described the suspect with the handgun as a black male in his 20’s standing 5’8” tall with a medium build. He wore a beige zip-up hoody with the hood up and gray sweatpants. When he threatened her with the handgun, he pulled back his hoody showing some sort of silver badge underneath. The suspect did not identify himself as any sort of law enforcement or security personnel. She described the handgun as silver in color and very small, she was unsure if it was a revolver or semi-automatic. (The victim) described the second suspect as a black male in his 20’s standing 5’8” tall with a medium build. He wore a gray zip-up hoody with the hood up and gray sweatpants. He also wore a red or pink face mask over his face. He did not brandish any sort of weapon at (her) and he is the suspect who pulled (her) out of her vehicle and took her keys.
If you have any information on the case, the incident number is 22-107341.
STREET HOLDUP: A preliminary summary from weekend reports says this happened just before 10 pm Friday at 10th and Elmgrove. Three people were approached from behind by the robber, who “forcefully placed a gun barrel at one victim’s back,” then “grabbed the victim with a purse and choked her” and “demanded they give him their property, or he would kill them.” He stole the purse and fled northbound on 10th SW. The summary does not include a description. If you have any information, this incident number is 22-107708.
If you would like to support the West Seattle Food Bank‘s work fighting food and housing insecurity, you can enjoy a night out at this year’s Instruments of Change event – but hurry and get your ticket(s), because today is your last chance to get in on the in-person event! WSB is media sponsor for this year’s IoC – and we’re sharing the WSFB reminder:
Today, May 2nd is the last day to purchase tickets for Instruments of Change 2022
Hybrid In-Person & Virtual Event and Auction
This celebration will include an auction, fun activities, and an informative program about the impact your donations have made in the community. This year there is an option to participate in person (ticket includes dinner) at the Seattle Design Center or join remotely from your own home.
To celebrate our community and raise funds to continue keeping our neighbors safe, fed, healthy, and housed during these challenging times. Share an evening with some of your most-caring neighbors.
Saturday, May 14, 2022
In Person at Seattle Design Center – Doors at 6:00 pm
Online virtual program – 7:15 pm
At Seattle Design Center or Online!
In Person: 5701 6th Ave S.
All attendees will be emailed a link to participate in the program and auction. Must be registered to receive link to live show and online bidding link.
Ways to Participate:
In-Person: Enjoy dinner, cocktails, games, and more with your neighbors at the Seattle Design Center. Ticket price is $125.
Register for dinner tickets by May 2nd
Online: Take part in the auction and watch the live program streamed on our YouTube Channel for FREE! (Registration still required for online bidding)
Purchase Tickets here:
Click! proprietor John Smersh made the announcement this morning: “Our sweet little shop (dare we say neighborhood gem?) is seeking a new owner who will continue to share thoughtfully designed, contemporary goods with our community … someone in our community who shares our vision, values, and aesthetic and has dreams of thriving in local, independent retail.”
From the announcement, the backstory:
John and Frances Smersh grew Click! Design That Fits from its humble beginnings as an extension of Frances’s jewelry business in the Admiral District to the well respected Junction destination you know and love. From the beginning, our hope was to find someone to take it over when the time came that we were ready to move on to our next adventure.
Frances’s diagnosis of Young Onset Alzheimer’s Disease in 2015 at age 48 meant a significant plot twist in our narrative. Shortly after diagnosis, our incredible crew stepped up, taking over day to day operations and allowing John to focus on his caregiving responsibilities as Frances’s disease progressed. Many of you likely saw John and Frances at Click! during that time, as her desire to stay connected with her community continued throughout it all. Frances passed away last September, and John and the Click! fam have been beyond blessed with so much continued love and support from all of you. We’re ready to pass the torch and keep the love-fest going. It’s time for Click! to transition to new ownership.
From the start, Click! has represented community and connection. For over 17 years we’ve been building relationships between the often overlapping groups of our designers/maker/artist colleagues and vendors, our neighbors in West Seattle and beyond, and our staff-crew-fam. These connections have allowed us to survive and thrive, even in times of hardship. It would not be surprising if our next owner is already a part of this community, or connected to someone who is.
The original home of Click! was 2210 California SW (now Zelda Zonk Consignment); in 2010, the Smershes moved the shop south to a larger space at 4540 California SW, where that “community and connection” has included countless in-store events, from West Seattle Art Walk receptions to author signings. The shop also has embodied community by supporting and featuring local makers and West Seattle-themed merchandise. And it’s supported sustainability with reusable items for everyday living. (Plus, if in-person shopping is not your thing, Click! has long offered online shopping.)
Putting the shop on the market does not mean any immediate changes, Click! says: “While we are anticipating a transition period over the coming months, we’ll still be open regular hours.” That’s Wednesdays-Saturdays 11 am-4 pm and Sundays 10 am-4 pm. They’re also noting, “Please know that our crew (John included!) aren’t able to answer questions about the sale and that all inquiries will be directed to our broker.” She is Carrie Topacio (firstname.lastname@example.org, 206.402.5567).
Pre-pandemic, Seattle Public Library meeting rooms were popular places for community groups to gather. Now, after more than two years, they’re available for booking again, as announced by SPL this morning. You can book online, starting here; basic rules are that the meeting has to be non-commercial and open to the public, as well as during the branch’s hours of operation. SPL also announced today that it’s changing hold-time and suspension policies as of May 23rd – details here.
9:22 AM: Thanks for the tips. Another power outage has hit the Brace Point area, as shown in the Seattle City Light outage map screengrab above. SCL says 329 customers are out and is attributing the outage to “bird/animal.” Most past outages in the area have been blamed on the failure of underground equipment, which has long been scheduled for replacement/rehabilitation work that’s been delayed by what the utility says are permitting problems.
11:57 AM: We have an inquiry out to SCL for specifics on the cause; in the meantime, the map has revised it to “equipment failure” and downsized it to 160 customers.
2:48 PM: Still waiting for specifics from SCL. Meantime, the outage is mapped again at 329 customers.
3:42 PM: Since that last check, power’s been restored to all.
4:13 PM: SCL spokesperson Jenn Strang tells WSB, “The outage was due to a failed junction box. Due to the nature of the failure, it took some time to identify the fault. Once identified, we had to de-energize 169 additional customers to safely complete repairs. Repairs were made and power restored.”
Family and friends are remembering John S. Rundberg and have just provided this remembrance to share with the community:
John Sarjent Rundberg was born on November 22, 1939 in St Louis, Missouri to Ray A. and Wilma G. Rundberg. John passed away on December 28, 2021 after being diagnosed on his 82nd birthday with a very rare undifferentiated, aggressive pancreatic cancer.
The things John was most proud of:
~His time at Ohio State University
~Four years of service in the U.S. Army
~Being a teacher/ librarian with the Seattle Public Schools from 1969-2008 – Teaching from high school down to kindergarten, while always inspiring students with his love for books and reading.
~Marriage to his wife Diann and helping her raise her four children: Tyler, Ryan, Sarah, and Micah. His love of being a Grandfather to Granddaughters Zoey A. and Taya V.
While being a member of the Hutchison family for 25-plus years.
~ A beach home in Manzanita, Oregon
~ Leading six major river canoe trips 1989 -1997
~ Maintaining deep lifetime friendships
~ Travels all over the US and Canada: camping in tents, Tipi, and finally an RV
~ Six years of taking a group of volunteer friends and family to “The American Prairie Reserve” to clean up and preserve the land for the growing Bison population.
The John We All Came to Know and Love:
Tipi man John * wood crafter John * plaid flannel shirt John * newspaper clipper John * Montana bison fence remover John * dog lover John * comes down for dinner, then leaves John * pie lover John * always has 5-7 knives on him John * surprise benefactor John * storyteller John * teacher John * canoe paddler in the pool John * musician John * technophobe John * historian John * Friend John * knitter of squares John * book collector John * librarian John * Manzanita community member John * won’t fly, train man John * cowboy novel reader John * and: “Always about our age” * Plus: Husband * Father * Brother * Uncle * Cousin * Grandpa *
John is survived by his wife, Diann Hutchison Rundberg; Brother, Paul Rundberg (Sandy); nieces Suzanne Jones and Rebecca Boozer, all of Greenville, SC
Sister Karen Rundberg Bunney (Rob) and niece Annika Bunney, all of Bellevue, WA.
Stepchildren, Ryan, Sarah, and Micah Packard (Tyler Vance, preceded him in death in 2012 )
Two Granddaughters, Zoey A. and Taya V.
And many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Please read: “All Is Well” by Henry Scott Holland
Share memories, condolences, and photos of John on the Tribute Wall at emmickfunerals.com/obituary/John-Rundberg
Arrangements entrusted to Emmick Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services of West Seattle
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6:03 AM: Good morning and welcome to Monday, May 2nd.
The National Weather Service predicts a showery day, high in the 50s.
*The work on 8th north of Roxbury was still under way as of Friday morning.
*One last mention – the ramp from eastbound Spokane to northbound 99 reopened early after pavement repairs.
BUSES, WATER TAXI, FERRIES
Metro is on its regular weekday schedule. Watch @kcmetrobus for word of reroutes/trip cancellations.
The West Seattle Water Taxi, which is operated by Metro, is now on the summer schedule – including later evening runs on Fridays and Saturdays.
BRIDGES AND DETOUR ROUTES
770th morning without the West Seattle Bridge.
Low Bridge: Automated enforcement cameras remain 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.)
1st Avenue South Bridge:
South Park Bridge:
West Marginal Way at Highland Park Way:
Highland Park Way/Holden:
The 5-way intersection (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):
Trouble on the roads/paths/water? Text or call us (when you can do so safely) – 206-293-6302.