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COUNTDOWN: 9 days until West Seattle Summer Fest! 2 ways to enjoy the Kids’ Zone

July 6, 2022 11:28 pm
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 |   West Seattle festivals | West Seattle news

Just nine days to go until the return of the peninsula’s biggest party of the year – West Seattle Summer Fest in The Junction, Friday, July 15th through Sunday, July 17th – shopping, music, food, kids’ activities. Tonight, two notes about the Kids Zone at the festival:

First, if you’re bringing kid(s) to Summer Fest and want to get your festival preps out of the way early, you can buy passes for the inflatables in advance online – $20 per day, for unlimited use of all five (including a giant slide and obstacle course). Passes will be sold at the festival, too, if you want to wait to buy until you get there. The inflatables are just part of the options for kids at Summer Fest. Also planned: Big games (free to play!) on Saturday, north of SW Oregon. Yes, you’ll also find face-painting at the festival. Plus a “Whale Trail” scavenger-ish hunt with prizes – more details on that soon,

If you won’t be there with kid(s), maybe you can spare a little time to ensure the youngest festivalgoers have fun. West Seattle Junction Association events are community-volunteer-powered, and that includes Summer Fest. Volunteers are needed, ages 15 and up; Chris Mackay of WSJA notes, “Volunteers get cool festival T-shirts and will be part of our gift lottery, with two winners per day getting over $100 worth of loot!” You can see the time slots and tasks available, and sign up, by going here.

We’ll be spotlighting Summer Fest (for which WSB is a co-sponsor) daily/nightly from here on out – tomorrow, a look ahead at this year’s plan for what’s become known over the years as Summer Fest Eve! (If you missed our overview about what’s different at Summer Fest this year, see it here.)

SURVEY: Help Alair write a ‘love letter to West Seattle’

Alair Gift Shop proprietor Shandon Armstrong is looking for a few good stories. Well, more than a few. She would love to be overwhelmed with good stories – as in feel-good stories. She’s opened a survey you can reply to share yours. Here’s the explanation:

West Seattle is such a one-of-a-kind place.

And it’s been a long few years.

We all need to hear the good things. We need to remember the heartwarming stories that give us faith in humanity. The neighbors that are lifting each other up and doing great things for one another.

We are going to post about these stories, share them, holler them, and give those people that are exhausted and feeling the weight of the world on their shoulders a place to read good story after good story.

These stories will go hand-in-hand with a new design that we are launching in the next couple of days/weeks.

It’s like our own West Seattle gratitude journal.

Our love letter to West Seattle and all of the people that make up this amazing neighborhood.

West Seattle. Best Seattle.

Again, here’s the form to use to share your story – or, you also can email

FOOD/DRINK BIZNOTES: Ma’ono closed; Admiral Benbow open; West of Chicago update; Best of Hands x Easy Street

Food/drink notes:

MA’ONO: Though its website says the West Seattle fried-chicken-and-more restaurant is “temporarily closed,” tipsters told us it was permanently closed, and we’ve been trying for a week to reach its owners to confirm that. Yesterday we caught up with Mark Fuller at his new project, the Admiral Benbow revival, and he declined comment on Ma’ono’s status. However, Seattle Met is quoting him as confirming he has closed and sold the West Seattle Ma’ono. The restaurant at 4437 California SW was first opened by Fuller and wife Marjorie Chang Fuller as Spring Hill in 2008, and they morphed it into Ma’ono in 2012.

(added) ADMIRAL BENBOW: Speaking of which – it opened tonight. Main food item, hot dogs – so far!

WEST OF CHICAGO: Shawn Millard was hoping to open the new sit-down home of his deep-dish pizza at 3770 SW Alaska this week, but we went over to check and learned they’re coping with a few last-minute equipment problems, so they won’t be able to open sooner than next week. West of Chicago Pizza Company formerly served its signature pizzas out of a Delridge commissary kitchen; we first reported in October that he was taking over the former Chaco Canyon Organic Café space in The Triangle.

BEST OF HANDS X EASY STREET: Beer and music collaboration for these two – starting today, Best of Hands Barrelhouse has rolled out three new hazy IPAs in cans and on draft. One of them is the Easy Street Records “house IPA,” The Bar Is Open! To celebrate, a release party is planned at Easy Street (California/Alaska) this Saturday (July 9th) at 6 pm – with live music from local bands Panic Grass and Lite Sleeper (which, Best of Hands’ announcement points out, features Frank Gross of Thunder Road Guitars [WSB sponsor]).

HELPING: 10-year-old’s bake sale for Ukraine

For the next two hours, until 6 pm – or until sold out if that happens sooner – cookies and cupcakes await you at 10-year-old Gwendolyn‘s bake sale to support World Central Kitchen’s work in Ukraine. You’ll find her at 44th SW and SW Othello [map], kitty-corner from West Side Unitarian Universalist. Laurel sent the announcement and says Gwendolyn is selling “traditional iced and plain sugar cookies and vegan, gluten-free chocolate cupcakes. Everything is nut-free. Price: “We are using a Pay What You Will model. We accept cash (with limited ability to make change), Venmo and PayPal.” Gwendolyn says, “I thought it would be a nice thing to do. I recently donated some money to World Central Kitchen to support Ukraine but I felt like I still needed to do more.” You can help her do just that!

WEST SEATTLE BEACHES: Condo sewage leak closes shoreline south of Alki Point

(WSB photo, Cormorant Cove Park)

Thanks for the tip about the warning signs up along part of West Seattle’s shores. Waterfront areas south of Alki Point are posted as “closed” because of water pollution. We asked Seattle Public Utilities about it and just received this statement detailing the reason for, and location of, the closures:

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) Spill Response was notified Tuesday afternoon of a potential sewage discharge from a condominium complex located on Beach Drive. The source of the sewage does not involve SPU infrastructure. SPU crews are working to determine the number of units that may be discharging. No discharge volume estimate is available at this time.

Per protocol, SPU notified Dept. of Ecology, Public Health-Seattle & King County, and Dept. of Fish and Wildlife. Signs are posted at public access points including Cormorant Cove Parklet, Charles Richey Sr. Viewpoint at Alki beach, and the Andover Place street end beach access. Once the discharge has stopped, SPU will conduct sampling to determine if the beach may be reopened.

SPU property owners are responsible for maintaining their sewer lines, and any discharges from unmaintained lines can result in fines.

Charles Richey Viewpoint includes the area more commonly known as Constellation Park.

Summer camp for social skills with Madyline Ekins of Branching Out ABA: New WSB sponsor

Today we welcome a new WSB sponsor, behavior analyst Madyline Ekins of Branching Out ABA, who’s offering a one-week summer camp to help young children work on social skills. Here’s what she wants you to know:

I am a behavior analyst and parent local to West Seattle. I have worked in behavior for over ten years in schools, centers, and homes across the United States. During grad school, I completed my thesis and research on using video models combined with play to teach social skills to children, and I was amazed by how effective they were in introducing complex skills to young learners.

For the last two years, I have been supporting students with behavioral needs in the local school districts. This summer, I want to provide additional support to families to strengthen social and emotional skills following two years of near social isolation. I will be holding a morning camp for one week in August that focuses on using video models and lots of play to help teach young children to feel successful in social situations. Some of the skills I hope to focus on this year include learning to join play, share toys, take turns, respect personal space, accept no from peers and siblings, and how to acknowledge and regulate big emotions.

One thing that makes my practice unique, is that I am not trying to force any normative behavior on children. Instead, I gather information on the areas where THEY feel they are struggling socially and provide them tools to feel successful at parks, playdates, and school.

My camp is open to all children including, those with autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, sensory processing disorders, or those who may not have had many social opportunities across the last two years.

Our schedule will include circle time, snacks, and daily activities based on learners’ and parental preferences. For an application and/or more information, email

We thank Madyline Ekins of Branching Out ABA for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

CRIME WATCH: Store robbery; stolen blue Ranger; prowler

Three more Crime Watch reports:

STORE ROBBERY: The California/Charlestown 7-11 was held up early this morning. According to the preliminary police summary, two people walked into the store at quarter till 5; one pointed a handgun at the clerk and demanded money. The report says they then “grabbed the cash and also took some tobacco products, (then) left the store (and) got into a possible Toyota Prius and fled at a high rate of speed.” Only descriptive info in the summary is that the robber with the gun was wearing gloves. SPD incident # 2022-173146.

STOLEN TRUCK: Texter reports their 1993 dark blue Ford Ranger truck was stolen early this morning from 34th/Holden. It has silver Harley-Davidson decals on both side windows and the rear passenger window, plus a Go Cougs decal on the driver’s side. Plate C20333X; the owner notes, “Still had the temp. in the back window, just got the plate on Saturday.” SPD incident # 2022-173230.

PROWLER: Eric emailed to report a prowler at 1 am near 34th/Spokane: “Police were called. When they arrived he was told to leave. Prowler would not leave when told by neighbors. No known theft.” SPD incident # 2022-173033.

CRIME WATCH: Burglars hit White Center Food Bank – here’s how to help with the recovery

The White Center Food Bank, which also serves people in south West Seattle, was hit by burglars over the holiday weekend. We got a tip about this on Tuesday and inquired; here’s the info we received today in response:

Over the 4th of July holiday weekend the administrative area of the White Center Food Bank was broken into and burglarized.

We lost computers, tools, grow lights for our garden, headphones, other electronics, and more that we are still trying to sort out.

Please keep an eye out for anyone selling or dumping these items and please let us know at

This is heartbreaking for a non-profit food bank with the sole intent of serving our neighbors, but we know we will get through it with our community’s support. We are filing an insurance claim, but if you wish to support the recovery of stolen items, we have set up a ‘Theft Recovery Fund’ designation on our donation website:

D1CN, music bingo, more for your West Seattle Wednesday

(Photo by Kersti Muul)

Highlights for the hours ahead:

WADING POOLS CLOSED: Cloudy and showery forecast again today, so the city says wading pools won’t open. (But Highland Park Spraypark at 1100 SW Cloverdale is open 11 am-8 pm.)

COLMAN POOL: The outdoor pool at Lincoln Park will be open today as its 7-days-a-week schedule continues, noon-7 pm.

NETWORKING: Wind Down Weekly networking at Junction Plaza Park, presented by Work and Play Lounge, 6-8 pm. (42nd/Alaska)

JAZZ AT OTTER ON THE ROCKS: 6:30 pm, it’s Jazz Night at Otter on the Rocks (4210 SW Admiral Way).

LIVE AT LOCOL: Locöl Barley & Vine (7902 35th SW) spotlights live music 6:30-8:30 pm Wednesdays, no cover, 21+, rotating artists.

DISTRICT 1 COMMUNITY NETWORK: Department of Neighborhoods director Greg Wong is among the guests at tonight’s 7 pm meeting of the District 1 Community Network, online – find the agenda (with attendance info) in our preview.

MUSIC BINGO AT THE GOOD SOCIETY: First time ever – music bingo at The Good Society, 7-9 pm, prizes! (California/Lander)

KUNDALINI YOGA, MEDITATION, SOUND BATH: New night and location – Inner Alchemy now presents this weekly event at Jet City Labs, 7 pm Wednesdays. (4546 California SW, upstairs)

SKYLARK OPEN MIC: 7:30 pm signups @ West Seattle’s longest-running open mic – no cover to watch. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

TRIVIA x 3: Larry’s Tavern (3405 California SW) hosts Wednesday-night trivia starting at 8 pm; also 8 pm at Beveridge Place Pub (6413 California SW); and at 8:30 pm, trivia is back at Talarico’s (4718 California SW) with Phil T.

Calendar event to add? Please email – thank you!

Remembering Karen Tomisser, 1958-2022

Family and friends are remembering Karen Tomisser, and sharing this remembrance with her community:

Karen Tomisser left us on June 28, 2022, unexpectedly and much too soon, following a short but hard-fought battle with cancer.

Karen lived a full life of 64 years showing her love, compassion, and generosity and her zest for life. She leaves behind 3 sisters, one of which was her twin sister, a brother, a brother-in-law, a sister-in-law, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and many wonderful friends. Preceded in death were her parents, Edward and Maxine Tomisser, and a sister, Janice Tomisser. She will be missed by all and left a great legacy of love and support to all she knew. Karen also knew it was not the destination that counts but the journey.

Karen grew up in West Seattle, where she lived for over 60 years. She attended Jefferson Elementary, Madison Middle School, and upon graduating from West Seattle High School, she began her lifetime adventures. Karen always was young at heart. After high school, Karen found her niche working in the Kitchen and Bath Industry for Ross Display and Fixture Company for over 25 years. She enjoyed working with her clients to create and remodel dream kitchens and bathrooms for their homes. Desiring a change and new opportunity, Karen began a 7-year career in the grocery chain industry with Safeway, where she made an impact with all her customers and fellow colleagues. She loved many things but more than anything she loved people. Always willing to listen, she connected with people from all walks of life with working with her colleagues as well as friends and of course her family.

Karen had many interests. One of her favorites, when not sharing time with her sisters or nieces and nephews as they were growing up, was her ardent support always as a Seattle sports fan. The Mariners, Seahawks, and Huskies were her favorites year-round. Once her niece became a Gonzaga student and alumni, she had to add the Zags basketball too. She loved taking her nieces and nephews to The Mariners and arriving early for the jerseys and bobbleheads always available to the kids on special-occasion games. She followed all her favorite teams with lots of cheering and enthusiasm, especially the year the Seahawks won the Super Bowl!

Karen had a very strong work ethic and when she had time off, she always looked forward to planning an adventure to experience. She took many vacations to Hawaii, a trip to Europe, many Disney adventures, and always a summer excursion to enjoy the beauty of the Oregon Coast. She loved road trips exploring her native Washington State, visiting small towns looking for a unique cafe, bakery, or coffee shop. Traveling was a big enjoyment in Karen’s life as well as combining it with her interest in pop music; she enjoyed attending many concerts of her day with a few live concerts to see Elton John and taking her niece even to Las Vegas to attend a Celine Dion concert. She loved the classic ’70s pop era of music. She always shared her loved interest of many ’70s-era music with younger generations as she did not want them to miss out on some of the best years of good music she cherished. She also loved classic movies and had a fun time introducing them to her nieces to show them what life was like for past teenage generations and had a good laugh with them watching American Graffiti, What’s Up Doc, and when younger shared many Disney favorite films. She was always up on the latest trends keeping her always young at heart and one of the fun aunts to spend time with as she always knew the music of each generation as well as the new styles, loved attending Whirligig and other art exhibits, and festivals in the city and around Washington State. She loved her pets and animals in life and especially inherited her Mom’s love of Boston Bull Terriers. From taking her first baking class at West Seattle High School, cooking and baking were a favorite past time and she always enjoyed searching for new recipes first from all kinds of classes to eventually all the new recipes available on the internet. The holidays were always a great time to celebrate. She would have traditional family recipes and had a good time searching for new recipes to try. She absolutely loved her community of West Seattle, always enjoying reuniting with friends at high school reunions, partaking in Hi-Yu events, hopping on a Ferry boat, and the many times walking on Alki Beach and taking in the beautiful sunsets at Alki and lights of the city.

Karen will be missed by so many. The Tomisser Family wishes to thank the Swedish Oncology and Hospice Team in Seattle who cared for her during her final days. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society @

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July 6, 2022 6:03 am
|    Comments Off on TRAFFIC, TRANSIT, ROAD WORK, WEATHER: Wednesday notes
 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

9:25 AM: If you use 4th Ave. S. in SODO – note there’s a big response right now for a flipped-car crash at 4th/Industrial,


6:03 AM: Good morning; welcome to Wednesday, July 6th.


The forecast is similar to yesterday – clouds, chance of rain, high in the 70s.


Pavement reconstruction continues on California SW between SW Frontenac and SW Myrtle.


Metro buses are on their regular weekday schedule; watch @kcmetroalerts for word of reroutes/trip cancellations.

The West Seattle Water Taxi is on its regular schedule.

Ferries: WSF continues on the two-boat schedule for Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth – and WSF says that probably won’t change before next spring. Check here for alerts/updates.


836th 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 (one of four recently installed cameras, but may be malfunctioning):

Highland Park Way/Holden:

The 5-way intersection (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):

Are movable city bridges opening for vessels? Check the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed; 1st Ave. S. Bridge openings are tweeted by @wsdot_traffic.

All city traffic cams can be seen here; West Seattle and vicinity-relevant cameras are also on this WSB page

Trouble on the roads/paths/water? Please text or call us (when you can do so safely) – 206-293-6302.