West Seattle, Washington
6:01 AM: Good morning; welcome to Monday, June 6th.
Partly sunny, chance of rain today, with a high in the 60s (Sunday hit 65, with more than half an inch of rain).
*Seattle Public Utilities is doing pavement-restoration work at California/Myrtle.
BUSES, WATER TAXI, FERRIES
Metro is on its 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. Check here for alerts/updates.
BRIDGES AND DETOUR ROUTES
806th 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 new cameras!):
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.
Momentous day for four Scouts in West Seattle – thanks to Eric Linxweiler for sending the report and photos:
Today two Eagle Scout Courts of Honor were held for four new Eagle Scouts.
The first, at Camp Long, was for Asher Morgan, Emmett Weber (both with Troop 282) and Cap Linxweiler (Troop 284). They have been together since early in Cub Scouts and always had the goal of earning their Eagles together. Today, that achievement was celebrated. Guest speaker was King County Executive Dow Constantine, who is also an Eagle Scout from West Seattle. Over 100 scouts, friends and family attended a wonderful event. All three are headed off to college next year (Oregon State, Temple University-Tokyo, and Washington State, respectively), and are looking forward to more success ahead based on what they’ve learned in scouting..
Immediately following this, another Eagle Court of Honor was held at Our Lady of Guadalupe for David Ovalles Hutchison. David earned his Eagle in the middle of the pandemic, and could today be honored in front of his family and friends. David is finishing up his first year at Washington State University
One interesting note about the first event – Dow spoke to these boys as third graders (Cap on the far left, Emmett and Asher on either side of Dow), and continues his commitment to scouting by regularly supporting all scouts in West Seattle.
Two new-business notes:
NORTHWEST KIDS LIFE COACHING: After seven years teaching third grade at Fairmount Park Elementary, wrapping up a 20-year career in the classroom, Althea Chow has launched a new business, Northwest Kids Life Coaching. Her service is for kids 7-12, and her website explains the difference between “life coaching” for kids and counseling or tutoring them. She offers one-on-one sessions in person or via Zoom, with a free 15-minute consultation for starters – book via her website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
INSIDE OUT: Amy Sennett-Starner says she has “made the very exciting decision to open my own yoga and Pilates studio here in West Seattle” – Inside Out, a “community-based studio that focuses on building mindful strengthening and stretching through yoga, Pilates and dance methods – including alignment, strength, breathwork and self-awareness.” She adds, “I have secured an amazing location at 3270 California Ave SW, Upper unit (formerly Counterforce Tae Kwan Do), above Alair Gift Shop and Dylan Clothing Co., with tons of space and light and room to move and grow and most importantly, look inside. I am in the early stages of a build ut and hopefully will be able to open doors this September.” She’s teaching yoga elsewhere in the meantime – info’s on her website.
Thanks to the photographers who have shared more images of West Seattle birds – enough for a new gallery. Above, Michelle Green Arnson describes her photo as “Chestnut-backed Chickadee fledglings and their bedraggled parent.” Below, another family scene – Tom Trulin photographed two Steller’s Jays, the elder feeding the younger:
Here’s a Bald Eaglet in Lincoln Park, photographed by Steven Rice:
A mated pair of Ospreys were photographed in the new Duwamish People’s Park by Steve Bender:
Another Osprey was photographed by James Tilley while it was out fishing:
Last but not least, a Western Tanager photographed by Lynn Shimamoto:
(All the links on species names above will take you to the corresponding page on Seattle Audubon‘s BirdWeb site, which has information about the birds, even audio clips of their calls.)
Two reports in West Seattle Crime Watch this afternoon:
STOLEN DUMP TRUCK: Just received the photo and report from Serene:
My husband’s dump truck was stolen by Highland Park Elementary School about an hour ago. It is a ’95 Isuzu NPR. Please keep an eye out!
We’ll add the plate and incident # when we get them. (Update: Incident # 22-142578. … Plate # C52539V.) ANOTHER UPDATE: Found by a reader (see comment)!
FROM THE DUMPED-LIKELY-STOLEN FILE: The photos and report are from Michael:
A few nights ago, I found a MiniMeis child shoulder carrier and tire chains on the corner of the SW Edmunds St, between the Huxley and the alley. That same night, about two blocks to the west, I found a large pile of clothing (including various shoes) and a damaged Canon Pro-100 photo printer.
If these belong to anybody, I’d certainly like to get them to their proper owner. However, if no one claims them, then I’d like to keep the child carrier, attempt to repair the printer, and donate the clothing or recycle it through Ridwell.
If any of this might be yours, please email us and we’ll connect you with Michael.
Want to see theater without leaving home? Your next chance is happening right now. You can buy a ticket to a recording of ArtsWest‘s most-recent play, “Alma.” Here’s the synopsis of Benjamin Benne’s award-winning play:
Working mom Alma has singlehandedly raised her daughter, Angel, on tough love, home-cooked comida and lots of prayers. But on the eve of the all-important SAT, Alma discovers her daughter isn’t at home studying. A schooling and la chancla await Angel at home—but so does a creeping realization that more’s at stake than just a test score. A sacrifice from Alma’s past weighs heavy on their present; now, Alma fears that her worst nightmare may soon be their reality. Will the American Dream cost them a life together?
“Alma,” directed by Sophie Franco, is viewable online through June 30th – go here to get your ticket.
P.S. ArtsWest’s next play, “Miku, and the Gods” by Julia Izumi, opens June 16th.
Family and friends will gather June 18th for a “block party” to celebrate the life of Jeffrey P. Sifferman. Here’s the remembrance they’re sharing with his community:
Jeffrey Paul Sifferman, son, brother, husband, dad, uncle, coach, mentor, sculptor, musician, gardener, veteran, naturalist, animal whisperer/companion, community leader, and volunteer, historian, neighbor, and loyal friend, passed away peacefully the morning of May 16, 2022, with his wife by his side and the love of family and friends seeded deeply in his heart.
Jeff was born October 7, 1953 in Seattle, the fourth of seven children. He grew up in Seattle’s Rainier Valley. He attended Columbia (City) School, Our Lady of Mount Virgin School, O’Dea High School, and graduated from Franklin High School in 1971. He played high-school football and, beginning as a child, preferred to spend his time in the great outdoors, exploring the mountain streams, high lakes, and ocean waves of Washington state.
His lifelong passion for hiking, camping, and fishing was sparked as a member of Boy Scout Troop 205. He spent summers playing sandlot baseball and peering through the outfield walls as a proud member of the infamous Sick’s Stadium Knothole Gang or perched on Cheapskate Hill watching Seattle Rainiers and Angels baseball games. He was an instigator of antics and enjoyed retelling the stories of his childhood.
Jeff proudly served in the United States Marine Corps 1971-1973 (Camp Pendleton, CA) and received an honorable discharge. He maintained close friendships with other Marines and enjoyed making new connections through social media in recent years. He held strong political views, and placed a high value on honesty, fairness, and democracy.
Jeff’s talents were extensive, as he was gifted at teaching himself the skills needed to do anything that sparked his interest. Although the guitar was where he honed his musical skills, he loved to break out a tune on the flute, piano, or any other instrument he picked up. Jeff was also an accomplished artist, carving beautifully detailed sculptures out of wood and stone. He would turn a raw piece of wood or stone over and over in his hands, examining the patterns and imperfections he’d work with, chiseling away until he felt it was finished. He humbly declined to sell his pieces, and instead gifted most of his work to family and friends. His hope of completing some of his unfinished pieces to gift before passing, was stifled by the physical disability that eventually came with his illness.
His artistic creativity carried over into his unparalleled mastery of gardening and natural conservation. He created many a peaceful refuge, whether in his own garden, at the family ocean retreat in Moclips, or in the woods of Me-Kwa-Mooks Park behind his home. He shared his deep knowledge of the natural history of the area and was committed to removing non-native plants and invasive species to restore and preserve the native flora and fauna to the park. He coordinated numerous work parties and tours for the West Seattle community in both Me-Kwa-Mooks and Schmitz Parks.
Jeff married Doreen Roseto in 1996 and they settled on the edge of Me-Kwa-Mooks Park in West Seattle. He loved his children fiercely, and wholly embraced the role of being a stay-at-home-dad. Having kids tapped into a new world of adventure and cherished friendships for Jeff. He was the “go to” parent you could call at the last minute for help when plans went awry. He often gathered friends together for impromptu barbeques, epic block parties, lunch in the junction, or just a quiet campfire chat. Jeff loved talking to and meeting friends, new and old. He often said, “Everyone has an interesting story, you just need to listen.” His friends hail from Alaska to the tip of Baja, where he and his family and friends often journeyed. He loved the ocean and never lived far from it.
Jeff was diagnosed with metastatic esophageal cancer in March 2016. He was so appreciative of the kindness and care he received from his oncology team at the Swedish Cancer Institute. He said he didn’t want his story to read that he had fought cancer, because his role in the fight was small by comparison to the knowledge, skills, and dedication of his oncologist, Dr. Song Zhao. Jeff claimed Dr. Zhao was the master of the battle that came.
Jeff is preceded in death by his parents Raymond Sifferman and Lillian Reams Sifferman, infant brother Jan Patrick Sifferman and sister Patsy Miramontez. Jeff is survived by his wife Doreen Roseto Sifferman; children, Jon, Jackie, Kassy, and Ray; his brothers Ray Sifferman (Lisa), Rex Tippery (Penny), Mike Sifferman (Drena) and sister Carolyn Sifferman; a large extended family and countless friends.
Jeff wasn’t one for formal events or dressing up – a quick glance into his closet for any doubters would confirm that – so it’s only fitting that we honor him with, what else …. but a block party. Please join us on Saturday, June 18, beginning at 4 pm at the Sifferman residence. If you can bring a potluck dish to share, we would be most appreciative. We’ll provide plenty of libations, good music (working on a band) and an evening you won’t want to end.
Jeff will be laid to rest at Calvary Cemetery in Seattle in a private family gathering in July.
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Here’s what’s ahead for your Sunday:
CHURCHES WITH ONLINE SERVICES: We’re still listing these – see today’s list here.
WSHS REUNION: All alums are invited to join the Class of 2002’s gathering on the Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) shore, second fire pit/picnic area from the south entrance, 9 am-2 pm, BYOE (Bring Your Own Everything).
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, find fresh food – produce, meat, fish, cheese, beverages, baked goods, and prepared food – and plants at the weekly WSFM. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: The Southwest Seattle Historical Society has reopened its museum on Alki, and you can visit noon-4 pm, (61st/Stevens)
COMMUNITY SALMON RELEASE: Hundreds of local students have done it and now you too can release salmon fry into Fauntleroy Creek, your one and only chance this year! Visit the big bridge in Fauntleroy Park (3951 SW Barton, as explained in our calendar listing, between 1 and 3 pm.
NEED FOOD? White Center Community Dinner Church serves a free meal (take-away available) at 5 pm Sundays at the Salvation Army Center in South Delridge (9050 16th SW).
SUNDAY NIGHT KARAOKE: 9 pm to 1:30 am at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW).
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Another returning tradition – a dine-out day/night at Endolyne Joe’s (9261 45th SW) to cook up some cash for the Fauntleroy Fall Festival! This Tuesday (June 7th) is the date; Endolyne Joe’s is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (here’s the menu), 8 am-9 pm, and all you have to do is show up and dine. If you’re there in the evening, FFF-benefiting raffle tickets will be sold starting at 5 pm, with the drawing after 7:30 pm (you don’t have to be present to win). The festival is entirely community-powered – both in volunteers and in funding – so this is one way to help ensure it goes on to bring good times to one and all.
We don’t know if door-to-door soliciting went entirely away during the past few years, but in the past few days we’ve received reader complaints/alerts about solicitors for the first time in two-plus years – so here’s a refresher course of what you should know, from the Seattle Municipal Code:
*Door-to-door (residential) selling is allowed between 8 am-9 pm.
*The entity for whom the seller is working has to have a license, and the seller (agent) must have ID showing the license and the agent’s name: “All licensees and agents shall conspicuously display on their outer clothing their residential sales license or residential sales agent licenses when selling.” If you choose to open the door, ask to see it immediately: “Each residential seller or agent shall, immediately upon contacting the prospective buyer, disclose to the prospective buyer his/her name, company, and the product or service represented.”
*Solicitors are required to honor a “no soliciting” sign if you have one. Whether you do or don’t, they’re also required to honor this part of the code: “If requested to do so, (the agent) shall leave the premises immediately.”
Susanna found that kids’ bicycle abandoned in the 9000 block of 14th Avenue SW, and is holding onto it in hopes of finding its owner. If you know whose bike it is, email us at email@example.com and we’ll connect you.
Summer adventure is ahead for 40 West Seattle High School students, as part of a district-leading program – here’s the announcement:
We have the excellent news to announce that more students than ever from West Seattle High School will be studying abroad this summer. We are the top school in the district and one of the top schools in the nation with CIEE! This summer, 40 students from WSHS will be departing the country for 3-4 weeks to study abroad as part of the CIEE Global Navigator Program. They will be studying a wide variety of subjects during their experience, including language, environmental science, arts, business, leadership, and international relations. Students will be traveling to 11 different countries including Mexico, Spain, France, Costa Rica, Argentina, Portugal, UK, Ireland, Morocco, Dominican Republic, and the Netherlands. This year, students earned over $66,000 in scholarships toward their journeys. This program is coordinated by French teacher Meghan Schumacher.
The report and photo are from Jennifer:
2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD stolen from 48th Ave SW between Juneau and Findlay some time between 10 pm and 5 am. Plate # C71140D. Truck also had tools. Police report # 22-141476. Please phone it in if sighted.
UPDATE: Jennifer says they’ve gotten word that law-enforcement officers have found the Silverado “near the airport.”
An announcement and invitation, from the Rotary Club of West Seattle:
The Rotary Club of West Seattle is excited to “Plant and Dedicate“ three Peace Poles to the following locations in 2022.
West Seattle Eagles Club, 4426 California SW
Fauntleroy Church, UCC, 9140 California SW
The Log House Museum, 3003 61st Ave SW
As background, one of Rotary’s primary areas of focus is the promotion of peace throughout the community and world. Peace Poles symbolize the oneness of humanity and our prominent wish for world peace. There are more than 250,000 Peace Poles globally, including several in West Seattle.
The power of the message “May Peace Prevail On Earth” lies in its capacity to bring people of various cultures, faith, traditions, and political ideals together as one united global heart and mind.
The Rotary Club of West Seattle is interested in learning if there are other Churches, Community Centers, Libraries, City Parks, Restaurants, or Historical Sites in West Seattle that might want to discuss a gift of a Peace Pole.
Please contact: Christine Peak, Rotarian, Christine.firstname.lastname@example.org
As we begin the first weekend of June, here’s what’s happening locally:
KIDS’ FISHING DERBY: As previewed here, the West Seattle Sportsmen’s Club invites kids/tweens/teens 14 and under to fish for free in its temporary trout pond at Seacrest, poles and bait provided, 8-11 am (1660 Harbor SW).
LOOP THE ‘LUPE 2022: At Walt Hundley Playfield (34th/Myrtle), the fun begins at 10 am with day-of registration – then the events are: 11 am obstacle-course start, 11:45 am 5K, noon Senior Saunter, 1 pm Youth Dash. And even if you’re not running/walking/etc., you are invited to the barbecue and beer garden – $4 burgers/hot dogs and $5 Georgetown beer, with live music from West Seattle School of Rock. More info here.
JOB FAIR: The West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) and Seattle Parks are teaming up for a job fair at the Y (3622 SW Snoqualmie) 10 am-2 pm today. Both Parks and the Greater Seattle Y “have an alarming number of summer positions to fill in roles that serve youth in the Seattle area, especially around water-related activities and day camps that provide child care for parents this summer.” Details here.
NEW CLEANUP GROUP: The Hiawatha Society will meet by the PCC outside tables (2749 California SW) at 10 am for a cleanup, and all are welcome to be part of it.
COVID VACCINE CLINIC: Seattle Public Schools students and staff can get vaccinated at Denny International Middle School (2601 SW Kenyon) 11 am-3 pm – appointments are booked but the district says walk-ups are welcome.
NATIONAL TRAILS DAY: Hike the Puget Creek Watershed on National Trails Day. Meet at Puget Ridge Edible Park (18th/Brandon) at 11 am.
VIETNAMESE CULTURAL CENTER: Open to visitors noon-3 pm, as noted here. (2234 SW Orchard)
LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: The Southwest Seattle Historical Society has reopened its museum on Alki, and you can visit noon-4 pm. (61st/Stevens)
REUNION NO, AFTER-PARTY YES: Though there’s no West Seattle High School All-School Reunion again this year, all alums are invited to Whisky West (6451 California SW) starting at 6 pm for an after-party anyway.
DUBSEA FISH STICKS: The summer collegiate-baseball team based in White Center opens its season against Everett, 6:30 pm at Steve Cox Memorial Park (1321 SW 102nd).
EVENING MUSIC @ C & P COFFEE: Lisa Craze & Guy Nelson at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), 7 pm, no cover.
LIVE AT THE SKYLARK: 8 pm at The Skylark, The Brooders with Beija Bailes, Her Mountain Majesty, and Rug, $10 cover, all ages until 10 pm. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
DRAG SHOW AT ADMIRAL PUB: Saturday’s the night for Dolly Madison‘s show at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW), 9 pm.
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In West Seattle Crime Watch tonight:
BUSINESS VANDALISM: The photo and report are from Patrick:
Late Wednesday night 6/1 or early Thursday morning, someone threw a rock or brick at the front window of the Evergreen Tang Soo Do Academy (5432 California SW). The outer pane shattered but not the inner pane. Police report filed.
CHARGES FILED: The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has charged suspects in three West Seattle burglaries that happened within the past week:
-Last Sunday (May 29th), 8800 block of 20th SW: 26-year-old Christopher R. Rodriguez is charged with residential burglary after police said they caught him in the same vacant house for the second time in three days. The first time, nothing was taken so he was cited for trespassing and released; this time he was booked into jail.
-Also on Sunday, 6700 block of West Marginal Way SW: 29-year-old Kaylan E. Ramos is charged with second-degree burglary after Port of Seattle Police arrested him in the Alaska Marine Lines yard, allegedly stealing items including a reflective vest.
-On Monday, 2700 block of 36th SW: 49-year-old Zachariah K. Hampton is charged with residential burglary for allegedly breaking into a garage and trying to steal a bicycle valued at $5,000.
All three of the aforementioned defendants have criminal records; all three remain in jail, Rodriguez with bail set at $15,000, Hampton and Ramos each with bail set at $5,000.
Our new location in West Seattle is a donut shop AND a disco-themed plant shop in one! It will feature a layout that includes Dough Joy on one side, and Botanic! at the Disco > @botanicatthedisco < a disco-themed plant shop on the other. Glitter floors, neon lights, disco ball planters, cute houseplants - we got it all! At Dough Joy you’ll be able to find our fan favorites like Chocoholic, Strawberry Milkshake, and Pride, and we’ll often feature rotating specials like our Peanut Butter Cup, Banana Cream Pie, Boston Cream - and more! We will also have a full coffee bar with exciting drinks, featuring our friends at Fulcrum coffee. All our donuts are raised, fluffy kind, and also have no egg, dairy, or animal by-products (vegan friendly, but would never know it!).
This is an expansion for Dough Joy, which has been selling its donuts on Capitol Hill and in Ballard. No official opening date yet but “very close” is how they describe it.
Next Tuesday morning, the City Council’s Transportation and Utilities Committee will get a look at what West Seattle/Ballard light-rail routing and station-location alternatives the city is proposing supporting, before the Sound Transit Board settles on its “preferred alternative” recommendation next month. You don’t have to wait until the meeting for a look – the slide deck is already published along with the agenda (which explains how to comment at the meeting).
To come up with these recommendations, the city presentation notes, “Nearly 100 subject matter experts from 15+ City departments reviewed and commented on the 8000+ pages of (Draft Environmental Impact Statement) analysis.” They submitted more than 1,500 “technical comments” before the deadline a month ago; now, the biggest comments of all – which routing/station options the city wants to officially support. First, for The Junction:
The slide deck goes into more detail about why the city’s behind each option in the draft recommendations. Next, for Delridge:
And for the new bridge to get light rail across the Duwamish River, here’s the city’s choice:
The city support doesn’t carry an official weight – the final decisions on routing and station locations are in the hands of the Sound Transit Board, whose members include City Council President Debora Juarez and Mayor Bruce Harrell. They’re expected to settle on a “preferred alternative” at their July 28th meeting, though the absolute final word isn’t due until next year.
P.S. The board has made a big decision in the meantime – they’ve settled on a potential new CEO, Julie Timm from Richmond, Virginia – here’s the announcement made today.
For most of last night’s school concert at Louisa Boren STEM K-8, the program went along fairly traditional lines. Elementary instrumental-music students began the night:
Introductory Band followed:
The Intermediate Band‘s part of the program included Ukraine’s anthem:
But the closing act turned the tables. For most of the night, parents had comprised the audience, proudly cheering on the students. Then suddenly – parents took the stage!
The tipster told us, “The band teacher, Mx. Sonja Borsman, put this together with 2 rehearsals. As far as we know, this is not a common thing. Several of the parents have been or are currently in bands, and others haven’t played since they were in high school.” Here’s what they called themselves:
This was kept as a total surprise up till showtime.
Most of the Washington State Ferries news here lately has been related to ongoing planning for the Fauntleroy terminal/dock rebuild. But the ferry system is still in a reduced mode of operation on some routes, including Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth, and has announced online community meetings to provide updates on where things stand. The meetings are set for 1 pm Tuesday, June 14th, and 6 pm Wednesday, June 15th. From the announcement, here’s the plan:
WSF staff will give a brief presentation on upcoming summer service, hiring challenges and the agency’s process to restore service to pre-pandemic levels. Participants will be able to ask questions and provide comments during the meeting. Both meetings will cover the same material and are designed to give participants the option to join the meeting that best fits their schedule.
The weekend’s almost here and you have many options for how to spend it. If you haven’t already seen this one in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar – here’s a reminder of one option for celebrating our greenspaces, sent by Judy Bentley:
On National Trails Day, Saturday, June 4, follow the water in the Puget Creek Watershed. Under the guidance of Steve Richmond, long-time advocate for restoring the health of Puget Creek, follow the creek from its origins near Puget Ridge Edible Park to its outlet into the Duwamish Waterway near the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center. Part of this three-mile trail from ridge to river and back is standard gravel; other parts are unimproved social trails. Begin at the Puget Ridge Edible Park, 1899-1801 SW Brandon St, at 11 a.m. RSVPs welcomed at firstname.lastname@example.org.