West Seattle, Washington
Two more people filed today to run for Seattle City Council District 1, as King County Elections’ Filing Week concluded, and the fields for our three major no-incumbent races are finalized – unless somebody withdraws by the Monday deadline. From the KCE list, here are the lineups, linked to candidates’ websites if available:
SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL, DISTRICT 1 – 8 candidates
Preston Anderson (Wednesday)
Lucy Barefoot (Friday)
Stephen Brown (Monday)
Maren Costa (Tuesday)
Jean Iannelli Craciun (Monday)
Mia Jacobson (Friday)
Rob Saka (Monday)
Phil Tavel (Wednesday)
SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS BOARD OF DIRECTORS, DISTRICT 6 – 3 candidates
Rosie McCarter (Monday)
Gina Topp (Tuesday)
Maryanne Wood (Wednesday)
KING COUNTY COUNCIL, DISTRICT 8 – 3 candidates
Sofia Aragon (Tuesday)
Teresa Mosqueda (Monday)
Since each of these races has three or more candidates, they’ll all be on the August 1st ballot – unless a withdrawal takes one of the races down to two. Your chances to see candidates in person include two forums coming up – we’re presenting one to which all the City Council D-1 candidates will be invited, in the evening on June 6th; the 34th District Democrats plan an afternoon double bill on June 10th, with the D-1 candidates and the County Council D-8 candidates. We’re also contacting all this week’s new entrants to find out more about them.
Just received these notices from SDOT:
-This weekend, SDOT will be paving Myers Way S between Olson Place SW and 2nd Ave SW. The road will be closed to all vehicles except transit from 7 a.m. Saturday, May 20 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 21.
-On Saturday, May 20, SDOT will be performing sidewalk construction at Chelan Ave SW and W Marginal Way SW to build a new curb ramp.
Got a student in your household who’s interested in robotics? Two teams that meet a bit south of here – but have, and welcome, West Seattle participants – sent this announcement of an event that’s just a few days away:
Two local robotics teams will be hosting an information night for students and their families on May 23rd, from 6:30 to 8 pm. Tekerz Robotics and Skunk Works Robotics are competitive robotics teams based in the Highline area. They are affiliated with 4-H and accept members from any school, including homeschoolers. The teams share a workspace graciously provided by Highline Public Schools.
Skunk Works and Tekerz have been in the Highline area for 17 and 13 years respectively and have won numerous awards as part of FIRST robotics. Both are looking for new members who want an opportunity to develop and utilize skills in CAD, programming, graphic design, statistical analysis, marketing, wiring and parts fabrication. The teams function as businesses and learn marketable skills and teamwork under the supervision of mentors.
Students are welcome to visit with either team or both. The Tekerz plan to compete in FTC and FRC. The Skunks focus solely on the FRC division. FTC competes on a 12’x12′ field and builds robots that must fit into a 18″ cube. FTC is for students from 7th to 12th grade. FRC competes on a 54’x27′ field and builds robots that weigh less than 125lbs. The size requirements vary each year. FRC is primarily for 9th to 12th grade.
We ask that a parent or guardian attend as well. Interested students may fill out the Google form and the teams will contact them with additional information regarding the programs and the location prior to the event. You may also contact the teams directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Congratulations to the four local students announced as the Rotary Club of West Seattle‘s latest scholarship winners:
On May 9th, West Seattle Rotary awarded the 2022-23 West Seattle public high school Student of the Year (SoY) and Gambriell scholarships.
Will Fralia of West Seattle High won the $6,000 1st place SoY scholarship. He will be attending Washington State University. Drew Atkinson of Summit Atlas High won a $1,000 co-2nd place SoY scholarship. He will be attending the University of Washington. Evelyn Alfaro of Chief Sealth Int’l High won a $1,000 co-2nd place SoY scholarship (she could not attend due to an International Baccalaureate exam conflict). She will be attending the University of Washington. Each awardee was chosen by their high school to be their school’s SoY nominee from among their Student of the Month awardees. A SoY Evaluation Team of West Seattle Rotarians then made the final determination, a job made very difficult by the nominees’ extraordinary qualifications.
George Barron, a West Seattle High graduate and graduating South Seattle College student, won the $6,000 Gambriell scholarship. He will be attending Western Washington University. Ashton Sawade, a West Seattle High student, won the $1,500 2nd Place Gambriell Scholarship. He will be attending Washington State University. A Gambriell Evaluation Team of West Seattle Rotarians made the determination from among 10 applicants, once again a job made very difficult by the nominees’ extraordinary qualifications.
The SoY awards are made possible by donations to the West Seattle Rotary Service Foundation, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit operated by West Seattle Rotary volunteers. Donations can be made online (go to westseattlerotary.org) or by attending its fundraisers, such as the recent Rainbow Bingo and the May 20th Breakfast Fundraiser.
The Gambriell awards are made possible by an endowment made to the West Seattle Rotary Service Foundation in memory of Vern Gambriell, which is also operated by West Seattle Rotary volunteers.
Your next chance to support the Rotary Club’s community work is by joining them for the aforementioned fundraising breakfast at 8 am tomorrow (Saturday, May 20th) – details are in our calendar listing.
Shown after a practice earlier this week are some of the players you’ll see at this Sunday’s “Battle for West Seattle” softball game between the West Seattle Junction Association and West Seattle Chamber of Commerce. We asked for their rosters – the grids below are what they sent. First, WSJA:
Next, the Chamber:
Proceeds from the game go to the West Seattle Food Bank and White Center Food Bank (whose coverage area includes south WS). They’ll be playing at 12:05 pm Sunday (May 21st) at Mel Olson Stadium in Steve Cox Memorial Park (1321 SW 102nd), and you can buy tickets right now online – just go here.
P.S. Shortly after publishing this, we received the Chamber’s announcement of one business’s extra boost:
Mission Cantina Seattle is MATCHING all ticket sales for the Battle for West Seattle, so get your tickets now to support the West Seattle Food Bank and White Center Food Bank! Tickets are $12 — even if you can’t attend the game, you can still support our local food banks by purchasing a ticket.
The fun doesn’t stop there – get a Battle for West Seattle ticket to take 10% Off Your Mission Cantina Seattle Tab! Bring your digital ticket for the Battle for West Seattle into Mission Cantina for 10% off your bill from now until June 30th.
Mission Cantina is at 2325 California SW.
Four West Seattle Crime Watch notes:
STOLEN SILVER SOUL: WSB readers continue spotting stolen cars, so maybe this one is findable too. From Derek;
Looks like my 2019 silver Kia Soul, license plate number CAK0984 ,was stolen last night on a residential street by my apartment complex, 4500 40th Ave SW.. Hoping people can keep a look out for it; it has a crack in the windshield. Police report # 23-137078.
BUSINESS BURGLARY: The mini-mart in Morgan Junction just got burglarized, two months after reopening. The police report says the burglar(s) broke a large window to get in early this morning, and got away with “a large number of tobacco products.”
After obtaining that report, we stopped by for the photo, and store staff confirms that’s what was taken – no cash – and that no one was hurt.
PREVENTIVE MEASURES: Seen in the city permit files this week – the South Delridge 7-11 proposes “installing approximately 22 bollards at the front of the parking stalls so cars cannot drive into the storefront.”
CAR PROWL ON VIDEO: Sent by E:
On California Ave near Myrtle, 5/16 2 AM. Damage to rear door window, no items stolen. Male wearing white shirt walks directly to the car, briefly scopes out, walks around to street side, breaks window, attempts to jump in through the broken window, gets startled by something, starts running away, drops phone, returns to pick up phone, then starts running again. Police report # 23-908233. Also reports of 2 other car prowls in the last 4 days up on Fauntleroy, according to neighbors.
Plenty to cheer for in the West Seattle High School athletic program this year. Cheer itself is a sport – and the team is looking for a co-coach! Coach Nadine Nguyen asked us to share the announcement:
West Seattle High School Coed Cheer Team is looking for a New Coach to join their award-winning cheer team.
He/She will assist in coaching student athletes in competitive cheer techniques to prepare them for events and competitions. Preferably with stunting and competition experience.
If interested, please contact Coach Nadine Nguyen at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is just some of what’s on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar for today/tonight!
COFFEE BENEFIT: As previewed here, Genesee Hill Elementary PTA is urging support today for Hotwire Coffee (4426 California SW), which usually gives the PTA a portion of proceeds on third Fridays. Open until 6 pm.
GARDEN CENTER OPEN: Need more plants for your garden, containers, etc.? You can shop at the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) Garden Center, open with a wide variety of plants, until 3 pm. (North end of campus, 6000 16th SW)
JAPANESE STORY TIME: 10:30 am at High Point Library (3411 SW Raymond), Sayoko is bringing back Japanese-language Story Time! (Not library-sponsored, so it’s not on the SPL calendar)
SCRABBLE CLUB: Come play 12:30-1:30 pm at Margie’s Café in the Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon).
NORTHWEST WINE ACADEMY TASTING ROOM: 1-6 pm, open for visits at the north end of the South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor) campus.
UNITED FOR INFRASTRUCTURE: 3-8 pm at the Georgetown Steam Plant (6524 Ellis Ave. S.), infrastructure fans unite!
VISCON CELLARS: Stop by Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) for wine by the glass or bottle, 5-9 pm (5910 California SW).
WINE WALK: Sold out, so we’re just noting that The Junction will be busier tonight with more than a dozen venues participating in the spring Wine Walk.
DICK’S DRIVE-IN TRUCK: Back in West Seattle for the second time in a week! 5-8 pm at Ounces (3809 Delridge Way SW), where live music will also be happening 6-8 pm.
HIGHLAND PARK CORNER STORE AFTER HOURS: 6-9 pm, hang out, chow down, have fun. (7789 Highland Park Way SW)
SONGWRITER SHOWCASE: 6 pm signups, 6:30 pm music, at Kenyon Hall (7904 35th SW).
MUSIC AT TIM’S TAVERN: Deal (celebrating the Grateful Dead) takes the stage tonight. Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm. (16th/98th, White Center)
MUSIC AT C & P COFFEE: Alan Ehrlich performs, 7-9 pm (5612 California SW).
THEATER: Third weekend for “Zach” by Christian St. Croix, directed by Sara Porkalob, at ArtsWest (4711 California SW; WSB sponsor), 7:30 pm. Tickets here.
Something to add to our calendar? email@example.com – thank you!
From Shelby at Metropolitan Market in Admiral:
This little penguin got separated from their people over the weekend at our store, Metropolitan Market at Admiral, and they are very anxious to be reunited.
They’ve been helping us out in Floral, Sushi (which they did very much enjoy doing quality control tasting), and Produce, which I think is their favorite department, for some reason…
Still, there is no place like home and they would love to be found. Inquiries can be made with any of the front-end managers. We have them safe in our office. They are clearly very loved and must be very missed.
Family and friends will gather June 10th to remember Verona Ryan, and are sharing this remembrance with her community:
On this past beautiful Easter morning, our family took pause to think of our mother who had also recently risen, passing in her sleep on March 29th at the age of 90. She was the most remarkable combination of brains, compassion, and pragmatic problem-solving; at once artistic, analytical, graceful, humble, and beautiful, she embodied so many of the virtues we find ourselves still pursuing today.
Born July 6, 1932 in tiny Steinauer, Nebraska, as the fifth of six children to the Rev. Ernest and Ana Tischhauser, both Swiss immigrants, she was soon swept up with her siblings to a small town outside Austin, Texas where her father had been named pastor of a bilingual protestant church. Verona exhibited her brains early on by skipping two grades in elementary school, before moving at age 12 to Tacoma, WA where she graduated from Lincoln High School, met and married her high school sweetheart, Bill Morgan, and continued her study of music at Puget Sound College. They moved to West Seattle in 1956.
For the last 67 years Verona has been a pillar of strength and influence at Alki United Church of Christ. If there was ever glue that held a place together, she was it. She served multiple times as Chair or Business Manager of the Church’s Board of Directors, was influential in the Pacific Northwest Conference of the UCC, decorated every service with beautiful altar floral arrangements, offered her glorious soprano voice as choir soloist, and became church organist and keyboardist for 26 years of services, weddings, and memorials. In the background, Verona was also the part of three pastor selections, a leader of Women’s Fellowship, a key organizer of special events, and the creator of several major pieces of stained-glass art found around the church and in the homes of other parishioners. There were no bounds to her energy or commitment.
Through it all, she always remained open, approachable, patient, kind, humble. Verona was a calm but powerful force.
We are tremendously saddened by the loss of her guiding presence in our lives. Her cheerful demeanor and peaceful approach were always a blessing, always comforting; she was an island of calm in a world often too busy to slow down. She was also ready for the end. It was a frustrating disappointment to her, because the change to dependence came so rapidly and she so did not want to be a burden on anyone. Yet, she was also so appreciative of those who visited, and of those who cared for her. She would always remark how much she enjoyed our time together. Then she would make a point of saying, “But you better not feel guilty about not being able to be here.” To which we would laugh and say, “But mom, we always will. It’s part of loving you.”
Right up to the end she had a great sense of humor. Self-effacing, humble; frustrated, but recognizing this is often how the end plays out. Her sense of self-awareness never left. For us, it’s always so hard to see a great life end this way. For that, we are sad. But in heaven, we are sure she’ll get the best seat available – right in the front row.
Verona is survived by her daughter, Morgan Brig, sons Tim & Mark Morgan, step-daughter Beverly Taylor, and brother Eric Tischhauser.
A Celebration of Life will be held June 10, 1 pm, at Alki United Church of Christ, 6115 SW Hinds, Seattle. In lieu of flowers, please send remembrances or donations to Alki United Church of Christ or the West Seattle Food Bank.
(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)
Good morning. It’s Friday, May 18th.
BIKE EVERYWHERE DAY
What used to be Bike To Work Day has broadened to a celebration for all. You’ll find West Seattle Bike Connections with treats and info at the west end of the low bridge, now until 9 am.
(The map with all citywide “celebration stations” is here.)
WEATHER & SUNRISE/SUNSET TIMES
Today’s forecast: “Becoming sunny,” high in the low 70s. Sunrise was at 5:27 am; sunset will be at 8:45 pm.
-Saturday brings the West Seattle Bee Festival back to High Point, and Lanham Place alongside Commons Park will be closed to vehicle traffic for the street-fair component.
-Sunday is the first West Seattle 5K since 2019, which means morning street closures on Alki/Harbor Aves; the race course is between 61st SW and Luna/Anchor Park.
Metro – Regular schedule, but trip cancellations are still happening.
Water Taxi – Continuing the spring/summer schedule, including late-evening runs Friday and Saturday nights.
Washington State Ferries‘ Triangle Route continues on the 2-boat schedule; sailing cancellations remain possible on short notice, so check here for alerts/updates and see Vessel Watch for boats’ locations.
SPOTLIGHT TRAFFIC CAMERAS
Delridge cameras: Besides the one below (Delridge/Henderson), cameras are also up at Delridge/Genesee, Delridge/Juneau, Delridge/Orchard, and Delridge/Oregon.
High Bridge – the main camera:
High Bridge – the view from its southwest end (when SDOT points the 35th/Avalon/Fauntleroy camera that way):
Low Bridge – east-end vicinity:
1st Ave. S. Bridge – another route across the river:
Highway 99: – northbound side at Lander.
MORE TRAFFIC CAMS: See all working traffic cams citywide here, most with video options; West Seattle and vicinity-relevant cameras are on this WSB page.
BRIDGE INFO: Check the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed to see if the city’s movable bridges are opening for vessel traffic.
If you see a problem on the bridges/streets/paths/bay, please text or call us (when you can do it safely, and after you’ve reported to authorities). Thank you!
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