West Seattle, Washington
Two reader reports:
TWICE-STOLEN CAR: Madeline already has her car back, again, but wants to alert others:
I want to put a warning out for all car owners (especially Kia or Hyundai owners) that live in the surrounding neighborhoods of EC Hughes park. My 2018 Hyundai Tucson was stolen in April, and was luckily located, but turned into a $7000+ repair. This happened on the 7500 block of SW Holden St and 28th Ave SW. Last night sometime between 9 pm-12:15 am on the 7700 block of SW Kenyon St and 34th Ave SW. This was the exact same car stolen, with updated anti-theft features, in less than 6 months. Luckily I had an AirTag hidden very well in my car, and the Puyallup PD and I were able to track it down there. The Hyundai and Kia thefts are far from over, unfortunately.
If you have one of those cars, remember that SPD is giving away more steering-wheel locks this week, on Tuesday and Saturday – details here.
‘LITTLE FREE LIBRARY 8702 IS OUT FOR REPAIR’: That’s how Gay headlined this emailed report:
As many people were concerned while walking, driving, and biking up 48th … please know that we are not stealing the library. She has taken another senseless blow and will be out for repairs. Matt Lukin just remade the door this summer and the way it was built it would take a considerable effort and force to snap the dove-tailed door apart.
She will bounce back as she always does.
The weekend “heat advisory” alert has expired as of 8 pm, and the forecast suggests we’re on track for a cooldown, with a high in the 70s tomorrow, the 60s Tuesday – when, the National Weather Service says, “temperatures will be their coolest since June” – and possible showers/thundershowers inbetween. In the meantime, some smoke lingers, as air-quality readings underscore.
If you like exploring the beach, you should know that the next four days bring this year’s last round of daytime low-low tides, not as low as earlier this month but low enough for significant wildlife-watching. Fall and winter low-low tides are at night. So here’s what’s ahead for the next four days:
Monday, 9:10 am: -1.9L
Tuesday, 10:03 am: -2.3L
Wednesday, 10:52 am: -2.4L
Thursday, 11:39 am: -1.9L
Earlier this year, we told you about Tommy Andrade, proprietor of <strong>Southpaw Barbershop, and his program providing free haircuts for foster kids. Now he’s broadened it into a coalition beyond West Seattle – and he wants you to know in case you’re either interested in joining or know someone who could take advantage of the services:
As you may know I am a proud supporter of and advocate for foster kids and have been doing free haircuts for them since I graduated barber college.
When I opened my shop I was excited to further my commitment to making a change by expanding my availability for the free haircuts and instill giving back as part of my company culture. I was happy that instead of being a one-man show that all of the barbers working with me also offered their services. However, I couldn’t help but feel as though I could do more. Realizing that it is not always convenient for the families to come to West Seattle and that me opening shops everywhere was not currently feasible, I thought about reaching out to others who would have my same mentality of giving back.
Thus Friends of Southpaw was thought of. I reached out to my dear friend Heather Goss with GGD Creative who took on the project pro bono because she also had the same kind of heart. Together we built friendsofsouthpaw.org. We now have a network of barbers and stylists from West Seattle to Olympia, Tacoma, and as far as Austin and Galveston, TX. We have people from San Francisco, California, Portland, Oregon, Everett, Auburn, and Kent being added next week. What started also as a platform for mostly free haircuts has also turned into others offering services such as free swim lessons, discounted automotive services and apprenticeships to kids aging out of the system.
We are excited to see this grow!
If you’re interested in either joining Tommy’s coalition or arranging for services, go here to send a message!
(WSB file photo)
A reminder as summer ebbs: All but one of West Seattle’s wading pools have already closed for the season, but Lincoln Park‘s wading pool is open through Labor Day – and that’s also the final day for the two other city-run outdoor aquatics facilities open right now in West Seattle: Saltwater, beachfront Colman Pool and Highland Park Spraypark. Unless there’s major bad weather sometime between now and Labor Day (Monday, September 4th), all three will be open daily – noon to 7 pm for Colman Pool and the Lincoln Park wading pool (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW), 11 am to 8 pm for the spraypark (1100 SW Cloverdale).
Celebrating one of the most abundant vegetables of the season, the West Seattle Farmers’ Market is hosting the Zucchini 500 today. First you make a zucchini vehicle, perhaps with parental help; then you decorate it …
and then it’s off to the race track!
You’ll find all this at the south end of the market, right by the California/Alaska entrance. The zucchini and trimmings are free (though since the market is a nonprofit, donations are always welcome).
STOLEN MOTORCYCLE: Reported via text:
My motorcycle was stolen this morning on 16th Ave SW in front of South Seattle College. Between the hours of 4:45 am-7:02 am. It was a 2017 Kawasaki z650, all black. The people who stole it didn’t have keys and there was a lock on the front tire. So it had to have been picked up by a truck of some sort. If anyone has any information or has seen anything, please reach out to me via email or text. Ivyfreyab@gmail.com 206-981-6190
Police incident # is 23-247255.
STOLEN CARGO E-BIKE: Reported via email:
Tern GSD electric cargo bike with two batteries and with 7,300+ miles stolen on 8/26/23. Clubhouse with seating for two kids, aftermarket mudflap on rear fender. Transporter Rack with black ILE Bag. Black tape used to secure chain-guard. Please help me find this daily commuter/kid-hauler.
If found, please report to SPD case number T23018872
(That’s a temporary tracking number; we’ll substitute the permanent case number when we receive it.
Family and friends plan to gather October 5th to remember Earl Eugene Nokes, Jr., and are sharing this remembrance now:
On August 17, 2023, the Nokes Family lost a patriarch and a major pillar of our community when Earl Eugene Nokes, Jr., leapt from this world into heaven.
Gene attended West Seattle High School, as did many of his cousins and his three younger brothers Bill, Don, and Ed and sister Elaine. He graduated from WSHS in 1962.
After serving in the Air Force, Gene married his sweetheart, Paula, 55 years ago on August 17, 1968.
He then began a sales career that took him hither and yon, finally settling his family in Dublin, CA, where he became a mainstay of St. Raymond’s Catholic Church.
Gene, affectionately known as “Genie-boy” to us, leaves behind a legacy of love, faith and devotion.
He now joins his son Byron and sister Margaret “Peggie” Nokes Hunnicutt, both of whom journeyed on this past year.
Gene Jr. is survived by his loving wife Paula, and their daughters Kerry (Dan) Page, Erin (James) Spence, Gwen (Patrick) Crane, all of whom provided loads of love and affection for Gene and Paula over the years, along with an abundance of grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
See you on the other side, our lovely brother, uncle, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and life-long friend. We miss you!
A Celebration of Life for Gene will be held at St. Raymond’s Catholic Church, 11555 Shannon Ave. Dublin, CA, at 10 am on October 5, 2023.
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Here are today’s highlights, mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
FREEWAY-CLOSURE REMINDERS: Two major closures scheduled to continue today – Highway 518 eastbound, from 509 eastward, which means you can’t take that route to the airport or Southcenter (among other destinations); Highway 520 both ways between Seattle and Bellevue. You can check WSDOT on Twitter/X to see if either reopens early.
BABY DEVELOPMENTAL PLAY & Q/A: 9 am event at Alki for parents with babies. Call quick to save a spot! Info’s in our calendar listing.
ZUCCHINI 500 @ WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, the market is open between SW Alaska and SW Oregon on California, offering late-summer fruit and vegetables as well as flowers, cheese, fish, meat, baked goods, condiments, fresh-cooked food, beverages (from kombucha to beer/wine), nuts, more. Here’s today’s vendor list. Plus today – the return of the Zucchini 500, with a chance for kids to build and race zucchini-based vehicles, as explained here.
3 ARTISTS’ SALE: 10 am-4 pm at 5029 26th SW – see our calendar listing for details.
HIGHLAND PARK SPRAYPARK OPEN: 11 am-8 pm daily through Labor Day. (1100 SW Cloverdale)
LINCOLN PARK WADING POOL OPEN: Noon-7 pm. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)
SUNDAY FUNDAY: Big free fun at Highland Park (1100 SW Cloverdale) noon-5 pm:
– Skate sessions hosted by United Skate Squad
– Vibe Bingo hosted by Chuck
– Games & Activities hosted by Ya Girl Ness
– Music by Mr. NYICE Guy & DJ Graham
– Snack boxes by Lizzie Lou’s
– Face painting by Ari the Face Painter
– Family Fun, Kids Activities, Vendors and more!
We kindly ask that you RSVP for this FREE community event here:
COLMAN POOL OPEN: Also at Lincoln Park, this outdoor salt-water pool is open noon-7 pm daily through Labor Day. See the session schedule here.
ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: Free weekly tours continue today, 1-4 pm, last tour starts at 3:45. Only one more chance this summer after today! (3201 Alki SW)
CHRISTMAS PEOPLE CELEBRATION: Have you baked and donated Christmas cookies? Delivered them? Supported The Christmas People in other ways? Thinking about helping them next holiday season? 3-8 pm at Alki Masonic Lodge (4736 40th SW), you’re invited to help celebrate their 25th anniversary. Buffet at 6 pm. Admission by free-will donation but call ASAP for a reservation – the number’s in our calendar listing.
SUNSET GONG BATH & MEDITATION: 7 pm at Lowman Beach (7017 Beach Drive SW) – details in our calendar listing. $25 suggested donation.
Something for our calendar – one-time or recurring? Email us the info – firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!