West Seattle, Washington
The season that took the West Seattle High School volleyball team all the way to the state tournament ended there tonight. The Wildcats lost two matches, one in the morning against Shorewood High School (3-0) and one in the evening against Peninsula High School (3-2). The scoreboard shows the last one was a heartbreaker – first WSHS was down 2-0, then took the next two sets to tie at 2-2, but lost the fifth and final set by the barest of margins. Head coach Scott Behrbaum‘s team took second place in the Metro League and third in the district tournament on the way to the state 3A championships in Yakima.
Saturday is a huge day if you’re ready to shop:
The Peace Lutheran Church bazaar at 39th/Thistle in Gatewood is one of six holiday bazaars and craft fairs listed for Saturday in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide. Organizers have been advertising the event on WSB to ensure you know you’re invited – in addition to selling handmade and fair-trade items 10 am-3 pm, they’re also offering craft activities for kids 10 am-2 pm and a hot lunch option 11 am-1 pm. If you can’t get there Saturday, they’ll do it again – minus lunch and crafts – noon-3 pm Sunday.
WHITE CENTER LIBRARY GUILD BAZAAR/BOOK SALE, NOVEMBER 17 & 18: Two-day bazaar and book sale at White Center Library – on Friday and Saturday (11 am-4 pm both days). (1409 SW 107th)
Also tomorrow – the Alki Masonic Center‘s holiday bazaar, 9 am-4 pm in The Junction … the Arrowhead Gardens craft fair, 10 am-3 pm, promising “wreaths, floral arrangements, crochet and knitting crafts, and homemade goods” … Admiral Church is having an “Old World-style Christmas Market,” 10 am-4 pm … it’s the second day of the White Center Library Guild‘s bazaar and book sale, 11 am-4 pm … and if you don’t mind venturing a little further south, the Shorewood Elementary PTA also invites you to their holiday bazaar too, 10 am-4 pm. Follow the links for addresses, or find them in our updated-daily Holiday Guide and see what else is happening!
4:42 PM: The ship carrying new cranes for West Seattle’s Terminal 5 is still a few hours out, according to MarineTraffic.com, which shows it just past Port Townsend. That’s 36 nautical miles from West Seattle, and the ship Zhen Hua 27 is currently traveling about 12 knots, so it’s not likely to be here before 7:30 pm. We’ll continue to update here until it arrives.
5:42 PM: An hour later, it’s still sailing at 12 knots, now off the south end of Whidbey Island.
6:42 PM: Off Shoreline, same speed.
7:33 PM: In Elliott Bay now, but little lighting, so not much to see.
7:55 PM: Phone pic as it rounded Duwamish Head:
The cranes are for the south berth at Terminal 5. We’ll be following up on when regular cargo calls are expected to begin.
ADDED 9:59 AM SATURDAY: Thanks to everyone who’s sent morning views! This one’s from Troy Adams:
This one was texted by David:
3:22 PM: Seattle Fire is sending a “full response” to a reported house fire in the 8800 block of 9th SW. Updates to come.
3:25 PM: This is the same block where a vacant house had a fire a month ago. This house reportedly was occupied and those inside are reported to be out safely.
3:31 PM: Firefighters just reported it’s under control.
3:36 PM: 9th SW is blocked at Henderson both ways, and Henderson eastbound is being blocked at 10th SW.
3:40 PM: They’re calling for the Red Cross to assist the people affected by the fire.
3:58 PM: More than half of the responding units have been cleared from the scene.
4:08 PM: East/westbound Henderson is reopening, police just told dispatch.
Opponents of the plan for pickleball courts in Lincoln Park have been asking the city for a public meeting, as had City Councilmember Lisa Herbold. It’s just been announced, with other West Seattle projects on the agenda too:
Seattle Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce a virtual community meeting to provide updates on various West Seattle Park projects in response to community inquiries and to provide an opportunity for community awareness and input. Have a question you’d like answered at the meeting? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
West Seattle Park Project Updates Virtual Meeting
Monday, November 27, 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Come learn about courts being resurfaced for pickleball at Lincoln Park, the Hiawatha Community Center Stabilization Work, West Seattle’s off-leash area update, the new park coming to West Seattle Junction, South Park Community Center and site improvements, the playground at Lincoln Park, and other projects.
OPENING DAY FOR SHUG’S MINI: The sibling shop to Shug’s Soda Fountain in Pike Place Market is finally officially open at 3800 California SW, as of less than an hour ago. Above are West Seattle-residing Shug’s proprietors Colleen Wilkie and Paul Dormann. They plan to be open noon-9 pm Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays for starters.
CLOSING DAY AT STAPLES IN WESTWOOD: As first reported here last month, this is the final day for the Westwood Village Staples Store.
We went in to ask; they’re open until 6 pm but as you’d expect, there’s not much left (they’ve been having a 75% off clearance sale). Two-thirds of the store is already roped off and dismantling is under way – even the webpage is gone. No official word yet what’s next for the space (or for that matter the similarly sized ex-Bed Bath and Beyond to the west).
Three reports in West Seattle Crime Watch this morning:
RUSH HOUR CRASH-AND-GRAB: Thanks for the tips and photos. Above is Jolene‘s photo of the stolen Chevrolet Silverado that was used in a crash-and-grab burglary at Rush Hour in The Junction (4448 California SW) just before 5 am. We just went to Rush Hour to find out more from the shop’s owners.
They told us the burglar(s) got away with some clothing, but not a major dollar amount – the damage was far more costly. Police told them the truck had been stolen in West Seattle (per incident audio, that happened in South Delridge, and the pickup’s owner wasn’t even aware yet). No description of the burglar(s) so far. Meantime, the shop owners are not sure yet whether they’ll be able to open today but promised an update. The shop has been in The Junction less than a year.
(3:07 PM UPDATE: Rush Hour IS open now after some repairs and will be until 8 pm tonight. We also asked them about their moving plans; they expect to open a permanent location in the ex-bike/ex-beauty storefront at 4517 California SW on December 2.)
STOLEN KONA: At least two other auto thefts in West Seattle this morning – first from John: “Reported to SPD a stolen white Hyundai Kona (with the anti-theft recall installed), License # BVL 7802. Stolen in North Admiral near the corner of SW College St and 44th Ave SW, between midnight and 4:30 am.” (Added: Police incident # 23-332133.) SATURDAY UPDATE: John says it was one of the three stolen Kias found near 17th and Barton, along with Tina’s, reported here on Tuesday.
STOLEN PICKUP: This just came in as we were writing this roundup – Jeff‘s black Chevrolet Silverado 1500 was stolen around 8 am:
I wanted to report a stolen truck, which was taken from directly in front of our house (North Admiral, due east of Hiawatha). I had started it to defrost the windows and warm it up, went inside to help get the kids out the door for school, and came back outside and it was gone. Keys were in the truck. I filed a police report, Incident #: 23-332193. The license plate is C92172X.
CRANES ARRIVAL: No ETA yet but the ship carrying the new port cranes for Terminal 5 has just entered the Strait of Juan de Fuca so it’s still hours away. (Added: Track the ship here; at 12:23 pm it’s just approaching Port Angeles so this may be an after-dark arrival.)
STAY ‘N’ PLAY: Free drop-in indoor gym for kids 5 and under and their caregivers, 10-11:30 am at Arbor Heights Community Church (4113 SW 102nd).
JAPANESE STORY TIME: 10:30 am with Sayoko at High Point Library (3411 SW Raymond)
WHITE CENTER LIBRARY GUILD HOLIDAY BAZAAR/BOOK SALE: 11 am-4 pm, day one of this two-day fundraising sale at White Center Library (1409 SW 107th).
SHUG’S GRAND OPENING: As previewed here, it’s grand-opening day for Shug’s Mini, noon-9 pm. (3800 California SW)
SCRABBLE CLUB: You can play 12:30-1:30 pm at Margie’s Café inside the Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon).
NORTHWEST WINE ACADEMY: Tasting room/wine bar open 1-6 pm on the north side of South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor), student-produced wine by the glass or bottle.
VISCON CELLARS: Tasting room/wine bar open – wine by the glass or bottle – 5-9 pm at Viscon Cellars (5910 California SW; WSB sponsor). Try the newly released red wines!
PARROTHEADS RAINBOW BINGO: Fundraiser party for the West Seattle Rotary Service Foundation, featuring Rainbow Bingo with Sylvia O’Stayformore, 5:30 pm at West Seattle Golf Course (4470 35th SW) – check to see if tickets remain!
SPAGHETTI DINNER: Let the West Seattle High School Key Club cook dinner for you tonight! 6 pm spaghetti-dinner fundraiser at WSHS (3000 California SW), 6 pm. Not just food, but fun too, imcluding bingo.
COFFEEHOUSE MUSIC: The Brews Brothers at C & P Coffee (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. No cover.
DANCE NIGHT AT THE SPOT: Fridays are DJ Dance Night at The Spot West Seattle (2920 SW Avalon Way), 7-10 pm.
‘THE LARAMIE PROJECT’: Final night for West Seattle High School‘s student production, 7:30 pm – ticket info and more in our calendar listing.
AT THE SKYLARK: 8 pm, Bent Not Broken, The Cells at The Skylark: “Local West Seattle rock bands BENT NOT BROKEN and THE CELLS will take the stage at The Skylark Cafe on November 17th at 8 pm sharp with all original modern hard hitting rock and a flair for the eclectic. Come and support live local music at one of West Seattle’s iconic rock venues.” (3803 Delridge Way SW), all ages until 10 pm.
DJ NIGHT AT REVELRY ROOM: Music 9 pm-1 am on Fridays! (4547 California SW)
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One week ago, we reported on the passing of Chas Redmond and his many years of extensive community involvement. Now his family has announced the plan for his celebration of life – 1-4 pm December 16 at the Senior Center of West Seattle – and is sharing his formal obituary:
Charles Roland Redmond III, born March 11, 1947, passed away Monday, November 6, 2023. He is survived by his wife, Katherine Wilber, and his two sons, Leif (46) and Adam (39). He died peacefully after suffering a stroke earlier in the year, which was followed by compounding health issues.
“Chas” was born in Wilmington, NC, and, as the son of a dad who worked for the US military, moved around a lot with his mother and two brothers. As a child, he lived in many places in the US as well as in other countries, including Morocco and southern France.
After graduating high school in Pennsylvania, Chas attended Penn State University in State College. During his studies, he became involved with the student-run radio station – the first indication of what would become a lifelong love of music. He spent the long State College winters searching within himself and later credited that time with sparking a never-ending journey to better understand reality, his place in the universe, and other philosophical questions.
After college, Chas volunteered for the Vietnam War. Because his brother Mike had already volunteered as a Marine and was stationed in Vietnam, Chas was sent to Korea, where he completed his service as administrative staff.
Following his honorable discharge from the Army, Chas was hired in Seattle as a reporter for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and quickly fell in love with the city where he would spend his final twenty years.
But first, he moved to Washington, DC, where he worked for the US Park Service on the National Register of Historic Places. He and Katherine met in DC, then both moved to Houston, Texas, where he worked at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. He was working as a public affairs officer on NASA’s Viking mission to Mars when Katherine became pregnant, and they named their first child Leif after the Viking Leif Erikson and in honor of the spirit of exploration, another of Chas’s many loves.
In 1980, they moved back to DC, where NASA’s headquarters is located, and they also welcomed son Adam to the family. When Chas wasn’t embedding himself into as many parts of NASA’s work as he was able to, he bicycled all over the city. Many summers, Chas led the family on cross-country road trips, including to places like Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico and Big Bend National Park in Texas. Both sons inherited Chas’s love of and appreciation for nature. In his later years in DC, he “invented” panoramic virtual reality photos (photography was another of his passions) and created a series of interesting intersections from every quadrant of the city.
Chas retired shortly after becoming eligible, and after making sure he left his NASA colleagues with as much wisdom as he could offer, he and Katherine relocated to West Seattle. One of the pair’s first adventures was adding a second floor to the house, with Chas’s studio and the 3rd floor “tower” designed to maximize views of the water and the islands and mountains beyond.
In Seattle, Chas wasted no time getting involved wherever his interests led him, making valuable contributions across a wide range of community, music and art initiatives. From Westside Seattle: “Redmond was a three-time Chair of the City Neighborhood Council, a City-chartered citizen engagement organization, one of the founding members of Sustainable West Seattle, former board member and community map and trails collaborator for Feet First, former member of the Camp Long Advisory Council, and the live events and music producer for the Morgan Community Festival, the Alki Art Fair, the Delridge Day festival, and additional festivals throughout Seattle.”
Throughout his life, Chas could be found creating art – painting, drawing, constructing mobiles, making sculptures, and taking photos. He was also deeply involved in music, doing the sound for local bands (including the Slags and Sidesaddle Cowboys) and festivals. And he became well-known for melted crayon art and could be seen chatting with countless passersby while selling pieces during Art Walk.
Chas became a father-in law in 2008 and a grandfather in 2009, and embraced both roles with gusto. One particular highlight was getting to spend two weeks gallivanting about Seattle with his two granddaughters during the summer of 2019, and the trio spent their days sampling the city’s best croissants, touring nearly every park, and enriching themselves at the many museums. Chas also found ways to stay involved remotely: during the pandemic years, he and the girls engaged in Lego-building sessions via Zoom.
Chas will be dearly missed. His spirit of adventure, knack for storytelling, ingenuity in solving mechanical and electrical problems, eye for and appreciation of natural beauty, willingness to help friends, thoughtful gift-giving, tireless endurance for long bike rides and walks … All of these and more made Chas who he was. Though the world is a poorer place without his gifts, Chas’s loved ones go forward with gratitude for all he’s given them.
(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)
Here’s your chance to be Santa, without needing the beard and suit (unless you have them already) – Toys for Tots time! The photo above shows what generous people brought last year to Northwest Insurance Group (5431 California SW; WSB sponsor), and John Moore tells us they’re now collecting donations for this year. We asked John what might be most appreciated this year: “Older kids (11 and early teens) tend to be the most challenging and left out as far as gifts. Items like soccer, football, basketball balls tend to be popular- just nothing wrapped, as they have to be sorted by the Marine Corps.” Whatever you can donate it, bring it to the Northwest Insurance Group office any weekday between 8 am and 4 pm (except Thursday and Friday next week) by December 11th. This drive and others are featured all season long in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide!
6:03 AM: Good morning! It’s Friday, November 17th, and we’re now less than a week from Thanksgiving.
WEATHER AND SUNRISE/SUNSET TIMES
Mostly sunny, high in the low 50s. Sunrise today is at 7:17 am; sunset, 4:30 pm.
Water Taxi is on its regular schedule too. Advance holiday alert – the Water Taxi will be out of service Thursday (Thanksgiving) and Friday next week.
SPOTLIGHT TRAFFIC CAMERAS
High Bridge – the main camera:
High Bridge – the view from its southwest end (when SDOT points the 35th/Avalon/Fauntleroy camera that way):
1st Ave. S. Bridge – southeastern route across the river:
Highway 99: – northbound side at Lander:
BRIDGE INFO: The @SDOTBridges feed on Twitter/X shows whether the city’s movable bridges (including the West Seattle low bridge) are opening for vessel traffic.
If you see trouble on the bridges/streets/paths/bay, please text or call us (when you can do that safely, and after you’ve reported to authorities if applicable). Thank you!