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Simple ways to make your home safer, plus Q&A with police, @ West Seattle Crime Prevention Council:

Home safety was the spotlight topic at the final West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting of the year, Tuesday night at the Southwest Precinct, so we’re starting with what the ~15 people in attendance heard from Jennifer Danner, the precinct’s crime-prevention coordinator:

She began by going around the room and asking people what they wanted to know about. Most had questions about video and cameras. Danner reminded everyone that she can do home-security assessments. She started with some myth debunking – “when a door is kicked in, it’s not the door that breaks, usually it’s the frame.” Changing the length of the screws with which your door is fastened is an easy, cheap way to help secure it, Danner said. When it comes to locks, exterior doors should have deadbolts – there too, the length is important; an inch-and-a-half throw is even better than the more-standard inch.

Window security – “You always want to add one more thing to your window,” since most windows can be broken into from the outside.

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COMMUNITY GIVING: West Seattle Food Bank gets a boost from real-estate community golf tournament

(Michael Mallagh [Co-Director] and David Katt)

This fall sunshine has been a boon for outdoor activities – including a benefit golf tournament organized by members of the local real-estate community to raise money for the West Seattle Food Bank. Don Bereiter from Windermere has sent photos and a wrap-up on the event held at the WS Golf Course last Friday – all totaling a $7,000 donation to the WSFB, from $3,500 in sponsorships and donations matched by PepsiCo. All from a first-ever tournament that was pulled together in just two weeks! Don continues:

Michael Mallagh and Stephanie Quam (Berkshire Hathaway HS Real Estate) are the brains behind it. They wanted to do something for the Food Bank and get others involved in the Real Estate community. Agents, lenders, title companies, etc., all pitched in a very short time period to make this happen. Below are a list of sponsors and volunteers just to show how everyone came together for a good cause. This was the first annual, and with more time for planning for next year, the dollar amount raised will be significantly larger.

The picture below is the winning team (from left to right) Mike and Debbie Kerns, Jill and Jim Campbell, with a score of 10 under par:


Pepsi – Kenny Turner: Matching Donation Sponsor
JetClosing – Nate Eisele: Beverage Ticket Sponsor
Stewart Title – Cathy Steger & Mary Forrey: Check-in Sponsor
The Westy, Connelly Skis, & The Bridge: Prize Supporters
Ballad Pictures / Adam Bale & Kent Colony: Photos
Garrett Wheadon – Sign Pros
Kelli Strand – Chicago Title
Ron Ballman – American Home Shield
Chris Dutton – Guild Mortgage
Holmquist + Gardiner Attorneys at Law
Nick Perovich – HomeStreet Bank
Shari Kruse – Windermere
Napoleon Williams – Cornerstone Home Lending

(Cathy Steger, Mary Forrey, Jennifer Whip, Stephanie Quam (Tournament Co-Director), Jennifer Ruemping, Sally Hardwick, Kathy Sheldon)


Kathy Sheldon – Berkshire Hathaway
Jennifer Ruemping – Berkshire Hathaway
Sally Hardwick (and Emily!) – Windermere
Jennifer Whip – Windermere
Stephanie Quam – Berkshire Hathaway

The Winners!

1st Place with a 62 (-10): Jill Campbell / Jim Campbell / Debbie Kerns / Mike Kerns ($300)
1st Place (Mixed Division) with a 69 (-3): Stephanie Quam / Marian Padgett / Tonya Hamilton / Chris Dutton ($200)
2nd Place with a 63 (-9): Napoleon Williams / Tyler Martinez / Matthew Martinez / Carsten Olufsen ($100)
Closest to the Pin (Hole 11): Jeff Dabbs & Nancy Spiro ($50 Gift Card)
Long Drive (Hole 12): Tyler Martinez and TBD for the women (the long drive results went missing, so if you hit the fairway let me know ;) ($50 Gift Card)

Motivated to join them in donating to the WS Food Bank? Here’s how.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Car break-in at Lincoln Park

The photo and report are from Leanne:

As I now understand, Lincoln Park is unsafe and cars are broke into here daily. A Good Samaritan helped me to clean the mess. It happened around 3:30 this afternoon. They got a leather tote, purse, iPad, etc. … but not my wallet!! Haha!!!

UPDATE: SW Genesee closed for 6+ hours after steel balls spill from truck

4:53 PM: Thanks for the tips! Those are forged-steel balls and bags full of them fell out of a truck on the SW Genesee hill east of Avalon, which is currently closed westbound as a result from 26th on up. We’d advise avoiding the area both ways for a while.

4:59 PM: Our crew at the scene says that these are heavy items – check the inscription on the bags:

So SDOT is trying to figure out how to clean up the ones that spilled. Some have rolled into vehicles parked in the area.

7:11 PM: Cleanup is under way – and both sides are blocked, we’re told – thanks for this texted photo:

Your co-publishers are embedded at community events tonight, so we appreciate an update (in comments preferably) if you notice the road has reopened before we get word of it!

8:50 PM: Just went by. Still closed.

10:06 PM: Scanner traffic indicates getting the truck off the hill will involve some backing up and potentially a temporary Delridge closure, so heads up on that.

11:23 PM: After more than six hours, the truck and balls are gone. We’ll do our best to follow up on whether any citation was issued.

CONGRATULATIONS! West Seattle HS golfer Lauryn Nguyen sets course record, wins Athlete of the Week

Two updates this afternoon on West Seattle High School golf star Lauryn Nguyen:

First, her WS Golf Course record has been confirmed. It was mentioned in this report on the WSHS girls-golf season that she was believed to have set it during the Metro Championships last week – and today, WSHS says it’s official – at 67, 5 under par, she holds the course’s women’s record.

Second, she is the third local high-school athlete in three weeks to be honored as a Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Athlete of the Week! WIAA noted in today’s announcement, “Nguyen was the Metro League Golf Championship Individual Champion with her score of 67, setting a new ladies’ course record by two strokes. She also was named Metro League Player of the Year.”

FOLLOWUP: Tunnel tolls finalized, plus other Highway 99 notes – including a change to this weekend’s closure plan

(WSDOT photo: NB view inside the tunnel, from August)

1:34 PM: The state Transportation Commission has finalized the toll rates for the Highway 99 tunnel – $1 to $2.25, depending on daypart, providing you use Good To Go. From the announcement:

On weekdays, tolls will be $1.50 during the morning peak commute (7 a.m. to 9 a.m.), $2.25 during the evening peak commute (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.), and $1.25 during non-peak hours between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. Overnight (11 p.m. to 6 a.m.) and weekend tolls will be $1.00. Toll rates will increase by 3 percent every three years beginning in July 2022, subject to annual review by the Transportation Commission.

The Transportation Commission has previously determined that there will be consistent exemptions on all toll facilities for public transit, emergency responders, highway maintenance vehicles, school buses and qualified private buses, which serve the public or commuters.

State law requires that SR 99 tunnel tolls be used to repay $200 million borrowed to build the tunnel as well as related debt service costs, and ongoing operations, maintenance, and safety costs.

Drivers will not be charged immediately when the tunnel opens in early February. The start date has not been set, but it will apparently be months after the tunnel opens rather than weeks – this WSDOT Blog report about traffic-pattern changes expected when the tunnel opens says tolling is “expected to begin as soon as summer 2019.” In the meantime, until tolling begins, the report says, WSDOT is projecting more drivers will use the tunnel than currently use the Viaduct. … While we’re discussing Highway 99, yet another reminder that it will be closed BOTH WAYS this weekend, starting Friday night (October 19th) for inspection plus some viaduct-to-tunnel-transition work. As always, if the closure ends early, we’ll update you here.

4:21 PM: And we have an update already. The NB part of this weekend’s closure will be shorter. From the WSDOT website: “Northbound SR 99 will close Saturday, Oct. 20 at 6 a.m. and reopen Saturday afternoon by 5 p.m. The southbound closure remains unchanged.”

UPDATE: Toddler found alone in Highland Park

11:58 AM: Tweeted by Seattle Police: “Officers located an unaccompanied 2-year-old boy near 8th Ave SW and SW Henderson a short time ago and are looking to reunite him with his parents. If you’re missing a child, please contact the SW Precinct at 206-733-9800 or 911.” Working to find out more.

12:47 PM: We went to the precinct to ask at the front desk. The child was spotted around 9:30 am by someone who called 911. Parents/guardians apparently not found yet, as he is now in CPS custody.

2:46 PM: No further info on circumstances but we did just get word there’s been a reunion.

4:10 PM: And a clarification – Southwest Precinct Operations Lt. Steve Strand tells us that while the child’s mother was found, the child remains with CPS for now “for safety reasons.”

West Seattle Wednesday: Candidates; WordsWest; Morgan Community Association; more!

(Photo by Don Brubeck, looking toward Magnolia from Upper Alki this morning)

Just a sampling of what’s happening:

WEDNESDAY AT THE MOVIES: 1 pm screening at the Senior Center of West Seattle. This afternoon’s movie: “Richard III” from 1995. $1 members/$2 nonmembers. (4217 SW Oregon)

LEARN ABOUT CREATING ‘INTENTIONAL HOUSEHOLDS’: Westside Neighbors Network is at HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor) for a free presentation explained here. Wine and hors d’oeuvres too, 6-7 pm. (4022 SW Alaska)

THE CANDIDATES! As ballots are mailed today, it’s almost time to vote. Tonight, the Delridge Neighborhoods District Council offers you another chance to see Joe Nguyen and Shannon Braddock, 34th District State Senate candidates, side by side, 7 pm in Olympic Hall at the south end of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus. P.S. Free parking. (6000 16th SW)

MORGAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: Busy night for MoCA‘s quarterly meeting, 7 pm at The Kenney. See the agenda here. (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW)

WORDSWEST LITERARY SERIES: West Seattle is a place to celebrate writing, and the monthly WordsWest events offer you an opportunity to see and hear topnotch writers. 7 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), “an evening with writers Stacey Levine and Anca Szilágyi, whose female characters inhabit and explore worlds that stretch far beyond their given roles.” (5612 California SW)

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS NIGHT: The West Seattle High School volleyball team is accepting donations for the fight against breast cancer during tonight’s home game against Cleveland. 7 pm. (3000 California SW)

MADISON PTSA: First general meeting of the 2018-2019 school year! 7 pm – agenda details here. In the school library. (3429 45th SW)

AND MORE! Check our complete calendar page to see what else is happening in the days and weeks ahead.

Motorcycle rider hurt in Morgan collision

SFD is just clearing 41st/Morgan, which has reopened after a crash that sent a motorcycle rider to the hospital. Police told us that the rider was headed uphill and a driver was headed downhill when they collided.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday watch; weekend 99 closure reminder

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

7:33 AM: Good morning! No transit alerts or outbound incidents from West Seattle so far.

WEEKEND VIADUCT CLOSURE: A reminder again, Highway 99 is scheduled to close in both directions this coming weekend (late Friday, October 19th, through early Monday, October 22nd) for the Alaskan Way Viaduct’s final planned inspection, plus some tunnel-transition-related work.

7:51 AM: Problem in the right eastbound lane on the bridge high-rise.

8:22 AM: SDOT says that scene is clear.

9:04 AM: Medic response at 41st/Morgan and texter tells us a motorcycle is involved. On our way to check.

UPDATE: West Seattle Health Club in North Delridge damaged after ‘RV’ hits building, sparks fire, gas leak

(CONTINUING TO ADD UPDATES as the day goes on)

(SFD photo)

1:25 AM: Seattle Fire has a “full response” arriving in the 2600 block of SW Andover. Updates to come.

1:32 AM: The address logged for the response is the West Seattle Health Club. “Light smoke” reported by fire crews searching inside. A gas meter is involved and an “ongoing gas leak” is reported.

1:37 AM: SFD says via Twitter that this started as an RV fire.

1:43 AM: Though RVs park nearby, generally west and north of the health club, this one hit the SW corner of the building, according to our crew who’s just arrived on scene.

(WSB photos from this point on)

1:57 AM: Photo added of the burned vehicle. No word yet on injuries but SFD’s public-information officer has just arrived on scene.

2:05 AM: You might recall that we covered an RV crash on the east side of the health club’s parking lot back in July; the building and its operations were not involved. Meantime, the gas leak remains the big lingering concern at the site right now.

All but four SFD units from the initial response are being dismissed.

2:21 AM: We’ve talked to SFD’s Kristin Tinsley. The gas is off now. She says (update) no one was treated for injuries. (Video added)

We don’t know yet how, or if, this will affect WSHC operations and will have to check back a little later in the morning. (If you get an update before we do, text/call our hotline – 206-293-6302.)

6:17 AM: Per texter the club is open but the pool is closed.

8:01 AM: As one commenter notes, the vehicle looks like a bus. However, RV is how SFD describes it, apparently more as a catch-all term for a rolling-residence type of vehicle. Meantime, the club posted this morning:

Well folks, another RV plows into the clubs property. This time it started a fire in the pool area and caused significant damage to the structure. We’ve been trying for months to have the RV encampment removed from Andover st. Please call the mayor’s office at 206 684 2489 and complain. We have to stop the unsafe conditions they bring to our club. Constant drug use, illegal dumping of garbage, and theft.

Unfortunately the pool will be closed until we can repair the damage. We will try to keep you posted on the reopening once we learn the extent of the damage.

We are also following up with SPD to see if they had contact with the driver, as SFD confirmed they did not.

8:42 AM: West Seattle Health Club has given us permission to publish its photos from the crash/fire aftermath:

“Enough is enough!” club management said in our exchange, vowing not to stop until they “get this resolved.”

12:20 PM: We are still waiting for responses to our followup questions for SPD. Meantime, Councilmember Lisa Herbold‘s office shares this report they just received from SFD:

The accidental fire occurred when the suspect of a shoplifting incident fled the scene in an approximately 15-passenger shuttle van and crashed the vehicle into the west exterior wall of the West Seattle Health Club’s pool building. The van collision damaged the exterior above-ground natural gas line. Fire from the van extended primarily to the exterior wall of the pool building. No injuries were reported. Damage is estimated at approximately $300,000.

Here’s an exterior view, as seen when we went back around 9:30 am:

What happened when the Seattle Public Library’s chief librarian came to West Seattle

When Marcellus Turner, who leads the Seattle Public Library system, came to West Seattle for a community conversation earlier this month, we weren’t able to be there, but SPL told us they planned an online recap. That recap is now online, and if you’re among SPL’s thousands of local users, you might be interested. Along with a summary of what Turner told those in attendance at Southwest Library, you can also read how he responded to the following questions – on the recap page, each is followed by a plus sign you can click to see the response.

Are building renovations covered under the maintenance portion of the budget?

Is the Library allowed to pursue grants?

Do you approach local businesses to request in-kind services?

When I was growing up, librarians were strict. But now, kids are often noisy while playing games on computers, sometimes multiple people per one computer. It goes against what I feel is the proper use for the Library.

Different libraries seem to allow different levels of noise. Can we have a maximum noise level?

If there’s a group that gets consistent complaints, can they be removed?

I have inadvertently viewed material on the public computers at the Central Library that I didn’t want to see. What is being done to prevent that?

How is the Library addressing the needs of people who need quiet vs. people who need to make noise?

Can the Library have resources, programs and outreach focused on people with dementia?

Could we have more Young Adult titles in Peak Picks?

Can the Library loan more physical objects? For instance, a wooden shoe that kids could learn to tie shoes with.

If nobody is waiting for a book, why are we limited to only two renewals?

Please don’t shelve juvenile non-fiction with adult non-fiction – it makes it hard for me to find the kids books.

Is the Wi-Fi turned off at night?

I want to see book groups at every branch.

When we give our information to a third party company through the Library, like for streaming videos or e-books, is the info we give them protected by the Library’s privacy policy?

This was Turner’s only West Seattle stop in the current round of community conversations. SPL says about 30 people were there.

West Seattle schools: Highland Park Elementary Move-A-Thon in the fall sunshine

Thanks to Highland Park Elementary PTA president Laura Olson for the photos and report:

The sun was shining for Highland Park Elementary’s second annual Move-A-Thon! Students wore their own individually tie-dyed spirit wear as they walked, skipped, and ran to the cheers of staff and parents.

A big thanks to our PTA volunteers who made this event possible and our sponsor Rain City West Screen Printing. While this was primarily a fitness celebration, it’s also a fundraiser. If you want to support the HPE PTA in it’s continuing good works, you are welcome to contribute!

Here’s how.

DELRIDGE TRIANGLE: Interested in leading the next phase of its redesign?

(Photo courtesy WWRHAH)

With a Neighborhood Matching Fund grant to help, local volunteers are ready to continue moving the Delridge Triangle into the future. Now, they’re ready for a partner. Here’s the announcement:

The Friends of the Delridge Triangle has now officially partnered with the Highland Park Improvement Club as our Fiscal Sponsor. We’ve now started the process of seeking a consultant or firm with expertise in planning, urban design, and/or landscape architecture to lead a series of public meetings to develop and deliver design concepts and cost estimates for the space located at 9200 Delridge Way.

If there are any local firms or consultants that are interested in submitting a response for consideration, the RFQ, support documentation and submissions process can be found at: delridgetriangle.org/rfq/

Submissions are due November 2nd. We hope to hear from interested professionals in the West Seattle community!

FOLLOWUP: Admiral sidewalk section restored

Thanks to Al and Andy for the tips! One week after we reported on the saga of the long-missing sidewalk section by the Admiral Way 7-11, it was finally restored today. Still closed for drying and finishing touches, of course.

UPDATE: Car-on-side crash in Fairmount Ravine

3:24 PM: Thanks to Ben for the photo and word of that car-on-side crash in Fairmount Ravine under the Admiral Way Bridge. No SFD dispatch is logged for it, so apparently no injuries, and as shown in the photo, a tow truck was already on scene when he sent the photo a short time ago, but avoid the road – a popular cut-through from east Alki to Admiral – for a while.

3:52 PM: Just went through to check; the road’s clear.

UPDATE: West Seattle gets second ballot dropbox

3 PM: Two years after getting its first permanent ballot dropbox from King County Elections, West Seattle is about to get a second one. Lora Radford of the West Seattle Junction Association has been working with KC Elections on a location for a dropbox in The Junction. She sends word that they expect “any day now” to install one on the south side of SW Alaska west of California SW: “I’m excited this box will be permanently located in the Junction.” The KCE website already shows it! West Seattle’s only dropbox until now has been along SW Raymond by the High Point Library, installed in 2016; that one will remain. General-election voting will start later this week, when ballots start showing up in voters’ mailboxes. If you’d rather drop your ballot in a mailbox, the new prepaid-postage program continues, too.

4:11 PM: Thanks to Angelo for noting in a comment that the box is now in place! Photo added above.

Should the city spend a little more to keep Colman Pool open longer?

(WSB file photo of Colman Pool)

Later this week, the Seattle City Council starts getting down to specifics in potential changes/additions to the mayor’s proposed budget plan. One group of West Seattleites thinks a little money could be spent to get a little more use out of a public asset in West Seattle: Colman Pool. If you agree, now’s the time to speak up. The 77-year-old, city-owned outdoor saltwater pool on the Lincoln Park shore is open less than three months a year – it opens for weekends from Memorial Day until mid-June, then daily until Labor Day, and usually a post-season weekend.

The photo above was shared by Venkat Balasubramani, one of a group of Colman Pool fans who gather for an end-of-season picnic and talked about campaigning to add some operating days to the pool as well as some funding to address its maintenance backlog. He says the issues brought up by pool users ranged from pump maintenance (you might recall that the pool was closed for four days this summer because of pump trouble) to the need for better, more thorough cleaning of dressing areas and pathways, as well as the restrooms, which the swimmers say also are desperately in need of toilet seats.

They’ve contacted our area’s Councilmember Lisa Herbold as well as Councilmember Debora Juarez, who chairs the committee that oversees parks and other public assets. Herbold’s staff told the swimmers that she has “submitted a ‘Form A’ in the budget process which requests additional funding to extend the use of the pool by one month every year and to add any funds necessary to fix the maintenance backlog.” But public support is required for changes to the budget, so if you’re interested in more use of/support for Colman Pool, there are two ways to show it:

-Send e-mail that goes to the entire council, council@seattle.gov
-Show up at the next major public hearing on the budget, 5:30 pm Tuesday, October 23, at City Hall downtown

For the request to move forward, Herbold’s staff told the swimmers, they need at least two other councilmembers to sign on as co-sponsors by the day after that hearing, October 24th.

CONGRATULATIONS! Senior Center of West Seattle volunteer Jean Carroll honored doubly

Imagine getting a new award that is not only for your accomplishments but is also named in your honor for years ahead of honoring others! That just happened at the Senior Center of West Seattle, which shares the news:

The Senior Center of West Seattle held its yearly volunteer appreciation party to show our enormous love and gratitude to the more than 200 volunteers who donate their time, skill, and care that make it possible to do all that we do.

This year’s celebration was extra special in that we honored longtime volunteer Jean Carroll with the first annual Jean Carroll Extraordinary Volunteer Service Award. Jean has been a West Seattle resident for 86 years. Jean’s incredible dedication and commitment inspired us to create this award to recognize her 20+ years of volunteer service.

Not only are we honoring her this year, but this award will be given to a different volunteer each year who demonstrates these characteristics. Thank you, Jean, for the tens of thousands of hours of your time and expertise you have so generously given to the Center!

Jean was spotlighted in the center’s spring 2014 newsletter, which described her as helping with tasks from tracking hundreds of center memberships to leading prospective new members on tours to serving lunches in the center’s Junction Diner. Want to join her? Here’s how.

(Photo by Gail Ann Photography: Jean Carroll with the center’s executive director Lyle Evans)

Highlights for your West Seattle Tuesday

(Fall colors on Admiral Way, photographed by Al)

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, some of what’s up in the hours ahead:

FREE PLAY SPACE: Until noon, you and your kid(s) are invited to the free play space – with free WiFi and hot beverage(s) for you – at the West Seattle Church of the Nazarene. (42nd SW/SW Juneau)

FOR THE LOVE OF TEA: 10 am at High Point Community Center: “A program sponsored by Seattle Parks & Recreation in partnership with the Seattle Chinese Garden offers a chance to experience a traditional Chinese gathering for making, serving, tasting, and sharing tea, plus a special poetry reading.” $12.50 program fee. (6920 34th SW)

HOUSING FAIR: 10 am at the Senior Center of West Seattle. Free lunch for those who visit at least four vendors; call to see if there’s still room. (4217 SW Oregon)

LIGHT RAIL WALK-AND-TALK: 4:30-6:30 pm, Feet First invites you to walk from The Junction to Delridge and talk about siting West Seattle’s future light-rail stations. Meet at Junction Plaza Park (42nd/Alaska). Optional post-walk discussion at Ounces. (3809 Delridge Way SW)

DEMENTIA CARE: 6-7:30 pm, Aegis Living of West Seattle (WSB sponsor) invites you to hear Lori La Bey talk about “Dementia Care; Shifting from Crisis to Comfort.” Details here. Free. (4700 SW Admiral Way)

‘PERFECT STORM: WHY TRUMP WON’: 6 pm at High Point Community Center, hear from Mike Purdy, presidential historian and the founder of PresidentialHistory.com. $7; get your seat by calling 206-684-7422 ASAP

EVENING BOOK GROUP: 6:30 pm at High Point Library. This month’s book is “The Wright Brothers” by David McCullough. (3411 SW Raymond)

NEW GIVING GROUP: As previewed here, the new women’s giving group Impact West Seattle is launching tonight. 7 pm at South Park Hall. (1253 S. Cloverdale)

TALK WITH AND HEAR FROM POLICE: The last West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting of the year is tonight, 7 pm at the Southwest Precinct. If you have neighborhood concerns, followup questions about local crimes, or anything else to ask police about it, this is your chance. Guest speaker too – the precinct’s Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Danner. (2300 SW Webster)

UNPLUGGED – A MUSICAL GATHERING: 7 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), acoustic musicians and singers are warmly welcomed. (5612 California SW)

TRIVIA WITH GEEKS WHO DRINK: 8 pm at Whisky West (WSB sponsor), it’s trivia time! Here’s how last week went. (6451 California SW)

THAT’S JUST PART OF THE LIST! See our complete calendar here.

2 memorial services planned for Joyce Carsten, 1930-2018

Family and friends are remembering Joyce Carsten, and planning to gather at two memorial services scheduled later this month. Here’s what they are sharing with the community:

Joyce I Carsten
November 21, 1930 – October 2, 2018

Full of life, laughter and a dedication to community service, Joyce Carsten, 87 years old, passed away peacefully in her sleep on October 2.

Born in Tacoma to Floyd and Della Baker, she graduated from Stadium HS and obtained her teaching degree from WSU. Joyce enjoyed teaching third and fourth grade in the Highline School District and later worked as an audiometrist. She also volunteered through her church and community with many service projects such as refugee resettlement and local food banks.

Joyce met Walt, the love of her life, when she was student teaching, and they married in 1952. Joyce and Walt were blessed with 3 children and 59 wonderful years of marriage. She was also a mother to more than 20 Rotary and ICYE exchange students. Over the years, Joyce and Walt traveled around the world to visit these students, who were like their own children. As the grandchildren began to arrive, Joyce lovingly devoted a great deal of time to these 6 young people. The family will cherish the many special memories of family trips and time together with Joyce.

Joyce is survived by her children Christine Carsten (John Dickerson), Laurel Bushue (Christopher), and Bruce Carsten (Peri Young); grandchildren Toren Carsten, Laina Carsten, Conrad Chapman, Allison Bushue, Cara Chapman, and Emily Carsten. She was preceded in death by her husband Walter Carsten, her brother Floyd Baker, and her parents Floyd and Della Baker.

Services will be held at Fauntleroy Church UCC at 9140 California Ave. SW on Friday, October 26 at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Fauntleroy Church Memorial Fund; Joyce was an active member for more than 50 years

There will be additional services at Judson Park at 23600 Marine Vw. Dr. S on Wednesday, October 24 at 2:00 pm. Joyce lived and loved her life at Judson Park for 10 years. Donations may also be made to the Judson Park Foundation.

(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to editor@westseattleblog.com)


(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

6:52 AM: Good morning! So far this morning, no transit alerts or incidents of note reported outbound from West Seattle.

WEEKEND VIADUCT CLOSURE: Time to start reminding you that Highway 99 is scheduled to close in both directions next weekend (late Friday, October 19th, through early Monday, October 22nd) for the Alaskan Way Viaduct’s final planned inspection.

7:42 AM: Just crossed the bridge on a downtown errand. Standard pattern (backups in the 99 exit lane, and the leftbound lane starting before 1st). Sky’s absolutely clear this morning.

Where will West Seattle’s light-rail stations be? Feet First walk-and-talk on Tuesday

As reported here a week and a half ago, the second of three levels of light-rail-route review has concluded and what’s known as the Golf Course/Alaska Junction/Tunnel proposal is under the microscope. A big part of the decisionmaking process involves station siting – and that’s a focus of a walk-and-talk tour you’re invited to join tomorrow. In case you haven’t already seen it on our calendar or heard about it some other way, we’re publishing this reminder tonight. The tour organizers at Feet First describes the plan as follows:

Join King County Council Chair Joe McDermott, Seattle City Councilmember Lisa Herbold, Sound Transit officials, and community leaders for a walking tour of proposed Sound Transit Link light rail station sites in West Seattle.

This event, sponsored by the pedestrian-advocacy group Feet First, will visit Link light rail station site alternatives at West Seattle Junction, Avalon, and Delridge.* Sound Transit is currently evaluating and gathering public input about station siting alternatives at these locations.

Sound Transit’s final selection of where the stations will go has big implications for how West Seattle will evolve over the coming decades, hopefully fostering the development of vibrant and walkable communities. On this walk, we will discuss trade-offs between the various site alternatives and how to ensure good walking access to the Sound Transit light rail system.

* the Delridge portion of the walk is optional.

You can RSVP here – the walk starts at Junction Plaza Park (42nd/Alaska) at 4:30 pm and if you’re along the whole way to Delridge, discussion is planned afterward at Ounces (3809 Delridge Way SW).