West Seattle, Washington
7:06 AM: Good morning. No West Seattle incidents or transit alerts reported so far.
STADIUM ZONE: The Mariners play at 7:10 pm tonight, vs. the Twins, so the West Seattle Water Taxi will run late.
WEEKEND ALERT: Alki Avenue will close for about three hours Sunday morning for the West Seattle 5K run/walk.
On Monday morning, Jim in Seaview “was walking to the bus … and found this random note on the sidewalk at the corner of 45th and Findlay. It put a smile on my face. I assume it was in reference to Saturday’s yard sale day that always is a great way to get neighbors together.” Whatever it was in reference to, we’ve been looking for a moment to share it. Thanks to Jim, and the mystery note-writer!
Saturday’s West Seattle Bee Festival offers much to look forward to, including the first-ever Urban Survival Skills Fair. Cindi Barker says it’ll be a fun way to find out about disaster preparedness. Here’s what else you’ll find at the USS Fair in a big tent in the north end of High Point Commons Park, by the Bee Garden (Lanham/Graham), during the 10 am-2 pm festival:
The Urban Survival Skills Fair offers an opportunity to gain a variety of preparedness-related skills and useful knowledge from experts. Topics may include:
Amateur Radio — Learn about one of the few communication tools that do not depend on the internet.
Develop a disaster communication plan — Communication is critical during a disaster. What should you consider when making your own plan?
Learn some useful camping hacks and share your best hacks with us!
Build an emergency toilet! We’ll have 50 free toilets to give away (first come, first serve). Learn what to do if the sewer lines have broken or if there is no water.
Prepared Communities — Learn more about the network of Seattle Emergency Communication Hubs and about the West Seattle Emergency Communication Hubs.
Prepared Families — Take some high impact, low-cost steps that can help your family and household make it through any situation.
Prepared Neighbors — Learn about the City of Seattle’s SNAP (Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare) program.
Prepared Pets — What steps can you take to make sure that your pet stays safe in a disaster?
Prepared Schools — Do you understand the “reunification process” that schools may implement following a disaster?
Smartphone Emergency Apps — Take steps before a disaster to download useful tools…many will function even without a cellphone signal. Do you know of other apps?
Utilities — Do you know when or if you should shut off utilities such as gas, water and electricity, and how to do so safely?
Water — Do you know how to properly store and purify water? Following the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, people were without running water for over a year.
This should provide a great opportunity for people who attended our “Is West Seattle Prepared?” events last fall to get more detailed information and hands on skills for preparedness. For those who were not able to attend, videos of those events were just completed and are available at the following links:
Introductory comments, October 7, 2018:
Glenn Farley, KING 5 News
Keynote Speakers, Nov. 3, 2018:
Dave Nichols, WS Resident, Certified Professional Emergency Manager and ShelterBox Response Team Member
Sandi Doughton, and author of “Full Rip 9.0: The Next Big Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest”
Keynote Speakers, Oct. 7, 2018:
Ken Neafcy, WS Resident and Certified Professional Emergency Manager
Harold Tobin, Director, Pacific Northwest Seismic Network. University of Washington Professor, Dept. of Earth and Space Sciences
City of Seattle and King County Public Health – Role of Government in Disasters, Nov. 3, 2018:
Seattle Fire Department – Lt. Andrews, Station 29
Seattle Police Department – Lt. James Britt, SW Precinct.
Seattle Office of Emergency Management – Melanie Cole, Outreach and Training Specialist
King County Public Health – Carina Elsenboss, Preparedness Director
Skills Training, Nov 3, 2018
Scout Troop 282
What should be in your disaster kit
MacGyver Tips – what you can do with a garbage bag.
As for the rest of the Bee Festival – look for that preview Thursday!
Congratulations to Anissa Babitu for signing with Walla Walla University! On Tuesday, West Seattle High School hosted a signing ceremony on Tuesday for the senior who played basketball with the #3-in-state 2018 team and #6-in-state 2019 team.
Anissa plans to major in computer science. WSHS athletic director Corey Sorenson says she is the 12th student athlete from the WSHS Class of 2019 to commit to a college or university.
Both of today’s King County Elections updates are posted, with three days down, two to go in this year’s Filing Week. In the Seattle City Council District 1 (West Seattle/South Park) race, incumbent Lisa Herbold has filed, joining Brendan Kolding on the path to the August 6th primary-election ballot. Another local position, King County Council District 8 (which includes West Seattle and White Center), has an incumbent – Joe McDermott – and a challenger – Goodspaceguy. Same goes for Seattle School Board Position 6 (West Seattle/South Park), with incumbent Leslie Harris filing today, following challenger Molly Mitchell. See the full list of who’s filed for what so far by going here.
We’re midway through Bike Everywhere Month. Friday is Bike Everywhere Day (the former Bike to Work Day). Haven’t tried biking between here and downtown yet? West Seattleite Doug Ollerenshaw shared two sped-up clips of what it’s like to ride between here and the north side of downtown (to lower Queen Anne, from South Lake Union):
If you’re riding on Friday morning – whether for the first time or five-hundredth – and your ride will take you under the West Seattle Bridge, make time to stop by the West Seattle Bike Connections celebration station, 6 am-9 am – details here.
Today we’re welcoming a new WSB sponsor, the Highline Bears!
The Highline Bears summer collegiate baseball team brings more than just college baseball to the area. They turn an ordinary baseball game into non-stop fun, excitement, and entertainment.
The Highline Bears are home to college players from all over the state and country for the months of June, July and the first week in August, playing 24 home games at Mel Olson Stadium inside Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center. The Highline Bears open their season on Saturday, June 1st at 7:10 pm.
The moment you step inside the stadium, the Bears plan non-stop fun. There’s non-stop music, between-inning games, competitions, trivia, giveaways, and their dancing mascot Buntly the Bear. Tickets are affordable, with the highest ticket price at $8 for adults, $5 for youth and seniors, and kids eight and under are always free. The concession stand is packed with 1/4-lb. all beef hot dogs, Seattle Dogs, German Sausages, loaded pulled-pork nachos, and even a pulled-pork sundae, to name a few items.
To find out more about the Highline Bears and get tickets to a game this summer, you can go to their website at HighlineBears.com.
We thank the Highline Bears for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.
The Starbucks @ Admiral Safeway was a Southwest Precinct satellite for two hours this morning during the latest “Coffee with a Cop” event (as announced two weeks ago). In our photo above, from left, are Joe Everett, the City Attorney’s Office precinct liaison; Jennifer Danner, crime-prevention outreach; Sgt. Heidi Tuttle from community outreach; and Officer Ken Mazzuca, from the precinct Community Police Team. Couldn’t stop by but got a question for local police? Your next chance is 7 pm Tuesday (May 21st) at the precinct (2300 SW Webster), during the May meeting of the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council.
After all the rainbow photos – one glorious sunset photo remains from last night – thanks to Lynn Hall for sending it. And now we look ahead to six special events today/tonight:
WEDNESDAY GROUP RUN, SPECIAL EDITION: 6:15 pm group run at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) has two special features – a chance to register for the upcoming Loop the ‘Lupe (signing up tonight gets you an on-the-spot in-store discount on WSR purchases), and a post-run social. Details in our calendar listing. (2743 California SW)
Please join us as we welcome Dr. Ilene Schwartz to Lafayette Elementary to speak about why inclusion matters within schools and in our community. She will cover topics such as how to talk to your child about disability and the benefits of inclusion followed by Q&A. This event is geared toward families with children of all abilities. Dr. Schwartz is the director of the Haring Center for Inclusive Education on the UW campus, an interdisciplinary, research and training center focused on improving outcomes for children of all abilities.
Free but RSVP appreciated. (2645 California SW)
WORDSWEST LITERARY SERIES: As previewed here last night, Erica Bauermeister and Alan Chong Lau are the featured writers in the second-to-last-ever WordsWest Literary Series event (last in its longtime format), tonight at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. No admission charge, all welcome. (5612 California SW)
D-1 + T-5: Two Seattle City Council District 1 (West Seattle and South Park) candidates, plus a Terminal 5 update from the Port of Seattle, are on the agenda for the Delridge Neighborhoods District Council meeting tonight at Neighborhood House High Point. All welcome. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)
500TH TRIVIA NIGHT: 8:30 pm at Talarico’s Pizzeria, you are invited to a special edition of weekly trivia hosted by Phil Tavel – his 500th Talarico’s trivia night. Details in our calendar listing. (4718 California SW)
SEE MORE … on our full calendar!
Thanks to Mark for tweeting that photo when SW Yancy closed on Tuesday between Avalon and 28th, immediately east of the Avalon repaving project (we mentioned it in our morning traffic watch). SDOT subsequently told us it wasn’t part of their work but rather a private project, utility work for residential construction on the block. One business is on that block – Stor-More self-storage and mailboxes, a longtime WSB sponsor; we’re a customer too so we called them to ask about access and what they’ve heard about duration. They say there is enough space that customers can now get by the signage at Yancy and Avalon. Meantime, they were told the work will continue through Thursday.
Another city-park playground renovation is in the works.
This time, it’s Fairmount Playground‘s south play area. Seattle Parks has opened a survey – take it here – and scheduled a community meeting, where you can “meet the design team and provide input on play equipment.” That’s set for 6:30 pm May 30th in the cafeteria at nearby Fairmount Park Elementary. Read more about the renovation here. (The Fairmount north play area was renovated less than a decade ago.)
6:58 AM: Good morning! No incidents in, or traffic alerts for, our area so far. One note looking ahead:
WEST SEATTLE 5K ON SUNDAY: The annual run/walk will close Alki Avenue for a few hours Sunday morning. (Not too late to register!)
Early reminder for Wednesday night – it’s the second-to-last WordsWest Literary Series event, last one in the longrunning format – here’s the announcement in case you haven’t already seen it in the calendar:
In the penultimate event of WordsWest Literary Series’s five-year history, on May 15, 2019, novelist Erica Bauermeister and poet/visual artist Alan Chong Lau will muse upon “Awakening the Senses.” As an added bonus, independent bookstore Open Books will have copies of Erica’s latest novel, The Scent Keeper, available to purchase one week before its official release date!
Erica Bauermeister is the bestselling author of four novels. Her most recent is The Scent Keeper (St. Martin’s, May 2019), a moving and evocative coming-of-age novel about childhood stories, families lost and found, and how a fragrance conjures memories capable of shaping the course of our lives. Her other novels include The School of Essential Ingredients (Putnam, 2009), Joy for Beginners (Putnam, June 2011), and The Lost Art of Mixing (Putnam, 2013). She is also the co-author of two nonfiction books: 500 Great Books by Women: A Reader’s Guide and Let’s Hear It For the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14.
Poet and visual artist Alan Chong Lau’s collections of poetry include Songs for Jadina (1980), which won the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation; Blues and Greens: A Produce Worker’s Journal (2000); and no hurry (2007). With Lawson Fusao Inada and Garrett Hongo, he authored The Buddha Bandits Down Highway 99 (1978). His work has appeared in anthologies such as From Totems to Hip-Hop: A Multicultural Anthology of Poetry Across the Americas 1900–2002 (2002) and What Book!?: Buddha Poems from Beat to Hiphop (1998). Poems by Alan Chong Lau in collaboration with photos by John Levy will appear in the online literary magazine Otata starting in May, 2019. His book of poems, prose and artwork about Japan will be published by Entre Rios Books in 2020. Arts editor for the International Examiner, Lau coordinates the Asian review of books Pacific Reader, and ArtXchange Gallery represents his visual work.
The Favorite Poem Project invites a community member to share a favorite poem and information about his or her organization. On May 15th, we welcome the host for WordsWest throughout its history, C & P Coffee Company.
WordsWest is curated by West Seattle writers Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rich, and Harold Taw. Grant funding from Poets & Writers, Inc. allows WordsWest to pay featured writers for their time and talent.
This all gets going at 7 pm Wednesday (May 15th) at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor).
That view was texted from Alki – thanks to everyone who’s sent a pic.
Reader video following the rainbow’s arch pic.twitter.com/nCwNaKCIng
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) May 15, 2019
And from Chris White in the east Junction:
Plus: from “Charlotte and her mom,” @ Gatewood Elementary:
And David Hutchinson‘s view toward the downtown skyline, from Don Armeni Boat Ramp:
Might see more, with rain/showers in the forecast for the foreseeable future!
When Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, celebrates nearly 900 degree recipients this Saturday, a West Seattleite will be front and center as undergraduate valedictorian. Charli Elliott is a West Seattle High School graduate and played on the WSHS basketball team that made a historic trip to state, coached by her mom Sonya Elliott. From the school’s online profile:
Elliott majored in creative writing and played on Pacific’s varsity women’s basketball team. As she graduates this month, she will have the beginnings of a novel, polished by workshops and mentoring, which she can use to apply to graduate schools or writing residencies.
But her immediate priority, she says, is to improve her fluency in Chinese, preferably by teaching English in Taiwan. She plans to sharpen her language skills while earning some money and traveling the region — all while continuing to write.
While overseas, she said, she plans “to use the beautiful setting of Taiwan as inspiration for further work.”
5:54 PM: Thanks for the tips. If you have to head this way but haven’t left yet, you might want to wait a bit – there’s a crash on the westbound West Seattle Bridge. (added) It’s under the 99 overpass.
6:31 PM: Emergency vehicles are still at the scene.
6:48 PM: SDOT reports the bridge is clear.
What did the Legislature approve to protect Puget Sound orcas, and what happens next? You can find out at The Whale Trail‘s next gathering, which also will feature orca researcher Mark Sears. Here’s the announcement for the event Thursday night (May 16th):
“Celebrate Orca Legislation and Puget Sound Orca Update Featuring Mark Sears”
Last week Governor Jay Inslee signed five bills to protect southern resident orcas. The new laws will reduce vessel noise and disturbance, improve salmon habitat, reduce contaminants, provide protection from oil spills, and educate boaters. The Canadian Government also announced new measures to protect orcas including establishing feeding sanctuaries for the orcas and setting a distance setback of 400 yards for all vessels. A good week for the whales!
Join us to celebrate a new era in orca protection, and hear an update about orca activity in Puget Sound from whale researcher Mark Sears. Learn what’s next for orcas, the Task Force, and the Whale Trail, and how you can help!
Buy tickets now to reserve your seat.
Our report on last month’s Whale Trail gathering/presentation is here.
Today we’re welcoming a new WSB sponsor, Community Care, with a spotlight on the camps it’s offering. Here’s what Community Care would like you to know:
Community Care is a children’s mental health agency that has provided care for youth and families in the Seattle area since 1997. We provide youth and family psychotherapy, behavior-plan writing, one-to-one behavior specialists, and three seasonal special-needs camps.
Our therapeutic recreational camps are unique because they are designed for children with behavioral issues, mental-health diagnoses, developmental challenges, or for those in special education. Our camps feature fun, physical, and therapeutic activities. Staffed by our skilled and trained behavior specialists, the camps are open for children ages 5-18 or up to 21 for those still enrolled in school and living in King County.
Families continue to send their children to our camps because of the respite it provides families and the growth they see in their children. Community Care camps introduces students to a curriculum designed to increase emotional understanding and awareness, develop healthy coping skills, and embed them into a community of peers and supportive adults.
Also, Community Care is currently looking for a local, private swimming pool to utilize during the summer months, Mondays through Thursdays. The owner of the pool would be added to Community Care‘s liability insurance, and campers will be highly supervised by their skilled and trained behavior specialists. Life jackets would also be worn at all times.
For more information or to register for camp, please contact Community Care‘s program director Andrew Page at Andrew@seattlecomcare.com or call 206-937-4217.
We thank Community Care for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.
TUESDAY AFTERNOON: Dan hopes you can help find that truck, stolen today in North Admiral:
2007 Toyota Tundra SR5 Quad Cab
Plate # B28671L
Damage to passenger side, back quarter panel
If you see it, call 911.
WEDNESDAY MORNING: As Dan mentioned in comments, his truck was found in Edmunds. He told us via email: “I got a call from the Edmonds police around 2:15 am this morning to say that they’d found my truck! Nancy and I drove up and got it at a hotel on 99 where they’d, by chance on a routine drive=through observed a guy get out of it and go into the hotel. They ran the plate, found out it was stolen, watched the video footage of the suspect paying for a room and promptly arrested him in that room. The truck is dirty and stinky from cigarette and meth smoke, but will be detailed today.”
The photo and report are from David Hutchinson on behalf of Seal Sitters Marine Stranding Network:
Seal Sitters’ 2019 harbor seal “pupping season” got off to an early and sad start this past Saturday. Harbor seal pups in our area of Puget Sound are normally born from late June – September. Our Hotline (206-905-7325) received a call from a resident along Beach Drive, reporting what appeared to be a seal pup along with two other seals on an offshore raft. It was later determined that the pup was deceased and it was retrieved at low tide, after the two larger seals had left. It was then taken to the WDFW Marine Mammal Investigations facility for a necropsy. We received a preliminary report today that the pup weighed 4.5 kg (10 lbs.), was 62 cm (24 in) in length and most likely was a “3rd trimester stillborn”. Further tests are planned, funded by Seal Sitters. For additional details, please see this link.
Also, you have two upcoming chances to volunteer on behalf of local wildlife and a healthier Puget Sound:
If you are interested in volunteering with Seal Sitters, our next training session has been scheduled for Saturday, June 15th. Seating is limited so an RSVP is required. Please use (this link) for more details, including instructions on how to RSVP.
Also: Seal Sitters along with our neighboring network Sno-King Marine Mammal Response and SR3 are co-sponsoring our annual Alki Beach cleanup on Saturday, June 29th. For more details and for instructions on how to RSVP (requested, but walkups are also welcome) for this event, please use (this link).
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, five options for the rest of your Tuesday:
WSCO DEBUT ORCHESTRA: 6 pm concert at the Chief Sealth International High School Auditorium:
Please bring the entire family and join musicians of West Seattle Community Orchestras for the first of three season-culminating concerts!
The Debut Orchestra, under the direction of Rachel Nesvig, will perform a great mix of around- the-world tunes—from Seville to London to Oklahoma!
Special pre-concert entertainment will be provided by the Alki String Quartet!
As always WSCO’s concerts are provided free to our community. (Hint: Donations are always welcome!)
A reception in the commons will follow the concert.
(2600 SW Thistle)
AGE OF FICTION, KLED: They’re rocking Parliament Tavern at 9 tonight. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
Family and friends have said goodbye to Deanna Marie Lamping and are sharing this remembrance with the community:
Deanna Marie Lamping (Jensen) passed away on April 21st at her home with her two sons, Robert and Gary by her side. Deanna was born July 22nd, 1940 in Sprague, Washington to Julian James Jensen and Vivian Edna Jensen (Isdell). She grew up in Kelso, Washington and graduated from Kelso High School in 1958. She enrolled at Bernard’s Beauty School in Longview and received her Beauty Operator’s license in 1959. Soon after completing her course, she moved to Seattle to be closer to her mom and worked as a Beautician at The Bon Marche and various other beauty parlors. She loved Seattle, living in the U-District and Capitol Hill with the hustle and bustle, there was always something to do or explore. She married John Lamping in 1962. They moved to Longview, Washington where both of their sons, Robert & Gary, were born. A few years later, she moved back to Seattle, where she remained for all her years, except for a year and a half in Kentucky.
After her children were raised, she started her business, Deanna’s Traveling Hair Parlor, and helped many housebound people at their homes. This led to her caretaking for five people in need of assistance. She also worked at multiple nursing homes as a Beautician. She really loved working and helping our older generation and listening to their life stories. From Deanna’s notes: “I never made a lot of money, but I enjoyed what I did, and I made a lot of people happy. I at least could pay my bills so I can’t complain.”
Deanna was very engaged and loving to her children, and when her grandchildren came along, she was Super Grandma. She would take them on outings to the zoo, park, downtown, library, Seattle Center, etc., or just played at the house. Dress up was one of their favorites as she had lots of costumes and clothes. She helped raise her grandsons, Mateo & Anthony. She would stay with them a couple days a week before they started elementary school, and provided them with lots of opportunities for adventure. As they got older, she was their biggest fan. She loved going to their baseball and basketball games, and was very proud that they both graduated from college.
In her spare time, Deanna enjoyed solitary hobbies like gardening, crocheting, and home decorating. Knowing her, however, during those activities, she was more than likely thinking about who to call, where to go, and who she would talk to next. She was a self-described “social butterfly”, and really enjoyed having lunch or tea with friends. Deanna also loved going to the West Seattle Senior Center, where she enjoyed socializing, going on day trips they organized, and participating in multiple Bible Studies where she was known to be quite the debater. She loved to learn, and had a remarkable memory.
Towards the end of her life, Deanna struggled with her health for months. She was diagnosed with stage 4 metastasis cancer of unknown primary origin, two weeks before her death. She never shed a tear. Her mantra was, “I have had a good life, and I know where I’m going.”
To all her family and friends: know that she wanted to talk to you on the phone or have you come by in person, but was just too weak. One of her greatest gifts, the gift of caring and sharing with others, had been all but taken away from her. Know that she was loving and sweet all the way to the end, still had an interest in learning new things, and even managed to maintain her strong sense of humor.
Deanna leaves her sons, Robert (Enna) & Gary (Emie); her grandchildren, Danielle, Mateo, Anthony, & Karl; her sister, Judy Metcalf; her brothers, Joe Jensen, Norman Jensen, & Steve Jensen; and many nephews, nieces, cousins & friends, all whom she loved very much, to cherish her loving memory.
Her sister Shirley Nordskog, and brothers Jim Jensen & Julian Jensen, all of whom she loved very much, left this earthly plane before her.
Deanna’s son, Robert, would like to personally thank her friends and family for giving time and love back to Deanna, as that is what she was all about. She had so much love to give.
She was laid to rest next to her mother, Vivian Edna Jensen (Isdell), at Lake View Cemetery on April 29, 2019. No additional services are planned.
Arrangements entrusted to Emmick Family Funeral Home of West Seattle. To share your fond memories of Deanna with her family & friends, please visit her Online Memorial.
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7:38 AM: Good morning! Damp roads/sidewalks for the first time in a long time – be careful.
ROAD CLOSURE ALERT: Mark says SW Yancy just closed between Avalon and 28th, as work continues in the area.
STADIUM ZONE: Mariners are home again tonight, 7:10 pm, and that means another late night for the West Seattle Water Taxi.
8:22 AM: And if you’re in the Admiral Way hill area north of the West Seattle Bridge – watch out for The West Seattle Turkey. Two sightings already in.