South Seattle College ‘Gifts from the Earth’ fundraiser sets record

January 24, 2015 at 11:41 pm | In Puget Ridge, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | No Comments

A student’s inspiring story keynoted tonight’s recordsetting “Gifts from the Earth” fundraiser at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor). Above, David Yama spoke to the sold-out crowd of 300. Here’s the full recap by SSC’s communications director Kevin Maloney:

South Seattle College announced tonight that the annual Gifts from the Earth fundraising event raised nearly $215,000, a new record in its 12-year history. Proceeds from the event benefit South’s Foundation in its mission to support South students and programs with scholarships, internships, emergency funding, tutoring, and more.

“Gifts from the Earth is an inspiring event where philanthropists and our sponsors come together for the common goal of supporting South students in their pursuit of a higher education and a fulfilling career,” South Seattle College President Gary Oertli said. “Their support has an enormous impact on our students’ ability to realize their dreams.”

South’s supporters started their night with a silent auction accompanied by appetizers and wines crafted by South’s Culinary Arts, Pastry and Baking Arts, and Northwest Wine Academy students and alumni. Next, the sold-out event moved to the Jerry M. Brockey Center, where guests enjoyed a multi-course meal created by 15 celebrity Northwest chefs (including South alumni). Students from the college’s culinary, wine and Hospitality Management B.A.S. programs helped the chefs prep, cook and serve.

A highlight of the evening came after dinner and a live auction, when South student David Michael Patrick Yama shared his story of emerging from poverty to succeeding in college with the help of a Foundation scholarship:

“I sought out a Foundation scholarship because I needed more money, but money was the smallest thing it gave me,” said Yama, who hopes to obtain a doctorate in biomedical engineering. “The greatest thing it gave to me was validation. Validation that I belong here, that I could succeed in school.”

Gifts from the Earth is made possible by the support of the following sponsors: Food Services of America (title sponsor), Boeing, Union Bank, Rebar and Associates, McGranahan Architects, GM Nameplate, QBSI, Interbay Food Company, WSECU, Vigor Industrial, The Gene Colin and Susan Janus Charitable Fund, Pedersen’s and Ferguson Construction.

(Watch SSC’s Facebook page for a photo gallery next week.) The college is headquartered on West Seattle’s Puget Ridge.

West Seattle brothers join in youth-led ‘State of the Planet’ event

January 24, 2015 at 10:03 pm | In Environment, West Seattle news, West Seattle people | No Comments

(Photos by Andy Clark, courtesy 350 Seattle)
Last year they sang downtown at a rally of concern about exploding oil trains; today, West Seattle brothers Aji and Adonis Piper were part of the State of the Planet” event at City Hall. Though City Councilmember Mike O’Brien was on hand, this event was led by young sustainability ambassadors, campaigning for two initiatives – first, the Billion-Tree Challenge:

According to the young advocates supported by 350 Seattle, if each person in our state planted 150 trees, that would add up to a billion new ones, creating, advocates say, a “carbon bank” to get through the rest of this century. The other proposal discussed today: Climate-change-warning labels on gas-pump nozzles in Seattle, something like this:

The Northern California city of Berkeley passed an ordinance last November approving that type of label; San Francisco is reported to be considering it. Those who attended today’s event heard from Rob Shirkey, who has been campaigning for the pump labels in Canada. There is no formal proposal pending in Seattle yet.

The WSBeat: Seven more cases from the precinct files

January 24, 2015 at 6:59 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle police, WSBeat | 6 Comments

em>By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog

This edition of our periodic feature The WSBeat contains summaries written from reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers – generally cases that (usually) have not already appeared here in breaking-news coverage or West Seattle Crime Watch reports, but that might at least answer the question “what WERE all those police doing on my block?” Or on the bridge, or the beach, or …

*Early on the morning of the 17th, a man heard a bang outside his home in the 2700 block of 46th SW. He contacted three males who were standing around his car. (The car door was open.) The three walked away and the victim followed them to a grocery on California Avenue. Officers found the three hiding in the rooftop parking lot. One, a 15-year-old who lives in another part of Seattle, was booked into the Youth Service Center for investigation of vehicle prowling. A second, a 12-year old who does live in West Seattle, was a missing person, and already had two juvenile warrants; one for burglary and one for theft. He was booked for these warrants and for investigation of vehicle prowling. The third, a 14-year-old from downtown, was also a missing person with two juvenile warrants – one for burglary, one for possession of a stolen vehicle. He was booked for the warrants and for investigation of vehicle prowling.

*On the morning of the 20th, a 14-year-old Kent resident with a history of disruptive and intimidating behavior was arrested and booked into the Youth Service Center after striking and threatening to “cut” an Admiral-area store employee who had told him to leave the premises.

Five more summaries ahead: Click to read the rest of The WSBeat: Seven more cases from the precinct files…

West Seattle biznote: Happy anniversary, Fitness Together!

January 24, 2015 at 4:41 pm | In Health, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | No Comments

Happy 8th anniversary to Fitness Together-West Seattle (longtime WSB sponsor)! In the photo above, that’s FT-WS proprietor Bonnie Katz Sailors (center) and her team, based in a personal-training studio at 4546 California SW in The Junction. Announcing the anniversary on the FT-WS Facebook page, Bonnie and team said, “We started with a boom in 2007 and it’s been an incredible journey ever since. We always strive for an awesome team of trainers, and we are very proud of all the clients who make the big leap to come through our doors. We know it’s not easy!! A huge THANK YOU to all the clients and trainers who have made this studio a place to be proud of!!”

West Seattle music: Another ‘Tiny Desk Concerts’ contender

January 24, 2015 at 2:40 pm | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 1 Comment

Two weeks ago, we featured video of the West Seattle band Woodland recording a song on the Water Taxi for a contest offering an appearance on NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concerts” series. Today, another West Seattle entry:

That’s Margaux LeSourd performing “The Piper.” Her husband Tom sent the link to her video of “The Piper,” explaining it’s her entry in the “Tiny Desk Concerts” contest and also her first video! As noted on the YT page for the clip, she explains:

I love the intimacy of Tiny Desk Concerts… as a musician it is something that both terrifies and touches me. That’s why I chose this song for the submission – I feel that in light of recent and ongoing national events, I have a responsibility to say something meaningful in this small, vulnerable space where people are truly listening.

Margaux teaches music in West Seattle and Georgetown. According to the NPR website, the winner will be announced on February 12th.

West Seattle weekend scene: Puget Ridge neighbors’ cleanup

January 24, 2015 at 11:48 am | In Puget Ridge, West Seattle news, West Seattle people | 2 Comments

More than two dozen Puget Ridge neighbors of all ages hit the streets this morning for a community cleanup. Thanks to Amy Hallmon for sharing photos.

Something cool happening in YOUR ‘hood? Please let us know so we can share the news peninsula-wide!

West Seattle traffic alert: Junction 47 tower-crane takedown day

January 24, 2015 at 9:10 am | In Development, West Seattle news | No Comments

9:10 AM: Thanks to Kyle for the tip: 42nd SW is closed from the main Jefferson Square entrance north to Alaska as the contractor for Equity Residential takes down the tower crane for its two-building Junction 47 project after almost 11 months. More to come.

10:03 AM: Photos added. The crew on scene told us they expect to finish sometime this afternoon – it’s gone a little faster than expected because of the size of the portable crane that was available to lift the sections over the eastern building and down onto 42nd so they can be trucked away.

This leaves two West Seattle projects with tower cranes right now – 4435 35th SW and 4745 40th SW. The next tower-crane installation will likely be at The Whittaker (4755 Fauntleroy Way SW), whose project team told us at the November groundbreaking that it will have two cranes, arriving sometime this quarter.

14 ways to spend your West Seattle Saturday, morning to night

January 24, 2015 at 8:28 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 3 Comments

Good morning and happy weekend! Some of what’s up today/tonight:

LIONS CLUB PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Until 11 am, the West Seattle Lions invite you to their pancake breakfast at the Senior Center of West Seattle – just $6. (Oregon/California)

‘HEADBANGER’S BALL – MEET THE WOODPECKERS’: Get to Camp Long Environmental Learning Center by 9 am (early events are a good reason to browse our calendar well in advance!) for this free event – details in our calendar listing. (5200 35th SW)

THEN STAY AT CAMP LONG FOR … a 10 am-2 pm forest-restoration work party. Details here. (5200 35th SW)

RAINGARDEN PARTY: 10 am-noon, go to Southwest Branch Library to learn more about raingardens, cisterns, and other ways your garden can help keep Puget Sound clean. Treats too. Details in our calendar listing. (35th/Henderson)

LINCOLN PARK BIRDWATCHING: Another Seattle Parks environmental-learning program. 10:30 am, ages 8 and up. Bring your binoculars; meet the naturalist at the park’s south parking lot. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

DUWAMISH LONGHOUSE ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: See our calendar listing for the full schedule of events as the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse celebrates its 6th anniversary, starting at 10 am. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

EQ FITNESS OPEN HOUSE: 1-3 pm, visit EQ Fitness (WSB sponsor) for “an open house with food, drinks and demos of TRX, aerial yoga, and the new booty barre.” (3270 California SW)

WEST SEATTLE MONTESSORI OPEN HOUSE: 1-3 pm, West Seattle Montessori (WSB sponsor) invites you to come tour the school and meet the staff. (11215 15th SW)

HEALTH-CARE ENROLLMENT HELP: As previewed here last night, you can get help enrolling for health insurance, as well as other resources, at a free regional, multilingual event 2-6 pm at the South Park Neighborhood Center. (8201 10th Ave. S.)

LIVE MUSIC: Dave Holo Trio at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor; no cover), 5 pm; Gary Benson at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor; no cover), 7 pm; Groove Surfers at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor; no cover), 9 pm; Mott the Hoopla & more at the Benbow Room (cover), 9 pm.

WEST SIDE GLORY: “West Seattle’s Somewhat Queer Variety Show” returns to the Skylark, 9 pm – details in our calendar listing. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

AND OF COURSE, THERE’S MORE … on our calendar.

(added) P.S. If you’ve noticed sailboats off western West Seattle shores, it’s the Three Tree Point Yacht Club‘s Blake Island Race.

Friday night basketball, report #2: West Seattle HS hosts Ballard

January 24, 2015 at 7:43 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | 5 Comments

Ballard visited West Seattle High School on Friday night:

The Wildcat girls’ sizzling season (13-2) continued with another win, 57-33. Leading scorer (top photo), Emily Fiso with 16. Lydia Giomi was next with 12, then 10 from Izzy Turk (updated photo below):

Lexi Ioane had to sit out the second half with an iced ankle after a pileup toward the end of the first half, but head coach Sonya Elliott expects she’ll be OK for next week.

The WSHS boys-varsity team closed out the night with a victory, too – 47-35:

Another huge night (noted here) for the Wildcats’ Nate Pryor:

Head coach Keffrey Fazio‘s varsity team is now at 9-7 on the year.

For their first games next week, the Wildcat varsity teams will be at Bishop Blanchet – 7:30 pm Tuesday for the boys, 7:30 pm Wednesday for the girls.

Friday night basketball, report #1: Chief Sealth IHS hosts Lakeside

January 24, 2015 at 7:10 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | No Comments

West Seattle’s two biggest high schools had full slates of basketball home games Friday night. At Chief Sealth International High School, the Seahawks hosted Lakeside. First, the girls-varsity game:

Lakeside went away with the win 78-46, over head coach Katie Jo Maris‘s Seahawks:

Allison Hadaway and Sydney Thomas had 12 points each as top Sealth scorers.

In the nightcap, the Sealth boys stayed close for the first quarter and then Lakeside started to widen the gap.

(At right, Sealth’s Khaleef Griffin)
Final score, Lakeside 74, Sealth 57, for head coach Colin Slingsby and the boys’ squad. LJ Burns led Sealth scoring with 14. They play at Ingraham on Tuesday night, 7:30 pm; the girls will be at the same school, same time, on Wednesday night.

Another early-morning power outage: 81 customers affected

January 24, 2015 at 3:33 am | In Utilities, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

Thanks to the person who texted to let us know about this: Another early-morning power outage. This one is affecting 81 customers, according to Seattle City Light‘s outage map (desktop version here, mobile version here), in three spots – Roxhill and south of northeast Arbor Heights. SCL’s map says the cause is under investigation and estimates restoration time by 6 am, though we always caution, that’s a guess – could be sooner or later.

Need help enrolling for health insurance? Area event tomorrow offers that help and more in 7 languages

January 23, 2015 at 8:54 pm | In Health, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

This event is happening tomorrow afternoon in South Park but organizers, including UW nursing students, are extending the invitation to West Seattle, White Center, and vicinity too:

FREE Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Enrollment Event

When: Saturday, January 24th, 2:00 to 6:00 PM
Where: South Park Neighborhood Center, 8201 10th Ave S.
What: Information about and assistance to enroll in health insurance programs, free health screenings, diabetes education, free tax information, information about nursing as a career

**Safe environment for all**

**Assistance offered in Spanish/Vietnamese/Amharic/Tagalog/Russian/English/Somali**

What to bring: questions, social security numbers, job employment information, proof of citizenship

Partners: Public Health Seattle & King County, SPIARC, Consulate of Mexico, Consulate of Peru, Consulate of El Salvador, SeaMar, WithinReach, Denise Louie, Western WA National Hispanic Nurses Association, & UW School of Nursing

A map is linked from the announcement on this King County webpage.

UPDATE: Police arrest 2 after in-progress burglary west of Junction

January 23, 2015 at 4:12 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 40 Comments

(WSB photo by Katie Meyer, police response north of burglary scene)
4:12 PM: Busy afternoon for police, again. And also for the tipsters who are quick to let us know when they see police cars going by with lights on – thank you. Here’s the latest: Police have taken two people into custody after an in-progress burglary was reported near 47th and Alaska, west of The Junction.

That’s all the details we have after talking to a sergeant at the scene; if we find out anything more, we’ll add it.

ADDED 4:54 PM: A reader texted the photo of the suspects being arrested outside the a nearby house. (Added: WSB photo of one suspect being walked to police vehicle:)

Scanner traffic indicated some stolen property was recovered.

ADDED 5:17 PM: And here are even more details, just published on SPD Blotter:

A woman called 911 around 3:30 P.M. when she heard the sounds of someone breaking into her home in the 4500 block of 47th Ave Southwest. The woman hid in an upstairs closet as officers arrived on scene.

Officers began searching the neighborhood and found both suspects hiding inside a shed about a block away. Police arrested both suspects and found they were carrying a backpack full of stolen property. Officers will book both 20-year-old suspects into King County Jail on investigation of burglary.

Early registration begins for 2015 West Seattle 5K Run/Walk

January 23, 2015 at 4:05 pm | In How to help, West Seattle news, WS & Sports | No Comments

(2013 photo by Debra Salazar Herbst)
The signs of spring are starting to show up – like this one: If you know you’re going to participate in the West Seattle 5K Run/Walk this year, there’s an incentive to early registration, as announced by race director Jeff Mensing:

Early Registration is open for the West Seattle 5K Run/Walk. Join us with your friends and family on May 17th at beautiful Alki Beach for the 7th annual West Seattle 5K Run/Walk! This community event is a fund raiser for West Seattle High School. The first 100 registrations are automatically entered in a drawing to win a new pair of running shoes from West Seattle Runner. Help support West Seattle students and take advantage of early registration discount fees.

You can register online at westseattle5k.com.

West Seattle traffic-alert update: Roxbury-blocking truck moves on

January 23, 2015 at 2:03 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | No Comments

(WSB photo)
2:03 PM: Thanks to Bradi for the tip: A semi-truck that’s in trouble on SW Roxbury near 31st is blocking most of the road, she says. We’re off to check.

2:58 PM UPDATE: Adding a photo taken while the truck was blocking most of the road. We just went through a second time and noted the truck just got going again and was slowly headed from Roxbury southbound onto 35th. Traffic is back to normal on Roxbury.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Delridge search; twice-stolen car

January 23, 2015 at 1:51 pm | In Crime, Delridge, Highland Park, West Seattle news | 7 Comments

In West Seattle Crime Watch – a police search right now in North Delridge. According to the scanner, a 911 caller reported a man with a handgun firing one shot into the air and then heading northbound in the alley between Delridge/25th, near the library. The description that’s being broadcast is black male, 14-15, 6′, thin, dark heavy jacket, dark pants. He was said to be in the company of someone described only as a black female in a purple sweatshirt. They might also be associated with a gold or green vehicle headed southbound. No injuries reported; police are checking for property damage. If you see anyone/anything possibly related, call 911.

(ADDED 3:06 PM: We were in the area around 2:30 pm checking on the search; no lights-flashing police still at the scene but cars were visible patroling several nearby blocks.)

(back to original report) Also in Crime Watch:

TWICE-STOLEN CAR: Amanda‘s car has been stolen for the second time in less than a month, sometime between midnight and 11 this morning. Gold 1994 Honda Accord, stolen from the 900 block of SW Holden. Let police know if you find it.

West Seattle politics: Councilmember Tom Rasmussen not running, elaborates on ‘very difficult’ decision

January 23, 2015 at 10:18 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle politics | 29 Comments

10:18 AM: West Seattle-residing City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen has just announced he’s changed his mind about running to stay on the council. Here’s his statement. The field of candidates for West Seattle’s City Council District 1 seat is now down to three, with the first forum less than 2 weeks away. More to come.

10:29 AM: Rasmussen has been on the council since 2004 (here’s his bio), and currently chairs the Transportation Committee. His statement (linked above) says in part, “This wasn’t an easy decision but, it is the right one. It is now time to direct my efforts toward the same causes I have always been most passionate about — in exciting new ways.” He is the second councilmember to announce this week that he’s not running to stay on the council, which has all nine seats going to voters this fall, seven for the new districts, two at large. Nick Licata made his not-running announcement on Wednesday.

11:04 AM: Mayor Murray‘s statement:

Councilmember Rasmussen has been deeply engaged in public life as long as I can remember. As an advocate for seniors, human services, parks and innovative transportation solutions, Tom demonstrates active and effective leadership for our City. He was instrumental in our successful campaign last year to expand bus transit – for which I’m very grateful. I am especially thankful for his partnership in our effort to secure civil rights and marriage equality for the LGBT community. Seattle is losing a major champion on the council, but we know his community activism will find new outlets as he writes his next chapter.

11:14 AM: We contacted Councilmember Rasmussen to ask about his decision. In a phone interview a short time ago, he told us it was “very difficult – I love my job, I love working with the community and in the community, but I was torn” between spending the next year doing that job AND campaigning, or focusing on the work. He points out he still has almost a full year left in office, and he vows that he won’t be “slacking off” – most days, he says, he’s “out of the house by 5, back after 6″ (back on Wednesday night, he was at the Delridge District Council meeting, which ran until 9) and after his final year, he looks forward to a “more balanced” life.

He says he felt the need to announce this early because he was receiving donations and offers of volunteering, endorsements, and other campaign help already, and because “other folks who might be interested can step up.” No, he’s not endorsing a candidate yet, but says he’ll be looking for one who also will be out in the community – “you can’t just sit in your office, you have to be a problem-solver.” As quoted above, he said he hopes to focus more on the causes for which he has long worked; we asked which might be his major focus in post-council life, and he said that “working on issues relating to seniors and people with disabilities is really fundamental.”

UPDATE: Police arrest suspect in Admiral robbery attempt

January 23, 2015 at 10:07 am | In Crime, West Seattle news | 11 Comments

Update this morning from Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Steve Wilske, in a message sent to multiple community groups:

I wanted to update you all that we made an arrest in one of the 5 robberies that occurred here in the last week. We are continuing to work the others.

We’re following up to find out more and will add here. If you’re looking for background – here’s our most recent followup, with links to our coverage of all five of the recent street robberies.

ADDED 10:41 AM: A bit more information: We’ve just confirmed which robbery the arrest was made in relation to – it’s the attempted robbery that happened Tuesday afternoon but wasn’t reported to police until Wednesday, a 13-year-old boy who was asked about his phone at Admiral Safeway and then followed across California SW, where two would-be robbers tried to take it from him. Details were in the followup mentioned above, same link.

ADDED 4:37 PM: Even more information, according to SPD: The suspect’s probation officer happened to spot him in the area and knew there was a warrant out for him, related to a theft case, and contacted police. They arrested the suspect on that and for probable cause in the Tuesday robbery attempt, and he was booked into the King County Youth Services Center, since he’s a juvenile. We will check with prosecutors next week regarding charge(s).

West Seattle restaurants: Mioposto coming to Admiral in ex-Admiralty House Antiques building

January 23, 2015 at 9:45 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 75 Comments

West Seattle is getting more pizza. Eater elaborates this morning on what the business-license database also revealed for the future-restaurant half of 2141 California SW, formerly Admiralty House Antiques – this spring, it’ll become the third location of Mioposto, after Mount Baker and Bryant. The concept, according to Mioposto’s website, is wood-fired pizza and small plates (here’s the online menu). We reported last summer that the building was being split into two spaces, with Prospect Mortgage on the south side and “an experienced restaurant operator” sought to lease the north side. That certainly defines Mioposto’s proprietor, Jeremy Hardy, whose company Seattle Eats also owns Coastal Kitchen on Capitol Hill. (WSB file photo from July 2014)

P.S. Residential construction is proceeding on what had been the vacant area west of the antiques-turned-mortgage-and-restaurant building, where a 3-unit rowhouse is planned.

West Seattle Friday: Basketball, music, rollerskating, more…

January 23, 2015 at 9:18 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Barrow’s goldeneyes, photographed by Laura Goodrich, shared via the WSB Flickr group)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

FRIDAY AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES: 1 pm screening at the Senior Center of West Seattle; today’s feature is “Stalag 17” (1953) – details in our calendar listing. (Oregon/California)

TEEN ART PROGRAM: 5-7 pm at High Point Community Center, teens are invited to a free arts/crafts class. (6920 34th SW)

FRIDAY NIGHT SKATING: 6:30-8:30 pm, Alki Community Center hosts Friday night skating – details in our calendar listing. (5817 SW Stevens)

HIGH-SCHOOL BASKETBALL HOME GAMES: Big slate of home games tonight – girls’ and boys’ varsity, for both West Seattle High School and Chief Sealth International High School. WSHS hosts Ballard; CSIHS hosts Lakeside. At both gyms, the schedule’s the same – girls’ junior varsity at 3:30, boys’ JV at 5, girls’ varsity at 6:30, boys’ varsity at 8.

’4000 MILES’: Second night for the new production at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor), curtain time 7:30 pm. (4711 California SW)

LIVE MUSIC: Our calendar features listings for Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor) starting at 5 pm; The Charlatones at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) starting at 9 pm; Sin Circus, Fallen Kings, and guests at the Benbow Room starting at 9 pm (cover); Bozo Moto and Megasapien at the Skylark, also starting at 9 pm.

EVEN MORE ON THE CALENDAR … check it all out here.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday morning, on the move

January 23, 2015 at 6:03 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | No Comments

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Friday’s here, and we’re keeping watch as usual. Just one alert for the weekend:

AURORA BRIDGE LANE CLOSURES ON SATURDAY: If you’re using 99 north of downtown on Saturday, note that crews will close Aurora Bridge lanes for maintenance/inspection:

· Crews will close the two right lanes of northbound SR 99 7 to 9 a.m.
· Crews will close the two right lanes in the southbound direction from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

8:46 AM: Yes, it really has been that quiet. Even with the rain.

Celebration of life on February 3rd for Jim Hartog, 1933-2015

January 23, 2015 at 4:00 am | In Obituaries, West Seattle news, West Seattle people | 5 Comments

A celebration of Jim Hartog‘s life is planned for February 3rd. Here’s the remembrance his family is sharing:

In Loving Memory of James Hartog

Jim was born on July 9th, 1933 to Johannes and Margaret Hartog at St. Frances Cabrini Hospital.

He received his early education at Holy Rosary School and graduated from O’Dea High School. He joined the U. S. Navy and served until the end of the Korean War.

He was employed by Doyle’s Automotive Service and purchased the business upon the death of the owner in 1968. Jim was a member of the West Seattle Lions Club and served many years as Chairman of the Easter Breakfast.

In 1995 Jim had an accidental fall which left him a quadriplegic. His spirits were never dampened and he continued his cheerfulness and love of life until his death.

Jim is survived by his wife of 58 years; Nancy, his daughter Anastasia and her partner Tracy Giles, his son Jon, and his wife Sarah and three grandsons.

A celebration of his life will be held Tuesday, February 3rd, 1:00 p.m. at Mount Baker Community Club, 2811 Mount Rainier Drive South, Seattle.

In lieu of flowers; donations may be made to Providence Hospice of Seattle or Holy Rosary School of Seattle.

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

Countdown: 2 weeks away from ‘District 1: First Look’

January 22, 2015 at 10:03 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle politics | 4 Comments

Four people want your vote in their quest to become the first City Councilmember for District 1, representing West Seattle and South Park (listed this time in first-name reverse-alphabetical order):

*Tom Rasmussen
*George Capestany
*Chas Redmond
*Amanda Kay Helmick

Though voting in the first-ever district elections (explained here) is six months away (August 4th primary), now’s the time to start finding out what the contenders are all about. And so, two weeks from tonight, WSB invites you to get your first look at them side by side as we present “District 1: First Look,” the first candidates’ forum in the race. Hope to see you at Highland Park Improvement Club on Thursday night, February 5th – doors open 6:30, forum at 7, admission and refreshments free, bring the question(s) you want to be sure get answered!

ADDED 10:35 AM FRIDAY: As noted in comments, Rasmussen has just left the race, leaving Redmond, Helmick, and Capestany. If anyone else files before the forum, they’ll be invited to participate.

Update: South Delridge vigil draws brief police, helicopter attention

January 22, 2015 at 7:44 pm | In Delridge, West Seattle news | 9 Comments

(Added 8:11 pm: WSB photo)
7:44 PM: We were headed toward South Delridge to check out reports of a large gathering, possibly a vigil, when we started getting texts about Guardian One in the same area. They’ve just tweeted that they “assisted Seattle PD with a large crowd disturbance north of White Center.” That’s all we know so far – trying to find out more.

ADDED 7:46 PM: We’ve found the gathering, at 17th/Henderson. It’s a vigil for someone who died – not in West Seattle – within the past few days; apparently his family lives in the area.

8:11 PM: Still can’t find more information about the subject of the vigil, but we did reach Southwest Precinct Lt. Alan Williams to ask why police were there. He said that they had a report of a large crowd with a fight breaking out, but: “When officers arrived they found no disturbance and no one in the crowd reported that there had been one.”

Super Bowl challenge where everybody wins: Seattle vs. New England food drive! Tibbetts UMC is in – are you?

January 22, 2015 at 7:03 pm | In How to help, West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 1 Comment

(Photo courtesy Tibbetts UMC)
With a week and a half until the Super Bowl, Seattle vs. New England team-spirit contests abound. Here’s one you can join while not only showing your love for the Seahawks, but also your love for your down-and-out neighbors. From Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor), here’s how you can get involved in a Seattle vs. New England food drive!

Since the Seahawks are repeating a trip to the Super Bowl, the Seattle-area United Methodist Churches are repeating a challenge to a food drive contest – this year to New England. Tibbetts UMC is a drop-off site and food will go to the West Seattle and White Center Food Banks.

Whoever has the highest number of donations of dry goods or money at midnight on Super Bowl Sunday will be declared the winner. In this contest, EVERYONE wins, since our spirited competition supports local people in need. All food & money will be donated to local food banks. For details on how/where to donate, go here.

You can also donate online at unitedinblue.org (where you’ll also find out about participating churches in other areas). Once again we expect that many churches in Washington will participate since our Seahawks have such a huge fan base! Monetary donations made online will count towards the contest, with donations going to Northwest Harvest. We’ll beat New England in football AND in generosity!

P.S. Food items that are needed most: Whole-grain cereal; fruit in water or juice; meat (canned in water when possible); vegetables, low or no sodium; beans (dry or canned); 100% fruit juice; powdered or shelf-stable milk; pasta sauce; peanut butter; soup; canned meals; Mac & Cheese & other boxed meals; whole-wheat pasta, rice, or other whole grains.

Tibbetts UMC is at 3940 41st SW.

West Seattle Crime Watch: 4 reader reports, and other notes

January 22, 2015 at 5:06 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news, West Seattle police | 1 Comment

While we’re covering the street-robberies investigation separately (newest update here), we have reader reports on several other crimes you should know about:

OFFICE BREAK-IN: Between 7 pm last night and 10 am today, a health-care office in the 5400 block of California SW was broken into. Laptops and a filing cabinet were taken; the latter had some checks and cash, as well as client files.

CAR THEFT: Kristine in North Delridge hopes you’ll help look for her 1998 dark green Honda Civic LX (license plate AMR5059): “It was parked on the street in front of my house (2800 block of SW Nevada St.) and taken sometime between 11 pm and 7:30 am.” Call 911 if you see it.

CAR BREAK-INS: Both happened Wednesday evening. From Charise: “My black Lexus was broken into … in the rear lot behind the West Seattle YMCA on Alaska. My daughter’s backpack is all that was stolen. It’s pretty obvious people are canvassing the area for cars with bags left in them.” Not far away, this reader report: “Between 4:00 and 5:30 pm (Wednesday), someone smashed the rear passenger window of my car while parked in the back parking lot near Oregon Street and 44th Avenue SW. They grabbed (stole) my light green backpack. A brazen theft in daylight hours in a popular area.” Any information, please contact police.

REMINDER – NEXT CRIMEFIGHTING MEETINGS: Two chances to talk with police as well as your West Seattle neighbors – 6:30 pm Tuesday (January 27), the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network; 7 pm Tuesday, February 3rd, a community conversation with SPD Chief Kathleen O’Toole. Both at the SW Precinct (Delridge/Webster), both open to all.

SIDE NOTE – CRIME STATS: SPD has gone public with the full 2014 stats. Here’s the overview.

Also tonight: Benefit for Jasmin; opening night at ArtsWest

January 22, 2015 at 3:24 pm | In How to help, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 1 Comment

The trajectory of today’s coverage kept us from our usual preview of various events, so as we arrive at mid-afternoon, here are two more to mention, both happening in The Junction:

BENEFIT FOR JASMIN: In November and December, we mentioned benefits for Jasmin Egan, who grew up in West Seattle and is fighting leukemia. Friends at Brunette Mix (longtime WSB sponsor) in The Junction are organizing another benefit tonight, 5-8 pm, just around the corner at Lika Love Fashion Boutique (4447 California SW) – a sip-and-shop event, with a percentage of tonight’s sales proceeds going to help Jasmin and her family with mounting medical bills. You can even stop in while on your way to …

OPENING NIGHT FOR ’4000 MILES’: Be among the first to see the new production at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor), the Northwest premiere of “4000 Miles“:

(ArtsWest photo by Michael Brunk; cast, L-R, Adria LaMorticella, Adam Standley, Susan Corzatte, Sara Porkalob)
Amy Herzog was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for writing “4000 Miles,” a dramatic comedy telling the story of a 91-year-old grandmother and her 21-year-old grandson, and who really needs who and why. ArtsWest’s artistic director Mathew Wright directs. Curtain time tonight is 7:30 pm; tickets are available online here. “4000 Miles” will run through February 15th.

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