April 2017

SeaTac City council members face off with prickly constituents

By Gwen Davis

The City of SeaTac held a town hall meeting Wednesday evening, giving residents the opportunity to directly ask questions to council members and citizen concerns were plainly evident.

"This is the third town hall meeting since the current council took office,” mayor Michael Siefkes said at the beginning of the meeting. “We’d like to hear about the things the city council can address and do a better job.”

Overall, people’s questions and comments expressed satisfaction for how council members were tackling city business but some had pointed questions.


Frelard Net Zero Ready House open to public April 30

Abode Builders is pleased to announce the completion of a new net-zero-ready home in the Ballard-Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. The “Frelard Net Zero Ready House” will be featured in the upcoming Northwest Green Home Tour, on Sunday April 30, 2017.

John Novak of Velocipede Architects designed this home for his family of three. John and his wife bought a small fisherman’s shack on this lot in 2008, and when they outgrew the small space, they decided that the most affordable way to stay in the neighborhood was to demolish the old house and build something new. They wanted a home that was super energy-efficient, modern, beautiful, not too expensive, and most importantly, comfortable. Their new house features an open layout, plentiful natural light, high ceilings, and a seamless indoor-outdoor connection. Construction by Abode Builders, a Ballard-based construction company that specializes in net zero homes, was just finished.

Update: Woman dies after early morning stabbing in Ballard

A suspect is in custody after a woman was stabbed to death earlier this morning in Ballard.

According to Seattle Police Department around 3 a.m. medics responded to a report of a woman with multiple stab wounds to the chest outside a convenient store on the 900 block of NW Leary Way.

The victim was rushed to Harbor Medical Center. She later died in the emergency room.

The victim’s name has not been released, however she is believed to be 30 years old.

Police reported that the stabbing might have occurred outside a motorhome parked nearby.

Police are now questioning the suspect.

Look to the Ballard News-Tribune as this story develops.

Original post:

Seattle Police responded to a call about a woman in her 30s who had been stabbed just before 3AM near a 7-Eleven in the 900 block of Leary Way NW. She was transported to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. She died in the emergency room shortly after arriving. Seattle Police blocked off roads in the area.

No information on a suspect was shared.


Car hits motorcycle, sends two to hospital

About 5:20 pm Thursday April 27, King County Sheriff officers responded to an accident at SW143 and Ambaum Blvd.. According to King County's Cindi West a car was westbound on 143rd and made a left turn at a stop sign at Ambaum to go south. Then the car pulled in front of motorcycle that was northbound on Ambaum.

Two riders were on the motorcycle, one male one female both in their 50's. Both have leg injuries possibly broken legs. Both were taken to Harborview Medical Center.

At this time no evidence of impairment on any part.


West Seattle edges out Sealth soccer 1-0


Tough defense and total team contributions boosted the West Seattle Wildcats to a 1-0 3A Metro League boys soccer against rival Chief Sealth on Mon., April 24, at the Southwest Athletic Complex.

The Wildcats improved to 5-2-5 while the home team Seahawks dropped to 4-7 in league.
"We played scrappy," said West Seattle head coach Kyle Nothstein. "There was good defense. The team kept good poise. Everybody who was on the field contributed and gave their hearts into the effort. They left everything on the field."

Both teams went at each other strongly and evenly from the beginning with quick burst attacks, but lacking good ground passing.

Chief Sealth organized its passing and spacing after relying on sideline runs to set up numerous cross passes that were not picked up for shots as it held field position.

West Seattle actually delivered the more dangerous scoring attempts despite being on its heels for long periods.

After the middle of the first half, the Wildcats got off their heels to start pouring passes into Chief Sealth territory., nearly scoring just before intermission.


58 unit apartment building with 29 parking spaces up for early design review

Meeting set for May 18

Up for an early design guidance review is a proposal to allow a 4-story apartment building containing 58 units and 4 live-work units with parking for 29 vehicles to be provided below grade. it is proposed to be built just north of the West Seattle Junction at 4417 42nd Ave SW. The existing structures would be demolished. It is project number 3026661.


Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: West Seattle Senior Center
4217 SW Oregon St
Hatten Hall

All meeting facilities are ADA compliant. Translators or interpreters provided upon request. Please contact the Public Resource Center at prc@seattle.gov or (206) 684-8467 at least five business days prior to the meeting to request this service.



West Seattle Garden Tour’s 2017 gardens & ticket info announced

information from West Seattle Garden Tour

The 23rd annual West Seattle Garden Tour will take place on Sunday, June 25, 2017, from 9 AM to 5 PM. This year’s tour will feature 10 stunning private gardens, and shine a spotlight on one of West Seattle’s beautiful P-Patches. From waterside gardens with sweeping views of Puget Sound to pocket-sized tribute gardens rich with emotion and personal history, the variety of gardens on this year’s tour will offer something special for every gardener looking for a little inspiration.


A Garden for All Seasons
With a treehouse spanning the branches of two cedar trees, a rope swing swaying in the breeze, and a dog and kid-friendly lawn curving around the front and side of the house, it’s easy to assume this garden was designed and created to be a child’s paradise. But the rocky fire pit, a cedar table with seating for 18, and a working office tucked away among cedars, make it clear this garden is not only kid-friendly but adult-functional as well.

Plant Lover’s Garden


Bite Night brings out the biters

In it's 5th year; The Point was chosen as the winner

by Teanna Gentry

What a night! The rain and wind didn't damper the spirits of all the "Bite" adventurers last week on April 13th. Burien Bites is in its 5th year and has become an annual favorite every Spring for all to enjoy. "My vision with creating this sort of event is that it is a fire starter for relationships to happen. It is a fun event that involves community, food and a tiny bit of exercise.  It gets people up to do something they likely would not have otherwise done which is wonderful." (Jerrod Sessler, Owner; HomeTask, Inc). The "Bite" was started by Sessler and is sponsored by HomeTask, Freggies Organic Produce, Hot Feet Fitness & Discover Burien.  


Hey Mama!

Burien 'Seen' with Teanna Gentry

by Teanna Gentry

Who runs the world? Moms! Didn't Beyonce say something about that in a song?! She actually said "girls" run the world, but let's be honest, where would be without our Moms? If you look around, you can see our local community is filled to the brim with many young families who are transplants to Westside Seattle, and many families that have been born and raised here too.

My family has been in the Gregory Heights area for almost 2 years and in my time I have seen that our neighborhood is bustling with Moms and their little ones. Mothers have a lot to manage! How do we handle it all? Some workout, some eat, some sleep, some cry, others seem to balance work, life, family, and friends flawlessly. Truth be told, we all have our outlets or vices for dealing with the ups & downs of motherhood whether they be good or bad for us.


Early Notice: White Center Jubilee Days promising to be the best in years

One of the longest running officially sanctioned Seafair events, White Center's Jubilee Days (JD) is returning July 19-23 and this year gets an infusion of new energy.

JD features a street fair, live music, car show, parade, kids center, robotics, carnival and this year local businesses, bars, and restaurants along 16th Ave SW will be extending their services out to the sidewalk, while arts and crafts vendors set up their tents in the street. Additional food vendors will be on hand to feed the crowds. On Saturday there will be a car show presented by the Eazy Duz It Car Club. Sunday will see the return of the annual parade, featuring the Wheels of Boom, notable Seafair personalities, the Unofficial Official Mayor of White Center, Geoffrey “Mac” McElroy/ A kids area that fills the street for an entire block will be active both days of the event.