April 2019

Adah Cruzen honored as Westsider of the Year at Chamber breakfast; Police Chief Carmen Best speaks

The Annual Westside Awards Breakfast, presented by the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce honored Adah Cruzen as Westsider of the year for 2019 on April 30 at Salty's on Alki. 

Adah has been a West Seattleite since moving here from Lafayette, Indiana inthe ‘50’s with first husband Bob, for his job at Boeing. After he passed, she joined Fauntleroy Church and there she met Willard Rhodes and Earl and Virginia Cruzen. Willard and Adah married in 1975 and over the years Virginia and Adah became best friends. After Willard and Virginia passed, Earl and Adah were alone for many years before they married on his 80th birthday in 2000. Earl Cruzen was raised in West Seattle and his heart remained here to the end. He was once told “put your money where your mouth is”, and he did. Adah has been carrying out Earl’s wishes to continue to spread the love in West Seattle with many impactful monetary and physical donations. 


Update:  911 call released in White Center shooting of burglary suspect

information from King County Sheriff

The 911 call from the White Center homeowner who shot a suspected burglar has been released. The homeowner has been cleared by detectives and will not face any charges for the shooting death of the 29 year old suspect who had broken into the victim’s home. 


Nancy (Bonathan) Spickler July 31, 1962 - January 8, 2019

Nancy Spickler, 57 of Des Moines, WA, passed away peacefully on January 8, 2019 with family by her side. She was born in Seattle, WA on July 31, 1962 to the late Jack Bonathan and late Carmen Scott. 

Nancy attended Des Moines Elementary, Pacific Jr. High and Mt Rainier High School, graduating in 1981. Nancy was a resident of Federal Way, Kent, and Auburn, WA yet in her heart, she remained a life-long resident of Des Moines.

Police seeking help in locating SeaTac stabbing suspect

A woman in her 40’s at the Ramada Inn in SeaTac was stabbed multiple times by a known male suspect on the evening of April 27. The suspect fled in a vehicle. The victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. The King County Sheriff's office said they need help locating 62 year old Marcus Oden whom they suspect of attempted murder in the incident. He was last seen driving a silver 1997 Honda Civic license BCL1110. He is considered armed and dangerous. Please call 911 if located.


Des Moines burglary suspect caught

information from Des Moines Police Department

On Thursday April 24,, 2019 an unidentified male entered the Sweet Cheeks Espresso, located on Pacific Hwy S., through a window. He took an undisclosed amount of cash and then forcefully fondled the employee. The employee made it outside the business, at which time the suspect fled. Des Moines Police Officers and K-9 conducted a check for the suspect with negative results. The case was referred to the detective unit.

The following morning, Des Moines Police Detectives Tschida and Montgomery were canvassing neighboring businesses for possible video surveillance. As they exited a convenience store, to the north of the victimized business, they saw the suspect standing at a bus stop. The suspect was arrested and he admitted to the burglary and fondling the employee. He was booked into jail on charges of Burglary and Assault.  


All in for avocados

By Katy Wilkens

I loved visiting my sons in the old house they rented in California. One reason was the towering avocado tree in the back yard. It was loaded with avocados that would fall off the tree, land on the roof with a resounding thud, and then roll into the gutters. I am thinking about them because this is avocado season.

Not only are these “alligator pears” delicious in guacamole, their creamy smoothness makes them a flavorful butter substitute. Using them in a recipe is a great way to cut down on sodium in baked goods. You can also use mashed avocado as a substitute for mayonnaise.

Avocados are high in potassium, at almost 800 milligrams for a large one; it’s believed that a diet high in potassium helps with blood pressure control. Avocados are fairly high in fiber, with about 10 grams of the 25 or so you need a day.


Highland Park Neighborhood Cleanup set for May 4

On Saturday, May 4th, the Highland Park Action Committee will be hosting a Neighborhood Cleanup from 10 to noon.

The focus will be on trash along Highland Park Way SW. The cleanup begins at the corner of Highland Park Way SW and SW Holden Street. Trash bags and grabbers will be provided; please bring work gloves if you have them.

Refreshments will be provided. 

They’re also encouraging neighbors to host block and traffic circle clean ups from noon-2.



Sound Transit discussion on light rail extensions to West Seattle and Ballard points to recommendations

At a meeting on April 26 with the City of Seattle Sustainability and Transportation Committee and members of  the Sound Transit Board recommendations were discussed on where to run the future expansion lines and locate stations for light rail into both West Seattle and Ballard.

Full Sound Transit Presentation linked here

After many months of community engagement they announced that 41st Ave or 42nd Avenue SW were optimal for station locations (with refinements) in West Seattle if 3rd party funding was secured with a south Duwamish crossing. In Ballard 14th or 15th Ave NW were selected. At the other end in the Chinatown-International District the board said Fourth and Fifth avenue were the choices.