September 2022

Pat's View: Believe it to see it

By Patrick Robinson


As a boy, like many of you, I was always looking for ways to make money, not because I was poor but because it seemed like that was the thing to do.

That’s what adults did and the pattern was set.

Plus I loved comic books and in the back were ads about how to make money selling things. The one that really got me was the one from American Seeds. “Make money! Get prizes!” And the prizes were things like a transistor radio, or a walkie-talkie set, a sleeping bag with a part that went over your head, an air rifle (bb-gun), and a lot more cool stuff. All I had to do was sell a 50 pack of seeds at 15 cents each. Easy!

I sent away for my pack of seeds and I was so excited when they arrived. Seeds for Zinnias and Petunias and Asters even some vegetable seeds.


Truck and boat trailer go underwater in mishap at Don Armeni boat ramp

A 2016 Chevy Silverado and a boat trailer ended up underwater at the Don Amerni Boat Launch on Wednesday. 

In an attempt to get a boat on trailer there was a mishap which sent both the trailer and truck into about 8 to 9 feet of water just off the end of the finger pier. 

A regular tow truck was called but it was determined that it would not be powerful enough to pull the truck out of the water. Gary's Westside Towing was called and they showed up with a 50 ton tow truck. A Seattle police department diver was used to hook the winch on to the truck and pull it out. The truck is worth about $30.000 and when pulled out was as you'd expect full of water.


Fire damages entrance at Smoke Town in White Center

Boombox employees next door helped save the business

911 was called around 1:41 am for a fire at Smoketown at 9616 16th SW in White Center on Wednesday Sept 29. The business sells tobacco and related products.

According to the business owner Paul, "Apparently it was a transient who set the fire and might have been smoking meth or something. The staff at Boombox, next door are heroes. They came with buckets of water and put it on the fire until the fire department got here. They saved my business!"

More than 13 units responded to the blaze which appeared to be confined to the entrance to the business and which damaged the wood entryway, broke the glass, and damaged the store's sign.

The business will open as soon as possible, perhaps in the next five days if they can get the damage repaired well enough. 



Ballard man charged by police, FBI and Homeland Security for drug dealing and gun possession

Information from King County Prosecutors office

The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office rush filed three drug dealing charges and four unlawful gun possession charges against a Ballard man in a case investigated by Seattle Police, the FBI and Homeland Security.

The defendant, Robert Catone, is charged with: 


Stick vs. gun leads to shoplifter escape

information from Seattle Police Department

#2022-257011/Southwest Precinct/Second Watch: 

At 5:38 pm Sunday Sept. 25, officers responded to a 7-11 located in the 9000 BLK of Delridge Way SW for an armed robbery.

One suspect selected some merchandise and left the store without paying. The clerk followed the suspect outside where they were assaulted by a second suspect wielding a stick.

The victim armed himself with his own stick at which time the second suspect pointed a firearm at the clerk.

The suspects fled in a vehicle. No injuries were reported. SPD Robbery notified.


After 22 years Homefront Ice Cream is asked to move out

Building owner asked only one business to vacate

Homefront Ice Cream, a fixture on Alki Beach at 2622 Alki Ave SW for the past 22 years will be gone as of Oct. 31. Owner Savary Ou, who came to the United States from Cambodia when she was eleven, has grown the business steadily over the past two decades, now offering more than 58 flavors of ice cream, smoothies and espresso.

Ou said, "The owner told me out of the blue last May that he wanted me out by July. I said no. I told him, 'Are you crazy? That's my busiest season,' so I got him to extend it to Oct. 31."

The building owned Ho Kwon Young is home to the Alki Surf Shop, and the Brocante Beach House but according to Ou, only her business has been asked to leave.

For now she is attempting to find another beach location and is attempting to negotiate for the space next to Gyros on Alki at 2716 Alki Ave SW, but nothing is certain at the moment.


Lowman Beach Park makeover celebrated with Grand Opening and ribbon cutting

Lowman Beach Park, at 7017 Beach Drive SW has grown in popularity over the last few years was overdue for a makeover. Seattle Parks chose to reimagine the park and after a series of public meetings its under used Depression era tennis court, and broken seawall were removed and Pelly Creek, long confined to a pipe for outflow was day lighted. 

Those accomplishments were celebrated on Saturday Sept.24 with a grand reopening celebration.


Deb Barker
Community activist Deb Barker was the master of ceremonies for the celebration. Photo by Patrick Robinson



Comedy coming to the Junction at the Great American Diner Oct 7

Show will feature Andrew Frank

Cozy Comedy productions, founded and operated by West Seattle comedians, is bringing a showcase of local comics straight into the heart of the junction at the Great American Diner and Bar on Oct. 7

Admission is only $5 and will feature well known Andrew Frank to close out the show.

Buy advance tickets here

Frank has toured all over the US, Canada, and Europe, and his hour was performed at all 25 nights of the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He was a semifinalist in the 40th annual Seattle International Comedy Competition and the 45th Annual San Francisco Comedy Competition. He was recently named one of the Best Undiscovered Comedians in America by Thrillist Magazine. 

Owner Glen Quadros said if the event is successful he will bring it back once a month.