June 2023

Nominate your community MVP for the MLB 2023 All-Star Game

West Seattle Thriftway awarding two tickets to All Star gam


West Seattle Thriftway is seeking nominations for the West Seattle All-Star Giveaway, which aims to honor local individuals making a difference in children and youth sports and after-school activities. Nominate someone deserving today for a chance to win two tickets to the MLB 2023 All-Star Game on July 11th at T-Mobile Park.

From July 1st to July 8th, visit the guest services desk at West Seattle Thriftway to submit your nomination. Tell us about an All-Star in your community who exemplifies dedication, leadership, and a positive influence in children's lives through sports or after-school programs.

On July 9th, the winner of the Community MVP program will be contacted with the exciting news. They will receive two tickets to attend the MLB 2023 All-Star Game, a unique opportunity to witness the pinnacle of athletic excellence and sportsmanship.


HERBOLD: Share your dog park opinions

Information from District 1 City Councilmember Lisa Herbold

Seattle Parks & Recreation (SPR) needs your input as they design and build new dog Off Leash Areas (OLAs), including two in District 1! Learn more hereand take the survey here.

I championed funding in the 2023-29 Park District financial plan to design and build a West Seattle OLA – and thanks to consistent and effective advocacy from West Seattle Dog Park Coalition, my Council colleagues approved those funds! A new OLA at South Park Community Center is already in the works.


Harbor Island Studios formally opens July 1; Two day event held to introduce the new facility

King County Executive Dow Constantine celebrated the opening of Harbor Island Studios on Thursday alongside community partners and members of the film industry. In the first of a two-day event, the grand opening featured a film set, interactive demos, and screenings of short films produced at the facility — highlighting the new studio’s potential.

WestsideSeattle.com was first to bring you the story of the County's investment in the facility in April of 2021.

The 117,000-square-foot studio is King County’s first major public investment in growing the local film industry and bringing back hundreds of family-wage, creative economy job


Body found in river was bridge tender

Westside Seattle news partner Q 13 fox has reported that the body found in the water of the Duwamish River was a Bridge tender who had gone missing. Q13 reported:

"Crews found a body Friday morning in the water near Seattle's Georgetown neighborhood where during a search for a missing bridge operator.

The Seattle Fire Department responded to a report of a missing person at First Avenue South and South River Street. The initial report was a water rescue response. 

According to fire officials, the missing person was a bridge operator and there were no witnessed reports of the person falling into the water. 

The department's fireboat were to the scene, and the Washington State Patrol and the Seattle Fire Department took over the search. 

At about 7:30 a.m., crews found a body in the water that matched the description of the missing operator. 


Pat's View: Happy Birthday to me

By Patrick Robinson

For the longest time, I thought I would die before the age of forty.

But now as I look back on my birthday at age 72, I realize that kind of fatalistic thinking was doing me a great disservice. 

I have come to understand that it was a kind of avoidance symptom, and a form of post-traumatic stress disorder. 

When my mother died unexpectedly I was on the verge of becoming 18 years old. I never spoke about to anyone, and never really processed that loss.  But clearly it made me more

reckless, less able to plan for the future, more untethered. 

Why bother if you are going to check out early?

But I didn’t and now, I realize, with growing certainty that if I had,

I would have missed some genuinely incredible experiences that have enriched my life.


Fireworks not allowed within Burien city limits

Penalties for fireworks possession, discharge, and hosting in effect

Information from City of Burien

The City of Burien wants to remind community members that the possession and discharge of illegal fireworks carries penalties. A “social host” ordinance is also in place, which places responsibility for the discharge fireworks on to the property owner where discharge of fireworks occurs.

The penalties are:


Prolific armed robbery suspect located and arrested 

Information from Seattle Police Blotter

by Detective Judinna Gulpan on June 28, 2023 1:33 pm

Robbery Detectives developed probable cause to arrest a suspect who was involved in an armed robbery of a dispensary in May in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood. 

Police located the man in a hotel business in the 16700 block of International Boulevard in SeaTac around 3:00 p.m. yesterday. A team of detectives and officers with the Major Crime Task Force, Gun Violence Reduction Unit, SPD’s patrol, King County Sheriff’s Office, and Federal Bureau Investigation assisted with securing the location. 

SPD SWAT contacted the suspect and four other subjects at the location. Initially the suspect refused to exit the business, but the Hostage Negotiation Team responded and established communication which led to him being taken into custody.  


West Seattle Arcade is hiring: Are you game?

onThe long awaited West Seattle Arcade in the former Top Pot donuts location 2758 Alki Ave SW is finally nearly open but before they do, they need some help. Literally help in the form of employees who love people, games and a fun place to work. 

Owners Elyssa and Matt Cichy sent WestsideSeattle.com this note:

"We are looking for energetic, fun-loving team members to be a part of the WSA’s début and to grow with us as we establish our place in the community.

Job entails ensuring that everyone who walks into the arcade feels welcome and has a great time! Also sales, handing out prizes, setting up and clearing after birthday parties, light cleaning and other tasks.

As the arcade grows and flourishes, there will be potential opportunities for advancement. 

Since the arcade’s opening date is still a little in flux, we will be conducting interviews over the next couple weeks.