July 2024

Sports watch 7-17-24

Sporting events worth keeping an eye on

By Tim Clinton




Summer collegiate

Seattle's Studs pay a 6:35 p.m. Thursday visit to the Dub Sea Fish Sticks at Mel Olson Stadium in White Center.

The Northwest Honkers migrate in at the same time Friday and the Blackfins come for a 6:05 p.m. Saturday game.


Little League

PacWest opens state age 8-10 play at Snider Park in Poulsbo with a noon Saturday game against District 6.

The West Seattle age 9-11 team, meanwhile, opens state at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Bombing Range park in West Richland.

Both tournaments are double elimination and continue into the next weekend.





Admiral Music in the Parks starts July 18

The Admiral District  Summer Concert Series has rebranded as AMP (Admiral Music in the Parks)  as they stated in an announcement:

"which is more in line for reality since we don't have access to Hiawatha Park for the foreseeable future and we wanted to bring  love to some of our lesser known parks.  This year kicks off Thursday July 18th 6:30pm at Belvedere Park (across the street from the Admiral Lookout). It continues at California Place Park on the 25th and then draws to a close on August 1st at Hamilton Viewpoint. New this year we have partnered with Soiree to offer the opportunity to preorder a picnic dinner and have it delivered to you at the concert.
Check them out here to take advantage of it.

Be sure to see the lineups and our fabulous sponsors for this years music."



West Seattle comes up short against Woodinville


By Tim Clinton


West Seattle's wild ride back through the loser's bracket of the state age 8-10 Little League softball all-star tournament ended with a 12-1 loss to Woodinville Wednesday morning.

After opening the tournament held at Lions Park in Othello with a 5-1 loss to South Hill this past Sunday morning the Westsiders won their next two games to extend their Eastern Washington stay.

They pounded Glenwood by a 17-1 score Monday morning and overcame a 5-0 deficit to top Larch Mountain, 15-9, Tuesday morning.

Pitcher Grace Doull struck out 13 Larch Mountain hitters in that game.

But West Seattle ran out of steam against Woodinville Wednesday.


Major baseball

West Seattle met a similar fate playing at Aberdeen's Pioneer Park in the state Majors age 10-12 Little League baseball all-star tournament.


Luna Park Cafe is up for sale: Owner John Bennett is retiring

The future of Luna Park Cafe, a fixture in the West Seattle dining scene is uncertain, as owner John Bennett has listed the restaurant for sale.  Owner John Bennett is retiring.

The price? $250,000.
It has been serving West Seattle for 35 years ever since Bennett purchased the former Pat and Ron's tavern and remodeled it as a classic American diner full of memorabilia virtually everywhere inside. The cafe became famous for its milkshakes, speedy service kitschy decor and good food. Bennett owned Jukebox City and collected jukeboxes and a wide variety of items from metal lunchboxes, to signs, posters, games from the 50's and more.

The listing reads:



Duwamish River Festival Aug. 3 will highlight the enviornment

The Duwamish River Community Coalition (DRCC) will host its 18th Annual Duwamish River Festival/Festival del Río Duwamish at Duwamish River People’s Park and Shoreline Habitat (8700 Dallas Ave S, Seattle WA 98108) and surrounding areas in the South Park neighborhood. 

When: The FREE festival goes from 12:00pm-5:00pm on Saturday August 3rd, 2024, and will begin with an opening ceremony led by the Duwamish Tribe at 12pm.

Why: The 18th Annual Duwamish River Festival will celebrate 23 years of community coming together, Home for All! As in previous years, the 2024 festival will feature a family-friendly mix of activities, arts, culture, advocacy and entertainment to celebrate a healthy Duwamish River. Come celebrate with community and the Duwamish River!


White Center Low Rider block party set to bump July 20

The White Center Low Rider block party is back July 20 with amazing cars, music, live art, vendors, art and lots of food all together on 17th Ave SW between Roxbury St. and 100th SW.

Expect to meet the car owners and enjoy the entertainment from 11am to 8pm.

You can learn more on the Nepantla Cultural Arts Center page here.

The event is presented by the Eazy Duz It car club, The White Center CDA, White Center Food Bank, Highly Hated Foundation, Lake Defense Force and Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery..


Transit Town Hall will review West Seattle light rail extension

Presented by the 34th District Democrats and West Seattle Chamber of Commerce; Sound Transit staff will be in attendance

A West Seattle Transit Town Hall is set to happen at the Center for Active Living (formerly West Seattle Senior Center) at 4217 SW Oregon Street, Seattle from 7pm to 9pm.

Presented by the 34th District Democrats and the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, this forum with Sound Transit staff intends to educate West Seattle residents about the proposed link extension project ahead of the vote to identify the project to be built.

As it stands, the project would include three light rail stations: Delridge (at Delridge and Andover), Avalon (at 35th and Avalon), and West Seattle Junction (at Alaska and 41st). The presentation and forum will provide background about ST3, review of the project plan and timeline, detail the alternatives proposed and the possible alignments, discuss the financial cost and community impacts, provide an overview of the entitlements for displaced residents and businesses, and end on a call to action.


Starbucks on Alki closing; Fauntleroy location to close for remodeling at the end of July

Petition launched in protest

Starbucks released a statement today stating that the Alki location will close permanently August 11 and the Fauntleroy location will also close but only temporarily.

Starbucks statement reads:

We evaluate our store portfolio annually to determine where we can best meet our community and customers’ needs. This includes opening new locations, identifying stores in need of investment or renovation, and making decisions about store closure or relocation 

After careful consideration, we’ve determined it is best to close the store at 2742 Alki Avenue. Our last day at this location will be August 11, 2024. All Starbucks partners (employees) working at that store will have the opportunity to transfer to one of our nearby locations in Seattle. 


Metro Flex and expanded bus service arriving in Delridge and South Park

Information from King County Metro

King County Metro and the City of Seattle are partners in bringing Metro Flex, the on-demand transit service, to the Delridge and South Park communities beginning July 22.

Metro Flex is a neighborhood transit service that provides on-demand rides throughout the service area for the cost of a bus fare.

The funding for the service is through the Seattle Transit Measure (STM). Approved by voters in 2020, the STM funds more bus service and expanded access to transit across the city through investments in transit service, capital improvements, and low-income transit access programming.

The Delridge and South Park neighborhoods were identified as priority areas for STM investments based on an equity analysis of where transit service is most needed and could provide the most benefit.


Man shot while riding motorcycle in Ballard    

Information from Seattle Police Blotter

by Detective Brian Pritchard on July 15, 2024 4:32 pm

Police are investigating a shooting in a Ballard neighborhood.

Shortly after 2:00 a.m., 911 Dispatch (CARE) received reports of a shooting at 15th Avenue Northwest and Northwest 80th Street.  Police arrived and found a 33-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound to the lower back area. Officers provided aid until Seattle Fire Department arrived. The victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center in serious condition.

Witness said the man was riding a motorcycle south of the intersection of 15th Avenue Northwest and Northwest 80th Street when he was shot. No suspect was located.

During the Investigation police discovered the motorcycle that the man was driving was stolen.