West Seattle, Washington
10:21 PM: Via text and scanner, we heard reports of “shots or fireworks” in Riverview/Highland Park a few minutes ago. Police headed to the area to check them out and heard some after arrival; they’ve told dispatch what they heard sounded like “firecrackers.” Any time you hear what you think might be shots, by the way, police have said over and over at community meetings, they want you to call it in – the more calls they get, the better their chances of figuring out the location/source.
10:55 PM: Now police are off to check out another report, four possible shots heard in the 1000 block of SW Portland.
Thanks for the tips about the new signs announcing Metro‘s plan to remove two bus shelters on the west end of the south side of SW Alaska in The Junction’s transit hub.
This is part of the “problem-solving project” we first told you about back on October 6th, after a walking tour involving reps from Metro, Metro Transit Police, Seattle Police, the city Department of Human Services (HSD), the West Seattle Junction Association (WSJA) and some of its merchants, the West Seattle Farmers’ Market, and the WS Chamber of Commerce.
The major complaint involved loitering in those shelters and in the nearby parking lot, with multiple police calls resulting from fights, disorderly conduct by intoxicated people, and maintenance issues. According to a preliminary follow-up report from Metro planner Dale Cummings that was sent to walking-tour participants, a Metro ridership study showed removal of those shelters was feasible because the RapidRide shelters on the east end of the block – which are NOT proposed for removal – get most of the use. Cummings wrote, “Since the RapidRide bus stop was added at The Junction, ridership at this bus stop that serves Rts. 37, 50, 55, 128 has dropped to around 400 boardings per day.”
The Junction had already taken steps to try to reduce the problems through changing the environment, including removing some of the vegetation and seating areas on the southeast corner of Alaska and 44th. The organization also planned to evaluate lighting in the parking lot, and to look at how to remove access to electrical outlets that have been in place by the SW Alaska bus shelter dating back to the Farmers’ Market use of the parking lot.
According to the Metro notices that just appeared in the shelters, they are to be removed in mid-November. We’ll be following up with the Junction Association about any other impending steps from the “problem-solving plan.” Meantime, if you have a comment for Metro about the impending removal, the notices point you to its Customer Service division – contact info is on this page of the Metro website.
(WSB file photo)
Just hours to go until this year’s Fauntleroy Fall Festival – tomorrow (Sunday, October 23rd), 2-5 pm, at venues on both sides of the 9100 block of California SW (Fauntleroy Church/YMCA/Schoolhouse; here’s a map). Tonight, we have two things you might be wondering about in advance – the activity schedule, and the food!
Here’s the schedule:
Activities are free. The only things you need to bring money for – entirely optional – are the food and drink offerings. See the list here (PDF) – vendors this year are Endolyne Joe’s (WSB sponsor), Tuxedoes and Tennis Shoes Catering, Stuffed Cakes, Bird on a Wire Espresso, and The Tamale Guy. Plus, the Fauntleroy Church Youth Club will be having a bake sale.
Just got a question about unusual aircraft noise – here’s the alert from the Boeing Field website:
SPECIAL NOISE ALERT – OCT 22
The Boeing Company has informed us that they plan a single nighttime flight test with a KC-46 tanker and two Navy F-18 jets on Saturday, Oct. 22. This test is part of the Boeing KC-46 refueling tanker program operating out of King County International Airport/Boeing Field. Both Navy F-18 aircraft are scheduled to leave the Airport next week and are not expected to return in 2016.
The testing program has been under way for months – we wrote about it last December.
Denny International Middle School‘s learning garden got a re-launch today with the help of dozens of volunteers.
Denny science teacher Anastasia Sanchez is the staff leader on the project, and West Seattle-based Little Red Hen Project is helping get the garden growing again. The key word here is “help” …
Volunteers of all ages were there to help today, and the goal is to get regular work parties going. So watch for word on how you can dig in! The garden is expected to be a great resource for lessons from biology to food justice and more.
3:20 PM: Thanks to Monica Zaborac for the tip and photo – two humpback whales are in the area again! She saw them from a ferry near Southworth, just west of Vashon Island; at least one Orca Network commenter says they’re visible from here (take your binoculars).
ADDED EARLY SUNDAY: Meg McDonald of Wild Northwest Beauty Photography caught one of the humpbacks breaching in Colvos Passage along the west side of Vashon Island; her image is added above.
Perfect pumpkin-carving weather as the Solstice Park P-Patch gardeners host this year’s Fall Festival, until 5 pm. They’re also selling everything from dried herbs to plants to treats – this is just one of the tables:
And if you wander uphill into the P-Patch itself, you can admire fall flowers like these:
Like all P-Patches, this one is managed by its own (volunteer) gardeners, but not all have special events like this one. The plants, by the way, include starts for your own garden as well as perennials – go see for yourself next to the tennis courts at 7400 Fauntleroy Way SW before the afternoon ends!
After riding 3,200 miles in seven weeks, from Boston to Seattle, Stephanie McGinnis and Merrick McGinnis got a big welcome at Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza this morning. Not just family and friends, but also firefighters, because Stephanie is a captain with the Port of Seattle FD and Merrick is a firefighter with South King Fire & Rescue, so there was quite a crowd to cheer as they rode up:
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) October 22, 2016
As briefly seen in our clip, two fireboats were just offshore to enhance the celebration, from the Seattle Fire Department and South King County:
(SFD’s Engine 29 crew was there too.) Stephanie and Merrick planned the journey for 10 years and chronicled it online, from their early September departure in Boston to their arrival yesterday at their Renton home – with the last ceremonial leg taking them to the shore of Puget Sound this morning:
The most important thing you’ll see while reading about their journey – it was more than a ride. It was a fundraiser for five health-related organizations:
We are so fortunate to be able-bodied to make this trip possible. Many of our loved ones aren’t as fortunate, though. This coast-to-coast trip has become a way for us to raise funds for incredible causes near and dear to our heart. We know many individuals who suffer from debilitating diseases, but some of these conditions have impacted the lives of our loved ones more severely than others.
There are five foundations we have chosen to raise money for: the Washington State Association of Firefighters (WSCFF) Burn Foundation, the Seattle Brain Cancer Walk, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation, and the Evergreen chapter of the ALS Association.
Their website includes donation links for all five organizations – find them here.
So what’s next for the pedaling pair of firefighters? They’re excited to meet their 3-week-old grandson!
It’s a perfect fall morning, which is great news for the hundreds of volunteers out helping with the fall edition of Duwamish Alive! at nine locations along the river and in its watershed, from West Seattle to Tukwila. Our first photo, above, is from WSB’s Leda Costa at Herring’s House Park. More later!
Happy Saturday! We start with a traffic/road-work alert:
LOWER SPOKANE STREET DETOURS: The work that was postponed last weekend is happening right now, so be aware of the detours if you’re headed for Harbor Island or using other parts of the surface route east of the low bridge – this SDOT alert has the details.
But why leave? So much is going on right here on the peninsula. From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
FAUNTNEAU TRIANGLE WORK PARTY: 9 am-noon, help start the transformation of the Fauntleroy/Juneau/39th triangle – more info in our calendar listing.
THIS YEAR’S LAST FREE TAI CHI @ ALKI: Final scheduled Saturday session this year for free Tai Chi at Alki Beach with Caylen Storm, 9 am. (61st/Alki)
CLICK! HOBO TRUNK SHOW & HOLIDAY LAUNCH: 10 am-2 pm at Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor), the holiday launch of Hobo handbags and wallets (photo added 11:56 am):
Full details here. (4540 California SW)
KITCHEN AND BATH TENT SALE, FINAL DAY: OK, here’s one reason to go off-peninsula for a bit … Abbrio in SODO is sponsoring WSB right now to make sure you know about this big sale that wraps up today, 10 am-4 pm, “over $400,000 (list) worth of brand name fixtures, faucets, appliances and accessories that we’re selling below our cost! American Standard, Grohe, Moen, TOTO and much more! Everything is new, in factory boxes and in great condition. We have a wide variety of surplus, obsolete (mfr. changed model #s) and display merchandise – priced to sell at up to 75% off suggested list!” (5964 6th Ave. S.)
DRUG TAKEBACK DAY: 10 am-2 pm, bring your unwanted/unneeded/expired prescription drugs (no liquids) to the Southwest Precinct for anonymous, no-questions-asked dropoff as part of the twice-yearly Drug Takeback Day. Could be life-saving. (2300 SW Webster)
FIREFIGHTERS RETURN FROM RIDE: Around 10 am, if you see fire engines and a fireboat near Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza, don’t be worried – it’s part of a celebration for local firefighters returning from a cross-country charity-benefiting bicycle ride. (61st/Alki)
DENNY LEARNING GARDEN REVIVAL: 11 am-4 pm, join The Little Red Hen Project and friends at Denny International Middle School as they work to revive its learning garden. Your help would be most welcome; here’s our preview. (2601 SW Kenyon)
VIETNAMESE STORYTIME: 11:30 am-noon, bring kids 3+ to Delridge Library for stories, songs, and rhymes in Vietnamese. (5423 Delridge Way SW)
OUNCES’ SOFT OPEN: Noon today is when the doors are expected to open at Ounces in North Delridge; here’s our most recent preview. They’re planning two soft-open weeks before grand-opening festivities the weekend of November 4th. (3809 Delridge Way SW) Update: Opening postponed.
MAKE ART! 1-3 pm, drop-in paint-by-numbers at Southwest Library, part of the annual Community Art Showcase (admire the art that your neighbors are displaying, while you’re there). Free. (35th SW/SW Henderson)
SOLSTICE P-PATCH FALL FESTIVAL: Also featured in the WSB West Seattle Halloween/Fall/etc. Guide – 2-5 pm – “Rain or shine, we will be @ SW Webster and Fauntleroy Way SW (next to Lincoln Park Annex tennis courts) – Pumpkin Carving/Painting, Plant Sale, Refreshments, Organic Produce/Home Preserves, Local grown apples. Come and join the fun.”
THREE BANDS: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern, “junkyard jazz” with Band of Certainty, X-RAY, Manta Chordata. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
Have a great day/night, whatever you plan to do! And check back with WSB for 24/7 news/event coverage.
At Southwest Athletic Complex last night, what began with a celebration of Chief Sealth International High School seniors ended with the varsity football team’s first win of the year.
Final score – Sealth 44, Franklin 8. Star of the game was #8, sophomore Donnie McMillan, with four touchdowns:
Two interceptions resulted in TDs – first, in the second quarter, #3, junior Lavontae Maxwell picked off a pass from Franklin’s #1, freshman QB Milton Hopkins, and ran it back.
Then at the start of the second half, Sealth’s #5, junior Diego Jackson, also picked one off Hopkins and ran it in:
Sealth’s #11, freshman Bishop Jackson, also had a TD. All of Franklin’s scoring came in the last minute, a TD with a 2-point conversion.
As mentioned above, it was Senior Night for Sealth – congratulations to the seniors on head coach Luther Carr III‘s roster: Kyler Gaither, Colby Gemmill, Angelo Hererra, Yafiet Kidane, Basilio Leon-Roman, Chase McNelly, and Anh Trinh.
This will of course be on our Saturday highlights list but in case you’re up tonight looking ahead to tomorrow … the Solstice Park P-Patch gardeners rescheduled their Fall Festival because of last weekend’s weather worries and are hoping to see you, 2-5 pm Saturday. Everybody’s welcome! Karen from the P-Patch says, “We’ve worked really hard on making it great this year. We have wonderful plants and fall garden starts. Also, really unique organic produce and herbs for cooks, that can’t be found in the markets.” The hillside garden itself, across from the north end of Lincoln Park, is a sight to see, too.
(May 2016 photo contributed by Chris, showing one traffic-choked morning at south section of the project zone)
The final official list isn’t out yet, but West Seattle Bike Connections says its proposal for improvements at Harbor/Avalon/Spokane/Manning topped the list last night when the citywide Levy to Move Seattle Oversight Committee voted on which proposals should get Neighborhood Street Fund money.
The proposal won top ranking from the Southwest District Council in neighborhood-level voting. Here’s the SDOT document explaining the proposal by WSBC’s Jodi Connolly, and estimating it at $352,000; here’s a WSBC report from February detailing the intersection’s challenges.
WSBC president Don Brubeck summarizes it as “The project will improve driver sight lines, traffic signals, and signage for safety for people crossing Harbor and Avalon on foot and on bikes. It’s a blind corner at the Spokane ramp to Harbor Ave SW for people driving low vehicles. At SW Manning to Avalon Way, the signage is confusing for the little pocket left turn bike lane and right-only vehicle lane.”
He adds – and note that one key change was made after SDOT’s version of it came out – “This grant application had strong community support, including Alki Community Council, Nucor Steel, Luna Park neighbors (who have their own Neighborhood Park & Street Fund project to improve the appearance and commemorate the history of this gateway to West Seattle). Our grant is for safety for people crossing the street on foot and on bikes. The Luna Park businesses has concerns about parking loss at Avalon and Manning by Luna Park Cafe. We discussed that, and modified the request so that no street parking spaces would be lost on Avalon (the SDOT link shows it before that modification). David Whiting, president of Southwest District Council and a founding member of West Seattle Bike Connections, helped us present to the council and obtain their recommendation.”
Following up on Brubeck’s note, we asked SDOT for an official list from last night’s meeting, but spokesperson Norm Mah said that wasn’t available yet: “This list of project recommendations has been transmitted to the Mayor for final approval. SDOT expects project applicants will be notified next week about final funding selections, with an official public release shortly thereafter.” A list tweeted by Seattle Neighborhood Greenways shows the only other West Seattle project to make the citywide top 10 was the “26th SW proposal” for the walking corridor between Chief Sealth International High School and Westwood Village.
Last Friday night, some in our area were cleaning up after a few hours of tree-toppling wind; tonight, nothing more serious than beautiful sights to share. Above – thanks to the Arbor Heights texter who sent the rainbow photo! Below – thanks to Gary Gates, who often shares sunset sights via Twitter:
— Gary Gates (@DrGaryJGates) October 22, 2016
As for tomorrow – good news is that the day starts with a “partly sunny” forecast, which is great news considering everything that’s on the calendar, including the Duwamish Alive! and Denny IMS Garden work parties.
(2012 photo from Denny garden’s early days)
Tomorrow is a big day of volunteering around the area. If you’re not already committed elsewhere – the Little Red Hen Project and Denny International Middle School Science Department invite you to join them in the work of reviving the school’s Learning Garden. As one parent put it:
The Denny Learning garden will provide our kids with more than just tomatoes. In this garden, kids will have a hands-on learning experience, giving a real, tangible understanding to the lessons that are taught at their desks.
Kids and parents at Denny will reap the rewards of community building as the lessons of biology mix together with the lessons of teamwork and patience. Departments will “adopt” the garden for a month to maintain the upkeep, as the Little Red Hen Project (LRHP) provides the consulting toward growing a garden that can teach our kids the lessons that can’t be taught with an iPad.
High School Students can earn service hours on campus by taking on leadership positions. After school programs can be held in the plaza at the garden, or in the amphitheater, which faces a native bioswale.
If (when) we get the project infrastructure in place, we may also be able to provide a place for troubled students can option, rather than detention, so instead of staring at their thumbs in detention hall, kids can watch their thumbs turn green.
The Little Red Hen Project also points out that this is about food justice, one of the great divides in our area and elsewhere, “a problem that impacts our youth the most, as kids go to school without proper nutrition, which leads to a decline in grades and mood. The Little Red Hen Project is dedicated to reaching our community families to teach each other how proper food can lead to a better future.” The community’s help is needed, LRHP notes, “to make this garden grow.” Denny is at 2601 SW Kenyon, and tomorrow’s work is scheduled 11 am-4 pm – so there’s time to drop in even if you’re going to be at a Duwamish Alive! work party until 2.
By Linda Ball
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
The Delridge Grocery Cooperative is much closer to becoming a real store rather than a farm stand as it has been the past few summers near the Delridge P-Patch.
At the annual meeting of co-op members last weekend, Andrea Wilmot, manager and president, was able to share the news that the co-op was chosen for a $100,000 grant from the King Conservation District.
KCD director of food and farm programs Josh Monaghan said it received 33 grant applications this year, all related to strengthening local food economies. Of those, 11 projects were ultimately funded, including DGC. Read More
Right about this time last Friday, the wind picked up and caused several hours of trouble in West Seattle, among other areas; trees came down and more than 4,000 homes and businesses lost power for a while. As reported here that afternoon, the most serious injury related to the storm was suffered by a 4-year-old boy who along with his dad was hit by a falling tree branch near the Fauntleroy Church/YMCA building. The child was most seriously hurt of the two, and many have asked us how he is doing. While we have no direct contact with his family, we were able to find out from Harborview Medical Center that he is still there, in intensive care, in serious condition. A friend tells us that the family has chosen not to comment but is heartened by knowing how much the community cares. We have reached out in several ways to renew the request to let us know if there is any information we can share regarding needs or requests.
10:51 AM: Last night, we brought you first word that a short pursuit by Southwest Precinct officers in the South Park area resulted in arrests linked to robberies in West Seattle. Police have just released more information via this SPD Blotter post:
Eight suspects were arrested late Thursday afternoon in a stolen vehicle after a short pursuit by officers in South Park.
Just before 4:00 pm officers saw a silver 2006 Hyundai Sonata that matched the description of a suspect vehicle used in a robbery in West Seattle earlier that morning. The same vehicle description also eluded officers when they attempted to pull it over on Wednesday. Officers attempted to stop the Sonata, but it fled from the marked patrol vehicle. Officers attempted to pull over the car using emergency lights and sirens, but the driver of the Sonata kept driving at a high rate of speed until the driver lost control and struck a curb, causing the vehicle to stop near the intersection of South 96th Street and Des Moines Memorial Drive South.
Officers quickly arrested the eight individuals inside the car, which turned out to be a reported stolen vehicle from Kent. The Seattle Fire Department also responded to evaluate and treat the suspects that were exhibiting the effects of drug consumption. One of the suspects was transported to Harborview Medical Center from the scene and the remaining seven were transported to the Southwest Precinct. Three of the suspects were later transported to the hospital for drug related issues. The Hyundai was impounded from the scene.
Detectives responded to the Southwest Precinct and began their investigation. The suspects are believed to be involved in a series of robberies of convenience stores in West Seattle. The driver, a 19-year-old male, was later booked into the King County Jail for robbery and eluding. A 17-year-old male was later booked into the Youth Services Center (YSC) for robbery and drug charges, and a 15-year-old male was also booked into YSC for robbery.
The remaining suspects, two juvenile females and three juvenile males, were released to the custody of their parents.
We’re working to find out which robberies are believed to be linked to these suspects.
11:13 AM: Just talked with Det. Mark Jamieson at SPD. Two of the cases happened yesterday – a robbery at the 7-11 on Harbor Ave., and a holdup attempt at the 41st/Admiral Chevron. Detectives are still looking into others. The 19-year-old suspect does not appear to have a felony record, at least not in this state; he wasn’t booked into jail until early this morning, so his bail hearing might not be held today, but we’ll be tracking the case.
10:51 PM: The adult suspect won’t have a bail hearing until Saturday. Two juvenile suspects went to court this afternoon. Documents say one is 17 and an Admiral resident; he is accused of being one of two who allegedly held up the Admiral 7-11 twice this week – early Tuesday and early Wednesday. During the Tuesday holdup, the police report says, this suspect was wearing a mask, possibly a “white Halloween clown type.” His alleged accomplice in both robberies is a 15-year-old from Tukwila.
Highlights of what’s happening today/tonight in West Seattle:
KID-FRIENDLY FOOD DRIVE WITH COSTUME DISCOUNTS: Starting today, Again & Again/Kid-Friendly Footwear (WSB sponsor) in The Junction is launching a “Kid-Friendly Food Drive” for the West Seattle Food Bank Backpack Program starting today. A donation gets you 50% off a Halloween costume (and part of the costume proceeds benefit WestSide Baby). Full details in our calendar listing – the store’s open until 7 tonight. (4832 California SW)
CITY COUNCILMEMBER OFFICE HOURS: Councilmember Lisa Herbold is at the Senior Center of West Seattle today for in-district office hours, noon-7 pm. Walk-ins welcome. (SW Oregon/California SW)
HIGHLAND PARK ELEMENTARY DINNER AND SQUARE DANCE: Dinner at 6, square dancing with a live string band 7-9 pm, all ages welcome, free! Donations accepted as a Highland Park Elementary PTA fundraiser. (1012 SW Trenton)
HIGH-SCHOOL FOOTBALL: 6 pm at Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle), Franklin vs. Chief Sealth; 7 pm at West Seattle Stadium (4432 35th SW), Lakeside vs. O’Dea.
MOVIE NIGHT AT HPIC: Doors at Highland Park Improvement Club open at 6, short at 6:15, movie at 7, both featuring Scooby-Doo! Free, with concessions available for purchase. More info in our calendar listing. (12th SW/SW Holden)
KARRIE PAVISH ANDERSON: Songs full of hope at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. No cover. (5612 California SW)
MALLET HEAD: 7:30 pm at Kenyon Hall, it’s a new episode in West Seattle native Tom Collier‘s popular “Mallet Head” concert series featuring vibraphone and marimba, plus guest artists. Details in our calendar listing. (7904 35th SW)
THREE BANDS: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern – details in our calendar listing. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
LOOK INTO THE FUTURE … on our complete-calendar page!
8:05 AM: Codie woke up to find the family car gone:
Sometime between 1230 am and 530 am, my 4-door 1997 black CR-V was stolen from in front of my house on 4th Ave SW near Roxbury [map] … it is the only transportation for 2 people who work. My daughter’s car seat, and purple “new from Value Village” Schwinn tricycle both in the back seat. My husband is supposed to be at work right now. It is very basic and plain. Please, we do not have the money for another car.
Plate information to come. The tricycle was for Codie’s 3-year-old daughter, who “is going to be crushed…she was so excited about that bike.” The theft been reported to police, so if you see it, call 911.
9:29 AM: Here’s the plate – AUA5782.
(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
7:18 AM: No incidents in/from West Seattle right now.
For this weekend, the Spokane St. work postponed because of last weekend’s weather concerns has been rescheduled – according to the SDOT Construction Lookahead, that means starting at 7 pm tonight:
SW Spokane St. will be closed between E. Marginal Way S. and 11th Ave. SW while crews remove abandoned railroad track and repave the roadway. The westbound off-ramps from the West Seattle Bridge to Harbor Island will also be closed.
If it’s not already in your weekend plan … we need to talk about the Fauntleroy Fall Festival. Again this year, it’s three busy hours of all-ages fun in the heart of Fauntleroy – in and around the historic Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, in and around the Fauntleroy YMCA (WSB sponsor) and Fauntleroy Church across the street, this Sunday (October 23rd), 2-5 pm. Here’s just part of what you’ll find:
*Music (including West Seattle Big Band in The Hall at Fauntleroy at 3:30 pm)
*Cake contest and cakewalk
About that last one – you can enter! Here’s how:
The decorating contest has three categories: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Cakes can be any shape or size but should have either a Fall, Halloween, or West Seattle theme. They can be very simple to very elaborate, baked and decorated by an individual, or a parent and child, a family, or a group of friends.
Cakes should be brought to the Vashon Room on the day of the festival, between 12 noon and 1 pm. Voting will begin at 1:30 and continue until about 3 p.m. Once the votes have been tallied, prizes will be awarded for each category. (Who votes? You do, along with other Fall Festival guests.) And then the Cake Walk begins! The Cake Walk continues until all the cakes have been given away. If you do not want to enter the Cake Decorating Contest, you can bake and donate a cake for the Cake Walk.
The Vashon Room is at The Hall at Fauntleroy (9131 California SW). Everything’s free except the food items you’ll find available for purchase.
P.S. One great way to get there is RapidRide C Line, which drops you off in the middle of the festival.