West Seattle, Washington
High-school baseball continues and Chief Sealth International High School is 2-0 on the season, after a road win against Ingraham this afternoon. Final score 6-1, with the Seahawks’ Evan Moe getting the win, pitching 7 innings, striking out 7, and giving up only 3 hits. Jackson Chilcott scored a run and had four hits; Ingraham Chamberlin went 2 for 2. Thanks to head coach Ernest Policarpio for the box score. The Seahawks play Hazen at home tomorrow (Saturday) at noon; here’s the full season schedule.
10:25 PM: Another crash tonight – this time, in Arbor Heights, at 35th and 104th. According to scanner traffic, a driver has hit “several” parked cars and a fence. We’re off to check it out.
10:36 PM: This appears to have happened on the east (northbound) side of the street; traffic is getting through.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
What they have in common is that both are available for community-proposed projects, and both were at the heart of this month’s Delridge Neighborhoods District Council meeting, which focused on different stages of the processes for the two city funds with similar names.
NEIGHBORHOOD STREET FUND: Megan McCoy from the city presented information about this grant program, which is handled by SDOT (as opposed to the Neighborhood Park and Street Fund, which is administered by the Department of Neighborhoods) and is accepting applications now. It involves larger projects, and runs on a 3-year cycle – time to design and then build the projects – $8 million per cycle (up to $1 million/project), funded by the Move Seattle levy that voters approved last year.
Project locations have to be fully in city right-of-way (streets, sidewalks), need to not trigger a lengthy environmental process, and must meet warrants and guidelines – in other words, be necessary as defined by city rules/laws/guidelines.
6:47 PM: The crash on the SFD 911 log for 37th and Alaska has traffic diverting from both the eastbound and westbound directions on Alaska, per a texter. If you’re headed out, avoid for now.
7:03 PM: The crash is blocking the westbound side of Alaska but firefighters are directing traffic around it, both ways.
We’re heading next to a crash Russ has been tweeting about, a motorcycle down by Chelan and West Marginal.
— Russ Walker (@russ_walker) March 19, 2016
Avoid that area too.
7:16 PM: SFD was clearing from the corner east of Chelan Cafe; medic unit headed out toward the eastbound low bridge. No info on injuries but no evidence of setup for the level of investigation that life-threatening injuries would require.
7:31 PM: Just went back through both areas. Chelan scene was totally clear, no fire, no police. The motorcycle is still on a patch of greenery by the sidewalk. On Alaska, SFD, SPD, and two crashed cars are still there.
(WSB file photo)
Spring arrives with the vernal equinox at 9:30 pm tomorrow (Saturday, March 19th), and that means the closest sunset is a few hours earlier – so our local NASA Solar System Ambassador, Alice Enevoldsen, invites you to come watch at Solstice Park (address & map are on Alice’s website), where markers were set to line up with the equinox/solstice . Sunset’s around 7:10 pm (earlier than the official times because of the Olympic Mountains) so be there around 6:45. Forecast suggests clouds but you never know around here – see you there!
4:17 PM: Thanks to the neighbors who texted about this: Seattle Fire is in the 8100 block of 15th SW (map), blocked off while a possible natural-gas leak is under investigation. One neighbor tells us they’ve been evacuated from their house and the street’s been blocked off. We’re en route to see if we can find out more.
4:32 PM: Puget Sound Energy (which is our area’s natural-gas utility) is on scene now to find out what happened and to shut off the gas; as our photo shows, they’re digging next to a hydrant. No injuries or damage. The street closure is just covering part of the block where this is happening, south of Elmgrove. It’s a residential street so no businesses are affected.
6:16 PM: Neighbors say they were allowed back in their homes by 5 pm; SFD has closed out the call.
— sgerding (@sgerding) March 18, 2016
@sgerding tweeted a photo just as we were about to pass Seacrest – where, she explained, there are two groups selling Girl Scout Cookies right now, including one “drive-up” along Harbor Avenue. So we stopped. Their troop is #44428 and they’re here until 6 pm.
(On drive-up duty are Madelin and Lucy; closer to the pier are Stella and Logan.)
This Sunday (March 20th) is the last day for “cookie booth” sales all over our region – our previous coverage includes links you can use to find who is selling, where and when, until then.
Today we’re welcoming Care At Home of WA, Inc., as our newest sponsor. Here’s what Care At Home would like you to know:
(From left: Hermela Bekele, Diane Tamaluns, Sandra Braun, Vanessa Carr)
As a Washington State Licensed Home Care Agency, we are celebrating 25 years of service in West Seattle and for the Greater Seattle areas.
Care At Home of WA, Inc. assists our elders and people needing care by providing Home Health Aides and CNAs (Certified Nurse’s Aides) and care partners. Shifts can be a 1-hour bath visit to 24-hour around-the-clock care, temporary, long term, or just on call. Business hours are Monday-Friday, 8-5. But we are on call, 24/7, for those urgent staffing needs that can happen after 5 pm and on the weekends.
Our Caregivers assist with vital services such as daily tasks, cleaning, grocery shopping, meal prep, personal hygiene/bathing assist, medication supervision, driving to appointments, and much more. Care At Home helps our elders continue to live with DIGNITY and enjoy life with support where it is needed. We RESPECT the needs and wishes of our elders and their families.
Care At Home understands that living in your own home allows people to live in COMFORT and happiness into their future years.
Our clients have expressed a great deal of relief knowing that our Caregivers and care management can bring a sense of calm during stressful times. We are great matchmakers with someone they can TRUST while providing care and support. We help our elders continue to live with DIGNITY and enjoy life with support where it is needed.
We opened our office here in 1992 as Help Unlimited Homecare under the direction of Vanessa Carr. We are now independently owned and operated, as we were able to “buy our office” in 2014 still under Vanessa’s leadership: “We are so blessed to be working with some of the finest Caregivers. They are truly like family to us.”
We are members of both the South and West Seattle Senior Centers, GSBA-Greater Seattle Business Association, West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, and the WA Home Care Association.
Find us: CareAtHomeSeattle.com – 206-937-3100
We thank Care At Home of WA, Inc., for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.
(2015 Sanislo book sale, photo courtesy Lisa)
Have books you just don’t need? Donate them to the upcoming Sanislo Elementary book sale! Sanislo PTA parent volunteer Lena Charles sent the request:
We are requesting book donations from the community to support our annual fundraiser for the 4th graders here at Sanislo. It is their
annual trip to Camp Sealth on Vashon Island and it’s a 3-day jampacked science field trip that is super fun for them.
Our book sale is scheduled for April 2, 10 am to 2 pm, to alleviate the overall cost to our local families. We are a diverse community with families facing all different challenges; I have been here with my daughter for 4 years, rallying for these children. Donations can be dropped off directly at the school or if you need pickup, the quickest way to get a hold of me is via text, 360-771-3590.
Even if you don’t have books to give for the sale, set a reminder for the date and go browse/buy to help with the camp fund. Sanislo is at 1812 SW Myrtle on Puget Ridge. (This will of course be in our West Seattle Event Calendar, too.)
You don’t have to go to an arena or be in front of a screen to see national-championship basketball this weekend. It’s happening at West Seattle High School starting tonight – Seattle Adaptive Sports and the Seattle Storm wheelchair basketball team are hosting the National Wheelchair Basketball Association Women’s Championships tonight, Saturday, and Sunday. Teams from around the country will be here, including the Denver Lady Nuggets defending their title; many of the athletes are Team USA Paralympians. Games are tonight at 5, Saturday at 8, 9:45, 11:30, 1:15, and 3 pm, Sunday at 9 am, championship game at 11 am, awards at 1 pm; no admission charge. WSHS is at 3000 California SW.
Last Saturday at the 2016 Gathering of Neighbors, breakout discussion groups included one led by reps from the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce – our photo above was taken just as participants were settling in. Before the event, the chamber did a quick online survey of its membership to ask their views of our area’s “growing pains,” the focus of this year’s GoN (which itself is an event organized by the community group VIEWS, “Visualizing Increased Engagement in West Seattle”). This morning, the results have been made public, including the raw responses to these two open-ended questions:
“If you could change one thing about transportation in West Seattle, what would it be?”
“If you could change one thing about development in West Seattle, what would it be?”
You can read all those responses, as well as the results of the yes/no questions (including “Has the recent growth in West Seattle generally helped your business?” – 61 percent said “yes”), by going here.
P.S. Chamber CEO Lynn Dennis tells us 75 responses were received; the Chamber has 200+ members (including WSB). Responses weren’t sorted for size or type of businesses. So we’re not saying this is scientific, but it’s an undeniably interesting snapshot.
SIDE NOTE: The Chamber also just announced that former mayor Norm Rice will keynote the May 4th Westside Awards breakfast – ticket info and more is here.
Sun’s out again as the final West Seattle Friday of winter moves ahead (spring arrives at 9:30 pm our time Saturday night). Mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, here are some options for enjoying it:
FRIDAY AFTERNOON MATINEE: 1 pm, “Burke’s Bijou” at the Senior Center of West Seattle presents “Take Shelter” (2011). Suggested donation $1-$2. (4217 SW Oregon)
MOVIE NIGHT AT HPIC: At Highland Park Improvement Club – doors open at 6, kids’ short at 6:15, main feature at 7. See the HPIC website for info on what’s being shown tonight. Free; bring $ for concessions; chairs provided, and/or BYO pillows and blankets. (12th SW/SW Holden)
FINAL ‘FISH FRIDAY’: The Knights of Columbus Council No. 12175 is serving up its final “Fish Friday“ of this year’s Lent season – fish, fries, and slaw at the Our Lady of Guadalupe gym, 6-8 pm, $10/adults, $6 kids 12 and under. (35th SW/SW Myrtle)
FAMILY CONNECT ‘LUCK OF THE IRISH’: 6:30-8 pm at the West Seattle Family YMCA (WSB sponsor), one last round of St. Patrick’s Day-themed fun. Free for members, $5 for community participants. Details here. (4515 36th SW)
FIVE BUCK BAND: 7-9 pm, mix of ’60s and ’70s music, live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), with the Five Buck Band. (5612 California SW)
CLASSICAL CONCERT: Folk songs, too! At Kenyon Hall, 7:30 pm, with pianist Maggie Cole and sopranos Nancy Argenta and Ingrid Attrot, who have collaborated together for decades. Reservation info is in our listing. (7904 35th SW)
THE SLAGS, SNOWDAY, BASEMENT BROTHERHOOD: 9 pm live music at Parliament Tavern in The Admiral District, no cover. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
One more note:
COMMENT DEADLINE FOR ‘FESTIVAL STREET’: As noted here a month ago, today is the deadline for comments on the “festival street” proposal for SW Snoqualmie that is part of the expansion plan for the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) – our February story explains how to have your say.
(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
6:35 AM: Happy Friday! Just checked; no incidents in our area or on outbound routes, so far.
6:53 AM: Metro reminds us via Twitter that this is Transit Driver Appreciation Day.
7:15 AM: We mentioned earlier this week that some high-profile campaigning is planned here in the week ahead, with the Democratic caucuses coming up one week from tomorrow (March 26th), and that tends to mean potential traffic effects. Last night, the Bernie Sanders campaign announced he’s headed this way, for a Sunday (March 20th) rally at KeyArena. Hillary Clinton is coming to the area Tuesday but has only announced a private fundraiser in Medina. And Vice President Joe Biden is due here Monday, with stops reported to include a Sen. Patty Murray fundraiser and a visit to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.