West Seattle, Washington
West Seattle Nursery‘s new greenhouse building has been taking shape at California SW/SW Brandon, and now it’s almost ready to be shown off. WSN is starting to move in, and has announced: “The first chance for the general public to see it will be at our annual Holiday Open House on November 19, from 2 – 5 pm. We’re celebrating with good food, fun activities and pictures with Santa.” (Full details here.) Work on WSN’s expansion (designed by LD Arch Design and built by Ventana Construction, both West Seattle-headquartered and both WSB sponsors) started in October of last year; the plan was announced in spring 2014.
This year’s West Seattle Junction Hometown Holidays Tree Lighting on December 3rd will be more festive than ever, with a Night Market on SW Alaska next to Junction Plaza Park. Local retailers and artists are invited to apply NOW to be part of it. The invitation:
As part of Hometown Holidays, new this year is a street night market that will be a part of the tree lighting. Running from 4 pm to 8 pm, the night market sets the shopping stage for the holidays.
As this is the first year, we’ll be keeping it to 12 booths. Cost is an affordable $50 per booth. It’s a great opportunity for retailers to showcase their holiday offerings. You’ll need to bring a 10×10 tent, table and chairs. We’ll take care of lighting up your booth.
To be considered for the night market you must have a City of Seattle business license. The night market is designed for retailers, artists, and crafts. No food items.
If you would like to be a part of the night market, click on this link to register.
You can see the layout plan here (PDF).
Seattle Public Utilities won’t be out in Arbor Heights tonight flushing water mains after all. Its testing of a new flushing technology – previewed here a week ago – ended early. We checked in today with SPU’s Ingrid Goodwin, who told us:
We’re all done flushing utilizing the new method. We flushed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and intended to flush today and tomorrow, but we ran through all of the machine’s filters, so we had to stop.
The first two days we were able to flush two miles of pipe and remove a lot of sediment that had built up in the water mains. The water mains that we flushed were installed in the late 1940s.
We will begin analyzing the pilot results next week. But it appears it was a successful outcome and we avoided sending thousands of gallons of water down the storm drain.
While the flushing was under way earlier this week in the Genesee/Charlestown Hill area, we heard from one resident who reported a prolonged bout of brown water. Goodwin says, “We did receive calls from about a dozen customers who experienced temporary discolored water due to the flushing. Our crews performed some additional spot flushing to help clear the discoloration.” That’s been a risk of conventional flushing too, which has been under way off and on for several months now as SPU works to clear sediment (basically, rust) from the lines.
4:54 PM: We’re now en route to another police response people have been texting us about, a search near Olson/Myers. We know a K-9 team is part of it but don’t know yet who they’re searching for or why.
5:11 PM: This is no longer affecting traffic. Two police cars are on the shoulder by the exit from W. Marginal Way S. A damaged car was being towed from Cloverdale over 509.
5:39 PM: A neighbor tells us a suspect was taken into custody on 3rd SW on the other side of the steep, wooded hillside where we saw police cars, and that police say the case involved a stolen car and hit-run.
4:26 PM: Thanks for the text – police/fire response at Avalon Way and Orleans (map) because of a crash, and at this time of day, that could be trouble. We’re en route to look.
4:39 PM UPDATE: Just went by. Crashed car and police car are in eastbound lane of Manning by the Luna Park commercial building. A tow truck is on the southbound Avalon shoulder.
4:46 PM: The scene has just cleared. Police tell us the driver of the car that had to be towed is being checked for a possible broken ankle; the other driver was not hurt.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
The night after the Democratic Party lost the White House, you might have guessed a local party meeting would be funereal.
Sadness, however, was only one of the sentiments and emotions displayed at last night’s 34th District Democrats meeting. Also: Resolve, fury, pragmatism, and optimism, among others.
It started early. The Pledge of Allegiance always opens 34th DDs meetings, and this time, at the end, someone added: “HOPEFULLY, justice for all.”
Shortly thereafter, chair Marcee Stone-Vekich, after saying, “I can’t give you any kind of speech right now… I’ve got nothing to say,” managed to offer her thoughts: “I never in a million years thought it was possible for this particular person to become the president-elect. So what I do know is that we need to gather, we need to organize, and if we need to, we need to take to the streets like the hundreds who did so in our city tonight, New York, Chicago, all over the country, and that may be what it takes. This has an impact on people’s daily lives. My daughter .. is a Type 1 diabetic. She is 28 years old. If Obamacare goes out the window, what do you do? … I am comforted that you are here and hopeful that we can move forward.” Read More
1:08 PM: Thanks to Jackie for that new photo of “Westley,” the West Seattle deer, who resurfaced today. Last sighting we heard about was on Election Night toward the west end of Alki Beach Park. So far this morning, the reports are from south Beach Drive and Lincoln Park. It’s now been a week and a half since “Westley” turned up in West Seattle (on Pigeon Point), and if you’ve missed our previous coverage (scroll through the WSB Wildlife archive), please note that wildlife/animal-welfare authorities ask you to keep your distance – getting too close could scare him, and also could put you into danger, as deer can lash out powerfully if they feel they are in danger. If you wonder “why doesn’t someone capture and relocate him?” Seattle Animal Shelter and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife both say that would be more of a threat to him than letting him be. So please, for as long as he’s in this area, please be extra careful – he’s crossed many streets – just in case he crosses your path.
1:33 PM: Thanks to Lezlie Jane for forwarding this photo by Jonny Layefsky:
Lezlie says it was taken on Beach Drive around 11:30 am.
We’ve received several questions about a police response at California/Alaska in The Junction. Went over to check; police were dealing with a person in crisis, who will be taken – via the private ambulance in our photo – to Harborview Medical Center for evaluation.
SDOT is circulating what’s titled the “Delridge RapidRide Expansion Survey.” But it’s not just about buses. It asks you to take a look at Delridge, section by section, featuring the graphics you see below, which show how it’s configured now:
The survey asks about your priorities for each of those sections along Delridge Way – including transit, walking, biking, and/or parking. Here’s how the survey is introduced in e-mail from SDOT’s Dawn Schellenberg:
We’re working with our partners at King County Metro to deliver 7 new RapidRide corridors by 2024 to advance the Levy to Move Seattle’s promise of 72% of Seattle residents with 10-minute all-day transit service within a 10-minute walk of their homes.
Delridge Way SW is one of the corridors on which we’d like to make bus service better. We also have an opportunity to make it safer and more comfortable for people walking, biking, driving and delivering goods. Please take a moment to fill out our survey and share your thoughts about how the street could be designed and potential related trade-offs. The survey replicates information shared at an October Delridge Workshop, in case you were unable to make it. Please complete the survey by December 4, 2016.
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
FAMILY STORY TIME: Bring your preschooler/toddler(s) to Southwest Library, 10:30 am. (35th SW/SW Henderson)
SECOND THURSDAY OUT! 6 pm, starting at the Senior Center of West Seattle: “inviting the LGBTQ community and their friends and neighbors for social hour at the Center followed by dining out at Lee’s Asian Restaurant next door to the Center. Everyone is welcome to attend – no membership or sign up is required.” (4217 SW Oregon)
WEST SEATTLE ART WALK: 6-9 pm. Here’s some of what you’ll find on this month’s Art Walk:
*Viscon Cellars (5910 California SW; WSB sponsor) – photos by Graycie Viscon; wine-tasting fee waived for Art Walk participants
*Twilight Gallery and Boutique (4306 SW Alaska) – opening reception for “Intelligent Life” by Laura Allen
*Brace Point Pottery (4208 SW 100th) – visit the southernmost stop on the Art Walk map, in Arbor Heights
OPEN MICROPHONE AT C & P: Musicians/singers of all ages are welcome at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
7:11 AM: No incidents in/from West Seattle right now. Foggy in some spots, though!
Here’s a look ahead to the holiday tomorrow:
VETERANS DAY ON FRIDAY: Schools will be closed … Metro will be running “reduced weekday” service … No West Seattle Water Taxi service. … Washington State Ferries has announced that on Friday at 11:11 am, it “will honor the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces by observing a moment of silence on all ferries underway at that time. Following the moment of silence, the ferries will blow their whistles in unison to recognize the bravery and sacrifice of our veterans.”
This Saturday, you can be among the first to drink limited-release, philanthropic Beer Church IPA, according to the announcement of its release party during the 18th annual Beer Church Turkey Bowl in West Seattle:
On Saturday, November 12th, Georgetown Brewing releases Beer Church India Pale Ale, a beer brewed in collaboration with three other Seattle-area breweries. Proceeds from the sale of the beer benefit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, Northwest Chapter.
Beer Church IPA was brewed by Georgetown Brewing Company in collaboration with Airways Brewing, Big Al Brewing, Two Beers Brewing, and Beer Church, a Seattle-based organization that finds easy ways for beer drinkers to contribute to worthwhile causes. This is the sixth year that Beer Church has organized and promoted this annual project.
The beer will be released at Beer Church Turkey Bowl, an annual fundraiser now celebrating its 18th anniversary. The sold out bowling party takes place at West Seattle Bowl on Saturday, November 12 at 6:00 P.M. The public is welcome to attend the event, participate in the silent auction and raffle, and enjoy the beer.
Following the official release, Beer Church India Pale Ale will be available at each of the participating breweries’ taprooms, as well as select local restaurants and pubs. Keep an eye on beerchurch.com for a list of locations that will tap this draft-only beer. … Ingredients for Beer Church India Pale Ale were donated by Great Western Malting Company of Vancouver, Washington and YCH Hops of Yakima, Washington. Georgetown Brewing donated its facilities and other resources, while the collaborating breweries helped develop the recipe and contributed to the brewing of the beer.
“This is just another example of the generosity of the local beer and brewing industry,” said Kendall Jones, the President and Founder of Beer Church. “The breweries were happy and excited to support the effort, but beyond that, without the support of YCH Hops and Great Western Malting, none of this would be possible. Their contributions are, literally, the backbone of the beer. Their involvement plays a key role in the fundraising component of the project.”
Beer Church India Pale Ale uses three different hop varieties to create its unabashedly hop-forward character. Along with Ekuanot™ hops, the recipe includes two newly developed, experimental hop varieties that have yet to be named (currently designated as HBC 344 and HBC 522). All of the beer’s hop flavors are supported and balanced by the use of 2-Row Malted Barley and White Wheat Malt. Beer Church IPA clocks in at 6.3 percent Alcohol by Volume (ABV) with the hops providing pine-citrus, tropical, and herbal flavors. It is a bright golden beer with a dry body and light mouthfeel.
West Seattle Bowl is at 39th SW and SW Oregon on the east edge of The Junction.