West Seattle, Washington
High-school basketball season starts next week, and all three local high schools got a jump on it today.
The occasion: Chief Sealth International High School‘s 16th annual Basketball Jamboree. 13 teams participated, each playing two opponents in two-quarter games. We dropped in for the last two varsity games (JV had a full slate too) – above, West Seattle High School vs. Seattle Lutheran High School; below are the two teams’ #2 jersey wearers, Saints sophomore Simon Solomon and Wildcats junior Kendall Green:
West Seattle went home with wins in both of its games, including the day’s closing faceoff with host Sealth:
Below are Sealth’s Peyton Dickerson (with the ball) and West Seattle senior Yusuf Mohamed:
All three local schools have season openers in the week ahead, according to their online calendar:
*WSHS hosts Mountlake Terrace at 7:15 pm Tuesday
*Sealth hosts Rainier Beach at 8:30 pm Friday
*SeaLu plays at Friday Harbor next Friday.
9:39 PM: A big Seattle Fire “heavy rescue” is headed to the 8800 block of 41st SW in Fauntlee Hills (map), for a report of a “car on its side with people trapped.” More shortly.
9:58 PM: Photo added. Most SFD units were canceled shortly after dispatch but others remain, with police.
10:07 PM: 41st SW is blocked by the crash scene, which is on a residential street. We are told the man driving the car was the only person in it; he will be going to a hospital by private ambulance to be checked out. He hit a parked car, police tell us.
5:59 PM: Thanks for the tips: Power is out in parts of northeast West Seattle, and apparently it’s not all shown on the outage map, which now shows 15 customers out in Pigeon Point/North Delridge – at and near Delridge/Andover – but we’ve also heard from Victoria in Riverside, who says “we are out down here too,” on 16th and 17th SW. This is likely related to a crash in the 4500 block of West Marginal Way SW that another texter says involved a vehicle hitting a utility/light pole – we’re checking on that. If you’re also out of power but NOT on the City Light map, please let us know in comments (after you’ve called SCL to let them know your outage is not showing – 206-684-3000).
6:04 PM: Now the map is updated to 356 homes/businesses out of power. Adding a screengrab.
6:51 PM: Just back from the crash scene, which is on the east side of West Marginal Way SW – affecting the northbound lanes – just north of the Duwamish Longhouse. The pole was snapped in two and dangling; the vehicle that hit it was about to be towed. Adding photo. Meanwhile, some have the power back – the count is down to 288 on the SCL map. One crew was at the scene and reported to be calling for more help.
7:39 PM: As reminded by commenters, this is affecting some traffic signals too – if you arrive at one that’s not working, that makes it an all-way stop – do NOT go through without stopping.
9:23 PM: The SCL map has now recalibrated the restoration guesstimate to “pending,” which seems in line with what commenter Amy found out.
11:56 PM: The outage is now in its seventh hour, with the current potential restoration time estimated around (corrected) 4 am. (Let us know if you’re back sooner!)
1:52 AM: And after about eight hours, the outage is over.
We’ve mentioned the Seattle Public Safety Survey several times since it went live more than a month ago. It’s designed to find out what you think about crime, safety, and policing in your neighborhood. And for 11 West Seattle neighborhoods, a key component is the micro-community policing plan:
(added) South Park is in the Southwest Precinct area, too, so here is its MCPP plan.
Those are all PDFs, obtained from Jennifer Burbridge, the Seattle University researcher who’s been working with the Southwest Precinct for more than a year. But you don’t have to be in a neighborhood with a plan (those without one likely don’t have organized community groups with which SPD could work on a plan) to answer the survey. Burbridge says they are hoping for thousands more replies before the survey’s scheduled close next Wednesday (November 30th), to better chronicle neighborhoods’ crime/safety/policing concerns. If you can spare a bit of time, go to publicsafetysurvey.org; you’ll find links to the survey in seven languages.
12:40 PM: Alki Beach was our first stop on a spot-check of local small businesses as this year’s Shop Small Saturday continues. Coastal Boutique at 58th SW and Alki Ave, to be specific. Lots of beach gear – even if you’re going to a faraway beach (swimwear is always in stock, but hard to find elsewhere this time of year. But popular items include apparel at the other end of the weather spectrum, like this “commuter jacket” from Mia Melon:
Next – we’re headed to Admiral, The Junction, and Morgan Junction!
ADDED 1:25 PM: Alki Bike and Board is one of your potential Shop Small Saturday stops in Admiral, on California just south of Admiral Way:
That’s Will with one of the hybrid electric bikes in stock at AB&B. We continued southbound to The Junction, where Menashe and Sons Jewelers (4532 California SW; WSB sponsor) proprietor Jack Menashe paused to pose with Father Christmas, one of the shop’s many unique Christmas decorations:
Christmas decorations, you’re probably well aware, are a big thing for the Menashe family. Meantime, The Junction is decked with garlands, and the sidewalks bustled during a break in the rain. We stopped at toy store Curious Kidstuff (4740 California SW), where proprietor Ann Walker pointed out that their selection of books just keeps expanding:
Outside CKS, we happened onto one of West Seattle’s most famous parents, County Executive Dow Constantine, with daughter Sabrina, out shopping and dining – which reminds us: Some local eating/drinking spots are having Shop Small Saturday specials too (some are on the list that the West Seattle Junction Association put together for today).
ADDED 1:53 PM: Just heard from co-proprietor Lori McConnell at West Seattle Runner (2743 California SW; WSB sponsor) – they’re offering 10 percent off today, among other things.
ADDED 2:52 PM: Now, to Morgan Junction, which has an increasingly thriving retail area. We stopped by the south end, where you’ll find My Three Little Birds (6959 California SW; WSB sponsor). Lots of kid stuff here including Seahawks-fan gear for even the tiniest 12s:
M3LB is having a BOGO-half-off sale today. A short distance north, you’ll also find sales at Second Gear Sports (6529 California SW; WSB sponsor). And again, all of the above is only a sampling of Shop Small Saturday – you still have a few hours to get out to your favorite local indie businesses (or discover new ones!) – and they’ll be happy to see you all season/year long, too.
The beautiful Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center in West Seattle is hosting the annual Native Holiday-Gift Fair right now – second of three days – with artists and craftspersons set up in both the main hall (above) and the lobby/display area (below):
Many items are wearable – including these shoes and hats by Ben and Gerry:
Among the artists selling their work is John Romero:
(You might recall his mural in last year’s Duwamish Revealed project.)
The gift fair is on until 4 pm today and again 10 am-4 pm tomorrow. You can park free at the longhouse – enter from its north side at 4705 West Marginal Way SW – with overflow parking at the city parks across the street.
(Northern Flicker, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
Long holiday weekend, day 3! First, from the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide:
SHOP SMALL SATURDAY: Today’s the day for holiday shopping at your local independent small businesses all around the peninsula. Many have sales and specials.
*Shop Small Saturday/5th Anniversary Sale continues @ Thunder Road Guitars (4736 California SW; WSB sponsor)
*Spend $100, get $25 gift card for future purchases – and it goes up from there! – today only @ Emerald Water Anglers (42nd SW/ SW Oregon; WSB sponsor)
*Discounts throughout the store at Second Gear Sports (WSB sponsor) including 25% off new adult bikes from Evo and Diamondback (in stock only) and 15% off any ordered bikes from Diamondback; bring nonperishable food for West Seattle Food Bank & get 10% off. (6529 California SW)
*Also in Morgan Junction, My Three Little Birds (WSB sponsor) is having a BOGO 1/2 off sale, plus refreshments for shoppers. (6959 California SW)
*On Alki, shop at Coastal, where “pretty much the entire store is 20 percent off” and new Alki Beach gear is in stock. (2532 Alki SW)
Again, that’s just who we’ve heard from … go shop your favorite local stores today and every day and help strengthen your community.
Meantime, more holiday happenings:
HOLIDAY BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER: New event! The Seattle Civic Dance Theatre promises food, a dance concert with our company and cast members, and a visit from Santa with a chance for families to take pictures with him (bring your cameras). We welcome the community to join us to kick off the holiday season and help us raise money for performance costs and our scholarship fund. 10 am, West Seattle Christian Church. $15 for adults, $10 for kids (under 2 is free). More information here. (42nd SW/SW Genesee)
DUWAMISH LONGHOUSE NATIVE HOLIDAY-GIFT FAIR: Day 2 for this year’s Duwamish Native Holiday-Gift Fair at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse, 10 am-4 pm each day, free, all ages. “Buy directly from native artists and craftpersons; unique gifts in every price range – fine art, Native crafts, regalia, cards, jewelry, T-shirts, smoked salmon, and more.” Snacks too. Free admission and parking for shoppers. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)
WEST SEATTLE LIGHTS: 5-10 pm is tonight’s schedule for the West Seattle Lights music-synched light show. Taking donations again this year for the West Seattle Food Bank and Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation. (3908 SW Charlestown)
WEST SEATTLE YULETIDE: Third night for this music-synched light show, 5:30-10 pm. (4120 38th SW)
HOLIDAY MUSIC: It’s the Gary Benson Christmas Show at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
BASKETBALL JAMBOREE AT SEALTH: Varsity and junior-varsity basketball teams from 13 schools are playing in the 16th annual Chief Sealth International High School Jamboree – schedules and ticket info in our preview – starting at 11 am, with JV in the Denny International Middle School Gym (2601 SW Kenyon) and varsity at Sealth. (2600 SW Thistle)
FIGG, THE PAPER DOLLS: Two bands live at Parliament Tavern, 9 pm. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
Thanks to Bob Spears for the photo of an unusual scene Friday off Alki. He explained, “Five seals hung out just offshore for over an hour and frequently appeared to be doing a water ballet with their heads, a single fin, and their tails out of the water. Fun to watch and with their barking they attached quite a crowd of people on the beach.” The behavior is known as “rafting,” most often seen among California sea lions, and sometimes people mistake it for a sign of distress – the Seal Sitters website has a good explanation here.