West Seattle, Washington
One more tale of kindness before night’s end … this one, like the one we featured earlier today, happened in The Admiral District.
The photo is from Monica, who first messaged us this afternoon asking for advice on who to contact to help with ducklings that fell into a storm drain near Admiral/44th. Within minutes, she reported that bystander teamwork resolved the ducks’ dilemma:
With the help of a security guard at Bank of America, about 5 other people, and a really patient line of traffic on Admiral Way, we were able to lift the grate, hold a man while he hung upside down and grabbed the five (ducklings), and reunite them with the mama. The birds were so relieved and it was quite emotional seeing them all reunited. A big shoutout to the security guard who directed all the traffic!
The photo was from after the rescue – Monica says they followed the duck family a while to be sure they wouldn’t head back into traffic. This time of year, watch out for bird families everywhere … a duck family was also seen recently crossing the road in Fauntleroy’s Endolyne business district
Another look ahead to one of this weekend’s big events: Healthy Kids Day at the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) on Saturday. All welcome, membership not required, and it is an action-packed three hours, 10 am-1 pm, with so much to do. Here’s some of what, and who, you’ll find:
11:30 Y Staff Cha Cha Slide
12:30 WS Performing Arts
Make and Take Arts and Crafts
Make and Take Snack
Passport Prize Pickup
My ID Club
Outside Play Ground
Y Summer Camp Booth
Bead Bracelets (Preschool)
Second Gear Sports
School of Rock
Lil’ Bug Studio
Seattle Public Library
Seattle Public Schools
The West Seattle/Fauntleroy Y’s new executive director Shalimar Gonzales advises getting there early – free T-shirts and helmets are while supplies last (they have 100 of each). But everything else is free too, 10 am-1 pm Saturday, first one since the Y’s expansion was completed – 36th SW/SW Snoqualmie in The Triangle.
Quick reminder since we’re just about at the 24-hours-to-go mark – if you’re planning a sale for this year’s West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day (Saturday, May 13th), tomorrow night is the deadline for registering: 9 pm Thursday, April 27th. So far, 270+ sales are headed for The Map – all sizes, all around West Seattle; yours can be part of the 13th annual WSCGSD (tenth year that it’s been coordinated by us at WSB) – go here before the deadline, which we set so that we can make the map and listings available a full week before sale day.
Stolen car to watch for: Sandy‘s 2005 silver Subaru Forester, stolen overnight Sunday, 4/23, in the northeast Admiral area, license plate AGF0410; Crime Watch reader report received today. Call 911 if you see it.
From last night’s West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network meeting at the Southwest Precinct:
NEW CRIME-PREVENTION COORDINATOR: Jennifer Burbridge was introduced at last month’s WSBWCN meeting as the precinct’s new Crime Prevention Coordinator, and last night, she got to elaborate on her new role and what’s in store. Read More
Were you – or do you know – the woman who cared for a crash victim in Admiral about this time Monday afternoon? His mom, Paula, is looking for you/her:
On Monday afternoon around 1:20, my son was involved in an accident and was struck by a car by the Metropolitan Market, I received a call from his phone and it was not him on the line; a woman’s voice said, “your son has been in an accident and was hit by a car.”
I work at Costco so I was about 20 minutes away; the woman said she was a nurse and she calmly talked me through what was happening, but all I heard were the sirens of the emergency vehicles in the background, She stayed on the phone with me as I rushed through my warehouse to let people know I was leaving; the whole time she is not just comforting my son, she is making sure I am calm enough to drive to them. We hung up and within seconds the EMT called me, stating my son was doing good, there was no head trauma and from the looks of things he was just bruised up a bit and they would not be taking him to the ER.
Because my son said he was not hurt that bad and his injuries were minor enough that I could take him to his doctor, by the time I reached my son (maybe 25 minutes from the first phone call) he was sitting on the curb alongside the lady who took care of him and called me. I was so happy to see my son in one piece – I think I was as shaken up as he was – that all I recall was her telling me, that the driver stopped and felt terrible; he stayed until the police and medical service left, and with that I gave her a hug and took my son straight to his doctor, who after evaluating him said he was just going to be sore for a couple days.
I owe this woman so much more than a thank you – she is nothing short of an angel to our family and I really wanted her to know just how grateful to her we truly are.
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P.S. We didn’t have a report on this incident Monday afternoon even though we sent a crew that way after seeing the “Med 6” response on the 911 log (which usually means either a pedestrian, bicyclist, or motorcycle rider involved) – the scene cleared before we got there.
If you dropped off something during Sunday’s Recycle Roundup at Fauntleroy Church, you were part of a BIG turnout, despite the rain! Judy Pickens shares the report:
Sunday’s Recycle Roundup at Fauntleroy Church returned a near-record 20 tons of recyclables to the resource stream, bringing to 180 tons the total since the congregation’s Green Committee initiated this twice-yearly service in 2010. The crew from 1 Green Planet unloaded a record 450 vehicles and will be back to do it again on September 24.
P.S. If you couldn’t get to that event but have electronics to recycle – or something to shred – take note of this event next Saturday in The Junction (10 am-1 pm April 29th).
Quick look at highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
ADMISSIONS WORKSHOP: Applying to South Seattle College (WSB sponsor)? 3-4:30 pm today, you’re welcome at a drop-in workshop at the SSC Library to help you with the admissions process – details in our calendar listing. (6000 16th SW)
STARTING A BUSINESS? Tonight’s expert-led workshop at WS Office Junction might be perfect for you. 6:30-8 pm. $10. RSVP required – see our calendar listing for the info. (6040 California SW)
HIGHLAND PARK ACTION COMMITTEE TALKS FIND-IT, FIX-IT WALK & MORE: 7 pm at Highland Park Improvement Club, all welcome at this month’s Highland Park Action Committee meeting. Major agenda item: May 25th is the date set for the city’s Find-It, Fix-It walk in Highland Park, and a city point person will be there to talk about the planning process and what to expect, while HPAC talks about the preferred stops along the way. Full meeting preview here. (12th SW/SW Holden)
BUCKETS OF RAIN: Rock ‘n’ roll “with a touch of the blues” at Parliament Tavern, 8-11 pm. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
SEE WHAT ELSE IS UP for tonight, tomorrow, beyond, by checking our complete-calendar page, here.
Wednesday means it’s time to plan your weekend … so we have a few things to spotlight today.
First: Here’s an update on the West Seattle Junction Day of Giving this Saturday (April 29th), when participating merchants are donating part of their proceeds (10 am-6 pm) to give local nonprofits a boost. More than 30 are participating, and the Junction Association has published a list showing them and their chosen beneficiaries – you can see it here.
Among the participants are these WSB sponsors:
Click! Design That Fits (donating to the Alzheimer’s Association)
Emerald Water Anglers (donating to the Wild Steelhead Coalition)
Menashe & Sons Jewelers (donating to the West Seattle Food Bank)
Thunder Road Guitars (donating to the Southwest Seattle Historical Society)
VAIN (donating to the Senior Center of West Seattle – including select haircut appointments this week)
See you in The Junction on Saturday (looks like some sunshine, too)!
Wed., Sept. 6, 2017 – First day of school
Mon., Sept. 11, 2017 – Kindergarteners’ first day of school
Dec. 18, 2017 – Jan. 1, 2018 – Winter break (no school)
Feb. 19 – 23, 2018 – Mid-winter break (no school)
April 9 -13, 2018 – Spring break (no school)
Fri., June 22, 2018 – Last day of school
The district expects the full 2017-2018 calendar to be finalized in June.
6:49 AM: No outbound incidents reported in or from West Seattle right now. But if you’re headed this way, SDOT points out high truck volumes, port-bound, on the westbound bridge. (Last week, the port warned this could happen.)
7:25 AM: The port says the bridge backup has cleared.