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WEST SEATTLE SUNSET: So long, smoke

Thanks to David Hutchinson for the Friday night sunset photo from Alki Beach. He noted, “Nice to see some actual clouds and blue sky – not just the smoke.” And this time, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency says it’s not expecting an encore.

SATURDAY: Delridge Day 2017 and Picnic @ The Precinct

Just hours away from this year’s Delridge Day festival, again featuring Picnic at the Precinct, all happening 11 am-3 pm Saturday at Delridge Community Center park. The festival offers a variety of family fun – including activities at Delridge Skatepark – and the chance to meet your neighbors, including many local organizations. We’ll be on scene to report on who’s there and what’s happening, so check here for updates. And if you haven’t been before, here’s what’s offered at the precinct “picnic,” as Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Burbridge describes it:

Precinct Picnics provide opportunities for each precinct’s surrounding neighborhoods to come together and enjoy an afternoon of celebration with the officers that protect their families and businesses. Businesses financially support the event through donations and community groups assist in the planning and execution of each picnic.

The first Picnic at the Precinct was held in September 2004 at the East Precinct. Since then, the Picnic in the Precinct program has grown to include all five precincts. Thousands of Seattle residents enjoy food, music, and an opportunity to learn about and interact with many of the Department’s units, including K-9, Mounted Patrol, Bomb Squad, and SWAT.​

They usually bring treats, too. See you at Delridge Day tomorrow!

FOLLOWUP: Gatewood stabbing suspect Ryan Cox again ‘refuses to appear’ for bail hearing

For the second consecutive day, Gatewood stabbing suspect Ryan Cox refused to appear for his scheduled bail hearing, according to King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office spokesperson Dan Donohoe. So another one has been scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday), and Cox remains in King County Jail, three days after he was taken into custody, accused of stabbing a 40-year-old West Seattle man multiple times after a confrontation at California and Orchard. The victim’s friends and family say he will survive. Prosecutors are expected to make their charging decision on Monday; as we detailed on Wednesday, Cox has been in and out of the criminal-justice and mental-health systems for years.

IT’S BACK! After 7 months, West Seattle Junction post office has a drive-up/ride-up mailbox again

2:52 PM: Thanks to everybody who has messaged about this – reporting that the West Seattle Junction finally has its drive-up/ride-up mailbox back. It’s been a month and half since our last update, from reader Diana, who was told by the USPS that it might be “several more months.” The old, damaged box was removed in mid-January, right after our original report about it having been out of service for a few weeks.

3:10 PM: WSB’s Katie Meyer just checked out the new box and sent the photo we added above. She says it is still being fine-tuned but it is usable – and bolted into concrete.

MORE WEST SEATTLE REPAVING: Admiral Way between Lander and Stevens next week

Just announced by SDOT:

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) advises travelers that crews will be paving SW Admiral Way from SW Lander St to SW Stevens St, beginning Tuesday, August 15 through Friday, August 18.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, August 15 through Friday, August 18, travelers can expect:

Crews will be paving SW Admiral Way from SW Lander St to SW Stevens St.
Traffic in each direction will be detoured to use the parking lanes.
Parking will be restricted.
72 hours before work starts temporary “No Parking” signs will be placed.
Traffic will have slight delays during work hours.
You may enter and exit driveways, but you may have to wait up to 15 minutes for equipment to clear.
If possible, use alternate routes during construction.
King County Metro bus stops are not expected to be impacted.
This project is part of SDOT’s Arterial Major Maintenance (AMM) program. The AMM program maintains our busiest streets by making strategic small-scale investments at key locations on city streets.
SDOT would like to thank the public for its patience while this work is completed.

This follows recent paving work on 35th SW in Sunrise Heights, on Beach Drive, and on 63rd SW.

RETURN OF THE WATER TAXI: West Seattle on Saturday, Vashon on Monday

The Water Taxi website says it’s official: “King County Water Taxi will resume service out of its temporary location at Pier 52 beginning Saturday, Aug. 12 for the West Seattle route, which will operate on a new sailing schedule. The Vashon Island route will resume service on its normal sailing schedule beginning Monday, Aug. 14.” Both routes have been out of service since Monday so that the dock could move from the south side of the main downtown ferry terminal to the north side (see map above). It’ll be there for about a year and a half while the new passenger-ferry terminal is built on the site of the old one.

WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: Burn ban, air-quality alerts lifted; maybe some rain

As predicted, the air is clearing. The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has lifted the burn ban; the National Weather Service no longer has an air-quality alert in effect. And the latest forecast has a chance of showers overnight tonight, more of a chance tomorrow night.

‘What’s the story with the dancing man in The Junction?’, you asked. Here’s the answer.

Story and video by Linda Ball
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

Swagger fun style is how dancer Hank Kershell describes his dance style. Perhaps you’ve caught his moves. He’s danced for up to 10 hours at a time, 19 Fridays in a row, at the Junction in front of Key Bank. Not only that, he danced every day at this year’s West Seattle Summer Fest, which he said “did him in.”

WSB readers have been asking if we had ever found out the story of “the dancing man,” so we talked with him last Friday.

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What’s up for your West Seattle Friday

(Photo by Jim Borrow, who says “the neighborhood tree” has been hosting bald eagles this week instead of osprey)

Friday’s arrived and the weekend is in view. Here are highlights for the rest of today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and inbox:

NATIVE MARKET AND JUMBLE DAYS: Until 4 pm today (and again 10 am-4 pm tomorrow), come shop this special event at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK OPEN TODAY: Lincoln Park wading pool, 11 am-8 pm; Highland Park spraypark, 11 am-8 pm; Hiawatha wading pool, noon-6:30 pm; EC Hughes wading pool, noon-7 pm. (Find addresses here)

LEMON-AID: Lemonade stand 2-6 pm today to raise money to save endangered Sumatran rhinos. (38th SW/SW Hinds)

SUMMER CONCERTS AT THE MOUNT: Tonight at 6 pm on the south side of the Providence Mount St. Vincent campus, it’s Danny Vernon with The Illusion of Elvis. Concert’s free, as are popcorn and snow cones; dinner and beverages are available for purchase at 5:30 pm if you’re interested. Bring your own chair. (4831 35th SW)

PANEL DISCUSSION & ‘INCONVENIENT SEQUEL’: As previewed here earlier this week, tonight’s first showing of “An Inconvenient Sequel” at the Admiral Theater will start early, 6:30 pm, and be accompanied by a panel discussion. (2343 California SW)

FIVE BUCK BAND: Live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

34TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS’ CARNIVAL: 7-10 pm annual fundraiser at Dakota Place Park, the “Resist and Persist Carnival” with dinner, live auction, games, music. (California SW/SW Dakota)

‘SHREK, THE MUSICAL’: Twelfth Night Productions‘ summer show, 7:30 pm at West Seattle High School. Ticket info in our calendar listing. (3000 California SW)

FREE TEEN SWIM: Youth ages 11 to 19 are welcome to swim for free at Southwest Pool tonight, 8-9:30 pm. (2801 SW Thistle)

OUTDOOR MOVIE: It’s the Delridge Day Eve outdoor movie at Delridge Community Center park! 8:30 pm, “Moana.” Bring a blanket/chair and enjoy the evening. (4501 Delridge Way SW)

CLAMOR – A MUSICAL INSURGENCY: Benefit concert tonight at The Skylark, with four acts including Salt Riot – here’s a video to get you ready:

Suggested donation $10. Doors at 8, music at 9. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

HOT LAVA & READY STEADY GO: 9 pm-midnight at the Parliament Tavern, “Seattle’s B-52s tribute band and your 1983 C-90 new wave/punk rock mixtape come to life in an ’80s dance party.” $8 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

OF COURSE, THERE’S MORE … on our complete calendar.

WEST SEATTLE WILDLIFE: Elephant seal visits Alki

The photo is from David Hutchinson, who explains: “Some of your readers may have stopped by to take a look at an unusual West Seattle beach visitor Thursday morning, just east of the Alki Bathhouse.” It was an elephant seal – and Seal Sitters’ Blubberblog explains its odd appearance.

P.S. If you don’t already have this number in your phone, or memorized – the hotline for Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Network, if you see a seal, sea lion, or other marine mammal on a local beach (or offshore and appearing to be in trouble), is 206-905-SEAL – 206-905-7325.

SIGN UP ASAP! West Seattle YMCA’s fall youth-soccer registration ending soon

(Photo courtesy West Seattle YMCA)

Interested in youth soccer this fall? Registration is closing soon at the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor), which shared this reminder:

At the Y, our sports staff, coaches and volunteers all share a singular vision of helping all youth reach their full potential in life. We leverage the excitement and passion around recreational and competitive programming to create a healthy outlet for children to gain new skills, develop a sense of team and connect with positive role models.

Practices start the week of September 11 at High Point fields. Games are on Saturday starting (updated) September 23 at Roxhill Park or Lincoln Park. Registration closes soon – on August 28. Join us for Outdoor Soccer this fall!

To register and learn more, follow this link.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday watch; 5th day without Water Taxi

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

7:11 AM: Good morning. No incidents reported in/from West Seattle so far.

WATER TAXI UPDATE: West Seattle and Vashon are still out of service today for the move to the new temporary downtown dock. But as reported here last night, WS could be back in service tomorrow; Vashon, which normally runs weekdays only, on Monday. We expect an update later today.

7:38 AM: A weekend reminder – if you’re using Highway 509 south of West Seattle, the ongoing paving project will have lane closures both ways all weekend – the specifics are here.

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