West Seattle, Washington
“Thank you” was said in many ways tonight as American Legion Post 160 in The Triangle hosted its annual free drop-in dinner for veterans and others connected to the armed services, along with their families. In the photo above are Cameron Foisy, Malia Geraghty, and Ana Geraghty, students at Holy Rosary School, where thank-you cards were made, along with Gatewood Elementary.
Once the first wave of guests – who ranged in age from babies to seniors – got their spaghetti and garlic bread, Post 160 Commander Keith Hughes offered a few words. He began with gratitude that Veterans Day is a holiday about celebrating those who are still with us, and gratitude for their service:
He also paid tribute to the service that so many continue to provide, even after they leave the military – a tribute that rang true, at the dinner cooked and served by volunteers, most of whom had also spent part of the day placing and removing flags in the West Seattle Junction.
Dinner guests also heard from Chelsea Clayton, a West Seattleite who works for U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, who read a letter from the senator, who began it by describing herself as the daughter of a World War II veteran:
In the letter, Sen. Murray promised she would “never stop fighting for those who fought so bravely for us.”
Throughout dinner, special music this year – patriotic songs performed by Sandra Walker:
Hughes explained she was a late addition to the program – he spoke at another local Veterans Day event earlier in the day, heard her play, and invited her to be part of the Post 160 dinner. She accompanied Hughes as he sang “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” with guests invited to join in singing its chorus, before dinner resumed.
P.S. Post 160 – at 3618 SW Alaska – is also home to help for veterans year-round.
Thanks to Linnea Westerlind for the photo of Gatewood Elementary students and mascot today outside West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), where she reports they had a “fun, soggy time” talking to people about the Gatewood Playfield Project (featured here earlier this week). Less than a week into the campaign, they are about a quarter of the way toward their goal of $50,000 to replace the rutted playfield so the students – and neighbors, outside school hours – have someplace decent to play. This new video shows you what it’s all about:
The video was put together, with dozens participating in a shoot during yesterday’s day off from school, by alumni dad and local videographer Barry J. White, who donated his time. Want to help? Here’s how.
Earlier this week, we published Tim McConnell‘s invitation for any interested local U.S. Marine Corps veterans to join him in informally celebrating the USMC’s 242nd birthday last night. He promised to let us know how it turned out – and so today we received the photo and report:
Last night we had 5 Marines and one Marine family member whose mother was a Marine recruiter in WWII, get together to celebrate the 242nd Marine Corps birthday.
Only 2 of us knew each other beforehand, but by night’s end we all decided to make this an annual event!
Thanks to Poggie Tavern for letting us get together, swap stories, meet up with old friends (last saw each other April of 1990!), and make a few new ones.
Thanks for the tips. We’ve been trying to confirm this one for a while, ever since a liquor-license notice appeared for Café Mia at the same address as Fiddlehead Fine Foods in The Junction (4310 SW Oregon) – and today Fiddlehead has itself confirmed that it’s closed (the shown-above notice is in the window – thanks to Daniel for the photo):
Thank you for your support and business over the last 6 years. It has been quite a journey and we have enjoyed meeting and serving our neighbors here in the West Seattle Junction. We are excited to announce there is a new breakfast/lunch cafe (Cafe Mia) that will be taking over and wish them the best of luck.
Café Mia describes itself as a “bistro + vin bar in West Seattle specializing in house-made global cuisine, wines, craft beer, teas, PNW coffee, & organic juices + smoothies.”
The photo is from Brigit, who wonders if these are stolen items:
There’s some items at the bottom of 16th and Orchard that I initially thought might be free, but looking again, they look to be in basically perfect condition so it made less sense as to why someone would dump them. There’s no “free” sign, either.
Attached is a photo: a blue and black umbrella stroller that looks to be brand new, crutches in perfect condition, and a small pet crate.
The Occam’s razor answer is that they’re likely free but I thought I’d email and check if any of the blog readers knew more.
If you know – please comment (or if you’d rather not, you can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!)
This is one of the few holiday bazaars where you’ll find a bar. Drinks and even lunch are available as the Highland Park Improvement Club‘s 2017 Holiday Bazaar continues until 3 pm. You can buy home-baked treats too, cookies, of course, and also Mike’s peach cobbler and sweet potato pie (available in individual sizes!):
(That’s Christie with Mike – she’s HPIC’s bazaar organizer, among other roles.) On behalf of Highland Park Elementary PTA, these guys will sell you cookies:
And so will a group of Girl Scouts:
Lots of non-food items, of course, including Lashanna‘s unique wares:
And if you like to celebrate your sense of place – stuff stocking with these switch plates and other items made with local maps:
HPIC is at 12th and Holden. Next holiday event is on Sunday, November 19th – wreathmaking (bring your own greens, tools, etc. and enjoy good company with your neighbors, 1-4 pm)!
8:53 AM: Thanks for the tips: Seattle Fire is arriving at another “rescue” callout for a crash, this time on SW Admiral Way, near the viewpoint [map]. Avoid the area. More to come.
9:02 AM: At least one person is being taken to the hospital, per scanner, and they’re looking into the possibility a medical problem might have preceded the crash. SPD is calling for more traffic-control help, so again, avoid Admiral Way south/east of the business district. We’ll be there shortly to find out more.
9:12 AM: SPD is calling out the Traffic Collision Investigation team, which usually means the crash scene will stay closed for hours.
9:22 AM: Two vehicles collided – we’ve just added a photo. Only one person had to be taken to the hospital. Admiral’s been taped off, and police really need drivers to stay away. Slow down on side streets, too (we’re parked on 36th and people are going by way too fast).
11:36 AM: JoAnne says in comments that Admiral is still closed both ways.
12:33 PM: Just went down the hill – reopened both ways.
7:13 PM: In a comment, Brad says this collision actually involved three vehicles, and also reports having heard that the driver who had to be taken to the hospital had experienced a health incident. SFD tells us tonight that the driver is an “adult female” who was transported in critical condition – we don’t know her current condition, but that was the assessment after the crash.
Happy Saturday! First, today is the official Veterans Day holiday, so here’s the Veterans Day info:
VETERANS DAY CLOSURES/CHANGES: Seattle Public Library and King County Library branches closed … banks closed … U.S. Postal Service holiday … Most Seattle Parks facilities that are usually open Saturdays are open today (see the list).
STATE FERRIES’ TRIBUTE: Washington State Ferries plans a moment of silence on all vessels at 11:11 am, lasting two minutes, followed by blowing the ships’ whistles.
VETERANS DAY DINNER: 5:30-7:30 pm at American Legion Post 160 in The Triangle, veterans, active-duty service members, Guard/Reserve, and families are all welcome to drop by for a free Italian dinner. (3618 SW Alaska)
Also happening today/tonight:
MARTIAL-ARTS TOURNAMENT AND HURRICANE-RELIEF BENEFIT: 9 am-3 pm at Evergreen Tang Soo Do Academy in The Admiral District, you’re invited to watch today’s tournament, $5 admission fee going toward Puerto Rico hurricane relief, as explained here. (2701 California SW)
HIGHLAND PARK HOLIDAY BAZAAR: 10 am-3 pm at Highland Park Improvement Club, more than 20 vendors – bar open, lunch for sale, come browse and hang out. (1116 SW Holden)
FAUNTLEROY FINE ART AND HOLIDAY GIFT SHOW: 10 am-4 pm, it’s the second day of this year’s show/sale at Fauntleroy Church‘s Fellowship Hall, with 17 artists participating – here’s our report from last night. (9140 California SW)
GATEWOOD PLAYFIELD PROJECT AT THRIFTWAY: 10 am-1 pm, “kids, parents and the Gatewood Gator mascot himself” will be tabling at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) to answer questions about the project to raise money for a much-needed playfield renovation. (4201 SW Morgan)
FAUNTNEAU WORK PARTY: 10 am-noon, the Fauntleroy/Juneau rejuvenation continues – help spread mulch! (Meet at the Fauntleroy/39th bus stop)
SHOREWOOD HOLIDAY BAZAAR: 10 am-4 pm, bazaar with food trucks, book sale, bake sale, Santa photos, more – details in our calendar listing. (2725 SW 116th)
ANDREA & JOSEPH: Originals, covers, multiple genres, live music at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
CAROLE J. BUFFORD & ARTHUR MIGLIAZZA: After-Hours Stomp at Kenyon Hall, 7:30 pm – details in our calendar listing, including how to make your reservation. (7904 35th SW)
‘LAST CROISSANT’ SECOND NIGHT: 8 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, it’s the second performance of “The Last Croissant,” a world-premiere production of a new play by Veronica Tjioe. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
NEIL YOUNG BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE: Featuring Rubies in the Dust, “awesome tribute band featuring local artists Kathy Moore, Norman Baker, Kent Halvorsen, Scott Goodwin, and Gary Westlake. Live painting during the show by Orion Misciagna.” $8 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
LOOK AHEAD TO THE REST OF THE WEEKEND … by checking our complete calendar.
6:03 AM: Thanks for the text – Seattle Fire has an “automobile rescue” response arriving at the scene of a crash at Harbor Avenue and Fauntleroy [map]. Harbor is blocked, per the texter.
6:07 AM: Per scanner, at least two people are hurt. The location is being described as the 2700 block of Harbor, which is south of the 7-11.
6:17 AM: All but two SFD units are being dismissed. A tow truck has been called.
6:36 AM: We have arrived in the area. NB Harbor remains closed, a block-plus south of the scene where there’s a turnsround gap in the median.
6:43 AM: Added a photo. The vehicle from which someone had to be extricated hit a parked RV. Officers expect to reopen the road in about half an hour.
8:12 AM: Via Twitter, @jetcityjen reports the scene is clear.
ORIGINAL REPORT, 12:47 AM: Two closures happening right now:
WEST SEATTLE BRIDGE: The Fauntleroy Expressway end of the bridge is closed for jersey-barrier work. If you are headed westbound, you’ll have to exit on Admiral Way. If you are headed eastbound, you will have to get on the bridge via Avalon, Admiral, Harbor, or Delridge. This closure is expected to be over by 7 am.
And on Highway 99:
BATTERY STREET TUNNEL: The tunnel is closed both ways overnight because of paving work happening above it. So if you are headed northbound on 99, you’ll have to exit on Western; if you’re headed southbound, you’ll have to exit at Denny. This closure is expected to end by 5 am.
5:10 AM UPDATE: The city’s webcam shows that the West Seattle Bridge is open again.