West Seattle, Washington
That’s the official 2018 map for West Seattle Summer Fest, which will be wrapping up Night 1 right about this time one week from now (Friday, July 13th), with The Briefs scheduled as last act of the night. If you’ve been to the festival in recent years, you’ll notice the basic layout is the same, with a few changes – for example, the newly added (free!) game zone will be on the east side of California/Oregon. The California Stage at the north end of the festival zone is where all the entertainment listed here will happen. And if you get lost or have a question – come see the West Seattle Junction Association staff (and us!) in the Information Tent, marked on the map by the big question mark in the heart of what’s Walk All Ways the rest of the year. Summer Fest hours are next Friday and Saturday, 10 am-6 pm (music and beer garden running later), plus Sunday, 11 am-5 pm, with the streets in the heart of The Junction closing at 4 pm Thursday to get going with setup and Summer Fest Eve. More previews to come!
(Added: Video sent by Lemuel Charleston)
8:28 PM: If you’re seeing smoke and/or hearing sirens – Seattle Fire has a callout for a brush fire reported in the 59th/Spokane vicinity.
8:45 PM: Photo added (thanks @SeaSK). Two of the five units dispatched have been dismissed from the call.
8:52 PM: The remaining units have been dismissed and the call is closed.
9:36 PM: Thanks to Lemuel Charleston for sending video – added above – showing the reason for the initially sizable dispatch – the fire was perilously close to a house.
Thanks to Carolyn Newman for sharing the colorful view, seen against the clouds to the east. While the sky’s looked foreboding in that direction and to our south, we’re still under a mostly clear sky.
Family and friends will gather July 15th to celebrate the life of Sandy Beaucage. Here’s the remembrance being shared with the cmmunity:
Sandra Kay Beaucage passed away peacefully on the 8th of June, 2018, after a battle with liver cancer. Sandy was born in Washington, D.C., on April 13, 1943. She graduated in the class of 1961 from St. Petersburg High School in Florida, then married Robert (Beau) Beaucage shortly thereafter, thus becoming a Coast Guard wife. They had two children together, Michele and David.
Sandy was always involved in volunteer work wherever she lived. She led countless young Girl Scouts (who knew her as “Sunny”) at Camp Long in West Seattle, was a devoted volunteer for the West Seattle Garden Tour, and took pride in being an active, passionate director on the Duwamish Tribal Services board. She always showed her sincere love of people and nature through service.
Sandy is survived by Beau, her husband of 56 years; her daughter Michele Karnes and husband Michael; her son David Beaucage and wife Carda; her grandchildren, Lauryn Karnes, Kaitlyn Karnes, Justin Beaucage, and Shelby Beaucage; and her sisters Joan Slattery in Dunmanway, Ireland, and Elizabeth Borgins in Clinton, Connecticut.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Girl Scouts of Western Washington or the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center.
A celebration of life will be held on Sunday the 15th of July in the Vashon Room at The Hall at Fauntleroy, 9131 California Ave. SW, from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.
She will be missed by many.
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Alki Beach will be awash in pirate fans tomorrow (Saturday, July 7th) as the Seafair Pirates approach for their annual landing. As usual (as previewed here last month), the occasion calls for an all-day festival, 10 am-5 pm, with vendors, kids’ rides, and music. The stars of the show will be ashore sometime in the early afternoon – last estimate we heard is 1:30ish, but that could change … they’re pirates, after all. You’ll usually hear cannon booms offshore as they get close; eventually they’ll pull up in their landing craft and wade ashore, into the crowd that gathers near Alki Bathhouse (60th SW/Alki SW). Their non-seagoing Moby Duck usually awaits them along the street, but not until their arrival has been followed by photos and pillaging. This is the first big event of the four weeks at the heart of Seafair; the Pirates will be back for the West Seattle Grand Parade two weeks later, but this is the one time you get to see them sail in! (Forecast, by the way, looks perfect.)
You probably recognize this now-iconic mug – known best to hold the Mai Tai at West 5.
The West Seattle Junction restaurant/bar is one of our newest WSB sponsors, and we’re officially welcoming them in this week when we all celebrate what’s local as Summer Fest approaches.
This is a big year for West 5, celebrating its 15th anniversary in the spring. Co-proprietor Dean Overton explains that the idea of opening a place grew out of the closure of the old Admiral Benbow. He and business partner Dave Montoure thought that the neighborhood needed a good bar that kept the spirit and flavor of the neighborhood alive. Since Dean and Dave are both West Seattle born and raised, they thought they were suited to bring that idea to life.
Once they secured West 5‘s location in the Junction, Dave and Dean stocked the place with items from some of the other former West Seattle establishments, such as the giant plaster ship painting, which came from the old Vann’s (now the Maha).
West 5‘s signature lighted crown in the rear of the restaurant came from the time when the space was a bowling alley.
Looking back, Dean says he and Dave were ahead of the curve in trying to bring a great establishment to the Junction. (One that happens to be TV-free!) Over time, they believe that they’ve been around this long because they let the community have a say in which direction West 5 would take. While that’s meant some changes to the menu – don’t worry, some faves like the legendary mac and cheese are still there! – and drinks, it also creates a sense of togetherness for both the patrons and staff.
As always, West 5 will have its outdoor café for Summer Fest next weekend, starting Thursday night with the Yadda Yadda Blues Band. But you are welcome to visit any time of year – 4539 California SW – lunch, dinner, drinks, and/or weekend brunch.
We thank West 5 for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.
(2017 Float Dodger 5K photo courtesy Dave Vague)
After six years of serving as an opening act for the West Seattle Grand Parade, the Float Dodger 5K run/walk on the parade route is taking a break this year. After a tip from Marion, we went over to West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), organizers of the Float Dodger 5K. Tim McConnell told us a variety of factors led to the decision to skip this year – including a late start to fundraising – which is a vital component, given permit fees and other costs – plus other business/family projects. But as you’ll see on the Float Dodger website, they’re organizing a casual run pre-parade: “Please join West Seattle Runner for a casual group run the morning of the parade on July 21 at 9:30 am to run the parade route and watch the parade from the store afterward.” And they’re hoping to bring back the Float Dodger 5K in 2019.
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
WADING POOLS: Open today! In West Seattle, that means Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW), until 8 pm; EC Hughes (2805 SW Holden), noon-7 pm; Hiawatha (Walnut/Lander), noon-6:30 pm.
FRIDAY AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES: 1 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle, Terry presents The Greatest Movies You’ve Never Heard Of. Today: “Year by the Sea” (2016). $1 members, $2 nonmembers, free popcorn! (4217 SW Oregon)
CORNER BAR: Sixth anniversary of the monthly pop-up-bar-and-more at Highland Park Improvement Club, 6 pm, with music starting around 8. This month’s band – Roxbury Saints! More details in our calendar listing. (1116 SW Holden)
LIVE IN-STORE: 7 pm, Snuff Redux plays Easy Street Records. Free, live, all-ages. (California/Alaska)
RIOT AT THE DOJO: 8 pm at The Skylark, $8 cover, 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
MORE! Preview the weekend, and beyond, by browsing our complete-calendar page.
Thanks to Seth for letting us know about notices like that one, posted at some Metro Route 21 stops on 35th SW. We inquired with Metro’s Jeff Switzer, who replied with this info about stops closing in a week – and one set not closing:
This was a Route 5 and 21 stop rebalancing effort to improve travel time for riders. The effect will be to speed up trips for riders by several minutes. (The Rt. 5 and Rt. 21 are interconnected, in that the Rt. 5 comes downtown from the north and turns into Rt. 21, and vice versa.)
Why Routes 5 and 21?
· Additional service frequency in 2012 increased ridership.
· Some segments have bus stops spaced close together which slows transit speed.
· Metro optimized the N. Greenwood segment as part of the SDOT repaving project.
· Bus operators recommended bus stop optimization as a means to improve schedule.
How are stops located where they are?
The Metro guideline is one-quarter mile between bus stops. Some factors considered in located bus stops include bus transfer points, traffic signals, topography, sidewalk, libraries, schools, community centers, and senior housing.
What steps were taken in outreach?
Rider Alerts were posted at 21 stops the first week in May through the end of May for customer comments. This included nine low-ridership stops on the Rt. 5 and 12 low-ridership stops on the Rt. 21 for customer comments. Metro Staff reviewed all 120 customer comments (51 from Rt. 21 riders).
What did Metro decide?
The finalized plan includes the closure of 4 bus stops on the Rt. 5 and 10 bus stops on the Rt. 21, expected to speed up travel times for riders.
These 14 bus stops were posted with Rider Alerts early this week to let Riders know of stop closures scheduled for Saturday, July 14.
Time savings, especially in the peak hours, could be as much as 3 to 7 minutes for a combined trip (Rt. 21 & Rt. 5). This can be crucial in maintaining on time performance.
In some cases, just the increase in trip time by a minute can mean Metro has to add the cost of adding an additional coach.
What feedback led Metro to not close certain stops?
For the Rt. 21, we dropped the proposed closure of the pair of stops at 35 Av SW & SW Hudson St due to concerns from Providence St. Vincent about access to their facility, even though the ridership is very low at these stops.
Route 21 STOPS TO CLOSE
• #23040 SB 35th Ave SW, FS SW Cloverdale St
• #23040 SB 35th Ave SW, FS SW Cloverdale St
• #22670 NB 35th Ave SW, FS SW Othello St
• #22980 SB 35th Ave SW, FS SW Othello St
• #22690 NB 35th Ave SW, FS SW Willow St
• #22960 SB 35th Ave SW, FS SW Willow St
• #22740 NB 35th Ave SW, FS SW Juneau St
• #22910 SB 35th Ave SW, FS SW Juneau St
• #22760 NB 35th Ave SW, FS SW Brandon St
• #22890 SB 35th Ave SW, FS SW Brandon St
Route 21 STOPS THAT WILL NOT CLOSE
• #22780 NB 35th Ave SW, NS SW Hudson St
• #22870 SB 35th Ave SW, FS SW Hudson St
Again, the closures are scheduled to start July 14th – one week from tomorrow.
7:02 AM: Good morning. First up, the scene of last night’s deadly crash on 99/509 has not fully reopened. WSDOT tweeted a few minutes ago, “The S Cloverdale St on-ramp to NB SR 99 is back open. However, all lanes of NB SR 99 remain closed @ Des Moines Memorial Dr/14th Ave S. Continue to avoid the area!” (Southbound is open.)
No other area incidents so far this morning.
STADIUM ZONE TONIGHT: Mariners are home vs. Colorado, 7:10 pm.
WEEKEND NOTES: Here’s the SDOT roundup, including tomorrow’s Seafair Pirates Landing at Alki (no road closures but the beach will be extra-busy for the all-day event, with the landing itself expected around 1:30 pm).
7:28 AM: From Brian in comments: “The 7:06 route 57 bus is a no-show. No alerts from Metro.”
UPDATE: The 99/509 crash scene reopened as of 8:33 am.