West Seattle Blog... » Delridge http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:20:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle Seahawk spirit: ‘World’s largest 12 flag’ rally Friday http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-seahawk-spirit-worlds-largest-12-flag-rally-friday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-seahawk-spirit-worlds-largest-12-flag-rally-friday/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:55:22 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=299442

(WSB file photo)
Last year, just before the Seahawks’ first Super Bowl win, the giant 12 flag made its debut at Delridge/Andover [map], in a rally hosted by Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor) and Bartell Drugs, whose corporate HQs are in the building. This year, they’ve just invited you to help them rally again, 11 am-1 pm this Friday (January 30th), raising the 1,500-square-foot flag at 12:12 pm (of course!). Along with cheering the flag and showing off your own 12thness, the announcement says rallygoers will find product sampling from both companies as well as cheer card/poster giveaways and more. See you there!

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Delridge search; twice-stolen car http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-crime-watch-delridge-search-twice-stolen-car/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-crime-watch-delridge-search-twice-stolen-car/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:51:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=299054 In West Seattle Crime Watch – a police search right now in North Delridge. According to the scanner, a 911 caller reported a man with a handgun firing one shot into the air and then heading northbound in the alley between Delridge/25th, near the library. The description that’s being broadcast is black male, 14-15, 6′, thin, dark heavy jacket, dark pants. He was said to be in the company of someone described only as a black female in a purple sweatshirt. They might also be associated with a gold or green vehicle headed southbound. No injuries reported; police are checking for property damage. If you see anyone/anything possibly related, call 911.

(ADDED 3:06 PM: We were in the area around 2:30 pm checking on the search; no lights-flashing police still at the scene but cars were visible patroling several nearby blocks.)

(back to original report) Also in Crime Watch:

TWICE-STOLEN CAR: Amanda‘s car has been stolen for the second time in less than a month, sometime between midnight and 11 this morning. Gold 1994 Honda Accord, stolen from the 900 block of SW Holden. Let police know if you find it.

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Update: South Delridge vigil draws brief police, helicopter attention http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/about-the-helicopter-over-south-delridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/about-the-helicopter-over-south-delridge/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 03:44:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298955

(Added 8:11 pm: WSB photo)
7:44 PM: We were headed toward South Delridge to check out reports of a large gathering, possibly a vigil, when we started getting texts about Guardian One in the same area. They’ve just tweeted that they “assisted Seattle PD with a large crowd disturbance north of White Center.” That’s all we know so far – trying to find out more.

ADDED 7:46 PM: We’ve found the gathering, at 17th/Henderson. It’s a vigil for someone who died – not in West Seattle – within the past few days; apparently his family lives in the area.

8:11 PM: Still can’t find more information about the subject of the vigil, but we did reach Southwest Precinct Lt. Alan Williams to ask why police were there. He said that they had a report of a large crowd with a fight breaking out, but: “When officers arrived they found no disturbance and no one in the crowd reported that there had been one.”

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Update: 2 hurt in Delridge/Oregon crash; road has reopened http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-traffic-alert-delridge-cradh/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-traffic-alert-delridge-cradh/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 02:09:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298846

6:09 PM: Northbound Delridge at Oregon, near Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, is blocked by a 2-vehicle crash. Avoid the area. More to come.

6:22 PM: Police confirm at the scene, no major injuries. Two people were being transported by private ambulance. No TCI callout, so it will not be a long closure.

6:39 PM: Added a photo taken from the footbridge by Youngstown, looking south over the northbound lanes. We’ll be checking back on the scene before the top of the hour.

6:44 PM: Police just announced via scanner that Delridge is open both ways again.

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Bicycle rider hurt in collision at 17th/Delridge http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/bicycle-rider-hurt-in-collision-at-17thdelridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/bicycle-rider-hurt-in-collision-at-17thdelridge/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 02:18:44 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298536 In case you were wondering, as were a few people who have contacted us to ask about it: A bicycle/car collision at Delridge Way/17th SW this past hour sent the rider to the hospital. Her injuries were not major, so she was being transported by private ambulance. Police told us at the scene that they expected to clear the intersection before long.

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Clearing the waters in Longfellow Creek: Construction soon for two projects to reduce combined-sewer overflows http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/clearing-the-waters-in-longfellow-creek-construction-soon-for-two-projects-to-reduce-combined-sewer-overflows/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/clearing-the-waters-in-longfellow-creek-construction-soon-for-two-projects-to-reduce-combined-sewer-overflows/#comments Sun, 18 Jan 2015 04:50:16 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298434

Two projects to reduce combined-sewer overflows into Longfellow Creek are about to get under way, and the city plans two meetings near the project sites, two weeks from today, to let neighbors know what to expect when construction begins, and to answer questions. These are both projects to improve existing facilities, rather than build brand-new ones; for the one known simply as CSO 2, the meeting will be 10:30 am-noon January 31st at the southeast corner of Delridge/Orchard, and for CSO 3, it’s 1-2:30 pm January 31st on the west side of the Barton Place/Henderson intersection. You can read more about both projects on this city webpage (which includes links to technical and environmental documents, if you’re looking for the fine print).

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Update: Two juvenile victims in two pedestrian/car collisions, Delridge/Orchard and 15th/Roxbury http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-traffic-alert-delridgeorchard-investigation/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-traffic-alert-delridgeorchard-investigation/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 23:45:44 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298329 3:45 PM: An incident reported to involve a pedestrian has a police/fire callout at Delridge/Orchard, and we’re told northbound lanes are blocked, with traffic backing up. More to come.

3:58 PM: Our crew at the scene reports the road is now fully open and police are clearing out. A private ambulance was leaving. That suggests the victim’s injuries were not major. We’re trying to find out more.

4:03 PM: Police tell us at the scene that the victim was a juvenile who suffered a broken leg. And they confirmed an earlier incident we had been checking on – 15th and Roxbury, less than an hour ago, in which a juvenile pedestrian also suffered a broken leg. Both scenes are now clear.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Home shot at, no one hurt http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-crime-watch-home-shot-at-no-one-hurt/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-crime-watch-home-shot-at-no-one-hurt/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 04:36:59 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298153

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
8:36 PM: No one is said to be hurt, but somebody is reported to have shot at and into a house near Delridge Way/SW Findlay a short time ago, with police confirming bullet holes (as heard over the radio). We haven’t heard a suspect description yet. More as we get it.

8:55 PM UPDATE: Our crew at the scene has confirmed with police that multiple shots hit the house (which is on 23rd) and that no one is hurt. We’ve also just heard a potential vehicle description, blue or black SUV, unknown make/model, was “full” of people but no description of them, last seen southbound on Croft Place.

2:19 PM THURSDAY: We had requested the report on this – it’s since shown up summarized on SPD Blotter:

A teenage boy narrowly escaped injury during a drive-by shooting … Wednesday night.

The 17-year-old victim told police he was standing in front of a convenience store around 8 PM with an acquaintance, near Delridge Way Southwest and Southwest Findlay, when a black or dark blue SUV drove by and its occupants stared at them. When the car made a U-turn, both of them started running.

The victim ran into his nearby home and his acquaintance kept running. After dashing into his house, the victim heard several gunshots. Police found several bullet holes in the teen’s home, which was occupied by five other people including an 11-month old baby and a 12-year-old. Bullet fragments were found inside the home. No one was injured.

Gang Unit detectives are investigating.

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‘Take a step. Make a difference. Help us help others’: Straight Blast Gym’s food-drive challenge for you http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/take-a-step-make-a-difference-help-us-help-others-straight-blast-gyms-food-drive-challenge-for-you/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/take-a-step-make-a-difference-help-us-help-others-straight-blast-gyms-food-drive-challenge-for-you/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 04:16:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298127

(Some of last year’s Straight Blast Gym food-drive donations)
North Delridge’s Straight Blast Gym of Seattle (WSB sponsor) isn’t just aiming to strengthen bodies. It’s aiming to strengthen community. And the latest way it’s working to do that, with your help, is via monthlong food drive. From SBG’s Sonia Sillan:

We are currently running a food drive throughout the month of January for the West Seattle Food Bank. Every ten items (ramen not included) earns one raffle ticket; at the end of the month we’ll hold a drawing for different prizes like an Xbox One, gift cards, etc. When discussing how to help others and the purpose of the food drive, one of my five-year-old students said “Well, when you help others it shows that you love them, even if they’re strangers. They don’t have the things that we have. That’s why we should always help everyone and love everyone” (clearly awesome parents!).

My focus with the drive this year is to really pull the community together. Everyone at SBG is excited to see what we can raise within our gym community, and outside of it as well. I really challenge people who don’t know us to stop by and drop some nonperishables off. Take a step. Make a difference. Help us help others. Last year, we raised 1700 pounds of food. This year, our goal is to raise at least 3000.

This quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson really resonates with me: “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

You can help Straight Blast Gym meet and pass that ton-and-a-half goal by dropping off food at the gym, 5050 Delridge Way SW.

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Update: SUV goes off road, behind building at Delridge/Andover, takes out CenturyLink service http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/heavy-rescue-call-in-3800-block-of-delridge-way/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/heavy-rescue-call-in-3800-block-of-delridge-way/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 22:28:47 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298016

2:28 PM: Big police and fire response headed for the north end of Delridge Way on a “heavy rescue” call. Per scanner, a car went over an embankment. No serious injuries reported so most units are being canceled.

(Added: This photo and next two, by Christopher Boffoli for WSB)
2:36 PM: The car involved is a Ford Explorer – it’s actually gone behind the brick business building on the northeast corner of Delridge/Andover.

2:46 PM UPDATE: The vehicle’s driver is going to the hospital via private ambulance. Our crew at the scene has spoken with the building’s owner Christopher Price, who owns the businesses (Allstate and HR Block) based there; he says so far the main damage includes a broken window. Traffic-wise, Delridge isn’t affected much – most of the effects are on Andover east of Delridge.

3:14 PM UPDATE: As discussed in comments, CenturyLink Internet service is out because the driver took out a box at the crash scene:

5:02 PM UPDATE: Thanks to Dan Jaramillo for the photo below, showing two tow trucks working to get the SUV out of the crash spot along that steep section of SW Andover:

Once that’s done, the road should be clear – we won’t be able to check back for a while, so please comment if you do see it back to normal condition.

9:21 PM: As commenters are noting, the CL service is still out.

12:36 AM: WSB’s Christopher Boffoli went back to the scene late tonight and found a crew still working on those repairs:

They had already poured a new footing for the most-uphill box, Christopher reports, but they acknowledged getting everything back will take days, not hours.

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Fire alarm brings SFD response to Cottage Grove Commons http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/fire-alarm-brings-sfd-response-to-cottage-grove-commons/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/fire-alarm-brings-sfd-response-to-cottage-grove-commons/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:22:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297965

(Thanks to Christine for the photo)
9:22 AM: For everybody wondering about this (thanks for the texts): A fire alarm is what brought a Seattle Fire response to DESC’s Cottage Grove Commons building in the 5400 block of Delridge. No fire, but sprinklers went off, so there’s some water cleanup under way.

9:36 AM UPDATE: More units are being dismissed at the scene; sounds like two will remain.

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West Seattle Blue Friday: ’12th Flags’ in North Delridge, downtown http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-blue-friday-12th-flag-up-in-north-delridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-blue-friday-12th-flag-up-in-north-delridge/#comments Fri, 09 Jan 2015 19:07:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297623

After someone asked whether the huge “12th Flag” would go up at West Seattle Corporate Center before tomorrow’s Seahawks-Panthers playoff game, we went over to Delridge/Andover and found it flying! Well, “flying” is a bit of an exaggeration – not much breeze this foggy morning – but we stood around, camera ready, until it caught a hint of movement.

BACKSTORY: The 1,500-square-foot, Tacoma-made flag first went up last year, days before the Seahawks’ Super Bowl win.

P.S. If you’re downtown, you are invited to cheer as King County Executive (and native West Seattleite) Dow Constantine raises the 12th Man flag at the King County Administration Building at 12:12 pm today – 500 4th Avenue.

12:24 PM UPDATE: The aforementioned downtown flag-raising was accomplished with the help of the executive’s baby daughter Sabrina – here’s the video just tweeted via @kcexec:

(If you are having trouble getting that to play – you can view it on its host site, here.)

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Followup: Crash-damaged Longfellow Creek footbridge reopens http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/followup-crash-damaged-longfellow-creek-footbridge-reopens/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/followup-crash-damaged-longfellow-creek-footbridge-reopens/#comments Fri, 09 Jan 2015 18:49:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297624 Since the crash that damaged a Longfellow Creek footbridge three weeks ago, we’ve been checking with Seattle Parks about the status of repairs. This morning, Parks spokesperson Joelle Hammerstad tells WSB the footbridge has reopened:

While working to make repairs to this bridge … we determined that the main structure is sound. We have re-opened the bridge and re-installed temporary fencing where the railing was damaged. The repairs/upgrades will take longer than expected but patrons, will be able to use the bridge while our carpentry staff order supplies and fabricate needed parts.

As reported here last week, the driver who crashed the pickup eastbound on SW Yancy, through the railing, and into the creek, 40-year-old Rossindo Ramos, is charged with DUI and reckless endangerment. He and his passenger escaped serious injury. We’re following up with Parks on what the repairs will cost and whether they’ll pursue restitution.

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2 new crosswalks confirmed for Delridge Way by Boren Building http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/2-new-crosswalks-confirmed-for-delridge-way-by-boren-building/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/2-new-crosswalks-confirmed-for-delridge-way-by-boren-building/#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2015 04:39:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297298

(WSB photo from fall 2014: Looking south down 5900 block Delridge Way)
Big news tonight for the parents and staffers who have been pushing for safety improvements on Delridge Way at the Boren Building, permanent home of K-5 (soon K-8) STEM and temporary home of Arbor Heights Elementary: The city Department of Transportation has finally officially confirmed that two crosswalks will be built.

The STEM community got unofficial word more than a month ago, and we’ve been seeking SDOT confirmation ever since; the city, however, had to finalize some details, and finally this evening, senior transportation planner Brian Dougherty had an official announcement to share, not just in response to our most recent inquiry but also with those in the school community who had worked so hard to make it happen:

SDOT will be installing two new marked crosswalks near the Boren building for Arbor Heights and K-5 STEM. One crosswalk will be provided near the front door of the school, connecting the school to the Longfellow Creek Trail. Another crosswalk will be provided at 24th Avenue SW, connecting the school to Metro bus stops and High Point via the Graham Street stairs.

Both projects are tentatively scheduled to be constructed this year with funding provided through a combination of Safe Routes to School and Neighborhood Park and Street Fund.

The crosswalk to the front entrance was requested in a community proposal for use of the NPSF, as reported here last year, when we also covered the Seattle School Traffic Safety Committee convening at STEM and hearing firsthand about the safety challenges that school was facing, even before another full elementary-school population joined them, if only for two years.

In case you’re wondering, Dougherty’s note to school reps mentions one more thing: “Both crosswalks will have some form of push-button-activated stop light or warning light.”

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Haircut fundraisers start tomorrow at Delridge Community Center http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/haircut-fundraisers-start-tomorrow-at-delridge-community-center/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/haircut-fundraisers-start-tomorrow-at-delridge-community-center/#comments Sat, 03 Jan 2015 01:32:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297002 Just announced by Delridge Community Center – happening every Saturday this month:

Airstream Pop-Up Haircut Salon

Look good and feel good about doing it. (Suggested haircut payment/donation will go toward Delridge Community Center )

Delridge Community Center has been serving the surrounding community for over 20 years. And we want to continue doing more! We offer from Ballet and Zumba, to one of only 3 centers who offer showers to the homeless for $3.00. We have a RECTECH computer lab to help you apply for jobs or finish a school or work project. A fun and safe place for your teens, and licensed school-age child care, and a preschool Program.

During the Month of January, in partnership with Rudy’s Barbershop, we will be offering free haircuts to the community. Come and get a haircut by one of Rudy’s Barbershop’s professional hair stylists. Look good and feel good; proceeds will go toward the Delridge Community Center’s Teen programs and scholarships for before- and after-school programs, and much more. Airstream Pop Up parked behind Delridge Community Center, close to soccer fields.

Dates for the Airstream pop-up:
* January 3 (8:30 to 3:30)
* January 10 (8:30 to 3:30)
* January 17th (8:30 to 3:30)
* January 24th (8:30 to 3:30)
* January 31 (8:30 to 3:30)

DCC is at 4501 Delridge Way SW, south of SW Genesee. (Rudy’s, by the way, is likely to open its non-pop-up West Seattle Triangle location this year, as reported here last summer.)

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