This problem was first mentioned in our daily traffic watch, but since it hasn’t cleared yet, we’re escalating: There’s a multiple-vehicle crash just past the 99 ramp to the high-rise West Seattle Bridge, which is down to one lane at that spot – as currently shown on the “live” camera above – and WSB’ers tell us it’s backed up the Spokane Street Viaduct all the way to I-5. So if you have to get back to West Seattle sometime soon, consider taking 99 past the bridge, to enter via Highland Park. We’re checking to see if anyone was hurt in the crash.
Four weeks ago, the Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council sent Metro Transit general manager Kevin Desmond a letter detailing community concerns specific to the expansion of the Roxhill Park/Westwood Village area as a transit hub, some of which were discussed again at this week’s WWRHAH meeting, as reported here last night. Today, Desmond has answered the November WWRHAH letter; we were CC’d on its reply, which we are publishing here in its entirety:
Thank you for your email of November 7, 2013 about the Transit Center located at the
Westwood Village Shopping Center near Roxhill Park. I appreciate you bringing the concerns of the Westwood/Roxhill/Arbor Heights Community Council to my attention. Safety and security is a high priority for all of us involved in keeping transit riders and community members safe. I apologize for not getting back to you before your December 2nd meeting. We were working to make sure we had all the components to respond to your email as completely as possible.
In the fall of 2012, Metro implemented a series of route restructures in West Seattle that provided additional service to Westwood Village on the RapidRide C Line and Route 21, both of which end service on Southwest Barton Street adjacent to Roxhill Park. In addition, routes 22, 60, 125, and 560 were routed to the east side of Westwood Village along 25th Avenue Southwest. These changes have resulted in the creation of a new transit hub at Westwood Village that connects people to the many services offered there – shopping, dining, fitness, medical services, recreation, and other opportunities. Connections between transit services at Westwood Village also expand the number of places that people can travel and offer new mobility to many residents of West Seattle and beyond. As you have observed, these transit enhancements have generated new activity in and around the bus zone.
After receiving your email, we took some immediate actions to assess the situation in your community, including inspecting the stops involved and increasing Metro Transit Police patrols. Below you’ll find a summary of the steps we’ve taken:
By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog
This edition of The WSBeat contains summaries written from reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers – generally cases that (usually) have not already appeared here in breaking-news coverage or West Seattle Crime Watch reports, but that might at least answer the question “what WERE all those police doing on my block?” Or on the bridge…
*On the 29th, around 10:30 a.m., a passing citizen’s phone call led officers to the high rise of the West Seattle Bridge, where a despondent man had his head in his hands. The man drove off but officers followed when they saw him raise his right hand and make the shape of a gun. Fellow drivers pulled aside because of the patrol car’s siren and officers were able to stop the driver on Highway 99 northbound. He cried and apologized saying that the gun in the center console was not loaded, but confirmed that he had, indeed, intended to jump from the bridge. Officers found many suicidal notes in the car. The man was taken to Harborview for treatment.
Four more summaries ahead, including more details on the “assault with weapons” call reported here as breaking news last weekend: Click to read the rest of The WSBeat: Life saved; ‘stabbing’ explained; bus pickpocket……
Just in case you have ties to Gatewood Elementary and heard something about a power outage – we went there to check as soon as people started texting us (206-293-6302, any time) about it. We confirmed at the school that while power WAS out for a few minutes, it’s back on now. Checking with Seattle City Light to see if they have information on what happened.
That’s the crane at 5020 California SW, where The Blake is under construction; so far, it’s the only one of West Seattle’s three current construction cranes bearing Christmas lights. Speaking of development, it’s the subject of two meetings that are among highlights for today/tonight from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and Holiday Guide:
PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: 11 am at Southwest Library. (35th/Henderson)
FREE ‘ON STAGE’ DISCUSSION @ ARTSWEST: As “Little Women: The Musical” continues at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor), tonight it’s preceded by a “Stories of the Civil War” discussion event you can attend for free, 6-6:45 pm, even if you’re not staying for the 7:30 pm performance. Details here. (4711 California SW)
SHOP LATE THURSDAY – WEST SEATTLE CYCLERY SALE: Every Thursday until Christmas, many of The Junction’s independent local businesses are staying open until 9 pm for your gift-shopping convenience. Among them: West Seattle Cyclery (WSB sponsor), which has a one-day sale – good all day/night, 10 am-9 pm – for the occasion, 20 percent off all kids’ bicycles and accessories. (4508 California SW)
SHOP LATE THURSDAY – FLEURT OPEN HOUSE: While you’re in The Junction, stop by Fleurt (WSB sponsor) for the flower and gift shop’s Holiday Open House, featuring snacks and giveaways, 6-8 pm. (4536 California SW)
DESIGN REVIEW DOUBLEHEADER: Tonight’s meeting of the Southwest Design Review Board includes two Junction-area projects – 4535 44th SW (38 units, no parking spaces; see the packet here) at 6:30 pm, 4745 40th SW (150 units, 1,000 SF of commercial space, 116 parking spaces; see the packet here) at 8 pm, upstairs hall at the Senior Center of West Seattle. (California/Oregon)
FREE MOVIE TO HELP FREE ‘LOLITA’: At the Admiral Theater tonight, it’s the awareness-raising free movie mentioned here last month – local students have rented an auditorium to show “Lolita, Slave to Entertainment” as part of the campaign to free “Lolita,” originally known as Tokitae, the last surviving orca captured in Puget Sound, still captive at a Florida amusement park. Doors open 6:30 pm, movie at 7. (2343 California SW)
COMMUNITY MEETING ABOUT MORGAN JUNCTION DEVELOPMENT: 7 pm at The Kenney (WSB sponsor), community members including Morgan Community Association leaders have organized an unofficial meeting to talk about the 6917 California SW development (30 apartments, no parking spaces) and the development process in general, with city Department of Planning and Development managers on hand. All welcome. (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW)
(East-facing camera on the West Seattle Bridge; see other cams on the WSB Traffic page)
7:18 AM: Below freezing again this morning, with temps in the mid-20s right now. Two advisories: West Seattle Bridge lane closures again today, 10 am-4 pm, for LED streetlight installation. And the half-block construction-related closure of 42nd SW in The Junction, south of SW Alaska, continues each weekday 7 am-3:30 pm through the end of next week.
12:56 PM: Crash on the westbound bridge, high-rise vicinity.
An e-mail question about people out on a West Seattle beach right now with lights reminds us that the next three mornings of “king tides” are worth another reminder – here’s what we published Tuesday – as well as the late-night low tides. Coming up at 11:44 pm, the tide will bottom out at -3.2 feet, very low as low tides go; then at 7 am, it’ll be up to 12.8 feet, very high as high tides go. The highest “king tide” this time around will be 12.9 feet at 7:48 am Friday, but in January, it’ll peak even higher, 13.3 feet both mornings on the first weekend of 2014, January 4-5. (Find tide status/chart on the WSB Weather page any time.)
(Photo courtesy Southwest Seattle Historical Society)
The Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s Log House Museum is decked for the holidays – just in time for a wave of special events to roll into the Alki Beach landmark. Volunteers including Bonnie Gromlich, Debbie Neifert, and Kerry Korsgaard (above) spent the past few days decorating, with an eye toward Saturday, when the museum will offer cookies and hot apple cider on its spacious porch 4-6:30 pm in honor of the Christmas Ship’s Alki visit (scheduled for 5:10-5:30).
Earlier on Saturday, you are also welcome at the museum for its monthly volunteer orientation, 11 am-1 pm – details here.
P.S. SWSHS has two other events ahead, though they’re not at the museum itself – tomorrow (Thursday) night at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor), the Historical Society co-presents a free “On Stage” discussion about “Stories of the Civil War“; as part of the program, past president Judy Bentley will talk about “Free Boy,” which she co-authored, telling the story of a 13-year-old slave who escapes. The discussion precedes tomorrow night’s performance of “Little Women: The Musical,” for which SWSHS members are eligible for discounted tickets good that night only. Full details on the SWSHS website. And 4-6 pm at Westwood Village Barnes & Noble, it’s the SWSHS-co-presented “Words, Writers, West Seattle” author appearance featuring Nicole Hardy – as previewed here earlier this week.
Following up on last month’s meeting (WSB coverage here), the Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council last night continued its discussion of Roxhill Park safety improvements. The line-of-sight blockage caused by Metro buses on SW Barton remains a major concern, as does the lack of light in the park – note our photo above, taken early this evening by WSB co-publisher Patrick Sand, who was at last night’s WWRHAH meeting. One of the ideas that has picked up steam: Lights around part of the park’s perimeter. WWRHAH president Amanda Kay Helmick said she had talked with Chris Arkills, transportation adviser to County Executive Dow Constantine, about the possibility of at least illuminating Barton in the bus-stop areas. The park’s restroom/playground areas would be an area of focus, too. New Department of Neighborhoods district coordinator Jenny Frankl talked with the council about grants they might pursue for the park.
Another major item on the agenda: The latest on the Barton Combined Sewer Overflow control project. Mary Wohleb from the county Wastewater Treatment Division briefed WWRHAH, saying gas-line and tree-transplanting work is done. Work is still to come for the heart of the project, building raingardens/bioswales starting next year in planting strips along 15 blocks (see the map here). The county will maintain those raingardens, she explained, and has already worked on timetables of general and seasonal maintenance. Attendee Rory Denovan told Wohleb that the county should consider more native plants for the raingardens, saying that some of the plants mentioned on the project website are non-native and invasive. The county announced last week that it’s chosen a general contractor for the $5 million project, Goodfellow Brothers; the next round of public meetings is planned for January 23rd and 25th. Project planning and community discussion have been under way for more than four years; our earliest reports are from fall 2009.
For more notes from the WWRHAH meeting, check out secretary Joe Szilagyi‘s detailed summary on the WWRHAH website.
On Saturday, many Americans will stop to think about World War II, on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. In West Seattle, a group of women with a special interest in wartime remembrances will be gathering, as announced by local writer/performer/activist Georgie Bright Kunkel (right):
The reorganized Rosie the Riveter Group will meet at the home of Georgie Bright Kunkel on Saturday, December 7th, at 1:30 pm.
Call Georgie at 206-935-8663 if you worked during World War II in any job that released a man to serve in the military. We will share WWII stories.
If you were a Rosie – as was Georgie – or know one, don’t miss it. (Here’s our report by Christopher Boffoli from a gathering of Georgie and other local “Rosies” back in 2009.)
As noted in our previous story, tomorrow night is the next meeting of the Southwest Design Review Board, and it’s another doubleheader. Tonight, the graphics/info packet is out for the second of the two reviews, 4745 40th SW, on the east side of The Junction, west of the Masonic Center, southwest of the proposed 4755 Fauntleroy/Whole Foods site:
The project is described in the 80-page packet as “an eight-story, 169,455 SF building with 134 apartment units, 16 live/work units, 1,000 SF of commercial space, and parking for 116 cars.” Its south side is actually one story lower than its north side. It’ll be reviewed starting at 8 pm tomorrow (Thursday, December 5th) at the Senior Center of West Seattle (California/Oregon), following the 6:30 pm session, in which the board will look again at 4535 44th SW, 36 apartments, 2 live-work units, no parking – we’ve already reported on its packet. (That’s the same project that was the subject of a special requested-by-petition community meeting two weeks ago.)
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Before the Southwest Design Review Board meets again tomorrow, we have one loose end from its last meeting, details of what led to the decision to send 3078 SW Avalon Way back for one more try.)
(Site aerial, from meeting packet)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
That would be two months following the 102-apartment, 60-parking-space project‘s second appearance before the board, which didn’t happen until fourteen months after its first review.
During that gap, the project changed, city codes changed, and the plan for an adjacent site changed.
One thing that did not change: The dedication of neighbors intent on raising big-picture questions while being an integral part of the process, a process that dates back to early word of the proposal 15 months ago, after which they met four times in the few ensuing weeks before the project’s September 2012 Design Review debut.
That process got emotional and contentious as this most recent meeting neared its end – four and a half hours after the board’s night began with another project that, like this one, involves a 100-plus-unit building to be built adjacent to a single-family neighborhood. As we reported right after the meeting, both were sent back for at least one more meeting.
The emotion and frustration, suggested the city planner assigned to 3078 Avalon Way, seemed to be about the zoning, something neither he nor board members could change – the zoning that potentially would allow a building rising seven stories from Avalon on this site.
Mistaken-identity-murder victim Michael Delfin-Rodriguez’s family pleads for help finding his killerDecember 4, 2013 at 1:25 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 7 Comments
(Also published on partner site White Center Now)
In the blue cap and gown is Michael Delfin-Rodriguez, celebrating his graduation from New Start High School in White Center, with his dad Sergio. Michael is the young man shot and killed the day before Thanksgiving, at 2nd SW and SW 108th, while he and his brother Saul were out for an early-early-morning walk to a store. This morning, members of Michael’s family were at the King County Sheriff’s Office headquarters downtown, meeting the media to make a public plea for help in finding his killer. Saul spoke for the family today:
As reported later that day (November 27th), investigators say it’s a case of mistaken identity – Michael and Saul were confronted by two people, believed to be teenage boys, who accused them of being members of a gang; they denied it, kept moving, then one of those boys pulled out a gun and fired, killing Michael. We’ll be adding video from the news conference later; if anyone saw anything or has heard any talk about it, there’s a Crime Stoppers reward in the case, and investigators are eager to hear from anyone with information that might help solve the murder. Crime Stoppers has multiple ways to report tips, including anonymously, or call KCSO at 206-296-3311.
At the center of our photo from this past July is West Seattleite Rusty Harper, photographed as he led his fellow Seafair Pirates ashore at Alki Beach as this year’s “Captain Kidd.” Last weekend, Mr. Harper died at just 56 years old. His wife Bonnie shares this remembrance:
October 1957 – December 2013
Rusty Harper, of West Seattle, will be remembered most recently as Captain Kidd of the Seattle Seafair Pirates this year. He loved the camaraderie and being a part of the “historic tapestry of Seattle”. He got the biggest thrill at the start of every Torchlight Parade. Looking straight down 4th Avenue at the throngs of people waiting for the first cannon blast from the Moby Duck was his favorite moment each year. His Pirate friends became his brothers, and brothers help make a place a home. His motto was “Tempus Fugit.”
His friends knew him as a Southern Gentleman. He was born in a small town in Mississippi, but spent most of his youth in Mobile, Alabama. Although he and his wife of 20 years, Bonnie, lived in Seattle since 1995, Rusty retained his beautiful accent. After a career in real estate, Rusty went to culinary school, which brought him to Seattle. He worked in the food manufacturing industry for years, but most recently joined Sage Fly Fishing on Bainbridge Island.
Rusty was on a continuous journey to enrich his mind and soul. His search led him to convert to Catholicism in his early 30’s. He was a passionate reader of literature, history, sci-fi and horror. He wanted to finish War and Peace, but only made it through the difficult part that was written in French – he had so looked forward to reading the rest in English. He loved graphic novels and comics, too. He spent many hours with his nose buried in the Dark Knight series of Batman. He loved art and music. As a baby boomer, of course there was AC/DC and Led Zeppelin, but he developed a profound love of jazz and big band music, particularly Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Duke Ellington. Travel was a big part of Rusty’s life. In recent trips to Europe, he spent many happy hours exploring art and culture. Several petite Parisian ladies working in a tiny chocolate shop might remember the shock of seeing a big redhead in a trench coat burst through the doors declaring in French, “I am an American chocolatier – where is the metro?”.
Rusty was the only son of Patricia Harper, who lives in Mobile, and the late Russell Harper. Rusty is remembered by his wife and her big family of sisters, nieces, nephews, and their children who loved their Uncle Rusty. His “hey, ya’ll”, “Roll Tide!”, big grin, and hearty laugh will be profoundly missed. Tempus fugit. Vita brevis.
Mr. Harper’s memorial is this Saturday (December 7th), 2-4 pm at The Sanctuary at Admiral (2656 42nd SW).
Four West Seattle Crime Watch cases to report this morning:
BUSINESS BREAK-IN/VANDALISM: Police went to Amy’s Nails at 5631 California SW around 8:30 this morning after the salon’s glass door was discovered to have been smashed.
We talked with the salon’s owner at the scene; he told us that so far as he could tell at that point, it did not appear anything had been stolen.
STOLEN CAR: From a WSB reader who doesn’t want to be identified:
Our 1997 White Honda Civic LX Sedan was stolen from in front of our house in Highland Park (14th SW & SW Trenton) sometime between 6 pm Monday and 5 am Tuesday. WA License #AIZ6670. There is nothing too distinguishing about it, except for the black Britax car seat in the back seat of the car which has probably been dumped by now. If you spot the car, or know anything about the theft, please contact 911. Thanks!
Ahead – a stolen bike to watch for, plus, what a fast-thinking neighbor took to scare away mail prowlers:
(Photographed this morning by Emily Austin, shared via Instagram)
Someone left that on West Seattle’s northeast-facing shore – sweet way to start the day. Here are highlights of what’s ahead, from the year-round WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and the seasonal WSB Holiday Guide:
BABY STORY TIME: Home with a wee one? Bring her/him to High Point Branch Library at 11:30 am for Baby Story Time. (35th/Raymond)
EARLY DAYS: Then right afterward, bring your baby to the Early Days drop-in support group, meeting Wednesdays noon-2 pm at Nurturing Expressions (WSB sponsor) in The Junction – details here.
PRIVACY ADVOCATES @ COUNCIL COMMITTEE: The agenda for today’s 2 pm meeting of the City Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee includes items that privacy advocates say relate to the wireless-mesh network that includes the sites where Seattle Police surveillance cameras are installed, in West Seattle and elsewhere, north to Shilshole, and they’re planning to speak out during the public-comment period at the meeting’s start. Details are on their new Facebook page.
EIGHTH AND FINAL NIGHT OF HANUKKAH … starts at sundown, 4:19 pm.
(added) INTERESTED IN K-5 STEM? Tonight’s a great night for prospective families to visit, says the K-5 STEM PTA, because of the Book Fair Blizzard. 5:30-8 pm. (Warm apple cider, bake sale, and gift wrapping) Books and gifts from pre-school through 6th grade. More info. on the PTA web site, where you can also find Book Talks from K-5 STEM 5th-graders. (5950 Delridge Way SW)
NIGHTLIFE: Tonight’s listings include a Pearl Jam pre-func party (since Friday’s the KeyArena concert) at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), 7 pm … Karaoke with Kelli at OutWest Bar, 8:30 pm … more on the calendar!
(East-facing camera on the West Seattle Bridge; see other cams on the WSB Traffic page)
7:11 AM: For starters: The below-freezing air has finally arrived. The Boeing Field temp, usually the closest to ours, was 27 at the top of the hour.
7:40 AM: Jana reports a crash on the eastbound bridge, “red lights everywhere.” Nothing on the 911 log so far.
8:04 AM: Per scanner, there’s debris – “ladder, boxes, some wood” – on the eastbound bridge. No specific spot mentioned yet. Also, a report of a crash at Delridge/Andover, with the drivers possibly in some kind of post-crash argument.
8:31 AM: Also from the scanner, police heading to check out a report of an incident/crash possibly involving a Metro bus, California/Edmunds. (Update: Thanks to NanC for an eyewitness report in comments below.)
9:13 AM: Thanks to Mike Jensen for the Twitter update on the bridge debris – he says a crew is out cleaning them up, which is/was blocking the left lane of the eastbound bridge.
Three advisories today:
BRIDGE LANE CLOSURES: Today through Friday, the city plans to install LED streetlights on the high-rise bridge, and that means lane closures, starting with sections of the eastbound right-hand lane 10 am-4 pm today. Here’s the advisory we published Tuesday.
42ND SW ALERT: The half-block closure of 42nd SW between Alaska and Edmunds continues today, according to an advisory from Andersen Construction, which is working on the two-building mixed-use development at 42nd/Alaska/California.
They’re connecting sewer lines and expect the closures to continue daily through Friday and again next Monday-Friday, 7 am-3:30 pm. Access is maintained to 42nd SW businesses, but you can’t take a right turn when leaving Jefferson Square.
SW GENESEE ALERT: The prefab-townhouse project continues today on SW Genesee west of 26th SW, and that means a lane is blocked at times. Here’s our coverage from Tuesday.
A tradition at Madison Middle School brought in more than a ton and a half of holiday spirit to be shared with schoolmates and their families. Thanks to Anne Weglin for sharing the photos and story:
Madison Middle School students and families showed their generosity with their recent Thanksgiving Basket Food Drive. Science teachers participated in the annual class food drive competition, bringing in a grand total of 3,300 pounds of food.
New this year, the winning class teacher receives “The Madison Turkey Cup” trophy, which they will proudly display in the classroom throughout the year. The winning class this year was Ms. Quynn’s (pictured below with the trophy) 8th-grade students with a total of 1,126 pounds of food.
The donations were organized by volunteer coordinator Lora Bunch and the school nurse, Ms. Kate Bobo. The canned foods along with turkeys, dairy products, toiletries and more were distributed to 30 Madison families just in time to enjoy for Thanksgiving. This monumental effort could not have been successful without the help of staff and parent cash donations, the student helpers, and the volunteer delivery drivers. Special thanks to MacPherson’s Produce on Beacon Hill and Jefferson Square Safeway as well.
We’ve already featured the official start of the season at West Seattle’s two best-known Christmas-lights displays (here and here) – now, it’s time to show off even more! Tonight, our first reader-contributed photo – above, TJ shares that photo from the 7900 block of 32nd SW. Below, we just noticed and photographed this home on 42nd SW near SW Raymond tonight:
We welcome photos and tips – please e-mail either (or both!) to firstname.lastname@example.org. And something new this year – in addition to archiving our Christmas-lights coverage here on WSB, we’re also featuring photos on a board on the WSB Pinterest page. (By this weekend, we’ll launch a map in the West Seattle Holiday Events/Info Guide too.)
Three men are now charged in what’s been dubbed the “My Gun’s Bigger” robbery attempt at Highland Park’s Morning Star Market. Seattle Police announced the arrests on November 26th, three days after the clerk scared the would-be robbers away, and we got word of the charges today. Read on for the story they tell:
Thanks to Mike for the tip: The state’s second weekly list of recreational-marijuana business applicants (linked from this page) includes the first application for a retail location in West Seattle, for A Green Life, at 5435 California SW, same site as the storefront that’s been home to several medical-marijuana outlets in the past few years.
There are also two additional West Seattle filings for marijuana-growing licenses – Northwest Medicinal at 5420 26th SW and R&B Group at 3601 W. Marginal Way SW, same address as the Evergreen Herbal application reported here last week; R&B is also seeking a processor license. The state is midway through a one-month period of accepting applications from those wishing to become involved in the recreational-marijuana industry enabled by voters’ passage last year of Initiative 502. Next list is due out next Tuesday.
For the next five days, the morning high tides will approach 13 feet – the so-called “king tides” – and the state Ecology Department is again asking you to share your photos. Above is one of ours from WSB coverage last December 17th, when a king tide coincided with high winds. This Friday (December 6th), at 7:48 am, high tide will peak at 12.9 feet, same as it was on that memorable day a year ago. Here’s the request from Ecology:
*Take photos during a king tide, preferably where the high water levels can be gauged against familiar landmarks such as sea walls, jetties, bridge supports or buildings.
*Note the date, time and location of your photo, then upload your images on the Washington King Tide Photo Initiative Flickr Group.
*Please tag your photos on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #kingtides.
*Play it safe! While the winter king tides occur during daylight hours, don’t venture out during severe weather and keep a close eye on rising water levels.
We would also love to see your photos – here are all the ways to reach us. Thanks in advance!
P.S. Any time you’re looking for a tide chart – check the one that’s displayed on the WSB West Seattle Weather page.
Across from the 13th hole of the West Seattle Golf Course, in the 2800 block of SW Genesee (map), a crane is lifting three prefab townhouses into place, module by module. We reported on the modules’ arrival back on Saturday; now, the installation is a hot ticket on the cold, shady side of the street:
Of course, we, our fellow newspeople, and the spectators could leave at any time. Not an option for the crew working to make sure it’s all done correctly and safely – no mean feat given the size of the lot:
As noted in our previous story, the dozen or so modules comprising Method Homes‘ 3-unit, 2-building townhouse project were trucked in from the factory in Ferndale and parked along 26th SW west of Delridge Community Center/Park, a temporary staging zone:
The work is scheduled to continue tomorrow, with intermittent lane closures on Genesee while it’s under way.
P.S. For three quick video clips from the midmorning module lift, check out the WSB Instagram feed.
(WSB video: Mudhoney at Easy Street Records this past April)
Back on November 22nd, we mentioned the upcoming release party for Full Tilt Ice Cream‘s new Mudhoney flavor – 7 pm December 11th at Full Tilt’s flagship White Center store. At the time, a sweet surprise was being planned – an unannounced appearance by Mudhoney themselves. Now, we hear from FT proprietor Justin Cline, it’s no longer secret – so we’re getting the news to you too. Be there one week from tomorrow (party at 7, band at 8), for the ice cream as well as the music!
In its recent announcement that LED-streetlight installation was complete on neighborhood streets in its service area, Seattle City Light mentioned arterials were next. That includes the West Seattle Bridge, where installation is planned later this week, according to this announcement from SDOT:
The Seattle Department of Transportation and Seattle City Light plan to work on the high-level, West Seattle Bridge on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, Dec. 4, 5 and 6, if weather conditions permit. SDOT crews will perform maintenance work, and SCL crews will install LED lights.
On Wednesday the eastbound, right-hand lane will be closed from 10 am to 4 pm. The closure will extend for approximately 400 to 500 feet, and will be repositioned as the work progresses along the length of the bridge. On Thursday, the westbound, right lane will be closed starting at 8:30 am until no later than 2:30 pm. On Friday, Dec. 6, the westbound, left-hand lane will be closed, again from 8:30 am until no later than 2:30 pm.
LED lights are already in place on the Spokane Street Viaduct (east end of the bridge).
(Water Taxi @ Seacrest, Monday afternoon photo by Bill Bacon)
Two groups of highlights today – first, from the year-round WSB West Seattle Event Calendar (go there for even more today/tonight listings):
REGISTRATION FOR WINTER CLASSES/PROGRAMS @ WEST SEATTLE COMMUNITY CENTERS: At noon today, registration opens for the programs/classes in the winter brochure for city-run West Seattle/South Park community centers.
METRO-CUTS MEETING: Until and unless a $olution is found for Metro’s money woes, the plan for cuts is still on, and they’re the subject of a community meeting tonight at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 6-8 pm. Open-house format with a presentation/small-group discussions scheduled at 7, per Metro. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
WESTWOOD/ROXHILL/ARBOR HEIGHTS COUNCIL: 6:15 pm, Southwest Branch Library. Agenda highlights include updates on the Barton Basin CSO project and Roxhill Park cleanup/safety. (35th/Henderson)
From the updated-daily-as-additions-arrive WSB Holiday Events and Info Guide:
(One of the holiday wreaths that went up in The Junction on Monday)
HOLIDAY GIVING – ‘SOCK IT TO HOMELESSNESS’: Today, you have probably heard, has been dubbed “Giving Tuesday.” The Holiday Guide includes multiple ideas for doing that during the holiday season, including this one we just added, sent by Tony @ Java Bean Coffee in Luna Park:
Java Bean’s Annual “SOCK-IT” TO HOMELESSNESS sock drive kicks off! Java Bean at 2920 Avalon Way SW will be collecting new pairs of white socks through December 14th. All donations benefit Operation Nightwatch here in Seattle.
So buy some socks and drop ‘em off.
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: It’s Holiday Open House week at AAA Washington‘s West Seattle office (WSB sponsor), 9 am-6 pm daily, in Jefferson Square. 15 percent off all travel-store merchandise! (4734 42nd SW)
Relatively quiet holiday weekend so far as West Seattle Crime Watch reports went, but we have three things to note so far today – all thefts. Maybe you will be able to help find the stolen property, if not solve the crimes themselves. Read on for the reports (including one mom’s warning/wish for the thief who stole something belonging to her son):
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