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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thanksgiving Eve Wednesday watch, with holiday weekend alerts

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

6:58 AM: Good morning. No incidents reported in/from West Seattle so far.

HOLIDAY 4-DAY WEEKEND ALERTS: Before you check out for the holiday, here are the alerts for the days ahead:
No Water Taxi on Thursday/Friday
Metro buses on Sunday schedule for Thanksgiving Day, “reduced weekday” schedule Friday
Sound Transit buses are on Sunday schedule for Thanksgiving Day, weekday schedule Friday
My Macy’s Holiday Parade on Friday morning will close some downtown streets (and will include some West Seattleites!)

NEXT WEEK: Anti-bias educator visits West Seattle to help parents ‘have courageous conversations’

If you are, or ever have been, involved with West Seattle Cooperative Preschools, you know they’re about educating parents as well as kids. The organization’s next free parent-education event is coming up next week, and in case you haven’t already seen it in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, here’s a preview: Speaker Debbie LeeKeenan will lead a workshop one week from tonight (November 29th), to “provide families with a framework and practical tips on how to respond to children’s comments and questions about differences and how to have courageous conversations about potentially challenging topics.” LeeKeenan is co-author of “Leading Anti-bias Early Childhood Programs: A Guide for Change.” You can register for the workshop here; it starts at 7 pm next Wednesday, and is happening at Alki UCC (6115 SW Hinds).

UPDATE: West Seattle power outage over, with 4,100+ customers out for about an hour

FIRST REPORT, 8:50 PM: It’s not yet on the City Light map, but there’s a power outage in eastern West Seattle. We’ve heard from Highland Park and High Point so far. More info to come.

8:52 PM: In the time it took us to type that, the map updated – more than 4,100 customers out.

8:57 PM: No word yet on the cause. Even if you didn’t lose power, you might have noticed a flicker about the time the outage started at 8:46 pm – we did, here on the Upper Fauntleroy/Gatewood line. (And thanks to everyone whose texts immediately afterward tipped us to the outage!)

9:06 PM: As you can see on the map (screengrab above), a pocket of South Park is out too. In case this lasts a while, City Light has some helpful advice toward the end of this page.

9:11 PM: The map now has a restoration guesstimate of 1:33 am – we call it that because even the utility acknowledges it’s something of a guess. Could be sooner, could be later.

9:31 PM: If you are out or have to go out, remember that when a stoplight’s out, it’s an all-way stop. For one, as mentioned by Harvey on Twitter, Delridge/Henderson is out.

9:35 PM: Some High Point residents report via comments and texts that they’re back on. Anywhere else?

9:40 PM: The map has updated, now showing 2,700+ customers still out, so the restoration reduced the original outage by about a third. (Adding the new map above.)

9:48 PM: The cause is now described on the map as “equipment failure.”

9:54 PM: More report via comments and texts that the power’s back. And SCL elaborates on the cause via Twitter, “Breaker tripped at substation.”

9:57 PM: Map shows that everyone’s back on, and SCL confirms. If yours is NOT, be sure to call 206-684-3000 and be sure they know.

YOUR COMMUNITY NEEDS YOU! Be part of VIEWS

That photo from September is an example of just part of what the organization VIEWSVisualize Increased Engagement in West Seattle – does, supporting other community organizations with proceeds from the annual Delridge Day festival. Want to help magnify that kind of good – while being involved with events that bring joy to so many West Seattle neighbors? Pete Spalding of VIEWS shares an invitation:

Visualizing Increased Engagement in West Seattle (VIEWS) is a nonpartisan community organization comprised of local citizens creating programming to educate, engage, & mobilize West Seattle citizens to sustain & improve the quality of life & services available across the peninsula.

VIEWS is best known for two big ongoing events: Gathering of Neighbors and the annual Delridge Day festival. The 2018 Delridge Day Festival will be held on Saturday, August 11th.

We are beginning the planning process for the 2018 festival. In light of this, we are reaching out to the West Seattle community, seeking community-minded individuals who are interested in volunteering to help VIEWS make our West Seattle community a more-welcoming community for all. We are seeking community members who have graphic design skills, creating marketing material skills, want to help organize the Kids Zone area of the festival, want to help with the skate park activities, are interested in helping to coordinate our volunteers for the festival, want to assist in the acquisition of sponsors and/or vendors, or just want to pitch in and help VIEWS with the overall coordination and implementation of the Delridge Day festival logistics.

If you are intrigued by the prospect of becoming more actively involved in our West Seattle community on a local level please reach out to VIEWS by contacting bayouwonder@comcast.net.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Three reports, plus, how to avoid getting scammed

In West Seattle (and vicinity) Crime Watch:

HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER SOUGHT: In case you missed this in morning traffic coverage, a hit-run driver killed a bicyclist on northbound 1st Avenue South just south of the West Seattle Bridge early today, and SPD’s most recent update has a description of the vehicle:

Detectives are looking for a white or silver colored 4 door compact hatchback, very similar to a Toyota Prius. The vehicle will have obvious right front headlight area damage. Anyone with information on this vehicle is urged to contact SPD’s Traffic Collision Investigation Squad at (206) 684-8923 and ask for Det. Sanders.

SPD says the man who was hit and killed was 61 years old.

Reader reports:

PACKAGE THEFT: Latest one we’ve heard about was reported by Michelle – an Amazon package stolen from her porch near 47th SW and SW Holgate between 3:45 and 5:30 pm on Monday.

WHEELS STOLEN? OR? Shelley sent this photo:

She says the car, a blue Subaru with Alaska plates, has been on 41st SW just south of SW Edmunds since Sunday, “just sitting there on the rims.” She has been a victim of auto theft herself and in case this is a missing car or something else not yet reported, she thought someone out there might like to know.

HOLIDAY SCAM/FRAUD ALERT: Just in from Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Burbridge:

Around this time of year, around the Holiday season, we often see an increase in scam and fraud incidents. Crooks use clever schemes to defraud millions of people each year- for money and/or personal information. These crooks often combine new technology with old tricks to get what they are looking for. Subsets of the population are more vulnerable to these types of scams- but everyone can help protect themselves by keeping the following ten practical suggestions in mind, provided by the Federal Trade Commission:

Spot imposters – scammers will often try to disguise themselves as someone you trust (such as a government official, family member or charitable organization). Never send money or give our personal information in response to an unexpected request.

Do online searches – try typing in the company or product name into a search engine with key words like ‘review’, ‘complaint’ or ‘scam’. You can also look up phone numbers to check on their validity.

Do not believe caller ID – technology makes it simple for scammers to fake a caller ID. If you receive a call asking for personal information or money, hang up. If you feel the caller is legitimate- try calling back a number, you know is genuine for that person or company.

Do not pay upfront for a promise – scammers may try to ask you to pay up front for debt relief, loan offers, mortgage assistance or a job (such as handy work or lawn maintenance).

Consider how you pay- most credit cards have significant fraud protection built in, while other payment methods (such as wiring money through services like Western Union or MoneyGram) do not have these protections. Government offices and honest companies will not require you to use a risky payment method, keep this in mind when paying.

Talk to someone – scammers will often want you to make decisions in a hurry and may even threaten you. Before you give money or personal information, slow down, check out the story, do an online search and maybe even talk to an expert or friend about the request.

Hang up on robocalls – if you answer the phone and hear a recorded sales pitch, hang up and report this to the Federal Trade Commission and/or to local police. These calls are illegal and are often fake. Do not follow prompts, just hang up.

Be skeptical about free trials online- some companies will use free trials to sign you up for products and bill you each month until you cancel. Before you agree to a free trial, review the company’s cancelation policy and always check your monthly statements to review charges.

Don’t deposit a check and wire money back- banks must make funds from deposited checks available within days, but discovering a fraudulent check can take weeks. If a check you deposit turns out to be fake, you are responsible for repaying the bank.

Sign up for free scam alerts from the Federal Trade Commission at (updated link) consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts– get the latest tips and advice about scams directly to your email.
For more information, or to access tips and suggestions in other languages, please visit the Federal Trade Commission’s consumer website – consumer.ftc.gov/topics/money-credit

And one more reminder if you see this close to when we are publishing it – the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meets at 7 pm tonight at the precinct – your chance to bring neighborhood crime concerns/questions directly to local police leadership.

TRAFFIC ALERTS: First another crash on eastbound West Seattle Bridge; now one on westbound side

3:37 PM: Thanks for the texts – another crash on the eastbound West Seattle Bridge. From the cameras, it appears to be right before the exit to 99 – that’s where SFD crews are arriving. So if you have to head outbound, wait a bit – we’ll update.

4:16 PM: SDOT says it’s now cleared.

4:32 PM: And now there’s a dispatch for a crash on the westbound west end of the bridge. Out of camera range, it appears.

4:43 PM: SFD says no one is hurt so it’s clearing this scene, and that the vehicles involved have cleared to the side of the bridge “by the zone 5 sign.”

100 miles of trails, and your chance to have a say in their future

(WSB file photo from West Duwamish Greenbelt)

Thanks to Craig for the heads-up: If you enjoy using trails in Seattle Parks, you should know that the city’s asking for feedback on its Draft Soft Surface Trails Maintenance Plan. When finalized, the plan will be, Seattle Parks says, “a guiding document to guide the department and the community when addressing the overall maintenance of our nearly 100 miles of trail within the City. Trail Types, Levels of Service, Standards, and Best Management Practices are just some of the areas covered in the plan as we work to provide safe and equitable access to our green spaces.” Once you’ve checked out the draft plan, you have two ways to comment – via e-mail or postal mail, as explained here, and/or come to a meeting set for Wednesday, December 13th, 7 pm, at West Seattle’s Camp Long (5200 35th SW)

THANKSGIVING UPDATES! New in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide

As always, we are continuing to update the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide at least once a day, and the latest addition is another free community dinner on Thursday, at the West Seattle Eagles.

(WSB file photo, Eagles’ Thanksgiving kitchen crew)

Like the other big free community Thanksgiving dinner, at The Hall at Fauntleroy, this one is on a drop-in basis, but the time’s a little later – 2 pm to 5 pm. All the info is in the Thanksgiving section atop the guide, where we’ve also added another chance to get some exercise before your dinner – the West Seattle Ultimate Family Frisbee organizers are having a Thanksgiving morning pickup game. Along with dinners and workouts, we have the open-restaurant list, several places open for coffee, and grocery-store hours. And that’s just the start of the guide, which has everything else you need to know for this most festive of all seasons, through New Year’s, adding the info as we get it (editor@westseattleblog.com – thank you!).

CONGRATULATIONS! West Seattleite Claudia Castro Luna chosen as next Washington State Poet Laureate

West Seattle is clearly a hotbed of poetry! For the second time in four years, a West Seattleite has been appointed to serve as Washington State Poet Laureate. The just-announced 2018-2020 Poet Laureate is Claudia Castro Luna, who made history previously as Seattle’s first Civic Poet. She succeeds Tod Marshall, whose 2016-2018 appointment followed that of West Seattleite Elizabeth Austen (2014-2016). From the full announcement of Castro Luna’s appointment:

Castro Luna fled war-torn El Salvador for the United States at the age of 14 with her family. She went on to earn an MFA in poetry and an MA in urban planning. After working as a K-12 teacher, she became Seattle’s first Civic Poet, a position appointed by the mayor. In that position, Castro Luna won acclaim for her Seattle Poetic Grid, an online interactive map of showcasing poems about different locations around the city. The grid even landed her an interview on PBS NewsHour. She is also the author of the poetry chapbook This City and the collection Killing Marías.

Her appointment officially begins on February 1st. In February of last year, we covered her speaking in West Seattle at Southwest Youth and Family Services (photo above), telling the story of her “long journey.”

TRAFFIC ALERT UPDATE: Crash on eastbound West Seattle Bridge, now cleared

(SDOT camera image from @seattledot tweet)

10:12 AM: Thanks for the texts – SDOT also verifies a crash on the eastbound bridge that is currently blocking three lanes, so if you’re heading that way, find another route. No injuries reported so far, apparently, as SFD has not been dispatched. One texter says their Metro bus stopped to take passengers transferred from another bus because of this.

10:15 AM: Now blocking just the left lane.

11:05 AM: SDOT reports the bridge is now clear.

West Seattle Tuesday: WS Crime Prevention Council; pre-holiday donations; music; more…

(Last night’s sun, before the storm – photographed by Don Brubeck)

Two days until Thanksgiving – so our first group of highlights is from the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide (where you’ll also find Thanksgiving Day-specific info from workouts/runs to coffee to restaurants):

THANKSGIVING MEAL HOLIDAY ORDERING DEADLINE: Today’s your deadline to order a pre-made feast from West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) – details here. (4201 SW Morgan)

CAN YOU DONATE TURKEYS? Help others have a Thanksgiving dinner – donate turkeys at the White Center Food Bank today, 9 am-5 pm (8th SW/SW 108th) or 9 am-3 pm at the West Seattle Food Bank will take turkeys Monday – Tuesday 9 am – 3 pm or Wednesday until 7 pm (35th/Morgan).

Now, for the rest of today/tonight, highlights from our year-round WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

FAMILY STORY TIME: High Point Library‘s Nathalie will be at Neighborhood House High Point for family story time, 11 am-11:30 am. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)

JUSTIN KAUSAL-HAYES: Performing 5-8 pm at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor), with “acoustic hits of the last 4 decades.” (1936 Harbor SW)

EVENING BOOK GROUP: 6:30 pm at High Point Library – this month’s book is “The Left Hand of Darkness” by Ursula LeGuin. All welcome! Look ahead to next month here. (3411 SW Raymond)

WEST SEATTLE CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL: Neighborhood crime/safety concern or question? Bring it to the attention of Southwest Precinct police during tonight’s last 2017 meeting of the WSCPC. All welcome. 7 pm at the precinct meeting room, which is just off the parking lot. (2300 SW Webster)

UNPLUGGED – A MUSICAL GATHERING: At C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm, for acoustic instrumentalists and singers of all genres. (5612 California SW)

SOUTH SOUND TUG AND BARGE: West Seattle’s own! 8 pm at Parliament Tavern. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

Memorial service Friday for Elaine S. Breuninger, 1921-2017

Family and friends will gather Friday to remember Elaine S. Breuninger. Here’s the remembrance being shared with the community:

Elaine was born in Minneapolis to Easton and Amelia, both of whose parents immigrated from Norway. They moved to Washington, D.C. when her father became employed by the U.S. Government as an architect. In her mid-twenties, she came “out West,” met and married her husband Dave. She resided in West Seattle for sixty years.

She was 96 and died peacefully at the adult family home where she received tender loving care the past eight years.

Elaine enjoyed being a homemaker and she was very good at it. She was a talented piano player and singer.

A 45-year member of the Fauntleroy Church Choir, she often sang as a soloist. She was an active member of the Seattle Music Study Club for nearly thirty years. She will be remembered as a kind, gentle, and artistically gifted lady as well as a wonderful, giving mother. Her loving presence and quiet grace will be missed by all.

She is survived by four children, three grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Harold, and husband, Dave.

A memorial service will be held at Fauntleroy Church, UCC, 9140 California Avenue SW, on November 24th at 2 pm. Memorial gifts may be made to: Evergreen Health Foundation, 12040 NE 128h St, MS5, Kirkland, WA, 98034-3013; Fauntleroy Church, UCC (music program), 9140 California Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98136; Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation, P.O. Box 5371, Seattle, WA, 98145-5005.

(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to editor@westseattleblog.com)

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Pre-holiday Tuesday watch; deadly crash on 1st Ave. S.

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

6:57 AM: One incident in the area so far – 1st Avenue South is closed south of the West Seattle Bridge, to Hudson, because of a crash at 1st/Andover [map] that killed a bicyclist.

7:05 AM: Traffic Collision Investigation Squad detectives are investigating that crash so the closure could last hours.

Further south, there’s also now an emergency response to a 3-vehicle crash toward the north end of the northbound 1st Avenue S. Bridge.

7:29 AM: WSDOT says two lanes on the 1st Ave. S. Bridge have reopened, but the HOV lane remains blocked.

8:06 AM: Per scanner, southbound 1st Avenue S. will be reopening south of the West Seattle Bridge; northbound will remain blocked as the investigation continues.

8:36 AM: Northbound I-5 trouble downtown – a crash response at the Convention Center.

Meantime, one transit note – no Metro alerts about cancellations in this area (so far) today, but we did ask yesterday about the multiple recent Route 56 alerts, and this story published last night is the result.

8:51 AM: A reminder from SDOT:

9:04 AM: 1st Avenue S. is now clear.

9:22 AM: Thanks again for sharing info when you see a problem your West Seattle neighbors should know about – if/when you can safely/legally use your phone, text or call our 24/7 hotline, 206-293-6302 – thank you!

10:20 AM: SPD now has published an SPD Blotter update that says the bicyclist who was killed by a hit-run driver was a 61-year-old man. No description of the vehicle yet.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Bail set for suspect accused of breaking into sleeping family’s home

A judge set bail at $30,000 today for a 20-year-old man arrested after allegedly breaking into a Highland Park home early Saturday, awakening a sleeping family, including David, who shared his firsthand account, saying screams woke him up:

“Uncle David! Uncle David! There’s a man in the house!!!” I shook the sleep out of my eyes, sure that I must have heard incorrectly. The screams continued as I exited my room to find a man inside the home, confronting my niece and her three children ages 1, 3, and 5. I demanded that he leave immediately, but he delayed, as though he was considering his options. Meanwhile, my niece was calling the police on her cell phone. Still the man did not move.

David finally pushed the intruder out of the house and watched him disappear between neighbors’ homes before police arrived. While they searched near his house, he decided to drive a wider circle to look for him, and spotted him near the South Seattle College campus. He called 911 to get that information to police, and that’s where they made the arrest. According to the police report, which we obtained along with documents from today’s bail hearing, “The suspect was not wearing shoes when contacted by officers. The suspect’s shoes were found inside the victim’s residence.” (Blue and white Nike Air Jordans, according to the police report.) Arrest paperwork includes the notation that police would be against releasing the suspect, as he is a convicted felon with a record including robbery, and a weapons history. The King County Jail Register says he spent a month in jail last summer in an assault case; his listed “last known address” is also in Highland Park.

‘Uptick in cancellations’ expected to end soon, Metro says

After another alert about a Metro Route 56 cancellation this morning – the fourth such alert we had seen in less than a week – we asked Metro what’s going on.

Turns out that today’s “canceled” trip did run after all, spokesperson Jeff Switzer found out after our inquiry, as did one last Wednesday for which there was also an alert, but runs in other areas were canceled today, as you’ll notice if you scroll through @kcmetrobus on Twitter. The Route 56 trips that really didn’t run last week had “no available operator,” Switzer explains.

But he tells WSB they’re staffing up:

In the past month, we have trained and deployed 70 new full-time drivers and 20 new part-time drivers. The most recent class of 35 full-time drivers graduated on Friday and are expanding the routes they are qualified on, so they can cover more work as needed.

We’re about a week away from operating more normalized service with fewer cancellations. We forewarned that a month-long uptick in canceled trips through today, and experienced some good days and some rougher days. Now we are seeing that a few more days of canceled trips are possible.

We’re at 2,850 bus drivers and providing over 99% of our 13,500 scheduled daily bus trips. We continue to hire and have a new rhythm of driver training in an effort to produce more drivers for service.

Two years ago, we took an up-close look at how the system – and the distribution of drivers – works. Switzer says what was pointed out then regarding alerts is still the case – “We notify customers of canceled trips when they are on routes with a low number of commute trips, so riders can adjust as needed. When we cancel trips on other more frequent service, riders can catch the next bus that comes along in the schedule.” He acknowledges today was “rough … on some routes and we apologize for the inconvenience, but we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel in the uptick in cancellations.”

GRATITUDE: Friends of Roxhill Elementary’s benefit success

Friends of Roxhill Elementary, whose projects include school-playground improvements for Roxhill’s upcoming move to EC Hughes, are saying “thanks” tonight – Jenny Rose Ryan says last week’s dine-out fundraiser at Zippy’s Giant Burgers brought in more than $700, and they’re grateful both to diners and to Zippy’s for their generosity. Next up for Friends of Roxhill: “We’re having kids offer ideas and having a brainstorming event during our annual Night of Hope on November 30, and will be sharing information with Roxhill parents during our weekly coffee hour from 8 to 9, also on the 30th.” Then reps from the
city Department of Neighborhoods and Seattle Public Schools will be at the next Friends of Roxhill meeting on December 11th to talk about next steps in the playground process.

UPDATE: Plea bargain for former West Seattle Athletic Club owner’s company in wage-theft case

4:31 PM: More than two and a half years after the state Attorney General filed wage-theft and tax-evasion charges against former West Seattle Athletic Club owner Sam Adams, a plea agreement (see the documents here and here) has just been announced. Here’s the news release from the AG’s Office:

Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that former employees of West Seattle Athletic Club will receive restitution from their former employer’s company following Ferguson’s criminal wage theft case.

“Wage theft is a crime and I will not stand for violators who cheat working families out of their hard-earned wages,” Ferguson said. “I am pleased that Mr. Adams’ company was held accountable and my office has been successful in obtaining restitution for these workers.”

Hollystone Holdings, Inc., a company owned by former West Seattle Athletic Club owner Sam Adams, pleaded guilty to criminal wage theft in King County Superior Court. Pursuant to the agreement, the company will pay restitution in an amount that will equal the total amount owed to former employees who were never compensated for their back wages. While the exact amount is not yet known, it is expected to be in the thousands of dollars.

If the conditions of the agreement are not met, the state reserves the right to re-file charges against Sam Adams.

How to file wage theft violations with the state Department of Labor & Industries
If you believe you are a victim of wage theft, immediately file a complaint with the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). Preserve any documentation regarding the amount of wages you believe you are owed.

Workers can file a wage complaint if a business does not pay them. Workers can also file a complaint if the business denies other workplace rights regulated by L&I, such as meal and rest breaks, overtime, and family care.

Individuals can download a Worker Rights Complaint form or get one from their nearest L&I office. The completed form should be mailed or delivered to the nearest L&I office. Find out more about how to file a worker rights complaint here.

Our report on the announcement of charges in February 2015 included an allegation that the case involved “$500,000 in unpaid taxes, withheld salary, and unpaid insurance premiums.” As we also noted at the time, this case involved former club owner Adams and a business partner, NOT the current ownership of the club at 2629 SW Andover, which was renamed West Seattle Health Club and has been owned/operated by the property owner since Adams relinquished it in fall 2014. Adams’ short-lived ownership followed a previous owner’s bankruptcy.

ADDED 6:24 PM: A spokesperson for Sam Adams sent this news release on his behalf:

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FOLLOWUP: Plaque dedication for LouAnne Rundall Library at Highland Park Elementary

More library news! Thanks to Melinda Jankord-Steedman for the video! Two months after the Highland Park Elementary library was officially named in honor of longtime volunteer LouAnne Rundall, a plaque was unveiled today, displaying the new name over the library entrance. She was there for the short ceremony in her honor – as she has been for so many days in the past 45 years! – led by principal Chris Cronas, with HPE librarian Chris Robert (who uncovered the plaque).

AT THE LIBRARIES: ‘Peak Picks’ program goes system-wide today

The Seattle Public Library says it’s going system-wide as of today with the Peak Picks program, which it’s been testing at eight locations (none in West Seattle). This is meant to increase availability of in-demand titles (bestsellers and more) – no holds, no renewals after the two-week checkout period, first-come first-served. If you don’t already know, West Seattle’s library branches are in Admiral (2306 42nd SW), Delridge (5423 Delridge Way SW), High Point (3411 SW Raymond), and Westwood (the Southwest branch at 9010 35th SW).

BIZNOTES: Two more West Seattle restaurateurs expanding off-peninsula

Just in case you’re looking for a taste of home while off-peninsula:

ITTO’S TAPAS 2 ON CAPITOL HILL: Exactly two years after opening on the north edge of The Junction, Itto’s Tapas launches a second location on Capitol Hill tomorrow. They’ve taken over the former Toscana Pizzeria location at 601 Summit Ave. E. General manager Devrim Øzkan tells WSB, “Our first location in West Seattle has been fortunate to share so many wonderful experiences with it’s community through food and libations; we are hoping to make a similar mark in Capitol Hill. Our new location, unlike our spot in West Seattle, will be 21+.”

PIZZERIA 22 PROPRIETOR’S SODO PROJECT: Cary Kemp of Pizzeria 22 in The Admiral District says he’s been “hired as a consultant and executive chef to help create a New York style pizzeria in SODO that will feature a full Italian menu; it’s called Nine Pies Pizzeria and will be connected to the Nine Hats tasting room. It’s a beautiful restaurant and we plan to open the first of the year.” Address: 3861 1st Ave. S.

FAUNTLEROY CREEK: 2017 spawning season ends with ‘Little Jill’

(Photos by Dennis Hinton. Above, volunteer Pete Draughon watching the Fauntleroy fish ladder)

By Dennis Hinton and Judy Pickens
Special to West Seattle Blog

Last year about this time, “Big Wally” closed the spawning season by hanging out in lower Fauntleroy Creek for two weeks. The 7-to-8-pound male coho was likely waiting (in vain) for a mate.

This year, the last of four spawners spotted in the creek was “Little Jill,” a small hatchery-released female. Collectively known as “jacks,” these immature coho come back to fresh water after only one year at sea instead of the standard two.

(“Little Jill” is in this photo – but hard to see)

At about 15″ long, Jill was first thought to be a cutthroat in to feed on fresh salmon eggs. But after she zipped up and down the fish ladder for a few days, volunteers saw that her adipose fin was clipped – the way hatcheries mark smolts when they release them. Watchers last saw her November 2nd, showing signs of deterioration common to spawners.

Volunteer watcher Mark Ahlness claimed the first spawner sightings October 27 – a 3-to-4-pound female and a smaller, red-sided male. The little one was soon a carcass fluttering in the flow. A third fish came in before Jill; at least one other was spotted at the mouth, but watchers didn’t find it in the creek. No fish were seen venturing farther upstream than the fish ladder (just across Fauntleroy Way SW from the beach). Watchers saw no indication of spawning.

Given favorable high tides and creek conditions, watchers continued their surveying until yesterday (Sunday, November 19th), with no further sightings.

The watch involved a dozen volunteers this year. About three dozen visitors stopped by to check out the fish and habitat.

Previous five years’ totals: 7 in 2016, 0 in 2015, 19 in 2014, 0 in 2013, 274 in 2012.

See what’s up for the rest of your West Seattle Monday

(Harbor seal, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and Holiday Guide:

FOOD TRUCKS AT SSC: Today starts the second week of daily food trucks at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor). Until 1 pm, you’ll find Peasant Food Manifesto near the Clock Tower. (6000 16th SW)

TURKEY DONATIONS: Donate turkeys to the West Seattle Food Bank until 3 pm today (35th SW/SW Morgan) and at the White Center Food Bank through 5 pm today. (8th SW/SW 108th)

AFTERNOON BOOK GROUP:The Round House” by Louise Erdrich is this month’s book for the Southwest Library Afternoon Book Group – all are welcome at the 2 pm gathering. (9010 35th SW)

TINKERLAB: 4-5:30 pm at Delridge Library, “Snap Circuits” is the theme for today’s all-ages STEM craft session. Free! (5423 Delridge Way SW)

‘MEATLESS MONDAY’ COOKING CLASS: 4 pm today at the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) with Chef Kim O’Donnel, today’s class theme is “Hearty Greens.” Sign up in advance. (36th SW/SW Snoqualmie)

SINGING AT THE GAME: As mentioned here again last night, the Our Lady of Guadalupe School 4th-and-5th-grade chorus will sing “God Bless America” at halftime of tonight’s Seahawks-Falcons game at CenturyLink Field. Kickoff is at 5:30 pm; the game is on TV on KIRO and ESPN.

ORDERING DEADLINE: Ordering holiday food from Metropolitan Market-Admiral (WSB sponsor)? The deadline is tonight; here’s the link if you’re doing it online. (41st/42nd/Admiral)

SOMETHING TO SHARE … with tens of thousands of your neighbors, via our calendar and/or Holiday Guide? editor@westseattleblog.com – thanks!

THANKSGIVING GIVING: 3 ways to help others have holiday feasts

If you have abundance to share this Thanksgiving, here are three ways to ensure others will have holiday feasts too:

DONATE TURKEYS TO WEST SEATTLE FOOD BANK: You can bring one or more turkeys to the WSFB until 3 pm today, 9 am-3 pm Tuesday, 9 am-7 pm Wednesday. (35th SW/SW Morgan)

DONATE TURKEYS TO WHITE CENTER FOOD BANK: Turkeys are also being accepted at the WCFB through 5 pm today, 9 am-5 pm Tuesday and Wednesday. (8th SW/SW 108th)

DONATE DESSERTS TO FREE THANKSGIVING DINNER @ THE HALL AT FAUNTLEROY: Thursday’s open-to-everyone dinner at The Hall always welcomes dessert donations – pies, cookies, etc. You can drop them off on Thanksgiving, 10 am-1 pm, or call 206-932-1059 to arrange a Wednesday afternoon dropoff. They could use kids’ clothing, new socks (any size), and blankets, too. (9131 California SW)

P.S. Throughout the holiday season, we feature other donation opportunities (and volunteering, too) in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide – so if you have something to add there, please e-mail info to editor@westseattleblog.com – thank you!

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