FERRY UPDATES: Fauntleroy-Vashon-SW back to 3 boats tomorrow; Triangle task-force update

Two Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth ferry-route notes tonight.

3-BOAT SERVICE TO RETURN WEDNESDAY: Washington State Ferries is putting the new ferry Chimacum into service early to help alleviate the current boat shortage. It’ll go onto the Seattle-Bremerton run so that Sealth can become the third boat on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run. This is scheduled to happen first thing tomorrow morning.

TRIANGLE ROUTE IMPROVEMENTS: WSF’s Hadley Rodero shares an update on last week’s four-day test of tollbooth changes as part of the Triangle Task Force project:

We completed the pilot from May 15-18 as planned. After direct observation and a preliminary review of the data, we are cautiously optimistic.

On Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, we saw smoother operations and what we believe to be more efficient use of the dock under your recommended procedures (more to come once we look at the numbers). Last Wednesday was tough for customers and staff alike, with long wait times and space left on boats. We think this was due to several factors. We didn’t communicate as well within the pilot team or use the dock as efficiently as other days. There was an unexpected mix of traffic (lots of Vashon at an unusual time). Customers are still learning the process (had to back a lot of people up because they tried to pull past the tollbooth). We also had the typical disruptions such as a car parked in the ferry line after “no parking” time, and a large truck blocking two holding lanes with a poor parking job.

Overall, customer feedback was mixed. Some people said they liked it, others disliked it, and there were a lot of people wishing for the by-pass.

Next steps: We’re reviewing the data and collecting another round of baseline data when things are back to “the old way” this week. We aim to have an official conclusion and next steps within a week.

The community task force on the Triangle project also has set its next meeting dates – open to the public, so if you’re interested:

June: Tuesday, June 6, 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.

July: Wednesday, July 12, 4 – 7 p.m. (terminal site visit and walk-through)

August: Thursday, August 10, 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.

September: Thursday, September 14, 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.

All except July 12th will be at the Fauntleroy Church Fellowship Hall (9140 California SW).

REMINDER: May 31st is last day to shop at PCC West Seattle’s current store; here are your options during construction


(Rendering courtesy Hewitt Architects)

Local PCC Natural Markets (WSB sponsor) customers have a little over one more week to shop at the current West Seattle store before it closes for construction of a new mixed-use project that includes a new, bigger store. But even during construction, you’ll have shopping options, as noted in this reminder shared by PCC today:

As a reminder of news shared on February 17th, PCC Natural Markets’ (PCC) West Seattle store at 2749 California SW will be closing after May 31st for redevelopment. The new West Seattle PCC, at the same location, is slated to re-open in mid-to-late 2019.

“Many PCC members and shoppers have asked about the future of the West Seattle PCC staff,” said Cate Hardy, PCC Natural Markets CEO. “Because we are community-owned, we were able to locate new opportunities within the co-op for almost all of the staff at our other 10 area stores. While all staff were offered an opportunity to stay with PCC, some staff preferred to stay in West Seattle and pursue opportunities outside PCC.”

During the closure, West Seattle shoppers can still visit the Columbia City PCC and, in early 2018, the new Burien PCC. For those shoppers who crave organic produce, organic and non-GMO meats, and PCC deli favorites like the Emerald City and Smoked Mozzarella Pasta Salads, PCC will continue to provide delivery to West Seattle through both Instacart and PrimeNow.

PCC says you can sign up for its e-mail newsletter/alerts by going here.

BACKSTORY: The PCC-site project has been in the works for almost a year; last May, Madison Development Group bought the site where PCC has long been a tenant. News of a redevelopment project ensued; then in July, PCC announced it had reached agreement to be the retail tenant in the project, which also will include more than 100 apartments.

Sound Orthodontics: Welcome, new West Seattle Blog sponsor!

We’re welcoming Sound Orthodontics as a new WSB sponsor – here’s what they would like you to know about what they do:

At Sound Orthodontics, we take great pride in providing our patients with the highest quality orthodontic care in a comfortable, friendly environment. Our doctors and team are available to answer any questions you have before, during, and after treatment.

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Our caring and experienced team creates an orthodontic experience that is fun, affordable, interactive, and effective. We do everything we can to make sure that each patient has an exceptional experience at our practice. From the moment, you enter our practice, we want you to feel comfortable, welcome, and appreciated. Everyone on our team is excited about what we do, and when you walk into our office, that shows. We enjoy working together and even spend our free time together outside of the office!

Sound Orthodontics appointments are appropriately scheduled so that you will spend less time in our office, and more time out enjoying the things that make you smile. Your comfort is important to us, and because we work with patients of all ages, we recognize that each person who visits our practice has unique needs and expectations.

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Our office utilizes the most comfortable, efficient and technologically advanced orthodontic treatment options available. Regular metal braces are still the most widely used, yet other types of orthodontic appliances are gaining popularity.

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We would love for you and your family to visit our West Seattle Sound Orthodontics’ office to meet the doctors and team! 2617 California SW – 206-935-2414.

We thank Sound Orthodontics 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.

YOU’RE INVITED TO LUNCH! Let a graduating culinary student cook for you

Busy for lunch tomorrow? If not – and if you’re going to be in West Seattle or able to get here – we’ve been asked to share this unique invitation on behalf of a local culinary student:

We have an invitation for anyone interested to come join us at the Alhadeff Grill at South Seattle College for graduating student Solmi‘s capstone lunch on Wednesday, May 24th. Price is $15 for the following.

Choice of Appetizer:

– Chicken Wings and Asparagus with Baby Green Salad or
– Seafood Saffron Vol au vent

Choice of Entree:

– Seed-Crusted Rack of Pork with Cabbage-Cranberry compote or
– Cod with Artichoke

Dessert:

– Sweet Cherries with Kirsch Chantilly and Pistachio Ice Cream

Seating is limited. Call 206 934-5817 for reservations between the hours of 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM.

For additional information – darrell.tsukiji@seattlecolleges.edu

So you’ll have to call tomorrow morning. SSC (a WSB sponsor) is at 6000 16th SW on Puget Ridge.

Before tonight’s open house, Avalon paving project revealed as rechannelization plan, too

11:26 AM: When SDOT announced the start of “outreach” for two paving projects, including SW Avalon Way and a short stretch of 35th SW, the Avalon project wasn’t described as anything more than repaving.

But with SDOT‘s “open house” meeting about it coming up tonight, Luna Park entrepreneur John Bennett called our attention this morning to a new addition: Rechannelization is proposed, including removal of parking along a stretch of the east side of Avalon – parking that Bennett and other businesses had to fight to (partly) keep before the RapidRide C Line brought a part-time transit lane to the area.

Bennett says the new proposal was a surprise to Luna Park merchants; when SDOT asked for an advance discussion with them, he thought it might just tackle the topic of what would happen for construction. Since the addition of rechannelization hasn’t been widely announced, it might be a surprise to you too.

For the full details, see the PDF of “boards” for tonight’s meeting – added to the SDOT project page – and embedded at the top of this story; we’ve highlighted cross-sections below. Part of the stretch would lose the center turn lane as well as parking. The SDOT document shows the proposed changes in five sections. Below, the three sections through and by Luna Park, “current” followed by “proposed”:

CURRENT SECTIONS 1 & 2:

PROPOSED SECTIONS 1 & 2:

What you see above – with the view looking north – between Manning and Spokane (section 1), shows the addition of bicycle lanes, with the removal of a median and the narrowing of travel and turn lanes. Between Bradford and Manning (section 2), the center turn lane would be removed, and a bicycle lane added on the east side of the street. The west-side bicycle lane would be moved to between the sidewalk and the parking area.

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CURRENT SECTION 3:

PROPOSED SECTION 3:

What you see above – again, with the view looking north – between Yancy and Bradford, would also move the west-side bicycle lane next to the sidewalk, and would add a protected bicycle lane to the east side, while removing the parking on the east side.

Bennett says SDOT first told merchants about this in a meeting last Friday and said that the east-side parking removal would stretch for 600 feet; estimating 20 feet per space, he says, means removal of 30 spaces. From his note to SDOT afterward:

I must say we were all shocked with the plans you presented us. I was thinking the main topic was going to be dealing with the inconvenience and mess of construction, not wholesale loss of customer parking. This is very scary for our small businesses. We are still reeling from the loss of parking due to the bus lane. This additional loss of parking will most likely put some of us out of business. I am not being dramatic. Our businesses depend on street parking. Permanently removing 30 street parking spaces is a devastating blow to us.

We have a call out to SDOT with several questions. The cross-sections also are shown in a revised version of the survey on the project page – which is a new survey, not the same survey that was linked from the page when the project was announced last month. If you haven’t already scrolled through that and/or all the “boards” at the top of this story, note that we have just highlighted three of the five cross-sections – there are two more, for the rest of Avalon to 35th, plus a few blocks of 35th south of Avalon.

Again, your comments are being sought at tonight’s “open house,” 5:30-7 pm at Delridge Community Center (4501 Delridge Way SW). You also can take the new survey here, and/or e-mail SDOT at avalonpaving@seattle.gov. The city says this project is currently targeted for construction in 2019, after the Fauntleroy Boulevard project is complete. (Speaking of Fauntleroy – you might recall that the 2009 repaving project between The Junction and Morgan Junction included rechannelization, too.)

5:02 PM: At day’s end, SDOT e-mailed us their responses to the questions we had left for project spokesperson Dan Anderson by voice mail. First, they say the parking removal would be along 465 feet of Avalon, which they calculate as 23 spaces. Second, regarding businesses’ concerns:

We previewed our proposal with business and commercial property owners in a face-to-face meeting in Luna Park last week. We wanted to make sure they were the first people to learn about our proposal and could weigh-in before the open house. We spoke for an hour and a half and discussed how paving will improve the street surface and be an investment in the neighborhood. We also talked about the long-term city goals of moving as many people in the corridor as efficiently and safely as possible, which is why we’re including protected bike lanes on both sides of the street in our proposal. We said on-street parking would be maintained along the corridor except for two blocks on the opposite side of the street as the businesses.

We’re committed to continuing the dialogue with the Luna Park merchants to explain our project, answer their questions and incorporate their feedback into final design as possible. We’ll have a follow-up meeting with them, including a representative from the city’s Office of Economic Development to learn more about their needs on the streets and how we can work together to address them.

West Seattle Tuesday: SW Avalon project open house; Block Watch Captains Network; Dine Out for Highland Park Elementary; more…

The beautiful weather continues (don’t tell anyone, but the extended forecast even suggests sunshine on Memorial Day itself, so don’t worry that you’re missing out before the holiday weekend arrives). Thanks for the photos – above, by John Hinkey; below, by Jim Borrow.

And now … what’s on the calendar for today/tonight:

PRESCHOOL PREVIEW: As part of Westside School (WSB sponsor) reintroducing preschool, prospective parents are invited to classroom observation this morning, 10-11 am. (10404 34th SW)

DINE OUT FOR HIGHLAND PARK ELEMENTARY: 4-9 pm, dine at Proletariat Pizza in White Center and 20 percent of the food/beverage sales will go to the Highland Park Elementary PTA, to support the playground project. Important: Show this flyer. (9622 16th SW)

AVALON PAVING/RECHANNELIZATION PROJECT OPEN HOUSE: 5:30 pm-7 pm at Delridge Community Center, a drop-in event to learn about and comment on what’s proposed along SW Avalon Way from the bridge to 35th SW. And we’ve just learned while writing this, new information reveals that it’s more than a paving project – it’s also a rechannelization project – story to come. (4501 Delridge Way SW)

ULTIMATE FRISBEE: Pickup game at 6 pm, Fairmount Playfield. (Fauntleroy Way/SW Brandon)

WEST SEATTLE BLOCK WATCH CAPTAINS NETWORK: 6:30 pm at the Southwest Precinct, with special guest Community Police Team Officer Todd Wiebke, talking about how to plan what you would do if you found an intruder in your home. (2300 SW Webster)

SUPER KREWES: “Side musicians” live at Parliament Tavern, 8-11 pm. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

Wondering what’s being done about gun violence? City Council briefing Wednesday

9:04 AM: In discussion following recent gunfire incidents in our area – with or without victims/damage – someone invariably asks what elected officials are doing about it. One answer just came in via the agenda for tomorrow morning’s meeting of the City Council’s Gender Equity, Safe Communities, and New Americans Committee – an item titled “Seattle Police Department Briefing on Gun Violence” is first up at 9:30 am. No documentation is attached to the agenda yet; we’ll check back. The SPD briefers are scheduled to include Chief Operating Officer Brian Maxey. The committee is headed by West Seattle-residing at-large Councilmember Lorena González; its meeting starts at 9:30 am Wednesday at City Hall – if you can’t be there, you can watch live via Seattle Channel, online or cable 21.

P.S. As of SPD’s most-recent SeaStat briefing last Wednesday – see page 5 of this slide deck – shots-fired incidents were ahead of this point last year, with 155 reported citywide (the graphic at right is from that slide). The Southwest Precinct area – West Seattle and South Park – has the second-highest number of them, though at 27 so far this year, that’s a distant second to the 72 reported in the South Precinct.

5 PM UPDATE: The slide deck for tomorrow’s briefing is now available here.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday updates

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

7:06 AM: Good morning. Reader report of a multi-car crash on the eastbound bridge, “far left lane … where Admiral merges in.” No SFD dispatch on the log.

FERRY REMINDER: Washington State Ferries says the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run remains on the 2-boat schedule.

8:21 AM: Quiet since last hour (just the usual slowness).

LAST CALL! Taste of West Seattle 2017 down to final few tickets

Springtime’s most delicious event is just a few nights away … and we’re told a few tickets remain for the Taste of West Seattle. It’s Thursday night (May 25th) at The Hall at Fauntleroy, 6 pm for VIP admission, 6:30 pm for general admission, 40+ food/drink purveyors with fabulous things for you to enjoy (see the list in our previous update). 21+ – IDs will be checked at the door – and the proceeds go to West Seattle Helpline programs that prevent people from becoming homeless. Get your ticket(s) here ASAP!

SPORTS: West Seattle High School track and field athletes heading to state

Thanks to West Seattle High School head track and field coach Will Harrison for the report, with photos by Erik Bell:

West Seattle HS Track and Field continued a great season at the Sea-King District II Meet, held May 19th and 20th at Southwest Athletic Complex. By placing in the top seven, the Wildcats qualified four athletes in seven events for the 3A State Championships. Photos by Erik Bell.

Sophomore Chloe Cunliffe qualified for 2 events. She placed 2nd at Districts in pole vault at 11 feet, though her season best of 12 foot, 9 inches is the best mark in 3A this year. She also placed 4th in a loaded long jump competition with a leap of 17 feet, 10 inches – the #5 mark in 3A this season.

Junior Cass Elliott will compete in 3 events at state for the second year in a row. At districts, he placed 4th in the 110m Hurdles (15.19 seconds), 6th in the 400m (though his prelim time of 49.37 seconds, a new school record, is #4 in state), and 1st in his marquee event, the 300 hurdles (38.19 seconds- further improving his #1 rank in 3A).

A pair of dedicated throwers qualified for their first state meet. Senior Caden Snodgrass (above) placed 5th in the discus throw at Districts (136 ft, 1 in), while junior Joe Kirk-Woodbury (below) took 6th (135-10).

The 2A/3A/4A State meet will be hosted by Mt Tahoma High School this Thursday through Saturday.

Remembering Carl H. Kroll, 1910-2017


Family and friends are remembering Carl H. Kroll, noting that he was “one of the oldest and longest residents of West Seattle,” and sharing this recounting of his life:

Carl H. Kroll left us peacefully on April 19, a month short of his 107th birthday.

He was born in West Seattle to German immigrants in 1910, and started school at Gatewood Elementary. In 1920, the family went to visit relatives in Ahrensburg, Germany, and ended up staying for ten years when his father became involved helping Quakers feed the children after WWI.

In 1930, Carl moved back to the US, first to Philadelphia, where he got a job at a small valve manufacturing plant. After two years, he joined his father in the business of importing lily-of-the-valley flowers, which included numerous trips between the US and Germany.

In 1934, he married his childhood friend from Ahrensburg, Erna K. Dammann, and they moved back to West Seattle along with his parents, returning to the same block he had grown up on. Together they built their two houses side by side overlooking Puget Sound, where they happily spent the rest of their lives.

From 1938 until retiring in 1970, Carl worked for the Pomerelle Wine Company, which ultimately became part of Chateau Ste. Michelle. But, wishing for a more independent employment and to expose his two sons to a more rural life, he established the family raspberry farm in the late 1940s in Kitsap County. Until the early ‘70s, he and Erna, and often their sons, Carl G. and Detlev, spent most weekends in its operation.

Right up until the very end, Carl retained a sound and capable mind, and was fascinated to discuss such things as computers, cell phones, and driverless cars. He would often say, when we were stuck for an answer, “look it up on your phone.”

Carl was a dedicated and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was a wonderful role model and was a firm believer in staying active and engaged. After retirement, he kept busy with many projects, including teaching himself to weave, building playhouses for his grandchildren and numerous pieces of furniture, researching his family tree, and writing his history. Even as a centenarian, he remained active by continuing to make Christmas wreaths for sale in the West Seattle neighborhood and the raspberry-farm-now-turned-Christmas-tree-farm near Poulsbo.

He was loved by all family and friends who knew him and will be greatly missed. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Erna in 2007, and his four siblings, Irma, Meta, Edna, and Gilbert. He is survived by their two sons: Carl G. (Linda) and Detlev (Gale); four grandchildren: Carl B. (Vicky), William, Renate and Alden (Meghan); three great-grandchildren: Xabrina, Carl E. and Ronan, and numerous nieces and nephews. A private service is planned.

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

First Design Review Board date set for next big West Seattle project: 4722 Fauntleroy Way SW

The first Southwest Design Review Board hearing has been set for the newest project proposed at 4722 Fauntleroy Way SW, where a single-story CVS drugstore was planned for three years until it was unceremoniously scrapped last year. And we know more about the project now, too.

July 20th is the date that just appeared on the schedule for the two-building project we first told you about last December. At the time, details were few. Now, the meeting docket on the city website includes this:

Design Review Early Design Guidance application proposing … a 7-story building containing 233 residential units, 17 live-work units, and 10,000 sq. ft. of commercial space. Parking to be provided for 250 vehicles within the structure. Existing structure to be demolished. (And) a four-story building containing one live-work unit and 49 residential units.

Though the meeting listing doesn’t mention offstreet parking for the smaller building, a document mentions “30 parking stalls” under three residential floors.

This is all set for what’s becoming West Seattle’s most-redeveloped block – across from The Whittaker (WSB sponsor), and north of 4754 Fauntleroy Way SW, which just finished going through Design Review. With the 4722 Fauntleroy hearing almost two months away, no design renderings are in city files yet, but we’re contacting developers Legacy Partners – who you might know for Youngstown Flats (WSB sponsor) in North Delridge – to find out if they have anything to share. (Documents show LP is now working with Encore Architects on this project.)

The July 20th meeting is set to start at 6:30 pm at the SWDRB’s usual meeting spot, the Senior Center/Sisson Building (4217 SW Oregon).

WEST SEATTLE GRAND PARADE: 2 months away. Be part of it!

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(WSB photo, 2016 West Seattle Grand Parade)

The heart of summer really isn’t that far away! Exactly two months from today – on Saturday, July 22nd – hundreds of participants in the West Seattle Grand Parade will roll, stroll, march, dance, and ride down California Avenue SW from Admiral to The Junction. Once again this year, the West Seattle Rotary Service Foundation will present the Seafair-sanctioned parade, a summer tradition for more than 80 years. Ever been in it? Ever wanted to be in it? Ever wondered how to be in it? For starters – request an application. Parade producers say applicants “will be judged on crowd appeal and community” to determine who gets in, and that the parade is a “family-friendly venue.” Ready to fill out the application? Here’s how to get one!

ELECTION 2017: November vote sought for retitled Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy

What is known right now as the Veterans and Human Services Levy will become the Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy before voters around King County are asked to renew it this November. The announcement came today from County Executive Dow Constantine, noting that this is a one-of-a-kind program:

No other county in the United States has a voter-approved levy of the same scale or scope that is dedicated to serving veterans, active service members, and their families. For more than a decade, it has helped veterans succeed by connecting them with housing, employment and treatment.

So what exactly does/would the levy pay for? Here’s a three-page PDF fact sheet from the county. And here’s the summary of its cost:

The rate would be 12 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. For the owner of an average home in King County – currently about $450,000 – that would mean an increase of about $3 per month, going from $1.50 per month to $4.50 per month.

You can read the full announcement by going here.

FOLLOWUP: Victim turns up at hospital after High Point shooting

New information just in from Seattle Police on the High Point gunfire mentioned here Sunday afternoon. Though no victim was found after police arrived at the scene at 35th/Morgan, SPD says that about half an hour after the gunfire was reported, “dispatch notified officers a 20-year-old male was dropped off at Harborview Medical Center with a non life-threatening gunshot wound to the leg. The victim reported he was putting gas in his car … when he heard multiple gunshots, one of which struck him.” Police found “multiple shell casings and other possible evidence” and say that witnesses described “two possible suspects, one a female in her 20’s with blonde hair and a male in his late 20’s with dreadlocks, possibly firing shots at a silver sedan that was last seen speeding away from the scene.”

WEST SEATTLE LIGHT RAIL: Where do you want it to go? WS Transportation Coalition invites you to ‘community-led design workshop’

Voter-approved Sound Transit 3 promises light rail to West Seattle by 2030, with three stations envisioned. Inside that framework, many details remain to be decided … including exactly how it will get here, and where the stations will be, among other things. ST has not yet started its official outreach process to ask what you think about that – but the West Seattle Transportation Coalition isn’t going to wait – WSTC is inviting you to a community-led design workshop one month from tonight. Here’s the official announcement:

Where do you want the light rail to go?

Where do you want the light rail to go in West Seattle?

The West Seattle Transportation Coalition (WSTC) invites you to a community-led design workshop on Thursday, June 22, 2017, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., at The Hall at Fauntleroy, 9131 California Ave SW. Sound Transit (ST) plans to build the West Seattle light rail line by 2030. You can help decide where to put light rail stations, where the route will go, and what you think is best for West Seattle neighborhoods and commuters.

In a facilitated setting, we’ll look over Sound Transit’s ST3 proposed routing option and options proposed by WSTC and others. Our aims for this workshop include:

*Explore the costs and impacts of each option – underground, surface and elevated – on our overall community

*Determine where the community and neighborhoods want light rail routed to best serve West Seattle and improve ingress-egress for the Peninsula

*Discuss ways to get light rail delivered sooner than 2030.

Afterward, the WSTC will assemble the results into a formal document and present it to Sound Transit, the King County and Seattle City Councils, the Seattle Department of Transportation, and local stakeholders. Since Sound Transit has already conducted seven design reviews with Ballard, and this is West Seattle’s first, the WSTC will urge ST to combine West Seattle’s preferred options with ST3 overall plans.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Car-prowl reports

Two reader reports:

THE THIEVES WHO DIDN’T WANT THE CLUBS: From Randy at 39th SW/SW Andover:

Husband found both our unlocked cars rummaged through this morning around 5:30 am. Small amount of cash taken, Bushnell golf scope, men’s dress shirt, reusable shopping bags, CDs, car maintenance book, insurance cards, ball/hitch unit. Luckily he recovered his golf clubs near the water tower at 39th and 40th.

VISITORS VICTIMIZED: From Sara in the 4400 block of 52nd SW:

We had family visiting from Oregon and their car was prowled outside our home (Saturday) night. iPad and gift cards were stolen from inside the vehicle.

P.S. Another reminder that the next crime/safety-related discussion in our area is 7 pm tomorrow (Tuesday, May 23rd), when the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network meets at the Southwest Precinct (2300 SW Webster); agenda details are here.

5 scenes from West Seattle Bee Festival 2017

One more highlight from the big, bright weekend just past – 5 scenes from one of its biggest events, the fifth annual West Seattle Bee Festival! Co-organizer Karen Berge shared the photos. Above, that’s the hive demonstration with Lauren Englund, founder of the West Seattle Bee Garden, who first shared her dream here on WSB five years ago. The biggest bee at the festival was human-made:

The Big Bee led the kids-and-pets parade, a collaboration with High Point’s Vietnamese community, with coordination by Seattle Housing Authority‘s Thu Thai Duong.

The festival’s main organizer Deborah Vandermar, meantime, was instrumental in organizing a new activity – Pop-Up Sewing, inside Neighborhood House High Point:

Back outdoors, the Plant Swap “was amazing this year,” Karen reports. There are leftovers – if you are interested in free plants, they were left next to the bee enclosure in the Bee Garden and are yours for the taking, she says. And from the vendor and community-resource fair, West Seattle Be Prepared made preparedness education fun:

That’s Cindi Barker and the “Wheel of Misfortune.” So many more participants – you just had to be there! If you missed it, maybe next year … the sixth annual West Seattle Bee Festival is already taking shape. And you can visit the Bee Garden any time, on the north side of High Point Commons Park (here’s a map).

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Sunny Monday

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

6:43 AM: Good morning and welcome to the week before Memorial Day. Summery weather will greet you as you head out. No incidents reported so far on routes in/from West Seattle.

2-BOAT FERRY SCHEDULE: The Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth ferry run has been down to two boats since yesterday and that continues this morning. The boats are Issaquah and Cathlamet. Here’s the schedule.

7:30 AM: SDOT reports a crash on the eastbound low bridge (see the camera at lower left, above).

7:38 AM: There’s also an SFD medical response on the eastern half of the high bridge, but two of the three units already have been canceled and there’s no info on whether it’s affecting traffic.

7:47 AM: That call is now closed. But a new problem – crash at Roxbury and 8th, according to SDOT. No SFD dispatch for it, so far.

8:08 AM: The low-bridge crash has cleared, per SDOT.

8:19 AM: From the scanner, a dispatch for a stalled vehicle on the eastbound bridge. Waiting to hear exactly where.

West Seattle weekend scene: Fauntleroy Schoolhouse centennial ‘group hug’

Thanks to the Southwest Seattle Historical Society for sharing the “group hug” photo by Jean Sherrard from today’s centennial celebration at the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse! The building housed Fauntleroy Elementary School until 1981 and is now home to Fauntleroy Children’s Center on the north end, The Hall at Fauntleroy on the south end, and other community organizations and small businesses inbetween. Watch for video from today’s celebration on the SWSHS website soon.

P.S. Next chance to be in a photo like this is another centennial – West Seattle High School is also celebrating its 100th anniversary, and this year’s All-School Reunion will include a “group hug” photo – 6:30 pm (gather at 6) Saturday, June 3rd – more info here.

About that smoke and smell: Boat fire in Ballard


(Photo by Carolyn Newman – smoke visible from Seacrest area, looking north)

8:37 PM: Lots of calls and texts about smoke and/or a smoky smell in north West Seattle – it’s a Seattle Fire marine response all the way from the north side of Elliott Bay – 5100 block of Shilshole NW, in Ballard, according to the SFD log. Citywide news outlets are tweeting that it’s a boat fire.

9:32 PM: Via Twitter, KING says it was a 70-foot wooden boat and that it spread to some “smaller boats” too. SFD tweets that a structure also was involved.

11:16 PM: SFD update:

WARM WEATHER WARNING: Don’t leave your pet in your car!

With the temperature expected to go into the 80s tomorrow, we’ve received notes from several readers worried about people endangering their pets by leaving them in cars, and asking us to share this seasonal reminder. One sent along this link with the numbers, including: “On an 85-degree day, it only takes 10 minutes for the inside of your car to reach 102 degrees.” Leaving the windows open an inch or two will NOT prevent the interior from getting dangerously hot.

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