West Seattle Pilates: Welcome, new WSB sponsor!

Today, we welcome West Seattle Pilates as our newest sponsor. New WSB sponsors get a chance to tell you what they do, so here’s what West Seattle Pilates would like you to know:

West Seattle Pilates is owned and operated by Jenny Melville and located in the ActivSpace building on Harbor Avenue. She has lived in West Seattle for the past decade and taught Pilates all over the Seattle area for 9 years. Pilates helps lengthen and strengthen the muscles in your body. It is great as a practice on its own or can be added to other fitness modalities for conditioning. West Seattle Pilates opened in March of 2018 and offers small-mat Pilates classes and private lessons.

West Seattle Pilates takes pride in maintaining long-term clients. Jenny creates a safe environment that welcomes people no matter their fitness level and body type. She is able to work with clients who have chronic injuries and different pathologies. Jenny is creative in her approach and up to the task of helping someone move and feel better. After a Pilates session, people leave feeling energized and mindful of the smaller muscle groups they worked. Clients notice better posture, stronger core, and an overall feeling of greater mobility in their bodies.

West Seattle Pilates has volunteered their services including to West Seattle High School to introduce Pilates to freshman students. Jenny is very willing to give back to the community and has donated several gift certificates to various events/auctions over the past couple years.

It is important to keep your body moving during this pandemic, especially if you are working from home. WSP offers classes on Zoom and private lessons on Zoom or in the studio. If you’ve ever wanted to try Pilates and the apparatus(reformer, tower, chair) there is a one-time Private Lesson Intro Pack of 3 lessons for $180 (+ tax). Feel free to give us a call at 206-822-5844 or send email to westseattlepilates@gmail.com

We thank West Seattle Pilates 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.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen blue Silverado pickup truck

From Mel:

We live on Portland & 39th and early this morning (12:40 a.m.) our truck was stolen. It’s a 1998 blue Chevy Silverado with a 6-inch lift on it. There’s a decal on the back left corner of the cab window that says “Sanchos Tacos.” The rims are very distinct as they have skulls in the center of them. Per our night-vision cameras, we could only tell that the thief was male and wearing a high-visibility vest, light-colored pants, and dark sneakers with a little white on them. He had his hood up to conceal his identity.

(Added: Plate – WA B55189Y.) Call 911 if you see it.

WEST SEATTLE FRIDAY: Here’s what’s happening on Halloween eve!

(Fall crocuses amid fallen leaves, photographed by Dan Ciske)

Notes for the rest of your Friday:

VOTE! 5th-to-last day to get your ballot in. Best way to do that is via a King County Elections drop box – there are three in West Seattle, in The Junction on the south side of SW Alaska between California and 44th, outside High Point Library (3411 SW Raymond), and in front of the South Seattle College administration building (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor). For the county’s other ~70 drop boxes, including nearby White Center and South Park, see this list/map.

NUTMOBILE: It’s visiting The Sanctuary at Admiral today, after its attention-getting Junction stop on Wednesday. Scheduled there until 2 pm. (2656 42nd SW)

(Added: WSB photo)

SPECIAL PRE-HALLOWEEN SCHOOL LUNCH: As previewed last night, the team at the Denny International Middle School has “spooky fun” during lunch and weekend-food distribution today, 11 am-1:15 pm. Food is available to all students/families at no charge. (2601 SW Kenyon)

ANTI-RACISM VIGIL: As announced by organizer Nancy:

I hope you’ll join us as we take a public stand against racism and for police accountability. If you are Black, you are three times more likely to be shot by police than will I, a White woman.

This week, I’ll be remembering:
Mr. Walter Wallace, Jr., Ms. Tafara Williams, and Mr. Marcellis Stinnette

What: Delridge weekly anti-racism vigil
When: Friday, October 30th, from 5:30-6:30 pm
Where: Pedestrian overpass on Delridge at the Delridge Community Center/Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.

Please remember to wear your masks! If you can’t come in person, please consider passing on the info to your networks.

HALLOWEEN EARLY TRICK-OR-TREATING & DISPLAYS: We’re still adding decoration locations and no-contact trick-or-treat (etc.) events to the WSB Halloween page.

LAST CALL: Still time to join the virtual West Seattle Monster Dash

As mentioned earlier this fall, the West Seattle Monster Dash is virtual this year – and it’s not too late to be part of it! Organizers sent photos and this reminder:

We are heading into the final weekend of the Virtual Monster Dash to benefit South Seattle Cooperative Preschools. We will be accepting registrations and donations all the way through the end of the day on November 1st. More than 250 people have signed up to run, walk, and be active with us this year. We have raised just over $6.000 of our $10,000 goal, and for fall quarter, we were able to award $4,500 in scholarships to families in need. We anticipate needs to be just as high during winter and spring. Thank you all for your continued support! >/blockquote>

Go here to be part of it!

ROAD WORK, TRANSIT, TRAFFIC: Friday 10/30 watch

6:07 AM: Welcome to Friday – the 221st morning without the West Seattle Bridge.

THIS WEEKEND

Saturday – Halloween. Be careful! Also take note of Trick or Street Block closures.

Sunday – Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 am, when we’ll “fall back” an hour.

WATER TAXI

No West Seattle service again today because of a dock problem that needs repairs. We’ll update separately on Monday when there’s a confirmation of service status on Monday. P.S. The shuttles ARE running.

ROAD WORK, ETC.

Tunnel closure: Highway 99 tunnel is scheduled to close in both directions overnight, 9 pm tonight until 6 am Saturday.

Delridge project: SW Alaska was scheduled to remain closed east of Delridge all week. Here are this week’s other details; the weekly update is due out later today.

CHECK THE TRAFFIC BEFORE YOU GO

New cameras! In addition to the West Marginal Way/Highland Park Way cameras we mentioned last week, there’s now a Highland Park Way/Holden camera too – see it here:

Meantime – here’s the 5-way intersection camera (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):

Here’s the restricted-daytime-access (open to all 9 pm-5 am) low bridge:

The main detour route across the Duwamish River is the 1st Avenue South Bridge (map) . Here are two cameras:

The other major bridge across the river is the South Park Bridge (map). Here’s the nearest camera:

Going through South Park? Don’t speed. (Same goes for the other detour-route neighborhoods, like Highland Park, Riverview, and South Delridge.)

Check the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed for info about any of those bridges opening for marine traffic.

You can see all local traffic cams here; locally relevant cameras are also shown on this WSB page.

BUSES

MetroFare collection has resumed.

Trouble on the roads/paths/water? Let us know – text (but not if you’re driving!) 206-293-6302.

WEST SEATTLE ART: Celebrating nature

(Photo courtesy West Seattle Junction Association)

Next time you go to The Junction, you might see orcas. These are newly painted outside Flying Apron (4709 California SW) by West Seattle artist Desmond Hansen. Earlier this month, he painted another nature-celebrating mural in a less-visible spot:

(Photo by Troy Sterk)

You can see that along the western section of the Thistle Street stairway, between Gatewood and Lincoln Park.

CORONAVIRUS: Thursday 10/29 roundup

The latest pandemic-related local news and numbers:

NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: From the Public Health daily-summary dashboard, the cumulative totals:

*27,038 people have tested positive, up 221 from yesterday’s total

*803 people have died, unchanged from yesterday’s total

*2,565 people have been hospitalized, up 4 from yesterday’s total

*533,550 people have been tested, up 3,483 from yesterday’s total

One week ago, those totals were 25,740/789/2,518/517,636.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS: Find them, county by county, on the state Department of Health page,.

WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 45 million cases worldwide, 8.9 million of them in the U.S. See the nation-by-nation breakout here.

NEED FOOD? Free emergency food boxes are available again 2-5 pm tomorrow at Food Lifeline HQ (815 S. 96th).

CAN YOU GIVE? Highland Park Elementary PTA‘s donation drive will help kids and their families stay warm and fed through the tough winter ahead.

SCHOOL PLAYFIELDS/PLAY AREAS: Update from Seattle Public Schools:

At this time, use of SPS fields and play areas has only been approved for child care providers and other groups with permits and with health screening and safety protocols in place. Play areas and fields remain closed for public use due to limited staff resources to monitor all the playgrounds and play fields and ensure visitors are following health and safety protocols. We will keep families updated on any changes.

SAFER HALLOWEEN: Decorated homes you can admire while walking or driving by … no-contact trick-or-treat events/locations … check our West Seattle Halloween page for a safer holiday.

GOT PHOTOS/TIPS? 206-293-6302, text or voice, or westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!

What are you doing for lunch Friday? Something special @ Denny International Middle School

During a media briefing today, Seattle Public Schools superintendent Denise Juneau gave props to the district’s nutrition-services staffers, who, she said, are “knocking it out of the park” – serving about 25,000 meals a day. Today we heard from one of them, Denny International Middle School‘s renowned Lunch Lady Doree, who sent the photo and a special invitation for families to come get food tomorrow: “We will be offering Somali Stew and an assortment of salads and sandwiches by Fare Start, fruits and vegetables. We will all be dressed up for Halloween and we will be passing out treats to the kids. All the food is free to families. Lots of spooky fun for all. We are open M-F 11 am to 1:15 pm.” Denny IMS is at 2601 SW Kenyon.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen car, guns, drugs seized; USPS vehicle break-in; firefighting gear stolen; possible stolen items dumped

Four items in West Seattle Crime Watch:

STOLEN CAR, GUN, DRUGS FOUND: Via SPD Blotter, police report an arrest on Puget Ridge. They got a call reporting three men stripping a gray sedan in the 1700 block of SW Holly. They found two gray sedans upon arrival, one a Ford Fusion without plates, with a VIN that revealed it had been stolen. Searching the car with its registered owner’s permission, officers found a loaded revolver with a scratched-off serial number. They booked a 23-year-old convicted felon for unlawful gun possession and possession of a stolen vehicle; detectives later found what the blotter report describes as “a loaded pistol-grip shotgun [SPD photo above] with a sawed-off barrel and a ski mask (and) 31 grams of methamphetamine and a plastic baggie full of gold-colored jewelry.”

USPS VEHICLE BROKEN INTO: Thanks to the three readers who told us about this so we could follow up with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. They are investigating a USPS vehicle break-in that happened while the letter carrier was out on their walking route. The vehicle was parked on SW Dawson west of Camp Long. USPIS spokesperson John Wiegand tells WSB that no mail was taken; the thief/thieves took personal items belonging to the carrier (one tipster says it was a backpack). Wiegand says they’re still investigating, so they’re interested in talking with any witnesses or anyone who might have the break-in on security video. This is potentially a federal crime – breaking into the vehicle could be prosecuted as destruction of federal property. If you have any information that might help, call the USPIS hotline at 877-876-2455 and refer to case 231-2553-MT.

FIREFIGHTING GEAR STOLEN IN CAR PROWL: From Rachel, who says this happened at 41st SW/SW Holden in Gatewood:

I came out this morning to find my SFD firefighting bunking gear & SFD Paramedic uniform shirt, $150 stethoscope, & other personal items stolen from my car.

If you find any of it, let us know and we’ll connect you.

POSSIBLE STOLEN ITEMS FOUND: The photo and report are from Rich:

Found a red and black bag dumped in front of the park entrance to Pelly Place (6700 block of Murray Ave SW), which contained many personal items, some of which were also scattered on the ground nearby. This location is often used for parking overflow from the apartment complex next door, but car prowls are also a sadly routine experience around here, so this may have been stolen elsewhere and dumped. Sharing this in case the owner recognizes these contents and would like to recover them.

The items include a canceled out-of-state driver license and a funeral program indicating the person named on the license was a pallbearer. With this too, we can connect you if any of this might be yours – just email us.

HALLOWEEN: Skeleton Theatre’s pandemic production; plus – more decoration, trick-or-treat locations

Two days until Halloween! Updates:

SKELETON THEATRE: Like so many things, the front-yard animatronic-skeleton extravaganza has had to evolve for this pandemic year. From the crew’s spokesperson Maia Low: “To protect our friends and neighbors (and ourselves!) from the hazards of gathering at a live show, the Skeleton Theatre crew decided to put our COVID-specific show online this year. The show is on the Skeleton Theatre website.” (And above, via YouTube. It’s short but fun!)

WSB HALLOWEEN PAGE UPDATE: The list of decoration locations and no-contact trick-or-treat events on our page continues to grow. Here’s one that serves as both:

That scene is from the Alki home of “Nightfall Orphanage,” presenting “Ghosts of Halloween Decorations Past” – “no contact, GRAB & GO TRICK OR TREAT on Friday 10/30 and Saturday 10/31, 5:30 pm – 9 pm.” Family-friendly. Find it on our list, along with many others – these are decorations up now, so you can also drive by or walk by most if not all locations any time through Halloween. Lots of photos on the page too, so you can see them even if you don’t go out to look. Anything to add? Not too late – westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!

TRICK-OR-STREET BLOCKS: West Seattle has more than a few of these, according to the city’s map. (They’re explained here.)

WEST SEATTLE BIRDS: Snowy Owl sighting

2:55 PM: This bird has been causing a stir the past few days – and today we finally received photos. Above is Larry Gilpin‘s photo of the Snowy Owl, seen near 52nd and Charlestown around noontime. Joe K. sent the photo below from earlier in the day, on “the north end of Genesee” (might be that same roof):

The Audubon BirdWeb page for the Snowy Owl explains that it’s an “irregular” visitor to this area in winter. We published a few reader photos of sightings like this one in the early 2010s, but nothing recent – until now.

ADDED 7:15 PM: Thanks to David Hutchinson for this evening photo of the Snowy Owl:

At last report, he said, it was hanging out on a roof near Schmitz Park. And just as we were adding his photo, Kersti Muul from Salish Wildlife Watch sent this one that she had previewed in comments:

WATER TAXI UPDATE: West Seattle dock out of service until at least Monday

The West Seattle Water Taxi, out of service since Wednesday afternoon because of a problem at the Seacrest dock, will not be back until at least Monday. Here’s the update from King County Department of Transportation:

On Wednesday, Oct 28, a routine inspection at the Seacrest dock identified wear and damage to one of the pins and swing arms which supports the connection of the ramp to the shore. After further assessment, as a safety precaution, a decision was made to replace the entire dock-to-shore hinge and attachment mechanism. Work is underway to fabricate new attachment arms per specifications provided by the original manufacturer. A contractor will be onsite on Friday with a boom truck to lift the ramp in order to complete these repairs. Repairs will extend into the weekend and updates will be provided as necessary.

During this time, Water Taxi shuttle routes 773 and 775 will continue to operate as usual in West Seattle.

The Water Taxi’s floating dock at Seacrest was installed more than a decade ago.

P.S. Here’s a KCDOT photo of one of the problem parts:

The replacement arms were being fabricated at Pacific Fishermen & Electric.

VIDEO: Repair or replace? What West Seattle Bridge Community Task Force members told the mayor, and what’s next

(Archived stream of Community Task Force meeting starts 5 minutes in)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

No date yet for Mayor Jenny Durkan‘s decision on the seven-months-closed West Seattle Bridge‘s future, but she has much to consider after spending about an hour listening to Community Task Force members’ opinions.

There was no clear consensus – some are supporting repair (the fastest option), some are supporting replacement, but even those in the latter camp acknowledged that it’s conditional on whether the newly revealed “rapid span replacement” possibility really could be delivered in the relatively lightning-fast time frame that consulting firm WSP suggested.

Wednesday afternoon’s discussion started with a technical Q&A that included more clarification about the feasibility of repairs. Here’s how it all went, and what’s next:

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TONIGHT: The Dusty 45s benefit concert, online

One big event for tonight – The Dusty 45s, in concert, online. Leader Billy Joe Huels and two other band members are West Seattleites, and in pre-pandemic times, have played here often, from nightlife venues to events like West Seattle Summer Fest. 7 pm tonight, it’s the annual “Gimme Shelter” benefit concert for housing/services provider DESC – Billy Joe explains in the clip above why it’s personal for him. You can register to see tonight’s concert – free! – by going here.

YOU CAN HELP: Donation drive for Highland Park Elementary families

Winter is approaching and times are tough for many families. As we’ve reported before, local PTAs are trying to help their students and families get by. Broader community help is appreciated when possible. If you can help, here’s what the Highland Park Elementary PTA hopes you can help with:

Highland Park Elementary PTA is hosting a non-perishable food, kids’ winter clothing, and gift card drive. Highland Park Elementary is a West Seattle Title 1 school. It has one of the most diverse student bodies in the state.

Are you cleaning out closets or are you ready to purge last year’s kid coats, gloves or scarves? If you have items to donate, please email hpemustang@gmail.com. Pickup of items can be arranged in West Seattle. Items that will be accepted are non-perishable food items and new and gently used kids’ winter clothing.

Donations to purchase food and gift cards for Highland Park families, can be made to PayPal at hpemustang@gmail.com.

Food boxes and clothing will be distributed to Highland Park families starting next week. Gift cards will be made available throughout the school year for those in need.

ROAD WORK, TRANSIT, TRAFFIC: Thursday 10/29 watch

6:03 AM: Welcome to Thursday – the 220th morning without the West Seattle Bridge.

WATER TAXI

No West Seattle service this morning because of a dock problem. We’ll update separately when there’s a decision for pm. P.S. The shuttles ARE running.

ROAD WORK, ETC.

*Delridge project: SW Alaska is scheduled to remain closed east of Delridge all week. Here are this week’s other details.

CHECK THE TRAFFIC BEFORE YOU GO

New cameras! In addition to the West Marginal Way/Highland Park Way cameras we mentioned last week, there’s now a Highland Park Way/Holden camera too – see it here:

Meantime – here’s the 5-way intersection camera (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):

Here’s the restricted-daytime-access (open to all 9 pm-5 am) low bridge:

The main detour route across the Duwamish River is the 1st Avenue South Bridge (map) . Here are two cameras:

The other major bridge across the river is the South Park Bridge (map). Here’s the nearest camera:

Going through South Park? Don’t speed. (Same goes for the other detour-route neighborhoods, like Highland Park, Riverview, and South Delridge.)

Check the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed for info about any of those bridges opening for marine traffic.

You can see all local traffic cams here; locally relevant cameras are also shown on this WSB page.

BUSES

MetroFare collection has resumed.

Trouble on the roads/paths/water? Let us know – text (but not if you’re driving!) 206-293-6302.

CORONAVIRUS: Wednesday 10/28 roundup

Eight months ago tonight, King County announced its first COVID-19 case. Here’s where we are now:

NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: From the Public Health daily-summary dashboard, the cumulative totals:

*26,817 people have tested positive, 196 more than yesterday’s total

*803 people have died, 3 more than yesterday’s total

*2,561 people have been hospitalized, 2 more than yesterday’s total

*530,067 people have been tested, 3,243 more than yesterday’s total

One week ago, those totals were 25.554/787/2,516/514.434.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS: Find them, county by county, on the state Department of Health page,.

WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: See them, nation by nation, here.

STATEWIDE SITUATION REPORT: The state reports:

Today the Washington State Department of Health released the latest statewide situation report on COVID-19 transmission, which shows a general rise in the intensity of the epidemic in both western and eastern Washington.

Report findings include:

*Transmission is increasing in western and eastern Washington. The best estimates of the reproductive number (how many new people each COVID-19 patient will infect) were 1.34 in western Washington and 1.12 in eastern Washington as of October 10. The goal is a number well below one, which would mean COVID-19 transmission is declining.

*From mid-September to mid-October, case counts and hospitalizations have risen in both western and eastern Washington. Some of the increase in early October appears to be due to more testing. However, case counts increased during the week ending October 15 despite decreases in testing.

*Increases in western Washington are widely distributed geographically and across ages. Growth is particularly high in the 25 to 39 and 40 to 59 age groups and in the Puget Sound region (Snohomish, King and Pierce counties). This wide distribution suggests increases are due to broad community spread, not driven by a single type of activity or setting.

HOLIDAY TRADITION, PANDEMIC STYLE: West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) is handling its “Holiday Taste” differently this year – starting now

HALLOWEEN, PANDEMIC STYLE: Still adding more no-contact trick-or-treating (some happening Friday as well as Saturday) and decoration locations to our Halloween page. This display, incorporating the virus, may be the prize-winner so far (thanks to Lynda B for the photo):

GOT INFO? Email us at westseattleblog@gmail.com or phone us, text or voice, at 206-293-6302 – thank you!

FOLLOWUP: Misdemeanor criminal defense expansion proposal shelved for at least a month

During this morning’s City Council budget-review meeting, Councilmember Lisa Herbold‘s proposal to add potential defenses to city misdemeanor criminal law – covered here Monday night – got about half an hour of discussion (starting at 1:46:50 in the video above). End result: At Council President Lorena González‘s request, the proposal is being pulled out of the budget process and shelved until the council gets back to regular business in about a month. González said that council staffers are already more or less maxed out on the work they can do during the intensive budget-review process, and also noted that this isn’t purely a budget matter anyway. In her initial remarks about it, Herbold said, “This is really about creating some transparency about the conditions of the lives of people who have been accused of offenses … The proposal does not require a dismissal or acquittal – it simply allows the defense.” The other councilmembers who spoke during the discussion expressed support for the concept, including González and Councilmember Andrew Lewis, a former assistant city attorney. He noted that no legislation has been drafted yet but he would expect some (unspecified) changes in the version posted by public defenders: “There’s a lot more work that needs to be done, a lot more discussion that needs to happen.” González said she supports the goals of the proposal – “I continue to believe that it’s time to stop the criminalization of poverty, addiction, and mental illness.” Though shelving the proposal until after the budget process wasn’t described during the meeting as a done deal, we confirmed with Herbold later that it is – and she adds, “Consequently, I’ll be taking the issue up in December.”

UPDATE: ‘Scenes of violence’ response in South Delridge

10:03 PM: SFD has a “scenes of violence” response headed to the 9200 block of 17th SW. According to the dispatch, a man is reported to have been assaulted with a baseball bat. No other details yet.

10:16 PM: Officers were reported to be talking with possible suspects. No update on the victim’s condition; SFD medics were treating him.

9:26 AM: SFD says they took a 25-year-old man to the hospital “in stable condition.”

3:23 PM: We’ve obtained the report narrative from SPD. The original 911 call was “two males, one female” fighting, and one man being hit with a bat. The victim had facial injuries and possible abdominal injuries, and could not or would not tell the officers anything but his name. A witness said the attacker got away on a bicycle; the possible suspects located by police did not pan out, and no arrests were made.

VOTING: Six days to go

That’s another artwork by Ruthi Winter of West Seattle Beach Drive Art Studio, encouraging early voting – which is still going strong. As of tonight, King County Elections has received ballots from almost 65% of Seattle voters. Countywide, it’s 59 percent. If you’ve already put your ballot in the mail or in a drop box, you can go here to see whether it’s been received and counted. If you’re using USPS Mail, even though our state requires only that the ballot be postmarked by Election Day – next Tuesday, November 3rd – early is still better. Same if you’re using a drop box, though they’re open 24 hours a day until 8 pm Tuesday – even if you’re usually a procrastinator, get your ballot in now so the one-and-only Election Night results drop can be as complete a report as possible. West Seattle’s three boxes are on the list/map here; so far, those three boxes have accounted for more than 27,000 ballots. If you’re not registered, you can do that in person up until, and even on, Election Day; one way to do it – or update your address – is at one of the Vote Centers that will open starting Saturday – closest one is the CenturyLink Event Center on the south end of downtown.

In case you missed the Nutmobile – another West Seattle stop ahead

As mentioned in our morning preview, the Planters “Nutmobile” visited West Seattle this morning. Didn’t get much advance notice on this, so you might have missed it, but we have since gotten word of another West Seattle stop: It’ll be at The Sanctuary @ Admiral (42nd/Lander) on Friday (October 30th), 9 am-2 pm, in conjunction with a Bloodworks Northwest donation drive. If you come visit, there’s swag, like these stickers:

Today’s stop was in celebration of Meals on Wheels volunteers at the Senior Center of West Seattle, which is led by executive director Amy Lee Derenthal:

She says 65 people are (corrected) receiving Meals On Wheels right now, from volunteers delivering frozen, ready-to-heat meals to seniors around the area;.

WEST SEATTLE HALLOWEEN: More decoration locations, more trick-or-treat events…

Just three days until Halloween. Thanks again to everyone who continues sending info for the West Seattle Halloween Guide – we weren’t sure we would have one this year, but a reader suggested a list of decorations, so we started with that … added the no-contact trick-or-treat event announcements … and it’s a lively list. Most of the decoration listings have photos, so you can enjoy them even if you don’t go out to drive by or walk by. Some are from locations where Halloween is a big production every year, only modified this year – for example, above is a scene from “Meeds Manor” at 45th/Stevens – no haunted house this year, but decorations you can check out day or night (they’re collecting West Seattle Food Bank donations as always, too). Got a decoration location or trick-or-treat event that’s not on our list? westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!

WATER TAXI UPDATE: No West Seattle service this afternoon/evening, Thursday morning

(Added: Reader photo, sign up at Pier 50 downtown)

3:12 PM: Just announced by King County Department of Transportation:

The West Seattle route of the King County Water Taxi has been canceled tonight due to a maintenance issue at Seacrest Park. We will update the status of the West Seattle Water Taxi service as more information becomes available. The Vashon route will continue to operate normal service.

During this time, Water Taxi shuttle routes 773 and 775 will continue to operate as usual in West Seattle. While Water Taxi service is suspended, riders are encouraged to use one or more of the following options:

Buses

Metro’s RapidRide C Line and routes 21, 55, 56, 57, 120 & 125 connect West Seattle to downtown Seattle – close to the Pier 50 passenger only facility located at Alaskan Way and Columbia Street.

Route 128 connects the Admiral District, Morgan Junction, High Point, Delridge, South Seattle College and White Center areas with the West Seattle

Water Taxi shuttle routes 773 & 775 will continue to operate their regular routes and schedules during this time, connecting West
Seattle riders to the West Seattle Junction and Alki Beach via Harbor Avenue, Alki Avenue and North Admiral.
Link light rail

Metro Route 50 connects West Seattle – including North Delridge, the Alaska Junction, the Admiral District and Alki Beach to Link light rail at SODO

We are following up to ask about the problem at Seacrest and whether it’s likely to be fixed by morning.

6:05 PM: From spokesperson Jeff Switzer: “A quarterly inspection identified that a steel pin where the gangway is connected to the shore is damaged. Out of an abundance of caution, until further evaluation and a possible temporary repair can be completed, service on the West Seattle Water Taxi route is canceled until further notice. We expect service will remain suspended Thursday and customers should consider travel alternatives.”

10:03 PM: West Seattle Water Taxi service is officially canceled for Thursday morning. We’ll include any updates in the morning traffic/transit watch.