UPDATE: Smoke’s back, and so is the health warning

5:23 PM: That’s the view from Don Armeni Boat Ramp, now that the wildfire smoke has moved back in as predicted. Also just in, this alert from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency:

This is an air quality alert for August 19, 2018, from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and the local health jurisdictions of King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. Air pollution is increasing due to wildfire smoke and may cause health problems.

Wildfire smoke is building across the Puget Sound Region. Air quality is becoming UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS in some areas already, and this is expected to spread to the rest of our region tonight or by Monday morning. With winds pushing smoke from British Columbia and the fires in the Cascades in our direction, we expect poor air quality to continue through Wednesday.

Current air quality levels in Darrington are UNHEALTHY for everyone. We could see levels become UNHEALTHY in other parts of our region over the next few days.

Check the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s website for the most recent conditions.

Wildfire smoke can cause a range of health problems:

Trouble breathing
Asthma attack
Stinging eyes
Irritated sinuses
Chest pain
Fast heartbeat

Sensitive groups should take precautions, including: children, older adults, and people that are pregnant, have heart or lung issues (such as asthma and COPD), or that have had a stroke.

Stay indoors when possible.

Limit your physical activity outdoors, such as running, bicycling, physical labor, and sports.

Close windows in your home, if possible, and keep the indoor air clean. If you have an air conditioner, use the “recirculation” switch. Use an indoor air filter if available.

If you do not have an air conditioner, consider finding a public place with clean, air-conditioned indoor air like a public library or a community center.

Avoid driving, when possible. If you must drive, keep the windows closed. If you use the car’s fan or air conditioning, make sure the system recirculates air from inside the car; don’t pull air from outside.

Schools and daycare providers should consider postponing outdoor activities or moving them indoors.
N95 or N100 rated masks can help protect some people from air pollution. These masks are usually available at hardware and home repair stores. Please check with your doctor to see if this appropriate for you.

For more information on ways to reduce your exposure, see the Washington Department of Health’s Smoke From Fire tips.

As always, check with your health-care provider for more specific questions and concerns.

6:48 PM: The PSCAA has updated the health alert and now says, “Air (pollution) levels are going up more quickly than expected in the Puget Sound Region and we are reaching levels UNHEALTHY for everyone in some areas. We recommend everyone stay indoors when possible.”

Bonus outdoor movie this week! Roxhill Park on Friday

We’ve been reporting on the community members and neighbors working to bring more events to Roxhill Park. The next one is the first Family Movie Night in the park, this Friday (August 24th)! The movie is the animated classic Wall-E.” If you haven’t already seen it in our calendar, here’s the invitation from Roxhill Park Champions:

Bring blankets and low chairs to the central lawn in Roxhill Park starting at 7:30 pm.
Show starts at dusk just after 8:15 pm. Children must be with an adult to watch the film.

Popcorn, sweets, and bottled water will be provided to the first 100 attendees.

The film screening and refreshments are being brought to you by the community-led Roxhill Park Champions in partnership with the Seattle Parks Commons Program.

The park is at 29th/Barton.

FOLLOWUP: What that custom Sub Pop guitar raised for Southwest Seattle Historical Society

(Photo courtesy Southwest Seattle Historical Society)

Before and during last weekend’s SPF30 festival on Alki, we featured the custom guitar auctioned off to raise money for the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. SWSHS shares the photo of the winning bidder, Eastside musician John Stephens, who picked it up this past week. SWSHS executive director Jeff McCord notes that the guitar “was donated by Terry and Ryan Martin of Walla Walla Guitar Company,” and adds:

The sale of the guitar has generated a $2,225 donation value for the historical society, plus buyer John has even donated the $50 shipping fee which he was entitled to getting back since he picked it up locally. Pictured are Sub Pop Guitar buyer John Stephens (left) and historical society supporter Mike Shaughnessy (right), who donated his time selling the guitar on his music-themed eBay account.

Thanks especially go out to Walla Walla Guitar Company, Mike (for his time and care on the eBay auction) and to Sub Pop, Thunder Road Guitars, Easy Street Records, and all of the other friends and supporters who helped spread the word about this special musical instrument.

If you somehow missed it … SPF30 (WSB coverage here and here) was a free music festival on Saturday, August 11th, celebrating legendary Seattle label Sub Pop Records‘ 30th anniversary.

P.S. The SWSHS has a big event next Saturday – “Fired Up Family Day” 11 am-1 pm August 25th – in the Homestead parking lot at 2717 61st SW; here’s our calendar listing.

2 months after Duwamish River barge fire, meeting set for updates and answers

(June 26th photo by Kay)

As mentioned in our Saturday coverage of the Duwamish River Festival, we learned while there that a community meeting is planned this Wednesday for updates on the June 26th barge fire. The Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition has organized the meeting for 6:30-8:30 pm Wednesday (August 22nd) at the Georgetown campus of South Seattle College (6737 Corson Ave. S.). From the flyer:

We have put together an opportunity to hear short presentations from the Washington State Department of Ecology, the US Environmental Protection Agency, Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle Fire Department, and Puget SoundKeeper, all of whom have some level of expertise with (Seattle Iron & Metal)/the barge fire/the barge fire response. The agenda will also include a dedicated portion of time for community members to ask questions and receive answers. Please join us to learn about the fire, the response, the repercussions, and next steps.

The fire caught the attention of people for many miles around as it spewed thick black smoke into the sky on an otherwise clear summer evening. No injuries were reported; the next day, SFD said the fire had been ruled “accidental” with damage estimated at $1 million. Wednesday’s meeting will be in the Gene Colin Educational Hall on the southwest side of the SSC Georgetown campus; here’s a map.

West Seattle Sunday: Car wash; CityDog Cover Dog Search; Lincoln Park TLC; ‘Legally Blonde’ finale; more!

Good morning! Here are highlights for your Sunday, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

GIVE LINCOLN PARK A LITTLE LOVE: Join Friends of Lincoln Park for a forest-restoration work party to start your Sunday, 9 am-noon. All ages welcome. More info in our calendar listing. Meet at the north parking lot kiosk. (Fauntleroy/Rose)

OPEN-AIR BOUTIQUE, ART SALE, FOOD DRIVE: 9 am-4 pm, it’s the second and final day of well-known West Seattle artist Sheila Lengle‘s sale. Bring canned food for the West Seattle Food Bank. (7757 15th SW)

FUNDRAISING CAR WASH: This U14 girls’ soccer team is raising money for travel today by washing cars:

10 am-6 pm, you’ll find them at the West Seattle Les Schwab. All proceeds support their campaign to travel to North Carolina and compete for the national championship. (Fauntleroy/Alaska)

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, see what’s fresh here in the late summer! In the street in The Junction. (California between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)

WADING POOLS: Your West Seattle wading pools: Lincoln Park (11 am-8 pm; 8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) and the last day of the season for Delridge (noon-6:30 pm; Delridge/Genesee)

CITYDOG MAGAZINE COVER DOG MODEL SEARCH: Noon-2 pm, bring your pup to West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) and have their photo taken for a chance to be on the cover of West Seattleite-founded CityDog Magazine! $10 fee benefits Doney Memorial Pet Clinic. (4201 SW Oregon)

ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: The US Coast Guard Auxiliary leads 1 pm-4 pm tours (arrive by 3:45 pm) at historic Alki Point Lighthouse – third-to-last chance this year! (3201 Alki SW)

JAMTIME: Old-time and bluegrass music at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 1-4 pm. (5612 California SW)

MUTTS & MARTINIS: A “yappy hour” raising money for Furry Faces Foundation, 2-6 pm – read all about it here. At Cascade Heights in White Center. Humans must be at least 21 years old. (9832 15th SW)

‘LEGALLY BLONDE, THE MUSICAL’: 3 pm closing performance of “Legally Blonde” with Twelfth Night Productions at the West Seattle High School Theater. (3000 California SW)

SQUARE DANCE AND POTLUCK: Wrap up your weekend with neighbors and friends at South Park Hall, 5 pm. (1253 S. Cloverdale)

PREVIEW THE WEEK AHEAD, AND BEYOND … by checking out our complete calendar.

West Seattle weekend scene: Pre-smoke sunset

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

9:23 PM: As seen from Lincoln Park, tonight’s sunset was a “normal” orange …

… but by tomorrow night, if forecasters are right, we might be back to those wildfire-smoke-filtered pink sunsets again, at least for a few days. Weather analyst Cliff Mass has gone so far as to warn of a “smokestorm.”

ADDED EARLY SUNDAY: The smoke’s already moving in – check the red tinge on tonight’s moon, photographed by Jamie Kinney:

UPDATE: Short-lived power outage in upper Alki/west Admiral

7:52 PM: Thanks for the tip – Seattle City Light says 133 homes have lost power in upper Alki/west Admiral. While the outage map says SCL is investigating the cause, we note the SFD real-time log shows a recent “wires down” call on Bonair (1900 block).

8:32 PM: Just checked the map again and this outage is apparently already over!

West Seattle Crime Watch: Car vandalized; hit-and-run; bicycles dumped

Three reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch this evening:

CAR VANDALIZED: Ian reports that while he went for a half-hour walk at Jack Block Park with his two-month-old son last night, somebody broke the rear window on his locked car and tripped the alarm:

Nothing was missing, Ian says, “because there was no valuables inside, just an Infant Car Seat Base. This is so disappointing, and I had to drive home with open windows and tons of small broken glass in the car with my little son.”

HIT-RUN: Christie says the driver of this car hit hers and took off shortly thereafter:

My car was hit in front of my house on SW Hudson Street Saturday afternoon. The car was a dark ( possibly black) Chevy sedan with a dealer plate in the rear window which included Sept or September. It did not have license plates. I watched the accident occur and the car backed up and stopped. The driver’s window was open so I spoke with the 25ish African American woman who was driving. I asked her to put the car in park and speak with me. First she looked confused, then said 3 – 4 times that she did not hit my car before she drove away. The dark car is pictured here. It has red paint on the passenger side front bumper. Please comment if you have information or contact Seattle Police, incident number 18-308040.

DUMPED BICYCLES: Barbara sent these photos of two bicycles that “turned up in our rockery near 45th and Edmunds”:

She says they do not belong to any of her neighbors, and she adds: “They’re old and one-speeds, but have been repainted, one matte black, and one metallic purple with white flower decals. Nice leather hand grips and seats.”

All about pets this weekend at West Seattle Thriftway: Adopt a cat today; show off your dog Sunday

First half of a doubleheader pet-event weekend is happening right now at West Seattle Thriftway (4201 SW Morgan; WSB sponsor) – as featured in our daily highlight list and calendar, the Seattle Humane MaxMobile is visiting until 6 pm. It’s there with six cats looking for forever homes, 10 months to 5 years of age.

Sunday’s a big day for dogs and their people – the CityDog Magazine Cover Dog Model Search returns. Just bring your pup to the store between noon and 2 pm to be photographed – $10 per dog benefits the Doney Memorial Animal Clinic.

(If you absolutely can’t make it tomorrow, there’s a second West Seattle session this year, part of the WS Beer and Music Festival at Alki Masonic Center [4736 40th SW] at 1 pm next Sunday, August 26th; also $10 per dog, benefiting Motley Zoo Animal Rescue.)

HAPPENING NOW: Fun ways to learn @ Duwamish River Festival

Still time to get to this year’s Duwamish River Festival (at Duwamish Waterway Park, 7900 10th Ave. S., until 5 pm), where you can learn about the river by getting out onto it, or talking to people about it.

That’s James Rasmussen, coordinator of the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, from whom we found out there’s a community meeting Wednesday about June’s barge fire on the river. (More on that in a separate story.) Along with information, the festival is also a cultural celebration:

Dancers from the Somali Youth Community Center were onstage while we were there – we published the full entertainment lineup in today’s daily highlights list. They were followed by Vietnamese community performers, including a dancer who specializes in cha-cha:

And the many organizations and city departments there include Seattle Parks, with some hands-on education about river wildlife:

Go learn, play, and watch!

Man found dead by side of road in Arbor Heights

A startling discovery on 41st near 102nd in Arbor Heights this morning: A body. After hearing about it from a neighbor, we went over and found a police officer who would only say that the person was male and that there was no indication of foul play. We have since heard from the person who found the body; she says, “I was walking my dogs and came across a deceased elderly gentleman on the side of the road on 41st Ave SW. The Police hadn’t been able to identify him at that time. I don’t know if it would be helpful to put something in the blog to try to find out who he is. The incident number is 18-307749 and the officer was Officer Fleming.”

Another Bremerton-to-Alki Point swim planned before summer’s end

(August 2017 photo by David Hutchinson, from Boiland/Leslie swim)

Last August, Lauren Boilini and Jerome Leslie did it, one year after Erika Norris became the first swimmer to do it in more than half a century. We’re referring to what’s known as the Amy Hiland Swim, Bremerton to Alki Point, named after the woman who did it in 1959. In two weeks, a West Seattle woman’s going to take on the challenge. The announcement was sent by Andrew Malinak, president of the Northwest Open Water Swimming Association:

Rose Filer, 25, of West Seattle will attempt a solo swim crossing from Bremerton to Alki Light. Ms. Filer will make the attempt accompanied by a boat and crew, along with an official from the Northwest Open Water Swimming Association. The 10.4 mile swim, first completed in 1959 by Amy Hiland, will begin on August 31st at about 10:30 am and should finish at Alki Light around 4:00 pm.

Rose Filer is originally from Nederland, CO and moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington where she competed in rowing. She has been training regularly at Alki Beach for the past two years, and is very familiar with the challenges posed by the cold water, weather, and currents in this part of the Puget Sound. This will be Ms. Filer’s first marathon swim attempt.

The swim will be sanctioned and recorded by the Northwest Open Water Swimming Association (NOWSA), a 501c3 non-profit promoting the sport of marathon swim in the Northwest. In the spirit and traditions of marathon swimming, this swim will follow rules that do not allow for any assistance from heat-retention or buoyancy aids. NOWSA has sanctioned 4 successful attempts at the Bremerton-to-Alki route.

You’ll be able to track the event on August 31st, as with other NOWSA swims, at track.rs/nowsa.

10 options for your West Seattle Saturday

Morning through night, here are highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

GROUP RUN & INJURY PREVENTION CLINIC: Join West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) for a free group run and injury-prevention clinic, starting at 8 am. (2743 California SW)

WADING POOLS, INCLUDING ANOTHER FINALE: Another West Seattle wading pool is open for its last day of the season today – Hiawatha (Walnut/Lander, noon-6:30 pm). Also open today: Delridge (Genesee/Delridge, noon-6:30 pm) and Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW, 11 am-8 pm).

‘STELLALUNA’ PUPPET SHOW: 11:30 am at High Point Library, Tears of Joy Theatre presents a puppet show based on the beloved children’s book. (3411 SW Raymond)

DUWAMISH RIVER FESTIVAL: Noon-5 pm at Duwamish Waterway Park in South Park, celebrate and learn about Seattle’s only river. The festival includes cultural performances – here’s the schedule:

12:45 Danza Azteca
1:15 Los Chapitos del Rancho
1:45 Traditional Hula Dancing
2:00 Traditional Somali Dancing
2:20 Traditional Vietnamese Dancing
2:40 Thai Classical Music and Dance
3:05 Traditional Vietnamese Dance
3:45 Traditional Bhutanese Dance
4:20 Traditional Guatemalan Folklore
4:35 Baile Folklorico Angeles de Mexico
5:00 Chaotic Noise Marching Band

Lots more going on, including chances to get out on the water. (7900 10th Ave. S.)

MAXMOBILE AT THRIFTWAY FOR PET ADOPTIONS: 3-6 pm, West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) hosts the Seattle Humane MaxMobile with adoptable pets. (4201 SW Morgan)

SALSA ON ALKI: Dance the night away on the beach promenade, 5-10 pm. (61st SW/Alki SW)

WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES: “Coco” – and more! Special fun this week at the second-to-last WS Outdoor Movies event of the summer – games, food, facepainting, all detailed in our preview. Come as early as 6:30 pm; movie starts around 8:45 pm. Outside the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) in The Triangle. (3622 SW Snoqualmie)

ROO FORREST AND FRIENDS: 7-9 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), “an eclectic mix of originals and covers.” (5612 California SW)

‘LEGALLY BLONDE, THE MUSICAL’: 7:30 pm at the West Seattle High School Theater, go see Twelfth Night Productions perform the musical version of the hit movie. Ticket info is in our calendar listing. (3000 California SW)

MARKET STREET DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND: Performing at historic Kenyon Hall, 7:30 pm. Ticket info’s in our calendar listing; band info’s on their website. (7904 35th SW)

SEE WHAT ELSE IS UP … via our complete calendar!

VIDEO: Two 35th SW outdoor performances in one night

(WSB photos and video)

We stopped by two performances on Friday night, both along 35th SW. First, at Myrtle Reservoir Park, the third and final West Seattle performance this summer by Paraguayan singer and dancer Deseo Carmin, as part of what the city’s Arts in Parks program presented as a Latino Cultural Celebration. Here’s a bit of video:

A mile and a half north, at Providence Mount St. Vincent, Maia Santell and House Blend were at centerstage during the season’s third session of “Music at The Mount”:

They’re a series regular.

So is next week’s band, the 85th Street Big Band. Friday (August 24th) will be The Mount’s last concert of the season, dinner available for purchase at 5:30 pm, show at 6 pm, bring your own chair or blanket to the south side of the campus at 4831 35th SW.

More than a movie! What’s special when West Seattle Outdoor Movies screens ‘Coco’ on Saturday

The movie alone is reason enough to be at West Seattle Outdoor Movies‘ second-to-last event of the summer tomorrow (Saturday) – the animated hit “Coco” is onscreen. But there’s more! Outside the West Seattle YMCA (3622 SW Snoqualmie; WSB sponsor), you’ll also find:

-First time! Seattle Parks’ “Get Moving” program is bringing fun stuff to play with – ping-pong, giant Connect 4, hula-hoops, more

-Face painting and other activities presented by the Y

-Return of the Macho Burgers food truck

-Raffle with cool prizes, this week benefiting spotlight nonprofit ArtsWest

You’re welcome to show up any time after 6:30 pm; bring your own chair/blanket. The movie will start around 8:45 pm.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Sunglasses stolen in car prowl

One reader report in West Seattle Crime Watch tonight, from Eli:

My car got broken into last night in our condo garage on Beach Drive. 2 pairs of (prescription) sunglasses (one white, one black), pink iPod with cable, a case with about 30 CD‘s (burnt) were stolen.

Police report was filed – incident # 2018-306609.

FOLLOWUP: Harbor Avenue standoff subject charged with two felonies

(WSB reader photo, texted during August 10th standoff)

One week ago today, much of Harbor Avenue was closed to traffic while police tried to get a burglary suspect to surrender. He finally was taken into custody after about nine hours. Because he was taken to Harborview for evaluation before he was taken to jail, we weren’t able to track his status for a while – but today we’ve found out from the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office that the man arrested that day, 31-year-old Dino George, is in jail and charged with two felonies.

Documents in the case, including the police report, confirm that George was involved with two prior calls to police in the hours before this incident, including one we had mentioned, a short-lived “scenes of violence” response to the nearby Harbor Avenue 7-11. The police report says George told someone there that he had been stabbed, but when emergency responders arrived, he was gone; they eventually found him nearby but he had no injuries. In the other call, the report says, “He had stated that he had a DOC [state] warrant, but would only turn himself in to a DOC officer. He was extremely hostile toward officers. We were not able to locate any outstanding warrants in the system and after speaking with DOC, they were not able to respond. He was able to care for himself. The male declined any assistance from officers, appeared extremely paranoid, and left the area.”

Then came the call that led to the standoff. The report says someone called to say a man was screaming about breaking windows and a vehicle horn was honking nonstop. Police returned, found George again, heard him again say he would turn himself in to the DOC, on an alleged warrant police couldn’t find, and he then walked away. Continuing to look around the area, police found a vehicle with a broken window, so they went looking for George again, and found him having just hopped the fence and broken a window to get into a warehouse building in the 2600 block of Harbor SW. From there, the report continues:

Once inside the building he ultimately barricaded himself in an office on the second floor and began damaging the entire office, throwing item from the windows and continually breaking items inside the office.

We were ultimately able to enter the locked gate to the parking lot by cutting the lock off. We then entered the building through the same broken window where the suspect had entered as officers at the front of the building attempted to have the suspect exit the on his own. He continually refused. DOC officer ultimately responded and located the outstanding warrant, but the suspect still refused to come out, continually stacking items in front of the door and throwing items out of the window. During our entire contact suspect was armed with a tire iron.

After several hours of negotiation with no success, we were finally able to locate a phone number for the business supervisor and an employee who responded to the scene. The suspect was still locked inside the office and all attempts to have him exit in his own failed. … While hanging out of the window, the suspect threw his tire iron at a patrol car, denting the driver side door. … Seattle SWAT ultimately responded to the scene and began trying to speak with the suspect. He continually refused their requests/commands to exit the building. They made entry into the office area and held on the room negotiating with him for several more hours.

The probable-cause document picks it up from there, saying that damage done to both the building and the tenants’ furniture and other items inside the office totaled more than $16,000. The car with the smashed window sustained about $1,000 damage. But the trouble didn’t end once George was taken into custody; the document also says that at Harborview, George spat “a large amount of saliva” into an officer’s face. That resulted in a felony charge of third-degree assault; he also is charged with second-degree burglary. The King County Jail Register says he’s being held without bail, apparently due to the aforementioned warrant, related to a 2015 domestic-violence assault case in Kent in which George was reported to have hit his 78-year-old grandfather in the face with brass knuckles. The jail-register log shows he’s spent a cumulative total of 11 weeks in jail related to four bookings in the past four months on warrants in that case, and was most recently released on August 2nd.

FLYOVER: Mariners expecting two military jets over Safeco Field tonight

Just got word from Seattle Mariners spokesperson Rebecca Hale that they’re expecting a flyover around anthem time before tonight’s game at Safeco Field, in the 7 pm vicinity. She says two Prowlers are expected. (Since we’re making note of this, we should also mention it’s Fireworks Night postgame.)

New Arbor Heights sidewalks: SDOT says project is in ‘final stretch’

(WSB photo, taken during concrete pouring on Thursday)

The Arbor Heights sidewalk project along 35th SW between 100th and 106th is nearing completion, according to SDOT‘s newest update, sent this afternoon:

We’re in our final stretch of construction work! This week, we have accomplished the following:

*Our crews completed pouring concrete on all sidewalks on the west side of 35th Ave SW, between SW 100th St and SW 104th St

*We completed asphalt paving on the roadway against curb on the east side of 35th Ave SW, between SW 100th St and SW 102nd St

*We installed temporary striping (roadway markings) on 35th Ave SW

Next week, our crews will:

*Complete pouring concrete at curb corners and build ADA-compliant curb ramps on west side of 35th Ave SW (Please note this work was pushed back to next week due to limited concrete availability this week)

*Begin demolishing and pouring concrete at curb corners and build ADA-compliant curb ramps on east side of 35th Ave SW

This work will require maintaining existing closure of 35th Ave SW, between SW 100th St and SW 106th St during our work hours, 7 AM – 5 PM

In addition, eastbound traffic at the intersection of 35th Ave SW and SW 100th St will be intermittently closed next Monday, 8/20 between 9 AM – 5 PM. Vehicles traveling eastbound at this intersection between these hours, please do so at 35th Ave SW and SW Roxbury St. Flaggers will be on site to help direct traffic during this work.

Completed sidewalks will be accessible early next week. Pedestrians will be detoured to use sidewalk across the street during our curb ramp construction work.

Our crews will do their best to keep their equipment-staging footprint to a minimum and allow for more on-street parking available for impacted households to temporarily park their cars on the east side of the street and/or on the side streets. Please note that we will reopen 35th Ave SW at the end of each work day.

UPDATE: ‘Rescue extrication’ response in 2100 block Harbor Avenue

2:56 PM: Seattle Fire has sent a “rescue extrication” response (formerly “heavy rescue”) to the 2100 block of Harbor Avenue SW (map). More to come.

3:05 PM: People in the area say the responders headed into Jack Block Park. We’re headed that way in hopes of finding out more.

3:14 PM: The call has closed – all units dismissed. We have a message out to SFD in hopes of finding out what it was about.

3:29 PM: No word from SFD but we finally got to Jack Block in time to see a damaged pickup truck about to be towed. We talked briefly with a Port of Seattle Police officer, who said the pickup’s driver hit the fence between T-5 and Jack Block and was taken to the hospital. Photo added.

South Seattle College Foundation decides to stay independent

The nonprofit foundation that supports South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) has decided to opt out of a merger with its counterparts around the Seattle Colleges system. SSC Foundation board chair Catherine Irby Arnold asked us to share this joint message she and SSC’s new president Rosie Rimando-Chareunsap have circulated in the college community – plus news of a grant the foundation has just made. First, the message:

We are writing today to share important updates regarding the relationship between the South Seattle College Foundation (SSCF) and South Seattle College. We have enjoyed a longstanding and strong partnership in fulfilling the Foundation’s mission to change lives by providing students with scholarships so they can pursue quality academic and vocational education.

Over the last eighteen (18) months the SSCF Board of Directors has supported and participated in the endeavor spearheaded by the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees of Seattle Colleges to form one foundation for all of the Seattle Colleges.

After much deliberation and careful consideration, the SSCF Board voted on July 19, 2018, NOT to merge or transfer its assets into a centralized Seattle Colleges Foundation. Many SSCF Board members participated in each and every task force, working group and meeting associated with the formation of a Seattle Colleges Foundation. Ultimately, the Board has determined that continuing to operate the SSCF separately will best serve the SSCF core mission outlined in its by-laws: “The corporation is organized exclusively for the purposes of encouraging, promoting, and supporting educational programs and scholarly pursuits at or in connection with South Seattle College.”

As a result, the South Seattle College Foundation, although no longer officially affiliated with the College, will remain intact as an independent non-profit foundation, keeping the same name and same dedication to its mission. Though the SSCF will be located off campus, from the college perspective South will continue to work closely with the SSCF’s board and staff as committed partners in helping our students reach their fullest potential.

We would like to reassure everyone that donations made to the SSCF will be used for their intended purpose, whether that’s the general scholarship fund for students or support for specific programs or college improvements. Here are a few details to share at this time:

Scholarship distribution to students and programs: The SSCF will continue to award scholarships to South’s students annually. The SSCF will be revising the process, but South can count on their robust support for our students into the future.

Faculty Development Grants: Funds are still designated for faculty development grants, and transitional planning is underway to define how these funds can be accessed moving forward. More information will come in the near future.

Other transitional considerations: We will continue to work together to navigate how this transition will impact previously pledged Employee Giving funds. You can also look forward to more information to come regarding your giving options going forward.

The foundation and college promise to update supporters “on any functional changes that emerge.”

Meantime, the SSC Foundation announced a new grant today:

The South Seattle College Foundation is pleased to announce we have awarded the Culinary Program at South Seattle College a grant of $350,000.

The Foundation will be working with Brian Sheeher, Director of the Culinary Program, as he works to improve the Alki Grill and other spaces.

COUNTDOWN: 1 week to first-ever West Seattle Beer and Music Festival!

Got your ticket(s) yet for the first-ever West Seattle Beer and Music Festival? It’s now one week away! The festival spans Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, presented by local organizers at the Alki Masonic Center in The Junction (4736 40th SW). We have more information today about its highlights, including the music lineup, which the WSBMF team describes as “based on soul and funk”:


The Sips and Bites schedule is a great lineup of WS restaurants paired up with festival breweries for a pop-up food and beer pairing.

*VIP Showcase Sip and Bites Pairing features Raccolto restaurant and Deschutes Brewery Friday night

*Saturday Day VIP Showcase: Admiral Bird sweet and savory waffles and the WS Taprooms (Beer Junction, Ounces Taproom, and Beveridge Place ) and their surprise brewery!

*Saturday night VIP Showcase: Hitchcock Deli in Georgetown and Urban Family Brewing!

Friday night also features
*B’s Po Boy and Hellbent Brewing Company
*Arthurs and Machine House Brewery

Saturday day session also includes
*Matador and Modern Times Beer
*Roxbury Lanes and Rainier Brewery
*Full Tilt Ice Cream and Ten Pin Brewing

Saturday night session also includes
*The Point and Mac and Jacks
*West Seattle Bowl and pFriem Family
*Pesos Caribbean Food and Seattle-Lite Brewery

The festival also will feature the Barrel Lounge – “an incredible list of breweries and Barrel-Aged Beers and Library Beers” – as well as the Spirits Lounge, “a collaboration of four WS restaurants and four spirits,” each pairing resulting in one specialty cocktail. And did we mention that Sunday is “Dog Day,” including the CityDog Magazine Cover Dog Search? Organizers also want you to know, “If you purchase a ticket to Friday or Saturday sessions, that gives you free re-entry on Sunday, but you must have your bracelet and glass for re-entry!” There’s more to say but we’ll have to save it for another preview this weekend. Or – you can go explore the West Seattle Beer and Music Festival website right now, and buy your ticket(s) online too.

West Seattle Friday: Park performance; wading-pool finale; music; more!

(Steller’s Jay, photographed in Fauntleroy Park by Mark Wangerin)

Highlights for today/tonight from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

WADING POOLS, INCLUDING ONE CLOSING AFTER TODAY: The city says wading pools will be open today. But in West Seattle, aside from Lincoln Park (daily through Labor Day, 11 am-8 pm, 8011 Fauntleroy Way SW), it’s the final week for most; and today is the EC Hugheswading pool’s last day (noon-7 pm, 2805 SW Holden). Also open today: Hiawatha (noon-6:30 pm, Walnut/Lander).

NATIONAL THRIFT SHOP DAY POP-UP: As previewed here and here, a former shipping container has been recycled into an example of what you can do with thrift-shop stuff, and it’s open to the public on the north lawn at Don Armeni Boat Ramp until 8 pm. (1222 Harbor SW)

LATINO CULTURAL CELEBRATION AT MYRTLE RESERVOIR PARK: If you’ve missed previous performances at local parks, you have another chance – 6 pm at Myrtle Reservoir Park, a fusion of music, dance, and poetry, explained in our calendar listing. Free. (35th/Myrtle) **UPDATE: After going over at 6 and finding nothing happening, we researched further. Our source was the “Arts in Parks” brochure listing this at 6 pm. But the performers’ website says 7 pm.**

MUSIC AT THE MOUNT: Maia Santell and House Blend are performing tonight on the south side of the Providence Mount St. Vincent campus as their free summer concert series continues. Dinner (tonight’s entree is skirt-steak salad) is available for purchase starting at 5:30; show at 6. Free popcorn and snow cones! (4831 35th SW)

‘BOBCAT BOB’: The always-popular performer is back at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) tonight, 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

‘LEGALLY BLONDE, THE MUSICAL’: Second weekend begins for this Twelfth Night Productions show, 7:30 pm at the West Seattle High School Theater. (3000 California SW)

THREE BANDS: At Poggie Tavern in The Junction, starting at 8:30 pm, Wonky, Suburban Vermin, Mitchell Siburg play. No cover. 21+. (4717 California SW)

Got something for our calendar? Send the info as far in advance as possible to westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!

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