West Seattle, Washington
West Seattle-based naturalist Stewart Wechsler is featured in a Times article today about a plant restoration project at Seward Park. He also does naturalist work at other city parks including Camp Long here in WS. We first met Stewart while chaperoning a school field trip at Camp Long some time back; when it comes to the troubled state of our natural world, he is truly one of the people who, to paraphrase the saying, lights a candle rather than cursing the darkness.
Streets on the north side of Westwood Village (off the stretch of Trenton shown below) are having trouble with a group of at least half a dozen teenage boys running around wreaking havoc — with violent vandalism that includes throwing rocks at people, through house windows, and through car windows. Neighbors are banding together and working to put more pressure on police to catch these culprits, which they note has been tough because it’s not considered an “emergency” and gets lower-priority response. However, our tipster does say three police cars were in hot pursuit of the group tonight; here’s hoping they are caught soon, and just as important, appropriately prosecuted.
Prior to our road-rage sighting, we walked the Lincoln Park shoreline to check out how Colman Pool is progressing toward Opening Day this Saturday. The plywood’s not down yet (first photo below) but park crews were swarming the place with pressure washers, etc., and left a gate open for a peek (second photo below). (But when you go, keep your suit on!)
One of the ugliest road-rage clashes we’ve seen in a while: At the three-way intersection by Lowman Beach, a huge red pickup and a teal station wagonÃ‚Â were stopped side-by-side, pointed north toward Beach Drive, with the drivers screaming bloody murder at each other. (Mostly the guy in the pickup yelling at the station-wagon guy about being an “old guy” who didn’t know how to drive.) So ugly, we were about to call 911, when the truck roared off. (Oh, and really, tomorrow IS “Drive Nice Day.”)
I caught the 21 bus today after waiting about ten minutes. At the last minute a young man appeared, pushed ahead of me in line and took one of the last seats.
Immediately another young man, tattoos up and down both arms, stood and offered me his.
I’m going silver haired. I’m also disabled, although not in any way that shows. You may be sure I thanked the young gentleman warmly.
Like so many other things, bus etiquette depends on the luck of the draw.
Even in the midst of the increasingly loud fuss over climbing gas prices, West Seattle’s lowest posted price for regular just dropped again: Delridge Arco near Home Depot (sorry the phonephoto at left is so blurry) is now down two more cents, to $3.29. Gosh, maybe there’s hope we’ll someday see the “prices” spotted at 35th/Morgan by THPB.
The Robin Williams surprise also brought a few moments of TV stardom to the West Seattle Food Bank and executive director Fran Yeatts. (She told us the same thing in e-mail that she told the TV crew — no clue why Williams now has chosen twice to have local shows benefit the WSFB.) P.S., you can do your own good deed for the food bank right here, right now.
With so many blossoming businesses in West Seattle — West 5, Skylark, etc. — concerned about the so-called “nightlife premises legislation” that’s been making its way through the City Council, we thought you might want to know the next hearing has just been set (June 4).
Time for our annual pitch for Race for the Cure (three weeks from Saturday). You never know, this could be the last year you get to walk on the viaduct. Really is a heck of a view from up there, when you’re on foot and able to enjoy it. P.S. Another cancer-fighting fundraiser happens evenÃ‚Â closer to home, Relay for Life at WS Stadium, June 22-23.
If you didn’t already know about this lunch option in The Junction (we didn’t), a reader tip points out that Blue Willow Catering, just west of the former Backstage Thrift, serves lunch 11-2 Tuesdays-Fridays. (We peeked at the menu the other day; the curried sweet-potato bisque sounded especially promising!)
Four and a half months after the Alki pump-project permit, comes a key permit just granted for the Barton Street pump project, just north of the ferry dock. Appears that starting later this year, this will tear up the Cove Park vicinity like last spring’s emergency repair work (followed by the post-windstorm repairs). In all, three pump-station projects are in the works for the West Seattle shoreline; various collateral can be found here.
Today the P-I takes on the 47th/Admiral safety issues and the record of the driver who hit and killed Tatsuo Nakata, though without any new revelations (the Weekly thoroughly dug into the driver’s background earlier this month).
Spotted passing Admiral Heights a few hours ago — this sizable contingent of Seattle Police on two-wheeled patrol. (TUESDAY UPDATE: SPD tells us this was an exercise for officers who hope to join the bike patrol – they get put through some tough paces on WS hills among other spots all over the city!)
Twice in the past two days, we’ve had to stop for these feathered pedestrians just east of Seacrest, and they’re hard to see from a distance.
–6 PM TONIGHT: (added 11 am, thanks for the reminder) First meeting of Sustainable West Seattle, 6 pm, High Point Library.
–7 PM TOMORROW: community meeting @ Chief Sealth HS on the general topic of sex offenders in the community. (Here’s the site that shows if any live near you.)
–6 PM WEDNESDAY: Fauntleroy-area residents are invited to the Fauntleroy Community Association’s annual Membership Drive/Food Fest event. Free eats!
No new info in today’s P-I article on the Water Taxi — the year-round possibility hit the headlines 3 weeks ago — but it’s nice to see it get more time in the spotlight. Gives us an excuse to put up a photo left over from our weekend peek under the Seacrest pier – here’s how steep the walkway from the WT dock gets during a -3′ tide!