West Seattle, Washington
Above: At Lincoln Park tonight at sunset, WSB contributing photojournalist Matt Durham discovered even adults couldn’t resist a turn on the swing set. (Prints of Matt’s WSB photos and his other work are available through his site, MattDurhamPhotography.com.)
Below: Jana Ablin says she dubbed this Beach Drive scene “The Little Mermaid” because of the seal’s position on the rock:
(photo by Jerry from JetCityOrange)
4 months after Amazon’s home-grocery delivery service Amazon Fresh expanded to West Seattle, with zip codes 98116, 98126, 98136 (original WSB coverage here), Amazon’s Vincent Chu sent word tonight that it’s now added 98106. Sorry, no word yet on a timetable for 98146!
Besides the missing 14-year-old being found safe and sound (see below), this is the other big news we found out about while at the Southwest Precinct this afternoon: Three suspects are under arrest for investigation of charges including burglary after a wild scene that began with a break-in in the 4500 block of SW Austin (map) – not too far from the general Gatewood/Upper Fauntleroy area that’s been the scene of quite a few daytime burglaries in the past week-plus. Even before seeing the report, we heard about this when 2 of the burglary victims came to the precinct while we were there, to pick up some of the recovered loot. Stand by – we’ll add full details here as soon as we write them up. 6:07 PM UPDATE: That update’s going to take a bit longer than we hoped because we just got even more info from police – bottom line is that there have been three general “patterns” of burglaries in West Seattle lately and police believe they’ve made significant progress in two of them, with some key leads in the third. ADDED 6:50 PM: OK, here are full details and the “big picture”:Read More
This just e-mailed to WSB from the Southwest Precinct.
The missing 14 year old autistic female was located 5 minutes ago when the librarian from the White Center Library 11220 16th Avenue SW recognized the missing juvenile from the photo from the westseattleblog. The juvenile has been recovered safe and sound.
5:12 PM ADDITION: That update came in via e-mail (and Patrick posted it) while your editor here was elsewhere at the SWP going through reports – there’s more big news today that we will post about shortly – an officer had just mentioned to us moments earlier that they were checking out their “second possible Jordan King sighting today” at a library, after an earlier report closer to her Admiral home didn’t pan out. Hooray for the eagle-eyed reader who recognized her from the photo, and we’re happy for the family who did a thorough job getting the word out. We had just actually seen the original report while at the precinct – Jordan had been gone (original coverage here) since about 1:45 pm last Friday, three long days ago.
If you’re new-ish to the area, you might not know that “the” Ivar — founder of Ivar’s restaurants — was a West Seattle native. If he hadn’t gone off to the eternal Acres of Clams in 1985, Ivar Haglund (photo left) would be turning 103 this Thursday, and a news release issued by Ivar’s today says they’re offering cups of chowder at $1.03 on Thursday in his honor. You can read a great bio of Ivar (classic pix and all) at HistoryLink.org. (Nearest Ivar’s locations to WS are the downtown waterfront location and the Burien “seafood bar” location; Ivar’s also owns Spud’s on Alki but there’s no indication it’s participating.)
WSB contributing photojournalist Christopher Boffoli is on the scene at 5908 California, a commercial building where he says somebody apparently collapsed and needed major medical attention – that’s why all the fire/medic units – no other details so far but we’ll let you know anything else we find out. ADDED 2:35 PM: Photo from Christopher:
One of West Seattle’s smallest elementary schools has a big event for all West Seattle families this week: Sanislo Elementary (16th/Myrtle; map) is one of just a few schools to win a “One Book, One Community” state grant, thanks to the successful proposal sent in by Sanislo librarian Maryann Horsley. Your part in this starts 6:30-7:30 pm Wednesday, when you’re invited to Sanislo for the kickoff of “West Seattle Reads” — including free books! Kites are the theme, appropriately enough for this time of year. Two books will be offered — a picture book for kindergarteners through 3rd graders, “The Emperor and the Kite” by Jane Yolen and Ed Young, and a chapter book for older kids, “The Kite Fighters” by Linda Sue Park and Eung Won Park. The school says the Drachen Foundation is also providing a temporary installation of Drachen kites. (Besides free books, kite-making kits will be distributed during Wednesday night’s event.) As a followup to Wednesday, discussions about these books are planned at local libraries including Delridge (7 pm 4/14) and Southwest (7 pm 4/15) library branches, and then a community kite celebration at Sanislo is set for April 27th.
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, WSB contributing photojournalist Matt Durham sends this scene from a house you’ve probably seen if you visit Lowman Beach – its occupant(s) put out decorations for almost every holiday. (Prints of Matt’s WSB photos and his other work are available through his site, MattDurhamPhotography.com.)
No, not the Seahawks.
BLUE: The Tap Project is under way. As we mentioned 2 weeks ago, participating restaurants are asking patrons to donate $ for their otherwise-free tap water; the $ goes to UNICEF for safe drinking water for kids. 4 West Seattle restaurants are participating (through Saturday): Ama Ama, Beato, Eats Market Cafe, Skylark. Saturday is World Water Day and will be marked with the Walk for Water on Alki.