West Seattle, Washington
Thanks to everyone who shared photos from this afternoon’s low tide – tomorrow it’ll be a bit lower, before the tides start edging upward again for the next few weeks. The victorious toddler is courtesy of Jim Clark, who took photos at Lincoln Park and shared a gallery link in the WSB Forums; next, Lisa‘s daughter took a close look at a moon snail at Constellation Park:
(Side note on moon snails – Beach Drive Blog has been tracking someone who gathers large quantities – see the story here.) Finally, at Lowman Beach, Amy spotted this
octopus starfish (see comments):
Sunday’s low tide, lowest of the month, is just after 1 pm. (P.S. When tides start getting low again on Memorial Day weekend, it’ll be this year’s first time out for the beach naturalist program run by the Seattle Aquarium [WSB sponsor], including naturalists here in West Seattle – more info here.)
This Wednesday, the regular meeting of the Delridge Neighborhoods District Council will be preceded by a special hourlong discussion – and if you’re interested in the greater Delridge area – basically, West Seattle from 35th SW eastward – you’re invited. Just be at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center at 6 pm Wednesday (5/19). DNDC member Pete Spalding of Pigeon Point explains what it’s all about:
Not long ago, some of the past, present and future leaders of Delridge got together to discuss the past, present and future of Delridge. We talked about what we liked, what we wanted, where we wanted to be, and how we wanted to get there.
Now we want to talk to you.
The Delridge Neighborhood District Council is pleased to announce Strategic Delridge, a series of hour long meetings of the minds of this diverse community. Our goal is to take what we believe to be the next step – to organize and empower the leadership* of our Delridge Neighborhoods.
Our goals and vision are listed on the attached agenda. Come and join us. This meeting will take place during the dinner hour for some, please feel free to bring something to eat.
*Do you care about your neighborhood? That’s what we’re looking for.
Click ahead for the aforementioned agenda:Read More
Once again this year, Seattle’s Walk With Us to Cure Lupus event at Alki was graced with sunshine. Hundreds walked the 5K route, to and from the bathhouse, starting just after 10 this morning. The event raises money to research lupus, an auto-immune disorder which doesn’t get much attention, despite the fact more than 1 million Americans have it. Another repeat performance this year: Massage therapists from West Seattle’s M3 Bodyworks (longtime WSB sponsor) were on hand to help support the walkers:
We are awaiting word from organizers regarding how many people participated and how much they raised – everything was still being tallied when we checked in at the registration table (though the website indicates pledges were close to the $30,000 goal).
Congratulations to Seattle Lutheran High School‘s baseball team – SLHS’s Bil Hood sends that photo with word that they won the Tri-District Championship today, beating Concrete 11-1, and are headed to state. Meantime, while West Seattle High School‘s team was already guaranteed a state-tournament spot before today’s game, they came up short in the Metro League title match, losing to Bishop Blanchet at White Center’s Steve Cox Stadium, 7-2. We were there for the last inning, but Mason Kelley from our partners at the Seattle Times tweeted throughout the game, and reports that Ryan Wiggins‘ two-run homer in the 4th comprised all of WSHS’s scoring.
More than 20 motorcycles hit the road for the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle‘s first-ever charity-fundraising Motorcycle Poker Run today. And when they got back to the ex-Huling site at 38th/Fauntleroy that served as headquarters for today’s event, it was Classic Car Show time:
This was West Seattleites’ first chance this spring/summer to get a closeup look at gorgeous old cars:
And the Kiwanians cooked up a tasty barbecue, too:
Money raised from today’s event goes toward their many charitable efforts – you can read about some of them online. And you can catch up with the Kiwanis at the West Seattle Farmers’ Market most Sundays, as well as at upcoming events including the Seafair Pirates’ Landing at Alki on July 10th.
Perfect morning at the Seacrest “pond” set up for the annual West Seattle Sportsmen’s Club Hi-Yu Kids’ Fishing Derby – sun and fun. After we stopped by for a few photos, Larry Nitkey sent us this next pic, explaining, “Had a lot of fun fishing. My daughter Leilani Nitkey proudly displays her first-ever catch.”
Since it’s a Hi-Yu event, that means royalty – and in this case, would-be royalty – two Miss Hi-Yu candidates stopped for a photo:
That’s Melanie Frey and Victoria Ferrulli; as reported here Tuesday, they are candidates along with Kelsey Bills, Kelsey Porter, and Rosemarie Anne Ko Unite.
Last night, we previewed the Potter Construction (WSB sponsor) project (with financial support from the Rotary Club of West Seattle) that was to be part of today’s “Rampathon” by volunteers around King/Snohomish Counties. Got to the worksite in Highland Park before 11 am, and the ramp was already all done! The residents told us the crews had left minutes earlier.
(5:17 pm update – substituted that photo just sent by Gary Potter, with not only the family who lives in the home, but also a crew sent by EZ Access, the Algona firm that made the aluminum ramp!) The new ramp means a woman who lives at the house will get to leave more often – without it, she couldn’t go out without two people helping her get up and down the stairs.
Both the city and county sections of White Center are getting big love from hundreds of volunteers right now in the annual WC Spring Clean – most sporting festive purple “I (Heart) White Center” T-shirts. This group was working on the triangular island by White Center Community Development Association HQ at Delridge/17th SW/SW Cambridge (map); we’ve got more Spring Clean photos up at partner site White Center Now (see them here), after catching up with folks from the Rat City Rollergirls and Full Tilt Ice Cream, among others.
ORIGINAL 8:48 AM REPORT: Thanks to Lory for the photo – if you look closely at the storefront, you’ll see the back of the car that crashed into Museum Quality Framing in Admiral early this morning. The 911 log lists a “motor-vehicle accident” at that address at 6:42 am – no indication of serious injuries – obviously the store wouldn’t have been open at that hour, either. Via Twitter, @seattledriver sent a drive-by photo of the damage; we’ll be heading there for a followup this morning.
(photo substituted at 12:24 pm for iPhone photo we’d posted three hours earlier)
9:40 AM UPDATE: We just talked with the store’s proprietor, Robert, at the scene. He says police told him a driver was turning northbound onto California from Admiral when she hit the gas instead of the brakes, went over the curb and into his store. (No damage is visible to the storefronts on either side.) He confirms nobody was hurt. The entire front of the store – glass and doors – is gone, and a repair person is already there working on it, though the insurance adjuster hasn’t even arrived yet. Robert wanted to stress that while some of his framing stock is damaged, as are store fixtures inside, since the car went so far into the store, the customers’ art is all OK. He has no idea yet how long he’ll be closed.
(photo added 12:28 pm)
CARS & CYCLES: The West Seattle Kiwanis is presenting a first-ever event today – a charity motorcycle poker run and classic-car show. It’s all headquartered at the former Huling site at 38th/Fauntleroy, with the motorcycle run scheduled to take off in the 9 o’clock hour, returning 1-ish, with the car show and barbecue to follow.
GO FISH: As previewed over the past couple days, the West Seattle Sportsmen’s Club is presenting its traditional Hi-Yu kickoff Kids’ Fishing Derby at Seacrest this morning, 8 am-11 am. First 150 kids (12-under) get to try for one of the hatchery fish that are stocked in a covered, temporary “pond” – and get goodie bags, too. Hi-Yu royalty and candidates are usually on hand, and that means you’ll get to buy the 2010 Hi-Yu button too!
SEACREST REMINDER FOR LATER IN THE DAY: No parking in the lot and along the north side of Harbor for about a block on either side of Seacrest, 3-10 pm today. A film crew will be at work; a commenter says it’s the same Japanese production that filmed on the West Seattle Bridge a few weeks back.
WALK WITH US TO CURE LUPUS: Join the fight against this autoimmune disease with Walk with Us to Cure Lupus, 5K along Alki, 9 am registration at Alki Bathhouse, 10 am walk.
GARAGE SALE! And while you’re at the beach, check out the Alki Garage Sale at the Alki Bathhouse, 10 am-2 pm.
HUNGRY? Another benefit barbecue at West Seattle Thriftway today – bacon cheeseburgers to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation, starts around 11 am.
TITLE GAME: The West Seattle High School baseball team plays Blanchet for the Metro League title, 2 pm at White Center Stadium.
RESCUERS NEED HELP: And a benefit concert tonight, per Bronwyn Edwards Cryer from Fauntleroy Church:
We are holding an impromptu Benefit Concert this coming Saturday evening, May 15, at 7 pm to benefit our friends Alexa and JP, who lost their Woodinville home and everything they own on May 3. Alexa runs Basset Rescue of Puget Sound in addition to her caregiver job, and they got all but one of the 11 rescue animals out of the house, but lost their cat, birds, and everything else. Our amazing, giving community is pulling together here to help out with cash donations, furniture, support for the rescue dogs, and on and on. People from animal rescue, the Red Cross, Woodinville firefighters, friends of Westcrest Park, and the community at Fauntleroy are all supporting this event. “Trillium Soul” – Bronwyn Edwards Cryer, Sarah Ackers and Betsy Boyer – will perform folk, jazz and gospel-flavored music, supported by other musician friends at 7pm in Fellowship Hall, Fauntleroy Church, 9140 California Ave SW, Seattle 98136. Admission is a donation. We suggest $10-$15 but no donation is too small. Seats can be reserved by calling Bron at 206-938-3820. It will help us get some idea of how many people will be attending, and we’re expecting a decent crowd. We will also accept donations of household essentials such as blankets, pots, pans, dishes, etc.
(Added – photo taken just after 6 am Saturday, showing how far the taped-off scene extended)
FIRST 2:42 AM REPORT: Police are setting up at various locations around South Delridge and also working with county to check on the White Center side. No other details yet. 2:52 AM UPDATE: Call now definitely described as a shooting. Also per scanner, police say a witness told them the suspect was a black male, 20s, in a black hoodie, driving a white Ford Crown Victoria with big rims, last seen heading northbound. 3:05 AM UPDATE: We had originally heard DOA via the scanner but no confirmation; however, via Twitter, KIRO is also reporting 1 dead. No word of an arrest yet. EARLY SUNDAY UPDATE: Our partners at the Seattle Times have an update that says the victim was a man in his 20s.